Kazoops! Release An Album!


As a parent I am sure you have heard all about Kazoops! Well I have some exciting news, Children’s TV producer, Cheeky Little Media, is proud to announce the worldwide release of ‘Just Imagine – Volume 1’ on Friday 28th October. A total of 20 songs from the popular Kazoops series will be included in this first album, and digital service providers will include iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and Youtube. Fans of the pre-school TV series will be able to either buy the album and individual songs or alternatively stream the music online.

Saving for Christmas


- collaborative post

Christmas is approaching fast, and I am happy to say I have brought nearly all my presents, there are just a few people who I need to finish, for example Emily’s stocking gifts and presents for grandparents. That aside I have done the bulk of it, and I’m pretty proud of myself. 

CBeebies Fun With Pudsey and Friends Review & Giveaway


Emily was recently sent a new DVD to review. The nations favourite bear Pudsey brought us a very special DVD compilation featuring 15 episodes from CBeebies’ best loved shows, providing over 3 hours of top entertainment in Pudsey and Friends, released by Abbey Home Media. This will raise valuable funds for this year’s BBC Children in Need appeal.

What Emily Wore


There are two things I really love, taking pictures, usually of Emily, and picking cute clothing for Emily to wear. I figured I should just start doing Emily’s outfit posts again – because I miss them. I constantly take pictures of Emily in cute little outfits, it seems a shame for them to just sit in a file on my laptop. 

Win A 3 Month Membership To Robinson's Pool & Fitness


On Saturday, we headed to Robinson’s pool and fitness for the official opening, while we didn’t get the chance to swim as Emily was feeling unwell, I must say I loved what I saw. The centre has had a complete overhaul. It now has a fitness suite with the latest equipment. The pool-side changing village is very nearly complete, the area offers a modern and spacious facilities that we love the look of. There is plenty of locker space, and a vanity bar complete with hairdryers. I thought the hairdryers were a nice touch as the last thing you want to do in the winter months is take your children outside with wet hair. So how do you fancy winning a three month membership?

Halloween Feast


When we were making our Halloween drinks, it sparked some ideas for a little Halloween feast. I thought I would make Halloween themed food, and we have enjoyed it. Emily really enjoyed helping me and her favourite thing to make was the big pumpkin cake. I’m sure that she ate more mixture than I managed to get into the pan! So let me show you what we have been making..

Shaken Udder Milkshake


We were recently sent some Shaken Udder milkshakes to try out. Emily loves milkshakes, so does her Daddy, I’m sure that is where she gets it from. I couldn’t wait to test out milkshakes, as much as I like them I have never found a brand I love, most milkshakes are usually too thick or leave a powdery taste in my mouth after. The new flavour also seemed appealing to me.

Pumpkin Buttons


Yesterday I had some time to kill, and thought that I would do a fun activity with Emily. As much as we love to create messy pictures, I had something else in mind. My grandma has this great collection of buttons and she can’t possibly ever use them all, so I thought why not turn it into a picture. We created a pumpkin button picture, and I absolutely love the way it turned out, so I thought I would share with you how we created it.

Halloween Drinks


With Halloween, fast approaching I thought I would put together some tasty Halloween themed drinks! I have made mocktails and fun themed drinks with Emily before and she has always enjoyed creating them with me. So, I thought why not make the most of Halloween and make some more! Since I made these drinks with a toddler I wanted to keep them as simple as possible.

Degustabox - October


This month we have had another Degustabox land on our doorstop, these little subscription food boxes are full with treats and surprises! I was excited to see what was inside our box this month, Degustabox offers new and interesting products to try as well as products that you may not have considered buying before. The contents always varies.

The Effect Contactless Payment Has On My Child


Did you know that you can pretty much pay for everything without cash now? Recently the new £5 notes came into circulation, and I found myself excited at the aspect of getting one when I withdrew money, but then it dawned on me. This chances of that happening were slim to none. You see I never pay with cash anymore. I shop online, or pay with my card. Or use apple pay. The list goes on.

Emily's Halloween Basket - 2016


Last year I put together a Halloween basket for Emily, she is much too young to go trick-or-treating, so it seemed easier to just give her a little Halloween themed basket full of goodies. I did one of these at Christmas and Easter and she loved them. I don’t know why I just really love to put them together and see her face when she opens them. I am usually a lot more prepared and would have had this basket put together at the beginning of the month, but at least it is done now.  I thought I would put together this little post to show you what I have brought for Emily this year. 

Emily's Bedroom & Bed Decisions


As you may know Emily has been in a toddler bed for quite a while now, we made the decision to move her across to a bed a little while ago as she kept climbing over her cot railings. It was far too dangerous for my liking – I’m sure my little girl wants to be a stunt person! It was a pretty easy transition if I am honest. We simply took Emily’s cot sides off and transformed her bed into a cot bed. While I was changing it, I thought to myself ‘I’m so glad I brought a cot bed – I’ve saved myself a good chunk of money here’.

Yankee’s Candle Harvest Time Collection


It’s finally autumn, one of the best times of the year in my opinion. The brown leaves are falling from the trees and are crisp when you walk. There is a chill in the air, and the dark nights are drawing in. It is the perfect time to get cosy under blankets, with hot chocolate and watch some good films. There is nothing better at this time of the year than candles, they add that warm and cosy moments. Yankee candle have recently released they’re festive time candles. These are inspired by all of the comforting treats that autumn has to offer, form delicious warming puddings to woody forest notes, this collection of candles is not to be missed.

Robinsons Pool & Fitness Grand Opening Event


I love nothing more than promoting businesses that are local to me, Robinsons Pool is a pool where I have lots of fond memories as a child, I went here for my swimming lessons and also for a school swimming trip once a week in lower school. It is also a pool that we regularly visit with Emily. I thought I would share some exciting news about their upcoming reopening!

7 Top Tips For Attending a Firework Display With a Young Child


It’s almost 5th November – bonfire night and that means It is time for fireworks displays and bonfires! It is a fun event that is marked in the diary of many families up and down the country. However, with children, it can often be a source of distress. The loud noises and flashing lights can be a challenge for some little children, so it is important to think ahead and avoid the unexpected.

6 Things I Wish I Knew In My First Year Of Parenting.


When I found out I was pregnant with Emily, I denied it for a while, 3 prior miscarriages and I didn’t want to get my hopes up to be destroyed again. It wasn’t until I was 20 weeks pregnant that I started to actually accept I was going to be a mama, something I wanted for so so long. Although I played it down, and acted like nothing was going on, I did a ridiculous amount of reading when I was pregnant, I read so many articles and parenting blogs on birth stories and motherhood. I even watched a few YouTube videos – I wouldn’t advise watching birth videos before going into labour, you will terrify yourself.

Halloween Gingerbread


Bright horizons nurseries can be found up and down the country; with our nearest nursery in oxford. They recently sent Emily a cool doodle apron and copy of bright horizons nurseries cook book. The cook book is designed to encourage parents to cook more with their children, and share some of the favourite meals from nursery and preschool with the whole family. The dishes are balanced meals packed full of adventurous flavours, they are also healthy but made in a way that the most small people are happy to try.

Baby Annabell Review


Emily was recently given the opportunity to review a BabyAnnabell doll, and I was so excited for her. She has got to that adorable stage where she wants to look after everything, and give them all her love and attention. As soon as Baby Annabell arrived, Emily couldn’t wait to play with her. She immediately gave her kisses and cuddles.

What's On Emily's Bookshelf: Halloween Edition


I have found myself purchasing a few new books for Emily’s book shelf recently, with the seasons changing I have found myself shuffling her books. Emily adores books, she would sit all day in her tepee and read if we gave her the opportunity to do so, and I love nothing more than reading, so I’m sure she has picked it up from me. I thought I would share with you some of our favourite Halloween and Autumn books, but also a few of the new ones we have picked up too. Be warned there is quite a few!

Pasta Bat Hunt


As you may know I love to create sensory play activities for Emily, especially when there is a theme that I can stick to. Last year I did frozen jelly in the shapes of skulls and bones. Emily loved the activity and I wanted to create something new, and Halloween-y. I came up with the idea of a pasta bat hunt, at first I was unsure as to how I was going to create the bats – I did think of ordering some rubber bats, but where is the fun in that. When I was buying the macaroni to hide the bats (that I hadn’t yet figured out how to make), I stumbled upon some bow pasta. I figured it looked like bats, and once it was dyed black it would be perfect.
This activity is super easy to recreate and Emily has had lots of fun playing with it. 

Coach Hire Services: 5 advantages that will change the way you sight-see


Edinburgh is one place that is really close to my heart, it is the place where my Grandad grew up, and I have a lot of good memories of touring the city with him during my childhood. It is also a place I really want to take Emily, I want her to get to know the place that holds a lot of memories for me, but also some of our family history. I have been looking at planning a trip to Edinburgh for our holiday next year as it is such a beautiful place, and there is so much to do. 

Kicking Anxieties Arse!


Last night was a big night for me, let me explain. Following my post last week about anxiety and my worries of passing it on to Emily, I decided that something needed to change. I text my best friend, because if I was going to do this, if I was going to leave Emily for a couple of hours, she was the person I wanted to be with. She has been my best friend since I was 4, and if anyone can keep me grounded and calm it’s her. When everything went wrong in my life, she was my rock. When I got into a depressed state, hit rock bottom and tried to take my own life, she was there. When I got out of a messy relationship – she was there, when I had Emily, she was supportive, spoilt my daughter and became her godmother. She really is the best friend anyone could ask for, and I am so grateful to have her.

Weird dreams and what they could mean #DreamsExplained


Dreams are strange things – they can be completely out of this world, or they can seem really personal with yourself, family, friend, or whatever is going on in your life taking centre stage. Dreams are almost like a extension of yourself – and apparently they can tell a lot about what may be important to you while your asleep.

Capturing Those Special Moments


I have a confession – I have an obsession with taking photographs. There I said it, don’t judge me. I have always been really into photography, it was a subject I wanted to take when I was in school, and it has just been something that always interested me. Since becoming a mama, I have become a bit more obsessive when it comes to taking pictures. I want to capture every moment I possibly can – they grow up so fast, and I want to be able to remember it, look back on it and relive the moment.

Num Nom Inspired Cupcakes #WackyBakers


Emily and I were recently challenged by Num Noms to come up with a Num Nom inspired recipe. Emily is a big fan of Num Noms, and I have previously featured them on our blog. I’m not sure what it is about these food scented toys that she loves, but if she is happy, so am I. To create your own flavour fusion, you simply mix a Num and a Nom to make a recipe.

Dressing Up For Halloween


Halloween is fast approaching, there is only 24 days to go. Excitement in our household is building for Halloween because Emily absolutely loves dressing up, any reason to dress up and she is so happy about it. I have been telling her that on Halloween she can wear her dress up outfit all day, and she is thrilled at the idea of it. While we don’t go trick or treating, Emily will be able to wear her outfit to Nanny’s house the day before Halloween and wear it wherever we go on Halloween.

What If I Pass My Anxiety Onto My Child.


I can’t remember when I started feeling depressed and anxious, I feel like I have struggled with it for as long as I have been breathing. Knowing how difficult anxiety and depression can be, it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that I worry about passing it along to Emily; When I think about her struggling the way I do, it makes me break out in a cold sweat and feel so guilty. I recently read an article somewhere, I can’t remember where it was but this statement stuck out to me the most...

Why You Should Go On A Babymoon



First there was the honeymoon, and now there is a babymoon. Why did someone not tell me about this sooner? Now that your two, is about to come a three it really is the perfect time to make the most of the time you have with each other before the baby comes. It was something I was told so frequently when I was pregnant but I just shrugged it off – ‘it’s just a baby! We will still have time as a couple’ I would say, and boy how wrong was I.

Things To Consider When Planning Your Bathroom


I recently wrote a blog post about sprucing up our bathroom, where I briefly mentioned that I was adding accessories into our bathroom. It now has become a frequent topic of conversation between my better half and I what our ideal bathroom would be like. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the space to have a nice big bath, under a window, with a walk in shower and his and hers sinks? Yes, it would, but in reality that’s never going to happen as we simply do not have the space.

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