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Drink More Water with Robinsons Squash’d


One thing that you won’t know about Darcy is she loves her milk. Lately i’ve been trying to replace a few of her beakers of milk with water. The only thing is, she doesn’t really like the taste of it. So it was perfect timing when I saw Britmums Robinsons #EnjoyMoreWater challenge.

Robinsons launched the Enjoying Drinking More Water campaign in January 2016 as part of their mission to get Brits enjoying drinking water. A recent study showed that (64%) of parents do not know how much water their children should be drinking each day, and 42% said their children find the taste of water ‘boring.

 
As parents it is important that we educate our children why it is important that we drink water. It keeps us hydrated when we are hot, it helps us complete basic tasks, creates saliva, helps digest food and maintains a proper body temperature.

Robinsons Squash’d is a super concentrated squash which comes in 6 yummy flavors; Lemon and Lime, Apple and Blackcurrant, Orange and Peach, Summer Fruits, Passion fruit and Mango and Citrus. They contains no added sugar and are free from artificial colours and preservatives.


We were sent a selection of Robinsons Squash’d to try out and a star chart to help track our progress.

Straight away i loved the compact size, it fits perfectly in my handbag, which is convenient for when we are out and about and Darcy wants a drink.

Normally i’d buy her a pre-made drink but thanks the Robinsons Squash’d I buy a bottle of water, a few squeezes later and Darcy has a flavoursome drink that she won’t turn her nose up at.




How to get your children to drink more water?

  • Use a special cup: Have your toddler pick out their own special cup to put their water in.
  • Pick sparkling water: Add some squash to sparkling water if they find still water boring
  • Add fruit: Get your children involved by chopping up fruit and making their own little cheeky fruity cocktail. It is also a great way to get some extra fruit in their diet.
  • Make Ice Lollies: Not only will it keep them cool,  they won't realise they are drinking 'boring' water. You can get ice lollies moulds cheaply in pound stores.
  • Give them independence: I made up squash in plastic pitcher and allowed Darcy to help herself to a drink when we’re out in the garden.

We really enjoyed trying out Robinsons Squash’d.

This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons

Luxury Nightwear by David Nieper*

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Heya Everyone,

Today I am introducing to you Luxury Nightwear by David Nieper.

I don't know about you, but there is nothing better than comfie nightwear after a long day and relaxing watching something on Netflix.
 
Their luxury night wear include; Night dresses, PJs, Dressing Gowns, Loungewear and Slippers.
I know their clothing is a little on the mature side, but I have seen a few items I would definitely wear, as outlined above.
 
David Nieper is a brand for everyone. There are styles to suit all ages and a major plus they carry their sizes up to a 26/28. Not only do they sell nightwear, they also have everyday womenswear, lingerie and swimwear.

All of David Nieper collections are designed, manufactored and hand finished in their UK Headquarters in Derbyshire. As they are a luxury brand you can expect the finest satin, lace and cotton. which is well worth spending a few extra pennies on for the cool fresh feel against your skin.

One additional  thing which sets David Nieper apart from other online shops. Is that they offer a individual size service. They also offer a alteration service, for a small charge you can get your chosen item shorten or lengthen to your requirement, which is perfect for me, being tall I always find it hard to get clothes in the correct length for me.

 
Where is your favourite place to shop for nightwear?

Last Minute Father's Day Gift Guide


Father's Day is just around the corner. Do you have a gift picked out yet? Don't worry I've got your back and luckily you've still got a few days to get him something.

And Don't forget Father's Day is not about Fathers. It's about being able to show that important male figure in your life how much you appreciate them.

Right back to the gift guide....



What man doesn't love some new underwear or socks? These Diesel boxers* are classic with a twist. I just adore the pink. House Of Fraser have lots of different styles. Check out their Father's Day range for more ideas.



Looking for something different fun but practical? Then you need to get him a Sugru Starter Kit*. The world first mouldable glue that turns into rubber. Perfect for the man who loves a bit of DIY.

You can use it for all sorts, don't believe me? check out their website for lots of ideas. You will be amazed and the best thing is it is only £10.



Now a Bump and Beyond Gift Guide would not be complete without some Lush goodies.

Lush have introduced their first ever Father's Day range. With everything he will need from solid shampoos to face scrubs. My favourites from the range are the Thank Dad soap, and The Modfather bubble bar which have a  citrusy smell of oranges and lemons.

I also love the Superdad bath bomb which is a slow fizzer and has a lovely sandalwood smell and turns the water a stunning blue colour. The perfect bath to relax in.

All the products of course are unisex so everyone can enjoy them, which is an additional bonus.

So that was my Father's Day Gift Guide for 2016.


What caught your eye?

Personalised Gifts for under £30 | I Just Love it

If you're a regular reader of Bump and Beyond, you'll know how much I love personalised gifts. Imagine my joy when I stumbled across I Just Love It.

They sell personalised gifts for all occasions and you are truly spolit for choice. Of course I ended up getting a few gifts for upcoming occasions....


Darcy and my mum love baking together. When I saw this personalised mixing bowl I knew it was a must by. The bowl is lovely and a good weight so there is no chance of it moving around when Darcy does her energetic stirring. The classic design means it will fit in with any kitchen. It also helps with gripping the bowl, Darcy loves stroking the sides of the bowl.

My Mum liked the bowl before she even spotted the personalised message, which actually made her cry. I love how the bowl is now part of their weekend baking tradition and will have many good memories for them.



Wooden toys, there is something just classic and timeless about them. They also last much longer than plastic ones. I strumbled across the Personalised Fairy Figure Of Eight Train Set and I knew Darcy would enjoy playing with it as she loves trains.
 

This is a train set with a difference, pastel colours, cute trains and fairies figurines. Not only was it easy to put together but it's quick to disassemble!

Darcy loves playing her new train set, playing with it many times over the last few months.

The pieces are the perfect size for little hands and are also compatible with other train sets, which means the train set can grow with her.





Recently it was Darcy's father's birthday. Until Darcy is at the age to buy his presents that duty belongs to me. Darcy and her father spend a time on his iPad watching Paw Patrol, playing their favourite games or taking silly selfies.

When I saw the Engraved Wooden iBed Lap Desk I knew it would be the perfect present for him. The design is good, supports the iPad well and the padded cushion makes it comfortable to use.


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If you're looking for a gift for Father's Day, I Just Love it have loads to choose from. I thought I would share with you a few of my favourites.

I found shopping at I Just Love It straightforward. The site is easy to nagativate, the delivery was fast and my items arrived well packaged.


If you're looking for something with a personal touch, I Just Love It is the company for you!

A Half-Term Trip To The Pictures Can Cost 300% More Depending On Where You Live

Want your family cinema trips to end happily ever after? Move to Cardiff
 - A trip to the flicks can cost 300% more depending on where you live –
A new study by money-saving website Voucherbox.co.uk has revealed that your post code might have a bigger impact on a cinema experience than first thought, with a trip to your local cinema sometimes costing four times as much as it does in other areas!
This could be a particularly painful read for any parents from London of Manchester, many of which probably understand the costly struggle of fulfilling your children’s insatiable hunger for the seemingly never-ending Disney princess/robot/superhero craze. Even more so for any of those parents planning to brave the costs of a cinema birthday party.
The study, which looked at prices across the Vue, Odeon and Cineworld chains, compared the cost of a standard ticket for upcoming blockbuster X-Men: Apocalypse on the same day and time in nine cities around the UK*.
Parents who regular the Vue in Cardiff Stadium Plaza are certainly more likely to live happily ever after, with the cheapest adult tickets in the country at £4. Patrons of Leicester Square’s London West End Cinema, on the other hand, might be screaming in horror after finding out that the same ticket will cost them almost 300% more at £15.99. But we can’t just blame this on those pesky Londoners and their love for price inflation, Manchester also comes out as the most expensive place to purchase an adult ticket at £12.99, 200% more than in the Welsh capital.
Out of the chains, Vue had the biggest disparity between the cheapest and most expensive cinemas (300%), Odeon showing a 127% increase between it’s locations and Cineworld appearing to be the best value for customers, with ‘only’ a 42% difference between its most expensive cinema in London (£13.60) and it’s cheapest in Birmingham (£9.60).
“But Leighanne!” I hear you scream, brandishing a children’s ticket tightly in one hand and your old student card in the other. “Surely these are ways of avoiding this tragedy!” Well, whilst it is possible to catch a good deal in some locations with a student, child or senior ticket, others don’t offer any discount at all.
A student ticket at the Cineworld in Cardiff is 62% cheaper than an adult ticket, whilst the already cheap Vue in Cardiff is the same price regardless of the variety of ticket you purchase. In what can be considered a confusing pricing structure for consumers, London Tottenham Court Road offers one of the more expensive adult tickets at £15, yet is the cheaper of the other tickets priced at £8.50.
Shane Forster, Voucherbox.co.uk UK Country Manager, voiced his disapproval on the matter, “The cinema is no longer regarded as a cheap evening out. Whilst some variation in costs across the UK in costs is to be expected consumers don’t expect a 300% increase – this is just not comparative to the cost of living.”
But this doesn’t mean that you can’t try your best in your area to get the most out of your money. When looking at the costs within the same location, the results may come as a surprise to many. An adult ticket in Cardiff can see an increase of 143%, while you can expect a 63% increase within Bristol and 61% in Edinburgh. In London, a five-minute walk (from Covent Garden to Leicester Square) can increase the cost of a ticket by 39%! A significant increase when purchasing multiple tickets for the family.
As a family, there are sometimes considerable cost savings to be made. Calculating the collective admission cost of two adults and two children, the family ticket at Vue Leicester Square will save you £6.40, whereas the Odeon Leicester Square ticket will save you an amazing £17.
In the end, the key to saving money is to check before you head out of the door, and see if there are any deals to be had by purchasing tickets beforehand online, bearing in mind booking fees and additional expense when you arrive, such as snacks, 3D viewings and seat upgrades. 

Anxiety, Depression and Me


First off, I'm sorry for being AWOL over the last few weeks. I have been in two minds about writing what has kept me from blogging but but I feel it is important to share.
 

In April, I had the panic attack which changed my life. What brought it on? I couldn't tell you. All I know it was one of the most scariest experiences of my life.

If I'm totally honest,  I had been feeling low for a while. I wasn't sleeping and would struggle to wake up in the mornings. I had no interest in socialising, finding myself making plans, knowing full well I wasn't going to go and cancel at the last minute.

I spoke to my family and decided to seek professional help, making an appointment to see my doctor. He was really understanding and talked me through my treatment options. We agreed that I would be referred to see a counsellor.

I was diagonised with depression, anxiety and low self esteem. Reading this sentence back, it seems so strange, especially as i am always considered someone who is strong, happy and outgoing. I was also concerned because i didn't want anything to affect Darcy but she has and always will be my motivation to do the best for both of us.


The hardest part of this whole experience was admitting that I was struggling. It's scary opening up to someone and sharing your deepest, personal feelings.

In a strange way, having the panic attack has actually helped me. It made me have to address my struggles. Don't get me wrong I have low days but in general I feel much better in myself and slowly things are going back to normal.
A lot of people suffer with mental health at some point in their lives.
If you are feeling stressed, anxious and not eating or sleeping well, please go and see your doctor. There is nothing wrong with feeling low and seeking help.


Coupons for Food Shopping

As much as we’d all love for the price of food shopping to come down, the truth is actually much different.  When I shop for Darcy and I, I try to have a good selection of fresh food – after all I want Darcy to have a mixed, healthy diet. This is working well because she isn’t a fussy eater – but it can be expensive!

I have always loved a bargain, so a few months ago I thought I would have a look at ways I can save on our weekly household shop, and it’s working.

One of the most effective ways to save money is by redeeming coupons on your routine shopping trips to the market. There are a lot of misunderstanding about coupons that how using them is only a waste of time or how there are no coupons that work for the brands that families usually use. I believe that every person should use coupons and that is why I am going to bust some common myths and misconceptions about using coupons.

  • You can never find a coupon for the items you are interested in; it is what a lot of people say about coupons. What I have to say is that you can even find coupons for toothpaste and shower gels not to include other basic needs. I am a frequent coupon user and I believe if you do it right, you can literally walk out of a grocery store with a couple of items for free. I just managed to get some free ASDA coupons, and managed to cut down my shopping bill by £30.


  • People also claim that there are no coupons available for non-processed foods, what they don’t know is that you can buy a jar Uncle Ben's for £1, which is originally £2.99. It is only one example. If you are a healthy living enthusiast then you would want to switch from junk and processed foods to the healthier options. There are a lot of stores like Tesco's, Sainsbury's and Morrison's that accept all kinds of coupons for their all-natural, organic food options. You can use a manufacturer’s coupon with the ones that the Whole Foods offer to save a lot of money on non-processed foods.

Another thing that a lot of people relate to using coupons is that they think it is a lot of time-consuming thing to do. It might be true to some extent. But I think the only activity that takes time is arranging your coupons and clipping them together for the next time you go shopping is worth the money it saves. I prefer doing this task of clipping while I am watching TV or listening to music. 

There are a couple of websites on the internet that can help you save a lot of time because all of their coupons are already put together.

Using coupons is a good habit for saving money and living a more frugal lifestyle.



Do you use coupons? Have any other tips to save money? Let me know! 

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