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Glow Dreaming Review

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Before I launch into my review, I just need to give a little background information as to why I got sent the Glow Dreaming unit.

My 6 year old had a lot of trouble winding down at the end of the day. She’d had this issue for maybe 6-8 months. I’d put her to bed at 8pm, and by 9pm she’s still coming out and making excuses as to why she wasn’t asleep.

I KNEW this was affecting her the next day and honestly had no idea what to do.

This was when Fiona from Sleepytot sent me a Glow Dreaming to use.

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WHAT IS IT?
The Glow Dreaming is the world’s most successful sleep aid. It sits next to your child’s bed and has the following features:

Light Therapy – The red LED light used by Glow Dreaming combats the damage caused to our sleeping patterns by technology, helping reset our internal clocks. Red spectrum light has been scientifically proven to help tell our bodies it’s time for sleep – it stimulates melatonin production (which is the natural sleep hormone). It is the same technology used by NASA for their astronauts.

Slow Wave Sleep Sound Therapy – Utilises what’s called Pink Noise. This is commonly found in nature, in things like waterfalls, rain and thunder. This frequency was recreated but in a unique rhythm and timing so that it helps cause drowsiness and gets us to fall into a state of sleep. This is the sleep you go into when you go past dreaming. It is the most restful and best type of sleep.

Humidifier – The humidifier makes breathing easier, improves comfort and has been proven to reduce the risk of cold and flu’s. It is ideal for children who snore, have asthma or get sick often.

Twinkle Star – Using only medicinal grade organic essential oils Twinkle Star relaxes and calms even the most active child helping their bodies and minds get ready for sleep.

It also has safety features: with cool-mist technology, Glow Dreaming produces a cool touch mist with the entire unit being always safe to touch. It also has an auto switch off function – so you don’t have to worry about it being on all day.

It is suitable for babies (8 weeks +) all the way up to fully fledged adults.

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MY EXPERIENCE
At first the whole thing seemed complicated and I was a little nervous I wouldn’t understand how it worked; but it is actually very straight forward.

The Glow Dreaming went straight into my daughter’s bedroom and next to her bed. They say to have it less than 1 meter away, just so that when using the humidifier it actually has an affect.

I explained what I was doing, with Chloe, so that she understood it was to help her get to sleep.

That night we continued our nightly routine as usual – toilet, brush teeth, read a book and then bed. Except this time I added in the Glow Dreaming.

I switched on the sound therapy, light therapy and the aromatherapy part of the unit – I wanted to relax all of her senses.

Amazingly she fell asleep within the first 10-15 minutes.

I thought this was a fluke, so just kept using it and it’s now been almost a week and she has fallen asleep within 10-20 minutes each night. NOT TAKING AN HOUR LIKE IT USED TO!

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THINGS TO KNOW
All good things take time – I know my child responded straight away to it, but the Glow Dreaming team say that on average it takes 6-10 nights to see significant changes in sleep behaviour. On the first few nights you may see a regression as your child adapts to the new exciting addition to their space.

The Glow Dreaming comes with instructions that were kind of helpful but I still had trouble (HA!). So Sleepytot also sent me this Glow Dreaming Tips file.

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WHERE TO BUY
You can get your Glow Dreaming from Sleepytot New Zealand. It’s not cheap, but they have Part Pay (which is a layby type system). This allows you to have the product, whilst paying it off over 6 weeks.

I want to thank Fiona from Sleepytot for sending me the Glow Dreaming for Chloe. It really has helped her to get to sleep better and I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling.


Glow Dreaming Review

Why Nuts Aren’t Banned In All Schools

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The other day when I shared an image of my daughter’s lunchbox, that my husband had put together, I was actually surprised at the number of people who said “why is she allowed nuts” or “I thought nuts would be banned at school”.

My son, who is 4 and at Kindergarten, is not allowed nuts in his lunchbox, or kiwifruit, because of allergies. A Kindergarten is one giant classroom and children are more likely to share lunches, or at least come into contact with them.

However at my daughter’s school, the policy around nuts is classroom dependant. This is because they eat with their class, and not just anywhere at the school.

So last year, and this year, she just happens to be in a class where children had no nut/food allergies. So she was fine to take whatever she wanted, including nuts.

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A few people in the comments were upset at the thought that there could be a child who was allergic to nuts and felt that EVERYONE should be nut-free just in case that child was affected.

I personally don’t believe that to be necessary, and Allergy New Zealand agrees as well.

Allergy New Zealand acknowledges that there has been a jump in food allergies in young children, and knows more schools are now implementing bans.

Inga Stunzner (Allergy NZ spokeswoman) has said blanket food bans could do more harm than good by giving allergy sufferers and teachers a false sense of security and cocooning young people from the real world.

Children with allergies need to develop the skills to survive once they’re out of school. When you put bans in place, you’re not allowing the child to develop those skills.”

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Each school will have it’s own policy. Some will not allow nuts, whilst others will, and in some instances (like ours) each classroom may also have it’s own rules depending.

If you are concerned, check out these 10 tips for when your child starts school (this is taken from the Health Navigator New Zealand website):

  1. Notify the school about your child’s allergy as early as possible. Be clear about which foods or other allergens may trigger an anaphylactic reaction.
  2. Provide the school with a written diagnosis and an individual management plan from your treating doctor. This should include details of prescribed medications such as adrenaline or antihistamines.
  3. Supply necessary medication and ensure it is clearly labelled, stored correctly and kept up to date. Ensure an adrenaline auto-injector (such as an EpiPen®) travels with the child at all times between home and the classroom; while a second, back-up unit is stored in an unlocked cupboard in the school office.
  4. Visit the school and enquire about any other potential risks. For example, are children exposed to food allergens during cooking and craft lessons? What can the school do to reduce the risk of insect stings?
  5. Ensure teachers and other staff are aware of prevention strategies and ensure they are implemented. Especially plan ahead for special events such as excursions, sports days and parties.
  6. Work with the school to develop an emergency action plan. Ensure appropriate staff members are trained and confident to administer medications.
  7. Teach your child from a young age not to accept food from others. Provide a lunchbox that is clearly labelled and remind them not to trade food with friends.
  8. Be creative in providing safe food treats for your child. Ask the school to store some of your cupcakes in the staff room freezer so your child can join in with birthday celebrations.
  9. Encourage your child to become independent. Remind them to always take their medication to school. It can be kept in an insulated lunch bag, together with a copy of the emergency action plan.
  10. Record and check expiry dates of auto-injectors used at school and at home and ensure each unit is replaced prior to expiry.

You know your child best and if they have an allergy, you will know what needs to be done. If you don’t, talk to the school!

If you DON’T have a child with an allergy, make sure you familiarise yourself with the school’s policies around what you can and can’t take to school.

What do you think? Do you think nuts should be banned in all schools?


Why Nuts Aren’t Banned In All Schools

These Nursery Products From Kmart Are Amazing

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1. Wooden Cot – White

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2. Wooden Change Table

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3. Music Box – Forest

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4. Wooden Camera – Assorted

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5. Nursery Sign

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6. Height Chart

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7. Decorative Nesting Friends

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8. No Mess Hand and Foot Print Kit

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9. Star Night Light

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10. Age Blocks

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11. Origami Mobile

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12. D.I.Y. Name Blocks

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13. My First Year Photo Frame – White

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14. Nursery Clothes Rack

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15. Cot Quilt Cover Set

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You can check out the rest of Kmart’s amazing Nursery Range on their website.

And just to clarify, this post (nor any other Kmart one on my website) is NOT sponsored – my love for Kmart transcends space and time, and is everlasting.


These Nursery Products From Kmart Are Amazing

Kids Chores Around The Kitchen

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I get asked a lot “when should I start letting my kids help out around the house”, and my answer always is “when you think they can do it“.

I don’t necessarily think there’s a set time at which a bell rings and suddenly they can do stuff. I think each child is different, and will be able to do different things at different stages.

Often the reason a child doesn’t do something is because you don’t think they’re ready. Heck, I’m exactly like that.

However, after seeing my kids at Kindergarten, I certainly know I underestimate how much they can actually do.

I’ve seen my kids sweeping, tidying up, cleaning, putting toys away, nailing nails into a board, sawing a board with a saw … SO MANY THINGS.

Pretty sure they figured out how to put socks on while at Kindy HAHA

Anyway, this got me thinking what they could start doing around the house so I did a bit of research. I saw some amazing suggestions and decided to put together my own list. This includes things I think my children can do as well:

Click to download OR pin to PINTEREST to save for later:

 

Do your kids help around the kitchen? What do they do?


Kids Chores around the kitchen

Keeping It Real

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I sometimes see people’s comments about me saying “she keeps it real as a parent” (said in the positive). Or sometimes people will say “so much for keeping it real Maria” (said in the negative); and it got me thinking about what “keeping it real” actually means to people.

Let’s just break it down first by visiting our favourite online definition website: Urban Dictionary.

Keeping it real: not being fake or influenced. Being true to yourself and your values, but more importantly, being true to innate values that all people acknowledge as respectable. Not frontin, or inhibiting yourself or pretending to be something your not; but also not following dominant values that should not be acceptable.

So in other words, it’s to stay true to one’s self; to resist the temptation to be fake.

I’m not acting like someone else, I’m trying to keep it real.”

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All of us are, in one way or another, influenced by things in life. By our family, our friends, by ads we see on tv; pretty much by everything in life actually.

When people talk about me “keeping it real”, I often think they’re referring to the fact that I just do my own thing and am not overly concerned with how everyone else does it – I’m just doing it my way. I show my life without dressing it up as anything more than it is – which just happens to be my reality.

You guys all know that my house is less than perfect. Heck the lounge is a cluttered mess, the walls are unpainted, we have no vanity unit in the bathroom and our fence isn’t even finished. You guys see this every day on my Snapchat (happymumnz). That’s about as real as it gets.

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However I don’t show you guys EVERY single thing in my life. I don’t normally show my kids when they’re upset, or angry with me or each other; and I usually don’t show them when they’re fighting. I also don’t show my kids when they’re naked.

I don’t show or talk about when Phil and I have arguments or disagree with each other. I also try not to show where my house is, or where my kids go to school.

I don’t show you when I fart, or burp (well sometimes I do LOL), or when I’m shovelling my face full of McDonald’s.

Just because I don’t show any of those things, doesn’t mean I’m not keeping it real: it means I don’t feel the need to show you every single thing in my life. It means at some point I need some privacy. It does not mean I am fake.

This goes the other way too – if I show my kids’ lunch, and it’s not the same as your child’s lunch, doesn’t mean I’m not keeping it real. If my kids wear some clothes from an expensive brand (which they don’t but …), it doesn’t mean I’m not keeping it real. My reality is different to your reality.

Life would be boring if we were all the same, don’t you think?

You may just relate to me differently because of these things, but it doesn’t mean I’m not keeping it real, or being fake.

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When it comes to the sponsored content I do – I also try and keep it as real as possible with you guys. I disclose as much as possible where possible, and I feel I am very open about this. AND YES, I have actually addressed the Kmart thing. Several times in fact …

All products, brands and services I personally would use and/or believe in. This means I can talk genuinely about them because I’m staying true to myself.

I keep it as real with you guys as I feel I need to. I know that what you see / hear from me is about as real as it gets. I am being true to myself and my family without completely taking away our privacy.

I do my best in a world where I am still learning every single day about the internet and what I’m doing.


Keeping It Real

Stop Hating On Kids Being On Planes

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There’s been a bit of news around kids being on planes lately; namely young children / babies.

For starters there was this lady who had a meltdown at being seated next to a Mother and her baby:

Then there was this flight from Germany to New York where a 3 year old went on a “demonic rampage” and disrupted everyone:

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Can I be honest with you?  I couldn’t think of ANYTHING worse than travelling, as a Mother, on a plane with my own child. Especially a younger child who has trouble understanding they’re in a confined space for a long period time.

When my daughter was 18 months old, and I was 20 weeks pregnant, we were flown (by my parents) to Ireland so we could attend my brother’s wedding.

Our daughter was extremely “well behaved”, but us as parents had a hell of a time ensuring she was fine on the flights.

I know not all parents will do this, but I would expect the majority also want their children to be happy and quiet; and not interrupting others.

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When I read a news article, or watch a video (like the one above about the “demonic child“), it concerns me at the type of information that is going out there in the world, and the kind of attitude that people have.

So I thought I’d break it down into comments I saw:

“Why wasn’t the Mum trying to calm the child down?”
Well you couldn’t see her trying, so just because you don’t see it in a video doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. How do you know she didn’t talk to the flight attendant about what was happening.

“Other people should NOT be expected to help her – it’s her job as a Mother to keep her kids in check”
Yes wouldn’t it be amazing if our children listened to us ALL of the time. Reality is, they don’t. Sometimes, even though I personally would feel embarrassed and horrified, we need help. Have you seen this photo of the flight attendant helping a mother and her child out?

“They should have been thrown off the flight”
No flight is perfect, and this mother and her child still need to get from one destination to another. It’s either on this flight, or another.

“She shouldn’t be a Mother if she can’t control her kid”
No one knows the reasons as to why the child was acting out – we do not know their situation. The video shown was just a snippet of information. It didn’t show whether or not she tried to calm her child down, and it certainly didn’t show if perhaps he had a medical condition.

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Judging a situation based on one moment, or one video, is probably not the best thing to do. Instead how about offering a bit of sympathy for everyone involved.

Heck, how about that person putting the camera away and offering to help out, or at least try to understand the situation. Did anyone bother to ask the flight attendants as to why they were allowing a child to run rampant like that?

It’s actually in every person’s best interests to try to understand that everyone on the plane is in the EXACT same boat. The flight attendants, the passengers, heck even the mother – they’re all stuck in the same space.

If everyone just spared a thought for each other, and offered help, or at least some kind of understanding that NO ONE wants to be there; the flight might be a bit easier.

Before we judge a situation that we read about online, or see in a video, we also need to realise there is MORE to what we see than meets the eye.

We do not know what is going on with the Mother and the child, it might not be a simple “the child is breaking the rules and the mother has no control”.

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Whatever happened, my thoughts are with everyone. I always try and put myself in that situation and I’d like to think that I would help out. Not only that, if I was the mother with a child having a breakdown, or upset, I would be mortified and doing all I can.

I would also hope no one took out a camera and recorded it. That would absolutely devastate me.

PS after writing this I discovered the boy in question did have a disability which affected his behaviour.


Stop Hating On Kids Being On Planes

Cadbury Caramilk Recalled In Australia!

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Heads up Aussies – Cadbury Australia just announced that a bunch of Caramilk blocks are being recalled!

According to Cadbury Dairy Milk Australia’s Facebook page, some blocks have been “found to contain small, flexible pieces of food grade plastic as a result of a machinery fault during the manufacturing process”.

Cadbury has said that the samples received so far does not appear to pose a serious health risk, but a recall has been initiated to minimise risk.

The affected blocks are those with a best before of 17/01/2019 and 21/01/2019 only.

Customers are advised not to consume the affected blocks and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

SHEEEEIT guys, make sure you check your blocks before you eat; and go and get a refund if necessary!

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Snapchat or Instastories?

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Since the last few Snapchat updates have been out, so many people are finding it harder and harder to watch their favourite Snapchatters.

Some say just search for their name and they’ll come up.

Some say “send them a message” and they’ll stay in your chat list.

Some say “find them in the Discover” section.

Some even now say “bugger Snapchat I’m not even trying anymore”.

For me: I’m not giving up on Snapchat. Yes the update is the dumbest thing in the world and makes ZERO sense, but in saying that I make it work.

Here’s how you find someone who you follow, and doesn’t follow you back:

Go to the Discover section, type in their Snapchat username and then click on the image next to their name. This allows me to watch their Snapstory (if they have one).

You could try scrolling through the “Discover” part, but it can take a while to find who you want.

I know it’s a pain in the ass having to “search” for someone to see their updates though. Ideally you want it to just appear in your list so you can see it there, but sadly it doesn’t look like Snapchat gives a rats ass what it’s users think.

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APPARENTLY you can “bring the old Snapchat back”, but guys remember nothing is guaranteed. From what I’ve read, you can go back to the old one, but once you restart your phone it updates. Here’s the instructions on how to do it if you want to give it a shot:

For now, however, I suggest we all just persevere.

I’m not going anywhere, and in fact I’ve started using Instastories (over on Instagram) a whole lot more in case people have quit Snapchat and want to still see stuff.

Instastories works in the same way Snapchat does, but it’s on the Instagram platform. Obviously Instastories is integrated with Instagram, which means you can tag people and brands. This makes it more “user friendly” for people like myself when I get sent stuff – I can then tag the brand.

I really like both Snapchat AND Instastories because it means I get to show you guys what I’m up to during the day and I get to interact with you.

The new Snapchat updates are really ruining my fun because so many of you can’t see my stuff (and others too!), which means I actually don’t get to hear from a whole heap of you.

Don’t give up on it just yet!

I’m still there, doing dumb stuff; and I’ll be there for a while yet.

Feel free to add me on Snapchat (username is happymumnz) or on Instagram for Instastories (username happymumhappychild).

Are you on Snapchat? Or Instastories? Or both? OR NONE????? HAHA


Snapchat or Instastories?

Netflix in 2018

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As most of you know, I watch A LOT of Netflix. Each morning I login and continue watching what I was watching the morning (or night) before. At the moment it’s Altered Carbon, but I’ve also got a backup of the Forensic Files which I just chug along with; if I need to watch something different.

I’ve had a sneaky peak at what’s coming up on Netflix and here are some of the shows/movies I’m looking forward to seeing (I’ve added a couple in which are new but you might not know about because they’ve only just been released):

One of the new shows on Netflix that my kids and I love, is Llama Llama. Jennifer Garner actually voices the Mama Llama character, and the series is based on an award-winning (and bestselling) book series by Anna Dewdney.

The series itself is lots of fun and the kids learn a lot through the stories – fun, friendship and experiencing things in life and with his family.

Check out the trailer here:

 

Are you looking forward to something on Netflix this year? What is it? Let me know below!!


Netflix in 2018

Daycare Waxes Child’s Eyebrows Without Parent’s Permission

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A Mother in the United States took her daughter home to find that the daycare facility her daughter goes to, allegedly took it upon themselves to wax her daughter’s eyebrows.

The authorities in the United States have since launched an investigation into this, but just the thought of it absolutely blows me away.

The girls’ mother took her photos to Facebook to express her horror at the actions that were taken:

After the incident took place, the girl’s Mum contacted the director of the centre via text message. The director sadly gave multiple excuses, and then later when the Mum talked to her in person, the director laughed in her face.

As a mother of two children, this absolutely disgusts me.

Nobody has any right to touch my child without my permission.

At my child’s Kindergarten, we have to sign a permission slip giving the Kindergarten authority to apply sunscreen if necessary, throughout the day.

That is not something that worries me but they still ask for permission because it’s the right thing to do.

I truly hope in this instance that all is not as it seems and maybe it’s even fake news! But if it is for real, then I am truly saddened.

And honestly why the heck does a Daycare have waxing facilities on it’s premises?!! BIZARRE!

What do you think!? Let me know!


Daycare Waxes Child’s Eyebrows Without Parent’s Permission


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