Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Always Discreet - Breaking The Last Female Taboo

Having children changes your body forever as your body grows in pregnancy to grow your child and then you have to give birth, we often assume that everything just goes back to normal but any mum will tell you that this is not always the case. Mum's often mention how they have now gained their 'tiger stripes' (stretchmarks) or how they will never have a flat tummy again, how they have bags under their eyes due to lack of sleep and they shed hair for months after having a baby. One thing that you rarely hear mentioned though is bladder sensitivity, this seems to be a bit of a taboo subject that no-one talks about.

Always Discreet want to empower women to break this female health taboo, to realise that they are not alone as 1 in 3 women over 18 actually suffer from incontinence at some point in their lives. They want women to stop suffering in silence and to talk about it and seek help and advice, so they no longer feel held back from this condition. That is why today Always discreet have released new research that shows millions of British women are suffering with this condition and they are sharing lots of advice from GP Dr Sarah Jarvis for women with sensitive bladders.


Tuesday, 27 October 2015

A Better Man By Leah McLaren Book Review

Regular readers will know that I love reading and that even as a child I adored nothing more then getting lost in a good book. Since becoming a mum I rarely have the time to read, so when I recently heard about the Britmums book club I swiftly joined up in the hope of discovering some new books and reigniting my passion for reading. 

I was sent a book called ' A Better Man' by Leah McLaren, an author and book I had not heard of before. However the blurb on the back of the book seemed intriguing, it read

" Maya wants Nick to be less of a workaholic, to come home earlier, to spend some time with his children." 

" Nick wants a divorce." 


Monday, 26 October 2015

Keep Safe On Bonfire Night

'Remember, Remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder, treason and plot, I see no reason why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.'

Now that we are right in the middle of autumn and October is quickly drawing to an end we shall soon be remembering the fifth of November with bonfire night. The shops are starting to be filled with fireworks, sparklers and toffee apples and firework displays are being advertised up and down the country. Maybe you will be going to a display or you may be buying fireworks to enjoy from the comfort of your own garden with family and friends. Maybe like me you will just watch other peoples fireworks from your window as your children are still to young to enjoy them. 

Image credit - satit_srihin at FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

A Teenage Girl Gift Basket

My eldest daughter Chloe turned 13 a few days ago and is now a teenager, although to be fair she has been acting like a typical teen for the last year anyway. Over the last few year's I have really struggled with gift idea's for her as she no longer plays with toys, anyone who knows a teen will know just how tricky they can be to buy for. I don't like buying her clothes in case she does not like them and she has all the latest gadgets like a laptop, tablet, TV and an iphone. 

After much deliberating she decided that she would like a Jack Wills hoodie which was rather expensive for a top and she also wanted a Pandora charm and an outfit. Even though we had spent a lot of money on her it did not look like she had much at all as she only had four things to wrap up that were not very big at all. So I decided that I would make her a little gift basket with inexpensive things that she would (hopefully) like. 



Sunday, 25 October 2015

Sunday Photo 25/10/15

This week my eldest daughter turned 13 and is a teenager. She is at an age now where she is getting into make-up, so we decided to get her a make-up bag birthday cake from Marks and Spencers to celebrate her special day. The cake tasted as good as it looked.


Thursday, 22 October 2015

Chloe You Are A Teenager

Dear Chloe

Today is your birthday and you are thirteen, that seems so grown up to me as you are eventually a teenager. You may be a teenager but you will always be my baby girl no matter what and I still remember the day you were born like it was yesterday. 

I have so many happy memories of your childhood and I wanted to create a collage of pictures of you every year from being a baby to how you are now. As you know we have been busy decorating and the house is a bit upside down, so I have been unable to get to the photo albums (there was no iphones or social media back when you were born). 

We have had so much fun over the years, me and you. For so long it was just me and you against the world, as it was just us from you being tiny until I met Lee when you were eight. I miss the days out and adventures that we had when it was just me and you, we have had some amazing experiences. I know that you love being a big sister but sometimes feel a bit pushed out by Sophia and Jacob but I promise that I will start making more time for you and we will have days out just me and you again now they are a bit older. 

Last year I wrote you a letter about turning twelve and I mentioned how much you had changed, you have changed even more this year. You have been at secondary school a whole year now and you are now in year eight, you have grown lots and are almost the same height as me. You are a typical teenager who does not get out of bed on a weekend until lunch time, spend all of your time on your iphone, love you tube, designer labels and make-up and would prefer to be out with your friends then your mum. 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Are Budget Bedroom Makeover

I have wanted to move for a while now as since having are third child are home is way to small and we need somewhere bigger. Knowing that we will be moving in the near future has meant that my current home is getting rather neglected, as I don't see the point spending lots of time and money doing it all up if we wont be around long enough to enjoy it.

I did however decorate most of are home two and a half years ago when I was pregnant with Sophia and we managed to decorate everywhere apart from are bedroom. At the time I cleared the room out, stripped it and then never got around to getting it done. After Sophia arrived I was busy with a newborn before falling pregnant again just five months later, resulting in the undecorated bedroom getting left undecorated.

Budget bedroom makeover before and after photo.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Christmas Flowers From Prestige

I love having fresh flowers in the house, although it rarely happens as my partner never buys me any. As a child my mum always had fresh flowers in the house as she adored them, every Christmas eve my dad would get a huge bouquet delivered which I thought was a lovely idea. Flowers make such a lovely gift especially at Christmas so I was delighted last week when the most gorgeous Christmas Flowers bouquet arrived at my door from Prestige Flowers. 


Prestige flowers are one of the UK's leading online florists and are currently voted number one on reviewcenter and are editors choice for best online florist on reviewflorist. They sell a range of fresh flowers, plants and hampers throughout the UK with bouquets arranged by highly skilled British florists. Standard delivery on flowers is free but you can pay extra for next day delivery if you order before 9pm. Something that I love is that orders come with a 100 % satisfaction guarantee giving you that little bit extra peace of mind that you will be sending a high quality bouquet.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Disney On Ice

Yesterday we were lucky enough to go and watch Disney on ice at Newcastle's Metro radio arena. I love Disney on ice as I use to take my eldest every year until a few years ago when she lost interest in princesses, sob. However now my toddler Sophia is two she has taken an interest in Disney and adores the movies and characters, Minnie mouse and Toy story are firm favourites. So when we were given the chance to go and see the show I knew Sophia would love it, of course my eldest decided she still liked Disney so she came too along with my partner and my three year old niece Heidi, as we thought Jacob would be too young to join us.


Saturday, 10 October 2015

Life Without A Gallbladder

Two year's ago today I was in surgery getting my gallbladder removed, I was terrified about having the operation but now two years later I am so glad that I had it done. When I was 32 week's pregnant with Sophia I was struck down with my first gallstone attack, no-one knew what was wrong and I was admitted to hospital for almost a week while they ran testes to see what was making me so ill. Eventually they discovered I had gallstones and their was nothing they could do whilst I was pregnant, I wrote about gallstones in pregnancy when I first started my blog. 

When Sophia was two week's old I was struck down with another gallstone attack, that lasted a week. I could not eat anything without being in pain and lived on painkillers which ended up making me ill, I begged the doctor to do something and I was referred to the hospital where it was agreed that my gallbladder needed removed. Six weeks after meeting with the doctor I had my gallbladder removed. 

Apart from the two attacks I had I never actually had any other bother from my gallbladder due to being very strict with my diet and sticking to a low fat gallbladder diet. I was so miserable though as I could not eat much and could no longer eat out, every time I ate I always had the worry in the back of my mind that I would be struck down by that awful pain again. If you are unsure of what a gallstone attack is like the only way I can describe it is like one big long contraction type pain around your ribs that lasts for five to eight hours. It is awful, I have had three children two of which were painful inductions and gallstone pain is 100 % worse then childbirth without a doubt.

Friday, 9 October 2015

Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere : Book Review

Last month I brought you my first Parragon book buddies review of a beautiful collection of 
Nursery rhymes. As a Parragon book buddie we get sent a book each month to review, as it is now October what better type of book than a Halloween one! We were sent a lovely picture book called "Pumpkins Pumpkins Everywhere" which is perfect for getting young children into the Halloween spirit. 


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

My First Thomas & Friends Rail Rollers Spiral Station - Review

We were recently sent a My First Thomas & Friends Rail Rollers Spiral Station toy for Jacob to review. I just knew that Jacob and his sister would love this toy as they both like Thomas and this toy was unlike anything that they already have. I was right because as soon as they both seen it they made a beeline for it and have not stopped playing with it since. 

When I opened the box I was a bit nervous as it is all in bits and I am totally useless at building toys, as I don't have the patience. I need not have been worried though as their was no screws, batteries or anything to build as the whole toy just clips together easily with super simple diagram instructions included. It only took me around five minutes to build the toy which I was impressed by, as their is nothing worse then trying to build toys for eager little ones to play with.


Slimming World Week 22 & 23

It has been a couple of week's since I posted a Slimming World update as I did not attend group last week as we had been away on a review trip and I was busy redecorating. I was so busy but also I was a bit scared of facing the scales after a weekend of overindulging, so I was a chicken and missed group. This week I faced the scales though expecting a gain, but I know now that the only way that I will lose all of this baby weight is if I go to group each week and stick to the plan. 

I started last week of well as I knew we were going away for a weekend and I knew I was going to enjoy some meals out. I was on plan all week, we even went out for a pub lunch and I ordered plain grilled chicken breast with a plain jacket potato and salad, which is unlike me as I always use eating out as an excuse to cheat and eat whatever I like. We were also out shopping at the Metrocentre and instead of going for a Mexican or to Pizza hut like we normally would I was good and went to Subway for a salad. I am a bit addicted to Subway salads at the moment they are so yummy with low syn sweet onion sauce on, they are only £2.29 for a salad of the day and really filling. 

I ate a lot of Subway salads this week.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Creating A Calming Bedroom For National Wallpaper Week

This week the 5th-11th October is national wallpaper week, I love how there is national day's and weeks for thing's like this. As part of national wallpaper week Graham & Brown will be celebrating the week with their seven feelings of wallpaper, these are 'feelings' that decorating your home can evoke. The week kicked off on Monday the 5th with 'Date night' Tuesday the 6th (today) is 'Calm', Wednesday the 8th 'Inspired', Thursday 9th 'Nostalgic', Friday 9th 'Funky', Saturday 10th 'Glamourous' and Sunday 11th 'Social'.

As part of national wallpaper week I was invited by Graham & Brown to chose a wallpaper from their truly amazing and vast range and recreate a feeling. I decided that I wanted to re-create a feeling of calm to my bedroom, as it was in dire need of being redecorated and I wanted somewhere calm and relaxing to help me get a good nights sleep. 



Saturday, 3 October 2015

The Marriott Hotel Gateshead Metrocentre : Review

Last week we stayed at the Marriott hotel Newcastle Gateshead Metrocentre as part of the Beamish Package that they offer. I wrote about the package as a whole earlier in the week but thought that I would do a proper review of the hotel as it was such a lovely hotel. The hotel is located near the A1 right opposite Europe's largest leisure and shopping complex the Metrocentre and just a short ten minute journey away from Newcastle city centre. The hotel is rated 4 star and is perfect for both business and leisure purposes. 


Friday, 2 October 2015

Sara's Tearooms - Great Yarmouth Seafront Cafe

Sara's Tearoom is a family and dog friendly cafe located on Great Yarmouth seafront and was awarded cafe Tearoom of the year 2013. The Tearoom is a family run, dog friendly cafe and restaurant located on the Great Yarmouth seafront in the Pleasure beach gardens, situated between the pleasure beach funfair and the Merrivale model village.


September 2015

Last month I started a monthly round-up of what we had been up to that month, as a way of looking back on special memories and ordinary events. Like most people I started this blog to record family memories and I think that by doing these monthly post it is a lovely way to record are family life, so my children can hopefully look back on this one day in the future. September was a busy month in are household so here is what we have all been up to.


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Miffy's Adventures Big and Small

As a mum to two toddlers I am always looking for new T.V shows for my little ones to enjoy, as let's face it sometimes putting a good TV show on is the only way you get five minutes peace when you have little ones. So I am pleased to hear that starting tomorrow Friday 2nd October 2015 their will be a new show for pre-school children to watch, adorable white iconic bunny Miffy is hitting are screens with her brand new show 'Miffy's Adventures Big and Small'. 

Available on freeview, satellite and cable channel Tiny Pop Miffy will be brought to life for 52 new episodes, which will see her explore the world around her. Featuring children's voices and cheerful songs along with simple narration the show is sure to capture toddlers imagination. It is perfect for pre-school children as each episode is only 7 minutes long. 


I remember Miffy from my own childhood and she will be celebrating her 60th birthday this year which is incredible and just goes to show that she is such a timeless, classic of a character that is loved by adults and children alike. The show has kept true to Miffy's creator Dick Bruna vision of keeping things simple, true to Miffy's style. 

I think 'Miffy's Adventures Big and Small' is sure to be a big hit with children all over the country and it sounds like it will be the perfect pre bedtime viewing. I bet that after tomorrow Miffy will have many new fans as pre-school children tune in to watch the new show. So if you have a little one don't forget to tune into Tiny Pop from the 2nd of October to catch 'Adventures Big and Small'. I know I will be tuning in with my little two.