• 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…

  • Lavender fields to visit in the UK

    You can’t help but notice the colour palette if the UK along side the changing months, the yellow of Rapeseed, pastel delphiniums, Red fields of poppies and right now, July & August, is the time to find out a lavender field. Not just for the blue, violet, pale pink and white tones, but the classical relaxing scent of lavender itself. With the help of some fabulous bloggers, I have put together a mini guide of the best lavender fields in the UK. So please let me know if you have one you love and we haven’t added! Morbrook lavender, Underton – Shropshire I have added this because its right on…

  • Creamy anchovy and tomato gnocchi with Ciao Gusto

    One of my great food loves are anchovies. This might be strange to some people as anchovies tend to be difficult ground to tread, my husband can’t stand them for instance! But, I promise if you give them a chance they add the most wonderful dimension to any meal and and such a helpful ingredient. I’m going to make an anchovy and creamy tomato gnocchi with Ciao Gusto Italian Deli at Ocado, who specialise in Italian food products. They have a massive range via Ocado and give a real authentic taste to meals with proper ingredients. These anchovies I am using are stuffed with capers, I absolutely love them because it…

  • Flower confetti fields at Wick, Worcestershire

    In 2017 I took the boys and my mom to go and see the flower confetti fields at Wick, near Pershore in Worcestershire. I had never heard of them before, it was just a chance of seeing them on Facebook and a moment of “I have to go!” So we did. Dexter was only weeks old and I really love the photos from that day as the flowers just make the photographs really have a special edge. This is one of the reasons that we went back, a year later, to have some more photos! The fields are open again now (June 21st 2019) for another nine days so here…

  • South Cornwall – Our favourite Family friendly beaches

    Last July we had THE most perfect break in South Cornwall. The weather was perfect,  it just took me back – you know how endless summer seemed as a kid with warm, sunny days, suncream sweaty sand hair, tanned arms and legs with freckles everywhere. This is just how it was. We had late night sunset chasing, fish and chips and rock pools galore. Here is a little round up of our new found family friendly favourite beaches in South Cornwall. Porthcurno This was an unexpected gem of a find, literally the Caribbean in South Cornwall. A first visit for us all and it wont be the last! The sea was…

  • Taking the stress out of moving

    My friends have recently moved house and just hearing about their moving woes has taken me right back to when we moved house and how much I realise that I can’t stand moving house (even though I have done it a lot!..five times in five years to be exact!) I don’t think there is any easy way round it other than to bite the bullet and get stuff done. I mean, looking back I know and can see that I have always left stuff till the last minute, it’s just such a task to mentally get prepared for, stuffing everything you own into boxes and bags. It’s the emotional aspect…

  • Our £9.50 Norfolk Sun holiday to Caister-on-Sea

    Almost annually we go on a Sun holiday and we love them. We have had such great experiences and been to so many different places and at a fraction of the cost and, it becomes a sort of addiction to go again! Now this isn’t an Ad or a sponsored post this is just because I think giving a Sun holiday a chance is one of the best things you can do, especially if you have kiddies and want a quintessential seaside holiday, which I always do as it reminds me of my childhood. This year we decided to go to Norfolk, it was my families go to holiday of…