• 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…

  • Bringing some colour to Halloween with Little Brian Paint sticks

    I love the kids being free and nurturing their creative side, I love to see their creations and ideas but sadly it comes with a big slice of mess. Even with every apron, table cloth and baby wipe in the world it’s unavoidable. That’s why when we got to review Little Brian paint sticks and fabric paint sticks I knew we would be onto a less messy winner this Halloween and set about our spooky challenge! The sticks themselves are just like a glue stick, you can wind it up and down to get more out and there a neat lid to keep it safely contained. This is easy to…

  • #ACEforSchool and my mucky pup!

    This September has been big for us as a family, not only did Freddie start school but I have also been introduced into the woes and ways of school uniform. Don’t get me wrong, I love how smart Freddie looks in his little maroon ensemble, but that tends to last all of ten minutes in between dropping him off and him going in the classroom. He is such a mucky pup in general, his crisp white polo tops and deep red jumpers have so far been christened with Baked bean juice gravy felt tip pen  paint mud custard I would also like to add that these are the ones that…

  • Care package with Care Bears

    I very rarely take time for myself, or even think about taking time for myself. So imagine how overwhelmed I was when I received a glorious care package from CareBears and Flair. Now Freddie has started school I feel I’m chasing my tails somewhat and feel a bit stretched, I’m still finding my routine – so it’s been nice to have a little pamper and unwind to refresh my scrambled egg head.  The package containted Care Bears Medium Plush, Care Bears Cubs Plush and a Care Bear Squishems Figures, hot chocolate, tea, haribo, a Yankee candle, face mask and fluffy socks. As soon as I put the socks on I…

  • PJ masks giving us a #superstarttoschool

    The last week for us has been extraordinarily monumental. In fact it’s been a few weeks longer than that for me which the angst of waiting for it all to happen.  You see, my first-born has started school!  Now I know I’ll seem silly but I have literally been dreading this moment since he was born, I hate the thought of him being so without me and off on his own, even though he needs this to flourish it seems so unnatural for me to just leave him. He so needed it though, he really did. A big thing for Freddie is that he doesn’t like big changes to the…