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The Power Of Skin To Skin

*This is a paid advertorial for WaterWipes

WaterWipes recognises that skin to skin bonding is absolutely vital for newborn babies. In their latest video campaign, they’re aiming to prove just how powerful the bond between mother and child truly is. I had caesareans with both Oscar and Archie and it was so important to me that we were given skin to skin contact as soon as possible. As soon as we were home I always made sure when feeding or when we were relaxing at home I always had Oscar or Archie laying on my chest often snuggled in bed together to encourage the bonding process between us as much as possible.

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WaterWipes have put together a lovely film which through an experiment they have shown clearly the natural power a new mum has to care for her baby. Using infrared filming techniques and equipment to monitor heart rate, breathing and blood oxygen levels, it captures for the first time the biological response to skin to skin contact. The film makes visible the innate ‘superpower’ that every mum has to stabilise her baby’s biology when held in the skin to skin position. The experiment was conducted in collaboration with three first time new mums by world renowned skin to skin expert Dr Susan Ludington.

After watching this lovely film it will show you how amazing nature really is and that all your newborn baby really needs is you…. their Mummy! World-renowned expert on skin to skin Dr Susan Ludington comments that, scientifically, your skin on baby’s skin is a potent combination and can do something absolutely amazing for your baby. I was so surprised watching it how the little baby’s heart beat and vital stats went up and responded when they had skin to skin contact with their Mothers. Dr Susan explains that mums’ bodies are extraordinary. We spend nine months making and then give birth to our baby. Then once baby is born, a mother’s body continues to do incredible things for her baby – she even has the power to regulate baby’s biology simply by holding her baby skin to skin.

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This video has made me feel that as a Mother by giving both my boys the most skin to skin contact as possible as newborns along with breastfeeding that I have given them the best start to life that I possibly could have. So get cuddling your newborns. As if you needed more of an excuse to snuggle up with them!

 

 

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Huggies Little Swimmers Video

At the moment we are in the very hot and beautiful Mallorca on our Summer holiday. As you can imagine we have gone through loads of the Huggies Little Swimmers swim pants as Archie loves being in the pool splashing around with Oscar. They are easy to use with velcro sides so changing them couldn’t be easier. He has gained so much confidence just in a few days. Here is a little video I made of Archie enjoying being in the water in his Little Swimmers……

Remember to join in the fun you can pick up a packet of Huggies Little Swimmers from the baby aisle and check out their great website www.littleswimmers.co.uk for more information, top tips and expert advice.

I would love to see your videos and pictures of your little ones having fun in the pool in their Little Swimmers. Please tag me in the photo/video and you can use the hashtag #getsetsplash

This video is in collaboration with Huggies as we are proud to be a Little Swimmers blogger.

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Our Day At The Epson EcoTank #PrintingDory Event

Yesterday we went into London to the Epson #printingdory event to get hands on with the new EcoTank printer range at The Disney Store on Oxford Street. As Oscar broke up from school on Friday for the Summer he got to come along too and was so excited. We drove into London, parked up and walked round to the store and was shown upstairs to where the event was being held. When the lift doors opened we were greeted by a gorgeous brunch and drinks and Oscar was drawn straight to the photo booth basket of all of the characters in the new Finding Dory film which is released on the 29th July and we can’t wait to go and see it!

We were then given a short presentation from Leonie and Neil from Epson and Bobbi from Disney. So what are the new EcoTank printers all about? Epson’s new EcoTank range of printers features revolutionary refillable ink tank technology that offers an unbeatable combination of convenience and value for homes, home offices and small offices. You can now print without cartridges at a very low cost. Research showed that most people use around 70 ink cartridges over a two year period when using an old printer but now thanks to the Eco Tank way of printing when you buy a new EcoTank printer it comes with two years worth of ink which is up to 11,000 pages in black and colour! It truly is a printing revelation. When you finally run low you simply buy the additional ink bottles and refill your EcoTanks inside your printer.

I am someone who uses a printer a lot. From printing off boarding passes to photos to update our picture wall in our lounge and it is so annoying when your in the middle of printing and suddenly one of the colour cartridges becomes low and the rest of your printing is not as clear as when you started. I love that with the new Eco Tank printers you can just top up what ever colour is needed using the individual bottles. I did have a good look at the printer and the bottles and refilling the EcoTanks looks so simple and easy to do. I can’t wait to have our new printer delivered to try it for myself!

The EcoTank printers have a wide range of connectivity options making it so easy to print anything from your laptop, tablet device or smart phone using Wi-Fi with auto-setup, Wi-Fi Direct and Ethernet. These are combined with the simplicity of email print and the ability to print from your Android and iOS phones and tablets using Epson’s free iPrint app. EcoTank printers also support AirPrint. I often use the email function on my printer so whatever I need is ready for me to grab when I get home.

We then sat down and took part in lots of Finding Dory arts and crafts that Epson have put together with Disney which will keep your little ones entertained over the Summer holidays. Oscar loves doing art and crafts and it hardly costs a thing and we can spend hours making different things and spending quality time together. Research showed that most families over the Summer holidays will spend a whopping £1500 on days outs and activities. Epson have made some great and easy to make printable art and crafts activities and we made Squirt the turtle, some photo booth props and a pretty collage. There is also pop up cards, origami Dory and many more things to choose from.

We had a really lovely day and the boys enjoyed it so much! I can’t wait to get started using our new EcoTank printer and I will write another post so you know how we got on with it. Thanks Disney and Epson for a really special day!

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Our HIPP Organic Garden Adventures

A few weeks ago we were sent a bundle of the most amazing goodies from HIPP Organic to make sure we had a fun garden adventure. Both Oscar and Archie love playing in the garden whenever possible and often after school if the weather is good we play in the garden and eat dinner out there too and the HIPP Organic tray meals are perfect for alfresco dining on our new picnic blanket. The rest of the range is great too with more than 120 products for every stage of weaning including pouches, jars, tray meals, cereals & fruit pots.

So when our goodies arrived Oscar was excited to get started and we firstly opened the ‘my first ever veg garden’ kit and Oscar with a little help from Archie coloured in the box then added the soil and seeds. Over the last couple of weeks our radishes, peas, carrots and peppers have grown and Oscar loves watering them daily and watching them grow. We then went outside and planted some seeds and can’t wait to see what they grow into.

This is the first Summer that Archie has been walking and big enough to play and enjoy being outside and take part in his first garden adventure. He loves kicking a ball, chasing Oscar around everywhere and building his giant lego bricks. HiPP Organic understand the moments that matter to mums and sometimes dinner time can take you into the kitchen away from playing outside but cooking the microwave tray meals take literally minutes. Archie’s favourite is the animal pasta dish and HiPP Organic are the only brand to offer pasta shapes in zoo animals, alphabet and numbers which children love!

Family beliefs and values embody HiPP Organic, who are instinctively organic and have been for over 60 years.  They believe in organic for a better legacy, using farming techniques that leave the soil full of nutrients for the next generation. I am constantly worrying about Oscar and Archie eating as healthy as possible and the fact that HIPP are thinking of the future too is great. They are passionate about providing the best possible quality food for all babies & young children and are obviously getting it right as they have been one of the leading baby and toddler food brand for over 60 years.

Archie loved his new toadstool tent the most and when it first came it was raining so we had great fun inside with it first then last week we got to play in the garden with it. He loves hiding inside it and playing peekaboo. He finds it very funny.

HIPP have provided us with some fabulous bits to have a great Summer and have lots of adventures in the garden. Now Oscar has finished school and has a whooping 9 weeks off we will have plenty if time to have fun outside. Thanks HIPP!

Disclaimer: We were sent the garden explorers pack as part of this blog post. 

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Aloka SleepyLights Review

A few weeks ago we were asked to pick one of the fun designs in the Aloka Sleepylights multi-coloured LED light range from Potwells. I knew Oscar would love the Robot design and when Oscar came home from school to find his new light set up in his bedroom he absolutely loved it. There are 26 lovely designs to choose from and six of these designs are now stocked at John Lewis and Mothercare.

John Lewis stock these designs:

Mothercare stock these designs:

So what is so great about these new amazingly fun children’s lights…… Firstly Oscar loves having a remote control and lays in bed constantly changing the colours and leaves it on a different colour each night. You can also leave it to rotate through the 12 different colours and the light gives off a soft and calming glow which is perfect for bedtime. Having the control is great for younger children too who can use the control which is great for practising their fine motor skills and learning all the different colours as well. The lights also have a side-lamp feature which leaves your light on a bright white glow which is also great for when you are reading a bedtime story and need a bit more light.

The light also has a dimmer function which is great and you can choose from four varying levels of brightness, it also has a sleep button which will automatically lower the light to create the ideal calm and dreamy environment to fall to sleep in. I also set the timer to turn the night light off after an hour saving the need to enter the room to switch it off as the evenings are lighter at the moment although Oscar sleeps with the remote under his pillow and turns it back on if he wakes in the night.


Oscar’s favourite light setting is the bright blue but my favourite without a doubt is the beautiful rainbow light show! Archie likes watching the light show too I am going to order the Giraffe light for him as it is perfect to have in a nursery.


The Robot Aloka SleepyLight has an RRP of £39.99 and I think is great value. Not only does it look great in Oscar’s bedroom but buying a SleepyLight will last you for years when using it from newborn.

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

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I’m A Huggies Little Swimmers Ambassador!

This is a really exciting post for me to write as I have some amazing news….. I am a Huggies Little Swimmers brand ambassador! I first used Little Swimmers when Oscar was six months old, so almost six years ago when we took him on his first holiday to Sardinia and for his weekly swimming lesson.

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When we had Archie and took him on his first holidays last year I didn’t think twice about using Little Swimmers once again as they are the UK’s number one swimming nappy brand and with their unique technology that stops them leaking or expanding in the water. Happy days! With the imminent launch of the much anticipated ‘Finding Dory’ movie the Little Swimmers have a brand new look. The exclusive new design has been released to celebrate the launch of Disney© Pixar’s new film – Finding Dory. HUGGIES® are encouraging all families this summer to Get Set, Splash – getting out there and having some water filled spontaneous fun!

We are quite lucky that we have an amazing pool near us in the walled garden at The Grove hotel which even on a chillier day we can still go for a swim as the pool is lovely and warm. Both our boys love being in the water and are so confident which is fantastic. I always have a swimming bag in the car as sometimes after school a few of us Mums will decide to treat the kids to a swim and a hot dog for tea.


Huggies kindly sent us the most amazing package so we can have the most fantastic, splashiest, fun filled Summer and I can capture every moment of it!


So here is what I keep in our swimming bag so we are always for a swimming session!

  • Towels for the boys
  • Little Swimmers Nappies
  • Suncream
  • Water bottle
  • Change for the locker
  • Oscars sunglasses (he loves them!)
  • Swimming shorts
  • Sun hats

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To join in the fun pick up your pack of HUGGIES® Little Swimmers® from the baby aisle and visit www.littleswimmers.co.uk for more information, top tips and advice. I would love to see your photos or your Summer fun on twitter or Instagram!

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Disclaimer: This post has been written as part of my brand ambassador role with HUGGIES®, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

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Early Learning Centre Seesaw Review

We were asked a few weeks ago to pick something fun for the boys to enjoy over the Summer from the Early Learning Centre website. After looking through the amazing range of outdoor toys I eventually picked a seesaw. The seesaw is bright and colourful and I knew Oscar would love it, so when it arrived I quickly put it together as a surprise for him for when he got home from school.

The seesaw didn’t put long to put together at all even with Archie trying to climb in and out of the box. Luckily it was a sunny day and as soon as Oscar got home from school he couldn’t wait to have a go and ran down the road to get his friend so he could go on it with him. They had great fun and bounced up and down for ages. Oscar loved that the seesaw also span around 360 degrees and laughed his head off as he span around and around.

The seesaw is also really great for your child’d physical development and will get used so much over the Summer as Oscar loves being in the garden whenever he can! The seesaw is suitable for children aged 3 and over and will last for years as Oscar’s friend was 9 and still had loads of fun playing on it.

Excuse Oscar’s choice of odd shoes! He was having to much fun to care!

At only £30 I think it is a real bargain and will Oscar will get hours of play out of it. It would also make a fantastic gift for a birthday or Christmas. The Early Learning website has a fantastic range of toys to make your children’s Summer even more fun and special!

Disclaimer: We were sent the seesaw for the purpose of this review, all opinions are honest and my own.

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Thomas & Friends Start Your Engines DVD #TeamThomas

We are one of the lucky few that are in #TeamThomas and have sent the brand new Thomas & Friends Start Your Engines DVD which has never been seen before on TV and is due to be released on the . The DVD has six jam packed full of fun episodes all with a racing theme which Oscar loved. He loves anything to do with racing so this DVD went down a treat! Oscar also loved the mini games in between the episodes.


 The DVD has 6 new episodes, 4 bonus features and 2 new sing-along-songs which Oscar and Archie loved. Archie especially loved the sing-along-songs and bopped to the music. Oscar was very much team blue rather than team red, this is because he loves Thomas and also because he is a Chelsea fan 🙂 The DVD is great and a fantastic taster of the new Thomas film ‘The Great Race’ which is released at the end of the month. We can’t wait to go and see it!


You can also get involved with your little ones and join in with all the fun with #TeamThomas on the Facebook page and try and win some fantastic prizes!

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Baby Blooms Skincare Gifts Review

Baby Blooms is a brand that I have come across before when I had a baby shower thrown for me when I was pregnant with Archie I was given a gorgeous bouquet of flowers that was made up of bibs and baby grows and two cupcakes that were baby vests. The gifts are so unique and original and look almost to good to use! They make the most gorgeous gifts; hampers, bouquets, nappy cakes, toys and balloons and so much more. It is literally your one stop shop for new baby and new Mum gifts.

When I was recently contacted by them to review one of their gorgeous skincare sets and it came in the most amazing gift box that has been designed and illustrated by Amanda Bradley. The boxes are great to keep your baby memories inside after you have finished using it. Inside my box was the most gorgeous tissue paper wrapped around a organza gift bag that had potpourri attached which made the box smell amazing and inside the bag was a soothing body lotion, replenishing hand cream, rejuvenating facial moisturiser, lip rescue balm and a baby care cream. They all come in gorgeous pots and bottles which are the perfect size to put into your hospital bag or changing bag. Two products I am so pleased I packed into my hospital bag was lip balm and hand cream and used tons of it! They are defiantly a must if you are packing your hospital bag.


This set would make a fantastic baby shower gift or new Mum gift so amongst everything baby Mum can still look and feel great too. All of the products in the Baby Blooms skincare range are handmade and made from natural ingredients and are produced here in the UK.


The replenishing hand cream smells amazing with a refreshing lemongrass scent and contains jojoba which leaves you hands smelling amazing and super soft and moisturised. The hand cream is really light and doesn’t leave your hands feeling tacky afterwards.


The soothing body lotion leaves your skin feeling really soft. After being pregnant for 9 months I have continued to moisturise my skin since having Archie. When I was pregnant I moisturised morning and evening as my skin felt tight and itchy and I wanted to prevent stretch marks. Afterwards I used lots of different body lotions and the Baby Blooms one is by for the most moisturising and the calendula and primrose leave your body smelling amazing.


In the three pots is the lip rescue, baby care cream and the rejuvenating facial moisturiser. They are all 20ml which like I said before are the perfect size for your hospital, changing or handbag. The lip balm leaves your lips feeling soft and nourished and after having a baby your lips can feel so dry so this lip rescue is exactly what you need. Again with the facial moisturiser it is rich and leaves your skin feeling soft and replenished. The baby care cream is fantastic for healing nappy rash, baby eczema and psoriasis. I have also used it on my hands as I get eczema on them now and again and it has helped soothe and repair my skin too.

Baby Blooms make the most fantastic award winning gifts and you can see their full range HERE. I also love their announcement balloons which inside the balloon is a teddy announcing that you are expecting or for a gender reveal. The gifts are truly amazing and you will not be disappointed.

Disclaimer: I was sent the above mentioned box of skincare for the purpose of this review, all opinions are honest and my own. I love them!

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Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie Review

When we were given a code to download the soon to be released on DVD and Digital HD Download and Blu-Ray Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie, Oscar was really excited. It will be available from Monday the 30th of May. Oscar and Daddy actually watched the film in the cinema last Summer when we were in Toronto, Canada and he absolutely loved it!

The film has all of the famous Peanuts characters in that I for one watched and loved as a child. You have Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the beloved PEANUTS Gang making their feature film debut, like they’ve never been seen before, in state of the art 3D animation. I absolutely love watching old characters that I watched as a child come to life in 3D for Oscar and Archie to enjoy now and afterwards we can talk about what it was like when I watched it when I was their age.

Charlie Brown, the world’s most beloved underdog, embarks upon an epic and heroic quest, while his best pal, the lovable beagle Snoopy, takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron. It teaches children that even if you are the underdog you can still achieve whatever you want. This is a great message to young children. Oscar often says to me that he can’t do something, or he isn’t good enough at a certain game or sport and I always tell him he can do whatever he wants to do if puts his mind to it and it really comes across in the film.

The film itself is refreshing to watch and perfect for cuddles on sofa on movie night on the tv or iPad and Oscar has also downloaded it on to my iPhone and has watched it quite a few times since we downloaded it over the weekend. It really is a lovely film and in HD the quality of the picture is amazing. Listening to Oscar giggle throughout is very sweet and it really is a film that you just smile throughout watching. I felt like a kid again and love anything that takes me back to my childhood.

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You can watch the film trailer below and get a snippet of how fantastic the film really is!

The Snoopy & Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie is available in all good DVD stores and online from Monday 30th May on digital download, Blu-ray and DVD priced around £9.99.

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