Santa Claus is comingggg to townnnn. Just kidding, you’re going to the shops. Unless of course you take a leaf out of my book and do most of your gift buying online, from the comfort of your sofa. I’ll be very transparent here, some of the items I’m going to suggest for the man in your life were sent to me free of charge – you’ll know which ones because i’ll put a little star beside them. Like this * Anyway, on with the show! As I’ve mentioned in gift guides from previous years I am surrounded by men, I have three brothers and Matt has two. As if 6 men aged 17-27 wasn’t bad enough I also have my own Dad and Matts’ to think of. I like to consider myself a pretty good gift buyer, I’m extremely nosy and pay attention to small details. Usually I start trying…

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We all know Judith Kerr, OBE as the beloved writer and illustrator who brought us Mog, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the very moving When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. I already had my suspicions that Ms Kerr has a fondness for all things feline and her latest title has confirmed that. Katinka’s Tail is a heartwarming story about a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail. Katinka’s Tail has already been hailed as a classic in the making and I couldn’t agree more. At the end of this review you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Mog, The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Katinka’s Tail.     Born in Germany, of Jewish background, Judith came to Britain with her family in 1933 amid the rise of the Nazis. Following the families escape from Germany Judith lived in several European countries before settling in London. Due…

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*We were sent Flip ‘N’ Tip Fred in exchange for an honest review* If your toddler doesn’t squish their little face up against the window to watch the bin men, are they even a toddler? Luisa has made firm friends with the lovely folks who take care of our rubbish and loves to guess which colour of bin will be emptied each day. Our bins being collected is certainly one of the high points of the week so when WOW Toys offered us a Flip ‘N’ Tip Fred to review I couldn’t pass that up.     Flip ‘N’ Tip Fred is a recycling truck with three different bins and two figures. I love the fact that this toy brings up an natural opportunity to teach Luisa that different items belong in different bins and to talk about recycling. It’s funny to think that a few years ago we were…

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I recently shared a new video on YouTube showing what I carry in my changing bag for a typical day with a toddler. I actually really naively didn’t think I would still be using a changing bag at this stage, I assumed it was just for really small babies who need lots of changes and emergency supplies. Well more fool me! A changing bag is beyond useful when you’ve a walking talking toddler who gets into messes and needs snacks and toys on demand. I was recently sent the Luxury Changing Bag from Bounty Boutique, a new online shop from Bounty. You’ll probably already be familiar with Bounty, they provide free goodie bags during pregnancy full of samples and vouchers, one of my pregnancy holy grail products was actually brought to my attention in one of these packs. I swear by the Palmers stretch mark body butter and have Bounty to thank for…

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We were sent the Elf and Seek Christmas Countdown to feature on social media but I love it so much i’ve written a post to share it with you in more detail. I don’t know about you but I am a Christmas fanatic, I love everything about the season. The smells; the lights, the tastes, the music, I never tire of the festivities. Some people say you can have a too much of a good thing and that is true, but not when it comes to Christmas! It’s only November but I’ve already planned out most of my shopping, pre recorded some seasonal videos and mentally decorated the tree at least twice. It’s fair to say Christmas is the only thing I’m ever organised for! With this being Luisas’ first ‘proper’ Christmas my excitement is at an all time high. I can’t wait to see her little face as she…

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Bobux kindly sent us these boots in exchange for an honest review I feel like parenting a toddler is made up of a succession of realisations that everything has changed, again. Babies change physically, before our eyes, at the time I didn’t really notice it – it’s only when I look back at photos I see how quickly Luisa grew and evolved. Babyhood can feel long, drawn out, a constant slow pushing to the next milestone. There’s almost an unspoken impatience for your baby to learn, become and do. Toddlers on the other hand, they just won’t stop changing. Or maybe it’s an illusion and it’s only now that I can appreciate how fleeting childhood is that I feel each new version of Luisa so acutely.   This past month I’ve seen a huge change in Luisas’ speech. She can talk more than I can and that’s saying something. Most…

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*We were sent two bottles of Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker by Mumsnet in exchange for an honest appraisal. If you know me at all you’ll know I’m far from a ‘domestic goddess’, my approach to most housework is primarily avoidance. That said if I’m going to spend an hour cleaning my house I want it to look amazing at the end! I’m not someone who wants to carry around a tool belt of products to spruce up the living room, I like cleaning products which do the job first time and I don’t mind spending a bit extra on a gadget that truly makes housework less painful – like a snazzy hoover. Mumsnet recently asked us to put Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker (RRP £3.40) through it’s paces and see what we thought of the product. Given that my hair still seems to shed like billyoh and we have a cocker spaniel who…

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As a child I was a total book worm, even as a teenager I read books many times over due to running out of material between library visits. I suppose I was a bit of a Matilda character but without her supreme pancake making skills. I’ve always hoped that Luisa will develop the same love of reading that I have and i’m always looking for new ways to encourage her. Our house is coming down with books and I wouldn’t have it any other way. For now she mostly reads with our help, she is only two after all, but there are a few books that she’s memorised sections from and takes great pride in reading them aloud to us.     Given that I’m a first time mum without a teaching qualification I was a little worried that I wasn’t doing ‘enough’. I know we all have those thoughts…

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Like all babies, Luisa was born pink and fuzzy, not dissimilar to an over ripe peach. Within a matter of weeks, she filled out, her soft creamy rolls the topic of many a conversation. After all, everyone loves a chubby baby. During the first twelve weeks of Lu’s life, she had the usual baby skin complaints, a touch of cradle cap and some milk spots. It didn’t take long for these to clear up and she didn’t have any more issues. I think the fact that she was born during a mild May made it easier for us to look after her skin. She was able to get lots of fresh air but was never exposed to strong sun or wind. If you’ve read my blog before you’ll know I like to keep things simple as a parent. If something is working just fine, I leave it well alone. Whilst…

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