Sunday, 19 March 2017

Mothers Day Gift Guide

This month is Mother's Day, a day where every mum should be spoiled rotten and feel like our efforts of being a supermum haven't gone unnoticed. I've put together a gift guide of some things that would make lovelt Mother's day gifts...
Joules caryall bright tote bag*
One thing I love more than anything is my music, I love a good compilation CD and this has some great songs for mum to sing and dance like nobody's watching. Next, we have a gorgeous bracelet from Joma Jewellery which have a great selection of jewellery for every occasion. No mum can go without a medicinal glass bottle of wine, this wine glass is so pretty and makes wine drinking even more prettier. Then we have a handbag by Joules from Amara Living, just a general handbag but a bag that can be used in any season and more importantly fits all the kids stuff inside too. 

'Supermum' Boyfriend Sweatshirt
Mother's day wouldn't be Mother's day without a new pair of pj's, let's face it, most mums spend 99.9% of our time in a our comfy pj's while the little one watches Peppa Pig. Next, this cute heart shaped keyring from Katie Loxton is a gorgeous addition to any set of keys. Perfume is always a good gift idea, my favourite perfume is Jimmy Choo and always a sent that makes me feel good. And finally, this supermum sweatshirt from The DRM Project which are great brand for mummy merch AND all profits go to charity. 

Do you have any favourites out of my gift guide? 




*Disclaimer: Product sent to me for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Does my son have autism?

For a while now, we've known that Joey has a few development and behavioural issues. We've been quite lucky that the ball started rolling fairly quickly and Joey is now being assessed to see if he's on the autistic spectrum.

On a daily basis we struggle with Joey and over the past month, things have become increasingly difficult. His tantrums never seem to end and the smallest thing turns into a meltdown. About 2 months ago, Joey and my husband attended a session with other kids like Joey to discuss the issues that he has. After nearly a month, we finally recieved a letter outlining where we go from here.

Next month, Joey will be visited at nursery to begin the support and start of assessment for autism. Joey hasn't had a speech therapy session since November and has been having issues at nursery with other kids so I'm happy that things are starting to come togetherto help him. 

Part of me feels relieved that we may have a reason for Joey being the way that he is. He isn't like a normal toddler and it's clear to see when we try and get out and amongst the public. Joey's endless tantrums stop us from doing normal family things and it's heartbreaking.


Even though the assessment process has started, it's still going to be a very lengthy process. Aslong as we're given the right tools to support Joey that's all that matters.


Friday, 24 February 2017

Review: Busy B Busyife Diary 2017

I like to think of myself as an organised person but one thing I've been without for a few years is a diary to keep track of our busy lives. This year has definitely called for a diary as I've recently started work, the husband works and Joey is in nursery. So being given the chance to review a diary from Busy B was just what I needed.
This diary is everything you need to keep the whole family organised. It features monthly calendar, weekly view, reminder pockets, notes and other important info. The monthly calendar is great for jotting down those important dates and seeing what's going on each month. The weekly view is so handy for planning things as they happen week by week and there is plenty of room. I really like how each page has it's own reminders tab and a mini monthly calendar at the bottom of each page. 
One of the main features about this diary that i love is that it is a hardback diary and feels more like a book, it's pretty thin and easy to pop into a small handbag. The other great features include an elastic strap to keep everything inside the diary contained and a handy pen loop so you always have a pen to hand. 
After using the diary now for well over a month, I have really enjoyed using it. Everything is planned out and i'm able to easily add to our busy life while on the go. If you have a busy life and in need of a great diary then this is the one for you.

Busy B have a great selection diaries and organizers, I went for the floral Busy Life diary. Priced at only £10 this a great quality diary to use throughout the year for all those busy moments.


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for the purpose of a review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Review: Charlotte's Web Rajput precious stone spinning ring

I'm not the type of person who wears lots of jewellery or has a big collection. So when I do buy jewellery, it's usually something quite unique. I've been given the opportunity to review a gorgeous ring from Charlotte's Web.
Charlotte's Web, founded by Charlotte Howarth is a bespoke jewellery collection like no other. Charlotte's signature collection includes spinning jewellery such as spinning rings, to bracelets and pendants.

I am the proud new wearer of the Rajput Precious Stone spinning ring and it is absolutely gorgeous. This stunning ring consists of "Turquoise and Pearl mixed metal spinner ring  featuring two rings of copper and brass and one central silver ring adorned with delicate gemstones, which revolve gently around chunky polished bands of solid silver." I chose this Charlotte's Web ring as i loved the copper and brass rings in the middle of the rings.
I have had so many lovely compliments when wearing this ring, the craftsmanship is brilliant allong with the design of the actual ring. Charlotte's Web jewellery is available from Mummy & Little Me website aswell as Charlotte's Web. The Rajput Precious Stone spinning ring is priced at £60. Other style rings are available.



*Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Budget Meals with Aldi: Chicken Stirfry

Stirfry is one of those meals that you can chuck anything into and it will taste good. It's also a great dish for both meat eaters and vegetarians by taking out the meat and maybe adding a vegetarian meat substitute. This is my super simple stir fry recipe that I've been making on a regular basis.

Ingredients
340g Oakhurst frozen ready cooked chicken pieces-  £1.69
Ready to work noodles - 49p
Let's Cook Mixed Pepper Stirfry - 89p
Soy sauce - 42p

Method
Sear meat in frying pan or wok until fully cooked for 3-4 minutes.
Add mixed pepper stirfry contents and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Add ready to wok noodles to pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add a splash of soy sauce
Serve with some prawn crackers

I usually always add chicken to my stirfrys   but adding slices of beef would make a nice change. Aldi prawn crackers are better in my opinion to those you get at the Chinese takeaway.

What do you like to add to your stirfry's?


*Disclaimer: I was given Aldi vouchers in order to buy ingredients to prepare these meals. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Working + mum + wife = hard

You may have seen that I've been pretty quiet on the blog and social media recently because i have started working full time. Lately i have had no time for anything and feel like I'm juggling too many things at once.

I'd been wanting to get back into work full time for a number of reasons, mostly financial but mainly because it's important for Joey's development. I have been working full time for nearly a month now and I'm not going to lie, it's hard! Getting up so early, going to work for 8 hours and then getting home and having to be mum again is tiring. Don't get me wrong, I'm really happy that I'm working and I'm sure things will settle down soon but it's just bladdy hard sometimes.

Joey has been in nursery full time for nearly a month now and he seems to be enjoying it. Most of my determination to get a job was because Joey really needed to go to nursery to help his development. Time will tell whether we see any improvments in his speech etc and I'll be doing a separate post soon about how he's doing at the moment.

Hopefully it will get easier to juggle being at work, a mum and a wife.


Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Budget Meals with Aldi: Sausage Casserole

With the weather being so bitterly cold recently, a hearty casserole is the ideal meal on a cold winters night. A favourite in our house is sausage casserole and is so cheap to make but more importantly tasty too.

Ingredients
8 British pork sausages - £1.29
1 sausage casserole recipe mix 40p
1 medium sized onion
4 carrots
Salt and pepper

Method
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
In a large frying pan brown the sausages in some oil and transfer to a large casserole dish.
Peel, halve and finely chop the onion. Peel and cut the carrots into slices. Add the onions to the frying pan and brown.
Then add the onion and carrots to the casserole dish with the sausages.
Make up the sausage casserole recipe mix to packet instructions and then add to the casserole dish aswell.
Cover the dish and cook for 30 mins to 1 hour.
Serve with mashed potato or some crusty bread.

This is another one of my favourite meals and definitely something that can be left to cook in a slow cooker.

Stay tuned for the last installment on budget meals with Aldi soon. 




*Disclaimer: I was given Aldi vouchers in order to buy ingredients to prepare these meals. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.