Monday, 12 December 2016

The Go Ahead Range: Review

As a mom to a toddler, I rarely get the time to sit down and prepare a healthy snack. I am often guilty of picking up a chocolate bar instead and eating it on the go.  If i'm honest I am not the healthiest of eaters so when I was recently sent some products from the Go Ahead range, I couldn't wait to try them to see if they were something i could incorporate into my diet. 

The Go Ahead range has a variety of different snacks including Yogurt Breaks, Crispy Slices, Fruity Bakes and Cookie Bites. The very first thing that caught my attention was the Cookie Bites. My love of chocolate and treats meant that the word cookie caught my eye. 

I got sent both the White Chocolate and Raspberry cookies and the Cheeky Chocolate and Orange cookies. I demolished the chocolate and orange very quickly. They were quite the hit in my house. With an RRP of £1.99 for 6 packs, each pack contains just less than 100 calories making it the perfect snack. I will definitely be reaching for them again.

I also got sent a variety of the Yogurt Breaks, Crispy Slices and Fruit Bakes.

I really enjoyed both the Fruity Bakes in particular. Golden basked bars, filled with a fruit filling - they made a lovely mid morning snack. The strawberry flavour in particular was lovely. 

All low in calories, the Go Ahead snack range is the perfect snack to get you through until dinner time. I would most definitely recommend!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Why I Needed To Take A Blogging Break

I have recently taken a break from blogging. I had been struggling to put a sufficient amount of time into the blog for a while and was struggling to balance blogging time alongside family/work and other commitments. Rather than putting up posts I wasn't happy with, I decided to have a bit of time out. A few weeks off to see if I missed it and if I did how I could give it the time it deserved.

The good news is that I have missed blogging and the fantastic community that goes alongside it. I've missed writing and expressing myself. Blogging was an outlet for me and gave me something to focus on in my spare time. 

Up until this point my blog has mainly been family focused. It will continue to be but with a few added genres. I'm really trying to lose weight and get fit and have recently entered a marathon *don't laugh.* I'm currently not very fit and very overweight so thought I'd share my fitness journey too. Other than that I'm going to include more posts about where we go as a family and will pretty much right about anything that takes my fancy. I want the blog to be cathartic and don't want to be afraid to write how I truly feel.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

A Trip To The RAF Museum | Cosford

With both myself and Wayne working opposite shifts, quality family time tends to happen every Sunday. This is by far our largest chunk of time together during the week and is usually filled with outdoor activities and park trips. This one day passes by far too quickly with us often wishing that we could rewind time and enjoy it all over again. The past two weeks however, has seen a pleasant change. Both myself and Wayne were off work. With us already meeting my tolerance quota of trips to Soft Play, we thought we would venture slightly further afield to the RAF Museum in Cosford.

Jack from a young age has been fascinated with aeroplanes and helicopters. We have many toy versions scattered throughout our home often with a propeller or a wing missing. Getting to see a lot of them up close is his idea of heaven.

Aside from a small parking charge, admission to the RAF Museum in Cosford is free. Something which after visiting seems all the more amazing considering how much there is to see. We arrived at 10am just as the museum opened and headed straight in. I'll be quite honest here and say that I didn't appreciate just how many different types of aircraft exist. I very quickly realised that we hadn't just come to see a few different types of aircraft.

After walking through the visitor centre we viewed a few of the different aeroplanes that were located outside on the grass before heading into the first hanger called Test Flight.

In this hanger were many different types of aircraft. I had never really appreciated the size of aeroplanes before standing right next to one. Jack was the most excited I have ever seen him. I constantly was explaining to him that he wouldn't be able to sit inside an aircraft. I was wrong as in this hanger there was an aircraft set up which allowed you to sit in the cockpit. Also in this hanger was the Fun N Flight area and the 4D experience. Whilst we didn't go on the 4D experience, we did walk around the Fun N Flight Area. This area was perfect for children as it allowed them to become hands-on and interact with the different experiments in this area. Whilst Jack was too small to understand a lot of it, he really enjoyed trying out some of these different zones.

After enjoying this area, we headed into the other hangers which included War Planes, the National Cold War Exhibition and Hanger 1. Each hanger contained more missiles, tanks, helicopters and aircraft from different periods in time. My experience on this day out was made more special by the people working there. Upon seeing that Jack was holding his toy helicopter and realising his interest in them, they explained that the museum also housed several helicopters and proceeded to explain where each one was. If I thought Jack had been excited when seeing the different aeroplanes, this hit another level when he saw the helicopters. He had never been up close to one before and the expression on his face said it all. After popping to the shop to pick up another toy helicopter we headed to a nearby bench for a spot of lunch. Cue a toddler meltdown as Jack broke a propeller of his 5 minute old helicopter.

We spent three hours at the museum and donated to their collection as we left. I would happily have paid for this trip and think it may have been one of Jack's favourite day outs we have been on. He has already asked to go again!


Monday, 19 September 2016

My Week In Pictures #14

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. I love finding new people to follow. This weeks pictures are mainly shots of what we have done with our week.

   From left to right:
A photo of me and my lovely other half. It's rare that we take a photo of just the two of us.

Jack had a lovely time at the Coventry Transport Museum.

A Tassimo hot chocolate and a bit of TV = perfection.

Jack loves sitting at my Piano. He loves watching Fireman Sam whilst pressing all the keys.

One of my favourite magazines - Gurgle Magazine.

A spot of painting. Jack even wore his apron.

Why do toddlers feel the need to tip all of their toys out?

Look how cute he looks in his suit. Had a lovely time at a Family Wedding.

We had a bit of a PJ Day.

This is Fireman Chase.

Homemade popcorn. Absolutely love my Popcorn Maker.

A spot of cake making. I didn't take a photograph of the mess we created!


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Vintage Style Metallic Popcorn Maker Review | Savisto Home

When Jack is in bed and the essential chores are done, I love to just sit in front of the television and watch a TV Series or Film. For this I need snacks! My go to snacks are chocolate or popcorn. The problem is I much prefer cinema popcorn to anything else.

 Recently I was contacted by Savisto, a company that specialise in homeware, home essentials and kitchen accessories. They asked me if I would like to take a look at their site and pick something to review. Immediately the Vintage Style Popcorn Maker in Metallic Red jumped out at me (amongst several other things!) I have never made fresh popcorn before and couldn't wait to give it a try.

I absolutely love the colour of this popcorn maker. I haven't seen one this stylish before. My kitchen has a red theme running through it so this fitted in perfectly. With minimal setup required, it was ready to use after a quick wipe down.

This popcorn maker is very easy to use. There is no need for oil or butter, just simply pop in the corn kernels and away you go! As a mom, I don't have a lot of free time so I like to make the most of it. With the popcorn being ready within a few minutes, it doesn't take much longer to make this than pop to the cupboard and pick up an artificial processed product.

I was nearly as excited about the included popcorn boxes as I was about the popcorn. With six included with the popcorn maker and more available online, the red and white vintage style boxes are a fabulous addition to a movie night. I have actually used all of mine already as I brought them out on an evening in with friends.

Anyone for Popcorn?


Friday, 26 August 2016

Kidloland App Review and Giveaway

The use of technology in a child's upbringing is something that causes great debate. Whilst some people believe that items such as the television and iPad bring no educational benefit to a child's life, others believe that with technology playing such a large part in our lives, it's use is beneficial.
Jack currently uses the iPad first thing in the morning for 30 minutes and when I'm cooking dinner. He mainly accesses the YouTube Kids App which allows him to watch his favourite show, Fireman Sam. Giving Jack the iPad for these periods often triggers my "mom guilt." I know that in moderation it's use can be beneficial but feel that he could learn more if he was to use the iPad for educational purposes.
I have been looking for an app that offers both interactive and educational content. Something that would capture Jack's attention. Kidloland does just that! When they contacted me asking me if I would be interested in reviewing their app and giving away 5 subscriptions, I snapped their hand off.
An Overview:
Kidloland is an educational app which is designed for children between the ages of 0-5. From nursery rhymes to songs and learning games, the app will grow with your child. Jack is currently two years old so this app will be great in helping him learn phonics, the alphabet and much more.

One of the first things I noticed about this app in comparison to others aimed at children was the amount of content it offers. As well as nursery rhymes and songs, it also offers games and activities that promote the learning of phonics, the alphabet, shapes, puzzles and more. We have been using this app for two weeks and there is still a lot of content that we are yet to fully utilise.
Jack has loved listening to the Nursery Rhymes. Since using this app, he has even started to sing along! With bright animations, the nursery rhymes really capture Jack's attention. Lyrics appear across the bottom so you can sing along too. He has also been learning his phonics through the phonic songs. I think this section is fabulous though I do wish that the letter Z was not americanised. Currently the Z on the Z Song is pronounced Zee which in the English Language is incorrect. Aside from that, it's one of Jack's favourite areas on the app.

A real positive for me is how Kidloland have categorised the content. You can easily find what you are looking for and with topics including fruit and vegetables, dinosaurs, animals, vehicles,  and Christmas, there is always something new for your little one to explore.

When I first looked at the app, I thought that the games and activities section would be too old for him. How wrong I was! He has quickly learnt how to play some of the games solo. He can complete many puzzles on his own with his hand/eye communication improving every time.
One of the most positive things about this app is it's offline use. Once you have downloaded the content for the app, you can use it on the go. Perfect for a long journey or a picnic in the park.
 .New Update:

In the last few weeks Kidloland has added another feature to its app. The new Stories section has bedtime stories, fables and animal stories. Once you have selected a story you then have the option of whether you want to have the story read to you or you want to read it yourself. This allows you, the parent or even the child to read along to the story.
At £29.99 for a year's subscription, I think it is truly money well spent. Jack has really enjoyed the app and continues to use it on a daily basis. When Jack uses the iPad now, I know he is accessing content that will help him learn and develop.

For your chance to win one of the 5 three month subscriptions, enter below. I hope your little one loves the app just as much as Jack does.


Monday, 22 August 2016

My Week In PIctures #14

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. I love finding new people to follow. This weeks pictures are mainly shots of what we have done with our week.

   From left to right:

Cheering on the Brownlee Brothers in the Olympic Mens Triathlon. They only went and got Gold and Silver!

Another week, another photo of Soft Play.

Making the most of the sunshine and heading off to the Park.

Glossybox Unboxing

I'm a bit colourful after completing the Color Run.

Enjoying a lush bath! Love the frozen bath bomb.

A lovely view over the lake at the Arboretum.

Lazing on the grass.

Picnic time

Selfie Time - He couldn't get out of it, we were on a land train.

My Color Run pack.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Weekend Tot Style - What Jack Wore #1

I'm linking up to Weekend Tot Style for the very first time. I love putting together an outfit for Jack and have to say I much prefer shopping for him than for me. My favourite places to shop for Jack are Zara, Next and H&M. The supermarkets are also great for clothes. 

I'm making the most of the good weather and have been putting Jack in bright eye-catching outfits. I picked up these Zara dungarees and t-shirt as a set from Zara. The dungarees have the word 'sunshine written on them and the t-shirt has an ice cream van on it. The ice cream van was actually what caught my eye. Jack adores ice cream!

The Peppa Pig hat has a wide rim all around it and offers great protection.

Where do you shop for your toddler? 

This Mama Life

This Mum's Life

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Glossybox | August 2016 Review

I have just received my August Glossybox and thought I'd share the contents with you. Glossybox turned five years old this month and to celebrate have released a collector's edition design in collaboration with luxe accessory label Rae Feather.

The first thing I saw in my box was the MUA Eyeshadow Palette (worth £4.00.) We were given the chance to choose from four of MUA's bestsellers. I received the Starry Night Palette which consists of 12 highly pigmented colours. I missed the cut off for picking the palette so I had one chosen for me. I usually opt for golden toned palettes so this palette was completely different to something I would usually choose. However, I did really like this palette and enjoyed trying some of the different colours. My favourites were Pyxis and Apus.

I have been looking at buying a Facial Cleansing Brush for a while, so was really happy when I found one in this month's Glossybox. The Deep Pore Facial Cleansing Brush (worth £6.99) is lovely. The soft bristles help brush away any dead skin cells and have left my skin looking and feeling great. I use it with my normal cleanser.

Next up is the Mudmasky Facial Detox Purifying Recovery Mask. (worth £53 for the full size) I recieved a 20ml sized tube in my Glossybox and love it. It's a PH balanced facial treatment which is pore refining, hydrating,anti aging, brightening and soothing. It left my skin feeling great. Definitely one to repurchase.

A Cowshed Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion (worth £20 in it's full size) was included in this months box. It contains a blend of Lemongrass, Ginger and Rosemary to create a body lotion that has a really memorable scent. It also contains Shea and Cocoa Butters which have left my skin feeling super soft. I do like this item but for me Soap and Glory lotions are my favourites so I'm not sure I will repurchase this.

Finally in the box was a Rae Feather Mini Monogram Pochette (worth £20) To be honest I'm not really sure what I'm going to use this for. Instead of coming as one of the five products, I wish this had been included as an additional item. I was a bit disappointed with this if I'm honest.

What did you think of this month's Glossybox. Do you have a subscription box.? I'd love some more subscription box ideas.

What did you think of this months box? Leave me a comment below x


Tuesday, 16 August 2016

iBed Tablet Lap Desk Review

Anybody that knows me will know how much I love my iPad. I use it constantly. Whether it be for blogging, reading books or watching YouTube, it is something that I use daily. recently asked me if I would like to choose an item to review and inevitably after having a look at their website, I decided on something iPad related. sell unique and personalised gifts. From housewarmings to hen parties and even for no reason at all, they sell items for all occassions. I love the unsual and enjoy stumbling across items that I have never seen before and this company have plenty of those.

The iBed Tablet Lap Desk caught my eye immediately. Available in two colours, (red or blue) I opted for the blue version and awaited my delivery.

Upon it arriving, I knew immediately that I would be using it a lot. You simply slot your iPad into the holder and then use the lap desk for a drink, food, notepads or whatever takes your fancy. I found the Lap Desk to be very durable. The underneath is made of a soft material that is comfortable on your lap with the holder itself providing good stable support for the iPad.

 I'm a fairly early riser and tend to do some blogging whilst still in bed. This tablet holder has been perfect for this as it has enabled me to have breakfast whilst blogging. Having your hands free certainly makes life easier! Whilst the tablet is great on your lap and in and around the house, I have found it particularly useful when travelling. I get the train regularly to work and use this desk to support my tablet on longer train journeys. 

I would definitely recommend me this product to any other iPad fanatics!

*DISCLOSURE - I was sent this item in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.


Monday, 15 August 2016

My Week In Pictures #13

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. I love finding new people to follow. This weeks pictures are mainly shots of what we have done with our week.

   From left to right:

Hide and Seek is Jack's current favourite game. Doesn't he blend into the door well!

Look it's Fireman Jack!

My little one has no fear... Here he was before he literally jumped onto the bouncy castle slide.

I said I wanted a cup of tea. This wasn't quite what I had in mind.

Another day, another picture of Jack in a sand pit.

Jack enjoyed his afternoon at the Fire Station Open Day.

Jack loved seeing the Guinea Pigs and spending time with Aunt Faye.

Well he wouldn't nap but who cares when he looks this cute!

Sticker time... Can you tell he loves Fireman Sam?


Monday, 8 August 2016

My Week In Pictures #12

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. This weeks pictures are mainly shots of our family holiday and us enjoying the sun.

   From left to right:

I've brought a new weekly planner, diary and to do list in the hope it gets me and this blog organised.

I adore Zara. I need to do a huge toddler shop there soon.

I took Jack to a new park this weekend. Look at it! There's a pirate ship and sand - Jack loved it.

Driving the ship..

He may have taken over his cousins guitar.

He would not take this Fireman Sam hat off. He wanted to wear it to bed,

Another Glossybox shot.

I love this Father/Son picture. My two favourite boys.

From left to right...

Off to work I go...

I think Wayne loved the slide just as much as Jack did.

I love my new Happy Jackson notebook.

Look what I picked up - still reading it!

I hit 100 youtube subscribers this week.

Aww, just look at these two.


Friday, 5 August 2016

July Favourites

I cannot remember the last time I did a monthly favourites post so thought I'd start them up again. These are some of the things I have been loving in the month of July.

The skincare item I have loved using.... Soap and Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion

I'm a huge Soap and Glory fan and always buy a lot of their products in the gift boxes from Boots during the Christmas period. This tends to last me the majority of the year. One of the latest items I have tried is the Soap and Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion. First off, I absolutely love the smell of this product. It smells quite fruity and contains Shea Butter, Orange Waterjuice, Fig Pulp Extract and Almond, Mango and Moringa Oils. I apply it to damp skin whenever I have a bath or a shower and it works wonders on my dry skin.

The Lush Bath Bomb I have loved using... Modfather Bubble Bar

It is August and I still have quite a lot of  Lush products from their Christmas 2015 range. That being said, this month I have loved one of my newer purchases from Lush. This was the Modfather Bubble Bar. Part of Lush's very first Father's Day Range, the Modfather Bubble Bar smells amazing. I love a fruity, sweet scent and this bubble bar smells of exactly that. Containing Orange Oil, it turns the water a bright blue.

The TV I have loved watching... Love Island

I absolutely love reality TV. After a day of rushing around after a toddler, I have loved nothing more than tuning in to Love Island. I have loved following the drama and couples on this programme and whilst I really liked Nathan and Cara, I must admit I did want Alex and Olivia to win. Absolutely gutted that it is now off our screens until next Summer.

The Treat I have Loved Having... Tassimo Hot Chocolate with Cream and Marshmallows

I absolutely love hot chocolate from Starbucks and Costa Coffee. However, the price of these when having them regularly soon adds up. Instead of constantly buying these, I purchased a Tassimo machine just after Christmas. I love it! My favourite treat this month is a Tassimo Hot Chocolate. I like to add a handful of Marshmallows and then Dairy Cream. 

The Item I have started loving again... Kindle

I love reading and used my kindle all the time during the first few months of Jacks life. At this age, he was taking a lot of naps and therefore I had lots of time to read. In recent months, I have found it really hard to fit in reading in the last few months. Jack is no longer constantly napping and when he does, it isn't for very long. I have however started to read before bed and love nothing more than picking up my kindle, downloading a book and reading a chapter.

The Youtuber I have loved watching... 

I much prefer watching YouTube to normal television. A YouTuber that I have loved watching this month is Jule Furness. I find her so relatable and down to earth and love watching any video she produces. Check her out!

What were your favourites in July? Let me know so I can give some of them a try.


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

The Sides Are Off His Cot - Transitioning To A Bed

Before anyone thinks that this post is going to be some sort of advice column for those transitioning their toddlers from a cot to a bed - it's not! Mainly because I completely winged it. I may make a video about it in the future but at the risk of jinxing my luck, (we are only a week into this) you can just read my ramblings.

Jack is now 2 years and 4 months old and to be honest we have been in absolutely no rush to take the sides off his cot. This was until just over a week ago when we found him at 3am sitting astride his cot bars shouting that he was 'stuck.' If there was a moment to capture a picture I would have but I was more concerned about rescuing him before the inevitable fall that would have followed.

Whilst we were in no rush to transition him, we knew as soon as he started trying to escape from the cot that the time had come. We already had a bed guard so after 2 hours of disagreements regarding the construction of it, the time had come. Jack was finally going to sleep in a toddler bed.

This was a moment that I had been dreading. Jack has never been a good sleeper and until recently he was rocked to sleep. Not so bad when he was a newborn but now at 24lbs, it was not as easy or comfortable. The only thing that had been guaranteed when he was younger was that he was not going to escape from the cot. He has never liked going to bed so I honestly thought that an available entry and exit route would make bedtime a nightmare.

How wrong I was?!

I can honestly say the transition has gone brilliantly. He loves his 'big boy' bed and with the introduction of new bedding at the same time as the transition, he finally likes getting into bed. To my surprise he has not tried to get out of the bed once. He is happy for me to read him a book, give him a kiss and say night night. 

If you child is transitioning, go into it with an open mind. I had been really worried about this change and couldn't be more surprised at how well Jack has adjusted to it. Now to tackling the 5am wake up calls... something the transition hasn't sorted!


Thursday, 28 July 2016

I've Lost My Blogging Mojo

If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you will have noticed that my regular posts have disappeared and that I have only uploaded sporadically over last two months. The truth is, I lost my blogging mojo.

Up until this point, I had no idea what losing your mojo really felt like. When people had mentioned it to me before, I couldn't understand how you couldn't write. Then all of a sudden here I was with no idea what to write about. Everything I did write just felt pointless and to be honest rubbish. 

I love blogging and have recently delved into the world of vlogging. (Shameless plug to my channel guys - I'm only 5 subscribers away from 100!) The extra work involved in vlogging made me feel like I had no true rest time. I began to feel like if I wasn't working or being a mum, I was always blogging or vlogging. There was no time for books, TV or time with Wayne. So I took a break -  I didn't put a time limit on it, I just thought I would return when I am ready.

I feel ready now....

It's probably the best thing I could have done. I feel rejuvenated and full of ideas for blog posts and videos. I'm going to go back to my blog schedule of  Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and will upload vlogs on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

I'm glad to be back! I've got a lot of blogs to catch up on.


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

My Week In Pictures #11

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. This weeks pictures are mainly shots of our family holiday and us enjoying the sun.

From left to right...

  • Jack adores Planes 2: Fire and Rescue. He has to fly Dusty around the room as he appears on the screen

  • Jack has overcome his fear of sand!

Making lists for holiday packing. Trying to be organised.

  •      Jack at the park.

I loved sitting on this chair on holiday reading a book a looking out at the sea.

Selfie! Mainly because i was pleased with my hair.

How do i get the dummy off him!? He only has it when he naps or is tired...

Everyday Makeup

Don't know why I thought doing a puzzle on holiday would relax me!

Having fun at Folly Park. Love the clothes he is wearing in this one.

Slide time...

Like father, like son. A lovely photo.

Exploring in the play area at Folly Farm.

Anyone else hate Ferris Wheels. I like looking at them from the ground though.

A concert in memory of a wonderful friend and music teacher.

The sun came out, so did the paddling pool

He's in a bed! We've taken the sides off his cot.

Enjoying the splashpad. The water had just gone into his eyes and he was not happy about it.


    Monday, 4 July 2016

    My Week In Pictures #10

    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...
    • Sleeping Beauty - He did not want to get up from his nap!
    • A cup of tea to start the day.
    • A lovely afternoon at the Botanical Gardens listening to some lovely music.
    Jack has been playing with Playdoh lots this morning.
    •       A lush bath bomb = perfection
    • After a first aid course, I had some reading to catch up on.
     Jack had a bit of a cold last week, so this was a late evening selfie. He doesn't look ill at all on this picture but he was!


        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

              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! 


        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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