Warwickshire Soaps


This week we’ve been lathering up with some gorgeous soaps from Warwickshire Soaps.  As you know, Spud has sensitive skin but luckily he doesn’t have any allergic triggers and we are able to control his eczema by being careful about what his skin comes into contact with.  This is why I was really keen to review Warwickshire Soaps which only contain natural oils and ingredients, are 100% handmade in the UK and inspired by a little one with sensitive skin like Spud.


The soaps make lovely gifts as well as being suitable for every day use.  They’re a treat you can use every day to keep your skin healthy yet still feel a little indulgent.


With Mother’s Day just around the corner you can use the order page on the website or post on the facebook page.  And how lovely and unique would these look as wedding favours? 


There is a good range of different types of soap to suit all tastes.  If I didn’t have an aversion to Chocolate Orange, it’d smell good enough to eat!  I’m not one for using heavily scented products and the soaps’ fragrances are just right.  Gentle for your nose as well as your skin!


The soap I was really interested in was the Shea Sensitivity baby soap. It only has four ingredients and is very gentle on the skin.  It feels lovely to use and the boys enjoyed washing off their face paint with it on World Book Day.  Pooh Bear doesn’t usually have such prominent eyebrows.



( N.B. the lather on the bar in this photo is from the Splashy Wash not the soap)

Please pop over to the Warwicksire Soap website and facebook page for a closer look and let me know what you think.  I can’t wait to work my way through our soaps (my sister is being gifted the chocolate orange which is great as she has sensitive skin too) which will take a while as a little seems to go a long way.

***We were sent to soaps shown in the photos in return for writing a review.  As always,  the thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely honest***

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March 9, 2015 · 7:30 am

Ice Skating at #SelfridgesTrafford this Christmas

Last week we were offered complimentary family tickets to go ice skating at Selfridges in the Trafford Centre.  We’ve thought about taking the boys skating before now but hadn’t gotten around to it and I wondered if it would be worth it if they didn’t like it.


Well, we all LOVED it!!!


I knew the rink was covered but I wasn’t expecting it to be completely inside which was great especially since it was pretty nippy outside.  The Christmas, skating-themed decorations and the happy, friendly staff added to the welcoming festive atmosphere and we were all excited to get onto the ice.




Adults wear full sized skate boots which reminded me of inline skates I had as a youngster and the little ones have double-bladed skates which they wear over their own shoes.

You can also hire a bright orange seal for children which were invaluable for us.  Spud was confident enough to use the seal to help him balance on the ice but Pooh Bear just wanted to sit on it and be pushed around.  I’ve not seen aids like this before where the child can actually sit on them and it meant that we could all skate together even though Pooh Bear wasn’t keen on the idea of having a go at standing.


There was plenty of space to skate at speed if you wanted to and if you’re not so confident, the seals help your balance too but are a bit low to use for too long as they’re designed to help children and we’re all tall.




What made it even more fun was that The Snowman and The Snow Dog were on the ice!  Spud bought his Snow Dog with him knowing they would be there and loved having his photo taken with them.  They are having  lots of different characters each weekend for you to meet. Next Sunday (21st) Peppa Pig will be making an appearance at the two early morning skates, 9-10 and 10-11am.




I thought I’d have a little play and try and make Spud into an illustration but I’m not sure it worked…




We had a really fun time.  We were all feeling christmassy.  The slight chill in the air and the wind through our hair left us all feeling invigorated and excited.




We had planned to have a hot chocolate at the rink but Spud needed the loo and unfortunately as it was Sunday, Selfridges wasn’t open yet.  Scatty Dad took him whilst we handed our skates back and I have no idea why it took them so long but in the end we decided to meet them at the Christmas Market for food instead.



(Pooh Bear was in a funny mood where he’d pull a cheeky smile before I took a photo but as soon as I pressed the button, he’d pull a grumpy face then run and give me a hug hence the trying-to-escape-pose with his Aunty here)


We’ll definitely be making time next year or perhaps again this year for a Christmas skate, the rink is open every day until 4th January (except Christmas Day).  If you want to find out more about the rink at #SelfridgesTrafford then please visit the website for more details.


****Disclosure****  We were offered complimentary for a family skate but were not asked to write a review in return.  We did however have such a lovely time that we wanted to share it with you.   As always, this review has been written expressing our honest thoughts and opinions.

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Burton Mere Wetlands #countrykids

We had a crazy week during the school holidays.  Every day was all go so I was glad to take time out for a more sedate activity on Halloween morning at Burton Mere Wetlands near Ness.

We only found out about Burton Mere’s existence the week before whilst talking to a lady from the RSPB who manage the wetlands.  We were given simple directions to get there but as usual, we got lost and had to rely on my phone to finally get us all there in one piece.

As it was half term, there was a Halloween Trail on so the boys were very excited…




Scary Faces









These two islands reminded us of Abney and Teal’s…




We also found bats…




And a Woodpecker…



The sky was beautiful and I had a play with a few filters on Instagram…


I think the birds are Canadian Geese.






We met Harry too…


@wildeaboutbirds #HenHarriers


Burton Mere is a really lovely place to visit.  Even with Spud and Pooh Bear shouting “Puuuuuuumpkiiiiiiiin” every so often, it was still a really peaceful place and I loved the atmosphere.  Everyone was really friendly and with the walk, the birds and the hides, there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied in the fresh air.  We’ll definitely be visiting again soon and will try a bit of actual bird spotting next time.


***We have become members of the RSPB so our entry was free to Burton Mere and other reserves across the UK.  We paid for our membership and this ‘review’ is not sponsored in any way.  All thoughts and opinions are honest and accurate as usual***


This post is being linked up with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids.  Please click the icon below and pop over and see how everyone else has been enjoying the outdoors.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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A Beautiful Sunny October Day #countrykids

Last Sunday was just the sort of day I love.  The sun was shining, the sky was blue and we went to the park with friends and family.




We did a bit of swinging…PicsArt_1413567400578


A bit of hanging…




A spot of exploring…



Some rock-hopping…


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And to finish, a bit of modelling ;) ……


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I actually love sunny days in Autumn, Winter and Spring more than I do in the Summer.  The sky always seems much bluer and the way the sun hits everything is just lovely.  You can do much more too since it’s not too hot.  We’re not fans of the heat.


We’re linking up with the marvellous Country Kids over on the Coombe Mill blog.  If you’ve not been over to Fiona’s blog before, please do visit because there are so many other bloggers who link up with brilliant ideas for outdoor fun AND Coombe Mill looks like such a fun place to have a brilliantly child-friendly holiday.


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


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Mesothelioma Awareness Day 2014

Today is Mesothelioma Awareness Day and I know most people probably won’t have heard of this rare form of cancer and even more will have trouble pronouncing it!  Unfortunately, I have actually come across this cancer before and when I was contacted by Heather, I was happy to help raise awareness by sharing her story and some facts about Mesothelioma.

Eight years ago Heather had just given birth to her daughter, Lily, when she was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and was only given 15 months to live.  After life saving surgery to remove her left lung, Heather survived and is now working hard to raise awareness.


Heather and Lily

Heather and Lily


From what I understand from a family member who works with people diagnosed with Mesothelioma, it is an aggressive disease and the average timescale patients are given after diagnosis is 10 months!  The only known cause of Mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos and there are increasing numbers of diagnoses being made of people who were only experienced second-hand exposure i.e. from the clothes of their partner or parent.



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My biggest fear as a parent is being diagnosed with a life limiting or life threatening disease especially whilst my boys are young.  It would be absolutely awful knowing I wouldn’t be around to see them grow up.  I can’t imagine how Heather must have felt to have been given such devastating news so soon after giving birth.  Thankfully Heather is a survivor but she is one of the lucky ones thanks to her swift diagnosis.  I personally have friends and family who were exposed to asbestos so it’s also important to me that we raise awareness and work towards a cure for this cancer specifically.  Although it is rare, approx 2,500 cases are diagnosed in the UK and US each year, it is very aggressive and patients can be relatively young when diagnosed.

Mesothelioma usually sits dormant for 20 – 50 years after exposure so if you think you may have been exposed, please have a look at Mesothelioma.Com (US site) and Mesothelioma UK to find out about the symptoms, support and more information.  You can also follow the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance on Facebook and Twitter.

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