Thursday, 21 May 2015


Ever since having Max I have always struggled with sleep. Whether that be getting to sleep, not having enough or waking up at some ungodly hour and not being able to drift off. I can't pinpoint the reasons why but I'm slowly finding out methods for getting myself a better night sleep.

  • No snacking in the evening - I mean this is for weight loss as well as sleep, but I found that when I ate in the evening after work I was always wired for far too long. The energy of whatever I had eaten hit me just as I was wanting to sleep. Now I've cut out snacking in the evening I don't have that boost before bed.
  • Routine is key - This one is important to me. I can get into a blogging funk where I'm sat up into the wee hours writing and watching Netflix. By having a set routine and a cut off each night means that I don't push myself past that. Going to bed later than I should normally means my sleep is disrupted.
  • Technology cut off is key - By 10:00 I've popped my phone on to charge. I'm sat with a book and I'm winding down. The bright lights and stimulation of the phone isn't great for getting myself prepped for bed.
They are only a few small tips but I hope they help someone else wind down and ease their sleep problems. I know it's hectic with kids and some of them can be up at all hours. It's not something that is magic. Max will still crawl into our bed at 3am sometimes and some nights I have so much work to do that I will be up at all hours writing. But it's a slow process and one that you can't work overnight!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Muddy Puddles PuddleStomper Wellies

We have a thing about wellies in our house. We seem to plough through them faster than you can sing "rain rain go away". We've tried everything from high end brands to supermarket value and not found anything that has lasted more than a few months. So when Muddy Puddles emailed me and asked if we wanted to try their PuddleStomper wellies, well we thought there was nothing to lose (especially as Max had just found a hole in his other ones!)

We took them down to Moors Valley, our local country park/forest to give them a test drive.

The first thing that caught my eye was the fantastic design. As soon as we saw these gorgeous yellow and blue umbrella boots we knew they would suit Max and be awfully cute! I'm a sucker for any bright patterns and designs so I knew these would be a hit. 

The boots are 100% rubber and bonded together really well so there are no chances of any leaks or breaks. The fact they are cotton lined makes them so warm and toasty, so much so that Max hasn't wanted to take them off!

They have really thick soles so that they have plenty of grip, as all kids still love to climb and jump in their wellies even if it is raining! I've not seen wellies with this much grip on the sole, so I know that they will be durable and last a long time. 

They have a great reflector stripe on the back too that they have good visibility, especially if you are hiking or going somewhere far. We found that with the wellies we didn't have to worry about losing Max amongst all the other kids as his boots were so bright and recognisable.

The boots were great for Max. He could run about, climb up trees and didn't have to worry about them slipping off or getting stuck. They were really easy to clean too after an afternoon spent jumping in mud and dirt (I wiped them with a damp cloth and left to dry in the hallway on a towel). He's worn them to preschool and had lots of compliments on how cool he looks in his wellies. Something which he is very chuffed about, and has now resulted in him wanting to wear them all the time!

The boots are priced at £16.99 which I think is a fab price. Definitely in the mid range of wellies but has all the qualities of a high end product. And with the gorgeous designs you can't help but not add them to the basket.

Thank you Muddy Puddles for the opportunity to review your wellies. Let's just say they are a firm favourite in our home and even the Gruffalo agrees!

Monday, 18 May 2015

I'm Going To Britmums Live!

So in less than 5 weeks I will be heading off to the blogging event of the year, Britmums Live! I absolutely loved going last year and can't wait to head off this year with some of the local blogging girls. So without further ado, my "I'm going to Britmums Live" meme!

Name: Laura

Blog: Max and Mummy 

Twitter ID: @maxandmummyblog. I also run @pbloggersnet which hosts #pbloggers each Sunday night.

Height: 5 ft 8 (I think!)

Hair: Red (all natural.... definitely all natural haha)

Eyes: Always hidden behind ridiculous glasses. 
Is this your first blogging conference?: Nope. I was at Britmums Live last year, have done lots of local events and also heading to Blogcamp at the start of June. 
Are you attending both days?: Of course! It's the 2 days all us blogging mums get to let our hair down!
What are you most looking forward to at BritMums Live 2015?: Networking with brands, learning something at seminars and putting faces to all those amazing blogs out there.
What are you wearing?: Black, black and more black. I'll be the one that looks a bit like Fat Amy from Pitch Perfect but with floral DM's on!

What do you hope to gain from BritMums Live 2015?: A better understanding on the path that I want my blog to go (man that was deep). And also a great time away to connect with other people who don't care if I Instagram that drink or talk about that hilarious press release I got sent.
Do you have any tips to pass on to others who may not have been before?: Don't be shy. Seriously, we all do the same thing, we are all there for the same reason and we are all equals. Of course some people have been doing it longer, but there are also people that are even newer than you. So deep breaths and don't feel scared about saying hi to that person next to you, they blog too!