Scrapbook Loves March 2020

Well March has been a bit of a disaster hasn’t it! The buzz-words of the month are definitely ‘Social Distancing’,   ‘Lockdown’, ‘home learning’ and ‘C0ronavirus’.  It’s definitely a month that nobody will forget. As usual I tried to escape reality by sleeping more and reading more, and have been quite successful in both, and less so in teaching the children…

3d dinosaur discovery puzzles

Giveaway – DISCOVERY DINOSAUR JIGSAW Puzzles

We all love jigsaw puzzles in this house,  they used to be reserved for  a post school treat or a Sunday afternoon activity  after we’d been out for the day. However as none of us are going anywhere much during these lockdown times puzzles have become more of a regular occurence in our   house these past few weeks. A great…

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Celebrating Trolls 2 with Plush Toys

Trolls World Tour, the sequel to the first Trolls movie has been released to watch now, skipping the cinema release so that we can all watch at home! My kids, Athena especially, have been waiting for this for ages, and we would have seen it at the cinema during the Easter holidays. But due to lockdown we’re really pleased it…

me and mine family photo march 2020

Family Snaps March 2020

I have been pretty lazy with the ‘Me and Mine’ posts that I have been so good with  over the years. Normally  I share a photo of our family at the end of each month but this year it just hasn’t happened until now, a quarter of the way through the toughest year ever (as 2020 will probably be forever…

Playing with Osmo

Osmo Genius & Little Genius Review – perfect for kids at home!

Just when you thought you knew all about the ways to use tech to keep your kids entertained (including asking Alexa to make fart noises) you find something that blows everything else out of the water. It’s not only fun, but also educational enough to count as learning, which during these strange covid19 infused times is more important than ever! Osmo is a super…

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Review: Gigantosaurus the Game!

Ad – pre-release copy of game & review items Now more than ever  we’re all searching for things to keep our kids busy at home, and   Gigantosaurus The Game has been keeping my two children occupied  for the past couple of weeks as we were lucky enough to be given advanced access to the game, which is available on March…

Wanderlust: Liverpool’s instagrammable spots

This is  a collaborative post I’ve not been to Liverpool since before we had kids, but Sam and I spent a weekend there a few months before we got married and I  remember it fondly! We stayed  in a hotel in Albert Dock , which was the perfect base to explore the city from.  I think it was before I…

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Scrapbook Loves Feb 2020

Well February  flew by didn’t it? Punctuated with a half term that  dragged a little towards the end  because I  arranged all our playdates in the first half of the week… whoops! I mean the torrential rain didn’t help either! I mean, we’re definitely not fair weather folk and do go out and about when it’s wet, cold and miserable…

7 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Family Finances

Ad – this is a collaborative post in association with Polar Credit, written by me. Many people fall into bad financial habits that can be damaging to their long-term well-being. They might pay too much for certain items, ignore bank balances or make late utility payments regularly.  Do you know how much you spend on groceries, laundry and housing every…

Interiors: Bean Bag Chairs

Last year we redecorated the living room. Freshly painting the walls and wallpapering two of them. I’d bought lilac sofas the year before the replace our huge old black lounger which made the room look so much bigger! We have a corner of the living room that has a small alcove under a stained glass window that I’ve always struggled to know…

Toad Diaries Review & Giveaway

Everyone starts off the year being organised, right? Not me – I dabbled with making a bullet journal over the Christmas holidays and stopped using it by the 4th of January. Thankfully I hadn’t bought a specific notebook for it but was using a little school-style exercise book. Anyway – I’m generally so bad at keeping on top of diaries…

Sunday Scrapbook – A catch up

I’ve not done a Scrapbook Sunday post for absolutely ages and feel a bit bad about it… for the uninitiated they are basically diary/chatty/catch up style posts where I waffle on a little about what we’ve been up to. When I was doing a lot more ‘commercial’ blogging up to about this time last year I felt like they helped…