12/03/2015

Dieting and DIY.




This month is a DIY special, both for me and my lovely, once upon a time dining room.
I've been decorating our dining room for a few months now and the last half is to be done this month and then the floor will be stripped of its paint soaked splats and the children's toy gorgeously placed to make a fun and exciting playroom for them. To me, this is big as I've always wanted the rich lifestyle and whilst were still poor as ever (at least until Emilia starts school full time) my house is finally forming after 4 whole years!We've had some lovely donations from a few special companies, to make sure our playroom is just that extra bit special.

Also, I've been putting off my own DIY for too long now and it's about time something was done, so I'll have a very big post, reviewing some dieting products from various health companies at the end of the month. Not before our amazing holiday opportunity we have in 2 weeks, to the amazing Bluestone nation park resorts! We're all so excited it's our first (and probably our last) family holiday ever and what's, more my sister Ellie and her two children Lily and Mason are coming too!Theo doesn't have a clue were even going on holiday and we've been trying to keep it a secret.... it's been so hard! 

So with all this going on I have no idea when I've managed to get ill 3 times since February!!

So many exciting things happening and I almost forgot to say, I've finally got my first ever passport wahoo, I've never needed one before and to be honest I don't now (long story involving a hen do that I definitely can't afford) so hopefully, one day this year it can actually be used and I hope it isn't just for identification!!!

19/02/2015

Two years of Gnappies





Bidding farewell to a marvelous time in our life!

Today, we are saying goodbye to our much-beloved G's. We have loved them from around when Emi was 3 months old but now has come the time to finally say goodbye. We hardly use them now and I have decided these much-loved treasures should be passed on to the forever growing fan club. They will be sorely missed and we've had our fair share of rare and beautiful ones.
They were practical and we've loved them like no other of its kind.
I have cared for them, customised them and matched them up with dresses and legs, I've even based my English presentation on them for my GCSE's. 
But as I've said as Emi's had her illnesses and we've been away from home I found myself not reaching for them as our daily routine had been disrupted. 

So a very sad farewell to our lovely, easy, pretty little life savers, but we no longer require your services as I'm pretty sure Emi will be potty trained before the years out.
We will, however, be taking a couple instead of our swim nappies to our family holiday this year.

Thank you and goodbye Gnappies!

Wicksteed Frozen Flopout!!





Well, yesterday, me and Amba took the children on what we thought would be an amazing day. We set off at 8oclock to do ambas weekly shop before setting off for a fun packed day with Ana and Elsa, not forgetting Olaf!
We had finished at Tesco around 9 and got back to Ambas and unpacked, sandwiches made and all the excited children back into the car by 9.50.
We were also meeting Ambas sister, Jade, there and her soon to be sister-in-law Nat and the 4 children that would be joining them.
We set off and by 10.30 we had hit traffic, about 20 mins from Wicksteed park. Jade then phoned to say she was on the A6 and wasn't sure how far Nat was away from her. Me and Amba had reached the bend just before the park and had already witnessed a police car drive past. 
We finally reached the gates and then we saw it, a queue 5x the length of a Next sale just to get into the pavillion that only held 700 people!
We parked up and was getting ready when we received a call from Jade, the park had closed it gates and were turning everyone away! Seriously!!! We thought jeez we had come all this way, spent all this petrol and now half our party wasn't allowed in!! 
Well, we thought we'd make the most of it and as we obviously wasn't getting into the pavillion there had to be something else going on didn't there???
We had been promised:
Snowman building
Making shields and tiaras
Make a mini Olaf
Meet Elsa and Ana 
Frozen sing-along
Igloo building
Balloon tent
Cardboard city
Space hoppers
and
Dress up corner

Well, we did none of that it had all been 'cleverly' placed inside the pavillion, well done Wicksteed!

We were left with a ghost town, shops were closed, face painting closed cafe closed, everything except the ordinary park that is available daily was closed. So we had 2 disappointed children a queue for the dirty, muddy toilets 30 mins long oh and we thought wow, frozen chill out lounge, maybe this is were some of the activities are, nope just a bartender sharpening the odd pencil with thousands of pieces of drawing paper and everyone eating lunch, that was also closed 10 mins after arriving.

 It was so bad,  that on our way out, which, I may add was 20 mins after arriving, all the cars that had once caused the traffic, were also leaving the car park which also resembled a ghost town. We also saw poor little girls in Elsa and Ana outfits, still walking into the park actually thinking they would get to see the ever popular frozen event.

Biggest let down ever!! Yes some might say it was free, however, there probably the ones annoyed by the traffic,but 1 hours driving with 2 exciting children in the car and 2 each in our friends cars, plus petrol costs a packed lunch cost, plus 6 children's disappointment, well that's priceless, you can't put a price on your children's happiness and they sure weren't happy!!
Major fail Wicksteed and by the looks of it Twitter and Facebook had the same response, including those that actually got into the pavillion.
They saw the boom over the snowglobe Elsa dolls so there should be no excuse that they hadn't anticipated such a turnout!!!

17/02/2015

Half Term




It's Here

Once again, half term is upon us and we're left with things to conjure up, magically as if magicians really do exist... well of course to Theo they do!

The playroom has been crying out for me to finish it since Xmas and we've had some amazing companies help in their donations for our special, coming at the end of this month woohoo so exciting.
Anyway back to the matter at hand. Me and Theo, took a very special trip 2 weeks ago, to London on behalf of Baby World and with all that's been happening we haven't yet had the chance to put up the amazing photos of London. So here are a few followed by the great link to an amazing opportunity we had the pleasure of attending.











Click here for our special day!
So after that amazing opportunity, which was purely a weekend treat for both me and Theo, we are going to have difficulty achieving better than that. So far, he's had a lego play date with his big 17-year old brother Dominic and a little trip to Amba's house to play with her 2 (going on 4) year old Bella. Tomorrow we have a journey to the big play event at Wicksteed park for a Frozen special however Emi will be staying home as limited room in Amba's car :(
(Note to self, must add driving lessons/test to the big lists of MUST's I have)
Hopefully, he'll love it and sleep without the hassle tomorrow night, as these last few days he certainly hasn't burned off enough energy.

Any ideas please leave below hehe 

15/02/2015

Wow Cup; it really is wow!




The Wow cup, with its amazing non spill, magic rim. Even Russ was excited, however, when he found the invisible seal he was once again determined that this cup was like all the rest, I had stored away in the overflowing cupboard of mine...... But was it?

The amazing, advanced technology that is the Wow cup comes in 3 parts the colorful bottom silicone soft feeling type, that's available in a variety of bright colours, the middle screw lid that has a seal to keep the juice from escaping at that point and the top rim that is the magic.. 
It acts as a 360 degree cup just like a big person, however, it has a seal tight top layer that when the top of the mouth or top lip is pressed against it creates a little gap big enough to sip the juice inside.

Hmm, I thought ok so leak proof for today, but how many weeks down the line how many drops before its time for the bin. No! It's still going strong months down the line any which way, no leaks, however, now Theo has it as Emi couldn't quite grasp the concept but it works amazingly.

Darlo: A review and a great company!





Darlo: An amazing story!

 So, the lovely Chloe sat down one day and thought how can I make a difference in this world, well this is what she came up with.
Darlo make cotton rompers, joggers and t-shirts that have a great feel and are available in 3 fantastic colours; coral and mint, coral and grey and grey and mint. 
However the best part after the luscious clothing is that for every piece of clothing sold, they give a whole week's worth of meals to a child in India!


So whilst Emi has worn the long sleeve, mint green and grey marl T-shirt (my favourite colour right now) it's not the clothing I want to brag about! Its the amazing dedication and work that Chloe puts into saving and feeding the lives of children out there! 
The clothes, however, are two amazing standards and I feel everyone should buy 1,2 or even 4 T-shirts, rompers or joggers to save the lives of children out there.
Amazing work!
Check Darlo out by clicking Here and pledging your help!

03/01/2015

Oatly; A milk alternative




Oatly 

Some of you may know that Emilia, when she was born had a lactose, dairy and soya intolerance. She was poorly for quite a while and was very frustrating when it came to weaning, to find a suitable drink other than water or squash to give her.  She was on special formula for 9 months before even seeing a dietitian and it made us very wary of her weight.
 We felt like there was nothing we could  give her and she became very wary of food we tried giving her and wouldn't eat. After about 12 months old, she finally started eating little bits at a time but still on formula. We had issues with appointments not being booked by the hospital and when I phoned they said the Dr no longer worked there and we'd been missed out of the appointment book. I was devastated it had taken us so long to get here originally. So I tried weaning Emilia slowly on to cows milk to help with what she eats, after the first week I was ecstatic she was actually tolerating milk again!!
But such luck doesn't happen that often and after 4 weeks she was throwing up curdled milk and I knew this was it all over again. So I made a decision as a parent and cut both formula and milk from her diet. She finally started eating proper meals and had water as a drink, however, still from a bottle as that is what she had become used to after a year and a half. As she was approaching 2 we went to get her weighed and as she had always been small, they weren't too fussed that she'd only dropped 1 centile line. But I was, as in 10 days it would have dropped 2. She ate a lot though, she had in fact a very healthy appetite, so we have yet again been referred by the health visitor after a lot of nagging from me, to the dietitian again. We found this amazing milk a few months into her first dietitian but because she couldn't find nutritional information online, she said not to give her it. Well, thanks to the lovely people at Oatly we were able to review this milk and now she is over 2 I decided now was the time to find an alternative she could drink all her life and she's now drinking from a cup, no bottle!


Emilia loved the milk!! She didn't even treat it as anything different. I even gave her the plain organic version and she took to it straight away! So I have to say thank you to the amazing Oatly milk! We love you.

Oatly had a watered, milky appearance and comes in original, organic, chocolate flavoured and even comes as a cream alternative. We have used all our review milk now and I have just ordered a week's worth in our shop, Its down the powdered and long life milk isle with all the alternative milks i.e. Almond, hazelnut and soya. But this stands out far better than all the rest. I have already advised that Amba tries this for her new baba, who is also the same as her sister and lactose intolerant, well obviously when she gets big enough.