Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Snack time with little Yeo and OXO tot

When all three of my boys started to wean, I always gave them some sort of yogurt or fromaige frias through out the day, It is always far simpler than paying lots of money for specific baby based pudding or snacking products.

We were sent out the OXO Tot Roll Up Bib and On-The-Go feeding spoon plus 42 pots of Little Yeo’s in various flavours to try out and see what we thought.

OXO Tot Roll Up Bib & On-The-Go Feeding Spoon

Let me tell you a bit about OXO in case you haven't heard of them, OXO is an American company that specialises in making products that make everyday living easier for everyone, including young and old, male and female, left and right-handed and many with special needs. They’ve made 1,000+ products – all with a tangible improvement on aspects of everyday living.

Roll Up Bib features

  • Soft fabric is comfortable around baby’s neck
  • Wide, food-safe silicone pocket catches crumbs
  • Fabric rolls up into pocket for portability
  • Easy to wipe clean and machine washable
  • Bib provides ample coverage

The Roll Up Bib* from OXO Tot is a soft, comfortable bib with a silicone pocket. The top of the bib is made out of fabric to cover baby’s clothes; it has wide shoulders and closes at the nape of the neck with rip tape that is resilient enough to stop it being pulled off during mealtimes. The wide pocket is made with food-safe silicone and catches any stray bits of food or yogurt. The Bib  is perfect for using during snack time when we are on the go, as the fabric part of the bib can be rolled up into the silicone pocket and closed securely and there is no need to worry if you haven't got too much time to clean it down properly until you get home as any mess stays rolled up inside the bib - it also doesn't take up to much space which is an added bonus - if you have an overflowing change bag like myself! 

 On-The-Go Feeding Spoon features 

  • Silicone spoon feels soft on baby’s mouth, gums and face
  • Spoon is shaped for easy scooping
  • Contoured spoon handle is angled for easy feeding by you or by letting your baby feed himself 
  • ideal compact case for portability and to help keep it clean 

I love this perfect little spoon its great for weaning babies and it comes with its very own travel case. The shallow spoon is coated with super soft silicone which is gentle on baby’s mouth and gums, just what babies need when they are teething, the handle is contoured making it easy and comfortable to hold. It’s ideal for self-feeding as the shallow spoon stops your little one from loading too much yogurt onto the spoon and it doesn’t matter if Jack gets the spoon all sticky and messy in the process as when he had finished, you can simply put it back in the travel case roll it up into the bib and that way you remember to wash them all when you get back home.

It has to be said I am a big fan of both of these products I love how practical and useful they both are they are very simple but as a mum I have found they made my life so much easier definitely a lot less mess, and I love that when Jack has finished you can just roll it all up together and go, not only that both the spoon and the bib are of a great quality so they are going to last for a very long time.    

Little Yeo

Let me tell you a bit about Yeo Valley, Yeo Valley Are a family owned business and farm and are the UK’s no.1 organic dairy brand, they make a variety of dairy products and we got to try their Little Yeo’s range. The yogurts are perfect for weaning. They’re organic with real fruit puree and no added sugar! 

The green pack of Natural Fromage Frais is the the newest addition to be added to the Little Yeo range, you can mix in with other foods, like soup, stew, mash, homemade pasta sauce, chopped egg or tuna sandwich fillings. It’s also good for adding to porridge or breakfast cereals to cool it down, which is an excellent idea as waiting around for food to cool down when baby is hungry, which Jack is almost certainly it can be very stressful.

Little Yeo's are widely available in lots of supermarkets including Tesco, Morrision’s and Sainsbury’s , the price is great too starting at £1.00 for a 6 pack. You can find out more about Little Yeo’s over on there Website Here

The Taste 

Jack isn't a particularly fussy baby he really loved every flavour , I had a sneaky spoon or two my self and I must admit they are really nice quite thick in consistency and creamy packed with lots of taste, I love that they have no added sugar, Little Yeos are perfect for puddings to add to dinners my older boys loved them to they fit just right as a lunch box snack or a snack for a weaning baby they are an all round versatile product something all the family could enjoy.

We loved both the OXO tot bib and spoon and the lovely Little Yeo range a big thumbs up from both myself and Jack we will certainly be continuing to purchase these in the future, what are you favorite snacks? have you tried any of the Little Yeo range? I would love to here your thoughts? 

we were sent the Little Yeo range and the oxo tot spoon and bib for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own.

Monday, 9 November 2015

A memory with Cravendale #MilkDrinkersMilk

Memory's come in all shapes and forms throughout life, whether they are good bad or a part of you they are what make us who we are, they are what strengthens us as people, but there are some things in life that no matter how long ago it was since you heard a particular song a particular smell a particular life quote it takes you back to remember a special moment, a special memory but what if one thing could make you remember lots of moments lots of laughter, lots of tears, lots of life.

This is my story of some life moments that I remember you for.

When I came home from the hospital with my first baby you were there for me soft warm soothing my tired moods you offered comfort in my moody baby blues pacifying the sleepless nights. You were there when my baby moved from powder to to cows milk, sending him into a long dreamy sleep, full, smiling and happy a baby drunk on his milk.

We woke up to you on fresh crisp autumn mornings fueling us for a morning walk keeping jack frost out of little tummy's giving the boys the energy they needed to make it through till lunch.  

You were there when there for me when there were bad times, you were there when I lost people I loved, you were there through the dark nights when I silently cried on my own, smooth, comforting and silky you helped to alleviate my evenings of there darkness with your sweet smelling aroma helping me to sleep giving me the strength to face the next day.

You were always there watching, you were always there listening, you were always there comforting silently with no opinion, memories I always remember when I look at you, when I smell you warm or cold, fresh glossy, and airy, you always brighten my day I remember memories of the past and look forward to all the memories of the future we have to make together .

Cravendale, is the milk drinkers milk drink its a lot lower in calories than most adult drinks around   Cravendale is filtered so it gives you a really pure taste this milk really isn't just milk and with Cravendale its white smooth silky and fresh tastes great hot or cold. You can make memories that wont just last a day they will last a life time.

This post is an entry for BritMums #MilkDrinkersMilk Linky Challenge, sponsored by Cravendale

you can follow @Cravendale over on twitter to find out more.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Halloween with Sainsbury's 2015 #Review

Have you seen all the fabulous Halloween costumes in Sainsbury’s this year? they have a wonderful array of spooky costumes for all the family.

This autumn Sainsbury’s are offering a host of creepy character costumes for every member of the family (even the dog!) and is making Halloween safer for shoppers as all dress up products now meet the British Nightwear Flammability Standard, which is the highest level of testing in existence.

Liam and Adam have been very lucky and have been sent one costume each so we could show them off here on the blog for you. After last years events with children's fancy dress costumes last year, you may remember was a lot of talk in the press about fire safety. As a result, Sainsbury’s announced in May that this year they would be carrying out a full safety review of all their Halloween costumes. Sainsbury’s have looked at every detail of their children’s dress up range to improve safety, going over and above what is required by law. Now they are proud to confirm that all children’s dress up outfits sold in stores and online meet the British nightwear flammability safety standard, the toughest standard that currently exists. Such a fantastic step to put parents minds at ease, as I’m sure you will agree!

We were sent these two spooky costumes for the boys to try out Adam had the bat costume, I love the quality of it and the material is quite thick for a costume so whilst you are out and about you can be sure they will be warm, the costume has an amazing hidden pocket so they can either keep there hands warm or hide some treats. The second costume is the tuxedo zombie costume, it comes with a top hat and glow in the dark mask which Liam loved. I also loved them both they definitely stand out from the crowd and they are both priced at reasonable supermarket prices with the reassurance that they are safe to wear.

Thanks Sainsbury's for sending us these spooky costumes the boys cant wait to wear them for there party!

 We were sent the fabulous costumes for the purpose of this review all opinions remain honest and my own.  

Monday, 19 October 2015

Halloween with Home Bargains 2015 #Review

We worked with Home bargains a couple of years ago and they had a great selection of Halloween costumes, decorations and sweet treats this year there selection is better than ever and there range is all available at fantastic bargain prices. We were sent a rather lovely spooktastic range to try out at home so Let me show you just some of the bits they have available this year.

The Vampire Costume and Skeleton pirate costume, both of the costumes are a great quality they are very well made and don't the boys look the part! all of home bargains costumes meet the British nightwear flammability standard - after the accidents of last year it is really important to look out for the labels that clearly show this, the costumes are priced at £4.99 for the vampire costume and £6.99 for the skeleton pirate costume, I think the price is great for the quality and they look great too.

Make sure the trick or treater's no you are in by placing some decorations in the garden and on the outside of the house or they would make perfect decorations for a Halloween party, we love these Items again all of them are great quality - just watch out for the spooky doorbell it might frighten a few people away when you press the button a sneakily scary spider pops down to catch your finger!

·         Welcome sign, 79p

·         Pumpkin bucket, 69p  &   ·         Monster treats, £1.99

·         Spiders, £3.95

·   Lawn skeleton £4.99  

·         Doorbell, £3.99

·         Vampire teeth kit, 79p

·         Spooky door cover, 69p

The prices are fantastic wouldn't you agree? we absolutely Love Home Bargains products and cant wait to get them out for Halloween - I especially love the skeleton and witches doorbell there going to be a great addition for a spooky party or for the trick and treaters on Halloween. Home Bargains have a selection of there Halloween products over on there website but to see the entire range pop down to your local store and make it a spookily funtastic night for all the family don't forget you can find out where your nearest store is on there website too at

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Halloween leggings from Blade & Rose #Review

Bootylicious leggings for your babes by Blade & Rose

Britain’s iconic children’s clothing brand, Blade & Rose, is back with a new Autumn/Winter collection of adorable trendsetting leggings and accessories for babies and toddlers. Made from top quality fabric that is durable, these precious leggings are perfect for mini fashionistas as well as being soft and kind to children’s delicate skin.
We were sent the fabulous Halloween edition leggings to try out

If you want to get your baby into the spooky spirit with out going to over the top you will love these for your little one they are the Blade and Rose Pumpkin Leggings. The autumnal design features seasonal coloured stripes; lime-green, black, cream and orange with a friendly-faced pumpkin on the bottom they are absolutely adorable. They are comfortable, cosy and durable leggings Jack seemed to love them and he looks so cute. I must admit its something I would have never thought to have put my boys in before but I absolutely love these they are very trendy have a great feel about them not to mention how cute they are!

The leggings are made from a top quality combed-cotton yarn mix which is machine-washable and remains soft and stretchy. size wise they are quite generous I did wonder if these would fit jack as he is quite a big boy but they have plenty of room in them for him to move and there is still some growing room in the leg

The new Blade & Rose range will keep your little tots warm and comfy while they crawl around in
cheeky and colourful leggings. Unisex designs include a bristly hedgehog, a bootyful brown bear and a fun futuristic robot.

Little girls will love the Blade & Rose new collection; the bright darling prints will ensure they feel like little princesses, with magical unicorns, pretty in pink elephants and a punk princess heart and wing design to choose from. All leggings can be paired with matching socks, bibs and hats.


The Leggings are all priced at RRP £10, which are a bargain the Leggings are available in sizes 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years you can find out more about Blade & Rose over on there website here We loved them definitely a big thumbs up from myself and Jack!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Halloween safety tips 2015

This week I am going to be showing you some of the best of this year Halloween ideas from the shops some top tips recipes and game ideas so stay with with me for some great ideas!

Trick and treating is great fun and over recent years has become more and more popular in the UK but it can also be dangerous like anything safety is key, but you can still have lots of fun whilst doing it, here are my top tips for Trick and treating safety.

Halloween safety tips 

  • Trick or treat at familiar houses or houses that are decorated and there are lots 
  • Carry a flashlight with fresh batteries after dark.
  • make sure you carry a mobile phone or some who is in the group is carrying one
  • Always trick or treat in groups, accompanied by an adult.
  • Stay on the pavements and in well lit streets and only cross where it is safe to do so make sure you walk not run.
  • Don't trample through flower beds and gardens.
  • Watch out for open flames in pumpkins.
  • be aware of your surroundings.
  • Only visit well lit houses. Don't stop at dark houses.
  • Don't enter any houses unless you know the people.
  • Carry a spare Halloween bag/carrier bag, in case yours breaks or you fill your original one.
  • Don't approach unfamiliar pets and animals.
  • Always watch for cars reversing or turning.
  • Never accept lifts from strangers.
  • Respect other people and their property.
  • Be polite and say "thank you".
  • Don't eat any sweets or treats until it's inspected for tampering under bright lights.
  • Avoid treats that is homemade unless you know the person that has made it.
  • Small children should not be allowed hard candy they may choke on.
  • Report any suspicious or criminal activity to the police.
  • Consider having a party instead of Trick or Treating.

Costume Safety 

  • Wear flame retardant costumes. In light of the accidents that happened last year all costumes have been made fire retardant and will all have the safety labels displayed make sure the costume has this before purchase avoid buying them from unknown, online retailers and if you must check that there costumes are safe. 
  • Make sure your Halloween costume is colourfast so the colour doesn't run onto your other clothes if it rains.
  • Apply reflective tape to Halloween costumes or make sure you are bright enough to be seen.
  • Avoid big masks. Use make-up instead.
  • Use only hypoallergenic and non-toxic makeup.
  • Wear comfortable, practical shoes.
  • Double tie your shoelaces so you don't trip.
  • Keep your costume and wig away from candles.
  • Don't carry fake swords, guns, knives or similar accessories that look authentic. Make sure they're flexible and cannot harm anyone.

Remember this Halloween stay safe and have lots of fun!

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Jack at 8 months old

This month has seen Jack really picking up the pace in his movement this month, he isn't crawling as such but is doing an army style move on his elbows and rolling but he is really fast he certainly knows how to get to things now, I have to watch him like a hawk because he has mastered picking up little bits and putting them in his mouth, this is everything bits of fluff hairs crumbs everything goes in.

Jack has started having three meals a day now but is still having bottles, he is even managing a sandwich at lunch time, yet he still doesn't have a tooth in his little mouth.

He is also recognising  people and comes back to me when I call his name he loves to be cuddled and played with and he loves to know whats going on his little head is turning all the time to see what his big brothers are doing.

He hasn't changed in his personality he laughs at everything he is so happy and rarely ever cries only if he is tired or wants feeding.

although he has started babbling normally a babies first word is dadadada, but Jack is actually babbling mamamama I was very surprised but he is definitely saying it he has also started shouting ah whenever anyone else has food as if he is telling us off or he wants some he is so cute.

Baby Jack is growing so fast it feels like only five minutes since he has been born but he is such a lovely baby.