• #Ad – a summer update with Protest

    After the glorious sunshine we have had recently, I am more than ready to welcome summer back into our lives. This year too, I’m embracing online shopping more and this has been helped by the choice offered via Protest. I was offered a selection of clothing from the Protest website, which stocks sportswear and accessories from women’s bikinis to sunglasses, flip flops to Men’s swimwear. I chose a dress and flip flops for me, a hoody and T-shirt for my husband and a T-shirt that Dex chose for himself. The Protest website is really easy to use and features and simple yet accurate measuring system to ensure you get the…

  • gifted – Petit Jovial luxury vegan skincare

    I’m always looking for the product which makes the mundane and everyday seem that little bit more special. Things are testing for everyone at the moment so its nice to see an increase of self care to get us through. Typically the skin care products in this house are for the boys so that they can have a fun and nourishing bathtime, that’s fine, but sometimes I crave that slice of heaven too Rather than just hopping in and out the shower. I was gifted a skin care set from Peitit Jovial and thought that the perfect time to try it was after a long, 12.5 hour shift with tired…

  • Ad -Schwartz recipe mix – easy Chilli

    If you read my blog you’ll know by now that I love cooking. It’s something I really enjoy, especially creating meals for my family or batch cooking to store in the freezer for homemade ready to go meals. I have to admit that I don’t usually use a recipe mix either. One of our staple ingredients is minced beef – especially 5% low fat content minced beef. I can make lots of meals from one pack and I know that my family are getting a good hit of protein as well as something filling and nutritious for a meal. One of our family favourite recipes is Chilli con carne. This…

  • (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…

  • (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) 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…

  • Monster Jam and Kinetic dirt toys review

    Freddie has pretty much loved watching Monster Trucks for as long as I can remember, all thanks to his obsession with Blippi and the Monster Truck song. They are kind of fascinating though and I’m sure I would find parking a whole lot easier in one of those bad boys! Freddie has been sent a variety of Monster Jam monster truck toys to review as Monster Jam has joined up with Spin Master toys and released a selection of die cast vehicles, remote control cars and a Kinetic Dirt stunt ramp set. Grave Digger remote control truck Grave digger was one of Freddies very first favoutite monster trucks and so…

  • #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 impressions 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…

  • Protection even for Nappy Ninjas #Bepanthenprotects #ad

    #Ad. There is nothing more miserable and sad than a baby with sore, red raw nappy rash. Sadly both of my boys had Cows milk protein allergy and this was the culprit for some violent nappy explosions and the worst nappy rash – bleeding blisters giving way to red raw skin, this used to heighten at teething time when the acidic poo would just strip the skin and burn. The first 12 months we had lots of nappy rash and this is when it’s most common too. From two weeks old Dexter’s milk allergy was on full pelt and he was also on strong anti reflux medication, a side effect…