Reviewed: bakerdays Cakes And A Giveaway

Choosing a gift for a loved one or a friend can sometimes be frustrating. You try to choose something they would like and enjoy, and love presenting it to them and seeing their expression as they open it. But there are occasions when, due to living in different places, you have to send a present across the miles, and then it becomes a little more difficult. This is where bakerdays cakes come in.

Bakerdays create beautiful cakes for any occasion, and these can also be personalised with both words or a photograph. Whether it be for a birthday, an anniversary, Halloween, Christmas or starting a new school or a new Job, bakerdays cakes can be matched to your occasion. The cakes are all designed, baked and created by the bakerdays team, but the thing I love the most about them is that the designs are especially made to fit through a letterbox, meaning that even if you are sending it to someone who is not at home in the day, the cake can still be delivered on time, giving your loved one a lovely surprise when they see a treat waiting for them on their doormat.

I chose a bakerdays cake for my son Joe, to celebrate going back to school, starting a new term and a new school year. The cake was sent in a gift tin that keeps it in perfect condition, it will stay fresh for up to 14 days upon arrival. The tin also contained balloons, candles and a gift card.

We opted for a vanilla buttercream cake, but there are many different choices including gluten free, dairy free and wheat free, as well as fruit cake and chocolate cake – something for every taste in actual fact. The cake was in perfect condition in the tin and tasted absolutely delicious, and, as promised, remained fresh – we had the last slice tonight, almost a week since it was first delivered.

With both Halloween and Christmas on their way, a bakerdays Cake is a fantastic gift idea to make a note of. But one lucky winner could win a Letterbox Gift cake in the recipe and personalised design of their choice, by entering the competition below.

 

bakerdays Letterbox cake giveaway

Getting out and about this Autumn

For many people, Autumn is the best season. It it a time of great natural beauty, the leaves change and fall from the trees as temperatures start to fall, but we still have gloriously sunny days and blue skies that hold off the bay of Winter just that little bit longer. These lovely days (and if we’re really lucky, a touch of an Indian Summer) make Autumn a season where we really should be getting out and about and enjoying some fresh air and outdoor pursuits.

There really is no reason to be staying inside. Children need to be turfed out, away from their computer screens, and instead given a football, a frisbie or a kite. Moms and dads need to put those car keys away and make the most of the season by opting to walk to the shops or the school. Even if your mobility is a problem for you, there is still no reason why you can’t enjoy some time away from the TV, computer or PS4. A range of different mobility aids from a company like Pro Rider Mobility can give you the support you need to be able to enjoy time outdoors, whether it be a trip in the park or taking in a nature walk. And don’t forget that the best events of Autumn, Halloween and Bonfire Night, take place outside.

Here are a few more ideas for enjoying a wonderful Autumn.

Enjoy your local Park

As I’ve already mentioned, parks are beautiful places of change at this time of the year. Whether you are walking your dog, or taking your children to search for conkers and pine cones, this really is a great way to spend a couple of hours, particularly whilst we still have some daylight hours in the evenings after school and work.

Get yourself to a football match

We are now well into the football season, and while I have to admit that it gets pretty cold on the stands once we hit Winter, for me, the best way to spend an Autumn afternoon is cheering on your team at the top of your voice, and getting a hotdog covered in mustard on the way back. Most grounds these days have access for those with mobility problems, with my team, West Brom, also adding an area for those with sensory issues and new commentary for death supporters, making football far more inclusive than it was in the past.

At WBA v West Ham last Saturday

Say Goodbye to the bears of The Big Sleuth

The Big Sleuth has been a massive success if Birmingham and the surrounding areas this Summer, with 100 bears delighting thousands of people. But all good things must come to an end, and the weekend beginning October 6th sees the finale for the bears, as they are all gathered together in East Park for one last goodbye. If you didn’t get chance to see the bears in their locations, this is a great way to see the bears all together.

Birmingham Weekender

This weekend sees the Birmingham Weekender, a weekend dedicated to getting the arts out and about in the city of Birmingham. From Rangeeli, a colourful community parade taking place through the city-centre complete with Harminder the Elephant, to Slack Rope Connections and the Bullzini Family Funambulists in Cathedral Square, who will help you test your balancing skills, this is a great way of getting out and about with your family, and finding that the city is about far more than shopping.

How will you enjoy the great outdoors this Autumn?

How to take your baby out on a windy day and avoid all problems

Autumn is here and we have already seen a drop in the temperature, this suggests that we are likely to witness some windy days outside. When it comes to taking your newborn baby outside in these conditions, it’s important that you dress them properly so that they are comfortable for the entire trip. Here are some aspects to consider:

Don’t believe that the wind causes ear infections

An old tale that some people seem to believe is that taking your little one out in the wind can result in them getting an ear infection – although this is not the case.

This is because the location of an ear infection is found behind the ear drum and way back in the inner ear. Therefore, external exposure like wind or even water will not affect this area.

Although some children will get ear infections, this is usually down to their family history and other factors like how much smoke they are exposed to – kids that are aged between 6 month and 2 years are more prominent to getting an ear infection.

If you’re cold, your baby will be cold too!

With that misconception out of our minds, let’s get down to the real stuff. First of all, it’s totally fine to head outside with your baby right away if you’d like to. However, many paediatricians advise that you keep newborns away from crowded places due to germs being prevalent in such locations. It’s best to delay that trip to a shopping centre, supermarket or a restaurant with your baby by a few months then!

Ed Glasser who is a professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine commented: “Infants lose about 50 per cent of their heat from their heads.”

Babies tend to cool down much quicker than adults do and this results in it being harder to produce heat for them when it’s gone – keeping them warm outside is vital.

You need to make sure that your child is wrapped in more than one layer if you plan to go outside – you need to keep them protected, we recommend that you use cosytoes. Ensure they are wearing both thermal and waterproof layers to protect them from the weather elements, and check that their fingers, toes, ears, nose and chin are all covered but that they can still breathe easily.

When venturing off outside, make the duration short – don’t keep your baby out too long and if they look uncomfortable, make your way back inside quickly to protect them from any winds.

Your baby’s skin

The wind is very powerful and your baby’s skin is very delicate – this can lead to your baby having rosy cheeks.

Your baby’s hands and feet need to be protected as there is a thinner layer of skin there, use mittens and socks to make your baby more comfortable when going outside. A couple of top tips to consider is to change your infant’s mittens or socks if they get wet with a fresh pair.  This will avoid skin becoming irritated and apply some baby moisturising cream as soon as you spot any of your baby’s skin which looks or feels dry.