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*Contains gifted products for review It’s a story we all know and love, can you believe the Very Hungry Caterpillar is turning 50 years old this month? The Very Hungry Caterpillar, written by Eric Carle is well known in our house and has been read to both my boys on numerous occasions since they were very little. The story and the artwork from the book are iconic and has fans, like us, all around the world. To help us celebrate the milestone we were kindly sent some products to try out and they’re so lovely, I can’t wait to show you them so you can go and buy them for your Very Hungry Caterpillar fans! Dress up as the Very Hungry Caterpillar I often joke that Freddie, is infact, the Very Hungry Caterpillar. His appetite some days is incredible. We were sent this fantastic tabard and hat costume and I couldn’t wait to dress Freddie up. It’s available from Party Delights, RRP £13.99. JoJoMamanBebe have this really cute exclusive t-shirt in their latest range to celebrate the milestone. Freddie wears a size 1-2 years, but other smaller sizes are available, RRP £16. Something for everyone I love that the Very […]

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We were recently invited to ThinkTank in Birmingham for the press preview of the new mini city space for children, MiniBrum. We were really looking forward to visiting as we had heard MiniBrum would be an exciting, interactive child-sized world where children can immerse themselves into the world of pretend play whilst dressing up and learning about STEM-based activities. We couldn’t wait to have a look around.  MiniBrum is situated on the third (top) floor of ThinkTank next to the recently renovated 4K Planetarium and it’s a mini city that is built based on the local city, Birmingham. Created in collaboration with local schools and families, it features recognisable landmarks such as the Old Joe Clock Tower at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham canals, Selfridges and the train station. The 900m² space is open plan which is ideal for letting little ones roam around from area to area seamlessly whilst having fun. Although it’s all open plan, there are different zones including MiniBrum Street which included the post office, a car workshop, a salon with wigs, hats and dressing up outfits, a home set up complete with all the things you’d need to build dens; cushions, pegs, blankets etc (just like […]

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The last four weeks have been really lovely for my boys. They’ve had some brilliant time together and really enjoyed each others company. As Freddie grows, he’s becoming stuck to Olly like glue. He’s completely besotted with him. He hangs on every word his older brother says and it is adorable to watch. Watching my boys relationship blossom is one of my proudest achievements. Seeing them together is just wonderful. I know I say this often as I know they won’t always be like this but for now, I’m soaking it all up!  Since our last update, we’ve been away to Cornwall and enjoyed some very lovely weather outside. We’ve been able to enjoy the fresh air, play with a football, run around and burn off lots of energy (them, not me!) and really enjoy the freedom of being in the countryside or on the beach. They’ve both had a fantastic time and in reality, I don’t think any of us wanted to come home. I love this photograph of them both above. We were at a beachside cafe at Porthgwidden, St Ives and we had ordered the boys some cake and a drink. Whilst they were waiting for it […]

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Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes Spring has arrived and isn’t it beautiful? Time to crack open all the windows, put the washing on the line and rustle up a light and fresh meal to enjoy dining al fresco in the garden. I love all the seasonal produce that’s available this season, Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes are one of my absolute favourite vegetables, they’re only available between April until July yet they’re so versatile. This potato salad recipe is bursting with flavour and is the ideal accompaniment to your barbecues this spring.  Introducing Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes This season I cannot get enough of Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes. They’re so tasty and have an earthy, nutty flavour with a waxy texture and delicate skin. They can be eaten with the skin on or off which means they’re ideal for boiling, steaming or roasting too! I’ve created a beautiful Jersey Royal New Potato salad as they’re one of my favourite potatoes to eat cold. I once ate this dish on holiday and it evokes so many memories for me, I love to recreate it for our lighter nights and warm evenings. […]

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*Paid post in partnership with Yale Home security is something that we take seriously and now working from home, often late into the early hours of the morning, feeling secure at home is a priority for me. We were recently asked if we wanted to review the new to the market All-in-One Outdoor Camera from Yale Smart Living and I jumped at the chance. Yale are well known for their security products so I was keen to take a look at their new camera. The All-in-One Camera can be used both indoors and outdoors. For the purpose of this review, I’ll be using the camera indoors until we can position the camera outdoors for use in the back garden however, I will explain the features for both uses. The box says the camera is waterproof (IP65 rated), has a siren alarm (of up to 110db), has a built in spotlight (160 Lumen) and has motion detection alert capacity to send alerts to your device. It has a live view camera so you can always see what is happening at home, 2way communications and has the ability to view previous footage (SD card is required) What’s in the box Inside the […]

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Freddie is at the age (16 months old) now where he is into everything. He loves to pick random things up from around the house and look at their shape, feel their textures and usually carry them off to some other part of the house, never to be seen again! That’s why he has loved playing with the Leapfrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket we were sent just before Easter. It’s a picnic basket full of the things he loves to play with; toy food, cutlery and a basket to put stuff into.  Leapfrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket The picnic basket is interactive with instrumental music and fun sound effects so it’s a real engaging toy for an inquisitive toddler. The set contains 16 pieces including 8 food items (triangle watermelon, square sandwiches, round oranges and star biscuits x2) 2 plates, 2 forks, 2 cups, 1 blanket and 1 basket. Ideal for children aged 6 months to 36 months. All the pieces are fun and colourful. There are no sharp edges which is perfect for little hands to reach out and play with. Freddie loves picking up the food items and hiding them away in the picnic basket. Little […]

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*Paid post in partnership with nanu* When it comes to pillows, it can often take a bit of trial and error to get the right one. It’s no wonder that when we find the ideal pillow for our sleeping needs that we hold onto it for dear life. According to Nanu’s latest research, most of us sleep on a pillow that is over five years old. What’s more alarming is the research suggests that 40% of Brits have never washed their pillows. Eugh! How disgusting is that? For me, finding the right pillow is a right task. It needs to be rather firm with enough squish in it to make it comfortable but firm enough to keep it’s shape night after night, I don’t ask for much! Ever since I fell awkwardly onto my neck when I was a child, I’ve had problems with my neck and sleeping at a funny angle in bed can play havoc with it. Sleeping with the most comfortable pillow can make a world of difference. My pillows usually lose their shape and after a while become flat, sometimes lumpy and wholly unsupportive. It’s so important to find the right pillow for your needs. It’s […]

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For a while now I’ve been wanting to write so many personal posts for this blog but really can’t find the right words. I don’t know what has happened or what has changed but I’m finding writing them really hard. Despite the lack of time to sit down and put fingers to keyboard, there seems to be a huge hurdle in my way preventing me from writing the words I want to share. Where did this fear come from?  Back in January, I officially left my day job after my maternity leave finished and I became completely self-employed. For years, I’ve had to watch what I say in fear of saying the wrong thing, being too controversial or having a differing opinion on something and now I’m free from an employer, I can’t seem to find the way of discovering my voice again. I was speaking to a friend recently who said it could be the shift from having the blog as a hobby and earning money from it in addition to my day job to it being completely my only income and my day-to-day job. The pressure is real! All I do know is that I need to face […]

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*This post is a paid partnership with Coral Island Blackpool* We were recently invited to spend the day at Coral Island in Blackpool and as soon as I mentioned it to my six year old Olly, he was desperate to jump in the car and head up north straight away. Coral Island is Blackpool’s largest free to enter family attraction. It’s on the main promenade and directly opposite the RNLI station and in the shadows of Blackpool’s most famous Tower, Coral Island is really easy to find. Having been to Blackpool previously, and living up north for three years when I was at university, I wasn’t all that keen on the town. We had been in the winter many years ago, when it was freezing cold, raining and the pier and shops were mostly shut, it didn’t paint a great picture. However, I’m always open to revisiting places and as we had never been into Coral Island, I was keen to take another look with the family. As we had never been in before, we weren’t sure what to expect inside Coral Island. I did expect it to be a hit on our senses and I was right. It’s busy, […]

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When we were away on holiday last week we purposely didn’t make any plans. We wanted to explore under our own steam, without worrying about being somewhere on a certain day so once we had settled into our holiday lodge we opened up the map of Cornwall and looked to see where we wanted to go. We decided to visit Mevagissey as it’s somewhere we’ve never been before and it looked like a quaint little place to visit. One of the first things we realised when we visited Mevagissey, is how small it is. It’s a tiny fishing village with a harbour full of boats and if like us, you don’t really know the layout of the area, you’ll find yourself parking right on the harbour front with an incredible view. Most of the pay and display parking meters are coin only so having a pocket full of change is a good idea! As we drove into the village and into the harbour, we managed to drive through an actual film set. Unbeknown to us, there was some filming going on for something but we didn’t see anyone we recognised or even saw anyone to ask what was going on. […]

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