Friday, 31 October 2014

Let's Make a Den!

As if my children would say no to this brilliant way to spend 5pm - 7pm! Our kids love climbing and playing and crawling and messing about, so making a den is just a great way for them to get creative and have fun at the same time.
That's why I was delighted when I was sent a full den-making kit from Philips as part of their 'den challenge.' As soon as the package arrived, the girls got stuck in!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A327: War, Peace, Modernity - TMA 01

So it's back to uni for me as usual. Strange really, this is my last year as an undergrad, so I'm really throwing myself into this. And at the same time drowning in all the reading material.

As per usual, then,

9bars Mixed Seeds Cereal Bars

I was treated last week to a lovely delivery. A gorgeous little hamper filled with lots of yummy treats from 9bars for busy Mums on the go. I'm sure a few of you would appreciate the need for some of these!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Easy French Onion Soup Recipe

I am a bit partial to the odd bowl of home-made soup. Something that is quick and easy to do is the order of the day for me. So I was more than happy to follow a recipe given to me by Sunrise Senior Living Care. The recipe is so easy and yummy too.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Review: Citadines Hotel, South Kensington

So a few weeks ago I was invited to the MAD Blog Awards ceremony in South Kensington, London. This was where we were doing the 'secret bloggy thing' I had told you about - basically a flash mob dance in the middle of the award ceremony, in front of everyone and the brilliant host Dr. Ranj. As you know, we had a great time, and our stay at the plush Citadines Hotel made our stay even better.

Monday, 20 October 2014

An Open Letter to... Disney Collector

Dear Disney Collector

Thank you for entertaining my children in that beautiful inimitable way of yours on Youtube.

I love your hands. I love the way you unwrap those surprise eggs with all the excitement of a child even though you are about 34. 

I love your glittery nails with the Disney stickers on - do you do them yourself or do you get someone else to do them for you? Once I saw an episode where there was a slight chip on your index finger-nail - were you as gutted as I was?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Review: Bells Shoes

So as you know, I will be starting a new job in a few days' time.

#eeek.

So I have been on a little mission to try and buy some new clothes and outfits - new job, new start. With Autumn/Winter well underway I also needed new shoes for work - so when I was asked to review Bells Shoes, of course I jumped at the chance.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Dear Soon-To-Be Teenager

This is a letter for Emily. She is in Year 7 and is 11 years old.  It contains some helpful life hints that she may wish to take on board as she moves forward with her life. If you have a tween, or a teenager you may relate to this. They may need to read this too.

This is a tough time for all parties concerned - I understand there is some sort of transition happening - this is a weird in-between stage. But tweens, just have a word with yourselves, will you???

Here you go

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Review: Mozimo Shoes

So, Autumn is here and Winter will soon be upon us. To me, that mans a change of shoes and general switch of wardrobe. I have loved wearing flat sandals for the summer, but now is the time for a change. I will be starting my new job in a week, so I am really keeping an eye out for new workwear for this season - shoes included. I was delighted when I was asked to review a pair of ladies shoes from Mozimo. Mozimo offer quality designer footwear, and I thought it would be great to review a pair here.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Who are the Internet Trolls?

When you write a blog or an article you have your say and that is that. You have a little platform that you can vent on. It's not a big deal to everyone else.

But sometimes, just sometimes, there is an article or a post that causes a bit of a stir. Kiran, a very talented and brilliant blogger recently wrote an article on teaching feminism to toddler boys. I wholeheartedly agree with the post. 

Kiran is spot-on. If we are not feminists, male or female, then what are we? Do we not advocate the rights of women equal to men in all spheres? If we are liberal, then surely we are also feminist? This is clearly a contentious issue.

My point is that Kiran has also written a post, following some pretty horrible Internet abuse, including the suggestion that she should "have her tubes tied with barbed wire" by so-called Internet Trolls, that she is having a break from her writing. 

What on earth is a frigging Internet Troll?

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Alice's First Day At Nursery School

We had submitted the forms for nursery-school ages ago. I couldn't wait. Finally five half-days of free nursery for Alice. They told us that the next intake would be January. Plenty of time away yet.

But last week, we received a letter, a place had become available.

All of a sudden I began to panic. She is only 3. She can't go to nursery school just yet...can she?

Of course she can.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Review: Aldi's New Running Gear Range

I have a gym membership and although I am not as active as I would like to be, I do try to keep up going and to try to get outside more at night, although the cold does put me off! 
Aldi are launching a new running range this coming Thursday, and they sent me some samples to review just in time, so here is what I thought.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Review - Go Ahead Biscuits

I am always looking to eat healthy snacks in the day. I always pack fruit and a decent packed lunch for us for work and school, but I am a bit naughty sometimes and like to include a biscuit. Which is why I was very excited to review for Go Ahead biscuits.  Go Ahead biscuits are packed with fruity flavour and are a bit less naughty than your usual biscuit!

Monday, 6 October 2014

Review - Tommee Tippee Steri-Bottle

I was very pleased when Tommee Tippee asked us to review some of their new steri-bottles. Although Rosie is probably a bit too old for bottles, and she does drink out of a sippy cup - she still enjoys drinking from a bottle.

She calls it her "Milky na-night" - super cute.

5 Essential Parenting Life Hacks

I have been a parent for just over eleven years. In these eleven years I have picked up some most-excellent tips (or LIFE HACKS) as they are now called.

So I'm sharing them with you.

You don't need to pay me or anything, these are free.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Shaking Off The Commute - *SOUNDS ANNOUNCEMENT KLAXON*

So...

I have some news.

You know like I am always moaning about driving for HOURS. Like literally 5 hours a day sometimes to get to Manchester and back...

Well...

I have a new job - close to home!

Friday, 3 October 2014

5 Reasons Brands Don't Want To Work With You

As a blogger I have fast become accustomed to the whole blogging scene. You can work with brands, run competitions, get paid to blog - whatever.

But sometimes, brands will not want to work with you.

I know this.

I feel your pain.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Cussons #VoiceofMums

As you know I was involved in the production of that super-cute video with Cussons Mum & Me. They also asked me to make a video myself talking about the ups and downs of parenthood - so I did.

Being a parent is obviously boss.

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