Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The Problems With Having A Big Family

Both myself and Steve are from big families. Not a big deal, some may say. 'I would love that - why is that a bad thing?' ask others. Well, let me ask you - have you ever tried to remember every single important date in your small family? Now multiply it. 

No matter what, it seems like we are always forgetting birthdays, anniversaries etc. Now in the days of Facebook, it isn't such a big deal to send a certain cousin a card as a simple Facebook message will suffice but there are still those important people whose birthdays and anniversaries you need to remember. I am one of five children and is Steve. We also have multiple nieces and nephews and whilst we don't necessarily buy them all presents for important occasions (some are a little too old for that now), remembering the date itself is hard enough as it is.

Now it has rolled into October, we are onto the big run of birthdays - from October to February it seems like everyone is having a birthday in our family although of course that is not the case. We have a variety of calendars dotted around the place but these all seem to host information about Steve's work pattern or important doctors appointments - that is if we remember to use them at all! 

I am determined that we will get on top of these important dates in the future - every October I sit and panic as I try to remember just what dates I need to remember. I need something that will help me remember that I will actually be inclined to use - perhaps a personalised calendar like the ones available here or something similar. Boring everyday calendars and the ones available on my computer and my phone just don't cut it and I still forget so perhaps something with my family on will actually lead me to remember?

With Jack's birthday coming up and multiple siblings creeping up on us too, I need to get myself sorted especially if buying presents - I'm fed up of being the one who always forgets!

Do you find you have the same trouble with your family, whether big or small? There are just too many dates to remember!

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Stuck On You Stick On & Iron On Labels

With Jack soon to start nursery, we know that we will have to start labeling his stuff. After all, you can't expect a three year old to remember which one is his if other children have the same.  Now that he is able to read his name, labeling his items will make it easier for both him and nursery staff to distinguish what is his. To help us in this process, we were kindly sent some stick on and iron on personalised name labels from the people at Stuck On You

We were sent the Little Kid's Value Pack to review. Each pack comes with an iron on sleeve of labels and a stick on one. I've had to keep these hidden from Jack otherwise I would find the stick on ones absolutely everywhere!

We chose the construction design with his full name. There are a number of different designs to choose from but with Jack recently loving his trucks and car toys, construction seemed like the way to go for these. We have been busy preparing a number of different items for nursery including clothes, rucksacks and the like.

The iron on pack are easy to apply - simply place face up on the fabric so that the text is showing, cover with supplied parchment paper and iron over with a dry iron on a setting between medium and hot for 10 seconds. Repeat until the label is firmly applied and allow to cool before use. Of course, the stickers are even easier, just peel off and stick on!

We are quite impressed with these labels - especially as the packs come with both iron on labels and stickers meaning that you can use different labels for different items - iron on obviously are great for clothing whereas stickers are better for books etc.  There are such a wide variety of designs available and different sized packs too - whilst we chose the little kid's pack, there are junior packs available too.

I will definitely be considering picking up more of these in the future - after all, they are definitely more attractive than the labels I had sewn in/stuck in to my clothes when I was younger! These currently retail at £13.99 and are definitely worth every penny.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Bingo Through The Ages

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Some people consider me quite lucky. I enter quite a lot of competitions and I win a lot of them. 

But that's the point - I enter a lot thus obviously have more chance of winning than someone else who doesn't. 

 I do think I have some form of luck though - when the chips are down and I think it simply can't get any worse and something happens that makes me believe everything is going to be alright - that's luck.      

I mentioned before that I often try my luck at competitions but I've also recently been trying my luck at online bingo. Having tried a variety of sites out in the past and falling in love with the community that surrounds online bingo.

It is quite amazing that bingo has been around for so long - 1530 in fact in Italy! It has evolved so much over the years and is much more than the 'game for old ladies' that it seemingly was a little over twenty years ago, before the digital age really rolled in.  I love nothing more than spending a little bit of time online and playing some bingo at Paddy Power is my current online activity of choice so I am glad to share their infographic today on bingo through the ages.

Do you enjoy a good game of bingo? Do you prefer to play online or in a hall?

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Food For The Whole Family

With Steve working random shifts and me working from home, sometimes the only person who gets a proper evening meal is Jack - I don't tend to make myself tea the same time as Jack unless all three of us are home so we are always looking for handy little snack type meals to fill us up.

We were recently sent the Naanster range to try out. I had seen these in the shops but had never thought to pick them up for some reason. We received two of each flavour: beef madras, balti chicken, chicken tikka and vegetable tikka. Steve tried some, I tried a few and we also roped his Dad into testing some too.

I stuck to the vegetable tikka as I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to curry style dishes. I did have a bite of the balti and chicken tikka when Steve had them but didn't dare go near the madras - I don't think my mouth could have taken it!

The Naansters are designed to microwaved in the packaging after the packaging has been pierced. Whilst the products tasted great and exactly like I expected them to, I did find that heating them in the packaging left the naan bread to go a little limp and soggy which wasn't exactly pleasant - it didn't take away from the taste experience however.

After taste testing from the whole family, we came to the conclusion that these are a great filler if you fancy a snack between meals or are rushing around on shift work. They taste as expected and are quick and easy to heat up. However, the sogginess of the naan after heating was a little disappointing and something that Naanster could possibly take a look into to see if they can improve.

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Are There Legitimate Risks In Getting A Pre Natal Ultrasound?

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There’s so much excitement when you are having your first child. And so much trepidation. A primary source of concern is the first ultrasound. Is it safe for me and my baby?

Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to view the muscles and internal organs in real-time, allowing the doctor to see movement and blood flow in the fetus. They have been used for over 20 years in a myriad of medical circumstances including to help athletes, check your heart or monitor the health of your baby boy or girl. There are no known risks associated with ultrasound imaging except for minimal effects including heating of body tissue heating.

While there are no long-term effects of ultrasound, it’s good practice to only receive ultrasounds at recommended times during the pregnancy. It is discouraged to receive ultrasounds for memorabilia purposes.

If you have experienced issues during the first few weeks of the pregnancy, your doctor may refer you for an early ultrasound. This would take place within the first six to nine weeks of the pregnancy. Normally, you will have two ultrasounds during your pregnancy.

The first ultrasound is called the dating ultrasound and usually takes place in the first trimester. This could happen anywhere between week ten and week thirteen of your pregnancy. It will give you a more accurate picture of when your baby is due, reveal the number of babies you are carrying (twins, you say), and check your baby’s heartbeat. The next ultrasound takes place at sixteen to twenty weeks. This time the obstetrician will check for any abnormalities, determine the baby’s sex (if you want to know), and to measure his or her size.

Ultrasounds aren’t perfect. An ultrasound may not detect all birth defects or falsely detect a birth defect. Either way, the pros of having ultrasounds during your pregnancy far outweigh any negatives. It’s about the health of your new baby.

Of course, each pregnancy is unique and your medical history may deem it necessary to have additional ultrasounds. Whether you have two ultrasounds or more, ultrasounds are a safe and easy way to check your baby’s progress and health. Your baby’s health is paramount and this is a critical tool for monitoring their health.

This post was written for by Glenn Josephik. Glenn is an account representative and the marketing coordinator at MedCorp LLC, the industry leader and premier business source for used portable ultrasound systems. You can follow Glenn Josephik on Google+.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn Picnic Spots with Vita Coco

We love nothing more in our household than going for picnics and our favourite picnic spot has to be the local park. We try to take advantage of it whilst the older children are in school as it means Jack gets more of a run of the place but we do still spend time there during the school holidays - it just means that the park is very busy!

It has been a bit tough to get out lately, not least because I've just had all four wisdom teeth out and am in a lot of pain. I've been spending the majority of the time leading up to the operation trying to sort things out so I can have some time to recover afterwards - it doesn't seem to really be working!

So why do we love the park for picnicking? There is SO much to do! The common is just across the road but the park is perfect for the safety aspect when you have got a toddler. The adults can sit on the benches when the children go off to explore and you don't have to worry about them getting out.

Whilst we could in the brief time last week when the sun was shining, we had a little picnic at the park - knowing we wouldn't be able to do much this week after all! We were sent some fantastic Vita Coco treats to have with our picnic as well as some great activities - can't beat a game of frisbee!

I hadn't realised that Vita Coco actually did flavoured coconut water, I thought they simply did normal coconut water and that was that. These went down a treat with Jack and whilst neither mine or Steve's cup of tea, I'm sure they will be making their way into our shopping trolley very soon!

Jack loves going for picnics and it is a shame that the cold days and nights are drawing in, making it almost impossible to have them. So I propose we have some indoor winter picnics instead to keep his love of picnics alive - and best of all, he can still have his favourite treats too!

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Click & Chat Social Media Linkup #30

The Click and Chat Link up Party #30

The Click and Chat Link up party! come and share your favorite posts with us and find some new great blogs!!

Welcome to the Click and Chat Link up party!
We are so glad you came by to link up with us!
Last week we showed you the host's pick!
This week we thought we would let you all pick the top three most clicked on posts from the link up!
Here they are!!

Thank you for all the other great posts!
We can't wait to see what you link up this week!
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