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Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Bennetts for Babies Christmas Giveaway

With Christmas just over a month away i have lined up a great little giveaway to win a Bennetts for Babies Christmas box.

The Bennetts for Babies range was created over 50 years ago by a father and pharmacist Basil Bennett who became famous for his baby care products. His expertly formulated products effectively treat dry skin, eczema, and help to prevent and heal nappy rash, Bennetts has been a hit with mums and dads for decades. The full range includes baby bum creme, which easy to rub in and is for prevention as well as healing nappy rash, nipple cream which does not need washing off before feeding , aqueous cream for easily absorbing  and suitable for moisturising all over, bath drops for keeping skin silky smooth and the one of a kind bum buddy traveller perfect for when out and about.  The Bennetts range is available to buy in independent pharmacists,  online through Amazon and Ocado and and Morrisons and Asda stores. For further information about Bennetts products visit

I have a Bennetts Christmas box  containing Bum Creme, Aqueous drops and Aqueous cream to giveaway to one of my readers.(Please note packaging may vary to the one displayed)  To enter follow the Gleam widget.

Bennetts for Babies Christmas Box

Monday, 2 November 2015

Penwizard Snowman and Snowdog Book Review

I am always on the look out for new and unique gifts for the boys, things that perhaps they will not only enjoy, but perhaps use as a keepsake or as a momento to remember special occasions by. I remember when I was younger receiving a personalised book and although I no longer have it I can still remember my excitement at seeing my name appearing in a proper book.

Penwizard is a company that specialise in a range of personalised books featuring some familiar childrens character's including Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly and Frozen. We were asked if we would like to review a personalised copy of the latest addition to the range, The Snowman and the Snowdog.

The boys fell in love with The Snowman and The Snowdog last year when we received a copy of the DVD. The beautiful story is a sequel to the Snowman and provides another heart-warming Christmas tale with fun and frolics at the North Pole and a meeting with Father Christmas himself.

Ordering from the Penwizard site is really quick and simple and took me just a matter of minutes to personalise the book with not just my child's name for the main character but a unique customised design of how they appear in the illustrations! What I really liked is that you could also add your own message on the inside of the book making it a perfect keepsake or gift choice. On completion of your order you are provided with an estimated delivery date of your book, ours arrived well within the time frame.

One of the greatest attractions with this book is that your child, actually becomes the star of the story taking the leading role featuring throughout the 32 page book. The illustrations are beautiful and add to the magical feeling that the story creates. The boys loved the story and turning the pages to see the personalisation throughout.

This book has gone down a treat in our house and am sure will be a treasured Christmas story that we can share year after year.

The Snowman and Snowdog is available in Hardback priced at £24.99 and paperback priced at £17.99

Disclaimer: we received a copy of this book for the purpose of review but all opinions are our own.

Thursday, 8 October 2015

#WbabyWT with George at Asda

Ever since having the boys I can rarely pass a clothes shop with out a look at the children's clothing, usually coming out with something for at least one of them. They definitely have a better wardrobe than what I do. So when little Pops was offered the opportunity to take part in the #WbabyWT ( What baby wore today) campaign with George at Asda range, I was pretty much in my element.

The online selection was a lot more extensive to that in store, and I spent some time in selecting a weeks worth of outfits for little Pops, including some newborn essentials of sleep suits and vests.

I am a huge fan of sleep suits and think there is nothing more adorable that baby's in sleep suits. I loved this three pack selection, which combine bright colours and cute little patterns. Little Pops looked super cute in these and they are so comfortable and practical ( We doubled these up as pyjamas too) The three pack selection was just £10.

Baby's can never have too many vests,  so i chose a lovely three pack which had a funky alphabet print one, along with one printed with Mummy's little star, and a blue textured one.

We also selected this adorable gingham print dungaree and body suit set, and a blue romper with reversible sun hat.

Pop's also loved rocking this little shorts and t shirt set:

By far are most worn item was the little blue zip up hooded top with ears. Pops has worn this on warmer days in the pram instead of a coat. It has received so many comments. An absolute steal at £4.

I have already started to have a look at the Winter range online and am sure to be ordering a few more outfits for little Pops

Disclaimer: We provided with an online credit to select outfits for the purpose of this campaign but all opinions and pictures are our own.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Dreaming of a Play Room

When we moved into the house it was just me and the other half, since then we have had the addition of the boys and i think it's safe to say that we have amassed a huge collection of clothes and toys. I often find myself dreaming about extra space and creating a play zone where the boys can have their own little area and that there is a central room where all the main toys and games can live.Am sure the boys would love to put their stamp on it too.

I would love to convert the loft space and create a bright area where the boys can spend hours playing, reading and snuggling down during the wet and cold weather. I envisage big Velux windows that let in lots of light, and two distinct areas one for playtime and one for quiet time.

The 'play' section will play home to the train table, yards of track, easels, games and toys. There will be huge wall storage boxes where the toys can be stored by theme, and the boys can easily access them. Walls will be decked with art work and a wall painted with blackboard paint.

The 'quiet' zone will have big comfy beanbags, and cushions maybe even a sofa and will play home to a large bookshelf and a collection of our favourite teddies. A TV will also sit in the corner where the boys can watch a DVD or two.

Although i have these grand plans to create a play area, there is more than just a little part of me that hopes that maybe there will be a chance to create another little nursery....!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.

Halloween with Aldi Specialbuys

Last year the boys were pretty taken with the Halloween displays around the estate, to be fair they were quite impressive and each year there are more ambitious offerings. They wanted to decorate our window but we left it very late in the day so ended up with just a few bits and bobs from the limited selection left in store.

Tomorrow (Thursday 1st October) sees Aldi launch its Halloween Specialbuy range which will be available while stocks last. The range has a wide selection of items from fancy dress to novelty door bells and of course everything that you would need to host a Halloween party.

The fancy dress range sets start at just £3.99 and if you don't fancy a full set there are tights, tutus and pyjamas. The spider boppers are a bargain at just £1.79 and went down a real treat with the boys and are ideal for little ones who want something that's not too scary.

The partyware selection is extensive including tablecloths, bowls and party bags. The colourful monster design was our favourite. The serving dishes are also a great idea for serving up nibbles and sweets.

Decorations will also be available from the large inflatable characters with LED lights, talking door knockers. One of our favourite decorations is the LED tea light holder which essentially creates a candle type display by using batteries which is perfect for my little ones (and just £1.79)

Why not check out the full Halloween Specialbuy range in store and don't forget those sweets for the trick or treaters!

Disclaimer: we were sent some items from the Aldi special buy range for the purpose of the post but all opinions are our own

Monday, 28 September 2015

Miffy's new TV show and Sensory Miffy Giveaway

Early this year one of my childhood favourite characters Miffy celebrated her 60th Birthday and in my role as a Miffy Mum i am excited to be able to tell you about a new TV series that will launch early next month. Thats right Miffy's Adventures Big and Small launches on Tiny Pop at 7pm on the 2nd October.

The series will be based on the classic character's from the Dick Bruna story books, and the Iconic Miffy and friends will discover the wonderful world around. Designed with a simple narrative each episode is seven minutes long and will feature fun songs, shapes and will help to engage little ones as well as keeping the bright primary colours associated with the Miffy stories.

I have had a sneak peak, and we will definitely be tuning in!

So to help the launch of the new show Miffy will be hosting a Twitter party this Friday at 1pm.Just check out @Miffy_UK.  I also have a fab prize of a Sensory Miffy to giveaway. This brightly coloured textured toy is suitable for children six months and older, and features 14 sensors which children can press to learn about the body.

For a chance to win just enter the Gleam form below. Terms and Conditions Apply, UK entrants only. Good luck

Sensory Miffy Toy

Monday, 21 September 2015

Bebop Wizard Den Bouncy Castle Review

With a big garden and two energetic little men (aged 3 and 4) and hopes of a nice summer I had already been looking at bouncy castles for sale so you can imagine our delight when asked to review the Bebop Wizard's Den Bouncy Castle

Make no mistake, my boys have the combined energy of a medium sized nuclear fission reactor and I was curious to see how much of this they could expend on a product of this nature - and whether said product could actually stand up to the challenge!

The castle was delivered in two surprisingly modest sized boxes, one for the inflatable itself  and one for the electric air pump. The latter is very well packaged by the way, and the box is worth keeping for storing the pump when not in use. Assembly was ridiculously easy, simply roll out the castle at the spot you want it, fasten it down with the four plastic pegs provided and connect the pump to an integrated tube at the back. Tie it tightly around the pump nozzle( the ties are part of the tube itself) and you are good to go.

The length of the plug wasn't quite long enough to run from my garden to the nearest socket in the kitchen but I used an extension lead so that wasn't a problem. Upon switching on the pump it inflated in less than a minute. It's worth mentioning that the pump fan runs fairly quietly so need to worry about disturbing the neighbours!

Design wise the castle we had was very pleasing. The colours were nice and vibrant, the towers have little mushroom style tops and access to the interior is via a nice uncomplicated mini slide. What I particularly like is that the walls are made of a tough mesh so that you can see exactly what your little ones are up to, and they can see what's going on outside. The material of the castle is very robust, which is just as well because as soon as it was inflated my little ones were all over it giving it the most vigorous of testing! I am happy to report that the pegs stood firm and the fan stayed attached to the castle throughout all of our many play sessions in the time we had the castle. Each time we had to put it away for the night (or during the occasional bad weather) the castle deflated quickly, it rolled up without problem so and was easy to put back in its original box for storage in the garden shed. I would note that the plastic pegs need to be treated with care as they are not thick and need coaxing out of the ground gently.

It's fair to say that my boys absolutely loved playing on this castle, they spent literally hours bouncing around in it pretending they were knights in a castle, Pirates on a desert island, astronauts in a spaceship.....the amount of play they got out of it was staggering. It withstood everything they could throw at it, although we were careful to follow the attached safety guidelines. They were really sad to see it go and I strongly suspect that the boys will be asking for an identical one of Santa this year!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Bebop Wizard's Den on loan for a fortnight for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are my own.

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