Our Weekly Roundup #27

It’s been a few weeks since our last update. We’ve been busy here – Hubby has just got back from a week away with work, we’ve been in full on Christmas prep mode and I’m finally starting to feel better after a bad bout of illness.

  • After thinking we were all over the sickness bug it came back with a vengeance – well, for me at least! Turns out I actually had food poisoning, although I didn’t find that out until I had been ill on and off for 3 weeks. Fortunately, I’ve been feeling okay for a couple of weeks now, but unfortunately I have put on most of the weight I lost while I was ill!
  • It’s nearly December! I decided I wanted to get all the presents bought by the end of November, so that I could spend December doing nice festive things rather than trudging around the shops getting stressed and panic buying gifts that will never get used. And I’ve done it! All the presents have been bought and most have been wrapped – I’m just waiting for the last few online orders to arrive. I’ve never been this organised for Christmas before, and while there is still a lot on my to do list I’m feeling quite smug that I’ve ticked off the worst job – shopping!


Book Review: Rocking and Reading with Jungle Jam

Like most children, my girls love listening to stories and always run to the bookshelf to pick out a book for bedtime. So when we were asked to review a new children’s book, I couldn’t say no. We were kindly sent a copy of Jungle Jam, which tells the tale of Mikey the Monkey’s trip through the jungle and all the animal friends he encounters along the way – each playing a different instrument.


As soon as Clara saw it she kept asking us to read the ‘monkey book’, and we’ve since read it a few times (and as we usually have to read ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ every single night, trust me, this has made a nice change!)  (more…)

Christmas Gift Guide: Ideas for Preschoolers

It’s that time of year where toys are everywhere. The television is constantly streaming adverts, the shops are bursting with all things plastic and noisy, and the kids are talking about this toy and that game that they have seen.

This is the first year that Clara really knows about Christmas, and we have tried to explain to her the concept of Father Christmas. She’s taken to this quite well – a jolly stranger is going to bring her new toys? What’s not to like. So we gave her a toy catalogue and asked her to pick some things that she might like for Christmas. She picked a doll, a pram, a magna doodle, a toy dog and a my little pony. All sensible requests.

If you’re looking for some ideas for preschoolers, here’s our roundup of some of our favourite toys.



Christmas Gift Guide: Subscription ideas for all the family

A subscription really is the gift that keeps on giving. You can spread the joy of receiving presents throughout the year by choosing the perfect subscription gift for your loved ones. And it’s not just magazines anymore – there are subscription gifts to suit anyone and everyone; all interests and tastes are catered for.

Here’s a roundup of some of the subscription gifts that are available. (more…)

Our Weekly Roundup #26

  • Half term started off well enough with a trip to the cinema to see Trolls (which is awesome by the way!) and a visit to Keswick, but unfortunately went downhill from there. We were all struck down with a tummy bug which pretty much wrote off the rest of the week.
  • My two nieces were staying with us for a few days so we had a few nice treats planned. On Tuesday we had a day out with my sister and her two boys. The older kids used the climbing wall while the younger ones explored the adventure play area. At one point Clara got stuck in the ball pool, which meant that I then got stuck in my attempt to rescue her! We then visited an optical illusion attraction which was a lot of fun, right until Clara freed the mother of all nappy fillers and we had to buy her some emergency trousers – surprisingly the only children’s trousers we could find in the Lake District was a pair of waterproofs. She didn’t let it bother her though and was quite happy!  2016-11-01-06-44-482016-11-01-06-50-58
  • The bug seemed to start with my Hubby that night, before hitting my neice the next day, then me, then Izzy. Between spending an entire night feeling very unwell myself and looking after everyone else throughout the rest of the week I hardly had any sleep. Izzy was upset that she had to miss out on some Halloween fun but we had a few days of watching films under the duvet, while I washed every single towel and item of bedding that we own. After about 9 wash loads we were finally getting back to normal.img_20161028_124911
  • By Saturday we were starting to feel a bit better (albeit a temporary reprieve) and headed to a farm park where I was desperate to get some nice pumpkin patch photos. I managed to get a few, by some miracle, as Izzy was pulling silly faces on most of them and then Clara started to cry as she just wanted to push the wheelbarrow.img_20161030_215617img_20161031_063213
  • Izzy and Clara enjoyed going trick or treating dressed as a Stormtrooper and Olaf. They do have Halloween outfits but decided that they didn’t want to be a witch and a cat this year! They were pleased with their haul of sweet goodies which will last them quite a while. img_20161031_193210