Pampers Active Fit Nappies #britainsdriestnappy

We recently trialled some Pampers Active Fit nappies as part of Britain's Driest Nappy trial.

What did we think?

Age of Child
28 months

Size of Active Fit nappies you were trying
Size 5

What was your overall impression of Pampers Active Fit?
I was surprised how thin they were, they are a lots less bulky than usual ones, Boots Baby. They are a bit over 'decorated' for my liking, they have gender neutral pictures on front and back. Some of tapes were fiddly and unstuck or stuck in wrong place. They smell horrible  when the get wet, it's like an overpowering almond aroma. 

How did Pampers Active Fit perform through the day and at night time?
Little Lady has been potty trained through day for a while now, since Easter, but as we have been through a lot of change recently, house move, separation, etc., we have been using nappies again. I found they held a reasonable amount, but obviously, she is changed more during day. To be honest, I didn't expect much from them at night, surely they were too thin, but they mostly stayed dry. We did have a couple of nights where we had leaks, but only in the morning, just before changing, so not #britainsdriestnappy for us. Once they were wet, they were bulging, pulling down, and looked really uncomfortable.
Would you use them again? If so, why? If not, why not?
They were less bulky so looked better under clothes, but too expensive compared to my usual brand (Boots Baby), I don't feel the benefit in daytime is great enough to justify the extra cost. Definitely wouldn't use for night times, not worth the hassle of extra washing.
If it came up in conversation, would you recommend Pampers Active Fit to other parents for dryness and fit?
After Huggies stopped making nappies to focus on Pull Ups, I tried a few different brands, including the existing Pamper's range, which I wasn't satisfied with, so I was interested to try these and see if they really had improved. They haven't really, better for daytime, still not great at night, so I would recommend others first, but maybe these for daytime.

As for us, we're off to Boots to stock up on own brand nappies.

Happy Yorkshire Day & Thank You Lovely Ladies

It's 1st August, which means only one thing, it's Yorkshire Day! WooHoo!
I'd been thinking about doing some kind of random acts of kindness with Kiki, but hadn't got around to it. This last couple of weeks I've felt really low and suicidal, so whilst trying to pull myself out my horrible all-encompassing mood, I thought we'd give it a go today. 

As it's Yorkshire Day I decided we would hand out some white roses. I had some small gift bags left over from crafting, I wrote a message on card saying 'Happy Yorkshire Day, love Kiki x', to put in the bag. I also added the hashtag #RandomActsOfKindness and my twitter name.

We went into Leeds and bought a big bunch of white roses. I asked the seller not to wrap them and uncut the ties so I could separate them. 

We then separated them out and added the bag and notes.

Handing them out should be easy, right?

Actually no, it was seriously hard work. The amount of people who ignored us, ran away, or dumped them after we left was unbelievable.

We did get some lovely reactions though, which was the point! 
Little Lady had fun too.

Our little random acts of kindness trip, wasn't easy, it was quite stressful, but I'd like to think we made a few people smile. 

Thank you to all those lovely people who did stop and talk to us, especially the great girls (and guy) who made a fuss of Kiki telling her she had made their day.



Reasons to be Cheerful

The reins have been passed to Becky over at Lakes Single Mum for July.
Reasons to be Cheerful
Ojos World

This week's Reasons to be Cheerful:
  • As I mentioned in Wobbles Wednesday and last week's Reason To Be Cheerful, this new therapy group I've started going to is bringing up some difficult stuff to deal with. I expected it to happen, and thought I could handle it, but last week something that could have been a throw away comment turned into me ruminating and having lots of negative thoughts and suicidal idealation. So why on Earth would I put that as a reason to be cheerful?! Well I'm still here!
    • I received two compliments this week, and instead of feeling foolish and embarrassed, I accepted them with a 'Thank you'. Someone told me my child was the politest little girl they'd met, which I was very happy about. Although she can be a diva, as all toddlers can I suspect, it was nice for someone to acknowledge her manners, not just say the usual how beautiful she is, it meant more to me. The other was someone from my Therapy group, who told me I always looked well put together. I did think to myself well at least she only sees me once a week, but I just thanked her. 
  • I had a free meal this week too! Tweet4aTable is back. It's a pop up style restaurant showcasing food available at Co-op. I only found out the day by accident really, so didn't tweet as they only do 2 or 3 days in each city, and they ask for tweets one day for next. However, they hadn't filled their tables for the day, so they tweeted me to ask if I fancied a table. Went with my best friend & Kiki and had a laugh, the food was really good too, you can see the full menu here.

So that's my week, over to you, what have you been up to?

    Wobbles Wednesday

    I've had a very mixed week. The end of last week and the weekend was full of depression and suicidal ideation. Daddy took Kiki out on Saturday to the farm, they had fun and I got a break. As my home town was hosting Le Grand Depart I laid on the sofa and watched it. I had a million and one things to do, but none of it mattered. I had a day of doing nothing. Exactly what I needed, it really did help.

    I also started meditating daily again. My experiences of mindfulness before starting this new therapy group were fairly negative, but I'm using Andrew Johnson's apps again. I'm learning new skills and ways of being mindful but I still find his guided stuff really helps focus me. I think it's the vocals, I find it difficult to be mindful if it's quiet and I'm doing nothing, so it's helpful to have his voice to return my thoughts and attention to.
    I also accepted two compliments this week, not by my usual embarrassed, fumbling, self depreciating manner, I just said thank you. Progress, I guess.
    Food wise this week has been fairly rubbish. I've tried to make good choices but given how I was feeling that didn't always work. And I drank too much...
    I tell myself next week will be better, but I suspect it won't. 
    I have walked a bit this week, but nothing compared to the exercise I should be getting.
    Over to you, did you have a good week?
    What did you do to look after you mental and physical health?

    Wobbles Wednesday

    2 - 2 1/2 Year Review

    My Little Lady is due her 2 - 2 1/2 year review soon and when I received the letter with the appointment, it also had an Ages & Stages Questionnaire.
    This questionnaire is the 24 month one. 
    It is quite excessive, asking lots of can your child do X, Y, and Z? Can they do it: Yes? No? Sometimes?
    It is from an American book, so it refers to diapers and soda pops.

    I feel that I shouldn't be having to go through these tests with her, she's 2. 
    I do feel a bit 'why am I doing this?' too, I mean they want to know, they can do it.

    Although the sensible part of me knows that it just isn't possible to see every child for long. We haven't seen a Health Visitor is around 18 months.
    So, I'll fill in what I can, however I will not be completing the section that asks me to compare how well she's doing against other toddlers. Firstly, every child is different, and secondly, I don't know enough other kids. 

    Reasons to be Cheerful

    The reins have been passed to Becky over at Lakes Single Mum for July.
    Reasons to be Cheerful
    Ojos World

    This week's Reasons to be Cheerful:
    • I'm starting this with a big one, and hoping saying it will help it keep going.
      I had a really hard morning at the therapy group, I'm not going into details, but it left me with a lot of self-destructive feelings. Right now, I'm trying to think & compile a list of coping strategies that are helpful, not destructive. Please feel free to add any you can think of in the comments.
    • I have had some good days this week. On Friday I went to the Dino Jaws exhibition, it was interesting and fun.
    • On Saturday, I went to a plant sale, yes, that is exciting in my world! Lol; to a deli market; had a walk; and spent some time with people I care about. 
    • I have done some productive things this week, even though that was the last thing I wanted to do.
    • Feeling crap this week has given me lots of time to think. I'm thinking of trying some things, but not sure I had the strength or ability, but some times just the thought is empowering. 

    So over to you, what have you been up to this week?
    What are your reasons to be cheerful? Do let me know.

    Wobbles Wednesday

    Hooray! I'm on time, although didn't post on time...

    Although I don't have much to report.
    I have had a few rubbish days, which made me not even want to think about my health. 

    I had a good day Saturday, went to a charity plant sale and a local deli market, followed by some  walking, although ate and drank too much.

    Oh and I was bought some chocolates! But I haven't finished them in one go, which I guess is better than usual! 

    I have done lots of thinking about the future this week, some good, some bad; still no real plans but a few ideas up in the air.

    Over to you, did you have a good week?
    What did you do to look after you mental and physical health?

    Wobbles Wednesday

    Dino Jaws Dinosaur Exhibition

    On Friday, I went to the Dino Jaws exhibition with Daddy and Little Lady.
    I haven't been to a museum or exhibition in some time, although it's something I used to enjoy. I can think of a dear friend of mine, who when they knew I was having a bad day would take me somewhere like this to learn or discover something new.

    Dino Jaws is an exhibition of Dinosaurs at New Dock Hall in Leeds, which has been created by the  Natural History Museum, featuring life-like animatronic dinosaurs, including a 3/4 sized replica of a T.rex!  

    As well as showing the dinosaurs, there is information relating to each one, about their diets, environments, and structures. 


    The exhibition also includes some hands on experiences too, for example we fossil hunted, touched the contents of a fossilised dinosaur stomach, and felt some dinosaur poop!

    Although the website advises: 
    The exhibition is aimed at school groups and families with children aged seven and older, with some activities aimed at children aged four to six.
    Little Lady enjoyed it, apart from the T.rex, his roar vibrates the floor, but once she was lifted off it she was roaring along.  There were quite a few smaller children there who seemed to be happy.


    A great family day out.

    Online - In Advance 
    Adult / Child Admission - £5.95
    Child aged 3 and under - £0
    Family of 4 admission - £22.00

    On the day
    Adult / Child Admission - £6.95
    Child aged 3 and under - £0
    Family of 4 admission - £25.00

    Reasons to be Cheerful

    Michelle at Mummy from the Heart started running the link up as a way for us to appreciate the small things in life. However, since my break from blogging she has passed over the reins to oJo over at oJo's World.

    Ojos World

    This week's Reasons to be Cheerful: 
    • As I mentioned in Wobbles Wednesday, I've tried to be good and have tried to get out for a walk when I'm up to it.
    • I've registered for my next O.U. course, nerves and apprehension already but at least I will try.
    • I have cut down the amount of time I'm online. I use Swagbucks to try and earn some Amazon Gift Cards for things I need and for Kiki's birthday presents, but I cannot be bothered at the moment.
    • Kiki hasn't been herself for last few days, that in itself obviously isn't a reason to be cheerful, but she has being giving me lots of cuddles and Daddy got lots too.
    • I'm thinking about deleting my A-Z of Me and starting again, although not sure as it shows where I was and how far I've come.
    • I shared some of my old blog posts I have mental health problems! and Depression, self harm, pregnancy, and F*ck ups on Facebook, not something I ever do, they are separate friends to this part of my life, if that makes sense; and they were received quite positively. One friend actually asked if she could share on her own page.
    • I was invited to Stockeld Park for an exclusive VIP pre-opening event for the Summer Adventure, I'm excited as I've never been, but have heard great things. 
    • As always, people who matter, are around us.   

    So over to you, what have you been up to this week? 
    What are your reasons to be cheerful? Do let me know.

    Wobbles Wednesday

    As usual, for Wobbles Wednesday, I'm not on time. One day I will surprise you and post on a Wednesday! Well, maybe...

    This week I haven't done much to improve either my mental or physical health, I've thought about it and tried a little.

    Plus points, I'm thinking of re-joining Fat Club or maybe trying Lighter Life, if my budget stretches that far. Actually, think they'd give me a few months free to blog?!

    Will blog for weight loss?

    Seem reasonable to me ;)

    I've also been looking to see if there's any gyms with crèche's close by, there isn't. But I did download the Couch to 10K app and have looked at it, it seems doable, so that's next week's goal to try.

    I have tried to get out for a walk on the day's I've been up to it, every little helps as Mr T would say.

    I'm trying to be a bit better about eating, but it's all very emotionally linked for me, so is difficult. Plus it is nearly the end of the month which means eating whatever is in.

    I'm very concious about what I give my daughter though. She eats well most of the time, with plenty of fruit and vegetables. I was stressed whilst we were on holiday that she didn't eat much and what she did was crap, so much so my friend actually said 'you're acting like you feed her crack cocaine!'. Apparently, I am that bad! Oops.

    Wobbles Wednesday

    O.U. - Trying again....

    Some of you may remember my struggles and stresses with my Design and Designing course last year, that I passed, surprising myself! 

    Afterwards, I started a new course with the O.U. and had to drop out, or defer as they call it, as I didn't have the concentration needed. I have decided to re-register and try again, so come October I'm going to be trying again to complete Advanced Creative Writing.

    Hopefully, I can get back to writing before then, even if just bits here and there. To be honest, I still have all my previous ideas kicking around...

    Reasons to be Cheerful

    I've not been around for a while, my mental health has needed more attention than the blog, but I am at the stage I need to start acknowledging the small wins again.

    Michelle at Mummy from the Heart started running the link up as a way for us to appreciate the small things in life. However, since my break from blogging she has passed over the reins to oJo over at oJo's World.

    Ojos World

    This week's Reasons to be Cheerful: 
    • I had a good holiday, quite stressful in places, but lovely to be out in the sunshine, even if I'm paying the price now. 
    • The sunshine, I always feel better when the weather is sunny and warm, don't you?
    • I had a telephone call that I think I handled ok. Normally I email or snail mail, but I had problems that needed a point of contact and he wasn't good at getting back to me. I didn't get the answers I wanted but still, I managed a call.
    • My daughter continues to amaze and astound me on a daily basis.
    • The World Cup is on, we crashed out very early, but there's some great football being played.
    • As always, people who matter, are around us.

    So over to you, what have you been up to this week? 
    What are your reasons to be cheerful? Do let me know.

    A challenge for myself

    It's been a while since I last posted for Wobbles Wednesday, actually since I did any weight loss.

    I realised that I'm actually useless at eating less, food is a major comfort to me, and I like exercise but find it a chore.
    I used to enjoy running, but haven't done any in so long, I'm too unfit to run for a bus these days!

    So what's a girl to do?

    Well, what any serious sadist would do, set myself a goal that will measure and test my fitness, a 10K run! 
    I am realistic and have set myself a year to do it, that's get the fitness up, not the actual run ;-)

    Oh and I roped a mate in too.

    So over the coming months, expect some proud of myself posts (hopefully) and some rants! 

    Wish me luck x
    Wobbles Wednesday


    Today is my favourite kind of day, long lie in with snuggles, now curled up on sofa having cuddles.
    I'd never fight to keep anyone in mine or Kiki's lives. If people don't want to be there for us, that's their loss.
    We have some amazing friends around us, you all know who you are x

    Rest of Birthday presents and Kiki's invitation to play

    We got back from holiday last night and after unpacking and settling in a little, we set up Kiki's remaining presents. 

    Butlins Birthday

    As we were away for Kiki's birthday, we took some of her presents with us to leave out for her in the morning.
    I took wrapping paper, but forgot sellotape so left them unwrapped.

    Like she cared, she was happy to get straight in to playing. She especially loved her little dolls' house from her Uncle and Aunt.

    Photo Image Transfer Canvas Mod Podge Craft

    Following on from my post, Photo Canvas Mod Podge Craft, I looked at other Pinterest pins to see about getting a better, more realistic photo canvas effect, instead of just using proper photographs.
    I learnt about image transfer from copies. There are lots of pins and blogs on photo image transfer canvas Mod Podge crafts.
    This is the method I used to transfer the photograph.
    • I chose the picture I wanted to use
    • opened it with Photoshop
    • Resized image to 7cm x 7cm. Image > Image Size > change width & height to 7cm. I need to untick constrain proportions.
    • I then flipped the photograph so it was a mirror image. In Photoshop, Image > Rotate Canvas > Flip Canvas Horizontal.
    • On some pictures I increased colour / saturation too.
    • I printed the photograph using my home inkjet print.
    • I cut the photograph out.
    •  Next I applied a layer of Mod Podge to the canvas, I think this can be done either way round on to canvas or to photograph.
    • I then laid the image of the canvas, ink side down.
    There are two options now.
    1. Leave to set for 5 minutes or so and carefully peel off the paper whilst Mod Podge wet.
    2. Leave to dry overnight.
    • I preferred the result from leaving over night, ink seems to soak in more.
    •  Next, get a small dish / tub of water and wet the canvas. The image will start to show through the back of the photograph again.
    • Gently, rub the paper off. Wear gloves if possible, otherwise expect an ink stained finger!

    • Keep going, it takes patience at this point, but carefully! This one I was a bit heavy handed on!
    • I broke all the rules of the Pinterest pins next, I rinsed the canvas under a slowly running tap. Most posts stay that coating in another couple of layers of Mod Podge will deal with the bits of paper left. But hey, I'm a craft rebel!
    • I left to dry for several hours, before coating with a couple of layers of Mod Podge.
    My next couple of attempts were a lot better, but it's still a bit hit and miss, due to my heavy-handedness. 
    Some have been good enough to give as presents, some went straight in the bin! ha!

    I bought my canvases from Poundland.

    Kiki's First Haircut

    Kiki's never had her haircut, I have been waiting for it to grow long enough to tuck behind her ears, but the boyband hair was wearing me thin.
    Kiki doesn't like bobbles, hair clips, or hair bands, well she like to play with them, but they stay in her hair for five minutes!
    I eventually relented. I asked people for recommendations of hairdressers in Leeds for kids.
    Kiki's child minder recommended a lady who is a mobile hairdresser, Debbie Taylor.
    Unfortunately, she doesn't cover my area, but when I contacted her, she offered to let me go to her as it was only a few minute's job. 
    It literally was a couple of minutes. I thought Kiki would be a nightmare, but she just stood there and let her get on with it. She even *whispers* let her play with her son's marble track game.




    Decorating Buns

    After our success at making pizza's, I thought I'd give cake decorating a go with Kiki.
    Whilst she was down for a nap, I made some vanilla buns, cupcakes, or whatever current name is.

    I used a recipe from Netmums:

    Fairy cakes or cupcakes - here's our simple but delicious recipe for making these little sponge cakes. They are perfect for any treat including birthday parties. For some great ideas on how to decorate your fairy cake take a look through our inspiring fairy cake decorating and topping photos for ideas. 
    Iced fairy cakes
    Put the oven on first - on medium (Gas 4/180 C/170C fan).
    Whisk all the ingredients until creamy and spoon into a bun tin or bun cases. It makes 12.
    Cook for about 10 - 15 minutes until cooked. To check they are cooked just press gently and they should spring back.
    Once cooled, the cakes can be decorated.

     The only difference being that I added some vanilla extract.

    I again covered the table with a taped down black bag and set up our decorating station. I used a muffin tin that had 6 sections, adding some different decorations to each one. I also made some glacé icing and coloured it red.

    I originally gave Kiki a teaspoon to put icing on the buns, but she ended up just shovelling it in her mouth! I then tried a pastry brush to paint it on, that worked better.

     End results