Sunday, 27 March 2011

Silent Sunday

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Giveaway- Huggies Nappies & Coupons

Huggies kindly sent us samples of their new 'natural fit with organic cotton & vitamin E nappies'.


I have 4 packs of size 3 to give away and each pack contains 3 nappies so in total 12 nappies and also £8 worth of coupons.


To be in with a chance of winning these, you need to do at least 1 of the steps below or even ALL!!

  1. Follow my blog via Goggle friends
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  4. Follow @Huggies_UK
  5. Tweet 'I have entered the Huggies giveaway @mum2alesha @Huggies_UK' you can also enter it here http://bit.ly/g8ZPwX
  6. Comment on another post on my blog
Write a separate comment below letting me know which of the steps you have done!

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Closes midnight 7th April 

                                                              ***Good Luck***


We have a winner....

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition to win a £5 Mamas and Papas giftcard.


The winner was choosen using Random.org


1-11 and the lucky number was 5!




Congratulations to Inside the Wendy House you are the winner!!


We will contact you now for postal address.


Look out for the next competition, Huggies size 3 nappies with money off coupons.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Gallery- Education

I have just joined 'The Gallery' and this weeks topic is 'Education'!


Not a very clear photograph but that's me in the green box!
Loving the fashion back then when I was 11.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Family Time! - Learning Through Play


Last year I went to Motherwell College to study a course, 'Preparation for Childcare'.
I had to quit the course after only being there 2 months as I had problems with childcare and had to move house.

The 2 month's I spent there studying was great! My brain took in alot each lesson and I was very eager to learn more. One of the lesson's I had was called 'PLAY', it basically taught me that whilst playing with your children which could be singing or counting or even playing with sand, at the same time they are learning. 
Children are fascinated with the feel of sand, wet sand compared to dry sand two totally different textures, so by holding and feeling the sand, whilst playing they are learning.







Children love playing with play-doh as they use their imaginations to make shapes and pretend they are cars or animals, they will mimic and by doing that they are using their cognitive skills.

Upon learning something new each day at college, I would go home and make sure we would spend more time as a family and play together. It's lovely to see Alesha's face happy because her mummy and daddy are sat playing build the blocks or making funny voices with her dolls.















Each milestone in Alesha's life she is developing her physical, emotional and social needs. The first time she walked was a big physical development, when she kicked a ball it was another step in her life were mummy and daddy clapped their hands and said "well done princess".

Each and every day a child is learning no matter what it is they are doing!





































Fingers Crossed

Me, my fiance, Alesha and my mother-in-law are off to Haven in Craig Tara on Monday 28th for a short 4 night break.
As it's a break away and considering I have packed 3/4 length trousers and light clothes I am praying for some sun, but then again it is Scotland and we are only in March so who knows!
None of us have been to Haven before, so I done some research online and there's good and bad reviews but  I guess we won't know ourselves unless we go and try it out!
Growing up me and my family went to Pontins which is also a UK family holiday company. We never had any problems with the one in Southport so the next year we tried the one in Prestatyn, which was just as good.
 You basically get what you pay for.

Andrew's mother, father and brother live over in Ireland so we don't get to see them as much. So it will be lovely when his mother comes over and we go away for a little break. I read alot about people not getting on with their in laws so I must be one of the lucky ones to have lovely in laws.

Anyways, I will stop blabbering on with myself now, but please keep your fingers crossed for abit of sunshine for us :)
I shall lot you all know how Haven was when I get back!!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Competition Time - £5 Mamas & Papas Giftcard

I love freebies so when I received a £5 Mamas & Papas Giftcard in the post, I couldn't wait to give it away on my blog as it isn't any use to me.

Here's how to enter the competition

  1. Follow my blog via google friends 
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                                                       ***Sprinkling some lucky dust***


Thursday, 17 March 2011

Irish Eyes

I grew up always celebrating St Patrick's day. When I lived in Ireland I always remembered the great buzz on the 17/03, getting up in the morning and hearing Irish music in the living room. I was for sure wide awake within 5 minutes and clapping, tapping my leg and singing away. Going to the parade's dressed in Irish colours was always lovely. Everyone got the day off work and school so there was never any doubt of not being able to go to the parade.

Then when I moved to Manchester we did the same but it was a little different because the parade was always held on the weekend before St Patrick's day because the children were off school and most people finished for work. On the weekend it was held in Manchester it was like little Ireland with all the Irish gathering together to celebrate their saints day.

My mother moved to Scotland when I was turning 18 and not long after I followed, now I have a 15 month old daughter and a loving fiancé and we don't live in a big city like Glasgow so I haven't been to a parade for a while. I still make sure we wear our country's colours even if were not doing anything.
My fiancé's parents and brother live just outside Dublin so maybe one wear when Alesha is that bit older we might celebrate St Patrick's day over there just like the good old day.

Here is some photo's of us today, we didn't do much besides some shopping and then home to watch Cheltenham horse racing.
























Review: Organix's Goodies

It was lovely to find out we would be testing and reviewing some goodies from Organix, we was looking forward to receiving the parcel from our postman pat.


When the box arrived I sat Alesha on my knee as we opened it together and she had a huge smile of excitement on her face, wondering what's inside the box! The photo below shows the goodies the lovely people at Organix us.





Useful info about Organix
Organix are well known for their slogan No Junk Promise, they guarantee that their food is made up of the best quality organic ingredients, with nothing unnecessary added and nothing important taken away.
All their foods are made with organic, tasty and natural ingredients to suit your baby's nutritional needs.
Organix started out in 1992 and since then has they have built a 40-strong team all of whom are passionately committed to their cause - to make delicious , nutritious bay and toddler food available to everyone.

Simplicity of the products (Maize Snacks)
The packets are simple in design but colourful and attractive enough to have the 'wow' factor for a young imagination.
The maize snacks were not too big for Alesha's little hands, she found them easy to hold and their wasn't a problem with her shooving them in her mouth. After she got the taste of the first one it didn't take her long to try and get as many in her hands as she can. These would be very handy when out and about to enjoy as a snack.There is no need to be worried about the salt and fat levels because, these snacks contain a third less salt and fat than in most children's snacks.
A journey in the car enjoying a packet of maize snacks
 Availability (Maize Snacks)
Organix's maize snacks come in 5 different flavours, carrot stix, spicy tomato stars, cheese and herb puffs, spicy tomato noughts & crosses and tomato cheese and herb puffs.
They can be purchased at most supermarkets, shops and online. Asda sell them,for a pack of 4 it costs £1.59, you can find them here. How about Organix's online shop, for a pack of 4 it costs £1.89, you can find them by here.

Positive's
  • More than one flavour
  • Easy for little hand's to hold
  • Less salt & fat than other crisps
Negative's
  • Never found any negative's
Rating




Simplicity of the products (Squeezy)
Alesha really enjoyed the Mango, Pear & Orange squeezy, to the point where she whinged when she heard me say 'last spoonful'!
Alesha wasn't too sure about squeezing it, she got a fright with the first one as too much came out so we decided to put it into a bowl. I must admit they smelled yummy so I couldn't resit having a spoonful and it tasted as good as it smelt! Each pouch contains 100% organic fruit with absolutely no artificial ingredients
There was no lumps of fruit, just simply smooth like a fruit smoothie.

Availability (Squeezy)
Organix's Squeezy's come in 4 different flavours 1.blueberry, blackberry and pear 2.kiwi,pear and banana 3.mango, pear and orange and lastly the strawberry, banana and pear.
They can be purchased at most supermarkets, shops and online. Here at Tesco you can find them, for a single one it costs 78p, also 
how about Organix's online shop, for a single one it costs 89p, you can find them here.

Positive's
  • Made from 100% organic fruit
  • They come in a pouch which is easy to close via the cap
  • Ideal for a pack lunch
Negative's
  • Never found any negative's
Rating





Simplicity of the products (Gingerbread Men)
We know as soon as we saw these that they would go down a treat with Alesha as she loves biscuits. 
She was all happy when Andrew took them out of the box and gave her one in each hand, don't think she could wait to get started on them!
She ate the 2 of them no problem, she really enjoyed them, she washed them down with a drink of water and was a happy bunny afterwards. I was really pleased with these because they are made with wholegrain flour and sweetened with grape juice and no nasty sugar to harm her little pegs. 
These didn't break up easy and crumble which would of ment a huge mess, so less cleaning afterwards.

Availability (Gingerbread Men)
These can be purchased from a wide range of shops, supermarkets and online. You can find them in Sainbury's for £1.75, also on Organix's online shop they have them for £1.99. This box contained 15 gingerbread men but how about a gingerbread men tin and that contains 30 (the tin would be great to use afterwards, they do a box which contains 5 packs of mini gingerbread men,now that would be ideal for lunchboxes or to pop in bag when going out.


Positive's
  • Don't crumble very easy
  • Great price
  • No additives and no sugar
Negative's
  • Never found any negative's
Rating





Simplicity of the products (Banana Date Fruit Bars)
I was happy when I seen we got these to review as she has had the apple date ones before and love them.
The banana date bar certainly did tickle Alesha's taste-buds, I unwrapped it and handed it to her, didn't take long before it was gone and she was moaning for more. It's great to know that she enjoyed these because, they are made from 100% organic fruit and contain no artificial ingredients and no added sugar or concentrates. 
They are a great alternative to sweets and chocolate bars.


Availability (Banana Date Fruit Bars)
These can be purchased from a wide range of shops, supermarkets and online, you can find them on Amazon's website, for 6 boxes that contain 7 fruit bars it costs £13.00 and that's with free postage & package. On Organix's site for 
£1.99 you get a box containing 5 fruit bars.

The fruit bars come in 2 different flavours, you have banana date and apple date.


Positive's


  • Don't cost much
  • 100% Organic fruit
  • Easy to clean up afterwards
Negative's
  • Never found any negative's


Rating






Simplicity of the products (Cereal Oaty Bars)


A very healthy product, as are the rest of the Organix's range. These contain 100% organic ingredients, the one in the photo that Alesha is enjoying is the apple & orange. They are packed full of healthy wholegrain oats and juicy raisins, so they're a good source of fibre. Alesha really enjoyed these, it was lovely to see her happy face enjoying them. The only problem I found was, they are very messy, a little bite and you have a mess as the oaty bar falls apart easily.


Availability (Cereal Oaty Bars)

These can be purchased from a wide range of shops, supermarkets and online, you can find them on Boots website for a box of 6 
£2.34.On Organix's site for 
£2.25 is also a box containing 6 bars.

The cereal bars come in 5 flavours, apple & orange, coca & raisin, raspberry & apple, blackcurrant and also carrot cake.



Positive's

  • Choice of more than one flavour
  • Good source of fibre

Negative's

  • Crumble and cause a mess very easily


Rating









Overall Alesha really enjoyed Organix's products and we were really happy with her eating them because they contained no junk. I would highly recommend them and I will for sure be stocking up on their products.


Why not take a look at Organix's website where you will find useful information about the food they do for different stages. You will also find recipes, feeding advice and a meal planner.


Here you will find Organix on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Home Made Draught Excluder's

I wanted a new hobby, something to do in the evening when Alesha went to bed. Was bored of watching television, being on the computer etc so decided to get into sewing. The last time I sewed would of been 6 years ago at school.
I was ever so exited when I went shopping for scissors, needles, pins, threads, fabric, glue and so on. I just couldn't wait to try them out, put my good old skills to test, not that I was much good.
When little miss Alesha went to bed tonight, I got my stuff out and was sat thinking 'what shall I sew'?
Then.... I thought of Andy's PJ bottoms that he had put aside ready to be put in the bin so I decided to use them and an old pillow and make draught excluder's.
Andrew decided he would try make one aswel, so I thought why not we would both have a laugh.

The final results look like this...be prepared to laugh out loud!


This is the one I made, as you can see
I NEVER measured the length of the door.. opps!

















Andrew's attempt, long enough but just too bulky!



Sunday, 13 March 2011

Silent Sunday

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Friday, 11 March 2011

Review: Heat Holders

I was very pleased when I found out I would be testing and reviewing my first product, Andrew and Alesha have already tested products. 
When my lovely postman gave them to me they were packaged up great so there was noway they would get wet or dirty. 
As soon as I saw them I wanted to put them on right away as they felt and looked so snuggle.

Useful info about Heat Holders
Heat Holders have 3 well known ambassadors they are, TV presenter Emma Jesson, DIY expert Craig Phillips and TV presenter/ sport pundit Graham Bell.

Heat holders state,' Ordinary thermal socks or wearing many pairs of socks will often let you down. To be confident in the cold you need a sock with high insulation. Heat Holders have been tested to achieve a thermal tog rating of 2.34. Our unique 3 stage process using heavy bulk yarn, advanced knitting technology and intense brushing holds more warm air close to the skin, ensuring your feet stay warmer for longer'. With that statement I couldn't wait to put my feet into them.



Simplicity of the product 
The socks were very easy to slip on and they weren't too tight unlike other thick socks as I have a few pairs which I mostly wear when I go skiing.
The softness was unbelievable, it felt like there was a feather of cushions under my feet.They really do keep more heat in than any other socks I have worn.
On the packet it tells you what makes Heat Holders so warm,'extra heavy bulk yarn, long pile cushioning and intense brushing process'. 
The socks were also not too short which is brilliant as it keeps more of your leg warmer. I can't wait to go skiing so I can give these an even better try out.

Availability
Here is a handful of places where you can purchase their socks, Bhs, Go Outdoors, Burton, Debenhams, Matalan, Netto, Sports Direct & Tesco.You can also buy them here online from their shop.
They also sell these socks for men and children and in a variety of colours. They are priced at £6.00 a pair.


Positive's
  • Soft and long
  • Keep the heat in which keeps the feet nice and warm
  • Available for men,ladies and also children
  • More than one colour of the product
Negative's
  • A little bit expensive for one pair
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For more information why not visit their website, Facebook or Twitter


Tuesday, 8 March 2011

We have a winner....

We have a winner on our Bornfree drinking cup competition!

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Congratulations to our winner Kirsty Fox, unlucky to the other entrants but keep an eye out on this blog as there will be different competitions coming in the future.

The winner will be contacted via Facebook.


WELL DONE!

Monday, 7 March 2011

Morning in The Park

The sun shining in the windows woke us up this morning not long followed by little miss Alesha.
We all had our breakfast and then I decided we might as-well take a trip to the park as we had nothing planned other than do the tons of washing piling up in the laundry baskets.
The 3 of us had wholemeal toast for breakfast and then was time to get dressed and go out for some lovely fresh morning air.
Alesha is well behaved in her buggy when we are going for walks, as long as she has her beaker of water there will be no moaning, unless she is tired that is!

Here is some snap shots of our morning, I hope you enjoy looking at them just as much as we did taking them!


























Friday, 4 March 2011

ANOTHER Engagement Ring

As I am writing this I have a huge smile on my face and can't stop looking at my new ring shining up at me haha.
I am like a kid with a new toy, but my toy is better.


I know some of you will be asking yourselves, 'another ring'?
Let me explain...
When Santa Claus and his reindeer's were about in the month of December, I was busy wrapping up presents for my very large extended family and that's when I noticed my ring had dropped off my finger. I did say to Andrew "it's okay I will find it at the end", as I wanted to get the wrapping over and done with.

Upon putting the bow on the last present, I looked around me to see if I could find my ring in the mess of cellotape and wrapping paper, but there was no sign of it.

We slowly cleaned the mess up bit by bit taking our time to carefully look for the ring and also checked the presents we had wrapped incase it was stuck inside one of them, but we never came across it.

So the next thing we decided to do was, explain to the people when we were giving them their presents about the mishap with the ring and if they could unwrap there presents slow incase they find the ring. Could you picture them on Christmas morning getting all excited but sat there opening their present slowly by slowly.

After all the slow unwrapping there was STILL no sign of it, so I had to just accept the fact that my ring disappeared strangely.


Today my lovely fiancée took me to H.Samuel to buy another one. I only like sliver so asked to view some sliver ones in size L. As soon as the lady put some on the counter in front of us, my eyes lit up as I saw a gorgeous ring. Straight away I said "I will have that one please".


Now my empty finger has been covered with a lovely ring.