Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Review: Dr Brown's Baby Bottle's

Anyone who read's my blog or follows me on twitter will know that Jacob has been one rather unsettled baby as he has been suffering from colic since he was two week's old. Any parent who has had a baby who suffers from colic will know just how hard work it can be as your baby just screams in pain for hours on end every day. It is so horrible to watch your tiny little newborn baby screaming in pain and if you are like me you often end up in tears yourself due to feeling sorry for them and down to sheer exhaustion as you spend hours trying all sorts of different things to settle them. It also ruined those first precious few weeks with him as all he done was cry , I felt like I could not fully enjoy him as he was such an unhappy little man.

I tried everything to get rid of his colic, we went to see the doctor who said it was normal for babies to cry a lot. The health visitor said he may just have a underdeveloped digestive system due to him being born a little early and this may be causing him colic. We tried winding him , walking around the room with him, pushing him in his pram, taking him out the car, using infacol and massaging his tummy ( don't do this unless you have been shown how to properly) the list of thing's we tried was endless.

And then someone mentioned Dr Brown's to us, a bottle that has been specially designed to help with colic. So we went out and brought a one to use on a evening when Jacob was the most unsettled to see if this would help him. And his colic definitely started to improve and we seen a drastic reduction in Jacobs screaming episodes. So imagine my delight when Dr Brown's sent us some more bottles to try out.
Dr Brown's were first designed in 1996 by a doctor to help prevent trapped wind in babies due to there special internal vent system ( blue tube in the bottle) and they have rapidly grown into a well known globally recognised brand that parents have grown to know and love.

Dr Brown's say that

" We offer a complete feeding system for happier babies, one that includes the only fully vented vacuum free feeding bottle. Widely recognised by parents and health professionals as the most effective way of preventing colic symptoms caused by regular bottles and teats. Dr Brown's feeding system offers your baby the opportunity for a more comfortable feed.
Dedicated to promoting good health in mothers and their babies, Dr Brown's goal is to provide the best technology-driven products available. Whether your baby is fed on expressed breast milk or infant formula, you will be amazed by the results."

So what were my first impressions of Dr Brown's ? As I mentioned I had previously went out and brought a single bottle to try out myself on Jacob and was impressed with its effectiveness in helping with his colic symptoms. I was then sent the Dr Brown's natural flow 240 ml twin pack bottles to try out. The first thing I noticed about Dr Brown's is the size of the bottle as it is taller then the bottles we had previously been using and at first I was a little worried it would not fit in are steriliser, but they fitted in no problem at all. Also I would make sure that you read the instructions before using these bottles as I did not and I shook the bottle when I made it up to mix the formula up and due to the vent hot milk came pouring out the bottle all over. But if I had read the instructions then I would have knowing not to do this and to stir the formula instead. Also when it came to assembling the bottle I was a little daunted at first due to all the extra parts but I need not have been as it was so simple and quick to put all the parts together.

What did Jacob think of them? At first he was a little unsure of the teat as it was a different shape to the one's he was use to and he is a really fussy baby and only takes certain dummy's and bottle teats, but after a few attempts he stopped fusing and drank from the teat. Jacob is a really hungry greedy baby and he sucks really hard on the teats and with his normal bottles the teat kept collapsing on him but they have never collapsed once while using Dr Brown's. They are also really easy to hold for us parents. Jacob has also been being sick a lot less while using these bottles as beforehand he was a really sickly baby. He has also been a lot more settled after feeds and is bringing wind up more easily and not screaming in pain for hours anymore.

Did they help with his colic? I have definitely noticed a huge difference in Jacob the last few week's and he rarely screams in pain anymore. He seemed to calm down more or less as soon as we started using Dr Brown's as he was not gulping his feeds down as fast as he was beforehand. We have also noticed that he was not as sick as normal while using these bottles.

Good point's
  • They really do help when a baby is suffering with colic.
  • The teat does not collapse when baby is sucking
  • Milk flow is natural and satisfying for baby
  • Easy to use
  • Fit in steriliser
Bad point's
  • When the bottle come's out the steriliser it is hard to see the numbers to fill the water to as they are pale imprints in the bottle rather then the black print I was use to
  • Are a little bit fiddlier then regular bottles to assemble.
Would I recommend ? Yes I would do as if you have a baby who suffers with colic or trapped wind then these bottles really do work at helping them. I have heard a few other parents from Jacobs baby group mention that they also use these bottles and recommend them. I also know of parents who have brought these bottles to use with there newborn baby from birth. If you have been using a regular baby bottle then you may find these a little fiddly at first but after you have used them once or twice you get use to them and they are very simple and quick to assemble and use. I would also advise people to read the instructions before using so they don't do things wrong and end up covered in hot milk like I did. Overall these bottles really have helped with Jacobs colic and he is a much more settled and happier baby since using them. The bottles are also really well made and we have been using them for a few weeks now and they have sterilised really well and still look brand new . So thank you Dr Brown's for helping my little boy combat nasty colic and let us finally see what a happy little boy we have now he is no longer screaming all the time in pain from trapped wind. I would give Dr Brown's 8/10

You can find out more about Dr Brown's by visiting there website www.drbrowns.co.uk or following them on Twitter or Facebook. You can buy Dr Brown's bottles at most baby retailers such as Boots , Mothercare, Babies r us and John Lewis.

Lindsay x

* Disclosure: I was sent two Dr Brown's bottles for the purpose of this review, however all views are my own.

We're going on an adventure

Monday, 24 November 2014

My Interview With Myleene Klass

As you may know I recently attended the Mothercare Team Valley Gateshead grand re-opening as one of there VIP bloggers along with Hannah from Mums day's , you can read all about the fabulous new look Mothercare store here. The store was re-opened by celebrity and BabyK fashion designer Myleene Klass as she designs her award winning Babyk nursery and fashion range for Mothercare.

Myleene has a reputation for being really lovely and one of the few celebrities who are down to earth and normal , you never hear of her having any diva demands or getting kicked out of nightclubs. In fact she is mostly photographed on the school run or out and about with her two adorable young daughters.

So when I was asked by Mothercare if I would like the opportunity to interview her I was a little hesitant at first as 1. I am fairly new to blogging 2 I have never interview anyone before in my life, never mind a celebrity! 3. I had no idea at all what to ask her 4. I was a little bit nervous at the prospect as I had no idea what to expect and had visions of her agent putting a stop to any questions I may ask.

But I need not have worried at all as I was free to ask her whatever I wanted.The first thing I noticed about her was just how gorgeous she was and the second was just how friendly she was greeting everyone who entered the store especially the children and she was happy to get photographed and mingle with the shoppers. I had asked my Facebook friends and also other bloggers on Twitter and in Facebook groups what I should ask Myleene and here is how I got on ......

Rather cheekily one of the first things I asked Myleene was if she had heard of Mama Academy which is a new UK based charity set up to try and reduce the still birth rate here in the UK , please do go and check out there website and see what good work they do here. And I recently became a one of there blogging ambassador and you can read about why I am here. Anyway I cheekily asked her if she had heard about them and told them a little about the charity and she told me to give the details to her assistant which I gladly did.

When it came to my turn to interview Myleene my baby son Jacob decided that it was time to be fed so with baby in my arms I began my interview , and Myleene greeted me by asking if I would like to find somewhere to sit to feed baby as I was interviewing her in store surrounded by her beautiful range of children clothing. She also asked about Jacob and could not believe my chunky little monkey was only two months old and she happily chatted about her own children Ava and Hero throughout the interview. It really was just like talking to any other mum. So here is what I asked Myleene

Q 1.) My friend Faye wanted to know where you got the pink dress you were photographed in at the Mothercare Solihul store opening recently? 
One word Littlewoods.

Q 2.)How do you manage to juggle being a mum and working while still looking so glam?
(Laughs) Well I have a very good make-up artist. No it is hard I am not going to lie, it is a constant juggling act. It is so unbelievably tiring , take yesterday for example I done the school run then I was on a photo shoot , I had a meeting ,then I had to travel. But as a mumma you just get on with it and do it as you are constantly multi tasking when you have children.

Q 3.) You have been designing clothes for Mothercare since 2008, how did that come about?
When I was pregnant with Ava I wanted to buy her a little black dress but I could not find a one anywhere. The shops were all full of pink and lemon, So I approached Mothercare and pitched to them my idea and I thought they would turn me down as everyone was saying why did I want to dress babies up in black it was morbid like they were going to a funeral. But Mothercare agreed and the clothing range was a success and it just grew from there.

Q 4.) Do your daughters wear and have any say in your clothing range?
Ava and Hero always wear BabyK , even some of the boys stuff. Apart from school uniform they are not photographed in anything else. They will sometime say make a dress with something on , like one year they wanted a dress made of feathers so they could fly. So I made a feathery dress and it was a sell out, it was the best selling item in the collection and we kept running out of stock.

Q 5.) What has been your inspiration for your current range?
Fifty's , I love the fifty's vintage look.

Q 6.) What is your one favourite item from the collection?
I love them all , how can I chose just one. For the boys it would have to be the peacoat ( she points to the coat and I have to confess it is really nice and stylish perfect for a little boy to wear in winter) For a girl I would chose the floral dress as it took age's to source this fabric and I love all the details on it like the bow on the front. It is a very girly dress but it is still edgy with the pink flowers and the black background.

Q 7.) Do you design all the pieces yourself?
Yes , I could tell you what fabric every item is made from and where it was sourced. Obviously I do have help as I would never be able to do it all on my own, I have a design team who I meet with regularly. They will help me with things such as if any clothing items would be banned In certain countries. I even went into my daughters school and I talked about designing , about the fabrics and where they come from.

Q 8.) Have you ever thought of designing a maternity wear range?
It is something I have thought about in the past, but to be honest when I was pregnant I just brought clothes in bigger sizes and I only really wore maternity clothes right at the end of my pregnancies. And maternity clothing can be expensive when you are wearing it for such a short space of time. It is not where I am at the moment and I have no plans to design a maternity range anytime soon.

Q 9.) A few mums have mentioned that they love your girl range but will you be expanding your boy range. 
 I have just found out I have won an award for my boys range which I am incredibly proud of as I put so much effort into my boys range. I make sure the items are stylish and practical and I make sure that they have attention to detail, like the jeans I design they are not just a pair of jeans I make sure they look nice, fit well and I add leather detailing to the pocket. My range may not be for everyone but that will always be the case, it sells well and I am happy with it.
( All you mums out there her boys range is really nice , there was also just as many boy clothes as girls displayed in store. I cant wait until Jacob is old enough to wear it as there really was so many lovely boy pieces)

Q 10.) My friend Karen wanted to know will you be releasing anymore classical music?
Music is always a huge part of mine and my daughters life and it always will be. I am still involved in music but at the moment I have no urge to release a album, it is incredibly hard work with long hours with touring and promoting and I can't do that as a mum and its not where I am at in life right now. But never say never as with classical music it never gets old it will always be there and I can go back to it later in life if I want to ,I don't have to be young dancing on stage like Gaga.

Q 11.)  What was your best and worst baby buys when your daughters were small.
Worst would have been gripe water as I brought it but never used it and never knew what to do with it as I never had colicky babies. But everyone said it was a must buy item when I was pregnant so I got some. Oh and baby monitors as they always lost signal when I was moving around the house.
Best buy would have to a travel highchair, as I travelled a lot when Ava was small and we ate out a lot and I never had to worry or ask if there would be a highchair available as I could just put her in it anywhere we went and she was happy.

Q 12.) Apart from being a mum what do you enjoy most designing, modelling, presenting or music?
All of them as they are all my job and as a mum we juggle so many roles everyday. And not just one job defines who I am they are all so important to me and such a big part of my life. That's not a cop out, I just love them all.

Interviewing Myleene really was just like talking to any other mum she was so friendly and very chatty. She always kept mentioning her daughters and asking about my children and she was brilliant with every child she came into contact with in the store. She really is as nice as everybody says and what I noticed was yes she may be a celebrity but she is just a working mum with two small children she clearly adores and she is just like all of us working mums out there constantly juggling work and her home life, just looking a bit more glamorous then the rest of us.

Special  thanks to my friends Karen, Faye, Victoria, Stacey and Carly and also Emily from www.twinmummyanddaddy.com Jai from www.kiddyreviews.com and also Kate for providing me with some great questions to ask Myleene.

Lindsay x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Jacob's First Two Month's

I started this blog earlier this year for the sole purpose of recording my pregnancy with Jacob so that I would be able to look back on it in years to come. I also thought that it would be a nice way to record Sophia and Chloe's childhood by recording days out we had been on and special moments in there life such as birthdays. I never in a million years thought that anyone would read my blog , I started it and was writing it just for myself.

However my page views have gone crazy lately and I still find it astounding that people are taking the time to read my blog. I am being approached by companies to review products for them, I have been invited to events and even got to interview Myleene Klass ! I am truly amazed by all of this, but obviously since having Jacob I don't have much time to write so any spare moment I get to blog is spent catching up on reviews and sponsored posts. I have hardly wrote about my children which is why I started this blog and I don't want to have a blog full of review after review. I want a place that my children can look back on to see how much I loved them and remember there childhood. Other people might not want to read about them but I do and this is my own little space on the internet. I will still do reviews and the odd sponsored post but I also want to have more personal posts on my blog too.

So here is what Jacob's first two months in the world were like

When Jacob was born we had to spend the first few days in hospital due to him not being able to regulate his temperature as he was suffering from hypothermia and had to be placed in a special heated cot. When he was two days old we were aloud to bring him home .He also had jaundice and looked like he had been tangoed at one point as he was rather orange. The first week was so easy he slept most of the time and only woke for feeds, even during the night he was sleeping 9pm until 7am and just woke for feeds and went straight back to sleep.

Jacob's second week started off with him being really easy and sleepy, we got his birth registered to make him a proper little official person. Are whole household came down with a really awful sickness bug it really was the worst bug I have ever had. At first we thought Jacob had escaped it but a couple of days later he was really unsettled and did not seem right so we ended up having to take him to the walk in centre to get checked out, thankfully he was ok and he seemed better the next day.

When he was fourteen days old we got his newborn photo's taken which I think are amazing and it seems so long ago now since he was that small , you can view his photos here. From two weeks until seven weeks Jacob was really hard work. I can not even remember much of it if I am honest as all he done was scream from the moment he woke up until the moment he went to bed. We could not even take him out as he would just scream in his pram, so I was trapped at home for weeks. Sophia was only fourteen months old when Jacob was born so it was really hard . I use to be in tears most days when the other half got in from work ,just down to sheer exhaustion off it all as Jacob was also waking up every two hours during the night for feeds. We took him to the doctor and we went to see the heath visitor and no one could find anything wrong with him and said it may just be that he has colic as his digestion system is not mature enough as he was born a week early.

When Jacob got to seven weeks he suddenly changed he stopped screaming so much during the day and only cried on a evening which we have put down to colic. He was not a smiley baby like his sisters had been you really had to work to get him to smile. At his six week check which he actually had at seven weeks, we were told everything was fine with him although he does have an umbilical hernia but they will leave it for now as it will hopefully go away on its own , but if he still has it aged four he will need surgery. We were also told we feed him to much as he had put on too much weight as he had been gaining 1oz in weight each week since birth. But if he is crying for a feed I am not going to leave him crying so I ignored them and carried on feeding him on demand. Although I did end up feeling like the worst mum ever when he was seven weeks old as I accidentally picked up Sophia's bottle of cow milks and give it to Jacob. I felt so bad and straight away rang up NHS direct who assured me as it was a one off and he had only drank a small amount he would be ok, but I still ended up worrying I had harmed him but he was absolutely fine.

At eight weeks he had his first immunisation which his daddy took him too and he was fine afterwards. He also started baby massage at eight weeks old which he seemed to really enjoy. By eight weeks he really was like a different baby, he was sleeping during the day and not crying all day. He stopped feeding every two hours, he was smiling a lot especially at bath time as he loves his baths and he started to smile every time we put him in the bath. We could actually start taking him out places in the pram and he just falls asleep as soon as he is out now.

By eight to nine weeks he had outgrown his 0-3 month clothes and was wearing his 3-6 month ones, as he really is such a chunky monkey. He has always been a good sleeper and touch wood we have never had a sleepless night with him yet, he goes to bed at 9pm and sleeps until 6-7am waking anything from one to four times during the night for a feed. I think the earliest he has ever woke up was 5.30 once or twice. Jacob loves his dummy and he has to have it to go to sleep. He loves his milk and is so greedy he has been on 5oz bottles since he was around three weeks old. He also loves his bouncy chair and he always falls asleep in it, he hates tummy time. And he is such a cuddly baby he wants held and cuddled all of the time and he loves attention he loves to be talked to and sang to.

He really is so very different to both of his sisters in so many ways. But he has fitted into are family perfectly well and it is like he has always been here. Both of the girls have accepted him more or less straight away. Chloe loves to cuddle him and Sophia was a bit unsure of him at first and kept away from him but now she is slowly starting to go up and cuddle him and if he is crying she will sometime try and give him his dummy or pick a bottle up and feed him, although most of the time she ignores him and pinches his bottles and dummy's. Are family really is complete now and I love being a mummy to a little boy he really is such a mummy's boy and it is nice to go out and buy little boy clothes for a change after years of pink dresses , although dealing with a little boy at nappy time was hard to get use to as every single time I changed him he peed everywhere! But I wouldn't change him for the world as he is my little dude and I love him lots just as much as I love his two sisters.

Lindsay x

Friday, 21 November 2014

Review: Funky Giraffe Personalised Bibs

People often ask me what baby items I could not live without and top of my list is bibs. Jacob is such a sickly and dribbly baby that he has to wear a bib all the time and I have found that the ones that I brought from the shops before he was born are just not up to the job , as his dribble and sick quickly seeps through them onto his clothes making them wet and I have to change his clothing several times a day as his little chest gets damp.

So when Funky Giraffe asked if I would like to review there bibs I thought this was the perfect opportunity to try a new company out and also to see if I could find a bib that actually worked.

Funky Giraffe is an online baby shop that predominantly sells baby bibs but also sells some other products such as hats, scratch mittens and socks. And they stock an absolutely huge selection of trendy bandana style bibs there really is so many to choose from and a design to suit every mum and baby out there.

We were asked if we would like to review there new personalised range , and you all know that I am a sucker for anything personalised for my children. As I have two little ones 17 month old Sophia and 3 month old Jacob I was able to select them a bib each. As the bibs are personalised you get to design the bib yourself which is really easy to do, you just visit the Funky Giraffe website click on personalised then you pick which colour you would like I opted for pink for Sophia and green for Jacob. Then you get a choice of different personalisation options you can add a image from the ones available or design your own idea completely. You then add text such as the child's name in a colour, font and size that you want. Then once you are done you preview the bib and if you are happy you place your order its as simple as that.

When the bibs arrived I was really impressed they felt so soft and you could tell they are made to a high quality, they have a fleecy backing to help keep baby nice and dry - perfect for a dribbly baby like Jacob. There is two poppers on the back of the bib to fasten it so that you can adjust the size of the bib. Sophia's bib has a big S on and her name and Jacobs has his name and date of birth on which will make a lovely keep sake to keep in his baby keepsake box. And the bibs looked exactly like the ones that I had designed.

We have been using the bibs for a few weeks now and they have been washed a few times and they still look like new they have not faded or gone funny in the wash like some bibs do. And they really have helped stop Jacob getting so damp when he dribbles. I really love these bibs as they look really nice with babies little outfits. We have even been asked by people where we got them from as they are so much nicer then bibs available to buy in the shops.

I would highly recommend Funky Giraffe to anyone and I will certainly be buying more as you can buy five selected bibs for only £11.25 - a real bargain. Personalised bibs start at £5 and would make a lovely keepsake or would be great for a special occasion such as a birthday. They are delivered by first class Royal mail and mine just fitted through the letterbox so I didn't have to wait in for the delivery. Postage is free on all orders over £7 within the UK.

They also have a lovely range of Christmas bibs which I am planning on buying each of my children for Christmas and I will also be taking advantage of there five bibs for £11.25 offer for Jacob as they look great, keep him dry and with a baby you really can never have to many bibs. The only hard part will be choosing some as they are all so lovely I want them all. Why not go and have a look for yourself at www.funkygiraffebibs.com

Lindsay x

* Disclosure : I was sent two free bibs from Funky Giraffe for the purpose of this review, however all views are my own.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

A Monthly Treat With Teen Parcel

If you are a man then this post is probably not for you as it is all about that time of the month but if you are a parent to a tween or teenage daughter then please do read on as I have just discovered the perfect product for them , the Teen Parcel.

So what is a Teen Parcel you are probably wondering, well it is a monthly subscription box ( you all know I really love subscription boxes) aimed at teenage girls and is packed with everything they will need for that time of the month. Yep its a period box, it comes packed with pads or tampons whichever you select when you sign up and also in the box is a special little box of treats to try and cheer the teen in your life up a little bit.

I remember when I was younger and I started my periods I was eleven years old and I was actually on a aeroplane thirty thousand feet up in the air on my way to a fortnight in the sun with my family- perfect timing mother nature! I was scared and rather embarrassed and it kind of ruined the start of my holiday. Luckily my mum was really understanding and helpful , but looking back it was still a rather tough time dealing with my changing body and periods is one of them things young girls normally get a bit embarrassed about.

Now my oldest daughter Chloe is twelve and in secondary school she has had all the talks about periods and puberty and I have brought her books so she can learn about things herself. And in the last few months she has changed from my lovely sweet (well sometimes sweet) daughter into a huffy stroppy teenager in the making. Yep puberty has hit , her body is changing along with her attitude and she is one big walking huffy hormone. So when I heard about Teen Parcel I thought this would be perfect for her.
The box arrived and it was discretely packaged in a white wrapper and when you unwrapped it there was a lovely pink box. Inside the box there was two boxes of Tampax tampons and also a discreet black drawstring bag to store them in. Perfect for hiding in a school bag. And then a treat box, and to be honest this was all Chloe was interested in. Inside the treat box there was a bag of Harribo sweets, a chocolate flavoured tea bag, a bracelet , Binky nail varnish and some clean & clear skincare items. Perfect products to cheer a teen up .
So what did Chloe think of the box? She was not very impressed with the tampons and said urgh when she seen them, but I think that's more to do with her age and she might appreciate them in a few years. But like I said if you take a subscription out you specify if you would prefer tampons or pads. The treat box she loved, the Harribo were eating instantly, the tea was drank and she said it tasted of caramel and she wants me to buy more. The bracelet has been added to her vast jewellery collection, The skincare products have been tested out and she has declared she loves them but the thing she loved the most is the Binky ( from made in Chelsea) nail varnish as Chloe is a huge nail varnish fan , there was also a voucher in the parcel for 10% off the Binky London website.

What did I think? I think that these parcels are really good as I remember starting my periods and how rubbish it was and I think receiving a parcel like this through the post would have really cheered me up and would be something a teenage girl would really look forward to each month as it is a little treat for them.

You can check out Teen Parcel yourself on there website here if you want to find out more and you can order your first box for only £5.95 including delivery and then they cost £9.99 per month after that including delivery. They are packed with your chosen brand of either tampons or pads and each month you will get a different selection of treats that will include a sweet treat, a drink and some beauty goodies. And when you sign up you tell them when your daughters period is due and the box will arrive a few days beforehand each month so that she is prepared for when mother nature pays her monthly visit.

I think that soon I will be taking out a subscription to Teen Parcel for Chloe as they are brilliant idea, great value and it will be a nice little treat for her once a month to make her smile. Thank you Teen Parcel my daughter loved the parcel she was sent.

Lindsay x

* Disclosure : This is a sponsored post, however all thoughts and opinions are mine and my daughters own.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

My Baby Is Twelve - A Letter To Chloe

My oldest child Chloe turned twelve a few week's ago, I know I am such a bad blogger not getting around to writing this until now but lately life has just been so busy being a mum of three. Anyway as it was her birthday I thought that I would write her a little post as I do not write about her much on my blog as she is in secondary school and I don't want to write much about her in case she gets embarrassed or her friends find my blog and read it. So here is a little letter to her now that she is twelve.

Dear Chloe
I can not believe that you are now twelve year's old, almost a teenager! I still remember the day that you were born like it was yesterday and it does not seem that long ago since you were my little baby girl. Even though you are growing up and you are almost as tall as me now you will always be my baby girl and even though you now have a brother and a sister I still love you as much as I always did , in fact I love you more and more every day.
So much has happened in your twelve years of life , you turned one and had a tea party and a Winnie the pooh cake. Aged two you were potty trained by your second birthday and you had another tea party for your birthday and got a bike, sadly when you were two you lost your nana ( my mum) who loved you so much more then you could ever know as you were her world. Aged three you started nursery and you loved it so much. Aged four you had a big party at soft play with all your friends and we went to Disneyland Paris which you loved. Aged five you started big school and made lots of friends and were Lazy town mad, we went to see them and you went dressed as Stephanie with a bright pink wig on. Aged six you were Disney princess and Barbie mad and that's all you wanted for christmas. Aged seven we had lots of lovely days out and we started going to music concerts together as mammy use to treat you when I got paid from work. Aged eight we went to Scarbrough and you met Lee for the first time and he soon became like a dad to you. Aged nine we went on holiday and you found out you were going to be a big sister and were so excited. Aged ten you became a big sister to Sophia and loved her as soon as you seen her and you also went back to Disneyland Paris with the school. Aged eleven you went to Spain and you left primary school and started secondary school and you also became a big sister again to your little brother Jacob.
I remember so much of your childhood and we have so many lovely photos to look back on in years to come , in a way I wish I had of started blogging sooner so that I could have recorded your childhood for you to look back on and so you could see how much I loved you and remember all the good times we have had over the years.
And now you are twelve and we had a lovely time celebrating your birthday, it was the first year you have never asked for toys instead you wanted perfume, hair straighteners, and jewellery. There was no soft play party to organise either as you are a big girl now so we went to Frankie and Benny's ( your favourite) on your birthday for tea and you also had a giant cupcake cake. Then the next day you went for a Indian meal with your granddad , then on the Saturday you went to get your nails painted and then to Frankie and Benny's ( again) with your friends.
You have changed so much this year, you have got so much taller and you no longer play with toys anymore you prefer to paint your nails and watch videos of Zoella on You Tube. You go to and from school on your own and sometimes you go out places with your friends. I know you get sick of me nagging you to be safe when you are out but it is only because I love and care about you so much. I worry more about you now that you are older then I did when you were small.Yes I nag you to do your homework, tidy your bedroom and tell you off for being cheeky. But that's what us mums are here for to try and guide you through life and I only do it because I care and want what is best for you.
I hope that you have a fantastic year and enjoy every moment of being twelve years old, I am so proud to call you my daughter and I love you lots and I don't want you to ever forget that.
Love You Lot's
Mum xxx

Binky Linky

Review: Degustabox

As I keep mentioning all the time since I started blogging and joined twitter at the start of the year I have discovered so many amazing new company's . Well I recently discovered another company Degustabox a monthly food subscription box service, I love food and I love subscription boxes so I was rather excited when I heard about this and I was even more excited when I was offered a one to review as I had been planning on buying a one as they looked rather good.

Degustabox is as I mentioned a monthly food and drink subscription box service which means that you pay just £12.99 per month including delivery and a box of surprise food and drink items will be delivered to your door- amazing! What I love about subscription boxes is the surprise element to them as when you receive and open your box you have no idea at all what is inside and it is a great way to try out and discover new products that you may never have tried or heard of before.

We received are very first Degustabox last week and here is what was inside.
  • One Kent's Kitchen jalfrezi meal kit RRP £2.50. I have never tried these before but they look really good as you just add meat and vegetables and it makes an authentic curry. My other half and oldest daughter Chloe both love curry so this is sure to be a hit.
  • Two bottles of Blue Dragon sweet chilli sauce RRP £1.39 each. The other half loves sweet chilli and we actually buy this sauce a lot and use it for dipping or to add to stirfry so he was pleased with this.
  • One packet of Special K barbecue flavour crisps RRP £1.29 . As I am trying to lose some baby weight these were perfect as i love crisps and these are healthier then normal crisps although my one year old ate a lot of these as she loved them, again this is a product that we actually do buy .
    One Enhancer drink RRP £2.49. You add this to water to give it a fruity taste, as soon as my oldest daughter seen this she took it and put it in her school bag so she can add it to her bottles of water at school at lunch time, so this was a big hit with her and i will be buying this again.
  • One Get Buzzing flapjack bar RRP £1.30 . The other half loves flapjacks and is always buying them so he had this and said it was really nice.
  • One Solo Marshmallow Crème RRP £1.99  This is an American product we have never tried before but we love American foods and drinks in are house and Chloe already has eye on this. 
  • One packet of Bear Paws fruit snacks RRP £0.55 The girls loved these and i liked the fact they are a more healthy snack for children as they are made of pure fruit, i will be buying these again.
  • One packet of Jelly Belly jelly beans RRP £2.50 We have had these before and we all loved these and i am sure we will be buying these again.
  • One loaf of Brioche Pasquier sliced Brioche bread RRP £1.69 I have never tried this before and it is not something i would have brought but we all really enjoyed it especially the children so i will be buying this again when I go shopping. 
  • One packet of Brioche Pasquier pain au lait RRP £1.60 Everyone loves pain au lait and these were demolished straight away as they were so soft and yummy.
  • One bar of  Dr Oetker dark chocolate RRP £2.49 I keep meaning to do more baking so this will come in perfect for making a chocolate cake with.
  • Three sachets of Dr Oetker coco powder RRP £1.89 again i will use this when baking soon.

We also received a voucher to get four pack of Benecol greek style yogurts and we received a sample box of Bear Alphabites cereal.

Good Point's
  • I loved the surprise element of not knowing what was in the box
  • There was a great selection of products and a good mix of savoury and sweet items
  • Everything was from well knowing brands
  • The box was not full of samples it was full of proper sized products
  • We will use everything in the box
  • Everything had a long sell by date on them
  •  Free delivery
  • Amazing value
Bad Point's
None at all ,are products arrived quickly and in perfect condition, everything had a long shelf life so everything was fresh and we will use everything in the box and it is such amazing value i really can not fault this box in anyway.

My Verdict
This was my first Degustabox and i really am very impressed there was so many items in the box and it is amazing value as the contents are worth more then double what you pay for the box. Everything in the box is products that we have or will use and they are well knowing brands some of which i buy anyway, and it was really nice being able to try some things that i would not normally buy and that we will now definitely be buying in the future. I will definitely be buying more Degustabox myself and i really do highly recommend them. I will be doing some cooking with the things i received in my box so keep an eye out for a recipe or two soon. I gave Degustabox a 10/10

You can buy your own Degustabox from there website http://www.degustabox.com where you will be sent between 9 to 14 surprise food and drink products each month for just £12.99 including delivery. And you can cancel your subscription at any time as long as you cancel before the 10th of the month. If you place an order before the 20th of the month you will receive your box at the end of that month and if you place your order after the 21st of the month you will receive your box by the 8th of the following month. You can also follow Degustabox on Facebook and Twitter and see for yourself just how many people love these boxes as i am not the only one who is seriously impressed with them. So if you fancy buying a one to try out yourself I have a discount code that gives you £3 off your first order which is L10JM meaning you will pay just £9.99 for a box full of treats just in time for Christmas or to give to someone as a Christmas gift.

Lindsay x

Disclosure: I was sent this Degustabox free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all views are my own.