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Thursday, 9 April 2015

The Picklesuit **REVIEW**

If you have had a baby or are currently pregnant you will be more than aware of the amount of products on the market that claim to make life a little bit easier, however we are also aware that not all of them actually work!

I recently came across the Picklesuit as a product that claimed the make life a little bit easier by avoiding those pesky poppers on the legs of baby grows, so we were delighted to be given the opportunity to try it out.


The Picklesuit is an innovative design that brings to the market a new system of opening and closing your babies babygrow. The Picklesuit replaces leg poppers with chunky moulded plastic zips with clever fabric flaps to cover and protect the legs from the zips making it super comfy to wear.

Firstly I would like to say the Picklesuit came beautifully packaged wrapped in tissue paper with a Picklebee logo sticker, then placed inside a pretty yellow organza bag. It looked so pretty when it arrived it could have easily been given as a gift just as it came!


The body part of the suit still features the usual poppers meaning it lays flat to the body and doesn't bubble up (as I often find with full zip suits). The Picklesuit also features non slip feet in sizes 6 months plus giving extra security for those babies on the move like Evelyn!


The Picklesuit we received pictured above is made from super soft yet stretchy micro fleece but if that may be a bit too warm for your little one the Picklesuit also comes in cotton!

The sizes are really generous for the Picklesuit! We received the 12-18 months size as Evelyn is very long as is currently wearing 12-18 month leggings however this suit still has lots of growing room. I love that the size is generous especially for when Evelyn sleeps in her Picklesuit as I like her to have room to move around so this was perfect.


I was a little apprehensive as to whether the suit would actually help make changing any quicker but after using it a few times I was sold on the idea! Its make quick nappy changes so much quicker. It is also much less fiddly especially now Evelyn wants to be on the move all the time and her legs certainly don't stay still long enough to do up all the poppers on a normal grow, but the Picklesuit solves that as it is just 2 simple quick zips.


The Picklesuit is available is sizes newborn all the way up to 18-24 months and is priced at £19.

To check out the other designs available or to purchase a Picklesuit for your little one check out the Picklebee website - www.picklebeelimited.co.uk.

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My Little World books **REVIEW**

James loves books especially since he started school and can now read lots of words himself! Reading with children is something I have always thought to be such an important thing to do with children as it has so many benefits as well as providing some quality time with your child.

So when we were contacted by Little Tiger kids to review some new books that were being released very soon we of course jumped at the chance!

The first book we received was for Evelyn and it was called "Thank you".


Although Evelyn cannot read yet we still ensure we read to her on a regular basis and this book has a finger puppet incorporated for another aspect of the book which really held her interest!

Thank you from Little Tiger helps teach children about saying thank you. It reinforces the importance of manners in a fun, enjoyable and accessible way all with the help of a doggy finger puppet!

We have read this book several times since receiving it and Evelyn loves the finger puppet, even James has been sitting with us and reading along. The pictures are clear and bright and the words within the book are kept short and simple, perfect for younger children to understand. The book is also wipe clean so if mucky baby fingers want to touch and play with the book its easy to clean.


The book is aimed at children aged 0-3 years and is priced at £6.99.

The second book we received was for James and was actually more of an activity pack than a book. It was called Farm and is a sticker book and jigsaw!


The Farm pack comes in a sturdy box with a plastic handle and is perfect for keeping the jigsaw in. I particularly loved the idea of sticker book, It not only was a fun sticking activity but it actually had a story inside too, so it can be used again even once the stickers have been used! You basically read along the story and add the animal stickers that it asks for on each page.
The jigsaw had large chunky pieces but still had plenty of pieces making it just challenging enough for James who is 5.


James loved the combination of the puzzle and book and its great that both items can be used time and time again and kept safe inside the durable box they come in. This set is aimed at children aged 3-5 years and is priced at £8.99.

You can find these books and more from My Little world range of books here - www.littletiger.co.uk

Do you own any My little workd books? If so whats your favourite?

xXx

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Becoming a mummy of 2!

Before I had Evelyn I spent every day wondering how I would cope with 2 children. The logistics of it, how I would cope, there's only 1 of me and 2 of them that will be soon demanding my attention 24/7. I worked myself up in to a frenzy of worry whilst pregnant with all of these scenarios in my head of how I was going to fail at being a mummy of 2.

When Evelyn arrived those thoughts briefly left my mind James was besotted by his new baby sister and all Evelyn did was sleep (oh those were the days!). That was until she began becoming more alert, awake and demanding! 


When Evelyn reached around the 4 month mark she began being really alert, wanting to look round and explore her surroundings. At this point we also reached the clingy, I want to be carried all the time stage. This was when the "fun" began. Then when she learnt to crawl at around 8 months it became a whole new challenge!

I am not going to lie being a mum of 2 with a 5 year age gap between them is hard. James wants to play with all his small toys such as Lego and Transformers whilst Evelyn just wants to eat whatever James is playing with (despite having a whole tub of her own toys!). 

Of course my time does quite often have to be shared and sometimes I simply can't do something. For example if we go to the park and James wants me to go climbing around the park with him, I cant just leave Evelyn in her pushchair on her own so he has to go and climb without me. Now he understands that mummy can't always do everything he asks he is much more understanding of the situation and takes full advantage when daddy comes with us.

We try and ensure that James gets a little bit of 1 to 1 time with either me or his dad to read together or play a game together and just to chat. It means he gets his little be of time with 1 of us without Evelyn crying or requiring our attention. In that time our attention is 100% his!

I also found investing in things such as a Bumbo seat or Jumperoo/ baby walker means that baby can be placed down for short periods of time leaving you with your hands free to get on with other things whilst baby is safe and often entertained.

Sometimes it does mean that Evelyn has to whinge a little longer because I cannot just jump up and abandon what I am doing because she wants picking up. I have 2 babies and splitting my time fairly is part of my job now.

Would I change it.... NO! Ok so there are moments when I could rip my hair out and lock myself in a small cupboard until my husband gets home, but the good times far out weigh those moments. Seeing them sit down together and James teaching Evelyn how to work different toys, whilst she stares at him intently taking everything in melts my heart. 
Just thinking of them growing up together, learning from each other and knowing they have each other makes me smile every time. 


So if like me you have those 2nd baby worries just try and remember that whilst there will be times when things are tough and when you feel like all your worries were right this moment in time is a short one and soon they will be growing up. Yes the bickering and arguing will inevitably continuing, probably forever but the good times will always out weigh the bad. 

Whilst having Evelyn meant our life became a little more crazy, a little more hectic and a little more noisy. It also meant our lives were filled with a few more smiles, a lot more laughter and double the love and that totally makes it worth it!

Do you have any advice on becoming a parent of 2 or more children? Please do share below.

xXx

Sunday, 29 March 2015

March Degustabox **REVIEW**

Its that time of the month again when we all eagerly await the knock on the door from our lovely delivery driver delivering our Degustabox!

In case you haven't heard of Degustabox before they are a company who send out surprise food and drink boxes on a monthly subscription basis. The boxes cost £12.99 and are delivered monthly, this price includes postage! Each month the box will contain between  and 14 products for you to try, many which are completely new to the market!

Here is what was inside our box this month -
Jordan's Granola
The new Jordans lighter granola only uses natural ingredients in a bid to make their granola lighter. The Jordans lighter granola naturally has 30% less fat than other standard granola's, not only that but it is high in fibre too! I thought the granola tasted delicious and the hint of berries you could taste make it really refreshing.

Bassets Jelly Babies
Jelly babies are a classis sweet that I am sure most people have tried, but now Bassetts have brought out a pack containing just the most popular flavours blackcurrant, strawberry and raspberry. The berry mis contains real fruit juice and natural colours and I can confirm they are delicious!

Kent's Kitchen Posh Noodles
Kent's kitchen is a brand we have seen before in the Degustabox but this months box brought us a completely different product from Kent's Kitchen, Posh noodles! These handy sized pots are perfect for lunch on the go or for a quick hot snack. Posh noodles are made from natural ingredients making posh noodles tasty, low fat and low calorie.

Natvia
Natvia is a 100% naturally sourced alternative to artificial sweeteners and sugar . Natvia has zero calories per serve, is non-genetically modified and low GI! I am yet to try this yet but it sounds like a much healthier way to sweeten things!

Crabbies Alcoholic fruit drinks
Crabbies have a new range of fruity flavoured alcoholic drinks that contain no ginger! There are 3 new flavours to choose from which are Black cherry, Zesty Lemon and Raspberry and Rhubarb. We received the Black cherry and Raspeberry and Rhubarb flavours to try both and although I was a little apprehensive at the raspberry and rhubarb they were both refreshing and tasty! These new flavours are made with up to 10% natural fruit juice and contain no artificial colours or flavouring and are 4% alcohol.

Sour Patch sweets
I have to admit im not a massive fan of sour sweets, they make my face go all funny and nothing seems to taste roght for hours after lol! However these sweets seem to have found the balance between sweet and sour with their soft jelly inside. They are available in 6 different flavours too!

BBQUE sauce
I am always on the look out for a decent bbq sauce that isn't to sweet but really gives off that lovely bbq taste and I think I may have found it with BBQUE sauce! The original Bavarian barbecue sauces are now available in 4 unique flavours and would be perfect for marinating meat, accompanying meat from the bbq or for meals such as New York chicken (which is what we used it for).

JuiceBurst drinks
These were my favourite new discovery in the box this months! I am always a little wary of juice drinks as although they may taste delicious some of them can contain just as much sugar as a lot of fizzy drinks! So when I discovered that Juice Burst drinks were not only delicious but they are low calorie too! They even have a "skinny range" which contains 1 of your 5 a day! These are most definitely a drink I will be continuing to purchase after the box.

Lindt Lindor Mini eggs
Lindor is my absolute favourite chocolate so I think I may have shrieked a little when I saw 2 packs of these in the box and swiftly hid a pack all for myself lol! Lindt Lindor is a delightfully smooth chocolate and this selection includes milk, white and dark lindor chocolate mini eggs assortment. These are perfect for a delicious Easter egg hunt and that it what I will be using our second pack for.

Brioche Pasquier bread bites
We have received other Brioche Pasquier products in past boxes bit its always great to find new products from a brand in the box. This month we received these bread bites which come in handy 20g packs, perfect for snacking on or for lunch boxes and picnics etc. The bread bites are made with real french bread and each pack is under 90 calories. They are also free from artificial colours, flavours  and preservatives!

I probably say this most months as the boxes are so fab, but this has definitely been my favourite box so far! It contained a mixture of food and drink, sweet and savoury and healthy and not so healthy foods to try.

If you would like to try out Degustabox for yourself or find a little more about the boxes you can find them via one of the links below -

http://bit.ly/DBhomepage - website
http://bit.ly/DBUKfacebook - Facebook
http://bit.ly/DBUKTwitter - twitter


What product do you most like the look of in this months box?

xXx

Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water **REVIEW**

As a mum on the go I am not going to deny my skincare regime is very lacking to say the least. 

I always look around at all the products on offer and promise myself to make more of an effort but then don't!

So when I was offered the opportunity to try out the Bee Good honey and wild water mint 3 in 1 cleansing water I was delighted. 



The product described as 3 in 1 sounded like something that was quick, easy and something I would easily fit in to my already hectic morning. 

This 3 in 1 cleansing water removes make up, cleanses and tones the skin with no need for any water or other products. It is also gentle enough to be used on the delicate eye area leaving your whole face feeling refreshed with just 1 product. 



I was a little worried the smell of the mint would be over powering but is isn't at all, the cleansing water has a very gentle and subtle aroma that simple leaves your skin feeling lovely and soft. I added a small amount to a cotton wool pad and gentle swept it over my face and neck first thing in the morning and just before bed. 
It really did leave my skin feeling lovely and soft and after a few weeks use I did see some of the redness around my eyes disappearing and overall my skin feeling softer.


The key natural ingredients inside this cleansing water include:
  • British Wild Flower Honey (Mel) 
  • British Propolis (Extract)
  • Water Mint (Mentha aquatica leaf extract)
  • Red Algae (Palmaria palmata extract)
I also really liked the fact this product used British honey and bee good work closely with their trusted beekeeping partners so they are helping to revitalise this key rural practice at the heart of the British countryside. 

The product is priced at just £10 for a 100ml pot which is great value and will last ages as you only need a small amount each time. 
You can check it out and purchase your own via the beegood website here - beegood.co.uk.

xXx

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Easter Parades and Baby Bunnies!

Its almost Easter and James has now broken up from school for the Easter holidays!

Last week both James and Evelyn got up to some Easter style activities and here is what they have been up too.

James had his Easter bonnet parade at school (his very first one!) and he really enjoyed it! He wanted a long tall hat so I made him a "mad hatter" style hat from cardboard and paper mache and then he painted and decorated it with chicks, bunnies and hand drawn animals (which I then stuck on). It was so lovely seeing his beaming smile and he walked in too school showing off his hat to everyone, seeing how proud he was of it was lovely. 

Here are a few pictures of his hat....


Evelyn also got in to the swing of Easter during her weekly visit to Jolly Babies where the babies dressed up as rabbits and sang songs! Doesn't she look so very cute?


We have several Easter activities planned for next week with James being off school including Easter crafts, baking and we are even going to attempt to make our own mini Easter eggs. Make sure you keep checking back here to see all our activities. 

Do you have any Easter activities planned?

xXx

Monday, 23 March 2015

Giddy Bowl **REVIEW**

If I said to you children, eating and no mess in the same sentence I am sure you wouldn't believe me, well that is until you see the Giddy Bowl!

The Giddy bowl is a non spill bowl which was originally intended for use on aeroplanes and boats. The Giddy Bowl works as the inner bowl rotates to always stay level, so no matter what position you hold it in, the food in the bowl stays upright – no spills, no mess. The outer shell can also be used as a handy colander/strainer by simply un-clipping the inner bowl.



As we have been mostly doing baby led weaning with Evelyn I often pop a few bits in a bowl for her to pick at for a snack and these mostly always end up on the floor with one swoop so I was really intrigued to see if the Giddy bowl would really work.... It DID it didn't matter how many times she bumped it to it crawling around or tipped it up the bowl always rotated around to keep the contents inside!

The bowl features a handle around the whole bowl which is large and chunky and easily gripped by little hands and therefore can carried around easily. It also comes with a lid making it easy to take along with you perhaps in the car or to pop into your bag for a snack later on. 

The bowl is currently available in 2 colours pink and yellow or blue and green, both are bright and funky. The Giddy bowl is also dishwasher safe making it easy and quick to clean after each use. 


Of course the bowl isn't magic and if thrown or spun around by an adult very quickly then some food may escape. These bowls are designed for children who wobble about as they walk around or may accidentally trip or skip around with there food in hand.

I can see this bowl being really handy in the summer when Evelyn is toddling around outside and wants to carry around a snack. Im sure this will save us from many tears when food usually falls in the mud and can't be eaten! It would be perfect for picnics too! 

As the Giddy bowl is a fairly new product it is only available to purchase via the Gr8 soloutions website which you can find here - www.gr8solution.com. It is priced at just £9.99.

Do you think this is a product you would find useful? 

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