Sunday, 22 December 2013

Making a Ginger-Bread Christmas Tree... and not eating it


My kids don't like ginger bread. They might peck at it but every year it is just a novelty that we make a ginger bread house. We usually buy one, it costs about £5, we spend about half an hour putting it together, it sits in the kitchen on display for a week and then goes in the bin. This is ridiculous, I know. But they just like making the house, not eating it. This is where making this cheap, easy ginger bread Christmas tree came in really handy!

OK, I know this is not a conventional "Mum does baking with kids" post but so what. You know what we're like by now!

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Review: The Richmond Liverpool

As you know, having three children makes it really difficult for me and Warren to have time together and just switch off. I am often complaining about being stuck in and we do go a long time without spending real quality time together outside the house. However, Christmas is the one occasion where we definitely make time for ourselves. Instead of spending money on gifts for each other that we may not need, we tend to spend our money on spending time together. We organise a Christmas night out, and like to spend the night away from home in a hotel. We don't usually go very far with the children being still very young - usually Manchester or Liverpool. This time we were really excited to be invited to review The Richmond in Liverpool. An absolute Christmas treat for us both.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

A Guest Post: A Weekend With My 4 Kids

Back HomeThis is a guest post from a Dad blogger. I thought it would be a lovely change to hear from some of the male bloggers, I'm sure you might be sick of me banging on about Mum-stuff.

This is from Danny who writes at http://dannyuk.com/ - Do check out his blog if you want to read more.
 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Giveaway - £50 Voucher with Experience Days!

'Time For Her' Bannatyne Spa DayI am really excited to be able to do a giveaway with these chaps! They have very kindly offered a £50 gift voucher towards one of their experiences on their website.

This is taken from their website www.experiencedays.co.uk

"Experience Days is the home of experience gifts and experience days in the UK. Spoil them with a track day driving a Ferrari, pamper them with a spa day or a fantastic flying day!"

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Giveaway: Infacare Ultra Mild Baby Bath Stash!

infaCare - Baby Bath Ultra-Mild bottleI am very pleased to collaborate with the chaps at Infacare to bring you this great giveaway. Infacare is a mild and pH balanced baby bath. It makes loads of bubbles, and a little goes a long way!
If you are like me, you will love bathtime with the kids. We tend to put Rosie and Alice in together and make it all bubbly and smelling gorgeous for them. We chuck all the toys in and generally just let them play and make bath time fun time.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Britain's Best Blanket Fort...

This is our entry to Britain's Best Blanket Fort Competition with www.thefurnituremarket.co.uk

I really loved the idea of this competition - mainly because it meant that my girls got to spend some quality time together.

It was Emily and Rosie who got the chance to make their indestructible Fort of Doom!

I think you'll agree it is the best fort you have ever seen, and we probably deserve to win the competition...

How do you write an essay? TMA 02 A326

How do you write your essays?

This essay has been bugging me now. TMA 02 is particularly tricky because there is so much information to choose from, and the question is very broad. I don't ever fall foul of the OU rules that I know of, so I don't disclose the actual questions - but the question asks about the importance of religion in relation to Empire. But not just one specific empire - ANY.

So that is how broad it is.

The deadline is on Thursday - it is likely I will ask for an extension.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Review & Giveaway: Truprint Canvas

We were given the products free for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are my own.

We were really excited to work with Truprint, the online digital photo printing service and personalised photo gifts and prints. As a family we love taking photos. The problem living in the age of technology is that many photos get left on Facebook, on USB sticks, on disks, on desktop folders... I know this - I am the worst culprit for this. It is sad that we really don't print off as much as we used to HAVE to. Which is why Truprint is great for getting them done!


Adventures in KNITTING...

So as you know I've been knitting. So I am keeping up blogging about this as I'm proud of my little projects.

First I knitted Warren a scarf, and took a really crappy picture of it, which you can find here. I have no finished Emily's scarf as well. This was a knit one, purl one ribbed scarf made of a mixture of two wools, a dark grey and a maroon. Knit one purl one was a right bitch pain because it takes ages throwing he wool back and forth each time. (lesson learned) Also, I can't show you a picture of the scarf because SOMEONE left it in school. That's gratitude for the hand-made, made with love gift right there...

So anyway, on to the next. As it turns out, my Mum is an even bigger knitting-nerd than me, and she has loads of patterns and magazines and stuff. (Mother-in-Law is chief knitter - but I never knew my own Mum was a bit of a guru as well - maybe ALL Mums can knit???) Well anyway, she has given me a knitting magazine and some wool and needles and stuff, so that's great.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Giveaway: Halos N Horns Children's Body Wash Goodie Bag!


Halos N Norns Moisturising LotionI am really pleased to be hosting a giveaway for Halos N Horns children's skincare products. Having looked through their range of products, I think they look great, and they are especially suited to 'sensitive souls.' Their latest offering in the range is the Zingy orange hair and body wash.
These products were especially formulated for parents who are worried about chemicals that may be in other body washes that there children are using. 
It is made from plant-derived cleansing ingredients, this hypoallergenic and non-drying wash is so lovely and gentle it can be used as an all-over hair and body wash.   Halos N Horns understands how delicate and sensitive young skin can be, so Zingy Orange (and all its baby and toddler bath products) contains no SLS and no parabens. This means it’s not as foamy and bubbly as some other products – but it is still gently cleansing the skin.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Food...Winter Warmers with Family



So, it's that time of year again - freezing cold winds, de-icing the car in the morning, everyone
winding down looking forward to Christmas holidays. Personally, Christmas is my favourite holiday. I just love spending time with my family and enjoying each other. As I have said before I always think that spending time is better than spending money - time is so precious - we can always earn more money but can never gain back time. One of the ways we enjoy spending time with our family is through food. As you know, I am a big fan of having all our family sat around the table for the evening meal, and at this time of the year - warming winter food is a clear winner for us...

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Review: Cass Art Creative Products

We were given these products free of charge for the purpose of the review. All views and words are my own.
Cass Art
As a family, we love spending time together being creative. Alice and Emily enjoy painting, drawing and creating new things. It's great to fire children's imaginations and also it is fun to bond and make new things together.
So I was very excited to work with Cass Art to review their beautiful craft products. We were invited to choose two items, so I let Emily pick. She decided on the Mini Pop-Up Book and the Friendships Bracelet Making Kit

Monday, 2 December 2013

HOUSE-Elf on a Shelf...

Do you know what Elf on a Shelf is? Well it seems that any parent worth their salt is well clued up
on all this. Frankly, I think I have had my head in a ditch since becoming a mum because I have never heard of it. Anyway, to summarise this really quite ace concept - your child(ren) are going to have a special visit from a very special elf. He could arrive through the chimney, land on the door mat. He just magically appears sat on the table having eaten a load of mince pies, crumbs everywhere. So the idea is that this little elf is causing trouble, or not, depending on what you want to do. And your children will be like "Oh WOW what is he doing now???" And it is up to you as the magical parent to decide what position you wish to put your elf in.

However, in true ME style, I haven't got an elf. So I'm not that organised. I only heard about this Elf on a Shelf thing the other day on Twitter, like I said, numb-nuts me at times.

Review: gNappies - The Reusable Eco-Friendly Nappy

starter bundleWe were given a sample of gNappies for the purpose of the review. All words and views are my own.

We were really excited to be picked to review reusable eco-friendly nappies by gNappies.
Having the two babies in nappies means that we do go through them like mad. I have never used washable nappies or anything like that - I have always stuck to disposables, so using these nappies was a very different, but positive experience for me! 



Sunday, 1 December 2013

Review: Mattesons NEW Double Dippers

I was given this product free of charge for the purpose of the review and I have been compensated for my time. All words and views are my own.

As a bust Mum I really can appreciate how hard it can be to make sure that everyone in the family
 eats good, nutritious meals to give them enough energy to get through the day. For my growing girls this is especially important, and as a parent I am always aware that I need to be teaching them good eating habits from the very beginning.

As well as caring about what my children eat, I am also concerned about how myself and my husband eat. We are constantly on the go. Speaking for myself, I am always eating on the run. When I am at work, I tend to grab for any snack that I can just pop in my bag - usually crisps or biscuits. I know as well as anyone that this is not always the best choice, but it is quick and easy - a simple fix.
Which is why I was really glad to be sent some samples of Mattesons Double Dippers to try. On first glance I thought they would make an excellent tasty and healthy snack - I wasn't wrong!

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