When your phone rings at 11 pm at night, 9 times out of ten it’s never a good thing. Especially since your Mum was in critical condition in a Spanish hospital. I answered frantically asking immediately “Is everything ok?” and that’s when my world crumbled. “She died” were the next words I heard. I can recall my knees feeling weak along the urge to hurl right where I stood & saying “No, no, no, please, no.”

It’s hard to imagine your life without your Mum in it until she’s gone. She fell ill so incredibly fast. The moment she was rushed to the hospital to her passing was just a few short days. It was all a massive blur. Making phone calls to Spain, trying to discuss her condition with a language barrier. Arranging a flight over to be with her. It was a bit of a nightmare.

Mothers day without a MotherI doubt I will ever forget that flight over to Alicante airport. Trying to keep it together as I tried to process the reality of everything. My life had taken a hit. There was an unfathomable shift and it was almost like an outer body experience. I remember trying to block out the chatter of my two aunts who were with me, by blasting the same song on repeat that I had playing when I was willing my Mum to survive.   Saving Grace by Flyleaf.

It’s a shame it didn’t work. 

Just the other day, as I was at the local shop the counter assistant, asked me a question; “Are you sorted for Mothers day?.” I was asked as she patted the Milk tray on the counter. Clearly looking to shift them and obviously unaware that my Mother died 3 & a half years ago. I mean, how would she know!?
Mothers day without a Mother
I was so taken back by the question but I didn’t want to embarrass her. I didn’t want to tell her that I no longer had my Mum around to buy a Mothers day gift for. So I lied. I fumbled for a moment before responding with “She’s not really the chocolate type”, obviously feeling bad for fibbing but glad I avoided making her feel awkward.

Although, upon leaving the store I felt a pang of sadness. This will be my third Mothers day motherless and that really sucks. The other hurdle of handling Mothers day without a Mother and my Mother, in particular, is the harsh reality of her not being buried in the UK. She lived & died in Orihuela, Spain and that is where she wished to rest. So, taking her flowers is a bit tricky. 

After she passed away I bought a ‘Mum’ candle and that gets lit on every Mothers day, every birthday of hers that she has missed and at Christmas. That is my Mothers day gift to her; by lighting a simple candle and putting her in the forefront of my thoughts. Because, if I am honest, it’s too painful to have her constantly there in my mind. Even almost four years on, the pain is still there, it’s still very raw and it still hurts like hell.

I think having to be strong during Mothers day is the toughest of days to get through. I mean, it’s a day dedicated to making our Mums feel special & I’d be lying if I didn’t envy those who still have their Mums to treat. For a long time my Mother and I didn’t get on, but during her final years, we rekindled {thankfully} and I would give anything to be able to give her a Mothers day treat. We were so estranged. for so long that we never celebrated it together.
Mothers day without a MotherI find it hard to ‘celebrate’ Mother’s day {for obvious reasons} because it’s a day where I tend to remember my Mum most. But I need to turn that around into celebrating it more than I ever have before. For both her & me. I’m going to remember her life and my fondest memories of her, which is hands down her filthy & infectious laugh. Which, thanks to time hop I was reminded of it a few short weeks ago. I’ll forever cherish that video.

So, for anyone reading this lucky enough to still have their Mother with them? Stay on the phone with her for a few moments longer. Hug her a little tighter. Go that extra mile to spoil her this Mother’s Day. Listen to her god awful music {my Mothers favourite was Westlife. I’m a metal head – can you imagine the ear bleeding!} because you know it makes her happy.
Mothers day without a MotherJust….appreciate her. She gave you life. And even, like mine that perhaps you’re estranged for whatever reason, maybe this is the time to make amends. To build a bridge, like my Mum & I did and make the most of each other. Because life is short. In fact, it’s much shorter than you think sometimes. 

D xx


Over the weekend my eldest daughter and I were invited over to London for a very special event. It was with BAFTAKids and it was for a special screening, with Disney Channel UK of a brand new show called Milo Murphys Law. That wasn’t all! We even got to have a special Q&A session with the creators of Milo Murphys Law {& legendary animators} Dan Povenmire & Jeff “Swampy” Marsh who are also the creators of Phineas & Ferb and famous for working on other shows, such as Family Guy, The Simpsons & Spongebob Squarepants.

As a young girl, I was that kid who drew all the time. I was also that kid who {because there was zero internet back then} paused her VHS tapes to capture a certain moment to draw. My daughter has inherited that same love of drawing {she’s got skills like her Mum!} so we were both pretty excited about this event.

Once we arrived at the beautiful BAFTA venue I couldn’t help think to myself “This is where Tom Hiddleston has been!”. I know, I know, dorky right? I couldn’t help myself! However, after we were shown into the bar/waiting area {where I quickly fell in love with the decor} I loved answering all of my daughter’s questions about who the famous actors on the walls were.

Bafta LondonThis legend here is Christopher Lee, he played Saruman in Lord of the Rings {to which she gasped – she loves a bit of LOTR} & this other legend is John Hurt, who played {and before I could finish!} she exclaimed: “He was Garrick Ollivander from Harry Potter!”. I could help but beam with pride.

Bafta London
So, following a refreshing drink, admiration of the framed legends on the walls and imagining one of those glorious chairs in my front room, it was time to head into the cinema room. Nigel Clarke came on stage, introduced himself and told us all about why we were there and after a few moments, we got to watch 2 exclusive screenings of Milo Murphys Law.

Milo is a 13yr old boy who also happens to be the great, great, great, great Grandson of Edward .A. Murphy AKA Murphy’s Law. Murphys Law {incase you didn’t know} means “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong!”. Milo, alongside his two best friends, Zack & Melissa {not forgetting his amazing pooch Diogee}, his backpack of gadgets, his head jammed with knowledge & his unwavering optimism, they can handle anything life throws at them.

Milo Murphys LawWe thoroughly enjoyed the show. It was funny, innovative and really well thought out. Poor Milo faces some harrowing & pretty crazy moments in his life, but there is never a dull moment and his optimism is amusingly infectious. It will certainly be a show that we carry on watching once it airs on April 3rd. Following the screenings, Dan & Swampy came on stage and we had a Q&A session. Lots of questions were asked and I have to say, it was pretty awesome listening to how they started working together, and how they came up with ideas of both Phineas & Ferb & Milo Murphys Law.

Milo Murphys LawAs a final part of the event, the kids all got to go up and have their photo taken with the guys and they also gave them a signed card. Ellie even asked both Dan & Swampy a question of how to get started in animation and they gave her some sound advice. She knows wants a graphics tablet and photoshop for her birthday!

This was a really great event, we laughed and we learned a few things too! A huge massive thanks to BAFTA kids & Disney for inviting us over! Don’t forget to tune in on April 3rd, 2017 for the brand new show ‘Milo Murphys Law’over on the Disney Channel. We can’t wait! 


Spring is coming. Can you feel it? Little daffodils are beginning to peek up from the grass and trees are starting to blossom. It’s enough to make anyone excited because, after the dreadfully long Winter we all had, we need us some Spring-ness! I notice that my jumpers are coming out less & less and I am starting to look at my neglected tops, you know the ones you can wear without a coat, hat & scarf? I’ve even had a cheeky nosy online at what womenswear is out there because I can feel a little Mummy shopping spree in my future!


Relaxed spring outfit

Skinny jeans // Unicorn Top // Rectangle split strip watch // Converse trainers // Skull earrings // Jammy Dodger Biscuit Bag // Sunglasses //
Casual spring wear
Shirt dress // Trainers // Multiwrap star bracelet // Aviator Sunglasses // Camera shaped bag 
Going out spring look

Taliana Dress // Mary Janes // Caiman cross body bag // Curved toggle bracelet // Onyx heart drop earrings //

Those are my three ‘Spring looks’ – what do you think? I’ve never been blessed with any kind of fashionista capabilities and have that constant look of I’ve-just-fallen-out-of-my-wardrobe look perfected! But I reckon I have chosen three solid choices and all very….me. I’ve surprised myself and I am putting that camera bag on my birthday wish list and maybe add on the jammy dodger one too. You know, for choice!

Which outfit that I put together is your favourite?

*This is a collaborative post.


March has been a really hard month so far. It started off with the husband being poorly, the littlest lady getting sick {the other two at home always miss the bugs – thankfully} and then lastly, I got it. Whatever bug was going rounds hits you straight on and it hits you hard. I’m usually quite resilient however not in this case. In this case, I was out of action for about a fortnight and good to no one. Queue the Mum guilt. 

However, some things we just cannot help and I guess our March has just got off to quite a late start. Although, one thing I can say is lately the weather has been bloody lovely. Sure, it’s still been a little chilly but some of those afternoons, not even a coat was needed. It’s been so incredibly long since we’ve been able to go out without a coat here or even felt the heat of the sun on our faces. It’s been quite lovely.

My eldest girl has is back to walking to school, thanks to the lighter mornings and god bless her, I love that she gives me a little text to let me know she got there safely. She’s grown up so fast since starting high school and she comes across as must older than eleven most days. Which is a scary revelation but there you go.

The relationship between her little Brother and her is going through ‘one of those periods’ where they just cannot stand each other. As soon as they walk into each others breathing space the snide comments back and forth start. It’s mentally draining! But it’s just something siblings go through & hopefully, they’ll be back to being best mates again soon.

Siblings in March
The littlest lady of the house is obsessed with drawing {above is her doodle of a ‘scary-crow’} and I can do nothing but embrace it. I absolutely love that she loves to draw and I have to say, her little people are looking less and less like potatoes every time! 

Siblings in March
Siblings in March
Annabelle has also been enjoying playing Minecraft on the Xbox one and building all kinds of creations with her Minecraft lego collection. She’s quite creative and I have to say she is more and more like her older Sister with every day that passes.

Siblings in March
For my two youngest children, they could not be any cuter lately. Jacob can be such a sweet, tender and darling Big Brother and he really does dote on his little Sister. These two can also fight like cat & dog and wow….can Annabelle be bossy. But above it all, he will still put whatever he wants aside to make her happy. I think it’s safe to say that my Siblings this month are testing all kinds of boundaries with each other but that’s just a part of growing up.

Siblings project


As a family who loves to travel the more fun the places we stay in, the better {in my opinion}. I love going to a new holiday destination every year and if I’m going to see the world and I want to see it with my family. I also have this incredible urge to buy a globe to pin each place we’ve seen and explored together on its surface.

As places to stay, go, I have seen time and time again tree house hotels when searching for fun & unique places to stay. We’ve not done it before now because our youngest daughter was still too young {in our minds} but now? Now I reckon we could do it!  There would be something quite magical about staying in a tree house, don’t you think? It would be the epitome of adventure and being surrounded by nature and epic views would be a wonderous experience.

Check out this map with some of the world’s best tree house hotels to stay in;

I checked out a few of the tree house hotel websites and all I can say is, whoa! If you were ever going to stay in a tree house hotel it would have to be in forest canopy in Western Australia, or a tree house nestled in among some tamarind trees next to the sea on a tropical Chinese island, or if those weren’t enticing enough, how about staying in a huge treetop hotel in the Amazon rainforest. The Amazon Rainforest!!

The Skyhouse retreat, based on Weedon Hill in Western Australia is situated amongst ancient karri trees, with floor to ceiling walls of glass {think of that natural light alone!}. Each tree house has a true craftsmanship design with a real whimsical feel. Curved ceilings, wooden panels, remember those floor to ceiling glass walls? Think of the panoramic views!

The Sanya Nanshan Treehouse resort on the tropical Chinese island of Hainan however, offers a no-frills style of accommodation because I think your surroundings will speak for themselves. With your treehouse nestled amongst tamarind trees by the sea, giving you outstanding views of the South China Sea and there is even a secluded beach just a short walk away.

Lastly, and I think my daughter would opt for this one in a heartbeat {in fairness, so would I!}. The Ariau Amazon Towers in the Amazon Rainforest, right on the banks of the Negro River. The Treehouse hotels are built to canopy level and connected by four miles {four miles!} of elevated walkways. Allowing you to venture around the canopy of the Amazon Rainforest and allowing you an experience to view wildlife up close.

Has that got you thinking of some tree house holidays now? Of the three I’ve mentioned, which one would you go to? 

*This is a collaborative post


As soon as I wrote that title I thought to myself “a spa day?”, {just a day?} Could I milk it a little and perhaps stretch it out to a weekend? Invite a friend along too. Ha! Who am I kidding! This Mama can dream but the idea of that sounds wonderous doesn’t it?  Being able to venture out into the world {kid free!} and being able to relax, unwind, eat glorious food {without little thieving hands} and maybe indulge in a cocktail or three. Let’s not forget about the sleep!

I guess us woman {including you spa-loving men too!} dream of a spa day every now and again. It’s only normal, right? So, with that said what would I do at the spa? What can you have done at a spa?

I hear you can have massages, facials, sit in the sauna or you can relax in a jacuzzi. As well as facials there are a selection of wholesale beauty supplies used in a range treatments, such as hair removal {brows}, tanning, eyelash tinting, although if I am honest, none of these is for me. However, a little exfoliation, body wrap, mud bath, anything to lift, nourish and replenish my tired and quite haggard looking Mummy-ness would be amazing. Lord knows I need it!

If you could go on a spa break, who would you go with & what would you have done?

*This is a collaborative post


There are two things in life that can make me happy. A dish that makes everyone smile & a challenge. Britmums have teamed up with Dolmio & challenged us to make a delicious and nutritious mid-week family meal with their #ThankGoodness campaign. It’s the second half of the week that the children’s after school activities start to kick in. From football, cubs & scouts; Wednesdays & Thursdays are by far the busiest days of the week. So it helps to be able to make a wholesome, delicious meal for everyone in between the madness.

It’s the second half of the week that the children’s after school activities start to kick in. From football, cubs & scouts; Wednesdays & Thursdays are by far the busiest days of the week. So it helps to be able to make a wholesome, delicious meal for everyone in between the madness.

Britmums & Dolmio kindly sent us out a package of food {which I shared on my facebook page} to help us with our mid-week family favourite challenge. The dish I decided to make is a true family favourite – Spaghetti bolognese. This dish would go down a storm with all but one family member, my son. He’s the fussiest eater that I have ever encountered but thankfully it’s just the pasta he isn’t a fan of. However, with the baking potatoes we were sent out I decided to rustle him up some Hasselback potatoes drizzled with bolognese as an alternative. So everyone’s tummy wins!

My spaghetti bolognese recipe I use is super easy and seriously tasty. Here’s how I did it;

Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
First I fill a saucepan two-thirds with water and bring it to the boil. I then place my mince beef into a frying pan to brown. Once those two pans are doing their jobs I chop up some small onions and mushrooms {super small so they go undetected by the children!} and place them to one side. As the water comes to the boil I add my whole wheat spaghetti pasta and stir my mincemeat.

Once the mince has browned I drain off any excess juices, place it back onto the hob and add my Dolmio sauce, chopped up onions and mushrooms. I let that simmer until everything else is ready.

As for my Hasselback potatoes {for my ultimate fussy eater}, I cut my baking potatoes with thin slices, drizzled in oil {butter can be used} and sprinkled a little garlic seasoning on top, then placed them into a preheated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 45mins.

Once everything was ready, I dished it up and served. Everything this is served up as dinner the table is always quiet {which is a rarity!}. But it’s reassuring to know they are enjoying their food.

Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
The Hasselback potatoes looked super scrumptious when done, especially when a little bolognese was poured over the top. Yum! 

Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
I am not one of these Mums who makes her own bolognese sauce, no no no! Are you mad? I have no time for that! However, using the Dolmio jars it’s reassuring to know that they have no artificial colours, flavours, preservatives or sweeteners.

In each 500g jar of Dolmio Bolognese Original, you can find at least 10 diced tomatoes, a dollop of tomato puree, half an onion, a tablespoon of sunflower oil, a couple of cloves of garlic, a handful of herbs {including basil}, a teaspoon of cornflour, a teaspoon of salt, two teaspoons of beet sugar for taste, a squeeze of lemon juice, a splash of water and nothing more.

Dolmio #ThankGoodness campaign
Naturally, plates were cleared and bellies were full. The kids always love this kind of meal and I have to admit, I do too! It nice to have a little calm in between the busy family days.

“This post is an entry for the #Dolmio #ThankGoodness Challenge, sponsored by Dolmio. www.dolmio.co.uk/thankgoodness



London, since becoming a blogger, has become a place that I’m quite accustomed too. I’m even quite the pro when it comes to tackling the underground tube trains. However, the hustle and bustle of the City is still something I find hard to get used too. Everyone in London is always rushing and I guess that’s how you can spot the non-Londoners. The ‘tourists’. They’re the ones who are dawdling through the streets rather than speed walking and the ones who are stopping to take photos of all the cool sights.

This weekend my eldest daughter and I are travelling to London for a super cool opportunity with the Disney channel – I’ll share more soon! The event itself is quite short leaving us the entire afternoon to explore London. We’ve been to London a few times together {you can see those here & here} and both times we visited the National History Museum. I’ve also been to London a few times on my own and would love her to see some of the wondrous sights that I have. However, it’s all about timing and tube trains and will we be able to fit X, Y & Z into our day trip? Hence the planning!

After our event, which is in Piccadilly I think we’re going stay in the general area and hop on a short tube train to Waterloo and venture around the Queens Walk by the Thames. It’s a part of London that neither of us have been too before and I guess I’m keen to finally get a glimpse of the infamous London eye.

My daughter is a huge Lego fan so a trip to the Lego Store in Leicester Square is a must! Getting her out will be another thing. Maybe I can entice her with the M&M store? She adores those crispy M&Ms {weirdo!}.

We would also love to find a quaint & quirky place to eat {any suggestions?} and we’re just looking forward to enjoying a day out together. We don’t do it much and she is just growing up so insanely fast that it would be pretty amazing to spend some actual one on one time with her. And I think a girly afternoon in London would be perfect.

So…Roll on London!


Over the years I have had my fair share of vacuum cleaners and there hasn’t been a single one that I’ve loved when it’s come to hoovering the stairs. Having to lug it up each step as you go? Nightmare. Vax recently got in touch and offered me the chance to review their Vax Upright SlimVac cordless vacuum cleaner and I have to say; it makes cleaning up after the family much easier. That’s all us parents want in life right? For things to be a little easier and dare I say it even makes doing the stairs slightly enjoyable {which are words I never thought I would say!}.

Vax SlimVac Vacuum cleaner review
It’s really slim, surprisingly lightweight {weighing 2.1kg} and this could be just the gamer in me talking, but I just love the trigger style ‘on’ button on the handle. There is also a ‘power latch’ you can flick to lock the ‘on’ button to stay on, rather than having to hold it in while in use. Now, we’ve never used a cordless vacuum cleaner before so I was interested to see how long it would last. The Vax Slimvac has a LithiumLife TM battery and for every charge, {which takes around 5hrs} you get 24 minutes of long-lasting cleaning power. Which, I know, may not sound like much; but I’ve found it’s enough time for me to get what I need to be done.

Vax SlimVac Vacuum cleaner review
The head of the vacuum is quite small; smaller than any previous vacuum cleaner that I have ever owned. But being smaller doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not as up to the job as it’s slightly bigger counterparts. The suction on the Vax Slimvac was surprising and the amount of dirt that it lifted compared to our previous vacuum cleaner was an eye opener. In fact, I recall having a jaw drop moment as I shared the evidence with my husband. We were both equally terrified by what was lifted and impressed by the power of this very slim and clearly, quite mighty vacuum cleaner. The powered floorhead is also a great feature, especially when there are girls in the house who shed hair like there is no tomorrow! 

Vax SlimVac Vacuum cleaner review
Vax SlimVac Vacuum cleaner review
Our home is 85% hard floors and 15% carpet which make cleaning both surfaces nice and easy. I also love that the main attachment can be removed and a smaller attachment fitted {with ease} to allow me to do the stairs and upholstery cleaning.

As well as cleaning the floors I love that due to the design of this vacuum cleaner, that I can tackle those hard to reach places with the advanced cleaning reach wand. Those few ceiling cobwebs that have been taunting me are gone and as a short woman, I feel quite victorious being able to reach them with this vacuum cleaner. On top of that emptying out the dust, grim and goodness-knows-what-else the cleaner has collected, is so easy to dispose of.

Vax SlimVac Vacuum cleaner review
You are also supplied with a connector to fit onto a wall allowing you to hang your vacuum cleaner up when not in use. Having this also makes it easier to charge in my opinion. A charger is also supplied.

Overall, this Vax Upright Cordless SlimVac cleaner has been a bit of a game changer for me when doing the housework. It has made cleaning the floors, whether laminate flooring or carpet a real treat for me and I no longer cry a little inside when it comes to vacuuming the stairs. RRP £139.99.

Disclosure: This product was sent out to me for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, photos and opinions are entirely my own. 


One of this years ‘goals’ was to be in front of the camera lens more. It’s something that I am horribly guilty of not doing because I’m always the one taking the picture. However, the more I thought about it, the more it dawned on me that my children need photos with their Mum actually in the photos. Otherwise, the photos {in many years to come} won’t hold any sentimentality to them.

My Mum sadly passed away a few years ago and as I was going through her things {as you do with a family member after they’ve passed} I came across her hundreds of photos. Do you know what I found very little of? Photos of my Mum with my Brother and me.

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Protecting my children when they go online is of utmost importance to me. The online world is not only a wonderful place, full of photos from around the world, answers to whatever questions you may have, games and so much more. But it’s also a very dark & dangerous place too and certainly no place for a child to be let loose to roam around alone, without protection.

At home we do have lots of parental controls etc on our home computers, however having an actual piece of software to help protect our children further would be great. And as parents, having something to allow us to monitor their web usage also would be really helpful.

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