My Crazy Family Story

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Pregnancy - Planing the drive to the Hospital with Kia Stonic


I'm sure most mums whilst pregnant and pre-labour are guilty of this, We make plans to pack a changing bag, an overnight bag we decorate the nursery and prepare by buying baby equipment but how many of us actually plan the route to the hospital how are you going to get there when those labour pains set in? This is where your partner/ birthing partner can step in to help.

To celebrate the launch of the All-New Kia Stonic Urban Crossover, Kia is hosting a new test drive initiative introduced to help dads-to-be practice for the transition to fatherhood, covering everything from the drive to the hospital to the dreaded first car seat fitting. This was something that myself and Ian didn't really think about when I was pregnant with the twins and I'm sure most couples can relate to this, I got Ian to try out the challenges to see how he measured up! I was invited along a week or so ago to Leicester road Mountsorrel Loughborough dealership to test drive the New Kia Stonic, and found it to be an amazing car!

Before the actual test drive we took part in a series of challenges the first was similar to a treasure hunt except each clue led to something that you would need for a complete changing bag - the pressure was on, similar to the pressure you would feel if your partner was going into labour and you had to pack a real changing bag it was great fun working out the clues which were cleverly Placed around the dealership each one leading to another thing that belonged in the bag it was timed - I don't think Ian was that quick although the changing bag quite suited him! 



The second was the dreaded fitting of the car seat - it was again timed and Ian really struggled to get this in even though when we go out and about now he fits two car seats into our car he is a pro - but I think it was the pressure of being timed, it is so, so important you know how the car seat fits into the car when you go into labour and before you leave the hospital. Make sure you and your birthing partner or daddy to be knows how the car seat fits.

If you follow my blog regularly you will know I only passed my driving test just over a month ago so I went to the test drive with the full intention that there was no way I was going to drive the car (I hadn't driven since I passed). With a bit of gentle persuasion I decided that I would give it a go and do you know what I am actually so glad I did, I passed my test in a fairly new car so I thought that the Kia Stonic couldn't be much different - I was wrong it was so much better.

When I realised I had to reverse out of the Kia dealership I was really nervous  The reverse camera system with dynamic lines came on in front of me on the screen which made it all the more easier to reverse it is also there to help you park. The mirrors have sensors on them so you know if you are getting too close to another car or a white line, central reservation or even if you are trying to change lanes too soon. I actually felt like a celebrity, The interior throughout the Kia Stonic has a real sporty feel to it. This car has all the features of a family car yet it is super stylish, classy and smooth drive. 

If you love gadgets like my partner does this car is packed with them if you have an Apple phone or android you can syncronise your music or sat nav (which is in built) I always find a car is a place where you actually get to decide what music you want to listen to if your going to have a slick car like this you may as well make great use of the alone time with the music of your choice, however I can also see it would come in handy with a new born and white noise or nursery rhymes playing to soothe a crying baby. The car is great for the tech lover it also has other great features, Autonomous emergency braking, Reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines DAB radio and Hill start assist.




I'm not great with technology and gadgets but I do love styling things my own and the Kia Stonic comes in an array of bright colours you can choose which colour combinations you would like, which is a feature that I personally love. The seats are really comfortable and heated too which is exactly what you need at this time of year along with the steering wheel being heated which is great for the cold winter mornings. The steering wheel was really light and easy to move. 

When I went for the test drive I took one of my little ones with me I noticed there was plenty of room in the back for one car seat or even three - like a bigger family might need. The car itself is very quiet and smooth to drive it has a good power behind it even though it only has a one litre engine, for a brand new car I thought it was very reasonably priced and comes with a seven-year warranty which is fab so no need to worry about the car which is a great thing if you are a parent its peace of mind that you know at least one thing is always going to be reliable. The boot isn't huge but there is plenty enough space for a pushchair I did have a close look and I am almost positive you would be able to get my double in it.



I can honestly say this car is definitely made to keep parents in mind espcially ones that feel like they are not quite ready to grow up yet, it is a very cool car, that is a great all rounder, it would be great for first time parents that love the modern car, unfortunately for us and our family of seven the car just wouldn't be big enough for all of us, but I would definitely think about having this as a second car just to run around in the day time as it would be plenty big enough for myself the twins and Jack.

If you are looking for a car that is cool stylish yet practical for parenting the Kia Stonic ticks all the boxes and is definitely for you, Don't miss out book your test drive today!  


Daddy Day Car All-New Kia Stonic test drives test drives will be taking place at selected Kia dealerships in November. While places are limited, customers wishing to take part can contact kiadealer@kazoo.co.uk to inquire about their nearest dealership and book a slot. For more information on the All-New Kia Stonic please visit www.kia.co.uk/stonic


*In collaboration with Kia




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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Weaning with Hipp Organic


A few years ago when I first started weaning Jack I wrote an article on Hipp Organic baby food showing you a lot of the different flavours and varietys they have multiple jars and packets and even make a baby juice drink for your little one they are all yummy easy to grab and go packets and jars a fantastic idea if you need convenience when you are a busy mum like I do, admittedly it is easier to give the girls things that are already made and ready to go but of course I still want to know that they are healthy and not full of rubbish thats why Hipp Organic is one of my favourites.

Hipp Organic has just introduced a range of delicious pure vegetable jars which is ideal for babies first tastes and for when your little ones are ready to start weaning, we were sent a small selection of these to try with the twins. Weaning has taken a bit longer than usual with the twins, I think I thought they were ready to be weaned and three times I started weaning them and had to stop, for various different reasons, one of the main reasons is they are slightly behind because they were born earlier. but I am happy to say they are now successfully trying different things every day but we are still using the pureed first foods.

Organic Hipp pure vegetables for yummy first tastes come in three different flavours there is pure white carrot, pure parsnips and pure peas. Hipp Organic first tastes pride themselves on these jars containing no added salt or sugar and the food is then gently steam cooked to preserve only the best nutrients afterwards is finely pureed resulting in the best consistency for baby.




On a day to day basis, I use a range of ready-made food and homemade food for the girls but as I said above it can be very difficult when you have a large family and you are on the go all the time to make homemade meals. so the first tastes weaning jars worked really well for us the girls really liked the pure white carrot and the pure parsnips but they just didn't like the pure peas at all and just kept spitting it out on the several occasions I tried them with it.

I liked that each jar only had one individual vegetable in each rather than having a mix of a jar, for example, several different vegetables with them only being one vegetable I could tell exactly which foods they like and which food they don't like.

The Hipp first tastes jars can be given to your little one at room temperature or can be warmed up which is ideal if you are on the go or out and about as a personal preference both of my girls prefer the jars at room temperature rather than warm, I love that the jars are organic and the only thing that has been added to them is water these were a big hit in my house with the twins and a big hit with me knowing they are getting a healthy meal.

We will be continuing to use Hipp Organic and I will be stocking the cupboard with their lovely products as it is one of my favourite food brands for babies. you can find out more about babies first tastes, weaning and other great information by visiting the Hipp Organic website Here you can also view the full range of there baby food products.


We were sent the yummy first food jars of baby food from Hipp Organic for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own.

     
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Monday, 13 November 2017

Weaning Twins made simple


When you have been feeding babies by the bottle for months on end the thought of weaning can be daunting especially when you have two babies to think about but really it isn't that much different to weaning one baby if it's your first baby. I previously put together a guide to weaning your baby a few years ago which is written in a series of posts to help you get started. Here are my top tips for getting started weaning twins made simple.

non identical twin girls sitting in high chairs ready for weaning


  • Get organised and have everything to hand before you start there is nothing worse than realising you are missing a spoon or have forgotten a bib and both babies are screaming in sync.

  • Seat both the babies side by side in an upright position by using pushchairs, baby bouncers, baby made seats or when they are both ready, high chairs.

  • Take off both of the babies' outer clothes such as cardigans or jumpers before you feed them, use a plastic bib or plastic backed bib to catch the worst of the spills and mess. With plastic bibs, It is quicker and easier to wipe babies clean, and to rinse bibs under the tap, than to wash and dry clothes after every meal. Cover the floor beneath them you could go out and buy a plastic mat but anything will do as long as its easy to clean or washable and saves the floor an old bed sheet would work just as well or even a shower curtain silly as it sounds they are easy to wipe clean and cost very little.

  • Let them share the same spoon, sharing the same spoon and bowl is not unhygienic, both of the babies will already be used to sharing everything. This is one of the things that does not take twice as long with twins - while one baby is busy swallowing, you are popping food into the other baby's mouth and vice versa.

  • Making your own baby food is cheaper and allows you to introduce different foods at different times it's also healthier. When preparing your own baby food always make more than you need so you can save some for their next meal. The best way to save food is to use small plastic tubs or ice cube trays to them freeze that way when the babies need feeding you have exactly the right amount ready to go.

  • Use a mixture of home prepared food and then just keep a small stock of packets and jarred baby food for when you are out and about.



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Created by magic - Personalised prints and Keepsake Gifts


This week we were very lucky to receive and review prints made by Created by magic if you haven't heard of created by magic, let me tell you a bit about them they are a website that specialises in personalised prints and keep safe gifts which are truly beautiful. There are products for all different occasions such as first birthday ideas, christening gifts or gifts just because.




I really love personalised items so I loved the idea of these, I chose the bright rainbow prints  because I love rainbows there is something really special about a rainbow and as the twins will be my last babies all my children are special but there is something magical about having twins, it seems fitting to pick that particular print for them something they can have upon their wall, once they go into there own bedroom and keep as they grow up.

Ordering the print is really simple you just choose the print type you want to purchase, type in the name of your choice then check out - I chose a really simple print but there are other prints in which you can have your child's name and date of birth or you could have a wedding print with all the details of the big day on the print. The website itself is really easy to navigate around so ordering prints and other personalised items could not be any more simple.



Our prints arrived really quickly from ordering and they came really well packaged, in an envelope with do not bend on them. The prints are really good quality, eye-catching and bright which I love, the pictures are exactly as they are shown on the website - the only downside is they don't come already framed so do check before you purchase especially if you are looking for something that is framed already. Having said that frames don't cost that much and you can pick up some decent frames for your print or prints at pretty good prices not only that if you buy your own frame you can match it to the room or where ever you intend to display it.

Overall I love Created by magic and was very impressed with the girl's prints, the company is exactly what it says creating a little bit of personalised magic for everyone. The personalised prints are really reasonably priced, the pictures that I ordered are priced at £15.00 each however other personalised items prices vary check out the website below to find out more.


There is something for everyone over on their website. The prints would make for a perfect christening, birthday, Christmas or newborn baby present. Or if you are just looking for a beautiful personalised picture for your child’s room.

You can find out more about Created by magic over on their website HERE




Created by magic have been kind enough to offer you, my readers, the chance to win a personalised print of your own, you can enter the via Rafflecopter below good luck.


  
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Once the Rafflecopter picks a winner, I will check if the winner has done what was requested and I will contact them, if they do not reply within 28 days, the prize will be allocated to another person.

The giveaway will begin on the 13/11/17 and will close on 27/11/17 at midnight


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Saturday, 11 November 2017

Slither.io Gaming App Launches Toy Collectibles


I think I am a bad parent as I download all the games on the boys Ipads for them and I didn't know they had this game already on their Ipads - in my defence though they have a lot of games and I always make sure I read the descriptions and if they are age appropriate before I say yes. Embarrassing to say when I received the e-mail about collectable Slither.io creatures and bendable plush toys I asked the boys and there reply was yes please mummy we already play that game much to my surprise!    

I got the boys to give me a demonstration of the game and had a little play myself. Slither.io is a huge gaming phenomenon - much to my surprise statistics show 60% of British 0-14-year-olds have downloaded Slither.io and 124 million are played a month in the UK so clearly it is a lot more popular than I first thought!



A range of collectable toys and has just been launched here in the UK, they have been created with unique and recognisable colourful features which match up to the game - these toys include collectable Slither.io creatures and bendable plush toys which are must-have toys for slither.io fans across the country. We received one of the series blind bags a mystery mini squishy Slither.io, a slither three pack of bendable assortment and a brightly coloured slither 8"Bendable Plush.



The blind bag is exactly what it says it is you don't know which slither is in it until you open it there are 15 in the series to collect including 3 rare ones and one ultra rare.

The mini-mystery slither.io squishy - again is a mystery which one you receive until you open the packet we got one with a red skin, however, there is a wide selection of skins to collect as there is in the actual game.

The three pack of bendable assortment you can see the top two slithers but the third is hidden until you open the packet which is exciting when you are trying to collect them all

Last but not least is the 8" Plush slither it does look a bit like a caterpillar but the boys really liked this and all of them were asking if I could get them one each there soft and cute and cuddly.    



Prices,

The new Slither.io toy range includes the Slither.io blind bag collection which includes collectable, bendable slither creatures, including rare and ultra-rares £3.99.
Mystery mini Slither.io Squishies, fun to play with squashes that come in hexagonal pots £3.99.
Slither.io bendable 3-pack with two mystery slithers £10.99. 
The 8” bendable Slither.io plush which is both cool soft and cute £9.99.

I can see why the game has become so popular and appeals to children with the app being free to download it is a massive gaming phenomenon there have been 12 billion game plays in the last twelve months alone - The new toys compliment the game really well and with them being at low affordable prices I can see them becoming very popular with kids they would also make for great stocking fillers and gifts this Christmas. 


We were sent these fun cute and cool collectables for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own





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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Ten tips for Getting Out and About with a Toddler and Twins


Becoming a parent of Twins is really exciting and slightly terrifying at the same time. Thoughts of everything times two going through your mind is an awful lot to think about, but what if you have a toddler as well? It's going to be difficult getting out and about right? Well here are 10 Tips for getting out and about with a toddler and twins to make life just that little bit easier.



a double pushchair with a buggy board attached to the back of it to help mums get around on foot



1) Think about the size of the seats on the pushchair - When shopping for a pushchair its easy just think about the twins being pushed in it, remember your toddler will probably still want to be pushed in it, take into consideration the pushchair size some of the double pushchairs that are around are beautiful but the seats are quite small - for me Jack was a big boy so a lot of them didn't make the grade as he wouldn't have fit in them.

2) Consider the weight of the pushchair - You are going to be carting about, three children under three, I know pushchairs have wheels but some of them are awful to push when they have a lot of weight in them and it becomes a nightmare. Unless you are muscle woman get something lightweight!

3) Buy a double baby carrier -Twins are generally renowned for being small when they are born, my twins when they were born, were around average size I have never had a baby carrier before let alone a double one but this was amazing I didn't carry mine in the double carrier until they were six weeks old because of my C - Section but it was easier to get out and about, the toddler went in the pushchair the twins in the carrier, note that you can only probably so this until about five months then it becomes too heavy. You can view the twin Weego baby carrier I used here 


weego baby carrier front facing double baby carrier available for babies from birth to around five months



4) Get a single baby carrier - I invested in an Ergo 360 single baby carrier and its the most comfortable thing I have ever bought. It is easy to put one of the twins and your toddler in the pushchair and then carry the other twin. My tip is not to let the toddler get out of the pushchair while you're carrying one of the twins it is an absolute a nightmare to get them back in while you have a baby carrier strapped to yourself.

5) Join a baby sling library - Yes these actually exist! ask your health visitor about them or look you can look up your local sling library group online. They're amazing places where you can hire a sling or baby carrier, the sling experts will also show you how to baby wear and help you find the best one suited for you.

6) Put them in the same carrycot - Now if they are really small and you have a baby carry cot big enough to do this in the early days you could do this as it's easy to push all three children, however, I wouldn't recommend this especially if you have a long way to go because of the risk of SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome).

7) One on the front one on the back - Again if you like babywearing and carrying the twins you could try the Twingo, this is a double baby carrier where you carry one of the twins on the front of you and the other one on the back, it is easy again to carry both twins and put the toddler in the pushchair. Note the Twingo carrier is aimed at slightly older babies 4 months+ with a good head hold.


a baby twin baby carrier for one child on the front one on the back suitable for babies four months plus with a good head hold


8) Invest in a second pushchair - Make use of helping hands if someone offers to come out with you or you are going out with your partner one of you can push the double pushchair and one can push the single pushchair.

9) Buy a buggy board - If your toddler is sensible (not many are) you could just try standing them on a buggy board and again it means pushing all three at the same time this has worked better for me recently but my two-year-old is heading towards three so he is that little bit older now so he will stay standing still on it.

10) Get a buggy board with a seat - There are quite a few buggy boards around now that have a seat attached to them meaning that your child can sit down so at least your toddler won't get tired - the downsides as with any board is it's really difficult to get up and down kerbs if there is drop down try to plan where you cross the road to make things easier.


If you have any other suggestions for getting out and about with twins and a toddler I would love to hear from you leave me your suggestions in the comments below. 


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