Thursday, 31 October 2013

What's In My October Nonabox

If you saw last months post about Nonabox then you'll know that I was really impressed with what I got and I was really interested to see what this months box had in store, would it be as good as last months? Well the answer to that is yes!


It was another fab box this month, here's what I got


  1. Cloud B Sleep Sheep On The Go which is a super adorable night time companion which plays white noise sounds including the sound of a mothers heartbeat to send your baby calmly off to sleep. The sheep is lovely and Summer loves the white noise sounds so this was a great item for us.
  2. Pasito a Pasito Wooden Dummy Holder, Summer doesn't use a dummy so this isn't much use to us but it's gorgeous and will make a lovely gift for my friend who is having a baby.
  3. Halos N Horns Baby Moisturising Lotion, this is perfect for Summer as her skin is always a little on the dry side and Riley likes it too.
  4. The Beaba 360 Spoon is designed for baby's to feed themselves as it has a rotating handle which stops the spoon from tipping over and spilling food. It sounds like a great idea, we haven't tried it yet so I'll let you know if it works.
  5. Ella's Kitchen Wakey Wakey Mango + Apple Baby Porridge, we're already big fans of the Ella's Kitchen pouches and Summer loves porridge so this is going down a treat, it's screw top opening is a brilliant idea and stops the porridge from spilling everywhere in the cupboard.
  6. Tea Pigs Dream On Chamomile Flowers teabags, I haven't tried these yet but I do like to have a caffeine free hot drink before I go to be so these will be ideal.
  7. MAM Bite & Relax Soother, Summer is definitely having some teething issues at the moment, there's no sign of any teeth yet but I can tell she's suffering with some discomfort in her gums so this is great, she loves to bite down on it and it's great that it comes in a little plastic box too so it's ideal to pop in my change bag and take out with us.
  8. Water Wipes, there was a pack of these last month too and I love them so I was pleased to get another pack. They're really gentle on Summer's skin and don't cause any irritation at all, fab item.
  9. Pebble UK Pedi Wand, my feet were definitely in need of this, I gave my feet a good soak in the bath and then gave them a scrub with the Pedi Wand and they're silky soft now, just need to remember to keep doing it on a regular basis now.
Again I'm really impressed with the Nonabox, some great items and again only one product that I can't use which is the dummy holder but like I said it will make a lovely gift so overall this months box was another great success, I'm looking forward to next month already.

XXX



I was sent the Nonabox for review but all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

My Current Favourite Products

Over on my beauty blog I post most months about my current favourite beauty products so I thought why not tell you about my current favourite mummy products.

The first of my favourites at the moment are the Spatone Liquid Iron Supplements, ever since I gave birth to Summer my iron levels have been low, I think they were probably low during my pregnancy but this was never checked as my midwife was rubbish, I've been feeling really tired, dizzy, headaches etc so I started taking the Spatone and it's really helped me to feel better. I like the apple flavour with vitamin C which helps your body to absorb the iron, it's just like having a little drink of apple juice and it contains 100% of your recommended iron and vitamin C for the day. I'd definitely recommend these to anyone who's iron levels have been low or even if you're feeling really tired and lethargic, they really help to give you back some energy. You can buy them from Boots, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda and Lloyds Pharmacy.

My next favourite is the Aqua Maris Baby Nasal Spray, Summer has been prone to having a blocked up nose since birth and trying to feed a bottle to a baby that can't breathe out of their nose is a nightmare so this product has been a godsend. It's made from isotonised seawater and is 100% natural, it helps to clear your baby's nose when they're bunged up whether it's down to allergies or a cold. We've used this a lot on Summer and it really has helped, you can buy the Aqua Maris Baby from Boots and it also comes in Junior for slightly older children.


Next on the list is Persil Small & Mighty Non Bio, when you have a new baby you obviously have to wash their clothes in non bio washing products as bio can irritate their skin so I usually end up using non bio for all our clothes so I don't have to wash Summer's separately. However I never feel like non bio gets things as clean so I was eager to try the Persil Small & Mighty with it's new stain eraser ball to see if it worked any better than the wash liquid I was previously using and I was really impressed. It got all of our washing super clean and smelly great and it got rid of all of the stains without irritating Summer's delicate skin. Persil Small & Mighty can be found in all leading supermarkets and if you have a baby I'd definitely recommend giving it a try.


Some items that I'm loving for the kids at the moment are a couple of things from OXO TOT, we love their On The Go Feeding Spoon for when we're out and about with Summer. It comes with a handy travel case which makes it really easy to pop in your change bag and keeps it nice and clean. It also has a silicone edge which is perfect for scraping food from bowls and jars. 
We also love the Twist Top Water Bottle for Riley as it's one of the only cups we've tried that actually doesn't leak and the twist top also keeps the straw clean when it's not being used, it's dish washer safe and Riley loves it. Both of these items are available to buy on Amazon.


Something that has come in really handy since I had Summer are these Salter MiBaby Baby and Toddler Scales, I've found it really difficult to have time to go to the clinic and have Summer weighed so it's been great having these scales at home. When you're finished using them as baby scales they turn in to toddler scales with a little handle for them to hold on to while you're weighing them which I think is brilliant and definitely makes life easier, they also come with PC software and a height chart to track your baby's growth and development, you can transfer your baby's data from the scales to your PC via USB. The scales measure in 10g increments for precise weight management and also comes with carpet feet for accurate weighing on carpets and uneven floors.


Another item we're loving for the kids at the moment are the Cussons Funky Fizz Bath Crackles, they're like popping candy for your bath with the added bonus of changing the bath water. As they hit the water they pop and bang, the kids thought they were great and they added an extra element of fun to bath time. 


Something I got recently that I absolutely love so I wanted to include it in my favourites post is this Melamine Set from OLPRO, if you've been reading my blog for a while then you'll know that we love caravan holidays, we've been away in the caravan twice this year and loved every minute of it. Melamine items are perfect for caravans or camping as they don't break easily, I really like the contemporary designs of the products from OLPRO and the fact that the line includes lots of lovely coordinating items from dinner sets to windbreaks and sleeping bags. I chose the 8 piece set with the Witley design which has a row of trees, a row of badgers and a row of tents on it and they look great, I can't wait to use them next year.


Just lately both me and my husband have really started getting into cooking and making everything from scratch rather than using ready meals etc and something that you definitely notice more when you're doing a lot of cooking is how much easier the whole process is if you have some good quality cookware. Most of our pans that we started off with are cheap and scratched, everything sticks to them which makes cooking difficult and they're a pain to clean so we're on a mission to replace all of our pots and pans with some better quality ones. The latest pan to be replaced is our small frying pan and to replace it we got the Ozeri Green Earth Ceramic Non Stick Frying Pan, it uses GREBLON ceramic which is 100% free from chemicals and heavy metals, it's scratch resistant and super easy to clean, we love it for omelettes and pancakes and we found we use far less oil when we cook now.


Finally my last favourite product at the moment are the Genie Bras, now I've seen these advertised on tv loads and to be perfectly honest I never thought they would be something I would ever want or need however just lately I've been finding my bras really uncomfortable and the hook fastenings have been digging into my back making them really uncomfortable. 

The Genie Bras don't have any hooks, wires or adjusting straps which make them incredibly comfortable to wear. You don't even need to know your correct bra size as with the Genie Bra you chose them by your dress size and they fit perfectly. I absolutely love these bras, I have the 3 pack which comes with a black bra, a nude bra and a white bra and they're ideal for wearing during the day if you're not wearing anything too low cut, at night as a sleep bra if you like some extra support while sleeping and also I find they're really good to wear if I'm working out as they offer great support and stop things jiggling around too much. Whether you're petite or full figured I'd recommend these bras to anyone, the fact that they've sold 70 million of these bras worldwide I think speaks for itself.



BHS are currently selling a special pink Genie Bra for Breast Cancer Care, they're priced at £9.99 and for every one sold they will donate £1 to a Breast Cancer Care charity.

I hope you enjoyed reading about all my favourite products at the moment, let me know if you love any of these things too.

XXX


I was sent some of these items for review but my opinions are 100% honest.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Love Christmas Giveaway!

I can't wait to get my Christmas decorations up, I like to get them up right at the beginning of December so that they can be up for an entire month and I'm always really sad when it's time to take them down.


I've decided we need all new decorations this year and I've been checking out different websites for some Christmas inspiration, one of my favourite websites at the moment is Love Christmas Ltd, they have lots of gorgeous decorations at really affordable prices and they have been kind enough to offer my lovely readers the chance to win £25 to spend on their website.

To enter just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, the giveaway is open to UK residents only and will run for two weeks.


XXX


Monday, 28 October 2013

Now This Is One Tasty Spider

This Halloween the UK's scariest attraction is set to get even scarier (and tastier) with the addition of a gigantic spider made with real Cadbury chocolate!


It's made up of 1,500 Cadbury Crunchy Spiders and stands at over 1.5 metres tall, it's definitely the yummiest spider I've ever seen.


The female spider comes complete with an egg sack containing 200 Cadbury Screme Eggs that when 'hatched' ooze a goulish, green goo.


The spider will be freaking out families and friends from the 25th-31st October at the London Bridge Experience giving visitors the chance to pose with the biggest crunchy spider London will have ever seen.



If you want to get your hands on some Cadbury Crunchy Spiders and Screme Eggs then they are available at all leading supermarkets, Crunchy Spiders are £1.30 for 2 and Screme Eggs are 69p. 

I'll definitely be giving those a try this Halloween, will you?

XXX

All Wrapped Up - Gift Ideas To Suit Everyone No Matter What Their Interests Are

One of the hardest parts of Christmas shopping is actually deciding what to buy for people and we all have at least one person if not more who are really difficult to buy for so this post will contain ten gift ideas that will hopefully help you out when buying for those awkward people.


For the Great British Bake Off Fan

If you know someone who was addicted to the Great British Bake Off then why not get them some of this gorgeous, vintage Tala bakeware. There's a whole range of items with prices starting at £5.49, I think they would make a lovely gift.
For the Gaming Geek

The perfect gift for a gamer would be an LED TV as they are better for playing games due to the high refresh rates.


For the goulish Goth

A great gift for someone who is interested in Gothic culture would be a trip to Whitby due to it's links to the Dracula story. They could visit Whitby Abbey, the Dracula experience and take a guided ghost walk of the town, there are some lovely Whitby holiday cottages to stay in and they're not too expensive either.


For your outdoor offspring

If your kids love to play outside then they'll need something to keep them warm this winter, these kid's snow boots are perfect as they'll keep their feet toasty in even they snowiest, coldest conditions.

For the beauty obsessed

If you have a friend or family member that is obsessed with makeup then this is a gift they would love, the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is the beauty lovers favourite eyeshadow palette and would make a great gift for anyone interested in makeup.


For the dog lover

We all know someone who has a dog and loves them to bits so why not get them a dog related gift, Dogalogue sell lots of dog related gifts and every penny of profit that they make goes towards helping the Guide Dogs charity.


For the fitness fanatic

If it's a gift for a fitness fanatic you're after then the Insanity Workout DVD is supposed to be the ultimate workout, it crams a 45 min workout into just 20 mins making it the perfect gift for someone who loves to exercise but is short on time.


For the new mummy

Becoming a mummy is one of the most special occasions in a woman's life so why not celebrate it by getting her a special gift for Christmas, this personalised family names necklace is the perfect gift for that and is something that she can keep forever.

For the spicy food lover

This gift is something a bit different for the spicy food lover, how about giving them a box of Hot to Trot Chilli Chocolates, each box contains 8 white chocolate with chilli and ginger pig snouts and 8 dark chocolate with tequila, chilli and lime pig tails. I think it's a really unique gift and something a lover of chilli would think is great.


For the travel lover

A really unique gift for someone who loves to travel is this Personalised travel tag artwork, you can chose all of the place names and dates of the places that they have traveled to and I think it makes a really nice looking piece of art to hang on their wall.

So there you have it, my gift guide for those relatives or friends that are hard to buy for, I hope it's helped take some of the stress out of Christmas shopping for you.

XXX



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Sunday, 27 October 2013

The Snowman and the Snowdog DVD Giveaway!

I've got a really lovely giveaway for you today, I'm giving away 3 copies of The Snowman and the Snowdog on DVD.


I'm sure you've all seen the famous Snowman film before as it's a classic, this film follows on from that and is a heartwarming story about a boy who moves house and finds an old photo of the snowman and decides to build him and of course he comes to life and this time they're joined by the adorable snowdog. I won't give too much away about the film but I will say that I shed a tear or two at the start.

The Snowman and the Snowdog is released to buy on DVD on the 4th November and if you're looking for a great film to watch with your family this winter then I definitely recommend this one.

If you'd like to be in with a chance of wining this magical, family film on DVD then just fill in the Rafflecopter form below, the giveaway is open to UK residents only.


XXX

Friday, 25 October 2013

Christmas Gift Ideas For Girls

With Christmas only a couple of months away I've been thinking about what I'm going to buy for my own children and my family and friends, I came up with quite a few great gifts and I thought I'd share them with you to hopefully help take some of the stress out of Christmas shopping.

Today I'm talking girls toys, here's a list of gifts that I think would be perfect for little girls.


First up is the Disney Dazzling Princess Game for girls aged 4 years + and it looks like the kind of game that all little girls would absolutely love, here's the description

"This fantasy-filled dress-up game is perfect for little princesses. The aim of the game is to decorate your bracelet, ring and tiara. Dress up like your favourite Disney Princess and get ready for the ball!"

This would be a perfect Christmas gift and if I'm being honest I'd quite like to play this myself lol.


This adorable High Tea Shape Matching Play Set is so cute and would make a perfect gift for little girls, I love that it's a learning toy as it teaches them different shapes. It's recommended for age 3 years + and is available to buy from Loubilou who sell a wide range of gorgeous children's clothes, toys and room decor, I highly recommend you take a look at their website, if you're anything like me you'll be on it for hours.

Something I think would make a great gift for girls and boys are these cute and comfy CuddleUppets, they're a special mix of a super soft blanket and a colourful puppet and kids love them! My son Riley has the purple monkey one and he loves having it on him when he watches tv or when he's in the car and the puppet keeps him entertained for hours. They come in a wide range of characters and are priced at £19.99.


Other great gift ideas along the same lines are the Tummy Stuffers and ShamZees, Tummy Stuffers are cuddly creatures which let kids stuff, store and organize by feeding clothes, socks toys or anything else they want into their mouths. They're a great idea to get kids tidying up as they make it fun and they provide some extra storage which is always a good thing. They come in a range of characters and are £19.99.

ShamZees are super soft, huggable, pillow eating friends that allow kids to turn their bedroom pillow into a cute and cuddly companion. There are four to chose from including a Pink Poodle, a Magical Unicorn, a Colourful Monster and a Friendly Tiger and these are also around £19.99. 

To find out more information about Snuggle Pets and help with your kids bed time routine head over to www.UKMums.tv for its Snuggle Pets takeover from 11th to 24th November 2013.


If it's super cute baby clothes that you're looking for as a gift then I recommend taking a look on the Nappy Kind Boutique website, they have lots of adorable baby clothes and accessories at really reasonable prices, these I Heart Mama Baby Leggings are just £3.99! Here are some other items that I'm loving from there at the moment.


If you'd like to give a present that has been personalised then these next two ideas would be perfect.



"The Little Book of Christmas features 12 double spreads, each one includes the little one's name in the story alongside Fred the Gingerbread and cleverly integrates it into 12 stunning full colour images. 

There's even space for your own greeting message on the inside cover making this a unique personalised gift that will be forever treasured."

This book is so adorable, I love how your child's name is featured multiple times throughout the book and the story is lovely. It would make the perfect gift for girls or boys this Christmas.

If it's your baby's 1st Christmas then the Set of 2 Engraved Silver Christmas Ornaments would be perfect a perfect gift, they make a lovely keepsake and are excellent quality. They come in the snowflake, tree and star designs and you can buy them and the personalised book from GettingPersonal.co.uk which has lots of great personalised gift ideas for all occasions.


Still on the My First Christmas theme these Natures Purest soft toys and stocking are adorable and would make a really lovely gift for a child's first Christmas. Natures Purest use naturally coloured cotton which is 100% free from pollution causing fertilisers, harmful pesticides and chemicals.


If it's stocking fillers you're looking for then these fun and girlie Post-it dispensers are a cute idea, I know when I was little I loved things like this, they're great to pop on kids desks for jotting down notes and doodling and they're priced at £8.99.

Another great stocking filler are these Scotch Tape dispensers, I particularly love the Ralph the Dog and the Stiletto ones as they're perfect for girls and are functional as well as fun. You can buy these for around £8.99 and are something a bit different to give as a gift this Christmas.

I hope this gift guide has been helpful, let me know if you liked it.

XXX


Some of these items were given to me for review.

Stuck On Ideas For Christmas Gifts?

If you're struggling with what to buy everyone for Christmas this year a great gift to consider are hampers.


 House of Bruar make some fabulous Scottish Hampers which contain gourmet produce that has been carefully selected and presented in a traditional wicker hamper which are great for using afterwards as an attractive storage box or for picnics.


HamperGifts.co.uk have a great range of Christmas Hampers available for any budget starting at just £21.50.


If the traditional hampers aren't your thing then why not try something different from Funky Hampers, they have sweet hampers, cake hampers, Brad Pitt Movie Hampers and even Heat Mag Pamper Hampers. There really is something for everyone.

XXX


This post is a PR collaboration. 

Thursday, 24 October 2013

We're Going To Be The Skeleton Family For Halloween

We've been debating for weeks what to dress up as for Halloween and in the end we decided to let Riley choose as it's the first Halloween where he's actually been really interested and he chose skeleton outfits for all of us!


I got Riley's outfit from Aldi for just £3.99 which is an absolute bargain and he loves it!




Both mine and Ian's oufits are from Home Bargains, I got this fab Skeleton Dress which was £5.99 and then I got this super cute headband from Asda to wear with it.


Ian got the Men's Skeleton Costume which is £8.99 and comes with the skull mask.

Both costumes are great quality and are perfect for a kids Halloween party as they're not too scary.

We didn't get a skeleton outfit for Summer as she's a bit young to be involved in the party but she has got a couple of cute things to wear for Halloween.


We also got a set of 3 Skull Shot Glasses from Home Bargains for just 79p, we won't be drinking alcohol at our party but the kids will like to drink out of them or you can just use them as decorations.

I'm really excited about our little party now, I think the kids are going to love it!

XXX


We were sent the Home Bargain items for review.
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