Monday, 12 December 2016

The Go Ahead Range: Review

As a mom to a toddler, I rarely get the time to sit down and prepare a healthy snack. I am often guilty of picking up a chocolate bar instead and eating it on the go.  If i'm honest I am not the healthiest of eaters so when I was recently sent some products from the Go Ahead range, I couldn't wait to try them to see if they were something i could incorporate into my diet. 

The Go Ahead range has a variety of different snacks including Yogurt Breaks, Crispy Slices, Fruity Bakes and Cookie Bites. The very first thing that caught my attention was the Cookie Bites. My love of chocolate and treats meant that the word cookie caught my eye. 

I got sent both the White Chocolate and Raspberry cookies and the Cheeky Chocolate and Orange cookies. I demolished the chocolate and orange very quickly. They were quite the hit in my house. With an RRP of £1.99 for 6 packs, each pack contains just less than 100 calories making it the perfect snack. I will definitely be reaching for them again.

I also got sent a variety of the Yogurt Breaks, Crispy Slices and Fruit Bakes.

I really enjoyed both the Fruity Bakes in particular. Golden basked bars, filled with a fruit filling - they made a lovely mid morning snack. The strawberry flavour in particular was lovely. 

All low in calories, the Go Ahead snack range is the perfect snack to get you through until dinner time. I would most definitely recommend!

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Why I Needed To Take A Blogging Break

I have recently taken a break from blogging. I had been struggling to put a sufficient amount of time into the blog for a while and was struggling to balance blogging time alongside family/work and other commitments. Rather than putting up posts I wasn't happy with, I decided to have a bit of time out. A few weeks off to see if I missed it and if I did how I could give it the time it deserved.

The good news is that I have missed blogging and the fantastic community that goes alongside it. I've missed writing and expressing myself. Blogging was an outlet for me and gave me something to focus on in my spare time. 

Up until this point my blog has mainly been family focused. It will continue to be but with a few added genres. I'm really trying to lose weight and get fit and have recently entered a marathon *don't laugh.* I'm currently not very fit and very overweight so thought I'd share my fitness journey too. Other than that I'm going to include more posts about where we go as a family and will pretty much right about anything that takes my fancy. I want the blog to be cathartic and don't want to be afraid to write how I truly feel.


Thursday, 13 October 2016

A Trip To The RAF Museum | Cosford

With both myself and Wayne working opposite shifts, quality family time tends to happen every Sunday. This is by far our largest chunk of time together during the week and is usually filled with outdoor activities and park trips. This one day passes by far too quickly with us often wishing that we could rewind time and enjoy it all over again. The past two weeks however, has seen a pleasant change. Both myself and Wayne were off work. With us already meeting my tolerance quota of trips to Soft Play, we thought we would venture slightly further afield to the RAF Museum in Cosford.

Jack from a young age has been fascinated with aeroplanes and helicopters. We have many toy versions scattered throughout our home often with a propeller or a wing missing. Getting to see a lot of them up close is his idea of heaven.

Aside from a small parking charge, admission to the RAF Museum in Cosford is free. Something which after visiting seems all the more amazing considering how much there is to see. We arrived at 10am just as the museum opened and headed straight in. I'll be quite honest here and say that I didn't appreciate just how many different types of aircraft exist. I very quickly realised that we hadn't just come to see a few different types of aircraft.

After walking through the visitor centre we viewed a few of the different aeroplanes that were located outside on the grass before heading into the first hanger called Test Flight.

In this hanger were many different types of aircraft. I had never really appreciated the size of aeroplanes before standing right next to one. Jack was the most excited I have ever seen him. I constantly was explaining to him that he wouldn't be able to sit inside an aircraft. I was wrong as in this hanger there was an aircraft set up which allowed you to sit in the cockpit. Also in this hanger was the Fun N Flight area and the 4D experience. Whilst we didn't go on the 4D experience, we did walk around the Fun N Flight Area. This area was perfect for children as it allowed them to become hands-on and interact with the different experiments in this area. Whilst Jack was too small to understand a lot of it, he really enjoyed trying out some of these different zones.

After enjoying this area, we headed into the other hangers which included War Planes, the National Cold War Exhibition and Hanger 1. Each hanger contained more missiles, tanks, helicopters and aircraft from different periods in time. My experience on this day out was made more special by the people working there. Upon seeing that Jack was holding his toy helicopter and realising his interest in them, they explained that the museum also housed several helicopters and proceeded to explain where each one was. If I thought Jack had been excited when seeing the different aeroplanes, this hit another level when he saw the helicopters. He had never been up close to one before and the expression on his face said it all. After popping to the shop to pick up another toy helicopter we headed to a nearby bench for a spot of lunch. Cue a toddler meltdown as Jack broke a propeller of his 5 minute old helicopter.

We spent three hours at the museum and donated to their collection as we left. I would happily have paid for this trip and think it may have been one of Jack's favourite day outs we have been on. He has already asked to go again!


Monday, 19 September 2016

My Week In Pictures #14

I'm getting increasingly addicted to Instagram and regularly post photos of snippets of our life. If any of you have Instagram leave your links in the comments box. I love finding new people to follow. This weeks pictures are mainly shots of what we have done with our week.

   From left to right:
A photo of me and my lovely other half. It's rare that we take a photo of just the two of us.

Jack had a lovely time at the Coventry Transport Museum.

A Tassimo hot chocolate and a bit of TV = perfection.

Jack loves sitting at my Piano. He loves watching Fireman Sam whilst pressing all the keys.

One of my favourite magazines - Gurgle Magazine.

A spot of painting. Jack even wore his apron.

Why do toddlers feel the need to tip all of their toys out?

Look how cute he looks in his suit. Had a lovely time at a Family Wedding.

We had a bit of a PJ Day.

This is Fireman Chase.

Homemade popcorn. Absolutely love my Popcorn Maker.

A spot of cake making. I didn't take a photograph of the mess we created!


Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Vintage Style Metallic Popcorn Maker Review | Savisto Home

When Jack is in bed and the essential chores are done, I love to just sit in front of the television and watch a TV Series or Film. For this I need snacks! My go to snacks are chocolate or popcorn. The problem is I much prefer cinema popcorn to anything else.

 Recently I was contacted by Savisto, a company that specialise in homeware, home essentials and kitchen accessories. They asked me if I would like to take a look at their site and pick something to review. Immediately the Vintage Style Popcorn Maker in Metallic Red jumped out at me (amongst several other things!) I have never made fresh popcorn before and couldn't wait to give it a try.

I absolutely love the colour of this popcorn maker. I haven't seen one this stylish before. My kitchen has a red theme running through it so this fitted in perfectly. With minimal setup required, it was ready to use after a quick wipe down.

This popcorn maker is very easy to use. There is no need for oil or butter, just simply pop in the corn kernels and away you go! As a mom, I don't have a lot of free time so I like to make the most of it. With the popcorn being ready within a few minutes, it doesn't take much longer to make this than pop to the cupboard and pick up an artificial processed product.

I was nearly as excited about the included popcorn boxes as I was about the popcorn. With six included with the popcorn maker and more available online, the red and white vintage style boxes are a fabulous addition to a movie night. I have actually used all of mine already as I brought them out on an evening in with friends.

Anyone for Popcorn?


Friday, 26 August 2016

Kidloland App Review and Giveaway

The use of technology in a child's upbringing is something that causes great debate. Whilst some people believe that items such as the television and iPad bring no educational benefit to a child's life, others believe that with technology playing such a large part in our lives, it's use is beneficial.
Jack currently uses the iPad first thing in the morning for 30 minutes and when I'm cooking dinner. He mainly accesses the YouTube Kids App which allows him to watch his favourite show, Fireman Sam. Giving Jack the iPad for these periods often triggers my "mom guilt." I know that in moderation it's use can be beneficial but feel that he could learn more if he was to use the iPad for educational purposes.
I have been looking for an app that offers both interactive and educational content. Something that would capture Jack's attention. Kidloland does just that! When they contacted me asking me if I would be interested in reviewing their app and giving away 5 subscriptions, I snapped their hand off.
An Overview:
Kidloland is an educational app which is designed for children between the ages of 0-5. From nursery rhymes to songs and learning games, the app will grow with your child. Jack is currently two years old so this app will be great in helping him learn phonics, the alphabet and much more.

One of the first things I noticed about this app in comparison to others aimed at children was the amount of content it offers. As well as nursery rhymes and songs, it also offers games and activities that promote the learning of phonics, the alphabet, shapes, puzzles and more. We have been using this app for two weeks and there is still a lot of content that we are yet to fully utilise.
Jack has loved listening to the Nursery Rhymes. Since using this app, he has even started to sing along! With bright animations, the nursery rhymes really capture Jack's attention. Lyrics appear across the bottom so you can sing along too. He has also been learning his phonics through the phonic songs. I think this section is fabulous though I do wish that the letter Z was not americanised. Currently the Z on the Z Song is pronounced Zee which in the English Language is incorrect. Aside from that, it's one of Jack's favourite areas on the app.

A real positive for me is how Kidloland have categorised the content. You can easily find what you are looking for and with topics including fruit and vegetables, dinosaurs, animals, vehicles,  and Christmas, there is always something new for your little one to explore.

When I first looked at the app, I thought that the games and activities section would be too old for him. How wrong I was! He has quickly learnt how to play some of the games solo. He can complete many puzzles on his own with his hand/eye communication improving every time.
One of the most positive things about this app is it's offline use. Once you have downloaded the content for the app, you can use it on the go. Perfect for a long journey or a picnic in the park.
 .New Update:

In the last few weeks Kidloland has added another feature to its app. The new Stories section has bedtime stories, fables and animal stories. Once you have selected a story you then have the option of whether you want to have the story read to you or you want to read it yourself. This allows you, the parent or even the child to read along to the story.
At £29.99 for a year's subscription, I think it is truly money well spent. Jack has really enjoyed the app and continues to use it on a daily basis. When Jack uses the iPad now, I know he is accessing content that will help him learn and develop.

For your chance to win one of the 5 three month subscriptions, enter below. I hope your little one loves the app just as much as Jack does.


Monday, 22 August 2016

My Week In PIctures #14

I'm getting increasingly addicted to Instagram and regularly post photos of snippets of our life. If any of you have Instagram leave your links in the comments box. I love finding new people to follow. This weeks pictures are mainly shots of what we have done with our week.

   From left to right:

Cheering on the Brownlee Brothers in the Olympic Mens Triathlon. They only went and got Gold and Silver!

Another week, another photo of Soft Play.

Making the most of the sunshine and heading off to the Park.

Glossybox Unboxing

I'm a bit colourful after completing the Color Run.

Enjoying a lush bath! Love the frozen bath bomb.

A lovely view over the lake at the Arboretum.

Lazing on the grass.

Picnic time

Selfie Time - He couldn't get out of it, we were on a land train.

My Color Run pack.
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