Sunday, 6 April 2014

Pregnancy Diary - 34 Weeks

Hi

Well here I am with just four weeks to go until delivery day, I'm hoping the next few weeks will be a bit kinder to me than the last couple ! I missed an update last week as I just couldn't muster the energy to write or do much else for that matter.

Pregnancy and Baby Update

I had a growth scan last week and although baby is still healthy he is a little on the large side, I know he will be fine when he's born but the worry is always at the back of my mind.

I've gone back to my blood results being up and down again, which is frustrating, it's also becoming pretty painful to inject, my tummy looks like a pin cushion.

The only consistent person I've seen throughout my pregnancy has been my diabetic nurse, sadly she's broken her arm so I have a new nurse, I really am fed up with the whole gestational diabetes now right from the start I've been fighting a losing battle, I'm counting down the weeks until it's all over.

More moaning I'm afraid as all last week I had very little and very bad quality sleep, I can't get comfortable, when I do I need to get up for a wee or to glug more Gaviscon down, also my brain can't switch off and is churning out a series of strange dreams and nightmares.

I have another growth scan in a couple of weeks, this will be the last one and then I will be given a date for my c-section, hurray !

Of course I am going to try and get things going myself, I've tried a few things in the past but nothing really worked so if you have any tips please let me know.

Other Bits and Bobs

This weekend we have taken advantage of Chris being off work and have been sorting out and preparing for the baby coming, the cot is up as we will use this to put the moses basket in at night next to our bed, Daisy thinks it's her new bed  and has been enjoying playing in it.


My hospital bags are packed, I will probably re-pack them a few times before I need them, the lovely pink lining bag I'm using for baby came from Freecycle, can you believe that somebody gave it away for free, it just needed a wipe down and it's as good as new !


I got another bargain this week from Argos, these two Jute drawer units were only £14.99 for the pair reduced from £50, I'm using them as extra storage for baby's clothes.

I will no doubt be back next week with a new set of moans !

Angela x

Webster's Week In Wins 23rd March-6th April 2014

I'm back again to show you the lovely little bits I have won or got for free over the last few weeks, I don't know if other compers  agree but this year had been really slow for prizes and I have certainly won less in these first few months than in previous years. Although I am winding down to prepare for the birth of my fourth child I'm hoping I can still fit a little comping time in here and there, but that's the great thing about this hobby, you can fit it in around your lifestyle.


The neon charm set was a prize from The Good Toy Guide who regularly run competitions.

The Happy Easter activity pack came from California Raisins, I think they had 200 to giveaway.

I also got a little perfume sample from Dolce.

You probably can't make it out in the picture but I got a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime's new instant movie service, if you do take up the offer be sure to cancel as they take the whole years fee which is £79 which includes prime delivery and the movies so worth it if you use amazon a lot.


Just the two little freebies arrived this week, both are still available.

Here's the Manuka Doctor link, it says the pack is worth £12.99 but don't get too excited, they are 3ml samples, although it will be interesting to try the purified bee venom !

Here's the Britney Spears Fantasy link, you get two little vials of her new fragrance, they both smell nice and are great for popping in your handbag.

I've had a nice winning email to start April off, I've won an Ice Watch from Sourz, I'm looking forward to that arriving.

If you are one of YouTube subscribers then you will know I've not made a video for over a month now, I do intend to start filming again in the near future but just haven't felt up to it as this pregnancy had progressed.


Happy Freebie Hunting & Be Lucky x

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Cardooo Journey Buddies Review & Giveaway (Winner Announced)


*The winner selected at random is  @sarahrees151286, well done Sarah I have tweeted you, you have 48 hours to respond*

Last year I did this review for Cardooo who make lovely interactive and educational greeting cards for kids, they got back in touch with me last week to ask if I would like to review their new Journey Buddies Travel Fun packs, as I'm a big believer in planning for travel with kids (see my traveling with a toddler post here ) I agreed to take a look.


I was sent the 'At The Beach' pack to have a look at, I am very impressed with how many activities they have managed to include in such a compact travel sized product, it's a great size for little hands and also won't take up too much room in your bag. I'm also impressed at the fantastic price of £3.50 !

Included on the front of the pack are some pencil crayons, so no need to worry about forgetting them.

As you open up the pack you find some stickers which can be used on a beach scene in the middle of the pack, I used to love doing these as a kid, the freedom of being able to create your own scene is magical, you want a crab as your lifeguard then go ahead !

There are pages with simple puzzles, a spot-the-difference, pictures to colour in, a dot-to-dot and best of all the centre opens up into a game complete with little counters, they really have packed in some fantastic quality activities to keep kids entertained no matter what type of journey you are taking.

A lovely little touch at the end is a postcard that you can send home to friends or grandparents, I can't remember the last time I got a postcard, it's a lovely way to bring back a much loved tradition.



As we won't be traveling anywhere this year (unless we win a nice holiday again) I would like to offer you, my blog readers the chance to win the pack I was sent.
Maybe you are going away for the Easter holidays or have a nice Summer break planned and are starting to think about how you will keep the kids entertained then this little giveaway is for you.

Entry is really simple, leave me a comment below telling me how you keep your kids entertained on journeys and also leave a way for me to contact you if you win. I will pick a winner using random.org on the 6th April and the prize will reach you before Easter. Good Luck.

RULES

UK entry only
Closing date: 6.4.14 9.00am
One entry per person.
Winner has 48 hours to respond.

Please take a look at the Cardooo website at the full range of Journey Buddies.

Angela x

* I was sent the Journey Buddies free of charge to review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own*




I'm a Spontex Real Cleaner

Earlier this year I spotted on their Facebook page that Spontex were recruiting for their 'Real Cleaners' panel for 2014, I couldn't resist filling in the application form, although I imagined my chances would be slim as lots of people apply every year.

I was delighted when they contacted me to say I had been chosen to take part, Spontex are going to send me products throughout the year to try out and share my opinion with them and their Facebook fans, I thought I would review them on my blog as well.

I am one of those people who has to have a clean house, I don't mind a little mess but I can't stand a dirty bathroom or kitchen, I'm always looking for new ways to make my cleaning routine more efficient especially now I'm time restricted with having Daisy and of course the new baby who will be here soon.

One of the things about Spontex products is that you don't always need to use a detergent or cleaning solution alongside them which I think is great as this makes them a great money saving tool.



Last week my first delivery from Spontex arrived, I couldn't wait to get stuck in and try the new products out.


I was most excited about trying out this Microfibre Bathroom cloth, my bathroom upstairs drives me nuts as it seems to be the dustiest room in my house, a few hours after cleaning it you can go in and find a layer of dust has already settled again and I had been thinking about getting a cloth to leave upstairs so this arrived just at the right time.

We also get terrible watermarks due to living in a hard water area so I was impressed to see that the cloth has a special non-scratch scrubbing corner to remove grime and dirt from the harder to reach places like around the taps.


I've been using the cloth every morning for a week now, I'm very impressed as it's keeping the dust and dirt away in between cleaning. I'm storing it in my bathroom cabinet when I'm not using it.


Another new product from Spontex are these Microfibre Digital cleaning cloths, they are designed for removing fingerprints or smudges from glasses, smart phones, tablets or any other high tech equipment you might have.
I have been using them for cleaning my laptop screen and have put one in my handbag for cleaning my phone screen on the go, they are pocket sized too so ideal to carry about with you.


These limited edition gloves don't just look pretty they also extra long cuffs which is great for me, I don't wash up without gloves as I like my water scorching hot and I'm forever getting water inside my gloves, these cuffs are preventing that, I never would have thought of buying them so it's great to be able to try them out.

I hope you have enjoyed my little review, I look forward to seeing what else my year as a Spontex Real Cleaner brings, look out for me appearing soon on the Spontex Facebook page.

As a little side note there is a great little photo effort competition running on the Facebook page, each week they are giving away 10 of their new mops, you need to upload a photo of your sorry looking old mop to win. Best of luck if you do enter.

Angela x





Pregnancy Diary-32 Weeks

Hi

I'm back again this week with another update on how my fourth and final (this is a definite !) pregnancy is going, this week has been a little kinder to me and I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel with only six more weeks until C day.

Pregnancy and Baby Update

Yesterday saw me enter my 32nd week of pregnancy, last week I've had little bursts of energy and I've taken advantage of them by sorting through the mountain of baby clothes & items I seem to have accumulated (the majority of it for free !) , my spare room was beginning to look like a jumble sale.

I've also had a really good week diabetes wise, I've had more good results than bad and it looks like my breakfast level is finally stabilizing, unless I eat Bran flakes which send my results soaring. My fasting results are still a little high but there is still time to up my dose of Humalin overnight so I'm sure that will fall into line soon.

I have managed a couple of semi decent nights sleep which has made me feel a little more alive, although this had led to me doing a bit too much around the house, but how do you know you have done too much until it's done ?

Tiny Webster is growing nicely and is still plenty active, he is head down already which results in a huge amount of pressure on my pelvis and bladder and while it's not painful, it's super uncomfortable.

                    Here is a photo of my huge bump, not really sure how it can get much bigger !


Other Bits & Bobs

My ham sandwich and a bag of plain crisps craving seem to have made a return this week, it's all I want to eat for my lunch at the moment, I've also been feeling ravenous just lately.

My heartburn seems to be easing off a little and isn't waking me during the night, I'm about to try Asda's own version of Gaviscon £4.50 which compared to real Gaviscon at £7.20 is a bargain, a bottle and barely lasts me a week !


 I have another growth scan this week and a consultant appointment afterwards, I'm hoping to get the nice lady I had last month but we will see as I haven't seen the same person more than once yet. I should have one more growth scan after this one, then I will be able to book a date for my c-section.
I can't wait to meet my little boy and complete our family.

Thanks for reading, if you have questions or comments please leave them below.

Angela x


Webster's Week In Wins 2nd-22nd March 2014

Hi

I really need to get these posts back on track to being weekly, as well as sharing what I've won or got for free, these posts help to spur me on and keep entering, as a stay at home mum I like to feel that I can contribute in some small way and give my family little treats that our budget won't stretch to.


I signed up to the Aptamil baby club a few months ago as we do use Aptamil formula and will be using it for Tiny Webster, they sent me a little welcome pack with a cuddly Polar bear inside, so it was a nice surprise to receive another little package with a small bottle of Love Boo bubble bath for expecting mums which I thought was very thoughtful.

In the photo above there is also the £100 voucher I won to spend at Frankie & Benny's, I had never eaten there before but it was all delicious.

There were a lot of the Panebello Pizza vouchers up for grabs so I expect a lot of you were lucky enough to get one, what taste's better than pizza ? FREE PIZZA !!!


I was so pleased to be chosen to be one of the Spontex Real Cleaners for 2014, I filled in an application form on their Facebook site and had the email a few weeks later to say they would like me to take part, above is my first delivery from them, I've already been busy testing them and my reviews will feature on their Facebook page soon.


Daisy got two lovely books in the post this week, the Pooh Bear one I won from Tomy's Facebook page and the Dino-Mummy book is for us to review for Mumsnet Book Club , the email is worth signing up for as we have had some lovely books from them in the past.

My friend tagged me in a competition that Vegesentials were running on their page, as well their products looking delicious they were giving away £15 of Waitrose vouchers, there were barely any entry's and both me and my friend won. I don't really do a lot of Facebook competitions unless they have an app to enter through, like and shares are far to open to abuse and a lot of the time the promoter will only mention your name and not tag you so you can easily miss a win. On the other hand you can find some fantastic low entry competitions that have short closing dates so sometimes it's worth a go.


The picture above does not do justice to the beautiful laptop bag I won from Good Natured and LoveOlli , it had hot air balloons printed on it, I won it from the monthly email newsletter I get from Good Natured.

I also got as huge Wes Anderson book, it must have been a runner up prize as it isn't something I would enter for, that can sometimes happen with comping.

I also had a win on Instagram this week, you can follow me  here if you like, the prize was some Ren night cream and some hand cream just a small prize but just goes to show that you can win on there.

I also got a sample of Vichy skin cream, the offer has ended now but do keep an eye out for future giveaways from them.

I hope you have enjoyed having a look at my goodies, I have plans to start blogging about free samples and competitions as they are happening so you can enter too so make sure you follow me on Bloglovin to keep up to date.

Happy Freebie Hunting & Be Lucky x


Sunday, 16 March 2014

Pregnancy Diary-31 Weeks

Hi

I've had a little break from blogging the last couple of weeks due to feeling so lousy and fed up, the post I've just written on gestational diabetes will explain a little more about this.

Anyway, onwards and upwards, I have decided to change the format of these diary posts as I was finding it a little too structured and it was becoming a bit of a chore to write, so here goes....

Pregnancy and Baby Update

I'm now 31 weeks and feeling like I'm smuggling an ever expanding beach ball under my top, sleeping comfortably is a distant memory, I use four pillows structured all around me like a little fort.
I also have the most hideous heartburn at nighttime, I wake up with the acid burning my throat, a couple of spoons of Gaviscon soothes it long enough for me to go back to sleep.
This week I've had a tummy bug, luckily not the vomiting kind, this means I've not kept up with taking my Iron tablets which might explain some of the extreme tiredness I've been feeling.

Tiny Webster is growing ( a little too much) but this is being monitored at the hospital, he's certainly a healthy little boy giving mummy plenty of kicks, he is still spending a lot of time quite low down in my pelvis, I've been having quite a lot of braxton hicks contractions and a lot of pelvic pressure which can be a little painful sometimes.

I had to miss my normal midwife check up this week as I couldn't be too far from a toilet, I have rearranged for next week.

Other Bits and Bobs

I've not had any cravings as such just lately, my eating habits have not been great so I'm going to try really hard to change that in the coming weeks, it's not good for my diabetes and leaves me feeling dreadful.

I've been washing all the baby items we have as a lot have been gifted to us second hand, I'm starting to think about where we need to put things and I'm going to get my hospital bag ready soon just in case.

Here are a few pictures of some things I've bought in the last few weeks, I've gone way overboard with blankets and I've thrown away the receipts (I blame baby brain) so I can't even return them !

The towels above were an absolute bargain, £5 for the two from Asda, I love that I can order online and collect at my local store for free !

I'm only buying the one pack of dummies for now, I bought loads for Daisy and she never took to them and they are so expensive.

I will be back next week with my 32 week update, thanks for reading and please feel free to leave any questions or comments below.

Angela x