Thursday, 22 June 2017

How To Plan A Great Family Holiday

The recent heatwave has reminded me that the summer holidays are very nearly here. Although we were determined to go away as a family this year I found booking a holiday a little bit daunting. Where should we go? What sort of accommodation? Where should we look? We eventually found somewhere we can afford that will be great for me, my partner, my 5 year old and our 1 year old, but it wasn’t easy. To make it easier for others here’s my advice on how to plan a great family holiday.

A girl in a swimming costume reaching it to a water fountain

Monday, 19 June 2017

Review and Giveaway: The Very Hungry Caterpillar 3D craft kits from Rainbow Designs

Everyone knows The Very Hungry Caterpillar and instantly recognises the style of the World of Eric Carle. The bright art work is a great inspiration to get crafty and Rainbow Designs have a fab collection of kits to make it easy. We were sent a Colour and Construct 3D character cardboard set and a Super Dough Model Kit to review. Rainbow Designs have also kindly provided one of each to give away and you can enter at the bottom of the post. M loved making the Very Hungry Caterpillar and friends come to life in 3D.

A young girl colouring in a cardboard ladybird


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Review: Firefly Young Driver Lessons

My 5 year old loves to sit in the driver’s seat of my car pretending to drive. She has done this for years, but recently she has started asking if she can actually drive my car. Of course I told her she was too young and she was going to have to wait 12 years, but then I had a chat with the Young Driver team. They have real cars which under 17s can drive. Unfortunately M is too young for the proper cars, but they also have Firefly 2 seater mini cars for children aged 5 to 10 and we were offered the chance to review a lesson.

My daughter standing with attitude and holding her drivers license in front of a red two seater open top car with "Young Driver" on the side

Monday, 12 June 2017

School Sports Day: The Good, The Bad And The Incredibly Competitive Dads

There were a few things that surprised me about my eldest's first sports day: it didn’t rain (the school clearly knew better than all the weather apps), they had an egg and spoon race (but no sack, wheelbarrow or three-legged race) and how seriously sports day was taken.

A young girl in yellow t-shirt, black shorts and blue hat is walking with good posture in the egg and spoon race. The egg has just fallen off the spoon.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Sharing a Family Meal at Prezzo with La Famiglia

Like many families we have a dining room table where we eat all our meals, but during the week there is never more than 3 of us sitting down together. It’s more usual for only 1 or 2 of us to eat at a time. Even at the weekends when we do eat together I get up countless times each meal. Requests for drinks, more food and grabbing replacement cutlery as the original set falls on the floor punctuate my meal.  It’s a real treat to go out and eat together because someone else gets to do the running around and we can enjoy some quality time together.

A Dad and 2 children sitting at a table in front of a window surrounded by wooden beams

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Letter To My Eldest Daughter, Still So Full Of Innocence

“I don't need anyone to hold my hand, I'm safe on my own.”

Oh baby, how I wish that was true. At five years old your innocence is beautiful and I don't want to shatter it. You don't yet understand just how evil the world can be. I tell you there are bad people and you think you understand, you think you would be able to get away, but you don't know all the ways that isn't true.

A young girl with long blonde hair and a green dress


Monday, 5 June 2017

Blogging Conferences and Minions Puzzle Giveaway

It feels like ages ago that I was at BlogOn, but it was only a couple of weeks. With the attacks in Manchester and London (not to mention all the others abroad) it’s been hard to be motivated to carry on with the every day, but carry on we must.

Blog On is a conference in Manchester for bloggers of all genres, but a lot of the attendees seem to be mums (I’m not sure I would dare to call them “mummy bloggers” though). It’s one of the smaller blogging conferences in the calendar year, but it has a good reputation due to the effort put into it by the organiser Laura and the amazing goody bags.

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