My Top Five Places For Snowdrop Hunting In Surrey

One of the biggest things I love about the UK are our changing seasons. 

I may moan continually about the amount of cold weather we have here but once those first signs of Spring start to show I get super excited about the warmer weather we have to look forward to, and start plans for when we are going to get out and enjoy the longer days and the glimmers of sunshine.

For me one of the first signs that Spring is on its way is the arrival of the pretty snowdrops and here are my top five places to go and enjoy them for the short time they are around.

Gatton Park, Reigate

We took a trip to Gatton Park the other day as always were really pleased with the display of snowdrops and pretty yellow aconites that cover the banks and are scattered throughout the stunning Japanesse gardens.

There are often activities put on for the children too. We didn’t see any on our trip last week but enjoyed some snowdrop related crafts last year.

Painshill, Cobham

Painshill is a favourite destination for us at Christmas time but is also very special at this time of year.

You can take in the sights of the beaufiful spring flowers whist visiting the stunning crystal grotto and gothic towers that Painshill is so rightly famous for.

Wisley, Woking

The snowdrops at Wisley cover a few different areas and are a beautiful sight to see.

Whist you are there a trip to the butterflies is a must, as well as taking in the sights of the vast, gorgeously cultivated gardens.

Polsden Lacey, Great Bookham

The magnificent home and gardens of Polsden Lacey make the perfect home for a beautiful trail of snowdrops that line Lime Walk all the way from the reception to the grounds at the back of the house.

A trip to the adventure playground is also well worth a visit!

Winkworth Arboretum, Godalming

Another National Trust favourite for snowdrop hunting is Winkworth Arboretum that hosts thousands of varieties covering the beautiful grounds that are perfect for exploring at this time of year.    


Should I Have Stepped In Or Was I Right To Turn A Blind Eye

A trip into town yesterday and what should have been an enjoyable lunch with two of my children will now always be etched on my mind as something completly different.

We had settled down to a lovely meal after attending an event yesterday. It was actually the best meal out that we have had in a long time as both the children had sat perfectly which is a rarity!

Sadly though just as we were finishing up our deserts a huge cloud came over the afternoon after what I witnessed at the table in front of us.

The table had infact caught my eye earlier on as I had seen a young couple with a baby of about a year old sitting enjoying their meal and I was astounded at how well behaved he was. Sitting quietly on a bench not making a murmur which is a far cry from what any of mine would have been like at that age!

Then all of a sudden there was a huge commotion, the baby had grabbed a glass that had hit the floor! The parents were screaming and staff came running over.

The manger quickly tried to calm the situation, but the father was furrious and was shouting at the mother.

Then the father proceeded to shout and hit the baby! I looked in astonished at first and couldn’t believe that he clearly found it acceptable to lay his hands on a child, let alone a baby who was barely a year old and had accidentally knocked a glass to the floor.

All went quiet but I couldn’t take my eyes off of their table. He then proceeded to strike him twice again whilst paying for his meal, all the tables that were a lot closer to me and the waiter who was taking his money were all witnessing this and nothing was being said.

By this point the mother was collecting together their belonging and my blood was boiling. 

He then picked the child up, shook him twice and grabbed at his face.

At this point I rose from my chair and made my way over to confront him. I then looked back at the worry on my own children’s faces and stopped myself.

In the past I have felt the need to put myself in other people’s situations that have made me feel uncomfortable and my husband had warned me that one day I would come unstuck.

This thought stopped me for the sake of my own children as I could have been putting them in danger by confronting a man like this.

A man that happily struck, shook and grab his tiny, precious baby in a packed restaurant without looking round once. Clearly so happy that his actions were justified and this is what worried me even more. 

Through this whole ordeal the baby didn’t make a noise, not one wimper and not one tear was shed and it is now killing me inside to think what this poor child must suffer at home if this monster thinks they kind of violence is acceptable in such a public place.

I will forever regret not going with my gut and confronting this man, but then if I had in reality what would have been done?

The police probably wouldn’t have deemed it as an offence and it happened in such a short frame of time I dont think this would have been an option anyway.

Would I have just caused unnecessary upset for my own children and put us in a dangerous situation?

All I do know is that my gut is now churning from what I saw and if a situation ever arises like this again I won’t be taking the British approach and turning a blind eye as my heart and conscience couldn’t take it! 

L.O.L Surprise Meet And Greet With Toys And Me

Toys And Me

Half term is only a few days away and I’m sure you are all pulling your hair out thinking of ways to keep the children occupied.

Well if you head over to Westfields, Shepherds Bush on Monday there is the chance to have a meet and great with ‘Toys And Me’ a huge YouTube star who is there to introduce you all to the fantastic new collection of collectables called L.O.L Surprise.

It is a ticket only event but the tickets are free and each ticket holder will receive a doll at the event. 

Tickets can be ordered by simply clicking through to this link ‘here’

We are going along to join in the fun and can’t wait. I know that my YouTube obsessed daughter is itchy to meet Toys And Me and get to see what L.O.L Surprise have to offer!

Barbie™Video Game Hero Giveaway

Barbie™ has come a long way since my day and I love how she has evolved and become a strong woman with a zest for life that young girls can use their imagination and really get involved with. 

Alongside the great dolls and accessories  Mattel have just bought out a fab new DVD Barbie™ Video Game Hero, that is due for release on 13th February 2017 and sees Barbie getting sucked into her favourite video game where she meets a whole host of new friends that I’m sure you would love to meet as much as her!

Barbie™ finds herself transporting through the many different levels with her new found friend Cutie, a super sweet cloud shaped character.

They are there perfect pairing and use there skills in a bid to complete the game to save the world.

Do you think Barbie™ and her friends have what it takes to solve the game?

The only way to find out is to take a look for yourselves and what better way to do this then to win your own copy.

For your chance to win all you need to do is answer this simple question in the comments section below. Good Luck!

What is the name of Barbie’s new cloud shaped friend? 

Celebrating National Pizza Day With Sweetpea Pantry

Who doesn’t like pizza would be an easier question to ask than who does.
Pizza is the the most popular choice when it comes to takeaways with pepperoni coming in as the top choice; and if you thought pizza was a relatively new thing you would be very far from the truth as the first ever pizzeria was opened in Italy way back in 1738!

There are a whole variety of toppings available now and as a family we love evenings of making up our own combinations.

It is the perfect meal to allow everyone to get hands on and pick the things they they really like.

To celebrate National Pizza Day I have joined up with the lovely people at Sweetpea Pantry who challenged us to create on own pizza using their fab Playful Pizza Dough Mix.

A while ago we were lucky enough to try out their Ginger Giggles Biscuit Mix and were more than impressed with the child friendly mixes that are easy to prepare, healthy and great fun.

The Playful Pizza Mix lived up to what I expected and created the perfect base to make our creation.


I decided to steer away from the norm and create a sweet pizza but keeping  sugar to a minimum with a few products that are low in sugar but still taste good.

Take a look and see if it is something you fancy giving a try, it would actually be the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Heart Pizza

  • Pack of Playful Pizza Dough
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 50g dairy free milk choc chips
  • 50g dairy free white choc chips
  • 300g Jim Jams reduced sugar hazelnut spread
  • 50g freedom vegetarian mini marshmallows
  • Handful of raspberries
  1. Mix the dough according to the instructions.
  2. Once ready take one of the three dough balls and create a heart shape leaving a slight lip around the edge to create the crust.
  3. Prick the dough with a fork and cook for 10 mins.
  4. Take out and allow to cool slightly.
  5. Next take the hazelnut spread and cover the base.
  6. Sprinkle over the chocolate chips first, followed by the marshmallows and finally add a few raspberries to the very top.
  7. Place under the grill until the marshmallows have slightly toasted and the chocolate has melted slightly.

Let me know if you give this a try as I would love to know what you think!

The Power Of Music And How It Evokes Memories

            “You can go your own way”

These words are just a few of many from Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits album that will always spark off nostalgia from my childhood.  

Singing along in the car with my family on trips to the seaside will always spring to the forefront of my mind the minute I hear the first few notes of this song.

I don’t know what it is with music that immediately transports you to a time of situation the minute you hear it, but it’s a powerful thing and is the same in all of us be the memories good or bad.

Years after certain events can seem like yesterday through the power of music and it’s a huge reason why I love to share a variety of genres with my children to open their minds to the sheer wonder of music.


Last year when we attended Camp Bestival it was wonderful to be able to stand their and enjoy artists from my youth such as Bananarama and share with my little ones the memories their songs bought back to me; which were mainly playing their album over and over again on my stacking system in my bedroom whilst driving my Mum and Dad mad!

It was not only blasts from the past for me that evoked old memories that I enjoyed sharing it was also creating new ones with my children like my daughter bundling me to the front of the stage to see her favourite Jess Glynne.

The moment she starting singing ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’ my daughter’s  face instantly lit up and it is a moment that will stay with me forever.

With Madness set to take to the stage this year who were another favourite of my Dad’s and Anne Marie a new fav of my daughter’s I’m sure their will be plenty more tunes that are going to be firmly etched in our memory banks for years to come!

If you fancy taking a trip to the best family festival around and enjoy an endless list of fantastic artists then take a look ‘here’

Getting Rid Of Anxieties With ‘The Worry Plaque’ 

Number four started school in September and amazingly he has settled well and has come on absolute leaps and bounds in terms of his learning and behaviour which is something I never expected.

He is however a complex little thing and he is extremely hard to work out. He bottles things up and is a real closed book.

When he is worried or anxious he tends to  lash out and problems are usually masked with aggression.

It is so frustrating and upsetting for all of us when he reacts this way and although it is an outlet for him it never really gets to the crux of the problem.

When we were asked to try out The Worry Plaque from The Irish Fairy Door Company I didn’t really hold out much hope in it working for us.


The plaque is battery operated and can be mounted to the wall. We are yet to find the perfect place for it so it is currently on number four’s chest of drawers.

The idea is that the child places their hand onto the handprint. The handprint appears red whilst they tell the fairies their worries and when it turns green all their worries are taken away by the fairies and the negative energy they create is then turned into good energy to grant lovely new wishes.


Number four is an extremely pessimistic child for someone of the tender age of five but he has been complexly encapsulated with the magic of this and has been a firm believer that all his worries will be safely taken away for him.


I couldn’t be happier with this fabulous idea that is perfect for little ones that find expressing their feelings hard.

Their are also a whole host of short videos online that show the fairies talking about worries such a bullying, falling out with friends, fears of spiders and many more.

A little bit of fairy magic has done the trick for us and I highly recommend giving it a go for yourselves.

*we were given this plaque for the purpose of this review and they are all my own, honest opinions.