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.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Pregnancy And Surgery Update - Week 11

I do apologise for all the radio silence on the blog for the past few weeks. This pregnancy has hit me harder than I thought and has left me unable to do a lot of things. Team that with the fact that my husband has been in hospital all week having surgery and can now barely walk, you can imagine how hard we have been finding it at the moment. 

Although I do still have the constant nauseous feelings and often throw up on a morning, my Hyperemesis Gravidarum does seem to have settled a little meaning that I can now eat and drink a little better which in turn makes me feel better. Happy Days...

The boys are loving getting used to the fact that there will soon be 5 of us and Thomas keeps asking if we can make sure that the baby is a girl that he just has to call, Jo Jo. I guess Jo Jo is better than Betty which he preferred before. 

My sister, who is also pregnant and due the day before me, has got a foetal Doppler and so I had a go at it and got a lovely 158BPM reading. It was so nice to finally hear my little bump and on the 23rd July I have my scan so I will finally get to see our baby for the first time too.  

As I said above, my husband has been in hospital having surgery so a lot of the past week, the boys have spent time at my parents whilst I was in hospital visiting. He was having Microdiscectomy surgery to remove parts of 2 discs which were bulging into his nerves and causing pain. 
Although this is a common procedure which is usually over in 1 hour and a 1/2, my husbands didn't go exactly to plan and he had a dural tear which is basically a spinal fluid leak and the operation took 3 hours to finish. This tear happens in around 2% of these surgeries and means that post-operatively my husband was asked to lay flat, without movement at all, for 24 hours to allow the leak to seal. This also meant that he then had to spend an extra night in hospital due to this. 
Now he is finally home and resting. For the next 6 weeks he isn't allowed to bend, sit or do much at all apart from lying down and standing up and rattling due to all the tablets he has been placed on.

This is about as much as I can update you at the moment and hopefully this week I will be back to fullish health and start writing again...

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Week 9 Update - Hyperemesis Gravidarum

I haven't written much recently, as you have probably noticed. This is because I have been suffering at the moment with all the worst pregnancy symptoms. 

This week, I have been diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum. To us common people, that is severe morning sickness. I had to fight with my GP just to stop them from admitting me to hospital with it. What it basically means is that I cannot take in much food or water without bringing it back up causing my body to use my reserves to keep me and baby going. 

I have promised to take it steady, eat little and often and to try to get in fluids as much as possible. If it hasn't subsided soon, then they will look to place me on medication to help stop the sickness. 

So for the moment, I am having to relax and take it easy, not rush things, which unfortunately means that my blog is suffering because of this. 

I will be trying to get back in to writing soon and hopefully get every post out that is due but please do bare with me at the moment.