• #ACEit challenge for mucky paws and pups! #gifted

    In the mix of our family dynamic there are three cats, two dogs and two whirlwind boys and I’m not sure who is messiest. The dogs will endeavour to get mud everywhere and the boys will always get tomato based stains down their white polo shirts. It’s inevitable and it’s a way of the universe, I’ve come to accept that. With the dogs we leave a towel by the backdoor in attempt to catch any muddy footprints before they come into the kitchen. However this means the towels (aka dog towels!) have become grey overtime and mud can be really tricky to wash out. In the same vein the kids…

  • #ad Delicius Anchovy Fillets Rolled with Capers

    This is a collaboration with Ciao Gusto. One of my guilty pleasures is eating anchovies straight from the jar. That salty comforting taste is second to none and I covet them often. My husband is the only one in the family who isn’t really keen so it tend to omit them from dishes he has. Other than that we cook with them a lot, I love them to add some zing to Bolognese, a real depth of flavour to lamb and another dimension to gravies. one dish I have always wanted to have a go at making is tapenade, an anchovy and olive based spread that is as delicious on…

  • #ad Great little bakers with Nadiya Hussain baking kits

    The kids love getting in the kitchen and creating something edible, but even more so as the autumn sets in and the cosy nights come along. We have been testing out a wonderful making kit from Nadiya Hussain, a previous winner of Great British Bake Off, perfect for little hands and creative fingers that want to get busy in the kitchen. There are few things that evoke more memories of my childhood than cooking (and eating!) with family. Those custardy, fruit filled crumbles, crumbling scones abs buttery shortbread take me back to the first time I tasted them, I hope this is the case for my own children as I…

  • #AD making Halloween mischief with MAOAM

    I’m working in a paid relationship with MAOAM promoting its Mischief Hub, Get ideas at https://maoam.fun/ As a family we love a prank. My husband has passed on his mischievous streak to both the boys, and pranks and tricks are a daily occurrence. Freddie loves the suspense of waiting for the fun and Dexter loves the surefire laughs afterwards. When we got the opportunity to work with MAOAM and take inspiration from its Mischief Hub for our lighthearted pranks, we couldn’t resist! MAOAM, with its tasty sweets, encourages families to enjoy mischief together. As well as being great fun, family mischief is a real bonding experience and a way to encourage your…

  • Devon cliffs – A weekend break

    Just over a week and a bit into the new “back to school” routine since CoVid madness and we drove down the M5 to Devon cliffs. Devon cliffs We all love the sea and any time spent near the ozone air and lapping of the waves is enough to satisfy us, so we trundled down on the Friday night after the first full week of school and took residence at Devon cliffs Holiday park. we have been here before, it’s a perfect caravan site and had easy access to the beach, we worried earlier in the year it would be cancelled like our trip to Norfolk, but thankfully we got…

  • How our home adapts to kids and pets

    Our family is quite big, as well as the four of us humans there are also five fur babies – two dogs and three cats. We discovered long ago that to keep some harmony (and sanity!) we would need to make adjustments within our four walls to keep things tidy, hygienic and easy to maintain. Layout Ok so this is was already a feature of our home, but one we had always wanted – a kitchen that backed onto the back garden rather than the front garden. Simply for the fact that muddy wellingtons, mucky paws and tiny little cat feet are in and out all the time so to…

  • Keeping Your Baby Safe in the Sun

    It’s common knowledge that a baby’s skin is one of the most fragile and softest skin types. That’s why it’s so important to take extra precaution to keep them safe when it is sunny. It can be so easy for young babies to become burnt; you may not even realise it has happened until their skin starts to redden. So, it is better to be safe than sorry during the summer months! To help you out, here are some tips on keeping your baby safe in the sun.1. Keep Them Away From The Sun It is recommended to keep your baby out of any direct sunlight if they are between 0 to 6 months old. As their…

  • Ad – Fun ways to get kids to brush their teeth

    I’ve found with both of my boys that initially, brushing their teeth was a mild obsession. They adored it and it became the must do activity, several times a day. But, as times goes on and the novelty wears off and the mornings of tearing my hair out over a “can you PLEASE just brush your teeth” argument gets more frequent. I love my teeth and have always looked after them well, so this has always been a massive factor in my parenting, look after your teeth, especially as their adult teeth are hiding under those baby milk teeth. Its been less of a battle lately because I have tried…

  • Fresh Flooring for Fresh Starts – How Luxury Vinyl Flooring is the Best Foot Forward

    With the new normal starting to take effect, more and more people are looking at the way they live, where they live and how to change. Whilst some people opt for buying a new home, others look to spruce up their surroundings should they ever need to find themselves indoors for longer periods of time. Now more than ever people are looking for sustainable floors that can last longer and withstand the constant use that working from home entails. Light and Dark Woods Exploring the potential of a more natural environment for your floor opens up an amazing range of wood styled vinyl planks. Light woods for that back to…

  • Finding the perfect font

    When I was at a college I studied A level media. This was a course I really enjoyed and excelled in, whilst also in a way paving and shaping my future blog. I loved being creative and trying different ways of putting out unique content. I didn’t just like to stick to the readily available templates, layouts and fonts, I used to gin download packs where I could ensure I was putting out something different and more unique. Of course, the internet and software we have now is very different and we are spoilt for choice, but it is always nice to venture out and see what’s out there for…