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Monday, 11 December 2017

The YourGoodSkin #28daychallenge

A few weeks ago the lovely Jess from Lilypod and Sweetpea mentioned on Instagram that  YourGoodSkin were looking for real mums in the UK and USA to try out their new skin care products. She asked us for our email addresses and that YourGoodSkin would contact us!

When I got the email from them asking me to take part in the #28daychallenge I was thrilled! I'm 32 (almost 33!) and I admit I haven't taken good care of my skin in recent years.

I was sent four products to try for 28 days to see if they improve my skin. The Products I was sent were: The Pore Minimizing Tonic, The Balancing Skin Concentrate, The Instant Dryness Rescue moisturiser and The Oil Lifting Make-up Remover Wipes.

I have started by using the Pore Minimizing Tonic every morning and night along with the Balancing Skin Concentrate. I have been using the Instant Dryness Rescue on an evening before bed as my skin is normally very dry after being in and out the house in the cold for school runs! 

As this posts I am now onto day four of the 28 day challenge and so far I can feel a difference in my skin! My cheeks definitely feel softer than they did before I used it!


This was me on day one of the challenge, Not the best photograph as it was taken pretty early in the morning when I was getting ready to take James to school! 

The best thing I have found about the YougGoodSkin is that it is actually available in Boots! 

I will do an update on how I am finding the products around day 14 which will be just before christmas then I will do a round up after I have finished the challenge about how I have found it and If I am going to continue to use the products! Although after four days I am 99% sure I will be continuing as I love how they are making my skin fell!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Win a signed print by Freya Morgan

Win A Framed Signed Print by Freya Morgan!


A few months ago, I worked with Ecover as part of their limited edition Laundry detergent. The illustrations on the bottles were done by Freya Morgan, an incredibly talented illustrator.


I have a limited edition, signed, framed botanical print of the illustration to give away, which is absolutely beautiful. This would make a wonderful Christmas present or maybe even to put on your own wall!

 I absolutely adore the print on the bag as it is simply adorable. I actually use the bag to keep things in under our pram as being a mum of two boys I carry a lot of things I don't really need!

 I know that I would love to have something like this on my hallway wall or even my lounge (when it finally gets redecorated!!) I think this would look lovely on the wall in a little girls bedroom or nursery. 

The winner will receive the signed, framed print as well as the lovely bag with the washing detergent and fabric conditioner. I absolutely love using the Ecover products and they make James school uniform smell lovely! The bag we have is just a lovely print!

Good luck!








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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Calibre Products Knee Support

Ever since I injured my knee when I was 15 I have suffered badly when it was cold with pain. Since that first injury I have suffered two more major injuries and have been on crutches twice.


For me winter is the worst time of year for suffering pain, The cold makes my knee joint ache and feel so sore when I'm walking around or playing with the boys.

So when Calibre Products got in touch and asked if I would like to try out one of their Knee supports I jumped at the chance! Ever since my worst injury where I put a minor tear in my cruciate ligament, the pain in the ligaments has felt so much worse! I absolutely hate the cold and sometimes I have to rely on either deep heat cream or little heat packs on my knee when I go out and about. 

Calibre say "The Calibre Support Knee Brace is an ergonomically designed support that aids you on a day-to-day basis providing stabilisation for sporting, occupational or leisure activities. Manufactured from high quality breathable neoprene, it provides great heat retention to nurture the healing process. Lasting long into the future."

The Calibre knee support is an open patella and it is strapped around via strong velcro. I have found that I have to tighten the bottom velcro before the top otherwise it can slide down my leg! 

But over all this product is absolutely brilliant, it helps me to manage the pain I get in cold weather by keeping my knee warm and supporting it. I wear it most days especially on the school run as it is freezing cold! By wearing this knee support I can do so much more in the winter! Everything that it says in the description is true! It definitely retains heat which means I have not had to use any of the heat creams to help my knee when out and about. It gives my knee the support it needs when walking and running after Freddie and James! 


The product is available to buy for £9.90 on Amazon.




**We were sent a voucher to purchase this product on Amazon, but all words and pictures are my own!**

Friday, 1 December 2017

Taking Freddie Dairy Free!

Over the last year, Freddie has had a number of issues which we think are related to his intake of dairy.

Freddie was a brilliant baby, He slept well and had none of the issues with bring up his feeds like James did as a baby, then he hit ten months old and he had a nasty sickness bug and virus. After that his sleep went out the window and became terrible. As he turned one we tried to swap him from baby formula onto cows milk and straight away we had issues. He got constipation and literally didn't sleep at all well. We tried a few times and every time we had the same issues. 

We kept Freddie on formula milk till he was eighteen months old as our GP said and then slowly moved him onto green top milk. We still had major issues with his sleeping, but then we had constipation issues start! We even ended up at local hospital as he hadn't gone for a few days and he was in agony. The doctors prescribed movicol, but even with that there was still days when he didn't go and if he didn't, then he didn't sleep!

Now Freddie is two and lately he has been sicking up his milk, so we made up some milk, which was half milk and half water! Since we started giving this to him, he hasn't needed any movicol at all!! His sleep has also been so much better! 

So now after seeing a different GP who asked if there was any family history with dairy issues (yes there is!), has suggested cutting as much out of his diet as possible which is what we are now trying!

He's getting watered down green top milk in the morning and at night but there rest of the time he is getting water to drink, but we are looking for other drinks to give him and maybe an alternative milk to try! 

Another thing we need to try is new snacks! Freddie loves his fruit covered yogurt bites but since they actually contain dairy we have to stop giving them to him! 

So if anyone has any ideas of snacks we can try that are not too fiddly for me to make or any apps we can try to help us buy him snacks then please email us!

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Happy 2nd Birthday Freddie



Happy second birthday our darling boy.
Today you turn two years old and it has literally been the fastest two years of my life!

It really does not seem five minutes since you were this tiny newborn sleeping on my chest and now you are this tall, blonde haired, blue eyed, cheeky little boy.

Your speech is not as good at two as James was, but then you spend a lot of time with kids where as James was around adults a lot more!

Your favourite words to shout are up there and look! If you see a dog you will shout dog and the same if you are a cat! You adore our neighbours dog Archie and you try your best to say his name when you see him!

You are starting to wear some 2-3 clothes, but the majority are 18-24. You wear a size 4 pull up and a size 6+ nappy at night. 

You absolutely adore your big brother and you hate taking him to school as you miss him so much. You got to go in and see him last week and boy did you enjoy it! As soon as you saw him you went running over to cuddle him. Your favourite part of the day has to be when James comes home from school as you have your partner in crime back and you have someone to play with!

We have also taken the side off your cot and turned it into a bed, and so far you have taken to it pretty well! The first couple of nights it did take a few hours to get you to settle but you seem to have cracked it and you are definitely sleeping so much better which means so are mummy and daddy!

We have so many plans for the next year. We are going to Surrey in February to see Nanny and Pappy, we are also hoping to spend a day in London sightseeing with you and James as James has been doing about the Great fire of London at school so he is desperate to go and see all the sights! and then our first family holiday later in the year which I know you and James will love!!

You were the jigsaw piece which completed our family Freddie Bear and we all love you so much.

Happy birthday my gorgeous boy

Love always 
Mummy 
xxx
































































Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Christmas Gift Guide

o it's finally that time of year to start your Christmas shopping! Hopefully you might have already started and be nearly finished! But in case you are not I've put together his little guide of some bits for mummy and kids!


First off we have the gorgeous Pouch of Power from the etsy store Splendid Elk! I actually won this in an Instagram competition a few months ago and I literally adore it! It's a perfect size to put my iPad in if I need to take it out with me. I also use it to keep my wallet and James wallet in in the changing bag so things do not get lost! This retails at £15.00 and can be found on the etsy shop here


Next up we have two fantastic products from Cuddledry. First we have the original Cuddledry handsfree baby bath towel. This is an apron style towel which keeps mum/dad dry when doing bath time. It has a double layer, with a hood which draws moisture away from babies skin and hair. I so wish we had invested in one of these for Freddie as he always soaked us at bath time! This retails at £29.95 and can be purchased here direct from Cuddledry or you can also find them on Amazon.co.uk 



Our second product is the fantastic Cuddleroar toddler towel. We actually reviewed this with Freddie and totally fell in love with it! In fact Freddie likes wearing it over his clothes too! This is brilliant for a wriggling toddler who likes nothing more at bath time than squirming out of his towel and running off naked around the upstairs of our house. Our Oldest son James is 5 and it actually fits him as well, This retails for £34.99 and can be bought direct from Cuddledry and also Amazon.co.uk 

Now we have two gorgeous products from Nibbling! Freddie is teething badly again with his last molars and when he has his dummy clipped to him, he is always chewing the cord it's on. That's where this amazing dummy clip comes in! The Octo dummy clip is made from 100% food grade silicon and is BPA free, meaning it is perfectly safe to be in a little mouth! Freddie fell in love with it as soon as it was clipped to him! He's had it in his mouth chewing on it to relieve the pain of teething! Plus it means no more soggy ribbon that mummy needs to put in the dryer with the washing! And when he was sick on it, like he has been on his fabric ones before, it was rinsed under the tap with hot water and a new dummy attached and handed back to him. The sicky fabric ones needed to go into the washing machine, which is a pain as then they need to be left to dry! This retails for £14 and can be purchased here!


Our next nibbling product is this fabulous puzzle piece necklace. I absolutely love this as when I have Freddie in his carrier he is normally trying to either chew the carrier or chew what ever I am wearing. It was not too pleasant having to wring out my hoody strings after Freddie had been sucking and chewing them! They would get so wet and a lot of drool would come out of them!

 Now he will grab onto the puzzle piece and shove it into his mouth! He has got really painful gums as his final molars are coming through and the rough side of the puzzle piece really soothes him. This retails for £14 and can be purchased here!


Next up is the awesome Lamb and Bear! This fantastic unisex clothing brand is ran by one of my lovely blogger friends Alex. Freddie has had a couple of pairs of her leggings and they really suit him! They wash really well and well Freddie just looks adorable in them!!

Her latest collection has a mustard rhino print and a gorgeous flamingo print! Along with her signature Lamb and Bear print. She also does a gorgeous swaddle blanket, a zippy sleepsuit and matching mummy and baby headbands!

Freddie currently wears the rhinos in age 18-24 months and he is just about to turn 2 and he still has plenty of growing room in them! His last pair were in size 12-18 and he was still fitting into them at 20 months old! Prices start at £7 for a baby headband and leggings from £16!! The lovely Alex has a discount code for all you lovely readers! Just add the code LBFRIEND10 to get ten percent of your order!

I would like to say thank you to Cuddledry, Splendid Elk, Nibbling and Lamb and Bear for taking part in this gift guide for 2017!

**I was sent products in exchange for this gift guide and some I have purchased myself and added in as I love them so much!**

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Forth with Life Review

As a busy mummy of two boys aged 5 and almost 2, I am always exhausted, so when Forth With Life got in touch and asked if I would like to take their baseline heath test, I jumped at the chance!

If there was a reason for me being tired and not just the fact I'm run off my feet with school runs, looking after Freddie, plus cooking, cleaning and of course running my blog then I would like to know then I can investigate more!

The kit was so simple to order and it was with me the very next day. It came in such a small box that it fitted through my letter box, so it didn't matter if i was in the house when it arrived or not!

I decided to wait a few days to do the kit so I could send the sample away on a Monday so I wasn't having to wait all weekend for the results.

The kit contained everything needed to take a small blood sample from my finger, although I ended up having to use three fingers as I pricked the first two in the wrong place!! 

I sent my kit away on the Monday afternoon when I went out to do the school run and I received the email saying my results were back on the Tuesday night, however I didn't actually pick up the email till the Wednesday morning!


I was pleasantly surprised with my results which actually showed I have low Vitamin D levels, so I have since had a blood test at the GPs and I need to book an appointment to discuss the results.

I would like to say thank you to Forth With Life for asking me to take part in this review as otherwise I would have had no idea about my low vitamin levels!









**I was sent this kit free of charge, however the kit retails at £59.99 and is a four monthly subscription, all words and photos are out own**