• (AD) #AceWinterRefresh challenge

    As much as I hate to admit it, the winter is here and it’s time to pack away my flip flops. I find the transition of summer clothes to my autumn/winter the annual ritual I need, much like putting the clocks back, to get me ready for the colder weather. Wardrobe weeding I start with getting mine and the kids summer clothes and packing them in our suitcases, all folded into little piles ready to grace us next year (also praying that we don’t have a fluke warm autumn so I won’t be sweating in my tights and baggy knit!) it’s hard to tear Freddie away from some of his…

  • (Ad) carry on exploring with Savlon Advanced Healing Gel

    Exploring outside is my family’s favourite thing to do, especially in a new area or like we are now in the change of a new season, finding all those golden, red crispy leaves. Our half term has just started so along with bonfires and firework displays we will be out and about collecting acorns, leaves and other natural treasures to bring home. One place the boys love to go, is what we call the “face tree” a big old oak tree that has eyes and a mouth with a huge branch arm! He looks really spooky and even more so in the dusky light of the clocks going back. The…

  • Finding the light this autumn

    We have just come back from and end of summer mini break and as we left the rain started. We got home, popped the heating on and both couldn’t believe how dark it had seemed to get so much earlier than a few days before. Within hours the summer seemed so far away and I felt a bit bleak looking out towards winter. I do however, love autumn, the need for warmth and somewhere cosy like a cat. The change in the seasons and the colour of the leaves makes me want pop my wellingtons on and rush to get outside, but I notice that when I travel to work…

  • Pumpkin picking at Llynclys hall farm shop

    It’s already nearly that time of year where the crisp leaves have fallen on the floor, the tights and boots come out and it’s time to get pumpkin picking ready for Halloween. There is nothing quite as fun as going to a pumpkin patch and selecting a pumpkin that’s just right for you and your family. In our local area there are few quite a few pumpkin patches but one that we really loved visiting last year was Llynclys Hill farm shop. The pumpkin display I don’t think can be beaten and they are striking to see. Llynclys Hall farm shop As the name suggests there is a farm and…

  • How to make sloe gin

    It’s that time of year where the berries are starting to flush deep reds and purples ready for picking. My absolute favourite thing to do and something that has turned into my little tradition is to make various foraged berry gins, vodkas and whiskeys. The most famous one must be good old sloe gin. In this post I will show you how to make sloe gin. Getting the sloes It can be a little a little tricky to find the ripe, deep purple sloes unless you have a patch in your local area that has a few sloe bushes. All I can say is look for the long thorns in…

  • (Ad) Fresh cherry Bakewell bars

    British Cherry season is upon us as those juicy red nuggets are in abundance. We love them in the Ready Freddie Go household as they are so sweet and plump – they don’t last long in the fruit bowl. In fact they are pretty much eaten straight out the paper bag before they make it in there! Here is a simple recipe to use them to make fresh cherry Bakewell bars. Cherries are so versatile too, they hold their sweetness and shape when cooked, so along with #LoveFreshCherries I have made fresh cherry Bakewell bars, brimming with fresh cherries and nostalgic Bakewell tart flavour, perfect cut into slices and taken…

  • Organic cows milk – why we made the switch

    You may know that both my boys have suffered from CMPA, cows milk protein allergy. After a few unsuccessful trials of the milk ladder, eventually they both tolerated dairy and were fine for a long time drinking cows milk and eating cows milk products. However a few months ago both boys started up with gastric symptoms and upset tummies. After some consultant advice we switched to organic cows milk. Skeptical to make the switch Now, I was highly skeptical. I’m all for free range foods etc for the benefit of animal welfare but I have always felt that organic food was pretty much a cop out – unless I was…

  • (AD) Keeping them young with Hills Dog food

    Our family unit has never been just the kids, hubby and I – ours extends to include three cats and two dogs, the fur babies that we had long before our two legged sprogs. They complete our family and our Springer spaniel litter mates, Bella and Ludo are very much the heart of our family. We had the pups back in 2011 and I’m so pleased my boys are growing up with pets just as we did, they learn responsibility with walks and feeding aswell as having the love and bond that you get with a dog that is so special, you can’t really sum it up but its just…

  • Our first family trip to Birmingham

    This is a collaborative post. Even though we live just about an hour from Birmingham, it’s one of those places that we never really explore even though there are plenty of destination space on our bucket list. I have been itching to take the boys because there is so much for them to see and do outside of our pretty little town. You really are spoilt for choice in Birmingham, a vast array of places to eat, traditional and modern takes on bars, children’s activities and numerous hotels to provide a pit stop for a hard days shopping at the bullring – or maybe even you are travelling a bit…

  • Butter making in a jar boredom buster

    The cries of “I’m bored” are enough to send any one stir crazy and of course the 6 weeks holidays is littered with the phrase. I’m still pretty exhausted from having another bout of pericarditis and so keeping the kids occupied whilst trying not to over do it is always the challenge. This butter making in a jar activity is super easy to let them get on with and they are always fascinated by it, not the mention there is something to make yet another snack with at the end! What you will need A really clean jam jar or Kilner jar Tub of double cream, ours was 500ml Salt…