Eliza has slept in sleeping bags since she was born, and we used them for all our other children too. At 19 months, she now associates the sleeping bag with bedtime, and is always more than happy to snuggle up in hers ready for a sleep (she is so much… View Post

  Like many busy parents, breakfast often comes bottom of the list in the mornings. I have 4 children to get to school and nursery, 4 lots of bags, coats and packed lunches to worry about – and that’s before I even think about getting myself showered, dressed and ready… View Post

Like many families, Christmas saw us overwhelmed with new toys for the kids. Since then, we have been steadily going through their old toys to see which they no longer play with – these are slowly being given away to charity, or passed on to friends.  As we decluttered, a… View Post

Did you know you are supposed to change your mattress every 7-8 years? I didn’t until recently, and when we thought about it, it was – well- a lot longer than that since we had a new mattress. Luckily, Emma Mattress came to our rescue, and sent us a double… View Post

January is always a bit of a sluggish month for most of us, dragging ourselves back to work after 10 days off stuffing our faces with chocolate and drinking prosecco for breakfast can be a struggle to say the least. But getting yourself back into a routine is important to… View Post

We love swimming, and all the kids have been in the water from a young age. We don’t tend to use a lot of water aids, but they do all love dive sticks and water toys. Especially those ones that you can fill with water and squirt each other with… View Post

Morning! Hope you’re managing through this long, long month – seems like an age since the last pay day doesn’t it?! In case you are new here – let us tell you what Tried & Tested is all about. We all know how useful reviews can be. Most bloggers do them… View Post

When I was pregnant with Eliza, I worried a lot about a recurrence of postnatal depression. I really wanted to do everything I could to avoid it this time round, and after a lot of research I came across placental encapsulation.  In short, this uses the placenta as a form… View Post

With essays, assignments and classes, it is challenging enough for a student to remember to get enough sleep, let alone eat properly. Resorting to microwave meals and cheese toasties can only maintain its flair for so long; learning to cook at least something is necessary to survive the next few… View Post

Max has suffered with eczema since he was tiny. Over the last 3 years we have tried so many different creams, lotions and diet changes to control it, without much success, until we cut dairy from his diet. This had a dramatic effect on his skin, and he has been… View Post

Maternity leave can fly by and if you are determined to return to work once it is over there are a few things to consider before setting the alarm for those early mornings again – although you’re more than likely used to those already! If you are ready to return… View Post