Protest sportswear review

Review: Cosy Cold Weather Clothes from Protest

It’s definitely chilly now, this is my favourite time of year here on the South Coast; warm enough to head to the beach or onto the downs for a stroll without the risk of frostbite! I’ve been keeping warm on the school runs in a super warm fleece from Protest, and I tell you it is the cosiest jacket I’ve ever worn.…

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Giveaway: Win a Swizzels Sweets Hamper in time for Halloween!

This is a  paid  post in collaboration with Swizzels. Halloween may not  be the same this year in terms of staying socially distant, which will mean no Halloween parties and  probably only going trick or treating to houses   of friends and possibly at set times you don’t overlap with others! We’re thinking about inviting a few children from both classes/pods…

Present Pets – Toy Review

My  children love to watch ‘unboxing’ videos,   so a toy  that unboxes itself was definitely something I thought they’d really love. Present Pets unbox themselves  from inside the box, with noises and movement and little paw print shaped holes gradually appearing in the box until it opens up to reveal the mystery  pet!   There are Furry Pups and Fancy Pups…

Scrapbook Loves September 20

September sped past didn’t it? I think having a routine of school runs, homework and  some time to myself was actually a good thing as the days dragged a lot less.  However I’ll be pretty happy to see the back of 2020 so it won’t really bother me if the rest of the year trundles on past at the same…

Wanderlust: Sweden

This is a collaborative post. Sweden is a country that I would love to visit, and I’ve written before about a Nordic road trip route that I would love to take, but this post is about the things that think are ‘must do’  s when visiting Sweden! Stay in an Ice Hotel This is number one for me, I think…

Osmo kids coding app review

Coding for kids made fun with Osmo

Coding sounds scary, when I first heard that it would be included in the curriculum for kids I had visions of kids sat working out tricky lines of computer code. It’s actually very different to that and now I get to see it first hand with the Osmo Coding Kit. If you’re not sure what Osmo is then read our…

Review: Keen Shoes for Kids & Adults

Finding sandals that look good,  go with everything and are comfortable enough to wear all day is like looking for a needle in a haystack – but I think I’ve  found  that shoe-shaped needle!  These  are the ‘Elle Backstrap’ Keen sandals – and not only do they match my requirements but they  are consciously created  as the straps are made…

Days Out: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure Norfolk

Last week we spent the day out at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Norfolk as we were staying with family close by. It was definitely a really fun day out, despite it being the first time we had really been anywhere with lots of people in the same place  since before Lockdown.  I admit I was initially worried but was reassured…

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Scrapbook Lockdown Loves

It’s been a while hasn’t it?  But I’m back  with my  (normally) monthly ‘favourite things‘ post after a lockdown hiatus. My last post was at the end of March, when everything got a bit strange. So, here is a BUMPER edition of  what I’ve loved, read, made, worn etc… only it isn’t that bumper because there are some parts of…

Sunday Scrapbook – Circus & Injuries That Come in Threes

It’s been a long time since I wrote a weekly ‘what we’ve been up to’ but this week has actually felt like the most ‘normal’  in  months. In fact the past four weeks have felt pretty normal – apart from  having to wear masks in shops and not hug people when we see them! Last weekend we went camping with…

Treads School Shoe review

Although school  seems like a distant memory  for Athena it’s only a matter of weeks  until she’s back  at school, a new junior school in fact!  So that means new uniform, bag and shoes! This year she’ll be wearing Treads ‘Alberta’ shoes, which are a leather mary-jane style with a velcro strap, which is her preferred style. Treads  only make and sell…

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Review: Pet Beds with Style

We were sent this item to review for the purpose of this blog post, all words and opinions are my own. If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that  we added a kitten to our family a few weeks ago.  Although we’ve both had cats before it  hasn’t been for a long time so  we made a…