ARE YOU HOLIDAY READY?

The summer holidays are in full swing here and I know now is the time everyone will be off on their summer holidays. We were hoping to take the girls to Turkey this summer but I’m still not quite ready to take baby Nila abroad.



FROM CO- SLEEPING TO USING A COT

If you are a regular reader then you will know that I shared our co - sleeping story a few weeks back and I had decided that when we moved , which we have :)  that I would be transferring Nila into a cot and trying to get a little bit more of a routine with bedtimes.


A WEEKEND OF FUN

What a weekend. The weather started looking gloomy and I was crossing my fingers hoping it would sod off and bring the sun back and it did :) . It has been glorious all weekend and we have definitely made the most of it .




CAMPING OUT IN THE GARDEN

When it comes to summer I think we all automatically think sunbathing , bbq’s and struggling to sleep in bed as it is so bloody hot!At the minute in Norfolk, we are reaching  temperatures of 24 every day!


SPRUCING UP YOUR LIVING FOR SUMMER

I don’t know about you but when it gets to the colder months, everything seems so dull.I am definitely a summer girl and love the warmer weather . When it gets to spring I start prepping the house up ready for summer .


ALESSIA’S SCHOOL TRANSITION DAY

Today is a very nervous day for Lessie bug. She is transitioning into a new school, in a new area. If you are new around here then a bit of a quick catch up for you . We have recently moved to Norfolk from Staffordshire and Alessia is settling into her new school today.


OUR DAY TRIP TO LIVERPOOL

If you are a regular reader of mine , then you will know that Scott and I never get chance to go out together , without the girls. Although the girls are our absoulate world, I really think it is important to make time for you and your partner , time without the children to just enjoy each other .


BABIES FIRST BIRTHDAY GIFT GUIDE

Nila is one already. I honestly can not believe how fast this year has gone. It only feels like yesterday when I gave birth to her , stop growing up so quick baby girl!.


SUMMER WARDROBE MUST HAVES

Yay it’s officially Summer and actually looks like it too!. The weather in the UK has been glorious over the past few weeks and I have been loving it .I must admit though, my wardrobe is not very summer friendly at the minute and definitely needs a make over.


FINDING THE PERFECT SIPPY CUP | DR BROWNS TRANSITIONING BOTTLE

With Summer now In full swing, I am always conscious of the girls staying hydrated and drinking enough water . The older two take their hydrate bottles to school and are able to re fill them throughout the day, so I know they are set for the school day.


HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY NILA BUG

I can not believe you are one already baby girl. It doesn’t feel like 5 minutes ago that I was ringing your daddy and telling him that you were on your way, and him rushing home in a panic. You have had the best birthday and we have had so much fun together .



PROJECT MC2 ULTIMATE SPY KIT

Alessia is definitely my explorer child. She loves anything to do with crafts and making things. She is slightly obsessed with slim and anything gloopy and has recently signed up for Science club after school on a Monday which she is loving so far.


SUMMER BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

i don’t know about you , but when it comes to summer , I like to keep make up and beauty to a minimum. The last thing I want is a face full of full Coverage foundation or long lash mascara that has smeared because I've been sweating like a hot mess all day and now resemble a panda! :)


PLANNING A FAMILY FIESTA HOLIDAY TO MAJORCA

Now summer is finally here in the UK , I hope anyway, we have been out a lot more as a family , which makes me happy. One thing I hate is being stuck in doors with the miserable weather.


PEEK A BOO - TURTLE TOTS

We are back in full swing with turtle tots now the half term is over . I must admit I really missed Our lesson with having the week off. We did plan to go swimming in the half term but everyone decided to be poorly , typical isn’t it!. I reckon Nila missed it too as she couldn’t wait to get back into the water when we arrived :)



OUR CO-SLEEPING JOURNEY

It seems very odd me writing about co-sleeping as I never in a million years thought I would be a co-sleeping parent . My older two girls both went into cots and had a bedtime routine , as the typical book suggests. So to be writing about co-sleeping is definitely something new to me and honestly, I am absolutely loving it .


OUR HOMEMADE DATE NIGHT

Games in our household are very important . We absoulately love getting the games out or the cards and having a morning playing stick or bust. The girls love it and it also gets them off the iPads for more than 5 minutes, which is a bonus.


MOCC ONS | REVIEW

If you know our little munchkin Nila, then you will know how much she loves her toes.she has a thing about her feet, and has them in her mouth at every opportunity!


WORKING FROM HOME ESSENTIALS

If you are a regular reader then you will know I have two jobs, well more than that if you count cooking, cleaning, running around after the children, and being an all round maid , as I call it in our house :).


CAPTURING MEMORIES WITH CANVASCHAMP

i don’t know about you but my phone memory is completely full of photos. Having three children, I want to capture as much as I possibly can , and I do this with photographs . Their first taste of a strawberry, cuddles with their sister or smiles for mummy in the bath , I automatically get my phone or camera and snap away, But tend to forget about them afterwards.


WHAT’S ON OUR WATCH LIST FOR JUNE

If you have followed me for a while then you will know before Nila came along , the girls and I regularly had movie nights and would sit down almost every night after dinner to watch another episode of the latest season that we had chosen for that month.Those days, unfortunately have become far and few between. It’s always the case isn’t it when a new little addition comes along. Before you know it the TV has been invaded by numerous episodes of Peppa pig and Ben and holly!.


CHICCO MYAMAKI CARRIER

If you have followed me since my  pregnancy with Nila then you will know how much I wanted to baby wear this time round . I didn’t baby wear with the other two kiddies and I made a point of wanting to experience baby wearing with this little munchkin.


We used the iswaddle sling when Nila was first born , and absoulately loved it , but now she is a little bigger we decided to invest in something that feels a little sturdier and more durable, so we have  gone for a baby carrier.

We have been using the Myamaki Carrier from Chicco for a few months now and I love it .It is suitable from birth and It is so easy to use and I can put it on by myself ,and put Nila in it , which is an added bonus as I know some carriers are a little tricky.


We have taken the Myamaki to Birmingham with us , On day trips and even when we have done the quick food shop :)  . My favourite is the school run. It takes 5 minutes to get to the school on foot, but because we have the buggy , we have to go the long way round as there are a lot of steps and tricky paths to get down, which I can’t get down with the buggy,so the school run actually takes 25 minutes!.

By using the carrier in the mornings it takes 5 minutes , which definitely adds extra Brownie points :).

There are so many features to this Carrier, these are just a few :

  • It is multi- positional : parent facing from 0m+, hip position 6m+ and also back position 6m+
  • It has been acknowledged as a ‘hi healthy’ product by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute 
  • The shoulder straps are padded and adjustable
  • The padded waist and shoulder straps ensure the right distribution of your baby’s weight across your back, which is a life saver, so no backaches for us :)
  • Comes with a newborn insert , which is super soft and padded 



We have really enjoyed testing out the Myamaki carrier and if you are on the look out for a carrier or want to treat yourself an invest in a new one , then I would definately recommend this one . You won’t be disappointed :)


- We were sent the Chico Myamaki Carroer in exchange for an honest review 


FAMILY DAY OUT IN BLACKPOOL

We had been trying to plan a day in Blackpool for the whole half term and the weather has not been on our side Unfortunately . When I checked the weekends forecast it was promising so we decided to take a day trip to Blackpool on Saturday. I work on Sundays so Saturday was our last chance before back to school .


6 TIPS FOR WHEN YOU NEED A HELPING HAND

I am sure we can all agree that there has been a time in your life where you have needed a helping hand. Being an adult is hard work sometimes , especially a parent . We have three beautiful girls and although we love them to pieces , life can get expensive.


Scott works full time and I have recently gone back to work only one day a week due to baby Nila ,so our finances aren’t as good as they were. I thought I would share with you 6 tips for when you need a helping hand.These tips have worked really well for us and They might help you too.

1. EMERGENCY SAVINGS
Now this one is obvious isn’t it. I think everyone I know has tried to save money, and sometimes it is hard, especially if you have a lot of outgoings from your household income. We try and put a side a couple of pounds every week in our Lloyds savings account . We don’t always manage , but it has come to use for when we have needed something doing on the car , or when the phone bill has been a little but higher than expected . A couple of pounds a week is easier to do, and you don’t really notice it.

2. CHARITY SHOP BARGAINS
I love a good charity shop hunt. My mum and I use to love taking an afternoon out to go charity shop hunting. I love a good bargain and we have found some gorgeous pieces of clothing for the children , and also some really good items for the house . Books in the charity shop are as little as 20p and I can remember going into Sainsbury’s and wanting a new book out which was £7.99, a fortnight later I found it in the charity shop for 75p! :)

3. TREAT CUPBOARD
We have a treat cupboard that saves us so much money. If you have children , you will know that they are like bottomless pits when it comes to food and goodies. We have a treat cupboard that they can pick a treat from if they have been good.We buy a big bulk of goodies from poundshop.com, which saves pennies. We also use it for after school treats , so we manage to miss the expensive trip to the sweet shop on the way home .

4. FAMILY & FRIENDS
If you are lucky enough to have close family and friends to help you out in a financial need then that is amazing . Never be ashamed to ask for help . We all need it from time to time , and as long as you pay them back , you will still have that support network there .

5. LEND A LOAN
If you are like us and unfortunately don’t have any family or friends to help out if there is a crisis and your emergency savings has already been used and you haven’t managed to top it up enough yet, then  a quick short loan could help out massively . Cash Lady are a well established and reputable short term loan lender. They have tons of information on their website , and want to ensure their customers know all the information about committing to a loan before they go ahead. Which I know makes me feel confident about a company that puts their customers first .

6.VOUCHERS & DISCOUNT CODES
Take advantage of any discount codes you can find or savings on birthday presents or anything that is coming up that you need to purchase.Deals queen have some many discount vouchers you could use to save you some extra pennies.

Have you got any top tips for when money is tight or any super saving hacks? I’d love to hear them :)


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KADIANN TURNS 15

Yesterday my firstborn turned 15. Where has the time gone?. I can’t believe how fast it has flown by. I can honestly remember having her in the hospital. I was 17 ,and I can remember thinking, as they placed her in my arms, wow, now our journey begins.


SHE WENT UNDER WATER | TURTLE TOTS #BRINGONTHESMILES

Happy Bank Holiday Monday Everyone . I hope you are all ready for a lovely half term if you have children off of school. Friday was our  last swim lesson before the half term , so we have this week off. We are going to take the girls swimming in the holidays as a treat and also to make sure Nila doesn’t lose her confidence in the water as she is loving it so far!.


TICKET TO RIDE | REVIEW

Next game we are testing out is ticket to ride . Ticket to ride is a railway themed German style board game. It looks very old fashioned but I really like that about the board . We got the instructions out and started setting up the board.


Honestly, the instructions are not the best. They don’t explain the game very well st all , and it took us almost half an hour to actually understand and figure out how to play the game , which was very frustrating for Alessia.

We eventually got there in the end and managed to figure out the aim. So the aim of the game is to complete your destinations and collect the most points.

You are given three destination cards and 4 travel cards , which help you move around the board , providing you have the right coloured card to move on to the same coloured train . The grey coloured trains are a free for all, so you can use any colours from your travel cards to move along these trains.


It does sound confusing , but it is pretty straight forward once you get the hang of it .On your turn, you can either try and complete one of your destinations, pick up travel cards if you need some or you can pick up from the 5 travel cards that are laid out at the beginning of the game .

The game as a whole me and a Scott enjoyed. It can take anything from an hour plus, depending on how many people play . It is aimed at 8*, but we both agreed that it is definately not a children’s game and more of an adults game as both the girls got extremely bored and stopped playing half way through .

The girls gave this game a 2/10. Scott and I have it a 6/10. If you are into travelling and have travelled quite a bit then you would probably enjoy this game , and it is definately played better when there is more of you :)

-We were sent this game as part of the asmodee bloggers board club

LETS PICK UP THE PACE

We all have a favourite game don’t we?. If we are on holiday in the arcades or we are having a games night at home with friends . There is always a favourite . Mine is car racing . I have loved racing games from as young as I can remember . Playing them in the arcades when we were on holiday as children and then slightly obsessing over need for speed on the PlayStation in my teens , honestly , it’s like my guilty pleasure.


DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE BIRMINGHAM

Yesterday I booked the day off work as we were kindly invited to attend Birmingham to watch the Dinosaur world live show with the girls. We had been looking forward to this for a few weeks now and honestly, we are a family that love dinosaurs!. I think we have probably watched all the Jurassic Park movies over a hundred times! :)



OUR FIRST SWIM LESSON WITH TURTLE TOTS

This afternoon we had our first baby swimming lesson with turtle tots. If you haven’t read our latest post about us becoming Turtle Tots brand ambassadors then you can click HERE for a read - plus we have a fab giveaway running to win £50 worth of turtle tots goodies :)


TOP 5 TIPS WHEN TRAVELLING ABROAD

When you book a holiday abroad . The excitement finally kicks in doesn’t it. You have the confirmation letter and you are just counting day the days to sun and sea and hopefully a nice tan!. Something I struggle to get, even from a week in Turkey! I am just one of the unlucky ones :)


#MENTALHEALTHAWARENESS WEEK - YOU ARE NOT ALONE

With it being mental health awareness week, I wanted to share my journey with my mental health and honestly, to let people know that it is ok not be ok , and to say that.

I have struggled for years with my mental health . It started in my early teens and hasn’t left me . Of course I have coping mechanisms now I am older and I feel like I know when enough is enough and I need to give myself a break before my mental health gets affected.


POSTPARTUM HAIR LOSS DILEMMA

If you have followed me for a while you would remember how long my hair was . I loved my long hair and even though it was a pain to wash and dry it , it was almost like a comfy blanket to hide behind if I needed to.Once I fell pregnant with Nila , my hair was in its element!. It became even more thicker and glossy- typical pregnancy hair, and I loved it!. Fast forward 9 months later, I had a gorgeous baby girl and serious hair loss.


BACON & COURGETTE CREAMY PASTA

Now the weather is getting warmer and we have had some lovely hot days,I shall cross my fingers and hope it stays this way! :) , I try and cook a little less heavy. The last thing I want to do in the heat is slave away over the cooker sweating my socks off, and to be honest , the girls enjoy a lighter meal at tea time when the suns out .


THE SIDE OF BEING A CARER THAT NO ONE SEES

The weekend has been a very hard one for me . If you didn’t know , I work as a community Carer on weekends. I decided that after having Nila and once maternity leave ended I would go back only
On weekends as we have no family to look after the children and childcare costs are absolutely ridiculous!.

CORTEX | REVIEW

So this months game from the blogger board game club is Cortex. Now when i first initially looked at the instructions, i thought it was going to be super hard to play.It is a brain game, so i was expecting a little bit of a headache, these kind of games always do that to you don't they :) but that was not the case.


WE ARE TURTLE TOTS AMBASSADORS #BRINGONTHESMILE

We can finally let you in on our secret that we have been keeping from you for weeks! We have been chosen to become turtle tots ambassadors!! We have had to keep quiet until the big announcement on 1st May and I have honestly been so eager to tell everyone, I’m rubbish with secrets :)



NILA AT 10 MONTHS

Oh my Nila bug, you are 2 Months off being a one year old. How ha this happened so fast?. I feel like I have blinked and you are now a little lady!. You are such a little character and super sassy- just like your sisters :)

BATH TIME WITH GOOD BUBBLE

When it comes to bath time in our house , I have to be extra careful with what we use on the girls . All three of them suffer with eczema , as do I, and the water alone can aggravate their skins .


SUPER SPEEDY BOLOGNESE

Every house has a favourite dinner.  One that pleases all the family , that is super quick and easy and tastes delicious!.

Having been a target member at slimming world and then having my third daughter Nila, I have been back on the plan for a few weeks now and have been getting stuck in cooking up some of my favourite recipes.


FAMILY DAY OUT AT ALTON TOWERS

We decided last minute to go to Alton Towers over the weekend . The weather was said to be glorious on Saturday and we didn’t want to let it go to waste!.


HAIR CARE BY ORGANIC SHOP | REVIEW

When it comes to my hair and managing it at the minute , it is almost impossible!. Since having baby Nila, my hair has become so damaged and fragile - I honestly don’t know what to do with it . It got to the point where it was just falling out so much and splitting that I decided to have the big chop and went from long hair to a short inverted bob.- do I regret that decision? Yes!


THANK YOU MR SUNSHINE :)

I woke up this morning to the sun beaming through the curtains. This is Rare - I know since the clocks went forward we have had lighter mornings but this morning was glorious. No alarm or buba waking for a bottle as my wake up call today , it was the sun.


A SUMMER WITH NCS TO REMEMBER FOR TEENS


My eldest daughter is in year 10 , i can't believe how quick the years have gone. She is very strong minded and works extremely hard at school. Over the past few months she has been a little anxious about her GCSE'S next year, and what she wants to do when she is older.


SEALIFE | GREAT YARMOUTH | MERLIN PASSES

Nila is now 9 Months Old and Scott and I made the decision that we would wait until
We took her abroad until she was a little bit older - for me , taking her abroad so young brings my anxiety out. I don’t actually know what part of travelling abroad with Nila triggers my anxiety , but I know I just couldn’t do. So we’ve decided we are going to have an amazing 2 weeks abroad next year when there is no sterilising or making bottles to worry about :)


KIDS ARE EXPENSIVE RIGHT? FREE FUN FOR ALL AGES

Being a parent has got to be the best thing about my life. I absoulately love the girls and they bring me so much joy and happiness- I guess we all say that don’t we , but honestly we have such a laugh and they are all as mad as me! Which is great :)



ARCADE FUN & SEA FOOD

If you follow me on social media then you will know we have come to my parent's house for the second week of the Easter half term. We haven't seen them since last July so have been really looking forward to it.


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