Monday, 25 May 2015

#TruprintDads Take Amazing Photos

My husband loves taking photos. In fact, even though I take zillions, he actually outdo's me with the amount he takes. Most of the family ones that are on the blog are from him and he seems to just be able to get the biggest smiles, the perfect grimaces, the beautiful light.

And so, when it came to Father's Day, I knew that I wanted to get him something to show off just how good he is at taking photos of our children and the memories that he has captured on camera throughout the years. Truprint is perfect for this as there are many items that can be personalised to show memories that he has helped to create. 

To start off, I went with one of my most favourite photos that he has taken of the boys and turned it into a fridge magnet. This means that now, when ever someone walks in our house, they are greeted with our children's lovely mugs, right there, holding on to something that one of the kids has made, proudly showing it off on the fridge. 

Choosing a mug, I wanted it to be more sentimental for my husband, after all, he would be the one that's drinking from it everyday. So, even thought one side has a photo of the boys kissing their little baby brother, the other side has 3 photos. One taken at each of my births, of my husband and the newborn at that point. A little gift to show my husband having his very first hold of our children. 

For his main present, I decided to go with a photo, not of him, but one one that he had taken of our youngest, Joseph. You see, over the years, my husband has taken thousands of photos, but there has always been that one, the one that stood out, and I would have them made into canvases. Each of the boys have a canvas of them as a newborn in a gorgeous artsy style pose, and it is something that we can look back on, admire and my husband will forever know that he took those shots of the kids. 

So for Joseph, I chose the one of him trying to eat his thumb. he was only a week or so in age and my husband just seemed to capture such a beautiful moment which just stood out from the rest of the photos. I cannot wait for my husband to open this on Father's Day as I know that it will be something that he truly appreciates. A memento made by himself. 

And lastly, as a bit of humour, I had to go with a funny photo on his Father's Day card. Something that I know will make him chuckle and a truly unique card, made just for him. A selfie in his shades, trying to look cool with Thomas' toy cap-gun. he hates me sharing this photo as apparently 'it's embarrassing' but I know that he will find this totally hilarious when he opens the card. 

I know that on Father's day, my husband will be the happiest dad on the planet, knowing that these gifts are photos taken by himself and gifts to cherish forever more. 

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

What To Do Whilst The Kids Are Away

It's not often that my husband and I get to spend some time together without the kids as I hate leaving the boys and, finding someone to look after 3 kids is hard work. No one has the space or patience to do so . 

In a few weeks though, my sister has asked if she can look after Joseph overnight. She is taking her daughter and her granddaughter (who are both a couple of weeks older than Joseph) to a professional photographer and wanted to take Joseph too so that she could get all 3 of them together in some photos. 

With the photographer being a few miles away, he is staying overnight and will be with her all day afterwards and so, to give us a bit of a break, my parents said that they will have the boys overnight also, giving my and the hubby some quality time together.

So, what to do when you don't have the kids for a whole day? Catch up on the 6 years of lost sleep? Spend the day sorting the house out? No, we're going to London for a bit of relaxation and retail therapy. 
Photo by James Barker from
Staying at the Holiday Inn Brent Cross, we are a stones throw away from Brent Cross Shopping Centre and there is actually a shuttle service that goes to and from the centre to the hotel which means that we can easily get our shopping haul back to our room without trawling public transport. 

It gives us quite a central base of the areas we want to visit. The hubby wants to go to Wembley Stadium for a photo op of him in front of it, and to see if he can book a sneaky tour of the beautiful stadium. There is also the London Underground station quite near to us so that we can pop into central London for some retail therapy in all the high-end stores. 

Whilst there, we plan on having a long walk around all the sights that London has to offer. well, maybe not all of them, we'll see how many we can manage in one go. I'd love to see Big Ben and Tower Bridge whereas my hubby want to visiting Downing Street and Buckingham Palace. Apparently, visiting Big Ben at night is amazing and so we could do this before popping for our evening meal. 
Photo by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee from
Walking along the Thames hand in hand, seeing the boats sailing and having a jaunt across to the London Eye, it will be amazing to see these places without having to worry about the boys running off or getting bored. Having some adult time to take in the sights and have a wonder. 

No doubt we will miss the boys loads and will adore getting back for hugs and cuddles with them, but for that one night, we are going to enjoy ourselves as a couple for a change and I think after 6 years, we deserve a night off.

Have you visited London? Where do you advise that we should visit whilst there?

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

10 Things Everyone With A Newborn Is Guilty Of Doing

When it comes to having a newborn, there are so many things that we all do, that we possibly don't know is the 'done thing' to do. We don't talk about it in case other people think we're stupid or weird and instead keep it inside wondering how we got it all so wrong.

Well I'm here to tell you that you're not wrong, you're not weird or stupid. Every parent goes through this part of parenting and here is my list of 10 things that everyone with a newborn is guilty of doing...

1.  Poking your baby to make sure they're still breathing.
Yes, everyone does this! You know that point where you peek over the side of the moses basket and give your baby a little prod, just to check. I used to hold my hand over my babies chests too to see if I could feel them breathing.

2.  Having an emotional meltdown.
A couple of week in, you'll be thinking that it's a doddle. You don't know why people say having a newborn is hard, and then something will happen. It could be something small like being woken up during the night or a full-on nappy explosion. Something will happen though and you'll have an 'I can't do this' moment. Don't worry, hold in there and the feeling will pass. Sometimes all the emotion, all the hormones mixed with being so, so tired can affect you in this way. 

3.  Using your baby as an excuse.
'Oh, you want me to come round to yours?, I'm sorry but the baby has a sniffle so I just couldn't leave him at this moment.' Yes, that is a big fat fib, but sometimes our babies are the best excuses!

4.  Already judging other parents.
We all say that we wont do this, but in fact, we all do. You could be sat on the bus giving a discerning look as a baby is being fed chocolate or walking past McDonald's pointing out all the children that are in there and just how bad it is for them. Everyone has different parenting styles and what is normal to you may be weird to someone else. So just remember, as you are judging someone, there is probably someone judging you too.

5.  Social media surge.
Oh yes, a baby has been born. You know how I know this? Because there are about 5 million and 33 photos posted to Facebook every 30 seconds just so I don't miss out on the first time they smile, roll over, fart... yes, we all do this! 

6.  Taking arty photos of your baby’s fingers and toes.
Because nothing says 'I love my baby' like a black and white photo of them holding your finger. Come on, that's just what love is!

7.  Trying to act in control of the situation when you visit your GP/Health Visitor.
The first few weeks of a baby's life is so hectic. Not only are you learning about your baby but you have a million appointments to go to with the midwife, health visitor and your 6 weeks check with your GP. Trying to hold it together and act sane during these appointments is hard, especially when you've had no sleep and still have yesterdays sick ridden clothing on.

8.  Trusting some family members more than others to hold the baby.
There is that one person that you would trust with you baby just a little more than anyone else. And then, on the other hand, there is the total opposite of the person that you would never leave your child with, and when they ask you have to make all sorts of excuses as to why your baby just HAS to come with you because you just couldn't bare to be away from them.

9.  Having to suppress the urge to whack the heck out of people who ask how much sleep you're getting.
Newborns just don't sleep, they just don't so assume that whilst I have a baby under the age of 1 (maybe up to the age of 5!!!) that I have had no sleep and just don't ask. 
I'm sure we've all gone through the stress of waking in the night for the 5th time in the past 4 hours and feel like 'This isn't happening. This IS NOT HAPPENING!!! This is some horrible dream. I'm going to be forever sleep-deprived until I die a slow, sleep-deprived death, curled up in a ball on the floor.' Yep, that feeling. But it does pass... eventually!

10. And lastly, just loving your baby
No matter how we judge each other, how your baby sleeps or whether you do actually have a hold on the situation, we all love our children and want the best for them. So even if you haven't had a full nights sleep for the past 6 years (that's me!) you know that they are your world and will always come first, no matter what!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

TensCare - Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser

A few month ago, just after I'd had Joseph, I wrote about pelvic floor muscles and how pregnancy can affect them. I write about how I would be using the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser over the next few months to see whether it made a difference in improving the strength of the pelvic floor muscles at all and now I am back to give my findings.

The Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser is an easy-to-use, flexible pelvic floor exerciser with a range of clinically tested programs, providing relief from stress, urged and mixed incontinence as well as improving sexual well-being. And what's more, it has been awarded the ECRM Award for Most Innovative Product 2015.

It works in a variety of different ways to help to control different aspects of the pelvic floor depending on what needs strengthening, but basically the Elise works by sending a gentle stimulation to your pelvic floor through a vaginal probe working your pelvic floor muscle for you. It gently strengthens and tones your pelvic floor muscles which in-turn improves the symptoms of incontinence or to strengthen the muscles back up after pregnancy.

Pelvic floor muscles are so important as they hold your pelvic organs, the uterus, vagina, bowel and bladder in place. Supporting the bladder and bowel to give you control when you urinate. As you get older, your pelvic floor muscles get weaker and pregnancy also has a big effect on your pelvic floor muscles too. As, for the whole 9 month of pregnancy, the baby, amniotic fluid and placenta are resting on top of your pelvic floor muscles causing them to stretch and become weaker. 

Weakened pelvic muscles can cause problems such as urinary incontinence and reduced sensitivity during sex which is why you will be given leaflets after birth, telling you the importance of doing pelvic floor exercises to keep them toned and to strengthen them too.

So when I was given the chance to try out the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser, I knew that it would be a great part of post-partum pregnancy to talk about and something that people don't talk about a lot.

I'm sure we all know that squeezing a baby out of your bits will mean that everything will change down there and this little contraption is here to help when it comes to trying to restore some of the strength that us women need in our pelvic muscles. I'm sure you all agree that we don't really want to be wearing pads just in case I sneeze or someone tells a jokes that tickles me. 

To benefit fully from using the Elise, it is to be used every day with each session lasting for 20 minutes using it for a period of 12 weeks to get full benefit. The Elise has a One Touch Memory which remembers the last program, strength and settings used and will turn off after 20 minutes to ensure the pelvic floor muscle is not overworked.

Using the exerciser is super easy. You switch it on by holding the on/off switch for a few seconds and then it's best to test the probe in your hand first, by holding it tightly and metal plates on the probe with your skin and then increase the intensity by pressing the + button until you can feel the stimulation. Once it's at the right setting, turn off the machine.

Put a little water based gel lubricant onto the probe and then insert with the two silver plates side to side, one of the silver plates on the left and the other on the right. Then turn it on and press the 'P' to select your programme of choice and if you need to increase the intensity, just press the + button. The programme will then start and will run for 20 minutes until it has finished. You then remove the probe and give it a thorough clean.

When you next go to use the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser, it will remember the settings that you last used so no need to keep setting it up. 

I have now been using the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser for 12 weeks which is the recommended amount of time to see proper results. After 3 children, I am happy to say that the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser is a godsend. No more having to hold my groin as I sneeze or wear a pad when I'm not feeling well and get the urge to cough, no more ‘laughter leaks’.

My pelvic muscles now feel stronger, the feels tighter and no doubt that I could probably crack a walnut with them if I tried (the latter may not be true hehe!). Using the Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser has not only helped me with my problems in the pelvic area but it has given me piece of mind when going out and about, knowing that I don't need to use a pad and can actually play on the trampoline without fear of leakages. 

For more information about TensCare and The Elise Pelvic Floor Exerciser, pop over to the TensCare website.