The Siblings Project {December 18}

And then they were seven! Seven seems so much more grown up than six, don't you think? They are getting so big! They had a normal school day and swimming lesson on their birthday. They opened their presents in the morning with Daddy and then Nana came round in the evening to have tea with us and a brownie. We had a party at a local leisure centre a few days after.  It was chaos but they had a brilliant time!

The Siblings Project {November 18}

The last four weeks of these two being six.  The last couple of months they've suddenly seemed much taller.  Half term went by in a flash, with our trip to Wollaton Hall to see the Jurassic Kingdom exhibition, a family brunch at The Pudding Pantry and Halloween. I love the autumn feel and the colours in this month's photos from a park trip on the 11th. The boys wanted to go on their skateboards but ended up moaning and bickering the whole time so we just gave up and went to the playground!

Making a Special Cake with AO

Making a Birthday cake for my boys has become a tradition, something that my Mum always did for my brother and I, and so something I wanted to do for my children. Each year I do something a little different but the one constant factor is chocolate! I have been using the same recipe for the sponge and buttercream for five years now and we all love it.  The sponge is soft, light and wonderfully chocolatey and the buttercream is just addictive!  I'm no pro when it comes to looks and decoration but my boys don't care, they just like the fact that I made it and that it tastes good. I hope they will remember these cakes just like I remember mine. 

Healthy Snacks For A Road Trip With Kids – Guest Post by The Nut Butter Hub

When we're heading off a long trip with our kids, snacks are an essential item! Unfortunately, convenient snacks for kids are often pretty unhealthy not to mention expensive. Keeping our small kids occupied in the back seat can be challenging at the best of times, without constant cries of “I’m hungry!” resonating around the car (which can drive anyone crazy!). We found that they are loads of healthy snack ideas out there, but so many of them have the capacity to create a huge mess in the back of our car. If you’re looking at ways to save a money on snacks, keep the car relatively clean and keep your kids as healthy as possible, take a look at our yummy ideas.

Me & Mine Project {October 18}

Oh October, where have you gone? British Summer time has ended and Winter coat weather is here. My Instagram feed is filled with pumpkins and autumn colours and the highlight of our half-term was a family trip for breakfast to the new Pudding Pantry that has opened in Sherwood.  Daddy had severe FOMO (fear of missing out) and decided last minute to come too and I'm so pleased, because it meant we got the photos below.

A Calmer Bedtime with BetterYou & *Giveaway*

Bedtime in our house can be stressful, two boys that don't want to go to bed, excuses and distractions to delay getting in bed, too busy watching TV or playing with Lego, messing about getting changed, trying to use our bed as a trampoline, twenty questions as you're turning off the light, sometimes getting back out of bed to go to the toilet again or to come downstairs and ask us something else.  

My Eating For Health Food Diary – An Introduction – Week 1

Recently I've been feeling sluggish, more tired than usual, irritable, struggling to get back into routine after our holiday and lacking in motivation to do the things I love, blogging, dance, swimming, reading. The pain in my knees that was basically non-existent has come creeping back to the point where I couldn't ignore it anymore. I have been feeling like an old decrepit person who struggles to get up if they sit on the floor.