Posted in Christmas, Explore the culture, Healthy eating, Kent Family, Uncategorized

Merry Christmas

We have had a busy few months. I decided to have my own website for blogging, which is Bellandbear.co.uk. I have reviewed some lovely products by Interplay UK. Bell has tested out some lovely Shampoo by Vosene Kids . We visited Kent Life for their Spooky Halloween Week and we have had some fun bath time ideas too!

My favourite and the hardest post I have written this year is Being a Mum without a Mum. It was very hard to write it took me ages to get the words down. I found after I wrote it I felt happier. I am not going to bombard everyone with stories of being a mum without a mum but it does help others in the same place. Why not have a read?

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I have also started my own YouTube channel too!

I have a few exciting blog posts coming up for January 2017.

I will be working along side Teal Anchor . Which is a company which provides handmade body and facial scrubs which aren’t tested on animals and are Vegan friendly. The product is also Organic. I am very excited about trying this out as my skin is feeling very dry and looking very dull at the moment. Here is there Instagram page if you fancy checking it out over Christmas. Have a look at Teal Anchors Instagram here!

We have also been reviewing a game by Drumond Park and I have a review on my YouTube channel coming soon! But in the mean time why not have a look at the Little Live Pets Review I have done. Click here to view!

I will also be writing a Post about Healthy Packed lunch boxes.. The lovely people at Fruit Bowl have sent me some lovely products to include. Bell will enjoy these when she goes back to pre-school.  Why not have a look at their website for more information. Here’s the website!

My Last but not least is reviewing a Sleep Story. We have already started to review this and the review will be on the blog soon! If you don’t know already we have had battles with Bear waking up between 3.30-5am to start the day, We have also had Bell refusing to go to sleep until 8.30/9pm which is most of our evening gone. Why not have a look at their website.

And not forgetting my usual family life blogs  and YouTube Videos in between!

I would love to work with more Brands and companies in 2017. If you are a PR for a company I would love to hear from you!

I would also love to guest post too so If you are a Blogger and you feel we could work well together please feel free to contact me!

Now I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays , Happy Christmas. And also a healthy  and Happy 2017.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will enjoy what’s to come in 2017 I am very excited!

 

Posted in Family, Giant bubbles, Kent Family, more to life, nature, pamper, review, reviews

Kind Natured Soothing Sea Salt and bergamot Bath Soak and Body Wash Review 

**I have not been asked by the company to write this review. **

Whilst browsing child free in Boots the other day I came across a product by a company called Kind Natured. 

The products are free from Sulphates, Parabens & Petrochemicals which is a good thing it means no nasties will be going onto your skin or into your hair. And it’s also good for the envioment. 

Kind Natured offer Hair care and bath care products. I brought the sea salt and bergamot bath Soak and the body wash. It smelt amazing, like being at the sea side. And I live the sea side.

When I used the bath Soak I used two small drops as I always do with using any product and there were quite a lot of bubbles, and it also made the bathroom smell lovely.

The bath was very relaxing and I read some of my book. The body wash has left my skin really soft and smooth, unlike the product I am using at the moment.i also only needed to use a small amount which is a bonus as the body wash will last much longer!

Even hubs had a bubble bath and said his skin feels smooth!!!

The price of the product was £2 99 from what I can remember.

Now when I pop to Boots next time I am certainly going to be buying the hair care products to see how they are on my very sensitive scalp.

Oh and did I mention they also do a children’s range too, now we know what the children will be getting from Santa don’t we?

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 discover new bloggers, Libster Awards, New Blogger, parent blogger

Liebster Award

What are the Liebster Awards?

The Liebster Awards are to promote new blogs. You answer a series of questions and and then set your own questions to ask.

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Before I start a Big thank you to Nina Spencer who writes Ready for a Cuppa Blog. Her blog is a very good read I must say.

I know a few new bloggers by a few I mean a two! So I have put a ask on Twitter and of course Facebook to ask if anybody would like to take part.

There is a blogger community and I am still all new to Blogging that at the moment it doesn’t feel like part of the family just yet! Give it a few more weeks I am sure I will change.

So Here are the rules:

  1. Write a blog post about your nomination, displaying an image of the award.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the person who nominated you asked you in his/her blog post.
  4. Nominate 5-11 other starting bloggers who you think deserve this award, and come up with 11 questions of your own for them to answer.
  5. List these rules in your blog post.

 

So first of all I need to answer the questions I was sent …

  1. What or who inspired you to blog?  I was first introduced to Blogging by a friend who writes Life With Pink Princesses Blog. Her writing is very down to earth. 
  2. Who would you invite to a dinner party? I’m not sure if this is famous people or people who are no longer here but my dinner party guests would include my mum, my grandads, Audrey Hepburn and Elvis Presley.
  3. If you had to give up one what would it be out of Tea, Coffee, Alcohol? Well I don’t like hot drinks so it would have to be Alcohol.
  4. Whats your favorite view? looking out on the beach with clear blue skies
  5. Who is your inspiration in life? My nan, she lived through the war , she is always a great support and seems to just get on with life.
  6. Whats the best piece of advise you’ve been given? its not what you know its who you know. 
  7. What is at the top of your bucket list? visiting Thailand and Australia 
  8. Is there anything you would do differently if you could? Yes Go to University.
  9. Whats the one place you would love to see if money were no object? If money was no object I would travel the world and see all the 7 wonders of the Earth.
  10. What would you do with a lottery win? Buy a house and a Mini BMW (5 door)
  11. How do you relax? I love reading and if I’m not reading I am knitting. These are both very relaxing. 

 

It’s now time for me to nominate New blogs from around the interweb!

I thought it was going to be hard finding new bloggers out there but after turning to Facebook here I am with not just 5 or 6 but 13 new bloggers all eagerly  awaiting my questions🙂

Here are some new blogs to check out!

1.Just Jax

2.Not the Perfect Parent

3.Cosmopolitan Mummy

4.Beautiful Foundations

5. My Boys Club

6. Erica Says “It is what it is”

7.The Unnatural Mother

8.Being Mummy

9.Then There Were Three

10.Tegan and Lewis

 

My questions to the above bloggers are:

  1. How did you choose your Blog name?
  2. If you had the opportunity to review a product of your choice what would it be and why?
  3. Is Blogging all you thought it would be?
  4. If you won the lottery what would you buy?
  5. How would you describe your style?
  6. What can’t you live without?
  7. How do you deal with your fears?
  8. What would you change about your life?
  9. If you could live anywhere in the world where would you go?
  10. What are your hobbies?
  11. what is your favorite book?

So now its over to you!

Please Don’t forget to check out the blogs above and leave a comment or two. They are all really good reads!

Posted in back to school, creativity, Family, Kent Family, parent blogger, pre-school

Bell’s First Week at Preschool

Bell has had her first week at preschool, by week I mean she attends three days a week until 1pm.

Monday morning she was so excited helped pack her packed lunch bag, and kept saying “I am going to Preschool”. She got dressed with a bit of help and let me put her hair in a bunch, she even wore Bear’s old preschool jumper it swamped her!

Bell went in without any tears and played happily, the preschool even sent a text letting me know she was okay, which was lovely.

All afternoon Bell was asking to go back to see Hearn the dog and to play with her friends.

Tuesday was fine too, but Wednesday! Bell was fine got ready as usual, helped pack her packed lunch, walked to preschool fine but nope I went to leave and she cried and screamed and screamed.  She will be fine, the ladies said they were of to play in the garden and she was having cuddle’s with Bears old keyworker when I left….

The fun of parenting, I am sure they do the tears to make you feel guilty for leaving them, but I promise and I know from experience working in nursery’s that they will be fine after a few minutes.

Bell was fine when I picked her up!

 

Posted in C-Section, Family, parent blogger, Pregnancy

C-sections are not easy …

I think I have heard every comment under the sun regarding c-sections the three main ones I seem to hear are “your too posh to push”, “your not a real mum” and “C-sections are the easy way out aren’t they?”

Yes those comments do hit hard but do you know what those comments seem to come from uneducated people. Many of the older generation and some of the younger generation too often say these sententances.

Why did I have two c-sections? Yes two well here we go

Bear was born on his due date, but due to me being so full of water I was in the hospital daily for a week and a half before he was born. In the end I asked to be induced, it was costing a fortune in petrol and hospital parking and to be honest I had enough of hospitals especially going Daily.  I was given a pill to start labour of and the contractions started, but i also had a reaction to the pill and had very high temperature and was shaking so much my heart rate went sky high and Bears dropped dramatically. Once they stabilised us, I was taken into a room to rest and see how labour progressed Hubs was sent home but I called him less than 3 hours later saying to come back.

We were put into the labour room and was put on the machines, it was very bizarre as the monitor was going mad with contractions and I couldn’t feel a thing. The next thing they broke my waters and it was painful, I was told to go for a walk. Nothing happened 6 hours later, The midwife from the previous night came back on shift and said no baby yet? By now it was Bears Due date, the consultant came along and gave me two options to give it another 6 hours where Bears heart rate was going sky high and very low again or to be taken to have a c-section. With the thought of the heart rates going crazy C-section was the safest solution.

The needle for the Epidural I lucky didn’t see as its meant to be really long. I was taken into surgery where it was nice and calm and Bear was born just 20 minutes later. The recovery was slow I had to stay in bed for a day and when I was up it was very hard to move around due to the surgery. I couldn’t lift or drive for around six to eight weeks.

It was a slow recovery and I certainly didn’t feel 100% after 6 weeks it took more than 3 months to feel physical mobile again.

With Bell Pregnancy went smoothly  until 7 months, when I could hardly walk let alone run around after Bear. The week before Bell was born I had a consultant appointment, and I burst into tears  I could hardly walk let alone drive. When she asked if I wanted a planned C-section I jumped at the chance the reason being I felt I wasn’t giving 100% to Bear, we hardly went out due to me not being able to move and when I did I was very uncomfortable. I think this is because of the previous epidural I had it messed with my back.

They booked me in for the following week and I managed to get child care for Bear his aunty came round at 7am in the morning and stayed at ours for the day. We went of and I was first on the list, yes I thought I would be in and out and could try and get home the next day, but nope this wasn’t the case. The Epidural need a double dose, Bell didn’t cry for one minute and I lost 2,5 liters of blood! If they didn’t stop the bleeding I would of had to have my womb taken out.

I went into surgery at 8.30am and was out in recovery at 11.30am. I didn’t get back to the room I was in until 8pm that night!

Recovery was a bit quicker surprisingly, maybe because I knew what to expect or that I had to recover a bit quicker as hubby would be back at work in a weeks time.

The long term effects are I suffer from Back ache, and I will always have a c-section pouch no amount of exercise will get rid of that. I don’t think having baby number three would be wise as It could be a lot worse and I have two beautiful children to think about if anything  bad happens, but who knows what the future will bring.

So if you think having a c-section is easy please think again, it is major surgery with a bonus of a beautiful baby at the end along with a scar at the bottom of your stomach.

Posted in Adventure, Beach, Bucket List, Explore the culture, Explore the world, Family, Kent Family, parent blogger, pbloggeruk

Future Holiday’s


Okay here is the deal. Almost every day now we hear of a attack somewhere in the world. 

I have been following a few news papers on Facebook  (can you tell I am a tad addicted to Facebook!) They comments on some of the posts are shocking. Some people were saying stay at home and holiday in the UK as there is a lower risk of being attacked. I am sorry to say the UK is on high alert for a terriosim attack and now sadly so is much of the world.


I personally will not stop going abroad. The risk is the same as it is at home. If people want to stay and not see the world. It would mean these nasty people would of won. They will think they have more power.  We can not let them win.

Am I scared? Of course I am but I will not let them win. My grandmother lived during the 2nd world war. Some of the things she has seen and heard are very strange and scary. We are lucky we don’t have this on a daily basics unlike some countries around the world were voilance is sadly a daily occurnace. 

I am looking at holidays for next year. I would like a family holiday, close to the beach, a few good day trips and not to far from the airport … Any ideas?? 

Posted in Explore the culture, Explore the world, Kent Family, parent blogger, pre-school, Reading

Reading and books


Okay I admit it, I have already written about this subject but please bare with me. I Love Book’s and talking about them, I am  sucker for books. I will buy books as though they are going out of fashion. 

Wether it’s for me or the children I am always on the hunt for a bargin book or too. 

I leave hubby to buy his own his taste changes almost weekly! 

Myself and the children seem to get a new book once a week. The children especially could open  a library with the amount of books they have. I however usually  donate my books to a charity shop or offer them for free or small donation on my local Facebook selling page.

I remember when I was little, my nan and my aunts used to read to me loads. I still have a couple of the books which I have now put on Bear and Bells bookshelf  

We love the classics, Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter and the latest classic is Harry Potter. Bell and Bear are a tad too little for Harry Potter but a local mum was having a huge book clear out and they were there so I managed to get them and donated some money to a Charity. 

We also love visiting the library too. 

I personally think reading is so important for a child, especially from a early age. It helps with speech and word recognition. It helps a child be knowledgeable about certain subjects. It helps a child find out more about a subject they love Wether it’s about space, fairy’s, dinosaurs or how the earth moves. It can encourage conversation  when bigger. It can help with study skills when they are studying for exams.it can help them get far in life and find a passion which can be a cheap and fantastic passion  to explore.

What’s your little ones favourite book? Also what’s yours?

Posted in Adventure, Beach, Best things in life are free, Explore the culture, Explore the world, Family, Kent Family, New Blogger, parent, parent blogger, pbloggeruk, summer, summer holidays, Travel tips with children

Routines have gone out the ….

Routines have gone out the window at the moment!

You Know when its school holidays everything becomes a bit more relaxed, calmer and the routine seems to go out of the window.

The children seem to want feeding every 10 minutes, they want to do something different every 20 minutes, toys are usually scattered all over the place and your walking on Lego, like its hot coal. They usually end up arguing with each other right when your preparing a snack or drink for them and then they moan that they are having to wait for what they asked for, with you replaying calmly to wait one minute as your are busy with their sibling.

The routine of the School term is usually a mad rush to get out the door so your on time for the lining up in the playground… (we live 5 minutes walk from the school). The homework they have has to be completed by a certain day and handed in, reading is done every night. Toddler groups are on and its finding the best one for your child as some get too packed, or their isn’t enough places to park so you frantically need to find another option or hope when you drive round again there is a space. Then its getting back for lunch and maybe a nap before heading of to the school pick up.

School  holidays are usually lazying around in our PJ’S until around 9/10 am then actually starting to figure out what to actually do during the day with the children which wont cost the earth, but also checking which places don’t charge for under 3’s whilst we are at it!

The bedtime routine is also a bit hit and miss, We are usually aiming for bed by 8pm and dinner around 6 half 6.

Then there is the adding job of Blogging, writing and ensuring there is a post almost everyday, along with updating Instagram, Twitter, Path and Flickr.

Then there is work to also add, two days 7am-5pm, and preparing packed lunch and taking enough snacks/activities to do to kill the boredom they may start to get around 2/3pm…

And hopefully the rest of the summer will end up staying away from accident and emergency…

Also to add to my list is packing for a week away… this packing light seems not to be working, Maybe I am being a bit OCD with clothes after all Bell is still having the odd number 2 accidents and Bear usually drops some ice cream down his top.

So today’s plan is PJ’s, DVD and popcorn day…..

Posted in Family, Kent Family, Life, life skills, parent blogger, swimming

Why I think Swimming is Important …

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Why do I think Swimming is Important?

I can swim, I am just not a very strong swimmer!

When Bear was one we were gifted some money to go towards swimming lessons, It was seriously the best Money and obviously one of the Kindest and the most beneficial present he got that year.

As he grew we continued with his lessons, but changed swim schools as we felt he wasn’t improving at the swim school we started with and was more standing by the side.

When Bell was born we would scrimp and save to pay for their lessons, Until the Christmas when Bell was just over one. My dad kindly paid for both of their swimming lessons, as he rather buy them something they will get the most from and obviously swimming is very high on his list!  It has kind of continued to be like this for Christmas and birthdays. It works well as we only now pay half of the swimming bill. (Lucky grandchildren!)

Anyway back to why its important!

When I was pregnant with Bell, we were in Ibiza and Bear fell into the swimming pool as a older child ran passed as lost his balance. (the child did say sorry in German) I was sitting down next to the pool!

As the life guard came over Bear managed to swim to the side all by himself at the age of almost 2.5 years old!

It was the first time we saw the lessons were paying of!

So if there is one thing I would say is if you want to splash out some mony on your child for a class swimming would be one!