Friday, 16 June 2017

Review: BABY born® Play&Fun Deluxe At The Lake set

It is always so interesting to watch how L plays with her BABY Born, how she interacts with it and pretends to care for it copying me or nursery nurses. 
At times poor little doll goes through different procedures such as undressing (most of the time), makeup application, trialing and testing play doh flavours etc. I think (touch wood) we have managed to persuade L that clothes need to stay on with a little help from lovely BABY Born PR who have sent us a new doll's outfit called "At the Lake" (£14.99). 
It is a summery outfit set, which consists of jelly sandals, swimming top, swimming pants and a snorkeling mask. As always BABY Born accessories are made to last, with vibrant colours and BABY Born logo images on all items, the set is suitable from 3 years + and available from major retailers.

Top and bottoms are made of a stretchy material and can be adjusted just like a real swimming outfit, jelly sandals look tight on dolls' feet which give reassurance that they will stay on and your child will not lose them, snorkeling mask can be adjusted in width depending if you want to use it on it's own or with the tube. 
The latter was something L has never seen before so it was something that kept her intrigued and occupied for ages. L would ask what it is, how does it work, what it is for, can she use it, can she go swimming, can she go to the sea, creating all the right association with the equipment in particular. 

Seeing how L is excited about BABY Born's outfit it prompted me to take her swimming which is something I wanted to do for ages but was never sure if we can manage on our own and most importantly if L would be keen at all. 
I didn't wash or clean the set just yet, but L has taken BABY Born in her new outfit to swim in the bath and it kept it's shape and colours once dry.

"At the Lake" is such a cute outfit and with hot weekend ahead of us would be a spot on outfit for our BABY Born.

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Review: L.O.L. Surprise doll

Couple of month ago L and I came across cute collectible dolls L.O.L. Surprise  (£7.99) and ever since we have been obsessed with them. L.O.L Surprise dolls are wrapped in 7 layers of wrapping paper and under each layer you may find a clue, stickers and different part of the doll's outfit. 

Each doll comes in round, plastic ball with the handle which is a girly alternative to usual egg-shaped "shell", both sides of which can be used for chillaxing and as a bath for L.O. Surprise doll.

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As L gets older I try to buy less toys or be very picky with ones I buy firstly because she seems to want even more every day and secondly because most of L's toys don't see daylight and hide in her toy boxes. When it was time to unwrap L.O.L Surprise I thought that it could help me a little and I bribed (as some of us do) L to eat her meal first. 

L was super excited as when we did Easter theme L.O.L Surprise unwrapping. 
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The collectible doll looks super cute, has a squishy face with little holes in her eyes, mouth and at the bottom for some water games, it can apparently change the colour in the ice cold water but we are yet to achieve this. 
The doll we have this time is a teacher, she comes with glasses, a dress which has little tie drawn on it and cute little booties. As every doll from the collection they have a nice scene to them and are fully made of rubber. 
                                        
Once you "feed" the doll with water from the bottle (comes in a set) by squishing its cheeks the doll will produce some "wee", by squishing the area above the  ears it will spit the water, the doll can also move arms and legs.

L.O.L Surprise dolls are available to purchase from major supermarkets and toys store, don't hesitate start your collection today! 

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Review: Nuu Addition white and green 7 piece set

After I gave birth to L it took me a while to adjust to being a mum, not being able to do certain things or go out  purely because I wouldn't trust anyone,  to me I am the only person who knows what's right for L and what and how things should be done.  I may not be considering having a second child but I would love to see more newborns in our family and have been hinting to my sisters-in-law and our close family friends. Of course it is something out of my control and only others can decided when the time is right for them to have a baby, only imagine how happy I was to discover that not 1 but 2 of our close friends are having a baby!! 
I was predicting genders, buying little gifts in advance and waiting in anticipation until the d-day comes!! 
Few weeks ago (just in time for meeting little babies) I came across a Nuu Addition who kindly sent us 7 piece set packed with baby clothing essentials (£24.99).

"At Nuu Addition we supply classical and unique gift boxes for new born babies, full of all the helpful essentials and much more, any Mother would treasure".

What impressed me the most (apart form the gift set itself) is how carefully the product was packed and how quick it was delivered (within 2 days). The package came in a see through bag with the gift set wrapped in a brown paper and secured with twine. Upon opening the package I have noticed that the baby gift set was already packed in a cute gift bag. All these little touches are so important as it shows how Nuu Addition appreciate their products and customers! 
The set consists of:
  • Bodysuit with buttons and Elephant print
  • Baby hat with Elephant print
  • Short Sleeve Bodysuit with stars print
  • Bib with Elephant print
  • Pair of White Soft Socks (packed in a net bag)
  • White baby blanket with a green Elephant embroidered in the corner (100% cotton )
  • Cute green Elephant Toy 
  • New Baby mini card
This set is available in 2 sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months and can make such a great New Baby present, Going Home outfit or even a very thoughtful Baby Shower gift! The quality and fabric (100% cotton) are just perfect for newborn's gentle skin. I just can't wait to see little bubba in Nuu Addition clothes!
All products at Nuu Addition are very well thought through, be it a baby clothing gift set (gender specific or neutral) or a baby box with anything a new parent and baby needs! 

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Review: Baby Born Play & Fun bike


Few weeks ago we had a surprise delivery for L who couldn't believe her eyes when she saw Baby Born Play & Fun bike (£24.99). I think L wanted her own toy bike for quite some time now as showed an interest in helping me push her trike pretending that she is looking after her little baby.
The bike itself is is suitable from 3 years old and is a toy version of a push along bike/trike with stabilisers, pedals and handlebar with straps keeping feet and hands in place as well as a comfy seat which secures the doll (can be purchased separately) with a velco belt and last but not the least a colour changing toy on a front wheel.
Play & Fun bike comes almost assembled and with batteries, all you need to do is attach the handle bar at the back, a rubber duck horn onto the handlebar and bottle at the front of the bike.

L didn't hesitate to test the bike, she put her undressed Baby Born onto the bike whilst testing the colour changing toy at the front, security straps and cute flag with the duck on. 
I always say that kids are way more aware of things rather than adults for instance with this toy it took me ages to work out how to switch the light on, in fact it didn't work when I tested it, where is L figured this out and "fixed" it in few seconds!
We took Baby Born Play & Fun bike to play outside and have used it plenty of times at home. I like that the bike is of a great quality, cute look and accessories that can be used with it or used on its own, how L uses it for her imaginative play and gets excited every time the bike appears, very easy to use and push by a toddler, it is certainly a toy that will last us and in general a while. Having said that I would have preferred the bike to be slightly heavier than the doll and maybe a more longer or adjustable handle would work better for the kids of different heights and ages. 

The bike is a great addition to our Baby Born collection and would make a great gift for a doll lover!

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, 10 April 2017

L.O.L. Surprise! Easter Hunt

I remember this time last year I was bookmarking ideas for Easter Egg Hunt and couldn't wait until L would be old enough to understand and get involved. 

Before I even started planning our entertainment programme for this Easter lovely people representing L.O.L. Surprise have sent us a bundle of goodies including: L.O.L. Surprise Diva Bow, Secret Message, Jokes, Colouring In Sheet, Postcard, Sweets & a L.O.L. Surprise (£7.99 available from major toy stores).
For those who don't know L.O.L. Surprise is different take on surprise eggs, which my darling daughter loves to watch on Youtube. 
Main surprise (cute, collectible doll) wrapped in 7 layers of "wrapping paper" with different clues and mini-accessories including water bottle, stickers, shoes, outfit, accessory. Round, plastic ball with the handle is a girly alternative to usual egg-shaped "shell", both sides of which can be used as a lounge and a bath for little doll.
So on early Sunday morning I have prepared bunting in the garden, hidden few extra eggs with Easter themed characters drawn on them and with few eggs with little surprises inside to make it more fun, I have attached L.O.L Surprise colouring sheet on our rotary airer to give L a clue what the big surprise could be about.

I have managed to forget where some of the eggs were hidden but it was fun to see L getting excited when she would spot an egg, or ask what the next colour of the egg would be. 

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When L eventually found L.O.L Surprise ball all we could hear was "Wow" whilst she was unwrapping layer after layer. 
The collectible doll looks super cute, has a squishy face with little holes in her eyes, mouth and at the bottom for some water games and most importantly is a super-hero character- L's favourite type of role play! We are yet to try and see how little doll cries, spits the drink, wees and changes colour in the cold water as L would only want to play with it in the sand.

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Little L is 32 months old


Oh gosh, it seems like I notice less changes in L, she grows and develops but with me being around her 24/7 I stopped noticing obvious things for some.

I am very proud of her though as L is very good with her numbers both in English and Russian, she knows her colours. I have tried to make it less pushy as possible so it all comes naturally for her and I think I did a great job, not without a help of L's favourite Youtube educational videos. 

Potty training at the nursery hasn't moved anywhere I'm just hoping one day it clicks that it is OK to do it there too, rather than to say "No" to it.

We have more meltdowns and tantrums, which is impossible to stop until she finally gets what she wants or we manage to destruct L. It just seems like such a sudden change to L that takes time getting used to and hopefully it will pass as quickly as it appeared! 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Review: clothes labelling with Stamptastic

When L started nursery back in September last year I had a set of iron on labels to use, which at first were really helpful. Few months later I have realised that name labels don't last forever and I just can't be bothered with ironing every single item of L's clothing. 

I knew that I need to find something better, something that will last almost forever and I did! Stamptastic is my little saviour! If you don't know this brand

"Stamptastic stamps can be personalised with names up to 22 letters long. Each stamp and ink pad lasts for years, so this really is a one-off purchase that will see you through endless years of school uniform, cub camps and sports days".

                                  
Order process was extremely easy:
- click on the product required (stamp £10 and ink pad £12 come is separate listings)
- write the name of your child in a box when ordering a stamp(on the right side of the page)
-choose font and size
- add to shopping basket

At first I wanted to order Stamptastic kit via Amazon but found that listing doesn't allow me to order individual products where as official website does. I have ordered personalised stamp itself and Stamptastic ink pad. The kit arrived within 2 days which is super quick!
                                        
The moment I have opened the stamp and started my new stamping duties I felt myself like a child, I wanted to stamp everything! It's so exciting and most importantly so easy and quick!! If I were to compare the time I have spent ironing name labels and stamping L's clothes, bottles, wet wipes packets etc.. the latter is by far the quickest method!
                                       
Since then L's clothes were washed few times and name stamp looks as good as new! My only tip would be to make sure that you have firmly pressed on the ink pad with the stamp so that you have more use of it and brighter/darker stamp on the clothing.


A definite must for all families with kids!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Fun way of learning to read with Readwithfonics.com

"Readwithfonics.com- is the ultimate learn to read website that makes learning to read fun and easy! Created by teacher Sophie Cooper.

We teach all the phonics sounds in a fun and interactive way through a series of 7 or 8 games that get progressively harder each time.

Our app is split up into four worlds for children to explore, water world, forest world, lava land and jelly city. Our main character, Albee the alien, is always there in the game, supporting children every step of the way, celebrating each correct answer and encouraging them further.
                                     
As you may have guessed we strongly believe in positive scoring. Traditionally a student are measured out of 100%, and therefore always shown how far off the perfect score they were. We call this negative scoring. At Read with Fonics, every student starts at 0, and gains points for each correct answer, success leads to more success and as the points add up, students improve their level.

For every sound that is learnt another sound gets unlocked, encouraging children to keep going. By having their own account and score, children are able to learn at their own pace and in their own time, depending on their level and ability".

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Battle with the weight: update 10

It seems like it was ages ago since my last weight update, I just didn't feel right, felt down most of the time but the only thing that kept me going was my exercise routine and treadmill. 
In fact when I was running on my treadmill whilst listening to music made me feel slightly happy and complete, this is where I have tried to release all my negative thoughts and stress, that's what I needed at that time. 

Even being very upset and not myself didn't mean that I would start binge eating again, I wanted to come out better from my rough patch, I wanted to carry on doing what makes me feel good and proud of myself. It seems very weird how you can turn stress into a positive thing, but I did it!

I'm still eating clean, introducing more veg into my diet and cutting out bread, pasta, cous cous, sweets, fizzy drink and processed meats. I don't feel like I'm depriving myself or my body form things, eating healthier only helps me to achieve my goals and oh boy I want to be stronger and fitter!

Few weeks ago I came across one of the training programms by following which you are meant to lose weight and to gain lean muscle. I don't normally invest into something I'm not sure of but seeing before and after pictures make me wonder what if it's me, believe it or not- I have never seen my body without fat!! 
So I have bought Phase 1 and have started following exercise routine with some alterations i.e. cutting on rest days and adding running on a treadmill when I can. I can see results on the mirror, I can see my weight going down slowly but it's hard to say what pushes this diet or exercising, I assume a combination of both.

Today I am not really happy about my results, it feels like I constantly have a battle with myself, one minute I like what I see, but because I am much thinner in my head than in real life it feels much harder to accept that real results are very slow. Whilst exercising I decided "to admire" my body one more time as I stripped to bra and leggings and was shocked how much sagginess my tummy has, this is something I didn't expect to see and it made me think that I need to push myself even harder. But saying and doing are 2 different things, all I can do is try! 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Chipex touch up kit for cars and screenwash review and giveaway

Recently my husband discovered some small scuffs/scratches to his car and was pondering what repair options were available.

Chipex offered a repair system  (£29.95) and I jumped at the chance to test it out (especially as my husband and I are dubious about repair paints/products).


"Chipex® was launched in 2009 so as to provide a fast, very effective and safe solution for the home user to repair paint damage to vehicles to a high standard, without the time and expense of going to a body shop".

The set is excellently presented in a tube with all the bits needed to complete a 'touch up' on any bumps and scuffs on your vehicle.

                     
So what is inside: well you get everything from gloves and sponges to paint and polish (obviously!).
                    
To begin with you need to clean the area and use the blending solution or white spitir with a cleaning cloth, to prepare the area for painting and to wipe away any previous paintwork.
                          
                          
You then carefully paint the scuff/scratch using the special paintbrush (several provided). Chipex provide you with the correct paint colour (small pot but sufficient) which you can simply order on the website bu typing your car registration number.

Once the paint has dried (varies depending on how much paint is used), you then use the blending solution once more and this prepares the area for a final polish and cleans any excess paint.

                            
The polish solution is in a slightly larger pot which needs to be used with microfibre cloth (provided), which is used to merge the polish in with the scuff/scratch.
                   
As there are quite a few scuffs/scratches I did paint and polish numerous areas around the car, some areas ended up looking better than others. But all in all much better than they were prior to using Chipex. To conclude, Chipex go above and beyond with the accessories they provide and ensure all elements are thought of.

Chipex instructions ensure a smooth transition between each step, and if followed correctly leave you with a nicely painted/repaired area (which used to be a scratch/scuff!).

So if your thinking about what to do with a scratch/scuff on your car, think Chipex!

As a part of this feature post I have also received Chipex Aquaphobic screenwash (£13.95).
                                    
As you may be aware, Chipex are more renowned for the chip repair system, but the screenwash they offer is as good as the repair system.
                  
Here are some facts: 


  • The screenwash can act as an anti-freeze up to -2 degrees freezing point 
  • It comes in a 1L bottle 
  • Can be used for up to 7 refills (with a mixture of water) 
  • Improves rain vision & repels rain from the screen 
  • Streak free cleaning
Now I can tell you for a fact that my husband and I hate going out to the car on freezing cold morning to de-ice. Also our windscreen does get rather dirty from driving behind other vehicles (lorries), so the fact that Chipex provide a rain/water repellent screenwash is an excellent plus!

Put it this way any solution or screenwash that can help with our car is more than welcome in our household!

We did add the solution directly into the screenwash compartment, due to the fact that water had already been poured into our car, so the screenwash was poured in to mix with the water (already present).

However, if your screenwash reservoir is empty then you simply clean your windscreen (prepping) and then add 1/4 (250ml) for a 5ltr reservoir. Future use/top up of the screenwash can then be limited to 125ml each time, which allows for up to approx 7 refills.

An must have in your car for our wonderful British weather (especially in the winter)! 


If this sounds like something you would like to try for your car I have an exciting giveaway for one of the Chipex touch up kits, just enter via Gleam form below:


Win a Chipex Bundle UK #58

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Little L is 31 months old

Oh gosh, it seems like I notice less changes in L, she grows and develops but with me being around her 24/7 I stopped noticing obvious things for some.

I am very proud of her though as L is very good with her numbers both in English and Russian, she knows her colours. I have tried to make it less pushy as possible so it all comes naturally for her and I think I did a great job, not without a help of L's favourite Youtube educational videos. 

Potty training at the nursery hasn't moved anywhere I'm just hoping one day it clicks that it is OK to do it there too, rather than to say "No" to it.

We have more meltdowns and tantrums, which is impossible to stop until she finally gets what she wants or we manage to destruct L. It just seems like such a sudden change to L that takes time getting used to and hopefully it will pass as quickly as it appeared! 

Monday, 20 February 2017

Review: Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind

When it comes to creating spaces for kids parents try to design comfortable environment for little ones to play and sleep in. I'm one of those mums who like to be very organised and have a certain routine which helps me to get on with my day and stay sane. Sleeping during the day plays major role in L's mood be it weekday or weekend at grandparents. As napping at in laws doesn't always go to plan (I blame non-blackout blinds for that) I might have found a solution for that- Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind (£34.99). 

Our surprise delivery arrived few weeks ago giving us enough time to test it fully. Gro Anywhere blackout blind can be easily used whilst you are away travelling or visiting family or friends as it is packed in a lightweight travel bag. The blind itself is made of a thick and durable fabric with cute stars and moon print, it measures 198 x 130cm and can be adjusted (depending on the size of the window) by Velcro straps attached to it. 

Few other pros:
- offer maximum protection from sunlight
- can be easily cleaned with a cloth or washed 
- can be used at home or when travelling for both kids and adults
- minimal sound isolation 
- seems to reduce the heat (tested on a sunny day)
- Velcro fastening to fit any size and shape windows
- suction cups all round 
Applying process is very simple and doesn't need any manuals: 
- make sure the window is clean and dry
- slightly moist the centre of suction cups prior to applying to window
- attached suction cups by pressing firmly on the middle of each cup
- pull on and release the tab on each suction cup when the blind is not in use.

Tip: I would advise to trial and test Gro Anywhere blackout blind first before using to see how well it fits the window or if the width needs adjusting. It will also give you an idea which side of the window gives away more light. 

With these all in mind we have tested the blackout blind for the first time at my in laws. The applying process seemed a little fiddly at the beginning but once suction cups were applied I have noticed a difference, the room that was full of light before became much darker than it normally would be.
I have tested Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind in different rooms so that it gives us a feel of what it may be like when we are on a holiday abroad or somewhere in the UK. Here are some of the pictures with before and after shots which speak for themselves:



We will be certainly using our new blackout blind on a more frequent basis and it even prompted me to allow L to stay at grandparents overnight too! 

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.