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Now that my 5 month old son has started teething I dashed to Tesco and grabbed a couple of tubes of teething gel, onw being Bonjella teething gel, and the other Calgel. Calgel is made by the same people as Calpol.
I soon found out that my son couldnt stand the Bonjella Teething gel, he screwed his little face up whenever I applied it.
He dosnt have a problem with me applying the Calgel as I think this has a much nicer flavour. Its a mission to try and get the gel on to his gums before he sucks it off my finger and eats it!
Calgel relly helps to ease his teething pain. I think its because Calgel contains anaesthetic to numb sore gums, and also contains antiseptic to fight infection.
The tube is a 10g tube. I paid £1.64 in Tesco for it.
The information supplied with the gel says its suitable from 3 months old. You can repeat an application after 20 minutes but can only use up to six times a day.
I drink around 7 cups of coffee a day and wich 1 sugar in each I decided to give sweetners a go.
I bought Canderel from Wilkinsons. It is in a pack of 100 and I paid 99p for it.
With it being on offer I bought 3 packs!
Now I have never used sweetners before but as im on a diet I thought I should cut out my big daily sugar intake. I expected to be quite dissapointed with sweetners and thught they would taste bitter, but I was really suprised! I honestly cannot tell the difference.
Each Canderel tablet contains NO calories whatsoever, compared to 1 teaspoon of sugar whcih contains 20 calories.
This has meant im saving nearly 1000 calories a week by using Canderel, Yey!!
Canderel is available in the following pack sizes:
80 tablet slim pack (ideal for my handbag)
I have been using them for 2 weeks now and I have lost 2lb in weight!
Needless to say, I am now a Canderel convert and wont go back to sugar again!
Kleenex Balsam tissues are an absolute god send when, like I am at the moment, suffering with a bad cold. Runny nose, streaming eyes and a bad cough.
Theres nothing worse than when your feeling ill and your nose is sore, to be wiping your nose with toilet roll or other tissues.
The special 'thing' about these tissues is the protective balm which helps prevent the dreaded red, sore crusty nose! Yuk!
This is what the Kleenex website says about these wonder tissues!
Kleenex Balsam tissues are the first tissues to leave behind a microfine film of protective balm containing calendula which helps prevent the skin from drying out and the nose getting red.
Available in mansize, regular, cube boxes and also pocket packs, Kleenex Balsam tissues offer protection when you are suffering from cold, flu or hay fever at home or on the move.
I dragged myself out of my sick bed today and paid £2.08 for the regular size box from Tesco, I also bought a pocket pack for my handbag for 54p
I think they are quite pricey but they are worth the extra money!
We bought the Aquarium swing for our son from John Lewis in the January sale for £35, which was half price.
We bought it purely on the price and had read no reviews or had any reccomendations for it.
Fisher Price say its suitable from birth to 25lb
but my opinion is maybe 3+ weeks as baby looked lost in it he was so tiny!
The swing plays 8 soothing tunes to baby, which you can control the volume of, and it has 8 swing 'speed' settings to. Our son found the motion very soothing as he had a bit of colic.
The swinging motion makes the fishies in the tanks on each side look like they're swimming.
You can choose from music only, lights & music, or baby activation.
The baby activation is by the two fishes at each side which baby will eventually get into the habit of grabbing on to.
It has a padded seat which must be comfy as my son always nods off after a while. The seat is removeable and washable at 30 degrees.
The only downside is that the batteries (4 x 'C' alkaline) dont last very long, especially if you dont buy Duracell.
Unfortunately I often have to get the bus into our nearest town, Crewe, as my partner has our car for work.
I generally find the drivers on our local Arriva buses to be rude, arrogant people who frequently pay no attention to speed limits whatsoever.
Today I had to go into town so I waited for my bus, which was of course late. The driver stopped an lowered the step down so I could push my baby on in his pram, and I paid my £1.60 fare with a £10 note.
The look on the drivers face was one of utter astonishment, youd have thought id tried to pay him with a snotty tissue!!
He was tutting and muttering under his breath, so I said 'Sorry I didnt realise you didnt accept £10 notes'. I got no reply.
He then drove into town at an unacceptable speed. When we got to the station he wouldnt let the step down for my sons pram so I had to struggle to get it down a huge step while the driver looked on smirking.
I will no doubt have to use Arriva again as its the only bus service in our area.
So, now here we are in a credit crunch and im on maternity leave so money is a bit tight so ive had to start shopping around for bargain food.
Farmfoods never really appealed to me until my sister told me she gets alot of her shopping there and how cheap it was. So I decided to go and have a browse.
I was pleasantly suprised! I got about 4 huge carrier bags full for about £35. Im sure if I had gone to Tesco as normal it would have cost me more than double this amount.
They had lots of Birds Eye stuff like chicken and fish, Youngs items like their fish pies which I love, and Goodfellas pizza. Also they had Weight Watchers meals whcih were 5 for £5 , this included their chips and deserts.
I got some nice stuff for the kids too whcih they love, fish fingers, nuggets, pizza etc.
They also have good non freezer items like, Kenco coffee, Penguin bars, Tilda rice...I could go on forever listing things off.
I will be a regular shopper at Farmfoods from now on!
Ok, im no snob but when I first heard about Primark I thought ooof no way, im sticking to River Island!
Then the girls in work started coming in wearing some really nice stuff and yes it was from Primark!
So I thought id go and check out the Primark in Hanley, which is my nearest one.
Boy was I suprised! That was 3 years ago, and Im a regular visitor to Primark now. I love it for the accessories like belts, handbags and jewellery, I get new earrings and necklace with every outfit I buy its that cheap!
Its really good for holiday clothes like the £1 vests and shorts.
I get most of my underwear and sleepwear from Primark too. I also get my daughters underwear and sleepwear too, and stuff like bibs, socks and sleepsuits for my son - all excellent value.
I also like their 'Home' section, for things like tea towels, candles and christmas decorations.
Im not saying the clothes are really good quality but whatever I buy lasts me the season, so I think 3 months wear from a Primark item is pretty good going. But even if if only lasted 3 weeks, for the prices I pay, I wouldnt mind!
We have taken our children to Gullivers World in Warrington twice this year.
I think the entry prices are really reasonable, adults and children £10.95 each, children under 90cm free, and OAP's £9.95.
The rides in the park are aimed at children age 2 to 13 years old, but I made sure I had my fair share of rides! There is a wide range of rides like the Pirate Ship, Big Dipper, Log Flume and thuings like ladybird rides and little merry-go-rounds for the younger kiddies.
The park is split into 8 different 'lands'. There is Circus World, Smugglers Wharf, Western World, Alice's Wonderland, Lilliput Land, Water World, Adventure World and The Lost World.
The first time we went we decided to buy our lunch in the park. It cost us £16 for 2 x fish chips and mushy peas with a hot drink each and £6 for 2 x hot dogs and chips with drinks for the kids. I think this is far too expensive (as these type of places always are!!) So the second time we went we took a picnic, and the kids loved it.
The park is open at 10am till 5pm and we have never left before 5pm as the kids absolutely love it and mither for 'one last go' on their favourite rides.
I think we may well take them again before the end of the year!
When I was pregnant with my first 2 children a home birth wasnt given as an option. Fast forward to 5 years later and finding out im pregnant, im looking at birthing options in my area, and disover home births are a definate option!!
So on my first midwife appointment I tell her I definately want a home birth. She said that because I had normal births with my daughters this would be fine.
Nothing is mentioned again until I go to a home birth class run by the NHS. I didnt learn anything new just when to get in touch with the hospital so they could send the midwives out. I was also told that I must keep an open mind because if the deliverey suite was under staffed I would have to go into hospital.
At 36 weeks of my pregnancy the hospital delivered a home birth kit and a canister of gas & air to my home, this is when I felt it was really gonna happen and that I was going to have the birth I really wanted.
At 39 weeks I went into labour. I left it as long as I could bear before needing some G&A. The midwives came out at 8.45pm and they were amazing! I cannot praise them enough.
They encouraged me to move around and get in a position I was most comfortable with to give birth in. This turned out to be my downstairs toilet!
My son was born at 11.55pm. After the midwives had finished their checks on me and the placenta was delivered they took me upstairs to have a shower.
While I was there they cleaned the whole of my downstairs. When I came down it was spotless, no sign of a birth taking place an hour previously!
I cannot recommend a home birth enough, im not knocking hospital births, but for me a home brith was definately the right choice for me and my family.
We always have a few tins of corned beef in the store cupboard for sandwiches but I have never actually cooked or made a meal with it.
That is until last night. It was really cold and I fancied something warm, stodgy and comforting for tea. So I decided to have a bash at making a corned beef hash.
The tin was a bit tricky to open, it had an 'easy-open' ring pull on it. It wasnt easy, I needed my partner to open it for me!
So heres what I did with it!
1) Peel and chop a handful of potatos and carrots, boil until soft then mash (I put butter in my potatos)
2) Sautee an onion and 2 cloves of garlic in some oil
3) Chop the corned beef into cubes, and mix into the mash mixture with onions and garlic
4) Add half a cup of beef stock and mix well
5) Place in an ovenproof dish, sprinke with grated cheese and put into the oven for about 25-30 mins
It went down a treat, the kids loved it and even my partner said it was nicer than his Mums recipe!
Think I will try out some more recipes using tinned corned beef!
We had an old shed in our garden which our daughters wanted us to turn into a chicken coup!
So we went and bought 4 black rock chicks. The girls have named them Eyelash, Twinkle, Cookie and Sophie, although we dont know which one is which!
They took around 4 months to start laying for us and I have to say the eggs they lay taste amazing! We get about 20 eggs a week from them.
Chickens are really easy to keep, we just fill the shed and outdoor run with straw, grit which they need for their digestion and feed them on laying pellets and water. We put 4 big shoe boxes in there for them to use as laying boxes and a large plank of wood for their perch.
We also have to clip their wings a couple of times a year to stop them from flying over to the neighbours gardens!
We let them out every day to have a scrath around the garden and at night they all just go back into their coup.
I also have a 6 year old border collie who isnt bothered by them at all, they all get along fine. Infact the chicken have grown to be really tame and when my partner opens their door, they all come running to the kitchen door for treats.
We also feed them all our leftover vegetables/peelings and bread. They also love a handful of sweetcorn which we just buy frozen from the supermarket.
Keeping chickens hasnt put me off eating chicken BUT we would never eat one of our own!
Sudocrem is a popular changing bag necessity for all parents. Babies can suffer from nappy rash at any time but mainly as a result of teething, weaning and by being on antibiotics.
So this is where Sudocrem would be used. It has a water repellent base which forms a protective barrier to stop any irritation. It also contains lanolin which helps to sooth the sore skin.
Having use it in the past with my daughters I remember the nappy rash only taking a few hours to start easing up once the Sudocrem had been applied.
Sudocrem is available in the following pack sizes: 400g pot, 200g pot, 125g pot and a 30g tube. I also have a 15g pot which I got in my bounty pack after having my son. I keep this sized one in our changing bag as its just the right size!
Sudocrem can also be use for other afflictions, and is not just for babies! It can be used for cuts and grazes, sunburn, eczema and even acne.
I have used it myself when I get the odd spot on my chin, I just put a big dab of it on before I go to bed and by morning the spot has started to shift.
I also have very mild eczema and if I ever get a small flare up Suocrem does the trick rather than using a steriod cream.
We decied to get Sky plus a few weeks ago as we now have 3 kids we miss loads of good stuff on the box!
My partner rang up Sky to order the box and they were going to charge us £99 for it, but being a salesman himself my partner got them down to £49!!
We are really impressed with it. Its very easy to use - even my daughters (who are 5 & 6) can use it!
I tend to have lots of early nights with having a young baby but now I dont have to miss all the good films which are always on so late at night.
There is a series link feature which I use a lot. You can preset your favourite series to automatically record, so you never miss an episode.
There is also the live fast forward and rewind buttons and pause buttons which are handy if you get interupted by the phone, or want to fast forward through those really annoying adverts
Sky+ also has another feature called Anytime TV. This is a choice line up of the weeks 'best' TV. This is hany if theres nothing else much on.
We have had Sky+ now for about 2 months and so far are really impressed with it.
Last weekend our town held its annual food festival. At this festival you can get a wide range of different food and drink products.
We saw an ostrich stall, so being intreagued went for a nosey.
They had for sale ostrich burgers, ostrich sausages, ostrich pate, ostrich steaks, just to name a few!
What caught our eye was a small piece of ostrich wich had been chopped, mixed with various herbs, and then wrapped in chicken breast, and wrapped again in smoked bacon.
The lady on the stall said it tastes like beef but without the fat, so as beef lovers we couldnt wait to give it a try!
We bought one and decided to have it for lunch on Sunday.
Sunday arrive and I roasted the meat for about 45 mins. It cooked really well an looked really scrummy, we couldnt wait to try it!
I was very dissapointed with my Sunday luch this week!
The ostrich had the same texture of beef but had a very strong distinctive taste and a very pungent smell.
I wont be trying it again sadly...I think I will stick to my roast beef and yorkshire puddings!
Heat is a weekly magazine, costing £1.65,for people like me, who love their celebrity gossip!
It's a fun, light-hearted, tongue in cheek look at celebrity gossip, fashion and lifestyle and it doesn't try to be anything else.
There are all the regular features such as;
Look of the week - an overview of what look those A-list celebs are wearing this week
Love & Stuff - a peek into celebs love lives!
Hoop of horror (previously circle of shame) - the photos they dont want you to see!
Spotted - Celebs spotted out on the street doing their day to day thing
Starstyle - 9ish pages dedicated to whats hot and whats not in the fashion world
Torso of the week (my fave!!) - A photo of a shirtless random hunk looking his best!
Heat Tv- a weekly guide to whats on this week, plus reviews of the latest films, books, singles and albums being released this week.
So thats it, all in all, its my fave magazine. I have to buy it every week, even if im on holiday abroad!!