• #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…

  • 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…

  • Mock up made easy

    Although it really love curating my blog and its branding to be streamlined, I can see that this can sometimes be a labourious, even difficult task and if not productive can leave you being unsatisfied with your entire product. There are times when the creative juices just don’t flow and so you can end up stuck in a rut feeling less than productive. It’s a horrible feeling and can really knock your confidence when it’s hard to get back on the right foot and feel like you’re out of place. Design Bundles.net offer a service of easily seeing a final product on several different formats, as well as being able…

  • Rediscovering our local area in lockdown

    I still find it hard to comprehend what the past 11 weeks or so have brought and I haven’t wrote about it. The Worldwide change that has happened and the absolute Catastrophic devastation caused by the virus. To get through, and try and keep things normal, I’ve learned appreciate what we have and what’s around us – I’m sure like many people. At first when my husband was furloughed and both boys where at home, I was so frustrated at coming home from work in the hospital, to being surrounded by the stringent nothingness. I wanted to get out, get away, drive off. Anything – just because we couldn’t. It…