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 night we watched the latest Kazoops Episode (number 63) Fun With Clouds.
The grey clouds ruining their plans, and wish they’d go away, but Monty and Jimmy Jones set out to show them that the sky wouldn’t be nearly as interesting without clouds.
This month sees the exciting launch of NYX Professional Makeup in Debenhams. NYX Professional Makeup is a brand I've wanted to get my hands on for a while now! So I was super excited to be sent their bestselling makeup products to review.
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.
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:
Whether you and your partner already have children together, or either of you has children from a previous relationship, you will, of course, want to involve them in the planning in some way. There are a number of different ways you can achieve this. Not only will it add another element to how special the day is but it will also make your children feel like they are part of the ceremony.
It is a good idea to ask your kids if there is anything in particular that they would like to do on the day. The range of suitable activities will depend on the age of the children in question, as well as their individual personalities and talents.
For the ‘unsporty,’ there is a lot of pressure to feel like you need to participate and enjoy the everyday sports surrounding you. This can seem daunting for those who simply do not follow football, cricket or rugby; yet, these sports are national treasures. Do not lose faith, though, as there are, in fact, many sports for your teenager to love.
Take time to do a little research and figure out the best options. Attend practices and classes to see if your teen starts to pick up the sport and enjoy themselves. You’re not alone in the battle, so talk to other parents and students about their experience. See four sports your ‘unsporty’ teen might enjoy.
With 6 of us, that means a lot of washing, and believe it or not, laundry is one of my favourite chores (not including ironing - I detest ironing). I find it quite theopoetic, sorting through and organizing the clothes.
The key is to do at least one wash a day otherwise, things quickly fall into chaos. Below are my tips on how I run the laundry in our home efficiently.
The temperature is starting to fall, and that means the heating system is operating for longer periods of time... and that means bigger energy bills. Winter is an expensive time, and I'm not talking about Christmas. During the winter, household costs shoot up, especially the heating bill.
Small changes and/or big changes will take money off your energy bills. Here are a few tips that you can use to keep your winter household costs lower this year.
We all want the very best for our kids and we are all acutely aware of how important their education is, as well as what difference a good or bad school can make to a child’s future. Consequently, parents all over Britain have to, at some point, navigate the intricacies of our education system and try and find a good school nearby. It is not uncommon for parents to relocate their entire family in order to be in the catchment area of a suitable school. Not only do parents have to find the right school they also have to decide between public and private education.
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.