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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Win a Pair Of Tickets To The Baby Show @ London Olympia

Being a Britax Mumbassador gives me lots of fun and exciting opportunities to share with you all. 

From 24th – 26th October, The Baby Show will be at London Olympia, and as a Britax Mumbassador, I’ve been given 2 tickets to give away to one of my lucky followers!

Britax will be on stand F65 at the Baby Show, showcasing the Affinity pushchair. Suitable from birth, this pushchair combines safety and style. With its range of gorgeous colours, this pushchair is designed for parents looking for the ultimate in style, but without compromising on safety, comfort or ease of use. Britax will also be showing off the DUALFIX car seat. A clever ISOFIX Group 0+ & 1 car seat that swivels a full 360°, it offers parents the choice to leave their child rearward facing up until 18kg (approx. 4 years) or turn them 180° to a forward facing position from 9kg, without the need to reinstall the seat. With DUALFIX’s 360° flexibility, parents have the choice to make the decision that best suits their family’s needs.

Alongside these products, Britax will have the popular BOB active stroller range on hand to try at the show at stand number G80. BOB is the sporty little brother providing products for active families, including the all-terrain power pushchair BOB Revolution® PRO. This stroller launched earlier in 2014 and is the first pushchair on the market that has a swivel wheel which is safe and approved for running and skating in the UK and Europe. This also makes it perfect for everyday use too, providing nimble manoeuvrability even in tight spaces!
Enter into the give-away below and you could find yourself on your way to The Baby Show to see the latest products on the market. The competition closes on 17th October, so don’t miss out on your chance to attend!

Pair Of Tickets To The Baby Show @ London Olympia

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Having a better nights sleep with Dormeo

At the beginning of the month we were asked if we would like to review a memory foam mattress from Dormeo. If I'm honest, this took no thinking at all and there was a instant reply of yes. We have needed a new mattress for a while now as our has slowly given up, but as funds are a bit far stretched we have made manage. So a perfect opportunity seeming as we had just finished decorating. 

I had heard many things about memory foam mattresses, many of them being good so we were rather excited to get to try one.
The mattress we were given to review was the Dormeo Memory, which has a comfort grade of medium, suiting most people particularly those who sleep mainly on their sides, with both Ashley and I do. 
'An upper layer of visco-elastic memory foam is sewn directly into the Florentine-stitched cover to guarantee a sumptuous, accepting softness on your body.
Beneath the sumptuous upper-layer lies a deep foundation of supportive, patented Ecocell. The 3D open-cell foam gives your body the base and foundation it needs for that vital, consistent back support.'
The mattress also features a structure preventing the build-up of heat and moisture on the sleeping surface, whilst also being anti-static and protecting against dust mites.

This matress comes in a range of sizes from Single to Super King and all come with free standard P&P and a 60 night comfort guarantee. 

So, what do we think. Well first impressions were very weird. A small rectangular box arrived supposidly being our new mattress. I was simply unsure how this could be so. HOwever, we opened the box to find a vacuum packed mattress. Once the packaging was opened we left the mattress to settle for the day whilst we were at work. When home you would never have known this mattress came packed so small. 

Then came our first night of actually sleeping on the mattress, well that was very strange. I'm not entirely sure why they have an entirely different feel to a standard mattress. But it was the best nights sleep I had had in a long time. The memory foam mattress have no bounce in them, which Jack doesn't particularly like, but it makes for a comfier night sleep. As for the cooling element I've not been as warm as I sometimes am during the night, which I think is of the help oft he mattress. 

The mattress is also incredibly light making it easy to manouver when changing the bed sheets, heaven. 
For anyone looking for a new mattress or thinking of trying a memory foam I would definately recommend them. 
Also I would highly recommend Dormeo, at the moment they have a great sale on, but there prices seem reasonable anyway.

Disclaimer: We were sent a mattress for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and not influenced.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Working full time and crazy life of recent

Since I've returned to work full time, I've not blogged as much as my life seems to have taken a crazy turn. As well as starting a whole new job I also decided to return to work full time.
I somehow thought my life would be better, I'd have less things to do etc etc. However I couldn't have been more wrong.
Within my new role I am currently doing some training, whilst this is easy as I do it at work. My body still doesn't seem to be used to the idea. Of course I am using my brain a lot more which is what I wanted but then by the time I return home I'm extremly tired. Within my old job, I worked two days a week a Monday and Thursday, I didn't really need to use my brain too much and I had been doing the job for a long time it was like second nature - also I sat down for majority of the day. However now, I work Monday to Friday occasionally Saturdays and once I qualify Sundays too, use my brain for the enterity of the day and stand on my feet all day. I used to have plenty of time to spend with Jack, do household chores and meet my friends and relax - now I have none. Once I'm home, I have all the things to do I would normally have done within the day time so having no time at all for blogging or at the very least social media.

To top all of this off, a couple of weeks ago my poor mum was taken ill, and we had to have the paramedics out to her, luckily she was fine but they asked her to make an emergency appointment at the GPs for the Monday. I took a super early lunch at work and went along to the GPs with my mum to know what was happening, from there she got rushed to A&E and was treated for a heart attack. Now for those of you who maybe don't know me too well, my mum is my world and I'd be totally lost without her. So cue a mini panic from me, luckily she didn't have a heart attack although a couple of weeks on we are still not entirely sure what happened.

Following from this, I've been trying my best to try and fit in some family time with Ashley, we are struggling a little to find time to spend at the moment since starting my new job and he's been working overtime. We are still trying to complete operation garden whilst trying to plan the wedding and many other things.

I'm hoping I can begin to plan my time a little better, hope to get Jack back into a bedtime routine so I can have some time to blog, or at least catch up on social media. I'm also hoping I can plan some family time in as well without worrying about other things.

Life sets us many a challenge, this being one of many of mine. Heres hoping we come out the other side well.

Peppa Pig's Big Splash UK Tour

If you have young children, or maybe even if not, you are sure to know who Peppa Pig is. Many children are a fan of the mischievous little pink pig. Anyway, Peppa Pig and family have captured the hearts and many hours of many pre-schoolers and toddlers over the past couple of years.

Now summer is over and its time to find warmer ways to keep the children entertained, thats where Peppa Pig's Big Splash Tour comes in. Peppa Pig and family are touring the UK and Ireland again this Autumn/Winter and are set to keep all Peppa Pig fans happy, incorporating lots of fun, laughter and of course muddy puddles.

The show promises to be an all-singing, all-dancing adventure with puppets and sing-a-long opportunities.
The following trailer gives you a little glimpse.

Throughout October the tour will be visiting Woking, Isle Of Wight, Bristol, Southampton, Bournemouth, Clacton-On-Sea, Billingham, Nottingham and Leeds and then visiting London in December.

Of course, when planning an adventure we as parents have many things to consider such as transport and accomodation if not near. We always look at other things to do in and around and possibly making a weekend of overnight visit. Finding accomodation with children can sometimes be a long process finding something family friendly. If you are visiting the show in Southampton there is a choice between Holiday Inn Southampton, Holiday Inn Eastleigh or Holiday Inn Fareham. You could possibly even visit Peppa Pig World too. Alternatively if visiting the show in Woking there is Holiday Inn Farnborough

In Collaboration with IHG.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Washing Babies Clothes and Senstive Skin #Shop #CollectiveBias

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias 

A lot of my friends are pregnant or have recently had babies again, and it's doing nothing for my broodiness. I cannot wait to have more children but I've recently changed jobs and we get married awfully soon so it's in delay. 

However it got me thinking about when I was pregnant with Jack and when he was first born. Jack is the first grandchild on both sides, and Ashley had never dealt with babies before, he'd never held one and only remembered his siblings being babies. But either way I don't think anyone can prepare you for having children of your own. No-one could explain how much you would love and care for this baby and how much you would want to protect them.

When I was pregnant I expected everything to go wrong with my pregnancy, however I had a fairly simple birth until nearer the end when I had reduced fetal movements, but all turned out well. Since Jack has grown hes had a few more problems but nothing too serious. 

 Ahh how I miss this little bundle

Something we do take great consideration with is laundry detergent, Ashley and his father have sensitive skin and eczema, as does Jack now. When I was pregnant and ever since its been important to me to use a detergent as soft as possible on his clothing. When your a new parent every product is thrown at you and it can be a bit of a whirlwind, but we've always stuck to the same which is in our budget, Persil and Comfort as a fabric conditioner.  They are both reasonably priced and has sensitive skin in mind, using no enzymes and recognised by the British Skin foundation, both are dermatologically and hypoallergenic tested. Being recognised by the British Skin foundation was a big positve for us with all the skin problems Ashley's family have, I want Jack to have as much protection as possible.

One of the things I love about Persil and Comfort is their support for Tommys charity, the charity that saves babies' lives. 
Tommy's fund research into pregnancy problems and provides information to parents. We believe it is unacceptable that one in four woman lose a baby during pregnancy and birth. 
Tommy's is a charity I'm a supporter of, I'm luckily enough to have never needed their support but the work they do is amazing. I cannot think of anything more devistating then loosing a child, whether whilst still pregnant or once born. Tommy's fund medical research into causes and prevention of miscarriage, premature birth and still birth and provide free information to those in need. 

In your locals ASDA stores you can pick up promotional packs of Persil non-bio 25w and Comfort Pure 42w products where 25p from each pack will be donated to the charity, with a total of £100,000 being donated. #Mums4Tommys

Monday, 25 August 2014

Hassle Free Second Phone Lines - Vonage

In June of last year, I set up my own business, its still building slowly but thats okay. Whilst I was working part time I was trying to find a way to make money by staying at home with Jack. This is when I decided to begin my own business. However, deciding to run a business isn't the easiest of things. 

So, I run a small company, literally just myself and Ashley helping occasionally, dealing with sweeties. I do all the work at home or on the move, mainly at home, however our home is not a business property. My business involves talking with clients on a regular basis either via email or via phone. Personally I like talking to people on the phone I feel it gives a better presentation, however, I only have my personal mobile and our home phone. So until recently I chose to use my personal mobile for all business related calls. But, recently we were given the opportunity with mumsnet to review Vonage, which is a fantastic service allowing you to have a second phone line, hassle free without high set up costs.

To good to be true yes? 
Well you could think that, I did, but its true. Vonage simply connects to your existing broadband creating a second phone line. All you need to get started is broadband with a Wi-Fi router, which has a spare LAN connection, and a phone handset. No need for high set up fees or a costly technician to visit your home. Simply once your Vonage box arrives at your home, you can be up and running within minutes, literally!

So, to make your new second line work you will receive a Vonage box, a Vonage box power supply unit, an Ethernet Cable, a Telephone Socket Adapter and a Quick Start Guide. 
The quick start guide will simply get you started quickly, its easy to follow but provides enough information. It really couldn't be made any easier apart from someone doing it for you. 

Vonage works for both UK and interational calls, and to mobile phones. So with this in mind you would think its expensive yes? Well no, Vonage starts from as little as £7 a month and rises to £24 a month. Of course there are other packages in between. What really sells this to me is there is no additional costs such as line renatl, the only extras are additional call charges made outside of your plan. Theres no fixed contract, you even get a 30 money back guarantee included. 

I think Vonage is a perfect solution for any small business, or any business infact that is in need of a second phone line. Its a simple way to claim as a business expense to if need be. I enjoy having a dedicated business line, it makes me feel like a proper business woman. 

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Summer Weekends Of Fun.

I know we are half way through Summer, but I feel we are now in full force British Summer as the rain has arrived.

This year it seems like many a weekend 'food festivals' are happening, either that or I've not seen as many in previous years. One that's rather impressed me this year is The Manchester Picnic, which is basically three fun days of family food fun, now what could be better than that? Food, Family and Fun! This is taking place from Friday 29th - Sunday 31st August so for the very end part of August. 

The Manchester Picnic is now in its fifth year, as a much loved family food festival, its one I'm eager to try if we can get there. It will take place in Piccadilly Gardens daily from 11am - 6pm on the above dates. This year there is a theme of 'Play' to celebrate the recent opening of the children's playground near Victoria Memorial in Piccadilly Gardens, so you could visit two things in one go right?

Now for the children, on Sunday 31st August, the popular children's teddy bear's picnic shall be returning with a special appearance from Baby Ballet's Twinkle The Bear.
It sounds like a truly wonderful weekend of fun, and food.

If like us you would have a little travel to make, or maybe your local but fancy a night's break away from general life. There are hotels nearby such as The Crowne Plaza, Manchester Airport which is only a short drive away in a car. Which also means, you could possibly fly there from further away destinations to enjoy the event.

My other suggestion is, as it is summer in the UK its probably best to bring a lightweight rain coat just in case. 

This post is in Collabaration with Crowne Plaza