4/30/2018

Mummy & Me - April 2018




It's that time of month, it's time for Mummy and me! April has been quite kind to us weather wise, we've had days of glorious sunshine but then days of typical April showers too. We've enjoyed half a dozen family days out, no matter the weather and my favourite pictures of us this month have got to be these ones.

The first picture is just a quick snap at our Grandparents house. We'd stayed for dinner and the kids had been playing in the garden in the sun. It was such a lovely afternoon. The bottom two are candid shots that were taken yesterday at Knowsley Safari Park. One on the steam train, the other on the carousel. Next month we should have some great shots together as we are off to Majorca. We are all so excited! 



Nicola... Life Through My Eyes

4/28/2018

Project 365 - Week 17/52



22nd April 2018


23rd April 2018


24th April 2018


25th April 2018


26th April 2018


27th April 2018


28th April 2018

We are now nearing the end of April. I can't believe how fast this year is going. The weather this week has been terrible, but as always we've not let it stop us from getting outdoors. We've been out lots of walks and trips to the park, in between Noah being at nursery, play dates, shopping and visiting family. It's not long now until we are going abroad and I can't wait for proper sunshine! 

What have you been up to this week?


4/27/2018

Claudi & Fin Greek Style Frozen Yogurt Lollies - Competition



We've had typical British weather lately. One day we have sunshine, one day we have rain, some days it's fine and some days it's dreary. You really don't know what weather you're going to wake up to. Come rain or shine, one thing which Noah enjoys when out and about is an ice cold treat. No matter the weather, he'll always ask for an ice lolly.


Last week we were sent half a dozen boxes of Claudi & Fin lollies to try out and the kids were so excited to get their hands on them. The Claudi & Fin mini lollies come in three different flavours; strawberry, mango and peach & apricot. They are made from natural ingredients such as Greek style yogurt, whole milk and fruit purée. They are a healthier alternative to other frozen treats on the market as they contain no additives, are low calorie and are boosted with vitamin D.

I took a box of them with me when collecting Noah from nursery last week and shared them out with all his friends. It was such a hot day so they made the perfect afternoon treat to cool down with. They walked out of nursery, lollies in hand and with big smiles on their faces. It was so cute.



Now for the competition! How would you like to win a freezer full of Claudi & Fin lollies? For your chance to win enter over on my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions! Competition ends 30/04. UK entries only.

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4/25/2018

LittleLife Butterfly Toddler Backpack - Review



We were sent a LittleLife toddler backpack to feature on my annual gift guides a few months ago, it feels like such a long time ago now. We've used it so much over the past few weeks now that Ava is walking, so much so that it's only fair to give it a full review.

We are no stranger when it comes to LittleLife Toddler Backpacks as Noah had one when he was a toddler too. He has a very cute Mickey Mouse design and loved wearing it out and about. It was a godsend for when he was finding his feet and we used it for quite some time after that too. It's great for nipping out to the shops with or for days out when they want to get out of the pram for a little while.


When it came to choosing a backpack for Ava I was impressed with the amount of designs to choose from. From famous characters such as, Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear and The Gruffalo. Then there's the non character styles such as a fish, seahorse, turtle, unicorn and many more. Although there was so many to choose from I knew right away which one I wanted for Ava. It had to be the butterfly! Bright pink, with wings! How could I resist?


LittleLife Backpacks have so many wonderful features, they are so much more than just a bag. They feature a zip closed main compartment which provides easy access and can also be opened even while Ava is wearing it. Inside the backpack is a 2 litre compartment which provides plenty of space for us to store a couple of toys or a food pouch and some baby wipes. Inside the backpack is an internal name and address label in case the backpack was to get lost or if they were to use it for nursery.

The adjustable shoulder straps and chest strap make the backpack supportive and comfortable, the best of both worlds. I found I had to alter them for Ava so it's great that there's the option to do that. I'll also be able to change it as she gets bigger too.


Last but certainly not least we have the parent safety reign which attaches to the top of the backpack. This feature is what elevates the product to a toddler essential for me. Although Ava is a confident walker she can get over excited when outside and will try to run or dash off. Having access to the safety reign can stop her from falling and keeps her at arms length too. I like to put the handle of the reign around my wrist like a bracelet, then hold her hand so if she was to let go and rush off then I've still got a hold of the safety reign. Once she's outgrown the reign stage I can simply remove it and she can use it just as backpack.

LittleLife Toddler Backpacks are suitable from 1-3 years and prices start at just £19.99. I cannot recommend them enough, they are a toddler essential for us.


- We were sent this product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

4/24/2018

5 Garden Design Trends That Will Help Get Your Garden Ready For Summer


It is no secret that the glorious warmer weather is on its way. Something that so many of us celebrate here in the UK. After all, who knows when it is going to disappear again? With such unpredictable weather, the one thing that you will find up and down the UK is that people will get out in their garden and soak up every second of the lovely weather whilst they can.

The only trouble with this is that after a long and cold winter, our gardens might not be looking their best. So, what can we do? Do we have to resign ourselves to the fact that we might be stuck inside, wasting all that warm weather? We don’t think this has to be true. In fact, there are a variety of ways that you can make sure that your garden is ready for the Summer and best of all, they don’t have to take too much time, or money.


Create a social space with garden furniture 
Garden benches and other forms of garden furniture are really key to having a garden that is summer ready. This is because they create a social space, a place that you can relax and unwind in when the sun is shining. The great thing about this particular approach is that you don’t have to worry about spending out a fortune. Sometimes it is the simplest of furniture that can have the best impact. All you need is to have plenty of space to sit and make sure that it is comfy too.

Make it a wildlife haven
There might not be a better feeling than sitting out in the sun and watching the animals all around you, just going about their everyday business. The best way to make sure that you have plenty of wildlife to watch this Summer is to make your garden somewhat of a wildlife haven. There are a number of ways that you can do this. Bird baths are a great start as they will draw in the birds, as will bird feeders. You can also draw in the smallest creatures too, by building a bug hotel for them to come and stay at. It really does depend on how much space you have and the type of creatures that you are happy to attract.

Give your fence a bit of a colour boost
Over time, some of the parts of your garden are going to fade and look tired. This is particularly true for your fence, and if you have a tired and dreary looking fence, then this can bring the rest of the space down. Why not use the warmer weather as the perfect reason to get out there and paint your fence? It isn’t the easiest of work to do, and it is going to take your time. But with a simple lick of paint and a bit of effort, you will have a fence that is going to look simply perfect.

Create your own herb garden
There is something hugely satisfying about growing something. Particularly if that something is something that you can eat. We love the idea of combining edible gardening with a spot of garden design. The idea of creating a herb garden means that not only do you get the benefit of your own supply of herbs, but that your garden is going to have a splash of colour about it too. If that wasn’t enough, then it will also smell great too, which is going to make it even more tempting to get out there come the summer months.


Make it fun
If you have a family, then chances are that your garden has become a shared space that you all make an effort to enjoy together. This means that there really is no better way to make it entirely Summer friendly, then by making sure that the space is a whole lot of fun. Have some giant garden games, get them a trampoline or simply add in a goal post and a ball. Whatever your little one is into, the idea of having a garden is that the entire family has somewhere to go when the weather is fine.

No matter what you do with your garden space, make sure that you embrace the Summer months and get out there in the fresh air. There really is no better feeling than relaxing in the sunshine, surrounded by your beautiful garden.

- This is a PR collaboration. 

4/23/2018

Creating A Space Just For Me


Most parents, just like myself don't get much time to themselves very often. Their days and nights revolve around their children and most of us wouldn't have it any other way. That being said I can't remember the last time I had a couple of hours to unwind and have a little bit of me time, it's long overdue.

We are currently undergoing a second renovation on our home. With the extra space we gain a bit of freedom when it comes to room options. Once we've finished the children will have their own bedrooms and we'll have space left over to create a little area for the grown ups. I envision it to be a little getaway area where I can sit down and enjoy a good book, or more realistically, sit down and work without any distractions.

I've already started to plan how I want the room to look and find that putting my ideas down on paper, or via blog post is a great way to brainstorm and document them. With that in mind I've started by choosing four pieces which I must have in our little hideaway.



1. Tear Flower Pot - £69.00 // 2. Opart Plaid Throw - £36.00 
3. Elba Lounge Chair - £199.00 // 4. Drop Tealight Holder - £16.00

I think the four items compliment one another tremendously and are pieces which could be reused throughout the house. The neutral tones against the copper gold would give a warm welcoming and authentic touch to the room. The 
golden accents from the Tear Flower Pot and Drop Tealight Holder would add to the ambience of the room and would give it a little Moroccan touch. I can imagine myself relaxing in the evening, sat on the Elba Lounge Chair, wrapped in the Opart Throw with a glass of wine in hand. 

Depending on your area there are lots of different stores you can visit when it comes for inspirations for your home. If you live near Scotland then I'd recommend checking out furniture stores in Glasgow and Edinburgh. 


- This is a sponsored post.

4/21/2018

Project 365 - Week 16/52


15th April 2018

16th April 2018

17th April 2018

18th April 2018

19th April 2018

20th April 2018

21st April 2018

The weather this week started off terribly, lots of rain and strong winds. Thankfully from Wednesday we had such glorious weather and we've totally made the most of it. We've been outdoors most of the week, smothered in sun cream and wearing our new summer clothes. The sun has made me so much more excited for our holiday next month! I cannot wait, especially now the weather has started to go rubbish again. Highlights this week were baby group with Ava, lunching in the sun, playing in the garden with the water table, visiting family and enjoying lots of ice creams!

What have you been up to this week?

4/20/2018

4 Ways to get your Garden ready this Summer


In the UK, weather changes frequently, as one day it was clear sunshine, in the next moment it rains but some are soothing and refreshing. You can’t really judge the weather and what it will be after you woke up. If its summers, you can enjoy that fine day with your friends and families on your lawn. It's quite common and refreshing to spend quality with your near and dear ones near while you are in your garden. You get ample of time to share your thoughts and enjoy the evening. But to have a well-maintained garden you have to be quite active. Especially in the bad weather, it is hard to manage the lawns. This can wear and tear the beauty of your garden.


But now summers are approaching and what can be done to make your garden look more attractive? Do you have to resign yourselves to the fact that you might be stuck inside, wasting all that warm weather? Or you can come up with creative ideas to make a fake lawn that will last in every season. For some, it may look like as wastage of money, but this way you can actually save money and time both. There is no further need to mow or add the feed to the grass, all you have to sit and enjoy your day.

Create a common space for garden furnishing
Benches, chairs and many other forms of garden furniture are real keys to arrange a garden for this summer. With this, you can create a good place to socialise with your friends and relax in the sunshine. The best part about this particular approach is that you have no need to spend a huge amount of money. Sometimes, simplest furniture can also have the best impact. Make sure that there must be plenty of space to sit and it matches the comfort level you need.

Make it a wildlife haven
There is no better feeling than sitting out in the sun and watching the nature playing its part. The best way to make sure that you have loads of wildlife to observe this summer is to make your garden somewhat of a wildlife haven. There are various ways that you can do this. You can start with the great way of bird baths. You can draw in the smallest creatures, by constructing a nesting place for them to get nearer and live at. It totally depends on the space and type of creatures you have that you are happy to attract.

Give your barrier a bit of a colour improve
As time passes, some parts of your garden are going to look dull and look weary. This is exactly true for your fence, and if you have a dull and tired looking hedge, then this can carry the rest of the space down. Why not paint your fence to make your warmer weather perfect? It is not the easiest task to do and it also takes your time. But, with a simple lick of paint, you can make your fence that looks simple and perfect.

Make it fun
If you are living in the family then, this confirms that your garden has become a shared space where you all make an effort to enjoy together. There is no any better way to make the entire summer friendly, then by making sure that space is a whole lot of fun. There surely is no better feeling than to relax in the sunshine, surrounded by your beautiful garden.


Do you have any garden tips you'd like to share with me?
- This is a sponsored guest post.

4/18/2018

Noah's Going To School



When Noah was a newborn I'd sit and imagine what he'd look like when he's older, what personality traits he'd have and what his interests would be. I'd even look ahead and plan for our future. One thing that felt like a lifetime away was school but let me tell you, it wasn't a lifetime! I blinked and he grew into everything I'd imagined and more. The past four years have been a whirlwind and we've made some incredible memories together as a family.

There's a reason for this sentimental post, it was school admissions day on Monday and Noah was given a place at the school that we wanted
. It was such a relief and we are so happy. It's now beginning to dawn on me that he's starting school in September and it's so surreal. It's such a huge milestone.

The next chapter in Noah's childhood will be full of big changes with starting school. It will be just as scary as it is exciting but I'm trying not to think so far ahead. We have Summer and his remaining months at nursery left to enjoy. Starting school is so bittersweet but it comes hand in hand with growing up.
 I'm so proud of Noah and the little boy that he's become.


4/17/2018

Trunki Ride On Suitcase - Review & Competition



I've been a fan of Trunki ever since Noah was a toddler. I was lucky enough to win one for him, just in time for his very first holiday, a week away at Bluestone National Park. Over the years we've used it so many times, just around the house, for days out and of course on holiday too.

With already being such a big fan of the brand I was delighted when I was recently offered the chance to review one here on the blog. With Noah already having one I decided to choose a suitcase for Ava. When looking at the range I really impressed with how much choice there is. From cats and dinosaurs, taxi's and buses, through to beloved characters like The Gruffalo and Paddington Bear. I decided to go for one of their classics instead, a lovely pink, blue and purple case named Rosie.


Trunki cases are lightweight yet very durable, made from the same high quality plastic which makes regular suitcases for us grown ups. They have an 18 litre capacity which means there's plenty of space for clothes, toys, games, whatever you want to pack for your little one.

Inside there's a handy internal pocket, perfect for keeping things separate and safe. There's even a teddy bear seat belt, which is a lovely feature if your kids have a favourite teddy or comforter like Noah and Ava do. Keeping their possessions safe are two secure lockable catches which are located on the outside of the case.


The unique selling points of the Trunki is that it's of course ride-able. Featured on the design is a comfy saddle like seat, perfect for the kids to sit on when they are complaining that their feet hurt. The eye catching horns on the front of the Trunki aren't there for show but for children to hold on to for stability and to help them steer. There's also a tow strap which allows you to pull them a long on it whilst they sit comfortably and when they don't want to sit on it at all there's a handle which you can use to carry it. Trunki really have thought through their design and leaves little else to be desired.


We've used Noah's Trunki so many times, for UK holidays, days out and for storing toys but this year we will be taking both of them abroad with us for the first time. They are just the right size to take on board as carry on luggage, they fit over head on the plane or underneath the seat in front of you. I'm sure if we fill them with lots of toys, books and snacks that it'll keep them occupied whilst in the airport and on our flight.

Trunki prices start at £34.99 and the full range can be seen over on their website. How would you like to win a Trunki in your choice of design? To enter simply use the Gleam form below. Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions!

Trunki Ride On Suitcase

Terms & Conditions.         
1. There will be 1 winner who will the prize mentioned above.
2. Prize sent directly by the PR. 
3. Competition ends 20/05/18.
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified.
5. UK entries only.

4/16/2018

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing Shoes for Pregnancy



Pregnancy can put a lot of strain on your body, particularly your feet, which will need to adapt to carrying all that extra weight around for nine months. Whilst pregnant, it’s important to wear shoes which are designed to support your feet and keep them safe and secure throughout your pregnancy. A good pair of sturdy, supportive shoes can make your pregnancy so much easier and even help with common issues such as ankle swelling. So, what kind of shoes do you need? Read on to find out more.

#1. Find a Supportive Shoe That’s Easy to Wear:
You’ve probably already noticed that your baby bump can make the simplest of tasks more difficult than usual. Putting on shoes is one of these tasks – having to reach down over your growing belly can lead to extreme discomfort. To make sure that you don’t have any unnecessary hassle to deal with, select a pair of shoes that are easy to put on – slip on styles are perfect, since they don’t usually require you to bend down to put them on.

#2. Opt for Good Arch Support:
Now you’ve found a shoe that’s easy to put on and wear, it’s time to make sure that it offers the right amount of support your feet need whilst supporting both you and your baby. The right amount of arch and ankle support from your shoes will make a massive difference; helping you avoid aches and joint pains whilst walking. If necessary, you might want to consider getting additional arch support insoles to use in a comfortable pair of shoes.

#3. Look for Roomy Shoes:
If you’re currently in the early stages of pregnancy, then it’s a good idea to select a pair of shoes that have some extra room. Although they might feel a little big for you right now, you’ll certainly be glad that you went up a size later on in pregnancy, where it’s more common to see issues such as foot and ankle swelling. Roomier shoes will accommodate for any changes in your feet due to pregnancy, and help you avoid discomfort. A good idea is to go for a shoe which is a half-size bigger than your normal size. Check out Shoescast.com for more help on buying comfortable shoes.

#4. Shop at the Right Time:
Lastly, it’s a good idea to be aware of how your feet change throughout the day whilst pregnant. The best time to head out to the shops for shoes is during the afternoon or evening, since your feet will likely be larger than they are in the morning. This will help you ensure that you get the right fit; buying in the morning could mean that your shoes no longer fit later in the day. Ideally, you should buy two pairs of shoes during your pregnancy – one during the first six months, and another during the last three, where most women notice distinctive changes to their feet. Pregnancy can take its toll on your feet, so make sure that they’re protected and supported with the right pair of shoes.

- This is a collaborative post.

4/14/2018

Project 365 - Week 15/52



8th April 2018


9th April 2018


10th April 2018


11th April 2018


12th April 2018


13th April 2018


14th April 2018

Another week has flown by in the blink of an eye. Ava had her 1 year injections this week. My poor baby had four, two in each leg and she was so upset. Thankfully they didn't make her unwell and after the initial shock of them she's been fine.

We had a great week overall and I've decided to be brief to write a couple of highlights. The first being our weekly family day out to one of our favourite places, Bowland Wild Boar Park. Noah held chicks and both kids were in their element running around the open fields. Disney on Ice was another, both kids loved it. Ava was dancing and waving throughout and Noah was mesmerised by the Toy Story scenes. Tonight, Nick and I had a long overdue date night, a few hours without the kids. We went to Nando's, to the arcade and then to the cinema to see the film A Quiet Place. We really need to start making time for just the two of us, we loved it.

What have you been up to this week?