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  • Guest Post: My Night At WICKED The Musical!
    on Sep 21, 2013
    Today I have a guest post from the lovely Melanie - I was recently unable to attend a West End performance of Wicked which I had been meant to review as poor Tyne wasn't feeling well and I didn't want to leave him, and so Melanie stepped in last minu...
  • Friday Fives: Arty Harty review
    on Sep 20, 2013
    As I'm sure I've made pretty clear since Tyne arrived in the world - I ADORE personalised items!So when I received this absolutely stunning framed print from Arty Harty last week, I was thrilled!The print features Tyne's full name (no mean feat, give...
  • Choosing a Mattress for Baby
    on Sep 20, 2013
    When I was expecting there were so many things which, to me, seemed difficult because of a minefield of conflicting information about how best to approach the issue at of those tasks was purchashing a crib mattress. So with that in m...
  • My New Business: Handmade By Hayley
    on Sep 20, 2013
    For a while now I have been crafting in my spare time, making little trinkets for family and friends...and I decided to have a go at selling some at local craft fairs and on Facebook!So to celebrate and help launch my new venture, I'm giving away one...
  • Christmas Count Down: Perfect Presents For.....FOOD LOVERS!
    on Sep 18, 2013
    Each week, I'm going to be bringing you a gift guide showing some of the wonderful gifts available this year for all your relatives! I am going to be trying and testing each and every thing I recommend, and only the items that I feel are worthy...
  • Who else has already started their Christmas Shopping?!
    on Sep 18, 2013
    Usually I am one of those people who likes to start my Christmas shopping in January - I love going around the sales and finding ideal little gifts for people to put away for next year. But last January I was heavily pregnant and still in the th...
  • Separation Anxiety: The Mummy Version
    on Sep 18, 2013
    Separation Anxiety.Two words you hear banded about quite a lot in Mummy Circles.But usually - they refer to the anxiety of the child when its caregiver leaves the room. The child worries about whether or not their loved one will return, they pan...
  • Competition Time!: WIN an overnight stay and meal for two with Classic Lodges!
    on Sep 17, 2013
     With Christmas coming up fast (less than 100 days away don't you know!), all of our lives are about to become just that bit more hectic.... So at this busy time of year, wouldn't it be lovely to take yourself off for a bit of You Time?!&nb...
  • Outdoor Fun For Kids & Winter Birdwatching!
    on Sep 17, 2013
    Lately I've been making a real effort to get outdoors more with my nieces... After coming across an online checklist rating your childhood and discovering that I fell very much into the Bubble Kid category, I decided I needed to make a...
  • Parragon Book Buddies!
    on Sep 16, 2013
    Tyne & I were recently invited to become Parragon Book Buddies, giving us the chance to review Parragon books - I am a real bookworm myself so I am very keen to get Tyne into books from an early age - so I was thrilled with this opportunity!Our A...
  • Sparkles Lifestyle: Giraffe Restaurant Review
    on Sep 16, 2013
    Last week, on my birthday, we were very kindly given a complimentary meal at Giraffe restaurant in Exeter for review purposes.I had experienced Giraffe only once before - it was the same branch, and I had gone along for a quick bite after work. I had...
  • Pre Baby Birthday Vs Post Baby Birthday
    on Sep 15, 2013
    So 4 days ago I turned 32. It was my first "Mummy" birthday and it got me thinking about my past birthdays and how this one differed from them. Let's take a quick look.... My 29th Birthday Where?: Exeter - cocktails at coal, then...
  • Mummy Mondays: Dancing Winnie The Pooh - Review
    on Sep 15, 2013
     Being a first time mum, I am experiencing lots of things for the first time - one of those things is baby toys. There are so many brands out there, and I have heard of many of them before, but because I didn't have a child myself I had no...
  • My Disney Role Models*
    on Sep 14, 2013
    You hear quite a lot of things about Disney characters, and children's movie/tv characters in general, being unrealistic role models for kids.  A lot of parents dislike the unrealistic "Happy Ever After" portrayed in the Disney Classic...
  • Friday Fives: Things To Grab In The Supermarket...
    on Sep 13, 2013
    This week's Friday Fives is a list of my Top 5 recommendations of what to grab on your next trip to the supermarket!These are all products I have recently discovered which I have really enjoyed using and would recommend.....Dettol with E45 Softness H...
  • Thursdays Thing I Hate: Copycat Tattoos
    on Sep 12, 2013
    Ok I have to admit it - I know its very uncool of me and probably makes me sound extremely old and out-dated, but I don't personally like tattoos in general. It's a matter of personal taste and whilst I can appreciate that some of them are very...
  • My Little Sanctuary....*
    on Sep 12, 2013
    My days are filled with dirty nappies, drool, orange baby food stains, struggles with the pram, lugging the car seat in and out, making bottles, trying to put together low-calorie meals, cleaning the house, cold cups of tea, and constant mental-lists...
  • 32 Things About Me For My 32nd Birthday.....
    on Sep 11, 2013
     Today is my 32nd Birthday.'s pretty scary when I say it "out loud" like that! When I was little, 32 sounded so old - I imagined that I'd feel very grown up by the time I was 32 and I'd have my whole life mapped out. Surprisi...
  • What's In My....Fridge?!
    on Sep 10, 2013
    Today I'm trying something a little different... I was recently sent a brand new fridge freezer from the lovely people over at in exchange for an honest video review. I do HATE hearing my own voice on film but needs must, so if y...
  • Mummy Mondays: I acheived my odd naming goal!!!!
    on Sep 9, 2013
    When I first found out I was pregnant, the very first thing I got excited about was choosing a name!I have been weirdly obsessed with names ever since I was a child. I don't really know but names have always just fascinated me. I bought a B...