Saturday, 28 March 2015

Change in the Clocks

This evening as I am sure you are aware the clocks go forward to start British Summer Time(let's hope for some nice wether too) which will most probably mean an hour less sleep at our house hold. Each time the clocks change it does tend to affect the boys routine even though they are a little bit older.

As a new parent losing sleep is a given and something that I will have to get used to again very soon. With both my boys, I would often take to browsing the internet or Facebook to chat to fellow parents in the same position. This evening the team at Cussons Mum and Me are staying up all night and taking to Twitter for #silentsocial.

During the evening the team will be sharing advice and tips from parents who have been through those long night feeds. The aim of #silentsocial is to bring together parents in the same situations to encourage positive tweets and encouragement.

So if you are up during the evening why not follow @MumandMe_UK on Twitter and use the hashtag #silentsocial to join in with the chat. There is also a chance to win some Sleep Tight baby toiletries too.

Disclaimer: I was sent products from the Mum and Me, sleep tight range to promote the silentsocial campaign

Monday, 23 March 2015

Tomorrow you are Three

Tiny man, tomorrow is your third birthday, a whole three years old. How did that happen? This last year seems to have passed by so quickly and has seen you grow so much, and although I still call you my tiny little man you definitely have a large personality.

You are so excited about your birthday, you show me that you are going to be three using your fingers (trying you hardest o hold the other fingers down)


Your vocabulary has come on in leaps and bounds and you astound me with some of the things that you come out with at times, and can easily make you yourself heard and understood.

You love to make music, sing, and play on your toy, strumming out Peppa Pig and the Bing Bong song.

Your a creative little soul and love to draw and colour, you have mastered circles and you like to draw little people, with detail. My recent mother's day card was so special.

You spend hours playing with toy trains, and tracks and can probably recall all of the Thomas engines, your favourites being Emily and Steam Belle.

You are such a loving tiny man, and you love playing with your big brother and your cuddles with mummy and daddy.

You love your teddies and chocolate ice cream!

Tiny man, you are amazing, a little solider and a little sweetheart.

Tucking you up tonight my two year old tiny man, I love you, sweet dreams. Happy Birthday Eve.

Tomorrow you will be Three xx

Monday, 2 March 2015

Penwizard- Personalised Book Review

Both the boys love their books, and it's fair to say that we have quite a collection of all different types of books.So when we were offered the opportunity to review a personalised book i jumped at the chance.

Little man has started to learn his own name and can spell it out himself so i decided that it would be a real treat if he could see his own name in a book.

Penwizard offered a selection of different titles that can be personalised, Peppa Pig and the biggest muddy puddle in the world stood out as a great choice.

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the personalisation process was, and also that you could personalise the appearance of  ' your child' from a good selection of pre-set themes. The personalisation can also be checked before submitting the order.

Delivery was prompt and the book took 6 days to arrive from placing the order. The website also provides an estimated delivery date at the time of ordering.

When the book arrived little man's face was a picture as soon as he opened the book he recognised his name and saw that he was appearing alongside one of his favourite characters. He knew that this was a book all about himself and couldn't wait to show his friends.

The book itself is a good size and contains 24 colour pages with detailed pictures and great personalisation detail throughout the story.

Little man was able to point out his name whilst the book was read and spotted 'his' picture on several pages.

These books make an ideal gift and are certainly a lovely little keepsake for any young child. The paperback books are priced at £14.99 and for me represent good value for money.

Disclaimer: We were provided with a copy of this book for the purpose of this review but all opinions are my own

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Tiger who Came to Tea - Liverpool Epstein Theatre

A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to be invited along to the the Liverpool Epstein theatre for a morning of Tiger filled activities to celebrate the upcoming production this summer.

On arrival the boys got busy at the colouring station, picking out their favourite scenes to colour, and little man loved having his face painted as a tiger.

After sneaking in a little cuddle with the Tiger we headed onto the theatre stage to be treated to a reading of the  Tiger who came to came Tea story.

To round off the morning we were treated to a lovely little tea party with lots of tiger themed goodies.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is live on stage at the Epstein Theatre From Tuesday 9th June until Sunday 14th June.

You can view the trailer at

Its certainly one that the boys would love to see come June.

For further information of to book tickets visit Epstein Theatre

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Baby and Toddler Show- Ticket Giveway

With both my previous pregnancies i have love visiting the baby and toddler show, being able to browse so many brands under one roof is a huge plus, and there is usually a bargain or two to be had along the way.

I will certainly be paying a visit to the Manchester which is due to run from the 6th-8th March to see what i can find for baby bump.

In addition to the Manchester event the following event is based in the South East, at Sandown Park from the 17th-19th April.

I have a pair of tickets to give away to a lucky reader for one of the above events, in addition i also have a 30% discount for those wishing to book tickets.

To use the discount codes for Manchester enter NBT17 at the checkout, for Sandown enter SBT15.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets fill in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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Sunday, 15 February 2015

A little announcement

So here it is, our little announcement

A little overdue but our little family is due to expand in June

Monday, 26 January 2015

Five reasons why I still carry my changing bag

Even though  the boys are a little older now I rarely leave the house without my changing bag in tow. My changing bag ( or bags...I will mention this later) has over the last few years become my third arm, my partner in crime, my treasure chest of problem solvers.

1) Firstly my changing bag has a secondary function as my handbag, so instead of carting around two bags, which I did at first for the first few months,Everything goes in the one bag, to save my sanity (I don't have to spend ten minutes checking I have everything)  and to save my shoulders that took a fair battering carrying everything but the kitchen sink.

2) Secondly changing bags have become a bit of a fashion statement, there are so many pretty and stylish designs some are even designed look like handbags (have a look at the wide range online at Tesco) So I may have indulged this a little bit and own quite a few of varying shapes and sizes. Even one of the boy's nursery bags has been transformed into a spare one that usually lives at Grandma's house

3) This is probably the most obvious reason, tiny man is still in nappies. So my changing is always packed full of nappies wipes, nappy bags cream etc, not everywhere is as well stocked as some of our local baby changing facilities. As i have found on the odd occasion it is best to come prepared.

4) Another reason being is these changing bags don't just contain nappies, i think any mum will vouch for me here and confirm that these bags are packed with items for every occasion. From an emergency supply of medicines, creams lotions and potions, mine contains spoons, emergency snacks, a few toys, bibs, clean clothes, pen and paper, a diary and a few old teething rings. Yes everything but the kitchen sink it appears....note to self i must sort it out!

5) Lastly it may just be me, but i have always found that changing bags are a real conversation starter.   Styles, designs, capacity and contents are usual topics of conversation. There may even be a little contest with a few mums on latest releases and number of bags owned, but don't tell the other half.

Disclaimer: this post is written in collaboration with Tesco
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