Happy Hamper!

We’ve had, as some of you know, an insane few weeks so we’ve not had chance or opportunity to get our teeth fully immersed into all the products but here’s a first look at some of the bits we’ve loved! Keep your eyes peeled on stories in the next few days/weeks where I’ll go into more depth on everything as we start using/wearing/playing!

First off… the important one in this household at the minute… SNACKS!


We love this brand! Almost as much as the kids do. They sent some of the products I hadn’t tried or seen before including their Little Bistro oat porridge which Casey has LOVED! I love how most of their products are ‘free from’ especially seeing first hand how it can be a struggle for parents to think of meal time opions with dietry requirments, let alone snacks!

Check out their Instagram for their top rated snacks and LOTS of competitions!


Penwizard sent a bedtime story for Casey, its absolutely, perfectly, personalised with tips and tricks for bedtime relaxation and routines for him and us. It’s so sweet! We got a Blaze one for Beaux this summer and its become one of her favourites. The personalisation is such a lovely touch!

You can use code HOLLY20 to get a little something off your own!

You can check out all their amazing books and personalisations on their instagram – http://bit.ly/2nXlSyv


Snuz sent a gorgeous sleep suit for Casey, its an all year round one and as he’s now out of his beloved Sleephead, this is a great product to keep him snug and warm. It has a handy zip at the front for easy changing which will be great for the colder months while not having to get him completely out to change his nappy.

They have so many lovely designs and products on their Instagram – http://bit.ly/2wbf70H

img_0303Orchard Toys

We’ve loved this brand for a long time, Beaux plays with them a lot at nursery for group time and by choice during free play. We bought her a few of their other puzzles so she can continue the fun at home too but these ones are just great and perfect to get her brain working! Fun on her own or with a friend. I can’t recommend these enough!

Dinosaurs 2 Piece Puzzles (http://bit.ly/2B8WHlR), Superhero Lotto (http://bit.ly/2OvIj98), Llamas in Pyjamas (http://bit.ly/2BahOEl)

Their Instagram had lots of their products in action with fun quotes and competitions! – http://bit.ly/2MF63dT


Piccola added a stunning wooden cooker for Beaux wrapped up in paper, it was a wonderful gift! All put together with screws, its very sturdy and small enough to transport to the grandparents! She already had some of their extras, including the wooden cupcake set. There’s just something really special about children playing with wooden toys.

You can use code Holly20 to get a discount on all their products!


Happyology sent some wonderful clothes, such beautiful pieces! They’re so ‘on trend’ this summer and their pieces are such great quality! Beaux adores feeling girly in them as well as them being easy wearing and practical!

Check out all their lovely bits on their instagram – http://bit.ly/2ByF0fI

img_0304Cheeky Wipes

I often wonder realistically how many wet wipes get used in this house. They’re an absolute staple for cleaning anything and everything! It fills me with dread thinking what impact this product alone does to the environment. Cheeky wipes are a great guilt free way to keep babies bums fresh and clean as well as keeping our carbon footprint down. They also sent some reusable makeup wipes for me and I wont look back now I’ve used them!

Website- http://bit.ly/2LiErWY

img_0307Platypus Australia 

Sent this wonderful sun jacket which is perfect where we live as the garden has no shade! I feel more comfortable her playing outside for these last few days of summer with UPF50+ on, plus an extra layer while she has her last few visits to the splash park!

Their swimwear is just so perfect and durable, something that could with stand some serious playtime! Check out their beautiful Instagram – http://bit.ly/2BBGCpg

We also got sent these amazing Slipfree shoes which have actually become Beauxs house slippers now that the temperature has dropped and socks + wooden floors is an accident waiting to happen. Casey is wearing his as his transitional shoes before he’s fully walking and actually wore them for his first full day of nursery and everyone commented on what a wonderful idea it is to use them for that. His feet were protected while he explored outside and yet he was more stable inside while he tried walking around. Perfect!


And lastly, Wedoble kindly sent this stunning set for Casey. It’s so so cute and can’t wait for an excuse to wear it!

Look out for stories to come where I’ll be showing the products in more detail as we get lots of use out of them!

Thank you again to these wonderful brands!


Wild One

Whether you’re having a birthday party, a wild party or a little less wild get together, I’ve devised a plan, how/where to/survival guide.

So firstly, big up yourself for actually wanting to spend time with other people, I know it can be hard at times! I adore the planning of it all but tend to have to have a little chat with myself at some point once the party starts because it’s all a bit much.

I’m always planning my next event, party, excuse to decorate the shit out of the house and our lives.

  • THEME. Always, always start with theme first. – Once you’ve got the theme down you can start exploring the basics. Party Pieces is my favourite place for that, they have literally any and every theme. From swans to Star Wars there’s really nothing they don’t cater for. It’s a great place to find the bulk bits too, the themed napkins, cutlery. The bits that work so well but lots of other websites haven’t thought of. It’s basically the party world’s answer for Toys R us. (I’m not paid to say this but every party we’ve had including Christmas and Halloween general fun was from there.)
  • INSPIRATION. Once you have a theme get on Pinterest, they always have incredible ideas and once you have your own idea on your take on it you can work out what else you’ll need.
  • DIY. I try to do as much DIY as I can too which saves money and gives it all a bit more… personality? HobbyCraft is my go to. Me and the glue gun are one.
  • EBAY. If you’re on a budget then getting certain things that don’t necessarily need the branding behind it you can save tonnes on Ebay. I will say you may need to get your bargain hunting skills on early as a lot of the bits will be from China and take weeks to turn up. Or like Beaux’s ‘Happy birthday’ balloons that were missing the ‘R’ and ‘D’…..
  • FOOD. If it’s a biggie, look into a hog roast. We did one for Casey’s baby shower as it was for a fair few people. It worked out great, £5 a head (we got part of the pig already cooked and prepared so the veggies didn’t have to endure it) and meant there was no hassle of someone hanging round the bbq we didn’t have (Damn you, Storm Katie) Cakes are always a hit but its all relative. For our house-warming/joint birthday party we just had a pile of donuts.
  • BOOZE. Aldi, BYOB!

I think that’s pretty much it. Give yourself time to set up so you’re not stressed and ENJOY!

And just like that, you were one…


Loads of you have asked about Casey’s birthday party so here’s a run down of the above specified…

I wanted blue theme initially and then as we had the ‘Hello World’ mint and rose gold themed baby shower for him, we incorporated the ‘Hooray’ and ‘Pick and mix” to it.

The majority was from Party pieces, including the giant blue balloons (actually my favourite items), balloon accessories and helium. Also the cutest garland that said “I am one” for his high chair. We also got lots of paper decorations, mint honey comb garlands lined the front of the house (we can’t have balloons as the horses coming by freak out). We had gold bits which we weren’t able to put up due to the wind but they’re ready for the next party.

Birthday Boy outfit


Casey’s One top was a custom order from the wonderful Kato Syrup and Salt – She’s helped design my ‘Be more Helen’ t shirt and I know she’s collaborated with a few Influencers. Her work ethic, efficiency and generally all round fucking angel on earth vibe is just incredible. If you don’t know her then get to know.

Budget decorations


The blue tree was just streamers from eBay, (kept the babies mesmerised for hours) like I said previously, the bits I wanted lots of and that I wasn’t fussed about branding/name on delivery van etc like the multicoloured bunting that lined the garden was from eBay/Hong Kong too. (its 80m and I ordered too for shits and gigs) It’s also waterproof so its staying up for a while!

Feature wall

The ‘1’ wall photos were prints I got from Cheerz, I think it was about £25 for 150 prints. The quality is insane (even on ‘Edited to fuck’ photos) and if you know me I’ve had 100’s of 1000’s of printed photos. – my room used to look like One Hour Photo. I got a box of their retro prints at Christmas and they’re so cute too! (Holly15 will give you a 15% discount till the end of the month) – I won’t make any money from it and when you get your order you’ll get the same code for friends or your next order!



The cake was from a lovely lady from Instagram, Emily and she made what I asked for but so so much better. It was stunning! The 1 candle was Party pieces and the card topper was from another Instagram account handle Kiri. My mum as always made some cup cakes for her fans and we made biscuits for Beaux and her girls as well as everyone else, all bits for the biscuits was from Hobbycraft.

For the food & drink we provided basics and as money was tight we asked everyone to bring a dish and drink.



The entertainment was provided by my friend,  Carla’s Castles . This is the one we paid for. She’s a mum of two and one of the most hard-working people I know. She was actually a one man band with two side kicks for a few years so it’s great to see her succeeding. Her products are incredible, we’ve had at least one of her castles or soft play for every party and so reasonably priced. There are lots of add ons too, Scuttle bugs, baby sensory areas and things like party bags which we definitely forgot to do!

Enjoy your party planning and tag me in anything you get up to! x



(Beautiful humans, babies and puppies not available for purchase!)

If there’s anything I’ve not mentioned or linked then let me know!


**I’ve not been paid to say any of this. All opinions, as always, are my own**

That mermaid lagoon

There are moments. Fleeting but they are there. All consuming. Suffocating.

Moments where you think, “nope, no, nahhhh. This isn’t for me. I cant do this. I’m not cut out for this, I didn’t sign up for this.”

We are made to feel we must spend all our time grateful, savour every “delicious” moment and put pressure on ourselves to make sure every moment is worthy of a filter and a caption on social media. Reality is, it’s not. And while I am forever grateful to be lucky enough to have children, lucky enough to have healthy children, we are all allowed to have brief moments where we want to leave our children out in the garden and hope that some sparkly green nymph takes them to the second star to the right.

The majority of time it’s not even them sparking our fantasies of the Mermaid Lagoon, it’s all the other bullshit life throws at us. They are wonderful and show us the magic and innocence of childhood. Often after just speaking to my three year old I can understand life a little better, a little easier. She shows me magic and true joy in almost everything. Yesterday our car tried killing us, again, and after 10 months of dealing with PTS and separation anxiety from a car accident, I think it tipped us over the edge. Me, because I’m tired of feeling paralysed by someone elses recklessness that caused the accident in the first place and Dan because he is the one trying to protect and provide for us while we are constantly dealt a shit hand.

There was a quote recently that sparked up a lot of opinions, from all points of the spectrum, about how we only have “18 delicious summers” with our children. For me, I would give anything to be back cartwheeling through sprinklers in our garden and making human whirlpools in the pool only worrying about how I could push bedtime back a bit later and realistically it was probably a lot less than 18 summers that were really spent being wild and carefree. Those memories are never far from my thoughts but right now I feel like this summer, this year, has passed me by, all the while knowing how treasured and how brief these summers/years are. I’ve spent my maternity leave trying to recover from being mentally fucked up, spent it not enjoying my time as a new mum and missing the forest for the trees for a culmination of reasons and unnecessary stresses. But life is meant to test us!

I often see parents who have their shit entirely together, but then on closer inspection, their children are older and able to enjoy summer for what it is, not a teething, irrational time where they’re marinating in a mixture of factor 50 and calpol. That mixed with being hotter than the hinges of hell and you can see why most will gladly wish this summer away.

But then realistically, what parent can actually say the first 3/4 years of parenting are easy, delicious and adored. There are moments, cherished for a life time, and then there’s that Mermaid Lagoon…


Miscellaneous greatness

I have no idea what the fuck to call this?

I basically had a few bits to use up in he fridge and sort of just winged it… no change there then.

It’s essentially a twist of meatballs with chicken meatballs instead with a twist on the el Classico.


Just stay with me on this. I didn’t even take photos because I wasn’t expecting much till I tasted at the end and blew my own mind!

You will need:

  • Chicken meatballs/pre made were what we had but if you’re a culinary wizard then smash them out ya self!
  • Passata sauce
  • Worcester sauce (the tits in every meal)
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Spaglehettiiiii
  • Garlic

Soooo, we all know where this is going, although this time I didn’t even follow a recipe so the winging was real. (I also expected it to be beef meatballs when I got them out the freezer yesterday so this all came to me like a vision in white.)


  • In a large frying pan heat oil, finely chopped onion (to the point its pulverised if your other half had an aversion to it and used less than half of one), garlic and salt (if it’s not for the kiddies)
  • Finely chop 2 celery stalks and add
  • Finely chop mushrooms and do the same (I used 2 and again, pulverising was essential)
  • Add the chicken balls, we had a 12 pack and it made 3 big meals (once they were almost fully cooked I quartered them so they were less offensive)
  • Add enough passata to get them swimming, not drowning and add a cup of water
  • Add Worcester sauce, I’d add gallons if I could but you do you
  • Get the spaghetti on
  • Let it simmer and add some pasta if it looks a bit dense. (I let it simmer for about half an hour- 45 mins to get even more flavour)
  • In the last 5 mins add spinach
  • Serve with lashings of cheese if you fancy. Of course you fancy! (Some mozzarella would have gone down an absolute treeeat!)

Beaux loved helping again chopping the mushrooms, breaking up the celery and sprinkling the spinach (could have used basil) we went on a massive walk and got an onion on the way so coming in from the chilly afternoon this was very warmly welcomed! (I did have to go over all the chopping to get it really fine but it was great to get her involved!)

I mean, I’m not sure how much Play Doh she ate with it, but it was a hit! I thought about adding a red pepper we needed to use up but I didn’t think the flavours would gel. Again you could mix up the meat/veg or even pasta type, essentially making it a completely different fucking meal 🤣



Simple salmon!

Probably one of the easiest, quickest meals we’ve done, and so great for little ones.

There wasn’t much to do so prep wise so we played with maths and expressive arts & design (just ticking that one off the EYFS)

You will need:

  • Two fillets of salmon
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes on vine
  • Foil
  • Schwartz hollandaise sauce (because I have zero time for the whisking malarkey)

(I’m going to reiterate portion sizes are your preference but I’ll show you what we used for ours)

Sprinkle the magic leaves
  • Lay out tin foil and place salmon fillet in the middle, add spinach and 3 asparagus spears (break stalk off where it bends) can leave whole or break in pieces.
Food art
  • This is where Beaux counted out her spinach leaves and asparagus, she also made a picture with her food pretending the leaves were other fish and the spears were the sea bed and used her imagination sprinkling the leaves like “magic”.
  • Once we’d got all the ingredients placed nicely together, we wrapped it up in the foil and placed it in the over. No idea on heat as our gage is buggered but it was in for about 20 mins on med-high. (But you can check after a period by breaking up the salmon and seeing if it’s cooked through)
  • In the last 5 minutes we added a vine of tomatoes under the grill, we counted how many were attached before they went in.
  • We followed the instructions for the hollandaise and the plated everything together, removing the salmon skin and vine before they went on the plate.

We usually pan fry the salmon so it was such a nice change to texture and taste and something we will definitely chose over frying more often in the future. Again, you could change up the veg/sauce depending on preference. Parsley sauce would be lush!


Mushroom Risotto

This one was loads of fun as it involves lots of stirring (witch brews, magic potions, cake mix) as well as cutting, breaking and sprinkling to work in all those fine motor skills.

Professional mixer

You will need:

  • Risotto rice
  • Mushrooms
  • Onion
  • Spinach
  • Asparagus
  • Vegetable stock
  • Parmesan
  • Butter
  • Garlic

(I’ll give you the measurements we used, we roughly followed the BBC goodfood (another classic). Also add wine or chicken if you want/have any)


  • Heat oil and add onion and garlic, fry until softened
  • Add the cut up mushrooms and fry until browned and add spinach and asparagus  (I got Beaux to use her child knife and cut up the mushrooms, break up the asparagus and sprinkle in the spinach)


  • Stir in rice and coat in the oil till glossy then slowly add stock and simmer, stirring while you go until liquid is absorbed. Continue till all liquid is absorbed and the rice is silky and tender (we used 1.2l of hot veg stock)
  • Add a little butter, salt/ pepper for adults and serve with freshly grated Parmesan.(Beauxs favourite part was definitely the cheese!)

I never realised how simple this is to make but after smashing it I felt like a Hells Kitchen survivor! Now I’ve got to grips with the basics we will definitely be varying it! It’s definitely a great was to get a decent meal out of the strays you need to use up in the fridge/freezer. – Ideal end-of-the-month meal.

Obviously she then realised she had to eat what turned out not to be “cake mix”


Chunky fish – Wrap battle!

This is BY FAR one of my favourite meals we’ve made together. Beaux has got completely obsessed with cooking recently and this is a great one to get tiny humans involved in. Also it helps that they chose what they eat so it hopefully assures you they’ll eat everything on their plate.

My portions are never really followed to the book, mostly because looking back and forth at a page or screen kills my creative vibe. I roughly followed this recipe off the bbc goodfood website, but you could just wing it with ease!

You will need:

  • Plain flour
  • Breadcrumbs (we used golden breadcrumbs in alliance with the bearded captain)
  • 2 Eggs (the recipe said 3, we used two and that was plenty)
  • 2 fillets of white sustainable fish (we used cod – obviously depending on how much you want to make adjust the portion sizes – 2 fillets was enough for 4 wraps and 5 fingers frozen)
  • Tortilla wraps
  • Fillings – we used tomato, avocado and cucumber (again I’m leaving portion size and preference to you and your tribe)
  • Garlic mayo – garlic purée and mayo (same as above, but that was all we had)


You’ll need to set up two prep stations, this was the part Beaux loved most.

The first one for the fingers.

Fish prep station
  • Cut the fish into… fingers, we made a few a little chunkier.
  • Get a plate of flour, beaten eggs in a bowl (Beaux’s forte) a plate of breadcrumbs and a bowl/plate for the ready fingers. (Bear in mind you may need more flour/crumbs after awhile)
“Roll him in snow, bath him in the eggs, roll him in the sand to dry him up”
  • Cover fish in flour completely – ‘give them a bath’ (fully immersed), roll in the crumbs and then lay to rest.
  • Place in pan of oil, a good glug will do. Once they’re browned on each side (compare them to the golden originals if necessary.) Lay to rest on kitchen roll to remove excess oil)
  • While this was going on Beaux was at the other prep station
Filling prep station/garlic mayo tasting
  • I got her to mix the mayo and mash the avo which she loved! – and loved tasting to make sure it was ok.
If you don’t eat the corners of a wrap while you wait are you even hungry?
  • Lay it all out, testing the wrap while you wait… and let them load it up so you know it’ll be a hit

Et voila! A very happy last lunch for the 2 year old!

In her happy place… Lets take a minute to look at Casey waiting for his!


I could only manage 1.5 wraps but she had 3! We put the rest in a Tupperware to freeze and she requested them the next day! You could definitely mix it up with chicken which will be our next wrap battle!


Two for Tuesdays

Seeing as it’s Tuesday and if you’re anything like me you’re thinking of pizza, any excuse to eat pizza and where to find pizza that’s not £18.

So here it is, a piece of worldly wisdom life hack that could not only change your Tuesdays, but everyday in between.

Go to your local dominos, choose the collection option and for just £5.99 you can get any pizza. Yes ANY medium pizza, or large for £7.99. Just chose two toppings and you’re good to go. Pepperoni and jalapeños is a Bliss household go to and a much tastier version of the pepperoni passion.

Really don’t know why I’m posting this, but it’s saved my life on many a hungover and non hungover day. Also, £20 for a fucking pizza?! Don’t be a dick.

Thank me later. 🍕

Sorry to the Vegans and the people that don’t like eating 9478392 calories in one sitting. Don’t get a Katsu Curry in that case either. 🤷🏽‍♀️😚


A little silky number

Chicken in spicey tomato & mascarpone sauce.

So in our house pasta is gold. Its Dan’s ‘one-meal-for-the-rest-of-your-life’. It’s really versatile for us and B and its something we lean towards on the regs. – mostly for ease as well as knowing everyone will be happy and full. – hence our ever growing waistlines.

Rather than spending a small fortune on the tiny pots of sauce, I’ve decided to start making them from scratch. – So here’s one I made earlier. *Gets out Blue Peter badge*

After watching the saucestress that is Nigella, I made a take on one of her little blinders, although I think this was slightly less sexy. I also don’t do well with portion control and as you’ve probably guessed by this point, like most things, I wing it.


  • Spaghetti (I’m hoping you know portion control with this one unlike some people in our household) – can be any type of pasta, this was all we had.
  • 2 Chicken breasts (or not) (or if you’re vegan and you’ve told everyone you’re vegan because you’re vegan if we didn’t know. In that case you’ll probably want to fuck off the cheese too.)
  • Salt – chill out on this if it’s for the little humans
  • Half a tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Anchovies
  • 3 Cloves of garlic
  • Chilli flakes/puree – I used both because 🔥 but also chill on this if it’s for smalls.
  • Fresh basil – managed to keep this bad boy plant alive for longer than a week so using it in everything from breakfast to supper. (homemade pesto is next on the agenda)
  • 3 Tablespoons of mascarpone (ish)
  • A good grating of parmesan
  • Grated cheddar to add after if you’re a fellow cheese fiend.

MethodPut spaghetti in salted boiling water

  • Dice up chicken breasts and add to oil in a pan
  • Add garlic (and onion if your partner doesn’t hate them), chilli, anchovies (and don’t tell partner if they’re ‘fish are friends, not food – soz DB), salt, basil and cook till chicken is browned
  • Add chopped tomatoes, let simmer for a few minutes till chicken is cooked through
  • Add mascarpone and parmesan and stir through
  • Turn down heat till spaghetti is ready, lightly drain and transfer to pan.
  • Stir thoroughly, add more tomato/mascarpone depending on preference of flavour/consistency
  • Serve / sprinkle cheese if desired.


Might actually start taking notice of what the hell goes into our meals with some relative accuracy now. And then proceed to take obnoxious fancy photos.

Disclaimer – Most of my presentation is dog shite. But what they lack in aesthetics they make up for in flavour – or so Dan tells me in a bid to make me keep trying…

No one likes a quitter!


Minty fresh

This will never not be funny

Um, Original Source… can we talk?

I’d like to take you back to around 6.45am this morning, when I stepped into my bath, and found that my usual, rather innocuous bottle of shower gel (Waitrose essentials, Rose) had run out. A tad irritating, but fortuitously, I had a solution close to hand. A brand new, unopened bottle of your very own Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel. My bodily cleanliness was assured once more. I breathed a sigh of relief.

I took the Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel and began to work it into a lather. I applied it to first one leg, then the other, and shaved them diligently. (Yes, feel free to be impressed at my commitment to body defoliation at 6.45am on a Wednesday morning. I was too.) So far, so good.

I washed my arms and shaved underneath them. I washed my neck, breasts, stomach and back. Thus far, it had been a positively first class bathing experience.

And then.


Oh. Dear. God.


For a moment, I wasn’t entirely sure what had happened. Had I repeated the never to be forgotten error when I managed to apply hair removal cream which was strictly not for front bottoms to my front bottom? Had a stray spark inadvertently set light to my pubic thatch?


Yes, Original Source, your innocuous looking green bottle of so called shower gel, it turns out, is an absolute fucking liability. MY FLAPS WERE ON FUCKING FIRE. I had a quick look at the ingredients list to see if it contained gasoline. It did not. There was a warning though. ‘KEEP AWAY FROM EYES.’ Keep away from eyes? KEEP AWAY FROM EYES? Frankly, my eyes were the least of my problems right now.

I frantically scrubbed my flaps, which by now felt as though they were being ceremoniously scrubbed by ants wearing ice skates laced with chilli sauce. ‘7,929 tingling leaves’ claimed the front of the bottle. Tingling? TINGLING? This wasn’t tingling my minge. It was starting a fucking bush fire down there. (Pun entirely intended. You can thank me later.)

Some twelve hours later, my front bottom has finally calmed down, though may well be suffering from as yet unconfirmed PTSD. My eyes have eventually stopped watering. And so, in the interests of public safety, I thought I would pen you this missive.

May I suggest a rebranding of the front of your bottles of Mint and Tea Tree Shower Gel? Something along the lines of the following:

‘7,927 tingling leaves which will accost your genitalia until it screams for mercy.’

If nothing else, it will certainly stand out on the shelf.

Anyways, thanks for brightening up my morning. And my front bottom, which has never been so lively.

Kisses, IKINTST xxx

Well done http://www.instagram.com/laucapon