Monthly Archives: July 2017

Baby Nails Review & Giveaway

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Bringing up my nephew with my parents I know how hard it is to try and clip/cut baby’s nails without them screaming or moving and now when our baby is here no doubt we will experience the same trouble.

Baby Nails may be the solution us parents are looking for. You don’t need scissors to cut your baby’s nails. As you feed or cuddle them, you can gently file them down, avoiding any nasty nips

So how do they work?

You slip on a “Thumble”, with a nail file attached, onto your thumb. As you hold your baby, you can gently file the nails down. The nail files can be replaced and simply stick on the “Thumble” with adhesive. There is an opening at the front so you can wear the “Thumble”, even with a long thumbnail.

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There are a range of three different grit nail files to be used with the ‘Thumble’; newborn babies, 3 months onwards and 6 months onwards. For new babies the finest grit is used, and then a medium grit for 3 months and a coarser grit for 6 months. These are recommended.

So what did we think?

They were really good! They make keeping your baby’s nails trim so easy and painfree.  When my baby boy was born he was born with super long nails and I couldn’t wait to try baby nails out on him.

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I found the baby nail set really easy to use and just perfect in every way, no screaming baby, no get stressed just quick and painfree for everyone.

Competition time

Would you like to win a mixed pack for your baby or for friend or family member’s baby? The mixed pack provides the “Thumble” and nail files for all baby age ranges.

Enter via the Rafflecopter link below

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

Terms & Conditions

  • Entries will close at midnight on Monday 21st August 2017.
  • All entrants must have a UK delivery address.
  • One winner will be selected at random to receive a copy of Jungle Jam in Brazil.
  • The winner will be contacted within 48 hours of the giveaway closing.

Experience Natural American Beauty in the State of Idaho

Idaho is one of the places in America that are frequently overlooked as a holiday destination. People usually look for beaches, vibrant nightlife and fine dining. However, if you’re willing to try a different kind of holiday, then America has some of the most beautiful natural locations in the world for you to explore. The idea of hiking, bike rides and casual walks among nature might sound boring or tiring, but after trying it once, you’ll never look back and you’ll want to explore more of the world’s natural beauty. So to get you started, here ais a couple of amazing locations in Idaho that will knock your socks off.

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Coeur D’Alene

Coeur D’Alene is a place that offers countless forms of entertainment for the whole family. There are golf resorts, theme parks, biking travels and of course, the iconic Lake Coeur D’Alene. The lake itself is over 15,000 years old and it’s a sight that everyone absolutely must see when they’re in the state of Idaho. You can go swimming in the clear waters, fishing, or even boating with your friends and family. There are over 100 miles of shoreline to explore and you can find Quality Inn & Suites in Coeur D’Alene if you need affordable accommodation. Take a break from the sunny beach life and give this beautiful lake a try—you won’t regret it!

World Center for Birds of Prey

If wildlife is something you adore, then you’ll love the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise. It’s a fantastic place to see and learn about birds of prey. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, meaning they’re able to provide you with plenty of information about anything you are curious about. There are some excellent exhibits to see and even live demonstrations for people of all ages to appreciate.

Shoshone Falls

This is a beautiful and scenic location to visit if you love waterfalls. If you’ve never been to one, then this is absolutely a place you must visit before you leave Idaho. It’s cheap to get in and view the waterfall, making it a value-oriented location to visit. There are plenty of opportunities to take amazing photographs and if you’ve been captivated by the local beauty, then there is plenty of accommodation and amenities to be found such as restaurants.

Snake River Canyon Trail

If you’re new to hiking, then this short route should be enough to give you a taster of what it’s like to walk across some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes and breathe in the fresh country air. The Snake River Canyon trails also allow for biking if you aren’t in the mood for walking, and there’s even a chance to do some base jumping if you’re feeling adventurous. You get a fantastic view of the entire canyon below and there’s even a nearby golf course to indulge in if you want. It’s family friendly, there are usually lots of other hikers and tourists roaming the area, and you’ll get plenty of opportunities to take breath-taking pictures.

UFIT Protein Shake Drinks Review

I am excited to be working with UFIT on reviewing their protein drinks as I am currently pregnant and then after baby has arrived I have got less than 3 months to try to lose any baby weight I gained for my Wedding in October so I can fit into my wedding dress.

They come in a number of different flavours such as Strawberry, Chocolate, Banana, vanilla plus Iced Latte and even Lactose free one are available which come in strawberry or vanilla flavour.

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I will be trying them all except the Iced Latte as I really don’t like coffee so the fiance can enjoy that one.  I have put them all in the fridge too to make them cold.

They make you feel full and along with a light meal kept me going all day.

Prices are around £1.78 each and are available from most supermarkets.

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

The 7 Biggest Mistakes When Planning A Summer Party

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Throwing a summer party can seem like a good idea beforehand, but then the guests start arriving and you realise that there are a hundred things that you’ve forgotten to do. Planning is everything when hosting a shindig. Avoid these common mistakes and your summer party is certain to go smoothly.

Not following up invites

It’s worth knowing exactly who is coming and who’s not before the event so that you can cater for everyone. This means following up on invites. Providing that you have all your attendees on Facebook, it’s recommended that you create a Facebook page so that people can mark whether they’re coming or not. This is also a great place to put important details (e.g. your address, time of arrival, fancy dress them) so that everyone is on the same page.

Being frugal on seating

Not having enough seating available will result in people awkwardly standing about. We all feel more comfortable with a seat, especially if we’re meeting new people. Beg, steal and borrow any chairs that you can – it’s better to have too many.

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Ignoring the possibility of rain

In case it isn’t brilliant sunshine, it’s good to have some shelter for guests to go. You may not want everyone crammed inside your kitchen and living room, so consider getting a marquee. Companies such as Fews Marquees Marquee Hire may save you money by not having to buy one. Make sure to also have a backup plan if it’s too wet to barbecue.

Not having enough food

Nobody likes a party in which there’s not enough food to go around. Load up on meats and cakes and coleslaw – what doesn’t get eaten can be eaten as leftovers for the week after. Use sites such as Coupon Mum to search for discounts if you’re hosting a big party on a budget. One option could be to get everyone to bring food along, so that you’re guaranteed as much food as you have guests.

Alternatively, asking people to bring their own food – and ending up with 5 potato salads

That said, if you are getting your guests to bring along food, try and discuss it first so that you don’t end up with five of the same of dish. You want to have an exciting buffet that gives people choice.

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Isolating whoever is on barbeque duty

If your barbecue is right down the bottom of the garden and everyone is likely to congregate at the top, consider relocating the Barbie, unless you want to deliberately segregate the chef from everybody (useful for that over-opinionated uncle at a family get-together).

Not introducing guests to one another

There’s nothing worse than a party in which nobody’s talking to one another. If your guests aren’t likely to know each other, it’s your job as host to introduce them all the moment they step through the door. This will break the ice from the onset and prevent cliquey groups from forming. If you’re too busy cooking, try and get your partner or someone else to do this introducing for you. You don’t need to be hovering around every conversation checking everyone’s alright but you shouldn’t let your guests fend for themselves either.

My Souls Review

There are so many things which I have learnt during this pregnancy that I would never of known had I not been a blogger, such as apparently the hormonal changes in your body cause changes in your feet?

My souls is not a company I have heard of before but after receiving a pair of their red souls to review I can already feel a difference in my feet.  The souls are soft and comfy and are available in many different colours and all sizes.  They fit into most types of shoes.

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They are priced at £19.99 which I do feel is maybe a little expensive but then if they are specialist souls then I would pay for them if it helped me during pregnancy.  I did receive these quite late into my pregnancy so haven’t had as much wear out of them as possible but the time I have used them they have been great, really comfy and effective and would recommend them to people who suffer with feet problems to buy these if you are pregnant because they helped me.

Did you know?

1/3 of all the bones in your body are in your feet, that’s 52 reasons to look after them especially when you’re pregnant.

*I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts, opinions and pictures are my own.

A Pizza My Heart: Reaching Relationship Milestones in Italy

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Italy is world renowned as one of the most romantic countries you could find. It has beautiful, temperate weather and some of the most stunning urban, pastoral and seaside landscapes you could ever wish to see. Not to mention the high-quality cuisine, tone perfect local accents and magnificent monuments that abound its regions from North to South. It’s not surprising then that so many couples reach relationship milestones in this fabulous country. Think about it, where better a place is there to take a romantic trip abroad, be proposed to, get married or honeymoon? Here are a few things to consider if you are planning on taking your relationship to the next level in this Mediterranean paradise.

Where to go?

Choosing where to go to in Italy can be difficult. Mostly because you will be spoiled for choice. There are so many great cities and towns to choose from! First, decide whether you want to be somewhere with a lot of hustle and bustle or somewhere a little quieter and intimate. Major cities often act as tourist traps. Some people love this, feeling at one with the crowd and reveling in the sights, sounds and smells of busy inner city life. Others prefer the peace and quiet. These people may be more comfortable opting for countryside retreats. If you want a calm atmosphere but still wish to see the sights, try traveling to the country out of season. There will be fewer crowds around but you will still get the full experience of Italy.

What to do?

Depending on where you choose to visit, there will be different recommended events, sights and activities to try out. Here are a few of our favourites.

A Gondola Ride in Venice

Venice is renowned for its romantic gondola rides. What’s more romantic than sailing smoothly down the canals on a boat? You and your partner can bask in the evening’s sunset, close to one another and chat intimately as the world passes by you.

Walk Along Florence’s Arno River

Florence is home to a whole host of beautiful sights, but little beats a romantic stroll down the Arno River. Take in the tranquil landscape at your own speed, breathing in the warm Italian air. Nearby are lovely views looking out over the city and pretty gardens!

Visit the Trevi Fountain in Rome

Rome has beautiful monuments, the most famous probably being the Colosseum. When seeking out world famous sights, it can be easy to overlook more subtle ones. Keep an eye out for the Trevi Fountain. Featured in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, the scene has since served as a backdrop in plenty of romantic films.

Take a Tour of Milan’s Botanical Garden

Milan may be known as a fashion capital, but it has so much more going on at the same time. Take its botanical garden: this is a green retreat from the glamour and catwalks of the inner city. It is a tranquil oasis where you and your partner can sit for a moment’s silence and reflection.

Sunbathe Along the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast is a 50km long stretch of sandy beaches on the south of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. If you want a taste of Mediterranean oceanfront life, this is the place for you and your partner to get a tan, drink local beverages and relax. The perfect break from chaos and work at home!

Capturing the moment

Whether you are proposing, getting married or honeymooning, there’s a good chance that you will want some visual memories of the occasion. So make sure to hire a professional photographer to get the perfect shots. It is best to choose a reliable, recommended local like Vittore Buzzi photographer. People who know the local area will know the best spots for stunning pictures. Whether certain landscapes make for a perfect backdrop or particular times of the day have particularly flattering lighting. Sticking with someone who knows the location you’re in like the palm of their hand will give you the best results possible.

Being prepared

The organization is key when it comes to making romantic gestures. Whether your partner enjoys surprises or would rather be aware of what they are getting themselves into, you should make sure that everything is pre-planned before you head off on the plane. This can include accommodation, transport links and major details like the engagement ring for a proposal. Make a checklist in advance of heading to Italy and ensure that everything is packed or ready for you on arrival.

Summer Celebrations: Throw a Terrific Tapas Party

Summer parties should be as colorful, fun, and casual as possible. You’ll be dreaming about those lovely breezy summer dresses when winter comes, and long back the season of effortless fun outside; what better to compliment your outdoor summer party than a theme of casual tapas-eating?

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In fact, tapas parties seem to be the perfect match for any summer celebration. The little plates and the simplicity they offer highlights the casual feeling you’ve been looking for; with a minimum amount of cooking, you’re able to lounge around outside with your guests rather than spending your time over a hot stove.

Buffet Style

Your guests should arrive just around the time when the sun is setting. That way, you can enjoy the party without melting away in the heat. You don’t need to set a fancy dinner table or plan a comprehensive dinner menu; the only preparations you need to be doing is arranging a lot of plates with a variety of snackable food – there needs to be something there for everyone to enjoy.

Keep the arrangement buffet-style and preferably outside on the patio or in the garden. Provide little chairs and tables for everyone, kind of the same idea that they have in charming cafes, and keep the decorations simple; a single runner on the buffet table is usually more than enough. It’s all about being able to mingle while snacking on the little dishes, so make sure you’ve arranged the tables and chairs according to this.

Try to keep a Mediterranean color-theme running throughout the party, by the way. Warm shades of red, orange, and green are sure to set the mood; and remember to top it all up with soft Spanish guitar tunes in the background.

Since it is a relaxing summer party, it’s a good idea to move on to a different place later in the evening. It depends on how late you’d like to keep it going and what type of celebration it is; for the special occasions, treat your guests to a limo rental at Bergen Limo and serve a decadent Spanish dessert before you move on.

Tapas Menu

The only thing you need to plan for this party, besides from your guest list and where on earth you’re going to get all those chairs from, is the tapas menu as well as mixing up a large bowl of sangria. You’d want to keep it simple but varied; some hot dishes, a few cold ones, a cheese platter to nibble on, a selection of skewers, and multiple bowls of classic Mediterranean herbs such as parsley, oregano, rosemary, and thyme is going to bring a bit of life to your party.

Provide toothpicks and napkins on the buffet table, too, so everyone can help themselves.

It’s a good idea to have a few vegetarian tapas dishes as well as one or two with seafood and a few with meat. You want to see each guest enjoying something from the buffet – by keeping it colorful and a mix of different flavors, you’re already playing the perfect host.

A Simple Guide To Staying Healthy & Germ Free At Home

Did you know that your home can be very harmful to your health? There are loads of germs living in your house and many ways in which you can damage your health and get sick. So, I’ve decided to write this simple guide to staying healthy and germ-free at home:

Keep An Antibacterial Hand Gel Nearby

People touch things and carry bacteria on their hands all the time. This is mainly how germs spread, and people get ill. So, if you have antibacterial hand gel handy, you can kill the bacteria and stop germs from spreading. Ideally, you could have some in every room so everyone can use it whenever they want. If you think this is overkill (which it probably is), then keep one in the kitchen and bathroom instead. These are the rooms where most people are likely to spread germs, particularly in the kitchen when touching food. With some hand gel, you can prevent this from happening and keep your home healthy.

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Avoid Drinking Tap Water

Most of the time, the water from your taps is fine to drink. However, you never really know what the whole filtration process is like, and sometimes it’s not good for you to drink from the tap. If you want to stay as healthy as possible and free from any diseases, it makes more sense to stop drinking tap water. Instead, you can buy bottled water or get a water purifier with a reverse osmosis water filter that cleans your water and makes it perfectly safe to drink. Even though we expect to have clean drinking water from our taps, there are often stories about chemicals being put in it or other harmful things occurring. In my eyes, it’s not worth the risk when you can easily drink cleaner water without worrying.

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Always Read Food Labels

Food can be a source of many health problems. For starters, if you don’t eat a healthy diet, you will never be as healthy as can be. But, there’s also a big problem with eating food that’s past its use by date and might be harvesting germs and bacteria. To this I say; always read the labels. The food labels will tell you exactly how to store your food and how long it will remain good for. Follow the instructions and don’t take any chances. After all, they put those dates on there for a reason, there’s no point in risking it.

Clean Your Kitchen After Every Meal

It feels like I’m mentioning the kitchen and food a lot, but that’s just because they’re key things with regards to home health! My final piece of advice is to clean your kitchen after every meal. Especially if you’ve prepared raw meat, specifically chicken. Raw chicken carries the potential for food poisoning, and you should clean everything it touches and everything you’ve touched after handling it. By cleaning work surfaces and anything you used while cooking, you will keep your kitchen free from germs and make your house a lot healthier.

With this guide, you will reduce your risk of getting sick at home, and everyone will be a lot healthier!

Cordless Blind Review

Since moving in to our house nearly 3 years ago the one thing we keep saying is we need to change the blinds.  The lounge and one of the spare bedrooms is ok but our room blind is bright Gold and just disgusting and the other back bedroom which will soon to be baby’s nursery is ok but is a wooden long pull cord one and you hear of too many accidents so we are changing that one.

Order blinds got in touch and offered us to review one of their blinds, and because I explained it would be for a baby’s nursery they pointed me straight in the direction of their “Spring Loaded” collection.

They say quoted from their website:

“Spring Loaded Roller Blinds – A Blackout Roller Collection With Safety In Mind…

Our Spring Loaded Roller Blind collection offers peace of mind for parents as there are no looped cords or hazards providing child safety at an affordable price. These are the perfect blinds for kids bedrooms & nurseries. For homes with pets that like to play with cords you can even opt for no decorative pull and simply pull the base of the blind to operate.

We have introduced a new slow rise spring mechanism which will be used on all of our spring-loaded roller blinds. The mechanism is a huge upgrade in that it’s easier to install and you can now control the speed that the blind rises back up at making it easier to use too. “

Each blind comes made to measure – you input the measurements into a form on the website, where you are then given a quote. The blind style we chose started at £57 – we have a biggish window and it came to a total of £76, which I think is brilliant value for money.

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The picture doesn’t do it justice, it is covered with shiny stars.

It took my fiance approx 30 minute to put up, so was fairly easy and quick to put up.

The spring loaded system is lovely and smooth, and most importantly, safe! The small pull cord is not long enough for any child to hurt themselves with.

The guy I had dealt with was called Matthew Forde and he was incredible helpful from start to finish so a massive Thank you to him.

*I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.

Avoid These Wedding Cliches At All Costs

Weddings are a day full of traditions. Some of them are wonderful traditions that no wedding could do without. Others are tired cliches that your guests will roll their eyes at. Weddings that are full of these cliches end up being carbon copy days that guests have attended a hundred times before. They’ll get mixed up with all of the other uninventive weddings and people will hardly remember your special day. It also doesn’t allow you to inject any of your own personality into the day if most of your decisions are being made based on old traditions. Ask yourself what you and your fiancee want to do on your wedding day, not what you think you should be doing because it’s traditional. If you want to make your wedding a day to remember, avoid these cliches at all costs.

Matching Colors

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If you don’t match any of your color palettes at all, your decoration will look odd. It’s always a good idea to use colors that accent one another, but things can get a bit too much if you go overboard on matching colors. A wedding where everything in sight is the same garish shade of pink is going to be incredibly tacky. People will always remember your wedding but for the wrong reasons. You should use some color matching, but only in subtle ways. Matching flower arrangements and table decorations ties the room together well, without being too in your face about it.

Bridesmaids Dresses

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When people are going wild with matching color schemes, they tend to incorporate the bridesmaid’s dresses. This usually ends up with a group of bridesmaids that are unhappy with the awful dresses they’re wearing. Traditional styles that are covered in frills and puffy arms might have been fashionable once, but now they’re just cringe-worthy. Don’t feel the need to go for something like this because it’s traditional, you’ll all regret it. Just choose something more understated and elegant. It’s also a good idea to get some input from your bridesmaids, they’ll be the ones wearing them after all.

Rings

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Picking rings is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face when you’re planning the wedding. Lots of couples struggle and end up going for something boring because they think it looks like what a wedding ring should look like. The truth is, there is no right answer when it comes to picking rings. Places like tacori wedding rings offer more interesting styles that have more personality. Choosing something that reflects you and your partner as people is far more special than getting something that fits your idea of a traditional ring.

Over used Music

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‘At Last’ by Etta James is named as the most overplayed wedding song out there. It’s still a great song, but how many of those people that choose it were fans beforehand? Probably not that many. It isn’t a special first dance if it isn’t personal to you and your spouse. It’s much better to pick a song that has good memories for you both and is an important part of your relationship.