Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Giveaway: Braun Body Grooming Kit



Father's Day is fast approaching (it’s June 18th this year if you need the reminder). As a parent it’s not just a day to say “Thanks” to my Dad, but it's a perfect day to show my partner what a great Dad I think he is too. Ideally the thank your should come from the children, but while they are younger and heavily reliant on me for money and supervision the burden tends to fall on me to arrange the gift. I wrote a guide last year with inspiration for Father's Day presents at different budgets which is worth checking out, but for one lucky blog reader I have an amazing gift to giveaway. Thanks to Braun I have a posh electric shaver to giveaway so you can give a great gift to your partner or Dad.

The white posh shaver in the box

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Staying at the easyHotel in Manchester

The easyHotel in Manchester is a cheap way to stay in the heart of the city. Don't expect frills or much space, but for a budget place to freshen up and sleep for the night it is a great place to stay.

A hotel key card and a piece of cardboard with easyHotel on it
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Friday, 19 May 2017

Birthday Blues

“Did you have a good birthday?” they ask. “Yes it was great thanks” I reply, trying to smile. Because that's what's expected isn't it? You are meant to have an amazing day on your birthday. But it wasn't amazing and all the messages from everyone kindly wishing me a fabulous day just made me feel worse.

It can be hard being a stay at home mum when one day blends into the next, even if it’s your birthday. It’s hard when your partner works long hours and you crave adult conversation, but you struggle to make new mum friends. It can be hard when the whole world expects you to be happy and celebrating, but you’re alone and you want to cry.

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Monday, 15 May 2017

I'm Going To Blog On

This weekend I am going to a blogging conference in Manchester. I’m very excited, but a bit nervous to be leaving my baby for so long. This is an intro post to the other lovely people going to help break the ice and to encourage them to come and talk to me.

This is me (trying to get a selfie on a giraffe)
Me pulling a cheesy face riding a giraffe on a carousel at Chessington
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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Once Upon A Time #TearsIntoSmiles

Once upon a time Princess M lived in a small terraced castle on the edge of a strange land full of smoke. Princess M lived with her half sister (Princess Little), her Mummy, her not-at-all-evil Step Daddy and a magical unicorn. Mittens the unicorn looked just like a cat to everyone because it was only when she was alone with Princess M she showed her true self. No one else even realised she was a unicorn.

The two sisters were the best of friends. Princess Little looked up to her sister and loved it when she was around. Princess M loved to hug her sister and have fun with her, but she got annoyed when Little didn't understand how to play her games.

Big sister bending over and smiling at her little sister who is crawling on the grass
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Guide To Visiting Chessington With Young Children

We recently went to Chessington World of Adventures Resort as a family. Going to a theme park with a toddler and a 5 year old can be challenging, but we found something for everyone. If you are thinking of going to Chessington with young children this post will help you get the most out of your visit. You can also read more about our amazing visit here.

A green leafy background with title text on and the Chessington Logo which is yellow and red with the plant earth behind

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Monday, 8 May 2017

Giveaway: eZee Beads and Pattern Ideas


When you were little did you play with those little coloured white beads which you had to place carefully on a white pin board before persuading your parents to iron them and preserve your pattern for eternity? I remember spending hours playing with them and my daughter has recently started enjoying creating with them too.

A box of eZee beads by John Adams showing the designs you can make in the Under The Sea set of a turtle, a dolphin, a seahorse and a fish

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