I was sent a Sammy Screamer to review, it arrived in a cute little box and caught the attention of my children instantly.
The bright yellow triangle is actually a motion alarm. I downloaded the app. free and it was soon connected to my phone. It was really simple to set up and the instructions are easy to follow. 

You can choose whether it is asleep or awake, choose the sensitivity from Easy Going, Balanced or Highly Strung and choose whether or not it bleeps when moved. You can also test it out by touching ‘bleep.’
When Sally Screamer is moved it sends a little message to your phone “help I’m moving!”

Sammy Screamer is a cool little gadget that keeps an eye on things you don’t want moved.

“Stick Sammy on the things you want to keep an eye on and she’ll let you know if they move. Baby’s buggies and strollers, doors, windows and cupboards, handbags and rucksacks, laptops or even the cookie jar!”

We found another use for Sammy and would like to tell you a little story….

Sammy is a great little gadget which comes in six colours and looks cute. She comes with a little lanyard and is also magnetic so there are loads of places you can use her. She works with ios 7 or higher and Android 4.3 or higher with bluetooth 4.0 support. Her coin cell battery is said to have a six month life and can be easily replaced. She is safe, durable and made to certified international standards.

She is the first device to come from Bleep Bleeps with a whole host more to follow.
You can buy Sammy Screamer, Sammy Screamer twins or Sammy Screamer triplets with prices starting from £29.

Bleep Bleeps will soon be introducing many more exciting devices that help you get pregnant, look after your baby and raise your child. Olivia P.Sticks and Master Bates are brilliant products that keep you in tune with your fertility and the best time to get pregnant.
I remember using a fertility monitor when I was trying to conceive some 12 years ago, then I had to record my hormones every day and then send them off to get results after six months. How technology has changed…with Olivia P. Sticks you can get your results at home. When I had mine done I found it really helpful on finding out exactly when I was ovulating.

Ultra Stan lets you hear and see your baby when you are pregnant. How I would have loved this during my pregnancies, I had a little monitor that let me listen to my baby’s heartbeat and had to make do with this.

Once baby is born there is David Camera which is a fabulous room monitor which lets you see and hear your baby on your phone and know the room temperature.

Then for the little ones there is Cecil G, the location monitor bracelet so you always know where your toddler is even if the run off. There is also Lily Loco, the same thing but for older kids.

Useful at all times there is Tony Tempa, an ear thermometer that measures body temperature and keeps a record on your phone. This is one product I’ll be looking out for when it arrives, (This and Cecil G, for my little ‘wanderer’)

If you would like to know more about the fantastic Bleep Bleep Products or purchase Sammy Screamer pop along to their website. You can pop in your e-mail to be notified of when the other products are available.

Discolsure: I was sent a Sammy Screamer for review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Say hello to Marty, one of my Roborovski dwarf hamsters. He’s looking for the sunflower seed on my five year old Little Man’s hand….you can see how titchy he is!

My other Roborovski is Doc (yes, I’m a Back to the Future fan!) but he’s so fast I couldn’t get a decent photo of him. Perhaps I should play around with my camera settings but to be honest I don’t think I have to skill to catch him.

Both my little babies love to crawl over your hand but we daren’t pick them up because they are really fast and so tiny, if we lost one we’d have a job trying to find him again. So we have to settle with them running over our hands, often at the speed of lightning. Marty will let you stroke him but to be honest, at the size of your finger there is not much to stroke!

The used to be caged together, but Doc was very violent to Marty and we had to separate them. Poor Marty was in a terrible state, when we moved him, I wasn’t sure if he was going to live, but he did and he’s fine now, all wounds cleared up. He’s still the most friendly one and Doc, will nip you whenever he gets the chance.

They are nocturnal and often don’t wake up until after I’ve gone to bed, but they are always awake first thing in the morning and ready to play.

So what do you think of my little baby? I’d love to hear about your pets.



When I first got sick eight weeks ago, I was asked by friends and family on a daily basis

“How are you today, are you feeling any better?”

It was nice that people cared and I often replied something vague but positive.

“I’m not feeling as bad as I was, thanks for asking” 

Lately, not many people ask. Well, it’s been eight weeks, surely I must be better by now?

When I was in hospital and told what was wrong with I googled it as soon as I could. Lying on my back with only one arm working and on my mobile which was deciding to give up on me, one week before the end of my contract.

Transverse Myelitis

Transverse meaning the direction, in this case across the spine.
Myelitis meaning the effect on the myelin which is is the coating of the spinal cord.
My nerves are damaged. 
I carried on to read that recovery could be two to eight weeks. I was horrified, how could I be like this for two weeks let alone eight.
I later learnt that recovery could be up to years, and maybe never at all. Patients fall into three categories, some recover, some recover partially, some don’t recover at all.
It’s rare, so rare that there really are no positive answers. I’ve spoken with other people with the condition in the  UK and USA. Stories are all different. Those that say they have recovered completely always have a ‘but.’

“I’m completely recovered and back at work, I can drive, run and ride a bicycle…but if I get a water infection/cold/stomach bug all my TM symptoms come back.”

It’s scary for someone with Transverse Myelitis.

So, how am I at eight weeks post attack?

It’s hard to explain. I try to think of how I’ve improved, or got better and I can’t.
I was worse in the beginning, or at least I though I was.
If I’m truly honest, I think I’ve just got used to the symptoms.

I’m used to not being able to fall asleep at night. I increased my medication twice to help me sleep but it’s not working again and I don’t want to be dependent on drugs for sleep.

I’m used to waking up in pain. I don’t lie there not wanting to get out of bed anymore, I grab my painkillers and just get on with it.

I’m used to taking forever to get dressed/shower/take care of myself. It’s not got any quicker but at least I’m doing it myself.

I’m used to walking with my frame or crutches, I know I can take a few steps without them too. I can do it, but it still hurts, it still takes more concentration to move my limbs than it did before. My feet still feel strange and I can’t feel the floor properly. My hips don’t feel like they are part of my body and refuse to work with me.

I’m used to the pins and needles and I never thought I’d say that.

I’m used to the banding, when my skin feels like it’s trying to strangle me, or like I’m wrapped in a huge snake getting tighter and tighter.

I’m used to the pain in my back, my legs, my feet. I take my painkillers but nothing seems to take it away.

Am I getting better?
No, I don’t think I am, I’m just getting used to being ill.

Also, I have new symptoms. I get neuralgia in my face, sometimes so bad I’d say it was worse than a migraine.
My ankles have disappeared and been replaced with cankles and I’ve only ever had them before while heavily pregnant.
My skin is dry like sandpaper no matter how much I moisturise it. My legs peel like they are sunburnt.

Tomorrow I begin neuro physio therapy. I really hope that I will be able to find my body again because this one doesn’t feel like me. I have big hopes because hope is all I have.

I want to be able to walk without any aids, I want to be able to go outside by myself, I want to be able to drive again.

I want to be able to have my kids sit on my lap again.

But most of all, I want to be me again.

I’ve kept a diary for many years. I’ve also kept journals, pregnancy diaries and baby diaries.
I’ve kept them in notebooks, pre-printed books and even online. I guess you could say I like to record things.
I love that I have this selection of memories at hand. It’s wonderful to look back on the things that have happened from the joyful to the mundane, from holidays to a trip to the cinema. And also the sad memories, they all have a place.
I can look back to when my older children were born and their school days and compare them to my younger children.
I can look back to times when my family were still together and my mum and nan were still around.
The complete account of my days of trying to conceive Star after a 16 year gap and secondary infertility still makes me cry when I get to the part of a positive pregnancy test.
You can keep memories in your head or you can write them down. If you write them down they are more permanent, more accurate and can be shared with others (if you wish, I do still have ‘private stuff’)
Earlier this week I was thinking of how fragile life can be. This year I’ve lost a relative and spent time in hospital with a life changing illness. I thought of all these memories of mine and how my children will perceive them.
Then I had an idea. I was going to write a new journal especially for my younger children. This one is going to be filled to the brim with all the happy memories, accounts of all we do together big or small. I want to record it all.
First up I needed a notebook, I couldn’t wait to buy one so I mooched around and found this one.
I made it last year at a crafting session with some bloggers. It’s actually covered with window blind material. It’s not the best, but I made it myself so it’s perfect for recording my happy memories.
I’ve started already by listing all the fun things we did last summer. Thankfully I’d already noted everything in the back of another journal. I will continue to use it, noting everything down and making it something my children will love to read when they grow up. I’ll include special little messages for them along the way.
When it’s all filled I may just go and get one from Paperchase, I love their notebooks.
Image courtesy of Paperchase
This lovely elephant one would be perfect.
While I was browsing I saw this one
Image courtesy of Paperchase
This would be perfect for my blogging notes…look at my blog background 😉
Well if any of my family are reading, it’s Mothers Day soon, hint hint!

The Reading Residence

We were sent a Sassy Kids Box to review.
Sassy Bloom have been making wonderful gift boxes for babies and toddlers and are now extending their range to activity boxes for three to eight year olds.

I received a box for the Little Man who is five and he loved it. First of all he loved actually receiving a parcel in the post just for him, and he enjoyed opening it.

Our box focused on popcorn and contained a little packed of popping corn. The Little Man thought they were seeds at first but we put them in a pan and he was really excited watching them pop.

This short video shows the Little Man opening his Sassy Kids Box and then making the popcorn.

After making the popcorn we got ready to start our Popcorn Olympics. All the games were detailed on the leaflet in the box. We worked through each one and kept a record on the score card. The box contained a medal for the winner of the games which ended up being shared by Boo and the Little Man. I didn’t think Star would join in as she is ten now and doesn’t normally take part in games like this, but she came in shortly after we had started and had just as much fun as her siblings.
We played for about an hour and the kids had so much fun.
Here are the games we played;

  • Popcorn Toothpick Swap (toothpicks were included in the box)
  • Popcorn Throw
  • Popcorn Cup Drop
  • Popcorn Straw Blow (straws were included in the box)
  • Popcorn Distance Throw
  • Popcorn Cup
  • Popcorn Darts (a paper dart board was included in the box)
  • Popcorn Catch

This short video shows the highlight of the games and you can see how much fun they were having.

After the Popcorn Olympics were over the popcorn that had not been eaten and had ended up on the floor was used for a bonus craft activity outlined in the box. The activity was for one but I only had to provide another small piece of card for Boo to join in too. In the box was 1 sheet of card, a glue stick and a pair of scissors.
We cut out the sheep from the card and glued on the popcorn to make it’s woolly coat.

The Little Man then completed the Extra fun Alphabet challenge which was all about food and then there was a Family Fun game to play to music.

Also in the box were colouring sheets and a little fact card which included a Good Deed challenge This was to make a craft or bake some cakes for an elderly friend, relative or neighbour. We are going to make a cake for nanny who is having a tough time at the moment.

If I am honest I was surprised at how much fun was packed into the little box. The regular price for a box is £3.99 plus postage of 99p and it’s a regular delivery but you can cancel at any time. You can get your first box for just £1.99. visit www.sassykidsbox.com for more details.

Disclosure: we were sent a Sassy Kids box to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.