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,
Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris joined forces to produce a simply beautiful book. A book about words; a celebration of nature words and the natural world they inspire.
It's a large hardback book, and within it, you find magic on the pages.
I absolutely love the Oregon Scientific SmartGlobe Explorer! It is truly fantastic and the kids love it.
So what is it?
It's an interactive, educational, smart globe with a cool wireless updatable touch pen and 3D augmented reality. There is so much to do, to discover, to learn, to interact with, the fun is endless, and the whole time you are on an educational journey with this amazing globe.
Summer loves to go to the swimming pool and take a dip, although she is not very confident in the water as she can anxious about the experience. If your little one is nervous about getting in the pool, then the below top tips from Rebecca Adlington are a good starting point.
Olympic swimmer Rebecca Adlington teams up with Baby Annabell Learns to Swim to reveal her tips on giving youngsters confidence in the water:
We've been a fan of K'NEX for many years - the first time I bought it was for my Oldest son, 13 years ago, and since then, it has been favourite of ours; Jacob's fav construction toy.
Jacob loves K'NEX, he spends hours playing and creating all sorts of builds. I love how it brings out his creative and innovative side, this is done by him either using his own imagination or by following the instructions. We've bought, owned and reviewed a quite a few K'NEX sets over the years, and were excited to receive the WEb Weaver to review.
This is a fun story, it's Spooktacular fun.
I've always been a cartoon fan and really enjoy watching animated movies with the kids. Monster Island didn't disappoint, both myself and the kids really enjoyed it. A fun story and the characters are great.
It's okay to be different!
I've not owned a watch for, well, years. Have I missed wearing one? Yes. So when I was invited to choose a watch to review from Plus Watches I was super excited.
Plus Watches have some lovely watches available, from Daniel Wellington, Marc Jacobs, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors and more. It was really hard to choose just one. (In fact, I've put another one on my Santa's wish list).
Puzzles are so much fun. Great for getting the kids off their screens, and perfect for spending fun time together. And we are loving the new Despicable 3D puzzle range from Ravensburger.
The Despicable Me 3, 3D puzzle range, where you get to build unique desk accessories. We reviewed:
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.
This November sees the release of a charming coming-of-age story amidst the blossoming feelings of adolescence. From the director of “Nisekoi” and “Monogatari”, dive right in and light the fireworks of your heart!
What is the film about?
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:
I'm not very good at gambling, I try and understand betting etc. but it's too much of an effort when in the end I'll probably lose my money anyhow, and this is why I prefer to do something easier, that doesn't involve too much money. I enjoy buying a lottery ticket and have done for years, but there are so many lotteries out there, international, that you wonder how can you get a ticket for it?!
When a mother is pregnant, it is understandable that there are certain types of food that needed to be avoided in order to ensure the health and safety of the baby. Oftentimes, right after delivery, mothers tend to go back to their old diet and forget that they still need to consider certain things, especially if they are breastfeeding. One of these is drinking coffee while breastfeeding. To some extent, coffee consumption can greatly affect the baby especially if you are a heavy coffee drinker.
In the UK, umbrella etiquette is essential. Holding, closing, carrying, and shaking off your brolly is an art form if you want to avoid poking fellow pedestrians in the eye or showering them in rain when you step into a room. Of course, this becomes even more difficult in busy public places.
At this time of year, town and city centres are filling up with the twinkling lights, decorated stalls and festive food carts of Christmas markets, which have rocketed in popularity in the past few years. If you’re planning on visiting one this year, you can expect two things: typical British winter weather and the need for nimble umbrella etiquette.
Halfords are back with another fantastic Black Friday Competition.
Black Friday is an annual one-day shopping bonanza, where we can look forward to some huge discounts and some crazy low prices. Being an American phenomenon that's now popular here in the UK, it is too good to miss.
Once the excitement of receiving a wedding invitation has worn off, it’s time to start planning your outfit. Choosing a guest outfit for a wedding in the UK is hard enough, but what about if you’ve been invited to a wedding of a different culture? Together with Charles Tyrwhitt, retailers of timeless menswear, we look at how the dress code of a wedding changes depending on the background of the newlyweds.
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.