Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Patchwork Cushion

I was really happy to have made a lovely patchwork cushion lastnight from a few of my darling daughter's baby vests & sleepsuits.

I came up with the idea a few weeks ago when my Andrew bought me a Singer 449 sewing machine from the carboot. As soon as he brought it home, my imagination was running wild picturing all the things I could try and make.
Unfortunately, it wasn't working the way it should be so Andrew had a look inside and realised the gear was totally worn out, so off on Google I was to find a singer site that sold a suitable gear and placed an order.

When the gear arrived Andrew inserted it into the machine, I then tried sewing and thought 'bingo' it's working, but I was wrong. It would sew no problem but every couple of seconds it would stop, an absolute nightmare.

So went on my local 'Netmums' and put a post up to see if anyone had a clue about sewing machines and fancied coming out to try and get mine working, eager to start sewing.
A lovely lady replied to my post and came out the following day, she had a good look at it was said it was basically buggered!

So my loving Andrew bought me a new sewing machine this time and I'm happy to say it's working!

Lastnight I cut up some of Alesha's vest and sleepsuits and sewed them altogether to make a cushion, bare in mind it was my first attempt. To stuff it I used the fluff from inside a spare pillow.
The outcome was good, will need to practice more on my sewing skills. A lovely little keepsake for Alesha.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Review: Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System

    'Make healthy habits automatic with the new stainless-look'

By encouraging your family to adopt healthy habits you can help stop the spread of bacteria around the home. This take is made easier with the NEW stainless-look Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System. It automatically dispenses just the right amount of soap in to your hands and kills 99.9% of bacteria, helping you to maintain a healthier and happier home environment for your family. The soap dispenser will fit in with the d├ęcor of your kitchen and bathroom; initiating a healthy hand washing routine in the key places where hygienic can make a big difference.

With young children it is important to make sure that they are encouraged to wash their hands following each toilet visit and this is made easy and fun with the Dettol No Touch Hand Wash System. It automatically senses hands underneath the nozzle, stopping the need for contact and reducing the spread of germs. So you'll never need to touch a germy pump again!

Simplicity of the product 
Me and Andrew found this really easy to use and there was no faffing about pressing buttons or pushing down on a pump to get abit of hand wash out, it was simply just putting our hands underneath and out came a pea size amount, just enough to give our hands a good wash.

We wanted to get Alesha involved using this aswell so we decided to place it on the sink in the bathroom, the stainless-look fitted in great within our white painted bathroom. 
Alesha is only 18 months and not tall enough to reach the sink, just yet! So when she was using it we held her up but we have been thinking about about a little stepping stool, so she can be a big clever girl and use it all by herself.

She loves using it, think it's because she doesn't have to struggle to get any hand wash out, she simply just places her little hands underneath and out it comes!

We have got her in the routine of using this whenever she uses the toilet which isn't very often but we have seen a massive change in her saying, "wee wee", we think it's because she get's to use this NEW funky hand wash system.

Andrew was first to use this and he commented straight away on sweet smelling fragrance, and I had to agree, the Aloe Vera left our hands smelling lovely afterwards. It also contained vitamin E with added moisturisers to keep your hands feeling soft at every touch.

Available from all leading supermarkets and even online stores.
Comes in 5 fragrances,

  1. NEW Aloe Vera and Vitamin E
  2. NEW Total Care Antibacterial
  3. Hydrating Cucumber Splash
  4. Cleansing Green Tea and Ginger
  5. Refreshing Grapefruit Essence
Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System (250ml) is available at RRP £9.99 which includes dispensing base, one refill and x4 AA batteries
The refills are available at RRP £2.99 each


For further information please visit www.dettol.co.uk/no-touch-handwash-system/
For tips and further information on hygiene habits please visit www.dettol.co.uk/missionforhealth

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

We have a winner....

Would like to thank everyone that entered this competition to win a Schwartz hamper, we had a massive response.

I did say I was going to record a video of me picking a name out of a bowl but with the large number of entrants I decided to use Random.org.

                                                       *** DRUMROLL PLEASE***
Congratulations to our lucky winner Diana Cotter AKA @happyfox, will contact you now for postal address.

Keep an eye our for a chance to win on another competition coming up!

For more information on Schwartz click here

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Father's Day Gift Idea's

I love internet shopping, I enjoy taking time having a good nosey at different products in the comfort of my own home!

With Father's Day fast approaching and me only having bought cards, I decided to have a good old internet search for some quirky gifts.

I found some lovely gift idea's on needaprescent

  • Electronic Countdown & Free Sudoku - £14.99

  • I Love You Letters Cushion - £9.99 

  • Three Mini Chocolate Pizzas - £14.99   

Here are some cheap and cheerful gift idea's, great as a little extra gift.

  • Litebulb Keyring - £4.99 

  • Control A Boss Remote - £4.99

AND for the sweet lovers, how about,

  • Personalised Retro Sweet Jar -  £12.99 

  • 24 Lollipop Bouquet - £9.99 

To view their full range of products, visit www.needaprescent.com 

Silent Sunday

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Found my uncle whom I've never seen!!

I've done it, I've found my long lost uncle!!

Not so long ago I wrote a post on here about, the steps I was taking to find my long lost uncle, after my mother and another uncle having no success when they hired a private investigator a few years ago. I thought, 'I don't think were ever going to find him, the day will never come', BUT I was totally wrong!!

I logged onto Facebook this morning after getting back from visiting my sister, niece and nephews and there it was, 1 'friend request' from MY long lost uncle.

I couldn't believe it, he looks the spitting image of my other 2 uncle's, I was shaking with excitement, Andrew then passed me the house phone to ring my mother, she was in total shock to say the least, the last time she saw her oldest brother was 28 years ago, she was only a young 16 year old.

Since then, he has been on the phone and chatting away on Facebook, our family is finally complete and we are so happy!

Thursday, 2 June 2011


One of the lovely mummies from the BabyCentre December 2009 group gave me and the other mum's a recipe to make some yummy flapjack.

After me,Alesha and Andrew got back from visiting my sister and nephew Rody, we decided to make a start on the flapjack.
It was our first time to make some flapjack so we decided to only do half the measurements in the recipe, to make a small one and see how it turns out.

The only part of the recipe we left out was the apples, as were not keen of apples in flapjacks. After our little princess Alesha putting alot of effort into mixing and waiting patiently for them to cook in the oven, they didn't turn out to good!

Abit too crunchy, don't think there was enough mixture for the oats and muesli, we know next time to add a little more. Or we could of went wrong somewhere along the line because we only done half the measurements.

Luckily we decided to only make a small portion.

They might of turned out abit too crunchy than normal but it hasn't stopped Andrew from eating some and also my younger sister Amy had a nibble when she visited earlier.

Here is the recipe I followed:

2-3 desert apples peeled, cores and sliced
225g (8oz) butter
225g (8oz) demerara sugar
2 tbsp golden syrup
200g (7oz) jumbo oats
75g (2 3/4oz) muesli
50g (2oz) raisins

Oven 180c (160c fan oven) gas 4
20 x 5cm (8 x 2in) shallow tin, lightly greased and lined

Put apple in small pan with 2tbsp water & simmer gently til soft enough to roughly crush (not puree)
Meanwhile melt butter, sugar & syrup in large saucepan over low heat. When melted remove from heat and stir in oats, muesli & raisins, mix til combined, adding a handful of oats or muesli if too wet
Spread half into the prepared tin, press firmly, spread Apple on top, cover with remaining mix and press firmly with the back of a spoon
Cook for 25-30 mins til golden brown. Cool 5 mins then cut into squares or fingers. Cool completely in the tin before removing. Store in airtight tin in fridge.