Saturday, 30 August 2014

Luv My Blankee **REVIEW**

Peanut wont take a dummy however she has developed a habitat of holding onto and snuggling into a blanket for comfort instead. 

So when the lovely people at Luv My Blankee offered to send us one of their handmade blankets we were very excited to receive it! 


Luv my Blankee are a company who make blankets in a range of designs and colours as well as the oh-so-soft plush fabric. The blankets measure 70cm by 90cm. The Luv My Blankee blankets also feature a unique dummy pocket which I can imagine would come in very handy to store a dummy in so when it comes to nap time you always know you have one to hand! 

Luv My Blankee also offer a service in which you can personalise your blanket with a black and white photo and text onto white plush fabric with a choice of colours for the backing dimple fabric.

Luv My Blankee blankets are made in the UK (Devon) and are all handmade to your specifications. 




The blanket is a really good size and is SO soft! The design is bright and vibrant and the dimple fabric is so snuggly against peanuts skin. 



Here is the unique dummy pocket which is situated on the back of the blankee in matching fabric to the front of the blankee and is fastened with a popper button. 


Peanut loves her Blankee!!


Blankees can also be placed in the washing machine and tumble dryer and wont shrink or bobble so they can easily be washed and dried when needed.


xXx


* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.
* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Friday, 29 August 2014

James and Evelyn Update.

WOW time has gone so quickly! 

Evelyn is now 11 weeks old and has grown so much, She now has no interest in lying down and wants to be constantly upright looking around having a good old nosy at the world. 
She has had her first lot of immunisations (which I am pretty sure was more traumatic for me than her as she just let out a whimper then had a feed and fell asleep lol!). She also got weighed yesterday and at 11 weeks 4 days weighs 13lb!! 
Evelyn is completely full of smiles and has recently started laughing which is so cute it melts your heart in an instant. Saying that shes already a complete diva when she wants to be and has definitely found her voice when she wants picking up or feeding! 


James is starting school in just over 1 week!! I cannot believe my baby boy is heading off to school. We brought his school uniform Saturday and he was so excited trying on school jumpers and checking out his book bag. 
James also got his second swimming badge at his swimming lessons (super proud mummy)! and he can now swim short distances all by himself with no floats!! He has moved up from the preschool swimming lessons to the school age swimming lessons in preparation for school, I was a little nervous how he would get on as its a lot more "actual" swimming than fun and games like his previous lessons but he loved it.


I cant believe how quickly both my babies are growing up but I am loving the beautiful little people they are turning in too. 


xXx

Monday, 25 August 2014

EasyBelts **REVIEW** and **GIVEAWAY**

Its a bit of an on going joke in our house that James has no bum lol! 
The reality is that hes so tall and skinny that trousers are a nightmare to buy. Trousers that fit in the waist are way to short in the leg, However trousers that fit length wise are much to big on the waist. 

Then we found EasyBelts! 


Easybelts

Easybelts for children offer a unique belt made for little hands.
Easybelts are the belt that little hands can manage. This belt is the ideal first belt, whether it’s just struggling to get trousers to fit or encouraging your children when potty training there is an easybelt for every occasion.
All children like to feel grown up and with the Easybelts we hope to encourage independence and make things a little easier for the parent.
Easybelts are velcro closing, removing the problem some children have then securing the common belt, this can help to build confidence and encourage independence.
The materials we use in our belt is a high quality soft webbing that is elasticated for comfort, the Easybelt  unlike other children’s belts is adjustable in size to  allow for growth and comfort because as a parent I understand how children grow and don’t like to feel uncomfortable or restricted in their clothing.


I was really looking forward to trying this out as we have tried several belts for James but they have all been much to fiddly for him to manage by himself. James will be heading to school in September and so needs to be able to manage the belt by himself. 
The Easybelt enabled him to do that! I showed him how to do the belt once and he picked it up straight away. It was quick and easy to do and looked really comfortable to wear. 




Easybelts have so many designs to choose from there is something to suit every child and every occasion! 
Easybelts for children are priced between £5 and £7 per belt which I think is a fab price for something that really helps your child and because the belt is elasticated it will last your child ages.

You can find out more about EasyBelts via one of there pages - 

Website - www.easybelts.co.uk
Facebook - www.facebook.com/EasyBelts
Twitter - twitter.com/EasyBelts

How would you like the chance to win 1 of your own EasyBelts of your choice? 
You can enter below and 3 lucky winners will each get to choose a EasyBelt of their choice. 


Open to UK residents only. 3 winners will be selected at random using the rafflecopter winner selector. The winners will be contacted via email and will need to respond with a name, address and your choice of belt and size.

* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.
* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Legoland Windsor!!

James has been on and on about going to Legoland so on Saturday we decided to suprise him!

We all got in the car really early and headed out telling James we were just going to see a friend. When we arrived at the gates to Legoland and he saw the lego figures and blocks he was so excited he started shouting "Were at Legoland, Were at Legoland I love it" lol and he didn't stop smiling all day!



We had such a fantastic day and luckily despite a few grey clouds whilst we were queuing to get in the park the rest of the day was blue sky and lots of sun. 
The park was very busy but that's only to be expected for a park like this in the summer holidays, The ques were really well handled by the staff and the ques had clearly marked signs with expected waiting times so you new just how long you would be waiting for each ride.

The park was extremely clean and we saw several staff members over the park clearing up any litter that had been dropped. The staff were also really helpful in helping you find places (we couldn't find our way to the river rapids but were quickly pointed in the right direction by a lovely member of staff). 

The prices are a little steep at around £46 per adult and £41 per child however there are so many 2 for 1 vouchers or cereal and crisp packets etc you can get it much cheaper by simply using one of these. 
There are plenty of rides and attractions for all ages including Duplo valley which even has a water park play area for the younger guests and Knights kingdom with lots of faster roller-coasters and rides for the older children. 

Here are some pictures of our day - 

Lots of rides

Plenty of Lego figures dotted around the park for pictures too

James particularly enjoyed the Learner Driver ride where the children are given a quick guide on driving then taken to their cars and they drive around the track. At the end they are given a little token driving licence which can be taken to the booth and you can pay for a plastic Legoland driving license with your child's photo on which comes complete with a lanyard for your child to wear it!

There is also a Submarine ride where you board a submarine and the bottom half is submerged in water with lots of glass windows so you can see all of the fish, sharks, sting rays and there are even Lego figures under the water!

The miniature village is also pretty amazing! Its staggering at what can be made out of Lego and all of the detail that has gone into it! There are floating boats, moving fairground rides and even moving racing cars!



Legoland is such a huge park I think we will definitely consider staying overnight next time as you really do need 2 days to get around the whole park properly in the busy seasons. We had a fantastic time and came wait to go back! 

You can check out the Legoland Website HERE and plan your own visit! 

xXx


Friday, 22 August 2014

Rosy Rosie Romper **REVIEW**

Rosy Rosie is a fantastic online company which sells natural, quality and contemporary products for babies, children and adults!
Everything sold at Rosy Rosie is handmade, or made from sustainable, organic or fairly traded materials & always has an ethical story to tell.

We were sent a lovely Spotty baby romper in Pink from Pigeon baby to review with peanut. 


First impressions were that it was a lovely colour, A soft pink that wasn't to bright nor to dull. Secondly I felt how soft the romper was!! It is so lovely and soft and perfect for babies delicate skin. The romper is made from organic cotton and isn't to thick so perfect for baby to wear to keep covered up but not overheat. 





It features a side fastening and flip over feet. I loved the flip over feet feature as it meant it could be worn as a footless romper in the heat or simply flip over the foot flap bits and its a baby grow and babies feet are kept nice and warm! 



The romper is available in sizes 0-5 months and 6-12 months and as well as the lovely pink colour we tried out it is also available in a lovely duck egg blue. 

The Spotty Baby Romper is priced at £20.00 so it is a little more pricey than some other rompers but I feel it really is worth the money!
Because it is available in 0-5 and 6-12 month sizes it has a slightly larger age gap so is designed to fit baby for a little longer than some other clothes ranges. It is also made from super soft organic cotton and is really versatile with the flip over feet making it perfect for warmer or colder weather. 
The romper has been worn and put through the wash several times and still looks as good as new and the colour hasn't faded at all. 

Rosy Rosie also sell very cute and practical matching sun-hats and bonnets! 



Rosy Rosie also sell lots of other products including clothes, toys, shoes and crafts for babies and children + Candles, bags and arts and crafts for the grown ups. 

You can find all about these products and many more on the Rosy Rosie website HERE.

Or find Rosy Rosie on Facebook HERE 
Or Twitter HERE.

xXx

* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.
* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Dr Browns Bottles **REVIEW**

Peanut is a complete Milk'o'saurus! She loves her milk but does suffer with wind and struggles to bring wind up. So when we were given the opportunity to try out some bottles from Dr Browns we were excited to give them a go to see if they would help! Here is our review...

We were sent the Dr Brown's Natural Flow 240ml BPA Free Twin Pack.


These are priced at around £11.69 for the twin pack. 

The first thing I noticed is they seem slightly larger than other bottles. Then I noticed the blue tube running through the centre. This isn't something you find in other bottles so I was really intrigued to see whether it would make a difference to peanuts feeding.




This is what Dr Browns had to say about their bottles 


"We offer a complete feeding system for happier babies; one that includes the only fully vented vacuum free feeding bottle. Widely recognised by parents and health professionals as the most effective way of preventing colic symptoms caused by regular bottles and teats, Dr Brown's Feeding System offers your baby the opportunity for a more comfortable feed."

"Our Dr. Brown's bottle features a patented two-piece internal vent system that works unlike any other bottle design. The vent system fully vents our bottle for vacuum-free feeding, which we call positive-pressure flow, similar to breastfeeding. As the baby feeds, air is channeled from the nipple collar through the vent system, bypassing the breast milk or formula, to the back of the bottle. Air never mixes with the breast milk or formula which minimizes oxidation and helps preserve essential nutrients like vitamins C, A and E."

and here is a short video clip showing how the bottles work.


They did seem to help peanuts wind! She seemed less windy and uncomfortable after a bottle and was a lot less sick after a feed!
I was a little worried about how easy it would be to clean the bottles in particular the vent system as the tube is quite narrow, However each bottle comes with a little bristle brush which makes cleaning the bottles easy and simple!


We really liked Dr Browns bottles! We found them easy to use and really saw an improvement in peanuts discomfort due to wind after a feed when using these bottles. 

You can find out more about Dr Browns and their full range of products from their website or one of their social media pages -

Website - www.drbrowns.co.uk

xXx

* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.
* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

A trip to Bristol Zoo.

I am so sorry I have been a little quiet on the blog this week, Hubby has been home from work so we have been enjoying some family time together and making the most of the nice weather! 
Today we visited Bristol Zoo!

Apart from a few showers of rain the weather was lovely and we had a fantastic day, There was so much to do including animal encounters and animal talks, park areas, a turtle maze and of course looking at all the animals + lots more! 

Bristol Zoo have lots of different themed zones and building including the Reptile house, Aquarium, Gorilla island, Twilight zone, Butterfly forest, Zona Brazil, Seal and penguin coasts and Bug world. 

Here are some pictures from our visit today...



They also had some fantastic pretend animals you could climb inside or sit on to take a photo and large boards that you popped your head through for pictures which James loved! 

Some of the enclosures also include special tunnels with a bubble at the end so you can crawl through the tunnel and pop your head up into the bubble and it feels like your in the enclosure with the animals! This was a big hit with James as he could get some close up looks at the animals. He also loved the tunnels under the water which meant you could see all the seals, penguins and fish swimming over head! 

We spent the whole day at Bristol Zoo and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! 
As you can see from this map there is so much to do at Bristol Zoo.

(Photo taken from the Bristol Zoo website).

There is something to entertain everyone of all ages and at the end of our visit we popped into the gift shop some of the items did seem quite expensive however they were REALLY cute and there was so much on offer from cuddle toys, arts and crafts to sweets! 

We finished off our visit with ice cream and smiles all round.


Bristol zoo is more than just a zoo. We are the Bristol Zoological Society – a conservation and education charity. 
Bristol Zoo is  made up of three distinct parts.  
  • Bristol Zoo Gardens, A five-hectare zoo in the heart of Bristol.
     
  • The Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation, which is responsible for all of their conservation work – both in the field, and at home.
     
  • The National Wildlife Conservation Park – a proposed, new 55-hectare zoological park located at Cribbs Causeway, Bristol. The first steps towards creating this park have now taken place with the opening of the Wild Place Project.
I can highly recommend Bristol Zoo if you are looking for a fun, educational and exciting day trip for all the family then definitely check out Bristol Zoo. 

You can find out more from one of these links -


xXx


Thursday, 14 August 2014

SnoozeShade Original **REVIEW**

I am sure all parents at some point have had the dilemma of trying to keep the sun out of a child's face whilst out and about in a car seat, pushchair or pram. Have you tried keeping the sun out of their face by covering the pram with a muslin or blanket or spent your day constantly adjusting a parasol? Then you need to try a SnoozeShade!


We have been testing out the SnoozeShade original for a pram/pushchair and its been fab! 

Evelyn is currently using the pram function on her pushchair and being a summer baby we have tried several things to try and keep the sun off her. I am sure most of you have had the struggle of using the little parasols that clip onto the pushchair, Which are fine until you need to walk, move or the sun changes directions and they then need constant readjustment! 
The SnoozeShade offers an end to all that!


The SnoozeShade protects baby from 99% of UV rays and is approved by the Melanoma international foundation. Making any time sleep time for baby whilst out and about and no more worrying whether baby is covered up or not.

The SnoozeShade original is a universal size and will fit onto all prams, pushchairs, travel systems and 3 wheelers! 
As well as the SnoozeShade for prams and pushchairs SnoozeShade also have a design to fit car seats and travel cots so baby can always be protected. 

The SnoozeShade original is priced at just £19.99 which I think is a fantastic price for something that is easy to use, high quality and protects baby quickly, easily and hassle free.

Here is a short video of just how easy the SnoozeShade is to use on a carrycot (as we used it) along with some fitting tips.


The SnoozeShade came in a handy bag to store it in when not being used and came with some easy to follow instructions (although if you find it easier to follow a video SnoozeShade have lots of "how to fit" videos which can easily be found on Youtube and on their Youtube channel HERE).

We loved the Snoozeshade and will be continuing to use it for the pram and when Evelyn moves up to her pushchair (A great thing about SnoozeShade is you only need to buy one product as it adapts from pram to pushchair!). I loved the little zipper "window" which meant I could unzip it and have a peak inside to check on Evelyn without having to remove the shade all together.


(Peek a boo sleepy baby)

As well as protecting baby from the sun the SnoozeShade can also protect baby from insects, wind, light rain and a chill that you may get whilst out walking. 

I really cannot recommend the SnoozeShade enough! 

You can find SnoozeShade on
or on their website - www.snoozeshade.com 

Have you tried out the SnoozeShade before for either pram, pushchair, car seat or travel cot? 

xXx

* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.
* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Friday, 8 August 2014

We Made Cupcakes!!

With James home for the summer holidays and his excitement building for starting school in September I've been trying to find things to keep him occupied so today we made cakes! 

James loves baking well more the decorating the cakes afterwards lol!

Here is the simple recipe we used for our cakes -

Ingredients

110g softened butter (room temperature) 
110g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
1tsp vanilla extract
110g self raising flour
2tbsp milk

Method

- Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4 and line a 12 hole cake tin with paper cake cases,

- Cream together the butter and sugar until well combined and the mixture is pale in colour.

- In a seperate container beat together the eggs and slowly add these to your butter and sugar mixture a little at a time. Then add in your vanilla extract. 

- Sift the flour and fold this gradually into your mixture. Adding a little milk at a time until the mixture is smooth and of a dropping consistency. 
(If you wanted to make your cakes a funky colour you could add a few drops of food colouring to your cake mix at this point!)

- Spoon the mixture into the paper cases until they are half full and then place into the oven. We added a few pink and white mini marshmallows into the centre of ours at this point. 

- Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. A tip to check if they are cooked or not is to insert a skewer or cocktail stick into the centre of the cake, If it comes out clean (no cake batter residue left on the skewer or cocktail stick) then your cake it cooked. 

Leave to cool and then decorate as you please!

Here are our cakes...



James cakes (decorated all by himself!) - 


Mummy's cakes - 




Whats your favourite thing to bake? 

xXx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Appy ice pops **REVIEW**

You may have seen our previous review of the healthy carton drinks from The Appy food and drinks company (If not you can read it HERE).

Well this week they sent us some of their ice pops to try out! 

The Appy Ice pops are new for Summer 2014 and come in 3 great flavours and designs. These are Spongebob in Juicy orange flavour, Dora the explorer in Apple and Cherry flavour and Ninja turtles in Apple and Blackcurrant flavour. 




Just like all Appy products these are low in sugar and contain no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners! 

They were a big hit here! They only take around 1 hour to freeze so are ready to enjoy pretty quickly and the design means you can snap them in half for smaller children (great idea!). 

The Appy Ice pops tasted delicious! They had a real fruity taste, James favourite was the Ninja turtle Apple and blackcurrant and my favourite was the Apple and cherry. I hadn't heard of a apple and cheery flavour ice pop before so thought this was really unique and tasty. 



There are 8 ice pops in each pack but they are quite large so for younger children you could easily snap 1 in half and share this between 2 children. 

You can find out more about the Appy food and drinks company via there website or social media pages here -

Website - appyco.com/
Facebook - www.facebook.com/AppyFoodandDrinks
Twitter - twitter.com/AppyFoodDrinks

Have you tried and Appy products before? What were your thoughts? 

xXx

* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.
* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Sudocrem Care and Protect **REVIEW**

We were recently sent a tube of Sudocrem care and protect to try out with peanut.
Sudocrem care and protect is a cream used to help prevent nappy rash.


Sudocrem care and protect is a triple action, hypoallergenic ointment that is gentle on skin and can be used at every nappy change from day one!
The triple-action formula creates a protective barrier, conditions the skin and guards against infection. By sealing in the skin’s natural moisture, Sudocrem Care & Protect helps to keep the skin on your baby’s bottom smooth and supple and nappy rash free. 

Sudocrem care and protect comes in a handy little tube that is easily popped into a change bag ready to be used. The tube has a handy hinged lid which can be open and closed with one hand (perfect when your trying to contend with a wriggly baby lol!). The other bonus of having the hinged lid is no losing the lid somewhere in the depths of the changing bag or disappearing under the sofa! 


We have been using this cream for a little while now and the slight redness that peanut had at times has completely gone and not come back since using this ointment! It glides onto the skin easily and doesn't drag or tug at the skin when applying. It also lasts ages! You only need to apply a thin layer to babies bottom each nappy change so the tube lasts ages and really goes a long way. I really would say its worth trying if your little one suffers from a sore bottom or you are looking for some protection for babies bottom. 

You can find sudocrem care and protect at Tesco, Asda, Morrisons, Superdrug, Boots, Sainsburys, Wilkinsons, Waitrose and at many independant pharmacies.

You can find out more about this product on their website here - www.sudocrem.co.uk/care-and-protect

xXx

* I was not paid for this review. All opinions given are my own.

* If you would like me to review your product or service, please email me on xJessLegresleyx@hotmail.com.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Peanuts First Visit To The Swimming Pool!

So today started as a bit of a disaster! We originally planned to take peanut and James to the seaside. We were already running later after after to pop to the post office (massive ques) and Tesco first, Then when we got onto the motorway about 15 minutes in 3 cars in front us was a big 5 car crash! Luckily it looked like everyone involved had managed to get out of their cars and police were quickly in attendance so we all got around and carried on our journey.
However we soon hit MORE traffic and this time it was at a stand still! We barely moved and people were even getting out of their cars on the motorway! 
So we opted to turn around and come home. 

We had promised James we were going to go out but as it was already passed lunch time it was a bit later for a day trip so we decided to go swimming instead!

This was peanuts first trip to the swimming pool, She loves her baths so I was hoping she would love the swimming pool as well! 
She completly loved it!! She happily kicked her legs and splashed around for 45 minutes before she got a bit hungry (still no tears but she was trying to eat the strap on her costume lol!) 

James loved it as it meant he could show off to daddy all the things he has been learning at his swimming lessons recently. Hes been doing so well at swimming lessons and can now swim half a width of the small pool all by himself, He loves going under water (before swimming lessons he didnt even like getting water splashed at him!!) and is doing so well.

James all ready for swimming


Peanut ready for swimming


and lots of smiles after!!


So although our day started off a bit rubbish it turned out fab and both James and Peanut are fast asleeep!

Do your kids like swimming? 

xXx