Easy Banana Bread | Cooking with Kids

So you want to make banana bread, or more you want to make banana bread with the kids, you need an easy banana bread recipe you can make quickly with minimum mess and lots of enjoyment? Then this is the recipe for you and your tot! From scooping to squishing this super easy banana bread recipe has it all!


3 Tips For A Long Lasting Relationship

When you meet the right person, there’s no doubt you’ll want to do what you can to ensure your relationship lasts. In this post, you’ll find three secrets that should help you to make sure your bond goes from strength to strength.
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How To Stop The Bleeding Gums | Corsodyl Ultra Clean Toothpaste Review

So you want to know how to stop bleeding gums? I have to admit to you that my gums and teeth are in an horrific condition, from not looking after them properly when I was younger and never really having a strict hygiene routine with them through teen and early adult hood, its easy for me to 'forget' to brush my teeth...just typing that makes me cringe...and actually that is a really hard thing to admit, and I'm not sure why because as gum disease affects approximately 50% of adults worldwide, so I can't be the only one right?

I remember going to the dentist. something I was already panicky about, when I was pregnant with Jenson and they started a procedure that hurt me so bad I cried so hard in the chair, the dentist had to stop,  he re-booked me an appointment, but of course I never returned. Still to this day the thought of putting myself through that again...just...

I literally have no words.

So when Corsodyl heard my story they got in touch and asked me if I wanted to try out the new Ultra Clean toothpaste, of course I agreed, here is my story...

Thrifty But Stylish Fashion Finds For Kids #3 | What My Kid Wore Wednesday

If you are a regular around her e you will know for the last few weeks I have been sharing some of my favourite thrifty outfits, you see I love a good old snoop at kids fashion hashtags on Instagram. Then one day whilst sat at my laptop, on my brand spanking new desk, with a new found love for all things blogging, I just sat and thought just because I shop second hand, and just because my kids wear thrifty finds and hand me downs, doesn't mean I cant share our outfits on the What My Kids Wore Wednesday linky.  In fact, I thought, I should embrace this and share our charity shop finds and hand me downs and show that thrifty shopping doesn't need to mean moth hole ridden throwbacks from 10 years ago! So every Wednesday I share with you some of our current faves. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel too, I share at least one pay day haul and charity shop haul a month.

I hope it will inspire you to take a peak next time you walk past the local charity shop...our first favorite this week is made up of hand me downs! Hand me down Converse (Evie's old shoes), leggings handed down from a (younger) cousin! And the hoodie used to be Jenson's, but Elsie absolutely loves clothe like this and its a really easy piece to wear, especially for these spring school runs when you aren't quite sure what the weather is going to do! 

Hoodie (originally M&S), hand me down | Leggings (originally F&F), hand me down | Converse, hand me down

Evie's fave this week has been this pink oversized pink jumper which cost just 50p in a charity shop! And I actually managed to get her into jeans...mainly because it was raining and we needed to go town and she had no clean tights! (Serious is anyone else's wash pile never ending!!) Note the matching Converse! (Evie's new ones were £5 from a Facebook selling page I think)

Jumper (originally Next), charity shop find | Jeans, Primark | Converse, Facebook bargain!

That's all I have to share this week (I am very behind with everything and just forgot to take any photos of Jenson and Ellie's clothes! Let me know in the comments below if you have found a bargain won't you!

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Sweet And Spicy Gammon & Pineapple Skewers with Green Vegetable Salad | Sunday Lunch Al Fresco Style

A few weeks ago range oven cooker brand, Leisure, got in touch and asked me if I fancied create a recipe based around one of this years 4  food trends as part of their ‘Tribes to Table’ campaign. Did you know that this years hot food trends include eating 'root to leaf' - cooking with all of the edible parts of that plant. For example, using cauliflower leaves, broccoli stalks, carrot greens or watermelon rinds in recipes The Middle East - Middle eastern flavours & cooking methods are becoming more & more popular and it's likely we will be using more spice mixes in our cooking. Oysters &razor clams are big this year for seafood lovers and for the bakers among us sugar free (or refined sugar free) baking is set to be as popular as ever! That trend, for now, is here to stay!

So, as part of my challenge, I set about thinking how I could update our favourite meal, the ever popular (in the UK at least) Sunday lunch. Its a meal that gets put on the back burner once spring and summer arrive and inevitably we eat outdoors more and of course the BBQ gets put to work!  Our favourite meat  is most definitely a nice honey glazed ham joint, it is always a hit around here as Dean isn't really a meat eater, I decided to make some spicy sticky gammon and turn the Sunday veg into a crunchy taste packed salad, served alongside a yoghurt dip and flatbreads. It makes the perfect al fresco Sunday lunch in half the time.

Healthy Lunchbox Ideas | Soreen Lunchbox Loaves

This isn't the first time I have written about healthy lunchbox ideas, I love finding new ideas to fill the mini monsters lunchboxes, I won't lie, it is probably the thing I search for most on Pinterest! I hate the idea that they might get bored of the same old thing. The same tuna sarnie, the same cheesey dipper...the same banana muffins, the same youghurt...so I love to mix it up, even if that means something as simple as swapping a tuna sandwich for a tuna filled pitta pocket!

So how can you provide a healthy and exciting lunchbox, without breaking the bank or spending a week in the kitchen making and baking? And making sure it is something that children will love? I had a chat with 2 of my mini monsters (4 and 5) and here is what would make their PERFECT lunch for school...



Thrifty But Stylish Fashion Finds For Kids | What My Kid Wore Wednesday

I love a good old snoop at kids fashion hashtags on Instagram and I have wanted to join in with This Mama Life's kids style linky for ages, but I was held back by the fact that my kids don't actually wear much stuff that is new, so will people actually want to even see it?

Then one day whilst sat at my laptop, on my brand spanking new desk, with a new found love for all things blogging, I just sat and thought just because I shop second hand, and just because my kids wear thrifty finds and hand me downs, doesn't mean they don't have style. In fact,I thought, I should embrace this and share our charity shop finds and hand me downs and show that thrifty shopping doesn't need to mean moth hole ridden throwbacks from 10 years ago! So every Wednesday I will share with you some of our current faves.

Will you be able to click through and buy them if you love them? Nope! BUT hopefully it will inspire you to take a peak next time you walk past the local charity shop...

Charity Shop Fashion Finds For Kids

Gousto Food Subscription Service Review

A few weeks ago Gousto got in touch and asked if I’d like to try out and review their meal subscription service, in the midst of the Easter half term break just and having 4 mini monsters at home it seemed like the perfect time to review, although most of the time me, Dean and the kids all eat together at least twice a week we will eat once the kids have gone to bed (usually on nights when it's been one of those days and the kids have a quick freezer tea or one of their faces, a picnic tea!).


The main appeal to me was the fact that everything comes ready prepared, ready weighed and measured and all you need to do is cook! Meal prep is one of the things that I really really despise after a hard day with the kids so this was the real draw for me! Prices start at £27.49 per week for two recipes for 2 people (what we have tried out here) and I won't lie, I have previously spoken about how I like to save money on our food shop, and the price of the boxes has put me off trying them myself, so what did I think? Was it worth the money and would I ever purchase them again?

After searching the Gousto website and choosing the recipes we would like to receive, we eventually decided on a couple and we were able to choose our delivery day (we did have to wait a little longer than you would usually as it was the Wednesday before Easter weekend so of course no deliveries over Easter bank holiday!) Easter weekend came and unfortunately for us me and Evie spend 4 days in hopsital and I totally forgot about our review boxes impending delivery when we finally got home on Tuesday night!

The next morning my phone pinged and a text came trough to remind me of my Gousto box arrival when the box arrived it was well packaged and very well insulated with lots of biodegradable packaging and cooling elements keeping the food fresh and chilled. After an anxiety ridden day changing Evie's dressings and administering her medicine myself for the first time, I was extra thankful for the box especially when I opened it to find everything was individually  labelled and even happier that, as I had expected, everything was measured out and ready to go! Seriously after the last few days we had had this box came at exactly the right time!



The recipes were written up on cards with a mouthwatering photo of the finished dish and easy to follow instructions as well as a photo ingredient list. That night, after the kids were settled in bed we got about making the first dish Sticky Chilli Beef Burritos with Lime Mayo. The recipe card was easy to follow and the recipe was very easy actually, I would be able to make it again without the recipe in front of me. Our meal took around 20(ish) minutes to cook and prepare and we were soon sat at the table enjoying our Mexican feast! Every last morsel was polished off and our bellies left very full indeed!

The next night Dean was ill and as the meat had quite short dates I was keen to get it used sooner rather than later and so Ellie grabbed her sous chef hat (not literally speaking!) and joined me in the kitchen to cook up an Indian delight, Curried Chicken and Sultana Rice,  It was really easy to make and the 2 chicken breasts were very generous in size. Again the recipe was easy to follow, so easy in fact that Ellie became head chef and I became her sous chef!! With it being half term and a rather busy night, what with being one parent down and half term so it was quite late by the time we ate on this night and unfortunately I didn't get any photos but I am hoping you all trust me enough to believe me when I tell you it was just as delicious as it sounds!


So would I recommend Gousto and would I buy them myself? The simple answer is Yes and Yes! The meals in our Gousto box made for a very a tasty treat and took the worry of meal planning and food shopping away, at a time when actually we really needed a little break from it, so if I knew we were about to have a bit of a week I would definitely order a Gousto box in advance! The only thing off putting for me is the price, to feed us all it would cost upward of £60 and that isn't even for a full week of meals, which would be pushing our food budget to the extreme. BUT saying that that £60 could be some families idea of a cheap week, its all relative isn't it? And the quality of the food was unlike anything I have ever eaten before, it has definitely made me think about maybe expanding our budget and trying out local food markets and our local butcher for better quality food when we can.

Fancy trying Gusto for yourself? You can get up to a whopping £25 off your first box just follow my referral link below.

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Alternatively use code TORNADO to receive £40 of your first and second box.

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Disclaimer: We were sent this box for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

33(ish) Top Tips For A Good Nights Sleep (for parents by parents!)

Hands up if you love sleep?  Now hands up if you think you do not get enough sleep! According to research we sleep for 25 years of our life! WOW! But research also shows that new parents lose up to 44 days of sleep in the first year...let alone all the years that follow. Because, my friends, let me tell you Elsie is 3 and a half and I STILL don't sleep all night every night! And I know I am not alone!

Whether it be the kids or worry and stress that keep you up at night (51% of women), or maybe its something else, when the #SleepExperts at Adjustamatic Adjustable Beds UK send me an email with the video below it got me thinking about how us parents can help ourselves get a good night sleep. So I asked around, I asked Mum's everywhere so that I could bring you this round up of top tips for a good night sleep for Parents BY PARENTS...


Office Tour and Red Candy Review

I have been blogging 3 years now, and since about 1 year in I decided I wanted a desk area in my house. Well as usual it takes me years to do anything and last weekend I finally got around to getting it done! I couldn't let the occasion pass without a little office tour could I. The space I have is a small alcove at the side of the chimney breast,, so just a small space to fit everything in! So far its working for me and the kids have had fun using it for there homework too!!

Four Thrifty But Stylish Fashion Finds For Kids | What My Kid Wore Wednesday

I love sneaking a peak at #ootd and #whatmykidwore hashtags on Instagram and I have been saying for ages that I will join in with This Mama Life's kids style linky, and then I thought, well my kids don't actually wear much stuff that is new, so will people actually want to even see it?

And you know what, in the end I just sat and thought just because I shop second hand, and just because my kids wear thrifty finds and hand me downs, doesn't mean they don't have style. In fact, I should embrace this and share that charity shop finds and hand me downs doesn't need to mean moth hole ridden throwbacks. So every Wednesday I will share with you some of our current faves. Will you be able to click through and buy them if you love them? Nope! BUT hopefully it will inspire you to take a peak next time you walk past the local charity shop...

Charity Shop Fashion Finds For Kids

Zeek Review | Buy and Sell Gift Cards

When Zeek, a website and app where you can save money with discounted gift vouchers and make money from gift vouchers that you will never use, asked me if we would like to review the service and their app I was pretty curious, and thought it sounded like a great way to save money on an upcoming purchase.

From Argos to iTunes and Pizza Express to Starbucks, there are vouchers for all of your favourite stores, both high street and online, and food places, so if you know what you are looking for you head over to the website or the app and simply search for what you are looking for. You can even buy vouchers for grocery stores, and whilst Tesco vouchers only get around 1% discount you can get Iceland vouchers with up to 4% discount so it is worth a look if you want to save on your everyday buys. You can even buy vouchers for Spa days with up to 30% discount and if you are heading to Build a Bear check out the Zeek app and you could get up to 25% off. Of course these offers may change from the time of writing this review (April 2017) as it depends on what people are selling!

Once you have chosen and paid for you vouchers electronic vouchers are delivered immediately, and physical vouchers are posted out to you.

Whats more, Zeek uses several verification procedures to ensure that the vouchers listed are legitimate, and all of your details are kept secure throughout the process.

Saving Money With Zeek, App Review.

Cooking With Kids. Carrot Shaped Crispy Cakes

Its been a while since we did some baking and shared the recipe, but with Easter just around the corner it would be rude not to share a fun Easter bake! We were going to make something similar to last years Caramel Egg Crispy Cakes but last minute...when I couldn't find our rectangle baking tray I changed my mind and decided that our round baking tin would be perfect to make some carrot shaped crispy cakes!


Four of My Favourite Places To Visit

Last week www.chill.ie/ sent me an e-book of must do road trips in Ireland, it got me thinking about my favourite places to visit. Whether it be a day trip or longer. All of the places come from holidays me and my family took when I was a child. They have that charm of childhood memories and as me and Dean have been talking about taking the monsters to places we visited as kids I thought I would put a mini list together and make it a bucket list of places we want to visit in the next couple of years.



Activity Time. Galaxy Chalk Pictures

This was a really fun activity that the mini monsters really enjoyed, there is something about chalk that means kids, or mine at least, just want to explore the effects that they can make. Smudged chalk is great for making a galaxy effect on black paper.

Creating An Inspirational and Lasting First Impression

How many times have you walked into some where, lets say a reception area somewhere, maybe a doctors, maybe the dentists and made an impression on the spot. A few years ago Ellie had an appointment and the reception area wasn't the best. Where there could have been comfortable and impressive office reception furniture, there were tatty chairs, ripped posters, and regimental and tired looking furniture. She immedietly got aggy, her, and my first impression wasn't great, she was nervous as it was and this area was supposed to be the place to settle her nerves.

As we sat waiting, we was fully expecting to walk into Miss Trunchballs office, when in fact  the actual room we were invited into was bright, clean, cosy and comfy. A complete contrast to what had met us previously. The staff we spoke with completely lovely. But that first impression? That is what she remembers mostly.

I am currently in the process of bringing together a small home office area, primarily for myself, to inspire me to get my blogging mojo back. You probably have this image of bloggers sat in a trendy home office right? Well, I currently sit on my living room floor at the coffee table, and its not the most inspiring space to be creative!

What has this got to do with anything I started this blog post talking about you may ask? 

We want an area that we walk into and want to stay, as this area will be used by Ellie as a study area too, I need an area that looks great, that creates a lasting impression, and one that we will look at and be inspired to sit at, somewhere that makes me feel like a mum boss, somewhere I can create, somewhere I can be the blogger I know I can be! And somewhere that Ellie is inspired to be her best.

We have decided that we want white gloss, we want copper, and we want inspiring quotes to greet us when we walk into the room.

Finding furniture we both love and can afford (that girl ahs expensive taste!) is proving difficult but here ere are a few of the things we have found that we both love, including this chair from furniture at work, ikea desk. Mug and prints from etsy (which are both on order as we speak!) and the wall organiser, meant for a kitchen but shhh!, from Red Candy is sat in my bedroom waiting to be put up (review coming soon).


Come back soon to find out how we decorated our inspiring study area.

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Five Busy Mum Beauty Tips

So back in January I promised myself I would take more time out for me, that I would make more of an effort, if not for me then or my poor husband who is probably sick of looking at my unbrushed mane and eye bags! But fast forward to April and here I am sat here typing with an unbrushed mum bun, and stained t-shirt (please tell me you are sat there reading this in exactly the same state!) So when Ellisons, experts in beauty, sent me through an e-book containing beauty tips, information about the right health foods to eat and how to look after your hair I thought I would share a few of the tips here for you...


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Activity Time. See It, Say It, Spell It with Glow In The Dark Stars

My little guys love to spell and sound out words, if it includes letters then its always an activity that is going to get lots of use from my mini monsters. Especially Evie, she loves anything to do with sounding words out and spelling.

5 Gadgets To Make Live Easier For An Older Loved One

Independence, the one thing I think,  I'm sure you will agree, is one of the things that are most important to us. But also one that we probably take for granted the majority of the time.  Unfortunately though for some as they get older and head into the later years of live some have to fight to remain independent. For those who care for an older loved there are lots of gadgets out there to help their loved ones keep some independence. I've found 5 gadgets that will help older loved ones keep their independence in some of day to days most important situations.



Activity Time. Galaxy Sensory Bin

My mini monsters love a sensory bin and with our theme of space this fortnight I thought a galaxy space bin would be an awesome idea! I had never tried to colour rice before but thanks to the help of Clare and Emma I gave it a go and it came out amazing!

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Chad Valley Favourites! #ChadValleyPlayPanel

Back in October I announced we were part of the Chad Valley Play Panel, as our stint comes to an end I thought I would share some of our favourite toys from the last few months...



15 Awesome Dinosaur Play Ideas For Kids

I've decided its time to pull my finger  out, I used to do so many activities with Evie and Jenson and poor little Elsie has always been the one 'left behind' So last week I  planned some simple, quick and easy dinosaur themed activities because right now she loves herself a dinosaur or two! I thought I would share some of the activities that have kept us busy.

We have a small set of shelves that contain toys that Elsie (and the other monsters) can just grab and play with when they like and then I try and plan at least an extra activity a day, usually something that cant be left out, messy play, paint etc. So the last week on our 'learning shelves' I put dinosaur small world toys, wooden 'tree' blocks, stones, dinosaur themed jigsaws, puzzles, 'D' and 'd' stampers and ink pads, printables, dinosaur theme counting peg boards, dinosaur stickers and a variety of pens and papers.

Dinosaur Play Ideas

Easter Popcorn Mix

Its no secret that my kids love a themed popcorn mix they love me to make them for all occasions and as movie nights are our favourite way to spend time as a family, let me tell you, I have made many a mix! Some end up on Instagram, some just get eaten, and some end up here on the blog. The monsters have been bugging me for an Easter mix since they spotted Hop on Netflix (or similar!) a few weeks ago and this weekend they finally got there wish, an Easter popcorn mix perfect for an Easter themed movie night!

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Precious Family Time with Jord Wooden Watches

Time. Precious Time. Family Time. Time that seems so limited, time that seems to fly by so fast. Time that we waste. We all do, not purposely, of course, but we do.  Hours wasted in front of a computer, days wasted doing, basically, not a lot. This week Dean decided to take a couple of days off work. The bigger kids at school just me, Dean and Elsie for 2 whole mornings. A rarity and something we didn't want to waste. We took ourselves of on a little adventure, making sure we had our camera to remember the little things and Deans unique watch to ensure we were home in time for pre-school!

Activity Time. Dinosaur Inspired Letter Formation Station

I have already spoken about how Elsie is obsessed with letters and as she always has a pen and paper in her hand I thought it was time to add a little letter formation into the mix. This little writing station went down really well, she was forming 'd's' in just a few tries and has since become more and more fascinated with letters which has ended up in letter hunts around the house. And us playing lots more sound and letter games too! Keep a look out for more ideas for play if your child loves letters and sounds too!

Activity Time. Dino Word Hunt (& Free Word Printable)

As you know (or at least may have gathered!) we have been focusing our activities on dinosaurs this last couple of weeks, I have been trying to find activities for Jenson too, which is way out of my comfort zone. I am, by 'trade', a nursery nurse, a preschool teacher, and so I wont lie, I find it really hard to come up with activities that will focus Jenson and encourage a little bit of learning. At 5 years old he is obsessed with words, all we hear is 'how do you spell ___' or 'I can spell ___'! So I wanted a fun spelling game for him, we had lots of rice left over from a mark making tray and it came in very handy for a word hunt in a sensory bag.

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Activity Time. Post It Note Letter Hunt

Elsie is currently obsessed with letters and sounds! We have to stop at every sign we pass so she can tell me which letters she knows! We played this letter hunt together activity together whilst we were having our dinosaur week and she hunted around the house for other D words and stuck post it notes to everything she could find...

Sands Alive Cake Shop Review

Just before half term I received an email asking if we would like to review the new John Adams Sands Alive Cake Shop set, knowing how much the kids LOVE Sands Alive I said yes and we waited for our package to arrive. Every time the postman came up the path, the mini monsters got excited! Would today be the day? Eventually the day came and they were so excited, they couldn't bare to wait!  And whilst a rainy half term day they grabbed their dolls and teddies and prepared a teddy bears birthday picnic....


Thinking Ahead and Preparing For Hay Fever Season

As we fastly head into spring I have one thing on my mind (well two if we count getting the washing on the line!), hayfever hits me bad twice a year, once around mid April to May and then again in October, it goes on for around 3 weeks, starting with a mild sneeze, and climaxing in sinusitis, before it disappears as quickly as it appeared! This is a relatively new thing for me and has only affected me for the last few years.  I you are reading this I am assuming you suffer badly too, so what can we do to prevent the symptoms before they get too bad?

Family Meal Plan #21

This week I am opening up my meal plan board on Pinterest, I would love for you to be a contributor too! Just make sure you follow me on Pinterest then drop me an email and I can add you to as a contributor and you can add your own meal plans to the board for over 600 followers to see.

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Recipes: 



coming soon... Slow Cooker Cowboy Pie, Sweet Potato and Lentil Curry



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Activity Time. Craft Stick and Blo Pen Process Art

Process Art is one of my favourite things to do with the monsters,  there is something about watching children take the time to see how things work, what they can do with given materials, whilst they make their own decision's and be creative in their own unique way. I grabbed the blo pens and craft sticks and left them out. They asked what we were making, I replied 'make what you like'....


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10 Must Have Books For Kids.

Books are one of our most favourite thing, we have hundreds of books, they fill every spare space, from the storage pouffe in the lounge, to the book shelves and boxes in the bedrooms. There are books in the car, books in back packs...literally books everywhere! The Works is a great place to buy crafty bits, stationery supplies and, of course, books! I thought I would share 10 of our favourite books that I think are must haves for a children's book shelf! (All of the following books are available at The Works and all other good book stores)

Family Meal Plan #20

I have an admission to make...I fell of the meal planning wagon! We have eaten far to many takeaways and ready meals this last couple of weeks so I need to rein it in and start meal planning again! So here goes, back on the meal plan and making sure we stick to it! I'll making an oath now that I will share our meal photos on Instagram next Monday (using the new multi photo feature!) so here goes...


What is on your meal plan this week?

Chad Valley Wooden Curved Kitchen Review #ChadValleyPlayPanel

One thing that has been on the monsters Christmas and birthday lists for a year or so is a play kitchen so you can imagine their happy little faces when Chad Valley kindly sent us the Curved Wooden Kitchen to review.

Homemade Mothers Day Gift Ideas. Thumbprint Family Portrait

A few days ago Ellie came up with the cutest idea, she had seen my Mothers Day wishlist and decided to make me some family art that the whole family could be a part of. A piece of art that was totally unique to our family, that no other family would ever have the same thing... 

Ways To Save Money In 2017

As we near the end of February I think it is fair to say that those New Year Resolutions we set ourselves are but a distant thought, the aim to save all that money in that jar looks like a few copper coins in the bottom of a dish, the meal planner has had the same meals on it for 6 weeks and you have been to the gym all of once, and that was the induction...and on the way home you grabbed a takeaway...and right now your bank balance is looking very sad. So how can we get back on track and start saving the pounds? I thought I would share some of my top tips...


Chad Valley Pop Up Shop Review #ChadValleyPlayPanel

We recently received our final package as part of the Chad Valley Play Panel, we received lots of lovely things but the one that has gotten the most play this half term was the Chad Valley Pop Up Shop Play Tent  (its really been a savior for the mot boring half term ever!!)


Mothers Day Wish List

Mothers Day is just around the corner so it has got me thinking about gifts I would like to receive, now don't get me wrong I would be happy with a piece of A4 paper folded in half with the kids scribble art work on the front, and a home made cup cake. But I mean, online shopping is a guilty pleasure of mine so here is a little wish list with some gifts I think are perfect for Mothers Day...


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