Monday, 30 June 2014

My kitchen is the hub of the house #kitchentales

My kitchen is the busy hub of our house. We eat here, we mess here, we organise here, we rush, we run, we sometimes relax!

Family life is super busy. I would be lost without my little organiser which acts as my intray.

We try to be healthy, not always easy on the go. But there is always fruit ready to grab.

Recycling is really important in our house. It's easy and fun with our home made recycle centre.

It's a constant process of washing ware, putting it away, getting it out again and so on. Fairy Platinum is fab at making this an easier job. It's also great in our bubble machine!

This post is an entry for the “My Kitchen Story” Linky Challenge, sponsored by Fairy Platinum” and link to

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Top 8 First Birthday Gifts

Stuck for what to buy for a first birthday? Our little one recently turned one and here are my top gift ideas:

1. Mini Armchair

Our little one has used this everyday since it arrived. It's a reasonable price in comparison to most of the kids armchairs available and doesn't topple over easily.

Kids armchair

2. Clothes 18-24 months

A lot of people will buy 12-18 months so go for the next size. Asda George often have fab outfits at excellent prices.

Girls legging outfit

George boys jacket

3. Shoe shop voucher

With most little ones learning to walk around this time. Vouchers for those (expensive!) first shoes is a great idea. Our first cruiser shoes from Clarks were £26.


4. Building blocks

Hours of fun wand they won't tire of these for years to come.
Mega bloks

5. Toddler Mealtime Set

Moving on from the little plastic weaning pots, a nice mealtime set is the perfect way to begin the next stage.

Toddler mealtime set

6. Premium bonds

Chance to win tax free prizes of £25 to £1m each month. Minimum investment of £50 (if paid by standing order or bank transfer). A great gift for life.

Premium bonds

7. Projector

We used this to help baby settle on her own at bedtime. She loves to watch the colours projected onto the ceiling and is always out for the count within five minutes. It has a range of melodies to choose from and also a selection of timer settings.

Baby projector

8. Bubble Machine

Little ones go crazy for this!. Great for both indoor and outdoor use.

Bubble machine

Baby enjoys the bubble machine
She loves the bubbles!

What first birthday gifts would you recommend?

Tuesday, 3 June 2014


Summer is coming and its this time of year that our feet go on show more and more - barefoot on the beach, by the pool, or simply on display in a lovely pair of strappy sandals.

After months of being imprisoned in boots and shoes, our feet can often look less than their best. We are offering some Compeed foot cream in our latest Twitter competition to help the winner's tootsies look in tip top condition.

Win Compeed Cream
Win Compeed Cream

To enter, follow us on Twitter and send us a tweet telling us which song you love to dance to. Make sure you include our Twitter name @lifeonbalance and the hashtag #compeedcomp. The closing date is 11.59 pm on 11th June 2014. The winner will be chosen using Over 18s only. UK entry. The winner will be contacted via Twitter direct message. Failure to respond within 5 days will result in a redraw.

Good luck!