Happy 6th Birthday, My Darling Boy


My Darling Boy,

No more a baby, you’re 6 years old today.

How the years have flown! It seems just the other day that I held you in my arms for the first time.

You have taught me so much – about Transformers, Star Wars and Lego.

I love the way your eyes light up when you talk about Transformers.

I love all the amazing things you build with your Lego.

I love the funny questions you come up with – ‘When the sun is in pyjamas, is it called the moon?’ Hmmmmm…..

At times you can still be a baby and at times you show a maturity far beyond your age.

I know that Grandma must be very proud of your lovely reading and I am sure shes looking down on you from Heaven especially today. I know how much you miss her.

I hope you have a wonderful day and hope you get all you wished for. ( I know you are getting some of what you wished for)

I Triple Love You.

Mummy xx

Which dog breeds are best for young families?


Owning a dog teaches young children responsibility and consistency. In fact, dogs have often been used in children therapies for those who are developmentally challenged due to their non-judgemental and unquestioning companionship.

However, when looking at puppies for adoption, choosing the right breed can be quite difficult; especially when you have young children to consider.

The RSPCA has thousands of pets in need of new and loving homes with various breeds of dog among their residents. They can help provide all the information you need to give a puppy or dog a new and loving home and suggest different breeds that are suitable for families but here are our top five selections to get you started.

1. Bulldogs

Despite the English Bulldogs ferocious appearance, it is extremely affectionate and great with children. The English bulldog will generally grow to around 12-16 inches and weigh 5-55lbs which makes them a relatively small breed.

Whilst bulldogs are extremely energetic as puppies, they do slow down with age and this makes them a great companion for young children as they calm down as the child grows. Bulldogs are well loved by families and often create a strong relationship with children.

2. Beagles

The Beagle is a floppy eared dog that is known by children from the cartoon Snoopy. The Beagle was originally bred to be hunters however they are fantastic with children.

The Beagle is sweet, loving and typically good with other dogs. They do need regular exercise and their food intake should be monitored carefully to avoid obesity but otherwise they’re a fairly low-maintenance choice for families.

3. Newfoundland

The gigantic breed of the Newfoundland has an incredibly sweet disposition and patient nature that makes them ideal for a young family environment. These dogs grow to the average size of 25-29 inches tall and weigh around 100-150lbs with a lifespan of an average of 10 years.

Newfoundlands are social dogs who eagerly welcome strangers and bear no ill will. It is thought that this breed of dogs is one of the most intelligent and is therefore very easily trained.

4. Bull Terrier

The Bull Terrier comes with a flat head that slopes evenly into his snout and has a muscular build. They are extremely gentle and are perfect for a family dog.

The Bull Terrier will typically grow to around 20-24 inches in height and weigh between 45-80lbs. This breed of dog is a medium- large build and will not be injured easily with rough play.

The Bull Terrier has often been called a ‘three year old in a dog suit’ due to its playful nature and this means it is a good idea to ensure children participate in training the dog at an early age.

5. Rough Collie

Rough Collies are most famous for being known as Lassie. This great childhood dog is smart and predictable by nature and absolutely loves children.

The average Collie will grow to be 22-26 inches tall and will weigh approximately 50-70lbs. They are well known for being easy to train and are very clean dogs which helps with grooming.

With their stable personality, the Collie gets on well with both children and adults and has an average lifespan of around 14-16 years to make them an ideal family pet.

To find out more about what dog is best suited for you and your family, it is important that you conduct sufficient research. This November, London is hosting its annual Dog Show on 08-09 from 10:00-17:00. There’ll be more than 200 breeds of dog in attendance which will give you plenty of opportunity to find out more about them and talk to real owners about their requirements.

You can buy tickets online now to avoid disappointment with prices as follows*:

Adults (16 years and over): £13.20

Children (12-15 years): £9.90

Students: £9.90

Seniors (over 60 years): £9.90

Under 12s: FREE but must have their own ticket

*All prices are true at time of writing and include admin fee + £2 fulfilment fee

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Hotpoint’s Delicious Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Today doesn’t seem autumnal at all with the sun bearing down on us in all it’s glory. But it is Halloween and it is the 31st of October.

By now, we already have our winter coats out and though we haven’t, I’m sure it will soon be so. These are the times that I look forward to something warming in the evenings and to me soup is the best.

So, I was very excited when I was approached to try out this recipe with the Hotpoint Steam Blender.  Here’s a little more about this amazing kitchen gadget. I can’t wait to try it out.

The ultra stylish Hotpoint Steam Blender is perfect for whipping up a delicious and nutritious Steamed Pumpkin Soup. The multifunctional blender is a small technological miracle: just chop your pumpkin into small pieces, put it in the blender and you’ve got a ready-to-eat vegetable soup. Unbeatable for milk shakes, baby food and crushing ice, it can even just be used as a steamer.

Make sure you put all those seeds to good use as well with the Luce by Hotpoint Oven and create tasty Pumpkin Seed Croutons to go along with your soup. With unique and patented Dual Flow technology, chef inspired Intelligent Cooking programmes, sleek integrated handles and LED lights, avoid a cooking nightmare and deliver the finest results in style.

I always wonder what to do after I have carved out my Jack-o-Lantern and now I have the perfect recipe. I shall be trying this out over the weekend but in the meantime you may like to try it out.

Hotpoint have served up some frighteningly good recipes to make the most out of your pumpkins this Halloween:

Steamed Pumpkin Soup


2 finely chopped onions

1 kg peeled, deseeded and chop into chunks pumpkin

500mls hot vegetable stock

100mls double cream


1. Place the onions and pumpkin into the glass blender jug

2. Steam for 7 – 10 minutes until pumpkin is soft

3. Add the hot stock

4. Blend until smooth

5. Add the double cream and blitz for a few seconds

6. Serve in heated soup bowls, sprinkle over pumpkin seed croutons


Pumpkin seed croutons


Seeds from pumpkin

4 slices wholemeal bread

Olive oil


1. Pre-heat Luce oven on multi level to 180 degrees for 5 – 10 minutes

2. Add pumpkin seeds onto a baking sheet, sprinkle over olive oil

3. Roast for 15 minutes

4. Meanwhile, slice the crusts off 4 slices of wholemeal bread, and cut into cubes

5. Add to the pumpkin seeds, sprinkle over olive oil ensuring all side off cubes are covered

6. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes until bread is golden brown.

I am looking forward to pumpkin soup and I will let you know how I get on so be sure to come by and visit (my blog that is!!) I am also looking forward to lovely warm soup served up this winter.

Disclaimer: I was under no obligation to post this article. I think Pumpkin Soup sounds delicious and thought I would share it with my readers.

Storytime Sounds App Review



My children love stories but then which child doesn’t? We read a story every night and then once a week it’s someone’s turn to make up their own bed time story which we all listen too. Yes, even my little 3 year old tells one. Although of course hers are a little like this….”A monkey was eaten by a shark and inside the shark monkey met a pirate…..”




Now, I had never heard of the story time app so after I downloaded it, I found it great for these story times.

Not on the high street had released this app in summer this year and there were five themes – space, fairytales, monsters, pirates and lost world. It covers a wide range of stories.







In time for Halloween, they have released some special sound effects to tell a spooky tale and get everyone pulling up their covers over their heads.

In fact, we had gone away for a mid week break and this came in pretty handy in the car when I was telling the kids a spooky story, to quieten them which got them spooked ( well they asked for it ….The scary story, I mean)

I particularly love the organ sound from the Halloween sounds. It is quite sinister.

I think the app is quite a lot of fun and the children love the new sound effects to our stories. We use the in books as well as telling our own stories. I feel it does help greatly here as the children now fight over telling stories.

The app is free to download and Not on the high street has made it easier for you to try out with this story here. It’s very interesting.


I am hoping that there will be more additions to the app as the children lve it.

Disclaimer: I was under no obligation to write this post. I thought it would be a good read.kop

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