Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Are you parenting the "right" way?

When it comes to parenting its something everyone seems to have an opinion on and lets face it there are so many decisions to make when it comes to making parenting choices.

For me there is only one way to parent.... YOUR way!

We are all different our children are not the same and neither you or your baby is a robot programmed to behave and react the same way as every other parent/ baby around. What works for some may not work for others and well that's ok!

So you chose to breastfeed your baby, well done you are giving your baby some lovely nutritious mummy milk and nurturing your child all by yourself good luck on your journey mummy, so you are giving your child formula well done you are feeding your child keeping them happy, content and daddy can help too well done mummy!

It frustrates me when mums attack other mums about their parenting choices, as mum's do we not already all realise just how HARD parenting is without being judged by the people we should be able to lean on for support!?

This is me and my babies and we look pretty happy right!? Can you tell how I parented my children? Can you tell is I breastfed or whether their bums were wrapped is cloth or disposables? Can you tell how I get them both to sleep at night.... No. But what you can see (hopefully) is 2 very happy smiley and pretty darn healthy babies with their very proud mummy. None of the above should matter can we not just support each other?

So whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle feed, cloth nappy or disposables, hypno-birth or c-section can we not all just support each other and our happy babies regardless of our choices. If you sat 10 babies in a row would you really be able to tell how each one was fed or how each one sleeps? Probably not!

After all aren't we all after the same goal happy and content children with happy and content parents? So lets support each other as parents and our happy healthy beautiful babies rather than judging others!


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Sunday, 24 May 2015

SwimFin **REVIEW**

As I am sure you have noticed by now we love swimming. We as a family may not be the best and we certainly aren't winning any medals buts its an activity we can all enjoy together as a family.

Learning to swim is something I feel very passionate about and feel its something children should be encouraged to learn as its ultimately a life saving skill that can so easily be taught either via a parent/carer, a friend or via swimming lessons with a professional.

I have taken both James and Evelyn swimming since they were just a few months old. James now attends weekly swimming lessons as our local leisure centre but before that I used to take him by myself and attempted to teach him myself. During this this we tried several different swimming aids but none seemed to give him the correct swimming position or really help him get going.

The arm bands seemed to simply leave his arms up in the water but offered no support to his core and almost left him standing vertically in the pool with his arms beside his head. The swimming ring was a little better but again it seemed to leave him vertical rather than horizontal in the water as would be needed for the correct swimming position.

Then we heard about the SwimFin, The SwimFin doesn't fight against the body pulling it to the surafce instead it works in harmony with the body to gain a more natural swimming position in the easiest way.

Not only did the SwimFin work wonders for helping get James in to that correct swimming position and offer him that extra bit of support in the correct area it made swimming fun! With the swim fin on James always thought he was a shark it make him automatically want to move around the water, becoming more active and confident as he moved around. You can even buy adult straps for the SwimFin so they can fit on to an adult!

Whats a little different about the SwimFin is that the more visible it is out of the water the less support it is offering meaning the more your child is swimming alone. The more submerged the Swim Fin is the more support it is offering the child so as your child slowly becomes more confident and more able to get their body in to the optimum position for swimming themselves the less the Swim Fin will be aiding them. I love this as it means your child is using less of the buoyancy aid without even realising it as you don't have to take anything away.

If you have or know a child who is learning to swim or could use a little extra support than I would highly recommend trying out the SwimFin, you can find out more about SwimFin via their website here - swimfin.co.uk

Do you and your family enjoy swimming? Is the SwimFin something you or your children would use?

 * 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.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Top tips for swimming with children.

Swimming is something I have always thought to be a really important skill for a child to learn, after all it can save their life! 

I have taken both my children from young babies and James absolutely loves being in the water now (in fact we can't get him out most of the time!). I know that taking a young baby swimming on your own can be quite a daunting experience so I have shared below some of our top tips and advice for swimming with your child and building water confidence. 

- Get your children used to the water at home first in the bath. Encourage them to splash about and make being in the water fun, sing songs and play games. This will help build up your child's confidence in water in a relaxed environment in their own home. 

- Attending swimming lessons can really help build children's confidence in the water and not only that but they can really help build up your confidence when taking your child swimming on your own. The instructors at these lessons will often teach you lots of helpful hints and tips on keeping safe in the water and encouraging your baby to enjoy the water more and more. 

- The first couple of times you take your baby/ child swimming don't expect to be in the pool long. Being in the pool (especially if its a little busy) can be quite overwhelming for small babies and children and often quite tiring. When we first started taking James we found around 20 minutes was plenty of time in the pool, we gradually increased that time and now at 5 I think he would stay in the pool all day if he could!

- Using a buoyancy aid can also help your child gain confidence in the water. We found the SwimFin to be the perfect buoyancy aid as it kept the child in the optimal swimming position and only offers the amount of support your child requires. It is also shaped like a shark fit and so children will love wearing it and as they bound around the pool they are gaining confidence and often learning basic swimming skills such as reaching with their arms and kicking their feet to move faster. 

- Take a towel or if you have one a hooded poncho style towel to the pool with you and leave it pool side (somewhere it will remain dry). As I am sure you have noticed when you get out of the pool its REALLY cold, babies especially will really feel this so having a towel to hand when you get out will mean they stay warm until you get them dressed.

- My biggest top tip would be to stay relaxed and calm, enjoy the experience and bonding time with your child. Have lots of fun and remember your baby will pick up on your mood so lots of smiles and encouragement whilst in the water will mean they will feel more happy and relaxed to be there. All children will develop and learn in there own time and confidence will come over time so just stick with it.

Do you have any top tips for swimming with babies or children?


This post was written in collaboration with our SwimFin review which can be found HERE.

The Ugglys Pet Shop Dirty Dog Wash Van **REVIEW**

I don't know about you but my children seem to love anything gross and disgusting, particularly my 5 year old little boy who seems to find anything disgusting amusing! So when we were offered the chance to review the Ugglys pet shop dirty dog wash van I knew it would be right up James street, I eagerly awaiting the sneering I knew was going to come when James heard the "gross" noises inside the van!

Unfortunately for us we were out when the van got delivered and got left with our neighbours who brought it back to us rather amused and confused as to why our parcel was "farting" and "burping" so the pet shop van brought plenty of laughs all round lol!

The first thing I noticed when taking the van out was the attention to detail that has gone in to this toy such as the bones on the wheels, ugly dog related stickers all over the van and even teeny tiny spiders on the scales. I often find with children's toy's those little details are over looked but as James gets older the little details are thing he really notices.

To the back of the van is a toilet which makes 'gross' noises when pressed or sat on by one of the uggly pets, the dirty dog van actually makes 30+ sounds all together! There is also a functional weighing scale which the pets can weigh in on. The back of the van can also either be placed up so that the pets don't fall out when driving along, or it can be left open so that all of the objects in the back can be used.

The Uggly's pet shop van is aimed at children age 5 years+. I thought this was good age to appeal too as any younger and the small dogs could easily become a choking hazard and the child needs to understand a little about the 'gross' noises to fully understand the toy.

The Ugglys pet shop van seems to we pretty well made and seems to be able to withstand some pretty rough and over enthusiastic play time including being dropped off the sofa once or twice. The van in priced at £19.99 which to be sounds like a reasonable price for a toy that has provided lots of entertainment for James and it very well made and sturdy.

I also liked the fact you buy "extra" gross pets to add to your collection so it means children can add to an existing toy rather than wanting another new toy. The extra gross pets are priced at £2.99 for 2 so a perfect price for young children to purchase with pocket money etc.

You can purchase The Ugglys per shop dirty dog wash van from Character Online website which can be found here - www.character-online.com.


* 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, 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! It contains a huge range 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?


 * 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.

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.


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? 


* 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.

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?


* 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.

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!


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.

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?


* 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.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Mixing up the magic with Petits filous.

There is quite a big age gap between James and Evelyn (over 5 years!) so we are always trying to find ways to keep play time fun and mix up what we are doing to keep everyone happy and everyone entertained. I am a big believer in children learning through play and discovery and that's why we try and mix up our play times.

James loves a bit of arts and crafts and we try and keep it interesting by changing the tools he uses to paint and draw. We have used potatos and other veg to make paint stamps, we have used ice paint and even used leaves to create pretty autumn pictures. One of James favourite activities is drawing on a huge roll of left over wall paper! He created his very own super hero picture and loved being able to crate a big, bold picture. Now James is at school he has started asking for friends to come play, I think this would make a great activity for him and his friends to do out in the garden on a sunny day. With a massive roll of wall paper there is plenty of room for everyone's imagination to run wild and be creative!

Another favourite activity for us is random walks in the woods, they are cheap and can be done in large groups or on your own with your child! You cant quite beat the magic and excitement of a child exploring a new place, hearing new sounds, seeing new things and gaining new experiences through a simple walk in the woods. We often take along a picnic and enjoy our lunch in our new magical surroundings. We spot flowers and bugs and James is always full of so many questions and facts when we leave its great!

Sometimes at the end of a busy day we totally mix up bath time and both James and Evelyn enjoy a magical glow bath which they love! Their eyes light up when they peek through the bathroom door and see the colourful glow beaming from the bath tub.

Petits filous are mixing up the magic too with their new magic square yogurts! The new yogurts are available in two delicious flavours, strawberry and vanilla and raspberry and vanilla. Both flavours are presented in 4 funky squares inside the tub so your children can decide if they have 1 flavour at a
time or totally mix it up and enjoy both flavours together!

The yogurts are fruity flavour yet not too overpowering and are a thick creamy texture. Both Evelyn and James enjoyed both flavours and James enjoyed trying to each one square at a time too. These will definitely be making an appearance in our fridge and our picnic basket this summer!

You can check out the new Petits filous magic square yoghurts here - www.petitsfilous.co.uk.

How do you mix up the magic with your children?


This post is an entry for BritMums #MagicSquaresPlaydates Linky Challenge, sponsored by Petits Filous.

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