Bust a Move with Frubes

The one thing all three boys have loved ever since they were weaned are fromage frais. They are a regular on our shopping list, and no matter how fussy they are being with food, I know they will always eat one. They especially love Frubes – let’s face it, they’re much more interesting to eat and much more portable! As a mum, I’m really happy that they like them because they contain vitamin D and calcium for strong bones – perfect for growing children.

Frubes have partnered up with the must see family film of the year, ‘Angry Birds’ and to celebrate have created a dance off between the Angry Birds and the mischevious pigs. You can go online and egg on your favourite character at https://angrybirds.frubes.co.uk/.

Harrison and Alex love dancing. You’ll always find them on the dance floor at parties or having a little rave in the back of the car. They also love indulging in a post of ballroom dancing around the living room with each other, although that usually ends up with them in a heap on the floor in fits of giggles!!

My brother taught Harrison a new dance move recently, which is apparently called ‘The Dab’. I’d never heard of it before and thought he was doing some weird Usain Bolt tribute, but apparently, it’s what all the cool kids are doing!!


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Simple Tea Times with Morrisons Ready Meals

We don’t tend to eat a lot of ready meals. We both like cooking so one of us cooks something pretty much from scratch most nights. However, once in a while we just can’t be bothered, or have been out or day and just want something really quick and easy  for tea. Those are the nights when the chippy or the local Chinese takeaway becomes really tempting, which of course is expensive and not exactly a healthy choice.

Morrisons got in touch just before we moved house and asked us if we wanted to try out their new and improved range of ready meals. Of course, with a big house move and not having a cooker for a few days, this was the perfect time to try them out. There was a huge selection to choose from, and I asked them to choose a few for me – no way could I make that decision!!

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Savisto Picnic Backpack Review

We love having a picnic on days out. It saves an awful lot of money and means you aren’t wondering around at lunchtime trying to find somewhere that all the kids will eat. However, our picnics have always consisted of chucking a couple of soggy foil wrapped cheese sandwiches and some crisps into a carrier bag, which, let’s face it, is not very appetising.

When Savisto got in touch and asked us if we wanted to review something off their website, I was immediately drawn to their picnic sets, especially as we were in the process of moving to Wales – plenty of beaches and countryside for picnics. At first, I wanted one of their lovely wicker picnic baskets – they look so classy and could turn a bog standard picnic into something bit more special. As lovely as they are though, they aren’t really practical for us with still having a pushchair, so the 4 Person Picnic Backpack Hamper Cooler Bag with Tableware Set & Blanket seemed absolutely perfect.

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Sunrise at the Harbour

On Saturday morning, we were all up bright and early, as we have been since we moved here. It’s too nice here not to make the most of every single day. We were lazing about and having a coffee when we thought it would be really good to drive down to the harbour and watch the sun rise. We threw on our clothes and jumped in the car just in time to catch this beautiful pink sky.


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Baking, Boots and Beaches #LittleLoves

It’s been absolutely ages since I’ve joined in with this linky, which is crazy because it’s one of my favourites! I love the way it makes me reflect on the smaller things that have happened during the week.

This week has been a strange one because we have been trying to get into a new routine. Last week felt like a bit of a holiday – a new house, twice daily visits to the beach and no school. This week Harrison started school and we’ve had to find our feet here. It definitely feels like home now and we are over the moon with how Harrison has settled in at his new school.

So what have been this week’s Little Loves?

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The Book of Everyone Review and Giveaway

A few weeks ago it was my mother-in-laws 60th birthday (Barbara, if you’re reading this, sorry for announcing your age to the world!). We weren’t sure what to get her – it seemed like too much of a significant birthday for a gift card or a bunch of flowers! So, when we had the opportunity to review The Book of Everyone, I knew it would make the perfect gift for her.

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Making a Difference and Creating a Bright Future

Up until the last couple of years, I have to admit to not really thinking about the impact some of my actions had on the wider world. When I was cold, I would just whack the heating on. To dry clothes I would just stick them all in the tumble dryer. We always recycled, but that was only because we wouldn’t have got everything into the bin otherwise, and we certainly didn’t think about the excess packaging on food and other things. We would regularly leave lights on and electrical items on standby, and the water would be left running whilst we brushed our teeth. All things that we knew probably cost us a few extra quid, but to be honest, we were a bit lazy and careless.

Now, I realise that actually, by doing all these things, I’m not thinking about the future and the world that my kids and grandkids will live in. If everyone just carries on that way, there isn’t going to be a world left for future generations because we will have destroyed it. Not only that, but there are millions of people across the world without clean running water or electricity, who would do anything to access it, and there’s me wasting it just because I can. It’s not really fair when you think of it that way, is it?

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Toddlebike 2 Review and Giveaway

A couple of years ago, just before Benjamin came along, we reviewed the Toddlebike. We were really impressed with it at the time. You can read the full review here, but in a nutshell: it was sturdy, light and excellent value for money and Alex loved it. It was the perfect bike for transitioning between ride-on’s and balance bikes.

Fast forward two years and the original Toddlebike is still going as strong as it was back then. It’s a bit grubbier now, but the fact it has been left outside in all weathers and had three boisterous boys (two of whom are too big for it now!) playing on it hasn’t made a difference – it’s still as tough as ever.

When Toddlebike got in touch and asked us if we wanted to review the updated version – the Toddlebike 2 – we immediately said yes. There aren’t many plastic toys that are as tough as the Toddlebike, and we wanted to see if the new one was as  good.

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Degustabox September 2016

We’ve been getting the Degustabox for a few months now, and it’s something we look forward to every month. It’s a big affair when the box arrives, with the kids excited to see what new treats are in the box. It’s opened us up to lots of new brands and products that we probably wouldn’t have otherwise tried. September’s box was no exception.


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The Perfect Moment

Most people say that the birth of their child or children was the happiest moment of their lives. For me, it wasn’t. 6.15pm on Monday 10th October 2016 was the happiest moment of my life.

It was a moment when every single doubt about moving 130 miles away from Birmingham to North Wales was erased from my mind. It was a moment when I watched the three kids playing without a care in the world. It was a moment that I will never forget.


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What Do Your Dreams Mean?

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a recurring dream. It’s not frightening, but it’s really, really uncomfortable. I can pretty much guarantee that a day or two after having the dream, I will be poorly. It’s as if it’s my body’s way of warning me I will be ill.

The dream is pretty simple. I’m in whatever room I’ve fallen asleep in but I’m awake. The walls feel like they are really close to me, but when I reach out to touch them, they’re miles away. Sometimes, there are blobs of colour and weird geometric lines and patterns in the room with me. When I’m in this dream, I know that I’m dreaming, but I can’t quite shake myself awake.


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The Weeping Window

We’ve been making the most of Harrison’s week off school and the beautiful October sunshine this week and spent lots of time exploring our new local area. We live about half an hour from the little harbour town of Caernarfon, and we were really excited to find out that Caernarfon castle has it’s own poppy display, called the Weeping Window. It’s absolutely spectacular to look at!


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Christmas Crafting

I always feel a little bit strange discussing Christmas in October – as much as I love Christmas, I can’t bring myself to think about it until the beginning of November. However, I know lots of people are starting their preparations and shopping, and I think once we are settled in our new home  we will be getting on with some Christmas crafts!

Our go-to place for Christmas craft bits and bobs has always been The Works. In fact, it’s our go-to place for lots of things! Graham hates it when I say ‘I’m just popping into The Works’, because I will always come out with bags of stuff. It’s brilliant for buying books for birthday presents and stationery, but I mainly go there for the craft stuff.

I’ll be sharing some of the crafts we will be doing with you over the next couple of months, but before you get stuck into doing any, make sure you have everything you need. I’ve put together a little shopping list for Christmas crafting, and all the products are online on the website.

  1. Mug Painting Set


I really like the idea of making personalised gifts, and I think having a few of these in the craft cupboard is great for making presents for relatives, friends and teachers. You could even decorate these for your Christmas Eve hot chocolate, or to leave out for Santa  – and £2 each? Bargain.



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Brides and Bridesmaids

Graham and I got engaged over eight years ago. We’ve never really made any proper plans to get married, always just waiting for the right time to come along or until we eventually manage to get the money together for it! Recently,though, we’ve been thinking about setting a date and actually getting round to doing it!

We will be waiting until 2019-ish to do it because both of my brothers are getting married in the next couple of years, and both of their girlfriends have asked me to be a bridesmaid at their wedding, which I am incredibly excited about. Not only are they my future sister in laws, but they are also two of my best friends, so I’m really happy to have a part in their weddings. Of course, that means lots of wedding talk and wedding planning!


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Some exciting news!!!

I’ve wanted to write this blog post for about six weeks. At times, it’s felt like I would never get the chance to write it. But now, after weeks of worry, excitement, nerves, happiness, sadness, anger, disappointment and just about every other emotion someone could possibly feel, I can actually write it down. It’s a long one, I warn you!

This Birmingham born and bred family are moving house…to North Wales.



If you had asked me two or three months ago would we ever uproot ourselves and move 130 miles away from our family and our friends, I would have laughed. I couldn’t visualise living so far away from everyone. Then our situation changed.

It’s a really long story, but basically, the landlady of the house we are in now, after promising that she wanted long term tenants has decided to sell the house after just six months of us living here. We found this out at the beginning of the summer holidays, and as you can imagine we were heartbroken and worried. We’ve moved five times in five years, and we thought we had found somewhere to live that was secure. We were due to go on holiday a few days after being hit with that bombshell and decided to put it out of mind until we came home.

Our holiday, as you know, was to North Wales – in a little village just outside of Prestatyn. We have been on holiday to that area a few times now, and we absolutely love it. We’ve always said that the area is perfect for raising a family but never thought for one minute we would ever be raising our family there.

On the journey I home, I pretty much cried the whole way home, knowing we were leaving somewhere I felt safe to go back to Birmingham – a city that I absolutely loathe and detest – and all the stress of finding a new house. The next day, we started the horrible task of looking for a house and realised just how much we didn’t want to live in Birmingham anymore. It was so much more than post-holiday blues, but a feeling that we just needed to get away. It’s not a nice place to live – it’s dirty, and the areas we could afford to live in are some of the most deprived areas in the country. We phoned my mum and dad that evening to tell them about our landlord selling (we had decided not to tell them until after the holiday) and the first thing my mum and dad said was ‘move to Wales’ before we even said anything. It sounds ridiculous, but that was the point we knew we would do everything in our power to make it happen. We had nothing to lose. My work goes wherever I go, and Graham is out of work at the moment, so no worry about him losing a job. The kids are young enough to adapt to new situations. The next day we booked viewings.

It took us three trips to Wales to find our little bungalow by the sea. We saw many houses, all of which we loved, but like all rental properties, there were at least three or four applicants for every house. Unfortunately, we were always on the backfoot because of me being self-employed and Graham not having a job there immediately. We began to think it would never happen, until the third, and our final trip there.

I’ve never been superstitious, not in the slightest, but since the whole process of house hunting started, I’ve become a nightmare for looking out for signs. It was our third time going there (third time lucky!), we saw a double rainbow (sign of luck!), I heard one of my favourite songs on the radio, that I haven’t heard in years (Ocean Drive by Lighthouse Family – apt or what?) and quite a few other things that told me this house was ours.

It’s been a long process with the referencing, but yesterday we FINALLY had confirmation that we had been accepted, and we pick the keys up to our little bungalow by the sea next week and move in officially the weekend after.

It’s not perfect. It needs a lick of paint. But we are SO excited. It’s a three bedroom bungalow in a quiet little estate, which I think is mostly older people. It’s just outside of Rhyl, which in recent years has had a massive regeneration and is a beautiful place to visit. We have a beach about ten minutes walk from our bungalow, and believe me, we will be making the most of that!

At the moment, I’m just excited, but I know over the next few days it will hit me that I won’t be able to pop around and see my mum and dad, brothers and nan at the drop of a hat. I’ll miss them all a lot, as I will my friends. But…it’s only 130 miles away. It’s not the other side of the world. We can back in Birmingham in a couple of hours, and we will come back at least once a month hopefully to spend a weekend here. A blogger, and I can’t remember who, told me that when she moved away from her family, the time she did spend with them was much more appreciated and special, and I’m holding onto that. My parents adore the area as much as we do, and I know they will come and visit us as well. My mum works in a school so can come and stay a few days in the holidays, which will be lovely. I watched Harrison play with his friends at a party the other day, and I felt sad knowing I’m taking him out of that. I really hope he stays in touch with his besties, but I also know he will make new friends as well.

It’s going to be a huge change for all of us. We will literally only have each other to begin with. They’ll be no date nights or child-free days out because we don’t know anyone in the area to babysit. My dad won’t be ten minutes away when we need something fixing or to borrow a tool.  It’s probably going to be tough at times, but I know, without a doubt, that the benefits of living there will outweigh any negatives. It’s going to be a much better way of life for us all – and I can’t wait to be in our bungalow by the sea.


How do parents relax around the home?

With three boisterous boys aged five and under and being self-employed, I rarely have time to sit and really chill out. If I’m not sorting them out, or doing the housework, I’m writing and blogging. The few moments that I do get, I like to sit and watch a film or read a book with a cup of tea or glass of wine. I used to love having a soak in the bath, but as we don’t have a bath in this house, I can’t do that anymore!


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Bath Time Adventures with HiPP

Bath time has always been a favourite part of our day. All three kids are little water babies and love nothing better than a splash in the bath. Sadly, in our house, we don’t have a bath. Instead, we have a huge walk in shower. Luckily, ever since they were little the kids have had showers as well as baths so are used to it. It means they don’t get the fun of a splash around quite as often these days, but they still love getting in the shower!

As part of our HiPP Explorer role, we were asked if we wanted to try out their new bath time range. Of course, we said yes – we are huge fans of HiPP Organic food, so I knew we would love them!


We’ve been pretty lucky that none of our children have ever had sensitive skin, but I still worry about what nasty chemicals are in the products that we use on their skin, so I was pretty pleased to find out that just like the food, the HiPP Bathtime products are completely free of nasties.

The new range includes:

  • Foaming Hand Wash (and refills)
  • Goodnight baby bath
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Head to Toe Baby Wash

Of course, the boys couldn’t wait to jump in the shower to try the shampoo and body wash out! We tried it out after a particularly grubby day – we wanted to see how it would stand up to dried baked beans and ice cream in their hair, and plenty of dirt from the garden!


It got a massive thumbs up from us. There were no tears when we rinsed the shampoo out, and the body wash had a lovely subtle fragrance, leaving the kids smelling lovely and clean. Their hair was silky soft as well. I loved the fact that the baby wash was in a pump format – nothing more annoying than trying to fiddle with opening a bottle when you have wet, slippery hands.


We also loved the foaming handwash. It looks absolutely adorable on the bathroom sink, and the fun design makes the kids want to wash their hands without me nagging. I think it is great that you can buy the refills for it as well – much better for the environment!


The HiPP Organic Free From Bath Range is available exclusively at Tesco, and you can find more information about the products on their website.

*We were sent these products and some bath toys as part of our HiPP Explorer role. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 


Choosing a Baby Name

Pretty much every day over the past few weeks, I’ve logged on to Facebook to see pregnancy and new baby announcements – it’s like there is a little baby boom going on amongst my friends! The one thing I always look forward to seeing and hearing is what my friends call their babies. Naming a child is one of the most difficult decisions that you have to make, and I love hearing why people have chosen particular names.

It got me thinking about back when we came up with the names that we chose for our boys, and why we chose those names. Being a teacher, I’ve taught a lot of children and been put off a LOT of names. I was absolutely in love with a boys name for years and ended up teaching a child with that name. He was an absolute nightmare, and now whenever I hear that name I shudder. Imagine if I had met that child after choosing that name?!

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Bidvine Review

One thing I hate doing, almost more than anything else, is getting quotes for something. It’s boring and it is time-consuming and to be honest, probably ends me costing me more because of my pure laziness.

For example, last week we needed someone to come out and put a new tyre on our car. Our usual garage couldn’t get out to us that day, so I was tasked with finding someone to come to do it. I phoned up the first local place that came up on a google search and booked them in. I possibly could have saved us a few quid if I had phoned around a few places and got a few quotes, but to be honest, I hate doing it so much!

Bidvine got in touch with us and asked us to review their website, which helps you to find quotes for various services in your local area. This sounded like something that would make my life a lot easier, and probably save us some money, so we gave it a go. I was tasked with finding a photographer in our local area.

It’s a really simple and self-explanatory system. You visit the Bidvine website, type in the service that you require and your postcode.

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I’ve never really been a big lottery player. I’ve never won and I’m terrible for losing tickets or forgetting to check them. I like the odd scratchcard, but again, they end up in the bottom of my handbag or put on the side, never to be seen again. When Lottoland got in touch and asked me to review their website, I was keen to give it a go. It’s all online, so no risk of losing my tickets, and even better, gave me access to all sorts of different lotteries that I might not otherwise have played – for example, the Irish lottery or the American Powerball lottery, which had a £1 billion jackpot earlier this year – can you just imagine winning that sort of money?!

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The 5 Best Family Friendly Cruise Locations

If cruising with your kids isn’t something you’ve considered when planning a vacation, then maybe it’s time for a rethink. Cruise lines have been updating, expanding, and prices are constantly becoming more competitive. This means that not only are they more affordable than ever, with last minute cruise deals and all-inclusive cruises like NCL Cruises and Holland America combining luxury and value, but they’re now becoming small floating cities.

Many cruise liners now have shops, cinemas, spas, gyms, pools, climbing walls — if you can imagine it, you can find it on a boat. With so many activities, no matter what age the kids are, there will be something to entertain them while you slip away for some spa time. Not only that, but with cruises from the UK becoming more popular, there’s no navigating busy airports and baggage regulations, no hotel check-out times, and no buses to catch. A cruise is perfect if you want to give up stressful travel itineraries, sit back, and just enjoy your holiday.

So when you’ve decided a cruise is the way to go, where should you visit? From theme parks to tropical paradises, here are five amazing options to inspire you — whether you’re a family of adventure junkies, beach bums, or a mixture of both.

The 5 Best Family Friendly Cruise Locations

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Degustabox August 2016

We look forward to our Degustabox being delivered every month, and this month it came just a couple of days after we came back from our holiday, which was a bonus. If you haven’t heard of Degustabox before, it’s a monthly food and drink subscription box, costing £12.99. The products in the box vary every month, and it’s a great way to try out new things without breaking the bank.

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