As a child, I can remember the excited feeling I got whenever my mum said that we could pop into the toy store whilst we were out.  Now that I am a parent, I watch the children’s faces light up as I mention that we have time to pop into Smyths Toys on the way home from wherever we have been.  The sparkle appears in their eyes and chattering starts between them on our drive over there.  Planning on what to look at first, guessing to see if they have any Skylanders on offer or whether they have new sets of LEGO available.… View Post

Set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures roamed the earth, EARLY MAN tells the story of courageous caveman hero Dug (Academy Award®-winner EDDIE REDMAYNE) and his best friend Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth (TOM HIDDLESTON) and his Bronze Age City to save their home…… View Post

A few years ago if I told you that I headed to the freezer on busy days to whip up a meal for the family.  I probably would have been mocked for it.  In fact, I wouldn’t have even confessed to reaching for a packet of chicken nuggets for fear of comments about doing so.  Nowadays brands such as Bird’s Eye take the quality of their frozen range very seriously.  With a recent overhaul of their entire chicken range.  Which for us as a family is fantastic, with a selection of crumbs and grills which are perfect with veg and potatoes.  To the golden wholegrain nuggets which the children adore.  Made with golden wholegrain they can be incorporated into family meal times in so many ways.… View Post

‘I bet no other school gives you the chance to chase super villains through hidden tunnels!’ That’s what Milly Dillane has to say about life at Blaggard’s, A.K.A Gangster School.

Milly and her new friend Charlie have just started at Blaggard’s.  But what’s it like to be in a school that teaches lying, kidnapping and stealing instead of Maths and English? Their parents and teachers are master criminals and want them to follow in their footsteps … but are Milly and Charlie just too … dependable?… View Post

Unless you have been living under a rock you will know that the Royal Wedding took place yesterday. To celebrate this the children’s school held a ‘dress to impress’ non-school uniform on Friday. Encouraging the children (and teachers too) to dress up for a picnic party to celebrate and congratulate Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

This was quite a special occasion as the school don’t normally get involved with National celebrations. So the children were very excited – Roo more so as she finally fits into a dress we bought two years ago! and looked every inch the princess. Opting to raise money for one of Harry and Meghan’s chosen charities, Scotty’s Little Soldiers helping bereaved British Forces children.… View Post

Focusing on coordination and puzzle solving they have had a number of different puzzles available within her room.  With wooden shape puzzles especially intriguing her.  So when TinyMe recently contacted us I loved the idea of continuing the puzzle fun at home. What better way to do this than with the TinyMe Personalised Name Puzzle.… View Post

There are countless posts and articles about how to transform your wardrobe and decluttering your home.  Letting go of the outfits that have been hanging in your wardrobe for years yet you can’t bear to part with.  Or finally getting round to empty the cupboard of doom under the stairs, the garden shed etc.  All those ‘I might need this someday’ items that you never really need to keep hold off. However, it appears that alongside hoarding clothes and furniture, we Brits also hoard unused coins.  … View Post

Peppa Pig, along with her family and friends have been part of our family life for around 10 years.  With Roo discovering the quirky tunes, songs and comedic actions that they all get up to.  Over the years we have taken both Roo and Tigger to Peppa Pig World just north of Southampton.  With each of them loving the rides, the atmosphere and all things Peppa Pig.  Up until now we hadn’t taken Piglet, however, it was on our bucket list of places to visit this year.… View Post

Confession time… Tigger suffers from the middle child syndrome. Bless his heart he has never really had a bedroom kitted out to the way he would choose.  Up until we moved home two years ago he had the box room.  Which was the nursery that had decorated for the arrival of Roo. In neutral tones of cream and cocoa to tie in with the Mamas & Papas Barnaby Bear theme, we had chosen.  It was never redecorated for his arrival or the subsequent years he called it his bedroom. It never had his own stamp on, it was just a room where he slept and kept his belongings.… View Post