You know when you come across a product that is really simple but really clever? Well, these washable table mats with washable fabric pens from Eat Sleep Doodle is one of these.
This year is the first year ever that I have even thought about Christmas before my birthday (which is at the end of October). I have a few ideas of what I’m getting people, and have actually got one or two. Usually, I end up running about like a headless chicken the week before Christmas panicking because I have no idea what I want to get anyone, which makes the whole process extremely stressful.
I had never heard of the Festive Gift Fair before, even though it is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year – I really wish I had because it sounds like the answer to all of those ‘what the hell do I get them?’ questions.
We absolutely love Mexican food – tacos, fajitas, burritos, enchiladas and of course nachos are among our favourite meals. Whenever I think of making a Mexican inspired meal at home, I always think of Old El Paso, so I was rather pleased when they sent us this package of rather delicious looking Mexican treats to create a quick and easy family meal.
As I have mentioned before on the blog, we are huge fans of Organix finger foods in our house. The kids love them, and we love them because they are much healthier than most commercial baby foods, and nice and easy to chuck in the changing bags for snacks whilst we are out and about.
Benjamin is one at the end of November (yes, I know – where on earth has that time gone?!), so we have been busy thinking about and buying his birthday presents. I’m not usually this organised, but with Alex’s birthday and Christmas so close as well, I wanted one less thing to worry about! I thought I would share them (and a few other ideas) with you – we all need a bit of inspiration from time to time!
Last week Harrison and I went to the Lands’ End HQ in Oakham to find out more about the brand and check out their new Autumn/Winter collection. You can read about our day here.
We were really lucky to come away with some beautiful items from their website – as well as the jacket which I am writing about here, we had the most beautiful chenille throw, and the softest leather and cashmere gloves.
Playgroups are one of those things that people tend to love or hate. We love them! For us, playgroups give us some structure and routine to our days. The days where we don’t go out to one can seem very long, and Alex in particular gets bored. I also think that they provide important socialisation not just for the kids, but for me as well.
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you may remember that a few months ago I took part in the SlimFast Challenge, and lost 10lbs in two weeks. I absolutely loved doing it, and managed to keep most of the weight off.
I was really impressed by the products that I tried – they all tasted really nice and I never felt hungry. I have a sweet tooth and loved the shakes and the meal replacement bars, but I also thought it would be quite nice if there was a savoury meal option as well. It turns out I wasn’t the only one that thought this, and so SlimFast have launched a new range of savoury noodle boxes.
Both Harrison and Alex were huge fans of In the Night Garden, and it is still very much a part of our evening routine. They know that when it comes on it is time to start winding down ready for baths and bedtime. Recently, we have noticed that Ben is entranced by it, so we knew that he would love the In the Night Garden Explore and Learn Musical Activity Table from Golden Bear Toys.
Through blogging, I have had the fantastic opportunity to work with many brands. Some of these I have been familiar with, others have been new to me. Lands’ End is one of the latter.
Before Saturday, I had heard of Lands’ End clothing, but it had never really registered on my radar as a brand I would be interested in. I assumed (not entirely wrongly!) that it was an outdoor specialist, and being one of the least outdoorsy people on the planet, it didn’t occur to me to check out their website. However, after seeing the collections and finding out more about the brand, I am more than a little bit gutted that I’ve missed out on years of buying some fantastic and extremely high quality clothing!
Earlier on this week, I came across a quiz I did on Facebook in 2009….SIX years ago!!!! I couldn’t help smiling and cringing at the responses, so I thought it would be fun to do it again, comparing the answers then with the answers now! The 2015 answers are the ones in bold
I don’t know about you, but I’m really nosey, and I love reading about how people organise their days, and what they do. It gives you a little peek into their personal life, and as I have had people ask me how I manage to fit my blogging and work into my days, I thought I would share a ‘typical’ day with you. Continue reading
Marvel Mania has absolutely taken over our house!
Up until the past year or so, I had never really had any interest in superheroes at all. In fact, I thought they were all a bit daft. Graham watched the odd one, but was never particularly bothered by them, and the kids were too young. Now, we are all more than a little bit obsessed with the Marvel superheroes,
Now Harrison and Alex have given up their beakers, they are drinking less milk. Of course, this means replacing it with other fluids. They will drink water sometimes, and no added sugar squash, but it can get a little bit boring for them. I won’t let them have fizzy drinks, and quite often drinks aimed at children are packed with sugar, so they have very limited choice.
Dean Dempsey, a father of two, had exactly the same problem with his daughters, which led to him creating the Naturelly Jelly Juice Drink. It’s a blend of real fruit juice and gellan gum, which is a natural dietry fibre (and is gelatin free, so suitable for vegetarians and anyone following a Kosher/Halal diet). Available in three flavours – totally tropical, summer fruits and apple and blackberry – they are perfect for an after school treat.
As many as my regular readers will know, I am extremely proud to be an ambassador for Beebies Baby Store. It is a bit of a one stop shop for everything maternity, baby and toddler – I have been really lucky to have the opportunity to try out new things as they are added to the store, the most recent one being the fantastic Hippychick waterproof sheet, which has been an absolute godsend recently. as Harrison is out of pull up’s at night.
I now have the opportunity of giving away a £10 voucher for Beebies Baby Store to one lucky reader. Use it for whatever you like on the website – you will be spoiled for choice. If I had this, I would be putting it towards this gorgeous pair of black skull leggings for Benjamin – they are incredibly cool!
Harrison has now been in full time school for a week….and absolutely LOVES it. As I guessed in my post last week about his first day, he has had no problems settling in, no tears and seems to be enjoying every moment.
It was really strange dropping him off in the morning and being in the main playground. The nursery is at the bottom of the school and has it’s own gate and playground, so it was only ever nursery kids and their parents. Now we are with everyone else and it’s really busy and noisy. It’s also really nice because it is a three form entry, so the kids are mixed up a bit, and there are new children and new people to chat to. One of the parents recognised me from a random chat in Tesco a few months ago, which was nice – their little boy is in Harrison’s class as well.
Harrison has nearly completed his first full week of school. He is absolutely loving it, but the time between coming home and dinner time has been quite challenging. He fell asleep on his first day but the rest of the days he has been a bit of a pain in the bum. He’s tired, but I don’t want him to get into the habit of napping after school. From next week, I will be setting out an activity each afternoon for him to do once he has changed out of his uniform – something that will keep him and Alex occupied for an hour or so without being too noisy or tiring . I’ll be blogging about some of these in a couple of weeks.
Thankfully, this week Orchard Toys came to the rescue with one of their fab games. We have always been a fan of Orchard toys – their games and puzzles are simple and fun, and all have plenty of educational value. The one game we had never tried was one of their best sellers, the Shopping List. We were really excited when we were given the opportunity to review the game, which has a fresh new look.
Last year I wrote about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning, which you can read about . here. It is something which I feel is so important to know about, but it it something that lots of people know so little about. That’s why I am really pleased to support Project SHOUT, an initiative set up to help spread awareness about the silent killer.
Carbon Monoxide’s chemical sign is CO, and it can kill in a matter of minutes. What makes this extremely frightening and dangerous is that it is completely invisible to the human senses – it has no colour, no smell and no taste. It can only be detected with a carbon monoxide alarm.
I LOVE candles. One of my favourite things about Autumn and the nights getting longer is being able to close the curtains and light one of my many candles. Everything looks better by candlelight!
I was really chuffed when I had the chance recently to review some Party Lite candles. I’d not heard of the brand before, so was eager to give them a go!
As regular readers will know, I really struggle with my weight. Earlier this year I lost 10lbs doing the Slimfast Challenge and I was really proud of myself. After we came back from our holiday, my motivation and willpower seemed to completely evaporate. I’ve managed to keep 6lbs of the weight I lost off, so I’m trying to look at that as a positive!
I know in the long term, the only thing that is going to help me lose weight healthily and keep it off is eating better and exercising more. We all know that. However, it was that simple, there just wouldn’t be any unhappy fat people, would there?! I need something to kick start my weight loss, to show me that I can do, even if that means resorting to a short term ‘quick fix’ to motivate me.
Happy Saturday!!! It’s been a quiet week for us, but yesterday, Harrison started in reception, so was a big day for us all!
It was a quiet linky last week – I think everyone was making the most of the last weekend before the kids all went back to school. Laura from Mind Mood Mommy and me found it difficult to choose our favourite post – we thought that this one from Thinking Parenting about how to introduce a new partner to your children was really useful for anyone in that situation, and we thought DIY Daddy’s post on how your life changes after becoming a parent was both funny and very true – go and have a read of them!
Onto this week….
Today you start your first day of reception. You are so incredibly excited to be going – all we have heard for the past eight weeks is about you going to the Ladybird class with your best friend, Luke, and seeing your new teacher. I just can’t get my head around the fact that you, my tiny little blue 6lb shrimp, are starting ‘big school’.