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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Music is such a wonderful thing, isn’t it? Ok, granted, maybe not-so-much when it’s a young child banging on a keyboard. But, you know these things need encouraging, right? As you know {or may not if you’re a new reader} I’ve been working with Chad Valley for the last lot of months and on my final review of their Chad Valley Play campaign, I bring you their Chad Valley Music Station.

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Well, February went by a bit fast didn’t it! It’s crazy to think we’re into the third month of 2017 already. But if there is anything to get excited about it’s the little signs of Spring that are popping up everywhere.

The trees are slowly starting to bud, the sunshine is attempting to come out more {regardless of the skin-shearing winds} and we’ve even spotted a few daffodil sprouts lately! That’s a true sign that Spring is on its way, isn’t it? Those glorious yellow Daffodils.

February has been a bit of bug-fueled month for us as a family because someone at some point, has been poorly. Annabelle seems to be hit the most because you know…preschool! Or soft play {which was also a culprit this month!}. Then the husband got sick, the two older kids thankfully dodged it and then finally it hit me. Like a brick. Which left me pretty much useless for the last week.

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If you were a fan of the game Yoshi’s Woolly World for the Nintendo Wii U that was released in 2015, then get excited. Yoshi’s woolly world is becoming unravelled and in Nintendo’s latest game release; Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World you can team up with your trusted pooch pal ‘Poochy’ and help to defeat the naughty Kameks!

This latest game which is only on the Nintendo 3DS family systems has all of the levels from the original game; Yoshi’s Woolly World and now has added adventure levels with Poochy jumping on some extra stages too.

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As a child, I loved being taken to the circus when it was in town; and now that I’m the parent, I love taking my own children now too. The stunts, the atmosphere, even those light-up twirly things the children love waving around; the whole shebang!

Here in Belfast, there’s a new Circus in town, a circus made for theatre – Cirque Berserk and it’s being shown at the Grand Opera House in Belfast {until March 5th 2017}. You can find where they will be next here and where their outstanding show will be played until the end of their tour in April.

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Planning things makes the geek in me a little giddy. I just love it. Parties, day trips & especially a summer holiday. This includes making sure our chosen holiday destination will cater for my family of teens, a pre-teen, a tween & a preschooler. Quite the age range!

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I love a bit of tech and I love photography. The two go hand-in-hand really – I mean, you can’t take great quality photos without a good quality piece of tech. It’s a no-brainer. The same applies when printing out your photos too. I am forever taking photos of my family; my children are all growing so fast I fear I may miss something.

All of those memories and moments captured are sprinkled throughout CD’s and flash drives when in reality they should be showcased on the walls of our home. So I made myself a promise to finally get them printed, framed & on the walls. To help me with that I was kindly sent out the Epson Expression XP-690 photo printer to review.

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Life lately has been so busy. Even as I sit here now I’m not entirely sure what day it is. In the last two days alone I have been out with some girlfriends {we call ourselves the School Gate Mums!} to the theatre; we went to see Dirty Dancing at the Grand Opera House in Belfast and it was amazing.

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As a family, we love to get out & about. Nothing really tops getting outdoors, surrounding yourself with fresh air and best of all, having fun! I myself, am a bit of an explorer. I love nothing more than getting neck deep into an adventure and Go Ape sounds like the place where I would be in my element.

Head into the forest to brave a high-wire tree top adventure {for the grown ups!}. The younger children can ‘go ape’ in the tree top junior trail. We can’t leave out those little ones! You can even go on a forest trail adventure on a segway! I mean, where do I sign up?

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Yoga is one of those exercise regimes that don’t look as though they actually do anything. In my opinion anyway. In reality, it’s more of a spiritual, mental and physical discipline activity and I’d be lying if it didn’t look relaxing. Exercise isn’t one of those things I like doing very much. I run after my children all day and get more than my fair share of calories burned, however; any exercise is pretty important and yoga has been something that I have been looking into giving a go.  I can’t see me ever being able to pull off a lotus position or even a handstand but I guess both of those things are possible. If I stuck at it.

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When my children’s school holidays are upon us I have to admit I get a little aaahh about it all. Day trips as a big family can be expensive! Even a simple trip to the cinema {with food after} can easily cost us £60; which is just insane. So, when Scottish Friendly got in touch, sharing a few easy ways to save money each month allowing us all more staycations, days out and cheap holidays through their Disposable Income Index. They went on to challenge us, as a family to have a fun day out on a budget, so, with it being half term we set about to do just that.

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