Friday, 20 June 2014

09.59 Im on the train! #BritMums


Officially today 09.59 I am on the train heading to London on my own never been to London never really travelled that far on my own but I am going for one of the UK's biggest blogging conferences It is BritMums Live 2014.



This will be only my second ever blogging event I have ever been too since I started blogging last year and I couldn't think of any better or bigger one I want to be a part of.

My day should start like this get up do my hair makeup, get dressed, get the boys up they both eat all there breakfast get themselves dressed and happily go to the childminders whilst giving me time to get home have a cuppa before getting to the station but in reality I know that its really not going to be bliss it will look more like this.

The boys get up really early clamber over into my bed before they start squabbling about who is laying which side of the bed, I get up bring them down stairs, give them breakfast they both refuse to eat it, I put the TV on they spend the next half hour arguing about which toys they both want from the adverts on the TV, all this whilst I am running around trying to put my makeup on get dressed - break up the fights.
Next it is time to get the boys dressed, they run off with there clothes decide they don't like what they are wearing, throw tantrums on the floor....... half hour later we are dressed, out the door the boys walking as slow as possible to the child minders.

Once they're there I manage time for a quick kiss and cuddle before practically running back home picking up my case and jumping in the taxi.

phew..... and breath 09.59,  I am on the train heading for London!! time to relax take in the scenery and look forward to a fabulous weekend with lots of wonderful bloggers!

If like me you are on the way to London cant wait to meet you!!








  

Belvoir Fruit farms #Review and #Giveaway


Summer is finally here and finding a perfect summer drink, keeps thirst at bay can be difficult - as you all know now I am pregnant, I wont be drinking any wine or Pimms over the summer months. I do love cordial though especially the fruity type so I couldn't wait to try out Belvoir fruit cordial, in fact I was a little bit over enthusiastic when it arrived as it was making my mouth water looking at the lovely bottle!




The bottle doesn't actually look that big does it? but don't judge a book by its cover - because you have to dilute the cordial down this little bottle makes an astonishing ten pints of cordial - that's what I call value for money, because of course whatever mummy is drinking the boys will want to be drinking too so in my house you want to buy things that are going to last and this little bottle certainly will.

The elderflower cordial, is really fresh tasting not to sweet in fact I found that it is very subtle it leaves your mouth feeling great none of that residue that some drinks leave, not only can you drink the elderflower cordial, if your feeling more adventurous you could try adding some to a cake or biscuit mix to give it that added fruit flavour - perfect for hot summer days out or a picnic.

Belvoir Fruit farms have been generous enough to offer me a fantastic children's baking set and a case of six of there yummy fruit cordials to giveaway to you one of my readers worth £45 so for your chance to win simply enter via the Rafflecopter below and good luck!

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

#BOOTD #TrendyThursday


So I am doing things a little bit different this week usually I take pictures of the boys together wearing a lovely outfit but for the next few weeks I am going to take it in turns. One because its nice to look back on something that they have individually chosen and two because last week although you see on the pictures they are happy in truth they were scrapping about who was having there photo taken - ending in tears as usual these boys can fight over a piece of paper!

So this week as Liam is out on a trip today myself and the lovely Adam have been having some lovely bonding time and this is what he chose to wear today, again you know I am a fan of next and Adam is a fan of toy story so he picked out this buzz light year T-shirt to be honest he just wanted to wear the T-shirt! but his jeans I popped on him are from next too.




I Love the writing on the back the most, it has some meaning behind it for myself - I also love that the T-shirt is bright where the picture is and it makes your child think they are the character Adam finds this T-shirt very amusing when he looks in the mirror!

Both the T-shirt and jeans are available in Next right now they have some lovely things!

























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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Addis Sit and Store #Review


With us being lucky enough to live in a new build property - our house is lovely, but one of the down sides of living in a newer house is the lack of storage, most days I find myself tripping over train tracks, toy cars and anything else the boys have decided to play with on that particular day.

We were sent the Addis sit and store, to try as a storage solution. The tub is around 40 cm in diameter and stands around 43cm tall, plenty of space to put all those loose toy cars in especially in the living room where I am forever tripping over things.



I love that the tub has a lid it means at the end of the day when the boys have finished playing I can scoop all the toys up put them in the tub shut the lid and they are out the way.

The lid of the tub is shaped as a seat, so the boys can sit on it when they have friends over as we don't have enough seats. The tub is actually made really well and is very sturdy - I would recommend if they are a bit smaller like Adam giving them some assistance to sit on it as for little legs in is a bit tall, but Adam is only two in fact he would rather sit inside the tub than on top of it, its all a big adventure! However Liam has absolutely no trouble siting himself on it!



















Over all we Loved the Addis Sit and Store, its a low cost storage solution in which is ideal for keeping toys tidy and will keep the children happy having somewhere to sit.

The Addis Sit and store prices range between £13 and £15 and is available in a choice of two colours either red or blue.




We were sent the Addis sit and store, storage solution for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own.
  

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Our Little Secret - Tikka Masala Dine in Kit #Review


As you all know around a month ago I started my new job, well by the time I get in from work I am usually tired and hungry and to be quite honest I really don't want to be spending hours in the kitchen cooking, I want to eat something that is ready fast - yes I know what your thinking we could all do with a live in chef! but from a practical point on view, I want to be able to make something that is going to be ready in less than half an hour.




Our little secret is a new range of meal kits, cooking sauces and micro-meals that are family friendly and offer easy to prepare meals with Indian, Oriental and Mediterranean Flavours. I tried the Tikka Masala Dine-in Meal Kit

On the box its ready in less than twelve minutes - " breaths a sigh of relief" so its quick and easy let me tell you about it and what I thought of the taste of the kit. The meal kit includes dry spices, paste, sauce and rice, all vacuum packed so that all you need to add is the meat or vegtables of your choice.

The whole range has a handy chilli rating on the front of the pack so that you can choose a recipe to suit your palate - this one has two out of three chillies and was already pretty hot so be prepared to add some extra cream to cool things down if necessary. and there is an easy guide on the front of each pack so you can see quickly and easily the nutritional content of each pack.

Our Little Secret have really easy to understand guidelines on the back of each pack so you can follow each step - you really don't need to be a chef to be able to put this fabulous dish together its simple!

The packaging promises an effortless meal and that is exactly what you get as everything apart from the meat is in the box. You just chop up the meat of your choice - I went for chicken but you could also use lamb, fish, prawns, pork or your favourite vegetables - leave to saute for 2-3 minutes then add the paste and the rest of the sauce cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until the sauce has thickens up.

The rice which is in the box as well is done separately taking just two minutes in the microwave - and there you have it a fantastic higher end gourmet dinner in less than fifteen minutes, fantastic don't you think!  
  




The meal took around fifteen minutes to prepare and it was really delicious. I was very impressed at the quick and easiness of the meal even though I thought at a glance of the packet I thought it would be more difficult. The tikka masala tasted delicious, I didn't actually add anything extra to this kit and I was a little worried it might be on the hot side but to be honest I thought it was actually quite mild and I really enjoyed tucking into it when I had finished work. The kits cost £3.49 and the sauces are priced £1.49 which I think is a great price.

Our Little Secret is currently available nationwide in Morrisons and Makro.


   


I was sent this product for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own.


Thursday, 12 June 2014

An Unplanned Pregnancy #BlogBumpClub


Last week as I walked up and down the corridors in Accident and emergency - don't worry I wasn't hurt I was working, as most of you know its a job I desperately yearned for and somewhere I actually Love, I love the hustle and Bustle of the hospital it keeps me on my toes. I was summoned by a patient that was quite upset, I cant go into to much detail for confidentiality reasons - but she was really upset, she asked me if I would test her urine for her as she thought she might be pregnant, Of course I would it was my job, I gave her some reassurance and wondered off to carry out the test, as I stood in the little room where we carry out all of our clinical tests, it suddenly occurred to me, little thoughts whizzing round in my brain - I couldn't remember the last time I had a period, I was racking my brains trying to think, trying to work out if anything stood out in my mind as to when the date was, nothing I was completely drawing a blank.

But I didn't feel pregnant? my breasts were slightly tender but no more than usual, with the boys I was quite sickly in the first few months, I felt nothing had no symptoms at all - I couldn't be could I?
on my dinner I wondered over to the shop and picked myself up a pregnancy test, I was sending myself round the bend on what ifs - I needed to know and to be honest there was not one part of me that thought it could actually be positive.

I headed straight to the toilets and did it - weed on a stick, a bit crude maybe, but true I weed on a stick and then sat and watched as the urine worked its way up the paper inside the little stick - I was thinking please be negative, but as it crept up the stick there was no denying that the pregnancy positive line was there. I am Pregnant.




It wasn't sinking in, I spent the rest of my shift thinking, day dreaming, swallowing back tears, I had convinced myself, I could just get rid of the baby no one would have to know, but another part of me was already feeling that mothering instinct, like I did when I found out I was pregnant with the boys, an instinct to protect them and to love them no matter what.

It is the situation that makes me question everything, with the boys daddy, the same daddy as the un - born baby has, still not a part of our lives full time and I have just started a new job my life was moving on and now I feel like it is making a stop again.

I have told a few people that are close to me, most are quite cross with me for being so "stupid" for letting them down because they love me, because they want me to move on in my life and you know its horrible, heart breaking in fact, to tell people you are pregnant and no one says congratulations, the way that I have been thinking about things is this baby did not choose to be conceived but the baby was conceived, at that moment in love and it will be loved by me its daddy and its big brothers and the rest of my family once it is here.

This baby is growing safely inside my tummy and that's where it is going to stay and that is a definite decision I have made, I cant believe the other option even entered my head if I went through with a termination, I would never have forgiven myself, a baby is a joyous occasion or it is meant to be, there is never a right moment to have children, but it is not the end of the world either.
I also need to for once put myself first and not worry about what everybody else thinks. I am blessed in that I am lucky that I can have children, there are so many people that would give there right arm or leg to be where I am now and pregnant, I am going to cherish every moment and do what is right for me.

I haven't had an appointment with the midwife yet nor do I know exactly how many weeks I am but If I am right I think I am around nine - ten weeks already, nearly into the second trimester I know its still early to be telling people but I want to share my thoughts feelings with you all.


 "Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.” - John Lennon

       



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The World cup is coming look what the boys are wearing! #Bootd #TrendyThursday


I have been away for a few weeks just because I have been so busy with my new job and other trials and tribulations that life bring! but I never mind that I am back for another Baby's Outfit of the day and Trendy Thursday and with the world kicking off this week, what a better time to show you these lovely T-shirts from Sports Direct, I was looking at getting the boys some real England T-shirts but I just cant justify spending a ridiculous amount of money on two T-shirts for them both.




So I went with these World cup T-shirts they are both Polo T-shirts and have the England flag embroidered on the top Left corner of them and the world cup trophy on the right side of them and they have World Cup 2014 on the sleeve.




The T-shirts are fantastic quality, they are really quite thick and as you can see above both of them have lots of room to grow Adams T-shirt is 2-3 and Liam's T-shirt is age 4-5, the only thing I am not so sure about is the white colour, just because the boys like to roll around in the dirt! I am not an avid football fan but I do like to watch the World cup and Liam and Adam Like that they have football T-shirts - they love to kick the ball around the garden! The T-shirts are priced at just £4.99 (a Bargain!!) and are available in store and online now with Sports Direct.




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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Dealing with Challenging behaviour in children



Parenting is one of the most difficult, but most rewarding things, I think any person can do in their life time there are times when you will laugh, cry, and despair at some of the behaviour your child or children display as they are growing up - sometimes as I know a child's behaviour can push you patience to a new level, there are time with Liam, that I have broke down and cried asked myself what I am doing wrong? or times where I have really wanted to throw something at a wall he has made me that cross in the way he has behaved so I have put together some ideas of how any parent can deal with challenging behaviour in a child and you can use these for any child not just a child with behaviour difficulties like Liam as all children at some point will push there luck to get what they want or try to manipulate situations, or just generally be naughty its all part of growing up.


Always give a child positive attention.


Children who only ever receive negative attention will continue to seek attention that way, they wont care how much you tell them off, as long as they still have your attention so anything they do that is good or great praise them - children love to know when they have done something good and it will encourage them to do it again.

Ignore a child's behaviour when you can, redirect or distract it.

 

Its not always easy to ignore children's behaviour and there are some things that they will do that are dangerous or that might harm someone else, in which you cant ignore but sometimes there are little things you can it isn't always worth the battle, sometimes it is far easier to distract a child or redirect them to a toy than to tackle something that doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Allow your child time to process and respond to a request.

 

I know its hard as a parent to always have the time to let your child think about what you have asked of them and sometimes patience is thin if they have been behaving badly most of the day but just as we do children need time to respond to a request and to process it so give them 5 - 10 minutes before you judge what you have asked of them if they have not responded straight the way.

Always say what you want to happen rather than what you want them to stop doing.

 

What I mean is if your child is running ahead, say lets walk rather than stop running - its far better to turn things into positive encouragement rather than making things negative, children love it when there parents are happy with something they have done right and respond in a better manner.

 Give lots of praise for good behaviour.

 

Children beam don't they? when they are told they are doing something amazing or for something that is helping mummy give lots of praise they love it!

Speak firmly don't SHOUT!

 

Its easy to get worked up when your child is doing something that may be annoying you, dangerous, or just down right naughty, but we all know shouting does nothing but makes you more angry - also eventually if you shout at your child the behaviour will be imitated and they will begin shouting at you, children follow by example so be firm and make sure they understand what you have said by getting them to repeat it back to you.

  Look for the signs.

 

If your child is showing signs of frustration or siblings, friends are begining to squabble are for example, try and diffuse the situation before it happens or gets worse.

Show your child appropriate ways of showing emotion and acknowledge, understand why they are upset.

 

Explain to them that you understand why your child is upset and explain the reasons why you have said what you have said, try to tech them to talk about how they are feeling, usually crying in a child is a genuine way of telling you they are upset but explain to them there are better ways to deal with there emotions like talking.

When and then!

 

If you are asking them to do something but your child is focused on a trip or an outing ahead of them, explain to them for instance when you have completed this task then we can go to the park or a walk - always stick to what you say though its important that children trust you.

Have a specific time out corner.

 

I don't give my children a timeout corner as a form of punishment but I do tell them to sit and think about what they have done usually this is enough to make them think about what they have done and appologise, but before they are aloud back in the area I get them to explain to me what they have thought about and make sure they understand and then get to apologise for there actions.


In children there are lots of reasons for bad behaviour it is important to recognise the reasons why they are doing what they are doing sometimes its because of the simplest things, Frustration, fighting for independence, are they hungry? tired? just wanting attention? or maybe they are not feeling very well? all of these things will make your child's behaviour difficult. Watching out for the signs and being able to respond to them appropriately will just make our lives a little bit easier as a parent.




Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A Daily Dose of Sunshine Childrens Vitamin D Oral Spray #Reveiw




Although we are into June, just over halfway through the year the weather hasn't been great - we have had some sunshine but the rain seems still to be outweighing the good weather and with the lovely sunshine comes vitamin D.

Its really important that we all get enough vitamin D into our body, as Vitamin D promotes the development and maintenance of bones, teeth, it also helps to support a healthy Immune system and aids muscle development.

Your skin unprotected and its exposure to sunlight is the main source of vitamin D - when I say unprotected I mean with out sun lotion, however on hot days we all know how important it is to wear some sort of sun protective cream especially in children, but the sun is great in small amounts however sometimes with us all using sun protection children don't always get the right amount daily of vitamin D they need.

The months from October to march are the times when we are all less likely to be getting the right amount of vitamin D from our natural source, the sun, also cloudy days and clothing cover will prevent children getting their daily intake.

With the department of health highlighting that children under five are a group at high risk of developing a vitamin D deficiency - it is recommended that children should be given a daily supplement.

DLux Daily Vitamin D supplements have been designed to give children the correct Vitamin D intake without worrying too much if they are getting the right amount from our natural source the sun.

DLux Daily Vitamin D supplements in a unique format, its for oral use but its a single spray a day. there are two different sprays available, the first is for babies and children up to the age of five, it can be used in conjunction with formulation milk, so if you have a baby you can just pop it in the bottle. The Infant spray comes with a delicious natural orange flavour and provides your child with 300iu of Vitamin D



The second spray format is the Junior spray this is aimed at children five years and over, this comes with a delicious natural peppermint flavour and each single spray contains 400iu of vitamin D

I tried the spray with both my boys and Liam was not so keen on the spray idea and was quite funny about me spraying it in his mouth, however I did spray some on his finger and he tried it, he really liked the taste.
Adam loved the spray he wanted me to do it again as he found it funny the spray tickling his mouth.

I actually tried both of them myself and found that both flavours although are natural, they are quite sweet- too sweet for me, but they are designed for children and most children do love sweet things.
Over all I really liked this product and its made with children's health in mind. The Infant Spray (0-5) is priced at £5.95 and the Junior Spray (5+) is priced at £6.25.

You can find out more about both of these products and more about the importance of vitamin D at www.betteryou.uk.com




I have been sent both of these products for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own


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