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Fathers Day Gift Ideas with Truprint #TruprintDads

Truprint have a lot of great ideas for Fathers Day Gifts. I was lucky to be asked by Truprint to try out some of their gift ideas. Take a look at the whole Father’s Day Gift selection here.  I wanted to do something with Nancy […]

Museum Selection – Tea Caddy and Tea Cup Review

When Museum selection asked me if I’d like to review their tea caddy and tea cup, I thought it sounded a great idea! Museum Selection is a website that works with many museums and galleries providing gifts for their gift shops. Their items therefore are […]

Bagabook Tote Bag Review

Bagabook are a unique company with a unique product – a book cover carrier which protects your book or diary, as well as being functional like a bag.

I was asked by Bagabook to review some of their new range which they have recently launched. I was sent a Tote Bag, but the range also includes matching book covers, iPad covers and a scarf. There are three designs in the range: liquorice, candy stripe or bouquet. I was sent a bouquet tote bag, and the design is bright, colourful and modern.

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The tote bag is a good size – it fits under your arm easily and there is lots of room inside for your book, your purse and anything else you may need.

The bag is made well, and feels sturdy. The ‘BB’ emblem on my bag looks a little at a slant but you can’t really notice this – I suspect that’s just my bag however. The pockets inside are a good detail, meaning that you have places to put your phone and keys. The phone pocket is nice and wide, making sure all sorts of phones can fit in – there’s nothing more annoying than having a bag where you can’t use the phone pocket! There is plenty of room in here for any other bits and pieces you may need to take out – for me it’s usually juice cups and wet wipes!

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The tote bag is great for when you want to take your book and a few other things out, it all fits nicely inside and it’s easy to wear on your shoulder.

For me, the bags price is a little out of my usual price range – it’s £39.95 – I would usually be looking at bags for less than this, so I would see this more as a gift item than something I would buy myself. If you know someone who has the Bagabook book cover, then getting the tote bag to match would be a great Christmas gift.

I was sent the bouquet tote bag from Bagabook in order to undertake this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Lego Movie Review

I was asked by Suppose.com if I would like to review The Lego Movie, and they kindly sent me the DVD to review. The Lego Movie is about Emmet, just an ordinary Lego worker who is identified as the ‘Special’ one, who will save the […]

Little Miracles Organic Soft Drinks Review

When I was contacted about Little Miracles, I was intrigued. A soft drink, with tea? As a self confessed tea addict I thought it would be a great idea to review these drinks on the blog. Little Miracles are organic soft drinks, made using organic […]

My Week on Wednesday

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Well, this week has been a busy one. Things are changing a bit, but good change.

Me

This last week has disappeared really. With my partner on nights, the days and nights blur into one a bit. I have felt it a bit odd being on my own every evening, and it has felt a bit stressful dealing with Bubs’ nighttime routine, and waking up routine, all on my own. I went to see my Mum at the weekend, which was a nice change from the routine, and gave me a bit of a break. I was feeling quite low and emotional on Saturday. I helped my Mum to do her shopping at Tesco’s, and then she suggested we have a drink at the cafe. I was feeling OK by this point, but then I felt even worse when someone had a go at me for ‘taking their high chair’, when in fact I had taken it from an empty table. I went and got them another high chair, but this woman was so rude. I don’t think people realise how deep these things can go into someone; yes it was about a highchair, but having someone basically shout at me in a cafe, well, it nearly had me in tears. I held it together, and I was able to have a nice afternoon, but it still hurts me to think this happened, and if I am not careful my anxiety will replay this scene over and over again and I will pick myself apart.

Weight wise, I stayed the same last Friday, which was to be expected with a few dinners out. In fact I was rather pleased I’d stayed the same and not put any on! I think it shows how far I’ve come in that I’ve had a few nice meals out, and managed to make wise choices, which has meant I haven’t put weight on. This week has been less about meals out, and more about making meals at home. I love cooking and trying new things. I have started to make soups to take with me to work, to fill me up at lunch, and I started with butternut squash, which is a soup I have done before. I roasted the butternut squash and made a soup with red pepper, carrot, onion, garlic and a bit of chilli and stock. It tasted OK but was a little watery and plain, I am not sure why this was, but it was pleasant enough to eat for lunch. I can’t believe what a difference it has made to lunchtimes however, I feel much more full up and really has helped me keep my propoints until dinner. I have just made another soup, a spicy roasted vegetable one, which I have worked out as 2 propoints per serving. I am really looking forward to trying this one for lunch tomorrow!

Things will be changing a bit here soon. My sister will be coming to live with us for a bit, and I must say I am very happy about it. It will be lovely to have her around, and to have some company over the evenings when Dan works nights.

Books

I am currently reading The Stolen Girl by Renita D’Silva and it is a really gripping read. I just need to know what will happen next! I have been a bit slower with reading this week but I am hoping I can make a bit more time for it over this weekend! I have a few more lovely books lined up to review, which I am planning to read whilst I sun myself in Menorca. I have also had some interesting book-related news today which may turn into something exciting, so watch this space! What have you been reading over the summer, give me some of your recommendations.

Motherhood

Bubs is just being so…grown up. It is so unnerving at times! She is speaking more and more, and saying a lot of little phrases such as “it’s there!” “get up” and so on. She says “mumma” a lot as if she is asking me a question, and at the moment she is really enjoying reading her books.

She has started to make an ear piercing scream when she doesn’t get her way, when she wants attention, or if she is just happy and excited. It is a scream as if someone is being murdered. Out and about, it is very stressful as people just look at you as if you can stop her doing it! WE have managed to sort one thing out – she will stay in the buggy or the trolley now (she was trying to get out before) but she still makes this shrill scream. Distraction works and talking to her, but there are times when she just screams over and over again, not because she’s unhappy, it’s quite the opposite. I try my best to ignore her, or to distract her, but at night it is very draining. Any suggestions, please send on a postcard!

She is starting Nursery tomorrow, for a morning session. She went for an hour on her own on Monday, and had a good time, but was a bit clingy afterwards. I am sure she will have a fabulous time, and really enjoy herself. It is a little weird knowing a stranger will be looking after her, changing her nappy and feeding her. But She needs nursery, she needs to learn and develop and she needs the energy that I really can’t muster all the time. Let’s see what happens!

Tea

I am excited as I have some tea I am going to review, soon here on the blog. I love trying new teas so this will be lovely. This week I have just been drinking my PG Tips. I was rather excited to buy a PG Tips Mug from Tesco’s at the weekend. A perfect cup for my travel to work I think!

 

 

 

Weight Watchers Dark Chocolate Digestive Biscuits Review

As someone who loves tea, it is not unusual for me to have a biscuit at the same time. I have spoken before of my love of biscuits, so this is no surprise. When I was asked to review the new Weight Watchers Dark Digestive […]

Sleep Well Event with Next Garden and Home Store Bristol

I couldn’t wait to go and have a look around the Next Garden and Home Store in Cribbs Causeway. We were invited to their blogger sleep well event as they have just opened and it is one of the first Garden and Home stores Next […]

Organix Goodies review

The lovely people at Organix goodies sent me some fab new snacks for Bubs to try.

We were sent:

Sweetcorn Salsa Snappy Crocs

Red Berry Burst Rice Cakes

Banana Soft Oaty Bars

The banana Oaty bars have definitely even the favourite. We buy other flavours of this bar anyway, and the banana ones went down just as well! In fact, when Bubs had finished one bar, she wanted another! (I managed to convince her to save them for another day!)

The strawberry rice cakes were also tasty. We tried them plain and with a few toppings such as strawberry and cream cheese. These come in packs of three which is great for when you are out and about.

The sweetcorn salsa snaps were a little different for Bubs. She doesn’t eat many crisp-type products so she was a bit puzzled to start with – I think she was more attracted to the shape of the crisps than actually eating them to start with! I tried them, and they taste nice if a little plain. She tends to go for stronger flavours so that may have been the problem. I think if she tried them again, she may like them better.

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So in all most of these snacks were well received. As I said, we usually buy Goodies products anyway especially the Oaty bars. I like the fact that organix have a ‘no junk’ ethos for their products. I would definitely buy the banana Oaty bars and the strawberry rice cakes again, and maybe try the snaps again when Bubs is a bit older.

You could win a Goodies food bundle and a grow your own strawberry plant in my competition which ends on 16th May – go and give it a go!

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A Year as a Mum: In Review

One year I have been a Mum. How do I feel? I feel relieved that everything feels like its falling into place at last. That I have something called ‘Normal’ that I can relate to again, a baseline upon which to base my days. Normal […]


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