Dressing up with Vegaoo

When Athena started preschool I was quite pleased to find out that things like World Book Day, where you have to come dressed as a character from your favourite book wasn’t really a big thing however now she’s started at school I’m feeling the pressure slightly! Next week on Thursday the 1st of March the school have asked all the children to come in dressed up as a character from  their favourite book. It is optional but I don’t think Athena would want to be the one child sat in their…

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What Mums really want for Mother’s Day

Mothers Day is just around the corner, Sunday 11th March if you’re in the UK, I asked a few of my friends who are mums what kind of thing they’d like as a gift and got some varied responses, so I did a bit of research and compiled something to fit the most popular suggestions, which consisted of many ‘really nice skin care and makeup that I don’t treat myself to‘ and a few ‘something that would really surprise me‘s! First up is an almost magical balm from Swissforce, that…

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Interiors: How to Add a Designer Touch to Your Décor

Decorating your home can be an expensive project and you might not have the budget to hire a professional interior designer. But by making certain style choices and incorporating modern accessories into your home, you can easily create a designer home for less. You don’t need an interior designer to help make your home look luxurious… Here are a few tips on how to add a designer touch to your décor. Pick a Colour Scheme Colour is a very personal part of interior design as it can create certain moods for…

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Half term fun with Debenhams Toy Dept!

My kids were the lucky recipients of some new toys from Debenhams, timed very nicely for the last couple of days of the half term break down here in the south, when I was running out of things to entertain them with (I think I have RSI from stirring so many bowls of slime) and then came down with a cold meaning I didn’t fancy chasing them round the park in the damp either.  Debenahms came to the rescue by sending us a gift card for the kids to spend…

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Sunday Scrapbook – Steam Trains and Castles

I’ve got the lurgy (aka a cold, I just like to be dramatic) so it’s a short post from me as it’s almost 8pm and therefore time for bed! This past week was half term for us here down south, though we do have another day off tomorrow for an ‘insect’ day as Athena and most of her classmates call it. Sam turned 30 last weekend, and we celebrated by heading to Kent for a night in a hotel, where Sam’s mum met us too. We spent his birthday on…

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My Makeup bag for a Weekend Away

A little while ago I was tagged by Joanne (she blogs at Opposable Thumbs) to share the contents of my makeup bag. Now this isn’t my everyday makeup bag but rather my ‘weekend away essentials’ though in fairness it this is what’s on my face most of the time, a lot of what is in my makeup collection at home doesn’t get much use! The makeup bag itself is one that I bought myself with a John Lewis voucher that my mum gave me for Christmas, and it was £14…

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Style: Spring Capsule Wardrobe

    I know, we’re still wearing big thick coats, fluffy socks and chunky boots as it’s still super chilly in post parts of the new year but I am so fed up with winter clothes and layers, gloves and hats that I’ve been dreaming of a spring wardrobe. I’ve been trying to stick to a capsule wardrobe so have put together the items I think would work well for spring time, along with a few pieces that would remain from my current capsule wardobe. The  items that would remain…

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Athena & Arlo – January 2018

Oh these two, they keep me on my toes! This month more than ever I have been playing referee between them, though that’s not to say that there haven’t been some really lovely moments too… like when they shared a bed at a hotel we stayed in at the weekend and then decided when they were back home that Athena needed to sleep in the bottom bunk with Arlo, two nights in a row! Only it wasn’t all lovely it was a nightmare as they then argued, screeched and ended…

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5 Tips for Helping your child to prepare and revise for an exam

It is no secret that an exam is something to feel anxious about. It doesn’t matter if you are an adult or a child, the thought of sitting down to be tested on your knowledge is enough to bring us out in a cold sweat. James Goldsmith at 11plustutorsinessex.co.uk says that, as an adult it is down to us to make ourselves feel ready for an exam, but what about our children? The last thing that we are going to want is for them to have high stress or anxiety…

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Toys: PAW Patrol Mission PAW Mission Cruiser review

If you’ve got small kids then you’ll probably be aware of PAW Patrol, and will also be relieved to hear that there are a whole load of new Mission PAW episodes out on Nick Jnr, hurrah! My kids can watch the same thing over and over again but I like a bit of variety! To help them celebrate the new episodes Athena & Alro were the lucky recipients of the new PAW Patrol Mission PAW Mission Cruiser, which houses PAW Patrol mini vehicles and figures. The Mission Cruiser has three spaces…

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Wanderlust – What to do in Costa Rica

I have never visited America, neither Central, North or South, but there are a few destinations in each that I’d absolutely love to visit! In Central America the top of my list is Costa Rica- partly because it has earned the title of ‘The happiest country in the world’ but also because the landscape is beautiful and nothing like we get here in the northern hemisphere at all! Whilst browsing online through Costa Rica rentals I was blown away by the amount of stunning locations that are available. Think infinity pools in a private villa…

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Parents: Tips to improve your sleep

Sleep is a most valuable and precious thing when you are a parent, Especially if your little darlings are of ages from 0-5 years old. In fact, a big part of parenting is getting used to functioning on way less sleep and still being able to do all the thing that you could before, plus all the added kid-related things! However, even us sleep-deprived parents need a few hours a night where we get to actually switch off. Luckily, I’ve got some advice to help you do that, if you…

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