Monday, 31 October 2011

Would you know what to do in an emergency?

Firstly, this is NOT a sponsored post.  

I think that what tesco are doing is admirable, and should we were ever in the unfortunate situation of having an emergency on our hands, I would like to think that we would know what to do.  The trouble is, it's 8 years since Beansy was born and the encyclopaedic knowledge I had on what to do in an emergency are rusty to say the least.  This has refreshed me and I hope that you find it useful.

Tesco have launched a new nationwide child safety campaign called Baby Safe in conjunction with the British Red Cross and it aims to offer parents the essential tools and knowledge needed to face common childhood and baby accidents and ailments such as burns, choking, unconsciousness and Meningitis.

The campaign is hosting a series of how-to videos using experts from the British Red Cross. Today sees the launch of the Burns Video which is just in time for Bonfire Night should something awful happen.  I'm not posting this to scar you, but I wanted you to all be aware, I wasn't right on some of these facts which shocked me.

Here are some expert tips and the most common myths from the experts at the British Red Cross.

Did you know that the most common myth when you don’t have cold running water is to put butter on a burn?

This is absolutely USELESS.  I didn't realise this at all and the reason for it is that once you get to casualty, the substance will have to be removed, which could be painful. Also, avoid ice as this can produce a cold burn on top of the hot one. With a burn or scald, put the affected area under cold running water for at least 10 minutes.’

Key stats from research carried out by Tesco Baby & Toddler Club:

  • One in four parents will face a situation where first aid is necessary
  • 81 per cent of parents wouldn’t know how to administer basic first aid on their baby or toddler
  • Almost half of all parents fear they would do more harm if they tried to administer first aid
  • 60 per cent would be worried they’d do something wrong
  • 72 per cent would not feel confident to carry out first aid

The Tesco Baby & Toddler Club BabySafe campaign is now in its fifth year. To reach as many parents as possible, this year’s sessions will be run exclusively online via a series of short videos, Twitter chats and webinar. Experts from the British Red Cross will teach invaluable lifesaving skills to help deal with bumps to the head, falls, meningitis, burns, choking and what to do if a child is unconscious.

All videos will appear on the Tesco Baby Care & Share website: The first video focused on prevention in the home and how to deal with bumps to the head and falls. The other videos include
•           Burns                                        31 October 2011
•           Meningitis                                  21 November 2011
•           Choking                                       9 January 2012
•           Unconsciousness                       20 February 2012
(breathing / not breathing)

Following the launch of each video, an expert from the British Red Cross will be available to answer all questions during a Twitter chat on @TescoBabyClub.

The chat for any burns related question is at 11am on Wednesday 2nd November when an expert from the British Red Cross will be available to answer all questions during a Twitter chat on @TescoBabyClub.

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

Computer Games and Boys - Phineas and Ferb on the Wii review

If my boys had their way,they would be on the wii daily, but being the mean old mummy that I am, they are only allowed to play for an hour at weekends and when friends come over.  I don't think that kids should be playing tennis on a computer but out in the fresh air and doing it for real.  It seems to be a "boy" thing though as all the little boys I know are quite happy to be stuck in front of a wii/xbox/gameboy/ipad/iphone for hours on end.

I'm not naive enough to deny that we are in a new age concerning technology and I LOVE my apple technology lots but I do worry that kids are spending far too much time playing alone on these handheld consoles. 

The boys were sent Phineas and Ferb to review on the wii and I have to be honest here and say "who?!".  I had never heard of these little dudes but BoBo was happy to review as it meant he got a shot at the wii.

Now he is 5 and this is what he says:

"Phineas and Ferb is a great game and I really like it when they have fizzy lemonade guns to boost you up to level 2.  The anti gravity gun can lift things up which is really awesome but heavy.  I really like this game as it is fun but I think it is too difficult at times"

Beansey aged 8 says "The story is about 2 brothers called Phineas and Ferb and they have an older sister called Candice who is a teenager and a real tell tale.  They need to go to different levels looking for things to make rides and machines. There is an also agent called P and he helps them to destroy Dr Doofenshmirtz.  It's a really good game and I give it 7 out of 10."

I'm not too sure whether this is true or not as I have not played it but what I can say is that when they have their "wii time" it is the first game they put on!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Lite Sprites are the most awesome girls toy ever - Review

As a child of the late 70s/80s, I loved nothing more than playing with my little figures, none more so than Tree Tots which from about the age of 3-8 I played with daily.  I'm sure most of you had one of these or knew someone who did.  

photo from

It gave me so much pleasure and I often daydreamed about living in a tree house with a lift in the middle (how cool would that be) I mean, even the dog had it's own special house!  The great thing though was that it was truly portable.  I carried it everywhere and it truly was a great, well loved toy.   I have no idea what happened to my tree top house, it would have been awesome if it was in my parents loft but I fear it has fallen foul and ended up in toy heaven.

However, my nostalgia went to a whole new level recently when Pixie was sent Lite Sprites to review.  My heart skipped a beat when I took a peek at the The tree of Lite it was the tree top toy for the next generation!


The lite sprites live in Lite-Topia which is an enchanted land that sparkles with music, colour and light.  It is home to 5 spirtes who all interact with the magic Prisma and Lite wand.  You can cast spells and change colour to your hearts content!    There is even a lift in the middle of the tree - how amazingly AWESOME is that.

The best bit though is that you can cast spells and collect colour with the magic wand - that my dear readers, is truly magical!

Here's my little Pixie reviewing in her own sweet way:

This will definitely be a smash hit for Christmas 2011 and beyond - my only negative is that the tree of lite is meant to come with a pet and flowers to accessorise - neither of these were in the box which is a shame.

I can't wait to add to my, erm, I mean Pixie's collection and I just know it will provide hours and hours of entertainment and fun.

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

My *baby* is 3 today................

Oh my gosh, my baby is 3 today.  Where did those years go?!

Dear Pixie,

You are 3 today and what a wonderful 3 years we have had.  I remember when you were born, I spent the first 24 hours just staring at the wonder of you, your big baby blues and little baby breaths were just magical.  We were very lucky that we had a private room at the hospital as it meant that we could all stay together outside of visiting hours and once Daddy and your brothers left our room in the hospital, I still didn't sleep but just stared and smiled and loved the wonder of you.

The last few years you have filled our hearts with joy and I can't believe that we made such an amazing little girl - I am so, so proud of you sweetheart and love your feisty independence as you stand up to your brothers, that strength of character will stand you well in life my darling.
We have seen you develop from a happy baby to a chatty toddler and this last year has seen you lose the dummy and wear big girls knickers all the way taking it in your stride.  

Your confidence knows no bounds and that really amazes me - that someone so little can be so sure, so confident.  I'm sure having 2 big brothers gives you that confidence, you certainly know you are loved by them as they smother you with kisses and hugs constantly.

You also started nursery and poor old mummy was sobbing her heart out after she had dropped you off for the first time - in you went without so much as a whimper and you have thrived and enjoyed every moment of it!  May you always show such enthusiasm for learning and confidence in unfamiliar surroundings.

A few months ago, I took you to your first dance class which is a combination of ballet and tap and you were    so, so excited to be going, it is all you talked about.  Every morning, the first thing you said was "I go ballet today Mummy" and then the day arrived.  You had a pink ballet dress that I picked up in the charity shop and you were so, so proud of that until..................You saw that all the other little girls were wearing blue leotards and skirts!!!  You have point blank refused to wear the pink dress since and all you wanted for your birthday was a blue leotard, white tap shoes and pink ballet slippers!  How could we refuse?!  

You also know what you want to wear and I struggle daily - you refuse to wear trousers, instead preferring to pick a dress...I fear little poppet that you and I will have many battles on the clothes front over the coming years!   Yesterday you wanted your nails painted and insisted on the colour being my chanel rouge noir!  What a little fashionista....

Yet your nature is so, so sweet.  You adore babies and are so gentle and loving, you have a real nurturing streak and I love nothing more than watching you play with your dollies - your imagination knows no bounds!

I am so proud to be your mummy, I look at you all and wonder what your future holds? I can't begin to tell you how much you and your brothers are loved, I don't have the words to express my feelings for you all, the invisible bond that ties my heart to  all of yours will always be there.   My love for you all has no limits or boundaries, it is the reason why, I am striving to be a better person every day.

You are beautiful inside and out, you are clever and funny and incredibly charismatic.  I am honoured to be your mummy and look forward to many happy years of being by your side as you make your path in this world.

Happy Birthday my Darling

Peace and Love

Mummy xxxxx

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Silent Sunday

All dressed up and nowhere to go............

Kids eh, who'd have 'em?!

Yesterday was the day of the Media Week Awards an event in our calendar that I *really* look forward to.  Since leaving the giddy world of advertising to be a WAHM, it is the one event I love attending as I get to catch up with lots of old friends and have the odd champagne cocktail or two.

So, in preparation, I headed of to the  Chelsea Day Spa as a guest of the iconic underwear range Maidenform who are all about channelling glamorous shapewear.  The new range has been designed in consultation with Janie Bryant who is the costume designer on Mad Men, which, unless you have been living under a rock is the critically acclaimed, award wining drama series set in 1960s New York.  It follows the lives and loves of the ruthlessly competitive, ego driven men and women of advertising agency Sterling, Cooper Draper and Pryce Advertising.  

Maidenform were responsible for the first ever shaped bras, when in the 1920s Ida Rosenthal and Enid Bissett pioneered bras that accentuated the natural shape of women - hence the name Maidenform.  They did this taking a bandeau with two cups, separated by a centre piece of elastic that was sewn into dresses.  This then developed into a modern, seamed uplift bra which meant that the bandeau was out and va, va voom was in!!!  This was then followed by years of iconic advertising imagery, that is still visually beautiful today:

 The range today still honours the founders values of providing the underpinnings to create the perfect silhouette, and as I was wearing a LBD to the media week awards, I opted for a Hi Waist Thigh Slimmer which after a consultation with the Bod Squad seemed to offer me the best solution.  I was left to try it on and I have to say, it was soft, well made and incredibly stretchy.  The key to shapewear is a good fit, and in the past I have been left frustrated by magic knickers that have rolled down - I now know the reason for this is because it was the wrong size! 

I also tried on a waist nipper which was soft, sexy and incredibly glamourous, definitely something that HAW would like and not laugh at (yes, he has been known to take the proverbial out of me for wearing Brigitte Jones-esque knickers)

Not only did it give me a fantastic silhouette, it was super sexy and I felt womanly and curvy in all the right places.  It definitely sucks you in and makes you stand taller, sexy posture all the way!  The great thing I think about the range is that it is so easy to put on and so soft.  I have worn supportwear before that not only is uncomfortable but is scratchy in that horrible nylon way.  YUCK.

I then had a New York  manicure, where I totally stepped out of my comfort zone (rouge noir, always dark or red) and opted for a high fashion green colour - I'm not sure if I would do that again, maybe on my toes but I have had a lot of comments from people saying they really, really like the colour.  I also had a make over by Cosmetics a la Carte who created a bespoke foundation for me that is utterly amazing.  More on this to follow....

I went home all glammed up and rearing to go but my plans were totally scuppered by a Pixie who decided to be sick moments before our taxi came.  I made an executive (mum) decision that I couldn't leave her, and so as my ad exec husband exited in taxi, I was left at home to watch the kids - rather like a 60s suburban housewife after all, albeit with a great silhouette!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

My daughter the wannabe Gyspy!!!!

Anyone who has met my little Pixie will know that she is a real girls girl who loves anything pink, pretty and girlie.  Now don't get me wrong, there is NOTHING wrong with that but I find it a bit of an alien concept as I was a real tomboy when I was younger.  Whilst I adore fancy things and fripperies now, as a little girl, all I wanted to do was muck out the horses or climb a tree.

She refuses to wear jeans or trousers and if she had her way, she would have her ears pierced and wear lipstick everyday.  I have very strong views on keeping little girls as little girls and I cringe when I see Suri Cruise in heels or little girls wearing make up, I also can't bear Bratz type dolls that sexualise the female form.  

It's perfectly natural and normal for girls to want to try on their mums "heels" or paint their fingernails, this is all within the norm of childhood but to go out like this is just plain WRONG.


It's Pixie's birthday on Sunday and I told her that she could choose her own party dress.  We went to TX Maxx as I had heard lots of good things about it from other bloggers.  It has lots and lots of lovely party dresses but there was one dress that captured my little Pixie's imagination and she wasn't going to go for any other (believe me I tried and tried to divert her to vintage style prints or smocked ones)

Now this is ENTIRELY my fault, I gave her the autonomy to choose for herself so couldn't backtrack and negate on my part of the deal.  I have to to say that with silver tights, boot and a cardie she does look super cute...but come on, surely she is channelling inner gypsy wedding?!!!

Did I do the right thing in letting her pick her dress?  She thinks she is a ballerina and can't stop twirling around and saying "I love my party dress" I have also got a lovely smocked dress put aside which I think will be her "official dress" for the family party and then I will let her wear her "ballerina dress" to her actual party......

What do you think?  Would you have let your nearly 3 year old choose?

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

3 decades of friendship

I LOVE half term.  In fact, I love the holidays as it gives me a chance to hang out with the kids and despite them generally driving me mad with their bickering, I wouldn't have it any other way!  What I particularly like about half term though, is the opportunity to catch up with MY friends!  It's really difficult to catch up with my friends during the school term as we aren't all living close by and of course, now the kids are at school, it is really difficult to find a day which is activity/work free!

One of my oldest, dearest friends lives less than 10 miles away, but we only ever meet up in the holidays - how crazy is that?!  I love her dearly and marvel at the fact we are still such good friends 30 years later, she is one of those friends that even though I don't see her everyday, if she were ever in any trouble, I would be there in a heartbeat and I know she would to me.  

What's particularly lovely is that her boys are the same age as mine.  It's lovely to see 2 generations of family getting on so well, yesterday we took all 4 boys and of course the Pixie out for a Halloween Nature Trail at the local farm.   It was a lovely way to spend 2 hours, the kids were each given an activity sheet with 15 questions and they were running around in the fresh air at a very well run, and well thought out Halloween trail.  

 There were giant cobwebs to climb through, a witches cave and bats galore!  All for a bargainlicious £2 per child.  Whilst they were busy clue hunting and running amok, we had a lovely catch up and more importantly, an uninterrupted chinwag!

The nature trail ended with a visit to Pumpkin Palace where the kids could select their Halloween pumpkins and check their answers to the questions - sweeties all around for the winners!  We then had a picnic in the park and watched the kids playing in the skate park.  

On the way home, Beansey said "Mum, I hope that P and I are friends forever like you and A".  

I couldn't agree more.

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Listography - Top 5 Christmas Toys 2011

I haven't taken part in Kate takes 5 Listography for aged and ages but this week I vowed I would link up (and ironically, she has just tweeted her link to the top 5 christmas toys) so here goes!!!!!!!!!!!!    These are in my experience (3 kids in the last 8 years) sure fire winners and destined NOT to hit the scrap heap!!  

My kids get bought all manner of plastic toot from the grandparents and other relatives and so I always try and get them something that is NOT going to end up in plastic toy toot heaven.  

1) A Bike 

Come on, this HAS to be the number 1 Christmas toy ever?!  Not a present for every year, but when the time comes for a new bike or upgrade to a bigger size, we always wait until Christmas and put a great big bow on the front!!!!

2) Lego

Yep, this is a winner for all ages.  We have my lego from the 70s which was all big boards and just bricks and now have various collections from star wars to Ninjango.  It all ends up in the big lego box at the end of the day despite my attempts to keep "sets" together. 

3) A Dolls House

This is on our list this year and I think its more for me than Pixie!! I can't wait to get decorating and arranging....finally, finally I will have the house of my dreams that is neat and tidy house!!!

4) Nerf Gun

Ok, I know.  It's a gun.  I don't believe that giving boys guns will lead to gun toting hoodies in later life although I wouldn't buy a replica looking colt 45.  These nerf guns though are good fun and the boys play nicely together so I'm all for that!

5) Sports Equipment

Mine are all sports mad and have had tennis racquets, rugby balls and football strips in the past.  I actually think buying them something like this is great as it not only will be well used, it is something they need!   If your kids are not into sports but love music then why not get them something music related?!  We have also got them tickets to international rugby games and footy matches which they have loved!

How about you???  What are your top 5 christmas toys??

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx

Silent Sunday

Friday, 21 October 2011

An Idyllic Childhood? 4 generations of little girls...

1918 - Waterford, Ireland

My grandmother was born, into a 2 up, 2 down one of 13 children but only 8 survived.  They were dirt poor and always hungry but very happy.  She was walking to school at 5 with her brothers and sisters and giving the nuns the runaround.   She learnt to read and write and her fondest memories were of "playing out" and big family suppers.  They didn't have toys or games and were lucky if they had new clothes.  TV was an alien concept but they had a radio.  The only book in the house was the Bible.  She left for England at 15 where she went into service and met and married my grandfather.  They were married for over 60 years and she died a long, drawn out illness from Alzheimer's.  She was one of the kindest people you would have ever met and had a wicked sense of humour.  She liked a flutter on "the gee, gees" and loved a spot of bingo later in life.  I miss her so much.  

1948 - London, UK

My lovely mum was born, the 2nd of 2 daughters.  She also had an idyllic childhood spent playing on bombsites and roaming the streets.  Money was tight but they still got treats.  In fact, my Grandad used to say my Nan spoilt the girls rotten as she was always slipping them a fiver here and there.  They had a black and white TV and she loved "Bill and Ben" and "little weed".   They grew up eating spam and potatoes from a tin but were happy.  My mum also gave the nuns the run around but went on work in various ad agencies around London.  She met and married my dad and they are still happily married today.

1974, London UK

I'm born.  The oldest child and first grand-daughter.  I have a big old silver cross pram that my mum frequently leaves in the garden for me to "get fresh air".   I have a few toys but am happiest when playing out on the streets - games such as 40/40, British Bulldog and Hide and Seek. We move from London to Surrey and I spend hours mucking out horses and going to gymnastics club.  My dad's business is booming and we have a very privileged upbringing. We are one of the first people we know to get a flat screen TV and I have walkmans and roller skates and go abroad every year for 3 weeks.  I have amazing opportunities and end up working in television.  I meet and marry HAW and we are also still happily married!  

2008, Surrey UK

Pixie is born - the 3rd and final (sob!) child.  She comes after 2 brothers and is very much a girlie girl.  She has a bugaboo pushchair that costs more than her grandparents first house.  We don't know how life will pan out for Pixie, I like to think we will provide an idyllic home life as three generations before her have done, but I worry for my daughter and indeed all the children of this generation.  We are living in times of great uncertainty and even though the world is her oyster with plenty of opportunity, it is also a far more dangerous and commercially driven world. 

Does every generation look back wistfully and say "when I was a kid" and "in my day".  

What generation do you think had it best?

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxxxx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Breakfast Clubs......what do you think?

When I say to you "breakfast clubs" do you think about??

a) The delectable Molly Ringwald in the *awesome* film from the 80s?

b) or a  fantastic school run club that makes your home/work life balance easier knowing that your kids are having a great start to the day in a safe and secure environment?

As a WAHM (Work at Home Mum) I am fortunate in that I work hours to suit my childcare needs but many of my working mum friends struggle to maintain a healthy balance as our school doesn't offer a breakfast club due to a lack of resources.  The majority of working mums I know commute into London, meaning that they need to be on the train by 8am at the latest.  They have to pay for expensive private childcare in order to do their jobs.  Whilst this fills the need, the perfect solution would be to have a breakfast club at the school.  

We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but did you know the following facts:

  • 1 in 4 school kids are under-performing at school because they have no breakfast or a breakfast of junk food like burgers or crisps to start the day – that’s one million children each day.
  • 3% of kids have cake for breakfast, 2% a burger, 2% crisps and 3% chocolate

  • 1 in 4 girls at secondary school skip breakfast and 14% of them do so because they are dieting

  • 1 in 5 5-6 year olds prepare their own breakfast and this rises to two thirds of 13-14 year olds.

  • 44% of primary school children skip breakfast because they have no time in the morning.
 These facts are utterly shocking and we need to turn these stats around for the future of our children and generations to come.  To combat this Kellogg's Cornflakes are launching the ‘Help Give a Child a Breakfast’ campaign and for every pack of cornflakes sold, they will donate 3p to the Kellogg’s Breakfast Club Trust aiming to raise a minimum of £300,000 – which equates to one million breakfasts for children by the end of 2012.

So what can you do to help?

There are lots of things you can do to help promote the campaign.  These are:

  • Buy a box of Kellogg’s Cornflakes and take it along to your child’s breakfast club – encourage the school to apply for a Give a Child a Breakfast grant of £400 & £50 Kellogg’s vouchers.

  • If your child’s school hasn’t got a breakfast club, they can register to set one up by visiting – Kellogg’s will help them with training and a start up grant.
As a parent, the most important thing you can do to help is to make sure your child has breakfast every single day and looking at these stats, we would be foolish to ignore them.

Are you lucky enough to have a breakfast club?  Would love to hear your thoughts!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Earn a bit of extra money in time for Christmas

Since Avon started over 100 years ago (1886 for those who like stats!) there has been a huge influx of companies trying to flog their wares in various "at home" parties.  In the past year alone, I have been to a Jamie at home (Jamie Oliver), Body Shop party, Pampered Chef and candle party and it's no surprise to me that the marketplace is worth more than £2 BILLION (yes, BILLION) a year and that around 400,000 run parties from home in a bid to make extra cash.

Being a home sales consultant fits nicely in with childcare, which is why I guess I have been invited to so many these past few years.  It is mainly school mums trying to earn a bit of extra money after giving up careers to be homemakers that are hosting them.

I go to support my friends but if I am honest, I don't *need* anymore baking trays, candles or knickers!  

The other day I was sent a pair of asymmetrically scattered crystals on burnished silver hoops to review from a company called Miglio who specialise in stylish, affordable, and glamorous jewellery that doesn't cost a fortune.  I was impressed.  Very impressed.  

I adore jewellery but in particular, I love the glamour of yesteryear and am always on the lookout for vintage pieces to add to my collection.  The range from Miglio is different and whilst they follow key concepts and trends, their pieces are very "statement" whilst giving you the opportunity to personalise.  

The website is a bit complicated to use but once you get the hang of the PDF layouts, it is very easy to flick through the collections.  

What caught my eye though, was the opportunity to be a Miglio Jewellery Consultant as I just know that these pieces will be very covertable, it is certainly a different take on the "at home" party concept and If I wasn't already running my own business I would definitely consider this as it is a lovely brand with some great pieces in the collection.  It also offers flexibility of working either PT or FT is very attractive to stay at home parents who want to earn a bit of extra cash!

With Christmas just around the corner, is this something you would consider?

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

Monday, 10 October 2011

Pixie and her Guardian Pro 2

Once upon a time, there was a very cute little girl - she was a wee slip of a thing when she was born (after two 10lb brothers) and so had the nickname Pixie.  She was also known as "the car seat child" as she seemed to always be in her car seat as her mummy dashed around from nursery to school to supermarket.  Before long, it was time for the little Pixie to go to nursery school herself, she was blossoming from a dependable baby into a VERY independent little girl. 

Soon the day arrived for Pixie to start pre-school, her mummy was both happy and sad - happy to gain some freedom (oh yes, 8 years in the waiting) and sad as she knew that her little Pixie was her last bird to fly the nest (erm, well you get what I mean) but more than anything, she was just excited to be sharing this beautiful milestone with her daughter.  

Now, not only was Pixie embarking on a new adventure, but she was also trying out a new car seat from Kiddy - Guardian Pro 2 which her mummy adores as not only is it very light and portable (perfect for switching cars)  it is also one of the safest car seats on the market.  It has a very special impact shield, which takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it is incredibly easy and comfortable to use.  So comfortable in fact, that Pixie fell asleep as soon as the journey home began!


It has now been a few weeks since our little adventure began, Pixie is loving pre school and I am loving the Guardian Pro 2 for it's comfort, ease of use and functionality.  What's more, you can win the kiddy product of your choice by heading on over to the  Kiddy Facebook page.  Don't forget to say I sent you!!!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx

If you want to find out more about Kiddy, have a look at what happened on my trip to  Germany, Kiddy HQ 

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Oh good grief.....

Last week I had an AWESOME time at The MAD blog Awards the wine flowed and flowed, and of course when I heard that there was KARAOKE (oh yes, mumma) I was the first to round up some friends and get us singing.....Now, I'll let you in on a little secret...I can't sing.  Oh no sireee, I am bloody awful, but shove some chardonnay down me and I think I'm Whitney.

Now I was vaguely aware that it was a talk talk set up in the stylee of the X Factor auditions....I also vaguely remember saying "this better not go on the website"

Well look what I just found (cringe)

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

Saturday Song

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Oh SHIT.......................

Stop reading now if you don't like swearing.  This is usually the point where I would stop myself, but this is a blog post dedicated to the word shit.  I'm not big on swearing, never have been, never will be, but there are the odd occasions when only a swear word will do...

Last week we took the kids out of school for a week's tour of Scotland visiting all of HAW's relatives and culminating in a stay over at the cousins, just outside Edinburgh.

However, we had to get to Scotland and so at over £1k for the 5 of us to fly, we decided to drive.  This isn't as bad as it sounds as takes around 7 hours if you leave in the evening and drive through the night.  It also gives you the flexibility to stop when you want, take what you want and have your car whilst over the border.  For us, it's so much cheaper than hiring a little car as we have an X5 which is like a mini house anyway.

So, I did the first leg of the journey and was happily pootling along when a huge lorry bore down on us - of course, this is just such the occasion when I proclaimed (loudly) "Oh SHIT" and after a few seconds of stunned silence from Beansey he then told Bobo "ooooohhh mummy said a SWEAR word".  I didn't even know he knew that but hey ho......BoBo then kept saying "oh shit, oh shit" (HAW was laughing silently as I tried to explain that actually, Oh shit is a naughty word and we must not say it.  Eventually, they all piped down and fell asleep.

We thought that was the end of the matter as the rest of the week it wasn't mentioned...............


We hit the cousins just outside of Edinburgh.   All seven cousins were sitting down to a kids tea with grannies/great grannies watching, when my delightful BoBo proclaimed during a silent moment....

"oh SHIT".  But not just once, oh no, he just kept saying "oh SHIT, oh SHIT, oh SHIT" that's what my mummy says you know in the car.  BoBo was getting laughs and encouragement from the older cousins and then the 3 younger ones all joined in.  I was utterly mortified until I looked at everyones faces.  They were all in bits and the supper has now gone down in family legend as the "oh SHIT supper"

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx

Maclaren goes Holistic....

If you mention the word "Maclaren" to most parents you can bet your bottom dollar that they will tell you how invaluable they find their buggies and that how, having spend thousands on a top of the range, super duper system, that they then went on to buy a simple folding maclaren (please don't say that was only me) for everyday use!

Maclaren have a great heritage in the UK, indeed my mum always harps on about how she loved my silver cross pram but couldn't live without my stripy red maclaren.  It's a brand that is tried, tested and loved in the UK and in recent years they have collaborated with collaborated with everyone from Cath Kidston to The Beatles

Maclaren are now building on their heritage and branching out into other areas of the baby arena.   I have to admit when I was approached to review skincare products, I was intrigued, could a maker of pushchairs produce skincare to rave about?

This is what they say: "The Maclaren Beginnings is a range of organic based and  holistic care products for Mother & Baby. Designed to promote the well being of mum and baby through purity, nurturing and connection from the beginning".

My little ones are not "quite" at the beginning but I was sent the Balancing Facial Mist and the Celebration Candle to put to the test.

First up is the facial mist which claims to restore emotional balance and uplift the spirit throughout the day.  It is rammed packed with a special blend of 100% pure essential oils and is also meant to moisturise.  I have used the  Molton Brown 24 hour mist in the past and really liked the idea of using one that had uplifting properties as well as moisturising.  However, it was awful.  It smelt really bad (almost as if the essential oils were off) and it left my face feeling sticky and tacky.  I used this for a few days, but really didn't see or feel any benefit. Sadly, this wasn't something that I would use again.

Now, onto the Celebration Candle this was a massive hit and as a candle devotee who once flew to France to get a custom made candle, this is saying something!  I have been known to spend £200 on candles in the past and am very particular about what I burn.  

The candle is totally natural (soy and palm wax) and has a unique blend of 100% pure essential oils that is lead free and has a burn time of up to 45 hours.  It's marketed as being a symbol of bringing light and love into your babies life creating an intimate space to be enjoyed quietly or evoking a mood of celebration.  I totally got this, I have candles for special occasions, candles for everyday burning, pick me ups and those for when in the mood for love, I truly believe there is a candle for every occasion and as you embark on the journey of motherhood, by taking time out each day to light the candle and celebrate the miracle of life and key milestones in your baby's life. 

The sense of smell is the strongest and I love the idea of using the scent of the candle to stir memories of friendship, family and love.  The candle scented the whole house with a natural smell that was really long lasting.

The whole range can be viewed here and I would love to know if you try any of the other products on your little ones!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xx

Sunday, 2 October 2011

The MADS 2011

Oh my gosh, where to start?! 

getting ready with @allabouttheboys and @caroljs who let me crash their room!
I was lucky enough to attend the Mum and Dad Awards better know as The Mads on Friday and had, quite simply the most AMAZING 24 hours.  HAW struggles to understand why I blog/tweet and takes the proverbial piss out of me for meeting strangers of the internet (his words, not mine) but the love and support in the room on friday was, quite simply amazing.

Over 100 of the most wonderful bloggers congregated in the soho HQ of talktalk and on arrival we were photographed on the red carpet whilst quaffing copious amount of wine and scoffing lovely, lovely canapes.

Glowstars on the left and me on the right!

My role for the evening was that of live blogger with the gorgeously, funny Vic from Glowstars .  I knew we were going to get on like a house on fire when she came back with copious beers and canapes whilst balancing precariously on a pair of fabulous shoes!!   Definitely my sort of girl....

Here we are - she looks about 15 years old whilst I look old and squiffy......

Kate Wit Wit Woo and me in a cab enroute...I need a proper picture of her dress!

We had such a great time commenting on everything from who was the best dressed (Kate from WitWitWoo won and my goodness, that girl has va va vooooom in bucketfuls) to who was the most drunk (what goes on tour, stays on tour and all that..sorry!) but of course, we were there to report on the winners.  There were over 50,000 (by heck gertrude) nominations and the full list of winners can be found Here  - a massive well done and huge congratulations and sloppy kisses and hugs all around to the winners and finalists - you ALL rock!
One of the first blogs I read last year was Bangs and a Bun and the gorgeous Muireanne was on mighty fine form as the hostess with the mostess on the night - she was her usual eloquent, funny self and if you haven't read her blog then get your tush over there NOW and start by looking at some of her raps.....I adore!!

The night was full of love, laughs and hugs and it was truly great to see lots of women being supportive and empowering to each other - it's a very special revolution going on I tell you!!

I went for late night wine with some very special girls (@allforalleyna @clairelouise82 @seasiderclaire @mummyfromtheheart @bobbity666) and then headed home for more wine and late night chats (4am I'll have you know) with my roomy Louise from Bloggomy

It was a TOP night and I can't wait for next year!!

Well done to Sally and Jen and everyone else who made it possible - it was fantabulous!

Peace and Love

S.A.M xxx