Thursday, 16 October 2014

Halloween Nicholas style!

Any excuse for a party!

We love Halloween as it means all the kids get to play games, dress up and eat candy for the sake of it! lol  No better reason!

Here are a few of the ideas we have had over the past couple of years.... 


Game Ideas:

Mummy (see who can wrap up another person in toilet roll fastest!)
Bob for Apples
Touchy Feely (someone blindfolded has to feel random foods and guess what they are - hot dogs are fingers, jelly is brains etc...)
Pin the Hat on the Witch


Things to make:

Streamers from loo roll
Decorative candles (be careful where kids are) 
Haunted mirrors and journals (theres too many nice papers and stickers out there NOT to decorate everything in sight!


Instead of splashing out on expensive facepaints etc just raid the make up bag! Black eyeliner works well for cobwebs and stitches and red lipstick makes a fabulous blood trickle! 


Above all though, enjoy yourself and have fun with it!  Hand out sweets and try to be a little spooky - its the one time of the year when you can act scary and get away with it....mwahhhahahahaha!


TTFN
Debbie
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Monday, 13 October 2014

Snufflebabe & Dentinox to the rescue!

Its almost silly season again - yes when one of the kids comes down with something it has a serious domino effect in this house!

6 children generally flat out with runny noses, coughs and trouble breathing through the night - arent night times always the worst!

Maybe they could see my nose glowing from where they are or maybe it was the sleepless nights and endless crying from a stuffy Amelia that alerted Snufflebabe and Dentinox to send us some goodies to try out.....warning....if youre in any way squeamish with runny things from the nose dept dont read on! 

First up was this fabulous little contraption from Snufflebabe.  It is a nasal aspirator that has you gagging until you realise what a little wonder it is!  You pop one end at the entrance of babies nostrel (NOT INSIDE) and SUCK! Yes......you heard me right!  


Worry not though there is a filter inside where all the gloop collects and its easy to wash out too - it really does work!

Next up is vapour oil and i think everyone at some point has used vapour oil.  This one is a little different in the fact it can be used with a dummy which helps little one breathe that bit easier.  Ive tried the drops in water, ive tried the drops on the radiator - nothing works but this seemed to help her a little more than any other way.....even when it dropped out of her mouth it was still close enough to help clear her airways.  


A little gem of a product and i can see this being used lots in the winter and thoughout!

Lastly is something that will no doubt be a staple in our medicine box - instead of using syringes (which are a nightmare to clean!) this dummy allows you to pop in a dose and dispurse it straight into babies mouth! 


 No mess, no fuss - just pop the medicine in the open end, close and squirt while baby is sucking! Simples!   We havent had need to use this one yet but as soon as the Calpol is out rest assured this will be too!

Now i know not everyone gives their children medicine etc and this is purely a 'what works for us' post - i am not giving medical advice and i am certainly not saying how you should care for your little ones.  We all try to do the best for our children and im just pleased ive found something that works for us! 

Thank you for listening and I hope all the littlies stay cold free this winter! 

TTFN
Debbie
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I’m working with BritMums on a project with Dentinox and Snufflebabe to test their products during cold season. All opinions are my own. To find out more about the products visit http://www.dentinox.co.uk and http://www.snufflebabe.co.uk.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

belVita Biscuits #morningwin Challenge!

We were offered the chance to take part in belVitas #MorningWin Challenge where we had to document about those little morning wins that brighten up a day!

This couldnt have come at a better time since I had the children all starting back to school and having to get into a new routine with Amelia! 

We were sent 3 of the new belVita breakfast packs and oh my word....I cant decide which was my favourite....Hazelnut, Chocolate or Apricot! 


Jake and Ethan are usually out of the house in a whirlwind on a morning so i made sure they grabbed a pack each  before leaving for school and after the first day Jake commented on how much he was enjoying school and learning lots!  Now dont get me wrong im not giving belVita the whole credit for this but when your son comes home for the first time ever saying hes enjoying school then it gets you thinking hes had a little boost of energy from somewhere! That was def a #morningwin


Having got all the kids to school and Amelia settled after her breakfast bottle its my turn to sit down and do something for me! A cup of coffee, some chocolate chip belVita and a little crafting - what more could a girl want!  I love a crafty #morningwin!


 What are your #morningwin blessings?

“This post is an entry for #MorningWin Linky Challenge sponsored by belVita Breakfast. Learn more at http://bit.ly/belVitaUK

TTFN
Debbie
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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Pampers/Unicef Vaccine Campaign.

Emma Bunton launches the 2014 Pampers and UNICEF “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign to help eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus

Now in its 9th year, the Pampers UNICEF campaign has helped to eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus in 15 countries


Celebrity mum, Emma Bunton is inviting parents across the UK and Ireland to join together and support the launch of the 9th Pampers and UNICEF “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign to help parents all around the world celebrate their babies’ first time moments. For every specially marked pack of Pampers you buy, Pampers will donate the cost of one vaccine to help UNICEF in the fight against maternal and newborn tetanus.

A healthy start in life opens the door to a world of special first-time experiences for you and your baby. But there are still millions of babies in the world at risk of never experiencing theirs, because of the continued danger posed by maternal and newborn tetanus.

With Pampers’ support, great progress has been made by UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, in the fight against maternal and newborn tetanus. Since the Pampers UNICEF “1 pack = 1 vaccine” campaign started in 2006, Pampers has donated funds for 300 million vaccines; helping to protect 100 million mums  and eliminating the disease in 15 countries - that’s five more countries since the 2013 campaign!

Emma Bunton, Pampers UNICEF ambassador said: “I recently visited Madagascar – where the elimination of maternal and newborn tetanus was announced in June this year - to see the direct impact Pampers’ funding has had on the lives of people in the community that benefitted from the vaccination programme. As a mum of two myself, I have been lucky enough to enjoy lots of special moments with my little ones and my experience in Madagascar reminded me that there are still plenty of mums and dads that need our help to give their little ones a healthy start in life.

Something as simple as parents buying Pampers nappies or wipes or watching our campaign video online can really make a difference and lead to the elimination of a deadly but preventable disease. From October to December, for every pack of Pampers purchased or ‘First Times’ video viewed, Pampers will donate the cost of one tetanus vaccine to UNICEF. Together, we can help ensure parents can celebrate their babies first time moments, no matter where in the world they are.”

Since 2006, Pampers’ support has enabled UNICEF to help eliminate maternal and newborn tetanus in 15 developing countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Lao PDR, Liberia, Myanmar, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Madagascar and Uganda. But there are still babies in 24* of the world’s poorest countries at risk from this fatal but preventable disease.

How we can help?

1 Pack = 1 Life-Saving Vaccine

During October – December 2014, you can help Pampers and UNICEF protect women of child-bearing age and pregnant women in the developing world against tetanus. For each specially marked Pampers - UNICEF pack purchased, Pampers will donate for example the cost of one tetanus vaccine to support UNICEF in the fight against maternal & newborn tetanus.

1 View = 1 Life-Saving Vaccine / 1 Share = 1 Life-Saving Vaccine

During October – December 2014, you can also help Pampers and UNICEF protect women of child-bearing age and pregnant women in the developing world against maternal and newborn tetanus simply by watching our online films that celebrate the first-time moments of babies everywhere, many of them made possible by a healthy start in life.

  Watch the above video on Youtube and we will donate one vaccine. Share it with your friends and we will donate a second. Upload to our Facebook page a photo of your baby experiencing their first special moments - whether that’s cuddles, smiles or tastes - and we will donate a third life-saving vaccine.
                                                                                       
UNICEF Pledge Donations

All parents want their children to be secure, well nourished, educated and healthy.  Through your support, you’re helping children that need it most, but there are many more who are vulnerable and urgently in need.  By becoming a monthly donor to UNICEF today you can join thousands of other parents who donate every month to improve the lives of these vulnerable children. Visit www.supportunicef.org/Pampers to see the difference that you can make.

Thank you for taking the time to read and watch the video.

Thank you for helping to get more life saving vaccinations.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Cake & Bake Show Earls Court - 2 ticket giveaway!

I have 2 tickets to giveaway for the Cake & Bake show at Earls Court on the 3rd - 5th ~October.  The tickets are Adult Early Bird for The Saturday and worth £10 each.


All you need to do is leave a comment below saying who you are looking forward to seeing the most??  

Paul Hollywood?

Mary Berry?

Rachel Khoo? (my favourite!)

Who are you hoping to see?

Winner will be picked on Wednesday next week to allow enough time to post the tickets :) 

TTFN
Debbie
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Its a vintage dress and pearls kind of day!

Nuff said! 


Necklace made by me! 

What kind of day are you having?

TTFN
Debbie
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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Pampers Active Fit Nappies #BritainsDriestNappy Challenge

When we were chosen to take part in the Pampers Active Fit Nappy challenge for #BritainsDriestNappy both myself and Amelia were very happy as we are huge Pampers fans.

To be honest we have tried all different kinds with all the kids and Pampers are the only ones that seem to work really well in all circumstances!


We went into this with an open mind though and purchased a pack of Tesco own make nappies also to try out the challenge with a cheap pack v a more expensive pack to see if it really is worth spending the extra.


Both nappies were placed side by side and 150mls of water poured into each, which is around 2 or 3 pees worth (probably the amount that would be needed before you notice a nappy change is needed)


Once all of the water was poured we set the egg timer for 1min 30seconds and waited for the exciting bit!

When the timer pinged it was time to place a piece of kitchen paper on the nappy surface to see if there was any leakage....just enough pressure to simulate a child sitting in the nappy and look what happened!


The Tesco nappy was still very wet....but the Pampers nappy however was bone dry and I mean BONE dry!!


I cut open the nappy to look inside and see what little miracle holds the water away from babyskin - these fabulous little micro pearls absorb all the liquid and form a gel!  

How clever!!


Yep - I can confirm I am still a lifelong Pampers fan and will most definitely be adding the active fit nappies to the shopping list (we currently use Pampers Baby Dry)!

Hope you liked this little demonstration - i know we did *and i never enjoyed science at school*! lol

TTFN
Debbie
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This post is an entry for #BritainsDriestNappy trial sponsored by Pampers. Learn more at facebook.com/PampersUKIre