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...

Exploring our Local Forest with the Shaun the Sheep Interactive Glow Trail

I have mentioned before how grateful I am to live in such a lovely location, with the beach and the forest both a short drive away from us. We have been to Moors Valley country park on numerous occasions and it is always a nice place to go when the kids need to let off steam or we want a nice walk in the forest. The kids really enjoyed the...

How I Budget for Birthdays

My children were born in September, October and November, which makes the autumn an insanely busy and expensive time for birthdays, especially with Christmas in December too. People are shocked when I tell them that I have the money saved up for the children’s birthdays usually by the start of the year (and Christmas too), but I have always hated the idea of not having enough money to make their...

Activities to Do With Children After School

•Features gifted items• After spending the summer holidays with the children, it was a bit of a shock to the system when we all went back to school and work and no longer had long days together to do what we wanted. I find the hours between the school pick up and bedtime can go by so quickly, so I have been trying to make the most of this time...