Learning Colours & Rainbow Pasta


Lately Emily has been showing a real interest in colours and learning what each colour is called, but learning can be tedious for a toddler. I wanted to find a way to teach Emily her colours, while having fun. I strongly believe that incorporating learning into fun activities is the easiest way to keep a toddlers attention. Emily has been loving the book 'the dinosaur that pooped a rainbow'. It keeps her attention for quite a while and she loves making everyone read it to her, I think I now know the book word for word. So I decided to create a rainbow out of coloured pasta.

Tips For Eating Out With A Toddler


In the UK it seems that children should be seen but not heard. Which is absolutely crazy! We went out for a meal a couple of weeks back, we got lots of weird looks and whispers behind our backs, simply because Emily wasn't exactly quiet. I have to say she is so well behaved when it comes to eating out, but like any toddler there is only so long you can keep them quiet for, especially when they are hungry and everyone around them is eating! 

Miles Kelly Review & Giveaway


I have been a bookworm for as long as I can remember, as someone who suffers from dyslexia, reading become a massive part of my life. I realized quickly that the more I read, the more my spelling improved, my grammar too. It is also something I want Emily to be interested in, I began building Emily's book collection before she was even born. I couldn't help myself, I would see a adorable book and have to buy it straight away. Fast forward nearly two years and Emily's book collection is pretty impressive, it has also become apparent that she loves books too.

Degustabox - June


This month we have just had a Degustabox land on our doorstep,  I was so excited to see what was inside as I have heard great things about them. Degustabox is a monthly food subscription that offers a new and interesting product to try as well as products you may not have considered buying before. This months box was based on a BBQ in a box, So let me show you what is inside this months box.. 

Emily's 21 Month Update


This age has to be my favourite by far! Emily has developed her own little attitude and an even bigger sense of humour. She is constantly making people laugh and smile. Although Emily is still very stubborn and determined. It is hard to get her to change her mind once she has her mindset on something. Emily is also developing her own sense of style, she knows what she likes and will not wear something she doesn't want to.

Wedding bells, and a dress from SemSem


Me and Sam got engaged in 2013. We had hopes of marrying in December 2014, but unfortunately it didn't happen. There are a few reasons, but they are reasons that will be explained in another post. Anyway we decided that a big wedding wasn't for us, sure I wanted to be Sam's wife, but the idea of standing in front of lots of people in a big white dress saying 'I do' filled me with anxiety and dread. Since then we have been talking about eloping, just running away and saying 'I do' just as a family of three. No fancy meal, no fancy dress, no people watching, simply just a small ceremony. Since we decided that it was what we wanted to do, I have been looking around for a dress. I don't want a fancy dress, just a beautiful simple white dress.


Bullet Journal: Mama Pages


I was sitting looking at a blank screen on my laptop, while my mind was whirling with thoughts. I had a massive to do list, which was draining all of my inspiration and valuable space in my mind. The thought of having to tackle that to-do list was driving me nuts. In the end I ended up writing a to-do list and working from top to bottom. There is something so satisfying about ticking off things on your to-do list. Once I had started to tick things off my list I felt a spark of inspiration. I could do this, I could tackle this list.

Hiring A Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle


Let's be honest. Travelling is stressful, even the most experienced traveler will have stressful moments at some point throughout their trip. Travelling with a disability brings added stress and worry, but by no means does it make it impossible. For a while now Sam and I have been toying with the idea of taking my Grandma with us on a UK holiday. We have been thinking about taking her to Great Yarmouth or Blackpool for the weekend. The only problem is there is no way she would be able to cope with all the walking, she would need a wheelchair to be able to get around which opens a whole host of problems for us. We own a fairly decent sized car, a focus, but there is no way we would be able to fit Emily's stroller and a wheelchair in there plus all our luggage. 

In Our Tuff Spot: Sand Foam


As you may know, we absolutely love sensory play, I feel like Emily gains so much from doing sensory activities and it is a great way to get her talking. Sand Foam is super easy to make as it requires just two ingredients. Sand foam makes a smooth, but grainy texture, and is great for sensory play. It is very inexpensive and easy to make, we used one tin of shaving foam which we picked up for just 40p.

A Picnic With Organix


We were recently sent some lovely snacks from Organix for Emily to try out, and what better way to test them than a picnic. We had some lovely weather on Saturday, and decided to make the most of it by visiting one of our favourite country parks, priory. We packed up a little picnic, Emily had a jam sandwich, some Organix goodies raisins, 2 Organix gingerbread men, a few cheese and lentil pinwheels and some Organix goodies puffcorn.

Making The Most Of Family Time This Summer


Summer is approaching fast, and soon it will be the summer holidays. It can seem like there is an endless time for picnics, family meals, and fun days out, but it isn't like that at all. I feel like I blink and a week has passed. This summer I am determined to make the most of every second. After all children grow up so fast we have to make the most of the time we do have right? Sam works throughout the summer, so I am planning on making the most of our weekends. He also has a whole week off in July, and we are heading off on a mini break. I have put together a few simple tips to help you make the most of your time together as a family, after all there is nothing worse than feeling like you haven't really made the most of your time.

Inside My Bullet Journal | Summer Bucket List


I'm really enjoying journalling in my bullet journal, so I thought I would share a few more pages with you. With summer fast approaching it has made me think about all of the things I can do with Emily this year, now she is that little bit older, she understands what is going on and actually wants to get a lot more involved in activities. So here is my summer bucket list. I'm sure you will hear a lot more about it and all of the things we get up too as we tick things off our list.

Handmade Fathers Day Card


Fathers day is approaching fast, and we wanted to give Sam something special for Fathers day. What better than a handmade Fathers day card, I absolutely love doing crafts with Emily, and I think that receiving a handmade card is much better than a shop brought one. I decided to make some one for her Grandad and one for her Daddy. They were pretty east to make and I am really happy with how they turned out.

Holidays In The UK


When I think back to my childhood I remember a few good holidays with Family. The ones that have the strongest memories for me our the ones that we had in the UK. Like when I went to Hunstanton with my aunt, uncle and cousins. My uncle told me not to let my cousin go on the balance beam in the park, I let him and he fell in the biggest muddy puddle. My uncle then had to buy him a whole new outfit. oops. Another time that sticks out to me was when we went to Great Yarmouth, me and my cousin went on a vehicle merry-go-round (on the motor bikes) everytime we went over the hill we would stand up. We got in so much trouble by the guy who ran the ride, and of course we felt like complete rule breakers.

Fathers Day Gift Guide


With fathers day just around the corner, I have been looking at various different gifts for Sam. He is quite easy to please and would be happy with a new PlayStation game, but I like to try and get him something that he isn't expecting, or something personal. Last year I got him gorgeous personalised gifts from Emily, and he was really surprised. This year I'm hoping to top it, and maybe get him a few things that are practical for our holiday in July. 

Starting a bullet Journal


Like most people I am a little bit addicted to stationary, and have been since school. I used to be the one with a pencil case full of pens and pencils and colour code everything. I say used to but I'm pretty much still that person. I love notebooks and journaling but it was getting frustrating having 3 different notebooks for 3 different things (blogging, youtube and journaling). I wanted a place where I could have it all in one place, and know that when I needed or wanted to look at something, I could find It all in once place. A couple of months back I stumbled upon bullet journaling, and I did post about my June spread and it seemed to be really popular. So I thought I would share more about what a bullet journal is, and how you could set up your own.

Should I Let My Child Use The iPad?


The other day I heard the words, 'Oh I wouldn't give my child the iPad to play with'. It caught me a little off guard and ever since it has left me wondering, have I done the right thing by introducing the iPad to Emily at such a young age? 

Six Of The Best Wooden Toys


I love nothing more than traditional wooden toys, I love that they are durable, and take the tole of a good drop from a toddler. Emily has quite the collection of wooden toys, and I thought I would share her top 6 wooden toys. One of her other favourites is her wooden kitchen, but I have another post coming up about that, so I haven't included it. She does have the KidKraft sweet treats kitchen for those who are interested.

Toddler Bedding Picks


When I was pregnant, I found out I was having a little girl and I was completely over the moon, I finally had a reason to buy pink stuff. I am the oldest out of all my siblings/cousins, and it turned out everyone else had boys. I remember going with my grandma to pick out outfits for the new babies, and I always looked at the girls section and wanted to buy pink stuff. So of course when it came to decorating Emily's bedroom I went all out with the pink. I decided to go with a pink/grey theme with white furniture, I then picked out pink accessories such as bedding and curtains. 

Bullet Journal - June


I have always been really interested in journaling, I love to draw and doodle but I could never find a planner to suit me. So I decided to just make my own little way up, as I went along. It was only recently that I discovered this is actually a thing! It's called bullet journaling, and I am actually really enjoying it! For those of you who are not familiar with it, a bullet journal is basically a way of making your own journal using a blank notebook. I picked a grey dotted Leuchturm 1917, and use lots of coloured pens. The great thing about bullet journal is you can lay it out however you want, include what you like, as little or as much as you like. The only thing I dislike about the bullet journal is the idea behind it is to use short bullet points. I actually over share and write tons, but I like to use my journal that way.

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