29 June 2016

Thinking Slimmer | How My Eating Habits Have Changed

When I first started listening to the Slimpod from Thinking Slimmer, I didn't realise just how much it would change me and the way I eat. I mean, I knew that it was supposed to help you lose weight and eat better but I thought it would be a very long process to get me to stop over eating and to help in changing my mindset so that I wanted good foods instead. 

But it hasn't been that long at all. In fact, within the first week, I could already notice a difference with how I was eating, what I was eating and when I was eating. I'd no longer graze, I wouldn't snack as much and already seemed to be making better choices, and leaving food when I was full rather than just eating it because it was there. Click here to read my first Slimpod update (and watch my first vlog).

27 June 2016

5 Reasons Why You Should Quit Smoking Today

Smoking is one of those things that nearly all of the adult population has tried and some just stick at smoking, even though they know just how bad it is for their health. We all know how much it can increase your risk of cancer, heart disease, lung disease and many more conditions, but it's not just that. 

Smoking causes so many other symptoms too, some which will take time to repair and others that can be reversed from just 20 minutes after you have put that last cigarette down. For what ever reason that you decide to kick the habit, here are my 5 reasons that should send you on your smoke-free way.

The SML Diet | The One Week Challenge

A fortnight ago, I start my one week trial with SML Diet to see weather I could lose any weight or inches whilst on their plan. SML Diet was founded by Ally and stands for Slim & Maintain for Life as she believes that with the right support, we can all slim down, we can all certainly maintain our weight and if we have the belief in ourselves, we can maintain that weight for life!

So, I was sent the Simple plan of 28 products which is enough for a week and costs £35.25. Then the best bit starts, choosing what foods you want in your meal replacement pack. And there is so much choice. Meals, bars, shakes and snack bars, all different flavours and so much to pick from.

26 June 2016

WTBW | Rockin' Baby Beach Time

Whilst we were away at the coast, we were lucky to have had some amazing weather, the only problem with this is trying to keep a little one protected from the sun. Most clothing is too warm to wear in the sun so it comes to wearing a swimsuit, making sure to get one that is UV protected.

As part of our What The Boys Wore series, Rockin' Baby sent Joseph this beautiful set from their Beach Time range. It feature a top and bottoms set with co-ordinating patterns and colours.

25 June 2016

Ella's Kitchen | #CerealouslyScrummy Cereal Range

Joseph is a lover of fooad and so when he got the chance to try the new range of Ella's Kitchen cereal, he got down to it with a big bowl and a spoon, ready to take on the challenge. 

With a variety of scrummy taste and textures, the range is ideal for each phase of a little ones weaning journey. The range includes four delicious smooth flavours, including banana and cinnamon and veggie taste carrot – a great flavour to teach your little ones to love their veggies right from the get go.

24 June 2016

Cosatto AW16 | A Festival of Pattern

Recently, Joseph and myself visited Cosatto HQ for their annual press day where we got to see all the new range of pushchairs, prams and car seats and all the wonderfully new patterns that they have brought out for this season. 

If you're a regular reader, you will know just how much we love Cosatto. Overall, over the years, I have pushed the Yo!, the Ooba, the Supa and we are currently using the Fly, Joseph even has one of their Story cotbeds too.

23 June 2016

Parenting | My Top Tips For Taking Care of Yourself

Being a parent is hard work. Not only do you have to look after this little bundle that just eats, sleeps and poops, but you have to make sure you take care of yourself, so that you are able to do everything that a baby needs you to. 

It can be so exhausting in the first few weeks as you get your bearings and learn hope to cope with an extra person in the household, someone that takes over everything and so, I thought I would put together a little post with just a few tips to make sure you take care of yourself too.

External Improvements For Your Home That Your Neighbours Will Envy

Most of us strive to keep the interiors of our homes fresh and up to date. We all want to have attractive, stylish homes. Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the exterior. After all, we rarely sit and stare at the walls of the outside of our homes. We’re usually rushing in or out, rather than relaxing with a cup of tea at the kerbside! So what can you do to give the exterior of your home the makeover it's craving?

If your home has been rendered, you may consider a fresh coat of paint. There’s no need to stick with boring neutral colours. A deeper shade could be just the thing to create an impact on your street. Some spray paints can last for several years, meaning your home can look bright and attractive for longer. 

21 June 2016

Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary

When we went away a few weeks back, it was a great time to explore all the things that there was to offer over at the east coast of Yorkshire. One place we have always talked of visiting, but never had a chance before now, was the Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary, and so this time round we received a family pass so that we could do just that.

Located on the North Bay of the main headland, within 3 iconic triangular buildings, Sea Life Scarborough offers a unique mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits and over 50 displays of marine life including seals, otters and penguins. You can enjoy Sea Life Europe's only penguin walkthrough feature, the hands-on rockpool experience and learn some amazing facts about the underwater world.

20 June 2016

David Swimwear | Swimsuit and Kaftan

It's not often that I would show myself on here. I am very self-conscious about since having children and hate that 'flap of fat' around my waist from where I carried and grew each and every one of my babies. It's a bug bear of mine whenever we go swimming or to the beach. I have always longed for something that would smooth out my wobbly bits and so I turned to David Swimwear.  

David Swimwear offers a varied collection of styles that suit every woman's beach needs. The bright colours with the edgy prints makes this swimwear brand so desirable. The Italian brand have a huge collection from swimsuits, bikinis, tankinis and cover-ups. 

19 June 2016

What the Best Family Holiday Pros Do (and You Should Too)

Our holiday time is precious. And so when we go away, we want to do everything we can to make the most of it. But, for whatever reason, something goes wrong. And we end up wasting our precious family holiday time together. Fortunately, there is some advice out there. The following is what the best family vacation pros do (and what you should do too).

They Flee The Crowds
Right now there’s a significant trend away from holidaying at crowded resorts. Pro parents are looking to inspire their children, not give them a cookie-cutter vacation experience. They want them to strike out, off the beaten track. Family holidays should be about trying to create a shared experience. They shouldn’t be about trying to find ways to entertain the kids while the parents relax.

18 June 2016

How To Make Your Living Space Look And Feel Larger

If you are a mum, you will certainly understand how important your home environment is! This is the place you are bringing up your children, and they take up a lot of space. If your home isn’t very big, then it is important to try and make it feel like it. Here are a few options to consider if you want your living space to look and feel larger. 

Consider Open Plan
It is drastic, but if you are serious about making your living space feel bigger, then knocking a wall down might be a good option. The largest feeling homes have large rooms. So, a living room come dining room will feel much larger than two smaller rooms. A site like https://www.homebuilding.co.uk/open-plan-living/ can show you some examples. It might also be more practical if your children are younger, as it would be easier to keep an eye on them with fewer rooms for them to hide in!

17 June 2016

Choosing A Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle: What You Need To Know

There’s no escaping the fact that choosing a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) can be stressful. There are so many different issues to consider, and you might not have previous experience of purchasing one of these vehicles. Fortunately though, help is at hand. This blog talks you through the basics of selecting a car or van to suit a wheelchair user and it should help you hone in on the right model.

The dimensions of these vehicles are critical. Before you commit to making a purchase, you have to be 100 per cent certain that the wheelchair user (whether this is you or a family member) will be able to get into and out of the WAV easily and will have enough space to feel comfortable on journeys. As well as considering the width and length of the chair you want to fit in the vehicle, consider the height of the seated wheelchair passenger. As experts Mobility Nationwide note, the internal height of vehicles can differ. This is something you’ll need to research when you’re making your selection. The height of the wheelchair passenger will also impact on their forward view through the windscreen. Certain models offer better views for taller passengers.

Home Improvement Tips That Will Make Your House Cosier

A home should be cosy. Cosy is what makes a house a home because it gives it character. It also gives you a place to sit and relax after a hard day’s work. And, your home should be the one place you can turn to when you need to take the edge off after a long day. If your home isn’t as cosy as you would like, you need to think about making a few improvements. Then, you can enjoy sitting in watching TV as much as going out for a drink with your friends.

Play Around With Colour
The colour scheme in your house will determine how you will when you walk in the door. Bright, light colours make the house seem a lot bigger and airier. That isn’t the case because light colours don’t add any extra space. Still, that is the perception when you use them on the walls and throughout the house. Dark colours are a lot deeper and warmer. As a result, they are the best colours to use to add an element of cosiness. Black isn’t a good idea as it is quite lifeless. Instead, try a deep red colour like maroon or burgundy.

16 June 2016

Mercure's Great British Picnic at Somerset House

You know the feeling, you get your whole picnic ready, lay it out all pretty, style it up the the nines, get that perfect snap. But then you need to go through all the Instagram settings to find the perfect filter to do it justice. 

And all the filters are so different. My favourite is Clarendon for photos of myself and the kids, especially as it seems to brighten the blue in my eyes and just make all the colours pop. When it comes to picnic hampers though, it all depends on what there is to offer, the colours need to suit the filter and to be able to compete with the almost 300 million (and counting!) food posts on Instagram since its launch in 2010. 

4 Simple Ways To Cut Your Stress Levels

There’s no denying the fact that life can be stressful from time to time. Whether it’s your job, your financial situation or a personal problem, there are plenty of hurdles we all face now and again that can have a huge impact on how we feel. Instead of giving into these feelings, you could try doing something about it. To help you combat your worries, here are four simple ways you can cut your stress levels and regain your cool.

1. Try massage therapy
If your stress has caused you to feel physically tense and tightly wound, you could try massage therapy. Having a massage can help loosen and relax your muscles and joints, helping you to unwind and lower your stress levels. During a session, a trained masseuse will use a variety of techniques to rub different parts of your body, including your shoulders, neck and back, which are areas that tend to ‘carry’ stress and tension. If you’re keen to discover how massage therapy could help you, you can book yourself in for a treatment.

13 June 2016

WTBW | Mothercare Summer Fashion

When it comes to buying clothing for children, I like to go places that I trust, places that I know are known for their quality, style and price and so, when I had the chance to receive a few summer items for Joseph from Mothercare, I knew that he'd be getting some quality clothing indeed.

Mothercare has some amazing, innovative and exclusive new products, and are always at the forefront of baby product lines. But apart from their extensive range or pushchairs and prams, they are also known for the high quality children's clothing which ranges from newborn, right up to 10 years old.

11 June 2016

Get Ready and Set With My Childrens Summer Essentials

When it comes to the Summer holidays, getting sorted for trips and holidays can be a nightmare. You have to have a checklist just to organise yourself never mind the kids. And no doubt something is always forgotten, that one thing that you definitely cannot forget!

So, I thought I would write a post featuring all those little things that usually get left behind, but realistically are your summer essentials for children. All those things that you might not assume you need but most definitely will do!

10 June 2016

Win | Air Storm Z-Tek Bow & Firetek Rockets

Win the super fast Air Storm Z-Tek bows with 125 foot range and Air Storm Firetek rockets available. Get the kids ready for an all-new archery experience with whistling arrows and light up rockets. 

We have one Air Storm Z-Tek bow and four Firetek rockets available to win. How amazing is that!

Air Storm Z-Tek Bow 
Get the next big thing in bow technology with the Z-Tek Bow.  Check out the sleek new design and shape.  Shorter bungees for faster firing.  Arrow clips right on the bow for quick reloads and a powerful presence.  It’s an all new archery experience with the Z-Tek Bow! Hook in the Zartz™ Arrow or Zonic™ Whistling Arrow, position the shot, and watch it fly through the air for an incredible 100 feet! Includes a Z-Tek Bow, two Zonic™ Whistling Arrows and one Suction-Cup Zartz™ Arrow.

UK Exploration | The Ultimate Camping Guide

I love holidaying in the UK and some of my fondest memories as a child are playing on the beach, paddling in the freezing sea and rambling through the overgrowth, and so I want to make sure the my children grow up knowing just how beautiful our own country is. 

Living in Yorkshire, we are not short of a few places to visit. The Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and then right over the the East coast for sun, sea and sand at the seaside resorts, I adore my County and try to get the boys out as much as possible to discover new places and see new things.

Fancy A Holiday In The UK? I Have Some Great Suggestions For Families

Going on holiday with your children is an exciting time. It’s a chance where the whole family can be together to spend some quality time. You get to relax and unwind from your normal daily routines. Some people see this as an opportunity to jump on a plane and head to a different country. However, there are some fantastic holidays you can do right here in the UK. So to perhaps inspire you a little, I thought I would share with you some of the different holidays you can do. It might even make you consider doing one of them this Summer. 

8 June 2016

How To Make A Noiseless Wind Chime | #ReadySteadyCraft

When I had an email come through challenging us to craft something that was inspired from Spring, it got me thinking, what does remind me of Spring? The flowers starting to bloom maybe, or those little buds growing on the trees, or even butterflies starting to flutter around. 

But, for me, it is all of them. So we decided to think outside the box a little and that's when we thought about making a wind chime. A neighbour has one and although it is beautiful and has a lovely little chime, this changes at 3am when it's blowing up a gale and all you can hear is that noise, over and over and over,,,

4 June 2016

JD Williams | A Summers Day in Outfits

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I have a bit of a love hate relationship with clothing. I seem to always change what I like and stick with my favourites for a while before reverting to something else. For now, I like dresses. 

They not only look better on but they are way cooler than clothing that clings and it means that I can buy dresses that flare and hide all the parts that I don't want showing helping to gain body confidence in myself as, if I can look nice, then I feel better about myself. 

As we were on holiday last week, I thought I would show you what I wore in one lovely, warm day and show you what lovely pieces I had picked up for our holiday. Beautiful dresses that are bright and light for the Summer.

3 June 2016

Thinking Slimmer | My First Thoughts Of The Slimpod

A few month ago I wrote a post in the dead of night, when I was really struggling with myself and when I just felt so vulnerable. It was called When You Want To Change, But Don't Know How and was all about my struggle with my appearance and having to deal with how my body had changed since having children. 

I felt horrendous. I looked, well to me any way, ugly and fat, and I just hated everything about my body. It was getting me down.

That was when I got in touch with Sandra from Thinking Slimmer and we got to work trying to change my outlook using the Slimpod Gold package. The Slimpod is said to be able to change your eating habits by just listening to it for 9 minutes a day. 

Improve Your TV Setup for Better Entertainment

The TV is a central part of the home for many families. Even if you might like everyone to watch less of it, it's still useful for entertaining and sometimes educating everyone. It's not just useful for watching programmes and movies, but it's also great for video games or even using the internet. If you think your television setup could do with a bit of updating, you could improve it with a few tweaks. A bit of money invested in your TV and accessories could keep the whole family happy for years. Try following the steps below to get a better setup.

Get a New TV
When was the last time you bought a new television? It's amazing how quickly technology moves on. A TV you bought a couple of years ago might have been the cutting edge of tech at the time. However, now it's probably starting to be out of date. Gone are the days of TVs that weighed as much as a small child and took up as much space too. Now they can be in HD or 3D, or even have a curved screen. If it's time to replace yours with something bigger and better, check out what's now on offer.

2 June 2016

Why You Should Recycle Your Mattress When The Time Comes

Over time we have found out the many benefits that are associated with recycling and we have begun acting accordingly. From putting our glass bottles into a different bin to our paper, we are aware of the little differences that can go a long way when it comes to recycling. As well as saving us money and protecting the environment, by recycling you are reducing the amount of landfill space we need and conserving raw materials. However, there are more methods of recycling that we can use that will continue to yield these benefits that you may not be mindful of.

None more so than bed recycling and what better way to get rid of your old mattress and replace it with your new one thanks to Bedstar and their bed recycling programme. As well as delivering your new mattress from their range of high quality and comfortable options, they will also take your old when they come to your door and you can do your bit for the environment. There’s no hassle of being stuck with a big mattress in the house and there’s no issues of deciding when and how to take it away, it’s all done for you. Whilst you may initially just thank them for their convenience, the role it plays in helping our environment should not be underestimated.

1 June 2016

The Secret To A Good Night's Sleep For Parents

If you’re a parent, you’re probably familiar with sleepless nights and days that go by in a haze. Missing out on sleep is part and parcel of parenting, especially during the early days. But this doesn't make it any easier to cope. Nothing can prepare you for the overwhelming feeling of tiredness. But these tips may help you to sleep better once you’ve survived the first few months.

Establishing a routine
You usually associate routines with babies and toddlers, but it’s also advisable to get into your own sleep regime. Once you’ve figured out plans for your child, you can start rejigging your routine. If you put your baby down at a set time each night, this will allow you to set your own bedtime. Your body has an internal clock, and it can get used to a new sleep pattern quickly. If the days of staying up until the early hours have long gone, your body will soon adjust to hitting the hay at ten or 11 o’clock. Of course, there will be nights when your child’s routine doesn’t quite go to plan, especially if they’re teething or potty training. However, if you can get a rough plan in place, this should help you to get more sleep.