The awesome savoury veggie snack brand that’s easy to grab on the go: ZENB

The awesome savoury veggie snack brand that’s easy to grab on the go: ZENB

Hands up who likes a snack bar? Me too! We are forever grabbing and stocking up on them to take with us on our excursions. We recently tried the new ZENB Veggie Sticks and we loved them for various reasons and would definitely recommend them to any adventure loving families who like a grab and go snack.  VIEW the POST

The new Autumn limited edition recipe from Forthglade

The new Autumn limited edition recipe from Forthglade

The dogs absolutely love their Forthglade natural dog food and so I couldn't wait to show them the new limited edition recipe, perfect timing for Autumn. Beef with Pumpkin & Broccoli is a great way of celebrating Autumn and the dogs love the flavours so much. Have your dogs ever eaten pumpkin before? Ours give it a Paws Up! Get your 20% discount at the bottom of this post. VIEW the POST

An easy family fruit scone recipe with Tala

Tala recently challenged Isla to bake scones and she jumped for joy. She loves scones and she loves baking. We filmed her baking and talking about the ingredients, Isla chose a fruit scone recipe. She does make me laugh with her funny actions with the spatula and silly voices. I think she was in her element. She might have found her calling: Baking with Isla. Check out my IGTV for Isla’s baking video.

10 Fun things to do during your pregnancy

10 Fun things to do during your pregnancy

When you first discover you’re pregnant, it can be a big adjustment. I am not pregnant by the way, just reflecting on when I was and thought about these fab tips. You’re now not only looking after yourself but another too. It’s an exciting time, with a lot to look forward to, but there are also some changes you might not be so happy about. With a long list of things you can’t do during pregnancy, it’s easy to feel frustrated. So instead of focusing on the things you can’t do, why not look at some of the things you can do instead? VIEW the POST

My working from home style

My working from home style

I struggled with what to wear at the beginning of lockdown, all of a sudden my workwear started collecting dust in the wardrobe. Loungewear and comfortable tee's became the new work wear, no one really sees what you wear (if you turn the conference camera off). However, as lockdown continued and as my plan to work from home is long term, I want to break out of the loungewear a little. So here is my working from home style... Autumn edition. VIEW the POST

We trusted that caretaker! He fooled us all.

On the 9th June 2020 we found out that the former caretaker at the children’s first primary school had been charged with 21 offences in relation to children. I have not been able to write anything as I didn’t want to hinder the court case, but today he was sentenced; he only got 5 years! No parent should have to go through this; the guilt, the anger, the disgust. He fooled us all. I am grateful I got to hug them tight throughout homeschooling, it comforted me for that period of time to know they were safe at home.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pixar’s Toy Story

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pixar’s Toy Story

Not only have we been making the most out of Disney+ with the Marvel collection. We have been enjoying the Pixar collection too. Did you know it is Toy Story's 25th anniversary? I cannot believe it has been 25 years since that movie came out. I remember watching it for the first time and being absolutely blown away. I think every household has a Woody or a Buzz toy somewhere. To celebrate I thought I would write a little about the Pixar movies available on Disney+. VIEW the POST

New and cute stationery from Pepper and Cute

New and cute stationery from Pepper and Cute

Yes, I love stationery! Some might say borderline obsessed, so when I was asked to review some of the new Pepper and Cute range, I couldn't wait. They have some extremely cute stationery items, including a new min-year diary, phone cases and toiletry items. If you are looking at a way to match your stationery and toiletry items, then look no further! VIEW the POST

Essential Summer item: the Tesalate sand-free towel

We love the beach, we love packing up the car and heading to our favourite beach for the day, as a family. It is the perfect way to unwind and we love the sea breeze in our face and sand in toes. What we do not like is the collection of sand in the car on the way home and then the house covered in sand too. The Tesalate sand-free towel stops this from happening and are super stylish too.

Celebrate #SKIPPY4July with America’s SKIPPY® Peanut Butter

Celebrate #SKIPPY4July with America’s SKIPPY® Peanut Butter

To celebrate Independence Day in the UK, I couldn't think of a better way than to celebrate with the USA’s famous SKIPPY®Peanut Butter. We made an American themed lunch and incorporated it into our homeschooling. We have some good friends from America and we love discussing the different holidays celebrated in the USA and UK. We made our very own #SKIPPY4July. VIEW the POST

Creating a Spa like routine at home during lockdown

Creating a Spa like routine at home during lockdown

With many other people during lockdown, I am counting down the days until I can book a Spa day with my friends and relax in peace and comfort. Until then, I am trying to create my Spa moments at home and finding time to relax as much as possible. As other home working and home-schooling parents, getting 5 minutes in the day is quite tricky, so I have been forcing myself to take time.  VIEW the POST

Our journey through Marvel in chronological order

I have never seen any of the Marvel movies before and so when we saw the collection in Disney+ we thought it was the perfect task to complete during lockdown. It is really great family time; the kids love them and so do I. I cannot believe how brilliant they are and how the stories flow throughout the movies. It’s been so nice hearing the children shout cheers and oooohs, we are really invested. 

My top tips for working from home

My top tips for working from home

As you know, I am a stationery fan and I love trying new ways of working and techniques. I have worked from home, regularly, since I had the children and I have been lucky enough to work for a company that were flexible for this. Since lockdown in March 2020, I have worked from home every day and I have had to find different ways of working to suit the whole family. We are all working from home! VIEW the POST

8 Tropical jams to spark creativity in kiddies

8 Tropical jams to spark creativity in kiddies

I love jam, I have it on a lot of food; jam on toast or jam on scones (perfect for a family picnic in the garden). It seems to be my happy food during lockdown. It’s now getting to that time of the year when the fruits are starting to grow and will soon be ready for picking, so we can make our very own jams. The following are Tropical Jams that I wish the supermarkets would sell, or I could get hold of the fruits to make it ourselves.  VIEW the POST

Finding the right Spring Summer clothes for Mummy with Protest

Finding the right Spring Summer clothes, for me, I find quite hard. I am not very body confident, so I tend to go for loose clothes that feel comfortable. Obviously, I was planning a trip to Dubai too and reviewing the Protest bikini range, I found a lot of lovely bikinis that would have been perfect. So, now I am planning on wearing the clothes at home and they are perfect. 

Understanding the new rules of lockdown #stayalert

Understanding the new rules of lockdown #stayalert

I have seen a lot of comments on social media about the new rules of lockdown, as of 10th May 2020, Boris announced some changes to the lockdown and also some changes to the message of Stay at Home to Stay Alert. It's tough to get your head around this pandemic, so I thought it would be helpful to set out some thoughts on the new rules. A different perspective can be helpful to put your own thoughts into some organised order, or confirm what you thought in the first place. This is my opinion only, of course! VIEW the POST

Looking after your dogs during lockdown #PawsitiveVibes

Looking after your dogs during lockdown #PawsitiveVibes

We have loved being at home with the cat and dogs during lockdown. It's nice as our Rambo (the Jack Russell) has developed a really close bond with Noah. He follows him everywhere and cleans him, like he's looking after him. It's so cute. We have been having fun with the dogs, using the training treats to get them to sit and give paw. The kids love it when the dogs do what they ask! VIEW the POST

Creating a beautiful family Afternoon Tea at home

Creating a beautiful family Afternoon Tea at home

I love Afternoon Tea, it is my favourite thing to go out and enjoy with family and friends. So, when Daddy had the idea to recreate an Afternoon Tea experience at home, for the kiddies, I jumped at the chance. Did you know it's National Tea Day on Tuesday 21 April 2020 too, so a perfect activity for the family. I think we made it look really authentic and the kiddies really loved it. Here's what we did to make our special family Afternoon Tea at home during lockdown... VIEW the POST

#recipe Fluffy chocolate peanut butter cupcakes

#recipe Fluffy chocolate peanut butter cupcakes

We love baking with peanut butter, Easter is usually a celebration for baking in our house. This year we have been baking everyday since March 23rd and so we are finding fun recipes that we haven't tried before. You may have seen our peanut butter and jam cupcake recipe, well this one is peanut butter and chocolate cupcakes. Yummy. VIEW the POST

10 Ways I am cheering myself up during lockdown

10 Ways I am cheering myself up during lockdown

After nearly a week of lockdown I am exhausted. And, I know I am not the only one. When this was first announced my husband and I came up with a plan where we split the homeschooling half and half. However, after a week of doing this I am not sure it's sustainable. I literally do not stop. Parent / teacher / employee / parent... constantly. To make it worse I am hardly getting time with Hubby as he is working when I am not. So, during this lockdown, these are some things I am doing to cheer myself up! Yes, I am feeling a little sorry for myself. VIEW the POST

Mother’s Day with Craft Gin Club

Mother’s Day with Craft Gin Club

As you know, I am a huge Gin fan and when I found out about Craft Gin Club I couldn't resist. It is a monthly subscription that is a perfect gift idea for Mum this Mother's Day. If you are a Gin fan and want to try different flavoured gins each month this is a fantastic way to try them as each month it is different and a surprise. VIEW the POST

The brand new Cricut Joy machine #AddALittle Family

I love getting creative and ever since I have been introduced to Cricut I have never looked back. Being able to cut different materials, draw on designs and even iron on designs is just amazing. I have made a lot of projects over the years. Today the all new Cricut Joy machine was released and it is so cute. Cricut tasked me with my own word, so I can #AddALittle “something” to my projects. My word is FAMILY. I love it. I have lots of plans to make lots of fab things to #AddALittle Family to my projects.

Our family meal at Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes

Our family meal at Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes

What is important, to us, for a successful family meal out is a good kids menu, child friendly activities and friendly staff. If the children do not feel engaged, or the food choices are not child-friendly it just wouldn't be successful. That's why we love Carluccio's, the children's menu is healthy and the staff are so super friendly. We always have a wonderful family meal together. Italian food is my favourite and this place is just one of my special places to eat. VIEW the POST