Fashion · Mum Life · Reviews

Dressing For Christmas With Boots Mini Club | Review

There are so many wonderful elements to Christmas time; the food, the presents, the decorations and of course – the joy of a parent who finally has the opportunity to dress their baby up as Santa Claus. Don’t even pretend that it doesn’t make you ridiculously happy to put your children in adorable clothes at Christmas! Boots Mini Club have the most wonderful range this year and I’m going to share a few of my favourites with you here. There’s still plenty of time to get your little one something special to wear for the big day!

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Reviews · Southampton

Humbug! The Hedgehog Who Couldn’t Sleep | Theatre Review

For as long as I can remember, the theatre has always been a huge part of my life. I’m a massive advocate for how beneficial being involved with the theatre can be for people of all ages and so it’s something I’m definitely keen to encourage for my both my children. Whether they grow up simply enjoying visiting the theatre and watching performances or whether they become more involved and on the stage themselves, I really hope it is a part of their lives the way it has been of mine. With that in mind, you can imagine how delighted I was when we were invited along to The NST City Studio to see their opening performance of Humbug! The Hedgehog Who Couldn’t Sleep. The production is aimed at 2-5 year olds but all the family is welcome so we all went along together, bringing Ernie (5 months old) along too. Continue reading “Humbug! The Hedgehog Who Couldn’t Sleep | Theatre Review”

Mum Life · Reviews

Babystyle Hybrid Tandem | Review

Oh the wonderful world of prams. Choosing a pram can be an absolute minefield, can’t it? It’s hard enough picking a pram for your first baby, but then baby number two comes along, bringing with them a whole new load of pushchair related confusion. I’d originally hoped that we would be able to get by without a double pram but with Darcie still regularly napping during the day time, it quickly became clear that a double pram was exactly what we needed. One of my main dilemmas was whether or not we should get a double (side by side) or tandem (one up, one down). After purchasing a side by side, I was also then sent the Babystyle Hybrid Tandem to try out for the purposes of this review. So I’m pleased to say I can now give you my informed opinions on the whole double pram conundrum and all of my thoughts on the Babystyle Hybrid Tandem. Continue reading “Babystyle Hybrid Tandem | Review”

Reviews · Southampton

Christmas At Keydell Nurseries

This year was the first year that we decided to take Darcie to a grotto to see Santa Claus. She’s seen him in passing before and once at a Christmas party when she was 6 months old, but we’ve never done the whole ‘grotto thing’  before. At two and a half years old and with a perfect understanding of Christmas and Santa, we decided it was time. I say ‘we’, but Dan is basically Scrooge so really it was just me that made that decision. And I have to say, I was excited! Probably more excited than some of the children going to see him themselves. Because I actually can’t remember ever going to a grotto when I was younger. Santa wasn’t a big part of my childhood, and while I definitely don’t begrudge my parents for that, it does make me even more excited to experience it all with my own children. Continue reading “Christmas At Keydell Nurseries”

Occasions & Milestones · Other Good Stuff · Reviews · Uncategorized

Christmas Gift Guide | Women

So here we are, the grand finale of Little Snippets’ Gift Guide Week and I’ve saved the best till last. One for us girls! These are always my favourite gift guides to read as the person I struggle for idea with the most is myself. You know when someone asks you what you want for Christmas and you haven’t got the foggiest because you can’t remember the last time you were encouraged to think about yourself for a change? Yeah, that. I know I’m not the only one to have that problem, so here are some things that I think would be lovely to find underneath the Christmas tree this year. I hope you can find some inspiration here.

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Reviews

Christmas Gift Guide | Men

So here we are, post number three in Little Snippets Gift Guide Week. It’s the tricky one – it’s the men! If gift giving was split into categories X Factor Style, ‘The Men’ would be the category no one wants. That being said, I think I’ve done pretty well with ideas this year so hopefully I can help you by sharing them with you all. We’ve got a few of the classics in here but a couple of more imaginative ideas too. So without further ado, here are my top picks for men this year.

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Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones · Reviews

Christmas Gift Guide | Toddlers

At two and a half years old, this is the first Christmas that Darcie really understands what is going on. Last year she was excited by presents and seeing all the lights and glitter but this year she is seeing it all in a new light and magic for the first time. And she thinks that it is wonderful! In some ways the pressure is on to make sure that she loves her Christmas presents, but at the same time I’m not allowing that to become stressful. She is still young enough that she is quite easy to buy for and not old enough to have a Christmas list as long as her lean toddler legs! I’m sure next year will be a different story. In case anyone is struggling for ideas, I’ve put together this list of some things that I know Darcie will love and hopefully you can get some inspiration too! Continue reading “Christmas Gift Guide | Toddlers”

Mum Life · Occasions & Milestones · Reviews

Christmas Gift Guide | Babies

November is upon us, and we all know what that means – Christmas is coming! I’m someone who gets a bit too excited about Christmas a  bit too early so I try to contain myself as much as I can. But once November arrives I feel free to shout about it from the rooftops. Now is the perfect time to be getting organised with Christmas shopping so I’m officially declaring this Little Snippets’ Gift Guide Week and I’ll be sharing my top picks for Christmas over the next few days. Hopefully you can find some new ideas and discover new brands and products through my gift guides. I’m starting off with the littlest people we have to buy for – and let’s be honest the ones, who would happily just sit and chew on wrapping paper without caring at all what is inside – the babies! Continue reading “Christmas Gift Guide | Babies”

Mum Life · Reviews

Taf Toys Musical Newborn Cosy Gym | Review

Being a second child, Ernie often finds himself (for want of a better word) plonked places. On the floor, in a bouncy chair, on a play mat. He spends a lot of his time just being somewhere while I deal with whatever crisis his older sister has created. He is a very laid back, easy going kind of baby so generally he’s quite happy just lying and looking around until I can come back to him. But as he is getting older, he is also getting more and more aware of his surroundings and so I’m starting to build up a collection of things that are just his, to entertain him in moments when I can’t. The current favourite ‘place to put Ernie’ is the Musical Newborn Cosy Gym from Taf Toys which was kindly sent to us to try out. There are so many things I love about this play mat so here are my thoughts on the product: Continue reading “Taf Toys Musical Newborn Cosy Gym | Review”

Days Out · Reviews · Travel

Our Family Holiday To Jersey

Every couple has their thing, that one thing that really defines them as a couple. For some it could be eating food together, for others it could be going to the cinema, but for Dan and I, it was always travel and a love of exploring the world. Our best times together were when we had our backpacks on, our passports in our pockets and an adventure before us. When the kids came along that took a major backseat. I wanted so badly to be like the mums you read about who use their maternity leave to travel the world but it just wasn’t our reality. When we would think about family holidays it became a flurry of questions and uncertainty. The types of trips we loved were the ones where we could just pack a bag, jump on a train or plane and go. But the holidays that were being advertised to us as ‘family friendly’ were all about the resorts and kids clubs and we just couldn’t get excited about it. That’s not to say we wouldn’t enjoy that type of holiday, but it was so far from what we knew that it was hard to know where to begin. Continue reading “Our Family Holiday To Jersey”