Word of the Week

This week my word is REST (I think) I’m cheating a bit really because this week has not been the most exciting so I’m talking about next week. There were a few different words i could have chosen, but I have decided on rest because as of today I am taking a break from blogging as I think I need it. I just want to enjoy the Christmas period with my family, without the stress of blogging.

And I know Christmas period is still a little busy when you have Children but I will get a lot more rest than usual weeks because I don’t have any school runs, no mad rushes to get ready, no packed lunches etc etc

And on actual Christmas day the OH is sharing the Christmas dinner cooking with me so I will get a nice rest and we plan to spend it at home so that will be nice to not walk or drive anywhere.

We are using this week to get as much done as possible so we don’t have any last minute rushes. Well that is the plan anyway :)

I hope you all have a lovely Christmas, see you in 2015!



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No more dry skin with Aveeno


My teen daughter has always had sensitive skin but last year she started to get eczema too. We’ve tried a few things to help her with it, but so far nothing has helped. We tried changing washing powder, deodorant’s and soaps. We tried lots of different creams and all sorts but nothing made it better.

Until we were sent some Aveeno creams. We were sceptical because we had already tried different creams and they didn’t work or when they did it was just for an hour or so. But I am so pleased to announce that Aveeno has been the best thing ever! She is no longer itching or soar, in fact when she uses it regularly you wouldn’t even know she had eczema.


We started out by using it just when she got an outbreak but now we use it daily because that way she never has an outbreak. I’m really lucky that she’s not really young and see’s putting cream on as a pain as  YouGov AVEENO® Skin Stories Study, 2014 shows


  • 48% of surveyed mums agree that their child does not enjoy their emollient routine (n=367)
  • 46% of mums stated that their child doesn’t like using creams or lotions (n=595)
  • And 51% of mums say that they would find advice on how to develop an enjoyable dry, eczema-prone skin routine helpful (n=614)

Because of her age, she just see’s it as a nightly beauty regime :)


I love that Aveeno don’t just have a cream but lot’s of other products too from creams to bath wash. You can see the full range and order a free sample on their Facebook page.

Here are my top tips for beating dry skin;

1) Try to apply on a regular basis because if children see it’s working they may be more likely to want it on and if it’s not painful and hurting then it’s nicer to apply.

2) Read their new Ellie & Eddie book as it’s lovely and helps children to understand dry skin and encourages them to enjoy a regular routine. You can download the book here for free.

I am a huge huge fan of their products and could not praise them enough. I would definitely recommend them.



*Disclosure – I was sent some products for review but all words and opinions are my own. 


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Wicked Wednesday


The joys of toddlers and stickers. I’m not liking how cocky the teen is looking.


Haha that’s better 😂

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GroLight from The Gro Company.

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Harry has always been afraid of the dark. The problem we have is we don’t want to get him a night light as his brother shares with him and doesn’t want a light in his room. We have found that having a night light in the hallway has kept him happy for now`the problem is when we want to check on the boys at night, we can’t see them. We usually have to use our phone lights. That was until we found GroLight from The Gro Company.

This is a genius idea. It fits like a normal light bulb but when you flip the switch it’s a night light, flip it again and its a regular light. So we can turn it on to check on the boys and not disrupt them (and you don’t have to search around for a standard night light) and then it can be used as you would your usual light.

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You can use the light in a ceiling bayonet light fitting or in a lamp with a bayonet fitting. it doesn’t work with dimmer switches but it is cheaper than leaving your dimmer switch on.

I will also add that if you don’t like the look of it you can put your light shade on as you would with a normal bulb as my photo below shows.

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This works perfect for us but I could also see it being very useful for parents with newborns as you could easily go in to their rooms for nappy changes or night feeds and not have to alarm them with the main light or have to fumble around in the dark.

It really is a clever item and was so easy to fit. It takes the same time to fit and as easy to fit as putting a regular bulb in. My photo’s don’t really do it justice unfortunately because I only have an iphone. But it gives a lovely warm glow as a night light and makes the light bulb look a little brighter than normal when its’s switched on to full.

It is available from The Gro Company for a price of £17.99 which is an excellent price in my opinion for what it does. I honestly could not recommend it enough. Even the teen and tween have been turning it on and off and saying how awesome it is.


*Disclosure- We were sent this night light for the purposes of this review, but all words and opinions are my own. 

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Fighting flu with Boots!

Coming into winter we always seem to be poorly. These last few weeks have been horrible in this house. Teen and I got a really bad cough, then OH got it and gave it back to me, then I got a cold and now the toddler is really poorly. He’s not sleeping at night, which means we’re not sleeping and that is making it impossible to get better.

Boots contacted me recently with some information….

The research shows over half of mums (55%) do not do anything to help prevent cold and flu in winter, but if they took steps to protect themselves they could get an extra five days back.


The research from Boots UK also found that:

  • Last winter 62% of mums lost an average of five days to symptoms of cold and flu
  • On average, mums interact with 11 different people each day so it is important they take steps to stay well this winter
  • Over half of mums surveyed (51%) thought that they had caught their cold from their child, a third (33%) believed their colleagues were responsible and 29% believe they passed their germs onto other members of their family.
  • Only a third of mums (32%) have had a winter flu vaccination


This did not surprise me at all. I think we all forget that we may be able to prevent colds and flu. We all get every pill and potion in us when we are ill but why do we never ever think to prevent it.

I was recently given a nasal spray and some vitamins. We are going to use the vitamins and we are going to get some more. I think if we were to take vitamins, we have prevented being so poorly the past few weeks.

I think it’s very important to look after yourself while pregnant too and Boots UK flu pharmacist Deepa Songara says…

“According to our research 38% of women surveyed had a cold when they were pregnant or breastfeeding and 75% found it difficult to find a suitable treatment option to help them manage their symptoms.

“Often when you have a cold you will have more than one symptom so speak to your pharmacist to find the best treatment for you. You may want to consider a combination product or a range of products to help alleviate cold symptoms. There are also nasal sprays available which can help to defend against cold and flu viruses and reduce the severity of colds and flu.

“During pregnancy you want to feel as healthy as possible, so pregnant women should also remember that they are eligible for a free flu jab on the NHS to help protect both themselves and their baby. Speak to your midwife, pharmacist or GP to find out where you can get a free flu jab to help you stay well this winter.”

It’s easy to prevent cold and flu (well as best we can) and I think it’s something we shall think about from now on so I can get those lost days back!


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Ozeri 30cm Green Earth Frying pan


I love cooking and I love new products to cook with so when I was contacted by Ozeri to try out one of their frying pans, I was very excited.

I was sent the Ozeri 30cm Earth Frying Pan firstly I will tell you what Ozeri say about the frying pan and then I can give you my opinion :)

  • Utilizes GREBLON ceramic – an ultra-safe ceramic coating from Germany which is 100% PTFE and PFOA free (no heavy metals or chemicals).
  • Innovative textured pan surface delivers unprecedented non-stick performance without releasing harmful fumes or toxins at high temperatures.
  • Features a scratch-resistant 100 percent ceramic coating that is super easy to clean.
  • Made out of durable heavy-gauge pure aluminum with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.
  • Boasts a comfortable heat resistant silicon coated handle, and a magnetized induction stove safe base for rapid heat transfer.

I will start with the negatives. It’s not big enough for a family of 5. Seriously this is the only fault I could find. It’s OK if I am using it in the day, just for myself or the toddler but at dinner times I can only cook one egg or a couple of sausages at a time. Having said that, I have already used it more times than I thought I would.

Firstly I love the colour. We have a retro 50’s style pink and green kitchen so this colour really blends in.


Its a great size to tidy away neatly in cupboards or draws which is great if you have a small kitchen.


It also does everything it says. It’s none stick, nothing has burnt yet. The handle doesn’t get hot (which my current saucepans do and it is awful) and it is easy to wash. I don’t have a dishwasher so things that are easy to clean are a big bonus for me.



It really is great quality and can be purchased via Amazon for £29.99 which is a great price for this type of item as it is durable and built to last.



*Disclosure- I was sent this frying pan for the purposes of this review but all words and opinions are my own.

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