Tuesday, 25 November 2014

My little fish - Club Championships 2014


So last week my eldest little fish took to the water at his swimming clubs championships.
The races were split over three nights, he took part in Butterfly, Breaststroke, Backstroke, Freestyle and a distance race.
Butterfly is a stroke that he wasn't overly confident on but he took us all, including himself by surprise!
He only came Blooming first!!!


This is him after he was presented with his award and I think you will agree that he was over the moon with himself.

His second race that evening was Breaststroke, not an overly fast stroke for him but he does pretty well. He didn't get off to a good start, his goggles came off when he dived in and you could tell that he just panicked. He still carried on and tried not to let it bother him and he finished the race in sixth place out of nine.

The next on his list was his distance race 100m Freestyle a few days later, this again ended up with another goggle malfunction when he dived in and after 50m he had to stop to get his goggles back on resulting in him finishing the race fourth out of ten.

The following week we had the final two races, he was ready to go with goggles firmly attached to his face! 

First race was Backstroke, one of my favorites when i was younger. He did amazing in this race, so amazing that he didn't stop and bashed his head on the side of the pool..... Ouch! He was a little shook up and he said his head was really hurting. but he landed at the top of the podium with another first! 


He's not as happy as he was in the first picture but with a nice bump on the head giving mummy his cheesy grin was probably the last thing on his mind! 
Last and final race was Freestyle, his dive was good but he just didn't have to momentum and some of the other swimmers were really fast. He came in fifth out of ten swimmers so was happy with that. 

This years club championships went really well for Tino, he now knows what he needs to work on and if things go wrong. He has improved lots since last year but he needs to just stay calm and try not to panic. 
I'm happy that he loves swimming and the effort and time training that he puts into it. 
Keep up the good work little fishy! 
Love you lots xxx


Thursday, 13 November 2014

What can busy mummies do to relax?


So when the kiddies are tucked up in bed the nights getting dark and colder, you've watched all the soaps what else can us mummies do? 
Well apart from house work... lets be honest we love NEED a break from it no matter how small. I've put a list of a few things that can help keep us busy mummies calm, relaxed and stress free.


  • I often find myself loosing a few hours on Pinterest, I've only recently starting using it, creating boards jam packed with great ideas of crafts I can do with the children, an Elf on the shelf board, decoration ideas... The boards are endless. Its great for some inspiration and extra awesomeness that every mum needs from time to time! 
  • Comping, this is fun and more importantly great especially at this time of year. Lots of bloggers, brands and companies seem to run some fantastic competitions during the run up to Christmas. Some useful sites to get you up and off the ground for finding competitions are LoquaxTheprizefinder and moneysavingexpert.com. Twitter and Facebook are also useful for finding competitions try using the hash tag #Win and #Competition to bring more up. 
  • If your feeling extra lucky then there are always online casino's. www.i-phonecasino.co.uk have a great mobile app perfect for the odd a little flutter. Games range from casino games to one us women all seem to enjoy... Bingo! Its simple, easy to use and perfect for snuggling up with the iPad Bringing Vegas into your living room any time you want. 
  • This is one my husband isn't very keen on.... Online shopping, I must admit i'm more of a browser but I do like a good bargain... who in their right mind doesn't? Coming up to Christmas I love looking around for offers and bargains, I keep an eye on things my children are hankering after on Amazon and another great website is Hotukdeals. Just remember its only a bargain if you actually need it :) 
  • Lastly why not just curl up with a good DVD and a bottle of wine? Take time to relax you are totally worth it and need it from time to time... The house work can Will wait till tomorrow! 


Mel x





Sunday, 9 November 2014

Carbon Monoxide Awareness & Giveaway



With the cold days drawing closer, its that time of year again to fire up your central heating.

This is a crucial time for boilers, most people will have had the heating switched off for the summer and will fire it up hoping it comes on so that their family will be toasty and warm.
Without a Carbon Monoxide detector they will have no idea that carbon monoxide may be seeping from their boiler.

Corgi HomePlan are campaigning for every home to get a carbon monoxide detector, so that they can keep both themselves and their family safe.
Carbon Monoxide detectors cost as little as £15 a small price to pay I think for safety!

Here's what Corgi HomePlan have to say.

"Carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas and, as such, it is very difficult to detect and can easily be inhaled without you realising. Being exposed to high concentration levels can be fatal or cause several other long-term health problems such as brain damage. According to NHS statistics, every year in the UK, over 200 people go to hospital with suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, and around 40 people die.
The most common cause of a carbon monoxide leak is from incorrectly installed or poorly maintained household appliances – such as cookers, heaters and central heating boilers. A blocked flue or chimney can also cause carbon monoxide levels to rise to lethal concentrations in an enclosed space."
There are several warning signs in your home that could mean you have a carbon monoxide issue. 
  • The flame on your cooker should be crisp and blue. Yellow or orange flames mean you need to get your cooker checked
  • Dark staining around or on appliances
  • Sooty marks on the walls around boilers, stoves or the cover of gas fires
  • Pilot lights that frequently go out
  • Increased condensation inside windows
Would you know the six main symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning?
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Breathlessness
  • Collapse
  • Loss of consciousness

Corgi have kindly sent me a FireAngel Model Co-9X Detector to giveaway to one of my readers. please enter using the gleam widget below.

The Corgi Website is packed with some great easy to follow advice and tips, make sure you check it out.


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*This post is in collaboration with Corgi HomePlan to help raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning. I received no cash payment but a product in return.*

Friday, 7 November 2014

Wearing glasses is now cool.... according to my son!



I have been prescribed glasses since my late teens but it hasn't been until my early twenties that I actually started wearing them on a regular basis. 
Don't get me wrong I knew as a teenager that I should of been wearing them, yet I'm sorry to say that the styles around at the time were a little less that flattering. Also it was slightly geeky to have specs and with me already having braces this combination was the ultimate geeky look!
I don't even have any pictures to share with you as I just didn't wear them. 
I did however keep getting my eyes tested and every two years my prescription would change but I still didn't wear my glasses as advised. 
Tino & I
I'm not sure what really changed, but once I hit around 21, I had my routine examination and picked out a pair of specs and actually started to wear them... Full time! 
I could not get over how sharper things looked and the distance that I could now see, it felt amazing! At first they did make me feel a little dizzy but that soon settled and I couldn't imagine how I had managed for so long with out wearing my glasses. 
I soon ventured into the world of contact lenses, I found them great for nights out, playing sports, wearing sunglasses in summer or if I just simply fancied a change. 
My son Valentino was prescribed glasses at around five years old, to my surprise after meeting and chatting to the ACUVUE team at BritMums Live  this was in fact an age that children could wear contact lenses. 
This is much younger than I expected for lenses and younger than I was when I first had glasses never mind contact lenses, but I'm so proud to say that in the past three years he's been wearing glasses that he has been absolutely fantastic.
Sure we have had a few pairs that have been accidentally squished, sat on and bent beyond all repair, but that's kids for you and especially little boys!
I'm very surprised that we aren't at the opticians every other week, but he does look after his glasses and I find the opticians are great when it comes to children and glasses and they understand that yes accidents happen. 

After talking to my son it seems like it's now trendy and cool to wear glasses, I just wished it was like this when I was younger and I may have been more inclined to wear mine. I do think that the current styles of frames are so much nicer now, gone are the nasty big jam jar lenses in awful floral print frames.

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Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween 2014



So it's hear again, it's Halloween!! 
This year we of course made some super spooky pumpkins. 
Lorenzo wanted to design his pumpkin into a Spooky Dracula. We cant take all the credit as we did use a template, Lorenzo did have a little help from me mummy as some of the carving was slightly intricate. Hes still not over keen on scooping out all the seeds and pulp.










Valentino chose to make his pumpkin into a spooky face. He did fantastic with his pumpkin this year, scooping, cutting and carving. It was great to see him doing to all by himself. He was delighted with it once he had finished.

We headed over to York to see grandma, who as always gets slightly  VERY excited with Halloween.
As like last year we had a tea party, with spooky food, treats and pumpkin carving (I think this is just and excuse to get me to carve her pumpkin!)

We headed off in the car dressed to scare, faces painted with my new Snazaroo face paining kit, armed with our awesome pumpkins.

Posing for a picture 



 We arrived at grandmas and the children were eager to get stuck into the scary treats.


Scary Tino
Scary Enzo


Grandma made a spooky Halloween dessert with Oreo's as gravestones, sugar Halloween skulls, brains and pumpkins.


Our pumpkins looked great all together and we shall be sure to use them this evening for our Halloween festivities.


I'd love to know what you are up to this Halloween, what ever it is make sure you stay safe and have lots of fun!  

My Spooky Trio!
Love Mel x