One lovely blog award nomination!


I have been nominated by Biscuit and Cracker for a One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you so much for nominating me, it has made my day :)

So what is it all about I hear you ask. Well the rules are

1. Thank and link with the person who nominated them.
2. List the rules and display the award.
3. Share seven facts about him/herself.
4. Nominate 15 or so other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated.
5. Optional: Display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you.

So here goes with the facts (sorry but I’m a pretty boring person)

  1. I don’t like tea or coffee (any hot drink actually) or milk, Yuk!
  2. I have three children. Two with my ex husband and one with my current partner. All 3 call my OH dad because he has been in the older two’s life for 9 years and their biological father doesn’t see them.
  3. I got married and had my first child when I was 18.
  4. I am getting married in April 2016.
  5. I went to school with my OH but we don’t remember each other. We do remember each others friends though :)
  6. I used to smoke but when I found out my middle child had asthma, I stopped that day and haven’t smoked since (about 6 years now)
  7. I am qualified in ear piercing.

I nominate……

  1. The Reading Residence
  2. Brummy Mummy Of 2
  3. ClaraBellaQ
  4. Three Princess and 1 Dude!
  5. Mum Turned Mom
  6. Blogger Mumma
  7. Two Little Paines
  8. Emma and Alfie’s World
  9. Pixie Dusk
  10. Mental Parentals
  11. Hodge Podge Days
  12. Mama Mummy Mum
  13. RedHead BabyLed
  14. Single Mother Ahoy
  15. Northumberland Mam

Now it’s over to you guys :)

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Wicked Wednesday

My Gorgeous little boy used to smile and make the world smile with him…

And now getting a smile from him is like getting blood from a stone…….


I have to resort to shouting boobies and willies to try and get some giggly smile. Some of these photo’s would have been perfect photo’s if he didn’t look so bloody miserable!



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PicStick Review

I love photos and I love having them scattered all around my home. I have photos in frames, on canvas and now on magnets on my fridge thanks to PicStick


PicStick are a company that transform your favourite photos into beautiful magnets. You can upload photos from computer, phone, Facebook or Dropbox which means you can choose all your best ones with ease.

The magnets are £9.50/$14.99 for 9 magnets and shipping is free.

My magnets came in a cardboard envelope so they fitted easily through the letterbox (no waiting in for parcels) but they were also protected. I opened the packet and found the 9 magnets were all joined together. This concerned me because I thought it was going to become a big problem and that I may ruin them. But they just came apart very easily, almost like pulling a cheese string apart :)

They are excellent in quality. The photos are just like the ones I chose, no discolouring, they don’t look stretched and no grainy photos.



But best of all, not only do they stick well to the fridge but they also hold items on too, like a child’s picture, a note or a shopping list.

I love them! Lots of people have commented on how nice they look on the fridge and Harry loves to look at them. And because they are bendy, he can play with them, I have no concerns that he will break them, they seem pretty indestructible.

They would make great gifts for birthdays, Christmas or even wedding gifts. I know a few people that would love to receive these. I highly recommend them. I know I will be purchasing more :)

And for all my readers I have an awesome 25% discount! Just use code TEEN25 at the checkout, enjoy!

I was sent these magnets for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are my own.

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Silent Sunday


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Trendy Tot Thursday.

This week Harry started Nursery. Because it was his first day I had to put him in a lovely outfit and take a photo. It was impossible to get a  good photo of him because he does not like to pose for photo’s :)


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The t-shirt is Little Bird by Jools Oliver £7

Jeans are from Next £9




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Harry starts Nursery.

This week Harry started Nursery. It’s actually called playgroup but to me that means he parents stay and they don’t here so to me that’s nursery.

In theory he doesn’t have to go nursery because I am a stay at home mum but we have taken Harry to parties and other places and he doesn’t interact with anyone until it’s time to leave. Plus his speech is no what it should be at this age (I’m not hugely concerned) but I think being at Nursery with other children and other adults will improve these aspects. And I get a little time to clean, blog and rest :)

I was so worried on Tuesday thinking that he would make a fuss because every time we talked about it, he was really eager, until we said that he had to leave me.

He squeezed my hand so tight but the lady stood at the door and encouraged him in. He turned to me, gave me a kiss and went in. The day went so fast for me, I felt I hardly got anything done. When I picked him up he was sitting very sweetly on the mat (the cutest thing ever) and when he saw me he shouted “Mama” and ran to me with los of cuddles and kisses. It was the best feeling :)

I dropped him off for his second day and I was feeling a lot more positive, thinking I can get lots of blogging done. But he asked me to pick he up and he held me so tight. The lady just grabbed him off me and took him through and that’s when I heard him burst into tears. Completely broke my heart :( I know he will be OK but there is always that little bit of you saying “what if he needs me? What if they can’t settle him? Will he hate me for leaving him?” Silly I know but he’s my baby.




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A day in Warwick

Myself, OH, three children, my step-mum and Dad had a day to Warwick. It was such a lovely day and a lot better than we were expecting. It’s a shame we found it at the end of the summer holiday’s because we can’t wait to go back. We plan to go lot’s next summer :)

First we parked up and had our picnic by the lake

Harry loved watching the boats and ducks. We also saw lots of aeroplanes from Birmingham airport.

After lunch we took a stroll to St Johns House Museum I can’t believe this museum is free to enter, it was brilliant!


It’s not the largest of museums but we spent hours there.

They had an excellent children’s area

Even the older two joined in

After the museum we had a walk around the town and then had fish and chips in the gardens and the kids had a run around


By that time we decided to walk back to the car. On the way we had to walk through a large park and there was lots going on there. Fairground rides, play park, mini golf, splash pool, and lots more, it was brilliant! Sadly we came by when the rides were just closing, but we did manage a couple of rides and candy floss :)  Next time we visit we would like to spend the day in this park and maybe a boat ride.



It was such a great day out. We can’t wait to go back again.

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