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Friday, 1 December 2017

Competition: Win A Haliborange And Mr Men Bundle

I've got a great Haliborange and Mr Men bundle to giveaway to one lucky reader right before Christmas!

Haliborange is the UK's number one children's supplement brand and their range features many essential vitamins and minerals for children from one month old up to their teenage years.
Their range includes a great selection of flavours including orange, blackcurrant, strawberry and citrus.

Haliborange giveaway

The competition prize includes:
·         Mr Men/Little Miss pencil case
·         Mr Men/Little Miss lunch box
·         Mr Men/Little Miss water bottle
·         Mr Men/Little Miss bookmark
·         Mr Men/Little Miss erasers
·         Mr Men/Little Miss pens
·         3 month supply of Haliborange vitamins

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Money Saving Tips For Single Parents

This time of year is so hard on many families financially, with Christmas gifts and even increased heating bills as it's already getting so cold, which is why I like to share the tips I've found that help keep me within my tight budget.

Use A Food Bank

I'm not ashamed to admit that this year things got so difficult that I sometimes use my local food bank. They are an amazing resource and one that a lot of families rely on.

Each food bank has different criteria, which are usually in terms of checking your income and what benefits you are on, but if you are eligible I would urge you to use them.

They are a great resource and each week I not only get the basic necessities such as pasta, bread, milk but also foods that we had never tried so we have fun trying new things!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Christmas Review: Wilko Blox Advent Calendar

Wilko Blox Advent Calendar is my choice for Chunk this year as I'm sick of chocolate! He gets enough of it during this holiday period from selection boxes, mince pies and even chocs on Christmas trees.

So this year I chose something that he could keep and play with. This advent calendar contains Blox bricks so he can build his own festive models. He can build a festive scene with a snowman, reindeer, sleigh, elves and the big guy himself!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

How I Manage Anxiety And Stress

Stress... we all have it in different shapes and sizes, but as I'm getting older there seems to be a lot more of it so I've been looking at ways to control it.

Anxiety And Stress: How I Deal With It

During the summer I was under huge stress due to having a huge depressive/anxiety episode. I basically had a breakdown, which was the worst I've encountered since they began when I was fifteen years old.

I was born with an anxiety disorder as you know, which has got progressively more difficult to manage since having my son five years ago. This summer it escalated higher than ever to the point where I was scared to be home alone, but I was also scared to be around people. I was scared to be out in public even in places I know well, such as dropping my son to school or going food shopping. I was scared to eat, scared to sleep but also scared of how I felt without sleep.

I was having panic attacks daily that were lasting at least four hours, which would result in my body shaking, dizziness, my jaw clenching to the point my teeth hurt constantly, pacing my mother's garden from 5am until 9am straight most days, and feeling like my heart was going to explode.
I even had many occasions where I struggled to be around my son. I could see he only wanted to hug me to make me feel better but I couldn't cope with human touch. I couldn't even cope with the smell of food in the mornings so found it hard to make him breakfast.

On many occasions over the last few months I've been suicidal. It's not that I don't love my son and family, and people would say "think about your son he needs you" and all I felt was that actually no; He didn't this shell of a human that couldn't look after herself let alone him, and who was in mental agony all day and night. I was exhausted. My body was literally giving up. I lost a stone in a week as for two months I could barely even eat one meal a day. My anxiety would kick off from 5am so I wasn't sleeping, and even now I can't sleep past about 6am so it's still not improved hugely.

Anxiety And Stress: How I Deal With It

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Healthy Breakfast Ideas using Ready Brek

Now winter seems to have made an appearance, I'm trying to finding warm, healthy breakfasts to start the day.

Porridge and warm Weetabix are my easy go-to choices, but Chunk can get bored so I've been looking at ways to spice breakfast up a bit without using sugary cereals.

I've been sent some Ready Brek to try out and I was surprised to see there's a lot that can be done with it. Ready Brek is thankfully a very easy and quick breakfast to make in the mornings while I'm rushing around getting Chunk and I ready for school and work. It's also nutritious and designed to give you long lasting energy which is perfect for my son to get through a morning of hard concentration at school.

ready brek cereal
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One of my favourite things to do with it is to mix it with homemade granola dust, which only contains natural sugars from dried fruits. It contains a little bit of pure cocoa powder as well as a range of nuts which help to boost brain function and energy. I use the Jamie Oliver granola dust recipe from one of his books and it's so easy; You just bake it for a few minutes and then blend it and it lasts for weeks!

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