Watery Fun with Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table: A Review

Although we love exploring the great outdoors, we always try and make the most out of our garden – despite it’s size and the fact that it’s on a slight incline. We know we are incredibly lucky to have a garden, so why not use it. Plus, T is still of an age where he doesn’t give two hoots whether he’s out or at home, just as long as he’s kept busy.

As you know, T is a complete water baby. This is evident in the fact that he can’t not splash in puddles, he adores bath times, and give him a bottle of water and a few cups and you’ve lost him for at least 20 minutes. So when we were offered to try out Little Tikes’ new ‘Fountain Factory Water Table‘ we knew it would be a hit with him.

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The Person Behind the Parent {Sarah: Toby Goes Bananas}

Another month, another featured blogger for our ‘Person Behind the Parent’ feature!
Last month Lauren from Belle Du Brighton kindly told us that her grandad wrote the Irish national anthem (say what!). This month, Sarah from Toby Goes Bananas shares the person she is behind the parent she is.
Please introduce yourself… 
I’m Sarah; teacher, wife, mum to two boys, looking down the wrong end of my 30s.
Where can we find you?
In real life you can find me in Lancashire, or online at tobygoesbananas.co.uk – I’m also all over social media @tobygoesbananas

I’ll start with some easy ones… 

What’s your favourite food?
Maltesers, or mashed potato, not both at the same time though!
What’s your favourite film?
Dirty Dancing. Or Die Hard. Or Singing in the Rain…. I can’t just pick one!
What’s your favourite book?
Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – I must have read it about 20 times as a child, and many more since. I think I know every word off by heart.
Do you have any hobbies? 
Other than blogging? Not really at the moment – before kids I danced in amateur musicals. I’ve managed one since Toby was born but it’s just takes too much commitment at the moment.
Tell us one guilty pleasure.
Drive through Starbucks when the kids are asleep in the back of the car. ooooo. Need one of these near me!
Tell us something quirky about yourself.
I can play the ukulele (there’s a load of videos of me on YouTube somewhere if you look hard enough).
Tell us something we don’t know about you.
I was friends with Benedict Cumberbatch at university. Unfortunately I haven’t spoken to him for about 18 years!
One word to describe yourself would be…
Tired!

Now some harder ones…

Children aside, what has been your proudest moment? 
In my first year of teaching I was given a bottom set Standard Grade French class (the equivalent of GCSE in Scotland) – against all the odds I got them all to pass when half of them were predicted to fail. That’s frickin’ awesome.
Children aside, what has been your biggest achievement?
Getting through teacher training and my probation year – I thought about quitting so many times.
If you could meet one person (dead or alive) who would it be and what would you say? 
I would love to meet Barack Obama and tell him he did an awesome job. And convince him to get Michelle to run for President next time. Yes!!!
If you weren’t where you are now, where would you be? What would you be doing?
I think there was a point in 2010 when my life took a dramatic turn. In a mixture of random coincidences I met my husband to be. If I hadn’t met him then, I would still be single, still living in Scotland, not have the boys and my life would be very different to the one I have now.
If you could be one person for the day who would it be?
Ooh, good question. I would love to be Kate Middleton for a day. Our kids are pretty much the same ages but I would love to see how different our lives are. I bet she wasn’t refereeing a fight over Duplo in her pyjamas at lunchtime today!
If you could travel to one place in the whole world where would you go? 
There are so many places I would love to go, it’s so hard to choose one…can I say a whole continent? In which case, South America. I learnt a lot about the countries and the history when I was learning Spanish and I’d love to go and see it all.
If you could learn one thing, what would it be?
I really like to learn to snowboard. I worked in the Alps in the winter of 1999-2000 but I knackered the ligaments in my ankle while I was there and totally regret not learning to snowboard.
If you could tell yourself one thing, what would it be?
You are a good mum, even when you’re tired and grumpy. You’re doing the best you can. *applause*
Where is your happy place?
Bed! I love to sleep. Before kids it wasn’t unheard of for me to sleep entire weekends away. Oh and cuddling my boys on the sofa, when they’ll both sit still for more than five minutes.
What is your life metaphor or mantra?

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Days Out: Our Easter

No sooner were we celebrating T’s second birthday we were then onto Easter! How fast is this year going? We are already a third of the way through it already.

This Easter Sharon decided to take a few days off before the weekend to make up for the fact I was working one of the days over Easter (yay to shift working!), so with this we decided to make the most of the time off together (and the weather).

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The Bullet Journal Diaries: Reasons Why I BuJo

*Information from a press release by Cartridge Save*

We are already a quarter into 2017, which means I’ve stuck to Bullet Journalling for a whole 3 months! I would have hoped this would have been the case, but with busy schedules it’s actually pretty tough to find time to sit down and properly update the BuJo.

Don’t getting me wrong, I’m sad to see that a couple of pages have fallen to the wayside as I really don’t have time to sit and draw things, for example, and certain challenges I set myself (a book a month, as another example) have also slowed right down, but nevertheless, I’ve still managed to keep up with the main diary body and I’ve made use of the other pages I’ve created to help me plan ahead.

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Two Year Update

It goes without saying that the past year has absolutely flown by and I’m now going to be completely predictable and say the old saying of; ‘it feels like yesterday’ that T was a baby and just turning one. But it really does. I can’t believe he’s now two years old.

With T starting nursery and me returning to work full time I’m not surprised that the weeks have flown by. We’re set in such a busy routine of work, swimming, weekends that there’s often zero time to just stop and observe. As soon as T turned one it felt like all the milestones were suddenly being reached. Walking and talking to name but a few.

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