#Win Alternative Easter Gifts for Cool Kids

Cool stuff kids march

It is always good to have alternative Easter gifts up your sleeve, that aren’t chocolatey…I have some to win too!

Okido is the arts and science magazine for kids. I had banned kids’ magazines in our house because they are generally impossible to actually write on with any pen known to humans, a bit rubbish, focussed soley on telly watching, pink/blue, covered in plastic tat, expensive, insulting, boring and lacking in anything that is going to set my children’s minds on fire.

How refreshing then to receive Okido. Beautiful pages you can write on, lovely layout, bright colours, colouring pages you would want to colour, art, cooking, science ideas. The stories, poems and illustrations explore emotions beautifully. Continue reading

From here to Infinity – Hi-Tec help me get through Sport Relief

DSC03075If I am honest I have spent a large proportion of 2014 sitting in front of my computer on facebook with hundreds of notifications from 38 team honk groups around the country. But on Sunday that changed. On Sunday we could finally see that the Team Honk Lands End to John O Groats relay we’d dreamt about for Sport Relief was going to happen. So I closed my laptop, picked up my new Hi-Tec Infinity trainers and I went for a run. It felt amazing. Continue reading

Leappad Ultra reviewed


Seven year old Miss L was lucky enough to get a Leappad Ultra to try out this Christmas. I will admit I was dubious about them. Many people had said to me, just buy a tablet. But saying that I think there are problems with giving kids tablets too.  I have friends who rave about the Leappad, particularly those who are  less tech-savvy themselves. So if you are thinking about investing here are the pros and cons as I see them: Continue reading

Eat your heart out Tony Hawk, Mister G cracks the Yvolution YFliker

When it arrived at Christmas he gave it a whirl, he was suspicious, nervous. He wasn’t sure. Then he left his older scooter lying around and it was stolen and he was forced to take the YFliker by the handles.

He hasn’t looked back.

He thinks the YFliker is

‘Pretty awesome…you can twirl it around, and then you head for a puddle and you don’t get your shoes wet, because it is big. It makes me feel good. My friends think it is good. When you go superfast in circles and then hit the brake, then you go up.


It’s like a car but it’s littler. And when you are going to school on it, you get to zoom, then when you need to turn back and wait for you Mum you can turn round.


And then if you see a crook you can punch him on the head and keep going.’

The YFliker from Yvolution was sent for us to review late last year. I wasn’t asked to do a second post, but I was so pleased it was such a hit I wanted to.

Love Penny

2013 looking utterly incredible, thanks to Photobox


Before the year ends, I wanted to show you this. Our photo album from Photobox. If you’re anything like me finding time and making yourself slow down long enough to put this together is a real achievement in itself. Actually the software is easy, it is choosing the pictures that takes the time!

I cried when it arrived, it brought back so many fab memories of our Carnival Cruise and it is just so stunningly beautiful and the photos so sharp. How cool too, is the collage cover? But this photo book just keeps on giving. Continue reading

Making Recycled Christmas Cards, without the glittery, gluey mess

christmas craft chaos

Bostik sent us some Glu dots and Glitter Pens, so we set about doing what we do best after a hard day at school and work: tea, biscuits and craft chaos. There was a subtle difference last night though, the Bostik products meant that when Mr A appeared at 5pm to find the table like this and us totally engrossed in what we were doing, with no thoughts of tea, it only took minutes to clear up and get tea on.  Continue reading

Shop Local: British Seaside Clothing and Gifts from Gone Crabbing


It has been on my agenda for a while to focus on hunting down some cool, clever and UK based businesses offering fun stuff to families. You know the sort of businesses, the ones that start from a kitchen table or a conversation in a pub?

This week I want to tell you all about Norfolk based Gone Crabbing. Seaside memorabilia has come a long way since Kiss Me Quick hats and saucy postcards, thanks to mumpreneur Susie Mason. She began her business five years ago at the kitchen table of her small cottage. The range of cosy clothes, homewares and small gifts beautifully captures the spirit of Norfolk and is perfect for the seaside lover in your life. Continue reading

Vision direct to my door

Last week was a funny old week, something happened that really made me angry. I kind of knew it might happen, but it still seemed unfair. A tension headache set in I couldn’t shift. Then I found the answer on You Tube. Two days of hot baths, neck stretching videos, a strong painkiller and some relaxation exercises and it finally shifted this morning.

The rain cleared, the sun came out today and Vision Direct sent me some new sunglasses to review. Appropriately enough they are Versace, which ties in rather well with our cruise with Carnival Cruise Lines, we will be sailing from Venice on Saturday, around Italia making a film and taking lots of photos to document family cruising from a first timers perspective. Continue reading

Hotter Shoes Review: You can take the girl out of Cheshire…

My demure ‘looking’ daughter modelling the beautiful Hotter Shoes Cheshire Boot I have been invited to review.

This is part two of our mother and daughter shopping trip. After spending the morning trying on clothes, we focussed the afternoon on shoes. L chose some studded suede ankle boots, then it was my turn. Continue reading

One M and S jumper dress, 3 different looks

One Drama Queen M and S dress, three looks

One Drama Queen M and S dress, three looks by penny-alexander 

M and S challenged me to choose one of their sleeved dresses and style three looks. I love dresses with proper sleeves, and M and S research reveals most women do. I applaud M and S for increasing sleeves by 80% in their dresses.  Here’s how I got on with my new jumper dress. Continue reading