I still often find it crazy that Mads is in Year One at school and that for most of the week it’s just myself and the littlest two at home. When she started school in September 2016 I had found out I was pregnant just a few days before. Then nine months later our baby boy was born and we had a newborn on our hands and all the joys and harder times that came with it. As such I don’t feel like I have truly settled into a routine with the younger two until just recently.

Since the start of January, like the majority of the population, I have been trying to set myself new year goals. They aren’t particularly ground breaking, but the main two are to achieve a better work/life balance and the second is to drink more water. Firstly, last year my work/life balance was terrible. A lot of the reason for that is pretty self explanatory, I didn’t take any maternity leave whatsoever, so all of a sudden I was trying to juggle work and a newborn baby who really didn’t like sleep. And still doesn’t. I would end up leaving deadlines right till the last minute, and while I always got them in on time, I would often feel so stressed out as a result of rushing around. I set myself a few little mini goals for the start of the year, for example I wanted to make sure I had at least a couple of nights a week off to just relax and switch off, and secondly I wanted to make sure that on the days that our littlest lady was at home with me, I didn’t spend time answering emails or glancing at my phone non stop. She will be in school in September and I will never get this time back again.

Secondly, in terms of drinking more water, this is something that I am absolutely dreadful at. I often will get to mid afternoon and I will realise that I haven’t even had a single drink of water all day. This is obviously not healthy and I do end up getting headaches if I don’t drink enough. I bought myself one of those big water bottles that show you how much you should drink in a day and at what time at the end of last year, and I still rarely even drink a quarter of it. I soon realised that the only way I can drink it is if I add a little bit of something else to it, otherwise I just get bored and want to head straight to the fizzy drinks instead.

When Robinsons got in touch with me and asked if I wanted to partner with them on a long term campaign, I said yes immediately, as we have used Robinsons products for years. The girls will drink water, especially before bed and first thing in the morning, but for the rest of the day we do let them have no added sugar squash in moderation. I love all the Robinsons products and have grown up drinking their squash.

For the first part of my partnership with Robinsons they sent Jon, myself and the littlest two on a ‘Thirsty Fun Day’ As part of their January mission to help the nation enjoy drinking more water, they have been giving away thousands of prizes on their products, including fun days out for all the family, and we were able to test one out. I was really excited to go swimming with the littlest two and spend some quality time with them, while of course it is lovely when we are altogether, it is really nice to spend quality time with each of them at different times. LL was so excited to have a day out with Mummy and Daddy. We had such a lovely time swimming, we must have zoomed around the rapids about 100 times and our baby boy loved splashing, he is turning out to be a real water baby.

Here are a few photos from our day…

robinsons_squash_1 robinsons_squash_2 robinsons_squash_3 robinsons_squash_4 All ready to go swimming, I love her little backpack on her back that she had to bring with her, it is always full of random treasures.

robinsons_squash_5 robinsons_squash_6 My Mum introduced me to Squash’d a few months ago and it’s fantastic. You just use one or two drops and it adds a lovely fruity flavour to drinks. We now take it out with us everywhere, I just pop a bottle in my bag and it is great. Sssshh don’t tell anyone but I have been known to occasionally use it in restaurants so we don’t have to pay for another drink for them, as inevitably they drink their first one super quickly. I also took it to Orlando with me on our recent holiday as there was only fizzy drinks or ridiculously expensive bottles of water in the parks- they are so handy.

robinsons_squash_7 robinsons_squash_8Squash’d was a perfect treat for after swimming, riding those rapids was definitely thirsty work. We bought her this water bottle ages ago and completely forgot about it until I went to get her other water bottle out the cupboard. She was so excited with her new bottle, she is superhero mad at the moment.

robinsons_squash_12Bizarrely my light box has had this message on since New Year, I didn’t set it up for this. As it sits in our kitchen I have it saying ‘Drink More Water’ on there so it reminds me to do just that.

robinsons_squash_11 Action shot.

robinsons_squash_10Home and reunited with their big sister who got home from school and having a glass of orange squash. There is lots of flavor in Robinsons No Added Sugar squash so they love it – and it has real fruit in every drop too. I love this photo of them on the sofa, they are always so excited to see each other after school, although it doesn’t take long for the arguments to start. 😉

robinsons_squash_9 Dinner time. On a Tuesday and Thursday they get to have ‘snacky tea’ which is marmite sandwiches, crackers and fruit- they are their favourite days!


We had a lovely day, it was really nice to treat the littlest two to a day out together. I am really looking forward to working with Robinsons over the coming weeks on this campaign, I really hope it helps me drink more water. In fact I am off to get a glass now, as I’ve not been good enough again today. Watch this space!



NB: We are partnering with Robinsons on this campaign but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.There are over 100,000 chances to win a Thirsty Fun Day by entering your unique code, which you can find on participating promotional packs at Robinsonsthirstyfundays.co.uk. For more information and details on how to enter the competition, please look through the FAQ’s here.


  • Life as Mum says:

    My girls love robinsons no added sugar apple and blackcurrant 🙂
    Lovely photos, Katie.
    I do a snacky tea for my girls once or twice a day too. They love it and so do I, just because I don’t have to cook haha!

  • Alice says:

    I love Robinson’s too! It’s definitely a family institution, I’ve been drinking it since I was small and I love giving it to my children x

  • Drink more water is definitely on my new year goals list too and I find I can go through days of being great and then ones like today where I have basically just drank coffee! Off to get a glass topped up now xx

  • Keri-Anne says:

    Robinson’s is what we always have too. I love that they do the no added sugar juice and the girls just love the flavour so much. My goal is to drink more water too and i have been looking at getting one of those timed drink bottles so thank you for reminding me 🙂

  • Alison says:

    We always have Robinson’s squash too. We call it “party juice” or “holiday juice” because that’s when G gets to drink it. I’m usually really good at drinking water but weirdly since Christmas ive been really bad at it!! Have we swapped?! 😉

  • Fritha says:

    I didn’t realise you were pregnant as soon as Mads started school! I always forgot she’s only a year older than Wilf. I think drinks like these are great at getting kids to drink water if they might not usually want to! X

  • We love the squash’d too, they are so handy. I hadn’t thought about taking them to restaurants, thats a good tip! Drink more water is on my list too, I’m lucky if I drink a glass a day. Definitely adding squash to it helps. I love the idea of a day out with just Holly and us, she never gets both parents to herself. x

  • Ah we love Squash’d. We took it on holiday with us when we went abroad as we knew Olly wouldn’t drink the foreign drinks. It was perfect for us.
    We drink lots of Robinsons here too, it’s one of our favourite drinks! Love the photographs x

  • I’ve got into the habit of drinking a large glass of water (sometimes a pint!) as the first thing I do when I come downstairs in the mornings. I drink it whilst making lunchboxes and the kids’ breakfast. If I don’t do it first thing, it becomes too easy to forget about drinking anything as the day gets busier. I don’t mind plain water, but I think I’ll always prefer a high juice / no added sugar cordial if I’m honest. We have rules for the children so they operate on a ‘one squash, then one water’ ratio, just to make sure they won’t refuse to drink plain water!

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