Tuesday, 22 April 2014

New Baby Changing Bag

For Easter my Auntie gave me a hand made Baby Changing Bag.

I was so impressed with the quality of it, I had to share it with you all.

The bag is completely hand sown. You would never know. The stitching is so perfect you would think that my Auntie used a machine.

I love the material my Auntie used for this bag. 

It has a big chunky strap which you can either wear or use it to hang off your pushchair. 

The bag is fastened by a little tractor button which adds a lovely touch.

The inside of the bag is fully lined and is very spacious. I can easily get all of Lucas's and Cameron's things in there with plenty of spare room. 

There is also a pocket on the inside of the changing back which will fit a bottle or a phone in.

I am so impressed with this bag. I have asked my Auntie if she can make me another one for my Birthday/Christmas. 

She is a very talented lady.

Gummee Glove - Anti Scratch Mitten Review

Babies have really sharp nails, no matter how short you cut them and Lucas is no exception.

When Lucas is tired, hungry or upset, he can claw at his face with those sharp little nails and on occasion has made himself bleed.

When I got offered the chance to test out Gummee Glove Anti Scratch Mitten, I was very excited.

I had used ordinary scratch mittens, but my little Houdini always finds a way to get his hands out!

The key features to the Gummee Glove Anti Scratch Mittens are:

  • Sized to fit babies up to 3 months of age
  • The surface of the mittens are covered in spots of silicone to soothe young gums
  • The mittens are attached at the wrists with a velcro closure so that they stay on tiny hands.
  • The mittens come in a choice of 3 colours
  • The mittens are fully washable 

So what did we think of the Gummee Glove Anti Scratch Mittens?

They are well made with a soft material. I love the fact they are machine washable as well.

The silicone spots are securely attached to the mitten so I would fully trust letting Lucas put these in his mouth.

These mittens can also be used as gloves when you are out in cold weather, and because of the material, they will keep your babies' hands warmer than normal scratch mittens.

The velcro idea is brilliant! Matt has said on numerous occasions before that scratch mittens should have velcro and finally they are now available on the market.

However I do think the velcro strip needs to be longer for babies with chunky wrists like Lucas.

Also as Lucas clenches his fists together, I found that his hand kept coming out the back of the mitten (See pic above) Obviously as time goes on he will stop doing this and his hands should stay in the glove.

Overall I am really impressed with the Gummee Glove Anti Scratch Mittens, they definitely stopped Lucas from scratching his face and he wasn't able to wriggle his hands completely out of them. However I do believe that they could be improved with a larger velco strip and a smaller hole on the back of the glove.

Gummee Glove Anti Scratch Mittens will have a RRP of £6.99 and you can find out more by visiting their website

Note: I received no money for this post. All views are my own. However I did receive the Gummee Glove for the purpose of the review

Family Fever

Monday, 21 April 2014

Just What Kind Of Mother Are You? - Book Review

When Mumsnet gave me the opportunity to review this book, I jumped at the chance. I hadn't read a book since Lucas was born and I was looking forward to getting back to my reading. As you will probably know, I love reading and can get lost in a book for hours.

Just what kind of Mother are you is the debut novel from Paula Daly.

I knew as soon as I saw the cover of this book, I would be hooked.

Even before you get to the first chapter you are thrown right in with a section from the eyes of a paedophile. It's very dark, very sickening. The kind where you think a) I shouldn't read this and b) I can't believe the Author wrote this. But for some reason you have to read on. This had me intrigued to see how a paedophile could possibly be linked to what kind of mother a woman is.

The main character of the book is Lisa, a hard working Mum of 3. Lisa has too much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it. This leads to devastating consequences when she forgets that her best friend's daughter was supposed to be staying with them one night. The daughter subsequently goes missing.

It's not the first time a girl has gone missing in their town, the first girl was found naked wandering around in the street, confused and dazed.

Lisa, understandably feels 100% responsible and as she joins the hunt for the missing girl, she realises that the people in her life are not who she thought they were.

The book also follows Joanne Aspinal in the third person context. Joanne is the DC assigned to the case to find the missing girl. She has it set in her head who is responsible for the girl going missing, but is she right?

Meanwhile the paedophile is choosing another victim and lures her in. Is this girl the missing girl? What will happen to her?

This book has a brilliant twist to it in the end, even I didn't see it coming.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves crime, mystery, thrillers and psychological novels. You will not be able to put this book down.

Note: I did not receive any money to write this post. All views are my own. However I was sent a copy of the book to review. 


My Week In Photos - 14/04/2014 - 20/04/2014

Easy Beef Stew & Dumplings

This is really simple way to make delicious Beef Stew & Dumplings.

I do cheat (a bit) and could probably make it all from scratch but with two young children it proves difficult

You will need:

  • 457g Lean Casserole Steak (I usually get mine from Sainsburys using their 3 for £10 offer)
  • Colmans Beef Casserole Mix
  • One large onion
  • 3 large carrots
  • 5 large potatoes, cut in half, then half again
  • 1 pint of gravy
  • 1 packet of Dumpling mix 
  • 1 large baguette 

Cooking Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 200
  • Dice an onion and add it to an oven proof casserole dish
  • Peel and slice carrots and add to dish
  • Peel and cut potatoes and add it to dish
  • Cut up the steak if needed and add to casserole dish
  • Make up casserole mix as instructed and add to casserole dish
  • Make up 1 pint of gravy and add to to casserole dish
  • Give it all a good mix 

  • Cover and put in the oven for 1.5 hours 
  • After 1.5 hours, make up the dumplings and add to the Stew
  • Cook for a further 30 minutes
  • Cut up your baguette into slices and butter
  • And Serve!!! YUM!!! 

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Making our own Easter Eggs

The lovely team at Vertbaudet sent us a lovely hamper full of goodies to make our own Easter Eggs.

Cameron and I were really looking forward to making an Easter Egg.

Our first attempt was a disaster and Mummy learned that you could not successfully melt chocolate in the microwave without it burning and adding cold water to it would not make it runnier, instead it would thicken it and turn it into a burnt inedible mess!

After lessons learned and more chocolate purchased, Cameron and I started attempt number 2.

After successfully melting the chocolate using a Pyrex dish over a saucepan of hot water. Cameron and I poured the chocolate into the moulds.

We put the little Easter Eggs in to the fridge and I spent about 20 minuted adding chocolate to the big mould and swirling it around to get an even layer. I then put it in the fridge to set overnight, ready for decoration in the morning.

It came out of the mould easily and didn't fall apart!

Now time to decorate.

I let Cameron take the lead on this. He loved sticking the sweets on using the icing and he told me he wanted me to write Happy Easter on it.

Now I am not a creative person by any means, but we both were very happy with how it turned out.

A big thank you to Vertbaudet for sending us the goodies. Follow my blog with Bloglovin