We've been attempting to have our garden redone since the middle of April this year. We had found a gardener but unfortunately after laying the artificial grass he has disappeared off the face of the Earth with our deposit to complete the remaining work. It has been so stressful and we are gutted. We have spent a long time googling gardeners in our area and to be honest it's more hard work then we'd anticipated. Luckily, I was asked if I would like to try Bidvine.

Bidvine takes the hassle out of trawling the internet for providers. You can either visit their website or download their app to your phone. You are able to find providers and services within your local area by simply answering a few questions and then hey presto, quotes will start to arrive. This was going to be ideal for me to find a gardener asap and stress free.

The website was so simple and easy to use. You type in the search bar what you are looking for, so in my case it was gardening services. You are then asked specifically related questions to help find you the perfect matches.

I was asked questions such as:
1) What type of gardening project is it?
2) How many and what type of plants do I want?
3) When do I need the gardener to start etc

I think this is such a great feature as it cuts out a lot of the middle man talk. It's allows the responses to match your specific needs which saves you time and effort in the long term. 

Hubby and I have been so pleased with how easy it all was. The website was very easy to navigate.

I've actually recommended Bidvine to a work colleague who is looking for a local cleaner. I'd recommend it to anyone that is looking for a professional or service.

Bidvine has such a wide variety of services on their website so you're sure to find what you're looking for. It has everything from photographers to guitar instructors. You name it, it's there.

*This is a collaborative post*

Every time I think of my Postnatal Depression (PND) journey, there is one thing that makes me very upset and that is how long I suffered before I was diagnosed. I don't blame this on anyone and I certainly don't blame my health visitor. In fact she was the one that picked up on my strange behaviour and finally got me to admit everything. I believe it was overlooked on my part due to my total lack of understanding of the mental illness. 

Before I had a better understanding of PND I thought that depression presented itself in one way only, which was all doom and gloom. I thought you had to be crying constantly and basically locking yourself away. Don't get me wrong I do have those emotions and actions but actually my PND presents itself in many different forms.

I think this is such an important thing to comprehend when you are dealing with PND yourself or trying to help someone who is a sufferer. I couldn't recognise my PND as I was dealing with many different symptoms, many of which you may not necessarily associate with a mental health problem.

This is how my PND presents itself, this is PND for me:
  • A low mood - This sometimes lasts an hour, sometimes a few hours, sometimes a day, sometimes a week and sometimes it's extremely prolonged and can last for weeks.
  • Irritable - Every little problem bothers me and I snap very quickly.
  • Feeling ill - When I am suffering I always have a headache or I feel sick.
  • Feeling overwhelmed - The usual day to day tasks that I normally do become too much for me to handle.
  • Lack of concentration - This is always a contradictory symptom as I usually go into overdrive when I have bad days and I create lists of tasks to myself of things I need to achieve which then leads me to have no concentration at all. I am quite zoned out when I am suffering. I am an aware of anything going on around me.
  • Rage - This is one of the surprising symptoms. I become so angry. Everything and anything gets me angry. I have no tolerance for anything. When I was very bad I actually used to smash things to let out my rage.
  • Scary thoughts - This one always frightens me. I constantly run through 'what if' scenarios and send myself into a bit of an emotional frenzy.
  • Insomnia - When I am suffering, I don't sleep. If i'm not crying then I am running through lists in my mind etc and I just can't shut it off.
  • Feeling Guilty - Mum guilt is everywhere in my life but when I am having a lapse with my PND, I feel guilty about everything. I always say I am a rubbish mum and I always feel like I've let my girls down.
  • Comfort eating - My goodness can I put on some weight when I am going through this. I literally eat anything and everything in site to attempt to make myself feel better.
  • Crying - Sometime I cry hysterically for hours on end. I lock myself away and scream.
  • Laughter - This is a symptom I never would have recognised. Sometimes I am unusually happy, I am overly smily and I am constantly laughing. This is a charade. This is to cover up how I am really feeling. I become very silly and very excitable. It's very up and down behaviour. 
  • Workaholic - I get the sense of urgency to please anyone and everyone. I don't like the idea of failure and I like to look busy. I will take on way too many tasks and immerse myself in work, not wanting to let anybody down and especially not myself. 
  • Having cabin fever - I refuse invitations from friends and family. I shut myself away and  make excuses not do to things.
  • Lack of confidence - When I am suffering I lack confidence in every part of my life. That being my body, my mind, my personality, my clothing, my ability to parent etc.
  • Exhaustion - I get so tired. My mind is heavy and my body is heavy.
  • Noise Sensitivity - Suddenly noises all become very loud. Everything hurts my ears and it's all too much.
I'm still yet to overcome my mental illness, maybe I never will but I am now able to recognise my behaviours and symptoms and so is my husband. It's very hard to understand the behaviours of someone with PND when they can present in so many different ways. I guess it's important to recognise erratic behaviour and over compensating when they experience different emotions. 

Some people will never understand how I can behave in these ways especially those that are closest to me and that is because they just aren't used to seeing me that way. Just know that if you have a friend or relative that suffers with PND that they are doing just that. They are suffering. This is not something they asked for. It may change them but if you look closely they are still there deep down. They just need that bit of extra support and patience. 

As a family we love to travel. We've never let having children stop us from enjoying travelling the world, we've just embraced it. I won't lie, sometimes family travel can be stressful but the majority of the time it's wonderful. Thankfully there are lots of great products being invented to help make travelling with children easier and stress free.

One of these wonderful inventions is the Omnio Stroller. The stroller was designed by two parents who were looking for something on the market that helped them with days out, travel and the day to day struggles with venturing anywhere with a pushchair. They are from Wales and are a British business which I love. I think it's always great to support anything made from home.

We were recently sent a stroller to review which arrived just in time to take with us on our family holiday to Florida last month. We knew this would be a great opportunity to road test its use when travelling as we would be using it an the airport, at the theme parks and in general day to day. This post will focus on using the Omnio at the airport. 

One of the things that impressed hubby and I was how compact it is when it is folded. We had to drive to the airport and as you can imagine there was hardly any space in the car. Between the 2 adults, 2 kids and car seats, 3 big suitcases and hand luggage, there was little space for a stroller but we obviously had to take one. Luckily, the Omnio folds into a perfect compact size which fits neatly into tight spaces. We actually had it on the floor behind the passenger seat.

Once we arrived at the airport I was able to wear the stroller on my back like a rucksack. This is one of its special, unique features. Both the girls were super excited to be at the airport so they wanted to walk around and explore. 
All of the airport staff were very curious and amazed at the stroller. They all wanted to have a good look at it and were asking lots of questions. 
When we got to security I was very grateful that I had the Omnio. I was able to simply take it off my back and pop it on the x-ray belt with ease. There was no faffing around and it all took literally seconds. Even if one of the girls had been in it at the time, it still would have been a quick and easy process. It folds down very quickly and as i've already mentioned it's compact so you're not worrying about bashing any other passengers with the end of your stroller (yes I have done that before). 

After running around the airport like a lunatic, Eva wanted to be chauffeur driven to the aeroplane. This is one of the great things about the Omnio, it can be used roughly up to the age of 5 unlike other strollers. 

As always we were running a bit late to get to the gate. You know what it's like when you have kids, you are always chasing your tail and then there's toilet breaks etc to contend with. We flew from Manchester airport which is a very big and very busy airport. There were hundreds of people everywhere and of course our gate was quite a walk away from us. This is where the strollers' awesome wheels kicked in to play. 

Daddy took control of the stroller like some kind of racing driver. Lewis Hamilton eat your heart out. The Omnio is very agile which is a result of its ultra responsive wheels. He was able to dodge, weave, pull some swanky backward driving manoeuvres and basically beat everyone to the finish like (aka the gate) in record speed. 
The wheels have a series of curved rollers which allow the stroller to be moved traditionally and also side to side. Daddy and Eva loved this feature. They regularly practised their 'drifts' as they called them, but that's another story. You'll be able to view that in an upcoming youtube video. 

We decided to leave the stroller at the gate. You can actually take it onto the cabin section of the aircraft but we had enough hold allowance for us to leave it underneath. The ability to be able to take it onto the cabin is a fab feature. If you're travelling short haul and are limited on your weight and baggage allowance etc then you can simply carry it onto the plane like a rucksack and leave it in the overhead compartment. This is also handy if you are taking car seats etc too. Most airlines allow limited baby items to be taken without having to pay extra.

Once we arrived in Florida we were able to pop Ophelia in the stroller whilst we were collecting our suitcases. We then made our way to exit the airport. This was like the Krypton factor itself (yes I remember that show). There were various obstacles in our way to get out of the airport but thankfully the stroller was one less thing to worry about. We had stairs, lifts, escalators, heavy suitcases and no help to contend with. The Omnio is very versatile for these such problems as it's light to carry (even when a child is in it), you can fold it up quickly, carry it on your back or simply push it. 

Overall, we found the Omnio stroller perfect for using around an airport. It certainly made our experience a lot easier. Both of the girls enjoyed being in it and both hubby and I found it light to carry and easy to manoeuvre. It's the ideal accompaniment for travel loving families.

Make sure you pop back to my blog soon so you can read about how we got on with it at the Disney theme parks and a review of the stroller overall. 

You can buy one in black, teal or red from various retailers, Stockists which also now includes Mothercare. 

*Thank you to Omnio for sending us a stroller in exchange for our honest opinions*

As you may know we are a travel loving family. After recently booking our next trip we fantasised about what it would be like to travel the world full time. We'd love to just quit our jobs and take our girls on a worldwide adventure but of course we sadly haven't got the money to do that. We imagined what it would be like to do this if we had a massive lottery win.

We would travel first class by aeroplane to every destination. Imagine that?! No airport queues, a place to yourself on the plane where you could just sit back and relax. If only. If we had a huge lottery win, we could even travel by private jet and live like celebrities. 

Top of our destination list would be a couple of weeks of serene, luxury in the Maldives. We would love to stay in one of those little villas that are out at sea. Just imagine being able to wake up surrounded by all that ocean. 

We'd also visit Santorini. It's a bit closer to home than the Maldives but it still looks breathtaking. It looks like an instagrammer's idea of heaven with all those pristine white buildings against the bright blue skies and sea. 

Even though i've been to New York before, I've always wanted to visit at Christmas time. It always looks so magical. The lights, the snow, the cold and the decorations. I'd love to see the sites and then Christmas shop till I drop. I'd love to shop Pretty Woman style and turn up in a designer shop dressed in awful clothes and just flash the cash.

We would definitely visit DisneyWorld every year. We adore everything about Disney so we'd have as many holiday's there as we could. We'd stay in any of the hotels. In fact if we won lots of money then I think we'd try staying in every single one of the Disney hotels. I'd also stay in the secret suite in Cinderella's castle in Orlando. 

What would be on your bucket list if you could travel the world on a lottery win? We regularly play the UK lottery but did you know that we can actually play the USA lottery online through Lottoland? Signing up to Lottoland gives you access to their draws including the Megamillions which actually created the second biggest jackpot win of all time. With supersize jackpots every week, that's the lottery I need to take part in.

You can also play the Powerball which last year gave away a jackpot over $1.6 billion dollars. Wowzers. What on earth would you do with all that money? I'd have more than world travel on my list of how to spend it. What would you spend it on?

*This is a collaborative post with Lottoland. Please gamble responsibly*

Jamie's Italian in Cardiff has recently launched its brand new breakfast menu. As a family this was something we were rather excited about. We regularly eat at Jamie's for lunch as hubby and I are rather partial to the superfood salad and the kids love the Chicken lollipops. Breakfast is one of our favourite meals of the day and it's always a family affair for us. When we were asked if we would like to try out the menu last weekend, we jumped at the opportunity.

Jamie's Italian Cardiff is right in the city centre with parking and public transport facilities within easy reach. Breakfast is available daily from 9am.

The menu itself is fairly small but to be honest that doesn't put me off. Sometimes I think too much choice can be distracting. It features:
  • The Full Monty £8.95
  • The Half Monty £6.95
  • The Veggie Monty £7.95
  • The Kids Monty £5.25
  • Bacon or Sausage Sarnie £4.95
  • Fruit Market £4.95
  • Smashed Avo on Toast £6.50
  • Eggs Benedict £6.50

The menu is typically Jamie which is great to see. When I think of his breakfast recipes I think of hearty, family food and that's exactly what this menu is.

To get a feel for the menu we all decided to have something different. I chose the Smashed Avo on Toast with a Poached Egg, Arwyn had Eggs Benedict, Eva had the Kids Monty and Ophelia had the Sausage Sarnie. We also ordered a couple of flat whites and the girls had fruit juices.

The food arrived quickly which is always a bonus when you're dining out with kids. My breakfast looked lovely. 

The smashed avocado was presented on a sourdough bread and topped with chilli. The poached egg was an optional extra (you can also have smoked salmon or bacon). It was absolutely delicious. The chilli gave it a mouthwatering kick and livened the dish up. It was a prefect summer breakfast. I will say I felt like I could have eaten more but that may be from the sheer yumminess of it, rather than hunger. 

The Eggs Benedict was well presented. Hubby really enjoyed it, especially the taste of the hollandaise sauce. He did think the portion size was slightly small but he said he wasn't disappointed with his choice and that he would definitely eat it again.

Eva's 'Kid's Monty' was the perfect size. It consisted of potatoes, mushrooms, beans, bacon, sausage and tomato. I asked her what her favourite part of her breakfast was and she said it was the bacon and the beans.

Ophelia's Sausage Sarnie was actually an adult size meal but we got it anyway. She adores sausages for breakfast so we knew she'd enjoy it.

The coffee was fab. It was one of the best ones we've tasted in a while. It was strong and not bitter.

Overall, we really enjoyed our family breakfast. We will definitely be returning and recommending it to friends. The food was tasty and the service was efficient and friendly. I do think that some of the portions could be a bit bigger. I would love to see a few more things added to the children's menu such as smaller portions of the sarnie's and perhaps a yogurt building breakfast where they had a bowl of yogurt and then small pots of various toppings. I know my girls would love something like that.

One of the things I love about Jamie Oliver is his superfood range. I would love to see something like a superfood bowl added to the breakfast menu. It could include Kale, Quinoa, Avocado, Eggs etc. I think that would be a great addition. 

Have you had breakfast at Jamie's Italian? What's your favourite thing to eat at breakfast?

*Jamie's italian invited us for breakfast in exchange for my honest opinion in this blog post*
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