The Kingslodge Inn- Menu Review

Okay I’m guessing by now you get how much I LOVE food?! So imagine how excited I was to be invited to The Kingslodge Inn in Durham to try their new menu! Very excited. Another perfect excuse for a date night for me and G too so we headed over there with rumbling tummies on Wednesday evening.

The Kingslodge Inn is in Durham City Centre but you honestly wouldn’t think so as it’s hidden away in beautiful quiet woodland, yet it’s only a few minutes walk from the train station and shops. The building itself is so pretty, with outdoor seating and gardens all around the property and it also has quite a good size car park.

As soon as we walked through the entrance to the restaurant we were greeted by a lovely lady who took our names and then showed us to our table. Whilst we were settling in she gave us a menu, told us the specials for the day and explained that food and drink orders were to be ordered and paid for at the bar. The inside matches the outside perfectly. The decor is that of a traditional inn, with photographs of local landmarks making you feel very comfortable. I can only imagine how gorgeous the 23 rooms upstairs are.


The menu had me stumped. I couldn’t decide what I wanted because there was so much to choose from and everything sounded gorgeous. G went for the Black Pudding topped with Poached Egg, Bacon pieces and Peppercorn sauce to start and I chose the Portobello Mushrooms (stuffed with Blue cheese and bacon lardons). I have to say that the presentation of these starters was beautiful and not what we were expecting at all. The Portobello Mushrooms were cooked perfectly, smothered in melted blue cheese but not too much to overpower the flavour of the other elements and the bacon lardons added a crunch to the dish. With G’s starter, the Black pudding was delicious and he too loved the crunch of the crisp bacon pieces. The perfectly cooked, runny yolked poached egg and peppercorn sauce worked so well with the dish and the portions of both starters were very reasonable- they’d be perfect for a light lunch!

When it came to picking the mains it was an easy decision for G- The Kingslodge Burger. As I mentioned previously in my NinjaBurger post, he has to try the burgers wherever we go. I have to admit though that I was being a bit nosy whilst we were browsing the menu to choose (because I couldn’t decide!) and noticed that a gentleman at the table across from us had ordered The Kingslodge Curry of the day which was Thai Red and it looked incredible! It didn’t disappoint. The portion size was absolutely huge, my photo doesn’t do it justice, that bowl of curry was very deep! I’m not complaining at all because it was amazing, packed full of flavour, creamy and coconutty with just the right amount of kick. The chicken was succulent and the mixture of green vegetables were very fresh and crunchy and complimented the curry perfectly. The hand cut chips, rice and naan breads were all gorgeous too and were the perfect accompaniment to the dish. I couldn’t eat it all but I gave it a good go- to be fair there wasn’t much left, I’m not one for wasting food. G’s burger was inhaled rather quickly with nothing but good comments to follow. He said that the Aberdeen Angus steak mince was so tasty, the bun was really fresh and that the coleslaw was amazing. High praise indeed from the burger connoisseur himself.

Notice the size of the curry bowl in the background!

Now by this point we were both ready to burst but the way the desserts were flying out of the kitchen we just had to try one. G opted for the Sticky Toffee Sundae- layers of Sticky Toffee Pudding, ice cream and topped off with Chantilly cream and a wafer. It looked incredible and didn’t last very long so that’s more praise from him. I opted for the Double Chocolate Brownie with vanilla ice cream, which we were later told had just been made fresh that morning and oh you could tell. It was to die for. The brownie was served warm which made it even more gooey and the extra drizzle of chocolate sauce on top didn’t hurt. I took my time with it simply because it was so beautiful, it’s not something you can rush. Alongside the chocolatey goodness was the creamiest vanilla ice cream. It’s fair to say that there was nothing left of dessert!

This was a lovely date night for us in a beautiful place with incredible food and I’m not ashamed to admit that I had to unbutton my jeans in the car on the way home because I was so full! We’re already planning to go back with our daughter as it’s a family friendly place and she needs to sample the children’s menu. It’s also dog friendly but there’s no way our Lola would sit quietly whilst we enjoyed a pint- she’s far too lively for that!

I honestly cannot fault The Kingslodge Inn at all, everything was perfect from the friendliness of the staff, the relaxing atmosphere and the perfect food. We can’t wait to go back and try some more dishes from the menu.

If you fancy a look too you can find their special offers on the website here.

Mother Hermit xx

We were invited along to The Kingslodge Inn for a complimentary three-course meal in return for this review. All views, opinions and photographs are that of my own.

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The Mummy Tag

Well it appears that the lovely Squirmy Popple has nominated me to answer The Mummy Tag questions. I’ve been enjoying reading my fellow Mummy Bloggers answers over the last week, so here goes with mine;

1. Are you a Stay at Home Mum or a Working Mum?

Stay at home Mam (Geordie Girl)

2. Would you have it any other way?

Nope. I decided not to return to work whilst on Maternity Leave with my daughter after we worked out that after paying for travel and childcare I’d be left with about £50 per month. No way was I going back to work just to pay someone else to look after my child. Fortunately G has a good job and was more than happy for me to be a stay-at-home Mam, especially when we found out we were expecting another. So I’m skint, permanently knackered, always covered in baby food, baby dribble or baby sick (probably some baby sh*t in there too) and gaining new wrinkles by the day (at 27!!) but I wouldn’t have it any other way 🙂

3. Do you co-sleep?

Not with my daughter, I was too scared when she was a baby and as she got older she just didn’t like sleeping in our bed with us and couldn’t settle. My son is much more cuddly (clingy!) than his sister but is an amazing sleeper. He sleeps in his cot all night but will come into bed with us for an hour or two each morning. Anything for a bit more sleep eh?!

4. What is your one must-have item for your baby?

I’m a formula feeder so it has to be my Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Machine. That white box is a lifesaver. Bottles made at the right temperature in under 2 minutes- yes please!

5. How many kids do you plan on having?

I always said four, G always said two, but now we have two- even though our boy is only four months old- I think he’s coming round to three, possibly four. (I ALWAYS win)

6. Date nights? How often do you have them?

Our date nights are usually spent at home with a take-away, some booze or a film once the kids have gone to bed but since we bought a new home our in-laws visit from Wales quite a lot. This means that every now and again we get a few hours to go have a quiet meal or a few drinks along the local club with my Dad. Whatever we do I love our date nights- you definitely appreciate those few hours a lot more after having kids!

7. Your child’s favourite show?

This changes all of he time but once she gets hooked on something it’s on repeat for weeks! She keeps watching something called ‘The Lava’s’ or something (no idea) on Netflix at the moment but the one she never, ever, EVER tires of is Peppa flaming Pig!

8. Name one thing you bought before you had the baby and never ended up using.

With my daughter- Swaddlepods. I had my eye on them for ages but couldn’t bring myself to pay the thirty odd quid they were at the time. I ended up finding a pack on the sale shelf in our local supermarket a few weeks before she was born for £3.50- absolute bargain and the cutest patterns ever! My daughter absolutely HATED them and wouldn’t be swaddled at all!

9. Your child’s favourite food?

Absolutely anything. No kidding. She absolutely loves food and isn’t picky at all. Major thing is crisps which she gets from me- I could live on them- but she eats loads of fruit and veg too so I don’t mind too much. And I’m good at making homemade fruit crisps these days! 

My son is going the exact same way as his sister. At nearly 17 weeks he demolishes porridge every morning, two bowls of savoury puree and a fruit pot each day! I’m over the moon because I really don’t think I could handle picky eating kids!

10. How many cars does your family have?

Just the one, nice blue Ford Focus, G’s though, I can’t drive yet.

11. Weight gain, before pregnancy, during, after and now?

Pah! Constant! I love food and booze too much to be anything less than a size 16. I lost 3.5 stone after having my daughter by quitting smoking, joining Slimming World and starting exercise classes but then found out I was pregnant with our boy so went back to eating what I wanted- best way to enjoy pregnancy! I’m back to booze and food alongside exercise classes and healthy eating plans now- it all balances itself out I guess.

12. Dream holiday with your kids?

As cheesy as it is, any holiday is a dream holiday with my kids! We haven’t had many, and none with our baby boy yet but I guess it would be DisneyLand Orlando because that’s what kids dream of. G’s parents took him when he was young and he remembers every part of it and always says he can’t wait to take our kids when they’re older.

13. Dream holiday without your kids?

Bora Bora! One of those apartments out in the sea which you see on the brochures!

14. How has your life changed since having kids?

Well I used to work full time, Monday to Friday, then drink booze and watch sport part time from Friday evening to Sunday evening. Now I spend my days with a toddler and a baby, occasionally at toddler groups, doing three loads of washing per day, cleaning urine and baby sick out of the carpets. Bliss.

15. Finish the sentence “It makes my heart melt when…”

…I see my daughter singing to her brother to comfort him when he’s upset and hear her whispered words of “It’s alright Billy my little brother, your sister is here and I love you”

16. Where do you shop for your kids?

Nutmeg, George, Matalan, Primark, H&M. Anywhere cheap and cheerful because I cannot face spending a fortune on their clothes when I know that within a minute of wearing a new top there’ll be a spag bol stain down it, even if they’re not eating spag bol! Absolutely love Nutmeg stuff because they put up with all toddler damage and still come out the washer looking brand new!

17. Favourite make-up and skincare products?

Not really something I’ve ever been big on- I don’t really wear makeup just the occasional CC cream and mascara. I have mild rosacea so don’t really know where to go with makeup- any suggestions are welcome!

18. Huggies or Pampers?

Neither. Has to be Asda’s own Little Angels for me.

19. Have you always wanted kids?

Always. I had a few babysitting jobs through my teens and could never say no. They took the p*ss a bit if I’m honest, every weekend and some nights through the week, but I could never say no cause I just loved being around kids.

20. Best part of being a mum?

Which part isn’t amazing? I love every single aspect, good and bad. Having a small person you created learning from you and telling you ten million times a day how much they love you has to be the best part though.

So there you have it! I’m not nominating anyone directly as I think most of my fellow Mummy Bloggers have done this already- but if you haven’t and you fancy a go- feel free!

Mother Hermit xx

The Pramshed

Las Iguanas- Newcastle Grey Street

Last night my sister and I took my Mother-in-Law over to Newcastle as we had bought tickets to the theatre as a surprise for her 60th Birthday. The past couple of weeks I had been looking online to find somewhere to go for pre-theatre food and cocktails but couldn’t decide on anywhere, so after a quick tweet to CannyFood and the recommendation of Las Iguanas, the table was booked.

I’d booked the table for 5.30pm as the show was due to start at 7.30pm and I wanted to make sure we had plenty of time and didn’t feel we had to rush our food and drinks. When we arrived I was a bit worried because it looked rammed! The bar was absolutely packed and because the sun was out everyone was making the most of it at the outside tables. We went in through the restaurant entrance and was quickly greeted and shown straight to our table. The friendly staff member then brought us a few different menus and went through each one with us, explaining that it was buy one get one free on a wide selection of cocktails all day-every day and told us that we could order from the main menu but our best option was to order from the lunch and pre evening menu as this was available until 6.30pm. We ordered some drinks, cocktails for me and my sister and Brahma for the MiL, and were left for a few minutes to make our dinner selections.


We decided to share a breadboard and some extra Pao De Queijo (cheese dough balls) to start and ordered our mains from the lunch and pre evening menu as recommended. Myself and the MiL chose the Cuban Sandwich and my sister went for the Blazing Bird. Within about five minutes our starters and drinks arrived- very quick service considering how busy the restaurant was. The bar had quietened right down by this point too. The breadboard consisted of ciabatta, jalapeno cornbread and cheese dough balls which were gorgeous, every item was so fresh and soft but we weren’t too sure on the jalapeno cornbread as it was quite sweet and the texture was quite like a cake. Everything else was cleared up quite quickly with the chipotle butter which was a lovely smokey and slightly spicy accompaniment.


Once we had finished our plates were cleared and again within minutes our mains were served. My sister’s choice looked amazing. Half a chicken in a Honey Peri-Peri glaze with curly fries. But there’s no way I would have chosen it over the Cuban sandwich. Oh my days it was amazing! I was a bit worried about ordering it because I usually find that pork is very dry and tough, especially when it’s served in a sandwich, but I noticed this was belly pork so I had to give it a go. It was beautiful, the meat was so juicy and tender it just fell apart and the mustard and gherkin relish worked with the pork so well. That along with a generous side of curly seasoned fries, it’s safe to say I was pretty full and satisfied when I’d finished. The MiL definitely agreed which was backed up with her empty plate! My sister said that her chicken was gorgeous with plenty of meat and the right amount of glaze but the portion was too big for her to finish. Again once we had finished eating, our plates were cleared very swiftly and we were offered a dessert menu or coffee’s but we were feeling a bit full so just opted to have another drink sayings as we still had an hour before the show started!


I was really impressed with every aspect of our visit to Las Iguanas. The whole meal, 2 starters, 3 mains, 8 cocktails and 2 pints of lager came to just under £70. Even the decor was lovely and the atmosphere of the whole place was very relaxing. And the cocktails? Well I could have happily sat and sampled them all night if we hadn’t booked the theatre! We’ve decided to book up for another show later in the year and I’ll be booking us a table here again- no doubt about it!


Mother Hermit xx

 

 

Ninja Burger Launch

Last night I was invited to the launch of Ninja Burger at late night bar No28 in Newcastle City Centre to test out their menu. Good excuse for a date night for me and G, so with the sister at home babysitting, we headed over to find out what it was all about.

We’ve never been to No28 before but we both fell in love with the place as soon as we went inside. Armed with our complimentary glass of fizz we took a seat and admired the place whilst we waited for the food to be dished up. The atmosphere of the bar is so relaxed and the decor is really quirky- we were sat next to a tree!

It wasn’t long before the first batch of sliders were revealed and they looked amazing! The thing about Ninja Burger is that they use fantastic local ingredients- the beef is prepared by Charlotte’s Butchery in Gosforth and the butter enriched Brioche buns are from the Geordie Bakers in Kingston Park. The burgers are cooked ‘sous vide’ (under pressure) where they are placed in a water bath for 95 hours or more (crazy right?!) at a regulated temperature of 55.6 degrees and the chicken is brined for that extra succulence and marinated in buttermilk and fried in popcorn crust. I kid you not- actual popcorn crust!

Now as far as cooking methods go, they clearly have it down to a tee because what we tasted was absolute PERFECTION. Everytime we go out for food G is guaranteed to get a burger but after sampling the sliders, and a full size one once all the photo’s had been snapped by everyone, he declared that these were the best burgers he’d ever tasted. I have to agree. The beef was ridiculously tender and juicy and packed full of flavour and the sauces, especially the mustard, worked so well and complimented it perfectly. The Brioche buns were so fresh too, no microwaved rubbish like you get elsewhere!

 

The chicken was just as succulent as the beef which we were really surprised at because we both usually find chicken burgers to be quite dry. As you can see by the photo’s I wasn’t lying about the popcorn coating- it was so so good and again works ridiculously well, giving the burger just the right amount of crunch.

After our menu tasting and a few glasses of fizz we had a bit of entertainment in the form of eating challenges. The first one was a heat challenge made up of chicken goujons laced with Ghost Chilli’s but none of the lads seemed too bothered by it- not even the chilli shot they were given at the end! The second challenge was to see who could eat the most full size burgers within 3 minutes (ended up being 4 because everyone was too busy watching the lads struggle!). I have to give a shout to the bloke with the microphone though- he totally made the entertainment and had everyone laughing.


Ninja Burger will have a permanent home at No28 and also cater for events and local pop-ups. As you can see by the photo above there are also options on the menu to suit vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. It was a great night and we thoroughly enjoyed it- perfect date night for us! We will be back for Ninja Burgers and drinks at this fantastic venue- I can’t wait to try the Dirty Fries!

You can find Ninja Burger on Facebook here.

 

Mother Hermit xx

Diary of an imperfect mum

BakerDays Letterbox Cake Review

Cake! Since being pregnant with my son I seem to have developed some kind of obsession with all things cake! So when the guys at BakerDays tweeted me to ask if I’d be interested in reviewing one of their Letterbox cakes, I clearly said yes! Come on, who’d say no to cake?!

The following week I received my cake through the post and I have to admit that I got a tad excited! It literally is a ‘letterbox cake’ because it’s just 5″ diameter, it fits perfectly through the letterbox! I actually had company at the time so I hid the box- no way was I sharing my cake! When I managed to get rid of the company I opened the box to find a gorgeous little tin (keeps the cake from being damaged as well as a nice little tin to keep), card and even a party horn, balloons and candles- very nice touch indeed. You could smell the utter sweetness of the cake through the tin, I was literally drooling a bit by this point and I hadn’t even opened it!

Upon opening I was greeted with this beautiful little cake! It’s really easy to remove it from the tin too as there’s a paper tab to pull up to help gently lift the cake out in one piece. I was really impressed with the design too- I went for a ‘Keep Calm’ motto as we didn’t have any special occasions coming up and I really liked this one. There are absolutely loads of designs you can choose from, which can all be personalised or you can design your own with a photo and if you place your order before 2pm you can have it the very next day!

It didn’t take long before the cake was cut into- myself and my daughter just couldn’t resist that sweet cakey smell! The sponge itself was very moist and covered in delicious vanilla buttercream- even on the bottom to help the cake stop sticking to the base- extra points from me, the more buttercream the better! The icing was very sweet, but not too sweet, it wasn’t sickly and was just the right amount for the size of the cake. We managed to save a small piece for G too and he said the same- it really was gorgeous.

The letterbox cake costs £14.99 and serves around 3-4 people but I suppose that depends what kind of mood you’re in because I could have easily eaten the full thing to myself! I do think that they make a great gifts and I would definitely send them to my friends and family for occasions if they don’t live local- who wouldn’t want to get home and find a cake amongst those bills?!

You can find BakerDays on Facebook, Twitter and their website here.

Mother Hermit xx

 

Disclosure; I was very kindly sent this letterbox cake from Bakerdays for the purpose of this review. All opinions are that of my own.

RainbowBee Design Review

I was asked by the lovely Josee from RainbowBee Design if I would be willing to work with her and help her out as she was looking for parents to test out and give feedback on some of her products. I immediately popped over to have a look at the website she had directed me to and was so intrigued straight away, so of course I agreed to help.

Josee and her husband Chris make food wraps and snack bags using all natural beeswax coated fabric with a touch of olive oil-no plastic. The beeswax used is from a local supplier where they live in Canada and they make the wraps and snack bags using their own designs, then coat the fabric in the beeswax. This is to create a barrier against any germs or moisture. The wax is then set with heat and left to dry and the product is ready to use- completely food safe! How amazing is that?!

Josee was kind enough to send me a snack bag (with zipper) and a food wrap to test out (both reusable might I add). It was beautifully packaged- and had lasted the postal service and border control sayings as it had come all the way from Canada to the UK! The first thing I noticed was the beautiful, sweet smell, which is the beeswax. The scent doesn’t transfer onto the food so there’s nothing to worry about there, but it does make the baby changing bag smell beautiful (disguises the poop & sicky stench!) when were taking Violet’s snacks out and about!

The wrap has fast become one of my favourite things to use in the kitchen without question. G finds it amusing how many things I’ve found I can use it for! I’ve used it instead of cling film, to cover food whilst cooking, to cover leftovers, to wrap sandwiches for G’s lunch for work, to put V’s snacks on when she’s out in the garden or in the house- honestly, you NEED one in your kitchen.

The snack bag really doesn’t disappoint either. The fabric design is gorgeous, Violet absolutely loves it. It’s so perfect for us because she loves to have snacks when we’re out and about but she loves things like carrot, cucumber and tomatoes and I often find that when I put these items in tupperware the box can sometimes open and I end up with fruit & veg juice all over the changing back and not much snack left that I can salvage for her to eat! So I started using freezer food bags but just look at it- who wants to carry plastic bags around when you can have one of these?! This particular snack bag has a zip which is ideal for keeping the snacks in tact and because it’s coated in beeswax I don’t have any nasty leaks!

Every snack now has to go in this bag. As you can see by the pictures below, Violet even demands that her crisps be put in it.

Again, as the products are coated in beeswax they only need a quick wipe with a damp cloth when it comes to cleaning them too- total bonus!

I can’t recommend them enough and am already planning my next order as they also have Lunch Bags which I need and some more wraps! There are lots of different designs suitable for everyone- please pop over and have a look at the RainbowBee Design shop here.

You can also follow Josee on Twitter

Mother Hermit xx

Disclaimer- I was kindly sent these products in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are that of my own

 

Family Fever

Our Typical Sunday

I love Sunday’s. It’s the one day of the week when there’s no playgroups or nursery, no shopping to be done, G’s off work and my Dad comes round for a Sunday roast. I try to make sure that any shopping  or chores that need doing are all done before Sunday but that NEVER happens.

We usually start the day with a lazy morning. Everyone wakes around 8am and the kids come in with us for snuggles before we all head downstairs for breakfast. Once that’s done G takes Violet swimming for a couple of hours while I get all of the chores done around baby’s naps. Then I put the dinner on. I use my slow cooker most weeks and switch that on the night before so then on Sunday all I need to do is put the veg on and dish up! By the time I finish that G & Violet are getting home & Dad comes in shortly after that. Dinner is at 1pm every single week- I can’t remember it ever being different and I’m never late because I’m always ridiculously hungry by then! We all sit together to eat dinner and rarely put the telly on whilst we eat- that way we all put an effort into a conversation!


Once dinner’s demolished, all the dishes get shoved in the dishwasher (only day of the week it’s used), the benches get wiped down and everyone retreats to the living room. There’s always some kind of sport on the telly which everyone watches whilst we play with the little one’s. Violet heads for her nap around 2/2.30pm and I always make my Dad a ‘posh coffee’. That’s what he calls it anyway- a Costa Caramel Latte from the Tassimo machine- it’s his weekly treat 😂 Shortly after that everyone takes it in turn dropping off- honestly we look like a family of nodding dogs dropping off then waking up with a fright!



Dad usually leaves between 3-4pm and the rest of the afternoon is total family time just the four of us. Sometimes we play in the garden, watch a film, make pizzas for tea, paint- anything! I absolutely love this weekly routine we have and love that my children are being brought up with a family tradition- especially the Sunday roast. As they get older I know they’re going to be busy with friends and football or dance practice, allsorts of things, but I really want to stick to having the Sunday dinner together as a family and perhaps a film afterwards.

What about you- do you have this tradition? What other traditions or weekly routines do you have?

Mother Hermit xx

Diary of an imperfect mum

Getting Messy with Amelia’s Crafty Corner!

Last week the lovely Emma sent me a message to ask if I’d be willing to check out the YouTube channel ‘Amelia’s Crafty Corner’ and try one of the ‘custom makes’ out with my little one. I wasn’t quite sure that my Little V would be able to make anything shown on the channel as it’s aimed at primary school aged children but I thought I’d give it a go!

So yesterday after our Sunday dinner, I sat down with Violet and showed her all of the videos in the custom makes section on the YouTube channel. She loved all of them- sat and watched them all the way through and paid attention to everything Amelia was doing- which I was surprised at because if it’s not Peppa Pig speaking French at the moment she has no interest at all! She particularly liked the video for the St Patricks Day Shamrock, obviously because it involves putting your hands in paint and getting a bit messy! So I promised her that we could have a go after I’d picked her up from nursery the next day.

Hello next day! Bang on 12pm when I walked into the nursery, my very excited two year old came running towards me shouting “Mammy we go home and paint now?!”. She didn’t forget…

As soon as we got home this afternoon the paints were out and Violet was raring to go! Now it’s a bit difficult attempting to explain to an over-excited toddler with paints in front of her that we’re trying to follow what Amelia showed us in the video, so I just followed her lead. Okay so she told me what to do- but I was a good Mammy and did as I was told. Our Shamrocks don’t look as good as Amelia’s but it definitely inspired Violet because as you can see by the pictures, rather than just splashing it all over the paper she did attempt to re-create what she’d seen in the video. Just when did my girl get so clever?!

Once she’d decided that we’d done enough Shamrocks it was onto more colourful paints and some funky rollers and sponges. This lasted around 45 minutes before Violet lost interest- again another surprise because she usually gets a bit bored after 10 minutes!

Obviously I had a  go too…

I absolutely love what Emma and her daughter Amelia have created with the YouTube channel because I’m always looking for different crafts that I can at least attempt with Violet which will keep her occupied and interested for longer than 10 minutes! Violet enjoyed every minute of the painting today and I enjoyed spending the quality time with her doing something she loves. We’ll definitely be using Amelia’s Crafty Corner a lot!

If you fancy a go have a look at the YouTube channel here!

 

Name Tag-It Review

A couple of weeks ago the guys at Name Tag-It kindly offered to send me some of their Iron-On Tags to test and review. Obviously I agreed straight away- our little V has just recently started nursery and I’ve been looking for something like this to label all of her clothes and coats because I’ve heard from friends how often things disappear during nursery and school time! I left the design choice up to the guys and a few days later I received them in the post.

Inside the packet there was a sheet of the Iron-On Transfers, a sheet of silicone paper and a detailed list of instructions. The transfers themselves are gorgeous- I love the personalised design and our V absolutely loves the little cat and the fact that they have her name on. When I first looked at the list of instructions I have to admit that I was a little bit daunted because it looked like there was a lot to follow but when I took the iron out last night and had a read of them properly I found that they were actually ridiculously easy to follow! You literally peel off the transfer, cover it with the silicone paper, hold the iron over it for around 10 seconds then use the tip of the iron to make small circular motions over the transfer for a further five seconds- and that’s it! You have a cute little name tag on your kid’s garments! They really are so easy to use and transfer onto fabric perfectly- I used around 12 of these last night and not one of them had the slightest crease running through them.

Prices for these Iron-On Labels start from just £6.50 for 52. The personalised sheet of transfers I was sent is £9.50 for 52 labels and can even include a photo. They also do Sew-on, Stick-on, Stamp-on & Clip-on labels For Children Armed Forces & those in Care. They really are perfect for helping make lost property a thing of the past! Take a look at their website here!

Mother Hermit xx

Disclosure; Please note that I was very kindly sent this produt in return for an honest review. All opinions are that of my own.

Thought I would update to show the iron-on labels after 3 washes- still looks brand new!


Are you managing okay?

Since I had my baby boy 10 weeks ago, all anyone seems to ask me is ‘Are you managing okay?’  Now I appreciate some of this is genuine care, but seriously, do I really look that bad?! Does everyone think I’m struggling or something?! Yes I have a toddler and a new baby. Yes i’m often turning up to playgroups with baby vomit in my hair. Yes I probably have been seen having an argument about dog poop in the street with my toddler. (Something along the lines of ‘Look Mammy, dog poop!’ ‘Yes that’s lovely, come on’ ‘Oo Mammy, me pick the poop up?’ ‘Step away from the poop NOW!!!’- it went on a while 😳) Yes some days all I can do is moan about having to scrub urine out of the carpet. Yes some days I just want to be alone and will go out of my way to ignore people. And yes some nights I find myself working my way through a bottle of wine, but it’s all normal, right?! It’s just being a parent. That simple question makes me feel like the worst parent in the world. Like people are looking at me thinking that I’m clearly not the type of woman who can handle being Mother to two children under 3. Probably because I’m young. Sheesh.

Well I think I’m managing just fine!

Rant over 😂

Mother Hermit xx