Thursday, 31 October 2013

Our Spooky Halloween

We just got back from trick or treating, so I just wanted to share our photos. We were also sent some yummy pickled onion flavoured Pom Bears - Halloween special! So we tucked into those before we went out and then set out to scare everyone!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

My Kiddicare Bargains...

I don’t normally do posts like this but I was so pleased with my bargains that I just have to tell you, and also it links in nicely with little developmental stages for the babies. Unfortunately I do not work with Kiddicare, but Kiddicare, if you are reading this come and get me!
So, you may or may not know that my favourite shop is Kiddicare. Love it. It’s a bit like a better Mothercare. Sorry Mothercare. Kiddicare has a range of products to suit all budgets, so you have your value range of things and also you have a higher cost range if you fancied splashing out. This is why I like it. My shop of choice is the one at Aintree Retail Park in Liverpool.

Review: Ozeri Precision Bathroom Scales

As you know I have been working with Ozeri to bring you some fantastic products including their frying pan and their 12" wok. This time I'll be letting you know about their bathroom scales.
I don't know about you but when it comes to scales, I like them to be precise, quick and to preferably use the\ same ones each time so that I know that there is a level of consistency with my weighing.
The Ozeri Precision II Bathroom Scales are fantastic. In the past I have always had problems waiting for digital scales to calibrate - not with these ones. You step on them and within a  second, for better or for worse, your weight in right there on the widescreen LCD screen.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Our Entry to Be Activity Toys Direct Bloggers!

When I saw the competition to be an Activity Toys Direct Blogger I knew that we would absolutely jump at the chance to enter this. We are a very close family and enjoy spending time together indoors and outdoors. We enjoy learning, exploring and putting toys through their paces - letting our readers know all about toys we have had the opportunity to try, and having loads of fun along the way! So what follows is our entry.

The challenge is to write a blog post explaining how we would spend £750 making over our back garden. We chose to write ours through the eyes of our three children, Emily, Alice and Rosie. We hope you enjoy it.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Review: A Great Day out At Chester Zoo

So on Friday we were treated by SuperBreak to a day out at Chester Zoo. We love days out as a family and the zoo is an ideal place to go to explore for our children to have fun and learning at the same time. The last time we went to the zoo Alice was a baby and still in the buggy. This time was a whole new experience for us as Alice was wanting to walk everywhere, and it was baby Rosie who was being pushed around, seemingly unbothered by the whole day!
We were given a map, which made our day really easy as we found our way through the zoo.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Review & Giveaway! Wooden Advent Calendar & £25 Voucher From Love Christmas Ltd

I was very excited to be given the opportunity to work with a lovely chap at Love Christmas Ltd.  Love Christmas is a website that well...loves Christmas, and all of their products truly reflect that.

If you are like me the thought of Christmas is just exciting and terrifying in equal measures. I don't know about you but I like to try and get all of my Christmas shopping finished by the start of December. This is not me being bah humbug about the whole thing - I just want everything bought and wrapped, decorations at the ready - so that we can enjoy Christmas as a family without worrying about what to buy, when to buy and when to find the time.

Friday, 18 October 2013

He Loves His Job...

She finishes the tea for 5.45pm. Veg on the verge of wilting. Kids banging spoons on the table waiting for Daddy to finish work. He loves his job. She puts the tea on the plates, hands the girl's theirs. The key jangles in the doorway. Just in time.

"Hya love." He puts a huge plastic box full of yellow school books in the middle of the floor, and
plonks a back pack full of lesson plans on the couch. He takes his place at the table, weary eyes, tie twisted at the shirt collar, glad to be off his feet.

They talk at the table. They talk about their days. The girls have been good. One is star of the week in school, one has learned a new word but was chastised for climbing on the furniture, one ate feta cheese for the first time.

Sunday, 13 October 2013

My Favourite Student-Gadgets

As a student I wouldn’t say I was gadget-obsessed, but I just like what I like. I am actually a self-confessed old school old-book lover. And by that I mean I love old second hand books, I love the smell and feel of them – I like running my fingers over the pages and breaking their spines.
However, we do live in the technological age and everything does seem to be more and more online or on screen.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Review: My Little Pony. Call of the Cutie DVD

We were really excited to receive another My Little Pony DVD in the post. Emily and Alice loved the last one and were very much looking forward to watching My Little Pony friendship Magic Call of the Cutie.
Alice is starting to enjoy watching TV now. Not so much films - she has the attention span of a gnat I'm afraid. But she did sit down to watch single episodes of this, coming and going as she pleased. Emily was the main reviewer of these DVDs, so I'll be getting her opinion on this DVD for you!

A326 Empire TMA 01 and First Tutorial

So today was my first tutorial for A32: Empire. This is the first Level 3 course that I am taking, and my fifth course with the. OU. I love the OU. I know, I know - everyone is sick of reading that from me, but I honestly do not have a bad word to say about them. Which is very much unlike me, I am a proper complainer in my old age!


Today we had a two-hour tutorial. I always love the tutorials and I try and attend each one. I always leave full of ides, full of inspiration - it really is great to be around other students and the tutor to share ideas. This one was mainly introductory, but I came away with a list of things to think about that were mainly housekeeping (and nothing to do with sweeping or steaming the floor, thank goodness.) So tonight I've re-read the module guide and looked over the assessment guidelines. It is great to familiarise yourself with them - to find out what it is the course wants of us.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Review: Tommee Tippee Weaning Set

I was delighted to be given the opportunity of reviewing some Tommee Tippee products on my blog. We have always used Tommee Tippee products for our babies; including bottle warmers, insulated bottle bags, even the bottles themselves. Rosie is currently rocking the pink patterned baby bottles - we love them!o

But alas, the time has come for us to begin to move on from baby milk and to start introducing some real food into Rosie's diet. I recently wrote about our issues with weaning and potty training here. 

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Review: 12" Green Earth Wok by Ozeri

You may remember I mentioned I am working with Ozeri to bring you some reviews of their products. I reviewed their 8" frying pan a few weeks ago and confessed that it was my best pan ever. Now  have to change my mind - the wok is now my favourite - sorry frying pan!

You may be reading this thinking I am bonkers, it's only a kitchen item, what am I making a fuss for? Well, if you're anything like me you will spend a good chunk of your time cooking - so it really is important to have the best tool available to you - and this truly is a cracker.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Our Visit to Imperial War Museums (IWM) North for the #BigDraw

We were delighted to be invited to a preview event for this October half term activities by Imperial War Museum (IWM) North. Families are being invited to take part in the world's largest drawing festival this October. You can take part in The Big Draw 2013 by creating  their own artistic work inspired by collections at the museum!
As you know I am a history student so I love this museum. We have been a few times before, but we were really looking forward to going as bloggers so that we could share with you their programme for families.

We were all up bright and early this morning to go to Manchester for our visit. We took the double buggy along with us for Rosie and Alice, but we let Alice walk around. We had a fantastic day.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Review: Twinkl Online Resources

 I was very keen to get involved with reviewing Twinkl - an online resource for parents, children and schools. It is a "one-stop shop for thousands of unique and printable teaching resources for EYFS, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, home educators, nurseries and more." I have to agree with them here - it really is a comprehensive website. It contains over 91,000 unique teaching resources such as work sheets and activity ideas as well certificates and signs and labels.

As you know I have Emily aged 10 and Alice aged 2. (I'm not too keen to throw Rosie in at the deep end of academia just yet!) Emily is due to take her SATs at the end of this school year, so of course I was very keen to try out this website, not only for myself but to show to you also.

Thursday, 3 October 2013

On the Road Again...

Now I am back at work I am back to travelling an 80 mile round trip Liverpool – Manchester. I choose to drive there, as it works out better than getting the train, and besides I’ve already had a moan about trains on here before. Join the Love Train
So what follows below are my own meandering thoughts about commuting. They are not necessarily tips, but more just random observations and probably entirely useless information about my daily commute.

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