Inside Fun with Kinetic Sand Beach Sand Kingdom

It’s been a busy and stressful time of late: we’re still not unpacked after moving house and it feels like my to-do list is only ever increasing. A few weeks ago, I was sent this Kinetic Sand Beach Sand Kingdom toy to review with Pickle, and it’s been constantly in the back of my mind ever since I excitedly picked it up from the Post Office. In the cardboard city chaos of our home, it wasn’t until this weekend that I felt I had the space and the time to crack it open and see what it was all about.…

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A Girls Night at Turtle Bay

Just as certain songs can transport you back to a special time, meaning every time you hear it you are overcome with memories and emotion, so can venues. When Turtle Bay got in touch last month to see if I was interested in reviewing their Leamington restaurant, I instantly knew this wouldn’t be a visit I’d share with Little Pickle’s Dad (LPD). Turtle Bay is where I’ve celebrated some major milestones with my girls. It’s where I’ve marveled at my best friend as she recanted the labour that made her a mother. It’s where rum-based cocktails have induced giggles, feminist…

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CBeebiesland at Alton Towers with Peperami

I’ve spoken many times about how we’re a CBeebies family. You may judge me for it, but it’s pretty much on every morning in our house, in the background whilst we eat breakfast, get dressed and pack our bags for the day. My cousin once told me they use the scheduling to help keep them on time for the school run – if they’ve not got their shoes on by the time Octonauts comes on, they know they’re in trouble. I could probably sing the theme tune to any of the programmes, without needing a prompt (Go go, go go… Go…

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Nurturing Boys: Pickle’s First Baby Annabell Brother

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I try not to adhere too much to gender stereotypes. I’m more than happy for Pickle to have things that are pink, to play with dolls and enjoy anything he wants no matter whether it’s aimed at ‘boys’ or not. It’s only a little thing, but LPD and I purposefully have swapped our toothbrush colours, as I mentioned in my Father’s Day gift guide, as a subtle way of showing him that pink is not just for girls. I’d always said that if I were to be pregnant again, I…

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Laugh & Learn with Fisher-Price

Every day, I’m amazed at how Pickle’s comprehension is improving. His understanding of the world and his place in it is growing bit by bit with every passing week, and never is that more apparent to me than when he engages in imaginative play. To see him appropriately use toys as he’s seen adults do in real life is a scary reminder of how quickly he’s growing, and I love seeing him explore the world this way. We’ve been perhaps a little uneven in the toys we’ve previously bought for him. He has a lot of construction blocks, a lot of…

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