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5 Genius Laundry Hacks with New Persil Powergems 8

One of the things that I find so challenging about motherhood is the constant laundry.  It is never ending especially with two boys which are just noise with muck on.  Add football and cricket kit to the regular weekly clothes and it can become overwhelming.  There is nothing more disappointing that putting a load of washing in and then finding that it is still dirty after the wash. So here I am going to share my top 5 Genius Laundry Hacks and also review a new innovative laundry product.


A great value tablet for Summer - Amazon Fire Tablet

A great value tablet for Summer – Amazon Fire Tablet 8

When Amazon asked me to take a look at the Amazon Fire Tablet their timing could not have been more perfect.  Mini broke his wrist playing football on his last day of primary school!  This has proven something of a challenge for my sporty kid who normally plays football and cricket during the summer and never really sits still.  We do have a family tablet, but it is bigger than the Fire and a little heavy for him to hold and manipulate with his wrist in a brace, but the Amazon Fire Tablet has proven a great hit.


Comparing our lives on Social Media – Keeping it Real 8

I LOVE the internet, I love all that it has given me.  It has enabled me to carve out a place for myself, a career that fits around my family.   However, it really can be a double-edged sword.  As much as it is filled with wonderful advice and inspiration, it also makes me regularly question myself and sometimes like today it makes me want to RAGE!

Ways to stop comparing our lives on Social Media. Let's keep it real on the internet and stop social media comparison and people feeling inadequate.

Family Festival Essentials

Ultimate family packing list for festivals 4

We love festivals and used to regularly go to them BC (before children) and then started visiting them again last year with the kids.  I love that my boys are a little older at 11 and 12 and can now stay up and really enjoy the whole festival vibe.  However, it is a little (make that a lot) different to just going to a festival on your own and you certainly need to pack more!  Make sure that you have a fab time at festivals with this comprehensive festival packing checklist


Make Your Move With Children Stress Free

Moving is stressful enough as it is. But if children are involved, that stress increases significantly. For your kids, it can be an emotional roller coaster as it is both exciting and scary. With so much uncertainty, your kids will be anxious, which as a parent, is bound to make you worry as well.

Make Your Move With Children Stress Free

Ways to save on home improvement projects

Ways to save on home improvement projects

Have you been dreaming of beautiful, wide-open spaces, filled with light and beauty? We all do, from time to time, but have you been tempted to take the plunge, grab the sledgehammer and make your dream a reality? For many, home improvement is a fun project to tackle head-on, and for others, it’s a hassle to get over and done with as soon as possible. Whatever your situation, here are some tips to save time, money and hassle on your project!


Green Cleaning Tips and Polti Moppy Review 5

I hate cleaning but love a clean house.  There is something about having a tidyish and clean house that makes me feel calmer and more content.  However, as a Mum to two boys and a dog it can be challenging.  I am also keen to use green cleaning products due to my cancer history and the fact that I have a genetic predisposition to cancer (BRCA 2) and the fact that there is a 50% chance that the boys might have the same spelling mistake.

Green Cleaning Tips

How to Make Your House Safe for Children

How to Make Your House Safe for Children 7

Children are curious little things, and while that’s exactly what makes watching them grow through their initial years such a memorable experience, it’s also one of the main reasons as to why they often end up hurting themselves. A few cuts and bruises are perfectly alright and part of the growing up process, but as parents, we need to be extra careful and make sure that their innate curiosity doesn’t lead to a serious accident.


5 Ways to Get the Kids to Sleep During Allergy Season 3

Summer can mean a lot of things. Sun, adventure and above all, fun. However, here is a slight downside to all that enjoyment in that allergies are rampant. Sneezing, sniffling and lack of sleep can lead to increasingly grumpy children!  Thankfully, I have some top tips from Joy Richards sleep specialist with online bed retail business Happy Beds to help with sleeping during allergy season that may ease those pollen induced sniffles just enough to squeeze in some much needed shut eye.

5 Ways to Get the Kids to Sleep During Allergy Season

Choosing the best dog for your family 3

Choosing the right dog to join our family was one of the hardest decisions we ever made.  So I am collaborating with Pedigree to talk about how we choose the best dog for our family.  I am not going to lie, it filled me with dread.  I was worried that I would make the wrong decision and would be left to pick up the pieces and really cause issues in the family dynamic.  Having a pet is a big responsibility and It really scared me, but I also knew that as a family we would all benefit from having a dog.  


Women's Football and the Energy Behind it

Women’s Football and the Energy Behind it 20

I am a football Mum.  In fact, Maxi has been playing football for a team at the local football club since he was five years old. Over the years I have seen a massive transformation in grass roots football and now at our Football Club there are as many girls teams as there are boys and this makes me ever so happy and proud to be working with SSE to publicise how they are the energy behind women’s football.


Best Questions to ask a Childcare Provider 2

One of the most important things you will ever do as a parent is choose someone to look after your child when you and/or your partner aren’t around. It’s an emotional time for any parent to decide to leave their child, so you obviously want to make sure that you find the right person for the job. Trust is key, but how can you know you’ve made the right choice and feel completely comfortable with leaving your child in their care?

Best Questions to ask a Childcare Provider

Family Friendly Mallorca – A fab place for all the family 9

As the children get older finding a holiday that suits all the family can be hard.  We discovered on our recent Family Friendly Villa Holiday that Mallorca was an amazing place for all the family.  Our boys are 12 and nearly 11 and both love being active, but Mini loves history whereas Maxi not so much.  MadDad is not a sun lover and would prefer to be active rather than sit by a pool.  Me, well as long as I am not cooking I can deal with anything!


Mallorca - Family Friendly Villa Holiday with James Villas

Mallorca – Family Friendly Villa Holiday with James Villas 12

Before our trip to Mallorca with James Villas we had never been on a villa holiday.  Now we are converts and I can safely say that it is something we will be repeating in the future. Our recent family friendly villa holiday was a real treat.  It allowed us the comfort of a traditional Mallorcan home with its own pool and left me safe in the knowledge that my sometimes loud boys would not interrupt anyone.




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