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Review: The Magic Of Lapland UK

Yesterday we went to Lapland UK in Ascot. When I was asked to do a review for them last month I was so excited for the boys as I had seen a lot of reviews and photos last year and it looked absolutely magical! I love Christmas and try to make it as special as possible for Oscar and Archie every year like my parents did for me.

Oscar and Archie’s personalised invites from Father Christmas arrived in the post and we surprised them with them the night before, on Saturday night. Their elves delivered them and Oscar couldn’t believe he had been invited to Lapland by Father Christmas as Daddy read their letters to them. He was bouncing up and down with excitement!

Lapland UK opened on Saturday the 19th of November and closes on Christmas Eve 2016. The tours run from 9am-5pm. Tickets start at £65.50 per person and included in your ticket price is a personalised invitation to every child from Father Christmas by post, a child elf passport, all activities including ice skating, a personalised meeting with Father Christmas, a luxury gift from Father Christmas for every child over 12 months of age, a souvenir photograph with Father Christmas for each family and a Thank you card from Father Christmas for each child on Christmas morning. Tickets have sold like hot cakes so that avoid disappointment book quickly HERE.


We were booked on the 9am tour so left home after breakfast and as we were the first tour it was lovely and easy to park. We walked through the enchanted forest to the Elf check in where Oscar and Archie received their elf passports. The tour takes three and a half hours and on the back of your passport is the time that Father Christmas will be ready to see you. Oscar and Archie’s passports said 12.00 and Oscar kept asking me throughout the morning how long he had left until he would meet the big man himself.

We then went through the magical wooden doors into the most magical room where we were greeted by Sage the elf who really got the children’s imaginations going and then Echo the elf of nature. It was great that they managed to get across to the children how important nature is and how they must help to look after it. We were in the Husky group so after saying the Elves magical pass rhyme we were let through the magic door into Lapland.

Behind the door we were greeted by beautiful fir trees covered in snow and we followed the path all the way to the Toy factory. We met Whittle and Conker the elves and Wish the elf who watch over the small folk to make sure their wishes come true. The toy factory is amazing, it reminded me of the toy factory in the 1985 classic ‘Santa Claus The Movie’ which is my favourite Christmas film ever! With wooden toys spinning around on the ceiling, to the ornate furniture and elf tools it blew me away at the attention to detail and hugely surpassed my expectations. Oscar and Archie sat at the work benches and stuffed the cuddly reindeer and built wooden teddies. When they had finished Whittle the elf stamped their elf passports and we sung The Elf Song.



On we went through the enchanted forest to Mother Christmas’ kitchen where we met her elf cooks and the children got to decorate their own gingerbread man with icing and sweets. When they were finished all the children gathered around whilst Mother Christmas read them all a story. Again the room was decorated beautifully and all the children looked amazed. After the story it was 10.30 so we were given an hour and a half to explore the Elf Village before Father Christmas was ready to meet us.



We walked to the Elf Village and when we arrived there was so much to see and do. It was hard to believe we were actually in the UK, it looked exactly how I imagined Lapland would look. As a child it must be the most magical experience! The Elf Village has a restaurant, a cafe where we sat and had a cup of tea and a salt beef sandwich sitting on benches covered in furs to keep us warm. We then went to the Elf post office, Oscar wrote his letter to Father Christmas with Elva the postmistress who stamped their passports and changed up some money to elf jingles for Oscar to spend in Pixie Mixie’s elf sweet shop. The sweet shop was full of pick ‘n’ mix and Archie loved the smarties, which the elf behind the counter kindly gave him a few.


The Elf Emporium is full of beautiful decorations and gifts. I was surprised at how reasonably priced everything in there was. Usually when you go on a day out with a gift shop the prices are extortionate. I spotted a lovely Christmas plate and when I took it to the till I expected them to say it was £20 but it was only £9 and I love it!

Greg and Oscar went on the village pond ice rink. They both like ice skating and each Christmas we go to somewhere fun so they can skate. The scene was picturesque, everyone skating on the ice rink, snow falling off the snow covered trees and the log cabins in the village buzzing with excited children. A lot of children’s Christmas’ were made yesterday. After 20 minutes or so of skating we went and met the beautiful Husky dogs.


At 12.00 we met one of the Husky trainers by the bauble shop where you can make your own baubles and walked through the enchanted forest until we got to Father Christmas’ reindeer and his sleigh. Oscar couldn’t believe that all the presents can magically fit on one sleigh! Oscar then prepared his own magic reindeer food to keep and leave out on Christmas Eve.

Finally we made it to a wooden lodge where we told the Elf at the desk who we were then sat and waited for a few minutes until we were collected by another Elf to walk to Father Christmas’ lodge. We met other elves and children along the way and finally made it to the lodge. The Elf went inside and we could here Father Christmas talking about Oscar and Archie through the door. Oscar was bursting with excitement and the look on his little face made my day. Both Oscar and Archie then knocked on the big wooden door and in we went.


Father Christmas was sitting in his chair with his giant good list book. A fire was burning behind him and a beautiful Christmas tree stood in the corner. Before your visit you fill in information online so Father Christmas knows things about your children. He said to Oscar that he heard he had been busy playing the piano and Archie had been watching Teletubbies and that Oscar’s best friend Oliver was also on the good list. Oscar looked at him in utter amazement that he knew so much about them. We had a photo taken with Father Christmas and one photo is included in your ticket price, others you can buy at an extra charge.

Father Christmas then gave the boys a beautiful Husky soft toy each that has Lapland Uk embossed on his foot. This is a soft toy that can be kept for years to come to remind them of their magical adventure. They were also given a copy of the Lapland book, ‘The Untold Story Of Father Christmas’. This is a magical extra and only costs £10 (RRP £18.99) and Father Christmas will then give it to your child/children. It is a beautiful book, with lovely pictures and is a heart-warming tale to be enjoyed as a tradition each Christmas.

Other magical extras that you can purchase before your visit is the wooden construction Teddy Bear kit that they built in the toy factory and the reindeer that you can pick up at the end. Both of these are £25. You can also purchase the Elf Jingles which is the currency at Lapland UK but if you don’t you can pick some up at Elf check in and the Elf post office.

After we left Father Christmas we walked back through the enchanted forest and collected our photograph and there is also a shop where you can purchase different outfits for your new Husky and also pick up anything you may have ordered.

Overall Lapland UK was the most amazing day and has made this Christmas the best yet. The magic of Lapland UK is absolutely fantastic and exceeded all expectations. Just seeing the boys faces has made my Christmas already. Oscar can’t believe how lucky he is to have been. We will going back next year! So book your tickets today and experience the real magic of Christmas. Here is a video of our amazing and magical day!

 

Disclaimer: We were given tickets for the four of us to go to Lapland UK for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and my own and it is just so amazing!

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Graco Milestone All-In-One Car Seat Review

Since Oscar was a baby and now with Archie we have had a fair few car seats. Some in my car and duplicates in Greg’s. Car seats cost a fortune and changing them when your child reaches different age or weight limit can be expensive. When we went to the Graco ambassador event a few months ago I saw their Milestone All-In-One Car Seat for the very first time. I was shocked when I learnt that the car seat is the only car seat you will ever need to own! This car seat will grow with your child from birth up to 36kg (12 years!) making it one of the only car seats you will ever need which is great.

I love the name of the seat ‘Milestone’ as as a parent you count so many milestones with you children and with these milestones often comes expense… bigger sized clothes and shoes, new toys and of course new car seats, now with the Milestone car seat you can take that off of your ever growing shopping list.

Archie is 23 months old now and was 21 months when we started using our new Milestone car seat. The car seat is easy to fit, it took me about three minutes to fit securely into the car. The convertible car seat has three different modes: transitioning from rear-facing infant car seat (birth to 13kg) to forward-facing 5-point harness seat (9-18kg) to high-back booster (15-36kg). For the best and most comfortable fit for your child, the no re-thread harness system and 10-position headrest allows you to adjust harness and headrest together with just one hand.

Side impact protection provides the best head protection at every stage and features a steel reinforced frame giving you peace of mind that your little one is always safe. The safety features on this car seat are outstanding, we were talked through all the key points and Graco don’t mess around, they have done so much research into making the safest car seat for your precious little bundle.

Another fantastic feature is you don’t have to fiddle around and re-thread the straps as your little one grows, the car seat really does grow with your child in one pull of a button. The headrest has 10 positions for optimum comfort and also has 2 reclining positions so when Archie is tired I can recline it back so he is more comfortable. The seat is so plush and comfortable and has a durable, steel reinforced frame built into the seat provides peace of mind and added safety for your child. It also has side impact protection in the headrest as well. The seat cover comes off easily and can be machine washed and you don’t have to take out the harness to get the cover off it just simply slips over the top. The cup holder is great too, at the moment Archie puts his comforter and dummy in there but as he gets older he can keep his drink bottle in it.

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To sum up I think this is a great car seat and great value too and you can’t beat a product that will grow with your child, save your money and keep your little one nice and safe in the car! It has an RRP of £179.99 but amazon currently has it at an then amazing price of £114.99!

 

Disclaimer: I was sent the Milestone car seat for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own and this is truly a great car seat!

 

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SmartMax Playground XL & Power Vehicles Mix Review

With Christmas less than a month away and with your little ones writing their Christmas wish list for Father Christmas I know as a parent thinking of present ideas for grandparents and other family members often leaves me confused. I don’t want Oscar and Archie inundated with toys, I like them to get books or fun and educational toys too. SmartMax is the perfect present as they are award-winning magnetic construction system which allows children of all ages the chance to be creative, to learn and to explore the fascinating world of magnetism and most importantly, to have fun. So when we were asked to review the SmartMax Playground XL & Power Vehicles Mix I was really excited to see what the boys thought.

We were kindly sent The Playground XL play set and The Power Vehicles Mix play set. Firstly we got out The Playground XL which is a 46 piece set and straight away I loved that both Oscar and Archie could play with it together easily. Obviously having such a big age gap between the boys means that not many toys are great for them to play together with but all the pieces of the set were big enough for Archie who is almost two to play with as all the parts are bigger than 3cm and thereby don’t fit a child’s throat. The pieces are also great for building fine motor skills.

Archie was fascinated with the magnets sticking together, it made him laugh so much. Oscar sat and copied the playground on the front of the box and put it together easily without any help at all. They then sat for ages rolling the magnetic ball through with Archie catching it at the bottom. When Archie went to bed, Oscar sat and built different models with the pieces, allowing him to use his imagination and get creative. You can also purchase other SmartMax sets to your collection to build all sorts of fun creations!

The Playground XL set is absolutely fantastic and would make a fantastic gift this Christmas for all ages to enjoy!

The second set we were sent was the Power Vehicles Max. This set was perfect for Oscar as he loves cars! In terms of building them it was better for him as it challenged him a bit more then free play building. The set has 26 pieces in the box and once again all the pieces are big enough for Archie to use as well and are specifically designed for handling by children as young as one as they learn about the effects of magnetic attraction and repulsion. The coloured guide book is so easy to follow and Oscar had great fun sitting with Grandad and building the vehicles last weekend. Archie then enjoyed playing with the vehicles and pushing them around. Oscar quite liked that he had built something for Archie to play with, he was really proud which was so sweet.

The magnets are strong enough to carry up to 60 times their weight, so the building possibilities are endless. This set also helps improve visual thinking as you have to follow the instructions. You can build a bulldozer, a fire truck, a forklift, a tow truck, a pick-up truck or a van with this set. They are then fun toys to play with too.

The boys absolutely love their SmartMax sets and your children will love them this Christmas! It is great to have a toy that they can learn and have great fun with too. It is also a toy that will last as Archie has years of play left with them. Archie also walks around with two pieces and a magnetic ball and pretends its a microphone. I asked Oscar what he thought of the sets and he said “they are so much fun and fantastic!”

Disclaimer: We were sent the SmartMax Playground XL & Power Vehicles Mix to review, however all opinions are honest and my own.

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Our Puddle Adventures With HIPP

As you may well have seen it has been an exciting few months for HIPP Organic with the launch of their baby bath range and now their brand new yummy fruity muesli with crispy ducks and porridge pouches. The perfect breakfast’s for your little ones tummy on a cold morning.  The porridge pouches are the only ones available in the UK making breakfast even easier if you are in a rush or travelling.


HIPP’s delicious cereals are made with the finest organic ingredients, providing toddlers with a healthy nutritious breakfast to start the day. With the boys food I always try and give them organic wherever possible and starting off the day with a nice filling organic cereal is fantastic. The cereal and porridge are designed to give your little one a healthy start to the day and make breakfast time a little more fun, the HiPP Organic Fruity Muesli with Crispy Ducks contains the finest organic cereal and have no added sugar. Archie loved the ducks and kept picking them out and eating them all at the end.


Each Porridge Pouch contains one of five-a-day and encourages little ones to try a range of different flavours; pear, apple and apricot and a fruity porridge and also a apple and peach porridge. Archie likes feeding himself with them, Oscar likes them too and between school and his swimming lesson the other day he had one in the car as a snack. I have tasted all three flavours myself and they taste really nice.

HIPP also kindly sent Archie the sweetest duck rain coat, umbrella and wellies, which he absolutely loves. When I say love he has become slightly obsessed with his wellies and wears them everywhere. Even when we were housebound last week as he had chickenpox he wore them all around the house and even to bed!


We have been out, thanks to the rainy weather jumping and splashing in puddles and having great fun. To be honest at the start he looked at me like I was mad when I was jumping up and down getting soaked. He soon joined in the fun and loved it!

One thing you may not know about HIPP is they are the only large, family-run company in baby food, HiPP Organic is passionate about natural and organic products to provide little ones with the best start in life. Also knowing they are a family-run company gives me confidence in the brand itself. Visit their website for more details on the brand and their fantastic ranges.


Disclaimer: We were sent the range of pouches and cereal for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are honest and my own. We were also gifted a raincoat, wellies and an umbrella.

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Experiencing The Real Magic Of Christmas At LaplandUk

Yesterday I danced around the kitchen as we got our booking confirmation that we were off to LaplandUK. I absolutely love Christmas and love to make it as special as possible for the boys. I had the best Christmas’ as a child and love watching the boys faces light up when the ‘fairy’ brings the Christmas tree and the look of amazement on their little faces when they meet Father Christmas. This year will be the best yet as we have been invited along to LaplandUK for the day which will be full of Christmas magic!

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LaplandUK began in 2007, when husband and wife team Mike and Alison Battle frustrated with the UK Christmas offering available to their 4 young sons, developed the original and innovative idea of recreating Father Christmas’ mythical Arctic homeland here in the UK. I have looked at trips to Lapland before and the cost is eye watering but now there really is no need to fly all that way when LaplandUK which is only in Ascot offers the most magical Christmas experience for children (and adults), one that they will never forget.

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Elf Passports are waiting for children personally invited by Father Christmas to be stamped along a 3.5 hour mystical immersive journey where small folk make toys, decorate gingerbread with Mother Christmas, go ice skating, meet huskies and reindeer, write letters at the Elves post office and finally enjoy a personalised meeting with Father Christmas in his snowy woodland home. I cannot wait to see the boys faces! I think if I had gone somewhere like this as a child I would have burst with excitement.

Tickets start at £65.50 each and your ticket price includes a personalised invitation to your child from Father Christmas by post, a child elf passport, all activities including ice skating, a personalised meeting with Father Christmas, a luxury gift from Father Christmas for every child over 12 months of age, a souvenir photograph with Father Christmas for each family and a Thank you card from Father Christmas for each child on Christmas morning.

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I am absolutely buzzing and I am counting down the days until we go!

LaplandUK is already open it opened on Saturday 19th November and closes on Christmas Eve 2016. Tours will depart from 9.00am – 5.00pm. Book online now to avoid disappointment! The tickets are selling out fast!

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Cooking Up A Mediterranean Feast With Oscar & My Little Piccolo

Over the past few months Archie (and I) have been enjoying the food pouches from My Little Piccolo. They are organic, full of goodness and super tasty too. I often have a cheeky raspberry and apple pouch as a snack between breakfast and lunch. Archie loves them squeezed into a bowl or he eats it straight from the pouch himself. Recently My Little Piccolo launched their Mediterranean goodness range which Oscar and Archie have both enjoyed.

The pouches are great for putting in your bag and when either of the boys want a quick healthy snack they have a pouch each. They love the fruit ones when we are out and about.

To celebrate the launch of the new Mediterranean goodness range being stocked in Asda stores, Asda and My Little Piccolo sent us a range of their delicious pouches and ingredients to make a family Mediterranean meal that Oscar could help me cook. We were also sent a fun suitcase full of goodies and Oscar’s very own chef’s hat.

We were given the Sweet Tomato Ricotta Spaghetti to make which Oscar enjoyed cooking so much and it tasted absolutely amazing! Take a look at the video below to see how we got on…..

Here is the recipe and I would love you to show me any photos or videos of your little ones cooking up a treat! Don’t forget to tag me in it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g)
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • fresh black pepper
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 200g of spaghetti
  • 100g of ricotta
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 a red pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and crushed

Method:

  • In a saucepan heat the olive oil and add the onion and garlic and saute these until they are transparent (around 8 minutes). Add the chopped red pepper and carrot and cook for a further few minutes.
  • Add the tin of tomatoes, tomato paste and a few twists of pepper and stir. Increase the heat slightly and let it bubble away for a few minutes, then reduce the heat.
  • Put on a large pan of water and bring it to the boil, add the spaghetti and cook until ‘al-dente’ which is around 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the ricotta and basil to the sauce and stir through.

 

We served it with a nice fresh salad and some garlic bread.

 

Disclaimer: We were provided with the ingredients for the purpose of this post. My views and opinions of the pouches are honest and my own.

 

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The Vileda Clean

Anyone who knows me knows I like to keep our house nice and clean and I love a gadget that can make it quicker and easier. Having two little boys its not easy to keep everything clean and tidy and nothing drives me more crazy than when the sun shines on the patio doors and you can see little hand prints all over them. Then I wipe the windows clean and the next morning when the sun comes out they are covered in streaks, it literally drives me potty. So when Vileda asked me if I would like to review their Windomatic it made my day! Before I tell your my full review obviously as a blogger I get sent various products to review but the Windomatic is one of those products that I love so much and use everyday and actually makes cleaning the windows a quicker and so much easier task for me.

When the Windomatic arrived I plugged it in and charged it up. One charge can wipe up to 60m² . As soon as it was ready to use the first thing I did was clean those dreaded patio doors. You simply spray your windows with water, then wipe them then use the Windomatic and the suction vacuums up any condensation and leaves a streak free window. You can also use it on glass, mirrors and surfaces to clean up any spillages. I also used it on my granite work surfaces after cleaning and they were sparkling and streak free! After cleaning all of the windows I was genuinely thrilled with my new Windomatic. You might think what a saddo, but seriously the Windomatic is blooming amazing. All my windows are sparkling and as it is so quick and easy to use that when I spot a little hand print on the window I can clean it up in seconds, which for someone like me it pleases me greatly!

Using the Windomatic is so easy as it is super lightweight and not to big to carry around the house. The head of it is really flexible making it easy to move around the window and clean right in the corners. I have quite a lot of windows in our house and even in the smaller openings at the top of some of them you can clean every bit of them as the head fits and moves perfectly.

As you can tell I absolutely love the Windomatic and give it 5* rating. I couldn’t recommend it anymore, it really is a fantastic product that will make cleaning the windows in your home quicker and easier.

Another product I will quickly mention is the Vileda 1-2 spray mop. I saw it in Waitrose a couple of weeks ago and brought it. It is fantastic! You simply fill it with the cleaning solution and then use the spray on the handle and then mop as you go. It is convenient and quick to use and every morning and evening I clean the kitchen floor with it and its great for after meal times with Archie and then at the end of the day I wash the microfibre mop pad in the washing machine. It leaves the floor smelling fresh and so clean!

You can purchase the Windomatic for only £49.99 with free delivery HERE.

Disclaimer: I was sent the Vileda Windomatic for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are honest and my own and I absolutely love it!

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Our Morning At The Vosene Kids Meet!

A couple of weeks ago during half term Oscar Archie and I went into London to the Dreamworks Shrek’s adventure on the south bank to the Vosene kids meet and trolls event. Vosene have a new collaboration with the brand new and super popular Trolls film. There range of children’s shampoos and detanglers have had a Troll makeover and with each bottle your little one could be in with a chance of winning their very own Troll toy.

When we arrived we went around the Shrek’s adventure experience which we had never been to before. I knew Oscar wild absolutely love it as he loves the Shrek films and also over films by Dreamworks, How to Train a Dragon being one of his favourite films ever! He was so excited in the car on the way. The Shrek’s adventure is absolutely fantastic. You are taken through the tour in groups and to start with me went on a bus to get to ‘far, far away’ which is an amazing 4D experience but we accidentally killed Rumple Stiltskins favourite witch. We then went to visit different characters from the Shrek films to get a potion together so we can get home safely. Honestly it was absolutely brilliant! Archie enjoyed it too although being only 22 months I had to carry him round as you can’t take pushchairs inside.

We had our photo taken at the start of the tour and we had it put into a Shrek journal.

Afterwards we had our photos taken with Shrek and met …. the Troll and then headed into the Vosene event.

Oscar and I had our hair ‘trolled’ which was great fun. Thank goodness it was the same week as Halloween as we did get some funny looks walking back to the car down the south bank with multicoloured hair.

Oscar had great fun taking part in Troll art and craft activities.


We came home with a lovely Troll goodie bag full of Troll toys, a Troll cup, badges, key rings and activity packs as well as the Vosene Troll products to try at home. The four products are the strawberry 2 in 1 shampoo for shiny hair, a conditioning defence spray with natural lice repellent, a 3 in 1 shampoo with lice repellent for super clean hair that smells of tea tree and lemon which I love and the 2 in 1 shampoo which smells of fresh melon. All of the hair products smell amazing, the 3 in 1 being my favourite and Oscar loves the Strawberry 2 in 1 shampoo smell. I have read a lot about the 3 in 1 shampoo and the conditioning defence spray as a lot of parents have raved about them as they both have a natural lice repellent in them which is fantastic. This is one thing I dread having long hair myself that Oscar will bring head lice home now I spray his hair every night in the bath with the conditioning defence spray. I also took it swimming with us when Archie and I go to his lesson on a Friday morning and I sprayed it in my hair and couldn’t believe how easy I managed to brush through my hair after going in the pool full of chlorine before washing my hair when I get home. When we got home from the event the 3 in 1 shampoo got used straight away to wash Oscar’s hair colour out and his hair smelt lovely. We had a great day out thanks to Vosene and Dreamworks and absolutely love all of the products!

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Similac Growing Up Milk

After I stopped breastfeeding I started Archie on the growing up milk when he was 12 months old and choose to do so as the growing up milk provided all the key nutrients to support Archie’s toddler growth and development as well as his immune system. When our Similac growing up milk arrived I liked the purple tin and also how big the formula scoop is, as some scoops can be very small and when poured into formula some sticks into the smaller scoop where as the Similac scoop was fine. As soon as it arrived I switched Archie straight over and was anxious that he might notice but he took to the milk straight away with no problems what so ever, to be honest I was surprised how easy it was to switch as I had switched between growing up milks before and Archie pushed the new milk away and I had to revert back to his old one.

Preparing the Similac growing up milk couldn’t be easier. Having the larger scoop is great as you obviously need less scoops per bottle and in the middle of the night this can make a big difference as when I was scooping 7 scoops with his old milk it used to cause a right mess when I was half asleep at 3am! To prepare Archie’s bottles I have always used a bottle preparation machine so making a bottle is quick and easy and only takes two minutes. When preparing Archie’s bottle the instructions are clear and easy to follow with diagrams next to each step. You add one scoop of powder per 60ml and Archie has a 180ml bottle so I simply added three scoops. It is quick and simple to prepare.

When choosing a follow on milk for Archie I spent a while in the baby aisle at our local supermarket comparing the tins. It was important to me that the milk helped support his growth and development and gave him the added nutrients that he needed. The Similac follow on milk ticks so many boxes. It contains vitamins A and C to support you little ones normal immune system function, calcium and vitamin D to support normal growth and development of bone, Iron to support normal cognitive development and normal immune system function and Linoleic acid to support normal growth. On top of that it contains no palm oil, is suitable for vegetarians and is suitable for Halal and Kosher diets.

I also look for a brand that has a big name and Similac has been a trusted, leading brand around the World since 1925. In June of this year Abbott then launched the Similac range in the UK which is on sale exclusively in Boots, online and in store to support us Mum’s in the UK and provide our babies with key ingredients to support their nutritional needs. With the Similac tin of growing up milk, there was a brochure full of information about the growing up milk and the brand heritage and you can see that a lot of attention and thought has gone in to it and this impressed me and reassured me that this was a brand I could trust.

The Similac Growing Up Milk has an RRP of £14.00 and is sold at Boots online or in stores.

So will I be making the switch and sticking with Similac?

The answer is yes. Archie seems to like it and it is slightly quicker to prepare, it also has everything I want in a growing up milk for Archie. I have already ordered another tin and I can order it online and have it delivered to my local small store for next day pick up. I would recommend the Similac Growing Up Milk to other parents as I think once you see the tin and read up on the nutritional information you will see how great it really is!

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Important notice: Breastfeeding is best for babies and is recommended for as long as possible during infancy. Breastfeeding provides many benefits to both mother and baby. It is difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed. We recommend that you speak to your healthcare professional for advice on how to feed your baby.

Disclaimer: I have been sponsored by Similac to try Similac Growing Up Milk and write about it on my blog. All opinions are my own.

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Graco Nimble Nook Travel Cot Review

Two weeks ago we went away for the week to Wales. We stayed in a lovely lodge and I took our new Nimble Nook travel cot for Archie to sleep in. I always use my own travel cot whenever we go away even if there is one available to use, I always prefer to use my own. I saw the Nimble Nook in the flesh when we were at the Generation Graco event last month at London Zoo and couldn’t believe how many features it had.

The Nimble Nook is a compact travel cot that grows with your baby. When you travel with your newborn you can use the cot in bassinet mode which is higher up so is easy for you not to have to bend right into the travel cot to get your little baby out to feed during the night and also if your in bed you can keep the cot right next to you and lean over and get your baby out. The bassinet also has a two speed vibration unit to help your baby relax and drift off to sleep. You simply plug the unit in and pick the speed. There is also a mobile bar that goes across the bassinet with two detachable grey stars on it. I also love the pattern on the outside of the cot, it makes it look very smart.

Obviously as you can see we used the travel cot in ‘cot’ mode as Archie is 21 months old. The cot was really easy to pop up and literally took about 30 seconds to put up and put the padded cot base in. I then added some sheets and Archie’s bed looked comfy and warm. When bedtime came I put him into the cot and went off to sleep quite quickly. The cot dimensions are slightly smaller than a normal travel cot (69cm x 68cm) which was great as it fits through door frames which we needed to do in the middle of the night as Archie kept waking Oscar up. Archie is an awful sleeper! I also noticed the height of the cot is really good. The sides weren’t to high that it was hard for me to bend into and high enough that Archie couldn’t climb out.

After five days we were off home and I folded up the Nimble Nook easily using the Signature Graco® push-button fold that makes closing the travel cot quick and hassle-free. Also the instructions are so easy to follow. The cot slips easily into the carry bag and when folded takes up minimal space in the car boot, (69cm x 20cm). Obviously being so compact and light weight it would make it easy to take on holiday abroad too.

I absolutely love the Nimble Nook it ticks all the boxes.

  • You can use it from newborn.
  • It is easy to use and light weight.
  • The dimensions make it easy to move through doorways.
  • Converts into a bassinet for newborn and smaller babies.
  • The quality like all Graco products is fantastic.
  • The price is great too!

It gets 10 out of 10 from us!

The Nimble Nook travel cot has an RRP of £109.99 but I have found it online at Mothercare for £89.99 and £83.59 on Amazon.

Technical Specifications:

Weight Length Width Height Folded Length Folded Height
7.5 kg 69 cm 68 cm 98 cm 20 cm 69 cm
From To
Age 0 years 3 years
Weight 0 kg 6.5 kg

 

Disclaimer: We were sent the Graco Nimble Nook Travel Cot for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own and I really love the Nimble Nook.

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