• Christmas,  Games,  Gift Ideas,  Reviews

    BEAT THAT! – The Bonkers Battle of Wacky Challenges

    DARE I SAY IT…BUT ARE YOU THINKING OF CHRISTMAS YET? A couple of months back, Phil and I had the pleasure of meeting a very talented and fun-loving husband and wife game designing duo [Zack and Kate] at the BlogOn conference. Here they introduced their exciting new board game ‘Beat That!‘, which in our opinion is set to top the Christmas #1 for family party games. IT’S THAT GOOD!   ABOUT THE GAME Officially launched in September 2019, this brand spanking NEW activity game is the ideal party game, which can be played between 2-8 players and enjoyed both by kids and adults. The age range of the game is 11+,…

  • Popcorn-Eating ~Squirrels Go Nuts On Everest Book Review
    Books,  Competition & Giveaways,  Reviews

    Popcorn-Eating Squirrels Go Nuts On Everest by Matt Dickson

    Our bookcase is over-flowing and we couldn’t be happier! Especially when you are sent fab titles such as ‘Popcorn-Eating Squirrels Go Nuts On Everest’ by Matt Dickinson, to help fill it up with! We now have a few titles from Shrine Publishing and this latest release definitely lives up to the high standard we’ve come to expect, so we are thrilled to write this book review. About the Book Popcorn-Eating Squirrels Go Nuts on Everest is the second in the series by Matt Dickinson and it’s the popcorn-eating squirrels’ greatest adventure yet! A million pounds and popcorn for life is the incredible prize on offer if a team can meet the challenge:…

  • Gnome Roam Review
    Days Out,  Kids Entertainment,  Reviews,  Travel

    Gnome Roam – Newmillerdam Country Park

    Days out during the summer holidays can cost an arm and a leg and even just doing 1 or 2 a week that require paying for can really rack up the pound signs! I’ve been trying really hard over the last few weeks to keep our weekday activity costs as low as possible, so when a friend told me about a free ‘Gnome Roam‘ then we had to go and check it out. Newmillerdam Country Park, Wakefield Set in a beautiful part of West Yorkshire, this woodland walk offers a great family day out at little to no cost. The only cost we incurred was £1.30 for parking, but if…

  • Wall Art by Pug Pup Print - Featured Image
    Gift Ideas,  Home Products,  Keepsakes,  Reviews

    Wall Art by Pug Pup Prints

    Finding the right art work for your home or as gift for someone can be really tricky. For a while we’ve been wanting to find a nice piece to hang in the boys new play room so we were thrilled when we were sent a fab piece of wall art by Pug Pup Prints. In our house we are superhero mad, so when I saw the option to include a superhero picture that shows us as a family into the boys room, I knew it was the right one. It now hangs a constant reinforcement to our adopted children that we are a forever family, so wall art doesn’t get…

  • Mother's Day Gift Ideas,  Reviews

    Mother’s Day – A Personalised Gift Idea

    Ladies and Gentlemen, soon the day will be upon us where we all celebrate just how wonderful our old Mum is, as Mother’s Day fast approaches on the 31st March. Now before you pop the shops for your box of chocolates and bunches of flowers, let me tickle your taste buds with something different. Something more sentimental and long-lasting, like a quality piece of affordable jewellery. I was really excited to be given the opportunity to try a piece of jewellery from our friends at Engravers Guild of London, who offered to engrave a beautiful locket with my own personal message. The service I received and the quality of the product is the reason why…

  • The Goblin's Blue Blanket
    Books,  Competition & Giveaways,  Reviews

    The Goblin’s Blue Blanket by Kieron Black

    I love that getting a new book is like getting a new bike to a three-year-old! I never realised just how excited a kid could get opening a package to find a book instead of sweets or ‘Ralph toys’, which is what he was guessing as he opened it. He wasn’t disappointed at all. The unveiling of this amazingly illustrated children’s book took place after nursery, around 4pm, which made the next 3 hours until bed time unbearable! All H wanted to do was read the book before bed, so it needed to be bedtime at 4pm, 4.05pm, 4.15pm and pretty much every 5-10 minutes for the rest of the…

  • Skipping the Potty
    Home Products,  Potty Training,  Reviews

    Skipping the Potty

    Over the last 6 months we’ve moaned non-stop about potty training and all it’s joys and in a previous blog, I [over]shared with you about the twins both suffering from toddler diarrhea and my concerns about potty training. In hindsight, post-potty training, I think I made such a big deal of it in my head when the reality was that the process wasn’t quite as painful as I expected and I’m glad I followed my gut and just waited until they were both ready. HOWEVER, what people don’t tell you about potty training is that whilst it’s great that you no longer have to change a sloppy nappy, cleaning a…

  • Competition & Giveaways,  Kids Entertainment,  Reviews,  Toys

    Getting Slimy with Zimpli Kids

    I’ve got to admit a ‘baff’ full of ‘gelli’ sounded like my worst nightmare. The thought of this gross, gooey mess consuming my beautifully white bath… oh and my children, filled me with horror. But I’ve got to say… it was gross but we LOVED IT! Zimpli Kids is a really innovative brand of messy kids stuff for both indoor and outdoor play, with products like the ‘Gelli Baff’, ‘Slime Blaster’ and ‘Simon Squirters’ just to name a few! They come in different colours too, we received a pack of the red ‘gelli’ to try out but you can also get them in blue, green and pink too! Perfect if…

  • Books,  Children's Mental Health,  Reviews

    One for Sorrow

    We are thrilled to introduce a lovely children’s book called ‘One for Sorrow’, written by a gentlemen called Mr Gresty, who is an unpublished author from our neck of the woods – The North West, so naturally we tuned-in, to support our region! And we’re so glad we did! This simple tale tells the story of a Magpie called Sorrow. One day, Sorrow awakes to find he’s lost his Joy. So he sets off on a journey through the thick fog to find her. This heartfelt and sincere story has been intuitively written as a way of introducing the subject of mental health with your children. Something we can all agree…

  • Books,  Food,  Reviews,  Top Tips

    Getting The Little Blighters To Eat

    To finish off our month-long ‘Rub-a-dub-dub, Thanks for the Grub!’ theme, I thought I’d share with you a book that made a huge difference to me and my approach to feeding the kids. At the time I purchased it the boys where just about to turn 2 and their feeding habits where starting to change and the fear of them becoming ‘fussy eaters’ was royally kicking in. The book I’m referring to is called ‘Getting The Little Blighters To Eat‘ by Claire Potter and it’s available on Amazon for £4.99, which was a bargain in my opinion, given the impact it had on us. Now I’m not a big reader,…

  • Days Out,  Reviews

    Lotherton Hall

    At the start of the summer we posted our ‘Top 7 things to do along the m62 corridor this summer’ blog and one place that we most definitely over-looked was Lotherton Hall. Located in North-East Leeds, just minutes off the m1, this gem of a place is great for a family day out. This wasn’t my first time at Lotherton Hall, however it was the first time I really got to experience and enjoy everything it had to offer because; The boys were a bit older so able to enjoy everything a bit more independently Weather was better than previously and most importantly… I remembered the bloody buggy this time! It’s…

  • Gift Ideas,  Home Products,  Keepsakes,  Reviews

    Photo Keepsakes from My-Picture.co.uk

    When My-Picture.co.uk asked the Parenting Phils to team up and review a product from their website, I thought great, this place has just the thing I’m looking for! Over the last few months I’ve been putting together a memory box for the boys, which has things in it like the outfit they wore leaving the hospital, first toy, cards, sentimental gifts from family, all those sorts of things. The things I basically can’t part with. Then I came across the ‘Photo Blanket’ on My-Picture.co.uk and again thought ‘great’! This would make a fab addition to the boy’s memory box… and clearly so did BOTH of them as when it arrived, this…

  • 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…