Friday, 25 April 2014

Growing Up and Letting Go

Okay okay I know that of course we can't all be like Peter Pan and stay young forever but I really wish my children wouldn't grow up so fast.

As a mum, I always want to be the one to take care of my children but my kids have always had other ideas, they have been steadily growing up into very independent little ladies.

All of the baby items are disappearing from the house, Layla is walking more and more and wondering when I will have to be done with my pushchair addiction, not looking forward to going cold turkey.

Last week we reached another milestone.
the hardest part about growing up is letting go of what you were used to and moving on with something your not

After what felt like an extremely long day, we received an email at 4pm on Wednesday informing us that Gracie had been accepted to go to the same primary school as her sisters.

On one hand I felt relieved, it would have been an absolute nightmare trying to get the kids to different schools.

On the other hand I was feeling what I can only describe as sad. You would think having gone through this two times previously that I would be better prepared for this moment in time.

Even though Gracie is number three out of four children, I have always seen her as the baby of the family and even now it just doesn't seem possible that she is old enough to be starting school.

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Tagliatelle with Turkey Rashers and Butter Beans Recipe

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about Schwartz's Perfect shakes and I shared with you my recipe for potato wedges. Schwartz were generous enough to also send me some of their new flavour shots, I received the Indian Spicy Jalfrezi Curry, the Spanish Paella and the Italian Creamy Herb Tagliatelle. These pots are packed full of spices and herbs which are mixed with oil and create a perfect base for lots of favourite family recipes.

schwartz flavour shots


Of course it gave me a chance to experiment. So now I'm going to share with you my recipe for tagliatelle with turkey rashers and butter beans……

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

You Could Win With #SofiatheFirst

Do you have a Sofia the First fan in your house? Well you might be pleased to know that Leapfrog have just launched a LeapReader Junior Sofia the First book. To celebrate this with all of you, LeapFrog are offering you all the chance to win not only a copy of the new book but a LeapReader Junior too.

LeapReader Junior Sofia the FIrst book




So what do you have to do??

Tomorrow, on the 24th of April, myself and my daughter Gracie will be starting our very own Sofia the First story on twitter.

I will then be asking one of my followers to continue the story.

OXOtot Cups and Snack Bowl Review

Layla is now at the stage where she wants to be as independent as possible and that includes when it comes to meal and snack times, she wants to do everything for herself. OXOtot have produced a range of feeding products that help our little ones transition from baby to big kid with ease, well atleast that's what I'm told. I was sent a couple of products from their range to try out, I had my fingers crossed that it would allow her to do things without me needing step in, something she is not a fan of no matter how much she struggles!!

oxotot feeding range

I received : 

Flippy Snack Cup
Training Cup
Twist Top Water Bottle 

Magic Belles Magic Music Review

I am a huge fan of the Magic Belles. I have had the pleasure of working with them on a baking project in the past and my girls are members of their Flutterby club, so when I was asked to review their new CD, Magic Music, how could I refuse.



This lovely CD consists of 7 songs :

1. Magic Symphony
2. Dreams Come True
3. The Rainbow Song
4. Bake It, Shake It
5. The Pom-Pom Dance
6. How Does Your Garden Grow?
7. Twinkle Twinkle

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Gifts For Urchins - Pyjamas Giveaway

Gifts For Urchins bring to you gorgeous, handpicked gifts for you to give to your children, family and friends. This company are extremely passionate about searching for the latest ranges from brands that bring you something a bit different from the norm.

On the website you will find all sorts ranging from retro craft kits, frilly tutus, vintage inspired nightwear, dressing up and they even off some desirable exclusive products.

Lucky for you lovely readers, Gifts For Urchins have allowed me to give away a pair of pyjamas or a nightgown up to the value of £20 from their site. The winner will have the choice of which pyjamas or nightgown they would like, subject to availibility of size and style of course.

The picture to the right shows you a couple of examples of the type of nightwear you can choose from, this includes, pirates, fairies, cars and butterflies.
To have a chance of winning this amazing prize, all you need to do is simply fill in the rafflecopter form below.
This giveaway is open to UK residents only and will be open until 11.59pm on the 12th May 2014.
A winner will be chosen at random.
Make sure you enter correctly because all entries will be checked and verified!!!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Read With Me #16

Hello everyone. Well I have to admit that with the girls off from school for the Easter holidays, I have been struggling to find the time and the peace and quiet to sit down and read like I want to + we have been making the most of the lovely sunny weather.

read with me mamamummymum
However I must all of you who linked up with #ReadWithMe last week, some brilliant recommendations.

My favourites this week :

The lovely Bex over at Futures reviewed Sweet Dreams Little One by Massimo Gramellini, a book that I too had previously reviewed, a book that I really enjoyed.

Anna over at In The Playroom recommended a huge 135 books for toddlers, I saw a few of my favourites in there and also a lot that I had never heard of.

Go and check out these fab posts and let them know what you think.

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