If you are my children don’t read this.
I mean it, turn away now.
Are they gone?


Check out this beauty….

My kids are huge Harry Potter fans and will be ecstatic to find this leaning against the tree come Christmas morning.  And although Santa will claim the credit, we really owe a huge thank you to the greatBIGcanvas.com company.
They sent the twins this fab bit of Potter magic to hang on their wall and for anyone else looking to treat their kids this Christmas (or grown up relatives) you may want to check out their site.
You can find images from Hollywood like…


You can also purchase beautiful scenic images like this beautiful one of the beach in Cancun, Mexico.

Or go classic, and have a bit of Monet on your wall.

Or go wild and put one of your own images onto canvas.

These make great, really unique presents that can become a focal point in the home.

To deliver something different this Christmas, check out www.greatbigcanvas.com

Staying in and playing with the kids can be expensive if you feel you have to buy the latest games and fill up the cupboards with the latest models of toys.  Adventure can be made without any fuss or spending and I can guarantee the kids will thrive on playing on normal household objects.

Take the humble bed for example.

Indoor trampolining on a naked mattress is one way my kids get their kicks, they can spend hours trying to headbutt the light fitting and I am always met with groans and moans when I announce it is time to make the bed.  However they all manage to disappear quickly when I ask for help to clothe the cushions.

The bed can also be converted into a dark and dangerous den, you can rip the duvet off the mattress and secure it between the bed frame and the wall (radiators come in handy here) Then cushions can be used to block out natural light and books and torches can be smuggled in for secret dentime reading.  Hours can be spent hiding in a cosy corner, creating new rooms, and trying your hand at den interior design, and it doesn’t cost a penny.

The bed can also be used as a ship on an angry ocean.  One foot off the mattress could be eaten by hungry piranhas, and always make sure you steer clear of the whale who hides underneath the frame.  Pirate can jump aboard and challenge you and you can delight in making them walk the plank into the murky depths below.

Making your own adventures in the home costs nothing, you simply need a bed, a mattress and a bit of imagination.

Much better than the latest fad.

This is an advertorial fab

What is it?

The SafeGrip rugged case and stand for the iPad is a bit of a godsend.

Put simply it is an ultra sturdy case for an iPad that makes it safe to live in a house with preschooler and over exuberant seven year olds.  We first got an iPad almost twelve months ago and within 12 hours of owning it my beloved then two year old daughter launched it out of the car window. It didn’t survive the fall.

When we saved enough pennies and spoke to the insurance man we invested in a new iPad, but the fear never left us.  What if she did it again?

We invested in a case but it never truly looked sturdy enough so when she gets her turn on the tablet I tend to be glued to her side.

The we were introduced to SafeGrip.


Tough, padded protection against drops and bumps

Built to survive the outdoors, kids and shared-use environments

Protects screen against scratches and smudges

Handle for carrying, ideal for kids and prevents drops

Handle doubles as a stand with type and view modes

Built-in stylus holder and personalization pocket

Preserves access to all ports

Protects iPad 2 through iPad 4


We love it, the case gives us peace of mind, but also it works as a great stand so the iPad doubles as a TV screen when I am cooking in the kitchen.  My little one can carry the case with confidence using the handle but as parents we don’t feel like we are handling a toy.   It gets a big thumbs up from us.

How much is it?

The version my daughter is modeling above is £39.99 and can be purchased here.  It may sound expensive, however when you have seen your iPad smashed to smithereens on the floor it seems perfectly justified!

To anyone who likes their technology in one piece and has an energetic family like ours I would highly recommend.

We were sent a SafeGrip to review, all thought are my own.