Family Fun at Hollywood Bowl Branksome – Review

Review Visit A couple of weeks ago Ed and I headed over to the Hollywood Bowl at Branksome with the children for a game of bowling and some food. The venue has recently undergone a refurbishment and rebrand and I was really impressed with how much they have in what is arguably a fairly small venue. We usually go to the bigger local venue in the Tower Park leisure complex,...

A Family Day Out at Marwell Zoo – Review

Review Visit  We are so fortunate to live where we do on the south coast. Not only are there plenty of fun activities in and around Bournemouth, if you travel a little further out, there are even more fantastic options for days out with the kids. Despite having lived in Bournemouth for over twenty years, I somehow had never been to Marwell Zoo, located between Southampton and Winchester, before. Cameron...

Mighty Claws Adventure Golf – Review

Review Visit With the Easter holidays coming up, Ed and I are always on the lookout for things to do with the children to get them out of the house. Mighty Claws adventure golf is located behind the Tesco Extra on Castle Lane in Bournemouth. Part of Playgolf, the dinosaur themed 18 hole course was a total hit with the kids when we visited for a review visit recently. Each...

Micro Motorz – A Brand New Car Collectible

GIFTED REVIEW The children absolutely love collectibles – those small, pocket money priced toys that you can start a collection of quickly, without it costing the earth. When I was told about a brand new car collectible, Micro Motorz, and offered to be sent some for the children, I knew they would love the fun designs and the fact that the miniature cars are able to race down a track....

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2019

Mother’s Day is one of my favourite celebrations throughout the year. My mum is my rock. She is a best friend as well as a mother and I admire her so much for all she has gone through and all she continues to go through, always with a smile on her face and always putting her family first. I have put together this gift guide with lots of lovely products...

Getting Hands On Over Half Term with Strictly Briks

Half term is always a bit tricky with the three children. Finding activities to keep them all occupied, without it costing the earth, can be challenging. This February half term we were very lucky with the weather and managed to get out and about a lot and went on lots of lovely walks by the seaside and in the New Forest, but when we were back at home, I had...

An Open Letter to Myself Before Children

I don’t really know how to start this. It’s all a little strange writing to yourself isn’t it? What I do know is that if you could read this letter, it would bring you some comfort knowing that, although your life is about to change completely, it will be for the better. Trust me. Right now you are unsure of yourself, of what you want to be ‘when you grow...

Benjamin at 2 Years – An Update

Benjamin turned two back in October and I realised I hadn’t posted an update in awhile so thought it would be nice to catch you up with how he’s developing. If you are interested in following his journey, you can see regular updates from when he was born. Here’s what’s been going on in his life lately. Moving  Benjamin confidently climbs up and down stairs, will run around and walk...

Portrait Photography: Why You Should Invest In Professional Family Photos

There is no denying that there is something very special about portrait photography, that a smartphone just can’t capture.  The high quality and the setting play a role in this, yes. But really it is the people, the families, the beautiful children, that make portrait photographs so magical.  Going to a studio for portrait photography is an experience in itself too. It’s a chance for all the family to get...

Mummy Mondays – Carol Concerts & Christmas Jumper Days – Why I’ll Be Skipping the Mum Guilt Next Christmas

Christmas is always going to be a hectic time. With three children, two of school age, this time of year throws up a whole host of extra things to add to the diary and desperately try to remember. The school run in the cold and rain is not fun. Add in a million and one things you need to remember before you leave the house and it is a nightmare....