I don't care what you say, I won't smack my children

When Little N was just ten months old, we were at a family gathering. He had only just starting learning how to use cutlery, and I was pretty proud of his efforts. I was eating my dessert when he toddled over to me, gave me a big grin, and took the spoon out of my bowl.

A relative immediately said, "you need to smack him."

My Happy Capture: May Round-up

At the start of this year, Katy & I launched our new Instagram project, #MyHappyCapture. The aim of the project is to celebrate your happy moments, those that make you smile. We want to use the hashtag to build an Instagram community where you can share photos that encompass happiness. Every month we choose our favourite photos that have been shared using the tag and round them up on our blogs! 

Happy Days: Sandy Toes & Salty Hair

Welcome to Happy Days! Katy and I host this linky with the purpose of inspiring you to make the most of each day, no matter what you've been up to, and to find happiness in every day. It's where I share the little moments that have brought me joy. 

"Let the sun shine through your heart

Away Resorts Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Isle of Wight | Review

A few weeks ago I told you about Away Resorts and their Little Campers breaks. Little Campers holidays are toddler-friendly breaks packed with lots of fun and activities tailored for families with tots under the age of five, and these four night, mid-week breaks are running throughout June. You can learn more about Little Campers, and get an exclusive discount code, in this post. Last week Ian, the boys and I went to stay at the Whitecliff Bay holiday park on the Isle of Wight to experience a Great British Holiday for ourselves.

Recipe: Deliciously Vegan Spiced Cupcakes

I've been vegan for a few months now, but it's taking me some time to get my head around vegan cake making. A lot of recipes I've found use ingredients that I can't have, like almonds, or ingredients that are hard to find, like egg replacers. Then I found out about bare cupboard cakes, and those kind of recipes totally work for making delicious vegan cupcakes. Hurrah! It's also a good recipe for people with dairy or egg allergies. We made these cupcakes for celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday but you could make them for any special occasion. They only take 20 minutes to bake, and I bet you already have all the ingredients you need! 

Review: Joseph Joseph Dial

I've always been conscious of reducing the amount of food we waste as a family, and often I'll cook a portion or two extra so that I can freeze them for another day. My problem is remembering how long something has been in the freezer for; sometimes I'm just not sure so end up throwing it away anyway, which really defeats the point! Those clever folk at Joseph Joseph have the perfect solution to my problem, with their Dial food storage containers.

Review: Wicked Uncle Children's Gift Service

Wicked Uncle is an awesome online toy shop, created not with the parents in mind but to help other relatives and friends buy presents for children. You'd think that with having my two boys and my two stepchildren that I would be a total pro at gift shopping by now, but actually I always end up a little flummoxed and often just buy something safe. For the last few months, all of Little N's friends have been receiving Play-Doh for their birthdays!

My Children's Firsts with My First Petits Filous

When you think of your child's "firsts", what do you think of? First smile, first tastes of food, first steps, first day at school. When you become a parent, every day is a new opportunity for another "first" to be discovered - and believe me there is something to be learnt every single day. Big things and small things.

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