Monday, 2 December 2013

Review: Mothercare Christmas Pyjamas

Children across the country begin the magical countdown to Christmas Day. As the excitement builds, parents tell their little ones how many 'sleeps' until Father Christmas shoots down their chimney.

To make the anticipation a little more bearable, Mothercare has launched a range of festive PJs for little ones this Christmas. From red nosed reindeer's to sleepy penguins, there is a pyjama set to suit every good girl and boy hoping for a visit from Father Christmas this year.
It's beginning to look alot like Christmas in my house since my two little munchkins have started wearing a pair of Christmas pyjamas which were sent to us for review.

Alesha was sat next to me at the dining table and as soon as I opened the parcel she said "aww mummy is it Christmas" haha! I then showed her robin check pyjamas and said that they were hers and the reindeer pyjamas were Alana's. She got really excited and was asking to put them on there and then (mid-day), but instead I told her to pack them away and they could wear them over at nana's house at the weekend.
Just out of the bath and looking lovely in the pyjamas
Not only do these pyjamas look lovely they also feel it too, it's easy to tell by looking at them that there not a cheap. They have since been watched on a hot cycle twice and have come out good as new! Remained the same shape and lost no colour, so in my eyes that's good!
The robin check pyjamas that Alesha is wearing in the photos cost £13.00 and the skinny reindeer pyjamas that Alana is wearing costs £10.00. 

For more information about the sleepwear range, or to view other products from Mothercare, please visit the website.
                                        I was sent these pyjamas for the purpose of this review.



Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Review: HoMedics Shiatsu Massage Cushion

I was pleased when I got this in the post to review as I'm a woman that really enjoys massages, so couldn't wait to put this to the test, I was like an excited young child haha!

This massager fitted onto my dining room chair, with a strap and velcro to keep the back in place. The seat part of this is a cushion so bare in mind it doesn't do any massaging, would be strange if it did, it just keeps the whole thing in place basically.
The massager is covered in a plush, nylon material which is black and grey, so therefore suit for men or women. With it being black and grey I find it very smart looking. The massager is quite heavy as the motor and massager are robust, but it isn't too heavy, a slim woman like me could lift it no problem. This is really easy to store away as it doesn't take up much room, I currently have it underneath my bed.


Once set up there is a hand controller, which actually looks like a mini TV remote control, attached by a piece of wire. I really enjoy the rolling massage technique which moves the balls smoothly up and down the back relaxing as it goes. To me it felt like it was aligning my back, a great feeling!
My younger sister Amy enjoys coming over to my house now to use this massager, her favourite function is the shiatsu massage where the balls rotate in a small circle, making a kneading action as they travel up and down the length of your back. You can also add heat to this action which quickly heats up to a nice hot temperature but not too hot to the point where it burns you.
My sister Amy, using it on the armchair
I would highly recommend this as a Christmas present for a loved one, especially someone who suffers with a bad back.

At the moment you can get it for a bargain price in Argos for only £84.99.


I was sent this massager for the purpose of this review





Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Kids Do Make You Worry Sometimes!

It was a normal Monday afternoon, me Alesha and Alana just finished having dinner. So I took Alana out of her highchair and let her run about with her big sister Alesha, but then Alesha got tired so came and cuddled upto me on the couch.
The next minute what ever way I looked I seen Alana stood up next to the couch struggling to breathe, her eyes started rolling back so I immediately jumped off the couch to go grab her but as I done so she collpased onto the hard laminate floor. I picked her up panicking trying to hold her in one arm whilst ringing for an ambulance on the phone in my other hand. 
Couple seconds later Alana came around and started crying very loudly, took me a while walking up and down holding her in my arms to calm her down.

Then the ambulance guy came and as he was checking Alana over my neighbour came rushing into my house asking if everything was okay as she seen the ambulance outside. 
The paramedic said she was ok besides the bump on the back of her head from when she collapsed. But to keep a close eye on her the next few days.

Today she seems back to her normal happy self but I'm such a worrier and keep checking to making sure she is okay. Alesha kept giving Alana kisses today saying "get well soon Alana, please don't go hospital". Bless her!

Guess kids are going to test us parents sometimes but hopefully I won't need to call out an ambulance again.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Halloween and Bonfire Night

Alesha wanted to go over to Nana's (my mother) for Halloween, so in the end we decided to go and stay over there and have a little party.

That afternoon we put up all the spooky Halloween decorations and then I got Alesha dressed and ready to go out trick or treating. It was lovely to see her excited because she was going out to scare people haha. Me and my mam took her out, Alana was back at the house wrapped up warm. Alesha wasn't shy nor did it bother her to knock on people's doors. If she didn't get a reply after the first knock the little madam was getting ready to knock again until I told her no!

We walked around with her until she told us she was tired and wanted to go back to Nana's. She was really happy with her money and the sweets and chocolate that she was given. She was more looking forward to drinking her fake blood which a friend of my mums gave her early that day.

On Bonfire night my sister Amy came to stay at mine to babysit Alana for me whilst we went out to a local firework display. Alesha loved every minute, she was mesmerized by the different colours and the loud bangs, she wouldn't take her eyes off them!






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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Review: Baby K Clothing at Mothercare

We all know how quickly children grow out of clothes and how expensive some clothing can be.

I was really pleased when I was asked if my daughters Alesha and Alana would like to review the Baby K range of clothing exclusively to Mothercare.

The girls were needing a new coat each, it was on my to do list before Christmas. So you could imagine the smile on my face when I opened a parcel containing 3 beautiful coats and a stunning dress.
The coat which Alesha is wearing in the photos is the 'Baby K Faux and Leather Look Sleeve Coat' priced at £32.00. The coat Alana is wearing in the photos is the 'Baby K Boucle Biker Jacket' priced at £26.00. I was also sent the 'Baby K Leopard Print Trench Coat' priced at £26.00. The pink jersey dress which Alesha is wearing is also from the Baby K range and priced at £18.00.

Alesha and Alana both had compliments on theirs coats, I put these photos on Facebook and people were saying how much the really liked the coats and how well the girls looked in them. 
I can honestly say that I'm jealous of Alesha having the faux and leather look coat as I would love that in my size for myself haha!

All of the coats are really warm and quite thick, they look like long lasting coats which will be good as the girls will then get plenty of wear from them.

Alesha wore the dress for the first time the other day when we went shopping in Middlesbrough, she looked lovely in it. It's a dress that can be worn for a special occasion but also as everyday wear. The bottom is a tutu style skirt and she loves it, she thinks she is a princess twirling around saying "look at me mummy aren't I a pretty princess".
I have since washed the dress and there was no changes with at all, it kept it's original colour and shape.

I would definitely recommend Baby K clothing this Christmas for a special little person.

Click here to pop on over and have a look of what they have to offer, lovely clothing for both boys and girls.

                                   I was sent these items of clothing for the purpose of this review.



Silent Sunday

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Friday, 25 October 2013

Halloween Party At Nursery

It took Alesha quite sometime to decide whether she wanted to be a  ghost or a witch for Halloween, but when she heard that her friend from nursery was dressing up as a witch that made her quickly change her mind to becoming a witch for the day!

Her Halloween party was Wednesday 23rd October at 4pm, we met our friends at the bus stop and all got the bus together to the nursery for the party.

Alesha had a brilliant time, she loved dancing and shaking her bum to all the latest chart music which was being played in the school hall. 

I done the best I could when it came to getting creative with face paints, I tried to do cobwebs on her face but as you can tell there not quite the same as cobwebs haha.

Now she can't wait for Halloween night 31st October to dress up again to go trick or treating and then having a big party.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

13 Months And Now Walking!

I can finally say that my precious bundle of joy Alana is now officially walking at the age of 13 months. I'm a very proud mother, its been lovely watching her develop new milestones these last few months.
Alesha is a proud big sister, keeps giving her kisses and saying "well done Alana I knew you could do it"!

Alesha started walking just after her 1st Birthday so not much in the difference between the two of them.

Moments like these make me very proud and I'm thankful for each and everyday with them, I'd never go a day without seeing them, there my everything and they will grow up to know how much I love them.

These last few days have been abit hard as Alesha has been asking about 'sperm donor'. This morning on the way to nursery she said "mam daddy doesn't love me anymore, if he did he would have come to see me and my baby sister by now"! So I replied saying, "it's his loss darling, you have me who will always love and care for you", to which she replied "please mummy don't leave me like daddy has done, he isn't a nice man he hurt you mummy and made you cry" and then she kissed me leg.

Looks like Alesha is understanding what sperm donor is really like after all. He can take money from my kids, and go spend it on his new girlfriend's sons, that's what you call a dirty scumbag.

I'm now looking forward to the next few month's seeing Alana and Alesha progress more. Alesha has got her Halloween party at nursery tomorrow so she went to bed really excited tonight.

LOVE YOU ALESHA & ALANA .... LOTS OF LOVE MUMMY

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Review: Haribo's Halloween Range

Whether it is trick or treating, parties or something tasty for you to share with friends, this range of themed sweets is perfect for every Halloween occasion.

Alesha's face lit up when she opened the large Trick or Treat Bucket which contained 40 mini bags of sweets. "WOW mummy look at all of these yummy sweets" she said with a smile too big to wipe off her face.
Haribo's Halloween Bucket is available from Tesco, this cauldron of delights contains 40 mini-bags of Halloween themed goodies. Also available in the bucket are a selection of terrifying extras that will get any Halloween party started. These include a suggestion of scary games, petrifying glow-in-the-dark stickers and a medley of bloodycurdling invites.

The Haribo Halloween Bucket also has an extra suprise - the chance of winning an Ultimate Haribo party, which includes a guest appearance from Goldbear, games and party food, OR one of 100 Haribo party hampers. Winning tickets can be found inside lucky party buckets or you can enter online. Simply visit http://promotion.haribo.com/2013_UK_Halloween/ and follow the party fun link.

 This evening me and Alesha sat down together and decided to tuck into the bag of Spooky Ghosts jellies. Alesha was happy taking one at a time out of the bag and looking at the ghostly shaped jelly, after eating a few she decided to play a spooky game with them. The one sweet was my favourite as it had a zing of orange which my taste buds really enjoyed.

Haribo have also created something completely new for you and your friends to sink your teeth into - Fangtastics. Available in 200g sharing bags from Tesco, Fangtastics have that same great 'tang' flavour found in Tangfastics, but this time with a bit more bite! Also great for parties, this themed pack is perfect to tip into bowls for sharing.

The Trick or Treat Mega Box we received for review has been put aside for that spooky night 31st October for all the boys and girls (ghosts and witches) that knock on our door.
These Mega Boxes are available from Asda and contain 50 individual mini bags of Horror Mix - spooky themed gums and jellies that create a delicious bundle of treats for all those wizards and witches that knock on your door.

I would definitely recommended these Haribo Halloween jellies, but be quick because there sure to sell out fast as I don't think I'm the only one with a sweet tooth ;)


                                          I was sent these jellies for the purpose of this review. 

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Cysts On Both Eyes Of My 3 Year Old Daughter

For the last few months Alesha has been getting these cysts on the bottom of her eyelids but after a few days fade away but just over 2 months ago they came back and haven't budged since. She now gets them growing on the inside of her eyelids so there on her eyeballs which can be irritating for her at times.

The doctors gave me antibiotics which didn't work so I went back and then I was given eye drops to try which didn't work also so she was transferred to Sunderland Eye Infirmary hospital. My mother and her partner Peter took me and Alesha to the hospital as it's quite a distance from our house in Hartlepool so would be a pain to get public transport. 

We had over a 2 hour wait for Alesha to be seen to, but I can't complain because Alesha was good as gold and made us and other patients laugh whilst waiting. We were all sat nice and quiet and then Alesha says "Pete do you want to come for a walk, come on"! So Pete took her hand and she led him over to the vending machine asking if he would like a drink while were waiting, haha my little madam. Pete got her a drink and she happily sat sipping away until she decided to go over to the bin to put some paper in which she found in her coat pocket. She placed her foot down on the pedal to open to lid of the bin, she done it 3 times so I said "Alesha come over here and sit down please" to which she replied "mum I'm just getting some fresh air", made us all laugh out loud, bless her!

Finally, it was Alesha's turn to be seen to, she had an eye test done which revelled her eye sight in one eye was poorly. The doctor then had a look and informed me that the red lumps on her eyes that keep going and coming back are called cysts that he was making a hospital appointment for Alesha to see someone else that in the meantime just keep bathing it in warm water until we get an appointment through in the post. 

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Monday, 7 October 2013

Review: Baby Annabell Doll

Alesha was over the moon when I said the postman had brought a very special surprise for her when she was at nursery. I gave her the parcel to open and she ripped the paper of with excitement eager to know what's inside and then her beautiful eyes lit up with happiness when she seen Baby Annabell. "Baby Annabell" she said raising the tone of her voice, "I've seen you on Tv and having been wishing that Santa gets me one, I'm so so happy now, thanks mum"!
So right from the beginning Alesha was very happy with this doll. After I put the 4 AA batteries inside which was easily done I done switched her on and right away she started babbling and sounded so realistic just like my youngest daughter Alana. Alesha went and filled up the bottle with water and got stuck in feeding Baby Annabell. 

This doll drinks real water from her bottle and when she's full your child your child can pat her on the back to make her burp. When it's time for bed, this doll will yawn and close her eyes, while your child soothes her to sleep with a gentle lullaby.

Alesha will not part with this doll at all and has pushed aside her once o so favourite doll Polly. The most fascinating thing about this doll is the real tears from her eyes, Alesha keeps wanting her to cry haha!
This doll really is endless fun and well worth the asking price of £43.00 over on www.very.co.uk
                                              I was sent this doll for the purpose of this review.





Sunday, 6 October 2013

My Kids Are Not Being Let Down Again!

As I see this as an online dairy for my daughters to read back on when they are older, I therefore like to express my feelings and write about things that happened.

It's going on 4 months now since sperm donor (I will never call him by his name nor give him the opportunity to be called dad) threatened to kill me and my family then packed some of his stuff and walked out the door on me and his daughters.

Today I finally realised what he really is like and who he really is, I am so thankful that he is out of my life for good, no more bruises, no more me having to call the police, no more me having to tell him to stop shouting or leave the house.

BUT, because I have a heart and I care about my girls I decided to send sperm donor's mother a message on Facebook and ask her to contact him and tell him to contact me about seeing his girls that this was his last chance as he has let them down before and hasn't bothered seeing them since we split.
I got a text from him saying he would like to see them but he is stuck down in his cousins house in Dewsbury that he is skint and has no money, so I asked him if he would like me to put £30 for petrol money into his bank if he was going to call up that evening to see the girls, so he said yeah.

I took Alesha nursery Friday morning and then went out of my way for him by getting the bus into town with Alana so I could go into the bank and put the last bit of money I had which was £30 into the bank for him.
I then told him it was in and surprise surprise sperm donor decided to switch his mobile phone off later that evening.  Then the following morning I received a text to say he was 'too busy'. 
So I asked him how can he be 'too busy' to come and see the girls after he promising me he would if I put my last bit of money into his bank. But he had no answer for me! I then told him how much he was breaking Alesha's heart promising her he was coming up to see her, so she went bed really happy and then the next morning me once again had to break the bad news that he wasn't coming up and he told a big lie but not to worry that she would always have me as mother and that's all she needs because it's me who is loving her, it's me who is wiping her tears from her face when she is upset and it's me who will always be there for her whenever she needs me. I would never be 'too busy' and break my daughters heart like that, nothing or no-one should be more important the your own children!

The following morning I received a text from sperm donor saying he would call up that day and to cut the long story short the waste of space, the money grabbing ba*tard let his daughters down AGAIN!

That night I realised I was running out of baby soya milk for Alana so Itext him and asked him to put the money back into my bank as I need to buy some baby milk for Alana that I had no more money until I got paid and the heartless piece of so and so did not reply!

But what makes it more interesting is he can go meet another woman down there and go have fun with her sons, when his daughters are sat at home wanting to see him!

Not in a million years is he getting another chance to see my daughters, using them as an excuse to get money from me, he is an utter joke looks like sperm donors family have turned their back on my girls aswel, not even a birthday card on Alana's 1st Birthday, haven't even asked about them since me and him split, but luckily enough my girls are surrounded by people who love them and that will never change.

Today I took Alesha's mind off thinking about him and took the girls to the pond to feed some ducks and then for a play in the park.

Look forward to the future with my beautiful daughters, bring on Christmas haha!














Silent Sunday

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Monday, 30 September 2013

Bacon, Onion and Potato Soup

With the colder weather and the nights becoming darker earlier it's now time I started making a different soup every fortnight.

I really enjoy a nice bowl of warm soup with some crusty bread on a cold winter's night, who doesn't?

So every fortnight I shall share with you all my chosen soup along with the recipe. 

Yesterday I made a batch load of Bacon, Onion and Potato soup, this is how I made it;

1. Peeled and chopped up the potato's into little cubes and added them to a pot which contained a chopped up large onion and 6 rashers of bacon chopped up into pieces. 
2. Fried them lightly in some oil for 4-5 minutes,
3. Then sprinkled 2 vegetable stock cubes over it all and added 250ml of water and let it simmer nicely for an hour.
4. I added pepper to season when served.


Sunday, 29 September 2013

Review: Funky Giraffe Dribble Bibs

With Alana just turned 12 months she is well into the teething stage and has 5 teeth on bottom and 4 on top, and with new baby teeth comes alot of dibble so I was pleased to be contacted and asked if Alana would like to review some of Funky Giraffe's dribble bibs.

Funky Giraffe bibs have a wide variety of styles over on their website for both boys and girls, your spoilt for choice! 

I was really pleased with the ones we received for review, there very trendy so was happy for Alana to wear them out and about, I did get one person stop and ask me on the train, "where did you buy that little sister bib"? I replied telling her about Funky Giraffe website and how many different cool designs they have, that it was well worth a look.

The bibs are made from super soft brushed cotton, not only do the look soft they really feel it too, they weren't irritating Alana, she was quite happy having these bibs on her throughout the day. 
I find the poppers on these bibs a god send because my clever little munchkin was able to undo the velco bibs. 

I would highly suggest these bibs to anyone, they are well worth the retail price of £4.00.
For more information or to purchase a bib for yourself, pop on over to www.funkygiraffebibs.co.uk

I was sent these bibs for the purpose of this review.