Friday, 29 July 2011

UKWaspWatch

With the summer hoildays in full swings and days out, do you know what to do if you little one got stung by a wasp and had an allergic reaction to it??




Anaphylactic reactions can range in intensity, from minor to severe. Due to this, it is advisable for parents who think their child may be suffering an anaphylactic shock to call 999 immediately and seek professional medical help.

The Anaphylaxis Campaign  advises the following steps:
·         Call 999 immediately to seek medical help
·         Keep the patient calm
·         Lay the patient down, with their feet raised to increase the blood flow to the heart
·         If there is a sign the patient will be sick, turn them onto their side into the recovery position until the ambulance arrives


Keep your kids sting free this summer with UKWaspWatch
Two-thirds of mums worry about wasps in the summer holidays

With the summer holidays upon us, Rentokil is advising parents to be more wasp aware over the coming weeks to minimise the risk of children being stung whilst out and about. The advice comes as Rentokil reports a 13% increase on wasp enquiries versus the same period last year, following the unseasonably warm weather this spring.[1] 

A new survey from Rentokil reveals that two-thirds of mums (66%) worry about the threat of wasp stings in the summer.  These can cause severe reactions and over 300,000 people in the UK suffer allergic reactions to stings. Rentokil’s research of 500 mums also shows that over three-quarters (76%) would not know how to treat anaphylactic shock if their child experienced it.

Savvas Othon, Technical Director at Rentokil Pest Control comments, “As a parent, I understand why wasps make people nervous as they can be unpredictable.  The trick is to avoid staying in areas where wasps may cluster such as around ice cream vans or rubbish bins in picnic areas. Wasps do get more aggressive towards the end of the summer as there are no developing larvae for them to feed and they tend to seek out just carbohydrates. It makes sense to encourage your children to be extra vigilant when eating carb-packed snacks around this time.”

To help parents – and the wider public- manage the risk of wasps - Rentokil’s interactive UKWaspWatch map tracks sightings of wasps to create a picture of wasp hotspots across the country. This year, Rentokil has teamed up with The Anaphylaxis Campaign (the UK charity focused on helping people living with severe allergies) and will donate 20p to the charity every time a person logs a wasp or wasps’ nest sighting onto UKWaspWatch throughout the summer.  The site also includes information on what parents should do if their child is stung.

Savvas Othon, adds, “We’re just going into the peak of the wasp season and this can be a concern when planning summer activities, particularly if children suffer from allergic reactions to stings. Our advice is that prevention is better than cure; helping children know how to reduce the risks of being stung is vital. This can be something as seemingly obvious as not disturbing a wasps’ nest as they can contain up to 5,000 wasps by the end of the summer and are incredibly dangerous if provoked. This research shows there is a real need for parents to understand more about anaphylaxis so they can treat any reactions quickly and effectively.”



Rentokil has the following top tips for parents to minimise wasp threats:
·         Encourage your child to stay calm in the presence of wasps.  The best advice is to move away slowly; waving arms or swatting wasps will increase their tendency to sting
·         Wasps are attracted to bright colours.  If you’re planning to spend time outdoors, muted or pastel shades will help prevent your child being targeted
·         Don’t walk barefoot outside and look out for wasps before sitting down
·         Wasps will make a beeline for sweet drinks and foods.  Encourage children to use lids and wrap food as soon as you’ve finished eating
·         Ensure children wipe their faces and hands after eating sweet things like lollies and ice-creams to minimize further temptation for wasps
·         Remember that insect repellents go hand in hand with sun cream in the hot weather
·         Research the difference between wasps and bees. While both are bright yellow and black striped, there are noticeable differences between the insects. For example, wasps tend to be less hairy than bees, their eyes are kidney shaped and their bodies more pointed, with a noticeable waist. Being stung by a bee is quite rare as they are much less aggressive than wasps.

Dr Shuaib Nasser, Consultant in Allergy, Addenbrookes NHS Trust Hospital, Cambridge and member of The Anaphylaxis Campaign Clinical and Scientific Advisory Panel comments,
While just 0.5% of the population suffers an acute allergic reaction to wasp stings, we always advise simple precautions to minimize any risks. If you or your children suffer a severe allergic reaction after a bee or wasp sting it is important to seek medical help immediately and then ask your GP to refer you to an Allergy Specialist.”

A high wasp presence is a real turn-off for parents, with 82% of mums stating they would actively avoid a wasp hotspot. Parents concerned about wasps can log onto UKWaspWatch to identify areas with high wasp activity when planning days out or weekends away.  You can also log any sightings together with their severity, ranging from a single wasp through to a wasps’ nest:
  • Visit www.ukwaspwatch.co.uk and log a sighting directly onto the map by following the simple instructions
  • Enter your sighting via a special Facebook application  
  • Tweet the hashtag #ukwaspwatch, your postcode and how serious the sighting is using the scale on the UKWaspWatch website.

Carrie Longton, Co-Founder, Mumsnet concludes, "Wasps can be a real anxiety for parents particularly with the added worry of an allergic reaction if a child hasn't been stung before. So it's great to read practical advice on avoiding wasps and what to do if you do get stung, hopefully leaving us free to enjoy the holidays with one less stress."

To find out more about UKWaspWatch and to raise money for The Anaphylaxis Campaign visit www.UKWaspWatch.co.uk.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Ther summer Hoildays

Right with the summer holidays in full swing, what have i got planned? Ive try ed to plan the six weeks with fun filled activities to keep Raiden happy and not bouncing off the walls! So here is some of my activities I've got. School holidays are always super expensive so i have to budget out and level out what we do thought out the holidays but also keeping Raiden happy and baby friendly too.

Trip to the seaside, its going to be Raidens first time and he's super excited. We are gonna buy a bucket and spade and have a picnic on the beach. Hopefully the weather is OK and he can have a dip in the sea and build sand castles. Ive got Lexie an all in one UV suit and hat so she doesn't burn like a crisp. Ive had to make a chart with how many sleeps countdown on, which he has been marking off the sleeps himself! he he



 Brickland AKA Legoland! Raiden keeps saying mum i wanna go to brickland, so grandad is taking us all the way down to London so we can go and have a tour around. He also said he wants to go and waves to the Queen, i hope shes in!

I will be taking Raiden to a few different parks, nature centre, the zoo, library, sealife centre and a range of play centres. Also doing making and baking at home, we are going to have a go at, fruit jelly, rice crispy cakes, banana cakes, Bread & heathly pizza.

I'm going to do lots of messy activity's at home, paint your own mug, a painting on a canvas ( for nanny's birthday) playdough, gluing and sticking, making robots out of old boxes & the best of all making dens!


We went to a wacky warehouse on tuesday and Raiden got hes face painted! Its quite scary!



Then we went to grandads for a BBQ. Yum yum !


We already have been making castles/battleships


While little miss Lexie has mainly does this, shes teething at the moment so is a bit of a grumpy bum.

Dylon colour catchers

I’m awful for not doing a colour and white wash I just shove everything in then normally turn socks and pants multi colours. I  was sent  these DYLON colour catchers  which removes loose dye from the wash, Eliminates the risk of colour runs ruining clothes, so  it Allows  you to do a mixed wash which helps reduce the number of washes, even at 30. The colour catcher is a treated antitransfer sheet with special ingredients which act like a magnet, removing loose dyes and dirt during the washing process so now I don’t have to worry which save me time and money having to replace socks and pants. Ha-ha. I also have some colour dyes to jazz up some old clothes. 

The sheet before the wash.


The sheet after…. See it works the proof is in the sheet!

 Colour catches are available from most supermarkets and range from £2-3 per pack.


Monday, 25 July 2011

Recpies for the school hoildays

Raidens a huge fan of making and baking! Im going to share some of the recipes im going to be doing over the summer! Photos to follow!

1. Baking bread

Bread is really easy and satisfying to make.  Here's a recipe for making bread dough - you can make a simple loaf of bread or try some rolls or whatever shape they want to make.

  • 425g/15oz strong white bread flour (or use any combination of strong white/wholemeal/granary bread flour)

  • 2 tbsp melted butter, olive oil or vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ tsp sugar or honey

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 ¼ tsp fast action dried yeast

  • 260ml/9 fl oz warm water or milk


  • Put the flour into a large bowl, add the butter/oil and mix well, stir in the sugar, salt and yeast.
    Make a well in the dry ingredients and add enough of the water/milk to make a soft (not sticky) dough. If the dough is too sticky, just add a little more flour, or add a drop of water if the dough is too dry.
    Knead for 5 minutes and then cover and put aside to rise for around 45 mins. Knead again and put into a greased 2lb loaf tin. Cover and leave for a further 30 minutes.
    Bake at 200C/Gas 6 for about 30 minutes. Turn out and cool on a wire rack.


    2. Heathly pizza

    you can use pitta bread, bagutttes, pizza bases or even naan breads

    Or try making a traditional bread base (makes 2 pizzas):
    • 3 cups of strong plain flour
    • 1 cup of water
    • 1 tsp fast action dried yeast
    • 1 tsp sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and kneed until you have a smooth dough (add a little more flour if the dough is too sticky) cover the bowl with cling film and allow to prove for around 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 2 pieces, or 4 pieces if you want smaller pizzas, and pat out into rounds. Place on greased baking sheets. Spread tomato puree or tomato ketchup over the pizza bases, add grated cheese then all your yummy toppings!

    3. Banana Fairy cakes.
    • 2 eggs
    • 100g/4oz self raising flour
    • 100g/4oz butter/margarine
    • 100g/4oz soft brown sugar
    • 1 old banana that has been left in the bowl too long
    Put oven on to 200 C/Gas 6.
    Line a bun tin with cup-cake-cases.
    Put all the ingredients into the food processor or hand whisk (best to start with butter & sugar first, then add the rest gradually) until all ingredients are in and smooth and feel light & airy.
    Put a generous portion of mixture into each cup-cake-cases.
    Pop into oven for between 12-20 mins depending on your oven!

    I usually add a few chocolate drops to each cup-cake before putting in the oven, but you can leave plain.



    4. Chocolate rice krispy cakes
    Another classic that is perfect for making with your children.
    • 225g chocolate
    • 125g rice crispies (or other cereal)
    • Spinkles/ mini eggs etc to decorate 
    Simply melt the chocolate in a saucepan over a low heat (or in a bowl in the microwave). Stir in the rice crispies and coconut (or fruit/nuts).
    Spoon the mixture into cake cases, add spinkles or any other bits to decorate and leave to cool.

    Flavory Nature Strawberry crush

    I'm always looking for a healthy juice for me and my family with the amount my son drinks and the hidden sweeters or sugars in squash i worry. So when i was asked to test out a all natural juice i was thrilled. Flavory nature  have traditional and natural squashes, organic juices and fruity teas so they have something special for everyone. There are no preservatives or artificial colours and the fruit and vegetables aren't frozen or stored so they taste as mother nature intended. So 100% natural yum!


    Raiden isn't a huge fan of fruit juices hes more of a squash juice drinker, i was really surprised him drinking it, hes favourtive fruit is strawberries so that's why i picked the strawberry crush flavour. He was quite sad when it had all gone.


    The first sip it was slighty bitter as you can tell its pure, it was even yummier straight from the fridge. Its comes in a glass bottle so its great for recycling too. Thumbs up from me and Raiden.




     Go and check out all the great flavours on http://www.flavorynature.co.uk/

    Bambino Mio Nappy Challenge Last day & final thoughts

    I would like to thank Bambino Mio for the chance of doing the nappy challenge as its really opened my eyes on how common disposable nappies are now. People initially think they are more complicated and cost more. but it actual fact they are the opposite. Initially the cost is higher at the start but if you bu a nappy or cover a week it doesn't work out as much and the amount you can save in the long run is huge. Also saving unnecessary waste going to landfills too, theres an eco warrior in us all.


    I have to say that performance, comfort and appearance have been very good all round. I never had one leak which i thought would be a huge problem for me.



    I don't think I'm going to become a 100% reusable nappy user, but I'm defiantly going to buy some more to use rather than a disposable, every disposable i don't use with help. I hope you all enjoyed my journey with me me and Lexie had fun!


    Please check out Bambino Mio's Website http://www.bambinomio.com/



    Bambino Mio Nappy Challenge days 5 & 6

    Well Day 5 & 6, still no leaks. Lexie has been rather grumpy  and sleeply too so shes been in them longer and theres no hint of nappy rash either. So its all looking good in the land of reusables. So with all the postives weighing and still only a few negatives im still on the fence. Im only wishing now i had looke dhard and long into them while i was pregnant rather than three months down the line.

    After looking on the bambino Mio website to show you there range of the nappy covers as you dont have to have plain white.








    Please see http://www.bambinomio.com/ for details.

    Thursday, 21 July 2011

    Bambino Mio Nappy Challenge Day Four

    Well we are half way through the challenge so i decided to do use two reusable’s today, even showed daddy how to do one too. So day four and i think i may be convinced in to start using them more often i don’t think I’m going to be a 100% reusable nappy user though as disposables are handy if you out all day. What do mommies do when you are on holiday?



    So thinking about the positives to using reusable nappies?

    1. Saves money anything from £500

    2. They have no impact on landfill sites and therefore don’t take ages to biodegrade.

    3. They look great because they are 'shaped' liked a disposable with Velcro fastenings and come in a range of patterns.

    4. Reusable nappies are made from chemical free materials and organic so there better for baby’s skin. 

    5. Re-usable nappies can be equally as absorbent as disposables and as long as they're changed frequently pose no increased risk of nappy rash.

    7. You can further help the environment by using an energy efficient washing machine and an eco-detergent and softener.





    Bambino Mio Nappy Challenge Day Three

    So day three and I’m getting brave, went out with a re-useable on, got to admit i was a little paranoid and kept checking all the time. Don’t know how i would feel carrying a few wet or stinky nappies about with me all day though if I’m out for a long time. But again no leaks seem to have the same absorbency as a disposable. Apart from making Lexie look like she has a bigger bum, im liking them more and more.




    On average a baby uses over 5,000 disposable nappies from birth to potty. Did you think it was that many?


    Age Group       Nappies used per day    Total nappies used
    0-4 Months           12                          1460
    4- 6 Months          10                           608
    6-12 Months          8                           1460
    12-18 Months        6                            1095
    18-24 Months        4                             730

    Overall Nappy Usage  - 5353 nappies

     

    Tuesday, 19 July 2011

    Bambino Mio Nappy Challenge Day Two

    Well I've been doing my research and asked in a forum of  mummies that use reusable nappies why they used them, i was quite shocked with the response 4/5 said its cost effective the other because it was eco-friendly. The initial cost is what put me off in the first place, so is it really cheaper than disposables? It is said to cost anything from £750+ depending on how quick your child goes into potty training into pants.

     Bambino Mio have a birth to potty pack priced at £249.99  which  easiest and most economical way to buy nappies and nappy covers for your baby. The RRP of there birth to potty pack is approximately 30% cheaper than if the items were purchased separately. The birth to potty pack combines all the basic essentials you will require for your baby from birth until potty training. Hmmm that is a huge saving of at least £500!




    So how many nappies do you need?

    If using our cloth nappies full time Bambino Mio recommend the following

    - 24 x mionappies (nappies) of one size - available in size 1 or 2 ~ £12.99
    - 3-6 x miosoft (nappy covers) of one size ~ £ 9.85
    - mioliners (nappy liners) ~ £ 4.95

    - miofresh (nappy cleanser) ~ £ 4.60


    The more I'm researching in to reusables the more keen I'm becoming more aware of the facts and figures. Day 2,  I've tryed the nappy at a different time and left it on a little longer. Again no problems, no leaks, Lexie seems happy in it, I'm not sure she even knows the difference, i didn't even have to look how to fold them either go me. The nappy seems to look as good as new after the first wash too.




    MAM Self Sterlilising Bottle

    Well I'm always amazed with new ideas MAM come up with I'm been so excited to get the Self sterilising bottle, the amount of times ive been stuck because I've ran out of clean bottles. Milk on the go is so much easier to pick up than a clean bottle.
    So how does the self-sterilising work? You unscrew the bottom, put in some water (20ml that you can measure out with the nifty measuring cup in the cap), put the teat and ring on the base, place the bottle components back on top of the base (without screwing them on), place the cap on the top and zap it in the microwave for a few minutes. These would be super great to if your going away and didn't want to take a bulky sterilizer.
    Its also anti-colic , the base ventilation is designed ensure a smooth flow, so your baby doesn’t swallow air. The extra-soft MAM teat is meant to make switching between breast and bottle easier too.


                              

                


    The bottle can be purchased as a single pack (in pink, blue or green) for £4.29 for 130ml size, £4.49 for 160ml size and £4.99 for 260ml. You can also buy packs of three, at £12.49 for the 160ml size and £13.99 for the 260ml size.

    The design and idea are fantasic ive already used it a few times, and Lexie seems to like the teat shape too.




    Please check out http://mamonlineshop.com/ for the designs and packs

    Monday, 18 July 2011

    Baby Belly Blues

    Well my gorgeous girl is going to be 14 weeks on Wednesday and i think I've just hit the baby jelly belly blues. I was determined this time to get straight in there and really crack on to loosing the weight, but one thing after another has cropped up, which has totally killed my motivation. I know i just need to get there once then hopefully i can start feeling normal again as its making me feel rather crappy at the moment.

    If anyone wants to share any tips please comment or if anyone has any spare motivation please send my way as im really struggling.

    Bambino Mio nappy challenge Day one

    Well I've always been curious about re-usable nappies, I'm gonna be honest the initial cost has always put me off. The lovely Bambino Mio asked me to do a nappy challenge to use one re-usable nappy a day for a week to see what i thought. So i thought why not! After getting the nappies and doing some research online I'm very shocked with what i found. Did anyone know that around 8 million disposable nappies are thrown away every day in the UK, Its also said it can take up too 500 Years for a  disposable nappy to Biodegrade. I'm totally shocked i seriously didn't think its was them figures at all.







    After telling my mum about my challenge, she actually laughed and said i remember them nappies yours was always sparking white and them big old safely pins.  I had to tell her them days are long gone.  the days of the old Terry squares needing skills in origami to fold to the right size and the old big safety pins. although you can still choose this option if you like, and you can buy all sorts of different colours too. Today's real nappies (waterproof pants, or wraps) are made from soft, breathable fabrics, most are cotton, some organic. They come in different styles according to the supplier and a variety of sizes. These real nappies are tailored to fit the baby, are easy to put on and are normally fastened with Velcro, rather like disposables nappies! By using biodegradable one-way liners most of the solid waste can be flushed straight down the toilet, where sewage belongs.


    So Day one, well i was totally shocked when i opened the box, Holly crackers is what i thought! But to be honest two goes and i got it right i hope! There not as completed as i initially thought, the instructions where super clear.


    In my bambino box, the contains were:


    2 prewashed mionappies
    1 miosoft nappy cover
    50 mioliners
    mircofresh
    miobosst
    scoop





    Ok so day one and it wasnt half as bad as i thought, Nappy kept everything in, no leaks or anything, didnt seem to bother Lexie as all either having it on. I think she looks rather cool as a Bambino Baby Dont you??





    London Tea Company

    I will totally honest and I’m not a huge fan of herbal teas, drinking raspberry tea leaf during pregnancy used to make me heave, but I’m the type of person that will try anything, being a huge coffee drinker I’m always aiming to be a bit healthier so I decided to give it a try.
    First impressions of the tin, it defiantly quirky and something I would look and pick up in a supermarket, it’s a lot better than the standard cardboard tea bag boxes you get. When I opened the tin there was a fresh vibrant smell.

    London Tea was set up in 2003 by a medical doctor and his elder brother, The London Tea Company’s reach now spans continents from the West to the Far East and from the tip of South Africa to the northern lights of Scandinavia. Initially thought of as a wish list of the things they’d like to see in the teas that they themselves drink, the vision soon became a successful business combining these very ideals:

    ·         Organic tea leaves
    ·         The highest quality tea bushes
    ·         Traditional (orthodox) Tea Manufacturing Methods
    ·         Biodegradable boxes and pouches
    ·         Fair-trade ideals
    ·         The best tea blenders and tasters in the world
    ·         Handpicked tea

    Now, having relied on word of mouth recommendations and absolutely no advertising to date, the company receives calls worldwide from companies and individuals who have fallen in love with our flavours and our ethos.
    I have the green tea tropical detox which I know Green Tea is also renowned for raising your metabolic rate and that's obviously amazing for weight loss. So perfect as I still have my baby Bubba. I let the tea bag similar for about 5 minutes, its recommend 1-3 minutes but I like my tea quite strong. The tea is pretty delicate not harsh like other brands I’ve tried before, it’s really pleasant and easy to drink. I’m actually quite surprised with how much I like it, I see myself swapping my morning coffee for one of these. All ingredients are organically grown and processed.


    There is a huge range of different teas and blends on their website, so please check them out here http://www.londontea.co.uk/





    Sunday, 17 July 2011

    Green Nippers Babygrow



    I’m always excited when it comes to organic or natural things I will always try my best to do my bit for the environment. Green Nippers offer trendy, bright and colorful clothes for your little nippers. They do a huge collection of Organic clothes and organic baby accessories from 0-12 months.

    They use organic cotton which is soft, cool and comfortable to wear, which doesn’t contain nasty chemical or pesticide residues which can be found in conventional cotton. Which can irate baby’s sensitive skin. As well as their unique baby grows they are also wonderful solutions for babies suffering from reflux. The practical all in one outfits are loose fitting ensuring there is no pressure on the babies stomach. As all in one baby outfits are smart and stylish making them perfect to wear any time of the day or night.

    I was really surprised how soft and fluffy the material was, lexie has been suffering from a viral infection so she has a huge bumpy rash all over her. I’ve tried to put loose fitting stuff on her to keep her warm but they seem to be irritating her. I popped the hooded babygrow on her and it seemed to keep her warm and cool. I liked the fact it had a hood and popper fasting which is easy to get on and off. On the school run I got asked where the babygrow was from as they liked the colors on it, so it defiantly stood out.




    I never review anything without washing and drying it first, quite a few clothes now I’ve had have shrink in the wash and don’t last very long. With children you need clothes that are hardwearing as you can’t be buying items every five minutes. It seemed to keep shape and wash well it was still soft after two washes.

    Also Green Nippers first children’s wear range will be launched in August 2011. There Junior Collection will include seasonal ranges of organic clothes for boys and girls from 0 months to 5 years. Including smart and practical dresses, smock tops, t-shirts and leggings for the girls. For the boys they will be offering  a wonderful range of t-shirts, stylish trousers and dungarees.


    For the full range please see
    http://www.greennippers.co.uk/



    Ballyhoo Toys & Games


    A bit about Ballyhoo.
    Well, Ballyhoo was the result of many long walks and a little chatter (actually rather a lot of discussion) between good friends, Tamsin and Sunita, who just happen to be two busy mums (occasionally exhausted) who felt varying levels of frustration at the lack of places where we could find beautiful toys for our children. I should mention that they have roughly 25 years of child rearing experience brought about by the 5 children (4 boys and 1 girl) that they have between them
    Hey presto! Ballyhoo was born.
    The office as it is affectionately known is in fact a 19th century Victorian farmhouse with stunning views over the fields of Saffron Walden. They have personally selected a range of gorgeous toys that encourage creative and imaginative play - real toys that is, for playing with not the sort that beep at you in wild plastic colors and cost the earth in batteries. They stock a huge range of toys on their website.
    I’m a huge fan of sturdy wooden toys, I would rather pay the extra for something that’s going to last. Raiden is a huge fan of cars, typical boy! I couldn’t wait to pick him up from school to show him what was waiting for him at home. Within five minutes he noticed the cardboard box on the side. Mum is this for me he asked. Yes Raiden it is for you, your chanellge today is too play with it and tell me how you like it and why you do. He then proceeded to get he’s car mat and I think every car he owed out on to the living room floor.


    We received a fantastic bright wooden loader/digger it comes with its very own driver eager to get on with his day's work! A fantastic wooden truck that moves along the ground with ease. Bright yellow in color with orange wheels and black rubber tires. It’s really good quality and very sturdy, Raiden enjoyed playing with it along with he’s other cars. I think I may buy the breakdown and rubbish Lorrie’s too so he can have all three.



    While looking on the website I’ve saw Lexies next Christmas present Dancing mice musical box. Babies and children will be captivated by this enchanting music box as they watch the mice spin gracefully to the music. Sounds fab doesn’t it.


    Please check out the Ballyhoo website and there huge range of wooden toys and games.
    http://www.ballyhootoys.co.uk/




    Friday, 15 July 2011

    Soap & Glory Competition * NOW CLOSED*

      
    I'm a MASSIVE Soap & Glory fan. Every aspect of the brand appeals to me really, from the pretty pink, retro packaging, to the super feminine scents and textures, there really isn't one thing from the brand that I've tried and not liked.

    I’m currently using all my other body lotions and potions so I can replace it all with Soap and glory ha-ha!

    The one thing that stands out for me is the Bad Hair Day shampoo I have a super sensitive scalp and most shampoos make it very itchy and dry. I’ve been using the bar hair shampoo since November 2010 and now I won’t use anything else.

    Soap and glory are not tested on animals either which is always something I look out for.


    So for my next competition I have up for grabs is two soap & glory products. ( I was tempted to keep these myself)





    Sexy Mother Pucker lip gloss RRP £8.43
    Fasten your seatbelts! It’s Super-Colour Sexy Mother Pucker. As ALL OUT Pout-Plumping as our‘Original Formula’, in new Seductive Pink Apricot colour with a fabulous Chocolate/Orange flavour.
    Extreme formula lip plumping gloss, with scientifically-proven plumping microspheres that explode in volume up to 10x when they come in contact with water. (They’re like tiny, dehydrated little sponges that expand when you apply them onto your lips. We’ve also formulated Sexy Mother Pucker™ with a rare circulation enhancing ingredient that gives your lips a little ‘electric’ buzz, to move more blood around the area, creating the swelling effect mentioned above).



    Girligo Body Mist RRP £6.38
    A fragranced spray-on body moisturizing mist. Do your own flirty work: Spritz Girligo™ on all-over post shower for temptingly fragrant, softer, smoother, more supple skin.
    Scented with a tempting blend of bergamot, peach, strawberry, jasmine, mandarin and musk.
    Results: Sensible men have been driven to dizziness by this moisturizing mist.



     For your chance to win these fantastic products. Competition will end on the 5th August at 1.00pm.

    1.   Follow my blog
    2.   Leave a comment telling my favourite body product and contact details, so if you win I can contact you! UK Only!


    Good luck

    Saving Those Pennies



    Anyone that knows me knows I’m the biggest penny pincher going if I can help it I won’t ever pay full price for anything. I will spend hours online looking for the best deal online and look for money off vouchers/Codes.  I’m always finding a bargain. I’m going to share some tips to save them pennies. I’m going to do a feature every week on how to save some pennies.

    I’ve started to use cash back sites when I’m buying items online. I just cashed £37 worth of online shopping that I had done into my bank account not bad for items I was buying anyway. Here is the link for the cash back site I use, sign up its free.  





    Another site for de-cluttering is Music magpie it allows you to turn your old CDs, DVDs and Games into cash instantly. Just enter the barcodes of your CDs, DVDs or Games and we will tell you how much they are worth. Every day thousands of people use musicMagpie to de-clutter their homes or make a little extra money for themselves. If you want to turn your old CDs, DVDs and Games into cash simply enter the first barcode in the box above to get started. It also free to send your items to them and they have a FREE musicMagpie app you can scan in your items quickly and easily.
    www.musicmagpie.co.uk




    I normally get great deals and money off vouchers from http://www.hotukdeals.com/  It’s kept up to date and had daily deals and freebies too. They also have a Facebook page which is updated daily.




    Then you have Gumtree or EBay to sell unwanted items on, I’ve been selling on EBay for about 7 years now but now it’s sometimes more hassle than its worth for the odd bits what sell, buy the time you take out listing fees/selling fees then PayPal fees. I always list on a FREE listing weekend so at least I save the listing fee. I’ve been looking to sell old clothes etc. on EBay then the bigger Items on Gumtree now as its free.




    Free cycle is a fab website for free items too, they get snapped up quite quickly though. The worldwide Free cycle Network is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It's a grassroots movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Free cycle groups match people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them. There goal is to keep usable items out of landfills. By using what we already have on this earth, they reduce consumerism, manufacture fewer goods, and lessen the impact on the earth. Another benefit of using Free cycle is that it encourages us to get rid of junk that we no longer need.
    http://www.uk.freecycle.org/





    One of my best friends always laughs at me and normally asks me if I’ve started my Christmas shopping about now time, as she can’t believe how organized I am, well its save to say I have. I got 80% of lexies presents already as the half price Mothercare sale was on and I’ve saved a whopping £65 plus I got it delivered free! Most online shops have a few sales though the year they also do free delivery or a free item if you spend a certain amount online so it’s worth looking out for them too.