Planning for Nights In

•Features gifted items• Despite enjoying meals at restaurants and the occasional drink with friends in a bar, I actually really like to be in my own home watching TV or a film and snuggling up under a blanket. Therefore it will not be as big of an adjustment for me when it comes to spending nights in. For those who are struggling a little with ideas of what to do,...

How to Spend 24 Hours in Edinburgh with Kids

•Press tickets• Last week, during the children’s half term, we headed off on the long journey up North to Scotland. We did stop off at my brother’s house in County Durham before continuing on to Edinburgh, which is somewhere I had always wanted to visit. I was very kindly gifted two ASVA (Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions) passes for myself and Ed for our trip, which gave us access to...

The Bargain IKEA Buy That is Saving Us a Fortune

Recently I headed over to our local IKEA, in Southampton, to pick up a new table for our lounge. It was only my second visit to IKEA, which surprises a lot of people as it seems to be a hugely popular shop these days. I wasn’t impressed initially as getting into the shop on a Sunday seemed to be a complete and utter mission (later found out that this was...

The Jooki Music Player

•Gifted Review• On Christmas Day, the children opened a joint present – the Jooki music player, and they absolutely loved it. Jooki is a screen-free alternative for kids of all ages to listen to their favourite music with ease. The music player comes with figurines, which attach to Jooki and play pre-loaded playlists without the need for any adult supervision – perfect if you have an independent child who wants...

Family Goals for 2020

•Sponsored Post• As a mum of three, these days my new year’s resolutions aren’t just about me, they are also about my family and the goals I have as a parent for the year ahead. I have previously shared my resolutions as a mum, and I wanted to put together some goals I want to achieve in 2020. Swimming Lessons All three of the children started swimming lessons in 2019...

A Family Day Out at Christmas Tree Wonderland

•Press tickets• Last weekend, Ed and I headed over to Bournemouth Gardens with the children for a day out at Christmas Tree Wonderland, a festive trail in the town centre. We started our visit with an ice skating session at SKATE, opposite the Bh2 Leisure centre, with an on-site bar area styled to look like an alpine lodge. Ed and I are both awful at skating, even though I worked...

Looking Back on the Last Decade

As the year comes to an end, it’s a time for refection, as well as looking to the year ahead. With the end of 2019 comes the beginning of a new decade, and with this in mind, I wanted to look back on the past ten years, as they have been pretty epic! It’s not all been good, there have been plenty of lows alongside the highs, but it has...

Writing a Joint Will with SmartWill

•Gifted• At the grand old age of thirty, I am a little ashamed to admit that I have never written a proper, legitimate will before now. I did write something up when I was in my early twenties, which I believe will provide some amusement after I pass away (the music was Mad World, after I became obsessed with the Skins TV Show cover version), but it really didn’t cover...

Remembering my Grandad

•Features gifted items• If you’ve lost a loved one, you’ll know that although the rawness of your grief may lessen slightly over time, it never truly goes away. My grandad passed away after battling cancer of the oesophagus when I was twelve years old, which is eighteen years ago this year, which feels crazy. I miss him all the time, but especially around Christmas as he died on 12th and...