Sunday, 27 July 2014

Pregnancy Update - Week 13

Yes, I know I have skipped a week. Well, not actually because I had my scan this week and they placed me 4 days further on that what I thought. Hey, at least that means that it'll be over 4 days quicker (fingers firmly crossed!)

Here is my little squishy, the scan took place at 12 weeks and 5 days and I now have a revised due date of the 30th January 2015.

My sister and I are now waiting to book in for our private 16 weeks sexing scan and I cannot wait. She is due 3 days after me so we decided to go to the scan together so we can both find out. Only 3 and a half week till we go now and I'm super excited!!!

Friday, 25 July 2014

Win With Grace And Valour

Grace and Valour is a website that will soon be launching, selling an array of stylish jewellery, high quality accessories and original British designs. 

To get them off to a good start and get them lots of lovely new followers over social media, ready for when they launch, they have kindly offered me a prize to give away in my latest blog giveaway. How lovely of them!

This gorgeous Sugar Canadian Maple leaf comes in a silver finish and is actually a real leaf that has been turned into a stunning piece of jewellery.

It is part of the stylish Blowing in the Wind collection which features hand picked real leaves, preserved with different finishes. Each leaf is a hand-crafted piece of wearable art. Unique and totally individual, this leaf jewellery is stunningly delicate but surprisingly robust.

For your chance to win the gorgeous necklace above, all you have to do to is fill in the Rafflecopter form below. 

Please remember to check the T&C's at the bottom of the Rafflecopter application and our full terms here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the mandatory entries will be disqualified. After the one compulsory entry of answering the given question the Rafflecopter will then open a round of optional extras, you do not have to enter any of these but these will give you extra entries into the competition. 

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

Ends Midnight 15th August 2014

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Zoflora Disinfectant and Antibacterial Spray

Being a mum of 2 messy boys means that I am always cleaning up after them. They seem to like trailing mud around our tiled kitchen floor a lot, boys will be boys I guess, which does become hard to remove once dried in. 

I am a cleaner though, I can't go a day without washing, mopping, brushing something ad luckily for me, my husband loves cleaning too so there is always one of us cleaning somewhere in the house and so getting some cleaning products to try out and review was one thin we both liked. 

As I'm sure everyone will already know, Zoflora is a huge brand that is recognised all over. The small bottle of very, very concentrated disinfectant which not only kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, but also contains a powerful odour elimination ingredient and a beautiful long lasting fragrance which will leave your home clean and fresh.

I have actually used Zoflora for years. In fact, my parents who owned and ran pubs whilst I was growing up, always bought Zoflora to clean the premises with as it can be used to clean nearly everything. Floors, tiles, worktops, sinks, toilets, the list is endless and so they would always use it to not only give it that hygienic clean but because the lovely scent would last for hours after and get rid of the horrible toilet smells that you get in pubs. 

To use it, you simply dilute the liquid on a ratio of 1 part Zoflora to 40 parts water and off you go. I have diluted it into the mop bucket for the floors, added to a spray bottle to make cleaning the bath and toilets easier and even added to tubs and left toys to soak in for a while to clean them too. 

Luckily for me, I don't have to make up the spray bottle any more as they now also sell an antibacterial spray too which ready to clean anything. This is perfect for cleaning places that need a regular disinfection such as bin lids, toilet seats, cisterns and taps. Simply spray it on and then wipe clean with a cloth.

They really are like miracle cleaning products leaving a lovely lasting scent for hours afterwards. And the best thing is that even this small bottle lasts ages and will keep my house smelling gorgeous for weeks to come. 

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Ideas for Documenting your Family’s Summer

Summer is the perfect time of year to get out there and make some memories as a family, but what about when it comes to preserving those memories and having a way of looking back on them?

We’ve come up with some ideas to help you document your family’s summer so that you will not only always remember the memories but so that you actually have something to look back on and smile!

Keep a scrapbook or album of all your mementos
Scrapbooks are a great way to compile all those little bits and bobs that the kids don’t want to get rid of, but without them piling up and gathering dust on their shelves. Invest in a big scrapbook and all contribute to it; fill it with pictures, receipts, travel tickets, admission tickets, postcards...basically anything that sparks a memory!

Have each family member take a picture a day
Photos are the perfect way to document things as they can be looked at later and will take you right back to that moment. Why not start a fun summer project as a family that will also help you document the season? Take a photo a day of whatever you get up to. You could even get a few disposable ones for the kids to be in charge of too which they’ll no doubt absolutely love.

Have a professional photo shoot as a family
If you want something a little more special, you could always opt for a professional family photo shoot at a studio, or outdoors with a professional photographer. Venture family photo ideas are great in particular as they aim to capture the true essence of your family’s personality which will be fun, especially during the summer.

Make a memory wall in your home
Designate a wall or area in your home to displaying all those summer memories, and have each family member add to it as you go along. We love the idea of transforming a wall into a blackboard wall which makes it not only look great but also makes changing it really simple too. It’s really easy to make your own chalkboard wall as you can follow tutorials, and you could get the kids to help.

Make a bucket list and tick off each activity
Why not start the season by sitting down as a family and think about what sort of things you all want to do during the summer? You could turn all your ideas – no matter how small – into a summer bucket list. There is some fantastic summer bucket list ideas on the internet to get you started. Write down the list onto a big piece of paper and hang it up where the whole family can see it easily. Then, as you complete each activity, you can have the little ones tick them off. You’ll be left with a completed list of all the memories and activities you’ll have done and you’ll be able to keep it forever.