Bedtime + heat = grumpy toddler

My daughter normally falls asleep by 7pm as she gets up at 5am. Thought the same about the heat she didn’t go to sleep until 9.30pm! X

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Why is it that at bedtime my happy, giggling little girl, turns in to a grumpy, whiney devil?
I can only assume it is the heat tonight that made her turn in to an absolute terror, and made bedtime last for 2 hours! Yes that’s right 2 sodding hours.
It all started out well, cuddles on the sofa with milk and lala (dummy) and then it started, we needed a bum change, and then some more milk. And then the whining started, that awful noise that is half cry half moan but fully annoying. Then we had full crying for daddy, and then the request for more lala’s.
We had singing, bribery, begging, and finally after 2 hours she fell asleep clutching 6 yep 6 lala’s!!!!
It must be the heat, that turns her in to this crazy little person, like a mini drunk person, singing random songs, begging for another drink &…

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What a difference a year makes…

Tomorrow, on Monday 22nd August we have been in our house for a year. We were keen to move closer to my parents and we were also keen for Lou to go to a school with smaller classes. When we went to view the house I was quite taken aback as it needed a lot of work! I’d always wanted a project but unsure of how much could be done with a 6-month-old and a very lively 3-year-old Lou. My parents helped such a lot whilst we were away on holiday being at the house whilst new carpets were fitted as there wasn’t a single carpet left from the previous occupiers! My parents had to wash the walls as they weren’t left in a great way! And the whole building smelt of stale cigarettes, we decided that neutral tones throughout would allow it to be brightened up and would allow us to start on a blank canvas. Upstairs there were staples in the wooden floors, walls and ceiling, we aren’t sure exactly why! We spent ages picking the staples out to make it safe for the girls, and I had to pick remains of a green carpet out before our new carpet was put down! There are now only a few finishing touches to add to the girls’ bedroom. 

Lou and Moo’s bedroom
Our ‘toy den’ living room! (How I like it!)

Once a carpet was added, (we were left with just a concrete floor!) Curtains added and the living room was freshly painted it felt more like home. 

We still have the kitchen to decorate which was just left white, so my next task is to create a Parisian – style theme. 

The garden needed to be made safe for young children, hardly any grass had been left, and we had to dig it up and start again by adding grass seed to try and get a lawn back. I have never seen so many random objects dug in a garden! I found computer keys, Sim cards, kitchen utensils, etc! All underground. 

We now feel so happy for our girls to play in the garden, when it’s been good weather, we’ve been out there everyday. I added in pots of flowers (just out of picture) and decorated tyres to create a mud pit. My future projects are to replace more fencing that is getting old and to create my own outdoor furniture for the girls, made from a wooden cable reel and pallet. 

We have a very limited budget but we have been pleased with how much we’ve managed in a year, we love our little house in the countryside and have no plans to move! 

Thanks for reading 🙂

Bibetta Lunch Bag Review

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As my 4 year old daughter is due to start Primary school in a few weeks, it was great to be asked to review a Bibetta lunch bag. I hadn’t heard of the Bibetta brand before but from when we received the lunch bag the first thing I thought was ‘this is like a wet suit material.’ after reading up on the Bibetta brand I realised that Bibetta:

“Design and manufacture a range of smart, innovative and practical products to help everyday family life, fun and relaxing.”

Source: Bibetta website

The founder of Bibetta, Paul Brown (products designer and keen surfer,) found that Neoprene, a material used to make wet suits would be waterproof, stretchy, soft, durable and strong and therefore would make a perfect bib material. I also found that Bibetta produce the following products:

  • Ultra bibs
  • Sleeved Ultra bibs
  • Dribble bibs
  • Picnic blankets
  • Swim bags
  • Roll-up changing mats
  • Lunch bags
  • Bottle insulators
  • Nappy wet bags

We were sent a ‘Pink Butterflies’ lunch bag, my daughter immediately spotted the butterfly name tag and soft handle. On our day out to a local park, I was able to hang the bag onto my pushchair and my daughter accessed the bag when she wanted a snack.

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I was pleased to find out that the lunch bag can be hand washed with water and washing up liquid, or normal clothes detergent. The bag can be then rinsed with warm water and left to dry. I was also very pleased to find that it can be occasionally added to a 30 degree, or less, washing machine cool wash. previously I have had to replace around 5 lunch boxes in the last year due to messes and spills inside the bags, that won’t come off even of anti-bacterial products were used to clean inside.

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Older lunch bag that was much harder to clean.

On our trip out we added some drinks bottles to the lunch bag, I was pleased to read that the Neoprene material is insulating, helping to keep contents at the right temperature for longer. One of the drinks spilt in transit as the bottle isn’t great and normally the drink would leak through, but with the Bibetta lunch bag the liquid was contained and when we got home I just wiped clean with a cloth. The lunch bag was dry again within minutes.

I would highly recommend a Bibetta lunch bag to everyone, so practical and spacious. I hope to buy one for my youngest daughter as we visit a few groups, and take drinks and snacks to places such as the park. She also starts Pre School next year and this would be perfect to store her packed lunch. Bibetta lunch bags come in 4 different colours/styles:

  • Turquoise birds
  • Pink butterflies
  • Green owls
  • Blue fish

Each coming with a corresponding animal print. You can download a brochure of products from the Bibetta website, I found that selected products up until bank holiday Monday have up to 50% off. With this offer Bibetta lunch bags are £4.99 (were £9.99.)

I will be updating our use of the Bibetta lunch bag once my 4 year old starts school in September.

Disclosure: We were sent the Bibetta lunch bag for the purpose of this review, all opinions are my own.

Bibetta products can be ordered online at:

Bibetta website

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Thanks for reading 🙂

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Apologies for not as much posting

I will be carrying on with my ‘Sleep and Bedtimes’ guest Blogger series, but I probably won’t be as active with other posts for a short time due to having to do my music planning ready for September and I’ll be running a weekly session at the local Pre School, which I’m really excited about 🙂 It’s occurred to me today that there’s only 2 weeks of the holidays left after this one (it’s going quick!) So I best make a start on my plans! 

Thanks for your patience ! 

The impact that our local children’s centre has had on our Family

I currently feel so passionate about writing this post to explain to others how much of a positive impact our local children’s centres have had on our family. Without this service I’m not sure where we’d be at with our family life right now.

Worcestershire County Council are proposing 1.5 million cuts to local children’s centre services. I have found that accessing these centres have been vital to both myself, and other parents I have spoken to in the past 5 years that I have accessed local children’s centres. I went to Saffron in Worcester for my Antenatal appointments with my first child, born in March 2012. I used to be the baby room leader at the centre in Tudor Way, Dines Green. This centre shared a building with the day nursery I worked for and offered a crèche service for the children of parents attending courses at Tudor Way. When my second child was born in March 2015, we had only just moved to the Evesham area, I found it quite isolating and found it difficult to make friends. I attended the baby stay and play at Orchard Vale centre and found the staff extremely supportive and the other new mothers so friendly. This was a huge step for me as I struggle with self-confidence and I had just found out that my child had additional needs so a supportive group such as Orchard Vale was vital at that time. When we moved house to the Pershore area, I accessed the centre at Blossom Vale. This centre offered me the most support and without this my family wouldn’t be functioning as we are today.

I would like to explain my experiences of the Blossom Vale Centre, Pershore in more detail:

I currently attend with my 16 month old daughter:

  • Tiny Turtles swimming sessions at our local swimming pool at Rivers, Pershore, run by the children’s centre.
  • ‘Bounce and Rhyme’ 0-18 months music session at Pershore library.
  • We have taken part in ‘Sensory Madness’ and ‘Toddle Along’ courses with my daughter.
  • We accessed the crèche in the centre whilst I attended ‘Triple P’ and ‘Family Links’ parenting courses.
  • I have been invited to attend an additional needs parents forum and a talk about Autism run through Autism West Midlands.
  • My partner has attended the Father’s groups with our 4-year-old.
  • In July 2015 our health visitor referred us to family support as we were having a very difficult time at home coping with our child’s behaviour, whom has additional needs. In June 2016 I self-referred back to Family Support. Due to the forthcoming transition from Pre school to school as my 4-year-old finds changes and transitions particularly unsettling.

The benefits of attending children’s centre groups and sessions are that it’s a welcoming environment to talk to other parents, especially if you are a socially awkward and un-confident parent as I am myself. My partner struggles socially and he felt at ease to chat to other fathers at the ‘Dad’s group’ sessions. The staff at the centre are so helpful, they are aware that my eldest child has difficulties with her behaviour at home and when attending sessions they take the time to check in and ask if everything is ok at home. Without groups such as those mentioned above I fear that many other parents will be completely lost and isolated, especially first time mothers, who find that support from talking to other new mothers in the same situation, its such a relief to find that you’re not alone in what your are currently going through, whether this be problems with feeding, colic, sleeping, etc.

The most beneficial service for our family by far has been that of Family Support. I felt like an alien to everyone when I found out that my child had additional needs, I felt like the only parent in the world going through this. Our daughter, now 4, had extreme meltdowns which escalated after her sister was born in March 2015. Her behaviour was unbearable at home, she would scream, shout, throw items at me and was very rough with her younger sister. When our family support worker first came into our home, we were without a diagnosis for my daughter’s difficulties, I blamed myself as a parent and I was extremely low in myself. Our family support worker was able to finish a course of ‘Family Links’ parenting course that I’d be unable to carry on with due to problems in pregnancy, we talked about acceptable behaviours as my daughter has no awareness of dangers, we discussed tactics of how my daughter could keep calm, including breathing techniques and I was offered support and advice on using strategies such as ‘Visual Timetables’ and ‘Social Stories.’ The family support worker helped me gain confidence in my ability as a parent and helped my partner with self-esteem strategies. Without this service my family would be completely and utterly lost, we wouldn’t have been able to function or carry on. As we are currently at the beginning of the school summer holidays I’m unsure as to whether we we actually gain any more family support, as my daughter is on the way to a more thorough diagnosis and has already been recognised as having Sensory Processing Disorder, with traits of ADHD and Autism. Her behaviour has recently spiralled, she is bigger and stronger than when we first accessed family support and faces the transition between Pre school, then the school holidays, then starting First school. She finds changes very unsettling and we are currently experiencing up to 10 extreme meltdowns per day.

I feel so devastated that services like these mentioned could be cut, and centres even closed, my fear is that there are so many other parents out there who have and who are experiencing the same as we have in the past 2 years, where will these people go to for support?

In those times when someone is totally and utterly desperate will more parents be faced with visits from social services when all they need is someone like a family support worker to pick them up and tell them everything is going to be ok?

Thank You for your time,

Nicola Perrins,

Worcestershire Parent and Blogger at Sensory Sensitive Mummy.

 

 

 

 

 

Review of my Forever Living basket 

This is my first ever review for my Blog!

I was given a Forever Living basket for a week from my friend who runs her own Forever Living business.

I hadn’t heard of Forever Living products before but I was happy to test them out. I also hadn’t realised the benefits of using Aloe for medicinal purposes. I read that

The gel can be taken internally for its nutritional anti-inflammatory and immune balancing effect. It can also be combined with other ingredients to produce topical creams and lotions to nourish and improve the quality of the skin.

Source: ‘Aloe Vera the facts’ by Dr. Peter Atherton.

I have always suffered with sensitive skin and find that a lot of products on the market can leave my skin very dry and itchy, especially those with a high fragrance. Both of my children are intolerant to dairy and egg and they both suffer from Eczema, finding products away from those on prescription are very rare.

I was very impressed over all by the Forever Living products from trying them out on my family of 4 for a week. We have some clear favourites and I’ll concentrate on some of these.

1. Aloe Heat Lotion – Soothing Massage Lotion –  118ml. 

This is by far my favourite product of the basket. I currently suffer with back pain and I’m on a waiting list for Physiotherapy. I’d been using other heat lotion products on the market, but Aloe Heat Lotion soothed my lower back for a longer period of time. After rubbing it in it only takes a minute to work, and the smell isn’t as offensive as some other products I’ve been using! Due to the size of the tube I feel that this product would last much longer than other products I’ve tried and therefore will be more cost efficient.

2. Forever Aloe Lips – with Jojoba. 4.25g.

I struggle with dry, chapped lips both in the heat and cold. As we’re currently having a heat wave my lips have been very dry, after using Aloe Lips I’ve found that my lips are softer and has stopped the chapped skin. The smell is pleasing, I can tell it contains Beeswax.

3. Aloe-Jojoba Shampoo and Conditioning rinse. Both 296ml.

Aloe-Jojoba is orange in colour and Conditioning rinse is white. I found that I didn’t need too much of either product, to be able to lather well – especially the shampoo. After washing out my hair felt softer than usual, I suffer with dry scalp and I was pleased to read that the shampoo helps with the removal of flakes from itchy scalp. I have a busy time with 2 young children, and my hair often looks flyaway, dry and frizzy! I feel that with sustained use both the shampoo and conditioner would improve my hair’s condition greatly.

4. Alow Moisturizing Lotion – 118ml.

I’m terrible at remembering to moisturise! I used to do the full face routine before I had children! I therefore have very dry skin, I found that my skin was lovely and smooth using Aloe Moisturizing Lotion, it didn’t leave my skin greasy and massaged into my skin well. I was pleased to read that the lotion can be used on face, hands or body. My hands are terribly dry, they are always in and out of water and dry quickly. I also feel that with sustained use I will see an improvement in my dry skin on my face and hands. I’ve reacted to a lot of moisturisers in the past due to having sensitive skin, I was pleased that this product is made from a great deal of natural products and I had no skin reaction at all.

5. Aloe Hand and Face soap. 473ml.

*My 4 year old’s favourite product!

This product wins the appreciation on my 4 year old! She reported that this soap:

Looks nice and it’s sparkly.

Amber (4) loves to wash her hands! It’s a slight obsession! She was happy to lather this over her hands and was happy with its smell. She enjoyed trying it on her face as she’s not a fan of face washing!

I feel that this product is very good value as it’s larger than other hand and face soaps on the market and many can only be used on hands. Amber has very dry hands she is constantly washing her hands and enjoys water play. Both children will benefit from using Aloe Hand and Face soap as it’s gentle on their hands and won’t dry them out.

I’ve throughly enjoyed trying these Forever Living products and seeing the benefits for the whole family.

For more information or to order any products please contact:

Katie Kelkeher

Forever Business Owner.

www.katiekelleher.myforever.biz

Email: k.kelleher@hotmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/katie.kelleher14

Please also visit her Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/917056265043926/

Thanks for reading 🙂

Writers block 

I’ve come to my first experience of ‘writers block’ since starting my Blog in March 2016. I have written so many posts about Lou’s additional needs and I have lists of more ideas of future posts but it’s also been such a busy time, it’s the last week of the school year and I’ve still got to compile my plans (of attack) to keep Lou occupied at home as she’ll be out of the normal routine in only 2 days time! 

Due to the recent hot weather we’ve been spending a lot more time outdoors, both girls have loved spending time in the paddling pool! I’ve also had problems with back pain and I’ve been put on a waiting list for Physio. 

I’m already thinking that I won’t be able to write as many posts when the summer holidays are here, but I’m hoping to get a lot more posts written come September when Lou starts school full time.

I’ve wondered for a while now about whether I should give reviewing products a try and share the review via my Blog, I’m testing the waters with reviewing a baby brand product and a health related children’s book. 

There are plenty of posts to write about with things coming up, such as more sessions at the SMILE centre, Malvern. Lou also had an impending Occupational Therapy appointment and if course, then there’s the start of ‘Big School.’ 

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We’ve had quite a tricky week with Lou in terms of behaviour, I’ve been doing a lot of work on ‘gentle hands’ with Moo and we’ve worked on a chart for kind hands. Both girls love park time, they interacted well in the large sandpit and Lou was ensuring that Moo didn’t fall over 🙂

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