Saturday, 29 November 2014

I Was A Mother And Baby Magazine Award Tester

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen that I was a product tester for the recent Mother And Baby magazine's annual award's. Which awards the best baby products and covers everything from Prams and Highchairs to nappies and baby foods. I know as a mum I do often opt to buy things that have won awards from Mother And Baby magazine, as I know it means other mums love the product so it must be pretty good. I am also an avid Mother And Baby magazine reader, it has been my magazine of choice for the last three years with having my youngest children so close together. I even read it 12 years ago when I was pregnant with my eldest!

Anyway back at the start of the year, I was browsing Facebook one day when I saw an announcement from Mother And Baby Magazines Facebook page saying they were looking for parents to be testers in the 2014 awards. So on a whim, I filled in the application form and applied, I never in a million years thought that I would get picked as I had never reviewed anything in my life, it was before I even set up my blog.

Mother And Baby Retweeted me

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Review: Dr Brown's Baby Bottle's

 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 did was cry, I felt like I could not fully enjoy him as he was such an unhappy little man.


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Monday, 24 November 2014

My Interview With Myleene Klass

 I recently attended the Mothercare Team Valley Gateshead grand re-opening as one of the VIP bloggers, along with Hannah from Mums days. You can read all about the fabulous new look Mothercare store here. The store was re-opened by celebrity and 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 interviewed 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. 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 ......

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, 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, 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


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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 bought from the shops before he was born are just not up to the job. 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 due to this.

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.



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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. 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 it 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.

pink teen parcel box

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

My Baby Is Twelve - A Letter To Chloe

My oldest child Chloe turned twelve a few weeks 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, 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.


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Review: Degustabox

As I keep mentioning all the time since I started blogging 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. 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 box

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Review: Jellycat Soft Toy

As you can imagine being a mum of three I have bought a lot of toys over the years and we have a ton of soft toys in our house, mostly of my oldest daughter who has built up quite a collection over the years. But one make of soft toy we have never had is Jellycat. I only heard of Jellycat a year or so ago, when I saw them out shopping and I instantly fell in love with the cute and quirky designs.

Jellycat was established in London in 1999 and now has a huge range of animal soft toys that are so cute and different, from Bashful Bunnies and Fabulous Fillies to Frederick Frog and Larry Lizards. Some even come with super cute little outfits their really is a Jellycat to suit everyone.

Jellycat ted in a blue bag

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Review: Lapland Mailroom Letter From Santa Claus

Now that it is halfway through November I think that it is safe to mention the C word - CHRISTMAS. I love Christmas, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. I have always loved Christmas who doesn't like receiving gifts, eating their own body weight in chocolates, watching films, Christmas dinner and spending time with family? I love it all and most of my treasured childhood memories are of Christmas time and spending time with my family. Now I am a parent myself I love Christmas even more, as watching your children get excited is truly priceless.

Every family has Christmas traditions and I am sure that the most popular one is without a doubt sending Santa Claus a Christmas letter asking him for longed for gifts. I remember writing letters to Santa Claus myself as a small child and I was always disappointed that I never got a one back of him. When I became a mum I use to write my oldest daughter Chloe a letter from Santa myself, but as she got older and stopped believing in Santa Claus *sob* she realised that I had just written the letter.

Lapland Mailroom website logo

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Mothercare - Team Valley Re-opening Event And A Tommee Tippee Giveaway *Closed*

As a mum of three, I have spent a lot of time in Mothercare over the year's, I have brought all of my baby things there from prams and cots to baby baths and baby clothes. Mothercare sells it all. I even remember visiting Mothercare as a small child with my mum, many years ago, when it used to be in Newcastle's Eldon square. Mothercare is a shop that I have grown up with and a shop as a family with small children we genuinely love.

Mothercare have got a new CEO Mark Newton-Jones and they are having a bit of a company revamp at the moment, one of the things they have been doing is redesigning some of their stores. The huge Team Valley Gateshead store was one of the first to get a makeover.

So imagine my utter delight when I got an invite from the ever so lovely people at Mothercare to attend the official re-opening of the Team Valley store as one of there VIP bloggers! Oh and I would also get the chance to interview Myleene Klass - who designs award winning children fashion range BabyK for Mothercare, as she would be officially re-opening the store with CEO Mark Newton-Jones. Amazing!

Myleen Klass Mothercare Team Valley 2014

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Why I Am A Mama Academy Blogging Ambassador

As you all know I recently had my third baby, who is now almost three months old. And while I was pregnant I suffered some problems with my blood pressure and had to have regular growth scans. Thankfully I received amazing care at Newcastle RVI hospital and had customised  GAP  ( Perinatal institutes growth assessment protocol) growth charts in my file to accurately measure my baby's growth throughout pregnancy. This showed some problems with my baby's growth and development Ind i ended up being induced before my due date. I am now a very proud mummy to a healthy little boy. The GAP charts take into account things such as mums height, weight and the weight of any previous babies and then they can customise the chart so that it can help plot babies growth more accurately, instead of using a normal standard chart.

MAMA academy logo

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Angel Delight Moments

If like me you grew up in the 80's and 90's then I am sure that if someone said to you "Angel Delight" then it would instantly remind you of your childhood. It certainly makes me think fondly of my childhood, my mum always used to have a few packets stocked in the kitchen cupboards and myself and my brother often had it as a dessert after school. We use to fight over whether we would have strawberry flavour (my favourite) or chocolate (my brothers favourite)

I have not had Angel delight for years, so when I was sent some new Bubblegum flavour, which is available to buy at Tesco's, I thought that it would be the perfect chance to introduce my youngest daughter to Angel Delight and also to reminisce about my childhood. As childhood memories are so precious to me since losing my mum at a young age, anything that reminds me of happy memories of times I shared with her are to be treasured.

bubblegum angel delight

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Monday, 3 November 2014

Book Review : Falling By Emma Kavanagh

Any of my regular readers will know I love to read as I often mention my love for reading in my posts. But inevitably since becoming a mum of three and having a tweenager, a toddler and a baby to look after some days, I don't even have time to brush my hair never mind sit down and read a book. 

However when I was recently sent the book Falling to review that soon changed. As soon as the book dropped through the letterbox I had a quick read of the first few pages to see what the book was about and that was it, I was hooked. I literally could not put this book down and read it within a day, I was reading it while my baby was asleep on me, I read it in the bath. I even stayed up late at night to finish reading it, and as anyone with a new baby will tell you staying up late is often a thing of the past as sleep is so precious when you are shattered off sleepless nights with a baby. 

Falling paperback book by Emma Kavanagh

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