My Mummy's World

Friday, 30 September 2016

Protecting Against Fleas and Ticks with FRONTLINE Plus

Regular readers will know I’m a pet lover, especially a dog lover and if you follow me on social media, you will know we recently added two new puppies to the family, meaning we are now a household of three dogs. They have their own Instagram too.

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When you purchase or adopt a puppy and you go to the vets, or even from the breeders, you will be told a lot about treating for fleas and worms on a regular basis, but if you’re a new dog owner you may take this as the only thing to be wary of. In fact you need to be wary of ticks too. I’ve mentioned before about my worries with ticks and their dangers.

As for fleas, I’m not sure if you’ve ever had them on your pet or within your house, they are fairly common and having a flea infestation does not mean you have a dirty home, but they can be a complete pain to get rid of if not treated correctly.
Recently, leading flea and tick protection FRONTLINE® have launched a new product called FRONTLINE® Plus. This not only kills fleas and ticks on your pet but contains an additional active ingredient that stops flea eggs from hatching and larvae developing within the home. When applied every four weeks FRONTLINE Plus helps protect cats and dogs from both fleas and ticks*.

Having young children now I really don’t want to be dealing with fleas, and certainly don’t want ticks either so ensuring each of our dogs are protected is of great importance to me. My children absolutely love the dogs and can be found playing or cuddling them at least twice daily so anything can be quickly spread. However it doesn’t just take children to spread them around, new adult fleas simply hatch out from their cocoons, jump and soon breed.

Alongside the new product launch, a national roadshow is taking place where the FRONTLINE Plus House goes on tour raising awareness of the risks of fleas and ticks for your pets and your homes. They launched in the middle of Victoria station on September 1st and are now visiting 5 pet shows around the UK. To date the tour has included attendance at Paws in the Park, Kent and All About Dogs, Essex, with further appearances to be made at the following pet shows:

  • Family Pet Show, Manchester – 1st-2nd October
  • Discover Dogs, London – 22nd-23rd October
  • National Pet Show, Birmingham – 5th-6th November

The house features a typical living room and garden and encourages visitors to explore and take part in a flea and tick fact hunt. By doing so or sharing photos on social media (with hashtag #fleaticktour), you can receive instant rewards through a ‘lucky dip’. Also, by signing up to the free FRONTLINE treatment reminders pet owners have a chance to WIN a £1,500 pet-friendly Forest Holiday or one of five pet photo shoots worth £500!**

Post in collaboration with FRONTLINE

*Efficacy against ticks for up to 4 weeks in dogs and up to 2 weeks in cats. Minimum treatment interval is 4 weeks.
**T&Cs apply FRONTLINE® Plus contains fipronil and (S)-methoprene. Legal category: NFA-VPS (UK). FRONTLINE® is a registered trademark of Merial. For further information refer to the datasheet or contact Merial Animal Health Ltd, CM19 5TG, UK. ©Merial Ltd 2016. All rights reserved. Use medicines responsibly

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Fisher Price BeatBelle | A Review

Do you remember BeatBo from last year? BeatBo was named as one of the must have toys of Christmas 2015. I remember last year they quickly sold out, then they were being sold for ridiculous amounts on eBay. Well now there is a new kid in town, his sister! In the form of BeatBelle.

Fisher Price BeatBelle

I've mentioned before that both of my children absolutely love all things musical especially when they can control it themselves, so I knew BeatBelle would be a great addition to our family.

Fisher Price BeatBelle

BeatBelle arrives in a large box but is really simple to get out simply twisting three plastic screws underneath, and she comes with batteries so instant playing. There are three different playing modes which grow with your baby - Dance 'n Move, Learning and Games and Sing-Along.

Fisher Price BeatBelle

There are different songs within the modes which as your child gets older you can join in with such as freeze dance (you freeze when the music stops) and when Belle kindly tells you to jump up, clap your hands and such. But you can also just do your own moves along to the music whilst younger too. Along with the different modes you can also press her highly colourful tummy too and she will say a range of phrases.

Fisher Price BeatBelle

Our little BeatBelle has not only been a big hit with Isla but also with Jack too. Of course, he instantly found the record button and proceeded to say silly things into it then laughing when it repeated them, thats older boys for you!
Fisher Price BeatBelle

As well as the musical aspect BeatBelle encourages learning too in the form of introducing colours, letters, counting and music to your child as well as learning cause and effect too.

Fisher Price BeatBelle

We have loved BeatBelle and would definitely recommend her to others, shes very bright and robust. The tunes are actually quite catchy, you can take that as good or annoying but I don't mind them constantly being pressed when playing. I have found that Isla is able to press the buttons and play with this herself which is always a bonus whilst keeping her entertained afterwards too. Isla is just over 12 months now and enjoying both looking at the colours upon the screen as well as dancing along to the tunes, but there is still so much more she can get from this as she gets older such as the educational parts.

Fisher Price BeatBelle

BeatBelle is currently priced with an RRP of £39.99, but is often on discounts at various locations. Along with BeatBelle, you can still purchase BeatBo and there is also BeatBowWow added to the collection too.

Please Note: I received this product in exchange for an honest and impartial review however all words and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Disney Vinyl Tsum Tsum | A Review

I love Disney, always have and when I had children I was certain I would get them into Disney too and much to my excitement they are Disney fans too. One selection of merchandise we love together are Tsum Tsums. We are big Tsum Tsum fans here, I say we I think its more me. If your not aware of what Tsum Tsums are, firstly where have you been hiding? But they are stack able toys, originating from Japan.

We have been collecting Tsum Tsum's for a while now having a collection of plush and squishes. We completed our entire collection of squishes before I was introduced to vinyls, however at the time they were only available within the US. That is until recently, when the vinyls arrived into stores within the UK.

Disney Vinyl Tsum Tsum

Already, I can hear my bank balance screaming because yep these are probably going to be heading into our collection soon enough, in fact I've already been thinking stocking fillers.

Disney Vinyl Tsum Tsum

The vinyl Tsum Tsums are available in pack sizes of 2, 3 and 9. Recently we were sent a 3 pack and 9 pack from Jakks Pacific and we couldn't wait to open them and see which we had. The 3 pack includes on small, one medium and one large tsum, which the 9 pack has 3 of each size in, of which one medium is a mystery. Like many children Jack loves watching blind bag openings on YouTube so his favourite initially was the mystery tsum in the 9 pack. 

These vinyl tsums are possibly one of my favourite ranges, I love the stack able sizes of 3 and also how they are a hard plastic, meaning they should withstand more play if your letting them play with them of course. Although the small ones are easy to loose, stacked up they look so cute. Within each set you get a collectors card, so you can keep track of which tsums you have already and which you need. 

Disney Vinyl Tsum Tsum

We love stacking the individual characters, mixing them up and having them on display. Jack often uses them to include in play with other toys too and takes them a drive in his toy cars or just takes them with him when we go out. As they are small they are easy enough to transport around wherever we go to.

The full collection of characters can be seen here. The 3 pack is available with an RRP of £4.99 and the 9 pack has an RRP of £14.99. 

Please Note: I received the above product packs in exchange for an honest review all views and opinions are my own and not influenced in any way. 


Its Wednesday again, don't the weeks just fly past or is that just for me?
My second full week this week, and I have to admit I kind of hoped for more but I'm coming in with a loss of 2.4lbs.

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I do have to keep telling myself slow and steady wins this race, but I'm also the kind of person who expects it all off in an instant.
So yes this week, I had a fairly good week we went out on the weekend as usual and I made the best choices I could which obviously helped. But loosing a little each week means my skin can return normally, I hope

My fitbit week wasn't as impressive starting off well at the weekend, but not getting as much in during the week. If your on fitbit we could share our journeys, it may actually encourage me, my profile link is here

This week, I also have something exciting to announce, I've teamed up with Sim's Life to bring you the #WeightLossWednesday linky back so we can all share our weight loss journey together. When I began my journey I thought Wednesday was the perfect day before discovering the linky. After speaking with Beth and Sim, we decided to bring it back to all join together so I really hope you find it useful and manage to join in with us.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Bedtime Routine with Bepanthen #BepanthenBedtimeChallenge

Bedtimes, always something in which people talk about when they have children, recently we decided to take up the #BepanthenBedtimeChallenge with Bepanthen. The challenge is for us to share our bedtime routine and evening nappy change experiences with you whilst using Bepanthen nappy care ointment helping prevent the causes of nappy rash. 

Isla started sleeping through the night from an early age, until around 9 months and she's woke at least once most nights for milk, having a quick drink and going back to sleep. Her nappy remains on for the whole evening though as she wakes early into her sleep. 
When she first started sleeping through she would occasionally wake up with a sore bottom, we used some creams bepanthen infact. But then we stopped when it cleared up, but shes recently started getting her molars and when teething I always prefer to use a nappy ointment to help protect her from nappy rash. 

Bedtime Essentials

As for our bedtime routine, every other night the children have a bath, they both have delicate skin so it works best to stop it drying out. Following their bath we get into pyjamas, have a story and into bed. When getting Isla ready for bed, I apply a thin layer of Bepanthen nappy ointment to help protect her before placing her nappy and pyjamas on. She has a story with Jack before going into her own bed and having milk before sleeping. 

By using the Bepanthen as part of our bedtime routine, Isla's bottom has been less red, and she seems much more comfortable in her nappies when waking. Bepanthen is very pleasant with no hidden nasties. 

Bedtime Essentials

Our Bedtime Essentials
Story Book
Bepanthen Nappy Ointment
Baby Wipes

Bepanthen form's a breathable and transparent layer which protects even the most delicate of skin against the causes of nappy rash. Not only does the ointment help protect your baby's bottom, it also cares for it with pro-vitamin B5 gently aiding the natural revovery of babies skin. 

This post is an entry for #BepanthenBedtimeChallenge, sponsored by Bepanthen. Learn more at or

Monday, 26 September 2016

Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game | A Review

Tiny Love is a fairly well known brand, and one in which I've purchased from with both children. There large play mat is one of my favourite ever purchases. So recently when asked if we would like to review for them I knew it would be a well loved toy. Upon looking at the website I wasn't sure if they would be of much use to Isla now as most are aimed at babies. However we received this Musical Stack & Ball Game, and its been one of Islas favourite toys to play with.

Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game

Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game

The game combines two classic baby games - stacking and ball play and has many different play options depending on the age of your child. A younger child will possibly be more interested in the balls provided shaking them around and developing their sense of sound. Then when they get older, placing the ball into the space provided and waiting for it to return at the lower end. Even placing the ball within the hole can be advanced further. 
Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game

Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game

Initially you can use the elephants head as a funnel which fits over and directs the ball, when they get older they can further develop their skills by removing the elephant head showing just the smaller space and placing it within there. As the ball goes down it lights up and plays a sound teaching you child about cause and effect too. 

Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game

Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game

Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game

As well as this, there is also the stacking aspect of the toy. You can remove the elephant head, then the rings from below. You get two solid rings and two which are soft which act as hands and feet and have velcro meaning you can fasten together too. 

Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game

Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game

Isla has enjoyed all aspects of this toy and I'm so glad we took the chance as even at just over 12 months she is having so much enjoyment from this. 
I feel this is a great development toy as you can learn so many new skills to develop your child further from just this single toy. 

Tiny Love Musical Stack & Ball Game

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

Friday, 23 September 2016

Enjoying Family Meal Times #WeanTeam

Eating together as a family is something I love doing, although now Jack is at school this has become a little difficult. Meal times we all spend together enjoying our food together and talking about our days, most of the time. Since Jack has started school and both children are back into their earlier sleeping pattern the children eat together whilst I eat a little later. However I still sit with them at the table to enjoy the time together. 

But sometimes life gets in the way when we are busy with work or keeping on top of everything else, family meals can easily get forgotten. Recently HiPP Organic conducted research and found that when it comes to family meal times, almost 90% of parents said it was important. However, only 25% actually manage to sit down and eat together 1-2 times a week. They also found that The British roast dinner came out as a firm family favourite (42%), with curry (15%) and pasta dishes (13%) closely following behind. 

I'm actually not surprised that roast dinner came out on top, its one almost all families seem to sit and eat together, and it one of our favourites here too, followed by anything containing pasta. 
HiPP Organic Tray Meals

HiPP Organic tray meals fit in perfect with family meal times, as sometimes you want your child to have something quick or not as spicy as what your having and with the quick meals from HiPP you can still all enjoy family meal times. They are healthy and nourishing with the right tastes and textures to encourage progression to eating the same as everyone at the table. Also, HiPP Organic are the only brand who offer pasta shapes (zoo animals, alphabet and numbers). Also offering unique 'Ristorante La Mamma' range of traditionally rolled and layered meals. Once HiPP's recipes are approved, tested and tested again the finished product goes through 260 quality controls in state-of-the-art laboratories before being approved to carry the HiPP label. You can always be assured with HiPP your child is getting the best of the best. You can see more about HiPP and their approach to farming here.

Do you enjoy family meal times together? Whats your favourite meal to enjoy together?