FINALLY VENTURING OUT OF THE HOUSE

I can not tell you how much cabin fever had taken over since surgery. If you are new around here then I had hernia surgery 2 weeks ago and honestly , it has been horrendous.


HERNIA REPAIR - 2 WEEKS POST SURGERY

It has been 2 weeks since I had surgery. If you are new around here then I had Hernia repair surgery a fortnight ago, which I had actually been waiting for , for well over a year.


SEVEN REASONS TO CHOOSE FRANCE AS YOUR NEXT FAMILY DESTINATION

France garners more visitors per year than any other country in the world, leaving nations like America and United Kingdom trundling at the back. Part of this appeal lies in the mild and warmth of the summers which attract waves of tourists simply seeking to soak in the sun. 



BUG HUNTING

both the eldest girls always loved bugs when they were little . Kadiann even ate a snail once! I know , I know!, but they were never scared of creepy crawlers at all.

Over the last few months Nila has been frightened by every black little dot she sees!. Honestly , she points at every thing and says it’s a spider , I don’t know if it’s a faze she is going through but it really does upset her .


BACK TO SCHOOL AND PLAYGROUP WITH TRUNKI

First week back for the girls at playgroup and school and they are so glad to be back!. I think Nila has missed her little friends over the summer and Alessia couldn’t wait to go into year 6!.


HOTTER SHOES | THE SANDALS OF DREAMS

One thing about me is I love sandals . I have so many pairs of them and I live in them all summer! . If we are going to be honest , I probably where them most of the year unless it’s raining or snowing .



MY TIPS AND TRICKS FOR BARGAIN SHOPPING FOR THE GIRLS

When it comes to kids we all know how expensive they can be - especially if you have more than one!. It seems never ending doesn’t it - school uniforms , birthdays , Easter. I am sure every month of the year there is something that needs to be bought for !.


OUR SUMMER HOLIDAY IN PRESTATYN

We are back home now from our summer holiday and we had the best time!. The weather was on our side for most of the week and we  enjoyed every minute of it - swimming, arcades, the beach/ we really made the most of it and I managed to capture most of it on camera :)



NO MORE BABIES

I’m writing this on my phone whilst laying with my little Nila bug. How are you 2 already. No more baby, a fully fledged toddler with so much sass, and the cutest little comedian you ever did see!.


BACK TO SCHOOL PREPPING ESSENTIALS

I am sure I am not the only one that thinks these summer holidays have gone way to fast!, to fast for my liking!. The new school year is just around the corner and I’ve been getting my prep on to make life a little easier.


PRESTATYN BEACH

One place the girls and I absolutely love is the beach. Doesn’t matter where or how sandy it is , just being by the sea is one of our happy places .


BAKING MADE EASY WITH TRAGO

When it comes to being in the kitchen , I think everyone knows I love to bake . The girls and Scott are always looking around for something to eat - rocky road , homemade Banana bread, you name it , we have made it .


I have always loved baking and there is nothing better than coming home from the school run to fresh baked cookies or cupcakes with a nice cup of tea before the mayhem of the evening commences :)

The children also love to get involved on the weekends and I think it’s a great activity to do with them and gets them learning at the same time .

One thing I’ll admit to ,and hold my hands up and say I do , and I am sure a lot of you will agree too! , is not your oven temperature is correct for the type of cake tin or loaf tin you are actually using.Am I right?.

We find a nice Victorian sponge recipe , in the oven it goes  , case mark 5 or 180c for 40 minutes and it’s done. What it hasn’t told us is what size tin they have used.

There has been so many times when I have checked on a cake and thought what is going on , or tried to turn up the heat to get it to cook quicker :)

Trago have found  this really cool guide when it comes to getting your bake on in the kitchen.


No more soggy middles or un even layered birthday cakes. They have all kinds of cake tin and loaf measurements and cooking time required here .

Trago also sell all your baking essentials too!. So if you are on the look out for some new cake tins or perhaps want to have a go and piping - one of my favourite things to do! - then head on over as they literally sell everything you need to make the perfect cake and more .

I’d love to hear if you have used these guide lines and let me know how scrumptious your cake turned out too! :)





A MORNING OF CRAFTS & ARCADES AT RHYL

We’ve had a busy day and it’s been absolutely lovely . We decided we were going to head into Rhyl today and spend the afternoon there in the arcades after our Arts & Crafts morning at the club.


BATH FUN WITH JOHNSONS

All three of the girls have loved bath time. From newborn they have all been water babies and honestly it can be a struggle sometimes getting them out ! :)



When it comes to bath time and the products we use , I try and make sure we get the most gentlest brands as all three of the girls suffer with eczema , and as they’ve got older it doesn’t get any easier when it comes to finding products that are suitable so we stick to what we know.

Eczema reactions can be brought on by products not used on the skin for example shampoo- which a lot of people don’t seem to realise . Obviously the shampoo is being rinsed off and therefore your little ones are sitting in that water.

It’s a thing to look pass and we didn’t realise this might be a cause until I had a little look on google- google can be a godsend sometimes can’t it :)

Anyway Johnston’s have been a brand we’ve used in our house for over 16 years now , and still use with little Nila who is now 2 and we have had no flare ups at all.



Johnson’s choose high quality ingredients for their products and have actually rejected over 400 ingredients that don’t meet their Best for baby standards :).

We were kindly sent a set of the no more tangles hair range, and a gorgeous bubble bath for good measures,  and it is a big thumbs up for us. It smells absolutely divine for starters - I am a sucker for a nice smell!. They are paraben, sulphate and dye free and also proven to unlock 75% more knots and tangles.

We put that theory to the test as Alessia’s hair is an absolute nightmare after the bath. We have tears and tantrums galore. The shampoo was really gentle on the scalp and the conditioner left her hair feeling really soft.

No tears! :)



We also used the detangling spray which has been a new step after hair washing as this helps keep the hair knot free for the morning . I have even used it in my hair and it really is a lovely treat .

Happy girls all round and an even happier mama!

-We were sent these products in exchange for an honest review

SLOW DAYS

Sometimes we are so worried about having the ‘perfect’ day and spending a fortune on the best day out that we seem to look pass the simple small things that can make one of the best days.


NILA AT 2

And we a blink of an eye Nila is already 2. The years seem to go so quick don’t they?, I’m sure they go even quicker after you’ve had one or two children. I am sure of it!. 2 years and 2 months has absolutely flown by.


CINEMA MORNING & SLIME MAKING

I said to the girls we would go out together on their own over the summer holidays. Nothing extravagant, just have some one on one time as it’s really hard sometimes with three children.


CHEESEBURGER PASTA

Yes you read that right , cheeseburger pasta!. Now I know why most of you will be thinking , what? , but honestly this is a favourite in our house and we have it once a week.


MY SUMMER MUST HAVES

The summer holidays are in full swing and we are loving it . We’ve been on some lovely day outs and trips to the park and it got me thinking about our summer must haves.


FIRST DAY BACK AT WORK

If you are following me over on Instagram then you will already know that today was my first day back at work, and if you are not following  me , then why the heck not? :)


FAMILY FUN DAY - BURSLEM PARK

We have just got in and the rain has begun! To late rain! We’ve been out all afternoon in the sunshine- you was too late :)

SO BOMB DIY VANITY CASE | REVIEW

If there is one thing we love in this house , then that is a soak in the bath with a bath bomb.I have a box in my room with bath bombs and I must admit , my stash goes down quite a bit as the girls keep pinching them!.


GARDEN FUN WITH THE GIRLS

The sun has got his hat on and his coming out to play :) We’ve been in the garden pretty much all day . We’ve had breakfast outside and ended the day with having tea outside before bed .



SWEDE TOPPED COTTAGE PIE

One of my favourite things to cook is cottage pie - this recipe is so easy and there is so much veg packed in it too - perfect to get in that extra speed if you are on slimming world :)


DATE NIGHT - NANDOS & ANNABEL COMES HOME

So as you will probably know if you are a regular reader, Mezz and I never go out . Alone. Date nights are pretty much non existent and we keep saying it’ll change but you know what life is like , especially with children .


THE POOL IS UP!

The weather is absolutely glorious at the minute and the heatwave we are having just keeps getting better. Definitely pool weather! :)


LESSIE BUG TURNS 10

Today my Lessie bug has turned 10- I actually can not  believe we are in double digits with this one .It seems so unreal that she is turning into a little lady.


LAST DAY OF YEAR 5 - SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER

School is officially out for summer! I’m probably more excited than the children about that. I don’t know about you but I think they are at school for far to long .


BLUEBERRY & RASPBERRY MUFFINS

One thing we love in this house is blueberry muffins. They are our absolute favourite!. We haven’t had them for a while and I thought Nila and I could whip a batch up ready for the weekend :)


SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2019

The summer holidays are nearly here and the girls and I thought it would be a great idea to do a summer bucket list . We have never done one before but I know they are really popular and also a great way to come up with some fun ideas and things to do for everyone over the holidays.




We have got so much planned for summer already but it’s nice to put them all down and look at - also  gives you things to look forward to. If your kiddies are like mine then you will know what I mean - ticking off the days on the calendar until a holiday begins :)

Hopefully we can do as much as we possibly can and tick them off as we go. We’ve got a nice variety of things to do , whether they are free trips or things to do st home - I think a summer bucket list is a brilliant idea .

Let me know if you have done one too! Here are some of our ideas from our list :)



  •  Homemade cinema 
  • Go camping
  • Drayton manor park trip 
  • Go the theatre
  • Go on a picnic 
  • Have a movie night
  • Go strawberry picking
  • Make a sandcastle
  • Go to the beach
  • Get an ice cream from the ice cream van :)
  • Have one on one treat with each of the girls
  • Join the library
  • Go for a walk
  • Have a bbq
  • Go swimming
  • Go to a festival/ or fun day
  • Feed the ducks
  • Rainy day den building - Jaki has some rainy day entertainment ideas here :)
I’d love to know what you summer plans are and if you have a bucket list too! 

ONE ON ONE TIME WITH ALESSIA - ALADDIN & SUBWAY DATE

One thing I try to do is make time for the girls on their own. Having three children is busy- it goes without saying but one on one time with them individually is something I try to do as much as I can .


BAKING WITH THE GIRLS

Yay for Friday- only one more week and then the summer holidays begin, I don’t know about you but I am so looking forward to them!


THE SOFTEST LEGGINGS AROUND | ZIGGLE

When it comes to babies and having little ones , you want them to be in the comfiest of clothes, especially for all them milestones they are about to reach- crawling or bum shuffling in Nila’s case :)


AN AFTERNOON AT GLEBE FARM

We were due to go Glebe farm for Nila’s birthday last weekend but plans changed and it was actually closed by the time we would have got there so we said to the girls we would take them on Sunday.


A NEW ADDITION TO OUR COLLECTION | SYLVANIAN FAMILIES TREE HOUSE

I am sure you already know we are huge sylvanian family lovers, and if you didn’t know then where have you been! :)


RAIN RAIN , LETS GO OUT AND PLAY | ZIGGLE COLOUR CHANGING RAINCOAT

When it comes to the UK, I am sure we can all agree that we never know what the weather has in store for us.


SHADOWS AMSTERDAM | GAME REVIEW

The last game we have been sent to review is Shadows Amsterdam. The cover looks quite interesting and Kadiann said it reminded her a little of crash bandicoot.


NILA BUG TURNS 2

Today our littlest bug has turned 2. Where has the last 2 years gone , I do not know. She is the cutest little thing and has the funniest personality.


KAY’S PROM 2019

I can’t even put into words how I have felt today. Today has been Kay’s school prom . The final finale of her school life ends today and it saddens me a little.


FUN IN THE SUNSHINE AT LAST

Today I think the sun got the memo that it is summer :). It’s been absolutely glorious and we have definitely made the most of it !


BIRTHDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR TODDLERS

If you are a regularly reader then you will know Nila bug’s Birthday is just around the corner and I’ve got to admit I think at this age there is so much you can buy and it can be  a little overwhelming with what to actually get!



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WHEN I DREAM | GAME REVIEW

Next on our board games review list is when I dream. I’ve got to admit I really love the front of the box. It did catch my eye and that can definitely be something that attracts me to a new game and gets me reading the box.


NO BAKE PEANUT BUTTER FLAPJACKS

One thing we love to do is bake and make homemade snacks for the week. The girls love getting involved too and I think cooking and baking is a great skill to have .



AQUABEADS BOX OF FUN - SAFARI REVIEW

When it comes to crafts and anything to do with getting creative then the girls are definitely all ears. Aquabeads have been a firm favourite in our house ever since Kadiann was little and she’s now 16!.


FATHERS DAY 2019

Today has been a very impromptu day. Don’t you just love days like that? Especially if it’s a certain occasion, some times it can get so stressful when really letting the day flow is always the best!.


KAYS LAST DAY AT SCHOOL

I can not believe today is here already. Kadiann has officially left school. It really doesn’t seem that long ago to when I was going into school for dress up days with you or going in for baking mornings.


MIXPIX MYPICTURE WALL TILES | REVIEW

Capturing memories is something we all love to do isn’t it. Being a mother of three girls I take So many photographs of the girls as I don’t want to miss any of them special moments.


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