Gel-A-Peel Review

As it’s coming up to Christmas I’ve recently been sent quite a few different products to try out and feature in my Christmas Gift Guides- watch out for them coming early November!

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This one is called Gel-A-Peel and it’s aimed at ages 8 and above. I was supposed to be keeping this one as a gift for my niece but hey, I’m over 8 and quite frankly couldn’t resist trying it out!

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I was sent a Neon accessory kit which contains everything you need to design your own funky creations; 3 Neon Gel tubes, a good selection of templates, 5 designer tips and some extra pieces to make earrings and such.

“Add a pop of color to your wardrobe with this Gel-a-Peel Accessory Kit. Design and create your own fashionable accessories. So easy to get started, just trace the templates, peel the gel design, and it’s ready to wear and share! If you’re into bright colors, the Gel-a-Peel Neon Accessory Kit will certainly gel with your style!”

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Before you get started you need to put the plastic sheet you get within the pack, under warm water, so you can straighten it out as this is what you use to draw your designs onto. Then you can get going! It really is as simple as it sounds; Choose which tip to use and attach it to the gel tube and get creative. After around 15-20 minutes your design will then be dry enough for you to peel off the plastic and wear as you wish! I’m really impressed with the kit, it’s so easy to use and there’s no mess involved at all.

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The templates included are really easy to follow and even tell you which direction to work in to help avoid the gel being smudged. They also include tips and ideas on different ways you can use the gel, like dotting it for a different effect.

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I had a bit of an experiment with the different tips and colours and could have played with it for hours so I know this is a great one for my niece. Only thing is, now I need to buy a whole new pack for her Christmas present as I can’t part with this one, I have loads of ideas I want to try haha!

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Check out their website here to find out more about the different packs available and where you can buy them 🙂

Mother Hermit xx

I was very kindly sent this product in exchange for this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

 

Britax Affinity 2 Travel System Review

Let me introduce to you Billy’s new wheels- the Britax Affinity 2. Well, I say new, but we’ve been testing this beaut out for the past couple of month and I can officially say that I am in LOVE! It’s suitable from 6 months to 3 years (17kg) and can be both rear and forward facing. You can also clip compatible Britax car seats and a hard carrycot (sold separately) directly onto the frame so the system can be used from newborn.

Now I’ll admit that when the system arrived I didn’t actually build it- I passed it straight to my other half G- he likes to build things! I think he was quite disappointed in a way though as he said it was ridiculously easy to put together and it only took him five minutes. Can’t complain with that at all as I’m a bit impatient and was ready to take Billy out for a stroll 🙂

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“The BRITAX AFFINITY 2 travel system has been designed to give parents the best of both worlds. Sleek style and colour customisation. Along with dual suspension performance for city and country terrain. So you’re free to take every day in your stride.”

The colours. You can choose from Black, White or Silver for the frame and there are six colours to choose from for the fabric; Lagoon Green, Cosmos Black, Flame Red, Wood Brown, Ocean Blue or Mineral Lilac. As you can probably tell, I chose the white frame with the Lagoon Green fabric which is so bold and bright- it’s absolutely gorgeous! The fabric colour packs can also be bought separately which will come in handy for when you need to give them a wash due to the messy toddlers or just to mix and match- I’m quite tempted to buy the Ocean Blue next!

The colour pack fabric is really easy to fit, everything basically pops into place including the apron which I think is much better than a cosy toes as it doesn’t slip down whilst you’re trying to strap the little one in- you can simply pop it on when they’re strapped in. The seat cushion is thickly padded and looks super comfy and again, stays in place perfectly so doesn’t move around and the harness straps simply slide on. There’s even a bit to fit into the basket on the bottom so the whole system has a touch of colour.

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The seat can be switched to either forward facing or rear facing really easily- there’s a button either side which you push at the same time and the seat clips off- you can then put it which way you like and click it into place. There’s even a little ventilation window or ‘spy pocket’ as I like to call it, on the back of the hood, (which is also adjustable and UPF 50+ sun protection), so you can peek on little one whilst they’re forward facing. The handle is adjustable too which is a huge bonus for us with G being so tall he likes to have it as high as possible and I like to have it in the middle. It also comes in handy when Billy wants to sit right up as you can lower it so it’s out of the way. The whole system is very light and so easy to push- whilst it looks quite big it’s a rather impressive, nippy pushchair and the front wheels move with ease making it simple to manoeuvre.

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Both the seat and footrest are multi-recline which makes the system comfortable for little one whether they’re awake or sleeping. You can tip it right back for when they’re sleeping and sit it right up for when they’re wide awake and want to see what’s going on. Same with the footrest, you can adjust that to whatever is more comfortable.

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When it comes to folding you need to take the seat off to do so. Once the seat is off you simply push the two buttons on either side of the frame and the frame will collapse smoothly and automatically lock into place once it’s folded as far as it will go. I was highly surprised at how compact it is once folded and pretty impressed that it’s also free standing when locked (not in my picture though as I hadn’t adjusted the handle). It will fit into pretty much any boot it’s so compact however you need to remember that you’ve also got the seat to fit in there too!

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The day after we received the Affinity 2 we were going on holiday and decided to take it with us so we could test it out properly as we knew we’d be having quite a few days out and using it to the max. Our holiday was in the UK so we took the raincover too. (which is fitted and doesn’t flap around might I add!) We really did use the pushchair A LOT and I’m surprised it came back in one piece! We took it on a hill walk, along the beach, to the sea life centre, on a train at a miniature railway, to soft play, shopping, we basically used it everyday, wherever we went and it was even used inside the caravan for Billy to take his naps!

Overall, as you can probably tell, I’m highly impressed with the Britax Affinity 2! I can’t fault it in any way and honestly cannot find one negative about the system. G’s even impressed- he keeps making comments on how amazing the suspension is- I have no idea, I just know it’s totally lightweight and easy to push/steer and is now the pushchair we use everyday. As you can see by the picture below Billy is perfectly happy and approves massively!

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You can find the Affinity 2 and all of the other Britax products on their website here.

Which colours would you choose?

Mother Hermit xx

We were very kindly sent the Britax Affinity 2 Travel System for the purpose of this honest review. All views and opinions are my own. All photo’s are my own.

Neo Child Friendly Lava Lamp Review

Mathmos are the original inventors of the lava lamp (invented in 1963!) and they have just released an exciting new product design- Neo.

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“Neo is designed by lighting designer Jonathan Coles and is the only lava lamp in the world that has been completely tested and verified for customers of all ages. Every detail has been designed with safety and quality at its core.
Neo is made from precision cast metal and is low voltage; powered by long lasting halogen capsules for extended use. Its internal diffuser ensures that the heat and light are directed into the bottle ensuring the best view of Mathmos’ unique lava lamp formulation. The shatterproof bottle is made in Britain and filled in the Mathmos’ factory in Poole Dorset.”

This all means that the Neo lava lamp is completely child friendly. Amazing right? I remember when I was growing up, my parents would never let me have one out of fear. The horror stories they had heard about the next door neighbours cousins brother, who had fallen asleep and left his lava lamp on all night, which had they overheated; probably something like that anyway, I just know I wasn’t allowed one!

We were lucky enough to be sent one to review for Violet’s room. I have to admit that I was a little worried as there must have been a good reason as to why I wasn’t allowed to have one; so I keep telling myself. However, as usual there was nothing to worry about- I’m super impressed!

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The Neo took all of five minutes to set up and we put it straight into Violet’s room. The one I chose is absolutely perfect for her room too as I have recently decorated it using bright pink and bold purple. We did make a mistake though… Clearly we should have turned it on for the first time whilst she was in nursery as the first night we switched it on, whilst she was pretty impressed with the lighting and colours, within fifteen minutes she was declaring she was bored as the lava wasn’t moving! Bad Mammy didn’t realise that the first few uses would take between 1-3 hours for it to warm up properly to disperse the lava- whoops!

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A few days later, having switched the Neo on every night for an hour or so, Violet became amazed once again seeing the lava ‘bubbles’ dancing around the lamp! She’s hooked now, every night before her bath it has to be turned on so it’s ready for when she has her bedtime story. It really doesn’t overheat either and isn’t hot to the touch. Obviously we tell her not to touch it, more that we don’t want her to knock it over or anything and we never leave it on very long, usually just until she’s had her story. I kind of want one for my bedroom now!

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The Neo comes in four different colour combinations and is available in both chrome and copper finishes.You can find out more about Mathmos and buy your lava lamps here.

Did you ever have a lava lamp? Let me know your thoughts below!

Mother Hermit xx

*We were kindly sent a Neo Lava Lamp in return for this post. All views and opinions are that of my own*

Num Noms Mini Chef Creations

Myself and Violet were invited to take part in a #MiniChefs challenge by Num Noms! Of course I said yes straight away, before realising that I had absolutely no idea what Num Noms were! I know, how on earth have I missed them?! It didn’t take me long to find them and wow- they’re oh so cute!

For those of you that, like me, may not have heard of these little beauties, Num Noms are cute little collectibles which all come with their own scent. You can then create your own creations, flavour fusions and recipes with them.

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We were set the challenge to create our own recipe using the Num Nom’s packs we were sent; Series 2 Diner and Brunch. We couldn’t just settle on one though so we decided to create two courses using both packs, with the help of Daddy!

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For the main course we mixed Frenchie Fries, Haley Hot Dog and Cheesy Go-Go;

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This really is as simple as it looks, sliced hot dogs, french fries and melted cheese and it was oh so good! Huge thumbs up from Violet so it could be on her menu a lot from now on 🙂

For dessert we mixed Berry Cakes and Jammin’ Razzy Go-Go;

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We got super creative and messy with this one! Myself and Violet both absolutely love Raspberry flavoured anything so we took full advantage. Thick maple syrup pancakes topped with a generous amount of raspberry jam, topped with squirty cream, raspberry sauce, repeated and finally topped with sprinkles! As you can tell by her face on the photo above, Violet adored this one and it was pretty hard to get a photo before she got stuck in!

Not only are we huge fans of Num Noms now, Violet is also enjoying creating different scents and flavours with the toys so watch this space for more recipes!

Have you heard of Num Noms before? Have you tried anything like this with them?

Mother Hermit xx

*We were very kindly sent both packs of Num Noms in return for this post. All views and opinions are that of my own*

 

The 2-Year-Old Sleep Regression

Okay, I’ll admit, I’m one of those annoying mother’s who’s always boasted about how well my kids sleep. How they sleep all night through, until 8am, taking naps everyday etc. etc. That is until recently…

The 2-year-old sleep regression- it’s not really a thing right? Well to me it’s never been something I was worried about because my daughter has always been an amazing sleeper. I really do mean sleeping through from a few weeks old, from 8pm until 8am as well as taking 2-3 hour naps per day- only rarely having bad nights when she was unwell or struggling with teething. But now? Well now I know exactly how annoying I must have sounded to other parents! Those evil dagger looks were well deserved fellow parentals!

So my darling toddler (born January 2014) decided that around four months ago she was going to give up her daily naps. No heads up from her, she just stopped and refused to sleep during the day at all. My reaction? Gahhhhhh, noooooooo! Those two hours on an afternoon were my time to get some chores done, prep the dinner and occasionally write, although since having our baby boy in February it was pretty much guaranteed he would wake up for a feed and those two hours of attention as soon as his sister went down.

With the naps stopped completely it seemed like the perfect opportunity to start the bedtime routine earlier because some nights she wasn’t going to bed until 8.30/9pm. She took to it pretty well and the new routine was in full force; Bath at 6pm, in bed and story at 7pm and she’d be asleep within minutes. However- you knew that was coming right?!- after a couple of days, maybe a week, she started waking at 2.30am EVERY night. Guaranteed at 2.30am she would be up and we would hear the pitter patter of her feet running across her floor and after a few attempts she figured out how to open the baby gate on her bedroom door. The first few nights she would make a bit of a fuss, ask for some milk, make any excuse to get you out of bed and refuse to go back to sleep for a few hours, often waking her baby brother in the process. She just wouldn’t go back to sleep until she literally passed out with exhaustion and would still be up again around 6am in a bad mood and you just knew that the day was going to be filled with hellish toddler tantrums.

After a few more days she appeared to be getting better at sleeping longer but became very sneaky- our very own night ninja! She would wake up around 4am (I didn’t realise this for the first few nights) and sneak out of her bedroom, head downstairs for her tablet or a toy, bring it back upstairs and lie on the end of our bed. She wouldn’t wake us and would happily lie there but we’d wake up at 6am and she’d be sat glued to Netflix looking like a teenager who’d pulled an all-nighter! That phase didn’t last long as we started hiding her tablet on a night time when we headed to bed but that still didn’t stop her waking up.

She continued with the 4am wake ups but every morning we could hear her putting herself on the toilet then grab a book and just chill in our bed. Super proud of her using the toilet by herself as it’s not something she’d even attempted to do during the day! However, coming into our bed at that time in the morning, reading a story to me to wake me up, prodding me to get up and get her some milk, anything she could possibly think of as an excuse to wake us up really, just didn’t help the sleep matters at all and we’d all be in a bad mood the next day due to the lack of sleep. Apart from baby boy that is, he’s in his own room in his cot, although his sister would sometimes wake him by sitting on the floor in his room and reading a story to him!

This all lasted for around four months- guaranteed to happen every single night with no explanation and no reason whatsoever for her waking. Once she was awake that was it. I’m pleased to say that this appears to have now come to an end altogether and she’s still going to sleep between 7-7.30pm and sleeping through once again until around 6.30/7am. She’ll be coming up 3 in January and it appears she’s now beginning to realise how amazing sleep is! If she’s tired she’ll let you know and will have a quiet hour rather than throwing a storm of a tantrum. Fingers crossed she’ll stick to this!

So yeah, the 2-year-old sleep regression really does exist, and it’s total hell.

Good luck fellow parentals!

Mother Hermit xx

This post was first featured on MeetOtherMums.com

Death By Chocolate Challenge- Dipping Sauce Recipe

So this week (10th-16th October) it’s National Chocolate Week! I wasn’t aware of this until I was asked if I’d like to partner up with the Dorset-based bakery T.J.Fudge’s, which involved taking on a challenge of creating a chocolate dipping sauce to accompany their divine Florentines! Couldn’t really say no to that now could I?!

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It took me a while to come up with an idea for my creation and I kept coming back to Salted Caramel, but this is used for EVERYTHING now so I wanted to try something a little different. I decided to opt for the citrus approach and ended up making two very simple but gorgeous dipping sauces!

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          For the dipping sauce you will need;

  • 100g Bar of Dark or Milk Chocolate (broken into chunks)
  • 50ml Double Cream
  • 50ml Whole or Semi Skimmed Milk
  • 1drop of Vanilla Essence
  • 2tbsp of Golden Syrup

The method is easy peasy; you throw everything into a pan and melt on a low/medium heat, stirring continuously until you get a smooth sauce.

I then split the sauce into two ramekins and with the first, created a Lime and Sea Salt flavour dip by adding the juice of half of a lime, 1-2tsp of Coarse Sea Salt and finishing it off with the lime zest. I realise this sounds like a strange concoction but it’s absolutely incredible!

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In the other half of the chocolate sauce I literally added 3tsp of Orange Extract- that’s it! I absolutely love chocolate and orange together, it’s the perfect combination.

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Whilst the Florentines were perfect on their own, I enjoyed dipping them in both sauces along with some fresh fruit!

Mother Hermit xx

*I was kindly sent the Thomas J Fudge’s Florentines and Chocolate for the purpose of this post. I was also gifted a voucher to buy any additional ingredients I required*

 

Caketoppers Ltd Review & Discount Code

Regular readers will know how much I LOVE cake. It’s certainly a favourite of mine, along with wine. (I just typed wine instead of mine, guess I have something on the brain?!)

Anyway, I was recently sent two gorgeous cupcakes from the lovely Sam at Caketoppers Ltd. What made them even more perfect was the fact that they were personalised and topped with a photo of my choosing. I chose to have my blog logo on both and was super impressed with how clear the images were when they arrived and how easy the process was. I simply chose and image and didn’t have to worry about resizing or cropping bits to fit, Caketoppers do it all for you.


I was sent one chocolate cupcake and one vanilla cupcake which were both individually wrapped- perfect for gifting, parties or even a cheeky treat in your lunch box! They even guarantee that they stay fresh for at least 5 days after delivery as the foil cases and iced topping help keep in the moisture. I can confirm this, I didn’t actually eat my vanilla one until 1.5weeks after receiving them and it tasted just as delicious and fresh as the chocolate one did the day after arrival.

Usually I’m a plain old vanilla girl and tend to give G anything chocolatey, but on this occasion I kept the whole thing to myself. The cake is seriously moist (I hate that word too!) and the generous topping of sticky icing is the perfect amount for the cake (the more the better I say!)- absolutely gorgeous and a great size!

The topper itself was fantastic, the image remained clear and the colours were just as bold and bright as the image I emailed to the guys at Caketoppers.


It’s not just cupcakes that they can personalise for you though, there are also full size cakes for any occasion and preprinted toppers and cakes. Have a look for yourself at the Caketoppers website here. I also have a code for you to get 10% off your order;


I just have one complaint though, there weren’t enough cupcakes in the box! 😉

Mother Hermit xx

Laughing and Learning with LeapFrog

I love a good toy- (even the noisy ones!) and was recently asked if I would like to try out some new LeapFrog ones with the kids. Now with Billy being only 7 months, we hadn’t really thought about buying him any toys just yet as I remember going slightly overboard when Violet was that age and can still picture the confused look on her little face as if to say “What on earth am I supposed to do with these woman?!” I really went THAT overboard and was clearly buying the wrong ones for her because Billy hasn’t stopped playing with this one toy since the day it arrived!

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Scout’s Count & Colours Band

This is the one I was sent for Billy. How cute is the little dog Scout?! It’s aimed at ages 6-24 months and the curriculum taught from the toy is counting, as you can see by the numbers on each instrument. Obviously Billy is a little bit young to be learning to count yet but I love that he will grow up playing with this toy, not even realising that he’ll be learning and most likely counting to 5 in no time!

“Rock out with piano-pup Scout, and get jamming on skills like cause and effect, counting, colours and more.”

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As soon as Billy saw the toy he grabbed for it, obviously those bright colours were all too tempting for him. As soon as I switched it on and the music began to play that was it, he was hooked. He couldn’t sit up on his own quite steady enough then so liked to have it on his lap in the bouncy chair and constantly played with all of the buttons to try to figure out what to do to make the music start again- don’t worry though as theirs a button to turn the volume down! You can also choose between three different modes, music, colours or numbers. On the music one you can press the different instruments to find out what they are and what they sound like as well as playing along to different tunes. On the colour mode it tells you the colour of each instrument depending on the one you press and on the number mode it tells you which number is written on the top of each instrument depending on which one you press. I think this is fantastic as the toy will last years and will help Billy to learn his colours and numbers whilst he is playing. We’ve had this for around 4 weeks now and it’s the first toy he grabs, especially as he’s now sitting up on his own. Violet enjoys sitting playing with it too when Billy’s not looking!

Melody The Musical Turtle

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This is the one we were sent for Violet. It’s aimed at ages 2-5 years and again the curriculum taught from the toy is counting. It’s also a fantastic one to help your little one learn the colours.

“Race the music to find numbers and colours, repeat patterns and create turtle-rific tunes in 10 snappy, light-up activities.”

This one is absolutely perfect for Violet. She may only be two but she already knows her numbers and colours and can often get a bit bored of the usual games played to help her remember these. Melody however is totally different; again there are 3 different settings to choose from and the first is music. You can choose how many players are taking part and then you have to follow the colours by pressing each one which lights up as quickly as possible to find out the song behind the pattern. It will then play the song and finish by your little one having to press all of the lit up buttons as quickly as possible to switch them all off. The next one is a challenge setting in which you again select the number of players and then play a memory game by following the pattern of lights and remembering which number was lit up. This one’s a bit tricky for Violet just yet but this means the toy will last her a long time! The last setting is numbers. Again you choose the number of players and then find the number or colour Melody tells you to find and press it as quickly as possible. It’s very exciting for a toddler!

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I really do think that both of these toys from LeapFrog are fantastic and perfect for my two. I love that they will grow with these toys are learn more and more from them as they get older. Now I need to have a look at the rest of the range for Christmas!! 🙂

Have you tried any LeapFrog products for your children before? What do you think of them?

Mother Hermit xx

I was very kindly sent these two toys for the purpose of this review. All views and opinions are that of my own.

Heading Back to Work

When I went on maternity leave with my daughter I had every intention of returning to work part time after I’d spent a good nine to twelve months off with my baby. Having spent those first few months together, practically just my daughter and I alone every day, the idea of going back to work just didn’t appeal to me at all and quite honestly started to get me really down. I decided to forget all about it for a couple more months and told work that I’d be taking the full twelve months leave I was entitled to. As I spent more and more time with my daughter, watching her grow into the beautiful little character she was becoming, work became even further from my mind.

After having a good conversation with my partner and working out our finances, both if I returned part time and if I didn’t return at all, it turned out that after travel and childcare costs, working at that time just wouldn’t be worth it. The thought of working to pay for childcare, someone else spending all of that time with my child and the thought that I might miss important milestones in her life, just didn’t sit well with me at all. So the decision was made and although we would probably struggle financially some months, I handed my notice in to terminate my working contract altogether.

Now, I don’t think in any way at all deciding to be a full time, stay at home mother is an easy option. I’ve seen a lot of people spout their opinions on social media that being a stay at home parent is ‘lazy’ and how people just do it for benefits. I understand that sometimes this can be the case but not always and it’s unfair to be judged like that. We weren’t entitled to any benefits at all because my partner had a wage which was ‘adequate’ in the eyes of the benefit system, to cover the three of us. Lazy though? Really? Whenever anyone has the audacity to ask me “What do you do all day?!” I like to answer by simply sticking two fingers up in their face. They’ve clearly not spent an hour with a toddler in full tantrum mode, never mind a day! Some days are harder than others and when I think of my old job sometimes I’d prefer to be back there in the office talking to angry customers than feeling the wrath of my toddler in said full tantrum mode!

By the time my daughter was sixteen months old I began toying with the idea of looking for part time work to enable me to have a few hours out of the house child free, having something for myself and to help contribute to the household income to take a little pressure off my partner. Typically, when I had decided to go for it and apply, I found out that I was pregnant again with baby number two, our son, and work was once again the last thing on my mind as I focussed on raising my daughter, preparing her for being a big sister and enjoying my pregnancy!

Now my son is six months old and my partner has the flexibility to work from home, it made sense to start looking again, especially to get some pennies in for, dare I say it, Christmas! On a usual weekly trip to our local supermarket a couple of weeks ago I noticed a sign advertising numerous part time opportunities and I decided to go for it! Being called for an interview was a bit of a shock if I’m honest, even though I’d applied I wasn’t expecting to be asked in, but the interview itself was a bit of a breeze. I’ve never been so relaxed for a job interview and the hour of adult conversation without my kids being involved was amazing and I actually enjoyed it- even though I was being interviewed for a job! I walked home afterwards and didn’t get very far before I received a phone call offering me the job- hurrah indeed!

I haven’t started yet and have a few more days before training but I’m excited, which kind of makes me feel a bit bad. It’s not that I’m looking forward to having the time away from my kids- okay well maybe a little- but the feeling of having something for me, being able to do four 4 hour shifts each week where I’m known as Vanessa and not Mama is quite appealing to me. I’m sure my kids won’t mind too much when it comes to the bit of extra money I’ll have to spend on them anyway!

Mother Hermit xx

This post first appeared on www.meetothermums.com

My Autumn Kitchen Wishlist

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ve probably realised by now that I’m a massive lover of cooking and eating food. I’m also a huge fan of gadgets and as my kitchen is my favourite room in the house I love to buy new bits and pieces and gadgets for it and being a busy mammy I want things that will make the food-prep routine just that bit easier! Recently I’ve found loads of new things I’d like to try and as the dark nights are drawing in and the casserole and soup season is creeping up I thought I’d put together a wishlist of what I’m after- well wishing for! (Massive hints if the other half is reading this!)

Joseph Joseph Dot Water Bottle

Joseph Joseph Dot Hydration-Tracking Water Bottle, 600 ml - Green
Image Taken from Joseph Joseph website

Okay so this first one isn’t exactly a ‘cooking gadget’ but it is an amazing gadget. I’m in love with all things Joseph Joseph so it’s difficult to choose just one thing but when I noticed this one I fell in love all over again! As I’ve just returned from my holidays (about 3stone heavier) I’m wanting to get back into the healthy lifestyle, eating better, exercising more and the all important making sure I drink enough water each day. I’m totally rubbish at this part. I always lose track of how much I’ve drank and usually don’t drink enough. This Dot Water Bottle has a hydration counting lid which enables you to keep track of your daily hydration goals as it displays a new dot every time you refill so you can keep track of how much you’ve drank. Pretty amazing right? And what’s even better is that is comes in 4 gorgeous colours and only costs £10.00! I NEED one! You can grab yours here.

Kitchen Craft Cast Iron Book Stand (Lakeland)

Kitchen Craft Cast Iron Book Stand
Image Taken from http://www.lakeland.co.uk/

I’ve been looking for a kitchen book stand for months and haven’t actually found one that I knew for sure I wanted until I came across this gorgeous cast iron one in Lakeland last week. I absolutely love to cook but I don’t usually follow recipes, I alter everything- except my Mam’s recipes. This would be perfect in my kitchen so I could stand all of my Mam’s old recipe books on whilst I’m cooking. As all of her recipes were handwritten I’m usually too scared to have them out incase I ruin them by splashing ingredients all over them. This one is £24.99 too which I think is a total bargain- you can find it here.

Panasonic Combination Microwave

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Image Taken from Panasonic Website

Okay, why do I not already have one of these?! These little beauties really are the future. As I mentioned before I’ll be starting my healthy eating from next week and these combination microwaves would be absolutely perfect to accompany me on that journey!

“Experience fresh gourmet meals with minimal effort thanks to the Panasonic Steam Combination Oven. The oven boasts Turbo Steam, a healthy way to cook food while preserving vitamins, and Panacrunch which evenly cooks food to perfection, making it perfect for low-fat grilling. Cooking fresh and healthy food has never been so simple.”

You can understand from this quote taken from the Panasonic website why I need one of these, yes? It sounds amazing and they look gorgeous, it would fit in my kitchen perfectly. The turbo steam technology sounds fantastic as I always steam my vegetables but can sometimes forget about them and steam them just a bit too much. Not only does that result in me eating mushy veg for me dinner (great for the baby who’s currently weaning, not so great for me- I have teeth), but it also worries me that all of the goodness has been sucked out of it by that point. I’ll be honest, I’ve never heard of Panacrunch but it sounds good doesn’t it? Obviously you don’t have to be on any kind of diet to have one of these beauts in your kitchen but knowing that you can cook a meal without all of the usual unhealthy cooking methods being involved is brilliant, especially as a mother, it would give me that bit extra peace of mind knowing how healthily (and quickly!) their dinner has been prepared. You can find all of the Panasonic Combination Microwaves here.

Morphy Richards (48280) Fastbake Breadmaker

Image Taken from Amazon.co.uk

Now I had a breadmaker years and years ago when I was around 18 or 19 and moved out for the first time. Obviously making bread wasn’t really what I had on my mind at that time so it never got used and eventually got thrown away. I try not to eat too much bread these days as it all sits around my middle- but I’m just too addicted and have to give in to a slice or two every now and again. My Mam has always been amazing at making bread and bread loaves and I’m now starting to get the itch for it. Memories of waking up in the morning to the smell of fresh bread, I want those memories for my kids too. This one came up on my recommended items whilst I was browsing on Amazon.co.uk. I was surprised to see that it can bake a loaf of bread in under 1 hour which is a bonus for busy parents and it’s only £59.28 on Amazon at the moment instead of £119.99! You can find it here.

Tefal Easy Soup Maker (Lakeland)

Tefal® Easy Soup Maker
Image Taken from Lakeland Website

Another one I found on Lakeland is the Tefal Easy Soup Maker. I have an addiction to soup, honestly, it can be the hottest day of the year and at the end of the day all I’ll want to do is snuggle in front of the television with a mug of hot soup- homemade is best. Which is why I totally NEED this soup maker. I love to make soup from scratch but I always end up making a huge pan of it and no one else eats it so I have to freeze it all then eventually throw it away when Gareth buys a pizza which is the size of the moon and we need to make more room in the freezer! That’s why this one is totally perfect as all you need to do is chop your ingredients, fill the maker, choose the settings you wish (chunky, smooth etc) and then set it away. You then have soup and according to the reviews I’ve read this will make about 2 decent sized mug fulls- couldn’t be more perfect for me, especially with the autumn coming. Another bonus is it’s only £52.39 and you can find it on Lakeland here.

So there you have it, that’s my kitchen wishlist for autumn- I could go on forever but I’ll leave it at those 5 for now 🙂

Mother Hermit xx

 

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