17 April 2015

Girls Summer Fashion from Melijoe

Although I'm a little disappointed the Easter holiday has now come to an end and the Mini Mes have returned to school, I'm still feeling rather content due to the endless sunshine that we seem to be having at the moment - I love it! It really reminds me of summers gone by which always bring thoughts of BBQs, afternoons in the garden and of course lazy days spent on the beach. The pace of living seems to slow down between July and September and everyone just seems so much happier, don't they.

With this in mind I started to think about how unprepared I actually am for the warmer weather, and our holidays abroad, as our wardrobes are some what lacking in suitable summer fashion! Minxy in particular has had a bit of a growth spurt recently so I soon found myself browsing Melijoe for some key designer pieces. 

I put together these three lovely outfits...

Summer Fashion from Melijoe

I selected the Rykiel Enfant Flared printed cotton poplin skirt as it is a piece that Minxy could wear all year round. It goes perfectly with the pretty Pom d'Api sandals but at the same time she could team this with some tights and boots when Autumn arrives. Being black and white it would go well with a lot of her existing clothing and the Liu Jo top I've teamed it with is such a lovely deep shade of fuschia and a style that can be both dressed up or down for any occasion making it very versatile.

16 April 2015

Family Friendly Holidays with Sykes Cottages (PLUS Your Chance to Win)

Sykes Cottages are the UK’s leading provider of self-catering holiday homes with over 5,000 handpicked cottages to choose from. With a range of cottages stretching from the glittering Cornish coast to the magnificent Scottish Highlands, their selection provides something for everyone.

If you come from an active family then why not visit one of their isolated cottages which are ideal for walking? With many of these cottages set in the heat of a National Park, you can spend a day trekking the hills before returning to rest your tired feet by the open fire. Or if you’d rather spend an afternoon playing amongst the surf, then don’t worry as they cater for this too with hundreds of sea-front cottages- perfect for that all important summer BBQ!

15 April 2015

Family Fun at The Welsh Mountain Zoo

Voted one of the top ten attractions in North Wales, the Welsh Mountain Zoo is a lovely place for a day trip, especially as it reasonably low cost too. For just £38.10 a family of four like ours can spend the day interacting with animals, watching creatures big and small being fed and having lots of outdoor play at the Jungle Adventureland. We have just returned from a holiday at Conwy over Easter and this attraction really appealed to the Mini Mes.

After paying from your vehicle at the entrance you drive around to the car park which is in the centre of the zoo. It's a really picturesque location with some stunning views across the Snowdonia Mountain range, Isle of Anglesey and the coastline. If you don't want to take your car you can always pop on the free mini bus between May and September from the railway station nearby instead however.

14 April 2015

Our Top 6 Family Movies To See This Summer

I've always had a love for the movies. I really enjoy the whole experience of going to the cinema, picking up a hot dog (with lots of mustard) and a tub of Ben & Jerry's before settling down on the back seats to see something new and exciting. The big screen, comfy seats and atmosphere in the darkness are really mesmerising for me. 

The Mini Mes have a similar passion for films and there are quite a few releases this summer that they are looking forward to seeing. These are the top 6 on our family watch list!

Cinderella - Out Now

This classic tale has just hit the box office as a live-action version and I really can't wait to see it. I'm not sure who is more eager to get tickets; the Mini Mes or me! I'm such a big Disney fan and this really leaves me feeling a little nostalgic at the thought. The idea of an ordinary girl finding a prince is magical and the fact that his royal highness is played by Richard Madden makes it that little bit more appealing. A great family must-see with a wonderful cast and amazing costumes.

Potty Training with Dry Like Me (PLUS Your Chance To Win)

Potty training is quite a big milestone for children, and even parents, to reach. It's a time when you can ditch the nappies, saving quite a few pennies in the process, but you can expect a few tears and tantrums along the way too. Therefore, anything that helps to make the transition that little bit easier is definitely appreciated by mums and dads alike!

Dry Like Me, the award-winning potty training pads worn in children’s own pants, were created by mums Jude and Di when they couldn’t find anything that helped to move their potty training children away from nappies and into underwear. They commissioned independent research, which showed the pads reduced accidents after only one week, and Dry Like Me are now sold by most supermarkets and online.

13 April 2015

Mini Makes #6 - Oreo, Caramel and Chocolate Tartlets

You know when you want to create something delicious but you just don't have the time, energy or skills to make a masterpiece, well this recipe is the answer to your prayers! You only need 5 ingredients for these delicious Oreo, caramel and chocolate desserts (or easy peasy pudding pies as I call them) and they are so incredibly simple to do that even a novice, or the kids, could give them a go.

This recipe will make 3 individual sized tarts but you can make a bigger version by multiplying the ingredients by 3 and using a 10" dish instead.

You will need

12 April 2015

Silent Sunday

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11 April 2015

Sea Lion Selfies #SatCap

Sea Lion selfies are the new trend according to Jamster who just HAD to borrow my mobile and snap a picture with one last week. We went to the Welsh Mountain Zoo while in Wales over Easter and as the mammals were so friendly and lively going past the window, jumping out of the water and flipping over in the air, we spent quite a while admiring them.

I'm not sure what the random expression is about however!

Have you got a caption for this? - I'd love to hear it.
Have a great weekend.

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