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Father’s Day Gifts with a difference and giveaway

Sunday the 21st of June will mark Father’s Day here in the UK. If you have a fussy husband as I do, who is not content with the easy and practical gift of a set of boxers, booze or a hearty meal, then you may want to consider these three alternatives as possible gifts. Hello Hungry liquid meals in a box. I was sent the three versions of Hello Hungry to sample and review a few weeks back. It was during the very stressful month of May (I wrote about in my previous post) and I was feeling rotten with repeated throat infections and colds. I used the drinks not as lunches but as mid-morning snacks. Very handy and packed with healthy stuff your body needs “for survival in the office(or in my case, school) jungle“, the drinks gave my mornings a boost and dare I say, helped my compromised immune system survive the stress? I was not too partial to the tomato and basil version(personal taste, nothing to do with the product) but I …

Book Giveaway: HOW TO CATCH A STAR, 10th Anniversary

I am so honoured to have been chosen for this 10th anniversary giveaway! First of all, because How to Catch a Star is a brilliant book, can’t believe we haven’t heard or read anything by Oliver Jeffers before! Emma absolutely loved it and so did I, so simple yet so full of optimism and hope! Secondly, because as I found out once I did my bit of research for this post, Oliver Jeffers is from Northern Ireland, our country of residence at the moment and a place very dear to my heart!! So, here goes: Harper Collins have kindly sent me two copies of the story, one to keep and one to give away to one lucky boy or girl! In order to win it, all you have to do is like my Facebook page (if you haven’t already) and then leave a comment letting me know you have and to whom will the book go, were you to win it. I will run the giveaway for a week and then, next Saturday, I will enter …

Moments that mattered in 2013

What were the moments that mattered most to me in 2013? 1. Finding out I was pregnant back in the spring! I had been trying to convince hubby to go for a second child for what seemed like forever and then, last spring, it happened! We had had a bad experience with our first, reflux, postnatal depression, countless sleepless nights so the fact that he decided to leave all that behind and go for it for a second time made me love and admire him even more! 2. Moving home, for a 7th time in seven years! I love our new home, it is new and bright and cozy and perfect for awaiting a new baby in!   3. Our summer holidays.They started gloriously, with a weekend in Paris, spent at Disneyland: Then, we were off to Germany, to see relatives we hadn’t seen in five years and introducing Emma to new cousins, a loving great auntie and a beautiful new country and culture: Then we got to sepnd the rest of the summer in …

Center Parcs Dream Holiday

As a young family we have learned to adjust our holiday time to suit Emma’s needs. We were foolish enough to try and take her for fancy breakfasts in five-star hotels in the beginning, oh yes, indeed! But once she started pouring her cereals on the flour and generously throwing bits of toast to appalled middle-aged couples who were trying to enjoy their Saturday breakfast in peace we knew our holidays needed a fresh approach. So now we do short city breaks and stay in family-friendly hotels and spend our summers in Greece in a rented apartment, not too far from the sea. What I have realised recently is that,although hubby has been living in the UK for 18 years and I have been here more than 7, we have never had the chance to explore England and all it has to offer in terms of holidays and places to see! So when I saw the Centre Parcs January Challenge launched by Tots100, I knew I had to have a go at it. It would …