• Kids,  Travel

    Frugal Family Days Out That Everyone Will Enjoy

    Frugal family days out can be hard to do. Ones that entertain the whole family can be even harder! We’re a family of 4 with an age gap of eight and a half years between the two children. Trying to find days out that a pre-teen and a toddler will both enjoy is always a bit of a challenge. The other issue is the expense. Everything seems to cost a small fortune these days. A day out can easily cost £150+ when you include entrance fees and feeding the little blighters! We like to make the most of our weekends together but we haven’t got the money to be doing…

  • Kids

    The Toddler Years – One Perfect Week

    If you’ve not previously read my The Toddler Years Series then click here and get up to speed! I’ve decided to add to the series this week as quite frankly, I need to vent. I found this series to be a safe space for toddler parents. A place we could call our kids arseholes and no one would bat an eyelid. So I’ve called this post “One Perfect Week” as I’m amazed that we’ve done one! Yes, my toddler was good for a whole week! *Takes a bow with a smug grin on her face* But of course, it was short lived… One Perfect Week The adults in our house…

  • Kids

    My Soft Play Mum Guilt

    I will start by saying, a lot of parents will probably hate me for this post. To most, soft play is a hell hole of colourful equipment and screaming children, with bright lighting and terrible coffee. I do actually agree with that but at the same time I have an overwhelming sense of ” Soft Play Mum Guilt”…. Because….. I can’t take my pre-schooler on my own. “Oh boo!” “What an absolute shame!” I hear the parents out there cry. It genuinely does sadden me though. Because of the issues I have with my back and mobility, I just can’t physically do it on my own. (Read more about my back…

  • My Diary

    Growers Cup Review – A Lazy Girls Guide To Coffee Brewing

    Being a parent, I rely a lot on coffee (and alcohol at times). I run on the stuff like a car runs on petrol. It’s what gets me through a day and I would say I possibly have an addiction. I do find this makes me quite picky about the coffee I’ll drink though. “Any old thing” will definitely not do! I realised a couple of weeks ago that I was a bit of a coffee snob when someone made me a cup and I genuinely couldn’t drink it. It was so weak it tasted like dish water. Safe to say that mug went down the sink. I have a…

  • Kids

    The Toddler Years – Not How I Planned It

    Hello again! Welcome to another edition of The Toddler Years. I’ve really enjoyed this series and this is going to be the penultimate one…. For now anyway. You can go back and read the previous ones by clicking HERE and following the links back. But anyway, today we have a post from Cici who blogs over at https://themostrewardinglife.com so go and check her out. Cici is a Mum to 4 but has 2 toddlers! She’s one brave and incredible lady in my eyes. Not How I Planned It It’s currently 6:25 am as I’m writing this. Not while you’re reading this I’m sure, though. Why am I up writing so early?…

  • Kids

    The Toddler Years – Plastic Tat

    Welcome to another edition of the Toddler Years Series! If you haven’t read these posts before, where have you been? Don’t worry though, you can read the previous one here. This week’s post is written by the lovely Jo from A Rose Tinted World. She writes about parenting, lifestyle and sewing over at her blog http://www.arosetintedworld.co.uk. Go check her out! But that’s enough from me…. Plastic Tat I met one of my oldest friends last week who is also a toddler mum. Invariably, the conversation came around to the Christmas question. What were her two children getting (10 and nearly 4)? ‘Plastic Tat’ was the acidic response. Now, I wasn’t…

  • Kids

    The Toddler Years – I Wrote A Post…. Forgot The Title

    So this week’s guest writer isn’t actually a blogger at all….. He’s my long suffering other half! Scott and I met nearly 5 years ago and though our darling toddler was sort of planned… He wasn’t meant to come along quite as soon as he did. You can find Scott on Twitter @Jackabyte if you want to mainly read Man United updates. So let’s read about The Toddler Years from Mr Bloggs himself…. I wrote a post…. Forgot the title Our delightful bundle of dictatorship is almost 3. Part of me is impressed I have successfully helped to raise a child this far; I was useless with Tamagotchis! The other…

  • An Open Letter To My Mini Dictator

    The Toddler Years – An Open Letter To My Mini Dictator

    Hello again! Welcome back to my blog series – The Toddler Years. You can read the opening post to this series here to find out what it’s all about. Today I have a guest post from the amazing Shan from shanelliswilliams.com This incredible lady is powered by coffee beans and you should definitely go check out her story. She’s an amazing Mum and a fantastic human being. I don’t feel like I need to tell you any more, here’s Shan’s post. An Open Letter To My Mini Dictator Dear son, Take five. A little breather and a sit down. Just for a moment, stop what you’re doing, your toys don’t need to be…

  • Kids

    The Toddler Years – A Series Of Tales And Tantrums

    Everyone says having a newborn is hard; sleep deprivation, feeding every 3 hours…. These people have not had a toddler yet! Yes ok, doing night feeds takes its toll, for some it lasts ages, for others it takes a couple of months. But babies do nothing! They eat, they sleep, they shit… Repeat for 24 hours. Toddler parents are a whole different level of tired. A lucky few will have a toddler that sleeps through every night but this does not mean the parent is any less tired. Have you ever wanted to go to bed at 7pm because you’re mentally exhausted? Have you ever drunk that much caffeine you’ve…

  • Kids

    Little Man’s #OOTD – My Rocking Kids

    I have 2 children, a girl aged 10 and a boy aged 1. I still have a small influence over what my daughter wears and she has a very similar taste in clothes to me anyway. But with my mini man, I get to put him in whatever I like and he has no choice! Mwahaha (evil mum laugh). I love anything a little alternative, as I am myself, so one of my favourite outfits of his at the moment is this-