Bump Monday | 14 weeks Pregnant |

Hello Second Trimester! Wow that's gone fast. 
14 weeks today!

How am I feeling?

This past week I've had an awful sick bug & couldn't even keep water down for more than a few minutes - always fun to add to my morning sickness... luckily the sickness only (I say *only* like it's nothing)... but only lasted about 12 hours I'm so used to being sick now it doesn't bother me too much, I was just starving! Baby must of been wondering why I wasn't stuffing my face every hour or so... then I know I said last week I hadn't experienced one of my horrendous migraines yet well guess what hit me like a tonne of bricks? Yep a migraine the damn thing. Completely wiped me out for the week, still struggling today actually luckily my head is just a bit hazed & not a full blown head ache. 

I seem to be one of the unlucky ones to still have my morning sickness apparently by the second trimester it *should of* subsided by now.... well it didn't with my previous two pregnancies so I'm not going to hold my breath now am I? I'm getting on with it, you've got to don't you? 

I've got a busy week coming up but due to last weeks illness I'm going to rest when I can & get early nights. 

Heartburn has started this week!

I'm getting my hair done this week, this will make me feel better :) 

Next week we are off on holiday *Can't come soon enough*

Baby is the size of a LEMON.

After my Sick bug calmed down I found myself waking in the middle of the night literally dreaming of roast dinners with all the trimmings & Pizza express Pizza... mouth watering stuff apparently. 
I'm surprised I didn't sneak into the Kitchen & stuff my face. 
Also crisp Sandwiches don't judge a pregnant lady....

On a positive :
My hair is getting stronger & thicker. I love it. 

Sibling's joy and excitement over new Baby

Since announcing our 'happy news' I haven't really told you much more apart from my weekly Bump Monday updates, however I think It's time to say just how excited my two smalls are over bump.
They both wake up talking about how big is baby now? they run & kiss my tummy. They are both at such a wonderful age. When I was expecting H, E was just 18 months old though she understood there was a baby coming she didn't really understand it all. 
E is now 6 & H will be 4 when baby is born. 
They've been desperate to go baby shopping. Of course I am too; though somethings stopping me going too OTT until we've had the 20 week scan to just reassure me that we will in fact be taking this baby home with us. Those of you that have followed me for a long time or know me personally will understand I'm not being overly morbid here after my traumatic experience at H's 20 week scan you'll soon understand why I'm of course feeling on edge. 
This week I've been quite poorly with a bug of some sort & the most horrid migraine so I've been a rubbish Mummy to say the least. 
One morning E didn't want to go to school (happens fairly regularly) she somehow done a deal with me that meant if she went to school she would be able to go shopping after school to buy the baby some clothes because the baby needs clothes.... she said. 
I agreed then after school on the Friday (yesterday) we popped to our local town to see about getting a few bits - so many shops lacking gender neutral baby clothes. Luckily we have a Next. We adore Next so always helps. The baby grows are always such good quality.
E had a ball looking through everything 'aww'ing' at everything as well as "wouldn't the baby look CUTE in this..." she could of made me spend a fortune! Luckily she was very happy with the 3 set of baby grows she picked out. When we got to the sales assistant she was such a sweetie "my mummy has a baby but we don't know what it is yet it might be a girl or it might be a boy, we are so happy and my brother H and I can't wait to meet the baby and give it a name and my Grandads with us today." (We then went out for Ice cream) 
I love how excited they are. 

The real cost of bringing up a child

It’s widely known that raising children is costly, but today figures have been released stating exactly how costly it can be. The Halifax report found that parents spend a staggering £87,000* when raising a child from birth to the age of eleven. Childcare is the most expensive cost, with parents spending £3,840 a year on average for childcare. There are many factors involved in raising children, including food and leisure costs. Nevertheless, childcare is the most substantial cost, this puts into perspective how costly it is for parents.
In addition, childcare costs have risen by 3% since last year, becoming more of a strain for working parents. The research also finds that costs for younger children are considerably more than children aged nine and above. In the first year of raising a child, costs can amount to an excessive £10,000 or £820 a month! These extra costs in the early years add to the already huge pressure on parents who are readjusting back at work. Even though childcare costs decrease as children grow older, parents still spend an average of £520 a month in total for children aged nine to eleven.

Giles Martin, head of Halifax Savings, said: “For many parents, the first 12 months of parenthood can be frantic and as our research shows; often the most expensive. Having children is a huge commitment, both financially and emotionally.” “With unexpected costs along the way for the majority of families, it is important to be realistic about how much things are going to cost and how much can be saved to meet the future needs of a growing family.”
It is not all doom and gloom; the HMRC approved Childcare Voucher schemes can help working parents save money on their childcare costs. Childcare Vouchers are operated through a salary sacrifice scheme, where a portion of the employee’s salary is deducted from the childcare vouchers. The savings are created because the sacrificed amount is non-taxable and exempt from National Insurance contributions.
The scheme can save working parents an astounding £933 per year on childcare! Both parents can join their employer’s Childcare Voucher scheme, increasing savings. In addition, Childcare Vouchers can be used to pay for registered childcare for children up to the age of 16 (the first week of September following the child’s 15th birthday). Childcare Vouchers can be claimed by a working partner as soon as the child is born, even when, for example, the mother is on maternity leave. This gives families the opportunity to save up vouchers to make childcare more affordable when they do need it. The Government are launching their new Tax-free Childcare scheme in 2017; therefore, Childcare Vouchers are the only option for working parents to save on their childcare until 2017.
Busy Bees Benefits deliver a renowned childcare voucher scheme which employers can offer at no cost to the organisation. Parents can also receive an additional discount if they use a Busy Bees Voucher at a Busy Bees Nursery. If you would like further information please call us on 0330 333 9100 or visit www.busybeesbenefits.com

Bump Monday | 13 weeks Pregnant |

13 weeks today, now I've never 'blogged' about my pregnancies before as I didn't start my humble little blog till H was born. So forgive me If I waffle on & on every now and then. 
I'm edging out of the first trimester this week. Where has that time gone? 

How am I feeling?

Sick, tired, sick, tired & sick... ha when will the 'I'm blossoming stage' happen? 
Vomiting with my head in the toilet most mornings.
Also running a house, looking after two smalls a husband & a young dog. Wow. Just Wow. 
I thought I was tired before I was pregnant but this is almost non describable tiredness. 
To be fair this pregnancy is all so very similar to E & H's pregnancies - though I'm not suffering with head aches this time around or SPD yet.. *Touches wood on my bedside table very quickly*

We had our first scan a couple of weeks ago It was so magical to see baby on the screen, so glad I wasn't imagining being pregnant. I had been having horrific dreams about the baby not being there. 
She checked out babies feet too but of course things can change by the 20 week scan (We've got the date through) 
I've also been having more horrific dreams about baby. I think I'm on panic to 20 week scan after the difficult time we had with H we found out he had Bilateral Talipes & cysts on his brain at our 20 week scan... of course my dreams have gone into over drive & the dreams have left me wake up in tears. My subconscious is totally over thinking it more than I realised I think. 
Dreaming that at the 20 week scan the baby isn't viable is just devastating. 
I've got my head around the fact that baby might very well be born with talipes & I've accepted that. 

Baby is the size of a PEACH.

Food. Food all the time. Bacon lettuce & tomato sandwiches, Crisps, Meat any kind of meat. 
Just finding eating little & often helps hugely. 

One huge positive :
My nails are stronger & longer than ever.... absolutely love them.

I will try my hardest to keep up to date with weekly posts. You know what I'm like though.... 

Blossoming Gifts Bouquet | Review | Plus Discount |

I was recently sent this beautiful bouquet of flowers from Blossoming Gifts.
They are a new and exciting flower delivery company based in the UK. They specialise in gorgeous florist designs at a low cost.

My thoughts :
Easy to order, the website is set out well & the delivery was super quick. 
(Ordered the Friday delivered the Monday) 
I gave the flowers to my Parents (my children's grandparents) 
They adored them. 
The flowers arrived in a beautiful box.
Well packaged with a pretty box too. 
As I opened the box the flowers looked fabulous. Colours bright. Nice and alive looking. 

I also as mentioned above have a discount code for you guys to use. 
This entitles you all to a whopping 33% off a bouquet just use the code : BGIFTS33
The only bouquets exempt from the discount would be the 'Flowers By Post' range. However, this is a very small range.

We all love a Surprise Flower Delivery, Flower bouquets can be such a wonderful gift & make any room brighter, happier & a more relaxing space. 
I adore flowers, I am so happy with this bouquet we've had the flowers over a week now & they're still looking radiant.
Nothing is simpler than ordering Flowers By Post for friends, family or loved ones.

They also have very reasonably priced flowers too, we all love to save money & buy Cheap flowers that actually look nice!...
The bouquets start from just £11.99

Also a lot of bouquets have 'free chocolates' as well.
They taste amazing. 

The quality was fantastic... I mean free chocolate we all love chocolate don't we? 

Disclaimer - I was sent this product for the review. However all thought & opinions are my own.

Blackfox Waterproof Cheyenne Boot

Blackfox Waterproof Cheyenne Boots
Children £24.95; Adults £34.95 

www.cuckooland.com, 01305 231231
“Splash around and stay sn-ugg!”

Sheepskin boots are a winter must-have for millions: 
They’re stylish, warm and comfortable, but typical British wet weather means they often end up feeling more ugg-ly than sn-ugg-ly. 
This is where Cuckooland’s new Blackfox Cheyenne Welly Boots ‘step’ in. These revolutionary boots are new to the UK this winter, and feature a cosy faux fur/fleece lining inside a FULLY WATERPROOF brushed PVC outer – giving the appearance of sheepskin, but with all the rain-proof quality of wellies.

Sn-ugg wellington boots for the whole family!
Ugg boots are an ideal choice for children: warm, cosy, easy to get on and off – not to mention adorable! 
But children love to splash through mud and puddles, and sheepskin often isn’t the most practical choice. 
Blackfox’s Waterproof Cheyenne Boots will keep up with even the most adventurous toddler
(and are easy for mum to wipe clean afterwards!)
Cheyenne Boots are also perfect for adults - whether out for a Sunday stroll, on the way to work, 
at a festival or in the garden, these boots will keep their wearer warm, dry and looking good in all 
weather conditions. After all, why should little ones have all the fun?

The not-so-ugg-ly truths:

- Stylish, sheepskin boot appearance
- Fully waterproof, brushed PVC plastic outer
- Warm and cosy faux fur/fleece lining
- Made in Europe
- Available in 3 colours (Tan, Brown and Grey)
- RRP: Children’s £24.95; Adult’s £34.95
- Children’s sizes: UK 7-7.5, 8-9, 10-10.5, 11.5-12, 13-13.5, 1.5-2
-Adult sizes: UK 3-4, 5-6, 6.5-7, 8-9
- Available from 1st October
- Stockist: www.cuckooland.com

How to avoid over-spending at Christmas

Your friends are wearing horrendous jumpers, lights are hanging from every inch of your house and you can’t escape the sound of Mariah Carey. This can only mean one thing – the Christmas season is here! Whilst we may jump with joy at the thought of time off work, great food and gifts, the cost of Christmas shopping may have already begun to linger in the back of your mind. Here, Busy Bees Benefits, a provider of an employer dependent Retail Discounts scheme, explains the best ways to avoid over-spending this Christmas: 
1.    Gift cards make great presents
We’ve all been there – you need to purchase a gift for a friend and up until now, you thought you knew them quite well. However, now that Christmas is here, you feel like you don’t know them at all as you’re completely lost as to what gift they’d truly love to unwrap.  
In this situation it’s incredibly easy to overspend. If you have no idea what you’re looking for, you might be more inclined to purchase a variety of things or something outside of your usual budget to compensate for your guilt of not knowing what to buy. If you have no idea what you’re looking for then opt for a gift card. Gift cards can often be purchased up to 10% cheaper than the card’s actual value*, meaning savings can be made and your friendships can remain intact. 
2.    Make sure you get cashback whenever you can
Let’s face it – Christmas is always one of the most expensive times of the year. You’re likely to make a variety of purchases in a variety of places. On reading that you might hear the cries of fear from your wallet, but you need not worry as spending in a variety of places is great for building up cashback funds. 
If you know you’ll be ordering gifts online this festive season, make sure you have a cashback account set up so you can feel a sense of accomplishment when reach the end of your Christmas shop. You can make a significant amount in cashback over the Christmas period – and what better way to build up funds for the January sales! 
3.    Always look for discount codes
This may be the most obvious tip in our guide, but the savings here are often vast. If your employer isn’t a provider of a retail discount scheme, make sure you’re scouring the net for discount codes. Whether shopping online or on the high street, discount codes can allow for brilliant savings. 
4.    Purchase a discount card for your grocery shop
When the time comes to collect your turkey from the supermarket, there’s no question that your trolley will also be filled with a variety of other Christmas goodies. From the Christmas pudding to the Boxing Day treats, your grocery shop is likely to be more expensive than usual. Plan ahead for your grocery costs by purchasing a discount card for your local supermarket. As mentioned above, these cards can be purchased at up to 10% cheaper than the cards value. This means that if you plan to spend £100 on your food shop, it could actually cost you as little as £90. 
5.    Heading to the panto?
Over Christmas, you may look for ways to keep the kids occupied. Many of us head to the panto to see our favourite shows. If you enjoy spending family time at the theatre over Christmas, make sure you purchase your tickets early. Not only will you have access to early bird ticket prices, but some ticket providers offer discount codes that can be used in conjunction with these tickets. Current outlets on the Busy Bees Benefits scheme include TicketMaster, Encore Tickets and Online Ticket Store.  
And there you have it, the top five ways to save money this Christmas. If you’ve had enough of rummaging through pages of the internet for discount codes or would like to purchase gift cards at a lower rate, ask your employer about retail discount schemes. 
Still need a bit of convincing? An employer with over 7,000 employees enrolled onto the Busy Bees Benefits scheme at the beginning of September and within one month, staff had already made savings worth over £4,500. Over the Christmas period, you can imagine how much greater these savings will be!

E was SIX last week - Birthday

E's Birthday!

Birthday photos
Last week we celebrated E's 6th birthday! Only feels like yesterday we celebrated her fourth & fifth Birthday. The years well & truly fly by. 
E had only just woken up to see all her presents & balloons. 

Happy H watching E open her presents. 

Pancakes for breakfast

Singing Happy birthday to the Birthday girl.
Opening presents

She loves Monster High dolls (she got a few for her birthday)


More presents 

Transformers ! yes my girl loves transformers.

Another Monster High doll

New UGG boots 

Ready for School, on birthdays they're allowed to wear own clothes. 


Balloon 6!

Balloon 6!!

H with E's Balloon.

Birthday girl 

Birthday hair

More Birthday pancakes 

Birthday girl. 
We took E to Smith & Western for dinner, we got the staff to sing to her & bring her the biggest pudding.
She really had a perfect day & of course she celebrated her birthday party at Fishers Farm Park a few weeks ago.

The secret's out the bag... Pregnancy Announcement.

E & H have been doing an amazing job keeping one of the biggest secrets ever. (Though if you've met H you *might.... just *might of been told "Mummy got a baby"....)
This is us telling them a few weeks ago.
"a BABY!"
Baby number three due April 2016 we couldn't be happier. :)

Dentyl Active The Nation's Dating Fears Revealed |‏ Review |

I've been reviewing this mouthwash - Dentyle Active plaque fighters for the past few weeks. 
Wow what can I say? Amazing. 
I absolutely love using mouthwash it makes my mouth & teeth feel that extra bit cleaner. We all want cleaner teeth & fresher breath right? 

Well we have eye-opening Dentyl Active survey delves straight into the dating habits of 1000 Brits.
Research commissioned by the bad breath busting, alcohol free mouthwash, Dentyl Active, has discovered that a whopping 89% of Brits surveyed worry the most about their breath before a date. 

Sadly, these fine people aren't being paranoid. Research shows that 55-65% of the adult population endures chronic bad breath and that a massive 95% of British people suffer from this unfortunate date-destroying condition at some time or another. 

Forget the flowers, chocolates and candles. dating can be a devilishly daunting process. Preparation for that long awaited date requires more than an obligatory slathering of makeup and enthusiastic spritz of fragrance.
The new Dentyl Active poll revealed that a cheeky gargle with a good bacteria-bad breath busting mouthwash is just as important as ensuring you look a saucy sight for sore eyes. 

KISS AND TELL FACT : 39% of people questioned by Dentyl Active admitted to being put off someone because of a bad-tasting kiss.

It's not you... It's the way you smell.
Harsh but true. The majority of people questioned by Dentyl Active admitted that a top turn off in a date had nothing to do with appearance, by the way they smelt. From lengthy list of 12 options, 38% chose bad breath as a top turn off in a potential partner, 
with the biggest offender being body odour (46%)

The third most cited turn off was a poor sense of humour - but let's be honest, what good is the wittiest banter when it's accompanied by a (not so hilarious) waft of halitoses? 

KISS AND TELL FACT : 50% of people questioned by Dentyl Active confessed to kissing someone they only just met at a party. Let's just hope their breath was minty fresh!

For those of us desperately seeking fabulous floppy-haired soulmate, dating is a serious business. We want to avoid anything that could thwart our chances of living happily ever after. 
So if your thinking of smoking before meeting that attractive stranger with the lusty glint in their eye, think again.
Dentyl Active's research discovered that the most off-putting bad breath smell was stale cigarette smoke - with an eye-watering 51% of people questioned in agreement. 

Lets take a quick look at the smart science behind Dentyl Active.

The Dentyl Active range of mouthwashes contain natural essential oils and Cetylpyridinium Chloride CPC. Both ingredients are proven to reduce the oral bacteria which cause bad breath, but thoroughly shaking Dentyl Active before use creates a dynamic solution which is far more powerful than the two individual parts. 

Bacteria and debris adhere to mouthwash solution and when it is rinsed out you can see the bacteria, food debris and other smelly deposits on the teeth removed and highlighted as small, brightly coloured masses in the sink. Visible proof that Dentyl Active really works.

And that's not all. Bacteria cell walls are largely made up of fatty-like substances known as lipids, and the essential oils being lipid soluble, can readily penetrate them. Once inside, they stop several of the bacteria's life sustaining properties and these actions destroy the bacteria, especially those nasties that cause bad breath. Perhaps more importantly, essential oils can act on the bacteria cell walls to enhance the uptake of the clever antiseptic agent in Dentyl Active - CPC. 

Dentyl Active leaves teeth and gums protected for up to 18 hours - so your breath is blissfully fresh.

Lets get up close & personal :

- Dentyl Active Plaque Fighter : available in smooth mint and fresh clove flavours. Dentyl Active Plaque fighter contains two antibacterial agents - CPC and peppermint oil. These antibacterial ingredients help destroy bacteria, especially plaque-forming bacteria and provide long lasting fresh breath. Contains 0.05% fluoride.

- Dentyl Active Complete care : available in Icy Fresh Mint and Icy Fresh Cherry flavours. Dentyl active complete care works in six active ways, leaving users with a 'professional clean' feeling and fresh breath for up to 18 hours.

- Dentyl Active Enamel Restore : available in Icy Fresh Mint. Dental Active Enamel Restore contains double the fluoride level of the rest of the Dentyl Active range (within recommendations) 450ppm. This, along with its exhilarating flavour, means that Dentyl Active Enamel Restore will

  • Help strengthen tooth enamel by replacing lost minerals 
  • Help protect against acid erosion 
  • Help tooth enamel become more resistant to acid attack. 

Disclaimer - I was sent this product for the review. However all thought & opinions are my own.


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