Wednesday, 27 April 2016

#WickedWednesday || The one with the black eye

This weekend Oscar had a fight with his bed....
As you can see the bed won.

The poor boy came downstairs crying and shamefully I didn't pay too much attention, I patted him on the head and said he'd be ok and carried on with the hovering.

After that was done I looked at him and saw he had a massive bump.

Bad mum alert!

After placing some frozen fruit (frozen peas are so last year!) on his eye he was back to his happy self!

Now he's sporting his first proper war wound. 

It looks like he's been raiding my make up case.!


brummymummyof2

toTs by SmartTrike Review || Infinity Changing Bag and Joy Bunny HoodedTowel


toTs by smarTrike®, changing bags, baby bedding & more


"Motherhood In Style!
smarTrike®, the multi-award winning company, is proud to present toTs
toTs is a new and innovative category that provides practical yet fashionable solutions for parents and their newborn’s everyday needs.

toTs is passionate about providing parents with an eclectic and chic collections of high quality products that perfectly complement their style. toTs’ unique collection include a variety of premium Changing Bags, Baby Beddings and Accessories for the newest member of the family. Our wide range of products is made from the finest materials with great attention to detail.
toTs combines high quality products at affordable prices, without having to compromise your style."


I was very kindly sent the blue Joy Bunny Hooded towel  and the gorgeous Infinity changing bag  to test out.

The hooded towel is presented nicely and would make a beautiful new baby gift, its gorgeously soft and snuggly.
One of Ru's new signs is rabbit, so he was very impressed to see one when he got out of his bath.


Suited to babies rather than chubby toddlers, even though It was on the small side for Ru, it still dried him up nicely and he loved having bunny ears.
It also made for some seriously cute photos!

The towel washes up nicely and you have no fears of it shrinking or losing its softness. It comes out good as new.

Ru loves his towel and it makes getting out of the bath worth while in the eyes of a toddler.

The towel also comes in Pink and Green


Where has this been my whole Motherhood life?!?!?
I am head over heels in love with the Infinity changing bag,
It's stylish, its practically, its spacious and best of all you can wear it on your back!! 

I have always had issues with changing bags / handbags, as my shoulders are quite small and bag straps never seem to stay on.
Having to deal with bags that slide down and running after toddlers just doesn't really work.

With the Infinity bag I can sling it on my back and carry/chase Ru and still have a hand free to hold one of the twins hands.


Features:
A large main compartment,
A zipped front pouch
A handy “Bag in a Bag”
Interior pockets
A hidden exterior compartment
Two side thermal bottle pockets
A padded changing mat
A thermal bottle holder.
Pushchairs straps,
Shoulder strap.



One thing I'm always doing when using a bag, is losing my keys and purse right at the bottom.
I'm always the one digging around in a bag at the front of the check out because my purse has gone off to Narnia.

With the Infinity changing bag, there are a few hooks to attach your keys and probably baby teething toys, but I found the one in the back of the bag perfect for attaching my purse to.
I shall never lose that thing again!

There is plenty of room in the bag, for all of Ru's stuff, my stuff and a change of clothes for the twins.
Even fully packed it doesn't look bulky or over filled.


The little details that have gone into the design of the bag really set it off!

The Infinity bag also comes in 3 other colours;
Grey, Beige and  Blue.

It really is a perfect bag for mums on the go!!

The Infinity changing bag retails at £64.99
The bunny hooded towel at £14.99

You can find more products from toTs by SmartTrike on the www.smythstoys.com site


You can follow them on Instagram

**I was sent these items for free, in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.**

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Health and Safety Poster Competition


Accident Advice Helpline are trying to highlight the importance of health and safety in the work place by inviting children to design some posters highlighting how accidents can happen and the importance on Health and safety.

The competition is open to all under the age of 16!

Health and Safety is an important part of any businesses work ethic and it is a prevalent issue for everyone as each and every year thousands of people suffer accidents and ill-health while at work most of which can be avoided.

Employers have a responsibility to prevent accidents in the workplace by ensuring that all measures are taken to protect people from harm (including visitors and customers) and that they should inform the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or the local authority in the case of specific accidents which have occurred preventing workers from returning to work for seven days or more.
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This is Noah's entry.

We may have had an added advantage of Jon being Nebosh trained.

Jon is the book of knowledge when it comes to Health and Safety.

Health and Safety Poster Prizes

The winner will be awarded a £100 Amazon Voucher and one runner up will receive a £25 Amazon voucher.

Enter to win £100

Enter your poster by posting it on Twitter using the hashtag #aahhealthandsafety or emailing your poster to aahhealthandsafetyposter@gmail.com . All posters must be received by midnight on May 21st 2016 to be in with a chance of winning. And make sure you keep an eye out on our social media channels where we will feature our favourite entries.
Further terms and conditions of the competition can be found here.

www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk

**This was a sponsored post**

Monday, 25 April 2016

National Stationery Week 2016 || Stationery Review

This week is National Stationery Week, and in joyous celebration I shall be reviewing some lovely bits from Maped Helix.
A little bit about Maped Helix;
Helix was founded in 1887, with as initial activity, the production of Wooden Ruler
In 1912 the first Maths set was produced,
in 1935 the Oxford brand was launched,
In 2012 Helix becomes part of the Maped Group and the company name changes to Helix Trading Ltd

The Power of the Written Word

According to YouGov research commissioned by National Stationery Week, 92% of adults think that writing by hand is important and 97% think it is important for children to be taught to write.
National Stationery Week celebrates the written word and all things stationery – the products which make it all possible, and give pleasure to so many people.



I was very kindly sent the Color'Peps jungle innovation felt tip pens,
Color'Peps metal box colouring pencils and,
Color'Peps  gel crayons.




Both myself and the boys loved our goodies, I enjoyed using the felt tips and pencils to do my adult colouring, and the boys just loved doodling with all of them.

I love that the colours aren't just plain old boring; red, green, black...etc.
Instead they're names are there to give you a little bit of inspiration; Marsh Mallow, Marine blue, Bubble blue, Red kiss, Blush.


The crayons were perfect for you, they glide so easily on paper, he was making master piece after master piece.

The twins loved the color'peps felt tips, the innovative shaped holder meant it was easy for them to share, the pens didn't roll all over the place, and best of all no lids were lost!

(Probably my favourite thing about them, it meant I wasn't the one crawling around under the table for the stray lid!)

Noah has claimed rights over the colouring pencils as he prefers pencils over felt tips and yes far too old to be using crayons! 


www.nationalstationeryweek.com


**I was sent the items for free, in return for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.


Sunday, 24 April 2016

#MySundayPhoto || A Burst of Colour


A Splash of colour to brighten up your Sunday.

Jon bought me these tulips last Saturday and they are still going strong,
I've chopped a few of the heads off so I could put them in with our butterflies.




OneDad3Girls

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Camp Bestival || Fine Dining and Breakfast Treats

ENJOY EXCLUSIVE FINE DINING AND BREAKFAST TREATS AT CAMP BESTIVAL!



DON’T MISS OUT ON DELICIOUS BREAKFAST & SUPPER CLUBS FROM
ZOE’S GHANA KITCHEN / CUISINE+COLOUR / 
THE LITTLE GLOSTER

This sounds amazing and I'll be getting out tickets for the Little Gloster's breakfast club.


Continuing our food adventures in a field, we are delighted to announce a series of breakfast and supper clubs in the Feast Collective and Hotpoint Festival Kitchen. Featuring lip-smacking delights from some of our favourite gastronauts, we guarantee our exclusive dining experiences are going to be very popular indeed, so don’t miss out!
Camp Bestival’s queen of cuisine Gemma Thorogood says: “We know that food is important to our festie family, but what’s better than making it playful as well!  That’s definitely the theme for this year with the extraordinary Cuisine+Colour making food fun and the table cloth your canvas, serving up a feast for the family directly into your hand.  Plus, our Feast Collective favourites Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen will be going ‘grassfed’ serving crispy kale and goat stew to some afrobeat sounds; and the Little Gloster’s Ben is running a series of ‘How To Make Breakfast' clubs in the Hotpoint Festival Kitchen… you’d better bagsy a seat quick as they might just go like hotcakes...”
On Thursday 28th July at 7pm lucky diners will be ushered through the yet to be opened Kids Garden by security for a very special Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen supper club. Held in the Feast Collective Tent on the evening before it officially opens, you’ll be able to indulge in long-table feasting Ghanaian style as you sample exotic delights including palm wine alongside okra and a jolly jollof rice. It’s Ghana be tasty! 
Sure to be super-popular, check out the menu and book your tickets now at the supper club’s event page.
We’ll have more out of this world feasting as the Hotpoint Festival Kitchen, handily adjacent to the mighty Feast Collective, will play host to the return of Cuisine+Colour, who will hold evening supper clubs on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July. A bespoke sit-down meal, where colour is delicious and cuisine is to dye for, Cuisine+Colours supper clubs will be playful occasions inspired by fine dining, celebrating and enjoying dinner as a visual spectacle.
Designed by visual artists Motley Collective and Bristol-based artisan chefs, Cuisine+Colour transform the dining tradition into an artistic experience, reworking traditional ideas of fine dining and pairing ingredients differently by serving colourful dishes made from natural ingredients. In honour of spillages, the white tablecloth and connecting napkins will be your canvas for the evening. And following your meal, you’ll be able to have a full-bellied 'aftermath' portrait taken as a part of this event!
A sell out experience at last year’s Camp Bestival we are expecting places at Cuisine+Colours supper clubs to be snapped up in record time, so head to their events page and grab your tickets while you can! 
Early birds can join The Little Gloster’s breakfast club and learn the tricks of the trade, while enjoying a specially made breakfast at their interactive breakfast club each morning in the Hotpoint Festival Kitchen, all cooked & demonstrated by chef Ben Cooke and his team of wizard chefs. Their fun filled breakfast sessions, including how to make your own sausages, how to cure your own bacon and how to make Eggs Arnold Bennett, will entertain parents and children alike and give you and your family, the inside breakfast scoop and all the tips you may need to re-create the delicious breakfast dishes at home. 
As with all our gastro-clubs, spaces are limited for The Little Gloster’s breakfast club, so if enjoying the most important meal of the day in decadent style sounds tantalisingly tempting, head to their booking page for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and get your tickets now. 
Keep your eyes peeled for more Hotpoint Festival Kitchen news coming soon!
And don’t forget tickets are flying for our Outer Space adventures so make sure you grab yours while you can and keep on checking our website, Facebook and Twitter for all the latest sub space communications



Camp Bestival Festival Ticket Info:
Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Tickets are on sale now via: Ticketline / 0844 888 4410 

Camp Bestival 2016 Weekend Ticket Prices:
Adult Weekend Ticket - £197.50*
Student Weekend Ticket - £185*
Age 13 to 17 Weekend Ticket - £118*
Age 10 to 12 Weekend Ticket - £93*
Age 5 to 9 Weekend Ticket - £45*
Age 4 & Under Weekend Ticket - £15*
Babes In Arms (1 & Under) - FREE (but ticket required)*
All tickets include camping from Thursday or Friday.
*NB: please refer to the Camp Bestival Ticket Terms & Conditions 

Weekly Payment Plan:
Use our 10-week payment plan to purchase your tickets meaning that an adult ticket can now be bought at a payment of around £19 per week over 9 consecutive weekly payments following your initial deposit payment. Book online via Ticketline only: select 'Camp Bestival 2016 - Weekend Payment Plan'. Once you have signed up to the payment plan, which basically means giving your agreement by ticking the bank mandate form on Ticketline’s website, they will automatically debit your card on a weekly basis. NB: Booking fees and a deposit (£27.50 per adult ticket) will be charged with your initial transaction.  More info here.
Car Parking - £20 in advance 
Campervan Ticket - £85 per vehicle - please read Campervan T&Cs before booking 
Caravan / Trailer Tent Ticket - £96 (One car only per caravan/trailer tent – no exceptions). Please read Caravan/Trailer tent T&Cs here.


Offical Camp Bestival Blogger

Pork Farm Board Games Championships

Leading pork pie manufacturers, Pork Farms are one step closer to finding their Board Games Champion with the announcement of their semi-finalists this week ahead of the grand final to be held during National Board Games Week at the end of April.



I'm pretty excited that I've been invited along to take part in the semi finals over in Orpington this coming Friday.

I don't think there's anything more entertaining than a good board game.

After a week of preliminary heats, which saw over 40 UK micro pubs participate, Pork Farms, who joined forces with the Micro pub Association have announced their top-scoring winners who will be going on to the next round. And we can now reveal the winning micro pubs heading for the semi-finals are:
  • Anchored In Worthing, Worthing
  • One Inn The Wood, Orpington
  • Penny Farthing, Crayford
  • The Last Post Derbyshire, Derby

  • Bake & Ale House, Kent

  • Early Doors, Daventry

Micro pub landlords up and down the country have awarded their competitors with recognition for taking part in this successful campaign. The micro pubs going on to the semi-finals will be held at award-winning micro pub, 'One Inn the Wood' in Orpington, Kent on April 30;
to decide who goes on to the grand final later that day.




Kim Burgess, Head of Markets for Pork Farms said: "We’d like to thank all who participated in the first round of the championships and look forward to the semi-final and grand final results."
With the first-round battles showcasing the quickest players and the sharpest minds officially over, Pork Farms want to thank all those who participated during the heats.



To keep up-to-date with all the stages of the championships visit: www.boardgameschampionships.co.uk 



Thursday, 21 April 2016

Subscription Box Review || Pink Parcel


It's a monthly thing.

If this doesn't make your monthly period a happy one,
I'm not sure what will!!


Pink Parcel is a monthly subscription box based around your period.
You pick your preferred "lady" products and then select when your period is due.
You'll then receive something nice to cheer you up when that dreaded time comes.

Nothing cheers me up more than receiving something nice in the post.

What comes in the big box?
Lots of little boxes containing different things.

A little drawstring bag that you can keep discretely in you bag  which contains 3 panty liners and 4 pads,
a box for bedtime which contains 5 night-time pads,
a box for later which contains 14 more pads.
a box containing some intimate cleaning soap "for down there"
and the best one of all..... a box for you! This happy box contains, a special tea bag, some yummy treats and some make up products.

So you have all your period needs covered and something lovely to stop you attacking everyone for at least 5 minutes!

I'm not sure if its just me, but even at the age of 30 I feel funny about going into the supermarket and buying sanitary pads, when I do I always make sure I go to a female check out attendant.
Having a load delivered by post makes me much happier!
Please tell me its not just me who feels like that!?!?!


Now I know your all dying to know what came in the goodie box!!!

Teapigs Chamomile Flowers Tea
I do love a nice hot cup of herbal tea when I'm feeling down in the dumps
£1.30 for two

Mallow and Marsh Bar
My bar was the coconut flavour -  it was amazing, much nicer than I thought it would be!
£18.00 for a case of 12

Nairn's Rough Oatcakes
These are great for giving you an energy boost when you're feeling a little sluggish.
£1.29 for 291g

iSmoulder - eyeshadow pencil from New CID Cosmetics
A dual ended Smokey eye pencil with complementing eye shadow.
Mine came in a sapphire colour - not a colour I usually go for but ill give it ago.
£18.50

Boozi Body Care Hand Cream - French Martini
This is happiness in a tube!
Its smell is amazing, its hard not to keep sniffing your hands. Ill be buying this again!
£3.95

NPW Pomegranate & Paw Paw Face Mask
An invigorating and nourishing mask with extracts of pomegranate and paw paw to retox your face  ready for the big wide world post duvet day.
I really enjoyed using this mask and my face felt amazing afterwards.
£1.85

True Brit London Nail Polish
This pink colour has been exclusively designed for Pink Parcel.
oooooooo
I've been searching for a nice new pink nail varnish recently, so this has really ticked the box for me.
Its long lasting and looks fab. 
£12.50




I also received a Natural Blender 'Tummy Tamer' recipe card, £15 off discount code for when I spend over £25 or more over on Teapigs, a Nairn's Chicken Roulade with Caesar Garnish recipe card, 15% off discount code for Boozi body care, 15% off discount code for new id cosmetics, £25 towards my first Gousto box.
Cocoba chocolate smiley,
A little fab bag, for discreet tampon disposal £1.99
Sass intimate purifying cleanser £7.00


In total all the stuff in the Pink Parcel adds up to - £45.79 ( minus the food and the tea)
The box costs you only £9.95 plus p&p you really do get value for money!!

I definitely shall be signing up to receive more Pink Parcels, this has been one of my favourite subscription boxes by far!

www.pinkparcel.co.uk

You can also go and stalk Pink Parcel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

School places


When we moved here last year, we noticed that there was a school being built right across the road and said how it would be perfect for when the twins start school.

We were told it was going to be only open to the lower years for a while, but because there are so many children without school places on the island they had to open it up as a full school straight away.

After a few months of Noah being in Y3 we decided we no longer liked the school he was in and wanted him to go to this school, after finding out it had a waiting list, I decided there was no harm in putting his name down.

A few months later and Noah gets an amazing new teacher and has made some best friends, his learning has improved we no longer want him to change schools.
We are moving up to Suffolk / Norfolk next summer so again he'll be faced with yet another upheaval and be forced into a new school and to start from scratch. So it just wouldn't be fair to move him now.

By the time we decided we'd no longer move Noah, the twins application forms had been sent off.
We did think because of Noah being in a different school, we'd be offered that but No.

They were offered the school across the road.

DRAMA.

Noah in one school, the twins in another.

After thinking about it over night, its not the end of the world, and instead of going through the long appeal system to fight for a place they aren't going to keep for long, or keeping them home to home school them - something Jon said he'd help with.
Deep down I know that wont work for us.
I'm not patient enough and Jon is always busying doing other things.

 I'm going to accept their place and Jon and I will have to take it in turns to do the different school runs.
Working from home does have its benefits.

The boys will probably have friends from nursery going to the same school, so it will be nice for them to already know people.
From the schools website, it looks fantastic and that reminded me why I wanted Noah to go there.

Purple blazers and ties ...... The twins are going to look adorable!
Being able to just stroll across the road and be at school is something I've always wanted for the boys.
Something that is a must for when we move next summer.

Did you get your first choice?

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

#WickedWednesday || One Slide, Four Boys

Where's the fun in a slide if you don't all pile down it at once?!? 

Even when the tears and the screams came, they kept at it.

Even plowing into Rupert's smelly poo bum didn't stop them.
(It's Sod's law one of them always needs / wants a poo as soon as they get to the park right?!?)!

brummymummyof2

Giveaway || Win 1 of 3 VISA £100 Gift Cards With DC Super Hero Girls

If you thought Super Hero's were a boy thing, then you were wrong!!

DC Entertainment’s latest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Hero's on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. 


My youngest niece is superhero crazy, so this will be right up her street. She always says when she grows up she wants to be a boy batman, maybe seeing these cool new DC girl heroes, she'll start to think girls are just as good as boys and anyone can be a superhero if they want!


There is a character for everyone and every personality,

Wonder Woman - The Leader,
SuperGirl - The Kind One,
BatGirl - The Technowizard,
Harley Quinn - The Class Clown,
Bumblebee - The Social Butterfly, 
Poison Ivy - The Garden Variety Misfit,
Katana - The Artist with an Edge,

I think my favourite is Poison Ivy, I'm a bit of a misfit, but that's ok!!

Why not subscribe to the DC Super Hero Girls YouTube Channel!





** This was a sponsored post


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Baked Camembert In Hedgehog Bread


My mum and dad came round on Saturday, and my mum had just seen an exciting food video over on Facebook that she really wanted to try.
Seeing as the below picture got a lot of likes on my Instagram, I thought id share the recipe with you, in case you hadn't seen it!

I'm not normally a big cheese fan and don't tend to stray from the normal mild cheddar but this was amazing, even the boys loved it, the two loaves and some antipasti meats made an awesome lunch!

BAKED CAMEMBERT IN HEDGEHOG BREAD



What You’ll Need:
  • 1 whole camembert, packaging removed
  • 1 large loaf of bread
  • 3 fat cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsps rosemary, finely chopped
  • 8 tbsps olive oil
  • Sea salt flakes

How You Make It:

  1. Using the bottom of your camembert box as a stencil, cut a hole in the middle of the loaf. Tear away.
  2. Carefully cut your loaf so you have individual segments. .
  3. Turn the cheese on its side and cut the top off, trying not to take away too much ‘flesh’.
  4. Pop the cheese face up in the hole.
  5. Mix the rosemary and garlic into your olive oil and spoon all over the loaf, encouraging the bits into all the slits. Cover the loaf liberally with salt, pop a little sprig of rosemary in the middle of the cheese and bake for 25 minutes at 170.
  6. Dunk.
My mum found the recipe over on foodenvy.tv .

Food Review || Salted Caramel Honeycomb Bar


The Mighty Fine Honeycomb story;

'We started off selling adventurously-flavoured, handmade chocolates from a small shop in Camden Market, London. It was a resounding success, but above all our honeycomb sold quicker than we could make it. So we stopped. Dedicated over 1000 hours to perfecting the recipe and then re-launched the finest honeycomb this side of anywhere.'



I was very kindly sent the Salted Caramel bar, It was probably one of the best chocolate bars I've had in a long time!
It was big and chunky, you get your moneys worth with this bar.
The honeycomb is to die for!
The chocolate is silky smooth, and it doesn't leave a funny aftertaste in your throat.
I liked the box that it came it, it made it feel more special and posh.

I had to keep it hidden from the boys as I wasn't going to be sharing this loveliness with them, this was defiantly a mummy treat.
If you spot one of the Mighty Fine bags/bars whilst out and about, make sure you pick one up!



Our delicious, salted honeycomb fully enrobed in creamy caramel chocolate. 5
0g of pure Mighty Fine luxury to enjoy on-the-go. 
We make a donation to the Friends of the Honey Bee campaign with every pack sold.
Gluten Free | Handmade | All Natural Ingredients | Delicious Belgian Chocolate



www.mightyfine.co

www.friendsofthehoneybee.com

Finest, Handcrafted Honeycomb

Monday, 18 April 2016

Food Review || Sown & Grown Granola

THREE GRAIN GRANOLA
100% British oat, barley and spelt grains lovingly sown & grown, combined with a smattering of almonds, linseeds & pumpkin seeds


I've always been rubbish at eating breakfast and usually opt for a big cup of coffee instead.
Then I always find myself heading to the snack cupboard and sniffing out the chocolate for a quick pick me up until I have my next coffee.
In a mission to actually sort out my ridiculous unhealthy eating habits I decided I would start the day with a proper breakfast, along side my coffee.

This three grain granola has been great, I've really enjoyed getting up and pouring myself a bowl.
Its really tasty and it keeps me going up until lunch time, my usual 9am, 10am, 11am snacking has been thrown to the curb.

I really love the packaging, and having it in a tube means it doesn't take up a lot of space in the cupboard, or on the shelf, wherever you store it. Mine was actually placed on top of my microwave.
The only thing I wasn't so keen on was that there just wasn't enough in the tube!
I've already run out! :(


The Spirit of the Grain!
Great Little Grains and the Sown & Grown brand is born out of a desire to think differently. The world is clearly tilting on a different axis and this presents an opportunity to challenge conformity, normality and to say 'why not'?


There's 6 different flavours to pick from
Apple & Raspberry Multigrain Muesli,
Four Grain Muesli, 
Mixed Berry & Nut Multigrain Muesli,

Three Grain Granola,
Apple & Blackcurrent Multigrain Granola,
Nuts & Seeds Multigrain Granola.

You can find these down the cereal aisle in Sainsbury's
greatlittlegrains.co.uk

Sunday, 17 April 2016

#MySundayPhoto || Beach Love

One of the best things about living where we live, is having the beach right on our doorstep.
Now the weather has improved we shall be spending most of our time sitting on these pebbles watching the sea.

The boys love having pebble throwing competitions,
hunting up and down for sea glass and trying to build sandcastle when we come across a rare bit of sand!

The Isle of Sheppey may not have much going for it, but The Leas sure makes up for what the island lacks!
I will miss the beach once we move.


Happy Sunday x
OneDad3Girls

Friday, 15 April 2016

Tummy Bugs, Coffee and a New Car


Easter holidays have been and gone and oh how they dragged.
The first week we didn't really do anything as we had a lot of stuff to do with the business but I had lots of fun things planned for the second week.

Well that was up until the tummy bugs hit! Alex, Oscar, Ru and Jon all suffered! 
I managed to get the twins and Noah to the cinema on the Wednesday but that was it.
I had planned to visit Kent Life, Leeds Castle and a family swimming trip but no!

So now I'll spread those visits over a couple of weekends as I was really looking forward to getting some day trips done.

The twins and Noah all went back off to school/nursery on Monday and to be honest I pretty much did a happy dance as soon as I waved them off.
I know that sounds pretty mean, but we were all suffering from cabin fever and it was great to get them out the house.

Also not having them around meant I could give the house a good tidy top to bottom whilst Ru ran around behind me pretending to join in.

We sold our car on Monday, so I've been pretty much housebound, I've taken Ru to the park a few times but other than that we haven't done anything. I need to g.et him a smart trike as then I could push him to the beach, walking there with him would just be painful.

With our weekly shopping we treated ourselves to a new Tassimo coffee machine.
Oh its amazing!
I can even make the boys hot chocolate and baby-chinos too!!
AAAAAMAZING.


Yesterday our new car turned up, it's a bit of a beast and I'm not really looking forward to getting behind the wheel.
I'm sure as soon as I do I'll love it and won't know what I was moaning about.



I have some exciting reviews coming up in the next few days, weeks;

• Pink Parcel  
• Slendertone
• Hasbro Games
• Tots by smart trike
•  Maped Helix

Now I'm self hosted (I am www.hannahandtheminibeasts.co.uk incase you hadn't notice)
I feel like a real blogger and feel like my blog is going in the direction I want it too.

I'm currently in talks with a website designer about giving the blog a facelift.
As this current design no longer excites me. 


Hope you all have a lovely Friday :)






Book Review || Tidy

"Deep in the forest lived a badger called Pete
Who tidied and cleaned and kept everything neat."


Written by Emily Gravett;
Emily is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for Wolves and Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears.
An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including Blue Chameleon, Wolf Won't Bite! and Again!
Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughter


A story about a badger who has OCD, what's not to love?!?!
Poor Pete loved everything to be tidy and neat, but when the leaves start to fall his OCD kicks in and he clears up, even chopping down the trees and covering the whole forest in concrete.

After searching for food to eat and his underground house, he slowly realises he's made a big mistake.


This book is filled with beautiful illustrations and such fun to read, the boys all loved it.

They got quite upset when the forest had been covered in concrete, as they knew that's not how they are meant to be, and were worried all the animals had lost their homes.

Even though the boys are young, they know nature is just how its meant to be, and its that way for a reason!



"They put everything back, as it always had been
(But maybe less ordered - and not quite as clean).

And Pete? Well, he promised to tidy up less.
But if he succeeded is anyone's guess!"


This is a truly fabulous book, adults and children will enjoy reading it over and over again!
You can find Tidy over on Amazon for £9.09