Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A Family Friendly Tablet For Children

For a while, Thomas has had a tablet which he plays games on. I was apprehensive about getting him one at first as I hated the thought of him getting online and viewing inappropriate things and it did take me a while to set it all up so that he could not access any internet which was annoying to do. 

The problem we have now though, is that Charlie gets jealous of not having a tablet and really wants one. I have been saying no for a while but have come to the realisation that it would be great for him to have a tool like this to learn on. The amount of games and app's you can download for children, not only fun games but educational ones too, outweighs the negatives of children having tablets and so I have caved and am contemplating getting him one. 

This time though, I am wanting one that is aimed towards children, a Kurio and am using this post to apply to become one of their #KurioFamilyBloggers and test one out for a younger child. 

The best thing about the Kurio tablets, is that they are geared directly towards children, and are the safest tablets for children to have. Although, it does have the ability to go online, parents can restrict access and Kurio have a internet filtering system which blocks certain websites and it is forever checking new sites and determining whether they are suitable for children before allowing the tablet user to access it. 

The Kurio tablets come pre-loaded with over 50 apps and games and also comes with Google Play so that you can download more apps for your child to play on. 

For me, I love the idea that Kurio have designed a tablet aimed towards children and have thought of everything when it comes to internet usage, parental controls and games and app downloads. 

If I was lucky enough to be picked as one of the #KurioFamilyBloggers then I would love for Charlie to be able to either have the Kurio Tab or the Kurio Tab XL (I personally think that the bigger sized one would be of better use with his learning and joining in with things that are happening on screen)

How to Choose your Perfect Cooker

A cooker is likely to be the most important piece of equipment in your kitchen, maybe your whole house. With the right oven you can develop a real love of cooking, cut your monthly bills, change your dietary habits and add style to your kitchen. Whether you are looking for a range, gas or electric cooker, there are different aspects of ovens that you will need to consider. Here are a few tips and hints on how to choose the cooker that is right for you and your kitchen.

Freestanding or built-in
Built-in or integrated cookers are perfect for people who are looking for a seamless kitchen design and feel freestanding model are not right for their set up. It is possible for integrated ovens to be installed at eye level to make the Sunday Roast that little less strenuous (it also makes it easier to check on a frozen pizza!). If space (or money) is not an issue then you may want to consider a range cooker. Available in gas and electric, ranger cookers a large unit with more cooking compartments making them great for larger families or very serious chefs.

Both gas and electric heaters tend to come in set widths of 50cm, 55cm and 60cm, although there can be slight differences from brand to brand. It is also important to leave a gap of around 5cm around the unit to allow for ventilation.

Stove top cooking
Hobs are commonly used more frequently than the actual oven therefore a lot of thought has to go into this aspect of your oven. Integrated ovens will not have hobs on top so you will have to choose one separately. If you are looking for an electric hob you will notice that there is plenty of variation. The most basic type of electric hob is the solid plate hob which is usually the cheapest. Ceramic hobs have a smooth easy-to-clean glass surface and look great in a modern style kitchen but do take a while to warm up. Induction hobs are the most efficient of the electric (and gas) hobs as they only use the necessary energy to heat the pan.

Oven cooking
The choice of single ovens, twin cavity or double oven cookers and conventional or fan-assisted will depend on how much money you want to spend and how important things like efficiency and the complexity of your regular cooking. Double ovens allow you use both spaces at different temperatures whereas single oven only allow you to adjust the settings on the one space.

There is quite a lot of disparity in the cost of freestanding ovens. Take a look at the range on Electric Shop to see what you can get for your money. If you are willing to splash out or want to cook like a Michelin star chef consider a range cooker.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Pavers Nubuck Leather Calf Boots with Double Buckle

I love boots. In fact, if you ask my husband, he would say I am obsessed with them. Having so many pairs, most of which I don't even wear any more, I just hate to throw them out. I'm like Gollom, in that sense, I can't get rid of my precious belongings.  

So obviously, when Pavers got in touch asking if I wanted to review a pair of their boots, I said yes. Pavers was founded by Cathy Paver as she could never find stylish shoes that would actually fit her and so, in 1971, York based Pavers Shoes was formed. 

Pavers Shoes has gone on from then to become one of the UK’s leading comfort footwear specialists having over 115 shops throughout the UK and Eire, catalogues and a website, to make finding the perfect pair of shoes a doddle.

Along with their own brands, they also stock Skechers, Marco Tozzi, Rieker, Piccadilly and many more with comfort always being important and at the forefront of what they do. Pavers pride themselves on providing first-rate customer service, offering free delivery over £50 for buying online and you can even collect in store too to make the ordering process even easier.

After having a look at the Pavers website, I fancied something a little different. I usually go for wedged boots or fluffy ones, but these gorgeous Nubuck Leather Calf Boots stood out to me and were calling my name.

The Nubuck Leather Calf Boots are somewhat of a biker style boot with a small, 3cm heel on them. They have a double strap and buckle design and although are leather, they have quite a suede feeling to the top part and look really stylish to wear. The soft textile lining will be sure to keep my calf's cosy warm this winter also. 

I was apprehensive at picking these at first as the base and foot part looks quite hard and I was worried that they may be uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. This couldn't be further from the truth though as the boots are incredibly comfortable, even on long walks with the boys I have found that they are soft and warm to wear.

The boots are wide around the calf and so aren't tight at all, the cosy, fluffy insides keeping me legs warm also whilst that leather exterior makes them waterproof and protective.
The small heel gives extra comfort which isn't too high at all and the super thick sole will be perfect for walking, and trying to keep upright, if the snow hits this winter.

Personally, I love that they are wearable with most things after trying them on and being comfortable wearing them with my jeans, leggings (I am pregnant and so these are a staple item in my wardrobe) and even dresses.
Yes, that's right, if I decide to go for the biker chick look, I can go a bit Gothic with biker boots, a gorgeous plum coloured maternity dress and black tights, truly stunning!

Overall, at £64.99, I find the Nubuck Leather Calf Boots comfortable to wear, stunning and stylish to look at and all at an amazing price.

I absolutely love these Nubuck leather calf boots and am so glad I picked them but you can also check out the whole range of women's ankle boots that Pavers sell too.

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.