Thursday, 27 February 2014

Wrappz phone skin review and Free Reader Offer












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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.  





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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.










huggy lotion
huggy lotion

















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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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Win a 7 Night @RetallackResort Staycation in Cornwall, UK

 



Retallack Resort and Spa are offering you the chance to win a Staycation of your own, be it to relive your childhood holidays, spend some quality time with family and friends or treat you and your loved ones. By simply liking, following or tweeting about us in the widget below you could win a 7 night stay in one of our 2 bed, baby friendly holiday lodges.
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, 14 February 2014

Pic 'N' Mix Story Cards Review

  I was recently given the opportunity to review some story cards from pic 'n' mix pictures.  who are pic 'n' mix pictures I hear you say well I will fill you in, they are a young couple who have a background in nursery nursing and graphic design, when they had their first child they tried to make some personalized books and games for him to explore and learn threw play, they wanted to expand these to other families like theirs and now have their website picnmixpictures.co.uk where you can view and purchase their products.

We were sent a pack of the standard story cards which contained 26 cards plus instruction card.  (You can also have them personalized)
Standard story cards,A great tool in beginning to establish story telling and imaginative skills.Using these cards with simple and clear designs, children use their language and imaginations to bring the stories to life.


They arrived on a Saturday so perfect timing and the girls ( 3 and 4) wanted to play with them right away and they had great fun making up stories to which we had to applaud every one after they had said they end, they were both trying to make each other laugh when they got the ghost card and wooooooing at each other they even got there big sister whos 15 to join in and play.  It was nice to see them having so much fun together with not a t.v or computer in site.  They still enjoy playing with them now and I am sure the fun is going to continue for a long time with these.





Now for my verdict on first impression I thought the cards were bright, well designed and with a nice variety of pictures only downside I thought was that there wasn't any pictures of people.  The cards are a great size for little hands to hold, not too big or too small.  Very simple to play and easy for little ones to understand, even if they don't have any siblings to play with parents can play and they will have just as much fun.  Great to get their minds and imaginations working in an age where everything is focused on technology I feel there isn't enough of these kinds of things around anymore for children to play with.  I think they are reasonably priced and definitely good value for money, a good buy for your own child or as a present for your grand child, niece, nephew or any other young child you are looking to buy a present for.  They have been a big hit here with us and I will be recommending them to my friends and family.

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Hot Stuff


 








Hi Firstly I am really sorry I am late with this weeks hot stuff had started to plan it but not been feeling too great, but I am here now and firstly this week as its almost Valentines I bring you a lovely freebie all you need is a printer and you have yourself some love coupons.  

 




A great idea if your short of cash this valentines, I found these via the money saving expert website forums.moneysavingexpert.com




 
I also recently discovered you can buy pre packed bags to take into hospital with you 'Labour Bags' what a great idea i never knew such a thing existed but it turns out there is quite a few websites out there that sell them.  if you type in to google 'pre packed Labour bag' they will come up, they range quite a lot in price.  The first one I discovered was £85 almost £100 including postage, the bag was a nice holdall and it contains 35 items of which included 9 nappies, a travel size packet of baby wipes and various other items.  I was told by the lady who sold them that it worked out 'cheaper' than buying the items yourself ( I did research this) to which I didn't agree and she seemed to not want to speak to me after that.  I said to her that it was a great idea and very convenient but not cheaper than doing it yourself.  anyway as I say you can get some really nice ones and I found prices from £40 upwards.  Great for the convenience and time saving.



 
On to another website I have literally just discovered and am loving it, it feautures freebies, competitions and money off vouchers, go check it out www.cloudfreebies.co.uk.



Im still hating this weather I mean really havent we had enough already, more flooding, more people being evacuated and waters still rising. As I sit here the wind and rain is battering at my window still.



Sunday, 9 February 2014

MY FIRST GIVEAWAY>>>>

Hi so my Blog is a month old so I have decided to run my very first giveaway, only a small one but have to start somewhere and I will be buying the prize myself, hopefully as my Blog grows i will be able to bring you bigger prizes. Please enter below via the Rafflecopter  Good luck :-)


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Thursday, 6 February 2014

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

I have decided to write this blog post to inform people of what FGM is and raise awareness. I myself had never heard of FGM until I saw it featured on the BBC program Casualty last year and then also watched a documentary about it.

Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision or female genital cutting, is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as "all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons"

The majority of cases of FGM are carried out in 28 African countries. It is more accurate however, to view FGM as being practised by specific ethnic groups, rather than by a whole country, as communities practising FGM straddle national boundaries. FGM takes place in parts of the Middle East, i.e. in Yemen, Oman, Iraqi Kurdistan, amongst some Bedouin women in Israel, and was also practised by the Ethiopian Jews, and it is unclear whether they continue with the practice now that they are settled in Israel. FGM is also practised among Bohra Muslim populations in parts of India and Pakistan, and amongst Muslim populations in Malaysia and Indonesia.
As a result of immigration and refugee movements, FGM is now being practiced by ethnic minority populations in other parts of the world, such as USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. FORWARD estimates that as many as 6,500 girls are at risk of FGM within the UK every year.


Instant health implications can include severe pain and shock, urine retention, injury to adjacent tissues ,immediate infection, fatal haemorrhaging. Long term effects can include uterus, vaginal and pelvic infections, cysts, neuromas complications in pregnancy and child birth,  psychological damage, sexual dysfunction and difficulties in menstruation, In addition to these health consequences there are considerable psycho-sexual, psychological and social consequences of FGM.

FGM IN THE UK

It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK each year, and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of FGM. However, the true extent is unknown due to the 'hidden' nature of the crime.
The girls may be taken to their countries of origin so that FGM can be carried out during the summer holidays, allowing them time to 'heal' before they return to school. There are also worries that some girls may have FGM performed in the UK.
FGM is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and age 15, most commonly before puberty starts.
The procedure is traditionally carried out by a woman with no medical training. Anaesthetics and antiseptic treatments are not generally used and the practice is usually carried out using knives, scissors, scalpels, pieces of glass or razor blades. Girls may have to be forcibly restrained.
There are four main types of FGM which are clitoridectomy removing part or all of the clitoris, excision removing part or all of the clitoris and the inner labia (lips that surround the vagina), with or without removal of the labia majora (larger outer lips),  infibulation narrowing of the vaginal opening by creating a seal, formed by cutting and repositioning the labia. Other harmful procedures to the female genitals, which include pricking, piercing, cutting, scraping and burning the area. 

FGM is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to arrange for a child to be taken abroad for FGM. If caught, offenders face a large fine and a prison sentence of up to 14 years.

The Guardian newspaper has launched a campaign to end FGM you can read about it here http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/feb/06/police-target-cutters-female-genital-mutilation-fgm where there is also a link to sign a petition which you can also access here http://www.change.org/petitions/educationgovuk-tell-schools-to-teach-risks-of-female-genital-mutilation-before-the-summer-endfgm myself and over 66,000 others have signed it and I urge you to sign it too.

The following websites were used as sources of information for this post.
 http://www.forwarduk.org.uk/key-issues/fgm
 http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/female-genital-mutilation/Pages/Introduction.aspx




32 Weeks pregnant

Feeling as big as a beached whale....
32 weeks today

The weeks are starting to go by quickly which is good, Im looking forward to bump arriving and also being able to actually get out of the house again which at the moment isnt very often and I only have to go out if necessary.  yesterday I had to and decided I would get on the bus as it would take me some of the way but I wondered why i bothered because believe it or not I had to stand up, not one person one single person offered me their seat I was fuming and even got off the bus a stop early for fear of having a swearing fit at the other passengers.  I don't buy any of that crap people come out with about not knowing if someone is pregnant or not and not wanting to offend them, I am quite plainly obviously pregnant and almost ready to pop, I could of and probably should of said something but I didn't I was too tired and didn't want to start a big row.  Arrrrrrgh rant over.

So I'm feeling tired and quite fed up now and as d date gets nearer I find my mind wondering about how the birth is going to be, I try not to wonder too much though as already doing it 3 times I know it will be painful, very painful.

I saw the consultant on Tuesday ( had been under consultant due to migraine medication, previous miscarriages and having had loop diathermy on my cervix last year) he said everything seems fine, bump seems happy and my cervix measured long at my 20 weeks scan so no need to see him anymore, which was obviously good news.  He measured bump and to my surprise is only 30cm only 1cm more than it was at my midwife appointment at 28 weeks, I was expecting it to be much bigger and am convinced he has done it wrong ha ha I have the midwife again at 34 weeks so will see then.

Im still none the wiser about my weight gain I had planned to weigh myself at the hospital on Tuesday but there wasn't any scales in the room we were in, maybe its a sign that i shouldn't know may be too scary.

so what should be happening this week according to the medical world? here is a 32 week update courtesy of Babycentre and can be found here http://www.babycentre.co.uk/s1001629/32-weeks-pregnant


How your baby's growing

If your baby's a boy, his testicles have probably moved into his scrotum. Sometimes, one or both testicles don't get into position until after birth. This is nothing to worry about. Undescended testicles often correct themselves before the first birthday.

Your baby gains a third to half of her birth weight during the next seven weeks, fattening up for life outside your uterus (womb). Thanks to this fatty layer, your baby's skin is plumping up nicely.


Pregnancy symptoms at 32 weeks

As your baby is plumping up inside you, make sure you're eating well over the next few weeks. Your tummy may feel a bit flattened out as your baby takes up so much space inside you, but about half of any weight you gain now goes straight to her.

Getting enough sleep in the third trimester can be hard enough, without worrying about whether you're disturbing your partner too. Talk about what works best for you both, from separate duvets to separate beds – for now!

On the other hand, if you're feeling closer than ever, you may be worrying if sex in the final months will harm your baby. Well, there's no need to worry. For most women, sex during pregnancy is fine right up until their waters break.

How your life's changing

Many pregnant women worry about whether they will be able to give birth vaginally. This is a perfectly natural concern, particularly if you are expecting your first baby.

Take heart, there are some excellent positions for labour you can try. These positions will help your cervix to open up (dilate) during contractions and encourage your baby to move down when the time comes.

Try out different positions, matching them with breathing, massage and natural pain relief methods. Getting in some practice now will increase your chances of a vaginal birth.


Pregnancy tip: calming early contractions

"I had Braxton Hicks contractions in spades starting at about 26 weeks. My doctor advised me to go to the loo when they started and drink plenty of water. This really helped me."
Sara