Review: Annabel Karmel Casdon Baking Range

Disclosure: This product was sent to us free of charge for the purpose of this review. However, as per my disclaimer, this review represents our honest opinion of the product. Product: Annabel Karmel Casdon Baking Range Price: Varies per set Age Range: Recommended for 5-11 years Manufacturer’s Description: Popular role play toys company Casdon teamed up with cookery book writer Annabel Karmel to create a… Continue Reading “Review: Annabel Karmel Casdon Baking Range”


Review: Disney Princess Palace Pets Mini Collectibles

We were sent two Disney Princess Palace Pets Mini Collectibles twin packs to review; Blondie and Lily, and Treasure and Bibbidy. Each pack costs £4.99 and you get two small pets in each, measuring around 1.5 inches high.

Each mini pet belongs to a different Disney Princess, and there is an accompanying (free!) iPad app which Georgie really enjoys playing with too.… Continue Reading “Review: Disney Princess Palace Pets Mini Collectibles”

Chocolate Hamper

Giveaway: Chocolate Hamper from Serenata Hampers

Following my recent hamper review, I am pleased to be back with a giveaway from Serenata! I am giving away one Chocolate Hamper from Serenata Hampers. This hamper looks absolutely delicious! This hamper has few ingredients, but – oh – those it has are good! How does chocolate covered nuts, chocolate covered strawberries and Belgian chocolates grab you? A decadent selection for the sweetest of… Continue Reading “Giveaway: Chocolate Hamper from Serenata Hampers”

Birthday Cake

My 30th Birthday

On Saturday I turned thirty, and I celebrated the event quietly with my family, just as I wanted to. We are down in Cornwall staying with my parents at the moment for our summer holiday, and have been having a really nice time. We drove down to Cornwall on Friday, and Saturday was a lovely relaxed day. We had fun chatting, chilling out, and the… Continue Reading “My 30th Birthday”

George School Uniform

Review: School Uniform by George at Asda

We were given an budget to go shopping in the school range on George’s website, and were amazed at how much we got for the money. Georgie is well prepared for school in September with this lot! The order came in two parts with the clothes nicely packaged in tissue paper where needed, all in a large bag.

The book bag and drinking bottles came in a separate box, again with protective packaging where needed.… Continue Reading “Review: School Uniform by George at Asda”

Serenata Hamper - Simplicity

Review: Serenata Hampers – Simplicity

I was offered a hamper to review by the lovely folks at Serenata, and so of course I said “yes please” – who doesn’t love a box of treats arriving at your door? When you are running low on gift ideas for a special birthday or event, a hamper is an excellent way to spoil someone you love. We let Serenata know what sorts of things we liked and asked to be surprised, and they chose to send us the Simplicity hamper, which costs £39.99.… Continue Reading “Review: Serenata Hampers – Simplicity”

Dora and Friends Dolls

Review: Dora and Friends Doggie Day! Dolls

We were sent two Dora and Friends Doggie Day! dolls to review, and they have been an absolute hit with our two girls. We were sent Dora and Kate and the girls each claimed one each to call their own.

Each of the dolls come with a charm that can be used with the charm bracelets you can buy from the same range of toys (read my review of these here). Both charms are puppies from the Doggie Day episode of Dora and Friends, in different bright colours.… Continue Reading “Review: Dora and Friends Doggie Day! Dolls”


Family picnic sites within an hour of Spaghetti Junction

Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Auto Advance Logbook Loans. Birmingham, traditionally one of our industrial heartlands, isn’t the poor relation when it comes to family days out in the summer. We’ve put together a snapshot of some of the places you can drive to and, because we know you’d rather be running free than stuck in traffic, they’re all within one hour’s… Continue Reading “Family picnic sites within an hour of Spaghetti Junction”


Review: Dora and Friends Charm Bracelet Toys

We were sent two Dora and Friends charm bracelet toys to try out to celebrate the Nick Jr Sing Along Summer event; the Beach Adventure Dora set, and the Magic Charm Bracelet set.

The Beach Adventure Dora set has a small toy Dora with moveable arms and a hinged waist, and comes with a yellow charm bracelet and three beach themed charms; a beach bag, conch shell, and crab. Dora is in her beach gear – a pretty swimsuit, (non-removable) sunglasses atop her head, and of course a tiny charm bracelet can be spotted on her wrist.… Continue Reading “Review: Dora and Friends Charm Bracelet Toys”

dora smartphone

Review: Dora and Friends Talk & Play Smartphone

We were sent a batch of Dora and Friends products to review, to celebrate Nick Jr’s Sing Along Summer event, and this phone was one of the items. In the TV show, Dora has a trusty smartphone to help her on her way. This toy lets your child have a phone “just like Dora’s” complete with a lenticular changing screen effect, and a variety of sound effects and phrases.… Continue Reading “Review: Dora and Friends Talk & Play Smartphone”


Dora’s Summer Tour

Nick Jr are hosting a special Dora and Friends event this summer; a Sing-Along Summer. Tune in every day from 17th July at 10am-1pm to watch your favourite Nick Jr shows… but with a difference! Each show will have on-screen lyrics to all of their songs and the theme tunes. Your children can sing while they watch Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Wallykazam, Blaze… Continue Reading “Dora’s Summer Tour”

Greener Cleaner products

Giveaway: Greener Cleaner products

Following my review of some of their products, I am pleased to be posting a giveaway for my blog readers to win a selection of Greener Cleaner products. Greener Cleaner is a complete range of high performance, eco-friendly, credible alternatives to your usual cleaning products, without the usual compromise on performance. Made from 100% recycled and naturally sourced materials you can start feeling good about… Continue Reading “Giveaway: Greener Cleaner products”

Ready to party

Georgie’s last day of pre-school

The summer holiday has officially started! Last Thursday, Georgie, Lydia, and I, all went to Georgie’s pre-school for her end of term Summer party and folder presentation. The kids got to watch a funny children’s entertainer, ate party food, and generally ran around having a great time. The folder presentation was nice – if a little chaotic! They do this every term, calling the children up… Continue Reading “Georgie’s last day of pre-school”

Greener Cleaner eco-friendly cleaning supplies

Review: Greener Cleaner cleaning supplies

We were sent a selection of Greener Cleaner products to try out, including various brushes, limescale remover, some all-purpose cloths, and a window wiper. My first impression was good – these products feel nice in your hand, and look good too – I love the little logo etched into all of the handles. Greener Cleaner products come in a range of four colours; blue, red, cream and green. The handles are make from a special eco-wood-blend technology, which is made from recycled plastic and wood pulp, and results in a sturdy & dishwasher safe material.… Continue Reading “Review: Greener Cleaner cleaning supplies”

Professor P Scrubbington Products

Giveaway: Professor Scrubbington’s Emporium of Clean

Yesterday I posted my 4 star review of Professor Scrubbington’s Emporium of Clean kids bathroom products, and today I am pleased to bring my readers a giveaway for one person to win a set. Here at Professor P. Scrubbington’s Emporium of Clean we specialise in creating personal care products specifically tailored to meet the needs of young people who want to take charge of their own… Continue Reading “Giveaway: Professor Scrubbington’s Emporium of Clean”