Monday, 31 August 2015

Win HUGGIES Winnie the Pooh Wipes #huggieswipes

Earlier in the year we told you about the new collaboration between HUGGIES® wipes and Disney, which launched with their fun red Mickey Mouse wipes packs.  This has now been followed by these gorgeous Winnie the Pooh design packs which, as big Winnie fans, we all adore.  These wipes feature the lovely new formulation too, which is entirely free from parabens, alcohol and other nasties.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

A Kaleidoscope to Drive Away the Grey #sparkyourcity

What a grey August it has been!  I nearly put the heating back on yesterday especially as the girls are feeling a  bit unwell, it's just horrid.  I'm sure most of us are hankering after colour and brights after all this drizzle, torrents of rain and grey, cloudy skies, and London got a great dose of colour on Thursday.  As part of the latest global movement from trendy bag brand Kipling, Sutton Walk on the south bank of the Thames was transformed into a giant kaleidoscope full of pattern and colour.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Grandparents' Summer Pay Packet

With many parents being unable to take time off over the summer holidays, or only to take a week or two at best, childcare is a big issue.  Childminders may be busy or on holiday themselves, so often the burden falls to grandparents, with the average British grandparent putting in a whopping 600 hours of grandchild care over the holidays!  Were they to be paid for the efforts, these grandparents could be expecting a nice pay check for more than £22,000!!

Lara & Sophia baking with Nanny recently

The Art of Sleep for Parents and Babies

Have a newborn, or expecting your first baby?  Worried about sleep?  Got a baby and beginning to wonder what's 'wrong' with it?  Feeling more tired than you ever thought possible because baby has you up in the middle of the night?  Wherever you're at, if it involves babies and sleep, or you'd just like to hear an opinion about the subject, this is the post for you!  Ready for some controversy... (oh and cute baby photos) ...

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Review: Dance Skirts from Dancewear Central

Neither Sophia nor Lara attend any formal dance classes at the moment, although Lara did do some ballet lessons when she was younger, but they both love to create dance sequences at home which they diligently practice and perform for us, their mini audience.  Recently, their dances have involved pom-poms, batons, ribbons and hoops, so I wonder if they will ask for more formal lessons soon.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Recipe: Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Quiche #vegetarian

The perfect thing for a summer lunch or dinner, this home-made quiche is full of flavour and fairly quick and easy to make too.  It would also make a great picnic dish, or you could parcel it up in slices for school lunchboxes when term begins.  Impress friends and family with your skills (or buy shop pastry when time's short!)!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Our Costa-versary!

If you got married this year, or even in recent years and don't yet have children, I bet your idea of how future wedding anniversaries will be is heavily rose-tinted and involves beautiful gifts, Champagne, romantic dinners, etc.  The reality, when you have children, a mortgage, several jobs/life roles, and everything else that comes with busy, hectic, real life, is that you're lucky if you even remember the date and manage to get a card in time!!

Happy anniversary bloke!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Review & Giveaway: LoveBrownies Award-winning Gluten-free Brownies

Ah, brownies...

Sitting Room Style

We visited some friends last week who have just bought a new, ultra modern home, complete with all-white walls, bi-fold doors across the whole back wall downstairs, and entirely clutter-free.  Their kitchen was like an operating theatre!  Coming home to our own kitchen, full of clutter, appliances and piles of oh-so-important paperwork, with the children's art and craft projects adorning every wall and flat surface, was - erm - quite a contrast.  And not a good one.  I think I could definitely cope with a clutter-free white box kitchen, but a minimalist sitting room may be a step too far for me.  Theirs was kind of like this, what do you think?


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