Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Review: Fruit Bowl Snacks

Being a mother of 2 young girls and knowing how important it is for them to snack on healthy foods and finding the right sweet snacks for fussy children can be difficult!
I was looking forward to Alesha and Alana trying out these fruity snacks because I knew they would be getting good nutrients from them. We were sent some Yoghurt Fruit Flakes, School Bars and Fruit Flakes to try.

Alesha started off with the Yoghurt Fruit Flakes because in her eyes they looked like white chocolate balls. I therefore let her eat 3 of them before I informed her that infact she was eating fruit covered in a creamy yoghurt. Her reply then was "mmm these really are yummy mam thanks I like them". I sneaky took a packet of the Yoghurt Fruit Flakes when the children were in bed, 'naughty mummy'. I must say I really enjoyed them, they have the same sweet yummy taste just like white chocolate.
With Alana only being 8 months old I haven't gave her much sweet stuff nor crisps or chocolate, so I was abit vary with her trying a piece of the School Bar incase she couldn't chew it properly with only having 2 little teeth on the bottom. I unwrapped the bar and gave a piece of it to her and she quite happily sat in her highchair sucking and nibbling it with a big cheeky smile, needless to say she ate the majority of it.
Fruit Bowl School Bars are very handy for lunchboxes and an alternative snack to a chocolate bar. There with apple puree and concentrated strawberry, apple and pear juices. Each bar contains more than five times    its weight in fruit and counts towards one of your 5-a-day.

Every product is low in fat and provides you with a better alternative to other less healthy snacking options. Fruit Bowl snacks contain no added sugar, only that coming from the fruit. The also contain only natural colours and flavourings.

Fruit Bowl snacks are available in various supermarkets . For more information please check www.fruit-bowl.com

The products were provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own. 

Monday, 27 May 2013

Truprint Discount Codes

With Father's Day fast approaching I thought some of my readers may be interested in some discount codes which can be used over on Truprint website. All offers end 29th May don't miss out!!

75 Photo prints 6"x4" for just 75p - Enter coupon code MAY1P13
50% Off all cards - Enter coupon code SENDCARDS13
50% Off 1 mug or 70% off 2 - Enter coupon code FATHERSMUG13

Sunday, 26 May 2013

To My Daughters

My darling daughter's soon ye are one and four
and these are the things that I wish for you.
To be happy and healthy and live life to the full,
be carefree in childhood and don't grow up too soon.

That you work hard at school and follow your passion,
a job is long term and not just for fashion.
Have fun while you can and don't tie yourself down,
There's plenty of time to turn that around.

Find a life partner to share all your dreams,
grasp what you have but live to your means.
To treasure each moment as if its your last,
and share with your children life present and past.

Most of all I hope you find love, 
a gift so special like the stars up above.
Be happy my daughter's in all that ye do,
and remember that mummy always love you.


Silent Sunday

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Rainy Day Craft Activities For Kids

Milk Bottle Organisers 
Is your milk bottle nearly empty? Why not turn them into organisers maybe for pencils, craft paper etc?

Paper Wreath
This can easily be made from old magazine's etc, simply cut around any photos I would suggest around 25 photos depending on the size. Then glue them onto a round piece of cardboard like a "ring" shape or even cut the middle out of a paper plate, as this will form the base of the wreath. 
To make the activity last longer why not cut pictures from a colouring book, that way the child has more fun once the wreath is made.

To finish why not put a piece of string on the back to hang it up on the wall.

Hope these are useful for someone on a rainy day like today in the North East.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

35% Off With Vertbaudet - TONIGHT ONLY

Evening special!
Started at 5pm this evening and ends midnight tonight!

35% off full price items simply by entering the following code 5945 at checkout.
PLUS free delivery when you spend £60 or more, plus FREE returns.

GIVEAWAY: PoxClin CoolMousse

Dr Sarah Brewer says: Chickenpox is a miserable condition that causes children and parents a great deal of distress. Itching makes it difficult to settle during the day or sleep at night, and continued scratching can lead to skin infection and scarring. Traditional treatments tend to dry out the skin and provide only temporary relief before itching comes back. Thankfully, modern gels and mousses especially designed to relieve the itch, and to reduce the risk of infection, are now available.

Myth: Once you’ve had chicken pox you are immune from it for life


When your child contracts chickenpox the body develops antibodies called immunoglobulin. It is these antibodies that fight off the chickenpox virus in later life.

However not all those who contract the chickenpox virus will go on to produce protective levels of the vital antibodies and those that don’t may catch chicken pox again. A blood test can assess whether or not your child has immunity but this is not routinely offered in the NHS.

Myth: Scratching causes scarring.


Usually only very persistent scratching causes scarring and most scars will fade after a few months. However, in around one in ten people some spots become infected with bacteria which, if left untreated with antibiotics can result in a scar. A topical product such as PoxClin Cool Mousse contains a natural bacterial blocker that helps prevent infection of the spots and therefore reduces the chances of scarring.

Myth: Chicken pox is a totally harmless childhood disease.


Around one in twenty children will contract an ear infection as a result of chicken pox. Other rare complications include pneumonia and inflammation of the brain (encephalitis).
Extremely rare complications include myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle), glomerulonephritis (kidney inflammation), appendicitis, hepatitis (inflammation of the liver), pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), Henoch-Schönlein purpura (a condition that can affect the kidneys), orchitis (inflammation of the testes), arthritis and inflammation of parts of the eye.

Myth: If you have had chicken pox you will never get shingles.


Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. As the virus does not completely clear from your body after you have chicken pox they may reactivate at some point in your life. Around one in five people who have had chicken pox will develop shingles at some point in their life.

Myth: Only adults or older people get shingles.


Any person of any age who has had chicken pox can develop shingles. Children under 12 months old who have already had chicken pox are particularly susceptible. However, shingles most commonly occurs in people over the age of 50.

Myth: All children should be exposed to chicken pox as soon as possible.


Chicken pox can be dangerous for any child with a low, or not fully developed immune system. This includes babies less than one month old, children with immune diseases such as leukaemia or HIV, and children who are on immuno-suppressant treatments such as chemotherapy or steroids. In addition, children under twelve months old who have had chicken pox are particularly susceptible to developing shingles.

Myth: There is no protection against chicken pox.


There is a vaccine against the virus that causes chickenpox and this is part of the routine immunisation programme in the USACanada and Australia. In the UK the vaccine is only offered to groups such as healthcare workers and others with no previous history of chickenpox who are in close contact with people who have a weakened immune system.

Myth: There is no medical treatment for chicken pox.


Chicken pox can be treated with an antiviral medicine such as aciclovir or immunoglobulin which can reduce the symptoms and likelihood of complications.

Treatment is usually only needed for those with low immunity such as babies less than one month old, children who are taking medications such as chemotherapy, immune-suppressing drugs or steroids, those with immune diseases such as leukaemia or HIV, or with severe heart, lung or skin conditions. If your child has not already had chickenpox and is in one of these groups, contact your doctor urgently if they have contact with chickenpox or develops chicken-pox symptoms.  

Myth: The best way to reduce the fever caused by chicken pox is by cool sponging


Cool sponging causes a constriction of the blood vessels just below the skin if the water is too cold. This traps heat deep in the body which can make the fever worse. Doctors now advise placing the child in a gentle flow of air at room temperature, such as near an open window. Paracetamol will bring down temperature. Do not give ibuprofen, aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) as these may increase the risk of developing serious complications.

Myth: The best treatment for itchy skin caused by chicken pox is calamine lotion.


Calamine lotion is no longer recommended by many doctors because as soon as it dries on the skin it is no longer effective. Soothing cream, gel or mousse products such as PoxClin Cool Mousse have been clinically proven to reduce the effects of the itching.

Other useful treatments include an age appropriate dose of anti-histamine which can reduce itching.

Myth: Certain foods such as shellfish or chicken increase skin irritation.


There is no evidence to support this


On behalf of PoxClin we are doing a giveaway for a chance to win a bottle of PoxClin CoolMousse which is currently available from Boots, Sainbury's and Asda priced at around £10.80 for a 100ml bottle.

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Sunday, 12 May 2013

1stFone designed for children is out now!

The 'dumbphone for smart parents' designed specifically for kids.

With children at greater risk than ever from the dangers of mobile technology,OwnFone has launched a mobile phone designed specifically for kids  - the 1stFone.

The credit-card sized handset, aimed at children between four and nine, has taken the mobile phone to a whole new level of simplicity with no screen, just the names of the people that you want to call on the front of the phone. The device is completely customisable with different colours and patterns and only makes and receives calls allowing parents to stay connected with their children without the problems associated with normal mobile phones.

1stFone, dubbed the 'the dumbphone for smart parents', comes programmed with up to 12 pre-assigned numbers so children can have Mum, Dad, Nan and Grandpa as well as their home phone number at their fingertips. Parents with older children can also choose to have a 999 button programmed which has to be pressed three times to activate. With such basic functionality the risks of text or cyber bulling, stumbling across inappropriate material on the internet, 'sexting' or being mugged, all common concerns with young children who have mobile phones, are completely eliminated. The limited functionality of the 1stFone also means usage is greatly reduced, minimising the monthly cost to parents.  

With a compact, lightweight design, the 1stFone is easy for small hands to use and tough enough to survive bumps and scrapes. It’s colourful, customisable design appeals to children and the handset is particularly suitable for any child that plays outside out of ear shot, travels or walks to school on their own or sleeps over with friends. It’s suitable for day-to-day use or can be fully charged and stored away as an emergency phone and will still make a call after a year.
The sister phone to the product, 2ndFone, is due to be released in the next few weeks, aimed towards twenty something's that don’t want to take their expensive smartphones to parties, festivals or on nights out. The long battery life and compact lightweight design of the phone sets it apart from other dumphones. The 2ndFone features a numerical keypad as well as pre-assigned contacts, which are printed on the back allowing the user to easily call friends or any number. The device is still fully customisable with a range of on-trend colours and patterns making the 2ndFone the must have accessory this festival season.

Tom Sunderland, founder of OwnFone, commented: "In a world dominated by Smartphones parents face a difficult choice when it comes to finding a first phone for their child. We wanted to design a fun product that appeals to children but puts parents in complete control and minimizes usage while still providing a vital connection between parent and child.

"We're now looking to expand our product range across ages and feel that at every stage of life we need simple phones to compliment smartphones. This is about providing a much needed balance to smartphones and recognising that in certain situations or times in life you need light, simple and small rather than large, heavy and complicated"

The 1stFone costs from £55 and is available through the OwnFone website (myownfone.com) on a 30 day rolling contract, pay as you go and paid in advance bundles for 6 and 12 months.

The OwnFone website guides you through personalising the phone and choosing which price plan is best suited to you. The numbers that you input are then saved in the cloud and can be instantly changed at any time. The handset comes with a 28-day money back guarantee and a 12-month handset warranty.

OwnFone is exhibiting at Mums Show Live at Alexandra Palace from 16-19 May. You can visit stand G20 in the Panorama Room to see the phone in action as well as place as an order for your personalised OwnFone.

I personally think it's a good idea, what about you?

Silent Sunday


What she may look like now

The year little Madeleine was taken I didn't have kids at the time but my heart went out to those parents , the thought of what they were and still are going through sends shivers down me. 

Now I am a mother of 2 girls, and my heart ache's so bad for the McCanns as I think of my girls and couldn't imagine the pain   those parents are going through. I hug and kiss my girls every night as I'm thankful for having them and cherish everyday with them as you never know whats around the corner.

It's been a long 6 years since Madeleine was taken on the 3rd May 2007 while on holiday in Praia da Luz, Portugal, a few days before her 4th birthday.

And now today is Madeleine's 10th birthday.

The Find Madeleine campaign continues. So please please don't forget this little girl, she is still out there somewhere.

I'm taking part of #blogging4madeleine campaign today .