Living Arrows #18 - The Birthday Girl



On the 3rd of March, it was Ava's 2nd birthday! I know, where has the time gone? I honestly could cry! I took a dozen photo's on the day like all parents do and didn't know which to go for. In the end, I chose these two (kicking myself that I shot these in portrait and not landscape) as they were both in their element, chowing down on Ava's Baby Shark birthday cake! That's the best part of a birthday right? 


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The Importance Of Tyre Safety

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Every driver should be aware of how important it is to look after the tyres on their vehicle, especially when they have children. They provide the only contact between the vehicle and the road so it is detrimental that they are maintained to a high standard and checked regularly. It is recommended that you perform a visual check of your tyres before every journey, whether it’s a quick trip to the shops or a long road trip. With this in mind, I’ve put together a post featuring some of the things that you should look out for when it comes to their tyres.

Tyre pressure
Incorrectly inflated tyres are extremely dangerous. The problems this can cause include:
* Handling – your vehicle will not drive as it should.
* Increased tyre wear.
* Lower fuel efficiency.
It is important to remember that a tyre may not necessarily look flat to be underinflated so you should carry at a pressure check with an appropriate pressure gauge or pump. The correct PSI for your vehicle's tyres will be detailed in the vehicles handbook and also on a sticker on the driver’s door jam.

Tyre Tread
The British legal limit for minimum tread depth is 1.6mm across 75% of the tyre. Anything less than this is putting the tyre at serious risk of failing, this could be a blowout on the motorway or hydroplaning in wet conditions, both of which are extremely dangerous. Remember that each bald tyre can carry a fine of up to £2500 and three penalty points on your license. You should check tyre tread every 2 weeks and replace if necessary. For a great deal on quality tyres, try Elite Direct.

Wheel Alignment
Incorrectly aligned tyres will usually present itself in the form of tyre wear across only one edge of the tyre. Uneven wear can make part of the tyre weaker than the rest and could result in a blowout. Have your alignment checked at a professional garage, the process is quick and inexpensive.

Good tyre maintenance is vital to you and your passengers safety, it is simply not worth risking a blowout for the sake of a quick check before each journey. Do you have any tips that you would like to share?

Organix Goodies Jammie Monsters - Review & Giveaway


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I've been a fan of Organix for years, ever since I started weaning Noah, which believe it or not, was five years ago now. Over the course of that time, I've worked with them on numerous occasions, and I've also purchased their snacks out of my own pocket, at different stages of Noah and Ava's weaning journey.


Organix already offer an impressive range of different sweet and savoury snacks and have just recently knocked it out of the park with a brand new product. Introducing, Organix Jammie Monsters!

Organix Jammie Monsters are delicious wholegrain wheat biscuits which are sandwiched together with a 100% strawberry and apple fruit filling. They are suitable for children from 18 months old and come with the 'Organix No Junk Promise'. This means that they contain no added salt, no artificial colours or flavours and are made with the best organic ingredients.


Ava has quite the palette for a two-year-old. She likes tasty food and won't bother eating anything that she finds bland or tasteless. She is known for putting food that she doesn't approve of in the bin or on the floor if she can't get to the bin!

With this in mind, I did wonder how she'd take to the Jammie Monsters, and questioned if they'd pass her taste test. So, how did they do? Well, they went down a storm! Although the biscuits are individually wrapped, she had two in one sitting and I think that says it all.


The biscuits look appealing and inviting and the little monster patterns on them are a nice touch. The monster characters seem to really intrigue her, you can see the wonder in her eyes when she's exploring them, though the exploration doesn't tend to last long as she's usually nibbling on them within 10 seconds! They are a fantastic little snack to keep her filled up, ready for our next adventure. They are great for enjoying at home, in the lunch box or on the go. We'll certainly be buying more once Ava has eaten these, which won't be long at the rate she is going.

A box of 8 individually wrapped Organix Goodies Jammie Monsters retails at £2.49 and they are available to buy at Morrisons, Boots and Sainsbury's. How would you like to win a couple of boxes for your little one to try? To enter simply use the Gleam form below and don't forget to enter my other competitions.

Two boxes of Organix Jammie Monsters

Terms & Conditions.         
1. There will be 2 winners who will each win 2 boxes of Jammie Monsters.
2. Prize sent via the PR. 
3. Competition ends 07/04/19.
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified.
5. UK entries only.