Monday, 27 June 2016

The Family Bed!

Occasionally it's midnight and I'm wide awake laying squished in our bed. The girls have fallen asleep and Ryan has been in his dreamland for a while. I'm just about to transfer Kairi to her 'bed' (which is really just an short extension to ours) and budge Naminé over a bit so she's sleeping next to her sister.

Before I do I pause, I smile at my sleepy family and I say thank you for squishing me, for knowing that I'll be woken in what is probably only 3 hours away by a foot in my face or the words 'mummy milkies' (which I'm pretty sure is sleep talk for 'mummy milk please') while I'm tired and cramped it seams absolutely crZy that I would be thankful for these Hingis, but the thing is, I know the truth.

One day I won't have this anymore, time is moving way to fast and someday soon Kairi will take a big step as ask to sleep alone, all night long (not just for a few hours), Naminé is getting bigger too and it won't be long before she decides that she wants her own bed with her own *insert character here* covers!

So right now, I'm thankful, I'm thankful for not having space and being awoken at 3am because I know I'm lucky, I have my babies and for now I'm lucky to have them cuddling up next to me as they sleep.

Sleep well my beautiful family for tomorrow will be a new day, a day of adventure, memories, learning and growning up. It's happening so fast, but I promise I will savour as much of it as possible!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Making Key Lime Pie with Toddlers!

Making Key Lime Pie with Toddlers! This week we decided to take a shot at making a key lime pie. It tasted really good and was much easier than I expected it to be! _ Why not check us out in other places? Blog Facebook page Twitter Instagram

Monday, 20 June 2016

Sugru Review: A fix for everything!

Sugru. It's an amazing product who's name I have come across many times online. There are pages and pages of ideas and ways Sugru can be used, from turning an old digital camera into a kids camera, strengthening phone cables, protecting your sides from your straighteners to fixing the fridge, Sugru can do it all. Check the bottom of their site for some amazing ideas!

After emailing the people at Sugru, they sent me out the Home Hacks Stater Kit for free to review I was impressed as soon as I took it out of the box. This kit comes with a booklet (which is jam packed with amazing ideas for the home!) 5 different colors of Sugru and a very sturdy tin to keep them contained.
Sugru Home Hacks

Sugru is a Mold-able Glue that cures at room temperature in 24 hours. Once cured its waterproof, UV resistant, temperature resistant (-50 to +180 degrees), electrically insulating and dishwasher proof. Sugru bonds to steel, glass, wood, aluminium and some fabrics. After reading up on it I decided it sounded amazing and I had a few family ideas to put it to the test!

Being a busy family of 4 it seams like things break easy and are in constant need of replacement. Most recently the end of the toilet roll holder snapped off! Now although it sounds like a little thing, its been almost impossible to get a replacement that will actually fit and not mean replacing the whole unit! Sugru came at the right time!
Sugru Home Hacks

I grabbed the matching white pack of Sugru and pinched of a 3rd, setting to work I molded Sugru and left it to cure for 24 hours.
Sugru Home Hacks

 I was more than impressed when the following day the toilet rolls holder was working perfectly again! A simple and easy fix and it didn't cost me a fortune!

The second fix was Cinderella! Cinderella has been in our family for years, myself and my sister played with her when we were younger and now that we have children of our own, they play with her too.
Sugru Home Hacks
Unfortunately, between us we have a toddler with VERY sharp teeth who decided to decapitate Cinderella! This was no problem for Sugru though, I quickly grabbed another 3rd from the white pack and molded her a beautiful neck brace. 24 hours later and Cinderella was ready to take her rightful spot back on top of the TV. She wont be going near any toddlers again, but shes still up there with the other princesses watching them play!
Sugru Home Hacks

The 3rd fix was my mothers towel rail, every time you wash your hands it comes off the wall! The final 3rd of Sugru was placed on the towel rail fixings to attach it to the wall and left for 24 hours.Sugru Home Hacks
The next day the towel rail finally stayed on and my mother is very impressed!

I decided not to write this post up straight away as I wanted to give Sugru a real test. I can now report its been over a month since I used Sugru for the above products and they are stringer than ever! Water has not effected them, they haven't fell off the wall, haven't broken and I've not had to replace them. I am truly impressed with Sugru and can not wait to try out some of their ideas in the book and post to my channel. (I love the cable fix and the kitchen Ipad holder!)

I got 3 fixes out of 1 pack of Sugru, which means the tin I received has the possibility of fixing 15 items (Depending on your fix), that is less than £1 a fix, which in my opinion is amazing value for money!

Whether you love a Hack, a Quick Fix or have a crazy new Idea, then Sugru is defiantly the product for you. If you'd like more information then you can check out their site here or hop on over to Amazon to buy the kit that I was sent for free.

What would you use +Sugru for?

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Wecipe Wednesday: Making Sweetshop Cupcakes with Toddlers!

Wecipe Wednesday: Making Sweetshop Cupcakes with Toddlers! This week we took a shot at making sweetshop cupcakes, with sherbert on them! They tasted so good!! _ Why not check us out in other places? Blog Facebook page Twitter Instagram

Monday, 13 June 2016

My top 8 tips for train rides with toddlers!!

8 tips for traveling with toddlers]
We are regulars to the train, 3 days a week and 6 trains the girls and I know exactly what we are doing now! Keeping them occupied on the longer journeys can be a nightmare though. At 3 years old Kairi is pretty good at staying still, but at 1, Naminé is not and don't even ask them to sit next to each other! Below I'm sharing my top 8 tips to make riding the train a smoother process!

1. pack food! (and lots of it!)
Fruit, train mix, a sweat treat, lunch and a drink. These are all great tools to keeps toddlers busy, you can pack their lunch (if travelling over meal time) and use this to keep them occupied. A wide varity of smaller sized snacks works a lot better than bigger snacks and less of them. Trail mix and crisps seam to work especially well with younger children.

2. Technology!
Whether you ban it at home or limit it to certain times, there is no denying that technology has a hold over toddlers! An app on the iPad, a kids kindle or watch Disney life on my phone can usually get me at least 30 mins of relaxing train time! Split it up at different points over the journey and you can soon rack up the hours!

3. Animal spotting.
Trains are great fun, especially if you are traveling through the countryside. Make up plenty of games such as spot the sheep (for younger children just start with birds because they're everywhere and easy is best!) If you are traveling through a rural area, try to find a garden with a slide, a house that's painted a slightly different colour to the rest (pink/green) or airplanes! Windmills, tractors, strange shape buildings and rivers are also fun to spot!

4. Pack comfy!
Depending on your journey and your child, nap time could be coming your way, make sure you leave familiar items such as blankets, teddys and dummy's towards the top of your bag so you can quickly grab them when needed. Also wear layers (trains get hot!) and something thats easy to sleep in will be helpfull too!

5. Pack extra!
Always pack extra, you never know how long you are going to be! (I have a delay every other week usually ranging between 2 minuites and 2 hours!) Grab an an extra nappy (for toilet training toddlers an extra pair of underware and tight/trousers). If your child is particulaly messy, an extra set of clothes for mum/dad too if you can. Don't forget your portable potty either!

6. Wipes!!
Pack wipes (even if you no longer use them) and then make sure they're at the very top of your bag! They're great for unhygienic serfaces in toilets, wiping train tables down and of course cleaning sticky hands and faces (which you'll need after point 1!)
When you're hot you'll love having a wipe handy and they're great for cleaning up spills and stains too!

7. Drinks Cups
Too many times have I decided to grab a drink on the way and not had enough time. Fill a drinks bottle (Flip top/Spill Free) the night before your journey and stick it in the fridge to grab in the morning before you leave. Remember to make sure the lid is closed and don't get distracted! I gave Naminé a fruit shoot on the Eurostar and when I turned to look at her she had poured the whole bottle all over her clothes... big mistake!!

8. Toys and Books
Let your children pack something of their own a toy that they'd like to play with, a colouring pack and a book all work really well and can really help pass the time. Wrap little toys (like cheap cars) in wrapping paper and pass on every 30 minutes for something new and exciting. We did this on our first trip to Disneyland Paris and it worked so well!

Do you have a top travelling tip? If you need packing ideas, then check out my packing post or How I stay organised or head on over to our youtube channel where you can find plenty more ideas! Also head on over to The Parenting Trials to see her top 7 tips!

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Wecpie Wednessday: Making Glittery Flan with Toddlers!

Wecpie Wednessday: Making Glittery Flan with Toddlers! today we made glittery flan!_ Why not check us out in other places? Blog Facebook page Twitter Instagram

Monday, 6 June 2016

May Favorites - Something Old, Something New and Something I'd like!

I'm sharing my favorites again this month, but with a bit of a difference! This month I'm sharing my 5 New favorites, my 5 old favorites and 5 that I can't wait to own! (One day!)

Mummies Waiting May Favorites
Something New!

My top 5 this month are mostly about me and having me time! Feeling good as a parent is essential, it keeps you going through those long cold rainy 'noo we can't go out' days and those days where you just don't want to step out of bed!

My most recent purachase was a new Yankee candle for our home. After trying out the christmas scent box, I fell in love with 'Spiced Orange' and finally (after 5 months!) decided to make my purchase. Being a lover of all things Christmas this candle makes me feel warm and homely, especially on those cold and rainy days. The fresh smell of orange coupled with the cloves in the perfect scent for my home and is exactly what I need at the end of a long day.

I rarely take the time to do something by myself, with the girls at my side I usually shove on a bit of lipstick as I'm walking out the door, my hair is always tied back and I really DONT rock the mum look! This month has been different and I've picked up a few 'me' products. Firstly there is my new Radox Feel blissful bubble bath. I haven't tried Radox in year and already I can remember exactly why I love it. It's like slipping into heaven. The scent, the softness as it touches my skin, its now made it to my next shopping list too (I need a back up!)

Kairi and Naminé love to empty my handbag at any moment they can, so of course fragile things just don't last long at all in this house. I recently (2 weeks ago!) brought an awesome pair of sunglasses from Asda for £5 but alas the girls got hold of them and now they have no arms! I refuse to spend £5 a fortnight all summer so luckily found another great (and very similar) pair of sunglasses in £land. Perfect for the sun and even better for hiding those bags! (or in my case, suitcases!)

I've been really into painting my nails recently, but usually I only go for red. This month I grabbed myself a new grey gel shine nail varnish and clear top coat from Avon. The colour is perfect and I absolutely love it. So much so that I'm set on grey to paint the front room! This light colour goes perfect with every outfit and with the top coat isn't constantly chipping off (though it doesn't last long so could be much better!)

My final newbie is a family activity. This month I popped into Wilkinson's and picked up a few packets of Little Growers seeds. It was great to spend time planting with the girls, If you watch our vlogs you will see that we have really enjoyed watch them grown so far. Kairi has been telling everyone that she is growing Tomatoes and Peas and can't wait to eat them at the end of the summer. These packs were really cheap and so easy to do! As well as out tomatoes and peas, we decided to take a go at growing rocket and cress too. I also went back to the store 2 days ago and picked up sunflower seeds to grow them too!

Mummies Waiting May Favorites
Something Old!

My 5 old things this month have been very trusty and helpful! From getting vlogs and blogs done to saving me money, these products never let me down.

I absolutely love vlogging at the moment, capturing the girls lives to watch back as they get older and sharing our story with others is what its all about. My Nikkon Coolpix s6600 is the perfect camera for vlogging, with its high resolution and its movable screen I can capture great video anywhere.

As I spend so much time blogging and editing videos, I needed something flexible that could do exactly what I needed it too. Coupled with WordPad and Movie Maker I can blog and edit vlogs on the go meaning I'm always up to date. The Asus Transformer Book is the perfect tool for this and if you follow us on Instagram you'll see it was perfect on the train this week!

After years of drinking liters of coke and squash I'm finally starting to make the healthier switch to water. Volvic's cherry water is the perfect balance to make the switch, its refreshing and so my more healthier that the gallons of fizzy drinks that used to be on the menu. I'm saving money and not taking in as much sugar - bonus!

Shorty after Naminé was born I realized I couldn't keep up with having 2 children in cloth nappies. Being by myself it felt like an endless sea of washing and I was quickly being pulled under! Fast forward a year and they're back! We are using cloth at home for Naminé full time and both girls during the nights. We're saving money and the girls love to choose what they can wear thanks to Tot Bots nursery rhyme pictures!

I wrote a post at the beginning of the month on my Bullet Journal and how it comes in handy! I seriously LOVE IT! After trying it for nearly 2 months now I seam to be getting everything done (and more) my blog and YouTube are both up to date and my home life is happy!

Something I want!

Everyone has a list of things they'd like to own, right? I know my husband really wants an IPad Pro and pen, but enough of him, this is my list!

Carrying my girls close not only makes my life easier but is lots of fun too. I already own 2 Madame Goo Goo's (Minnie Mouse and Snow White) but I think it's time for a third. I would love an Onbu which are easy to put on and smaller than regular buckled carriers. Perfect for older children, I just need to decide on the design!

As I love my Yankee Candles I already know what the next one on my list is. When popping into Clinton's to buy birthday bits for Kairi in April I spotted these Lemongrass and Ginger candles that smell Divine. I can't wait to get my hands on one for the perfect spring/summer scent.

If you have any interest in make-up at all then you'll know that everywhere you look someone owns the Naked eye-shadow pallet. Until recently this wasn't really something I was after and with the endless list of products in my amazon basket its probably not going to be a purchase any time soon, but its defiantly worth the mention.

Unfortunately my Gorilla Pod decided it would fall apart! My tripod is a highly used item and something I will be replacing asap. However after the failure of the gorilla pod I am now looking into a full height tripod for filming my indoor videos (Like cooking!)

My amazon list is full of books about Disney. From Arron Walace's Thinking Fans Guide to Magic Kingdom which I've been after since 2015 to the 2nd Edition of the Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World (I have the first!) you can tell that a trip to Walt Disney World is high up on my list. Now I know its going to be a few years away, but a girl can plan right?

Did you enjoy my list? What are your 5's? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!