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.

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. VIEW the POST

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+.

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

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. VIEW the POST

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.

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

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.  VIEW the POST

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!

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 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.  VIEW the POST

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!

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

#recipe SKIPPY® Peanut Butter Sweethearts

#recipe SKIPPY® Peanut Butter Sweethearts

We love peanut butter baking recipes in this house and we are big fans of SKIPPY® Peanut Butter. We found this sweethearts recipe on their website, they have a lot more recipes and ideas too. This recipe makes around 30 sweethearts, so plenty to eat during lockdown and also leftovers to freeze for another week. VIEW the POST

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…

#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

15 gripping Sky TV Box Sets to get you through lockdown

15 gripping Sky TV Box Sets to get you through lockdown

Since we made the move to Sky Q we have never looked back, I absolutely love it. It's easier to manage family viewing time, we can swap from TV to TV easily (which during lockdown is essential) and there are just so many Sky TV Box Sets to binge watch. All very helpful at the moment as we are required to stay at home. VIEW the POST

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.

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

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. VIEW the POST

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.

The perfect Winter coat and boots

The perfect Winter coat and boots

All of this cold weather has inspired long coats and knee high boots. I must keep warm, especially as I do a lot of walking. Walking helps to keep both my heart and mind healthy. Making sure I have a warm Winter coat and boots is an essential criteria to check off my Winter shopping lists. I really enjoyed shopping from Ideal World too, what a great idea to shop from your own home and see real life demonstrations of the items before you buy. VIEW the POST

Travelling with my favourite jewellery from Daisy London

Travelling with my favourite jewellery from Daisy London

Now I maybe biased, but this necklace from Daisy London is just gorgeous. It is called Isla shell. So as you can imagine it caught my attention. Does anyone else purchase jewellery with purpose? It has to mean something to me. This necklace is just perfect for our upcoming Spring holiday, which is what I chose it for. VIEW the POST

A makeup tutorial with vegan EX1 cosmetics

Cosmetics that are: not testing on animals, use vegan ingredients and feel good on my skin are a must for me. See it as my mini checklist if you like. The thing I love about EX1 cosmetics is that they are reasonably priced for make up, which means affordable. I love that you can grab them from your local Superdrug too. This means they are very accessible. I love the fact I do not feel like I am wearing anything either. This is a guide to the EX1 cosmetics range and a perfect makeup style for Valentine’s Day dates this weekend.

Mummy Fitness: Finding the right activity for you

Mummy Fitness: Finding the right activity for you

Fitness isn't something I am really passionate about, it's more that I know I have to keep fit and I want to feel more self confident. In order to do that I want to feel comfortable in my skin and I currently do not. I wouldn't wear a Bikini anymore. I wouldn't wear cropped tops. I struggle to feel nice in outfits unless they hide my tummy area. So, with a bid to try and do something about the parts I am not happy about I have picked up on my fitness. Finding the right activity for me has been a long journey though! VIEW the POST