Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A Little More? fantastic Vitamin drinks for Children #Competition

Designed especially for children and perfect for packed lunches, the new range of vitamin-enriched drinks - ‘A Little More’ has finally hit the shelves.

The low calorie vitamin drink range includes: A Little More Vitamin C, A Little More Vitamin D and A Little More Multivitamins.

For parents who struggle to get their children to enjoy fruit and vegetables, these vitamin drinks are the perfect solution. They contain the core essential vitamins to promote overall health and well-being, and are made with spring water and no added sugar.

The drinks can be enjoyed by children over 3 years of age and are available in 3 natural flavours A Little More Vitamin C (orange), A Little More Vitamin D (mango) and A Little More Multivitamins (citrus). The ‘A Little More’ range is available from £1.09 at Tesco stores across the UK.

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To win a month’s supply of ‘A Little More’ range please answer the following question:

Which flavour is the ‘A Little More’ drinks range not available in? 
A) Orange 
B) Mango 
C) Apple 

*Leave your answer in the box on the Rafflecopter form not in the comments section underneath the Rafflecopter form. Good Luck.

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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).

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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 will close on 1st may 2014 at midnight.

A Morning with The Children's Air Ambulance

A few weeks ago I was invited to spend a morning at a press event - my first event as a blogger and I couldn't have been more delighted, as it was with the children's air Ambulance and their crew.

The day itself was based around, learning and becoming aware about exactly what they do and how the air ambulance Charity helps others - as well as a once in a lifetime experience to ride in the helicopter.

I am sure like myself you have all heard about Air Ambulances and the fantastic job that they do, However this one is completely different this Helicopter has been specially adapted and contains equipment that is vital to save the lives of Children.

  • The Children's Air Ambulance (TCAA) is the only specialist helicopter in the UK adapted specifically for babies and young children
  • 5,800 children need transferring between hospitals because 95% of care for critically ill children is carried out in specialist units.
  • Long Journeys carried out by road ambulance can be stressful for a family and a child it can also cause critical, and life threatening delays for some children 
  • The Air Ambulance would typically transfer children with neurological emergency and conditions such as,severe meningitis and organ failure.
  • The Children's Air Ambulance relies solely on public donations to keep it in the skies, and for it to carry on doing the job it was made for. 

At the moment the Air Ambulance can only carry critically ill babies up to twelve months old, but hopefully by raising awareness the crew will be able to raise enough funds, so that the Air Ambulance can be adapted again to take children of all ages.

The children's Air Ambulance first took to the skies in May 2013, airlifting its first Critically Ill baby (Theo) Theo was born five days late by Caesarian Section weighing under 5lb. He was critically ill as it was discovered his oesophagus had failed to attach correctly to his stomach and he needed expert care to be treated. The fifteen minute flight ensured he got that critical care in the quickest possible way. In this time he was flown across from Scarborough hospital to Hull Royal Infirmary to receive the lifesaving care he required.

Can you imagine how traumatic it would be to first have a baby that was that poorly and then to find out he needs to be transferred to another hospital?

I cant Imagine How you would feel as a parent but the one thing I would want was him transferring as quickly and as safely as possible - and the Air Ambulance did just that.

Since Baby Theo TCAA has helped transport a further 32 babies to different hospitals for urgent specialist care that they wouldn't have got if they had remained where they were.

Whilst we were at the press event we got to see the amazing equipment on board the helicopter, we were taught about the specialist incubator and stretcher it was all simply amazing, especially when we stepped on board, it was really exciting and an honour to have been able to take a flight inside the helicopter, the views were stunning.

As I said above the views were stunning, the ride in the air was smooth, exciting and something I will probably never get the chance in my life to do again and it really was an honour.

The harsh reality is when this helicopter takes off from the ground with a tiny or critically ill baby on board this Helicopter isn't a place of happiness for the family or excitement, it would be a feeling of apprehension, I expect you wouldn't be looking out of the window at the views, your focus would be on your little one, that amazing little life, that as a parent you would be willing to get better and for a quick and uncomplicated journey that is the least stressful for yourself and your child, for this to happen the Air Ambulance needs to stay in flight.

Which is where you come in, TCAA rely on public funding - it is a charity, unbelievable really isn't it that a service so crucial to family's rely on donations

The truth is it could happen to any of us, where we would need to use the services of TCAA, for one of our children to be transferred to another hospital - I wouldn't wish it on anyone however if it was to happen to me or my family and we did need the services of TCAA I know that we would be in safe hands.

The day with TCAA was a fantastic day and I have learnt so much, everyone was so welcoming, it was also a pleasure to meet all of the crew and the patron of the services Melanie Slade - (wife of Arsenal footballer Theo Walcot), Melanie was very down to earth and was talking about her plans about how she was going to raise money by doing a sponsored bike ride for TCAA.

I will be continuing to support The Children's Air Ambulance through out the year to find out more about TCAA they are on Facebook, Twitter and you can also find out more about them on their Website.

This post is not a sponsored post all opinions remain honest and my own thank you to the lovely people at the press office MBA that invited us along. 


Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Green Earth pan - By Ozeri #Review

Don't you hate it when you cook food and it sticks to the pan, it is one of my pet hates in life, from eggs to pancakes or cooking sauces and meats its just really annoying it makes the food look messy - and lets face it when your food looks messy you don't want to eat it!

I was sent a Green earth pan to review from Ozeri,

The Green Earth Pan, features Greblon and is made in Germany - This is the description from the box;

  • No harmful heavy metals or chemicals.
  • superior non-stick performance.
  • Durable, scratch resistant Ceramic as found in nature.
  • Comfortable silicon coated handle.
  • Completely eco-friendly (ceramic coating emits no harmful fumes).
  • easy to clean.
  • Induction stove safe.

The Size of the green earth pan is 20cm - so its quite small and compact in its size so cooking is limited to eggs pancakes and bacon.

The pan has a textured cooking surface to prevent food sticking and the special coating means that no harmful fumes are released in the foods at high temperatures. The Green Earth Pan by Ozeri is made of the highest quality anodized aluminium that allows for even cooking and browning without the risk of hot spots. It has a magnetised bottom for rapid heat transfer on induction stoves, and a heat resistant silicone coated handle, which means you are not going to burn you hand when you are cooking.

I really like this pan when cooking bacon on it or anything for that matter the textured surface not only stops the food from sticking, but also helped the food to create its own oil, even though the pan is very small in size its perfect for cooking up a quick breakfast, or pancakes and I absolutely love the colour this fabulous pan will not only add some brightness to a kitchen it also gives you the peace of mind that it is not emitting harmful fumes in the the air an all round great product.

The Ozeri pan is priced at £24.99 and is available to buy from Amazon  

I have been sent this lovely looking pan for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own.  

Family Fever

Monday, 14 April 2014

A simple Easter Hat, The Results

Last Monday I posted about how we made our Easter hat for Liam's parade. We were all set and ready, but a slight mishap or purposeful destruction happened on Tuesday evening when Adam in his temper pulled the beak of....

A devastated Liam sobbed his little heart out but between us we set to work to fix it, I decided that the triangle beak looked a bit harsh so using one of the boys dinner plates, I drew around some cardboard and made the beak rounded, it make the chick look a bit confused but perhaps not as angry as the first and we stuck the tissue paper back on.

We set off for school on Wednesday afternoon, Liam was insistent he wore his hat on the walk - it isn't really that far but on the way disaster struck Liam fell over on the way down the hill into school and the beak broke, I was beginning to think the hat just wasn't meant to get to the school for his parade, but luckily it was still attached on the underside with sellotape and the hat just looked as though it was going to talk to us.

We went along to the Easter parade, their were so many lovely and well made hats amongst the ninety children, made up of three classes, for each class there was prize's, first, second and third, myself and Liam's daddy watched as Liam braved the stage and did his little twirl, giving us a cheeky wave he really was so proud of his hat.

As they read out the results of the little competition, third place, it wasn't Liam, second place it wasn't Liam, they got to the first place and that was it he had done it they read out Liam's name, I was so proud of him as he almost ran onto the stage to collect his prize of an Easter egg - his little face was glowing, one of Liam's favourite sayings is "I never win" he was waving and trying to tell us he had won I had to swallow hard, I actually felt like crying, but tears of happiness its amazing how such a little thing when you have children can make you so proud. This time Liam is a winner!

As you can see I didn't make Liam wait until Easter to eat his egg he definitely deserved it and he shared it with Adam I am a very proud mummy!


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Look in my Letterbox 12/04/2014

This weeks look in my letterbox post isn't as exciting as last week I have had no nice goodies and I haven't won anything - although I have hardly had time to enter anything.

So my post this week is a bit of a moan really. The first letter I had was a horrible water bill, I am not actually sure when water got so expensive, but it has so that means cut backs at the end of the month.

My second letter was one from the benefits office - most of you know that just before the new year I got myself a job back in the NHS its my dream job where I have wanted to to work since I qualified as a nurse but the checks have taken them so long to work through I am still waiting now to start on the next "available" Induction week it feels like I have been waiting forever I have a childminder on stand by but goodness knows when I will actually start but with the Easter holidays here now it wont be until after that, so it looks like I am looking at May, so because they are taking so long I have to go and attend an interview to say what I am doing to look for a job - which means dragging the boys into town on Monday which I am sure is not going to be much fun!

Which brings me to my last letter I had this week it was from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, I don't know if you know this or not, but every year once you have qualified as a nurse you have to pay a yearly fee to stayed registered on a public document - if you don't pay your fees you cant practise, this costs around one hundred pounds a year, which I have already paid but I had my letter back to say I am all up to date and able to practise which I am glad about.

So that was my boring letterbox this week hopefully there will be a bit more excitement next week!

Did you receive anything fab through the post this week? I would love to know

Alice Megan

Gorse Hill City Farm - an adventure

Today we put on are wellies - or Boots in my case, and went off to a fantastic place, just a stones throw away from the city. You would never believe in between houses and set on a hill is a little farm, Or a big farm that is for little feet and it is right on our doorstep called Gorse Hill city farm.

They have all sorts of Animals, pigs hiding in their pens, turkeys gurgling their happy tunes, Guinea pigs and rabbits having a snooze snuggling inside to keep warm on these cooler days.

The boys loved looking at the Animals although Liam was rather more interested in the park his little eyes had lit up at the site of the shiny slide and the tall climbing frame, but Adam was not so interested in park his little legs didn't know which way to run, his head bobbing from one side to the other he was fascinated with all the life of the farm, his little voice was wobbling not knowing what to ask first

"whats that noise mama?" "whats the rabbit doing?" "whats that?" 

he was so excited to see the animals eating the grass and the sheep that were rearing their young "baba" he was squealing and pointing as he is trying to find his footing on the fence.

They both ran there little legs off across the field spotting pony's and cows as we went along - finding secret passage ways between fences and bushes, picking up old bits of feed that the farmers had dropped, and trying to feed the already well fed goats.

We did manage to end our adventure on the play area - which is surrounded by animal pens Adam still not so interested in the park wondered up and down talking to the animals - Today was a great adventure for us all.

The boys even managed to milk a cow - not a real one but they loved it anyway!

Gorse Hill City farm is a great place for any family, fantastic outdoor fun for any children looking for an adventure amongst animals.

Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Gigaset - a perfect phone for family use

Our home phone has not been working properly for quite some time I think it had a mind of its own and would just cut people off mid - conversation and wouldn't charge properly, I just hadn't got round to replacing it so when I was asked if I would like to Review a Gigaset home phone I was delighted.

Introducing Gigaset E630A



If I am quite honest, before I received this phone I had never heard of the brand before, but since I have been using it for the past few weeks I cant imagine using anything else let me show you why.

  • The phone is shock, dust and splash proof. perfect when you are clumsy like me or you have little hands that manage to pick up things no matter where you put them!
  • The phone book can hold 200 phone book entries so you have somewhere to store all those important numbers.
  • It has 14 hours talk time so lots of life if you are a chatterbox.
  • it has an inbuilt answer phone, with 55mins of recording time - so you will never miss an important call
  • It has an in built hands free which is great for when you have things to do but need to use the phone, the quality is great.
  • Vibrate mode.
The Phone was really easy to put together when I took it out of the box - lets say it was idiot proof, when you are not that great with technology like me.

The Gigaset phone has lots of additional features, it has a calender and built in clock in which you can double up as an alarm clock - it is quite loud so it will wake you up.

The phone has a function so you can double it up as a baby monitor which I think is a great idea and it works really well. As well as this function it has the option to send SMS messages through the phone just like a mobile phone.

The phone is very light in weight, it fits perfectly in my hand and I think its quite attractive to look at, it has a lovely little belt clip on the back of it  so its easy to use around the home when you are carrying out household chores or out in the garden relaxing - you don't need a belt I attached it to my top it fits just as well.

My personal favorite feature, is the little musical note on the phones keypad if you hold this down it silences the ringer - whats the point in that you say? The phone has a LED bright light on the top of the phone so if the phone rings and it is on silence the light flashes (you can also use this as a torch) so you don't miss the call and it wont wake up the children if they're light sleepers, like my boys are. This is called the day to night option.
I do love the choice of ringtones on this phone they are very funky and quite modern.

Over all this phone has all the classic features of a normal house phone with a modern day twist and all the extra features you need for day to day busy family life with children, I love this phone and its fabulous features I would definitely recommend taking a look at it - you wont be disappointed.

The Prices start from: £99.99, Handset size: H154 x W52 x D30mm, we were sent the single handset however there is the option to buy additional ones. The Gigaset is availble to purchase from Amazon

we were sent this phone for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own 

Family Fever

Monday, 7 April 2014

A simple Easter Bonnet for a boy!

Having looked around online, and in shops for an Easter Bonnet for Liam - all of them seem to be for girls pretty straw hats and fluffy bunnies not much out there that seems to be aimed at boys so with some inspiration from my mum and some super gluing efforts from Liam we came up with and made our own simple to make Easter bonnet.

What you need,

  • Around ten sheets of tissue paper - yellow (depending on the hat size)
  • 2-4 sheets of orange tissue paper 
  • PVA glue
  • A plastic hat with a peak at the front or a helmet
  • some cardboard
  • some white paper and a black felt tip pen

First of all cut a triangle out of the card bored and secure it to the hat, I used glue but it still felt loose so I popped a bit of sellotape on the underside if you are using a plastic hat with a peak skip this step!

Then Start screwing all the yellow tissue paper into balls not to tight, then apply the PVA glue to the hat or helmet simply work your way around the hat making sure all is covered but the peak of the hat or the triangle that you have just attached.

Once you have covered the hat, start screwing up the orange tissue paper and cover the triangle or the peak of the hat, once you have done this, the bonnet is nearly complete.

I was lucky with our hat it already has eyes on it but to make the eyes just cut out some pieces of white paper into an oval shape and draw on the pupils then just affix them on with some PVA glue.

The Bonnet principle of making this hat could be used to make a Rabbit fixing on white ears and white tissue paper, or a sheep, cow, and you could even make a duck! the possibility are endless we loved making our hat and Liam cant wait to wear it to his parade on Wednesday.

Spring cleaning with Zoflora #reveiw

As we are into spring I am definitely trying to get the house tidy and  having a mass sort out so we can make some room and enjoy the outside throughout the summer.

I am always looking for new products that will make my house sparkle, usually something that takes minimum effort in elbow grease and has a maximum shine and scent its very important.

Over the last few weeks I have been cleaning with Zoflora springtime concentrated Disinfectant, It has a blend of freshly cut green leaves, pine, lemon and herbs, it really bought that springtime scent  into the house even when it was raining outside - The scent is just right though it not overpowering in any sort of way.

My kitchen was beginning to sparkle, with out to much effort which means the product really suited me.
I used this on the Kitchen worktops, the floor and even on the kids table and high chair - the product is used at 1 part Zoflora and 40 parts water so a little bit really does go a long way the only rule to this is if you are cleaning ceramic or metal sinks, drains and toilet bowls you would not dilute Zoflora however again you still only need a little bit.

Zoflora Springtime is available in 120ml bottle priced at around £1.42. Stockists include Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Wilkinson’s.

Over all I loved this product, it smells great, it makes things really sparkly and you get a lot of use  from a small bottle that costs very little - I will definitely be buying Zoflora again it brings a bit of the spingtime inside and makes your home clean and smell fresh.

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