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Project 365 Week 1 1st Jan-7th Jan

1st January babysitting until 2.45am (yawn)

2nd January Bear choose a star wars bear in Build A Bear

3rd January we make homemade mergiune

4th January a trip to the local garden center

5th January I have writters block

6th January! MY BIRTHDAY

7th January Birthday meal with a bestie!


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My Reads for January and February 2017

As you may know by following my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook I love a good book!

Here are my top four reads for January and February 2017

Girl Online  by  Zoe Sugg


Why I choose this book?

I choose  this book as its about a Girl who Blogs. I thought it may be funny and a good read especially where I am so new to blogging. I also think it maybe a  light hearted read, just what I need after the hectic Christmas holidays!

This is her first book she has ever written, who knows after reading this I may have to track down a few more of her books.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn


Why did I choose this book?

I have already read “Gone Girl” by this brilliant author so I thought I would give this a go.

This is a book about siblings and how Libby try’s to undercover the truth.

This seems like a Wonderful, atmospheric book with full of suspense loaded in.

Baby Doll  By Hollie Overton


Why did I choose this book?

To be honest I didn’t. Hubs went to Tesco to buy the paper and he came back with this. It would be a book I would choose though. Its a Psychological thriller and I really enjoy these types of books.

Pretty girls by Karen Slaughter


Why did I choose this book?

This book was advertised in the local supermarket, the cover was eye catching and being described as Razor-Sharp plotting and detail. Really caught my eye.

This is also by a author who is The Sunday Times Number 1 Best selling Author.

What type of books do you like to read?

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2016: The (Not Big or Fat) Quiz of the Year!

I was tagged my the ever so lovely Mummy Fox.

 What was your highlight of 2016?

The highlight of 2016 was an amazing holiday to Sa Coma. It was the only time we manage to get family time without the hassle of work being a distraction.

Name one thing you are most likely to remember about 2016 if asked in five years time?

The rare and amazing nights out with my friends. Being mummies it’s a struggle to find time to go out without someone missing from the group.

Sum up 2016 in one word


Name one pearl of wisdom from this year that you will carry with you through 2017

Life is to short, learn to forgive but always take time to forget.

Do you have any new year resolutions?

Yes! I am going to teach myself to sew and practice knitting more. It’s a skill which is being forgotten.

How are you seeing in the new year?

I am working, well was working until 2.30am!

What would you most like to do in 2017?

See more of the world, but more realistically visit my friends who live a few hours away more than I do now.

What are your main goals for 2017?

Work on my blog and spend more time with family. Family time is important.

I am tagging these bloggers as they amazing!

 me, my life and the tardis

Being Tillys mummy

free from life

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It’s almost 2017…

Here is a summary of my 2016 In photos, I promise to keep it short! In slide show form!! (at the bottom!)

We have had so much fun in 2016 here is our round up list

We have been on holiday.

we have graduated from Reception

We have started Pre-school

We have made a tee-pee

We have played bubbles

The bond between Bear and Bell is growing daily

The UK voted to leave the EU

We visited lots of places

I started my blog

We took part in remembrance Sunday

We danced in the rain

Bell cut her own hair

We created our own art work for the children’s bed room

We rolled in mud

Bell discovered her own style for clothes

Bear has gained so much confidence

Bear is working well at school but having funky tantrums

We have had disco baths

Raspberry and strawberry picking

We have had a picnic with the strawberries whilst listing to awesome music

We have explored the woods,

We have had Buddy the elf back to visit.

Bell had her first cinema trip

Bell and Bear both had their first experience of going to a London Theatre over Christmas Time

We have also done so much more too!

What was the highlight of your 2016?

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I was tagged by the lovely Emma from Sophie, Ella and Me  to answer some Christmas related questions for ‘The Christmas Tag’, so here we go… 

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?
My Favourite Christmas Movie has to be Miracle on 34th Street. It is such a lovely film. I also have another favourite Elf, its such a fun, colourful film and is great for the younger children.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?
I don’t think I have, its either snowed a week before or after.
Where do you usually spend your holiday?
Since I was little we would spend Christmas Eve at my dad’s parents and Boxing day at my mum’s parents, so Christmas day was always at home. Now I have Bear and Bell we do the same but have the Hubs parents over Boxing day morning

What is your favourite Christmas song?

Fairy Tale of New York! I adore this song its lovely!

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?
No, but I do touch all the presents and try and guess what they are! We started doing the Christmas eve box when Bear was 3 years old, with Pj’s, DVD, book and hot chocolate.
Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?
Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen and Rudolph. I did have to ask the children though!
Which holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?
Looking forward to seeing family on Christmas eve and Boxing day. It’s the two days when everyone isn’t working!
Is your Christmas tree real or fake?
We usually have real ones, but this year it is fake, as our two year old cat is still very hyper.
What is your all time favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?
My nan’s sausage and chestnut plait!

Be honest, do you like giving or receiving gifts better?

I love giving presents, I have donated a lot to the local food bank this year but next year I am going to be doing the reverse advent calendar.
What is the best Christmas present you ever received?
My Nan brought me some lovely PJ’s when I was younger, I still have them now 14 years on, they are so comfy, but the company she got them from are no more.
What would be your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

Some where sunny! I was born in January but I do not like the cold. I would love to visit Australia over Christmas. 
Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?
I love present wrapping. I am not very good though but its the thought that counts right?
Most memorable Christmas moment?
When I was about 14 we all went to my dad’s side of the family for Christmas day, I’m not sure why we all went, but we all sat in the hallway around 40 of us (it was a big house!) and Dad went of upstairs and came down as Santa and handed out little gifts to everyone.  
What made you realise the truth about Santa?
Santa doesn’t exist! Kidding I have no idea to be honest.
What makes the holidays special for you?
Seeing the children’s faces light up at the fact Santa has been! Also spending time as family, visiting family and seeing friends.
So there you have The Christmas Tag! I would like to tag the following bloggers to take part:
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Merry Christmas

We have had a busy few months. I decided to have my own website for blogging, which is I have reviewed some lovely products by Interplay UK. Bell has tested out some lovely Shampoo by Vosene Kids . We visited Kent Life for their Spooky Halloween Week and we have had some fun bath time ideas too!

My favourite and the hardest post I have written this year is Being a Mum without a Mum. It was very hard to write it took me ages to get the words down. I found after I wrote it I felt happier. I am not going to bombard everyone with stories of being a mum without a mum but it does help others in the same place. Why not have a read?

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I have also started my own YouTube channel too!

I have a few exciting blog posts coming up for January 2017.

I will be working along side Teal Anchor . Which is a company which provides handmade body and facial scrubs which aren’t tested on animals and are Vegan friendly. The product is also Organic. I am very excited about trying this out as my skin is feeling very dry and looking very dull at the moment. Here is there Instagram page if you fancy checking it out over Christmas. Have a look at Teal Anchors Instagram here!

We have also been reviewing a game by Drumond Park and I have a review on my YouTube channel coming soon! But in the mean time why not have a look at the Little Live Pets Review I have done. Click here to view!

I will also be writing a Post about Healthy Packed lunch boxes.. The lovely people at Fruit Bowl have sent me some lovely products to include. Bell will enjoy these when she goes back to pre-school.  Why not have a look at their website for more information. Here’s the website!

My Last but not least is reviewing a Sleep Story. We have already started to review this and the review will be on the blog soon! If you don’t know already we have had battles with Bear waking up between 3.30-5am to start the day, We have also had Bell refusing to go to sleep until 8.30/9pm which is most of our evening gone. Why not have a look at their website.

And not forgetting my usual family life blogs  and YouTube Videos in between!

I would love to work with more Brands and companies in 2017. If you are a PR for a company I would love to hear from you!

I would also love to guest post too so If you are a Blogger and you feel we could work well together please feel free to contact me!

Now I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays , Happy Christmas. And also a healthy  and Happy 2017.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will enjoy what’s to come in 2017 I am very excited!


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Christmas Tradition

When I was younger we always used to see Family on Christmas Eve and Boxing day. We always used to have Chinese on Christmas eve too.

These have still stuck now I have my own two children.

As a family we have two other  Christmas Traditions, Every year we buy one or two new decorations, which the children choose themselves and they go into a box (I have to take a photo of what decorations they have each so they go into the right boxes) The plan is when they either leave home or get married (I can’t decide which one as of yet!)  they will get their  box of Christmas decorations.

We also have Buddy the Elf who comes to visit! The Elf on the Shelf is a American tradition which has come over from across the pond, well the big ocean to be totally honest. The Elf can be naughty or nice, our elf does a bit if both. He comes from the North Pole to watch over the children and report back to Santa. The children really enjoying seeing what he gets up to and we take photos daily, or when I remember to do so!




I asked Being Tilly’s Mummy what her family’s Christmas Tradition is and here is what she say’s

“Every Christmas Morning my older kids and Tilly all get in bed with me to open our stockings. The older two are 24 and 21. This year there is my son’s girlfriend Amber and that’s going to be strange for her to get into bed with us all.”

I also had a lovely chat with A free from Life about their Christmas traditions and here is what she say’s

“My Youngest has his birthday on Christmas day, so every year we have Christmas in the morning and birthday in the afternoon. It’s spilt with lunch midday- Christmas Dinner with birthday cake for pudding!”  

Last but not least is Me, My life and the Tardis

“In my house we have an traditional that accidentally formed. We all go off and do our own things for a few hours because my mum normally needs a afternoon nap as she has had about a bottle of baileys!”

As you can see everyone’s Christmas Traditions are very different but very special to each family.

What are your Christmas Traditions?

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December Seems To Be A Busy Month

For us December seems to be a busy month.

With so much going on at the school, Pre-school, at Home and work for both myself and hubs its getting a bit manic.

I have literally just sat down and looked at the calendar for this month and we don’t actually have a Weekend free until Christmas Day!

There are two birthday parties, two more swimming lessons and a trip to London and not forgetting my twin cousins coming home from university to celebrate Christmas and of course their 21st Birthday!

During the week is pretty much go, go, go also, as I have this week and next week to finish of the main Christmas shopping before Bear and Bell break up from school and pre-school. I also have a few evening babysitting and of course the mummies from the school and pre-school separate night outs! I think I am babysitting for the pre-school one but I will certainly be popping in for a small drink before I go to work!


Hubs doesn’t finish work until two days before Christmas eve, which then gives me a chance to do the food shop in peace, as I am already predicting its going to be so busy, I will be leaving home at 6am the day before Christmas eve, I also have prepping the veg to do also . By this I mean cook the roast potatoes this week, let cool and freeze, when we need them we cook from frozen and the outside goes extra crispy!

I also still have wrapping to do, with Bell dicing to go to bed at 8.30/9 pm it’s the last thing on my min, especially the nights I work and hubs wouldn’t now who’s gifts are who’s. I still have a few more people to buy for such as my dad, his girlfriend, three of my cousins and of course one of my nans I need to get her something else. But it won’t take too long as I will be shopping local and advoiding the main shopping centre’s so I can avoid the mad rush of getting back home to pick Bell up from pre-school at 1pm!


One day I need to stay in to wait for a table to be delivered and dispose of the old dining room table too, and not to mention the cleaning to be done as I know once hubs is home from work he won’t be lending a hand with polishing and general cleaning.

How do you deal with December? Is it a manic month for you also?



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Why I think the PTA is Important to Schools

Funding for schools keeps getting cut by the government. The latest government cut to schools was a staggering £50,000 for many schools. Some schools have had more cut from their budget, many have had less cut from their budget, Therefore, the P.T.A (parent teacher association) is very important to many schools up and down the country. Whether they are Private or state schools, each school is struggling in some way or another.

I don’t think many people realise the importance of the PTA, and how it helps the school and of course the children, as they are important as they benefit from the funding the school raise. As many of the funds raise go towards things that the school need. This could be anything from play sand for the reception class to maths resources for the whole school can use. It can also pay for trips out to the panto, have people come in to the school to perform and bring in amazing experiences which the children may never get to see. When I first started working in a school, I had no idea what it was all about. Even when Bear started school I was still a bit clueless but I joined the PTA as a class rep, he is now in year 1 and I am chair of the PTA.

There are two different types of P.T. A’s. The first one being the traditional Parent, Teacher, association which involves all the teachers and parents. The second being PTSA which is the parent, teacher and student association, which includes the whole school, students, teachers and of course parents.


There are many roles of the P.T.A. for example there is the chair person who chairs any meetings that happen, the treasurer who manages the accounts, secretary who takes down notes and emails them out to everyone. There are the teachers who provide vital input to any ideas which we may have as they know every child and would know if events would work for the whole school, not just a handful of students. The teachers also put in long hours and work really hard, They also join in with extracurricular activities, such as choir and sports.  There is the head teacher who also puts her input in, she is usually the first and the last member of staff to be in school, she attends meetings, she knows every child and every parent by name, she may even be studying to further her education herself, she may have a family growing up, she also finds the time to come to meetings.

Now there are the parents, what can I say about the parents. It’s all positive, many parents work full time and still find the time to help at events, they are also the ones who help plan and prepare for these events, these are the parents who jump of the train and come straight to the school to join in with the PTA meeting.

 In my son’s school once you join the school, you are automatically a PTA member. You can do as little or as much as you like. I personally think it’s a shame if you don’t come to at least one meeting whilst your child is in school. It is a great experience to have, yes you may not get on with every parent, every teacher but this is what makes the PTA brilliant. I am lucky that everyone in Bears school is lovely and approachable, and yes you can ask a parent or two to help at the last minute.

There is more information on the PTA on the following websites,





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Review on Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo

I was recently sent the New Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo, by Vosene Kids. I have used the Vosene Detangle spray before as Bell’s hair is thick and gets tangle very easily which is also great but can be annoying when we are in a rush!  The design of the packaging really surprised me, as it wasn’t brightly coloured as many other products designed for children are. It was a plain but simple design but it was very eye catching and appealed to children and adults alike.


The bottle is a 250ml which is a great size for little hands if you wish to encourage your little ones to take care of themselves. The shampoo is also  Tear-free, Dermatologically tested, MIT-free and Paraben-free which as a parent is a added bonus!


Time to test the shampoo out!

Bell and Bear both love bath time, I won’t lie some day’s it can be a total battle to get Bear into the bath! So when I said he could have a go at washing his own hair he jumped right in and also to wash the chlorine of from our swimming lessons.

The first thing we always do before we try a new product is the smell test, we have to love the smell before we even use it, so when we had a smell we all loved it, it smelt fruity and fresh. Good job really as this shampoo is from the Vosene Fruity Goodness Range. It also isn’t a over powering smell which I think is great.

The first thing I noticed was how soft Bell’s hair was going whilst I was giving her scalp a massage and her hair a clean. We washed all the shampoo residue off, and I noticed the difference  straight away, both of the children’s hair looked healthier after one use, it also felt really soft too.

Now here comes the problem I have,  I  dread brushing Bell’s hair, even if I wash her hair gently it gets tangled very  easily , I can say that we had a lovely hair brush, no tangles at all unlike other shampoos we have used in the past. Which is now making hair brushing time much quicker and  I am now able to do more than just brush her hair, I can style it!

I will certainly be of to buy some more when we run out, but you do only need a tiny bit to get all the benefits I have mentioned already. You will be able to buy Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo in many leading supermarkets, Boots and many more. If you don’t think this product is for you why not check out their other products there is a wide range to choose from for adults and children alike.

Now I’m of to wash my hair with Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo, as according for Bear its not for mummy to use… please don’t tell them!





I was sent the Vosene Kids Pink Pomelo and Vitamin C 2 in 1 shampoo by Vosene, all the thoughts on the product are my own and I have not been paid for this review.