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Putting Your Families Health First At One Stop Doctor

As a parent your children are always your main priority and when they fall ill or hurt themselves you always want the best care for them. I know from previous experience I have sometimes had to wait a day or two for a GP appointment and getting a dentist appointment is like gold dust, our last NHS appointment was delayed two times because of funding. Luckily for us there is a pioneering new healthcare clinic ‘The One Stop Doctor’ that has recently launched in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire that is putting the needs of families at the heart of their quick and friendly services. The clinic is stunning, more like a five star hotel and the staff are all so welcoming and friendly.

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One Stop Doctors in Hemel Hempstead is open 365 days a year from early morning to late evening with a full complement of paediatric services all under one roof. This includes same-day appointments with GPs and dentists who will be able to offer immediate relief for worrying mums and dads whose children are unwell, perhaps with persistent fevers, colds, chesty coughs or toothache. There’s also a private pharmacy that can provide commonly needed drugs straight away.

Only a couple of weeks ago Archie had a high temperature and his little heart was beating quite fast, which is a common symptom of a fever. Greg thought we should take him to A & E but I called the One Stop Doctor for a late night appointment which was available with no problem at all.

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The team of multi-disciplinary health professionals at the clinic are highly experienced in treating common childhood conditions from feeding difficulties in babies and toddlers through to providing allergy testing and advice, alongside treatment for asthma and access to the full range of childhood vaccinations and immunisations. This is fantastic as in our area we were not offered the BCG and I paid privately for both Oscar and Archie to be immunised but had to travel into London. Now having a clinic so local to us is a god send!

One Stop Doctors is one of a number of outlets nationwide that offers the Mummy MOT, a one-hour assessment which gives a thorough examination of mum’s pelvic floor strength and tummy gap – to assess any physical problems that have arisen from pregnancy and birth. The Mummy MOT can also help mums years after childbirth with their pelvic floor strength. The clinic is also putting together special Mother and Baby packages for both expectant mothers and mothers of young children. No more travelling all the way into London for Mother and Baby services!

The specialist dental team are also experts in orthodontics and oral health with a variety of teeth-straightening options for young ones and appointments at convenient times for parents.

The clinic has invested heavily in the latest diagnostic imaging machinery including advanced MRI scanning equipment, CT, ultrasound and digital X-ray, which means that One Stop Doctors is able to offer an on-site urgent care and fracture clinic. We were at a birthday party about six weeks ago and Oscar’s friend fell off a swing and her parents on a Friday night at 7pm got an X-Ray appointment straight away instead of waiting for hours in a busy Friday night A & E department. She was then plastered straight away.

One Stop Doctors is fully accredited by all major regulators and private medical insurance companies, such as Bupa, Aviva and Cigna so it’s easy to pay, and is approved by the Care Quality Commission. However, what makes this pioneering clinic truly unique is its one-of-a-kind membership plan. This allows families to join for only £65 a month and gives them the ability to spread the cost of treatment in a payment plan, with no interest or credit agreement and provides guaranteed same-day GP appointments for any number of children aged 21 and under. This means that parents can spread the cost of healthcare for their children, making the very best private healthcare accessible and affordable.

Keep Your Family Happy & Healthy!

With the ability for parents to book appointments directly, and the large amount of free parking available to patients right outside the clinic, many of the usual stresses of visiting a medical establishment with children are taken away.

For more information and to book an appointment visit www.onestopdoctors.co.uk or call 0800 852 1234.

My Daily Skincare Routine & The Products I Use

In under 7 months I am 30! I remember on my 21st Birthday Greg saying to me that my 20’s will fly by and that is exactly what has happened! Obviously a lot of amazing things have happened since then but never the less I can’t believe I am nearly 30. One thing I have always tried to do from an early age is look after my skin. I am one of those people that am worried about ageing and always try to take good care of my skin. This is a first for me as my blog has always really been based around the boys but I want to start writing about being a Mummy too and what I like and what I do. So I thought I would start my telling you a bit about my daily skincare routine and what products I use.

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A lot of the products that I use have been recommended to me when I go for a facial or I have read great reviews and decided to give them a try, loved them and stuck with them.

My Morning Routine

When I get up in the morning before I put my make up on I cleanse and tone my face using the Guinot Lait Hydra Fraicheur Refreshing Cleansing Gel Milk and the Guinot Lotion Hydra Fraicheur Refreshing Toning Lotion with cotton wool pads. They are £19.50 each and probably last about 4-6 weeks. I also use these in the evening along with their eye makeup remover as the cleanser and tone cleanses and removes your make-up, freeing the skin of all impurities. It also softens and refreshes the skin, leaving your skin feeling super soft.
I then wash my face using the Dr Russo SPF30 sun protective day cleanser. You simply wash your face leave then massage the face wash in for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. This then gives you SPF30 protection which is so important to keep your skin healthy and looking young. Up to 80% of premature ageing is due to sun damage and even in the UK where you might not think the sun is damaging you, it still can. I also have the SPF30 sun protective moisturiser which is great and really light too so you can use it and then continue with your usual skincare routine. The protective day cleanser is £52 for a 100ml tube and the day moisturiser is £95 for a 50ml tube.


I then use the Guinot Longue Vie Yeux Eye Lifting Cream. It is really good and I use a small bit around my eyes and in between my eyebrows in a figure if eight motion. The eye-lifting cream eliminates visible wrinkles & fine lines and firms the skin around your eyes for an instant lift. It also soothes away dullness & puffiness which I need as Archie still wakes up sometimes four times a nigh and gently calms & hydrates the eye areas. I have tried lots of different eye creams before but this is by far one of the best.


I then use the ESPA Tri-Active Advanaced Instant Facial which is £58 for a 30ml bottle. It smells amazing like all of the ESPA range (I am obsessed with their soothing candle and diffuser, they are all over my house) and feels absolutely amazing on my skin. It is an advanced age-defying 3-in-1 serum, essence and treatment oil to instantly smooth and hydrate while brightening the complexion, for skin that is revitalised and glowing. The spa I go to Mulberry’s in Beaconsfield use the Espa and Guinot products and I have never been disapointed. The Antioxidant Macrolage Cell Extract in the cream helps smooth the appearance of fine lines, the White Truffle Extract helps boost elasticity, while Coconut, Jojoba and Avocado Oils help nourish and strengthen skin’s moisture barrier. It really is an amazing cream and I think worth every penny.


I then use my ESPA 24 hour replenishing moisturiser on top to moisturise my face for the day. It is £46 for a 55ml and leaves your face feeling soft and supple ready to apply your makeup. I then apply my makeup which I will write up in a different post. It smells amazing too!


My Evening Routine

Before I get in the shower I use my Guinot eye makeup remover and the cleanser and toner to remove all my makeup and cleanse my skin. Every other evening I then use the Guinot Gommage Eclat Parfait Perfect Radiance Exfoliating Cream either in the shower or take off with a warm cloth which is £32.50 for a 50ml tube. When I went for a facial sometime ago I went through my skin care routine with the therapist and she couldn’t believe I didn’t exfoliate. Basically unless you exfoliate a few times a week then all the great products you use on your skin do not work properly as the exfoliator removes all of your dead skin cells allowing your moisturiser in to your skin properly. Ever since then I use it every other evening.

                      Guinot Gommage Eclat Parfait Perfect Radiance Exfoliating Cream 50ml

After I get out of the shower I use either my Guinot eye cream or my Elemis pro-collagen eye renewal cream if its been a long day and my eyes are puffy. It firms, smooths and nourishes the skin around your eyes and I have noticed it is especially good at soothing your eyes. It is £63 for 15ml but you only need a small amount and it will last for ages.


Also another great product that I use from Elemis is the Hydra-Boost Serum. This is great if you have been out in the sun or haven’t drunk enough water that day as it replenishes the skin and instantly hydrates, softens and nourishes the skin. I love it! it is £45 for 30ml.


I then use the Creme De La Mer The Moisturising Soft Cream which is the best moisturiser ever! When you wake up your skin feels as soft as baby skin. It is on the pricey side as it starts at £115 for a 30ml pot all the way up to £1500 for a 500ml pot. I have the 30ml pot and you only need a small amount. I expect it will last about 6 months. It’s advanced Moisturising Sphere technology allows this luxurious formula to penetrate deeply, replenishing moisture and strengthening the look of skin. Skin appears renewed and energised, youthfully radiant. As they say you get what you pay for and this cream is an example of that!


My Going Out Skin Care Routine

If I am going out my skin care routine is exactly the same except in the shower I would always use my Glam Glow Flash Mud Brightening Treatment. It is £39 for a 50g pot. It leaves your skin instantly vibrant and when you apply your makeup afterwards just gives you that extra glow. It is a multi-sensorial quick results brightening treatment. Powerful & Innovative multi-brightening complexes help to create the brightest, lightest & luminous perfect skin. The Teaoxi Technology in it is White Birch Leaf. It delivers natural Betulin, Betulinic Acid & Ellagic Acid to create an improved color balanced skin tone. WhiteEnergi  is a brilliant fusion of powerful natural actives to create intense bright & even results. Flashlucent™ is a combination of skin translucency optimizers featuring 3 levels of exfoliation to drive ingredients into the skin for luminous younger looking skin. Reflectrum™ is a blend of brightening ingredients boosted with diamond photoluminescence to increase the reflecting level of the skin and make it appear radiant & more attractive.

I would then use one my eye creams and the Espa Tri Active Instant Facial cream, its really smooth and doesn’t leave a residue once you have put on your primer and foundation.

I hope you have enjoyed this post as it’s a slightly different one for me. 

 

 

Our Day Out At Paw Patrol Live

Yesterday we went to the SSE Wembley Arena in London to watch Paw Patrol Live. Oscar has loved Paw Patrol since it first aired on Nickelodeon a few years ago. He has every toy available and when we went to Canada a few years ago, as it’s a Canadian show we managed to yet lots of toys that have never been available here in the UK. On his sixth birthday he had a Paw Patrol themed party as well. Archie over the last six months has really got into it too and both the boys were so excited when a parcel came for them a few weeks ago full of Paw Patrol goodies and a VIP invite to the show. Archie was also very excited as it’s the first time he has been on a train as I usually drive into London.


We arrived at the arena at midday and went for a VIP Paw Patrol themed lunch complete with balloon making, face painting, a yummy lunch with Paw Patrol cookies and slush drinks. We had great fun and we saw some familiar faces which was nice and then headed down to the arena to get ready for the show. The boys were also each given another Paw Patrol goodie bag each with a mask, wrist band and fuzzy felt. Archie loves fuzzy felt!


We dropped off the pushchair to the designated area (I would recommend leaving some time to do this as the queue was quite long) and headed our seats. Our seats were fantastic, right near the front and the boys had an excellent view. When the show started all the children around us were dancing as the theme tune played and when the pups came out there was cheers of excitement. The costumes were amazing, sometimes when a TV show goes on the stage it can be completely different, Paw Patrol was spot on and was just like watching the show on TV they were that realistic.


When Mayor Goodway and Chickaletta cannot run the Great Adventure Bay Race due to a sprained ankle the pups come to the rescue. Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest race against Mayor Humdinger to get the three clues hidden around adventure bay to make it back to the finish line before the sun sets. The sets are fantastic and the pups adventure leads them to The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi’s Farm and Jake’s Mountain. All around Adventure Bay.


At the end of the show the Pup’s win the race and then sing their victory song. All the children got up and ran to the front and were dancing by the stage and in the aisles. We have been to lots of children’s shows over the years but Paw Patrol Live is by far the best and we had so much fun!


After the show the boys were lucky enough to go up on stage and meet Skye, Ryder and Chase and have a photo taken. Oscar looked really chuffed and couldn’t believe he was standing on the stage at the SSE arena!


The show is still on at the SSE Wembley Arena  today and tomorrow and is not to be missed. The rest of the tour dates are below. Tickets range from £16.80 – £39.20.

Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham – August 9th

Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham – August 12th and 13th

Echo Arena, Liverpool – August 16th and 17th

Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle – August 19th

First Direct Arena, Leeds – August 23rd

Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff – August 26th and 27th


Disclaimer: We were gifted tickets to attend the show but opinions are totally honest and my own! We loved it! It’s Pawsome!

Our Day At Legoland To See The New LEGO Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash Movie

Yesterday we were invited to Legoland Windsor for the screening of the new Lego Movie; Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash. It is the brand new film from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and is available on DVD and to download now.


Once we got to Legoland we headed to the 4D cinema in the imagiantion centre and sat down to watch the film. The cinema there is great, it’s really laid back and it didn’t matter if Archie wandered around a bit. Oscar always loves the Lego films and the computer animation is just brilliant. They get it right every time! The Scooby Doo Blowout Beach Bash is a fun, comical and spooky film where Scooby-Doo and his pals Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy are on their way to have fun at the annual Blowout Beach party. It is three days of fun, dancing, singing, partying and food. Once they arrive at their hotel they realise the whole town is deserted and soon learn from the hotel owners that the ghost pirates have scared all the partying teens away. So now there three-day break has turned into a mystery solving break instead, much to Scooby and Shaggy’s disappointment. So it’s up to Scooby and the gang to solve the mystery and get the party back up and running. Obviously with a few twists and turns on the way! I won’t let on anymore as I don’t want to ruin it for you. The Blu-Ray DVD is £7.99 and to download on Sky Store to rent in HD is £5.49, or buy and keep is £13.99. We already downloaded it as soon as we got home as Oscar wanted to watch it again!

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After the viewing we then went off around the park to go on the rides. We had fast track passes which was absolutely fantastic as we got to go on all the rides we wanted to without queuing once. In the future we decided we will always purchase these as it makes the day so much more enjoyable without queuing for ages with excitable children! We have been to Legoland lots of times but this was the first time that Archie (now 2) was tall enough to go on most of the rides and he really enjoyed himself.

We followed the map, until I realised there was an app to download which was much easier to use and check off which rides we had been on. Firstly we went on Sky Rider, Archie got so excited waving at everybody as we travelled 20 feet above everyone. You get a great view of the whole of Legoland. Then the space tower  by the imagination centre.


We made our way down to Duplo Valley which is fantastic for the younger children. If the weather is nice there is a fantastic splash park ‘Splash Safari’, some children were on it and were having a great time. In Duplo Valley we went on fairy tale brook, raft river racers and the Duplo valley airport. There is also a fantastic playground, Brickville soft play area and the Duplo theatre where they put on puppet shows.


We then walked to Lego City, where Oscar went on the driving school, we all went on coastguard HQ, balloon school and the fire academy. Archie was just a little to young to go on the L-Drivers but when he is three he can go on it.


We then ventured down to adventure land where we went on the Atlantis submarine voyage. It’s a really good ride and both the boys loved being ‘under the sea’ searching for the ancient ruins whilst lots of different fishes and sharks passed us by. Afterwards you walk out through a little aquarium.


We the went at got some lunch at the Pirate’s burger kitchen. There are lots of different places to eat around the park, four quick service restaurants like the one we went to, two A la carte restaurants, two buffet restaurants, three grab and go restaurants and then plenty of snack and coffee shops. There are also lots of picnic areas if you want to bring your own food with you.


After lunch we stayed in Pirate Falls and Oscar panned for gold and got a medal. Oscar and Daddy then went on the Pirate Falls: Treasure Quest log flume, they got absolutely soaked! I had to buy the photo as Oscar’s face is absolutely hilarious. When they got off the ride they were literally dripping wet. For £2 you can use the drying machine which warmed them up and dried them off a bit. I was glad I had to skip that ride and wait with Archie!


As they were already soaked we walked to the Land of the Vikings and they went on the Viking’s river splash. They didn’t actually get that wet and Oscar loved this ride.


Oscar had been desperate to visit the Ninjago World which is new for 2017 since it had opened. When we got there the Ninjago building is really impressive. All four of us could go on this ride and you wear 4D glasses and it is a 4D interactive game where all of your ninja skills will be put to the test as you battle through ice, wind and fire with the Ninjago heroes. It got a bet competitive (haha) and of course I won with a score of 134,750. I was absolutely knackered afterwards as you are constantly jabbing for about three minutes!


We then went on the Heartlake City Express train where I got soaked this time, I sat on the wrong side of the carriage! I will know for next time! We then watched the Lego Friends to the rescue show as we had an ice-cream before we looked around miniland then made our way home.


We had an absolutely fantastic day and we can’t wait to go back!

The New Summer Piccolo Menu At Pizza Express

Yesterday we went to the Pizza Express in Watford for lunch. We had been to this particular Pizza Express countless times and have always had a great experience. We had been asked to see what we thought of the New Summer Piccolo Menu At Pizza Express, we knew it would be lovely as the boys love it there! When we arrived we were given a spacious table and the menus to browse through. They have a new Summer Piccolo Children’s menu and activity packs. Oscar is seven and always likes an activity pack in a restaurant with different puzzles, word searches and colouring on them and Archie being two loves drawing all over it and the activity packs keeps them both entertained until their lunch arrives.

The new Piccolo menu has lots of choice and you get three courses, a drink and a bambinoccino with the dessert for only £6.95. The starter is baked dough balls with cucumber and fresh, red baby plum tomatoes. For mains there are three different pasta dishes to choose from,  four different types of pizza and new on the Summer menu is a Pollo salad. For dessert as I mentioned a bambinoccino is included and there is four yummy desserts to choose from.


Oscar always has the same he loves the penne Bolognese and Archie had the Margherita pizza. The portions are perfectly sized, obviously Archie always leaves a bit as he is only two but Oscar as a growing seven year old finishes the bowl of Bolognese completely. I had my all time favourite a salad nicoise. I love the Pizza Express salad dressing, thankfully you can buy it at the supermarket and I use it all the time at home. They finished their lunch off with vanilla ice-cream with a cone and chocolate sauce which also comes with a Bambinoccino.

As well as the fun-filled activity packs, with each child getting their very own chef’s hat and stickers too, Pizza Express are encouraging children aged 6-12 to unleash their creativity and be as imaginative as possible in their Dough Ball Adventure writing competition. All they have to do is submit an exciting Dough Ball adventure story (up to 200 words) via the Pizza Express website for the chance to have their stories being made into animations, as well as win weekly adventure prize. Plus one lucky winner will win an adventure holiday. Such a fantastic competition and educational too! Oscar has already started writing his dough ball story about them going on holiday to visit their family in Italy.

The staff in the Watford branch were really lovely as always and even though they were super busy we didn’t have to wait for a table and our food came nice and quickly. We will be back many times over the Summer holidays! For a great priced, relaxing lunch head to Pizza Express with the kids this Summer! And don’t forget to enter the competition!


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The Boys Summer Wardrobes From AlexAndAlexa.com

With only a couple of weeks until we go away to Ibiza, over the last month I have been putting together the boys swimwear, day and evening outfits and making sure I have everything I need for them whilst we are away. So I wanted to show you The Boys Summer Wardrobes From AlexAndAlexa.com.

I have always brought a lot of Oscar and Archie’s clothes from AlexAndAlexa.com as I like buying higher end clothing for them and the service when buying from Alex And Alexa has always been second to none! The boys also both modelled for a collaboration with Stokke and Alex and Alexa a few months ago and the array of boys and girls clothes there for the children to wear were gorgeous!


They sell a huge range of top designer brands such as Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana, Kenzo, Fendi, Hugo Boss and loads more. They also have an amazing sale running at the moment and for a limited time only you can get an extra 15%off the sale using the code AA15!

From the clothes I am about to show you some of them I have brought myself and Alex and Alexa also kindly sent me a few bits for each of the boys as well.

A pair of shorts that Oscar has had for awhile is these lovely blue camouflage ones from Stella McCartney. They go with a lovely crisp white tee or a nice shirt in the evening and are a great pair of shorts to have in his wardrobe as I can team it up with various tops and Oscar will get lots of wear out of them in the evenings on holiday. They are currently reduced from £55 to £41.30 and then don’t forget you can use the extra 15% off code too!


Another pair of shorts that are great to have are a beige pair of chino shorts. There are lots to chose from but my favourite were the Burberry Taupe Chino shorts as they have a great fit and go well with  a smart tee or a lovely shirt, especially a plain linen one. They are reduced from £80 to £64. I’ve put it with the Burberry Blue check pocket tee which I have for both of the boys as I like some of their clothes to be matching. Again it is reduced, from £50 to £40.


I brought a couple of pair of swimming shorts for Oscar as he asked for some ‘big boy’ ones like Daddy and I got the Burberry Bright Blue Check Swim Shorts which you can get in a few different colours and the Hugo Boss BOSS Blue Swim Shorts which again come in other colours too. Both of these are in the sale at the moment and the Burberry ones are £55.30 and the BOSS ones are £36.


For one of Archie’s evening outfits I picked the Burberry Navy Classic Check Shorts which are £56 reduced from £70 and again will go with shirts and tees and he can wear them on a few evenings whilst on holiday with different tops. One of the tees I have got it the Burberry ‘White Use Your Head Beefeater Print Junior Tee’ which I think is really cute. Burberry have some lovely tees this season with fun graphics on them like Thomas the bear and the Full English breakfast Summer tee which are great fun!


I like the boys to match on a few occasions when we are away and having a 5 year age gap between them can often prove difficult to find nice matching items on the high street. With designer clothing this is never really an issue as they have the same pieces in loads of different sizes. I wanted to find a nice evening shirt for them both and absolutely love the Burberry Pale Blue Check Short Sleeve Shirt. There is a range of different colours in this design but I picked the blue as it will go well with the taupe chino shorts that they have. The shirt was £70 and is now reduced to £56. As you can probably tell I am really loving the boys Burberry clothing this season.



I also got a Hugo Boss tee for Archie which is worn a few times already and can be worn in the day or with his chino shorts in the evening. I love the stripes in the bright green and blue and think it is a really great item for his Summer wardrobe which can be put with lots of different shorts or trousers.


As well as the boys having a pair of Havaianas for holiday and some Tom’s Canvas shoes I wanted to get them each a pair of smart trainers for the evening and they will last for the whole Summer into Winter. The Burberry Heacham velcro trainers are to die for and I got a pair of the black ones for Oscar which were £135. They also do them in a gorgeous baby blue colour which I will get for Archie. I did pick Archie up some BOSS jelly sandals last year in the Summer sale and they finally fit him now.



Last but not least, Oscar loves his new baseball caps from Mini Rodini. He has the Light Green Lion Embroidered Cap and the Off White Music cap which are both £26. Then to keep their little eyes protected from the Sun the boys each have a pair of Zoobug Sunglasses which are really funky. Oscar has the Blue Camouflage Round Sunglasses which were £60 and are now reduced to £42 and Archie has the Black and White Clubmaster Baby Sunglasses which were also £60 and are now reduced to £48.



As you can probably guess I absolutely love the AlexandAlexa.com website and wouldn’t shop anywhere else when picking up the boys some designer clothes! I have also had a sneak preview of their Autumn/Winter 2017 collection and it is all totally amazing, so watch out for that going on their website very soon!



 

Personalised Photo Gifts From Snapfish & £50 Competition

I have used Snapfish for years now and always use their app on my phone to upload my photos into albums ready to use on any of my projects. I have made everything from huge acrylics to photo books. I just love making personalised photo gifts from Snapfish! Every Christmas I make Oscar & Archie calendars for the grandparents so the app is a great way of storing my favourite photos ready to use in the December.

When I was asked to review some of the photo gifts for Greg for Father’s Day I knew straight away what I wanted to order for him. The Snapfish team have also kindly given me a £50 gift card for one of my lucky readers too.

The website is easy to use and I designed Greg a personalised photo mousemat which is new to the Snapfish range, for the office with one of my favourite pictures of the boys on it that was professionally taken a few months ago. Greg loved it and it now has pride of place on his desk. You can choose all sorts of designs, photo configurations and add text to make it as personal as you like. At only £7.99 they are a bargain!


I also made Greg a personalised Father’s Day Card to go with his presents and as always you can pick from tons of different designs, colours, themes, sizes and pick your photo configuration. He loved receiving a card that was personal to him instead of the normal generic cards your can pick up in the shops. It is a card he will keep forever!


Oscar also wanted to pick a couple of pictures to make into acrylic blocks. I love the acrylic blocks as I prefer these to having photos in frames. You can pick between A5 and A6 acrylic blocks. Last Father’s Day I made three of these blocks that Greg has on his desk at work so we knew he would like them. The A6 size is £29.99 and the A5 size is £34.99.


You can also make huge acrylic panels which I ordered a couple of months ago and absolutely love it!


Head over to the Snapfish website and see for yourself how fantastic their  range of personalised photo gifts are and all at amazing prices. Don’t forget to enter below to be in with a chance of winning a £50 Snapfish voucher to use too! Good Luck!

 

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Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Snapfish UK. 

The Bebylux Alexa Group 123 Car Seat Review

A few months ago an email landed in my inbox that really excited me. It was a husband and wife team that had designed a new brand of car seat that is the first official luxury designer car seat on the market. When I went on to their website to take a look for myself I instantly loved the The Bebylux Alexa Group 123 Car Seat. Finally there was a car seat that not only was super safe and met every safety point possible but it is super stylish and fashionable too.

The Bebylux Alexa is a group 1, 2 and 3 car seat for infants from 9 to 36kgs approximately 1.5 to 12 years old. It literally grows with your child and will last for years!

When you have a baby, if your anything like me you look for a stylish changing bag, dress your baby in gorgeous clothes and spend ages finding the perfect pushchair but then car seats pretty much look the same, feel the same and other than different colours and patterns the variety is pretty boring. With the Bebylux it comes in a gorgeous quilted handcrafted deep padded black bicast leather (very Chanel inspired) with your choice of black, white or red stitching to suit your car’s interior. It is the best looking car seat in years and everyone who has seen it in my car has commented on how nice it is.

The Alexa seat comes in four different designs all with the classic quilted bicast leather. There is the Lusso Bianca which has the white stitching and the Lusso Nero which is the one we have with the black stitching which are £349. There is then the Classico Bianca which is just the plain non quilted leather at £295. The Sportivo collection is race car inspired with the Spotivo Rosso having red leather panels and red stitching and the Spotivo Grigio which has grey panels and are £295. Finally there is the Limited Edition Monza which is £449. If you want to go all out you can have a bespoke Bebylux Alexa made for you which can be encrusted in Swarovski Crystals and you can have you child’s name embossed into the headrest, it is very glam!

One of the best features I have found is that the bicast leather doesn’t feel cold in Winter or get hot in Summer making it a comfortable ride for Archie in all temperatures. The bicast leather is also fantastic and easy to keep clean as it can be wiped over leaving it looking as good as new. The bicast leather is also non flammable.

When I got our Bebylux Alexa out of the box it was inside a gorgeous suede dust bag which also doubles up as a tough travel bag if you needed to take the car seat on holiday with you and didn’t want the leather to get scratched or damaged. Anything with a dust bag is normally expensive and luxurious so it is a really nice added touch.

The Alexa was easy to fit using the Isofix points and the top tether which hooks over the seat into the boot which reduces head excursion in an accident. The seat itself is really comfortable and has impact absorbing foam and memory foam base. The seat/frame is absolutely solid and as soon as you pick the seat up you can feel the sturdiness of it and the quality throughout. The frame has an impact stabilising steel frame throughout the spine of the car seat which as a result reduces the forward flex in an incident.

The car seat has four reclining positions and the head rest has five adjustment levels so as you child grows they can still travel in maximum comfort.

I absolutely love everything about the Bebylux Alexa especially how it is one of the safest car seats on the market and by far the most stylish! The car seats are available now online or are stocked in Harrods.

The Alexa special features are:

  • ECE R44-04 approved

  • ISOFIX and NON-ISOFIX compatible

  • GROUP 123 ( 9 – 36 KG / 9 Months upto 12 Years)

  • Impact absorbing top tether belt tensioning system

  • STEK : 3 Levels of Advanced Side Impact Protection

  • 4 point recline positions

  • 5 point headrest adjustment

  • High quality non flammable bicast leather coverings

  • Easy wipe material

  • Integrated 5 point harness

  • Harness is removed for stage 2 and 3t

  • Tested by TUV to ECE R44/04

  • European Safety Standard

  • Additional Headrest Padding

 

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

 

Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare

For the last month I have been using the moisturiser and the face wash from the new Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare range. The full range consists of a 30 SPF 100ml sun protective day cleanser, a 30ml night repair serum and a 100ml night repair exfoliating cleanser and a 30ml protective day moisturiser.

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Dr Russo is renowned internationally for his revolutionary work in reversing sun damage and premature skin ageing. He has pioneered the combined use of Thermage, Fraxel, Zeltiq, PRP and Stem-Cells in Europe and for over 20 years, has been the secret weapon behind some of the world’s most famous faces, having built a reputation as the doctor who makes people look and feel younger.

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When I get up in the morning I have been washing my face with the Dr Russo SPF30 sun protective day cleanser. You simply wash your face leave then massage the face wash in for a couple of minutes and then rinse off. It doesn’t leave your skin feeling like you have an SPF on and leaves you feeling clean and refreshed, yet protected at the same time.


This then gives you SPF30 protection which is so important to keep your skin healthy, protected and looking young. Up to 80% of premature ageing is due to sun damage and even in the UK where you might not think the sun is damaging you, it still can even on a cloudy day. This really is a game changer in the World of skincare using utilising proprietary, patent-pending technology, this moisturising day cleanser has been specifically formulated to gently cleanse the skin of impurities while providing SPF 30 protection from UVA/UVB exposure.

I then use the SPF30 sun protective moisturiser before applying my make-up which is great and really light too so you can use it and then continue with your usual skincare routine. The protective day cleanser is £52 for a 100ml tube and the day moisturiser is £95 for a 50ml tube. Over the last few years I have upped my anti-ageing skin care routine and knowing I now have a moisturiser that is great for anti-ageing and protects my skin from the sun too is great and I wouldn’t use anything else!

The Dr Russo Sun Protective Skincare range is now available to buy online at FeelUnique.com 

Mumsnet FreedomPop Review – 100% Free Plan Mobile Network

For the last few weeks we have been trying out the FreedomPop Mobile the 100% free Network for Mumsnet that offer a 100% Free Plan that includes 200 minutes, 200 texts & 200MB data every month for no cost at all.

Now when I first heard about it I thought it sounded to good to me true but after using the FreedomPop network fro nearly a month it is fantastic. You simply purchase the SIM card for 99p and it is a trio SIM so can be used in any phone and runs of Three’s 3G and 4g network. When changing over to FreedomPop you can keep your old number which makes life much easier or if you want to have a new number.


There is a 30 day money back guarantee so you can try FreedomPop out without any worries and with no contract at all you are not signed up to something for a couple of years like most networks.  If you do need for minutes, texts and data than on the basic free 200 package you get a month you can upgrade without being in a contract and still as you can see below even the premium deals are super cheap!

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We were asked by Mumsnet to let you know our thoughts about FreedomPop and the prime user was Oscar to see just how great it is for kids/teenagers to rule out ever getting a huge mobile phone bill from your child!

Who is trying the FreedomPop service?

Oscar is 7 years old and is trying out the service as he likes to play games on my phone and uses my phone to message and call his best friend after school.


Did you try the handset or the SIM only?

We were kindly sent the SIM and the Samsung Galaxy phone.

Why did they/ you want to try it?

I wanted to try it out as a network that offered 100% calls and texts seemed to good to be true and after reading stories of kids racking up huge phone bills Freedom Pop sounded like the perfect answer to stopping that. Oscar likes to message his friend on my phone and he feels very grown up having his own phone.

Was it their first mobile?

Yes it is Oscar’s first mobile. Obviously at 7 he doesn’t carry it round with him everywhere but after school he likes to message and ring his friends. He also pesters Daddy by ringing him as well and has been sending us very sweet messages.

Do you see FreedomPop as a mobile service alternative for both parents and children?

Totally! Their data packages are so well priced and I do use my phone a lot for my blog but a lot of the time that is on my Wi-Fi. I then pay a huge amount for data each month that I don’t use. Using Freedom Pop would bring my bills down massively. For kids/teenagers its just fantastic. Knowing you will never get a huge bill at the end if the month is a god send for parents that are worried about the cost of their children having a mobile phone.


How did your child get on with the phone?

Oscar found the phone really easy to use and the home screen is easy to navigate. The camera is great too and he keeps taking lots of photos. Writing a message is easy too with predictive test it has helped him to write the messages he wants to write without any help.

What did you like about the service? And what features would you like to have in the future?

I think the service is great. Like I said above having a service that does exactly what you need out of a phone network at an amazing price. It has made me realise just how much the network I am currently with are obviously ripping me right off! I can’t think of anything that I would add at the moment. Also being able to see who Oscar is going to call or text I am sure in the future when he is in his teens will come in very useful!

 

  • This post is in collaboration with FreedomPop and Mumsnet. All opinions are honest and my own.