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For my little's girls first Christmas i didn't quite know what to get her with her only being 3 months old. So i trawled amazon to find the best baby toys and this is where i met Sophie the giraffe
As i discovered Sophie on amazon this is where i made my purchase, i paid £7.32 for it but its currently selling on amazon for £9.99 and can be bought at other toy and baby retailers too for about the same price.
Sophie the giraffe comes in a blister pack with clear packaging, a little boring but at least its minimalistic and doesn't have a million twisty ties. There is also a gift version of Sophie which comes in more exciting packaging making it more appealing to those who are giving it as a gift (and i do think this is a great gift for babies first Christmas or a christening). Inside is a cute little book telling you the history and the story behind Sofie the giraffe which is a lovely little touch.
Upon opening Sophie i could immediately smell the rubber and i handed it over to my little girl who was 3 months at the time, she wasn't even slightly interested but now at 4 and a half months she enjoys holding on to the legs and having a good old chew of Sophie's ears. I think she will get plenty of use out of this as there is no wearing down of the rubber where she has been chewing and no colour fading either.
The giraffe claims to be made for natural rubber but i honestly would really know what natural rubber would feel, smell or taste like so I'm not quite sure how believable this is. To me though Sophie has the taste of a dentists glove (yes i had to have a try).
I think Sophie the giraffe is a little strange looking but i think that could be because the design has not changed since it was made in 1961 so does look a little old fashioned but it works well (i learnt this thanks to the little story which came with Sophie)
Sophie has been a big hit with both me (epically because of my love of giraffes) and my little girl and Sophie's added squeaky sound always gets a little giggle from her. Its nice, simple and tick all the boxes for a teething baby.
Having recently visited cannon hall farm i thought i would write my review while our day out is still fresh in my mind.
Living in Yorkshire (west) we found there are lots of days out and things to do with the kids around here (and having 3 we need to keep them busy) so having had a few friends recommended cannon hall for a day out we thought we would give it a try.
We visited in the month of January (not such a wise idea) on a Saturday and we expected it to be a little busy with it being a weekend but was hoping it would be quieter than the summer months.
Cannon hall farm is about 5 miles west of Barnsley and is in an area of Barnsley called Cawthorne. We were traveling from just outside Leeds and it took us about 25 minutes to get there in good traffic, there's some lovely views of the scenery too on the way.
When we arrived at about 11am we were greeted by a very nice young lady who directed us where to go and also took the parking payment off us (£3 but it can be redeemed back if you spend over £10 in the cafe). There was about a 3 min walk from the car park to the entrance area but we decided our first stop would be the cafe as we were all very hungry.
We were a party of 3 adults and 3 children (Littlest wasn't eating tho being only 4 months old and asleep). Upon first impression the cafe was clean, airy and well presented. There were lots of places to sit and plenty of space for a pram to be pushed around without dragging chairs behind you and having to ask people to move which is great as this is so rare now-a-days. We sat down at a nice window seat and started to look over the menu. Me and my mum decided to have something off the breakfast menu (which was available till 11.30 so we just caught it), we both settled on sausage, bacon and poached egg on toast (without the egg for me though) which was priced at £4.95 and my lovely hubby had a sausage and cheese pannini and chips priced at £6.50. The boys also had a sausage roll each which was £1.75. We didn't think the food was too badly priced but when going up to buy the food we discovered the price of the drinks. £1.50 for a bottle of coke and £1.10 for a small fruit shoot which i thought were very overpriced. We waited about 20mins for our food and it was served to our table.
It was very yummy and you could tell it had been made with good quality ingredients. We all thoroughly enjoyed our meals despite the rather large price tag so next we decided to hit the farm.
We found the entrance just around the corner from the cafe and paid to get in. The prices vary during different seasons (and school holidays) but it was £4.95 for the adults and our 4 year old but was free for under 3's so not bad price for a day out. We walked around and our first stop was some rabbits, the lady there got one out so the boys could have a stroke (of the rabbit) which they really enjoyed. Then next door there was a pretend milking parlour where you can have a go at milking a (pretend) cow, again the boys thought this was great fun. We moved on through the rest of the farm and found there was lots to animals and barns to be explored. From little piglets to lamas and turkeys. We spend a good hour and a half walking round looking at all the different animals and even giving a few a pet (even if 1 lama decided the husbands coat was going to be lunch). The only slight downside was that it was slightly smelling but then you would come to expect that from a farm.
We then discovered there was going to be ferret racing and everyone got a free bet on 1 of the 4 ferrets and surprisingly ours won but we didn't have the winning ticket which was a free entry to the farm to use in the future. There are lots of play areas for different ages of children to so that was our next stop. Sadly thought we didn't get long there until the heavens opened and it started to pour down but the boys loved the little time they got to have a run around.
We decided to take shelter in the local gift/toy shop which was nothing special really, it had the usual pens with names on and over priced cuddly toys but it was dry and that's all that really mattered to us at the time. With the rain still pouring down we then went into the farm shop next door which was better. They sold all different meats, hams and pies, we treated ours selves to some specialty sausages and also some very nice looking pork steaks (which we still have yet to eat), we also got the boys a little chocolate bunny each. I was surprised to get change from a £10 note as it came to about £8 for everything so a good price for quality meat.
With the rain just getting worse we thought we had better head for home which we were very disappointed about as we felt we could have spent a little longer looking round and my mum and I were looking forward to going to check on the piglets before going but it wasn't to be. We made a mad dash for the car but all got soaked so this put a slight downer on the day but it was kind of my fault choosing to go in January of all months. We stuck the heating on in the car and headed home (slightly on the wet side)
We all really enjoyed our day out and the boys were soon asleep in the car home. I would love to go back again in the spring to see the baby lambs. The only advice I would give is this. . . Take your own drinks and maybe a picnic too if the weather is fine. A really good day out for all the family.
I would rather give 4.5 stars for poor pricing but i don't think it should loose a whole star for this so from me and my family a 5 star day out.
Lush dream cream claims to be their number 1 lush product and I can really see why. Lush is one of my favorite skin care companies as their products are very natural and also great for my super sensitive skin. Most (if not all) of their products are vegan friendly, made of only natural ingredients and NOT tested on animals which is a big plus for me.
On a trip to meadow hall in Sheffield (one of our locals) we popped in lush in the hopes to find something new for me to try. After having my little girl 4 months ago its left the skin on my belly very dry and having tried a few other creams and them not working I thought I would see if lush had anything. If you've ever been in lush you'll know how lovely and helpful the staff are and I approached a member of staff and she was more than happy to help when I explained my dry skin problem and also my very sensitive skin.
She told me about dream cream and how its one of their best selling products and its great for the most delicate of skin. Lush shops usually have sample pots in so you can try before you buy, so she handed a sample of the dream cream over and let me smell, feel and use the cream before I bought it. After using it on my hands it felt lovely and smooth and I really wanted to give it a go on my belly too. The price tag was quite steep at £11.25 for a 240g pot but it was a Christmas present off other half to he didn't mind paying it (thankfully).
I had to wait until Christmas day for my cream but was looking forward to unwrapping it and using it. Christmas day came and I first used my cream on my hands after washing the mountain of pots and they felt instantly refreshed. My skin is always its driest straight after coming out the shower so that night I put it to the test on my baby belly . . . and it worked wonders, the dry skin went and thankfully hasn't returned since i started using the cream about 3 weeks ago now (about 3 times a week on my belly and once a day on my hands).
It comes in a black pot with a screw lid and has quite plain packaging but this is lush' style. Lush dream cream doesn't have the most exciting of smells, maybe a of hint lavender and its also quite a dull colour, but that doesn't bother me if it means ill be getting all natural ingredients. The texture is also nothing too exciting but its doesn't leave my hands greasy or sticky after applying it and i can really tell a difference for a few hours (and hand washes) after putting it on.
I really can see why this is a best seller as its done wonders for my skin and belly and i think my search is finally over for finding a cream that my bank balance, skin and hands all agree with.
I bought my Bumbo back in 2009 just after my first son was born. Not thinking much of it and that it would probably be quite gimmicky i put it away until we was old enough to use it. When he was about 3 and a half months i pulled it out to give it a go and was pleasantly surprised.
He was at a good age to start using it and spent about 20mins in it on his first sitting and he really seemed to enjoy it. He spent a lot of time in his bumbo over the next 6 months until he outgrew it at about 9 months of age when it was put away for baby no.2 and has now come back into our lives again and is seating our daughter (baby no.3).
The bumbo comes in 3 colours, green, pink and blue (we had the blue one), we got it from boots and paid £29.99 for it but it now retails at about £39.99. You can also but a little tray that clips onto the front of the bumbo which costs about £10 but this is something we have never bought. It is made from a foam like material and is very light and easy to carry about.
Because the bumbo is suitable from such a small age i found it great when weaning baby when they need to be sat up to eat their first solids as a normal high chair just doesn't provide enough support when they are so tiny. This is where i found my one and only problem with the bumbo, because of the foam like material i found some foods do stain the chair (like spag bol) and things do get very messy when weaning a baby but the chair is very easy to clean (i always give it a once over with some anti bacterial spray after meal times).
Another slight downside to the bumbo is a few times both boys managed to kick themselves out of it so for this reason I've only ever put them in it when i've been within arms reach and never on a raised surface. I think the new bumbos are fitted with a safety belt to prevent this though.
My daughter has just turned 3 months and once again i've got the bumbo chair out of storage (the only baby item we had of that's lasted all 3 of our children and that's a pretty good achievement) and she loves being able to sit unaided without me or hubby holding her but yet still supported.
A very good product and gets a very BIG thumbs up from me and all 3 of my little monkeys.
Being the very proud owner of a maxi cosi pebble i thought i would share my opinion of this great little car seat. When i was about 6 months pregnant with baby number 3 i knew i would have to buy a car seat pretty soon as they are a necessity when having a baby that will be in and out of a car. Having had maxi cosi car seats for my previous 2 children i didn't hesitate to start looking for another one.
I first bought my pram (a mothercare movix) and checked which car seats were compatible with it. There were a few on the list but the maxi cosi cabriofix and the pebble were on there so that was the final ticked box on the buying that pram. I then started my hunt for a car seat.
Having had 2 children before i knew my little girl wouldn't be in it long (maybe 9/12 months or so) and also wanting to save a little cash i didn't mind looking at refurbished ones on eBay. At first i didn't have a particular one in mind but after seeing the red ( they come in different colours too like pink, black, grey blue and neutral) i fell in love as it also matched my red pram. I bought it on eBay (a refurb) for £70 but the RRP is about £125 and is sold on amazon and also other baby retailers. It was £80 very well spent but i would recommend shopping about for one as you can usually get one slightly cheaper the the RRP.
My car seat arrived in great condition and i was very pleased with my first impression. My little girls first trip in the pebble was her trip home from hospital. She looked very snug and safe in the car seat and the head hugger is a great feature for small babies too. The seat has a 5 point harness which is a must for any car seat and also has a cushion which can be removed when baby gets bigger. The car seat is really easy and simple to use and really has no bad points for me. It has a handy little storage compartment at the back (where i keep the instruction manual) and is very easy to get in and out of the car too. Another feature is the fact is fits on most prams and comes off at the touch of a button (the little grey circles on the sides of the car seat). You can also get isofix with the car seat but your car has to be compatible but this is something we didn't end up buying as just thought of it as another cost (although it can be very handy to have).
I think a slight downside to the pebble is it isn't so easy to clean, Our little girl can be a little sickly at times and I've found it doesn't come out of the fabric very easily as the cover doesn't some off so cannot be put in the washing machine. Weight wise its not too bad on its own but once baby is in it can be quite heavy, me being only tiny i do sometimes struggle to carry the car seat but thankfully i usually have my hunky hubby on hand to carry the car seat.
I really would recommended this car seat for any new parent and i feel very confident putting my little princess in it with no concerns for her safety whatsoever. I've always had maxi cosi car seats for all my children and wouldn't think twice about buying one again.
Having always wanted a pair of uggs these first my first pair and really made me fall in love the with ugg Australia brand. Here's my review of my lovely ugg boots.
Christmas 2012 and my father in law asks me what do i want for my present. We went out shopping in hunt of something for me and came across a shoe shop selling uggs. With no intention of buying we went in for a look anyway. They had several pairs of ugg boots for sale ranging from about £180 to £60.
These particular ones were £90, on offer, which is a great price but they usually retail for about £200. I tried on a few pairs but had a little trouble with sizes. For my size (5'0) i have huge feet (size 6) but ugg boot sizes are very strange and go up in half sizes, so after trying on a size, 6.5, 7.5 and 8.5 i got to a size 9.5 and they were a perfect fit.
The ones i have are slightly lighter in colour, than the ones pictured and the sole is more of a beige than a brown. They have a lace up detail at the back and a sheepskin lining inside and color round the top. They are very comfortable on and keep my feet lovely and toasty, even in the coldest weather. 1 slight disadvantage is that they are made from suede and sheepskin on the outside so not so great for rainy days, I've been caught out in the rain wearing them and my feet were kept dry but the rain did the materials no favours. My other flaw with these boots is that the ends of the laces on the back has to be tied up and with them being a thick material they come undone all the time and I'm forever having to stop to tie them up.
These are a really fab pair of boots and look great teemed up with some skinny jeans, a t-shirt and hoody (my favourite look). 12 months down the line they are still in great condition and i can see them lasting for another good 2 years (thats if i can hold off buying too many other pairs). Super comfy and warm for those cold winter days, all in all a great pair of boots.
Upon a trip to toys r us a few years ago we came across these tomy hide and squeak eggs. Being only £5 we thought they would be a nice little treat for our boy who was 12months at the time and wouldn't break the bank but still keep him happy for 5 minutes. We brought them there and then and home they came. I see these all the time online and in shops for sale for around the £4/£8 mark 4 years after we bought it so they must be popular.
The toy came in a cardboard box and a little bit of plastic wrapping on the inside which was great as there were non of them silly twisty ties or screw drivers needed to get it out of the box. I handed the toy to my son and opened it up for him. The yellow box which holds the eggs is shaped like a traditional egg box. There are 6 eggs on the inside the box, each one with a different colour chick on the inside. They each have a little egg shaped lid and also a different shape (heart, square, star etc) on the bottom of where they sit in the box. Not forgetting mine and my sons favorite feature, the squeak when the chicks are pushed down.
Being only 12 months at the time he wasn't really able to play with this on his own so i sat with him a while and showed him what to do and how it worked. The box says for 12 months and up and i would fully agree with this. He wasn't yet able to put the right shaped eggs in the holes but enjoy putting the tops off and on and also loved the squeak.
My little angel is now 4 and a half and him and his younger brother have a set each as 1 was brought as a gift and because they are so good and cute i cant bring myself to get rid of one. My youngest son is 2 and still enjoys putting the right shapes in the holes and its also a great toy for teaching him about his shapes and colours. The boys have a toy kitchen too and the eggs are often used in making all sorts of concoctions in there.
There isn't anything fancy to this toy and i think that's what makes it so great, it doesn't take batteries and make silly amounts of noise. Its so simple but has so much play value and is still going strong after nearly 4 years of play.
I received this as a gift for my birthday from my lovely hubby after smelling a sample in boots and mentioning I liked it (man points for him remembering). With it being a gift I'm not too sure where he got it or how much he paid but it can still be bought in boots and other perfume shops and retails at about £17- £25. Not a bad price for perfume although for some reason I do find celebrity fragrances sell for less.
Upon opening the wrapping paper I was greeted by a nice silver box with the writing Purr by Katy Perry. The perfume only comes in one size, 50ml which is what I got. I opened up the silver box and the bottle is shaped like a cat (very cute) and it is purple in colour. It also has a heart around its neck and to spray you . . . pull the head off!
To apply the bottle just has a standard push spray and not one of the annoying pour ones. As I couldn't wait to try my new perfume I sprayed my wrists with a few squirts and rubbed it in. The smell was just right, not too overpowering but just the right strength. The perfume smells quite sweet and fruity to me and it a really nice girly fragrance.
Vanilla Orchid, White Amber, Creamy Sandalwood, Skin Musk
Peach Nectar, Green Bamboo, Forbidden Apple, Gardenia
Jasmine Blossom, Pink Freesia, Bulgarian Rose
Before going out I put the perfume on again just to make sure I smelt extra nice. After an hour or so I stopped noticing the smell but Hubby said he could still smell it after a few hours. At the end of the evening the smell had pretty much worn off (about 5 hours) which is a shame as it's a really great fragrance but doesn't seem to have as long as lasting power as some of my other perfumes.
I now use this as a day to day perfume because when going out I like to wear something I know I'll still be able to smell on myself at the end of the night but this is a great perfume at a great price in a very cute bottle, it's just a shame it doesn't last a little longer
Living in a house with 3 messy men (2 of which are under 5) we go through A LOT of wipes.
When it comes to baby wipes I'm not brand loyal but will just buy whichever is on offer, the cheapest or which is in stock at the time. We bought these from Tesco on our weekly shop for 99p but they usually retail at about £1.60 per pack.
They came in a cream pack with a picture of a rather cute little baby on the front and claim to be as "gentle as cotton wool and water". There's 64 wipes per pack which will last us about 4 days. There is also nothing on the pack about being suitable for newborns but I prefer to use cotton wool ad water for the first month on tiny bums anyway.
The wipes themselves are about the right "wetness" not as dry as a towel but not dripping wet either. They smell quite chemically which I don't like and have little pictures of teddy bears on them (nice touch). To me huggies wipes feel different to most other wipes as the tear very easily and almost feel like thick wet paper. When the pack is left open to they do dry out very quickly but there is a peel back lid on the wipes so I find they stay moist with the lid covering them.
Baby wipes are great to have around the house and I use them to clean lots of different things but the most use they have is messy hands after meal times and nappy changes. Now for the not so nice part. My youngest is still in nappies and has a lot of not so nice poopy ones and I find these do take 1 or 2 more to clean his bum than other brands, he doesn't really have delicate skin but these wipes have never irritated him. As for messy hands and faces they do a great job of getting orange spag bol stains of faces and deep blue paint from under nails.
Other things I use these for are wiping over dirty shoes, mopping spills up on the sofa and floors, cleaning up after arts and crafts, cleaning the inside of the car, cleaning mucky fingerprints off my phone and many other things. They really are very handy to have around the house and never fail to let me down.
These are fairly good wipes but I do not like the fact they tear so easily. But they leave hands clean and bums soft so they can't be all that bad.
We bought this in the hot week we like to call summer last year from our local toys r us for £29.99. It's still sold there now and can be bought at some other leading toy shops and also online too (think Amazon, eBay). Not wanting to spend a fortune as we didn't think it would see much use thanks to the British weather this suited our budget and also our boys.
The one we have is a different colour to the one pictured with it being green, blue, red and purple which are great colours for both boys and girls. Some assembly is required but all it needed doing was the legs clipping on which was very easy and was done in a matter of seconds, they come off easily which is great for storage too. It's spilt into 2 sections, 1 for water and 1 for sand and it also comes with 4 moulds which fit into 4 pockets on the corners of the table.
We bought a bag of sand form Tesco (can't remember how much but it was no more than £5) on our way home from toys r us and set it up in the garden. We poured the sand in one side and filled the other with water. At this point we didn't have any other toys for the table but I would really recommend buying some as we did at a later date.
The boys played with the table for a good hour before getting bored. It was a great height for them both at 1 and 3 and still is now they have grown an extra few inches. Afterwards emptying it was easy enough as both the sides just lift out so we poured the water down the drain and left the sand (what was left of it anyway) and closed the lids ready for the next sunny day.
As we don't have a shed in our back garden we put it neatly in the corner out the way and hoped that would be enough. Thankfully the next day was sunny again and out it came, BUG AND RAIN FREE! This time though we didn't fill the other side with water as we found the sand and water got really mixed up and messy the previous day so just went with sand this time but have since filled it with just water and the boys always have just as much fun.
Over the winter it has lasted really well, we bought a plastic sheet to go over the top and emptied out the sand when the weather started to get cooler. When I came to get it out this summer a lot of rain had gotten into it (even with the plastic sheet) and also quite a few bugs but it was nothing a bowl of soapy water couldn't sort out. It was very easy to clean and looked as good as new when I was done. The colour has lasted very well too and there are no signs of fading from it being in the sun.
This was (and still is) a great sand and water table for a good price too. It lasts well, is a great height and I cannot find any flaws with it. If possible I would recommend keeping it in a shed though as the rain/bug cleaning job isn't so much fun and also buying some sand and water toys but this really is a must for any garden with children.
I bought this from Tesco for Christmas (2012) for the bargain price of 1p (there was an error and they actually sold it to me for 1p) so needless to say I was very impressed with the initial price. I cannot say I've see it in the shops recently but I'm sure it's out there somewhere, it retails at about £10.
It was given as a Christmas present to the boys but after reading some reviews I thought I would put it away for a sunny day when it can be played with in the garden (and I'm glad I did). It comes in an orange and black stripped box which cannot be seen into so you're not 100% sure what your buying. It comes with 1 toy digger, 1 rock and pylon mold, 1 shovel, 1 roller, 1 brick mold, a construction worker, a play mat and 2 280g bags of moon sand (which are dark grey and light grey in colour).
With it being a lovely sunny day today I thought what better than to pull out the moon sand set. Having never played with or used moon sand before the boys eagerly awaited as I pulled everything out the box and began to set up. It comes with a play mat which isn't huge but does the job so I put it down on the floor (in the garden). Following the instructions I tried to put the digger together, the wheels went on pretty easy but the rest of the pieces were a nightmare (there's a roof, roller and digger part). None of them stayed on the digger so I gave up and let the boys loose on it.
They are 2 and 4 (it does say ages 3 and up on the box but I don't always follow these guidelines) but I would recommend it for maybe a 5 year old and up. At first they got slight enjoyment out of it, Taylor (my oldest) played with the digger running it through the sand and I sat with Ashton (my youngest) and helped him shape it into the molds. It does hold together quite well and is sort of like sand and play doh mixed together. I would really recommend waiting for a warm day to play with this in the garden as it is very messy and I can imagine being awful to get out the carpet.
I set it up about 25 mins ago now and I can safely say the boys are bored of it, the moon sand is mostly now squished into the grass, patio and some trodden into the kitchen floor. The digger is now being ridden down the slide and I have no idea where the rest of the pieces have ended up.
They would have probably got more play out of it if they were older but I wouldn't say much more. Having this being our first experience with moon sand I think I can say it will also be our last. The moon sand set is poorly and cheaply made, the pieces don't fit together and it makes a real mess.
My oldest son got some vouchers for ELC (early learning centre) from his grandma for Christmas. We got them just before Christmas so thought it would be nice to get him something from her and wrap it and give it to him on Christmas morning.
We went to our local ELC and at the time my son was 21 months old so not really old enough to pick something himself. We had a look around and decided on the happyland lift off rocket and also the moon buggy set (which cannot be bought anymore at ELC) for £30, £20 for the rocket and £10 for the moon buggy. The rocket we bought is slightly different from the one pictured as it doesn't have the sliver squares on the door but apart from that they are identical. ELC have also changed to look of the rocket a few times since we bought ours so there are different versions of it out there.
It came in a concealed box and I couldn't see through the packaging but had a quick peek in the box to make sure everything was there. It comes with 2 astronauts, an astronaut dog, a little moon buggy, a green alien and a crater.
It wasn't immediately played with on Christmas day but was opened soon after. We set everything up and thankfully unlike some toys didn't take any assembly (apart from the doors, I will explain more later). Taylor set about playing with it but it didn't take long for him to get bored, he enjoyed the red lights at the bottom of the rocket and the countdown sounds when he pressed the button but at just 21 months he didn't really have an imagination so there wasn't much else he could do with it. It was a good size for his age thought and he didn't struggle with the figures but the rocket was a little heavy for him.
The rocket has 3 "rooms" the top one is like a cockpit which can fit the 2 astronauts. The middle one is like little home with a bed which lifts up and has a toilet underneath and also a little kitchen at the back. The bottom one is where the moon buggy fits. The doors all open and this is where the huge problem is for me. They come off very easily, i think they are made so they can be clipped back on but they just come off all the time during play and both my boys get frustrated with this as they cannot put them back on themselves so i get asked A LOT to fix these doors back on.
Now Taylor and his little brother (Ashton) are now older at 4 and 2 (and a half) the toy gets played with a lot more than when they were younger. The toy is still going although it does have a few scratches it isn't one of their favourites but will get the half an hour's fun rooming it round the front room.
Overall a good toy from a good brand but the doors really let it down.
Thankfully I don't suffer with heartburn to often but for those of you have had it you will know first hand its not a pleasant feeling. I've gone through 2 pregnancies and I'm now on my third and towards the end of every one I've suffered terribly with heartburn. I'm now 29 weeks through my third pregnancy and the heartburn is back.
On a recent trip to Tesco, having suffered heartburn for the previous 2 evenings I thought it was time to pick up some Rennie, so I hit the pharmaceutical isle. There were a few different Rennie's, peppermint, spearmint, orange and ice. Having used peppermint in the past I thought I would stick to what I know. It set me back £4.50 for 72 tablets (works out at about 6p per tablet) which should hopefully last me till the end of my pregnancy (fingers crossed). Pretty good value too.
Later on that evening after a nice big meal I could feel the heartburn creeping up so I grabbed a glass of full fat milk in the hopes it would ease it off (I always try natural remedies before hitting the hard stuff) but after an hour it was still there. The recommend dose it 2 tablets but I thought I would start with one.
It comes in a foil packet with 12 tablets on each one. The tablets are square and white in colour with Rennie written on them. I opened them up and could straight away smell a minty sent coming from them. It says suck or chew them on the back of the packaging so I set about chewing one. They are defiantly peppermint flavour but also taste quite chalky and leave a funny coating in your month and teeth. The perfect description of Rennie for me is edible toothpaste.
While I do find they work it's not really a long lasting relief, maybe an hour or so but you can take up to 10 in a day so could use them every couple of hours or so if you're prone to heartburn in the evenings like me.
A big added bonus is the fact they can be taken in pregnancy as most of you will know there is not a lot of medicines pregnant women can take so it's great these have been made for just about everyone (except under 12's). They also have a pretty long shelf life (mine last until April 2015) but I cant see mine being around that long.
While I don't find them to be the best at reliving heartburn they are great because of the fact they can be taken during pregnancy and when the glass of milk fails these are always the next thing I reach for.
For this review I'm writing about Avon's naturals kids amazing apple shampoo and conditioner as they have recently had a face lift on their children's bath range.
I've used a lot of Avon toiletries and make up and the children's bath range is one of my favourites. For those of you who don't know, Avon is a catalogue company where a catalogue full of goodies gets delivered through your door. You then order from an Avon representative (or Avon lady) and it then gets delivered to your door, FREE OF CHARGE!
The Avon children's bath range good value for money and is quite often on a 2 for 1 or BOGOF offers. On this occasion I paid £1.50 for the shampoo, so cheaper than most children's hair shampoos sold in shops. The bottle is yellow and orange in colour with a picture of a winking apple on the front. It also looks like it has legs and is very child friendly looking.
I buy this quite often and always stock up when we run out as I find it to be a very good product. I have 2 boys who both have very different hair types. My oldest has thick and quite curly blonde hair where as my youngest has fine (but lots of it), straight brown hair and this shampoo and conditioner works wonders on both hair types.
The shampoo claims to be amazing apple flavour but it doesn't really smell much like apples, is does however have a very nice fruity sent to it and is green in colour. The smell also stays on my boys hair usually until the next day after washing it which is great when living with 2 smelly boys.
When using the shampoo I wet the boys hair as much as possible and pour it out onto my hand first. It has a flip top lid and comes out very easily. It is quite thick and gloopy and lathers up really well on their hair. It is also very easy to rinse out and comes out of the hair with a few jug full's of water and doesn't leave a residue on the hair either.
I've never had any complaints for the boys about the shampoo and its also very kind on my oldest eczema as a lot of products do cause it to flare up but this isn't one of them. It keeps their hair looking soft and clean and smelling great too.
A great children's shampoo and conditioner at a very good price.
The step 2 custom kitchen is a great addition to any toy collection. This was bought back in 2010 when my oldest son was 17 months old. It was a Christmas present for my little boy from his grandad and we first saw it in toys r us, my father in law paid £99 for it (it now retails at about £130 and can still be bought in a few good toy shops). It also comes with 2 bowls, 2 plates, 2 pans and lids, 2 cups, 2 forks, 2 knives, salt and pepper shakers and a working toy phone.
They bought it out in a huge box from the back of the shop and me and my husband struggled to get it in the back of our ford mondeo (which had quite a large boot). We had to take it out the box and play a game of Tetris trying to fit all the pieces into the boot. So if you are buying this I suggest getting it delivered to your house unless to have a car with a rather large boot.
It was hidden away until Christmas eve (another difficult task trying to hide a huge kitchen in a small 2 bed house) when we pulled it out to put it together. It took me and the husband about an hour and a half to put it together. It was fairly easy to put together and the instructions were clear and simple to follow. We then had the fun of putting the stickers on (which sadly didn't look at good as the ones on the box). Batteries also had to be put in the toy phone (which makes sounds) and in the hobs on the kitchen (which make lights and sounds when a pan is placed on).
We placed the draws, cups, plates and extra food we bought in their places, stuck a big bow on it and left it sitting nicely in our living room ready for Christmas morning. Being only 17 months old he didn't really understand Christmas but soon set about opening presents. After they had all been opened (which took about half of the day up) we showed him to his kitchen and his eyes lit up.
He played with it for a good hour before getting bored and kept going back to it throughout the day. Now 3 years later the kitchen still stands proudly in the boys bedroom and still regularly gets played with. It's a good sturdy kitchen and nothing has broken off it. The plates and cups do occasionally get lost but that doesn't stop them playing with it.
There are lots of different cupboards and appliances on the kitchen where food and plates can be hidden, cooked, refrigerated and even micro waved which really adds to the play value and the lights and sounds on the hobs are a great little extra (and we still haven't had to replace the batteries since buying it). I find the colours are a little boring for a children's toy but they do make the kitchen look a little more realistic and also makes it blend into a room more.
Most toys don't last 12 months in our house as they either break or the boys get bored but 3 years later this is still growing strong and I can see it lasting a lot longer too. Its sturdy, has lots to do and if you enjoy eating plastic food then it's a great buy.