This is quite an old and well known product now but I wanted to talk about it and share my love for it. The first thing that hits you about this product is the delicious smell I seriously have to stop myself from eating it when I'm using it. It's a good job I didn't use this so much when I was pregnant or I don't think I could have stopped myself from eating it.

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So what does this product contain? Well the main ingredients are Shea Butter, Honey almond and Banana extracts, Golden sugar, oatmeal and Maple fragrance.

This product is on the Boots website for £9.50 for a 300ml tub and believe me a little goes a long way with this product as it is really thick. A tub of this lasts me a very long time. Saying that though for £9.50 at this point in time I wouldn't like to pay that amount of money on one product I got this from a past gift box that Boots often sell around Christmas time, so if they are doing them around Christmas this year I would definitely recommend you getting them as they are great value for money. It is quite a harsh scrub so it's not something that I use every day I use it once maybe twice a week. It leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft afterwards.

Now I'm not a fake tanner but I should imagine this would make a great exfoliater before you tan or even to help remove any patchy tan.


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Dear Thomas,
You are now 4 months old, 4 whole months I don’t know where this time is going but I wish it would slow down. You are growing and changing every single day I sit and watch you rolling around on the floor and wonder why my little baby who napped all day has gone.
You really have got the hang of this rolling over business as soon as I put you on the floor your over, which makes changing your nappy hard work now I turn my head to get a wipe and you’ve rolled over. One of these days I will turn my head and you will have crawled away. It wont be long until you are crawling just these last couple of days you’ve started getting on your knees and sticking your little bottom in the air, you just need a bit more strength to get you up.
I think sometimes you need to remember you are only 4 months old you get so frustrated when you cant do what your think you can do but it wont be long baby boy and we wont be able to stop you.
You can also now blow raspberries it is one of your favourite tricks and you love talking to everybody, or should I say shout at everybody. It’s like you can really understand us and you are telling us a really good story as you get so excited.
Over the last couple of days I have started giving you, your first tastes of food. You have been having your first spoonful's of baby rice and you are really enjoying it. I cant believe how easy it has been so far I just can’t wait for you to try new tastes as at the minute your rice does just taste of your milk.
I love you so, so much Thomas and even after a bad day when I’m wanting bedtime to hurry up as soon as your in bed I miss you. We are going to have to put you in your cot soon in your room. We have been putting it off for a while simply because that means your getting bigger and I wont be able to just peep over at you when I wake up during the night or I wont be able to fall asleep watching you sleep.
Infact I’m going to go up and have a little look at you now. I can’t believe I am so lucky I am truly blessed to be your mummy.
I love you little man
Mummy xx

As you all know I am slowly trying to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight and one of the things that is making it difficult for me is my snacking. It has got worse since I have been on Maternity leave being at home and being on my own I head towards the cupboard not because I am hungry but because I'm bored. Not that looking after Thomas is boring but there are times when he's napping or keeping himself occupied and I look for something to do and I end up snacking.


I've seen Graze boxes talked about quite a lot in the blogging world but didn't really take much notice until my mum had started having them so I used one of her free codes to get myself a box and then I started having them delivered once a fortnight.

As you can see each box comes with 4 little snack tubs and you can choose which snacks you would like to try on the Graze website and you can also mark snacks that you don't want to try so you don't waste your money even though they are only £3.89 it's still £3.89 you don't want to waste isn't it?

If you would like to give Graze a go you can use this code 2LR4YR1 for a limited time to get a free box.

I buy grazes boxes with my own money and have not been asked to post this review
 
 
If you saw my meal planning post last Monday you will see that this month I have started my Christmas shopping so I'm not that flush this month, mind you on maternity pay when are you ever flush. It has meant I have started to be a lot more creative in the kitchen making food go further and creating different cheap meals.
 
Here is a Tomato Sauce I made it was mega easy and used a lot of the left overs from my Chicken Paella. Again I followed my own rules and you can alter this to suit yourself by adding different things and uping to the portion sizes.
 
Ingredients
Pasta Twirls
1 Can of chopped tomatoes
1/2 chopped pepper
1/2 chopped onion
1 chopped chilli
1 tsp chopped garlic
 
In one saucepan cook your pasta whilst this is cooking in another pan add oil and soften the onions and peppers and then add then add the tomatoes.
Then add the garlic and chilli cook the sauce through for about 10 minutes when it starts to boil turn down the heat and gently simmer.
Once the sauce and pasta are done drain the pasta and then stir the sauce in to the pasta and serve. I added some grated chedder cheese on top just to make it extra yummy.
 
As I said you could alter this to suit your own tastes perhaps add some mushrooms, I also think that this would taste really nice with either chicken or tuna.
You know when you are in one of them fed up moods when you just feel fed up with everything in your life? Well I'm in one of them moods tonight I'm afraid.

I've had a couple of bad days with Thomas, well not bad days but he's been really clingy I don't think he's been 100% so that's been tough because David is out a lot these days he works 12 hour shifts and now he takes the car out with him I feel like I'm stuck on my own. So that's been pretty stressful. Don't get me wrong I absolutely adore Thomas and I adore being a Mummy but I feel like I'm loosing who I am. I hope that doesn't sound selfish but I don't want to forget that I am Sarah as well as Mummy.

I'm also fed up of how I look I just feel like a fat frump all the time. I'm desperate to loose 2 stone which is the rest of my baby weight and I need some more clothes. I haven't really had any now for a year since I found out out I was pregnant so I feel like I need a complete style overhaul but with Maternity pay that is pretty tough :( So if any of you have any ideas of how to do this on the cheap I would gladly appreciate it :)

Money is also another big thing that is leaving me feeling fed up, I know money isn't everything but it would be nice to have a little extra wouldn't it. Maternity pay is poop but even when I start back work I will still only be on similar wages to what I am now with paying childcare fees but that is a whole different blog post.

Arrggh I do feel better for getting that off my chest it's nice to have a moan sometimes isn't it :)
 
Because I'm not tired... Honest...
This is how Thomas fell asleep at my nans, because no matter what I tried he would not lie down without screaming, even though he was in a terrible mood and couldn't keep his eyes open.
 
 
Does anybody elses little one refuse to nap even though they can hardly keep their little peepers open? Thomas is the master at this, he tries his best to stay awake and ends up being so irritable.
 

 
.... I found my tootsie :)
Thomas has found another thing to play with. The little cutie pie sits their for ages playing with his toes.
 

As the title says a year ago today a little blue line on a little stick changed our lives forever. I found out I was pregnant whilst David was at rugby training my period had been 4 days late and I am NEVER late so I took a test I wasn’t really expecting to be pregnant as I only had my implant taken out in the July so I didn’t think I would have been caught so quick.
I still remember the butterflies in my tummy when I went back to the bathroom after the longest 3 minutes of my life. I was absolutely over the moon and couldn’t wait for David to get home to show him.
I never dreamed I would have the most perfect little boy in the world who makes me happier than anybody in the world.

"To 5-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for 7 years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough---not for her or for him.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic 5-year-old Jack, ROOM is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another" Blurb from the book


At first its kinda hard to get in to because it is written through the eyes of a small boy who had been kept in a small "Room" and obviously it was a little difficult to understand what he was talking about, as soon as I get to grips with how it was written that's when I really got gripped by the book.

The books tells you about their day to day life in the "Room" the little boy Jack thinks that is pretty much all there is in the world but his mother is deteminded to escape and show Jack the world outside the "Room". Once I got in to this book I couldn't put it down. There were parts of this book that left my heart in my mouth I was totally gripped and stayed up until 1am one night to finish it.  
Now i'm not going to tell you what happens in the book because I don't want to spoilt it for you if you are wanting to read the book but I would definately recommend it. I found it a really quick read as it really had be hooked so I read it one night I just couldn't put it down.
 
Daddy is convinced Thomas is going to grow up and love Rugby as much as he does.
So he's starting him young.
 
 
 
So on Saturday night I tested out this recipie that I found on the Netmums website I adapted it a little bit and added a few extra bits and it turned out really yummy you can do the same and alter the amounts.
 
Ingredients (serves 2)
 
2 Chicken breasts
1 x 500g pack Basmati Rice
1 Chicken Stock cube
1/2 onion
1/2 Pepper
Cherry Tomotoes
Chopped Chilli
1tsp Garlic
1 tbsp cooking oil

Cook the chicken according to the pack instructions.
Heat 1tbsp cooking oil in a deep frying pan and soften the onion and peppers for 5 mins without browning. Add basmati rice and stir until coated by the oil, then add 1 litre of chicken stock, the cooked chopped chicken and cherry tomatoes. Add the garlic and chilli
Bring to the boil then gently simmer for 15-20 mins, stirring occasionally until the rice is tender and all the stock absorbed.  
Yesterday my big brave boy had his second lot of injections. He was suppose to have them 2 weeks ago but they got cancelled twice but he finally had to have them yesterday.

I hate seeing my baby in pain the first injections he really screamed but this time around we had a few tears after but not as bad as last time. He was still groggy for the rest of the day though and I think he kept remembering his legs were a bit sore because every so often he would cry. Nothing a cuddle with Mummy can't fix though :)

 
He slept really well last night though the injections must have really taken it out of him he slept from 7:39 until 6am.