Monday, 5 December 2016

Portable North Pole Review

Its well and truly the run up to Christmas now. We have embraced it fully with the girls still both believing. This may be J's last year as next year she will be in the "big kids" playground and you never know what gets discussed there! To embrace the magic we have used the Portable North Pole. The Portable North Pole creates magical and personalised videos for your children using the information you supply.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Making Yoghurt with EasiYo

S loves yoghurt. She would eat them all day long if she was allowed. Instead of making cakes we tried making yoghurt. This is how easy it is. We were gifted a set from EasiYo.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Baby Born Interactive Wonderland Dragon Review

Christmas is fast approaching and parents are now searching for reviews of the toys the children have on the top of their wish list. Is the Baby Born Dragon on your child's wish list?? After the girls reviewed the Interactive Baby Born and then the Baby Born Interactive Sister doll they wanted to review the Baby Born Dragon. Who wouldn't? She is adorable with her sparkly blue eyes and pearlescent wings.

The Dragon comes in a large box just like the dolls so it is sure to give the WOW factor to little ones who always believe the bigger the box, the better the toy is.

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Northern Ballet - Goldilocks and the Three Bears Mini Critic Review

In half term we went to the Northern Ballet in Leeds to see the children's ballet, Goldilocks and the three bears. This is where it has started the tour of Britain, which ends in June 2017. We were invited along by Northern Ballets sponsor First Direct with the girls being chosen as #fdminicritics. All we had to do was attend and get the girls opinions.

Therefore I will leave it to J (aged 7) to tell you about our day... (I have typed whilst she has dictated to me, I have prompted her in places)

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Returning back to work...

You may, or may not have noticed the blog and social media platforms have been very quiet the past few months. The reason? S has started school and therefore I threw myself back into work. I struggled to find any part time work when I started looking in the summer months ready for a September start so I made the leap and tried full time. Monday to Friday, nine to five.

Its now been two months and I've decided full time isn't for me. The guilt of having nothing to do with school, no communication apart from a few words in a book and how tired the girls are after a day in breakfast club, school and then after school is just too much. After dinner there is then no chance of getting the girls to sit down and do homework, and weekends I see in my head for days out to make up for the time we've lost after school. This can not continue.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Petit Bateau Clothes Review

The latest review is not a normal type of review for us. This is a clothing review. Eek! If anyone knows me personally they know I love basic clothes; a good pair of jeans, comfy trainers, casual tee and a comfy hoody. No names, no big budgets and no latest fashion. Then Petit Bateau got in touch. They offered us the chance to try out some of their autumn/winter clothes. With the budget we decided to kit J out with a new outfit or two, then S can get the use out of the clothes eventually too. (Yes I am a tight mummy!). Out of the large range on the website I picked a pair of jeans. Jeans are a wardrobe essential, and not cheap when you buy decent jeans that will last the test of children and time, we where then left with enough budget to choose two tops. I fell in love with one, and J chose the other.
She loved trying them on, feeling like a model. However posing for outfit shots was not her strongest point. Probably didn't help that I chose to snap away whilst her friends played nearby. Here is one of her pose's. (She is not going to like me in 5 years time, Teehee!).

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Baby Born Interactive Review

We were sent the Baby Born Interactive doll to review after pre-school mentioned how well S liked to care for a dolly whilst there. This included bathing it over and over again. She could do this at home now too with the Baby Born Interactive doll.
The doll comes in a very large box which certainly makes it a WOW factor with little ones. Inside the box is the interactive doll with a baby grow and hat, dummy, bottle, plate/bowl spoon, a nappy, a potty, porridge and a matching bracelet for the child which the doll is also wearing, along with a catalog and instructions.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Body Confidence Program Review

It comes to no shock to Daddy M that I embarked on yet another diet plan at the start of summer. Over the years that we have been together I have been on pretty much every diet going as the pounds crept on. The restricting calories, the 5:2, the Cambridge diet, Atkins, Slimming World and Weight Watchers to name just a few. He was getting fed up of the next "fad" especially as it came so close to giving up with The Body Coach 90day SSS Plan half way through. However, I had to give up that one due to injury as I couldn't complete the intense and strict exercise plan as I couldn't even weight bare on my foot. This time though, I managed to shock hubby and even myself with The Body Confidence Plan as I completed the full 8 weeks. WOW!! Now that says something in itself. If I managed to complete the full eight weeks when I couldn't succeed anywhere else it proves it is different.

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Plan our Date Review and Giveaway

 Daddy M and myself have been together 10 years now. Where has that time gone? Long ago the dates disappeared especially after having the girls. Throw in no local family to babysit, our evenings (when Daddy isn't working) consists of sat in front of the TV working our way through yet another box set.
When the founders of Plan Our Date, (a new subscription service starting August 2016) asked if we would like to try one of their dates in a box I instantly said yes as I was very intrigued. Daddy knew nothing until it arrived!

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Baby Born Interactive Sister Review

Did you know today is national sister day?? Well J and S are sisters so we were sent the new Baby Born Sister doll to celebrate. We have recently discovered Baby born and the baby was a big hit. (Review coming soon after more intensive testing!)

The girls were instantly excited when they saw her. The box was huge. J insisted it was her dolly, which of course caused arguments. Eventually they settled that they both could play with Baby Born sister whilst it was new, but then it would be J's as the baby new born original is S's.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Dinosaurs at National Forest Adventure Farm

The dinosaurs are alive... no they are not... yes they are!! The basis of the argument from the back of the car en-route to National Forest Adventure Farm. 'Just wait and see, and then we will know..' A few minutes into our visit we would soon know... a Raptor was out having his walk... S and little J (S's friend) were mesmerised. J was speechless until she saw the legs but as she was impressed she kept her mouth shut! Little J was a little apprehensive after the guide warned him that the dinosaur liked the animal food he was carrying...

Monday, 1 August 2016

Opening Fairy Doors Review

We love fairies in our house. The imagination that comes from the girls is amazing to see. With just a few props the world really comes alive to everything make believe, including fairies. S has seen them and J has an imaginary fairy that comes to see her. It truly is wonderful to see such happiness from them over something that isn't real. When we were asked if we wanted to review another fairy door, it was an easy decision. Now we have reviewed fairy doors in the past. One belongs in our lounge for everyone to see, and another was in J's bedroom. Unfortunately it didn't last the element of time with S around pulling the door and the house off the wall.
This fairy door is similar to the one that has lasted with one big difference. It opens.... Now this is big for any little girl. It also comes with a window, a post box with letter paper and envelopes, fairy dust, a little book, fence panels, wall stickers and a fairy friend certificate.

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Martina The Little Turtle Review and Giveaway RRP £29.99

The girls love animals. They also love noisy repetitive toys too. Well S does in particular. When the chance came up to test Martina the little turtle from Club Petz  I put the girls forward. We have recently brought annual passes for the sea life centre and with that is a new love for turtles. So it seemed perfect.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck Review

As you may be well aware by now, S adores Num Noms, the latest collectable toy. After Num Noms found out how much she enjoys them they sent us the Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck to try out too. To say she was just a tiny bit excited would be an understatement. We had to get it out the same day it arrived before J could even get home from school to try it out.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Is your child the next big VLogger?

This day and age most kids have watched You Tube at some point. Whether its to watch tutorials on how to get to the next level in a game, or tutorials on how to make something, or even someone just opening surprise packets of the latest craze collectable toy. I know my kids want to be You Tube stars after watching everyone else do it. They have since dabbled in it and really enjoy making the videos.

Now there is a chance for your child to be the next big VLogger, and become one of The Digital Kid Shows official VLoggers.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Shreks Adventure Review

We were invited down to London to experience the Shrek's Adventure attraction. We are big fans of Shrek in the M household with the adult humour that keeps us entertained as well as being innocent for the children to enjoy too, but I'll be honest with you. I had no idea what Shrek's Adventure was. However I saw myself saying yes please, as I know if its anything by DreamWorks it would be good.

Monday, 11 July 2016

Innovo review - Restore the pelvic floor

I know I am not alone. I was one of the 1 in 3 women who suffered from bladder problems. I say that in past tense because I no longer am one of those women that would cross their legs every time they sneezed or coughed, who would make excuses not to jump on the trampoline with the kids or run out the exercise class to nip to the loo at every star jump going. Yep, I did suffer from stress related incontinence. I blame the girlies. I never had that issue before my children.
I used to sneak a Tena lady in the basket every time I would buy the monthly products to hope they wouldn't get noticed at the checkout. It is an embarrassing problem. Especially when I wasn't even 30. Its something you would picture as an elderly lady not a young mum running after her kids all day. Now I wasn't bad enough that I would soak my clothes but yes, I was bad enough to need a pad when exercising, or if I had a cold.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Flower girls in the countryside

This year the M family welcomed another family into it when the girls Uncle N married Auntie R. We couldn't attend the official wedding as it took place in Oman during term time. However they had their vows blessed here in the UK during June and asked the girls to be their flower girls. The girls had been looking forward to the day for months knowing they would have 'princess dresses' and fairy wands.
The blessing took part in Grandma and Grandad M's village church at Crosby Ravensworth and the party nearby in Morland in a big country house that they had hired out for the weekend. Dressed in 'almost' identical mid calf ivory dresses (thanks Ebay) and Ivory ballerina shoes from H&M we decided to add a touch of colour with a dusky pink flower headband, again from H&M. Auntie R wanted the girls to have fun so opted for them to have wands instead of a heavy bouquet of flowers. They looked the part of flower girls. Trying to get a picture perfect pose those proved difficult due to the excitement.

Digital Kids Show is coming to Manchester

The Digital Kids show is coming to Event city on October 29-30th. If you are anything like me you would have asked
"What is the Digital kids show?"
The Digital Kids show is a two-day event which is the first of its kind bringing to life the exciting digital world in a fun and friendly format for children and parents. Our J is technology obsessed. Any computer, console or tablet and she's perched over the top watching or playing on it herself, now S is starting to get into technology too. That's not a bad thing in this day and age though considering when they are adults it will be a way of life for them, just look how its come on for us since we were kids. (In moderation though, we do still like the great outdoors and board games too!)

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Puppy in my Pocket review

Puppy in my pocket is nothing new, its been around for years. However they are returning with more then 100 to collect, including the super rare glitter puppies. S has her little collectables, now its time for J to have something as her own. She adores all types of dogs and is always stopping strangers in the parks and on walks to stroke their dogs so when I heard about the puppies in my pocket range we excitedly said yes please to review.
We were sent two blind packs which include 1 puppy in each. These retail at £2.49 each which makes it perfect pocket money or reward toy. We were also sent the cute puppy carrier set which includes the bright pink and purple bag with two special 'on show' pouches, and 4 puppies. This retails at £12.99.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Num Noms Series 2 Unboxing

As you have seen from our previous post, the girls do love Num Noms. They were sent a sneak preview from Series 2 which is now out. The freezie pop set, and two surprise packs. You can see the girls reactions for yourself here. It is obvious that the girls prefer the sweeter scents compared to the savoury scents... Check it out here...

*We were sent the Freezie Pop set and 2 x surprise sets for the purpose of this video.

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Num Noms a firm favourite

As you maybe aware from Instagram, little S's Num Noms collection is growing and growing... she just adores them.

A photo posted by Stacey McCall (@mummymsmemories) on

Friday, 17 June 2016

Kenwood Blend X Fresh Blender Review

If your one of my Instagram followers you will know I love making a good smoothie when I'm on one of my many health kicks. Or I am quite partial to knocking up a home made soup when it gets a bit colder. Unfortunately my old faithful blender which I've had for over 5 years has started smelling when I blended for longer then a few minutes so I have had to replace. My replacement? The funky looking Kenwood Blend Fresh.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Our ADOS results.

Last month I decided to share with you what we were going through with regards to S. It took me months and months to come up with courage whether to share or not, and to be honest since sharing things are getting better. So its only fair that I now update you again. It was such a relief that it was finally out in the open.

Last week was S's ADOS test. ADOS stands for Autism Diagnostic Observation schedule. It takes around two hours where she is tested through play. There is different tests depending how severe the child is. S is a walking talking social(most of the time) child so had a different test to which a child with mutism would. She didn't even know she was being tested.

My Fairy Garden Lilypad Gardens Review

We were sent a Lilypad Garden which is the latest product to be launched from the 'My fairy garden' range, to test it out. Lilypad Gardens is a large flower pot with its very own fairy that resides in the bottom. Arriving in a big colourful box with the fairy and a pinwheel on show the girls were instantly drawn to it.

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Unicorn Onesie Review

As a mum, I like ease and convenience with the kids especially when it comes to dressing. J on the other hand likes to be cool and "funky" with her own unique style. Our latest review item, a unicorn Kigurumi onesie ticks all the boxes.
J doesn't often wear onesies but they are perfect for after her swimming lessons as they can be thrown on to go home in afterwards, rather then putting her school uniform back on again afterwards. J also uses them like a dressing gown if she is cold on a morning or evening.


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Family day out at The Printworks

The Printworks is a great place to be in Manchester. I have memories of my 'up North' hen party taking place in a bar within The Printworks. With the bars and many restaurants inside and outside its a great night out, but what is it like for a family day out? We were invited along with the girlies to test it out.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Weekend by the River Wye

Last weekend we were invited to stay with the YHA at the River Wye. The main purpose was to review the bell tent, which you can read about in my previous post here. We have never visited the area before so didn't really know what to expect, but wow! The scenery was amazing. Everywhere was so green.
The river Wye is located within the Forest of Dean, and the easiest way I can locate that in my head is to say its between Bristol and the Welsh border. (Geography is not my finest skill).
With two days to fill, three children to entertain and a card I didn't want to splash I headed over to the geocaching website. From this website I had planned that from the campsite we could stroll along the river Wye finding a few caches along the route and end up at a pub at Symond Yat for dinner, before strolling back again. (The geocaching website shows footpaths and hints at where a stunning location is with photos, generally the more caches in an area the more beautiful it is!) The second day was due to be spent at the local castle exploring before heading home.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Glamping - YHA Bell tent review

Have you ever been camping before? We took the girls camping for the first time a few years ago which went well but we cut it short due to the rain forecast and having to put the tent down, which isn't nice in the rain. We haven't been camping since as our planned trip last year fell in the week it didn't stop raining so we decided to stay put at home instead. However if the tent was already up in place it could have been a different story.
The YHA invited us along for a night in one of their bell tents which is already up in place on arrival and we could not wait.
Daddy M was due to work on the weekend we picked so we invited V and K2 from Mummy3+1Dog for a girly weekend away 'glamping'. 

On arriving at the YHA Wye Valley we checked in and was given our allocated bell tent. There were 4 bell tents on our site in a field away from the youth hostel itself.

All the tents faced into the middle of the campsite with three clustered close together and a fourth situated away at the back of the site. Our tent was in the heart of the camp site.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Why has my blog been very quiet??

Last summer I sat in the doctors surgery pleading for help. I couldn't cope. I was struggling to cope with my 3 year old. Nobody but Daddy M understood what I was going through. Daddy's way of coping was to shut himself away from it and do 1:1 more with J. I had had enough and needed help or support or both. When I seeked it from others I was told its normal behaviour for a 3 year old, and that J was a good child and I had it lucky. She is just a typical 3 year old. Then when we visited my parents my mum briefly planted a seed in my head, she had been observing her "unique" behaviour for a few days. (My parents are carers for adults with special needs) After an afternoon where she went through an entire bottle of hand sanitiser just rubbing her hands clean my mum asked could she be seeking sensory stimulation? 

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Bratz Remix doll review

J is 6.5 years old. Where has that time gone? She  rarely actually "plays" these days. This is a sad occasion as she would rather listen to music singing at the top of her voice and play on her DS or write stories, draw and colour then actually play. However on the occasion her friends come over the dolls usually come out. We were offered to review the Bratz remix doll and I thought this would be an ideal doll for those occasions.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Party at Chill Factore Review

Who doesn't like a good party? Who doesn't like the snow? (when you don't have to drive in it?) Who doesn't like to have fun with friends? If you said yes to any of the previous questions, this post isn't for you!
J loves the snow, and I mean LOVES the snow. We were tempted to host her 6th birthday party at Chill Factore but didn't really know what we would get for our cash so when we got offered to try it out and review it we jumped at the chance. To bring the party atmosphere she was able to bring some friends along to make it a real party.
We hired the clothing which is a party add on (£6 per person) which includes warm waterproof ski trousers and a ski coat. M had his own ski wear so opted to wear his. We wrapped everyone up warm and popped the ski boots and helmets on (everyone receives these to hire for the party). And we were ready for the fun.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Geronimo Harewood House review 2016

We were eagerly awaiting Geronimo 2016 after attending the launch last year in Manchester (you can read about it here). However, I'm due to run my half marathon the weekend it comes back to Manchester and with a planned child-free weekend it wasn't ideal. Therefore we decided to visit Geronimo at Harewood House and book a hotel the night before to enjoy the day without a long drive beforehand; that is how much we LOVED Geronimo last year. We ranted and raved about our experience and from that we have friends that have paid to visit when it returns to Manchester later in May.

This year, our experience was completely different. I'm not going to mention the difference in weather at this point as we were prepared for that with wellies and waterproofs. However, the experience before even reaching Geronimo put our backs up. After peeling off a main road 6 miles away we reached traffic jams. This would lead us all the way to the main gates taking an extra hour. Geronimo had at this point opened another gate allowing cars in from a different direction which I think helped the situation and we weren't charged to park the car like the website had previously mentioned. I am presuming they got rid of the parking charges to help alleviate the traffic in the surrounding roads. I really felt for the locals that were stuck in the queues.

When we were in the grounds we were greeted by the queue to get into the park. This left Daddy to say, "If we have to stand in that queue as well, we are going home!"

Monday, 25 April 2016

Fluffimals Fluffy Factory Review and Giveaway

 If you watch children's TV you would have probably heard of Fluffimals. My girls would scream "I want that" when the advert comes on and then an argument over which one would get it...whoah... where did that attitude come from? I think having two winter babies (October and January) and Christmas within a few months they forget the draught of new toys for spring and summer. Thankfully for them the kind people over at Mookie toys asked us if they would like to review the new Fluffimals with a teddy for each girl so there was no more arguments.

The main set for Fluffimals come with the machine to stuff the new teddies, tweezers personality cards and instructions, a teddy bear, coloured "personality" stuffing and plain stuffing, a magic heart and a brush.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Num Noms review and GIVEAWAY

We have officially entered the 'collectors phase' with the girls. They are now officially collecting the new Num Noms. What are Num Noms do I hear you say? Well, Num Noms are super cute, colourful soft collectable and scented scoops of ice cream (obviously not real ice cream, a toy ice cream) . To start our collection we were gifted a motorised starter Nom set and two surprise packs.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Easter at National Forest Adventure Farm

The girls adore most animals which makes it very easy to LOVE the National Forest Adventure Farm in Staffordshire. We have been almost every season for the past year and know we will walk away having a great day out. Last years Easter visit can be seen here. This year they have made some changes and it is an even better day out for it. We visited Good Friday this year and it was VERY busy. The queue was half way around the car park!! Daddy doesn't do crowds and was tempted to go home before even going in, however the girls persuaded him to stay knowing what was inside the gates.
The staff managed to get the queue moving by letting people in the side entrance who had pre-booked, which included us too, yeay! Once inside the crowds quickly dispersed so it didn't feel over crowded. After all there is so much to do.

Our first port of call was to the animal barn for the lamb feeding. This is one of the areas they have invested in, add it has paid off. Its a first come first served basis now, compared to the push to the front to try and get a bottle. In the queue you are now given a number between 1-8, each number is given out 8-10(?) times and when the numbers have gone, its full. (They have many sessions throughout the day) They also provide seats. Two numbers are called at once and the children come and sit on hay bails. All the ones on one side, all the twos on the other. Its then a race to see what lamb drinks the milk the quickest. The bottle is still passed along the line but there is no pushing and shoving and every child gets a go.  

Thursday, 24 March 2016

WIN Tickets to GERONIMO - The Biggest Children’s Festival in the UK

Geronimo is back, and we are ambassadors again! You can read about our experience last year here. And this year it’s going to be bigger and better. Seeing a return to Tatton Park in 2016 from May 29th – 30th and a new venue at Harewood House from May 1st – 2nd, expect a line-up jam packed with some of the biggest names in children’s entertainment, including TV favourites Justin Fletcher*, Mr Bloom, Andy Day, Alex Winters and Cook & Line from Swashbuckle.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Exploring our local countryside

S was in an outdoor mood. Kept asking to go outside to play. In and out the back door that was to be kept shut to keep the cats in, making me worry about trapped fingers or escaped cats. It was too cold to keep the doors open like the day before. The sun had hid behind the clouds and the temperature had dropped. J was at school and daddy at work, so it was just S and myself. My step counting watch was beeping at me telling me I've not moved enough. That's it, we were going off to explore by foot. We have lived here almost 2 years now but we are still finding little gems. With my running routes getting longer, I need to find new routes. I've made mistakes before looking at footpaths online, then getting there and they are not runnable. This time we are going to go and have a look first. Scooter in tow to pull S along when she gets tired. (We have to come up with other ideas other then pushchairs after she refused to get in one once she turned 2). 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Nickelodeon Blaze and the monster machine Twitter party

EEk! The girls are so excited! We have been asked to host a Blaze and the monster Machine Twitter party. This means we get to have a little party here at home with games that other hosts are also doing in their homes too, and then on Wednesday 16th March between 1-3pm we showcase our party games along with UKMums.TV. so we come together for one big giant party. There will also be fun games and activities for you to join in with at home too. Throughout the two hour party there will also be plenty of chances to win some fab prizes and see items from the new Fisher-Price toy range in action! These toys are fab, we've had a sneak peek and can not wait to review them.

One of the new toys, the Blaze Turbo Launcher, we will be using in the maths themed party game.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Fairy Flowerpot Giveaway worth £9.99

We have loved testing out the Fairy Flowerpot and bringing it to life which you can read all about here.

If you would like to create your own very special fairy flowerpot you can either purchase it here for £9.99 or enter the rafflecopter competition below for your chance to win your very own pot, courtesy of Interplay.
The pot can be used inside or outside and helps bring imagination alive along side nature. Aimed for children aged 4 and up, this would make a lovely activity perfect for spring and summer.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

•This giveaway is open to all UK residents only.
•ONE winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and announced on this page.
•The winner will be contacted by e-mail within 3 days of competition ends. If they do not respond within 28 days another winner may be chosen.
•The prize will be sent directly to the winner from Interplay UK Ltd.
•Mummy M's Memories will not be responsible for delivery and the item may take some time to arrive.
•Any damage to the prize is not Mummy M's Memories responsibility.
•The company reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of a similar type/value if the prize above is not available.

•Your details will be passed to My Fairy Range, but will not be passed onto any third parties by Mummy Ms Memories.
•Entries using any software or automated process to make bulk entries will be disqualified.
•Competition starts on 11/03/2016 12 am – 01/04/2016 11.59pm.

Good luck!

Fairy Flowerpot Review

The girls are fairy mad, just yesterday J came home from school with a fairy in her hand! We have been very luky to be able to keep the imagination alive with several fairy related products. Have you seen our fairy garden review, and our fairy door review from Interplay???
Well to the girls joy there is more fairy products being launched now too. We were able to grab the fairy flowerpot to review and put to the test. This time S was testing it out...

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Paint and Play Dinosaurs

S loves dinosaurs. When I say love, I mean besotted. When we had the opportunity to review something dinosaur based I knew she would be thrilled. Little did I know J would be too. Paint and play Dinosaurs by Interplay arrived at the perfect time. Both girls were off school and nursery but had started to perk up. Resting was no longer an option, however I was exhausted as I had been up and down all night soothing them. It needed to be something easy to clean and tidy up, didn't take much effort but entertain them both.
The box contains everything you may need, paints, a paint brush, 3 dinosaurs to paint, two small cavemen to play along side the painted dinosaurs and instructions. The instructions pretty much said go with your imagination as we don't actually know what colours the dinosaurs were... 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Varicose Vein Surgery update

Its been seven and a half weeks now since I had my Varicose vein surgery. That time has gone quick and it has not been easy. The days after my last update detailing the surgery and the week after was hard. It was like I jinxed my recovery. The pain suddenly doubled and I was needing to take the codeine and ibuprofen on the rigid set hours it was due. The Codeine would then knock me out and I would need to sleep for an hour or two until the effects wore off. This was not good. Daddy M was due to go back to work for a few days before his Christmas leave, J needed to get to school and I had S to look after. Considering I couldn't even stay awake this was a mission. One I could not complete. We ended up sending S to her Grandads (2 hours away) for a few days until Daddy M was back on leave as I just couldn't look after her. (She loved looking after his neighbours chickens with him, and the quality 1:1 time). J thankfully is old enough to get herself dressed and isn't as high needs so we asked a few favours from some of the school mums to be able to collect her and drop her back home afterwards. Without their help I don't know what we would have done. It really is true from the research I did online, the two-three weeks after the surgery is the worst.

DisneyLife review

I've been a bit naughty. Back in December I was asked if I would like to review Disney Life. After just returning from Disney World, Florida I knew it would be a big hit for the girls. Also we had a few long journeys ahead of us, hotel room stays and I was pretty much laid up after my leg surgery it was a god send. However I haven't actually reviewed it although it has made my life so much easier with the girls whilst out and about.

Peppa Pig Construction set review

S is very creative, and imaginative. She loves building things and then playing with the said item in her own little way. When we were invited to try out a new Peppa Pig construction set she was very happy.  We were sent Grandpa Pig's boat to build and play with.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Stagecoach... an interview with the Principal

J has been going to Stagecoach for 4 weeks now and is absolutely loving it.  There is no Friday afternoon over tiredness instead its bouncing around getting ready for the class. She is full of confidence as she goes racing in to the main hall ready for registration each week. Therefore I thought it was time to find out a little bit more about Stagecoach Congleton's' Principal Chris Brown, what experience he has, why he decided to join Stagecoach and how he believes  it helps our children...
Stagecoach Congleton's principal Chris Brown

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Making the house a home

We have been in our house almost two years now. Where has the time gone? OK, it's not our house, but it should be our home. We live in it, we pay the rent and bills, we clean it and the girls mess it up. It feels like home but then it doesn't. All our furniture from our previous houses is in it, but that's it. It has just been plonked in a spot as there is no where else to put it, rather then buying a piece for a set room. Our house should be one to be proud of.
It's larger then I ever expected to live in before I'm 30. It has two large reception rooms plus a kitchen diner, and a hallway as big as some front rooms. So why doesn't our home feel like a home? -One we can be proud of.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Our Christmas 2015

Wow... where has the time gone? Christmas came and went in a flash. Our Christmas is always busy as we visit my side of the family in the days before with the last day being our Christmas dinner on Christmas eve. The 220 mile long drive home usually sends the hyper excited girls off to sleep before we get home, and then Christmas day we spend with Daddy M's family. This year was no different apart from Grandma and Grandad M had now moved 120miles away to Cumbria.

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Getting organised with Stigu

If you have noticed my blog has been VERY quiet recently you may be wondering why? I have been getting overwhelmed with everything I need to do and the blog has slipped. Going into 2016 I am challenging myself to be more organised as currently I am not at all.
I'm planning on using Stick to Stigu to help me. Stick to Stigu is a 130 page spiral bound weekly diary with a little twist from a new company that started up just a few months ago. It looks modern, quirky and good quality with thick paper ffo the pages rather then the thin pages you sometimes get.