Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Elf and Fairy Party

With the boys feeling under the weather – and me too for that matter – we decided to snuggle up on the sofa in our PJs and watch our new DVD, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom Elf and Fairy Party. The new DVD has ten fun filled episodes and there is an activity book to accompany it, too. And to make lunch a little more interesting that day, I followed one of the recipes from Nanny Plum’s cookbook to make some fun caterpillar sandwiches.


ben and holly elf and fairy party dvd book review

REVIEW: Dyson V6 Total Clean

I have to confess, for a long time I didn’t understand the fuss over Dyson vacuum cleaners and the obsession some people have with them. They couldn’t be that much better than the other brands on the market, surely? Last month I was invited to attend an event at the Dyson showroom in London to learn more about the renowned British company and their latest V6 cordless technology. I would never have thought that a cordless vacuum could be just as powerful as a corded cleaner. I left the event a total convert and couldn’t wait to get my hands on my own Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner. My Dyson V6 Total Clean is now here and I can’t stop telling people how absolutely brilliant it truly is. I am now one of those obsessed people.


Dyson V6 Total Clean review

Christmas 2015 with L'Occitane

I love L’Occitane, their products remind me of summers spent in the south of France. Their range of beautiful Christmas gifts features new limited edition scents, stylish gift boxes and timeless gift collections, all carefully crafted with natural ingredients. Here are six of my favourite L’Occitane gift sets for giving the magic of Provence this Christmas.

christmas with l'occitane

Mini Style: Top Fox ft. Joules Baby

Joules is a brand of clothing that I absolutely adore, especially for my boys. Made with super soft cotton, their exclusive prints and motifs are utterly gorgeous and their pieces are made to last. Little touches like ribbed cuffs, popper openings, envelope necks and button fastenings mean that Joules clothes not only look wonderful, they are comfortable and easy to wear, too. And best of all, their current winter range of clothes and accessories for 0-3 year olds features lots of my two favourite things when it comes to fashion: stripes, and plenty of foxes! Here are 9 of my favourite foxy pieces from Joules.

joules fox baby boy clothes

Baby J is 12 Months Old

baby 12 month update

How big? Last month Baby J celebrated his first birthday, and he weighed in at 22lb 3oz. He’s about 78cm, though it’s hard to say exactly as he won’t lie still for long enough for me to measure his height, nor will he do it standing up! He’s wearing size 12-18 month in clothes and is size 4G in shoes.

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Tommee Tippee Cups

Baby J loves to drink water, but it has been a bit of a struggle finding a cup that he can use confidently. He struggled with the traditional hard spouted sippy cups, and even struggled with the soft spouted sippy cups that his big brother was a fan of. I couldn’t help but think, if only there was a baby cup with a straw. It turns out that there is! Tommee Tippee have put a lots of thought into their selection of cups for babies and toddlers, and their current range includes several different types for each stage of weaning!


tommee tippee straw cup 6M - weaning (lifestyle)

Mini Style: Bobux Shoes

Baby J started walking just after he turned 11 months old, but I haven’t been in a rush to get him wearing shoes. In fact, the opposite, as I have learned that being barefoot is best for little feet. Growing feet need plenty of room for muscles to strengthen, toes to be able to spread and learn to grip, and bones to form in their natural position.

Allowing children to be barefoot as much as possible, especially in the first few years of life, is the best way to allow this to happen. It’s not always practical, especially now that J wants to walk and explore outside, so shoes like Bobux protect those soft little toes but also mimic the freedom of being barefoot.

bobux barefoot micro trainers review

Cook Your Way to a Healthy Smile

Did you know there are certain foods that can help you get a winning smile and prevent things like tooth decay? Simplyhealth put together a brilliant infographic on six superfoods that are great for your smile, and then challenged me to come up with some recipes featuring some of those foods.

I used some of them to create a Waldorf salad with a twist, spinach, tomato & chilli pasta, and simple cheese & apple cracker snacks for the boys. All three creations are super quick to make, really easy and so good for your teeth as they feature four out of the six superfoods recommended by Simplyhealth. Read on to find out how I made them…

Cook your way to a healthy smile pin
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