Family Goals: 6 Months In

At the beginning of the year I set myself both family goals and blog goals. Just recently I posted a 6 month update on how the blog goals were going. Today I’m talking about how we’re doing with the family goals. House and home I started the year with a massive list of things to do. Here’s how we’re doing. Central heating – not done. New front door – not done. Fix guttering above the front door – done. Get blinds put up in Erin’s bedroom and spare bedroom – done. Shelves in Erin’s bedroom and living room – done

Easter activities from Phoenix Trading

The Easter break can end up feeling like a really long time for some families. Children are off school for 2 weeks and that’s a lot of time to fill with things to do! Although Erin is only 1, I have been looking for some things to keep her busy this Easter weekend. Phoenix Trading helped us out! little woodland animals colour in card Who doesn’t love colouring in? This Little Woodland Animals card is for children a fair bit older than Erin. Well, Erin could certainly give it a go but she’s more interested in eating crayons at the

Morse Toad personalised chocolate messages

When it comes to Christmas I sometimes feel like I do the same thing over and over again. I am always on the look out for new and exciting gifts to give people. Personalised items are by far my favourites this year as they can be suited to a person better than a generic gift. Morse Toad have some fabulous offerings of personalised chocolate messages and cards. Yes, chocolate cards! If, like me, you have family members who live away you’ll know that sending gifts through the post can be a pain. Then, you have to send a Christmas card on top of

Storytime Saturday: Belle and Sebastien

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week I’m talking about Belle and Sebastien by Cecile Aubry. The son of a Gypsy woman, Sebastien is found as a newborn baby in the Alps and brought up by Guillaume and his grandchildren Angelina and Jean. Born on the same day, Belle is a beautiful white Pyrenean Mountain Dog who has been neglected and passed on from owner to owner, until one day she escapes from a

Pride of place

It’s been a while since I have written anything to do with the house. To be honest, I haven’t had the time or money to do anything to it. Recently though, I have given Erin pride of place in our living room. A few weeks ago at Baby Sensory we were able to have a photo session with Louise Walpole Photography which was fantastic. The session didn’t cost us anything and there was no pressure to buy anything. However, I loved most of Erin’s photos so I had to buy some. Last week I found some chunky black 7×5 frames in Sainsbury’s

Tesco Finest Fresh Cream Profiteroles With Swiss Chocolate

As part of the Orchard at Tesco program I got to try something from the Tesco Finest Party food range over Christmas for free. I got sent a voucher that I could either use in store or online. Ordering online didn’t work as the product I wanted was out of stock when the delivery arrived and then I found that no nearby Tesco stores had any of the desserts in stock either which wasn’t very good. I did finally manage to find the Tesco Finest Fresh Cream Profiteroles With Swiss Chocolate though. I took these to my aunt’s house on

The Parisian Christmas Bake Off by Jenny Oliver

The Parisian Christmas Bake Off by Jenny Oliver is a stand-alone contemporary novel. When Rachel finally realises that her relationship is going nowhere and the boyfriend is a complete waste of space, she begrudgingly head off to Paris for Christmas. Her friends have entered her into a competition to become famous chef Henri Salernes’ apprentice. She really didn’t want to go but finally figured that Paris might be good for her. In one week Rachel must face her competition, an incredibly tough and mean chef and do the best baking she can ever imagine doing. ReviewLet me start by saying I have never

Recommendations needed

So, I have been out of blog land for at least six months now, maybe more like a year and I have just started to read again. I’ve read three books in the last week which for me is pretty amazing as I just haven’t been in the mood recently or I haven’t had the time. Two out of the three books I have read have new new adult novels and I have really enjoyed them. An Abbi Glines book always makes me happy and they never disappoint. However, I don’t have too many of hers left to read and I