Monday, 30 November 2015

Me & Mine November

We're so excited that the end of November has rolled around - I feel like I've been looking forward to Christmas for so long and it seems to be taking forever to actually arrive, but now that December is just one more sleep away it finally feels like it's really starting and I couldn't be more excited!

November has to be the worst month of the year for me - I don't know what it is about it, perhaps its that this is the month it suddenly starts going darker so much earlier and we get so much less daylight, perhaps its that this is the month when the weather seems to shift from a bit chilly to suddenly being absolutely freezing and raining most of the time - or perhaps it's just that I wish the whole month away waiting for the Christmas things to start and that there's nothing much to look forward to in November - whatever the reason, it's felt like a very long, dark, wet, depressing month!!

We've all had colds and for the first time in this pregnancy I've been feeling really under the weather and fed up! Perhaps it's because I announced it last month, but up until then it all had all seemed to going by pretty quickly but the last month its dragged and I can't believe I'm still only 27 weeks along - it's starting to suddenly feel like a LONG time until February!!

KidzinMind App Review

I remember before having kids of my own, how much I would insist that I hated to see little children using Ipads and tablet devices - isn't it funny how quickly your mind can be changed on those sorts of things once you actually become a parent?!

Since introducing my 2 year old son to our Ipad I have honestly been absolutely flawed by just how much he has learned from it.

I guess I always kind of judged their use before, thinking they were just a way to keep children quiet and out of their parents hair with little other benefit to them, but I have honestly changed my mind 100% after witnessing first hand just how much children pick up from them.

I have never tried to teach my son letter and number recognition, anything more than 1-10 counting, the alphabet, or anything along those lines yet from watching educational rhymes and clips on YouTube and playing with an array of educational apps he has learned how to count to 20, the entire alphabet, all of his colours and most of his shapes, and he recognises letters and numbers well - he doesn't attend any play schools or nurseries, so there's nowhere else he could be learning these things from!

I also find it amazing just how well he knows his way around the Ipad - he's able to go in and out of apps of his own accord, adjust the volume settings, and basically finds his way around it like a pro - better than me infact! I think this is pretty important as technology and tablet devices are being used in schools more frequently all the time and I think it's important that children are comfortable with them and know how to use them.

Of course, a main concern when children use any kind of internet based device is ensuring their safety.

We've recently been trying out a new app called KidzInMind - designed to be a safe digital playground for the growing minds of little children aged 2-6 years old.

This is basically an "App of apps" - an app provides games, videos and other apps which has been specifically selected and approved against strict criteria to ensure its suitability - no inappropriate language, no advertising, no hidden payments and even a baby safe mode.

The parental control settings allows you to have the overall say on what your child is able to see and access, and you can set a time alert to limit how long your child is able to play with the app.

The app is available on both iOS and Android and is very easy to download and set up, we were up and running within moments.

The KidzInMind app has also received the kidSAFE Seal, Mom’s Choice Award and was nominated Best Mobile App for Children and Toddlers in 2014!

KidzInMind have consulted parents, paediatricians, nutrition and education experts to bring together a unique selection of over 40 of the best apps for children.
The KidzInMind app is subscription-based and after an initial free week it's priced at 79p per month for limited in-built apps and features.  You also have the option of paying £2.99  per month for unlimited access to the full app, video and game catalogue along with all the parental safety controls.
For more information about KidzInMind please visit
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Sunday, 29 November 2015

New Year’s Eve: How to Keep Your Make-Up in Place Until Midnight

New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to get dolled up, splurge on a new outfit and get pampered. After all, the festive season will soon be over and you’ll be back in work before you know it. So, make the most of your big night and make sure you look your best as the clock strikes twelve with these top tips for makeup with staying power. 

 Carry Shine Blotting Pads 

 If you have greasy or oily skin then make sure to pop a pack of shine blotting pads in your going out bag this New Year’s Eve. When dabbed on your skin they will absorb the oil that your skin natural excretes, leaving your skin looking flawless and photo ready for the rest of the night. 

 Cut Up Your Fake Eyelashes

 Taking a pair of scissors to your fake eyelashes may not be the first thing you consider but cutting your eyelash strips into three or four pieces is essential for easy application. Never use a full strip! Smaller sections are more flexible and will move with your eye, meaning they’ll stay fixed in place for longer. And make sure to invest in a quality pair of fake eyelashes too. Cheap high-street or supermarket alternatives often come with glue that is a poor adhesive. You may save a few pounds but you’ll end up reapplying the glue and replacing them every few hours. Who has time for that?

 Prime Your Skin 

 Want flawless skin all night? Then make sure to apply a quality primer first. Primer will fill fine lines and wrinkles so when foundation is applied on top it will have a flawlessly smooth appearance. Primer will also help prevent streaks appearing in your foundation or concealer, stop you from looking too shiny and your makeup flaking in dry zones. 

 Pencil in Your Lips

 If you’d love a plump and kissable pout you could give yours a little boost with a lip enhancement treatment. Alternatively, why not steal a few tips from make-up’s new ‘it’ girl, Kylie Jenner, and over-line your lips with lip pencil?

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According to Harper’s Bazaar ‘lip liner is to lipstick what primer is to foundation […] it’s not crucial, but it does make your lipstick look better and last longer’. Lining the edge of your lips is always recommended to avoid your lipstick or gloss bleeding. But over-lining them in a shade and filling them in with a liner one step darker than your natural lip colour will also make them look larger, fuller and more defined. 

 Follow these four simple tips and you can rest assured you’ll be looking fabulous all night long this New Year’s Eve, whatever time you eventually end up hitting the hay. 

 Want to give your lips a little extra volume? Then Perfect Lips by Dr Rob can help. Contact these experts in lip enhancement today for a confident smile and a kissable pout that’s sure to grab you that New Year’s smooch at midnight.

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Introducing New Christmas Traditions

I'm sure that every family has them - those special Christmas time traditions that everybody is familiar with, that you look forward to every year.

We have plenty of them too.

Every Christmas Eve, without fail, we HAVE to wear new pyjamas.

It started when I was little, my Mum used to give us new pyjamas on Christmas eve because we had to look smart incase Father Christmas saw us!

And its something that's stuck with me - it wouldn't feel like Christmas Eve without new pyjamas even now at my age, and I make sure my kids have them too! Preferably Christmas themed!

Another tradition from my childhood is always leaving out a mince pie and a glass of whiskey for Santa, along with a carrot for Rudolph - it never really struck me as odd until now that Santa likes the same tipple as my Dad - just coincidence I`m sure!

Of course since starting my own family, we've wanted to add our own traditions too.

Whenever we decorate our Christmas tree, we MUST have Christmas Music playing in the back ground...

We have to go to the local Christmas light switch on every year without fail!

We have to a nice festive themed bunch of flowers in the house during Christmas Week - Jon usually sends me a bunch right before Christmas which is a tradition I love! They just make the house look and smell so festive and with so many great companies around like Flowers For Everyone it's so easy to organise even during busy times like Christmas!

And on Christmas Eve, we go to our local church service and on our way home we hand out some care boxes to the homeless to keep them warm and fed on Christmas Day.

But introducing new traditions is always nice, isn't it?

This year there are a couple I want to add.

I want to introduce a family Christmas Eve box - I started it last year really by giving Tyne a Christmas Eve hamper but I think I overfilled it and it was just him then so everything inside was his - this year I want to make it more family focused. It'll have our new xmas eve pjs inside, some xmas themed books to read, a xmas dvd to watch and some yummy xmas treats like festive cookies and some Snowman soup to keep us warm!

I am also VERY excited to be introducing this little fella this year:

Isn't he just the cutest?!

This is our very own Scout Elf, sent directly from the North Pole! He'll be making his grand entrance on December 1st to deliver our advent calendars and along with the beautiful book he came with to introduce himself to Tyne & Noah!

Every day, our Scout Elf will be hiding somewhere different to keep a little eye on us all over the festive period - he might even get himself into some mischevious pickles along the way!

I know Tyne is going to absolutely LOVE him, and will find it so much to try and spot him each morning of December when he wakes up!

I personally can't wait to see what kind of mischief he gets up to - how very exciting!!

The set he arrived in his far more beautiful than I expected, it is such a lovely keepsake - something so very special to entertain the children for years to come and I think it's a beautiful thing to be passed down to their children too! Our own family scout elf, our special little festive visitor.

I can't wait to see Tyne's face when he arrives on December 1st!

You can find out more about the work of Scout Elves and how to get your own here, you can also follow their fabulously festively fun Facebook feed here!

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Saturday, 28 November 2015

Dyson Humidifier Review

Recently we were sent a Dyson Humidifier to review, and as it was the first Dyson product I’ve ever used, I was very excited at the prospect of trying it! We’ve all heard of Dyson items, the quality of the products they produce. The reputation they have for innovation and design as well as reliability is known worldwide.

For those that have never used a humidifier or wonders what one does, here comes the science!

A humidifier is a device that increases air born humidity. Most domestic humidifiers work by adding humidity to the air in a single room. This is done via a very fine water mist blown via a fan or spray system the water being housed in a small tank normally on the base of a unit. Larger humidifiers such as those employed in places of work, offices etc., are linked to buildings heating and ventilation systems.

Most modern houses have central heating and energy efficient double glazing. These combined may be good for the purse and environment, but can lead to artificially dry air circulating throughout the house especially in Winter. This has been linked to dry skin, respiratory distress, and an increase in air born particulates to name but a few nasties.

 As you can guess this isn’t particularly good for anyone let alone small children or babies. 

Now we ourselves have central heating in every room and double glazing, not only that but I’ve recently had a breakout of pregnancy spots and dry skin. So with these factors combined and having a toddler and a small baby in the house we were very keen to try out the Dyson Humidifier.

After reading about the health benefits I couldn’t wait to get the Dyson Humidifier assembled and running. We read the instructions, assembled and filled it with water - it couldn’t have been simpler. It literally took Jon 5 minutes from opening the box to having the device running.

Ok so it may sound vain but one of the first things that struck me was the sleek modern design. What can I say, but well done Dyson!  The humidifier itself looks very stylish whilst remaining unobtrusive, and is light enough to transport from room to room very easily.

 The humidifier itself is acoustically engineered to be quiet, and is the world’s first to be awarded the Quiet Mark by the Noise Abatement Society. With this in mind we knew that there would be no loud buzzing or obtrusive noises to disturb our babies sleep.

I also love that its remote controlled, so if you want to turn it off or on during the night you don't even have to get out of bed!

Other features include:

·         A built in sleep timer and up to 18 hours of constant use.
·         No blades like a conventional fan so safer, especially when there are small curious fingers around!
·         Its remote controlled, with up to 10 air flow settings to allow you to choose the right balance for yourself.
·         The ability to deliver the right level of humidity in Winter as well as cool air in the Summer time.
·         Accredited by the Airmid Health Group, the British Skin Foundation and the Skin Health Alliance.
·         Ultra Violet Cleanse technology-This means that every drop of water is exposed an Ultra Violet light housed in the Humidifier killing 99.9% of bacteria within. The running cycle for the Dyson is only 3 minutes and again is so quiet you barely notice its running.
·         Delivers consistent evenly humidified air.

We use this in the master bedroom and a month on I can confirm that my skin has cleared up a great deal and Jon states he no longer has sore throats when he wakes up too which he puts down to this product!

To find out more please click HERE

This is one device that more than lives up to the reputation associated with Dyson products, for design, quality and dependability. I for one am now happy to say I am a Dyson convert!

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