• Getting A Needed Energy Boost With Little Miracles

    I am a sucker for an energy drink. It stems back to growing up and drinking lucozade in a morning. Sometimes in a morning you just need a wake up call. With a coffee you have to wait for it to cool down, and so Lucozade was always a quick alternative. When I received my September Degustabox I was surprised to see a drink called Little Miracles and couldn’t wait to give it a try.

    Little Miracles is an organic energy drink and is sweetened with a natural ingredient called agarve. I have tried the green tea and the lemongrass flavour now and both have been so refreshing.

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    It’s great to have an alternative to heavy sugar laden drinks to get me going, and although I’m not quite ready to give up my morning coffees, I love how I have an alternative organic substitute to giving me the wake up boost I need.

    As a mum, we have those days when we are just tired and lethargic. It’s only natural with young children waking up in the night, and running us round all day. I can’t recommend these drinks enough to just give you that quick refreshing uplift you need to be on form for the rest of the day.

    I wasn’t asked to write this review specifically, but I have had such a great experience with the drinks that I just wanted to share my opinions.

    Do you drink energy drinks?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

    *Little Miracles were amongst some other products I received in my September Degustabox which you can read about here*



  • Featured ImageTrying To Conceive With Clearblue Advanced Fertility Monitor

    When I was pregnant with Baby L it was a complete surprise, I hadn’t been with The L’s Papa very long and it just seemed to be the next step in what was a whirlwind time in our lives. Now that he’s here we’ve loved every minute and so the decision to have another child was discussed. We wanted to have our children close together in age, for various reasons really but I didn’t want more than a four year age gap but ideally I wanted two years.

    It’s fair to say that I’m nervous about the prospect of getting pregnant again, given the fact we had so many problems. But since we have had a chance to make the decision and of course think about having another baby, it hasn’t happened for us. Whether that means something is wrong, or just the fact at the minute it’s not meant to be I don’t know.

    So when we were asked to review the Clearblue advanced fertility monitor I wanted to give it a go and see how it worked.

    We received the touchscreen monitor, and some packs of tests which included the fertility testers and pregnancy testers.

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    You can start testing when you have set up a cycle on the system. You specify the date of your period within four days of it starting which will signify day 1. On day 7 you start testing with a fertility test with your first urine of the day. You get a testing window which you can set, I set mine from 6am till 12pm. That way if I forgot first thing I had a chance again. You can also set a reminder on the pad with an alarm. It recommends you use the first urine of the day to get the best and most accurate result. The monitor reads the simple urine tests to track your personal hormone levels and is designed to identify all of your High and Peak fertility days. It helps you find more fertile days than with any standard LH only ovulation test, so you have more opportunities to get pregnant each cycle. Clearblue state that this monitor can increase your chances of getting pregnant by 89%.

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    It is advised that the days are ranked as low, high and peak. The peak being the most optimum time to get pregnant. You can record on the touch screen what days you try to get pregnant so that if you were lucky then you could work out the dates from the last period and of course the day you conceived.

    I have used this fully for two months now. We have no pregnancy yet, but it has been really good to know how it works. It surprised me that really there is only a peak time of the month with an optimum chance.

    The touchscreen pad is very clear and easy to use. It’s small and compact so stores very well. It’s also battery operated which is great. The testers are again discreet and easy to use. With a lid to conceal which part you used and easy for disposing of after. The monitor also allows you test for pregnancy within the testing window. You can test for pregnancy at any time but it does advise you at the end of the cycle to test for pregnancy.

    Here’s a video on how it works…

    I suppose when you start to think about having another baby clinically it can be a little disappointing when you get to the end of the cycle and there is no baby. But having said that it’s the only the same as if you were trying naturally and expecting to have a missed period the following month. If you are serious about adding to your family and it just isn’t happening then this a great tool to have. It also means that if you have been trying, with this tool, for a long period of time you can speak to the doctor to get checked out because you have been trying at the peak times.

    We hope that at some point we will be lucky enough to add to our family, and thanks to Clearblue we have a slightly higher chance of that happening.

    You can buy one yourself for £105.49 with Amazon. They are currently on offer as the RRP is £142.99. The refills cost £34.99 which are currently on offer as the RRP is £42.59 also available from Amazon.

    Have you used a fertility monitor before? How did it go?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

    *I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity*



  • Featured ImageSeptembers Degustabox – Review

    You may have already realised, what with me posting some recipes and including particular ingredients, that we are reviewing the degustabox food box subscription service. You can take a look at the august box review here.

    I really am loving the idea of subscription boxes. It’s like receiving a present every month. When you combine the surprise with food it’s just an instant pleaser for me. After the august box I was so excited to see what September had in store for us. I always feel I get a little creative when I have a set of food products in front of me. I always wonder what I could make with them and this months was no exception.

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    Burts Lentil Waves £0.69 per bag = £2.07 

    These lovely snacks are available at wait roses in three scrumptious flavours. Thai sweet chilli, sour cream and chives and lightly salted. They are so tasty and honestly over all three flavours. If I and to choose a favourite it would have to be the Thai sweet chilli. I just love those kind of flavours anyway but found it went really well in this snack. They are very low-calorie to. Safe to say I have bought a few more packets since.

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    Jordans Simply Granola £2.69

    I’m not a huge cereal fan, but i have loved trying this granola with yoghurt and fruit for a blanched breakfast alternative. The granola is a simple blend of crunchy baked oats with a hint of honey. Look out for a recipe using these in the next few weeks.

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    Pick Up Biscuits – 5 Pack £1.69 = £3.38

    I had never tried these before until they were sent in our box. These really didn’t last long in our house. The main flavour has always been the milk chocolate pick which is basically a slab of chocolate sandwiched between to crisp biscuits. There is a new flavour which is a slab of white chocolate sandwiched between chocolate biscuits. I couldn’t pick a favourite they are both so good. They go fantastic with a hot cup of tea. The L’s Papa informed me his favourite was the milk chocolate. He loved them.

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    Crabbies Alcoholic Fruits – £1.50 and Crabbies Lemonade with a hint of ginger £1.20 (Non-Alcoholic)

    With your food box you can choose either the alcoholic of non-alcoholic option. For the purpose of this review we are sent both options to try. Firstly the Crabbies alcoholic fruits bottle in zesty lemon flavour was lovely. I really enjoyed drinking this as an alternative to a glass of wine. It had a real refreshing taste.

    The lemonade was a great alternative soft drink. It has a hint of ginger which I thought would put me off as that can be a very overpowering flavour but again I really enjoyed this drink.

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    Nestle Carnation Cook with it – £1.65 each = £3.30

    This gives a delicious creamy taste to savoury dishes such as pasta, Quiche or curry. It is a versatile cooking cream which has 68% less fat than single cream so a lovely healthier alternative. I used this in two pasta dishes. I made a bacon carbonara with added vegetables and lovely chicken pasta dish. 

    I really enjoyed cooking with this as The L’s Papa is a high fan of creamy pasta sauces. We will definitely be buying this in our house again.

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    Little Miracles Organic Energy Drink – £1.59 each = £3.18

    The little miracles drinks range are lovely blend of organic tea and fruit juice. It is designed to be a perfect pick me up for mornings, noon or afternoon slumps. I loved the taste of these especially the green tea version. Look out for a post on these drinks coming up on the blog in the next week.

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    Elizabeth Shaw Dark Chocolate Mint Thins £2.50

    This is a very light and tasty chocolate snack. I am not a fan of dark chocolate if I am honest. I find it very bitter. But this chocolate is very light and crisp and of course the mint flavour is the main thing you can taste. Which I do love. The little mint sprinkles on the top are lovely. I offered this up with some coffee for a friend and it was very well received.

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    Righteous Dressings £0.73 each = £2.19

    I do find salad a little boring, so when I got the chance to try these dressings I was really impressed at how well they enhanced the flavour of the leaves. My favourite is the lemon and mustard. It just added that little zing and with the strong flavour of the mustard it complimented the salad beautifully.

    Our thoughts…

    Overall we were really impressed yet again with the quality and choice in our september degustabox. It really did have something for everyone and again lots of things we would never normally eat or buy. For the cost of £12 per month you really do get so much value for your money.

    Guess what??? If you would like to try one yourself then please gp to the Degustabox website and use this very special discount code and get yourself an extra £3 off. The code is IIG8Q. Enjoy.

    You can also get some inspiration and more information over on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to tell them The L’s Mum sent you :)

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum



  • Featured ImageCelebrating The Little Successes

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    Motherhood.

    It’s something that if I’m honest with myself has took me a little while to get use to. In fact I am still learning. Everyday is a lesson on what not to do, how to act, and the many many many ways you can use a baby wipe.

    But somehow, within all of this, I compare myself to others. Mostly I compare myself to other mum’s with perfect children sat in their high chair quietly when getting a caffeine fix at costa, or the mothers of well-behaved toddlers who sit quietly at rhyme time whilst Baby L throws a Peppa Pig DVD at a defenceless 11 month old, (yes that did happen this week). I never really give myself a break, or for that matter big myself up either.

    But that’s my character, I am a fairly positive person but with that I am also very self-critical of myself.

    There are so many times that I sit and just watch him play and I wonder how on earth he is happy? Because I’m always telling myself that I could be better, or I could do things differently. But I’m doing it in my own way, and we’re getting there. He’s surviving and he’s smiling.

    Do you know what? If we make it to lunchtime and Baby L hasn’t fallen to the floor in a huge tantrum rage and starts banging his arms or his head in pure frustration then that my dear fiends is me winning at motherhood. That’s a good morning.

    I read lots of blogs, with lots of perfect scenarios, perfect pictures, perfect lives. But it’s only what they want their readers to see. The same goes for my blog. A lovely blogger Emma who blogs at Brummy Mummy Of 2 really sums it up in her insta-sham post. Definitely worth a read.

    I am honest, and yes I have written a fair few posts about mummy guilt and feeling down in the dumps. But no I don’t share with you my messy living room, and no I don’t show you that the dishes are still out from the night before. And let’s face it, most of us who use social media only post the good stuff.

    It doesn’t matter that I am not the mother who sets out wonderful sensory activities, makes home-made play dough and gets the coloured spaghetti or paints out. It’s not a big deal that I can’t get him to eat my cooking. And it most certainly doesn’t mean I am a bad mother if his toys stay a mess all over the living room and its the afternoon and the dishwasher still hasn’t been touched. 

    Because if the dishwasher does get done, then that to me is mini success. That’s a big deal.

    If I manage to respond to emails, clean the house and enjoy a hot cup of tea in the allocated napping time, then really that’s a victory.

    And it’s a big high five to me if Baby L eats something other than toast, banana and yoghurt at meal times.

    I’m not the perfect mum, but I’m Baby L’s mum, and he has no-one to compare me to, so why should I compare myself to anyone else? 

    Motherhood is a team sport, so no more racing a head for me anymore and wondering where I am going wrong, I’m hanging back in the crowd and celebrating my life, celebrating the little successes and the mini victories. 

    If I get to the end of the day, and my little boy has survived with a smile on his face then that’s what being a mum is all about. It doesn’t matter how I get there. Even if I’ve climbed over toys and maybe stood on some lego. Perhaps wiping the kitchen surface down with a baby wipe, and not getting dressed till 3pm. Then that’s how I did it, and that’s a success to me and worth celebrating.

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum

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  • Featured ImageReading Joy With Meadow Kids

    Not so long ago we reviewed two books sent to us from Meadow Kids. Baby L loves to read his books and so we were fortunate to be sent two more to have a read through and enjoy over the next few months.

    Baby L has gotten more into his reading, and we have been encouraging this as much as we can. He loves to cuddle up on the sofa and tries to point to the various things we discuss with him. He’s not quite there yet with the correct answers but he is so enthusiastic it really is a joy to behold.

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    We have been sent Noah’s Ark and The Bear Who lost it’s stuffing. Both are thin and lightweight with more content in too read. I think Baby L is enjoying the stories as they are lasting a little longer now.

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    The books are brightly illustrated and are unique to the stories.

    Both books are suitable for 1 year upwards but to be honest if you chose to buy them and read to a younger child I wouldn’t think that would be a problem. The pages could rip so it would probably be recommended that you handled them.

    I think at the minute Noah’s Ark is his favourite because it features so many animals. He likes it when we do the animal sounds and ask him to repeat us.

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    Both books are available on the Meadow Kids website.

    Do you enjoy reading with your little ones?

    Thanks for reading

    The L’s Mum