Saturday, 26 January 2013

Working, an escape from mummy life or a chore?

Working, an escape from mummy life or a chore? 

So I've recently returned to work, a new job may I add I haven't worked since December 2009. I had my daughter back in may 2012 and by around November time I was itching to get out the house and work again. Now don't get me wrong I didn't need to and I wasn't really trying hard to get a job it just kind of happened. 
My husband is fantastic he didn't pressure me to go out and work he works full time and we get by, but a bit of extra money always comes in handy especially with 3 children. 
My reasons for going back out to the world of work were mainly for my own sanity, it's nice to get out of the house and meet and talk to new people, my job is in customer retail so I meet all types of people, helping them gives me a great sense of fulfilment..... That sounds kinda lame but its true. 
We've all had at some point absolutely horrendous sales assistants or a bad experience, and I try my best to help and advise people as appropriate.
I'm really enjoying working and juggling home life but forward planning is definitely a must! 
I am a mummy, a wife, a homemaker but also I am me, Mel and I'm now a work colleague.
Since going out to work again I've felt more motivated, less stressed and I have more to talk to my better half about, that's not baby child related.
Mel x



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Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The 7yr old and his Glasses! Pt1

Glasses!
So yesterday my son Tino of 7 years came home from school without his glasses on, turns out he's broke them..(by accident) Yet again. For about a year and a half he's been wearing glasses and this must of been about the fifth pair that as either ended its life in a mangled mess or has just randomly happened to get lost/ disappear of the face of the planet. 
Now don't get me wrong my son is really good about wearing them, and he was the one who actually really wanted an eye test telling me that he wanted to wear glasses because bla bla in his class wears them and he thought glasses were "really cool!" 
Me being me said yes we will get your eyes tested but there is nothing wrong with them.... Silly mummy, imagine my sons face when the optician said yes Mrs B, Tino does have a slight prescription and would benefit from wearing glasses for the foreseeable future.
So anyway so far we've had a pair of Bart Simpson glasses that had to be replaced as he fell asleep in them and they broke just above the nose bit, a pair of plain black ones that appeared to look like they had been scratched across the school yard, a lovely pair of quicksilver ones that somehow got bent and the lenses kept falling out, the latest pair some cool looking red or dead ones came home armless after being fixed back together in some kind of Jack Duckworth repair jobbie at home! 
So off we go again after school today to the opticians to have his eyes re-tested and pick a new frame, I'm at a loss as to what to get this time as we've had the metal framed style, the moulded plastic frame type..... Just wondering what to get now that will last a little longer.  Maybe nothing is safe with a crazy 7yr old boy? I'm just so glad that we don't have to pay for all theses replacements and repairs on the glasses.
I will let you know how we get on and I'm sure Tino will love to show you what he has picked out this time.
Mel x







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Monday, 21 January 2013

Nuby Flower Child.


So today I finally got a cup for Alex that works! Im so glad I bought it just wished I had sooner. We've had half a dozen different cups for our daughter who is eight months old, but we have found that the sippy style cups are either to hard for our little lady to suck the juice out or they just pour out when she's tipping and waving her cup around..... Resulting in a very wet and soggy little lady!
So today I went to Morrisons they had a baby event on as they and kiddiecare have merged and they had a huge range of products they don't normally stock in my local store. I picked up a Nuby Flower child no-spill cup 6+ months. This cup is also available in a boy version I monster. RRP £3.99 I paid £3.00 today in Morrisons
You can also buy direct from Nuby http://www.nuby-uk.com/view-product?path=66_44&product_id=740
Not only is this cup so cute and girly it works she can drink from it and doesn't end up covered In juice. I'm so pleased with it, as you can see from the picture below our daughter loves it as much as I do. Thank you Nuby for a great product that I'd defiantly recommend to my fellow mummies xx





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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

My round up of the baby show London 2013


Yay I was at the baby show and I was more than excited as I was meeting up with a fellow yummy mummy alice bailie who I've know since school days. Apart from a social meet I was also Invited to Tommee Tippee's new product launch 'perfect prep'.

The last baby show I attended was back in may 2012 when baby Alex was only 6 days old. Many exhibitors I know of or have stumbled across, either by good old fashioned word of mouth or browsing websites and blogs.

New and innovative products I love, gadgets and gizmos but of course they have to work!
So here's some of my highlights and products to keep an eye on....

Chillipeeps.
A fab little product! i cant wait to give it a try...Introducing the multi-award winning chillipeeps teat that solves a common problem many people experience when out and about with young hungry babies and no clean sterilised bottle to use, by allowing a teat to be attached directly to a carton to feed your baby and many mineral water bottles to enable you to rehydrate your baby.
The idea was born In Yorkshire, when Claire had set off to a family party with her baby, she knew she had a carton of ready-made formula in the car but couldn't remember if she picked up the clean sterilised bottle. Knowing her baby would need a feed whilst she was out, she asked her husband to check for the bottle while she wondered why no-one had invented anything that could attach directly to the carton.

More information is available with a list of stockists on the chillipeeps website.
http://www.chillipeeps.com

Neckerchew by cheekychompers

In my opinion a fantastic idea its basically a bib with a built in teether! fantastic for any baby who loves to throw tethers around, less washing and sterilising of dropped teethers for parents, win! They start from £9.99 more information on http://www.cheekychompers.com/



BabyZen YOYO
As a self confessed pramaholic there isnt many prams i havent stumbled across or reaserched until now.... This is an awesome looking pram from france that folds really small, at the baby show it was available to preorder at £309 with a free footmuff or a cup holder and umbrella/parasol.
Here's some stats:-
• Most compact stroller ever imagined (52 x 44 x 18 cm when folded), and first stroller in the world to fully comply with size recommendation for cabin baggage *
• 4-wheel suspension
• Exclusive "soft-drive" system: no need to lock the front swivel wheel, even on rough terrain.
• Folding, unfolding and driving, all one-handed
• Reclinable backrest, removable and washable fabrics
• Featherweight (only 5.8 kg); comes with a shoulder strap
* Usual authorized size for cabin baggage: 56 x 45 x 25 cm. Dimensions may vary depending on airline.


More info can be found at http://www.babyzen.com/

So that's it from London, I'm sure ill be at the NEC come may.
Mel xx