Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Heavenly Organics Superfoods * Tasting testing & review *



When our parcel from Heavenly Organics Superfoods turned up i think i was more excited then Bodhi ! I have heard such great things about this new small children's food brand. We both couldn't wait to get tasting and testing, The box was fit to burst with products this is what we was very kindly sent.

: Halo Bites ( These are brand new and come in two flavours apple or banana they come in 75g bags and are perfect for children as young as 10 months, The little multi-grain bites melt in the mouth and Bodhi loved them mixed with dried fruit as a after school snack )
: Coconut squishes ( each pouch is 1 of your child's 5 a day for fruit & veg these are a great size for on the go snacks and over the summer months i was putting these in the freezer for an hour or so before giving to Bodhi ) They come in a range of flavours with coconut milk being the base

: Crisp veggie waffles ( these come in a share size box of 30g and I've been popping a few into bodhi's School bag for his afternoon snack either in carrot & cumin or sweetmeat & shallot Bodhi also loves these with a side of dip ) 
: wafer wisps ( again in a chose of flavours pumpkin & banana or spinach , apple & kale these handy size bars contain no hidden ingredients no sugar or salt just goodness , We all love these wafers and i keep a stock of them in my bag for snacks on the go.
: Mini Italian bread sticks ( these are amazing ! we are a big bread stick eating family and i was so impressed when we taste tested these (( see our youtube video )) Bodhi will often ask for these with his lunch or for a snack, These mini Italian bread sticks are the latest edition to the heavenly range. 

Heavenly is the brainchild of Shauna McCarney-Blair , A mum herself to 4 children as well as a lover of all things organic & nutritious. Shana came up with the idea for Heavenly when frustrated by the poor choice of baby food products in Northern Ireland for babies & children. Shana began by creating a guilt free range of organic baby weaning meals for the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland market and now Heavenly has moved into snacks with availability across mainland UK & Ireland. 

Heavenly products are available from Ocado, Tescos , Morrisons Waitress and on line via Heavenly's website www.heavenlytasty.com

I now always make sure i have stock of Heavenly products they are a huge hit in our house hold, They feel like a much more grown up children snacks with a great range of flavours and products. 

Would like to thank them again for sending us our snacks and getting us hooked! 

Monday, 26 September 2016

How to feel better when your unwell .

Now as a parent it's very hard to have sick days, even if you call in sick for your paid work job you really still have to be a parent ( I'm talking about head cold / cold like poorly ) if you are really unwell then you'll need to sort out childcare. 

I have a on going medical condition and with that I have a lower immune system so I often get run down and days when I don't feel my best. 

I have a few tips and tricks into helping you feel more human when you feel like crap but still need to be a mum 

1- Rest when you can , if you have a baby sleep when they nap if your child is at nursery / school age sleep / rest while they are out

2 - keep drinking lots ( and i mean lots ) this will help flush it all out 

3 - keep dinners simple , feeding your family a take away or a ready meal is better then not feeding them at all.

4 - have a shower over a bath , wash your hair 

5 - listen to music while you rest 

6 - drink flat Coke / fizzy drinks 

7 - go to bed as early as you can to sleep ( not on Facebook / candy crush ) 

8 - if you still feel rotten as for some help ! Other half / your parents / friends anyone you trust don't be too proud to ask for help ! 

Feel better soon !! 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

The ultimate bathroom book * REVIEW *


Thinking of Bathroom books i often think of the joke/fun fact type ones that often my dad would end up getting as a Christmas gift, Due to the age of the smart phone the bathroom book has become out dated, When Soakology ( one of the uk leading bathroom specialists ) wanted bloggers to read & review the book i thought why not , I am happy that i did the book is full of interesting facts and imagery of bathrooms across the ages and world. 


Bodhi ( who is 4 1/2 ) Also loves this book and we will sit and look at the picture together while his bath is running. It covers chapters such as time line of the modern bathroom design , the worlds best & worst bathrooms , and our favourite the craziest bathroom ever ( did you know that in Taiwan they have a restaurant that is bathroom themed ! ) 


We have had lots of comments on our new bathroom book and it does now live by our toilet for reading material, You can buy the book online direct from soakology at £14.99 with free shipping. Its as great fun book full of useful bathroom information. A perfect gift or something to just buy for yourself for in your bathroom, I also feel the book will come in handy for Bodhi while he is at school as the book has lots of facts and sats about history and bathrooms across the world. 


Long live the bathroom book ! 


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Fab ! fun arty box * REVIEW *

When we got in touch with Fab, fun art box about testing out the monthly subscription box.  both Bodhi & i couldn't wait for it to arrive via the post. The box was personalised to Bodhi with his name, Once opened we found the box was full of arty goodness. We had been sent the Create clay creative box 



Your F.A.B. Creative Clay Creations Include…
  • Model your own funky key rings including your own a cup-cake design
  • Design your own long legged giraffe or a creative elephant!
  • Make your own ‘Easter Island’ inspired stone clay sculptures (– slightly smaller than the real life ones!)
  • Make your own fabulous foam clay bowl
  • Create your own 3D canvas art
  • Make a magical mighty mouse and some crazy clay creatures
  • Design your own clay pencil toppers and pencil holder
  • Build your own rocky and rolly clay creatures and picture holders.
…plus lots more cool creative clay ideas to enjoy.

The magazine is full of pictures and step by step guides for all of the projects, Bodhi wanted to make clay creatures picture holders. He did struggle with this and needed my help with bending the wires are they are pretty thick. He was very pleased with the outcome and it has now been gifted to nanny for her desk at work. 



The boxes come monthly and in a huge range of themes , from dinosaurs to selfies the boxes work out like this for payment 

ProductTotal
Monthly Subscription   × 1£14.99 / month for 12 months
Subtotal£ 14.99 now then £ 14.99 per month 
Shipping£ 3.95 per month
Total£ 18.94 now then £ 18.94 per month
( prices taken from the website ) also check out the site for more details on the other boxes and information ) Bodhi is 4 1/2 and i do feel he was a little young for some of these projects but it was a good craft box for a shared project, I would say its more suited for 8+ or for a younger child who is happy to be helped out. 

Thank you to Fab fun arty box for letting Bodhi & I test out your subscription box. 


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Bubble wrap printing #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

After a very busy six weeks off for the summer Bodhi is now back at school ( hooray ) Don't get me wrong it has been lovely having time together but we have both missed our routine to our week days! With this in mind i wanted to start taking part in #ToddlerApprovedTuesday once again, Its a wonderful weekly link up with some great crafty ideas that are perfect for Bodhi's age ( 4 1/2 )

Today i wanted to share a really simple painting idea that we did over the summer when we had a package arrive with lots of bubble wrap !

1) lay your bubble wrap out onto a flat surface this could be a table/floor/patio , just keep in mind this is a messy paint activity
2 ) make sure you have everything you'll need to hand we used
* paints & brushes
* paper
* bubble wrap
* wet wipes for clearing up
3) Paint onto the bubble wrap ( use more paint then if you was painting on paper )


4) once happy with image , lay paper over the bubble wrap and smooth the paper over the paint this will create a print.

5) peel off the paper slowly and you will have a lovely Bubble wrap print ( you can get 2/3 prints from one painting if you press harder each time )


We really enjoyed this activity, Its a great way to re-use bubble wrap ( rather then just popping it )




See you next week for another #ToddlerApprovedTuesday 
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Friday, 9 September 2016

Housework Jobs for children ( nearly 5 years old )

When i was a child i used to get £2.50 a week pocket money on the condition that my room was kept tidy and i was doing okay in school , The school side of things was pretty easy but keeping my bedroom tidy that often was the sticking point to no pocket money !When i did get my pocket money  I would spend my money on swimming, comics , sweets ( man makes me feel old ) 

Now that i have a son of my own ( mind he is only 4 1/2 ) He is always asking for things, Magazines, DVDS, toys , games , stickers etc and when you start adding it up it soon turns into a lot more then the £2.50 i used to get ! 

I want Bodhi to have an understanding of money and to sometimes have to save for things he really wants. The other day he wanted wanted a DVD ( of a film that is on netflixs !! ) so i said no and explained to him that if could do jobs to earn the money so he could buy the DVD himself. He didn't like the idea of this much and no longer wanted the DVD. 

A few days later while driving Bodhi asked me what kind of jobs he would have to do for his money, I said i would get back to him on that one ! then he also said he wanted a £1 for each job ( Erm no ! ) so after having a good think and a few hours wasted on pinterest i have come up with a list that i feel are job that Bodhi can do and enjoy to do for 20p per job.

 * Dirty washing in this washing basket ( This isn't 20p each time but if he does it over the week without being told )
* Getting dressed & ready for school in the mornings ( Again over the week )
* Clearing his breakfast things from the table ( All week ) 
* Helping me to change and make his bed ( 20p for each so 40p up for grabs ! )
* Toys tidy and away at the end of the day before bed ( All week ) 
* Pairing up clean socks from the washing ( 20p per basket ) 
* Feeding pets ( Cat/Fish & Tortoise ) 
* Any extras such as helping me with house work ( now to be far i do 90% of my house work while  he is at school or in bed ) Things like putting the washing on, Hanging it out, dusting , hoovering , setting the table for dinner. 


* I have also said bigger jobs like helping to wash the cars or do gardening will be paid at a 50p rate ( So guess what Bodhi has asked to do this weekend!! ) 


I feel i would rather give him Job money for him to save up to buy this own things will do him some good, He has a piggy bank that he is putting all of his money and over the last 3 weeks he has earnt £3.80 so pretty good going i would say. I will of course still be buying him treats and gifts but as a family we all need to cut back and be spending less.

What Jobs do your children do and what ages are they ? 


Thursday, 8 September 2016

handmade book bag charm ( Lyndsaymarie-Miniatures )



When i found out that Bodhi would be using a book bag for school rather then a rucksack i was a little worried about it getting lost or him coming home with the wrong bag !! I have a friend who makes and sells miniature food for doll play or key rings, I asked her nicely to make Bodhi a bag charm key ring and i was so pleased i did ! Not only did she make him a beautifully handmade bag charm its a one of a kind and perfect ! 

I gave her the theme of sweets and was very impressed with the outcome ( The flump even glows in the dark ! ) the charm clips on and off to his bag and i know that no other child in his school will have one like this. Bodhi knows that if he picks up a bag that hasn't got this bag charm on that it isn't his. 


Lyndsay has a Facebook page The page is full of photos of doll house food and house hold items, key rings and other bits and bobs , She also makes lovely poppy pins for the poppy appeal, All of her items are made by herself in her bedroom/studio 


Commissions start at £5 and Lyndsay is more then happy to work on ideas that customers have, Postage is not an issue, I would defiantly recommend these for children of a school age, They would also be great on lunch boxes. 


Bodhi loves his bag charm and couldn't wait to show it off to his teachers and school friends on his 1st day back at school. Also her Doll house food is amazing and the detail is just crazy ! It works best with barbie size dolls. 



Do you have a much loved keyring/bag charm ? Its a running joke with me and my husband that i have more keyring then i do keys, But i just can't help it i have a huge soft spot for key rings ! 



* Lyndsay swapped the bag charm for this review *