Sunday, 23 November 2014

30 Week Pregnancy Update

I cannot believe that I am now three-quarters of the way through this pregnancy now. It only seems like yesterday that I found out that we were expecting again. Yes, there may have been many (many) hurdles in between, but now I can see the finish line and know that our baby will be here soon. 

My sickness is easing now but heartburn is still prominent and getting worse all the time. I feel as though I am just downing Gaviscon at the moment to stop it from burning. And of course, the pulled muscle in my back is still playing up, causing pain but I'm trying not to think about that too much. 

I have felt that baby hiccup loads recently. I think it may be down to the fact that I am drinking fizzy drinks and maybe it's passing on to him but I'm not quite sure whether that can happen, and to be honest, I still can only drink fizzy drinks so it will probably be like this till the end now. 

It's getting to the stage now where sleep is very disturbed. If I'm not waking to pee every hour, then the baby wakes me up having a play or heartburn flares up, so as you can imagine, it is quite hard at the moment to focus and get things done because I am constantly tired. 

As for bump, should be weighing in at around 3 pounds and be nearly 16 inches long. He may be now piling in the fat, ready for entrance into the big wide world, but he is also losing the fine lanugo hair that covers his body. 

I don't see the midwife now until 34 weeks and so shouldn't really have much to update on between now and then. If I do though, you lot will be the first to know.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Christmas Giveaway Day 13 - Ultimate English

Ultimate English are a traditional business producing confectionery from their home town of Harrogate in North Yorkshire, not too far from us, in fact. They have spent 150 years crafting and refining their confectionery to make it the best it can be, all done by hand to make sure that it is perfect for us all to enjoy. 

Fudge is their main passion, the Salt Water Chocolate Truffle Fudge being my favourite as I love the salty after taste (we also used this is a gorgeous flapjack recipe and it was absolutely stunning) but they also do honeycomb, cashew crunch and Lemon Coconut Ice too as well as many other favours of fudge. 

After I published my review of the yummy Ultimate English confectionery (you can read my review here) I had many people ask me where they could buy it from and they were left disappointed that, at the moment, the range is only available in local farm shops and deli's across Yorkshire. 

Well now you are in luck as Ultimate English have given me a fab hamper of their confectionery to give away to one of my lucky readers. 


To be in with a chance to win this fab prize in our Christmas giveaways, just 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 required entries will be disqualified. After the one mandatory entry, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do. 

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 7th December

Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas Giveaway Day 12 - Home 33 Accessories

Today's giveaway is a little different as we have something for the man in your life. Home 33 Accessories have donated this great Essential Wine Bottle Shaped Accessory Gift Set which I'm sure the man in your life would love. 

Many times my husband has been searching for the bottle opener and always seems to misplace it. With this fab set, there would be no more searching as it comes inside the wine bottle case, ready to be used when you fancy a cheeky drink at the end of a busy day. 

Encased within the bottle shaped case is a bottle collar, pourer & a 3in1 corkscrew, bottle opener & foil cutter utility set, giving you all the right equipment & reassurance that it is all in one place. the perfect little stocking filler for Christmas.


To be in with a chance to win this fab prize in our Christmas giveaways, just 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 required entries will be disqualified. After the one mandatory entry, others will open up to give you extra entries. You do not have to enter by all methods but these will give you extra entries into the competition if you do. 

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 6th December

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas Wish List For The Boys

By the amount of things the boys keep on telling me that they want, I think that it's safe to say that this year may be an expensive Christmas. Put that with the fact that we are also having to buy baby things for our impending arrival, it means that it has all been a stretch.

Luckily for us though, I am very frugal and save a lot of money throughout the year and have also been collecting presents whenever they've been on sale too. Just as inspiration though, I thought I would write a list of some of the things the boys have asked for and what is at the top of their wish lists.

Tablet
Right at the top of the list is a tablet of some sort. Now of course I am not obviously going to go out and pay a fortune for an iPad, but we did manage to snap up a pretty good Bush tablet for only £49.99 which I thought was a bargain. I have downloaded loads of games and educational apps onto it and then removed the internet connection from it to stop the boys from getting online.


Fireman Sam
Now, by this, I don't just mean a Fireman Sam doll, not at all. With thanks to the cartoon channels which seem to advertise every single toy that my sons want, Thomas has decided that he wants to whole set range. From the Ocean Rescue Playset and the Deluxe Fire Station Playset to all the trucks and boats that go with them. Coming to around £150 in total.

Vehicles
Both boys love anything with wheels, but Charlie has a passion for buses and after a bit of searching, I managed to find this cute London style bus for only £20 and I can't wait for him to see it. We have also bought a selection of cars and trucks for both of the boys to play with also, all the perfect sizes to fit in their toy garage.

Board Games/Sets
Now, obviously they are both too young for the likes of Monopoly and Pictionary but we have bought them a few sets made for younger children. Namely, Operation, Guess Who and a rather charming fishing game.


Kidizoom Smart Watch
Thomas has seen these advertised on the television and has been asking for one for ages now so this Christmas, he will be getting one. It can take photos and video and includes a couple of games to play too as well as an alarm clock, stopwatch and voice recorder with funny voice changing effects.

Goodies
I guess it wouldn't be Christmas without some goodies. We have bought a range of Minions sweets, selection boxes and boxes of chocolates, ready for the big day or treats.

I really cannot wait to see the boys faces when they open up all their presents and find out what Santa has brought them. Lets just hope they keep being good boys and stay on the Nice List!

And just to make Christmas shopping and saving extra easy, My Voucher Codes have bought out this fab widget which shows you a list of this years top toys and the cheapest place to get them. Simply scroll through it and work out where you would be best buying from to save the greatest amount of money.