Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Cbeebies Abney and Teal Magazine #Review

The popular show Abney and Teal which is aired on the Cbeebies channel week days at 17.50 is set to release a magazine this October 23rd so that children can not only enjoy watching Abney and teal on the screen they can use there imaginations and join in with lots of fun within.

The magazine itself has been published by children's specialists DJ Murphy, and is 36 colourful pages of stories, puzzles and fun.

We were sent the magazine ahead of the release date, so we can give you a sneaky peak inside of what to expect. I don't know about your children but my boys both love this program especially Adam of whom is two nearly three, so this Magazine is a great accompaniment alongside the programme.

Their is a free musical gift on the front of the first issue. Included in the magazine is spaces to get creative and draw your own characters. plus pictures to colour, definitely lots to keep your little one entertained.

If your child doesn't already know the characters names the magazine introduces you to each one of them, backed up with some stories to carry on enjoying the characters adventures.

I think our favourite part of the magazine was the centre piece, which has stickers which you can use throughout - Adam loves stickers, plus an Abney and teal reward chart - this is a great incentive for any child to try and be just that little bit more independent, it also has some fun learning ideas on their and to keep your child focused and Adam loves asking what it says and whats next! 

Overall we loved the magazine I am not going to spoil the contents too much for you!
The Magazine is priced at just £2.99 and is released on a monthly basis so it isn't going to cost lots of money and I think it works great as a treat for a child. Adam loved it!, watch out for the magazine from the 23rd October as it will be hitting the shelves in all good newsagents and supermarkets.

24 weeks #Pregnant

This week baby should have grown to be as big as an ear of corn, he should be around 30cm long his skin still remains thin and translucent - but as weeks go by this will change twenty four weeks I think for any mum to be is a great milestone to have got to in pregnancy as policy's in the united kingdom state that if your baby is born anytime from twenty four weeks onwards, baby will be taken to neonatel care and the pregnancy is viable meaning that baby can survive from now with medical help.

There is of course the evergrowing debate that babies should be tried to be saved from younger than twenty four weeks however for the time being the rules remain the same doctors wont do anything until babies get to this stage.

This week I have really noticed a change in babies movements he is beginning to have periods of being awake and being asleep, he is mostly awake when its time for me to sleep, lets hope this changes when he is born! he is a real wriggler he likes to stretch and move up into my ribs making it uncomfortable for  me sometimes. My health this week I feel alright mentally but physically, My SPD pain has got worse with the baby growing bigger and I actually feel like I have been kicked between the legs and daily there are things that I struggle with, things that you normally take for granted, I guess this pregnancy has made me see things from a completely different perspective.

Sleeping ..... Sleep is for wimps - not much of that is going on at the moment I don't really get up to go toilet in the night, but since baby is moving more, he is keeping me awake and with the boys not sleeping that well either I definitely spend a lot more time awake and yawning!

Cravings - I quite like whispers but I am very partial to chocolate anyway so I wouldn't say its a craving I would say no cravings really yet.

Clothing - yep I can say none of my normal clothes fit me now and I am yet to invest in some decent maternity wear, their is something about spending money on clothes that are going to fit me for a few months that a resent, but I think I am going to have to invest in a coat now the winter is really on its way!

How are you getting on in your pregnancy do you have any strange cravings or anything you would like to share? I would love to hear any thoughts you have.



Monday, 20 October 2014

Mum Kind pregnancy nutrition #review #Pregnancy

A while ago I was sent some fabulous products called 'Water Our Way' and 'Soothing Ginger & Chamomile Lozenges' from a new pregnancy nutrition brand called Mum Kind They have recently been launched in over 300 stores and Amazon.

There are currently a great selection of products available, nutrition bars, a bedtime drink, along with the water enhancer and lozenges.

All the products are packaged beautifully purple in colour, they are very clear at whom they are aimed they are as they have a picture of a pregnant lady holding her bump on the front of the packaging.

The Water Enhancer...

It's berry flavoured with added B vitamins and has 10 servings in the handy sized bottle. It doesn't contain any caffeine, artificial colours or flavours which is perfect for expectant mums. The added B12 helps reduce tiredness and fatigue and B6 helps regulate hormone activity. All you need to do is squeeze some into a glass/bottle of water. I love the fact it comes in a small portable bottle which is easy just to pop in your bag if your out or taking it to work.

Personally I am not keen on water but I do push myself to drink some everyday and I do think this product helped with tiredness symptoms, at this stage in your pregnancy (I'm 23 weeks) you're suppose to be full of energy but somehow for me that isn't working! so this product for me fits in quite nicely! I think it's ideal for women who aren't keen on water (like me) and/or are looking for a drink minus any artificial additions. I really like the fruity berry flavour. It is refreshing and not to strong or overpowering, so if your still feeling a bit sickly its not likely to make you feel worse.

The Ginger & Chamomile Lozenges...  (Ginger Me Baby)


Contain soothing properties of natural ginger and chamomile, come in clear wrappers and a reusable tub that is freezer and microwave safe and also a perfect size to recycle and keep for the weaning stage. They can be taken whenever you like to help and again are free from any artificial flavours or colours.

Each sweet is individually wrapped making them suitable for in your pocket, your purse, your glove box, changing bag, clutch bag – anywhere really that you might start feeling a bit nauseous. Plus, because the wrapper is clear, nobody needs to know what they are and so wont be guessing your news early on.
Whilst the ginger flavour is not for everyone like a lot of things, I quite liked them and chamomile is a nice soothing touch.

You can find out more about mum kind and there amazing other pregnancy nutrition products over on their website www.mumkind.com along with advice from experts and a pregnancy guide. Definitely worth popping over and taking a peek.

These lovely products were sent to me for the purpose of this review all opinions are honest and my own.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

#Win a £25 Voucher to spend at the Beebies Baby store

As my pregnancy is moving along I wanted to celebrate with you my readers I feel like its time to give something back to you lovelies that continue to read and support my blog and I am very grateful.

Here is my gift back to you, I am offering one of you lovely readers the chance to win a £25 voucher from Beebies baby store . If you have not heard of the store let me tell you a bit about them.

This is one of my personal favourite places to visit at the moment it has everything from maternity products to all things, you need for your new beautiful little bundle and beyond. The shop is basically a one stop shop it has everything up to pre-school age. There really are some fab products available to purchase. Not only is the store fab, the Beebies baby store was voted best online retailer in the loved by parents awards, so if you haven't popped by to take a look I cant recommend the store enough.

For your chance to win a £25 voucher to spend on anything you like at the Beebies baby store simply enter via the Rafflecopter below (remember no cheating I do check the entries!) Good Luck! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms and conditions:

(Please note that all entries will be checked against comments for validation).

Only the first step of the Rafflecopter is mandatory, all other steps are optional.  Only one entry form per person is allowed (however, you can tweet with the bonus click entry daily as well to increase your chances).

This giveaway is for UK residents only.

Once the Rafflecopter picks a winner, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within 28 days, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway opens on 11th October midnight and will close on 31st October 2014 at midnight.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Reactions to having another child of the same gender #Pregnancy

Alright so when I found out I was having another baby boy, I am not going to lie I was slightly disappointed, I had always hoped for a princess to buy for dresses and dolls and pink things. I had also dream't of meeting her for lunch and going shopping in town. Even though I thought from day one and had told people I really thought the new baby would be another boy, there was still an element of disappointment, however I just wanted the baby to be healthy. Which really is the most important aspect and I am lucky enough to say he is healthy, so whatever the sex of a baby, babies, children and pregnancy in general are a blessing and I already love every inch of my unborn little boy.

Peoples reactions are quite funny when you tell them the baby is another boy, I don't actually think that people put much thought in to what they are saying! although I guess its normal, to get some funny and strange responses to having another child of the same gender, so here are some of the responses that people have said to me since telling them I am expecting another boy, not only another boy, but dare I say a third child, which seems to opens a whole other can of worms but I will be writing a separate post later in my pregnancy about having more than the average of two children!

  • Oh no not another one! (really are boys that bad)
  • Have you thought about starting a football team (what three aside, stupid thing to say!)
  • when are you going to try for another baby (err never I will never have another!)
  • I have to say I am really disappointed (why why why!)
  • how many do you have now............... err that will be three whats the big deal?
  • You do know it takes a real man to produce a daughter......................OK apparently this is an old wives tale still we all know biologically that's not how things work.
  • Congratulations............ (except this is false and they are trying to hide there disappointment)
  • have you thought of getting a TV? .....oh what a great idea this has never crossed my mind!
  • When I found out I was having another boy I felt like I was grieving - I guess in some cases this is true however you have another 20 weeks to get over this feeling!
  • awww, are you really sad?..... well actually no I am just glad to be having a healthy baby!
What do you think about peoples reactions to my news? I am absolutely sure I am not the first mum to get this sort of reaction. I would love to hear what reactions you have had to your pregnancy!?

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Pregnancy week 22, Its a boy!!

Last week we had our our abdomaly scan, although a lot of parents think that this scan is to determine the babies gender which of course you can at this stage but its your decision whether to find out the sex of the baby or to have a surprise, as much as I love surprises I have found out with all my pregnancies what the sex of the baby has been, just for planning and I personally couldn't wait.

However as I said above this scan isn't to find out the gender, its mainly to measure all of babies vitals/major organs for example the brain, heart, skin, spine check that baby isn't going to have a cleft pallet the scan takes around twenty minutes to half an hour - or should do as long as baby is in the right position.

I had my scan and baby, really did not want to play ball at all, every time the sonographer tried to measure anything the baby moved or turned the wrong way or was hiding so after about twenty minutes of being poked and prodded, she sent me off to go for a walk a fizzy drink to see if baby would move positions. When I went back baby had moved positions but into a worse position and baby also it had its legs crossed, I was told I would have to come back in a few days time - naturally this worried me I have never known it although the lady did reassure me this happens quite often and there was nothing to worry about, of course I still did worry I didn't sleep very much over the next few nights.

After the few days had passed I trundled off for the second of my two twenty week scans hoping and preying everything was going to be alright, it seemed like a lifetime until they called my name, going in I watched the screen closely as this time baby was in a better position, the lady who was performing the scan remained somewhat silent throughout whilst she measured each little bit of baby, she then stopped to ask me if I wanted to know the sex of the little one, I nodded she said its a boy she showed me what was supposedly his boy bits although it wasn't obvious baby was a boy well not to me anyway, but it is another little boy.

The scan seemed to be over pretty quickly after that with the relief that everything is where it should be and baby is alright thank goodness!

This week is baby should be around 11 inches weighing around a pound in weight although all baby's grow differently, baby will have eyelids and eyebrows although still lacks the pigment that makes up the colour of the iris.

I have started feeling baby move more and can even feel him sometimes with my hand on my tummy he mainly like to wriggle and move about at night time when mummy is trying to relax - typical get two boys to bed and the other starts moving, I do love it and its a reassurance that he is alright.

When did you start to feel your baby first move and how did it make you feel? I would love to hear your thoughts! 


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Dear Mums in the play ground a simple Hi will do

Dear mums,

Dear mums, in the play ground, my son has problems, although it is no excuse, I am sorry if he has hit, bitten, punched, smacked or has hurt your child in anyway, it is really difficult I know to want to talk to another mum, who is seen to be the parent with the horrible child, with the child who turns up in the mornings kicking and screaming, the one that holds up the class at the end of the day.

I am just a normal mum like you, I don't spoil my boys I don't let them do whatever they please and turn a blind eye, yes I am a single mum, yes I do the majority of the parenting on my own, but this doesn't make our family, any less of a family than your two point four children, apart from that I put in more work, I have to be mum and dad rolled into one and the last thing I would want my children to feel, is let down by me.

Putting there feelings aside for one moment, and taking a mums approach to thinking about me (for once). Do you know how hard it is to see all of you mums gathered in the playground chirping happily about how your children are doing, what your having for tea, what your doing or have done at the weekend, however meaningless or forgetful the conversation do you know how lonely it is standing waiting for your child to come out of school on your own, feeling like you shouldn't be there, anxiously awaiting the tuts and whispers as my child appears at the gate or door on the way out.

I just want an acceptance a simple hi would be a start, maybe even a warm hello in the mornings would make me feel like I exist, I am invisible until my son appears and then there are no words there all sighs and tuts, perhaps I should hold my head up and walk around like I don't care, but I do. The thought has crossed my mind that maybe its not my son who makes you edge away from me, and makes you ignore me, maybe my face doesn't fit OK so I am spotty - cant help that hormonal changes has always made me that way but I am not completely leopard like and yes I am slightly overweight but I am pregnant - which you would think would strike a conversation somewhere along the way, but I am still waiting.

So dear mums in the playground when you see that mum with the naughty child, with a face that perhaps doesn't fit, don't avoid them however difficult it may be, a simple hi can change a persons day, you never know that person you are avoiding might become a friend or might not but isolation and loneliness around a place that is supposed to be the happiest years of children's lives could be made different by you, all I am asking is that you take a look around that playground and change a persons day. That simple Hi can make the difference between a flood of tears or feeling like you are not alone.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Potty training Day 4

Day 4, of potty training and again Adam has surprised me he got up today and took his nappy off himself, when I examined the lump on the floor it was practically dry he insisted on the potty - he wants to be a big boy like his brother - of course mummy proud I concluded to praise him over and over again giving him lots of kisses and cuddles in which he says yuck! So a great start to today great progress I am really proud of how Adam is getting on the only trouble I am having with him is he is pooing in his nappy once I have put it on at night time and then shouting down to me what he has done although maybe he just poos at that time or maybe he doesn't want to do it in the potty, I guess over the next few days I will find out I might try keeping him up longer just to see he is not just avoiding the potty on purpose. 
Today though all round has been a good day no accidents and he has been going on the potty with out being prompted!