NEE NAW NEE NAW!! That is the sound Little L makes while playing with the Brio Light and Sound Fire Truck. He LOVES it! He takes the little fireman figures out of their spot in the truck, grabs the hose, hoists up the ladder and puts out imaginary fires. When the fire is out you can wind the yellow button on the top, reel in the hose and the firepeople can go back to the fire station for a rest before the next emergency! I always associated Brio with wooden train sets like the Brio Classic Train we reviewed recently It is the usual good qualityRead More →

For years I fell into the trap of “mummy guilt” Were we doing enough? Did I play with them enough? Were we going out enough? Did they get enough exercise? Were they being ‘socialised’? The mummy guilt was strong! Well, do you know what? Fuck that shit! I was 34 when I had Big L. I had big plans on how he would be raised. I would be a gentle parent, I hoped to home school (yes I still have an urge to do that, he’s 7 now – there’s still time, right?) he would attend a forest preschool and so on and so forth.Read More →

No really? What has the NHS ever done for you? I mean, let’s start with your birth, I suspect your mother had access to a GP, maybe midwife. You were likely born in a hospital and even if you weren’t I would guess that a medical professional was at the birth. Then you were likely immunised You might have had illnesses treated by a GP, you probably needed a prescription which was collected from the chemist. If you were anything like me, or my children, you  might have fallen off your bike, or down the stairs or any number of other incidents that would haveRead More →

Why Becoming a Young Parent Isn’t a Bad Thing Worried about the perils of parenthood? You aren’t alone. With staggering figures revealing that most Brits don’t feel like they’re adults themselves until age 26, the idea of raising a child might seem a daunting and unmanageable prospect for younger people. The same study found that most people don’t even take on the responsibility of doing their own laundry until the age of 21. Could having a kid be a realistic aim in a society where even this simplest of disciplines is taken on so long after the legal age of adulthood? Today, we’re going to analyseRead More →

As Big L is now coming to the end of year 2 I am fairly well-versed in lost property! We have got through several ties, jumpers, water bottles. You name it at some point we have had to replace it! I was really happy when Stikets asked me to review their name labels. When he first started at pre-school I had grand ideas about the fabric name labels like the ones I had when I was a kid. I bought some and (my mum) sewed them in to his coat etc. Only for them to fray very shortly afterwards. I got fed up and resortedRead More →

We have never really been a family for displaying photographs. Which is a shame because our children are, quite frankly, beautiful. Biased? No, not at all! We have started to rectify that lately with the help of CanvasChamp. CanvasChamp’s website is really easy to navigate (which is just as well as I am easily confused). You select the product you want from a drop-down box and click “start order”. Then you have the choice of uploading a photo from your computer, gallery, Facebook or Instagram – it’s so easy! Once ordered the canvas arrived very quickly – within a couple of days, although they doRead More →

I have yearned after a Brio train set since having my first son some seven years ago. When I was asked if I would like to review the classic train I jumped at the chance. We live in a world of plastic toys and I really enjoy the nostalgia of a Brio Classic Train. Little L was two recently and we asked that he wasn’t given any toys as he has all Big L’s to play with so, when I review toys for his age group, I am a little bit picky. Basically I only review them if I want them myself! Big L wasRead More →

Way back when I was a twenty-something there was no such thing as a “box set”, the best I had was a video recorder I would go out for the evening and pray that the video recorder was actually recording whatever it was that was cool at the time. These days we have Sky, or Netflix or Virgin Media (other television providers are available) and with them come…the BOX SET Being the parent of two small boys I don’t get out much. In the last 7 years we have come to love box sets. We snuggle up on the sofa in the evening and feed ourRead More →

#frenchroad #frenchmotorway #cockpit

As you may know if you have read my previous posts (if not why not, it’s not too late! Read them straight after this, you won’t regret it!) Monsieur Incidental is French. Like proper French, with an accent and everything. His family still live in France and we usually visit them once a year. These days we usually choose to drive. Driving in France isn’t as bad as it might sound. We like to make it a road trip. With two children it can be a *cough* adventure. I often see requests for tips on driving in France or cries for help in keeping childrenRead More →

There are few things in life a 6 year old boy loves more than a sling shot. With that in mind when the chance to review Whacky Shots arised I jumped at the chance. When Big L got home from school on the day it arrived he was incredibly excited “I always wanted one of those, Mummy”. To be honest I think he was laying it on a bit thick but, nevertheless, I felt I had gained “mum” points. Whacky Shots is more than just a sling shot. In the World Warriors pack you are sent 8 x Whacky Shots which are rubber creatures thatRead More →