Saturday, 20 December 2014

Oscar's Christmas Book Selection

When the 'fairies' come on the 1st of December I decorate Oscar's room and always get out the Christmas/Winter themed books out and leave them on his toy box for him to choose from to read with us at bedtime. I have collected a few over the last few years and have kept the touch and feel books for next year for the new baby to have. Here are the ones we have out for Oscar for this year's Christmas book selection.

The Jolly Christmas Postman RRP £12.99

It's Christmas Eve and the JOLLY POSTMAN is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters - there's a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called 'Beware' for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc. Everyone's favourite postman keeps on peddling his bicycle up hill and down dale . . . and into everybody's hearts.

My Special Christmas Adventure, personalised book £9.99

On Christmas Eve, the Christmas Angel takes your child to Santa’s workshop where he meets Santa Claus and his helpers. Your child travels the world with Santa on his reindeer-drawn sleigh and helps deliver presents to the children as well as learning about the different Christmas traditions in each country.

Santa's Noisy House RRP £12.99

Press the buttons and bring Santa's noisy house to life! Santa's snoring away, getting some rest before his big trip and it's your job to ring his alarm clock and wake him up. After all, there's so much still to do before Christmas Day! This is a fabulously noisy, and sparkly, behind-the-scenes look at Santa's world as he prepares for the big day. With absolutely masses of detail to spot on every spread this is one Christmas book that will be enjoyed over and over.

Guess How Much I Love You In The Winter RRP £6.99

Big and Little Nutbrown Hare, from the multi-million-selling picture book Guess How Much I Love You, return for Winter. The captivating story is seasonally themed and beautifully illustrated.

Happy Christmas Boris RRP £8.99

Happy Christmas Boris is a fun book with a Boris puppet where Boris helps Father Christmas deliver all the presents.

We Wish You A Merry Christmas Musical Book RRP £5

A fun Christmas sing along book!

Merry Christmas Busy Book RRP £7.99

My Busy Book is an amusing storybook and inventive toy in one activity kit. Full page illustrations and a rhyming tale bring these holiday characters to life, as you child's imagination expands with 12 toy figurines and a giant play mat. Oscar absolutely loves it!

The Busy Christmas Stable RRP £5.99

Where are Mary and Joseph going? Where will they sleep? With four lever tabs to move at the bottom of the pages, can you find the right answer? All children love to play peek a boo and this is an ideal introduction to the wonderful story of the very first Christmas, with friendly characters that appear and disappear when you move the lever at the bottom of each page.

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Review: Counting Down To Christmas With Mamas & Papas

With only six sleeps left until Christmas day Oscar is so excited and knows exactly how many sleeps he has left thanks to the hanging star chalkboard from Mamas and Papas. The hanging star chalkboard is £7.95 and a beautifully decorated wooden star with 'How many sleeps until Christmas?' written around the edge with a chalk board in the middle and a pretty ribbon to hang it on your tree or around the home.

Oscar chose to hang it off the light switch in the kitchen so as soon as we go downstairs in the morning the first thing he asks me to do is change how many sleeps he has left. I think having one of these chalk boards is a really simple and sweet idea and watching the excitement on Oscar's face as the number of sleeps go down is priceless!

This is a decoration that will never grow old and you can use it year after year!

Merry Christmas!

Disclaimer: We were sent the above chalk board for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Our Gingerbread House

Every year we make a gingerbread house with Oscar. My Brother and I always made one when we were young and I remember the kit coming from Ikea and the gingerbread always tasted amazing. 

This years gingerbread house kit came from Tesco. It was actually one from Halloween that was reduced so I got that and then brought various bits and pieces to decorate the house with. This year I brought a cake board and covered it in Dr Oetker ready to roll white icing, Tesco coloured icing pens, silver edible balls, Smarties, white and pink mini marshmallows and Dr Oetker cup cake icing to use to keep everything stuck together as it is so much easier to use then an icing piping bag and nozzle and tastes great too!

We have made it earlier than usual this year but with the fact that the baby could come at any time I wanted to make sure we had done it with Oscar. He really enjoyed putting the house together and decorating and has loved having a little bit each day after dinner as a treat!

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Review: A Healthier Selection Box For Your Little One This Christmas From Goodies

I love Goodies products and even Greg has one of their cereal bars in his lunch that I make him every day for work. Lot's of children get extra treats over the Christmas period like their advent chocolates each day so giving them a Goodies Selection box could help balance that out with healthy yummy snacks.

I had one in Oscar's stocking last year and he loved it. Needless to say when one arrived for him to review last week the contents of the box didn't last very long! As always with a Goodies product you get the 'No Junk' promise so you know what your child is eating has no unnecessary artificial ingredients and know that everything is organic.

Within the selection box is:

1 x Blackcurrant & Apple Fruit Stars - Organic fruit shapes made with apple and blackcurrant
1 x Raspberry & Apple Fruit Moos - Organic fruit shapes made with apple and raspberry
1 x Raspberry & Apple Soft Oaty Bar - Containing a blend of organic wholegrain oats, raisins, apple and raspberry juice
1 x Mini Gingerbread Men - Containing organic wholegrain flour and sweetened only with organic grape juice
1 x Alphabet Biscuits - Containing organic grape juice and a blend of organic wholegrain cereals and sunflower seeds

Oscar loved his box of treats and I have already brought another one to go in his Christmas stocking. At only £2.99 it is a cheap and healthy present!

Disclaimer: We were sent the Goodies selection box for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Review: Dentyl Active Mouthwash

I love using a good mouth wash so when I was asked if I would like to review the Dentyl Active Mouth Wash I was looking forward to trying it out. Personally I think using a mouthwash is really important to use to keep your breath fresh but more importantly it kills bacteria and removes other food debris on your teeth keeping your mouth happy and healthier.

Being 37 weeks pregnant one thing I have really have noticed in my third trimester are that my gums are really sensitive and bleed quite a bit when brushing my teeth. Since I started using the Dentyl Active mouth wash I have found that my gums are much better and being an alcohol free mouth wash it doesn't make my sensitive gums sting like the one I was using previously. Also being alcohol free it is perfect for the whole family to use. (It is recommend for ages 6 and up).

You only need to use half a lid full so a bottle will last a long time. Dentyl Active has a has a distinctive working action, the advanced alcohol free formula consists of two stages: a water-based phase incorporating a special antibacterial agent (Cetylpyridinium Chloride - CPC), and an oil-based solution with natural essential oils, that has to be shaken well before use. This shaking action combines the two mouthwash phases and creates a dynamic solution which is much more powerful than the two individual parts. 

You can see for yourself how well the mouthwash actually works as when you rinse the debris and bacteria that has been removed from your teeth is highlighted as small, brightly coloured masses in your sink, proving that Dentyl Active really works. And thanks to the special antibacterial ingredient CPC in Dentyl Active, it also helps stop bacteria from working. It gives you long lasting fresh breath and both the fresh clove and fresh mint flavours taste great when rinsing. Dentyl Active can also reduce plaque levels by 25% after brushing. I would definitely recommend the Dentyl Active mouthwash and will be using this one from now on.

Disclaimer: We were sent the two bottles of Dentyl Active for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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Review: The Perfect Gift Cake From Eat Your Photo

I was really excited last week when we got the chance to review a gift cake from

You simply choose the image you would like on your cake, the outer frame design, any text, the position of your text, font and font colour and either vanilla sponge with jam and cream or chocolate sponge with chocolate butter cream. The order form is simple to use and ordering your cake couldn't be easier. The gift cakes are 16cm square, is over 8cm high and can feed up to 18 people.

Receiving a cake through the post sounds risky but our cake turned up in perfect condition and looked great. I choose the vanilla sponge with a picture of Oscar on the top and Merry Christmas in red written on the image. The cake itself looks fantastic it would make such a great centre piece on the table on Christmas Day, the Grandparents would love it! The photo of Oscar on the cake was great quality and looked identical to the original.

The gift cakes are only £18 and come really well packaged and would make a fantastic gift to send someone special. The cake itself tasted amazing, the vanilla sponge was so soft and fresh and the jam and cream was gorgeous. Needless to say the cake didn't last long as it tasted so great!

Eat Your Photo sell a wide range of edible treats from photo chocolates, cookies, cakes and brownies. Take a look at their website to found out more.

Disclaimer: We were sent the above gift cake for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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