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Getting the kids to brush their teeth has always been a bit of a battle for us. Finding a flavour of toothpaste that all the kids like is the first hurdle, and then I have to get over the fact that I’m putting something that’s bright blue and smells like bubblegum in their mouths first thing in the morning and last thing at night… Jack N Jill Kids recently got in touch and asked if we would like to try their natural, organic toothcare range for Mabel, Greta and Ernie and I crossed my fingers tightly that it would be the answer to all my toothpaste problems. We were sent a tube each of strawberry, blackcurrant, and (the big winner for me) flavour free. Greta and Ernie loved both the fruity flavours, but Mabel being the little fuss pot that she is turned her nose up at them but was more than happy with the flavour free version. The toothpastes have no colour, contain only natural ingredients and the flavourings they use are certified organic. This is such peace of mind for someone like me who knows how important it is for them to brush their teeth, but doesn’t feel…

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If you haven’t heard of them, Wicked Uncle is a website specialising making it easy to find awesome gifts for all the kids in your life. When I’m buying presents for my niece and nephews or friends children, I always like to find something they are going to really love. I’d rather give a gift that is going to be used and enjoyed time and again than a flash in the pan toy that will get oohs and ahhs on the big day but quickly be forgotten after a few days. Do you know what I mean? As a parent as well, I absolutely love it when the kids get presents that are an activity or a game that we can all do together. The amount of times though I’ve just resorted to a gift card because I have no idea where to find cool stuff for 9 year old boys, or 7 year old girls…. Wicked Uncle recently got in touch and asked if we’d like to road test their website and some of the creative gifts on offer and of course, we were delighted to take on the challenge. Finding something suitable was super easy because you can sort…

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When it comes to feminism, Princesses have a bad rep, and not for no good reason. But although still not exactly smashing the patriarchy, the Disney Princesses I grew up with were more feisty than their predecessors. Rather than sitting around being kind and beautiful and not much else like Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, waiting for a Prince to come and sweep them off their feet…. my animated heroines of the late 80’s/ early 90’s wanted more for their lives. Ariel, Belle and Jasmine weren’t going to settle down and marry the first guy who crossed their path, and they weren’t into following the rules either. These girls wanted to choose their own destinies, they fought back against the oppressive men in their lives and they were willing to take a few risks to go out and claim the life they wanted for themselves. Belle was by far the most relatable Princess for little girl me. Bookish, scruffy, probably a bit of an introvert, a loner… odd. Let’s just say there was a lot I could identify with. I watched Beauty and the Beast over and over again as a child. The songs were so catchy, the characters so fun, the…

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How are we already at mid March? This year is flying past although I can’t say I’m upset. I’m not a huge fan of winter I admit, Christmas YES, winter NO. I do love being indoors and getting snuggly with hot chocolates and our favourite books and movies, but when you have children that just doesn’t really work as a 24/7 arrangement. These kids need to get outdoors once a day, they are like dogs that need to be exercised and to be honest, I just don’t like being cold. I’ve tried to embrace it as much as I can this year, but honestly I am so happy to see a bit of sun sneaking back in and the temperatures starting to rise. A bit of greenery on the trees and some spring flowers poking through the earth is also a very welcome sight at the moment and I’m genuinely starting to feel excited about the changing seasons and saying goodbye to winter. It’s funny how becoming a Mum has made me slow down and appreciate so many little things that I just took for granted or worse, barely even noticed before. I’m not sure that pre-kids me would have felt a…

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You know what big fans we are of weekend adventures, but recently they’ve been taking a bit of a back seat. A combination of bad weather, business and tiredness has meant that we haven’t really spent a whole day out exploring for ages. By yesterday, we were absolutely itching to go and do something new, so we headed to Moors Valley country park near Ringwood, to do their new Gruffalo Spotters trail. *If you like video, I filmed the day so make sure you scroll down to the bottom to watch our vlog! The Gruffalo spotters trail has only been open since the 20th February and ever since we saw the preview video of the trail on Facebook a few weeks ago, we knew we would be making a trip to try it out as soon as we could! There are 26 forests around the country with a Gruffalo spotters trail so if you aren’t local to Moors Valley then I’m sure there will be one near you. Before you go, you download the Gruffalo spotters app (avaliable on Apple, Android and Kindle), which uses clever augmented reality technology to bring the characters from the much loved story to life right in front…

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If you have encountered Mabel at any point during the last six months, it would have been difficult to miss that she has her fifth birthday coming up and is ever so slightly excited about it. We’re still a month away and the question of how many days it is until her birthday is now being asked at a frequency I’m pretty sure any sane person would find difficult to handle. So I had the idea of making her a birthday countdown calendar. It’s a nice way of adding a bit of extra excitement to the build up, get her practising her double digit numbers, and hopefully alleviate some of the ‘how long is it until my birthday?’ questions – triple win! Here’s how we made Mabel’s birthday countdown calendar… I made a template on the computer and printed it out twice. If you want to use my template just pop your email in the box bellow and I’ll get it sent straight out to you (don’t forget to check your spam folder in case it gets a bit lost on its way). Each sheet has 18 boxes on it but you can chop the boxes up so you can…

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I saw the idea of a Princess bath a while ago on one of my favourite Instagram feeds @me_and_orla. I tucked it away in the back of my mind, and yesterday morning it jumped back out at me and provided exactly the inspiration I needed when faced with two heads of tangly, matted hair, and two little girls reluctant to go anywhere near the water. They usually love bath time, any playing with water is one of their favourite things to do. But mention the words ‘hair wash’ to them and it becomes a whole different story. I don’t blame them to be honest. I hated it as a child and I hate doing it for them now. Mabel especially has very thick wavy hair, so it needs to be brushed through with conditioner and it takes ages and it has to done regularly, or so much tangled hair gets pulled out with the brushing, that I worry she’s going to be the first ever under five year old to need a hair transplant! Luckily for me, I remembered the princess bath at just the right moment and I also had a bunch of tulips downstairs just about to turn.…

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*This post includes our Tiny Trolls of Norway review. All products featured we were kindly sent in return for this post but all words and opinions are as always, my own. Getting children outdoors was always something that I knew was really important, long before I even had any of my own. I worked as a nursery nurse before I had Mabel and I saw time and time again how not only was the fresh air and exercise really good for all the children from babies to school age, and it improved both their sleep and their appetite, but also they often seemed so much more engaged when they were outside and huge amounts of learning and development seemed to happen completely naturally. Children can learn so much from being outdoors and observing nature – the symmetry, the seasonal changes, the different textures, sounds and colours… it all calls out to children’s natural curiosity and they can’t help but investigate and explore. I’ve never seen a child who faced with the sea or a river or pond, hasn’t grabbed a stone or a stick to throw in. It’s such an instinctual thing to do, and just a bit of fun right?…

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