Sunday, 20 April 2014

Daisy Lately Update

I've not done an update on Daisy in ages so I thought I would pop in a few photo's of what she's been up to lately. It's going to be lovely to look back and see how she grows.

She is now 2 years and four months old, she is a funny little soul and makes everyone laugh with her little antics.

                                           Trying out a new look with Mummy's Make-Up

                                                       Finding her own sense of style !

                                                  Inventing new ways to make music !

                                                                        Being creative

                                                            Fixing with Daddy

                                                                           Looking cool

                                                                 Discovering Nature

                                                                  Celebrating Easter

I have no doubts that she is ready for her next big adventure of being a big sister, learning to use the potty and going off to nursery. I cherish every moment of her being little as I know first hand how fast they grow up !

Angela x






Webster's Week In Wins 7th-20th April 2014

Hi

I'm back with another update of what goodies have arrived in the post for us lately.

I've been having a little bit of a slump lately when it comes to comping, I've no where near won as much as this time last year, I'm not quite sure why as I feel like I'm spending more time on entering not less ! I don't believe winning is all down to luck it also depends on how hard your willing to work on it, I just feel a little unmotivated at the moment.

I tried a couple of months of doing effort competitions and was really enjoying putting the time into Pinterest and Instagram entries but they all proved fruitless, which was a little disheartening but I suppose it's what the judges are looking for at the time.


I won this bumper selection of Gin-Gins sweets from Yours Magazine, they are certainly an aquired taste and you need to be a big ginger fan to appreciate them !


Two nice little samples, the toothpaste is from Super Savvy Me and the Nespresso samples came from Carte Noire's  website.


I had given up on the make-up arriving, it's from the Sun's Perks Offers from back in February, it was supposed to be Barry M but ended up being W7 which I like anyway, the nail polish is a lovely colour and the eye-liner couldn't have come at a better time as Daisy destroyed mine a few weeks ago.
I got a little sample pack of Femfresh, not much else to say about that really......

I also got a sample of Urban Retreat exfoliator.

I have a couple of prizes I'm still waiting for and I'm crossing my fingers for a big win before the end of April to get me back on track.

Happy Freebie Hunting & Be Lucky x



Pregnancy Diary-36 Weeks

Hi

I'm finally on the home stretch and almost there, I have my final growth scan and appointment on Wednesday where I will be given a date for my c-section, although I can't wait to know the date I am quite nervous too, I have all sorts of scenarios running through my mind at the moment, it's hard to switch off.

Pregnancy and Baby Update

I got a little bit excited and hopeful earlier this week when I started having regular pains that I could time apart but sadly they have trailed off into nothing. I have thought about really going for it and following all those old wives tales about getting labour started so I can avoid the c-section but in honesty I just don't have the energy.

This last week has seen my blood sugar levels soar despite upping my doses of Insulin, the new nurse I have took four days to get back to me so it's lucky I know how to adjust the doses myself but it's a daily frustrating battle one that I know I'm not going to win with just a couple of weeks to go.

Although my emotions haven't been to up and down over the last few weeks I have had a couple of teary moments in the last few days, I just feel so uncomfortable and doing the simplest of tasks like washing up sees me having to sit down afterwards, being able to sit in the garden this week has helped a little.

The baby is his usual wriggly self and I just can't wait to meet him now, I won't miss the hiccups he gets about three times a day, it's a very strange sensation indeed.

Bits and Bobs 

Not much to say this week, I've bought the last of the essentials such as baby milk, bubble bath, maternity pads etc, so I feel a little more prepared.

I'm being brave and posting this picture below, I'm absolutely huge and don't look particularly great but I wanted photo's of my body in pregnancy this time as I barely have any photo's of me in my previous three pregnancies.





All being well I will be back next week with another update and hopefully some news on a date for my c-section.

Thanks for reading, please feel free to leave a comment below, I love hearing from you.

Angela x






Sunday, 6 April 2014

Pregnancy Diary - 34 Weeks

Hi

Well here I am with just four weeks to go until delivery day, I'm hoping the next few weeks will be a bit kinder to me than the last couple ! I missed an update last week as I just couldn't muster the energy to write or do much else for that matter.

Pregnancy and Baby Update

I had a growth scan last week and although baby is still healthy he is a little on the large side, I know he will be fine when he's born but the worry is always at the back of my mind.

I've gone back to my blood results being up and down again, which is frustrating, it's also becoming pretty painful to inject, my tummy looks like a pin cushion.

The only consistent person I've seen throughout my pregnancy has been my diabetic nurse, sadly she's broken her arm so I have a new nurse, I really am fed up with the whole gestational diabetes now right from the start I've been fighting a losing battle, I'm counting down the weeks until it's all over.

More moaning I'm afraid as all last week I had very little and very bad quality sleep, I can't get comfortable, when I do I need to get up for a wee or to glug more Gaviscon down, also my brain can't switch off and is churning out a series of strange dreams and nightmares.

I have another growth scan in a couple of weeks, this will be the last one and then I will be given a date for my c-section, hurray !

Of course I am going to try and get things going myself, I've tried a few things in the past but nothing really worked so if you have any tips please let me know.

Other Bits and Bobs

This weekend we have taken advantage of Chris being off work and have been sorting out and preparing for the baby coming, the cot is up as we will use this to put the moses basket in at night next to our bed, Daisy thinks it's her new bed  and has been enjoying playing in it.


My hospital bags are packed, I will probably re-pack them a few times before I need them, the lovely pink lining bag I'm using for baby came from Freecycle, can you believe that somebody gave it away for free, it just needed a wipe down and it's as good as new !


I got another bargain this week from Argos, these two Jute drawer units were only £14.99 for the pair reduced from £50, I'm using them as extra storage for baby's clothes.

I will no doubt be back next week with a new set of moans !

Angela x

Webster's Week In Wins 23rd March-6th April 2014

I'm back again to show you the lovely little bits I have won or got for free over the last few weeks, I don't know if other compers  agree but this year had been really slow for prizes and I have certainly won less in these first few months than in previous years. Although I am winding down to prepare for the birth of my fourth child I'm hoping I can still fit a little comping time in here and there, but that's the great thing about this hobby, you can fit it in around your lifestyle.


The neon charm set was a prize from The Good Toy Guide who regularly run competitions.

The Happy Easter activity pack came from California Raisins, I think they had 200 to giveaway.

I also got a little perfume sample from Dolce.

You probably can't make it out in the picture but I got a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime's new instant movie service, if you do take up the offer be sure to cancel as they take the whole years fee which is £79 which includes prime delivery and the movies so worth it if you use amazon a lot.


Just the two little freebies arrived this week, both are still available.

Here's the Manuka Doctor link, it says the pack is worth £12.99 but don't get too excited, they are 3ml samples, although it will be interesting to try the purified bee venom !

Here's the Britney Spears Fantasy link, you get two little vials of her new fragrance, they both smell nice and are great for popping in your handbag.

I've had a nice winning email to start April off, I've won an Ice Watch from Sourz, I'm looking forward to that arriving.

If you are one of YouTube subscribers then you will know I've not made a video for over a month now, I do intend to start filming again in the near future but just haven't felt up to it as this pregnancy had progressed.


Happy Freebie Hunting & Be Lucky x

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Cardooo Journey Buddies Review & Giveaway (Winner Announced)


*The winner selected at random is  @sarahrees151286, well done Sarah I have tweeted you, you have 48 hours to respond*

Last year I did this review for Cardooo who make lovely interactive and educational greeting cards for kids, they got back in touch with me last week to ask if I would like to review their new Journey Buddies Travel Fun packs, as I'm a big believer in planning for travel with kids (see my traveling with a toddler post here ) I agreed to take a look.


I was sent the 'At The Beach' pack to have a look at, I am very impressed with how many activities they have managed to include in such a compact travel sized product, it's a great size for little hands and also won't take up too much room in your bag. I'm also impressed at the fantastic price of £3.50 !

Included on the front of the pack are some pencil crayons, so no need to worry about forgetting them.

As you open up the pack you find some stickers which can be used on a beach scene in the middle of the pack, I used to love doing these as a kid, the freedom of being able to create your own scene is magical, you want a crab as your lifeguard then go ahead !

There are pages with simple puzzles, a spot-the-difference, pictures to colour in, a dot-to-dot and best of all the centre opens up into a game complete with little counters, they really have packed in some fantastic quality activities to keep kids entertained no matter what type of journey you are taking.

A lovely little touch at the end is a postcard that you can send home to friends or grandparents, I can't remember the last time I got a postcard, it's a lovely way to bring back a much loved tradition.



As we won't be traveling anywhere this year (unless we win a nice holiday again) I would like to offer you, my blog readers the chance to win the pack I was sent.
Maybe you are going away for the Easter holidays or have a nice Summer break planned and are starting to think about how you will keep the kids entertained then this little giveaway is for you.

Entry is really simple, leave me a comment below telling me how you keep your kids entertained on journeys and also leave a way for me to contact you if you win. I will pick a winner using random.org on the 6th April and the prize will reach you before Easter. Good Luck.

RULES

UK entry only
Closing date: 6.4.14 9.00am
One entry per person.
Winner has 48 hours to respond.

Please take a look at the Cardooo website at the full range of Journey Buddies.

Angela x

* I was sent the Journey Buddies free of charge to review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own*




I'm a Spontex Real Cleaner

Earlier this year I spotted on their Facebook page that Spontex were recruiting for their 'Real Cleaners' panel for 2014, I couldn't resist filling in the application form, although I imagined my chances would be slim as lots of people apply every year.

I was delighted when they contacted me to say I had been chosen to take part, Spontex are going to send me products throughout the year to try out and share my opinion with them and their Facebook fans, I thought I would review them on my blog as well.

I am one of those people who has to have a clean house, I don't mind a little mess but I can't stand a dirty bathroom or kitchen, I'm always looking for new ways to make my cleaning routine more efficient especially now I'm time restricted with having Daisy and of course the new baby who will be here soon.

One of the things about Spontex products is that you don't always need to use a detergent or cleaning solution alongside them which I think is great as this makes them a great money saving tool.



Last week my first delivery from Spontex arrived, I couldn't wait to get stuck in and try the new products out.


I was most excited about trying out this Microfibre Bathroom cloth, my bathroom upstairs drives me nuts as it seems to be the dustiest room in my house, a few hours after cleaning it you can go in and find a layer of dust has already settled again and I had been thinking about getting a cloth to leave upstairs so this arrived just at the right time.

We also get terrible watermarks due to living in a hard water area so I was impressed to see that the cloth has a special non-scratch scrubbing corner to remove grime and dirt from the harder to reach places like around the taps.


I've been using the cloth every morning for a week now, I'm very impressed as it's keeping the dust and dirt away in between cleaning. I'm storing it in my bathroom cabinet when I'm not using it.


Another new product from Spontex are these Microfibre Digital cleaning cloths, they are designed for removing fingerprints or smudges from glasses, smart phones, tablets or any other high tech equipment you might have.
I have been using them for cleaning my laptop screen and have put one in my handbag for cleaning my phone screen on the go, they are pocket sized too so ideal to carry about with you.


These limited edition gloves don't just look pretty they also extra long cuffs which is great for me, I don't wash up without gloves as I like my water scorching hot and I'm forever getting water inside my gloves, these cuffs are preventing that, I never would have thought of buying them so it's great to be able to try them out.

I hope you have enjoyed my little review, I look forward to seeing what else my year as a Spontex Real Cleaner brings, look out for me appearing soon on the Spontex Facebook page.

As a little side note there is a great little photo effort competition running on the Facebook page, each week they are giving away 10 of their new mops, you need to upload a photo of your sorry looking old mop to win. Best of luck if you do enter.

Angela x