Saturday, 31 January 2015

365 Project 2015 Days 25 - 31

Day 25 - All set for the Darceys brochure launch
Day 26 - A spot of tetris before school for Z
Day 27 - My roses from Husband are blooming
Day 28 - The snow is back!
Day 29 - Miss C modelling her new Winter goodies from Vertbaudet
Day 30 - A pizza feast for Z and his best friend
Day 31 - Building a den for the Blue Nose Friends

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Me & Mine 2015 - January

Another year has begun and already we are at the end of the first month. I'm not going to go on and on about how fast the year seems to be pass this year though. I'll focus on making every moment we have together as memorable as possible. It may be something amazing or it may be something as simple as an afternoon at a local coffee shop having some cake. Our photos this month aren't great because we used my phone and we had it on "selfie mode". I'm seriously considering getting a selfie stick.

After a full two weeks off at Christmas, I was ready to go back to college on January 5th. I had a closed book assessment on health and passed it. I had two reports to hand in which I passed and all my other work from the first semester had been handed in before Christmas and passed. This month has been a pretty easy ride for me at college. Until Monday just gone that is. Semester 2 has begun and already I have a lot of work to do. However I think if I just keep chipping away at it, doing the work as I get it, I'll be fine. I'll cope.

Husband enjoyed his Christmas break and was raring to go (well maybe not!) back to work. Once he was back it felt like he had never been away. We celebrated his birthday this month with a meal with very good friends. It was a really fun and tasty night. Then, on his actual birthday, the kids and I took him to Frankie & Bennys for dinner.

I don't think Z was too fussed about going back to school since he was enjoying all the time he had to do what he wanted to do. Having said that, he's working hard as always and continues to do well at school. He's enjoyed having play dates with his best friend where they've been comparing notes on the Beano annuals and Minecraft.

Whilst Z wasn't too fussed about going back to school, Miss C really wasn't that keen. She loves being at home and being around all of her toys and cuddly pets. However she must have been doing well as she got Pupil of the Week! She has also been enjoying the free school meals all children in Primary 1- 3 get in Scotland now. She's not a huge packed lunch fan so she's been loving having a hot lunch meal every day. Miss C had a play date this month too with her best friend. They dressed up and played Princesses. They were so cute!

dear beautiful

Friday, 30 January 2015

Keeping Warm with Vertbaudet - Review

Last week I wrote a post about some of the gorgeous Winter clothes available from Vertbaudet and mentioned that we would be reviewing some of their pieces. Well, we've received some lovely items and the kids have been feeling cosy whilst the snow has been falling.

First up are the accessories. I don't let the kids leave the house for school without a hat, scarf and gloves on at the moment, which they hate of course. Too many things for them to carry about at school apparently. But they do need them because it is so cold and it isn't fun having really cold hands and heads!

I love the colour lilac/purple on Miss C; I think she really suits it. She's been looking for a snood for ages and I have to agree that it is much easier for her to put on than a scarf is. It also means she won't be using it as a lead for playing dogs at school. The mittens are really cute and I love that they can be opened up and buttoned back to make fingerless gloves; really handy for eating snack in the playground. Z's hat, scarf and glove set are such a beautiful and unusual colour combination, which is great when every single boy in your class is wearing a navy or black hat, scarf and glove set. They also remind him of his favourite character Dennis the Menace, even though they aren't black and red. 

The hat, snood and mittens set costs £17 and are available in lilac, grey marl and olive for age 2 up to age 14. 

The hat, scarf and gloves set costs £17 and available in age 2 to age 14.

I'm a huge fan of Vertbaudet jackets, so much so that we have quite a collection. They are always so well made and great for whatever weather we need them for. They wash really well too. They have handy pockets and are easy to fasten or zip up and often have really handy extras like being reversible or, like this one, which has a detachable fleece body warmer. 

This 3-in-1 parka is available in plum, petrol blue (which is the one we have), orange and fuchsia print. The hood comes with a removable fur trim which is great as I hate when it rains and the fur gets wet. It tends to stick to your face which is really not nice. The parka is made with showerproof fabric so rain doesn't go through the coat, making it damp on Miss C. There is also a reflective patch at the back of the parka for visibility which is really great as we're still walking to school in the dark some mornings. 

This is an age 6 on Miss C, who currently wears an age 4 jacket from another company to school. It fits really well and there is still room for her to grow in to it. She was delighted to wear it along with her hat, snood and mittens. I think they go well together too! 

The 3-in-1 Parka costs £35 and is available in age 2 up to age 14. Vertbaudet also stock a good range of jackets for boys too. 

Another way to keep warm in the Winter is by layering tops. The kids will usually have a vest, a long sleeve top and a jumper on if we're going out in the cold.

This hooded sweater from Vertbaudet is really soft and cosy but not too heavy; it's just right! I love the red trim around the hood and the cute heart motif on the chest. This is an age 6 and is still a bit big for Miss C to wear just now but will do her good at horse riding to wear over her body protector. It's available in two colours; strawberry or cream and costs £22. You can buy it from age 2 to age 14. 

Vertbaudet have a fantastic sale on their Winter items just with up to 60% off. With the cold weather not looking like it's going to leave us any time soon, I might need to get stocking up. 

We received these items of clothing from Vertbaudet for the purposes of a review. The opinions expressed are my own. 

Should you Claim for an Injury?

When Husband was involved in an accident that caused him severe back pain, he didn't think about claiming money as a result. He was more worried about whether he'd be able to feel comfortable again. Whenever he lay down, his back was sore. If he had to stand for a period of time, his back was sore. Sitting down or driving was causing him pain. He just wanted to feel better.

He spent time off work and had physiotherapy on his back. Eventually it felt much better although he still gets the odd pain if he doesn't pick something up properly or if he stands up too fast. 

It was a year or so after the accident that Husband was approached and asked if he wanted to pursue an injury claim. This was on a no win, no fee basis. Leo Claims are a company who specialise in personal injury claims and work on a no win no fee basis. This means that you'll only pay a fee if you are awarded compensation. 

We thought it might be a time consuming process and due to the nature of where the accident happened, we weren't sure if it was worth pursuing. However Husband was assured that everything would be dealt with for him and all he needed to do was give details of what had happened when he had his accident and how he had been coping since. It was pretty easy and stress-free in the end. 

After a month or so of investigation, the solicitors came back with a very generous offer. We decided to accept the offer because, at the time, we were struggling financially and it would definitely help us out. 

So is it worth claiming for an injury that wasn't your fault? In Husband's case it was. The process was straightforward and, whilst we wish he hadn't had the accident in the first place, it meant we had a bit of security at a time when we needed it the most. 

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