Posted in Cat, Cats, Christmas, Kent Family, New Blogger, parent blogger, Uncategorized

We have a new addition to the family!

I haven’t written or a while life has just gone very manic, I’m officially now back to work 2 and a half days! Also still trying to catch up with the summer holiday’s. I need to write about our week in Lanzarote. But  Last weekend with all the manic going around we got a little addition to our family. We got Woody the kitten!

His so playful and active, Daisy isn’t too keen but Willow has taken him under her paw and is acting like mum!

He is certainly going to be a little character!

I have so much to write about with Christmas just around the corner and then its Easter where we are planning to be out of Kent for a good two weeks! We have already started to plan summer 2018 too! My aim for Summer 2018 is to spend as little as possible at home as its Bell’s last summer before she starts school!

So I will leave you with a few adorable pics of Woody whilst I update the blog…

Posted in Beach, Blog, Kent Family, parent blogger, review, reviews

Perfect Glasses Review 

Summer is fast approaching and I was very egar to get some sunglasses sooner rather than later. The only difference was that this year I would have to get prescription sunglasses. Even though I have my reaction lens day to day glasses they aren’t that great with full on sunshine, and with our holiday to Lanzarote getting less than 13 weeks away the race was on.

I received a email from Perfect Glasses which is based in the UK  , which is also a  Glasses online retailer, who kindly offered me a chance to review for them.

There was a great choice of glasses, titanium glasses and of course sunglasses. There are lots of brands to choice from starting from as little as £27. There are lots of styles which are suitable for women in their section for women glasses and men to choice from which would suit everyone’s face shape and personalities. If you know the shape of your face there is a chance to try on the glasses via a few photo’s which gives you a good idea whether or not that style would suit you. There are even lots of designer glasses  to choice from too!

The great thing about this UK based website is that the frames are discounted already so you could get a pair of frames for around half the price. They also sometimes have offers on, which makes the frames even more of a barging!

After having a long look through their prescription sunglasses  I asked if I could review the Esprit sunglasses and they said yes.

The service was really nice and polite even though it took me a few day’s to get hold of my prescription from a leading high street opticians. Once I got my prescription to them I received them less than a week. The sunglasses came in a lovely sunglasses cases and they were well wrapped up with bubble wrap and a padded envelope to protect them from any bumps and knocks whilst going through the postal system.

The quality of the frames are hard wearing and good quality. To be honest I have heard a few horror stories about ordering lenses on line and that they won’t be the same quality as if you went into a opticians but Perfect Glasses has certainly put my fears to one side as the prescription was perfect and I could see clearly, read and drive on the one day of glorious sunshine we have had since I received them!

Perfect glasses also have a section on their website which offers a chance to get your current glasses to be  reglaze. I will certainly be using this service for both my sunglasses and normal glasses if my prescription changes in the near future.

I really can not wait for the sunshine to come to the UK, I don’t think I can wait another 13 weeks to wear them!!!

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized

2016: The (Not Big or Fat) Quiz of the Year!

I was tagged my the ever so lovely Mummy Fox.

 What was your highlight of 2016?

The highlight of 2016 was an amazing holiday to Sa Coma. It was the only time we manage to get family time without the hassle of work being a distraction.

Name one thing you are most likely to remember about 2016 if asked in five years time?

The rare and amazing nights out with my friends. Being mummies it’s a struggle to find time to go out without someone missing from the group.

Sum up 2016 in one word

Hetic!

Name one pearl of wisdom from this year that you will carry with you through 2017

Life is to short, learn to forgive but always take time to forget.

Do you have any new year resolutions?

Yes! I am going to teach myself to sew and practice knitting more. It’s a skill which is being forgotten.

How are you seeing in the new year?

I am working, well was working until 2.30am!

What would you most like to do in 2017?

See more of the world, but more realistically visit my friends who live a few hours away more than I do now.

What are your main goals for 2017?

Work on my blog and spend more time with family. Family time is important.

I am tagging these bloggers as they amazing!

 me, my life and the tardis

Being Tillys mummy

free from life

Posted in Christmas, Uncategorized

It’s almost 2017…

Here is a summary of my 2016 In photos, I promise to keep it short! In slide show form!! (at the bottom!)

We have had so much fun in 2016 here is our round up list

We have been on holiday.

we have graduated from Reception

We have started Pre-school

We have made a tee-pee

We have played bubbles

The bond between Bear and Bell is growing daily

The UK voted to leave the EU

We visited lots of places

I started my blog

We took part in remembrance Sunday

We danced in the rain

Bell cut her own hair

We created our own art work for the children’s bed room

We rolled in mud

Bell discovered her own style for clothes

Bear has gained so much confidence

Bear is working well at school but having funky tantrums

We have had disco baths

Raspberry and strawberry picking

We have had a picnic with the strawberries whilst listing to awesome music

We have explored the woods,

We have had Buddy the elf back to visit.

Bell had her first cinema trip

Bell and Bear both had their first experience of going to a London Theatre over Christmas Time

We have also done so much more too!

What was the highlight of your 2016?

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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 #FoodieFriday, Diary, Family, Food

Healthy Eating

Sparkly Mummy

Let’s join in with #FoodieFriday! 

What a fab Idea  Mummy In A Tutu and Sparkly Mummy 

Now who doesn’t love food! 

I was going to write a whole post on cake and chocolate but I thought with Christmas just around the corner I would write about something a bit practical and it could help you save a few ££££ to! 

So let’s Talk about 

Meal planning 

I have decided that doing a meal planner would be best for my family, Bear and Bell seem to eat constantly. I know this is a growth spurt and now the weather is getting colder I’m sure some of the time it’s out of boredom! 

The meal planner is working really well, even hubs is following it, which is great. 

And the best bit is it is saving some money, especially with Christmas around the corner.

But the downside to a meal planner is that the meals I plan I usually do not fancy that night but I do still follow it! 

How I do my meal planner?

I type it on the laptop, as it’s so much easier to read and plan. I also sit there with a pile of cook books and have a flick through trying to get inspiration for new ideas.

Do I write a shopping list?

Yes, I didn’t use to but I have to admit it is so much easier shopping. I do still add a few non listed items but they are for Christmas which I see on offer.


Would I recommend meal planning?

Yes I would it was really scary at first as I thought it would be really expensive but really it isn’t . I don’t buy the extra vauled products  as I feel they have a high salt content which isn’t good. I do sometimes buy chicken nuggets and chips but this is starting to be a rare treat. And we are still saving money.

Does meal planning help us eat more healthily as a family?
Yes it does! Everything at the moment is fresh, we are cutting down our meat intake and increasing our fish intake. The meals are freshly prepared and taste much nicer than pre done meals and the best bit is I know what is actually going into the meal!

So overall we are really enjoying the meal planning and eating much more healthily. The children are also trying new foods which they would usually turn their noses up at.


Do you have any healthy eating tips or tricks? I would love to hear form you!


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 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 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?