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The best family Christmas Jumbo Advent Calendar from PLAYMOBIL®

The best family Christmas Jumbo Advent Calendar from PLAYMOBIL®

Isla was so excited to receive the Jumbo Advent Calendar from  PLAYMOBIL®. We are big fans of advent calendars which you may have realised from previous years and we are also huge fans of  PLAYMOBIL®. So, this review takes the format of: summary of the jumbo advent calendar and then photo by photo of what is in each box. Hugeeeee spoiler alert for this post, but for those grown ups looking to purchase the perfect calendar (I think this is it) then you need to see what you get. VIEW the POST

How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

How to help kids with bedtime anxieties

We have always struggled with our bedtime routine, well we have since Isla has been around. She does not like to sleep. We thought, as the children got older, that the bedtime routine would get easier. It hasn't really and so we have to try lots of different things to help get through those bedtime anxieties. I have written down some things we did when the kiddies were babies and what we do now, incase this helps any one going through similar. VIEW the POST

Operation “move Isla into her own room” is a go go

You may recall many moons ago we decided to move Isla into Noah’s room. Well now it’s time for her to have her own room back. But what a palaver! When we moved Isla into Noah’s room we quickly learnt we needed bunk beds and storage for all the toys. Her old room became Daddy’s office/dressing room. So in order to get her back into her own room we had to first make room for the extra furniture we’d purchased: desk and wardrobe. It wasn’t a simple room swap.

Two budding mathematicians and pretty proud parents!

Two budding mathematicians and pretty proud parents!

It's report time and this is the first year that we have had a "big boy report" for Noah from Year 1 and the first year they have both had a school report. It was very exciting reading them out as a family. Albeit followed by a sibling fight, which ruined the moment, hey ho! They both made Mummy and Daddy really proud with their effort and understanding. Both brilliant little mathematicians! VIEW the POST

The F word – shhhh! 

The F word – shhhh! 

Yes, the word that rhymes with duck and starts with F. The F word! Add an "ing" on to the end and you have the word my rather innocent looking four year old said at school this week. Not just any old day either, the day of parents evening.  VIEW the POST

Isla’s Plasticine & Unicorn themed birthday party

Isla’s Plasticine & Unicorn themed birthday party

Like most of the family and friends that received the invite for a Plasticine & Unicorn party, you are probably laughing out loud right about now. But it worked, I promise you. We had the rainbow colours, inspired by Plasticine Softeez and the Unicorn fits in with the rainbow theme as well - there is your link! We had a family party last weekend and her friends over for fun with Plasticine yesterday. Lots of fun was had too and everyone loved their goody bags. Win!  VIEW the POST

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl…

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl…

Happy 4th Birthday to my baby girl, the one with the blonde, bouncing, glorious curls. You light up the world with your beautiful face, happy, smiley and chatty and all over the place. VIEW the POST

What every parent on the school run dreads!

What is THE most worrying thing about the school run? That school run dread? For me it is the children running off ahead, in the midst of heads and coats, long socks and black shoes… they’re gone! I had that today for the first time and I have never been more scared in my life. I thought Isla was gone, it is amazing how I immediately felt consumed with guilt that it was my fault. It is not something I want to endure again in a hurry, I am sure the children feel the same. 

Plasticine Softeez fun with Isla Rae

Plasticine Softeez fun with Isla Rae

My little baby girl is growing up by the day, bigger words, bossier tones and her love for creating is huge. When she was sent a box of Plasticine Softeez, she actually squealed and I had to capture her comments and excitement in a video. Which has ended up being her debut review on YouTube, I think she has captured the fun without the need for me to say anything else. VIEW the POST

My little girl is starting school!

My little girl is starting school!

Probably a sentence you have heard a lot of today, or something similar. Now I mean I knew my little girl would eventually go to school - but now it's all for real. She has a school place and I still cannot believe it, but a place at our first choice. Isla is starting school... VIEW the POST

A day in history as the Flying Scotsman whooshed by

Today, as you may have seen all over the news, the Flying Scotsman took a trip from London’s Kings Cross to York. It all started at 8:45am when I got a text from my Mumma saying she was waiting at the end of her road to see it whoosh by. Then as I got the children in the car, for the school trip, I asked “shall we go and see the special steam train?” and of course the reply was a big YES. 

A little Mummy quiz for the children

A little Mummy quiz for the children

With Mothers Day fast approaching (Sunday 6th March) I thought it would be nice to share this little Mummy quiz that I saw floating around social media recently. It was a nice insight into what the little ones thought about Mummy. You ask them the questions and just let them answer - without coercing them into saying anything. Here are Noah and Islas responses:  VIEW the POST

Isla – 3 years and 6 months

Isla – 3 years and 6 months

Little Isla has been giving us a lot of fun and laughter over the past few weeks, she is growing up to be a lovely little character who entertains us constantly. She is changing so much at the moment and what with all the changes happening around her, I am not surprised. She is enjoying pre-school and the new school run routine, she is talking a lot better (and more) and she is understanding a lot more about the world around her.  VIEW the POST

Happy 3rd birthday to my beautiful baby girl

Happy 3rd birthday to my beautiful baby girl

My little darling, blonde locks and blue eyes, you've opened my world to a lovely surprise. You are beautiful on the inside and out, always entertaining with never a doubt.  VIEW the POST

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it’s way

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it’s way

I can only be talking about the beautiful rape seed fields and wonderful landscapes around at this time of year, I just love it. The bright yellow fields are just magical and I love the fact you can just get some wonderful photos of children being free in them. We took a trip to a local field at sunset and although a bit cold, we got some lovely photos.  VIEW the POST

Spring is definitely here… Summer is on it's way

I can only be talking about the beautiful rape seed fields and wonderful landscapes around at this time of year, I just love it. The bright yellow fields are just magical and I love the fact you can just get some wonderful photos of children being free in them. We took a trip to a local field at sunset and although a bit cold, we got some lovely photos. 

Me & Mine: April 2015

Me & Mine: April 2015

I am a little late off the mark with getting April's family photo online, but alas it is still online! Story of my life at the moment. April has been really busy: work, holidays, children's nursery, children growing up, hubby's fitness program and somewhere in-between all of that day to day life. We did manage to get out into the woods over Easter and got some lovely photos and a family shot. The children are getting better and better at not posing properly, or they tag team - one will smile whilst the other looks away and vice versa. I am sure they do it on purpose. VIEW the POST

Me & Mine: April 2015

Me & Mine: April 2015

I am a little late off the mark with getting April's family photo online, but alas it is still online! Story of my life at the moment. April has been really busy: work, holidays, children's nursery, children growing up, hubby's fitness program and somewhere in-between all of that day to day life. We did manage to get out into the woods over Easter and got some lovely photos and a family shot. The children are getting better and better at not posing properly, or they tag team - one will smile whilst the other looks away and vice versa. I am sure they do it on purpose. VIEW the POST

Isla – 2 years and 9 months

How is she nearly 3? Isla is 2 years and 9 months old today, that means it is only 3 months until she is 3. I remember when Noah was turning 3 and how much of a big boy I thought he was going to be and with Isla, she is still my baby and I literally cannot comprehend this is happening. Isn’t it funny how you feel about your youngest compared to your oldest? She is a little beauty and each day she is doing more and more that makes us smile, she is beautiful inside and out.

Isla – 2 years and 4 months

Isla – 2 years and 4 months

Lots to look forward to with little Isla this month, she has been developing very visually and saying lots, you can see the developments really clearly now. Which is great. I love how she is getting more independent too, she wants to do everything by herself, but at the same time is still very clinging and wants her Mummy. I love that! VIEW the POST

Isla – 2 years and 3 months

Isla – 2 years and 3 months

My little angel is growing and growing, you can see it evidently in her words, actions and height. She is definitely going to have a beautiful figure when she is older: slim and legs to die for. Her hair defines her at the moment, it is growing long and curly and without it down and whirly, it just doesn't seem like Isla. Here is what has been going on this month: VIEW the POST

Me & Mine: July 2014

Me & Mine: July 2014

This months me & mine is coming from a quick and impromptu photo shoot in a little public meadow, long grass and hazy summer days are just perfect for getting some lovely and creative shots. It is great when the sun is setting and the moody air is nice and hazed, it gives off a real effect that I just love. VIEW the POST