What Athena Wore in Bluebell Woods

It’s finally bluebell season! Last Saturday we took a late afternoon stroll around the bluebells in Angmering Park estate. It’s always an a stunning sight to behold, and each year they never fail to amaze me with their colours, and Athena has a new dress and necklace that she was more than happy to show off!   Her dress is from La Coqueta, a Spanish company who make children’s clothes up to age ten, in classic styles and patterns. They’re proper little people clothes, with classic timeless designs and I love everything! There are no outrageous colours, naff characters or skimpy styles, instead you have subtle lace, frills and gorgeous fabrics to choose from. Athena picked the Allamanda dress, which is lined Summer dress made from 100% cotton. A bib…

Labelling uniform with Attach-a-Tag

Labelling the kids clothes is definitely not one of my favourite tasks but sadly it’s a very necessary one, as there seems to be some magic force field within a school that means that your kid will pick up the wrong jumper at least twice a week and end up with someone else’s PE shorts without fail! Every last thing needs to be labelled, and with a set of clothes for every day and two kids that’s about 30 things, all told. So far I have tried iron-on name labels which don’t seem to last very well as I tend to tumble dry most of the kids clothes, and they pucker and peel off, plus I have also tried writing on the clothing tags with biro or sharpie but these always…

Surviving the Preschool Germs & Colief Breathe Easy Patches

Isn’t it funny how different two siblings can be? Arlo seems to leap from one cough or cold to the next with only a matter of days in between, it seems. The poor kid had his first bad cold at about two weeks, and more than likely picked it up from his sister, who was surrounded by other kids at nursery but never seemed to suffer with anything for more than a day or two. Fast forward three years and Arlo has just started at preschool himself, so I am preparing for the onslaught of bugs and germs that is heading our way! After two weeks of him being pretty sick with a parasite I really want to help him stay as healthy as possible for the rest of the…

Review: All New Kia Sportage

We spent a week of our Easter holidays in Wales, via a day and night in Gloucester, and we were lucky enough to have been given a Kia Sportage for the week to put it to the test; both on winding Welsh roads and motorway driving to see how it fared as a family car for a week away. The Kia Sportage is a great car to travel in, comfortable and spacious inside and fun to drive. It is a really smooth drive on all sorts of terrains, with plenty of features for both comfort and safety. We had the All New Kia Sportage 3 1.7lr CRDi, which is the most environmentally friendly Sportage model. With 19″ Alloys, 8″ touch screen Sat Nav/Media system, reversing camera, Dual A/C, heated seats…

Review: Barbie Styling Head Flip & Reveal

If there is one thing I can guarantee a resounding YES to, it’s asking Athena if she wants to play with my hair. Unfortunately for her I find people playing with my hair supremely irritating, but now she can brush, plait and pull to her hearts content with her new Barbie Styling Head. The little girl in me is pretty jealous, as I never had this sort of toy when I was little, and desperately wanted one, it was always the first toy I made a beeline for at friends houses when I went on playdates. So when Athena opened up the box and squeaked with delight I knew how excited she was, and the inner kid in me was a little jealous! Barbie Styling Head comes with practically a…

Travel: Caalm Camp Glamping in Dorset

I don’t think there are many mums who woke up on Mother’s Day in a yurt, but I was one of them as we had a weekend away in Dorset last week. There is a lovely peaceful atmosphere at Caalm Camp, a campsite with six large circular yurts, all built in a traditional mongolian style, and I should say ‘glampsite’ rather than campsite as this is much, much more special than a traditional campsite. Wooden beans radiate from a central circular skylight, with two supporting uprights – all hand painted in a gorgeous glossy colours. We stayed in the Cowslip yurt, and we were amazed to see painting on every piece of wood work including the door! Inside all the furniture is cosy and functional; beds with proper sprung mattress,…

Toys: Hatchimal Fabula Forest Tigrette

Last weekend I had a very excited little girl on my hands when I presented her with a large egg, which was making noises and flashing… and a friendship was formed! Athena was (and still is!) a very proud owner of a new Hatchimal from Fabula Forest! What is a Hatchimal Fabula Forest? A hatchimal is a little creature that hatches from an egg, it’s fully animated, so it rolls along flat surfaces, moves its wings and talks, as well as having light up eyes. It is also insanely popular with kids! The latest range of Hatchimals are the Fabula Forest range, either a Puffatoo or a Tigrette.  You can find out more about the past ranges and about Hatchimals in general on the website. Plus there is a FREE…