Posted in essentials, Home made, Kent, Life, Local life, pamper, review, reviews, Uncategorized

Teal Anchor All Over Body Scrub

I emailed Teal Anchor just before Christmas in 2016 to see if I would be able to review for them. I was very lucky as they said yes!

This caught my eye because I am trying to find products which are kinder to skin, less chemicals  and also kinder on the environment to make and not leave a lasting impact on the world.

Teal Anchor hand makes each product themselves, the scrubs are vegan friendly and also not tested on animals. Which is brilliant!

The ingredients are really simple to, which you can find over on their website.

So let’s get to the important what I think of the All over body scrub.

They sent me the Mint all over body scrub.

When I took it out the packaging I was pleased to see that it came in a lovely glass container and very few labels covering the jar too which is a bonus! You also get a small little wooden spoon to scoop the scrub out of the jar

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When I opened it the first thing I noticed was the smell, it smelt totally amazing! Not over powering but actually smelt like Mint, Some products I have used in the past hardly smell of what they are meant to smell like, so this was great!

My  skin is  dry and I find many products dry my skin out even more, which isn’t good as it causes my skin to become itchy and sometimes sore. . I used this body scrub on a tiny bit of my body (arms!) first just to check I wouldn’t come out in a rash, no idea why I thought that as the scrub is 100% home made and has all natural ingredients in.

I first noticed that the scrub wasn’t as gritty as previous scrubs I have used in the past and it had a really nice feel to it. The scrub went on really nicely and I felt it just glided onto my skin. It needed very little rubbing in to get nice smooth skin, which with two children sometimes having a shower needs to be quick!  The Mint fragrance also lasted a very long time and my skin felt really soft and minty  for 12 hours!

I would say this scrub is good for all skin types as it doesn’t dry out the skin.

I would actually use this every day if I could but the recommend usage is twice a week. they currently have 11 more scrubs on sale and they have some really pretty Unicorn make up brushes that you can pre-order.

The scrubs start from £9, which to me is great value for a product which looks and smell’s totally amazing!

I really liked this body scrub oh wait who am I kidding I totally LOVE  the body scrub!  I will certainly be recommending this product to everyone I know.  Now which body scrub shall I try next?  The black pepper, Lavender or the Grapefruit one?!

Oh and they also have a Blog! So why not take a peek, lots of handy tips and some helpful information! Click here to see their blog.

 

Posted in Adventure, creativity, Family, Home made, more to life, parent blogger

Fun Bath Time Ideas!

Bath times can be either stressful or calm. Either way bathtime can be very repetitive.
Here are a few fun ideas to keep your little ones entertained in the tub. I promise they are super easy, easy to clean and cheap

  • Shaving foam paint… Shaving foam and food colouring.
  • Colour themed bath… do you have lots of yellow ducks floating about? Why not change the bath water to yellow, add some rubber ducks and a few yellow balloons.
  • Disco bath… Glo sticks and bubbles
  • Read a story… why not read a story whilst in the bath a great one my two love is “Going on a bear hunt” beware through the floor does get a bit wet!
  • Music… play some music outside the bathroom, calming music works well as it calms your little ones down…. hopefully!
  • Add ice to the bath…
  • Why not buy some glow in the dark shapes and Bluetax them on to the tiles for a space, insect, dinosaur or princess theme.

You can buy glo sticks and glow in the dark shapes from eBay or Amazon  for super cheap!

Posted in Home made, Kent Family, Life, life skills, New Blogger, parent, parent blogger, past life, pbloggeruk

Knitting is not just a hobby 

Knitting is really not just a hobby to me. 

Yes I still try and find time to knit with two children, part time job and a house to run! 

It’s relaxing and it’s so easy to do once I got the knack of it! 

I am currently knitting a blanket for the winter it’s not going two bad BUT I am using a mix of thick and thin wool or yarn so it is going to look a bit mix match! 

I have a wide range of needles, yarn/wool and I even have something which makes circles. I haven’t mastered that bit yet! 

It’s relaxing as it can be. I always thought of knitting as a old persons hobby, but it really isn’t. Looking back on the history many people especially young ladies used to knit and sew in the war. I think it gave them something of a destraction from what was going on especially when  it was the war time. 

I started collecting Simply knitting magazine, but I have recently stopped as I can now actually find .any of the knitting patterns I want on line. And the bits were soon adding up! 

But saying that I will still buy the odd magazine about knitting! 

I also think skills like knitting, sewing are dying out. People are so quick to replace a item instead of repair it now a days. I will be hunting for a children’s sewing and knitting kit and will be teaching Bear and Bell these simple life skills. 

What is your hobby or how do you like to relax?? 

Posted in Cleaning, handy tips, Home made, Kent Family, Local life, love, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, review, thoughtfullness

**Review post** Method cleaning products

I’m sick to death with the amount of chemicals in cleaning products.

I thought I would try a product called Method. There products are not tested on animals, the bottles they use are made from old bottles and their  Nontoxic cleaners are also biodegradable. 

I am trying out the Method multi-surface spray in French lavender and the Method lemon mint hand wash. 

My kitchen and bathroom are usually spotless, but I left the cleaning for  day, well it was Sunday after all, a day of rest! 

So here we go… 

The top is before and the bottom is after. I needed very little to get this clean, it sprayed on in a fine mist unlike other cleaning products which come out as a big lump. It was very easy to just wipe over and I had no rubbing to do for this. 

Bathtub, is it just me or do children end up making the bath go black! I live in the bathroom cleaning and scrubbing, but yet again it was so easy to clean using the Method multi-surface cleaning spray, just spray and wipe! 

I am already in love with this product did I say it smells so nice? 

I hate wearing rubber gloves and some veining products are very harsh on the skin (but suppose it severs me right for not wearing gloves) Method is gentle on your hands. 

So after all that cleaning it’s best to wash my hands with Method hand-wash. It smells amazing too! And it’s so gentle on my skin, and my skin is very sensitive, I haven’t come up in a rash and my hands smell so nice.

Would I buy Method products again? Oh yes! They are great for the envioment, not tested on animals and they smell totally amazing!!! 

Now of to have a look at their website again. Which I have to say is very user friendly. 
Disclaimer: I was not approached by method to review, I have written this review by myself and they are my own thoughts and opinions. 

Posted in Adventure, Family, Food, Healthy eating, Home made, New Blogger, parent blogger, Vegetables, weaning

Let’s talk about weaning… 

So your beautiful son or daughter has hit  6 months of age. 
It’s time to start thinking about weaning.

This journey will be messy I won’t lie. But it will be  one of the funniest adventures you will have. Some of the faces they pull will certainly make you laugh. (Photos of Bell during the weaning phase)


It could be frustrating trying to find out what type of weaning works well for your child . 

There are three types of weaning 

1- spoon feeding 

2- baby lead weaning 

3 – spoon and baby lead weaning 

Spain fed weaning is where you control feeding your child, you can use jars or make your own food. I did this type with Bear.

Baby lead weaning (BLW for short) is where you give your child some bite size food and they have a go at feeding themselves. We did this type of weaning with Bell.

BLW and spoon fed is a mixture of both and could work well with a busy family life.

The important thing about weaning is to encourage your child to try lots of new flavours. We used jars with Bear but I found they actually didn’t taste that nice and he wasn’t that keen so we ended up blending up fruit and vegetables from our meal and freezing and heating up when we needed them. Which he loved. He also loved Ella’s kitchen pouches these say they are home made and they taste yum! 

There are many types of snacks too available on the high street from bread sticks to rice cakes. 

Bell was BLW she helped herself to my Yorkshire pudding a week away from 6 months so I left her to it and she did really well. 

Some great foods to try pureered or mashed are 
Carrots

Bananas

Parsnip

Broccoli 

Califlour

Apple

Pea

You can try mixing them together too.

And there are a lot more fruit and vegetables  too! 

Baby lead weaning foods 

Is everything and anything. We did avoid peanuts until 2 years old though and shellfish until a 1 year old though. 

I also suggest sitting with your child and eat with them, it encourages good eating habits and it’s also a great social experience . But I understand this isn’t suitable for all when they are so young. 

If making your own food or if buying your own food (jars, pouches) check salt and sugar contents you will actually be surprised at the amount of sugar and salt many meals contain these. 

I was told by my Health visitor to skip baby rice as it isn’t beneficial for the child. 

Best bibs I found are the Tommee Tippee ones with the pouch to collect the food unless you have a dog or a cat who acts like a vacuume cleaner than I would not worry about the mess on the floor too much! 

Notes: please never leave your child unsupervised to eat and ensure that they can support their head. Also do not put anything ie baby rice or porridge in their bottle this can be a chocking hazard. 

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Trying new foods…..

Bear is the most fussiest child I have ever know.

I admit this is probably because when he was younger I only gave him foods I knew he would like and still did it when Bell came along.

When Bell got to weaning stage at (5 months, The NHS advise from 6 months). I knew 100% she was ready she was eyeing up my homemade Yorkshire pudding, so I gave her a bit and she loved it!

I always encouraged from a young age that they sit at the table with us, whether or not they were just having a bottle or having a cuddle whilst we ate. I think it’s a great way to encourage good eating habits and a good way of socializing. I remember many Saturday and Sunday’s sitting round the table with the whole family. We still do this now on a Saturday, which is great. Unfortunately due to swimming and other family commitments its getting harder and harder to do.

I love getting them to try new foods especially now they are bigger. Bear is getting better since he started school last year he is slowly but surly becoming less fussy.

Bell on the other hand was eating Calamari at 8 months old. And she has certainly gained so much confidence in trying new foods. We know she is ill when she point blanks refuses to eat, unlike Bear!

We try to eat a mixture of different foods from around the world, we love choosing the healthier choices. I made a Prawn curry from India (made it far too spicy!) from scratch, I have made Chinese sauces from scratch to. I try and make chips from scratch too but they usually end up half cooked or cooked but soggy as I don’t like deep fat frying. I think its important to add different foods into the mix too.

I try and cook from scratch as much as possible, it can be hard with working and busy family life. The processed food we eat is limited to once maybe twice a week as they contain too much salt and added artificial ingredients, which we don’t need. When I cook from scratch I never add salt even if its in the recipe, as many of the ingredients can contain salt already.  Please don’t get me wrong I do use processed food when we are in a rush as they are quick and convenient but I do also cook home-made.

My favorite food is Risotto unfortunately hubby is a fussy eater and will eat it as he turns his nose up which doesn’t help when Bear is so fussy too!

Bears favorite food is Chips and ketchup (full of sugar and salt so this is very limited!!)

Bells favorite food is pasta with cheese

Hubby’s favorite food is Sausage and mash

My aunt always says to try everything at least 20 times, and you know what I actually agree!

As a special treat once in a while Bear and Bell’s favorite restaurant is currently Wagamamas. I really do not mind this special treat as everything is cooked from scratch, the juices are freshly made and the ice lollies are also home-made. The service is quick and it save’s little people getting too bored!

 

 

 

Posted in Family, Food, Home made, Kent Family, New Blogger, parent blogger, summer, summer holidays, Uncategorized

Day at home is all we need….

Its so nice not to worry about getting dressed, dashing out the door and going to work or out on a adventure. I personally think it does children the world of good to stay indoors for the day just chilling and relaxing.

icing decorations

Today we haven’t really done that much I have done two loads of washing, let the gas man in to check everyone’s meters (the joys of living in a flat), let the post man in , spied on the guy swapping our water meters over and wait patiently for my new phone to arrive. The phone I have coming is the Samsung Galaxy S6, I was very adamant that I didn’t want a Samsung and wanted a Iphone, but after playing with a couple in the EE shop I thought that the Samsung Galaxy S6 would be better, even though the S7 is also out the gentleman said there wasn’t much difference in the price. I Can’t wait to get it, now I need to Google  how to transfer my contacts over to the new phone or everybody will be getting a random message on facebook/ shared message explaining I have no idea how to Import my contacts please text me or Private message me if you want to be in my phone book.

We have played with Lego, Barbie and baby born,  baked cakes, played with the cat’s, hung the washing up and had lunch. We still are not dressed and its just gone 1pm in the afternoon.

I think I have a slight cupcake case obsession, I have loads! I always try to make the cake’s from scratch, purely as then I know what has gone into them. Many pre-brought cakes (I do like a pre-baked Mr kipling lemon cake) But the amount of added ingredients is really shocking.

We are getting dressed soon as we are of to the Circus tonight. It is at the local garden center about 10 minutes drive and is very child friendly.

We are now just relaxing watching some Cbeebies .Whilst we let our Lunch go down, then maybe we will be a bit naughty and watch a film and have some sweets, or we maybe good and do some painting.

Bear and Bell have had a morning of arguing, I think it’s because they are bot getting into a new routine for the holiday’s and being together 24/7 is more of re-learning that each other does need some space and not to be annoyed by each other, even though they love each other dearly!!

 

Posted in Adventure, Dinosaurs, Family, Giant bubbles, Home made, New Blogger, School, Uncategorized

A busy weekend…

We  have had a busy weekend. My cousins are back from uni and have spent this Saturday entertaining Bear and Bell for me. We have visited the horse’s at the local stables and we have gone to a play park around 15-20 minutes drive from our house where there is a huge sand pit!

My cousin has deiced to join the bubble society at her university (who knew?). We love bubbles especially Bell. They are so calming to watch floating away with not a care in the world. Its a beautiful sight especially when you catch the sunlight in the bubble it causes them to look a bit like a rainbow.

The play park has mini golf, a ice cream van and four different sections, which is great if you have mixed age children. I am always on tender hocks in busy place’s. I am terrified I will lose one of them! I love my little local park as I can see all the way round and not panic too much!

We have started our Summer Holiday homework. Bear is learning about Dinosaur’s when he goes back to school and has to do at least two of the 8 things on the list unless “parents” have some ideas. Just need to remember to take it in, when we go back in September!

I have realized  I need to plan my blog’s more and do some on a more daily basics. I will certainly try, but with the 6 weeks holiday’s here I’m sure I won’t have a moment to myself!

Posted in creativity, Family, Home made, Kent Family, New Blogger, parent blogger

How to display child’s art…. 

Please please do not get me wrong but I can not stand children’s art work stuck to the fridge, cupboard doors or the wall. I know it sounds strange I am a mum of two after all, but I think children’s art work should be displayed nicely after all they have put their hard work into their creations. 

I’m sure they wouldn’t mind where it’s displayed but as parents we should be showing pride in our children’s work especially when it comes to displaying, plus it lasts longer if displayed in a nice frame.

There are a few apps about now where you can take a photo of your child’s work and store then in a year or so create a beautiful photo book for them to cherish.
I will be doing this as of September, just researching the different apps and trying to find the best one for my family as after all it will need to store two children’s work!

At the moment we have brought some frames from Tesco and Sainsburys. They cost £4-5 which to me is a bargin. 

They also look really nice on the wall too and make the children feel like mini artists.

We also love canvas painting, we have to use acrylic paint for them to last, but it is worth it. We do a canvas painting once a year and it’s amazing how their painting skills develop. 
We also try and do one as a family too but we have unfortunately only managed it once in 2014! 

Posted in Book's, clothing, Disney, Family, girl, Home made, Kent Family, Life, love, parent, Pepper pig, son, Uncategorized

Creating a space without …..

 

I feel sad that Bear and Bell have to share a bedroom, I would so love them to have their own personal space where they can chill-out and have their own me time. Living in a flat is so hard at time’s, especially day’s when I know Bear want’s his own space and his own time now his getting bigger.

It is also hard to think about making a lovely bedroom for a boy and girl which won’t look odd, which they won’t grow out of and especially they both will like. I choose originally half pink and half blue bedroom which was nice but Bell and Bear drew on the walls! Hubby was in charge! Now they have  white lining painted wall’s, beautiful Bunting and some of their stunning art work! It work’s really well.

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When Bear was born I was very adamant that he wouldn’t have clothes, bedroom or bedding with character’s on such as Pepper Pig or Thomas the tank engine. I feel quite proud that he hardly had anything like that. Please do not get me wrong he had a few bit’s of Thomas the Tank clothing but that was about it. Same with Bell, she has a few Pepper Pig bits of clothing and Shoes but nothing over the top.

Please also do not get me wrong the Nightie and Pajamas draw is full of character’s such as Elsa from Frozen, Pepper pig, Spider-man and Toy story.

I don’t know why I don’t really like character clothing on children. It does look cute, but for me personally growing up their wasn’t a wide range of clothing like that, so I never had that type of clothing.

If Bell and Bear ask for something with Pepper Pig or Spider man I certainly will not say no, as it is their personal choice and I fully encourage their development of personal choice and independence.

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