Monday, 29 June 2015

Sunshine, Sunny D and Keeping Hydrated

I'm always on the look out for fruit juice drinks that Aaron will love. Yes he does like and drink water, and for 5 years has drunk milk (dairy free) everyday, but like most children, enjoys something "juicy" especially when it's hot and sunny! I have never allowed Aaron to drink fizzy drinks and thank God he hates them anyway. Personally, I think fizzy drinks are linked with obesity and tooth decay.

We recently went on a mission to find Sunny D. Aaron looked high
and low:
We eventually found it in Tesco, (clever Daddy thought of looking in Tesco Express so that our journey time was halved) and being that Aaron's always thirsty after school it went down very well.
I was anxious to see if Aaron would actually like it, as he rejects things within one taste if they are not up to scratch. I'd read up on the product and felt optimistic he'd love it and he did.

All he wanted to do after that was play Frustration in the garden, so I poured us both a glass and enjoyed the opportunity to sit down for a while in the sun and fresh air.

It's a game I also owned and played as a child, but they've modernised it quite a lot. The "game" is still the same though. Thank God I enjoy it as he is insisting on playing it every day at the moment. Aaron being an only child (for now) means it's me that becomes the playmate!

Whilst I poured the drinks and put the school bags down, he rested on our swing seat in the garden - he copies my ability to relax ha ha! He also has the ability to sleep-in in the mornings - another thing I think he gets from Mamma. Maybe that's how he is able to keep going at the pace he does because he knows when and how to relax.

He takes the game really seriously and woe betide me if I win, as all it means is we have  to play AGAIN.........
There was a Summer Party at Aaron's school this weekend and I took part in Crowd Zumba despite being pregnant........

I'm only 9 weeks but look like 20, so it wasn't easy BUT I can't listen to that music without moving so I headed straight for the stage and did the whole 30 minutes. Well actually Aaron was so worried about me, he pulled me to sit on the grass for the last song. I've always thought he and me are telepathic but that REALLY confirmed it, as I was just inwardly thinking "I am flagging" and within SECONDS of that felt him pulling me. Bless his cotton socks.

Upon sitting on the grass I reached immediately for the thirst quenching Sunny D, exhausted after the Zumba:
I didn't get to drink all that much before it was snatched off me, further proof that he loves it as there were plenty of drinks in my bag:
We had a very hectic busy weekend and I was very proud of Aaron. He kept pace with me, and somehow, despite having terrible 1st trimester tiredness, I also kept pace with him.

At the event we went to Sunday he kept wanting to go upper deck on the bus, which was actually a great thing, as it meant I got to put my feet up - phew!
But back to Sunny D. The flavour we have tried is Tangy Florida but I can't wait to try the others. Tangy Florida tastes tart rather than sweet but Aaron loved it - he doesn't eat that many sweets so thankfully he still has a normal unspoilt palette. It's a similar taste to freshly squeezed orange juice but without the "bits" which Aaron would hate anyhow. I bought him a smoothie at the festival yesterday and he rejected it as he could taste the pips/seeds from the berries.

Reading the ingredients, Sunny D does actually contain sugar, and I am glad about that as I always avoid "no added sugar" drinks; one, because they TASTE artificial and two, because I have really strong feelings on things like aspartame (which thankfully Sunny D does not use).

The other flavours are Smooth California and Juicy Orange Passion.

To buy Sunny D, and try it's new recipe you can go to
Asda
Co-Op
Tesco
Morrisons
Iceland
One Stop

Tesco sells Sunny D online: Smooth California£1.27 for 1 litre.
They also sell it in cartons: Sunny D Florida 3 x 200ml

Sunny D has regular competitions on its website here: Sunny D competitions and has a very active Facebook page.

There are lots of tips and tricks like How to Scoot to School on their website.

Sunny D's history
Sunny Delight became Sunny D in 2012 and now contains 15% juice and added vitamins A, C, D & E. There are no artificial colours or preservatives added to our juice drinks.
Sunny D has now been part of Orangina Schweppes since 2011. The group has a rich history over several continents, and goes back as early as the 18th century! Europe remains at the heart of the business but products are enjoyed in over 60 countries, reaching Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Sunny D was created in 1963 in Florida by Howard Dick and Phil Grinnell. They made the liquid sunshine that is Sunny D!

Disclosure: This post was a collaboration with Sunny D. However, all words and opinions are my own (apart from the "history" text above). Both myself and Aaron genuinely loved the product and will be purchasing it again so that we can taste all of the flavours!

Adding my post to #TriedTested over at My Family Fever:

Family Fever

Five Signs That Your Child Has a Hearing Issue

Those of us who have healthy children are very lucky. But it's important to remember that some health issues are only discovered once a child reaches school age and begins to interact with the wider world. 

Hearing issues are one such problem that can easily go undetected if we don't pay close attention to our children's behaviour. Here are some signs to watch out for in your child as they reach school age.

Your child turns the volume up too high
Does your child tend to turn up the volume of the TV or radio far too high? If the answer is yes, it could be because they simply can't hear it well enough. Instead of just turning down the volume next time, be sure to ask them why they have turned it up so loud. Pay attention to their behaviour and see if you can spot any other symptoms and, if so, you should book your child a hearing test. Getting hearing issues diagnosed early can make a huge difference to children's lives and it's vital to identify hearing issues before they impact your child's learning at school.

Your child doesn't come when called
If you're constantly calling your child's name at home and you seldom get a response, it might be a sign that they aren't hearing you as well as they should. Ask your son or daughter whether they heard you calling them, and see what they say. Maybe you think they're being disobedient when in reality, they just don't hear their names being called. If they hear more when making eye contact, it may be that they are relying on lip reading rather than fully utilising their ears.


Your child complains of ear aches, pain or strange noises
Any symptoms like these in young children should be given close attention. Your child might be suffering from one of the many health problems that can cause temporary hearing impairment, such as ear infections or grommets (glue ear).

Your child talks very loudly, or has problems with speech
Listen carefully to the way your child speaks. Do they speak with a very loud voice, even when people are very close by? 

Or do they sound different to other children their age? 

Perhaps they have a slight speech delay? 
Any issues with vocalisation need to be reported to your doctor so that your child can be referred to a hearing specialist, or someone who deals with speech therapy.

Your child always asks you to repeat yourself
It seems obvious, but if you're very used to your child doing something like asking you to repeat yourself, you might not notice that it's anything unusual. Some children seem to always look to others for answers to questions, because they have not heard them properly. Others seem to always give strange answers to people's questions, simply because they have not heard the question properly.


These are just some of the symptoms of hearing loss in children that are school age. Even if you have not spotted any of these issues, you can always turn to the experts and book your child in for a hearing test to reassure yourself. It is always better to get these issues sorted before your child starts school, rather than afterwards, so that they are not struggling with an undetected disability in the classroom.

End of article.

I can share with you Aaron's story. His hearing had always been impeccable but Christmas 2014 he had a flu and headcold that seemed to go on for 4 months. I discovered he was having dairy milk at school, with his morning snack. Even though he is dairy free at home. Once I asked school to eliminate it, the runny nose stopped with 24-36 hours. Once school saw this within 10 days, without my permission, they reintroduced milk. The runny nose immediately returned, so I quizzed them about the milk and true enough he was consuming milk again. They eliminated it once again and again the runny nose ceased immediately. They now believed me there was a link. Sadly that flu had included a sinus infection which seemed to impact his hearing. So for most of Winter he was doing the things above, like increasing the volume on the TV. 

Once the flu was behind him, his hearing seemed to recover. However he is now having a Summer cold, and we seem to be encountering the same problem again. His ears seem to have more wax than normal and the TV is about 10 points up on volume. So we are currently awaiting an appointment with the Audiology department from the hospital.

On another subject, when the nurse came into school he failed the sight test. They then ask you to see an Optician and we did this. The Optician spent a long time with Aaron but confirmed via a detailed analysis that his eyesight is above average for his age and that he therefore does not require glasses. So we are reassured regarding sight, but do need to get the ears sorted.

Friday, 26 June 2015

BritMums Live 2015 I was Not Alone

Where is everyone? Well, I arrived to a calm and tranquil Brewery as I was a Butterfly so required to be there an hour early. 

However, you knew it was BritMums Live, as on the walk from Moorgate station to the venue I already bumped into lots of people I knew. First of all the very smiley Aly and Marissa as they were on the way to early check-in at their hotel and then later down the road I met Julie, whose hair was looking amazing and very purple!

When I bumped into everyone I'd already bought a Boots' meal deal, as being a veteran of BritMums Live I know lunch is not provided on day 01, but I'd forgotten to buy jewellery for my naked neck and ears, but saying it out loud to Julie resolved my intentions and I headed to Marks and Spencers (there's a HUGE one in Moorgate). So glad I did as it would have effected my confidence otherwise (yes sometimes it is the little things that get us putting one foot in front of the other).

I've hesitated with writing my BritMums Live post as I have been shattered beyond measure. I only uploaded the pics to my computer Tuesday 23rd June despite the conference being Friday and Saturday. I'm on my last legs and so is my laptop, so it just was not possible before now.

Overall my experience was positive; I'd even go as far as to say it was the best one yet of the 5 in a row I have been to. I said as much to the founders as I hugged and thanked them goodbye. I stand by that.

There was a bit of silliness but I am not going to go there, apart from to say, the snigger you made, as I moved out of someone's way, was unnecessary (you know who you are). If me and her can be at the same event and be civil, so too should her followers be able to - grow up! Despite us spending two days #TalkingPants and reminiscing about the period (time of the month) leaks that Diary Doll now prevent, we have (I think) left our school days behind us, other than to visit the place at 08:45 and 15:15.

The conference got off to a flying start with my being early, as, like I said, I was a Butterfly. So I got to see the beautiful venue before the masses. Fair play to Jen and Susanna - for Aaron's birthday party I was still setting up the hall when everyone arrived but they are true professionals so everything was in place and looking grand already, apart from a refuse truck outside collecting all the trash before the glamorous Mums arrived. I only mention it as the smell of it ramped up my morning sickness but I ploughed on and made a smiley entrance regardless.
My collage reminds me that I bumped into Hannah and Helen outside All Bar One as I whizzed passed. It was full of bloggers in there but no time to stop. I'd seen Hannah's outfit in a "What I'm Wearing" post on Facebook and commented to her how great she looked.

When I arrived at the venue, the first person I met was Seasider in the City Clare who I've known for years. She looks 15 years younger than when I first met her though (in 2011), thanks to a health kick. She was sad at the start of the event as her URL was down, but the fact that I can link to it here means I think it's fixed - well done Mrs!!!!

Before I forget I must mention the rhubarb and custard cones featured in the collage above - I confess to eating about 6 of them, and when I discovered later that they hadn't been devoured I had about 6 more - hey I am eating for two (or three................).

Hats off to Jen and Susanna they were relaxed enough to meet and greet - I don't know HOW they do it. This year for the first ever time there was a Craft Room, mainly hosted by Lady Sew and Sew- they gave Susanna a fascinator to wear (see it in my collage above) and it was the bomb! Ascot-ready despite being miles away. Alice (who shall from here on in be known as Alice the Hat) was accused by fellow London Transport travellers of going in the wrong direction for Ascot whilst travelling to BritMums Live.




I had to sit and enjoy my Boots' Meal Deal in order to be able to function so I sneaked into the craft room (they thought I was an impostor) and took a seat. Was a great place to dine as I saw the vintage ladies rehearse.

A video posted by Liska (@newmumonline) on



I patrolled the hub (where we have tea and coffee and meet brands) and got some footage which I am yet to edit/upload but all too soon it was time for the event itself to begin. The only brand I talked to in depth during this precious pre-event time was My Friend Freddy Bear who are at a pre-launch stage.

Begin really means people registering and entering for tea/coffee and mingling but as a Butterfly it meant my going on duty to meet and greet. It's an odd one though as confident people don't need hugs and shy people resist them, but I did what I could.

As usual, some Butterflies are more natural than others. Monika was radiant (see below) and judging by the orange bag on her wrist had already cleverly grabbed her Merci Maman complimentary bracelet. Ours are engraved with: "BritMums Live 2015" and are the best ever memento of the event. I am gulping at that link I have just posted as they retail at 27 pounds and we all got one free - wow!
I then went on to work the room in the hub and didn't meet nearly as many people as I should have but was very happy to meet Swazi again (old Mumsnet Blogfest and Danceathon buddy) and Mummy Constant for the first ever time after all these years:
Everyone has commented on what a relaxed affair it was this year. Everyone was so friendly and smiley. There was no snootiness and no cliques. Seemed like a level playing field with a complete absence of egos. Beautiful atmosphere it has to be said!

This was my FIFTH BRITMUMS LIVE and I felt quite small!!!!!!!!! Look how amazonian everyone was compared to me, despite me being 5'7''
Jane from +Practically Perfect Mums 

Me and +Mum In A Hurry 

Me and +Julie 
So off to the main hall we went, for the opening welcome from Jen and Susanna, who then welcomed Deliciously Ella on stage.
Cutting out sugar is something I did in 2001, and lost 3.5 stone as a result. Thanks to that I looked amazing for my wedding and also beat PCOS, IBS and lots of other things as a result. Cutting out wheat, sugar and dairy wasn't trendy back then but I strode my own stride with no books  to help and saw the benefits GPs did not bother to tell me would result. I detest how limited the medical community's knowledge of nutrition is. Sadly I haven't had the self discipline or focus to do it since, which is such a shame. It was moving to listen to her story as she's never been on my radar, so I listened intently and was sat right up front.

If you wish you'd been there to hear her speak, then +Nadine Hill  has uploaded to YouTube not only her keynote but also her talk in a secret room with a limited audience. See it here: Deliciously Ella at BritMums Live.

After Deliciously Ella and before the Ice Breaker we heard a very moving talk from Victoria:
It was really exciting to discover what the Ice Breaker was, that has been a tightly held secret. We were to wrap Mummies in toilet roll to beat a Guinness World Record:
It was all very official, with coaches and adjudicators and everything. The record held was 50 mummies and we only did 51. We had a massive 18 disqualified as they were SO STRICT so thank God we made it by the one! I wrapped the bottom half of the very warm hearted Suzanne and was quite bossy (telling her when to raise and lower each foot and widen her legs) so as to get it done, which thank God I was, as I was wrapping up (quite literally when they made the "10 seconds to go" announcement).

It was only upon arriving home and looking in my goody bag that I discovered we all got a medal for our Guinness World Record attempt. So that and the Merci Maman made this the BritMums Live with THE best souvenirs yet.

*** Writing this post is taking too long - I need a lunch break - excuse me...... Friday 26th June 13:09 (hungry pregnant woman).....***

The next highlight of the day was the Costa Brava session where +Practically Perfect Mums and I got blissed out in a massage




The massage was to give us a first hand experience of Gerunda Fuga and THAT it DID!!!

The massage oils went in my hair - such is the cost of bliss - that my fringe looks quite greasy from here on in, so do excuse me. My radiant (pregnant) smile makes up for it though, and speaking of pregnant, the BEST reaction I got was when I told these two: Domestic Goddesque and Maris World. Mari your enthusiasm bowled me over:
Actually this post is a little upside down as I wore the pink dress (in pics above) on day two and the Joe Brown dress you see above on day 1. Both were bought in a charity shop the day before the conference - yep, I have always done things by the skin of my teeth, flying on the seat of my pants. The Joe Brown was 6.99 and the pink one 4.99. Bargainous. Sorry my pound sign does not work!

Friday evening, after the Bibs Party and before the Bibs Awards we were notified that we did indeed break a Guinness World record - hoo ha!
I love taking a pic of a photographer taking a pic - dunno is it geeky or just a strange fetish of mine!

I have lots of footage from the Bibs so I must upload it all.

I can't move on until I express how DELICIOUS the steak and chips were at the Awards Party - wow:
I ate a lot as I seemed to be stood in the right place and eating was a necessity as my morning sickness is beyond horrid if I don't. I am thrilled that they had Cranberry Juice so that it looked as if I was drinking red wine and didn't stand out too much amongst the festivities.

For a lot of the party I chatted with the lovely Laura. She's also been on a health kick of mammoth proportions. Not that she had a lot to lose but she's been redefining and attracting a large following whilst doing so.

It was also great to catch up with Clare, my mate of old who kindly took the photo of me and Laura (actually I am holding my pretend red wine there).

I chatted to lots of people during drinks and my baby brain won't let me list them all, sorry.

During drinks Susanna asked me to find Hayley from Downs Side Up and I had no idea the guy trailing her was a Sun reporter who was about to interview Hayley and Alice. An interview that meant Hayley wasn't in the room when her Inspire Bibs Award was announced, hence there was a "we seek her here, we seek her there" moment, ha ha:
Carol Smilie's furrowed brow above makes me chuckle for some reason. I think she made some witty remarks too if I remember, and I may well have recorded them!

She did eventually slip into the hall, only to discover that she was no longer a "serial finalist" and now a WINNER:
I will upload all of my Bibs footage:
HERE.

Then a large group of us headed off to Wagamamas for dinner, but first of all me and Sara checked into our plastic box. Cheap and cheerful but no TV and no kettle. Literally a bed for the night.

TO BE CONTINUED............



Pursuing a Bright & Fun Career by Becoming a Bingo Chat Host!

Are you a die-hard fan of bingo? Wishing to become a part of the online bingo industry?

If yes, then consider being a bingo chat host. 

It has become the trendiest career these days. 

People who do not have sufficient financial means to set up their own bingo site, but still want to join the respective industry can contact other websites.

You can take up the job of a bingo chat host and serve the booming gaming industry.

To get a hold of the different bingo websites, you can visit BingoBuddha.co.uk. This site is the best option to explore the available bingo sites in the UK. 

You can also gain knowledge about various offers and bonus codes through this website.

This article talks about the responsibilities of a bingo chat host and the ways in which you can become one.

As a stay-at-home mum, this could well be a great part-time opportunity to break into bingo, professionally. As everyone is doing now, turn a hobby into a career.

Responsibilities of a Bingo Chat Host
  • The major responsibility of a bingo chat host is to extend complete support to the players.
  • When you switch between bingo chat rooms, it is these hosts who greet you.
  • They congratulate the players on their victory and go between rooms. 
  • As a result, the interest of the players remains intact and a host adds an additional flavour of excitement and thrill. A bit like a real life host at a party - this being the virtual online version. Isn't everything going online these days!
  • A chat host intently memorizes frequent players, naturally being a people person (like working a room, but in this case a chat room), keeps a check on running chat games, declaring new games and names of winning players, whilst maintaining the discipline and order of the chat room.
  • Further, the hosts answer all the endless queries of the players and fix all the issues related to customer service.
  • You will find some online casinos that offer live chat host through webcams. 
  • The schedule of a bingo chat host is quite packed with no time to get up from the seat to move around a bit.

Ways to Become a Bingo Chat Host
  • If you want to pursue your career as a bingo chat host, then you need to look out for available vacancies.
  • With the help of the internet, you can explore the pay scale, duties and working hours of a chat host. 
  • In fact, you can contact an existing chat host to acquire the details that you’re looking for.
  • Make sure to keep your resume/CV always ready and up-to-date. In case, any bingo site finds your resume/CV interesting and relevant, they can call you for an interview through the webcam.

You may also come across many sites that do not pay anything in the training period for at least first 15 days after you have joined.

This training period can be utilised to determine whether the job is suitable for you or not.

In this period, you can either join it permanently or leave it. 

However, it will give you a fair idea of what the job is about and the other aspects that are involved.


Finalise your decision only if you think you are well qualified for the job and can do full justice to it. Those that naturally enjoy this type of thing are more likely to succeed.

To explore different bingo websites, you can even visit BingoBuddha.co.uk by clicking here to get all the information that you need. They are a great resource for narrowing down bingo sites that you’d like to apply to as a bingo chat host.

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Secret International Fairy Convention location is revealed in London!

Happy International Fairy Day 
#InternationalFairyDay 
Do you believe in them? 
Personally I always have done.
I have LOTS of books about fairies.

To mark this years annual International Fairy Day today, the Secret Association of Fairies and Elves Convention (S.A.F.E) takes place, and for the first time ever the location has been revealed ...doors courtesy of The Magic Door Store

The convention is hosted annually at secret locations all over the world, and this year the fairies have chosen a destination in London.
More than 500 magic doors have been installed at Londons GardenMuseum in Lambeth, so that fairies from across the globe could gather to discuss annual performance in each country and to set new targets for International Fairy Day 2016.

The location was leaked by the supplier of the magic doors on their Twitter feed, which read: ‘By international fairy request, we are the proud suppliers of fairy doors for this year's convention in London. Eeeek!’


When pressed for more information, Sarah Tollit, Founder and CEO of The Magic Door Store commented:
Magic doors have for many years helped fairies reach the lives of millions of children all around the world, and now we have the fairies stamp of approval. We are so proud to have been selected as the official supplier to the International Fairy Day Convention.”

Benjamin OConnor, Head of Operations at The Garden Museum, also commented on hosting the special event:
"We are so pleased that the fairies chose The Garden Museum to host their annual convention. Since The Garden Museum has been labelled nationally as one of London's best small museums, we feel that the fairies definitely made the right choice!

About The Magic Door Store

• The Magic Door Store was created by Sarah Tollit and launched in the UK in November 2013.
• Doors are available for purchase on the website www.themagicdoorstore.com and at selected UK and Dubai retailers
• Magic Doors are available in red, blue, pink, purple, green and yellow 
• The Magic Door Store has a total of 12 doors and 11 fairy and elf accessories
 

Disclosure: I was sent a Magic Door for review some months ago, but morning sickness has seen me struggling to blog, so I bring you this news, by way of apology to Magic Door, whilst they patiently await my full review. Maybe I need some fairy dust :-)

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Celebrate 15 Years of photobox with this Fab Giveaway

I've been with photobox for 11 of their 15 years and have always been satisfied with the quality of my prints and photo creations. Here's just a few of them here:

The best thing EVER though, is the luxurious best ever photobook I have just created. Received delivery of it yesterday (popped to the sorting office as it arrived whilst I was away at #BritMumsLive).
One thing parents always say, is "I am going to make a photobook of each year of his/her life" - we start with the best intentions. Some people even do it. This book, which records Aaron's fifth year is the first one I have done, of this nature. Because I didn't already have the "best of" for each month of pics, which is something I'd recommend you do as the year progresses, it took me many hours of pouring over photos to choose the ones to put in. Many months in my book have 4 pages with 9 pics on each page. Yep it is a thick book! ;-)

My book is 46 pages and yes, it is quite literally bursting at the seams with my favourite pics of Aaron from June 2014 to June 2015. 

Starting with Aaron's 4th birthday pics; ending with his 5th birthday "Spiderman" party pics.
Details
Product: A4 Lay Flat Photobook
Created: 1 Jun 2015
Last updated: 16 Jun 2015
Pages: 46
Price: £59.79
To celebrate photobox turning 15 years of age, I got my book on "review" but as you can see above, that is how much it would have costed. However, NOW, photobox is busy celebrating their anniversary they are doing up to 60% off photobooks. NOW you can get:
up to 60% OFF
A4 Lay Flat Book





which is just exceptional value...

So head over to their 15 years' birthday book sale which is only on for another 2 days, or read on, to enter my great giveaway.

Summer is just full of photos, so why not use them for the best photo creations ever.
I have  few canvas prints around my home, and they really make you smile. As bloggers we take phenomenal photos but they so often live in files on our computer or at best in blog posts. Seeing my pics come alive in Aaron's photobook has blown me away - can't wait to show it to Daddy.

They're are all sorts of creative things you can do with your pics though:

I've never ever made a cushion, but really must, they look great:
So if this post has inspired you to create some photo creations of your own, to get your pics out of the computer and into your home, then enter this giveaway. 

Please note each and every entry option is mandatory:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


If you win, you can spend the 150 GBP however you choose but it could include
- a photo book
- a photo journal
- a canvas or two
- photo mugs
- and so on...

Please see Rafflecopter for giveaway Ts and Cs.

The options are endless, have a look at photobox.co.uk for inspiration.

Last year, August was tinged with sadness regarding Aaron starting school in September. Now the photobook has made me all nostalgic about that period of time. I love archiving and capturing memories:
Good luck with the competition.

Liska xxx

Disclosure: this post forms part of a collaboration with Photobox, for the 15 year anniversary celebrations. I am a genuine loyal customer who has been with them for 11 of those 15 years and all words and opinions are my own.

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