Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Snowflake Bottoms - Asda Little Angels Nappies

When it comes to all things festive I am right there at the front of the queue. I love a bit of festive fun and despite my aversion to glitter covered things (I hate how it gets everywhere!) I love decorating the house, sipping on mulled wine and donning a Christmas jumper! 

This year I have a little boy to enjoy all of this with. A little boy who can only say a few words and has mastered his very best Ho Ho Ho just in time for the festivities! He owns the grand total of 10 Christmas jumpers/tshirts and is under the illusion that Santa is a pirate...Hoho//Yoho....Same thing right?

Can you imagine my excitement when I discovered he can now have his own Snowflake Nappies?! 

We are a disposable nappies family. Apologies to all the fluff lovers out there but it isn't for us. This does mean though that Ted's 'pants' are a little boring. I have seen cloth nappies in all sorts of Christmassy designs but this year Asda's Little Angels are beautifully printed with snowflakes for the festive season! 
They don't cost any more than normal but add a little bit of festive cheer. I think they are super cute don't you? 

I always buy the supermarket branded nappies rather than the Pampers as they are so much cheaper and just as good, if not better in most cases! These Little Angels nappies fit well and are really absorbent. We have tried another brand recently and found Ted was waking up in a puddle of 'wee-wee' as he pointed out but with these he is waking up happy and dry!
Here is our full review of the Little Angels nappies we carried out last year with some more detail.

Both the Action Fit and Comfort Dry are just £5.97 a pack or 2 for £10 - Bargainous!



*we were sent a sample pack of nappies to try for this post.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

 




 
 

Party Planning - Feed 80 Guests for £50


With Ted's 2nd Birthday party coming up on Sunday I wanted to share with you how we are managing to feed 80 people for under £50! As it is a joint party we have friends and family from both sides coming and I know 80 guests for a kids party sounds a lot but we have big families!

We decided to shop in Aldi as it literally is the best food shop for getting good quality food on a budget. My friend managed to get a couple of vouchers from the newspaper for £10 off when you spend £50 so we got 2 and actually estimated that we would spend approx. £50 each on the food and drink. I mean 80 people is a lot of mouths to feed and wedding receptions come in at at least £15 a head for a buffet don't they?!

So two toddlers in tow and trolleys at the ready we stepped through the door of Aldi. Just under an hour later we emerged with all of our shopping, slightly frazzled hair and luckily still two cheeky toddlers.

Here is our menu:

Selection of cakes (Angel, Madeira and Fruit Cake. Cupcakes and Teacakes)
Biscuits
Crisps
Dips
Crudites
Sandwiches (Cheese, Ham, Primula and Marmite)
Salad
Sausage Rolls
Celery with Primula
Pizza
Quiche (Cheese and Onion)
Pasta (Tuna and Sweetcorn and Red Pesto with Peppers and Sundried Tomato)
Cola
Lemonade
Squash (Orange and Blackcurrant)
Rich Tea biscuits for decorating with chocolate buttons, icing and mini marshmallows!

We were gobsmacked that all of the food for the party came in at just under £50 and I am sure you will agree it is going to be a great buffet!

The partyware was bought separately from either the cash and carry, Poundland or online so we didn't need to worry about them although we managed to get great deals on them too so the party in total came under budget. 

Totally chuffed with the menu for the party and can't wait to get started. We have lots of germs in the house at the moment with a poorly Ted and I can feel myself going the same way so fingers crossed we are well for Saturday!



*This isn't endorsed by Aldi in any way...we just love them!


Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Our Handmade Christmas - The Santa Plate and Ted's Christmas Eve Hamper

Everyone knows Santa loves a good treat when he Ho Ho Ho's down our chimneys (or breaks into our homes) every Christmas Eve. This little plate I made for Ted is the perfect place to pop those Santa Yum Yums and I am sure you will agree it is super easy and cheap to make!

Take one plain white plate, we got ours from Ikea for 50p, and some Sharpie markers...ok these were pound shop permanent markers but they work the same.

The trick is to decide on a design before you start drawing as the permanent markers do what they say on the tin!

My design was created by dotting around the outside of a circle cookie cutter and I actually did the carrot freehand but you could trace round an actual carrot if you want to be precise ;)

I then labelled up the spaces for what goes on them, Mince Pie, Carrot and Drink (I decided not to be too specific as I know Santa like Jack Daniels when I was little!)

The lettering is so easy to do too, I just added big dots to the ends of each letter to make it look a bit more exciting than my standard handwriting! 

There you have it...one Santa Plate all ready for the big man himself. This will be going in Ted's Christmas Eve Hamper which I put together.


It includes Tartan PJ's from Primark £4, Santa Cuddly from Poundland £1 (obvs) and a Santa Book originally from M&S but we got it on the market for £1 with a bit of haggling!


I was going to include some other bits but thought this was plenty as a little gift and can be added to as he gets older. Some other idea's could be...a Christmas Movie, Hot Chocolate, Blanket, Snacks, Socks and Reindeer Dust for sprinkling on the ground for Rudolph and his pals.

I love making things for Christmas and we have so many more crafts and gifts to share with you in the coming weeks. Have you made anything nice? I always love to see other peoples creations so please share the links below!



12 Bloggers of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 
A bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'!! 


On the second day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'! 


On the third day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Three Facebook Friends 
Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'! 


On the fourth day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Four Twitter Birds 
Three Facebook Friends 
Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'! 


On the fifth day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Five Linky's Live
Four Twitter Birds 
Three Facebook Friends 
Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'! 


On the sixth day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Six Elves a-Visiting 
Five Linky's Live 
Four Twitter Birds 
Three Facebook Friends 
Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'! 


On the seventh day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Seven Compers Winning 
Six Elves a-Visiting 
Five Linky's Live 
Four Twitter Birds 
Three Facebook Friends 
Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'! 


On the eighth day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Eight Vloggers Filming 
Seven Compers Winning 
Six Elves a-Visiting 
Five Linky's Live 
Four Twitter Birds 
Three Facebook Friends 
Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'! 


On the ninth day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Nine Cameras Flashing 
Eight Vloggers Filming 
Seven Compers Winning 
Six Elves a-Visiting 
Five Linky's Live 
Four Twitter Birds 
Three Facebook Friends 
Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'! 


On the tenth day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Ten 'Pinners' Pinning 
Nine Cameras Flashing 
Eight Vloggers Filming 
Seven Compers Winning 
Six Elves a-Visiting 
Five Linky's Live 
Four Twitter Birds 
Three Facebook Friends 
Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'! 


On the eleventh day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Eleven Bloggers Blogging 
Ten 'Pinners' Pinning 
Nine Cameras Flashing 
Eight Vloggers 
Filming Seven 
Compers Winning 
Six Elves a-Visiting 
Five Linky's Live 
Four Twitter Birds 
Three Facebook Friends 
Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'! 


On the twelfth day of Christmas a blogger friend sent to me: 

Twelve Children Posing 
Eleven Bloggers Blogging 
Ten 'Pinners' Pinning 
Nine Cameras Flashing 
Eight Vloggers Filming 
Seven Compers Winning 
Six Elves a-Visiting 
Five Linky's Live 
Four Twitter Birds 
Three Facebook Friends 
Two rounds of Comment Luv 
and a bunch of stuff they got for 'Free'!






Thursday, 27 November 2014

Me, My Life and Migraines...

I have been wanting to write this post for a very long time and this cold Thursday afternoon seems like a good time to write my heart out! 

This is about Me. My Life and Migraines...


Roll back a few years to teenage Jade. 16 years old and in good health. No worries other than the odd school bickering and no allergies that she was aware of. Then one day she was reading/watching TV and she began to struggle to see. Checker board patterns filled her vision and the numbers on the page began to vanish partially. 

Rubbing her eyes she tried to figure out what was happening and then the headache came. The worst headache she had ever felt. Head throbbing, feeling nauseous, unable to see and now the most horrible part...the pins and needles. The left hand side of her body began to feel numb. Arm, leg and face all full of pins and needles and the worst was her tongue and throat was like it too.

Panicking she told her Mum what was happening and as the words came out she began to cry. She was so scared. 
Worried thoughts whizzed through her head...."What is wrong with me?" "What do I do?" "Am I going to die?!".

Flash forward 10 years. I am still here and what I had been suffering with was my very first migraine...the first of many. This illness has stayed with me through my teens into adulthood and the symptoms have never eased off. I have a migraine once every few months, one of the lucky ones compared to some sufferers but it doesn't make them any easier to cope with.

My Symptoms...

As mentioned my symptoms consist of the checker board 'aura', loss of vision, severe headache, numbness and nausea. I also have had vomiting and most recently and most terrifying was the speech difficulty and confusion. 

During my most recent attack I began to feel very confused, my brain wasn't processing information as it should have been and my words weren't coming out right. The more scared I became the worse it got and I experienced a horrible panic attack (something I have suffered with since I was pregnant with Ted). 

I was so scared I was having a stroke and I wouldn't be able to speak again. My life was literally flashing before my eyes as I imagined never being able to tell Ted I love him again. 

I cried.

As I was at work my colleagues calmed me down and the words came back to me. I had to get Joe to collect me and I went to bed as soon as I got home. Which leads me to the next part.

My Treatment...

I have seen several doctors about my migraines with most of them being quite unhelpful. I think there is still so little knowledge about migraines, their triggers and treatment that most GP's don't know how to handle them.

I was prescribed with some medication to take when I felt a migraine coming and after taking it started having palpitations. It was concluded I had an allergy to the meds and the GP advised to stop taking them (she didn't add this to my medical notes though..helpful!).

I was once referred to a neurologist who told me to keep a diary of what I eat etc to find a trigger. I discovered when I ate peanut butter I would have a migraine. This happened twice so isn't a confirmed trigger but I don't want to risk it so avoid it just in case. 

I have tried paracetamol, ibuprofen, Migraleve and co codamol all of which didn't ease the symptoms. The only thing I can do is sleep it off. When I sleep the headache eases and the other symptoms don't affect me. I don't know what else I can do but it works for me. 

My Daily Life...

I am not going to say migraines affect my day to day life because I get them every few months but when I do get an attack I have to drop everything. If I am at work I have to go home, if I am at home I have to get Joe to come home from work to have Ted. 

I also get what some people refer to as a 'Migraine Hangover'. After an attack my body is so drained from fighting it that I have no energy. I feel exhausted and pretty much how I would feel after a heavy night out but this can last for days after. 

In the lead up to a migraine I have noticed I feel very grouchy and out of character, I also struggle to concentrate on anything for any period of time. 

I have racked up so many sick days at work due to my migraines and have missed out on special occasions too! 

My Worries...

I am a worrier. I always have been. You can imagine the things going through my head when an attack happens but the worries don't just stay there. I am scared Ted will get my migraines as I recently discovered they are genetic and my littlest sister suffers from them as did my Granddad. 

I used to worry constantly about losing my job due to sickness days and my managers total lack of understanding of my condition. Luckily my new manager is so supportive and another colleague also gets migraines so they are very caring. 

I don't know how my migraines will affect me in the future, I once read online that the more migraines you have the more likely you are to have a stroke in later life....thank you internet I really needed to hear that! 

Nobody seems to understand that migraines are not just 'headaches'. The term is loosely thrown around when someone gets a bad headache and most people don't appreciate how painful and scary they can really be.


Migraines and Me Now...

Since my last attack I have been seeing a new doctor. She is so nice and really seems to want to help me. I was concerned my attacks could be triggered by stress as things have got on top of me over the past few months and the panic attacks/anxiety also became more frequent. She has referred me to a councillor for some help with managing my stress levels and hopefully in turn my migraines. 

I think I am probably always going to have migraines and I am learning to live with them. I just wish people understood the condition more, I want to raise awareness of a great charity called The Migraine Trust

"The Migraine Trust seeks to empower, inform, and support those affected by migraine while educating health professionals and actively funding and disseminating research."

This isn't a sponsored post or endorsed by them in any way I just want to share what great support they offer. They are a charity that doesn't get a great deal of support and I hope that I can help raise some money for them in the coming months!





Gift idea's for the Men in your life from ASDA

Can someone answer me this...
Why are men so difficult to buy for?

Every year I struggle with the men in my family. I don't know if it is because men don't want for much, I am not thinking hard enough or that I have covered all the gifts I can think of in previous years but jeeeez it is difficult! 

My Dad I end up buying the same things each year, Jelly Tots or a bottle of JD. My brother I always go for something food related as he is a massive foodie and Joe's Dad normally gets something fun and often tech related. 

This year I am struggling in particular and although I have got most of the men of the family covered I think next year I may need some help. 

If you are struggling for the boys in your family Asda have some great gifts for under £10 including a selection of 'smellies' sets, books and geeky techy stuff! 

JVC headphones - £5, Keith Lemon Book - £9, Bulldog Mens Set - £15, Bayliss and Harding Set - £7


Visit the Asda website for more idea's and remember tomorrow is Black Friday so nip over for some great bargains!