Saturday, 18 August 2018

Trying out Fruitypot and JellySqueeze pouches....

In a few weeks the kids will be going back to school and it is a great time to discover new snacks and treats which are perfect for packed lunch boxes.....

Fruitypot offer a selection of innovative, healthy fruit based products which are a great alternative to sweets, chocolate or crisps and easy to eat on the go. Ideal for a packed lunch, or just as a refreshing snack.


Fruitypot are a range of single serve pots of fruit in jelly and juice. Packaged in a convenient pot with a spoon, perfect for on the go!

They are available in 6 ready to eat flavours and options between fruit in juice and fruit in jelly. Pineapple, Peach And Pear and Mandarin in fruit juice and Peach in peach jelly, Tropical in pineapple jelly and Mandarin in jelly....


These are so handy and are more fun than just normal plain fruit....My girls loved them. They preferred the fruit in jelly over the fruit in fruit juice...They have both already asked for more which is a good sign....

These are made with real fruit juice, they contains no artificial sweeteners, no preservatives and no artificial colours. They are also vegan, lactose free and gluten free...

We were also sent some JellySqueeze to try.....These are a convenient pocket-sized pouch packed with a burst of flavour.


The ready to eat treat enables you to enjoy a hydrating jelly on-the-go. Made with fruit juice and set with natural setting agents, these resealable pouches are also suitable for vegetarians, vegans as well as being gluten free. The two fruity flavours have no added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

The kids were really drawn to these and thought they were great....With the resealable lid they are ideal for days out and packed lunches....I like that they are mess free.

They are schools compliant and you can buy them in Co-op, Booths and Nisa stores and on Ocado and Amazon.

We were sent these free of charge in exchange for this blog post....

Friday, 17 August 2018

A week of the Unexpected. #WotW

This week my Word of the Week is......


I struggled picking a word for this past week....It has been a bit of an odd one....I could have picked excitement with it being Stu's birthday but that didn't sit right with what went on mid week near me....I could have picked busy but then there has been a couple of days where we have done nothing at all apart from watch TV and be lazy. I have decided to go with unexpected.....

The weekend seems such a long time ago. I have had to look back on my Instagram photos to see what we got up to....lol As soon as I looked I thought Oh, yeah! The highlight of my weekend was watching Casualty! lol I love that TV show and have since I was young. The person who I thought was going to die/be majorly injured didn't, it was someone else. I won't say in case someone hasn't seen it yet. It was very unexpected.

On Wednesday we had a lie in and when we got up we heard the police helicopter which is nothing new considering where I live.....It was only when I went to open the back gate (I was expecting a parcel) that I thought something was going on. As I went to open the gate a couple of men ran past then I heard shouting.....I hesitated in opening the gate. Running men and the police helicopter overhead set my "spidey sense" off.....After a couple of minutes I was brave enough to open the gate and peek out.....At the end of our street there was police cars, vans and police people with guns.

Whatever was going on was serious! I locked the gate, came in and locked the doors and got straight on Facebook. The rumors were that the post office a couple of streets away had been robbed....Our friendly postman knocked and dropped a parcel off & I asked what was going on and he confirmed that there was an armed robbery, 2 men with guns had robbed the post office and were loose somewhere nearby. All the streets nearby were blocked off and even he said to stay indoors.....Thankfully no one in the post office was hurt....They were just shaken. The police arrested people later in the day and it was all over.....

It was Stu's birthday on Thursday and he had already had his present earlier in the week. He plays the online game World of Warcraft and there was a new expansion released and I bought him that for his birthday....What he wasn't expecting was the other few presents I got him. I got him a big cup, a couple of t-shirts and a screwdriver set which he was very happy with....


Thursday, 16 August 2018

9 years since their heart surgeries. #CHD

Today is 9 years since my girls and I went into hospital so they could both have open heart surgery to repair the holes they have in their hearts. You can read our story here. It's something I like to blog about every year as it is important for us and it raises a bit of awareness about heart defects....


The short story is: One night the kids were messing about in their bedrooms and Becky shut the doors on Ellie's fingers....While getting her fingers fixed they realised Ellie had a problem with her heart and it was found she had a Atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) (A hole in her heart) Becky showed the same symptoms so we got her checked out. Becky had the exact same defect on her heart as Ellie. We travelled to the hospital on the 16th of August. Becky had open heart surgery on the 17th of August and Ellie had her's on the 18th. 


Since the last anniversary the girls have been back to the hospital for a check up which was pretty routine....

We didn't see the usual doctor we normally see and this one was more blunt and upfront about where we stood with the girls hearts...He said the girls hearts haven't changed since the last check up but did say that with the leaking valves they will need surgery in the future as the leaking valves will cause the heart to swell which is not good. Ellie's is leaking a little more than Becky's and will need surgery sooner but not for a good few years yet, so I am not going to worry about it until I need to....

As I do every year in February I wrote a few blog posts for Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week.....Even after 9 years since heart surgery and nearly 6 years of blogging I always have something to say on the subject.....

I wrote about The Facts of Congenital Heart Defect's, I still find it shocking that CHD's are the most common birth defect's in the UK and that CHD’s are the number one cause of death from a birth defect killing twice as many children as cancer every year!

I wrote about The reality of heart surgery. It was a bit of a bit of a mind dump where I explained how I was feeling when my girls got diagnosed and stayed in hospital....

I wrote Where to find help & support when your child has a heart defect. Google is not the answer....When you Google things you always find the worse case scenario! 

I wrote about How having a CHD effects my girls lives....You would never guess they had heart problems if you met them but there is signs there....

My girls are fit and well at the moment and we rarely think about their heart problems which is a good thing but it is always in the back of my mind.....Here's to hopefully another nine years without needing any surgery!


Snacking with HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs. #GivePeasAChance

Ellie has decided that when school starts again she will be having a packed lunch at least a couple of times a week....She is not keen on the hustle and bustle of the dining hall and has realised if she takes a packed lunch she can eat it anywhere....I think in her head she will be having cakes, sweets and unhealthy snacks but she is coming around to the idea that there are snacks out there which are healthy and taste good too! 

One of these is the HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs which we have been trying recently!


The UK’s fastest growing free-from snack, HIPPEAS are both nutritious and delicious and ideal for parents and children alike for packed lunches and after school snacks....

In line with Public Health England’s recent recommendations for children’s snacktime, HIPPEAS are under 100 calories and they are packed full of protein and fibre, making them
the ideal schooltime fuel. 

HIPPEAS also contain no allergens and are free from gluten, dairy and nuts.

We were sent four of the flavours to try Sweet and Smokin’, Salt and Vinegar Vibes, Chilli Haze and Cheese and Love....


I was not expecting to like these as much as I did....It was a case of me fighting the kids for them....hehehe

My favourite was the Sweet and Smokin....The flavour was just right. They were more crunchier than I expected them to be but that was fine....I enjoyed eating them.

The kids shared the Cheese and Love and the Salt and Vinegar Vibes....They thought they tasted good but I did the thing salt & vinegar was a little strong but it could have just been the puff that I tried....Stu tried the Chilli Haze and he loved them....He isn't a big crisp eater but said he could see himself eating these regularly....

These were a hit with my family and I will be buying them for us all to snack on....

HIPPEAS® deliver across-the-board, ticking all the key boxes: Only 91 calories per bag, Vegan, Gluten free, Organic High in fibre,  A good source of protein and 6 tasty flavours to choose from....

 These are available in single and sharing bags and you can buy them from Amazon, Asda, Boots, Coop, Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Wholefoods and a range of independent stores...

We were sent these free of charge in exchange for this blog post....

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Top Toys for Christmas 2018....

Now that I have finished shopping for my girls birthdays now is the time that I start to think about buying for Christmas.....My teen Becky is easy to buy for. All she wants is electronics, xBox games and clothes....My youngest Ellie is a bit harder to buy for. She likes all the toys which she sees advertised on TV and online....


A little while ago Argos predicted the top toys for Christmas 2018 and shops/lists like this are usually right...

According to Argos 2018 is the year of the unicorn with four toys included on its list this year. Ellie will be happy. She is unicorn mad! 


Fingerlings Untamed T-Rex, £16.99
Untamed dinos, include Blaze, Stealth, Fury and Razor! Beware of snapping jaws and gripping claws from the Fingerlings Untamed Velociraptors. Learn how to tame these wild baby dinos, or get chomped.

Vtech Fantasy Unicorn, £49.99
Hi, I'm Myla, the Magical Make-Up Unicorn! Let's have some fun! Select any colour from my make-up palette and apply it magically to my horn, eyes, and wings and watch in amazement as they magically light up in that colour! With my magic microphone, we'll sing songs together and have so much fun!


Fingerlings Untamed Dino Cage, £39.99
TOY manufacturers make sure they never miss a trick. So, if you’re taking ownership of an untamed T-Rex, you will obviously need somewhere to put it. Fingerlings have cleverly supplied a cage, where your growling, fire-blowing, gas-emitting dinosaur can get some rest safely at night.

Paw Patrol Rescue Fire Truck Playset, £69.99
An ultimate rescue needs an ultimate vehicle! Save the day with Marshall’s Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck! This vehicle is equipped with an extendable 2 ft. tall ladder, flashing lights and sounds – it’s ready for anything! 


Nerf Laser Ops Two-Pack, £49.99
Designed with unlimited ammo, the blasters have a quick-reload button to replenish supply. Select to face off in teams or in a free-for-all. Designed with unlimited ammo, the blasters have a quick-reload button to replenish supply. 
The Nerf Laser Ops Pro AlphaPoint blaster 2-pack gives players everything they need to face off in head-to-head live-action laser battles right out of the box! 

Chad Valley Tiny Treasures Doll, £49.99
A baby doll with a realistic smell, super soft baby like blonde hair, sleepy eyes and feels just like a new born baby. Tiny Treasures baby girl has extremely life-like facial features. Her body is weighted to feel like a real new-born baby, with floppy limbs and head.

LEGO City Arctic Mobile Exploration Base, £84.99
Explore, discover and analyse at the arctic mobile exploration base, featuring a crane, trailer, platform, mobile saw, lab and a snow bike, plus 6 LEGO minifigures: 4 arctic explorers, an arctic expedition leader and a driver, plus a mammoth figure.


Fingerlings Hugs, £29.99
The old Fingerlings wrapped around your little finger.  The new Fingerlings ‘Hugs’ can be wrapped around your neck. You can rock them to sleep while singing them a lullaby, they can give you kisses and will respond when hanging upside-down. Give them a bouncy little ride on your leg and they just might giggle with delight.

Boxer, £79.99
Boxer is a robot that uses infrared and touch technology to follow your fingers when you wave them in front of the toy. The robot can play games by rolling the toy over game cards and 10 game cards are included when you buy boxer. The toy also comes with a football which it will follow around and even shoot into goal posts.


LOL Surprise Under Wraps, £14.99
LOL Surprise Under Wraps is a new official LOL toy coming out for December 2018. LOL Surprise Under Wraps is part of the Eye Spy Series. There will 15 surprises, new dolls, outfits and accessories. 

Treasure X 3-Pack Chest, £29.99
Treasure X is the ultimate surprise-reveal collectible with a multi layered reveal process, cool figures, and the chance to find REAL treasure! Rip, Fizz and Chip away to reveal the layers and discover the secrets hidden within! 


Poopsie Unicorn Surprise, £49.99
Poopsie Unicorn Surprise, this cutesy toy will actually poop out glittery slime when you feed it special unicorn food. And if you are worried about getting unicorn glitter poo all over your carpet on Christmas day, the toy comes with it's own potty to keep the mess contained.

My Lovely Unicorn Electric Ride-On, £229.99
My Lovely Unicorn is the first 12v Ride-On for your kids to enjoy riding their very own Unicorn! They will enjoy going forwards & backwards using her reins to steer. They can also brush & groom her amazing long Pink mane with the included brush & accessories. Her ‘Magical’ light up horn interacts with your child when stroked & also makes wonderful sounds.

Is there anything your children fancy from this list?