Thursday, 30 October 2014

Jacob's Newborn Photoshoot

When I was pregnant with Jacob I came across an advert on facebook from a local photographer who was advertising for newborn babies who were going to be born at the end of august to take part in a free photo shoot to build up there portfolio. As you may know Jacob was due in late august so I contacted the photographer and was lucky enough to be offered a free photo shoot once he was born.

The photographer was Tina a fantastic local photographer who was branching out into newborn baby photography. As i knew i was getting induced before my due date Tina provisionally booked a date for 10 days after baby would be born. However due to a dreaded sickness bug hitting are whole household we had to cancel the shoot which i was rather disappointed at . But luckily we were able to reschedule for a few days later when Jacob would be exactly two week's old.

Tina is a mobile photographer so she comes to your home so you and baby are more comfortable and she brings all her props with her which is a brilliant idea as the last thing new mums want is to be going out with a new baby somewhere unfamiliar.

As soon as we met Tina she immediately put us all at ease as she was so friendly. chatty and  lovely. It is best for newborn babies to be asleep for there photos taken, but typically Jacob was being rather unsettled and would not go to sleep when it came to getting his photos done. But Tina was so patient while we tried to settle him and once he was settled she was so gentle at handling him - you can tell she is a mum to two young children herself.

The photo shoot lasted around two hours and Jacob was put in lots of super cute little outfits. And as you can see from the photos it does not look like we are in a house at all it looks like the photos have been taken in a photography studio. And the photos are amazing , i am so happy with them and everyone has commented on just how nice they are.

If you are looking for a newborn photographer and you live near the Whitley bay area then i can highly recommend Tina. She is super lovely, the photos are amazing as are the props she uses and she visits you at home. If you check out her facebook page here you can see all of the amazing photos she has taken. Also what i like is that you pay for your photo shoot and then you are e-mailed the photographs from the shoot later on and you can then select which photographs you want, what size and how many. So you are not stuck paying a fortune for a package that you do not really want. We brought some small photos to add to a photo album and also a gorgeous canvas to put on the wall and the quality of the photos and canvas are amazing. Tina often has special offer deals advertised on her facebook page or you could even book a photo shoot for someone you know who is having a baby as a gift which i think is a wonderful idea.

 * Please note i have left the watermarks on the photos so that they can not be taken and used by someone else . I did get a free photo shoot for Jacob to help build up a portfolio but i paid for the photographs from the shoot myself and i was not asked to write this review, i just loved the photos so much i thought i would share them in case anyone in the North east was looking for a newborn photographer. 

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Sassy Bloom Subscription Box

I always mention that since i started blogging earlier this year that i have discovered so many new baby/ children brands via twitter or reading other people's blog's and quiet possibly ok defiantly the best company that i have discovered is Sassy Bloom.

For those of you who do not know Sassy Bloom is a monthly subscription box service especially for babies. They are suitable for mums to be in the final trimester of pregnancy up until children are two years old. You just visit there website and choose your subscription option you can buy a monthly box which costs £29.00 a month and you can cancel at any time or you can buy 3, 6 or 12 month subscriptions and the boxes can work out as low as £22.15 a box if you do this option. Once you have chosen your subscription option you then fill in a form with your child's details things such as there name , date of birth and gender. Then the lovely people at Sassy Bloom handpick items that are suitable for your child based on the details that you provided and they wrap them in a beautiful box and deliver them to your door once a month. 

When the box arrives it is addressed to your child which i think is a nice touch, and the contents of each box will be worth at least £40. I really love the idea of these boxes as they are a nice surprise each month and it is like Christmas opening the box up to see what surprises are inside.

I have brought these boxes before for Sophia which you can read about one of them here and she received some really lovely items in her boxes. I am not the only one who loves Sassy Bloom as they are a multi award winning company and even celebrities such as Peter Andre, Kimberly Walsh and Kerry Katona to name just a few recommend them as they are that amazing!

I was recently very lucky to be asked if i would like to a receive a Sassy Bloom box for Jacob and of course i had to say yes!  It may not be the most expensive item i have been asked to review but it is defiantly the one that i have been most excited about and i could not wait for it to arrive so i could see what gifts Jacob would be receiving.

When the box arrived it was as always with Sassy Bloom boxes beautifully wrapped but Sophia the little monkey stole the ribbon off it as she said it was "oooooo pretty". I even filmed a short video of me opening the box which i will apologise now for as it is rather rubbish as i filmed it on my iphone and i have never made a video before in my life so i had no idea at all what i was doing, but i was far to impatient to wait for the other half to get home from work and video me properly- sorry Sassy Bloom. When i opened the box it seemed quiet full which is always a good sign and there was six items in total in the box these were

  •  Two Sewlomax bibs-  Price £8.00. They are really nice and perfect for a little boy and something a 9 week old baby will defiantly need as we go through so many bibs as Jacob is a sickly baby and you can never have to many bibs.These are really useful and we will use them and they are a nice brand too.
  • Mam oral care rabbit- Price £4.99. Again this is something that we will use with Jacob and is something i had been looking at buying for him myself.
  • Kaloo bunny - Price £21.99. I love the box this came in and the bunny is lovely and soft and cuddly and perfect for a young baby and Jacob loves this and it is my favourite item out of the box.
  • Yoomi bottle- Price £7.50. Jacob is a bottle fed baby so this is perfect as it meant to help with colic and Jacob has been suffering from this, so again it something we will use. I have heard that these are really good bottles as well so i will look forward to trying these with him. 
  • Baby Gund elephant- Price £4.99. I really like this and i have actually been looking for a little toy to hang on his pram so this is perfect. 
  • Cuddledry bath mitt - Price £4.99 . I have heard that cuddledry are a great brand and the flannel is really soft and perfect for bath time. 

The contents of the box is worth £52.46 which is above the £40 that they say your box will be worth and is great value for the £29 you would pay for the box as i have saved £22.72 compared to if i had brought all these products separately myself. Every single item we received is perfect and suitable for Jacob and most importantly we will use every single item in the box. All the items are from well know brands and there is no samples which is great , it is just full of quality useful lovely baby products.

Good point's
  •  Beautifully wrapped box
  • Free delivery
  • Nice surprise for you and your child each month
  • Handpicked quality items
  • Contents are worth at least £10 more then you pay for the box
  • Would make a lovely gift for someone
  • Can cancel your subscription at any time
Bad point's

I genuinely can not think of any at all as all the boxes i have received have been lovely and i have paid for Sophia's boxes myself in the past and i thought they were great and were worth the money i paid for them.

My verdict

Would i recommend Sassy Bloom to a friend? Yes i would i tell everyone i know how great these boxes are. And i will be buying my children more of these myself in the future without a doubt as Sophia's dad is a big fan of them too.

I would rate Sassy Bloom a 10/10

You can buy your own Sassy Bloom subscription box from and if it is your first order i have a £10 off your first order code so you would pay just £19 for a box the code is BLG-NEWCAST  and if you order a one i am sure you will love them just as much as i do.

* Disclosure - Sassy Bloom kindly sent me this box free of charge for the purpose of this review , however all views are my own. 

Friday, 24 October 2014

10 Sign's You Are A Parent To A Newborn

As Jacob is now two month's old and no longer classed as a newborn baby i thought i would look back on what life was like with a newborn baby. If you are a parent yourself you may recognise some of these thing's. So here is my ten sign's that you are a parent to a newborn baby.

1.) Any time past 5am is now classed as a lie in. Gone are the days of a lie in and lazy morning's. 

2.) Coffee is your new best friend, although you rarely get a chance to drink a hot one and normally end up drinking it cold even though it tastes awful because you need the caffeine hit to stay awake. 

3.) You forget what a hot meal taste's like. You can guarantee when you get a takeaway cook a meal as soon as you sit down to eat baby will start to cry and you and your partner will end up taking it in turns to eat while the other tends to baby. You normally end up eating your meal cold or/and with a folk in one hand and baby in the other. 

4.) You end up going out with clothes covered in baby sick. You finally get ready to go out and baby is sick on you and as you are running late you end up going out with baby sick on your clothes and the worst thing is you don't even care as you just want to get out the house. You also realise pretty quickly that baby sick rubs into clothes pretty well- i know i am disgusting. 

5.) More then two shower's a week is a luxury. I know this sounds terrible but i never got a chance to shower unless the other half is in from work as i do not want to leave Jacob on his own especially as i also have a one year old as she will probably try and feed him wotsits and sit on him. Long gone are the days where i use to spend an hour each night relaxing in a bubble bath. 

6.) You spend all your money on cute baby clothes . Baby clothes are so cute and tiny you just have to buy lots of them and your baby ends up better dressed then you as non of your pre baby clothes fit and you don't want to go out and buy new ones in a bigger size as you keep telling yourself you will soon fit into you normal ones while sitting on the sofa eating a cake. No? just me then

7.) You have not watched a full tv show since having your baby or read a magazine and you have no idea what is going on in the world of soaps and reality tv and you don't even care anymore. 

8.) You have not spent any quality time with your partner and when they come in from work you end up passing baby to them.  And when you do get a rare five minutes alone with them you normally end up talking about the baby or who's turn it is to do the washing up or in my case arguing who has had the hardest day him at work with his coffee and lunch breaks or me at home with the children all day changing nappies and dealing with a screaming baby, I so have a harder day then him -fact.

9.) If you look on your phone's camera you will have at least one photo everyday of your baby sleeping since they were born. Or the same photo ten times in a row as you wanted a one that didn't show baby looking like a little sumo wrestler with a double chin. 

10.) All your tweets/status updates/ instagram photos/ blog posts are updates or photos of your baby and nothing else - i am very guilty of this one lately.  

Those are the ten thing's that happen to me when i have a newborn, i would love to know what signs you remember from life with a newborn baby. 

Lindsay x

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Heroes Of Olympus The Lost Hero - Book Giveaway * CLOSED*

Saying as it is my daughter's 12th birthday today i thought that i would run a little giveaway on the blog  as i was recently sent some book's to review and giveaway from Puffin books. I have four copy's of Heroes Of Olympus The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan which is part of the Percy Jackson book series to give away which is perfect for older children, teenagers or adults to read.

We have not had a chance to review the book yet so i am unable to tell you what it is about but the synopsis reads

Three new heroes. One missing demigod.A curse that threatens to destroy them all .......
'What do you want from me? ' she screamed . 'What have you done with him? ' 
'Annabeth' said the bald dude Butch, ' we gotta leave. Let's get these three to camp and figure it out there. Those storm spirits might come back.' 
She turned for a moment. 'Fine'. She fixed Jason with a resentful look. 'We'll settle this later.' 
She turned on her heel and marched towards the chariot. 
Piper shook her head. 'What's her problem? What's going on? ' 
'Seriously' Leo agreed . 
'We have to get you out of here' butch said . 'I'll explain on the way'
'I'm not going anywhere with her' Jason gestured towards the blonde. 'She looks like she wants to kill me..... ' 

It sound's like an exciting book and if you have seen the Percy Jackson film's then i am sure you will agree they are great. So why not enter my giveaway by entering the rafflecopter below and you could be one of four winners who will each win a copy of the book perfect for giving to someone for Christmas or for you to keep and read for yourself.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Review: Theraline Wynnie Nursing Pillow

As you all know i recently had my third baby , little Jacob and as you can imagine my house is full to the brim with baby paraphernalia. But one baby item that i had never tried out before was a nursing pillow. As any parent to a baby will tell you even though babies are tiny they do start to feel rather heavy and your arms begin to ache when you are feeding them. In the past i tried using cushions off the sofa to try and prop my babies up when feeding them, but i found this to be not very comfortable or practical.

When Jacob was born i was very kindly offered the chance to try out a Theraline Wynnie nursing pillow . Theraline are a company who specialise in maternity and nursing pillow's, but they also sell other products such as baby pillow's - to help prevent flat head syndrome, neck pillows- for children to use on car journeys and maternity products such as cesarean belts and breast pads.

Theraline Wynnie Nursing Pillow
We received a Wynnie baby feeding pillow in pale yellow which is a lovely neutral colour that will work well for either a boy or a girl and fit in with any home's colour scheme. You can also get it in different colours and patterns, and i have recently seen that Theraline have brought out some really lovely new covers. The pillow is shaped like a crescent and is designed to fit around mums waist and to support baby comfortably whilst feeding. The cover is removable and washable which is perfect as we all know how sickly newborn babies can be, my Jacob certainly seems to be sick on everything!

So what did i think? 

The first thing that i noticed when we received the Wynnie pillow was just how soft the cover was, it is a really nice super soft fleece type material which is so nice and snuggly for both mum's and babies. I also had a good squidge of the pillow and it is nice and firm but also really squidgy and not hard. When you place baby on the pillow they look really well supported and comfortable, Jacob always looks super comfortable when he is on it and he snuggles right into me which is wonderful.

Now Jacob is such a hungry horris of a baby he feeds every two hours day and night and is currently draining 5 oz bottles so he has ended up being a bottle fed baby. But i am sure that this pillow would be such a help to breastfeeding mothers. It is so easy to use you just place it around your waist and then rest it on your legs when you are sitting down and then place baby on the pillow putting them at the perfect height and position for breastfeeding. Getting the pillow in place is so quick and easy i easily manage it with one hand whilst holding Jacob with the other hand.

Even though Jacob is a bottle fed baby i am still using the Wynnie pillow to feed him as he is such a chunky baby and using the pillow stops my arms aching and the pillow is nice and comfortable for both of us and defiantly so much better then using the cushions of the sofa. 

This pillow has little features to it that i really like such as you can remove and wash the cover easily, i also believe that you can buy additional covers for the pillow which would be perfect for having a spare when your cover is in the wash. Another thing i like is that the zip for the cover is on the bottom of the pillow and it is hidden away so that it does not dig in or catch on parent or baby. The cover has remained super soft even after weeks of use and being washed in the washing machine. And the pillow has retained its shape and firmness very well , it looks and feels exactly the same as when we first received it and we have been using it every day. 

Another great thing is that not only can it be used as a feeding pillow but also as a support for when baby is a little bit older and is trying to sit up as it is the perfect shape and size to help stop them toppling over and will help them gain there balance. My 16 month old daughter is always pinching this and sitting on it to watch the t.v. I think that we will be getting plenty of use out of the Wynnie and it will last us well past these early newborn week's.

Nice and comfy for mum & baby

Good Point's
  • Suitable for breast and bottle feeding
  • Lovely super soft cover
  • Removable , washable and changeable covers
  • Firm and comfy and perfect for supporting babies
  • Can be used as a support for when baby is older to help them sit up safely. 
Bad Point's
  • The pillow was a bit snug around my middle as i have a bit  a lot of a mummy tummy after having Jacob, so if i was much bigger i don't think that it would fit me very well. So maybe they could make this in a range of different sizes to suit everyone. 
My Verdict

Would i recommend this product to others? Yes i would do as it is great for breast and bottle feeding, it is nice and comfortable for mums and babies and you can also use it as a support aid to help baby learn to sit up.

I would give the Wynnie pillow a 9/10

You can buy the Theraline Wynnie pillow and all the other Theraline products on line from so why not go and have a look at the products they sell , i have heard that there maternity pillow's are rather amazing. The Wynnie pillow we were sent is priced at £23.95 which i think is really good value for such a good quality and useful product.

* Disclosure - I was very kindly sent the Theraline Wynnie nursing pillow for the purpose of this review, however all views are my own honest account of this product. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Review: Zippy FirstBib

As anyone who has a newborn knows they feed a lot and they are forever dribbling milk and being sick so a stockpile of bibs is a must. I brought loads of bibs for Jacob before he was born from the shops but they are fairly thin and the milk/ sick just seeps through them onto his clothing so i end up forever having to change his clothes.

Recently i was sent a FirstBib for Jacob to try out from Zippy Suit . I had not even heard of Zippy suit until i recently discovered them on Twitter, they were set up by founder Nicole Graham when she got frustrated trying to match up the poppers on her daughters babygrows ( i am always getting in a muddle when popping babygrows up, even after three children) so she decided to make a babygrow with zips and so zippy suits were born and its where the name comes from. But they dont just make babygrows they also make bibs and have three different kinds FirstBib, Fun bandana bibs and Absorbent bandana bibs.

Obviously as Jacob is still a small baby we were sent a FirstBib which is size 0-3 month's and is designed like a traditional flat bib but is gathered around the neck so that it stretches and catches milk so that milk does not get into all them little creases tiny baby's have around there necks. When the bib arrived i was impressed with just how soft it felt and it was thicker then other bibs i have purchased as it has a cotton fleece backing which makes it extra absorbent. And the best thing is it has poppers on the back instead of dreaded velcro that most bibs have that get caught on everything.

Now Jacob is quiet a little chunky monkey with squishy chubby cheeks and i was worried that the bib might be a bit small but i need not have worried as it fitted him perfectly. There is two poppers on the back so you can adjust the bib and either have it on a small or bigger fastener, we had it on the bigger fastener. And as the front of the bib is stretchy it fitted around his neck perfectly and we had no dribbles of milk escaping into his creases like happens with his normal bibs. And even when he was sick his clothes did not get wet as the bib absorbed it and stopped it soaking through to his clothes.

I really liked this bib as it is perfect for newborns as it is so absorbent and soft and fits nice and snug around there little necks without being restrictive or tight. I also like the fact that you can have the poppers on different fastenings so that it fits your child better. And it even washes really well , i have washed this bib a few times now and it still looks like new there is no fading or bobbling and it has kept its shape.

This bib gets a big thumbs up from us as it is perfect for newborn babies. We were sent this bib in pale mint but it also comes in a range of different colours and they even do preemie sizes for tiny tiny babies and all the FirstBibs are priced at £2.50 which i think is great value. You can buy them online from so why not pop on over and have a look at the lovely range of bibs and zippy suits that they sell.

* Disclosure - I was kindly sent this Zippy FirstBib for the purpose of this review however all views are my own. 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Review : The Mumsnet Book Of Animal Stories

As my regular readers may already know i love book's and i always have done since i was a small child. I have always loved nothing more then getting lost in a good story and i wanted my children to carry on my love for reading and are home has always been filled with many book's for them to enjoy. My oldest daughter Chloe is at an age where she is more interested in her tablet then reading  but my youngest daughter Sophia is starting to discover and enjoy book's more the older she is getting. So when we were recently sent the Mumsnet Book Of Animal Stories to review i could not wait to have a good read of it with Sophia.

The Mumsnet Book Of Animal Stories is ten short stories which were written by ten Mumsnet and Gransnet members and they have been illustrated by up and coming artists to make this beautiful treasury of animal stories.

The stories are
  • Little Miss Wolfy Good - a good wolf who gets sent to bad wolf school.
  • Captain Yuri And The Space Mission-about a hamster going into space
  • The Hedgehog Who Wouldn't Sleep- a little hedgehog who wanted to see winter
  • The Great Meerkat Escape- adventurous meerkats trying to escape a zoo.
  • The Tale Of The Winged Lion- how a girl and a lion save her father in a storm
  • The Elephant Carnival- how a baby elephant steals the show in a parade
  • A Pile Of Panda- why a panda is not such a great pet
  • Atuki And Serai- A brave young goat who saves there owner
  • Up In The Trees Is Not For Me- A scared little monkey learning to climb trees
  • Basil And the Brave- about a bat finding his wings

The thing that stood out to me when we received this book was just how beautiful the illustrations are and they really do help to make the stories come alive and help capture young children's imagination. Each story is around ten pages long and is broken up with pictures so they are the perfect length for bedtime reading. All ten stories are really lovely but are favourite has to be Little Miss Wolfy Good as Sophia seemed to really enjoy this one and actually sat and listened to the whole story from start to finish, which is practically unheard of for her as she is a typical one year old who never sits still .

Overall we really loved this book it is perfect for young children like Sophia to enjoy as a bed time story or for older children to read themselves. I am sure that this book will be loved and read many times for a long time to come in are house. 

This book is available to buy on Amazon and is priced at £12.99 and would make a perfect gift for any young child as a lovely edition to there book collection. 

* Disclosure- I was kindly sent this book for the purpose of this review from Mumsnet, however all opinions are my own honest account of this book. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

My Daily Routine With A Tweenager A Toddler And A Newborn

I love routine even more so since i became a mum as i find that without a routine everything just seems to get a bit hectic and overwhelming. When we had Sophia we were lucky that she just slotted into the routine we already had in place for Chloe, and i believe that is why she is such a settled happy baby who sleeps well and always has done. So when we recently had Jacob he just slotted into the routine we had with the girls too. Although having two children under two things don't always go to plan as you can guarantee that when its time to leave the house to go out one of them will need there nappy changed or at bedtime one of them might take twice as long as normal to go to sleep.

Now i am not one of those super strict parents where everything has to be run to military precisions , to be honest i am far to lazy and laid back for that but we do have set bath and bed times etc. So this is what a typical day looks like in are household. 

  • 6-7am - Jacob wakes up and i will bring him downstairs and feed and change him as Lee will normally be at work by now. 
  • 7 am- I will wake Chloe up if its a weekday and she will get herself ready for school and then make her own cereal, but if its a weekend she will have a lie in normally until lunch time as she is such a lazy tweenager. 
  • 7-8 am - Sophia will wake up and i will bring her downstairs , change her nappy and then she will go in her high chair in the living room and watch Disney junior on tv while having some toast for breakfast and i will normally have my first coffee of the day (its my new best friend since i had Jacob) as Jacob will normally be asleep in his bouncy chair.
  • 8 am - Chloe leaves for school she gets the school bus with her friends even though we only live three bus stops and a ten minute walk away from her school, but it is so nice not having to do the school run any more.
  • 8- 9 am - I will get dressed and check twitter/emails etc  and make a start on the never ending pile of laundry while Jacob naps and Sophia is watching telly and having her breakfast 
  • 9 am - Jacob normally has a feed and Sophia will be trashing the house  playing
  • 10-11.30 - On a Tuesday we will go to toddlers or some day's we will go out to the shops or to meet friends and family for a few hours.
  • 11.30-12.30- If we are at home normally Sophia and Jacob will both have a nap at the same time and i spend time on my phone on twitter do some housework , sterilise Jacob's bottle's, do more laundry .
  • 12.30-1.30 - Sophia will wake up from her nap as she only has an hour at most and then i normally put a film on as she is obsessed with Despicable me 2 as she loves the minions. We will have some lunch, she normally has something quick like a sandwich or grated cheese and fruit and Jacob will normally wake up and have a feed. 
  • 1.30- 3-30 pm - On a Tuesday i take Jacob out to baby massage on an afternoon but normally we just spend time at home playing and reading books. But if we have been out in the mornings Sophia will normally be having a nap around now. 
  • 3.30 pm - Chloe arrives home from school and will normally do her homework as soon as she gets in 
  • 4 - 5 pm -I normally do more housework and make tea, some time's Lee is home from work at 4 and other days at 7pm depending on what shift he is on.
  • 5pm - we have tea.
  • 6pm - On a Tuesday we take Chloe to guides but the rest of the time i try and spend half an hour talking to her about her day after tea. 
  • 6.30 pm- Sophia has a bath and then she gets ready for bed and has a bottle and goes to bed.
  • 7pm - Jacob is normally screaming the house down and will of been for the last hour or so as he is so unsettled on a night time with colic so i have to try and comfort him 
  • 7.30- Jacob will have a bath and get ready for bed and on a Tuesday we will have to go and pick Chloe up from guides. 
  • 8pm -9pm - i normally have an hour to myself if Jacob is settled so i can have a bath but sometimes i end up catching up on housework if we have had a busy day. 
  • 9pm - Jacob normally falls asleep so we take him to bed and it is also Chloe's bedtime on a weeknight and i normally end up going to bed too as i am normally up between 2-4 times during the night doing night feeds. 
Ready for bed, he may be cute but he is a tinker

And then it all starts again the next day. It does not seem like i do much now i have written it all down but some days are hard as i seem to spend the whole day changing nappies and feeding Jacob. And tidying up off Sophia as she is into everything and is forever pulling the sofa cushions off and making a mess and some days Jacob just screams for ages. And i also try and spend time with Chloe helping with homework or just spending time with her painting her nails or watching tv together. And trying to find time to spend with Lee is impossible as he is always at work or we are so busy with the children but i know it wont always be this hectic. 

On Lee's day's off we normally have a day out somewhere or we visit family or go shopping and we normally take Sophia to soft play on one of his days off as she loves it and so does her daddy. Tuesdays are super busy days as Sophia has toddlers in the morning, Jacob has baby massage in the afternoon and Chloe has guides in the evening. But i am going to look into finding some more baby groups during the week that i can go to as i hate being stuck at home.

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Life Lately

As you may notice since having Jacob eight week's ago i have been quieter then normal on my blog and social media. Before i had him i intended to take a week's break from blogging and then get back into things and spend a couple of hours each night blogging when then girls were in bed and the other half was home from work spending time with Jacob, i even drew up a blogging schedule and had lists of posts to write and when to write them etc.

So what went wrong ? I was naive and an idiot thinking that having a third baby would be easy and life would carry on as normal , you would think i would have realised by my third baby that all babies are different and that i must have just been super lucky with Sophia as she slept at night from day one and hardly ever cried. Jacob is the opposite to his sister in every way possible.

Baby Jacob at two week's
The first two week's were okay he was a typical newborn who slept most of the time. This give us the chance to spend lots of time with the girls so that they did not feel left out and so that they accepted him into the family. The first week passed in a blur of visitors, feeding and nappy changes. 

The second week was harder as Sophia was acting a bit jealous she was hitting me and her dad when we held Jacob, and pinching his things. So we spent a lot of time with her giving her attention and thankfully this seems to have worked as she loves him now and has accepted him no problem. Also my oldest daughter Chloe started secondary school so i was spending time with her making sure she settled in okay and was happy, which she is as she loves her new school and has made lots of new friends. So blogging took a bit of a back seat while i spent time with my girls.

Then Jacob hit two weeks old and he changed from a sleepy newborn into a baby who just screamed and wanted held all day long , from the moment he woke up to the moment he went to bed at night he just screamed. He wanted fed every two hours day and night , he screamed when he was awake and the only place he would sleep was in my arms. We could not even take him out in the pram as he hated it and just screamed the whole time we were out anywhere. I was exhausted and it was hard in fact it was really hard, there were many days when i was in tears just due to sheer tiredness. I also had Sophia to look after as well and she was only 14 months old when Jacob was born, so i could not even nap during the day. The house was very neglected and such a mess, i was neglected finding the time to grab a quick five minute shower was a luxury! So blogging was the very last thing on my mind.

Anyway's because Jacob has been such an unsettled baby and i have been busy trying to juggle his needs with the girls and running a house all my review posts started stacking up as i didn't have time to blog. So i just wanted to take this chance to apologise to my readers that my last few posts have mainly been reviews, as i know as a blog reader myself constant reviews on a blog can be off putting.
I do however have some rather lovely products that i will be posting reviews of but i will also be making sure that i post other posts as well and not just reviews.

Anyway back to life lately as i was saying Jacob would not settle at all and we tried everything to settle him we even took him to the doctors and nothing much was working but suddenly when he got to seven weeks old, after five weeks of non stop crying he changed. |He stopped feeding every two hours and he stopped the constant screaming. He really is like a different baby he sleeps at night from 9pm until 7am and only wakes two to three times during the night for a feed and then goes back to sleep.

 And he is a happy little boy during the day he smiles lots and loves sitting in his bouncer chair and he falls asleep on his own in his chair or mosses basket. I feel like i can actually enjoy him at last as before we could not really enjoy him or do anything as he just cried all the time. I have started taking him out places and we even ventured out to toddler group with Sophia and he has started baby massage classes. We have a little routine and i manage just fine juggling everything now the house is looking tidier and i'm managing more then one shower a week, now i actually get the chance to relax in the bath with a magazine most nights.

 Both the girls are doing great Chloe loves secondary school and is settled and happy and she will be celebrating her 12th birthday next week, and Sophia is her normal happy self who loves her baby brother to bits although she does still try and steal his bottles to drink at any opportunity she can get. And me, well i am starting to feel like me again. I am feeling like i can juggle everything and i actually have time to myself . And life is good and i am loving being a family of five and can not wait to share all of are adventures on are blog.

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Babies R Us Babyologist Baby Monitor Review

When you are having or have a baby there is so much choice available when it comes to what baby items to buy, especially when it comes to baby monitors there are so many different makes and models on the market all with different features. As i am a bit  a lot of a worrier i have always wanted monitors that detect baby's breathing as i am forever up checking on my children multiple times during the night. But i had heard of so many people that there monitors kept going of for no reason during the night worrying them. So in the end i did not buy any and just brought normal monitors instead which turned out to be a bit rubbish if i am honest as they were really crackly.

However a few week's ago i was very lucky to be selected to be a babyologist tester for Babies R Us and they sent me some new baby monitor's to try out that had babysense movement monitors included. This was perfect for me being a mum to a one year old and a newborn.
We were sent the Motorola MBP16 baby monitor and babysense bundle and this is a bit of information about the product and what we thought of them.

What we got

About the product

A bundle that includes Motorola baby monitors to hear baby and a babysense sensor pad to place under baby's mattress to give you peace of mind that they are breathing when they are asleep.
The baby monitor has a 300 meter range so you can use it in any part of your house or garden as the parent unit is portable and includes data encryption to prevent any interference . It has back lit LED screen, built in nightlight , and lullabies and a two way talk as added features.

Babysense sensor includes two highly sensitive sensor pads that monitor baby's breathing when they are asleep.  If baby stops breathing after 20 seconds a high pitch alarm will sound and it will also sound if less then 10 movements per minute detected. And is recommended for healthy babies up to one year of age.

Product description

Baby monitors 

* Rechargeable parent unit
* Two way talk feature
*  Night light
* Lullabies
* Thermometer
* High sensitivity microphone
* Back light & sound indicators
* Eco mode
* 1.8 Ghz DECT technology

The parent unit
The baby unit

* Dual sensor pad monitors
* High pitch alarm to wake you & baby
* Indicates low breathing
* Indicates partial loss of breathing
* Alarm sounds after 20 seconds
* Alarm sounds after 1 minute with less then 10 movements
* Baby unit fits on cot/ crib
* Can be used in moses basket/ cribs & cots

The sensor pad
The sensor unit
How they look in the basket

What i thought

The box arrived and inside there was two smaller boxes one with the monitors in and the other with the babysense monitors in. We have been using them for a few week's now every day to really test them out fully and we have found them so easy to use. They were both super easy and quick to set up with easy to follow clear instructions included. With the baby monitors you literally plug them in to charge and turn them on and that's it they are ready to use, a little message will flash up on the screen telling you if they are not connected.

I have been using the monitors with Sophia who is one year old and we use them when she goes to bed on a night time. We live very close to Newcastle airport and we are right under the flight path and the planes fly really low above are house with are old monitors we had interference due to this but with these monitors we have had no interference or crackling sounds at all. The sound quality is fantastic as i can hear every little noise that she makes so clearly.

The parent unit can be charged up and carried around with you so that you can hear baby anywhere you go in the house or garden. And it also shows you the temperature in the baby's room so you can make sure they are not to hot or cold. And if you press a button you can talk to baby through the monitor if you wish like a walkie talkie.

The baby unit also has some great extra features too such as a built in night light and it plays soothing lullabies at the touch of a button. If the baby unit is not plugged in or is turned off by mistake the parent unit will beep and a message will flash up on the screen telling you that it is not connected so you can be sure that the monitors are connected properly. They are brilliant we found them so easy to use with great sound quality and lots of useful extra features.

We have been using the babysense monitor with Jacob for the last few week's as obviously he is still a tiny baby who is with me all the time and sleeps in are room on a night time so we don't need the monitors for him yet. But the babysense sensors and the baby monitors would work great together when he is older.

The babysense sensors were again super easy and very quick to set up, we have been using it on a mosses basket and it fits perfectly but it can also be used on cribs and cots. Because Jacob is still so young we only use one of the pads supplied but once he is a bit older and is in a cot and moving around you use both pads supplied spaced out in the cot to detect movements better. We placed the pad under his mattress and plugged it into the monitor and the monitor then clipped onto the end of his moses basket.The monitor is battery operated and the batteries are included so there is no wires plugged into the mains making it safer.

Once the sensor is set up you just put baby in the cot and press a button to turn the sensor on and a blue light will flash to let you know that its detecting breathing movements through the mattress.
The sensor pads detect baby's breathing but if it detects no movements after 20 seconds then an alarm will sound which is meant to wake you and baby up. We have not had any false alarms like people have mentioned with similar products, the only time i have heard the alarm sound was when i picked Jacob up and forgot to turn it off. 

This is a perfect product for someone like me who worries a lot about there children and is constantly waking up to check they are ok and still breathing during the night, as this reassures me that Jacob is okay and it also stops me disturbing him so much.

The babysense sensor in use

Good point's

* Super easy and quick to set up
* Really easy to use
* No false alarms on babysense
* Reassuring for parents
* No interference on monitors
* Great clear sound quality
* Can be used on moses baskets and cots
* Night light and lullabies to sooth baby
* Digital temperature display
* You can talk to baby through the two way talk
* The parent unit is portable so can take it with you.

Bad point's

* The babysense monitor which is attached to the cot flashes a blue light when in use and as Jacobs mosses basket is near my bed i could see it flashing all night and it was irritating.

Would i recommend ? 

Would i recommend this product ? Yes defiantly, it is expensive but i believe that get what you pay with things like this so it is defiantly worth the money. It is so easy to set up and use and i can not fault it in anyway as it is so much better then are old monitors. With clear sounds no interference and lots of nice little useful extra features and the sensor pads are so reassuring for anxious parents.

I would give this a 10/10

This Motorola MBP16 baby monitor and babysense bundle is available to buy from Babies R Us and is priced at £99.99 .

*Disclosure : I was sent this product for free for the purpose of this review however i was no paid for this post and all opinions are my own. 

Monday, 6 October 2014

Review: The Luck Uglies Book

As i mention in many posts i love to read and i always have done since i was a small child and i have always wanted my children to continue with my love of reading, however now that my oldest daughter Chloe is older ( she is almost 12) she prefers to spend all of her time on her tablet then reading books. I have been trying to encourage her to read more and when i was given the chance to review a copy of The Luck Uglies i thought that this would be a great chance to encourage her to read more as she loves getting the chance to review things for me. 

We were actually sent this book back in the summer and Chloe read it during the summer holidays but with having a baby i had to take a bit of a break from blogging and have only just got back into blogging recently and i am catching up on overdue blog posts.

The Luck Uglies is a fantasy story written by Paul Durham and is aimed at children aged 9 + and is published by Harper Collins, the book synopsis reads as follows 

" Luck Uglies was a name whispered around the docks and darkest taverns , places the law dare not tread ..... 
Rye has grown up hearing the legend of the Luck Uglies - notorious outlaws who once stalked the streets- but she's not convinced that they ever really existed. Then on the night of the Black moon a mysterious stranger steps from the shadows to save Rye's life and a thrilling adventure begins.
Rye will need all her courage as she unveils a secret world , discovers the truth behind the legend , and learns that sometimes it tales a villain to save you from a monster ......... "

Obviously i have not read the book myself but reading the synopsis it sounds brilliant and if i had the time to read it then i defiantly will do. So here is what Chloe thought of the book . The first chapter was good but by the time i read the second chapter i found that it was really good and i wanted to keep reading from then on and found it hard to put the book down as it was a brilliant adventure story. Chloe liked the book so much that even her step dad ended up reading it on his commute to and from work and he read it in a few days as he too found it hard to put down and said that it was a brilliant book with lots of twists and turns that kept you guessing right to the very end.

The second book The Luck Uglies The Fork-Tongued Charmers is due to be realised next year and i think i will have to buy the other half a copy as he seemed to enjoy the book more then anyone and never stopped raving about it. You can buy The Luck Uglies book from amazon priced £5.99 i think that it will make a brilliant Christmas present for any child around Chloe's age who likes fantasy and adventures.

* Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book free of charge for the purpose of this review. 

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Review : Ozeri Digital Pedometer

Baby Jacob is now six week's old and i have started to think about getting a bit healthier and losing some baby weight as i gained four stone whilst pregnant with him and non of my pre baby clothes fit me any more. I was never one of those women who go to the gym and ate super healthy so i am not about to start now, as i am so tired with having a newborn baby and two other children to look after and i have more important things to worry about then the calorie content of everything i eat.

 But i do want to lose some weight and get healthier, and i have decided that the best way to do this as a new mum is the slow and steady way of eating less and moving more, after all it took nine months to gain the weight so i am aiming at nine months to lose it. So when i was given the chance to review a digital pedometer from Ozeri i thought that this would be the perfect chance to implement my new healthier lifestyle as i plan on walking lots with the buggy to get healthy rather then hitting the gym.

The pedometer arrived really quickly from amazon and when it arrived i was impressed with how it looked as it does not look cheap like some pedometers do. In the box with the pedometer was a lanyard to attach to it so that you can wear it around your neck if you wish, there was also an instruction leaflet and a warranty and a small screwdriver for when you need to replace the battery which is a nice idea as i can never find small screwdrivers to open things and end up having to borrow some of my dad.

The pedometer was really easy to set up with really clear easy to follow instructions on how to set the date and time. You also have to set your weight and do some practise steps wearing the pedometer so that it can be programmed to work out your steps more accurately, again this was really easy to set up with easy to follow instructions.

I found it really lightweight and compact so that i did not even realise i was wearing it which is a good point. I tried wearing it two ways around my neck on the lanyard and also in my pocket and i found both ways to give accurate readings. Another great thing i found out was that each night at midnight it resets itself, which is great as when i have worn a pedometer in the past i have forgot to reset it and lost count of my steps for the next day. It also records your steps over a seven day period which is a handy way to keep track of how you have done over a week long period. This is good for me as i am trying to up my steps each week and it tells you how long you have actually spent walking each day. And it automatically goes into sleep mode when it does not detect movements for over 30 seconds which helps save the battery life. But the thing i like the most is that it tells you how many calories you have used which is perfect for working out if you burnt that biscuit or two that you accidentally ate with your cuppa this morning.

Overall i am really pleased with this pedometer it looks good, its lightweight, can be worn different ways, is easy to use, and records your steps over seven days and i love the fact that it helps you see how many calories you have burnt. I will continue to use this pedometer each day to keep track of my steps and help to encourage me to move more to achieve my weight loss goals. This pedometer is perfect for either someone like me who just wants to walk more to lose weight or for someone who is into fitness as it has so many great features that i am probably not using to there full potential.
You can buy this Ozeri digital pedometer from amazon and it is priced at £15.95 and comes with free delivery.

* Disclosure : I was sent this pedometer from Ozeri for the purpose of this review , however all words and opinions are my own honest account of the product and i was not paid for this review. 

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Review: Rainbow Braid 5400 Piece Loom Refill Kit

If you are a parent then i am sure that this summer you became well aware of loom bands as children all over the country went crazy for them. My oldest daughter Chloe certainly did she has thousands of them, we can not go to a shop without her nagging me for a bag of them she spends hours watching you tube videos of people creating things with them, and then hours trying to make her own creations. But i found that i was spending a fortune on them as a small bag of them was costing me £2 and i found that they snapped easily and some of them had a strange rubbery smell to them and i was finding them all over the house. 

Anyway back in August i was given the chance to review some Rainbow braid looms and Chloe was over the moon at getting the chance to review her favourite thing. They actually arrived the day that i came home from hospital with her new baby brother so they were a brilliant distraction for her and kept her occupied in those early newborn days where i did not have the time or energy to take her on days out. 

What we recieved
What we made
We received the 5400 piece Rainbow braid loom refill kit which has 18 different colours each in small bags of 300 there was red, purple,light blue, dark blue. turquoise, fluorescent yellow,green,blue,pink,orange and purple and glittery pink, blue, purple, orange and green and it also came with 250 clips which you need to make bracelets with .

I was really impressed that these bands are lab tested in the USA and have no lead or nasty phthalates chemicals in them. They also come with a 365 day money back guarantee if you are not happy with them which i think is amazing! 

Chloe had a lot of fun with her Rainbow braids she has been making lots of different things from bracelets to phone cases to little animals and characters she has spent hours making things and she still has some left and she has had them for six weeks now. 

Another thing that Chloe mentioned about these bands is that they do not have the nasty chemical rubbery smell some of the previous bands i brought her had and they don't snap easy like previous ones have done also as they seem super stretchy.

With Christmas fast approaching i think these would make fantastic gifts for children and will keep them entertained for hours they are available to buy on Amazon and they cost only £14.90 with free delivery. Which i think is amazing value as you would spend a lot more then that if you were buying individual packs and the quality of these compared to others we have tried is brilliant. 

These get the big thumbs up from both myself and Chloe and i would recommend them to anyone i honestly can not fault them at all as the price is great, they arrived quickly, and they are much better then other similar products we have tried in the past.

Bart Simpson 

 * Disclosure: I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review however all words and opinions are my own.