Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Not So Sweet Dreams

The last couple of weeks have seen us venture into new territory with Daisy, she has started remembering her dreams which has brought with it some bad dreams that have woken her up.

Daisy has such an active imagination, she loves playing pretend, making little stories up and telling us all manner of tales, couple that with her starting to understand and question more about the world around her, it's no wonder her little brain is processing it all in her sleep.

Last week she dreamt that fluff was on her and she didn't like it, then last night I found her at the end of her bed crying, when I asked her what was wrong she said that crabs were pinching her, this is a reoccurring dream which has meant that her Peppa Pig Summer duvet which I think is the culprit (beach scene with crabs on) has now been retired to the bedding box.

Although it's awful to see her frightened she does usually settle down really quickly with a reassuring cuddle & kiss, and of course there are plenty of nice dreams to offset the bad.


I don't know about you but I have always had strange dreams, most nights I remember my dreams and there are several themes that have reoccurred since I was small, I have looked into dream interpretation before but I'm not sure what I believe to be honest, I think it might just be my minds way of processing the events of the day.

Here are some ideas you can use to help your child if they are suffering with bad dreams.

Reassurance

Reassure them that they are safe, a cuddle and a soothing tone of voice goes a long way.

Listen

Let them tell you about their dreams, don't dismiss them as silly, use the opportunity to open up a dialogue with your child about their fears.

Avoid Scary TV & Books

Keep all bedtime TV shows child friendly and age appropriate, choose books that don't contain anything a child might find scary or that they don't understand, most nightmares are caused by anxiety.

Night Lights

I hated the dark as a child and some of my adult life too, Daisy has never had a fear of the dark thankfully and doesn't like the landing light on but some children find the soft glow under the door reassuring.

There are also some brilliant night lights for children on the market, Daisy has a go-glow night light which doubles as a torch and once charged last a good few nights.

 
Do your little ones have nightmares ? how do you help them to cope ? leave me a comment below I love hearing from you.

Angela x



Sunday, 26 April 2015

I Took Some Time

About a month ago I decided that I wanted a total break from blogging, I changed my settings to private, turned down a couple of opportunities and switched off.

I wasn't sure if I would ever blog again, but something at the back of mind was niggling away at me, reminding me how much I love writing, how I've put almost two years into keeping a record of our family life something I wish I had done when my teenagers were little.

The past 18 months haven't been the best for us, both health wise and financially, it's hard for that not to come across in my blog but I started to feel uncomfortable sharing those facts, at the same time I didn't want to paint a perfect picture and only share the lovely bits.

I've missed blogging and I know that a career in writing and freelance is definitely something I want to pursue when the little ones are in school full time, so I'm going to persevere, even if that means I take little breaks every now and again.

Thanks for sticking with me, I will hopefully be back soon with some new posts to share with you.

Angela x

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Change Of Season, Change Of Mood

This week in the North West we have been lucky enough to have had some really lovely Spring weather, this has meant the shedding of winter coats in favour of cardigans on the school run and afternoons spent playing in the garden.

I don't know about you but my mood is always lifted this time of year, the brighter days, fresh Spring air and warm sunshine make me feel so much better, both physically and mentally.

I feel almost like I'm coming out of hibernation, shedding of the dark cold mood of Winter and stepping into a fresher frame of mind where the day's are more productive.

The children are obviously enjoying this change of season too, Jake had his first trip to the park and Daisy helped me to wash her garden toys so she can enjoy them in the coming months.



Each afternoon after lunch we have played in the garden, Jake is quite happy to sit in his walker, when it's a little warmer and the grass is a little shorter I will spread a huge blanket out and allow him a little more freedom.


I only wish there was a way to bottle the feelings that Spring days bring, but until there is I'm going to enjoy and make the most the of it.

Do you feel better as the season changes ? or do you feel this way all year round I certainly wish I did !

Angela x



Webster's Week In Wins 15th-21st March 2015

I've had a couple of lovely prizes arrive this week, both things I have already mentioned winning in previous posts.

No new wins to report this week but I'm ever hopeful, I'm going to be stepping up completing surveys this coming week and I'm also starting to look for more freebie opportunity's, when prizes are thin on the ground these things really help to keep me motivated.


I received my #voiceofmums gift from Cussons Mum & Me on Twitter, I love their products, they all smell so nice, the Comfort Snuffles definitely arrived at the right time with both the little ones having colds.


Daisy was delighted when her Sarah & Duck DVD from the Cbeebies Facebook competition arrived.


It's been a good week for Daisy as she also received this My Little Pony squishy pop, she loves getting post with her name on it. It came from UKMums.tv, they regularly run competitions and giveaways.

That's all for this week, if you've had anything nice in the post this week I would love to hear about them.

Angela x

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Review & Giveaway - Bimuno Immunaid Chewable Pastilles

Regular readers will know that I've been having a run of bad health since December, with my immune system at an all time low I've been taking my usual multi-vitamins and supplements and I've also started taking Bimuno Immunaid.

Bimuno Immunaid are specially developed to keep your immune system fit and healthy, they contain vitamin C which helps the normal function of your immune system as well as Galacto-oligosaccharides (B-GOS) which is a second generation prebiotic which helps encourage and sustain a healthy level of your gut's good bacteria (bifidobacteria).

I was quite surprised to learn that 60% of your immune system is based in your gut, so it's very important to look after your digestive health something which I will admit I've been neglecting to do, I'm now taking two of the soft chewable pastilles together after my breakfast every day.


A recent study at the university of Oxford has found that the prebiotic (B-GOS) which is found in Bimuno can help with stress related disorders like anxiety, if you are interested you can read the study here.

I've been taking Bimuno for just over 2 weeks and published scientific studies have shown that you can expect a significant increase in the good bacteria within just 7 days so I'm well on my way to improving my digestive health.


You can read more about Bimuno prebiotics here , you can find lots of information about digestive health and also learn more about the range of products available from Bimuno.

Bimuno are also giving you a chance to win a £500 Trail Finders giftcard , you can enter by clicking here .

I also have 2 boxes of Bimuno Immunaid to giveaway to 2 of my lovely readers, to enter complete the tasks on the gleam widget below.

A Box Of Bimuno Immunaid Chewable Pastilles


Best of luck to you if you do enter.

Angela x



Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Jacob At 10 Months Old

I'm a little bit late with Jakes update this month, the time seems to come round so quickly, I've been meaning to write this post all week.

Sleeping

The last couple of weeks Jake has been waking up around 5am ready to start his day, I've tried to settle him back to sleep but have unsuccessful, I've got a couple of ideas which I'm going to start trying but I think I've narrowed the problem down to two things, he's either teething or hungry.

Jake still isn't a great daytime napper but I am firm with him and I make sure he gets at least one decent nap a day.

Feeding

This month I've been introducing a lot of new finger foods into Jakes diet which he is really enjoying, I've noticed that he has been bringing a lot of his morning milk back up so I'm thinking about reducing the amount to see if that helps.

Jake enjoys his food so I don't really have any concerns.

Development

This month saw Jake learning how to pull himself up using furniture, he loves being able to reach previously unreachable items, usually things he's not allowed to have like the remote controls.

He can now crawl at speed and loves exploring other areas of the house.

I've noticed just in the last few days how much the way he interacts with us has changed, he's talking at us a lot more, reaching out his hand and saying 'Ta' when he want's something and shouting at us to get our attention. He's playing with toys and trying to join in with what Daisy is doing.

Jake still only has one tooth and the dribble is back with a vengeance so hopefully another one will pop through soon.

I've really noticed Jakes little personality coming through, he's getting a lot more affectionate and flashes you a cheeky grin if he's doing something he shouldn't be.



I will be back next month with his 11 month update.

Angela x

Monday, 16 March 2015

Review - Sudocrem Care & Protect Nappy Rash Ointment

Luckily nappy rash isn't something Jake suffers from all the time but when he is teething I've noticed that he can be prone to it, sometimes it will flare up if I've introduced a new food to his diet too.

I always have my trusty huge tub of Sudocrem on hand but recently I've been using the more convenient sized Sudocrem Care & Protect nappy rash ointment and I'm really pleased with the results.

Sudocrem Care & Protect is a barrier ointment that has a unique triple action protection formula for skin that's prone to nappy rash, it's also hypoallergenic and contains vitamin E and vitamin B5 which helps to protect the skin and keep it in a healthy condition.



I know from experience that Jake can become quite grumpy when he is suffering with nappy rash, as well as regular nappy changes I have been applying the ointment at each change as it creates a protective barrier which seals in his skin's natural moisture but also protects him from the damp and rubbing that is causing the rash.

I also like that the ointment absorbs really easily I'm not a huge fan on oily greasy formulas, the smell is pleasant too.


The tube also features a handy flip-top cap which is designed for one handed use, I've found this very useful as Jake's at the age where one of my hands is taken up trying to keep him still while I attempt to put his nappy back on.

I think Sudocrem Care & Protect is a must have for changing bags and at home use, I highly recommend it as a top baby care essential buy, it's also just won product of the year award 2015 in the category for best nappy cream.

Have you used it ? what do you think ? leave me a comment and let me know.

Angela x

*I was sent the Sudocrem Care & Protect free of charge for the purposes of this review but all opinions are my own*