Sunday, 10 November 2013

The story of an American Horror - Not For The Faint Hearted!

It was by accident that we stumbled across this programme, it wasn't my usual cup of tea but even from the first episode I was hooked.Now we are watching Season 3,The Coven.

The surprising fact behind this psychotic series is it was created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk....remember Glee?

 I always like to have a series to watch in the evening once the O.Y.O has gone to 
bed,this winter it is going to be American Horror Story The Coven.

The first season was in my opinion the best,it is focused around a dysfunctional family who end up buying a haunted house.

I really enjoy the love stories in the American Horror franchise,this season revolves around teenage lust and the meaning of love.

This programme isn't for the faint hearted,I have spent many a time hiding behind a cushion because I'm so scared,the producers spare no details when it comes to the gruesome scenes.

At the end of each episode you are left wanting to watch more,it's very addictive!

The second season is by far the most gruesome and sadistic,I can't say I enjoyed it that much,but like I mentioned above it is very addictive to watch.

It is set in a Asylum called Briarcliff which is run by nuns,it is home to various residents who have commited crimes from adultery to murder.

On first glance you would side with the doctors,nurses and nuns but by mid way through you will be running for the hills,cheering the mental patients on.

The producers cleverly play with your mind,turning reality on its axel. 

The series cover every taboo subject under the sun, from paranormal to aliens, sociopaths to incest.

"Don't be afraid of the unknown,be afraid of what you already know"

I have only seen four episodes of the current season,but I already love it. Thus season focuses less on gruesome horror and more on the story between the characters.

In my opinion there is a big difference between a good actress/actor and someone's who plays the character brilliantly.

My favourite actress is Lily Rabe ,in each seasons she can change her whole demeanor to suit the role she is given.The first season she was a haunted mother,the second a nun who is controlled by the devil and the third a witch.

Each role is as convincing as the last,she is constantly in character and never once slips into an older characters attitude.Through the seasons she has had to change her accent,attitude and the way she holds herself,but she has never changed her appearance apart from the costumes she wears - to be able to captivate the audience as a new character so convincingly but not actually change much about her appearance is an achievement in itself.

Alternatively my favourite character is Fiona,the actresses actual name is Jessica Lang,what makes her my favourite character rather than my favourite actress is the fact each role she plays is exactly the same. The name may change,the direction and setting but her whole demeanor remains the same.

Unlike Lily Rabe her voice,style and attitude remains the same: she plays a character you initially believe to be a "baddie" ,who inevitably becomes a confused "goodie".

Now there is nothing wrong with the each character she plays,each one is believable and passionate,she carries the show at a swift pace with a touch of old school glamour. For me she makes the show,if she wasn't in the next seasons (if there is another season) I would be extremely disappointed.

There is many characters and actors I haven't even touched upon,but tonight I think i'll leave them to another post.

As always these opinions are my own,and this definitely is not something I recommend to be watched before the kiddies are in bed!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Merry,Merrie Gardens!

Last night we went out for a family dinner to Merrie Gardens in Lake.

It wasn't meant to be a family dinner,it was meant to be mummy and daddy time but due unforeseen circumstances (Nana changing her mind) the O.Y.O had to come with us. Luckily the restaurant was a big hit,especially with O.Y.O.

We had the choice of sitting wherever we wanted,this meant we got a nice big table in front of the under 5s play room.

The play room in my opinion was the perfect balance of being fun but safe,there was only one entrance in and low walls surrounding it so you could easily keep an eye on your children. 

The two play tables and one standing activity board were spotless,you go to some restaurants and find toys covered in last week's dinner or bits of dribble all over it,but you could tell these were wiped over and kept clean. I prefer a play area without lots of little toys as you don't know when they were last cleaned and what's living on them!

The restaurant is extremely child friendly which for me,as mother is a big selling point. There was a ample supply of nice,CLEAN high chairs available and the staff make a fuss of the children,making them feel special rather than an inconvenience.

(The decor in the restaurant brought out the child in us!) 

Now on to the most important part of the evening.....the food! 

Before going I had signed up to the online newsletter which means you get a free drink on your first visit,there was a great selection of alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks.

I also tried their 1,2,3 offer,I went for option 2 which meant I got 2 courses for £8. The restaurants selling point is the Rotisserie chicken with chips and gravy. I'm not a massive fan of chicken as it can be quite dry,but this chicken was succulent and had a smoky flavour. It fell to pieces when you pulled it apart! 

Ok my only moan has to be the gravy,everything else was tip'top apart from what tasted like cheap gravy,it was too watery and tasted too peppery. Please,please get rid of it!

My partner got the beef burger and chips,it tasted delicious. The outside of the burger was slightly crispy and it wasn't fatty at all,the worst type of burger is the one where the fat has drenched the bun and it's all soggy.

The restaurant also has free wifi which comes in handy as neither O2 or Vodafone has signal in Lake.

The standard of customer service was what really made this place stand out from the rest,here is the email I sent to the managers,it sums up what I thought of the waitresses and Waiter who worked there:

"Dear Michael and Sharon Cockram,

Tonight me,my partner and our one year old son had dinner at your establishment.

Instantly when we walked through the doors we were served by an enthusiastic and polite waiter from behind the bar. He was helpful and attentive,he gave us plenty of time to choose our meal after serving our drinks,and was happy to sort out our code which gave us free drinks.

Next we had a girl called Millie serve us our food,she made sure we had everything we needed and came back to check we were enjoying our meals.

Finally a lovely boy brought me the yummy chocolate pud desert,and got the bill.

Each member of your staff went above and beyond what was needed,and genuinely wanted to make sure we had a great time!

Your staff are a credit to your restaurant,and we will be returning soon.

Thank you very much Liam,Millie and Chris,you were all fantastic! "

Well done Merrie Gardens,keep up the good work!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Feeding time at the Zoo.

At what age do you let your child eat messy food on their own?

When I say messy foods I mean something like Readybrek or vegetable soup.

(I'd like to point out this is chocolate Readybrek- and no I never originally agreed to feeding my child chocolate for breakfast...but then originally I didn't think a child's ability to wrap you around their little finger was so strong.)

The O.Y.O insists on eating every meal himself,that means lots of mess for me and more clothes to be washed.

My belief is,if you don't allow your child to try and feed themselves then how will they learn?

My partner however sees it more as an inconvenience,the time it takes cleaning up all the mess over and over again at every meal,he'd rather spoon feed the O.Y.O for the rest of his life... I wonder how that would look at his first day of university?

You read so many reports of infant eating disorders on the rise that I just want the O.Y.O to eat and enjoy his food,even if that does mean making a bit of mess!

I happened to read a local schools prospectus (Yes I know he's only one but I couldn't resist), under the section about what's expected for the children to wear or bring into school I noticed a paragraph dedicated to what food is not allowed to be consumed at the school. 

Cakes,chocolate,sweets,biscuits,crisps,fizzy drinks,nuts,seafood,any drink other than water or orange squash were off of the menu.

Now don't get me wrong I agree with the majority of the items above,especially nut products as I have family members who are severely allergic and it only takes one bit of nut shell to start a reaction,but to say absolutely no chocolate,cakes or biscuits otherwise they will be confiscated is a bit extreme. As I child I always had a bit of fruit and a little chocolate bar at break,and it never did me any harm.

I understand there's so many rules,regulations and policy's out there,and schools have a lot of pressure on them to promote healthy eating but I don't ever want the O.Y.O to become a fussy eater or become too focused on his weight.

Amazon World, Part 2.

The second time we went to A.W. I think it was the best.

As much as I love my family it is so much easier to go around the enclosures with only yourself and a toddler to worry about.

Well I say it's easier but the day did include the O.Y.O trying to eat bird poo pellets,him smearing it over his hands,then smearing it over me as I tried to wipe it off...not a fun experience!

I found the animals,especially the birds were a lot friendlier with us,they all kept coming up to the O.Y.O as if they knew he was just a gentle,innocent baby.

This time we went it wasn't raining so we got the chance to go outside more. The penguins were very inquisitive waddling up to us in search of food. I didn't think they would be too impressed with cheese string,much to the O.Y.O's dismay.

There was one casualty of the day, the red converse (which featured in an earlier post of mine) ended up drenched in dirty water from jumping in muddy puddles... Yes Peppa & George I am holding you two accountable ;) 

We also got to see the elusive armadillo this time,we had started to think he didn't actually live there and instead it was a stuffed toy.

The second time we went it definitely made the price tag seem a little more value for money,especially as this time we took our own little picnic.

I think the staff may have thought I was a bit nuts as half way through the trip I did run out to the car to get the pram,I was seconds away from pulling my hair out,sometimes I wish I was an octopus!

I would definitely recommend people visiting the Zoo on its quieter days,especially if your taking inquisitive little hands,there's no queues and it has a much calmer atmosphere.

"When the humans go away,the animals come out to play"

A little late but....Happy Halloween!

It's been ridiculously busy with work,so please excuse the lateness.

Last week was the fright night,

The most frightening part of the evening was when the O.Y.O's dad nearly forgot to buy more milk and we ran out of tea bags (survival essentials). 

We both had work and the little one had nursery,

The other children dressed up and the one year old went in as a skeleton,we took in milky buttons for all of his nursery friends,they all looked so cute! 

I've got to say the nursery did a good job when it came to celebrating Halloween,especially for busy families like us. 

During the nursery day they made ginger bread bats covered in orange slime and black ants (icing & sprinkles), yummy! 

We tried to save some for daddy,but unfortunately two scary monsters came and gobbled it all up....this resulted in the baby monster jumping off the walls and ceiling on a sugar high....this family can't handle too much of the naughty stuff,aha.

Where bubs is only one  years old we didn't know what to do about trick or treating,it was late,dark and cold by the time we got home. We came up with a master plan of having our own little trick or treat game at home,a different sweetie hidden behind each door! 

What you can't see in the picture is all the miniature milkyway,milky buttons and scary babeybels at the bottom of the pumpkin. 

Obviously the one year-old wanted to stuff it all into his mouth at once,so mummy had to play bad cop and put some into the fridge,limiting him to only 2 treats.

We didn't do much this year I think that was down to us working and bubs being so little,but next year we would have moved to somewhere bigger (hopefully) and can have a little monster Halloween party :) 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Amazon World,Isle of Wight.

Dear readers,

Sorry for the delay in typing up another post,between work/life + mummy hood it's a struggle to squeeze in a blog. 

Last Friday was family day,

Grandma,cousin M,the double trouble aunties,nana,me and the one year-old decided to hop into two cars and head to Amazon World for the day.

I make it sound simple but the journey there was anything but,

Me,Grandma and the one year-old were in one car and the rest of them in another. I had never driven to Amazon World so that was a mission by itself.

The plan of action had been for Nana and the rest of the gang to follow my car to the big T as I had to nip in for some picnic bits,and then for me to follow them the rest of the way, but I had forgot to get petrol the day before and only noticed as we were leaving. So Nana's car went one way and our car another,10 minutes later we had petrol but no Nana.

Since I'm typing this post you have obviously grasped I made it Amazon World safe and sound,with no casualties along the way.It was nice to prove to Grandma how far I've come with my driving - as some people thought I would never pass!

Now A.W. isn't my favourite Zoo,its smaller than Sandown Zoo and concentrates more on the smaller critters and creature of the animal kingdom,but when it comes to choosing which Zoo is better for the one year-old I would say A.W. wins.

The main part of A.W. is enclosed,you get to walk around the inside of what I can only describe a massive tropical conservatory.The first part you walk through houses birds,a sloth family,two cute monkeys and the alligators.The birds are allowed to roam freely,every so often you see a flutter of colour or hear a cheerful chirp.

The second part of the building has a loan sloth which wanders around the top of the room near the ceiling,some more monkeys,birds and tortoises! The tortoises and some of the bigger birds are kept in an open stone enclosure in the center,you can get up close and personal with the residents here,they all seem so friendly and tame.

As move through the Zoo you can go to the carp pond with the waterfall and a gigantic open fish tank containing Piranhas and Oscar fish (Best named fish in the ocean! ;). The fish can be fed with pellets form the 50p machine,I think this part is lovely for children and adults because you are interacting with the animals,without a pricey fee.

Something that does let A.W. down compared to Sandown Zoo is there isn't as many talks with the keepers about the animals,and the one that I did see was a bit...well rubbish. The keepers at Sandown Zoo seem a lot more enthusiastic and knowledgeable when it comes to talking about the tenants there.

My favourite part of the zoo is the dark room which homes the bats and kinkajou's. You are in a room behind glass windows,while the bats fly around their enclosure and occasionally try to poop on the glass,and the cute kinkajou's climb around the vines looking at you with their huge alien eyes.

Since the one year-old can now walk,he insists on doing everything on his own,so down the pebbly paths he wobbled inspecting every piece of dirt or leaf on the track.I don't know whether its something all kids do,but the O.Y.O. (one year-old) seems to be obsessed with putting everything in his mouth! I mean everything!
It was a fight to stop bark/mud being picked up and eaten.

The outside of A.W. is where the bigger animals are kept and is now home to the meerkats (they previously lived inside the "desert" section of the building with the armadillos).On a sunny day its lovely because you can wander around and look at all the different species of monkeys,the penguin enclosure and even walk around the lemur enclosure (which is completely free!),but on the friday it decided to rain - so it was a quick dash around to say hi to the Flamingos and the Ocelot then rushing back into the building.

I think the O.Y.O has hit the terrible two's already,he didn't want to leave the outside part of the Zoo as he was having fun jumping in muddy puddles, and kept running off down staff entrances.

How many people does it take to watch a one year-old? Apparently at least 6! 

A.W. Is a bit pricey at £8.99 an adult,and £6.99 a child,although that does include free parking and re-entry within 7 day. 

For a whole day out with the kids it's a reasonable price to pay.When you think about the amount it costs to go the cinema or swimming it seems better value to go and see something like this which is educational and fun!

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Every Little Helps - Thank You Tesco!

On Sunday morning the hoover blew up,

To be specific the one year-old's dad thought it would be a good idea to hoover up dried sick....the result of too much milk and jumping around!

As fate would have it Tesco had emailed me a online coupon for £10 off a £50 spend,it couldn't have happened at a better time.

After a quick snoop around the hoovers at the big store on the island we found one we liked,so after tea that night we decided to go ahead and order it online.

We found one that looked like a complete bargain,it was down from £100 to £50,on special offer - definitely a bit of fate at work!

(The way I'm describing the hoover,you would think it was a love story rather than just getting a new piece of cleaning equipment- I think it must be a mummy thing!)

Now me and technology aren't the best,which is ironic considering I'm employed by Telecoms.

No matter how many times I tried to get the checkout page to accept the code it wouldn't.

Thirty minutes later and no better off,I threw in the towel and admitted defeat.

Its not until your in a situation where you have virtual money sat there and you can't get to it,that you realise why people get so frustrated with online shopping and reward points.

I don't believe in complaining for the sake of trying to get something for free,but when you have had a genuine problem I think the company needs to be told.

I probably wouldn't have got a hoover from Tesco if I wasn't sent a voucher,so when you have your heart set on buying something for less then you realise you have to pay more,you end up feeling like you've been ripped off rather than having got a bargain.

The next day I sent a email to Tesco stating what had happened at the checkout,within 24 hours I had a email response and voicemail stating they were crediting my account with £10 due to the error. Yipeeeeeeeee!

Thank you Tesco for providing excellent customer service through your thorough complaints procedure - not something you hear people say very often!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Waste not,want not.

Whether it's a top,bottle of shampoo or a vase in this case,

My family share everything! 

And why let something go to waste?

When my mum didn't like a moisturiser she had bought to try,I happily had it,and when I had a top in the cupboard that I barely used I gave it to her.

Well today Nana was having a clear out and came across this lovely vase,so my kitchen got some new ornaments and the bank card got a rest.

My mums side of the family were on the poorer side of the working class families,so everyone made the most of what they had,luckily it's was a mostly female population.

I have 9 great-aunts,
They all had girls,
Who all had girls (apart form Uncle J)!

So this sense of waste not,want not had been passed down through the generations.

If you don't like it the chances are your little sister will 😃

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Are you turning Left or Wight?

That handle located by the steering wheel,

Yes the one that goes up and down.

You didn't realise it was there?

What a surprise, is that because you barely use it?

Why,oh why do people seem to "forget" to indicate when turning left or right,
Or even worse when they are not turning at all but leave them on! 

On the way to dropping the one year-old off to nursery this morning,I was waiting at a junction to turn left onto a main road. A car was coming down the hill with their left indicator on to turn left.
The woman had even positioned her car into the center of the road and had seen me waiting.

As I looked left and right to pull out she then decided to change route and carry on straight ahead nearly plummeting into my car...

...Then had the cheek to give me a filthy look!

If she had looked directly at me I would have shown her how a "proper"  filthy look is actually done!!

It is so frustrating,why can't people just use their indicators correctly.

One thing my driving instructor taught me,and will stay with me for the rest of my life,is to never trust people until your really sure.

It's probably the same everywhere but the Isle of Woght seems to have a multitude of sinful drivers. 

Forget boy racers it's Grannies-Gone-Wild,who seem to forget there is other people on the roads.

"An old lady says to her friend,I want to die peacefully in my sleep like my father,I don't want to be screaming in terror like his passengers" 

A giggle a day keeps the doctors away,and sanity at bay.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Rain rain go away,come back another day!

Its raining,its pouring and the one year-old thinks it's very boring.

A rainy day is a mummy's chance to shine, military precise schedules and super human cleaning skills means the house can be kept in order...

Only joking!

The day started off by going to see Grandma,the Double Trouble Aunties and Nana. Spike-a-doodle-do the jack russel and Poppy the sausage dog are two little children in their own right. The dogs were riddiculously hyped up because of the amount of people at Nana's house,and insisted on trying to shuffle their way into the action.

Spike absolutely loves the one year old, DTA number 1 (Double Trouble Aunty) says that they are "brothers from another mother".

                    (DTA number 1)

For a dog that's never really been around Toddlera he's very gentle,very loving and at nearly 8 years old,that's nearly 56 dog years,he's still going strong even if he does hobble about. 

Trying to drink tea while chasing a one year-old,controlling the dogs,answering your nans questions about why your still not married and stopping the cat from licking the milky buttons off of the one year-old hands, it's a work out! 

After a couple of hours of siblings,animals and a ratbag running around its time for a nap at home...oh and the one year-old needs one too.

After all the exercise I got 40 minutes of peace and quiet,even if it does mean creeping around.

Next we attempted to make chocolate cupcakes, I say attempted because cooking was never my forte. I like to add a little bit of everything which means the cakes end up coming out like bricks or scrambled eggs.

But I am proud to announce we successfully made milk and white chocolate cupcakes!

The house is covered in toys and dirty hand marks,tomatoe meatballs and suede sofas don't mix! 

If you don't hear from me anytime soon,I'm trapped under the piles of washing up and toys....

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Calm before the Storm.

In 1987 hurricane winds hit the little Isle Of Wight causing the kind of destruction that people hadn't seen before,and 26 years later we are due another one tomorrow morning.

13 people were killed and many more injured by falling trees and buildings. My partner can remember this and it was his house on a street of many that managed to survive the battering,and ended up being a makeshift hostel for other families.

The last storm wasn't predicted and the BBC in particular faced a lot of backlash,this time round we have had plenty of warning but is it enough?

Winds reached 98 mphs last time,and this time they are predicting winds  between 70-80 mph. There is a 24 hour website that will keep you up to date with the disruptions on public transport and most importantly ferry times for my partner who commutes for work.

Islanders regularly joke that if people on the island see a snowflake the whole place grinds to a halt and everybody rushes out to get the last loaf of bread. 

And with a name like St Jude how scared should we be?

17:14 - Its raining,it's pouring,daddy is boring - the Islands going to flood,we'll have to go out in the mud -all on a Monday morning! 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Little Rebel shoes for a little rascal.

The one year olds feet have finally grown enough to fit into a size 3 shoe! 

Today was the day I could get the cute little red converse style shoes out of the cupboard and put them on the little rascal's feet.

Through the summer shoes weren't needed as we have a beach on our doorstep,and majority of the time his highness was carried around or in the pram.

When the weather started to get colder and wetter we had to get him something to wear on his feet,the only shoes he would fit into we're the soft-cloth bottom shoes,so when he started to walk they fell to bits.

(One year-olds first shoes,these will be going in the memory box) 

The red converse style shoes are from Primark,they cost around £5-£7 pounds (I can't preciously remember) but for a pair of shoes I couldn't moan at that price. 

I was shocked to see the price of shoes in Clark's, £25 for a pair of shoes that will last only a few months. Granted the quality is better but with a price difference of around £19 Primark won.

The shoes got their first test today:

• Fit: Snug fit around the top of the foot with a little bit of space at the toes. They don't have any laces/Velcro but have elasticated straps across the shoe tongue to keep the tootsies in. 

• Rain: Socks stayed dry and no red dye came out!

• Rubber Soles: Good grip on slippery surfaces,thick enough to withstand the elements but still flexible enough to allow movement.

Primark we love these converse style boots,let's hope they last because we will be back for more!

Friday, 25 October 2013

You can cook,but can you cook the value way?

You never see a chef who cooks with supermarket own brand ingredients,
Because realistically that's what most family's can afford to buy and I count my family in that as well! 

What I would like to watch on a weekday evening is a friendly down to earth chef talking about simple,healthy meals made from some of the cheapest ingredients in a supermarket..... Not pasta you buy from little deli's that cost the earth, yes the statement is aimed at Nigellissima.

I think some chefs ideas of easy to cook compared to mothers idea of easy to cook is completely different.

I'm sat here reading a Tesco "Food Family Living" and so far I haven't come across one recipe that doesn't need a list as long as my arm of expensive ingredients.

Having come from a very,very low income single family my mum couldn't afford expensive ingredients when she was trying to feed four children.I've learnt to be careful with money and make use of all ingredients to hand. 

Supermarket own brand products are in my shopping trolley every week, a tin of spaghetti is a tin of spaghetti whether it's in a Tesco Value label or a Heinz label,the only difference is the price tag.

So TV Bosses I want to see more TV cookery programmes featuring chefs cooking with supermarket own brand ingredients- pretty please 😇

How many times do you think a family has watched a cooking programme like Nigellissima and gone and made that dish,not many.

Smart Trike a Smart Way To Travel.

My son was lucky enough to have a Smart Trike brought for him for his first birthday,and I think it's near the top my favourite presents list. 

The main selling feature of the trike is that it can be adapted to suit your child's needs as they grow,thus it's name "Smart". As you've seen from previous blogs I like a bargain,so a toy that's going to last longer than 3 months instantly ticks the durability box. 

The smart trike can be made into three main structures, the first structure ,from 10 months old ,you can have a bar around the child,a drop-down foot rest and the long handle at the back of the trike to control the steering.

The second structure is from 15 months you can remove the bar around the child seat,and just clip your child into the seat,allowing their feet to push the pedals.

The third and final structure is from 23 months, when you can remove the handle at the back of the trike and allow your child just to use it as a normal bike.

The trike also features a little cup holder and plastic basket on the back for a few toys.

I think the Smart Trike is a hit with the one year old,and a hit with me I'm giving it a 9/10. 

The Smart Trike product has many different types,colours,features and brands to suit every taste. They can be a bit pricey so my advice is to wait until they're on offer and save up those club card vouchers! 

(All opinions are my own 😃)

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Pre-eclampsia - something you least expect!

When I got pregnant pre-eclampsia was the last thing on my mind, my family didn't have a history of it and I had never known anyone else to have it. So not in sight, not in mind.

In hindsight if I had known I had it I would have handle my pregnancy completely differently,I worked up until 10 days before I had to be induced,my original plan had been to have three weeks of maternity leave to prepare before the baby came... but the baby came early.

Here's a fact:  Somewhere in the world a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth every minute because of pre-eclampsia.

A fact like that really makes it hit home how serious this condition is,through my pregnancy I knew something wasn't right but I didn't know what.

I had terrible sickness,so would throw up at least 3 times a day for nearly 6 months of the pregnancy and then towards the end.I also kept fainting because I was anaemic,I took the iron pills the doctor prescribed but looking back it wasn't enough.

When I started to swell up and see white lights in front of my eyes my mum urged me to go to the hospital,I went to the Maternity Ward of the hospital on three different occasions for problems related to this and not once did they take me seriously or look into whether I could have had something like pre-eclampsia.

To be specific I was told by a doctor that "I should go home and put my feet up and stop worrying,us English women worry too much". Comments like that are never right,but when your being told by multiple nurses and doctors that your a hypochondriac you just accept what they tell you.

The doctor in question was one of the doctors that was called to my room when I started to hemorrhage,the last thing I remember is a red light flashing,my partner telling me it would be ok,nurses saying they needed the defibrillator on standby and the light fading white in front of my eyes.I don't remember much of the event and woke up 24 hours later to the bleeping of the heart rate monitor. I can honestly say it was the scariest time of my life.

Even the day that I went into hospital,that ended up being the day I was induced,they still didn't want to induce me AND still thought I was fine.The hospitals machine that tests the urine and blood for materials related to pre-eclampsia,so they had to monitor my urine manually. During this time my health started to deteriorate and I was feeling very poorly,they decided to induce me at 1 a.m.,it was after the birth I found out about the epre-eclampsia.

If my symptoms had been taken serious early the labour could have been a completely different story,I might not have had to have a blood transfusion or have bells palsy,luckily I recovered and had a healthy-beautiful baby... but that's not always the way for some women..

The aim of this post is that if you are a pregnant woman reading this or are reading this and know someone with any of the following symptoms,please go to your nearest GP or maternity ward and get them to check you out - its really important!

Some symptoms of pre-eclampsia could be:

  • Swelling of the feet,ankles,face,hands,legs or neck also known as fluid retention or oedema.
  • Headaches
  • Visions problems or seeing "white lights"
  • Fainting
I had all of those symptoms as well as being extremely over heated constantly,I would sweat buckets but i just thought that was "normal" in pregnancy.

If you know something is wrong,even if no one else believes you keep pressuring them to test you - Mother knows best!

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Pampers Vs Supermarket Own Brand Nappies

When you have a baby the costs soon start to mount up. Bottles,formula,wipes....and the most expensive one,nappies.

As I've mentioned in previous posts,I like a bargain, so when I went into my local supermarket and saw they had a box of 164 "Cheeky Bots" Nappies on offer for £15 it instantly caught my attention.

As much as I like a bargain i know that some things in life are just better bought from a more expensive brand,so going against my better judgement I did some research and bought a box of "Cheeky Bots"  instead of our "Simply Dry" Pampers we usually buy.

All the research I had did had come back very positive,with many parents claiming they had completely switched from the likes of Pampers or Huggies to this brand.They claimed the nappies weren't as attractive as the more expensive brands,they are plain white with a small picture across the front ,but what they lacked in appearance they made up for in substance.

("Cheeky Bots" have a frog on them and Pampers have a lion/mouse on them)

In my opinion the "Cheeky Bots" nappies are fine if your child is only going to be wearing them for about two hours and they're not going to be drinking anything!

So I'm going to point out some pro's and con's of "Cheeky Bots" nappies:

Pro's of Cheeky Bots:

  1. They are considerably cheaper than a brand such as Pampers (When on offer at half price for £15)
  2. They are less bulky under clothing.

Con's of Cheeky Bots:

  1. They don't fit as well as other brands,the back of the nappies don't stretch as far up meaning if your child does a big poopie then your going to have an explosive mess on your hands,the sticky straps at the side of the nappy to hold it in place aren't stretchy so don't have much room to adjust,and the size of the nappy around the bottom area isn't as wide.
    (This is a picture of "Cheeky Bots" side strap (left) and Pampers side strap (right)
  2. They don't hold as much waste products as other brands,so every night they were used my child leaked into the pj's.
  3. The scratchy material tended to rub on the sides of the one-year olds legs.
  4. The one-year old needed to be changed more regularly,thus meaning more nappies were used during the day compared to other brands.

Another thing me and my partner noticed was brands like Pampers are on offer nearly every month in either Tesco or Boots,so in most cases Pampers cost the same amount as "Cheeky bots" or even less for the same amount of nappies!

So unfortunately "Cheeky Bots" only scored a 2/10 from me,1 point for the price and 1 point for the fact they are wearable.. even if they irritate.

Sometimes quality is better than quantity.

All opinions are my own!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Space Island on a Little Island!

Space Island claims to be the biggest indoor soft play area on the Isle of Wight... And that is completely right!

It's held in what looks like a massive warehouse and has; it's own cafe,toilet/baby changing facilities,a glow in the dark disco room,two party rooms,generous sized seating areas AND most importantly a HUGE indoor soft play area.

The thing that really caught my attention and made this place different from the rest was that parents were allowed to go in and supervisor their kids.

The soft play area had two sections,a baby-toddler enclosed area and a big kids area.It was open enough that you could keep an eye on the older children,but was definitely at least a two man job. Luckily both of my sisters happily came with me and the little one,this helped as one person could always be supervising the coats and bags.

The baby-toddler area had a ball bit,small climbing stairs,ball blower and loads of toys. 

While the big kids area went all out with a mini football pitch,Tarzan style swings,giant yoga sized balls,ball blasters,general climbing bits & bobs and a GIANT slide that about 5 people can go down at once.

Don't get me wrong this place wasn't perfect,it had multiple leaks around the warehouse and everything so often I felt a splatter of cold water,but the soft play area inside made up all of this.

When we was there Space Island offered free face painting and stick on tattoos for all the children.I thought that was a really great offer,and made the kids feel really special. I think it's awful when you go to somewhere that offers extras like these but you have to pay.

The members of staff were so friendly and helpful,they were really welcoming.I'm really impressed with the standard of customer service.

I think what this place boils down to is value for money,up until 18 months of age your child has completely free entry but over 18 months its £6.45 a child,that allows you unlimited re-entry throughout the day.During term time they do a special offer of £3.55 a child.

Personally I think this is quite a lot of money ,if you go in the school holidays it's £6.45,which is the price of a loaf of bread,two pints of milk and some butter! 

So parents with children under 18 months get down there while it's still free 😊