Terradora Hiking Boots from Keen Footwear – Review

I always thought walking boots were a bit pointless unless you were the sort of person that spent all weekend climbing massive hills with a flask of tea and a dog in tow.  I was wrong.

There’s nothing worse than having cold, wet feet when you’re out for a walk – be that a big old stomp up a hill, a meander down the coast or even just an afternoon in the park with the kids.  I’ve had a few pairs of walking boots in recent years and whilst I’ve totally been able to see the benefits of them in terms of providing my feet with support and protection, I’ve never loved them.  My first pair were fairly traditional boots – big and clumpy.  They rather reminded me of Dave’s safety boots at work.  They did the trick but I never particularly enjoyed wearing them.  Last year I swapped them for a pair of walking shoes which were more trainer-like in shape and style.  They were much lighter and easier to wear but I still found them a bit cumbersome and not very attractive!  I have a bit of a weak ankle which tends to swell randomly and doesn’t cope well with uneven ground – this meant that when I was wearing the walking shoes for festivals etc and spending the whole day treading uneven paths, I missed the ankle support a boot would give.

When I was offered the opportunity to try a pair of Keen walking shoes for Chloe and I, I was excited to see if I might finally find “the ones” . . .

Mother and Daughter Terradora boots from Keen Footwear | We're going on an adventure

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Five Tips to get the kids to school on time!

Back to school September 2018

Particularly when the kids were younger, people would often ask me how I managed to get them all up and out on time for school.  Don’t get me wrong, our mornings don’t always run smoothly and there’s definitely days where Ben reaches the school gates as the bell rings – but you won’t find a late mark on their school records.

Back to school September 2018

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Disney on Ice presents Dream Big – Review

Disney on Ice Dream Big, little boy mesmerised by Moana

Last Friday night, I took Ben, Chloe and Amy along with Uncle Will and Cass to see Disney on Ice presents Dream Big at Manchester Arena.  We’ve seen quite a few Disney on Ice performances over the last few years but I think this might actually be my favourite yet!

We're going on an adventure to Disney on Ice presents Dream Big

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Tried & Tested Tuesday (Week 41 – 2018)

Welcome back to Tried & Tested Tuesday! Hope you are all safe and warm after the stormy weekend!

In case you are new here – let us tell you what Tried & Tested is all about. We all know how useful reviews can be. Most bloggers do them – be it things they have bought themselves or have been asked to review. They are a useful tool for people looking for honest and thorough reviews of products they need, things they are considering buying, or even to introduce people to exciting new products they have never even heard of. You can find out more about how to join in here.

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A weekend in Manchester with Roomzzz

Siblings October 2018

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you probably know that we live in Manchester – in fact less than 5 miles from the city centre. So you might find it a little strange that we decided to spend last Saturday night at the Roomzzz Aparthotel Manchester City Corn Exchange but after an intentionally quiet September we were all ready for a little adventure and some quality time together that didn’t involve getting jobs done around the house, watching too much TV or generally not paying each other much attention!

Despite Manchester City Centre being on our doorstep, we don’t actually go into town with the children all that often unless it’s for something specific like the Bee in the City tour or a trip to the theatre.  There are so many place we’d never explored before so when Roomzzz offered us a night’s stay we decided to take them up on it and make the most of doing something a bit different in our home town.

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Tried & Tested Tuesday (Week 40 – 2018)

Welcome back to Tried & Tested Tuesday!  How are you feeling about this lovely mild weather we’re having?  I’m quite enjoying putting off the inevitable rain for as long as possible!

In case you are new here – let us tell you what Tried & Tested is all about.  We all know how useful reviews can be.  Most bloggers do them – be it things they have bought themselves or have been asked to review.  They are a useful tool for people looking for honest and thorough reviews of products they need, things they are considering buying, or even to introduce people to exciting new products they have never even heard of.  You can find out more about how to join in here.

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A Silentnight Airmax Bed Makeover

*This is a commissioned post for Silentnight*

I don’t know about you but at this time of year I find myself practically nesting – trying to get jobs done around the house, giving everywhere a good clean and preparing to hunker down through the colder months.  As part of my hibernation preparation this year, Silentnight have sent me some new bedding items to try out including a Silentnight Airmax Duvet for Amy and a Silentnight Airmax mattress topper for Dave & I.

When it comes to choosing bedding for the kids, for me one of the most important things is that it’s machine washable – from night-time accidents to tummy bugs, if your duvet won’t go in the machine, you’re going to be in a pickle.  The hypoallergenic Silentnight Airmax Duvet ticks that box nicely by being machine washable at 40°C, which means you can keep your duvet feeling fresh and clean for longer.  (If you think the satisfaction level of getting into bed with clean sheets is high, I can promise you a freshly washed duvet is even better!)  Of course the Silentnight Airmax duvet isn’t just for children – it comes in a range of sizes and would have been just as perfect for Dave and I, however we had got a new duvet fairly recently and Amy was the one most in need of an upgrade!

Silentnight Airmax duvet - cheeky child in bed

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Goodordering Mini Backpack – Review

Goodordering Mini Backpack

I remember as a child, my grandparents would cycle everywhere – often with their groceries or whatever else they needed in a basket on the front of their bikes.  London design brand, Goodordering provide a range of stylish, practical solutions to that old fashioned basket – meaning you can basically strap your bag onto your bike and off you go.  I love that the range is brightly coloured, featuring Goodordering’s signature white binding and wouldn’t look out of place on your daily commute, in the office or out for the day with the kids.

Amy has been trying out the Goodordering Mini Backpack which is a super cute pint-sized version of the Goodordering Classic Backpack – perfect for a bit of matchy matchy / mini me styling!

Goodordering Mini Backpack

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Muddy Puddles Puddleflex Outerwear

Muddle Puddles Puddleflex waterproof clothing

There is no denying that autumn is well and truly here now – October seems to have brought with it much colder temperatures and damp days.  The leaves are definitely starting to turn and we’re starting to think about needing to wrap up a little more on the school run – I pulled a blanket scarf out for the first time yesterday and the kids have started digging out last year’s gloves to see if they can find a pair (they can’t . . ) and trying on last year’s coats to see what still fits!

Chloe and Amy have recently received some gorgeous new outerwear from Muddy Puddles.  I first came across Muddy Puddles about eight years ago when we invested in a whole class set of Bib & Brace overalls for Early Years and promptly went off to order one for Ben who was then just a toddler.  The Bib & Brace overalls were passed down through all three children and then on to another family to make use of them too!  A few years ago we tried out some Muddy Puddles Puddlefleece trousers for Ben, and again they’ve been passed down through all three children and now Amy wears them every now and again.

Muddly Puddles outer wear for autumn

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