Little Life Toddler Backpack with Rein | Review

Freddie is walking now on his own, refuses to be carried and sometimes fights when we put him in his pushchair or car seat because he wants to walk everywhere. This is where Little Life Toddler Backpack and Reins is becoming very useful! Freddie has got his Independence and can walk but we have also got control of him so he can’t run off and get into trouble.  

They are much cuter, much more fun and much more practical than traditional reins.  The backpack is a perfect size for us to put some toys in for him to carry or nappy’s and wipes to save taking his large changing bag.  

A little about the product 

  • Zipped top entry to main compartment 
  • Internal name and address label 
  • Adjustable shoulder straps with chest strap 
  • 1.5 litre main compartment 
  • Top grab handle 
  • Built-in Safety Rein with attachment point 
  • Supplied with the Parents Safety Rein 

The straps are easily adjustable and there is a front harness to stop it slipping off his shoulders. I thought he would fight having this done up, but it really doesn’t seem to bother him. 

The rein can just be put in the little pouch at the back, so if they want to run free they can. It’s a good length to give them a little bit of freedom – when I want him a bit closer to me, I just wrap the strap around my wrist a little more. There’s also a useful ‘tug handle’, which is useful if you don’t want to use the reins. It also clips together at the front so they can’t wriggle free easy.  

Our backpack costs £14.99, includes free delivery and can be purchased from here. Whilst this sounds quite expensive, when you see the quality of it and how useful it is for going out and about, it really is worth every penny! 

*We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

Dream Bralette Lace | Review

The MAGIC Dream Bralette is made out of smooth seamless fabric, which gives you the most comfortable fit possible! The straps that run over the back and the luxury lace over the front of the bralette give a nice fashionable touch to this comfortable bralette. Who said comfortable couldn’t be cute?!

I received the Dream Bralette Bra in Blueberry.  This is available in 6 different colours and is priced at £21.00.  It feels high quality and is comfortable to wear.  There is no wire to break and stab you.  I would be sure to buy more in other colours.

  • I received this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Cooking Meals with Mash Direct | Review

We use potato products with most of our evening meals whether it be chips or potatoes themselves.

Mash direct made it easier for prepping meals when your home from a long day at work with there ready prepared packs that you just cook in the oven.

About Mash Direct

Mash Direct is an independent company started by Martin and Tracy Hamilton at their family-run farm in Comber, in 2004; however, the family’s journey started long before that.

The Hamilton began farming the fields around Strangford Lough back in the 1800s and the land has been passed down through six generations, bringing with it a wealth of understanding and knowledge of the area and growing conditions

Due to the declining vegetable market in the UK, mixed with the poor prices farmers received for their crops, Mash Direct was born out of necessity as a way to keep the family farm afloat. One night, after discussing with a close friend over a glass of Irish whiskey, Martin dreamt up a business of providing traditional Ulster Champ that was both convenient and healthy. Since then, the business has continued to boom year on year and the farm truly is a family affair with Martin, Tracy and both of their sons, Lance and Jack all helping Mash Direct on its journey to become a national, household name.

Using their six-generations of farming expertise, Mash Direct has grown from 70 to 1,400 acres of fields that are tailored to growing traditional, heritage vegetables. These are then cooked to perfection using specially designed steam cookers on the farm for that delicious taste and texture of homemade food. Suitable for microwave or oven heating the Mash Direct range is available to retail, food service and food manufacturing throughout the UK, Ireland, Middle East and beyond.

A meal I cooked

We had sausages for lunch with broccoli and cheese sauce with the potato croquettes and it was yummy, just the right amount for both of us and our little boy to share.  I know it doesn’t look very appetizing but we both enjoyed it.

I forgot to take photos of some of the meals I have made and we have put some of the products in the freezer as it was getting close to the best before date.

The meals I have made with these product have been lovely full of flavour and made tea time less stressful.  I would be sure to look out for these products in the supermarkets or place an order online.

You could use their products in meals you probably wouldn’t even think of, see recipes for examples.

  • We received these products free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Mondays 15/10/18

Well the week before last and last week was a complete blur and I forgot my meal planning too. The week just flew by and my birthday just flashed before my eyes as I was just another year older.  We discovered we had rodent friends visiting from under the house into the electrical cupboard because our dog became very interested in there so we had to deal with that.

Then last week it was my husband’s birthday, I was in London at a client meeting but was home normal time so was OK and we celebrated the weekend with a meal out.

This week is a short week too at home for meals, will explain more next week.

This week’s meal plans are courtesy of Hello Fresh & My cook box.  Look out for my full review soon.

Hungarian chicken pasta

Cheats lamb moussaka

Butternut & goat’s cheese quesadillas

Creamy mushroom pasta

Be More Active In Your Child’s Life

We know that as a mom, you’ll be doing absolutely everything at the minute to be the best you can be for your children. You’ll go to work, do the cooking, the cleaning, the washing and the dressing. The list could go on, because moms really are like superheroes when it comes to the amount of tasks they are able to do. But with all of this in your schedule, it can sometimes be hard to actually be active in your child’s life. You’re so focused on making sure everything is in order, that you forget that actually being present with your toddler is the most important think, The younger children years are more confusing for your child than you might think. They’re moving their way through school, heading towards high school and their emotions will start growing and growing. So, we want to show you a few simple ways you can be more active in your children’s life, as well as do everything you’re used to doing!

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Engage In Play

This is actually a big one that a lot of parents forget to do, because they’re not exactly sure what to do. Think about how many times you’ve been rushing around the house doing what you do, and your child has been sat playing with their toys chatting away to themselves. This is the perfect time to stop what you’re doing, and sit down for half an hour to actually play with them. Get down on their level, and actually show interest with what they’re doing. You need to make sure they’ve got a good set of toys, and if they need something new, you should definitely check out grimms toys for a colourful addition. You can also make sure you’re creating games to play with them. Whether it be you initiating hide and seek, or seeing who can paint the best picture!

Treat Them Like A Mini Adult

If you want to try and keep their troublesome younger child years as easy as possible, you need to try and make sure you’re treating them like a mini adult as much as possible. As they get towards the ages of 8 or 9 years, they want to be more independent, and as parents we generally don’t like that happen. We prefer to keep them bubble wrapped, and do absolutely everything for them, even when they don’t want us to. So, within reason, just let them do as they would like to do. If they want to dress themselves, let them chose what they’re going to wear for the day and just make sure it looks ok within reason. You can guide them on what looks good, but you don’t have to tell them what to wear.

Help Them With Friendships

Friendships are a big part of everyone’s life, and they really start to flourish during their younger school years. It’s a vital part of their lives where they learn how to socialise, and what to do during social situations. It’s also one of their main play outlets, especially when they’re at school or if you have playdates with your friends children. Help them to become confident in social situations, and teach the importance of sharing and being kind etc. They will keep these values with them for the rest of their life!

Kiddyum Kids Meal | Review

Freddie is now over 14 months old and loves his food a lot and lets you know if he is still hungry by saying “more”.

I try and cook everything from fresh so when I cook something for us I will put some aside for Freddie but it is not always possible so it is nice to have a back up option in the house.

When working full time it is sometimes hard so I like to keep some ready meals in the freezer for him.  Weaning Freddie wasn’t hard as he eats pretty much everything you put in front of him which made it stress free.

I was sent 4 of Kiddyums ready meals made by Jayne  for review with Freddie.

My husband gave Freddie the Chicken curry one and said he ate half of it, and did enjoy it, but I didn’t manage to get any pictures. He said it smelt nice and looked yummy.

They can be ready in just 5 mins by microwaving them and following the instructions. You can purchase them from Sainsburys , Ocada and Co op.

I tried Freddie with the Fish and Veg Pie and again he ate half of it, he has been off his food a little recently has hes been poorly with a cough and cold.  It certainly looked tasty and had plenty of fish and veg in it with sauce too.

*We were sent the above products for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday 01/10/18

October, Well hello, nice to see you.  This month is going to be jam packed with birthdays and celebrations, starting with my birthday this Friday.

This week I will be cooking up:

Chicken tikka curry with boiled rice

Homemade Toad in the hole with Veg and gravy

Chicken enchiladas & homemade wedges

Lasagna & Garlic Bread

It’s My Birthday – Party Food

Cheese & Bacon Potato Skins with Beans and Salad

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your plate this week?

PoundToy Toys for £1 | Review

I had never heard of PoundToy before, but my sister  in law had worked with them and I was keen to get involved so was excited when they agreed to work with me.

There’s a huge selection to choose from,  not all at £1 but they have a large selection of goodies to choose from for all ages so you’ll be sure to find something you need.

I was given £50 to spend online, I picked gifts that I could give for Christmas or Birthday to family members.

There was plenty of branded and character related items such as playdoh and Graphix kits to choose, and the other non-branded stuff was perfect too. I went for a variety of things for Christmas and stocking fillers for my nephew and little boy plus stock items.

I struggled to work out what I wanted as there was so much to choose from, and with having nephews that are ages 4 – 11 and a little boy who’s 14 months so some was either too young or too old.

The website was really easy to navigate and the use of categories and filters made it easier to narrow down the search. I liked being able to go to the most popular department and then filtering by price from low to high. This worked well and helped me find the most toys for my money.

I would recommend using Pound Toys if you are looking for stocking fillers or presents for kid party’s, great value for money.

Meal Planning Monday 24/09/18

The nights are really drawing in now, and it’s dark before I know it.  When it’s cold and miserable I want nothing more than warm hearty meals like casseroles and stews and as all it seems to have done recently is rain it seemed like a perfect time to crack the slow cooker out and make some meals in it.  This is the last meal plan for the month of September too.

This week I will be cooking:

Sausage casserole and cheesy mash

Spaghetti bolognese and garlic bread

Chicken in red wine sauce with rice

Cottage pie, veg & gravy

Beef stew with dumplings

Burgers & Chips

Roast dinner with all the trimmings

Whats on your plate this week?

 

 

 

 

Everything for your home at Lionshome

Are you looking for new furniture to create a new room in your house or just update/replace your old stuff that you have fallen out of love with?

Look no further than Lionshome You can buy everything you can ever think of for every room in your house even the kitchen sink.  It helps you find all your items under one roof and directs you to the place to buy them and takes the stress out of shopping.

Lionshome website is really easy to negotiate around giving you clickable links for every room or item you are looking for.

My favourite products on the website and where I would put them

Arrrggghhh, this is actually more difficult than I thought as there is so much nice stuff, I want it all in my home.

Lounge

I would love this Table Mexican Pine corona Range unit, it would perfectly in the recess to put our television on and hide all the boxes and electrical in to prevent our little boy from thinking everything is a toy he can play with. It’s currently in the sale for £64.99 too, Bargain.

vidaXL Console Table Mexican Pine Corona Range 80x43x78 cm[2/5]

If our lounge was big enough I would love  this Stylish Coffee Table With Swivel panels – AVEIRO Walnut and White  as we currently have to use the fire place  or the gas meter boxing in as a table.

Garden

We only have a small garden and would love a bigger one next time around so there is plenty of space and room for Freddie and Carly the dog to run around

I would love some decent and comfy garden furniture this vidaXL Outdoor Lounge Set 15 Pieces Poly Rattan Whitewould be perfect but priced at £568.99 I think it is a little out our budget.

vidaXL Outdoor Lounge Set 15 Pieces Poly Rattan White[2/4]

A hot tub has always been a favourite of mine and would love a nice decking area to be able to have one so we could go out on an evening once Freddie is in bed with an alcoholic beverage and relax and unwind after a week at work.

Blue Hot Tub – Whirlpool Spa Bath – Outdoor – LAGOON Priced at £3999.00

 

Bedrooms

We have a 3 bed semi detached house but since having our little boy the spare room is full of boxes waiting to go in the loft of all his old toys and clothes.

How relaxing would this Leegt Custom Photo Mural 3D Wallpaper Forest White Pigeon Flower Vine Ceiling art be? You could put it in most rooms and it would be sure to take you away to a far away place.

 I love signs and this Let Him Sleep For When He Wakes He Will Move Mountains- Handmade Small Sign / Plaque  would look perfect in our little boys room over his cot bed

Would love Freddie to have a little corner in his room where he can relax and read his books or play with his toys and this Indoor/outdoor bean bag from Little Bertha would be a perfect addition and priced at £19.95 makes it even easier.  

What did we think of the Lionshome website?

The website is really easy to navigate, when you scroll down it directs you to different sections which you may be interested in, then on the left hand side once you have clicked into it will give you another list of the items available in that section

*This post is in Collaboration with Lionshome