Apr
10
2016

Degustabox February Review – Plus a Carrot Juice Bread Recipe

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Degustabox February - carrot juice bread recipe

Yay it’s that time of the month again, Degustabox delivery! Yum!! It’s probably my favourite bit of mail to receive (sorry penpals!) so I always get excited when I get the text telling me my box will be delivered the next morning. There is nothing more fun than opening a box of random edibles, you just never know what you are going to get, but I can always guarantee that there will be a few things me and Jon will both love and a few we won’t be so keen on, but thats the fun bit!

If the whole Degustabox concept is new to you check out one of my other reviews or take a peek at their website – plus if you fancy testing it out yourself then my reader discount code can get you an awesome £6 off!! Use code ‘BLDEG15′.

So here is what was in the February Degustabox and what we thought of it, plus at the end you’ll find a my carrot juice bread recipe (for the bread maker!) using the James White British Carrot Juice I received in the box. It’s something a little different and inventive, but it turned out yummy! Continue reading

Apr
8
2016

Bump Watch – End of the Second Trimester Update

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bump watch - second trimester updateGosh where have the passed few weeks disappeared to! It can feel like time is dragging when you are pregnant and just very excited to meet your little bean, then suddenly you look back and realise your whole second trimester is over (and you haven’t posted a bump update in over a month!) So this is technically a 23-29 week pregnancy update for you all, and its been a fairly eventful few weeks.

Plus I have some nice new maternity friendly clothes to show off, first being my new Mamaway Skinny Black Jeans in the picture above and below. Skinny Jeans aren’t really my thing, and I can’t say I’m really a convert now either, but I was sent these to style and review for Mamaway and I actually loved wearing them layered under my longer tunics and tops. Black jeans in general are something my wardrobe needs as I don’t own a pair and haven’t in many many years, so this was a nice change for me. These aren’t quite over bump jeans as the jersey doesn’t come right up over my bump like my other jeans do but the jersey top on them is super comfy and has a drawstring under the bump so you can tighten them if they don’t quite fit for a while till your bump gets bigger. 

Outfit: Top – F+F (not maternity section) / Jeans – Mamaway (excuse my slippers!) Continue reading

Apr
5
2016

Holiday Essentials for taking a UK Mini-Break when Pregnant

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Holiday essentials when pregnant Packing for a holiday in general can be stressful enough, but add to that the fact that you are 30 weeks pregnant and you have a whole other list of fun items to pack. I found this out when packing for our little mini break in Scotland recently, I write a general packing list normally, but then I realised I needed to add a whole extra pile of stuff simply because I was pregnant.  For me these fit into main 2 categories: First there are holiday essential’s for your general comfort then there are holiday essentials that are medical based. Continue reading

Apr
4
2016

15 things to add to your Spring Maternity Wishlist

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Spring Maternity WishlistJust because I am pregnant and the majority of my wardrobe doesn’t fit me, doesn’t mean I have fallen out of love with fashion, I am simply learning to adapt for a little while. I have built a little capsule wardrobe that I know works well together and will last me throughout the majority of my pregnancy, but that doesn’t stop me itching to add a few cute pieces to it occasionally. With spring on the way I am going to need a few lighter pieces as all my items so far have been suitable for the cold weather we have been having since I grew my little bump.

I have found that I don’t have to wear solely ‘maternity wear’ items though as quite often if the cut on something is right I can simply size up and it fits me great, so I am still wearing ‘non-maternity’ items at the moment. With that in mind here is my spring maternity wishlist, with a few items that will last me after bean has arrived. Continue reading

Apr
3
2016

One of the reasons we love Scotland – Scenic Drives and Beautiful Landscapes

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scenic drives in scotlandScotland really is a beautiful country, and thats coming from someone who lives in Wales, which of course is also amazingly stunning! The scenic drives and beautiful landscapes is one of the main reasons me and Jon love visiting (and my family of course) but also one of the main reasons why we chose to make the 7-8 hour drive ourselves rather than flying up. The scenery when driving through scotland is just breathtaking, and it doesn’t matter what time of year you go, every season is stunning, whether in the dead of winter when the mountains are all covered in snow or the height of summer when everything is lush and green and in bloom. I suppose this time of year should be called spring, so most of the fields were just starting to come to life, and we were lucky enough to catch a few good days of weather, although even the rainy day didn’t dampen our spirits as you’ll see from the amazing rainbow shot Jon captured below. Continue reading

Apr
1
2016

The Jam Jar Review – Bridge of Allan

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The Jam Jar RreviewIf you’ve been following our twitter or Instagram feed you will know we have been on a little break to Scotland over the past week, and you will have seen some of the places we have visited and more importantly what we have been eating! Hehe! Me and Jon try to visit at least once a year as my aunt lives there in a little place called Auchterarder, which is right next to Gleneagles. This time we visited with my sister and her boyfriend and stayed in The Eagles Rest, which is a lodge park just on the outskirts of the village – I’ll review that at a later date, but today I wanted to do a quick review and sing the praises of one of our favourite places to eat when we visit the area which is The Jar Jar! Continue reading

Mar
16
2016

According to Bloggers – 25 Great Guides for First Time Parents

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Guides for First Time Parents As bean will be with us in June, (we don’t have long to go now!) I thought I would start reading other bloggers posts and guides for first time parents, things like ‘what you need in your nursery’ or ‘tips on getting by when your sleep deprived’, the usual parenting things when you have a newborn! So I put out a call to some of the awesome Parenting Bloggers out there to compile an awesome list of 25 guides for first time parents covering a huge range of topics that I hope will help just a little when your newborn arrives. I’ve found many of these posts a great resource for handy tips and helpful info on things I hadn’t even considered when I set out looking for parenting posts.

Obviously this list is far from extensive, there are millions upon millions of other helpful blog posts and guides for first time parents out there about parenting and newborns, but these are just a few I have found interesting and helpful to get your started. But don’t forget these are just tips and opinions from other bloggers and parents, you need to decide what is right for you in ever situation of parenting and pregnancy. Don’t feel bad or under pressure to follow any guides out there to the letter, life just doesn’t work like that! We all muddle through somehow though! 

  1. 20 Things I Would Do Differently as a New Parent by Motherhood: The Real Deal 
  2. A New Mums Guide to Surviving the First few Weeks by Mum in a Nutshell
  3. Things I Wish I Knew About Giving Birth by Dear Bear and Beany
  4. 10 Facts That Matter About Babies and Lots That Don’t by The Parent game
  5. Top 10 Newborn Essentials by Family Fever
  6. Parenting: The Real Struggle by A Slice of My Life in Wales
  7. The First 12 Days with a Newborn by Hello Baby
  8. The Secret’s of Motherhood by Lil’s Mirror
  9. What to Expect When You’re No Longer Expecting by Mama Mim
  10. 10 Things I Wish I Had Know About C-Section Recovery by Wonderfully Average 
  11. My Journal Entry the Day After My Beautiful Baby was Born by Daysinbed
  12. Me Vs. The Parenting Books by Life with Baby Kicks
  13. Looking Back, What I’ve Learnt? by Mummy of Two
  14. Advice for my Pre-Pregnancy Self by Chilling with Lucas
  15. Tips for when you need to be away from your breastfed baby by Mum in a Nutshell 
  16. An A-Z of Things Mums Wish They’d Been Told Before Motherhood by Motherhood: The Real Deal
  17. Hospital Bag Checklist by Hello Baby 
  18. Maternity Leave: The Realities by A Slice of My Life in Wales
  19. You Know You Have A Newborn When… By Family Fever
  20. An Open Letter to a Brand New First Time Mum by Eat.Love.Live.London
  21. Wish List for New Mums – Things to Buy and Things to Do by Mel Wiggins
  22. My Pregnancy, Labour and Postpartum Essentials by Tigerlilly Quinn
  23. Pregnancy Symptoms They Don’t Tell you About by Mrs Helicopter Writes
  24. 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Had a Baby by Chasing Esme
  25. And finally one from a Dad! Things I Now Know. Nuggets by He’s Done What

Have you written or read any guides for first time parents which have struck a particular cord with you, or that you have found particularly useful? Please link them up below or send me the links as I would love to read some more and share them with my readers.

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Mar
15
2016

Tried and Tested March – Dreamland Heat Pod, Key Smart and Instax Mini Sticky Shoot Frames

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Dreamland heat podWe are quite often approached by companies to review their products and often get sent such a random selection of items, some which are great and others that are not so much. But I am a firm believe in honest reviews and always make this known to companies if they want us to review their product. I love reading reviews on items before I purchase them personally just so I can get a ‘Joe Public’ opinion on something, not just info from a well crafted marketing or press release. So this month I thought I would roll a few of the items we have been asked to review into one review post, and if this goes down well I may do something similar every month as sometimes its hard to write a whole post around something relatively small. This month we have been reviewing a Dreamland Heat Pod, Key Smart and Instax Mini Sticky Shoot Frames. Continue reading

Mar
12
2016

Simply Cook Box Review and Discount Code – Murgh Kari

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Simply Cook Box - Murgh Kari
Now doesn’t that look tasty! Makes me hungry again just looking at it! hehe! Well this is the Murgh Kari from my last Simply Cook box. If you have no idea what a Simply Cook box is you can either check out the Simply Cook website or my previous posts on them, but to put it simply they send you 4 recipes with 3 flavour pots (spice mixes, oils, pastes, etc) for you to make restaurant quality food in just 20 minutes.

We have tried quite a few recipes now, which you will see linked at the end, and we have loved them all. They also cater for dietary requirements too if needed so gluten free or light calories options. It has made cooking new and unusual meals I may not have tried myself so much easier as I don’t need to buy 10 different spices just for 1 dish! 

If you fancy giving a Simply Cook box a go why not use my reader offer to get your first box for just £1! Total bargain by the way!! Just use code ‘twohearts’ when ordering, click here!!

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Mar
10
2016

Shake Shack Cardiff Review

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Shake Shack Cardiff The new Shake Shack Cardiff opened just before Christmas, we were invited to their launch party but sadly due to my pregnancy I wasn’t well enough to go, so a few weeks ago they offered for me and Jon to visit and test out their menu for ourselves. We had never tried a Shake Shack before but had seen a few of our fellow bloggers posts on the launch party and everyone seemed very positive about the food, and we do love a good burger so we went with high expectations, and some intrigue as to what the heck ‘concrete’ was! (I’ll explain in a bit if you don’t know). Continue reading