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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 

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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.
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The New Quinny ZAPP X – One Pushchair, Endless Possibilities

Last week Archie and I headed into Covent Garden, London to check out the new Quinny ZAPP X – One Pushchair, Endless Possibilities. We arrived at the ‘pop up’ shop which was amazing and inside was an array of the ZAPP’s in lots of different colours and combinations.


My first impressions on giving the ZAPP X the once over was how light it was yet still really sturdy and just how practical it is from using it with a newborn right up until your little one is three. The whole stroller changes with one simple click and the combination possibilities are endless. With a newborn you can click on the max-cosi car seat, use a snug cocoon or the carrycot and then for the toddler stage there is a two-way toddler seat and the one click system makes it easy if you want to change the direction of the toddler seat. Even the wheel-configuration and push bar can be altered to suit you too.


I absolutely love the new customisation tool at www.quinny.com which means you can create the perfect stroller for you and your baby’s style. For instance I love the ZAPP X in the two shades of blue which is perfect for me as a mum of boys. Although I love the grey and pink combination if I had a little girl.

The ZAPP X is available in three different configurations, so there will always be one to suit everyone. There is the ZAPP Felex Plus, the ZAPP Flex and the ZAPP Express. Overall the ZAPP X really means that you can ‘Walk Your Way’.


The ZAPP Flex Plus is their ‘deluxe’ model with an RRP of £335 which for the high end stroller that it is, it is a fantastic price. It is perfect from birth with the lightweight Lux Carrycot and has four large puncture proof tyres to ensure your baby gets the smoothest of rides. The Flex toddler seat reclines both ways and the fold of the stroller is so compact making it perfect for travelling as well.


The ZAPP Flex is a super easy to steer stroller and so lightweight. Once again the fold is so compact, taking up minimal boot space and great for travelling. On this middle there are three medium wheels which makes it easy to steer through small spaces, perfect for using it in the city! It has an RRP of £295 and can be used from birth with the Lux Carrycot, a maxi cosi pebble car seat and the from birth cocoon.


The ZAPP XPRESS has an RRP of £195 and to be honest I couldn’t  believe how cheap it is considering the quality if the stroller is so high. It can be used from birth with the Lux Carrycot, a maxi cosi pebble car seat and the from birth cocoon. It has three medium wheels and the unique XPRESS seat with relax mode and once again folds so small.
The ZAPP range also has lots of fantastic accessories available from cup holders, to footmuffs to winter liners to make being out and about with your ZAPP X an easy experience.


I absolutely love the range and its easy to see that the range of the ZAPP’s are going to be extremely popular!

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The Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat

Last month we were sent the number 1 selling bike seat in the UK and the US, the Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat. I had recently got a new bike myself as now Oscar has learnt to ride I thought it would be nice to go on family bike rides over the Summer as we have lovely cycling paths by the canal near us.


I got the Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat out of its box and it is simple and easy to fit on to your bike. It is centre mounted on the bike frame and is seriously sturdy once fitted!  The cushions are really padded within the seat to keep your little one nice and comfortable and supported and there is also a padded head rest on the front of the seat too so if you little one nods off on the bike ride they can sleep in comfort, which is a great idea!


The Weeride seat is recommended for children aged from 1-4 years. Once the seat is fitted in seconds you can take it off leaving the main support bar on so you can ride without your child too. You can also slide the seat into several positions on the support bar to make riding as comfortable and as safe for you as possible.


I love that with the Weeride Archie gets a great view of what is going on around us rather than some seats that just show them your back. Also I can easily chat to Archie the whole time and this was especially great on our first bike ride as he kept looking at me for reassurance.

On the seat there is a 5 point safety strap and movable footrests for extra child safety and also stops their legs dangling which could get in the way of you riding.


Overall the Weeride is easy to fit and really easy to use. Cycling is great fun and now we can go out whenever we want as Archie loves being in the seat. I will also be using it during the week as it gets warmer to get fit and I can take Archie with me rather than going to the gym in the evenings.


The Weeride Safefront Deluxe Bike Seat has an RRP of £119.99 but is reduced at the moment to £99.99 with free shipping. So grab your discounted seat now.

This post is in collaboration with WeeRide.

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Oscar & Archie’s Photo Shoot With Stokke & AlexandAlexa.com

We brought our first ever Stokke Tripp Trapp when Oscar was small and then went on to use used it when Archie was born with the newborn seat. I then brought the Stokke Steps as Oscar got annoyed that he had to share his Tripp Trapp with Archie.  In addition to a wide of variety of colours and accessories, Stokke now offers complimentary engraving of the back of their Tripp Trapp chair with your child’s name, adding that extra special personal touch.


I first saw a personalised Tripp Trapp in the flesh last month when Oscar and Archie were both models for the collaboration between Stokke and Alexandalexa.com for Baby London which you can see HERE. Alexandalexa.com sell the most beautiful kids clothes with a huge range of designers on offer. Both Oscar and Archie were kitted out for head to toe in brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Marc Jacobs, Adidas, Bang Bang Copenhagen, Stella McCartney, Tao & Friends, Veja and Zoobug Sunglasses. They both looked so cute!

We had such a fun day and the boys loved being part of the shoot, strutting their stuff and being spoilt by the lovely ladies at Azaria! We got to meet up with some other lovely bloggers/instagramers and their gorgeous children; Jessica from Lilypod & Sweetpea, Chelsea with Harlen and Harlow, Lisa from LeeLee Loves and Becky from Wishes & Wellies.


Stokke then kindly sent each of the boys a personalised Tripp Trapp in the hazy grey colour which matches our kitchen perfectly!  Archie uses his with the baby set and a star print cushion which is so easy to wipe and keep clean and Oscar uses it as a chair at the table, keeping my lovely new chairs clean! 🙂



I love that with the Tripp Trapp they grow with your child starting with the newborn seat, to the highchair using the baby set, to a chair for bigger children and even adults can sit on it too. The great design means it doesn’t look out of place and blends in with our other furniture.


The boys love their personalised Tripp Trapps and using them everyday! The Tripp Trapps are £169 and the engraving is free of charge!

 

 

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Archie’s Christening 02.04.2017

On Sunday the 2nd of April it was Archie’s Christening Day. This post is a bit delayed due to the house move and half term but never the less better late than never!

I dressed both Oscar and Archie in matching blue suits and brown leather brogues from Next and they both looked so cute. Without realising they ended up matching Daddy’s suit that he had had made. I looked around on the internet for a dress for ages and nothing I saw was quite right. Finally only a couple of weeks before I saw my dress on the Ted Baker website and fell in love with it, it was the perfect dress!


Archie was christened at our local church where we go to toddlers every week and the service was lovely. The Vicar was so nice and the service was fun and she had the godparents and children joining in!  We chose three godparents for Archie. Steve who is Daddy’s best friend and over the years he has become like a brother to me. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met and I am so excited that he and his lovely wife Cheryl are due to have their baby any minute. He was the obvious choice as he is a Uncle to the boys in every sense of the word and Oscar even says their new baby will be his cousin and the boys love him so much. For Archie’s Godmothers we chose Bianca who is also Oscar’s godmother is now Archie’s too. I met Bianca 11 years ago as she is married to another one of Greg’s best friends, Leo who is Oscar’s godfather. Over the years B and I have been through so much but she has always been by my side and she is one of the most loyal best friends I could ask for and loves the boys to bits. Last but not least is Zoe who is also married to another one of  Greg’s best friends, Matthew who is also Oscar’s godfather. Zoe is so caring and thoughtful and has two boys of her own and makes parenting look so easy. She is always the voice of reason and is full of good advice so I know Archie is in safe hands and is loved to the moon and back.


After the service we had a few photos and then we all headed to Moor Park Mansion where the reception was held. I had arranged afternoon tea for the adults and sit down food for the children. I went to Moor Park and met with the events team the week before and we decided to set two large tables for the children and small tables for the adults. I ordered personalised colouring books to keep the kids entertained on Ebay which went down a treat.




I also hired a sweet cart that the kids and adults both loved from Creative Decorations who also decorated the room with blue confetti balloons and a giant personalised balloon by the cake table.


I ordered my cake from Katie’s Bakery. Kirsty there always makes my cakes and whatever image I send her to copy she outdoes every time. Archie’s cake looked and tasted amazing!


I had a table when you walked into the main room with a fingerprint tree for everyone to put their fingerprint on which I will have framed which was from Not On The High Street, a cute Winnie The Pooh framed quote which I love, a personalised guest book for everyone to sign and leave a message for Archie to read when hes older, wooden personalised hearts were scattered on the tables and everyone took one home and a wicker hamper full of personalised seed packets for everyone to take home and grow which were from Etsy. They were all cute little extra touches that everybody loved.


The weather was gorgeous and we had such a fantastic day with all our family and close friends. Archie is one lucky boy to be surrounded by such amazing people!

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BigJigs Heritage Collection Mallard Train Set Review

I was really excited last month when I received the email from BigJigs Toys to let us know we had been chosen to be in their BigJigs Play Patrol. I had read the reviews of the other bloggers that were chosen last year and over the years with Oscar I myself have brought quite a few bits off of their website.

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Archie is now at the age where he loves cars and trains and we have kept Oscar’s play table from when he was obsessed with his wooden train set and both of the boys have been playing with their new Heritage Collection Mallard Train Set since it arrived.

If you haven’t come across BigJigs Toys before they sell traditional wooden toys that most people love. There is something about wooden toys that I would always choose something like that over a brightly coloured plastic toy. Also when buying a gift for someone I think its always much nicer to receive a wooden toy, especially when the BigJigs Toys are designed here in the UK!

Our first toy we were sent to review is the Heritage Collection Mallard Train Set, like I mentioned above. There is something about opening the train set for the first time and the smell of wood fills the room, its lovely. Oscar and Archie were eager to get the set out and Oscar followed the drawing to put the track together. Within the train set there is a 42 play pieces which consist of track, your Mallard train and carriages, a viaduct, two junctions, a ticket office, four people, two houses, two cars and four trees. This Mallard Train Set is licensed and helps to support the National Railway Museum in York which is fantastic. I remember visiting there as a child with my parents and grandparents as my little brother was obsessed with trains! Additional accessories are available to expand this set and you can add lots of track and different trains. Also with the BigJigs track it is compatible with other brands of wooden train track which is good if like us you have collected up different bits over the years.


The Mallard Train Set is £31.99 and you are getting a lot of pieces for your money. It is so well made and robust too. The boys have played with it non stop since it arrived and having a wooden train set out is now a permanent fixture again in the playroom. It all fits perfectly back in the box again which you can then take out and out or when you visit family with you.


The boys love this set and it one hundred percent gets a big thumbs up from us.

 

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

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B-Sensible Bedding Review

Recently because we have just moved into our new house we have got new mattresses for the boys beds. I have always used protective sheets under our bedding in case they have any accidents or Archie drops his bottle and milk leaks. On my shopping list was new protective sheets and then we were contacted by B-Sensible who sell fantastic protective sheets for your pillows and mattresses in various sizes and colours. The best thing about them is they are 2 in 1 so instead of having to change sheets and the protective sheet underneath now you only have the B-Sensible protective sheets.

What makes B-Sensible different from any other mattress protectors is that the sheets are super soft and contain a cosmetic grade zinc oxide which has been incorporated into the sheet fibres and stays there wash after wash which provides cosmetic, regenerative, skin protection and is also odour reducing and has huge antibacterial benefits. Also having just the one sheet on the bed I found made the boys cooler at night when they slept.

In our house we are clean freaks and our friends often laugh at our crazy ways and when I read up on the B-Sensible sheets they ticked all the boxes for me. Obviously everyone is different but I change our bedding every 4-5 days and hoover the mattresses when I change the bedding. Knowing that the B-Sensible sheets have a dust-mite barrier is amazing and as they are breathable this reduces any odours that may build up. Happy days!


Some protective sheets that you get can be hard and some even can be quite noisy to lay on and make a crinkly noise when you turn over. The B-Sensible sheets are so soft  just like any normal bed sheet and make no noise at all but protect your mattress at the same time.

Obviously one of the main reasons you would have a protective sheet on your bed, especially with young children is in case they wet the bed or spill anything. The B-Sensible sheets are completely waterproof making it easy to clear up any accidents or spillages and your mattress is kept like brand new underneath.


The sheets are machine washable and can go in the tumble dryer. They come in different sizes; cot and cot bed in the baby range and then single, small double, double, king and super king for your bigger beds. We have also just brought our new Super King mattress and Oscar a double so will be getting some B-Sensible sheets for them too.

The pillow cases are great too! The 2 in 1 pillowcases completely protect your pillows, and like the sheets are waterproof and breathable, super soft and have a 100% natural surface with unique benefits that enhance your comfort.


Both the protective sheets and the 2 in 1 pillowcases come in white, lilac, pink, brown, sky blue, purple, duck egg blue, red, beige, turquoise, fuchsia, black, grey anthracite, burgundy, arran, green pistachio and lavender so there is a colour to fit in with any room decor you may have.


We have the single sized in sky blue on Archie’s bed which are £35 and the pillow case protectors are £16.00.

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

 

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Getting Our Garden Ready For Spring/Summer With Little Tikes

We have always been a fan of the outdoor toys from Little Tikes. Our vast collection started many years ago when Oscar got the Junior activity gym on his first Christmas from his Great-Auntie Liz. On his first birthday we brought him the Turtle Sandpit which is still going strong and has been used for hours and hours of play in the sand. He then got the pirate ship water table on his second birthday and the Evergreen Country Cottage playhouse which has 20% off at the moment on his third birthday from Great-Nanny.


Since then our garden looks like its a Little Tikes show garden with the Easy store giant slide which is great fun in the Summer with the hose on top and the boys fly down the slide and run back up the steps to do it all over again. I love that even though the slide is big it can easily be stored in the Winter months as it folds.

The Junior activity gym is great fun and would make the perfect first birthday or Christmas present. We keep it inside in the Winter and use it outside in the Summer. Both the boys have used it and loved it. Archie loves hiding underneath it and flying down the slide. The sides are great for climbing and out of all of the toys we have brought over the years the boys have had the most use out of it as like I said it can fit inside too.


Since Archie was born our collection has grown even more! We now have the Spinning seas water table that we were kindly sent to review last Summer and Archie absolutely loves it. It is the perfect height for a toddler and has lots of activities to keep your little one entertained. It is also a great size and isn’t huge so again in the Winter months is easy to store.


Obviously the Cozy Coupe which you will find in most gardens around the country has always been a permanent fixture in our garden. We had the original one when Oscar was little and then a couple of years ago we were sent the Ladybird edition. I just love the Cozy Coupe’s, my Mum even dug out some photos of my brother and I playing with ours 25 years ago! There are so many styles and designs now I can guarantee there will be one perfect for your little one!


This Summer we have a new edition to our ever growing collection… The Giant Slide Bouncer bouncy castle which looks totally awesome. Oscar is desperate to get it out of the box but we are waiting until its a bit warmer and the grass is dry. The look on his face when he saw just how big it is was unforgettable! It is every young kids dream, surely! I would have loved one of these when I was younger. Little Tikes sell a variety of inflatable bouncy castles, four to be exact and they start at only £229.99 and the Giant Slide Bouncer is £429.99. The boys will have hours of fun in the garden!

Now that over the next month or so the Weather will be getting warmer and the boys can play in the garden I jet wash off the garden toys and as they are plastic they always come up as good as new which I love! In our garden at the moment I have a patio for the boys toys but we are moving next month and our new garden patio looks amazing with plenty of space for their toys.

Oscar loves being outside and always hates the cold and wet weather which stops him from being in the garden, so now it is getting a bit warmer when he gets home from school he always wants to go straight outside.

One toy I feel compelled to tell you about is the Princess Horse and Carriage. I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it and was gutted that I didn’t have an excuse to buy it as my boys would turn there nose up at it. As a little girl this would have been the most magical toy ever! If you have a little girl please go and buy one with me in mind and Little Tikes can I have an adult version please?!

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Nickelodeon Blaze and the Monster Machines Light & Launch Hyper Loop Review

Last week Oscar and Archie was sent the Nickelodeon Blaze and the Monster Machines Light & Launch Hyper Loop play set to review. Oscar has loved watching Blaze since it first aired on Nickelodeon. Over the last year or so we have collected quite a few of the die cast cars and now Archie loves watching it too and plays with cars all of the time!


When the Light & Launch Hyper Loop play set arrived they were both very excited to get it out of the box and play with it. I set it up and batteries come included so it was up and ready to play with in minutes. You place Blaze in the launch seat and crank down the yellow handle ready to go and when your ready press the button and the Hyper Loop spins Blaze 360 degrees whilst the light flashes and Blaze launches out of the loop, through the air and down the track off to save Axel City.


It is really easy to use and even with Archie being that bit younger once Oscar showed him what to do he was able to play with it too.

You can set up the play set in various ways; 9 to be exact and Blaze can complete different stunts. You can configure the stunt towers into a spinning wall, a teetering bridge or a stunt jump ramp! You can then move the towers to the different positions to use in another nine different combinations.


The Hyper Loop can also be attached to any other of the Light Rider vehicle accessories to build an amazing track. Oscar really loves the special translucent Blaze vehicle that comes with the set as this isn’t available separately.

The light up revving action is cool too, we end up turning the lights right down in the lounge, Archie gets very excited as it lights up and Blaze flies through the air.


The Blaze and the Monster Machines Light & Launch Hyper Loop play set has an RRP of £29.99 and is available online at Smyths Toys and Tesco Direct as well as other good toy retailers.

The boys really enjoy playing with this play set and its great as we can add to it with other light rider play sets.

 

Disclaimer: We were sent the Nickelodeon™ Blaze and the Monster Machines™ Light & Launch Hyper Loop play set to review, however all opinions are honest and my own. The boys really enjoy playing with it! A great toy.