LITTLE MOMENTS | 29/52: MUSICAL MATS

The weather really has been beautiful recently. Which has made Blake being able to play out after school much more easier to do.  One day when his friends weren't around to play we got out in the front garden on our own instead.

 

BOOK TOUR | CRAB, DAB AND BLENNY

Today I'm excited to be involved in the book tour for the children's book Crab, Dab and Blenny by Peta Rainford which suitable for ages 4-8 years. 


LITTLE MOMENTS | 28/52: BIG BOY BIKE

Blake has started to take an interest in his friends bikes recently. It's not something he had been bothered about before. He had a skuttle bug when he was one and then a balance bike at 2 which I've been meaning to get rid of. Blake all of a sudden has taken a real interest in the balance bike which is way too small. So yesterday we headed to a local bike shop to have a look at what they had and to get an idea of the size Blake would need. 

We have been thinking that a new bike would be ideal for him to have during the summer holidays. He likes to spend alot of time outside and his friends have been riding their bikes up and down the street recently so he is wanting to be like them.


From what should have been just looking ended with us actually purchasing Blake a bike plus stabilisers. He was really excited about this bike and it was within our budget so we went ahead with the purchase. Now all that is needed is for Blake to get use to the idea of a much bigger bike.  It's going to take him time but I know it will be something that he absolutely loves. The summer holidays definitely the perfect time for him to get use to it.


6 SIMPLE WAYS TO REFRESH YOUR HOME

From time to time it's lovely to make some changes to our homes. There are many reasons for having a refresh, maybe you aren't feeling inspired anymore or it's been a while since you've done so and feels a bit outdated now. We don't always have the budget to do a big overhaul fear not as there are some simple things you can change at low or no cost. 



OUR SUMMER 2021 BUCKET LIST

I honestly can't believe that the summer holidays are only a few weeks away. As much as we would love to go on holiday, it's not going to happen again this year. So instead the plan is to have days out, visit family and find fun things to do at home together. Blake is sure to also spend time outside playing with his friends as well.

I've compiled this list of ideas and decided to share with you incase you are looking for some inspiration on things to get up to as well.

 

LITTLE MOMENTS | 27/52: MY NEW BLOG

After debating about it for awhile I've decided to set up a new blog, At home with The Bayfords. This brand new blog will be focusing on home related content whilst I'll still be running this one for parenting and Lifestyle.

The past few days has seen me setting up this new blog which has involved not just sorting out the theme but designing a new logo, buying a new domain name and over stuff behind the scenes. 

So if you are into home and garden related posts than my new blog is for you. It's going to have posts on home interiors, garden ideas, hacks, hauls and maybe the odd cleaning and organisation post.


LIKES & LOVES| JUNE 2021

 Some of the items featured in this post include affiliate links. I’ve added a * next to those items for reference. Purchasing via these links do not cost you extra.  


I feel like this post is going to be really product heavy this month. I got quite a few bits for my birthday that I've included as well as a few other bits I treated myself to. Then of course there are the things I've loved watching mainly on Netflix.


Netflix
I must admit I've been more into reading this month than watching anything on Netflix in the evenings. However I have watched the below two series which I've enjoyed.

The Irregulars
Misfits investigate a series of supernatural crimes in Victorian London for Dr. Watson and his shadowy associate, Sherlock Holmes.

Sweet Tooth
On a perilous adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, a boy who's half-human and half deer searches for a new beginning with a gruff protector.



New glasses
It was time to get my eyes tested, and I'm glad I did as one of my eyes has had a significant change. I've now got one eye which is short sighted and the other eye is long sighted. I went to Specsavers for my test and to purchase new frames and my local store have been really good.

2021 READING CHALLENGE | WHAT I'VE READ IN JUNE

It's that time of the month again already, where I share with you what i have been reading. June has been a really good reading month. I feel that I have read a good mixture and there have been some really great reads. 


Let's start with the quick reads, all four of these books are 100 or under pages. Quick reads are great for those that don't have much time to read for example. They are also a great way of finding new authors who's style of writing you enjoy.


Saving the day by Katie Fforde

An enjoyable read with an uplifting story about finding courage. I always find books of this genre easy to read and light hearted.


The Skylight by Louise Candlish 

I love a bit of mystery and Candlish did it with this one especially within under 100 pages . 


Wish you were dead by Peter James

I enjoyed this one and found it to be a good thriller for a quick read. This is my first read from Peter James and I'll have to check out some of his other books.


The baby is mine by Oyinkan Braithwaite 

I was disappointed in this one and thought I'd enjoy it more than I did. I've not heard of this author before but would be interested in what her other books are like.


LITTLE MOMENTS | 26/52: SCHOOL TRIP

This week Blake had a school trip to one of the local farms with his teachers and class mates. It's a farm we haven't been to ourselves yet but have heard good things about . We made sure to add a few extra bits into his lunch box since he was bound to burn off quite alot of energy.  

LITTLE MOMENTS | 25/52: BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS

 My birthday this year (17th) was definitely different from last year when I celebrated my 30th in lockdown. 

I've been so lucky and got many wonderful gifts including the 3 bunches of flowers below. Blake was in school for my birthday but I still got to enjoy time with him after school.

WHAT IS STIMMING

Stimming may not be a something you have heard of before unless you have/know a child with additional needs. I hadn't heard of the term until researching about autism whilst we were going through the diagnosis stage. 


People who are autistic tend to stim as it helps them to calm themselves, express their emotions, regulate sensory input, help themselves to focus or just for fun. 


BOOK TOUR | THE PROBLEM WITH POPPY

 Today I'm excited to be involved in the book tour for the children's book The Problem With Poppy by Emma Sandford.

About the Author 

Emma Sandford is a Liverpool-born author and businesswoman based in Cheshire. 

About the book

Poppy the porcupine has always wanted to make a friend, but her defensive nature prevents her. When a young tiger cub stumbles upon her one day in the rainforest, she reacts badly and scares him away.

Determined to change her ways, she sets out to find him, but little does she know that the tiger cub is about to have a problem of his own. In the face of danger, will Poppy find a way to save the day?


 


My thoughts
First of all I have to say I love the sweet illustrations within the book. The story has the important message about being brave, making friends and that it is OK to be different and OK to be scared. It's an important message I feel that children should know about. I really like both Poppy the porcupine and the tiger cub they are sweet main characters in the book.
 

LITTLE MOMENTS: TOM & JERRY | 24/52

As a child one of the shows I grew up watching was Tom & Jerry. This month was the release of the new Tom & Jerry Movie on DVD so I just had to grab a copy. All of 3 of us really enjoyed it, Stuart grew up watching Tom & Jerry too and I loved seeing Blake's face light up whilst watching it.

I like to hope that it means that Tom & Jerry will back to our screens again. I love the idea of Blake watching something that I really enjoyed as a child. 

PERSONALISED FATHER'S DAYGIFTS WITH ASDA PHOTO

Ad – Review. I was gifted the photo products below for review purposes, all thoughts are my own.

Earlier in the year I got to review some personalised gifts with Asda Photo. I've had the chance to pick out some more items but this time choosing products that make ideal gifts for Father's Day.


We love that Asda Photo have a range of unique gift ideas, where you can add custom text, messages and photos. I have picked a mix of items that are suitable for all budgets, so there is something for everyone.


LITTLE MOMENTS: A BUSY HALF TERM |23/52

This week was half term and it has really flown by. Read on to see what we got up to this week.



Monday                                                                

Monday was Bank Holiday and we spent most of the day at home after a busy weekend. The weather was glorious so most of the day was spent outside. Blake played quite a bit with his friends out the front and then had time playing on his own in our back yard.


Tuesday

Tuesday was pretty much the same as Monday but we has my mother in law and her husband arrives they were visiting for a few days. It's been about 7 months since we last saw them due to covid so Blake was very excited.

 

Wednesday 

Wednesday was very busy for us and we got quite a lot done. It started off with a trip to Richmond Park which is the other side of town. As you can see below not only is it a lovely park they also have an aviary. Then we stopped off at McDonald's for lunch and then it was off to soft play. Blake has so much energy that it was exhausting just watching him running around. After that it was time for dinner so we headed out a local pub and had a lovely meal sat outside. 



LITTLE MOMENTS: ENJOYING THE SUNSHINE DAYS| 22/52

What a complete change of weather we have had the past few days. It's arrived in good time ready for half term. Hopefully it's going to stay that way for awhile now. 



Yesterday Blake got to play out with his friends in the morning before we headed to the nearest park to us. I love taking Blake to parks as it gets him burning off some extra energy. Once home Blake wanted to be out in our backgarden playing with his water tray and we also got the Bubble machine for him. 

LIKES & LOVES| MAY 2021

Some of the items featured in this post include affiliate links. I’ve added a * next to those items for reference. Purchasing via these links do not cost you extra.  



It’s that time of the month where I share all the lovely things that we’ve been liking/loving over the month. So here’s everything we’ve loved in May.



Netflix
All of the films and shows I've watched this month and have really enjoyed have been on Netflix. I've not watched as much as last month though.

The Innocent 
I do really enjoy Harlan Cobens books and series. The Innocent is about an accidental murder which leaves a man down a dark hole of intrigue and murder. Just as he finds love and freedom, one phone call brings back the nightmare. 


Shadow and Bone
I own the series of books but have yet to read them, however I had to watch the show. It's a fantasy where dark forces conspire against a orphaned MapMaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war torn home.


Woman in the window 
This is based on a book that I read a year or so ago. Confined to her home due to agoraphobia a physiatrist becomes obsessed with her new neighbours and solving a brutel crime she witnesses from her window. 


Things head and seen
A young woman discovers her husband and home harbour sinister secrets after they leave Manhattan for small town life.



GIVEAWAY | WIN AN EPIC ESCAPES GAME


Today I have the opportunity to run a giveaway with Epic Escapes.  Epic Escapes is an escape room in a box that you can set up in your own home. 

The Starter Pack includes three different escape rooms. All of the rooms have separate puzzles and are fully interactive and engaging. All games are suitable for 2-6 players (plus a host). It’s obviously harder with fewer players! Suitable for ages 16 and over.

For a chance to win the game all you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter below.

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- This competition will close on 11th June 2021 at 12.00am GMT 
- The winner will be chosen at random and notified via email, twitter or facebook
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2021 READING CHALLENGE | WHAT I'VE READ IN MAY

This month I've read some amazing books and recommend every single one of them. Five books have been read in total with four of them crime/thriller genre. 


The Choice by Alex Lake 

A kidnap, A ransome, A Choice. 

Matt Westbrook only turned his back for a minute. But when he looks around his car and three children have disappeared. Panicked he believes a car thief got more than they had bargained for. That is until he starts getting text messages. The kids are being held for ransome but not for money like you would expect. If he wants to see his kids again he has to exchange them for his wife. Matt and his wife are horrified but can't contact the police or the kids will be killed which means they have to make a choice. It was such a gripping read which really kept me guessing at who the kidnapper was. 



LITTLE MOMENTS: PUDDLES| 21/52

This past week we have had quite alot of rain and it's forecast for next week too. One of Blake's favourite things this week has been jumping in puddles on the way home from school. He may have got his school trousers drenched but it was lovely too see his face light up with excitement whilst he was jumping through the puddles.



Seeing Blake have fun took me back to the days when I was a child and life was more simple and the pure joy of jumping in puddles. I ended up having a splash in some too with him which Blake really loved to see. I think us adults need to remember the simple things like this that we loved about childhood. I'm sure you won't be able to remember the last time you enjoyed jumping in puddles. 


I've made a promise to myself to start enjoying the little moments of enjoying some of things I use to do as a child. The not caring about the rain so much, the simple things such as blowing a dandelion or bubbles and so much more. 

LITTLE MOMENTS: GOING COPPER | 20/52

This week on the Tuesday I went to the hairdressers and had my hair dyed copper. It wasn't a spontaneous thing I had been wanting to have my hair colour changed for awhile now. I had a consultation the week before to dicuss the colour and what would suit me and went for it.

Why did I get my hair dyed?

I noticed a few greys but the main reason was that every time I looked in the mirror I just hated the colour of my hair. I needed a change, and in the past I've always gone lighter and had highlights put in. But after 9 years of not dyeing my hair and embracing my natural colour I wanted something different. So I went to a hairdressers and had a chat about what would suit me and opted to go with a copper tone. 


Why copper?

I had been looking on Pinterest for colour ideas and I was really loving the look of hair with red tones but was unsure about it suiting me. In the end after discussing with a hairdresser I decided that life is too short and to  just go for it. It is a bit more coppery than I expected but I actually do love how it's turned out. I'm definitely feeling much more happier and confident since getting it done. 

REVIEW: LOTIL SKINCARE RANGE

Ad -  I was gifted these products by Lotil for the purpose of this review. - All thoughts are my own.

Dry skin is something the three of us have been dealing with recently. I've been finding it tricky to find products that would work for us, that is until I came across Lotil. 

For 100 years LOTIL has been regarded as a super cream and given 10/10 by everyone that uses it. Lotil contains powerful emollients that repair and moisturise the most sensitive of skin types. The brand's USP is it combines a variety of properties to prevent infections and the rich, non-greasy and deeply hydrating formula penetrates quickly for practical use.


REVIEW: BETTERYOU PRODUCTS

Ad -  I was gifted these products by BetterYou for the purpose of this review. - All thoughts are my own.

BetterYou are a brand known for their health products, especially their Magnesium range. I recently got sent some of their products to try out. Magnesium luckily can be applied to the skin and easily absorbs.


LITTLE MOMENTS: SUNGLASSES | 19 /52

Last month I purchased some sunglasses for Blake from B&M. It wasn't much of a surprise when I first got them,  that he had  zero interest. Blake in general can be sensitive to how things feel. An example of this is that he doesn't like when his clothing gets wet. He also hates wearing headphones and ear defenders.


This past week though Blake has taken an interest in wearing the sunglasses. He likes to wear them before bed at the moment. They are avengers ones and Blake has been showing his friends them today. 


I'd like to hope that in the future Blake won't need actual glasses. However considering that both Stuart and I do, I have a feeling that he may do eventually. 

HOME TESTING FOR ALLERGIES

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Did you know that allergies run in the family? So if you know someone in your family who has an allergy such eczema, asthma or hay-fever it is likely that you may have  it as well. Also you may not even know you have an allergy until you have an allergy test done.


Hay-fever is a common allergy during the spring/summer season with the pollen count being high. I get hay-fever every year and my symptoms include itchy and watery eyes, sneezing and an itchy throat. Depending on the pollen count these symptoms vary.



LITTLE MOMENTS: ISOLATION|18 /52

 From last Saturday up until Friday we have been in Isolation. We were about to head out for the day on Saturday and a text from Blake's school came through. Blake had been in close contact with a Covid positive case and we had to isolate. 


This past week has been extremely hard having to stay home. Blake loves being outside and being around his friends so he has really struggled with the change. Every morning he has been asking "school today?" So I know he will be relieved to be back on Tuesday. 


LIKES & LOVES| APRIL 2021

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 April has been a mixed month for us. We've had lovely weather and been able to get outside more. Unfortunately Blake was in close contact with a covid positive case so we have been in Isolation this week which is incredibly hard. But there have been some things we have really been liking and loving this month so read on to find out all about them.

Prime:

I purchased a few films this month on digital download that we have been really enjoying. First was the first 3 toy story films (we have the 4th on DVD). I also got The good dinosaur which we really enjoyed especially Blake.

DVD:

Blake got a new DVD as an Easter gift from Granny and Jim called Soul we really enjoyed this one.

Netflix

Marriage vs Mortgage 
A wedding planner and a real estate agent compete to win the hearts and budgets of couples who must choose between a fairytale wedding and a dream home.

Invisible City 
While investigating a murder, a detective is drawn into a battle between the visible world and an underground realm inhabited by magical creatures.

Bigfoot Family
Father Bigfoot has become world famous and wants to use his fame to change the world. He agrees to help an environmental organization protect a nature reserve from being destroyed, but then he suddenly disappears without a trace.

Secret magic control agency
Hansel and Gretel of fairy-tale fame -- now acting as secret agents -- must use magic, clever thinking and teamwork on a mission to find a missing king.

Small Foot
Migo, a friendly yeti, faces banishment from his home after he claims that humans exist. However, he embarks on a mission to prove himself and earn the respect of the villagers.

We can be heroes
When alien invaders kidnap Earth's superheroes, their children must team up and learn to work together if they want to save their parents and the world.

Yes day
Always feeling like they have to say "no" to their kids, Allison and Carlos decide to give their three kids a "Yes Day," during which the kids have 24 hours to make the rules.




Connoisseurs Diamond Dazzle Stick
I came across this diamond cleaning stick on amazon and it works really well with my engagement and eternity rings. I'll be trying in on my earrings next. 

2021 READING CHALLENGE | WHAT I'VE READ IN APRIL

This month I managed to get through five books. I'm hoping to pick up the pace next month and try and do it that I read 6/7 books each month so that I can meet my goal of 75 for the year.


The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
As a child I enjoyed the film and always thought the idea of a secret garden being so magical. I'd never read the book before until now. The story tells of Mary Lenox a 10 year old girl who is sent to live in Yorkshire, with an uncle she has never met after the death of her parents. Initially Mary is seen as a rude, aggressive and selfish child. She dislikes her new home and the people living in it.In exploring the grounds Mary finds the key to the locked garden which is neglected and overrun with weeds. She sets her mind to bringing it back to life. In doing so, Mary finds a purpose and an excitement in her lonely existence. However, apart from the garden, there are other secrets to be revealed at Misselthwaite Manor such as the strange cries in the night and the identity of Colin, a disabled boy, whom she discovers in the hidden bedroom.


MOVIE NIGHT PACKAGE WITH RAZZLE AND DAZZLE STORE

Ad -  We were gifted the 2 person movie box for the purpose of this review. - All thoughts are my own.

We are currently in Isolation due to Blake being in contact with a covid positive case at school. So the movie night box we received from Razzle and Dazzle store came at a great time.


When having to stay home it's incredibly hard with Blake to keep him occupied. This is especially so as he prefers being outside so other than playing in the garden, we have to come up with fun things for him to do. 


A movie afternoon with Blake was a big hit, especially as we had treats to enjoy too.  Blake has got into enjoying movies over the last year and now will sit through a movie start to finish with us. We've yet to take him to the cinema but I wanted to give him the chance to have a bit of the cinema experience at home. 

TIPS FOR PICKING THE RIGHT WEDDING SUIT

When it comes to your special day the focus maybe on the bride and her dress but don't let that stop you from finding a special suit for your wedding. It's important to find one that not only is comfortable but makes you look and feel good in.


Suits come in a range of colours and fabrics. It's not just about the suit either - there are accessories such as shirts, ties, waistcoats and cufflinks to consider.



LITTLE MOMENTS: WASHING MACHINES |17 /52

Blake has had an obsession with washing machines from a young age. He loves to help us out putting the washing on but also likes to sit and watch it spinning round and round. For Christmas last year Blake got his own toy washing machine from Granny and Jim and he has been obsessed with it ever since. 


He loves filling it with small clothing items such as flannels and socks. He then will pretend to fill up the draw with washing powder and then turn it on. Sometimes instead of turning it on he will spin the drum himself and makes the noises.



This past week we have had such gorgeous weather which has meant being able to get outside after school. Blake had enjoyed getting toys out and playing with friends. I'm sure you can guess that he got his toy washing machine out to play with as well.  I must admit his toy washing machine actually keeps him occupied for quite awhile. 

 

I GOT MY NOSE PIERCED

On Wednesday I did it, I went and got my nose pierced! I've been umming and ahhing over it since last year and to be fair I've been wanting it for much longer. It wasn't a decision I took lightly and it wasn't a spur of the moment decision. I made sure that I did a lot of research, especially on how to clean the area to prevent infection, different types of nose studs and rings etc as I wanted to be fully informed before going ahead with it.


In general I take awhile to make decisions like this as I don't want to do something that I end up regretting. The tattoos I have are a great example as I have always chosen something that means something to me and not just because it looks pretty. Once I know what I want I tend to wait months before getting it as I want to make sure I still like the idea before going ahead.


LITTLE MOMENTS: EASTER HOLIDAYS |15 & 16 /52

The past two weeks have been the Easter holidays. We have been blessed with some days where the weather has been beautiful and we've got outside. It's not been all plain sailing though as Blake has had quite a few meltdowns. Yesterday's meltdown was the worst so far during this holiday period. We aren't too sure what set him off but he was constantly asking to go to school. I think the main thing at the moment is that he is missing his friends and the school routine. 



The ice cream van has been out now that the weather has been warmer and Blake has managed to have some a good few times now. We've also treated him to McDonald's twice as it's his favourite place for chips. 

We have the insect lore butterfly garden and it's been so interesting watching them grow the past two weeks. They are much bigger than the photo below now and are actually getting ready to build a chrysalis. 


Looking for a Floor That Lasts longer

One of the biggest frustrations when it comes to laying a new floor is that we just don’t know how long we are going to go until it needs replacing once again. This has been one of the deciding factors of why luxury wood effect vinyl flooring is among most preferred and recommended options by interior designers and industry critics.


Vinyl flooring over the last decade has advanced into areas of low maintenance, authentic look and ease in installation to the point where it now pushes ahead of other flooring options, but are the benefits as good as they are presented or is it just a quick sales pitch?



ANTI BACTERIAL SLIME FROM CANAL TOYS

Ad -  We were gifted some antibacterial slime for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.

Slime is popular in our house especially as it's very sensory for Blake. I always make sure that when Blake plays with the stuff he uses it in a tub to keep mess to a minimum. Canal Toys have released a new type of slime to the market - antibacterial slime. 






LITTLE MOMENTS: BALL GAMES |14/52

How wonderful is it that we have been lucky enough to have a few days of sunshine recently. Blake broke up for the Easter holidays on Wednesday so Thursday-Sunday have been spent outdoors as much as we could. I'm so looking forward to easing of restrictions I'm missing be able to eat out and have a drink in a pub. Not going to lie I'm also missing charity shops and having a rummage for some bargains. 

LIKES & LOVES| MARCH 2021

 March has been an OK month. We have managed to get some bits sorted out around the home that we have been meaning to do. I had a lovely Mothers Day and we are now preparing for Easter. I'll be glad when we can travel again though as we are in much need of a change of scene. Here are some of the things that I have been liking/loving this month. 



Netflix:


Ginny and Georgia 

Georgia Miller arrives in the quaint New England Town of Wellsbury with her daughter Ginny and son Austin and quickly makes a big impression.


The One 

Love -- and lies -- spiral when a DNA researcher helps discover a way to find the perfect partner, and creates a bold new matchmaking service. Based on the book by John Marrs.


Life of the party

When her husband divorces her, Deanne, a middle-aged mother, decides to complete her college education, much to the dismay of her daughter, Maddie, with whom she shares her classes.


Blended

After a terrible blind date, Jim and Lauren find themselves stranded at a resort together with their respective children. However, the two soon start developing feelings for each other.


Escape Room

Six people from different walks of life participate in an escape room competition to win ten thousand dollars. Things change when they find themselves in horrifying circumstances.


Moxie

Inspired by her mum's rebellious past and a confident new friend, a shy teenager publishes an anonymous zine calling out sexism at her school.


Automatic Soap Dispenser 
An item in the home I never thought we would need but couldn't resist buying.  It's actually a great product especially for encouraging kids to wash there hands. We love that you dilute your usual liquid soap and it comes out like foam automatically when you put your hands under. It does need batteries but it's definitely a nifty little thing.

2021 READING CHALLENGE | WHAT I'VE READ IN MARCH

This month I've managed six books, four of those are Thrillers/Crime which of course is my favourite genre and two are non fiction which I have found really interesting.  


The Rumour by Lesley Kara
One of us is capable of murder. One of us has killed before
When Joanna passes on a rumour she heard at the school gates, she is desperate to integrate herself with the Mothers at her son's new school. Rumour has it that a notorious child killer has moved to their sleepy little town under a new identity. So who is the reformed killer, who now lives among them? I found this thriller slow starter but it did pick up. 




Beneath The Surface  by Fiona Neill
Grace who had a chaotic childhood and wants her daughters to fulfil the dreams denined to her. Older daughter Lily is the golden girl who is popular and clever. When out of the blue Lily mysteriously collapses in class, Grace's would begins to unravel. Dark rumours swirl around the tight community, with everyone having their own theories about what happened. Left to her own devices younger daughter Mia has her own theories that have unseen and devastating consequences for the people she loves the most. Again this was a slow start which then picked up.


Lockdown by Peter May 
London is in quarantine and the epicentre of a global pandemic, no one is safe from the deadly virus. Meanwhile construction workers find a bag of bones of a murdered child. There is a remorseless killer  unleashed on the city with a mission to take all measures necessary to prevent the bones from being identified. DI Jack MacNeil who is counting down his last hours on his final day at the Met, is sent to investigate. Which will stop him first the virus or the killers? I really enjoyed this read I would've liked there to be more about the virus but overall it was a great crime story.


The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan 
Can you trust her with your child?
Seven year old Jocelyn loves her Nanny more than her mother. When she dissappears one night she never gets over the loss. How could her Nanny go without saying goodbye? Thirty years on Jo is forced to come back to the family home and confront her troubled relationship with her Mum. Human remains are found on the grounds of her family home making her question everything. An unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo's world is destroyed once again, as she discovers her childhood memories aren't what they seemed. What secrets was her Nanny hiding? What was she running away from? Sometimes the truth hurts so much you would rather hear the lie. I absolutely loved this one! A great read that was gripping and kept me wanting to find out what was going to happen next.



The Body by Bill Bryson 
Bill Bryson explores the human body, how it functions and it's remarkable ability to heal itself. Full of extraordinary facts and astonishing stories The Body is a brilliant attempt for helping us to understand the human body. I've learnt alot from this book and found it so interesting. It's definitely a book that is different from what I would usually pick up.



This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
Welcome to the life of a junior doctor 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking. I honestly found this such an interesting read there were definitely some laugh out loud bits which I ended up reading to my husband. There is definitely heartbreaking and horrifying accounts within this book but I like Adam Kays honesty of his experience.


 

LITTLE MOMENTS: UPDATING OUR FRONT GARDEN |13/52

While the weather has been nice this week we thought it was a good time to start getting our front garden ready for the summer months.

Originally our front garden was concrete and we decided to lay faux grass. We have also ordered a new bench which should be arriving tomorrow all  being well. 


The idea is that hopefully during the summer we can be out the front and Blake can play outside with his best friend. We do have a back yard that's also a good size space but it's great to have this space as well. 

REVIEW| CRAZE SENSATIONS: FOUR PACK COMPOUND KIT

Ad -  We was Gifted the Craze Sensations Four Pack Compound Kit for the purpose of this review. All thoughts are my own.

Sensory toys are a must in our household. Sensory toys are great for children to help them to relax and feel calm. This is especially true with autistic children like Blake as they can really struggle with sensory processing. Blake is a huge fan of slime, play doh, play foam etc. We were excited to be able to receive the new ASMR range from Craze Sensations to try out.

Craze Sensations are a fabulous new collectable ASMR range that taps into the sensory trend.  Open and discover a world of sounds and textures! Mix the decorations with the special compound to create unique satisfying sensations.





The 4 piece compound kit has inside each of the 4 pots a new sensation to enjoy. Open the pot, discover the exciting compound and then mix it with the textured decorations and let the fun begin! Listen and feel that AMSR satisfying sound as you squish, smoosh or crunch the decorations together with the unique Craze Sensations compound.

LITTLE MOMENTS: GOING WITH THE FLOW| 12/52

I love weeks like this past one where you just embrace it and go with the flow. We've not actually done anything that exciting this past week. Other than the school run each day and a trip to the post office I've not really been out. 

Blake lost another tooth this week which he made little fuss about. He's also become obsessed with daffodils and loves spotting them after school. I've been struggling with trying to stop him from picking them. 

We have started some craft bits to send out to Blake's grandmothers in the next week or so. We have also started a grow our own crystal which I'm hoping works. I'm sure that I'll share that with you over on my Facebook and Instagram pages.