Thursday, 27 November 2014

A Lovely Afternoon At The Snuffle Babe and Dentinox Lunch #LittleSniffles

On Tuesday I went into London for a lovely lunch at Gauthier in Soho thanks to Phillipa at Snuffle babe and Dentinox. We had a lovely lunch and I met some other lovely bloggers and I was lucky enough to be sat next to Hannah Love a baby sleep expert who I bombarded with questions to make Oscar sleep better and Clemmie from who is a midwife so I was covered if I went into labour, haha! We were shown both the Snuffle babe and Dentinox ranges and were lucky enough to get a goodie bag rammed full of their fabulous products. Snuffle babe and Dentinox are well known brands that are specialists in baby health products.

Here is the Snuffle Babe range we were introduced to.

I am going to start with my favourite product from the Snuffle Babe range which is the new Inhaler Dummy, it is truly one of those products that you think why didn't I think of that myself! It is a dummy with a special chamber that you put a few drops of the new Snuffle babe vapour oil in that soaks into the pad which then releases decongestant vapours beneath your baby's nose. Genius! I remember vividly Oscar having colds as a baby then waking and crying as his dummy had come out as he was so blocked up it would prevent him from breathing properly. This will make a parent's life so much easier when your baby is poorly with a cold and helps your little one to get a good night's sleep. 

Inhaler Dummy RRP £6.99 and Vapour Oil RRP £7.29

The next two products are products I have used before with Oscar. The Snuffle babe vapour rub is a gentle decongestant for babies and children from 3 months. You simply rub a small amount onto your little ones neck and chest and the natural warmth of their body will release its vapour and provide long lasting congestion relief. I also used to put an a muslin placed slightly away from Oscar to help soothe him. I still use this product now when he has a cold and I also put some on myself if I have a cold as I find it more gentle and not to overwhelming then some of the other vapour rubs on the market. I have also used the nasal aspirator when Oscar was a baby to give him instant relief. I especially used this when I was breastfeeding him as when baby's have a cold it can make it harder for them to breathe when feeding.

Nasal aspirator RRP £8.49 and vapour rub RRP £2.54

There is also a nasal spray and nasal drops. The new nasal spray can tackle a multitude of bacteria bugs, pollen, dust and even viruses that can 'house' themselves in the littlest of noses. The nasal spray rinses out the nasty germs and adds moisture helping to cleanse your little ones nostrils creating comfort. It can be used for relief of congestion from hay fever, dry nasal mucosa and other respiratory problems. You can also use the nasal drops and spray with the nasal aspirator. The nasal drops are for all ages including newborns and are safe, sterile, saline drops great for clearing nasal congestion. The drops have easy to use with finger tip control to ease your little ones blocked nose.

Nasal spray RRP £4.07 and nasal drops RRP £3.05

The Snufflebabe range is available from larger Boots, Sainsbury's, Asda, Tesco and local independent pharmacies.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

My Baby's Hospital Bag Is Packed!

Last week I packed the baby's hospital bag. I really love my Stokke nursing bag it is so spacious and I love the design and quilted material. It literally fits in everything I need. As I am having a c-section I have packed enough clothes for a couple of days. I left after one night when I had a c-section with Oscar and plan to do the same again this time.

The Stokke nursing bag comes in pink or blue and includes a nappy purse and changing mat. It has lot's of little pockets inside and one large one on the front. It is perfect to fit all your baby essentials in.

In my bag I have packed three vests and three baby grows that I brought from Next I love the neutral star prints at the moment. I also have three hats, two from Next and one from Baby Gap.

As the baby is coming in December and the weather will be cold I brought a gorgeous star pram suit from Mama's and Papa's in the sale for only £10 reduced from £40. I also brought a star print knitted blanket from Mama's and Papa's too. I love their blankets and they are really great quality. To bring the baby home in I already have a knitted cardigan from Next and a Nod Pod blanket. The Nod Pod is a blanket that keeps your baby really snug and warm.

I have packed one packet of Pampers Newborn size 1 nappies, Johnson's first touch baby wipes to save having to use cotton wool and water in the hospital and a packet of Aptamil first milk in pre sterilised bottles just in case I have problems breast feeding. I plan to breastfeed the baby but had problems feeding Oscar when he was born. I was kindly sent the Milton portable soother steriliser to review and they are great to keep your dummies germ me on the go. The dummies I have brought for the baby are personalised with Baby Maycock written on them. I had these with Oscar that said Mini Maycock. I brought these from where you can choose from lot's of colours, designs and types of dummies. Three only cost £9.00.

I have muslins, a cellular blanket, a Gro swaddle and some cute booties from Mothercare in my bag too, as well as a small tube of Sudocrem.

So baby's bag is ready to go, I just need to finish mine! #4 weeks to go!

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Review: The Braun No touch+ forehead thermometer (NTF3000)

We have had the Braun No touch + forehead thermometer (NTF3000) for a couple of months now since we went to the launch and met Dr Ranj. I have always used Braun thermometers with Oscar but sometimes using the one I have where you have to take his temperature from in his ear was sometimes difficult depending on his mood. So I was really excited to hear all about the No Touch+ as I knew it would be a god send!

I used the thermometer for the first time properly a couple of weeks ago after Oscar had is flu nasal spray. He had slight flu symptoms with a high temperature and a cold. I found using the No Touch+ so much easier to get an accurate reading when Oscar was asleep as I like to monitor his temperature every hour especially after giving him some Calpol. 

The thermometer has a large colour coded display to indicate to you how high your child's temperature is to track progression of a fever. The thermometer also has a button to use it with or without sound which is great when trying to take a reading whilst your little one is sleeping. You can either use it touching the forehead in touch more or up to 5cm away in no touch mode with a positioning guide on the screen to show you if you are to far away. The reading comes up really fast, within only two seconds.

I really love this thermometer and the No Touch is also a novelty for Oscar who is happy to take his own temperature with it as well. This thermometer will be a dream come true to use when the baby comes, with a crying wriggling, teething baby I can now take a temperature accurately and quickly without even touching him/her. This is one of those products that truly makes a parent's life so much easier. With a RRP of £52.99 it is defiantly worth the money and every parent needs one in their medicine cabinet.

Disclaimer: I was given this thermometer at a launch event, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Our Family Christmas Traditions

I absolutely love Christmas and love it even more now that we have children. It is such a magical time of year and I love to make it as special and as memorable as possible for Oscar. As a child I always remember our Christmas' being full of happiness and family and I want Oscar to look back in years to come and feel the same.

This Christmas I have the whole family at our house, one side of the family has Christmas lunch with us which we rotate each year and the other side join us at about 3pm for present opening and an evening cold meat buffet. I love having a house full and making the day special for the whole family.

We have a few traditions that we love to do each year and I thought I would share them with you all.

1. A visit to see Father Christmas at Harrod's Christmas grotto

We take Oscar to the Harrod's Christmas Grotto every year to visit Father Christmas. This is something I did with my parents and grandparents as a child and we were always allowed to choose a decoration to add to our tree. Each year I always buy the photo and you pay £10 to reserve your grotto slot which gets reimbursed onto your Harrod's reward card to spend in store afterwards. We are going to see Father Christmas there next week and Oscar is counting down the sleeps.


2. Making a Gingerbread House

When my brother and I were children we used to make and decorate a gingerbread house each Christmas and I remember the kit used to come from Ikea. We had great fun last year decorating our gingerbread house which I brought from Morrisons. This year I already have the kit from Tesco and all the icing and sweets to decorate it. It makes a great table centre piece on Christmas Day and tastes great too!

3. Singing Good King Wenceslas with the Christmas Pudding

This is a tradition from Greg's side of the family. When the Christmas pudding is served after lunch his family always sang Good King Wenceslas after lighting the pudding. The first time I had Christmas with Greg it did make me giggle and now it's a run tradition that everyone has a laugh at once we have done it.

Christmas 2006

4.  Turkey Soup On Boxing Day

Ever since I met Greg we have always spent Boxing Day at Greg's parents house and in recent years since we have had Oscar my parents, brother and my nanny come along to. We always have Turkey Soup and crusty bread and it is delicious! We then play a fun board game like Logo or Articulate.

5. The Fairies bring the decorations

Oscar believes that the fairies bring the decorations and on the 1st December he wakes up to the Christmas Tree up and the house covered in decorations. I always decorate Oscar's room with his own little tree, Christmas bedding, bunting and a selection of Christmas books on his toy box. He loves it and it get's him so excited about Christmas and heads straight to his advent calender for his first chocolate!


There are a few of our traditions, I would love to know what fun traditions you have in your families. 

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Recipe: Banoffee Pie

When we have friends over for dinner I often make a Banoffee pie and it always goes down a treat. Today we have had a lazy day at home so Oscar and I decided to make one for Daddy, plus I was craving the amazing salted caramel sauce from Marks and Spencer. 

To make the Banoffee Pie you will need:

2 x Salted caramel sauce from Marks and Spencer

1 x packet of digestive biscuits
175g of butter
1 x dairy milk
1 x 284ml Elmlea double cream
4 x bananas

1. Firstly break up about half a packet of digestive biscuits and put them in a food processor. I have a really great Breville hand blender from Amazon and it was only about £30. It is really good and comes with an electric whisk, food processor, measuring jug and chopper which can be used at two different speeds.

2. Put the butter in a saucepan over heat and let it melt then add to the processor and mix with the biscuit.

3. Put the mixture into a flan dish and leave to set in the fridge for a couple of hours. I line the dish with foil to make it easier to get out when it is set without cracking the biscuit base.

4. Once set take out of the dish and then layer the salted caramel over the biscuit base, I normally use about one and a half jars.

5. Slice the bananas and layer them on to the salted caramel sauce.

6. Whisk your double cream up, make sure it doesn't go to thick and clotted.

7. Cover the bananas with the cream and then grate chocolate over the top for decoration.

8. Place back in the fridge for about 15 minutes then it is ready to eat!


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