#GIFTED Mud & Bloom Subscription Box Review

As a busy parent finding ways to encourage my children to connect with nature can be hard. During the weekdays we’re all pretty busy with work, school and after school activities. This means I don’t get a lot of time to plan out any activities for the weekend. However Mud & Bloom recently sent me their April monthly subscription box to review and it’s full of easy and fun activities to engage children in nature. As an added bonus they’re also educational. Mud & Bloom was created by Anja in December 2017. As a mum of three, Anja is passionate… [Read More]

Review: Beatrix Potter Gifts by Enesco

(Helen) Beatrix Potter was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist, and conservationist best known for her children’s books featuring animals, such as those in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. My children are seven years old and they love Peter Rabbit. They always watch the show on CBeebies and they loved the Peter Rabbit film that was released last year, but did you know that we’re not only the fans of Beatrix Potter? It’s certainly no secret that the Royal Family are fans of Beatrix Potter too, and with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby due next month I thought… [Read More]

My Favourite LUSH Products

I’m pretty new to using LUSH products. Over the last few years, I’ve been gifted the odd bath bomb, and I always buy my daughters a bath bomb or two each for Christmas and their birthday, but bath bombs were usually all that I bought. However, after a recent trip to LUSH in a bid to explore the world of shampoo and conditioner bars in order to reduce the amount of single use plastic we use as a family, I discovered that LUSH offer much more than just bath bombs. After asking a staff member for advice regarding shampoo and… [Read More]

On the go sandwich wrap review #GIFTED

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post called Simple Swaps for a Zero Waste Life. In that blog post I shared simple every day swaps that anyone can make in order to reduce the amount of single use plastics we use. I touched upon lots of great swaps such as swapping paper kitchen towels for reusable bamboo kitchen towels, swapping plastic bottles of shampoo for package free shampoo bars and using food wraps instead of sandwich bags, cling film or foil. All of these, along with the other swaps mentioned in that blog post, are great eco-friendly things… [Read More]

ClassDojo: Helping Parents Find Out What Their Children Do In School Since 2011 #AD

Like many parents I’m keen to know what my children do in school. I find that the best time to talk about this is when we’re all sitting down as a family over dinner. I ask my children what they do in school, who did they play with and did they learn anything. Sometimes my children indulge me with this information, but most of the time I get the standard response of, “I can’t remember”. I’m sure this is something many parents hear! If you’re like me and you wish that you knew more about what goes on in the… [Read More]

Book Review: Reader, I Married Me #GIFTED

I love a good romantic comedy book. There’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa, blanket over you, a hot cup of coffee and a good book. Reader, I Married Me by Sophie Tanner is a book full of self love and positivity. It’s unlike any other book I’ve read. The main character, Chloe Usher, has just broken up with the love of her. Her friendly urge her to find another man before she ends up sitting on the shelf all alone for the rest of eternity, but Chloe makes a decision not to do that. After one particularly… [Read More]

Simple Swaps for a Zero Waste Life #GIFTED

Something my husband and I are keen to do this year is reduce the amount of single use plastic we use. You can read more about what we hope to achieve and how in our ‘A Zero Waste Journey‘ blog post. In this blog post I wanted to share with you some simple swaps that can help you reduce the amount of single use plastic you use. Food Wraps Every day for school my children have sandwiches which my husband and I would put into plastic sandwich bags. At the end of each week we’d go through 10 plastic sandwich… [Read More]

I Tried Reusable Sanitary Pads and they’re a Game Changer! #GIFTED

In an effort to lead a more eco-friendly lifestyle, I’ve been keen to try reusable sanitary pads for some time. It’s estimated that the average woman will use and throw away in excess of 10,000 sanitary pads in her menstrual lifetime. The sad thing is that many of these sanitary products end up in our rivers because they’re being flushed down the toilet. Just a few weeks ago, the below tweet popped up on my timeline and I was shocked for a number of reasons. The main question I had to ask is how can any grown women think that… [Read More]

A Zero Waste Journey

Like our Zero Waste Facebook here. Join our Zero Waste Facebook Group here. Follow our Zero Waste Instagram Page here. Follow our Zero Waste Twitter Page here. Something that I’m keen to do this year is to be more environmentally friendly. I’ve been following a number of zero waste movements online and it fascinates me. Before I go any further, I’ll just briefly explain what zero waste means. What is Zero Waste? Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators,… [Read More]

Book Review: The Only Way is Up by Carole Matthews

As a huge Carole Matthews fan I thought I would share a review of my second favourite book of hers! My first favourite is Million Love Songs. You can read my review here. My second favourite Carole Matthews book is called The Only Way is Up. Here’s what the back of the book says: Lily and Laurence had it all: the money, the car, a beautiful home in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Then Laurence loses his job and everything disappears. With nowhere to turn, Lily and Laurence are forced to take their two young children and move to a flea-ridden council… [Read More]