Monday, 30 May 2011

Review: Harvest Cheweee Milk Chocolate Chip Cereal Bars

The three of us enjoy cereal and mummy really enjoys eating chocolate, so we said yes to taste and review, Harvest Cheweee milk chocolate chip cereal bars. Time to put our taste buds into action!


Simplicity of the product 
Alesha was first to give an opinion, I opened the cereal bar and handed it to her, she had a nibble and smiled, then slowly finished the bar off whilst walking around singing. Not long after she had finished the cereal bar she said "more please". 


Me and Andrew enjoyed them just as much as Alesha, we were pleased to see that they contained big chocolate chips, 'mmm'.
The texture of these bars were great, they were soft so there wasn't much crunching going on. 


These are ideal as a quick snack if your on the go or your in a rush in the morning and have no time to sit and enjoy a bowl of cereal. A great substitute for those chocolate lovers, like me!
The cereal bars are a high source of fibre and contain vitamins and iron, they have no artifial colours and they are made in a 'nut free' factory. Best of all, they are made with wholegrain wheat and oats!


The cereal bars come in a cardboard box and there are 9 bars in total inside. Each bar is individually wrapped in foil to keep them fresh.


Harvest Cheweee also produce chocolate orange, white chocolate chip and toffee chip cereal bars. 'Think I will have to try them aswel'!


Availability 
These can be purchased from a wide range or local shops, supermarkets and even online stores.
Asda sell them for £1.58 per box.

Positive's

  • Great price for 9 cereal bars
  • They contain vitamins and iron
  • More flavours than just milk chocolate chip
  • Tasted great
Negative's
  • Never found any negative's

Rating










For more information please visit www.harvestcheweee.co.uk

Friday, 27 May 2011

Home Early From A Park Resorts Holiday

After looking at Park Resorts website, we decided to book a holiday to Sandylands, Park Resorts for 23rd May 2011.

Me, my mother, Andrew and Alesha were all looking forward to the break away. We made sure to save quite abit of money so we could have loads of fun and spend spend spend!

Me, my mother and Alesha arrived there on Monday 23rd, Andrew was following us out the following day. As soon as we saw the place we both said, "wow it's small" and we weren't wrong, the place was tiny!!

After getting our keys and the leaflets to entertainment, we headed for our caravan. Which was a good 15 minute walk at the back on the park, great exercise for us haha!
We sorted our stuff out and decided to go back out in the bad gales to get some food in and have a nosey about the place. Utterly shocked we were, when we realised everything was in one building, the very small arcade which had about 10 machines and not one single ride for a child, NOTHING!
So we went next door to the small shop and bought the esstinals, bread,milk, butter. There wasn't much of a choice for stuff to get for dinner so we picked up tray off eggs and oven chips to do scrambled eggs and chips.
Next door to the shop was a fish & chip shop & a laundrette, we never stepped foot inside and also a very small pool room it was a small infant pool and another small adult pool, an adult couldn't even have a decent swim in it.
Playing in the caravan

On a ride, in the towncentre
Back to the caravan it was for us and straight on the phone to Andrew for me to have a big moan about this small place that doesn't even have a ride for a child.

Later that evening, we decided to try the bingo that was advertised, we went and guess what?? there was no bingo! What else to you think there was to do?? Nothing!! 

Tuesday morning it said at 10.00am there was a playgroup thing for children under 5 so we turned up and no-one was there, so there was another for 5-8 year olds on at 11.00am and we turned up to that to be told because there is only 2 children he just going to give them crayons and sheet of paper, now come on! I could of giving her them in the caravan!

When Andrew arrived he was in total shock with the size of the place and the lack of stuff to do. He said, "I thought you was over exaggerating on the phone, but you wasn't"!
We took a trip into the local town rather than being stuck in the caravan, Alesha got to go on a ride in an arcade YAYY!!

Scotland got hit very bad with gales and rain so we didn't stay out long, we just nipped into Farmfoods to pick up a few bits and had a look about the town.

Back to the boring Park Resort it was, to have some dinner and to see if there was any bingo like advertised, guess what?? No bingo again because there wasn't enough people to play, so we just had one drink and went back to the caravan and that is when I got very upset thinking, we took our daughter on holiday and there is nothing for her to do, she is having no fun! So we decided to pack our stuff and go home the next day, the place was making me upset just thinking that it was supposed to be a holiday and there was supposed to be stuff happening.
All set and ready to go out in the nasty weather

Here is some more stuff that happened during our very shorty stay,
  • Monday evening, I switched the microwave on and it knocked TV and lights off, so rang someone to come out and he said the microwave was faulty that I would have to wait till the next day to get a different.
  • Tuesday morning the portable TV wouldn't work because it digital switchover happened overnight, which should of been sorted as the staff would of known about the switchover.
  • The Monday night when the TV worked we had a right job trying to suss out the remote, the red standby button was to switch channels, the 0 button turned the volume up and the 1 turned it down. We also only had channel 1,3,4,5, no BBC 2.
  • The morning we were leaving, Andrew nipped into the shop to pick up a few pieces, the total was £10.89 and he only had a £20.00 note so she told him to put back the 2 chocolate bars because she didn't have change.

I would NEVER recommended Sandylands Park Resort to anyone, even the taxi driver we got going back to the train station was saying what a dump the place was.

I have sent an email to the head office and I am currently awaiting a reply. 

Happy in a way to get home early because Alesha got a nasty cold when there and it's all cleared up now 

Friday, 20 May 2011

Bald Patch At My Age??

Yes, you read that right, I am only 22 years old and have a bald patch on my head, it's just a little bit bigger than the size of a 50p piece.

Over the last few days I have been experiencing a sore head when I brush and touch my scalp, espically when washing my hair. I never thought anything of it until this morning when I woke up and went into the bathroom and I looked in the mirror and nearly fell with shock!
I thought, 'this can't be right, I am only 22 years old'! Quickly I shouted "ANDY"!

He looked in shock and suggested I should ring the doctors for an appointment today. I was taking Alesha to playgroup at 10.00am so I asked for an afternoon appointment and I was lucky enough to get one for 2.00pm.

I felt so embarrassed, looking in the mirror trying to brush my hair over the bald patch to cover it. I guess I am thankful to have very thick hair, so it wasn't much of a problem to get it covered and then I made sure I sprayed loads of hairspray on it to keep it in place, can't be having the wind blow it.

The doctor took a look at it and suggested it's because I am anaemic, which I already knew because I am already on iron tablets ever since having my daughter in December 2009.
But, with my latest prescription for the iron tablets the 3 chemists near by me said they are out of stock, might be waiting a month, WHAT?
So I am off into town tomorrow with Andy and Alesha, fingers crossed a chemist in there has them in stock.

The doctor wants me back in 2 months time for another blood test.

I never knew being anaemic can cause hair loss, but it sure does!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

WIN A HEALTHY HAMPER WITH SCHWARTZ THIS SUMMER

Learn some new skills in healthy cookery with Schwartz this summer! Schwartz believes that there is no need to compromise on taste and flavour while eating healthily. The Schwartz Healthy Eating Plan suggests “eating a rainbow”, and is based on solid information about the different nutrients present in different coloured fruit and vegetables.  Therefore, choosing different coloured sources enables a wider range of nutrients in your diet.

Schwartz’s nutritionist Azmina Govindji developed a ‘Colour Wheel’ to clearly show clearly the relationship between food colour and nutrients. Schwartz herbs and spices can make your ‘Colour Wheel’ even more flavoursome this summer, while having the added benefit of making your dish look extra enticing! 
To get you inspired, enter our competition to be in for a chance to win a Healthy Hamper, filled with a year’s supply of Schwartz Herbs and Spices, worth over £100 and learn how to cook up a rainbow with Schwartz this summer! All you have to do is answer the following question: 
Which one of the following herbs or spices is the colour RED? 

a) Pepper

b) Basil

c) Paprika

Please leave a comment below with your answer and a way to contact you, either email address or Twitter name.

For extra entries you can do one or all of the following, please use separate comments for each entry:
  • Follow me on Twitter @mum2alesha
  • Tweet the following, "I have entered to win a healthy hamper with Schwartz @mum2alesha, you can enter here http://bit.ly/lTEIiJ "
  • Like my page on Facebook and write on the wall, "I am entering to win a healthy hamper with Schwartz"
Terms and Conditions
  1. Only open to UK residents
  2. Ends 11.59pm 14th June 2011
  3. Video will be uploaded showing the names of the entrants and then one of those will be picked from a bowl.
  4. The prize is non-refundable and cannot be transferred. No cash alternative is available
                                         ***SPRINKLES SOME LUCKY DUST***
Go to www.Schwartz.co.uk to find out more about the Schwartz Healthy Eating Plan and for more recipes.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Searching For My Uncle

I have been a busy girl the last few days, my eyes has been glued to GenesReunited and FriendsReunited hoping to find my uncle James S Gallagher.

My mother and her sister and two brother's lost contact with their eldest brother James S Gallagher when he left the convent and moved to London.

My mother's birth parents sent my mother Susan and her 3 brothers Martin, Michael and James to St Joseph's Convent in Kilkenny, Ireland (the youngest child they kept at home).

When James was old enough he left the convent and went to London. My mother and her brother's last seen James in 1983 in Dublin.

James did come over to Ireland in 1997 to search for his siblings. He went to my mother's aunt's house and asked her if she has seen any of the siblings and she said yeah that my mother was in work at the moment, so he asked where does she work that he wanted to see her etc but she replied, "she will be too busy to see you", so he left! My mother was fuming when she found out!

So my mother and her brother Michael found the BnB James stayed in when he was over and the BnB owner said he was with a woman called Jackie Robinson and they either lived in Surrey or Kent.

We have done so many searches and there all coming back failed! I have been building up my family tree on GenesReunited hoping one day he or someone who knows him we get in contact.

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Me To You Collection

4 teddies & 2 ornaments

I have always loved teddy bears, up to the age of 16 I always slept with a few teddies on my bed (I'm a baby at heart).

When I moved up to Scotland from Manchester in 2007, I left my large bundle of big, small, cute, and ugly teddy bears behind. I must admit, I missed them loads, felt very strange in my bedroom with no teddies (that's not like me). It took me a while to adapt to not having any teddies in my bedroom. Now I can't stand having a teddy in my bed (Andrew is more than enough).

My darling fiancĂ© started buying me 'Me To You' teddies in 2010 and now I love them and have decided to build a collection, but it won't be me buying them it will be Andrew haha!

There is such a wide choice of teddies for every occasion!
I'm really looking forward to welcoming more into my home but 'not' my bedroom.

I love my fiancĂ©, he is ever so sweet and caring, the little gifts he buys me now and again always put a smile on my face!

2 teddies and 1 cup
2 wallet cards


















For a good nosey at the beautiful collection, why not visit their website.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Win Everyday With Nuby

Nuby has decided to run a competition every day this week on their Facebook page to give away £50 worth of breast feeding accessories including a breast vest, breast feeding cushions, nipple care cream and breast pads.

To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize all you have to do is, 'like' their Facebook page and respond to the daily discussion topic to be entered into the prize draw.

Nuby decided to run this competition after watching the BBC news story yesterday about the benefits of breast feeding and children's behaviour.

'At Nuby™ we strive towards making the lives of parents and children easy, simple and fun. The highest quality standards, global trends and continual product development help us bring parents everything they need for their baby's development.
Our products are inspired by nature and offer the best, safest and most simple choices for you and your baby'.  

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Review: Boots Baby Bath Products


We were kindly contacted to ask if we fancied receiving Boots baby bath products, we agreed to review some as Alesha loves having baths so thye would be happily used.

Useful info about Boots
'The UK's leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer'
Boots have more than 2,000 stores from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.

Here is a section on their website about them,
'Boots is a member of Alliance Boots, an international pharmacy-led health and beauty group. Our purpose is to help our customers look and feel better than they ever thought possible.
Our customers are at the heart of our business. We're committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care, be the first choice for pharmacy and healthcare, offer innovative products 'only at Boots', with great value our customers love.
Our people are our strength and they tell us that Boots is a great place to work. We aim to always be the employer of choice, attracting and retaining the most talented and passionate people'.
Simplicity of the products (fun animal sponge, baby dreamtime calming bath)
This sponge was so soft, perfect for babies delicate skin. As stated on the packet the sponge goes soft once in water and once out of water it goes hard again. They come in a wide range of animal shapes. Alesha had fun trying to wash herself with it, she seemed more keen and eager to try and use it, think it was because it was an animal shape, not like the normal bath sponge she did use.
The 'baby dreamtime calming bath' had a lovely lavender and chamomile smell to it which wasn't too strong. It defentinaly helped to calm and relax Alesha, as it stated on the bottle, ' Boots Dreamtime Bath will relax and calm your baby as part of a bedtime routine'.
Alesha was pleased to see quite alot of bubbles unlike other bath products which don't seem to give much of a bubble affect unless you pour in quite alot. After the bath Alesha's skin was soft an clean.

Availability (fun animal sponge, baby dreamtime calming bath)
Both of these lovely products can be purchased online or in some Boots stores. Why not order online to pick up in your local store, that way you know it's going to be there.
The animal sponge is priced at £2.04 you can find it here and the baby dreamtime calming bath is priced at £2.03 which you can find here.

The packet contains 1 sponge and the bottle contains 400ml of dreamtime calming bath.


Rating
 The only negative I have is that I think for one sponge £2.04 is slightly high.

For more information on Boots and their products please visit them at www.boots.com or their Facebook page.




10 Things You Did Not Know About Me!



I was pleased to see that I had been tagged in another 'meme', this time by the lovely Michelle at The Crafty Mammy to write 10 things you didn't know about me for Kreativ Blog Award.

Important rules for this 'meme',

1. Link to 10 other blogs
2. Tell these bloggers about the Kreativ Blogger award
3. Write 10 facts about yourself

Now it's time to put my 'thinking' cap' on and get writing, are you ready?

1. I am the only one from 4 siblings to be born in Manchester, my 2 sisters and 1 brother were all born in Limerick,Ireland.
2. In my teens, I was able to wrap my left leg around my head, not so good at it anymore, can only get it up halfway haha.
3. I quit smoking the minute I found out I was pregnant in March 2009 and still don't smoke to this day.
4. My biggest fear has to be swimming, 'really' scared even tho my mother tried numerous of times when I was younger.
5. I studied 'Music Performance & Technology' in 2006 as I enjoyed song writing and performed for around 80 people.
6. I am getting married to my gorgeous fiance on 07th July 2012.
7. I dislike sweetcorn 'yuck'.
8. I am a left hander.
9. My middle name is Dorothy, so is my mother's middle name, my mother's foster mother's first name is Dorothy.
10. I would love another baby later in life.

Now it's time to tag 10 bloggers whom I would like to carry this 'meme' on,
http://www.sevencherubs.com/
http://www.manana-mama.com/
http://www.methemanandthebaby.com/
http://pregnantorbaby.blogspot.com/
http://ourhandmadejourney.blogspot.com/
http://www.mellowmummy.co.uk/
http://qwertymum.blogspot.com/
http://i-heart-motherhood.blogspot.com/
http://mummymishaps.blogspot.com/
http://jessiescrazykitchen.blogspot.com/

Apologies you you have already done this!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Sunshine = Speedboat

Alesha and Andrew, feeding the ducks
Alesha in the lifecoat, ready to go!
Sun was shining in the window which woke me up at 6.30am. There was no more beauty sleep for me as Andrew was snoring and I felt hot and irritated which caused me to toss and turn, kick the quilt off me and then pull it up, I just didn't know what I wanted!

At 7.15am Alesha woke up and Andrew jumped straight out of bed as soon as he heard her on the baby monitor. I decided to have an extra 10 minutes in bed to stretch and fully wake up.
My sister Amy stayed the night, she got up not long after me.

Whilst enjoying a cup of coffee, we were all debating where we should go today in this lovely sunshine, bearing in mind none of us drive, "won't be going to far then"!
Me & Alesha in the lifecoats


Amy jumping in first
We all agreed that our day trip today was to, 'Strathclyde Park'. Andrew got Alesha and himself dressed because me and Amy were 'still' getting ready.
We left the house at 11am and got the bus there which took about 20 minutes. None of us have ever got the bus as we didn't have a clue a bus stopped there. The bus stop was at the other end of the park, were we have never been because it takes over an hour to walk down that end! To our surprise there was a hut that hired out various boats so we went over to enquire about getting on a speed boat. I kept saying. "Alesha won't be allowed on them because she is too young", but guess what??? I was wrong, Alesha was allowed on the speed boat with me, Andrew, her Aunty Amy and the boat driver.
Alesha with Andrew on the boat, Alesha's face is really a picture

Me, Amy & Alesha on the boat











I put Alesha's lifecoat over her and she whinged at first whilst me and Andrew were trying to zip it up, but as soon as she saw us putting on our lifecoat's she was fine.
I was excited but also nervous because I can't swim and have a major fear of water and drownding, but as soon as we got into the boat and sped off, my fear was soon changed to happiness. I loved it and so did everyone else. Alesha enjoyed it that much, when we handed the lifecoats back she was saying "in there", because she wanted to go back on it!
Me & Alesha
Alesha & Andrew

After the great buzz of being on a speedboat, we walked further down which took us about 10 minutes and we came across and ice cream van and a hot food van. So we stopped to buy 3 portions of chips and then sit on the grass to enjoy them. There was a little bit of sand closer to the water, it was like a mini beach, so each of us took turns in bringing Alesha into the water and the sand. She is a 'water baby' so there was no fear of her being scared of walking in it.

When the time came to go home she screamed the place down, wouldn't sit in her buggy, refused a biscuit and her water, so we took turns carrying her and saying nursery rhymes. When she had gotten over leaving the sand and water we put her down to walk which lasted 10 minutes until she became tired so it was into the buggy.

Not only was Alesha tired, the 3 of us were shattered so instead of walking to the bus stop and hanging about we rang a taxi, within 20 minutes we were home sweet home!
Me, Alesha & Amy

Amy & Alesha

This is how the day ended!!