31 January 2011

Reasons to be Cheerful - Week 4

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Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy From the Heart
 

I'm going to join in on the "reasons to be cheerful" as it's good to remind myself now and again that life isn't really that bad and a lot of people have it a lot worse than I do. Some would even look at my life and say there's nothing wrong with it. Everyone is different!

Also the reason is says week 4 is that this was started by Mummy from The Heart and I'm linking up with her as she is in her 4th week of doing the "reasons to be cheerful". Now that you're all clued up, here are my reasons to be cheerful this week.

#1 Finally have our Will's finalised and in place so if anything should happen (god forbid) we're covered! Hurray!! Now to tackle Life Assurance, eek!

#2 Started making more of an effort to have family walks with Lexie the dog instead of just Daddy taking Lexie out on his own. Hoping this will help keep me fit and also it's good for Logan to get some fresh air which I am pleased about.

#3 Family have been admiring the little arty things I have done with the photo's of Logan I have taken. I've created photo books and mugs online as gifts, a colourful photo clock which is going to go in the kitchen I think and lovely thank you cards which I send out to anyone who gives Logan a little gift etc. It means a lot to me that my family notice these little things and makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside ;-)

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30 January 2011

Silent Sunday

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Silent Sunday

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28 January 2011

Review: Skibz

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I was browsinng the facebook page of Cuddledry and came across a little advert from them for Skibz! Skibz I thought, sounds like a posh bib to me! However I was mistaken so I decided to do a little review on them.

Logan dribbles like mad and has done so since he was around 2 months old, which is a nightmare as all his tops get saturated and his little neck gets raw from being wet all the time even when I put a bib on him. So being the 'I'll try anything' mother that I am, I ordered a Skibz from their website and am very pleased I did.





The Skibz that I ordered arrived a few days later and was very well packaged in a fancy shiny jiffy bag. The packaging was so good I've kept it to re-use for when I sell some items on ebay, bonus! Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and all that! Anyway, I opened the packaging to find a gorgeous bright coloured quality Skibz and to make it even better I received a hand written message on the invoice that said "Thank you for your order - enjoy!" I feel that this personal touch is great and shows that the company has taken the time to thank the customer for their purchase and also shows appreciation. More companies should do this!

Skibz also do another thing which I think more companies should do, package their items in materials that can be recycled. The Skibz comes in a carboard sleeve which is sprinkled with information on the Skibz its self. I love the fact that they advertise that the Skibz was designed by a British mum, go team Britain!

The age range for the Skibz is 0-3 years they come in an array of lovely colours and patterns and have 2 studs to secure around your childs neck. Logan is almost 14 months and he has to use the second stud as the first is too tight around his neck. I'm not sure if it will last him till he's 3 if he's using the second stud already! The RRP of the Skibz is £10.00 but having took a special offer code from the Cuddledry facebook page I got Logan's for £9.00!

Skibz themselves say that they "only select very tightly woven fabric to ensure maximum absorbency and lasting quality." This I feel is true as none of Logan's tops have become wet from his dribbling whilst wearing this and also it's been through the washing machine already and hasn't faded one bit! Normally when I put a bib through the washing machine it fades and discolours quite quickly. Skibz also say that they "are pre-shrunk" so they will not shrink in the wash. This is also true, after I put mine in the washing machine there was no shrinking at all, fantastic! The Skibz must also be comfortable to wear as Logan does not try to take it off and will quite happily wear it all day without any fuss, even when I put it around his neck he doesn't mind. There are no dribbles getting to his neck either now so it's kept dry and he is not sore anymore.

Overall I feel the Skibz is a great buy for any dribbling baby or toddler but may be a little expensive for families on a budget.

So after all that, our overall scores are;

Logan's rating - 10/10
Mummies rating - 8.5/10
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26 January 2011

Cheeky Face!

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Was looking through the massive stash of photo's I've taken of Logan tonight and came across this one. Just had to post it up for everyone to see! This is him enjoying his first test drive in his car seat (think he was about 9 months here). He's giving the camera his trade mark 'Cheeky Face' and flailing his legs like mad!





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Money Saving Tip & Tricks!

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Make those pennies count


I've been noticing more and more people are blogging about money saving and how to go about it. It's a small reminder that this country is still in deep recession which will take us a little while yet to recover from! Anyhoo, I thought I would jump on the band waggon and share 5 of my little money saving tips and tricks with everyone :)

#1 Leave the plastic at home - It seems simple enough but most people forget the point of this tip in the first place! If you're going out, take the money that you need with you (if you need any at all) and leave those debit/ credit cards behind so you are not tempted to spend extra when you never planned to in the first place, simples!!

#2 Shop around - Another simple tip and one of my favs. I love shopping another and scouring the net to find a good deal and to make sure that I am buying a product at the lowest price possible at the time of purchase. One of my favourite sites for glorious bargain hunting has to be HotUKDeals. This was kindly shown to me by my better half and I've never looked back!

#3 Toilet Roll - Yes!! It's one of those things EVERYONE needs and the cheapest price I could find it at without buying the cheap crap the crumbles in your hands was..... Farmfoods! They have a selection of toilet rolls with a hint of colours; white, blue, cream or pink and some smell nice too. You can buy 9 rolls for £2, that's 22p a roll! Bargain! Obviously if you can find good quality toilet roll for even cheaper then buy it. But when there isn't any good offers on, this is what I purchase.

#4 Poundland - Looking for a great gift at a great price then Poundland is your friend! I am a self confessed Poundland-aholic and I can sniff them out a mile away in any shopping centre. They have cheap gift bags for birthdays, new born babies, weddings etc, lots of stationery so you don't have to buy the expensive stuff for the kids and have them ruin it and lots of branded products for £1.00!! How much better can it get! A few examples of things I've purchased from Poundland are; fisher-price explore the rainforest book, colour changing egg timer, lotus vapour release olbas oil tissues (6 pack), organix moon biscuits, organix animal biscuits, organix fruit pots, plum baby food, organix crisps, tons of good books, tin foil for use in the trays whilst cooking, 2 pack of air tight containers (which are ok to keep things like opened packets of baby rice cakes) and much much more. It's always worth a look in Poundland, especially if you have a baby :-)

#5 The big shop - Make a list before you do the weekly shop so you don't buy extras just because 'they were' on offer. If you don't need it, don't buy it! Also check sell by dates and make sure you get the best possible date so that the product lasts longer and you can plan your family meals better around the dates so as not to waste food and thus wasting money. Shopping little and often can help save food waste as well but maybe not so good on the car fuel unless you plan in more than one journey whilst going to do the shopping!

image from Money Saving Expert
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25 January 2011

Review: Honey Baltic Amber Baby Teething Necklace

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To kick off the review process I thought I would review The Honey Baltic Amber Baby Teething Necklace that I purchased for my son, Logan, from ebay! (http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250736031787)





Honey Baltic Amber Baby Teething Necklace


My neighbour has 3 children and swears by these necklaces, so when Logan started teething and was left uncomfortable and in pain I thought I should give everything a go to see what worked best. Scouring the internet I came across these lovely necklaces on ebay for a reasonable £4.95 plus free delivery.

I was at first rather sceptical however at £4.95 it wouldn't hurt to give it a go and see how it worked for Logan. Here is a bit of science behind the necklace, this has been quoted from the seller whom I purchased the necklace from (on ebay):

"The active ingredient in Baltic amber is Succinic Acid, which was analysed by the pioneer of modern bacteriology and nobel-prize winner Robert Koch (1886). He confirmed its positive influences and discovered that there is no risk of the accumulation of surplus amounts of succunic acid in the body. Recent scientific research has also proved that succinic acid has a very positive influence, it strengthens the body, improves immunity and the balance of acids.

Baltic Amber's anti-inflammatory and therapeutic propeties are also recognised by allopathic medicine. The skin's warmth releases succinic acid from the amber, a resin, which is absorbed into the bloodstream. Succinic acid is found in many contemporary plants and is a common and indispensable food ingredient. However, deficiencies of succinic acid are frequent as it is rather rarely found in nature. Even unripe gooseberries and rhubarb stalks, which are the richest in the acid, contain a thousand times less of the acid than the Baltic amber-succinite."

Quite a lot to take in there but at least it shows how the necklace works!

When I received the necklace in the post it was well packaged and came with a lovely little purple draw string bag to keep it safe. It's pleasent looking and has a handy set of magnets which hold the necklace together and these will come apart if tugged by the child to prevent any choking.

Logan has been wearing the necklace for 6 weeks now and I do believe that it is making a difference! His discomfort has reduced quite a bit and some days he will not show any signs that he is cutting teeth. Although when he has started to cut his big teeth these have been painful and he has needed to have some calpol and lots of bongela for this. He doesn't have the calpol often though and the necklace seems to be doing a good job of helping ease the pain.

Wether it truely works or not is hard to tell but from my experiences with Logan it does seem to do the job and for £4.95 with free delivery there is no harm in trying :-)

So our overall scores are;

Logan's rating - 8/10
Mummies rating - 8/10
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24 January 2011

Where to begin?

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Hi All,

I have decided to start this blog to share my experiences of motherhood and all things baby. Sometime in the near future I will also *fingers crossed* be reviewing baby products and providing helpful and amusing advice. If none of that comes to apparition, never fear, I will have many a rant to share with everyone!

So, I hear you ask, where did the name 'The Breastest News' come from? Well I am absolutely rubbish at picking names for anything (apart from my son's name, I nailed that one) so tonight I have been harassing my better half to be creative and think of a name for my blog! Poor him some people may say, I think not. He is very creative and comes up with the best ideas whilst under pressure, thus 'The Breastest News' was born. My better half informs me that this name was created as I breastfed our son and will be giving 'the best' *cough* advice for mums through my blog.

Well I better tell you a little bit about myself and my family. My name is Laura, I'm 22 and mummy to my little boy Logan (currently 13 months old). My better half, Kevin, also my fiance has been putting up with me now for 5 years and hopefully he'll put up with me for many a year to come. We have a lovely dog called Lexie. She is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and I know most people think they are 'devil dogs' but honestly, she is the happiest dog I have ever met and great with my son Logan. She puts up with much harassing, pocking, prodding and biting from my son and never says a peep! We also have two Leopard Geckos called Diego and Milli, much better than a hamster I assure you :-)

I think that's about it really for my first post! I'll see what I can conjure up for my next one!

For now though, hasta la vista baby ;-)
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