What’s on My Toddler’s Plate this Christmas

The big day is almost upon us! I don’t; know about you, but I’ve personally been peeling the kids off the ceiling for weeks now. The excitement in this house has reached fever pitch and I’m not sure there’s anything I can do about it now! So as Christmas day approaches and I’ve finally finished work (HOORAY!) my thoughts are turning to Christmas dinner preparations. If you read this post, you’ll know that we don’t do the traditional ’12 people around a turkey’ Christmas day anymore. In fact, last year we made the decision to allow every person in our little family to choose their own Christmas dinner- 2016’s table was adorned with lasagne, pizza, hot dogs… Perfect. The thing is though, that I still want the little ones to have something of nutritional value for their dinner- especially seeing as there will be so many sweets and chocolates hanging around throughout the day. So I thought I’d share what’s on my toddler’s plate this Christmas. (more…)

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Re-claim your Pregnancy Superpowers with Sea Bands: a Giveaway!

I don’t know about you, but for me every single pregnancy has been different with my four. Apart from the nausea, that is. First time around I suffered for a couple of weeks so thought nothing of it at all, In fact throughout the entire pregnancy the only ailment I really remember was a bout of heartburn one evening towards the 40 week mark- pretty good going don’t you think? Pregnancy number two was a different matter entirely. I suffered from awful headaches, insomnia and extreme nausea- to the point where my sister-in-law very pointedly gifted me a pack of Sea Bands. I’d never heard of them, but I quickly came to rely on them to beat the nausea day in and day out. When it came to announcing pregnancies number three and four, most people already knew thanks to the tell tale bands on my wrists! And while I’ll admit that it was really only medication that helped in the end with my last pregnancy (read my posts Hyperemesis here), I can whole heartedly vouch for the power of Sea Bands for relieving the symptoms of nausea in pregnancy. I simply couldn’t have managed without them. Recently, Sea Bands have launched a new pregnancy toolkit with the help from experienced practising midwife, Gill Perks, and I’ve agreed to help spread the word. Honestly, Sea Bands are amazing for pregnancy related nausea- a natural and easy way to alleviate symptoms, so that you can re-calim your pregnancy superpowers! Read on to find out more, and to enter the giveaway to win a pair for yourself- I have five to give away! (more…)


Three Reasons to Check Your Tyres Before Christmas

Regular readers will know that I’ve become a somewhat anxious driver over recent years. It’s the reason why I agreed to CBT sessions in the first place, since I knew that there was no way I could avoid driving and therefore the problem needed addressing. I personally feel I’ve made great progress with this, but there are still many issues that affect me whilst either driving or sitting in the passenger seat. I guess it’s who I am, am I cannot really change that! That said, there are some aspects of my attitude towards driving and cars in general that I feel serve a great purpose. For example, I am super hot on car safety! And that’s not a bad thing, right? So as we start to get ready for our Christmas travels, much like many other families around the country, I thought I’d put together a quick guide on staying safe while you travel. Here are three reasons to check your tyres BEFORE Christmas.

Three Reasons to Check Your Tyres Before your tyres is super important!

There doesn’t really need to be any other reason, does there? The DVLA recommends that you check your tyres regularly, and especially before you go on a long journey. They cite that in 2015, almost a third of all accidents that were caused by faults on the car were a result of under inflated, worn or illegal tyres. And if the dangers of driving which such tyres aren’t enough to persuade you, perhaps the hefty fine if you’re pulled over will!

Seriously, it is so so important that you check your tyres before you travel, at any time of year, and it’s one thing I will be insisting on before we set off on our travels this festive season. Read more advice for travel safety here.

You want your Christmas travels to be as stress free as possible

Nobody wants to be the car on the side of the motorway on Christmas day. Nobody wants the upset kids in the back desperate to get to their presents and enjoy their special day. Nobody wants to be the parents struggling to get hold of anyone who is willing to come out to them on a day where most of the country is tucked up cosy indoors with a Christmas dinner. So get them checked now, before the festive seasons shuts the country down for a day or two. Believe me, you don’t want to be that family! I know I don’t.

You don’t know what the weather will be like…

… and if it’s icy, snowy or even just heavy rain you’re going to need your tyres to be up for the journey! Garages like Ossett Tyre House are fabulous because you can order new tyres online, which takes a load of in the rush before Christmas. So if you know that your tyres might not be up to the job over Christmas (the recent cold weather spell may have been a good indication of this already!) then get online and get it sorted. It really isn’t worth the alternative!

Happy travels to you all. I’m off to check my tyres now!

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Three Reasons to go Away for Christmas- Why we Do it!

For the third year in a row, we will be away for Christmas and we really cannot wait! For years and years I had wanted to be away for Christmas day. I always loved the idea of just taking the whole day as easy as possible, and to eliminate all the pressures that Christmas seems to bring. Now, with four children and family scattered all over the country and the world, my husband finally agrees! As the children have grown both in size and age, it’s become more and more clear that Christmas day needs to revolve around THEM rather than the rest of our extended family. That might sound selfish; it really isn’t meant to. But we have four little people who rely on us to make Christmas magical and that just doesn’t happen when you’re either stuck in a car all day visiting or you’re away from your presents. So, we go away and this year we’ve booked a log cabin with Forest Holidays! And just to reiterate my point a little further, here are three reasons to go away for Christmas. Who knows, maybe you’ll do it yourself next year?Three Reasons to go Away at (more…)

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