Thursday, 30 March 2017

Vionic Shoes Review

Shoes have always been a nightmare for me, I've never enjoyed shoe shopping for a variety of reasons..

I have big feet (size 8), I have a chipped bone in my big toe (an injury from my early teens) and I also have Hypermobility Syndrome and bad balance. For the last couple of years I have lived in Flip Flops, Crocs.. or some old boots - comfort over fashion!

When I had the chance to try some Vionic shoes I was quietly excited, I had researched their website and this is a little bit about them:

Vionic shoes combine both effortless style and comfort, so not only will your feet look good, but they’ll feel fabulous too! The upcoming spring/summer 2017 collection is packed with a range of classic and on-trend styles to choose from, with each shoe offering unique natural alignment that helps to adjust the feet to the correct position and improves posture.

It was the natural alignment that I was really interested in, after so long in Flip Flops my arches had dropped and the first time I put my new shoes on I could really feel the support around my whole foot.

The first week was spent breaking them in and correcting the way I walk (I am also seeing a physio about how I walk) but from the second week onwards the shoes were so incredibly comfortable and I was annoyed with myself I hadn't worn proper shoes earlier!

The pair I chose are called KEA and are stylish but easy for me to slip on as I cannot always bend to put shoes on.

I would recommend Vionic to anyone that has problems with their feet, be it balance or arch problems - there are so many fabulous designs on the website, I shall be confident from now on in buying shoes that are comfortable and not limiting myself to one pair!

You can check out the fab designs by visiting the website HERE

They also do men's shoes too!

Shoes were provided in return of an honest review.

 

Monday, 20 March 2017

ASDA LITTLE ANGELS DAY AND NIGHT PANTS REVIEW


Having a large preschooler who is not yet potty trained due to his additional issues and now having him in the largest size baby nappy available (6+) I recently started to panic about what to do if he doesn't slim down and the nappy no longer fits!

My eldest son was potty trained by 3 years old so this is a new experience for me and I had been told that the NHS won't supply nappies until they are 5 years old - although we are hoping he will be ready before then.

ASDA Little Angels have just launched super absorbent DAY AND NIGHT PANTS for older children aged four to 12 which offers super absorbency and complete confidence day and night.

 What I've found with these pants is they are absolutely perfect for Bee's physique and the smaller size fit beautifully.

The football design on the boys pants is pleasing to youngsters while not being babyish some nappies are,

We are extremely impressed with the fact that we no longer need to panic about not having nappies for Bee. Little Angels have always been our first go to for absorbency, fit and quality.

ASDA Little Angels Day & Night Pants are available in size M (4-7 years, or 17-30kgs/38-66lbs) and L (8-12 years, or 24-50kgs/53-110lbs).

ASDA Little Angels Day & Night Pants are priced at £3.87 per pack (10 items per pack in size M and 9 in size L) They are available in larger stores, or you can order online at ASDA.com 

As a special needs parent its one less thing to worry about! Thanks ASDA!

*Product received in exchange for truthful review.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Trolls Screening! Trolls sing along on DVD is out now!

On Monday I took Rocket to London as his 7th birthday treat and after a couple of hours travelling we met up with Danielle and her girls to head to a sing a long screening of Trolls at the Prince Charles Theatre in Leicester Square.

Rocket and I hadn't seen the film yet so we were very excited to see it (well half as we had to dash off to catch a train to KidZania!) but we enjoyed meeting Princess Poppy and Branch outside of the theatre and singing along to the very catchy songs in the movie! - we shall be getting the DVD so we can watch the rest and also so Bee can watch as I think he would love it - especially how colourful and magical it looks!



DreamWorks Troll's is available on Blu-ray and DVD now courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

If you'd like to see what Rocket got up to during the day and clips of going to the screening then watch our Vlog HERE

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Slugs & Snails Tights & Sensory Processing Disorder



It's been a long while since I came on and posted! But I wanted to come and talk about something that could help other parents of children with Autism/Sensory Processing Disorder.

As you will know if you've followed our journey, my youngest son Bee was diagnosed with ASD is August and within that diagnosis he also struggles quite badly with sensory processing disorder.

How SPD can affect people can vary widely but for Bee it means he is quite hands on and likes being squeezed, touched and thrown around a lot. He loves giving tight cuddles and squeezing hands but dislikes light pressure or his hair being touched.

One thing we have discovered recently is he loves wearing his Slugs and Snails tights - I'm guessing it's because he feels like he is being hugged by them and they also leave no gap under clothes where socks usually would do they avoid rough edges (something that doesn't feel rough to us can to someone with SPD)

I would recommend anyone with a littlen with sensory issues similar to Bees to try Slugs & Snails tights to see if it would help them.

Slugs & Snails are made of organic cotton and are flexable, soft and durable! 

We love using ours, especially when we go out and about (Bee stays in his pushchair) they keep him feeling warm and safe.

You can view the wonderful range of fun and colourful designs HERE

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Autism Spectrum Disorder - Diagnosis!

Today was a big day for all of us. The biggest of this year so far - bee had his final assessment (of 3 long weeks) at the child development centre.

It was a year ago we first raised concerns that developmentally he wasn't where he should have been and the ball started rolling - although we had an inkling from very young that things weren't quite right.

This year has been full of frustration, anger, confusion, doubt and a real struggle for us as a family. Not everyone saw what we did and a lot of the time we were dismissed with 'he's only young, he's just 2, he will grow out of it etc' which made my head full of self doubt and questioned if I was going crazy.

Today my beautiful little man was diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder with high sensory processing issues (inclusive of the ASD). It wasn't a shock or anything, it was fully what we were expecting and after watching him through the assessment sessions we could see that the professionals were seeing what we were, so when they came out and said it it was a big relief. We had been listened to.

Bee has many struggles from sensory issues to fine and gross motor skills, he's clumsy, he struggles with communication and he's very on his own terms , he has zero danger awareness or stranger danger and I know we have a long journey ahead of us with 1-2-1 speech therapy, more physio assessments , OT workshop, setting his support up through nursery and the decision if we want to apply for the SEN nursery or not. But we are ready as a family to face this all.

Now that's all said, let me tell you about the positives of my incredible whirlwind boy!

He loves everyone.
He has an amazing memory.
He can work out how things work in seconds!
He has the most infectious smile.
Everyone who spends time with him, loves him!
He's a goober and can make you laugh.
He can be very gentle and loving.
He LOVES hugs and being squeezed!
He makes my heart melt every night as he falls asleep next to me.

There's so so much more I could write!

I'm so incredibly blessed to have him in my life and even though life has taken us the back roads with him, it's makes every little corner so much more meaningful.

I love you Bee!

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Primula Cheese! Summer Ideas!

We have always been Primula cheese fans in this household - I love how versatile it is for the kiddies and we regularly stir it into pasta or eat it on toast!

This summer we were given the challenge to come up with more ideas on how to make yummy recipies using a variety of delicious Primula flavours!

After really thinking about our favourite foods, and how we could make a plate of different snacks but still incorporating the cheesy goodness of Primula, we came up with the following!



First off we bought japanese style rice crackers (lightly salted) and used the Smoked Salmon Primula, on top of that we added some fresh smoked salmon and a sprinkle of spring onions. I was really impressed as they looked like something I could serve at a party and they tasted excellent too, I really enjoyed them.

We are all fans of crispy bacon so next we simply broke some rashers into small pieces and put a small blob of Original Primula on top of them for an extra punch of flavour - these went down really well!

My favourite creation of them all has to be my oozy Primula pastry balls!! So easy to make - I bought some pastry pre rolled and made a ball with a hole to squeeze the cheese in then baked with some grated cheese on top. These went down a treat for kids and adults alike!

All in all, we had a great time experimenting with flavours, there are so many things you can create with Primula, why don't you give it a try and see what YOU can come up with!

If you need some recipe inspiration then look no further! Just click HERE.

We were sent some Primula to come up with our yummy snacks!

Photos by Aaron Weight.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

SquarePeg Clothing Review

We were recently sent some Tshirts from Squarepeg clothing to review - perfect for my little man going through autism assessments this month!

Squarepeg was started by Lauren, whose children were diagnosed with Autism.

It is a charitable organisation through which you can donate to fund sensory sessions for disabled children and adults. To find out more about the sensory bus click HERE.

They have a range of clothing and accessories with unique slogans on to celebrate the fact that everyone is a square peg!

We chose Tshirts as its lovely and sunny - the tshirt that most stuck out for me was:

'The wheels on the bus go in nice straight lines' - this couldn't be more perfect for Bee! He sings this all the time and one of his ASD quirks is lining up toys!! I find it fun and it celebrates him!

Luke has a tee that says 'the A team #AutismAware to support his little brother.


 The tshirts are good sizes and wash well - we will be back to get some hoodies as summer comes to an end!



If you'd like to visit Squarepeg and purchase some awesome unique clothes for your square peg click HERE.

This is a review, we were sent 2 tshirts.