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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

Friday, 15 August 2014

Experiencing Crime

Normally I would not write about super personal things, things that may get me discovered, pin-pointing my area. But I recently thought I began this blog for myself so why shouldn't I?
I've been a little quiet of recent due to taking on a new job, which I'll write about soon.
However, this past week even the few people I would still speak with on social media won't have heard from me. This is as we as a household have been a victim of crime, pinpointed crime. Its left me too scared to leave the house, but again too scared to even want to be in the house alone.
This week we have been unfortunate to have someone try to pop all the wheels on our cars, two of the cars in our household anyway. But we've also been the victim of graffiti on our house. 

Now, to some people this may seem like something that happens regularly within you area, unfortunately for us it isn't. We have lived here for 11 years now, we were and still are hoping to move within the next two years. However this is the first time we have seen or heard of any direct crime within our immediate area.
Of course, we are hoping this is the last, but you can never be too sure.
Now heres hoping we don't get anymore trouble.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Disney On Ice 100 Years Of Magic Is Coming To Birmingham

Disney On Ice 100 Years of  Magic is coming to Birmingham. 

This one of a kind skating spectacular features more than 60 loveable Disney characters.

Having wowed audiences all over the world in Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends Mulan, The Lion King, Pinocchio, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Toy Story will be bring this on-ice spectacular to Birmingham this autumn.

Produced by Feld Entertainment, this fanfare production features more than 60 unforgettable Disney stars that span the decade, a sing-along score of award-winning Disney music, stunning choreography, elaborate sets and beautiful costumes.

With Mickey and Minnie leading the fun, the show includes breathtaking skating numbers, devised by an award-winning choreographer who created the skating segments for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics. 

Complementing the fabulous skate sequences are countless memorable Disney musical classics, such as 'A Whole New World', 'Beauty and the Beast', and 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' which bring everyone's favourite memories of Disney to life on ice. 

Outfitting this cast was a huge challenge for the show's costume designer with dazzling designs raging from Mickey's Marching Band, to the 'Its A Small World' dolls, to the stars of Mulan and Finding Nemo. Bright colours and minimal structure in the Finding Nemo costumes allow the characters to move freely to mimic the natural movement in water, while a red sequined evening gown worn by Minnie is the star of the show!

The design team, who have worked on a numerous Broadway productions, have bought a magical, theatrical feel to the on-ice experience. Skaters weave around and bring to life the 'Its a Small World' sequence, amidst sparkling floats that turn into a radiant light parade and a blanket of snow and an avalance fall as Mulan battles the Huns. Another highlight is when a giant present is opened to reveal Buzz Lightyear, as he is first introduced to everyone's favourite toy cowboy, Woody and his pal Jessie.

Tickets are available now - booking fees apply. 
To discover more about Disney On Ice click here

Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years Of Magic will be appearing in Birmingham at the NIA between 22nd October and 2nd November 2014.
The show will also be at the following:
Braehead, Glasgow - 26th September - 5th October 2014
Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle - 7th - 12th October 2014
Phones4u Arena, Manchester - 15th - 19th October 2014
Motorpoint Area, Sheffield - 5th - 9th November 2014
The O2, London - 24th December 2014, 26th - 29th December 2014 and 3rd & 4th January 2015.

We are looking forward to taking Jack to see the show during its stay in Birmingham.