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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Friday, 17 October 2014

Review: The Gro-Light From The Gro Company

As our baby's caesarean date is only ten weeks away I have started to get myself organised. This week I picked up a lovely lampshade and attached my new Gro-Light. The Gro-light is brilliant! It fits easily into your normal overhead light or bedside lamp bulb fitting and fills your baby’s room with a soft blue glow when you flick the light switch once. You press the light switch once to use it as a night light so you check on your baby without waking them. Then if you flick the light switch twice you will have your usual full light back. The night light is also great for feeds and changing your babies nappy in the night as a bright light won't come on which would make them wide awake. I wish I had one of these when Oscar was a baby. In fact it ended up costing us more money as we had to have the lights in his room changed onto a dimmer switch as they were to bright. A Gro light at £17.99 would of been a much cheaper option!

In normal light mode

In nightlight mode

The Gro-Light is really easy to fit, it took literally ten seconds and you can't see that it is even there. This is a must have for any babies room! The Gro company have kindly given the chance for one of my readers to win a Gro-Light of their own. Enter here and good luck!

Disclaimer: We were sent the Gro-Light for the purpose of this review. However all opinions are completely honest and my own.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Getting Some Baby Bits Organised

Last week Oscar's new chest of draws arrived from Next that match his cabin bed so we could move the changing unit/draws he had from Mamas and Papas upstairs ready for when the baby comes. When Oscar got home from school we built the draws together, which he really enjoyed. One piece of wood was damaged and I rang Next customer services and I was so impressed as they sent a new bit out with no fuss at all and it arrived the very next day! 

I also brought a wooden clothes rail from Izziwotnot as we have left the original nursery wardrobe in Oscar's room for the time being as we are planning to move next year. The clothes rail is really cute and at only £34.99 was a real bargain. I also picked up a wicker basket to store nappies in which I have put on the shelf at the bottom of the rail. I have started buying a packet of nappies every other week on our shopping so we are stocked up. I also have brought the new Johnson's baby first touch wipes as they are suitable for newborns.

I kept my changing mat from when we had Oscar, so put it through the wash and it looks as good as new. I have brought a Stokke Sleepi mini cot and am very excited to be receiving a shnuggle moses basket in a few weeks to review. I have picked neutral colours as we don't know the sex of the baby. I picked up a gorgeous lampshade from Mamas and Papas and have fitted a Gro-Light attachment (full review and competition on the blog tomorrow).

My Mum and Dad kindly brought us our car seat and isofix base which I love the material pattern. We choose the Maxi-Cosi pebble in modern black and the FamilyFix base. I saved a whooping £87.55 as I found it on for £237.45 using a 5% off discount for liking them on facebook too. In Mothercare it is currently £325.00.

I am looking forward to the Baby Show next week as it's my first one I will have been to pregnant. I can't wait to see what is available and want to look and compare all of the different pushchairs and baby carriers.

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