My darling little girl, I am truly sorry. I let you down.
When you came to live with us at just 5-months old I promised I would protect you. You had ended up in foster care at just 3 weeks old, and from day one we fought to get you out of care and at home with us. When you finally came to live with us, I made a promise, a promise that I would protect you.
4 years on, and I have let you down, and to see how your little heart is hurting, it breaks my heart too.
Your birth parents came in and out of your life,
Last month was a really hard month. My dad passed away after battling cancer for 7 months and all our lives changed forever. The kids don't have their grandad anymore and they're finding it very hard. I've desperately tried to keep things as normal as possible and to keep them occupied, especially as it was the school holidays too. One thing I had forgotten was we were invited to host the Ben 10 Twitter party, so when the big box of Ben 10 toys turned up, I took the opportunity to give the kids something to look forward to. We invited close family and friends around. It was a nice afternoon, the kids enjoyed it, and I tweeted and chatted away.
I love having books in the home, especially ones that are packed full with interesting stuff, especially facts - everyone loves facts. The kids love reading different facts and discovering and being amazed all at the same time, and this book by Tracey Turner does just that.
It's a visual, fun book full of facts - infact, one fact for every day of the year.
Summer has created a magical mermaid world, with My Mermaid Lagoon. Summer loves doing anything arts and crafts, I knew she would love this set from Interplay.
With My Mermaid Lagoon, you can create many different Lagoon settings for your mermaid. All done in the display bottle, which is also perfect for displaying your magical mermaid world on the shelf. With the glittery play sand, you can mold, sculpt and play. As well as the mermaid and her friend the seahorse, there are lots of accessories included: coral, clamshell, and rocks.
It's been Minions madness this summer, a whole lot of yellow fun.
We were sent the Stuart Vehicle RC, Minion Walkie Talkies and some Despicable Me 3 Splashers to review.
Join us today for the Ben10 Twitter Party, where we will be celebrating the new range of Ben 10 Toys.
New toys include the Diamond Head’s mask and claw set and the Deluxe Omnitrix - some pretty cool stuff.
Dynamite Dare is a fun game.
The aim of the game is to stop the time bomb detonating in order to win - Diffuse or lose! Players take it in turns to flip down one of the many fuses, with the hope of finding the one fuse that will stop the bomb. Be careful as you may be unlucky and flip the fuse that causes the dynamite to be launched - and making everyone jump at the same time. Fail to flip all the fuses in time and the bomb will go off.
The first time I heard of FreshPets is when hubby came home from Tesco's and told me about a new fridge they had installed in the pet aisle and that it had a new pet food. It told me that I should take a look at it when I next pop in.
FreshPet isn't new, they have been around for 10+ years, and big in the US. Tesco's is the first UK retailer to offer the complete range. Freshpet pet food is all-natural, never processed, and made with fresh ingredients. They were kind enough to send me a bag full of their food for review, and my cats were happy to be the reviewers.
We really enjoyed reviewing Stretch Armstrong, he's still going strong and Jacob has stretched him alot! So we were super excited to be sent Stretch Armstrong Vac Man to review.
Vac Man is back, with new stronger formula which is ideal for 21st-century fun, and he can be stretched to 4 times his original size. Vac Man is a 14″ fully stretchable and poseable Vac powered action figure. He's quite heavy and robust.
I was looking for a new dog bed when U.K pet-bed specialists Scruffs® www.petslovescruffs.com contacted me and offered to send Poppy and Kiwi the new Insect Shield Soft Walled Dog Bed.
The first thing I noticed was the bed is made with Insect Shield® technology to provide effective, invisible and odourless protection, against little beasties like, Mosquitoes, Fleas, Ticks and Flies. The technology is used by more than 50 brands worldwide across various industries. So this was a positive first impression, I want the best for my girls, and this bed helps in the battle to keep those nasty beasties away.
Gel-a-Peel challenged a few bloggers to customise/personalise their own Back To School item for little one’s to take back to school with them this September! You can see some of the fabulous creations above.
How cute are these?!
They're not only cute but clever too. Fingerlings from WooWee are Baby Monkeys that love hanging onto your finger, and they know when they’re being touched, spoken to, and hung upside down. They interact with you giving 40 ways to play and 50 sounds to let you know how they are feeling. They make realistic monkey sounds, they blink their eyes at you, move their head, and so much more. You can swing them, kiss them and rock them to sleep. Tons of fun!
Frame My Name offer personalised gifts and cards featuring your child's name meaning and origin. Perfect for babies and young children, although they do have a section for grown ups too. The gifts they offer include name prints, illustrated canvas, invitations and cards, and much more.
We were sent this gorgeous Super Heroes Name Print which Jacob has hung proudly in his bedroom (initially I wanted it for the playroom, but as soon as he see it he wanted it in his bedroom).
I've been reviewing the Lee Starfford Curl Your Heart Out Cone Curling Wand.
This wand has been great at curling my very thick and coarse hair. I definitely get some nice ringlet curls from it and it's easy to use.
In time for your summer DIY projects I've teamed up with Truedor, the composite doors specialists to give one lucky reader a chance to win a fabulously inspirational book, by George Clarke - the 2nd in the series, More Amazing Spaces.
When we go on holiday, hubby and I don't get alot of time to oursevles, so any little luxuries for us is when the kids are in bed asleep, this is when we will have some 'us' time and enjoy a glass of wine together, sitting out in the balcony chatting to each other. Or, on an early evening when we just got back to the villa, the kids are relaxing (knackered), I'll sneak a bath in, and lock the door. Also, if we go fully inclusive, you can let the kids eat and drink as much as they want without having to cook - this is a luxury in it's self.
Warner Bros. brings you the ultimate DC Heroes animated collection for some DC fun this half term. I've teamed up with Warner Bros. to give one lucky ready this fab bundle of DVDs.
To enter for your chance to win, you must Follow and RT this Tweet. Good luck.
Do you fancy a free fidget spinner?
Fidget Spinners are all the rage at the moment and my kids have been asking none stop for one; all their mates have one. What are they? they are a simple toy designed to ease / relax children who are anxious or have too much energy - but, all the kids want one now.
For your chance to get yourself a free Fidget Spinner, follow the steps below:
Their seven friendly ‘super-powers’ are derived from the three prime and four specific development areas of the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’.
The development areas and resulting characters are:
While some friends and family have opted to go abroad this year, we’re all about the staycation in this household. The UK is full of incredible places to visit, from beaches and castles to pubs and wildlife trusts - we are truly spoilt for choice (albeit not spoilt on nice weather, unless you prefer the wind and rain)
Greenhouses are perfect garden furniture for horticulturists as they allow them to make the most of the seasons, experiment with growing more exotic plants and grow more tender vegetables such as cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes.
There is a range of different glazing options for greenhouses and they all have advantages and disadvantages when compared. The right glazing for your greenhouse will be determined by your requirements, personal preferences, climate and budget.
Sometimes you can feel like you can’t control how you’re defined and how you’re perceived by others, and you can get tired of a label or an assumption about who you are if it isn’t true or if it isn’t how you intend to come across. However, don’t let your dissatisfaction become yet another observation about you – change some things about yourself if you’re unhappy. There’s nothing wrong with reinventing yourself a little.
Going out on a date is exciting and nerve-wracking, and not knowing the person well, or even at all, is a good reason to be on edge. Instead of worrying about what could all go wrong on your big date, focus on all the positives that could be in your future.
Selling a home can be a long and tiring process. It, therefore, makes perfect sense that you might want to sell your home as quickly as possible while eliminating stress. For this reason, we are providing informative advice on how to easily sell your home.
I've worked from home for 10 years now and absolutely love it.
It's not for everyone, there are a few negatives, it can be lonely as there are no office colleagues to speak to, office space in your home is not always the most effective, etc,. For me, the pros out shine the cons. I love the flexibility it offers, I am always on hand if my children need me, I can attend school events without having to book a day off work, if the children are poorly I am here, the list goes on and on.
Are you thinking about learning to drive? Wondering what the benefits are of investing in a licence and a car? Getting behind the wheel can give you bring you all sorts of things, from freedom to making the journey to work a bit easier. Here are some reasons why you should book those driving lessons and get out on the road in your own set of wheels.
This past 6 weeks I've been selling on eBay. I am fully into the swing of selling things and enjoying it at the same time. I'm slowly shifting clutter and making money at the same time - its a win win situation. I started off with simple items, ones that I could pack and post off myself, but now, I've slowly started to list bigger items, i.e. wardrobes, garden table.
These I've listed as 'Collection only', which at first I thought would limit the interest my items would get, i.e. only local people would look to bid - but this is not necessarily true and this is because I didn't realise that a buyer can organize and pay for a courier to collect the 'Collection only' item from the seller.
I'm happily married and plan to grow old with hubby. However, in my younger days, pre-hubby, the transition from being in a relationship to not.. is something almost everyone at some point in their life expeirences.
If you are at that point in your life and have a recent breakup, here are a few tips I hope that will help:
Remember Who You Used to Be
Autumn is only just around the corner now, meaning that the temperatures are going to drop soon and we are likely to encounter some very blustery days. When it comes to taking your newborn baby outside in these conditions, it’s important that you dress them up right so that they are comfortable for the entire trip. Here’s some aspects to consider: