Tracky Train OUT NOW!

This is it people! Tracky Train is OUT NOW!!

About the game


Lay track to stay ahead of the speeding Train. Keep moving or the Train will catch up and CRASH into you! Stay ahead by making sure the Train picks up the waiting passengers and stops at the stations to drop them off. 



By swiping across the screen you control the handcar and lay tracks for the train that is following you. As the train goes past passengers it stops to pick them up (unless it's full) and each time you drop off passengers at a station you earn coins. You use your coins to upgrade your train and unlock new ones.

Nurture your kids' immunity with new-look Nurture Drinks

With the focus on sugar in drinks at the moment I'm on the lookout for healthy drinks for my boys. Getting them to drink water is the best way to nurture their immunity but them actually drinking water is another matter.

I have started adding Robinsons Squash'd to their water to get them to drink it, and it's proving popular. 

But another way you could get your kids drinking more healthy drinks is to try out the new-look Nurture.

Nurture is basically water blended with fruit juice and it has "no added nonsense". The drinks are enriched with vitamins and minerals to boost your child's immunity.


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Back in October 2015 I was asked to try out Nurture drinks, my boys weren't sure about them to begin with, they didn't like the idea of drinking water. Once they'd tried them they changed their mind. The old pouch the drinks came in were sturdy with a handy no-spill spout and the pictures on the pouch were appealing to kids. 

Nurture have since had a rebrand and the new-look Nurture drinks are even more appealing. They've also updated their website where you can now learn about their drinks and follow the cute little baby elephant named Firsty.

As soon as my boys saw the drinks they wanted them.

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The packaging has improved massively, with a Mum and baby elephant (Firsty) pictured on the pouch. The no-spill spout has improved too, it's now much easier to open - you simply twist, and the pouch itself is just as sturdy. 

Both BP and LP love these drinks and are happy to gulp them down in no time but there are some things I like about Nurture drinks.


1. They're a great drink for in the car.


I never feel particularly good about letting my boys drink Diet Coke, from a can, in the car. I'm terrified they'll spill and I'll end up having to clean sticky leather. Any pouch or bottle that is no-spill appeals to me and that's why I love the new Nurture spout. My boys can take the pouches in the car and I don't have to worry about spillages, it's great.

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2. They're a great outdoors drink.


Because the pouches are so sturdy, and with a no-spill spout, the drinks are brilliant for outdoors. Whether you're packing a picnic or heading to the sidelines to watch your kids play football, taking these handy pouches with you will be no trouble. The screw top on the spout is reusable which means the kids can drink some, place the lid back on the pouch, and save some for later.


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3. It's water and fruit juice.


With health in mind and trying to cut down the sugar content of my boys' drinks Nurture fits the bill. Water blended with real fruit juice, what's not to like? My boys will now drink more water without filling up on sugar too.

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If you're thinking of trying out some new drinks for your kids I'd recommend Nurture - they're great for kids aged 1 year +. You can buy Nurture from Ocado, in packs of four, for £2.99 or single pouches for 99p.

I was sent 2 packs of the Nurture drinks for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.

5 things I learned from BritMums Live

I attended BritMums Live on Saturday and I'm still recovering, it was tiring and it's taken me until now to be able to think about the things I learned.

It was an amazing day and I met so many wonderful people that I've admired for a long time. I laughed, cried, pulled my back, and ate nice food, but most of all I learned.



1. It is a tiring day.


Getting up at 5am and not arriving home until after 10:30pm means you'll need at least a whole day to recover. I travelled from Nottingham train station and arrived in London at 9:30am, it should've been earlier than that but there were problems with the line and I had to change trains in Luton. These problems contributed to my stress levels which may have added to my need for recovery time. But it's not just the early morning that got to me, the busy day spent learning, and talking, and then not getting home until late meant I was wiped out. My brain felt like it had turned to mush from working so hard!

Next time I will probably stay in London either one or two nights to make the whole thing a little less stressful and allow me time to process.


What I Read 52

What better way to spend Sunday than relaxing on the sofa and reading through my selection in this week's What I Read.

I was at BritMums Live yesterday and am exhausted so I'm spending my Sunday relaxing. Reading is one of the best ways to relax right? So I've got a great selection for you this week.






Yvonne wrote a brilliant post about strength a while ago. When I first started reading I thought the post was about make-up as the title is Putting My Face On, and like Yvonne's mum it's something my mum used to say too. However, as I continued to read I realised that this post is about so much more than make-up, it's about strength and determination. A great read.











Parenting a child with autism is difficult, you face new (and old) challenges all the time. When I think of autistic children I usually imagine small children, say 6 or 7, but of course those children grow up. Debbie's post, Parenting an Older Child With Autism, explains how challenging it continues to be when your child has autism.









Although I'd heard the word Fibromyalgia I had no idea what it was. Then I read Laura's post Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 2016. Laura has Fibromyalgia and it doesn't sound like much fun at all. It's funny how we feel we can judge how someone is feeling by how they look isn't it? And like Laura says, "just because you cannot see it, does not mean I do not suffer". Please do head over and read.











Having had a fabulous week Kim shares her word of the week, Super. In her post she writes about the wonderful week her and her family have had. I love this kind of positivity, it makes me smile and brightens my day. 











When you're stressed you can get bogged down with the little details and you're not as patient as usual. It can be tough dealing with stress but @mrs_tubbs has got the post for you: Things to do when feeling stressed. She's written some top tips for easing the stress and they're great ones too. I particularly like a comment by Rev T. Go check it out now.











Travelling with children can be really stressful, you need to make sure you have lots of entertainment to keep them busy while on a plane. But how do you entertain a toddler? Or a baby? Before going on holiday Katie asked her friends for tips on how to survive the plane journey with her little one. It turns out that the advice she got wasn't great, as she explains in Why everything I was told about travelling with a baby was wrong.


Post Comment Love 24th - 26th June

Welcome to Post Comment Love, THE best linky in town (okay, so I may be biased). Link up your favourite post of the week to give it that extra bit of love. 

Well, it's BritMums Live TOMORROW!! I can't believe it, it's come around so fast. It seems only two minutes ago I was wondering whether or not to buy a ticket. I have my list of people to look out for, I have my business cards, but I have yet to get my bag ready! I should probably do that huh? If you're there tomorrow do say hello, I'd love to meet you!

I've got BP off school today, another INSET day. I do wonder sometimes how many of those days they need. Saying that though, it's one less thing to think about today so that's good. My head is occupied with BritMums stuff and I'm convinced I'll forget something or make a complete fool of myself.

The boys are looking forward to me going to London, it means they get to spend a whole day just with their dad. Apparently last time (when I went to Blogfest) they had a wonderful time and they wanted me to do it again. I'm sure they'll get up to lots of things that I wouldn't allow, but I'm sure they'll have fun.

So, if you're at #BML16 I'll hopefully see you there, and if not have a great weekend!



Newbie Showcase Jennifer from Living With Layla-Rose


I'm Jennifer newbie mum to Layla-Rose and newbie blogger! When I'm not on maternity leave I am also a full time teacher. 

I begun blogging as my pregnancy and life with Layla so far has not been a smooth run so far and thought that writing would not only make me feel better but also potentially help other mothers going through tough times to relate. I have really enjoyed reading other peoples blogs and feel inspired everyday by other fantastic posts I read.


My favourite blog posts so far are: 


Obstetric Cholestasis and me:

Tongue tie:

Our Reflux Baby:

Blood clots of all kinds:

A right to refuse a mum to bottle feed

Connect with Jennifer:




Jennifer is the last newbie in our list so if you'd like to feature as our Newbie next week do get in touch. Your blog needs to be less than 1 year old. We'd love to have some more Newbie's to share the love with! 



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My Doodles Dragon Watch Review

In a previous post I explained how My Doodles have teamed up with Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens to produce a selection of products to raise money. 

For every sale they make 50p goes directly to Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. 

I was sent the Dragon Watch recently to review and when LP saw it he thought it was great.



LP loved that it had a Dragon on it and that it was blue. He's just starting to learn about telling the time at school and so he thought it was great that he had a watch to practice with. 

Enjoy More Water with Robinsons Squash'd

This week I've been continuing with my ParkLives challenge and enjoyed a walk on Friday. The rain held off (thankfully), and during our walk we stuck to the paths in Wollaton Park. It was warm but dull and although I had my coat I think I could've managed without it. 

It was a shorter walk last week because of the weather and we only managed 1.8 miles but at least it's something. I enjoyed chatting to the women again as we wandered around the park and it was great being outdoors. 

My weight is pretty much the same, I've put some on and I've lost some. I'm not sure if I need to be putting in more effort but right now I'm happy to maintain. As long as I'm not gaining weight constantly then I'm good. The walks are definitely helping, and even if it's only once per week at least it's something. 


The last couple of weeks I've been trying to drink more water, they say it helps you lead a healthier lifestyle. I've switched my morning coffee for a pint of iced water and I have to say I've been enjoying it. 

As part of the #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge the boys and I have been trying out Robinsons Squash'd, the super concentrated squash that comes in a bottle small enough to keep in your handbag! The Robinsons range contains no added sugar, is free from artificial colours and preservatives and is a great way to get drinking more water this summer.


We were sent a pack of 6 flavours to try; Passion Fruit & Mango, Citrus, Orange & Peach, Lemon & Lime, Apple & Blackcurrant, and Summer Fruits. 

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With 64% adults admitting they didn't know how much water their children should drink each day, and 42% saying their children find the taste of water "boring", the #EnjoyMoreWater challenge is all about helping you and your family stay refreshed this summer.

At first I wasn't sure how I'd get the boys to drink more water, they're always complaining about it being horrible, but with the help of Squash'd I've been able to get them drinking more water than carbonated drinks. 

LP loves Diet Coke and will choose that over anything else, but when we're out walking or he's been at his after-school clubs coke isn't the best. I prefer him to stay hydrated with water or squash. In the last week I've seen LP drink lots more water than he would normally do because of Squash'd. He's tried all the flavours and has decided his favourites are Summer Fruits, Apple & Blackcurrant, and Lemon & Lime. He's not so keen on the Orange & Peach or Citrus but will tolerate Passion Fruit & Mango. I've been giving him a bottle full of Apple & Blackcurrant to drink while he's playing football at school and when I pick him up it's always gone. 

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On Saturday we went for a walk and I stashed the Lemon & Lime in my handbag just in case. Once we'd got into Nottingham there was a stand handing out free drinks and the boys wanted to get one. I told them to get water and they both complained, until I pulled out the Squash'd from by bag. They were very pleased to see it. 

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I squirted the Squash'd into their bottles of water and before I knew it they'd finished them.
Success!

BP was a little tougher to convince, he's older and usually gets his own drinks in the house which means he won't choose water. He has also tried all the flavours after I made him (!) and said his favourite was Citrus. He's not particularly bothered about the rest but I think that's just him being a tween. If I keep at it I think he'll find he likes the others too. 

While we've been trying out Squash'd I've been keeping track on a sticker chart and I think we've been doing really well. 

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This week's progress so far...

The biggest achievement is a personal one though. I've managed to switch my morning coffee for water with the Passion Fruit & Mango Squash'd. It's only 10:30am and I've already had 2 pints of water, if I keep going like that I'll drink 8 in one day - I've never managed that yet!

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I love my morning water now!

The best thing about drinking more water is I'm feeling more healthy. I'm happy that my boys are drinking more water too, it's much healthier than carbonated drinks. 

I'll be taking Squash'd with me whenever we go out, it's handy to have in case any of us want a drink and water is the only option. It's also cheaper than buying Coke in a restaurant!

Robinsons Squash'd is available from Tesco for £2.49*, Asda for £2*, and Morrisons for £2* (I've selected those supermarkets as they're local to me).

I've managed to get my boys drinking more water sneakily but what would your top tips be for getting your children to drink more water?

*Price correct at time of publishing.

This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons.

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Beating mum loneliness by attending Britmums Live!

Even with children aged 7 and 11 I struggle with mum loneliness. I work at home, as does the Hubby, so it's not like I'm alone at any time, but the friendships are the things I miss.

Before having children I had lots of friends, I saw them frequently and enjoyed lots of nights out. But life happened and I, and they, moved on. These days I have one or two friends but I don't see them often at all. It's usually just a quick "hello" at the school gates when I'm dropping LP off.

What I miss about my mum friends is the gossip, the mindless chatter and laughs that you can't really get anywhere else.

That's why I'm looking forward to attending Britmums Live on Saturday. It's going to be a very long day, I'll be waking at 5:30am to get the train from Nottingham into London and then there will be a long walk to The Brewery.

Although I'm nervous about going I can't wait to talk to all the people I follow online. People who I've only ever seen an avatar of, or people that I've met briefly at other conferences. Being an introvert means I am scared of walking into a huge place full of hundreds of people, but I'm thinking I'll just fake it.

I tried to fake it at Blogfest in November but it didn't work, I wasn't confident in myself, I wandered around thinking that other bloggers must've thought I was some weird imposter. This time though I kind of know what to expect. There are bloggers I'm looking forward to connecting with, bloggers that are like celebrities, and bloggers that are already friends. But the thing is, they're all bloggers - just like me.

We already have something in common, most of us are parents too so there's another thing in common. The more I think about it the more I realise that these people are my tribe. We've just never met, that's all.

For Saturday I'm making sure that I am completely comfortable, I'll be wearing jeans, t-shirt and pumps. I may put on some make-up, I haven't decided yet, and I'll have my phone with me (obvs!). Being comfortable will allow me to put on that fakeness and pretend to love the whole thing.

If I go in smiling and laughing, don't be afraid to go up to someone and say hi, and be open to conversation then I might just make some new friends. And that's never a bad thing is it?

For those of you attending this is me...



I've just had my hair done at the hairdressers so on the day it will be wavy rather than straight and, like I said, I may be wearing make up.

If you spot me cowering in a corner or wandering around looking lost please do say hi and save me!

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What I Read 51

This week I've decided to do a special Dad's version of What I Read, gotta give those dads the extra love today!








An amusing but touching post from Jeremy over at Thirsty Daddy entertained me a while back. Fancy a ghostly story then check out I see little people, in which Jeremy writes about a particularly scary night. The ending is brilliant and will definitely entertain you!













For some unknown reason I'd not visited Dave's blog, the DADventurer, until recently but knew it would make my 'must read' list. The post I read was Ensuring Your Toddler Has An Active Lifestyle and Dave talks about keeping his little one active. It's always great to see dads trying to set a good example.












I love most of Tim's posts but The loneliness of being away in particular struck a chord with me. As the wife of a man who has spent a lot of his working life travelling to the USA and Japan I could totally relate to this. I've often listened to the Hubby's complaints about leaving us again to go on a trip and how it's not all glamorous like people imagine. The Hubby was always happy to be home, just like Tim is at the end of his post.









John's post, Father Christmas: the subject of playground gossip, had me nodding and laughing along. Mostly because I've had to have a discussion about Santa with BP and we're still keeping the magic alive for LP. It's a difficult balance sometimes and I'm sure the LP will soon realise what's really going on but while we can we're keeping Santa alive in our house. For John this discussion with his little one was a relief, but at the same time he was saddened. Have you had the talk about Santa with your kids yet? Stop by and let John know how you coped with it.












A post by Al over at The Dad Network had me laughing; I'm Turning Into My Dad! PLUS The Official Top Ten Dadisms! I giggled along while reading this post because I'm just the same with my mum. I say things my mum said when I was a teen, I find myself echoing her words ALL THE TIME! A great way to celebrate dads... turning into them!











Being a huge fan of Netflix it's always lovely to read when someone else has found that they love it too. Add to that the fact that I've found another Dad blog I enjoy reading and I was one happy lady! Tom, who writes at Diary of the Dad, has just joined the Netflix Stream Team and they've been trying out the various TV series. I'll be interested to hear more about the things Tom enjoys watching as he explores the app more.


Help me celebrate these great Dad Bloggers by stopping by and reading their posts!

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Post Comment Love 17th-19th June

Welcome back for another week of Post Comment Love when we welcome back Stephanie from her holiday, hope you had a great time Steph! 

Hasn't the weather been awful this week? BP arrived home on Tuesday soaked to the skin, he looked so miserable. What on earth has happened to the lovely weather we were enjoying last week. I think I'm going to have a talk with mother nature about all this rain, it's just not on!

Onto more positive things...

The Hubby and I celebrated our 9th anniversary yesterday. It's amazing how fast the time goes, I can't believe it's been 9 years. When we visited Bolsover Castle recently it was so nice to remember the day and how, even though it rained, everything turned out great in the end.





I managed to do my Health Walk with ParkLives on Friday which was nice, I met lots of lovely ladies and got some exercise. I'm going to Wollaton Park again today (hope it doesn't rain too much!) to do another walk. 

The rest of the week seems to have flown by and we're at the weekend (almost) already.

Hope you've had a fabulous week!


Newbie Showcase Sam from Memories and Mayhem




Sam, a married 30-something mum of two, is back to blogging after a break. At Memories and Mayhem she writes about the renovations of their new, hopefully dream house and the family memories they make. 

You can find Sam here:


Don't forget to stop by and say hello!



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