Saturday, 30 September 2017

Fabulous Finds for September 2017

Warning, this month my Fabulous Finds are mostly food related so this post might make you hungry. I have some brilliant dairy free products to share with you as well as some lovely children's bubble bath, another fantastic children's clothing range and a personalised phone case which is doing a great job protecting my phone from my children.

Collage of the 9 images below

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Delicious Dairy Free Italian Food From Valsoia

Little Sister and I don’t eat dairy, Big Sister and G do. I would love for everyone to eat the same food, but that can be challenging when Big Sister wants ice cream or a cheesy dish. Finding good dairy free foods which appeal to everyone can be challenging, but I have discovered that my beloved Ocado sell a range by Valsoia which are suitable for people who are dairy free. Their authentic Italian products include ice cream, pizza, vegan lasagne, milk and chocolate spread. You can find them on the Ciao Gusto tab on the Ocado website and I have been putting some of them to the taste test with my family.

A Valsoia Almond Gelato Cone and  two Valsoia Almond Gelato Mini Sticks delicious dairy free ice creams available from the Ciao Gusto tab at Ocado

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Selling on eBay: My experience and Top Tips

Like most parents I buy a lot of ‘stuff’ for my children. Even second time round I was tempted into buying far more for the new baby than we actually needed. Now my baby is a toddler all the clothes and equipment she has grown out of are taking up space next to my bed. It’s been over 6 months since Little moved into her own room and I piled everything up with the intention of selling it. Apart from selling a couple of bits on a local Facebook group everything is still there. So it was good timing when I received a challenge from Mumsnet and eBay to try to sell a few items. What was it like selling on eBay? Did my items sell? Read on to find out.

Items sold on eBay packaged up and ready to send after selling

Monday, 25 September 2017

LEGO Tape Ideas For Adults

I occasionally browse crowd funding websites to see what brilliant (and ridiculous) ideas people have. In March this year I spotted crowd funding for adhesive lego tape on Indiegogo. The idea captured the imagination of thousands of people and Nimuno Loops quickly exceeded their funding target reaching 40,000 backers. While they finished off their testing and production process LEGO tape became widely available from a number of different companies such as Ozmo and Flexi-Block (affiliate links).

ideas of things to do with lego tape for adults including key holder, picture frame and cable holder

Letter To My Eldest Daughter On Her 6th Birthday

Today you are 6. I’m so proud of you. Not for being 6, that was kind of inevitable, but for the person you have become. We’ve had such a great weekend together and the living room is covered in wrapping paper and toys from all of your present opening yesterday and today. You were so excited by everything. I wish your friends could have seen you open them and know how much you loved them all. I'm sure you have been busy telling all at school today though.

7 photographs of my 6 year old daughter taken each year on her birthday.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Recipe: Easy Individual Beef Stir Fry Recipe #HealthyRedMeat

Lean red meat makes a great meal for all the family. It is full of nutrients that are often otherwise low in the diets of toddlers and children including iron, zinc, B vitamins, selenium and potassium. Here is my recipe for tasty, fun and fast individual stir fries which help encourage children to eat more. This post is in collaboration with Britmums and the Meat Advisory Panel.

A girl in school uniform eating a beef stir fry made with an easy recipe

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

I Guess It's Time To Get Used To Being Cold

Game of Thrones warned “Winter is here” and this week I well believe it. Last September we were still wearing t-shirts, but this year my heating has been turned on and I have packed my summer clothes away. All my (slim) hopes of an “Indian Summer” are gone.  I might have experienced over 30 Autumns in my lifetime, but somehow the season change still surprises me. Every year when the daily high drops below 20 degrees I forget that I’m going to be cold pretty much until May (apart from when I go into an overheated shop or train and I find myself melting underneath all my layers). I’m also surprised with how quickly the nights are drawing in. The long evenings playing in the garden are behind us for another year and we now have to have the light on for bath time. 

A spiky conker on brown leaves signalling the start of Autumn and cold weather

Friday, 15 September 2017

Choosing The Best Doors, Windows And Conservatories For You With SEHBAC

What did you get up to at the weekend? Last Saturday I was invited to visit the new SEHBAC show centre in Colchester. SEHBAC create bespoke home improvements including windows, doors and conservatories across Essex, London and the South East. Investing money in your home is a difficult decision and you want to ensure you make the right choices to meet your needs as well as improving the value you of your home. How do you choose exactly what you need and who to trust with your purchase?

A corridor inside a airy show room with single story brick extensions on the left and doors visible on the right

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Review: Snazaroo Mini Theme Face Paint Packs with Weekend Box

Last weekend we were sent a special package to review from the Weekend Box Club with Snazaroo. The Weekend Box Club send out parcels with crafty activities for children and this special box contained two new compact Snazaroo face paint products (available in shops soon priced £2.99). The mini face paint kits contain all you need to get painting your family’s face and we all found them great fun. 

Snazaroo mini theme pack used to create a yellow super hero mask with white lightning bolts and black outline

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Why I love Ocado

I feel I need to start this post by saying it isn’t a collaborative post and I haven’t been paid or incentivised in anyway to write it. I have been an Ocado customer for years and despite trying a few other home delivery services I haven’t found any others I am happy with. No company is perfect, and I’ve had a few grumbles, but I still love Ocado. Find out why...

A pile of shopping bags and a veg box from Ocado

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Why I don't want to get married ... again

Wedding season draws to a close for 2017 but my Facebook newsfeed is once again full of wedding photo's. Beautiful people in beautiful dresses. People I once used to laugh with and think of as friends. People who have long forgotten me. You see all the photographs remind me of what would be missing from my wedding if I were ever to get married again... friends.

A blurred photo of people dancing in a hall at a wedding

Saturday, 2 September 2017

My Toddler At 19 Months

Which animal describes my youngest daughter best? If you asked me when we got off the aeroplane last week I would definitely have said an octopus, but I think the most similar animal is still a monkey. Admittedly she doesn’t fling her poo, but she has been found with it on her hands a few times. Add in her mischievous ways and how she loves to entertain people and there are definitely monkey tendencies. It has been a great month playing in the sun, spending plenty of time with Big Sister and a whole load of chatting, but what else has Little been up to this month?

A collage of 9 photographs of my toddler including: wearing my flip flops, asleep in a pushchair, eating a baguette, sitting in the garden, in a water tray, hugging her sister, wearing a bucket on her head, smiling with her mummy and running around in a swimming nappy

Friday, 1 September 2017

Review: Thinking outside the box with Gel-a-Peel

This summer Big Sister and I have been playing with Gel-a-Peel. These tubes of gel come in a set with stencils to create your own jewellery which can be worn when dry. After creating a few bracelets we got creative and personalised some headphones because the gel is great to decorate items too. The best thing is once dry you can peel the gel off most non-porous surfaces and start all over again when you fancy a change.

A close up of a gel-a-peel template with a young girl squeezing the gel out to create a bracelet