Luvabella Review

Imagine my delight when we were asked by Spinmaster to review the brand new, and just released, Luvabella doll! /you haven't heard of Luvabella? Where have you been! She is set to be the NUMBER ONE selling toy for Christmas 2017 and, let me tell you this doll has caused some controversy since a video of the prototype went viral on Facebook at the beginning of the year! Why? Well, with her true-to-life facial expressions and personality! Not only does she move, talk and play just like a real baby. Through touch and play she affectionately responds to your love from the moment she opens her eyes and giggles, even learning new skills, just like a real baby! So what did we think? How did we get on? And, more to the point is Luvabella worth her £99.99 price tag? Read on to find out...

£75 Argos Gift Card Giveaway | Chad Valley Play Panel

This time last year I excitedly told you about becoming part of the Chad Valley Play Panel. Well, I am thrilled to announce that for the second year running Chad Valley asked us (or at least the mini monsters) to join the panel again! AND to kick everything off and celebrate in style Argos, the home of over 400 Chad Valley toys, have given us one £75 Argos gift card to giveaway to one lucky winner.

9 Tips For Saving Money In The Run Up To Christmas

Hands up who over spent over the summer? Now hands up who has seen the 13 weekends until Christmas memes on Facebook and panicked a little more than they should have! I asked some money saving bloggers for tips on how you can save money in the final months of the year in the run up to Christmas.

5 Ideas For...Cooking With Kids

I love nothing more than getting in the kitchen with my kids, they love to cook, make and bake everything from cakes to snacks, to lunch time treats and helping me cook tea, I am a big advocate of getting the kids involved and teaching them the skills they need. My Mum and sister think I'm nuts putting Elsie in charge of a chopping knife and graters. But she has been cooking with me since she was 18 months old and is more than confident to use them in a controlled and supervised environment. Any how, I digress, when Worktop Express got in touch and asked me to share the kids favourite recipes I knew that this sort of round up post would be just perfect for anyone wanting to start cooking with kids...

Fruity Yoghurt Bites | Cooking With Kids

If you are looking for a recipe to cook with kids this one couldn't be easier, it uses store cupboard essentials and is loaded with dried fruit for a yummy treat perfect for any age! And whats more it cooks quickly too so little children wont have long to wait to try the fruits of their labour!

5 Essentials For...Children's Afternoon Tea (Buckets of Tea Guest Posts)

If you are new around here, Hi, I'm Becky and if there is one thing I love its a list! With this in mind I created the 5 Essentials For, a guest post series for parenting and lifestyle bloggers. This week Candace shares her top 5 essentials for afternoon tea. This just sounds like so much fun, and something my kids would love, I can't wait to create a perfect afternoon tea using Candace's essentials!

Blog Stars Little Stars with Edinburgh Life With Kids

Welcome back to Blog Stars Little Stars, the guest post series where some of my favourite blogger s interview their little stars and we find out what the kids really think! This week Laura, blogger at Edinburgh Life With Kids, handed over the reins to her littlest star Katie (4) you can find Laura on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

What My Kid Wore Wednesday | Thrifty Fashion For Kids #9

Welcome back guys! Sorry I have been so up and down with posting our outfits, this summer has been cray! I love linking up to the What My Kid Wore Wednesday linky (if you love kids fashion go check it out!) I know last month I promised I would be back every week, but I mean I do not know where the weeks go, but here we are almost a month later! Anyhoooo, here I go babbling again! This week I thought I would share Evie's hand picked outfit!

Blog Stars Little Stars with Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

Welcome back to Blog Stars Little Stars, the guest post series where some of my favourite bloggers interview their little stars and we find out what the kids really think! This week Emma, blogger at Wanderlust and Wet Wipes, handed over the reins to her little stars! You can find Emma on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Zomlings Series 6 | Review

My kids love a mini collectible figure, especially if it comes in a blind bag! So when the guys at Magic Box Toys got in touch and asked us to get involved with the launch of the BRAND NEW Zomlings Series 6, I had a bunch of very excited kids awaiting the parcel in the post!

The Snowman Tour LIVE

So,  I just saw a meme on Facebook, 14 Mondays until Christmas (as I type this its Monday 11th September),quite fitting because I want to talk about Christmas! One of our Christmas traditions is to sit and watch the Snowman as a family. Something I have done since I was small myself. So when I got an email from Carrot Productions inviting me to The Snowman LIVE this Christmas, I just had to tell you about it...

5 Ways To Save Money This Autumn

Autumn is almost here, and with the new season, comes new ways to spend your money! The summer has passed and the money we think we are going to save on days out and hungry kids will be spent on heating bills and saving for Christmas! So how can you save money this autumn? Here are 5 tips to get you started on saving the pounds and pennies!

5 Ways To Make Your House Feel New (without moving home!)

Hands up if your bored of your home? Bored of looking at the same walls, bored of looking at the same wallpaper. Hands up who would love to move house? But you know, it makes so much more sense to improve the house you have by renovating and redecorating, following these 5 tips you can easily transform your home making it feel like you live in a completely new house...but without the hassle.

Blog Stars Little Stars with Twinderelmo REVISITED

Welcome back to Blog Stars Little Stars, the guest post series where some of my favourite bloggers interview their little stars and we find out what the kids really think! This weeks Blog Stars Little Stars comes from Charlie, 8, who's Mum Beth blogs over at Twinderelmo. You can follow Beth on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


My Little Loves August 2017

I absolubtly love the Little Loves linky and its always been one of my favourite posts to write, I've dabbled in the linky a couple of times and now I have established a blogging routine I hope that I can keep up, but rather than joining in weekly I have decided I will share my Little Loves at the end of each month.

Easy DIY Cereal Box Notebook

Back to school can be a pretty stressy time for a preteen, that back to school shop when you want something different to everyone else! But the fact is, with only a couple of shops around and money tight, its Poundland and Wilkos like everyone else, that is unless you fancy trying some easy DIY! Not only do you save money but you will have something completely unique too! Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some quick and easy stationery DIY's to fill school bags and desks with items that are completely unique to the maker, starting with this super simple 5 minute craft that turns an old cereal box and some paper into a notebook.

Thrifty But Stylish Fashion Finds For Kids #8 | What My Kid Wore Wednesday

Welcome back guys! Sorry I have been so up and down with posting our outfits, this summer has been cray! I love linking up to the What My Kid Wore Wednesday linky (if you love kids fashion go check it out!) and I have really missed linking up, can you believe it was about a month ago since  last posted about kids fashion! Anyways enough babble from me, lets get on with the show...

Tips For Dealing With Chicken Pox

So your child has chicken pox and your googling ALL the tips for dealing with it! From oat baths to calamine lotion you have read it all! But what really works? What are other Mums and Dads top tips for dealing with the dreaded pox! I asked around and here are all the tips you will ever need.

Emoji Movie Inspired Popcorn Mix

Hands up if your little ones are super excited for the Emoji Movie? It was released on August 4th and my mini monsters are super excited to go this weekend. To get them in the mood we made this super fun popcorn mix inspired by all of our favourite emojis! Not that I will be bagging it up and smuggling it into the cinema...because that is frowned upon and apparently very very naughty...ahem...



5 Essentials For...Babywearing (The Mothers Room Guest Posts)

If you are new around here, Hi, I'm Becky and if there is one thing I love its a list! With this in mind I created the 5 Essentials For, a guest post series for parenting and lifestyle bloggers. This week Vivienne shares her top 5 essentials for baby wearing. I didn't really know much about baby wearing when my monsters were small so I hope this list will help any parents thinking of starting their own baby wearing journey.

5 essentials babywearing

5 Ideas For...Making Use of Craft Sticks

Last week over in the Kids Make and Bake Club EXCLUSIVE Facebook page I asked what the members had in their craft box that they never used, craft sticks came up a couple of times, so I thought I would have a hunt around and kind some amazingly awesome crafts and activities using craft sticks....

Craft Stick Activities

Blueberry and Lemon Scones | Cooking With Kids

Scones are such an easy bake for kids and the monsters have been obsessed with making scones ever since they were introduced to our easy recipe for cheese and chive scones at the beginning of summer. I wanted to make something a little different (as nice as they are there are only so many cheese scones one can eat!) We had some blueberry's hanging around in the fridge so I decided to on some summery blueberry and lemon scones, perfect for a summery snack. The basis of this scone recipe is as simple as the savory scones, making it a great recipe for cooking with the kids.

Looking for an easy to follow scones recipe? Try this Blueberry and Lemon version for a delicious scone with a difference.

Potty Training Tips - How We Went from Wet to Dry (Day and Night) In Less Than A Week

Potty training. Something all us parents have to go through. And, I wont lie, its the thing I get asked about most, what are my tips and how did I get my toddler potty trained in a week day and night! I thought this could be something that could really help out some of my readers, so here it is, especially for you, my top tips to getting your toddler dry day and night in less than a week!

The only potty training tips you will ever need, 100% success rate AND try day and night in less than a week!

Blog Stars Little Stars with Five Little Doves

Welcome back to Blog Stars Little Stars, the guest post series where some of my favourite bloggers interview their little stars and we find out what the kids really think! This weeks Blog Stars Little Star is 5 year old Eva daughter of Laura from Five Little Doves where she shares her life raising rainbows, the highs and lows of motherhood and raises awareness of the subjects close to her heart. You can follow Laura on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


5 Ideas for...Activites To Help Children Recognise and Spell Their Name

This summer Elsie has been trying so hard to write her name, something that was touched on in preschool last year. So over the last few weeks I have been finding ways we can play that will encourage her to recognise the letters in her name and therefore help her learn to write her name. As it is something I see a lot at this time of year in parenting forums and groups I thought I would share 5 ideas to help children recognise and spell their names.


5 fun and easy activity ideas to help preschool children to recognise and spell their names

Mermaid Sensory Bin With Water Beads

This summer, lets face it, has been somewhat of a wash out, and its been tough trying to find so many rainy day play ideas. A sensory bin is always a great boredom buster and I always make sure we have lots of sensory bin fillers in our craft cupboard. So that when boredom hits I can quickly whip up something like this mermaid themed sensory bin to keep the mini monsters busy!

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Mermaid Sensory Bin - Using Water Beads, Pearls and Shells

7 Super Fun Ways To Spend Family Time

I think we can all agree, there is nothing better than some quality family time. As ours usually revolve around a walk along the beach or a board game, as lovely as this is, I wanted some new fun ideas, so I asked some of my favourite bloggers to share their fun ways to spend family time.

Looking for ways to reconnect as a family? here are 7 super fun ways to spend family time

5 Essentials For...Keeping Kids Entertained On Holiday (Bubbablue and Me Guest Posts)

I don't know about you but I love a list! Especially a list that helps you out, with this in mind I created the 5 Essentials For, a guest post series for parenting and lifestyle bloggers. This week Emma is sharing her top 5 essentials for keeping kids entertained on holiday. A great list as we head into the peak of summer.


Come and Join The ALL NEW Kids Make And Bake Club...ITS FREE!

Back in 2015 I had an idea, a YouTube channel showing kids, and their parents, loads of fun craft and baking ideas, made by the kids, for kids. It kinda fizzled out last year as it was hard to find collaborater's who had the same vision as me. But, guess what guys? Almost a year after we shut down, we are relaunching the


and exciting things are about to happen! Each week over on our YouTube channel we will share a super fun activity idea, that you can do at home, using stuff readily available from the high street or around the house!

BUT there's a catch!

The new videos will be secret so the only way to access them is by joining the club!

Its gonna be a blast, and best of all? It's free, so tell your friends. They will not want to miss out!

As well as weekly videos, their will be an EXCLUSIVE Facebook community where you will recieve daily play prompts, monthly 'live' videos, craft alongs, bakes with us, along with sneak peaks, behind the scenes and I'm sure there will be bloopers too! 

Whats more, if all of this wasn't enough, every few months I'll be choosing a member of the Kids Make and Bake Club community to win a bundle of craft and baking goodies to add to their collection!



Favourite Holiday Memories

With so many social media channels, sharing holiday moments has never been easier. But do you find that you 'forget' these moments too? That is forget until they pop up on Timehop or On This Day years later. Photobooks, like the ones available at https://www.truprint.co.uk/ make capturing holiday moments, fun and easy!

Truprint recently sent me this infographic, sharing that people's top holiday moments include stumbling upon somewhere incredible, meeting new people and uncovering a spectacular view.


With this in mind I asked some blogger friends to share a photo with me, of their favourite holiday moments. They all take lovely photo's so I've left links to their blogs and Instagram so you can go follow.

Blogging bestie Beth, who blogs at Twinderelmo, shared this photo and said 'Getting to fulfil my childhood dream by taking my babies to Disneyland. It was everything I ever dreamed of and more. Their faces when meeting the characters and seeing the parades will stay with me forever. Follow Beth on Instagram for more fun family photos.


Laura, from Dear Bear and Beany, said 'Our first holiday as parents. Alice was 10 months and it was my birthday. We went out for dinner, at 5pm of course as that's what you do as parents! It will always have a special place in my heart'. Find Laura's Instagram HERE.


Vicki from Family Travel with Ellie, shared the coolest moment ever... Monster hunting on Loch Ness aboard a high speed RIB - fast, exhilarating , a little scary at times! Follow more of their adventures HERE.


Jodie, from The Maidenhead Mum shared this stunning photo and said that 'Watching my 3 year old see the sights in Venice. So many mind blowing things for a little one!' was one of her top memories. Find Jodie and family over on Instagram.


Laura, from over at Mumoam, also shared a Disney snap. ''This was is fave holiday. Disney world orlando. My son is in a wheelchair and was treated like royalty. It was incredible and we've been back since and will go again the future hopefully!'' Find Laura's Instagram HERE.


Becka, from Mummy est 2014, says ''We went to Feurterventua last summer when J was a tot. It was our first family holiday and was perfect. J was off exploring and was so much more 'alert'. J was non-verbal at this point (social communication difficulties) and it was this holiday that he first started to visually communicate by pointing to planes he saw. Sun, sea, sangria (for mummy) and communication from my boy-how much more perfect can it get'' You can find Becka over on Instagram.


After seeing all of these holiday memories it's made me desperate to book a holiday for during the October half term (boo to the fact that we cant go on a holiday this summer...hmmmpph!)

What is your most precious holiday memory? Let me know in the comments below!

This is a collaborative post.


Blog Stars Little Stars REVISITED

Back in 2014, I started a little guest post blogging series for parent bloggers 'Blog Stars Little Stars' in which my favourite bloggers asked their little stars questions about themselves, it made for some interesting answers, from mummies drinking beer, to favourite places being the hospital. So I thought it was time to bring it back. So today I am relaunching Blog Stars Little Stars the same way I launched it many moons ago...asking my little monsters some burning questions! Do they know ow old I am? Do they know my favourite food? And where do they think is my favourite place? Lets get started...


Parent Bloggers Guest Post Series - Blog Stars Little Stars

Back in 2014, I set up a guest post series for parent bloggers, then my confidence got knocked and it kind of got put on the back burner. Since gaining a little of my confidence back I thought I would re-start the series after throwing the idea around with a couple of bloggers who guest posted previously.

Sri Toys Wooden Red Riding Hood Play Set | Review

Some toys come and go, some toys last a whole childhood. When I think of toys that will last the test of time, I always think of wooden toys. So when Sri Toys got in touch and asked if we would like to review a play set, of course I said yes! I knew the kids would love to have something new to play with over the summer and as they love small world play I was really hoping we would get sent one of the gorgeous story themed play sets that Sri Toys sell....



Thrifty But Stylish Fashion Finds For Kids #7 | What My Kid Wore Wednesday

Welcome back guys! Another week, another outfit, or 3, to share! This week has been absolutely awful, weather wise, so the first week of summer has been spent indoors, mainly in our pj's but you know getting dressed on occasional days, if only for a couple of hours (in fact as I type this I am sat in my jammies, and its almost 11am!) Before school broke up I managed to get to have a look in the charity shops and grab a few bargains, if you are heading into town, I suggest you go and check out your local Oxfam, they stock mainstream stores 'seconds' and I have picked up loads of brand new Marks and Spencer school uniform for just 99p each! And I also grabbed some brand new Marvel bits for just £1,49 each too, I also spotted some brand new TU t shirts and shorts for 99p each too. They just have the tags cut out, so they cant be taken back to the stores as faulty. You should definitely go check them out!


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!

Cheese and Chive Scones | Cooking With Kids

Let me set the scene, you are wide awake on a Friday night/Saturday morning, you are less than a week into half term and you know that if you don't online shop you all may die in a supermarket trying to do a food shop with 4 kids in tow. So you do your online shop and you sleepily check out and all that jazz...Monday morning comes and you have promised the kids a picnic, you log into your app to check what time your shop is coming. Except's its not. You didn't actually check out and your weather app, says that its gonna start raining soon and its gonna rain until approximately 2 minutes past bedtime. You really do not fancy venturing out to the food shop let alone enjoying a soggy sandwich picnic! You search the cupboards and all you can find is some flour and a scraping of baking powder. And in the fridge the salad drawer is bare, alongside some 'it will do salad' you find some sorry looking chives,  a lump of cheese, a scoop of butter and the bottom of the tub and there's just enough milk for the rest of the day (if nobody comes around  for a cuppa) you're thinking to yourself sh*t sh*t sh*t... not even any bread to make a sarnie for the kids, you're gonna have to go shopping. In the pouring rain. With the kids in tow.

Well stop, stop right there.

That was before you read this post.

That was before you read this super easy recipe for cheese and chive scones,  oh and don't worry that the picnic was cancelled this recipe is one that you can cook with kids so should keep that boredom at bay, but it can get a little messy what with flour flying around...don't say I didn't warn you!


Thrifty But Stylish Fashion Finds For Kids #6 | What My Kid Wore Wednesday

Welcome back guys! Another week, another outfit to share! This week has been o hit and miss with the weather! Rain one day, roastie toastie the next...then back to rain coats and wellies...then back to sun cream and sunhats! I mean make up your mind already! Luckily Sunday was nice so I got to do my fave thing of carbooting for some thrifty fashion for the kids! I managed to pick up Jenson some Adidas for just £1, and Evie chose a couple of dresses, that I am sure will make an appearance over the summer! I found Ellie a couple of tops (which I will share next week in a holiday special...Ells is of on her jollies to spend 3 weeks with her Dad, so I thought I would hare some outfit inspiration whilst I pack!) for 50p each and for Elsie I picked up this super cute dungaree set, for a super cheap...wait for it...TWENTY RUDDY PENCE!!! Nope you didn't read that wrong...20p! For a 2 piece outfit, 10p a piece! I mean how could I say no!!


22 Ways To Save Money During The Summer Break

In just a few days the summer break will be upon us, 6 weeks...just short of 50 days to fill with 'something to do'. We all know that the summer break can pull on the purse strings, so I asked some off my fellow bloggers for their top summer break money saving tips...

Love The Sales Summer Wardrobe Wishlist

Imagine been able to shop the sales whenever you wanted, being able to just browse every sale at all of you favurite stores...from the comfort of your bed (or sofa...I mean...lets not judge!)...imagine no more people! Have you heard about Love The Sales? Love The Sales is a leading website for shopping the sales online. They partner with over 600 stores worldwide and find the best offers on the web for you!

When I first heard of Love The Sales, I just had to check out their website, off course I immedietly filled my online basket with approximately 5 million pounds worth of stuff, I stepped away and had a real think about what I actually wanted and could afford...I ain't no millionaire so the £5million in my virtual basket needed whittling down! From luxury designer brands like Michael Kors to everyone's fave high street store New Look, there is something for everyone! And whats more, the luxury brands might be more affordable than you might think! I found Michael Kors boots with a whopping 86% discount! 

And its not just clothes, I found Beats headphones for almost half price! I found Macbooks with almost £200 discount, I found a Bissel carpet cleaner with 50% off, I found a child's scooter, with an RRP of £400 (serious...do people really pay that?) for just shy of twenty quid. 

It was not easy to whittle down from 5 million to the approximate amount of £30 I had hanging around in my bank, so I bought a few bits (haul coming soon to our YouTube channel) and then thought why not make a wish list for future reference...and to share with you guys...obvs!


Ted Baker Dress - 30% off
Wrangler Jeans - 45% off
Kurt Geiger sandals - 79% off
Boden rain jacket - 50% off
ASOS top - 70% off
Rebecca Minkoff bag - 70% off
Topshop sunglasses - 69% off

via Love The Sales

NEW Moshi Monsters Egg Hunt Trading Cards and App

Every summer my kids go Moshi mad...every weekend we head out on a Moshi mission, searching car boots to find Moshi Monsters missing from our collection, something we have been collecting since Ellie was about Jenson's age, whilst she may no longer play with the Moshi's as she once did, they are still something she collects and keeps locked away!! Her love of Moshi Monsters was passed down and so Jenson and Evie (and Elsie) are all big fans of the figures too! We have a huge huge huge amount of Moshi's in our house so imagine the faces when they heard of the new app and trading card game Moshi Monsters Egg Hunt!

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Trolls Popcorn Mix

You know we love a themed popcorn mix we make them at parties and for special movie night treats, because movie nights are made for treats right? Some end up on Instagram, some just get eaten, and some end up here on the blog. Seeing as our fave movie right now is the Trolls movie, it seemed only right to make up a popcorn mix for a Trolls Movie Night...


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Thrifty But Stylish Fashion Finds For Kids #5 | What My Kid Wore Wednesday

Welcome back again, if you are a regular around here you will know each week I have been sharing some of my favourite thrifty outfits, I love nothing more than a good old snoop at kids fashion hashtags on Instagram, so when I found the What We Wore Wednesday linky I knew it would be a linky I would LOVE!!