• Days Out,  Kids Entertainment,  Reviews

    Top 7 Things to do along the M62 Corridor this Summer

    The summer holidays have landed… I’m only just starting week three and already pulling my hair out thinking of what to do with the kids. I’ve been researching a bit and recounting some previous great days out, so thought I’d share with you the top seven places I intend to visit over the next few weeks. Driving too long with my two can be a trauma at times so I’ve looked for simple routes, all along the M62… starting East and moving over to the West (and all places I can get to before Toy Story 2 finishes and all hell breaks loose). #1 The Deep- Hull I really love…

  • Children's Health,  Health,  Reviews

    Tamanu Balm by Tropic

    Tropic Ambassador (and lovely neighbour of mine), Louise, kindly sent me over a little pot of magic called Tamanu Balm to try out with the kids. Knowing that I had three year old twin boys in the house, I think Louise might have assumed we have lots of bumps, scrapes, splinters, bruises, rashes… and she assumed correctly!  The balm comes with quite an extensive list of ailments that Tropic believe it is great for and the menu also claims that it is an ‘all-in-one skin saviour’. It retails at £16 for a small pot, so at that price I thought I’d give it a proper run for it’s money over…

  • Baby Product,  New Mum,  Reviews

    My BEST Buy: Chicco Next2Me Side Sleeping Crib

    I’ve mentioned this product in a previous blog about preparing for a new baby, but I just don’t feel like I’ve sung it’s praises enough yet… so here is my full review. When asked, ‘What was your best buy for baby?’, my answer was always the Chicco Next2Me Side Sleeping Cradle The reason why? It’s key features are ALL welcomed life savers when it comes to caring for your baby in the first 6 months. It can be used like any other cot, except with it’s 6 adjustable heights, you can see into the cot from your bed or have it at a height that allows you to see through the…

  • Home Products,  Reviews,  Sleep

    Kid’Sleep – Classic Sleep Trainer

    Review: Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep Classic Sleep Trainer Sleep is for losers… said no one… ever! I love my sleep, my god I NEED sleep! Pre-kids I was a 10 hours a night kinda guy and now I’m still in need of a good 8… but probably average about 6-7 hours now thanks to the Claessens’ Kids Kid’Sleep Classic Sleep Trainer … or as we call it in our house, ‘The Rabbit Clock’. The boys were bought this clock at Christmas by Aunty Helen (with a gentle prompt from Daddy!) which was perfect timing as we had gone through a period of poor sleep with Haribo, which I wrote about a…

  • Days Out,  Reviews

    Cheshire Ice Cream Farm

    Have you noticed when something has been specifically designed for children, its always accompanied by a high price tag? Fear no more, this place I’m about to share with you is FREE ENTRY, and incredible, but more importantly, FREE ENTRY! As well as free entry there are areas you can spend the day playing in for FREE too, and if you fancy treating the kids, other play areas range from £1 to £4.50, giving you a choice of how much or little you are willing to spend. It’s the Holy Grail of children’s theme parks. Named one of the TOP attractions in Britain in the Telegraph 2017, the park attracts…

  • Books,  Reviews

    The Family Book by Todd Parr

    I really wanted to share one of my favourite kids books that I read with my boys regularly and they love it… it’s called ‘The Family Book’ by Todd Parr. Todd, from Berkeley (California) was originally an artist and this really shows in his books – bright, colourful and creative illustrations that my kids seem to really respond to. It’s a book that was recommended to me as a useful one for adopted children… and also as a same-sex parent family, but it goes beyond that. In my opinion it should be on the shelf in every family home and school as it’s an excellent way to start educating children…

  • Days Out,  Reviews

    Dunham Massey Hall & Park

    After all the snow and miserable weather we’ve had in March the sun finally came out, the bubble machine made an appearance from the shed (much to our delight… neighbours not so much as any sighting of a bubble sends these two in a crazy spin of shouting and laughing… I think it’s cute) so we decided to book in a lovely family day out to Dunham Massey Hall & Park having never been before. The day came and so did the rain, but we threw on our waterproofs and wellies, packed up the picnic and made the journey regardless. M60 traffic left much to be desired but hey, that’s…

  • Days Out,  Reviews

    LIVERPOOL’S TERRACOTTA ARMY EXHIBITION

    If you fancy yourself as a bit of a history buff or would like a day trip out with an educational twist for the kids, then this is the place for you – The Terracotta Army Exhibition at The Liverpool Museum. The exhibition showcases never seen before in the UK, artifacts excavated from Emperor Quin Shi Huang burial ground – The First Emperor of China. We arrived with a pram loaded with coats, brollies, baby bags, an eight-month old baby and toddler in tow. The usual family day dressage. It’s a fantastic exhibition and quite sizable too, taking at least one and half hours to get around. So, if you’re…