Thursday, 14 June 2018

Our 30 Month Development Check and What The Health Visitor Said

Little had her 30 month developmental check today despite only being 28 months old. I wasn’t sure what to expect, not because of the check it’s self (I know it's a run through of the questionnaire they sent and a few checks to make sure I was telling the truth), but because it was with a Health Visitor I hadn’t met before. I have been rather wary of Health Visitors ever since one told me to leave my 6 week old baby to cry it out. As a tired new mum I lasted 5 minutes before deciding I didn’t care what the expert said, I would trust my instincts instead. So I went into my appointment prepared for a battle as I know my gentle parenting views aren't always popular.


Friday, 8 June 2018

Finding A Tradesperson With Local Heroes

What makes you feel like a grown up? At 36 I may have been an adult for a while, but there are some events which make me feel like a proper adult. Like when I was allowed to leave the hospital with my first little human, when I received the keys to my first home and when something goes wrong in our house and I am the one responsible for getting it fixed. My first instinct is to call my Dad and ask him to help, but I have to accept he can’t fix everything and sometimes I need someone else to rescue me: a tradesperson  

***This is a collaborative post with Local Heroes, but all thoughts are my own***

An electrician wearing a hard hat working on a plug socket

Monday, 4 June 2018

Where next, Teddy? Personalised Book Review And Giveaway

Have you noticed how children can become more engaged with a book when they relate to it in someway? When the lead character shares their name and looks a bit like them they definitely show an interest. You might be lucky enough to stumble across a book which seems to be about them, but if you don’t want to leave it to chance there are a number of companies that will print a book personalised for your child. “Where next, Teddy?” is a beautiful personalised book we were sent to review by Chapterful where your child goes on a bedtime adventure with a teddy bear.


Friday, 1 June 2018

How To Make Your Garden Child Friendly In All Weathers

Entertaining the kids can be a tough job at times as some days they just never seem happy with anything. It’s often best for everyone if you can get outside and the easiest place to go is in the back garden. As we live in Britain with it’s unpredictable weather I have been looking at ways to make my garden not only child friendly but suitable for all weathers. I’ve found a few things that do that perfectly. 

A large display area with artificial grass, games, a tent, stepping stones and stage area

Monday, 28 May 2018

Giveaway: Milton Hygiene Kit

When I think about ensuring everything is clean and hygienic for babies there is one brand that comes to my mind before any others: Milton. When my children were newborn I used their liquid to sterilise toys, dummies and other items, I had their antibacterial wipes in my bag for emergencies when we were out (and for cleaning things like supermarket trollies), I used the surface spray to clean their highchairs and their antibacterial gel to clean my hands when I couldn’t get to wash my hands with soap and water. Milton products are great so I am happy to be giving away a Milton hygiene kit in my latest giveaway.

A product photograph of a packet of Milton Antibacterial Surface Wipes, A spray bottle of Milton 3in1 Antibacterial surface spray and a bottle of blue Milton antibacterial hand gel

Friday, 25 May 2018

Arranging the Ultimate Teletubbies Playdate with the Tubby Playdate Pack

I can’t be the only mum who finds arranging playdates a little bit scary? For me the worst bit is the actual asking, it’s just like when I was single and trying to pluck the courage up to ask a guy out, but now I worry about both my daughter and me being rejected. When I get a "yes" it's on to planning the playdate and that’s the fun bit! If your little one loves Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po then a Teletubbies theme is a great idea. You can even download a free Tubby Playdate pack to help make the playdate go smoothly and we have been testing it out. 

A toddler surrounded by party decorations and printed pages of the Tubby Playdate Pack

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Joie Nitro Umbrella Stroller Review

There is a lot to like about the Joie Nitro umbrella stroller: it folds up easily, looks great, is good value and it has a higher than normal weight limit. Available in different colours I chose the pink or magenta, but I would call it more of a purple. While there are a few minor aspects I think could be improved it is a great pushchair and it has been fun to review. 

A side view of the purple umbrella fold pushchair against a bright gravity wall with a toddler peering out


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

How To Help Someone With Depression

It’s hard when a friend or loved one is struggling with their mental health, they won’t be their normal self. They may be mean, short tempered or just lacking the spark that makes them who they are. G has never found it easy to live with me when I am depressed and as I have written before he finds it hard not to take my behaviour personally, but it’s never about him, it’s all about me. And while he wants to make me better there isn’t always much he can do.

A man walking across stepping stones crossing a shallow river in Derbyshire

Friday, 11 May 2018

Giveaway: A Month's Supply Of Piccolo Products

I am excited to be able to offer a giveaway prize from Piccolo to one of my readers. Launched in 2016, Piccolo is the UK’s fastest growing baby food company.  They have a range of healthy and delicious pouches, meals and snacks which are 100% organic and inspired inspired by the Mediterranean approach to health and wellbeing, centred around fresh ingredients that have been lovingly prepared and shared with friends and family. 

A photo showing a range of Piccolo pouches, pots and other packaging
(Photo indicative of prize, actual contents may vary)

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Personalised Father’s Day Gift Ideas from Bombus

With Father’s Day getting closer (it’s on Sunday 17th June this year) now is the perfect time to start thinking about what to give. Whether it’s for your own Dad or for the Father of your children I think personalised presents are the way to go; there is something extra special knowing the item has been made just for them. I have blogged about homemade and shop bought Father’s Day present ideas before and now I have a new favourite shop to add to the list: Bombus make unique gifts which are perfect if you don’t want to make something yourself. 


Silver personalised map cufflinks on a small fabric bag