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The Supermum Myth – Book Review. #blogtober


‘Ever had that feeling of ‘not being good enough’ as a modern mum its so easy to fall into negative way of thinking, feelings of anxiety, guilt and failure are all too common. Especially if you’re aiming for an unrealistic goal’ 

The Supermum Myth by Anya Hayes and Dr Rachel Andrew is a sort of ‘self help’ book to help and guide you through motherhood, its not all roses and sparkles and its important to know that its okay to not only feel bad about it, but know that you don’t NEED to be a supermum and that there is of course no such thing.

In the 8 chapters, it covers all things from emotions to expectations during pregnancy and beyond, as we are all a huge pot of hormones swelling around, my anxiety was through the roof with my third pregnancy and I honestly didn’t know how to cope with it.

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Throughout the chapters it has little activities to help cope with various problems you experience, for example writing yourself a pre-mum self and create a memory box ritual, I honestly wish I had this when I was pregnant with R, its got so many good tips and advice!

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I love the final few chapters where it talks about school and how to deal with teenagers, something that’s been sitting on my mind for a while now as K is racing towards 10 quicker than I like.

Would you recommend? – YES! if you deal with anxiety this is such a big help, it reminded me sort of those ‘For Dummies’ books you could get for technology.

Price? – You can pick up The Supermum Myth from amazon for a good price of £12.38 for paperback and £7.19 for a kindle, its average price and I would probably grab it if I saw it advertised to me

Anything Else? – Not much else, as I said it reminds me of those ‘For Dummies’ books, I was picking it up and looking through the book to find the advice I needed rather than sat down and read it from cover to cover.

If you would like to read The Supermum Myth yourself you can find it on amazon and any other book stores!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Disclaimer – This was sent to me for review purposes only, all thoughts and opinions are my own, I was not paid for this review.

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Organix Punk’d Oaty Bars – Review

A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to try out and review Organix new product, Punk’d Oaty Bars and of course, given that my children are obsessed with breakfast bars at the moment, I had to,  We have used some Organix products in the past, R loves the carrot sticks like they are going out of fashion so I was excited to get these and give them a go.

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They come in two different flavours, Strawberry & Vanilla and Cocoa & Orange, The packaging is really attractive, so much so my son has asked for a bedroom of the similar colors as the Strawberry & Vanilla box which is always a good sign!

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They are perfect for popping in the pack lunch box for school, We made sure to take some with us when we went to the Village Fayre last weekend.

There isn’t anything bad in them, all their ingredients is organic and everything else is normal every day ingredients which is always fantastic when it comes to food for children, I am one of those mums who avoid chocolate and sweets (apart from Halloween and Easter) so knowing that whats going into my children is all good stuff, these are a plus for me and are also suitable for vegetarians!

K described them as ‘Delicious’ and A has asked again and again for me to get more.. time to go shopping!!

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Would I recommend them? YES for sure, they are fantastic and healthy, plus my children couldn’t get enough of them and have asked me to get some more the next time I go shopping.

Price Range? You can pick them up from Asda for £2 but they are currently on sale for £1.50 and compared to other bar like snacks, this is the average price, I would buy them again.

Anything Else? I think the only down side is the fact that my children ate them so quickly, so I didn’t get a chance to try them, K and A both gobbled them up and I think its fantastic that more and more food designed for children is having less and less junk in.

Go take a look at the Organix website for more information and definitely try them out yourself, well.. have your children try them out.. I doubt that like me, you will never stand a chance at trying them!!

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Disclaimer – This product was sent to me for review purposes only, All thoughts and opinions are of my own.

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Mum Hacks by Tanith Carey – Review.

I was given the opportunity to read and review a book by Tanith Carey called Mum Hacks, Tanith is a mum of two, journalist and has written eight books so far and you can purchase her written work at any book store or online.

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‘Mum Hacks’s is full of useful tips and tricks to deal with life at home with the children covering everything from what to eat, the best mop to buy and of course plenty of tips for mums too.

I think the hacks that I will use in my own life have to be the lunches, my eldest is about to enter year 3 which means he will no longer be having free school lunches at school, a delight for him as hes been asking for packed lunches since he started, but getting lunches ready in the morning more so with not only just one child, but three to get ready, is going to be tricky – planning the night before, which i agree with, I get their school clothes out folded neatly ready for them in a normal day, is the key to dealing with the rush, so getting their lunches ready the night before makes perfect sense.

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‘Keeping laundry down’ part made me laugh, its great in theory, baskets in their rooms do work for a little while, I had one in our bedroom but the floor next to it got used a lot more, I think this hack needs others to be on board and I cant see my older two (plus husband who keeps putting his shoes in the bathroom and socks on the floor) would remember to do it.

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All in all it was an okay book, many of the hacks I think many parents know already, some are very much common sense, and I think I was expecting it to be a bit more humors than factual as we all need a laugh every now and then.. but it has plenty of great tips to make being a mum a little bit more easy!

If you are interested in purchasing the book then click the link here.

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

 

Disclaimer: This was sent to me for a review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not paid to write this post.

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Heavenly Veggie Waffles – Review.

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Most of my little reviews always start the same way, I went shopping to my local sainsburys and found…

.. Nothing is different here of course, always looking for new things to have R eat and enjoy I had to get them, also the lovely red sticker was also a tempting sight.. as we all know I love a good deal haha.

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Heavenly Tasty was started by Shauna Mcarney-Blair after she noticed it was hard to find food in stores, because every now and then a packet or jar doesn’t do any harm, that supplied many for children with allergies, and as my older two had both a lactose intolerance and a dairy allergy, a lot of their food was either made, or religiously looked at whenever I brought them..

But this was back in 2010 and its amazing what changes in seven years.. as there are a lot more food for children with different allergies available.

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They remind me of those little caramel wafers you can get, the ones you place on top of your hot drink and the caramel melts, they are crunchy and around the size of a 50p so perfect for little hands to grab and crunch..

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I gave R these at breakfast, she had a lot of fun playing with them and eating them, and if you cant play with food then wheres the fun in that? she seemed more fond of the carrot one, but not to bothered with the beetroot one, BUT I believe she isn’t fond of the taste of beetroot as in a previous review she turned her nose up at the beetroot pouch..

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My 7 year old also tried some, he was surprised at the fact the purple beetroot one didn’t taste fruity but told he they tasted nice, which for a picky 7 year old is a win win in my books

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Do I recommend them? – yes and no, R did end up throwing a lot of them on the floor, I am not sure if that’s just general playfulness on her part or if she didn’t enjoy them, she did eat some of them but lets just say the hoover had to come out earlier than it usually did haha.

Price Tag? – not that bad, I got these for 1.50 but I think they are around the 2.50 mark at full price, I am looking at finding more to try in future so their full price isn’t a put off.

Anything else? – The packaging, they didn’t really need to be in a box, inside a plastic bag, surely they could improve and have all the information on a bag rather than on the back of a box that simply isn’t needed.

Other than that, they weren’t that bad, I can see myself popping them in the nappy bag when we go out anywhere..

You can find Heavenly Tasty at all supporting stores, you should go and try some..

Until next time.

Mummy Cat

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Disclaimer – I paid for these with my own money, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Kiddylicious – Little Bistro – Review

We have gone Kiddylicious like crazy in my house at the moment, if you have been reading my blog for a while now you would’ve seen many different pouch type reviews here and here, and while shopping for bits and pieces to eat when we went to my meet up in Birmingham, I saw these for sale..

…and of course decided to try R on them and she really did enjoy them.

What are they? – Little Bistro meals are slow cooked meals, so similar to your favorite stew, but designed for smaller tummies and mouths, packed full of goodness and organic products, I do enjoy using the pouch meals because they are so quick and easy, and as I am a mum of three I find it hard to deal with everyone at the same time, so these are perfect for that.

They are also brilliant of you go out anywhere and you haven’t started introducing bigger lumps and aren’t doing Baby Lead Weaning.

Price range? – I would say these are one of the few expensive brands of baby food out there, but I think what you pay often equals to better quality, I tried R on a fish pie one, and it smelt like fish.. it smelt and tasted like the ingredients that it said it had which is a big plus with baby food, no mushy tasteless stuff here, the large ones are around £2 and the smaller ones which are designed for 7 months plus are around £1.30 but it obviously depends on where you buy then from and if there are any deals on, I got mine because my local sainsburys had them on a deal..

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Would I recommend them? – I do, but I obviously will say that if you are worried about the shopping bill then go for a cheaper brand or look up the recipes of these and make them yourself, I just find them super handy when I am out and about and when I simply haven’t got the time to cook up something. but I do recommend them!! go get some yourself.

Anything Else? –  I love the packaging, I love how neat it looks and the fact that you can see exactly what is in the package, which is very different from the other pouches I have tried which is what peaked my interest in them in the first place, they LOOK yummy, I am a stew-a-holic so these are a win win for me!

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If you are a fan of trying new baby food I highly recommend giving these a go, you can get them in any local stores and I think you can also buy them on the Kiddylicious website.

Have you tried any of these Little Bistro pouches? what do you think of them?

Until next time

Mummy Cat.

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Disclaimer  –  My mum paid for these with her own money, I just picked them out, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Kiddylicious – Blueberry Wafers – Review 

During my trip to Birmingham we popped to a sainsburys to grabbed some bits to eat on the journey and one of these was some kiddylicious products, R loved them so much that I decided that when I went to do my weekly top up shop to get some, and thankfully all the Kiddylicious snacks and pouches were on sale.. so I grabbed a load of different finger food to try.

Kiddylicious is a UK based company that started up in 2002 by Sally Preston, she orginally made frozen baby food from the ages of 4 to 12 months which was the first frozen baby food company in the UK, that Waitrose supplied, and over the years have won many awards and have grown to be a globally loved product adding many different lines as the years went on, watch this space for future reviews of their products as I sort of went crazy with the shopping..

The first being the Blueberry Wafers, I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I opened them up, I imagined something along the lines of the pink wafer biscuits that my older children love..

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They are made out of natural products, have no gluten, egg, nuts and dairy, and have zero added salt, completely free from added preservatives and have no artificial flavors of colors, they remind me of a meringue with their texture and the only way I can describe them as is like a cloud of purple, they are extremely light and perfect for little hands to get hold of.

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As you can see R very much enjoyed them, she wasn’t to sure when she first got hold of them, but once she realized they are something to eat she gobbled them down, I wish I had known about this company and their products when I had my eldest two as they are perfect for children with allergy issues and are completely free of dairy..

Would I recommend them – YES for sure, if you are like me and can be a little anxious about choking but want your baby to learn how to use her pincer grip and feed themselves then these are perfect for Baby Lead Weaning..

Price Range? – They can be a bit pricey but compared to the other higher branded baby food this has a mid range price tag, I got these while they were half price off in my local sainsburys but I wouldn’t say they are bank breakers, great to buy when needed too as they have smaller packets in stores as well as larger multi packs..

Anything Else? – Nothing really, they are pretty good and there isn’t much more to say on them, they do taste pretty nice.. yes I tried one.. needs must after all..

Have you tried anything from Kiddylicious? what would your favorite be?

Until next time

Mummy Cat

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Disclaimer –  I paid for this with my own money, All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Unicorn Bath Crumble – Etsy Shop Review.

If you are anything like me then you are a bath addict, I have a small collection of bubble baths and lush products, I love a good bath.. more so when I actually find time to have a good long soak and I am always willing to give new products a go, more so when they are handmade.

I was given the opportunity to try out this beautiful bath crumble aptly named Unicorn Bath Crumble
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First Impressions – It smells lovely, its very much a strawberry scent which is what its meant to be, so that’s a good sign, it is very crumbly, which is also pretty good considering that its called a crumble.. its very much a chalk texture, rough to the touch and some particles did separate in transit.. we shall blame the Royal Mail for that one.

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Once in the bath water it didn’t fizzle like a bath bomb, it reacted similar to a bubble bar type product,  but it didn’t make as many bubbles as I expected, I think I have just been over indulged a bit by Lush products haha, but it did create some bubbles and the bathwater turned a beautiful pastel purple.

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Would you recommend it –  Yes and no, no being that if you like bubbles, and i mean A LOT of bubbles, then this might not be for you, but if you are a fan of homemade bath products which are vegetarian and vegan friendly, then this is for you.. personally I am a bubbleholic but the smell of this crumble was lovely and I think with a few experiments it will be a wonderful bubbly fun time.

Anything else –  it did make my skin a little dry, but I don’t think it was the product to blame as my skin does get very dry when I spend far to long in the bath.. but if you do have sensitive skin perhaps check the ingredients before using to double check that you don’t have any reactions to it.

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If you wish to try out the Unicorn Bath Crumble then please click the link here and use the coupon code ‘UNICORNSPRINKLE’ at the checkouts, I hope enjoy an equally delightful bath-time.

Until next time

Mummy Cat
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Disclaimer – item was sent to me for review purposes, all thoughts and opinions are my own.