12/15/2017

Baby Dove Rich Moisture Range - Review



All parents know how delicate and fragile babies skin can be, it's thinner than ours which means it loses moisture easily and can become quite dry if you aren't careful. From the moment they are born, it really pays to be conscious of how you take care of their skin; they need the most gentle cleansing to make sure their skin remains healthy and protected.

Dove has been a leading retailer in skin care for the past 60 years and they recently developed a brand new range, aimed at children with normal to dry skin. Introducing, Baby Dove! Included in this range is everything you need to take total care of your baby’s skin. The products are; Baby Dove Rich Moisture and Baby Dove Sensitive Moisture (fragrance-free) Head to Toe Baby Wash, Baby Bar, Shampoo, Lotion, Nappy Cream and Wipes. The entire Baby Dove range is dermatologist tested, paediatrically approved, and plus the Head To Toe Baby Wash is also pH neutral and clinically proven to be as mild as water. This range isn't just mild on delicate skin but it also helps to replenish essential moisture and nutrients too.



We were recently invited to try out our pick of two products for the new range, whichever would be the most suitable for Ava. I opted for the Baby Dove Head to Toe Wash and the Lotion. I thought they would both be great to try out for the first time during our bath, book and bedtime routine.

I always check the labels on the products that I use on my children's skin and when it comes to using them I only use the smallest amount of product, as it's all their skin needs. I also found that bathing them every other night, rather than every night helps prevent their skin from drying out and lets the natural oils get back into their hair and skin. Baby Dove is however gentle enough to be used daily, even on newborn skin.



We were very happy with the two products we received and would definitely buy them again as they provide exactly what's promised - total care of my little ones skin. I also adore the gentle scent of the products which is described as a "hugs and kisses" fragrance however if you prefer your products fragrance-free I'd recommend the Sensitive Moisture range rather than Rich Moisture products.

Prices for the Baby Dove range start at RRP £1.25 and it can be purchased online and in store at most leading retailers. Head over to the Baby Dove website for the full information and more details.

- In sponsorship with Baby Dove.

12/12/2017

Christmas Gift Guide - For Infants


Christmas is just around the corner and for the past couple of weeks I've been publishing my annual gift guides, they're a great way to get a little bit of inspiration before the big day. I've already published my gift guide for men, one for us ladies, one for the kids and today brings me to my final one for the year, aimed at the little ones in our lives. Having a baby myself I've included a lot of items that I'd personally love to receive for Ava, especially the essentials which are listed towards the top of the guide. I hope my suggestions give you a couple of gift inspiration and ideas for Christmas and beyond.

Ewan the Dream Sheep - £29.99
Ewan the Dream Sheep plays soothing sounds on a low and slow base frequency and emits a calming pink glow, designed to help babies drift off to sleep. There's three white noise sound options, the vacuum cleaner, rain falling and womb sounds and gentle harp music, all of which play for 20 minutes giving your baby plenty of time to doze off to sleep gently. Ewan is number one on my list for a reason, here are so many parents which swear by this little fluffy sheep, myself included. Both Noah and Ava have one each, Noah has the purple original Ewan and Ava has the new grey version. The perfect gift for any new baby.

Winnie The Pooh Baby Eeyore Soft Toy - £12.99
Rainbow Designs have collaborated with The Walt Disney Company to launch a stunning new collection of infant soft toys. The new Hundred Acre Wood Signature Collection features one of the world’s most famous bears, Winnie the Pooh and some of his most lovable friends. We received Eeyore from the collection and I think he would make a lovely first teddy to a new baby on their very first Christmas.

Twinkle Twinkle Grobag - from £38.99
Grobag's are another of my baby essentials, I swear by them! When a friend is pregnant or when someone is thinking of buying a gift for a baby, a Grobag is always the first thing I recommend. In case you didn't know, a Grobag Baby Sleep Bag is a wearable blanket that will keep your baby at a comfortable temperature all night long. There are different togs for different temperatures and more details about togs and temperatures can be found on their website. Grobags are so much safer than using loose cot blankets as nothing can ride up on their face whilst they are sleeping, this of course is great for peace of mind. We are currently using the Twinkle Twinkle Grobag which is a 3.5 tog and comes in three different sizes, from 0-6 months through to 18-36 months. This is a great option for the winter months, especially if the bedroom your baby sleeps in a cool room, like Ava does. The dark blue velour material is absolutely heavenly and I kind of with they did them in adult sizes too!  

aden + anais Classic Dream Blanket - £44.95
aden + anais are another of my all time favourite baby brands, they are famous for their multi functional muslin cloths but their classic dream blankets are amongst my favourite products that they produce. These blankets feature four layers of 100% cotton muslin for the softest, most plush baby blanket ever! It's uses go beyond keeping your baby warm but it also makes a comfortable surface to lay your little one on no matter where the day takes you, to the park, the beach or just playing around on the floor. They come in an array of different colours and patterns and they usually have matching muslin cloths and musy cloths too!
Rudolph Chirstmas Bibetta Bib - £7.50
When it comes to babies and Christmas you have to go all out with Christmas themed gifts and this festive bib is the perfect attire for when they are at the table, eating their Christmas dinner! Made from flexible and waterproof neoprene, with a soft pocket that folds out to catch any dropped food. This makes this bib perfect for baby led weaning because not only does it catch any dropped food but they can easily retrieve the food themselves and carry on eating. Ava will be wearing hers on Christmas day, that's for sure! 

Tots Bots Easyfit Star - £17.99
Reusable nappies are a great gift idea for those environment conscious parents out there and Tots Bots are the best of the best, in my humble opinion! Their award winning Easyfit Star is the ultimate one piece reusable nappy for absorbency, fit & comfort, with an out of this world performance. Their super absorbent bamboo core is so soft and gentle next to babies bum. They has stay dry buffer zones to keep liquid locked into core, making sure baby is comfortable and dry. One size fits most, from birth through to potty training! Using cloth nappies can save parents hundreds of pounds and buying all the different prints and patterns can become quite addictive, don't say I didn't warn you!

Hape Teddy and Friends Bath Squirts - £9.99
If bath time with your little ones is more hassle than enjoyment then look no further than Hape’s Little Splashes range. Sure to provide never ending entertainment and happiness in the tub, create a beautiful bond between parent and child, whilst learning valuable water skills, encouraging growth and development. For hours of fun in the tub enjoy this set of lovable characters. As they soak up your bubbles, just make sure they don’t get too greedy and drink up all your water! Suitable for 0 months +.

Bolli Sensory Teether Ball - £6.99
Bolli is perfect for sensory development, shape exploration, fine motor skills, grasping and hand-eye coordination. It’s soft and pliable material can be squished, stretched and manipulated in so many different ways. I'ts great for stretching, twisting and grasping too. The open ball design makes it easy for babies to chew while teething and also makes it easy to grab a hold of. It's ideal for infants for for teething but it's also great for older kids for imaginative play or for when they are learning to catch.
Happy Christmas Twirlywoos Book - £5.99
Get into the festive cheer with the Twirlywoos and their new book, Happy Christmas Twirlywoos! Knock! Knock! Knock! There’s somebody at the door! It’s a Christmas present! Join the Twirlywoos for lots of festive fun as they discover what’s inside their mystery gift!Packed with trademark Twirlywoos fun, this gorgeous shaped board book has a shiny foiled cover and is the perfect gift for every Twirlywoos fan.

Mini Club Reindeer Christmas Jumper - £13.00
This Mini Club Christmas reindeer jumper is the perfect festive addition to any wardrobe. Featuring a bold red background, and reindeer character with sequin and glitter bauble decorations. Perfect for your little one's first Christmas or a great idea for a gift. I was recently sent two Christmas jumpers from the Mini Club range for the children to wear on Christmas day and they are beyond gorgeous and super thick and soft.

Paddington Bear Activity Toy - £24.99
This Paddington Bear Activity Toy stimulates baby’s senses and engages their imagination with a host of fun activities to explore in just one toy. Perfect for little Paddington fans, the super soft Activity Toy, embroidered in beautiful detail, plays a tune and features a baby safe peek-a-boo mirror and suitcaseshaped yellow teether. It has been designed specifically to encourage baby's early developmental skills and includes multiple textures and sounds. The Activity Toy come in a platform box and is suitable from birth.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea 4 in 1 Games Box - £9.95
The 4-in-1 The Tiger Who Came to Tea Cube Game is a little box jam packed with four traditional fun games for preschoolers, a great gift if you want to buy them something they'll grow into as babies really don't need that much. Included in the set is, Matching Bingo, Snap, Twisted Pairs and Four Shapes in a Row. The Games Cube features beautiful artwork from Judith Kerr’s classic children’s story book. Measuring 135mm cubed the 4-in-1 Games Cube contains colourful and educational games that are just perfect for children.
Angel's Face Cardicoat - £45.00
This beautiful knitted cardi coat is an essential for the colder months, a stunning piece which I think any parent would love to open up on Christmas day for their little one. It's made with the softest cotton for your little ones comfort and warmth, it's decorated with large gold buttons down the front and finished with a delicately embroidered heart charm. Available in three different colours, snowdrop white, ash grey and vintage rose. You can buy directly from the Angel's Face website.

My Friend Upsy Daisy - £19.99
The In the Night Garden My Friend Upsy Daisy is the sweetest of toys. She comes complete with exciting accessories such as a soft comb, mirror and flowery bag to encourage imaginative play. Made in bright, eye-catching colours and with a soft, huggable body, My Friend Upsy Daisy is the must-have companion for all In the Night Garden fans.

Teletubbies Giggling Tiddlytubbies Soft Toy - £9.98
The Giggling Tiddlytubbies Soft Toys are super tiddly! Simply press their tummies to hear them giggle. They  are made of softest material and look just like the adorable characters from your little one's TV show, this makes them perfect to snuggle up too. A great gift for any age, collect them all. 

Hopping & Talking Lily Bobtail - £29.99
A fun-packed feature plush toy from the TV Peter Rabbit Toy Collection! Watch Talking and Hopping Lily Bobtail waggle her cute little ears and also hop up and down. The endearing 40cm character also says five different phrases including ‘Not bad for a rabbit’ and ‘You need a big hug’. The fun-loving Lily wears her characteristic pink dress and jacket and is suitable for children 10 months and over. If your little one prefers Peter Rabbit then you can also get a Talking and Hopping Peter Rabbit instead!

As mentioned on my previous gift guides, there's a lot of variety in my gift guides this year, for all budgets. Make sure to keep a look out on the blog this week, as I'll be publishing further gift guides and keep an eye on my competition page as I'll be giving away quite a few items which I've included.


- This post contains PR samples.
 

12/09/2017

Project 365 - Week 49/52



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9th December 2017

I still can't get my head around how fast this year has been. As we come towards the end of the year everything seems to be going even faster, it'll be Christmas day before we know it and I'm so unprepared! We really need to start wrapping everything!

This week has been quite good, we've been busy but then had some nice lazy days between to ease ourselves through it. Sunday we visited a Christmas garden centre and a car boot, a relaxed family day really. Monday is always generally a buzz of chaos as Noah wants to lay in and we have nursery, so it's always a rush to get him there on time. Whilst he's at nursery I then walk down to Slimming World with Ava, then head back up home to meet my Mum for the day as she comes to visit us. It's always go go go! Tuesday, a very much needed lazy day! A bit of the same when it came to Wednesday too. Then Thursday we have our new baby group that we go to, Hartbeeps! Ava absolutely adores it, it's unlike any other baby group I've ever been to and we've booked on for next week. Then it breaks for the Christmas holidays which is a shame! It's nice to be able to take her here while Noah is at nursery as I was able to do all these things with Noah when he was a baby. She was worn out after the session and napped whilst I had a spot of lunch in the cafe, it was bliss. I don't often send Noah to nursery on Fridays but decided to this week as I'd booked us both onto a festive crafts session at his nursery in the afternoon. I waited upstairs for him with the craft teacher and the nursery's headmistress brought Noah up to me, he went all shy and couldn't stop smiling when he saw me waiting for him. He gave me a huge hug and we made quite a few different Christmas decorations together but he soon got restless and was playing with the children and found his favourite book, Superworm! Saturday we had quite a lazy day as a family as we had a lot to do around the house but guess what, we've had snow! Will we get a white Christmas this year?

What have you been up to this week? 


12/07/2017

November Degustabox - Review



It's time for our monthly Degustabox review, a little later than usual as everything has been so hectic lately. We always look forward to the arrival of our monthly Degustabox, we like to sit and open it up together and it's always so exciting to see what's inside! Noah also really enjoys to decide which product is for who and it's quite amusing to watch him explain why all the chocolate is for him, while Nick and I are gifted the canned fish or the dried pasta! This months box was another themed box, the Christmas box! 


1. Taylors of Harrogate Cacao Superior Colombia Ground Coffee - £4.49
2. Weetabix Additions Apple & Raisin - £2.99
3. Filippo Berio Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil - £3.00*
4. The English Provender Caramelised Red Onion Chutney - £1.99
5. Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes - £1.39
6. Kallo Organic Stock Pots - £1.80
7. Dalston’s Fizzy Apple - £1.89
8. Alo Light Cucumber and Cantaloupe Refresh - £1.99

9. Planters Fruity Chocolate Crunch - £2.00
10. Jelly Bean Factory Super Sour Jelly Beans - £1.79
11. Cadbury Picnic Bites - £1.99
12. Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn - 89p


Subcribers will receive either the Filippo Berio Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil, Filippo Berio Fennel & Garlic Crostini or the Filipo Berio Classic Pesto

Total: £26.21



Degustabox never disappoint but I was absolutely blown away with November's box! As always there was a little something for everyone. It was full of brands that we already know and and love and brands which are now new favourites too! It was full to the brim of snacks and treats that can be enjoyed during the Christmas period, it really was the perfect Christmas box.

Everything inside this months box has already been eaten or drank, or we are saving for Christmas day. As mentioned above there really was something for everyone. I was delighted to see Propercorn Perfectly Sweet Popcorn as it's my favourite popcorn and low in calories, it was a nice guilt free treat to enjoy on a Saturday night. Nick on the other hand devoured 
The English Provender Caramelised Red Onion Chutney, Filippo Berio Rio Mare Tuna in Olive Oil and Cadbury Picnic Bites in a matter of days. He also said both drinks were super refreshing and that he'd buy those again. Last but not least Noah had his eye on the Super Sours Jelly Beans and Ava (with her three peggies!) managed to enjoy a couple of Ryvita Multigrain Rye Cakes!


Our favourite item this month, our star product was the Weetabix Additions. I've always loved Weetabix, there's something about a warm bowl on a cold winter morning, or even as supper at night. The new flavours they've released are so tasty and lovely to have for a bit of a change. We'll definetely be buying Weetabix Additions again.

Degustabox costs £12.99 per month but if you would like to try it for the first time use the code: CTOMW at the checkout to receive a huge £7.00 off! That means you can get your first box for just £5.99!

What products or brands would you like to see in Degustabox next?

- We were sent this product for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.

12/05/2017

A Christmas Tradition With The Elf On The Shelf®



Christmas has got to be one of our favourite times of year, it really is the season to be jolly! 
Nick and I have so many fond memories of Christmas back when we were kids, our families were amazing when it came to making Christmas special and memorable for us. So much so that when we had our children we knew that we wanted to make it just as magical for them, if not more.

Both Noah and Ava are still so young but we've created some lovely family Christmas traditions already. Traditions such as Christmas Eve boxes, Advent calendars, a 
Christmas book advent, Christmas arts and crafts, a new decoration for the tree every year, baking gingerbread houses, visiting Father Christmas and Christmas themed days out. But we always have room for more, introducing The Elf on the Shelf®!




Our Scout Elf (Judy) is a tradition which we've enjoyed doing for the past two years with Noah. Everyday through December, up until Christmas our Scout Elf makes her way through the house, playing, celebrating, getting up to mischief and so on. She's in a different location every morning and it's an absolute joy watching Noah find where she is everyday! It's turned into a little game before breakfast and although Ava doesn't understand what we are doing yet she beams from ear to ear once Noah points Judy out.


Do you fancy a new tradition? If you want to know more about The Elf on The Shelf or find local adoption centre's then take a look on the website and if you want to follow our Scout Elf shenanigans then keep an eye on my facebook and instagram feed!

What Christmas traditions do you do with your children?

- We were sent this product for the purpose of this post. 

12/04/2017

Ways To Make Buying A House Stress Free While Pregnant



Learning that you are pregnant is arguably one of the most exciting moments in your whole life. The joy that you will soon be welcoming a little one into the world overtakes all else and you revel in that happiness. While it would be great to walk around in some sort of pregnancy bubble for the entire nine months, never allowing stress to affect you, unfortunately life doesn’t work that way.

Perhaps you’ve decided that it’s time to buy a new home in order to accommodate your growing family. If that’s the case then you have a fair amount of work and stress ahead of you, which is usually amplified by the simple fact that you’re pregnant. So how can you deal with the stress of house hunting and buying a house while pregnant? Here are some tips you can use.

Use Professional Help Whenever You Can
Now is the time to be relying on professionals for tips, advice, and help wherever they can offer it. Look into the conveyancing solicitors in Liverpool who can make sense of all the legalities and paperwork, taking that stress off your shoulders. Also, an experienced real estate agent can help you to cut through all the houses and really zoom in on those that would appeal to your tastes and budget best. These types of professionals will make the process smoother and often they speed it up. Because you’re working on a very tight timeline being pregnant, staying on track is essential.

Spend Some Time on Research
Because you want to be able to find that perfect house as easily and quickly as possible, it’s also a good idea to do a little research on your end. Look into various neighbourhoods that appeal to you. Check out such things as the amenities they offer, nearby shopping and dining, the schools, how walk-able the neighbourhood is, if it’s got lots of kids, etc. Your research will allow you to narrow down the list of desirable neighbourhoods.

Don't Over-Schedule the Viewings
While it's important to check out different homes and different options, your body just doesn't have the same energy and stamina that it would usually have. You need to keep your baby's health in mind, which means giving your body time to rest. If you’ve got a busy day at looking at houses, make sure the next day you do nothing but relax to make up for it.

Start Getting Organised and Packed in Advance 
Another tip is to do as much in advance of the move as possible. You know you're going to be moving sooner rather than later, so why not start to organise and pack a little bit at a time. This makes the task of moving much more manageable and not as daunting. Even just packing up a few little things a day will make a difference in the end, and it’s not going to be overly exhausting for you.

Try Not to Put Added Pressure on Your Plate
Each of these tips is designed to help you stay as relaxed as possible and not add more pressure and stress to your plate. The house buying process doesn’t have to be all about stress, so try to focus on the positives in it as well.

- This is a PR collaboration. 

12/02/2017

Project 365 - Week 48/52



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This week was the last week in November leading in to the start of December, and I still can't believe how fast this year has gone. It's been a case of our regular everyday routine during the week, balancing Noah going to nursery with looking after Ava and sticking to her nap times. Then when she naps, sitting down to work. It's all go go go. On Monday I had Slimming World meeting and my Mum came to visit too. When I got back from my group she was in my house brewing up, which is just what I was freezing! She played with Ava whilst Noah was at nursery, then came to nursery pick up with me. I then took Noah into town for some Mummy and son time, something that we don't get much of with Ava still being so young and breastfed. We did a bit of shopping and he had a treat dinner at McDonalds, it was great! Tuesday and Wednesday was again, a bit of the ordinary but on Thursday Ava and I tried out a new baby group. Once Noah was at nursery we got ready and headed down to it, it's about a mile walk but a lovely walk through the woods. The baby group is called Hartbeeps and it's a structured music and sensory class, very different to anything I've ever been to before. All the sensory activities were Christmas themed, from sensory baskets, dressing up, sending letters to santa, singing, dancing, they even had a snow machine! We enjoyed it so much that I've already booked to go again next week. Having taken Noah to baby groups when he was little it's nice to be able to do so with Ava, all while he's having fun at nursery. Friday and Saturday we had a family party and Christmas light switch on to attend. We are feeling so festive this year, it'll be Christmas before we know it!

What have you been up to this week?