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Friday, 22 June 2018

Why Not? A Day of Adventure with Milkybar® Wowsomes® #ad


Last week, Milkybar® challenged us to have a day of 'Why Not?' as part of their campaign to celebrate the launch of their brand new Milkybar® Wowsomes®. The idea was for us parents to stop saying no to things for no good reason, and to look at life through a child's eyes and bring a carefree attitude to family life!

I like to think I'm a pretty carefree parent already. I'm very relaxed and like to get out and do things. But there are two things I say no to nearly all the time; arts and crafts and letting the kids loose in the kitchen. As you've probably guessed, I'm a bit of a bore when it comes to making a mess! Paints, glitter, glue and play doh make me shudder and the girls have to catch me in a very good mood to get me to agree to having a day of creativity so I had a sneaking suspicion that painting might be one of the things they chose to do on the day I had to respond with a 'Why Not?'!

I'm also rather methodical in the kitchen and like to take control over things, plus I'm a fan of healthy eating and often say no to unhealthy snacks. When the girls asked to go out for freakshakes I thought I'd offer a compromise - I suggested we make our own, healthier versions at home, and let them take charge for once which they were delighted about.


The freakshakes we've seen all over social media have been packed full of sugar and calories. I made a few switches to the ingredients so that ours could almost be considered healthy! They definitely contained two of the girls' five a day ;)

We blitzed fresh strawberries and raspberries in the blender to make a fruity sauce and layered it with sorbet, fresh strawberries and a few marshmallows, then topped it with cotton candy - and Milkybar® Wowsomes® of course!

They were utterly delicious, and the best bit was that I got to finish them both off as the girls' eyes were bigger than their bellies!



When it comes to painting, the girls get quite cross with me. You see, I paint - and they very often see my easel up and my paints out and want to join in. I'd let them if they weren't the messiest painters in the world and didn't usually give up after half an hour or so. In our old house in London I had a little studio and I didn't mind a bit of paint slopped here and there so arts and crafts were a more regular occurrence. Now we live in a teeny tiny house and everything needs to be packed away at the end of each painting session so I'm very reluctant to start them.

The girls had so much fun painting in the garden that I felt awful when realised how much of a meanie I've been for the last few years. The grass did end up a rainbow of different colours but hey! We had a whole afternoon of outdoor fun and we've got some beautiful pieces of artwork to show for it.


Do you know what? I genuinely had as much fun as the children did and I'm going to listen to their suggestions more often. Why don't you try it too?

Milkybar® Wowsomes® are a brand-new chocolate bar with 30% less sugar than similar chocolate products but the same great taste. They contain absolutely no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners. Decorated with playful shapes and characters, Wowsomes® are a gluten free source of fibre with 95kcals in an 18g bar. What’s more, with milk as the main ingredient, Wowsomes® are still the Milkybar® everyone knows and loves.

 The tasty new treat is available nationwide in a bar, multipack, or sharing bag - perfect for kids and adults. Milkybar® Wowsomes® are to be enjoyed as part of a balanced diet.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Walking Boots for Country Living

When you live in the countryside there are two types of footwear you just can't get away without owning. Wellies are the obvious ones - and we have pairs and pairs of these upside down on the welly rack by our back door! - long ones for general use, short ones for slipping on to run out and see to the animals, ones with handles that the girls can easily put on - all in a rainbow of colours of course.

The other footwear essential is the good old walking boot, especially when you do as much walking as us three. One of our favourite ways to spend a Sunday is to have a long hike across the Downs and then a huge feast for Sunday lunch!

Comfort and good support is really important when you're out walking, especially on rough terrain and for hours at a time, so I like to make sure we all have properly fitting boots and I replace the girls'  boots regularly as their feet grow. Good quality is obviously important too; in the past I've bought all our boots from Mountain Warehouse (I bought mine just after Daisy was born, which makes them eight years old!). I like them because they stock good brands and always have brilliant deals on which, let's face it, is important when you're replacing two pairs of boots every six months to a year!

Last month they got in touch with us and asked if we'd like to review a few bits and, as we were due a walking boot update, we opted for a couple of pairs of those!


Daisy chose the Nevis Vibram waterproof boots, which are half price in the sale at the moment, costing just £39.99.


Evie picked the Steve Backshall Stride waterproof boots which are currently a massive 64% off at just £24.99. Both girls are huge Steve Backshall fans so I love that he has teamed up with Mountain Warehouse to produce a range of clothes and footwear for kids aged 5-13. What a great way to inspire kids to get outside!


PS is there anything cuter than walking boots teamed with frilly socks and dirty knees?

Thanks to Mountain Warehouse for sending the girls their new boots.
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Friday, 25 May 2018

Introducing.... Wild Child Festival (+ win a family ticket!)


We've just added a brand new festival to our summer plans and we're SUPER EXCITED about it! We love nothing more than spending the summer holidays outside, and festivalling as a family is our absolute favourite thing to do.

Wild Child is a new family festival on the leafy green Dulwich Estate in South London and it's set to be jam packed full of activities and entertainment for children aged 0-11. It focusses on the arts, creative play, STEM and wellbeing, and families are encouraged to visit the different zones and try something new - together. With magic, comedy, wellness, story telling, circus skills, dance, music, coding and arts and crafts, there's going to be something for everyone. If you're us, then you're going to have to buy tickets for all three days so that you have a chance to see and do EVERYTHING!

I've been taking the girls to festivals ever since they were born. They're such amazing sensory experiences for children; so much colour, so much activity, brilliant music, lots of food to try and new friends to make. They love the chance to get dressed up and run wild, and they are willing to embrace any weather. I love that they get so excited about going and always come home happy (albeit tired!) and inspired.

With my sensible parent hat on, the things that make this festival stand out to me are the fact that it's in London (so super easy for everyone to get to) plus it's guaranteed to be intimate, with just 500 families in attendance each day. I also love that the ticket price includes ALL activities so there won't be any hidden extras. It's also a daytime event (running from 10am to 5pm) which means it will be perfect for little ones (and if you're not a fan of camping!).


We can't wait to be there for the very first Wild Child Festival! Fancy going too? This weekend I'll have a family ticket (for the day of your choice) up for grabs over on my Instagram. Make sure you follow Wild Child Festival on Facebook // Instagram // Twitter to keep up to date about everything going on there this August too!

Dates: Friday 17th - Sunday 19th August, from 10am to 5pm each day
Venue: Trevor Bailey Sports Ground, London, SE21 7LE
Tickets: Super early bird tickets start at £21 per person per day. Babes in arms are free (but need to be registered). Toddler tickets (for children under the age of 3) are just £5.


I'm working in partnership with Wild Child Festival and Mothers & Shakers.

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