31 December 2017

A look back at 2017, a year of changes and family fun

As I sit here writing this it is New Year's Eve and I can not believe that yet another year has come and gone, I say it every year but each seems to pass that little bit quicker than the previous one. This year the Little Ones have grown some more and there have been a few changes and some lovely short breaks and holidays too. 

28 December 2017

The Little Ones get crafty with Pottery Cool

Anyone who knows my girls knows that they love crafting, they are always cutting, sticking and hoarding loo roll tubes for their next project and at every opportunity they will have the paint out and be eyeing up the glitter.

23 December 2017

A surprise trip to Wookey Hole winter wonderland

The girls have been working so hard at school since September and Little 3 has taken starting nursery in his stride that we decided we wanted to give them a little treat this Christmas. So when I spotted an advert for Winter Wonderland at Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset we decided that we would surprise the Little Ones with a trip.

30 November 2017

Winter is on it's way

The weather has definitely turned colder this week and the nights are drawing in, it was dark by 4 o'clock the other day, the heating has been on a lot longer than normal today and the girls even wore hats and scarves on the walk to school, winter is on it's way.

27 November 2017

Our top 3 toys for Christmas and some stocking fillers too

Over the past year the Little Ones have been lucky enough to try out some of the newest books and toys on the market. Some of these toys have fallen by the wayside after the initial excitement wore off and others have become firm favourites, the same goes for the books, one is repeatedly picked up and there is nothing left to complete yet I am not allowed to throw it out and another is so loved and full of beautiful stories and ideas that I am sure it will be treasured for a long time to come.

So which 3 of the toys that we have reviewed in the past 12 months do I think would make excellent Christmas gifts for the children this year?

24 November 2017

5 Fun foodie gifts for Christmas and a cake!

When it comes to Christmas fare I don't tend to stock up on a lot, I do like to get a few special bits and a box of choccies or two in for the evenings and fun foodie Christmas gifts are always a hit. This year I have found a few gems perfect for my family, ssshh don't tell them though!!

20 November 2017

A review of a Grassholm lodge at Bluestone Wales

So I recently wrote about our Autumn break at Bluestone Wales and the great time we had having fun as a family and relaxing after a hectic term at school, I mentioned the lodge we had been staying in, a 4 bed, 3 bathroom Grassholm lodge and so here I am to tell you all about it.

16 November 2017

A Christmas fiver challenge with Sportsdirect.com #sdfiverchallenge

There is no denying it now Christmas is not far away, the Little Ones are coming home from school singing songs for the school play, the Christmas dvd's are out and I still need a few gifts for quite a few people. If you are like me, with three children, Christmas is on a budget and I find it is getting harder and harder each year to buy gifts for others that don't break the bank and don't look like hardly anything either.

13 November 2017

Mickey's Roadster Racer pit crew tool kit review

Little 3 has a fascination for tools at the moment, he is always going around with a toy screwdriver putting it in all the screws he can find trying to undo them and he loves hammering things, I have had to confiscate that a few times! 

When we were asked if Little 3 would like to review Mickey's Roadster racer pit crew tool kit, I knew it would be right up his street.

3 November 2017

An Autumn break at Bluestone National Park Wales

Over half term we spent a mid week break at Bluestone Wales. Bluestone National Park resort is set in the beautiful area of Pembrokeshire not far from the Welsh coast and with the tag line 'Free Range Fun' we could not wait to get out of school on Monday and drive up there for a mid-week break of half term family fun.

28 October 2017

Dreaming of crystal clear turquoise seas and far away beaches

We have just come back from a lovely Autumn half term break in Wales and I am beginning to think about where to go on our summer holiday next year, the Little Ones have simple requests and that is that there is a beach and preferably a swimming pool close by.

26 October 2017

Snooks review- from bubble to best friend

They come from a magical place called Shnook Brook where a rainbow meets a waterfall.... have you heard of Shnooks?

Enter a cute cuddly toy with wild colourful hair that magically grows grow eight times it's size when released from their unique scrubble bubble packaging.

23 October 2017

Ladybirds, ladybirds everywhere

It has been pretty windy around here lately so we dug out the kites and thought we would have another go at flying them after the lack of success we had a few months ago. 

18 October 2017

Memories from Lanzarote

Looking back through photographs recently, I came across the pictures of our honeymoon in Lanzarote, back before we had children, over 8 years ago. It is somewhere we both enjoyed being on holiday and somewhere I would like to go back to and to explore further.

10 October 2017

My beautiful Little 1 turns 8 years old.

They say when you have children that time flies and to enjoy it while you can as they grow up so quickly, well it is certainly true, I can hardly believe that my little girl is 8 years old already.

8 October 2017

Little 1 gets a birthday surprise from bakerdays

Everyone loves to get a parcel in the post, especially if you are excitedly awaiting your 8th birthday and counting down the days until a sleepover party with friends. The anticipation of what is inside is just too much when you are 7  years old and as Mummy knew what was inside I let Little 1 open the parcel from bakerdays that arrived that day.

6 October 2017

What if they got sick?? Stem cells with Smart Cells

The Little Ones are tucked up snug in their beds sleeping peacefully and once again I find myself staring at Little 3 on the video monitor feeling thankful that he is healthy. You might remember that Little 3 had problems with his heart when I was pregnant and that he seemed to outgrow his issue thankfully as he grew, we are still not entirely sure if the problem has resolved completely, but he is healthy and growing and developing normally. 

3 October 2017

Little 1 (and Daddy) review..Meccano 25 in 1 off road racer kit

I remember years ago sitting with my dad, all sorts of nuts, bolts and metal bits around us having a go at building some of his ancient Meccano. I can't remember what it was or what we did with it but I enjoyed twisting all those nuts and bolts into all sorts of things.

This week Little 1 and Daddy have been busy building Meccano too, the 25 in 1 off-road racer set from Spinmaster to be precise and I am not sure who liked the kit the most.

30 September 2017

What do you do with your children's artwork? Stationary Bundle Giveaway

It is 3.25pm and we have just got in the door from school, while the children raid the kitchen for a snack and tell me about their day I sort out their book bags, I find letters, reading books and diaries, homework and pieces of art.

28 September 2017

The one with all the fossil hunting in Charmouth

An email landed in my inbox this morning reminding me that we go away in just 3 weeks for half term and I suddenly remembered I hadn't yet written about our lovely summer holiday we had this year.

We had a fantastic family holiday down on the Dorset coast where we stayed in a caravan just a few hundred yards from the beach. The Little Ones had plenty of fun on the beaches, playing with new friends in the next caravan, eating fish and chips and we had a couple of days out too. A simple fun family holiday but as Little 1 said 'The best holiday in ages, Thanks Mum'.

24 September 2017

The bottom of the laundry basket- #EcoverLaundry Challenge

'Oh my gosh, it can't be, is it really? Yes, I believe it is, I can actually see the bottom of my laundry basket...... wait, scrap that..... it is full again'. 

12 September 2017

Little 2 takes her stabilisers off, plasters at the ready!

Learning to ride a bike is one of those childhood milestones, you have your first bike, whether it is a balance bike or one with stabilisers and the day you sit on a bike and can pedal off down the road unaided is met with a big grin and a parent stood with a camera, well in our house anyway.

7 September 2017

Little 3 goes to nursery

This week has been a special one for Little 3, at almost two and a half years old he has gone to nursery for the first time. 

4 September 2017

Little 1 makes the jump to Junior school

There are a few changes going back to school this year, not only am I going back to college and Little 3 starting nursery but Little 1 is making the jump from Infant school to Junior school. At almost 8 years old she is entering year 3 and embarking on the next phase of her school journey.

3 September 2017

Mummy goes back to college with ChewBICca Star wars Stationary from BIC

A long time ago in a galaxy... not actually very far from here, oh, all right this very living room to be precise I completed a degree with the Open University. Now 9 years on...

30 August 2017

Aquadragons mission alpha in space set - review

Have your pets ever been to space? I didn't think so. We currently have a set of space travellers in our house. Yes, that's right, the most recent additions to our family have been to the edge of space, survived and are now living in a mini tank in the kitchen. 

22 August 2017

The girls have fun with Zhu Zhu hamsters

There have been some funny chirruping noises coming from the girls bedroom's the past few days, a few squeaks and lots of giggling and laughter from the girls too. You see they have been testing out a new toy that we have been sent to review.

Do you remember Go Go pets? A hand sized toy pet that would run around your room. Well they are back, they have been updated and have a new name, Zhu Zhu Pets. There is also a new website and there has even been a TV show too.

4 August 2017

Lets go fly a kite

Hasn't the weather been dismal this week? I mean it is so grey out, no clear skies and fluffy clouds, just a layer of thick grey stuff and a whole lot of drizzle, showers and heavy downpours thrown in too. I have been thinking about a lovely afternoon we had on the common on weekend a few weeks ago when it was scorching hot and the sun was out.

1 August 2017

What the Little Ones wear- Joules dress

You all know the girls love dresses, given the choice they would not own a pair of shorts or trousers but sometimes they are more practical for my outdoorsy girls, however, more often than not they will be in a dress.

The current favourite for Little 2 is this one from Joules, perfect for this mixed up summer weather. A lovely lightweight cotton dress with a double layer skirt, pink and white stripes on the top with gold shiny spots and a blue skirt.

26 July 2017

School's out for summer

Today the Little Ones finally broke up from school, I think we may well have been one of the last. It has been a long term and all three children have been particularly grumpy and tired in need of the summer break.

21 July 2017

The Little Ones are VIP wildlife explorers at WWT Slimbridge

For those of you who regularly read my blog you will know that we are members and regular visitors of our local wetlands centre WWT Slimbridge, Gloucestershire. We have visited in the depths of Winter and the heat of the Summer, and we have had hours of fun jumping in puddles, and exploring the centre too already this year.

We were recently contacted by Slimbridge and asked whether the Little Ones would like to become VIP Wildlife Explorers for a day to road test their summer activities for them. We had already spotted the adverts for 'Dusty's Wildlife Explorers' when we were last there and having planned to go at the start of the holidays anyway, we were certainly willing to be the first to try them out. 

9 July 2017

Cooling off the Little Ones

The weather has certainly been warm lately and we have all been feeling it here at Loving Life with Little Ones, the girls have been coming home from school all hot and flustered and Little 3 has been tossing and turning at night.

7 July 2017

MOKURU stick- the new fidget toy?

Hands up if you like to keep your fingers busy or if your child has a fidget spinner, well fidget spinners are so over... we have a new fidget toy in our house- the MOKURU stick and it is pretty addictive.

3 July 2017

Out and about- Growing in confidence

Getting out of the house at the weekend is a must when you have three children, some days they might just spend most of the day out in the garden or spend an hour at the local park but we try to take them out and about at least once each weekend. There are lots of places to go near us in Gloucestershire for a walk and to explore and plenty of places to go and burn some energy close to home too. 

26 June 2017

The one about fruit!

Fruit, One of your 5-a-day right. Well, there is certainly no trouble getting this stuff into the Little Ones, in fact I am actually worried that they eat too much of it, can you actually eat too much fruit?

24 June 2017

Paw Patrol Rescue Track Sets- Zuma and Skye's Lighthouse and Marshall's Pet Rescue

Little 3 has now reached the grand old age of 27 months and has begun to show a lot more interest in watching the television with the girls and with a greatly improved attention span he will sit and watch for quite a while if you let him. A current favourite programme of his is Paw Patrol and he just loves the character Marshall the most. 

When Spin Master recently got in touch and asked if we would like to road test their Paw Patrol Rescue Track set it was an instant 'Yes' as I knew they would be a hit with Little 3.

19 June 2017

Close Parent day and night cloth training pants

I mentioned in my last cloth training pant review that we have been trying out several different brands of washable cloth training pants over the last few weeks, this post is all about Close Parent training pants.

Close Parent pop in nappies were our go to cloth nappy when Little 3 was younger and we loved them. It only seemed right to stick with the brand we trusted and loved to try their training pants too. Not only do they sell day time ones for leak prone toddlers, they also sell the most useful potty training product I have come across- leak proof night time training pants, you can read how we got on with those below.

13 June 2017

#PrezzoLaFamiglia- A giant bowl of pasta- don't mind if we do!

We were recently invited by Britmums and Prezzo to take part in their #PrezzoLaFamiglia Challenge. The challenge was to try out the NEW Prezzo LaFamiglia pasta sharing dish as a family and share our thoughts. Well, with pasta being the favourite meal of three members of our family and the thoughts of a giant bowl of pasta that I didn't have to cook, we were totally up for it.

8 June 2017

We're forever blowing bubbles

'5...4...3...2...1, Right, Please get out of the bath NOW, I am not asking again'. You would think it would be a battle to get small people into the bath but no, in our house we have to battle them to get out! The Little ones love the bath especially the younger two, Little 3 always asks 'Avin a bath Mummy?' every night as we are getting down from the tea table and more often than not the answer is 'Yes'. 

5 June 2017

Da da da da....superundies!!

Little 3 has now been in pants around 6 weeks and he has done really well, however, he has a tendency not to tell us he needs a wee if he is busy doing something. This means he is still having the odd accident now and then, particularly at the end of the day when I am busy in the kitchen cooking tea and miss the signs that he needs to go. 

I was getting a bit fed up with a toddler wandering into the kitchen soaked to his socks and did a twitter shout out for some recommended cloth training pants to help contain the mess.

1 June 2017

What the Little Ones wear- it is all in the detail

I don't know about you but I really don't like children's clothes that have those plasticy transfer pictures on the front, they look fab to begin with but after a few washes they look like they are faded or starting to crack or peel and even decent brands that last a little longer look tatty very quickly.

28 May 2017

A picnic lunch anyone?

The Little Ones love nothing more than having picnics and tea parties, indeed I have written about them several times before. Now that Little 3 is 26 months old he totally gets role play and joins in with his sisters as they set up extravagant tea parties with their toys and get the whole family involved in their games.

24 May 2017

A visit to Snowshill Manor and gardens

When the sun was shining last weekend we decided to get out of the house and go exploring for the day. We packed a picnic and opened our National Trust handbook to see where we could go nearby, we chose to head to Snowshill Manor and gardens somewhere we hadn't explored before. A Tudor manor house owned by the collector Charles Wade and used to store all his collections while he lived in the priest house in the courtyard.

19 May 2017

What the Little Ones wear- Here kitty kitty

There is one dress in Little 2's wardrobe that got worn again and again and again all through the winter and on into the spring, now sadly after shooting up recently it has gotten too small for her. It is this one, a mock pinafore kitty dress, admittedly again from Lilly and Sid, but I did say that a lot of the Little Ones current wardrobes come from them right now!

13 May 2017

Potty training out and about with Dry Like Me

We first began Potty training Little 3 over the Easter holidays and although we stayed in for the first day or two we didn't want to be stuck inside for a whole week while Little 3 was getting the hang of it all. Dry like Me offered us the perfect solution, they kindly sent us some of their award winning potty training pads for Little 3 to try out and so we put them to the test.

3 May 2017

What the Little Ones wear- glitter and unicorns

Little 2 likes glittery clothes at the minute, she is still very much into the princess and dressing up age and likes to look pretty with glitzy hair bands, shimmery body lotion and loves it when she feels as though she has a bit of sparkle. 

30 April 2017

A potty training toddler, a week on

If you read my post 'It is time for big boy pants!' then you will know that the past couple of weeks we have been attempting to toilet train Little 3. 'Attempting' was the word the first few days when things really didn't seen to be going all that well and I was beginning to think 'perhaps, he isn't ready yet' even though I had been sure he was.

28 April 2017

I can do it myself (review)

Now that he is two years old Little 3 has suddenly had another developmental surge and begun to develop a taste for independence. 'Me do it' is a very common phrase these days as he wants to have a go at doing things himself.

He has started to try and dress himself by pulling things over his head and has recently become very good at putting on his own pants and trousers after showing no interest at all in doing it a few weeks ago. He tries really hard to put on his socks and shoes but can not do it at all yet, he will try for quite some time before giving up and asking for help if there is time for me to let him have a go himself.

26 April 2017

A super sunny Easter trip to Cornwall

Now that we have been back at school (myself included) the past few days I have had time to think about the super Easter holidays that we have just had, normally we don't do anything at Easter as Daddy is working but this year we did things differently, Daddy took a week off and we had such a good time.

After returning from a long weekend at Butlins celebrating Daddy's 40th birthday with family we spent a few days at home together, an afternoon doing an Easter duck hunt at the local wetlands centre and exploring a new National Trust house near us too. 

We then had the opportunity to join friends in Cornwall for bank holiday weekend and decided to go, we were so glad that we did.

23 April 2017

What the Little Ones wear- Gorgeous girlie dresses from Lilly & Sid

If you ask the girls what they want to wear the answer every day, almost certainly, will be a dress. A dress and tights for Little 2 (she loves choosing tights to match her dress) and just a dress for Little 1 who can sometimes be persuaded to wear a pair of cropped leggings underneath if it is colder (she doesn't really like tights).

20 April 2017

It is time for big boy pants!

Little 3 only turned two years old a month ago but he has been showing a lot of signs that he might be ready to have a go at toilet training over the last couple of months. The past two weeks I have spotted further signs and decided that although he is still young and as I have the Easter holidays off work now is the right time to give it a try.

14 April 2017

Playing on the beach at Bognor Regis

Last weekend we spent time enjoying ourselves for Daddy's 40th birthday, we went to Butlins all the way down in Bognor Regis and the weather was amazing. Even though it was just the beginning of April the sun was out, there wasn't a cloud in the sky and it was warm, warm enough for summer dresses and t-shirts.

Although the children were having so much fun on the soft play and rides, when they were not in the swimming pool or hankering for another game of crazy golf, we couldn't go all the way to Bognor without a trip to the beach.

6 April 2017

Spring has sprung.. running free

Now that the weather has turned and Spring is well and truly upon us we have been taking the opportunity to get out and about in the sunshine as a family a whole lot more in the last few weeks. The Little Ones have had great fun running around, exploring and just enjoying being outdoors free of coats and thick jumpers. Little 3 in particular has been having great fun now that he can keep up with the girls and is really happy and chatty when we have been outdoors with him running free.

4 April 2017

Fuzzikins cosy cats craft kit review

My girls both love creating and crafting, they like making and decorating, gluing and sticking and making all sorts of different things. Sometimes they get out all the crafty bits and do their own thing but they are also great fans of crafting kits. We were recently asked to test out a new kit from Fuzzikins called Fuzzikins Cosy cats.

2 April 2017

Beauty and the Beast: write, inspire, create with Parragon book buddies

As you know we are Parragon book buddies and are lucky enough to be sent books for the Little Ones to review by the lovely people at Parragon. This month we were asked to read a gorgeous book right up Little 1's street, Beauty and the Beast-Write, inspire, create.

29 March 2017

We took the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness midweek meal challenge

It's 4pm on a Thursday afternoon, we have just walked in the door from school and the Little Ones are STARRRRVING, I have given them an apple and a biscuit which won't placate them long, the toddler is clinging to my legs shouting 'ungee' (hungry) and asking to be picked up. Glancing at the clock I realise that we have to be at Brownies in an hour and I need to feed them fast.

21 March 2017

What the Little Ones wear.... My new fashion series

When it comes to clothes for the Little Ones I like to buy things that look good, now when I say good I don't mean posh or smart or clothes that can't be played in, I mean funky colours and appliques, cute patterns and for the girls, pretty colours and twirly dresses. 

The Little Ones clothes need to be sturdy and practical and at the same time not break the bank. I need clothes that can stand dirt and pasta sauce, a super long wash with a hefty scoop of stain remover and a spin in the dryer. I need them to still look decent after half a dozen wears, and I have come to learn over the years which brands can stand this and the ones that can not.

After having two little girls who love to wear dresses and pretty patterns as well as all bright and lovely colours and spending 5 years buying from the girls section it came as a bit of a shock when Little 3 came along at how much blue, black and grey there is for boys and not much else. I went on a mission and found some places and brands that offer more colour and something different for boys and I would like to share them with you.

I often get comments about my children's clothes, particularly Little 3, and so I decided to start up this series and tell you about the clothes the Little Ones wear and where we found them.

So take a look below about what is coming up and be sure to pop back to find out all about them and see them in action soon.

Do you have any favourite brands you can share with me?