Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Childrens sensitive skin? - I've got the brand you need to meet!

Both my children - Oliver age 6 and Isabelle age 2 have sensitive skin. (They probably get it from me... sorry about that!) and it's made getting suitable creams and bath products for their skin really difficult that's why I love Child's farm products.....
 They're safe and they make the children happy = me happy!
We were really kindly sent some more bits and bobs to try out and to add to our quickly growing favourite list of products by Child's Farm. We've fallen totally in love with the hand wash - it's got our stubborn 6 year old actually washing his hands...instead of just dipping the tips of his fingers under the water, yuck!

Oliver loves to shower himself now he's a bit bigger, I'm still in the room but we close the shower door and let him wash himself. [kinda a parenting win though isn't it because we have a shower and then a separate bath tub in the room I can get both children sorted at the same time!] He loves the child's farm hair and body wash, in his words because "I only has to use one thing and I can just wahhhhhh *weird hands thrown around* put it everywhere!". (lazy huh!) I've also noticed that he doesn't drop the bottle like he does other bottles in the shower, so it's a good shape bottle too, he is very clumsy anyway (Sorry that's from your mum again mate... it'll probably stay forever I'm always walking into things, breaking things or just dropping something... once I actually left a bath running when I was a teenager and it didn't end well. I'll say no more on that!) He loves to use the product.

Mentioning baths... Isabelle however is not so keen on showers - imagine if you will, a little girl screaming (SCREAMING!) "I don't like showers" on repeat, for the entire shower. Fun. So her favourite would have to be the bubble bath. You only have to use a little (and shake your hands in the water) to make lots and lots of glorious bubbles appear. Caution - the children will fight over who gets the end with the most bubbles if you're saving time and doing bath times together.

Both children adore the moisturiser and actually I do too (guilty of using some the other day) it leaves their skin feeling really soft, no reactions or rashes to be seen after using this product. Considering Isabelle reacts to a lot of the creams her doctor has given her on prescription before that's a massive thumbs up from us Child's farm!  

All of the products smell gorgeous but our favourite ones have to be ....

Orange and tangerine bubble bath
Organic sweet orange hair & body wash
I can officially say that this list of products by child farm have never caused any reaction, any cries of "it's in my eyes" or any issue at all... I'd buy them all again and again.

Hand wash
Hair and body wash
Bubble Bath

Oliver reacts to every sunlotion we have tried so I would love to see how he got on with childs farm's sun cream.

The packaging - in all honesty it's lovely to be able to let the children have something that looks as if it's for children! Their prescription items are always so plain and boring so having something that looks cool is a) going to make them want to use it and b) make them feel special. Everyone likes a treat don't they?

Every child deserves to have the option to have a bath full of glorious bubbles to play with. Pretend you've got a beard or to cover themselves in the bubbles, even just to blow them around... without Child farm my children wouldn't be able to enjoy their bath times as much unless it was going to be irritating their skins. The only issue is that they don't want to get out of the bath and then go into complete meltdown because their skin on their fingers and toes have gone all wrinkly.

I love how honest Child's Farm are about what is in their products.

They all smell lovely.

If your child has sensitive skin then you definitely should try these products, buy the hair and body wash first and see how you get on with that and then move onto something else. Why? Because you can test it on their hair and their body first before buying two separate products (shampoo and bubble bath) - it's expensive being a parent as we all know, so you need to save those pennies when and where you can!

Thank you Child's Farm for letting us put your products to the test! I remember when I joined twitter and first saw your products thinking they looked really posh and now *giggles* my bath room is filled with them. And don't change your ingredients - they work on the most delicate of skins now so they've already reached perfection. Don't change perfection.

A little bit from the childs farm website -

Our Happy skin promise™ is a promise from me to you that we have done our very best for your little ones, and that every bottle we sell is designed especially for them.
✓  Dermatologically tested and approved
✓  Paediatrician approved
✓  Suitable for newborns and upwards
✓  Suitable for children with sensitive and eczema prone skin
✓  98% naturally derived ingredients
✓  Made with organic essential oils
✓  Free from parabens, SLSs, mineral oils and artificial colours
✓  Never tested on animals, only on people
✓  Tested and approved by my little ones for you to use on yours

You can find Childs farm on social media too - They're a friendly bunch so make sure you say hello and ask any questions you may have...

Twitter @Childsfarm
Facebook - Childs farm!

Website is www.childsfarm.com

*please not that we were sent some items in exchange for our honest opinions on them*

Monday, 18 July 2016

Our garden - a transformation

I thought we would start my garden blog posts about our garden. A picture speaks a thousand words so here is a photo of what the garden looked like when we first moved in a few months ago.
It's a very narrow garden, about 11ft wide but with the over growing shrubs and trees taking up so much of the garden, it looked even smaller.

First job was to remove the shrubs. Just doing this made the garden feel much wider and let light back into the garden.
Two big problems remained - the poor condition of the lawn due to the shading caused by the shrubs and lack of previous maintenance and the presence of the very invasive ground elder, which spreads by underground runners its very difficult to get rid of all of them so it'll be an on going battle.

The first job was to dig over the areas affected by ground elder in an effort to remove as much as possible.
Now to start on the lawn. I removed the old stepping stones because they didn't seem safe for the kids. Then the hard work begins I dug up the lawn using a pick axe which is surprisingly the best tool for the job (more on the many uses of the pick axe later).
Once the grass had been removed it was time for the whole lawn to be dug over to loosen the soil, then hoed to break up clods of soil and finally raked to make a nice level surface.
The correct preparation of the ground is essential but the quality of turf is equally important.
When you're buying turf always find out when it was cut! The turf I used was cut on Thursday, delivered to the nursery on Friday and laid on the Saturday so it was very fresh. The turf stacked outside places like Homebase for days on end however is not and therefore the chances of a successful lawn are reduced.

I laid the turf so it is staggered like a brick wall and with the edges butting up against each other but not overlapping and the edges cut to size with an old bread knife.

Isn't it typical that I've laid this lawn on the weekend that summer has finally started to arrive! That means Mary-Kate will be left with strict instructions to water it a lot during the day using the sprinkler attachment.

We are really happy now that the lawn is laid, the overhanging fruit trees cut back and a few perennial planted in the borders and the garden is looking bigger, lighter and is much more usable an child friendly. Now we can get started on making the end of the garden nicer. Mary-Kate has started painting the fences at either end of the garden in a blue shade - called forget me not from Homebase

Make sure you follow us on twitter for more garden updates @mummymemories

Michael (Mary-Kate told me to put my name at the end...)

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Milestone wedding cards

Wedding planning is exciting, stressful (and expensive) all rolled into one meaning it can be easy to forget those little memories it would be nice to remember! It bugs me looking at photos unable to remember when it was... if you've posted it that day on facebook then great it'll remind you but if like a lot of people you don't then it's so easy to forget. One little wedding thing is that I have been so shocked at prices people pay for things, I know some people dream of the perfect things and they can afford to do so but to us as a family spending a massive amount on one day it's just not something we would like to do (or can afford to do either...) we want to have a cute wedding surrounded by people we love, make memories together, seeing smiles on peoples faces and still be able to afford to feed our family afterwards so on my blog I'll be sharing lots of bargains I've found along the way - probably alot more after so we keep some secret from our guests should anyone I know actually read my blog hehe. I am loving planning little bits and bobs now, some people have annoyed me with their opinions but I'm going to be stubborn and have what we want now because at the end of the day it's our day. Hopefully it'll be just once right Michael??

On Saturday something really very cute arrived in the post, they fit in with the idea of a cute wedding (They also fit in perfectly with the idea of a huge wedding too) you may have seen me post a photo of them over on Instagram - Milestone cards! You've most probably seen the baby milestone cards which are super sweet, we had some for Isabelle but move over baby cards because now there's brand new Milestone wedding cards on the block and if you're planning your wedding then they are something you should purchase! They arrived just in time - about half an hour before we left to visit the florist and book our wedding flowers which I'll be blogging about soon. So I got to use my very first card before I had even had a proper look at them.

In the box you'll find 30 cards marking different milestones in your wedding planning which have been designed by fashion illustrator Danielle Kroll. They are decorated very cutely in a pastel, whimsical and timeless fashion. There's a place to write the date on each of the cards if you want to so that you can remember the exact date that it was taken which is a lovely little feature.

There's meeting with the florist, I said yes to the dress, deciding on the menu, the location is booked to name just a few and also some countdown ones which are a lovely way to share the countdown to your wedding in photos. Mine will probably be an excited face at 1 week before and then the night before the wedding will be a scared face!

They are definitely going to be very popular with brides-to-be so they can capture every special moment from YES! to I do. Wedding planning can be so fun and these cards mean you can share the fun on social media too. I have already started posting photos of them on instagram.

There's a poster included so you can tick off which you've done (I have added a little photo further down so you can see what that looks like) - a good way of remembering to complete them all as it's so often easy to forget.
There's also a few others included such as special cards for you to write what you like most about your future wife/husband. Hmmm I wonder what Michael will say about me!

I plan to share photos with you of the cards along the way in separate posts so I'll keep reminding readers where I got the cards but as we have been engaged for some time now (we are getting married in March) there are a few that I've already done and can't really work them into their own post so I'll share a photo of those with you here now. (The newly found Instagram love in me is thinking if only they were around before and Michael got me some with the ring..... haha! Good idea though hey?!) 

Aren't they really cute?! I am delighted with them and think they are a fantastic idea. I would definitely suggest them to a friend. I'll be posting more about Milestone Wedding Cards over the coming months in the wedding planning.

They cost £12.99 and you can find them here on their website -   click here! or on Amazon too click here!

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Twitter - @mummymemories


Please note that I was kindly sent these for free for the purpose of this review but all of the opinions are my own.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Moving house with children

Well that was easy - said no one ever to move with children!

My blog suddenly went silent - I do that every now and then. It's lovely to come back to see actually I've had some page views whilst I've been silent, I don't really check the page views or tots100 or any blog ranking thing because it kinda makes me feel like I'm back at school not being popular and sometimes I'd rather not know! I would love to be one of those bloggers that can keep writing through anything that life throws at them but unfortunately I'm just not so I'm not going to pretend to be. I love writing on here and speaking to people because of it especially allergy mums meaning we can help each other with safe food ideas (I know, not very 'cool').

So the reason for our silence this time? Well, we privately rent unlike a lot of the bloggers that I follow we didn't have this amazing house that we owned, we weren't getting an extension or anything and we didn't have an amazing bathroom to post photos of to make others jealous that we were going to be having this glorious bubble bath with candles and bits... perhaps I follow these bloggers because I love their Instagram photos of gorgeous houses? instead we had a privately rented house which was mouldy! Yep... mouldy.

We have lost count of how many hours we spent cleaning mould off the ceilings in all of the bedrooms, downstairs toilet and bathroom. It was a lot! To be honest, when the landlord said he was selling the house it was a bit of a relief however finding somewhere else was going to be hard because there was nothing advertised in the area that would of fit us all in, luckily after posting a desperate plea on a local facebook page someone replied and that someone is now my next door neighbour! His neighbour was looking for a tenant and it hadn't been listed on the market yet = lucky.

The landlord gave us 2 months to leave - we gave him our 1 months notice which was a risk but luckily we found somewhere else in time! It was a rushed move.

So now, we have finally moved. To a smaller house but it's a lovely house. Isabelle and Oliver now share a bedroom which actually has gone as good as it could of done. They were incredibly unsettled to begin with but now their behaviour is slowly improving - however, Isabelle has started terrible 2s I'm sure!!!! That's something for another post. We have beautiful fire places and rooms!!! Actual doors that separate living areas instead of open plan like last time. We have a loft that is now acting as a playroom and we have the cutest bath! The shower is amazing - I love washing my hair, it's long and with the old shower would take AGES to get the shampoo out... now my excuse for taking so long to get ready is simply that I LOVE THAT SHOWER! Oliver even requests to have a shower?!
Our kitchen. I love.... the sink... the oven.... everything.

We have a garden!! It needs some work - luckily I happen to know a gardener! Hehe.

It may be smaller but it's big enough for us! I am now proud to share Instagram photos of our home.

If you're about to move with children - it's hard, they tantrum and make everything difficult but it's a huge change and they will settle down.. eventually.

Friday, 15 April 2016

When your life gets turned upside down

Currently we privately rent. A few days ago, we were already having a rubbish day and we got an email that made it even worse - the landlord is selling his house! We have 2 months to find somewhere else and there really isn't much on offer around here at the moment which worries me a lot. I don't want to move away from the area - Oliver is doing really well at school currently and to have to change his school again would be really upsetting for him as well as probably set him back at bit which obviously, we really do not want to happen. Since he had his 'ears fixed' - grommets fitted, he's caught up a lot. He struggled before because he couldn't hear properly. So to change a shy little boy to another school again wouldn't be good - not only that but I've checked other schools in areas we could find somewhere and actually there isn't any space for him anyway so what then - home school?! I'd be rubbish at that, I'm not going to pretend that I would be good at that because there's no point. I am not a teacher in a school, I'm a mother and whilst I do teach my children things, I'm unable to offer that school environment that I think benefits children very much indeed.

So the hunt is on to find somewhere & quickly!

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

An inspired update - food one!

I'm finding it tricky to have time to go to the gym at the moment - it's still easter holidays for Oliver so I've got two children to find someone to look after. Also, walking back it's so dark and to be honest I don't like one bit of the walk back in the dark on my own so I don't want to do that. I have been continuing to feel inspired with my food though, they really have changed my meals already!

I wanted to keep a little update here every so often about food I have been eating.

For breakfast instead of coco pops I have changed for thing such as turkey bacon with scrambled egg or poached eggs on salmon.
For lunch I have swapped my cheese & ham or tuna mayo sandwich with a packet of crisps and a chocolate bar (or 2) for a wholemeal wrap, cooked chicken & spinach with peppers. Or a turkey stir fry with rice noodles.
For dinner I have swapped my chips for sweet potato chips, I have been having things like homemade burgers with sweet potato chips and veg or a chicken stir fry.
I'm feeling really inspired food wise, being a binge eater it's really a big deal to me to eat better and honestly feel like I've been eating completely different things AND enjoying them the last few days!

Have you got any favourite healthier options at the moment? Please share them if you do - @mummymemories on twitter or you can find me on facebook - facebook mummy memories

Another first for Oliver! He's been waiting for this one.

As soon as you get pregnant there's so many 'firsts' that happen... first scan, first kick, first labour, first baby, first smile, first laugh, first word and first steps - the amazing list goes on and on.

Today we had another first, it's been a while since we had a first and this one was a first that made me shout wow that's so cool and give Oliver a massive cuddle. I don't know why but it made me a little sad, sad because it makes it all a bit more real about the fact he is actually growing up, getting bigger and soon will no longer want to hold my hand or give me cuddles. You've probably guessed what the first was by now... He finally has his first wobbly tooth! Oliver is 6 & a half years old, some of his friends have been losing their teeth for a while and he was getting a little inpatient about it all but today when he sat down to eat his lunch, he noticed his bottom tooth was wobbly. We had to call grandma straight away to let her know the big news! He was so excited that finally a tooth is wobbly.
He was also jumping up and down at the fact that the tooth fairy will soon be making her first visit to our house! He then said to me that the tooth fairy pays about £8 per first tooth and a £1 coin for each tooth after... SAY WHAT! £8... as if. I told him, I don't think so Mr Oliver. It's £2 for the first tooth and 50p thereafter actually! (£8?! Mum where is my other £7.50?!)

I told him that the fairy gives max £2 per first tooth - it has to be in perfect condition so lots of brushing your teeth and 50p per tooth after that... He was very happy with that, he's still at that innocent age where he just thinks £1 is a lot of money. If only hey?

How much does the tooth fairy give in your house? Do you have a little box to keep their first tooth in? I will definitely be adding Oliver's to his baby box.

(I must make sure that I remember to have coins in the house now!)