Thursday, 23 June 2016

Prestige Flowers

I have been having a bit of a tough time lately. Things keep breaking and I still have loads of hospital trips plus this baby will be here very soon. To be honest we have all been feeling stressed and living in a loop of tantrums, tears and exhaustion. Something albeit temporary did cheer us all, something so simple a lovely bunch of flowers. 



These beautiful double flowering roselily really made us all smile. Not only did look amazing they smelt amazing too, you could smell them throughout the whole house. This particular bouquet is pet friendly and also friendly for those who have pollen allergies as they are pollen free. The starting cost for a bouquet of roselily is £24.99 the price increases depending on size and if you would like to add optional extras such as, a vase, teddy, balloon etc. If you decide on just the flowers then I'm sure the recipient will still be thrilled with these. The flowers arrived with my neighbour in a secure box the packaging was very good compared to other online florists I have used in the past. The vase came with the flowers and really complimented the colour, flower feed and care instructions were also provided. Now normally when I have had flowers in the past whether purchased from a florist or a supermarket I can never make them last very long, with these I got them to last for two and a half weeks smell and everything. I was so impressed!!

If this particular flower isn't to your taste then you can of course browse the website and find your perfect bouquet. Prestige flowers has search options for occasion to help you pick the correct flowers for the correct moment, for example when I have this baby someone can navigate the website (it's simple to use) find flowers perfect for celebrating and then make a decision (heads up I really like the roselily so I'm happy with them) and then can add a congratulations balloon if they wanted or a cute cuddly teddy. If you use the website and order before PM you or the person you are buying them for can receive them the next day, mine arrived on a Sunday. 

These were sent to me for the purpose to review however this does not affect any views or opinions I have of the company or the product.

Thursday, 16 June 2016

I'm sick of being mum


Photo by Alex Jones https://unsplash.com/photos/p0W9Q9gei4g

I'm writing this minuets after my 4 year old has thrown yet another tantrum. Part of me feels guilty for writing this and I'm not 100% sure I'm going to post this but I can't seriously be the only mum sat thinking I don't want this. 

When I pictured being a mum I knew that it wouldn't be easy but my god I never knew I could feel so angry and disappointed with my child yet still love them so much. The past few weeks, months?! (the days merge now) have been horrendous and not just because of my son. I'm still here there and everywhere with this pregnancy, school run and trying to sort this damn house out as well as a thousand other things. My son's behaviour lately just isn't helping and I'm finding myself wanting to throw in the towel. I have pack a bag and unpacked a bag god knows how many times with the intention of just going away and leaving it all behind. Of course I would have to come back and nothing would of be solved, and can I really leave them?

I'm sick of giving everything for everyone else, I want to be selfish but I just can't do it!! I want to buy something fun to make me smile but instead something is bought either for the boy, baby, dog or boyfriend. Is there some unwritten mummy rule that makes us bottom of the pecking line?!       
I'm sick of being the taxi to school and having the get up battle after having the go to sleep battle a few hours before. I'm sick of cooking lunch and dinner for it to be wasted and end up in the dogs bowl. I don't want to pick up your mess or hoover or wash your clothes any more. I'm tired of all that crap! 

Do the super snuggly cuddles make up for all this? Or the "I love you mummy", squiggle drawings from school and sweet smiles? I'm not so sure they do any more. The love for my son will be unconditional forever but I'm beginning to think this exhaustion and stress is going to last just as long, it's like a tug of war. 

Today I'm more angry with him then I ever have been, I even packed his bag!! Please tell me I'm not the only mum to do this? but I packed his bag and was ready to put him in the car and drive him somewhere I'm not sure where possibly his nan's. Today was hard because he started screaming at me because I wouldn't let him play in the rain, I tried the go on then go play in the rain and followed him outside. He screamed it was cold and I said well this is why I don't want you playing out in it, he hit me because he was getting wet. I picked him up and took him to his room where he just erupted into a horrid child, he kicked me, scratched me and slapped me. He screamed in my face I screamed back tears rolling down my face wondering why is he doing this again? He slammed his gate and was so angry he ended up breaking it, he was trying to shut his door with my hand in the way whilst trying to fix his gate. He is now asleep, I have cried and later he will act like nothing happened. 

I'm exhausted and can't do this any more, where has my sweet boy gone? how do I make it stop? am I the only mum to feel like running from it all? am I a monster for hating him? 

Friday, 10 June 2016

Win 1 of 2 Wet Head Game


Wet Head is a fun filled game that will cool you down on the hot summer days. Wet Head soaks losers with water following a nerve-racking quiz or truth and dare game. So if you fancy taking the Zing's all new water roulette game, Wet Head. Then enter via the rafflecoptor and if you are one of the lucky winners then you can gather your friends, fill the Wet Head with water, strap yourself in and give it a spin!!

Ready for more than one twist? Players have the option to play with the included spinner or download the free Wet Head Challenge app and ask each other trivia questions. Players can also create their own way to challenge family and friends! Any way you play, you might just get soaked! 

The Wet Head Challenge app, available on iOS and Android, includes fun trivia questions and a special recording feature. The record feature allows players to capture every drenching moment and share their videos on YouTube or social media. Use #WetHeadChallenge to join in on the splash of fun and to see what others are posting! Will you be the next Wet Head?


Wet Head comes with one hat, eight pins and a spinner. It is available to buy now for £19.99 rrp and is suitable for ages 4 and over. 


For your chance to win 1 of 2 Wet Head games just fill out the rafflecoptor below. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Bacon & Cheese Beer Bread


For Fathers Day this year we have opted to make daddy a hamper full of lots of dad goodness. We have bought a few things to add to the hamper and we are making some things too. One of the things we are making (again) is Bacon & Cheese Beer Bread, this was the trail run of making it as I wasn't sure how it would taste. Obviously my tester team (mum and my sisters) and me thought it tasted good enough to be added to the hamper which is why I'm sharing it with you. 

Ingredients 

12oz Self raising flour
3oz of sugar
330ml beer of your choice
6oz cheese 
2 slices of bacon

Method

1. Pre heat oven to gas mark 5, and mix the flour, sugar and beer together in a bowl. This will make a thick batter type mix rather than a dough mixture that you would usually expect when making bread.

2. Fry the bacon so it is just slightly under cooked then chop into small pieces and add to the batter mixture.

3. Cut some of the cheese into small chunks (I used just over half) and add this into the batter mix making sure it is all mixed in. Pour the the batter mixture into a pre greased loaf tin or similar. 

4. With the rest of the cheese grate it and sprinkle all over the top of the batter mix and place in the oven for 40-50 mins or until golden. I checked on the bread after 35 mins and used a prong and the mixture still needed longer so I would advise doing this. 

5. Place on a cool rack, once cool slice that bread add a bit of butter and enjoy. 

I found this really simple to make and I really enjoyed eating some too. I think this would be great not only for a Father's Day treat but also as a little side part at a BBQ or a starter for a nice steak dinner. 


Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Num Noms Giveaway

Num Noms are cute collectable scented characters, which can be mixed and matched with each other to create your own flavour. You can purchase Num Noms in most toy shops, there are so many to collect and you can also purchase cute little play sets like the lip gloss truck and the art craft. 



You can pick up a mystery pot for around £2.99, each mystery pot contains Num which is the cute squishy top that is scented and then you get a Nom are either a flavoured lipgloss or a stamper. 




Series 2 has just started to hit shelves and come in many flavours/smells such as the full list of Nums and Noms are available on their website. 

  • Pizza
  • Doughnut 
  • Ice Cream 
  • Sushi
  • Fair foods 
I have a deluxe pack and two mystery pots from series 1 to giveaway to one lucky winner. To enter just fill in the rafflecoptor. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note:
All entrants must be 18 to enter or 16 with parent/guardians permission. The Giveaway will run until midnight on the 23/06/2016. The winner will be selected at random via rafflecoptor and will be contacted within 48hours notifying them that they have won. Jadeslongjourney.co.uk is not responsible for posting out the prize, your name and address will be passed on to the supplier who will ship the prize out directly to the winner. This giveaway is open to residents in the UK only. There is no cash alternative. 





Saturday, 4 June 2016

Fathers Day Crafts





Now that I have no more work I can enjoy spending time with my son. Something that we love to do is get out the making and doing box and get creative and with fathers day coming up we thought we would make Granddad and Gang-gang a card. 

We made the blue shirt and tie card first. To make the shirt I got the card folded it in half then about an inch down from the top I cut into the middle roughly an inch and a third of the way in. I cut the back straight across to make the shirt collar stand out. I folded the two parts at the front at an angle to create the collar. There are different ways of creating the shirt but this is the easiest one that I could find. I then made the tie which involved a lot of folding and me getting annoyed at the card for not doing what I wanted it to do which is why one shirt has a tie and the other does not. For the tie I found some instructions there may be other ways but again these are the ones I used, if you have any simpler ways of folding a tie then please leave me a link. So after my part I let the boy loose, he chose to use glitter and stars for the tie and lots of gloopy PVA glue (getting messy is the best bit). Jared didn't want to decorate the blue shirt and I kind of agree with that. Once the tie was dry I place it in position and stuck it all down, again I had a few words with the card to make it co-operate with me.


The second design of card we chose to do was rather simple, once I explained to Jared that you can't paint pasta yellow as pasta is already yellow. We got a bowl full of different shaped pasta partly because we weren't sure what we were actually going to with it. So we painted pasta lots and lots of pasta. Jared asked me why this pasta was a bow, I have no idea why it's a bow shape but I'm glad it is now. We picked three painted pasta bows and glued them down to some folded card and that was it, a simple but nice design for a fathers day card. 


I feel like the card is missing something I did overlay some writing but it just didn't look right and now I'm at a loss of how to make this card look complete. I even went through all of my card making bits in the hopes of finding something to finish it off. I'm open to suggestions so please leave them in the comments. 

Monday, 23 May 2016

Gestational Diabetes

I need to just get a few things off my chest as just write about how much I hate being pregnant. I know some people may read this and think well at least you can get pregnant, and yes I'm fully grateful for that but please don't feel like you need to hate on me for hating this pregnancy. 

So if you have read any of my previous pregnancy related posts you will see that it has been a bit complicated but, apparently not difficult enough as I now have gestational diabetes. I thought just going for the test and drinking the nasty drink would be the only time I had to visit the hospital on a Wednesday, unfortunately not I'm now there Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Each visit I have to leave work early and I can't go back as clinic is normally 2-3 hours depending how busy etc. So I feel like I'm letting work down which I know shouldn't bother me that much as it's something that is out of my control, but I love my job and the people I work with and I feel like maybe they are getting sick and tired of my crap too.  Another annoying factor of being a part time resident on the ante natal ward is, parking!! each visit can cost me up to £5.20 then there is the petrol and the sitting in traffic for ages in Leeds. 

When I had my first appointment for my gestational diabetes I felt like I could do this, like I could just cut out so much and crack this without meds. I was angry that I had yet another restriction on this pregnancy, I felt like the only thing left that I could enjoy was taken away from me. The first week I did what I could and although I was starving I felt that I was doing well, no chocolate, smaller portion size, the odd glass of pepsi max and eating less in general. However each time I tested my blood glucose levels they were not what they needed to be at at all. This is when I began feeling like I am now, like I'm just useless. It's isn't just the diabetes making me feel this way, my body has issues and having a baby is one of them, my thyroid is useless which can cause issues if not managed properly throughout pregnancy, my cervix can't do it's job without medical intervention and now my body has some kind of a useless work ethic in making insulin. 



When I went back to the hospital last Wednesday I had the baby checked, she is doing well she is 5th on the 95th percentile if you understand all of that, I don't but I know that she is doing fine so that's good. However when I saw the consultant she was awful basically told me I'm doing crap at managing this diabetes and then gave me some tips on how to try and get my levels down, which are totally impractical for a few reasons for example I eat breakfast and lunch at work so going for a half an hour walk after eating is not do able, neither is preparing a full meal for lunch rather then sandwiches and other pack up food. She also said that if I'm hungry it is tough I will have to ignore it, at this point I'm angry and wondering if she has ever been pregnant!! She then prescribed me metformin and said if things do not improve by next week that I will go on insulin. When she told me I would end on insulin she also informed me that I should maybe take this more seriously as insulin will make me fat, I was hurt that she thought I wasn't taking this seriously and the threat of me getting fat would some sort of a difference. I have been trying real hard not because I want to avoid getting fat but because of my baby!!! Anyway my levels have not improved and I also found out by one of the midwives (who was giving me my weekly pain in my arse) that the medication for my thyroid and the progesterone injections will affect my blood glucose levels anyway. So why am I still trying because all I'm doing is failing no matter what I try, eat or do. 

This pregnancy has fully knocked me and I'm sick of people saying well just think of the end result and it will all be worth it in the end. That may be so but it's bloody hard and being told I can't enjoy a tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream on top of the other don't do this or that really sucks, this baby wants ice cream and so do I damn it. I have nothing left to enjoy as I can't even plan how I would like my labour as my diabetes dictates that as well, even though I knew I would be getting induced I thought I would still have a bit of the birth plan to pick myself but nope nothing.