Sunday, 29 November 2015

St Hildas Church - Hartlepool

I love where I live, not only because we a few minutes walk from sandy beaches etc but also ever Christmas without fail, Hartlepool committee run a Christmas market. There is always a variety of children activities on the run up to the Christmas market.

This photo was taken by a local Hartlepool man, the photo is of St Hildas church during the Wintertide Christmas festival.

Simple Christmas Craft Ideas For Kids

Rudolph Hand 
Toilet Roll Reindeer's
Twig Trees
Button Xmas Tree
Pine Cone Elves 
Toilet Roll Xmas Tree
    Toilet Roll Snowmen

These are ideal to do over the Christmas holidays, when the weather is bad outside. 
Most of the materials you would normally find within your craft box, if not, need not to worry as the contents needed are not expensive. Cheap and cheerful and keeps the kids entertained and happy.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

WIN A Signed Ant-Man Poster

Ant-Man is being released on the 30th November at screens near you. So we thought why not give our reader's the chance to win an amazing prize. So here we have it, a signed poster from the cast including Paul Rudd (Ant Man), Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and director Peyton Reed.

To be in with a chance of winning this prize, fill out the simple Gleam form below.

The winner will be drawn 15th November 2015 at 11.59pm.

signed ant man poster

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Family Fun In Teeside October Half Term 2015

Adventure Point, Darlington

24th October-1st November

Saturday 24th October – Sunday 1st November
Adventure Point, Darlington
Be prepared for Half Term Week
Face Painting, Potion Making, Pumpkin Carving, Apple Bobbing, Halloween Baking, Competitions
All activities will be accessible to children of any age. There will be a charge of £1 per
child for each of the activities listed above, just add your child’s name to the list on
arrival. All other attractions will be open as normal including play frames, Coconut
Tree, Bumper Cars, Jungle Inflatable and more!
Open every day from 9.30am until 6.30pm
Adventure Point Ltd Unit 1 Morton Trade Park Morton Park Way Darlington DL1 4PT
Tel: 01325 481616

Preston Park, Stockton
Every day from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November
Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Stockton
Who Dunnit? Mystery trail
Can you solve Preston Park Museum’s very own mysterious case of Who dunnit? Pick up your clue sheet from the police station on the Victorian Street. Free with museum admission.
Tel 01642 527820

Summerhill, Hartlepool
Tuesday 27th October
Summerhill Visitor Centre, Hartlepool, TS25 4LL
Slytherin at Summerhill
Make your broomsticks, wands and Halloween crafts.
£4.50 concession. £5.25 member. £5.75 casual.
10.30am – 11.30am OR 1.30 3.00pm
Booking Essential, call 01429 284584

JD Sports Domes, Seaton Carew
Thursday 29th October
The JD Sports Domes, Seaton Carew
Halloween Party
Featuring scary fun and games and food for the kids from 6pm till 8pm,
£3.00 a ticket. Bookings are required, for more information please call (01429) 800570.

Billingham Library
Saturday 31st October
Billingham Library
Halloween Party - Party on down monster style! Enjoy our spooky Halloween party.
1pm to 3pm – Booking essential as places are limited – 5 to 12 year olds
Billingham Town Centre, 01642 528084

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Help Save The British Hedgehogs By Making Changes To Your Garden

‘Hedges for Hogs’ campaign promotes hedgehog-friendly gardening
Do you love to garden with the kids over the summer holidays? Choose the right plants, shrubs and hedges and you could help save hedgehogs where you live.

Hedgehogs are in decline according to Hedgehog Street, a joint initiative led by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species, with numbers reduced by around a third in the last 10 years alone. But you can make a real difference to the prickly population in your area by planting hedgehog-friendly hedging.

Hedge growers and suppliers Best4hedging has launched a ‘Hedges for Hogs’ campaign as the school holidays get underway, to advise gardeners on the best plants for hedgehogs and to alert homeowners to the animal’s plight, as many families turn their attention to the garden during the summer months.

Gareth James, Nursery Manager at Best4Hedging, says: “Just picking the right plants can make a big difference to your local hedgehogs. We’re urging everyone to think about what they plant this summer, and especially to consider replacing restrictive fencing with hedging. You could have the best hedgehog habitat in your garden, but as many modern houses are enclosed by fencing hedgehogs just can’t get in.

“Now’s the time to help. Hedgehogs need our assistance with food and shelter sources now so they’re ready for hibernation later in the year.”

Gareth adds: “We’re promoting all of the native species of hedges which hogs love this month such as Blackthorn, Dogwood and Hawthorn, as well as providing tips and advice on how to help hedgehogs in your garden to our customers.

“Even if replacing fencing, or part of it, with hedging and plants isn’t feasible, just cutting a small hole in your fence will help as you’ll open your garden up to hedgehogs. Helping the hedgehogs is an activity everyone can get involved in whilst the kids are off school – it’s free, it’s fun and gives great satisfaction when you welcome your first prickly visitor.”

Fay Vass, CEO of the British Hedgehog Preservation Society, says: “As the name implies, hedgehogs love to hog hedges! Hedgerows provide ideal locations for hedgehog nesting sites as well as shelter for them to move safely from place to place. People can help hedgehogs by planting a mix of native, British-grown hedging trees or shrubs in their garden, which provide useful sources of food and shelter for the species as well as many other creatures such as insects, bats and birds.”

For more advice on choosing the best hedgehog hedging, visit Best4Hedging’s blog.

For child-friendly hedgehog-helping activities, including becoming a Hedgehog Champion, visit Hedgehog Street – a campaign created by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and People’s Trust for Endangered Species to encourage hedgehog conservation action at a neighbourhood level.

Birth Announcement - At 38 Week's

If you have been following my pregnancy posts you would of been aware that I was due for an induction due to the baby measuring small.

On Tuesday 7th July 2015 I had a sweep that morning, the midwife said "I could easily break your waters if needed and I could stretch you to at least 2cm". So after hearing those words, both me and Mr. R went home hoping that I'd soon go into labour naturally, because if I hadn't of gone into labour by, Saturday 11th July I was going to be induced that evening.
For the rest of that day, I had a few little twinges down below but nothing too sore.

The following morning I woke up with slight lower back ache and cramp in my lower stomach. It lasted a couple of seconds and then slowly faded away. It was then time for me to get Alesha and Alana up and ready for school and nursery, as Mr. R was at work.

By 1.30pm that afternoon the contraction pains in my lower stomach started to come every 5-7 minutes and would last a couple of seconds. I then decided it was time to contact Mr. R at work and ask him to come home as I was having contractions.

When he arrived home 10 minutes later, the contractions slowly started slowing down and were only coming every 10-20 minutes. I paced up and down the kitchen, hoping the walking would speed the contractions up, but sadly it didn't!

Later that night, we got the kids to bed, we then relaxed on the sofa for about an hour until we went upstairs to relax in bed as my lower back was aching.
I had just laid down in bed, that's when I felt a trickle of warm water go down my leg, then a bit more and even more!
As I slowly sat up in bed the water just kept on coming and so did the contractions!

The contractions were now coming every 5-6 minutes, so I therefore decided it was time to ring the hospital. They insisted I went in to be checked over, so Mr. R rang his mother and step-dad and asked them to come round to mind the girls as I needed to go into hospital.

When we arrived at the hospital around 9.30pm. I was put on a machine to monitor the baby's heartbeat and also trace the contractions I was having to see how frequent and strong they were. The midwife left me on the machine for 30 minutes. After she had a look at the print out results she said the baby is fine and it's not picking up any contractions. She put me back on it for another 15 minutes and the results were still the same (even though I was having contractions every 6-9 minutes as I was in agony but I took slow deep breaths and stayed calm with the help of Mr. R).
She then checked to see how far dilated I was, I was shocked to say the least when she said I was only 2cm so they were going to transfer me to a ward upstairs and book me in to be induced the following morning.
I felt sorry for Mr. R as he then had to go home, due to the fact I was getting transferred from the delivery suite to a ward upstairs.
He arrived home around 11.15pm, told his mother and step-dad what the hospital had said so they went home but kept their phones close by, just incase Mr.R needed to ring.

I was moved upstairs onto a ward where there was two other women who were also pregnant, one was only a few weeks pregnant and was in for morning sickness whilst the other was in the process of being induced. Whilst they were trying to have a quiet chat, it was disturbed by me every 4 minutes moaning in pain. The pain's were really strong so I buzzed for a nurse, she gave me paracetmol and said it may just be cramps because it's my 3rd child.

But by midnight I'd buzzed again begging the nurse for something stronger and telling her it is definitely contractions that I was having. Whilst all this was happening the 2 other women on the ward were trying to rest.

At long last I think the nurse got fed up of me telling her I was having contractions because she said "I'll check you to see if your dilated"! Then I heard, "Ohhh, your 6cm we need to bring you back to the delivery suite".

When the nurse's went to get me a wheelchair and get my belongings, I was on the phone to Brandon telling him to be quick and get back to the hospital that I was 6cm dilated.

The midwifes I had in the delivery room were lovely, I felt at ease and comfortable but a little disappointed to be told I can't have a water birth because the pool had just been used and needed to be cleaned.

I remember squeezing one the midwifes hand as I puffed away on the gas and air to try take the edge of the unbearable pain.
Around 1.50am Brandon came rushing in the doors, so I quickly put my hand out to hold onto his hand. Then I got my first urge to push and so I did, I could hear the midwifes saying "you need to lift your legs up Gillian and push into your bottom". After a few pushes out came my our princess Imogen, weighing a small but healthy 5lb 11oz.

A few hours later we were transferred to the postnatal ward. A heater had to be placed above Imogen's bed because her temperature was a little low due to the fact of her low birth weight and her arriving 2 weeks early.

Me and 'tiny leg's' Imogen were so lucky and very thankful to have had lot's of visitors whilst we stayed over night in hospital.

Were both home healthy and happy, she has settled in great besides being a little madam at night time haha! Both her big sister's Alesha and Alana are really pleased she is finally out of my belly and at home to enjoy plenty of cuddle and kisses from them both.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

WINNER Of The Bath Thermometer by John Lewis

Thanks very much to everyone who entered my latest competition to win a bath thermometer by John Lewis.

We were in undated with a large number of entries but CONGRATULATIONS to our winner Kirsty Ward.

To arrange delivery of your prize please DM me on Twitter or email me at 

Bath Thermometer by John Lewis

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

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Pregnancy Week 38 - Booked In For Induction

Went to my scan Monday morning with Mr.R, it was such a lovely experience for us both to be able to see our little girl again on the screen.

After the scan the midwife talked us through the results, which were basically that our little girl hadn't grown since the previous growth scan a fortnight ago. Her weight was roughly a small 5lbs 4oz. 

The midwife rang through to the consultant and explained everything, he then suggested for me to be booked into the hospital for an induction on Saturday.So with the induction being booked, the midwife asked if I'd like a sweep there and then because it maybe put me into natural labour before Saturday. So I agreed, and "my o my was it sore"! I could feel her whole fist inside me, it was very uncomftable but thankfully it only lasted around 2 minutes.

Since coming home from the hospital, I've been having contractions but there not regular. I'm therefore in slow labour which is tiring as I'd really like for the contractions to come thick and fast so I can take go to hospital and have my little girl. I seem to get the contractions more when I'm sat down for a while or when I'm laid in bed.

The only downfall with being induced means I'm under consultant care so I therefore can't have my waterbirth within the midwife led birthing centre, I have to go straight to the hospital! 

We have explained to Alesha and Alana that mummy will be going hospital at the weekend so the doctor can get their new baby sister out of my tummy for them. Alesha understands it more and is counting down the days (just like me & her dad are doing).

Here's hoping the next update will be the birth announcement!!! Ekkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Saturday, 27 June 2015

WIN A Bath Thermometer by John Lewis

A wonderful duck design bath thermometer which is waterproof and floats!
It's a great and fun way to check baby's bath water.
The thermometer has 3 indicators - 'too cold', 'ideal', and 'too hot'.
To be in with a chance of winning this prize, fill out the simple Gleam form below.

The winner will be drawn 08/07/15 at 11.59pm.


Bath Thermometer by John Lewis

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What I Packed In My Hospital Bag For When I Go Into Labour

It can be daunting to think of what you and your baby will need for your stay in hospital. With my first and second child I spent hours on Google doing abit of research to see what other parents packed.

This time round I didn't need the help of Google hooray! I thought it would be a good idea to write a post on what I've packed to helped other mums.

I'm having my baby at my local birthing centre, which is not a hospital with all the emergency care, so if anything goes wrong I will be rushed to my nearest hospital which is North Tees. 

My midwife informed me that I'll be staying in no longer than 6 hours, after I have given birth.
With that in mind I therefore decided not to pack much for me and baby, but here is what I have packed.

Macy's Bag (For Me)
  • 4 Pairs of knickers
  • 8 Breast Pads
  • 10 Maternity pads
  • Slippers
  • PJ's
  • Toiletries (Shampoo, Body wash, spray, toothbrush, toothpaste & hairbrush)
  • Face cloth (so my partner can wet it with cold water to cool me down during labour)
  • Towel
Las Vegas Bag (For Baby)
  • 2 Vests
  • Going home Outfit
  • Sleepsuit
  • Scratch Mits
  • Hat
  • Blanket
  • Baby Toiletries
  • 5 Nappies
  • Pack of wipes
  • Pack of cotton wool
  • Box of starter ready milk bottles
  • Bib

So there you have it, it looks like alot when it's wrote down like this in a list but really it isn't much.
I didn't pack a coming home outfit for me as I'll just wear my PJ's coming home (lazy me) haha!

NCT antenatal courses in Teesside

Are you expecting your baby in August, September, October or November? Have you thought about booking NCT Signature antenatal course?
If so, don't panic as there's still a few places left on the Teesside courses in Marton and Stockton, for more information and to reserve your place please click on the link below.

NCT antenatal courses are a great way to meet new parents and make lifelong friends aswell as having the opportunity to explore your questions, hopes and anxieties in a safe and supportive space. The course will cover:
- Pregnancy, birth choices and options available
- Body awareness, relaxation, breathing and massage
- What happens in labour, the role of your partner and how your baby is born
- Pain relief - natural and medical methods
- More complex pregnancies and medical procedures, including caesarean birth
- Early parenting, feeding your baby and lifestyle changes

When I was due my first child back in 2009 I was wanting to attend an antenatal course but sadly there was none within my local area, I lived in Hamilton, Scotland.
I'm now due baby number 3 on the 19th July (I'll be 37 weeks tomorrow) and know what to expect with labour etc so I win't be attending a class, but thought some of my pregnant ladies reading this may be interested.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

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Pregnancy:Week 36

Yesterday morning I had my 36 week check up appointment with the midwife.

Everything seemed to be going to plan, my blood pressure etc came back okay and I felt ggreat within myself. Then the midwife asked me to lie down on the bed whilst she had a feel of my bump to see the position the baby was lying, and I was pleased when she said her little head is "head down and ready"!
She then measured my bump and sadly I was measuring 3 weeks smaller, I should of measured 36cm but I was only measuring 33cm. She rang the hospital and got me booked in for a growth scan later that afternoon. She then had a listen to little munchkin's heartbeat and all was ok.

With Brandon being at work, I asked Brandon's mother if she would give me a lift to the hospital. 
At 2.30pm she beeped outside so off we went to the hospital for another scan. 
The scan went well, I was then told to sit in the waiting area and a midwife would be over to discuss the results. 10 minutes later she came over with a growth chart and showed me that my baby was measuring just about average on 2 of the charts but the last one she was below average so she booked me back in for another growth scan in a fortnights time, when I'll be 38 weeks.

I'm sure everything will be okay, she is just going to be a small baby. Alesha and Alana weren't big babies they weighed 6lbs 9oz and 6lbs 13oz, so I clearly don't produce big babies, which in a way I'm happy as don't fancy pushing a big baby out haha!

The nerves really have kicked in now, I hope it's a quick labour and I get the water birth in the birthing centre as I'm still considering 'low risk'.

Banish Your Child's Fussy Eating Habits By 3 Simple Steps

Parents could banish their children’s fussy eating habits by following three simple steps, new study suggests

Introducing the ‘three Rs’ – Repetition, Role Modelling and Rewards - at meal times could help parents to get their children to eat, and even like, new vegetables, according to new research from Aston and Loughborough Universities.

By repeatedly exposing a child to a certain food (‘repetition’), eating it first and show them how tasty it is (‘role modelling’) and praising them for trying it (‘rewards’), a parent can help positively change their child’s attitude to the food. The study found that introducing the ‘three Rs’ dramatically increased children’s liking and consumption of vegetables that they previously disliked.

Dr Claire Farrow, of the Aston Research Centre for Child Health, said: “Not eating enough fruits and vegetables is one of the main risk factors for global mortality. Eating more fruits and vegetables could prevent numerous cancers, stroke, diabetes and obesity. Children in the UK, however, do not eat enough of them – with only about 20% of them achieving the recommended five-a-day.

“It can be very challenging for families to encourage their children to eat a healthy, balanced diet as children naturally go through stages during their toddler years when they are often fussy and will refuse new foods, particularly vegetables. This is a normal developmental stage for children, but it can often lead to a restricted diet as children become fussier and fussier about what they will not eat. Families need evidence-based scientific advice about what they can do to help encourage children to taste, and eventually like, new or disliked fruits and vegetables.

“Our research shows that a combination of repeatedly exposing children to vegetables, rewarding them for trying the food and modelling enjoying eating the vegetable yourself, can help to encourage children to taste and eventually like vegetables which they did not previously like eating. Eating behaviours have been shown to track throughout childhood and into adulthood – so it is vitally important that children are exposed to fruits and vegetables early in life to inform healthy eating as they grow into adolescence and adulthood.”

A total of 115 children aged between two and four took part in the research. They were placed in four separate groups and given the same vegetable to taste every day for 14 days. Each group was exposed to a different combination of ‘food intervention’ techniques – repeated exposure; role modelling and repeated exposure; rewards and repeated exposure or the ‘three Rs’: role modelling, repeated exposure and rewards. The amount of vegetable consumed by each child was measured at study’s conclusion.

All of the children were presented with the vegetables by their parents in their homes. Interventions in school-based settings have been researched previously, with encouraging results. However, school interventions often require whole school sign-up and local government funding. As such, they are unavailable to most families.

At the end of the study, the group of children introduced to the ‘three Rs’ or ‘two Rs’ (rewards and repeated exposure) showed significant increases in the amount of vegetable they would eat and in their liking for the previously disliked vegetable. Children exposed to the ‘three R’s ate an average of 4g of the vegetable, compared to 0.6g before the start of the investigation.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Winner Of The Mac Pair Of Eyelashes

hanks very much to everyone who entered my latest competition to win a Mac pair of eyelashes.

We were in undated with a good number of entries but CONGRATULATIONS to our winner Emma Ellams.

To arrange delivery of your prize please DM me on Twitter or email me at 

Mac eyelashes

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Review: Angel's Face Tutu's

Angel’s Face are the UK’s Number One Tutu Skirt Brand! 

I have seen photos of Angel's Face dresses on a local wedding page over on my Facebook account. Everytime I come across an item of their clothing I look and think "wow I'd love something like that for my daughters", but sadly the pricetag was always too high for me.
Vintage Style Box
I would pay a high price tag if it was for a special occasion, i.e wedding, birthday etc... and that is the plan, seeing as Alesha has already seen something she wants over on for her 6th Birthday in December.
Vintage Style Box

We were kindly sent not one but 2 of Angel's Face stunning girl's tutus for review. I was over the moon because it therefore meant that there would be no arguing amoungst the girls, because one got a tutu and the other didn't! At least this way they both received one each, which I'm grateful for!

Alesha was sent the beautiful 'Neon Pink Tutu' priced at £49.00 and Alana was sent the gorgeous 'Neon Orange Tutu' also priced at £49.00 over on Angel's Face website.

They arrived each in a beautiful vintage style hat box with a see through lid. As soon as Alesha saw the colour pink through the box, she got really excited "is it for me mum, is it for me"? 

I looked at the girl's faces as I slowly opened the lids on the boxes and took out the tutu's. Their faces lit up with excitement, "can I put it on mum please"? "I love it"! 
The tutus were heavier than I was expecting, I was therefore slightly worried putting Alana's on her as she is 2 years old but a slim figure. But to my surprise, the tutu fitted her perfectly and she insisted it wasn't heavy, off she went twirling around the living room shouting "look at me mummy, I'm a princess"!
Casually chilled out!

We took the girl's to their dads cousins birthday party yesterday and the amount of people that kept telling us how much they liked their skirts etc was crazy, we've never got that much attention over something they have worn before! Think the tutu's were a big hit, especially the bright neon colours!

The tutus are priced starting at £35.00, with a choice of over 35 colours to choose from you will be sure to find something suitable for that special little girl.
Looking abit ruff after a long day at the party but still smiling. 

You will also find a range of other clothing and footwear on their website from leggings to party shoes. 

Anyone who purchases a tutu from Angel's Face would be very happy because the quality of them is unbelievable, a very high standard. Can easily tell by looking at the tutu's that my girls will get a very long time out of them.

Rating. 4.5/5 - Sadly the only downfall is that they are a little bit on the expensive side.

I was sent these tutus from Angel's Face free of charge, for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Silent Sunday

This is a Silent Sunday post as inspired by Cosmic Girlie and The Boy and Me.

Winners Of 6Months Membership For MumsDateDads

Thanks very much to everyone who entered my latest competition to win 6 months membership over on . 

Huge CONGRATULATIONS to our 3 lucky winners who have each won 6 Months FREE membership.

  • Vickie Jackson
  • Jodie Yorke
  • Aaron Broad
To claim your prize can you send me a DM over on Twitter or email me


Thursday, 11 June 2015

Dress Dad Competition

FashionBeans are currently running a competition called 'Dress Dad' where the lucky winner will win £100 worth of shopping vouchers, "great prize ay"?

The aim is for kids to dress up their dads (or other male family members or friend) for the day ahead and submit their pics via Instagram. You can see a bit more about the competition here:

So far there has only been 4 entries (including mine), so your in with a good chance of scooping the big prize!

'To enter simply dress up your dad, and then share his picture with us on Instagram with #DressDadComp. Of course it doesn't have to be your dad, we will take pictures of your Step-Dad, Uncle, Brother, Grandad. Just dress them up and send them in.'

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Pregnancy Week 34

Firstly I want to just say, "I'm sooooooo TIRED" !!!!

I had my 34 week check up with the midwife on Monday morning. Brandon was off work so he came with me along with Alana. They even got to listen to the baby's heartbeat for the first time, Brandon was over the moon, whereas Alana wasn't too sure exactly what she was hearing. She was more concerned finishing the rest of her slush puppy which remained in her plastic cup.

At my previous midwife appointment at 28 weeks, I was prescribed iron tablets because it came back in my blood results that my iron levels were low. I.m supposed to be taking 3 iron tablets a day but I've only been taking one now and again. 
When the midwife asked if I'd been taking the 3 a day, I told her that I've been a silly woman and only taking one now and again. She informed me the risks of having low iron when I go into labour that I could end up hemorrhaging during labour. Plus I wouldn't be able to give birth within the pool in the birthing centre I would have to go straight to the hospital due to the high risks.

I assured her that from no on I will start taking the 3 tablets a day. She then decided not to test my urine sample, she said she would wait till I see her again in 2 weeks and test it then and hopefully my iron count is back to normal. 

When it came to measuring my bump I was still measuring small but thankfully this time only by 2cm, whereas the last appointment I was measuring under by 5cm so I was therefore sent for a growth scan and the baby was measuring spot on, no worries at all.

She informed me that if I'm still measuring small at my next appointment then she is going to book me in for another growth scan just to be on the safe side.

I can't wait for these 6 weeks to fly over so me and my family get to meet the new addition.

I'm not in as much pain with my SPD as I was with my previous pregnancies at this stage. I tend to just suffer with the pain in my hips and legs more during the night, I find my self tossing and turning and lying there wide awake.