Monthly Archives: December 2017

Attipas Shoes | Review & Giveaway

Before we know it our little boy will be learning to walk and we will be taking him to get his first proper pair of shoes.

When Attipas got in contact and asked if we would like to review any pair of their Toddler shoes we kindly obliged and choose the sneakers below – How cute are they?

We choose to order size M so Freddie could grow in them and would have plenty of wear in them.

They look like shoes but they are in no way going to hurt your kids feet, they are desgined and tested to be as comfortable and safe as possible and go through vigerous testing – see below.

About Attipas

Even little ones need their own sneakers or ‘Chucks’! The elastic cotton sock makes it easy to slip little feet in and out of these laceless trainers, while perforations on the soles of these fun slip-on shoes keep tender feet cool and dry while children crawl, explore the house or run around the playground.

  • Functional: suitable both for indoor and outdoor activity
  • Breathable: perforated sole releases heat and moisture for added comfort
  • Convenient: durable, non-slip sole, machine washable, fast drying
  • Large toe box: free toe movement for improved cognitive & motor development
  • Safe: all shoes are made of non-toxic and safety tested materials
  • Lightweight & flexible: super lightweight, just like wearing socks
  • Secure: will securely keep on child’s feet

Composition: upper – 80% cotton, outsole – 100% non-toxic TPR

Designed for infants, toddlers and children up to 4 years old.

These shoes are priced at £19.99 which I feel is reasonable for this product.

How would you like to be in with the chance of winning your little ones a pair of these?  If so enter below before the end of January.

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

Me & Mine | December 2017

Well, what an emotional and amazing year it has been, certainly one I won’t be forgetting anytime soon, I’m sad to see the back of it but, I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for us.

I am ending 2017 with a picture of us as a new family and our first as Husband and Wife on Christmas Day at my parents house.

Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

The Christmas Tag

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE!!

The lovely Rachel from Coffee, Cake, Kids tagged me in her Christmas Tag post, and I thought it was a lovely way to talk about Christmas, what it means to us and how we celebrate it.  So, here goes!

What’s your favourite Christmas movie?

Hmm, I think I would have to say Love Actually, Makes me feel proper Christmassy when I watch it.

Have you ever had a white Christmas?

Not that I can remember. I think there has been one where there’s been snow left on the ground from before, but I can’t actually remember it snowing on Christmas Day.

Where do you usually spend your holiday?

When I lived at home with my parents we’d get up open our presents at home and then each year take it in turns to either have it at my parents, go to my Aunties or go to my Grandparents for the rest of the day. Since Moving out I have gone to my Parents and the other half has gone to his parents.  This year is different as we are now married and have a little boy, so we’re spending the morning at home, going over to my parents for Christmas Dinner then over to my hubby’s nans to spend it with his parents, Sister and our Nephews.

What is your favourite Christmas song?

It has to be Fairytale of New York by the Pogues.  I love a good Christmas song as it really gets me in the spirit of the build up to the big day.

Do you open any presents on Christmas Eve?

Nope, Never.  Never will do either.  I may introduce Freddie to a Christmas Eve Box when he’s older.

Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer?

Rudolph, Dancer, Dasher, Blitzen, Cupid, Comet, Vixen, Donner, Prancer. I think?

What holiday traditions are you looking forward to this year?

Food. Family. Alcohol as last year I was pregnant. All the normal good stuff!

Is Your Christmas Tree Real or Fake?

Fake :(, I have always had a really one before I moved out but with our dog we didn’t want her to run into it and the get the needles in her paws etc so have a fake one.  Maybe when Freddie’s older I will persuade the hubby to get a really one as I love the smell and to me makes it feel really Christmassy.

What is your favourite holiday treat/food/sweet?

My Mums famous brandy truffles and Mint Matchsticks – Can’t get enough of them

What is the best present you have ever received?

As a child, Most probably my first hamster which I called Frisky. I had gone on for ages to my parents I would love a hamster and I got one. As a grown-up,

Where is your dream place to visit for the holiday season?

I love spending time with my family so wherever they may be.

Are you a pro present wrapper or do you fail miserably?

I love wrapping presents I used to do all mine plus help my parents and In Laws do their’s.  I wouldn’t say I’m a pro at it but I certainly put lots of effort into it.

Most memorable Christmas memory?

Making a Christmas card for all the family last year to tell them we were expecting a baby.  I will never forget everyones reactions.  With the words ” Then there was four, Baby Cooper arriving July 2017″ printed on the front.

What made you realise the truth about Santa?

What truth?

What makes the holidays special for you?

Spending quality time with my family, plus seeing my nephews faces when they receive their presents from us and Santa.

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Getting Dressed with LOTD | Review

The nights are drawing in, the leaves are falling off the trees and the temperature is dropping.  I love nothing more than to be snuggled up toasty and warm in my house with the heating turned up.  When it comes to going out I don’t have many clothes that are purely for the colder seasons.

I always want warmth and comfort, So when LOTD got in contact and asked me if I wanted to review a selection of items off their website handpicked by me, I was determined to find clothes that would provide both of the above.

I knew straight away what I was looking for and wanted ideally, so it was just a case of scrolling and finding these items.

Firstly I headed over to the Tops section and found this gorgeous knitted Grey Distressed Cold Shoulder Jumper RRP is £20.00.

This jumper goes with everything, jeans and leggings which is ideal.  I love it and have had so many lovely comments from people.

Then I saw this T shirt, I love the criss cross neck line pattern.  It’s perfect for every day wear and is available in different colours.

Rose Cross detail T-Shirt RRP £8.00

Then I went and had a look at dresses section and came across this gorgeous blue everyday dress.

Floral Tie Back Tulip Dress RRP £25.00

Then finally went back to the knitted section and found this jumper

Choker Neck Jumper RRP £15.00

This jumper looked lovely online and I ordered my normal size but it was massive on me, just didn’t suit me unfortuantly.  I think you may have to order a size down unless you like baggy tops.

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

The Cultural Feast To Be Found In The East

For those living in the West, the Eastern half of the World has long been veiled in mystery and intrigue. Long distances, the area’s history, and relative isolation have given rise to some of the planet’s most vividly unique cultures and societies, creating what people know as Asia today. With all of this, it’s no wonder that this part of the World is so popular amongst tourists. Of course, though, with so much variance, it can often be hard to find a location which matches your cultural cravings.

By going city to city in Asia, you will quickly find that no place is the same as the last. So, to help you in your exploration of this awe-inspiring land, this post will be dividing some of the most popular into cultural categories, making it much easier for you to find the ones for you. Along with the cities in this list, Asia has loads of rural and wild areas which have a lot to offer, too. Of course, though, you’re here for the culture, and you don’t find that in the outback.

  • Technology: Tokyo, Japan

The first stop in this Asian journey finds you in Tokyo. Being Japan’s proudest city, it’s no wonder that it is widely considered to be one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world. Trains will come and go so accurately that seconds can be enough to make you miss your trip, and it doesn’t stop here. Home to Honda, Nintendo, and loads of other industry leaders in the field of gadgetry, there are few places on Earth with quite as much pedigree in this field.

  • History: Beijing, China

Sometimes, you don’t need a trip embroiled in tech, and something a little older will float your boat more pleasingly. First established over 3,000 years ago, with the first settlements being as far back as 700,000 years ago, before modern man, Beijing has been around for a very long time. The city itself isn’t the only historical benefit you’ll find in the area, though, as you’ll also find yourself right next to the Great Wall; a landmark which can be seen from space. This makes it perfect for anyone with a passion for the past.

  • Nightlife: Seoul, South Korea

Very few countries in this part of the World have has a life like South Korea. Since gaining independence from Japan in 1945, this small country has been largely influenced by the West, with the USA contributing the most. This has created an eclectic blend of heart-pumping all-nighters and the ability to spend your trip enjoying the finer things in life. Seoul is unlike any city found elsewhere in the World, and a lot of people find it hard to leave once they’ve been. Of course, though, you have to be careful not to spend all of your money on the first night!

  • A Touch Of Home: Hong Kong, China

Taking a trip to somewhere in the continent of Asia can often be very daunting. The difference in culture can be a shock to those unprepared, and this can bring about a need for a happy medium. This can be found in the City of Hong Kong, in China, as this small slip of land had not long been independent of the British Empire. This has left an interesting balance between the East and West, while also giving you the chance to speak your native tongue while on your vacation.

  • Technology: Taipei, Taiwan

Moving back to technology, it’s time to visit another island, this time in the form of Taiwan. This country is well-known for its hand in the production of computers, phones, and other electronics around the world. But, along with this, Taipei is home to some very interesting companies. Home to Asus, Lian Li, and hundreds of other prominent names in the technology sphere, there’s nowhere better for a gadget lover to visit. It only gets better once you begin to consider the trade shows, like Computex, which also call this city home.

  • History: Bagan, Myanmar

Unfortunately, Myanmar is in the midst of some internal troubles at the moment, and it may not be safe to travel there. Of course, in the near future, this is likely to change, and your chance to visit this historical hotspot will open up again. With ancient temples surrounded by farmland, this place will take anyone’s breath away. Accommodation is very limited in this area, as there is only one large hotel. If you plan ahead and make the right bookings, though, it should be nice and easy to get a spot in a Bagan, or spend the night in a hammock under the stars.

  • Nightlife: Shanghai, China

Not a lot of people expect China to take nightlife quite as seriously as they do. Shanghai, being the party capital of the country, is a great example of this, giving you access to nights which you’d never conceived of. This is one of the more Western-friendly areas in China, with food you know and enjoy, along with plenty of people speaking your language. This makes for the perfect conditions for a weird party in a country you barely understand, while also giving you the chance to feel comfortable where you are.

  • A Touch Of Home: Singapore

 

Of course, while Shanghai offers some of the culture you know and love, nowhere will do it quite as well as a country impacted by another empire. Singapore isn’t large enough to have region names or more than one city, and its population is very small. Sitting at the Southern tip of Malaysia, you wouldn’t expect to find such a place, yet there it is. Along with making you feel well at home, Singapore has loads of interesting landmarks for you to visit. Leading the way environmentally in this part of the world, anyone can find something they find interesting here.

 

  • Technology: Shenzhen, China

 

Now, it’s China’s turn to throw their hat into the technology ring, and what a way to do it. Shenzhen isn’t like other cities famous for their gadgets and wild advancements. You don’t find cheap items in stores which sell them new. Instead, the deals are to be found on the marketplaces, and these are worth visiting for the sight alone. Picture thousands of people, all working hard to shave the prices of small components and gadgets, bartering with seemingly no order, and this is what you’ll find in Shenzhen. Perfect for a nerd looking for adventure.

  • History: Angkor, Cambodia

The recent history in much of Cambodia isn’t something a lot of people like to reflect on. Now, though, years of discord have come to an end, and the country is finally settling back into safety and security. Of course, though, recent history is boring, especially when compared to an ancient city like Angkor. Once a megacity, home to over 0.1% of the world’s population, this city is steeped in history which has earned is a position as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Like Bagan, this place has its own airport and hotel, making it easy to stay if you plan ahead.

  • Nightlife: Jakarta, Indonesia

Finally, as the last location on this list, it’s time to head over to Indonesia for a little bit of nightlife. Like a lot of the other cities on this list, Jakarta is rich in ancient history. But, along with this, it also has the benefit of some very modern areas, too. Property pricing is very enticing in this area, making a great place to live if you decide you love this part of the world. Companies like rumahdijual.com/tanah-dijual can help to achieve something like this. But, of course, you’ll have to do loads of research before you attempt a move like this.

The reason you go on holiday is to enjoy yourself and have a good time. Giving yourself the chance to have some time from work, you need to be working hard to make the most of what you have. Often, choosing a place based on the culture it has fostered will ensure that you enjoy your time there. If you like technology, it would be best to go to Tokyo or Taipei. But, for those with a passion for history, Myanmar or Cambodia could be better picks.

You can use a range of websites to research the countries you like the look of. Starting with Google Maps, you will be able to get a good idea of the geography of the place, along with how easy it will be to travel around it. Once you have a better idea of your favored location, you can begin to look for hotels and activities to do while your there. Sites like TripAdvisor are best for this, giving you access to thousands of reviews surrounding the businesses you’ll be using.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working harder on the time you put into your travel research. Most people will have a much better experience on their trip if they are able to balance the native culture with what they enjoy. Some places are better for nightlife and some have greater histories, but you’ll only be able to find the right ones for you with plenty of research.

Is Your Mindset Making Weight Loss Impossible?

We’re approaching the end of the year, and for many of us, 2018 will begin with aspirations to shape up and lose weight. A study published in the British press shows that a third of people want to lose weight, making it the second most common New Year’s resolution after doing more exercise. The trouble with resolutions is that we tend to start life with energy and vigour, which soon fall by the wayside. Often, it’s not our bodies that hold us back, but our minds. How often do you find yourself giving into cravings or convincing yourself that the diet starts on Monday? If you struggle to get into the zone and stay motivated, here are some tips that you may find useful.

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Work out why you want to lose weight

We all know that if there’s a good reason to do something, we’re likely to make more effort. So, why do you want to lose weight? Are you worried about your health? Are you unhappy with the way you look? Are you desperate to be more confident? Do you wish you could keep up with your kids or the dog when they’re tearing around the garden? Whatever your reasons, note them down. Be honest and write down how you feel. When you’re struggling for motivation, or you’re on the cusp of throwing in the towel, get that list out and read it. Do you still have those reasons? If so, this could just give you the nudge you need.

Make a plan and set goals

There’s a lot to be said for being spontaneous, but sometimes, planning can be incredibly beneficial. Work out how you’re going to lose weight and what kinds of changes you’re going to make. If you searched online for ways to get a perfect body, you’d be greeted with all kinds of options, from miracle cures and crash diets to healthy eating plans and cosmetic treatments from clinics like the Sculpture Clinic. Be wary of anything that promises dramatic weight loss in record time. It’s much better to consider positive lifestyle changes that will benefit you for years to come. Most people find that a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise is the best option. Look for simple, healthy recipes online or ask your doctor for advice about healthy eating plans. If you’re new to exercise, build up your fitness gradually by going to the gym, attending exercise classes, joining a sports team or a running club or even just doing a fitness DVD at home. Once you’ve got a routine up and running, stick to it and work towards goals and objectives. It’s a good idea to have a couple of days off training and to incorporate a cheat day every week so that you’re not focusing on what you can’t have all the time. This can help to keep cravings at bay and increase motivation.

Have fun

Eating leaves every day and running for miles isn’t the most fun use of your time, but being healthy doesn’t have to be dull. Experiment with different recipes and ingredients and switch up your fitness regime. Go trampolining, try yoga or go to a Zumba class as well as jogging or hitting the gym.

Many people find it tough to lose weight and often, it’s not the body that struggles, it’s the mind. Hopefully, this guide will come in handy as you try and stick to those New Year’s resolutions.

Hidden Winter Dangers for the Little People in Your Life

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There’s no doubt the weather has taken a turn for the worse of late. And as the cold winds, rain, and snow start to come in over the winter, it’s important to remember precisely how dangerous it can be for your kids at this time of year. Some dangers are obvious, of course – you wouldn’t send your children out in the frosty weather wearing little more than a vest. But there are other problems that you might not even consider. With this in mind, I’ve pulled together some of the hidden dangers for your children – let’s get started right away.

Dehydration

Most parents understand the importance of hydrating their kids during summer. But many well-meaning mums and dads forget about water in the winter. The trouble is, your child is just as likely to suffer from dehydration in the cold months as they are in the warmer times of the year. And you also have to bear in mind that when it’s cold, the body’s thirst response reduces by almost half – meaning your little one could be dehydrated and not even feel it. Make sure you are keeping them topped up with plenty of fluids throughout the day.

Big coats and car seats

According to recent research, putting your child in a car seat with a bulky coat on is incredibly dangerous. Studies have shown that the puffiness of the coat can make the straps loosen, meaning they aren’t as safe and tightly held as they should be. So, make sure you stock up on some warm blankets to keep in the car for when it’s really cold. Strap them in first, and make sure the little ones are warm, covered up and tucked in.

Underdressing

Pretty much every mum out there will ensure their child is wearing a nice, warm coat. But don’t forget about their extremities. Footmuffs to keep legs and feet warm are an ideal solution for babies that aren’t walking around yet. Don’t forget, because babies can’t move around a lot, they won’t be able to generate much internal heat. For older children, it’s vital to make sure their toes, ears, and fingers are well covered up. Wool is almost always a better solution than synthetic materials, as it allows your child’s skin to breathe.

Sunburn

Believe it or not, the sun can still be very dangerous during winter – especially when it snows. If the sun comes out on a day after a snowstorm, it will reflect upward from the ground – which maximises exposure to UV rays. Make sure that your kids are wearing sunscreen if they are going outside for any length of time.

Road safety

When the short days arrive, the roads become incredibly hazardous. Tie in the dark and gloomy afternoons with icy and slippery streets, and you can see how easy it might be for drivers of cars to make a big mistake. So, first of all, make sure your kids can be seen. If they have dark coloured coats, get some reflective strips put on them. If your little ones are walking, ensure their shoes or boots have plenty of grip, too – a small slip and tumble onto the road could end with a serious incident.

Do you have any winter safety tips for your kids? Share your knowledge in the comments section below!

A Day Out At Paradise Wildlife Park | Review

A few weekends ago we had a lovely but very cold day out at Paradise Wildlife Park, We’ve never been or heard of Paradise Wildlife Park before. It took us a good 2 hours to get there from where we are in Birmingham but the journey was easy with no problems on the way.

Paradise Wildlife Park is in Hertfordshire, just north of London and easily accessible with plenty of parking. It’s a great mix of animals, playing and other things to see and do but we started of with the animals first before ending the day with playing.

There was so many animals to see at Paradise Wildlife Park – we started with the monkeys, So many different types of monkeys to find hiding in the trees.

It was then time for the big cats – There were white lions, tigers, cheetahs and snow leopards. A great variety and all so easy to see even for my nephew. I loved the fact you having viewing platforms in some of the enclosures and you can get up close to some of these magnificent animals.

We saw so many different species of animals and birds including wallabys, Zebra, Camels, Owls, Parrots

Before we left to head home we let my nephew go on the play area, he loves just been outside and running around and we thought it might tire him out.

Paradise Wildlife Park is a nice size for a day out with a good balance of animals and other activities. It’s different to other zoos as it has a lot of other things to do rather than just animals. There are also plenty of picnic spots and lots of places to grab a drink or something to eat. If you haven’t been yet, Paradise Wildlife Park is well worth a visit.

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Freddie, Hubby & Me
  • We were invited on the above day out for the purpose of this post. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Monday | 18/12/2017

It’s the last week before Christmas and our very first family christmas as a married couple and with our little boy Freddie.  I’m getting very excited now especially with all the snow we’ve had made it so magical.

I do think I’m going to struggle this week but will do my best to stay on track and save those pennies.

So this weeks meal plan consists of

Sausage, eggs, chips & beans

Burritos & chips

Lasanga & Garlic Bread

Chicken Casserole with Rice

Indian Takeaway

Full roast with all the trimmings

Beef & Red Wine Pie, mash and vegetables

So that’s our last full meal plan before Christmas.

What’s on yours?

WISHING YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

 

How To Keep Your Dogs Happy And Healthy This Winter

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Christmas is just around the corner and winter is practically upon us. Like you, your dog probably gets excited to see the snow and the ground, but unlike you, your dog doesn’t know how to look after themselves during winter and keep safe. You know not to stay out for too long and that you need to wrap up warm, but this isn’t something that crosses your dog’s mind. No one wants to see their pooch injured or sick, especially throughout the festive period, so follow the tips below to keep your dog happy and healthy.

Shorten Your Walks

Your dog may have a fur coat, but they will still get cold if you stay out for a long time, so make sure to put them in a doggy coat if they have short fur. To avoid them getting too cold, it’s important to shorten your walks on really cold days. Of course, they still need to get exercise, so you could either take them out more frequently, or play with them inside. You could even make them an obstacle course in the house to keep them entertained and exercised for a few hours.

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Keep Them Leashed

Your dog may be the best-behaved boy or girl on the planet, but you never know when something is going to catch their attention. When this happens, they could try to run off and catch, so then you have to run after them. Not only is this dangerous for you, as you could slip and fall while chasing them, but it’s also dangerous for your dog, as they could do the same. The lakes are going to be ice cold throughout winter, so if your dog is prone to jumping in them, this is another good reason for keeping them leashed.

Inspect Their Paws

Make sure inspect your dog’s paws every single time you come home from walking them. Salt and de-icers are everywhere during winter and unfortunately could irritate your dog’s paws if they stepped in them. When it starts to irritate, your dog is also likely to lick their paws, which could make them ill. To reduce this chance, soak your dog’s paws in room-temperature water. This will also melt any ice that could cause frostbite between your dog’s toes.

Don’t Forget Fleas

Don’t forget to visit this website and pick up your flea treatment! Although fleas can’t survive outside during winter, they can still reproduce in your home and be picked up from other dogs, so the cold weather is not an excuse to skip your flea treatment. If you find that your dog does have fleas, then you might want to flea bomb your home too. After all, no one enjoys getting uninvited guests at Christmas.

No one wants a sick or injured poochy, especially this close to Christmas, so it’s important to take proper care of them. It might be cold, but don’t avoid exercising your dog completely, and when you do take them for a walk, make sure you keep them on their leash.