Thursday, 30 April 2015

When will my baby start talking?

My daughter is 16 months old and she hasn't said her first word yet.. Just like other mums I have subscribe and member of famous baby and pregnancy websites like Bounty,Emma's diary. As a result I do receive automatically monthly email about child's development and stage of growth. Last month when I received email it says my baby should be saying at least 10 words.. I got panic my daughter hasn't start saying a word yet. So I decided to look for help. I discussed with my children center and health visitors they assured me that there is nothing to be worry about most of the children start talking after 18 months even some children direct start using small sentences. I even checked online for professional opinions. Here are some useful information I would like to share with all readers.

Communication and language:

 Communication and language has three stages, Listening, Understanding and Speaking. As long as your child respond to your voice and understand simple instructions like come, sit down, pick your toy etc then it means their is no fear of child's hearing and understanding now when it comes to speaking then up to  2 years old you can try but if the child reach to 2 years old you will need definitely help from professionals. Here in England health visitors are the right people to discuss. So do not keep your fear to yourself discuss with them over the phone or by visiting them. And please do not assume and lay back as well its always best to keep up your knowledge and confusions with professionals.

Who is a “Late Talker”?

A “Late Talker” is a toddler (between 18-30 months) who has good understanding of language, typically developing play skills, motor skills, thinking skills, and social skills, but has a limited spoken vocabulary for his or her age. The difficulty late talking children have is specifically with spoken or expressive language.  This group of children can be very puzzling because they have all of the building blocks for spoken language, yet they don’t talk or talk very little.

Researchers have yet to agree upon an explanation for this specific delay. They have determined, though, that Late Talkers are more likely to have a family history of early language delay, to be male, and to have been born at less than 85% of their optimal birth weight or at less than 37 weeks gestation [1]. It has also been determined that approximately 13% of two year olds are late talkers.
Reference:
How to tell if your child is late talker

Encourage your child to talk:

It is important that as a parent or carer we should encourage our child to talk. Sometimes when we are too busy in oird aily routine we unknowingly missed out ont he focus on our little one who needs our attention. So if your child is reaching 18 months and not talking you have to make some efforts.
  • Talk to them and focus on words, for example when is dinner time ask your toddler lets come have "dinner" repeat word dinner two three time while making their plate you will see your child will watch you carefully they might or might not try to copy you but for them watching you and listening is very important.
  • Read them books. Even showing them pictures is a good idea. One word focus is important like you read them a story focus on pictures and point them "star" "moon" they will point at them and look at you. Make it routine once or twice a day.They will start showing you interest and will start babbling when you point at the pictures.
  • Pay attention to them when they say something or make any sound pay attention praise them and show them you are listening.
  • "Repeat back what you hear your toddler trying to say to you, even if she doesn't say it clearly. Expand on what she says. So if your toddler says "nana" when she wants a banana, you could say "Yes, here's a banana."

    Don't worry too much about how your toddler pronounces her words. It's more important that she feels that what she says adds to the conversation or that what she is trying to express has been understood. "
    (babycentre)

Warning Signs of a Possible Problem


If you're concerned about your child's speech and language development, there are some things to watch for. An infant who isn't responding to sound or who isn't vocalizing is of particular concern.
Between 12 and 24 months, reasons for concern include a child who:
  • isn't using gestures, such as pointing or waving bye-bye, by 12 months
  • prefers gestures over vocalizations to communicate at 18 months
  • has trouble imitating sounds by 18 months
  • has difficulty understanding simple verbal requests
Seek an evaluation if a child over 2 years old:
  • can only imitate speech or actions and doesn't produce words or phrases spontaneously
  • says only certain sounds or words repeatedly and can't use oral language to communicate more than his or her immediate needs
  • can't follow simple directions
  • has an unusual tone of voice (such as raspy or nasal sounding)
  • is more difficult to understand than expected for his or her age. Parents and regular caregivers should understand about half of a child's speech at 2 years and about three quarters at 3 years. By 4 years old, a child should be mostly understood, even by people who don't know the child.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

How to make Kofta /meat balls with curry



Kofta/Meat balls

Ingredients:
lamb mince 1 small bowl
1 onion
1 tea spoon ginger garlic paste
Masala (chili powder, turmeric,ground coriander,salt)
2 Table spoon gram flour
1/2 egg
Method:
Mix all ingredients with hands and make small balls and leave aside.


Curry:

Ingredients:
4 onions
1 bowl chopped tomatoes
1 to 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
Masala (red chili powder, turmeric, curry powder, ground corriander)
5-6 Round black peppers
1/2 cinnamon stick
salt (as per your taste)
oil

Method:

  • Brown the onion in oil.
  • Once its brown add tomatoes, masalas, ginger garlic paste and cook well until its mixed together and tomatoes water dries up. When you see oil is coming out of curry this mean it is ready.
  • Now add little bit water. add black peppers and cinnamon stick bring it to boil.
  • Now add kofta balls in the cooking pan one by one.
  • Cook for 2 to 5 minutes on medium heat. Check the koftas and turned them upside down using spoon and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Now check your kofta are cooked from out side.Once its start looking thick curry and oil stated to be appear add two cup water and leave it to boil.
  • Now check one kofta it should be cooked but if you feel its need to boil more leave it to boil for another five minutes.
Now server your kofta curry with boiled eggs and garnish with fresh coriander.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory The Musical Tickets

The Details:

Amazon Local is a new home for West End tickets – to celebrate the launch, we are offering tickets to this show with no booking fees if you book by 30th April for all performances between 24th March and 31st May*
To view the ticket pricing details click here

Enter a world of pure imagination with a ticket to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Academy Award winner Sam Mendes brings to life Roald Dahl’s deliciously dark tale in a brand new West End musical featuring music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.
When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems…

What You Need to Know:

  • Sold by Ingresso
  • Your ticket(s) to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are not refundable
  • Prices and offers can change based on options, dates and availability. The price you pay is the best available rate provided by Ingresso for the options and dates chosen
  • The booking fee is set by Amazon Local based on seat type and performance dates
  • If you buy this as a gift, please make sure you specify the name of the person you are buying this deal for upon booking. The name of the person or date cannot be changed once booked
  • Restrictions: These ticket/tickets are valid only for the purchased event
  • *Availability: Offers are subject to availability and prices may change based on options and time of booking
  • Purchase Limit: Maximum of ten tickets per purchaser
  • Age Recommendation: The recommended viewing age for this production is 7 or older
  • Collection: After purchase, your ticket(s) will be held for you at the venue box office under the name of your chosen 'pick-up person' - please bring ID that matches the name entered at time of purchase
  • Assistance: Please contact the venue in advance on 020 3137 7420020 3137 7420 for special assistance requirements or for special seat arrangements
  • Questions: about your seating and need to change thepick-up name? Please contact the ticket provider directly on 020 3137 7420020 3137 7420 or email customerservices@ingresso.co.uk

One-Hour Boeing 747 Flight Experience in a Simulator

£59
£125 Save 53%

The Details:

Experience the joy of piloting a passenger airplane with this cockpit simulator session from Flight Simulators Midlands. This massive flight simulator, once owned and used by Aer Lingus to train their pilots, is the real deal and allows you to tailor a flight path of your choosing from and to thousands of airports around the world. Try your luck at the notorious but beautiful airport at St. Maarten in the Caribbean, fly over Salzburg, taxi at Hong Kong airport or lift off from Heathrow in this ultra-realistic flight simulator.
  • £59 (regular price £125) for a 30-minute briefing from professional pilots and a 30-minute Boeing 747 simulator flight
  • All of the instructors are highly experienced, professional airline pilots
  • This offer is available Monday to Friday from 9am until 7pm
  • Click here to learn more about this simulator experience

What You Need to Know:

  • Sold by Flight Simulators Midlands
  • Limit one voucher per purchaser; send one voucher as a gift
  • Bookings are required and subject to availability
  • The merchant requires a notice period of seven days for cancellations or rescheduling, or your voucher will be considered used
  • Voucher valid for one weekday one-hour Boeing 747 flight simulation experience for one person
  • Voucher valid Monday to Friday from 9am until 7pm
  • Experience lasts one hour, including 30 minutes briefing time and 30 minutes in the flight simulator
  • Customers must arrive 45 minutes prior to their experience
  • Customers must be at least 12 years of age to participate
  • Customers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Observers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a separate adult, not the pilot
  • A maximum of three people can attend as spectators at a £10 surcharge per person, payable directly to the merchant
  • For information on disabled access, and for special assistance requirements or for special seating arrangements, contact the merchant direct on 08454 747 73708454 747 737
  • No previous experience required
  • No alcohol may be consumed prior to participation
  • All equipment will be provided
  • For additional information prior to booking please contact the merchant directly on 08454 747 73708454 747 737 from Monday to Friday between 9.15am and 5pm or visit the website by clicking here
  • Weekends are available at a £25 surcharge, payable directly to the merchant
  • Flight Simulators Midlands website is www.flyfsm.co.uk
  • Entire redeemable value of the voucher must be used in a single visit
  • Available for use immediately after purchase
  • The total value of the voucher is valid until 23:59, 89 days from the purchase date. Learn More

Monday, 27 April 2015

Chicken tikka kebabs



This video also include a special recipe for children as usually children don't like spices. Its a healthy recipe and if you involve children it will be fun for them to cut and make tikkas for them.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Fruit smoothies



Choose your own favorite fruits and blend them, simple as that. especially with children ask them to choose their combination of fruits and they can even add cucumber or carrots as well if they like it. It will encourage them to have some healthy drinks. Really good for them to take it for school lunch as well.

Milk lollies..Summer favourites

Saturday, 25 April 2015

How to encourage my little one to play

As a parent we love to watch our children playing happily First rule of play is your  little one is fed and had their sleep then only their mind will be open to explore and play. Here are some tips might help you to encourage your little one to play:
Suitable Toys:
Age group matters a lot when you provide them selection of toys or activity. You need to make sure they are able to play with them or in other words toys should be suitable for their age.
I have seen grown ups offering a big rattle to 2 months old baby who can't  even hold it . Yeah we can rattle it for them but they cannot play with it by themselves.For younger babies soft and light toys or bright color toys or handkerchiefs are best or mobiles above their cot or play mats are very interesting for little one as they enjoy watching something hanging and rotating or making sound.. If you are too much confuse so when you go to toys shop look at the age group describe on the label of toys that will give you clear indication if it is suitable or not .
Sometimes we have a box of toys but our 2 years old toddler is not interesting because the toys  are too basic for them and they want something more exploring and interesting. So choose toys suitable for their age or shop around get the ideas what is suitable for their age and provide or create similar play activities for them.
Household items children like to play: Its not necessary you buy the whole shop for child suitable for each stage of their life. It has been seen often that children play with a new toy for a week and then just forget about it or loose interest. Buying new toys is not an option for everyone. It is always best to create something what is already available. Like children like to play with original home use items as they see their grown up using them so they are curious. Best for you give them some steel bowls and wooden spoons to play with they enjoy banging and lining them around , you can add some old rice or pasta for them to mix ,feel and pretend to cook.It will keep your toddler well occupied. And if you have children between 2 to 5 these ideas are best , add some more variety in it let them use water and poring plastic jugs and cups and let them have their teddy bear picnic in the corner of your room. You will be amazed how children use their imagination.
Or give them to dress u their old clothes,hats,handbags hair clips etc. They try to put it on them or they dress up their existing teddy bears or dolls.Not only girls even boys like to dress up and use their imagination to be  a super hero or something.

Outdoor play: If you have good weather take them out in the garden let them have some outdoor play. Or simply take them to the park. Children will play good 2 or 3 hours and use up their energy when you will be back all of you will be fresh and happy. Outdoor play is very important for their physical development, And they do not get bored outdoor very quick.It will help them to stay calm for rest of the day as they have used up lots of energy in running around. Even if its just kicking  a ball or playing chase.

Changing toys:If your child is not playing with some of the toys pack them away and take them out when you think they are bored with new ones .In other words swap the toys occasionally. It will occupy them and change of toys will give them excitement. Sometime when they grow a bit older and you bring their old baby toys they use their pretend games with them.Like pretend a rattle is a magic stick etc.Or you can help them to imagine or pretend play.
Get involve: Your involvement makes a big difference.Sometimes children do like their grown ups to be involved.It doesn't mean that you have to play with them for too long. Just share some ideas and play a bit and soon they will be in their play mood.For example a bag of building blocks in the corner of your room but your child shows no interest in it. So while you want to watch your tv program or drink tea. Take bag out and build a structure ask your child come and join you and soon they will be next to you making their own houses or structures. In 5 minutes time you move around they wont even notice but they do need your appreciation.
Stay engage: Some times children do play by themselves longer but sometime your engagement is necessary. Suppose they are playing to make something or pretending to be someone just ask them randomly What are they doing?or wow its great, that's a brilliant idea, what is this your two minutes questions will encourage them to play longer and make them feel happy , confident and proud.

Why I love Britain? (As a woman.).

I Love Britain! Yes I am earned British Citizen and I am proud to say I love Britain.,
I have my own reasons to love Britain . When I came to this country I had experienced my life as a women in two famous cultures,Asian and Arabic. I don't want to name the countries as I do respect them as one is my birth place and the other where I grew up. But when I came this country I dare to look at life in different way. I realized being a woman doesn't mean I have to be dependent, Being a women doesn't mean I can be abused by dominating partners, Being a women doesn't mean in the name of respect I handed over my rights to others who do not respect me or love me.

Its hurtful but its THE TRUTH of woman's life no matter they deny it or try to justify their life style. In Arab. Few things I have experienced were: I was not allowed to drive a vehicle, I was not allowed to rent a place where I do not have a male family member. Not only this in case of abuse I do not have a right to seek help from police as its a family matter. I even witness a case of a women been murdered by her partner in arguments yeah the person was jailed and justice been done finally...But 35 years of marriage life the woman had suffered a lot of pain according to her parents statement. Its very sad  if she would have any support in living culture I bet she would have been alive or at least not been abused. Women is dependent on man and if the man of her life do not mercy her she is helpless..these are some basics. Usually girls are married by the age of 20 .There is a change in women education last few years but women job opportunity is very limited as per CNN ""Lack of protection for women at work and harassment are among the factors that keep women out of the workplace." usually women are not much encouraged to go higher education according to Nawar Al-Hassan Golley, American University of Sharjah :
"For many girls school is their only opportunity to socialize outside the family."

In Asia women is a burden the day she is born. There are so many cases that people attempt abortion if they find out that they will be having a fourth female child.
  "abort the daughter, try for a son. In China and northern India more than 120 boys are being born for every 100 girls. Nature dictates that slightly more males are born than females to offset boys' greater susceptibility to infant disease. But nothing on this scale." http://www.economist.com/node/15606229

They keep on having children until they gets a boy and if not the wife keep giving birth regardless of her her health. In some areas they do accept a child as a girl but they still consider them as burden because when a girl grows up her parents has to find a groom for her and give dowry and fulfill her in laws demand through out their life.When its come to marriage an ordinary girls face so much critical comments about herself that some time she might never think of like height, skin color, hair, voice etc things she is born with things she never have control on she is been judged and pushed into  inferiority complex  for the rest of her life that sometime she  even forgets to smile.
Well there is so much to say but this is just a glimpse what I have observed and felt.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Being a parent!!

Once you become a parent automatically your whole life style changes.How? have a look:

  • Outings: Wow love to go out somewhere.. But wait! lets think..if you are going holiday or just a day out trip, you will consider options like children or baby facilities, stuff you need to pack even if its a four hour outing, some snack for children, their sleep routine should not be disturb if  you have toddlers you need to make sure extra pair of clothes and spares bag , buggy, rain cover (British weather is unpredictable usually)blanket or jumper it might get cold before we come back .Or shall we go and have some  fun.. lets sort out someone for baby sit, we do need to provide detail and essentials even if we are leaving children to grand ma or a child minder so you need to arrange at least a week ahead for someone to look after your children while you are out.. .
  • Budget: Can you cover your outings with in a budget? going with children or going without children?  Forget it lets go have a lunch outside..Going restaurant ?.. good.. But wait ...will all children be happy with the food or do we need to buy one burger from McDonald's before going to restaurant of our choice? If you have a toddler do we have baby facilities?..Couldn't find the carer last minute.. Lets forget about it..Just get a take away..
  • Cinema: Yeah sounds good  but  wait!!will movie be  suitable for children? or we need to consider carer option? hmmm cant afford this time.. lets forget about it...
Oh NO... I am not putting you off from parenting... Its just some example how parenting can effect our life style. But there is something that you are blessed with and noting can replace it.. Your child!! Yes when the little eyes with a question look at you feel it.. The true love form your child without any expectation for them you mean world to them if you smile they smile, if you are sad they are confused. Look at them their little mischief might stress you out at  times but once they sleep and you have an hour to recharge your energy that mischief  make you smile and become a last long memory for you that even when you get old you recall it and smile. Like that day I was laying table my toddler wanted to help and helped herself by picking a bowl of yogurt and walked down to the table dripping yogurt all the way from kitchen to the dinning room.. Oh yes... you know how exactly I felt that time... but now when I recall this moment  it makes me smile..
Being a parent you physically and emotionally can not hate your child even if you lose something you ready to forget and forgive  and you might felt anger but their will be  always love mix feeling at the same time..which you only can feel if you are a parent.
You are blessed with a child... So feel it and enjoy it, save their childhood  in your life time memory.You will be amazed that you don't remember much about yourself how much you will remember about your CHILD..

Monday, 20 April 2015

Richmond upon Thames Hotel Stay with Afternoon Tea for Two People

£99/night
£190 Save 48% 

SHL Hotels

The Details:

Ideally located at the top of Richmond Hill in Surrey, the Richmond Gate Hotel is an elegant 18th-century building overflowing with refinement and grandeur. Tucked away next to the 2,500 lovely acres of Richmond Park and just seven miles from the vibrant city hub of London's West End, the hotel provides the perfect balance of suburban tranquility and city excitement. Expect luxurious, contemporary facilities and an invigorating night of rest and relaxation when you select today's opulent travel offer.
What You Get
  • For £99 (worth up to £190) per night, enjoy a stay in a Standard Double room for two with afternoon tea on arrival and breakfast the next morning
  • Saturday nights are available for a £20 supplement payable direct to the hotel
What To Do
  • Browse the exquisite antique and boutique shops in the area
  • Visit the red and fallow deer that inhabit Richmond Park
  • Catch a game of rugby at Twickenham Stadium
  • Watch a show in London's vibrant West End
  • Enjoy the outstanding facilities at the hotel's leisure club

What You Need to Know:

  • Sold by SHL Hotels

  • Subject to hotel availability
  • Valid for stays until 31st May 2015
  • Maximum two-night stay applies
  • Valid for two adults in a Standard Double room
  • A £20 supplement applies for stays on Saturdays; payable direct to the Richmond Gate Hotel
  • For additional information prior to booking, please contact the SHL Central Reservations on 0844 855 91500844 855 9150
  • Customer name will need to be provided at time of purchase and should match guest name provided at check-in
  • Customers must be 18 years of age to check in
  • Once your reservation has been confirmed, your booking is non-refundable
  • Vouchers can be combined for multiple night stays
  • Our price and discount is based on the Richmond Gate Hotel rate for a Standard Double room plus breakfast found on the Richmond Gate Hotel website. This rate was available at 12.12pm on 21st January 2015, based on a one-night stay commencing on the 21st February 2015. Learn More



Central London Four-Star Break with a Three-Course Dinner The London Elizabeth Hotel

From
£149/night
£305 Save 51%

The Details:

A charming hotel filled with character, hugging the leafy edge of Hyde Park, The London Elizabeth Hotel is dripping in the elegance of a bygone era. With modern facilities and superb service, enjoy this quiet oasis in the heart of vibrant London. Spend your days in a daze of world-class shopping, seeing cultural sights and exploring local haunts that have inspired countless artists and poets over the centuries. Your concierge will be delighted to help you with an exciting itinerary, before you return to rest in the absolute comfort offered by a four-star hotel and enjoy fresh cuisine of the highest quality.
What you Get
  • Enjoy a Double room for two people with a three-course dinner and breakfast
  • Relish a delightful meal in the hotel restaurant made from the freshest seasonal ingredients, please click here to view a sample menu
  • Bedrooms come complete with all the comforts you’d expect of a four-star hotel, including complimentary high speed internet, spacious bedrooms and daily housekeeping
What to Do
  • Ideally situated next to Hyde Park, venture into the city’s green heart and laze by the Serpentine feeding the swans
  • Take a short stroll from your hotel to the world-class shopping delights of Oxford Street, and end the adventure with bubble tea in China Town
  • Ask the hotel’s concierge for recommendations about which West End theatre shows you should watch

What You Need to Know:

  • Sold by The London Elizabeth Hotel

  • Valid for two adults in a Double room; depending on option purchased
  • Valid for stays until 31st August 2015
  • For additional information prior to booking please contact The London Elizabeth Hotel on 0207 402 66410207 402 6641
  • Customer name will need to be provided at time of purchase and should match guest name provided at check-in
  • Customers must be 18 years of age to check in
  • Once your reservation has been confirmed, your booking is non-refundable
  • The discount shown is based on the best available rate for a stay in a Double room and breakfast confirmed by The London Elizabeth Hotel on 27th March 2015. Prices can change based on dates and availability. Learn More


Liverpool City Escape for Two




From
£79/night
£194.89 Save 59%
The Richmond Hotel Liverpool

The Details:

The Richmond Hotel Liverpool perfectly combines historic and grand architecture with contemporary and chic design to make it a hip place to stay and enjoy a little bit of luxury in Liverpool. The Grade II listed building sits proudly in the happening Hatton Garden area of the city, near to Central Perk – the replica Friends-themed café from the famous American sitcom. When you’re not chatting to Joey over a latte, you can unwind in the hotel’s stylish health club, relax in the impressive R Bar and Brasserie or just take it easy in your room, which features a king-sized bed, complimentary WiFi and a 50 inch TV.
What You Get
  • For £79 per night (worth up to £194.89) enjoy a Classic Double room for two with breakfast
  • For £109 per night (worth up to £244.79) enjoy a Classic Double room for two with a three-course dinner and breakfast
  • For £129 per night (worth up to £279.79) enjoy a Suite for two with a three-course dinner and breakfast
  • Enjoy dinner at the R Bar & Brasserie with the dining options - view a sample menu here
What to Do
  • Unwind in the hotel's super-chic Olympus Health Club, which features a sauna, steam room and hot and cold Roman Baths
  • Get a ticket to ride along on The Beatles Story - a must for any fan of The Fab Four
  • Take a trip to Tate Liverpool to see the latest British and international modern and contemporary art on display

What You Need to Know:

  • Sold by The Richmond Hotel Liverpool

  • Reservations are required and subject to availability
  • Valid for two adults in a Classic Double room or Suite; depending on option purchased
  • Valid for stays until 30th September 2015
  • For additional information prior to booking please contact The Richmond Hotel Liverpool on 01512 361 22001512 361 220
  • Customer name will need to be provided at time of purchase and should match guest name provided at check-in
  • Three-Course Table d’hôte Dinner can be exchanged for up to £20 spend on the Brasserie Menu
  • Customers must be 18 years of age to check in
  • Buy as many as you like; send as many as you like as gifts
  • Entire redeemable value of the voucher must be used in one booking
  • Voucher available for use immediately after purchase
  • Voucher valid for new bookings only
  • Our price and discount is based on the The Richmond Hotel Liverpool rate for a Classic Double room plus breakfast found on the The Richmond Hotel Liverpool website. This rate was available at 10.27am on 20th February 2015 , based on a one-night stay commencing on the 10th April 2015. Learn More

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

5K Colour Vibe Fun Run Entry



Color Vibe from £19

The Details:

Hours spent in the gym, early morning jogs in the park, healthy meals all day, every day – and all to clock up a personal best. It’s fair to say that running isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Color Vibe is different. This 5k jog in Edinburgh, Bristol and London doesn’t require months of hard work and preparation – you can even walk it in a dinosaur outfit if you like – and it’s full of fun. As you sprint, jog or walk round the streets you and your fellow participants will bask in a beautiful kaleidoscope of colour that rains down from above – and besides the designated colour zones there’s even a dance party and colour throw section. Who knew a run could be so much fun?
  • £19 (regular price £29) for an early bird ticket to the Color Vibe 5K run and t-shirt in Edinburgh on 3rd May, Bristol on 17th May, or London on 28th June 2015
  • £21 (regular price £29) for a ticket to the Color Vibe 5K run and t-shirt on Sunday 3rd May, Bristol on Sunday 17th May, or London on Sunday 28th June 2015
  • Races aren’t timed – it’s all part of the fun
  • Run for fun and charity
  • The paint is made from cornstarch and is totally safe and biodegradable – there is a possibility it will stain your clothes though, so wear something you don’t mind getting drenched in colour (like a plain white shirt)

What You Need to Know:

  • Sold by Color Vibe
  • Buy as many as you like; send as many as you like as gifts
  • Online bookings are required and are subject to availability
  • Please note that early bird tickets are only available for a limited time, please book early to avoid disappointment
  • Tickets are non refundable
  • Voucher valid for an early bird or standard ticket to the Color Vibe 5K Run with T-Shirt in either Edinburgh on 3rd May 2015, Bristol on 17th May 2015 or Edinburgh on 28th June 2015 depending on option purchased
  • Voucher valid for option purchased only
  • Customers must be 16 or older to participate
  • Customers must have a reasonable level of fitness to participate
  • A waiver must be signed prior to participation
  • Every runner must bring their Amazon Local voucher and personal ID with them to the event and arrive 60 minutes prior to the race start
  • Entire redeemable value of the voucher must be used in a single visit
  • The deal is valid only for tickets on the dates and times of the event as listed and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates or times
  • Tickets are not refundable. Learn More

Range Rover Evoque Driving Experience for 11-17 Year Olds


From £43

The Details:

The Range Rover Evoque is an impressive vehicle, lauded by critics and driven by trendsetters and celebs alike – its combination of sleek, stylish looks and pure driving muscle make it a joy to drive. With Land Rover Start Off-Road you’ll get to experience the renowned handling and capabilities of the car as you take on testing terrains, learn steering and braking techniques, try your hand at reversing and slaloming, climb and descend hills, cross ditches and ridges and drive in mud and ruts. Get behind the wheel and discover the thrill of driving this fun and iconic car.
  • £43 for a 30-minute Range Rover Evoque 4x4 driving experience
  • £80 for a 60-minute Range Rover Evoque 4x4 driving experience
  • £119 for a 90-minute Range Rover Evoque 4x4 driving experience
  • To see availability, click here
  • You’ll drive an automatic Range Rover Evoque
  • All vehicles are fitted with dual controls and you’ll be paired with a highly trained instructor – parents or guardians will need to be present and can ride in the rear seat if they wish


What You Need to Know:

  • Sold by Land Rover Start Off-Road
  • Buy as many as you like; send as many as you like as gifts
  • Bookings are required and subject to availability
  • The merchant requires a notice period of seven days for cancellations or rescheduling, or your voucher will be considered used
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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Is Adoption the only way to make someones life?

"Adoption is a legal process which permanently gives parental rights to adoptive parents. Adoption means taking a child into your home as a permanent family member. It means caring for and guiding children through their growing years and giving them the love and understanding they need to develop their full potential"childsworld
Well adoption has two sides.. one from birth parents who decided to give away because they lose hope that they can not meet child's need and their blood is better off with out them. It could be financial reasons, circumstances or illness. In the time of child's birth they are totally helpless and give up on their child.For the child's sake they handed over them to adopted agencies or adopted parents. 
But their is the toughest decision they have to make that is legally they will have no right over their child ever again.
On the other side for adopted parents view they try to build up a child's life whose parents have given up and try to give love, care and support for the child .Their intentions are good .Some adopted parents are those who biological can not have children so they adopt a needy child and give them their name and new life.
Now as a parent my question is , is it fair on child? what if the child's birth parents get chances in future and come out of crisis but they have lost their
rights on their child for ever (though there is some openness to contact them but not legally rights to get them back). Would they dont have pain of losing their blood? Bond with birth child s is unbreakable and feelings, love and emotions can never be changed.
Now third the most important being in adoption is  a CHILD.. what are the effect of adoption on a child who is been adopted.Soon or later they find out that they are been adopted. They suffer from loss and grief,self esteem,confusion in identity development..(link:https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubpdfs/f_adimpact.pdf)Its very painful to face the reality of life.They question themselves why it has to be them.No matter how good life they have been given then too they will be curious about their birth family and relations. They will have the feeling of loss through out their life even they have been supported and understand the reasons of adoption. End of the day they are human and blood bond will remain the same. I am not saying they will not love their adopted parents they will respect them and be grateful to them but their always been a feeling of loss in their heart of been separated from their own family.
I fully agree in fact really appreciate to adopt if the child has lost their parents and become orphan and been adopted. But having birth parents alive and separated them from their family and possibly from siblings as well because their parents have given hope.. I find it a bit mean and sad.. Is there any other way? cant we help them by sponsoring them?  let them learn and grow in their own family?
Their is one more picture of adoption in the air "Adoption from abroad". Reasons are the same but their is a big confusion in  adopted child s life when a child is been adopted from a different region. We have seen western celebrities adopting children from African, or Zambia countries.  I would like to refer from "daily mail" article about Madonna adopting an abroad child.
Celebrities such as Madonna who adopt children from poor countries are doing more harm than good, researchers claimed yesterday.

They said that demand for children from wealthy Westerners means large numbers of families in the developing world are sending their children to orphanages in the hope that they will be adopted abroad.

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The report by a team of psychologists from Liverpool University called for controls to curb international adoptions, stop the "market mechanism" affecting children, and "uphold child rights".

Their view is likely to upset couples in Britain who are trying to adopt children from overseas because of the difficulty of adopting a child in this country.

The study said that adoptions from abroad are too much of a trade and do harm to the children involved.

It said: "This process has been labelled the Madonna effect, so-called after the singer's adoption of a young boy from Zambia in 2006."

Study author Professor Kevin Browne said: "Some argue that international adoption is a solution to the large number of children in institutional care but we have found the opposite is true.
DailyMail
Now from the adopted child s side Would that child gets a normal life when they want to believe that their adopted parents are their parents? and when they go in society play with other children would they be questioned by other children about parents? how would you make little child's mind understand the reality of their  life? 
Is it fair to adopt them or they better off fostering or sponsored? Well readers I leave it to you to decide.





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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Tickets to Disney On Ice at The Barclaycard Arena Birmingham

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Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favourite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Be amazed as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar’s Cars perform high-speed stunts and race across the ice like you’ve never seen before! Dive into adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaid’s undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town! Watch Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang as they try and escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare, in their most daring adventure ever! Plus, enter the wintery world of Arendelle with sisters Anna and Elsa and pals Olaf and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen, as they learn the meaning of true love. From wheels to waves, icy wonderlands to infinity and beyond, your family’s favourite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment.
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What does my baby want?


When you have a new born there is so much  new things you need to learn.What does baby want/? and how would you comfort and fulfill their need. Even if this is your second or third child.Always remember each child is different. I have two children and there was a big difference between their early days. So iw ill suggest you dear readers when you have baby you need to understand what they want? How would you know ? here are some guidlines might help you to soothes your baby.


  1. Always remember three reasons of baby crying.feeding, nappy, sleep. 
  • Feeding:New born babies usually needs feeding every 2 to 3 hours if breastfed or every 4 hours depends how much milk they take at once. Some babies drinks milk in one go and fed for four hours but some babies drinks tiny amount and sleep. In this case they get hungry much quicker.Bottle feeding moms can see the amount of milk they drink and for breast feeding moms I will advise note down the time how long they are drinking milk it will give them a clue how much they are fed. In  first 2 days you will get to know their hunger pattern best is that you write down time after feeding that will really help you and you will be mentally ready that now if baby cries they are hungry, Otherwise you will find it hard to be organised and carry out other tasks .
  • Sleep: Usually after feeding babies do sleep..But hold on second you have to burb them..Yes it is very important if you do not burb them they will be uncomfortable and in result they will be crying more. After feeding even if they fall asleep , rest them on your shoulder rub their back until they burb and then put them down they will sleep well.Here is a guid line how much sleep you child needs.

   Age   Daytime sleep Night-time sleep Total sleep
       Newborn    7hrs 30mins (3 naps) 8hrs 30mins     16 hrs
       One month    6hrs 45mins (3 naps) 8hrs 30mins     15hrs 15mins
      Two months          5hrs 30mins (3 naps)        10hrs      15hrs 30mins
      Three months   5hrs (3 naps) 10hrs     15hrs
      Six months   3 hrs (2 naps) 11hrs     14hrs
      Nine months   2hrs 45mins (2 naps) 11hrs 15mins     14hrs
     12 months  2hrs 15mins (2 naps) 11hrs 30mins    13hrs 45mins

  • Nappy: Most of the babies feel uncomfortable when their nappy is dirty. do check their nappy regularly.For a rough guid new born needs nappy change around 10 to 12 times a day.but as they grow it gradually cuts down.
2. Wind:  If your baby cries and screw up his face like their are in pain it is sign of trap wind.Bottle fed babies usually have wind  issue but not for every one. If you are breast feeding your diet will have direct effect on your infant. Wind is one of the common reason for babies to cry. If your baby is fed and had sleep and nappy is clean and they are uncomfortable and crying rub their belly from left to right in a circulars shape (basically you will be removing wind from large intestine,for more details check on baby massage guide lines of belly massage),pull his knees up to their stomach and kicks their legs like a cycle ride.

3.Tiredness: When you baby is tired they will cry and they need sleep.Its not necessary that they are hungry. Sometimes they had their milk but after short sleep they waken up by any sound or change or some times if you visit any place and been out that can make your child get tired much quickly. Some babies go sleep by themselves but some dont. In this case once they lost their interest in play and they dont want to be fed then its best to put them sleep and give them comfort. 

4.  RoomTemperature:  Usually when a mothers feels cold she wraps their babies in lots of layer and when they are hot they leave them open.Its a mother nature but you need to use room temperature where you baby is because its not necessary that if you are cold your baby is cold too . Do not wrap them in lots of layers.Sometimes when babies get over heated they cry then take them  out of blanket or lessens their clothing remove their socks.

5.Bored: Yes your baby do get bored if you leave them in one place for long time. Pick them up show them around, talk to them or simply which room you go to take them in the same room put them in their play mats or bouncer or rockers. It will occupied them and they will not get bored. when you change rooms take a moment and observe your baby how they look around especially lights and seems to concentrate the sound in the room that is how they get familiar with their surroundings.

If then too your baby is crying you still dont need to worry too much .As in baby centre it says.
Babies tend to cry more between the ages of three weeks and 12 weeks, usually in the late afternoon or early evening. While this is a normal, developmental phase, it's only natural to worry about this end-of-day crying. But try to see it as a period of letting off steam. One study showed that babies who fussed a lot in the evenings usually slept better afterwards (Brazelton 2003).

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1047903/understanding-your-newborn#section2#ixzz3WzekO0sc