Monthly Archives: September 2017

Cheeky Chompers Comforter | Review

My little boy is over 11 weeks old now and has certainly found his voice and hands, he loves to put his hands in his mouth and have a good chew.

When Cheeky Chompers got in contact and offered to send me one of their products for Freddie I was delighted.

I decided to choose the cheeky chomper comforter as it was a 4 in 1 baby essential.  It was a comforter, teether, teddy and tag.  All things baby’s love.

He loves to hold it and feel the fluffy side on his skin.  The different textures to it too is great for them.  It also won’t be long before he’s properly chewing on it

It’s priced at £17.95 which I feel is a little high but can understand why with all the different materials it takes to make it.

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

Me & Mine | September 2017

I’ve always liked the idea of joining in with this linky, and now we are a family of 3 I can. A couple of weeks ago we were at my cousins wedding and what better reason to get a family picture of us all dressed us looking smart.

This photo was taken In Tetbury at the Matara with it’s stunning views and beautiful landscapes.

I really love this photo as it was captured at the perfect moment when our little boy was smiling.

The one below isn’t great but were a family and the scenery was gorgeous.

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Pizza, Wedding Music & Wedding Dress #LittleLoves

Apologises, we have been a bit rubbish keeping up with this but I’m going to try really hard to keep up.  I can’t believe the kids have been back to school for 4 weeks already. My nephew has gone into Year 5 and is loving it.

Read

Nothing…No blog posts, No books, been so busy sorting wedding stuff out just havent had time.

Watched

The OH found “Jack Whitehall – Travels with my father” on Netflix. It is brilliant and super funny.  It’s a must watch.

Made

I have been trying new thing to cook while on maternity Leave and the most recent thing I have made are these Pitta Pizza’s.  Super easy and quick to make and taste amazing.

Wore

My Wedding Dress, Only for a fitting but 5 weeks to go till I get to wear it for real.  I am still so much in love with it as the day I found it and made the masssive decision to buy it.

Heard

We have been trying to decide on music for our Wedding and it has been so hard to find songs that are suitable and we both agree on.

And Lastly

It is only 5 weeks till our wedding now…It’s coming round so quickly now.  Still feel like I have got so much to do even though I think we are top of it all.

 

DegustaBox Review | September 2017

In August, we received our first ever Degustabox and we were all really impressed with it and loved all the products in it. We loved being able to try new food and drink products that we wouldn’t necessarily have picked up in the supermarket, so we were really looking forward to seeing what was in our September box.

If you haven’t heard of Degustabox, It’s a monthly surprise food and drink subscription box, costing just £12.99. You can cancel them whenever you want and it’s a great way of trying new things. It arrives by DPD courier and I get an email and text message to tell me exactly what time it will arrive, so I can organise for it to be left in a safe place or delivered to our neighbours if were not in.

What was in the September Box?

Dream Ancient Grains RRP £1.60

I have never heard or tried this brand before, but I was relevantly surprised buy it’s taste. It is great on cereals.

Green & Blacks Velvet Edition Chocolate RRP £1.99

I love chocolate, but havent had this brand before but the rich taste of it meant you only needed a small amount.  It’s made with 70% cocoa.  I might buy this again when shopping as a treat.

Mentos Mint Mix Sharing Pouch RRP £1.19

We’ve been enjoying these on car journey but also at home.  They are refreshing and  very addictive to just keep picking at.  I will be sure to keep my eyes open for these on our shopping trips.

Latin American Kitchen by Santa Maria Rice RRP £1.85 Sauce RRP £1.85

We haven’t had these yet as we are finding something to make with it other than just chicken and rice, will post a picture when done.

Mi So Tasty Ramen Noodle Kit – RRP £2.99

I haven’t used this yet, however it looks great! This is a ramen noodle kit that comes with noodles, white miso, pastes and seaweed garnishes.

San Miguel Gluten Free RRP £2.00 (£9 per 6 Pack)

I’m not a beer or Larger drinker myself so gave this to the OH, and he happily drank it, didn’t seem to mind that it was gluten-free!

Knorr Concentrated Stock RRP £2.20

This was the first time I had ever used this and I must admit I was impressed. I like that it is convenient to dispense and there is less packaging than using lots of stock cubes. It tastes great in spagetti bolegnase and shepherds/cottage pie.

Virtue Energy Water RRP 2 x £1.35

I have actually had these before and I love them, so refreshing and something different to drink.  I will be sure to look out for these when I’m out shopping.

Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp RRP £2.49 

This is a really nice blend of cheerios, the original O shaped ones, and oat flakes. These are delicious and best of all they are dairy free. These are great for lowering blood cholesterol too!

Green’s Egg Custard Mix RRP £0.69

This came with a little recipe card. Basically you can use this for a super simple way to make bread & butter pudding, or an egg custard tart. Green’s is a brand I’ve never used, but would in future.

Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna RRP £3.49

When I saw the price of this I was a little bit like WOW. However, It was yummy. It is designed not to be drained either, which I love. We enjoyed this in Tuna pasta bake!

As well as all of the above there was a voucher for Seriously Spreadable Squares. I LOVE spreadable cheese and are great to take to take on picnic or put in lunch boxes.

I never used to like bread & butter pudding but since using this I really like it.

We really enjoyed this month’s Degustabox. It costs just £12.99 a month, but the value of the contents is always much higher than that.

Do you like the sound of the Degustabox August 2017 box? You can order yours on the Degustabox website. Your order will come with free shipping. You will then receive a surprise box containing 10 to 15 items. A lot of the items within the Degustabox are new to the market. It is a great chance to try something new for a discounted price too.

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

Creating the Perfect Dining Space for Hosting Family Meals

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Family get-togethers are the perfect opportunity to bond with the people you love, catching up on recent events and news while enjoying one another’s company over food and entertainment. Anyone who is close to their family is likely to agree that the more frequently you can all get together the better. Why leave everything to special events such as birthdays or holidays if you are all capable of keeping in more regular contact? Start getting everyone into the habit of regular meet ups by hosting regular family meals. Here’s everything you need to know in order to create the perfect dining space for these special events.

A Dining Table

The main part of the meal will be the food, of course. So you need somewhere to sit comfortably and eat it. Ensure that you have a dining table with enough space and seats for everyone to sit at. Check out this glass dining table, easy to maintain, and a beautiful addition to any space. It will match almost any interior due to its transparency. If there are a lot of children around, you might want to invest in a smaller children’s table where they can sit with one another more comfortably. Small plastic children’s tables and chairs can be stored away when not in use but will allow the adults to speak of more adult issues while the little ones play amongst themselves.

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Crockery and Cutlery

Everyone needs something to eat from. So make sure that you have plenty of crockery and cutlery ready for everyone to use. Invest in complete sets of plates (large and small) and bowls (including both standard and pasta bowls) to maintain a sense of consistency and fluency in your interior design. Plenty of knives, forks, and spoons are essential, especially if you are serving numerous courses and don’t fancy having to clean cutlery in between. If you have little ones around, again, you will want to have designated, specialist cutlery for them. Plastic plates and bowls, knives, forks, and spoons are less likely to become damaged or break if dropped or played with.

Drinkware

Now, for drinks. Everyone has their preferences, so having a wide array of options available will ensure that everyone has the correct form of glass or mug to drink from. Think of all of the options out there! Champagne flutes (for extra special occasions), wine glasses, tumblers, cups and saucers, latte glasses and espresso shot glasses are all brilliant options to have at hand.

Table Additions

Keep things clean by investing in special table additions, such as tablecloths, napkins, and serviettes. These will allow your guests to mop up any spills as they go and clean their hands as they eat. Decorative additions, such as candles can also help to set a more comfortable atmosphere. If there are little ones present, you might want to opt for fake candles instead. They will still provide you with an atmospheric glow, but there’s less chance of accidents occurring.

Incorporating these things into your current home decor will ensure that you have the perfect environment for hosting memorable family meals!

Nibbling Teether Dummy Clip | Review

Freddie is now 11 weeks old and loves nothing more than putting his hands in his mouth and having a good old chew, but this is where Nibbling got in touch and offered to send us one of their Teething Dummy Clips

We were sent the Stellar Dummy Clip in Pearl.  I couldn’t wait for Freddie to try it out.

The new and original Stellar Dummy Clip Pearl is a fun and safe way to attach your child’s dummy onto their pram, sleep sack, car seat or clothes.

All beads are made of non toxic, BPA free, soft silicone and can safely be chewed on and washed.

This teething dummy clip retails at £12.00.  I personally think the price is a little steep and wouldn’t spend that sort of money, but I think it is a great idea having the 2 in 1 teether with dummy clip.

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

Ideas for a Haunting Halloween

For those of us who love a bit of spookiness and a bit of devilish fun, Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year. If you are looking for ideas to make your Halloween the scariest and most scream-filled yet, then we have some ideas that you can try, if you dare! 

Whether you are taking the kids out or you’re looking for adult orientated fearsome feats, we have some horrible Halloween ideas for you to choose from: 

Watch IT at the Cinema 

Stephen King, the genius behind many sickeningly good psycho films, first released IT in 1990. For anyone who didn’t catch it the first time around, let’s just say it resulted in an epidemic of Coulrophobia, or in the less technical description – a huge increase in the number of people scared silly of clowns! This year sees the adaptation by Andy Muschetti now showing at a cinema near you – eerily 27 years after the first film was released (if you know, you know!). If you are brave enough, you could try watching the original one first. Remember to watch out for any red balloons on your way to the cinema!

Jack The Ripper Tour 

Bored of the fictional characters and less than realistic scenes with special effects? If you want to experience something truly ghoulish, yet based on a real-life evil criminal, you could take the Jack the Ripper Tour. Find out all about the hideous crimes of the notorious Jack the Ripper, which will take you through the dark shadows of London to revisit the scenes of the famous crimes. The tour is a great idea for the appreciators of True Crime stories and one of the greatest unsolved crimes of all time. 

Warwick Castle’s Halloween Week

It doesn’t get much more spooky than spending a dark evening in a historic ‘haunted’ castle and there are a number of events taking place at Warwick Castle to celebrate Halloween. From fire jousting to the Witches Tour, there is plenty of Halloween horror to be found for all the family at Warwick Castle. 

Spooky World  

This is a really popular event that gets a frightening refresh each year. Based in Warrington, close to Manchester and Liverpool, Spooky World is not for the faint-hearted. The set is carefully designed on a farm and is filled with horrifying attractions including a 4D experience this year!  

Fancy Dress Party 

It is a classic Halloween plan but it never gets old if you are inventive with your costumes and your decorations! The (chopped off) finger buffet or the eyeball soup are both fun ideas for a gruesome menu. Or how about the pork dumplings with a chilli sauce crammed into a jar to double as brains? Hmmm very appetising! How original can you be with your cuisine? If you start your planning now, you could master a whole host of horrible dishes to scare your guests into going home on an empty stomach! 

Why not treat your guests to a murder mystery game? Add the fear factor by doing it in the dark with only candlelight to find your way around. Another old favourite is to share the best ghost stories that you can remember. Don’t let a good ghost story die away, keep it going by passing onto your circle of friends and let the legendary tales live on forever! 

Halloween is such a great time of year and if you want to make it a time to remember, start planning now and use these ideas to help you. Find a spooky event near you; there are loads all over the UK. Maybe your local theme park will have a special Halloween event to combine the thrilling rides with spine-tingling spooks? And if you don’t want to leave the house, simply throw the best Halloween party ever for your favourite people – at least there will be safety in numbers!  

Meal Planning Monday 25/9/17

I haven’t been very successful with keeping up with this linky, but I will post as and when I remember as I’m very busy trying to organise things for our wedding with less than 6 weeks to go now.

Beef, Cheese, Cuisine, Delicious, Dinner, Food, Fresh

This weeks meal plan is:

Chicken Tikka Stirfry with Egg Noodles

Chilli Burgers with Monterey Jack & smoked bacon loaded fries

Chicken En croute with homemade Potato Wedges

Cottage Pie with Vegetables

Chicken Tikka Curry with Rice

Lasanga, Chips & Garlic Bread

Roast Dinner with all the trimmings

What’s on your meal plan this week?

 

Red Arrows #MySundayPhoto

August bank holiday weekend we headed over to Wales to spend the day with my Sister in Law.

There was the Rhyl air show on during the weekend but the finale was on the Sunday – which we were lucky enough to watch, we watched the spectacular Red Arrows – of course from the comfort of a pub beer garden, It was incredibly busy, but the atmosphere was really nice – the sun shining sure helped!

 

Freddie’s Birth Story – My First Pregnancy

Freddie was born on Saturday 8th July, just one day over his due date, We didn’t know we were having a boy and it was a lovely surprise.  It had been quite an easy pregnancy the whole way through, not knowing I was actually pregnant till I was over 9 weeks said it all.  I didn’t suffer from any sickness just major heartburn and a little nausea.

I had to be monitored closely due to having a heart monitor because of previous fainting spells, but everything was going well and the consultants were happy with me but I was classed as “High Risk” so could only go to Heartlands Hospital.

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20 Week Scan

A few days before my due date I had experienced a heavy feeling quite low down in my groin area but didn’t think anything of it. I hadn’t experienced any other pains or aches so just ignored it.  I had no trouble sleeping and was going straight through the night.

The evening of the 7th July I went to bed as normal then I was woken at 4am with stomach cramps, I wasn’t sure what it was, so lay in bed and tried to get back off to sleep, but when they didn’t go away and gradually got worse I knew I was in labour.  I let the OH sleep untill about 6.30am then decided to wake him up and tell him my contractions had started.

I decided to go and have a warm bath later that morning,  I spent a good half hour in it but our bath just isn’t big enough to lie down and get comfy so ended up giving up and it didn’t really help.

About 10am we phoned my parents as the car seat was at theirs (my mum superscious so wouldn’t let us have the pram etc here).  Then tom’s parents so they could come pick up our dog Carly.  Mum and dad arrived, so Tom and dad fixed the isofix base  in the car (Probably should have done it a little sooner) and then they ended up talking outside for ages.  By this point it was getting on for lunch time and my contractions were getting stronger and closer together so we started timing them.

The hours were ticking by and I was tiring and struggling to cope with the pain but just kept breathing through them and trying to concentrate on something else.  Eventually, I decided at about 2.30pm we should go to hospital, we rang the ward and went straight to willow suite.  We were greeted by a lovely midwife – unfortunately can’t remember her name, we settled in to our room and she came back a short while later and asked if she was ok to do an internal examination and I was only 3cm dilated, felt like I was a lot further than that with the pain.  She advised that I needed to progress to at least 5cm within the next 4 hours otherwise I would be sent home

The midwife suggested walking round to get things moving quicker plus I needed to eat as my body was running on low energy which wasn’t good for me or baby, I just couldn’t eat but Mum and tom were force feeding me food – sweets, sandwiches and biscuits, unfortunately a short time after I remember shouting “I’m going to be sick” – the joys of pregnancy.

My waters finally broke at approx 16.25pm, the relief of those going was amazing even just for a short time till my contractors got worse.  My contractions continued and the midwife kept a close eye on baby’s heartbeat the whole way through.  The minutes seemed like hours.

Eventually, I had that feeling that you can never mistake – the urge to push. For anyone who has never had a baby, this is like the feeling of wanting to do the biggest poo on the planet. The midwife, who was lovely, tried to get me to go on all fours and push, but I wasn’t having it. The worst part of it all was I couldn’t get comfy – I ended up in the traditional lying down position, but that was the most comfortable way. I don’t know how long I was pushing for, before they told me they could see the head. The next thing there was an incredible burning sensation (the head being born) and then at 19.12pm, out our baby popped. It was a little boy. We called him Freddie. Immediately after he was born he had to be rushed off to resuscitation unit as he decided to twist and wrap the cord around his neck not once but twice, thankfully he was perfectly fine.

My Family

Would I do I again, Yes!

Freddie is now over 2 months old and changing everyday.