Monday, 1 December 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY OF The First Hippo On The Moon

A couple of weeks ago I was kindly sent a copy of The First Hippo On The Moon by David Williams. Me and my children had yet to read any of his books so we were really looking forward to receiving it.


It is a lovely story about you guessed it two hippos and their quest to get to the moon. I dont want to ruin it by telling you the story as what would be the fun in that.


The book itself comes in a hard cover which I love for childrens books it makes them easier to hold and read together. It is a great big book size too. The illustrations by Tony Ross are amazing so bright and colourful with easy to read stand out writing.


My two middle daughters who are 4 and 5 have been really enjoying reading this with me.  They love the fact its a new and creative story something they have never read before.


I am definately going to be looking at the rest of David Walliams books for children. This book is available to buy from amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0007494009?tag=authorwebuk-21If your stuck for gift ideas this would make an ideal gift. 
Or you could try winning one by entering the competition below.







First hippo on the moon


Sunday, 9 November 2014

Review: The Christmas Boutique

 Halloween is gone, bonfire night is over and now it's all about the run up to Christmas. If your looking for some new decorations then head on over to the Christmas Boutique where they have everything you will need to make your house sparkle this Christmas.

I was recently sent a box of goodies to review from The Christmas Boutique

I have to be honest I haven't bought any new decorations for years however I knew I would have to this year as we somehow lost all our decorations and tree when we moved.  So I was really pleased to have been giving the opportunity to review for them.

So inside my box I had

A huge Santa sack, no Christmas is complete without one of these right? It's lovely and very well made. Next from my box was

Mr & Mrs holiday Frog bauble tree decorations. These are so adorable and unusual I've never seen anything like these before but I love them and so do the kids. Next out was

These hanging glass pine cones, very shiny and love that they aren't hanging on a thin price of string, I'm sure these are going to look fab. Next we have


Two glass star shaped baubles in red and green, they are quite heavy and I love the hanging ribbon with the addition of the star in the middle too makes them look extra special.

I also got a honeycomb Pom Pom 
But I didn't want to take it out the packet very clumsy me didn't want to ruin it. I also received some lovely red baubles 
Love the addition of the hearts with the traditional christmas shapes. Last but not least is this 
Which is my favourite piece the Christmas Advent Wishing Line. Complete with jingle bells and an opening fabric envelope for every day in Advent. I can't wait to hang this up. Now all we need is a tree. 

I normally put up the tree the 2nd weekend in December, how about you? Are you an eager beaver or a last minuter?

Foloow The Christmas Boutique for all their latest discounts and offers  @XmasBoutique
You can find all these decorations here www.THECHRISTMASBOUTIQUE.CO.UK plus lots lots more gorgeous decorations.   

Sunday, 26 October 2014

win a £10 Amazon voucher

As I have only had two giveaways since I started my blog I thought I would run this giveaway, hopfully will give someone a nice treat before christmas, good luck everyone! a Rafflecopter giveaway

PLEASE NOTE THE FIRST 2 ENTRIES ARE MANDATORY YOU MUST FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER AND COMMENT ON ONE OF MY OTHER BLOG POSTS OR YOU WILL NOT BE ENTERED. Thanks
Win competitions at ThePrizeFinder.com

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Review of Easy Indian SuperMeals

I recently received a copy of Easy Indian SuperMeals by Zainab Jagot Ahmed. I was really looking forward to receiving this as I am currently weaning bump and wanted new ideas.  As I mentioned in my weaning post I've stuck to the convenience  of jars of baby food and rusks to wean the girls, I really wanted to try different stuff with bump, and I did buy a blender which I have hardly used except for a few puréed veg.


I was pleasantly surprised when the book arrived as I hadn't been expecting much just a book of purée recipes but it is so much more than that. 

 

The book is for stage 2 weaning (7 months plus)  threw to 5+. There is lots of detail about super foods and super spices plus a handy table of super spices which are suitable for babies. It Also contains  lots of information on fruit and vegetable super foods. A getting starting guide is included as well as a list of foods to avoid.





The recipes are separated into different sections starting with veggie SuperMeals then  finger food SuperMeals, sweet SuperMeals, meat SuperMeals, family SuperMeals and quick kids SuperMeals.  At the top of each page you can clearly see the stage and age they are suitable for.



I love the fact that there is family recipes and I am looking forward to making some of them especially Lamb Rogan Josh as that is my absolute favourite and I've never made it from scratch before.







Bump isn't quite 7 months yet so I can't try out any receipes with him straight away but I will be. There's a yummy looking festive roasted vegetable mash great for christmas. Yummy spiced potato pie sounds tasty and there's even a veggie korma. 

There's just so many ideas and receipes that I would never of thought of trying.  It really does make you see weaning in a new and exciting way.  I would definately recommend this book to anyone with children, would be a great christmas gift too.




If you would like to know anymore about this book head on over to Zainabs website.


It is also available to buy from Amazon

Happy cooking!

BARGAINS & DISCOUNT CODES

I have seen some great bargains and discounts around this week so I thought I would share them with you all. great if your buying christmas presents. All listed below but will update the list if I find anymore so keep checking back.

There is a great sale over at The Body Shop website at the moment plusvif you use the code EXTRA you can get an extra 40% off this includes sale items. Plus free delivery when you spend £20 or over.
www.thebodyshop.co.uk

Tesco have all their beauty gifts half price plus they have their up to half price toy offer on at the moment, i got barbie and Animagic toys half price.
www.tesco.com

Asda also have up to half price toy sale on and they also have a sale on clothing. Prices seem to be varying between online and instore. www.asda.com

If your off food shopping theres a £5 off a £40 Spend in Aldi coupon in The Daily Mirror today. ()I dont usually buy newspapers I think they are full of crap but on this occassion I will be as off to Aldi later and every penny counts)

Get 20% off clothing,homeware and beauty at m&s using the code OCT14EM
valid until 27th
www.marksandspencer.com


La Redoute have a great offer for new customers have used this myself. If you use the code 5012 you get £15 off your first order over £20 plus free delivery and a free gift. It doesnt apply to sale items although one of the items i bought was reduced.
www.laredoute.co.uk

£10 off on the Phillips website no minimum spend. I was going to order baby bottles but nearly all out of stock so I got a pair of tweezers that cost £7.99 and just had to pay postage which was £1.99. Postage varies depending on what the item is. Use code Philippromo10 at checkout.
www.philips-shop.co.uk

Monday, 6 October 2014

Introducing Appleby Designs & gorgeous dress review

I recently discovered Appleby Designs an amazing website selling handmade children's clothing. Their dresses are stunning, unique and fit for any princess. Great for parties and special occasions and totally different to the usual dresses sold in stores plus handmade to order.
You can view there website here and see the gorgeous dresses for yourself www.applebydesigns.net

The lovely Andrea from Appleby Designs kindly sent me a Christmas party dress for my 5 year old moo.  As soon as I opened the package I thought wow what a gorgeous dress.  The material design is fab so lovely for christmas time and party's. Complete with it's very own sash. It is made from 100% cotton so will be comfortable and light to wear plus machine washable which is always a bonus. The stitching is perfect and just knowing its been handmade makes it extra special. I know when moo wears it out everyone will be asking where I got it from.  Her little sister has already asked me where hers is, I said I would ask Santa for her. 

So if your looking for something special, unique, comfortable and stylish for your little princess head on over to Appleby Designs
You can also find them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/applebydesignsuk
and also on twitter +Appleby Designs


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Is it time for the C word already

Is it that time already? yes I think it might be, the dreaded C word has been posted a lot lately and it seems Christmas is not that far away thanks facebook friends for reminding exzactly how many Fridays etc there are left until Christmas.

All this Christmas talk has given me a kick up the bum, Im normally so organised with present buying and have usually already started by the school summer holidays.  Not this year though with bump arriving, moving house, sorting out new schools and my eldest daughters sixteenth birthday this month I havent even started.

Now Im starting to worry, when you havent got much money coming in it can be a real struggle and with one more to buy for this year too its going to be tough so Im on the look out for bargains, if you see any please let me know. My girls love my little pony, moxi girlz, play dough and have hinted they would like some shopkins. As bump is my first boy im a bit clueless and dont know what to get him ( he will be almost 9 months by christmas).

Ive been entering lots of comps to try and win some stuff as that would save some pennies or rather pounds, so keep your fingers crossed for me and lots of luck to all my fellow compers.

Have you started thinking about christmas? do you save for it?  are you a last minute shopper or do you start early in the year?

would love to hear all your views/comments etc 




Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Weaning

I can't believe bump is 4 months already it has gone so quickly but in a weird way it feels like he's always been here, I'm sure every parent knows what I mean by that?

So as some of you may know I have 4 children bump being the youngest and my eldest is almost 16 now.  When it comes to weaning I have done it exactly the same starting at 4 months using packets/jars ( I feel I may be hearing tuts and sighs now ) until I feel they are ready enough to eat 'proper' food.

Bump has been taking a real interested for about a month now to the point of crying when everyone else has dinner and he can't have any, so now he's 4 months I have been trying him with some baby rice and I've been surprised that he hasn't taking too eating as well as the girls did.  He hasn't been to keen on it, I guess maybe he needs to get used to it and it's only been a few days.



I had considered the thought of not using jars/packets etc and cooking for him too but I wouldn't have a clue what to make him? What can he eat? Etc etc and I don't own a blender which I guess would be a necessity.

So I would love to hear how everyone else has weaned their babies? I would really appreciate all your opinions advice etc


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Taggies soft n snug bouncer review.

I was recently sent a taggies soft n snug bouncer to review from kids ii.

I was really looking forward to reviewing this as my son was not keen on the basic bouncer we had bought for him and cried most of the time he was in it. So far me and bump are loving the taggies bouncer.



It has lots of lovely features including removable hood, head rest and toy bar. It also has gentle vibration and melodies which is nice not too loud and annoying like some can be.

The chair is suitable from birth up to 11kg and is reclinable which is great as bump often falls asleep while he is sitting in it and you can easily recline it back without waking him by pressing the buttons on either side of the chair.

It also comes with a detachable cuddle toy that which you can Velcro into the harness pocket. Bump loves this and spends a lot of time practising his gripping and biting skills with it.

He loves all the little colourful taggies down the side and will spend ages trying to grab them.

The most important thing about this chair is that it's comfortable for your baby, the seat is deep and such lovely soft material with the addition of the detachable headrest too it's definately a cosy chair it's a shame you can't buy adult ones.

It was really easy to put together but not so easy to dismantle and has no instructions for this.  It had to be taken apart as we were moving and took a while to figure out it would have to be unscrewed instead of just clicked out. 

All in all it is a great chair and me and bump would highly recommend it. There are so many bouncers to choose from but this one definately ticks all the boxes.

http://bit.ly/KristyTaggies you can view the bouncer here for full specifications and current price.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Where have I been?

Well it's been a long time since I have posted on my blog and I have been missing blogging so much.  Bump is nearly four months old now and I have been so busy since he was born. You forget how much your little bundle of joy takes over your life plus already having three other children it's been hectic.  We have also moved house and said goodbye to London and our pokey flat and we are now in West Yorkshire in a lovely big house, we've not been here long but so far everyone is loving it.  It's good to be back and looking forward to catching up with everyone else's blogs too.  I also have a review for you from taggies too which will be up later, hope you enjoy it and have a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Megabloks review

I'm sure every parent has heard of megabloks, those great building blocks that give your children hours of fun.

I was recently given the opportunity to review a bag of megabloks which you can view here http://www.megabloks.com/en-gb/shop/construction-toys/first-builders/big-building-bag-pink-60-pieces
Such a lovely girly colour any little girl will love. 

Our bag arrived yesterday and the girls were delighted and started playing with them straight away. My 4 year old built a house and my 3 year old who loves dinosaurs made a lovely collection of dinosaurs and some stairs for her little toys to climb up.

I noticed they have a new design bag which is great it's also pvc free and eco friendly.

We have an original style bag of mega bloks that I bought 4 Years and they are still played with now. They are a great investment as they last until the children out grow them, definitely good value for money.

The size of them is perfect for little hands and all the different sized peices and colours are great for learning and using their imagination to build different things so lots of megaplay can be had (for grown ups too).

They are also great for some outdoor fun in the garden or even a picnic in the park. The perfect size means they won't get lost and the great carry bag means you can take them anywhere for some mega outdoor fun.

They are a big hit in our house and I'm sure they will be for many years to come.

Megabloks are also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/megabloks.timetobuild?ref=ts&fref=ts

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Bumps Arrival

Hes here!! The day after my last post (39 weeks) bump arrived. Apologies for taking  so long to post but when that little bundle of joy arrives there's not much time for anything else. Here he is now 24 days old.

He is just adorable, it felt I he would never arrive but when he did  it all happened so quickly and he was born in my bedroom me on all fours with 5 paramedics and a midwife ha ha not quite what I was expecting.

You would think being my fourth baby i would know when i was in labour but ecpect the unexpected as they say.

I woke up with cramping as i had done for weeks but then started having little contractions but didnt take much notice as with the others i expected my waters to go first. They kept coming so decided to time them and they were 7 minutes apart I thought shit this is really happening.  I phoned the hospital and they said if i went in i would probably be sent home so I decided to stay put for a while, however my contractions speeded up and we phoned an ambulance. By the time they got here they were 2 minutes apart and they decided not to take me in due to the fact of not wanting to try and get me down stairs ( we live on 2nd floor) so they called for a midwife to come She promptly arrived and told me i was 9cm and literally minutes later he arrived all in one go, waters went everywhere.  He was born at 10.16a.m weighing 7lb 11 so a big baby for me.  Despite that it was the easiest birth (3rd was herendous) so much more relaxing than at hospital andthe midwife was lovely.  We did have to go in for 24 hour monitoring as had meconium and i had a 2nd degree tear which without stitches seems to be healing fine.

So thats how bump arrived and im looking forward to blogging lots about my gorgeous boy.


Thursday, 27 March 2014

39 weeks pregnant...




Here I am still waiting for bump to arrive only 1 week till due date, I am full of nervousness and excitement.  I had been kind of expecting him to be here by now but I guess he will arrive when he's ready, the girls have all arrived before their due date they were 3 days, 4 days and 7 days early.

I saw the midwife Monday and everything seems ok, I am measuring 36 weeks but she said that she thinks he will be a bit bigger than my last daughter who was 6lbs 14oz (others were 6lb 8 & 6lb 1). I see her again on Monday when I will be 39+4 she didn't want to leave it till the Monday after.



I've no had a show or anything but never did with the girls either, had lots of painful braxton hicks but nothing else. I've been feeling pretty peed off and not sleeping much but Ive bought myself a little treat for after he's born, not done my hair or anything in ages so looking forward to feeling a bit more me again.



Hopefully this will be my last pregnancy update and my next blog post will be when he has arrived fingers crossed :-)

Friday, 14 March 2014

37 WEEK PREGNANCY UPDATE

Firstly apologies for my lack of posts and twitter activity I have just been feeling so crap, uncomfortable, tired, etc etc. Have also had a headache for 2 days now, oh Im feeling sorry for myself ha ha, it's my birthday tomorrow as well and the thought of being another year older (36) is not cheering me up in the slightest, once you turn 30 the years just fly by but it would be a nice Birthday present if bump decided to arrive early.  

On the plus side not long to go now and the iron tablets have started to make me feel better than i was before so that is good and I look a lot less pale too.  I had my 36 week check with my gp on Tuesday didn't really see the point of it to be honest as she did the exact same as midwife does except she didn't measure my tummy.  Everything seems fine and she said to keep taking iron tabs as my count was very low.  Bump is also engaged so explains why I can hardly walk now my 3 year old walks faster than me she was actually dragging me the other day ha ha.  I will have my 38 week check a week on Monday as that's the only day the Midwife is there and that should be it unless I go over??? I haven't before they've been 3 days, 4 days and 7 days early so far but you just never know.  

If Im not back with an update again i will let you all know when bump arrives :-)

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Kadria Balancing Face Oil Review

Kadria make ethical skin care range for pregnant women, none of their products are tested on animals and they use natural organic ingredients. It always nice to have a bit of pampering when your pregnant, they have some lovely products and sets which  you can view all their products here http://kadriaskincare.com/shop/

 A little while ago I was sent some Balancing Face oil from Kadria to try and review.

kadria balancing face oil
Our balancing face oil will help if you are experiencing hormonal skin changes in pregnancy or at other times.  This complex blend contains rare and powerful oils which contain compounds known to  help calm the most erratic skin.  Whether you have overly dry, break outs or blemishes, dull and lacklustre skin, this will be sure to help.
Directions:  Apply a few drops to cleansed skin before applying your usual moisturiser.  Alternatively use as a night treatment oil.
Blackseed contains over 100 different compounds, many of which are unknown.  Blackseed oils high levels of amino acids aid cellular regeneration.  The anti-inflammatory effects of nigellone  help combat premature ageing and essential fatty acids stimulate the skins natural protective and healing process.

I was excited to try this out as I am not a glower in pregnancy Im a more look like crap all the time for the whole pregnancy ha ha and I am not blessed with wonderful skin. I have been using the oil for a few weeks. I usually put it on in the evenings after I have had a bath, I've not tried it in the day time as I always wear make up and use other creams.  I was a bit dubious with it being oil and didn't want to be left with greasy feeling skin, however you only need a tiny bit and it goes on really well, it has made my skin nice and soft and not greasy at all.  It feels really nice on your skin and Im sure I will continue to use it after bump is born.  So if your looking for a nice present or for yourself its a nice lovely treat for any pregnant woman.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Canvas Design UK Review & Giveaway

I was made and sent a Canvas print of my choice by Canvas Designs uk to review.  You can view their site here http://www.canvasdesign.co.uk/

I was so excited to be reviewing Canvas Design UK as I love Canvas pictures but didn't actually own one before with personal photos on, I have always wanted to get one done but just not got around to it and actually thought that they were very expensive.  However I discovered at Canvas Designs UK their prices start from just £5.99 with free 48 hour delivery  and if you use the code BLOG15 at the check out you can get a 15% discount too.

I originally chose a picture of my 3 girls playing football in the park but they had said as they were moving in the picture that it would come out blurry, I just couldn't decide on another picture as I have so many photos the lovely Loren at Canvas Designs suggested I send here a variety of photos and she would make a montage, she then sent me 5 different montage designs of my photos to choose from they were all lovely.  My canvas arrived a few days later and I was also given a 1 hour delivery slot which is always great. It arrived very well packaged and looking amazing.  I am so pleased with it and cant wait to hang it properly ( everything you need to hang it is also included)  once we have finished decorating the front room.  I will be showing it off to everyone and will definitely be buying one later on in the year after bump has arrived so I can have one of all the kids together.  

Finished Canvas

Now I have some great news for you all, you can enter my competition via the raffelcopter below and win a Canvas for yourself and remember if you don't win you can still use BLOG15 discount code on their website to get 15% off your order.  Good luck everyone.






a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 3 March 2014

Benefits Of Using a Birthing Ball In Pregnancy

At 35+ weeks pregnant with my 4th baby I decided to try a Birthing Ball as I have been in a lot of discomfort down below with pain and crazy amounts of pressure I hadn't experienced with my previous pregnancy's and had read that it can help if you sit on the ball.

There seems to be a lot of benefits to using one that I never knew about I actually thought they were only used while in actual labour from what I had seen of them on tele but apparently not as I found out some really useful information  about using it in the later stages of pregnancy.

A birth ball is great for the last weeks of pregnancy just for sitting on to relax, watch tele or at the computer and will be easier to get up than from the sofa for example.  It can also give you a little workout for your tummy and back muscles if you sit and gently bounce or rock on it, it will also improve your posture and balance.  you can also try doing your pelvic floor exercises whilst sitting on it.  If your baby is back to back using the ball can help to move them and get them in the right position for birth, sitting on the ball leaning slightly forwards so your knees are lower than your hips can help your baby to swing round.  Using this position on the ball can also help to relieve backache.

There isnt apparently much difference between a birthing ball and a gym ball either the one thing to check though is the size as they are made for certain height ranges for example the 55cm one is most suited for people up to 5ft 4.  It should tell you this information in the product details if you are buying online or if in store then ask one of the staff members.

I bought mine from Argos it is a 55cm Argos Value Range Gym Ball £4.89 it comes with a pump included and is great for such a low price some of the reviews said the pump was rubbish but we had no problem with it.  I have only had it for a couple of days but I am finding it very useful and comfortable, it such a relief to sit on it when the pressure is too much.  The kids love it as well they keep running off with it and bouncing it around the house.  Will also be great for exercising  after I have given birth, a good investment I think.









Saturday, 1 March 2014

Kentish Hop & Lavender Sleep Sent Review

A unique, soothing, relaxing blend of essential oils (including hops and lavender). Put a couple of drops of this calming scent on a handkerchief by your pillow to inhale as you drift off to sleep.

I have been having trouble sleeping for a little while and even totally knackered was taking me ages to drift off.  I had read on line that Lavender is helpful for this and had been looking for a Lavender  pillow/cushion.  Whilst searching I came across the Hop Shop at Castle Farm website  http://www.hopshop.co.uk/index.php
They sell lots of lovely things such as oils, toiletries, gifts, food, dried flowers and sleep aids, I contacted them to find out about their pillows and they kindly offered to send me a bottle of their Sleepy Scent to try.  
I used it the same day I received it putting a few drops on the cushion I have next to my pillow at night, now I am not in general a fan of the smell of Lavender but I have to say I was surprised at how relaxed it made me feel and I did fall off to sleep quicker than usual.  I have used it every night since and would definitely recommend it, you can purchase it here http://www.hopshop.co.uk/detail.php?ProdID=364 and it costs £7.25 for a 10ml bottle which will last for a long time as you only need a couple of drops and you will be peacefully Zzzzzzzzzzzzz 


Thursday, 27 February 2014

Wrappz phone skin review and Free Reader Offer












wrappz.com    
Wrappz.com is a website that makes cases and skins that you can also personalize for phones, tablets, laptops, kindles and game consoles.

I was recently contacted by Wrappz and asked if I would like to do a review of one of their products.  I have lots of different phone cases so I chose a phone skin instead which is basically a sticker that fits on the front and back of your phone.

They have lots of different designs that you can choose from and you can also create your own, once you select your phone type your template comes up for the front and back of the phone you can then choose from designs, backgrounds or upload photos which you then drag onto the template, move them around, change size etc

I chose a lovely butterfly background and also uploaded a photo which I put onto the back of the skin.  The whole process was really quick and simple to do, which was great I mean who wants to spend forever messing around to get the final result.

My skin arrived the next day after ordering and here is the final result..

It came well packaged and very easy to put on your phone, its cut out to fit around buttons, speaker etc on your phone so all very good.  It looks great and my teenage daughter has already asked if she can get one.

Now I have some great news for all my blog readers as the lovely people at Wrappz are offering you an amazing offer to get your own skin for free yes free all you have to pay is postage of £2.50 how great is that.  All you need to do is go to http://www.wrappz.com/ choose and design your skin and then use the code freeskin at the checkout.  





wrappz.com



Monday, 24 February 2014

34 week pregnancy update...

Hi Im a bit late with my update as was officially 34 weeks last Thursday but I wanted to wait until after my midwife appointment today.

The time is getting nearer to bump arriving and I cant wait for him to be here, I have not been feeling well at all really and finding the tiredness so hard to cope with as I didn't feel like this with my last 3, obviously I got tired but nothing like this I feel exhausted from making a drink its crazy.  The last few days I have spent most of my time in bed as well because i have had a headache constantly and had been getting dizzy spells.  I have been finding bumps movements quite painful sometimes as well.

So I had my midwife appointment today and told her all of this she just put it down to tiredness and the fact I have already had 3 children and said make this your last ( wasnt planning on anymore anyway but nice of her to say ha ha ) My blood pressure, urine etc all checked out ok and she felt baby, he's head down which I had guessed already and she said I am a good size measuring 34.  She had to chase up my bloods that she took at my 32 week appointment and when she got them she was like oh you've been feeling tired because your anemic and need a prescription gave me a note to take to reception and sent me on my way.  I have to wait 2 days for my prescription from the doctor which I found a bit odd and the fact that they have had my results at the surgery for weeks but didn't feel the need to contact me to tell me I need to take some iron tablets.  

So that is pretty much me for now have been having quite bad cramping the last hour never had this with any of the others not until after my waters had broken anyway.  Would be great to hear anyone's experiences with this and also the anemia as Ive not had that previously either.

New series of One Born Every Minute tonight which I love but have never watched it before when I am so close to giving birth so should be interesting....




Sunday, 23 February 2014

Hot Stuff W/E 23/02/14

 


This weeks Hot Stuff, first up two hot offers that you need to get quick as they expire tomorrow...

Firstly My fave Tan Laurens way has 20% off everything on their website until tomorrow, so be quick  http://www.laurensway.com/ enter code SAVEME20 at the check out.
Dream Rollers 20 Pack


Over on the Bodyshops website www.thebodyshop.co.uk you can get the following offers valid until tomorrow using the code CATWALK, save £10 when you spend £25, save £25 when you spend £50 and save £5 when you spend £15.  If you spend over £18 on make up and skincare you can also get an Essential Beauty collection worth £22.50 by entering the code COLLECTION at the checkout.
 The Body Shop - Beauty Products inspired by Nature and Ethically made


I found a great freebie for you all this week which is either a Salmon or Tuna Recipe book from John West, you can choose which one you want and it's totally free including postage just go to the website here http://www.john-west.co.uk/trawler-fun/free-recipe-book/ and fill in your details.  Im looking forward to receiving my Tuna one.
 GET YOUR FREE RECIPE BOOK


Lastly this week is a great competition to win an Ipad from Mind Body Spirit http://www.mindbodyspirit.co.uk/competition/ipad-competition Good luck if you enter I would love to win an ipad.
IPad Competition 

Well thats it from me for this week Im off to watch the new series of Towie now....Shuuuuut up 

Friday, 21 February 2014

Introducing Clothies - A Modern Mums Essential




I would love to tell you all about Clothies 
Sarah adores fabric and fleece! She is the inventor of the brand new range of baby burp cloths Clothies, A modern mums essential! These are the new sets of burp cloths made with fab fabric in beautiful designs on the front, backed with a super absorbent so soft microfleece to mop up baby's milky dribbles. She also make a range of double sided fleece pram blankets which are completely unique in design and great to bring a splash of colour to your baby's pram, moses basket or car seat!

 The idea for Clothies hit me when I wanted to find an accessory to the fleece blankets, something affordable but lovely that I could make using matching fabrics , that if customers wanted a blanket they could also order matching burp cloths. There are lots of talented people making the very popular bibs but I couldn't find anyone making burp cloths. I have to say I purchased a pack of 2 burp cloths before I had my eldest and they got soggy quickly, took ages to dry and as a result didn't get used much and I didn't use them at all with my daughter. There is a wider selection of muslins on the market now rather than the plain white sets that go discoloured and look dirty but I wanted a creation that could use all the lovely fabric designs that are produced every year. And so 'Clothies' were born. A modern mum's accessory! Bright funky colours and designs that look fantastic over your shoulder, are super absorbent and actually contain all the milky dribble, using microfleece that is lightweight and super soft for delicate faces and can be used to put under baby's chin whilst feeding, are small enough to fit into your already full changing bag, wash well and dry quickly for everyday use and come in a wide range of 100% cotton prints.

I discovered Clothies on Twitter last month and the lovely Sarah offered to send me a set.





I chose the above design which I love, the colours are great and the design is too, they arrived well packaged and presented so lovely i didn't want to open them.  They are very well made and very good quality.  I have washed them and they wash well too, they are packed in my hospital bag ready for bumps arrival so I will update you all on them once I have put them to good use.

They are available to buy from http://clothies.co.uk/index.html and come in packs of three or four with lots of different designs to choose from there will definitely be one you love.  You can also follow Sarah on Twitter @ClothiesSarah





 

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

miamoo review

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I was lucky enough to be chosen by miamoo to test and review for them in return for this they sent me a miamoo travel pack. 


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Firstly I will tell you about miamoo which was founded by Saira Khan who after suffering with dry skin for years researched into products and the end result was the making of miamoo, you can read lots more information about Saira and her findings here http://www.miamoo.co.uk/Our-story-s/1847.htm

I myself suffer from sensitive and sometimes dry skin, I tend to use baby products bath/wash etc the same ones that I use on my children as I find them a lot less irritating so i was looking forward to trying this out myself.









The set itself is very nicely packaged in a clear zip pouch ( great to re use after for keeping make up in or for baby change bag etc). The set contains inside:

splashy wash 30ml – refreshing citrus shower/body wash

fresh locks 30ml – soothing shampoo for shiny bouncy locks

baba oil 30ml – heavenly oil, great for hair, body and baby massage.

huggy lotion 30ml – a non greasy daily moisturiser

spritz and wipe 30ml – a refreshing citrus spritz packed with minerals that has multi uses

cheeky cream 30ml – a natural barrier cream great for adults and babies
There is a handy little 3 step routine on the back of the packaging as well.

plus there is a lovely flannel in there too, it retails for £15.00 and is great if you want to try out their products before committing to buying full size ones.  Also great to take for a short break or even in your hospital bag. 
Now for my thoughts on the products themselves, I love the fact firstly that they are 99% natural and I know a lot of research went into them before they were produced.

fresh lock shampoo ( brimming with lavender & geranium) I found nice smelling not as strong as other baby shampoos but a nice subtle smell, you only need a little to make a lather and left hair feeling clean and fresh.












Splashy wash (brimming with lemon oil & aloe vera) doesnt have any smell to it and also lathers well to wash with, I found it pleasent on the skin and a nice clean feel after using it.











spritz and wipe ( overflowing with lime water & minerals) i used to spray on my aching legs and its actually really cooling amnd refreshing, im going to be popping this in my hospital bag.  also good for babys bottom and im sure I am going to find many other uses for this too.











baba oil (infused with lavender & sweet almond oil)once again a gentle smell great for giving baby, little ones or yourself a massage after, a little bit goes a long way too just warm up on your hands and away you go.

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huggy lotion (crammed with sweet almond & marshmallow extract) this as with all the other products has a very delicate barely there smell, is a nice texture neither too thick or thin. It rubs in really quickly and easily also leaving skin feeling nice and soft.










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cheeky cream great for those sore little bums ( not had a chance to test it for this yet)  is not dissimilar to sudocrem in its texture and thickness and has a similar but more delicate fragrance.







I like all of the products and my favorites are  most definitely the spritz and wipe and the huggy lotion, I would defnitely buy these in a full size to use again.

If you are looking for natural products for yourself or little ones or are expecting I would highly recommend miamoo and this set is perfect for trying out there products, they have also given me a 10% discount code which you can use on all full priced products by entering Blog13 at the checkout.  You can visit their shop here http://www.miamoo.co.uk/Our-shop-s/1817.htm  I am sure you and your family will love their products as much as I do.



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