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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

#BathTimeMoments with HiPP Organic

September brings an exciting new range to the HiPP Organic collection here in the UK. Being part of the #WeanTeam we have had an exclusive early look and get to share it with you too. HiPP Organic are launching an exciting baby care range which is 100% 'Free-From' nasties with an ultra-sensitive, no tears formulation. The range includes Goodnight Baby Bath, Head to Toe Baby Wash, Shampoo and a Foaming Hand Wash (and refills).

#BathTimeMoments with HiPP Organic

The skincare range has been specifically developed so it is free from anything in which sensitive skin doesn't like and to minimize the risk of allergies.Which is perfect for my two, as Jacks eczema was always irritated within the bath so we've always been careful at Isla's bath time. Each item within the range has the 'no tears' stamp. HiPP are always going the extra mile to ensure every ingredient and product they produce is the best it can possibly be for both their customers and the environment and that includes the bath time range.
#BathTimeMoments with HiPP Organic

Goodnight Baby Bath with added calm – 350ml £2.99 
Often used as part of a calm bath and bedtime routine, our new Goodnight Baby Bath contains sandalwood, a calming fragrance. Specially formulated by baby skincare experts, the HiPP Goodnight Baby Bath is free from PEG and parabens, paraffin’s, allergy-causing fragrances and preservatives 

Foaming Hand Wash (and refill) - £250ml £3.49 and £1.99 for refill 
This cute little duck makes handwashing easy and fun for all. The foaming formulation is great for independent toddlers. Free from PEG and parabens, paraffin’s and allergy-causing fragrances 

Head to Toe Baby Wash – 400ml £2.99
This wash is perfect from first bath until a separate shampoo is needed. A baby wash is the most popular bath time product with mums, but this one is like no other thanks to its special formulation which is free from nasties, including PEG, parabens, Acrylat-polymers, preservatives and any allergy causing fragrances 

Baby Shampoo – 200ml £1.29
This new shampoo is specially made to be extra gentle and delicate on hair and heads. Free from anything sensitive that skin doesn’t like, this ultra-sensitive shampoo is free from PEG and parabens, paraffin’s, allergy-causing fragrances and has the ‘no tears’ guarantee stamp
#BathTimeMoments with HiPP Organic

Both children love bath times, but with their sensitive skin I'm always careful in what we use. With this new range I can be sure they are safe from the nasties which hurt their skin. The Goodnight Baby Bath made lots of bubbles, which always give extra fun at bath time. As for the hand wash, don't tell anyone but I've been using it too its lovely and gentle and smells lovely too. The children love the little duck face which dispenses the soap. I love that for the hand wash allows you to buy refills for the duck dispenser, being kind on the environment. 
 
#BathTimeMoments with HiPP Organic

From the 6th September, the new range will exclusively be available within selected Tesco stores. You can find out more about the new Baby Care range upon the HiPP Organic website. 

Each of these products have been a big hit with us, and I know we will continue to use them as time goes on. 
To celebrate the launch we have a giveaway enabling you to win a hamper with a selection of the products inside. To enter simply complete the entry form below.


Competition Terms: Open to UK residents, giveaway ends 18/09/2016, winner will be selected at random from all correctly completed entries and contacted via email. The Winner should claim their prize within 5 days or it may be redrawn. Prize supplied directly from HiPP Organic. 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Rubbabu from BigJigs | A Review

Over the past few months, we've have a great time being part of the #PlayPatrol team for BigJigs. We've received lots of fun and lovely toys in which have been perfect for both children. This month is our final month, and for our last mission we were sent some Rubbabu items and a magnifying glass too. 

Rubbabu from BigJigs | A Review

The Rubbabu range has a wide selection of toys for all ages, they are really soft and squishymade from a foam rubber. I've never felt anything like them before, but due to the material they are great for hands of many ages and very easy to handle. They also come in a range of bright colours which of course children find appealing. 

Rubbabu from BigJigs | A Review

We were sent the Rubbablox Just Triangles and the Bumpy Ball in pink. The Just Triangles was a big hit with both the children. As you can expect from the name its just a box of triangles in which you can do whatever you wish. They are a perfect size for even the smallest of hands to grasp and build with. Isla has had great fun lining them up, whilst Jack enjoyed building a big tower. Due to the material they stick quite well, meaning a tower is easiest enough for the little ones to form too. 

Rubbabu from BigJigs | A Review

As for the Bumpy Ball, this seems to have been enjoyed by all, adults included. Rolling it around and playing catch has been a big hit. Again because of the size and material its easy enough for the younger ones to use too. The different textures help them too explore. 
Rubbabu from BigJigs | A Review

I feel the material and quality of the toys, along with the bright colours means the toys are perfect for children of all ages. I also feel they would be able to stand the test of time, and last quite well.

Rubbabu from BigJigs | A Review

Finally, inside our package we were sent a Wooden Magnifying Glass and the aim was to take part in the Summer Nature Bug Hunt. The magnifying glass was good quality and Jack had lots of fun looking around the garden for bugs and all interesting things as well as taking it out with him to the park to have a look around.  When the magnifying glass arrived, I expected it to be 'pretend' and not actually work, but its a proper magnifying glass and actually works. It's well made and seems very durable, with two strengths of lenses within its perfect for looking at different objects. 

Rubbabu from BigJigs | A Review


This past 6 months, we have really enjoyed our time as Play Patrol agents, and working alongside BigJigs. 

Please Note: We were sent the above products as part of our Play Patrol roles and all views and opinons are our own and not influenced in any way. 

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Getting the Kids Involved in Decorating with Dulux 'KidsBedroom

One thing I give Jack and Isla when she's older is the voice of his own opinion, and opportunity for him to express his views too. So, when recently we finally started thinking about the decorating process of the house, when it came to discussions on the children's room we gave Jack the opportunity to talk about what he would like explaining that soon he would need to consider his sister too. 

Dulux Circus Bedroom #KidsBedroom

When I heard about a new project in which Dulux have created, I thought it was brilliant as more children will get to express their opoinions. Recently Dulux partnered with Dr. Sam Wass, a Child Development Psychologist who took part in the Secret Lives of 4,5 and 6 year olds. Working together they looking into the benefits of involving your children in the decorating process of their bedroom. From this they found that decorating your room is more important to children than other summer activities such as riding a bike or watching their first football match. During the study they found that 92% of children would spend more time playing in their room and doing their homework if they had a say in the decor and how its decorated, a good enough reason right?

Dulux Storybook Clouds Bedroom #KidsBedroom

Dulux have created a Kids Bedroom Summer Workbook which is designed to encourage the parents and children to work together to create the perfect dream bedroom. It is also a .pdf file meaning its perfect to get your hands on. Within the book you can record their colour preferences, inspirations and input to the overall design of the room, allowing the parents to create a space which the children feel connected to. 

Dulux Jungle Bedroom #KidsBedroom

 The workbook is a great way for children and parents to work together and allow some quality time discussing the room and changes in which may take place. Jack and I had a look through the workbook, choosing out some colours, looking at some designs and discussing how he would like his room to look for him and Isla. 

Dulux Space Bedroom #KidsBedroom

Alongside the workbook, Dulux have created some inspiring room ideas as well as six amazing complete bedroom designs shown throughout this post to give inspiration to your children and yourselves creating a truly magical space for your child. There is also a great range of how-to guides upon the website allowing you to express yourself even more and create looks you didn't think possible.

Dulux Superhero Bedroom #KidsBedroom

However, when children are involved especially, you want your look to last as long as possible. Dulux's Endurance+ paint range is the perfect paint choice for a child's bedroom makeover and what we have chosen to use throughout each room we are decorating that the children go into. The Endurance+ paint is 20 times stronger than normal emulsion, allowing you to wipe away any stains without removing the paint beneath - perfect when sticky fingers get around it.

Dulux Sports Bedroom #KidsBedroom

After Jack and I worked through the workbook and had a discussion on decorating and searched pinterest high and low, we finally settled on a design perfect for the two of them which Jack chose and we cannot wait to get started, using our Dulux Endurance+ of course. We had some ideas from Dulux website along with pinterest and cannot wait to see how it turns out, and we will be sure to share it with you all.  

Please Note: I am being provided with some resources to decorate a room in exchange for this post. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Gruffalo My First Memory Game | A Review

Recently, Jack has took a great interest into playing board games and jigsaws. Whilst he really enjoys them hes still not 100% on the rules of some games, the turn taking and the fact most of the time you need to sit still to play. 
When he started nursery last year he seemed to have calmed down a little, although the school holidays have sent him completely bonkers again. So when I was asked if we would like to review the Ravensburger My First Memory Game I thought it would be a great opportunity for Jack. A smaller game more aimed at his age range, and one with one of his favourite characters on, The Gruffalo. 

Gruffalo My First Memory Game | A Review

When he saw this game and saw the Gruffalo, he was so excited and followed with 'Can we play now please mummy? Please Please' so stage one was a big hit. Of course, who was I to disagree and we took to getting it from out of the box. The game cards are quite sturdy and fairly thick, both children helped get them from the packaging before placing them on the floor. 

Gruffalo My First Memory Game | A Review
The aim of the game is you place the cards face down turning 2 cards over on your turn to try and make a pair. However, no matter how many attempts at explaining this to Jack I apparently have the wrong rules and you lay them all out face up and just match them. Sometimes its easier to go along. 
Within the pack there are 24 different pictured cards all with Gruffalo characters on meaning 12 different images making 12 pairs. 

Gruffalo My First Memory Game | A Review

Jack had many different goes in which he paired the images the way in which he thought the game was played. Another day, we attempted the game again, Jack was still adamant how it was played so I made the game slightly easier. Removing some of the images, leaving just 4 pairs a total of 8 cards. We turned them face down and finally we managed to play the game the correct way. Once Jack was confident we added in more pairs until having the full set back. 

Gruffalo My First Memory Game | A Review


Whilst this is just a small game, so many key skills are learnt, encouraging turn taking, matching, memory, counting, recognition or colours and images along with concentration. I feel we have learnt a lot, and built up and learnt some new skills. We have incorporated other games in with these cards too, finding things on images, looking for colours and counting certain parts. 

This game has been a big hit here, and although it took some getting used to, we finally get there and its a perfect quiet time game when needed. 

Ravensburger have a whole range of the 'My First Memory' games with different characters including Thomas the Tank Engine and In The Night Garden. 

Please Note: I received a copy of this game, in exchange for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own and not influenced by this. 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

When we were chosen as to be part of the #WeanTeam for HiPP Organic at the end of last year, I never imagined I would get the opportunity to visit one of their actual farms, especially not one in another country. So when I was given the opportunity to visit one of the farms in Podagi, Poland I knew it was an opportunity to good to miss. 

I was keen to see how the food I've fed Jack years ago, and now feed Isla is produced, and find about more about the people behind the brand.

As much as I knew this would be a fantastic trip, and definitely one I wished to go on, I was very apprehensive about leaving the children behind, especially Isla, however she was fine. So when I found out someone I knew would be going, it eased some of the doubts I had, the lovely Tami from Mummy of 2+1 also made the journey.


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

The beginning of July saw the journey to Poland finally arrive, the three day informative trip was here. On the Tuesday morning it was time to go, heading to Gdansk airport and then onto a guided tour around Gdansk which is beautiful. Following this, we had another journey onto the HiPP farm in Podagi taking around an hour and a half. The farmhouse in which we stayed for the two nights was beautiful with amazing views. That evening we had our first meeting with Mr Stefan Hipp, who was so lovely.

The next morning we had an early start ready to have our fun packed day learning all about sustainability, organic farming and of course the HiPP brand along with viewing the farmlands. 
Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Following breakfast we had a talk with Mr HiPP who gave us some background information on organic farming and sustainability. I learnt so much from this short presentation and feel I've gained more knowledge into organic produce and the extent to farming behind it. However, not only do HiPP do organic farming, they go above and beyond the normal organic farming regulations, setting their own standards ensuring everything they product is extremely high standards. 


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

After our talk with Mr Hipp we headed onto the buggies and went a wonder around the farmland, which was a bit of an experience. The farm in which HiPP have in Podagi has been organically farmed since 2003 and is currently around 2000 Ha in size. HiPP have a 5 year crop rotation, meaning no same crop is planted within the five years. Rotating between clover, wheat, rye, spelt and oats not in that order, clover is used as its good for natural nitrogen helping the plants. Wheat follows the clover as it needs the most nitrogen, which naturally the clover leaves behind. 

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

As we were going around, all of the fields were protected by numerous amounts of trees. Apparently this is good with organic farming as it acts as a natural windbreaker and for nature to live in to help the crops. As for nature, they let them do the work, enlisting the birds, insects and other wildlife to reduce the pests whilst producing other products too. The crops aren't cut at peak wildlife times to enable them to still get their food. It is thought on the Podagi farmland there are over 160 different species of birds along with deer, elks, foxes and wild boar among others. 


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Along with the crops HiPP also grow their own vegetables and have their own carrots and potatoes. The carrots are a lot sweeter than usual ones and unique to HiPP. The vegetables have the same care as the crops, the carrots need weeding and this is done by hand for the first six weeks otherwise the carrots will not grow. Of course, like any farm there are bugs around, potatoes need protecting from beetles and fungi disease, so using tree oil as a natural pesticide this helps protect them. As for the carrots, there is a problem with carrot flies eating the leaves, so every third row of carrots they plant onions as the flies dislike the scent. 
Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

The Podagi farmland is also home to a lot of farm animals, there are around 1000 Angus cattle and 600 black head sheep both of which we managed to get up close and personal with. 
Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Before this trip I had no idea about organic farming, to me it was simply that they didn't use pesticides. I had no idea of the hard work and dedication in which was behind the scenes with the farmers. The processes to check the soil I had no idea on, in Mr Hipp's words healthy soil = healthy plants = healthy animals = healthy people. HiPP have so much passion behind being organic, along with their own farms they work with an additional 8000 other organic farmers who each have to follow the strict guidelines in which HiPP have set out ensuring we have the best products in our baby foods. 


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland


Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

One thing in which really sticks with me with the HiPP brand is that it is a family business, starting out as a small family business back in 1899 and still to this day remaining a family business. Originally, they weren't an organic brand when starting out, there first product was made when Joseph Hipp's wife was struggling to breastfeed so was a gap between milk and food. The following 5 children were also fed the cereal and word soon got around. In 1932 it was starting to be sold door-to-door by Joseph's son Georg who opened his own company. In 1956 Georg converted his family farm to organic farming after a chance meeting with Dr Hans Muller, and the range has been organically farmed ever since. 
Visiting the HiPP Organic Farm in Podagi, Poland

Since this Georg's sons Claus, Georg and Paulus followed into the business with Claus taking over in 1967. In Europe you will see the family face of Claus on packaging and everyone knows about the family name and brand. With the pressures of factory farming in the 1960's Hipp still remained committed to organic farming. Claus is still around within the business and his son Stefan is now co-owner of the family business. HiPP is now in its 4th generation and are as passionate as ever to the organic farming and sustainability. I love the idea that over 100 years later the company still remain as a predominately family run business sticking to the same ethics as originally set out. 

Although I had a small insight into the HiPP brand from being part of the #WeanTeam it was great to learn all about the highest care that goes into the food in which we feed our children. The HiPP Organic range has over 150 products included making them the biggest organic baby range within the UK. The range includes 63 jars, 33 pouches, 20 trays, 9 fruit pots, 5 cereals and 6 drinks - along with the many other products they are introducing. 

Please Note: I was provided with an all expenses paid trip to Podagi, Poland. However all views and opinions are my own and not influenced by this

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site | A Review

So yesterday, we brought you our review of the Bob the Builder™ RC Super Scoop and today, we bring you another review from the range, this time the Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site. 
Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

The Mash & Mold Construction Site is a unique play set allowing your budding builders to let their creativity flow. Upon your first play a small amount of assembly is required, honestly it's not a flat pack. The crane will need building and the four hexagonal tiles placing together then place the other parts where ever you wish. The play space can be changed around to suit your little builders each time. 

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

Included within the set are 5 different tools in which you can move around and use along with 35 molds to choose from each use. Every building can have a different bit of individuality. There is also a two-sided character included with Bob on one side and Wendy on the other. Also included is a crane inspired by Tiny, containing multiple molds and acts as a wrecking ball, a Dizzy sand vehicle, two mold trays, a mold-press garage which you can use to create bricks along with the iconic 'Bob's Yard' gate which can be used as a mold or a rake. More or less all of the tools can be stored upon the hexagonal bases to keep everything together which I like also. 

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

To create each individual piece, the set comes complete with 0.45 kilograms of Mash & Mold Play sand, which is an amazing material which never dries out, allowing your child to build, demolish and re-build all day. I love that the sand easily clumps together meaning it doesn't create a big mess when played with. 

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

Jack loved creating lots of different creations and using his imagination to create different pieces. He's had hours of fun with this and there is no sign of him loosing interest anytime soon which is great. 

Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site

The Bob the Builder™ Mash & Mold Construction Site has an RRP of £22.99 and you can also purchase additional Mash & Mold vehicles which are compatible too. 

Please Note: We received this toy in exchange for an honest and open review, all words and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop | A Review

Bob the Builder has been a hit in our house for quite a while, Jack loved it when he was younger and had a range of the toys back then. They've since made there way onto new homes as they got played with less however he still enjoys to watch it. Last year Bob had a bit of a make over as did the crew, however you can still recognise him from the original character design. 

Fisher Price have created a range of toys to go alongside Bob's new look, and the RC Super Scoop is one of these. We were recently sent one along for review and Jack absolutely loved it. 
Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop

The RC Super Scoop is remote controlled and brings Scoop to life with many different phrases, sounds and a motorized action as well as the one-of-a-kind jaw-dropping stunt. RC Scoop can be played with in two different ways, one using the remote control and the alternative being just by pressing the button on the side.
Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop

Manually playing with RC Scoop you are able to use his exhaust to lift his front bucket, and press the 'B' symbol on the side to activate fun phrases, sounds and the lights. Alongside this is also a simple controller allowing the user to control Scoop forwards and backwards and also operate the back bucket. The controller has another trick though, have you ever seen a digging machine do a handstand? Well using the controller you are able to watch Scoop perform the amazing 'Scoop Stand'. This incredible stunt allows Scoop to use his back digger to push himself up and lift his body straight in the air.

Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop

To power the unit a total of 6 batteries, 4 AA in Scoop and 2 AAA in the remote. There are some demo batteries included within Scoop but the AAA will be required for the remote before use. 
Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop

In his short life Jack has had a small range of remote control cars and I can definitely say this has been his favourtie and the one hes most enjoyed.
This toy is very robust and both Isla and Jack have enjoyed playing with it, Jack properly and Isla carrying it around and so far, no breakages or anything. 


Bob the Builder™ RC Scoop

RC Super Scoop is available in all good toy shops with an RRP of £49.99. Although this may seem a little highly priced, for the quality of the toy and with it being licensed I feel this is a really reasonable price. 

Please Note: We received this toy in exchange for an honest and open review, all words and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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