Gift Guides · Review

Christmas Gift Ideas for Food Lovers

I love food, that is certainly no secret. Despite that I still find buying gifts for the food lovers in my life difficult. Everyone has different tastes and their own little likes and dislikes when it comes to food, so buying for a foodie or food lover can be hard! We all know a foodie or food lover and I have at least one or two on my gift list this year. I bet you do too. With that in mind I thought I would share some gift ideas with you, help you to find some inspiration to find that coveted perfect gift this Christmas.

TIANA Coconut cooking Butter

TIANA Coconut Cooking Oil

I’m going to start where any food lover would, at the cooking! With all certified organic ingrediants, TIANA Coconut cooking Butter is perfect for any foodie who loves to cook this Christmas. It is perfect for all the foodies out there since it is free from gluten, diary, preservative, colouring and additives. It is even suitable for vegans and vegetarians.  It also doesn’t taste or smell of coconut! You can use TIANA Coconut cooking Butter as a healthier alternative to cooking oils with any meal or food you are making.

You can get TIANA Coconut cooking Butter  on their site for £7.85 (250ml) or £18.99 (750ml)

Aduna Baobab Powder

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We all like to look after our bodies and at this time of year we really should be thinking about those all important vitamins as well all those yummy treats around. . Aduna Baobab Powder will help your food lover to do just that and more! I am sure everyone has now heard of super foods? Well Baobab is one of them.

Baobab is the only fruit in the world which dries on the branch. Aduna simply deseed and sieve the fruit to make it into a powder, so what you get is the fruit itself! Baobab powder is a fantastic source of Vitamin C which supports your immune system, skin and your energy release. In fact one single dose gives you 33% of your recommended intake for a day. Add in that it is 50% fibre and contains the highest amount of antioxidants found in fruit. What’s not to love?

Aduna Baobab Powder is free fom dairy, wheat, gluten, additives and preservatives as well as added sugar. While Aduna Baobab Powder is organic and natural it is also safe for children, the perfect way to add in some extra Vitamin C to their diet.

Aduna Baobab Powder is so easy and versatile to use as well! You just use 2-4 teaspoons in your morning porridge, yogurt, smoothies or shakes. It tastes just like sherbet!

Don’t you just love the pattern on the tub?

You can get Aduna Baobab Powder for £5.99 (80g tub)

Personalised China Mug from McGlaggan Smith Mugs

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I love coffee! If you follow me on Instastories you will know I also love mugs. (I think I may be obsessed! Haha) I usually have to resist the urge to buy ones with great slogans on. I have the perfect gift for a mug or hot drink lover! A personalised bone china mug!  This is my favourite item in the guide! I love these mugs from McGlaggan Smith Mugs.

McGlaggan Smith Mugs specialise in bespoke and personalised mugs. Do they ever! There is a whole range of designs, personalisations and more on their site.

I just love this personalised mug which is personalised with not only your name but your preferred drink too. The personalisation doesn’t stop on the front either you can add more to the handle and even on the bottom at the inside! I tend to drink a very wide range of coffee drinks but as a mum I find I can always use a coffee fix.

The mugs are so exquisite, being beautifully made and finished. They don’t seem old fashioned like many china mugs I have found, they are modern and personal. The personalisation doesn’t stop on the front either you can add more to the handle and even on the bottom at the inside! Perfect for a mug lover.

You can get a personalised mug from Mcglaggan Smith Mugs from £14.99

JML Nutri Blitzer from Superdrug

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The Nutri Blitzer from JML is an amazing little gadget for the kitchen! So good it has been included in the health and fitness range at Superdrug. Containing precision made steal extraction blades which will spin at an astonishing 19,000 RPM. Those blades help the Nutri Blitzer to create a vortex which can literally pulverize seeds, skins, leaves, stems and peel meaning you can just pop the whole fruit inside and blitz! I love this feature, I rarely have time to stand and peel fruits or vegetables before making a smoothie so knowing I can just pop it in and make something without having to worry about bits at the end is great! It also means your are getting all of the nutrients and mineral from the ingredients you are using.

The Nutri Blitzer from JML comes with milling blade which is perfect for grinding coffee beans! Who doesn’t love a freshly ground cup of coffee? It’s so easy to use too. Just put the beans in the cup attach the milling blade top and push into the Nutriblitzer while plugged in. Hey presto ground coffee beans.

Inside the box for the Nutri Blitzer from JML is the power base, 2 small (650ml) cups, 1 large (900ml) cup, two attachable easy drink handles, two resealable lids, 1 extraction cross blade, 1 flat milling blade and a 160 page recipe book with great ideas inside.

The whole Nutri Blitzer is so easy to clean since the mess from using it is contained in one whole capsule. Just clean it out after use, it takes seconds.

Inside the box for the Nutri Blitzer from JML is the power base, 2 small (650ml) cups, 1 large (900ml) cup, two attachable easy drink handles, two resealable lids, 1 extraction cross blade, 1 flat milling blade and a 160 page recipe book with great ideas inside.

The perfect gift for any foodie or food lover in your life.

You can get the Nutri Blitzer from JML in store at Superdrug.

 

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Gift Guides · Review

Christmas Gift Ideas for Children & Babies

Christmas has been sneaking up on us and with the festive season about to hit my mind has turned to gifts, as I am sure has yours. Over the next few weeks I thought I would share some ideas with you for Christmas gifts. Starting today with a few gift ideas for the children and babies in your life.

It could be just me but I am always worried about what gifts you should get children, after all they will be getting gifts from Santa and from everyone else too. Many of which will be toys, I mean there are plenty of ideas out there and such a huge range of toys available. Each year I try to make an effort to get the children a gift that is a little different. Not something odd that they won’t use but a gift that maybe isn’t expected, A surprise to open. With that in mind I’ve put together a few ideas of gifts for children and babies.

Gift Ideas for Children

Starting off with two great ideas for the children on your list this year.

Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set

One of the go to gifts for adults has always been bath product sets. They are everywhere this time of year. I don’t know about you but I love getting new products for the bath at Christmas! D loves bath time too, in fact he usually gets really excited and loves to stand beside the bath and watch the bubbles form in anticipation. One of our favourite bath time products is from the Childs Farm range. I recently discovered that Childs Farm have gift sets with bath products for children! How had I never discovered this before?

Childs Farm was started back in 2010 when Joanna founder and mum of two set out to find a conditioner which didn’t contain parabens and other nasties while being suitable for her girls sensitive skin. Childs Farm make a range of bath products for children and babies which are suitable for all kinds of skin and hair types, including sensitive skin. To make it even better they do it right here in the UK! The products have all been approved by both pediatricians and dermatologists too, giving you peace of mind that they are safe for even children with eczema.

Childs Farm Top to Toe gift set

We just love Childs Farm hair & body wash! Which is actually one of the products found inside the Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set. Inside the set you will also find Childs Farm Bubble Bath and Childs Farm Moisturiser all kept in this lovely little zip lock bag above.

Products inside Childs Farm Top to Toe set

Each of the products inside has its own scent which is easily recognizable and strong enough to be smelt while using the product but yet not over powering. Just perfect for children! Childs Farm Bubble Bath contains tangerine, while Childs farm Hair & Body wash contains sweet orange and Childs Farm Moisturiser contains grapefruit and tea tree. All of which are organic. Although both the Bubble Bath and Hair& Body wash smell similar there is a distinct scent to each. I love smelling the sweet scent in D’s hair when we get a hug or cuddle!

Childs Farm Hair & Body wash bubbles

We have previously stuck to Childs Farm Hair & Body wash or body products from Childs Farm. Childs Farm Hair & Body wash creates a great foam with very little product which is perfect for children. D adores getting covered in soap and getting to rinse it off a little at a time.

Adding Childs Farm Bubble Bath into the bath creates foamy type bubbles. Which are great fun to play with. D always has to have bubbles and I have no idea why we have never used Childs Farm Bubble Bath before. It smells divine!

The final product in the Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set is Childs Farm Moisturiser which I think might be my favourite one from the set. It literally feels like silk while you rub it in, with a gorgeous scent that just drifts to your nose. D loved smelling his hands and arms after we had applied it. Since it is all natural the skin absorbs it really quickly, with no chemicals slowing the process.  Plus the skin immediately feels softer! I must admit that I have also been using Childs Farm Moisturiser on my arms where I still get a little eczema flare up. I also noticed it’s been fading since I started using it.

The lids on all the products in Childs Farm Top to Toe gift set.

All the Products in Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set come in 100ml bottles with the lovely bright, child friendly packaging. All of which have an easy to use pop open lid that can be opened with one hard push and doesn’t let liquid leak out without a squeeze.

The Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set would be a great gift for children who like D love  bath time, bubbles and bath products. I think the set would make a great gift on its own or as part of a larger gift with PJ’s and other little bits! The Top to Toe Gift Set would also be the perfect size to be an addition for bath time on Christmas Eve inside a Christmas eve box if you do one. Since they can be used by all children it could even be added to a shared box adding some excitement to the bath time on Christmas Eve.

You can purchase your own Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set (RRP £8.99) From the Childs Farm Website by clicking on the link. The Childs Farm range is available from Childs Farm, Boots, Tesco and Superdrug just to name a few stores.

Personalised Book: My Golden Ticket from Wonderbly

In our house we are all avid readers, D and Baby S love having story time at least once a day. Getting a new book can be so exciting for them which is why I of course had to include a book in our gift ideas. However this is most certainly not a normal book!

Wonderbly is a company who create personalised books for children, with a difference. Wonderbly was started by 4 friends who wanted to create a unique personalised book like no other. They did just that with a book called Lost My Name, which became a company and after selling thousands of books the collection of uniquely personalised books became Wonderbly. One of the newest additions to the Wonderbly collection is My Golden Ticket. No, I know what your thinking. It’s not just a repeat of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a child’s name added here and there.

My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly is a book about your child’s own adventure through the magical wonder that can only be Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory! With incredible personalisation added during the making the whole book is formulated using the unique make up of your child’s name.

Adding a personal message into My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly

The journey starts through the ordering process. Creating My Golden Ticket is so easy on the Wonderbly site. The options start right at the beginning when you can pick hardback or soft cover. I chose soft cover. You are walked through each section of the book which can be personalised starting on that very first page where you can add not only the child’s first and last name (I have added D’s but have covered it for the purpose of this post) but you can leave a special message in the bottom right hand corner of the page like I have done above. The personalisation doesn’t stop there either, you have the option to add in another person to accompany them through the journey. I added myself in since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of the Novels D and I adored reading together.

Personalised Oompa Loompa Song

Once you have added one or both people you can go through the book page by page. Allowing you to really see just what Wonderbly can do with their amazing algorithm which takes your child’s name and makes a chocolate bar and even an Oompa Loompa song about it! Any Wonka fan will be utterly thrilled! 

My Golden Ticket additional options

The final step in creating My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly (well before delivery) gives you the option to add a unique Wonka gift wrap which is only available with this book and the option to add a candy scent! I simply couldn’t resist adding the scent. 

My Golden Ticket By Wonderbly Cover

The day of delivery arrived, upon opening the box I was immediately hit with the sweet smell of candy. It took me a while to figure out that the whole book isn’t scented but that the Golden Ticket printed on the cover is. Both D and I had been amazed at the golden ticket on the cover. It not only looks amazing but each line is etched into the ticket itself. Running your finger along the book really lets you add a little more magic to the experience.

The very first page in the book is the page personalised with the child’s name and the message I wrote to D. As you can see above D was amazed to find out that he was the main character and was going to go on an adventure! From the moment you open the book you can really tell how great the quality is. Each page is made with quality paper which feels smooth to the touch.

D loves reading My Golden Ticket

As we dived into the story D loved hearing all about the adventure and seeing all the little mementos which had been added. My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly doesn’t seem like a story at all. It seems more like a scrapbook of an adventure ready to be rediscovered over and over. Wonderbly really paid attention to the little details. So many of the ticket stubs, maps and wrappers added have got creases, tears and signs of use! While clearly showing that each item has been taped in just like a scrapbook. D loved that there was drawings on most pages which looked like something D himself may have drawn.

The added personalised oompa loompa song to My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly is  brilliant! D loved that the song was about him and really allowed him to think he was in the magic of Wonka’s factory. D also liked that he had a whole bar of chocolate named after him. My favourite has to be the family tree! D comes from a line of Mumnuggets. A fruit that literally explodes! How cool. I love that Wonderbly dedicated a whole two pages to just the personalisation of D’s last name.

My Gold Ticket includes a post card

We also found this cute postcard hidden inside the My Golden Ticket. A great little keepsake which I plan to frame and add to the reading corner we will soon be adding to the children’s bedroom. It is beautiful and such a lovely idea!

I must say that although My Golden Ticket is geared towards children aged 5 – 12 years D has loved it. I lost count of how many times we have read it now and he still gets excited!

My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly would make the perfect gift for any book-worm. I think it would be a great gift for any child aged 5 – 12 years this Christmas. Book lover or not, the personalisation is so unique and exciting I think many children will love getting inside the story, maybe even be inspired for their own adventures too.

You can purchase your own personalised My Golden Ticket from Wonderbly Starting from £19.99 by clicking on the link.

Gift Ideas for Babies

I am not sure about you but I tend to find babies really hard to buy for! Especially when they are still very young. Baby S will only be 6 months this Christmas and at the minute she’s only starting to be really interested in toys. Each year we usually have at least one baby in our family to buy a gift for. Something which usually means I stand in a shop staring at the various items thinking ‘what does a baby need at Christmas?’  So I thought I would share three ideas with you.

Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set    

As I mentioned above I have recently just discovered that Childs Farm do gift sets of their products for children. They do also have a baby range which they do gift sets of too. One of which is the Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set which comes in this lovely box. The box allows you to see the three products included in the set by opening the front section of the box.

Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set - Products Included

Inside the Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set there are three full size 250ml products from the Childs Farm Baby Range along with a voucher for 50p off your next purchase. Now I know that all Childs Farm products are suitable from newborn age however the baby range contains products which are either fragrance free or have a very little scent to them. The three products inside are Childs Farm Baby Wash which contains Argon oil and is fragrance free, Childs Farm Bedtime Bath which contains organic tangerine and Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser which contains both shea and cocoa butter.

The whole baby range from Childs Farm is made to be used by babies from birth. Since Childs Farm only use natural ingredients in their products which is perfect for babies delicate skin.

Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Bath being added to the bath

The first product from the Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set we used was the Baby Bedtime Bath which I just love the smell of. We did use this version of Childs Farm Bath after the children’s Bubble Bath which is above. Having used the child’s version and the Baby version I have to say that the scent is much more subtle in the Baby Bedtime Bath.  I also noticed that it didn’t bubble up quite as much, it did create a good amount of bubbles. I find that having too many bubbles in a bath while I’m trying to keep a good hold on Baby S can be difficult. I think Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Bath is perfect for when Baby S is getting in the bath on her own.

The second product is the Childs Farm Baby Wash. I love that this one is fragrance free. One of my favourite scents in the whole world is that unique baby smell! Any one else? I love that Baby S still has her baby smell. the Childs Farm Baby Wash allows that smell to shine through even just after bath time. I find that with Childs Farm Baby Wash a little really does go a long way. A small amount allows me to wash Baby S entirely.

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser in use

The final product in the Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set is the Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser. Which unlike the other to products in the set comes in a handy pump bottle. I much prefer a pump bottle when it comes to moisturisers, even for myself! I find a pump easier to use since your hands are rather slippy straight after use. Trying to add a baby into the slippy hands, moisturiser and getting them dressed means pumps are a god send!

I love this Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set, bath time in our house is always at the end of the day. That means it usually happens as part of our bedtime routine. Although sometimes we like some lovely scents in the bath for both D and Baby S, there are times when we’d like to encourage them to fall asleep too. The Bedtime set is perfect for this with subtle scents which as far as I have seen with Baby S and D helps make babies and children sleepy.

The Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set is a great gift for babies you know this Christmas. The products are all perfect for babies and would be a great little gift for parents to open on Christmas eve too if that is one of their traditions.

You can purchase this Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set (RRP £12.99) by clicking on the link. The Childs Farm range is available from Childs Farm, Boots, Tesco and Superdrug just to name a few stores.

Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set

If you aren’t sure about which bath products the parents of the baby you are buying for use or might try then you might be better suited with another gift set from the Childs Farm Baby range. Perhaps the Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set would be a good pick for you.

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This set is a little different, as you can see it comes in a lovely little box which is shaped like a little gift already. Inside the Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set contains four smaller products from the Baby range.

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Inside the Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set you can find a 50ml bottle of Baby Bedtime Bubbles, 50ml bottle of Baby Wash, 50ml bottle of Baby moisturiser and finally a 15ml tube of Nappy Cream.

Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set - Bedtime Bath & Baby Wash

Most of the products inside the Childs Farm Baby Essentials set are the same as those in the Baby Bedtime Set above. The difference being that they come in smaller bottles. This actually makes them perfect for families who are off to spend Christmas anywhere that isn’t home.

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser after bath time

I have found that I use the Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser in this set much more in the bathroom as it is easier to have the smaller bottle to hand beside Baby S’s clothes and towel than the bigger bottle. Plus I use a mat to dry her so I am able to use both hands to apply it!

Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set - Nappy Cream

Inside this Childs Farm Baby Essentials set contains a product which I have never seen let alone used. (Maybe I am just looking in the wrong place?) That is Childs Farm Nappy Cream. I have used many nappy creams since D was a baby and most feel quite thick, sticky and dare I say oily. Childs Farm Nappy Cream is none of those. The little tube in the Baby Essentials Set is perfect for popping in the changing bag for on the go use. Baby S has recently been teething and with teething usually comes nappy rash. I have been using the Childs Farm Nappy Cream for the last few weeks and I am so impressed! I love that it feels so silky soft going onto Baby S’s skin. It works brilliantly and has been quickly added to my shopping list.

I love the Baby Essentials set from Childs Farm. It would be a great gift to add into a babies stocking or gift basket for either babies or even for parents who are expecting their baby around Christmas. Not only that but this would be perfect to give as a gift to anyone with a baby who is spending Christmas abroad or those spending it with family or friends. The smaller size of the Childs Farm Baby essentials set makes it perfect for travel and adding into small stockings. With great products inside they are fantastic gifts.

You can purchase the Childs Farm Baby Essentials Gift Set (RRP £9.99) by clicking on the link. The Childs Farm range is available from Childs Farm, Boots, Tesco and Superdrug just to name a few places.

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor

Over the last month or so one of the big things on my mind has been getting Baby S up into her own bed in the evening. She doesn’t usually sleep too well in the evening and I think a lot of it has to do with being down stairs and all the noise. Since I can’t be the only parent out there trying to set up a routine I thought a great gift idea would be a baby monitor from a reliable baby brand. I know this one would be a gift I would be delighted to receive!

Tommee Tippee is a very well-known brand. The brand started out when a doctor requested a non spill cup with a weighted base from three brothers in America. A cup which the doctor refused to buy, leading the brothers to add a picture of their dog Tommee to the cup. That was the start of Tommee Tippee, although it wasn’t until the late 60’s that a business man brought the cup and other feeding accessories to the UK starting a manufacturing unit and the Tommee Tippee we know today was really born. With a range that branches out from non spill cups, bottles and feeding accessories to nappy bins and baby monitors.

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor in box

When D was a baby I vaguely knew Tommee Tippee had their own baby monitors. However we got given a baby monitor from a family member just before D was ready to go to his own bed alone, I didn’t need to look into which ones I might like to try. With Baby S I have researched the brands I wanted to try, along with ones which I thought would be good for most parents. One that falls into both those categories is the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor. 

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor Baby and Parent Units

The Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor comes with the monitor unit and a parent unit which you see above. Both come in a sleek black and white look meaning they’ll fit well in any nursery and be able to integrate as part of the room. Both Units have a backlight on the LCD as you can see. Considering the Digital Sound Monitor uses Digital enhanced cordless technology ensuring there little to no interference and has a range of 300 metres there really isn’t any need to worry when using the Digital Sound Monitor

The Digital Sounds Monitor from Tommee Tippee is so easy to set up! Once I removed all the items from the box I had to add the rechargeable batteries (which are included, perfect since I would have forgotten to buy them for months!) to the parent unit and place it on the docking station which charged them up. It is recommended to leave this charging for 6 hours before you turn the parent unit on. After charging I set about figuring out how it all worked and which settings we wanted to try, using the manual in the box.

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor Parent Unit

I set about getting the main  baby unit set up. The Tommee Tippee Digital Sounds Monitor, main baby unit boasts a whole host of features, an easy to read LCD screen which displays the room temperature and battery level if batteries are added. Just below the LCD are two lights which indicate when the unit is on and when the batteries are low (if they are added).

The buttons on the unit allow you to control the sensitivity of the unit, I first set this up to be 4 although I later changed it to 5 after we used it for the first time. I use it at this level as it allows me to actually hear Baby S if she moves around and on occasion I have heard her breathing!

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor light feature

Another feature built into the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor Baby Unit is that it has a low-level yellow light behind the main white front of the unit at the top. This low level light has 3 settings which enable you or the baby to see should it be needed. I love this feature. Baby S screams if she wakes up in complete darkness. Using the low level light means she can wake up with some light but wouldn’t be disturbed by it at night. To make this feature even better the level can be adjusted using the parent unit.

The real star of the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor is the parent unit. Since it contains the rechargeable batteries the parent unit is portable. An essential feature for any parent in my opinion! I know it has been invaluable to me. I can take the unit with me as I manage to squeeze in some cleaning. The parent unit has a lot more information available on the screen including the temperature from the baby unit, light level of the baby unit, battery life and the signal level all at a quick glance. There are also five lights along the top of the parent unit for the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor which will light showing the level of sound when there is sound coming from the Baby Unit. Baby S hasn’t made it go past the 4th even when she is shouting!  From the parent unit you can adjust many settings using the menu button including language, sensitivity and the volume at which the baby unit sends out sound from the talk back feature.

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor talk back feature and clipon the back

I adore the talk back feature on the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor. There have been times when I simply can’t get to Baby S the second she wakes up, I mean it takes a little time to actually get up to her. The talk back feature in the Digital Sound Monitor allows me to talk to Baby S and calm her while I get up to her. I’ve actually made it up to find out that she has gone back to sleep with me talking through the monitors. It’s so easy to use too. Just click the little button on the side and hey presto! You can also see the clip on the back of the unit which can be attached to clothing if your going to be busy going room to room. I love this.

The final feature for the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor is the paging function. I have not had to use this yet although I have given it a test and I know it will be invaluable when I do have my moments of baby brain and forget where I have put the parent unit! You simply hold in the up and down buttons on the baby unit and it will send out a paging signal to the parent unit which will last for 2 minutes if you don’t deactivate it. This makes a sound allowing you to go in search of the parent unit. Now I just wish all the other portable items in my house did the same!

 

Thanks to the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor we have been able to get Baby S on the path to a good bed time routine in her own bed. Giving us some time for ourselves!

The Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor would be perfect for parents who like us who are ready to start thinking about getting baby up into bed on their own at night. This would make it the perfect gift for babies and parents you know who could use  some time for themselves or to get a little extra done in the evening this Christmas. I think that has got to be one of the best gifts you can give to a parent at any time of year! It is certainly one I will always be grateful to get.

You can purchase the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor (Currently £52.99) by clicking on the link. It’s also available from Argos, George at ASDA, Kiddicare and Toys R Us.

I hope you have found my suggestions helpful this Christmas Season and do pop back to see what other ideas for gifts I have to share.

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Disclaimer: The products featured above have been received in return for an open and honest review featured in the guide. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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Thomas and Friends Smart Tablet {Review}

D has started school in the last few months and it has quickly become clear that he loves to learn. He has always had an interest in learning new things but he’s so excited to be going to school and having ‘lessons’. He really enjoys when he gets homework home (I wonder will that last?). Since he started we have really been trying to find all kinds of activities to encourage his learning at home.

I know that in primary one (reception) they don’t really put emphasis on the lesson side of learning, everything is still mainly learnt through play. I find that D gets much more engaged if he is playing with toys based on characters he loves. His all time favourite character has to be Thomas The Tank Engine! We have teamed up with UK Trends to share their new range of Thomas The Tank Engine electronic learning aids!

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The Electronic learning aid we are looking at is this Thomas and Friends Smart Tablet. I wish I had recorded when we actually showed D the tablet. He got so excited he couldn’t contain it and let out a scream of joy!

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Milton Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes {Review}

When you become a parent you quickly learn that anything a young baby has should be sterile! I mean everything, it is recommended that we even wash their clothes on a 60ºC wash. However it quickly becomes evident that we cannot bring all the equipment to steralise with us where ever we go. Can you imagine if we had to?

Well Milton has the answer with their Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes!

If you have not yet heard of Milton the brand was born in 1967 when the brands products where first used in the trenches of the First World War to treat skin burns. Once the war had ended Milton became a household brand for use as an antiseptic and disinfectant to name just a few. Come the 1940’s when there was an outbreak of  gastroenteritis, which caused the deaths of 4,500 babies aged below one. After which Milton developed their cold water steralisation method, saving thousands of babies. Fast forward to today and Milton have a full range of cold water steralisation products for both at home and on the go.

Milton Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes Review

One of the products developed for on the go parents are the Milton Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes which come in a handy wipes packet which contains 30 individual wipes in the small square package pictured above. The Milton Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes are the perfect answer for parents on the go! You can use them to clean everything from tables and changing units (Is it just me who hates using public baby changing units?) to sterilizing dropped dummies and teethers! Continue reading “Milton Anti Bacterial Surface Wipes {Review}”

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Infacare Night – Time Baby Bath – Review

Over the last few months bed time has got harder and harder with D. We’ve been trying everything we can think of including longer stories, cuddle time, extra time to calm down before bed and baths as much as we could manage before bed. Nothing was helping! He would go to bed fine but would still be up hours later unless we walked for miles!

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I was contacted about trying out Infacare’s night-time Baby Bath a couple of weeks ago. Of course I had to say yes! I was ready to try anything that might work to help him get to sleep, talk about perfect timing!

If you have never heard of Infacare is a baby bath product which is ultra mild. Both of Infacare’s products are PH Balanced, meaning that they create naturally occurring acid and alkaline levels which are usually found on the skin or in the hair.

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As you can see above Infacare’s night-time Baby Bath comes in a rather large bottle, 750ml to be precise. Although the bottle is very large, it wasn’t something that I felt impacted the use. Since it is a bubble bath which I usually Continue reading “Infacare Night – Time Baby Bath – Review”

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ACE Cleaning Products – Review

I don’t know about you but I seem to do a major cleaning spree at the turn of every season. It now takes me a bit longer to get through the whole house but I do go room by room and clear out everything and clean all cleanable surfaces in every way possible. I leave nothing unturned!

When I was contacted about trying ACE cleaning products the timing could not have been better. I am always on the look out for better cleaning supplies especially those which are environmentally friendly, I was intrigued. I had heard of Ace before and I actually used their stain remover a few times when I saw it on the shelves while shopping.

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Never heard of ACE? They are a brand of cleaning products and stain removers which take a science based approach to environmental sustainability. They have a dedicated team who are always exploring ways to improve their sustainability. ACE’s commitment is that all their products are concentrated to reduce the amount of packaging, they aim to make products which clean at lower temperatures, Use ingredients which are safe to use and that are safe for the environment! Not only are the environmentally friendly but the Ace products meet all EU environmental and waste water treatment standards too. Finally Ace aims to make their manufacturing as eco-efficient as possible by minimizing their use of energy, water and waste. Continue reading “ACE Cleaning Products – Review”

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Find Me A Gift – Shark Hooded Towel -Review

I don’t know about you but for me one of the really boring items in my home is our towels. I splashed out on beautiful towels when I first moved into a house on my own. They didn’t last long between my hair dying and fading or fraying in the wash! So I pretty much go for one colour now.

However I am very aware that towels are a necessary but are so not engaging for children, they just aren’t fun at all! I have been on the look out for a really good hooded towel that is not only big enough to cover D but is engaging, fun and will last for longer than the next growth spurt. I don’t like the towels they wear like aprons, not for at home. I recently started to think the one I really wanted just hadn’t been made yet.

That all changed when I was contacted about the Shark Hooded Towel by Zoocchini from Find Me A Gift. This was the type of towel I have been looking for.

Find Me A Gift is an online retailer who specialize in great gift ideas. They have items to cover every occasion you can think of. From Birthdays to retirement gifts they’ve got it all! They want to find gifts that will be fun and quirky, items that will get you excited to share the gift with the recipient.

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The Shark Hooded Towel arrived and it came inside this lovely box which is perfect for wrapping up (I hate wrapping clothing or towels!) when giving as a gift. The box also Continue reading “Find Me A Gift – Shark Hooded Towel -Review”

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Little Angels Newborn Nappies Review

As a parent the one item you will use most is nappies with the largest daily amount being used in those early weeks. In fact each child will use thousands of nappies before they potty train (it’s a pretty daunting number!). Choosing the right nappies to use is almost as daunting. There are all the big brands, then you have the smaller brands and you also have all the supermarkets own brand ranges to choose from. With D we used a lot of different brands of nappies and finally we settled on Little Angels. Little Angels was the brand of nappy I was going to use for Baby S, so when they got in touch I was excited to see if anything had changed about them.

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If you have never heard of Little Angels, they are ASDA‘s own brand range of baby items including nappies, wipes, bottles, baby food and toiletries just to name a few. Continue reading “Little Angels Newborn Nappies Review”

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Sudocrem Care & Protect Review

One of the things new parents will always worry about is how to protect their children. It is an instinct and starts from those words “We’re having a baby” are said. One thing we tend to forget about protecting against is nappy rash (well with D I never even thought of it!). I was contacted about trying out Sudocrem’s Care & Protect I thought it was a great idea for a product!

Sudocrem is a household name and we always have a pot on hand, even before I had D! However you may not know that Sudocrem started way back in 1931 when Thomas Smith, a retail pharmacist from Dublin developed a new and unique cream. A cream that treated nappy rash and eczema among many other minor skin lesions. It wasn’t until the 1940’s after needing a bigger premises for the popular new cream to be manufactured that it became known as Sudocrem. The care & protect product range was launched in 2013 and both products are still made in Dublin, right on this island we call home! (Well we do live in Northern Ireland).

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The Sudocrem Care & Protect cream works by creating a barrier between your baby’s bottom and all the chemicals inside their wee and poo which cause nappy rash. Not only does Sudocrem Care & Protect create a barrier, it also conditions the skin and guards against infection. This is thanks to the triple action formula. The cream is hypoallergenic and has been dermalogically tested so you know it’s safe to use on your baby. It can in fact be used from birth

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To show you just how well that barrier works (and to really test this out for myself ) I added a small amount of cream to my hand. After rubbing it in, I poured a small amount of water onto my hand. Not one drop soaked into my skin after a minute or two (as shown in the above picture). In fact it simply started to roll off my hand and pool on the table underneath.

Easy Pop Open lid on Sudocrem Care & Protect

Sudocrem Care & Protect comes in a rather handy little squirt tube which has a top which stays attached to the bottle. I actually love the tube and lid, It is so much easier to pop the top off and squirt out some cream! I actually think they need to find a way to use a tube like this for Sudocrem itself. There’s no unnecessary mess involved and you can easily complete a nappy change while adding cream without having to use both hands! Opening the lid is really easy and the soft tube means little force is needed to get a small amount out.

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When Baby S was born I didn’t actually use the Sudocrem Care & Protect cream right away. I didn’t actually use it until she was about 3 weeks old and had started to get a slightly red bottom. I had forgotten to try it. I did use some Sudocrem to treat her bottom (just in case it was the start of nappy rash) and began using Sudocrem  Care & Protect as soon as the redness cleared. I am still using Sudocrem Care & Protect now through the night (We use reusable nappies during the day and it is not recommended to use a cream with them). It does seem to work, baby S has never had a nappy rash and it feels soft and smooth going on which is actually much easier than some creams too.

I think that Sudocrem Care & Protect is perfect for parents all over. It’s a great size for on the go and it helps to protect your baby from nappy rash. I plan to use Care & Protect for as long as we are using disposable  nappies.

You can purchase Sudocrem Care & Protect in store and online at Boots, Ocado and all major supermarkets. you can purchase Sudocrem Care & Protect using the link at £1.99 for the 30g tube.

 

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Disclaimer: I received the above product in return for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own.

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Lansinoh breastfeeding products review

While I was pregnant I had a lot of things on my list of items that I needed to get and decide which brands I would be using. I had tried many different brands with D and some I loved and some I hated. However I was very aware that in 4 years there could be a major difference in the products. I wasn’t sure if the products would be the same so when I was contacted about trying some Lansinoh products I had to say yes. They had been my favourite brand with D especially for their Lanolin. Continue reading “Lansinoh breastfeeding products review”