Chicco Urban Stroller – Review

As a Chicco Tested for Happiness blogger we will be trying out some Chicco products here at GlitterMama HQ. We were sent the Chicco Urban Stroller to give our honest thoughts a couple of months ago so here is how we got on.

Chicco Urban Stroller

Glitterbaba and I have been using the Chicco Urban Stroller for walks to the school and back etc. You get the base and the seat which can be foward or rear facing but we’ve so far only used it as a bassinet. See, the main part can be switched from bassinet to rear facing seat very easily all while still attached. You just press the two buttons at the side to bring it forward. Then you can adjust how far your child is laid back with the strap underneath and adjust the leg rest with another two buttons. Easy peasy!

As a bassinet it’s great but although you get a cover to line the seat with to make baby more comfortable I find you still need a thick blanket to make it more soft for their little bodies and head. I love though that I can adjust how flat she is laying especially if I want her head to be slightly raised so she can see more on our walks, some babies hate lying completely flat so this is great to be able to do with a bassinet. Some days when in t eh house I put the back rest a good bit up and put a cushion under her bum and legs and she loves sitting there watching me make dinner etc.

There is a huge basket underneath which is great for when we pop to the shops but it can be a squeeze to get shopping in and and out of the basket while the seat is a bassinet but I imagine it will be easier when glitterbaba is old enough to have the seat converted as tehre will be more space over the top of the basket.

Other pros are the wheels can be locked, removable bumper bar, the handle bar is adjustable and you can buy colour packs for it which contain a hood, seat liner= and a foot muff. I got a cream coloured one, would have loved to see what it would look like with a pop of pink though! 🙂

Cons are that it is quite bulky, I don’t mind that for walks but it’s quite big for a boot, well bigger than what I’m used to.

I was also given the travel system ie the car seat to go with it but being very honest guys it has a lot of flaws as a travel system. Unlike a lot of buggys that you can attach the car seat straight into, with the Chicco one you need to attach another attachment before you can pop the seat in which lets face takes up more space in the boot and is just a hassle and if you forget that extra part (which has happend) you can’t use the buggy at all with the seat. A

Also the auto fix base I found strange as I thought the point was that you just pop the seat in and out. With the Chicco one it does pop in easily but you also have to bring the shoulder belt around the back of the car seat which is fine…except that it clicks back meaning next time I have to unbuckle the whole auto fix base so I can pull the shoulder strap around. So it just made no sense to me and seemed to defeat the purpose of it being auto fix. The base also made the car seat very forward facing which for a newborn baby is not good.

Overall as travel system I would not recommend it to anyone but I do really like it as stroller by itself for it’s convenience of being able to switch between a bassinet and toddler seat all from the one attachment and make adjustments to the beck and foot rest even as a bassinet. It’s also wide and roomy so your baby/toddler will have lots of space to stretch and move 🙂 The colour packs are handy too so you can change the colour if you decide to have another baby 😉 I’m really looking forward to using this seat as a forward/rear facing seat when glitterbaba is a bit older.

I hope this review helps, and if you have any questions for me about the product please don’t hesitate to ask. I’d also love to hear your thoughts esp if you have this stroller? Yaz x

Choose Apple Watch with different finishes for different occasions

Led by Apple, the world of smartwatches is revolutionizing the fashion world. Smartwatches have changed our expectations on what a proper watch should do. The Apple smartwatch is fitted with, among others, powerful fitness and health features, which add to its allure. For those who have experienced the Apple watch, it is difficult to go back to traditional watches. While this smartwatch is a good day-to-day accessory, in the event of special occasions such as graduations, weddings, and cooperate events, you may wonder how best to dress your Apple smartwatch.

Fortunately, for Apple smartwatches, you can swap watch bands to fit the occasion. For instance, the silver Apple watch band is ideal when wearing a black suit. It complements the suit while giving it an instant classier look. The Silver Apple watchband is one of the many options offered by Apple in their stores. The manner you choose to wear your Apple Watch has a direct effect on your experience. As such, you must wear your Apple watch correctly to get the most out of it. This is especially important to owners of newer models which come equipped with more advanced technologies and sensors.

Apple Watch with different finishes for different occasions

One of the reasons why the Apple watch is so popular is because of its exquisite design. Apple watch designs are modern and classy at the same time. This aspect makes Apple watches ideal for all occasions. However, different occasions require you to dress your Apple watch differently. For example, a sporty, black rubber watch does not complement an elegant suit worn during a corporate event. A chunky, black rubber watch is ideal for a casual or sporty occasion. It’s common knowledge that majority of the people wear Apple watches due to their tracking and fitness capabilities. Others wear them to keep track of their health when they are away from their phones.

Choosing the best Apple watch band for the occasion can be a tricky affair. This is because there are thousands of options available. Luckily, Apple has a brilliant selection you can choose from. The silver Apple watchband is one of the most popular options available. Apple watches fit beautifully with any kind of dressing regardless of the occasion. All you need to do to get the most out of your Apple watch is to dress it properly. For instance, you can swap the bands to give your watch a new look that matches your attire and the occasion. Today, it is possible to spot people wearing Apple watches in different exclusive events, including the Oscars, and the Met Gala.

Different Apple watch finishes help you to pair them with different outfits. For example, when attending a formal event, a quality leather band can be used to match your Apple watch to give it an elegant, formal look. Also, you can check to see whether the band matches your belt and shoes. Fortunately, Apple watches allow you to change their band quickly to achieve your ideal look. This also allows you to make your Apple watch appear classier and more expensive. However, when changing your band you should always have in mind where you are going. Leather and stainless steel bands are ideal for formal occasions. For ladies, when wearing a wedding dress, a silver stainless steel band will match your wedding dress perfectly. For casual events, an apple watch can be worn alongside a tuxedo. However, rather than wearing the regular band, consider wearing a silver stainless steel band to give your tuxedo a more exciting feel.

Complete Guide to Install Thermostatic Shower Faucet Step by Step By Yourself

Now that you have chosen the colonne de douche thermostatique that is perfect for your bathroom, it is time to install it. You need to keep a few things in mind before you start following the steps that are given below. These will help you with installing the faucet quickly and easily.

12 easy steps on how to install Thermostatic Shower Faucet

Step 1: Shut Off Water Supply

You should always shut off the main water supply when installing a thermostatic shower faucet. This will prevent any leaks from occurring and keep your home safe. You can shut off the main water valve under the sink by turning it left.

Step 2: Remove the old shower faucet

Before you can install the new shower faucet, you first need to remove the old one. This may seem like a daunting task, but it’s quite easy. Simply remove the screws that hold the faucet in place and pull it off.

Step 3: Remove the valve under the sink

The next step is to remove the old valves that are located under the sink. Start by turning off the water supply to the valves. Then unscrew the caps at the top of the valves and remove the hoses. Finally, unscrew the bolts that hold the valves in place and pull them out.

Install Thermostatic Shower Faucet

Step 4: Install the new valves

Now it’s time to install the new valves. Start by screwing the caps on the top of the valves. Then connect the hoses and tighten the nuts. Finally, bolt the valves in place.

Step 5: Connect the new faucet

Now connect the new faucet to the valves by first connecting the hot and cold water lines, and then connecting the drain line. Once you have connected all of these, tighten them with a wrench.

Step 6: Connect the Hoses

The next step is to connect the hoses. This should be easy as you have already marked them. You can use a wrench to tighten the connections.

Step 7: Turn on the water supply

Now it’s time to turn on the water supply. Turn on the faucet at the sink and check for leaks. If you see any, tighten the fittings some more.

Step 8: Install the new faucet handles

Now it’s time to install the new faucet handles. This is a very easy process. Simply remove the screws that hold the handles in place and replace them with the new ones.

Step 9: Program the faucet

Programming the faucet is very easy. All you have to do is turn it on, adjust the temperature setting until the indicator is in the correct spot, and then turn off the water supply.

Step 10: Secure the faucet

To prevent the faucet from moving around, you will need to secure it. This is done by tightening the screws that hold it in place.

Step 11: Test the faucet

Last but not least, it’s time to give the faucet a test run. Turn on the water supply and check to make sure the temperature is set correctly. Then adjust it as needed. If everything is in order, then you can enjoy your new Thermostatic Shower Faucet.

Step 12: Enjoy your new thermostatic shower faucet!

Now that you have finished installing the faucet, it’s time to enjoy your new shower. Sit back and relax as those hot or cold water blasts come out nice and strong.

Now you know how to install a thermostatic shower faucet step by step. Get your tools ready and start installing.

 

Tools required

– pipe wrench- This tool is used to tighten the fittings on the faucet.

– screwdriver- This tool is used to remove and replace the screws that hold the faucet in place.

– adjustable wrench – This tool is used to tighten the nuts on the valves and hoses.

– pliers- This tool is used to remove the old valve.

– silicone or Teflon tape – This tape is used to seal the connections on the faucet.

 

Conclusion

Installing a Thermostatic Shower Faucet is not as difficult as it seems. You just need to follow the steps mentioned above and you will be able to do it yourself. Make sure that you are careful while installing it and double-check the connections for leaks. If you get any leaks, you can repeat the process from step one.

Homelody shower faucet to decorate your own bathroom style

Home renovations made easy

This event comes at least once to every homeowner in their lifetime. At some point in time, your home will need an upgrade and if it isn’t the whole house it is one specific room.

One of the rooms that are upgraded the most is the bathroom. People like to give it a nice facelift every now and then to make it sparkle and look good. With the myriad of options, you can skip the hassle and choose a brand whose shower faucet is the best of the bunch.

decorate your own bathroom style

The Homelody difference

When you look at those store shelves and see the myriad of shower faucets on sale, the first question that comes to mind is why pick this brand? it is a fair question as there are many top brands on the market today. The following reasons may convince you to forget the competitors and go with a Homelody shower faucet.

#1. Selection – this company has a very wide selection of shower faucets that will make your bathroom unique. You can get shower tub combinations or individual shower and tub faucets. The hardest part of this process will be picking out the one that you like best.

#2. Design – how your shower faucet looks is very important. The wrong one can break your design objective and take the overall look down a notch or two. That is not good. With the variety of designs, you should be able to find the perfect fit that completes your bathroom decor.

#3. Quality – this is a brand that does not short change you on construction materials. Once you buy this product you should be able to see the difference. This option of shower faucet should last you a long time under normal use.

#4. Colors – while matte black is a very popular color, there is a wide array of colors to choose from. You should be able to match up your bathroom’s colors with one offered by this company. There should be no clashing of colors with their large color selection.

#5.Price – if you want top quality with solid design and durability you are going to have to pay for it. There are cheaper shower faucets you can buy but they do not offer the colors, selection, or even the high-quality production.

These shower faucets may not be the cheapest on the store shelves, but they are the best. The good news is that their shower faucets are competitively priced for the level of quality you are paying for.

Homelody’s uniqueness

One of the areas that set this company apart from its competitors, is the way their shower faucet and other bathroom accessories are sold. They do not just give you one style of shower faucet to purchase. they actually provide you with several different categories with multiple shower faucets in each category.

When you check their homepage, you will find at the top of the web page the words American Standard, European Standard, and UK standard. This means that you can decorate your bathroom in a style that your friends do not have.

The selection is overwhelming giving you complete freedom in how your bathroom looks. When your friends visit, they will think that you spent a lot of money to get it looking so good. That is just not the way it is with their products.

You just get a large selection to make your bathroom unique and very stylish.

Some final words

The bathroom is one room of the house everyone has to visit. They may even spend a lot of time in it so why not make it an ideal place to go when you want to relax. You can achieve that goal with the Homelody selection of shower faucets.

The hardest part of the renovation will be choosing which of the models you want to install in your home. That is a good problem to have, But if you want your bathroom to be beautiful and unique, then you need to go the extra mile and put in the faucets that help upgrade your bathroom to new levels.

World Breastfeeding week – Blog March – My Experience

From the 1st to the 7th August is world breastfeeding week. As a member of Irish Parenting Bloggers group we discuss all things breastfeeding one of them. So we thought we would do a blog march to celebrate World Breastfeeding week, share our experiences and hopefully help other mama’s and mama’s to be

Breastfeeding symbol
Breastfeeding symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My decision…When I was pregnant on my first I decided I was going to give breastfeeding a go as being a first time mum I read the pregnancy books cover to cover and learned that anything is better than nothing as the first few days after giving birth you produce colostrum and that is really good for baby. I was quite young (under 20 anyway) and so young mothers breastfeeding isn’t something I’d seen or heard a lot of. I remember telling people I was going to try breastfeeding and their faces would almost turn to disgust, and the confusion on some of their faces was priceless lol ‘Oh, why would you want to do that?” like as if I said I was going to feed the baby drugs when they were born? or ”Sure there’s formula now why would you bother?” Like what a question to ask? There is no right or wrong with whatever any woman’s decision is whether to breastfeed or formula feed, none is more strange or weird that the other. Also what surprised me was a lot of the women saying this were the older generation? Then there were other who looked like they wanted to hide at the mention of the word ‘breast’ lol! A lot of mixed reactions and mostly all not the one I was looking for! I wish bad attitudes towards breastfeeding would change.

I think we need more breast feeding ads just to encourage women to try or an ad to say there are breastfeeding support groups, I’ve never seen an ad to do with breastfeeding on t.v? Only ads for formula milk? It would just be nice for there to be an even positive balance in the media

Baby no.1 2007 I remember first getting my little girl to latch and just felt pain I could feel my womb contracting, again I knew it was normal from the books. Then a midwife came in one day and brought back in with about 3 other trainees to show what good latching looked like. I was chuffed to say the least and thought ”this is going great!” .
When home about 5 days later the problems started. The tiredness and soreness were in full swing. She seemed to constantly cry looking back now I think she had very bad colic.. I was exhausted and falling asleep while holding her which scared the crap outta me one night! By day 7 I had to stop as I was so tired living on just 3 hours sleep a night and my nipples were very raw and cracked even after I tried the creams and nipple shields etc.They also felt really heavy and full and I wasn’t used to that with my less than A cup boobs!
I was also going through one of the most stressful periods of my life. So there was a combination of things that just made going on to the bottle less stressful for me. After I stopped breastfeeding she slept a little longer between each feed but was still a crier :/

Baby no 2. 2011 I said I’d try again, the pain was very bad though from day one.Again I was told his latch was fine but I found the breastfeeding nurse in the hospital not very understanding, when I told her my pain and that Id like to give him a bottle she very helpfully told me to lie down put my little boy on my boob and said there look he’s fine. I knew he was but I wasn’t! By day 3 when I was home I was sitting crying while feeding him 🙁 every suck felt like a constant flow of needles piercing through my nipples and I felt bad for crying while feeding him, I just wanted to be happy and enjoy him. I gave him a bottle at his next feed and cried while giving him that, I felt so awful and hated my boobs I thought maybe if they were bigger they’d have worked better and it would have been as sore? I cried for a few days after I stopped, I felt so sad. I also have/had no family to help out when I needed a break or just needed a to get some housework done or to take the 4-year-old off my hands for a bit so that added to me in a way having to stop while my partner was at work.

So would I try again and why? Yep if I have another baby I’ll try again, I think the first few days when you have colostrum is very good for baby, it’s full of antibodies, protein, vitamins, minerals, and helps clear out baby’s system of meconium (them first few yucky poops from baba!) I feel then at least I can say I tried and if it works great! If it doesn’t well I’ll feel they got some benefit and I think it really help with bonding too. All I’ll say is I’d love every new mother to even just try it and not be scared or put off by other people, then if you don’t feel it’s for you that’s fine and perfectly normal too

Next time….I wonder if I could do anything different, maybe a breast pump would have helped? I never got one on either of mine as I was worried I wouldn’t keep it up and it would be a waste of money and wasn’t sure if they’d help ease the pain? Also I should have gone to a support group, I was nervous though I’m shy about my body especially my teeny tiny boobs! But everyone has said the groups are so helpful and not judgy at all like I thought. I do think though it would be harder when I have two other kids to take care of and a lot more housework to look after on my own with no one to give me a hand (a wee nap haha) during the day and with school runs etc.

I don’t want to put myself under pressure and not enjoy a new baby or my other children so all I can do is how things go when the time comes and listen to my body and mind it’s all any of us can do.

Each day, the Irish Parenting Bloggers Group will be bringing you posts from members of the Irish Parenting Bloggers community. Please join us as we highlight our varied experiences and opinions on breastfeeding.

Maybelline Falsies Lash Mascara Review

Mascara is my all time favourite makeup product but sometimes finding the right one is so difficult. Either the wand/brush isn‘t right ot the mascara itself is too watery or flakey.

Then comes along the Maybelline Falsies Lash in the post. I generally get on well with Maybelline mascaras so I was looking foward to trying it.

The Claims

  • Ophthalmologist tested, suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lenses.
  • Instant Lash Lift Effect: Better than a Salon Lash Lift (LVL) all in a tube!!
  • Fibre Infused Formula: Lifts and coats all lashes giving your lashes the salon lash lift effect but without the hassle and for a fraction of the price!
  • Double Curved Brush: Unique brush made especially to lengthen and volumise lashes
  • Dramatic Length & Volume: Different to all the other mascara’s this locks dramatic length instantly due to the double-curved brush and fibre infused formula.
  • All-day wear: Just remove with your favourite makeup remover, suitable for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes

How to use

Step 1: For best results, hold the brush against lashes and sweep from root to tip.
Step 2: Repeat until the desired look is achieved.

Top Tip: Do not let dry between coats

Before and After

As you can see the difference is huge is the before and after. My lashes are curled and there is more length added.

Maybelline Falsies Lash Mascara Review

Maybelling Falsies Lash Lift Mascara on left. Top right picture of eye with no mascara on. Bottom right after pucture of same eye with mascara on and lashes looking much longer and lifted.

Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Mascara – Before & After

The brush is a perfect size for grabbing the lashes and getting a good lift on them. I found the product goes on smooth; not too drying or clumpy. No flaking throughout the day either.

I’ve had the LVL lash lift before and really loved the results. They were curled up and looked longer, making me appear to have a bit of mascara on. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the patience or time to sit there so I haven’t had it done again. It’s time-consuming and with just 2 and a half hours free to myself with kids in school, I’d rather do something else with my time 😉

I also have sensitive eyes and certain mascaras make them sting but no stinging with this even when removing.

So I highly recommend giving this one a go. I think it’s my new holy grail mascara and the RRP at €11.99 makes very affordable.

You can buy the mascara from most pharmacies, Amazon or from Boots here

Vegetarian Lentil Chilli Recipe

Vegetarian Lentil Chilli Recipe

Anyone who knows me knows I love spicy foods especially chilli con carne. It’s just so simple to make and so so tasty. Very versatile too, as once you have a big pot made you could make nachos, chilli chips, tacos, wraps or just have a healthy option with brown rice!

I’ve been trying to cut down on how much meat we eat in my family so I said I’d make my usual chilli with lentils instead of beans. I really enjoyed it, so did the kids 🙂 Himself on the other hand said he missed the chewy texture of the meat! Can never please everyone lol!

 

Vegetarian Lentil Chilli Recipe

Ingredients

Red split lentils (haven’t a clue of how much I use I’m one for guessing lol! ABout half a 500g bag!)
1-2 tins of chopped tomatoes
Tin of kidney beans
Chopped red or green pepper…or both
Chopped Onion
1-2 cloves crushed/chopped garlic more if you love garlic
2-4 teaspoons chilli powder*
1 teaspoon of cumin & cayenne pepper*
Tabasco sauce*
Salt
Pepper

*If you’re making this for kids use your own judgement on how much chilli powder to use. I also add cumin and cayenne pepper usually about a teaspoon of each…I never follow recipes for these things I throw in a bit of this and that lol! Also when I’m making ours I don’t add the tabasco sauce to the whole pan, just on the adults servings.

Method
Wash and rinse the lentils well then boil for 10 mins and simmer for 15
Fry onions in some olive oil
Fry the peppers for a bit or add later if you want them crunchy
Then add your lentils, chopped tomatoes, spices, garlic,kidney beans, salt & pepper.
Leave to simmer for about 20 mins and your ready to eat.

If you have a slow cooker I’m sure you could bang them all in that too!

To serve
I serve this with either chips or if I want to be really healthy some crackers or McCambridges stone ground bread will do with some cheese! Yum!

Depression: Do you ever really recover?

I’m in one of them pondering thoughtful moods today so be warned 🙂 Mainly it’s because I’m feeling a bit scared at the moment.

I’ve suffered from depression since my early teens along with eating disorders, anxiety and self harm, slowly over time between and general life stresses and circumstances, it got worse and harder to mange alone and I’ve been on anti-depressants since my teens. A good decade now I’d say. It took a lot of trial and error to find ones right for me. Some make you incredibly drowsy and not all there, lights are on nobody is home kind of thing, others make you feel worse than ever. Aggressive and give have suicidal thoughts.

It’s a scary road but I eventually found the ones right for me, they still make me feel a bit more ‘slow’ than usual but it’s a better side effect than not being able to get out of the bed right?

In the past I’ve regularly tried to come off them thinking I was ‘better’ and didn’t need them any more only to relapse. The same feelings of despair and gloominess would come back and hit me like a ton of bricks within about a month. Back to not being able to get out of the bed and forcing a smile on my face for the kids sake. Depression is exhausting. It also knocks your self esteem to an all time low.
Sometimes coming off them really messes with your head too and ends up with bad results when you’re not thinking clearly at all so I learned not to do it again and have stayed on them exclusively for years now.

Until now.

Since the beginning of January I have been eating better and my mood swings stabilised as well as energy levels being up. I was feeling the best I have done in years so I thought maybe now is a good time to come off them. So I weaned off them and eventually stopped them altogether about 6 weeks ago now.

I was feeling good, really good actually and very proud of my self thinking maybe finally I can function like a ‘normal’ person without tablets….maybe my brain imbalance was finally sorted once and for all! Maybe I’ve finally ‘recovered’

Over the last few days though I’m thinking I was very naive yet again. My anxiety feels heightened, I’m teary and very tired, generally just not feeling very good in myself mentally and for no particular reason at all?

I am really hoping it’s just PMS though and this feeling will pass. I’m probably just nervous and watching my self too closely, reading too much into normal feelings I get when I’m due my period.

There is however still a little voice screaming ‘Yaz you shouldn’t have come off the tablets….it’s coming back, fuck, it’s coming back!! Stop being a martyr and just get back on your tablets you need them to survive, you can’t do it without them!!’

But I don’t want to end up at the start again! Having to go back on tablets. Then the headaches, the sleepiness and all the other side effects that comes with starting on them again. As well as the long-term effects like having slower than normal reactions and not great concentration. I then feel like I’ve failed, like why can’t my brain just be normal without tablets all my life? But I also don’t want to end up in a bad place mentally again, its very very scary and that’s what I’m scared off now. It’s such a catch 22

I’m constantly seeing ads on tv or people in magazines along the lines of ‘I recovered from depression, so can you’ or quotes like ‘You can choose to be happy’ These make me feel like crap if I’m honest.

I feel like then maybe I’m not trying hard enough to be off tablets and that I’m doing something wrong. I really am trying though. I’m thinking more positively, eating better, exercising more so why am I not ‘recovered’. Why am I stuck in this limbo of on tablets, feeling better. Off tablets, feeling disastrous, then back on tablets. It’s frustrating. I feel like I’m going around in circles with depression

Depression

I know that it’s a chemical imbalance in my brain but I thought tablets over time would eventually ‘fix it’ along with a positive attitude and healthy lifestyle. Now I just don’t know. Maybe some people do recover from depression and never get it again but maybe some people just can’t, it’s apart of who we are just like a physical illness that can’t always be cured like diabetes.

Either way I’m not ashamed to have depression, I’m not ashamed to be on tablets.

I would however like to be one of those people who ‘recover’ but maybe it’s not always possible. Everyone is different after all.

Maybe depression is just part of who you are, a lifelong illness that you learn to manage and cope with whether it be with medication, a healthy lifestyle, meditation or a combination or all three.

Maybe it’s time for me to accept I will always have depression but everyone’s definition or way of recovering will different.

In the meantime while I figure out weather this is just a little blip or not I will continue to be positive, eat well, exercise and whatever else helps keeps me manage it better.

Best thing any of us can do is look after our mental health in whatever way we choose, whatever helps us keep it under control better.

Yaz xo

If you need any support with depression there is some brilliant support out there for info or help
Aware.ie
Helpline 1890 303302

Samaritans.ie
Helpline 116 123

Shineonline.ie
Helpline 1890 621 631 (Mon-Fri from 9am-4pm)

Grow.ie
Infoline 1890 474 474.

Seechange.ie
Yourmentalhealth.ie