Tytti’s dairy & gluten free chocolate cake …. with smash

Easy chocolate cake

Couple of weeks ago we went to Sweden and stayed with our friends, a lovely Finnish- Dutch couple.  Tytti, our hostess, made the most delicious dairy and gluten free cake!  I loved it, because it did not taste strange as some of these cake do, it was moist and fluffy.  I asked her for the […]

How NOT to carry a child on your bike

Cycling with kids bicycle seat safety

We’re talking regular bikes, not the snazzy, super cool ones specially developed for carrying our precious cargo (…the ones I’m highly jealous of).  Just a bike with a child seat added. image credit The other day I saw a big 7-8 year old boy, climb onto the back of his mum’s bike into a traditional toddler […]

Things that piss me off today- Tech fail Saturday

Some days you just wish you didn’t need to get out of bed and I know it’s a mindset to just brush these aside, but they are stressing me and making my eyelid twitch today. So I’m venting and ranting. What frustrates me though is how little longevity is apparently built into these expensive items.  […]

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Travel

Anthem of the Seas

Anthem of the Seas

Hey, Sending lots of love from the Anthem of the Seas. We have now popped our family cruising … [Read More...]

My first time in a motorhome & impressions of the Rimor Katamarano 9

Rimor Katamarano 9 ©Mumonthebrink

At the Camping and Caravan show this February, we'd been looking at all sorts of camping units to … [Read More...]

Podding along at Billing Aquadrome Northampton

Billing Aquadrome

If you've never camped in a tent, you might wonder what all the fuss is about when it comes to … [Read More...]

Does the ToothFairy come when you loose your last milktooth at 40?

dental tourism Hungary London toothfairy

Even as  an adult I long to believe in fairies, especially the toothfairy (yes, that same toothfairy … [Read More...]

Lindos, Rhodes- an excursion with Mark Warner holidays

Lindos Rhodes MW 03

Lindos is an old town over 3000 years old situated on the Greek Island of Rhodes.  This historic … [Read More...]

Technology

Canon Legria Mini X Review

Canon Legria miniX 01 ©Mumonthebrink

Canon’s Legria Mini is designed as a vlog camera with the focus on usability for video blogs.  I’ve had Canon’s Legria Mini X on loan for just over 2 months and have put it through it’s paces in a variety of situations, beyond just video blogs. First impressions When I first took the camera out it seemed […]

A budget handset- Prestigio Multiphone 8500 Duo review

Prestigio Multiphone 8500 duo Windowsphone 04 ©Mumonthebrink

You may be forgiven for not having heard of Prestigio before.  I hadn’t, even though this Cyprus based company has been around for over 10 years.  The Prestigio Multiphone 8500 Duo is a new step for them in a collaboration with Microsoft.  When offered a handset for review I accepted the challenge because of some interesting features […]

Another laptop bites the dust

Lenovo laptop back up OneDrive

Can you believe it?   My 16 month old Lenovo IdeaPad laptop died!  My previous one (an Asus) lasted just a tad longer, just over 18 months, the one before that (a Toshiba) I had for 5 years.  I’m not doing really well since the trusty Toshiba, am I?   These last two have just […]

Top 14 must have Windows Phone Apps for bloggers

Top 14 must have Windowsphone apps for bloggers

We had this debate a couple of weeks ago: would you rather leave the house without money or without your phone? My answer is phone, it keeps me on track for the day. It’s an essential time management tool (I delved into my time management here) , but I’ve also realised how much I use […]

Is this the coolest mama bike? … the Sparta Ion m-gear

Sparta Ion m gear mama bike

So you ask: what is a mama bike? It’s a term I recently discovered in Holland and it refers to a bike designed for moms (and dads) to transport children and shopping.  It’s a bike that has a long frame that will accommodate a child seat in front and probably one in the back. Little […]

A busy mum’s time management… what’s in your toolkit?

Windows 8.1 upgrade Word_Flow_Shape_Writing

The other day a little 30 second video landed in my inbox.  (I’ve popped it at the bottom of the post, if you are interested.) It was about how much the chap relies on his phone and it made me think: Nowadays, as I leave the front door I usually check that I have my […]

How to listen to the latest hits for free AND without adverts

Nokia Mix Radio

There’s a little smilie icon on my Nokia Lumia 1020.  It took me over a month after getting my phone to discover what it was:  I was sitting in the car, in a traffic jam into London just before Christmas.  My car stereo is broken and I was bored.  I search music on my phone […]

The first Formula E test day- was it what we expected?

Max stroking the car Formula E first test day Donnington Park 2 © Mumonthebrink

How ironic is it that on a day all about the electric revolution I have few pictures to show because both my windowsphone and Dadonthebrink’s iPhone have let us down?  Both our batteries died early on during the first day of Formula E. Nonetheless we had a memorable day.  On the public testing days access is […]

Window 8.1 update on my Nokia Lumia 1020- first impressions

Windows 8.1 upgrade new notifications icon

There I was sitting in the car, on my way to Brighton, desperate to access my Nokia Drive app for directions. My phone screen told me: Almost there… …it will be worth the wait! {Grrr!} I had my Nokia 1020 telling me this for most of the night before and that morning.  I was so frustrated, […]

Creating music with Microsoft

A couple of days ago The Microsoft Apartment hosted an exciting panel discussion with music leaders from Deezer, the Music Managers’ Forum (MMF) and the Featured Artists’ Coalition (FAC), as well as artist Nate James, to talk about how Microsoft is driving change in the creation and consumption of music. We even had David Rowntree from Blur attend to join the debate!  I was lucky enough […]

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Family Life

Moments: Embrace Happy

Parenting can have such amazing rewards... if only we notice them! You work your guts out, with … [Read More...]

A most magical Christmas…best sort the next one.

Christmas 1  ©Mumonthebrink

Hearing the word Christmas as the Summer turns to Autumn fills me with a mixture of excitement and … [Read More...]

Truancy and dinosaurs

What to do When You Find a Dinosaur- how fossils are made

A week ago I spotted an advert at the children's centre for a production at Oxford Playhouse's … [Read More...]

Meal planning for dummies

meal planning for dummies using a skeleton meal plan

Cooking is one of those love hate things. I love to do it, but it becomes a chore to do … [Read More...]

We did it!!! Cycling to school in Oxford

cycle to school

We live in the beautiful Oxford. Oxford is supposedly a cycling city, yet there have been a … [Read More...]

Mummy’s going away for a couple of days

Next week I'm off on a press trip all on my own, no kids, just fellow bloggers! Congratulations … [Read More...]

My ultimate camping checklist for the UK & Europe

easycamp-camp-fire-tripod-deluxe-bbq

We have nearly 5 weeks of camping planned in the next month or so.  Generally I'm so disorganised, … [Read More...]

LittleLife Toddler daysack with reins

LittleLife daysack

Couple of years ago I vowed never to use toddler reins again. Then Max came along.  My beautiful, … [Read More...]

The multilingual toddler- 23 months old

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Max is a week shy of 23 months old.  As his peers' vocabulary increases, so does Max's. His speech … [Read More...]

6 top tips for a long road trip with young children

6 top tips for driving long distances with young children baby © Mumonthebrink

Over the past years we've had our fair share of long road trips transversing Europe with young … [Read More...]