We've never had a doorbell before, never needed one, until now. We had an extension built on the back of our house, which is now our living room. And, as our living room was now moved further to the back of the house, we found we now needed a door bell as we now don't always hear when someone knocks on the door - yes, we do have 2 beagles, but sometimes (especially in the evening) they are simply too lazy to bark and alert us to the door. So we needed a doorbell. Which I was quite excited about and even more excited to be getting the Ring Video Doorbell.
Summer is a very lucky girl. She received the BABY Born interactive Bathtub to review and she totally loves it. Summer loves playing with her dolls, her pram, her changing unit, and was super excited to receive the bathtub as part of her growing collection.
The kids love watching YouTube videos, especially webisodes that have catchy songs and cute animation. Golden Bear have recently launched an interactive series called Bush Baby World, which brings the Busy Baby toys to life. And it's as cute as it sounds.
Jacob loves his Stretch Armstrong, he takes it everywhere with him, even to school. Stretch Armstrong looks just like a wrestler, and Jacob is into wrestling at the moment. He has loads of super Stretchy fun.
The kids love seeing just how far they can stretch him, and they can stretch him pretty far! They tie him in knots and bend him in all sorts of positions. They have tons of fun and laughter trying to, I don't know what, but probably trying to see how far they can stretch him without breaking him - but he is pretty unbreakable! After all this crazy pulling about, Stretch Armstrong returns to his original shape - it's pretty good.
Noddy Toyland Detective Game App is a game full of storytelling, fun games, and it also allows your child to be creative.
I love Noddy, I remember watching it 20 years ago with my little brother, and then my oldest son watched and loved it when he was little and now my two youngest enjoy watching it on Milkshake. I've got the Noddy tune in my head as I write this...
Bestseller author David Baddiel, has released his latest children's novel, AniMalcolm.
Another fantastically fun book to read with lots of laugh out moments. This light hearted humour story, delivers an imaginative adventure of Malcolm's self-discovery. - have you ever wondered what it might be like to be a bit of an animal?!
Malcolm doesn't like animals, but his family does. They love animals, so much so, their house is full of pets. And to Malcolms' frustration his house isn't full of stuff he likes, i.e. the laptop he wanted for his birthday.
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse, by Chris Riddell.
Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. She lives with her father, a famous poet, in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. She spends the majority of her time alone. Her father avoids her as she reminds him of his deceased wife and he believes children should be heard and not seen, thus, Ada has to wear big plodding boots around the house so that he can hear her approaching.
Summer loves collecting Schleich figurines - she has a few now and she was super excited to be sent the Schleich Miniature Shetland pony family set to review.
Summer has had hours of fun with the Schleich Miniature Shetland pony family set, there’s a newborn foal, along with a stallion and mare (mum and dad pony).
When this particular email dropped into my inbox inviting me to try the new Protein Bars, I was both surprised and intrigued - Snickers being my favourite chocolate bar I was keen to give the new Snickers Protein Bar a try.
Roblox was the game my now 17-year old played when he was a kid, on the Laptop - this was pre-tablets and gaming apps. Move forward a few years and now my youngest son plays it on his iPad via the Roblox app. It's great fun, you can create games and customize the characters, avatars, and so much more.
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,
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:
I'm a bookworm. I love to read, I love my Kindle, but you just can't beat the feel and weight of a paper book. When I go away, reading is essential for me, I always take my kindle, but I do take a book too.
But what do you prefer? You're going on holiday - do you take an eBook to read, or is a paper book better? What type of book should you take? This will vary depending on the type of holiday you’re going on… a beach break, family getaway or couples escape.
When I moved out of my parents home and I moved into my first house with my boyfriend (who is now my hubby), one of the first things I bought was a cat. Ceefur. That was 20-years ago. 6-months later, I got my 2nd cat, Jewel. She is also 20 this year. Considering the expected age for a cat is 15, I count myself lucky that I've continued to share these extra years with my girls. They're not as playful, Jewel is deaf, but they still love to curl up with me and sleep. Jewel still insists on licking my arms. And Ceefur loves to clean my hair.
2017 sees the launch of Num Noms Series 3 and Lights, bringing brand new food themes and funky characters to the shelves, to create even more ways to collect.
Num Noms Lights really glow! The adorable Nums fit on top of the scented Noms, which light up in two colours and arrive in a cute juice carton. There are lots of character to collect, along with some limited edition ones.
Biscuits. Everyone loves a good biscuit.
Perfect for dunking into your morning/afternoon tea, my favourite biscuit of choice, the fruit shortcake biscuits, or a close second, the gingernut. My kids have a more modern taste, they love the Oreo biscuit. Did you know, this month, over 100 years ago the Oreo biscuit went on sale in American shops. In the USA the Oreo is the no.1 biscuit and it is rapidly becoming more popular in the UK. Our all time favourites, according to biscuit studies, are the bourbon, the chocolate digestive and the custard cream. My kids do love a bourbon biscuit.
One of the most memorable, beautiful and heart-warming stories of recent years; ‘Mum’s List’ tells the real life story of Singe and Kate, a couple from North Somerset, whose lives were turned upside down when Kate was diagnosed with breast cancer. As a result, Kate wrote down her thoughts and memories to help the man she loved create the best life possible for him and their two sons. ‘Mum’s List’ stars Rafe Spall (One Day, Prometheus, Life of Pi), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, The Pianist, Merlin) and Elaine Cassidy (The Others, Harper’s Island).
I was given the challenge of trying something new for New Years, by watching films that I wouldn't normally reach for - and for me, that would be comedies. I normally opt for an action movie, or sci-fi movie, but comedies isn't something I wouldn't normally choose. So, the lovely people at Warner Bros. are sending me a bundle of comedy DVDs to watch and hopefully enjoy - New year New You.
More and more people are embracing home grown food.
Anyone can do it, you don’t need to be a farmer in order to reap the benefits of home-grown food. If you have a garden and/or window and a bit of extra time on your hands, then you can grow your own food right at home. Growing food at home also ensures that you know exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown.
Organising anything with kids can quickly become a stressful and chaotic experience. However, a week overseas in the sunshine can really be a way for you, and your kids to have the time of your lives. Here are some tips on how to make the most of your holiday without any big hiccups along the way.
There are numerous employment opportunities available for substance misuse workers within the criminal justice framework in the UK. These specialists support both adults and young people who have significant issues with drugs, alcohol or other substances.
Substance misuse counselors work in a variety of settings, from prisons and residence-based rehabilitation to clinics; they also often serve on youth offending teams.
Buying a new car is quite exciting. It's definitely one of life's greatest joys. The browsing, doing test drives, and finding the one car just for you. And, when you finally get your new car home, it feels really good.
Hubby has a company car, but when it comes to my car, it's the family car. A 7 seater, which is essential to fit all 6 of us in.
One more day until half term, and double bonus, it's a bank holiday this weekend. Do yo have any plans?
It can be hard to find things to do to keep the kids entertained on the weekend, especially when the British weather ruins your plans of a nice family barbeque in the garden!
Smyths Toys Superstores come in, inviting children across the UK to visit their local Smyths Toy Superstore on Saturday 27th May from 9am-2pm for a FREE party
I'm not sure about you but there's something quite therapeutic about making a list (small or large) and wish lists are so much fun to do! especially ones for my kids.
I've shopped at Skate Hut for years. My now teen boys when they were younger and into Scooters, they owned many different scooters over the years - and we always bought them from Skate Hut.
Summer is on its way at an alarming speed, which means there is no time like now to make a few simple improvements to your outside space. Following these tips might be all it takes to encourage you and your family to really take advantage of the (admittedly occasional) sunny days and light evenings this summer.
Wardrobes come in all sorts of shapes, colours and sizes. You have walk-in wardrobes, free-standing wardrobes, fitted wardrobes and more. They are one of the most used furniture items in the entire house after a bed. Choosing a wardrobe, you have to make sure you pick on that gives you enough storage space, functionality, and one that matches the décor of the room.
I work from home, which means I get the best of both worlds when it comes to what I wear for work. I attend conference calls in my comfy jeans, or even my PJs. But I also travel on business nationally and internationally a few years a time, and so, I also get the opportunity to dress like a successful business woman.