Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Pass Around The World For Your Chance To Win

Pass around the world is a great new campaign that Allianz has launched to celebrate their partnership with Saracens RFC and honour the 2015 Rugby world cup. They are encouraging people to film a quick video of a rugby pass and upload it to the Pass Around the World website where all the videos will be linked together to make one big pass, hopefully around the world. They are hoping that this fun campaign will bring people together through Rugby. And you can find out more in the video below.

          

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What Baby Jacob Wore : George At Asda

One of the things that I love about having a baby is being able to buy tiny little baby clothes and dress them up in cute little outfits. But having three children I have soon realised that babies grow so quick and grow out of their tiny little outfits within a matter of weeks. I also realised that it is pointless buying fancy designer baby clothes as 1.) they grow out of them so quick it is a waste of money 2.) they will probably just be sick on the outfit and 3.) a lot of fancy outfits are very impractical for everyday use.

One place that I often shop for baby clothing is George at Asda. I have brought all three of my children's vests and babygrows from here. My eldest wore a George babygrow when she was first born 12 years ago. Since then I have stuck with them for all three children as they are the best around in my opinion, as they are super soft and wash well. I sound like such a mum saying that, don't I.

So when I was sent the challenge of dressing Jacob in George baby clothes for a week for the #WBabyWT ( What baby wore today ), showcasing the cute little outfits they have I was well up for the challenge. Firstly I could not believe how much we managed to get as the clothes were such fantastic value. We got a short and shirt set, joggers and t-shirt set, dungarees set with t-shirt and socks, a romper suit, 2 pairs of shorts, 2 t-shirts, a hoody and two pairs of pyjamas for the bargain price of £44. There were enough clothes to last a week as well as the two pairs of pyjamas.

what baby jacob wore

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Monday, 27 July 2015

We Are Vital Baby #WeaningWarriors

If you are a regular reader you may have noticed the new badge on my sidebar that says we are Vital baby #WeaningWarriors. I am really excited to be working on this new campaign as I have absolutely loved weaning Jacob. Now that he has just turned 11 months old we are moving him onto family foods and encouraging independent eating, but I am looking forward to sharing how his weaning journey started and how he is getting on. 

As part of my role as a #WeaningWarrior I will be bringing you posts on how we have found weaning, some of our favourite weaning recipes, top tips that I have discovered for weaning and a review of the new weaning products that Vital baby has just brought out to celebrate their 10th birthday.


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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Don't Fear The Mess With Pampers Baby Wipes

Being a mum of three and having two young children only 14 months apart (I have a 2-year-old and 11-month-old and also a 12-year-old) means that I am used to the mess that baby's and children can bring. My baby boy Jacob loves to be sick, have nappy explosions, wee everywhere as soon as his nappy is removed and cover himself and everyone else in food at meal times. And my toddler Sophia is even worse for mess she gets food everywhere when eating, and she loves to be creative and colour herself as well as her picture in with pens and paint. 

Baby wipes have been my saviour these last two years, I clean a lot of little bottoms having two little ones in nappies. But Baby wipes are not just great for nappy changes they get used for everything in this household, such as cleaning sticky hands and faces, cleaning the mess of the highchair /wall/ floor and even myself, getting pen off my wallpaper, the list goes on as they have endless uses. And they are also rather brilliant at doing what they are meant to do and cleaning little one's bottoms. 

pampers baby wipes

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Thursday, 23 July 2015

The Minions Come Alive With Crayola

Minion's are everywhere and the cute little yellow, banana-loving creatures seem to have stolen everyone's heart, they are adored by children young and old. It is not often that my 12 year old and 2 year old actually like the same thing, but they both really like Minions. So when I was sent a Crayola Colour Alive Minion colouring book I knew that this would be something that they would both like and could enjoy together.

colour alive

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Monday, 20 July 2015

Why I Want My Daughter's To Be #LikeAGirl Unstoppable

As a mum to two daughters with my oldest being twelve year's old, I worry a lot, as being a teenager in today's society can be hard work. You are expected to perform well at school, sometimes school can be tough as other girls can be rather mean, your body is changing as you reach puberty and you have crazy hormones rushing around your body. You are also often expected to conform to how society think's you should be. It is fair to say my eldest daughter is turning into a huffy teen at times, but I try to give her some slack as I remember being a teenager myself all to well and how much I hated it. I felt awkward and self-conscious all the time and sometimes felt like I did not fit in or did not behave how society expected me to. I don't want my own daughters to feel that way, I want them to grow up happy and confident in their own skin and for them to believe that they can be and do whatever they want in life.

So when I heard about the new #LikeAGirl Unstoppable campaign from Always  I knew that I had to find out more as I remember watching the original campaign last year. Last years campaign set out to challenge the negative perception people often have to do things "like a girl " as it is often used as  an insult, I know I have heard this phrase said a lot of times with people saying things such as "don't cry like a girl " or "don't throw like a girl", often to boys. The campaign went viral last year and was viewed more than 85 million times in 150 countries and shared by more than 1.5 million people worldwide, which is phenomenal. 



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Sunday, 19 July 2015

The Perfect Child Friendly Cornish Holiday At The Valley.

We have not had a family holiday for the last few years as having two babies in quick succession meant going away was impossible. We have decided to stay home this summer much to my 12 years old's dismay, as taking a 2-year-old and an 11-month-old baby on holiday would probably end up being more stressful than enjoyable for us. But we have decided to have a holiday here in the UK next year as we want to wait until the children are older before we travel abroad with them.

 I remember having many happy childhood holidays here in the UK when I was a small child before my parents thought myself and my brother were old enough to enjoy a holiday abroad. One of my favourite UK holidays was when I visited Cornwall as a child, I must have only been about 7 years old but I remember it well. Every day was gloriously sunny - a far cry from the weather back home in Newcastle, which is often cold and wet. We spent so many happy day's on the beach, getting pulled along the rock pools in a little rubber dinghy off my dad. I remember visiting Flambards and being terrified of the air raid sirens in the blitz section, and my brother getting locked in a toilet when we went out for a family meal one night.


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A Bella Bathroom Wishlist

We currently live in a rented house as we will not be in a position to buy our own home until I am back at work full time once Jacob starts school, which is a good few years away. Renting is okay but one of the downsides is that I can not make major changes that I would like to make to our home such as a new bathroom suite, as we could really do with a more family-friendly bathroom now we have three children. 

However, I have been looking online at ways that I can update our bathroom without having to replace the whole suite and I have decided that I am going to paint the wall's a light grey colour to make it nice and relaxing. I am also going to update all the accessories that we have which will hopefully give the room a whole new lease of life and which we will be able to take with us when the time comes to move into our forever home. 

I have been looking online on the Bella Bathrooms website for some inspiration on ways to transform the bathroom into a room suitable for the whole family. I want somewhere that is relaxing for me as I do like to enjoy a good bubble bath to unwind at the end of the day. It also has to be practical for a family with a teen a toddler and a baby. 

bathroom mirror

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

The Reality Of Two Under Two

This time last year my youngest daughter Sophia was just 13 months old and I was just over a month away from having baby number three. I remember wondering how on earth I would cope with two babies under two, mine are only 14 months apart in age (I also have a twelve-year-old). I worried if I would cope, how I would manage to feed a newborn whilst having a one-year-old running around. I worried if I would be able to spend time with my new baby, if my toddler would feel pushed out, what if they hated each other, what if both of them cried at the same time. The list went on and on with all the things that I was worried about. 

I would tell people I was worried about how I would cope and they would either say it will be fine or they would say that I was crazy or would have my hand's full. No-one actually said to me what it would really be like.


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Monday, 13 July 2015

Little Learners From Parragon Books

Anyone who knows me in real life or reads this blog will know that I just love books, I adore nothing more than getting lost in a good story. My love of reading is one thing that I hope to pass down to my own children, as it is something that my own mother passed down to me as a child. My tween is not so interested in books these days but my toddler and baby seem to be following in my bookworm footsteps, they love nothing more than having a story read to them or exploring colourful sensory books on their own.

So when I attended Britmums live a few week's ago and found out that Parragon book's were attending I made sure that I paid them a visit as I could not wait to find out about their Little Learner book range. The Little Learner range of books are designed for babies and toddlers to enjoy time and time again, they have cute appealing pictures and stimulating textures to capture little one's imagination and introduce them to the wonderful world of book's.

baby Bingo finger puppet book

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I Am The Mum Who

A few weeks ago I was tagged by the lovely Rachel from  www.themeltonhouse.com in the I am the mum who tag. As Jacob has not been sleeping for week's blogging has taken a bit of a back seat but I am finally getting a chance to sit down and catch up on blogging again, so here is my I am the mum who post.

I am the mum who is called mam not mum.

I am the mam who cannot remember life before being a mam as I had my eldest when I was only 18 years old.

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Bubabloon : Review

Every child seems to love balloons, I know that I did as a child and that all three of my own children love nothing better then playing with balloons. However, as a mum, I always worry that the balloon will pop in their face and scare them, or that it will burst and my toddler or baby will put it in their mouth and choke on it. As I am such a worrier I rarely let my children play with balloons in case my fears came true, I know I am such a killjoy at times. 

So when I heard about Bubabloon, a fabric sensory balloon cover I was very intrigued as this sounded like the perfect solution to balloon time fun for young children. Bubabloon is a clever little invention that is a fabric cover for balloons which protects little ones from choking or having a balloon pop in their face whilst still enabling the balloon to be light and bouncy and be played with the same way a regular balloon would be played with. 

Bubabloon balloon cover

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Saturday, 11 July 2015

Slimming World Week 13

This week I was hoping for a 3lb loss so that I could get my one and a half stone award after last weeks surprise weight loss. I stuck to plan all week and tried lots of new recipes and ate tons of speed foods, there was no takeaways or meals out consumed so I was feeling hopeful for a loss this week.

However the scales said otherwise and I stayed the same, I was a little bit gutted as I thought that I had done so well this week and was expecting a loss so I was a bit disappointed,  but at least I did not have a gain which is the main thing. 

Last week I ate sticky gammon with noddles, I also tried chicken foo young with slimming world chips, chicken and slimming chips, pork salad, chicken with Nandos rub, rice salad and corn on the cob and I also tried the new Iceland Slimming world burgers which were delicious, convenient and syn free.

pork, egg, beetroot, brown rice, salad, pickled onion meal

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

A Personalised Frozen Story Book

Anyone who reads my blog or knows me in real life will know that I love anything personalised for my children, as I think they make lovely keepsakes. So when the friendly team from Personalised Gift Solutions asked if I wanted to review a personalised Frozen book for Sophia, of course, I said yes. 

The ordering process was really easy I just visited the website which is super easy to use and then added a few details about Sophia such as her name, date of birth, hometown and gender. And the best bit is you can then add up to three friends names to be mentioned in the story too, as she is still too young for friends I added her brother and sister and cousin Heidi to the story. You are then also given the option of saying who the gift is from printed in the book too, this would be a nice touch if you were sending this as a gift to someone. 

presonalised disney book

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Saturday, 4 July 2015

A Slimming World Update

I have not done a Slimming World post for a few weeks as I missed two weeks. The first I had put a holiday in for as I was off to London for the weekend to attend Britmums Live and then the week after I ended up being a chicken and avoided class as I had a bad week and thought that I would have gained weight. This really is not the best thing to do as I have no idea if I had lost or gained weight, I wish I had of just went to class got weighed and faced the scales. 

So this week I did exactly that I faced the scales and was expecting a huge gain as I know I had not stuck to the plan on the week i had taken off  and I was just crossing my fingers that the gain would not be too bad. So imagine my utter amazement when I stepped on the scales and found that I had actually lost 3 lb and had not gained any weight, I was overjoyed.

healthy meal, nando chicken, salad, rice, corn cob

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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

My First Britmums Live 2015

Last year I had only just started blogging when I seen so many people mention Britmums live, being a new blogger and being heavily pregnant at the time I did not attend, but vowed to go this year as it looked like such fun. When the tickets went on sale last summer I snapped up an early bird ticket and managed to secure a wonderful sponsor MAM UK who helped me to attend the event. As the event drew nearer I was full of nerves as I had never been to anything like this before and I knew no-one, I was also feeling a bit anxious about leaving my girls and my baby too as I have never been apart from him since he was born 10 months ago. 

On the morning of the event my nerves disappeared as I made my way to the station to catch my train to London, I was looking forward to the three hour train journey as it meant I could read a magazine in peace for the first time in a long time. I arrived into London's kings cross at 11 am where I met up with the lovely Nikki and her husband from Keeping Strong And Moving Forward and the super friendly Becky from 3 Princess 1 Dude which instantly put me at ease.

I arrived at my hotel for the night, the Travelodge Central city road at noon and checked in for a quick freshen up and to face time home as I was missing my children already. I then made my way to the Brewery which was the venue for Britmums live and just a short walk from the hotel, where we met up with fellow Geordie Lauren from Blogger Mummy Lauren . We sat in a beautifully decorated gazebo outside waiting for the event to start feeling rather nervous at the sheer amount of people in attendance. 

britmums live 2015 london venue

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