Monday, 5 October 2015

Clangers Jigsaw puzzle #Review

The Clangers is one of our new favourite programs Adam really loves them so when we were asked if we would like to review two of there jigsaw sets from Ravensburger naturally we jumped at the chance.

We were sent two separate jigsaw puzzles a giant 24 piece floor jigsaw and a four different jigsaws in a box set with each jigsaw having various pieces that get harder as you move along.

We tried out the giant floor jigsaw first the puzzle comes with 24 pieces all of which is brightly coloured with plenty of detail very attractive to little people. The pieces fit nicely together and are easy for little fingers using there premium soft click technology and each piece is made from cardboard which is very sturdy.

The floor jigsaw puzzle is aimed at children 3+, Adam really loved this he found the pieces chunky in his fingers and they were easy to turn and match together he whizzed through it I was surprised at how good he was at it. He loved his piece of art we had to keep it up so he could show Liam when he came home from school.

Next up we tried the four in one jigsaw puzzle, each puzzle is slightly more difficult than the last again the pictures are all brightly coloured and the pieces fit together easily. Adam found these jigsaws more difficult than the floor puzzle but after he had sorted out the pieces he was quite good at doing these I love that each individual puzzle has a different border so one has orange stars another green and so on. I found this really helped with getting the right pieces as with them all being in the box together they get mixed up having the borders really help distinguish between the puzzles.

Adam has really had a lot of play out of these jigsaws and he seems to love playing with them as much as the last time, I love that the four in one gradually gets harder it helps with there development and increases there level of concentration over all we loved them a big thumbs up to the Clangers and Ravensburger.

We were sent these lovely jigsaw puzzles for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own.

Relationship breakdowns, What about the children?

How difficult is it when relationships break down? as a young child, I think most people would say they dream of the perfect family, two point four children, a dog, a marriage, but in this day an age things are never that simple, people are quick to have children with people they think they know or as an accident/mistake/nice surprise its not wrong, I will be the first to hold my hands up to this, but long term it makes life difficult as some of these relationships will work and some just don't for many reasons - infidelity, personalty clash, age there are so many reasons relationships break down, which is hard when its just the normal person with no ties but each other.

What happens when there is children involved? - Many couples stay friends, many can be amicable for the sake of the children, share the parenting, share responsibility and then for others its a down right battle every step of the way, there are the dads that are fighting every corner for the rights to see there children or mums for that matter and then there are the few that just are not bothered if they see there children again the latter I myself can never understand.

But is it right to force someone to be in your children's lives if they don't want to be? whether it is a mum or a dad if that person doesn't want to be there for a child surely long term its going to cause that child more damage, or is it better to have them there no matter how rubbish you think the other person is as a parent giving the children the chance to learn for themselves - I honestly don't know the answer to this question its something that is personal to yourself, what I do know is that whatever the situation between yourself and the other parent the best way forward is not to argue - although you might not be arguing directly in front of the children they pick up on tension they feel your moods, they feel your pain, no matter how little or young you think they are trust me they know.

I do think that both parents deserve a fair shot no matter how much you dislike the other - this isn't about you anymore its about the children no matter how bad you feel, no matter how much you think they will be better off without that parent unless they have committed a major crime or have neglected them or are likely to (which has to be proven) I think they deserve to see there children and your child wont understand if you stop them seeing there parent, as far as they are concerned they love each parent equally so for there sake you need to put your differences aside, even bite your tongue if you have to, Always remember Children come first.

How can things be made easier?

  • Work together - This means co-operating sort out the best arrangements to suit each other remember your both human and need each other to support each other lifestyle for example its no good trying to get the other party to agree to have your child a certain day if they have to work or have other commitments.
  • Talk - When you have children especially younger children its hard to find out what there day has been like or what time they have eaten - or even if they have been to the toilet, sometimes you have got to exchange words, if you really feel like you don't want to talk to the other person or feel like you cant, you could try introducing a memo book or communication book which is solely used to write what the children have been doing or you could talk through a family member or friend that is completely neutral on both sides.   
  • Keep cool - There are going to be times on both sides that you really want to scream and shout about things but seriously ask yourself what it is actually going to achieve long term, its not is it sometimes being a little tactful is the better way forward and might make things better in the long run.
  • Remember Your Child has feelings - You may think that the other person is the worlds worst human, you may hate them or resent them for different reasons but all children know is that person is a person they love, don't make them feel like its wrong to like them or to talk about them and don't cloud there own views, let them make there own its important to put your differences aside for there sake. 

Any relationship breakdown of any form is difficult, I hope my list above helps you to think about your own situation, its so easy to get caught up in a battle of words and actions but ultimately when there is children involved its only them that matters - no matter how hard that is to swallow.

How have you coped with a relationship breakdown? Did you get caught up in the battle or arguments? and what has happened/is happening now I would love to hear your thoughts?  


The #Chokeables, How to save a child from choking (and #Win)

As you all probably know by now, my job is as a registered nurse, however I am only trained in general nursing although when it comes to choking there isn't really that much difference in the skills you need, I do think its really important that as many people as possible know how to give treatment in an emergency situation like choking and St johns ambulance are trying to help spread the word of just that.

Everyone should have the skills and confidence to know what to do in an emergency. Knowing basic first aid can be the difference between life and death – and every week they hear of new people whose lives have been saved because someone nearby knew what to do. 40% of parents asked by SJA have witnessed their own baby choke and when almost four-fifths don’t know what to do in this situation so they have made a short memorable video, The Chokeables – featuring the voices of David Walliams, David Mitchell, Johnny Vegas and Sir John Hurt – that shows people how to help a choking baby.

In The Chokeables, the celebrities take on the characters of animated objects that could potentially choke babies: a small princess toy, a pen lid, a jelly baby and a peanut. They've joined together because they've had enough and want to show how easy it is to save a choking baby's life. In just 40 seconds you can learn how to give first aid to a choking baby. 

You may well have already seen this video and you might know what to do if someone starts to choke but other people might not so its well worth sharing it with friends and family spread the word, you never know it might help you to save a life one day.

To find out more about the #Chokeables campaign and St Johns Ambulance you can visit there page here

St Johns Ambulance are also giving you the chance to win a first aid kit.

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Friday, 2 October 2015

Luxury Candles from Party Lite #review

Candles who doesn't love them! at night time once the boys are asleep I find there is no better way to relax and unwind filling the room with a sweet smelling aroma and they just give a completely different feel to the room for me it just makes that mummy quiet time just that little bit more my own.

I was asked if I would like to review some candles from PartyLite and as I love them of course I agreed
The candles came carefully and well packed so they were all in one piece when they arrived there was a heart shaped tea light holder, a pack of three candles (forbidden fantasy) and trio of candles Just Desserts fragrances,  (nutcracker sweet and sugarplum fairies)

The first candles I tried out were the trio of just deserts candles nutcracker sweet and the sugarplum fairies both of these were really sweet they smelt amazing before I had even got them out of the box and lit them they reminded me of a sweetie Christmas scent the Petite jars are decorated with a pretty white decals. they are 7 cm in height. Pink and white striped speciality packaging. and have a Burn time of 20-30 hours each.

The second thing I tried was the heart shaped tea light holder made from glass with a silvery finish it has an antique feel about it, it lets a lot of light out from the candle even though the glass looks quite dark in its effect its a really dainty little holder.

the last and final candles that I tried were the luxury forbidden fantasy white candle set - these were my definite favorite they smell so nice, again before I had even got them out of the box you could smell there scent it is quite sweet but not too overpowering, each candle has its own scent, blush, flint and kiss so you can burn them alone or all together I must admit the smell is beautiful and the have a real soft burn to them.

Over all I absolutely loved the candles from party lite I am definitely there new biggest fan. the room smelt amazing even after the flames had been blown out. I love the glasses that they have all come in they are sturdy and classic and would look pretty on any shelf. With them all having such a long burn time they can be used again and again. Thanks Party Lite!

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

My Perfect Pastry set from Annabel Karmel #Review

We were asked if we would like to review The My Perfect pastry set I knew the boys would be thrilled to try a Casdon Annabel Karmel My Perfect Pastry Set. Toy company Casdon has created a range of cooking tools for young chefs as inspired and approved by Annabel Karmel. These are perfectly normal kitchen utensils, only suitable for little hands. This set is aimed at children aged 5-11.

Annabel Karmel has written special recipes to go with the range (which also includes a Mini Pizza Set and an Ultimate Baker's Set).

Annable Karmel doesn't need any introductions. She is a leading expert on children's nutrition and kitchen gadgets, weaning products, and has inspired a range of baking kits for want to be little chefs.

The set comes with a lovely little book of recipe ideas so if you are short of ideas for what to make, it is all there in the little booklet and they are really simple things perfect for those that like to create and bake.

This set includes:

  • 1 round baking tin
  • 1 mini tart pan
  • 10 cookie cutters
  • 6 measuring spoons
  • 1 silicone spatula
  • 1 measuring jug
  • 1 mixing bowl with anti-slip base
  • 1 silicone handle whisk
  • 10 recipes 

This pastry set is fab its eye catching bright and colourful, the majority of the items are made from plastic apart from the tins which are lightweight metal, making them perfect for children to get baking with. The yellow bowl has an anti slip base so it does help to limit the mess to an extent, if that is possible when young children are baking.

We made the lemon cookies from Annabel Karmel's recipe as printed in the leaflet.

You need; 
100g of cubed soft butter, 
50g caster sugar, 
150g plain flour  
zest of 1 lemon. 

however the dough was not the right consistency somehow, it was too crumbly and dry, there was no way I'd be able to roll it out. I added a drop of milk and water to make the dough stick together it did help with the consistency I split the dough in to two separate pieces so each of the boys had there own piece to roll out the rolling pin has a really nice feel to it as you can hold the handles and the body of the rolling pin rotates around great for little hands.

The boys loved the cookie cutters and choosing there shapes although Liam being his usual self picked out two that he liked the house and the fish and refused to use any others, but Adam was excited by the choice he had to choose from they loved cutting and putting them on the tray once they had finished making them I popped them in the oven they had to be cooked for 10 minutes at 180'C, I must admit I left them a little bit too long and the edges were a bit overly brown.  Now the idea was that they were going to decorate them with icing once they had done however the boys ad a very much different idea of just eating them all whilst they were warm, so this time they didn't get decorated - but by the enjoyment the boys got from this set I can see it is going to be very loved and used a lot in this house.

Overall myself and the boys loved this set, the set does state that it is for children of ages 5 - 11 but Adam who is three got on perfectly well using it as well as Liam did. This amazing pastry set is packed full of bits and I certainly think you get your moneys worth from it RRP £20 from Amazon , my only small gripe is that I think the cookie cutters could do with being slightly bigger, however I can see the makers way of thinking that they are for small hands - we loved this set though!

We were sent this fabulous Perfect Pastry set for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Top tips for coping with babies and children with cold's #Competition

Autumn isn't quite upon us but, the horrible weather is and lets face it all those nasty bugs/viral infections are flying around like its party season. With that its inevitable that the colds are doing the rounds its horrible when you are suddenly struck down with a cold - you know the symptoms bungy nose, headaches, sore throats and aching bones, not to mention usually a cough and high temperature which lets face it can make you feel pretty unwell, so what do we do take to our beds? grab a bit of sympathy, take some paracetamol/Ibruprofen, walk the house at 4am cause your having a coughing fit you cant control, or grab a pint of water because your mouth is that dry you feel like you could drink the entire contents of the ocean and more alright so a slight exaggeration but you are probably thinking you know the feeling.

however for babies and children that cant talk, a cold can feel like the end of the world, they don't know that you have to blow your nose to clear it, or that in a few days they will probably start to feel better - a day for a young child is a lifetime an for an adult looking after a child with a cold 24 hours can seem like a lifetime and leave you looking around for those sticks to prop your eyelids open.

Im hoping this list will help you, although there is no cure for the common cold just having ways to manage them makes life so much easier so you can try and get at least get a few hours sleep and be able to function the next day.

  • Drink Plenty - dont worry too much if your baby is off there dinners as long as they are drinking plenty for babies that are weaned offer you baby and extra bottle of milk or an extra feed on the breast if you are breast feeding, try and keep a cup with water, or diluted juice near by breathing through there mouths drys it out and will make them have a sore throat. with smaller babies you could try giving them a couple of ounces of water inbetween feeds to keep them.
  • Rest - make sure if you little one needs to sleep, let them, as long as they are getting plenty of fluids inbetween.
  • Raise the mattress - if your child has blocked nose, you can make their breathing easier by raising the pillow end of your child's bed or cot by putting books or bricks under the legs, or placing a pillow under the mattress (you shouldn't put anything under the mattress of a baby younger than one year old).
  • Medicine - Liquid paracetamol and ibruprofen will keep temperatures at bay and will also ease there time when they are sleeping, make sure you follow all directions on the bottle

  • Atmosphere - warm moist air can help with breathing and a blocked nose so you could take your child into the bathroom and run the tap or shower.
  • Temperature - make sure the room they are sleeping in isn't too hot or stuffy keep clothing normal and use a thin sheet - also invest in a good thermometer this way you will have an accurate reading and if you notice there temperature is to high you can act. 
  • Medical attention - Always seek advice from a doctor or medical professional if your child has any other worrying symptoms other than the cold it self also if you are unsure or worried better to get them checked than to leave it until they are worse.  

      Have you got any tips for treating a cold or anything you would like to share?

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Friday, 25 September 2015

Liam - Autism (ASD) the signs and whats happening now?

Its just over two weeks since Liam had his diagnosis of ASD - or Autistic spectrum disorder, you may be thinking what does that mean now? or what even is Autism? I thought I would tell you a little bit more about Autism - well what I have found out so far, and keep you updated on whats actually happening with Liam because its tough, it really is tough when you hear someone give you a diagnosis for your child, you feel alone, I think in that moment you can feel like the only person in the world that has a child that has autism and sometimes you just don't really know what to do next.

What I know so far about ASD and its traits, 

The signs and symptoms have always been there with Liam, I guess he is like a puzzle though, the diagnosis is about putting all his symptoms together, all his little ticks if you like and placing them in the right boxes to give him the right diagnosis here are the signs of Autism.

  • Does not play with other children - Liam finds it very difficult to mix with children, he doesn't have any so to speak established friendships  and finds communication difficult.
  • Joins in only if an adult insists and assists - What I mean by this is, he finds it difficult to be a part of things if he isn't encouraged, he would much rather be on his own.
  • Indicates his needs by using someone else's hand - again communication can be very difficult for him and sometimes it finds it really difficult to display what he is thinking, so he will take you to what he wants or will point using my hands, instead of his own.  
  • Inappropriate laughing and giggling - Liam displays this a lot when he is hurt he will laugh instead of crying, when he is happy he will sometimes behave like he is distressed.
  • Lack of creative and pretend play - Liam hates dressing up he will only do it when he is really encouraged too and he isn't very creative either although a little encouragement sometimes goes a long way - even though by choice he would do none of the above.
  • Variety is not the spice of life - he hates change anything from clothes to routines to room changes he cant manage with it it sends his anxiety through the roof - for example the living room was decorated at Easter - he is still asking for the old carpet back.
  • Talks a lot about one topic -  Liam does this a lot things that he loves and knows a lot about he will talk for hours about - but only when he feels like it.
  • Inappropriate eye contact - This is very true of Liam, he doesn't make eye contact a lot and when he does it is very fleeting.
  • bizarre behaviour - Liam often does things that are very different to what a "normal" child would do for instance he will randomly lick objects or walls, floors, he will still chew toys and his clothes and sometimes find it very difficult to follow instructions.
  • Echolactic - this means he copies things like a parrot, not all the time but he does do it.

This is what I have learnt so far and as you can see Liam fits all the boxes, autism is incurable, but with the right support at the right times, this will hopefully make an enormous difference to his life.
what happens now? Liam has been referred to nutritional services as he is obsessive about foods and different textures he just wont try new things but this is all to do with having heightened senses. As for the paediatrician he will not be seeing her anymore he has been refereed back to his GP which means anything he now needs his doctor will be the first person who we will be visiting.

How do I feel now? 

I feel disappointed I feel as though we were given his diagnosis and have just been left to deal with it I fell like we are no better off for having it, where are the support groups? or the classes to learn how we can make his life easier or better?  really I feel we are no further forward - but I am going to make it my mission to find out where the services are hiding and where the support is for parents - I will keep you updated.

What are services like in your area? what are your thoughts on being given a diagnosis and then just left to deal with it I would love to hear your thoughts.

A Cornish Mum

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Friday, 18 September 2015

Packing a perfect free from lunch with Holland & Barrett

Holland & Barrett has one of the largest range of delicious Free from food products on the market -  They produce foods to help people with multiple allergies. not only that a lot of there food provides a healthier alternative to what you are most likely to find in your regular supermarket. With research showing that almost 1 in 12 children in the UK suffer with some kind of food intolerance/allergy, parents can be limited in what food they can send there children to school with in there lunch box. Holland & Barrett have put the fun back into school lunch boxes by providing a wider range of choice for parents and children with an intolerance/allergy or just to give your children a healthier alternative.

Holland & Barrett sent us a fantastic range of there free from products to try, this is just a small selection of what they have to offer in stores and online.

Glutafin Fibre rolls 4 pack £3.45 for 200g

These rolls are really tasty you can have them straight from the bag or bake them in the oven for five minutes to have them warm and crusty, we chose the second option and enjoyed them with the Meridian organic strawberry spread (See below). The rolls are Wheat, Gluten, and lactose free so they are idea for the coeliac although you would never believe it as they are really tasty, the price it quite expensive but around average for gluten free food.

Meridian Organic Strawberry fruit spread £2.49 for 2884g

finding a suitable sandwich filling for a child with an allergy or intolerance can be quite difficult for parents this organic fruit spread is perfect for children with multiple food allergies or just as a healthier alternative, it is free from Celery, egg, fish, gluten, crustacean, kiwi, lupin, milk, mollusc, mustard, nut, peanut, sesame seeds, soya and sulphate. I must admit it was really nice as a spread, Adam really enjoyed it and asked for it on his toast the following day. the spread is quite sweet and has a lot of flavour to it.    

Mrs Crimbles original Cheese Bites £0.89p per pack

Mrs crimbles crisps are award winning Cheese bites made from 48% cheese they are baked rather than fried, they are Gluten free and they are very,very moreish all three of us loved these the packs are quite big so you could separate the contents into two little tubs ideal for a lunchbox snack.

Nakd berry delight bar (various flavours availible) 99p a bar

nakd bars are gluten,wheat and dairy free they are a tasty treat for anyone with a food intolerance with 17 different flavours available it would be difficult for anyone to get bored they have no added sugars or extras the perfect lunch box treat every now and then. Adam liked these and they didn't last very long at all there such a better healthier choice of food.

Redwood, Wot no dairy Raspberry dessert 125g 79p

Ambient pea protein yogurt, raspberry flavoured with visible pieces of raspberries. sweetened with fruit juice, contains no soya, dairy, artificial colouring, preservatives or flavours. these are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and they don't taste any different to a normal yogurt they have a lot of flavour and are still quite thick and creamy they are also made in a nut free site which is an added bonus.

Clearspring 100% fruit on the go 100g 89p

This was very popular in our house in baby Jack had some of this and loved it the pouches these are ideal for any lunches on the go for taking on a picnic they're also great if your little one is a bit slow in the mornings and could easily be eaten on the school run. They can be chilled or frozen to make delicious sorbet, there are three varieties available, they are made without added sugar, salt, concentrates, sweeteners, preservatives, or artificial colourings or flavourings each pouch counts as one of your 5 a day!

If you would like to see more of their range you can pop in store or see online at and if you visit you can browse more than 1,000 free from food products, great recipes and advice for allergy and intolerance sufferers.

do you have a favourite? I would love to hear your thoughts...

we were sent a lovely selection of free from food from Holland&Barrett for the purpose of this post all opinions remain honest and my own