Friday, 18 August 2017

Staying at Center Parcs In Europe

We’ve just come back from our first proper family holiday. After much deliberation, searching and trying to justify the cost of amazing beach resorts we decided to go to Center Parcs in Europe. Center Parcs promised to have activities to entertain us all and we could drive there saving a lot of money on flights. Even with the poor performing Pound against the Euro Center Parcs in Europe are much cheaper than in the UK. We stayed at De Kempervennen just inside the Dutch border and had a great holiday.

A wooden walkway and a pond with stork like birds and blue parrots

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Review: Delicious YourZooki Omega 3

My diet isn’t great at the best of times and when pregnant it is worse than normal. For some reason I completely go off vegetables and spend most of the 9 months wanting to eat toast and chips. Obviously pregnancy is one of the times it is even more important than normal to eat properly, and if you don’t, to take supplements. One of the supplements I have most trouble with is Omega 3. Even when I’m not pregnant I hate the smell of fish oil so I might have been a little over excited when I tried the Omega 3 from YourZooki. It's a Omega 3 supplement which doesn’t taste of fish, in fact it’s delicious! (Post contains affiliate links).

A white bottle of Omega Zooki next to a spoon with an orange liquid in
Photo credit: YourZooki

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Review: Big Beard Battle

Normally when we see toy adverts on TV it’s my eldest daughter asking if we can buy it, but when I saw the advert for Big Beard Battle it was me going “Ooooo!”.  A game where you look daft and have to grow long colourful beards sounded like the perfect game for my family so I was super excited when we got the chance to review it.

The Big Beard Battle box, spinner, blue beard pieces and the plastic razor

Monday, 14 August 2017

Giveaway: East India Company Nuts and Biscuits

It's half way through the school holidays for us and I have mixed feelings. Part of me is "yay, we are half way through and we're surviving", the other part of me is thinking "it's moving too fast, time needs to slow down". School holidays make it harder to work, but Little Sister and I are enjoying having Big Sister around. Of course there are the occasional meltdowns too. If you need a bit of a treat and me time to recover from the school holidays then these luxuries from the East India Company are definitely adults only.

Two tubes on a white background, a dark packet labelled macadamia nuts and a white packet containing "CCC"

Friday, 11 August 2017

How I Became A Stay At Home Mum

I never expected to be a stay at home mum. I have always wanted kids, but I wouldn’t describe myself as particularly maternal. After my first child there was never any question about me going back to work full time. I loved my job and even if I hadn’t we were dependent on my income. My daughter needed constant stimulation and I knew she would love nursery while I enjoyed the luxury of going to the toilet without company.

Roll forwards 4 years and my (new) partner and I made the decision that I wouldn’t go back to work after maternity leave with my second child. I now bring in a small income through blogging, but my primary role (at least in the daytime hours) is childcare. Most days I am happy and at peace with the world. So what changed?

A silly selfie of me and my youngest daughter

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Review: Wooden Castle from SRI Toys

Banner advert saying: Educational wooden toys, the home of happy faces 10% off

I love wooden toys so I was excited we were sent a toy from SRI Toys to review. Their hand crafted wooden toys encourage creative play. We were sent a castle set which comes complete with knights, royalty and a wizard. I loved the simple wooden pieces, but what did my children think when I gave them the wooden set to play with? 

Playing with a small grey, slotted together castle on a wooden floor. Wooden character pieces are in the foreground

Monday, 7 August 2017

The Surprising Impact Of Taking Magnesium Glycinate (Review)

A number of people suggested I try taking magnesium to help prevent my migraines, I was dubious, but I tried a magnesium spray and found I didn’t notice any difference from using it. I was offered a review of Magnesium Glycinate tablets by Nutri Advanced so I thought I would see if they worked any better for me. I have been taking the tablets for a month and I’ve noticed a difference, but not the one I expected.

A white tub of Magnesium Glycinate on a black background with white tablets spilling out