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With Christmas just around the corner, I have started to think about gifts.  One of my go-to gift ideas are…

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Staccups – A game for all the family

Staccups – A game for all the family

When I attended Blogon in September, Gemma from Life at Knutts and I played a really fun game, Staccups by University Games.

So, I absolutely jumped at the chance to review it on the blog.

What is Staccups?

“Race your opponent against the clock to see who is the fastest at stacking their cups! Colour co-ordinated, this fast-paced game is all about reaction times and hand eye co-ordination. Will you be the first to stop the clock with your cups colour co-ordinated? Great fun for all the family!”

This great family game is all about being quick off the mark, as you try to get rid of all your cups first. Which isnt as easy as it looks when under pressure.  The game is for 2-4 players, and is recommended for 8+ years.  That said the younger members of our family have also enjoyed playing along.

You don’t need any batteries to play this fun game, which is always a bonus.  I feel like we are constantly trying to find batteries in our house.

staccups board game

What did we think?

The beauty of this game is that it is great fun for everyone in the family.  The boys loved playing it, however I can also see it being brought out in the evening for the adults (ie big kids) to play.  I don’t know many games that appeals to all ages in this way.

The game is great for the boys, the idea is to think quickly.  They also think it is hilarious as they try to beat each other.  They are very competitive, so they love trying to beat each other.  Often with hilarious consequences.  Also it is quick to play, which is great for keeping the attention span of kiddies.

This is a great game to consider for your Christmas list.  I think it would be a welcome addition to any families game collection.

The game is available for £12.99, so an excellent price for any christmas pressies.  The game is available to buy from Argos.

Disclaimer: We were gifted this Staccups game in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts are our own.


First term done – that was quick…

First term done – that was quick…

As my two rejoice in being able to have lazy mornings in their pj’s for the next week, I am gobsmacked with how quickly half term has come around.

It feels like just the other day that I dropped them off for the first day, counting down the minutes until I could collect them.

I still feel like we are finding our feet with regards to routine, so this holiday has taken me by surprise.  That is not to say that the boys don’t need it.

They have been sooooo tired!!!

I had always assumed that the first week would be the worst for grumpiness.  Boy was I wrong!  That is nothing compared to the last week.  We have had silly arguments about the strangest of things.  And, a lot of ‘mum he is bugging me, tell him to leave me aaaalooooonnnneeee!’

This is on a scale that I have never seen before with the boys – and they are not angels (unless you speak to Grandma who would always disagree).

They have been really struggling with even walking home from school.  Just the other day D stopped at the lamppost outside our house.

A massive 2 seconds from the front door. He decided it was all too much and proceeded to strop.  Wanting me to carry him.

No big deal I hear you say.

Until I tell you that he wanted me to carry him back to school and then carry him home again, so he could be carried all the way.

Unfortunately for D, his mum is as stubborn as he is.  After a little while stropping he eventually made it into the house.  Then had a little cry in the hall because life as a 5-year-old is so hard.

Anyway, you get the idea.

The holidays are welcomed by the boys.  And, I have to admit, welcomed by me.  I have missed having my twin whirlwind around, keeping me busy and making me smile.

It is nice to have them home, to bake cakes and cuddle on the sofa.  Who knows we might even get a little crafty over the holidays.

We plan to take the boys to the Science Museum, so will fill you in on how that went.  And, maybe we will take them up to the sky garden, which you can book for free!

I am also looking forward to not having to get them out the door on time each morning (not an easy task), not having a mountain of paperwork to complete from the school whenever they come home and generally not have to rush around getting them from school to their after school activities.

I hope you all have fun with your children over the half term.  Let me know in the comments what you have planned!


Giveaway – Teletubbies Big Hugs CD

Giveaway – Teletubbies Big Hugs CD

Can you believe that it has been twenty years since Teletubbies had a No. 1 UK single Eh-oh?  Well these lovable characters are now back with their new album, Big Hugs!  There new venture into the UK charts features a mixture of new songs from the current series, as well as some children’s classics!  The record is currently available both digitally and on CD.

Music and dance are integral to Teletubbies, so what better way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the groundbreaking preschool show than with a brand new album for youngsters to sing and dance along with.

teletubbies big hugs cd

So how can you get your hands on a copy of Teletubbies Big Hugs CD?

The CD is available from HMV,, & select FOPP locations in the U.K.  It is also released in the US, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe.  Tracks are available to download individually, with the title track “Big Hugs” available digitally.  It can also be streamed on Spotify.

Track Listing

The full track listing for Teletubbies Big Hugs CD is: Teletubbies Theme; Big Hugs; Tubby Car Song; Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes; Tubby Packing Dance; Tiddlytubbies Songtime; Bottom Bump Song; Tubby Phone Dance; Tiddlytubbies Playtime; Four Little Monkeys; Puddle Dance; If You’re Happy and You Know It; Party Dance; The Custard Ride; Stomp Dance; Wheels on the Bus; Old MacDonald Had a Farm; Five in the Bed; and Tiddlytubbies Sleepybyes.

Giveaway!  Are you feeling lucky???

I am so chuffed to be able to giveaway one copy of this CD to a lucky reader, thanks to Abbey Road Media!

To take part just enter here:

Giveaway – Teletubbies Big Hugs CD


Terms and Conditions

  • UK only entrants please
  • Competition closes on 1st November at 23.59 hours
  • When the competition closes, I will email the lucky contestant within 48 hours




#parentingscoop Devon Mama

#parentingscoop Devon Mama


I am really excited to have Hayley from Devon Mama on #parentingscoop this week! If you have not come across Hayley’s blog before, please pop over to check it out.

Hayley is a working mama from Devon, she launched Devon Mama whilst on maternity leave in 2016. It’s her little slice of the internet that documents family life, even the messy bits. If you check anything out today, make sure it is her food section, yum!

Tell us about when you are not in mummy mode

It’s pretty rare that I get time ‘off’ from mummy mode, let’s face it, even when we’re not with them we’re still on duty! The main time out I have is when I’m working in the office; something which I do twice a week.

I spend my time wavering between wondering what my son’s up to and completely forgetting he exists; it sounds awful doesn’t it!

The thing is when I’m off duty, I tend to pack as much into my time as possible, whether that’s in the office or on a night out. I love to talk rubbish with my friends and colleagues, eat good food (when I’m out) and just generally focus on being ME for a moment!

Tell us about your pregnancy/pregnancies

My pregnancy went really well. Thankfully I didn’t really suffer with any major side effects, in the first trimester I felt travel sick but it was nothing a few Ritz crackers in the morning couldn’t fix.

Our house needed a lot of work so by the second trimester I was focussed on getting that sorted out, something which took most of my attention.

By the end I was just counting down until labour day.

My midwife convinced me that I would be early; my son’s head was engaged from 30 weeks onward and my mum was early with her first. I could have cheerfully murdered her when I was still pregnant ten days past my due date! Apparently my body is excellent at being pregnant!

Where did you give birth?  Did you have any complications?

Igave birth in our local hospital which is about 45 minutes away. My labour was very quick, I went from first contractions at 8pm to holding a baby five hours later.

Being so overdue, I genuinely thought it was never going to happen and was completely in denial, even convincing the midwife that I wasn’t in labour whilst on the phone.

We finally left for the hospital and arrived at 11.30pm, I made it into the birth pool and gave birth with gas and air by 12.55am. I even remember the midwife exclaiming that I had a shotgun pelvis.

My labour was textbook. I had a small tear due to him being born so quickly but because he was born in the pool, I didn’t feel a thing. We were fortunate that it was a quiet evening and could stay in the birth room until 5am before moving onto a ward.

I transferred to our midwife led unit at 9am – something which meant we had to drive ourselves to the other hospital. Walking in to that hospital with a baby that was only 8 hours old was a very bizarre experience!

I stayed one night for a little help with establishing feeding and was home the next day.

What were the first few weeks like with a newborn?

Overwhelming. Exhausting. Incredible. Honestly those first few weeks were a blur. My father in law and my brother both travelled back from overseas to meet our son so there was a flurry of activity.

My husband was off on paternity leave, the weather was amazing and we just existed in our own little bubble, fuelled by adrenaline. At the end of the two weeks, we were re-admitted to hospital as an emergency with our son seriously ill.

We went from having a baby with a small temperature one evening, to being bundled down to A&E in an ambulance, sirens blaring.

We spent five days in hospital, a couple of those in the PICU which looking back was a very surreal time. My husband and I spent every night crammed onto a small single bed in the corner of a room. When we got out, it was back to reality with just a little more appreciation of how easily things could have been different.

Do you have any advice for new parents?

Trust your instincts and go with what your gut tells you. You’ll be amazed at what you just know. This is your child, not your parents/neighbours/friends, whilst advice is almost always well intended, it can be overwhelming and make you question your own judgement.

Don’t let it.

Everyone is different.

Devon Mama

What is your favourite thing about being a parent?

Seeing my son discover the world. Knowing that I made him. Watching him interact with others, especially those that I love.

Some of my favourite moments are the quiet times we have as a family of three, those moments where it’s just us as a family… I wouldn’t change that for the world!

What is your funniest parenting story?

Oh god. We take our son to swimming lessons every week at the local hydrotherapy pool. My husband takes him in and I sit on the side and watch. One lesson, they were all just about to leave the pool when I saw my husband reach for something in the pool.

Suddenly I hear the teacher shouting ‘SAFE EVACUATION!!!’ over and over. I looked back at my husband and he’s there trying to catch a whole pool load of sick! Our son had swallowed too much water and promptly brought up his entire lunch; there were chunks of granary bread in the pool!!

He threw the baby at me and ran off to the showers to wash himself off whilst I did the walk of shame through the crowd of parents waiting to go in for the next class.

I could hear them all being told that there was vomit in the pool, lifeguards were called in and everyone was stood watching.

It was horrifically embarrassing.

Worst of all, my son was absolutely fine straight after – he was running around the changing room laughing… the traitor!! I’ve never gotten changed so quickly!

Thanks you so much for joining us Hayley!  Thank you for sharing your story with us and talking about your pregnancy journey.  
You can find Hayley from Devon Mama being social here, pop over and say hi:

If you would like to take part in #parentingscoop then leave me a comment below, or email  We would love to have you on the blog.