Getting some #Familytime with David Lloyd | Blog

As you will already know if you follow any of my social media we love going to the gym. We have a membership for our local David Lloyd Club and have been going there for almost a year now and we love it. I do classes there, hubby loves the gym and we all go swimming as a family most Sundays so when I was contacted to ask if I wanted to work with them on their new campaign I jumped at the chance (and did an excited little jig too if we are being honest!!).

David Lloyd Clubs is Europe's premier health, racquets and fitness provider with almost 100 clubs all over the country. We are lucky enough to have 2 clubs very close by to us and yesterday we were invited along to the Basildon branch to try out their facilities and check out the club. This club has recently been given a £1.2 million refurbishment so I was super excited to see what they had to offer and how it differed from my home club at Southend. Hubby, Pickle and I all headed off to the club yesterday excited about the plans ahead. Pickle was off to the crèche whilst hubby and I did a couple of classes, then it was lunch and after that a family swim which pickle was super excited about.


Stickman Trail South Weald | Blog

''I'm Stickman, I'm Stickman, I'M STICKMAN...that's me!'

Are you even a parent if you don't know this famous line from one of the most iconic children's books of recent times??
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The Stickman story is one that children all over the UK love and pickle is no exception. He loves the tale of the stickman who travels far away from home and just wants to get back to his stick lady love and his stick children three. The story takes us on an adventure and recently there have been numerous stickman trails popping up all over the country that allows us to go on the adventure too.
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Men...don't be shy!! | Blog

There seems to be such a stigma about talking about sexual issues. From the good old lights on or lights off argument to more serious things like low libido and erectile dysfunction. We seem to be too ''British'' to talk openly about sex and all the stuff that goes with it which is such a shame. Why are we so embarrassed? Majority of people do it/have done it so why the stigma...especially when it comes to talk about problems in that department.

It is estimated that one in ten men suffer erectile dysfunction and according to new research men who have diabetes are very likely to develop problems in this area. In a recent study involving 88, 577 men discovered that more than half of the men included with diabetes suffered with impotence. This shocking study has called for more attention to be paid to what can be done to help.
Why am I writing about this?? Well if there is anyone out there who wants help or thinks that a loved one may need help then here is what you can do:


To the person who decided to close the Children Centres | Blog

When Pickle was born I knew no other Mummies that were around the same age as me in my local area. None of my friends had babies and for the first couple of weeks after pickle was born I relied on the Baby Centre forums for comfort and support. Of course I had my Mum and hubby and my family but there is something so different about having people in your life who are going through the same things as you. It makes you feel more normal but I didn't have that unless I went online. That was until I went along to my local children's centre to get pickle weighed when he was four weeks old.


Staring at the floor...literally! | Blog

Recently Pickle fell over at the park. It wasn't just a little trip...it was a full on fall on the floor without putting his hands down to stop him. In that second that I saw his feet fumble underneath him it was like time stood still. I was too far away to catch him and I could see that he wasn't going to save himself so I had no choice but to watch him fall. I had visions of blood and tears but he bounced. He literally bounced!!! I couldn't believe my eyes. He fell, bounced and rolled then stood up and carried on to the steps of the slide. For a moment I couldn't work out why he had come away totally unscathed from his fall. Then it dawned on me...the bright, colourful flooring that surrounded all of the equipment in the park wasn't just there to look pretty. It was impact safety flooring and it was the reason that pickle bounced.


Mental Health and Me | Blog

Hindsight is a wonderful thing isn't it? Your out of the moment so it allows you to gain some perspective and see things for what they really are. Hindsight has recently really opened my eyes and made me see that maybe my mental health isn't as stable and unshakable as I always thought it was. I've always been a very strong advocate in making your own happiness and if your unhappy then change it and I thought that was my view on mental health too but I've realised now that my opinion was wrong and very one layered. Mental health problems come in so many different forms and serveritys and after a lot of thinking I'm pretty sure that I have some problems that could have the opportunity to rear their ugly head at any point. Let me explain...


How to make flying with a toddler easy! | Blog

As you must know by now by all of the holiday spam on my blog and Instagram, we have recently come back from a holiday to Mallorca. This was pickles first time on an airplane and as he is going to be 3 in September I was gearing up for a tough time on the plane. I was expecting him to get bored and agitated at being in a small chair for over 2 hours so I did quite a bit of planning and prep before hand on how I could make the journey as stress free for all of us as possible and IT WORKED!!!
Pickle was so well behaved and entertained for the entire flight which made the journey as pleasant as possible for hubby and I and all the people around us so I thought I would share with you my top tips for flying with a toddler!

1. Get an iPad filled with games and their favourite shows and some headphones.

The iPad was a god send for us during our flight. Pickle was happy as Larry playing different games such as the Disney Junior app and the kiddloland app and when he got bored of that we were able to pop on an episode of Paw Patrol or Thomas whilst he had a snack. It kept him entertained and he could even have it on during take off and landing which was brilliant!!


Holiday Style for Hubby with Jacamo | Review

As you will probably know if you read my blog or look at any of my social media accounts, we have just come back from a wonderful holiday to Mallorca. I don't know about you but hubby is the worst when it comes to making sure he has everything he needs for holiday. I'm pretty sure men just think that they can take 2 pairs of swimming shorts and a couple of t-shirts and they will be set for the week. I wanted us to go out for a couple of nice meals whilst we were away and wanted something nicer for him to wear than his normal scruffy shorts and tee so when I was contacted asking if I wanted to review some clothes for hubby I jumped at the chance.