Wednesday, 29 February 2012

My Big Boy Is Five

So on Sunday my gorgeous boy turned Five years old. We stared the birthday celebrations on Saturday by going to the Zoo, thankfully we had lovely weather. We sent off to spend the whole day there, we had a great walk around looking and seeing all the animal Lexie had a great time looking too. Raiden even got to hold a little guinea pig too.

 



 











Sunday morning came and Raiden had a mountain of presents to open. We decided to take him a play area with a ball pool with lots of slides. Lots of family came around to give him lots of presents too. Raiden got lots and lots of Lego, the place is looking a lot like legoland at the moment. Raiden had an amazing day.

 




 


 



I cant believe it been five years already, you don't realise hen people say enjoy it as it goes too fast. You just think oh yeah but it doesn't go super quick. I love my little man more than anything!


Lets Cook Choclate Rotater & Angry Birds Plush

Fancy buying something different for Easter? It doesn't have to mean eggs. With so many special gifts this Easter, children can enjoy a treat.

We got to review the amazing Lets Cook Chocolate Rotater. Raiden can make hes own 3D chocolate for hes family this Easter. Melt the chocolate in the special tub then Place chocolate into one of the moulds and then place it in the machine. Spin the mould for 3 minutes until the chocolate covers the mould and makes a hollow 3D shape. Then wrap it in colour foil and even add a tag to hang.




Raiden loved making the chocolate moulds, i was surprised it kept him entertained for so long, such a simple idea has an amazing effect! They was rather yummy too! Kit comes with six ( lion, teddy, circle, egg, car, and shell)  moulds, foil, string and a chocolate rotating machine. RRP is £14.99. There is a whole amazing range of Lets cool items. Fanastic if you have an eager cook in the house.










The Next item we got To test and review was an Angry birds cool plush with sound. All of us are mad angry birds fans, we are a family that trys to beat each others scores when the others aren't looking.

You can catapult your very own Angry Bird with these 4" Angry Birds Plush Toys with sound FX. When you press them its makes the flying sound them a smash there pretty cool! We got the red ( my favourtive) All the colour Birds and pig are available to buy at a mere £4.99 each.



They also have keyrings and the plush toys in 5 inch and 8 inches too. Definitely a thumbs up if you have a crazy Angry birds fan! Raiden was that impressed hes taken it to school today to show he's friends.






Monday, 27 February 2012

Pancake Day Yum Yum

Well I'm slightly behind in my blog posts, i was hit last week with my back in constant pain and my laptop decided to die, so its the first time blogging on the PC.

So last week was my favourite day one the year Shove Tuesday ( pancake day).

We decided to get loads of stuff and let Raiden decorate hes own this year we are normally quite plain and have them with lemon, sugar or ice cream.

Raiden wanted to make a funny face so as we thought he piled the pancake with chocolate sprinkles, kiwi, melon, apple, grapes, cream and watermelon as earrings. He ate the toppings and left the pancake.







He also made hes baby sister her 1st pancake, we used a cutter to shape it in to a butterfly  and added, cream, grapes, chocolate sprinkles and goji berries. She also ate the toppings and left pretty much of the pancake.





I managed to stuff my face with 2 and a half pancakes, im not going to wait as long next time for my fix of pancakes i think!

Hope you all had fun with yours, saw a lot of fantasic designs on my newsfeed.

Winner of the bath goo.....

For some reason I got the data mixed up on this! Whoops

The lucky winner is @SaraLane112.

Congrats Hunny

Thanks to everyone that entered! xx

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Babybornfree teether winner ....

Thanks to everyone that took part!

The lucky winner is @vickyd4v3

Congrats Hunny :)

Fed up Of Easter Eggs This Year, want to get the kids something different?

If you anything like me i dread the Easter egg boxes at Easter. Raiden gets so many we ended up melting them down last year to make Krispe cakes as it would of taken him a good six months to get thought them. I wanted to let you know about some alternative Easter products which are out there from the fabulous re:creation

 With pocket-sized favourites like Moshi Monsters™ and the all new Dinowaurs™, as well as hot new wheels from the Razor range, there are Easter treats to suit every wallet from 99p to £50! Girls and boys alike will love Moshi Monsters wearable accessories, launching in time for Easter.

Items in the new range include Moshi Monsters Keychains (SRP £3.99) and the Moshi Monsters Zippsters (SRP £1.49), perfect to hang from any zip on school bags, pencil cases or clothes! Kids can also go back to school with glee with handfuls of Moshling Charmlings to swap, love and attach to their Moshi Monsters Charmling Bands (SRP £2.99). As each pack contains a wristband and 2 Moshling Charmlings, this is one accessory range which is sure not to break the bank!





Boys will love the hottest new playground craze – Dinowaurs (SRP £1.99). A unique battle game with a dinosaur figure, information card and battle card in each pack, this game is sure to keep them entertained all Easter! Stockists are, Tesco, The Entertainer, Smyths Toys and Toys R US.





Ickee Stikeez (SRP from £0.99, Amazon, Sainsbury’s) is an amazing collection of squishy, squeezy, wacky miniature creatures that stick to almost anything! Sure to keep your little ones entertained through Easter lunch, kids will love finding places to stick these little critters.




The hugely successful LEGO® Lights collection would brighten up any child’s Easter, If your little one is a secret Ninja, why not give the LEGO Ninjago keylight (SRP £6.99, John Lewis) this Easter. Unleash the power of the dark side with the Darth Vader Key Light (SRP £6.99, Tesco) or the Darth Vader Torch with its super detachable lightsaber (SRP £19.99, Smyths). Homework will never be a chore with the spectacular Darth Vader Desk Lamp with LED lightsaber and handy USB power supply (SRP £34.99). As you know Raiden is a massive Lego fan, he was pretty excited to find the Darth Vader keyring when he came home, he couldn't wait to take it to bed on that night. We are planing to do out the kids room so after seeing these stickers i think there a winner.Kids of all ages are sure to love re:creation’s ranges of LEGO Wall Stickers available now. Ready to brighten up bedroom walls everywhere are characters from the LEGO Ninjago (SRP £9.99, Amazon), LEGO Classic (SRP £9.99, Next) and LEGO City ranges (Small - SRP £9.99, Amazon, Large - SRP £19.99, Next). So much easier than a coat of paint or wrestling with wallpaper – these stickers are easy to use, just peel and go!




How about really wowing the kids this Easter with a Razor Black Label A scooter (SRP: £49.99, Argos, Amazon). Taking the folding kick scooter concept to the extreme, this sporty scooter features Ultra Pro wheels and a full length pro deck. It’s THE choice for kids aged 5+ wanting to upgrade their scooter and get out in the fresh air this Easter!


Friday, 17 February 2012

Pushchairs Pushchairs Pushchairs

Well I've never been one to go cor look at that pushchair. I've never seen them as a massive baby accessory or thought OMG i have to have that one. I don't think i will would ever fully understand someone paying up to a £1000 for one. You could go on Holiday for that!!

My max spend on a pushchair was £230! lol I use my pushchairs for the purpose of getting A to B, not the latest trend or it my daughter looks gorgeoues in it, as my kids would look beautiful in any pushchair.

With finding out being pregnant with Raiden so late he's first pram was a second hand one a gorgeous Graco from eBay costing a mere £51. It came with everything, raincover, footmuff and carseat. We did use for two years until we buggered it up with too much shopping it was the best £51 i have ever spent.

Over second pram was a Winnie The Pooh stroller which lasted a mere 5 months at £30 i didn't complain.

The next pushchair was a gorgeous Quinny Zapp, we was at the baby show and i fell in love with the beautiful blue colour of it and because It was used for the two day show we bagged it for £130. Only problem i found with this was even the changing bag tipped it over. So it didn't last even a year until we had to bin it ( sob)

The last pushchair we had for Raiden was a Maclaren quest, which we still have now. which was on sale at £80 when we brought it. This was the best out of the lot, lightweight with great room in the basket for shopping and easy to use.

So the the four pushchairs with Raiden cost a mere £291

So we decided on a Mothercare trenton with Lexie which was the most i have spend ever on a pushchair £230, and its the one ive hated the most, huge, bulky and very heavy. Its been a total nightmare since day one.

As you all know i was picked as a Quinnycaster and i love my Moodd pushchair now, its something i  therogy i would never have been able to afford, so im so lucky to have been picked.

So my total pushchair fund stands at £521, which i dont think is bad with two children.

Although i will admit im a sucker for clothes the amount ive spent on them i wouldnt even want to total it up. I think every mom is a sucker for something pushchairs/shoes/clothes/dummies or even cloth nappies! 

Which one are you??? 

Water Babies

Me and Lexie has had amazing opportunity to test out the new swimming lessons for babies....... water babies!

After googling Water babies i was shocked to find out they get dunked on there first lesson. I think its natural instinct to keep babies from getting water on there face, never mind dunking them all the way in.

So i can say the communication with water babies is amazing i would certainly give them 11/10, after emails, phone calls and letters i was put at ease.

So the day came and off to water babies we went, the pools are heated so the baby's stay warm we was given a happy nappy ( waterproof nappy to put over a swimming nappy).

The instructor was great, running though everything before we did it and i was surprised the 30 minute lesson felt like it was only 10 minutes long. It really was a relaxed and calm session. Lexie wasn't fazed that she had her first swim under water and the amazing videos I've came across and saw online, makes it a lot less scary now. Lexie had an amazing time.

The lessons are pretty dear from £12-£15.75. That's because they invest a lot in training there instructors (at least 120 hours over ten days) Also pay to hire special warm water pools and each lesson is highly structured, with clearly visible results. They also have amazing under water shoots they do with your baby underwater. How cool would that be.

I think if i had the cash its something i would definitely go for but at the moment its something i couldn't budget for.

For more details pop over to and check out the amazing videos too :)

http://www.waterbabies.co.uk/













Thursday, 16 February 2012

Contraceptive Implant & Teenage Girls.

So last week it there was a mountain of news reports CLICK HERE  and a lot of threads on how the contraceptive implant is going to be given out in secret to teens in school without parents knowing about it.

I will hold my hand on my heart and say them three words I'm dreading '' mom I'm preganant'' Shes not even one yet and I'm already worried about latter years in life.

For me at 23 becoming a mom was the most scariest thing, i seriously felt too young. I have nothing against young moms at all its each to there own, you decide when you when you want to.

Back on to my thoughts and feeling i am determined to make sure both of my kids go to uni and get an amazing job. I don't want them to make do with a job, I've always had a job that i have loved that's how jobs should be. Today its just a way of living.

I also want them to enjoy life, see the massive and beautiful world we live in, there is so much unhappiness we see on TV and in the news the world isn't always like that. To many beautiful places to go and explore and see.

I hope in the teenage years me and Lexie have a relationship that she could confide in me and tell me anything and everything ..... but come on no child tells there parents everything!

Ive watched a few teenage documentaries when some of the things they have said have left me gobsmacked. Like you cant get pregnant standing up.... Like Whatttt?? So I'm glad schools are battling with the teenage pregnancies and i hope that if she cant confide in me or her doctor she can a school teacher. I don't want her to ever be scared that if she makes a wrong decision that could taint the rest of her life, even though being a mom is amazing she has a lot of time to do other things first.

I would her rather come back with any implant than a baby in her belly, but Ive also got to get over my fear that she is gonna make mistakes that life isn't easy and its a tough ride. It would be boring if it all ran smooth wouldn't it. So does it really matter 13, 20 or 30 its pretty likely I'm gonna hear then three words isn't it?  Of course i would be a little upset but i also would be proud how much of a grown up decision she has made too. No matter what happens she would have my 100% support behind her.

Anyone else have the same fears or are you hoping to be a nanny rather earlier than later in life?


Earth Friendly Baby Products

Well as you know Lexie has been under the weather with a viral infection, so I've held off testing these products until the rash had gone.

My little Lexie has real sensitive skin, poor thing gets washed with mainly water and a bit of soap. so i was super pleased to have a chance to review and test some organic products.

We was sent chamomile shampoo and body wash and soothing Organic Chamomile body lotion.




So Earth Friendly baby boasts on a high quality, natural products that are healthy for babies, their friends and the planet - available at a price that everyone can afford.

All of the company’s products are natural, which means they use ingredients that are plant-derived where possible and biodegradable and no aartificial colouring or synthetic
fragrances. Or use any parabens or sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate.

None of there products are tested on animals, and all products are suitable for vegetarians. All the products are also suitable for vegans except for those who do not use beeswax which is found in the creams.

I popped a bit of the body wash in to the baby as i was running it and there was instant bubbles and its smells divine. The smell isnt massivly strong just a fresh and virbant fragernce. After using the wash for nearly a week ive surpised it hasnt flared up Lexie, normally even organic products flare her up a bit but it seems ok.

The body lotion is lovely, leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft and again has been very gentle on Lexies skin. 
 Got to admit im guilty of using some on my tummy the lotions include shea butter so i hoping it may have an effect on my strech marks. The lotion is quite thin so its easily absorbed and non greasy it has a very subtle fragrance too.





To see all the fantasic products on offer pop over to the website

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Circa The Educational Toy Calender

Wow these are amazing, i know Raiden would love one of these. The only day he recognises is Friday as he has to go to mass with the school hehe

Circa is an innovative educational toy calendar designed to help children understand the cycles of the calendar using the toy's rotating and circular stacking design. The toy encourages parent-child interaction, with its design based on ease of learning for children in a gradual progression at their individual paces. Fully assembled, Circa makes a beautiful children’s perpetual desk calendar, fit for any bedroom or living area.

Testers have said about Circa “This is a beautifully crafted fully interactive calendar helping to teach children the days of the week, months of the year and days of the month. There are fun nursery rhymes on the reverse side of the disc to help children to remember the days of the week and months of the year. Time concept and sequencing is an essential part of language development.” 


Melinda, mummy inventor of Circa told us that it has been recognised with the following awards:

         Top Drawer September 2011: Best New Children’s Product

         Rainbow Toy Awards 2011: Highly Commended – Wooden Toy Category

         British Female Inventors and Innovators Network (BFIIN) Awards: Winner – Inventors Award, Semi-Finals 2011  

        Highly Commended award for “Toys that Help Communication” at the Talking Tots Toy Awards 2011




Sudocrem Skin Care Cream competition

So the fabulous sudocream have came up with a brand spanking new competition for you.

The prizes up for grabs are.

1st Prize: Diane Von Furstenberg Handbag, iPhone 4S (16GB) and 12 tubes of Sudocrem Skin Care Cream


2nd Prize: 50 runners up will receive a tube of Sudocrem Skin Care Cream

So what do you need to do.

Step 1– Go to http://www.facebook.com/SudocremTube and ‘Like’ the page


Step 2– Click on the Diane Von Furstenberg & iPhone 4S Competition page

Step 3- Follow the competition page instructions: Enter your email and answer the three product related questions correctly


Step 4- Keep your fingers crossed that your name is drawn from the hat of correct entries on 25th February 2012
Competition winners announced – 29th February 2012



Friday, 10 February 2012

And the Lush Perfume winner is...

A massive 155 entries, you lot do love your Lush!!

A massive Thank you to all that entered!

I love you all.

So the winner is....... helmarkxx 

Congrats i will be in touch soon.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Valentines Day




Well it comes around so fast, I'm not a huge fan of valentines day. I think its a bit pointless of having a day to tell someone you love them. Shouldn't you do it all the time if there your true love. Prices are double if you go out and so do the prices of flowers and chocolates go thought the floor.

I'm a bit of a old romantic at heart, i love flowers but rarely get them. I have quite bad hayfever so my other half uses that as an excuse, my mom actually brought me my last bunch of flowers! I didn't even get a bunch after Lexie was born. ( sob sob)

Every year this day comes around and i think.... Is he gonna do it... ask the big question?? Maybe its got to be!

 After eight long years and two beautiful children, I've come to the conclusion i doubt its gonna happen. The hints I've dropped, and even though my Thomas Sabo stuff was gorgeous at Christmas. I really really just want a sparkly ring on my finger! I'm actually begining to hate the kids having a different name to me and Raiden has already asked why mine is different to he's.

I don't want a massive posh wedding. If i had my way i would go on holiday and come back married, but the parents would kill us! I actullay hate being the centre of attention, I'm a very shy person. Theres no way you will catch me spending £10,000 on a wedding! I would be cutting corners hehe


So this year it most likely a takeway, Dvd and cuddles on the sofa! So happy valentines day to all of you i do hope you all get spolit rotten and enjoy your day!




Half Term Activites - Plaster In Paris

Well with the half term looming, I’ve had to step up a gear and plan what I’m going to do with Raiden. One of the things I thought was plaster in Paris, you can buy a huge bag for a couple of quid with endless fun. You can buy it from most craft shops, Amazon and even eBay.

I remember buying Raiden a shaker maker dinosaurs kit a few years back so I’m digging that out to do figures. You can also buy silicone moulds now with lots of fantastic shapes ( Poundland are great for these) , which you can use to make simple things like badges and magnetics. Again you can buy the pins and magnetic strips from most craft shops for about a £1 and when painted they are perfect as gifts for Valentine’s Day or mother’s day. Nothing beats a handmade gift.

We all like keepsakes so I’ve decided to do handprints of both the kids hands, you can use anything for the mould. Again the silicone moulds are great if you can get a cake type one. Mix the plaster then wait until its going thicker bit like pancake mix then pop the hands for about 20 seconds. Then wait until its dry then paint. You can use the same concept for footprints too.

There is so many things to do with plaster in Paris like a pretty stone collage or even shells which look amazing, all you do is mix the plaster, put it in mould again then add the shells and stones, if you pop a bit of string or ribbon while its drying you can then use that as a way of hanging it after.




Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Illness wars.

So last week we had an illness week of hell.

Last Sunday Raiden came out in a rash, he used to be really rashy when he was a baby but since starting school hes been ok. When he woke up on Monday morning he was covered head to toe, he was itching it and said it felt like spiders was crawling on him. We popped up the doctors which he said Raiden had had an allergic reaction to something gave him some pirton and sent us on our way. We all had a DVD and duvet day and he seemed fine the next morning.

Wednesday passed then lunchtime i noticed a very angry awful rash all over Lexie's neck, when i looked it was all over her back. First glance i thought it was chicken pox. Off to the doctors we went again to be told it was a viral infection and that she also had a throat infection. Lexie had been off her food so i felt pretty guilty about not picking up on it before.

All Thursday Lexie was pretty clingy and sensitive all she wanted to do was sit on my lap having cuddles poor thing. Raiden seemed he's normal self until we was woken up with him being sick everywhere, bedroom, hall and bathroom, so there i was at 12.30 mopping it all up.

He woke up the next day and the first thing he said was Mom I'm really sorry i was sick everywhere best him. Saturday morning he seemed ok so we decided to take him out to hickory dickorys. On the way he was sick on the bus and outside. I really don't know whats made him so poorly!

I thought we was over the worse till i was woken up with Lexie being sick everywhere last night. She wouldn't go back to sleep and was crying her heart out after being sick, think it scared her...

Both of my kids just want cuddles and to lay on you when there ill, so a day of nothing again.

I'm really hoping its the last of it, poor things!!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Treasure Island Toys



Treasure Island Toys has been a popular online store for many parents in the UK since 2008, but as of November 2011 the site became an entirely different sort of online experience.

Treasure Island has created what they like to call a ‘Fun and Party Search Engine’ and is unique in the fact that not only can parents buy toys, furniture and birthday presents from the website, they can now arrange parties and days out for the kids, by finding children’s entertainers, party venues, kids attractions, evening classes, workshops and much, much more – all in one place.

By entering your postcode or place name, parents can find a whole range of child friendly activities and more which are in their local area.  They then have the ability to refine their search by using hundreds of different keywords ranging from Ballet, Balloon Modelling and Paintball, right through to Peddle Boats, African Drumming, Theatres and everything inbetween.

The website uses the latest technologies to make it super quick and utilises great features like ‘Favourites’ lists, videos of entertainers, date ranges for events, reviews, social networking (Facebook/Twitter/Google+) integration and much more.

The website is also what is known as a ‘wiki’ site, meaning that anyone can add a listing to the website for FREE, quickly and easily by themselves.  So if you are an entertainer or are a parent that knows of any great kids’ attractions and local events in your local area, you have the ability to add them in seconds and let other parents benefit from your knowledge.

With thousands of listings already on the website, and more being added each day, we are confident that Treasure Island is the place for parents to go when in need for some great ideas to keep the kids entertained.

For parties see www.treasureislandtoys.co.uk/parties.aspx
For fun days out see www.treasureislandtoys.co.uk/fun.aspx

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Snow Day & The Quinny Moodd :D

Well today is the day the Quinny Moodd, defiantly gets a massive test. We woke up to bucket fulls of snow! So wrapped up all snug and warm off we went.

I'm not sure how i thought the Moodd would go, i think i was rather expecting it to glide like its on skis as i stepped out the door pushed it and thought oh no! We took a slow walk up the park (10 minutes away up lots of hills) lots of stops and starts and a lot of pushing. getting up them hills gave me a good workout on my arms there aching now.






Half way up to the park the other half said lock the front wheel which helped loads. You really had to push down on the bar and use the back wheels. Thinking about it it coped pretty well as what pushchair does cope in well in the snow without a struggle? I know when Raiden was younger and we had snow i had it drag the stroller doing wheelies like a crazy women!





I took my other pushchair out and it didn't make it up the road so it comparison the Moodd was fantastic, at least it got me to the place i wanted to go. So the Moodd's massive wheels have come in Handy at least i know i would never get stranded.









Silent Sunday




Friday, 3 February 2012

Quinny Uk's £3,000 Competition

So do you think you have what it takes to star in your own walk this way Quinny video??

A dance company came up with the Moodd Walk, a dance routine inspired by the stylish, smart and easy to use Quinny Moodd pushchair.

The dance has been choreographed so that anyone can do it and feel great. So, Moodd Walk Your Way and you could win the ultimate Quinny Moodd Travel System with Pushchair, Maxi-Cosi Pebble car seat and more – click 
HERE for the full breakdown. To enter, just upload your video version of the Quinny Moodd Walk!

You can enter as an individual, a group of 4 or less, or a group of 5 or more, with a wide range of prizes to be won.

To get started, Watch The Tutorial Video Now and click 'ENTER NOW and you could be a proud owner of a brand new Quinny Moodd Or Yezz.




I Got My Nuts.... Soapnuts That Is...

Most are you are going to think Soap nuts?? what the heck are them... Well some of my fluffy/cloth nappy user friends have mentioned it and being a nosey bugger. I googled it... Yes i google everything.. Hehe

As you all know Lexie has pretty sensitive skin and keeps flaring up for no reason at all. I honestly do think its the washing powder, i tend to buy what on offer. so I'm swapping around powders most of  the time. When i worked my washing bill out i was shocked that we spend on average £22 per month. That is around £264 a year just on washing our clothes!! I'm one of these types of people that the bottle of comfort will last three washes. I'm awful for that.

Soap Nuts are a natural washing detergent that is literally grown on trees. The Soapnut shells contain Saponins which on contact with water release mild suds and can be used as an environmentally friendly alternative to Laundry detergent in washing machines. In India and Nepal the soap nuts have been used as a washing detergent for hundreds of years. Modern day thinking that we should consider the future of the planet we live in have made Soap Nuts popular. Not only are they effective but the Soap Nuts are also relatively cheap compared to supermarket bought washing powder.


So what are the benefits of using soapnuts?
  • Pure and natural Eco-Friendly washing detergent that leaves your laundry fresh and clean
  • Keeps your colours bright
  • Allergy-free, good for your skin
  • Acts as a Environmentally-friendly washing powder that is chemical free
  • Cultivated through sustainable agriculture
  • Ecological and economical compared to other brands of detergent.
  • Around 1 Kg of soapnuts can be used for more than 100 loads of laundry.
  • Works out cheaper than Washing Detergent
  • Indian Soap Nuts are mild and soft cleansing
  • Suitable for your washing machine
  • Can also be used as an all-purpose cleaner in the house

A friend sent me a link for a trail pack off eBay, just incase i didn't get on with them. I was pretty surprised when they came they looked awful and didn't smell very nice either.The other half was certain that the washing was gonna smell disgusting.

So a very cautious mommy popped five nuts in the little bag and clocked watched for the next 30 minutes. I was certainly surprised when i opened the washing machine door, there is a defiantly a soft washing fragrance, the washing was a lot soft than usual too. Ive got to admit that for me i like the comfort smell on my washing,nothing beats popping on a hoody and you smelling that smell. I only used half a capful, instead of the 1/3 of the bottle now.

So i purchased a 1kg bag off eBay for £8.90, which I'm hoping with last me till November time. If it does it will be a massive saving in our household, just on changing one thing. In this day and age every penny counts!

So i thank my dear friend, that has got me using nuts.