Portable North Pole Review and Discount

With it being the first day of December tomorrow, the countdown to the big day can certainly get in full swing now. We’ve already been getting in the Christmas spirit over the past couple of weeks and one of the things that we’ve started looking at are the personalised videos from Portable North Pole. Although you can easily manage your account online, their free app is so quick and simple to use. I downloaded it immediately and got started on {Read More}

Feeling Nostalgic – My engagement story

We have a couple of weddings coming up in the New Year and all the planning and excitement has got me thinking back to my own engagement and wedding. I had been with my then boyfriend for almost 7 years before he proposed. We met when I was 17 and he stayed by my side as I worked my way through university (twice!) and my teacher training. He wanted me to have finished my training before we got married but {Read More}

Reasons I’d love to take the children to Tenerife

I’ve been to Tenerife a couple of times over the years; as a teenager with my family and with the girls for my hen party and both times were fantastic but for very different reasons. As a teen, one of my favourite memories from our holiday to Tenerife was cycling down Mount Teide. It was so much fun and the whole family enjoyed it. The volcano last erupted over 100 years ago and is one of the largest volcanoes in {Read More}

I love my kids but…

*THIS IS A LIGHTHEARTED POST – NOT INTENDED TO UPSET ANYONE* We all love our children unconditionally – we love them because they are lovely, funny, and kind and, well, because they are yours! But sometimes (and I know it can’t just be me) don’t you just want to hide away in a small dark space and stuff your face with all their sweets and snacks just to get through the next 10 minutes or do you ever get to {Read More}

What would you say if you had one more minute?

What would you say if you had one more minute? Child Bereavement UK launches its newest campaign to raise awareness of the needs of bereaved children and families. The short films show a series of celebrities and contributors talking about what they would say if they had just one more minute with a person who has died, including an 11-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl. Celebrities who open up about what they would say include Mary Berry, Rio Ferdinand and Jason {Read More}

My Top Tips for Surviving Your Child’s First Year at School

As we come to the end of the current school year, I’m taking a moment to look back on all the pressures and worries I had this time last year but also at the amazing progress Isabella has made. Although scary, it’s a brilliant experience, as long as you are prepared. The thought of Isabella (being a summer born baby – and our first-born) going to school just 8 days after she turned four was terrifying for me. We didn’t {Read More}

Legoland Hotel Deals – just £99 for 4!

Are you looking for Legoland Hotel deals? It’s safe to say that as a family, we are more than just a little bit Legoland crazy! Since Isabella was two-years-old, we’ve enjoyed family days at Legoland and have always enjoyed our time there. It could end up costing a fortune with ticket prices, food and hotel prices, let alone gift shop purchases. However, I’m always on the hunt for a good bargain and here’s how we managed to spend the night {Read More}

Making Meals with the Kids

Children always manage to find the most inconvenient times to decide they need a cuddle or just want to literally stand hugging your leg or asking you questions, don’t they! My two seem to know instinctively when it is time for me to start making the dinner and they almost turn into some sort of clingy, whingy whiny horror that only manages to get under my feet. Well, instead of having arguments or tantrums and trying to force the children {Read More}

Tears Into Smiles

When the sun is finally shining bright And your little toes wiggle in the gentle breeze Running, jumping, climbing to the greatest height Kicking balls, flying kites, digging in the fallen leaves There’s a part of me always looking out for you Silently wincing, flinching, cringing, as you take a small tumble. Instead of keeping you wrapped up close, like my heart often tells me to I stand aside while you discover your new limits telling me it’s ok to {Read More}

Oh My Blog – All About Mums

Oh My Blog is a monthly interview series, where fellow bloggers come together to answer a series of questions on a specific theme. This is a chance to get acquainted with a whole range of bloggers, some of whom you may not have heard of before, and learn a little more about them! This month, the theme is Mums (because it’s Mother’s Day soon!) and I’m hosting Carol from Family Makes. Introduce us to your mum. What’s her name? What {Read More}

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