12 June 2018

Cooling off on sunny afternoons at Slimbridge

What do you do on hot sunny afternoons when you need somewhere to go to cool off? We often head to our happy place, the local wildfowl and wetlands trust, Slimbridge. Being members we often pop down for a few hours on weekend afternoons to have a wander around, feed the birds or splash in wellyboot land.

1 June 2018

The beauty that is Butterflies

Who doesn't love butterflies? My girls love them, everytime they spot one out and about there is excitement and shouting and so we thought a trip to the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo and maze was well over due as it isn't far from us and it was a whole 4 years since we last went - The one with all the butterflies.

23 May 2018

Little 1 likes the Project Mc2 ADISN spy journal

Wouldn't it be awesome if you had a journal that could speak to you, give you the time of day, hints and tips and even help you solve mysteries. Well, McKayla McAlister has just that in the Netflix tv show Project Mc2. Meet A.D.I.S.N the electronic journal which stands for Advanced Digital Intelligence Spy Notebook.

19 May 2018

A visit to Gloucester Jet Age museum

Where do you go on a cold wet supposedly Spring day when you really can't afford to spend any money but the children are on their Easter holidays and have exhausted the craft cupboard and are beginning to drive each other balmy? After googling nearby places to go and take them out for a bit I stumbled on The Gloucester Jet Age Museum, not that far from us and totally free (though donations are appreciated).

10 May 2018

Little 1 goes undercover with the Project MC2 spy bag

I recently told you about a new TV show on Netflix that the girls have been watching, Project MC² set in the fictional city of Maywood Glen, California telling the stories of McKayla McAlister and her friends and how, with the help of government agency NOV8, they solve crimes using science experiments and hi-tech gadgets.

30 April 2018

Family fun exploring Dyrham Park

Lately we had a couple of days out when it wasn't raining and recently headed to Dyrham Park near Bath, a National Trust house. We had been there before a couple of years ago but we all wanted to go back and see if we could spot the deer there after they had been elusive last time.

24 April 2018

In desperate need of a Spring garden overhaul

Once upon a time, long before we had children, our garden looked like this, lush and green grass, full of lovely interesting plants. We had a beautiful pond complete with a bog garden containing all sorts of weird and wonderful flowering plants, a trickling stream from the back of the garden and a lovely neat circular gravelled bit in front of the kitchen window.

21 April 2018

A doll with a difference, Project MC2 experiment doll

With a talking notebook and a shifty look about her, McKayla McAlister has arrived in Maywood Glen and friends Adrienne, Bryden and Camryn just know there is something up with her and are determined to find out what. 

16 April 2018

Little 3 is one of the gang now

There have been some signs for a while now, that Little 3 was growing up, changing and becoming one of three. It is not now the girls and a baby, a toddler, he has become a proper little boy. An Easter duck hunt at Slimbridge wetlands and wildfowl trust this holidays made me realise just that.

14 April 2018

No need to look for those baby deals anymore

It all started with the refusal to sit in the booster seat at the dinner table, Little 3 has got used to sitting on a chair next to me while we have lunch after nursery during the week and so after a few days he didn't want to sit in his own seat for tea any longer. We realised that he could reach the table anyway and didn't actually need the seat although it was handy to keep him in one place during a whole mealtime. He was so pleased when we took it away and he could sit like a big boy at the table.

Looking far too grown up

7 April 2018

Too much caffeine and a taste of Decadent Decaf

I never used to like coffee much really, not until I was in my mid twenties, it was instant for me back then and only one in the morning usually or if we went out to a cafe I'd have a second.

2 April 2018

Reigniting a love of reading with Fiction Express

Ever since they were small we have read to all the Little Ones, and now that they are getting older it is great to see that they love reading and often pick up a book to chill out in their bedroom or on the sofa, rarely a day goes by where they do not do any reading at all.

26 March 2018

Looking super cool and grown up in Boots Mini Club New Fearne Cotton collection

Now that Little 3 has turned three years old he is starting to show an interest in his clothes drawers, well, when I say interest he will still wear whatever I get out for him on a given day but he always points to his jeans if they are in there and asks to wear those as he thinks they are for more grown up boys.

21 March 2018

Introducing Lumo Stars, the cuddly characters with gorgeous coloured eyes

I can only imagine the dark Nordic night with sheets of bright colours as the Northern lights shimmer across the sky, look into the eyes of the latest, cute and cuddly huggable pet, and you get a glimpse of what you could see out there. Let me introduce you to the Lumo Stars, Northern Brights collection.

19 March 2018

The Little ones have fun in the snow (again)

When I went to bed on Saturday night I knew there was a possibility of snow on Sunday but I was not expecting to wake up to 4 inches of the stuff, the Little Ones were thrilled to see it had snowed again and it wasn't long before they were outside in it having fun.

13 March 2018

On the eve of your third birthday, Little 3

It is the eve of Little 3's third birthday and as I write this I find it hard to believe quite how fast those three years have gone and how much he has changed all of a sudden. I still vividly remember the day he was born and that Daddy almost missed it as Little 3 had decided the time was right.... now!

6 March 2018

The one where Little 3 choked on a penny

It all happened so fast, one minute it was fine and the next it was not but let me start at the beginning.

It was actually a few months ago now but I wanted to write as a reminder that things can happen in an instant and that these kind of things can happen to anyone.

5 March 2018

Money, 3 ways to improve your cash flow

Spring is in the air and the end of the financial year is approaching, as a blogger this means there will soon be a tax return to complete and as a parent it means there will be another new term of fees to pay. 

28 February 2018

An extra special Mother's Day gift

Mother's Day is one of those occasions when I want to say Thank You to my own Mum for everything she does for us. Always available for a spot of babysitting, helping me out when the girls club pick ups clash, baking tasty treats among other things and just generally being the best and most thoughtful Mum and Nanny.

24 February 2018

A boy and his love of scootin'

At nearly three years old Little 3 wants to walk to school and nursery much of the time now but equally he has days where he just wants to be carried and not walk at all, particularly after his mornings at nursery, it is heavy going lugging a toddler and his rucksack or a gym kit and three lunchboxes (and even a cardboard space rocket today!) home from school. Some days, particularly wet and chilly ones, I still take the pushchair to give my back and arms a rest and others he is happy to take his favourite method of transport.... scooting.

20 February 2018

Boredom busting this half term with gift in a tin

February half term has to be the school holiday I like the least, it is the weather that lets it down. It is either bitterly cold or raining or in the case of this one, both, with freezing winds thrown in too. With Daddy at work with the car, getting out and about means going out on foot and my suggestions at going out into the cold are often met with looks of horror and groans of 'Noooooo' as I am thoroughly outnumbered by three reluctant children.

10 February 2018

Tick tock a gorgeous wooden clock

'What's the time, Mummy?' is a phrase I hear quite often at the moment. Little 2 has recently learnt to tell the time to the o'clock and half hour but anything in between is still a bit of a wonder to her. 

7 February 2018

Little 2 has a birthday - 6 years old

Last weekend was a busy one for us, it was Little 2's 6th birthday. It started after school on the Friday with a playdate and a little birthday tea with a couple of her school friends. There was lots of dressing up in a variety of princess dresses and ballerina outfits and all the dolls, teddies and cuddly toys were brought down to share the tea and have a sing along and dance with some of the girls favourite tunes too.

26 January 2018

A spring wardrobe to brighten the dull winter days

Isn't it so dark and dull out right now, as I peer out the window I see thick low grey cloud and as I beat my way through the rain on the school run I am thinking of the Spring, the warmer drier weather and the Little Ones shedding their thick layers in favour of cute cardis and pumps or bright coloured tees in the case of Little 3.

I have been thinking about the Little Ones wardrobes, Littles 2 and 3 need a little sort out, some of the sleeves on their tops are getting too short and some of our old favourites are looking well worn, I think a new outfit or two could be in order.

22 January 2018

Hands up if you like outdoor fun

We try to get outdoors every weekend but lately we have been indoors a lot more than usual with one or other of the Little Ones suffering from some winter illness or another, the weather has been pretty dismal too, rainy dreary days do not make us want to leave the house.

10 January 2018

Too long at the computer and an issue with carpal tunnel syndrome

I have been spending a great deal of time at the computer recently, not only do I spend an hour or two each evening blogging and doing blogging related tasks like photo editing and networking on social media etc but during the day when Little 3 is at nursery I am currently very busy getting on with my coursework to qualify as a teaching assistant.