5 Favourite Toy shops in London

When shopping for toys in a big city like London, how many of you dart straight to the major toy shops? Don’t get me wrong, I love Hamleys and The Disney Store! But prefer to support small businesses and independent shops when I can. With that in mind, here are my five favourite toy shops in London (in no particular order). The Who Shop Run by husband and wife, Alexandra and Kevan, The Who Shop is a must visit toy shop for any Whovian, I.e. fan of the TV series Doctor Who. The shop has a wide range of Doctor Read More…

Road Trip Essentials

Last year I took a road trip from Edinburgh through the Scottish Highlands and up to Loch Ness. It was my first road trip without my parents and a great experience. I think I saw a lot more of the country than I would have by train or plane. I learnt a lot on that trip from what to bring, to road safety and how to prevent arguments with your passengers! So today I wanted to share my essentials for a great road trip as part of my staycation series. Road Trip Essentials Service and MOT It’s important your car Read More…

Happily Rustic Photo Plaque* | Review

I love supporting independent businesses, so when Hayley of Happily Rustic posted on Twitter looking for bloggers to review one of her products, I got in touch after seeing her wonderful products on Etsy. Hayley started Happily Rustic after losing her office job due to on going health issues. She suffers from M.E./Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. She lives with her husband who is very supportive of her business and their two fur babies.   Hayley says she enjoys making her products and loves seeing all the photos sent in by her customer’s. When the package arrive I was pleasantly surprised how Read More…

Relaxing bath time routine | Self Care

During my CBT sessions we talked about self care and how I should do one nice thing for myself once a week. Or more if I could manage it… Sometimes a bad mental health day makes my motivation very difficult, so she took that into consideration. I chose a long relaxing bath and find it helps me unwind, distress and feel better about the day and about myself. Of course a bath isn’t the only form of self care you can try but it’s something I enjoy and find them very relaxing. Especially in the Autumn and Winter months when Read More…

Favourite childhood toys*

Last week I covered my favourite childhood books and this week I thought I’d share my favourite childhood toys with you. Maybe you’ll see some of your favourites? Beanie Babies My sister and I collected TY Beanie Babies like crazy in the 90s. We had our favourites displayed in “cubby cubes” and each one had a tag protector on it. If you’re not familiar with Beanie Babies each tag contains their name and a poem about them. My favourite (and actually my first) TY Beanie Baby was Inch the inchworm. Inch the worm is a friend of mine, He goes Read More…

Things to do in Northumberland | Guest Post

How many of us take the time to explore our “own back yard”, whether that be your own country, state or county or even the town or city you live in? A staycation can be the perfect get away and something I’m trying to do more often. Next in my staycation series we’re taking a trip to the North of England with Rachael to a place high on my UK travel list – Northumberland. [Missed last week’s staycation post? Catch up here.] Rachael is a lifestyle blogger living in the North East of England with her husband. She’s a born Read More…