Husband is currently trialling the Braun BGK7050 Body Grooming Kit with great results. This 3 in 1 shaver, trimmer and epilator provides all round body grooming in a portable, easy to use little device.
Yes, you can catch chickenpox (varicella) after having the chickenpox vaccination. We know this because currently Little I has chicken pox, despite being vaccinated against it two years ago.
It took me a few days to realise this wasn't a normal bout of hives and even our GP didn't believe it was possible and said it was some kind of skin infection. But our paediatrician at the hospital has confirmed it is in fact chickenpox and explained that you can still catch chickenpox after being vaccinated. In fact this is the case for all vaccinations. Nothing is 100% effective.
Plus we have recently discovered Little I has a weak immune system. Which means her body may not be reacting to vaccinations the way it should. Distinctly worrying. After all they get vaccinated against much scarier things than chicken pox...
The good news is if you have been vaccinated against chickenpox but still catch it you are more likely to experience a weaker version of the virus. And that certainly seems to be the case with Little I whose spots seem to be fading away rather than blistering and crusting.
Phew! As her sister has a particularly horrific bout of it which is the reason why we paid to have Little I immunised in the first place!
So we are in full chicken pox quarantine mode at the moment. Luckily I stashed away some of the Easter themed craft kits from our last Baker Ross delivery so we've had lots to keep ourselves busy with.
And if your little one does catch chickenpox remember not to give ibuprofen as that can make the spots worse and increase the chances of infection. Even if your GP tells you it is ok please stick to infant paracetamol as ibuprofen can cause complications - visit the NHS website here to see the advice about avoid ibuprofen during chicken pox.
I am not a medical professional and this is not qualified advice. I am speaking from personal experience only. Always seek professional medical advice if you or your child is unwell.
Work, Family and the Home. It is the all too familiar life triangle we seem to be constantly juggling yet never finding that elusive perfect balance. Husband works full time, I work from home around our two kids school runs, ballet classes and swimming lessons and the housework kinda gets forgotten, until it gets so bad we argue about it then have to fix it. I can see a lot of you out there nodding your heads in agreement.
But we can take solace in the fact that we are not alone! The infographic below by Easy Life Cover shows that 56% of working parents find balancing work and family difficult. Do not despair! it also gives us lots of tips to help us balance work and family to the best of our abilities
Family life might seem chaotic enough without adding a pet to the mix! However, there are many different benefits associated with having a furry friend . This include improvements in mental, physical and emotional well-being as well as enhanced social skills. They can also help to provide motivation when it comes to getting round to doing some exercise and are a way of keeping loneliness at bay.
Owning a pet is certainly popular at the moment. Research recently conducted by Voucherbox has found that over half of all UK households have a pet. Dogs are the most popular choice with a quarter of pet-owning families having one, closely followed by cats at 24%. According to the PFMA, other animals in the top-ten include fish, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and even lizards! If you are thinking about making an addition to your home here are five reasons why animals could be good for your child as well as family life.
Been feeling quite stressed this weekend so am spending some time colouring in an attempt to relax
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It only comes around once a year so don't forget Nans and Grannies this Mother's Day! I've come up with the perfect relaxation kit to guarantee ultimate relaxation and bliss, all in the comfort of home. It's so good I may have tried it out on myself...
Help Nan create a bath nirvana with Olverum therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils to help relieve stress, soothe joints and aching sore muscles. All with a gorgeously aromatic, scent to make a perfect 'me time' moment.
And we need something to curl up in after the bath. The beautiful pyjamas, nightdresses and dressing gowns from David Nieper nightwear are the perfect finish to the day. Handmade in the UK from fine pure cotton and soft jersey you won't find anything more comfortable.
Choosing the right car seat for your child can be a daunting task, with so many different makes and models plus the new i-Size seats there is so much choice out there. How do you decide what is best for your most precious cargo?
A couple of years ago new legislation came in called i-Size. It runs parallel to existing car seat regulation but will replace it at some point in the future. i-Size has 5 key features:
We bought our beige carpet before we had kids. Massive error. In the past six years it has had taken a hammering. Juice, food and two rounds of potty training later and Husband was convinced it was beyond saving but the Carpet Cleaning Kings at Carpet Bright UK suggested we give their cleaning services a try before we take drastic measures. Here's how we got on (plus there's a special discount for my lovely readers at the end so keep reading!)
Carpet Bright UK is a family run business with an expert team of carpet cleaning technicians across Surrey, Kent and South London. I was particularly keen to try out it's carpet cleaning service as all the products used are certified safe by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Little I suffers from asthma so it is incredibly important the cleaning products we use are suitable for her to be around. I hadn't realised just how important a clean carpet is for her asthma condition but Carpet Bright UK's eco-friendly products remove on average 94% of common household allergens from carpets. Brilliant.
So just how bad was my carpet? Well as you can see above it was pretty grotty. We had a huge stain by the toy box which I think must be squash or juice, lots of random stains and the high traffic areas through from the kitchen and in front of the sofa were just... yuck.
There is nothing better than a lovely cup of tea but with so many myths surrounding tea it is hard to know if our beloved cuppa is actually good for us or not? I joined forces with the lovely people at the Tea Advisory Panel (TAP) and the expert tea blenders at Ahmad Tea to bust those black tea myths once and for all (Plus you can win some lovely tea!)
As expectant parents there is so many things to think about. High up the list is what pushchairs and prams to buy for your little one. This is a big decision – your child is going to spend a lot of time it their pram and it needs to suit your lifestyle too. Got a small car? Do you want to exercise with the pram? Do you need a tandem? So many things to think about so you shouldn’t rush to purchase as you need to think it all through and make sure you make the sensible and most importantly safe choice for your baby.
I've teamed up with nursery specialists Babythingz who are the experts in pram safety to produce this guide so you have everything you need to to ensure your precious bundle is always safe and secure
Standards to look out for
The first thing you need to check is that the pram has a stafety standard reference.
You can check this by spotting either the code BS 7409 or the mark BSEN 1888:2003 somewhere on the equipment, most often it can be found on a label placed around the frame or the seat covering.
These codes and marks show, whether new or used, that the pram complies with either British Standard/European Standard 1888: 2012 or British Standard/European Standard EN 1888:2003.
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.