|REVIEW|spy gear ultimate ninja night vision goggles

As an amateur ghost hunter, I've used a fair share of night vision goggles in my time, ranging from phone apps to handy cam attachments to expensive specifically designed cameras. So of course, when these Spy Gear Ultimate Ninja Night Vision Goggles turned up for T to review, I had to have a little go myself first and to be honest, I'm blown away!!

|BRAND NEW ME|6 months into my healthy lifestyle

Six months ago I made the decision that I really need to start seriously improving my health and improve my lifestyle, I have many ailments and illnesses and need to go on more medication if I am unable to improve my diet and health. I already take 4 lots of medication a day and my ultimate goal would be to get off of those completely too, but for now I'm focusing on keeping off of anything new!  I've had ups and many, many downs but I'm actually feeling really positive at the moment. 

|REVIEW|Sambro minions backpack

LarabeeUK - Sambro backpack 1

Football club, dance academy, sports crew, taekwondo, swimming lessons, since T started school last year, there's always a club to pack for!  In the past year we've been careful not to let him join literally every, single club available otherwise, I'd be spending all my time running him from one place to another! 

As some of these clubs are on the same day and during school hours, we are constantly challenged with finding enough suitable bags to take along the relevant change of clothes or supplies needed for each club. 

|FAMILY|6 tips for a first time school Mum (and reflections on my first year!)

And so in a flash, T has finished his first year of school.

This year has been a rollercoaster for all of us, I don't think The Hubs and I really appreciated how different it would be from him going to nursery. The older 2 went to their school nursery so for them in was just a case of going to a new classroom with their existing friends so the transition wasn't that difficult for them. 

For T, it was a complete change, no longer seeing friends and nursery staff he'd seen every day for the past 4 years and going to a school where he knew 2 children out of the 42 in the school, one was in his class but he didn't know him very well. The other in the older class and luckily knew very well. 

This year was a bit of a change for me too, changing my hours and working school hours only, trying to fit in shopping trips and errands into a half hour lunch. Loosing all day Friday to play with my baby. You know what?  I like it much more, I love finishing at 2.45 and picking T up from school. But the biggest change for me?  Making friends with other Mum's and joining in with school activities. 

Before T started school, I heard all the bad stories about playground cliques and parent bullying and knew I wanted no part of it at all, as far as I was concerned I was there for my little boy, not to make friends and I wanted nothing to do with the bitchyness associated with what goes on in the playground.  

So I prepared myself on the first day, put my big girl pants on and headed down to the gates, yes there were people standing in groups together chatting but there were others standing alone. Should I try and be friendly to someone standing alone too, I thought to myself?  Then I thought, no they probably are happy keeping themselves to themselves just like me. 

And on it went like this for at least the first term, this for me was a huge result, I was being left alone parent would smile and pass the time of day but nothing more. This was just perfect for me. 

Then we received a letter about the parent teacher group and about the 'Friends of' group. I'd always said I wanted to be involved with T's schooling and so I attended both meetings. In my second 'Friends of' meeting I even offered to be the treasurer, I still don't know what possessed me to do that but I'm so very glad I did now. 

After a few weeks T was invited to children's houses to play or to stay after school and join in a game of football in the park. Which meant more small talk and speaking to other Mum's. Before long I realised that I looked forward to turning up at school, I enjoyed speaking to the other Mum's and having a chat and laugh, drinking tea whilst the children were playing. 

And then I was invited out by one of the Mum's who was getting married. There were only 4 of us from school but we had such a fun night, and I realised that although we were all very different, in age, in lifestyle, in nature, we too were all very similar, we all liked a drink, we all swore like troupers, we were all very honest and we just clicked. 

We went on to arrange a Father's Day football tour name to together, where the husbands all met for the first time and have had subsequent other events where we've all got together culminating with a little picnic on the green yesterday afternoon when the kids finished school. 

I wouldn't say I was worried about it back in September, but I was very guarded and thought I didn't want to make new friends. But I'm oh so glad I did. Not only do I now have a lovely group of friends that I can call on anytime, I've become closer again to a neighbour with whom we'd drifted from a bit. There are also many other Mum's who I have a chat with or cup of tea with, not necessarily whom I'd consider friends but who are lovely and friendly.   I don't really think we could be considered a clique, we welcome anyone in as long as you don't mind the swearing, drinking and probably a bit TIM about monthly cycles and tummy issues 😂

I thought I'd put together some tips from what I learned in my experience, I know I would have benefitted from this before I became a playground Mum. 

1. Don't automatically assume there will be bitchyness. I listened to too many peoples horror stories so went into the playground always on guard and ready for a fight. In reality (for our school at least) there's none of this at all. 

2. Some people don't have time to make friends, there really are some people who don't want to talk or who really are too busy to talk and that's their prerogative. I've seen some of the more outgoing parents 'bothering'  people like this and they look so uncomfortable, let people come out of their shell in their own time. 

3. As a new parent don't go in thinking you are going to take over the playground, I've seen this happen this year and it was painful. You are walking into established friendships, sit back, mind your own business and you'll be invited in try and bull your way in is a sure fire way of being pushed out. 

4. Don't judge before you get to know someone. Oh god I'm so terrible at this, the Mum who's always on the phone, I found in our playground, she's actually a surgeon, the calls she takes literally are life or death. 

5. Not all groups are cliques, the definition of clique is 'Small group of people often with shared interests who associate closely and exclude others from their group' from my experience everyone is very welcoming as long as you don't try to muscle your way in. I flit about  our few groups I have people I talk to in all, do I get invited for coffee with the 'fit Mum's group'? no, but that's fine we're all have time for each other in the play ground. Have I invited someone from the 'football Mum's group' to a picnic over arranged with someone from the 'Friends of group' no?  But you know what? If they asked we'd tell them as long as they don't mind our potty mouths they are more than welcome. 

6. Let's face it, enjoying a cuppa and a chat makes kids parties sooooo much easier! 

I guess what I'm really trying to say is, don't listen to the tales of woe, sit back, take it all in and then make your own judgement. And if the chairman of the Friends committee asks you out for coffee, go, it might just lead to meeting some wonderful new friends. 

And if you end up like 'Bad Moms' you've cracked it!!!

Much love L 💕

|HEALTH|how pure potions skin salvation healed my sons eczema

Both T and I suffer from Ezcema, mine swings from very mild to being covered practically all over, luckily my more severe outbreaks are few and far between. T has a more regular eczema, he's always red and itchy in patches but he does flare up quite regularly, football socks being a usual trigger culprit!  We've tried lots of natural products on him but the only thing that seemed to work and clear up his skin were steroids and as much as we wanted his skin to clear up, at the same time we really didn't want him to have to use steroids daily to keep his skin clear. 

We were sent Skin salvation cream, bath oil and tea tree rescue salve from Pure Potions to review and although I was hopeful, I felt as though it would have been a miracle if T's skin could be controlled by completely natural, reasonably priced products. 

I've been wanting to give these a good couple of months use before writing my review as I know all too well how ezcema can be alleviated with a new product, only to return within weeks worse than ever once the skin got used to it. 

We've now been using for over 3 months so I feel comfortable that these products are actually working and T is completely steroid free!

Pure potions products are not tested on animals and contain all natural products, which as you know are massive plus points for me, they are also incredibly reasonably priced. 

So... how did we get on? 

Here were his legs before we started using the cream and bath oil, this is the start of a flare up for him as you can see brought on by his football socks rubbing, this would usually have got far worse before it got better with using the steroid cream, the doctors have suggested this would not be the case if we continued to use the steroid every day in key areas, like here. However, we really didn't want his body to become accustomed to the medication like that. 

And here are his legs after *1 WEEK* of applying the cream twice a day and using the bath oil twice. Honestly, I couldn't believe it, we actually had better results with this cream that we have with the steriod cream and since applying it daily and using the oil every now and then he's been completely clear for over 3 months. 

As you can see it's completely cleared and there's absolutely no scarring. 

If you are worried about using a strong medication for your children (or you!) I'd really recommend using this product, we do have to make it through the winter but I'm confident that if we can manage his skin now, we'll be able to continue applying daily and prevent flare-ups and unlike the steroid, I don't mind apply this natural product every day. 

Skin salvation tea tree rescue balm is £4.65
Skin salvation bath and body emollient oil is £12.99
all available direct from Pure Potions

|BEAUTY|Peachy Fox Anti Redness Cream

After I had T, my skin changed so much and I developed a very mild rosacea around my mouth and nose, this meant that I have been having to wear a BB cream to balance my skin a little more which is something I've never had to do before unless I was going out.

When I saw this anti redness cream from Peachy Fox I knew I wanted to try it and see if it would just tone down my redness and allow me to stop having to wear the BB cream.

|FAMILY|10 great reasons to get your family outdoors

This year we have spent June making a more concerted effort to get outdoors everyday as a family and take part in the #30dayswild challenge.

So far we've managed to be pretty successful and with lots of items on our Family Wild List still to cross off, we have lots to keep us busy for the second half of the year.

|GIVEAWAY|Wild science! Perfume factory

Today we have an awesome little giveaway for you.

Just in time for the school holidays, we have this fabulous perfume factory kit to sent to one lucky winner. 

|BRAND NEW ME|getting back on track - healthy eating

This past weekend we went for dinner with a friend who has recently lost a lot of weight, he followed a plan and exercise program and has lost 3 stone in 10 weeks. Enevitiblty we started talking about healthy eating and exercise and the subject of having a 'treat' or falling off the wagon was raised. Our friend explained that he learned something which was fundamental to his success whilst on this program. 

He learned not to punish himself if his healthy eating plan slipped. 

|REVIEW|air hogs jet rocket review

'Don't jump too hard' I said 'I'm not spending all afternoon recovering the rocket from neighbours gardens' I said!  After 10 minutes playing with the Air hogs jet rocket guess what was I doing?