31.12.16

2016 memories & moments | Blog

Well well well... 2016 you speedy little thing! Where on earth have you gone? It is so strange as in one breath I feel like I have blinked and it is New Years Eve and then in another it feels like a life time ago. 2016 has been a year of relative calm for us with some wonderful moments that made memories for a life time for me. It did have a couple of difficult moments mainly work related for both Hubby and I but nothing that we couldn't work through. The year was mostly full of happiness which was a welcome relief after 2015!

I've been trying to think about the best way to write my round up post of 2016 and in the end decided that I'd think about it in chronological order and go through the year.
February was the first month that something big happened and that was when I went back into Panto land and performed in Aladdin for the week. It was my first time back after having bubba so I was so nervous but had the most wonderful time and felt right back at home with my Merlin family. After the madness of February it was then my birthday in March and I was spoilt by hubby and taken to London to see Phantom of the Opera which has been a dream of mine for a long time. The first few months of the year were wonderful and I knew they were only going to get better as the year went on.

 

Christmas 2016 | Blog

We are now in that confused few days in between Christmas and New Years when no one really knows what day it is or has any motivation to do anything except online shop or lay on the sofa and eat all the leftover Christmas chocolate and pringles. I'm at the sofa stage so thought what better time is there for me to tell you all about our Christmas.


Let's start with the lead up (which if I'm being honest was pretty horrid!!). December was a month of illness for us. If it wasn't bubba with an ear infection or a cold, it was me with tonsillitis and the flu and if it wasn't me it was hubby who got the flu and sinusitis at different points in December. It totally sucked and meant that all of the exciting things we wanted to do went out the window and even all the Christmas prep didn't get done until a couple of days before which is so unlike me as I like to be organised weeks before hand. Frankly, December was rubbish and I wasn't feeling festive at all by the time Christmas Eve rolled around and was expecting a bit of a pants Christmas but I was pleasantly surprised!

24.12.16

Christmas wishes | Blog

How is it Christmas Eve already?? It feels like it was only moments ago that we were getting bubbas car track ready and in our Christmas jammies with our 15 month old. Now all of the masses of paw patrol toys are wrapped and ready, my 2 year old toddler is snuggled up in bed after reading his Christmas book and me and hubby are reminiscing on another year.

Christmas is one of my most favourite times of the year and believe it or not it's not the presents that I love the most...it's the presence. I love being in the moment and not worrying about anything. I love immersing myself in all things Christmas just for those few days and really soaking up the smiles and laughter of my family and loved ones. Christmas for me is about making memories no matter how small or insignificant they may seem at the time. Christmas is about eating, drinking, laughing playing, snuggling and sharing, It really is the most wonderful time of the year and I just wanted to take the time to wish you and your family the merriest of Christmases.

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY!!!




19.12.16

How have I lived without one? | Vileda Windomatic Review

I love doing housework. Call me weird but I really do. There is nothing better than getting your house all clean and spick and span. To me a tidy house is a tidy mind and I am always on the hunt for things that make housework that little bit easier or more efficient. Enter the Vileda Windomatic!!!!


Cleaning my windows is one thing that I am not good at. I remember a while ago my Mother in Law caught me cleaning my windows with some glass spray and kitchen roll and she nearly had a heart attack. Since then I have moved across to the less abrasive microfiber clothes but my windows and doors never come out as streak free as I would like. The Vileda Windomatic has finally given me the sparkling clean streak free windows that I am been striving for and it's all down to it's amazing design.


18.12.16

Changing time for Dads | Blog

How many times has your husband or partner gone to change your little ones nappy and come back saying that actually you need to go as there is no changing facilities for Dads? I know that hubby has had this happen to him numerous times. Aside from it being frustrating and embarrassing for Dad's, it is so totally unnecessary and seems to be a bit prehistoric in what should be a forward thinking world but our friends across the pond seem to be one step ahead of us. 

As we all now, President Obama will be leaving the White House in the new year and as part of his quest to bring more equality to US he has introduced a new law so that every male toilet facility will have to have changing facilities!! Amazing right??? 



17.12.16

SANTA!!! I know him!!! | Portable North Pole Review

Christmas is magical when your a child. There is no other way to describe it and for me the magic stems from one man... Father Christmas! His reindeers, his sleigh, his elves, his workshop...the list is endless and this year I was given a chance to try out the amazing Portable North Pole (PNP) website and app to help bring some Santa magic into our home this Christmas!

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Portable North Pole is one of the worlds most loved Christmas family entertainment brands and their mission is to bring the magic of Christmas to you and your family through videos and calls with the big man himself. I used the app to make our videos and it was so easy! I actually started by making a video for Hubby (as there is an option for adults to hear from the big man too!) and I typed in hubbys

15.12.16

Every parent needs one... | Oblumi Tapp Review

Anyone who knows me will tell you how much of a thermometer freak I am. When bubba was little I was board line obsessive with taking his temperature if he was poorly and as his got older things haven't changed very much. To me, I know he's unwell and not just being a grot bag when he has temperature so having a reliable thermometer is a MUST for me. In fact, we have probably been through about 4 different ones since Bubba has been born. So when I was asked if we wanted to review a thermometer that worked with your smart phone I naturally squeaked with excitement and couldn't wait to test it out!!

What this little gadget was offering sounded really unique and promising! A small thermometer that plugged into your phone and worked along side an app to give you a quick and precise temperature reading. When I opened the package the first thing I loved about this product was the amazingly convenient little zip pouch the thermometer came in. This pouch means that I can pop the Oblumi Tapp into bubbas changing bag and feel safe in the knowledge that it is not going to get dirty or damaged. It's also so tiny, even with the pouch, so it's perfect for taking out and about. Inside the pouch there is a space for the Oblumi Tapp itself and then a small netted compartment that holds some sanitary wipes to allow you to clean the thermometer on the go. I love this pouch and it's design. I think it so useful and is such a well thought out addition to the actual product itself.


Now onto what this little thing of wonder can actually do! I really don't know where to start as there is so much to it!! Firstly let's talk about the app. So the Olblumi Tapp comes with its own app that's free to download and essential using the thermometer. The app is so easy to use. You first set up profiles for you and your family and include things like their dates of birth and weights. Once you've done this you can then start taking their temperatures. The instructions are all on the app and are so easy to follow. You literally plug the Oblumi Tapp into the head phone jack on your phone, take the cap off and then you are ready to go. You can choose the either take the temperature in the ear or on the forehead and once you've picked how you will take the temperature in a matter of seconds you will have your result!

Here's for the really clever bit... once you have your reading the app then will explain what treatment you could take to help (paracetamol ect) and how much to take based on your age and weight. The app then will track your temperature on a super easy to read graph and you can even set an alarm for when you need to take a reading again. I think this feature is amazing as I remember when pickle was little I would constantly clock watch when he was poorly, waiting for the next time I needed to take his temperature to see how he was. If I would have had this app a year ago it would have meant I could have grabbed a bit of sleep when pickle was poorly yet still woken up when I needed to.


And that is not all! This thermometer doesn't just do body temperature. It can also find out the temperature of liquids too which I LOVE!!! All you do is follow the instructions on the app and then hover the Oblumi Tapp over the liquids to find out how hot or cold it is. This would have been something I would have found so useful when pickle was a baby as so many times we didn't know if his milk was too hot and this would have avoided any doubt. I also can't think of any other thermometers that we have had that have this function!

Overall I cannot praise the Oblumi Tapp enough. I honestly can't think of anything I would change about it. I think that even the price of €49.95 (£41.74 with today's exchange rate) is amazing considering that some standard thermometers can cost upwards of £50 and most aren't as portable or versatile as the Oblumi Tapp. I honestly think that every parent needs one of these little beauties in their lives. It would also make a great gift for an expectant parent as what is better than giving something to protect their little ones health??

To find out more about the Oblumi Tapp or to get your very own then click here!

Note - this product was sent to us for the purpose of this review but all opinions express are honest and 100% my own.

8.12.16

I CANNOT MULTI TASK!!! | Blog

Notice I haven't been on the blog much recently?? I've been on social media and have been producing loads of content over on my YouTube channel (if you haven't subbed already then click here to check it out!) but my poor little blog has had tumble weeds blowing through it for the last 8 days! That's way too long and the only excuse I have is that I just cannot multi task.

I am currently pushing myself to complete the 12 days of Vlogmas over on my YouTube channel which means I post 12 videos in the lead up to Christmas. This is a HUGE thing for someone that usually posts twice a month and I feel like every spare second I have at the minute is spent either editing, filming or fighting with YouTube to get my bloody videos to upload!!!!

Well...that's not strictly true. I do also spend sometime at the gym and doing kinda important things like looking after the house, working and raising a small human but something had to give recently and unfortunately it was my little blog. I feel like I did when I was young. You see, when I was young I had fish. I knew they needed to be fed and cleaned but at one point life got really busy with

1.12.16

'The Meters Collection' Jewellery Giveway!

If you didn’t already know, every home in Great Britain between now and 2020 will be offered the opportunity to upgrade to gas and electricity smart meters. This means that over 53 million new meters will be installed in homes up and down the country.

To mark the coming of the control that smart meters bring, three lovely bloggers have taken the inner workings of an old analogue electricity meter and working with North London boutique jeweller, Tomfoolery have up-cycled the components into stylish pieces of jewellery. The Meters Collection!



Your energy supplier installs the new technology at no extra cost. Smart meters come with a portable in-home display that shows you in near real time how much energy you are using and the true cost in a language that we all understand, pounds and pence. The smart meter sends your meter readings to your supplier meaning no more estimated bills, you pay exactly for what you use. I'm so excited about getting our Smart meter as in my opinion, there is nothing worse that paying for an estimation. I want to pay for what I am actually using.

You can see the pieces created by Fresh & Fearless, Taislany Gomes and Tales of a Pale Face below. Now here is the good part, each blogger has five pieces of their creation to give away to their readers. All that you have to do is pop over to their blog, tell them one of the benefits of smart meters (hint, look at the previous paragraph) and you’ll be entered into the draw, and just in time for Christmas!!



Fresh & Fearless


Taislany Gomes


Tales of a Pale Face


When analogue energy meters are upgraded to smart meters it is done by specially trained engineers and they are taken away and their parts recycled. This one-off jewellery project has been done under safe and controlled conditions using meters that have already been removed from homes. This should not be replicated at home!

So, what do you think of the jewellery that has been created??

Note: this is a collaborative post

JORD Wood Watch - The perfect gift | Review

Hubby loves watches. I have never really understood why he likes them so much but he has a real thing for them. He has a smart watch, an everyday watch, a watch with a leather strap, a watch with a rubber strap...the list is endless and to be fair to him he does wear them and looks after them. I was considering getting him another watch for Christmas but couldn't think of any type of watch that would be different from the ones that he already has. That was until I came across JORD.
JORD create luxury, one of a kind, unique watches for men and women. What makes them so unusual I hear you ask...well it is because they are wood watches!!

I had never heard of a watch being made from wood until I came across JORD and after seeing one in the flesh I can honestly say they are beautiful. I ordered the JORD Dover watch for Hubby and before it was delivered I wasn't really sure what to expect. Hubby and I were not disappointed!


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