Friday, 29 August 2014

It's my last day

My eldest daughter woke up rather excited this morning.  

'It's my last day'

She shouted over and over again.

She was very excited that today was her last day at Pre school, I on the other hand am rather sad.  It is a sign she is growing up and no longer my baby or toddler but is now a little girl about to start school.  Since her visit at school she has been eager to start and disappointed every morning when I take her to pre school, and asking not to go.  Her reason is is that now she is 4 she has to go to school not pre school.  Although she has loved her time at pre school she is ready for school, I am not sure I am ready though.

Eldest smiling

My eldest, I love you so much.  Everyday you make me proud and I look forward to watching you grow as you start the next part of your journey.

This day I love It's my last day.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Win a Month supply of a2 milk

Milk is an important part of our diet.  It has a balance of protein, carbohydrates, water and micro nutrients.  It is essential for growing kids and for grown ups, particularly women who are more vulnerable to bone-weakening osteoporosis.  Milk is also a great way to help kids maintain energy and focus whilst at school. 

For some people though drinking milk leads to digestive problems such as bloating, indigestion or feeling uncomfortable.  a2 milk contains the same calcium and lactose levels as standard milk but it doesn't contain the A1 protein.  

Milk contains two different proteins A1 and A2.  Before domestication all cows produced milk containing only the A2 protein, domestication introduced the A1 protein.  These two proteins are digested differently from each other and the A1 protein can result in the discomfort after drinking milk which can be mistake for Lactose intolerance.

The only difference between a2 milk and milk, is that a2 milk does not contain the A1 protein.  a2 milk have a 2 week challenge on their milk.  Try a2 milk for two weeks and tell them if you felt the difference, share your story on their facebook page.  All stories shared on Facebook could win a month's supply of a2 milk plus a ticket to the BIG festival.

a2 milk is suitable for those who have never had any issues with milk and those who have not been medically diagnosed with galactosaemia or who have not got a milk protein intolerance or people who have not been diagnosed with a lactose intolerance.  Those people who might be substituting for soya or rice milk because they just cannot stomach diary products, although never formally diagnosed.

We have been giving a2 milk a try for the past 2 weeks.  I calculated that we use over 20 pints of milk a week.  The girls in particular love their milk.  Some eczema can be triggered by milk and with my daughter suffering from eczema I was interested to see if cutting out milk containing the A1 protein would make a difference to her.  After 2 weeks we haven't yet had a flair up so things appear to be heading in the right direction.  

I am pleased to be teaming with a2 milk and be able to offer 1 reader the chance to win a month's supply of a2 milk [this is in the form of vouchers].  Entry is simple and via the Rafflecopter below.  Giveaway closes on 11th September 2014 at midnight GMT.  Entry is open to all UK residents aged 18 and over.  For full T&C please see link on Rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



A Bonnie Bank Holiday

After a rather long journey due partly to bank holiday traffic and an accident which closed the road for 5 hours we arrived in Bonnie Scotland to enjoy our Bank holiday weekend together.  We were staying at the Drimsynie Estate Holiday village near Lochgoilhead.  The holiday was booked over a year ago and the girls were excited to be on holiday with Grandma and Grandad.

Lochgoilhead is simply breath taking.  It was so peaceful and we just wanted to spend our time admiring the view.
Lochgoilhead view
Needless to say we spent our bank holiday walking and exploring Lochgoilhead and the surrounding area.  The girls and the dogs loved exploring the shores and splashing in the Loch

Exploring Lochgoilhead

It was lovely to watch the dogs so happy, running around and jumping through the water.  Stopping to dig or follow the scent of some creature.  You could see the delight on both their faces as they explored and ran.

Dogs having fun
The fresh air and the exploring agreed with the girls too.  They loved exploring the shoreline and looking at all the different shells

Shells on the beach

The girls didn't want to leave.  They loved having Grandma and Grandad staying with us.  It was lovely just to have some time with each other.

On our journey home we stopped at Invernary.  This is a lovely little fishing town which has some beautiful shops and a castle.

Castle at Invernary

We chose not to go and explore inside the castle but it did look stunning.  The village had lots of lovely shops and museums but with a 5 hour journey ahead of us we decided to have some cake and then set off back.  Well it would be rude not to the cake looked fantastic!

We had such a wonderful holiday, peaceful and also gave us the chance to get out and explore.  The girls are already asking when they can go to Scotland again.

This day I love A Bonnie Bank Holiday

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Summer ideas

It is important to keep little ones entertained during the long summer months so here are a few helpful tips with what to do during this time.

Plant a garden - Getting your kids to eat a healthy diet may be a struggle for some family’s, one of the best ways to encourage your child to be healthy is by encouraging them to grow their own fruit and veg.  If space is an issue then small greenhouse spaces can be purchased from various companies, and children can be encouraged throughout the summer months to water and  care for the plants, it provides a great sense of achievement for children when the hard work they have put in pays off and they can pick their own fruit and vegetables. 

Plant for fun

Children also love to eat sweet things, consider planting a crop of strawberry plants, a crop that will come back year on year if you plant in a sunny spot. If space is limited, planters will do just as well.  Using planters will also stop some plants from spreading and give greater control over your garden.  Planting seeds may be a fun way to teach your child the concept of photosynthesis, the BBC have a useful website to help children understand this concept.  

Worlds apart for kids

A makeshift castle made up of bed sheets may be a fun way to break the day up, where the pirates are coming to take the treasure in this makeshift world.  Another option for in-the-house fun could be ‘shops’, where that penny jar may provide a fantastic source of payment for toys.  And of course if all else fails a healthy game of snap with a standard pack of playing cards may be appropriate to quell the boredom. Children enjoy delving into these different make-believe worlds so the castle or pirate options could be one to have them occupied for weeks and months, perfect in summer.  This make believe land is a perfect way to re-decorate the bedroom without making any permanent changes, just for summer.  Of course the summer months are also a perfect opportunity to re-decorate the bedroom as the warm sun allows changes to dry much faster.

Wildlife

Alternatively, if the summer one experiences is a particularly hot one then buy a play pool and water guns, perfect for those kind of summer days.  Get a woodpile, encourage the wildlife to come to your garden, in which you and your child can identify the difference creatures, this can work with birds to, a bird feeder in the garden is a perfect time to encourage animals with mealworms and seeds.

This post has been written in collaboration with slap up media

Friday, 22 August 2014

What is in your bag?

A few weeks ago we where set a #vlogchallenge to see what was inside your bag.  I struggled a little as since I no longer need a changing bag for the girls, I rarely use a bag.  I can fit what I need in my pockets.  When we were sent a Pink Lining bag to review for my daughter, she instantly took a shine to it and began packing it over and over.  I thought it would be interesting to take a look inside.


Her Pink lining rucksack goes everywhere with her.  She packs it herself.  


It goes to nursery [soon to be school] and even on day trips.


The straps are adjustable and the surface is wipe clean.  As you would expect from Pink Lining it is of a high quality and the design and detailing is unique and stunning.


As we know all things that go to school need to be labelled, luckily there is even space to write her name.


My eldest loves her Pink Lining bag, and so do I!


My eldest was sent a Pink Lining bag to review.  These are our honest thoughts and opinions. 




Win tickets to the National pet show

I cannot wait to take my girls to the National Pet show, sponsored by MyPetonline at the Birmingham NEC on 20 and 21 September 2014.  There will be animals of all shapes and sizes, cute and cuddly to the more unusual.  

National Pet show Birmingham

The girls will have the opportunity to see and meet hundreds of animals and it is going to be a great day out for the whole family.  The show has five zones

Discover Dogs sponsored by James Wellbeloved, 
Discover Cats, sponsored by Royal Canin, 
Discover Small Furries, sponsored by Burgess Pet Care, 
Discover Ponies
Discover Animals

Each zone has demonstrations, talks and activites there is even advice from leading animal experts and top UK animal charities.  Direct Line Pet Insurance is sponsoring SuperDogs Live which will see talented, dancing and heroic dogs from all around the UK and is presented by Ben Fogle.  This is a show I know my youngest will love.  Channel 4's Super Vet will also be Live, Noel Fitzpatrick and Springwatch and Autumnwatch Presenter Chris Packham will also be there giving advice.  

Talented dog on rocking horse

I am very pleased to be offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Family ticket [2 Adults and 2 children] to the UK's most exciting national pet event, the National Pet show.  For those who do not win, tickets are available www.thenationalpetshow.com or call 0844 873 7332 and start at £9.  Tickets are valid for either September 20 or 21 2014.  Family tickets admit two adults and two children aged 15 and under. There is no monetary value for the tickets won in this competition. 

The Giveaway is open to all UK residents over the age of 18.  Entry is via Rafflecopter and closes Midnight GMT on 8 September.  For Full T&C please click link on Rafflecopter.



Eureka! Little Live pets

Eureka! Is such a wonderful place for children to explore.  We have been a few times as a family as it is on our doorstep and so when the invitation came from Little Live pets to attend their takeover we jumped at the chance.  

Little Live pets had set up an area in Eureka where they had glass decoration painting


Colouring and even face painting


It was then time for us to have a play with the Little Live Pets


My eldest was really taken with the butterfly which fluttered its wings in her hand before been placed back on its flower [to charge back up].  My eldest loved the bird which sings when you stroke it and has a play back/record function too.

video

Little Live Pets are set to be one of the Must have toys for Christmas and I can see why.  Starting at £9.99 they are a great gift.  It is also possible to purchase additional items, such as a birdcage for the birds.  The birds are my personal favourite as the singing is rather uplifting.

The Little Live Pets area was always really popular with children wanting to play with the birds and the butterflies.  After a lovely lunch we decided to explore Eureka.

Eureka is the national children's museum and it is clear to see why.  Children are free to explore and touch and interact with the museum and all that is in it.  My girls loved learning and exploring and their favourite area was when they got to be midwives and play with the babies.


They got to shop and drive cars


Climb inside giant teeth and a giant nose


Even climb the walls


I love this idea so much I am trying to work out how I can re create it at home.

The girls had so much fun.  It was lovely watching them learn through play and explore everything around them.  I can see Little Live pets featuring on both girls Christmas wish list.


This day I love Eureka! Little Live pets.

Little Live pets provided us with entry to Eureka and lunch.  All words and opinions are my own.