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A family lifestyle, arts and culture blog.

2/22/2018

8 Reasons Why Friends Without Kids Rock!

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I have always had friends in my life who don't have any children, and I'm always reading so much negativity towards these kind of friends. A lot of this seems to come from an almost jealous point of view, as if they're a total drag and don't really appreciate family life. But deep down, is it us parents that wish we didn't have so much responsibility heaped on our shoulders? Is it us parents that wish we could just pop to the pub without a second thought or go on a mini-break at the drop of a hat?

Don't get me wrong, before I had kids I had no idea what parents go through, from childcare to peeing in peace, there's a lot more to being a parent than we ever think there will be. I will also admit to thinking that people without children don't really get what it's like to have children, but rather than slate those (amazing!) friends, I choose to celebrate the good stuff, so here are eight reasons why friends without kids absolutely rock...
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2/21/2018

Fairfields Farm Heat & Eat™: Delicious Hot or Cold!

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*Thank you to Fairfield Farm for our samples for this review!


Our weekly movie night usually involves a snuggle on the sofa, a good movie (unless Warren picks it!) and an array of tasty snacks to share. We love the big sharing bags of crisp you can rip open and dive into, so we were super excited to receive a bundle of Fairfield Farm Heat & Eat™ Crisps!
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2/20/2018

Giveaway: Win Tickets to see What the Ladybird Heard at New Theatre!

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I'm super excited to be hosting a giveaway on the blog today. If you're a Julia Donaldson fan and you haven't filled up your half-term just yet, then hold tight because we have an awesome giveaway for you! What the Ladybird heard is coming to New Theatre this week and we have a family ticket to giveaway to one lucky reader.
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2/19/2018

Review: Peanut Butter Maker from Find Me A Gift.

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*Thank you to Find Me A Gift for this product to review.
We were recently sent a really cool kitchen gadget from Find Me A Gift; our very own Peanut Butter Maker. We love all kinds of nuts, but to be able to turn them into a delicious butter to use on toast, in sandwiches or other inventive meals was a very exciting prospect indeed!
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2/18/2018

Review: A Number by Caryl Churchill at The Other Room.


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*Thanks to The Other Room for tickets to show for the purpose of this review.

Ever since I was a teenager I have loved Caryl Churchill's Top Girls, so I was super excited to be invited to review A Number at The Other Room in Cardiff. I haven't read A Number, but I had an inkling that it would be just as wonderfully written as Top Girls- and guess what? I was right... for once!
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2/16/2018

Would You Change Your Wedding Day?

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*This is a sponsored post.
There are so many moments in life that are so full of reflection, and one of the biggest moments in my life was my wedding day. It feels like an unforgettable memory, from start to finish, so I guess I'm constantly reflecting on it as my life changes.
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Seven Clever Ways to Brighten Up Your Home.

 
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*This is a sponsored post.


The tiny glimpse of sunshine through my dining room window is enough to make me squeal with joy; I just love sunshine! It seems that most of us do, and with 1 in 15 of people suffering from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), it's important to increase the light we see all year around.
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