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Sunday, 26 July 2015

26.07.15 Silent Sunday


spinning round a lamppost

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Tiggly Words and Tiggly Maths Review

There was excitement in our household as we received a bundle of goodies from Tiggly, a company who design physical smart toys which interact with a collection of tablet learning apps. The learning system changes the way that children learn, using all their senses and combining physical and digital play intuitively. We received Tiggly Math, Tiggly Words and a large soft Tiggly.

Tiggly

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

My favourite Pimms cocktail - and a giveaway

When I was planning mine and my husband's wedding back in 2002, one of the main things I was adamant about was that there would be Pimm's served to guests as they arrived for the reception. It is one of my favourite cocktails and something which is so quintessential of a British summer. On the day it went down very well indeed. In fact, one teetotal guest who didn't realise it was alcoholic was rather worse for wear as the evening wore on!

 The Co-operative understand just how synonymous Pimm's is with summer and they sent me some vouchers to buy the ingredients so that I could share with you my favourite cocktail.

Pimm's ingredients

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Avoiding those little 'oops' moments

Last year I was bouncing on a trampoline at 10.30pm with my aunt and sister. They were drunk and I was not! There was an awful lot of giggling and an amazement at my aunt's inability to bounce without falling over. It was very, very funny. When I recounted the experience to a mum from school, she seemed surprised that I had been jumping on a trampoline without any bladder problems. After looking into it, apparently up to sixty-nine percent of women who have had children experience some form of bladder weakness.

Lights by Tena sent me an SOS mummy survival kit to try out and, whilst I might not need all the products in the kit, I thought it was a fantastic idea.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Petit Fernand name labels review and giveaway

I feel hugely mixed emotions about my daughter starting school in September. I am sad because she is my youngest and I know this will be the last time a child of mine starts school for the first time. I'm happy that she is ready for school. She's excited and eager to learn. When September comes round, the last thing I want to be doing is frantically ironing name labels into clothes, so when Petit Fernand contacted me and asked if I would like to review for them, it was a great opportunity. It also happened to be a week after the M&S 20% off school uniform sale, so I had bought most of the clothes for my daughter.

Iron on name labels

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Getting a good night's sleep could be easier than you think.

Sleep. Some of us get loads. Others struggle. Before I had children I slept so well. I used to lie in bed at the weekend until 11am. Since I had children the first couple of years were wiped out with relatively sleepless nights due to teething, routine and worry. I never realised the worry that comes with being a parent. It even gets you when you try and sleep!

I was sent a special pack of goodies and asked to follow ten top tips to help me get a better night's sleep. Included in the pack was some lavender oil, a yoga mat, a lumia body clock and a notebook.  I set to work following the tips and seeing how I got on. The sleep tips came from Dr Lauren Kita, an expert in good sleep.

First up, I needed a routine. This makes sense. My children have a routine and they sleep well, so why didn't I? I wake at the same time every morning (unless we have B&B guests who want breakfast particularly early), but it's pretty rare that I go to bed at the same time as the evenings are when I blog and that can take longer than I imagine it will. I made sure I went up to bed at the same time every night.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

05.07.15 Silent Sunday


fresh strawberry




HelpfulMum

Saturday, 4 July 2015

June month in a minute

June was always going to be a bit of a comedown after such a fantastic May, but it also ended up being really busy and rather stressful. We have been full every weekend in the B&B, apart from one night when all our guests cancelled due to a bad weather forecast and then it turned out to be one of the most beautiful dry and sunny weekends!

Then my son got ill. He is never ill and it threw us all. He had a chest infection and had to go to hospital a couple of times. He had antibiotics for the first time and we discovered that he is allergic to penicillin, and also the other antibiotics he was given. Let's hope he doesn't get ill again in the future as his list of antibiotics is getting shorter!

A few days after he had finally recovered, I went out with my best friend to see Take That in Manchester and it was amazing. We don't get out very often together so we made the most of it and stayed out dancing until after 3.30am! Sadly two days later I was bed bound and couldn't move. I have genuinely never been so poorly and the doctor said I had swine flu.

Due to me being knocked out by flu, this month's video is a bit shorter than usual. Aside from the fact that I couldn't actually move, there wouldn't have been anything interesting to film. So I'm sorry that you have a little less this month. Here's to a well July!


Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway Review

We were recently sent the Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway to review. My son and daughter both love Hot Wheels, so were excited to try it out. They are also both incredibly competitive (I don't know where they get it from), so were looking forward to competing against each other!

Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastaway

Sunday, 14 June 2015

14.06.15 Silent Sunday


water fight