One of the qualities I appear to have passed down to my daughter is a shared love of all things horse and unicorn, it really makes me giggle when she tells me ‘I love you mummy becuse you a magical unicorn.’ I have no idea why she thinks I would be a unicorn but I’m happy to go along with that – as the mum of two young kids I know that there’s a lot worse things you can be called! I’m really happy to be working with Petplan Equine who asked if my daughter would like to draw her dream horse which they would turn into a toy for her. At three years old obviously her drawing is still very much as you would expect for her age (and drawing horses is so tricky!) but I was really proud of how she put her best into giving it a go!

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This list and printable for one month of packed lunch ideas is part of a #backtoschool #shop hosted by Collective Bias. All the opinions in it are my own. Packed lunches are a funny one. I always start each term with the idea that I am going to be the perfect mum with loads of cool bento stuff packed full of nutritional value that my kids will happily wolf down. About three days into each term though reality bites, I realise I haven’t ordered any bread and I’m running around looking for PE kits and library books and the pretty stuff just isn’t happening. Over time I’ve learnt that the best thing for me is to plan my kids lunches out, that way I’m making sure they don’t have a cheese sandwich and an apple every day and I’m not quite so panicked. As it’s something that helps me I thought it might help other people too so today I’m sharing a free printable with a whole month of lunch box ideas.

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This weekend we made the most of the good weather and managed to sort out a last minute camping trip to The Land in Perranporth. I love camping; being outside, getting to explore a new area, the kids having fun, but I can also find it pretty exhausting. My kids aren’t great sleepers and as much as I want to spend time having fun with them I do struggle sometimes just because I’m so tired, I get moany, short tempered (oops) or I depend on sugar to get through the day. This time though I took some Berocca with me so that I could really make the most of our break and have fun with the kids and explore Perranporth.

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We had such a blast with this fun challenge from Petplan and I’m so excited to be able to share the results with you today, I’m sure you’ll agree the results are pretty amazing! My son has been on about wanting a pet for ages, depending on the day that’s been dogs, chickens, snakes and dinosaurs. I had a dog when I was a kid and I think that pets can be a good way to encourage responsibility in children. Petplan asked my son to design his dream pet and he set to work on the challenge.

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Like most things kid related my kids are the total opposite when it comes to what they will drink. My daughter will literally only drink water which while it’s a bit frustrating at times, is great because I know it’s good for her. My son? Juice, smoothies, squash, milkshakes…anything but water really. I was genuinely really happy to be asked to work with Highland Spring because it gave me a bit of a challenge, could I get my son to join his sister and get more water in his diet? But being the mum I am I also had to give the kids a bit of a challenge too so I set them up a simple DIY garden obstacle course, perfect for when the sun makes an appearance!

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