Thursday, 23 April 2015

The Ordinary Moments #16

We've had a funny old week this week. My Mams still in hospital and I feel exhausted. We've been struggling with childcare and I feel like the little man has been dragged from pillar to post. He's been in and out of hospital almost every day visting with me and I feel guilty that he hasn't had much fun.

I've tried to get him out in the garden as much as possible while the weathers nice, which he seems to have enjoyed. His new obsession is the bird bath. I think he's scared off the poor birds though. He loves filling up the birdbath himself and then frantically trying to splash it all out again!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Munchkin Deluxe Snack and Drink Pod

When we're travelling the little man likes to have his drink close by, but because he's a fidget, he often drops it down the side of his car seat which means I have to pull over to retrieve it, usually more than once during a journey. 

The Munchkin delux snack and drink pod has become our new best friend. The simple yet effective idea is great for little people and keeps me sane on car journeys. A sturdy duo pod which allows your little person to grab their own drink and snacks without the need for assistance. 
Munchkin Deluxe Snack and Drink Pod
The pod fixes onto the side of most car seats or pushchairs by simply turning the green Quick-attach™ clamp on the side, it's turdy and doesn't wobble once it's fixed on. The lever on the side is child resistant, so tiny little fingers can't twist it and remove it, no matter how hard they try. 

Removing the pod from the car seat or pushchair is simple, you just press the two orange buttons on the sides of the pod and it detaches to wash. It's dishwasher friendly so can be washed easily and thoroughly. Thankfully there are no crevices or cracks in the design for food to gather, so cleaning is a very quick job. 
Munchkin Deluxe Snack and Drink Pod
It has two deep holes which can be used to store goodies of choice. The Munchkin Miracle 360° Sippy Cup (more about that later) fits into the hole perfectly and remains stable and upright. The pod comes with a removeable snack pot that has a handy none spill top, which prevents the chances of a messy child or messy car seats. 
Munchkin Deluxe Snack and Drink Pod
We've used the pod every day since it arrived, it's too handy not too! I'm really impressed and the little man seems mighty pleased with his new side kick and the fact he can feed and water himself without waiting for Mammy. At £12,99 I think it's good value for money, and it's helped fix one of our day to day niggles.

You can find out more about Munchkin on their website, Facebook and Twitter. 

We were sent the Deluxe Snack and Drink Pod for the purpose of this review, thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. 

Friday, 17 April 2015

The Ordinary Moments #15

The first hot day of the year and we went to Hamsterley Forest to run off some of the little mans energy.

Tips for baby proofing your home and a giveaway

There are so many things to consider when your baby is on the move. Nothing is safe. Everything can be dangerous and you dream about the word 'no'.

As soon as your little person starts to crawl you need to make sure you baby proof your house to the best of your ability.

Here are some quick tips for baby proofing your home : -

  • Put anything breakable higher up or inside a drawer, this includes TV's, ornaments and TV remotes. 
  • Keep cords and wires out of sight. They're a minefield for injuries.
  • Use none slip rugs. We have wood flooring and it's been hard work for the little man while he was learning to walk, rugs with a none slip backing have been a god send.
  • Invest in good quality safety gates. We have 4 safety gates up in the house and they're some of the best baby purchases I've made. I can gate off areas that aren't safe, like the stairs or kitchen.
  • Use cupboard and drawer locks. They're cheap and easy to fit. They're a simple way of preventing injuries in the kitchen or bathroom. 
  • Keep anything small out of reach. Coins, stones in the garden and bottle tops are also choking hazards.

Safetots’ have a great range of stair gates to help make your house safer for little people. They also stock various other equipment which can help reduce your worry. 

One of my readers can win a fab Safetots Self Closing Gate - White (75cm – 82cm) The gate is pressure fit so won't ruin your door frames and has a self closing mechanism which is very reassuring for any frazzled parent. To be entered, complete the Rafflecopter form below. 

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Summer swimwear competition from Patricia Eve

Now we've seen some sun I feel I can share my next competition with you. To get to you prepared for the summer sunshine the lovely people at Patricia Eve have offered one of my lucky readers the chance to win a gorgeous David designer costume and Iconique beach cover up (in a size 12 only).

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Upbeat blogger protein challenge

I was recently asked to take part in the Upbeat Blogger Challenge. I was challenged to make healthy changes to my diet and introduce more protein rich foods and Upbeat protein drinks.

I'm always trying to bring healthy extras into my diet, and try new foods. I was intrigued to see what food I would be sent for the challenge. When it arrived my order included a range of meat and fish, cheese and fruit, all of which were rich in protein.
We need protein in our diet to help us maintain healthy muscles and bones. Protein rich foods keep us feeling full the longest but our body isn't able to store them the way it does with Carbs and Fat, so sometimes we need a little boost. Each person needs roughly 1g of Protein for every kg they weigh. Upbeat protein drinks can help with this, by adding 20g of Protein into our diets by simply drinking on 250ml bottle.

Whilst we do try to stick to a healthy diet in our house it's hard to remember what foods are the best source of protein and how much they provide. This handy little table gives you a bit more of an idea.
This week I've been making healthier diet changes. I've reduced the amount of Carbs in my diet, eaten less sugary foods and have made meals from scratch rather than using ready meals or processed junk.

I've swapped for potatoes for sweet potatoes which I absolutely love. I've made sweet potato wedges and and can't say I've missed normal potatoes at all. I've avoided pasta and had cous cous in salads and with sauces.
I've picked salmon to take to work with salad rather than my usual calorie laden ready made pasta pots and opted for super filing porridge oats topped with fruit and pumpkin seeds for breakfast.
After only a couple of days I felt like I had more energy and was less sluggish during my working day or night.  My portions have been smaller as I felt fuller for longer, sometimes I had to tell myself to eat at lunch time as I was still so full from breakfast.

I've really enjoyed a more varied diet and the extra protein I wouldn't usually include has clearly made a difference to my energy levels. I've also felt less bloated and more clear headed. I intend to keep making more of a conscious effort with my protein intake, and I'll definitely be making healthier choices, who knew how much I loved Salmon!?

I've enjoyed the Upbeat drinks too. They're a dairy protein drink (20% protein) with fruit puree and comtain only 150 calories per drink. They are low in fat and contain less than half the sugar of fruit smoothies. They're available in four flavours : - strawberry, blueberry and raspberry, mango and the recently released chocolate orange. They're made an extra tasty addition to breakfast time. My favourite flavour has been the blueberry and raspberry as it's fruity and tastes a bit like a naughty treat. 

You can find Upbeat protein drinks chilling in the fridges at selected Tescos, Sainsburys, Waitrose and Holland and Barrett as well as many more supermarkets For further information about the product and challenge, check out

*I was sent the food included in this post free of charge. Opinions are my own*

Sunday, 12 April 2015

The Ordinary Moments #14

Bathtime is the little mans favourite part of the day. Some days he even ends up having two. I hope he's as happy to jump in the bath when he's a teenager!

My Sunday Photo #15

I love this picture of my Mam and the little man. He loves to sit with her, watching the cars go by outside or reading a book.

My Mams very poorly in hospital at the moment so he hasn't been able to spend time with her, and he keep shouting for his 'Nan'.


Friday, 10 April 2015

Munchkin Lil Apple plates

We try to make meal times as fun as possible, playing games and using fun, brightly coloured feeding tools. It encourages the little man to eat and make meal times less of a chore.

Since the little man started eating properly he's always preferred more picnic style lunches. He prefers to pick at a variety of finger foods which he can pick up and eat himself rather than one main meal. The Munchkin Lil' Apple plates are perfect for this.
They come as a pack of three with one yellow, one red and one green plate. Each plate is split into three sections with curved sides. They're dishwasher and microwave safe and the apple stalk is also an easy grip handle for little hands.
Each section is big enough to hold a decent amount of food and there's enough space to ensure food is not touching. I can't believe how perfect the size was for the little mans mini fish and chips and side portion of tomato sauce!
They're perfect for picnics or eating outside - which is what we've been doing a lot of lately. We're been making the most of the beautiful North East sunshine and eating breakfast and tea outside most days.
I think the plates are great. I love the bright colours, the sturdy plastic design and they're the perfect size for the little mans high chair tray, and sit flatly without any overlapping. 

*I was sent the plates for reviews purposes. Opinions are honest and my own*