Thursday, 31 May 2012

Win a Personalised Reading Book in time for Fathers Day!

Love2Read are offering one reader the chance to win their very own personalised reading book just in time for Fathers Day! I love reading, and I still fondly remember story time just before bed where my Dad would sit and read to me! He now sits and reads to Boo, and I confess I still sit as captivated as I did when I was a child! Shockingly in a recent survey 25% of parents of children under 1 said they never read books with their child, I think E is quite lucky as Boo loves story time so he gets read to by default! Reading does help encourage young children to learn to speak especially if you ask questions about the book and wait for a response, so it is worth spending the time reading!

Love2Read have a great selection of titles which would be perfect for Fathers Day! You can choose from a number of titles including: Our Dad, My Daddy or even My Grandad (which I'm sure Grandad Goriami would love!). Then it is simply a question of choosing special photographs and following the simple steps on the Love2Read website, the phrases are simple and really help children to start to learn to read and identify words.

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Joe Brown School Run Challenge Competition Entry!

Right, I'm going to get straight to the point, this is my entry for the Joe Browns School Run challenge! As some of you may know, Boo starts school in September, and amongst my many angst is what the other Mummy's and Daddy's are going to think of me! Yes I know it sounds silly but I'm not sure rocking up in my jim jams will be very popular, so I need to think about what to wear! When i started thinking about this challenge I instantly thought what I would like to be wearing, and got all excited thinking about how glamorous I was going to look. Then, the reality of things struck me, and I decided that there was no way I'd manage to look that glamorous more than once with a toddler in tow to the school gates.. the white linen trousers i was lusting after would be a huge mistake! So, the outfit I've chosen is very honestly me and while it might not be up there as stylists choice, I'd glowing with confidence!

I chose this wrap around cardigan as I love the neckline, and am a huge fan of anything which is adjustable around the tummy! I love the colour purple to!

I'd want a camisole under the wrap around, I like this one as it's so simple but the lace trim makes it very feminine, plus I can see me wearing it with a pair of jeans while I race around the park after Elvis!

I've teamed it with this denim skirt, I love the feminine design and yet the functionality of the skirt - pockets are vital with two small children!

I've chosen these fabulous wedges as they'd be ideal for standing comfortably waiting for Boo at the school gates! They'll also give my legs a hand at looking slimmer in the skirt!

Last but not least I couldn't resist this fabulous necklace, the pendant reads : "Life is what you make of it" and I really like that quote!

Disclaimer: This is a competition entry and not a sponsored post, for further information on the contest please see here: 

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Weighing on my mind..Jenny Craig

After my great week last week with Jenny Craig, I let my hair down a bit over the weekend and several glasses of Pimms, a day of forgetting to eat and only exercising once meant I came in this week having gained 1 1/2lbs. Normally this is where I'd feel annoyed and either starve myself into oblivion or I'd think oh well i've gained now so i'd start my spiral back into bad eating. The fact I realise exactly what I normally do and have admitted them to Cherry (my consultant) makes avoiding it so much easier and this gain is just part of my learning curve. I was expecting to be told off when I reported my gain, but instead we talked about why it had happened and what I would do differently this week, I put the phone down feeling really positive. 

I was delighted to discover that I can fit in a new top which has been sat in my wardrobe since I bought it (by the time I realised it was too small I couldn't return it!). So even though the scales are showing a gain, I'm still seeing physical differences! I've also discovered I can work considerably harder in the gym than I could 4 weeks ago, I almost think the few days off did me some good as I can see the results clearly. Changing habits and anything to do with your body is a gradual process, and I know I'm hugely impatient so sometimes taking a step back and actually looking at what I have achieved rather than what I still need to do is exactly what I need. 

So my aims for the week are to get to the gym 4 times, have a family swim, eat all the food on my Jenny Craig menu and remember to drink plenty of water! It might sound like I'm being really tough with myself, but I've already been to the gym twice this week, so to go twice more isn't really so bad, plus I really enjoy plugging my ipod in and just thinking about nothing at all but the music!

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Reebok - RealFlex

RealFlex Optimal have been developed with natural movement in mind, they combine maximum grip with a flexible sole and are incredibly lightweight. They remind me somewhat of a dance trainer as you are able to easily point your toe in them, making them ideal for dance based classes like Zumba or even the street dance class I found myself roped into last week! I wouldn't go so far as to say they are like a foot glove, but they certainly give me a better connection between my foot and the ground and I am more aware of the angle at which my feet hit the ground. I'm not a natural runner, and my old trainers had a lot of bounce in them which I thought helped me to run better, but after a few days wearing the realflex my old trainers are now resigned to the back of the wardrobe. 

I've had a few comments about my RealFlex, some people asking if they are comfortable as they look weird, and I can honestly answer that if they weren't comfortable I wouldn't wear them - the rest of my body aches enough after exercising without my feet hurting to! I've also had some people in the gym changing rooms commenting on the fact they look funky - yes they do don't they? I always smile and feel slightly smug at that point - hey a girl is allowed to want to look good even while she's working up a sweat!

I love the fact they fit closely, and that they do what it says on the box. The fact they look funky is a bonus, and the only criticism I could make is that I seem to gather stones between the nodes, if I run anywhere on shingle but that is hardly a criticism! When I first put the trainers on, I found them a little strange to walk in, as I expected to feel the nodes under my feet, but you don't, in truth after a few wears you forget you are wearing them at all!

I've written quite a bit about my adventures on the road to getting fit, and am now continually keeping look out for new things to keep me motivated so trying out all sorts of exercise and getting out there is a big part of my get fit plan! I've found an amazing amount of support on line, twitter has really been a huge motivation to keep me going! Huge thanks to Reebok UK whose twitter feed is a daily source of inspiration, reading about their personal adventures in fitness makes me want to 'get at it' just a little more! 

Disclaimer: I received a pair of realflex trainers for the purposes of the review. All opinions are my own honest thoughts based on my experiences wearing them.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Just Sliding along! #MagpieMonday

I have to confess, these are not purchases from this week, in fact this week I have only spent one humble pound on a couple of pairs of trousers for Boo to run around the garden in! 

However, I wanted to share these purchases as the weather is fabulous and when they were re-homed with me it was tipping down with rain! Grabbing them when the weather was awful, the little tikes toddler climbing block and the large slide, Mr G nodded in that way to say "here we go again!" but happily loaded them into the car anyway(we didn't get them on the same day!). The pair were bought separately but when I tell you they cost me £5 in total..I think they were a bit of a bargain!

The boys have had hours of fun, and on Sunday I saw a giant Little tikes climber with double slide for £18!!! Which I thought was a bargain, but Mr G put his foot down and said no, which was actually fairly sensible or the neighbours would probably think I was collecting slides or something equally as eccentric! 

Linking up with Liz for #MagpieMonday 
Me and My Shadow

Have you been poked yet? - Sugar Poke

I came across a marvellous company on twitter quite by accident, and ironically after a day spent scratching my head wondering what I could buy a friend who lives a little way from me. I wanted something to arrive by post, but have a personal touch and that is what Sugar Poke do best! Sugar Poke Thank You gifts start from just £4.99 delivered, and all contain a greetings card with edible treats! Whether you choose to send scrummy brownies or a bag of retro sweets, you can certainly make someone smile with a Sugar Poke, and they'd make a great gift for any occasion!

I received my very own box, it was the letterbox friendly Love at First Bite  - ideal to send if you're not sure if you're recipient will be home when your sugar poke arrives as it will drop through their letterbox and be waiting for them when they get home!

Now, I love chocolate so receiving 2 chocolate brownies and a bag of boozy chocolate hearts was very exciting! I felt as though it were my Birthday, and if it had been I'd have been delighted! The card was a lovely touch, and is something which will last much longer than the treats I'm sure!

The brownies were really chocolatey, both Mr G and Boo were really impressed with them and I was only allowed a tiny piece to test as they weren't really prepared to share! I can confirm though they were tasty and I'd definitely send them as a gift, possibly even as a gift to myself..! Giving the chocolate hearts a sniff once I opened the foil I could smell the alcohol, biting into them I was delighted that the alcoholic flavour is subtle and utterly delightful! The chocolate is very melt in your mouth, and I felt very luxurious tasting them! I love the fact they're individually wrapped so could be shared, or savoured! 

I'll definitely be using Sugar Poke to surprise my friends with a treat on their Birthdays this year, for little more than the cost of a greeting card I can treat them to a sweet treat, and who doesn't love a surprise treat?

Disclaimer: I received a Sugar Poke free of charge in return for the honest review of their service, all opinions are based on my own honest experience of the company.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Milton Soother Steriliser!

How frustrating is it when you're out and about with your baby and they launch their soother on the floor? If you're organised you might have a spare, but then what do you do when they launch the next one but really won't settle without it? It's that moment when I end up trying to decide if running it under the tap and handing it back would do, but not any more! The clever people at Milton have come up with a fabulous product which enables you to steriliser on the go with minimal hassle!

This nifty little steriliser is easy to use and compact (I personally think it looks quite funky!) so it can travel anywhere and it will undoubtedly be indispensable when on holiday - no more desperately searching the car for the spare soother! The Velcro strap is handy, but in honesty it tends to travel in the change bag so I don't forget it - along with a supply of the mini sterilising tablets!

Priced at around £6.99 I think it's a great little product for anyone who likes to be out and about with their child! Milton are delighted that the Soother Steriliser is actually shortlisted in Best Travel Invention in the Loved by Parents awards and it certainly gets my vote!

Disclaimer: I received a Milton Soother Steriliser for the purposes of the review, all opinions are my own, and are based on my experience using the product.