Saturday, 5 September 2015

Spot A Lot: Animal Jigsaw Review from Parragon Books

As part of the Parragon Books Book Buddy Scheme we were sent Spot A Lot: Animal Jigsaw to review.

We reviewed the book back in October 2014, but what’s different about this one is that it’s a book and a jigsaw.

The book and jigsaw come in a handy box and once you’ve read the storybook you can then play with the jigsaw puzzle!

Here’s a brief overview of what the book is about:

Friday, 4 September 2015

Binky Linky

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

Baby Number Three? Feeling Broody!

It’s no secret that my husband and I had IVF to start our family. We were very lucky that it was successful on our first attempt and we had twin girls, who are now three and a half years old.

We were also very lucky that we have seven embryos frozen. We’ve renewed them each year because we can’t bring ourselves to let them perish and also because we’ve been unsure about whether or not we want more children.

Well recently I have been very broody!

Two of my friends gave birth within a week of each other and after seeing photos of their gorgeous bundles of joy, it left me wondering whether it was time to give our girls a brother or sister.

Our girls seemed very keen and even made their own requests!

M asked for a girl and R asked for a boy! I love some of the things they come out with! M told me that I needed to go to the hospital so they could put  a baby in my tummy and then when they take it out, it can sleep in her bed with her! Cuteness overload!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Family Friendly Garden Ideas

My family and I are luck that we have a lovely garden. It’s not huge, but I’s big enough for the four of us to play in, relax in and be together in. A garden can be a real addition to any home, even more so when you have young children.

From hosting barbecues to sports days and picnics, a garden has many purposes. With this in mind I always think it’s important to create an outdoor space that has a little something for everyone.

I like to have a place where I can relax. Somewhere calm, quiet and serene. I like reading books and blogs so a garden hammock or big comfy garden chair would be ideal for me.

Taking inspiration from the Japanese and their laid back approach to gardens means that an outdoor water feature would be also be an added bonus. The calming sound of water trickling would help me to de-stress and relax after a busy day of work or looking after the kids. 

Girls Night Out

I wrote a post not long ago which was a little update on the play dates I’ve been having. If you haven’t read that post you can find it here.

In short the play dates have been going well. I’m so glad that we ditched play group in favour of them and I think R and M are pretty pleased about that too.

Both girls have become so much more confident in playing with other children and also in leaving my side to play with them. This is a massive change as usually the girls stick to my side like glue whenever we go anywhere! I went to the park recently and met my friend there with her little girl and boy. M is very friendly with her daughter and the two of them wandered off and played together the whole time we were there.

R was a bit more reserved, but did warm up to playing with M and the other girl after a while. It was lovely to see them playing so well together and I think it’s great preparation for when they start nursery in September.

Anyway, that’s enough about the kids!

I’ve been a mum for just over three years now and in that time have struggled to find other mummy friends. I don’t why really. Maybe it’s me?

However, I have over the past few months made friends with two lovely ladies and we’ve all been on play dates at each other houses which has been really nice.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Obsessions I've developed since becoming a mum

Quite often I hear people saying that it's funny how things change when you become a parent.

Pre-children I spent my Sundays lazing on the sofa, cuddling up to my husband and watching TV in between naps. 

Nowadays Sundays are usually spent painting, crafting, playing in the park, running around at a soft play centre or pretty much anything else come to think of it that means I'm on my feet pretty much all day!

Not that I'm complaining. I wouldn't change it for the world. 

One thing I have noticed though since becoming a mum is that I've developed some 'obsessions'. I'm sharing them hear with you to see if I'm not the only one!

1. Checking the weather. It doesn't matter what time of year it is. Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter, this obsession is an all year round one! At the beginning of every week I'll check the weather forecast so that I can plan our weeks activities. I sometimes find myself checking the forecast every few hours to see if it's changed and when the forecast is wrong, I'm not a happy bunny!

2. Checking the doors are locked and the hob is off. Something I'd never done before in my life until I had children. I check the conservatory door - even though I know it's locked because I haven't opened it that day. I also check the kitchen door is locked, the front door and the porch door. Quite often after putting the girls in the car, I'll run back to check once more! Before leaving the house I have to check that the hob is off - mainly because on one occasion I left a cardboard box on top of the hob and smelt burning a short while later. I'd accidentally turned the hob on when I put the box on top of it and it was black, charred and smoking. Oops! 

Monday, 31 August 2015

Skechers Twinkle Toes Light Up Canvas Shoe Review from Brantano

We were recently sent two pairs of Skechers Twinkle Toes Light Up Canvas Shoes from Brantano to review.

I always wanted a pair of light up shoes when I was a child, but I don't think I ever owned a pair. I'm not quite sure what it is about light up shoes that makes them so attractive to children, but they're definitely popular at the moment.

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Butterbee Cottage Dolls House Review

When I was a child I had a dolls house. It was pink, made of wood and had lights that actually lit up!

It was quite small, but I absolutely loved it! 

There's something really enchanting and magical about dolls houses. I did buy our girls one a while ago, but they were far too young for it at the time and it ended up being coloured in with felt tips and it pretty much fell apart so we binned it.

Now that our girls are three and a half years old they're more than ready for a dolls house. We were sent this amazing Butterbee Cottage Dolls House from Big Game Hunters to review.

As well as the dolls house I was also able to choose two furniture sets so I opted for the Sweetbee Bathroom Set and the Sweetbee Children's Bedroom Set. 

The Butterbee Cottage arrived and I was pleased to see that it was really well packaged. It's flat packed and the great thing about it is that it only requires four screws to put it together. 

Saturday, 29 August 2015

#WeSoFancyDress – A back to school party featuring ASDA!

I can’t quite believe that in less than two weeks’ time our twins will be starting nursery.

They’ve never been to nursery or been looked after anywhere other than in their own home so it’s a big change for all of us.

I’m feeling a real mix emotions! Anxious about how they’ll settle in and worried that they won’t like it.

I think I’ve done a pretty good job preparing them for nursery. We’ve talked a lot about what they’ll do there and they already know their teachers name. They’ve been into the nursery for a look around and we’ve read books together about starting nursery too. 

We’ve also had play dates with my friends and their children which have proved to be invaluable in terms of getting the girls used to playing with other children – not just each other – and also interacting with other adults.

I’ll be honest and admit that I feel sad about them starting nursery. They’re only three and a half years old and they just seem too young! I know nursery will be great for them in terms of social interaction and building up their confidence and independence, but a part of me wants to keep them at home!

Anyway to mark the end of the summer holidays we recently hosted a fancy dress party, and thanks to ASDA we were sent some fabulous fancy dress clothes for the children to wear.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Binky Linky

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