My First Thomas & Friends Rolling Melodies


Being a blogger means there is always fun campaigns popping up, with opportunities for us to test out some pretty cool things. We were recently asked if we wanted to join #TeamThomas, of course I said yes as Emily is absolutely obsessed with all things Thomas lately, and I knew that she would really enjoy getting involved.

The #TeamThomas campaign is all about celebrating Thomas & friends core values of friendship, determination and teamwork, as well as a new racing theme for 2016. Thomas & friends will be inviting fans and families to power of Thomas on a virtual journey to reach The Great Race, which is the new film launching in May.

Emily's 19 Month Update


I am a little late with posting this, I have had it sitting in my drafts for a while but I just keep adding to it. Emily's learnt so many new things this month and she is an absolute joy to be around. I know everyone must say that about their children but she is honestly one of the happiest children I have ever met (and I have met a lot as I used to work in a nursery setting). Like all toddlers she does have her moments and we have had a few tantrums, but I wouldn't really say we have a lot of tantrums, I'm sure that will change with time though.

Review: Cuddledry Swin Poncho Towel


We were recently contacted by cuddledry to see if we wanted to review a toddler swim poncho, of course I said yes. We have always been big fans of cuddledry. When Emily was a newborn we used the Original Cuddledry hands free baby bath towel. That towel was amazing and we used it up till Emily was about a year old. 


Priory Country Park


I have always been a big fan of family days out that are outdoors, even better when they don't cost much/anything. Emily loves to be outdoors exploring, and we love it just as much as her. Right on our doorstep we have a county park made up of lakes, meadows and woodlands. There is plenty of space for Emily to run about, a lovely play park and labyrinth for her to explore. 


Review: Chicco Liteway


With the summer coming up, and our holiday, we have been looking for a more lightweight stroller that is easy to pop in the boot, and take on public transport while Sam is working. Don't get me wrong I do love my Oyster and it has served me well, but it is time to move onto something more age appropriate, and ideally something that is easy to collapse when I'm on my own. We were very kindly sent the Chicco Liteway by our lovely friends at Chicco to review. I am so excited to share what we think of it with you. 

The Liteway has just been given a makeover for the new season and comes in a variety of colours - Purple, Red, Coal and special addition denim. I am not a bold colour person, meaning the red or purple don't really appeal to me, however Sam talked me into getting the purple, and I actually love it. The frame comes in a cool grey shade with elegant chrome details on the wheels and handles to give it a more premium look.


Plans For Our Balcony


As you may know we don't have a garden. We live in a top floor flat which is a pain at the best of times. I have found myself wishing for a garden many times, especially now we have Emily. I would love to have the space to be able to get her a slide and bits for the garden but sadly we can't and don't have one. However she does have grandparents with gardens and we are surrounded by lots of parks! On the upside we do have a little balcony. Last summer Emily wasn't very old, so it was very easy to keep her entertained and contained on the balcony. I simply popped some off cut carpet on the balcony and filled it with pillows and her toys. I used a old bed sheet to create a little tent/shaded area for her and she absolutely loved it.

Easter 2016


Our Easter weekend was packed full of fun, although true to typical English weather it rained most of the bank holiday weekend. Even though it was a little miserable, I thought I would make the most of it. As you may know we planned a Easter egg hunt for Emily (you can find out what we included here).

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