Another day of the summer holidays, another competition! (The first one was for all that chocolate remember? Go and enter that now if you haven’t already.)

This one isn’t edible. (Unless you like to chow down on a scooter, which I’m hoping you don’t.)

The prize for this giveaway has been given to me by Poppets – a really lovely independent kids’ clothes, toys and gifts shop based down in Hove. They just got in touch and were all like ‘hey there, wanna give away a scooter?’

And I was like ‘hell yeah I do!’

(I’m paraphrasing but that’s basically what happened.)

So here I am, with a scooter to give away. The winner gets to choose either a Mini Deluxe Micro Scooter, which is suitable for 2-5 year olds, or a Maxi Deluxe Micro Scooter, for 6-12 year olds.

win a Microscooter scooter competition

 

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How’s everyone getting on with the summer holidays? All good?

Ours are slipping by fairly quickly so far. We’ve still got quite a few things to do in the new house, including hatching plans for turning our patch of gravel into a tropical paradise and getting fancy built in wardrobes in the bedroom. (Post coming about that soon.) We’ve been to Greece too, on our volunteering trip with Blog Authentic, which you can get a flavour of here, and Belle is sometimes getting up before midday, which is nice.

I know that summer holidays can be hard though if you’re juggling work and kids and tropical garden plans, so I thought I would offer a small carrot – a chocolate hamper that I can dangle in front of you on a stick to see you through the summer.

TADA!

win chocolate

It looks LUSH doesn’t it? Cadbury aren’t sponsoring me or anything, I just thought about what I would like to win if it was me, and then I’m going to buy it for the winner out of my pocket money. View Post

must see kids movies

We didn’t have a video or a computer or anything like that when I was younger. Sometimes though, my Dad, who was a primary school teacher, would get to bring home some bit of equipment from school for the summer holidays, which was VERY EXCITING INDEED.

(Kids nowadays are spoilt really with everything being so instant – the BBC computer arriving home at the end of July was an epic experience.)

When I was about ten years old and my sister was six, we had the video one holidays, so we went to see the slightly dubious man across the road who did dodgy videos, and he lent us E.T. In the opening sequence, where E.T. gets left behind, my Mum put on a baby voice and said ‘Mummy, Mummy, don’t go!’ My sister and I both burst into tears and pretty much cried for the whole of the rest of the film.

(We didn’t often watch films so we may have been a little over sensitive to the whole situation.)

ET must see kids films

Image by 360b/shutterstock

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I had a bit of an embarrassing moment about 12 years ago when a man came to the door of my house at about 1am, thinking I was a prostitute.

His English wasn’t good, so there was some confusion while he tried to invite himself in and I wondered what on earth was going on.

‘For sex?’ he kept saying, much to my utter bemusement.

‘What?’ I replied, unhelpfully.

‘I come in for sex?’ he kept repeating.

It was all a bit awkward.

Finally he pointed up to Bee’s bedroom window, where I could see that she had left her light on. She was about nine years old and had bought this red light bulb from B&Q for some reason, and had gone to sleep with it on. We lived in a family terraced house in a nice part of a small Somerset town, off the main road, but apparently the logical conclusion to jump to was that I was running a brothel.

So that was a lesson learnt for everyone.

Technology has come a long way since my light bulb/sex worker incident, so I wasn’t deterred when TP-Link got in touch to see if I fancied trying some of their smart Wi-Fi LED bulbs.

Yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking: light bulbs, that’s hardly the sexiest of topics is it? Well you’re wrong, because these bulbs are AWESOME.

The first one we tried was the smart Wi-Fi LED bulb with colour changing hue.

TP-Link smart bulb colour changing

I’m not sure how it works exactly – I think it’s actual magic – but all you have to do is pop it into your light socket, as you would a normal bulb, follow the instructions to connect it to an app on your phone and TADA! View Post

‘Sandra is always putting stuff on Facebook about what a good stepdad Pete is,’ Fiance said to me the other day. ‘Why don’t you do that?’

‘What, do you want one of those weird poems about dancing between the raindrops?’ I replied, ever the kind and compassionate girlfriend.

‘No,’ he said, looking a bit sulky, ‘just a bit of praise now and then?’

And so I showed my love and appreciation through the only medium I know – GIFTS!

I arranged for him to try out the Cornerstone shaving kit, and here’s what he thought…

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Advertorial in association with Quaker Oats

Following on from my Quaker Oats recipe for PB & J overnight oats, I’ve got a great giveaway for you today, so that you can create an aspirational breakfast to make your family proud! Read on to find out more…

There are plenty of moments that, as a parent, have not been my proudest.

For example, Belle seems completely unable to forget the one time I made her a tea that consisted simply of four burnt fish fingers. I can’t remember the context – I’m sure there was some – but of course, that will be the one thing she remembers forever and ever. Will she care that I have built myself an entire career around school hours, just so I can be there for her in the morning and after school?

No.

She will remember the fish fingers.

Very occasionally though, I have one of those amazing parenting moments, where I actually do something that the mums on Pinterest do. Like when I made those pink doughnut helium balloons, or the time I made these Pingu cupcakes for Bee’s birthday. (And by ‘made’ I mean ‘paid someone else to make’.)

#vegan Pingu #birthday #cupcakes 🐧🍰☺️❤️

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That was a very proud day for me.

I had another of those aspirational parenting moments this week when I tried my hand at making some overnight oats using one of the new Quaker Oats MissPrint mason jars. I actually made PB & J overnight oats with a home made raspberry and chia seed jam, so bonus points to me. Skip back a few days and you’ll find the recipe post. View Post