Saturday, 15 November 2014

Review: Upbeat Protein Drinks

Since having Jake life has become doubly busy and exhausting, I had a tough pregnancy which left my energy reserves low, that on top of sleepless nights with a newborn and challenging days with a toddler has left me somewhat lacking when it comes to making healthy choices.

I am always looking for quick healthy options to give my body the boost it needs so when the lovely people over at the Good Whey Company got in touch to ask if I would like to try their range of Upbeat drinks I was more than happy to say yes.

Upbeat is a high protein fresh dairy drink, it's low in fat, it is also no more than 150 calories per drink.

Upbeat is made with real fruit, it contains whey protein, fruit puree and fruit juice from concentrate, there are three flavours available, Strawberry, Mango & Passion fruit and Blueberry & Raspberry, I found mine in Tesco but other stores stock it too.

 
The Upbeat drinks are all delicious although the Blueberry & Raspberry flavour is my favourite, they reminded me a lot of drinking smoothies and were just the thing I needed mid morning or afternoon to pick me up, it definitely helped me avoid reaching for a naughty snack.
 
If you want to read for yourself the benefit of protein drinks then have a look at the Upbeat website, there is also lots of other useful information over there too.
 
I will definitely be popping some Upbeat into my trolley next time I go shopping.
 
Angela x
 
*I was sent coupons to buy the Upbeat drinks but all opinions are my own and 100% honest*
 
 
 
 


Sunday, 2 November 2014

A Tale Of Teething, Dribble & Drool

I'm writing today about something that's driving me crazy, the very messy world of baby teething, dribble and drool.

I wrote a post when Jake was 10 weeks old about how I thought he might be starting to teeth because he had started dribbling a lot, well he is now coming up to six months and even thought no little pearly whites have appeared he continues to manufacture dribble and drool at an impressive rate.

Have you ever seen those cartoons where the baby has a huge mouth and it's coming toward the screen ready to dribble on you, that is Jake at the moment, last week on a really bad drool day I changed his bib three time in fifteen minutes.


This is only half of the pile of bibs we have, I'm washing everyday to keep up with demand.

Nothing is safe from Jake's gummy dribble chops, he's constantly looking for something to chew on and saturate with his milky scented spittle.

No amount of teething implements will suffice, Jake likes nothing more that grabbing your face and trying to suck on it leaving you with awash with dribble, and you better watch your fingers he has gums of steel and isn't afraid to use them !


Of course aside from all the joking it really isn't nice to see him pulling his gums in pain, some day's I curse that teeth were ever invented as the process of them coming up turn my happy little cherub into a grumpy grot's, all I hope is that they cut very soon and give Jake and us some relief for a little while, and of course my washing machine a rest.



Are your little ones teething ? does baby dribble drive you crazy ? leave me a comment or a tip to help with teething would be fantastic.

Angela x

A Happy Halloween At The Webster's

I thought I would share with some photo's of our Halloween celebrations.

I have always made an effort for Halloween with my own children and I hope my older two have some good memories of that and although my two little ones are still quite small Daisy is starting to understand celebrations which made this year really special.

Every year I pick a few things up to add to our Halloween box, as we are on a budget I don't go overboard decorating the house and have found some fantastic bargains at Aldi, Asda and Home Bargains.



Daisy chose a little Witch costume from Asda for only £6 it will also be used for dressing up throughout the year.


I'm a sucker for a gimmick so naturally I had to buy some Halloween cakes and crisps, I also bought Daisy some goodies for her Halloween bucket.


Of course Jake had to take part in Halloween too, I won a Pumpkin shaped teether which he is thoroughly enjoying.



Chris took Daisy to his sister's for a couple of hours as she has a little Halloween party each year, she returned later with a very full bucket of treats.

We didn't get a lot of knocks on the door this year which is quite sad as I had a big bucket of lollipops ready for them, I think next year we will decorate the door so the children know they are very welcome as our house can appear quite dark from the front, maybe that put them off.

I know some people can't stand celebrations like Halloween but the way I look at it is that life is short so if there is an event to celebrate then I'm going to especially if captures the kids imagination and fills them with excitement.

Hope you had a happy Halloween.

Angela x

Monday, 27 October 2014

Review: Naturelly Jelly Juice

Recently the lovely kind people at Naturelly sent us a box full of their delicious new Jelly Juice, it's a new naturally flavoured juice made with fruit and a special type of jelly.

The special jelly is Gellan Gum, a type of dietary fibre that helps fill up kids tummies for longer, it's also suitable for vegetarians.

We were sent the Totally Tropical flavour to try but it also comes in two other flavours, Summer Fruits and Apple.

Daisy loved the Jelly Juice asking for one every day and I felt confident giving them to her as they are full of good stuff with no nasties in them.

Although the pack says ' For Kids' my eldest son (15) and my husband loved them too, especially when they were nice and chilled.

I think Jelly Juice would be a great addition to packed lunches, car journeys and days out, the lid means you don't have to drink it all at once and the squashy packet is very compact and convenient.

You can find updates on where Jelly Juice is stocked on their website here .


Angela x

*We were sent the Jelly Juice for free and no review was expected but we loved the product so much and wanted to share*

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Webster's Week In Review 18th-25th October

I've decided to bring back my week in review posts, I'm not really sure why I stopped but I've really missed doing them, it's lovely to look back and see what we were getting up to and it's a great way for the kids to remember things we have done when they are older, I just need to remember to photograph more during the week !

This week has been a really productive one for me, you can read about the challenge I've set myself to declutter all areas of my life here .

Because I've been so busy this week we haven't been out or done anything exciting but there have still been moments of fun.






So that's all for this week not greatly exciting but it's the small moments that count in the quiet times.

Angela x


Simplifying Family Life - Eliminating Physical Clutter

I have been feeling really overwhelmed for the past few months, I have felt like I've been spinning too many plates, treading water and wading through treacle, I don't know about you but when there is too much clutter in my mind, too many to-do lists and the constant feeling that I need to catch up I come to a complete standstill instead, productivity becomes nothing more than a long distant memory.

One afternoon last week I had an epiphany, a light bulb moment and all of a sudden it became clear, I needed to be ruthless and simplify my life, look at all the areas that were making me feel so frustrated and de-clutter them within an inch of their life !

I'm not just taking about the type of clutter that we physically accumulate, I'm talking about mind clutter, digital clutter and debt (it is a type of clutter if you think about it).

I am determined to reclaim the time and space for us to grow as a family, I want the weekends back for us to do things as a family rather than catching up from the chores from the previous week.

This is the first part in a series of posts I want to write about our experience as we declutter and simplify our family life, feel free to join us along the way.



Physical Clutter

I have never been a hoarder, I probably have a sort out at least once a season, I give stuff away frequently but that's just no good if I'm then replacing the items with more stuff.

Over the past week I've been absolutely ruthless, going through each room and filling boxes to be donated or passed along to family.

These are the things I have asked myself each time I've faltered or been indecisive

Have we used the item in the last year ? 
Would we notice if the item wasn't there anymore ?

Am I just keeping the item because I'm worried about the money I wasted on it ?

Am I keeping it out of obligation ?

Is the item adding value to or enhancing our life ?

You really have to tale a long hard look at why you are holding onto things to be able to make any real progress, at the end of the day it's all just stuff, you need to make room in your life for the things you really want by letting the stuff you don't need go.

As the rooms and spaces become clearer I am finding them so much easier clean and keep in order (as much as you can do with children in the house) , I still have quite a way to go but I feel motivated that doing a little at a time is going to make a huge difference in the end.

Of course clearing the clutter is no good if you are not going to change your mind set about the items you buy or bring into your house and life, this process is making me realise that we need to think carefully about our purchasing decisions, I am quite an impulsive person and it's really helping me to learn a different way of doing things which is no bad thing.

I can't begin to tell you how much better I feel after just a week of going through the process, I can already feel the fog lifting.

Do you have any tips for me about decluttering ? share your experiences with me in the comments I love hearing from you.

Angela x







Sunday, 12 October 2014

Jacob At 5 Months Old

I'm a few days late with Jake's update, he turned 5 months old on the 9th October, things have been a little tough over the past couple of weeks, life with two little ones is certainly a lot harder than I remember but we plod on regardless. I take my hat off to anyone with lots of children and single parents I really don't know how you do it !

Sleeping

This is a sore point for me at the moment, Jake will go to bed around 9pm and sleep until around 6am each night which is great but his nap times in the day are very frustrating at the moment as he won't nap anywhere but on me, some of you might think that's no big deal but when you have a 2 year old deciding they need a wee just at the point Jake has dropped off, on top of the fact that I have to sit down and can't get anything done it's just becoming exhausting. I know he will grow out of it I just hope it's soon for my sanity.

Feeding

Jake is still having five bottles a day of 7oz hungry baby formula, I have tried him a few times with food and although he will eat a few spoonfuls he is still not very interested, I think he prefers his milk at the moment.

Growth

I've not had Jake weighed recently but I know he's a big boy, he has been wearing 6-9 month clothing for a few weeks now, even some of those are snug on him. I think he has grown a little taller too I think he will be a big lad when he grows up.

Development

Jake seems to like sitting in an upright position more now than being on the floor on his play mat, he still needs support though. He can now reach for his toys and is definitely more dextrous when playing with them.

He is still trying his best to roll over but isn't quite there yet, he has also developed a high pitched squeal when he wants some attention, he is a very smiley baby and loves watching his sister play, he wriggles in excitement, you can tell he can't wait to be mobile and join in.

  

 I think Jake is starting to lose his baby looks and is starting to get proper little boy features now.

He has his final lot of immunisations next week thankfully, I'm hoping he won't cry too much it's one of the worst things you have to do as a parent.

I will be back next month with another update, I can't believe it will be his 6 month one, that seems like a huge milestone.

Thanks for reading

Angela x