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Life according to Mrs Shilts

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Hot Wheels Roto Revolution Track Set // Review 

17 Nov 17

I remember a few Christmases ago, when Olly met Father Christmas for the first time; we had asked him before…


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Mum-to-be Christmas Gift Guide – Gifts for the new baby 

15 Nov 17

With a new baby on the way, Christmas is the perfect time for friends and family to treat the new…


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Mum-to-be Christmas Gift Guide – Practical Gifts 

15 Nov 17

Buying gifts for a Mum-to-be doesn’t have to be stressful this year.


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Mum-to-be Christmas Gift Guide – Treats for Mum 

15 Nov 17

Buying a little treat this Christmas for a Mum-to-be is a great way to let that special someone know how…


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Mum-to-be Christmas Gift Guide – Skincare 

15 Nov 17

Christmas is always a good time to gift a skincare treat.


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Pregnancy update // Week 30 

10 Nov 17

I’m 30 weeks pregnant already, although closer to 31 week as I write this, blimey! I haven’t written weekly updates…


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Our 4d baby scan experience with Window to the Womb 

8 Nov 17

When I was pregnant with Olly I was desperate to book a private 4D pregnancy scan.


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Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge Kit // Review 

5 Nov 17

It is certainly safe to say that since the arrival of Olly, the Shilton household has gone car crazy.


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Christmas comes early with Halfords Kid Zone 

4 Nov 17

*This is a collaborative post  If your children are anything like my four and a half year old, their Christmas…


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Dinner sorted with The Pizza Kitchen 

3 Nov 17

*A collaborative post During the week after busy days at work and school, when it comes to mealtimes, all we…


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The Me and Mine Project {October 2017} 

31 Oct 17

Autumn has well and truly arrived this month.


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Naming our second baby boy 

29 Oct 17

When we were pregnant with Olly, our first baby, we found out at our 20 week anomaly scan that we…


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Thomas and Friends™ Super Station // Review 

27 Oct 17

If there’s ever a toy that you know will go down well with a Thomas the Tank Engine mad four year…


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So that was the second trimester 

26 Oct 17

And just like that the second trimester is over and I’m now 28 weeks pregnant and in the third and…


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Peppa Pig: My First Home Cinema Experience // Review 

26 Oct 17

When I’m feeling a bit under the weather, I like to lie on the sofa with a snuggly blanket and…


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Spooky Seas fun at National Sea Life Centre Birmingham 

25 Oct 17

If you’re looking for a fun day out in Birmingham this half term, head down to the National Sea Life…


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Celebrating a child-friendly Halloween with Poundworld 

23 Oct 17

*A collaborative post  Halloween seems to be everywhere at the moment so when we were recently invited to take a…


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The first half term in Reception.. 

20 Oct 17

Just one more day at school and Olly’s first half term in reception is complete.


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Keeping washing machines in tip top shape with Dr. Beckmann 

20 Oct 17

*A collaborative post  I often forget that I’m a grown up, someone with responsibilities; a joint-mortgage, a small child and…


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Sleep like a baby with Silentnight Safe Nights and win! 

18 Oct 17

When it comes to having a new baby, there’s not many essentials you really need; some warm clothes, somewhere safe…


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An afternoon cooking with Frylight® 

17 Oct 17

*A post in partnership with Frylight® As regular readers will know, I’ve been making healthier choices for my own diet…


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Newborn baby clothing from The Essential One // AW17 

13 Oct 17

With our baby boy due to arrive in just 14 weeks, I am loving all the new Autumn Winter range…


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What’s powering your kids? // Food for Life Served Here 

10 Oct 17

*A post in association with the Food for Life Served Here campaign When my four year old Olly started Reception…


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Pumpkin picking at Essington Farm 

8 Oct 17

October to me means cooler weather, crispy golden leaves underfoot and of course, pumpkins.


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What should I pack? // Hospital bag checklist 

7 Oct 17

When you’re pregnant and expecting to have your baby in hospital, you should ideally get your hospital bag packed between…


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Life lately // October 2017 

6 Oct 17

I can’t quite remember the last time I did a ‘life lately’ update.


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Easing back ache in pregnancy with Deep Freeze 

6 Oct 17

Being six months pregnant, I’ve accepted that there are a few associated aches and pains that come with the territory…


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Introducing Pomelody, the new music system for children and families 

2 Oct 17

*An advertorial feature  Music in our house has always been a big part of our lives.


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Do you really love your job? 

1 Oct 17

*A collaborative post  Have you ever thought about changing your career or your job? Do you really love your current…


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The Me and Mine Project {September 2017} 

30 Sep 17

September was a month I was dreading in all honesty.


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How do you escape #firstthing? // Win a HOST digital mixer shower from Triton Showers 

26 Sep 17

*A post in partnership with Triton Showers  With the back to school routine in full swing, those couple of hours…


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Get involved in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with M&S 

25 Sep 17

*A post in partnership with Marks and Spencer  What’s better than having a cuppa and a slice of cake in…


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Five ways to maximise space in a small family home 

25 Sep 17

*A collaborative post  Living in a small two bedroomed terraced home with a family is cosy and with another addition…


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To VBAC or not to VBAC? 

23 Sep 17

When I was pregnant with my firstborn Olly, I (very naively) imagined I would have a stress-free delivery and I’d…


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Bacofoil Zipper Bags, how do you use yours? 

17 Sep 17

*This is a collaborative post  If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to get value for money in all the…


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Getting organised for our new arrival 

14 Sep 17

At 22 weeks pregnant, I’m just over half way through my second pregnancy.


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Walking hand in hand 

8 Sep 17

We walk hand in hand around the corner to your school.


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Getting outdoors with Germolene 

6 Sep 17

*A collaborative post  Earlier this month I was challenged by the team at Germolene to get outdoors more with Olly…


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Improving handwriting in children 

3 Sep 17

*A collaborative post  As a Mama to a four year old who is just getting to grips with learning to…


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When self-doubt strikes.. 

2 Sep 17

I’m having one of those evenings.


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A day trip to Liverpool with London Midland 

1 Sep 17

The summer holidays are still in full flow here and although I’m back at work during the first four days…


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The Me and Mine Project {August 2017} 

31 Aug 17

We’re another month down, August has just flown by hasn’t it? It’s been a very productive month for us as…


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What Olly wore // AW17 from Nutmeg at Morrisons 

28 Aug 17

When it comes to boys fashion, it’s often so frustrating to see a limited selection of good quality of clothing…


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20 weeks pregnant // we’re halfway there.. 

26 Aug 17

Today I am 20 weeks pregnant.


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Breathing Blueair // testing out the Blueair air purifier 

25 Aug 17

*A collaborative post  Coming from a family with allergies and having a husband who has sleep apnoea, knowing about the…


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5 reasons to visit Drayton Manor Park 

25 Aug 17

If you’re looking for a fun-filled day with something for the whole family then Drayton Manor Park in Tamworth, Staffordshire…


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Olly’s Cars 3 inspired Back to School Checklist 

23 Aug 17

*A post in collaboration with the Disney Store  With just a couple of weeks left of the school holidays and…


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Being a Mummy of two 

20 Aug 17

I have waited so long to be able to say that I’m going to be a Mummy of two.


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A welcome boost of energy from Berocca 

20 Aug 17

Since becoming pregnant and suffering with morning all day nausea, sickness and an iron deficiency, my husband Shilts has had to…


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Our family travel essentials 

19 Aug 17

*Post in collaboration with Jungle Formula  Holidays are a chance for the whole family to unwind, a chance to do…







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