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Luxury Autumn Items (for Mums, for once!)

I have literally just dropped Emma off to school and I think the most appropriate way to pass the first morning without her around (instead of missing her like crazy!) is to write about some of the lovely items I was sent to review, all appropriate for the cooler season approaching.

The first one I will mention here is my beautiful BKLYN fur bobble hat!

Part of their new Autumn-Winter collection 16/17, the hat oozes style and comfort from the word go. To the touch, it feels soft and the bobble, well, the bobble is simply addictive to touch! I am sat at my desk wearing it as I am writing this and it feel so cosy and snug, I simply wish it was winter already so I can wear it out in public!

Here are some nitty but anything but gritty details about the quality of the BKLYN hats:

Luxury Italian merino wool bobble hat, created from the finest quality wool and made and hand finished in England. Its softness and timeless elegance are just two characteristics that make this fabric so unique. Merino fibres are extremely fine, enabling them to bend far more than traditional, coarser wool fibres. This makes Merino wool feel soft and luxuriously gentle next to your skin and kind to your hair.

Last but not least thing I need to mention here is the little leather accessory on the front, how cute is that? This hat will definitely be an essential wardrobe sample for me this cold season and it makes the approach of cold days exciting!

I am also keeping my eyes peeled for the bag accessories the company is promising to release next week and I do hope to get a matching bobble to style my ride fully and completely this winter :-)!

So excited about my new luxury @bklynconcepts hat! Review coming up on the blog next week.

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The next product we have had the joy to road test these past few weeks are the Moccis. Okay, I am cheating on this one slightly, it was Emma who got a pair but they do come in mummy sizes and I am planning to get a pair for myself once the weather cools off.

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If we were to go by the number of A-list celebrities (Victoria Beckham, Rita Ora, Sienna Miller, Claudia Schiffer, Jamie Oliver) who have already fallen for the Moccis, then we would know we were onto something with these special slippers.

But don’t take only their word for it!

According to the website, the Moccis are, most importantly, podiatrist approved. Then, secondly, comes the reassurance of their ethical manufacture in Sweden; the highest quality wool being used ensures durability and them being hand-sewn gives them that all important human touch and unique detail.

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But the most reliable perspective should be that of the product tester and well, Emma simply loves them! She is not one to wear slippers much and she has had a few nasty near falls down the steps due to slippery socks but the Moccis are different! She puts them on without any convincing on my side and, most importantly, keep them on until the evening! They are so comfy and ensure such a good grip that she actually forgets she has them on and can go out to play in the back garden in them.

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 The last product I’ll be wearing proudly this coming season is my “Good Enough Mama” tote bag, from KemiKids.

KemiKids is the brain child of Yvonne, a brave mama whose blog evolved beyond the usual lamentations and ramblings of a stay at home mum,  into a wonderful support community for mothers everywhere and more recently, an online shop as well!

Yvonne’s tote bags are from suppliers who are members of the Fair Wear Foundation and The Global Organic Textile Standard.  Yvonne is passionate about giving mothers their salf-confidence back, through the strong messages on her bags. The money raised goes also to support the charity Yvonne holds close to heart, Reverse Rett.

The bags are beautiful, come in various colours and encouraging messages and are a totally affordable luxury at only £10!

Such a beautiful reminder to carry along with me in the form of a tote bag. Thank you @kemikids

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Disclaimer: we were sent the products above for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are truthful and entirely our own.

Caribbean Food Week 2016

Caribbean Food Week 2016

As you may know, we are a multicultural family: I am Romanian, Alex is Greek and Emma, well, she was born and is being raised in Northern Ireland.

We eat a large variety of foods, which include not only Romanian, Irish and Greek dishes but also Thai, Italian and many more.

We love trying new things so when Grace Foods UK approaches us about the Caribbean Food Week, offering us a food hamper to sample, we had to say yes!

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This was the first time I cooked Caribbean food so I did a bit of research once the hamper arrived. Caribbean food is all about flavour, I found out! It is about slowly marinating your meat in jerk sauce, a wonderfully tangy mixture of herbs, spices, lime juice and soya sauce. It is about heart warming sides, like the rice and peas (actually black beans) I cooked, which had thyme, coconut milk and all spice in it, a delight on a plate, if you ask me! And Caribbean food is all about spices! My sweet potato and bean (I know, so nutritious!) curry had me in floods of tears but begging for more, nevertheless! My recipes came from the BBC Good Food website and were simple to follow and most importantly, relatively quick to make.

I enjoyed my food with cool from the fridge Jamaican ginger beer, which pleasantly offset the spiciness of the meal with its flavour. As I said, Caribbean food and drink is indeed, all about the taste!

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Our hamper still has tonnes of treasures to be discovered in the weeks to come. There is the cock soup, which I will maybe use it as thick sauce for another Caribbean inspired curry. There is the tinned Callaloo, which is an equivalent to spinach and which would make a beautiful side dish to any marinated meat meal. And, of course, I am hoping that the good weather will last so we can have a BBQ and use the rich and flavoursome Jerk BBQ sauce. To diversity to Emma’s chicken nuggets, which have become a sample in our kitchen, I will maybe use a bit of the chicken fry mix for really crunchy chicken bites!

Have you tried Caribbean food before? Which dish is your favourite?

Disclosure: we were sent the food hamper for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed are my own and truthful.

Back to school essentials

The summer has flown by, it seems and Emma is due back to school next Monday. This has been the first year when I have truly enjoyed the summer with her, she is a young girl now, no longer a baby who needs entertainment and attending to 24/7. She has come in leaps and bounds this summer, not only physically but also in her own self: more caring and understanding but also more confident and inquisitive about the world around her, which has been an absolute delight to see.

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She will be going into Primary 3 (year 2 in England) and this year, unlike the summer before, I have been super prepared,  and bought her whole uniform from M&S at the end of June, taking advantage of their 20% off offer at the time.

I even got her shoes using the same offer, risky since her feet usually grow during the summer months more than at any other time, but it has proved a good move and they do fit nicely for now.

Last year, I loved our My Nametags uniform stickers and they did the job perfectly, so when the company approached us again about their new Mr Men and Little Miss range, we gladly agreed to another collaboration. I do recommend them, once again, despite their pricing. They do a stellar job, stick on easily and stay put for the whole year, never losing grip or colour. I used them on Emma’s school clothing, shoes, pencils and Twistables and I simply love the quality and designs.

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Now, you would have thought that my job was done with all the above bought and neatly stored away, but when House of Fraser contacted me about back to school bags and accessories, I did realise we were still missing a few bits and bobs!

Again, I had managed to purchase Emma’s school bag in sales in June, it is a beautiful Joules one, with a matching lunch box, very much like the ones available on the House of Fraser website:

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I had no trouble finding what I was looking for on the website. House of Fraser stocks up many of my favourite brands and in no time, I had exactly what I was looking for. Aren’t they simply gorgeous?

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As always, communication and delivery were prompt and top quality. My items came at a bit more than £30, reasonable given both the practical and the cuteness factor! As with my every collaboration with House of Fraser, I never worry about the quality of my products either, since they do always tend to stock up reputable companies, with long established names, which provide excellent value for money.

Are your children starting school as soon as my Emma? Are you all ready for them going back?

Disclosure: we were offered the products mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and truthful.

Imaginary Adventures with Storytime Magazine

We are back from our travels but our adventures are far from being over for Emma.

In June, we were kindly offered the opportunity to review the Storytime children’s magazine and were sent several printed issues which we took with us to Greece.

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I did not know if Emma would take to them since she has never shown a great interest in stories and myths before but I was so wrong!

The magazine offers a compact yet amazingly varied array of popular fairy and around the world tales, ancient myths and legends and fables along with short poems and rhymes and activities related to the magazine’s content.

If you think that is not enough, every month the magazine includes a short sample from a popular children’s book, we really enjoyed July’s The BFG and it really triggered Emma’s curiosity about the book and the new movie that had only been released. Emma is at the stage where her confidence as a reader is growing with almost new every page and book she reads and I believe it will not be long before she will be ready to tackle Roald Dahl’s book on her own and all thanks to the beautiful introduction to the book she had with Storytime!

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Emma enjoyed the most reading the myths and legends section, especially since all the editions we had received had each a short Greek legend and it made her immediately connect with the country we were visiting and her Greek roots.

The Lost City of Atlantis tale lead to countless discussions with her daddy about Greek gods, the Mount Olympus, located so close to Thessaloniki, where we were located and hypotheses about the Bermuda triangle as the place where Atlantis could be located! To see Emma, who is only six, blossom in her inquisitiveness and interest in the past made us realise what a wealthy resource the magazine can be!

(I am also totally impressed, and I speak now with my teacher’s hat on, with their online teaching resources section and wish I was teaching currently so I can use all those amazing resources with a class!)

But the best adventure we had thanks to the magazine was the visit to the Temple of Poseidon in Sounio. Unlike other children who at 6 would have found a visit to a historical place boring, Emma insisted on a visit and got extremely excited upon arrival.

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She begged her daddy to read all the info that was available and asked numerous questions about the temple, its design and structure.

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I am so excited to have reached this stage with her when she can appreciate the beauty of a place and its rich history. I look forward to more Storytime magazines and all the adventures they will lead us to, be them imaginary or real!

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Disclosure: we have received a year’s subscription with Storytime. This review is the true reflection of the quality of the magazine and we warmly recommend it to anyone with school aged children.

P.S. – the magazine has a special offer at the moment, of four issues at half price and only £8 for the lot. What a wonderful incentive to get reading with your little ones!

A Dream Guesthouse

It has taken me a few days to get back to my blog as we had to travel down to Thessaloniki and then settle into our holiday apartment (I even manage to colour bleed all of Emma’s summer bedding, grrrr!). Anyway, here is a sneak peek of our local beach and the views we get of Thessaloniki, a city with which I have had a long love story, which started when I was 14. But this is another story, for another time…

Back to our summer holiday apartment. That's Thessaloniki in the distance. #Thessaloniki #greece

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As promised, I return with a review of our wonderful bed and breakfast in the mountains.

Just thinking of our stay in the Vogiatzopoulou Guesthouse in Agios Georgios on Mount Pilio and I get relaxed! ( I have added the Booking.com link because the reviews the place gets there are accurate and reflect the high standards and quality of the service offered. But please don’t hesitate to contact Vasia, the young owner, directly, she speaks English and will offer you an excellent deal!)

What did we like about this place so much?

First of all, the fact that it has a history. The impressive house in which the guesthouse is now hosted has been in the family for three generations and has nurtured and served many dreams and aspirations. The B&B’s current owner, Vasia, is in her late 20s and has been a vision to us with her hard work, dedication and strife for excellence. Together with her lovely mum, they form the perfect hosting team! Do take time to listen to their stories, they are worth an extra coffee!

We dream of having a similar place in Greece at some point, a place where we can host and serve people, so we take inspiration from places like this, which show us dreams can come true.

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Then, with the family history come the personal touches. They are felt delicately and sensibly not only in the decor, but also in the service and the attention to detail:

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The part that got us most impressed, after the genuine warmth of the hosts, has been the wonderful breakfasts we enjoyed for two mornings. They are freshly made in the house, from the wonderful breads and pastries to the Cretan omelettes and freshly squeezed juice.

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We LOVED having our breakfasts outside, in the cool breeze of the morning and with amazing views of the Pagasetic Gulf right before our eyes:

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Our family room (one roomy front room for Emma, with a sofa bed which could sleep two and a beautiful bedroom for us, interconnected by a bathroom with a luxurious massage shower) cost us £77 per night, excellent value for money for the space we got with it and the amazing views:

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I cannot end this post without giving the place a shout-out and praise for using local products and promoting local businesses. Our shower was kitted with these amazing bath products produced by Lavelia, a small business which will soon launch nationally. We loved the fact that they are free from chemicals and using local plants and the formula has been designed carefully by the owner, a pharmacist who is passionate about holistic well being. We have been in contact with Annia, the lovely owner, and ordered some already for taking home to Ireland with us!

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This blog post hasn’t been sponsored in any way. I wrote about a wonderful place on the Mount Pilio that we truly enjoyed as a family and I do hope my review will benefit both the guesthouse and my readers who would visit someday soon!

My mum is arriving at the weekend and we are planning a visit to the Meteora monasteries with her, stay tuned for more travel posts!

Until then, wishing you once more, kalispera kai kali vradia!

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Visiting Mount Pilio

We are back to Greece, although, if you are a regular reader of my blog, I didn’t think I will return this summer. I did for a number of reasons; my strongest being my daughter’s happiness.

We landed in Athens on Wednesday night and headed towards Thessaloniki after a couple of days of rest and a lovely encounter with a loved family member and friend.

The journey from Athens to Thessaloniki is long, especially when done in the summer, in a car with a faulty air con system. We decided to break the journey in half and have been staying on Mount Pelion, in a small but beautiful village, called Agios Georgios (Saint George), for the past two nights. Blog post to follow on our delightfully luxurious B&B!

Mount Pilio(Pelion in Greek) has been capturing the imagination of the Greek from ancient times and it is believed to have been the home of Centaurs and the starting point of major mythological events like the Trojan War. Nowadays, the mountain continues to attract a lot of local and international tourism, with its hiking paths and unique scenery which combines intense greenery and turquoise blue sea.

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We were given a gentle warning by our lovely hosts and told that we will not be able to see much in a day, as the mountain and its beauty are vast and require weeks of exploration.

We attempted, nevertheless, and after seven hours on the road, got a mixed bag of wonderful scenery, car sickness from the steep mountain roads and everlasting memories😉.

Our goal was to explore the wilder side of the mountain and it took us about 2 hours to reach the Mylopotamus Beach, renowned among the locals and awarded the reputable Blue Flags of Europe for years.

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We didn’t stay long as the day was hot and the sea wild and wavy and decided to head on for a spot of lunch and more windy, twisty roads.

The cuisine of Mount Pilio is simple yet entrancing with its rich flavours: freshly baked bread, served compulsorily with every single meal; divinely tasting, always homemade butter and cheese; meat roasted slowly on the spit; creamy-sauced aubergines cooked in earthen pots, resting for hours in hot ovens; a spot of Turkish culinary imprint and Ottoman occupation with their bouyourdi, peppers and cheese melted into an amazing melee of guilt and pleasure.

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We loved every morsel of it; delicious, home cooked meals and exceptionally welcoming hosts can be found everywhere along the road. Our meals varied in price, between 20 and 35 euro, depending on the appetite and always delivered great quality and taste.

On the way back and now on a wider and safer road, we took our time and stopped for a chat with a local apicultirist. Again, the mountain way was prevalent in his dealings with us. He took his time and explained in both English and Greek about the arduous process of beekeeping and honey making. He told us about how he left his uninspiring career in Athens and swapped it for the mountain air, loads of hard work and a never give up mentality which are now rewarding him much more than any city career. All done with a smile and a generous spirit.

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We have decided to stay for another night on Mount Pilio upon return from our adventures. Not because we harbour any illusions of conquering its vast territory and beauty but because we wanted to enjoy another day closer to the sky and surrounded by the green of the trees before we head on to Thessaloniki. I know that many Greeks dream of reaching Mount Pilio and see its beauty and I feel it would be a shame to rush away from such a calming and beautiful spot.

I will be back tomorrow with my blog post on our lovely B&B, as promised. Until then, kalispera kai kali vradia!

#PizzaExpressIceAge

We LOVE Pizza Express in this house and Emma is the biggest fan among us all so when we were contacted and asked if we would like to review a family meal, we squealed with joy! Not only because we would spend some quality time together but also because Emma was allowed to bring a friend or two, making the experience a thousand times more fun!

We have two Pizza Express restaurants in Belfast but the one we almost always prefer is the one in Victoria Square. That is where we headed yesterday evening, with three very excited little girls and large appetites🙂.

As always, the staff was extremely welcoming and friendly to the girls.(We had a little four year old with us who can be extremely shy but by the end of the evening, the lovely staff managed to make friends with her!) We were offered a table immediately and drinks were brought out very quickly. While we were perusing the amazing  summer menu and reading the Piccolo one to the girls, the staff brought out activity packs and little chef hats for them, which brought big smiles on their faces, as you can see:

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The girls decided to enjoy everything that was on offer for them on the Piccolo menu and had the delicious dough balls and vegetables for starters. We wanted to celebrate the elusive summer(it was pouring when we walked into the restaurant!) and had the prosciutto and melon(myself) and the calamari(Alex). Everything came out quick, was warm, well presented and delicious; the same top quality we have come to expect from our favourite Pizza Express restaurant, delivered promptly and with a smile.Always!

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The surprise came after our starters, when our lovely waiting staff offered the girls a peak behind the kitchen scenes and the chance to see how pizza is made(and spinned!) by the chefs. The staff took the time to explain the process and the steps involved into making a cracking pizza and the chef introduces himself and invited the girls to interact and catch his flying dough!

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By the time he had finished, our main courses were on the tables, steaming and we tucked into them with gusto, as expected, after such amazing culinary display. Emma and her friend went for pizza while the little one opted for pasta and sauce. The all loved their food and devoured it. We had to ask for a dessert spoon for the little one, as she was enjoying her sauce so much that she didn’t want to leave anything behind, lol!

The grown ups went again for more summery options of salad and thin crust pizza(and some of the lovely craft beer from the menu, Alex totally appreciated the touch, as he has become quite an expert in the domain). They were both very filling, fresh and totally satisfying!

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Actually, our main courses were so filling (and we so eager to test some of the new desserts on the summer menu!) that we asked the staff to pack the leftovers for home. They came very handy today at lunch time and brought back a lot of happy memories from last nights.

So, yes, as you guessed, we did enjoy pudding as well, it would have been a shame not to! I usually LOVE their sorbet at Pizza Express, I find it refreshing for the palate and very light but this time, I had to try the lime centered bomb while Alex had a go at the Passionate Mess, a delicious passion fruit alternative to cheesecake:

 

The girls all chose different things, ice-cream, organic apple lolly and chocolate brownie and were all very pleased with their complimentary Bambinoccino as well:

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Pizza Express, in partnership with the Blue Sky, has presently added an Ice Age activity sheet to their Piccolo menu and is inviting its customers to enter its competition for the grand prize of a holiday to Hollywood and many other surprises. The new Ice Age Collision movie is due in the cinemas on the 15th of July and we cannot wait to go and watch it!

Disclosure: we were offered a complimentary meal in Pizza Express in exchange for an honest review. We loved every minute of it and are very grateful to the staff for having made the evening so special for the girls and for us! We loved the opportunity to review one of our favourite family friendly restaurants and we will return very soon for more good food and laughter!

Insure With Max: The Insurance I Wish We Had for Georgie

 

I have meant to write about the subject for a long time but I never found the right time and occasion. Insurance for children, such a scary thought, yet something that could come in so handy if anything was to ever happen to them!

Back in 2014, when we had Georgie, we as a family had a basic health insurance which would have covered all of us in the event of serious illness. But the likelihood of illness clashed stringently with the joy of having a newborn in the house, and the added financial stress lead Alex to temporarily cancel it, within weeks of Georgie being born. Who thinks of illness, life-threatening conditions and death when they have just been handed this beautiful, new bundle of joy? We certainly didn’t and cancelling our health insurance seemed like a good idea, as it allowed some extra cash for those newborn nappies and cute little outfits…

Fast forward three and a half months to the moment we found ourselves, with the same wonderful bundle of joy, on the children’s cancer ward in Belfast. Our world came crashing down, in every single way. Unfortunately, our finances suffered severely as well and it was only due to Alex’s sheer determination and hard work and financial gifts from various friends that we didn’t end in deep financial arrears.

Had we kept our insurance, we would have been able to claim against our policy, from day one on that ward.

And this is the very reason I decided to write this post.

We now know that horrid things can happen to innocent children. Illness, accidents and even death can rob us of our children and in the process, not only drain every ounce of energy we have but also drain our bank accounts of every single penny we have saved. Cause in those desperate moments, we would give everything we have, even our lives, to make our ill children comfortable and pay for a cure, if there is any!

After Georgie’s death, we have been very careful and have set health and life insurance policies for all of us. And now, I am writing this post to urge all my readers to consider the unthinkable and the uncomfortable and set up a policy for the scary possibility of a child becoming severely ill or being involved in a serious accident.

Insure With Max was set by a wonderful man who knows the reality of serious illness in children as well as we do. His younger sister suffered for many years from a serious condition which ultimately lead to her death, but in the process, his family was deeply affected financially and in every other single way, just like ours was in 2014.

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Unlike other insurances out there, Insure With Max caters exclusively for the case of an ill or seriously injured child, provides the parent with their take home salary within 30 days of a diagnosis for up to 12 months and renews annually, so no monthly fees or life long commitments to an expensive policy.  Your actual premium will depend on the amount of your take home salary and the number and age of your children, subject to a minimum single premium £49.28 (incl. IPT) for a 12 month policy.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this insurance to every parent out there. It is inexpensive and flexible but most importantly, it can provide with that much needed financial reassurance in the case of illness or accident, allowing you in those tragic circumstances to take time off to look after your precious child, instead of desperately trying to make ends while your heart and soul are in a hospital room.

Alongside a prestigious group of mummy bloggers, I will be hosting a Twitter chat on Friday, 1st of July, between 11:15 a.m. and 12:00. Look us up under the hashtag #ChildMax and come and learn more about Insure With Max.

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Keeping Children Hydrated During the Summer

 

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BritMums recently invited a number of bloggers to engage in their #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge as part of the Robinsons campaign and come up with ways to to keep our children well hydrated over the warm summer months.

I decided to approach this assignment as a research, and was shocked by the number of things I did not know when it comes to hydration in children!

1.Children need more water per body mass during the day than adults because they move more than we do. The recommended daily intake for a child is 6-8 glasses of liquid per day but this need increases when the weather is hot! Children can be especially prone to dehydration since they are often active, easily distracted and forget to drink. By the time they say they are thirsty, dehydration has already begun. Irritability and poor concentration are two common indicators. My tip would be to ensure children always have easy access to a cool drink everywhere they are, be in in the back garden, the car or out and about.

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2. Children grow at a faster pace in the summer versus the winter adding to their hydration needs which will be greater any way in hotter temperatures. Especially when away on holidays in hotter climates, children should always wear sun cream, sun hats and never be in the sunshine during the peak hours, between 11 and 17. My tip is to follow the locals’ lead when on holidays and make use of the wonderful fresh fruit available everywhere. Fruit contains not only vitamins and minerals essential for our health but summer fruit like watermelon and strawberries are rich in water and can keep the children hydrated naturally as well. Make sure children eat at least five small cups of fruits and vegetables per day, as they all contain various levels of water and the all-important nutrient potassium.

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3. According to an article written for Live Science by Katherine Tallmadge, a registered dietitian, when exercising in extreme heat for more than an hour (which our children do unawares, when having fun in the sun, especially on holidays to warmer climates!),water intake needs to be supplemented by drinks which are high in potassium (like orange juice), to prevent high sodium losses. According to Doctor Tallmadge, dilute juices are a great option, as they allow the electrolytes and water to quickly reach your heart and organs.

Robinsons Squash’d drinks, in their new and very handy squeezy formula and with their two new exciting flavours, Orange&Peach and Lemon&Pink Grapefruit(my favourite!), fit the bill perfectly, even for taking away on holidays! We have received six samples which will definitely come with us to Greece this year and keep not only Emma, but also Alex and myself, well hydrated over our summer holidays.

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Disclosure: This post is an entry for BritMums #EnjoyMoreWater Challenge, sponsored by Robinsons.

Father’s Day with Scruffs

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Emma’s has become more aware of special days as the years have clocked by so this year, she really wanted to get her daddy something special!

We had already got lunch booked to celebrate Father’s Day but she also wanted to give him something more than a card for the occasion so when Scruffs agreed to collaborate with us again, for a third time, I knew we would have the perfect present to give Alex on the day!

Alex loves all his Scruffs gear he has accumulated over the last year. You can read about his winter jacket here and about his spring one here.

This time, knowing that Alex’s jeans always end up ripping when out working, we decided to go for a pair of work jeans, to begin with.

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I was amazed at the quality of this pair as well as the totally reasonable pricing(£34.95) . The jeans come with loads of pockets, all so very handy for busy working hands and knee pads for ground level work. They look amazing, not at all like your average work trousers, and can easily be worn after work for dinner, on condition that they are not too grubby, lol. I love the colour and I will definitely go back and get another pair for Alex when this first one wears out!

The second item we chose for Alex is a classic rucksack. Again, you get so much for your £24.95! “Functional work bag made from water resistant fabric with built in boot compartment, cool bag and laptop sleeve. EVA padding to the straps and back provides maximum comfort when carried. Packed with internal and external secure storage for all of your accessories. “

I love its colour, its perfect size and its functionality. Alex can easily take it with him and transition with it from doing surveys into an office environment and even use it at the gym. The various compartments and pockets allow him to pack for a long day and the thermo-isolated front pocket allows for food to stay fresh even during a warm day!

 

I loved working with Scruffs again on this occasion, they are a lovely, young company that provide great quality work gear at excellent prices and once again, I do recommend them wholeheartedly!

Disclosure: Alex was sent the two items above in exchange for this review.