My Mummy's World

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

HiPP Organic Porridge Pouches - A New Range

Breakfast is not a meal time I particularly enjoy, it can be a bit of a rushed affair. Jack tends to have his breakfast whilst I get Isla ready and then when hes finished I sort him for school, meaning most times Isla doesn't get her breakfast until we are back home from the school run by which time shes generally tired. Finding something quick and simple for her is a bit hard. So when I heard that HiPP Organic has introduced a new range of porridge pouches I knew they would be ideal for us and many other busy mums. 

The new HiPP Organic porridge pouches are suitable from 6 months and come in a range of three tasty flavours: Pear, Apple & Apricot Porridge, Apple & Peach Porridge and Fruity Porridge. As with all of HiPP products they select special varieties of fruits and vegetables which are naturally low in acid content whilst high in nutrients. Then to ensure their optimum flavour they are given time to ripen naturally and harvested when at their plumpest and sweetest. 
HiPP Organic Porridge Pouches

We have tried each of the porridge flavours with Isla and she's enjoyed them all taking a slight preference for the Pear, Apply & Apricot flavour. Each one she has tried she has more or less completely finished. The porridge is smooth consistency perfect for early weaning days right through, and coming in a pouch, its perfect for on the go if need be. 


HiPP Organic Porridge Pouches

On 1st June these pouches will be exclusively available in Tesco and become available within Waitrose from June 13th. 


HiPP Organic Porridge Pouches

HiPP Organic Porridge Pouches

As well as the porridge pouches, HiPP Organic have created a range of cereals aimed at toddlers 15 months plus, which Jack has tried out. These are Fruity Muesli with crispy ducks and Fruity O's. Both are made from organic fruit and multi-grains so still using the highest quality of ingredients.
HiPP Organic Cereal

There is plenty of information available on the HiPP Organic website about the new range as well as the existing range. 

 

If you fancy trying the new range for yourself, we have a fantastic giveaway in which you could win a HiPP Organic product hamper, including a selection of the new products. To enter simply complete the entries below. 



HiPP Organic Hamper

Entrants must be UK residents. Competition closes midnight 26th June 2016. Winner will be contacted within three days and must respond within three days before an alternative winner is chosen. Prize supplied directly from HiPP Organic

Monday, 30 May 2016

Snoopy and Charlie Brown : The Peanuts Movie | A Review

Today sees the release of Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie on DVD, just perfectly timed for half term. When we saw the advertisements for the film at the cinema Jack would give us lots of 'wows' and keep telling us how much he would love to watch it, however we are not yet brave enough to try the cinema with him. So when given the opportunity to review the DVD just before release we jumped at the chance. 
Snoopy and Charlie Brown : The Peanuts Movie | A Review

Directed by Steve Martino characters such as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the 'Peanuts' gang make their animated film debut in this heartwarming story. 

The story line is about a well loved and popular boy, Charlie Brown, who has the habit of being clumsy and making mistakes, try and win the heart of the new girl in school. In the mean time his best pal Snoopy, is taking to the skies to pursue his arch nemesis, the Red Barron. 

So Jack and I set of to watch the film, he'd never watched anything with Snoopy in before but he really did enjoy it. His favourite character was Snoopy, he loves animals so was sure to be a favourite. The movie isn't too long, so perfect for children Jack was engrossed the whole time as there is always something to keep their attention. There was lots of giggles throughout with the amount of humour included. 


Snoopy and Charlie Brown : The Peanuts Movie | A Review

Our favourite part of the film was when Charlie Brown was getting himself ready to press the new girl's doorbell and just as he was about to back out, Snoopy rushes and presses it.

I'm a little too young to remember the original Charlie Brown and Snoopy clips however from snaps I've seen the characters are just as the originals, which is nice for adults too. From what was a comic strip originally its been translated to film really well. 


With the DVD you can go deeper into the film and world of Snoopy and Charlie Brown with lots of special features. Including step by step drawing tutorials, dance and sing along and Snoopy Snippets. 


We both really enjoyed the film, and I'm sure it's going to be one of those we end up watching over and over. It's definitely one we would recommend.

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Wednesday, 25 May 2016

What the Kids Wore | Rockin' Baby

At the end of last year I was introduced to the brand Rockin' Baby who do beautiful slings, which I reviewed here. However, they have recently branched out into a range of clothing which we have been sent a couple of items from. I did initially think the clothing would possibly have a higher end price tag, however I was pleasantly surprised to see some items are a lot less than I expected.
Rockin' Baby Spring/Summer 16

Rockin' Baby were founded in 2002 to provide slings to mothers around the world and in 2011 started their Mother-to-Mother programme. With this programme for every sling or pouch they sell, another is donated to a mother in need in Haiti or Kenya, which is an amazing idea. So, when they launched their clothing range they decided to spread this a little further, so for each item of clothing they sell another is donated to a child in need in China or West Africa. So not only are you making your own child look amazing and comfortable you are helping another child in need somewhere around the world.
Rockin' Baby Spring/Summer 16

The range features lots of fun, bright and unique designs which really catch the eye, each item is made from soft fabrics which are comfortable and durable allowing your child to explore. Included within the Spring/Summer 2016 collection is a seaside theme, nautical and stripes as well as African animals. All of the little details make this range beautiful, from the finishing on the tops to the adjustable waists on the trousers, a lot of thought has gone into the items. 

Rockin' Baby Spring/Summer 16


The children were sent some lovely items which had a beautiful fit to them, I would say the clothing is true to size. 
Rockin' Baby Spring/Summer 16

Jack was sent a 'Hunter Lion Applique' top along with some stone coloured chinos. Its not an outfit I would think to put together however they complimented each other so well. The trousers has the adjustable waist as well as pockets. We were sent the top in 4-5 years which was a lovely fit and the size Jack has recently gone into, the trousers we were sent in 3-4 and fitted him perfectly however as hes just come out of this size they wouldn't last too long, so we are making the most of them. However they are still a good length and long enough to still wear. 
Rockin' Baby Spring/Summer 16


Rockin' Baby Spring/Summer 16


Isla was sent a beautiful dress and knicker outfit, the dress came just above the knee and is perfect for the warmer weather we have been having. It also comes with matching pants with a ruffled pattern to finish. It's a lovely outfit on. 
Rockin' Baby Spring/Summer 16

Rockin' Baby Spring/Summer 16

I really like the range in which is available and will definitely be purchasing some for the summer wardrobe for the children and knowing I'm helping another child at the same time is a lovely thought. 
Rockin' Baby Spring/Summer 16


Please Note: We received the above items in exchange for an honest and impartial review, however all views and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Sea Life Birmingham - Changes and Mister Maker Event

Last weekend, we set off early to go to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham. Earlier in the year we were lucky enough to be chosen as Sea Life Ambassadors for 2016, a role in which we are all really looking forward too.

Gentoo Penguins - Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Since we last visited back in February a lot has changed, so even if you've been before it's always worth another visit with many new animals and lots of changes. 

Eel - National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Nautilus - National Sea Life Centre Birmingham


Last weekend saw the start of the most recent event with Mister Maker. Up until 12th June Mister Maker Creature Makes workshops will be taking place throughout the day. As you walk around the centre you collect different craft pieces in which you can take home and make. However at the end of the tour there is a craft zone where videos filmed exclusively for Sea Life are shown and you can make different sea creatures including a fish, shark and stingray to name a few. 

Mister Maker Event - National Sea Life Centre Birmingham


Mister Maker Event - National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

My favourite part of the Sea Life Centre is the 360 ocean tunnel which has just undergone a revamp and also reopened on the weekend. Firstly the entrance to the tunnel has changed, as you come out of the lifts the turtle area has been revamped. The tunnel though has had major improvements with new glass which is unscratched and the hand rails removed allowing more space for you to see all the animals above, around and below you. 

National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Sting Ray - National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Other new things spotted was a 'Behind The Scenes Tour' which sounds amazing. There have been some tank changes and some new additions including new jellyfish and some grown babies. 

Pregnant Sea Horse - National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

As always, Jack really enjoyed his visit to the Sea Life Centre and seeing all the sea creatures and telling us some facts about them. During this visit Isla was also a lot more interested in everything around  so it made it an even better day out. 

Otters - National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

You can find more information about the upcoming events, and book tickets over on Sea Life Birmingham, and don't forget under threes go free. 
National Sea Life Blogger Ambassador 2016

Please Note: We have family passes to the Sea Life as part of our Ambassador role however this does not influence any reviews.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Thomas & Friends Take n Play Jungle Quest- A Review

It’s no surprise that Jack is a huge Thomas fan, he was introduced to trains at a very young age and it’s always been something which has stuck with him – especially Thomas the Tank Engine. So recently when we were asked about joining #TeamThomas and reviewing the Take-n-Play Jungle Quest playset I couldn’t turn it down.


Take n Play Jungle Quest

This is just one of the many sets from the Take n Play Thomas & Friends Playset, and a new one to add to our collection here.
Upon arrival the initial box is compact and on first views the parts look daunting and like it will take a while. However, building the playset didn’t take very long at all and the instructions are very easy to follow. The track pieces are very bright encouraging a lot of interaction and there are some stickers to apply too for smaller details.


Take n Play Jungle Quest

When built the Jungle Playset offers a perfect size playset which offers a double sided play allowing your child, or multiple children to play all around and allow more imaginative play. There is also a lift which moves Thomas to higher play levels allowing him to race around the tracks. With three clicks you take Thomas up to the Gorilla and then it allows you to race away from him.


Take n Play Jungle Quest

Jack has loved all the different tracks and tunnels and has enjoyed attaching his other track he already has to make larger tracks. Since this playset has arrived it’s provided Jack with hours of fun.

Take n Play Jungle Quest

If your children are big fans of Thomas & Friends like Jack, they can also join in with Team Thomas. The focus is about celebrating the core values of friendship, teamwork and determination. Each week offers fun activities that everyone can enjoy to reinforce the positive values. You will also be helping power Thomas on his virtual journey to reach The Great Race – which will launch soon.

The Thomas & Friends Take n Play Jungle Quest currently has an RRP of £24.99 and is available at all good retailers.



 

Please Note: We were sent the Thomas and Friends Take n Play Jungle Quest for the purpose of this review, however all views and opinions are my own and not influenced in anyway.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Dog Care and the importance of Ticks Care.

‘Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.’ Roger Caras.

There has never been a moment in my whole life where we haven’t had pets, and more importantly we have never been without a dog. In fact, I couldn’t imagine life without a dog. Well I guess a little less dog hair lying around would be nice, but in all seriousness, I wouldn’t be without a dog.


Whenever a pet of ours has got ill or unfortunately passed I have always found it a hard thing to deal with. Pets really are family members, especially cats and dogs. Even the often simple things worry me, such as tick attachment. We lived by a large open green area and would often walk our dogs there and on a couple of occasions we found ticks attached to one of them and we had to fetch them out. It scared me as I knew even from a young age the importance of getting the entire tick out.

Recently there have been a number of reports within the UK of canine babesiosis which is a tick transmitted disease which can be fatal to dogs. I never knew about this before. There have been previous cases, however the dogs affected had recently travelled abroad. In the new cases, there has been a significant difference because the dogs hadn’t travelled outside of the UK, showing an infected population of ticks has become established within the UK.

As well as babesiosis there is Lyme disease which is also tick-borne illness, leading to serious complications if left untreated. Since 2009 cases within dogs has increased by more than 500%* meaning the risk simply cannot be ignored.

I always thought ticks were only found in large grass areas such as forests and heathland, however they aren’t. In fact they are very common in parks, urban playgrounds and even your back garden. Therefore, it’s important to check your pets regularly as well as yourself and children and take any necessary action.

You can help to protect your pets from ticks and fleas using FRONTLINE® Spot On monthly. It kills ticks within 48 hours of contact with your treated pet minimising the risk of tick-borne disease transmission.

Ticks are very scary creatures which can cause a whole range of problems for yourself and your pets, especially your dogs. It’s important to keep a regular check and take precautions to help, especially as they are becoming a lot more common.

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Top Tips for Helping Fussy Eaters

As an adult cooking for adults, it is rare that you will come across someone who simply refuses to eat what you cook. Attentive cooks will investigate any no-go foods for their guests and will then aim to prepare something that will please the taste buds. With children, however, they could love your lasagne one day and hurl it to the floor the next. So how can you conquer these situations? Let’s be clear though, fussy eaters are not those with dietary requirements. Too often this is confused and vegetarians, vegans, celiacs, those with a food intolerance etc. are seen as troublesome guests that are simply being too picky.

Helpful Hints

Emotions at the dinner table can get fraught, especially if your child thinks that they are being forced to eat something they have deemed not nice enough to eat. It’s all about playing the long game… The NHS gives the advice of not worrying too much about what your child eats in a day, or how much they consume each mealtime, but more on what they eat over the period of a week. Are they eating something from the four main food groups - milk and dairy products, starchy foods, fruit and vegetables and protein? If the answer is yes, and they are also active and still gaining weight, then there’s no need to worry. Eating together as a family is also important, along with all eating the same meal (even if there are a few variations here and there). Seeing you eating your food and enjoying it is encouragement for your little one to like mealtimes.

If your child refuses to eat, making a fuss about this will just exacerbate the situation. Simply take the food away without comment and try not to get too frustrated. No drama should lead to a life of no fuss! Also, children may be adamant that they hate a certain type of food but a month later will love it. It’s all about biding your time and re-introducing meals to keep testing the waters.

Portion size is another factor. This guide from Nutrition gives a detailed view of what foods your child needs to develop well as well as a guide to how much food you should be giving them. It also gives some helpful tips too:

Encourage new foods when your child is with friends. They are much more likely to try something new if their friends are doing it too. Involve your little one in meal prep – where it is safe to do so – so they can feel part of making the food they are about to eat. Feeling involved is a great way to increase interest levels in the meal.
Some children are quite slow eaters so don’t take this as a sign of dislike in the food you have prepared. Allow plenty of time for eating and be sure not to hurry them.

Your child has very little control in their lives so when it comes to what they will put in their mouths, they feel they can push the boundaries a little. This also means that you may have to ignore some bad behaviour in order to get to the end goal of finishing a meal or trying something unknown. Be kind to yourself by planning what meals to have ahead of time so you can pre-empt any fussy behaviour.

Tasting Party

You can make almost anything more interesting when you make a party out of it! Invite your child’s friends over for a tasting party. Surrounded by friends and the excitement of the activity, you are sure to introduce several new foods (or forgotten favourites) in a positive and welcoming environment. You can make little blindfolds to make a game out of the tasting party and to help teach the children about how strong their senses are when one is taken away.

For this type of party, you need a little more space than usual – as with most parties at home – so be sure to clear a big space around your dining room for the children to get at the food. If you have bi-fold doors, you can even open up the living room and dining room or even the kitchen and garden if the weather is nice. Placing food at different levels and on different surfaces will also increase the chances of more foods being tried.

You can also theme your day with a colour so that all the food is red, green or even a representation of the rainbow. St Patrick’s Day is a great excuse for offering up some greens! You can get really inventive too with green coloured smoothies and sweeties as well as a selection of fruit and veg to nibble on.

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