Children’s Book Review: The World Never Sleeps

AD | Gifted The World Never Sleeps by Natalie Rompella, published by Tilbury House Publishers on 1 July 2019. Available to purchase on Amazon. Midnight. Stars speckle the darkness with bits of light. A cockroach skitters across the kitchen floor to snatch a forgotten breadcrumb. In the backyard, a spider weaves an intricate design on the fence. Winged insects dance and flicker in the porch light. Day and night, small creatures are busy working, eating, hunting, hiding. Just recently Erin has been a lot more interested in all different kinds of animals and bugs. While we have a few books

Center Parcs Activities: Baby Owls

Our holiday to Center Parcs back in October was our first ever visit there so we were a bit unsure about what we wanted to do and what we wanted to book for Erin to do. There is so much choice for children but a lot of the activities were for ages 3 and up so for babies and under 3’s there isn’t quite as much. We chose not to book too much for Erin because we didn’t know how she would cope with being on holiday but right at the top of our list was Baby Owls. Erin loves

Toot-Toot Animals Advent Calendar Review

This is the first year that we have got Erin proper advent calendars. Last year we made her a book advent as she was a bit too young for chocolate really and I wanted to do something that she would get use out of for a long time. This year Erin has 2 Paw Patrol advent calendars but also the VTech Toot-Toot Animals Advent Calendar. We’ve bought her a few Toot-Toot sets for Christmas so we thought this would be a nice littler starter for her to see if she likes it. At £24.99, this is a more expensive advent calendar

Why We Use A Pet Sitting Service

Back when we still had Jackson we were forced to put him in kennels if we wanted to go away for a weekend on holiday. Jackson luckily loved spending time there even if the staff said he was far too excitable for a dog of his age (he’s only just turning 3). Anyway, we sadly had to re-home Jackson and we no longer had to think about this kind of thing. Then, we took in my sister’s cat for a while and were back to thinking about what we would do when we went away. Pet sitting was something completely

Orchard Toys: Animal Shapes Review

Now that the weather is getting worse and we end up inside most of the day now, I’m always looking for new things to do with Erin. We’ve recently discovered Orchard Toys and they have such a great variety of activities for children starting at 18 months old. We were sent the Animal Shapes Game for Erin to try!  As soon as Erin saw the book she was excited! She already knows what a lot of animals are either by their real name or by what noise they make. She grabbed the box and started making pig noises and saying

Hackney City Farm, London

We have been to London quite a few times this year and have always been mega busy with either pre-booked activities or other plans I have made! The last time we went we were there for 4 days and 3 nights meaning we had quite a lot of time to fill. London can be very expensive though with meals out for all of that time as well as the accommodation and travel costs both to get there and on the tube. Recently, I have been trying to find more and more free or super cheap things to do in London

10 Unanswered Questions about Peppa Pig

A few months back you may have come across our post about Paw Patrol. Erin is Paw Patrol crazy so we have seen most of the episodes too many times. Unfortunately, she has also taken a liking to the pink pig from hell. I tried to keep her away from it but one slip up meant her watching one episode and that was it. My plan had failed. Now, Erin snorts at the TV… and also any larger ladies in pink t-shirts when we’re out shopping. Ooops! Anyway, Peppa Pig is just as stupid as Paw Patrol in a lot

A Day Trip To Wroxham Barns, Norfolk

A couple of weeks ago when John was off work we got to have a day out with some good friends which was long overdue. The weather was supposed to be nice so we planned a day to Wroxham Barns which is in Hoveton, Norfolk. Unfortunately, we don’t go here very often because we don’t drive and you can’t walk there from the Hoveton/ Wroxham train station due to there being no footpath. The weather forecast told a big fat lie and the morning was actually pretty miserable. Erin had cried during the whole 15 minute car journey and it