Summer Wins 2019

It’s been a few months since my last post so thought it was time to do a new blog post with all the lovely wins I’ve had over the last few months.

I think I need to go right back to March, I won a beautiful wooden kitchen from Kiddistyle on Instagram, I brought my daughter Daisy a wooden kitchen for Christmas and felt like I couldn’t justify keeping this one even though it was beautiful. I gifted this to my niece Violet who is the same age as Daisy and she loves it.


April brought a handful of wins from various companies.

A Mini First Aid Kit on Instagram from Mini First Aid


A roll of ribbon on Instagram from Berisford Ribbons

A pack of nappies for myself and a pack for a friend on Facebook from Rascal & Friends


A brand new cordless hoover on Facebook from Capital Carpet & Oven Cleaning – I absolutely love my new hoover and came at the right time with our old one breaking

In May I won the following prizes;

A signed children’s book on Twitter from Janey Louise Jones – (Princess Poppy please please save the bees)

A PS4 game on Twitter from Smyths toy store

A bottle of Cherry gin on Twitter from Aviemore Big Mix Festival

A set of children’s books from Parents in touch on Instagram

A £20 flexi e-gift card from Iwon Iwon on Facebook

£20 Gift card on Facebook from Greene King Pubs for our local pub in Gamston

The Goose

In June I won a lovely prize on Instagram which was a box full of goodies containing makeup and toiletries from Glossme1up.

A lovely prize from Oodlique on Facebook – personalized star themed bunting

Best prize of the month is a fantastic travel cot I’ve won for my sister who is expecting her first baby in August. This is one item she’s not got yet. I had a lovely winning message on Twitter from Bizzie Baby UK informing me I’d won the BabyHub Sleep space in ruby red which they dispatched to me by courier.

My final wins for this August are a couple of items I’ve put away for Christmas for Daisy, a Hatchimal Pixie which I won on Instagram from love_ro-ra and a mystery package which contained a Scruff a Luvs limited edition blossom bunny which I have no idea where it came from, I’m guessing it was from a girl magazine because it was addressed to Daisy.

I had a Twitter win from Taste inc, a bit of a odd prize but I won some chicken fillets, they kindly sent me some vouchers, I was a bit worried they were going to send me chicken through the post! lol.

I also had a Twitter win from Now music, I’ve won 2 music albums, Now that’s what I call music 3, Now that’s what I call music 103 and a 6 month subscription to the Now music app.

My final win was 2 cinema tickets for Cineworld which were from an instant win with J20, i have my lovely comping friends on Instagram to thank for this one which they shared in our comping group, thanks guys my boys are going to be so excited, now we just need to decide on which movie we’re going to watch.

That’s all for now, can’t wait to see what I win over the Autumn months in the run up to Christmas.

Thanks for reading

C x






February Prize Wins

February has been a really good month for me, my first win of the new month was a bit of a surprise, it was the first Saturday of February and on that morning the postman delivered me a big gold envelope through my letter box, when I first opened it I thought it was just a marketing mailer in the form of a cardboard cheque but after closer inspection it was actually a postcode lottery win of £1000. I can’t tell you how much this means to me and I know it wasn’t a competition win as such but I thought I would put it in my February blog just so I can look back on this one day.  My son Alfie is already mentally spending my winnings for his upcoming birthday in April, all I can say is that he’s got expensive taste!


I’ve been quite lucky throughout February and am truly grateful for even the small prizes, this month I was super lucky and won cinema tickets twice which I’ve never ever won before.

Apparently in the UK we celebrate National Popcorn Day, who even knew this was a thing, I was lucky to win a selection of Popcorn goodies from Butterkist on their Instagram competition along with a £50 Odeon cinema voucher, this came just in time for the half term holidays. My boys were well and truly spoilt with a trip to the cinema to watch the new Lego movie 2 and to also watch The boy who would be king.


I’ve just recently won another cinema gift card on Twitter in the last couple of days from Hyper Recruitment, they messaged me to inform me I’d won their competition and had won a £20 Cineworld voucher, I am over the moon and will save this for the next half term holidays. It’s so lovely to treat the kids to the cinema but as a family of 5 it does get expensive and I’m truly grateful for this wonderful hobby and the wonderful prizes it brings.

Some of my other prizes throughout February are listed below

Instagram Valentines Competition – Online Star Register – I won a star which I got to choose and name and it is now officially registered on the official star register, I’m not going to go into too much detail and tell you the name yet, I’m keeping this one a secret and am gifting it to my husband for his birthday in April, now that really is a fab prize!

Instagram – Bottle of Canadian Maple Syrup from Pure Maple Syrup

Twitter – Lavera Official – Lavera tinted moisturising cream and lipstick


Twitter – 4 Tickets to the Cheltenham Festival which starts in March – now this really is a fab prize for my husband, he absolutely loves his horse racing.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a lucky March with Pancake day and World Book day coming up. I wish you all lots of luck too.

Thanks for reading

Corina x


Competition Wins – Autumn/Winter

This blog post is extremely overdue, as you can see by the title, this blog post is a combination of competition wins from September 2018 on wards right up until January 2019. I have no excuses really other than my normal excuse and that’s family life, there never seems to be enough hours in the day juggling work, home life & 3 kids.

To shorten down my blog post I’m just going to list what I’ve won and when/how I won it.


Children’s lunch bag won on Instagram with Nuby


A personalized Christmas eve plate won with jenjenscraftcreations on Instagram



Vamperina toy guitar – won from a children’s magazine entry/email

A children’s book from DK Books which was an online entry

Jan 13

Chocolate Advent calendar worth £9.95 from Heavenly Chocolate on Facebook

Jan 12

Disney Cars walkie talkies – I’m not sure where this one came from, this one was anonymous with no letter which is rather frustrating, I put this one away for Charlie’s birthday

Jan 4


A pink mi-potty won on Instagram – perfect for Spring when we start potty training with Daisy

Jan 11

Sweet Pups from Animals & You Magazine – Email entry



In the night garden book which was won online in an advent competition

Tanning cream & tanning mitten – won on Instagram with siennaxofficial

Face Oils – won with sofialatifoils on Instagram

£30 worth of candles won on Instagram with Shiredalecandles, I was really chuffed with this prize because I absolutely adore candles and these are fantastic, they smell divine and I even got to pick which scents I wanted.

Jan 14

Katy Sue Christmas Moulds won on Facebook with Party Animal Online Sugar Crafts

2 bags of coffee won on Instagram with mevagisseycoffee

A blush pink and rose gold watch and bracelet set from Damart – this was an advent competition on Facebook. I absolutely love the watch and strangely enough I had put a blush pink watch on my Christmas list, talk about fate!

Jan 7

A Kelloggs Elf on the shelf breakfast party pack – won inside our Rice Krispies!

January 2019

Pull my finger game – this one just turned up out of the blue and I have no idea where this one came from, my boys love this game, they just love how the monkey’s butt inflates and farts, just up their street!

£10 online voucher with Cafepod – won on Facebook

£600 worth of treatments with thestudioxh1 on Instagram, be warned when enter competitions, don’t get carried away and enter any old random ones because this is what happens if you do. My and my good friend Patricia (my comping buddy) both won this, this was a prize for you and your friend but neither of us checked the location of the salon and it turned out to be miles away. To be honest, I really wouldn’t have gone through with this prize, I’m not brave enough to try Micropigmentation lip blush, sounds a bit scary!

Jan 1

2 boxes of hair dye from a Facebook competition with Colour Freedom, I think someone secretly heard my inner thoughts, just lately the grey hairs have been sneaking through and I kept saying to myself that I really must dye my hair and blow me I go and win some! Got to be some kind of Law of Attraction thing going on here!

A Zimplikids crazy bundle on Instagram – this was quite exciting to win, my husband unfortunately doesn’t share my excitement. I won an amazing bundle of Gellibaff products and slime products. I wasn’t expecting the bundle to be so big, we have 8 of their products in total. I’ve not told the boys and am struggling to keep my excitement to  myself, I’ve put a few packs away for Alfie’s birthday coming up in April, I want to keep a few for summer which will be great to have out in the garden and depending on the shelf life of these products I would really like to hold some back for Christmas.


My final win to end the month was from Butterkist popcorn on Instagram and was from their National popcorn day competition, we won a fantastic prize consisting of a £50 Odeon voucher and a box of tasty Butterkist popcorn for all the family to enjoy.

February wins have already started coming including a win from the Postcode Lottery which I will fill you in on next month.

Thanks for reading and I hope this blog post has given you all some motivation to keep going.

C x






Summer wins of 2018

It’s been a few months since my last update which was April, May was quiet and I only won 1 item so I decided it wasn’t worth writing a blog post, fast forward a few months and summer is coming to a close. I’m combining all my wins from May through to August in this one blog post.

After much chasing I finally received my signed Manchester United football shirt from Epson which I won a few months ago on Instagram, I’m over the moon with this prize.

In May I won a cute little gardening set for my little ones which was won on Facebook with Spear & Jackson UK.

August 9

June was more fruitful and I had a few wins throughout the month, on Instagram I won a personalized cake topper which I’ve had personalized for my Daughter Daisy’s 2nd birthday which I’ve put away until December, this was won through The Little Letter Studio, please go check them out on Instagram, they do some beautiful creative cake toppers.


My next win was from a promotion that was run by Nestle and I spotted the instant win competition on my KitKat wrapper and also nabbed my father in law’s wrapper too, people must think I’m bonkers! This promotion was a code that you had to enter online and I bagged myself a Now TV Kids 1 month pass and a Now TV movie 1 month pass.

On the 13th of June I received a message on Twitter from Now informing me I’d won their Freebie Friday competition and had won 2 CD’s – Now That’s What I Call Dad Rock & Now That’s What I Call Jazz.

A lovely cross stitch turned up in the post a few days later which was from an online competition with The World of Cross Stitching Magazine, I’ve put this away to start in Autumn, I already have a couple on the go which I’m trying to finish and can’t wait to get started on this one.


On the 19th June I triumphed and won the Freebie Friday competition with Jazz Apples, I don’t know why but I enter this one every week and it’s not like I really want the prize either, I guess that competitive side of me rears its ugly head, I guess I just wanted to win. My hubby loves me! Another mismatched mug for the cupboard! Lol.

My final win for June wasn’t from a competition entry as such, it was a welcome win of £10 from the Postcode lottery, you know what they say, “You’ve got to be in it to win it” I’m going to now sit and wait patiently for my jackpot win, I’m just biding my time!

July was quite a good month too, my first win for July was a scented candle from a win on Facebook with Mystic Moments. A few days later a win came from Facebook from Lypsyl which was a lovely bundle of goodies which was a lovely water bottle, a selection of Lypsyl products and a weeks supply of Charnos Hosiery.

July the 8th brought a lovely win on Facebook from Sponge Cakes Ltd, in the post I received a chocolate sponge cake for 8 people, which was beautiful and so tasty, I was so impressed with the presentation, it even came with a little congratulations card and napkins! I will definitely look this company up again in the near future to send a cake as a gift, such a lovely idea and different.

My final 2 wins for July were 2 Mascaras, one for me and one for a friend on Facebook with Dream Weave mascara and a win from Girl Talk magazine which was perfect timing for the start of the summer holidays – an art pad and 3 tins of art crayons.

August saw the start of the Carabao £1 million giveaway, I tried to stay away from this one as it’s not really a product I’d normally buy or consume but ended up getting swept along with all the excitement, who doesn’t love the excitement of an instant win? So far I’ve managed to bag myself x 3 £5 wins and 1 x £10 win, unfortunately the drink ends up down the sink or toilet.

It took me a while to track down the energy drink and 6 shops later finally spotted it in my Sainsburys local in my village. The cans are reduced at the moment and are currently £1 each. I treat it as though I’m buying a scratch card and try not to get too carried away.

My final win for August was an unexpected packet in the post with a Marcella dvd box set of series 1 & 2. Unfortunately there was no letter or compliment slip so I’m not really sure where this one came from.

August 1

I guess you could say that August was a bit of a flop but I put that down to the school holidays and having to work and juggle 3 children. I will definitely be upping my game for September so I can start stock piling for Christmas. Only 110 days to go!

Thank you popping along and having a read

C x



16 Month Daisy Update

Only two more months until my princess is 1 and a half years old!!! I still can’t believe she is 1 never mind nearly 1 and a half. Today as I write this Daisy is 16 months and 2 weeks old and I can’t believe she’s getting closer to the 18 month mark. Last weekend which was the bank holiday weekend for us (5th May 2018) was the first weekend of Daisy fully walking, she’s finally reached the wonderful milestone of walking.


We’ve finally been able to get Daisy’s feet measured and brought her first pair of Clark’s shoes and a great time to buy them too with a 50% off sale, now that’s what you call a result! Daisy is a size 3.5 wide and simply adores her new pink patent shoes, I never thought I would ever be buying little girls shoes! Every morning Daisy goes to get her shoes and wants to put them on, even when she’s still in her pyjamas, she absolutely loves them and never wants to take them off.


This month has definitely been the month of tantrums … As she’s growing up, she suddenly seems to think she’s old enough/big enough to make every decision herself and to do whatever it is she wants. It’s been challenging but it’s also been really great seeing Daisy start to develop in to her own person! She’s definitely a head strong little miss.

She also seems obsessed with sitting on me, next to me, cuddling me and just generally touching me. Which to be honest I am loving but it’s hard to get things done. I know she won’t be small for long though so I’m enjoying the cuddles while I can. Saying that she does still play on her own very well and is normally less grumpy when I’m out of the room.

Daisy’s still sleeping through the night and started doing this when we stopped breastfeeding at 13 months, she goes to bed between 6.30-7.00pm and wakes around 6.45am. I pop her into her sleeping bag and lay her down with Ewan the sheep turned on and she’s got her favorite comforter too which she won’t sleep without and then I leave the room, Daisy’s so good at settling herself. We’ve only had a few occasions where Daisy’s been unsettled in the night and that was about a month ago when she was teething again, two more teeth have popped through at the bottom on each side, I’ve tried counting Daisy’s teeth and can roughly count around 16 in total.

Daisy’s eating’s improved a lot since Christmas, I think over December she was off her food quite a bit due to teething. Daisy loves Weetabix with warm milk for breakfast and always starts and ends her day with a bottle of warm full fat cows milk, she can now say Bot Bot. Some of Daisy’s favourite foods are sandwiches with cheese, jam or Philadelphia soft cheese, she loves quavers, yogurts, strawberries, grapes, raisins, carrots, peas, chocolate and chips.

Daisy’s vocabulary is coming on really well, a few of the words she can say at the moment are mama, dadda, hi, bye, cat (makes really cute meow noises), car, Peppa, bot bot, row row row, and Gaga (yes this was from Lady Gaga being on the tv one day). She’s also got her own little babble which is really cute.

Daisy’s down to 1 nap a day and naps in the morning around 11am, she then powers through until bed time. Daisy loves pushing her little dolls pushchair around the kitchen, now that she’s discovered walking this is her favorite thing to do, she just does lap after lap and never seems to get tired or bored of it, she loves putting her favorite teddy in the pushchair too, I think this certainly tires her out for bedtime.

Here’s Daisy’s 16 month update and what she’s achieved:

  • We had our first trip to the shops now that Daisy can walk and she moaned until I let her out of her pushchair, she walked the whole way around Savers the shop independently.
  • She’s such a chatter box babbling away although her vocab is pretty limited
  • She loves dancing to music, definitely takes after her dad!
  • She’s learnt that food she doesn’t want goes in the bin and likes to try to put it in the bin herself
  • Daisy loves to do the actions to row row row your boat and round and round the garden
  • She claps when she thinks she’s done something good and always looks so proud
  • Says bot bot when she wants milk
  • Gives cuddles to her dolls and gives them kisses, she’s just so adorable. She also likes to feed them their bottles
  • She can now climb on all our sofas and the outside patio chairs, loves to stand up on them and frighten the life out of you
  • She regularly pinches your food (but refuses to eat her own)
  • We’ve tried headbands and hair clips which stay in for a whole 1 minute
  • Loves rocking her pink Daisy duck sunglasses when out and about, she thinks she looks cool like her dad
  • Likes to go up to Felix our cat and say “Meow”
  • Said the word “Asda” when Asda arrived to deliver our shopping
  • Loves the park and the swings
  • She’s a little copy cat now!
  • Every Tuesday we go to toddler group, Daisy doesn’t mix with the other children yet but that will come in time.
  • Loves to pinch your mobile phone or the boys tablets when you’re not looking
  • Loves playing with Happy Land and Playmobil



That’s it for Daisy’s 16 month update, thanks for reading xxx

April Competition Wins 2018

April has been the fastest month ever, it came and went in a flash, I think it went so quick because there was just so much going on in April, nearly every week of April there was a family birthday, I also had a funeral and a wedding, such a crazy month, I’m surprised I had any time for comping. Most of my wins seem to have come in at the end of April and all came just in time for me writing my April blog post, I’m pleased I get to write something this month.

My first win came on the 12th April and came by email, I’m not really sure if you count this as a win but it’s a very clever way for promoters to promote their products, I came runner-up in an Instagram competition and received a 50% off code for any print off their website with free delivery. I had a browse on their website just out of curiosity and did see a really nice print for my daughter Daisy. I don’t think I would have paid the full price but was happy with 50% off.

On the 14th April my lovely friend Patricia who I met through Lucky Learners on Facebook sent me a message about the Mcvitites text to win competition, I thought I would give it a go and won myself cinema tickets twice. I love to share competitions too so told all my family to give it a try and my sister managed to win herself a family day out and has just recently received her buy a gift pack through the post worth £29, not bad for a simple text entry.

On the 26th April I received a lovely Instagram message from Little Dish, this was a competition they ran where you had to follow them, like their photo and then comment your favourite place you like to spend a day out with your family, my entry was picked as a winning entry and I won a Micro Trike and 3 months supply of fruity bites.

The 30th April brought 2 wins, one was a Twitter message from Your Home Magazine and I won myself a industrial-style wall clock courtesy of To Love and be loved! & a Facebook win from Green King pubs, I won myself 2 main meals at one of their restaurants which I’m going to use to treat the hubby, the small wins are definitely the best.

And that’s it for April, I’m going to focus all my efforts for May on trying to win myself some lovely things for my garden now the weather is starting to pick up, I’d love to win myself a rattan outdoor sofa set and would love to win a Little Tikes Fountain Factory water table for my little ones. Wish me luck. xx


March Competition Wins 2018

I didn’t write a blog post for February, I only had 2 wins for the month and I felt like it really wasn’t worth writing about so I’m going to include February’s wins in this blog post.

In February I received an email from Gransnet letting me know that I’d won one of their Twitter competitions and won a signed copy of the book Rise Up, Women!

February also brought another win and a winning email from Shout Magazine, I think this was an email entry and I won a set of new impulse body sprays which smell absolutely lovely, I’ve kept these for myself!

Cakepops 3

Also in February my LK Bennett handbag arrived which is just beautiful, this was an advent win from December and did take a bit of chasing. This was meant to be collected from London but I managed to get the prize posted out. I offered to pay for the postage, the promoter didn’t seem to mind and posted it out to me at no extra cost, it’s always worth asking the question rather than losing out on a prize.

Cakepops 4

March has been another quiet month for me, I really need to up my comping for April but don’t think I have much chance of that happening, we’ve got lots of birthdays coming up, my sisters wedding and it’s currently the Easter holidays but I will certainly try my best, wish me luck!

On the 5th March I received a lovely Instagram message from Epson UK letting me know I’d won a signed Manchester United shirt, I even got to choose which player I wanted to sign it. I’m still waiting for my prize to arrive and I’m so excited waiting for it.

My final win for March was another Instagram win, Instagram is my favorite social media platform at the moment for entering competitions. I received a lovely gift from Bluebirdbabygifts, I’ve won some lovely baby socks, I opted for girl socks because a friend of mine is having a little girl. When I first showed my two boys they got excited and thought I’d won sweet treats for them, they came in such lovely packaging and look like cake pops. I can’t wait to give them to her when little baby girl arrives.

Well that’s it for me, another month over, it’s time to get stuck into April and see what April brings.

Happy comping!

C x


The end of my breastfeeding journey

I’m sad to be writing this but I wanted to document my journey of weaning off breastfeeding to help support other mum’s out there that are trying to stop breastfeeding. It’s a really difficult thing to do and it’s really challenging to stop breastfeeding and with it comes a whole load of mixed feelings and emotions.

Daisy is coming up to 14 months old and I decided in January that I wanted to start cutting down her breastfeeds and start to slowly wean her off completely. I made this decision based on a few different factors, I think Daisy is at the right age to start doing this, both my boys were weaned off by 13 months, Daisy now as 13 teeth and sometimes feeding can hurt a little and I also have my sister’s hen weekend coming up in March which will mean leaving Daisy from Friday to Monday which I’ve never done before. I want to be confident leaving her with James knowing that she’s not dependent on me for milk.

It’s been an eventful journey but most certainly one I’ve enjoyed and will be sad to end. The first few weeks of breastfeeding didn’t come easy, I had sore and cracked nipples from Daisy not latching on properly, you’d think having had two children previously that I would just pick it up naturally. I will most certainly say that breastfeeding is a skill that you learn and with each baby you have to start back at the beginning and lean that skill all over again.

Not only did I suffer with the pain and agony of cracked nipples but I also developed mastitis which meant a course of antibiotics for me and more agony. After all of this had settled down more breast pain developed and both me and Daisy had to have treatment for thrush. Daisy had to have oral drops and I had to have a steroid cream.

Once all the bad stuff was out of the way breastfeeding was a doddle and just became second nature, we are now 14 months in and I couldn’t be more prouder of myself for sticking it out despite what people were telling me. On many occasions people told me to switch to bottles, telling me that Daisy would be better off and would sleep better but I stuck at it and I’m so pleased I carried on.

Daisy had her very last breastfeed on the 29th January which marks her 13 month milestone, Daisy’s transitioned really well and doesn’t seem to be too bothered anymore. We now have a new routine which consists of a morning bottle of warm cow’s milk, a mid morning bottle around 11am, an afternoon bottle around 2.45pm and her last bottle of the day around 6pm when I arrive home from work.

Daisy happily sits on the rug in the kitchen and drinks her milk by herself, we then say goodnight to everyone and go up to bed, I pop her into her sleeping bag and then lay her down in her cot. Tonight she played up when I left the room so I had to ask James to settle her. He just came in the room, gave Daisy a cuddle and then settled her down, for some strange reason she just settles but if it’s me trying to settle her she just cries and cries until I give in and rock her to sleep in my arms. I think the new way forward is for James to do the bedtime routine.

I logged a diary of our final feeding journey and I hope it helps for other parents going through the same experience that we went through.

We were at the point where Daisy would have a morning breastfeed shortly after her breakfast, an evening bedtime feed to help her drop off to sleep, sometimes one at 10pm if she ever woke up and 2-3 feeds through the night to help settle her back to sleep.

On the first day of deciding to take action which was a Thursday I decided to drop the morning breastfeed first, I thought this would be an easy one to drop and keep the most important ones until last. On Thursday night Daisy had her 6pm bedtime feed as normal and another at 2am. I decided that I wouldn’t do any more feeds throughout the night after the 2am one. Daisy woke at 5am, I tried to settle her back to sleep but ended up having to leave the room with no success and had to leave her to cry it out, she got very worked up and was screaming. Daisy cried herself back to sleep 15 minutes later.

On Friday evening Daisy had a feed at 6pm and 10pm, Daisy woke at 2am, I went into her room to settle her and when I picked her up she started pulling my hair, hitting me and scratching at my face because I wouldn’t give her what she wanted, it was very hard to have to go through and my heart was breaking but I needed to stay strong and stay focused on the end goal. Daisy ended up waking up Alfie and James, in the end James had to swap roles with me and managed to settle Daisy and get her back off to sleep.

On Saturday Daisy went to bed at 7pm so had her feed at this time and then another feed at 10pm, Daisy woke once which was at 2am, our new approach was to send James in through the night and settle Daisy, this seemed to work like magic, he managed to settle her straight away with no crying and Daisy went back to sleep, all he did was pick her up, give her a cuddle and then put her back down in her cot.

On Sunday this was such a turning point for us, after months of battling to get Daisy to take a bottle I decided when I got up with Daisy at 6am to try her with a bottle again, I warmed up some full fat cow’s milk in her Tommee Tippee bottle and sat Daisy on my knee, I gave her a cuddle and had her lying in my arms. I offered her the bottle and just slightly positioned her back so that we could tip the bottle up. Daisy held the bottle herself and finally started sucking and drank the whole bottle, she loved it that much that she even polished off a 2nd bottle of milk. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see this. For a few months now we’ve tried different bottles and beakers and different types of formula. I think the winning combination is cow’s milk in a bottle with a breast like teat, beakers seemed to flow too fast and Daisy likes the comfort of sucking. For anyone trying to make the transition from breast to bottle I would probably wait until your child is 12 months old and is able to take cow’s milk, Daisy just didn’t like any formula milk I offered her. Health visitors will tell you to use a beaker but if a bottle works when make the transition then go with what works. It’s much harder to transition from breast to bottle than bottle to beaker, you can always work on moving over to a beaker at a later date.

I breastfed Daisy a little earlier than planned which was at 5pm, this was because I’d started to get engorged on my left side from dropping some of the night-time feeds. I gave Daisy the right side at 6pm just before bed and another feed at 10pm.

Daisy woke through the night at 12pm, 2am and 4am, James settled her the first 2 times and I tried to settle her at 4am which didn’t work, Daisy just screamed until James came in and settled her with no problems.

On Monday morning Daisy woke at 7am, I gave her a small bottle of warm cow’s milk and then had her porridge for breakfast. Daisy’s day time bottles were just going to be down to trial and error and we would just see what worked. Daisy had another bottle of milk at 3pm, we also give Daisy water and juice throughout the day. Daisy had her normal breastfeed at bedtime and woke twice in the night, James got up both times to settle her.

On Tuesday Daisy woke at 7 and had cow’s milk throughout the day and her breast milk for bedtime. We had a breakthrough on this day and Daisy slept through the night without waking once, the hard work was starting to pay off.

By Wednesday we were down to just 2 breast feeds (6pm and 10pm). We decided to wait until the weekend to work at dropping the 10pm feed. On Friday night when Daisy woke at 10pm James went in to settle her and she was just fine, she went straight back to sleep. We did a whole week of this and I managed to drop the 10pm feed and was just left with the 6pm bedtime feed. My advice would be to drop 1 feed per week or longer just so your body can adjust and for your milk supply to adjust.

A week later I decided to take the plunge and drop the 6pm feed, I was at a point where feeding Daisy was getting a bit uncomfortable and I knew Daisy wasn’t feeding for the milk supply, she was just using me as a comforter to aid her to sleep. I offered Daisy a bottle of warm cow’s milk just before 6pm and then took her up to bed. I popped her into her sleeping bag which she now associates with bedtime and just settled her in her cot. I say goodnight to her, give her a kiss and then walk out the room. Daisy now settles herself to sleep and is finally sleeping through the night, she will go to bed at 6pm and wakes around 6.45pm. I can’t tell you what a great feeling it is to now have Daisy sleeping through the night.

After 3 days of stopping Daisy’s final breastfeed I started to experience a lot of discomfort and was starting to get engorged. Every time the pain got too much I would express a little bit of milk out with a manual breast pump, just enough to make myself more comfortable. The body works on a supply and demand system so I always tried to take out as little as possible, day 4 I reduced the amount of milk I expressed until my body realized that the demand was no longer there. The most uncomfortable days for me were days 4, 5 and 6. After day 8 everything had gone back to normal and felt fine. There is no harm in expressing a bit of milk if it helps to make you feel more comfortable, my advice would be to express and then reduce the amount of time you spend expressing.

I hope my breastfeeding journey’s helped, I remember feeling like there was no end in sight and that I would be breastfeeding for many more months, I think once you have a plan of action, run with it, be strict and stick at it. There are hard times ahead and I won’t lie, seeing Daisy screaming and lashing out was not easy and was quite upsetting but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

I wish you every success if you’re a breastfeeding mum trying to make the transition from breast to bottle and I’m here to help and support if you ever want to contact me.

Sorry this was a lengthy blog post, thank you for getting this far and sticking around until the end.

Thanks for reading

Corina xxx




January Wins 2018 – The start of a new comping year.

I love it when a new comping year starts, I love to look back over the year of my wins and successes, I find this sets me up for the start of a new year. I love to set myself new comping goals. Last year my goal was to get to grips with Instagram and I can proudly say that I have had a few wins from Instagram.

I think this year my goal needs to be how I organize my time and plan my days better. As a working mum to 3 I find it hard to squeeze everything in, I want to be doing all my hobbies so definitely need a plan of action. I just love comping, blogging, cross stitching and reading but can’t enought time to do them all. There’s just never enough hours in the day!

My January started off really well, on the 3rd of January I received a Facebook message from KidsKnowBest informing me that I’d won one of their Facebook competitions and had won a FurReal beagle call ‘Chatty Charlie’. This came at such a great time, we celebrated my son Charlie’s 5th birthday on the 7th of January. The promotor advised me that it would arrive for Charlie’s birthday but they experienced a few delays in posting it out to me and it arrived a few days after Charlie’s birthday. He absolutely loves it to bits. This wouldn’t normally be the kind of toy I’d buy with it being a bit on the expensive side and I feel so lucky to have won this for Charlie. I love my hobby and love to give my children presents that I wouldn’t normally be able to afford. Charlie sleeps with his beagle everynight and they are now inseperable.

On the 9th of January another Facebook message arrive and this was from a company called Raring2go to inform me that I’d won Day 20 of their December advent competition. I thought all advent competitions would be done and dusted so I was quite surprised to learn this was from back in December. To enter you had to guess how many chocolates were in the glass jar, like their company page and post and comment your answer. I never do well at guess competitions but was so pleased to be announced their winner. I won a £50 bundle of scented stationery from Scentco UK. I’ve put this prize away for my son Alfie for his birthday in April.


The 15th of January brought me a win from Millie & Ted on Facebook, I won a 2kg bag of dog food which I entered for my brother for his dog Mower. It’s just great to be able to gift prizes that I win, another perk of the job!

I’ve been entering the Millie & Ted freebie Friday competitions for months now and I can finally say I’ve won. Hooray!

My final win for the month came on the 19th of January from a lovely company on Facebook called ‘I am Nat’, they do beautiful nursery prints and I was so lucky to win myself one for my baby daughter’s bedroom. There were 6 winners in this competition and to enter you had to comment your favourite print out of the 6 prints shown in the photo. They are all beautiful but I chose the one that says “Sweet Dreams Little One”. I can’t wait to put this up on Daisy’s wall.

That’s it for January and I’m so pleased we are now in February, January just felt so so long! There’s lots of valentine competitions around at the moment so these will certainly keep me busy, I just need to find more time in my crazy hectic life!

Thank you for reading

Good Luck all for lots of February wins

C xxxxxxx




Daisy’s 12 Month (One Year!) update

I’ve finally managed to find some time to sit down and write Daisy’s 12 month update. We’ve finally made it to the 1 year milestone and we’ve survived a whole year as parents to 3 children!

On the 29th of December little Daisy duck turned one, I can’t believe how fast her 1st year went, we have so many lovely memories of our first year together as a family of three and can’t wait for all the adventures that are yet to come.

Since hitting the 1 year milestone Daisy is definitely starting to show her independence, we do have the odd temper tantrum here and there and obstinacy to do things her way or not at all. At one time Daisy would let you feed her a banana but now if she can’t hold it herself then she doesn’t want it! Goodbye baby, hello toddler!

Daisy’s new game at the moment is standing up in her cot and emptying out all the nappies from the cot pockets. Daisy takes great delight in watching you stoop to pick them up, time and time again. Daisy also loves clapping along to pat-a-cake and loves rowing with you to row,row, row your boat and can say “row, row, row” which is just so cute.


Daisy loves to give you a toy as well as take one and likes games where she can put things, such as blocks in containers and then tip them out. We love stacking cups up so she can then knock them down. I think she’s definitely developed a love for trains, she sits lovely with her big brother Charlie playing with trains and Thomas Minis and she loves to follow him around the kitchen.

At 12 months of age Daisy can pull herself up on furniture into a standing position and can cruise around the furniture. She loves to walk with you holding her hands and loves her new ride on toys that she received for her birthday, she’s already learnt how to push herself along on them. Daisy’s favorite word to say at the moment is “That” and then points at an object, I think she’s heard us say “what’s that” quite a bit and is now copying, she even uses it in the right context.

Daisy’s daily routine hasn’t changed much from last month except for the fact that she is now pretty much down to one nap a day, she only tends to sleep for an hour tops and then gets quite grizzly in the late afternoon. Her bedtime is still around 6pm and she still doesn’t sleep through the night, I can only live in hope!

This week I’ve decided to try and cut down on breastfeeds, I really want to sleep train Daisy so she’s not waking me up 3-4 times through the night, at the moment I have to comfort feed her back to sleep but need for her to try and settle herself back to sleep. I have my sister’s hen weekend in March and want to be able to go away for the weekend and have some quality me time. I’ve started with dropping Daisy’s morning feed and we are just left with the 6pm bedtime feed and the feeds through the night. We are still trying to get Daisy to take cows milk and we are still persisting with her beaker but she just seems to play with it, we’ve tried it warm and cold with no success. Stopping the feeds are proving difficult, I’ve had many screaming fits through the night when I say no to breastfeeding but then end up feeding Daisy just so I can get her back to sleep and get some sleep for myself, we are certainly up against a challenge! It’s so hard when you have very little sleep and have to go to work the next day. It doesn’t help that Daisy is now refusing her dummy, she’s not had her dummy for about 4 weeks now, sometimes I wish she would have one for comfort but on the other hand I should take this as a blessing that she’s no longer dependant on one, just dependent on me though!

I am SO proud of myself that I completed my goal of a year because I remember how hard it was in the beginning and how badly I wanted to give up. We started out with a few obstacles from cracked nipples, mistitis and a case of painful thrush but have come out the other side and made it through despite people telling me that I should stop and switch to bottles, but I’m so glad I didn’t and I can tell you right now that it was absolutely worth it. Research has shown that breastfed babies have the natural ability to tell when they are satisfied/full and I have definitely seen this with Daisy in how she eats regular food – it’s amazing!

We have recently had a phase of fussy eating where Daisy’s not wanted to eat her usual daily foods that we feed her and she won’t even entertain shop brought baby food, thankfully it seemed to be a phase and she’s back to eating normally again but she’s becoming quite fussy with food, she never used to be and would eat everything but sadly those days seem to be gone and we now have a stubborn little lady!

Daisy’s got quite a few teeth now, 12 in total to be exact, we have all eight front teeth and 4 back teeth (two top back and two bottom back). We’ve had a rough couple of weeks over the last couple of weeks with teething, I think the back ones coming have really caused some discomfort. We’ve started good habits early and we clean Daisy’s teeth daily with a special toothbrush and toothpaste, she is starting to become quite stubborn now though, she used to let us brush them but now it’s a battle to get her to open her mouth and throws a tantrum when you refuse to give her the toothbrush.

Weight wise Daisy now weighs 7.6 kg which is 16.75lbs and now sits on the 50th percentile line instead of the 25th percentile line in her little red health record book, the health visitor checked Daisy’s weight at her 1 year review and she doesn’t have any concerns, she said that Daisy’s quite petite, so different to how her chunky brothers were at this age! She measures 73cm in length and remains on the 25th percentile line and her head circumference is 47cm which puts her on the 91st percentile line and as been consistent since birth.

Daisy is still in clothes aged 9-12 months and was really spoilt at Christmas with lots of lovely new clothes in the next size up because being the only girl we only have boys clothes put away so have had to start from scratch with clothes for Daisy. We have now moved into size 4 nappies and we still love Aldi’s Mamia nappies and wipes and occassionally use Asda’s Little Angels nappies if we can’t get to Aldi.

We have no walking yet but I don’t think it will be long, I can’t wait to go out and buy Daisy her first pair of shoes, it’s such a special milestone buying first shoes.

For Daisy’s birthday we spent most of the day at home opening presents and playing with new toys, I can’t believe my little girl now owns 4 dolls, I have to pinch myself everyday that we have been blessed with a little girl, it’s so lovely having a bit of pink in the house after having 2 boys. We had a bit of lunch out at our local pub and popped in to my dad’s for a cup of tea and a catch up. We saved the big birthday celebrations for Daisy’s party which was on the 30th December, I’m going to do a separate blog post on Daisy’s 1st birthday party and can’t wait to share it with you.

Thanks for reading

Corina x