Sunday, 26 June 2011

Someone pass the Teething Bling!

*Please note this is NOT a sponsored post*

It feels like Oliver has been teething for forever!  His clothes are constantly wet from dribbling, he's biting on anything he can get his hands on, and has a sore bottom. We tried all the usual teething products but he much preferred to chomp on something he shouldn't i.e. mobile phone, remote, me!  Then, a while back on Facebook, I came across a company called Teething Bling.  Now, I love to try anything new so when they offered me the chance to have a free pendant in exchange for giving them some information on local retailers, I jumped at it. I was offered a choice of colour so I chose 'jade' and excitedly awaited it's arrival.  I wasn't to be disappointed.  It arrived quickly and in a pretty little organza bag, making it a perfect gift.  In fact, I think it will become my gift of choice for new mums as it's a gift for mum and baby all rolled into one.

I've always loved jewellery, but had pretty much given up on wearing any since I've had children.  They generally don't mix.  If I did try wearing a necklace I would either be worried about bits coming off and the baby choking on it, or more commonly, being throttled when the baby pulled on it.  But my new pendant solved both these problems.  It is perfectly safe for the baby to chew - no small parts and is non toxic, and it has a breakaway clasp so no more being throttled. Yay!

But more importantly, will Oliver like it.  Well, the proof is in the picture.
He loves it! It's become a new toy to him.  But better than a new toy because it doesn't fall on the floor when we're out.  It drops to just the right level on me - just below my breasts - so is flattering, while having enough length for Oliver to play with when he's sat on my lap.

My friends with babies also think they're great.  Some have gone on to buy their own and one has bought one as a gift.  Friends without babies have said how lovely they are and that they would wear one!  I've been asked where the 'stones' come from.  People are always shocked when they feel them and realise they're not hard.



We loved it so much that I decided to buy a second pendant in 'Zebra'.  I think this one has been even more successful as babies naturally love contrast so the black/white stripes are perfect.

I could really use another one to go with brown/cream clothes.  Maybe Vanilla Bean (really fancy a scented one) or Chocolate Brown?  That's the only problem.  Too much choice.  It's like having a bag or shoes to match every outfit.  Now I feel like I need the Teething Bling to match too!  And there's currently 29 colour available on the website so lots to choose from!

You can buy Teething Bling from http://www.smartmumuk.com
Pendants cost £12.95 and you can also purchase bangles, gift sets, teen bling and gift cards.

Here's some info from the company: 
Teething Bling® is the original teething jewellery. Made from the same material as most teething toys, our teething pendants and teething bangles look great on the adult wearer but are safe for curious babies to handle and chew. Our teething products are non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, latex and lead free and all pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety measure. We carry the very important CE trademark which means we meet strict safety standards. Teething Bling went through four years of rigorous safety testing.


By the way, Ollie cut his first tooth last week (that's another story) so his Bling is under even more pressure now!

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Separation anxiety

Oliver is 8 months old now and going through the worst separation anxiety.  He even cries when he goes to daddy.  I can't remember it being this bad with my other boys, though I may just have forgotten the bad bits!  And to top it all off, yesterday I was told "You've made a rod for your own back"!  Why do people say that?  Do they want us to feel worse than we already do?  One comment makes me analyse everything I do as a parent.  It's so hard to put everything in perspective when you're sleep deprived.  Yes, I co-sleep, I breastfeed, and the baby usually comes everywhere with me.  But does that mean I've made his separation anxiety worse?  Am I never going to be able to leave him?

I know deep down this isn't the case.  I did exactly the same with my older two boys, and they are confident little things, and always happy to stay with anyone.  In fact, getting them to come home can be a struggle sometimes.  I know Oliver will come out the other side of this, but it is hard at the moment.  I could just use a little support from the people around me, instead of being told where I've gone wrong.  Surely it isn't too much to ask?

You wouldn't think he could scream the place down for hours on end would you?

Friday, 17 June 2011

Do you feel guilty?

It's Friday night, boys are asleep, hubby is out, and I've got a glass of wine in hand. Bliss! It's been such a busy week and I already feel like I'm letting my new blog down by not having time to post. Why do we always end up feeling guilty about things?  I think mothers suffer from it particularly badly.  I know I can't speak for everyone, but I feel guilty for not having enough time, for shouting at the children, for having any form of help from others.  Why do I always feel the need to be Superwoman and act like I can do anything?  Every once in a while I wish I was able  to just say, "you know what, I can't cope, and I need some help".  But that's never going to happen.  Because then I would just feel more guilty!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

My very first giveaway

As some of you may know, I used to be a consultant for Virgin Vie Cosmetics (or VIE at home as they're now called).  I recently decided to end my 6 year career with them as I've just got too much on my plate at the moment.  Over my time with them I have accumulated quite a lot of goodies, so I have decided to use some of these to do some competitions, so expect quite a few cosmetic/skincare/jewellery related giveaways to come! (Sorry boys, I'll try to find something for you too :)

I'm going to keep this first one simple as I'm still trying to get to grips with the whole blogging thing.  If I've got anything wrong I would be very grateful for your comments and help.

So, I've got a fab VIE Capsule Colour Collection to give to one of my lovely followers.  It's a gorgeous little collection of summer colours for you to mix and match.  There's both shimmer and matte eyeshadows, blush and lip gloss.


All I want to to do to win this is to follow my blog over on the right side of the page, and comment below that you have done so with a way for me to contact you (Twitter name preferably).  If you're not on twitter then I should be able to contact you through Google (though I haven't tried this yet).  I will also announce the winner on this page.

As the whole purpose of this competition is to get more followers I would love it if you would share this post.  I'm not going to do give extra entries (as I said I'm trying to keep it simple) but I would be very grateful if you could tweet the following:

"I want to win a Capsule Colour Collection from @joanneblunt at http://tinyurl.com/43tujgp"

Entries close at 3pm on Tuesday 21st June and I will draw a winner at random.

AND THE WINNER IS: niclon 26 (@n76seary). Congratulations!
I would love to be able to give everyone a prize, but the best I can do is get another competition started soon!

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Here goes.....

Right, well here I am.  My very first blog post.  I've been putting this off for so long that  now don't know where to start!  I suppose I should say a bit about myself.  I'm Joanne, commonly known as 'Jo' to friends, or 'Mummy' to my three lovely boys. My oldest is Zac (5), then there's Ethan (3) and Oliver (8 months).  They are my world.and I would do anything for them.  One of the main reasons for starting this blog is so that I can document our family life, even some of the boring and mundane stuff.  Actually, especially some of the boring and mundane stuff.  Because my boys are growing so fast and I'm afraid I'm going to forget things.  I just wish I'd started sooner.

Some other stuff about me: I have been married for nearly 7 years.  Lots of ups and downs but we're still here, still together.  At the moment I'm on maternity leave from my part time job as Service Officer in Mental Health (less said about that the better), though I'm currently going through the registration process to become a childminder.

Other than my family, my favourite things in life are spending time with friends, entering competitions, and being online.  I thank Facebook for giving me back some sort of social life since having the children.  And now I've discovered twitter and a whole new world has opened up to me.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog.  I'm already looking forward to writing my next post.

Zac & Ethan

Oliver