• More chances for that sneaky kiss under the mistletoe with KiddyCharts £1,900 Advent Calendar giveaways

    Today on the blog we have a really special lady guest posting – Helen Neale. Helen is a freelancer writer and a blogger that besides writing at kiddycharts.com and stickersstarsandsmiles.com she is the mother of two young children. But she can tell you all about her and her challenges below.  Oh and she also has a few surprisers for you too! Thanks so much to Romanian Mum for letting me drop by and see all you lovely people here today. I am going to be a wonderful guest, I swear. See, I brought biscuits, chocolates, and even toys for the gorgeous wee girlies as well *passes imaginary toys around*. Today I have come all this way to tell…

  • How To Ice A Christmas Cake With Ready To Roll Icing

    Source – rensawbaking.com Christmas is nearly here, and among the late night shopping, present wrapping and festive celebrations you need to find the time to make a Christmas cake for everyone to enjoy after that delicious roast dinner. Christmas cake is actually fairly straightforward to put together, but getting a pristine finish to the icing can be a little tricky, especially if you’re not used to using ready to roll icing. You’ll need a fruit cake for your base, which should then be coated in a marzipan layer to both trap in the moisture of the cake and provide a firm, smooth surface for the icing. Once you’ve applied the…

  • Guest Post from Daddy: What being a dad means to me

    My wife Otilia, the lovely and brilliant author of this blog, asked me this morning to write a post for her. This is nothing new of course as I often write reviews for her, but her request this morning was not for a review. She asked me to write a piece about what being a dad means to me.  Okaaaay, I said.  Just like that, Okaaaay. Try it. In a low voice, with an air of uncertainty, just say okaaaay. Lingering just long enough on the A for it to sound aimless and lost. As if it doesn’t know where it is going.  Got that? Excellent. Now you know how…

  • Don’t forget your toothbrush at T in the Park

    2013 sees the 20th anniversary of T in the Park, the biggest festival in Scotland. Running since 1994, this year’s festival runs from 12th – 14th July with a line-up including Kraftwerk, Mumford & Sons, The Killers and Rihanna. T in the Park has a whopping nine stages this year (some of which will be in the camping area) so that the field party can continue long into the night. So, let’s look at the essentials you’ll need for this Scottish dirt-fest: At an average of 19 degrees in July and unpredictable rain, you should pack items for warmer days such as t-shirts, shorts, sunglasses, a hat and flip flops…

  • Birth story – Stuntboy gets revved up…

    This is Stuntboy’s birth story. He is the youngest son of Helen Neale, who blogs over at Mummys Little Stars as part of her Reward Charts business, KiddyCharts. He is now five, and though rather lovely, doesn’t half wear her out. Helen also has a personal blog at Stickers, Stars and Smiles. She can be found far too much faffing about on social media when she should be washing up, cooking, cleaning, or indeed, working; by writing and selling stuff. It all began with a smack on the arse from rather a fresh-faced young lad… Most people wouldn’t have got in a car for a 45 minute drive to see…

  • Live Twitter Birth: A step too far?

    The third birth story featured on the blog comes from lovely Alice that blogs over at My life my son my way. I met Alice over a year ago at a blogging event and since then we started to be talk more online via Twitter and Facebook. I also followed her sons live birth and prayed and cried at the same time with her. Now with no further words from me here us her birth story: Having a live Twitter/Facebook/Blog birth was daring and quite scary…. but was it a step too far? As a blogger my whole life is online for everyone to see and I tend to tell…

  • Pregnancy diary 38 weeks

    For about a week and a half now the Braxton Hicks I am experiencing got stronger and stronger. My baby moves lots as well although the space is not as big. It feels really crowded actually and the pressure baby puts on my bladder and my pelvic area is enormous, and it hurts! My nights been really bad as well. I am barely sleeping because I of the BH and because the trips to the bathroom are so blood often. Anyway this afternoon the pains started to be stronger and at 5 pm when I went to see my GP she told me that baby is almost fully engaged hence…