This summer, like many other families in the UK, Ireland and beyond, we will be venturing out on our summer stay-cays for many a road trip around our fair isle. There was of course a time when long car journeys meant scenic routes, picks of our favourite CDs, boiled sweets and stops at lovely country pubs for lunch. more “Endure or enjoy? Long drives with kids… #HiddenDrives;”
I’m not particularly bothered about designer labels or goods, but there is a value in recognizing a brand which offer you more than just a label; a long term relationship with a cohesive team, on hand customer support and trouble-shooting, the cutting edge in design, second to none performance and longevity that gives you value for money every single time. more “Breaking free; the cordless vacuum revolution with @Dyson V8 Absolute”
Like many people across the UK our family of four live in a three bedroom mid terrace 1930’s build. And, like many other families this means that one of the family is lumbered with the box room. This honour usually goes to the last born, the smallest and the youngest. But they don’t stay little forever. more “Furnishing the box room to create a fun kids bedroom”
Leaving full time employment to become a stay at home mum can be one of the most rewarding times of your life. But, it can also be one of the most challenging. Apart from being able to spend all your time with your precious bundles of joy, you life can feel somewhat lacking as you leave behind the part of your brain that used to be stretched in a work environment. more “Thinking of going back to work? Two things to make stay at home Mums more employable”
Well hasn’t this week been a total melt-fest. (Yes, I’m watching Love Island and I’m rapidly backtracking on my inability to get used to the ‘new lot’ this series. #obsessed). It’s also been el scorchio here in the South East and as the temperatures have soared, so has the crazy ratings in the household with one self declared potty training tot and another going down with a bug (again). Plus every bloggers nightmare – a smashed phone aargh. Still, everything seems a bit brighter when the sun is shining eh?
As our children grow and develop, they have both really started to show their strengths, their personalities and their interests. Without a doubt, our eldest daughter has an absolute affinity for all things nature and she is such a creative little soul. There isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t find drawings of trees, flowers and animals on every table, in her book bag and falling out of her pockets. more “A creative space for our kids with @Kitoutmyoffice”
When Ellisons contacted me regarding their #ExpertsInBeauty campaign I was really excited to talk about the topic. Steering away from the conversations we have down at the park or soft play cafe about potty training, child behaviour and horror stories of sleepless nights, I was happy to talk about us – the parents for a little while.
It seems like the parents of the UK have been screaming for more support in helping Mums (and Dads) get back to work and lessen the crippling costs of childcare for a long time; something I felt had a huge impact in my decision to not return to work after being made redundant. more “30 hours of free childcare – can it work for you?”
Our eldest daughter has always had an unbelievable appetite. Thankfully, for all sorts of foods – she’s just as happy munching on a raw carrot as a bar of chocolate, and from a really young age we had to hide the fruit bowl as she devoured it like a fruit bat. more “A five year old vegetarian?”