December 26, 2011

Review: Just Juice Orchard

The guys at Just Juice have bought out a new range of fresh juices.  And they are pretty scrummy {I'm a sucker for the Sun kissed Orange}.  Paris did the main review on this product, but I wanted to note a few things that she doesn't think about:

The cartons looked great - they stood out and made you think hmmmmmmm, which is what you want right? if your browsing the shelves at the supermarket, you will always look twice and the drinks that stood out at first glance :) They were also easy to store in the fridge, and easy to open and pour.

Farm Style Apple:
The flavour is really nice and crisp, but after a while it got a little sour, which I don't think apple should do, and I didn't really enjoy it very much.
Score: 6/10

Sun Kissed Orange:
The flavour of this drink is delicious, it's very sweet which I love.  I did find that it left a bit of an aftertaste in my mouth, which I didn't enjoy so much, but overall the drink was great.
Score: 8/10

Summer Strawberry & Kiwifruit:
The flavours worked really together in this drink, and when I took the first sip, it was like a burst of flavour in my mouth.  It's a very sweet tasting drink with a pleasant aftertaste.
Score: 9.5/10

December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas's what Santa left at our house last night...
I'll update more in the coming hours/days

I would like to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful day and get to spend it with your nearest and dearest.

December 23, 2011

Review: Be Natural Cereals

Imagine my suprise when I recieve an overly large package that I wasn't expecting, only to open it up and discover not 1, but 3 boxes of Be Natural Cereal AND 2 boxes of Trail Bars
Anyway as I was saying, 3 boxes of cereal, in 3 different flavours:
  • Pink Lady Apple & Flame Raisin
  • Cashew, Almond, Hazelnut & Coconut
  • 5 Whole Grain Flakes

So me and my lot have been plodding our way through the different flavours over the last couple of weeks, and here's what we have for you:

Pink Lady Apple & Flame Raisin
Reviewed by: Joshua {12yrs}

The flavours worked really well together and the flakes, fruit all taste great on their own as well.  The textures were very plesant as some rough, others smooth, and some crunchy.  The idea of Apple, Raisins and Flakes was very "Natural".  The only thing I didn't enjoy was the big raisin you put in and there were too many for my liking. 
Score: 8/10

Cashew, Almond, Hazelnut & Coconut
Reviewed by: Leesh {32yrs}

I have 3 letters only to describe this cereal. OMG!! it was like a taste expolosion in my mouth, I LOVED it.  The flavours worked so well together and every single mouthful was full of flavour.  I find it hard to find cereals, that I enjoy eating, and this one was good it's already on the shopping list for next week.
Score: 9/10

5 Flakes
Reviewed by: Joshua {12yrs}

The flakes taste great and they didn't need sugar on top of them.  The tasted better than plain old ordinary corn flakes.  I can't fault them, as they tasted just great!
Score: 9/10

And that concludes our "family" rewiew for Be Natural Cereals.  In short, we will definately purchase these cereals in our regular shops, as they went down a real treat for everyone :)

The Trail Bars unfortunately ended up being shipped up to the caravan last week by mistake, so will be reviewed over the Summer Holiday.

December 17, 2011

Advance Warning

I put my name in the hat for a couple of product reviews recently... and it appears that I have been selected for most of them... just judging by the products the courier keeps dropping off to me... so I am giving advance warning to you all, that the next few posts are gonna be product reviews.

December 12, 2011

It's official....

There will be no more babies for us.

When we made the decision to try for Axel, we knew at that stage that he would be our last baby.  Then when he was born 9lb 1oz, it really cemented our decision.

So Ian went off and did the extremely noble thing by having a vasectomy.  Obviously we still need 2 clear tests before we can confidently say it worked, but we are on the right path to making sure we have no little surprises in the next few years :)

And then, to really make it all official, I have tonight sorted through all of my maternity clothes, taken the photos of everything, and am getting ready to list it all on Trade Me.  I have one friend who is planning on looking through it all, before I list, so have sent her all the photos and details tonight.

Next step - listing all the baby clothes...

December 09, 2011

December 07, 2011


Never heard of it? Well neither had I until Cam was diagnosed as having it...

What made the doctors test?  Well... back to the start we go... {Warning: TMI ahead}

Day 1-2 - Diarrhea - and lots of it...
Day 3 - more Diarrhea only today Cam is struggling to get to the loo... by this stage, it is falling out of his poor system with no warning... on one such occasion I noticed blood in his stools {and not just a little bit either}
So straight off to the doctors we go, with our soiled undies in a sealed bag for proof - doctors takes stool sample and sends it off, he is testing for Camplibacta and Giardia
Day 4-6 Still more Diarrhea
Day 6 Blood tests for lots of sinister things
Day 7 Still more Diarrhea

Through all this, he seems completely well in himself, except he hasn't eaten since Day 2

Day 7 - Doctor calls and heres how the conversation goes

Dr: I know whats wrong with Cam
Me: Oh, yay, I think
Dr: Nothing in his bloods, which is good, but is stool samples have returned a positive result for Cryptosporidium
Me: Cryptospor-what?
Dr: Exactly - I'd never heard of it till today either
Me: Bugger
Dr: It's a parasite
Me: Bugger
Dr: And it's a notifiable parasite
Me: Oh, Bugger, Bugger

you get my drift right lol

So we are now on day 11... and Cam still has diarrhea - he has some normal-ish BM's also, but always finishes off for the diarrhea

We have been back to the doctor today, still not allowed to return to daycare - he can not return until the parasite is gone, or the Ministry of Health gives us the all clear - whichever occurs first.  GRRRRRRRR

This is so frustrating for Cam and me... cause as I said above - he is still his normal obnoxious lovable self, he needs wants to go to daycare for him and me but he can't...

Today we managed to get a stool sample off to be tested... all I can say at this early stage, is that even though it was a relativly normal BM there is still blood :( so I'm not holding my breath that the result will be the one that we want

So, Daycare have couriered us a care box, with all the equipment needed to finish all the Christmas'y things that he would have made if he was there - bless them, they really do rock!

December 06, 2011

'Tis the Season

And before you can blink people, it's that time of year again. My kids love the day we get the tree out to decorate.  This year, for the first time ever, I decided to let the kids do all the decorating, so after I "built" the tree, I left them to it.
Cammy getting ready to start decorating while I finish "building" the tree

Didn't they do well?? This is the first time Cammy has every been involved in any aspect of the tree going up at all, and he really loved it, was singing us Christmas songs the whole time

December 02, 2011

Qubies giveaway - Prize Draw

Well it was a pretty poor turn out for this comp, but never mind.  Here is the list of entrants:

And the results of the draw... taken over at

Congratulations to you Mealz

Flick me a message on Facebook with your address, and I'll pop this prize in the post for you :)