Happy 5th Birthday Little Squirrel


Today you turn 5 years old. How much you have learnt this last year…

You will start school in August and I only hope that you enjoy your school days as much as I did.
You are so eager to learn… you constantly amaze us with new facts you have learnt at nursery. At the minute you are intrigued by China, after learning all about Chinese New Year at nursery. When we are out in the car you shout out “Chinese restaurant” when you spot the Chinese symbols on the restaurant signs. Your writing is really coming on, and you love drawing houses, flowers and people .



You and your little sister joined a local ballet class last year, which you have really enjoyed, and have made some lovely new friends there.
You love a dance party at home, especially an Irish dance party in our kitchen…

Maybe we will find some Irish Dancing lessons for you to join this year…

Your love of music continues, especially the Disney compilation we listen to in the car. At the minute one of your Disney favourites is I Wanna Be Like You from The Jungle Book, which you have almost word perfect now! I have been playing you Prokofiev’s Peter & The Wolf lately, which Grandpa used to play for me when I was a little girl, and you seem to love it as much as I did. Both you and your little sister love to skip through the forest with Peter, flutter around like the little bird, and to stomp around to Grandpa’s theme!


Fun with Grandpa

You love your food as much as I do, and you have definitely inherited my taste buds, with your love of blue cheese, and pate, and mint choc chip ice cream! One of your favourite meals at present is Chinese soy and garlic pork with rice.

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Ice cream!

One of my favourite things is to watch you and your little sister play. It is clear how much your little sister looks up to you as she follows your lead in play scenarios, and I love how much she makes you laugh with her funny little ways!



My darling you are growing up to be such a clever, inquisitive, loving big girl, and I am so very proud of you. Love you to the moon and back my fellow pea in a pod!



A Moana Birthday Cake For Littlest Squirrel’s 3rd Birthday


When asked what sort of birthday cake Littlest Squirrel would like for her 3rd birthday, there was no hesitation… Moana. Alongside a Moana costume and a Moana wig on her wishlist for her birthday presents, a Moana cake was the order for the day.

I opted for a simple design, very similar to the Tangled cake I did for her big sister’s 4th birthday last year. I used an icing sheet with an image of Moana from Edible Prints as the centrepiece, and surrounded it with some Tahitian flowers and foliage. I used a petunia cutter and mould to create the larger flowers, and I picked up a seashell icing mould from Lakeland to create the shells which adorned the cake board.


I was really pleased with how the cake turned out, and I was thrilled when a friend asked my Littlest what was her favourite thing about her birthday party, to hear her respond… “my Moana cake”!


For the cake itself, a chocolate cake was requested, so I used a Chocolate Mud Cake recipe, which produced a beautifully rich, chocolatey, moist cake.


This was a cake I really enjoyed decorating. The icing sheets surrounded with your own decorations are a really simple and effective way to make a show stopping celebration cake.


I love to look back on the posts of the cakes I’ve created for my girls birthdays, and my hope is that they love to look back on these when they are older, and have children of their own to bake for.

A Letter To Littlest Squirrel – On Your 3rd Birthday


Happy Birthday my darling little one.

You are the funniest, cheekiest little firework I know. I call you a little firework as you bring so much joy to our lives, yet you have the most explosive temper! This is not to do you a disservice, as most of the time you are the cutest, happiest, laid back, fun-loving little person.


You love your big sister, and the two of you love playing Mums and Dads or Doctors. As much as you love your big sister, you sure know how to wind her up at times, but that is what sisters do, after all!


Over this last year you have moved in to your big girl bed and are growing up so fast!

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One of the things I love most about you is your sense of humour. You really do make me laugh every single day. Your Dad will tell you I am always telling him how funny (and how cute) you are.


You love music and dance. I love it when we have singalongs with your big sister in the car. It makes me so proud to hear your little voices singing along to the music that we love, and it makes me so happy to know that you are following in my footsteps in your love of music, that was so important in my own childhood, growing up with Grandpa and Nanny Møller. In the last year you have started ballet classes, and you performed in your very first dance Christmas show at the end of last year. You took it all in your stride and made us very proud parents.CiaraDanceCollage.jpg

You love visiting Granny & Grandad in Langbank, and Grandpa in Ireland. You adore Grandpa’s dog Archie, and I think he loves you too as he is very tolerant with all your cuddles and affection!


You favourite film of this year is Matilda, and for a while you insisted “I Tilda, not Ciara”, and you insisted on calling me or your Dad Mrs Trunchbull! Just recently, you love to watch the new BFG movie, or the “real BFG” as you call it. Roald Dahl was a huge part of my childhood, as I loved his books, so it makes me happy to see you sharing this love of this wonderful author.

You still love Moana and we are looking forward to throwing you a Moana party this weekend with our friends and neighbours coming to celebrate with us.


Happy Birthday my darling girl! I love you more than you could imagine!

Lots of love, Mum xxx




Santa’s Cove At Braehead, Glasgow


We were invited along yesterday to the launch of Santa’s Cove at Braehead Shopping Centre, just outside Glasgow.
Santa’s Cove promises to be an ultimate Christmas family experience, so I thought I’d share our visit for those of you considering booking a trip to Santa in and around Glasgow this year…


Entering Santa’s Cove at Braehead

We were greeted by some friendly elves as we entered Santa’s Cove, and were guided to Yuletide Valley where the little ones had to make their way through a very Christmassy ball pit and climb up to the top of the slide and travel down to the other side.


Travelling through Yuletide Valley – spot Littlest Squirrel in the ball pit!

From there, we climbed aboard Santa’s Sleigh Ride, a really fun experience for little kids and big kids alike. We took our seats on  Santa’s sleigh, and through a screen in front of us, we watched the reindeers take us up in to the air, twisting  past the chimney pots en route to our drop off point at the Stable Rooms.


Santa’s Sleigh Ride

At the Stable Room we were able to mix up our very own reindeer food to take away with us and  keep for the reindeers visiting our homes on Christmas Eve. The kids loved getting their hands in to the troughs of reindeer feed and mixing it together with some magical coloured glitter.


Mixing up our own reindeer food at the Stable Rooms

Next we moved along to the Toy Room where the kids got to make their own Christmas decorations to take home and hang on the tree when it goes up.
Once we had finished our decorations we visited the Elves Canteen where Mrs Claus was serving up cups of hot chocolate and marshmallows and mince pies to our thirsty little helpers.


Littlest Squirrel waiting on Mrs Claus serving up some hot chocolate and marshmallows

Our next stop was the Naughty Or Nice Machine, which reads the minds of the kids with a reindeer helmet, and a display shows if they have been naughty or nice. If they are nice they are rewarded with some candy.


Naughty or Nice machine

Finally, it was time to visit Santa himself in his igloo. Each family gets to visit Santa in private, with time to take photos, and there is an elf on hand to take a picture that is printed out for you to take home, along with a naughty or nice certificate for the children.
My girls had brought some pictures that they had coloured in especially for Santa, and were thrilled when he announced he would keep them in his sleigh. The children also got a gift from Santa before it was time to say our Goodbyes.


The very lovely Santa!

We spent an hour and a half at Santa’s Cove. All the “rooms” are within one big heated tent, and the only areas we had to queue for were Santa’s Sleigh Ride and to meet Santa himself.

There were just a few things that could have improved the experience for us…
A cloakroom to store visitors’ coats and bags would be really helpful, so parents aren’t left carrying around all the family’s jackets and belongings.
We thought the gifts from Santa were a decent quality, however a little bit more thought on what is age appropriate would be better.
Finally, we felt the quality and composition of the printed photo could have been improved.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Santa’s Cove, and most importantly the girls had a great experience, with lots of activities to entertain them, and for them to participate in. All of the staff were lovely with the kids, and Santa himself was perfect, and looked very authentic.


Santa’s Cove is running from November 11 2017 to December 24 2017, 9am to 9pm. For more details and for bookings visit www.santascove.co.uk

They also have a Facebook page page for more information.

I was offered free passes to Santa’s Cove for the purpose of this review. As always all opinions are honest and my own!

Look At The Stars, Look How They Shine For You…


Today is the anniversary of the day I lost my Mum to cancer. It has been a busy day with work, so I haven’t had much time to dwell on the anniversary of Mum’s passing. Until…

On my way home from work I picked up the Little Squirrels from nursery and told them I was planning on taking them to N Ireland to see Grandpa next month, to which my 4 year old replied she’ll miss Nanny not being there. My 2 year old then said she wanted to give Nanny a cuddle. My eldest, Little Squirrel, then looked out the car window and said “I can see a star up in the sky and it has Nanny Møller’s face on it”.

As an atheist, in all honesty, I don’t know what I believe when it comes to where we go when we die, and I struggle to know what the right way to explain this to my kids is. But I know it is important to talk about it, to keep Mum’s memory alive, and for them to understand that she would have loved them just as much as her Grandparents who are still here, given the chance. So, I have chosen to tell the girls that when we die we just leave our bodies behind, and we travel up to the stars and find a star to live on where we can always look down on the loved ones we have left behind.

Kids Fun Day at Darcy’s, Glasgow


The weekend before last we were invited along to attend a Charlie & The Chocolate Factory themed afternoon at Darcy’s in Glasgow’s Princes Square.
On the last Sunday of every month, Darcy’s host a Kids Fun Day, where the children are entertained in their private dining room with face painting and arts & crafts, amongst other activities, while the adults get to enjoy some lunch in relative peace in the main restaurant.DarcysFunDayFlier.jpgWe had booked our table for 12 pm as we had been told this was when the event would begin. However, when we arrived we were told that the room wasn’t ready for the kids fun day yet, but our kids were happy to run around in the atrium area in the basement of Princes Square, and we were in no rush so this was not a problem for us.


Darcy’s private dining area set up for the Kids Fun Day held on the last Sunday of every month

Once the room was ready the children were called through, and we were all really impressed with the set up of the private dining area for the kids fun day. There were seats arranged in rows in the centre of the room with cosy cushions on the floor at the front, creating a mini cinema with a large projector screen at the very front of the room showing Charlie & The Chocolate Factory (of course).


Charlie & The Chocolate Factory themed treats & activities
Note chocolate fountain fail 😉

Around the edges of the room were tables offering different activities for the kids, from painting, to cake pop creating, to face painting and balloon modelling. There was also a huge quantity of sweet treats for the kids to indulge in. The chocolate fountain was a huge hit with all the kids, though it did take a while for the staff to figure out how to assemble it correctly.


Little Squirrel requested a pink sparkly tiger from the face painter!
Note chocolate fountain success 😉

Just before 13.30 lunch was served for the kids. There was a buffet offering burgers, pasta, chicken burgers, and fish and chips. I wasn’t overly impressed with the standard of the kids food to be honest, and I think Darcy’s would do better (and would make life easier for themselves) with a buffet offering sliced meats and cheeses, fresh bread and butter, hummus, and a selection of fresh vegetables and fruits.

After lunch an Oompa Loompa made an appearance for the kids. I’d have loved to have shared some photos of this with you, but Littlest Squirrel was not such a fan of the Oompah Loompah, and we left soon after! She still talks about that Oompa Loompa, and not in a good way! 1f604.png

Whilst the kids were being entertained in the Charlie & The Chocolate Factory room Mr Hungry Squirrel and I were able to choose lunch from the main menu. I really enjoyed the coconut, chilli & ginger chicken curry, which tasted fresh and full of flavour. If your kids are attending the fun day (at £10 per child) you receive 20% discount of anything ordered from the a la carte menu.


Coconut, chilli & ginger chicken curry from Darcy’s main menu

Overall, we really enjoyed our afternoon at Darcy’s Kids Fun Day.
My feedback to Darcy’s would be to make sure the staff are prepared for the event starting on time, and to make sure a designated member of staff introduces the event to kids and parents alike, and keeps everyone informed as the day progresses.
Most importantly the kids had a great time and we would definitely consider booking in for another Darcy’s Kids Fun Day! It is a great opportunity for parents to enjoy lunch out in a great city centre location, with somebody else entertaining the kids… happy kids = happy parents.

Keep an eye on the Darcy’s Facebook page for upcoming events. There will be some exciting Halloween and Christmas themed fun days coming up over the next few months, which your little ones are sure to enjoy! If booking make sure to book a table for yourself in the restaurant as well as the kids spaces in the private dining area.

I was offered the children’s spaces at the Kids Fun Day and lunch for myself and my partner at Darcy’s Glasgow for the purpose of this review. As always all opinions are honest and my own!

Smiggle Opening In Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries Aug 15 2017

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Australia’s most exciting and colourful stationery retailer, Smiggle is opening a new store in Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries tomorrow morning from 9am. I was invited to bring the Little Squirrels along to see the new store tomorrow, but unfortunately we can’t make the big launch due to other commitments, so they very kindly sent us a goodie bag in the post.


Little Squirrel was very excited to open her goodie bag last night. Inside she got a beautiful handbag pencil case, which has two zipped compartments and a scented pom pom. She also got a pack of 12 scented markers in a colourful pencil case and a lockable notebook adorned with sparkling butterflies.


She is over the moon with her goodies and is off to nursery this morning to show off her goodies.


Smiggle is most definitely bold and bright and packed full of treasures for little ones (and stationery-loving adults alike) to explore. From multi-coloured backpacks, eye-catching pencil cases, sparkly stationery, gift packs, DIY kits and much more, there is a huge range to feast your eyes on. We will most definitely be paying a visit to the new Buchanan Galleries store soon!