Wednesday, 21 November 2012

What to expect in the first 12months with baby..

Babyhuddle undertook a survey last month all about Baby's first year and the responses from parents compiled to create a list which explains from how much the average baby cries to how far a baby travels in their first 12months. I was amazed to read that one baby has an average of 3500 nappy changes in their first year 32% of which are soiled meaning that new parents deal with approximately 105kg of poo in the first year!!

Have a read for yourself and see exactly what you can expect as a new parent in the first 12months with baby!

Poppy Cat and Joanna Page at John Lewis.

Half-Term saw Poppy Cat meeting and greeting lots of her fans at John Lewis in London on the 1st November to celebrate the launch of a great range of toys and new book titles! Poppy cat was joined by the voice of Poppy Cat and Mum to be Joanna Page, best known from her role in Gavin & Stacey.

Both boys are huge Poppy Cat fans they were sad to miss the event but unfortunately ill health prevented us attending. I have subsequently been given strict instructions to ask Father Christmas to bring one of the adorable Poppy Cat's for Christmas! I wonder which one he might bring? There is a fabulous talking Poppy Cat and even a great play set.

 If you haven't heard of Poppy Cat it's a pre-school series based on the award winning books by Lara Jones - which I highly recommend! The books are great fun and we regularly read Poppy Cats Dream or Blast Off Poppy Cat at bedtime! We wrote about the Poppy Cat series when it first appeared on our screens so you can read our introduction to Poppy Cat here.


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Christmas Cocktails!

With Christmas rapidly approaching, it's that time when I like to think about entertaining and there is nothing my friends love more than a cocktail while we catch up on all the gossip! Tia Maria in it's stylish new bottle with sleek lines and simple colour scheme, it's a bottle which looks good in the drinks cupboard!

Tia Maria have sent me some sophisticated ideas for cocktails this festive season! If you've never tried Tia Maria it's a coffee liqueur which combines Jamaican rum with a superior coffee, to create rich luxurious liqueur. I used to drink it mixed with cola, but these suggestions are far more sophisticated and fun!

If you want to be shaken and not stirred how about trying Tia Maria's version of the James Bond favourite:

Tia Espresso Martini
25cl espresso coffee
25cl vodka
10cl sugar syrup to taste
Coffee beans to Garnish

Combine all ingredients together with cubed ice in a Boston and shake. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with coffee beans.

Ideal for anyone who likes a luxurious flavour! If you're not sure about a Martini, how about trying a great winter warmer? Tia Ginger is the perfect way to warm up after a hard day Christmas shopping! The ginger flavour is not only warming, but I also think it gives a comforting flavour to the cocktail - and makes me think of festive foods!

Tia Ginger

Half a fresh lime
Ginger Beer

Pour ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice, squeeze in the juice of half a fresh lime and garnish with fresh mint

Do you have a favourite cocktail which you make with Tia Maria

 Disclaimer: I received a small sample in return for sharing these recipes with my readers. Please drink responsibly, Drink aware.

Weekend Comfort with Berlei

I recently managed to spend a lovely Sunday spent with a friend from my childhood who I’ve not seen for 15years. We randomly bumped into each other a year ago and we’ve stayed in touch since – she lives abroad now so it really was a chance meeting! It was cold and incredibly wet but after a coffee we walked around the Cathedral grounds and reminisced about the things we’d got up to in our youth and even our childhood sweetshop which now stands sadly very empty! It was quite amazing to see even though our lives have taken such different turns, we still get on as well as we did all those years ago! I guess it’s true what they say about real friends being forever, it’s great feeling so comfortable with someone that you can talk about anything!

I’m all about feeling comfortable at the moment, it must be my Winter survival instincts!  Unless I really have to, I will never go without a bra – I feel naked without one, as I have quite a large cup and they need some support! However, there are times, when I’ve longed for some support without the structure of wearing a bra. Berlei have found me a solution in the form of the Weekend Cami, this is a really pretty cami which I have to confess looks even better on, but I wasn't brave enough to photograph myself in it!

The fabric is incredibly soft and comfortable against skin. The cami features a ‘secret wire’ system which provides the support, and it really does support! The lace panels flatter your bust and I found myself showing the lace off by wearing it under carefully selected lower cut or off the shoulder tops to create a really pretty effect. The Weekend Boxer Briefs are a lovely combination with the cami, the lace panels are used to provide a feminine style to a simple comfort design.

Photo: Berlei

 I felt very feminine but ultra comfortable while wearing the weekend range, it was as though I was wearing a really dare I say it ‘sexy’ underwear set, yet without the impracticalities they can sometimes present! They’re comfy enough to lounge in and practical enough to provide the support and comfort I need – especially at the weekend! 

You can grab 25% off the weekend range if you shop before Friday 23rd November 2012, visit the Berlei Blog to see how! 

Disclaimer: All opinions are based on my own honest experience with the products, I was sent the items by Berlei for the purposes of the review.