• #AD – date night at Bodega Cantina Birmingham

    Myself and my husband live in a small town that isn’t too far from Birmingham, yet we have been to London more times than we have been to Birmingham! How does that work? Anyway, the perfect opportunity came for us to go to Brum and try some new food when Bodega Cantina asked us to see what we thought of their new menu. First opinions Walking up the the restaurant and inside was mind blowing, it was totally not what I expected. Vibrant colour, fun decor and amazing lighting filled the high ceiling main strip of the restaurant. There was seating down stairs too and a small waiting area. The…

  • Valentine’s day gifts to suit everyone

    Myself and my husband are pretty much hit and miss with Valentine’s Day, as in we celebrate it one year to the next. Both of us prefer a practical gift that isn’t so much of just being brought for the say so, but also on the flip, a surprise traditional gift is always lovely to recieve! Here is my Valentine’s gift guide, featuring a mix of traditional and practical gifts that will impress your loved one on February 14th. Posh Totty designs at Findmeagift I love jewellery and last year I had a beautiful necklace with both the boys names on. In the same vein, this gorgeous ring necklace from…

  • Our new friends – Tinpo

    When you watch kids TV day to day, there is nothing quite like the excitement of a new series to get everyone in the family in a frenzy! New characters, new theme tune, new learning opportunities. You can therefore imagine the buzz in our family when Tinpo arrived – the new TV programme for preschool children from the creators of Nelly and Nora (who we also love here) Keeping the kids engaged and entertained whilst learning is always easier with new fodder and so it was a relief to meet some new characters! The dynamic of TV has changed a little in our house since Christmas as Freddie received his…

  • National handwriting day 2019

    I had forgotten all about the joy of being given a pen at school (year three for me) and being super chuffed with my upgrade from a pencil. As nurse I still do frequent amounts of handwriting rather than being a slave to the keyboard and this is something I love, just as I love the fact that Freddie has really started to take pride in his handwriting now he is in school. Penmanship is really something that can be (and should be!) enjoyed by everyone. As much as I love technology it does tend to steal away the art of putting pen to paper and creating a lovely piece…

  • Christmas Gifts for children aged 4-5

    Here is some inspiration of gifts for boys (or girls) aged around 4-5. I was really stuck buying for Freddie this year, he already had a backlog of four years worth of presents so the inspiration was definitely lacking. We have had a good clear out in time for Father Christmas’s arrival. Hopefully these gift ideas may give you a bit of a brainwave if ideas to include for the big day. I know Freddie is going to love them! Aluminium Drinks Bottle I know this is a super practical gift but Freddie has a thing with water bottles (he loves them, but also manages to break them frequently) like…

  • Aquaphor- keeping skin hydrated this winter

    As much as I love the winter, crisp mornings with heavy fog with a dark start and dark end to the day, it does have an impact on my skin. As well as being a community nurse in a rural area, I also suffer from keratosis pilaris on my upper arms. Helping in the elements As a nurse, one thing I do more than anything else is wash my hands! As much as it’s a necessary pet of my job – ot does have a telling effect on my hands. They become dry, chapped and so irritated.    Once they split my hands are as much as an infection risk…

  • Fun to the rescue! Herodrive toy review

    Whenever my boys play make believe, Freddie always has to make sure that there is good versus bad and therefore he loves super heroes because they always show the battle. There is nothing better than being the hero of the day and so these Herodrive DC Super Friends that we’ve been sent to review have been perfect for the boys and their imagination The collection Herodrive DC Super Friends vehicles are perfect for little hands and they come in a range of sizes so Dexter has been able to play with his brother and it’s been such a fun experience for them both to have the same toys and have…

  • Hamper goodies Christmas gift guide

    There is nothing that screams Christmas like a jam packed hamper full of tasty treats and sublime snacks. Whether home made or not they always go down well and it’s a lovely way to really spoil someone whilst providing a functional gift.  I love to find new items to add to any hampers I assemble, just to freshen it up each year and maybe even find a new favourite item for the year ahead. Here are a few items I’ll be adding to my hampers this year. Edinburgh Preserves The Cheese Wedge You simply can’t have a hamper without the inclusion of chutney. This wonderful set from buys gift looks…

  • Festive tipple gift guide

    We all indulge over the festive season and for me Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a bit of fizz and warming tipples to really make it a Merry Christmas.  Not only that but I also give alcohol to those people I find hard to buy for – it always goes down well so why not! Here is a selection of some jolly drinks to keep the mood merry. TGI Fridays ready mix cocktails  I don’t know about you but when ever I buy premade cocktails they are always a let down, having a sort of chemical taste? so I tend to mix my own, which can be a faff. These…

  • Tonka Power Movers – cement mixer review

    As much as Freddie (and now just as much, Dexter) love playing with their cars and garages there is a definite passion that always shines though for them – construction vehicles. They both have lots of them but when we were sent the Tonka Power Movers mixer to review, it came with a difference, it makes noises when driving forwards and backwards. Proper vehicle noises, called motion drive technology. This was a complete mind blower for the boys! There are four vehicles to choose from, mixer (which we had) dump truck, front loader and bull dozer. I love this as I know Freddie will really appreciate the whole set to…

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