Gingerbread Pumpkins

During these school holidays we've wanted to keep Thomas entertained on a budget. Yes it's nice to take kids places but sometimes the lack of money can mean that staying in is the only option. So instead we decided to buy and do creative things. 
These are make your own pumpkin biscuits and can be bought from Morrisons. They come with:

  • 5 pumpkin gingerbread biscuits
  • Green icing tube
  • Orange smarties
  • Orange and green sprinkles

Basically it's just a design your own on them. Thomas had great fun squirting the icing on them and then sticking the smarties and sprinkles on.

We worked out that instead of trying to spread the sprinkles on, it was easier to just pour them on and then tip the remnants back into the pack.
They were very yummy and a great pre-Halloween treat.


Autumn Play and Artwork

I love Autumn time. The leaves are falling off the trees and it's a great time to play, kicking the leaves and running around. On the way to nursery, Thomas is always running through the red and orange leaves, throwing them around and having fun. So much so the we decided to go on a leave collecting mission so we could create some great artwork. 

Taking Thomas on his bike so he could pedal himself instead of walking and Charlie was wrapped up warm in his pram. 

We walked around trying to find all different leaves, different sizes and varying colours, it's amazing how many there are around. We found a small woodland with loads of leaves all around, Thomas enjoyed throwing them around and playing in the trees.

It was so enjoyable playing about but then we got home to do our picture. Using a piece of black paper we started spreading glue out and sticking on the big leaves first. Trying to spread out the different colours and then adding smaller leaves and greenery we had found. 

The finished picture looks so good and although it wont last long until the leaves rot and have to be thrown, we know we can go collect more and do it all over again. For now we ave these great memories though!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


The British Red Cross, The First Aid Challenge

In a survey of over 2000 parents, 96% agreed that all parents should have some first aid knowledge yet two thirds don’t feel confident, or worry they would do something wrong. The study identified the main fears of parents were choking, treating an unconscious baby or child and meningitis.

'The British Red Cross throws down the gauntlet to parents 
to take the First Aid Challenge'

The British Red Cross is launching the first UK-wide first aid campaign aimed at parents to help them learn the techniques needed in an emergency. The new nationwide campaign to get all parents learning first aid and begins at the Earls Court Baby Show on the 26 October 2012 and runs to the end of the year.

With over 24,000 parents expected at to attend the Baby Show, the British Red Cross are launching the challenge then with training sessions running hourly. Signing up the the First Aid Challenge is free and each participant will receive information on how to deal with daily mishaps. 

For more information, visit the British Red Cross. You can also find tips on what to do in an emergency. For instance, would you know what to do if your child was choking? Here's a short video to show you how to handle the situation:

  • Give up to five back blows. Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades. If back blows do not dislodge the object, move on to step two.
  • Give up to five abdominal thrusts. Hold the child around the waist and pull upwards and inwards above their belly button. If abdominal thrusts do not dislodge the object, repeat steps one and two.
  • Call 999 if the object if the object has not dislodged after three cycles of back blows and abdominal thrusts.

For a baby (a child under the age of 1) the steps are slightly different, see this video:

  • Give up to five back blows. Hold the baby face down along your forearm with their head lower than their bottom. Hit them firmly on their back between the shoulder blades.
  • Give up to five chest thrusts. Turn the baby over so they are facing upwards and place two fingers in the middle of their chest just below the nipples. Push inwards and upwards up to five times. If chest thrusts do not dislodge the object, repeat steps one and two
  • Call 999 if the object has not dislodged after three cycles of back blows and chest thrusts

The British Red Cross has many video's on how to deal with each situation. They can be viewed here.

We all hope this will never happen to our children but if it did, would you be prepared?


Silent Sunday (a day late lol)


Who fights the monster under your bed?

This is our entry into the Warren Evans Competition to win a new bed. 

I think when we're young we all have a protective teddy or toy. Whether it's big, small, fluffy or just down right weird, it protects us from the evil under the bed. 

Thomas sleeps with his gorilla. It was one of my toys from when I was a child but when he was about 10 month old, we were sorting all our things out to throw away, I found the gorilla and was gunna chuck it but then Thomas took it. He wouldn't give it back and would just sit cuddling it. 

He now keeps the gorilla on his bed, to keep away monsters. Many a night have I woke to hear growling and roars coming from Thomas's bedroom, popping in I would find him hanging over the edge of his bed thrusting Bagwell (I don't have a clue where his name came from lol) under to make the monsters run for their lives. 

He loves it and as long as it's protecting my boy, it can stay with him.


Cussons Mum & Me #RealMumConfession Competition

I'm sure every mummy and daddy has stretched the truth sometimes when it comes to your children. Whether it’s telling your kids the ice cream van only makes a noise when it has run out of lollies or telling them that the flash on your smoke alarm is Santa's secret camera watching them to see if they are being good or bad. 

Do you have something to confess?

Now is your time to own up to those little secrets that you've been keeping. Get it off your chest and also have the chance to win a fantastic prize! 

Just pop along to Cussons Mum & Me Twitter page and tell them your confession using the hashtag #RealMumConfession to be entered into the competition.  

One random confession will be picked to win a luxury spa day for two at The Sanctuary Spa in London and three runners up will win a selection of Mum & Me products.

Check out Sarah Cox's confessions:

The competition ends Friday 26th October 2012 at 5pm. You can see all info here.


International Baby Loss Awareness Day

international baby loss awareness day wave of light

Today is Baby Loss Awareness Day. All around the World at 7pm, you are invited to take part in the global 'Wave of Light'. To join in just light a candle at 7pm and leave it burning for at least 1 hour to join us in remembering all babies that have died during pregnancy, at birth or after birth.

Whether you are doing this alone to remember your own angel baby or are joining in together as a remembrance of all angel babies around the World, you will be joining a global wave of light in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.

So heres to all the angel babies, to the mums and dads who have had to suffer loss in pregnancy or after birth, which ever way, it's an horrific experience and the heartache will always be there for your angel. But remember, they will always be with you in your heart.

wave of light international baby loss awareness day
See the Baby Loss Awareness website for all information or for links if you have gone through baby loss and are needing some support.



If you've already checked out our review of Baby Sebamed here, you'll know how highly I rate it. 

To give a recap about the Sebamed range. The products have a pH value of 5.5 which is the same our skin. Our skin, being slightly acidic, keeps away pathogens that can cause disease, it prevents water loss and stops any pollutants or irritants getting in. By using a soap that has a different pH value to the skin it can weaken the skins protective barrier and cause dehydration, skin infection, irritations and allergies. 

After trying the Baby Sebamed range, I was very grateful when I was then sent the Sebamed range for me to try.  The products I was sent were:

Anti-Hairloss Shampoo
Out of the four shampoo's in the Sebamed range, the one I wanted to try the most was the Anti-Hair Loss shampoo. When I was pregnant with Charlie I suffered with severe anaemia. This in turn made my hair fall out in clumps. I hated it, I felt so self-conscious and wouldn't go out in case people noticed. Since his birth my anaemia has faded to an almost normal iron level but my hair loss is still there. Every morning I wake with hair all over my pillows and have to clean out my brush nearly every day. So of course when I heard that Sebamed did a shampoo that will help prevent the hair loss at such a small price I was a bit sceptical whether it would work. I've used it every day for a week now and so far there is a subtle difference in the amount of hair that falls out. Of course I wasn't expecting a miracle cure that would work straight away but must say I am pleasantly surprised that I have noticed a difference already. 

Anti-Stretch Mark Cream
Whether your wanting to prevent stretch marks or reduce existing stretch marks the anti-stretch mark cream is perfect with its natural avocado oil and shea butter providing excellent efficient care and protection of the superficial skin layers. 
I have mixed feelings about my stretch marks, sometimes I feel proud to have them and have the honour to be a mummy but other times I get very self conscious, especially when it comes to going swimming and people seeing them. I feel, although I wouldn't want them fully gone, I would love for them to be faded a bit so I'm not so scared of showing myself. The cream seems to be going well so far, I have only been using it for a short time but have noticed some of the smaller, light stretch marks are already starting to fade. Used over a prolonged time I can imagine it working very well.

Hydrating Body Lotion
Again, as with the Hand & Nail Balm, it protects the skins barrier function helping to naturally hydrate the skin. The rapeseed phytosterols protects and relieves itching. (phytosterol has an anti-inflammatory effect similar to cortisone but doesn't have the side-effects). The cream contains shea butter which smooths the skin and makes it feel very soft indeed.

Hand & Nail Balm
I find that my hands do get quite dry, I guess this is from all the washing up and cleaning drying out my skin. The hand & nail balm supports and protects the natural barrier function of the skin, it's absorbed quickly and leaves no greasy residue. The cream seems to help more around my nails as I've always had problems with my nails looking unhealthy.

Derma-Soft Wash Emulsion
A wash that is soft and protects against dryness and irritation during cleansing. It regenerates and balances the moisture of the skin making the skin soft and supple. I feel it's great for my face and after using it I feel clean and refreshed.
Day Defence Cream
This cream contains high levels of vitamin A and E providing intensive care for dry skin and also helping to calm flare-ups. It will improve elasticity of the skin and make skin feel smoother and more supple.

Night Intensive Cream

Used at night to protect your skin whilst your sleeping. It protects again dehydration of the skin and relieves itching. Again, improving the elasticity of the skin and giving a more smoother complexion.  

My final opinion on this range is that it's perfect for people like me, who have dry sensitive skin. With all the products being pH balanced, it means that they will protect the skin and not cause unwanted flare-ups as they actually support the skin own natural balance to restore hydration, giving an overall better complexion to the skin. The shampoo is also great for people who suffer with anaemia or any other problem that causes hair loss, to help strengthen the roots of the hair and stabilize the hair structure to stop dryness and breakages, helping to maintain strong hair.

You can buy Sebamed from their own website, from Amazon and from a large range of Pharmacies.
You can like Sebamed on Facebook here.


ClaireaBella Polo Jute Bag from Toxic Fox

Have you ever seen your favourite celebrity with one of those personalised jute bags and wondered where they were from? Well now you don't need to wonder any more. I give to you the fantastic Claireabella Polo Jute bag made exclusively for Toxic Fox. 
Launched at the Essex Fashion Show, each bag features and official Claireabella design tailored to your own specification, an elegant bow, a 'Hand Made with Love' silver charm, Swarovski Elements and plenty of sparkle. You get to have your own name wrote onto the bag and then can choose hair style and colour, dress colour, eye colour and skin tone to make your bag personal to you.

The amazing Claireabella tote bags have featured on The Only Way is Essex, Katie Price and All About Amy. They even have their own advertisement on television now, take a look:

Each bag is hand made with love and can take up to 15 days to produce although to be very honest, they are very much worth the wait. Having a bag unique to yourself, produced by a fully trained Claireabella certified artist does take time to make it perfect.

I love the cuteness of the polo jute bag. As a review item, mine came personalised with the ClaireaBella name which I in fact love but when you order you have the option of what you want wrote on it.
 It's just the right size to hold essentials, when a big bag isn't needed. It holds perfectly, my purse, phone and make-up... everything a girl needs!

You can purchase the Claireabella Polo Jute bag exclusively from Toxic Fox for £24.99

Toxic Fox can be followed on Twitter.

MAM Starter Cup

Trying to get Charlie to take a cup instead of a bottle has been quite hard. He always struggled to hold them and they would slip out of his hands as they were quite heavy. 
MAM have now created a starter cup that is great for babies learning to hold cups and drink for themselves. Instead of it being a full sized cup it is a smaller size meaning lighter weight and easier for a baby to hold. 
It has a soft spout so the transition from bottle to cup comes easier and it has an extra bit to convert to either free flow or spill free. 
The curve in the cup means that it is easy for Charlie to hold and fit his hands around it,the handles are also anti-slip and flexible, again to make it simple for babies to grip.

The cup comes in three colours, choose between either blue, pink or green and they all have a cute pattern on them.
I love the fact that the spout is soft as most trainer cups usually have a hard spout which can make it hard for babies to learn how to suck from them but this being soft meant that Charlie found it simple to use and easy to drink from. The cup is simple to put together and dismantle and very easy to clean.

At the moment we are using it with the spill free valve as Charlie likes crawling round the room with it, wiggling it about so this valve protects juice from leaking and marking floors.

It is now the only cup we use as Charlie can actually drink from it perfectly and seems to like it too which is a plus. He carries it around the room with him and wont let anyone else have it. 

In One Clothing Multiway Dress

I'm always struggling to find dresses that fit perfectly on my waist and on my bust, being a bigger busted woman does have it's downsides sometimes. Not to mention the fact that I always change my mind what type of dress I would like. Should it be strapless, one shouldered, sleeved or halter neck. If your like me and are fussy then the In One Clothing Multiway dress is perfect for you. 

The top part of the dress sits under your bust and then 2 long sashes which come of the front of it are placed in different positions to make up the varying styles. 14 styles to be exact!

The dress is made with a satin finish jersey material, the straps and skirt base having a raw edge to give it a floaty feel. This is great if your a bit childish like me as you can swish from side to side and the dress just floats around you and yes it is fun, you should give it a go.

I opted to receive a bandeau top with the dress which you wear underneath it thus giving you a bit extra coverage, again great for bigger busted women. With me having a large bust I have to wear a bra to prop it up and so the bandeau top hides the bra from being seen and ruining the look, as we've probably all been in that situation where the horizontal strap at the back of your bra is on show, very unsightly indeed.

To be quite frank about things, I love this dress! It covers all my lumpy bumpy bits and it covers my bust area for when I'm in a formal place. Using the different styles, it also accentuates my bust showing it off if I want to be more adventurous and showy offy.

When I first received the dress I imagined it being very hard to figure out just how to wear it in the different styles but it actually it's very simple, in fact I can change from one style to another in under a minute with ease. Here is the video from In One Clothing's website to show how easy it is to change styles:

In total there are 14 different styles but many more if you purchase the optional extra of a Multiway Ring. Loop the straps through the ring to make even more styles. Out of them all, my favourite style for the moment is V-neck plunge and I actually wore this style to a family wedding we went to.

The dress comes in black, navy, royal blue and purple. My favourite colour is purple especially plum colours like this dress is and it just so happens that all berry colours are in fashion this season so I guess it's a fashion 'must have'.

In One Clothing also do a Multiway Maxi Dress for if you don't want to show off your pins.

You can purchase this dress and accessories from the In One Clothing website here. At a price of only £89.00 I think it's a must have as you'll never need another style dress again.

You can follow In One Clothing on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest.