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Friday Favourite – Supabath

I was dreading having to bathe my first little girl on my own once my husband went back to work. I’ve got a bad back and hips and had to have a c-section so was really worrying how I would manage.

I did a lot of research into the products that were out there and came across the Supabath from Mothercare, which was a god send then and is proving the same this time round having just had my daughter!

So this week my Friday Favourite is the Supabath

supabath

This is a fantastic product that sits over the top of the bath meaning its raised height makes bathtime a whole lot easier. There’s less need for bending over and I can easily hold my little girl and lift her in and out. The bath doesn’t slide under my taps when it was level with the bath sides but if we tip it ever so slightly we can slide it under and still fill the bath easily and then just tip it slightly again to slide it back without losing any water. We also have a shower head on my bath so can fill it with this too if needed. The Supabath has a handy little plug in the bottom that you just push up and it allows the water to be released easily into the bath below. Only downside is you have to hold it while the water drains, it could have down with a catch or some element to enable it to stay open while the water drains.

The Supabath can be used for at least the first 2-4 months of your baby’s life (depending on the size of your child). I would definitely recommend it to any parents out there! Especially if you are recovering from a c-section!

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Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

During both my pregnancies I really, really struggled to sleep. They say that it’s all preparing you for the sleepless nights that are to come, and whilst that’s lovely I would have preferred to just have had the sleep prior and dealt with the sleeplessness once it arrived! lol!

During my first pregnancy I got insomnia in the last few months and would sit up on facebook or watch telly at ungodly hours, only to fall alseep at the crack of dawn shortly before I needed to get up for work! However on the plus side, I could come home from work and just go to bed if I wanted, or have a massive long lie in at the weekend.

This time round… no such luck! When you have a toddler you have no time for lies in or resting once you get home from work. The tiredness can really, really, really catch up with you! This time round I had trouble sleeping from 8 weeks onwards! I was surviving on average with 4 hours sleep a night and was so run down and tired by the time my little girl came.

As my regular readers will know in each pregnancy I no sooner finished work for my maternity leave than my baby arrived! First time my daughter came at 37 weeks and this time round my little girl arrived 5 weeks early. So R&R didn’t really happen for me during my so called maternity leave and sleep was once again very limited, but this time due to night feeds!

I did try lots of things…

Going to bed early

I struggle with going to bed too early, as I feel my evenings are my “me” time so by the time I have put my daughter to bed and had my tea it’s often not that early anyway. However many mums I know swear by going to bed really early to get a good night’s sleep.

HorlicksHot milky drinks like Horlicks before bedtime

A milky drink is nice and enjoyable and is certainly better than a cup of tea or coffee, which has caffeine and will keep you awake.

A warm lavender scented bath

Yes, you can’t beat a bath for winding down and making you feel refreshed and relaxed.

Not watching television or being on the laptop too close to bedtime

I can see the arguments for this, as your mind is active and concentrating on what you have just been watching or doing. Many people say that reading is better for you, however I am not always sure as in my view your mind is still concentrating on what you are reading. In my mind you would be better going to bed and listening to some calming music or even ding relaxation techniques or meditation.

Using a pregnancy cushion (during my pregnancy), such as the Dream Genii  or general cushions to support my bump and back

Cushions are every woman’s best friend during pregnancy! I have had the Dream Genii and it did support me to a certain extent, however after a while my hip did ache (but this is probably due to the way the pillow supported it and the way my hip sits due to my disability). When the Dream Genii didn’t work for me I surrounded myself by normal pillows at the front and back and these supported me just as much… just wish our bed was bigger!

Using a scented room spray, such as the Cussons Mum & Me Relax & Unwind Sleep Mistcussons mum and me sleep mist

The lovely people from Cussons Mum & Me were kind enough to send me some of their Relax & Unwind Sleep Mist to try when they heard I was having trouble sleeping. I have used Sleep Mists before and this one did smell lovely and combines Camomile and Lavender to help you unwind. I have to confess, during my pregnancy, it didn’t send me into an instant slumber, however I don’t think a sledgehammer frankly would have done that, but it did have an initial calming aroma and seemed to help me sleep a bit better once all the pregnancy side effects had gone.

I’d love to hear any of my readers top tips for getting a good night’s sleep as I am sure over the coming months of night feeds I will be implementing many of the above tactics and any new ones would certainly be welcomed!

Disclaimer: this is NOT a spponsored post. No payment was received for writing this post. A Cussons Mum & Me Sleep Mist product sample was received to try but the views are entirely my own.

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Friday Favourite – Nursing Bra’s

I am going through the first tiring few weeks of breastfeeding my little girl and any mother that has breastfed knows a good nursing bra/s is/are essential!

Following the birth of my little girl I was very kindly contacted by the lovely Karen at Boobie Milk, who offered to send me one of their Carriwell Seamless Drop Cup Nursing Bras to try. This was perfect timing as my little girl had arrived 5 weeks early, as many of my readers will know, and as a result I hadn’t had chance to go get measured for my nursing bras and was using my old ones (which wasn’t ideal as I didn’t know what size I currently was and I was certainly popping out of some of them!)

Carriwell Nursing Bra

I took them up on their very kind offer, having not tried Carriwell before, and I have to say I was really pleased with the fit and design of the bra and have decided to feature it as my Friday Favourite for this week

I like the seamless design of the bra as it can be worn under tight fitting clothing without it showing through and it’s great for both night and day! The bra doesn’t have an underwire (which can sometimes aggravate during pregnancy and breastfeeding) but instead, the wide underband provides extra support and lift.There’s a simple one handed release clasp for easy nursing and the 3 hook and eye on the back makes the bra very comfortable and ensures extra support.

The BoobieMilk website also explains a few more key features:

The silky soft breathable microfiber fabric moulds to your changing body, whilst skin-to-skin contact between mom and baby is maximised during nursing due to the unique non-inner, cup design. This bares your entire breast when the front cup is lowered providing total skin-to-skin contact, thus enhancing and adding to your joyous nursing experience!”

Until 17th February 2013 you can get the red Carriwell Seamless Nursing Bra and Hipster Pants as a set for only £25 on the BoobieMilk website and you can also enter their competition via the BoobieMilk Facebook page to win a custom made Breast Milk Keepsake too.

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post and no payment was received for this. I was sent a product to try, however all the views and opinions in the post are entirely my own, with some product information to support the post taken from the BoobieMilk website.

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Friday Favourite – Snugglebundl

This week our #FridayFavourite is an amazing product called the Snugglebundl, which I have come across since I started blogging.

I had my eye on the Snugglebundl for ages and planned on buying one ahead of my baby coming. However I was lucky enough to enter a competition and actually win one, which I was over the moon about!

As you may have read in my recent post My Birth Story Second Time Round my baby has just arrived 5 weeks early by c-section so I have been using the Snugglebundl since returning home.

The Snugglebundl is a brilliant concept, it’s a blanket that enables you to lift your baby securely and safely without waking them and whilst supporting their head, neck and spine.

snugglebundl in use

It is great for post birth recovery, especially, if like me, you’ve had a c-section, as it means you can easily pick up and carry your baby without bending too much.

The Snugglebundl can be used as a swaddle style blanket in moses baskets, cots, car seats, prams and pushchairs and you can even use it to hold baby and cover your modesty whilst breastfeeding. Each time if baby is asleep and you want to move them all you have to do is take hold of the handles and gently lift them.

It has a lovely padded hood area which the baby’s head sits neatly in and strong handles, which means you can pick up your baby with ease and safe in the knowledge that they are well supported.

snugglebundl

I could kick myself as I hadn’t had chance to pack the Snugglebundl in my hospital bag, prior to everything happening and it wasn’t till I got home that I realised what a blessing it would have been in hospital. I was so sore from the operation that I couldn’t move and couldn’t lean over properly to get my baby out of the bedside cot every time she needed feeding or changing (especially in the first 24hrs when I also had a catheter in!) If I had had the Snugglebundl with me it would have made life a lot easier and I probably would have been able to lift my daughter out myself rather than calling the midwives every time. Normally I would have remembered but the whole birth had been a bit traumatic and happened sooner than expected, that combined with the pain levels and sleep deprivation made me totally forget. However now I am home I am making full use and that’s why I’ve decided to feature it as my Friday Favourite.

We haven’t been out and about in the car or with the pushchair yet but I am looking forward to trying it out!

Have you tried the Snugglebundl? What did you think? Do you have any fab products to share? If so please do leave me a comment below

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Keeping Winter Bugs at Bay and Having Peace of Mind

The winter bugs have well and truly hit our area and I don’t think there’s one person I know who hasn’t either had the winter vomiting bug or a nasty cold virus that has been doing the rounds. I think this New Year’s Eve was the quietest one on record for many!!!

I seemed to get the cold virus a couple of weeks before Christmas but my poor hubby has had both, both before and during / after Christmas, my niece, who’s birthday was Christmas Day was full of cold and coughing on her birthday and for several days after, and following this my little girl started coughing and her temperature started soaring the day after Boxing Day.

I think the only thing that has initially kept it at bay for me during Christmas was the timing of my flu jab with me being pregnant! However now… Happy New Year… I have it back again too! Just in time for going back to work! I think that’s what you call sods law! 🙂

I have to admit when my husband got the winter D&V virus I was quick to stock up on Dettol and cleaned the whole house from top to bottom, door handles, toilet handles, light switches, the lot and kept my little girl at my parents over night as I really didn’t want us all getting the virus for Christmas! Luckily it only lasted a couple of days! However the cold virus seems to be clinging on a little more and lasting longer. So with my lurgy filled house of different ages and different needs I thought I would share a few top pointers of how we have tried to try to keep the cold bugs at bay or at least fight them once they arrived!

Bugs & The Pregnant Woman

glycerin medicine

Being pregnant I was / am again unable to take much to fight my cold and I have to say this probably prolonged it all for me that little longer. However I was able to take Glycerin, Honey and Lemon Linctus and Glycerin throat lozenges, as well as paracetamol but that was pretty much my lot. To keep bugs at bay you can also take things like Berocca or basic fresh orange juice and multivitamins to boost your immune system and have a nice warm bath and place bowls of boiled water with Olbas Oil in the room at the same time.

Bugs and Young Children and Babies

Children seem to generate, multiply and breed bugs and germs bless them, especially once at nursery! There’s often very little you can do to stop them, especially the common cold virus but once here there’s a few things you can try.

  • Raise the cot / mattress in the room using blocks under the cot legs or blankets under the mattress.
  • Use a humidifer in the room to regulate moisture levels and creating clean and healthy air, helping your child to breathe vicks humidifiereasier. there are two types, warm mist and cool mist. Cool mist are probably safer around children but take more maintenance and require daily cleaning. I have to say I have had a Vicks warm mist one since my little girl was young. However my daughter isn’t a curious into everything child so I have been lucky with her just leaving it alone.
  • Put a dab of Children’s Olbas Oil on a muslin or a pillow in their cot
  • Stock up on children’s cough medicines and paracetamol such as Tixylix, Nelson’s and good old Calpol. You can actually get pharmacy own brand children’s paracetamol free in many cases too.
  • You can buy vapour plug ins for bedrooms too which emit vapours to soothe, calm and help children breathe more easily.
  • I have just been told that you can rub Vicks Vapour Rub on their feet too? However I haven’t tried that one until now so we’ll see!
  • Invest in a good thermometer, there are several types from under arm / tongue, behind the ear and in the ear.
  • When my daughter was first born I had an under the arm / tongue digital thermometer. These are good and do the job. However I find them a little harder to use with young children, as you have to find a way to their armpit, which is awkward when they are in their long sleeved clothes, especially sleepsuits and it can therefore be hard not to wake them when they are asleep! My daughter used to panic and pull away from me too, I think she thought it was an injection! It was therefore hard to keep her still for the 8-10 seconds often required and get an accurate reading I soon moved on to an ear thermometer, which I have to say I found a lot better. The reading happens in a matter of seconds and is very accurate. You can also therefore check the temperature of a sleeping child very easily and very quickly.

I was offered recently to try both the Vicks Comfort Flex (an under arm / tongue / rectal thermometer) and Vicks Behind Ear thermometers and have to say the timing couldn’t have been better with the number of bugs flying around our house! I was actually just talking to my mum about her buying a new thermometer with her often looking after both my daughter and niece. With us all having been hit by various bugs it has given us both plenty of opportunity to try them out!

vicks comfort flex thermometerMy view still remains the same regarding the armpit / under the tongue style of the Comfort Flex, I think they are better perhaps for general use in adults but not so good for children. The Comfort Flex gave a reading in approximately 8 seconds. However you do have to negotiate your clothing to find the armpit, which like I have said is harder in young children and it did seem to give a slightly lower reading each time when compared to the Behind the Ear and my existing ear thermometer (both of which seemed to give higher readings that were fairly identical to one another).

The Behind the Ear thermometer was of particular interest to me as it seems the least intrusive of all of them,vicks behind ear thermometer you simply place the sensor behind the ear at a certain point and the temperature is read in a second, and therefore sounds quick and ideal, especially for children, and I think it’s fairly safe to say that that is the case.

Apparently “the skin area behind the earlobe is over the posterior auricular artery which is a branch of the carotid artery. The carotid artery carries blood to the brain and is therefore the best external place to measure temperature.”

It can perhaps take a little practice at first to ensure you are placing the sensor in the right spot behind the ear (however there is a digital POS message that flashes up to indicate if an error has occurred such as the thermometer moving during the process or being placed in the wrong spot.) I don’t think it is the easiest to use on yourself, purely due to making sure you place it in the right spot, I got the POS message a few times when trying it on myself, but this may come with practice and it is certainly simple and effective to use on your family, especially children. The screen also uses a simple green, yellow and red colour system to show when a temperature reading is normal, slightly elevated or high too, which is handy and the memory stores the last several readings taken.

For me it is Ear and Behind the Ear thermometers all the way at present, I think they provide, quick, easy and accurate readings for all the family. What do you use and what do you think?

I hope you have managed to keep the bugs at bay or at least stave them off best as possible this winter and if you have any tips and ideas to share on this subject please do drop me a comment!

Disclaimer: This is NOT a paid for / sponsored post. I was sent two products to try but the views and opinions in this post are entirely my own.

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There may just be hope!

So, I have a very adorable, yet very messy little girl! No matter what I try to do she manages to be a little scruffbag most days bless her!

When it comes to meal times regardless of whether she wears a full coverall apron, a bib or nothing at all she manages to cover herself in her food! She’s the only child that can miss the bib and get food all over her trousers or collar or dip her cuffs in whatever the dish of the day is.

When it comes to arts and crafts she pretty much manages to be equally as messy, so much so I have old clothes that I put her in, along with a coverall apron, just to try not to ruin any of her day clothes!

So when the lovely people at Dr Beckmann contacted me to let me know of a campaign they were running I thought they couldn’t have picked anyone better! lol!

They very kindly sent me one of their Stain Devils Kids Stains Kit, some of their Non-Bio Stain Remover and a pack of their Colour and Dirt Collector Sheets to try.

I regularly use colour collector sheets as I have found that some of the clothes I have bought in the past for my daughter (especially jeans) have run and dyed a lot of the other items in the wash so in my eyes these are a must have and I could see from the first time I used them that they did what they said on the tin! Although I always put colour collector sheets in my wash and try to now separate the darker trousers I am also going to have to buy some of their Colour Safe Colour Run Remover that I have seen on their website in case I should have any accidents in future.

With mealtimes a messy affair, I am forever trying to remove tomato pasta stains from my daughter’s tops! So I didn’t need much time before I had to use the Kids Stain Kit after a tomato pasta sauce explosion took place! I was looking forward to seeing what would happen with this, as so many of her tops have been stained beyond help over the months and again, it didn’t fail to impress.

All you have to do is:

  • Place clean white cloth beneath the stain and thoroughly moisten stain with the solution.
  • Leave solution to work for 3 minutes (10 minutes for large or stubborn stains)
  • Dab treated area continuously with a clean damp cloth until all traces of the stain and solution have been removed.

The stain soon disappeared! I found it also worked just as well by treating the stain with a small dab before placing the item in the wash too.

The Stain Devils Kid’s Kit states that it removes over 40 of the toughest stains, including everything from mud and crayon to pasta sauce, and Dr Beckmann say this is guaranteed or your money back!

I wasn’t sure if I would get to use the mud and grass stain devil. However right on cue on Bonfire Night my little girl decided to oblige in some product testing and for some unbeknownst and obscure reason, in a hyper active state, she repeatedly threw herself on the floor, rolling around and giggling in the mud! Now those of you who read my blog regularly will know I am suffering with my hips during this pregnancy and not managing very well. This meant it was not easy to get my dead-weight daughter up from the ground, and every time I did manage she would just throw herself right back down! It therefore went on for some time (not embarrassing in the slightest when all the other parents are starting to look at you! lol!) By the time I got her home she was filthy! Her lovely pink jacket had grass and mud stains all over it, and as I was waiting for her second winter jacket to be delivered, I only had the one option to keep her warm!

As soon as we got home, I stripped her off, cleaned her up, grabbed her evening bottle and then dashed in the kitchen to get the mud, grass and make up remover bottle out of the kit! I have to confess in my panic I think I threw the whole bottle on her jacket, hat, scarf and gloves (the hat, scarf and gloves were brand new and just on for the first time, half of which were white!). I then threw the items in the wash for good measure and hoped that I was greeted by sparkly, clean clothes at the other end…. and that I was! Not a sign of mud or grass stain anywhere! All looked good as new, and after a night in the airing cupboard to dry them off my daughter was able to wear her lovely, warm and clean clothes the very next morning!

I’ve also tried the Non-Bio Stain Remover on some of our bedding. God knows what had been spilt all over it but it looked like we had dragged it through a rugby scrum in some kind of vivid dream! Maybe it was my daughter again with mummy’s make up on a morning, I have got into the bad habit of letting her explore my make up bag to keep her quiet while I get dressed, something I know I will regret! The product once again seemed to do the trick and our bedding was rescued by simply placing one of the sachets in the washing drum.

Having, through habit, used another brand for a long time, I will now be happy to go out and buy from the Dr Beckmann range, knowing that it will do the job for me! If my second child is anything like the first though I may be buying in bulk!

Dr Beckmann are running a Facebook competition from November 16th until December 14th to win a fantastic Christmas product hamper and the new Amazon Kindle Fire. Why not pop across and see if you can be a winner now?

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Sitting Comfortably and Safely

I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages and intended to do shortly after I wrote the post about my Babystyle Oyster pushchair back in August, however due to feeling horrendous with this pregnancy I just never got round to it but after recent chats with other bloggers about how much I love my Britax car seats I just had to get round to sharing my thoughts with everyone properly.

When I was pregnant with my daughter one of my most important purchase decisions was the car seat. I was so aware of the need for my little precious bundle to be safe, comfortable and secure.

According to ROSPA (The Royal Society for Prevention of Accidents) “most accidents involving children and cars occur when a child is travelling in a car that crashes or is hit by car as a pedestrian or cyclist.”

Apparently every year approximately 15 children between the ages of 0 and 11 are killed whilst travelling in cars and approximately 225 are seriously injured and 5,000 slightly injured. (taken from http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/carrying_safely/casualty_statistics.htm) However statistics do seem to be improving over the years in the UK and I think this is largely down to more road safety awareness and new car seat legislation. In recent years UK law changed to now require children to have a child seat or correct restraint until they are either 135cm or 12 years old (whichever comes first) in order to improve child safety when travelling in vehicles.

With different stage car seats and rear / forward facing car seats there’s a wealth of choice and some complex decisions to be made by parents. There are so many different brands too, all with various innovative designs and unique selling points. When I was making my choice I was so aware of the safety aspect that I actually paid for a subscription to the Which? website and looked up their guide to the best car seats out there.

There were a number of brands in the top 15 / 20 listed. However I had heard of the Britax brand and saw that they rated highly in the Which? test. I knew I wanted an ISOFIX car seat and was also buying the lightweight Babystyle Oyster pushchair and was aware that the Britax Baby Safe seats attached to the chassis of the Oyster without requiring any adaptors etc. So with this in mind and the fact that the Britax seats ranked highly in the review my decision was made.

I bought the Britax Baby Safe Plus SHR II with ISOFIX base and it was so simple to use and convenient.

The Baby Safe Plus SHR II has side impact protection and a 5-point safety harness that is easily adjusted with one simple pull. It has chest pads on the straps for added comfort for your child and can be installed using an ISOFIX base or a 3-point seat belt. The carry handle is adjustable to different positions and the headrest and shoulder strap height can be easily adjusted from the front with no faffing around behind the seat.

I loved the easy release button and the fact that I could simply and quickly lift the car seat out and with it’s integrated adaptors I could simply place it on my pram chassis and then in turn lift it off and place it in the car again.

The only thing I found I would have liked was a head hugger for my little girl. She was soooo small and her head flopped around all over in the first few weeks. If I was ever out with hubby I would sit in the back with her just to try and support her head a little but if out on my own I had no choice. Other than that I really can’t fault this car seat!

I was so impressed that when it came to buying the next seat up for my daughter I again checked out the ratings and saw Britax still rated highly so for me it was a no brainer, Britax it was.

We needed two seats with me being back at work and us having two cars so I opted for the Britax Safefix Plus car seat in Cowmooflage and hubby got the Safefix Plus TT.

The Safefix Plus TT car seat fixes to the car using ISOFIX, which has arms that retract to provide secure installation and indicators to confirm the hooks are engaged. It also has a 5 point safety harness with chest pads, again with single one pull adjustment, which can again be adjusted with the head rest as your child grows in one simple movement from the front of the seat. Great safety features include side impact protection and what Britax call a Pivot Link System which reduces the child’s forward movement in the car and therefore the risk of impact / injury. Just watching the video on this sold me immediately! Another nifty feature is a simple recline feature should your child wish to sleep

(The Safefix Plus has all the same features but with the ISOFIX foot.)

The seats have once again been great. The only ever so slight issue for me is the weight, but we bought two so we didn’t have to move them. I’ve only discovered how heavy they are for me on the odd occasion that I have had to  move them between vehicles. However I can’t see that you would expect any more when you get to this level car seat (especially with good safety features). Plus I am disabled so struggle with anything heavy anyway! I also struggled a tiny bit with the retractable ISOFIX arms on my version, the release pull didn’t seem to work as well as on my husband’s and I found it hard to get the seat positioned and anchored again if I have had to remove it for any reason. However on my hubby’s it’s been fine so I don’t know if this is just a blip on mine, I think it probably is. Overall it doesn’t affect the quality and performance of the seat on a day to day basis and I have been very satisfied. I even recommended to my parents so there’s now FOUR Britax car seats in our family!!!

I am pleased with the decisions we have made, however like I have said it can be a tough choice and everyone has different requirements. There is a debate as to whether we should adopt the avenue of having rear facing child car seats until children are 4 years old as in some Scandanavian countries. Now this is a whole other topic to touch on (should you wish to read more you can do so here) and you will also find a wealth of information online just by googling! However if you do want to do your own research to find the car seat that best suits you then I would recommend the Which? website, it played a huge role in helping me and my husband to make our decision and it also had some comments regarding rear facing seats for older children too.

Safe Travelling!

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Disclaimer: No product was supplied or payment made for this post, this is an independent blog post based on my own opinions.

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My Little Pumpkin Fairy

Every year at Halloween my friends and I now get together with our kids to have a Halloween coffee morning. Last year we all got our little ones dressed up and my little girl sported a fab witches costume and hat. It was great fun and a great excuse to get in the ‘spirit’ even though our little ones were too young to go trick or treating! This year we have decided to do the same again and are really looking forward to it! It’s probably any excuse to be big kids ourselves!!!

I have to admit I am really not the best at fancy dress, I have no sewing skills and wouldn’t remotely attempt to make a costume! I am going to end up spending a fortune once all the school fancy dress days come along!!! So I was thrilled when I was contacted by joke.co.uk to see if I would be interested in reviewing a Halloween costume. Fab timing and a life saver!

I had a look on their site and having done the witch costume last year I opted for the Toddler Pumpkin Fairy Halloween costume for this year.

As you can see it is such a cute costume comprising of an orange, black and green dress with a netted overlay skirt and a really cute pumpkin headband. It looks adorable on and the orange and black tights can be bought separately and really finish the outfit off!

It comes in a small (age 1-2) and a medium (age 3-4) and costs £15.99.

My little girl looks so cute in it! I’ve just been struggling to get her to stand still in it to get a decent photo today so am using the one from the website so apologies for the size!!! you can see the picture better by visiting the site HERE

There’s loads of other costumes to pick from including, a bat, a spider, a monster, a mummy a skeleton and a vampire to mention a few! Why not take a look at a few of them HERE

The guys at Joke.co.uk have been so friendly and helpful, I would just like to say a huge thank you to them for approaching me and being so kind as to send us a costume out. I am really looking forward to our coffee morning and will be sure to share with my friends who may be looking for any ideas themselves!

I’ve linked this post up to Emmys Mummy’s Halloween Blog Hop why not head on over there to take part if you have a post to share?

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Disclaimer: Please note a product was supplied in return for a review on this blog. No money was exchanged and this is not a sponsored post.

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Simply Swim – Costume Review

As you will know from my swimming posts I love the water! So when I was contacted recently by the lovely people at SimplySwim.com I was thrilled to be offered the opportunity to try out one of their products. It was just in time for my family holiday away too!

As I am pregnant the swimsuit I chose was the Zoggs Melbourne Maternity Scoopback (RRP £32 and available in sizes 8 – 18)

 

When you are pregnant your body changes so much so you really do want to feel comfortable in your swimwear, space and support for your growing bump and growing bosom is a must!

This is a really feminine, very flattering and comfortable costume. The integral shelf bra supported my … erm shall we say increased bust as I was bobbing around in the pool! and I liked the pull bow at the front that allowed me to have as much or as little cleavage as I wanted. I felt totally comfortable, free to swim and splash around with my little girl to my hearts content without worrying about any wardrobe malfunctions!

Simply Swim have a great range of products from Men’s, Women’s and Children’s Swimwear to equipment ranging from accessories like goggles and caps to swim and training aids. If you see a product cheaper they will try to match it and they have a 28 day return period and free size exchange. I do a lot of my shopping online due to having bad hips and back as I get very tired when out shopping, so it’s great to know that Simply Swim are there for any future purchases.

Disclaimer: A product was supplied to me for the purpose of review however no money was exchanged in return for this post.

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How Do You Use Yours???

I was recently contacted by the lovely people at Total Greek Yoghurt and invited to a press event they were hosting. Unfortunately due to the day and location I couldn’t attend but suggested a few bloggers that they may wish to contact and as a thank you they very kindly sent me out some lovely samples of their Total 0% and Total 0% Split Pot with Raspberry and Pomegranate.

The Split Pots are great, offering a main section (135g) of creamy Total 0% Greek Yoghurt with a very tasty side pot portion (35g) of Raspberry and Pomegranate fruit compote. I have to say I don’t usually eat Natural Yoghurt on its own, I tend to use it in recipes but the fruit compote side pot was a lovely tasty addition.

On having a look at the Total website I liked the idea that FAGE who make Total have a strapline of:

“We would never make a product that we would not give to our children”.

and I was keen to find out more. Apparently they use 4 litres of fresh pasteurised cows milk into each litre of Total Greek Yoghurt and they don’t add any sugars, sweeteners, thickeners or artificial additives.

We regularly use Natural Yoghurt in our home made curry recipe and added the pot of Total 0% to our curry this week, it tasted lovely and creamy. Checking out the nutritional information it’s a great, healthy addition to our family meal so we’ll definitely be buying from the range in future. I’d post a pic of the curry but my recipe pics never come out well and it is likely to put you off more! lol! So here’s a lovely pic of Total’s 0% yoghurt!

We will be trying out the Thai Green curry and Strawberry Yoghurt Ice Lollies recipes on their recipe page too! Oh and maybe at some point the Vodka and Strawberry Cocktail!… ahem… 🙂

Anyway… I would just like to say a huge thank you to Total for being so kind as to send us these samples. If anyone out there uses Total in their recipes I would love to hear how you use yours?

*Disclaimer – Samples were sent for me to try however no review was requested in return and no payment exchanged. This article has been written of my own accord as a thank you.

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