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 →

The ten commandments of blogging As told by a mediocre blogger, me. “I am the Lord, Google. Thou shalt bear no false idol aside from me .” Google is GOD. Google is a vengeful God and will smite thee should you be found to be selling follow links. Especially follow links less than 4 times your DA as that is forbidden (apart from everybody does it. Ev-er-y-body) “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy blog in vain.” Unmumsy Mum, Mother Pukka, Hurrah for Gin you know who I’m talking about. Bloggers who have reached giddy heights that you and I can onlyRead More →

When I was asked by www.my-picture.co.uk to review one of their canvas and run a give away I jumped at the chance. The days of taking your camera film to the chemist to be developed or popping it in an envelope for posting has long gone. It’s a bit of a shame in some ways. I have thousands upon thousands of photos floating around the cloud but no one but me really sees them. And because we don’t have physical photos we don’t really display them either. A couple of Mothers Days ago Monsieur Incidental bought me a small canvas with a photo of meRead More →

So you didn’t get your first choice primary school? 3 years ago I was in the same position and here is how I made our appeal. We had requested our closest school and given the reason as my medical condition. I suffer from Crohn’s and have to have a lot of operations and hospital appointments. When we filled out the form I made it clear why we were applying for the place. Prior to our application I spoke to the school in question to and was advised to get a letter from my surgeon confirming why I was requesting the place. Not only that butRead More →

Tech Deck is celebrating its 20th anniversary 20 years ago I was 20 and hanging around with a group of real skateboarders. It turns out I a) either didn’t learn much from them or b) have forgotten it all over the years as when I received these fingerboards the names and descriptions meant NOTHING to me! Tech Deck are 96mm fingerboards and BMX bikes that are replicas of their full size counterparts. They even feature real graphics from the biggest names in the sports such as Primitive, Element and Plan B. We were sent 3 sets consisting of A Flip 4 pack of fingerboards, aRead More →

How we progressed from a balance bike to stabilisers #bike #balancebike #toddlebike #stabiliser #stabilizers

We’ve recently been teaching our 6-year-old to ride a bike. What with all my operations, babies and so on we never got round to it before. We did get him a balance bike and it came out once or twice. We took him to a local car park (on a Sunday when it was shut – we’re not mad!) but we didn’t persevere. This is a shame as I think he would have benefited from learning earlier and how cute does he look? He currently has one with stabilisers. The other Sunday we decided to give it a go on the road outside our houseRead More →