PicStick review

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Hinckley Yummy Mummy


I was very lucky to be asked to review PicStick the other day, and quite simply as a mummy who could refuse a few more pictures of her little boys, and ones I could attach to my fridge rather than just hiding away in an album.

So I went on the website and registered, there were some nice easy instructions and I was impressed that the postage was included all over the world and would only take 1-2days to arrive with me in the UK.

It was really easy to add photos to, being able to just drag and drop from either your computer, facebook or dropbox.

Once I had added all 9 of my chosen pictures to the ‘sheet’ it was a very easy process to complete the order.

Here comes the really important bit.

I placed my order on Monday night so I knew there was no way…

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Allergy update

tim eating cheese sandwich

It’s been a while since I did an update on Tim and his allergies, I know that is what this blog started as, but if you’ve been following then you will know that there have been a few more important things going on in relation to Tim’s health this year.

So here it is.

At the start of the year (or within the first few months) we knew where we were, Tim was allergic to dairy, egg and soya 

As the year continued we added in banana, then during his stay in hospital we had to stop nuts when he seemed to react to the cream they stuck up his nose.
We’ve been plodding on, numerous appointments back and forth to the hospital due to his other non-allergy issues.

Then word got out that there was a cheese becoming more easily available, so finally we managed to get hold of some Violife It was amazing, Tim couldn’t get enough of it, and we all agreed it is the closest think that any of us have tried to cheese with no dairy in!
But that night Tim didn’t sleep well, the same for the next couple, this wasn’t a problem, he is still only 2, so maybe it was teething or some other thing that children of that age suffer from.

So we didn’t give him anymore for a couple of weeks then tried again almost a week ago.Once again he loved it and was shouting out for more.
After he had finished his sandwich we went and sat on the sofa, suddenly he came and snuggled up as close to me as he could get and within 10minutes of finishing his food he was asleep. Now he isn’t one for having naps during the day anymore and hadn’t had a particularly tiring day, but I didn’t think much of it. Then we tried to wake him, it took both mummy and daddy and a lot of poking, blowing raspberries etc to get him to respond. It was only when I asked on the CPMA facebook group if anyone elses children have sleep as a symptom of allergies that people started to say that what I was describing sounded like he was ‘unresponsive’ which looking back he was, that much poking and prodding at a time he isn’t normally asleep is unresponsive!

So looking at the ingredients it seems we are now avoiding coconut containing products as well.

The next day I contacted the GP, who says he doesn’t think it sounded like an anaphalytic reaction, however it sounds like he could well be heading that way as the reaction has obviously got worse each time he has had it. (twice)
and we have been advised to never give it to him again and to contact the surgery if we think he is having an anaphalytic reaction. But if they think I will be wasting my time with that they have another thing coming.
If I think he may be having an anaphalytic reaction at any time then I am sorry but it will be a call straight to 999


Snapfish review

I was lucky to be offered the chance to review some Snapfish products.

The order was only placed on Sunday, by Wednesday the first item had arrived and by Thursday everything was with me, so I was really very impressed with the speed that they came.

On opening the parcels I couldn’t have been happier with the quality of what I was presented with. All the photos were printed to a very high quality (I presume that this is partly due to picking high quality pictures to send as I imagine if the quality of the originals is not good then the finished product is not going to be as good)

So what did I order?

A photo calendar with Natural background – came with envelope

A signature desk calendar with colourful stripes background

Both of these calendars were very high quality, one bonus is that you can start them on any month of the year and on the desk calendar you can have upto four photos per month. On both calendars you can also have text on each month, I chose not to as although some pictures are easy to put captions to there are others that I just didn’t know what to write.

The only negative that I found, personally I think it would be useful if the calendars have some notable dates on for example bank holidays or Christmas.

Just wanted to say Thanks! cards – came with envelopes

Again these were very high quality, I could have chosen to have them on cardstock (as I did) or on photopaper. There were also options to ‘personalise your card with FreeStyler’ a way to add different text in various positions and at all sorts of angles.

I was surprised when they arrived that there was no space to actually write a thank you message, looking back on the website they are exactly as described, but I just assumed that there would be space to write what you are actually thanking someone for.
I would order them again, but would only put 1 or 2 photos on the back to leave a blank space to be able to write and I think that this is something that could be suggested on the website – either add 3 pictures or less pictures leaving space to write in.

Collage poster 15*10

posterThis product once again the quality was superb, If I had wanted to I could have added some text to it. For this size of poster I was allowed a maximum of 30 pictures (I had 18 and don’t think I would want many more as the more you have the smaller they will be, but then it will also depend on what pictures you are using and what the poster is for)
There were 28 different backgrounds to chose from or you could use a picture of your own, you can also change the spacing between the pictures.
It is possible to select 1 photo as a ‘featured’ image, I just went for the random arrangement of pictures, clicking ‘shuffle’ a few times until I was happy with what I had.

The website is very easy to navigate, and I found it useful that photos can be added from your computer, Facebook or Flickr (ok so that one isn’t much use to me as I wouldn’t have a clue what to do with it)
and the pictures can be saved in different folders to make them easy to find again in the future.
I would definitely recommend the website, I would just say be careful if you are ordering something like a ‘thank you’ card that there is space to write your message.

This post is a review of products from  , I was supplied with a voucher to enable me to place an order. All opinions are my own.

When is blood ok in the urine?

Well I guess for most of you the answer is it is NEVER ok to have blood in the urine.

But as you will know by now Tim does not follow the same rules as most people.

Today we had 2 appointments at the hospital one with the dietician and the other with the kidney specialist.

The dietician said the usual, how’s it all going etc, so nothing to report there.

But Dr Houtman had a bit of different news today.
He said there was blood in the urine, which is nothing new, there is always blood in the urine and can be for months and months after the problems Tim has had, but he was really excited to tell us that is all there was in the urine,

BLOOD but NO protein

so I guess it is not so much that it is ok to have blood in the urine, but more that it is great that there is blood and nothing else, fingerscrossed we will soon be able to report that there is no blood either.

So after a long day going to the hospital straight from nursery, a bit of crying and screaming from Tim, but an amazingly well behaved Sam, I guess maybe it is time to wake them up.

A Letter from Santa to Your Child with Food Allergy

elves have allergies too

We all know that Santa Claus loves when kids leave him milk and cookies on Christmas Eve. Santa knows all about food allergies though and wants your kids to help him spread some cheer!

You can download and personalize this letter from Santa to help get your kids in the kitchen and involve them in making some allergy-friendly holiday treats, all in an effort to help Santa’s elves.

Download and customize the letter.


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Timmyism the answer!

For those of you that have been playing along with the Timmyism (and I know there were a few of you, even if your guesses were way of)

here is a picture of the boys Mimoo, who knows where the name has come from, but this is what Timmy has decided to call his toy vacuum.



I can also use it as an excuse to not vacuum too often as whenever he sees Mummy and Daddy get the big vacuum out he starts crying and shouting