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Is your home baby safe QUIZ | Blog

Recently Rattan Direct sent me a really interesting quiz all about baby proofing your home. They share the shocking statistic that half a million children under the age of 4 are hurt in the home each year and the majority of these incidents are preventable. Don't get me wrong, children do get hurt. They get bumps to the head and bruises as (if they are anything like pickle) they are constantly climbing and running but what about the really important things that we can prevent and need to know about. Do you know what the biggest danger is to children when it comes to choking? Do you know what Christmas items are poisonous to babies? Rattan Direct have created a quiz to help test out knowledge and help in any areas that we could use a little guidance.

Click here to take the quiz for yourself.

I took the quiz and am pretty pleased to say that I got 9/10!! (I feel like the class boffin again!)The only thing I got wrong was about scalding temperatures. The actual temperature that scalding occurs is higher than I thought. I think I am a bit too over protective about safety sometimes but it's still good to check and make sure your in the know.

So how did you score?? Let me know in the comments below!

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Healthy Cooking Gadgets | Blog

Ever since I have been focusing on loosing weight and getting fit I have become very conscious of what I am putting into my body and the way we cook our food. This time last year I would have thought nothing of using a deep fat fryer or just grabbing tins or jars of soup and things rather than making my own. Fast forward to now and I can't remember the last time I used a jar of sauce or deep fat fried anything. I am all about home making whatever I can and cooking it in the best way possible as then I can control what is going into my body. So, I thought I would share with you a couple of my favourite gadgets that I use in the kitchen that have helped me lead my healthier life style.

1. A Bread Maker
Bread is notoriously bad for you...well most types anyway but on slimming world you can eat Wholemeal bread as your Healthy option B. I am yet to find one that you can buy in the shops that I love as much as I love white bread so I thought I would try making some in the bread maker and it was amazing!!! I use this recipe and it comes out so soft and yummy...just like getting it out of the bakers. You can find whole range of Bread makers by Panasonic here.

2. Juicer and smoothie maker.

Now this isn't just great for me when I want a quick and easy breakfast. It is also fab for making smoothies for pickle as he loves them. It also saves me a hell of a lot of money as some of the kids smoothies you buy in the stores are extortionate!

3. Air Fryer.

We brought one of thee a few months ago and I love it!! The chips and roast potatoes that we get out of our air fryer are so amazing. They are crunchy on the outside but fluffy and soft on the inside. It's like they have been cooked a deep fat fryer but with out all the calories and fat in them! Only downside is that they take a little longer than a normal fryer but when the chips are that yummy and good for you it is certainly worth the wait.
So there you have it. My most used healthy cooking gadgets. Do you have anything that helps you cook and eat healthier at home? Let me know in the comments.

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How to cope when a sick bug strikes!! | Blog

The other week we were struck down with the nastiest bug I think we have ever had the displeasure of getting. It started with Bubba throwing up on Wednesday and I thought to myself ''Oh maybe it's just a 24 hour bug and he will be alright tomorrow''. Boy I was wrong and to make it worse, the bug swept through the whole of the house taking no prisoners as it went. I started throwing up a couple of days later and then hubby caught it. Then, just when I thought Bubba was getting better the diarrhoea started!! I won't be too graphic but all I will say is that we were going through about 5 nappies every hour for pickle, I could barely get off the loo myself and the term 'thunder belly' became a well known phrase in our house!! It was a pretty horrific few days and it got me thinking about how I coped with being ill and looking after a poorly pickle at the same time. It sure as sunshine wasn't easy but I have come up with some top tips to help if you are every in that rubbish situation.

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YOUR INVITED!! PJ Masks Twitter Party | Blog

If you have read my blog for a while then you will know that we are big PJ masks fans in our house. For those who don't know what I am talking about, PJ masks is a children's TV show that follows the adventures for 3 friends who are normal kids by day but crime fighting superhero's by night when they have their PJs on. Pickle LOVES the show (and the theme tune as you can see by the video on this post) and recently the brand new PJ Masks toy range has been release!! YAY!! What's even more exciting is that they have asked for our help to launch their new range!!!!

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