Monthly Archives: August 2018

Choosing The Right Nursery for your Child

Choosing a nursery for your precious little one can be so stressful, as a first time parent I never realised how hard it would be.

We were lucky as a brand new nursery opened just round the corner from our home and my cousin started working there so I knew he would be safe, it was a little more expensive than others but no money can put a price on the safety of your children.

Below is an infographic from Wandsworth Nursery and Preschool which will help you to make sure you make the right decision when choosing a nursery.

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Staying healthy with MyJuicer

We all want that perfect bodies, but shouldn’t we just be happy with what we are given?  I’ve got friends who go crazy on healthy foods, diets and supplements or even fasting diets, I have never been that person.  I have tried several diets over the years but never stuck to them, even after having my little boy.  I’m never going to be thin or have a flat stomach, and that’s fine and I’m happy with the person I am, my body has grown a tiny human being and that’s enough for me.

MyJuicer is the online UK’s dedicated juicer and blender store where you can purchase and find competitive prices.  They aim to provide a pleasant experience when you shop on their online store, offering quality products with a top rated customer service. They are based within the United Kingdom, and distribute nationwide.  They also have a great team offering their customers the best juicers and health tips available online.

But how would you know which one to chose as don’t they all do the same thing?

Blender, Mixer, Juicer, Food Processor, Kitchen, Food

A little Fact for you

There Is No Perfect Diet for Everyone

People are all unique. Subtle differences in genetics, body type, physical activity and environment can affect which type of diet you should follow.

Some people do best on a low-carb diet, while others are better off on a vegetarian high-carb diet.

The fact is, what works for one person may not work for the next so don’t get disheartened.

To figure out what you should do, a little experimentation may be needed.

Try a few different things until you find something that you enjoy and think you can stick to. Different strokes for different folks

What are your tips or best programmes that have helped you?

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Smol Washing capsule | Review

We I do all the washing in our house, (tom doesn’t even know how to switch it on let alone use it) and I lose track of how many loads I wash a week, there is never an easy way of saving money with washing powders and detergents as there are so many out there for us to choose from.

What if there was an easy way of purchasing washing products without lugging heavy boxes off the shelves and into the car and back out the other end?

How about a deliver to your door service?

Here’s how it works

Basically every customer get the free trial, the £1 is a contribution to P&P the product (9 capsules in a cute mini pack) is free.
After 7 days we send you an email to remind you that your plan will start in a few days. On the 10th day your first regular pack is dispatched – this costs £3.85 and you get 24 capsules.
Each capsule is 16p which works out at up to 50% less than the capsule brands in the supermarket.
After your first pack you will get regular deliveries depending on how you answered the question, so if you put your washing machine on 6 times a week you will get a pack every 4 weeks ( 28 days) but if you put your machine on 3 times a week your pack will come every 8 weeks (56 days).

Does that make sense?

They come in a handy little box which is secured with clips to prevent little hands getting into them.

All you do is just pop one capsule in each wash, nothing else required, leaves your clothes smelling fresh.

*Always keep washing detergents out of reach of children.

  •  We were sent this product free of charge for the purpose of this review.  However, all thought and opinions are my own.

A Healthier Choice for Pets from Scrumbles

Over the years it has really been drummed into us from TV adverts,  shows, doctors to have a healthier lifestyle, eat the right things, eat the right amount and make sure we get our five a day fruit and veg.

I have studied alot into animals care and nurtrients and there are so many different types of food for our pets it is hard to know which one to choose. Our dog Carly is currently fed on Earls from Aldi and she loves it, it contains meaty chunks and vegetables and provides her with all the energy and nutrients she needs.

Scrumbles recently got in touch to introduce us to their new range of ethical pet food and it got me thinking about what we feed Carly, the amount we feed her and whether she actually gets all the nutrients she needs.

Scrumbles is a completely natural pet food with no nasties in it – they contain all the essential amino acids and are packed with a blend of fresh and dried chicken but without added sugar or salt and they are lentil, pea and potato free too. All of the recipes contain good digestible grains, brown rice and oats which give a nutritious source of dietary fibre to maintain intestinal health and it means they are gluten free too. Plus, Scrumbles have a whole range of pet food for cats, kittens, puppies and dogs.

I would of took a picture of Carly enjoying it but she loves her food so much its gone within minutes.

A 2KG bag of dog food costs £11.49.  I would like to see this food in more flavours too.

Carly really likes her new food from Scrumbles and I’m sure she would agree if she could speak herself!  The empty bowl says it all really.

The Anatomy Of A Perfect Wedding

They call it the big day. But when you think about it, “big” simply isn’t a “big” enough word. The prospect of a modern wedding is more than just “big”… It’s titanic! It’s a Herculean undertaking that’s similar in scope and organisation to a military operation. Let’s be honest, planning a wedding in the 21st century is an extremely stressful endeavour. It requires a lot of research, inspiration, phone calls, discussions, haggling, compromises, revisions, last minute changes and (of course) expenditure. This can lead to a lot of sleepless nights, stress, worry, upset, heated arguments and a range of other factors that can conspire to transform you into a bridezilla. But if you take a moment to look at the anatomy of a perfect wedding, you’ll see that everything else is just window

Food and drink

Of course, it’s important to feed your guests, but the food you choose for your wedding fare has a special significance. It should represent your shared tastes and the very idiosyncratic palate that you have created together for a couple. It should speak to the countless meals you’ve enjoyed together over the years and perhaps even the cuisines of destinations you’ve visited together.

Music

As the bard once write, “If music be the food of love, play on”. Your music should be more than something to get your tipsy dad up and dancing with his tie around his head (although it should certainly do that, too). It should be an audial roadmap of your relationship. Don’t just book any old DJ, use an experienced disc spinner like Benny Smyth DJ. A good DJ will talk to you about your relationship and try and cobble together a soundtrack to your love, interspersed with floor fillers to get each and every generation up and dancing.

Friends and family

Many newly married couples are pleasantly surprised to find that married life is much the same as life before the big day and yet somehow better. But that shouldn’t detract from the momentousness of the occasion nor the importance of sharing it with the people who matter the most to you in the whole world. No wedding is complete without the closest friends and family who will get to witness your declaration of love for one another in the eyes of the law.

Two people who love each other

This can be extremely difficult to digest in a climate where we’re so encouraged to put the minutiae before the momentous. We’re encouraged to agonize over colours and textures of bridesmaids’ dresses, the relative virtues of different cake flavours, the perfect shoes and which entrees to include for gluten free guests… But don’t let your absorption in the little things detract your attention from the fact that you love each other so much that you’re ready to spend the rest of your lives together. When things get stressful, when arguments start and when tempers flare, remember that most important fact and everything else will fall into place.

When you look at the anatomy of a perfect wedding, it really doesn’t matter how much you spend.

Meal Planning Mondays 20/08/18

Last week was a bit of a write of as our little boy was poorly, still don’t know what was wrong with him but he just kept crying so we decided to take him to Heartlands to get checked over.  So the meals we planned we kind of stuck too, but with both of us shattered I didn’t feel much like cooking.

This is my last working week here at Reed Exhibitions as I’m on holiday next week so me and Hubby can spend some time together before starting my new job beginning of september.

This weeks meals are:

Ginster Pasties & Salad

Omlette & Chips

Sausages, Homemade roast potatoes, Veg & Gravy

Chicken & Bacon tagliatelle in cheese sauce

Stirfry

Cheese & bacon potato skins with salad & beans

Roasted Lemon Salmon, New potatoes and green beans

Whats on your plate this week?

PS There will be no meal plan next week

Family Photo Shoot #MySundayPhoto

A few weeks again we had our first proper family photoshoot as a review opportunity through John Jenkins Photography and finally got the photos sent to us.  We are totally in love with them and can’t wait to get them printed, framed and put up in various place around our house.

So here is one of my many favourites of our shoot as a family of 3

 

What’s your sunday photo?

Photalife

Smyths Hape Pound and Tap Bench | Review

Freddie loves nothing more than to make as much noise as possible.

We were offered the opportunity to review the Hape Pound and tap bench which can be purchased from Smyths Toys for a price of £19.99.

What I love about this product is you can take the xylophone out so they can play with it separately.  It’s not to big so doesn’t take up much floor space and is wooden so can’t be destroyed easily.  The bright colours so you can thelp each them colours which will help with their development.

Since receiving this product Freddie has spend alot of time enjoying banging it and making lots of noise and would highly recommend it.

About the product

  • Pounding sends the balls tinkling over the xylophone
  • Pull out the keyboard and the xylophone can be played solo
  • Introduces logic, matching, spatial relationships, critical thinking, and an understanding of cause and effect
  • Children can play together with his/her friends
  • Fine Motor Skills: Promotes dexterity, hand/eye coordination’s
  • Contents: One tap bench with 3 balls, A xylophone fixed in the middle of the tap bench and A wooden sticker
  • Dimensions: 24L x 15W x 13.5H cm
  • We received this product free of charge for th purpose of this review.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Meal Planning Mondays 13/08/18

Well I had some really exciting news this month, I’ve got a new job, Well not exactly new but back to my old place where I was before I went on maternity leave and got made redundant.  So i’ve got effectively got 3 weeks left here, then a week with the husband at home bank holiday week, then I start the beginning of September.

The last few weeks have been hard for meal planning as i’ve been poorly with a bacterial throat infection and had a fever all weekend but i’m on the mend now with a course of antibiotics and back to finding new meal ideas.

This weeks meals are:

Pizza, Chips and Salad

Jacket Potato, Bean, Cheese & Salad

Spaghetti Bolognese

Paprika Chicken, Rice & salad

Stirfry

Pan Fried Pork with homemade wedges

Shepherds Pie, veg & gravy

Whats on your plate this week?

Safety 1st Timba highchair | Review

Our little boy is growing up way to quickly and can crawl, pull himself up and very nearly walk by himself.  He loves his food too.  We had to get 3 highchairs and that’s not cheap so when I was offered one from safety 1st I jumped at the opportunity.

My husband put it together the evening we received it but it wasn’t easy at all, it all came flat packed with instructions but they were pretty useless.  It was a 2 person job as you couldn’t slide any pieces into the frame you had to build it from one side to the other whilst trying to hold it all together

Once we finally fixed it all together, the next day we put Freddie in it, he seemed to like it but when there’s food around he will happily sit anywhere.

Unfortunately, the downside for us with this highchair is you can’t fold it away in a cupboard, once it is put together you have to dismantle it to put it away, luckily our kitchen is big enough to be able to leave it up.  Another thing I would change would be the straps as Freddie can easily turn around in it and has already nearly climbed out of it once as he has managed to wriggle his legs out of the straps, therefore I feel the safety of this highchair is not up to standard.

It easy to wipe over but if food is left or missed it is hard to get it off and have to use brute force.

I can’t say I would purchase this highchair in the future because of some of the points above.

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