Hospital Letters, Homemade food & The Euro #LittleLoves

Hello, and Hello June! I’m back in the game… sorry I dissappeared had a lot going on and didn’t have time to keep up with everything.  So here is my #LittleLoves for June

Read

Well I have read lots of hospital letter that have come to me over the last few months. I’ve been in hospital today having a mini procedure,  I’ve had to have an insertable cardiac monitor fitted to monitor my heart as I keep having fainting spells.  I’m ok it was over very quick but just a little sore now.

Watched

Football and lots of it.  The Euro will be starting soon so been watching the pre matches or whatever you call them (I’m not really a footy person).  I do watch it when England play.

Wore

Well as the weather has been slowly improving I have been able to wear more summerish clothes which has been lovely.

Made

I have never been a great imaginative cook but I have tried some new things for tea recently, Making meat balls from scratch & Bacon and cheese puffs .  They were pretty delicious if I do say so myself.

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Heard

About the shooting of the gorilla in the US for the protection of the child. Very sad but I supose you will ever know exactly what happened.

And Finally…

I can finally say I go on Holiday this month to sunny Spain, I can’t wait need it so much. 10 whole days in the sun.

Hope your first week in June has gone well?

The Baby Show NEC Birmingham Review

I was given the opportunity to go to the Baby show at the NEC Birmingham which ran from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May.  I went last year as well with my sister in Law.

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I decided to take my friend with me and we headed out  to the show on the Saturday, we arrived around 10am and it was already starting to fill up.  When we first walked in you could see how many different brands had come from all over to be there for the weekend. Some of the larger well known brands that I saw were, and many more.

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There were a lot more brands some I had heard of some I hadn’t. Plus some smaller brands.  I had a chat with some of the lovely people who were exhibiting to get more background on their businesses and what they had to offer.

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There was so much going on throughout the day, talks, cat walk shows, freebies and even the odd celebrity, but sadly I never met any of them.

Because I was press I was given the opportunity to meet and chat to the lovely people at Nuby and My little Duckling to find out more about their products.

Nuby have recently released a new bottle for newborns called the Nuby Natural Touch 360˚.

COMING SOON! NEW 360 Anti Relfux and Colic Bottles - Boy

NEW Nûby Natural Touch 360˚, is a revolutionary bottle designed for babies with reflux and colic symptoms.

  1. Reduces Reflux – as the weighted straw allows baby to feed in the upright position until the last drops of the feed.
  2. Combats Colic – with three advanced anti-colic valves which help prevent vacuum build up inside the bottle and avoids baby swallowing air.
  3. Allows 360˚ Any Angle Feeding – baby can latch-on at any angle around the teat and parents can feed in any position or hold that feels right.
  4. 9/10 Baby Accepted Teat – compatible with the baby-accepted multi-award winning* Natural Touch breast-like teats (2 pack at just £3.99).

Priced at just £12.99 – I think this is really good value.  * I was gifted a set of these bottles.

I was also gifted this gorgeous unisex set of 6 bottles – Aren’t they just gorgeous.

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Later on it was time to meet the lovely people at My Little Duckling, they are a company that bring beautiful, fun and imaginative sets dedicated for babies and toddlers. Their products were an adorable array of all different styles, designs and colours.  I was asked if I wanted a set to review, It was hard to choice just one as they were all just wonderful but eventually with some help chose this one.

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Here it is modelled by my little assistant

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We then decided to stop for some lunch and have a little rest.  After lunch we then walked back round to make sure we hadn’t missed any stores.My friend was looking for a baby carrier.

Finally Tommee Tippee was the last largest store I visited with my friend as she wanted to look round.  I spoke to a lovely lady there who spotted my press wrist band so I handed my business card to them and out of the blue she gave me one of their new “Ultra” Bottles and some milestone cards.

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RRP is £8.99

Facts about the Ultra

  • The revolutionary new Ultra bottle has an extra-wide silicone teat, shaped like a breast offering baby a natural latch, making it easy to switch between breast and bottle feeding.
  • The Ultra teat has a contour zone at the base of the teat which forms a perfect seal with baby’s mouth, reducing the risk of air intake and preventing messy dribbles.
  • A unique, angled teat allows the milk to flow smoothly from the bottle whilst you baby remains in a comfortable upright position, no more tipping baby to reach the last part of the feed.
  • The Ultra bottle delivers you a natural breast-like latch, a perfectly secure seal and angled position for a continuous milk flow resulting in a perfect feeding experience
  • Ultra, the only baby bottle you will ever need. For the ultimate latch, seal and flow!

Key Features

* Breast-like shape for a natural latch and easy switching between breast and bottle

* Contour zone on teat allows for a secure seal reducing air intake and dribbles

* Revolutionary, offset teat angles the bottle for a smooth milk flow

* Unique, ergonomic bottle shape for greater comfort and bottle control

* Super-sensitive teat eliminates excessive air flow

* BPA-free for your ultimate reassurance

* Suitable from birth

* Ultra teats are compatible with the Ultra bottle base only

To find out more about their products visit their website on http://www.tommeetippee.co.uk/

There was so many different companies, We could have stayed there all day.

We finally left after spending 5 hours there, but what a lovely day me and my friend had, will defiantly go again.

*I was given complimentary Tickets to the show, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Heat Holders Sock Review – Making life Warmer

THE ULTIMATE THERMAL SOCK

My feet are always the coldest part of me even with socks & slippers on.  When I was offered a pair of heat holders socks to trial I jumped at the opportunity.

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They are over 7x warmer than any pair of basic cotton socks.  They are great to wear will all types of footwear.  Especially wellies when it is freezing cold outside and you’ve got to take the dog for a walk these are just perfect to keep your feet snug and warm.  Me & my partner do alot of walking so these will be used alot.

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You can find there full range here online.  You can purchase these from lots of different places and they come in all different colours and sizes to fit all ages.

“Heat Holders are thermal socks which possess a 2.34 tog rating and have been produced using a unique three-stage knitting process. This means that our customers can be certain that wearing Heat Holders will keep their feet warm like no other sock has before. Heat Holders’ reputation has grown tremendously, with over 10 million pairs sold worldwide so far, but our success wasn’t achieved overnight. The creation of such an innovative and high-quality product took years of brain-storming, design and experimentation to get to where we are today”.

*I was sent these sock for the purpose of a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Pizza & Cider at The Stables Birmingham

On Sunday 8th May I attended my 2nd blog event which was held in Birmingham at The Stables. It was a very hot summers day and what better way to have spent it than drinking cider and making pizza?  I had never heard of this place/company before so this was a first for me, they are fairly new to Birmingham.  I went along with my sister in Law Rachel and I do love cider so was really excited to go – who wouldn’t be with alcohol & Pizza?

When we first arrived we were the first bloggers there and were handed a glass of cider, it was lovely and refreshing.

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After a few minutes lots of other bloggers started turning up we all sat on benches and got talking to lots of different people, then the general manager introduced himself to us and the other members of staff.

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We started the afternoon off with a really interesting talk and taste session with Alan from Hogan’s Cider (Above photo). There were lots of opportunity to taste a variety of flavours that ranged from very strong Scrumpy types, to bottled fizzy varieties and lastly a cider brandy. The ciders had weird and wonderful names like ‘Hazy Daisy’ and ‘French Revelation’.  They also had different flavours, but unfortunately these weren’t to my taste.

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Then came more cider but this time a “Blind Tasting” session there were 5 on a rack and we had to guess what they were.  We couldn’t guess what they were but what we could tell you was that 2 out of the 5 were yummy, 1 and 5 were my favourite.

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This is what they were.

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After testing a lot of Cider on a pretty empty stomach, it was time to indulge in the other favourite of The Stable – Pizza.  Seeing as this was a bloggers event, there was an opportunity to get into the kitchen and make our own.

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The base and sauce was done so we then chose our own toppings.  The toppings I chose were Cheese (Lots of cheese), pepperoni, onions and more cheese, but goats cheese this time.  I am really fussy when it comes to pizza toppings so was really happy when I was able choose my own and put whatever I wanted on it.

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We were allowed to have a go at getting the base into the huge ovens (not as easy as it sounds or looks when the base is so thin).  I managed to do it though (Whoop).

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After a pretty quick couple of minutes in a big hot pizza oven they were ready for tasting.  I’m not a big pizza fan (Unless i’m hungover) but my god these were amazing & delicious (Even if I do say so myself), thin crispy bases will a few of my favourite things on = one happy me.

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I would defiantly go back to The stables.

*I was invited to this event for the purpose of a review, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

Utilising space in your home

We’ve been in our house15months now and still have lots of little bits to sort out.  When we moved in I saw potential in 2 little spaces in our kitchen one been the understairs cupboard and the other been like a utility that was called the “coal house”.  The previous owners used both as junk storage.  This is what I have done and it hasn’t cost me much money either.  Just proves you can do a lot with small spaces without breaking the bank.

The utility

This room once was a storage room, painted in a dark horrible colour that made it look dull and dirty, which housed a wooden storage unit full off rubbish, a washing machine, fridge/freezer and general junk. I gave it a lick of white bright paint to make the room look bigger.

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It is not a very big room but it is big enough for what I need it for.  There was no worktop there when we moved it, but I said I wanted to add a worktop to be able to put things in there e.g the microwave to keep the worktops in the kitchen free.  So to save a bit of money I phoned round kitchen places to see if I could get a pieces (I only need 1metre length) for as cheap as possible,  Well after phoning round I managed to finally find a company that had a perfectly sized piece for…FREE.  There is still plenty of room aswell both on top and underneath.

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Again, when we moved in this room was used as a junk room,  We cluttered the room with dog food, alcohol/Beer – Obviously most important thing, coats, ironing board and anything that would fit really.  Then I thought one day I want to maximise this space and make it in to something that was useful.  I said to my dad, can we make this room into a pantry?   He didn’t see why we couldn’t.  With me and my fiance working full-time it was difficult to find time to help my dad get it sorted, other than weekends but we always seemed to have something on.  Finally a few long months May bank holiday Monday arrived and my parents said they would come round and help get it started.  This is what it looked like before, a shell that we used as a junk store, coats, paint, alcohol, ironing board, dog stuff and more….

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After a few weeks of cutting and prepping wood and painting it all to give it a nice finish.  Then it was time to cut some battens to create the supports to fix the brackets on to.  It’s not a difficult task but took a good few hours to complete, lots of drilling, screwing and sawing later, These are the end results.

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As you can see we made sure there was plenty of spare room at the bottom for the alcohol.

I am in love with my pantry/understairs cupboard (Sad I know), but it has given us so much more space to utilise in other cupboards and drawers.

What spaces have you changed in your house?

Cocktails & Razors

Well I attended my first ever blog event a few weeks back now and what better way to start than with making your own cocktails, I love a good cocktail.

When you think about cocktails and razors it’s obviously something that you wouldn’t usually put together. Well on the 9th April this combination worked, when a group of bloggers were invited to Bar Opus in Birmingham near snowhill train station for a cocktail masterclass to celebrate the successful launch of Friction Free Shaving.

I love cocktails an often try and make them at home but was excited to have a go at making some with the pros. I love Cosmopolitan’s or a little Sex on the Beach, but it never taste a spot on what you get in bars when I make them.

I have to admit I have not heard of them up until this event so was interested to find out more about Friction Free Shaving.After hearing the background It’s pretty damn amazing idea. Basically, it is a subscription box that specialises in women’s shaving products. Each month you are sent new blades for your razor – you get the razor in your first box. I tend to shave every time I have a shower even if it’s not necessary.   How handy would it be to have some sent out every month, Save the hassle of forgetting to pick replacement blades up on your shopping.  I’ve tried so many different types of razors and nothing compares to Friction Free Shaving now as they are decent ones, with moisturisers and stuff built in. This subscription box costs between £3 and £7 a month, which I think is really good value for money, and the razors well they are Gorgeous!!

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How pretty is that?

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It is rose gold and It even had my name engraved on it, this service will be rolled out soon by Friction Free Shaving. This razor is called ‘Samantha’, and is £7 a month. I couldn’t wait to try it out… It certainly a cut above the rest.

And then onto the cocktail making.Amazing!!

The first one we made was called ‘Samantha’ – named after the above razor. This was made with gin, limoncello and lemonade it was rather refreshing and went down far too easily, like pop.

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The second one we had a go at making was called a ‘Faye’, which is the name of the £3 a month razor.  It was made with cold milk, honey Jim Beam, vanilla syrup and crushed honeycomb – I didn’t like this one very much but was ok.

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The Third and finally was the ‘Frankie’ , named after the £5 a month razor. This was the hardest one because it was created to stay in layers…It was difficult, but still tasted pretty damn good  – It was made with rose syrup, blackcurrant gin and prosecco.

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I had a great time making the cocktails and finding out more about Friction Free Shaving and meeting lots of new bloggers.

*I was invited to this event for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Denim, Rain and Homemade cookies #LittleLoves

Wow that is another month over and gone already… Why are the months flying by so quickly?

Read

Nothing this week has been crazy busy, going to try and sit down next week and read through people’s blog posts. I love reading what everyone else has been up to.

Watched

Rain, snow, hail and the sun shining, it’s been a week full of all four seasons, I just hope it improves soon.  I hate been cold and it’s been freezing.  Roll on Summer.

Wore

I have worn this, my denimn dress I brought the other day from New look.  I never thought full denimn would suit me but I love my new dress.  I tried to wear it with nothing on my legs but then soon realised it was a bit too cold and a little too short so put some leggings on underneath.  I’ve had lots of compliments when I’ve worn it so that’s given me confidence.

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Made

I made cookies unfortuantly not from scratch I cheated and brought a packet mix but my god they tasted pretty awesome.

Heard

Along with the every sort of weather all in one week we had a big thunder and lightening storm as well.  The lightening lit up the whole house and the thunder rumbled and roared for what seemed like forever but lasted only a short time.  I think our dog Carly was glad when it was all over.

And Finally…

Hope you have all had a great bank holiday weekend!?

Where’s the groom, Bear Grylls and Bridesmaids #LittleLoves

This week as been a tiring week but a short week in the office as have been in London 2 days and worked from home mid week due to a hospital appointment.

Read

“Where’s the Groom” by Sophie Meyer.  I downloaded this as a freebie on my kindle as the blurb looked good and it is good, i’m hooked can’t put it down.

Watched

The Island by Bear Grylls. This is about a group of women and men that were put on a Island and had to fend for themselves find food etc and surviving for as long as they can.  It is exciting but nervous at the same time, with plenty of swearing, arguing and craziness.

Wore

I haven’t worn them yet but I have brought some new Tops from Primark and New look.  Now just need an occasion to wear them lol.

Made

I don’t know if it gets classed as made yet…but I am turning my understairs cupboard into a pantry, so my dad bless him has been cutting and making us some shelves and painting them.  My dad and nephew lipping the shelves ready to paint.  Will post pictures when its completed.

Heard

More sad new about even more famous people passing away.  This year really has started off rubbish for loosing so many people.  RIP all.

And Finally…

I GOT ASKED TO BE BRIDESMAID!! Yes my cousins asked me to be her bridesmaid, I am so excited, I have never been a bridesmaid before, so will give me plenty of practice before my big day!!

Hope you have all had a great week!!

Foodies Festival – Cannon Hill Park Birmingham

Every year Cannon Hill Park hold a massive show known as the Foodie Festival, Last year my sister in Law went with her boyfriend and kids and had a great time.  Cannon Hill Park is a beautiful place to visit as well.

The festival will take place at the park from 3rd June to 5th June 2016

There will be lots of different companies there on the day, plenty to eat and drink and be happy.  I hope the sun is shining to top the day off.

You can read about my sister in Laws visit last year and what she thought about it Here

There will be entertainment stall with live bands and people playing music throughout the day aswell.  The fesitval happens at different places all over the UK at different times, check out the website for locations and to book your tickets.

Official blog review to come after my visit.

So how would you like to now win a pair of tickets to the festival? I am now offering my readers the chance of winning two pairs of tickets for this event plus a 2 for 1 offer on tickets when you order via the site and quote “FOODIES”.  To purchase Tickets visit Here

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*We were given complimentary tickets for the purpose of a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.