Wednesday, 29 June 2016

My Week In Pictures #9

I'm getting increasingly addicted to Instagram and regularly post photos of snippets of our life. If any of you have Instagram leave your links in the comments box.


From left to right...

  • I wanted an ice cream. Shame the only one I got was pretend!

  • We had a lovely day at Mattel Play last week. Jack loved the Harold the Helicopter slide.
  • Family photo..

  • Jack loved the Sea-life centre. I adore this photo.
  •        Burgundy converse. I got them for my birthday and love them!
Jack queuing for an ice-cream. We played this game for hours.
More of Harold...
Jack was mesmerised by the Planes: Fire and Rescue film.
A picnic in the Lounge for breakfast.
Look at those penguins...


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Love2read Book Review and Giveaway

      My son Jack loves reading. He loves looking at the pictures and processing the story I am telling him. With books part of his bedtime routine, they have become integral to our life and to our routine.

Wouldn't it be lovely if you could get a book where the story was about a place your child had been or a family member that they loved? They would recognise the pictures staring back at them within a personalised story. Love2read create books like this, books which bring a child's life to the pages of a book.

When we were asked by Love2read to make and review a personalised photo book, I could not wait. Having reviewed a Love2read book before, I have seen first hand how much my child Jack has adored reading a story which he is part of. 

Love2Read was founded by Caroline, a mom who wanted to help her children to read. The aim of each unique book is to help your child develop a love of reading. These books are unique in the way that they are created. Instead of following a conventional story, you can create a personalised photo book based around family members, celebrations and special events.

With Father's Day approaching, I decided to create a book all about Jack's dad. Whilst I work part-time, most of my time is spent with Jack. I have been able to see his many firsts, take him on days out and watch him develop on a daily basis. My partner Wayne works full-time and provides the primary income for our family. Alongside this, he is an amazing father. So I decided to create a book about him, that we could read when Daddy was at work or that Wayne could read to Jack at bedtime.

 After browsing through my many family photos I picked my ten favourite pictures and uploaded them. You can put the pictures in any order and can even change the colours of the photo's borders. You can truly make this book look how you want it to. I included photos of Jack as a newborn meaning that Jack would begin to recognise himself as a baby. I also decided to include photos of Wayne and Jack on days out. I believe reading should spark a conversation and when interacting with toddlers, their recognition of different places is vital. Once I had uploaded the photographs, I then added in short sentences and phrases that described the images. This will help Jack associate images and words. There is also a "Can you read the words" page which helps children recognise key words from the book. In my book they were Daddy and Love. Pretty apt I think!

When our book arrived I could not wait to take a look. As always the quality of the book was excellent, it has thick pages so will be perfect for little hands. A photo collage on the cover, of Jack and his Daddy really captured Jack's attention. He has been asking me for Daddy's book pretty much every bedtime. 

Perfect for any celebration, you can buy books that are centred around a family member - grandad, grandma, uncle, mom and dad etc or around a birthday celebration, special day out or a pet. I will be purchasing the grandad and grandma books soon! 

For your chance to win a personalised book from Love2read, enter the competition below.


Monday, 13 June 2016

My Week In Pictures #8

I'm getting increasingly addicted to Instagram and regularly post photos of snippets of our life. If any of you have Instagram leave your links in the comments box.

From left to right...

  • Enjoying the lovely weather we have been having by heading to the park and it's lovely splash pad.

  • A lovely breakfast of eggs on toast...

  • Jack loved looking at the ducks. On a side note how lovely is his Zebra T-Shirt?!
  •        Jack adores this Miles Kelly Convertible Fire Engine Book. It's created hours of fun!

  • Yet another ice-cream! They are costing me so much, Jack is asking for them all of the time. He even knows where the Ice Cream Van is in the park.

  •  Can you tell we have been outside all week? Jack adores cars. Playing in a car whilst sitting in a car.


Thursday, 2 June 2016

My Week In Pictures #7

I'm getting increasingly addicted to Instagram and regularly post photos of snippets of our life. If any of you have Instagram leave your links in the comments box.

From left to right...

  • My new Pink Lining Zebra Crossing Wonder Bag. Just need to fill it up now... (How lovely is the print!)
  • Absolutely loving McDonald's Strawberry Lemonade this month.
  • We have recently filled up Jack's sandpit. Until recently he has absolutely hated sand, he now loves it!
Jack absolutely adores puzzles. Picked up this Paw Patrol 48 piece floor puzzle in the Works last week. He loves it!

Jack loves helicopters and aeroplanes so we have made the most of the clear skies. We are often found lying down looking for planes. So nice to have a bit of sunshine.


Thursday, 26 May 2016

He said I Love You...

From the moment your child is born they become the centre of your universe. Gone are the days where you could plan a visit to a beer-garden, a trip to the shops or even a toilet break in peace. First you deal with poo explosions, colic and being absolutely shattered and next you deal with potty training, toddler tantrums and fussy eating.

All to often, you hear the difficult moments being discussed and the fantastic moments being ignored. In my day to day life with a toddler there are many lovely moments but the ones that always get talked about are the difficult ones. Well today I'm going to chat about a lovely moment alongside the harder times.

My little boy is 25 months and whilst he can talk very well, usually it involves him asking for something.  Not today! Today he actually he said he loved me. 

Now of course I know he does...

But he actually said it!

I didn't say it first, he just came up out of the blue, gave me a kiss and said 'mommy, I love you.'

After the rubbish week we have had, that well and truly made up for it. This week Jack has been cutting his last molar. (I hate teething!) This has turned my little boy into an angry, impatient (well more so than usual) and sleep deprived toddler. You can guess that this week all I have wanted is wine and cake in the evenings. Problem is I haven't had an evening to have that.

I won't lie to you, I have been a tad emotional this week and that lovely little moment may have sent me over the edge. Jack on hard as usual thought I'd hurt myself and decided he was a doctor and tried to kiss my 'hurty' better. 

It's amazing that four simple words can mean so much but a parents love is unconditional and its lovely when your toddler finally says those words too. Never mind that he doesn't understand what they mean - I'm ignoring that bit! Question is, when will he understand it's bed-time!


Monday, 23 May 2016

Blogger Book Club Box Review

I love reading. Ever since I was a child, I have loved nothing more than getting comfy and reading a good book. As a mom to an active toddler, going into town and perusing my local book store isn't an easy task so when Kay from Bloggers Book Club got in touch and asked me to review a book subscription box, I couldn't wait to give it a try.

In today's society, Subscription Boxes sales are thriving. Being able to receive goods through the post provides a hassle-free and simplistic way of shopping. 25 year old author and blogger Kay Page has set up the blogger book club box. Rather than being a beauty or a  food based subscription box, this box contains books and other goodies. Perfect for book worms like me.

When my box arrived, I couldn't wait to examine the contents. Each book box contains three books. I received RSVP by Helen Warner, Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon and Strip Jack by Ian Rankin. I was very happy with these books and had nearly brought RSVP the week before from Asda. The Ian Rankin's book is something I don't think I would have picked myself as I tend to go for lighter reads. I really enjoyed this book in particular.

Alongside the books I also got a few other goodies including pens, a tealight and some stationary. My favourite goody was the Today Will Be Productive To Do List. Anybody who knows me will know how much I enjoy making lists. Now I have an excuse!

These books are released on the 10th of every month with each box containing three books and a number of other goodies. The boxes are £15 and can be ordered through Give them a follow on twitter too.

I would really recommend these boxes, I really loved the element of surprise that they gave me.

Disclaimer* - I was sent this box in exchange for an honest review.


My Week In Pictures #6

I'm getting increasingly addicted to Instagram and regularly post photos of snippets of our life. If any of you have Instagram leave your links in the comments box.

From left to right...

  • Wayne plays for a brass band and I went up with him to the Whit Friday Marches. Such a lovely day. Loved watching the band play!
  • A new use for the shredded paper left in my Glossybox. 
  • Nothing better than finishing work and heading into Grand Central to get a train home.
  • Jack has been throwing a fair few tantrums this week and has been lying on the floor in a strop a fair bit.
  • More editing.. It's never ending.
I took Jack to the Think Tank Science Museum in Birmingham last week. He loved the toddler village, I can't wait to take him again!
  • Jack loves an ice-cream at the Park. A good excuse for me to have one too.
An empty Krispy Kreme box. Not good for my diet. 
  • I brought myself a Filofax. Hopefully this will help me become more organised. 

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