My Mummy's World

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

#WeightLossWednesday - New Year New Goals

Hello everyone! I cannot believe Christmas and New Year just came and flew past. I'm pretty sure many of you possibly made the new years resolution of 'Loose some weight', we always seem to. Of course I made it mine considering I'm still attempting from last year. 
So last year started off well, then went all wrong. I'm still not completely with it but attempting again anyway as I'm having meals at a better time I just need to focus on everything else. 

So I had my weight watchers subscription last year, but I decided to cancel it. I wasn't using it correctly and certainly wasn't following the plan. It wasn't something that was completely working for me, but I think that is just because I couldn't get my head around it. Who knows. 

So this time, I'm going completely alone, just doing the drink more, move more, eat less and eat healthy. 

I weighed in end of last week so we will go from there. I'm not sure what I ended up finishing on last year when I was weighing in, but I know I weigh more now. I've almost 5 stone to loose for my ideal weight. 

Looking forward to sharing this journey along the way with you.

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Saturday, 7 January 2017

Project 365 | 2017 - Week One

January 1st - Sometimes you just gotta' dress as Buzz and play Scaletrix.

January 2nd - Starting well, only image from today is this attempt at Isla when she stole the decorations.

January 3rd - Catching up on blogging and eating cake. 

January 4th - Late evening play with Dottie.

January 5th - Bit short on images again today, Princess Grump.

January 6th - Sleepy girl, shes so peaceful when sleeping. 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Finding local services with Bidvine

Since moving last Summer, I often find it hard to find reliable people when needing something doing. I've tried looking on local pages on facebook but often get inundated with responses which don't even match or even let down when I do choose to book. It's made me loose all faith in that. Theres also the matter of knowing I won't be ripped off too. 

Recently I discovered Bidvine, which I've found so useful and so far, much better then those pesky sites. Its so simple to use, in fact a little way to easy! 
Bidvine takes all of the hassle out of the searching process simply visit the website or download the app, fill in your details and await the quotes coming back to you. Of course I'm looking at this from a new to the area kind of aspect but even so, when we lived near family asking for recommendations and getting multiple 'perfect' choices from each was hard. 

I opted to look for photographers in Birmingham, seen as its a large area there is a large choice too. I opted for portrait family photography seen as I want to update and have some images of all of use. When using Bidvine to search I was able to narrow down the type of photography portrait for me and then answer a few simple questions. By answering these it enables the quotes to be tailored to me, meaning I'm not having to talk to several different companies to then find out they aren't actually suitable or a match. I was even able to put in my budget and whether or not I wanted to travel to them. 

However, its not just for looking for photographers, there are many different professions included such as personal trainers, furniture assembly, catering and cleaners to name a few. There is also then lots of further choice within the categories such as photography, you can choose wedding, baby, family, portrait or pet to name some of the choices. 

I would highly recommend giving Bidvine a go to help you find a perfect match for your local services in which you may be looking for. I certainly found it very helpful. 

In collaboration with Bidvine.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Winter Play Time with ChuckIt! Dog Toys

Dottie is such a playful pup, after having just having Abbie for such a long time now, I forgot that some dogs, well majority, do actually really like to play. Since the clocks have gone back I'm finding it hard to play with the dogs of an evening outdoors but also when we go on walks. However, back in November the lovely people from ChuckIt! got in touch asking if we would like to try out some of their toys, how exciting?

Obviously, with the darker mornings and nights, the dogs are having a lot of walks within the dark, along with playtime. Keeping on top of their energy can be hard, normally we loose the balls we take with us, because we cannot see to pick them back up. This is where ChuckIt! come in.

We have had lots of use from the amazing products we were sent since that time, and feel we can give them a real good review by now. We were sent a lovely Winter Pack from the team including lots of goodies. 

Within the pack was a Max Glow Erratic Ball, Max Glow Launcher Pro 18, Max Glow Zipflight, Max Glow Ball, Orbiloc Dog Safety Light and Fluff & Spruce Shampoo. 
Everything apart from the light and shampoo were from ChuckIt!, and they all glow in the dark, amazing huh? 

First to get a use was the safety light, simply because this was put on before we went for our walkies. Recently we've been taking the dogs a lot when its dark, attempting to walk them and control two children is difficult so I await childcare just so I can walk them. The Orbiloc keeps your pooch visible at all time up to 5km. 

Then we have the toys, the Erratic Ball has been a firm favourite, bouncing in every which direction, this is the one getting the most play as it works well when out on walks but also within the garden space. The geometric shape ensures the ball never bounces straight, except in goes in every direction. 

Next the Launcher with the glow ball has had a lot of use. Dottie is full of slobber, and picking up a ball to throw again for her, is simply yuck! so, the launcher comes in perfect for picking up the ball. Using with the glow balls, ensures we can always see where the ball is going within the dark. ChuckIt! claim just 5 minutes of light will give you 30 minutes of bright play. 

The Zipflight didn't have too much play from us, Dottie wasn't overly keen on the shape of this, much preferring a ball but we still do have some play with it, mainly within the garden space. However, its perfect for use as it floats on the water too. Their are plenty of glow pieces around the outside ensuring visibility at all times. 

Anyway, Dottie is a puppy, she is chewing through everything and I mean everything, have you heard about my kitchen walls and flooring? However, up to yet, these items are still remaining in tack. In all honesty I've no idea what they have made them from but they are certainly standing the test of time. Not only that, they are still really bright in regards to glowing too. 

Of course, after every walk, especially in the wet cold weather you need to freshen up your mucky pup, and this shampoo comes in perfectly. Leaving your pooch looking and smelling beautiful too. 

We have loved all of these products, and I'm amazed they are still going strong after all of this time. 

Please Note: I received these products in exchange for an honest review, all words and opinions are my own and not influenced by this.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

King Rat was recently spotted at The National Sea Life Birmingham

It is of course pantomime season at the moment, although it is now drawing to a close. But, currently at Birmingham Hippodrome Dick Whittington is on. Staring within this pantomime amongst others is Eastenders very own Phil Mitchell, or Steve McFadden as he is better known. Within the Panto he is playing King Rat, but recently took some time out of his busy Panto schedule to visit the National Sea Life Centre with his family over the bank holiday. 

The National SEA LIFE Centre spokesperson Chris Coventry said: 'We were delighted to welcome Steve and his family. They had a great time visiting the attraction and particularly loved our 360 degree Ocean Tunnel, the only one in the UK. It was however Molokai, our giant green sea turtle who Steve seemed to most enjoy. Perhaps they identify because Molokai is just as grumpy as his character Phil Mitchell!' 

Joining Steve on stage in this year’s magical production of Dick Whittington are Torchwood and West End star JOHN BARROWMAN, comedy duo THE KRANKIES, West End songstress JODIE PRENGER and funny-man MATT SLACK. Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest panto producer, and staged by the same team behind Birmingham Hippodrome’s recent smash-hit pantomimes, Dick Whittington is the perfect treat for the whole family and features plenty of laughs, outrageous costumes, wonderful sets and scenery, and some amazing special effects.  See Steve starring as King Rat in Dick Whittington at Birmingham Hippodrome until 29th January. 

Thursday, 29 December 2016

The end of #NumNomsAdvent

So you may remember a few weeks ago I told you the children were taking part in the #NumNomsAdvent well its sadly come to an end, as have all advents why does that have to happen! But this by far has been a big hit here. I will miss the children daily opening a little wrapped parcel, choosing the big ones first may I add

Now its over, Jack is finally happy I'm letting him open the packs to play with the sets. But, this advent hasn't just been about the little wrapped gifts. It's encouraged us to do some colouring, and baking and have some fun memories made along the way. 

I'm thinking of creating something similar next year, as this has been a lot more enjoyable than the chocolate advents and of course will last a lot longer too. 

The final gifts we received were extra special and included one of the new light up NumNoms which were released on Boxing Day. This has been a big hit with both children. 

I want to say a massive Thank You to Num Noms for providing us with this and its truly been an enjoyable thing to take part in.

Please Note: We received the box and goodies in exchange for this post however all words and opinions are our own.

Isla | Eighteen Months Old

A whole year and a half Isla has been with us, what an exciting fun filled 18 months that has been. It only feels like last month she turned one but now shes another half a year older. Just yesterday we saw some extended family members and they couldn't believe how much she had grown and changed, ok its been a year since we saw them but still

Each day she is looking more and more grown up, luckily the no hair still makes her slightly baby-ish but even thats coming along now. Her hair is certainly growing and becoming darker in colour too, which we expected, she still has beautiful blue eyes. 

She is such a diva of a girl, getting into a lot more trouble than Jack ever did at this age and just so much more of a challenge, I guess this is what happens when you have older siblings right? 

She has begun to interact a lot more, using a lot more speech and able to tell us when she has filled her nappy too. Her speech is coming on really well too, although words aren't overly clear you can understand a lot of what she says. 

Isla eats like a pro, over Christmas we discovered she had a tendency for chocolate, Boxing day we caught her eating some quality streets with the foil still on then later helping herself to some other chocolates. However, she also loves her standard everyday food, unlike Jack she loves meat along with her vegetables and fruit. Shes still breastfeeding a lot too, every time she wants to sleep she will feed, but occasionally has some throughout the day too, apart from when I'm working. 
Last week we moved Isla out of my bedroom, where she was co-sleeping her cot was attatched to my bed, into her own room in her own bed.