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Surprise Box Club Review

I love a good subscription box, they are one of may favourite things. A box full of surprises through your door, what’s not to love? I also love crafting, I enjoy little projects that I can make quickly as I don’t have much time for my own crafting nowadays. Surprise Box Club has combined these two things so I was very excited to get to review a box.

My Earrings
My Earrings

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Exploring Imagination with LEGO

When I was a child I loved my LEGO. It was the prized toy. With so many possibilities and it has certainly notched up a gear since I last played with it.  When LEGO asked if we wanted to review some of their newest kits I of course leapt at the chance.

L's new LEGO
L’s new LEGO

First I shall share with you one of the most tragic moments of my young life.

I was given the LEGO Pirate Ship for Christmas one year. It was amazing, huge, with rigging delicate rigging, cannons that fired little LEGO cannonballs, it even had a parrot. It was the best.

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Feeling Calm #7

For my birthday I was given a great new book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends to help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday and on Wednesday’s I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites. 

This week we have been dealt a curve ball I never saw coming, one I so desperately need to write about because it is so bloody awful, one I have so many mixed emotions about and one that I could really do with some advice on. But this is one particular curve ball I can’t write about, not just yet, for many reasons.

Showing daddy the fish at the zoo
Showing daddy the fish at the zoo

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This Plus That Equals…. #1

This plus that equals….me

As I’ve not long relaunched my blog I thought I’d start a new series of posts all about what makes our lives here at home tick. This week I’m starting with a few simple things that make me, me!

Me and my boy
Me and my boy

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James’s First Review

I often chat about my lovely cat James, he has been my baby for longer than my actual baby, my centre of fluffy calm when I was in a bad place and my comfort whenever I have been sick.

Mr Jame's
Mr Jame’s

So why oh why have I not featured him on the blog? He wanted to get the chance to review something, to be the star of the show, to get all the pictures.

So when PetShop.co.uk said they were in need of some feline taste testers it seemed only fair to let Mr James in on the action and he was only too willing to participate.

Our goodies from PetShop.co.uk
Our goodies from PetShop.co.uk

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Colouring to Keep my Toddler Happy

It doesn’t matter how hard I try, sometimes I have to work whilst the little one occupies himself.

The main problem with this is that as soon as I am doing something, he decides that is way more exciting than whatever was holding his attention up until that point, so I have had had to become the master of quick and easy activities that he actually loves.

Helping Mummy Work
Helping Mummy Work

These happen to be few and far between though. In fact there is only one that is guaranteed to work. Continue reading Colouring to Keep my Toddler Happy

Amazing Moccasins from Wolfie + Willow

We have been lucky enough to work with Wolfie +Willow, reviewing a pair of their super stylish leather moccasins.

Wolfie + Willow are a fabulous brand from the people behind Inch Blue  makers of soft leather shoes, beautiful gifts sets and amazing sheepskin booties for babies.

Wolfie+Willow Moccasins - Mohawk Saxon
Wolfie+Willow Moccasins – Mohawk Saxon

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Soup Glorious Soup

Do you know what the best things about winter are? It’s easy.  Christmas, snow, the beach, hot chocolate and soup. Done, that’s it, a perfect winter for me.  Continue reading Soup Glorious Soup

Explaining Dementia

How do I explain to my son why his he can go to some of Great Grandparents houses, but he has to visit one in a care home? How do I explain to him that a care home is not a hospital or the doctors, despite the similarities? How do I explain why his Great Nanny gets confused, or angry, or cries, or says things that upset daddy?

L Painting
L Painting

For an adult these things are overwhelming and for us there are many other health issues that need to be taken into account, not just the dementia, that hit hard and fast and appeared almost like a side affect to a fall but never left. Continue reading Explaining Dementia

Feeling Calm #6

For my birthday I was given a great new book ‘Calm’ and a journal from my friends to help me find some calm in my life and to de-stress a little. I have been writing in my journal everyday and on Wednesday’s I go through the daily highlights I’ve written down and pick out my 10 favourites. 

Getting to walk round Cambridge in the evening #LoveLight2016
Getting to walk round Cambridge in the evening #LoveLight2016

This week has been pretty good actually, a lovely weekend away with the other half, enjoying the Festival of Light in Cambridge, finishing off one big project with Hobbycraft and getting started on a second and lots of silly fun with the little one.

Making his own art when we got home
Making his own art when we got home

It amazing the difference a week can make! I’m in such a completely different space this week in comparison to last, it’s nice.  Here are my top ten moments:
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