Thursday, 16 February 2012

Competition Time

Melody is very excited
And its not because she can see Makka Pakka on the telly, oh no we have a new competition to launch!

Its super simple to enter too.  All you have to do is be a follower of this blog and comment below this post with a joke to make me and Melody giggle.  Once we reach 100 followers we will randomly choose a winner it really is that simple no voting, no run round the block just make us laugh.

And the prize ......well thats a secret that we will announce when we announce the winner!

Blingtastic! Our review on Teething Bling!

Happy New Year to you all!
Sorry it's taken me so long to update the blog but alot has been happening over here at the purple cottage.

I have so many reviews to post up here over the next few days and a new competition coming soon!!

So let's settle down to our first review of 2012 Teething Bling.

I had heard so much about Teething Bling from other Mummy blogs and also on Facebook and Twitter so I thought I would take the plunge and buy myself a necklace.  Dual purpose for me as I felt a bit naked not wearing a necklace anymore and also Melody is on her ninth tooth and has taken to biting Mummy and Daddy's fingers and toes ...ouch!

So off I went to the smartmums website to make my first purchase of Teething Bling.  The website is very easy to use and the range of necklaces and bangles is fabulous.  They use Nochex as their online payment system which I was very happy with as its easy to use and very secure.  I choose two neutral colour pieces their Vanilla Bean necklace and their Tan bangle, so I could wear them with as many outfits as possible.
Within two days (very quick delivery) my bling arrived and I sat with Melody on my knee as we opened our goodies, with joint excitement.

The verdict well Melody crawled off with the bangle and sat happily for 30 mintutes chewing and banging it on the floor and when she decided to crawl back I had put on my necklace which she gave some strong tugs to and then proceeded to much on the pendant.  So off we went out for a meal with daddy where while waiting for the food I gave her my bangle to play with (brilliant as she loves to bang things on her highchair tray and because of its rubbery material it didn't make too much noise to annoy other diners).  Then when she was tierd on the higchair she sat on my lap where instead of grabbing anything remotely close from the table and throwing it on the floor (her usual trick) she grabbed the pendant on my necklace and happily sat chewing away on it.

Now whenever I go out even for small supermarket trips the Teething Bling is a must, my only problem is what colour and design to choose next! In my opinion one of my new must have items in our go anywhere change bag.

Friday, 2 September 2011

And the winner is .....

Thank you all for your entries into my first competition to win a signed copy of Sue Gees book 'The Last Fling'

And the winner is ....Libby Alexander!!

Libby I have sent you an e-mail make sure this hasn't fallen into your spam folder hun x

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Apolgies for lack of blogginess

Hi guys,

Sorry I've been a little inactive lately we have had a death in the family and have been a little busy with harvest too.

Just a reminder that our competition is open till the 30th August so remember if you put your friends in the comment box they MUST follow the group otherwise it will not be counted!

Also busy writing an article for my local NCT group newsletter on antenatal depression (1000-1200 words) so will post that here too when finished.

And...starting up a facebook page too so keep your eyes peeled, will be doing a joint blog/FB launch competition too!

Busy busy busy

Monday, 25 July 2011

Antenatal Depression in pregnancy

Hello all,

Once again thank you for reading (and don't forget to enter the competition for followers - link is in the June section).

Usually my posts are about the funny side of life or reviewing some great baby products, however, this post is different and talks about a couple of issues in pregnancy. 

I've recently completed an interview with a lovely journalist from and for Mother & Baby magazine talking about antenatal depression as I suffered from this during my recent pregnancy as well as a number of other issues.

I strongly feel that postnatal pregnancy is a widely talked about issue (much more openly confronted than 20-30 years ago) however, antenatal depression is more of a taboo subject and sometimes overlooked or easily missed.

Please take a few minutes to read this article, you may disagree with my opinion, however, if you are having low times in your pregnancy it is important to know you aren't on your own, many women do and some women like me have a lot more lows than highs or even mediums ...just remember you are a remarkable strong woman who will get through this, have faith in yourself and remember you are not alone in your feelings they are as natural as maternal instincts.

Workingmums article can be found following this link.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Mammasaurus Poem #1 – Mothers Ruin (aka Thank F*ck it’s Bedtime)

"I've been so lucky to be involved in the Britmum blog swap and also to be partnered with the fabulously funny Mammasaurus.  So read her rioting poem below enjoy and go and visit her, follow her and laugh at her wonderful blogs - Mamasaurus its a pleasure!"

 I shout but no one listens
I call but no one cares
But open up a bag of crisps
And they come bombing down the stairs

 I cook but get no thank you
And iron and hoover too
But open up some biscuits
And they’ll say ‘I love you’

And when their noses snotty
And it’s turned fluorescent green
I’m the lucky bugger
Who gets to wipe them clean
I read 6 stories every night
And then I get some cuddles
But after that I’m back downstairs
Tidying their muddles
It’s a never ending battle

I know I’ll never win
And that’s why every other night
You’ll find me drinking gin :)
Or tweet tweetaroo  on Twitter -!/MammasaurusBlog
Or find me on Facebook -

Howdy! I am Mammasaurus, mother or 8, lover of gin.If your children are clean, well mannered perfect angels then you may want to pop a handful of valium and swig a large mouthful of gin as you’ll read of no such kiddies on my blog.
The children there are mainly a happy, imaginative bunch of mischief adoring, mayhem embracing monsters.
If you have ever taken your pre-schoolers along to a play date only to find that while others kids seem to sit quietly playing whilst yours are causing havoc,running about with breadsticks up their noses and generally giving you a mini-migraine in the process then this blog is for you.
For fellow mummies and daddies who have sat in an A&E ward next to your beautiful first born who has a lego mans arm wedged firmly up his nose requiring probable surgical removal – I salute you !

Keep it real – mess happens,accidents happen and patience gets tested but if your children are still smiling then you are doing a good job…

Friday, 15 July 2011

Galt Giant Soft Book Review for Izziwizzi Kids - Video

Hello all,
Excuse that I look a mess on this video (and Melody's drooling) but Melody has just started teething.

This review was done for a great website which features toys and accessories for all ages.  They also host playfest on a Tuesday night (Twitter) and a Thursday night (FB), I'm usually always there on a Thursday as I am still getting used to Twitter, call me oldfashioned but I like FB you can talk in a sentance!

What Iforgot to mention in this review is that the book is fully machine washable and a great pricepoint!