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Monday, 18 May 2015

OXO tot feeding utensils **REVIEW**

As soon as babies start eating you hit a whole new mind field of the baby shop, the feeding isle! Its contains masses of plates and bowls in different shapes, sizes and proportions as well as cutlery in a huge range of sizes and shapes and then there is the beakers!

So when the lovely people at OXO tot offered us some of their range to try with Evelyn we were really intrigued to see how these would fare.


The plate which is priced at around -- the plate divided in to portions which I have found really helpful in giving me a rough guide in how much of each food to dish up for Evelyn. It also features a detachable ring which we LOVE! It can be put it place to stop food from falling off the edge of the plate when baby is trying to use a spoon but it can also be removed as they get older and gain a little more control. The rim edge leans in slightly so it means as they scoop food against it the rim almost pushes the food back on to the spoon.



The plate also features a non slip base which was great to keep the plate from sliding around especially on the high chair tray. It didn't however of course stop Evelyn just picking it up and chucking it on the floor. However I don't think any amount of non slip or suckers would stop Evelyn doing this as she would just pick it up off the plate and chuck if she couldn't move the plate! The base also has small symbols on the bottom to show you what should go in to each section to really help you work out portion control for proteins, carbs and fruit/veg.

The other item we were sent from the OXO tot range was the beaker.
We have tried several beakers from different brands with varying levels of success. This beakers features wide, long and easy to grip handles which seem to be just in the right place and at the right angle to encourage baby to tip the beaker up slightly (something which Evelyn has struggle with other beakers to do). The main body of the beaker is clear and features a measure on the side so you can always see how much water baby has drank which is really handy too especially in the summer or if they are poorly.


Over all we loved these products from the OXO tot range. We loved the vibrant bright colours and that they seem to be good, sturdy and quality pieces of feeding equipment for baby. The only small issue we found was that the hard plastic to the spout area of the beaker was easily scratched by Evelyn's teeth whenever she drank from it. This didn't effect the use at all it just made it look a little worn after a little use.

The OXO tot feeding range is available is 3 colours hot pink and white, Aqua and white and Green and white. All are bright vibrant and eye catching.

Why not check out the other fantastic baby and toddler feeding items OXO tots have to offer via their website here -

Do you own any products from the OXO tot range?

xXx

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Puddle Ducks swimming lessons **UPDATE**

Evelyn has been enjoying her Puddle Duck's lessons for 4 weeks now (where does the time go!?) and she has honestly come on leaps and bounds since that first lesson.


After mentioning about a sign being placed outside to make it easier to find, we were thrilled to see a lovely big clear sign directing us to Puddle Ducks on our arrival! The changing rooms are always lovely and warm as is the pool so no worries about babies getting cold! 

Jen our teacher has been lovely as I am sure are all of the Puddle Ducks teachers, she is fantastic with the babies and you can tell by the way she runs her classes she is enthusiastic and really cares about all the children at Puddle Ducks. Having such a lovely teacher really does put your mind at ease especially when taking your children swimming for the first couple of times when both you and your child may be nervous.

In our lessons Evelyn has been practicing lots of submersion and turning techniques as well as exhaling water and blowing bubbles. Only last week Evelyn, with a little help from Jen swam under water through a hoop and out the other side to mummy kicking her little legs behind her bless her!


The classes cover lots of techniques that as well as learning and perfecting in class you can also take away from the pool and practice in your own time, as well as really focusing on babies confidence in the water being the best it can be. Evelyn has started dipping her mouth in to the water to copy me when blowing bubbles.


For us so far Puddle Duck's swimming lessons have been great, they have been fun and Evelyn has learnt through fun, song and rhyming as well as being on her way to learning some basic techniques that could potentially one day save her life!

If you are undecided about joining Puddle Ducks with your little ones I would say quite literally just take the plunge and do it! From what we have experienced so far we are sure you will love the lessons just as much as we do!


Make sure you come back and check out how she has got on in another few weeks.

Why not pop over to the Puddle Ducks website and check out what lessons they have to offer to cater for you - www.puddleducks.com.

xXx




Friday, 15 May 2015

Flair Plasticine **REVIEW**

James adores craft activities and there is nothing much better to keep a child entertained on a rainy day stuck indoors than a day of crafts! I am in awe of James imagination and what he can create with a few simple objects and his own imagination.

So when we received a lovely bundle of Plasticine products for James to try out from Flair I knew he would be over the moon, it also brought back childhood memories for me! 
James immediately noticed the Ninja Turtle squidgems (no surprise as he is a huge ninja turtle fan!) and he was so excited at the possibility of creating his own ninja turtle.

The squidgems kit comes with the 2 colours of plasticine you require as well as thin cardboard accessories which you apply to the plasticine once you have moulded the body, head, arms etc to create all of the details such as eyes and weapons. Priced at just £1.49 these make great inexpensive activities or gifts for any ninja turtle fan. 
Also included in our plasticine bundle was this set of colourmax plasticine (rrp £2.99) which is a set of 24 tubes of plasticine in a wide variety of colours. Or if you are looking for slightly larger quantities of plasticine you can also purchase the Funtubulous set (rrp £6.99) which include 7 larger tubes of plasticine + 4 cutters. There are no instructions or limitations with plasticine which is what makes it so great! 

Here are some of the things James made with his plasticine (we used the colourmax and funtubulous plastice to create these) - 


For me Plasticine is one of those childhood toys that will never go out of fashion and even as an adult I had the urge to sit down with James and help him make little creatures. The great thing about plasticine is that it doesn't dry out either so your creations can be kept or reused later on to make something different without having to ever worry that the Plasticine will dry out and become unusable. 

We did find that one the colour's were mixed they were almost impossible to separate again however this didn't really bother James as he wanted to keep his models once they were made anyway.

If you want to find out more about Plasticine and the wide variety of products you can buy pop over to the Flair website here - www.flairplc.co.uk.

Do your kids or you love to create with plasticine too? What do your kids love to create? 

xXx

Swimshop £25 giveaway!

Today I have a lovely giveaway for you to get you ready for the summer, a £25 voucher for Swimshop one of the leading swimming costume retailers in the UK. 

SwimShop have been in the swimwear business longer than any other UK swimming shop. They are headed up by an Olympic Finalist and are now the Swim Specialists at Sports Direct, the UK’s largest sports retailer. Their passion and product range begins with encouraging little tots to love learning to swim, to equipping the next generation's budding athletes with the correct swimwear and on to meeting the needs of the world's elite swimmers.


You may have noticed via several post's on the blog lately that we are big swimming fans! Both James and Evelyn attend regular lessons and we often swim together on a weekend. Its one of those activities that is not only fun for all but it can also save your life!

A part of swimming is finding decent swimwear to wear when you go. As an adult I often feel self conscious in a swimming costume so a good quality, pretty swimming costume does wonders for my confidence. James loves picking out his swimming shorts too and there are lots of bright, fun designs out there for kids now.


So I have this giveaway for you. You can enter below using the Rafflecopter form and 1 lucky winner will be chosen at random to win a £25 voucher to spend on anything from the Swimshop website. The giveaway is open to UK residents only and a winner will be chosen from all entries that have been completed successfully within 48 hours of the giveaway ending.

Enter here -

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway will run from 15/05/2015 - 05/06/2015 a winner will be chosen at random using the rafflecopter application. The giveaway is open to UK residents only. The prize will be supplied by Swimshop and once a winner is picked the winners details will be passed on to Swimshop to arrange your prize. 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Salcura Bioskin Junior Products **REVIEW**

Both James and Evelyn have suffered from eczema from very young. James seems to have outgrown his mostly with just a few patches flaring up now and again in the summer. However Evelyns seems to be showing no signs of disappearing any time soon and we have tried LOTS of creams from the doctors with not a lot of success. 

So when we were recently offered some Bioskin Junior products from the lovely people at Salcura I jumped at the chance but I was quite skeptical if it would really help. 

"Bioskin Junior Active Therapy range is a two-step system ideal for those prone to eczema, psoriasis and severely dry skin. Designed for use by children and babies aged 3 months and over, and by anyone with very sensitive or delicate skin. Using only naturally active ingredients, they work with the skin to aide its own natural healing process."



We received the full range of Bioskin junior products which includes - 

- Bioskin junior daily nourishing spray
- Bioskin junior outbreak rescue cream
- Bioskin junior bath milk
- Bioskin junior conditioning shampoo 
- Bioskin junior face and body wash

As you can see from the range above there is something for every situation for day to day use. 

The outbreak rescue cream was the one I was most intrigued to try, we have been given steroid creams by the doctors before which do help clear up flare ups but these can only be used for short periods of time, then once we stop using it the flare ups usually return soon after. 
The outbreak cream is a replacement for these steroid creams and unlike steroid creams there is no time limit on usage and it can also be used on the face! It has a thick smooth texture that applies easily and gently to the skin. 
The outbreak rescue cream uses 96% natural ingredients and contains no steroids or harsh chemicals. 


Another product included in the range was the Bioskin daily nourishing spray and I immediately thought what a great idea having a spray is! Evelyn is now a very wriggly 11 month old who does not sit still long enough for me to rub cream in (and its probably quite sore when her eczema is bad). 
The daily nourishing spray contains Sea Buckthorn for nourishment & cell regeneration, English Lavender to calm & balance, and Rosemary for its ability to support collagen development and eliminate free radicals.
The spray was also easy to apply and very quick to absorb into her skin which meant no waiting around for cream to dry or absorb as this was just a few minutes. We will definitely be using this daily from now on. 

All of the bath items (the bath milk, face and body wash and conditioning shampoo) were great. They had a fresh gentle scent that didn't smell chemically or overpowering at all. They all were a great addition to our normal bath time routine and definitely made Evelyn's skin feel smoother and softer (including her hair!). I did feel the bath milk was quite pricey for how much you received as it did get used up quite quickly as Evelyn often shares a larger bath with her brother so we used more of the product, however it did work so this was just a personal opinion. 

(Evelyn enjoying using the shampoo and bath milk.)

I have to the products REALLY worked! After only 1 week of using the products Evelyn's eczema had clearly visibly improved. Her skin was a lot less red and rough, much smoother and softer and she was no longer going mad to itch every 2 minutes. 

If you are undecided about trying the Bioskin products, Salcura even offer a 30 day money back guarantee so if within this time you decide the products don't work for you and you are not 100% satisfied then you can contact Salcura for your money back! 

You can find out more about the entire Bioskin junior range via their website here - www.salcuraskincare.com

Have you or your children ever suffered with eczema or severely dry skin?

xXx

Babymoov Muslin cloth challenge.

The lovely people at Babymoov have recently set us a challenge to share 10 uses for Muslin cloths and sent us some of their new design muslin cloths to get us started!


Since having James I very early on realised Muslin cloth's were going to be my best friend and they were the item I stocked up on most (besides nappies and wipes) before Evelyn arrived. I quickly realised just how versatile muslin cloths are and just how many uses they have, so I have shared some of our favourite uses below.

Burp Cloth. The most obvious but soaking up and catching sick and spills, especially useful if like me you have a sickie baby or a baby who suffers with reflux. Muslin cloths most definitely changed us from numerous outfit changes per day, they are super absorbent and can be washed and dried easy and quickly.

Sun shade. With the unpredictable British weather you may often find yourself caught short without a sun shade or parasol when out and about and the sun decides to make an appearance. You can get different sized muslin cloths and I found the larger sized ones worked great as a temporary sun shade draped over a pushchair to keep the sun off baby.

Illness. When your baby is suffering from a cold I have found rubbing a small amount or vapour rub in to a muslin cloth and they tying it securely to the cot helped relieved blocked noses and help baby sleep a little better.

Cleaning. When your muslin cloths start getting a little dirty, stained and well used they make great dusting cloths too

Dens!  The larger muslin cloths make great sheets for making dens or hidey places.

Picnic's. Muslin cloths can also make great little blankts for impromptu picnics or if the grass is slightly damp. They are also handy to lay on the floor at the beach if your little one is a little unsure of the sand on their toes.

Babywearing. We adore baby wearing but sometimes tiny newborns need a little extra support around the head/ neck area as their little heads and necks are so weak. I found rolling up a muslin cloth and tucking it into the carrier/ sling behind babies neck to provide a little extra support worked wonders.

Comforter. Some babies Evelyn included love snuggling into a comforter when they sleep. Its obviously not advised to have anything in the cot/ moses basket whilst baby is small. However now Evelyn is a little older she loves having something to rub against her face as she drifts off to sleep. The Babymoov muslin clothes are so soft so are perfect for the job!

Swaddling. When babies are small they often love to be swaddled to sleep and it helps them feel all safe and secure. Muslin cloths are especially useful for swaddling in the summer as they still keep baby nice and cool whilst being swaddled.

Changing mat cover. You never know with babies when or where you are going to need to change them and this often happens when you are about and about and have no option but to use public changing facilities. However do you really know how clean these are? I often use muslin cloths to lay down on the changing table as a barrier between Evelyn and the changing table just as an extra precaution.


The muslin cloths we received for this challenge are part of the newly designed muslin cloth sets from Babymoov. These were designed by 5 blogging mums and come in 5 funky, unique designs to choose from. We received the 4 seasons design and I loved the pastel colours incorporated in to the design making them really pretty.

Each pack comes with 3 muslin cloths 1 size 80cm x 80cm and two size 60cm x 60cm and come presented in a lovely stylish box, these would make a lovely gift for any new or expecting mum!


Do you have any other uses for Muslin cloths? Please do share below!

xXx




Saturday, 9 May 2015

April Degustabox **REVIEW**

As the end of the month approaches everyone in the houses gets excited about our Degustabox arriving and discovering what is going to be inside!

This months Degustabox had an intriguing theme - The International Box.
Degustabox is a monthly subscription box that is delivered to your door at the end of each month. Each month your box will be filled to the brim of delicious food and drink products to try in which many of the brands will be new or new products from existing large brands. The cost of Degustabox is £ 12.99 a month (although you will find a discount code at the bottom of this post!) and the contents of the box always far outweighs the cost you pay!

Here is what was inside our box this month -

Veetee rice

Veetee is a brand that is regularly included in the Degustabox.This months box included these microwavable rice pots, I really like these rice tubs as they are so quick and easy to pop in to the microwave. This month we received 2 new flavours to try Peri Peri and Spicy mexican style. Both had a hint of spice to them but both were delicious especially the spicy mexican style rice served with warm taco's!

Barrys tea
I personally don't drink tea so I would love to see something different in next months box as we do seem to receive tea in most boxes. It doesn't go to waste though my mum loves tea and has said she loves trying all the new flavours and Barry's Tea was lovely.

Cirio
This months box contained not 1 but 2 products from Cirio, tomato fillets and double concentrate tomato puree. My dad used the tomato fillets to top a delicious home made pizza and said they were perfect for job. The tomato puree came in 4 handy sized pots, I used one in a spaghetti bolognese and it came it a lovely rich tomato flavour.

Kinder chocolate 
Of course James eyes lit up when he saw these in the box and I have to admit so did mine! We were sent 2 varieties of Kinder chocolate in our box the chocolate with cereals and the choco bons. The choco bons wereso mourish the bag was gone with 24 hours of opening it. I wasn't a huge fan of the chocolate with cereals, they tasted a little like chocolate sugar puffs.

Kingfisher beer 
My husband snagged this one as soon as it appeared out the box. He had tried it before when we visited an Indian restaurant some time ago but had not had it since, he said it tasted great! He said it was easy to drink and had a slight citrus taste to it but not overpowering at all. (This was included in the alcohol option for the Degustabox).

Schwartz curry sachets
I was excited to see these in the box as James favourite meal is a curry so we often have curry once a week. We received the Korma and Balti flavours in our box and we have already tried the Korma which was really nice. Im not a huge fan of coconut but it offered up the perfect amount of heat for the kids to enjoy.

Nando's potato chips
I will admit I am probably in a minority when I say I have never been to Nando's! but judging by the taste of these crisp's I need too! These Nando's grooves were packed with flavour and crunch and came in a range of interesting flavours including smokey bbq, spicy chicken and sizzling hot.

Debeukelaer cookies
Debeukelaer cookies are inspired by traditional family bakeries in Greenwich Village, New York. Each Cookies comes individually wrapped in a quirky newspaper style wrapper and sealed inside is a delicious soft cookie with a melty chocolate centre, simply delicious! The Debeukelaer cookies come in 3 flavours creamy cookies, crispy cookies and brownie cookie.

Scheckters energy drink
This is the first energy drink I have tasted that tasted fruity and not of just pure sugar and an added bonus is that it is organic and offers 100% natural energy! I really enjoyed this drink and will certainly be looking out for it in the future.

IdrinQ generation drink
The InrinQ is a new generation of drink, which is designed to help you think smarter. Things that were challenging become simpler and everything seems clearer. They did have a bit of a funny after taste though and probably not something I would buy.

We loved the fact that Degustabox gave us the chance to try out products from all across the world for just £12.99 a month!

If you fancy trying Degustabox for yourself you can use the code XP1PP to receive £3 off your first box!

Find out more about Degustabox via one of their pages below -

http://bit.ly/DBhomepage - Website
http://bit.ly/DBUKfacebook - Facebook
http://bit.ly/DBUKTwitter - Twitter


Is there anything that caught your eye in this months box that you would love to try?


xXx