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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Munchkin LATCH bottles **REVIEW**


Munchkin have recently released a new range of bottles called LATCH these bottles are specifically designed to mimic breastfeeding. 


So what makes the Munchkin LATCH bottles so different from all the others on the market? Well its the teat that mimics the breast! The unique LATCH accordion teat moves and functions most like the breast, helping ease baby's transition from breast to bottle and back.

The LATCH teat stretches, moves and pumps, so baby can LATCH and feed just like on the breast. These bottles also features the unique LATCH anti-colic valve - a base venting, one-piece valve that prevents air bubbles traveling through the milk, reducing the chance of colic.


The first thing I noticed about these bottles was that the teat seemed softer and more flexible than other bottles we had tried. With previous bottles we have tried Evelyn has struggled with the flow of milk and it has either been to slow and she has worn herself out trying to get the milk out quick enough or to fast and it just spills down her chin. 
With these bottles she seemed to be able to adjust to slow of the milk herself and was able to happily finish her bottle with no frustration or dribbles.

Here is a short video clip of how the Munchkin LATCH bottles work - 


If you are looking for a bottle that may help with that transition between breast and bottle or perhaps you wish to combination feed then I would highly recommend trying out the LATCH bottles!

You can find out more about the LATCH range and more via the Munchkin website HERE.

xXx


Monday, 20 October 2014

Lovably Me **REVIEW** and **GIVEAWAY**

Lovably me is a fantastic, award winning family run business. They sell beautiful  boys and girls bedroom furnishings, kids craft, personalised gifts, wooden toys and so much more! Lovably me is an easy to use website that is full of carefully selected, high quality toys and gifts for kids of all ages to enjoy. 
We were sent 2 products to try out from the Lovably me website.

James received the Design your own Superhero cape from Seedling.


(photo taken from lovably me website)

What little boy doesn't love pretending to be a super-hero!! The seedling super hero cape is the perfect gift for any little boy or girl. 

The kit contains 
- A plain cape
- Glue
- Glitter glue pens + paintbrush 
- Foam + felt sheets
- foam stars
- colouring pencils 
- a design sheet so you can design your cape before starting. 

Designing the cape provided James with hours and hours of fun. The cape is a really high quality and will definitely last the hours of super hero play im sure you little ones will be having with this funky cape. The kit comes with everything you need and here is what we made with ours...




Evelyn received a Ballerina Mouse from the Organic Farm buddies collection.

(photo taken from lovably me website)

This super cute little mouse is so soft and comes dressed in her adorable pink and cream tutu and ballet outfit. The legs and arms are lightly stuffed so easy for little hands to grab on to and cuddle in to. 
This cute mouse also features a concealed internal rattle and (especially essential with dribbly babies lol) can be easily washed via the washing machine on a cold wash.

Evelyn loves cuddling in to her ballerina mouse and its the perfect size for her to grab hold of.



If you are on the search for gifts for your little ones Lovably Me is most definitely a website you need to check out! 
They also offer free delivery when you spend over £30!. 

So do you fancy winning a £25 voucher to spend on the Lovably Me website? Then simple complete the rafflecopter form below to be in with a chance to win!

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I was sent both of these items for free of charge in exchange for my honest review, All thoughts and opinions posted are my own.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Halloween Crafts - Hand-print Spiders!

Over the next week will be posting various arts, crafts and baking activities  you can enjoy doing with your little ones in the run up to Halloween! 

Have you seen our post for Pumpkin Painting? If not check it out here - Pumpkin Painting Blog Post.

So today we had a go at making some fun, funky spiders using our hands! 

All you will need is Plain paper, Black paint and a paint brush!

Using the black paint, paint your child's hand ensuring it is all completely covered in the paint. 



Now gently (with the child's fingers spread apart) place the child's hand onto the paper and apply gentle pressure to ensure the paint is transferred to the paper properly. 


Repeat this with the second hand ensuring where the 2 thumbs meet on the paper they slightly overlap to create the body. 

Now add googly eyes or draw/paint some eyes on.

Ta-Da you have your spider.





You could tape a piece of string or wool to the back and hang them up for funky Halloween decorations if you like. 

xXx


Saturday, 18 October 2014

Pumpkin Painting! An alternative to carving!

Do your children see the pumpkins in the shops and insist they want one, Yet you know full well if you buy one it will be you sat for hours trying to scoop out the middle, and then attempting to carve something that resembles a face !?!

James always seem to want to buy a pumpkin as they appear in the shops, So this year we came up with the idea of painting our pumpkin rather than carving it!

Painting it meant that James could create it all by himself with whatever design he liked!


To make you own painted pumpkin you will need...

A pumpkin (of course lol!)
Paints,
PVA glue,
Embellishments such as googly eyes, ribbon and glitter if you want to add these (these are not essential).

A handy hint is to make the paint stick to the pumpkin better mix a little PVA glue into the paint.

Make sure you give your pumpkin a quick wash and ensure it is dry before you start. Then just let your child's creativity run wild!

Here is the pumpkin me and James made -



Of course you can get as creative as you like with yours! 

If you have a go don't forget to share your pictures on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/owlcrazy.mummy there will be a spooky edible treat for the best one!! 

xXx

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Degustabox **REVIEW**

You may have noticed for several months now we have been reviewing Degustabox! 

This monthly food and drink subscription box brings you a range of different food and drinks to try each month. The box brings you a wide range of products from brands you may or may not of heard of. We have never been disappointed with the contents of our boxes!! 

Priced at just £12.99 per month which includes delivery, This box offers a great value for money with the contents always far out weighing the price you pay for the box. There is also no commitment so you can cancel your subscription at any point if you wish to (we don't think you will want to ever cancel though!).

Here is what was in this months box -

Burts Lentil Waves 


These super crunchy crisps are flash fried in the Burts Devon kitchen and are full of flavour! They are currently available in the 2 flavours shown above (thai sweet chilli, sour cream and onion and lightly salted). I loved the crunchiness of the crisps and my personal favourite was the Sour cream and chive flavour. RRP 69p per 20g pack.

Jordans Simply Granola


Jordans new simple granola is a simple blend of cruchy baked oats with a hint of honey. I have been having this for breakfast with milk and it is lovely! It fills me up and gets me going for the day. If you are really a breakfast kind of person how about mixing this with some yoghurt for a mid morning snack. RRP £2.69

Bahlsen Pick UP! 


If you haven't tried these yet you need too!! These crunchy biscuits sandwich a delicious thick layer of chocolate! They are so chocolaty and moreish they really curb that chocolate craving. These biscuits are the perfect size to add to a lunch box or picnic basket! RRP £1.69 per pack of 5.

Crabbies alcoholic fruits


Alcoholic Fruits is a new range from Crabbies containing really fruity fruit flavours with no ginger! There are 3 flavours in the range and these are Black Cherry, Zesty Lemon and Raspberry and Rhubarb. We were sent the Zesty lemon in our box and it was really nice, It offered a zesty flavour and you could really taste the lemon! I am now on the hunt for the raspberry and rhubarb flavour! RRP £5.99 for a pack of 4. 

Carnation Cook with it!


Carnation Cook with it is a versatile cooking creme that can be used to make a wide variety of savoury sauces to compliments meals. It can be used for so many things from carbonara to curries, quiches to soups. This Carnation cooking creme is made using fresh milk and with half the fat of single cooking creme! Keep an eye on the blog for a recipe using this coming soon! RRP £1.65.

Elizabeth Shaw Mint Thins


Elizabeth Shaw chocolates make a regular apperance in our Degustabox and we are definitely NOT complaining! There are so many yummy things in the Elizabeth Shaw range and these are no exception. These thin pieces of chocolate are topped with little pieces of mint which give them a lovely fresh flavour. These would make a great alternative after dinner mint offering! RRP £2.50.

Righteous Dressings


Righteous dressings are made using only 100% natural ingredients. They contain no additives, preservatives or thickeners. The dressings we tried were Raspberry and sweet basil dressing, Lemon and mustard seed dressing and our personal favourite Mild English blue cheese & cider dressing. RRP £2.49 per 225ml bottle.

Little Miracles Drinks


These organic drinks are made with a blend of organic tea and fruit juice as well as ginseng and acai.These drinks are sweetened with agave and each drink is less than 90 calories! I was a bit unsure as to whether I would enjoy the flavours as im not a tea drinker at all, However these offered a lovely druity refreshing taste that tingled the back of your throat. Great to have on hand as a quick pick-me-up. RRP £1.59

LaVieja Fabrica


This marmalade is made using the traditional method that is over 170 years old! It is made using only the best Seville oranges and it is produced in a way to keep the integrity of the fruit at its best. This marmalade has a lovely zingy flavour and you can really taste the delicious Seville oranges! 


As usual the box contains several vouchers and coupons for money off products included in the box so if there is something you really like in the box you can purchase more!

Fancy trying out Degustabox for yourself? 

Why not check out Degustabox yourself via one of their pages linked below and order your own box to try!.


xXx








Wednesday, 15 October 2014

NibNibs **REVIEW**


NibNibs are a Yorkshire based company who are passionate about nibbling and love creating moreish quality snacks that are full of the very best of everything. NibNibs personally source all of their ingredients and always ensure they are the finest quality and wherever possible most definitely British.




We were sent a selection of Mini Nibs to try out in a range of flavours. 

Mini Nibs cheddar and onion straws


The Cheddar Cheese and onion flavour mini nibs have a deliciously moreish taste! They have a subtle hint of onion in them and a lovely crunchy texture. 

Mini Nibs cheddar cheese straws


These are James favourite! They have a tasty cheddar cheese flavour and crunchy texture that makes you just want to keep eating them! These are perfect for a treat/snack for children as the flavour is not too strong.

Mini Nibs cheddar and spicy chilli straws 


I was unsure if I would like these as I am not a big chilli fan, however the chilli flavour is quite subtle and gives a slight taste of chilli with a warm sensation at the end. 

Mini Nibs salt and pepper jumbo peanuts. 


These peanuts really are JUMBO and are really coated in a generous helping of flavour! The salt and pepper really give these a real kick and make a nice change to ordinary peanuts. I would say these are aimed more at the adults though.

James usually comes out of school peckish and the cheese straws have been great to keep in my bag for him to have a few when he comes out of school. The handy little pots don't take up to much room in your bag and the lid keeps everything fresh and sealed inside. 

The handy 65g pots are great for having to hand for when you feel peckish in the evenings. They would also make a fab addition to any buffet table!

Do you fancy winning a selection of NibNibs to try out yourself? Well now is your chance! Simple enter using the rafflecopter form below and a lucky winner will be announced on 13th November. 

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I was not paid for this post, I was sent a sample of nibnibs to try in order for me to share my opinions and thoughts on the product. All reviews and opinions posted are my own.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Spider-man GoGlow Pal **REVIEW**

Like most 5 year old boys James is a huge Spider-man fan! 

So when we were given the opportunity to try out the Spider-man GoGlow pal I knew it would be a bit hit with James. 
The Spider-man GoGlow pal is from Worlds Apart and is a soft style toy which has eyes that glow! You simply press gently on Spider-man's tummy and his eyes light up letting off a soft glow that offers a comforting light to help your child gentle fall asleep, and thanks to the auto switch off function the glow switches itself off after 15 minutes, So no worrying that its going to be left on all night! 

The GoGlow pal also features suckers on the hands so if you don't want your child to hold it in bed it can be stuck to any smooth surface such as a headboard, bedside table or window. 

The GoGlow pal requires 3xAAA batteries which are included but are easily accessed when you need to change them.

As I expected James LOVED his GoGlow pal! The timing of it arriving actually came at a really good time for us as we have been trying to encourage James to go to the toilet in the nights by himself, but he doesn't like walking from his bed to the light because of how dark it is. The GoGlow pal gave him a little confidence to walk over as it lit the way a little for him. Its definitely still work in progress with the toilet situation but this has definitely improved it! 


I really liked the fact you are able to use the sucker pads on the hands to stick him on a smooth surface, but that they are also soft enough to be able to take to bed and cuddle. 

As well as Spider-man the GoGlow pals come in a range of characters including Thomas the tank, Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty and the Toy Story alien! See the range of GoGlow products HERE.

GoGlow pals are available to buy from Tesco, Argos, Smyths, Amazon and Toys R us and prices vary. 

Why not pop over and check out the Worlds Apart website and find out about all the other fantastic and fun products they have! You will find some great ideas for christmas gifts!