Yearly Archives: 2017


Consider These Factors Before Becoming Mum and Dad’s Caretaker

Just about half of America’s population is a caretaker to an aging relative. Either out of obligation and love or due to financial reasons, most jump on board to take care of those who once took care of them. Though caring for a loved one is a commendable act, it should not be done without careful consideration. As much as you love your family, there is a lot that goes into caring for the elderly that, at the very least you should educate yourself on and prepare for. Below are a few factors you may or may not have considered.


A Month of Kid-Made Christmas Decorations 14

  We had so much fun with last years month of kid-made Christmas cards that we decided to host a month of kid-made Christmas decorations this year.  I am delighted to be sharing with you a 30 days of fantastic Christmas decorations all made by children, along with full instructions for making them with your own children.


'Tis the season for some easy Christmas crafts for kids, including Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer. Perfect for school fairs or advent.

15 Adorable Christmas Crafts for Kids

‘Tis the season for some easy Christmas crafts for kids, including Christmas trees, Santa and his reindeer, and of course, candy canes too!  Whether you are Christmas Crafting for School fairs, in the classroom or at home we have an adorable easy kids Christmas craft for you.


Getting prepared for Winter Driving – Winter Car Checklist

Have you ever been stranded in the snow or stuck in a flood in your car?  I have and it is a scary thing, which is why each year we get prepared for winter driving and I have produced a winter car checklist.  We live in beautiful rural North Yorkshire which means that we have to be prepared when it comes to winter weather.  More so MadDad who often travels over some treacherous roads in the winter.  Since moving back to the North East we have become much more prepared for bad weather and both have emergency packs in our cars.

Getting prepared for Winter Driving - Winter Car Checklist

Free Halloween Printables 1

We are big Halloween lovers here and we have collated a superb selection of free Halloween printables including colouring pages, carving patterns, masks, treat bags, games, decorations and other spooky crafts.  These are some of the cutest and fun Halloween Printables I have seen in a long time. All you need to do is print off what you want. Free and easy!


How to Make a Clay Ghost Tealight

How to Make a Clay Ghost Tealight 14

We love decorating for Halloween and this super simple clay ghost tealight is a fun craft activity perfect for kids to make. This is a great craft to make with tweens and we have used simple air drying clay here, but you could use homemade white clay too.  We think that these ghosties look best plain, but there is nothing stopping you decorating them in any way you like.


Gardening is Fun For the Entire Family

Gardening is Fun For the Entire Family 1

There are dozens of articles out there that talk about the importance of limiting your kids’ screen time. What most of these articles fail to do, however, is offer you alternative activities to keep your kids entertained and occupied and, with any luck, activities that will encourage them to learn. This is not going to be a list of those activities. Instead, we’re going to talk about one specific activity: gardening.


The Benefits of Block Play and giveaway of KAPLA 1000 Blocks 138

I am a HUGE fan of building blocks for children.  There are so many benefits for children to playing with blocks and wooden blocks are so tactile and a fabulous long-term investment for any parent or educational establishment.  As a parent, it can sometimes be really hard to see the benefit of such a simple play tool and we often want to buy specific toys, however, as you will see the benefits of wooden blocks is huge within play-based learning.


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 7

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.


Various Medical Conditions that can Limit Your Mobility

There are a variety of reasons that people, young and old alike, may have difficulty getting around. Some are a result of an injury, an accident, genetics, neurological disorders, or being overweight. The good news is that if you or a loved one has limited mobility, there are effective treatment options and devices such as mobility scooters, available that can to improve your quality of life.   I know this as mum Mum loved her mobility scooter – in fact, it changed her life.

Various Medical Conditions that can Limit Your Mobility

Vauxhall Crossland X review 2017

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.