One Size Fits All Valentine's Gift Guide

Spencer and I don't tend to go crazy for Valentine's Day. Last year we didn't even buy anything but I missed having that little something, even if it is only little. This year I have decided to get a few bits and pieces, both home made and shop bought, so that Spencer has a little token gesture on Valentine's Day. Carry on reading for Valentine's Gifts suitable for anyone, from anyone.

one size fits all valentine's day gift guide


Review : Children's Personalised Encyclopedia

Regular readers will likely know that I absolutely love personalised items, I think that personalisation adds that little bit more to an item making it extra special. Teaming personalisation with education is a huge bonus which is why I couldn't resist the beautiful My Personalised Encyclopedia*.

blog review of children's personalised encyclopedia


Giveaway : Win 1 of 3 Pairs of Tickets to The Baby Show at ExCel, London

The Baby Show with MadeForMums, the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event, will be returning to ExCeL, London from 19th – 21st February 2016. The Show is a must-attend event for new and expectant parents with over 200 exhibitors showcasing the very best baby and infant essentials. It’s the only show to feature all the major retailers alongside well-known brands including iCandy, Stokke, Philips Avent and Chicco who will all be selling amazing products with equally amazing discounts! Everything you need for bump, baby and beyond…

competition to win a pair of tickets to the baby show in London February 2016


Parenting : The Real Struggle

For me looking after a newborn baby was relatively easy, it didn't matter that I was tired because all I had to do was feed and change a baby, I did nothing else. It didn't matter that my house was a tip, that I hadn't washed and that I had been wearing the same pyjamas for three whole days running, I'd just had a baby, people didn't expect much more from me. Aria slept on me most of the time, I binge watched Netflix because I didn't have the energy or inclination to do much else.

blog post about the real struggles of sleepless nights with an older baby


Aria's Eleven Month Update

How is it possible that Aria, my little baby, will be one year old next month? One whole year? Where has the time gone? We've had another hard month, a ten, almost eleven month old baby with tonsilitis is hard going! But, as always, we've also had an amazing month watching Aria learn and develop more and more.


Review : Dyson V6 Animal Cordless

We decided to treat ourselves to a new vacuum cleaner with our Christmas money this year, we've had the Dyson DC50 Animal Upright vacuum cleaner for around eight years now, and while it is still in perfect working order we decided that we wanted something a little less bulky. We really liked our Dyson Animal vacuum and found that it worked amazingly at, surprise surprise, picking up the cats hair, and mine, I shed a lot of hair! As a result and after a lot of research we decided to stick to the same brand, especially when we found it on offer for less than £250.
blog review of the dyson v6 animal cordless vacuum cleaner


Isotretinoin Update #1

At the grand old age of thirty I decided that it really is about time I got my acne sorted out. I've suffered with it for years, I'm not sure exactly how long but I do recall being called pizza face in the last year of junior school, and that was a very long time ago! Back last month I started taking a drug called Isotretinoin, also known as roaccutane. This is a very strong drug with some very serious side effects, thankfully both my Doctor and Dermatologist agreed that it is about time my adult acne was sorted out and decided that this was the drug for me. I've now been taking it for just over a month.

Carry on reading to find out how the past month has gone, side effects and everything.

blog post isotretinoin one month update roaccutane


Event : Shake Shack Launch, Cardiff

The food scene in Cardiff is exploding, there are so many fantastic chain and independent restaurants to choose from it is a foodies dream. I have a list of restaurants that I want to visit but can't because of both lack of time and lack of money, as a result I was over the moon when we were invited along to the launch of Shake Shack in the St David's shopping centre.

blog post shake shack Cardiff launch event


Review : Fisher Price Rainforest Space Saver Jumperoo

If anyone asks me what I deem to be must have items for a baby I always mention the Jumperoo and how much of a saviour it has been for us, and still is. Mother's that haven't had them will often say they are over priced, mother's that have had them will tell you that they are worth every last penny. Carry on reading to find out why the Jumperoo really is the must have baby toy.

blog review of the fisher price space saver jumperoo including a short video


Restaurant Review : The Newbridge-on-usk

The Newbridge-on-Usk, part of the Celtic Manor, is the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful break or fine dining (or of course, both!). Located on the banks of the River Usk and accessible by country lanes the Newbridge is a hidden gem, a hidden gem that we went along to experience a little while ago.

blog post restaurant review the newbridge on usk