Active Family – Precious Pedal Power

precious pedal powerThis week in the midst of getting into the routine of school and work something magic happened …. 

My little guy finally cracked how to pedal.

This may not be amazing or news worthy for some but for me it’s altogether another story. 

Earlier in the year we reviewed this tractor and Joshua although loving it, really struggled to pedal in fact he gave up trying and just scooted about using his feet. 

It has been a very stressful Summer with him continually trying to pedal but just not getting it and the most he had managed had been the odd pedal backwards. 

This week my little guy dragged out his tractor once again, jumped on and set off on a full pedal! 

Needless to say there were cheers and applause all round, along with some gigantic smiles from his lordship himself! 

I know this is only a small milestone but for a bike loving family this is a giant pedal in the right direction and one I can’t help but get really excited with! 

Today the garden tomorrow the world!

Have you been active this week? 

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Your toy story – Model Trains

002No matter how old you are .. when you think of your childhood you automatically think of a special memory, many of which include  those now ‘retro toys’ they are called now, I think it’s just a conspiracy to make me feel older than I am! 

I remember the Operation board game when we moved into my grandparents old house and the spider that had made a home in the body! .. I remember Care Bears and teenage mutant ninja turtles but for me what I really remember is the really genuine TV adverts that were so very well thought out and ones that stayed in mind years after and some of which stayed even now 30 years on! 

My all time favourite advert was the yellow pages advert (1985) for the Hornby Train Model that the young boy hunted round all the model trains shops for just the right one for his Dad who had the most amazing real model train set which was set up in the attic! 



We never had a model train set, although we did have the pleasure of decking out our living room on occasion as a scalextric track, but that was few and far between. 

These days I am loving that retro and older toys are more in fashion now than ever before, and to top it off my Dad now has model trains so my kids can always discover the beauty while the rest of us reminisce! 

If all else fails there is always good old Thomas Tank ….

During the last four weeks John Lewis have been celebrating different retro toys and have featured them on their  John Lewis Insurance microsite (, to see if your favorite toy is on the list why not pop over …

Firstly though do tell me what your childhood toy was .. or what was the one you really wanted but never had?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, however all opinion and thoughts are those of members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.

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#52LittleThings Week 38 – Look After Your Teeth!

52LT-Week-38If you are new round here and have not come across my #52LittleThings posts before I am taking part in the #52LittleThings challenge with AXA PPP healthcare to make small changes in my lifestyle one week at a time to become a healthier and happier person.

This week its all about Looking after your teeth, something that as a household we try to do but are not always successful with, trying to get a toddler to open wide and a teenager who is as stubborn at Beth to do them is not an easy task.

Ok so when I was a small child I was not great at brushing either but as a teen I soon realised to keep my breath fresh I needed to brush! 

brushing teethIt’s now as I sit here as a soon to be 35-year-old I am owning up to the world that I have not had a check up at the dentists in 18 months+ and I have had a filling sorted for over a year. I don’t eat on that side anymore and It hurts everyday but yet I still keep avoiding them, I am not stupid I know I am making it worse for when the day comes I can’t bear the pain anymore… silly really!

All this about my own teeth but yet I ensure that my children go for checkups religiously and asking them “have you brushed your teeth” so much so it now sounds like a mantra in our house. 

So what should we be doing to keep our teeth clean and healthy?

Brushing twice a day - For adults and childrens

- use childrens for under 6s and regular of adults and teens

Flossing - Should be encouraged from an early age

Healthy eating - always helps keep our mouths healthy

Check-ups - regularly! 

And if you are anything like my toothbrush avoiding teen you can find some more information about brushing your teeth with the folk over at AXA PPP health as they have a great post on Dental Through Your Lifetime.

But why should we really be brushing? apart from the obvious answers such as gum disease and tooth loss there is also the fact that developing these types of problems can cause upset and emotional problems and of course reduced confidence which all can affect a lot more than you think!
This week I intend to rectify my issues with my tooth and I am going to finally get an appointment booked in for my check up and filling, after all I am parent and leading by example is the best way forward.

Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with AXA PPP healthcare’s #52LittleThings and I have been compensated for this post. However all words and thoughts were developed and written by members of The Oliver’s Madhouse.

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My Style Of Travel Plan …

Some of my regular readers know that I am massively a little OCD about my travelling, I think it has something to do with my OCD tendencies and a lot to do with the fact I am a rubbish traveler. 

Now up until a year ago I always thought that I would never make much of a traveller but as each trip goes by I am feeling more confident and when I was recently introduced to I was really excited as this is no ordinary site. 

The BETA site for this company is showing some really clever tools already to make planning any kind of trip easy, with some essential tools I think any site should have such a the ability to search on price, this site also has the ability for natural language searches (how clever is that!)

It is also going to allow for all users to look at booking not only what is in their budget but by time and service provider too ultimately making the searcher the one in control of what they will then go and book (you can’t purchase directly from the site)

So how does it work? 
print screenTo start its super easy all you need to do is pick where you want to go and some idea of when.
print screen 2and the site does the rest locating the cheapest for you and then showing you flexible options in the ‘indicative prices’ so if you are flexible you can see where you would save money. 
amedaous4It gives you the option of who you want to fly with, when and the times along with the ability to save your favourite plans that you can choose to either keep private, share with select people (adding in their emails) or to make it public for everyone to see. 

I chose 2 plans from trips I would love to make one being Miami in May  and another for Paris at Christmas both of which got me quite addicted to playing with this site, anything that means I can plan and save money has my vote. 

What I like about the site is that its simple to use and over time its going to include more and more features to organise every aspect of your trip! … 

For now though I am going to carry on getting addicted to planning travel ideas (its like the Pinterest of holiday planning!)

So with the help of my trusty readers why don’t you broaden my horizons by popping over to plan your trip with and pop back and tell me what plan you built so I can put it on my list of place to go too … 

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Magic Moments 15/9/14

magic momentsYay happy Monday! 

Sorry for the late reading session for last weeks Magic Moments but i finally got everyone one read Sunday and I am feeling all warm and fuzzy ready for this weeks.

So without further ado its Magic Moments time! 

Feel free to tweet me your links throughout the week several times if you would like and I will happily retweet you every time you do .. (please don’t tweet me every post you write this week .. just the Magic Moments one you linked up) 

Don’t forget there is a Magic Moments page on Google+ to, so if you are on G+ feel free to pop over and add your link and visit … also I have just created a Magic Moments collaborative Pintrest board too which you are more than welcome to pin your post onto too! Feel free to email me directly  ( ) so I can make sure I am following and that I can add you to the board too.

If you are new to Magic Moments you can find more information over HERE.

Don’t forget that linkys only work when people take the time to visit and share with others. With such a large crowd linking in please don’t think you have to comment on every one. I know many of you don’t have time for this and it’s unrealistic, however please visit as many as you can manage to share some love and build community spirit.

If you would like to join in  I would love it if you would pop on the Magic Moments badge or a link back to me  as it also helps others to see where you are linking up and they may decided to pop over and link up too! Remember the more people who take part and link up, the more people who are likely to visit, but this is only a polite request not a prerequisite

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When Will Time Slow Down?

power of softWhen Will Time Slow Down … that’s a question I ask every single day since my daughter was born.

At 20 my life was carefree and chaotic, always looking forward to the next weekend but how little I knew about time till Beth came along when I was 21.

My told me from the moment I discovered I was pregnant that I should treasure every moment as it goes so fast you don’t want to regret missing a minute. 

Those first months were so hard being a single Mum after domestic violence, it made me all the more determined to treasure the time with my daughter, it made me want to remember every waking moment 2014-09-03 08.26.59with her .. I cherished every second of us being a 2, we had very little money but we only needed us and hugs got us through.

In the blink of an eye my tiny baby has become a beautiful, intelligent young lady with an opinion the size of  killer whale and an attitude to match … It only make me all the more proud of what an independent young lady she is becoming … although please don’t tell her I said that … her ego would be unbearable! 

Ten years later after declaring I would never have anymore children my heartstrings played a beautiful tune when Joshua arrived … a special little guy that only cemented us all further. 

The newborn baby smell and his little face looking into his sister as she sings him a rather revolting song .. teenage style…. of course!  The adoring little face that looks up to her and listens so intently. newborn kisses

These moments are so very precious and I am so very glad that I have had such beautiful memories to treasure. We didn’t have the happiest start but my goodness we are certainly making up for it … now if only time would slow down! 

We are both still not adamant that our family is complete and this being the case If we are lucky to ever have number 3 … I will be making it my mission to take my foot of the pedal and enjoy every single second of it and stop wishing for the next stage no matter how tiring, hard or tedious the stage is! 

Fairy Non Bio have decided to celebrate each and every embrace with the #PowerofSoft with this gorgeous video …. now if we can’t slow down the time, let’s make the most of it while we can! 

Disclaimer: This post is a sponsored post in which  I received compensation for writing. However, all views expressed are my own and all words were written by me

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