Shaken Udder Review

When I was pregnant I suffered with awful heart burn. I wasn't really a big milkshake fan (hubby was and still is) but I had no choice but to become one as it was so nice to have some relief from that awful bubbling, burning sensation. I remember popping into Sainsburys one day to find some ready made cartons of milkshakes and I came across a brand called Shaken Udder. The milkshakes I ended up buying were actually their kiddie range but they were LUSH and when they contacted me a couple of weeks ago and asked if we wanted to review some I jumped at the chance.

Shaken Udder is relatively new brand created by self confessed milk addicts and husband and wife duo, Jodie and Howie. They produce a range of yummy flavored, thick, creamy milkshakes using locally sourced ingredients. This was one thing that I loved about the brand was that they are in my local area! You should be able to find the range in your local Tescos or Sainsburys or you can click here to visit their website and see stockists.

So, when these milkshakes were delivered, I was out and hubby took the delivery. He was over the moon as he loves milkshake. He was so excited, in fact, that he totally ignored forgot my request that he take photos of them first before starting to try them (hence the photos having to be from Shaken Udders website!). He just jumped straight in! I suppose I should be grateful that he saved a little for me to try when I was back!

I love the texture of these milkshakes. They are so thick and creamy without being sickly which I really liked. I sometimes find that milkshakes that fall in to 2 categories. Too thin and watery like the ones you make at home or so thick that you can barely suck it through a straw and you feel sick afterwards, like a maccy D's one. The Shaken Udder milkshakes have the perfect balance between the 2. The flavour quality of these shakes is also amazing! I fell in love with their new Salted Caramel one which honestly has to be tasted to believed. Hubby loved all of the flavours and Bubba (who normally doesn't like milkshakes and only likes plain milk) demolished a little carton of the banana milkshake all in about 2 mins flat! It is safe to say that these shakes were a hit in the Mummy Spam house hold!

These milkshakes RRP at £1.30 for the 330ML bottles which I think is a great price for a product that is such good quality. If you haven't tried them yet, I would highly recommend that you get down to your local supermarket and pick yourself up a couple of these yummy treats :)

Note - we were sent a variety of these milkshakes to try but all opinions in this post are honest and 100% my own.


''Are you missing mummy??''

Last week I spent a lot of time in a theater being a Princess (read all about that here) which meant that Hubby became the main care giver for bubs. I think he thought it was going to be a walk in the park and that WAS the case up until Friday when he took our son out on a trip to a local butterfly and wildlife sanctuary. After his experience there, he now understands why sometimes when he comes home from work I reach for that glass of wine and look frazzled.

Whilst they were out, Hubby took bubs into the cafe for some lunch. Bubba decided (as toddlers do) that today he didn't want to eat lunch. He didn't want to eat the beans and jacket potato hubby had brought him... he didn't want to eat the banana he was offered... he didn't want the grapes or raisins that he ALWAYS eats and NEVER turns down. Today, Bubba didn't want to do anything but have a full blown tantrum in the high chair, in the cafe, in the lunch time rush. Hubby was mortified and ended up finding that the only thing bubba would eat was a bag of Kiddylicious smoothie melts. After the tantrum had finished and Bubs had got over what ever problem he had, normal service resumed and everyone was happy.

I say everyone was happy..that is not strictly true. Hubby was actually pretty wound up and a bit upset. Not because Bubs had a tantrum or wouldn't eat his lunch, but because (once again) of the comments from people around him.

When I got home that night and he told me all about what had happened. He told me that, during Bubba's tantrum, he was getting looked at by a few other parents in the cafe. Not those sympathetic looks that I tend to give people who are struggling with a tantrumming toddler. It was the look of parents who were judging a Dad trying to deal with a temper tantrum. The look of people thinking ''Just control your child'' and all that sort of rubbish that people with 'perfect children' think. What really got to hubby though was when a lady walked past, saw what was going on and said to Hubs ''Ahhh...is he missing his Mummy?''. This is what hit Hubby the most.

I would NEVER even think of saying that to a Dad. How did she know what the situation was? For all she knew Mummy could have left the 2 of them and run of with the milkman. Worse than that, Mummy might have passed away and not be here anymore. A comment that, I'm sure, was not thought through and was totally innocent on this woman's part could have had such a deeper impact. Luckily (or maybe unluckily in his opinion) I haven't run off with the milkman and even though the woman's comments made Hubs feel like an inferior parent, it didn't cause any deeper pain. It made me feel so sad that Hubs felt like this as he is such a good Daddy and Bubba loves him so much. You can see that just by looking at the two of them together and everyone always comments on how good Hubs is with Bubs.

I then started thinking...would she have gone up to a me if I was dealing with Bubba at that point and said ''Ahhh...is he missing Daddy?''? I highly doubt that she would have but why not? What is the difference?

The point of this is not only to vent but to plead to anyone that if you see a Dad dealing with a difficult child or situation then don't go making comments about missing mummy or anything like that. Offer some support or if you don't want to be that forward then just give them a supportive smile or nod. Don't make them feel like the lesser parent just because they didn't give birth. They are just as important and capable as us Mummy's are.

Ok. Rant over. Normal service can now resume :)


''In the land of Pantomime..''

You may have noticed that I have been a little absent on my blog and social media recently. This is because I have been in Pekin and Bangkok..well not the real ones but someone beautifully designed, wonderful lit and very happily watched ones. I have been in the land of Pantomime!

To give some background, I have the pleasure of knowing a wonderful bunch of people that collectively are known as Merlin productions and every year during February half term this hard working bunch puts on a pantomime to raise money for local charities. I think that when people hear that its an amateur dramatic group that raises money for charity they instantly think that it might be a bit naff but I can honestly say that they put on one of the most professional am dram productions in our area and I am so proud to be a part of it. Every year the productions seem to get better and better and I do constantly wonder how the poor family that are at the helm of this amazing group can top each show.

This years production of Aladdin was no exception. I'm not going to go into all the mushy, technical details as it may bore the ones of you who aren't as passionate about this as me but it was a fantastic, funny, hard and tiring week that raised lots of money for some fantastic charities and (hopefully) entertained hundreds of people. I was lucky enough to be given the role of the princess (I love playing princesses and fairy's as I love nothing more than making all the little girls smile and have hope in fairy dust) and when I say lucky..I honestly felt lucky. I was in fact a little shocked that the director/producer was going to be happy with a fat, frumpy, nearly 27 year old princess so I relished every moment of being on that stage!

So that is where I have been. I have been doing 2 shows a day for 3 almost 4 days with loooooonnnng rehearsals before hand. It was so hard being with out bubba for that time but hubby took the week off which meant we still got the mornings as a family and then had some much needed daddy/son time for the rest of the day. I was planning on taking my laptop with me to the theater and blogging in-between shows but do you know what? I was having too much of a hoot with some wonderfully talented, caring and fascinating people to even give My Mummy Spam a second thought! Bad blogger I know but I regret nothing!! :)

You can now expect normal service to resume as I am begrudgingly out of my princess dress and make up and back to being Mummy and Ami :)


''Yes my child is having a tantrum...''

Today I was at a toddler group and bubba had a tantrum.

It's 11 am at toddlers and it's snack time so the biscuits and juice come out. To give you some background, Bubba had his breakfast at 8, had a packet of kiddylicious wafers and a flapjack at 10am and is going to be having his lunch at 12. 

I take bubs up to get a biscuit and he grabs a pink wafer which has an additional half of one attached to it (smart kid). I put him down and get myself a coffee. 

5 minutes later, Bubba has finished his biscuit and is back at the coffee table. 

Bubba -           ''waaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh.......mamamama....ahhhhhhh'' (all whilst reaching up for                           another biscuit)

Me -                ''No Bubba, you've had more than enough. No more''

Bubba -            End of the world melt down!!

Interfering Lady 1 - 'Oh bless him. What's the matter little man?''

Me -              ''He wants another biscuit but he had has 1 and a half and is having his lunch soon                          so he isn't aloud anymore''

Lady 1 -        ''But clearly he is hungry. Shall I give him one?''

[Sorry but who are you? Do you know my son? Do you know when he is hungry and when he is just having a tantrum? NO...didn't think so!!!]

Me -             ''No, he really isn't hungry. He has had more than enough food this morning and is having his lunch soon. He is just having a tantrum and will be fine in a few minutes.''

Bubba -       Laying face down on the floor crying until he clocks the lady..now standing up crying to her about about his nasty mummy!

Lady 1 -         ''But it's only one biscuit. It won't do any harm''


Me -            ''But that isn't the point. If I give him one then he will know that he can do this every time he doesn't get his own way. He doesn't need a biscuit as he has already had one and he will get over his tantrum soon. You just have to ignore him.

Interfering Lady 2- ''oh it is such a shame seeing them so upset.''

Lady 1 -         (horrified that I said I was ignoring my son) ''Oh it's just so sad seeing the poor little
                    lamb so upset over something so silly and so unnecessary''.

Lady 2 -       ''And you shouldn't ignore them when they are crying as they can struggle to manage
                      there emotions and ignoring it generally just makes it worse''


Me -             ''Don't worry. He will be fine soon''.

I then picked up bubba from the floor in his snotty, sprawled out, tantrum fueled mess and moved as far away across the room as possible. Low and behold, what then happens 2 minutes later? Bubba is distracted by a toy car, forgets what he was tantruming over and toddles off merrily on his way. 

Me, on the other hand..I feel harassed, beaten down and embarrassed. These two women that probably thought they were doing no harm, made me feel like such a bad parent and made me wish that the ground would literally swallow me up as Bubba was tantruming. What right did they have to make me feel like that?!? I was doing what I thought was right. I was teaching my son that just because he wants something doesn't mean he can have it and has hard as it is for me to sit and watch him having a melt down, I can't give in. Do those women not realise that I would love nothing more than to give in and give him another biscuit as that would stop him crying and would make the tantrum stop? Do they think I like seeing my sons beautiful face all red, angry and tear stained? NO!! No I do not like it but if I give in to him, the same thing will happen next time. He is at the age where he is starting to push boundaries and try to see what is right and wrong. I won't give in. 

So interfering women, judge away. Make me feel small and like a bad mother. I don't care because I know that at the end of the day I am doing this so that my son grows up into a well behaved little boy who knows he can't always get his own way. 


Introducing my #BML16 Sponsor....

I have very very VERY exciting news!! I have been trying to keep it in for as long as I can but now I have been given the go ahead to make it public knowledge I just can't keep it in any longer..

So, for those who know (and those who know) ever since I started blogging in April last year I have made it my aim to get to BritMums Live in 2016. Unless you are a blogger, you probably won't know what this is and you will be wondering why this is such a big deal for me. BritMums Live is one of the biggest parent blogging conferences and networking events in the UK filled with experienced key note speakers, workshops, networking events and a chance for me to meet all the other bloggers I have been following for the past year. To say I am excited about going to this in July is an understatement! What is making me even more excited though is that a wonderful company that is sponsoring me to go to this amazing event.

I am so pleased to announce that Kiddylicious will be sponsoring me for #BML16!!!! *excited celebratory dance!!*

As you will know if you read my blog or follow me on social media, we love this brand! I have written about their products on numerous occasions (see ONE of our product reviews here) and I am so excited to be working with them for the next year whilst they sponsor me for Britmums live! To get an opportunity to work with a brand like this that we really do believe in and use almost on a daily basis is an honour (cheesey I know but I am super super chuffed).

So for the next few months you will see lots of posts from me about the excitement that is #BML16 and expect to see lot's of posts working along side Kiddylicious as we go on this exciting sponsorship journey. They have just introduced an exciting new snack range too so if you are looking for some yummy snacks for your little one then check out their new range here.

Thank you so much to Kiddylicious for taking a chance on me and my little blog and I can't wait until the 25th June to go to #BML16 and be your person on the ground :)


Weaning with Oxo Tot (plus a giveaway!!)

Bubba loves his food! He doesn't care if it's a roast dinner or fruit salad, he loves it all! The biggest challenge we have is trying to help him to learn to feed himself. He likes to be "Mr Independent" and feed himself and as he is getting older we are trying to encourage using cutlery rather than hands. This is where our problem lies. He has all the best will in the world and tries so hard to get his dinner onto his spoon and then into his mouth but unless it is yogurt or something of the same consistency, he fails and we end up in a lot of mess.

So, when Oxo Tot asked us if we wanted to try a cutlery set from them I jumped at the chance. We already have a couple of Oxo Tots items (such as a plate and an amazing cup which you can read a review of here) and we love them! I'm pleased to say that the cutlery set did not disappoint.

The first thing I loved about this set was the packaging (yes I am one of THOSE people) and it's not because of the way it looks but because it is so bloody clever! It looks like one of those plastic
packaging things that you need a degree to get into but in reality it has a very handy little pull tag which gets you into the product in no time at all. Something so small but I love it!

This fork and spoon set is fantastic! Bubba found them so easy to use and especially liked to stab his Mac and cheese with his fork AND he managed to get it into his mouth without it falling off. I am always a little bit worried about giving bubba a fork as I don't want him to hurt his mouth but the design of this fork means he can still get his food on the fork, yet the tines are curved so he won't be able to hurt his mouth. They both have a curved handle design with fits into bubbas hand really well and as they are nice and small it meant that he had really good control over what he was stabbing and where he was scooping.

This set is also dishwasher safe, BPA and PVC free. For £7, what more could you ask for?? To me, this set is great value for money as it is the only set we have been able to find that bubba can use. They come in a range of different colours and can be purchased from a host of different places. Click here to visit the Oxo Tot site and to purchase your set today!

Now..here where things get really exciting! OXO Tot are giving one of my lucky readers the chance to win these 2 items:

All you need to do to get your hands on this 4 piece feeding set and sippy cup is follow the instructions in the box below. The giveaway will be running until 10/02/2016 at midnight and the winner will be announced on 11/02/2016 on twitter, Facebook and on this post.

Note: This product was given to us for review purposes but all opinions are honest and my own.