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.

Friday, 3 February 2017

A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits overview and competition

"Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group will have you singing and dancing in your seat with the release of A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe Fits on DVD 6th February 2017. 

The musical film stars Sofia Carson (Descendants) in the lead role of Tessa (“Cinderella”); Academy Award® nominee, Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway) as the cruel stepmother Divine, and Thomas Law (EastEnders) as The Prince.‬

In tune with the timeless magic of the Cinderella fairytale, this contemporary musical finds Tessa Golding (Sofia Carson) forced to go on vacation with her evil stepmother, Divine, and evil stepsisters, Olympia and Athena.


Once at the posh resort, she realises she was brought only as a servant to assist the stepsisters as they compete for the lead roles in a live musical performance of “Cinderella" with Reed West, the infamous pop-star, as the Prince. ‬Tessa secretly dreams of auditioning but Divine forbids it.

Georgie, a make-up artist, transforms Tessa’s identity to “Bella Snow” so she can audition without Divine and her mischievous daughters getting in the way. 

Now, Tessa must juggle her dual identities as the demands of her stepfamily, the Prince and the show complicate things!"

Fancy winning yourself a copy? All you have to do is Retweet the Tweet below (the competition Ended earlier due to unforeseen circumstances).

Monday, 30 January 2017

Our little adventures with Discovery Packs by LittleLife and Super Yummies and competition

L is a very adventurous little girl who likes to discover new things or ways to play outside. We don't always see kids when we go to the playground so opt to have fun on our own or hide away in our garden where L would be jumping on trampoline or muddy puddles or climbing her slide. 
Few weeks ago we had a lovely delivery which prompted us to do something different on our walks. We have received: LittleLife ladybird backpack (which L absolutely loves and calls Gaston after one of her favourite cartoon characters), some snacks from Super Yummies and The Very Hungry Caterpillar Nature Walk Scrapbook.

Firstly, I decided to do something a little different myself and instead of using pushchair I let L walk by my side whilst holding on to reins' strap and her hand for reassurance. I also let L pick up some stones to compare the sizes, shapes and colours, feed birds with couscous, count things around us and generally enjoy the fresh air and the being outdoors.



What could be better than a lovely snack whilst or after a good walk?! I didn't have to ask L twice, I knew by the look in her eyes that if I let her she would finish them all in one go. 




We have tried few of the pouches and biscuits before, but rice cakes were something new, undiscovered. I didn't expect L to enjoy snacks with citrus flavours but she did have a few and by the sounds she made I could tell that she likes them too. 

"The Super Yummies - a new range of deliciously different snacks,
developed by mums and nutritionists for little ones 12 months+. Made from carefullyselected, real ingredients to create new, unique and exciting tastes and textures foryour toddler to discover".

I managed to save few biscuits and rice cakes for our future travels, will see how long they last :-) 

I have an exciting opportunity to win your own Discovery Pack, all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below (the competition ends on 20 February 12am):

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The prize will contain:
Discovery Pack: 
1 x Toddler Backpack Rabbit
1 x Hungry Caterpillar Scrapbook
1 x Nature Art
A selection from the Super Yummies range


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

Friday, 27 January 2017

Make 2017 Your Year of Adventures

If you are struggling for things to do this January, how about a low down on some great films for viewing. We have six top films, which will keep you on the edge of your seat and out of this
world.
Each film has its own unique story, but will keep you fully entertained throughout this cold January!

The Hobbit- The Battle of The Five Armies

Join Bilbo, the dwarves and Gandalf on this fantasy adventure for all of the family. If you were a fan of Lord of the Rings, this is a must watch for you! The film centres around the quest to regain
Erebor (lost dwarf kingdom), but they are not the only ones who want it for themselves.


Epic film featuring the much loved Martin Freeman, Sir Ian McKellen and Orlando Bloom.

Why watch this January, why not I say! This film will keep you entertained, take you on an emotional roller-coaster and wow you with the special FX. Must watch for 2017!

Inception

A dream within a dream! Mind blowing, gripping Sci fi fantasy Inception will keep you guessing throughout.
Cobb and his gang use dream sharing techniques to steal peoples thoughts and profit from them! He faces the biggest challenge of tackling a big time CEO, but will he succeed?

Oscar winning film Inception is a wonderful, creative and thought teasing film which will keep you second guessing throughout.

Super CGI and some excellent acting by Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page. Why watch this January.. because the film is thought provoking, with stunning graphics/CGI and some excellent acting by the cast! Another must watch for 2017!

Gravity

Fancy a space drama film? Look no further than Gravity, absolutely brilliant from start to finish.

Director Alfonso Cuaron did an incredible job with the special fx, giving the viewer a true feeling of life in space and the difficulties that come with working on shuttle missions.

The story revolves around Dr Ryan Stone and Matt Kowalski, two astronauts who are on a routine spacewalk, but the twist will leave you watching with intensity as this gripping space film will leave you in awe, on edge and desperate to find out the outcome of the twists and turns!

Another stunning and epic film for 2017.. starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Ed Harris.

Pacific Rim

Fancy something different? How about some robots and monsters?
Yep Pacific Rim is for you.. non stop action, fantasy and some epic battle scenes, Pacific Rim has it all!

When monstrous creatures began appearing from seemingly nowhere, humans were left with two choices.. perish or fight back.

Enter the Jaegers! Enormous man powered robots, in which two brave pilots (Raleigh andMako) would control each part of these dominant robots.
This adrenaline pumping, action film will keep you entertained throughout.
Superb action/fantasy film for 2017, starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Alba and Ron Perlman.

Jupiter Ascending

How about Channing Tatum (for the ladies) and Mila Kunis (for the fellas), add an action/adventure genre and yep I am sold! 
The film focuses on Jupiter Jones and her wonderful job of cleaning other peoples homes and bad luck! An heir to an intergalactic world and privileged life, which she was oblivious to until Caine Wise appears (a genetically modified engineer and ex military), who reminds her of her true worth and the future fate in which she must embrace.

Other big actors in this film include Sean Bean and Eddie Redmayne. A good alternative to the other films as it is less intense but equally gripping and what more to ask for on a cold January day, than Channing and Mila to warm you up!!

300 Rise of The Empire

Now to ancient Greece and 480 BC.. how about strategy and some Greek war this January! Look no further than the latest 300 installment, Rise of The Empire. 

Persia vs Greece, General Themistokles vs Mortal god Xerxes and Artemisia.. this film has epic battle scenes, blood and everything you would expect of an ancient Greek film.

As Xerxes Persian army close in Greek cities, Themistokles (initially an fleet admiral) is left making an unexpected alliance with Sparta (infantry army) in order to defend Greece from both the
sea and on land, from the powerful Persian Army.

Will they succeed.. you will have to pick 300 Rise of The Empire for your January film pleasure, to find out!

Epic historical fantasy war movie starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and David Wenham.


The post in written in collaboration with guest poster- my other half.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Healthy eating food diary

Healthy eating or clean eating means different things to everyone, for me it's about restricting myself from snacking, drinking more water, eating more vegetables and less unhealthy carbs and fats, for others it would be about cutting out processed meats and buying only organic dairy, fruits and vegetables, basically what suits you and your wallet.

It feels more of a diet at the moment rather than a change in the lifestyle, but I am not starving or eating rabbit food, I have never been a fan of that. 

Last week we did our first proper shop since agreeing to do healthy eating, we stopped buying some cans, added whole wheat products and mainly cut down on things that can potentially cause upset stomach and any kind of allergies or reactions.

Here is our food diary with what we have eaten before and what we are incorporating in our meals now, it's not a massive change as you can see, but I can see myself dropping few pounds and feeling lighter and healthier.

Would you add or change anything in your diet? Is there anything you like from our "Ideas for change" section?