Saturday, 9 August 2014

Mothercare Mission


Yesterday we had an unplanned trip to Mothercare. 
Me and my friend Amba sporting her lovely bump, were out in the local town searching for her baby shower bits, when we decided to go to the retail park and take a wander around Hoby Craft. Theo, however had different ideas when he all of a sudden declared he needed the toilet. So off we raced in search of a toilet and landed ourselves in Mothercare. After he'd done his business it hit me we were in Mothercare!!! 
Bugaboo was all that raced to mind and thanks to being on what seems like a million Facebook trading sites i was well aware they had a sale on. 
My only issue was Bedford store didn't stock Bugaboo, which me and (to my surprise) the lady in the store was rather grumpy about (Note to Mothercare, Bedford store NEEDS a Bugaboo department!) So I decided to try my luck and see if the next closest store, Milton Keynes had any. 
I went to the checkout and this is where I met Phillipa the lovely lady on the phone in the above pic, she said she'd phone and ask them. So we waited patiently and they said they had no sale items left in store :( BUT she was willing to ring stores everywhere and get them to transfer to Bedford branch!!!
 The whole point of this post is to say the above lady, Phillipa went above and beyond and phoned a total of 10! stores for me and we accumulated a royal blue tailored fabric Bugaboo Donkey set for £20 and a black Bugaboo Cameleon Breezy hood for £12!
 She was absolutely top standard and she went above and beyond to help me out! (Note to every customer service assistant out there this is the type of service we all want!) 
So Mothercare you have a lady who knows her Bugaboos and might I add she doesn't have children just yet and they don't stock them in the store, they NEED Bugaboos stocked in Bedford branch!!!
I took a few snaps to show they have ample room to stock them. 

Phillipa from Mothercare Bedford from all Bugaboo lovers out there we salute you!







Sunday, 11 May 2014

Morrisons Mum




So this week we have been doing a little bank holiday shopping trip for Morrison's on behalf off Britmums.
The challenge was, now that Morrison's have cut prices on thousands of your favourite products ( check it out here at www.morrisons.com/pricecuts to see the difference) we had to go to our local Morrison's, armed with £80 worth of vouchers for our bank holiday special shop and buy the things we would generally to make a great and tasty bank holiday recipe. Plus our Morrison's on Ampthill road Bedford, is practically brand spanking new and as i haven't yet had to the chance to explore the store it was all exciting for me and my partner Russ.
Not keen on photos lol. Smile!!
We looked through there gorgeous children's clothing range Nougat.


 And of course the chocolate isle. (Britmums where were you!!)


 The gorgeous summer/BBQ isle






Desserts isle. See cheaper everyday great food. Donuts to die for!!
Now on to the delicious recipe for our bank holiday 'feast' even with an approximate price per person.

Yummy mushroom burgers with bacon and garlic and herb wedges
on behalf of 

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil (+ extra for pan)
  • 14 oz raw cup mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 14 oz extra lean ground beef (97% lean, such as Healthy Choice)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 pinch each of salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded dark green lettuce
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 4 Tbsp tomato sauce

Directions:

Place 2 tablespoons oil into a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high and heat until hot. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes or until pan juices have evaporated. Remove from heat, drain excess liquid and set aside for 10 minutes.
Combine mushrooms, ground beef, onion, salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and egg in a large mixing bowl. Mix well using your hands. Form mixture into eight patties, place onto a lightly oiled tray, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan on medium-high heat. Cook patties for 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking.
Grill hamburger buns. Top each bun base with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and two patties. Drizzle with tomato sauce to serve.
We added bacon to the top £1.04 for a pack
and used cheese and onion baps at only £1 for 4 baps!
we also had garlic and herb wedges £1 for 1kg
mince meat was 2x500g for £3.50
mushrooms were £1 for 500kg
6 eggs 85p
Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper onion and tomato sauce we already had at home.

That's around £2.79 per person for a full meal and it was healthier than normal burgers and really tasty!!!




All in all the staff were really kind and helpful, we enjoyed a pleasant, not very busy trip and was kind of calming as was very open and spacious.


As always all words are my own and the vouchers were there for review purposes of Morrison's new price cuts and not payment for the review.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Fertility and Conception special - Giveaway!!!



These are some very important facts that could sometimes, mean the difference between fertile and infertile, so to me are very serious. At a point in my own life, 3 years ago i could of done with the help that Balance Activ can offer, as it was a very long 1 and a half years before i managed to finally concieve my daughter Emilia. You find my story here: What a difference a year and a half makes

Balance Activ: BV, do you know the facts?


It’s not something women often talk about; anything to do with downstairs is often a top secret topic... And yet, all women have a vagina. That’s right, we said it, vagina.
It would seem that women’s intimate health is a secretive topic with over a third of women admitting they would feel more comfortable getting health advice from an online forum and a fifth saying they were too embarrassed to speak to a GP. 
So, have you ever heard of Bacterial Vaginosis? Or, more to the point, have you ever had Bacterial Vaginosis? Don’t worry – you’re not alone. Over 61% of women in the UK are not aware of this common and easily treatable condition, and yet it is the most usual cause of abnormal vaginal discharge.

BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) affects an alarming one in three women and is often confused with other infections such as Thrush, meaning it often goes unnoticed or untreated. If left untreated, BV can reappear numerous times, creating an endless cycle that causes discomfort and embarrassment to millions of women.
So, do you know the symptoms of BV? BV Symptoms include:
·         an unpleasant ‘fishy’ odour
·         vaginal discomfort caused by increased moisture/discharge.
The symptoms are caused by a disruption to the normal flora of the vagina, and when this good bacteria is disrupted, the bad bacteria multiply creating an odour, discharge and discomfort. This disruption is caused by an imbalance in the pH levels inside your vagina. Your vagina’s natural pH level is 4.5 and disrupting this can trigger Bacterial Vaginosis.
So what causes BV? Causes of BV include:
·         having the IUD inserted
·         sexual intercourse without a condom (semen is alkaline in comparison to the slightly acidic environment of the vagina)
·         frequent douching
·         smoking
·         use of intimate hygiene products
·         washing with strong, fragranced soaps/gels
BV is easily treatable, by either antibiotics on prescription from your doctor or using lactic acid pessaries or gel. Balance Activ’s BV gel or pessaries offer a gentle, yet effective treatment to Bacterial Vaginosis.
Balance Activ recently won the highly coveted ‘Healthcare: Ethical & OTC Consumer award’ at the PR Week Awards 2013 for their work on National BV Day with Big Communications. National BV Day was created to help increase awareness of BV and the implications connected. Every year on the 16th April, women are encouraged to discuss intimate health issues and fertility repercussions, coming together to openly discuss something which has been
Please see the Balance Activ website for more information and for products to help treat BV.


Now on to a GREAT give-away from the lovely people at Balance Activ that can help increase your fertility at the time where you might need it the most!! RRP £15.98 each!!

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Premature baby range exclusive to Asda!


George at Asda launches first supermarket range of premature baby clothing in partnership with Tommy’s 
·      Over half of multiple and 8% of single births are premature in the UK every year
·      90% of parents say there is a lack of premature baby clothing available
·      55% worry regular clothing will interfere with their baby’s medical equipment
Today, George at Asda will launch the first supermarket range of premature baby clothing in partnership with the baby charity Tommy’s. The new range will be the most affordable on the high street and 10% from the sale of each garment will be donated to Tommy’s to fund research and support families with premature babies.
The new range will cater for babies who are born weighing anything from just 1lbs to 5lbs. It has been in development for over a year alongside Tommy’s midwives to ensure it meets the care needs of the 60,000 premature babies born in the UK every year.
A new survey commissioned by George and Tommy’s* found that 80% of parents who experienced a premature delivery found buying clothing to fit their baby a significant challenge. 90% said that there is not enough premature baby clothing available on the high street and a further 87% had no idea where to shop for premature baby clothing.
The survey revealed 45% of parents’ stress levels were increased as they struggled to find clothing to fit their new baby. A quarter had also been forced to travel long distances away from the hospital to find suitable clothes when they could have been at their baby’s side.
George’s premature baby range will launch today and be stocked in 70 Asda stores nationwide, specifically pin-pointed in stores that are within a short distance of the nation’s specialist neonatal hospitals. The range will also be available for next day delivery and click and collect on George.com so parents can spend minimum time worrying about clothing and maximum time with their new baby.
George and Tommy’s have worked with mums and babies to ensure a perfect and comfortable fit around medical equipment. Of those surveyed, 55% worried that clothing would interfere with the medical equipment supporting their baby. George’s range includes special features such as a flat open-out fitting, extra poppers and irritation free seams to ensure clothing is comfortable and easy to secure around medical equipment.   
Finding clothes to fit their baby is not the only concern to parents with 60% agreeing that premature baby clothing is too expensive. With 50% of twins born prematurely in the UK ever year, investing in specialist clothing can put financial strain on parents at what is already a tough time. George’s range starts at just £5 for three bodysuits, up to 860% cheaper than the price of similar garments sold at retailers including Mamas & Papas and John Lewis**.
In its continued commitment to providing the very best products for babies and supporting mums, George will be launching a brand new range of luxury baby clothing specifically for those with sensitive skin which uses the revolutionary Dreamskin technology and will be the first high street range of its kind to market. 
The range has been applied with a special polymer widely used in the medical and cosmetic industry to help babies who have particularly sensitive, dry or irritable skin, suffer with eczema or dribble rash.
The Dreamskin polymer manages and controls the skin's moisture levels leaving it in the best possible condition; soft, supple and smooth. The collection will be available exclusively in selected George stores and George.com from the 10th March and prices start from just £5.
Brand director for George, Fiona Lambert said:
“When we first visited St. Thomas’ hospital to speak to midwives and hold focus groups it became clear quite quickly that parents of premature babies struggle to find suitable and affordable clothing. Our new range is full of beautiful designs and has been specifically created around the needs of premature babies so parents can rest assured that they are giving their baby the very best from a brand they trust.” 
Emma-Lees Laing, Midwifery Manager at Tommy’s said:
Premature babies can spend many weeks in hospital being cared for by medical staff, and often dressing their baby is one of the few ways that parents can care for their newborn. However, getting clothes to fit a 3lb baby is a real struggle and often parents are reliant on hospital gowns or nothing at all. This new affordable range means that parents will be able to choose clothes for their children in the same way as other parents, dress them in clothes personal to them, and start the journey of daily care for their baby.”
Heidi Livesey, an ambulance driver from Nottinghamshire gave birth to her daughter Ebony at 26 weeks weighing just 1lbs 1oz said:
“Ebony didn’t have clothes for at least month, partly because of all the tubes and wires, but also because everything was just too big for her. My mum made clothes specially to fit her, and I was also lucky enough to have friends that knitted hats for her. Affordable clothing for premature babies means parents will have one less thing to worry about and will solve the problem of being able to clothe your baby properly during their first vulnerable months of life.”
Annette Briley, Tommy’s research midwife at St Thomas’ Hospital London said:
“Every parent loves the process of choosing pink clothes for a girl or blue clothes for their boy, and with babies that are born very early and are not yet fully developed, the sense of identity that clothes can bring is even more important. It’s great to see cute, colourful clothes for premature babies that are both affordable and widely available.”

George’s premature baby range launches in selected stores and online today, prices start from £5 (3-pack)
 Please contact Alex.Lewis@freuds.com / 020 3003 6311 for more information

Survey commissioned by George and Tommy’s of over 200 parents of premature babies
** John Lewis Teddy & Me Striped Romper £16 for one, Mamas & Papas essential 3 pack £20

Sunday, 16 March 2014

New Snacks at Asda


This week we have been testing the new snacks for Asda, making snacktime and lunchtime a fun time of the day.
There's a wide variety of choice :











And what's best there all organic!!


Make sure your little ones are happy snackers with the new range of Little Angels feeding products, available exclusively at Asda. 

These mouthwatering snacks are full of organic goodness and will put a smile of your child's face as well as tickling their taste buds. From raisins and sultanas to apricots and bananas, Asda has a flavour to suit and satisfy every little angel.



We got  to try out the Organic Sultanas, Organic Raisins, Organic Sultanas and apple and the Organic Banana oaty bars.
Firstly, they were perfect size to fit in lunch boxes and even their little coat pockets for journeys out.
The packets are brightly coloured and what's more important is my daughter loved them! My little girl has been lactose intolerant from birth and was only weaned from 10 months because of this, so she is a very fussy little girl, but she couldnt get enough of these  and even cried when they run out :( I think we'll be taking a trip to Asda this week even if its about 45 minutes drive. I have to say i'm really impressed by these and give them a Mumwithanopinion score of 10/10








Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Cake, cake and more cake updated...

 Minion cake that I never want to speak of, let alone make again. In my head it seemed simple, but in cake it was a nightmare. I agreed to make it for my friends little boy's 6th birthday and it had 8 layers of white vanilla/almond sponge with Nutella buttercream. It was demolished by him and his dad in around 20 mins it, was a massive cake and I was so surprised how quick it was eaten. Suppose that was rewarding enough :)

 Next was an Italian cake made for Theo's school friends nanny's husband whose birthday it was. It contained 6 layers; the Italian flag x2 made from white vanilla sponge cake with vanilla buttercream. This was made whilst recovering from a week's illness that left me in bed, relying on my 16's help. He did amazing, I recovered and did this just in time.

Locked Out Lunch


Locked Out Lunch


So the other day my darling children were unhappy as usual and were making getting out of the door impossible, whilst the other half briskly walked past us and on his way to his very peaceful meeting, and I just so happened to put my raincoat on shut the front door and... Oh my goodness I forgot my key!
 I must have stood there for about 5 mins thinking he's in a meeting, it's raining, Theo has school and I'll be left to do what?! So I dropped Theo off and took a desperate escape into a cafe not seconds from my door. I absolutely despise those people who sit on their own for lunch or use their child to talk to to pretend they're not on there own, but i don't do it. Never. But here I was sitting at a table in a cafe having lunch with my daughter who is my only company whilst we wait for daddy.
 It turned out to be a rather lovely lunch we had Emilia munched on choc chip biscuits and cheese and onion crisps whilst I had a jacket potato and a chocolate latte with gingerbread syrup and whipped cream. Oh hell to the diet! Emilia sat really well in the highchair with her book and biscuit.
 The cafe was so nice, they were friendly and their decor was so shabby chic it reminded me of Emilia's bedroom (post to follow) and we took a couple of photos to show you how nice!