Getting back into the active game with Dare2b

Getting back into the active game with Dare2b

It’s no secret that I dropped any kind of cardio last year, it wasn’t the top of my priorities and I definitely didn’t have the time during the day. Now the kids are back into the school routine I have started to make time to get active again. Dare2b challenged me to get active and try out their range of activewear, so I did. VIEW the POST

The Thrive 30 challenge with Naturopathica

The Thrive 30 challenge with Naturopathica

Naturopathica recently sent me some CBD capsules to try out for 30 days to see how I felt and record my journey to share with my readers. It was refreshing to try them as it left me feeling less anxious and calmer. Which, with all the announcements from the government, work being stressful and homeschooling – it was really needed! Looking after our mental health is really important, and as a mental health first aider I am really keen on exploring new ways to improve my mind and health. VIEW the POST

Amazing vegan peanut butter and banana pancake recipe

Amazing vegan peanut butter and banana pancake recipe

We absolutely love American-style SKIPPY® Peanut Butter and jumped at the chance to try them in a new recipe for Pancake Day. We love trying new things and this recipe is vegan, we have extended Veganuary as we are enjoying using less dairy. This recipe uses no eggs and dairy free milk. This is my vegan peanut butter and banana pancake recipe.  VIEW the POST

My New Year Disney+ playlist

My New Year Disney+ playlist

I absolutely love Disney+ and I have watched some fabulous movies over Christmas and still have some on my to watch list. I have shared this list as a playlist, inspiration for if you have some family movie nights over the next few weeks. Tonight we are working our way through Pirates of the Caribbean. Happy New Years! Sign up here. Check out our Marvel marathon movie list too, a great challenge for January! VIEW the POST

One Fine Dine a real master chef experience at home

I absolutely adore master chef, I am in total awe of all the chefs that go on there as I literally do not have a clue. It would be a dream for me to eat at Marcus’s Michelin restaurant. Obviously with lockdown, restaurants closing and finding ways to explore good food from home: I was so excited to try out One Fine Dine. They make up the most delicious food, deliver it to your door and all you have to do is heat it and serve it. I made master chef food, all by myself. OK, well I didn’t cook it. It felt amazing! This is the perfect gift for for 2021.

How to get the most out of your trainers

How to get the most out of your trainers

Since I had the kiddies my style has changed. What once was full of high heels and platforms, is now comfortable flats and trainers. I love my trainers too, they are perfect for fun family days out. We have been on lots of adventures over the past couple of months (despite lockdown) and having the right footwear for long days of walking is essential. They go really well with my collection of fleeces too! VIEW the POST

Choosing the best and affordable Winter Jackets and Fleeces

Choosing the best and affordable Winter Jackets and Fleeces

One of my favourite online fashion retailers at the moment is Protest. I absolutely love the range of clothes and they are just so comfortable. I really feel the cold so choosing the perfect Winter Jackets and Fleeces is essential to me and this year especially. Working from home and making sure I have warm clothes was also on my mind. Here are my favourite jackets and fleeces for the Winter months. VIEW the POST

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. 

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

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. VIEW the POST

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?

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