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Saturday, 30 June 2018

4 Fantastic Outdoorsy Activities To Keep The Kids Cheery This Weekend


Are you are over the age of technology?

Maybe bringing up your kids in a world full of iPhones, internet and social media isn’t what you had envisioned for them. In order to prevent them from becoming addicted to the online world it is important to give them outdoor experiences to enjoy and remember. This weekend why not try and aim to have a technology free weekend and take in the wonders of the outdoors in the sunshine.

Whether you’re looking to have a fun filled family day out or stay at home and simply enjoy each other’s company. These super fun ideas will make your kids forget about television altogether!
1. Classic Camping

A tippee style tent, lit up in the darkness of a wood


Thursday, 28 June 2018

11 Years Of Marriage


OK, so I probably should of wrote a really soppy blog post last year on our 10 year anniversary but I never got round to it and suddenly here we are another year on.

I'm sure with all of our bickering plenty of people thought we wouldn't get to 11 years of marriage. Some certainly thought we were too young to get married, yet here we are.


Husband and wife smiling


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Party Bag Tips!


Party bags can be a bit like wedding favours, in that they can sometimes be forgotten about until the last minute and if you rush them they can be very expensive!

When our little boy recently turned 4 he had his first proper big party. The venue provided the room, soft play and bouncy castle but we needed to provided food, cake and party bags. As I started to price things up I was concerned about how much filling the bags would cost. With just a few of our family and friends at his first few parties I hadn't really thought much about the cost but with well over 25 children in attendance this time I would need to give it a bit more thought!

With a bit of planning this is what I put together for £1.14 a bag!


A party bag and its contents laid out


Sunday, 24 June 2018

Proceive Advanced Fertility Supplements


Fertility, for those that don't know, is the very reason that I started this blog.

An outlet for emotions and a diary of experiences, starting the blog then called Katie C, was like therapy for me. After 6 years of trying to conceive, miscarriages, Endometriosis diagnosis, two laparoscopy, a tube flush, a batch of Clomid, multiple admissions for reduced movements and a traumatic birth, we have our boy! Woohoo! And he's now 4!

Sadly, though we haven't been blessed with anymore. Even after two rounds of Clomid there is no little brother or sister for JJ. 

I'm always keen though to try something different and in finding a natural approach to my Fibromyalgia works well, I've started to feel that it could be the way to go for our fertility too. 

So when I was asked to try the natural fertility supplement Proceive, I obviously said yes! 




Saturday, 23 June 2018

Home Ed - What's The Story?


Recently I've become more and more aware of the amount of people that have chose to home educate their children. Whether it be in person or online there are certainly more people home educating than I first thought.

As our son's first year at school approaches, like many parents, I'm concerned about what school life may hold for him. If it doesn't workout for him, I don't know really know much about home educating.

Close up of crayons with a child drawing the background


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

My Fairy Garden


We are big fairy fans in this house! Yes, we believe! 

So, when I came across the My Fairy Garden range I was keen to have a peek!


Three fairies in a box

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Down By The Riverside Festival



The Down By The Riverside Festival is a annual family friendly event based at Dolphinholme, Lancashire. In it's second year, the festival is extremely popular with locals and the buzz of the event has started to spread.

A sign reading welcome to the Down By The River Festival against a farm setting and a father and son walking in the distance.


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Top Ideas For A Hot Summers Day



When the weather gets hotter, it can be a great time to be outdoors instead of being stuck in the house. You'll want to have some fun in the sun with the kids and enjoy the weather while you can.

Not all the games that you normally do in the summer though are a good idea when the weather is exceptionally hot!

Here are a few ideas for those that want to play in the sun!

Go to the beach!


Sun setting over the sea


Friday, 15 June 2018

Creating A Peaceful Bedroom



Your bedroom. When you become a parent it’s no longer just yours. From the newborn days of being up and down every hour, to the toddler days when little ones sneak out of bed and into yours, which usually results in elbows in backs and feet or even little butts to your face, your bedroom is overrun with little people.

For the times that you do have it to yourself, your bedroom could be the ideal place to relax and have some quiet me time. Having somewhere to relax after a busy and stressful day could help put you at ease and allow you the time to regroup. Maybe even close the curtains and have a sneaky nap!



Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Budget Wedding Favours



Put the word wedding in front of anything and it quickly triples in price. The smallest and simplest of things suddenly become more expensive. Wedding flowers, wedding cake, wedding favours.

The latter of these is often forgotten about until the last minute but they can very easily escalate in price.

First, though do you know what wedding favours are? 

Traditionally wedding favours are given to each of your wedding guests as a souvenir of the day and a gesture of thanks for their attendance.  The act of giving wedding favours dates back for centuries, with trinket boxes containing sugar cubes. This moved on to almonds and then to sugared almonds.

Now though, wedding favours come in sorts of shapes and sizes and vary massively! Candles, chocolates, biscuits, shots and even the traditional almonds make an appearance.

Still have no idea of where to start or what to pick? Maybe you’re on a tight budget and looking for ways to save wedding budget? Well, here’s a selection of cheap wedding favours ideas to help!

Sweet Jars



Sunday, 10 June 2018

Decorating Ideas For Your Child's Room


Children’s rooms can sometimes be difficult to decorate, especially as their tastes and hobbies change as they grow.

A flat lay of paint card samples and a bunny


Thursday, 7 June 2018

Unicorn Sundae


The world is a little bit unicorn obsessed right now and that has now spread over to food! A quick flick round the internet and Pinterest will fill you full of ideas and hunger!

Inspired by all things unicorn the other day I created these!!!


Unicorn sundaes made with sweets and ice cream and a pink cone for a horn


Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Letterbox Cake by bakerdays


Those that have read my blog since the fertility days or follow me on social media will know I love cake. Like really, really love cake. When dieting I've been know to skip meals to try and justify a dessert of, you've guessed it, cake! 

So, when I was asked to try the letterbox cake by bakerdays I jumped at the chance! A cake that fits through the letterbox!! Yes, through the letterbox!!!


Small letterbox sized box with the name baker days on it


Monday, 4 June 2018

Staccups



Evenings in can get a bit repetitive! A movie here, a Netflix binge there, it's easy to end up doing the same things over and over. You might be a  bit bored. You might even contemplate doing the ironing!!!

Stop! 

There's much more to be done. After our recent fun with Yeti in My Spaghetti we decided to give another board game a go. This one though is for 8+ so is more for the grownups, so JJ sat this one out but he's keen to give it a try!

Staccups by University Games is a four player game, that sees you race against your opponent to stack all your cups first. 


Staccups box


Sunday, 3 June 2018

Top 5 Must Haves For A Disney Day!


So you've saved and saved for a trip to Disneyland Paris but as it approaches you realise you're not sure what you'll need and what to take into the parks! As a Disney fan and having visited Disneyland Paris, as well as Walt Disney World, I am often asked what people should take with them into the park.


A group picture of the must have items