Tuesday, 1 September 2015

WIN #1: Sofia the First Magical Amulet Playset from Flair!

Unique Young Mum's Blogiversary.
Competition #1
Win a Sofia the First Magical Amulet Playset from Flair worth £19.99!

Set in the storybook world of Enchancia, Sofia the First is an average girl whose life suddenly transforms when her mother marries the king and she becomes a princess. Sofia must learn to navigate the extraordinary life of royalty while holding on to her own hopes and dreams.

Sofia’s Magic Amulet opens up to reveal three levels of Enchancia’s castle; a lake complete with a moving boat, throne and ballroom. This magical micro world has movable parts, music, lights, furniture that the dolls can use and a spinning dance floor that you can peg your dolls on to.

The Amulet comes with 3 micro doll characters: Sofia, Clover and Mia.

Suitable for ages 3 and above.

Contents: Magic Amulet, 3 micro doll characters (Sofia the First, Robin and Clover) and 3 LR44/AG13 batteries.

To enter the competition, fill out the Rafflecopter form below!

Please note: You must at least follow/like both Unique Young Mum and Flair on at least one social media platform!

To find out more about Flair and their other brilliant products, check out the official website here.

Good luck and don't forget to check back later for another competition!

Jada x

Monday, 31 August 2015

4 Kitchen Appliances That You Can't Live Without

Thank goodness for the clever things in our kitchens that spare us from disasters and reduce the amount of mess we make. The technological sophistication and capabilities of contemporary appliances means that they can do much of the thinking (and the work) for us and, when you buy a quality product, you will effectively have a ‘helper in the kitchen’ for many years to come.

So, what are the essential appliances for your kitchen?

1. Oven

If ever there was an appliance that can make all the difference to your efforts and achievements in the kitchen, it is the oven. It makes a great deal of sense to choose a quality and well-designed oven, such as the ovens made by specialist retailers like ASKO . Find out more by visiting this website .

When choosing an oven, commit to careful research. Care should be taken to choose an oven that will best meet your needs, allow you to advance your skills, cook your food to perfection and stand the test of time. Always choose an oven of the highest quality – it will make all the difference to your kitchen experiences and foster a real enjoyment of cooking and baking.

2. A 4-door fridge

You may think that as long as your refrigerator keeps your food cold, it is doing a great job. Think again. Today, refrigerators designed using the most sophisticated technology have an amazing range of features available – from apps related to the weather, recipe selection, and useful memos for things such as your shopping lists to an app that allows photographs to be uploaded. All of these features are, of course, in addition to refrigeration and freezer functions, and the provision of ice and cold water.

Features such as the recipe search are infinitely useful. This feature makes it possible for you to enter in the ingredients that are in your fridge and receive a selection of recipes that incorporate these ingredients. Not only does this help you to come up with, create and deliver delicious meals, it also cuts down the amount of household waste.

Spud loves to help out in the kitchen, his favourite is decorating cakes!

3. Multi-purpose machines

No kitchen is complete without appliances that can chop, mince, knead, blend…and so much more. The most exciting news is that particular appliances that do all of these things in just the one machine are now available. With just one machine, your food preparation and baking worries are taken care of and your kitchen will not be cluttered up by numerous appliances that really only perform one function each.

4. Airfryer

Imagine it – an appliance that allows you to enjoy your favourite ‘fried’ foods, with drastically reduced amounts of fat! It exists! Airfryer appliances allow you to experience the taste of deep-fried foods in a much healthier way and includes accessories that help with homemade pizza preparation and even brownie-making.

Make your job in the kitchen so much easier with the inclusion of these appliances. The amount of time and effort that they can contribute in your kitchen is hugely valuable and, best of all, they will help you to feel like a culinary genius in your own home.

Until next time,
Jada x

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Happy 3rd Birthday Unique Young Mum! It's Party Time!

Three years ago, bored, broke and on benefits, I started Unique Young Mum. It was the beginning of the summer holidays, after a fun filled day, Spud was tucked up in bed whilst I settled down for my usual 'routine'. I'd not been out of work for long, however being out of work and living on benefits means no money for luxuries such as the internet.

Every night, using my Blackberry smartphone, I would connect my laptop to my phone and take advantage of the unlimited internet I got on my smart phone. It wasn't a reliable internet connection, it would run my phone battery down within minutes which meant constantly having my phone on charge, but it was a way to get online.

I used to comp every now and again, having the odd win here and there it was nice to win things I couldn't necessarily afford living on the government. It was through comping that I come across blogs, Becky's blog 'Baby Budgeting' was the first blog I'd ever come across, I'd never even heard of blogging before but something about Becky's blog got me drawn in, and kept me there for most of the night one evening.

There was no planning behind Unique Young Mum, it was something I done instantly on the spot one evening, and the story all started from there. Three years on and I'm writing this post, my 945th post to be precise, what an amazing three years its been.

I started Unique Young Mum as a hobby, I loved writing and informing the world via Facebook about mine and Spud's days, my rants, personal views and opinions, so starting a blog seemed a fantastic way to do all of the things I loved.

What I didn't expect was less than a month after starting Unique Young Mum was companies wanting to work with me! The new mum on the blogging scene, here for no important reason, but just as a hobby. Companies and brands wanted to work with me, the mum from Reading who had a child at the age of 15, another teenage mother although like no other!

I didn't quite know what to do when my first product review arrived on my doorstep, me and Spud both opened the box equally as excited as one another, whilst I couldn't believe we had been asked to try out a product and here it was right before my eyes! Spud was just excited about receiving a new product, never finding amusement and entertainment in the same thing for too long, the blogging experience has been brilliant.

I also didn't expect this blog to become my job, just two months after starting Unique Young Mum, I was able to register as self employed and come off Job Seekers Allowance. It is by far the best job, I've ever ever had, a job I would hate to be without, and a job I could never imagine doing!

Three years on, we've reviewed hundreds of items, we've been to various events we wouldn't of attended if I wasn't a blogger, and dined out at lovely restaurants all in return for blog coverage. We also have broadband connection, well we have for the last two and a half years, all due to the blog - Unique Young Mum!

Though Spud see's the fun side to the blogging world, in getting to try out lots of new items, school uniform and fancy children aimed snacks, I see the bigger side to the blogging world, including the blogging community. I've made friends, friends for life I hope, friends I've never met, but friends who I trust my deepest of secrets with.

I've made friendships that I didn't think was possible, always weary of the internet and who you could possibly be talking too, it's something you warn your children about isn't it? Talking to strangers, you don't do it! I however, have spoke to lots of strangers, well once strangers but former bloggers and I'm so glad I have.

Though I don't get to talk to them all as often as I'd like too, there's some I'd like to mention in this post; Chelsea Williams, Andrea Dodd, Hayley McLean, Laura Asbury, Alice Hassall, Louise Smith, Claire Curran, Kerry Neil, Jenna Parrington, Lindy Hamilton, Karen Langridge, Lisa Abomeli, Emma Garrett, Clare Nicholas, Gemma Chamberlain and Louise Hannah.

You ladies are more than bloggers, but people who I feel I can trust and not just about blogging issues, but real life issues too, pass the tissues issues and more! You're all amazing and I'm glad to have met you all through my blogging journey!

As I celebrate Unique Young Mum's 3rd year, I've of course got to say a massive thank you to my family too, more so my parents and siblings for giving me the support and encouragement right from the very beginning and continuing today. My Spud for being him, never moaning even when it comes to trying a product and it doesn't make the scenes of the blog because he's not liked it, whether food or an item.

Never moaning because if I didn't take enough pictures of him already, I now take hundreds more, for always being my little super star and my right hand man through it all! Together me and you baby got Unique Young Mum to where it is now, through everything you've been through, I'm so so proud of you.

To my nephews for helping me every year with Unique Young Mum's annual Halloween Party, and of course I'll thank the new addition - my niece who joined us last year for her first UYM annual Halloween bash! Also a massive thank you to my nephews for giving me a hand in other product testing too!

To Gareth, who only recently entered my life on a much more personal level, but for all the help you've given me since we've become a couple. You've helped me organise a very messy, well two actually - very messy inboxes! You've helped me get my perfect working corner in order and you've also helped with lots of other behind the scene things too.

To all the brands, companies, PRs and SEOs who have worked with me over the last three years, and who continue to work with me, thank you! Because you giving me the chance to work with you, has led to other companies wanting to work with me. You've put products into mine and Spud's life that we may not have tried without you!

To the companies who've asked us to be ambassadors for them, the privilege I have in these roles are amazing, thank you for asking me and Spud to be part of your special teams!

Last but not least, to my loyal readers, the ones who've been here since day one, the one's who discovered me whilst I was just past the newbie stage, and the ones who only discovered me today. I don't care how long you've been here for, I appreciate each and every single one of you.

If I didn't have readers and visitors, Unique Young Mum wouldn't of got to where it was today. By visiting the blog, leaving a comment, commenting on social media platforms, liking on social media platforms, sharing my content, tweeting me, re-tweeting me and everything else you do - THANK YOU!

But most importantly, thank you for just coming by and checking out Unique Young Mum!


No birthday would be a proper birthday without a party would it!? Of course it wouldn't!

Join Unique Young Mum every day in September starting on Tuesday 1st of September for a month full of giveaways! I'm giving away over £1500 worth of products as part of my blogiversary giveaway! To be in with your chance of winning in the competitions, please do make sure you check back daily!

Jada xx

Friday, 28 August 2015

Jezeppi's First Ever Review!

Recently Jezeppi was asked via me of course if he would like to review some dog treats from Feedem, of course Jezeppi gave me his paw as a sign of a thumbs up whilst wagging his tail in excitement! Jezeppi has been waiting for this moment ever since we got him back in March!

The day after we got him, it was Spud's birthday and he wanted to get in with the presents from then! Jezeppi was a birthday present for Spud!
At least once a week something will arrive in the post for Spud, and every time the postman or courier knocks the door, Jezeppi gets so excited thinking the product is for him! When his box of goodies arrived for him he didn't quite know what to do with himself, I think he thought he was dreaming and it wasn't real, he quite possibly couldn't have a whole box of items just for him could he!?

I was told Jezeppi could have up to £15 worth of treats from the site, which doesn't seem like a lot at all, however, this post may just surprise you at what we actually got with that £15! Every week when I go shopping I look down the pet aisle and pick up something, and I know for £15 I couldn't get much in a supermarket at all!

For £15, we got all of the treats pictured above and listed below, it's 11 items in total, which is brilliant!

Lily's Kitchen Calming Baked Dog Biscuits 50g - £1.29

Lily's Kitchen Fresh Breath Baked Dog Biscuits 50g - £1.29

Pedigree Puppy Dog Denta Tubos Treats x3 - 90p

Armitage Goodboy Puppy Milk Drops Dog Treats 125g - 99p

Wagg Foods Puppy & Junior Dog Treats 120gm - 85p.

Harringtons Puppy Dog Treat - 160gm - £1.45

Naturediet Pet Food Puppy Junior Chicken & Lamb With Brown Rice 390gm - 82p

Armitage Goodboy Mini Fresh Breath Rawhide Rolls Daily Dental Puppy Dog Chews Pack of 7 - £2.10

Armitage Goodboy Basic Tennis Ball & Rope Toy - £1.25

Rosewood Pet Products Choo Chum Nylon Bone Mint - Small - £2.25

Rosewood Pet Products Pet Food Can Cover - £1.75

Jezeppi's favourite toy treat has to be the Armitage ball and rope toy, he plays with it every day, well thats if he can remember where he's buried it in the garden, or sometimes he hides it under the sofa, then can't get it back out!

His favourite treats have to be the Lily's Kitchen delicious baked biscuits, I'm sure he would scoff down the whole bag all at once if he had the opportunity too!

Now Jezeppi is getting use to Spud receiving products again!
I'm very impressed with the prices of the products, with the cheapest of the products being 85p and the most expensive from our list costing £2.25, I know where I'll be shopping from in the future for any treats, toys and food I need for Jezeppi!

Until next time,
Jada x