TOMY Toy Review: Spin & Splash Jellyfish; Shake & Sort Cupcakes and Aquadoodle

I don’t know who was more excited for our delivery of TOMY toys, Lily or me! I’m such a kid at heart and I love it when Lily gets a new toy to play with. We were lucky enough to receive three TOMY toys through the post to review. Here’s what we thought.. Spin and Splash Jellyfish We love a bath toy, and one that doesn’t include squirting water out as those only seem to last five minutes before they get that black water mould on them, and have to be chucked. This fun toy fills up with water and then […]

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Happy Father’s Day: Thank You To The Dads

Happy belated Father’s Day! I hope you’ve all been spoiling the men in your life rotten. Or if you are a Dad yourself I hope you’ve been thoroughly spoilt! It’s often discussed how hard it is to be a woman, as I’ve spoken about in the past. But let’s not forget the men out there too, specifically the Dads. The unsung heroes they often get a bit of a hard time. Popular memes talking about Dads as the back up slightly rubbish irresponsible parent. About children walking past Dad on the sofa and going to ask mum for a drink (although […]

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How We Chose Our Nursery, Or Rather How Our Toddler Did…

I’m of the opinion that nursery is fantastic for young children. Often thought of more as a childcare solution for parents, nursery is so much more than that. It is the start of their education journey. An opportunity for them to learn through play in a sociable environment. Developing both their early academic skills but more importantly their social skills. Don’t get me wrong it is convenient for us that Lily will be attending nursery on the days that I work, so childcare is a part of it. But even if I wasn’t working I would still take her. Lily […]

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Birthday Party Tips For A Stress Free Day

Recently Lily turned 3 and I cannot believe how fast she is growing up! We threw her a small birthday party to celebrate and much to my relief it was a total success! Truth is though, I didn’t have to spend much time or effort planning it! That sounds awful, but I mean it in a good way. It was simple but effective, and stress free. In fact her birthday itself was great fun too, as we took a trip to the zoo with some of my family. With pre-school children I know some parents don’t go the whole hog with […]

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Crimson Publishing ‘Mum Hacks’ Book Review: Time Saving Tips You Need In Your Life

Recently my life feels ultra manic. juggling work with Lily along with housework, cooking, family days out, it can get a bit crazy. So it’s great when someone shows you a “Mum hack” that can save you time or energy, and you can then put that energy towards something much more important like family time. Then there are the fun hacks or the hacks that can just make life as a parent run slightly smoother. For example I have my own mum hack about leaving my tea on the radiator in winter so it keeps it warmer longer! One that’s […]

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3 year update: Lily’s Birthday Celebrations!

Today is Lily’s birthday! I can’t believe it was 3 years ago that our adventure in to parenting began. So much has changed in that time, not only has Lily changed so much from that tiny baby, but I’ve changed a lot too. The developments that happen to our children in the first few years is really astonishing. When I think back to that 7lb baby who couldn’t even smile or helps her head up, and now my big girl who never stops talking and running around! Speech and Language This time last year, Lily was saying odd words but […]

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“Cherish Every Moment”: Is It Possible?

This may have something to do with the fact that I’ve been away from Lily all day and therefore also away from the stresses and strains of being around a toddler for hours on end. Along with the fact that I am so broody at the moment! But I was just tucking Lily in to bed and looking at her and had a little soppy moment. It feels like lately she is becoming so much more of a little girl rather than a baby. I know she’s not been a baby for a while now, we have had the full blast […]

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Dancing On Her Own! Lily’s First Solo Dance Class

I started Lily at a local dance school when she was just 18 months old. She was still rather wobbly on her chubby little legs, and she mainly just ran around in the opposite direction to everyone else, but she loved it. The dance routine was the same every week, in fact it’s still the same now. So the children get familiar with it, and despite them doing it every week it still brings big smiles to their faces. When I first walked in to dancing I didn’t really know what to expect. None of the other mum’s really spoke […]

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Mother’s Day Craft: Footprint Flowers

It’s Mother’s Day this Sunday! It’s come round so quick! If you haven’t got a present yet for your Mum, or if you’re a Dad reading this and you haven’t got anything on behalf of the kids for your other half yet…Do not fear. This simple yet thoughtful craft is easy to make and will make the receiver very happy. Here is how you make a beautiful bunch of Footprint Flowers, we gave these to Joe’s mum and she loved them. And if you don’t fancy this craft, or are looking for another, you can see my Mother’s Day Medal […]

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Hetty and Betty: Gifts and Home Decor to make a Beautiful Home

I’ve been lucky enough recently to receive a few beautiful items from Hetty and Betty, a gift and home accessories online shop. We are also able to offer our readers a special 10% off discount code! You can find it at the end of the post! What Did We Think? We moved in to our family home over 2 years ago now. For the first couple of weeks Lily and I stayed at my Mum’s, so that Joe and my in-laws could decorate the new place without us having to live among paint and wallpaper. They got the upstairs done, […]

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