Thursday, 26 May 2016

He said I Love You...

From the moment your child is born they become the centre of your universe. Gone are the days where you could plan a visit to a beer-garden, a trip to the shops or even a toilet break in peace. First you deal with poo explosions, colic and being absolutely shattered and next you deal with potty training, toddler tantrums and fussy eating.

All to often, you hear the difficult moments being discussed and the fantastic moments being ignored. In my day to day life with a toddler there are many lovely moments but the ones that always get talked about are the difficult ones. Well today I'm going to chat about a lovely moment alongside the harder times.

My little boy is 25 months and whilst he can talk very well, usually it involves him asking for something.  Not today! Today he actually he said he loved me. 

Now of course I know he does...

But he actually said it!

I didn't say it first, he just came up out of the blue, gave me a kiss and said 'mommy, I love you.'

After the rubbish week we have had, that well and truly made up for it. This week Jack has been cutting his last molar. (I hate teething!) This has turned my little boy into an angry, impatient (well more so than usual) and sleep deprived toddler. You can guess that this week all I have wanted is wine and cake in the evenings. Problem is I haven't had an evening to have that.

I won't lie to you, I have been a tad emotional this week and that lovely little moment may have sent me over the edge. Jack on hard as usual thought I'd hurt myself and decided he was a doctor and tried to kiss my 'hurty' better. 

It's amazing that four simple words can mean so much but a parents love is unconditional and its lovely when your toddler finally says those words too. Never mind that he doesn't understand what they mean - I'm ignoring that bit! Question is, when will he understand it's bed-time!


Monday, 23 May 2016

Blogger Book Club Box Review

I love reading. Ever since I was a child, I have loved nothing more than getting comfy and reading a good book. As a mom to an active toddler, going into town and perusing my local book store isn't an easy task so when Kay from Bloggers Book Club got in touch and asked me to review a book subscription box, I couldn't wait to give it a try.

In today's society, Subscription Boxes sales are thriving. Being able to receive goods through the post provides a hassle-free and simplistic way of shopping. 25 year old author and blogger Kay Page has set up the blogger book club box. Rather than being a beauty or a  food based subscription box, this box contains books and other goodies. Perfect for book worms like me.

When my box arrived, I couldn't wait to examine the contents. Each book box contains three books. I received RSVP by Helen Warner, Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon and Strip Jack by Ian Rankin. I was very happy with these books and had nearly brought RSVP the week before from Asda. The Ian Rankin's book is something I don't think I would have picked myself as I tend to go for lighter reads. I really enjoyed this book in particular.

Alongside the books I also got a few other goodies including pens, a tealight and some stationary. My favourite goody was the Today Will Be Productive To Do List. Anybody who knows me will know how much I enjoy making lists. Now I have an excuse!

These books are released on the 10th of every month with each box containing three books and a number of other goodies. The boxes are £15 and can be ordered through Give them a follow on twitter too.

I would really recommend these boxes, I really loved the element of surprise that they gave me.

Disclaimer* - I was sent this box in exchange for an honest review.


My Week In Pictures #6

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.

From left to right...

  • Wayne plays for a brass band and I went up with him to the Whit Friday Marches. Such a lovely day. Loved watching the band play!
  • A new use for the shredded paper left in my Glossybox. 
  • Nothing better than finishing work and heading into Grand Central to get a train home.
  • Jack has been throwing a fair few tantrums this week and has been lying on the floor in a strop a fair bit.
  • More editing.. It's never ending.
I took Jack to the Think Tank Science Museum in Birmingham last week. He loved the toddler village, I can't wait to take him again!
  • Jack loves an ice-cream at the Park. A good excuse for me to have one too.
An empty Krispy Kreme box. Not good for my diet. 
  • I brought myself a Filofax. Hopefully this will help me become more organised. 

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Sunday, 15 May 2016

Dry Like Me Potty Training Starter Pack | Review and Giveaway

Potty training is a toddler milestone that as parents we all have to navigate. Some children take to potty training quickly whilst others have a more difficult time. As parents, this is a difficult period of time. Whilst our children are learning an essential skill that will stay with them forever, we are also having to learn how best to support them through this time.

As a first time mom, I have no previous experience of potty training. Aside from reading lots of different articles about the subject, I had never potty trained a child.

 How would I go about it? Would it be easy? How would I know if Jack was ready? 

These were just some of the questions that raced through my head. I needed advice, so when potty training specialists Dry Like Me got in contact and asked me to review some of their range, I couldn't wait to give their products a try. 

Dry Like Me are a company that specialise in potty training. Jude and Di, the moms who created Dry Like Me have created a range of potty training pads that turn any pants into potty training pants by adding an absorbant layer to give your little one extra confidence when learning to live without their nappy. 

The pack I was sent contained:

How to Potty Train by Judith Hough and Dianne Titterton
Potty Training Reward Chart with stickers
Early Days Potty Training Pads
Original Potty Training Pads
Nighttime Potty Training Pads

The first thing I picked up was How to Potty Train by Judith Hough and Dianne Titterton. Bright, colourful and full of information, I settled down during one of Jack's nap times to take a read. Broken down into five easy steps, the book  takes you from the preparation stage all the way through to the final stage of potty training - getting a child potty trained during the night. I have read a few different potty training books during the last few months. This one is by far my favourite. The book also includes sections that you can read with your child. These are set out in a storybook format with plenty of illustrations. When I sat with Jack and read through these sections with him, I found it really helped him become enthusiastic about potty training. He immediately wanted to look at his potty and kept telling me what it was for. I also loved the additional stickers that can be found at the back of the book. If your toddler loves stickers as much as mine does then I am sure they will be a hit.

Once I had read through the book, I felt ready to give potty training a try. Dry Like Me take a new and different approach to potty training. By adding an absorbent layer to your child's favourite pants, they help increase your child's awareness of when an accident has occurred.

 I was really pleased with how easy the training pads were to fit into Jack's pants. Soft and thin, they can be worn in a variety of ways. They can be used at the front of the pants (for wees), the back (for poos) or can be used together. I have been potty training for two weeks and have found that I find it easier to double up the potty training pads in preparation for both events. I also find this has made it less stressful for me. Jack had quite a lot of accidents during the start of the training process, I found that the training pads absorbed this well leaving the top sheet of the pad dry and preventing irritation. I was relieved by this as having gone through a phase of nappy rash previously I wanted Jack to avoid this.

As we have only recently started potty training, we have only used the Early Days Training Pads. Having compared these to the Original Training Pads you can see that they have more absorbency. Even when Jack has had an accident, they have absorbed it well. Saying that when Jack has had an accident, he has recognised that he has and has asked me to change him. In comparison the Original Training Pads seem to have less absorbency so I will use these as Jack's accidents decrease. 

I was also kindly sent the Night Time Training Pads. I have not used these yet as Nighttime potty training is the final step of the Dry Like Me potty training process and provide extra protection at night.

Two weeks in, we are very much still at the beginning of our potty trainng journey. Illness has proved a step back but I am confident that with the Dry Like Me products, we can make it through the journey. Jack loves a good reward chart so the stickers and chart have been a particularly big hit. It doesn't matter whether he has an accident, he can get stickers for just wearing his pants.

Shipping worldwide and available in leading supermarkets including Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrison's and Wilkinson's, Dry Like Me have become a popular choice when it comes to choosing how to potty train. To celebrate the launch of their online shop, they have kindly let me giveaway a 'Smarter Way To Potty Train' pack worth £25 to one of you. The packs contain each variety of Dry Like Me Pads, a lovely reward chart, stickers and their award winning book 'How To Potty Train.' 

To be in with a chance enter below. 

Smarter Way To Potty Train Starter Pack Worth £25

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

TOTSUP | Big Red Bus Reward Chart | Review

Jack is now two years old and has over recent months, entered a new and more challenging period of development. He is pushing boundaries and asserting his independence - something pretty typical during the toddler years. I have been trying different discipline techniques over recent weeks, none of which have made a huge impact on his behaviour. I want to clarify that he isn't naughty, he is just a typical toddler. A child who can hear biscuit packets being rustled but can't hear me when I tell him not to do something. 

I wanted to try really focusing in on those positive behaviours and start rewarding them rather than concentrating on the elements of his behaviour that were not so positive. Not long after this, I got asked if I would like to review the Big Red Bus Reward Chart from TOTSUP, A reward chart ideal for children between the ages of 2 and 6.5 years of age, I couldn't wait to try it out.

When it arrived, I was impressed. Bright and eye catching, I immediately knew that Jack would love it. He's love transport and immediately wanted the passengers to be on the bus. Simple to put together, I just had to slot the bus and the bus stop to their bases and that was it.I loved the fact that the reward chart came with reusable alphabet letters so you could personalise the bus and give it a name of you or your child's choice. We named the bus Jack's bus - self explanatory I think! There are ten magnetic passengers that are placed onto the bus stop until your child manages to move them onto the bus. The reward chart has pride of place in Jack's transport themed bedroom.

The TOTSUP Big Red Bus can be used to encourage and reward any positive behaviours you would like to see. These can range from getting dressed in the morning to potty training. Jack has been rewarded mainly for tidying his toys (a huge battle pre reward chart,) sharing, eating and playing nicely. Jack can't wait to get his next passenger and makes an effort to follow requests and get his reward.

The reward chart has really helped me as a parent focus in and praise Jack for his behaviour. All too often it is easy to focus in on the negatives and not really give focus to the fantastic behaviours that your child displays. Rewarding your child in this way has really helped the way I discipline Jack. Jack so far has had two rewards as a result of filling the bus with passengers. These rewards were an ice cream on our trip to the park and a Thomas The Tank Engine sticker book. Results can be anything and do not have to be expensive.

I would recommend this reward chart for anybody who is looking for a way of rewarding positive behaviour. I thought it was a fantastic concept with a simple approach that is easy to implement. You can also use the iOS app which means the bus can go anywhere you do. Head over to the TOTSUP website to get more information. Make sure you give them a follow on twitter too.


Tuesday, 10 May 2016

My Week In Pictures #5

I'm getting increasingly addicted to Instagram and love looking back through my photos reminiscing about the memories that they create. This week I took a fair few photos and thought I'd share them with you.

From left to right...

  • I got sent a TotsUp Bus Reward System to review on the blog. It has resulted in Jack putting his toys away at night. Love this!
  • Jack got this water table for his birthday and then spent the next three weeks refusing to go outside in the garden as he was scared of ants, flies, weeds and dogs. So bascially anything..

  • Making the most of the sun in Nanny and Grandad's garden.
  • Doing a bit of mark-making and trying to get Jack to sit still for 2 seconds.

  • I love reading Cosmopolitan. 

  • Went to Stay and Play with Jack where he found a Paramedics jacket and hat that he loved!

  • Brought a chalkboard and some chalk from Poundland. What a bargain!

  • Love these wooden toys. Jack loves counting and naming different items.

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Monday, 9 May 2016

Beets BLU Heart Rate Monitor | Review

As a mom to a two year old toddler, I know that being fit and healthy is essential to my future and my ability to be a positive role model to my son. Jack is energetic and loves to explore - these are things that I used to love too.

Since having Jack I have lost a lot of weight and then put it all back on (and some more..) I'm not fit and really want to sort my fitness and weight out. I want to be fit, healthy and content with how I look. When starting a new exercise regime or lifestyle change, it is important to make sure that you are exercising at a level that is healthy for you. Controlling your heart rate is important when training. It can help you burn fat, increase your stamina and prevent your heart beating too quickly.  Making sure you work hard enough but not too hard. So when I recently got offered the chance to review  the Beets Blu Heart Rate Monitor, I jumped at the chance. This would provide a way of measuring my heart rate to ensure I worked at a level that was healthy for me but would get results.


When the heart rate monitor arrived, I couldn't wait to test it out. With easy to follow instructions, I loved how simple it was to set up. All I needed was the heart rate monitor and a mobile phone - then I could get started. Compatible with many IOS and Android devices, I just simply headed to the app store and downloaded a compatible application that I wanted to use before setting up the monitor itself. With the data being transmitted via Bluetooth, your phone will do the hard work for you.
The heart rate monitor itself is simple in design. A long adjustable strap attached to a small monitor. I found the design really effective. After a little bit of adjusting I was able to wear it comfortably. After dampening the electrodes to ensure it stuck to my skin, I checked one of the compatible applications and found that it had already picked up my heart rate.

I have mainly used the heart rate monitor to check my heart rate during home DVD workouts and running. It is so easy to just simply glance at your phone to gauge whether you need to pick up the pace of your workout or take a step back. It takes a lot of the guess work out of exercise. Whilst I cannot compare its accuracy to that of any other products, I do feel that it has had a positive impact on my ability to push myself further in a workout.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this product to anybody who was interested in weightloss or fitness.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

24 Months Old | Update

Dear Jack,

You are 24 months old. I officially have a two year old.  


How you sleep 

You are sleeping 12 hours a night and generally sleep through unless you are ill or teething. You are napping again! You nap for around 90 minutes a day.

I think that routine really works for Jack. Consistency is key. He likes to know what is coming net so sticking to a strict routine really helps him prepare for bedtime and really helps him self-settle. In the first year of Jack's life, we had a very loose routine. I think this is the reason Jack struggle to self-settle.

You are turning into quite a cheeky chappy! You are starting to test limits and always give me a cheeky grin when I say no and you want to do something anyway. You have started to whinge when you are unhappy and refuse to tell me what you want even though you can. You have started to throw tantrums and you don't care where. In the supermarket, in playgroup, in the park - anywhere! I literally don't have a clue how to deal with it. I'm winging it!

You are becoming fiercely independent and like to do everything for yourself. You know what clothes you want to where and where you want to go, which makes reasoning with you very difficult.


Your eating habits are still proving difficult. You are still refusing to try new foods, though I am continuing to offer them. A typical day of food looks like this:

Breakfast - Toast or Cereal and Fruit

Snack - Annabel Karmel Fruit Bar

Lunch - Sandwiches usually Cheese or Jam. Raisins, Banana and Grapes, Organix crisps and a Yoghurt.

Tea - (this is where we have the issue) I'm currently trying to give him a smaller portion of our meal but he point blank refuses it leaving me with a choice of waffles, beans and chips or sandwiches.


You are talking really well and are starting to string together 4 word phrases and sentences. You told me you loved me for the first time this month without me saying it first. You can communicate exactly what you want which makes my day far easier. The guess work used to drive me insane. When you whinge, you refuse to though.

You are really enjoying playing with your Vtech Garage and Train set and enjoy moving your cars around the track. You are really starting to role play with your toys. You love pretending that there is a fire somewhere and then like taking your fire engine and helicopter across the room to put it out. I'm always in charge of the police car. Always!

You love playing with a football and kick and throw the ball really well. Your garden toys have really helped your confidence when climbing, though we did go through a stage where you refused to go outside because you were too frightened of hearing next doors dog bark, the wind blowing the fences or ants and flies.

As always I am very proud of you and love you so so much.

Love Mum 

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