SAGE & CAJUN DIRTY RICE

If you are familiar with slimming world then you would of heard of dirty rice before . It’s such a simple dinner and doesn’t take no time at all to cook and also a lot less to prep.


GETTING OUR SLIME ON - THAMES & KOSMO OOZE LABS

If you have children then I am sure you probably have a house full of slime like us!. Alessia is definitely our creative child and loves anything to do with science and creativity and getting messy!.


A WEEKEND IN SUNNY WALES

Monday is here and the girls are back to school . We have been to greenacres and sunny sands caravan park over the weekend with the in laws and it has been such a lovely break away.


WORKING FROM HOME ESSENTIALS

Working from home has its pros and cons. I love the fact that I am able to stay at
Home with Nila and also earn a living . The downside is not knowing when to ‘switch off’, but it works for me and my family :)


TIPS FOR PLANNING THE PERFECT FAMILY SKI HOLIDAY IN THE ALPS

The Alps, spanning across France, Italy, Switzerland, and several European destinations, is world famous for its fresh powder snow and world-class peaks with terrains that are just perfect for skiing. The Alps have earned a great reputation among families looking for some skiing fun. The thought of heading to the slopes of Alps for a ski vacation with your family is both joyful and exciting. There are plenty of ski resorts that fit the varied needs of different families based on their ages, and what they are looking for. Today, there is plenty of fun and activities in the Alps and ski resorts to keep the children entertained.



GETTING THE GARDEN SUMMER READY

The weekend has been glorious . It’s lovely the sun is now starting to come out and the girls love nothing more than to go outside and play in the sunshine .


BLOGON MAY 4TH CONFERENCE 2019

What can I say? Another blogon and i am absolutely shattered! :) It has been an eventful weekend to say the least and I have througholoy enjoyed it.


PLANNING THE PERFECT ‘STAYCATION’



If money is a little tight, then a holiday abroad might not be an option this year. While a bit of sun, sea and sand is undeniably lovely, holidays from home can actually be a whole lot of fun, and a lot less hassle too. 

A FAMILY DAY OUT AT THE MONKEY FOREST

One place both the older girls love is the Monkey Forest in Trentham, Stoke On Trent . We only live half an hour drive away and have visited many times .



EASTER HALF TERM IN HEMSBY

Just like that the Easter half term is over . Is anyone else really looking forward to the May holidays already?. I love having the girls at home :)


A FAMILY HOLIDAY ON A BUDGET

Getting away as a family can sometimes be a challenge in itself . We try our hardest to try and get a mini break away together as we all need some quality family time.


ARTIE 3000 - THE CODED DRAWING ROBOT

if you have followed us for a while then you will know we are a little Obsessed with anything to do with dinosaurs and robots .


AD- SHOW THEM YOU CARE | SEASIDE TRIP WITH THE GRANDPARENTS

Spending time with the family is something we try and do often. Life can get in the way and also distance can be a problem.


STRUGGLING THIS WEEK ..SORRY FOR THE RANT

This past week has been a struggle for me . I’m open about my battles with mental health and when my days are low. It’s not been the best week and I just can’t seem to shift it .


WAYS FAMILIES CAN MANAGE MONEY SHORTFALLS



A lack of money can create a great deal of stress for you and your family. A money shortage can make it hard to pay your bills or put food on the table. Fortunately, there are ways that you can manage money shortfalls.

TUFF TRAY PAINTING

Easter half term is in full swing and we really are making the most of  the lovely sunshine we have been having.


HELLO SPRING | SIMPLY BE

Spring is here and how lovely is it! The sun is shining and not having to wear big hefty coats is so nice!I feel like we were in winter for far to long and honestly here in Staffordshire , we have only just got over the horrible colds and winds!


FINDING THE PERFECT LINGERIE | UK LINGERIE REVIEW

If there is one thing that I actually hate doing with a passion , then it has got to be shopping for lingerie . I never seem to get the right size, even though I have been measured , it’s just something that has always been a pain!


FUN SCIENCE KITS TO LET KNOWLEDGE GROW THIS EASTER AND WIN YOUR VERY OWN KIT!

Easter half term is finally here and I don’t know about you, but 2 weeks off school seems to go so slow and I’ll admit , my kiddies do end up saying the dreaded ‘I am Bored’ a few times.


BANANA & PEANUT BUTTER OATY BITES

When it comes to snack time in this house , it can get a little costly . The girls are always hungry- especially when the half term holidays kick in, and lets be honest , most kiddies eat you out of house and home :)


ALTON TOWERS - CBEEBIES LAND

Yesterday we had the most amazing day out at Alton towers . We had planned to spend the whole day  at CBeebies land as we had the two younger ones with us .It was so much fun and they went on absolutely everything!.


THE CUTEST BABIES AROUND | TINY TREASURES

If you know Nila then you will know she is obsessed with her babies , or babas as she likes to call them :). They are her favourite thing to play with and as she is getting older she cares for them just like they are real .


EGG-STRA TIPS FOR KIDS EASTER ENTERTAINMENT


It can be difficult to keep your kids amused during the school holidays, but with a little bit of planning, you can make your home the ultimate entertainment zone.



ARE YOU LOOKING AFTER YOUR BILLS?

When it comes to bills, I must admit we just go with the flow . We sign up with the suppliers that everybody knows and let the direct debits roll out of our bank accounts every month.

MOTHERS DAY 2019

Happy Mother’s Day, I am shattered! :) all the kiddies are in bed and we have had a lovely day together, it has been so nice .


FARMYARD FRIENDS | RAVENSBURGER PUZZLE REVIEW

Nila is now 20 months and we are currently learning all the different animals and the sounds they make . I love anything that we can include in learning and puzzles are a great addition to this .


SYN FREE LASAGNE

One dinner I absolutely love is lasagne , especially homemade, you just can’t beat it can you? . It is one of my favourite things to order when we eat out too- lasagne salad and garlic bread, yum!


5 GREAT WORK AT HOME OPPORTUNITIES FOR STAY AT HOME MUMS

It is a fact that the load of working mums can be unbearable, because when their office hours are over, they start another round at home with their family. Unfortunately, not all women with children have conditions that allow them to develop this role without having to sacrifice their personal time, their facet with children or their careers as professionals.

5 AMAZING THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN CAMDEN

With its alternative and always lively atmosphere, Camden Town is one of the must-see neighbourhoods in London. It’s a paradise for lovers of shopping but also extremely popular with families traveling with kids because many of the attractions not only admit them but also have specific activities tailored to them. 

BREAKFAST MADE EASY WITH THE EASIYO MAKER | REVIEW

One thing we all love in this house is yoghurt . The girls have yoghurt most days with either fruit for breakfast or after dinner as a pudding .


PLAYMAIS FUN | REVIEW

All three of the girls absolutely love crafts and getting stuck into anything messy. I know quite a few parents who actually dread crafts with their children as it shouts out to them mess and mayhem but there are so many different things out there and not all of it is messy! :)


JUMBO SOFT PLAY & KFC TREAT

Today has been a better day and definitely needed . Yesterday I didn’t have the best day - head wise , it sometimes gets like that. Suffering with low moods , it can come on so quickly and sometimes with no trigger . I plodded on and did the best I could and hoped for a better day today.



ARE YOU A DISTRACTED DRIVER?

For me when it comes to driving I need to be focused . Especially when the girls are in the car with us , the littlest thing can easily put you off and it only takes a second to become to distracted for any accidents to happen.




FLOWERY-INFRARED SLIM SILK BODYSUIT | JULIE MAY REVIEW

If you have followed me for a while then you will know I am an advocate when it comes to self love and feeling the best you can in your own skin.


GETTING TO MANCHESTER AIRPORT WITH YOUR KIDDIES


When you’ve got kids, a journey to the airport isn’t as simple as from A to B – it’s more the F to A then over to Z then back to F again then a circular around D for a while then up and over Q then back to F.- especially when it comes to me girls! 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT TYRES FOR YOUR CAR MODEL

Being a parent comes with a lot of responsibilities, as well as all the love and fun , I think once you become a parent the worry definitely kicks in.


SYN FREE SCOTCH EGGS

Anyone else love a scotch egg?. We all absolutely love them and would probably eat them every day for lunch if we could :)


MONEY SAVING TIPS FOR ALL YEAR ROUND

March is already here and I can’t quite believe it . Next months starts a run down of mine and the girls’ birthday . We actually have birthdays to pay for in April, May,June and July , and in between them there is mother’s day and Father’s Day , plus Easter!


DOES YOUR CAR HAVE TYRES SAFE FOR THE ROAD

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We all worry about the bad weather and driving don’t we? . We have had horrible weather the last few months, rain, storms and even snow!. We have had it all.


AN AFTERNOON AT THE CIRCUS - GANDEYS CIRCUS

We haven’t been to the circus for quite a few years and absolutely love going . We were lucky enough to go and watch Gandeys circus in Newcastle Under Lyme this afternoon and was so excited for the show!


THE CAR OF OUR DREAMS

If you have followed us for a while then you will know we don’t have much luck when it comes to cars. Cheap and cheerful seems to spring to mind with our vehicles and we really wanted to save up for a car that we love .


We have three children and go out quite a lot on day trips and tend to take the girls’ friends out with us so we were  looking for a 7 seater , preferably blue or black. I’ve always wanted a navy blue 7 seater , I just think they look really nice .

Rewind to last November when our MOT was due and our car failed on everything and anything it seemed . It had been on its last legs for a while and Kadiann, our eldest daughter wouldn’t even let her friends catch a ride anymore as she was embarrassed!.

Unbeknown to me , Scott had heen secretly saving up for the car of our dreams and had already made the decision that if the car needed to much work done on it then we would bite the bullet and purchase a new one :)

I could of already told him it needed a lot of work and I’m not the one that drives it !. So we got looking and found the car of our dreams that fit our budget and was also family friendly. A navy blue 7 seater Vauxhall Zafira caught my eye.

I instantly fell in love!. It was the perfect size for us and also for taking the kiddie’s friend out to Alton towers and days out with the extra seats . This was definitely a car I was going to show off and share all over Instagram :) We did purchase some different tyres  for it as Staffordshire has had tons of snow already , but apart from that she was good to go !

Are you a whizz kid with the camera?   can you take a great car selfie ?. I must admit I am a bit of a newbie when it comes to angles and lighting. Tyre city have actually released an infographic  below sharing all their tips and secrets when it comes to taking the perfect photograph of your car for Instagram.






  I’d love to see some of your car selfies and also get some tips as I am rubbish! Be sure to hashtag #InstagramYourCar so I can have a little nosey :)

TRANSITIONING FROM CO-SLEEPING TO A COT

I am sitting in bed with a cup of tea and watching my last baby sleep peacefully in her cot like a big girl. I can’t actually believe She is in her cot , for more than a few days and although I miss co-sleeping with her , we both really needed the change to happen , and to happen permanently.


S.W.A.K KISSABLE KEY CHAINS | REVIEW

If you have followed us for a while then you will know Alessia is obsessed with anything collectible!. She has always been into collectibles and she was so excited with the package she received today :)


ARE YOU LOOKING AFTER YOUR CAR ?

When it comes to checking over our car , I will hold my hands up and say we rarely do.its just one of them things isn’t it ? you wait until it’s MOT day and then have a bit of a panic and what the cost is going to be .



It’s not actually that difficult to keep on top of your car maintenance  and check it over regularly . This will ensure the life of your car and will definitely save you in the long run .

So I’ve come up with a few little tips that we have started doing to just make sure our car is in tip top shape and maybe give you a little nudge to start taking car, especially the  tyres. Tyre maintenance is so important and can essentially save you so much money in the long run if you check them regularly.

CHECK FOR TYRE WEAR

Tyre wear is normal but irregular tyre wear can leave you with having to change your tyres sooner than you think, things like aggressive turning, scuffing tyres in the kerbs repeatedly or going up the pavements fast can have an impact on your tyres, so be sure to keep these habits in mind in order to keep your tyres road worthy for longer.
Last week we had two tyres that were literally on their last legs and one actually ended up with a puncture half way driving to town - it wasn’t ideal and we ended up in the garage costing us an arm and aCHECK THE TREAD

CHECK THE TREAD

This is actually a really simple one and we’ve been doing this for a few years now . To check the tread of your tyres, all you need is a 20p. When you insert your coin into the main tread grooves, the outer and of the coin should be obscured. This means that your tyres are above the legal mjnitblinit and your safe to drive

THE RIGHT TYRE PRESSURE FORYOUR VEHICLE  

Depending on what vehicle you are driving and what you have inside your vehicle will differ to how much pressure is needed. So always check the pressure information which can be found either on the inside of the fuel filler cap, in the vehicle manufacturers handbook or inside the driver door sill.

CHECK YOUR OIL LEVEL 

Motor oil is essential for your cars performance. It’s job is to lubricants all he moving parts of your engine so they don’t grind and tear themselves into dysfunction.if your engine doesn’t have enough oil then your car is at risk of going kaput! 


INVEST IN ALLOY WHEELS 

We invested in some alloy wheels for our car a few years ago and haven’t looked back since!. Alloy wheels are lighter than steel wheels , which means faster stopping and quicker acceleration. Quicker acceleration also means your tyres will last longer. It also  reduces the mileage , which is always a plus!.

Alloy wheels are able to dissipate heat better than steel wheels, which makes better braking performance and decreases the risk of break failure. Which as a mother of three children - really makes me feel more confident knowing we have invested in more safety for our car .

If your thinking of investing in some alloy wheels , then you can get your hands on some at an amazing price at Elite direct. They offer advice and guidance , and will find you the best wheels to suit your budget.


I hope my tips have given you a little nudge in the right direction to keep on top of looking after your car :) 

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BLOSSOM BUNNIES SCRUFF A LUVS REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

If you’ve been with us for a while then you will know how much a Alessia wants a rabbit. Her three friends have one and she is desperate for one. We have said we will have a big think about it and we will see.


SPRING IS IN THE AIR

Just like that - the half term is over . It has been such a lovely week with the girls and I love that I get to spend it all with them being self employed and working from home.


PRETTY PIXEL ERASER MAKER | REVIEW

My girls are a little obsessed with stationary .I think they get it from me, I’ve always loved ones and rubbers and highlighters - I’ve had a diary for years and loved growing my stationary collection.


They were extremely excited to find the pretty pixel eraser maker has been sent to us to review . They really couldn’t wait to get their hands on them and also so them off to their friends at school! :)

So we set up the kitchen table and got all the contents out of the box which was :

  • The Eraser Maker
  • Strips of Eraser rubber
  • Clear Patterns
  • Predesigned Patterns
  • Clear strips 
  • Tweezers


First thing to do is pick your chosen design . There is quite a few in the set for you to pick from .You can make your own , but there are so many lovely designs to choose from, the girls picked one out of the pre designed patterns to start out with .




Pop it into your eraser maker and then start matching up the coloured squares to the strips of eraser rubber . This step can be a little tricky . You have tweezers in your set to use if you’d prefer them , but Kay didn’t like them, whilst Alessia thought they were great! :)

Once you have completed your design , add 5ml of water to your creation and close your eraser maker and stick it in the microwave for the required time and let the magic happen.


Once it’s finished in the microwave , be carful as it will be very hot .We then put it into a jug of cold water for ten minutes to set and cleared up while waiting . The girls said  it was the longest ten minutes of their lives - the anticipation! 


I did find it a little tricky to get out of the maker but I think that’s a good thing as you know it’s completely secured the eraser and there are no missing pieces .




Say cheese!!! The girls made a camera eraser , which looks so cool! . They have decided to make some more tomorrow to take into school for their best friends. We really enjoyed this set and I think it would make such a great present for any birthdays or for Christmas this year .

-We were sent this product in exchange for an honest review 

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