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Thursday, 11 February 2016

Mini Boxes from Weekend Box Club | A Review

With the lack of sunshine recently and increase in rain, we've been doing lots of indoor activities. Recently, Weekend Box Club got in touch asking if we would like to try one of their new Mini Weekend Box, and intrigued to know me I agreed. 

I had a read about the boxes first and was excited for it to arrive. Basically you sign up to the service and  you are sent a box of goodies full of activities for you to do on the weekend. The box is small enough to fit through your letterbox and contains almost everything you will need to complete the activities. The hard part of thinking of an activity and then purchasing all the needed items is done for you allowing you more time to spend with your children and watching them learn. 
Weekend Box Club Mini Box Review

Weekend Box Club Mini Box Review
Weekend Box Club Mini Box Review
We received a brightly coloured small box through the door which was really appealing to Jack and he couldn't wait to open it up and see what was inside. Included within the mini box were two activities - grow a rainforest and make a parrot mask. More or less everything you needed was included within the pack, complete with easy to follow instructions, some stickers, facts about the rainforests and also a certificate on the inside of the box. 
Weekend Box Club Mini Box Review

Weekend Box Club Mini Box Review

First, Jack wanted to do the make a parrot mask, this came complete with foam, card, glue, crayons and elastic as well as a mask template and we simply needed to supply the scissors. The instructions to make the mask were simple to follow although a bit difficult for Jack (however hes at the younger age of the recommendations being 3). With a little bit of help Jack made his own mask which he was very proud of. 

Weekend Box Club Mini Box Review
Weekend Box Club Mini Box Review

Weekend Box Club Mini Box Review


Next, was the grow a rainforest activity which was complete with soil, seeds and string and simply needed to provide a bottle and scissors. Again, step by step instructions were included and it was easy enough for Jack to complete. When we had planted the seeds we talked about the rainforest and the importance of them to the planet. 

Weekend Box Club Mini Box Review

This mini weekend box was very fun and educational and Jack thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm sure he would enjoy a regular weekend box too if this is anything to go by. This mini box includes two smaller activities rather than four which are in the larger boxes. They are perfect for busy families who may have limited time. Priced at £4.95 for smaller boxes and £7.50 for the regular larger boxes, included within the price is all of the materials and free postage. The mini boxes are sent fortnightly however you can pause or cancel your boxes at any time you don't sign into any contract or commitments. 

I would definitely recommend these to parents who can afford the little extra. Its a lovely activities and perfect for rainy afternoons or a little quiet time. If your still not sure, you can use the code ZOE319 to receive a complimentary Weekend Box when you sign up here. 

Please Note: We received a complimentary mini weekend box for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in anyway. 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Isla | Seven Months Old

Another month has flown by and Isla is now 7 months old, I've no idea where the past 7 months have gone but they have been so exciting. This month Isla seems to have become a different individual, gaining more personality and characteristics and just becoming her own person in general. She is still looking so much like Jack, but has her own touch on it. I still have absolutely no idea about how much she weighs, I really should get her checked but she is definitely growing. I think she has got a lot taller she just seems so big of recent. She's filling her 6-9 nicely now, not too small but not overly big either. 


I'm not sure what has happened to Isla's sleep of recent mind, she used to be a brilliant sleeper,sleeping through from quite an early age however has recently started waking several times during the night again. Whilst I know its still completely normal my body has got used to sleeping through. I think she is a light sleeper and easily disturbed as its not a case of being hungry or needing a bottom change either. 

We still have absolutely no teeth, however we are living in a world of lots of dribble and nose bubbles, lovely I know. We also still don't have a crawling baby but I'm sure it's just around the corner, she has begun doing a worm type crawl along the floor and is able to pull her knees up and move she just needs to figure the arms and knees together. When on her stomach she can easily pull herself into a sitting position now, with no problems and done with ease.

She is starting to interact a lot more with other people and especially Jack, she loves to attempt to play with him and has started to show a lot more interest in her own toys too.
As for eating she loves her food, always reaching out for everybody's nibbles and trying to get them for herself. I'm starting to wean properly now rather than as and when and she is more-or-less eating 3 meals a day. 

I just cannot believe how quickly she is growing. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo - A Review

When Jack was younger he had as did many other children the Fisher Price Rainforest Jumperoo and it was by far the best baby purchase. I always knew if I had future children they would be getting a Jumperoo if they were still in production. So, when Isla was offered the new Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest design for review we jumped at the opportunity. We were amongst one of the first to get our hands on the new Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo, which was a little bit exciting in itself.


Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

The Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest is the latest addition to the Jumperoo family, and has recently gone on sale. It has many features similar to the others with a few changes too. This new style is slightly larger than the older style we had with Jack, however this doesn't make too much difference, especially when folded away. However I do find this one a lot more eye catching and a whole lot brighter. The entire unit, including the seat are eye catching keeping baby stimulated, the seat unit is a green with a bright orange tiger seat and bright activities too. The seat cover is removable enabling you to wash and dry it when your baby bounces a little too much and sicks, yes been there. 


Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

The 360° seat allows your baby to discover the entire range of toys and activities in which the Jumperoo has to offer. There is a wide range of bright toys including a butterfly teether, which Isla loves, a swinging hippo with some shapes, a sliding alligator which clicks as you move it and has a reflecting sticker behind acting a bit like a mirror, then a spinning lion which has some small beads in and then the front sound unit which has a swinging elephant on. The front unit is where the melodies are played from, which actually aren't that annoying. There are two sounds one which is movement activated and the other which is bounce activated. Each toy is fab,and all are a big hit with Isla, however her favourites are the butterfly teether and the lion. 
Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

Parents generally have a love-hate relationship with the Jumperoo, as it's a fantastic way to entertain your baby and pre-schooler it seems and allowing you time to do some household chores or have a well deserved hot cup or tea. However they are quite large, and baby doesn't need them forever. But, the Jumperoo actually folds, it seems quite a few people don't actually know this but the base of the Jumperoo folds up allowing it to be stored in a much smaller space.You simply take apart the one leg which is simply done at the press of a button, and fold into itself. 
Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

The Jumperoo grows with your baby, so although it may initially seem like a large cost it's well worth it. The Jumperoo can be used from when your baby can hold their head unsupported until they are walking. It has an adjustable height setting consisting of three levels, Isla is currently on the first level however as she grows we will be able to simply adjust this. 
Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo Review

Fisher Price Roarin' Rainforest Review

The Roarin' Rainforest Jumperoo is definitely something I would recommend to other parents. It is such a brilliant toy, not only for a hot cup of tea but also for the enjoyment baby gets from it. It retails at £119.99. You can find more information here

Please Note - I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion which I feel I have given. 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Mummy and Me | January

I very rarely take photos of the children and I, but yet I always regret it afterwards. I have so many photos of the children with other family members. So a while a go when I saw Nicola's linky over at NicolaLifeThroughMyEyes,  I wanted to join in but never have. So what better month to start then January.

So this month I have a few photos in which I have of me and the kiddos. 



Friday, 29 January 2016

Eating Out - Bella Italia Walsall Review

Theres no doubt in the fact I love Italian food, if we are opting to go out for a meal I will generally always opt for Italian. There are many different Italian chains around these days, but one which is a classic which we didn't discover until we moved is Bella Italia. 

Bella Italia; Walsall

The Bella Italia near us is lovely and you always receive excellent service, however its a little cramped in there, the tables seem to be a little close as they are in a small unit. Recently a new Bella Italia opened at the Waterfront complex in Walsall we were super keen to go along. The Waterfront complex itself is a new development area featuring several restaurants. It's not far from Junction 10 of the M6, so very easy to get to from all around. The complex has ample of parking which you do need to pay for and is positioned close by the shops and Crown Wharf shopping centre. 
 
Bella Italia Walsall

Bella Italia Walsall

We were booked for 5pm, I think there had been a bit of a communication issue though as we weren't down on the bookings list however many other families were. However, we were greeted by the staff and promptly seated at a table. We were given menus to look over and choose and also explained to how the children's menu works. Looking over the menu, it was clear there are many tasty options to suit everyone and even some lighter meal options which I thought was great for those watching calories to enjoy. Whilst looking over the menu, Jack and Isla were given some bread sticks to munch on, which is lovely as Jack always gets hungry as soon as he sees and smells food. 

Bella Italia - Isla eating breadsticks

After around 10 minutes our food and drinks order was taken and it didn't take long after this for the drinks to arrive, shortly followed by the starters around 15 minutes after ordering. For our starters we all tried something different, I had the Bruschetta, whilst Mum had the Funghi Arrosto and Ashley had the Gamberia, Jack had the cheesy garlic bread from the children's menu. All of our starters were incredibly tasty, having lots of flavours and being hot if needing to be; you could tell they had been freshly cooked because of this. They were full of flavours which were shown when eating. 

Bella Italia Kids Cheesy Garlic BreadBella Italia BruschettaBella Italia Gamberia
Bella Italia Funghi Arrosto

Around 10 minutes after our starters had been cleared away our mains were ready to come out. Again, you could see that they were hot and freshly cooked which is always a good start. I had the Polpette Americano pasta, I was a bit unsure if I would enjoy as the menu stated 'with a hint of chilli' however it was packed full of flavour. The tomato sauce was tasty and the meatballs were light and tasty too. Ashley had opted for Pasta Marco Polo, which he said was very tasty it did look it too. Mom had opted for a more English meal of Lamb Shank, which was served on a bed of mashed potatoes served with green beans; she said the meat and potatoes were very tasty with the gravy having lots of flavour however the beans could have done with being cooked a little longer.I'm not sure if this is more personal preference though. 

Bella Italia Polpette Americano pastaBella Italia Pasta Marco PoloBella Italia Lamb Shank

Then there was Jack, I love the children's menu at Bella Italia as there are different options for children depending on how much they can eat however if there is nothing on the children's menu they would like they will happily do the equivalent portion size from the adults menu for pizza or pasta. Jack loves this as he really wanted Bolognese so was happy he could have it. The waitress looking after us was lovely and made lots of effort to interact with Jack.

Bella Italia Kids Bolognese

Then it was onto the deserts, we were given desert menus and time to look over them. There was a delay in ordering these I felt however as the restaurant was getting busy, the staff were having to deal with a lot more people and there was no longer wait then you would expect. Jack had opted to have the gelato option from the children's menu and the waitress took him up to the gelato bar where he chose a chocolate ice cream with chocolate sauce. There was a lot of different flavours of gelato to choose from and many different toppers too. Jack thoroughly enjoyed his gelato ending up with lots around his face. 

Bella Italia Chocolatey Face

Both Ashleys desert and my desert came out fairly quickly, he opted for the trio of shot deserts having Tiramisu Mousse, Amaretto Chocolate Pot and Strawberry Cheesecake. He wasn't overly keen on them but said they had lots of flavour. I had opted to have the Big Tony Godfather Gelato Sundae, which was tasty with lots of different things included however I feel there was an overpowering flavour of almond. Mum had opted for the Limoncello Meringue Pie, we were informed this would take a little longer as it was just cooking, when it came out Mum was impressed and said afterwards it was very tasty. 

Bella Italia Trio Shot DesertsBella Italia Limoncello Meringue PieBella Italia Big Tony Godfather Gelato Sundae

We all thoroughly enjoyed the meal, the food was good and the service equally as good with friendly staff. The restaurant was very spacious with a bright welcoming atmosphere. The menu had a lovely range of food on offer with many Italian classics, lighter options and those you may not expect. The prices are reasonable and we would have been very happy to pay the prices. 

Please Note: We were given the opportunity to have a meal at the Walsall branch of Bella Italia. They were aware of our visit and our meals were paid in full however all opinions are my own and unbiased. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Experiencing Gender Disappointment


I've been meaning to write this post for a while now and keep getting side tracked, although it's not particularly relevant to me currently it once was and is something many experience and feel they cannot talk about. 

You may or may not know my pregnancy with Jack was quite of a shock, getting pregnant whilst on contraception is a bit of a shock to the system. However, when I finally got my head around the idea I was excited, I always knew I wanted children and the thought of having the opportunity to grow this little human was amazing. BUT, in my head I was carrying a girl all along just a girl. Both my cousins with children had boys, my friend had just found out she was expecting a boy so surely it was time for a girl. All of my close family and extended family kept telling me it was a girl and that was that. So when my 20 week scan came and I was told I was expecting a boy I was completely devastated. Everything was healthy with baby and foremost that was all that mattered, baby was still alive but deep down there was some disappointment this baby wasn't a girl. 

I was mentally prepared for a baby girl, we had chosen a girls name but a boys we  couldn't decide on. I'd seen many a cute outfit in the shops to go and buy. I'd seen many cute accessories for the nursery. I wasn't prepared for the mess you know the rhyme 'slug and snails and puppy dog tails, thats what little boys are made of.' 

All of the outfits in the shops were pretty for girls, but for boys they weren't. As a girl grew older I could style her hair, with little bunches and little hair bands. Princesses, I would get to play dollies and watch princess films if I had a daughter. However, none of this was actually solid. My boy got dressed in some lovely outfits, after a short while of getting my head around the idea, I began to find outfits in which I liked in fact more outfits than he ever wore. His hair, now I don't have it in bunches or hair bands, but he does have the cutest of curls. As for the princesses he absolutely loves watching princess films, he loves the dolls at nursery and he truly is the most loving little boy ever. 

I'm not even sure why I wanted a girl so much, all I can think of is as a girl myself I would know what I was doing with a girl. 

Looking back, I think the pressure of everybody around me saying I was having a girl without knowing, and them wanting a girl didn't help. I felt like a failure to those and of course not getting my own way. But this babies gender was already decided, long before I even discovered I was carrying a baby. 

Looking at my boy now, I feel awful about the way I felt back during pregnancy how it affected me bonding with him in the womb. I wouldn't change him for the world. 

Saturday, 23 January 2016

The Year In Photos | 2016 - Week Three

January 17th - These two are just adorable, having cuddles on the floor. 


January 18th - Jacks little drawing, initially he said it was one of his puppets (toys) but he keeps telling everyone different things. 



Janaury 19th - Today we tried the deserts at a near by raved about desert shop, waffles, we both only managed half, even that was pushing it. "/ 


January 20th - Another week, another swimming lesson, Jack wasn't well yet still insisted on attending his lesson. 



January 21st - Sometimes I get Isla ready to collect Jack from school way to early... 

January 22nd - Today Jack stayed home from school as he was no better so we did some crafting instead with our bits from Baker Ross. 



January 23rd - Putting a whole new meaning to baby led weaning, Isla rolled to some crackers which had been left in the living room and fetched out the bowl and started munching. Obviously I had to take a photo first. Don't worry feeding police, she didn't eat them all.





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