• (Ad) YHA London Oxford Street – At the centre of the action

    One of my favourite places in the world to visit is London. It holds many special memories and I love everything from the the hectic crazy traffic, smell of the dusty busy tube to the huge array of eateries. I just love it and have always wanted to take the boys to explore the delights. I was contacted by YHA to see if I would like to review a stay during December and see what festive sights and scenes I could enjoy. We choose YHA Oxford street due to its central location and the perfect base to explore from as it’s located perfectly within tube zones 1 & 2. I’ve…

  • How I manage my workload day to day

    Now I’m back at work, I had to schedule my blogging time carefully. I can’t sit and do a day whenever I feel like it as my rota falls on different says so I tend to have different days off. It’s something I never really thought about before I was back at work but I definitely took for granted the freedom it gave me! However, apart from this time organisation factor it actually has some benefits and it allows me to find a way to sync both systems seamlessly (most of the time) It allows me to give myself designated time for my blogging work. Before I snuck this into…

  • (Ad) putting Treads shoes through their paces

    One thing I wish was emphasised to me before I had children the sheer speed that school shoes deteriorate even before the end of the school term is on the horizon. Freddie has trashed, I mean completely trashed so many pairs just through play time football and general rough and tumble that I had pretty much given up expecting any longevity. We have tried expensive shoes, the cheapest shoes and middle of the road brands. Honestly, it makes no difference. It gets to a point when even some shoe polish and a quick buff up is futile as the leather is embarrassingly obliterated beyond recognition. I was curious when Treads…

  • (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…

  • (Ad) new look Thorntons on Birmingham High Street

    This post is an Ad in collaboration with Thorntons. Last week I attended the opening of the light and airy, new look Thorntons store on Birmingham High Street. This was a little sneak peek before the public unveiling of the new store on September 11th. It was fabulous to see the new detailing of the store, and also the passion and love that goes into every single Thorntons chocolate, from the truffles to ice creams to models. For me, Thorntons is a brand that is synonymous with two things, tradition and history and with over 100 years of tradition behind the name, Thorntons delivers just that. Launched in 1911, Joseph Thornton had the ethos of having “the best sweet…

  • 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…