I don’t often do food reviews namely because I’m not a massive foody but when we were offered the chance to review Table Table at Moseley Park in Wolverhampton I said yes because it wasn’t far from my Gran’s house and I loved being able to treat her.

So last Saturday 7 of us (me, the husband, my Dad, my Gran and the kids) trotted along to Table Table to have a family meal together.

Location wise – it was very easy to find. It’s on a pretty main route to and from Wolverhampton centre and is next to the Premier Inn hotel with lots of parking right next to the entrance.  View Post

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We were lucky enough to visit Bluestone in Wales. I have read so many blog reviews about family holidays to Bluestone Wales in so was incredibly excited to try out the family friendly accommodation. We stayed in a four bed Grassholm lodge on Preseli View. We went with my mother and father in law and our 3 kids who are aged 6 and 22 month and this is what we thought.
Bluestone Wales Family Holiday

Check In

Super simple – you drive up to the window and are given your pack, car pass and key cards for your lodge. We arrived early and were told we could explore the site which we did. The barrier is lifted at 4.30pm to allow you to drive and unload – word of warning it is 4.30pm on the dot. My husband was told off for trying to go in at 4.28pm and made to drive round and go to the back of the queue so they are incredibly strict on timings!

The Lodge

It was spotless and very spacious. From the outside it looked huge and it was! We stayed in a two storey Grassholm lodge

Bluestone Wales Family Holiday

My husband is a builder and he was impressed that they hadn’t sacrificed space in order to cram more lodges in. Our lodge was 4 bedrooms; three twins and one double with three bathrooms (two baths, one walk in shower, one ensuite) The very well stocked kitchen had a fridge/freezer, kettle, dishwasher, grill, toaster, microwave, cooker and hobs – perfect self catering with the added bonus you don’t need to wash up! View Post

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I have been a little quiet on the blog front for the last few weeks. Reviews, competitions and generic posts seem to have taken over along with a spot of automatic scheduled tweets because I just feel down. 

I struggle when my husband works away. Come 7pm the house falls silent and while some days this is very much needed on the other hand to be left alone with your thoughts is very hard. 

I am in complete disbelief that it is March. It being March just makes me feel incredibly sad as I know April is approaching; her one year anniversary is coming. And I’m not ready. I’m not ready to accept that I will have lived every day in a calendar year without her here. How much has changed in this year. How much I have to share. How this pain has not eased as everyone keeps assuring me it will.

I feel stuck in a rut. I have no drive to complete menial tasks and have fallen into the horrible decline that when the girls nap I too join them; just wanting to make all the mess and tidying go away. I feel I’m failing as a wife as my husband comes home to a sinking ship. Everything is everywhere, clothes not put away and just multiplying more and more.

I do not think I am depressed. I’m sure people would read this and make that conclusion about me but I’m not. I’m just sad. Incredibly sad. Next weekend is Mothers Day and it’s another stark reminder that she left us far too soon. 

I started this post not wanting to be all doom and gloom but here I am! I think this is why I have somewhat pulled back on blogging. I am sorry. I will get my sh*t together. Being like this benefits no one. But sometimes it’s the only option

B xx

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My girls are grazers. They would eat fruit and raisins all day if they could, they’re absolute little fruit bats. However, putting them in a high chair for snacks is a bit of a nightmare now they’re bigger and wanting to be more mobile. We also have to do the school run twice a day so they spend a lot of time in their car seats and pushchair so when they are peckish trying to give them food makes a LOT of mess. We had a new car on New Years Eve and my husband is still incredibly precious over it which means one thing – no eating! Sounds great on paper but sitting with two grumpy girls biding our time to avoid the wind and rain before going to the playground – show me the food!

So thank heavens for the awesome Oxo flippy snack cups. I know you can read reviews and think yeah yeah but honestly this is so simple yet SO useful – seriously kicking myself for not finding this sooner as my carpet would be a few stains lighter!

What We Reviewed

oxo flippy cup

Oxo Tots were incredibly generous and sent us a green and a raspberry cup. The recommended age is from 12 months plus.

What we thought

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It’s no secret that I’m a bit of a clothing addict when it comes to buying for the kids; six binbags full in the loft is pretty much tip of the iceberg if I’m being totally honest but even I can only look at the same stock online everyday. Now here’s a bit of a confession. Yes I know most reviews are all gushing and oh how amazing a company is etc etc but in all honesty – I didn’t realise that House of Fraser did kids clothes – and boy am I now glad that I do! I got a little bit engrossed in perusing their website and before I knew it I’d been on the site almost an hour!

House of Fraser kids clothes

Our choices

 

There are literally thousands of items to choose from. I decided to choose each of my three a top each. I let Charlie choose his own and he decided to choose “The Hulk” top which as you will agree is pretty awesome! It’s by Fabric Flavours and cost £16. Now. If I’m being deadly honest that is a bit more than I’d usually pay for a top HOWEVER I do splash the cash on special occasions and once you feel this top – I honestly do feel like it justifies the price. The ‘Don’t Make Me Angry’ is sewn in, not printed on and you know that when it’s wash t means it won’t crack and basically fade away within a few washes/ So liken that to a cheaper top that won’t last half as long and now Charlie is older and clothes last him more than a few months unlike when he was a baby  I think it evens itself out. View Post

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I have to start this review by saying that I absolutely LOVED these books. From the moment they hit the doormat I could not wait to read them. I know they’re a kids book and I saved it until bedtime so my 5 year old boy could read them but you often read reviews and often wonder if a person is riven by wanting to please the company. As you may have gathered from my past review, I always give my honest opinion – this isn’t always what people may want to hear, but I made a pact with myself that I would always give my real views, otherwise it’s not really a review – it’s just a positive spin on everything.
Anyway, I absolutely jumped through the roof to review these books. I have a slight confession – I have met the Mcfly boys. A lot. I was a die hard Busted follower back in the day. I spent most weekends trawling the country (and even going to different countries) to see them and as Mcfly were part of the same management and went on tour with them, our paths crossed numerous times. I met Mcfly before they became this massive pop sensation, including at their first ever TV appearance, their album launch and then again on their first ever supporting tour. So it’s safe to say I have a bit of a soft spot for them. And can’t quite believe I’m sharing this photo…
2003. Me blonde. Cringe.
The boys “Obviously” (badumbumBOOSH) have a cheeky sense of humour so I thought their book would follow the same path – and I certainly wasn’t wrong.

Dougie and Tom have now penned 3 ‘Dinosaur’ books; The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas was their first book and we have been lucky enough to read copies of ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet’ and the most recent offering ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped the Past’

They all are based on Danny and his dinosaur friend and they follow them on an adventure (either space travel or through the past). The planet book was the first we read – and Charlie has honestly never ever laughed so much at a book. Here’s why:
1) He’s 5. And it has the word pooped in the title
2) It’s got dinosaurs in it
3) It rhymes
4) It has the word POO in massive letters
5) There’s a cat with a doddle of poo on it at the end – which he still only has to hear the mere mention of said cat and he dissolves into absolute tears of laughter
The following evening before bed we read the next book ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped the Past’ and this was met with equal squeals and fits of giggles.
Poo…
Overall – kids, especially boys, absolutely LOVE toilet humour. I too, as a parent found this book very cheeky but VERY funny! The pictures are bright and have lots of little details (including that damn poo on the cats helmet) that kids absolutely love.  I don’t want to tell you much about the story itself as I don’t want to give it away! I loved the fact the book rhymed too which makes it easier for adults to read to the children as you get into a rhythm.
Maybe not the best one for them to take into class to read out to the teacher but if you’re looking for a naughty laugh out loud book for your kids then look no further! Charlie has already been telling all his friends and delighted in taking the book round to my Dad’s to get him to read. Without a shadow of doubt, The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas will be on the Santa list! I can’t actually wait to find out what Danny and the Dinosaur get up to.

B x

Disclaimer – we were so lucky that the Mumsnet  team sent me these two books to review and I’m so blimming grateful that they did. This review and pictures all are my own.

 

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