Happy 2018!

Well we are a couple of weeks in to 2018, and how many New Year’s Resolutions have you broken already? I’ve set several ‘resolutions’ for the year, including getting more sleep and moving more (the FitBit I got for Christmas will help with monitoring those goals), as well as a list of things that I’m planning on doing this year, or would like to do. Such as going to see Wicked at the theatre (for the 3rd time), building a Lego Marvel Helicarrier (already started), doing the Highway Rat trail with the kids at Whinlatter (we did this last weekend) and writing a book. So a mix of things that I can quite easily achieve and some slightly more ambitious projects! To be fair writing a book is on my list every year, so I’m not holding out much hope.

A new year isn’t just an opportunity to look forward and plan for the future, but also the chance to reflect and look back at the highs and lows of the previous year. For us, we visited Disneyland Paris and Legoland with the kids, and even managed a child free few days in Paris. The girls continued to enjoy nursery and school; Clara started dance classes and took part in her first ever dance show on stage in December, which Izzy also took part in; and Izzy learned to ride her bike without stabilisers. I ticked a huge thing off my bucket list when I did a skydive in April – something I’ve always wanted to do and to be honest I still can’t believe I actually did it!

The biggest thing to happen in 2017 was that we moved house! We love it. We have more space, a bigger garden and most importantly Izzy and Clara have tons of new friends here, meaning lots of impromptu play dates and the odd sleepover. They sometimes talk about our old house – in particular Bob, the Christmas tree we had planted in the front garden. Apparently they really miss Bob and were quite sad that we left him behind! Clara has asked if we could plant another Bob tree in our new garden, so that’s something else on the list to do this year!

So, looking back on the blog… I had quite the break over Christmas so haven’t been keeping up with much blogging-wise, but here’s my top ten most read blog posts in 2017:

  1. How to make an Easter Bunny Bonnet
  2. Scratch Sleeves: Stop toddlers pulling out their hair
  3. Loneliness, Motherhood and Making Mum Friends
  4. Chalkola Pens Review
  5. Jungle Jam in Brazil Book Review
  6. Legoland Windsor: Tips to make the most of your visit
  7. “Don’t be a Donkey” Game Review
  8. #GrinUpNorth in Cumbria with The Cumberland Building Society
  9. Zeta Vooom Stroller Review
  10. It’s #GrinUpNorth with The Cumberland

Here’s to a very happy and productive year ahead! Happy 2018 everyone. 

Festive Fun with Room to Grow

It’s two weeks to go until the big day and there is lots of festive fun to be had. We were sent a 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar from Room to Grow Beds and we’ve had fun opening the gifts and activities included.

The chocolates and candy canes were a big hit with the kids (Clara is developing quite the candy cane addiction!) while I’m looking forward to trying out the deliciously Christmas-scented bath bomb – because of course it’s important to take some time out from all that busy festive prep and just… relax. And I’m sure I’ll get time to do that at some point. Maybe mid-January, but I will make the time eventually I’m sure! (more…)

Disney Princess Itty Bittys from Hallmark

The girls (and I) love anything and everything Disney – in fact we’ve just got back from a few days at Disneyland Paris. Izzy and Clara especially love everything about the Princesses – from the dresses and tiaras to the dancing and adventures – so they were really pleased to be sent some of the new Disney Princess Itty Bitty range to review!

We were kindly sent six new Itty Bittys by Hallmark – Rapunzel, Aurora, Tinkerbell, Ariel, Belle and the Beast. The cute collectibles make perfect stocking fillers, for Disney fans of any age. There’s also a range of Frozen characters available – including Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Sven – as well as Superheroes from both the DC and Marvel franchises, and a huge range of Star Wars Itty Bittys. Izzy and Clara reviewed the Star Wars collection earlier this year – you can read our review here, or better yet watch the video they made, they really made me laugh with this one! (more…)

“Don’t Be A Donkey” Family Game Review

We love playing games as a family; its nice to take some time out from rushing about and just sit down for some quality time together. When we were sent the game “Don’t be a Donkey” to try out recently, the kids couldn’t wait to play it.

There are two ways to play this game – if there are only 2 players the game is essentially snap. For 3-4 players, the game involves passing on a card to the next player until one player has a set of 4 matching cards. In either game, as soon as a match is made the player shouts Donkey and everyone has to grab a carrot as quick as they can – but of course there aren’t enough for everyone so the player who doesn’t get a carrot loses that round.

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Gift Ideas for Children – Under £15

Looking for some gift giving inspiration this Christmas? I’ve rounded up my favourite gifts for children – and the best bit is they are all under £15! Whether your little one is into princesses, crafts, science, cars – or all of the above – there’s something for everyone.

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. That means that if you click on any of the Amazon links in this post and go on to make a purchase, I will make a small amount of commission, but this won’t affect your purchase in any way.

1. Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt

I used to love playing with Fuzzy Felts when I was little – so when we were sent this Paw Patrol version by John Adams Toys I knew Clara would love it. The set includes over 70 felt shapes and a felt play board, so your Paw Patrol fans can recreate all their favourite scenes with the Ryder and the pups. Available on Amazon for £8.20.

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