The importance of getting your kids eyes tested regularly 5

When was the last time you had your children’s eyes tested?  Did you know that it is free on the NHS and you can take them from around 6 months old on an annual basis?  I am working with Optical Express to share with you the importance of getting your kid’s eyes tested regularly. As a Mum to a child who has worn glasses since he was 18 months old and wife to a husband who wore them from a year old and who wore glasses herself until having laser surgery with Optical Express in 2012, I understand just how precious sight is and how important eye tests are.


10 Hot School Lunch Ideas for Kids perfect for Autumn and Winter

I am not going to lie,  but after 4 years of making packed lunches for Mini, it is not my favourite job, especially as he has an aversion to sandwiches! So when Herley’s got in touch with me to work with them on their lunchtime talks campaign I jumped at the chance as there must be lots of people like me who get stuck in a lunch box rut.


Free Printable Fall Colouring Pages for Adults

I am a big lover of colouring.  I make so secret that I find it relaxing and therapeutic and now the darker nights are here it is all about Autumn and we have a brilliant selection of free printable fall colouring pages for adults and teens.


Vauxhall Crossland X review 2017 8

I love reviewing cars, actually I love driving cars! I didn’t learn to drive until I was pregnant with Mini 12 years ago and since then I have relished the fact that I can drive the freedom it provides me.   We have just had the Vauxhall Crossland X for a week and this is what we thought of it.

Vauxhall Crossland X review 2017

Always best for baby with Which 5

It is hard to believe that this time 12 years ago we were waiting on the birth of Maxi and we researching what to buy for our first born child.  Maxi was a much longed for child, who we never really believed would really come, so we left buying everything till last minute.  We wanted to make sure that our perfect first born had the best of everything, so we made sure that we subscribed to Which? magazine.


LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes 4

What do you get when you mix LEGO Ninjago, Cineworld, Movies and Mum in the Mad House – LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes and very happy children of course.  We love popcorn and to celebrate the launch of the new LEGO Ninjago Movie we have teamed up with Cineworld to celebrate and bring you these fab free LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes and also some other ideas for hosting your very own LEGO Ninjago Birthday party.

LEGO Ninjago Printable Popcorn Boxes square

Cameron Lodges – Loch Lomond 7

Holidaying with mardy tweens can be a challenge especially when you have a husband that would rather pull teeth that sit and watch them in the swimming pool all the time.  It is a really difficult age when they become selfish and do not see why they should be taken to museums and such and want to have “fun” on holiday, well at least mine do.  So we didn’t set off with too high expectations for our 3-night break at Cameron Lodges on Loch Lomond.  I was just hoping for a change of scenery and the possibility that the boys might stop bickering for a little while.


Back to School 2017 2

Hard to believe that these boys are 11 and 12 and that this year they are both in Senior School. Both in Blazers and travelling on the school bus!


Hush Little Baby Don’t you Cry A midwife’s guide to understanding newborn cries

A midwife’s guide to understanding newborn cries 1

Top 9 reasons why your baby might cry and what to do: is a collaborative paid post.  Arriving home from hospital with a new-born bundle of joy can be a daunting occasion, particularly when they start crying in a tone you don’t recognise. Care, the number one healthcare brand sold into UK pharmacy and Penny Lazell, a qualified midwife and independent health visitor are here with advice to help you comfort your little one.


No Added Sugar Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies 6

When Barleycup challenged me and the boys to produce a recipe with their delicious gluten free and free from added sugars instant cereal drink I knew instantly that they would be the perfect addition to peanut butter and chocolate cookies.  I first was introduced to peanut butter cookies by Cass from Diary of a Frugal Family and they are such a delicious cookie, but remarkably simple to make.

No Added Sugar Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Keeping Kids Hydrated over Summer

Keeping Kids Hydrated over Summer 8

Earlier this year I worked with Highland Spring to bring you some tips on keeping your kids hydrated at school, easing the home to school transition and hel[ping kids cope at school.  I have learned over the years that water and hydration plays a big part in my kids’ behaviour.  Not only during school time, but also over the summer and how it helps them be #BraveByNature.


It is OK to have mixed feelings about the school holidays 2

it seems that parents are firmly split down the middle when it comes to the summer holidays.  They either love the lack of routine and early wake-up times or they hate them and find trying to cover all the bases intolerable.  However, I think it is OK to have mixed feelings about the school holidays.


Free Kokeshi Colouring Sampler - Adult Colouring

Free Kokeshi Colouring Sampler – Adult Colouring

How gorgeous is this free Kokeshi colouring sampler from my friend the talented Tasha Goddard?  As I get older I really do relish the chance to switch off and unwind and one of my favourite ways is to colour in.  Over the last couple of weeks, I have taken my colouring sampler with me when I take the boys swimming and it has really been fun to do.


Free Summer Colouring Bookmarks 6

These free summer colouring bookmarks will really brighten up any summer reading that you do.  They are perfect for any summer reading program and are a fun addition to a rainy summer day.  They would make the perfect addition to any book you might gift too.

Free Summer Colouring Bookmarks

Free Printable Summer Screen Rules - Encourage a balance with screen time and technology this summer with these simple summer screen rules.

Summer Screen Rules – Free Printable 5

It is no secret that I find balancing screen time challenging. My boys would quite happily spend some days on their Xbox or screens all day.  So this summer we are implementing some summer screen rules for my sanity! Now I realise that this might not be for everyone, in fact, one of my besties doesn’t feel the need to implement screen times rules in her home. As always you know what is best for your family and this is what I feel is best for mine.


Family Heritage Activities for Kids

Finding new and exciting things to do with your children can be challenging. However, there are unique ways to spend family time that are fun and educational. One way is to assist your children in developing an interest in the history of your family. This is something my boys are keen on doing after watching Who do You Think You Are?


Back to school

The Ultimate Back to School Resource 17/18 7

Are you thinking about the children being back to school yet?  Some people have been planning for this since the kids left school, others sit in denial about the holidays ever ending and other wishes h the holidays were much shorter or never happened at all!.  Whichever person you are we have a post for you in our ultimate back to school resource.  Whether it is your children first day of preschool or last year of senior school you will find some amazing tips and ideas to make the transition back to school simple for you and your children.


How to navigate the first day at school 7

It is so hard to believe that this September Mini will be starting senior school and my years as a primary school parent are over.  It is even harder to think that I have been navigating the first day of school since 2008 when Maxi started pre-school.  So that is nine years of first days at school.  Eight of them at Primary and one year of Seniors for Maxi.


Top tips for choosing school shoes for tweens and teens 14

I can not believe that as of September I will have two children in Senior school.  For the boys that means a change in school shoes.  Now they need to be more grown up and have laces.  However, as much as the boys’ new school shoes need to look grown up they have to survive and be suitable for growing feet. So Ecco has sent us some of their back to school range to try out.




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