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Do you know your Soapland Security? 

24 Jul 17

*A collaborative post  Do you watch the soaps? From Albert Square, to the cobbles of Weatherfield, over 33.9 million viewers…


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Having two children five years apart 

23 Jul 17

When I announced my pregnancy just a couple of weeks ago it didn’t even cross my mind whether people would…


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Zap Zap Math App for 4-6 year olds // review 

23 Jul 17

*A collaborative review  It may well be the summer holidays but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop.


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Easing Travel Sickness with Sea-Band // Giveaway 

21 Jul 17

*A collaborative post  The long awaited Summer holidays are here and it’s the time when most families, ours included think about getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for some rest and relaxation.


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Eating out at Siamais Thai restaurant, Birmingham 

19 Jul 17

Last Friday I was invited to review Siamais, a relatively new Thai restaurant in the heart of Brindley Place in Birmingham City Centre.


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Eating at Disneyland Paris // Earl of Sandwich 

18 Jul 17

On the second day of our Disneyland Paris adventure, we had planned to visit Earl of Sandwich in the Disney Village for lunch.


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Trying out the new Pud in a Mug from Dr Oetker // review 

18 Jul 17

We don’t usually have many puddings in our cupboards, but when Dr Oetker offered to send us some Pud in a Mug sachets to try out, we couldn’t resist.


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Fox Hollies Family Fun Day this Saturday 15th July 

14 Jul 17

*A collaborative post in partnership with Fox Hollies This Saturday 15th July, there’s going to be an epic family fun day at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre in Acocks Green, Birmingham.


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The First Trimester // Definitely not glowing yet… 

13 Jul 17

When I found out I was pregnant, aside from the disbelief and incredible shock, we were over the moon.


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The new Amazon Fire Tablet and our top five family apps 

13 Jul 17

*This is a collaborative post  As a modern family, we love to embrace new technology to enhance our busy lives.


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Disney Pixar Cars 3 Toys // review 

11 Jul 17

It’s no secret that Olly is a HUGE Disney Pixar Cars fan and he is literally bursting for the new release Cars 3 coming to cinema screens this Friday 14th July.


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Eating at Planet Hollywood // Disneyland Paris 

10 Jul 17

We recently visited Disneyland Paris and had the most incredible time.


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Finding out we’re expecting a baby // Our second baby 

9 Jul 17

The news is out.


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Our little bit of exciting family news.. 

7 Jul 17

They say life works in mysterious ways and sometimes things happen when you least expect them to.


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Come and join in the fun at Fox Hollies Family Fun Day 

7 Jul 17

*A collaborative post in partnership with Fox Hollies  After it’s recent extensive refurbishment, Fox Hollies Leisure Centre in Acocks Green, Birmingham is opening it’s doors for a fantastic weekend of family fun.


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Bistrot Pierre Birmingham // eating out as a family 

7 Jul 17

*A collaborative review Having recently returned from France, we were delighted when we were invited to our local Bistrot Pierre for a family meal.


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Staying at Vienna House Magic Circus Hotel // Disneyland Paris 

3 Jul 17

Taking Olly to Disneyland was pretty much one of the best things we’ve done as a family.


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#SlimmingSunday (July 2017) 

2 Jul 17

Welcome back to #SlimmingSunday, the weightloss, fitness and healthy lifestyle linky with me, MrsShilts and Michelle from Mummy From The Heart.


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Preparing for back to school with Stuck On You // review and giveaway 

30 Jun 17

*This is a collaborative review I can’t quite believe that Olly will be starting full-time school in September.


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Our Disneyland Paris adventure 

30 Jun 17

It’s just been short of two weeks since we got back from France and our hearts our still full of happy memories of our wonderful Disneyland Paris adventures.


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The Me and Mine Project {June 2017} 

30 Jun 17

June was one of the months that we were so excited to welcome.


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Staying at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont with Canvas Holidays 

25 Jun 17

We’ve just returned from our week away in France with Canvas Holidays and what a week we had.


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School holiday fun at Chesford Grange 

24 Jun 17

At the end of Whitsun week last month, we had the pleasure of returning to one of our favourite hotels in Warwickshire, Chesford Grange.


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Win a fun-filled day out at BBC Countryfile Live! 

23 Jun 17

*A branded content post There’ll be plenty of new experiences for all the family at BBC Countryfile Live, running from 3-6 August 2017 at Blenheim Palace.


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Understanding your newborn cries 

14 Jun 17

*A collaborative post  I have very fond memories of Olly’s first newborn cry.


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Introducing ZooMoo | a new children’s TV series and app 

13 Jun 17

*This is a collaborative post  Throughout the week, we’re in a bit of a routine when it comes to television and tech time.


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Family friendly dining at Handmade Burger Company | Birmingham Bull Ring 

13 Jun 17

To make the most of our one free day together during half term, we went into Birmingham for a spot of shopping and a tasty lunch.


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In the kitchen with the Kenwood KMix // Summer Berries Pavlova 

12 Jun 17

In the years before I became a Mama, I loved to bake.


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#SlimmingSunday (Week 15 – 2017) 

11 Jun 17

Welcome back to #SlimmingSunday, the weightloss, fitness and healthy lifestyle linky with me, MrsShilts and Michelle from Mummy From The Heart.


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5 easy ways to reduce household waste 

5 Jun 17

*A collaborative post  One of the main bug bears in my home is the amount of waste we produce.


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#SlimmingSunday (Week 14 – 2017) 

4 Jun 17

Welcome back to #SlimmingSunday, the new weightloss, fitness and healthy lifestyle linky with me, MrsShilts and Michelle from Mummy From The Heart.


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A family fun day out at Chester Zoo 

1 Jun 17

Last weekend as we were up in the north west, we got the chance to visit Chester Zoo.


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The Me and Mine Project {May 2017} 

31 May 17

May has been another busy month for us.


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Five things to do when your child gets Chickenpox 

29 May 17

*A collaborative post  I remember getting chickenpox as a child.


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Mister Maker Live // an afternoon of fun for the whole family 

28 May 17

Yesterday we had the pleasure of going to see Mister Maker live on tour at The Garrick in Lichfield.


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#SlimmingSunday (Week 13 – 2017) 

28 May 17

Welcome back to #SlimmingSunday, the new weightloss, fitness and healthy lifestyle linky with me, MrsShilts and Michelle from Mummy From The Heart.


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Are UK households saving enough for a rainy day? 

28 May 17

*A collaborative post How much do you save each month? £50? £100? A recent report has discovered that UK low income families have just £95 in their savings to fall back on, should the month take a turn for the worse while their ability to actually…


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Staying local at The Littleton Arms, Penkridge 

27 May 17

A couple of weekends ago we were invited to stay at The Littleton Arms in Penkridge for a weekend of good food and local exploration.


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Putting his best foot forward // Start-rite school shoes review 

26 May 17

When it comes to school shoes, I’ve quickly learnt that they need to be robust, strong and durable.


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Making the most of every single day #SpendItWell 

25 May 17

*A post in collaboration with Marks and Spencer Every morning at 6:30am, my alarm goes off and I hit snooze.


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How to sleep better during allergy season 

25 May 17

*A collaborative post  Allergy sufferers can really struggle to sleep and, if your sleep is continuously disrupted, your overall health can be affected.


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Planning our French getaway 

22 May 17

In just under 3 weeks we’ll be flying off to France to enjoy a week in the sunshine (hopefully!) We’ll be staying with Canvas Holidays who have invited us to spend the week at their luxury campsite in Berny-Rivière which is in the north-west of …


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Sudocrem wants you to Go Play More 

22 May 17

*A collaborative post  On my journey throughout motherhood, Sudocrem has been a pretty reliable companion over the last four years.


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#SlimmingSunday (Week 12 – 2017) 

21 May 17

Welcome back to #SlimmingSunday, the new weightloss, fitness and healthy lifestyle linky with me, MrsShilts and Michelle from Mummy From The Heart.


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Gruffalo hunting at Birches Valley, Cannock Chase 

18 May 17

A couple of weekends ago, we headed to our local forestry commission, Birches Valley at Cannock Chase to spend an afternoon hunting for the Gruffalo.


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Toddler Sized Challenge – Take part and you could win £1,000 

15 May 17

As a Mummy, one of the most difficult aspects of parenting is getting your toddler to eat a healthy, balanced diet.


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#SlimmingSunday (Week 11 – 2017) 

14 May 17

Welcome back to #SlimmingSunday, the new weightloss, fitness and healthy lifestyle linky with me, MrsShilts and Michelle from Mummy From The Heart.


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5 ways to reassure children who are afraid of the dark 

13 May 17

*A collaborative post Every night we have the same ritual for bedtime.


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Four years on with The Essential One | review and giveaway 

12 May 17

When Olly was a baby I was introduced to The Essential One and fell in love with their clothing.


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Falling back in love with our home // Living Room redecoration 

10 May 17

At the end of last year, Shilts and I were indecisive about our staying in our home.







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