Petition Appeal for Joshua

Appeal to readers to sign a petition changing the birth and death registration act

This is an appeal to all of my readers to please consider signing a petition to amend the Births & Deaths registration act 1953. The petition, which needs 10,000 signatures to be discussed in parliament, was started by Lucy Black after she tragically lost her twins at 21 weeks. At present, a birth is only recorded if it results in a stillbirth (after 24 weeks), neonatal death or live birth. When I first received this petition I thought that sounded reasonable, but then I read Lucy’s heart breaking story. The law as it stands may be reasonable and practical but […]

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25 Sketches Art Challenge, Sketch 1

25 sketches art challenge

Now that baby is nearly 8 months old I’ve found that I no longer need to watch her like a hawk 24/7, instead I can sit back, relax, and watch her like the crazy, obsessive woman that I am. As a result, a few of my pre-pregnancy hobbies have been making a re-appearance in my life. I’ve started playing the piano (very badly) again, I’ve been thinking about completing a couch to 5k on my much neglected running machine… although thinking is as far as I’ve got! and I’ve also decided to start drawing again. Back in the day I […]

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Review: Bidvine the easy way to find services and trades

Finding a Piano teacher in Swindon with Bidvine

What is Bidvine Bidvine is an online resource for finding services of every kind, from cleaners, to tradesmen, to music teachers. The service works by making your job request available to service providers, giving them the opportunity to contact you with a quote via Bidvine. Bidvine is free to customers requesting a quote. My Review of Bidvine One of my biggest pet hates is trying to find services providers and tradesmen. The internet seems to be a minefield of unreliable or disreputable companies and navigating it is a time consuming and frustrating endeavor. In the past few years I’ve had […]

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Recipe: Death by Chocolate Cake

Death by chocolate cake recipe

Pretty much everyone has one crowd pleasing recipe that always goes down well. For me it’s my far too chocolaty chocolate cake and as an Easter treat I’m going to share this recipe with you. I started making this chocolate cake about 3 years ago, and since then I’ve made a few adjustments to the recipe to create a seriously light and fluffy cake that will can make even a devoted chocoholic like myself wonder if maybe they over did the chocolate just a smidgen. Cake Ingredients 250g Milk or dark chocolate, both work well. 170g Salted butter. 350g Light […]

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Review: WaterWipes baby wet wipes

WaterWipes baby wet wipes review

About WaterWipes WaterWipes are a chemical free wet wipe which uses only water and a drop of fruit extract. The lack of chamicals means that they are considered safe to use from birth by most and may help prevent skin conditions such as nappy rash. My review of WaterWipes It’s fair to say that most first time parents have no idea how much having a tiny human will change them and their lives. The impact of bringing a life into the world is massive but one of the biggest surprises has to be exactly how much time you suddenly spend […]

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How to top up your maternity pay with Matched Betting

How to top up your maternity pay with matched betting

Following on from my Frugal February post I was going to write Money Saving March but as it turns out March has been the month of Matched Betting. As a result I’ve decided that instead of writing about how I’ve done this month, I’m going to write about how anybody can substantially top up their maternity pay with very little effort, through matched betting. I cam across Matched Betting years ago when I read some posts on money saving forums about people making silly amounts of money for very little effort. If I’m honest, I didn’t believe it. There’s always […]

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The Essential Guide to Changing a Nappy

The Essential Guide to Changing your Newborn Baby's Nappy

I’ve been reviewing lots of nappy changing bits and bobs recently and it’s got me thinking about my experience dealing with nappy changes compared with the instructions I received from books and classes before Baby was born. Needless to say the real deal is much different from the expectation so I decided that I would write a realistic guide to changing your shiny new baby’s slightly less shiny rear end. Disclaimer: This guide is based on changing a girls nappy, if you are changing a boy I suggest the addition of a rain hood or poncho as an extra precaution. […]

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Review: Bubble Club Sparkling Wine Subscription

Review of Bubble Club wine subscription

About Bubble Club Bubble club is a monthly or bi-monthly sparkling wine subscription box which includes two high quality bottles of bubbly, a selection of luxury treats and a club magazine. My Review of Bubble Club If like me you’ve dropped the ball on Mothers Day this year, you’ve come to the right place! Unlike many of the mum’s I see on Facebook and Twitter lamenting the fact that it’s too early for wine, I can usually take it or leave it. The one exception is a good bottle of sparkling wine, so I was more than happy to take […]

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Review: Sew a Little Secret craft subscription + Giveaway

Sew a little secret craft subscription

About Sew a little secret Sew a little secret is a sewing craft subscription which includes all the instructions instructions, patterns, fabric and haberdashery you need to make one craft project per month. The subscription can be tailored to beginners or intermediate and ordered as a one off, monthly or six monthly subscription. My Review of Sew a little secret Pre-Baby I used to love crafts and sewing, but getting time to do anything crafty now is a major struggle. With free time rarer than gold dust, when I do get a moment to spend doing crafts I often spend […]

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Review: Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment

Bepanthen nappy cream

About Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment Bepanthen is a nappy cream which can be used at every nappy change to help keep your baby’s skin moisurised and free from nappy rash. It contains no fragrances, preservatives, colours or antiseptics and prides itself on being gentle enough to use on highly sensitive or premature baby skin. Bapanthen comes in tubes of 30g, 50g or 100g. My review of Bapanthen Nappy Care Ointment If you have a baby then then likelihood is that you spend a lot of time worrying about what’s going in, and inevitably, coming out of them. As a result […]

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