Kelly Allen Writer

A family lifestyle, arts and culture blog.


Blog Tour: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare.

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Hey guys! So today on the blog we have a very exciting extract from a new Mills & Boon book, The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare. The story follows Emma Gladstone as she strikes a deal with a Duke; his terms include producing his heir, never asking questions about his battle scars and no kissing, but Emma has other ideas and her terms include dinner together each night with added conversation and a glimpse at the man beneath the scars...

Review: Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales at Sherman Theatre.

Three people dressed in yellow fisherman clothing with little fish props.

It has been a full on day of theatre today, and I am not complaining at all! We've been waiting in anticipation to see Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales at Sherman for a long time; we adore Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler; their stories are truly unforgettable.


Review: What the Ladybird Heard at New Theatre.

Four performers on stage on a farm.

Today we had the pleasure of seeing one of our favourite books come to life on stage at New Theatre, Cardiff. What the Ladybird Heard is a Julia Donaldson classic, we have the sound effects version of the book and we adore it. 

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...


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!


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.


Review: Peanut Butter Maker from Find Me A Gift.

Boxed Peanut Butter Maker with title 'Review: Peanut Butter Maker From Find Me A Gift.'
*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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