Recently, I was invited to take part in the Mummy conversations campaign with Canesten® to help empower other Mums to be able to talk to their daughters about puberty & their own intimate health.

I am a Mother of five children. Three boys & two girls. Boys pretty much raise themselves {in a way} but it’s the girls I find need a bit more fine-tuning because let’s face it, we have more to maintain on the body front than the boys do.

Boys don’t have to shave their legs, or their armpits, wax their upper lip because a moustache is trying to make you look like your Dad or {and this is the big one} deal with cramps, mood swings and bleeding from the genitals for 5-7 days each month. Yay to being a woman, right?

So, as a Mother to my two daughters, it also makes it my job to make sure they are both up-to-speed on how to maintain themselves. Thankfully, my youngest daughter is far too young for any of the above, however, my older daughter {currently eleven} is on the cusp of womanhood.
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Children today have all kinds of gadgets; from tablets, iPhones, laptops and more. The digital age is upon us and we have no choice but to just…roll with it. Each of those electrical gadgets will require charging and will take up a plug socket e.g. My son charges his kindle in his own bedroom. My daughters have both a PC and various other appliances that require a plug socket.

Keeping them safe with all of those electrical appliances in mind is one of my top priorities. However am I completely up to speed on the hidden dangers in my children’s bedrooms, when using electrical appliances? It’s a good chance that I’m not; are you?

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It’s no secret that we’re a big gaming family; I don’t think there is a day that goes by that one or more of us is on a gaming console. Of course, the children have to earn game time in our house but when I shared the news with them that we were going to be working with Xbox UK on their Minecraft Family Campaign, I honestly believe the opposite side of the planet heard their excitement. I’d be lying if I didn’t let out a little nerdy yelp too!

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Firstly, I’d like to apologise for not sharing last week’s round-up post. Things have been crazy busy around the SBM HQ of late and getting the time to blog last week proved quick tricky. However, hopefully now things are back on track and here I am playing catch up!

WELCOME BACK for another week of sharing some gorgeous Instagram feeds with you guys! Did you spy in my blog title that we’ve reached 12k? Insane! The numbers just shot up since week 2 of 2017 and I am thrilled! So thank you to everyone who keeps joining in. Mwah!

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Over the weekend we took our first day trip of 2017; it’s just £22 for a family train ticket to anywhere in Northern Ireland, so why not! As fun as trains can be for travelling, especially with children, you still need to keep them entertained. Transpennine Express have some great kids travel games and we printed off a few to keep the kids happy during our journey.

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Thankfully, I have never been a victim of burglary. For those of you who have had their home burgled then I could never imagine the emotions you felt, or perhaps you still feel even now.

I can assume it would be feelings of anger, violation, shock, fear & that unwavering feeling of never being able to feel safe in those four walls again. And understandably so. I bet you thought this type of crime would never happen to you too, right? We all think that, don’t we? Until it happens.

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Bello! That’s hello in ‘minion’ {in case you didn’t know!}. Minions are these undeniably cute & funny characters from movies such as Despicable Me and the Minions movie. You’ve heard of them, right? If not, we can’t talk anymore.

We were sent a pretty amazing Minion toy bundle from a lovely PR company, full of lots of fabulous Minions related toys. We received Minion Dave, Undercover Minion Stuart, Minion Kevin, British Invasion Bob, Sing’n’Dance Stuart and a little Minion plush.

Each of the figures is around 7″ tall. Each minion is posable & they all come with their own accessory. It could be a battle axe, a rocket launcher or even a jelly blaster. View Post

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I am sure I’m not the only one who appreciates a man in a suit; They brush up well, don’t they! My husband included. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I help my husband choose his clothes. Not all of them, you understand. He can choose what he likes {on the grand scheme of things} but when it comes to a suit that’s a different ball game.

For example, I’ve watched my husband look for suits to wear on our wedding day and that’s all I needed to see. It was painful. Which is when I knew that I needed to intervene and amusingly, he agreed. So here are 5 things to look for in a good suit, no matter the occasion;

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I cannot be the only one to think how bonkers it is to be halfway through January already. It’s just insane. However, my not-so-little siblings are just as energetic and crazy as ever. Nothing really changes, nor do I expect to, in that respect. However, documenting it all by joining in on this monthly siblings project is still one of my favourite things to do. 

There are days where they literally cannot stand to be breathing the same air as each other. Then there could be days where they have to all be snuggled up in a harmonious bubble together. This is a rarity so as you can imagine, they are embraced ten fold!

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Winter is well and truly here, including some parts of the country being lucky enough to get some snow lately. Sadly, here in Northern Ireland, we got but a few flurries, nothing that was able to stick around for long. 

Not to worry, because, having the combination of cold, crisp air with those piercing blue skies is good enough for us. However, wrapping up warm is a must too. We’ve been going out for lots of winter walks lately, {one of our new year resolutions} & nothing beats wearing some cosy Knitwear for such adventures.

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Within the last week, my youngest girl has developed a new love. Lego! Not just any lego, and certainly not the chest of it that I have upstairs {which is over 30yrs old}, but, Minecraft lego in particular. Talk about having expensive tastes! So over the last 7 days, Annabelle has spent countless hours at the table building her lego creations. You’ll not find me complaining because anything that can lengthen my girl’s attention span gets approval in my book!

Aside from the lego love; what is it with girl’s and their baths? Granted, some guys love baths too {high five to them!} but in my opinion, a bath isn’t a bath unless it has lush in it. Who else agrees? It’s the copious amount of bubbles, the delicious aromas, the almond butter {hmm, silky, smooth baby bottomed skin!} and of course the fizzy goodness & pretty colours.

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