Granny franny’s big red bus childrens book review

Hi everyone hope you are well i cant quite believe its coming up to end of august , itll be christmas before we know it ….YAY. Me and the children have been spending more time reading and doing school work this week to prepare for back to school next wednesday …im not counting down the days i swear haha. We have kindly been gifted a wonderful new book called Granny Franny’s big red bus written and illistrated but Sonia Beldom.

About the authour

Sonia beldom had a lifelong dream of becomming a bus driver and she made her dreama relaity in 2018. She wrote granny franny’s big red bus during the covid-19 pandemic to help raise money for bus-related charitys.

About the book

Granny Frannys is a really fun story about franny whom takes her grandchildren on an amazing adventure. both fun and captivating both my chilren absolutly adored the story and the lovely illistrations theyve even requested it again for bedtime.I think we have a new favourite.

Where to purchase


The Granny Franny website.

I must admit we do own alot of books but granny franny’s big red bus is brillaint and was definalty missing from out collection it so fun and exciting and makes the perfect bedtime story filling little minds with big dreams.

Thanks for reading Jade x

Savvy ways to give your food shop the chop!

Hi all hope you are well, it’s been a crazy few months and being frugal is more important than ever with unemployment rising and the children being home 24/7 and constantly demanding food. I’ve been working hard to get our bills down and to eliminate the amount of food waste we create. I’m actually quite embarrassed to admit most of our money was going on food and stupidly I’d order a take away when we had a full fridge. Cancelling our weekly takeaway has saved us 30 quid a week.

  • My first tip is to meal plan and stick to it. This is a new thing for me but I’ve found over the past three months has really helped to not only waste less food and money but is probably helping waistline too. This has saved us another £30 a week.

  • Buy own brand where possible. Usually tastes the same or very similar to the bigger brands and you’ll also find the salt and sugar content may be lower too so double win really.

  • Order online with your meal plan in tow and always check the cupboards before you shop. I’m guilty of having 6 packs of fish fingers in the freezer because I didn’t check.


Toddler teeth brushing problems and Colgate minion toothbrush review. #AD

Hi everyone, hope you are doing well. Today I want to talk to you about children’s dental hygiene and how I’ve magically stopped the toddler teeth brushing tantrums we’ve been dealing with. Harrison as many of you might no is 2 and a half and tantrum-prone everything is no atm and becoming a lot harder with him. Tho giving the current predicament we are all in, I imagine many of us are having similar issues all of our lives have stopped but I’ve found having a solid persistent routine is really help us.

Tips that may help

  • Let your child choose their own toothbrush.  Harrison has the  Colgate kids battery-powered toothbrush is brilliant so easy for the children to use so many fun designs too Harrison has the minon one which can be purchased here they are usually £7 pound but are currently on offer for £3.50 in Morrison (SEE HERE). This product was gifted by Colgate, but all views are my own and we were so impressed we bought one for Emily too. The bristles aren’t too harsh on tiny teeth and help the children use the right amount of toothpaste. There is also a battery include which I liked because that’s one thing I can never find in this house so was easy as opening swilling off the brush and brushing like normal there have been fewer tantrums and Harrison‘s teeth are looking extra clean. He is only two but is now showing me he wants to start brushing himself which I do let him a bit but I go over them first.
  • Let them see you brush your teeth to normalise it for them.
  • Make it fun we read a wonderful book called dinosaur Douglas and the beastly bugs both Harrison and Emily love the story and encourage healthier eating too which is great too.
  • Reward charts – This is new for us but my two really like getting there stars each day for doing their little routines of brushing twice a day they have to do it’s every day or no star there are a few other things I get then to do Im trying to encourage self-care.


The Nhs recommends taking your child/ren to the dentist when their first milk teeth appear and brushing teeth twice a day. It is a great way to get them used to it and a very healthy habit to have. I hope this helps I know what nightmare teeth brushing can be with children and toddlers, have you any fun tips on how you get your little monkeys to brush their teeth? I’d love to know comment below.Thanks for reading.


Jade x




( Disclaimer – * This product was gifted by Colgate, but all views are my own*.



Dinkleboogifts personalised book review #ad

Hi everyone hope your well. Sorry I’ve been quiet for a while life has been been crazy this whole year has been but we won’t go into that. We have kindly gifted two wonderful personalised books from a lovely company called dinkyboo gifts (linked below). As you know we are a family of bookworms the children made quick work of these think we’ve found our new bedtime story they love being the stars of there own adventures:

Princess Emily’s story , is a fun filled story about a day in the life of a princess. This adorable story is very engaging and Emily absolutely loved every bit of it and she could fluently read it on her own.

Harrison visits the zoo another great story filled with adventure also easy to follow and kept him engaged the whole time. which for 2 year old is fantastic as there attention spans and somewhat limited. This is the most requested book in the house atm even caught Emily reading it to him once or twice which is adorable. They have been crazy this past week I won’t lie.I approciate the fact they love a good story and it settles them when there being asbo kids.

I think these, as well as the other stories on the website, are a wonderful buy. I would highly recommend as a birthday or Christmas gift. I know as a child I would of loved them so much.

Head over to their Instagram page and a take a look you wont be disappointed. If you dont have Instagram here is a link to there website where you will not only find these lovely stories but and array of wonderful gifts there are also quite a few sale items too.


To be the center of a storybook universe , In such endearing colourful books really ignites a passion for reading. Thanks for reading  Jade xx

Wonderbly personalised book review #ad

Hi everyone , hope you are well today we have another fun book review this is quickly becoming a book review blog. I thought these would be great to share with Father’s Day coming up I think the dad one would make a fantastic gift I tried to save Liams but the kids got two excited as they helped me edit it on the website for him.


About Wonderbly 

Weather is your birthday, Christmas or another holiday simply go on to the website and create a gift perfect for all occasions. When on the website simply choose the book you would like and personalise to your needs. The website is really easy to use its wonderful to see your story come alive. The attention to deal is lovely and the personalisation is so easy to do, although I would recommend double or even triple checking all is right before you checkout. The checkout is really easy to use add your details any codes you may have and you’re done. You also get sent a tracking email as soon as it’s on its way which I love and also helps you stash it away before little eyes see the parcel haha. my two are a nightmare how I stash things successfully I will never know.


Books can be purchase here use MYNEXTREAD20 for a 20% discount. (not an affiliated code)

What the kids thought!

Harrison, he’s only two but he’s obsessed with his where Harrison book he can find his little character which is great im only guessing but im sure he can recognise his name as he keeps saying me.



Emily also loved being able to make a special book for daddy for fathers day. She was able to do the writing on the Wonderbly website to fill his book of all the quality she loves about her daddy.




Final thought we personally loved the books were huge reader so its lovely to see the children within there own stories and also during this time has encouraged them to read or find Harrison as he was the main character of his own story. we particularly loved the format and how easy it was to navigate the website site there really is a book for everyone. The books make one special gift daddy/ Liam was very impressed and I know he will treasure it. They are very fun what better than a story filled with you to grow your imagination and ignite a passion for reading. I would definitely recommend as a birthday or holiday gift this year a memory that can be kept forever. Thanks for reading.

Jade x






Easy cooking with kids #AD

Hi everyone, how are you doing this week we’ve had lots of fun making and eating yummy treats. We’ve partnered up with ye olde hotdogs who kindly gifted us a few tins to experiment with. I came up with some simple yet delicious meals the children can help you make. ive added a few ideas for leftovers too and some handy shortcuts. The recipes are easy to follow and will be fun to do as a family and even yummier to eat. Myself and the children love being in the kitchen its a really fun addition our a day and in a way preparing them for adulthood. I for one had no idea how to cook when I left home and im not entirely sure I do now haha.


The classic hotdog with salad and homemade no yeast buns


  • 375g flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 75mls of a cup olive oil
  • 180ml lukewarm water
  • 1 tin of your fave ye olde hotdogs


  1. Add all your dry ingredients to the bowl.
  2. slowly stir in your olive oil and lukewarm water. I like to use a wooden spoon so do the children. add more flour if becomes soupy.
  3.  Flour your hands and work surface and kneed the dough.
  4.  Form into hotdog roll shapes
  5. Place onto an oven tray and bake until golden drown 20ish mins depending on your oven. ( you can brush with milk if you want too.
  6. While cooling down cook your hotdogs as instructed and prepare your salad ours was lettuce cucumber and tomatoes with a tiny bit of olive oil and salt but make how you and your family prefer.
  7. Assemble and enjoy.


Leftover hotdog buns make some yummy iced bun simple just add a layer of icing on the top maybe a tasty dessert.

Ye olde sausage rolls with an easy homemade pastry


  • 400g flour
  • 200g butter
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons water or milk
  • 1 x tin of your favourite Ye olde hotdogs
  • 1 egg


  1.  Sift the flour into the bowl.
  2.  Cube the butter and add into the bowl with the flour.
  3.  Rub together in the bowl until it resembles bread crumbs.
  4.  Slowly add the water/milk and stir with a wooden spoon or your hands until all the mix comes together.
  5.  On a floured surface roll out 6-8 rectangles.
  6.  Place your hotdog onto the rectangle and fold over then trim the excess.
  7.  Seal with a fork around the edges and score 3 times.
  8.  Place on a baking tray. I like to put greaseproof paper down first so they don’t stick and make clean up even easier.
  9.  Egg wash them and Bake in the oven on gas mark six for 18-20 mins.
  10.  Leave for a good 10 mins and enjoy.

(To simplify just use shop-bought pastry and for the ketchup, lovers add a thin layer of ketchup under your hotdog yummy)


Leftover pastry can be made into easy jam tarts simply use a round cookie cutter to shape into circles. grease your muffin tin pop your pastry into each hole with 1 spoon of jam, lemon curd or marmalade and bake for 12 mins at gas mark 6.


Ye olde sort of carbonara the children favourite


  • 1 tin of ye olde hotdogs
  • 1 egg
  • 30 parmesan cheese
  • 150g spaghetti
  • optional parsley I used 1 tablespoon dried


  1. Open and drain and chop your hotdogs.
  2.  Put your hotdogs on your pasta sort of like when you’re making skewers spacing out however you like.
  3. Boil your hotdog pasta to the instructions.
  4.  Whilst your pasta is boiling to a jug add 1 egg, cheese and parsley beat together with a fork add some pepper.
  5. Drain your pasta and pop back into the pan saving a half a cup of pasta water.
  6. Pour egg mixture onto the pasta and toss tightly until coated add a small amount of pasta water to loosen.
  7. Serve 😀


Well, I don’t know about you but this post is making me hungry im no chef but these meals are definitely a yummy treat. Its been a welcomed break from homeschooling and a great way to spend some quality time with the children too we had lots of fun and we hope you do too.


Thanks for reading

Jade x

Football Superstars book series review #Ad

Hi all , hope your well this week me and Emily have been reading the football superstar collection. The fun collection of books is great for children of all ages and in my opinion great for helping build the confidence of early or seasoned readers. The collection of four books by Simon Mugford and Dan green are full of facts story and stats all about 4 popular players.

  1. Ronaldo rules
  2. Messi rules
  3. Kane Rules
  4. Mbappe rules

Inside each book, you will find fun football facts and illustrations perfect for keeping the reader and budding football fanatics engaged. Emily really enjoys the Ronaldo one he’s her favourite I’ve seen her pick it up and repeatedly go back to it which is great. Sometimes she doesn’t want to do her reading as part of our current homeschooling set up but these books have ignited her love of reading again. I’m thrilled and it’s quite nice to see her sit reading them to her little brother every now and again she laughs hysterically I’m guessing there are some good jokes in there too. I would definitely recommend this collection they would make a great gift or pocket money treat. To find out more about this fabulous collection head over to


Thanks for reading

Jade x



Disclaimer we were gifted these books for review but all opinions are my own or emilys lol.


Free online learning resources for children and adults.

Hi everyone short one today thought id just share a few online resources, I have come across this few weeks. We did have a pack from the school but Emily has completed it she loves to learn. I’m actually really enjoying it but have the worry we will run out of ideas. We don’t have a strict schedule a little every day as well as some of these online activities below I’ve listed the ones we like and a few bonus entries at the end. We have been self-isolating for the past 5 weeks and defiantly will come in handy for the foreseeable until we can all resume our normal lives I for one appreciate the extra time with the children and I’m so proud of them not once have they complained although we have had a few tears and tantrums this has been a huge change for them for everyone globally at the moment if we all stick together and follow the guidelines it’ll be ok just focus on now and hope for a better future.


Free Learning sites for children

These are for mainly primary school ages children but I have added one or two for older children too all are free and easily accessible if an app version is available I will list that too.



Math factor can be customised to your child age free until the schools open:

For key stage 2 free online lessons from Atom, learning choose the free option:


Free Courses for adults

The open university has a great selection of free online courses to help keep your mind busy or to simply learn something new or to brush up on old skills to help you get through this isolation time. I’ve personally done a fair few.

Alison free online learning Really great selection ive done a couple on here too.

Vision to learn  Not as many available but still useful and great for keeping your mind busy.

(will add more when i find them)



ZOO –           CHESTER Z00 –  watch via a live link (times from there Facebook page.)

10:00 Red pandas 🐼
11:00 Rothschild’s giraffes 🦒
12:00  Asian elephants 🐘
13:00  Butterflies 🦋
14:00 Sun bears 🐻
14:30 Sumatran tigers 🐅
15:00  Humboldt penguins 🐧
16:00 Aquarium* 🐠

You can also watch on youtube at a more convenient time I subscribed so we don’t miss out(Here).



(will be adding more these are all I’ve looked at for now)



Online ballet classes :



Hopefully, these will be helpful for you and your family and you’re all staying safe if you have come across any online resources you’ve found useful please comment below. This is a very uncertain time but we can make the best of it  WEVE got this!

Thanks for reading

Jade x

Ps will be updating as i find more resources .


disclaimer:  nothing in this post is sponsored there merely resources I have come across and decided to share with you.

Homeschooling day 4

Hi everyone,  hope you’re doing ok. we’ve been doing our best to maintain some normality but in reality, it’s proving quite difficult. I think the best approach for us is little and often luckily for me, Emily loves to learn. I have come across quite a few online resources ill be sharing with you on Sunday.

Our activities

  • first aid been washing my hand and cleaning so much they are splitting so I showed Emily how to clean a cut and add a plaster she did well and enjoyed doing it.
  • A bit of maths luckily my maths is better than my spelling so doing times tables, adding subtracting is quite fun to do with Emily and for Harrison were just working on counting we’ve gone from 8 to 10 in 3 days. They also enjoy watching number blocks which I think is helping you can find it on youtube quite easily.
  • PE with joe well I am 100 per cent sure my legs are going to fall off after yesterday but ill keep going the kids were quite funny and sat down for a well-earned rest after we didn’t manage the full session but its a start and my legs are jellies still so did something. we found his upbeat personality.
  • English Emily did a few pages from her pack she does really well with them. we also read a book and sang nursery rhymes with Harrison he’s very good at following the actions hopefully hell start listening to me soon.


We didn’t do too much I want the children to have lots of fun times too. I want to enjoy this time with them. Yes, we all drive each other mad and probably yell too much mainly me it’s very frustrating at times for all of us. The children do not really understand why they cannot go out so trying to be being patient and praying all this goes away soon is the best we’ve got. I will admit to you I’ve hidden from my children in the bathroom a few times and let them sit on youtube more than I probably should, but we’re doing out best and I think we’ve found whats works for us but that may change. Each family is different there’s no wrong or right atm as long as we’re doing our best were doing ok.

In 20 years time, we will all look at this and hopefully remember the good stuff rather than bad and have a photo album full of pictures of all the fun stuff we’ve managed to do during this time.  Take this time to do things we may have always wanted to do but have been to busy obviously some cannot be done now but it may help put life into perspective I know it has for me.

Now back to what this post was really about teaching the kids I will have a full post on the online resources up Sunday and I’ve also found some free online learning course for the adults I will be adding too. Never to old to learn and would be a great way to focus on something you can control. Thanks for reading and thank you to all my friends and family for the support you all give to us I appreciate every one of you ❤ and to the NHS staff and key workers thanks for all you do you are all hero’s  and we will clap for you every Thursday at 8 x


Jade x


Homeschooling day 1

Hi, everyone hopes you are doing well. Today was our first day of homeschooling didn’t quite go as planned but don’t think anything in the world is atm so won’t beat myself up over it have a much better plan for tomorrow. That, however, depending on a very bad student named Harrison haha he’s 2 and doesn’t quite get it tho we have learnt some new shapes today and how to do head shoulders knees and toes was adorable until we stopped and had a 30min meltdown any advice for surviving the terrible twos welcome.

Emily was star pupil smashed her work the school kindly provided tho she did ten pages and wanted to do more she loves it. She wrote a story and from it, I was able to identify words she couldn’t spell hello spelling test after this she did some times table then read me a book out loud it was really nice to see what she was able to do I was proud I must admit. I am always proud of them but they can be very testing at times but so can’t walking bag of hormones over here prone to spiralling and being stubborn wonder where they get it from haha.

Over the next few days/weeks, I’m going to be testing out apps and free resources and will not only be using myself but ill share with you too. We need to stick together during this time we will not mention the c-word it’s now worse than he who must not be named being named. If anyone has any amazing apps or sites please comment below all help welcome.

We in the UK are on 3-week lockdown as of tonight we should make the best of it and enjoy the time we have with our families. Yes,  it will be hard at times but appreciate it because many peoples lives will be changed forever. All we have to do is stay in for a few weeks riding the storm it’ll be bumpy but it’s not every day you get told to stay at home and do nothing for a few weeks.

stay safe ❤ Thank you to all the key workers who are working so hard to keep the country going and thank you to all my supportive family and friends who make me feel better when I’m spiralling love you all and I’m always here for all of you as you are for me thanks for reading and talk soon.

Jade x