Little Bird by Jools Oliver

In our home gender doesn’t have a colour, if you follow me on Instagram you will see that Arthur wears a rainbow of clothing and I purchase items that I like rather than what society expects Arthur to wear and I’m not ashamed to say I often purchase his items from the girls section.

I was rather late to discover the Little Bird range of clothing at mothercare and I came across it by accident but I’m so glad I did as it’s one of the first high street ranges I’ve seen that offers unisex clothing.  Jools Oliver (Jamie’s wife) is the brainchild behind the range, I’m not usually a fan of celebrity designers but Jools has done so well with this range that I can only applaud her.

Little Bird

I love rainbows and so does Arthur so while browsing the internet for Arthurs summer wardrobe you can imagine my delight when I found a whole host of rainbow inspired clothes that looked like they had just stepped out of a Rainbow Brite film which coincidentally  was my favourite toy/programme as a child.

Little bird by jools

My second order of clothes (above) arrived last week and I can’t wait for the warmer weather to arrive so Arthur can wear his new items.

little bird

I couldn’t resist letting Arthur do a quick fashion show, doesn’t he look cute!  Arthur is wearing the Rainbow Print T-shirt in age 2-3 £7.00 and the Blue Towelling Shorts in 2-3 £8.00.

I’ve got my third order of clothing on it’s way and I’m really excited to see the Summer range.  One thing I’ve noticed is that if you see something you like you need to buy it there and then as the following week chances are your size will be gone, this happened to me with a couple of items.

Are you a fan of the Little Bird clothing range?


Sunbites by Walkers

sunbites snacks

Sunbites are the multigrain snack from everyone’s favourite brand Walkers, I’ve been aware of Sunbites for a while now but usually snacks in our home are purchased to suit the palate of my teenage daughter Lucie and I rarely get a choice in what we buy.

The new additions to the Sunbites range include Crispy Crackers, Pitta Bakes and Crackers & Dip.  The Crackers and Pitta bakes come in delicious flavours like Sun Ripened Sweet Chilli, Oven Roasted Rosemary and Vintage Cheddar with Caramelised Onion, real grown up flavours.  The Sunbites snacks actually contain 30% less fat than regular crisps so I’d love to see more flavours in the range that would appeal to the younger market.


I’m a big fan of savoury snacks and prefer savoury over sweet any day so these snacks were perfect for me.  Between the Crackers and the Pitta bakes I was slightly more partial to the crackers, it may have been slightly down to the Sun ripened Sweet Chilli flavour which I preferred however the Pitta Bakes were rather scrummy and I would definitely buy them again to maybe accompany some dips.

Sunbites Crackers and Pitta Bakes come in multipacks of 5 bags and have an rrp of £1.89 which is really good value for money.  I’d like to try the Cream Cheese and Chive crackers next I think as it’s one of my favourite flavours.


My son Arthur helped me out with the Sunbites Crackers and Dip which we had in Caramelised Red Onion Chutney with Lightly Salted Crackers which have an rrp of £1.49.  I loved the sweet and salty contrast and could quite happily have spent the afternoon munching my way through a huge pot of these as they were very addictive.

Earlier in the post I mentioned that I thought these were grown up flavours, I started off with 5 packets of each and after trying one bag of each for myself found that my teenager had been helping herself to the rest as they were “Just so yummy”.  I retract my statement about the flavours as they are obviously loved by all ages and  I now have no excuse about buying more!

What is your favourite snack?  Have you tried the Sunbite range for yourself?

* Disclaimer* Snacks were received as a press sample, my thoughts on the product are my own.


2nd Birthdays

2nd birthday

Ten days ago we celebrated Arthur’s 2nd Birthday, for me it was a very bittersweet time and I’m not enjoying how fast the time is flying past.  I’ve enjoyed the past two years so much and the fact my baby has turned into such a character with an infectious personality in a small space in time makes me wonder where the time has gone as it doesn’t seem like five minutes since I was in hospital giving birth to him.

Birthday Balloons

It’s difficult knowing what to get a 2 year old for their birthday, Arthur has a room full of toys that he doesn’t really play with, he has a wardrobe full of clothes and doesn’t actually need anything so we decided to buy him some new pyjamas, a book and some flashcards.  He got money from most of our family and friends and my parents bought him some lovely wooden toys including an aeroplane which he hasn’t put down since he opened it.

Party Blower Opening presents

Arthur seemed more interested in the Peppa Pig wrapping paper than the contents and actually had the most fun playing with a party blower, he made sure each of us had one after he had licked them all first to see which one he preferred the taste of.

Birthday Boy

I always think it must be such good fun to be a toddler, the world must seem a fascinating place and having a whole day that is all about you and the fun things you like to do must be magical.  We had quite a few tantrums and tears, the day as a whole was a little bit overwhelming for Arthur I think, birthdays are hard work when you are 2.

Minion cake Birthday Cake

Arthur currently has a little bit of an obsession with “Me Mees” or Minions to you and me so I thought it was only right that he got a Minion cake that he dropped on the floor cracking the icing 2 days before his birthday, I discovered on his birthday that Arthur doesn’t like the taste of fondant icing and he isn’t that fussed on cake either.

Vampire fighter plane

Arthur’s birthday treat was a trip to the airfield at Wellesbourne where we watched planes landing and taking off and as a special treat he got to sit in the cockpit of a De Havilland DH.100 Vampire XK590 at the wartime museum which for me was the highlight of the trip although Arthur couldn’t get out fast enough and preferred to look at it from the safety of his daddy’s arms.

It’s hard to believe that this time next year Arthur will be celebrating his 3rd Birthday and starting nursery school. Time please stop going quite as fast.


Touchscreen gloves with the iPhone 6

I love my iPhone, it’s in my hand more often than anything else I own.  I use my phone to keep in touch with friends and family and most importantly to take snaps of Arthur and Lucie so family who don’t live near us can get to see them growing up through video and pictures.

I recently discovered that the iPhone is the most used phone camera which is pretty impressive, I’ve had all versions of iPhone and the improvement in the camera compared to the first one I had is huge.  I can’t find many differences between the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 apart from the speed of focus and flash, you can see for your self below.

iphone 6 iphone5

We’ve had some pretty cold days this winter/spring and usually if you’re wearing gloves you can’t access your phone as the material just slips from the screen.




I’ve been test driving these fab touchscreen gloves in shocking pink which look pretty snazzy when teamed up a nice blazer and chunky jewellery as shown above.

touchscreen gloves

The Trendz gloves are the perfect fashion accessory for Iphone6 during cold spells of which we have had many. They allow ultimate control of your touch screen device with their built-in intelligent touch technology. The gloves contain specially formulated conductive threads so that you can operate your touch screen with ease, whilst keeping your hands and fingers warm. I’ve been using these gloves with my iPhone and Ipad and they also work on my laptop which has a touch screen so when the temperature drops in the house I’ve been frequently wearing them to stop my hands getting cold.

You can see the gloves in action in the youtube video above, I thought it might be a good idea to share this with you rather than just talk about how great the gloves are, I know I like to see products in use as it’s more believable than just reading someone’s opinion.

Disclaimer: I was sent the gloves for review purposes.




Win 3 Microgreens Windowsill Allotments


How would you like to win 3 microgreens windowsill allotments?  These were purchased by myself and not provided by a sponsor (I think it makes it more fun)

Each kit contains everything you need for 3 harvests each which means you will be eating a lot of delicious and nutritious salads over the coming weeks.

Up for grabs are Ruccola Ruffles which has an intense peppercorn taste, Aqua Asiana which tastes like watercress and Ruby Frills which has a sweet beetroot taste.

To win all 3 just enter below using the Gleam app.  There are lots of different ways to enter and the only mandatory option is to leave a comment telling me what the first thing you grew from seed was.  Good Luck!

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