1/16/2018

Introducing the HiPP Buddies & the HiPP Organic's range of Sweet & Savoury Pouches - Review



Last year, just before we started to wean Ava we were invited to be part of the HiPP Moments Team, it was perfect timing! My first post was back in September and all about Ava's first tastes and the HiPP Organic's stage 1 savoury jars. The second post was published earlier this month in which we reviewed the HiPP Organic's stage 2 jars. We were sent some lovely personalised goodies too.

For our third and final project we were introduced to the HiPP Buddies characters and HiPP Organic's new baby food pouches. You can already find the range of sweet pouches in store but the savoury ones are brand new! We also received a couple of the HiPP Buddies story books which I've loved reading to both children.


The HiPP Buddies are a group of hard working and busy animal friends, who all share one goal and that is to make the yummiest, organic pouches out there! Each character has their own task on the HiPP farm, from picking the fruit and vegetables, to mashing them, stirring them and then finally filling up the pouches ready for our little ones to enjoy. What is not to love about the HiPP Buddies?!

We hadn't tried these pouches before so I was very excited to see what Ava would think of them. They arrived early one morning when Ava was still in her sleep suit and waiting for her breakfast. I just happened to check inside the hamper and saw that there were a couple of the sweet pouches which were ideal for breakfast. She absolutely demolished the first pouch in a matter of seconds. As you can see by the photo below, it was thoroughly enjoyed! Their 100% fruit pouches are a great way for little ones to enjoy up to 2 of their 5 a day. They would also go well with a hearty breakfast or as a little treat after their lunch or dinner.


HiPP Organic ensure that their savoury pouches actually taste savoury which I think is great because when it comes to weaning I always offer vegetable and savoury tastes first, especially in the beginning. I think that in doing so it has helped to prevent them from developing a preference to sweeter tastes and one of the reasons why I think they aren't fussy eaters.

As part of the third project I was also asked to let Ava "take over for the day!" At 10 months old there's not much taking over that she can manage but she gave it a good shot! We first let her choose her own lunch out of two of the savoury HiPP pouches. She had a choice of squash and chicken pasta bake or vegetable and chicken risotto with peas. She grabbed the risotto pouch first and before I could even warm it a little for her she was beckoning me to open it and wanted to gobble it up right away. The HiPP Buddies packaging seemed to catch her eye and she seemed to really enjoy the taste and texture of the pouch. I have to mention that it smelt utterly delicious!


I then let her help me choose her outfit for the day, but she grabbed three pairs of trousers and a pair of socks so I thought I'd better intervene and help the poor girl, ha ha. It was then time for a story and she narrowed it down to two favourites. She decided to go for "That's not my Pirate" Arrrrr!


The HiPP Organic pouches are light, re-sealable and unbreakable, perfect for at home and on the go! If you are planning on buying some HiPP Organic jars or pouches then please use this money off coupon which has been created especially for the readers of the blog. Discover HiPP Organic’s full range of over 30 pouches here.

- This post is written in collaboration with HiPP Organic.

1/13/2018

Project 365 - Week 02/52



7th January 2018


8th January 2018


9th January 2018


10th January 2018

11th January 2018

12th January 2018


13th January 2018

It's been quite an eventful start to the year, that's for sure and not in a good way! Our car was stolen at the start of the week and there's just no sign of it anywhere, we are so frustrated! How someone can steal a family car is beyond me. Inside was a couple of the kids toys, their blankets and car seats so to me it's like they've stolen from my children and I find that so difficult to swallow. It's a good job I believe in karma! I rejoined Slimming World this week and put on quite an impressive amount of weight in just three week that I'd been off plan. I did do some good eating and drinking over the Christmas period though, I must admit! Noah was back to nursery and we've had a birthday party, play dates and various shopping and family trips throughout the week too.

What have you been up to this week?


1/11/2018

Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 700 - Competition

Bodyclock LUXE 700 (with LUXE 750D) is top of the Bodyclock range. LUXE 700 has a glass lamp cover and high-quality speakers for streaming your own music or radio via Bluetooth and a USB port for more audio files or for charging your phone. It also comes with over 20 wake-up and sleep sounds, from classic birdsong and waterfall recordings to background cafĂ© chat and fading thunder. It's an alarm clock that mimics the light of a real sunrise so when you open your eyes you feel properly awake and refreshed. Waking like this helps to keep your sleep cycle on track and has been shown to boost mood, energy and productivity levels. At night, Bodyclock LUXE 700 has a fading sunset to help you relax and a new low-blue light feature especially for bedtime lighting. By keeping blue light to a minimum you’re ready for sleep and can drift off easily. Other features include a nightlight setting, 7-day alarm and dimmable bedside lighting. A wake-up light is not just a much nicer way to start the day but it can help beat the winter blues and is a useful complement to a lightbox in treating SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The British Swimming team use Lumie Bodyclock to get them up bright and early for training on dark winter mornings. Features: Low-blue light feature to minimise alerting effect before bedtime Bluetooth for streaming radio or your music USB port for music playback or charging your phone Mimics the colours of a real sunrise and sunset High-quality audio Glass lamp cover Gradual sunrise and sunset from 15 to 90 minutes Variable final light intensity for a gentle or bright sunrise More than 20 optional wake-up and sleep sounds including white noise Nightlight option for fading light that stays on at low level Daily alarm or 7-day alarm Fully dimmable display / Snooze / Optional alarm beep / Power failure back-up How would you like to win a Bodyclock Luxe 700? I've teamed up with Lumie to giveaway this top of the range model worth £170! To enter simply use the Gleam form below! Good luck and don't forget to enter my other blog competitions!
Lumie Bodyclock Luxe 700 worth £170.00
Terms & Conditions.
1. There will be 1 winner who will the prize mentioned above.
2. Prize sent directly by the PR.
3. Competition ends 11/02/18.
4. Incomplete entries with be disqualified.
5. UK entries only. 

1/09/2018

The Stigma Of Cosmetic Surgery. Would You Go Under The Knife?


I think that surgery, both cosmetic and plastic can drastically change a persons life for the better. It can help with self confidence, it can correct ailments and so much more. However I think that think that there's so much stigma and conflicting views on the topic. It's often portrayed that the majority of people who consider cosmetic surgery are shallow, vain and self serving but I think that's a very ignorant opinion to have. With this in mind I decided to investigate the reasons why some people consider these procedures, and if in fact it did change their lives if they went ahead with the surgery. 


I had rhinoplasty when I was 24. I had a big bump on the bridge of my nose and it made me feel incredibly ugly and self-conscious. Having the bump removed has made such a huge difference to my self confidence. I still have quite a big nose but at least it's a better shape! I'm too squeamish for other types of cosmetic surgery, but I have no regrets at all about having my nose done. 

I was booked into having my boobs done in 2013 but had to pull out as I became pregnant. I am still wanting to have my boobs done but now it's finding the right time and the funds to do it. My reasons are due to having PCOS and them not developing properly. 

I had a breast lift when I was at Uni. Before they made me so unhappy and I became depressed whenever I looked at clothes. It's pretty major surgery, but I felt so much more confident with my body (when dressed) throughout my twenties. 

I had my lips done in November and love them, so much so I think I might get them a little bigger. I've always had a fascination with Angelina Jolie so think it was this that made me want it done plus I feel a whole lot more confident since having them done.

Christy from Welsh Mum.
I had a consultation for breast implants when I was younger (I'm a B cup and wanted to go up to a C). I ultimately decided not to go ahead because of the risks and side-effects and the problems that can occur over time. This was before I met my husband, and he has helped with my self-esteem a lot. I'd still hoped that motherhood would help out naturally there but no such luck!

Laura from Five Little Doves.
I would love to have a nose job to fix the bump where I broke it, it really affects my confidence. That said, I would never go through with it as, as a parent, I would hate to take the risk of undergoing surgery for something that was purely cosmetic.

Fran from Back With A Bump.
I've had 3 breast augmentations and finally happy with them. I originally had implants in 2005 to boost my confidence and have since had two replacements as had the dreaded PIP implants. I am finally as happy as I ever will be!

Hayley from I Am River.

I always said i have my boobs done when I finished breastfeeding and whatever else in the future. Then my son was born with Down syndrome and my whole outlook changed. I don't see how I can teach him to accept himself and love his differences if I can't accept my own flaws. I'll be remaining saggy I'm afraid.

So there you have it, the reasons and opinions of a few fellow bloggers, some of whom have had surgery and others who have considered it. There's so many different procedures and surgeries out there and plastic surgery Toronto offer an array of different services on their website. Have you ever considered cosmetic surgery or would you go under the knife?


- This is a PR Collaboration.