Diggerland (Kent) review

Due to sickness we were unable to attend Diggerland ourselves. However I gave our family ticket to a close friend after she had expressed an interest in going.

She has two children a girl aged 6 and a boy aged 3. They went the Sunday after fathers day as a treat for daddy as he had also been poorly on fathers day itself.

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J said they had an awesome day. The children really enjoyed themselves as did daddy.
The children were able to go on some of the rides/diggers by themselves and mummy and daddy were able to watch and see the enjoyment on the children’s faces.

They said that they were so very lucky the day they attended there were no queues at all apart from the one ‘ride’ for driving the 4×4.
There were plenty of amusements and rides to go on all suitable for both children as well as mummy and daddy.

J and her family ate in the restaurant and said the food was lovely, reasonably priced and the restaurant it’s self was exceptionally clean.
She also commented on how unbelievably polite, friendly and kind the staff are at Diggerland.

Harry (3yr old) explained that he had also had the biggest ice cream ever.

Both children were so excited when telling me about their day out. Harry showed me his purchases from the gift shop and told me about every ride/digger he had been on. Their faces were alight when telling me.
I’m not sure who enjoyed it the most.

J said the family can not wait to return and hope to do so very soon.
They highly recommend the day out especially with children of similar ages.
I hope we will be able to visit one day. 

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http://www.diggerland.com

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Magnitone Lucid Review

My skin has been that of a teenager ever since having D.
I was using a daily exfoliator to keep spots at bay and to try and brighten my somewhat dull looking face.

I don’t mind admitting I do wear make up daily and can be a tad lazy when it comes to removing it before bed.

I was asked by http://www.everythingcosmetic.co.uk   to review the Magnitone Lucid, daily cleansing and exfoliation brush.
Happy to give anything a try that would make my skin look better I agreed to give it a go. 

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The lucid comes boxed with magnetic charger and travel adaptor.
It has two settings, deep cleanse and sensitive.
I used sensitive for the first few days just to get used to it. Then deep cleanse towards the end of the 7 days.
The Magnitone Lucid is waterproof, although not recommended to submerge in water.
It has a timer on so that you don’t over do it on one area of the face but move around evenly, it then cuts off after 1 minute. (I loved this as I am not a morning person and would have just stood holding it one area otherwise hahaha)
I started noticing a difference even after a couple of days 
And then after the first 7 day period my skin was much softer, less blemishes and brighter.
I will keep using the Magnitone Lucid and who knows I could start looking 10 years younger in no time:D:D

Ok I will apologise now and warn you before you scroll down I am posting pictures of me WITHOUT make up in the hope you can see the difference in my skin in just a week.

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Before …..

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After ….

I can certainly feel the difference.

http://www.magnitone.co.uk

UPDATED ..Chillipeeps 3in1 teat review

We first discovered chillipeeps at the Babyshow when I was pregnant with Darcey.
Now him indoors isn’t normally one for gadgets however he liked the look of these and we bought 3 to put away for the arrival of D.

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I keep our chillipeeps 3in1 teat in the change bag for that odd occasion I get caught out either by going straight out with no bottles in the bag or when we are out and D wants a drink of water.

They are so easy to use. The teats are in the bright green pods that keep them sterilised and ready to use.
They have adaptors depending on which milk or water they are being added too.
They fit a variety of bottles and cartons as you can see from the picture above. We’ve used them on both an evian water bottle and Aptamil ready mixed bottle.

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The teats and adaptors can be sterilised along with baby’s bottles in a steam steriliser. Pop back in the pod and keep in your change bag.
Ideal for holidays too as they don’t take up as much room as some big clumpy baby bottles.
The teats are variflow which is ideal for them to see baby through from 3 to 12 months. 

Chillipeeps NEW 3in1 teat and spout are a multi award winning product designed by a mum.

We have now ordered a spout and can’t wait for D to try it out.

We received our spout last week, Darcey loves it and has tried it on both a evian water bottle and a Aptimal ready made milk bottle. I often have trouble getting her to drink either her lunchtime or teatime bottle but today we attached the spout to the ready made milk bottle and she drank the whole thing!! She is now sleeping it off :D:D
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Darcey’s friend Jacob also loved using the spout on the evian bottle. They kept stealing it from one another.
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We have also been selected to be a chillipeeps champion.
If you are thinking of ordering from http://www.chillipeeps.com please feel free to use my discount code
3KIDSANDHIMINDOORS (all uppercase) this will entitle you all to 10% off.

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We will be spreading our love of chillipeeps so why not give them a go and see for yourselves.

http://www.chillipeeps.com
https://m.facebook.com/ChillipeepsTeats

http://www.facebook.com/3kidsandhimindoors
Twitter: @emmiesmc

Statement Necklace Review from Clo Clo London

Knowing that my interview was only a couple of weeks away I started looking for outfits and accessories that I could wear.

I found Clo Clo London on twitter. Whilst having a rummage through their pictures I noticed what beautiful items they had and the fantastic prices.

I’m new to wearing statement necklaces but I really feel they are the pinnacle of an outfit now.
In fact I now decide which necklace I want to wear and then my outfit. 😂😂

So it came to choosing two items from their fab range. I wanted colour and something that would also go with many outfits so that they could be worn many times.

My first choice was ‘Paris’

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I loved this the moment I saw it as it has an array of colour including a vibrant blue, and currently Im finding myself wearing a lot of navy so it would be ideal for me.
‘Paris’ is a great price of £9.99
It is lightweight and can be worn in different lengths.
I have worn this a couple of times including in my main interview that will be aired on the television later in the year

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I also wore it on a family day out when we went crabbing 😂😂

My second choice was ‘Liselle’

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I love the pretty flowers on this necklace and the pastel colours.
I wore this necklace for some of the filming on location  with a white vest top that had a similar mix of colours.
The ‘Liselle’ can also been worn in different lengths depending on the looking you wish to achieve.
‘Liselle’ is £8.99

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I’m off out for a girlie night this Friday and will be wearing this necklace then too with a cream top.

I highly recommend Clo Clo London for very reasonably priced beautiful statement jewellery.
Visit them on their website 

http://www.cloclo.co.uk/

Follow them on twitter and Facebook too.
@cloclolondon
https://m.facebook.com/CloCloUK

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New customers get 20% off their first order too. :D❤

What a mad couple of days

Well as many of you already know Darcey and I  have spent two days filming a documentary with a BBC crew.

Monday was interview day. Firstly just myself talking to Sue Bourne about why I find motherhood lonely, how I overcome being lonely and what Darcey and I do with our days whilst the big kids are at school and him indoors at work.

The crew (Sue, Dan and Mark) arrived at 11am to my house. Thank god I had blitzed it. 😁
They set up the camera, lights and mics in the kitchen.
We started by recording the interview,  which felt so strange I kept giggling with my answers.  (There were some 2nd takes)
Then the one question came that turned me to tears “tell me about your parents”
For those that don’t know my parents live on a Greek island and we very rarely get to see each other. And they are another reason I post SO many pictures and videos of the children  for them to see. I am happy to admit ‘I miss my parents!’

Once the interview was over I had to sit and have different shots of my face, some close up 😮 some a little further away! Phew. ..

We broke for lunch and then I introduced the crew to Darcey! Luckily she had had a great morning with friends and was on top form.
We set up some toys and her ball pool in the garden.
However trying to get her to sit or stand still is the hardest job in the world.
What’s the famous saying in the television industry?
Don’t work with animals or children.  Hahaha
Darcey kept walking out of shot, walking directly up to the camera or just sitting there say “who’s that?” Whilst pointing at the camera man (Dan)

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Cooling off after our stint in the heat

After a few takes we went indoors to sit on the sofa and film Darcey and I doing our ‘normal’ day to day things. Her climbing everywhere and me with my phone in hand on social media.  😂😂

Darcey then needed sleep desperately however them filming me trying to cradle her to sleep wasn’t going to happen so I got her to sleep and we carried on filming me on my phone.

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The last part of the day was to film Darcey and I out the front of our house. You have to love those neighbours that pull funny faces at you from across the road trying to put you off (no names mentioned Mrs Sutton )

Day one was over and we were exhausted.

Day two was the filming of the buggy walk and filming in a supermarket.

Could we have asked for stronger sunshine and a hotter day to film outside with 13 mums/dad and all the babies?  Wow I’ve never wanted to see shade as much as I did yesterday.
We walked across ingrebourne hill park towards Albyns Farm lake to feed the ducks.

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Everything went very well and I can’t not thank you enough everyone that came yesterday or sent messages of support online.
Once the walk was over and we headed to Asda for an afternoon of filming there. As I’m sure, I can’t be the only mum that makes up excuses to go to the supermarket when I’m feeling alone and finds myself in the supermarket in the hope you might bump into a friend for coffee?

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We did lots of filming in Asda. I could feel people looking at me wondering who on earth I was and if I’m that one of the telly?
No sorry to disappoint but it just me, no one special, just a mum wanting to be heard and hoping our message gets across.

Being a stay at home mum can be lonely for some mum’s,  so bare this in mind if you know a new mum that you feel may need a coffee or a chat. You could be saving her from her own voice.

#alifelesslonely should be aired later in the year on the BBC
And  sure I will tell you all when it’s on if you want to watch of course. :D:D
 

2 weeks in ….

So 2 weeks ago I decided enough was enough and I needed to start losing the junk in my trunk.

I’ve tried weight watchers earlier in the year and don’t get me wrong I lost a little but it wasn’t coming off like it needed to.

We’ve not yet booked a holiday so I didn’t have that as a point to aim for, however when I realised filming started soon I really wanted to be slimmer on telly than I am currently.

I thought I’d try slimming world as many friends have praised the diet and how well they are doing.
Being a bit of a cheapskate I decided I’d do it at home and not join group as I find this can make for a grumpy me. And I’m grumpy enough without the pressure of weigh in every week.

I joined a Facebook page where they share stories, recipes and syn values.

On the first Monday I did well during the day only eating porridge made with water for breakfast and added sweetener and salad for lunch.  Then him indoors came home with pie and chips for tea.
OK so I’ll start afresh again the next day.

I found recipes, ideas etc for lunches from Facebook and managed to have a good week until the weekend when I attended a take that concert on the Friday night with a dinner and drinks before hand. Then  the Saturday we spent the day at the capital radio summertime ball, more snacks and drinks.

Monday weigh in came about and I had lost 4.5lbs. Whoop whoop.

We carried on into the second week all going well.
Generally having overnight oats for breakfast with fresh fruit. 
A mug shot for lunch and then a fresh dinner in the evening.

I even attempted home made KFC on Friday night. I may have added a ikle bit too much spice though as our mouths were on fire haha

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I’ve not eaten any bread in two weeks either. So our ‘grill’ up Saturday morning was tough with no bread to mop up the runny egg and tomato juices. Even more so when boo asked for a thick slice of cold toast and butter. But I managed it.

So now we are on Monday again and I’ve just weighed in.

1lb loss!!!

I’m blaming the previous weekend catching up on me for such a little loss.

So here’s to a better week. And hopefully a bigger loss next Monday.  

The nerves are starting to set in.

A while back I was approached to be filmed for a BBC documentary and I agreed.

The documentary is about loneliness, covering many different aspects of life and how isolated you can feel when your a new mum.
My story will cover how i have coped and that I have found ways to overcome this.

The Buggy walk being one of them. (There is a previous blog if you’ve not already seen it)

Now the weeks are passing and filming is due to take place at the end of this month. So as is natural to me I’m worrying about all sorts.

Will people turn up for the walk that will be filmed?
What will I say in my interview.
Will I make a prat of myself?
Will I be well on this days
Will darcey be well?
When shall I get my hair done?
When will I get the cleaners in to blitz the house 😂😂
The list goes on …

But I’m sure the worry is a mixture of pure nerves and excitement.
Let’s hope so.

If anyone is able to attend the walk on 30th June 2015 please do let me know.

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Organix cereal review.

We were sent two breakfast cereals from Organix for Darcey to try for their #babiesbreakfastclub

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Darcey is a very good eater, we normally give her either ready brek with fruit, toast or crumpets for breakfast.

We tried the Multigrain mini cereal puffs first. I like that I could add her normal milk to these as at this time she wasn’t drinking much milk.
I made them up following the nice clear instructions.
I think I expected them to go mushy.

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Darcey had her first mouthful and her face was an absolute picture.

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I’m not sure she was expecting the texture of the puffs.
The puffs don’t have any flavour like most baby foods.
I wonder also if this is why darcey wasn’t too keen on this cereal.
We tried these a further 3 or 4 times however she would spit them out.

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So after not having much success with the puffs, we tried the banana and plum porridge. This has the puffs in also to give that little bit of texture to the normal porridge.
As I said previously darcey is used to flavour in her breakfast and she much preferred this one to the Multigrain puffs.
In fact I couldn’t get it on the spoon quick enough.

Overall I would recommend Organix to other mums because of the no additives and no junk promise……. especially the banana and plum porridge

UPDATE:
Yesterday we were low on the porridge so I added the multi grain puffs to bulk out the porridge. And hey presto darcey ate the lot. …. ….

http://www.facebook.com/organixfood

Capital Summertime Ball

How lucky were we yesterday?

We had very kindly been given 5 tickets to the capital radio summertime ball by another blogger who was unable to attend due to family commitments.

Boo and I met with my friend Leanne and her 2 children at our local train station about lunchtime and started our journey across London.  Listening/earwigging to others on the train it seemed the whole carriage were on their way to wembley.
The children were extremely excited as were I and Leanne.  Although a tad tired after attending Take That concert the night before at the London O2 arena.

Boo has never been to a concert nor wembley stadium. I couldn’t wait to see her face when we arrived. Her first reaction when we stepped out of the station was “wow mummy look at all those people”

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As we walked through the turnstiles you could hear the buzz of everyone’s excitement, then boo saw through one of the gates to inside the actual stadium itself …. her face was an absolute picture. Her jaw dropped. “Mummy it’s soooooooo big in there”
We proceeded to find our seats where we met Claire and Danielle from Vodafone.
We were seated just to the side of the stage and not to high either. (I’m a tad scared of heights)

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At this point Boo was so excited she wouldn’t stop talking about the line up, and who she was really looking forward to seeing.
With such a great line up it was hard to chose. Although my guilty pleasure olly murs was on there :-))

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If we had been wearing socks yesterday I’m sure we would have danced them off. Lots of arm waving and screaming took place.

We watched all the acts bar the last two. Some great, some even greater and some I’d not heard of before.
There were a few “isn’t she cold wearing that?” And “she’s not got anything covering her bottom” moments hahaha.
The hospitality of Vodafone was great too. (Mmmmmm krispie creme) 🙂

Such a great day out. We did leave an hour early due to having three very tired children with us and two extremely exhausted mummies.

Boo is already planning her next concert to go to. I am however am going to recover from the 2 we attended this weekend first. 

I can’t thank Angela enough for giving us her tickets and for Vodafone for allowing us to go.

Can highly recommend the summertime ball  (and Leanne is already wanting to go back next year)

The 1st Buggy Walk

If you have read my previous posts regarding baby groups you will be aware that my friend Emma and I have been looking at starting a baby group that isn’t going to cost the earth or even better be free.

Emma decided on a buggy walk and excuse the pun but put the wheels in motion. My 8yr old made a couple of posters to put up in our local supermarket and library.

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Emma also advertised the walk on our local village Facebook page. We had a great response saying people would love to join us.
It was looking to be a great turnout.

As the weeks past we kept reminding people online and face to face when we saw anyone with a buggy.
All agreeing that they would love to come.

So Sunday (22/3) I sent out a quick reminder on facebook and twitter again and we started getting people dropping out.
Come Monday morning we had visions of us two being the only people attending. Hey Ho! !

10:15 came and I was at Tesco waiting to meet Emma and whoever else was joining us. Then over the next 15 minutes mummies (and a couple of daddies) and their buggies started arriving.
Phew we weren’t going alone!! Not that I wouldn’t want just Emma as company on a walk of course hahaha.

We set off just after half past ten and headed out on our walk around the main road to the local country park. What a sight it must have looked with all of us in tow.

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The weather was amazing. We could not have asked for a better day.
We walked a fair way until we got to the lake where feed the ducks.

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Once we had finished there we headed back.
It was really great to meet other mums (and dads) that felt getting out and about was far better than being cooped up indoors day in day out.
We all mingled and chatted to one another along the route.

Everyone seemed really happy and pleased with how well the buggy walk had turned out and all asked when the next one would be taking place.
Emma asked the other mums if they would like it weekly or fortnightly. We all agreed weekly.
Following the walk Emma posted a thank you to all those that attended on the Rainham Essex Facebook page.  This raised interest from more mummies and daddies. Some commented that they were so sorry to have missed it. Some didn’t know about it and wanted to know more and one lady saying that she had seen us all walking along.

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Our next walk will take place on
Monday 30th March at 10:30 am
As it is the Easter school holidays we have decided that we will walk just a little further to a play area so that any older children joining us can have a good run about. And weather permitting we can sit and have a picnic.

If you would like to join us please feel free to come along. Would be great to get more and more involved. Remember IT’S FREE :-)))