October 25, 2014
by Mirka

WellVine: Your Trusted Health Partner Through the Journey of Motherhood

WellVine launches free health Q&A service, connecting you to real doctors for bespoke support

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In association with WellVine

Aah motherhood!
The excitement of pregnancy (for some, after years of trying), the joy of holding your baby for the first time, the unconditional love so deep it hurts, the fierce protectiveness that comes with being a mother. And the worries, oh the worries. How do I increase my chances of getting pregnant? Am I eating right for the baby inside me? Did I feel it kick enough today? Recovery after delivery? Getting fit after baby? Is my baby developing normally? Should I get this or that vaccination? How best to handle bumps and falls, coughs and colds, infections and fevers with growing youngsters? The list goes on and on.

What if you had a personal doctor and a range of health experts, at your fingertips, to answer all your queries? WellVine was built on a simple idea: Connecting women like you to vetted and experienced doctors and health experts online, giving you access to bespoke health support – anytime, anywhere. WellVine is offering a free trial of the service on an invitation-only basis until 5th November 2014. And you are invited! We had a great chat with Mirka and felt the readers of All Baby Advice would really find value in this service – so we extend a warm invitation to you to visit WellVine (link above) and try it for yourself, for free until 5th November 2014.

Your stories led to the launch of WellVine
The founder of WellVine, Hina, pregnant with her first baby, found herself increasingly frustrated at the lack of ready access to expert pregnancy advice. She found a familiar pattern in the stories of mums and mums-to-be she spoke to – long waits for GP appointments; lack of trustworthy information online, often confusing due to conflicting perspectives; and a struggle to even find time to go to the doctor given our busy lives (even more so with children!). Women like you knew what they wanted…that access to real experts – at their fingertips – would make their lives easier. So WellVine was launched.

The WellVine health experts at your service
The WellVine expert network consists of vetted and experienced health professionals. Our experts provide personalised responses to your health queries online at www.wellvine.co.uk. You can post your queries anonymously if you wish, or on our public forums. We thoroughly vet our experts so you can have peace of mind. We have carefully selected our experts to help with a range of pregnancy and motherhood health needs.

Our expert network includes:

  • Senior doctors: For general health queries about pregnancy, children and you
  • Nutritionists: For diet and nutrition advice for the whole family
  • Fitness trainers: For support on antenatal/postnatal fitness and beyond
  • Mental health experts: For emotional wellness of mothers and mothers-to-be

Read more about our experts here.

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And remember, you are not alone in the marathon that is motherhood. Join our growing community of mothers on WellVine. You can browse questions that women like you have asked previously, and see the responses they have received from our experienced health experts by going to our site (no need to register, just have a browse using the ‘Browse Q&A’ button on the main landing page!). Or join our online group ‘The motherhood journey’ for mums and mums-to-be, to share experiences and find support from women who will understand.

Supporting you in three simple steps

  • Post a question: Submit your query (anonymously or publicly) at our site (link in the title of this article). We will ask you a few simple questions so we can get back to you with a personalised response. It’s that simple, and takes just a few seconds.
  • Get a personalised response: One of our experienced and vetted experts will review your query and provide a bespoke response to help you.
  • Meet other: You can connect with others like yourself within our growing online community. Find friends, share messages, photos and blogs. Access health news and updates. And ask as many other questions as you want!

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WellVine – your trusted health partner through the journey of motherhood. Ask our vetted doctors and health experts. Free trial, open until 5th November 2014.

October 24, 2014
by Mirka

Forget your FoMo fears! #StreamTeam


As a member of Netflix #StreamTeam I have the pleasure of watching fabulous movies for free, but also getting their latest updates. This was the last one and as I had no idea (probably like some of you) what “FoMo” means, I had to share with you!

Have you got the terror of the century – ‘fear of missing out’ aka FoMo?

To celebrate National Parents Week, which takes place from 21st – 27th October, Netflix are calling on mums to plan some time with their partner or fellow friends to catch-up with the latest new shows on Netflix so you aren’t left out when everybody talks about Vee’s destiny (if you don’t get this, make OITNB number one on your list like me!)

FoMo is fast becoming the fright of the modern millennial – that everybody else is having more fun and exciting experiences than you. Whether it’s dining at the latest restaurant, taking the kids to the latest outdoor craze or understanding what your fellow mums are talking about at the school gates – it’s something all mums have experienced before.

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And what have I been watching on Netflix lately? I can never get enough of Johnny Depp’s movies. I just love him, not only as he obviously is  a great looker, but such a talented actor too. I wish he stayed being the husband & father role model he used to be, but I cannot imagine what’s it like to be a celebrity, so no judging here!

I watched the “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”, and my favourite movie “Chocolat”. If you like Johnny, these are a must see. By the way, there are quite a few movies with him on Netflix, and I will be watching them all on the long and lonely dark nights when daddy is away.

October 24, 2014
by Mirka

Get Your Kids Active with LeapBand

My girls have been fighting over the latest addition to LeapFrog’s products range, the LeapBand. We are a very active family, and I have recently launched a fitness blog for mums fitness4mamas.com, so please do check it out if you haven’t already.

Back back to the LeapBand. Why do my girls love it? Well, Olivia is probably still too little to enjoy all the features as she is not even 3 years old, but loves wearing this kind of watch and checking what her little pet monkey is up to.

Your pet can be happy, but also hungry, sleepy, energetic, playful, and more. I love the idea of getting children more into walking. There is your energy bar on the screen, and as you move around during the day this bar moves too. When you fill it up, it changes to another colour. There will be a mark on the bar showing how far you went the previous day, which can encourage your little one to go further the next day.

There are a total of eight pets that may be unlocked on the LeapBand. A new pet can be unlocked every four days. The paw mark on the LeapBand’s home screen indicates how close you are to unlocking your next pet. Each day one space on the paw may be filled in by earning joules. A new pet will be unlocked when the paw is completely filled in.

Treasure box:
You earn jewels for completing challenges, while you move around ( even when the screen is off), play games with your pet to get them moving & earn jewels that way, or make your own challenge and use stopwatch. You can also earn rewards!

Watch this short LeapFrog video to see what your little one can do with the LeapBand!

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  • Pick 1 of 8 pets, including a unicorn, robot, dragon and more—then choose its name and colour.
  • In LeapFrog Connect, parents can set up to 36 LeapBand challenges such as “Jump like a frog” and “Walk like a crab” to get kids active.
  • Device comes pre-loaded with 14 challenges—get kids moving with active and imaginative activities.
  • The more active kids are, the more points they earn to play games on LeapBand, such as Pet Boogie and Fun Run.
  • Children can feed, groom and care for their pet. Plus, they can earn rewards to unlock more surprises and pet play.
  • Petathlon App: Extend play to LeapPad Ultra, smartphones and tablets – unlock rewards and learn about staying healthy.
  • Healthy habits: In Pet Chef, kids can help their pet collect food to make healthy snacks and unlock nutrition fun facts.
  • Includes rechargeable battery, water-resistant design and hi-res screen; manage play times with School/Quiet modes.


  • Move Mode: This is the default mode of the device. The accelerometer in the LeapBand tracks motion. The screen and sound are not active in this mode.
  • Player Mode: Turn on Player mode by touching any tracker button. The screen illuminates and your child has access to all of the on-device features. Player mode goes into Move mode after a period of no interaction.
  • Quiet Time: While kids can still earn Joules during Quiet Time, no audio, animation or gameplay is available; only the clock displays if a button is pressed. To turn Quiet Time on or off, press and hold the Left Scroll button on the tracker for 5 seconds.

School and Night Time
I really love this feature which helps with controlling your little one is not playing with this device when you don’t want them to! Select two blocks of time for 1 to 7 days a week where no audio, animation or gameplay is available. Your child still earns Joules, as the device will continue to track their motions, but only the analog/analogue clock displays until the School or Night Time duration has expired. School and Night modes can only be set and cancelled in LeapFrog Connect. These modes cannot be set and cancelled on the tracker. So your little one cannot change this!

As a parent you can keep track on what your little ones are up to via a weekly LeapBand report too!


How to enter?

LeapFrog have donated one of the latest LeapBands to my readers, how great is that? Please head over to my Fitness4Mamas.com blog and enter via the Rafflecopter widget.

Good luck!