MY HOPES FOR 2019

New Year’s Eve and I am snuggled up with the younger two watching Jaws - Alessia’s request :). We watched the first half the other day and she’s got really intrigued by sharks lately so that’s the plans for the next hour.


A MORNING AT THE PARK AND NEW SCOOTERS

I’ve been feeling a little bit of cabin fever over the past few days. I love Christmas and all but I do sometimes feel a little meh and need to get out and get some fresh air.



FESTIVE SENSORY SNOW TRAY

It hasn’t snowed yet in Stoke this year, which honestly is surprising!. It’s normally snowed way before now and we’ve been out and made snowmen and had snow ball fights , the works , but nothing yet.


OUR CHRISTMAS 2018

Merry Christmas:) . I hope you all have had an amazing day with your family and close ones and have been super spoilt X


CHRISTMAS EVE FUN & FESTIVE NAILS

It’s Christmas Eve night and the girls are finally tucked up in bed and ready for the morning! They have be so excited today and we have had the best Christmas Eve full of food and drink and games.


CHRISTMAS BARK

One thing I love to make around this time of year is chocolate bark. It is so easy and you can adapt it to whatever season or celebration it is :)


CHRISTMAS CRAFTS WITH BAKER ROSS

The girls love nothing better to do than craft. All three of them have always had a love for crafts and have brought hours of fun and play to the home.


EASY MINCE PIE MAKING WITH KAY

One thing Kadiann and I love this time of year - mince pies! We really can’t get enough of them. A nice cup of tea and a mince pie in the evening with a Christmas movie , perfect!


OUR FIRST EVER REAL CHRISTMAS TREE

We have always had a fake Christmas tree , not for any particular reason. It’s just always be the normal thing for us , and we have had our tree for absolutely ages!.


10 WONDERFULLY WEIRD FACTS ABOUT FLATS :)


Flats already account for a high proportion of homes in the UK. My first home was actually a flat , at the age of 17 I moved out into a flat and I absolutely loved it !.It was primarily a block of flats with people with children so we had a lovely little friendly community and I stayed there for quite a few years.



GINGERBREAD CUPCAKES

Every Christmas we bake . It’s not Christmas if your not baking in our house , and today I made some super easy gingerbread cupcakes.


MARSHMALLOW MOUSE SYLVANIAN FAMILY | REVIEW

When it comes to Sylvanian families , the girls collection just keeps getting bigger and they absolutely love it. All three of them are big Sylvanian family lovers and it’s lovely seeing them all share a love for the same thing :)


MAKING THE HOME COSY FOR CHRISTMAS

I can’t believe Christmas is not far away now . We have managed to get most of our Christmas shopping sorted and have got the Christmas food shop order done and ready to arrive next week :)


CHRISTMAS SENSORY TRAY

When it comes to babies and toddlers , I find the simple at home play time can be so fun for them and you really don’t need that much at all.


IS YOUR WORK SPACE PRODUCTIVE?

Being self employed does have its advantages . The fact that I can be at home with baby Nila and not have to put her into childcare to go back to work is the most important one for me .


STOCKING FILLERS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Once the main presents are bought and wrapped and out of the way. I start looking at little bits for the girls stockings.


FEELING OVERWHELMED WITH CHRISTMAS

Just under two weeks til christmas and I am feeling it. Does anyone else get like this when it starts getting closer to the big day?



ACER ONE 10 2 IN 1 LAPTOP | AO REVIEW

Being self employed has its perks . I can stay at home and work and also look after Nila, but sometimes you’ve just got to get out . Even if it is just a coffee shop. I always feel like I get more work done if I’m out because I feel like I’m ‘at work’.


RE VAMPING OUR BATHROOM ON A BUDGET

If you didn’t know already, we were lucky enough to be able to move house in time for  Christmas from what it seemed like months and months of trying to find a new home .


LETTERS TO SANTA

Its that time again isn’t it . Letters to Santa have officially be done today - although Nila can’t write but she gave it a good go ! and it’s a good job mama knows what she wants so I can let Santa know :)


A SAD LIGHT PAD FOR CHRISTMAS

I’m forever getting told that this time of year is magical and the best time of the year hands down. Although I do agree with that for the most part - the dark days really do get me down and being a sufferer of SAD - seasonal affective disorder, I can sometimes end up feeling so low and down most of the day.



NO MORE BOTTLES FOR THIS ONE

So yesterday morning I made the decision to swap over Nila’s bottles for a beaker. I don’t even know where the idea came from but I was literally just sitting down and thinking about Hingis - as you do and thought it was a good time to do the transition.


CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

When it comes to shopping for the girls for Christmas, I honestly don’t know where to start. They have their lists , which normally change every week! and kids are into everything aren’t they.
I thought I would share with you some gift ideas that I think will definitely go down a treat for this Christmas and hopefully give you some inspiration when in the hunt for presents.


THE TREE IS UP

Normally every year when the 1st December strikes, the Christmas tree goes up!. I must admit , I haven’t been very organised this year and with the kiddie being poorly I hadn’t even got round to buying any of the decorations.


HIS & HER’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

Have you started shopping for your other half yet?. Or maybe you need a little inspiration for your mum or dad or even friends this Christmas.I have put together a little guide for some gifts that might help you out when deciding what to buy for your loved ones at this time of year .


GET CREATIVE THIS CHRISTMAS WITH CARDDIES

When it comes to playtime in our house , we would much prefer to get the board games out or do some crafting. It’s always been like that, and that is the way I like it .



CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON

One thing we love to do every year is go to the Christmas light switch on. We didn’t actually go last year unfortunately due to me being really poorly so I was determined for us all to get back into the swing of things and go this year.


THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING

We love walking , and if you have followed us for a while then you will already know this. Come rain or shine we love to get outdoors an explore, it’s just something we’ve always done and the girls absolutely love it.


EAR INFECTIONS AND COUGHS GALORE

I’m sure as soon as the festive season strikes , someone gets ill. It’s always the same isn’t it! If it’s not you then it’s one of the kids or the other half.


ARTS & CRAFTS CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE

Christmas would not be the same if we didn’t have tons of arts & crafts to do. We absolutely love getting all the bits out after opening present and really getting stuck in to whatever it is we are trying to make! :)


HAVE YOU EVER TRIED ALTERNATIVE SKINCARE?

If you are interested in skincare today, you can easily get overwhelmed by the many options available to you. Some of those options are at-home skincare methods. For example, there are many lotions and creams designed to improve skin health that you can use without making an appointment at a skincare clinic. But, inevitably, you will reach a point when at-home methods cannot help you reverse skin problems. When that time comes, clinical skincare procedures may present better solutions. Some of them are described below.


WIN YOUR OWN SOPHIE LA GIRAFE FOR CHRISTMAS

One toy I have got to say Nila has absolutely loved from the get go is the Sophie la girafe. It has definitely been her most favourite and used toy , and she still loves her now!.


CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE FOR THE BOOK LOVERS

For all you book lovers out there , and I know there are a few of you :), whether your a reader or a crafter or love puzzles!, I have  put together some of lovely book recommendations that would make perfect gifts this year for Christmas for all the family .


CHERISHING THE BABY DAYS

I’m lying in bed looking over at the cot and just watching Nila. Do you ever do that sometimes?. I can’t believe she is already 16 months old . It’s crazy how fast it goes and you only have to blink, well that’s how it seems , and they are already 1.


HOTPOINT COOK 30 MWH303B MICROWAVE | REVIEW

if you have been following us for a while then you will already know that we have moved house recently. I wish I could say it has been plain sailing but it’s been an absolute disaster!, but I think no house moves are easy are they?


TOP 5 COUNTRIES FOR EXPAT QUALITY OF LIFE

You have decided that it is time for a change. You want to pack your bags and start a new adventure. You’ve already made a huge decision. But, now comes an even bigger one… Which country do you move to? For some expats, this decision is an easy one, as a job opportunity has dictated their move or they decide to relocate to a destination they have visited for many years now. However, for others, they may have no clue regarding which country is going to be right for their new life. Because of this, we’ve decided to give you a helping hand. Let’s take a look at five of the best places for expat quality of life…



6 WAYS TO CUT DOWN ON YOUR CAR BUDGET

When it comes to our car , we have had some ups and down, I’ll say that much!. I think everyone has a love / hate relationship when it comes to their car and driving . I don’t actually drive, Scott is the main driving in our household.


FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATES & CHRISTMAS SHOPPING

Yesterday Kadiann was out at her friends and also had planned to go to the cinema , so I took the opportunity to take the younger two our for a festive Costa hot chocolate and also get some Christmas shopping done.

KEWS LAB PORTABLE SPEAKER | REVIEW

If you could only have one item to take on a desert island with you what would it be? . I know a lot of people would say , make up or hair straighteners or a football! . Mine would be music.


3 TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOUR DREAM TRIP IS EXACTLY THAT

Whether it’s a long weekend or a lengthy escape, planning a trip is all part of the fun. And it does take some planning, no matter how much we’d like to think it was spur of the moment adventure.


ADVENT CALENDARS 2018

Is anyone else feeling really festive already? I am!. We absolutely love Christmas and I think one particular part of Christmas that makes it super special is advent calendars.


THE ULTIMATE KITCHEN GADGET | MORPHY RICHARD'S PREPSTAR FOOD PROCESSOR

When it comes to kitchen gadgets I haven’t a clue!. I’m a good old fashion hand kneading and hand whisking kinda gal, I always have been.


TAFFY MAIL AMERICAN CANDY SUBSCRIPTION BOX | REVIEW

When it comes to sweets and chocolate, the girls are there!. I don’t know any children that don’t like goodies and our treat cupboard is always full of different treats for after dinner.


OUR ROAD TRIPS MADE EASY WITH KWIK FIT

Lately I’ve been dreaming about just going on a road trip, me and the girls, all bundled up as a family in the car to go and see a new part of the world, ideally somewhere scenic, and relaxing.



IS YOUR CAR READY FOR THIS WINTER?

We all get into the habit of leaving things until the last minute or putting things off and then end up forgetting to do them all together , or maybe it’s to late and you’ve damaged something even more because you’ve not repaired it in the first place.


PUMPKIN DECORATING WITH LITTLE BRIAN PAINT STICKS

We have had a very busy afternoon. Hallows eve is always the day we carve our pumpkins.Scott normally picks them up the night before , I know, cutting it a bit fine as to if there is any left , but we always manage to get some.


PLAN THE PERFECT FAMILY HOLIDAY IN THE UK

Some families make it an annual habit of going abroad and yet have never ventured north of the M25. If you’re guilty of this, it could be time to book a holiday a little closer to home and see what you’re missing out on. The UK may not have weather to match the Med, but it makes up for it with a range of other attractions. Here are just a few good reasons to plan your next holiday in the UK…




ALTON TOWERS SCAREFEST!

Over the weekend we went to Scarefest with the girls. It had actually been snowing Saturday morning , the day we went , and it made me feel all Christmassy! - I know , wrong season! :) .


HALLOWEEN CRAFTS & HOMEMADE PLAYDOUGH

The girls love crafting and I am always up for spending an afternoon getting messy in the kitchen . We’ve spent this afternoon making some Halloween themed pictures which the girls loved doing .


FUN WAYS TO TEACH KIDS EDUCATION OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM :)

We’re lucky to live in a part of the world which has an excellent education system. When children leave school they know how to read and write, they’re taught about science and religion, they’ve dabbled in a new language and have picked up plenty of skills that will help them in becoming successful adults.


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