Saturday, 25 October 2014

Our Morning At The Preview Of Stokke's Latest Collection 2014

Yesterday Oscar and I went to the baby show. We were kindly sent tickets by the Baby show to attend and were really excited to meet the lovely people at Stokke in the morning to see a preview of their latest collection. I was eager to see their pushchairs as I am still undecided on which one to get for the new baby. We were shown upstairs into a private room where we were greeted by big beautiful balloons which their eye catching new logo on them and Oscar's eyes lit up when he saw the cakes! He perched himself on one of the Tripp Trapp high chairs which now comes in a gorgeous storm grey colour and drank his juice and ate a few of the cakes. We have a Tripp Trapp at home and absolutely love it! You are truly buying a product at a great price that will last for years. My Dad even sat on it when we didn't have enough chairs at Christmas lunch last year! Oscar then had great fun playing with the other children there.

When we walked into the room I was instantly drawn to the Stokke Xplory in the True Black design. It is absolutely gorgeous, well made and easy to manoeuvre. So far this is definitely my favourite pushchair both for design and quality! I also like that you can purchase different style kits and can totally change the look of the Xplory. The winter kit is gorgeous with the furry hand muffs and fur trim. Oscar loved this one too pushing it around the room. 

I also had a look at the Stokke Trailz and what I loved most about this pushchair was the huge carry cot that had loads of padding to make it as protective as possible. It reminds me of an old fashioned pram with the large, spacious carry cot unit as some pushchairs on the market today come with really small carry cot units and I have found that really unappealing. You can instantly see from looking at the chassis it is really strong and robust and I was really impressed with how spacious the waterproof shopping basket is underneath, something I have to take it consideration more now with all of Oscar's school bags. Having the large air filled wheels make it the perfect pushchair for all seasons on any terrain which is makes it perfect for those muddy walks in the park in the Winter! Both the Stokke Xplory and Trailz have forward and rear facing seats and again this is really important to me when looking at pushchairs as I want to be able to see my baby and interact with them when we are out and about on our own and be able to switch it to forward facing when Oscar is with us so the baby can see what he is doing.

The last pushchair I looked at was the Stokke Scoot which is more of a smart urban stroller. The Scoot is much smaller and lighter than the other two pushchairs. It again has a forward or rear facing seat with three different seat positions and foam filled rubber tyres to make it easy to use when out and about. It is really easy to use and is the perfect stroller to use in the city on urban travels. 

The day before the baby show we Oscar and I built our Stokke Sleepi Mini and I was so surprised how quickly it went together, using only an alan key. It is defiantly true that Stokke is a brand where you can buy something that will last such a long time and the products grow with your child. Their products are so well made that you can keep to them use for your next baby too, as I am finding out now.

A big thank you to the lovely ladies at Stokke and Azaria PR for a lovely morning and my beautiful nursing bag which I will be using as my hospital bag for baby! 

And if you are visiting the baby show today or tomorrow be sure to check out the Stokke stand and have a picture taken on the giant Tripp Trapp!

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Kid's Imaginations Revealed By Philips Imaginative Lighting

Oscar has never been a great sleeper and people have always suggested to us that his cuddly toys in the dark might scare him or dreaming of characters he has watched in films like Monster's Inc might scare him and wake him up and I have always brushed those sorts of comments off. Interestingly Philips have researched what the Monster's from kids imaginations really look like. It is a very interesting read!

They also looked into how your child's bedroom can play an important role in your child's development and creativity. I have always tried to show Oscar how his bedroom is a warm and safe place to be and would never send him to his room as punishment as I think it sends children mixed messages. Here is what Philips found out:

A kid's bedroom is decorated more than any other room in  the home
(Study of 6000 mums & dads across six countries reveals:)
·         Most important thing is ‘magical element’ in room say more than a fifth
·         58% redecorate kid’s room more than any other in house
·         Over a fifth say kids want own room above gadgets or games
·         1 in 5 say lighting has positive impact on quality of child’s room
·         87% of children use bedroom for work and learning
Creative Bedroom Deco Top Tips:

Blast away the fear factor for Halloween using light (via lighting designer Tim Meaker):

·         Innovate light use: Add light in places such as under the bed, corners             or even in the closet (e.g. Philips Disney LivingColors)
·         Change the vibe: Make potentially scary places warm and inviting by               adding softly diffused light (e.g. from a Candle Light)
·         Story Time: Bring stories to life (e.g. using StoryLight) to make their               bedroom feel more like a scene from their favourite Disney movie
·         Space Invader: Create more spaces where kids can play and discover             magical spaces. A simple den made of sheets and pegs can create this!

Oscar has been sleeping much better recently thanks to his Philips Disney Sully night light. It is amazing how something so small can make such a big difference to a child to reassure them at night time! I hope you have found this information as useful as I have.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Review: Melissa & Doug Wooden Train Car Set From

A couple of weeks ago we received a Melissa and Doug wooden train car set from the lovely people at When Oscar opened the parcel they had also put in a lovely letter written to him to read, which I thought was a really lovely touch. The little happy toys website is full of amazing children's toys from the Melissa & Doug range to ride on cars. It really is a one stop children's toy shop, perfect for your Christmas shopping and currently there is 20% of all products until the end of the month with free delivery over £50!

We were sent the wooden train car set from the Melissa and Doug range and as soon as Oscar opened it we put his train track together and he played for hours, the track stayed out for days. I have brought a few Melissa and Doug products over the years and have always been so impressed with the quality of their toys. The trains came on a lovely wooden shelf and the set included a diesel-style engine, 2 passenger cars, 2 freight cars with removable cargo, and a caboose. It is a perfect set to buy to add on to an existing wooden train collection or a great first train to start one.

Oscar loves his new trains and with the 20% off I will be buying more to add to his collection for Christmas. Check out the Little Happy Toys website for great quality toys and excellent prices!

Disclaimer: We were sent the Melissa & Doug wooden train car set for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Review: Looking After Your Skin During Pregnancy With Nspa

Ever since I reached the twelve week pregnancy milestone I have been moisturising every morning and night to keep my skin supple and hydrated to reduce the chances of getting stretch marks. I was very lucky in my pregnancy with Oscar I managed to get away without getting any stretch marks and I think most of my luck was down to my skin regime. When I was sent the Blooming Gorgeous set from the nspa Mum to be range I couldn't wait to give it a go. The set contains three products; a relaxing bath and shower creme, a nourishing stretch mark oil and a moisturising bump butter.

Greg went out last Friday evening so I ended up chilling out in the bath and then using the bath and shower creme. You can apply it to a ... or pour it like I did directly into a bubble bath. It left my skin silky soft and the creme smells amazing. When washing your skin it foams up and leaves you skin feeling totally cleansed and refreshed.

I then used the nourishing stretch mark oil and I have been using this in the morning and evening ever since. Again it smells gorgeous but I was really surprised how I wasn't left feeling greasy like some stretch mark oils that I have tried before. After using one particular brand before I was put off the oils and had always used a butter but now I have been converted back! It absorbs quickly into your skin helping to reduce stretch marks forming by boosting the elasticity of your skin.

I have been using the moisturising bump butter in conjunction with the stretch mark oil and again it absorbs into the skin quickly even when I have only just applied the oil on the same area a few minutes before. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated and I have also kept it in my handbag to use some times during the day when my skin might feel a bit tight and itchy.

Overall the npsa Blooming Gorgeous set is great and would make a excellent gift for a baby shower or for a friend that is pregnant. The products really work and I was really impressed with all of them and how great they smell and how they leave your skin feeling amazing. The packaging is pretty and the their bump butter was awarded a Mother & Baby Silver award for a new mum/maternity skincare product this year! Considering I have been using the nspa products for less than a week, I am blown away by the results. I was even more shocked by how reasonably priced the products are too. Click HERE to find out more and see the full nspa Mum to be range or check out your local Asda.

Disclaimer: We were sent the nspa blooming gorgeous set for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

We Are Proud To Be An Official Brandon Wagons Ambassador and Review

Oscar had an amazing surprise waiting for him in the garden after school on Tuesday. During the day I had been for a cup of tea and some cake with Mary Louise, the lovely lady behind Brandon Wagons and

She kindly asked me to be an ambassador for Brandon Wagons, which I jumped at the chance to and she gave me a wagon for Oscar to review. The wagons are fantastic, really sturdy and well made with large pneumatic wheels which make it perfect for all terrains. The seamless all metal body has smooth edges and is strong enough to carry large loads up to 150kg. The cart comes with a long handle for easy pulling and maneuvering. The steering column provides a non-tip base which I think is brilliant as when we were in the New Forest in July we saw some children playing in a cart without the higher wooden sides and non tip base and a little girl fell out of it and really hurt herself as her brother was pulling her to fast around a corner.

When Oscar got home and saw his new wagon he was so excited and thankfully it wasn't raining so he was straight out in the garden playing in it. I had to keep pulling him around for ages. The wagon also fits perfectly in my boot so we can take it down to the park with us too. For £65 plus postage (£12.99) or you can pick up if you are local to Hertfordshire I think the wagons are a real bargain and would make the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for any child. Oscar is really looking forward to me pulling him around it to go trick or treating on Halloween.

It is the perfect wagon for festivals, picnics and fun days out with the kids. The sides are low enough for Oscar to be able get in and out easily on his own and the wagon itself isn't to heavy to pull around and Oscar can easily pull it round for of his toys himself. We absolutely love our Brandon Wagon!

Disclaimer: We were given this wagon for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are honest and my own.

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