Monday, 31 August 2015

A summer full of milestones!

This post is all about J and her new skills she has learnt this summer!

J has been taking part in swimming lessons for almost a year in the hope that she would be able to swim confidently with no arm bands for our big holiday this coming November. Usually 14 months would be plenty of time. Unfortunately her swim school changed instructors approximately six times in the 11 month period. This summer my aim was to try and get her booked in else where after complaining and just being told, "yeah we have had a high rate of staff turn over, but what can we do about it?"  

Friday, 28 August 2015

A day out at Farmers Palmers

This summer saw me and the girlies return "home" to the South Coast. We visited for almost two weeks which meant we had a lot of days to fill with entertaining the girls. One of these days I wanted to try out Farmer Palmers. My niece and nephew loved it there when they were younger so wanted to treat the girls to a fun packed day too.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Beefeater review

This summer we were invited to Beefeater to try out their summer children's menu. We headed to Heald Green branch so we could watch the aeroplanes fly over as we ate. The children's menu comes with a FREE Mr men or Little Miss toy with every two or three courses purchased, with a different one each week. This is only during the school holidays, so it is nearing the end now. However the menu has also been refreshed, and I must say it is very child friendly.  

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Longleat Safari Park in the rain

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you will know we have recently been away to the South Coast. We spread ourselves wide whilst being based in Poole taking advantage of being closer to some attractions that we love. Whilst down there we booked to go to Longleat Safari Park. We went last September with a group of family, which you can read here. This time around it was just myself and the girlies. We took advantage of the Tesco club card deals again and pre-booked the date before even going down south. The day we decided to go the weather was not on our side. It was cold, wet and miserable and it was due to stay all day long.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

KitShack UV Protection BUFF review

This summer we were sent some pretty girly and roar-tastic buffs for the girls to put to the test. We have never had buffs before, and to be honest didn't really know they existed. BUFFs can be worn as a neckerchief, headband, wristband, mask, hair-band, balaclava, scarf,  scrunchie, saharaine, pirate cap, beanie and bandana. So many possibilities. The junior buffs from Kit shack are also high UV protection too. Perfect.

New Flair Cool Create Frozen range review

The girls enjoy watching Disney's Frozen film. They often fight over who is going to be Anna or Elsa whilst they role play. It seems that Frozen fever is still with us so when Flair asked if we would like to review some of their latest Frozen cool create collection we couldn't refuse.

Monday, 24 August 2015

New shoes for Back to school

Its not long now until J returns to school. All her uniform has been brought and is hanging ready but with shoes we wanted to wait until now in case she grew again over the summer. We were invited along to Brantano to get a free fitting. We usually trek into town to Clarks so was relieved to find out that Brantano offered this service identical to Clarks but on a more convenient retail park with a much wider selection including Hush Puppies, Start right, Clarks and Brantano budget range too. 

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Back to School and Back to Sleep

It is less then two weeks until the girls go back to school. This summer holidays the usual bedtime has disappeared. With lots of late and very late nights, still the early get ups, and no naps... they are in urgent need to get back to routine and settle down for some (hopefully) early nights. I also need them to get some catch up sleep for my sanity. I know I am not alone in this subject so have teamed up with Silentnight beds to bring you some tips which may help...

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Frankie and Bennys review

Last week I was lucky enough to be asked if I wanted to be a guest reviewer on the Whats Good To Do  website. We were sent to Frankie and Benny's to try out the new menu and put it to the M test. This is what I had to say....

Monday, 17 August 2015

Snow park at Chill Factore Review

This week we took J to Chill Factore in Manchester. She has done so well with her first year of school we thought we would treat her and a friend to an hours play in the snow park with Daddy and myself taking advantage of a family pass. This meant that S couldn't go, but due to her being 3, and not liking slides we thought it was best she did a more suitable activity with Grandad M instead. Thank you Grandad. J has never had both Daddy and myself all to herself before so it was a real treat.

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Tara Binns Eagle-Eyed Pilot review

We were sent Tara Binns Eagle-eyed pilot book to review mainly because Daddy is an airline pilot and they wanted his opinion on the book. We read almost every night to the girls just before bed and its nice to get a new book every so often to keep our minds fresh more then the girls.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Learning to write.... Alphabet cards review

J has just completed her first year of school and can now read and write to the standard that is needed for her age. She now leaves notes around the house and makes beautiful cards. S loves drawing but apart from drawing spiders she has not mastered much else apart from an S squiggle. Which is about right for a three year old. Trying to get her to write her name is impossible as she refuses to copy. Due to her drawing on walls we can not leave pencils around for her to have a try unless its structured play. She will learn the hard way.... or will she?

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Pet Parade carry kit review

The girls adore dogs. We don't own a dog due to having two cats who do not like dogs, and its unfair on them. This has not stopped all the dog teddies and toys that we have seem d to accumulate though. The latest new dog to join the M household is this little chap...

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Secret Fairy Door by Interplay

Well this review isn't going to be done in the usual way I do them by putting the girls behind the testing. Its me doing the testing this time. This is because my girlies do not know I have it yet. We have previously had a fairy door that was made out of MDF, and had a paper print out stuck on the front. The magic was there until S pulled the paper off one day, and the magic fairy door could no longer let the fairies in. Due to this reckless behaviour the fairies do not want a communal fairy door, but one especially for J's room. This will make it easier when the tooth fairy is needed too. However, we are due to put a lock on J's door so S cant get in, but that is still on the to-do list and I wouldn't want this special fairy door to have the same fate.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Too fat to run?

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know I am attempting to become a runner by all the treadmill pictures. I am taking place in a sponsored colour run on 31st August in Warrington, where you can sponsor me here. I am not a natural runner, and when I do it its a mind over body battle on which will last the longest.

Monday, 10 August 2015

#WIN Peblitown review and Giveaway

Have you heard of Peblitown from Toys Alive?  To be honest I had not heard of it before being asked to review it. All I was told was that it uses an app on your tablet to interact with real toy pieces for interactive play. My girls love playing with the I-Pad and with the summer holidays and the inevitable rainy days it was a no-brainer to put it to the test.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Aber Falls

This week saw us driving across to Wales to review the YHA near Bangor. We made the most of the nice weather as we knew it wouldn't be around for long so headed down the extremely narrow roads to Aber Falls. The girls enjoyed the waterfall so much at the three shire head that we wanted to see another. The photos for this day out speak for themselves, we had so many smiles and giggles just by letting the kids be kids. I hope you enjoy our memories....

Being a stay at home mum is tough!

Ok, my official job tittle is a "stay at home mum". Some think it is easy. The dream that we all envisage. Baking sweet cakes, singing nursery rhymes and attending play dates all with happy smiles and no tantrums. That is the dream. I have tried being a part time working mum so have dabbled at both.

Slim Canvas Prints by Snapfish

I love photos. If you haven't gathered that by now, what world do you live in? I love beautiful scenery, and photos with my girls in. We live in a fairly big house with a lot of cream walls. They are crying out for memories to be placed on the walls. We had a beautiful canvas print of the girls done for S's first Christmas, and a couple of smaller ones of them on their own which suited the home we lived in then. We now have too much wall space and they look lost. One of pictures just don't do them justice.

Friday, 7 August 2015

YHA - Youth Hostel Association family review!

This summer holidays with the building work taking place in the garden, and Daddy M having to study for his twice yearly exam in peace, has meant that I have had to take the girls out of the house. Thankfully the Youth Hostel Association (YHA) asked us if we would like to review a hostel of our choice. I have stayed in hostels as a child with schools and remember having ten giggling girls to a room. This had me wondering how family friendly it would be, and so I though we would put it to the test, and if all else fails at least Daddy had some time to study whilst we had a girly break.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Three Shires Head with children

Its been a long time since the girlies and myself went out for a "long" walk. J always seems so tired with school, or S refuses to leave. Chores need doing or the rain comes in. We had no excuse today though with the weather dry but overcast. I just had that itch to get outside. I didn't tell the girls how long the walk is, just that's its long, there will be sweets and a waterfall.

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Goldie Blox and the parade float review and giveaway

School is out and I am trying to keep J's brain ticking along during the six weeks off. I have read a lot online that kids always step backwards during the big summer break, so I am keen on getting her thinking a lot. We read every day, allow her some time on the I Pad for learning apps, and just ask her a lot of questions. Interplay sent us Goldie Blox and the parade float to review and I thought this would help us along with keeping her thinking.