Sunday, 2 August 2015

Professor Scrubbington's Review & Giveaway

When I attended Britmums Live in June I discovered a bottle of Magically foaming hand and face wash from Professor Scrubbington's Emporium of clean in my goody bag. I had never tried these products before and my children were amazed that the hand wash actually foams in their hands, making washing hands fun. I was impressed and loved the fresh scent and stylish packaging. So when I was offered the chance to try out the rest of the range I was looking forward to seeing what it was like.

We were sent a box suitcase of products from Professor Scrubbington's Emporium of clean, which I thought was a fun way to package them and my tween instantly declared the box of products as her own. Inside the suitcase their was Magically foaming hand and face wash, Magically foaming shampoo, Magically foaming conditioner, Magically foaming hair and body wash and a Magically fragrant roll on. All of the packaging is nice and stylish and has a grown up feel to it which appealed to my twelve year old. These products were designed for young people to help encourage them to keep themselves clean, with easy to squeeze bottles and products that foam in the hands making keeping clean fun and easy.


Professor Scrubbington's products are made with 95% natural ingredients and are paraben and SLS free making them nice and kind to little ones skin. My tween has been using these products and she has sensitive skin and eczema and she has had no problem with them at all, they have left her skin nice and soft and moisturised. All the products have a lovely fresh scent to them too and are odour neutralising, perfect for tweens as let's be honest they can sometimes smell a bit, sorry Chloe. 

I was impressed to find a roll on deodorant in the range as I have found that most of the deodorant type products on the market aged at tweens are really strong and overpowering, but this one is a really easy to use roll on that has a lovely fresh scent and helps keep odour at bay. 

We really loved these products and I will defiantly be buying them again as they are great for my daughters eczema prone skin. They are also fun and look great in the bathroom and they have a lovely scent, I also like knowing there is no hidden nasty ingredients which is a big bonus. My two year old even loves them as the bath products make great bubbles and she is amazed with the foaming hand wash. 

Professor Scrubbington's products are not yet available to buy in leading high street stores just yet but you can buy them online at www.shop.scrubbingtons.com with free UK delivery on all orders over £10.  I also have a discount code which will give you a fifth off your first order which is BM20


Professor Scrubbington's Emporium of clean have also very kindly offered one of my lucky readers the chance to win their own set of products. To be in with a chance of winning this rather lovely prize just complete one or more of the entries on the Rafflecopter below. Please note this giveaway is open to UK entrants only and one winner will be picked at random via rafflecopter from all correct entries received by the closing date. Prize is for one winner to receive a set of Professor Scrubbington's products, prize will sent direct from Professor Scrubbington's. Good luck. 

Disclosure: We were sent a set of these products free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own and I was not paid for this review. 

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My Sunday Photo 02.08.15

I am really lucky living where we do in the North East as we are close to the amazing North East coastline. Last week we visited one of my favourite beaches Cullercoats in North Tyneside. I remember visiting this beach as a child and it is actually where my grandma went into labour with my mum many years ago. We had a lovely day here playing on the beach and visiting the near by park and of course having fish and chips and ice creams.



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Saturday, 1 August 2015

A Slimming World Weigh In After Two Week's Off

It seems like ages since I have wrote a Slimming World post, with my last one being my 13 week update. I am now on week 16 of Slimming World. The reason I have not written an update for a couple of weeks is simply because I have not been to class, as I missed two weeks. The reason I missed two weeks is because the first week I was exhausted as Jacob has still not been sleeping and I just could not face getting myself and the two little ones dressed, ready and out the house by 8am to attend class, as simply as that. The second week I missed class as we had a last minute family day out at the beach, I ate fish and chips and had an ice cream whilst we were out. I'm not going to lie, I really enjoyed it.

This week I was determined to go to class as I knew that if I missed another week I would end up not going back and would fall off the plan, which is the last thing I want to happen. So I went to class on Thursday morning fully expecting a gain as I had not only had fish and chips and an ice cream but I also had a Chinese take away at the weekend too. 

I was amazed to find out that I had actually lost 2.5lbs, just half a pound away from my one and a half stone award. After 16 week's on the plan I was expecting to have lost a lot more weight then I have done if I am honest. I only have myself to blame as I have missed a few weeks along the way, which has not helped my weight loss at all. But I love the plan as it just goes to show that you can still go out and have a treat with family or a weekend takeaway, as long as you get back on the plan for the rest of the week you will still have a loss on the scales. 


This week I was really hoping to get back on track and stick to plan 100 % as I really want that one and half stone award, and also to get my two stone award by Jacobs first birthday in a few weeks. However I am going to be honest and say I have totally not stuck to plan at all the last three days, in fact I have been terrible. 

Thursday after class I came home and ate a battered chicken burger in a bun with chips from the chips shop for lunch. Friday we went out for lunch at a Mexican restaurant and I had nachos, a wrap with coleslaw and skin on fries and then half a portion of churros with chocolate dip. Then it gets worse as I had a chicken kebab wrap with half a portion of chips from the takeaway for tea. I woke up today feeling really bloated and rubbish but I have still ate buttered toast for breakfast along with my two hi-fi bars, I skipped lunch as I was busy and ended up eating a bag of crisps and another hi-fi bar. I soon realised I needed to get back on track and have had a good tea of grilled lean pork steak with salad and new potatoes, which are all free foods. 

I am determined to try and stick to the plan 100 % for the rest of the week and I have planned lots of slimming world friendly meals for the next few days to hopefully keep me on track. I am just hoping this will be enough to minimise a big weight gain next week, but if I do have a big gain then I only have myself to blame. 

If you diet what helps motivate you to stick to it ? I would love to know as I am finding it so hard to stick to plan during the summer holidays. 

To find out more about the Slimming World plan or to find your nearest class then visit the website www.slimmingworld.com

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Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Pass Around The World For Your Chance To Win

Pass around the world is a great new campaign that Allianz have launched to celebrate their partnership with Saracens RFC and honour the 2015 Rugby world cup. They are encouraging people to film a quick video of a rugby pass and upload it to the Pass Around the World website where all the videos will be linked together to make one big pass, hopefully around the world. They are hoping that this fun campaign will bring people together through Rugby. And you can find out more on the video below.

          

I think that this looks like a fun campaign that will be great for families to take part in as I am sure that many of us parents have already heard cries of " I'm bored " these holiday's. Filming a quick video to upload would be a great way to get the family doing a fun activity at home or to encourage your children to get into rugby. As a parent to a teenage daughter, a toddler and baby my own children are not really into rugby but I know that they would still have lots of fun taking part in this campaign. My teen loves making videos, like most teenage girls she wants to be the next Zoella. And my toddler just loves any opportunity to play outdoors with her siblings.

All you need to do to take part is make a short video of your rugby pass on your mobile, turn your phone sideways when filming for best results. Make sure that the ball enters from the left and leaves from the right ,this is so that all the videos can then easily be linked together to create one big pass. Make sure that your video is less then 10 seconds long and under 30 MBs and then upload it the website, it is as easy as that. 

Everyone who uploads a video to the website will be entered into a prize draw to win some brilliant prizes such as £150 worth of Ticketmaster vouchers, Saracen prizes such as tickets to watch them play, signed rugby balls and one lucky person will win the top prize of lunch with the Saracen team and to attend a training session. If you know any rugby fans then get them to enter as I am sure they would love these prizes, I like the sound of them myself and I don't even know the first thing about rugby.

Hundreds of people across the world have taken part already such as Owen Farrel and his team mates ( he is a Saracens player ) the Bayern Munich FC team and racing driver Lewis Hamilton. So you never know your pass could be linked to a celebrity. I think that it will be lovely to see all of the passes linked together and if you are taken part you can tell people that you took part in it and it would be lovely to look back on.

To find out more about the Pass around the world campaign and for full terms and conditions please check out the website www.passaroundtheworld.com. Remember to tell all your friends to take part too for their chance to win some fantastic prizes and don't forget to search the #PassAroundTheWorld hash tag on social media to see everyone else's passes.

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. Please refer to the Pass around the world website for full terms and conditions and to find out more details about this campaign. All entries are to be made to the pass around the world website and not to this blog, we are simply promoting the campaign. All prizes will be provided from Pass around the world as stated in their terms and conditions and will not be provided by this website. 



What Baby Jacob Wore : George At Asda

One of the things that I love about having a baby is being able to buy tiny little baby clothes and dress them up in cute little outfits. But having three children I have soon realised that baby's grow so quick and grow out of their tiny little outfits within a matter of week's. I also realised that it is pointless buying fancy designer baby clothes as 1.) they grow out of them so quick it is a waste of money 2.) they will probably just be sick on the outfit and 3.) a lot of fancy outfits are very impractical for everyday use.

One place that I often shop for baby clothing is George at Asda. I have brought all three of my children's vests and babygrows from here. My eldest wore a George babygrow when she was first born 12 years ago. Since then I have stuck to them for all three children as they are the best around in my opinion, as they are super soft and wash well. I sound like such a mum saying that don't I.

So when I was sent the challenge of dressing Jacob in George baby clothes for a week for the #WBabyWT ( What baby wore today ), showcasing the cute little outfits they have I was well up for the challenge. Firstly I could not believe how much we managed to get as the clothes were such fantastic value. We got a short and shirt set, joggers and t-shirt set, dungarees set with t-shirt and socks, a romper suit, 2 pair of shorts, 2 t-shirts, a hoody and two pair's of pyjamas for the bargain price of £44. There was enough clothes to last a week as well as the two pairs of pyjamas.

So here is a what Jacob wore this week. Day one was a lovely hot day so we spent the day playing in the garden and Jacob wore this cute slogan t-shirt which says "I'm the boss around here" and was only £2, he wore it with a pair of shorts out of a pack of two which cost £3 so his outfit only cost £3.50 which is amazing value. We teamed his outfit with a sun hat to protect him from the sun and a dribble bib as he is teething at the moment.


 Day two we went to the beach so Jacob wore this cute little denim shirt and cream short set which was only £8. He looked adorable wearing it and it was perfect for a day out at the beach.


Day three he went out with his daddy for the day to visit family and it was a lovely hot day so he wore these very cute dungaree shorts which were £10 and came with the t-shirt and socks. I loved this outfit as it was so soft and very cute and showed of his chubby little legs. 


Day four we went to soft play and Jacob wore a little jogger and t-shirt set which was £6. This outfit was super soft and perfect for a day at soft play. 
Day five we had a lazy day at home wearing another cute slogan t-shirt this one says "Mummy's perfect handsome little man" and has a camera on, perfect for a bloggers child who is forever having there photo taken. This was only £2 and he wore it with the other pair of shorts out the two pack we got which cost £3 for the pair, so again this outfit was a total bargain as it worked out at only £3.50.


Day six was another lazy day at home wearing this red and white striped romper outfit which says "Mummy's Little Dude". This was £4 and he wore it with some little red and white socks he already had from George at Asda. This outfit is perfect for summer as it is really soft and lightweight and very practical. 
Day seven we had planned to go out but it was wet and miserable day so we stayed at home watching films and baking cakes, well Jacob watched his sisters bake cakes. He wore the joggers from day four teamed with the t-shirt from day one, and they looked great together. 


We also had a little blue hoody which has adorable little ears on , I think babies look very cute with ears on there clothing. This was only £4 and is cosy and perfect for keeping him warm if we are out and it gets a bit cold. 


And lastly we were sent some pyjamas which were only £5 for two pairs and are really soft and comfortable looking, which I totally forgot to photograph him in. But trust me they are very cute.

I have loved dressing Jacob in George at Asda for the week as the clothes have looked great, been super soft for baby's delicate skin, they are practical and comfortable and very affordable. They also wash great too with no fading or bobbling which is testament to the quality of the clothes as they  are fantastic quality at great prices. 

I think that these clothes would be perfect if you are looking for some summer outfits for your little one or if you are going on holiday these would be ideal as you could get a weeks worth of outfits for only £44, probably even less if you brought different items. All the items can also be mixed and matched. I will defiantly be buying Jacob lots more outfits from Asda as he looked cute in them, mummy loved them and I am sure his daddy will love the price of them.

You can view the adorable range of baby boy and girl clothes from George at Asda on the website www.asda.com

Disclosure: We were sent a week's worth of George clothing for the purpose of this review, however all words and opinions are my own. 

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Monday, 27 July 2015

We Are Vital Baby #WeaningWarriors

If you are a regular reader you may have noticed the new badge on my side bar that says we are Vital baby #WeaningWarriors. I am really excited to be working on this new campaign as I have absolutely loved weaning Jacob. Now that he has just turned 11 months old we are moving him onto family foods and encouraging independent eating, but I am looking forward to sharing how his weaning journey started and how he is getting on. 

As part of my role as a #WeaningWarrior I will be bringing you lots of posts over the coming weeks about how we have found weaning, some of our favourite weaning recipes, top tips that I have discovered for weaning and a review of the brilliant new weaning products that Vital baby have just brought out to celebrate their 10th birthday (we are big fans already).

As I mentioned Jacob has just turned 11 months old and we have been weaning him for a good few months now, but I thought that it would be best to look back on when his weaning journey began. It is recommend by health professionals to not start weaning until your baby is six months old, but we began weaning Jacob at around four and half months old on the advice of are health visitor. As Jacob was suffering with colic and reflux and was a very unsettled baby who just screamed in pain all day every day for four months. 

As we were weaning him so young we went down the puree spoon-fed route, we stuck to baby rice for the first two weeks giving him it once per day then building up to twice and then three times per day. We then moved onto baby porridge and plain fruit and vegetable purees,  I did use jars and packets quiet often as I found them more convenient. We were lucky that Jacob took to weaning really well and more or less ate whatever we gave him. Although he was unsure of savoury foods at first but we persevered and he soon loved them, with carrots being a firm favourite. 

I found the whole starting to wean experience really enjoyable and stress free as it was lovely watching him discover new foods. Before we started weaning I was really nervous as when i weaned my middle daughter Sophia just a year beforehand she had no interest in food. We went down the baby-led weaning route and she was really fussy and would only eat a few foods and she would refuse to take anything at all off a spoon and still does now, preferring to feed herself. She also has a really sensitive gag reflex and would choke on food at every meal which was a worry. 

It was 12 years ago since I weaned my eldest and things were a lot different back then, there was no baby-led weaning and it was recommended to start spoon-fed weaning on purees at four months old. After trying both the puree route and the baby-led route with the girls I was glad to be going down the puree route with Jacob as for me personally I just prefer it. I have a big worry about baby's choking and I also like to know that they have actually ate something and not just thrown everything on the floor. 

I think that the way that you wean your baby is down to you as a parent and also down to the child, as every parent and every child is different. If you are planning on starting weaning soon then I would just go with whatever weaning route you feel is best for you and your child. If you are feeling a bit worried about it all then Vital baby in house weaning expert Dr Rana Conway has five top tips for weaning that are sure to help you. 

1.) Offer your baby a wide range of foods so they get used to different flavours and textures. Babies naturally like sweet foods to start with, so offer slightly bitter foods like broccoli, spinach and green beans. Don't be surprised if they reject foods at first, every time you try, the chances of success increase.

2.) Let your baby set the pace. 'Responsive feeding' is key. So if your baby shows signs they have have had enough don't keep trying them for one more spoonful. Teething and colds can put a baby off their food and pressure to eat will just cause food battles.

3.) Don't give too much milk, as this is one of the main reasons for babies not taken solids. Babies under 12 months need 3-4 breast feeds or 500-600ml of formula a day and giving more than this can make them too full for meals. 

4.) Give your baby plenty of opportunities to handle food. Whether you're starting with spoon-feeding or baby-led weaning, give some finger foods every day. Steamed vegetables such as carrot sticks or pieces of broccoli and soft fruit like banana and pears are ideal.

5.) Make meal times enjoyable by sitting and eating together whenever possible. If you relax and take your time it will help your baby develop a healthy relationship with food. 

I think that the tips are really useful and after weaning three children myself they are things that I completely agree with. Although I am sometimes guilty of trying to get Jacob to have just one more spoonful of food, so I think I need to remember 'Responsive feeding' is key. Keep an eye out for my review of the brilliant new Vital Baby weaning products next week and if you are planning on starting weaning soon why not head over to the Vital Baby facebook page where you can often find some great weaning tips. 


Do you have any weaning tips ? If so I would love to know in the comment section below. 

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Don't Fear The Mess With Pampers Baby Wipes

Being a mum of three and having two young children only 14 months apart ( I have a 2 year old and 11 month old and also a 12 year old) means that I am use to the mess that baby's and children can bring. My baby boy Jacob loves to be sick, have nappy explosions, wee everywhere as soon as his nappy is removed and cover himself and everyone else in food at meal times. And my toddler Sophia is even worse for mess she gets food everywhere when eating, and she loves to be creative and colour herself as well as her picture in with pen's and paint. 

Baby wipes have been my saviour these last two years, I clean a lot of little bottoms having two little ones in nappies. But Baby wipes are not just great for nappy changes they get used for everything in this household, such as cleaning sticky hands and faces, cleaning mess of the highchair /wall/ floor and even myself, getting pen off my wallpaper, the list goes on as they have endless uses. And they are also rather brilliant at doing what they are meant to do and cleaning little ones bottoms. 

Pampers Wipes
So when I was Invited by Pampers to try out their sensitive baby wipes and do a little experiment with my children, involving a little cute rubber duck to find out how the PH levels of pampers wipes compared to plain old water and cotton wool. I just knew I had to give it a try and find out for myself, as I was intrigued to see which was kindest to little ones skin. I was sent a pack from Pampers which included a packet of Pampers sensitive wipes, a rubber duck, a bottle of water, some cotton wool pads, a little dish for the water, some PH papers and some double sided sticky tape. Everything we needed to conduct are own little home experiment to see if cotton wool and water or Pampers baby wipes had the most natural PH balance.

Testing Kit
I made a little video with the help of my oldest Chloe and youngest Jacob which you can watch below and see how we got on with the experiment. 


As you can see in the experiment the Pampers sensitive wipes had a much more natural PH balance then water and cotton wool, making the wipes kinder to little ones skin then water. I was a little surprised with this as each time I have had my children I have been told on the post natal ward to use cotton wool and water to clean my newborns skin with. Although I admit I did use baby wipes instead as they are just so much easier and more effective then cotton wool and water for nappy explosions. 

We use these wipes on Sophia who has sensitive skin and eczema and they are so soft and gentle and have caused no irritation at all for her, even when we use them to clean her hands and face. Pampers wipes are dermatologically accredited by the skin health alliance which means that they are kind to little ones sensitive skin. And they are made with a unique soft grip texture which makes them thicker and super soft which provides gentle cleaning with less wiping. Perfect for two messy children like I have. 

Messy Sophia
So if you have a little one or you are due a little one don't worry about the mess a child will bring as no matter what kind of mess they create, even if your baby has a poo face. Don't worry as long as you have a packet of Pampers baby wipes it will be ok and there is no need to fear the mess as these baby wipes will help you clean up even those really bad nappy explosions. 

Why not check out the funny and adorable new Pampers video below if you have not already seen it. And if you are unsure what poo face is then this little clip will inform you #PampersPooFace. 



I'm working with BritMums and Pampers testing their wipes and featuring their new #PampersPooface video. I was provided wipes and have been compensated for my time. All editorial and opinions are my own. Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrrnC62X6eA
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