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Emma’s March reviews

Emma has been very lucky lately and has been gifted, for reviewing purposes, loads and loads of wonderful books and interesting gadgets. I will start with the Little Tiger Press with whom we have started a beautiful collaboration recently and who have already sent Emma a couple of their brand new and very well designed items: Both the Animal Jigsaw and the What’s the Time, Clockodile? are aimed at children aged 3-5. I was a bit worried Emma would find the puzzle too easy but as you can see from the picture above, she used it as background for her jungle imaginary play. As for the book, I love the fact that the minutes are marked on the clock, I am assuming this will be a very useful tool in explaining time to Emma and her grasping the concept easily. Both the puzzle and the book are made out of robust cardboard and are beautifully illustrated and will catch the attention of both young and school children equally. Emma has also received two wonderful books …

#Better With Cake

As you know, we left for France for our holidays shortly after Easter. Unfortunately, the Easter bunny(to read, our mailman) wasn’t on time bringing our lovely Mr. Kipling review cakes before we left. The good news was that upon arrival we had a lovely parcel full of yummies waiting to be devoured sampled. Since Emma has loved France and the whole travelling experience and is now very interested in anything French, I decided to play up with the theme a bit this morning. I included one of our Mr Kipling French fancies in her lunch box today, alongside the French flag and a Ratatouille water bottle we got in France. Because lunch boxes don’t have to be boring, even if they contain more or less the same thing every day. Because we don’t have to wait for the extraordinarily to happen to teach our children something new and exciting. And because, at the end of the day, life is always better with cake! This post is an entry for #BetterWithCake Linky Challenge, sponsored by Mr …

A weekend in Bray, county Wicklow

We are definitely enjoying our weekends together at the moment! To the point that we plan the following before the present is over, sort of thing :-). We enjoyed our Armagh trip so much so that as soon as we got home, we had to book through our next one straight away, through Lidl breaks! This time, it had to be the south of Ireland and Bray. Alex has particularly enjoyed the challenge of putting together fun things we could do and this time, he had a whole list, bullet points and all! Very organised and much appreciated, as the homework saved us a lot of legwork and stress upon arrival and pointed us in the right directions. According to his well-documented research, Bray’s Saturday farm market was worth a visit so that is where we started. Alex’s research was spot on accurate, loads of organic and sensibly priced local produce and lovely treats to be had! We loved the brand new, homemade hot chocolate stall: the Madagascar cocoa, the organic local milk and the …

A day out in county Armagh

We really enjoyed the last weekend. So much so that we couldn’t wait for this one to come around! This time, we decided to head towards Armagh, it has been ages since I was that way and Alex came up with a very well-documented plan of action which we followed loosely ;-) Our first stop was Portadown, I hadn’t been before but I was really keen to go as that is where BittyButton has its shop. I had known of BittyButton since it was a one woman operation with a small Facebook page. Emma had a personalised hat made when she was two by the very kind grandma of the owner. I haven’t taken a photo of what I bought as they were mainly gifts but I would highly recommend a visit, especially if you are into stationery, easy crafts and Christian artsy things. Oh, and buttons, of course :-): We continued on to Armagh after our delightful stop and we took the scenery route as we wanted to show Emma the apple orchards. She …

A day out in county Down

We love travelling as a family. And we love good food. I have meant to do this sort of post forever. But it is only now that I found the time and the energy to do my first travel and food review. Exciting! We live in county Antrim but a couple of years back we lived for a year in Bangor, county Down. It is a beautiful part of the world and we lived in a stunning location but we didn’t find the people very friendly nor genuine nor kind. So in the end, we moved back where we felt we belonged. But now and again, we return for a visit. And a compulsory bite to eat. This is the seafront in Bangor, in all its sunny splendour. Always chilly and windy, due to the open sea and the currents but always beautiful to look at! We decided to go for lunch at The Salty Dog. Emma and I (and Georgie, as a seven month bump) had stayed there in November 2013, when we moved …

Princess Emma’s T-shirt Review

This week, the lovely people at buytshirtsonline sent Emma a Disney princess kit to review. Emma is 5 and still very much into her princesses and fairy tale endings so as soon as the parcel arrived, she started pestering me relentlessly to assist her in making her own personalised t-shirt. We were out yesterday but this morning we decided it was time to give our creativity a go! The instructions were clear and easy to follow: we cut out the princess shape, leaving a 5 mm edge around the picture. We used the kitchen table as a hard surface to work on and a folded pillowcase to place our t-shirt on. Alex got the iron out and got the t-shirt all wrinkle free. The next step was simply applying our cut out princess, face down, of course, on the t-shirt and passing the hot iron over it for about two minutes. Emma was very pleased with the result but wanted to add her own touch to it, once it cooled off. We were a bit …

50 Shades of Grey (Movie Review by Hubby)

Last weekend, the debate was on, shall we go and see it as a couple or not. I resisted the invitation, hubby was very keen on watching it but the reviews were appalling. So we stayed in and watched “The Vow”, much more appropriate a story for Valentine’s weekend. We had watched it before, when it came out but Alex couldn’t remember much of it and it made for a very rare night in as a couple and led to very interesting conversations in the morning. If you haven’t watched it, I would encourage you to. It is based on a true story and it leaves one feeling hopeful for the future, in spite of trauma and apparently insurmountable obstacles. Love wins, even when it needs to take a new shape and form and start afresh. On the other hand, I am so glad we didn’t go to watch 50 Shades of Grey together that evening. I am so glad I didn’t cave in to the pressure to “act cool” as a couple and go …