The Gift

At Christmas time we can very caught up in the little things like have you got enough gravy for the turkey, do you need new tree ornaments or have you bought enough for everyone? This little video is just a reminder that the real reason for the season can’t be bought.

 

Merry Christmas!

Rebecca x

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KangaWrap Review & Giveaway

I have heard such good things about using slings with your little ones. Baby wearing is something I am a fan of (even if the term makes me cringe), but we have only ever had a front carrier style option. These are fine when they’re bigger, but not as snug or cosy for when they are smaller, so I was excited to try out a sling from KangaWrap baby wraps.

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First of, I was so impressed at how soft it is! The fabric is organic cotton and it is really soft so I know it is comfy for my daughter. It comes in a drawstring case too which is most useful for when you are out and about and need to put it in your bag. There are also some very clear and useful instructions so you can get the hang of how to ‘wrap’. After a few goes though, I had the hang of it and didn’t need the instructions.

Chloe got on well in the wrap and I could tell she enjoyed being in the sling when we were out and about (so much more snug and warm than a pushchair). It was a result when she was in it and I was doing the housework – she would instantly fall asleep whenever I vacuumed with her in it! It feels secure, which I was worried about, but as long as I’ve tied it up tight enough, it is sturdy and holds Chloe perfectly. It has been a massive help recently too as Chlo has been full of cold and rather clingy. I’ve been able to get things done, still have her close and have my hands free.

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I think these will be absolutely perfect for newborns ( great for discreet breastfeeding), and beyond! Chloe is 8 months and still fits pretty snuggly inside. Her weight spreads evenly too so it feels much comfier to wear than a carrier type that I have used previously. The wraps can be used right up to toddler age (15kg) if you want to.

They are priced at £44.99 which you might think is a bit pricey, but for price-per-wear I think it is totally reasonable, you would get lots of wear out of it. Plus, all their profits go to maternity care in Delhi slums – bonus.

I love the wrap and am so pleased we now have one – I will be using it often. I completely recommend it and I love that the hubby can use it too :)

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See, instant sleepiness, ha!

Now I am offering one of you lovely lot to WIN a fab KangaWrap for yourself!

All you need to do is CLICK on the Rafflecopter link below and complete the mandatory options. Once you have done those there are a few additional entries you can complete.

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The giveaway will run from today 19th December 2014 for three weeks, until 9th January 2015.

Good luck!

Rebecca x

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*I was gifted a KangaWrap in exchange for an honest review – all thoughts are mine. I have received no compensation for running the giveaway.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • The giveaway will run from 6am on 19th December 2014 and run for 3 weeks, ending at 11.59pm on 9th January 2015, GMT.
  • The prize is one Organic Cotton KangaWrap.
  • Sorry, entry is for UK residents aged 18 or over only.
  • Entries can only be completed through the Rafflecopter widget.
  • All entries will be checked and verified.
  • The winner is chosen at random, through the Rafflecopter widget, using random.org, from all valid entries.
  • The winner will be announced on 10th January 2015 and they will be emailed, as well as announced through AAUBlog’s social media pages.
  • The winner will have 72 hours to respond with their details, otherwise a new winner will be picked, following the same procedure.
  • The item will be sent out once winner’s address details have been sent and the prize will be sent out directly from KangaWrap.
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Christmas Gifts for Children

If you need another idea for the little ones in your life, then look no further than Mamas & Papas. With such a wide selection from piggy banks and passport covers to rag dolls and rucksacks, there is a huge variety of lovely products, for a huge variety of ages, not just babies.

Here are some of my favourite items:

  • For the Girls:

S79CR41_AAAA_AW14_SPOT_CANVAS_BK_PK_E Girls Ltd Ed Window Print Dress_ _36 - Mamas _amp_ Papas Girls Green Spot T-shirt_ _16 - Mamas _amp_ Papas Patternology Suitcase_ _5_95 - Mamas _amp_ Papas _2_ Patternology Passport Cover Hedgehog_ _6_95 - Mama _amp_ Papas Berry Angel Ragdoll_ _13_95 - Mamas _amp_ Papas

Pink Spot Canvas Rucksack £14 // Window print Dress £36 // Green Polka Dot Top £16 //  Patternology Suitcase £5.95 // Patternology Hedgehog Passport Cover £6.95 // Berry Angel Rag Doll £13.95

  • For the Boys:

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Canvas Rucksack £14 // Red & White Boys Check Shirt £20 // Moustache Muslin £9.95 // Pixie & Finch Picture £22.95 // Patternology Green Piggy Bank £7.95 // Chevron Knitted Blanket £22.95

Rebecca x

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*I was gifted two items from this list, in exchange for the post. All words and thoughts are my own.

Diet Chef | Week 2

Another week has flown by and so ends my second week doing the Diet Chef diet.

After stepping on the scales this morning, I can confirm I have lost 3lbs this week (12lbs total, in two weeks).

I am totally into the swing of things now and finding it much easier than the first week. I think this is because I am use to the amount I should be eating now and in more of a routine for when I have my meals and snack. It is definitely helping my hydration levels because I think I am drinking more water than I ever have, which can only be a good thing.

I am loving that this diet doesn’t really feel like a diet, if that makes sense. I don’t feel restricted in what I eat. I am still eating a bit of chocolate from the protein bars or breakfast cookies so don’t feel like I crave it as I get a taste of it. I am also eating dinners like curry, bolognese and macaroni cheese so don’t feel like I’m missing out at all.

I have found the diet fit really well into my lifestyle and don’t find it a hassle. I tend to swap my dinner option and have that for lunch, and then have my lunch option for dinner. I find the lunch options are lighter and quicker (sometimes a shake, other times soup, pasta or a protein bar) so they fit in better for me to have of an evening, when I’m busy getting the kids fed and bathed and the hubby’s dinner ready.

Two weeks in and I would completely recommend this diet. It does help that I’m held accountable if you like, to Diet Chef, but the weight loss I have achieved so far is so motivating I want to keep doing well. I’m feeling good so here goes week 3…

Rebecca x

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*I have been gifted a four week supply of Diet Chef for an honest review. All thoughts and words are my own. If you want to give it a go, use the discount code MYAHGDGD to get £10 off your order (valid on orders of £190 or more).