My kids have been asking for daily countdowns to Halloween for about two months now so it’s fair to say they’re a little bit excited?! When I told them we’d been asked by Poundworld if we could share a little bit about their Halloween range and would they be interested in helping out at all you can imagine their answer. We don’t have many shops where we live but we do have a Poundworld and both my kids adore it. All that was left then was to transform our dining room from a chilled out space into a spooky set for a little Halloween party.

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A few weeks ago Smyths Toys asked us if we would like to check out their new toy Snot. I knew my kids always love getting surprises in the post but….Snot? Well it didn’t sound like the most attractive thing to me but my kids are four and six and therefore more inclined to be interested in anything that sounds a little bit gross. Fast forward to this week and Snot arrived in the post. Smyths Toys describe him as the toy no one wanted but what would my kids think?

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I don’t know about you but for me the excitement of Christmas is almost as good as the big day itself. As well as the pre-Christmas traditions we have like making gingerbread and mince pies one of things I used to love as a kid was looking through toy catalogues and it’s no surprise that my kids are the same. Did any of us ever expect to get everything we ticked? Not at all but it was a great way to get some inspiration which now I’m a parent I need as much as I did as a kid! Smyths Toys asked us if we could check out their latest catalogue and decide what we think are the best toys for this Christmas and you won’t be shocked at all to discover that my kids were more than up for the challenge.

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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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