BigJigs Fire & Rescue train set review

Playing with the BigJigs fire & Rescue train set

We were very excited when the Bigjigs Fire & Rescue train set turned up for us to review. E couldn’t wait to get it out of the box to play with it. The train set includes enough track to make a decent sized figure of eight with a ramp going up and down through the…
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Interviewing Emily: 20 Questions With My Five Year Old

Interviwing a five year old

Several years ago when E was three I wrote a post – An Interview With My Thee Year Old, it seems like it was only a few months ago, where does the time go. I came across the post I wrote before and I thought I would ask E the same questions now she is…
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The Lost Smile book review & giveaway!

What makes Children Smile?

Research has revealed it’s still the simple pleasures in life that make our children smile. Pulling silly faces (44%), reading stories (28%) and playing hide and seek (27%) remain the best and simplest ways of putting a smile on a child’s face, said the survey of 1,000 parents and children.

According to Wrigley Extra, children smile up to 400 times a day!  Wow, that is a lot – even though that is surprising to hear, when you think about it does seem right. E and J are always smiling and it is the simple things that make them smile the most.

The research commissioned by Wrigley’s Extra®, spoke to children and their parents about what makes them smile to mark the launch of its own storybook, The Lost Smile.
Wrigleys Smile Back Campaign
E absolutely loves stories, she likes a good bedtime story and she also enjoys reading some books herself.  So when we were offered the chance to receive a new book, The Lost Smile, as part of the new Wrigley’s Extra Smile Back Project, I was interested to know more about the project and see what the book was all about.
‘The Lost Smile Is a beautiful children’s book about a little boy named ‘Kyle’ who goes on the hunt for his families missing smiles. Kyle uses tools to help him find his families smiles, such as a magnifying glass and a toothbrush!
It’s a nicely illustrated book which gave E and I plenty to talk about, the illustrations added to the enjoyment of the book.
 IllustationsThe story is easy to read and E manages to read some of the words herself but she really enjoys the story being read to her before bedtime and it really does make her smile.
A Bedtime story makes children smile
The lost Smile is available for purchase at £4.99 and funds raise will go towards supporting the work of Action for Children and the Oral Health Foundation. You can find out more about the Smile Back Project and the book on the Wrigley Smile Back website.
I have two copies of the book The Lost Smile to give away to my readers, to enter complete the Gleam App Below.
UK Only, Closing date 23rd June 2016.

The Lost Smile

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Summer Style with JD Williams

With Summer here, well sort of, I find myself digging into my wardrobe for more floaty and feminine items and summery shoes.

I absolutely love shoes and I have boxes of them in the bottom of my wardrobe and lots of loose pairs too, you can never have too many shoes. The problem I have with many of my shoes that I currently own is that they are not very practical, the lovely yellow heels I bought on a whim don’t really go with many clothes, the stunning black heels are not practical for pushing a pram, even some of my wedges I cannot wear when pushing the pram.

When JD Williams gave me the opportunity to review a pair of shoes from their Summer Sandals range I was delighted. It took me a long time to choose a pair as there is so much choice and I wanted something that was practical, comfortable and stylish – I eventually found a pair.

The pair I chose are the Lotus Leather Strappy Espadrilles

JD Williams Sandals

I chose these lovely sandals as they ae stylish and being black they would go with a lot of items in my wardrobe and even better is that they are practical to wear for pushing a pram.

Summer Style

I love how the shoes goes so well with my nice long summer skirt, this was the first time I wore the shoes out and they are so comfortable, I instantly fell in love with them. Not only are the shoes comfortable but when walking around in them they feel so light and fit so well. It is like the shoes were made for my feet.

JD William Sandals

The Lotus Strappy Espadrilles are such a versatile sandal and I have found they can be worn with absolutely anything. Here I am wearing them ready to go into town shopping – a comfy shoe for shopping is a must!

Having worn the sandals almost everyday when the weather has been nice in the last few weeks, I am impressed with the sandal, the design is simple yet looks really nice. The straps of the shoes are soft so despite the heat they haven’t rubbed at all, I also think the straps are very well positioned and offer my foot a lot of support where needed.

JD Williams is a great website that has something for all ages and budgets, so if you are looking to add to your summer wardrobe or need something to wear or a new pair of shoes for a special occasion I recommend checking out their website.


Disclaimer – I received the sandals In exchange for an honest review, all words and opinions are my own






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GIVEAWAY: Win A £40 Kaya Jewellery Gift Voucher

I do love all things pretty including jewellery and I think it’s always lovely to give or receive jewellery on a special occasion.

Kaya Jewellery makes really beautiful Jewellery that is perfect to mark those special occasions such a the birth of a baby, a christening and birthdays. With such a wide selection of Jewellery on the website it is perfect for buying something even just to treat yourself.

Kaya Jewellery

What I really love about Kaya Jewellery is that you can also buy personalised Jewellery, as a mum myself a necklace with my family first names on would be such a wonderful present to receive.

They also sell a wonderful range of children’s Jewellery, which I’m sure any little girl would love to receive.

Kaya jewellery

When my daughter was a baby and we got her christened we struggled to find something to give her as a beautiful gift, if only I had known about Kaya jewellery back then. They sell a selection of beautiful bracelets that are perfect for a baby girls christening and they are far from expensive. The bracelet shown above is only £14.95. They also sell a beautiful range of sterling silver christening gifts.

I am in love with so many of the items on Kaya’s website and I’m sure many of my readers will like what they have to offer too.

The lovely people at Kaya Jewellery are giving one of my readers a £40 voucher to spend on what ever you like on their website.

To enter the competition all you need to do is enter via the Gleam App below

Uk only. Ends 24th July at midnight.

Good luck!
Win £40 Kaya Jewellery Voucher

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Summer Fun With Baker Ross

The other day I did a post about some of the Baker Ross Summer Crafts that we had been sent t review, this post is about the other lovely items we received in our parcel.

The rest of the items included some wonderful animal paint stamps, dog self adhesive stickers and some amazing rainbow paper.

Baker RossE went to find the box of different colour paints that we have an chose four different colours that she was going to use for the Farm Stampers.

Baker Ross animal stampsE started with the cockerel and I was really surprised how well it came out as when ever E uses paint stamps they normally smudge and she rubs them a bit when puts them down.

Baker Ross StampsE had a lot of fun using the Farm Stampers and whilst the painting was drying she wanted to use some of the dog stickers.

Baker Ross Dog StickersThe stickers are very cute and there are a selection of dogs and other bits and as they are self adhesive I could let E just get on with it.

Dog StickersThey are very cute. You can buy the Farm Stampers in a pack of ten for £3.49, the Dog Foam Stickers cost £2.99 for a pack of 120 and the wonderful Rainbow Paper is £3.75 for 50 sheets.

What I love about Baker Ross is the variety of items you can buy on their website, not all of their products are craft items. They also sell toys that are perfect for party bags or for when you have people round and you want to keep the littles ones entertained.

Were have been sent some wind up snails, magic slates and some bubbles.

Baker Ross Toys

E was excited about all these items and started playing with them straight away, we played snail racing using the pull back and go snails – there were lots of giggles whilst playing that! E then used the magic slate, drawing things then lifting the ‘slate’ piece up to erase her drawing and then she went outside to blow bubble’s.

Baker Ross Toys

All of the items are good quality and would entertain any child. The Pull Back Racing Snails cost £2.25 for a pack of four, the Touchable Bubble Wands cost £2.40 for eight and the Party Pets Magic Slates are £2.75 for a pack of eight.

We have had great fun trying out the latest box of crafts from Bakers Ross, so if you are looking for some great ways to entertain the children over the summer then I fully recommend all the items we have reviewed.

Disclaimer – We were sent the items to try out and review, all words and opinions are our own.

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Summer Crafts with Bakers Ross


Summer – oh how I love this time of year, the flip flops and shorts are out of the wardrobe and have actually been worn quite a lot. But as we all know British Summertime has it fair share of wet days, typically at the weekend or when the children are off from School.

We received another great parcel from Baker Ross recently that’s full of great Bakers Ross crafts, all of these crafts are perfect for those wet days over the summer. As usual E couldn’t wait to get started.

The first craft E chose to do is the Elephant Mosaic Magnet kits.

Baker Ross Crafts

When we opened the packet there was a foam shaped elephant with squares on to show where to put the foam squares, a couple of sheets of different colour foam squares, two googly eyes and a magnet to stick to the back.

Baker Ross Elephant ContentsI do love crafts like this as it is something E can do on her own or with very little supervision. E was keen to get started and looked at the pattern and the colours used on the front of the packet.

Baker Ross Summer CraftsThe end product looked great, E had stuck the self adhesive squares and also the self adhesive magnet strip to the back, ready to stick on our fridge.

Baker Ross Elephant CraftI think the finished product looks lovely. The Elephant Mosaic Magnet Kits cost £3.49 for a pack of four and they are a great fun craft.

The next craft E chose to make was the glitter sand art pictures craft.

Baker Ross sand artI was really excited about this craft as was E. We were sent a pack of self-adhesive art sheets and a pack of glitter sand which came in little packs of lots of different glittery colours.

Baker Ross Sand ArtThe craft itself is easy to do, the art craft sheets have a stickers that you take off when adding glitter to a certain section, that way you can add the glitter colour that you want in the different areas.

Sand art collageAfter adding glitter to a few sections we discovered it was best to add a little glitter then swirl around with your finger then add more – that way we didn’t waste too much glitter.

The end product looks absolutely amazing and we are both really impressed.

Baker Ross Crafts

Next time we make one we are going to do the large areas first then the smaller areas as we found some of the glitter spread.

The Mini Bags of Glitter cost only £3.49 for twelve colours and the Seaside Sand Art Pictures cost £2.96 for a pack of eight.

We had a lot of fun making these crafts.

Disclaimer – We were sent the craft sets in exchange for a review -all words and thoughts are our own




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Silent Sunday 26/06/2016

Silent Sunday

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Ahhhh teething… Of course it all started with that first drop of drool at nine weeks old.  That drop of drool then turned into the steady drip that soaked the neckline of the his t-shirt, making a bib the new must have outfit necessity. That steady drip then turned into the flowing river of drool that soaked EVERYTHING, bib or not!  Now that everything is soaked the inevitable fussy whine starts, which means J is teething in full force…  So, what does that really mean besides teeth are coming… EVERYTHING GETS SHOVED IN HIS MOUTH!

It’s actually a little scary how everything within reach gets shoved in J’s mouth.  Nothing is too big, or too small, if he can grab it he can stuff it.  Things like my hand, my clothes, his toys of course, my iPhone, his blanket, the carpet, the sofa cushion, and my slippers! When my slippers were discovered in a soggy state I knew it was time to keep teething toys within reach at all times!

I even have to be careful when changing his nappy – he quite happily grab the wipes and shove them in his mouth, luckily the clean ones!

Drooling, soaking wet bibs and clothes, and my soggy slippers aside, my poor little man is in pain!  I feel so bad for him, he is clearly uncomfortable, his little gums are red and he is at times inconsolable.  It’s so hard for me to stand by without much of a way to help him.  I know E went through it but it never seemed to be as bad as this, or maybe I have simply forgotten. She survived it and doesn’t remember it as I don’t think anyone remembers getting teeth.. .

I realise that teething is just part of life and that he will survive.  It’s just so hard for me as a mother to stand by and not be able to do much. I have decided that teething teaches, both the baby and the parents, the importance of developing a pain thresh hold. J  is developing a physical pain thresh hold, while dad and I are developing an emotional parent pain threshold.  It’s so hard as parent to stand by and see your baby in pain and not be able to fix it, safely and instantly.

I just really hope some teeth make an appearance soon as teething seems to be going on for a long time already and no tooth has cut through. Both my sanity levels and sleep deprivation is taking a battering at this tough time… So if anyone notices how I have aged and have a large influx of grey hairs appear you will now know why! I am just glad that J wont remember any of it.

J having a chew on a few things he could get hold off.

teething photos


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