30 March 2011

Review: Fade Out Skincare Products

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As I suffer from dry skin and horrible dark circle under my eyes from years of stress and lack of sleep the lovely people from Fade Out kindly sent me some of their products to try out. I was sent the Nourishing Night Cream and the Anti Shadow Brightening Eye Cream. Here is what I thought.

Nourishing Night Cream
This cream is very rich and moisturising so not a lot of it is needed to cover your face before you go to bed at night. I have been using it for over a month now and I really like it. My face feels a lot smoother and softer whereas before it felt dry and sore as I have bad dry skin so this cream really helped. The only thing that put me off it is the smell. For some reason the smell reminds me of old ladies! It is a sort of flowery smell that I can't quite pin point but if you can get over that (which I did) them the cream will do your face a treat. The cream also made my appearance seem fresher and my face lighter as it seemed to help fade out my freckles. Fade Out's new advanced white and bright complex with Niacinamide and powerful active naturals including mulberry and liquorice is clinically proven to work in 4 ways:

*Prevention - Penetrates deep into the skin's outer layers, preventing the melanin from reaching the upper layers of skin so skin appears lighter.
*Repair - The rich formula works overnight to nourish and hydrate the skin helping repair from within so skin feels revitalised.
*Correction - Targets problem areas of hyper-pigmentation, skin discolouration, age spots and sunspots so dark areas fade.
*Future Defence - Enhances the cell renewal process, slowing down and inhibiting the formation of further dark spots so skin remains lighter.

Fade Out claim that in just 4 weeks "areas of pigmentation will be significantly lighter" and I feel that this is justified as my skin is lighter, my freckles are lighter and the skin around my eyes looks better too.

You can purchase your own tub of 50ml Nourishing Night Cream from Boots for £9.18.


Anti Shadow Brightening Eye Cream
I love this little tube of eye cream, after only a week I could see the results of this delight product working. I have really bad dark skin under my eyes which can only be a result of stress and lack of sleep from having a child so to finally find a product that works and lightens the skin was brilliant. I really was amazed as I normally feel some products exaggerate the truth and lead you on a bit but this certainly isn’t the case with this. It even helped reduce the puffiness around my eyes and the cream has a nice smell to it as well which always helps. Fade Out Anti Shadow Brightening Eye Cream works in 4 ways:

*Reduces Dark Shadows - A tinted light cream that helps diminish discolouration for luminous looking skin so dark areas fade.
*Targets Fine Lines & Wrinkles - Specially formulated with light reflecting particles so the appearance of fine lines are reduced.
*Minimises Puffiness - Enriched with Vitamin A to hydrate and assist the production of collagen so skin appears firmer.
*Brighter Skin - Visibly improving uneven skin tone and texture so skin looks lighter.

You can purchase your own tube of 15ml Anti Shadow Brightening Eye Cream from Boots for £8.99.


Here is a quick run down of how the Fade Out products work.
Excessive production of melanin in the skin can result in areas of uneven pigmentation, age spots and overall darker skin tone. Over time this causes the skin to lose its brightness and appear dull and uneven.


Melanin, the brown pigment in skin, is produced by melanocytes. The transfer of melanin into the upper layers of the skin is accelerated when exposed to the sun or certain hormones. Fade Out products inhibit melanin transfer into the upper layers of the skin.

Clinical trial test results show 100% effectiveness in achieving a bright and even skin tone in just four weeks using the products twice daily. The clinical trial was conducted with 100 women aged between 18 and 40 with various skin types and tones.

You will also be glad to know that Fade Out is safe to use during pregnancy but if you have any concerns you should consult your GP before use.

Overall I really like both of these products and I think for such good creams the price is justified and quite fair as some of the creams on the market today are ridiculously priced. Both creams stand up to the claims of Fade Out and I would quite happily recommend to friends and family. I have no problems with these creams apart from the smell of the Nourishing Night Cream but you can get over that easily.

Mummies rating - 9.5/10

Please visit www.fadeout.com for more information and other great products.
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29 March 2011

The Complete Pregnancy Cook Book WINNER

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The Complete Pregnancy Cook Book by Fiona Wilcock


I bet you've all been waiting in suspence to hear the winner announced!!

Well here we go! The winner of The Complete Pregnancy Cook Book chosen by Random.org is...

Kirsty (@bloomingfox)

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28 March 2011

Review: Aubrey Organics Organimals Pet Products

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Our lovely pooch Lexie has unfortunately developed allergies to some of life's most common inhabitants, such as dust mites, tree pollen, certain fungi etc, so this has given her very delicate skin and an irresistible urge to scratch herself senseless until she bleeds which as you can imagine is not good! And as she comes into contact with her allergies on a daily basis she has had to be prescribed steroid tablets by the vet which she will most probably be on for the rest of her life.

The tablets do help but she still has the odd scratch so when I was asked to review the Aubrey Organics Organimals pet products I happily agreed as I hoped it would help soothe Lexie's skin and keep her fresh so fingers crossed for less scratching. I was sent the Shampoo and Grooming Spray to try out.

Organimals Shampoo for Dogs
The shampoo comes in a handy pump dispensing bottle which I instantly thought was fantastic as when you have wet hands whilst washing your pooch the last thing you need to be doing is opening a bottle, with a handy pump you can access the shampoo easily and there is no waste incase of accidental spills. It is quite a big bottle with 237ml of shampoo and as you don't need to wash your dog every day I can see this bottle lasting a long time. The shampoo also has a lovely scent and leaves your dog very clean and smelling fresh. It did wonders for Lexie's coat making it soft and smooth. Ingredients featured are coconut oil-corn oil soap and camomile, balm mint and almond oil. The benefits of these are that they gently cleanse without overdrying and keep your dog's coat soft and great-smelling. Here is what Aubrey Organics have to say about their dog shampoo: "Synthetic detergents and pesticides don't belong on your dog. That's why Aubrey's Organimals line is the natural choice! Superb, all-natural shampoo helps keep fleas and other pests away and leaves your dog's coat soft and clean. Natural coconut oil-corn oil soap base cleanses gently, without irritating a dog's sensitive skin." I really have to agree with what they say as Lexie has benefited from the shampoo greatly and I will definitely be purchasing in the future. You can purchase this lovely shampoo for your beloved dog for £9.18 from http://www.aubreyorganicsuk.co.uk/


Organimals Grooming Spray for Dogs
I was a bit miffed by the grooming spray to start with as Lexie isn't a show dog although she likes to make a show of herself, and I was unsure if I would really need this spray for her as I felt giving her a wash with shampoo was sufficient. However after reading the bottle to find out that you can also use it on your dogs bedding as well as your dog to minimise odours I was extremely pleased. Aubrey Organics say that the "soothing spray softens and deodorizes your dog's coat and helps keep it pest and odour-free without chemicals of any kind." This spray has done a great job at keeping Lexie's coat glossy with a brilliant shine and it smells lovely, kind of a minty smell to it. It is quite a strong smell and maybe one which some people would find off putting but the spray does it's job and you cannot smell doggy odours so fantastic. Ingredients featured are natural grain alcohol and vegetable glycerine base and camomile and organic jojoba oil which freshens and deodorises as well as soften and moisturise the coat. You can purchase your very own grooming spray for £9.68 for a 237ml bottle from http://www.aubreyorganicsuk.co.uk/


Both of these products are suitable for Vegan's and carry the "leaping bunny" logo which means that they are cruelty free cosmetics. It is a massive plus to know that Aubrey Organics are against any animal testing and have vowed to never test any of their products on animals.

Overall I love both of these products and so does the other half as they make Lexie smell fresh and keep her clean meaning our home now smells fresher and feels cleaner. Both products definitely work and are well worth the money and I feel they will last you for a good length of time before you have to repurchase.

Mummies rating - 9/10

Please visit http://www.aubreyorganicsuk.co.uk/ for more information and other fabulous products. You can also find Aubrey Organics on Facebook and Twitter so why not hop on over and tell them The Breastest News sent you.
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Reasons to be Cheerful - Week 12

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#1 New Job!
Well about a month or so ago I was told that I was going to be made redundant as my company were restructuring. It was a hard blow to take and made me very stressed and really worried for the future. I am glad to say though that I have now managed to secure a new job, hurray!! It has lifted a massive weight off my shoulders and I cannot wait to start. A nice fresh clean slate, just what I need.

#2 Shopping Spree
Well since I secured my new job I went out shopping with Logan and my mum at the weekend and splurged on some new trousers and tops for work. Logan also got a treat with some new toys and some lovely little tops from GAP and Next. Next had a lovely sale on too which was perfect timing. Also got a ton of bargains from PoundLand again! God I love that place.

#3 Holiday
We're hoping to have a little holiday this year which would be lovely but we just don't know where to go. We'll have to sit down and take a look at some of the family friendly places so that there is plenty for Logan to do. Don’t want a bored child on my hands! If anyone knows of any child friendly places to visit here or abroad please let me know.
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Silent Sunday - Weeeeee!

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Silent Sunday



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26 March 2011

Personalised Mother's Day Gifts at Calendar Wizard

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Give your mum a little something different this Mother's Day from Calendar Wizard. Beautifully personalise calendar's, diaries and note pads with your own special photo's for that perfect thoughtful gift.

Transforming your photos into stunning photo gifts is an easy way of creating a unique present that your mum will treasure. Collect your favourite photos, upload your photos quickly and easily to Calendar Wizard and if you’ve chosen a photo notebook or diary, you can even choose a diary cover design. Add holidays and events in the personalised date section of your creation – even add your mums birthday for that added wow factor! Your gift will arrive within 5 working days ready for your expert wrapping or you can send it straight to your mum! Which is very handy.

Create perfect personalised photo gifts Mum will love at Calendar Wizard! I love the Photo Notebook. It’s perfect for shopping lists, little memos and even doodling while watching Corrie! They are very good quality with a plastic front cover to protect your personalised photo. There are several backgrounds to choose from to complement your photo and the finish is lovely. Plus there are plenty of pages in the notebook so it will keep your mum going for a while.

The little diaries are very sweet and the perfect size for your mother's handbag. Every month you get to have a different photo for your mum to see which is sure to bring a smile to her face. The quality of this is very good as well with the same plastic front cover as the notebook.

Prices are as follows; Original Photo Calendar (A4 Sized) £11.99, Large Photo Calendar (A3 Sized when hung) £15.99, Photo Desk Calendar (A5 Sized) £8.79, A6 Notebook £3.99, A5 Photo Diary £11.99 & Slim Photo Diary £11.99.
Last order dates for delivery before Mothers day is 30th March – Midnight. They're helping you save the pennies too, Save 20% off all Calendar Wizard photo gifts by entering code 260209 at your basket.

Overall these are great gifts to get your mum for mother's day with fair pricing and good quality. I feel that Calendar Wizard could extend their range a little and maybe add some fun gifts such as mugs, keyrings etc.

Mummies rating - 8/10

Please visit www.calendarwizard.co.uk for more information and products. You can also find Calendar Wizard on Facebook and Twitter. Why not have a nosey and tell them The Breastest News Sent you.


 

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25 March 2011

Review: OCCO Skincare

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As I suffer from quite dry skin and am also prone to stretch marks, the lovely people from OCCO asked if I would like to try out one of their products from the OCCO Mirnavina No4 range. I was sent the Grape, Blackberry and Apricot Bath & Body Oil. Here is what I thought.

The presentation of this oil is very professional, it comes in a beautifully decorated box in a lovely glass bottle. The whole thing oozes quality. Here is how OCCO came up with their rejuvenating Mirnavina range "Mirnavina (pronounced Mi-na-vina) is inspired by Istria's longest and richest river, The Mirna, and the famous wince producing vineyards that lie on either side. Walking through the fields of colourful fruit trees and the leafy Mirna Valley recharges your senses and replenishes your zest of life."

I really found this oil rich and nourishing with a brilliantly fresh scent. The scent is very soft on the nose and is a delight to sniff. I really liked to use this oil in the morning after my shower as it really gave me the pick me up to get going and focus my senses ready for a day of work. The grape, blackberry and apricot comes in a 150ml bottle and retails for £25.00. The ingredients in this oil are 99% natural and can be used in the bath, on your body and even your hair! Added vitamin E and blackberry leaf extract help reduce any skin redness and help protect and heal the skin.

It really does hydrate your skin and my stretch marks look a lot lighter and less noticeable after only using this oil for a few weeks. I think 150ml is a lot of oil so I can see it lasting for a good while into the future. I'm even going to try and get the other half to give me a relaxing massage with this oil, relaxing and rejuvenating at the same time. What more could you want! The OCCO Mirnavina No4 range uses an average of 98% natural ingredients with 100% natural frangrance so you really know they have your skin in mind when creating their products.

You can find these beautiful products from selected John Lewis, Fenwick, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason stores.

Overall I really love this gorgeous oil and if that's anything to go by then the rest of the range will be fantastic too. This is a very high end product so it has a price to match which might be difficult for some people's budgets.

Mummies rating - 8.5/10

Please visit www.occo-online.com/shop/ for more informatio and products.
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Fashion Friday #6

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Shirt: Next £5 (in sale)
Jeans: Debenhams Rocha £7.00 (in sale)
Trainers: Nike Air Max £15.00
Buggy: Mamu Mamas & Papas £20.00 (ebay)



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24 March 2011

GIVEAWAY: Dolly Girl Boxed Baby Gift Set

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The lovely people at DotComGift's have kindly offered one of their beautiful Boxed Baby Gift Sets up for grabs to one of my lucky readers.

"Dolly girl pink polkadot three piece boxed baby gift set, 100% super soft cotton jersey, easy to wear and practical too! Sets are machine washable, which can be tumbled dry and ironed on reverse. Available size: 0 - 6 months. A perfect gift set for newborn baby girls."

Dolly Girl Boxed Baby Gift Set




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23 March 2011

Review: Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Hygiene Range

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Tommee Tippee have launched a great new Closer to Nature Hygiene Range into the market promising "a unique and innovative range of cleaning products, intuitively designed to help you easily incorporate good hygiene practices into your newborn feeding routine. Offering long lasting protection against 99.9% of bacteria & viruses, without the use of bleach or alcohol for a kind and gentle clean." I was sent the Soother, Teat & Teether Wipes and the 150ml bottle of Hand Serum. Here is what I thought.

Soother, Teat & Teether Wipes
These wipes are a brilliant idea, I just use soapy water in the house but when you are out and about you cannot turn to your sink to wash your child's bottle or toys that have been dropped on the floor. They come in a handy pack size of 30 which easily fit into our changing bag without taking up too much space. The wipes are quite big and very moist so you feel that you are giving the dropped toy/ dummy/ bottle a good wipe before your child puts it back in their mouth. These wipes have been proven to kill E.coli, Staphylococcus and H1N1 which is great peace of mind and they contain no bleach or alcohol. Also fragrance free they are suitable for use with bottles, teats, soothers, teethers, small toys and weaning equipment. We used them on Logan's silicone sippy cups, plastic spoons and teething toys. The only problem the other half and I found with these wipes is that they leave soapy suds behind after wiping which put us off a little and we had to wipe his sippy cups before giving them back to him to drink from as getting soapy suds in your mouth would not have been pleasant. You can purchase these wipes for £1.99 for 30 wipes from Tesco, Asda and Toys 'r' us stores.

Hand Serum
We really like the hand serum in our house. It's not runny and dries quickly leaving no residue or wetness which we love as you don't want to have slippery wet hands when picking up your baby. This hand serum kills and protects against germs for up to 6 hours and contains no alcohol or bleach unlike most hand serums on the market. This came in very handy recently when Logan burnt himself with a hot cup of coffee. We wanted to keep our hands as clean as possible when apply vaseline to his burns and this was the perfect way to do it quick and conveniently and with no alcohol or bleach in the serum it didn't irritate his burns. We were sent the 150ml bottle which has a handy pump dispenser but you can also purchase the 50ml bottle for taking out and about in your changing bag with you. You can purchase this serum for £1.99 for 50ml and £2.49 for 150ml from Tesco, Asda and Toys 'r' us stores.



There are more products in the Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Hygiene ranges which include; Steri Fluid and Surface Spray. The steri fluid is a great product to use when bottle feeding to help keep your bottles sterile and clean and it is proven to kill MRSA, E.coli, Listeria, Salmonella,Campylobacter, Staphylococcus and Candida albicans (which can cause thrush). You can also use the steri fluid for cold water sterilisation which is very handy. The surface spray looks great as it is safe to use on all surfaces including; high chairs, baby baths, changing mats and small plastic toys. Steri Fuild RRP £2.99 for 500ml and Surface Spray RRP £2.49 for 500ml.

Overall we love the hand serum most as the wipes leave some soapy suds behind after cleaning which is a shame. I think the products are fairly priced though and we really like the packaging. It is soft and gentle which I think really reflects the range as it has no alcohol or bleach in its products.

Mummies rating - 8/10

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Review: GALT Toys

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Logan has been a very lucky boy recently and he felt even luckier when GALT asked him if he would like to test out some of their fab toys! We jumped at the chance and the lovely people from GALT sent Logan a Peep-o Puppet Cow and the Stacking Hen. Here is what we thought.

"With 175 years experience in toys and education, Galt know a thing or two about designing toys to encourage children to learn through play...and also have fun! All Galt toys are manufactured to the highest standards of quality and safety. From our unique Playnest for babies, to craft and science for all ages, Galt offer a great range of imaginative toys!"

Peep-o Puppet Cow
This little cow is adorable and actually quite big which is great as some peeping puppets we have had haven't been long enough to get the full effect. This little cow can be pulled right inside its cup hiding it completely and then *surprise* he springs out to greet your baby with a big smiley face. The handle is the perfect size for little hands too as Logan likes to give the cow a big kiss and a cheeky little chew! On the subject of chewing I feel this toy is very durable considering Logan has 12 teeth now and has chomped on the cow a good few times and he was not being gentle either. This little cow contains a bell as well so he jingles when you pull him up and down and if your child grabs him you will hear him crinkle. Brilliant for exploring touch and sounds. We love that this toy is very colourful and also the black and white colouring of the cow will be quite captivating to a young baby and help keep their attention for longer. If you do not fancy the cow yourself you can purchase the Dog or the Lion for your child, all 3 of these toys look amazing it will be hard to choose. The retail price for these peep-o puppets is £7.99 and you can purchase directly from the GALT online store with a standard delivery charge of £3.95.

Stacking Hen
We love the stacking hen, Logan is completely obsession with carrying around the base and chewing on the pole. Instead of putting the rings on he delights in taking them off and thinks it's brilliant. He'll watch myself or the other half stack up the hen for him then he'll dive right in pulling the rings back off then running away with the base. He thinks it is so funny he's started wanting a chase round the house when he runs away with the base. The stacking hen has so many textures, colours and sounds to explore it is very stimulating. It has a squeaky beak, crinkly wings and furry, rattle and jingle rings. You can rest assured this is a very safe toy as it is filled with foam and light weight so no worry on it being dropped on little toes. Another delight is that this stacking hen is machine washable so no panicking when your little one wants to share some chocolate with their favourite hen! This would be a great toy to take on journeys as it comes in a very handy PVC bag with carry handle. It would give your child a sense of importance if they were allowed to carry their stacking hen with them. You can purchase your very own stacking hen for £12.99 from GALT's online store with a standard delivery charge of £3.95.


Overall these are fantastically fun toys, lots of textures, colours and sounds to explore that will keep your child amused for a good while and also allow you to interact and be part of the fun. I feel these are a tad on the pricey side but they are good quality and you get what you pay for.

Logan's rating - 9/10
Mummies rating - 9/10

For further information and more fantastic toys please visit http://www.jamesgalt.com/. You can also see what GALT are up to on Facebook and Twitter so get on over and like and follow. Please remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you!
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Reasons to be Cheerful - Week 11

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#1 Logan's Plasters
Finally Logan's plasters have been taken off as his burns have healed so well. He still has a few red patches on his chest but these have healed over and fingers crossed within the next week the red marks will be away and it will be like nothing ever happened! The nurse was very pleased and said there should be no scaring at all as the burns have healed so well. We were delighted by this and have definitely learned our lesson. The kettle has been moved to the opposite side of the kitchen and a new plug socket put into the wall so that the kettle is so far back on the kitchen worktop no one except an adult will be able to reach it. We have also installed a baby gate on the kitchen door so Logan can no longer run through to the kitchen. Please learn from our mistakes everyone, Logan has been very lucky but it could have been very different…

#2 Mother's Day
Mother's Day is fast approaching and I'm getting really excited about it. This will be my 2nd mother's day and we're planning to take a trip to the Butterfly Farm with Logan as we all love it there. Lots of pretty butterfly's fluttering above your head and cute little quails scurrying around your feet cheeping. I'm hoping that since the better weather is coming that their bee hives will be bustling and we'll get to see the bees making some honey. We've also been given an amazing baby sling from Lifft Sling so we're going to test it out there. Should be tons of fun.

#3 Poundland
I am loving the tons of bargains to be had from Poundland at the moment. I got a good selection of things including; Baby's First Sounds Book (normally £5), 6 boxes of Organix Raisins & Apple Pieces (normally £1.50), an interesting Lady Gaga Book, Heinz Fruit Pots (normally £1.86 or more), 10 Easter Cards for £1 and much much more. Will definitely be going back next week for another good look as it really saves me a lot of money on the things I would buy anyway. And it's great if you're skint and looking for a good present!
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20 March 2011

Silent Sunday - Lunch at Debenhams

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Silent Sunday

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Personalise Your Child's Nursery

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Are you looking for some funky stylish items for your child's Nursery? Well look no further. Here are some great items to create the perfect nursery for your little one.

ChalkBoard Sliding Wardrobe Doors
These look amazing and are dead cool! Prices start from £1500 depending on the spec etc which is a little scary but how amazing to have in your childs room! We will definitely be looking into these for Logan's new room. You can write on them with chalk till your hearts content and be safe in the knowledge that your newly painted walls will stay crayon/ pen free as your cheeky little monster can satisfy their drawing urges on the wardrobe doors instead. Hurray! You can find more info and products at www.sliderobes.com.

Children's Mobiles
Looking for a mobile that is a little bit different? Then these are for you. LED light up mobiles in the shape of elephants, horses, dogs or ice stars connected by micro-wire to a transparent ring leading to a compact battery pod with a hanging hook.
They are ideal for a child's bedroom or play area and make a fantastic night light. Suspended over a baby's cot, the nursery lighting will sooth and stimulate as the colour changing LED lights phase through blue, green and red. Each Mobile requires 3 x AAA batteries (not included) and comes packaged in a frosted plastic box. The animals retail at £14.99. The Colour Changing Glow Light Ice Stars look stylish and elegant as they glisten and slowly phase through five gorgeous colours. A thin translucent micro-wire connects the 18-point Ice Star to its pod-shaped battery pack (with built-in hook) which powers high quality slow-phasing LEDs. 3 x AAA batteries are required per Ice Star (not included). The ice stars retail at £7.99 for small or £9.99 for large. You can purchase these fantastic mobiles from www.rockingpony.co.uk.


Wiltshire Childrens Blanket Box
Looking for that extra bit of storage or some where to put all the toys when your little one goes to bed? This gorgeous high quality blanket box should do the trick. Retailing at £259.00 is has been lovingly handmade to the highest standards using Wiltshire solid pine. This box has a soft cream paint finish with contrasting natural waxed top. Ideal for blankets and linens or toys and games. With locking stay and cut-out finger protectors on the lift-up lid on all sides. You can purchase this gorgeous piece of furniture from www.cotswoldco.com.


Atlantic Blankets
This is the perfect blaket to keep your baby nice and warm and when not in use can be used as a throw for the bed. For 2011 there will be gorgeous new cashmere blankets from Yorkshire. Look out for the cotton fleecy blankets too, perfect for cots, prams and just general snuggling anywhere the baby goes. These range from £18 in nautical navy/white stripe to versions in pretty pink and pale blue. It is well worth the investment to buy babies and toddlers these nursery essentials made from natural fibres. Wool naturally repels dirt and is much better at controlling the baby’s body temperature than a synthetic alternative. They also make fabulous presents from grandparents, godparents, family or good friends and will become heirlooms in their own right. You can purchase your very own blanket from www.atlanticblankets.com.



JimJam Bed
The 'Kids JimJam' beds are sturdy, stylish and have handy removable cotton covers that can be washed regularly to keep them looking fresh or they can be changed when necessary to suit children's changing tastes. Further more there is also plenty of room underneath for storage baskets to hide away toys or a trundle bed for sleepovers. You can purchase your very own JimJam for £525.00 from www.thesleeproom.com.


Owl Mobile
Not a fan of the LED mobiles then this little bird might be of interest. Absolutely adorable is the word that springs to mind when first seeing this clever little owl! Not only cute as a button but also able to preform a soothing Brahms lullaby! Hang it by the bed and let the owl lull your little one to sleep. You can purchase your own little owl mobile for £25.00 from www.skandivis.co.uk.

 

Alphatastic Personalised Name Art
Imortalise your child's name in a work of art forever with these amazing masterpieces from Alphatastic. Prices start from £34.95 and you can have them framed too so less hassle for you! There is a wide array of designs to choose from for boys and girls. Get your own from www.alphatastic.com.



These are just some of the cute, interesting and innovative products that you can have for your child's nursery and we will most certainly be looking into a few of these products for Logan's newly decorated room. Infact we already have a beautiful Alphatastic name for Logan, we just need to get round to putting it on the wall!

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Review: Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone

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The lovely people at Esdevium Games Ltd are the UK's largest distributors of Board Games and Collectables but this year they are venturing into the pre-school toy market and introducing the very cute Fisher-Price Classics range. These toys are the re-issued retro classics of yesteryear made to a high manufacturing standard for children of today. Esdevium Games Ltd have the exclusive UK distribution rights for the Fisher-Price Classics range for 2011 and we were lucky enough to be asked to test and review the Chatter Telephone. Here is what we thought.

"Introduced in 1961 as the Talk Back Phone, The Chatter Telephone was designed with a rotary dial to teach children how to dial a phone. Today's Chatter Telephone makes children smile just the same way, with eyes that role up and down, a mouth that chatters, and a dial that rings. This friendly phone is ready for a whole new generation of children to enjoy!"


So does this phone stand up to its amazing intro? Well I really think it does! This cute little retro telephone made a big impression with Logan. When he spied it in the box he could not wait to get it out. It has some lovely bright colours and beautiful blue eyes. Straight away Logan went for the dial, sticking his fingers into the little holes and pulling them round. He was surprised to hear a ringing noise when he let the dial go and would sit for ages making the telephone ring. The phone came in very handy when Logan would have to go in his play pen if I needed to nip to the toilet as it would stop him from having a trantrum or becoming bored.

This telephone is very sturdy, it has been stood on and thrown several times over the play pen which is quite high and it has not suffered any damage. The little phone itself has passed the chomp test and has no bite marks at all. The telephone has a string at the front so your child can use it as a pull along toy and when you pull it the eyes move and the phone chatters away. Logan thought the chattering noise was quite funny and would push the phone back and forward to make it chatter.

As well as the chatter telephone there will be a few other Fisher-Price classics being brought back into the range. These have not been finalised yet but please look out for them in future.


This toy is recommended for children aged 12 months + and you can purchase this chatter telephone from Amazon with a RRP of £14.99. It is currently selling for £10.49 with free shipping so grab yourself a bargain whilst you can.

The only little niggle I have with the actual phone part is that the cord connecting the phone to the base could be a little longer so that Logan could put it to his ear without the whole unit lifting off the floor.

Overall this is a brilliant sturdy little telephone that can with stand a good bashing and will take you back to you child hood with fond memories. I think this phone is priced fairly and you will always get a bargain on Amazon.

Logan's rating - 10/10
Mummies rating - 8.5/10

Please visit www.esdeviumgames.com for more products and information.
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19 March 2011

Organix Giveaway WINNERS

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I bet you've all been waiting in suspence to hear the winners announced!!

Well here we go! The winners of the Organix Gingerbread Men Tins chosen by Random.org are...

Anna (@anna8301)
&
Emma (@TheRealSupermum)


Congratulations ladies!

Please email me with the following details and I will have your prize sent out:

Name:
Email Address:
Home Address:


Thanks to everyone who entered, it is very much appreciated.
You may also wish to enter our Pregnancy Cook Book Giveaway.

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18 March 2011

Review: Easter Gifts www.find-me-a-gift.co.uk

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The very generous people at www.find-me-a-gift.co.uk have sent Logan and I some lovely Easter goodies to test and review. We were sent a Personalised Easter Candle, a Personalised Easter Bunny Soft Toy and a Nyokki Egg Pet Plant. Here is what we thought of them.

Personalised Easter Candle
The easter candle is very cute and what a great present it makes when you can personalise it. Our candle says "Logan, Happy Easter Love From Mummy xx". It is very sweet and something which I think I will keep for Logan instead of using so he can see what he got for his first easter. It is quite a good sized candle with a photo of an easter bunny on it and it comes wrapped in cello with a little yellow ribbon tied round it. This would make a perfect present for someone who is not that into a chocolate easter egg or who is on a diet! You can purchase this lovely candle for a brilliant £6.29.


Personalised Easter Bunny Soft Toy
This easter bunny is lovely and is of quite good quality, I was not expecting it to be so good. It has a little bow around it's neck and a very snug soft jumper which can have a personal message stitched into it, you can personalise the jumper with blue or pink thread and up to 50 characters. Ours says "Logan's Easter Bunny" in blue stitching. The stitching is very well done and neat and the bunny is very soft. I really think this would make a great gift for babies who are a little too young for chocolate and other children who cannot have chocolate. Also this bunny will last forever unlike chocolate! This bunny is cream and sits 21cm high when sitting. You can purchase your own easter bunny for £16.19.


Nyokki Egg Pet Plant
These unusual little easter gifts are brilliant. It's a little egg shaped planter which you grow grass in the top as hair and it is painted like an animal. There is a chick, cat, bunny or frog design to choose from. It's very easy to do as the grass seeds are already in the egg planter and raring to go. You just need to add water and away you go. Brilliant for kids or adults young at heart. Would be great company at your office desk and you can even tie the grass into bunches to create ears, trim it into different shapes or see how long it grows! You can purchase one of these unusual little gifts for £5.99.


Overall these are great gifts and I would glady recommend them all. I think the easter bunny is a bit on the pricey side and maybe not as accessible to all household incomes as the candle and nyokki egg pet plant. I love to nyokki egg pet plant and would definitely buy it again. It's a great price and durable.

Logan's rating - 8/10
Mummies rating - 7/10

You can find more information and more brilliant Easter Gifts from www.find-me-a-gift.co.uk
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Fashion Friday #5

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Jumper: Marks & Spencer (handmedown)
Jeans: Asda (handmedown)
Socks: Debenhams £5.00 (Pack of 5)
Toy: Toy Story Ride on from Asda £7.50

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Reasons to be Cheerful - Week 10

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Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy From the Heart



#1 Logan's Getting Better
After a horrible accident with some hot coffee we are happy to say that Logan is on the mend and almost fully healed. He only has a few little red marks on his chest and a couple of red dots on his chin and shoulder. We'll be at the doctors next Tuesday for another check-up and to have his plaster changed so big fingers crossed it'll just about have all healed by then.

#2 A Little Treat
After having saved our pennies and not spent money on any rubbish for a little while we decided to treat ourselves to some new clothes. Logan got a lovely t-shirt from Levi's, my other half got some new Levi jeans and Nike trainers and I got a lovely water proof berghaus jacket. Well worth the wait.

#3 Home Cooked Food
Logan is now starting to eat more home cooked food which is fantastic and take a bit more of an interest in fruit. As long as I make him some food with a tomato taste then he'll eat it! It's funny as all I ate when I was pregnant was tomato soup. He finally ate some strawberries this week as well, normally they have been too sweet for him but he gave them a go with some cream from mummies strawberry tart, yum. Lets hope the good eating continues.
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15 March 2011

Review: BABYBJÖRN Cup

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Now that Logan is 15 months old we have been trying to get him to drink from a more grown up cup so when BABYBJÖRN asked us if we would like to test and review their cup we were delighted. Here is what we thought.

We were sent a lovely green cup from BABYBJÖRN which grabbed Logan's attention straight away. I was surprised by how small the cup is but that's a good thing as it is perfect for Logan's little hands to grip. The bass of the cup is weighted slightly which helps to keep the cup from tipping over when on the highchair. The cup has nice round edges so as not to damage little gums and teeth which is great and it also has measurements up the side of the cup and it can hold 100ml of liquid.


This cup is BPA free and is suitable for 8 months + so introducing your baby to the cup early enough will get them used to it quicker. I like it that it resembles a normal ish cup shape so that your child can associate you drinking from a cup and watching how you do it to them drinking from their little cup. I think it aids the learning process if your child can see and learn from their parents.

Logan loved this little cup and has chewed on it none stop. He does take sips off water from it quite happily but then proceed to tip the cup over his head and the water. I think we need to work on showing him how we drink from a cup and hope that he follows suit. It fits perfectly in his hands and the non-slip grip around the cup helps him to hold on when his hands are covered in food. The bigger base helps him to put the cup down on his highchair table without it tipping over which I appreciate.

I love the fact that you can put this cup in the microwave and the dishwasher. It makes things so much easier and quicker. This cup is made from durable and recyclable plastics which is a surprise as not many brands use plastics which can be recycled.


The cup has been developed with paediatricians, industrial engineers, children and parents so a lot of research and testing has gone into it. The BABYBJÖRN cup can also be used as a feeding container and is designed to fit perfectly with the BABYBJÖRN Spoon.

The cup is available in red or green and co-ordinates with the rest of the kitchen range products. This cup retails for £8.99 and can be purchased from kiddicare.com

Overall a great little cup and with more practice I'm sure Logan can master it. There has been so much thought put into it and we would definitely recommend to friends and family. A little bit pricey but it will last a good bashing and can be passed on to the next child.

Logan's rating - 9/10
Mummies rating - 8.5/10

Please visit www.babybjorn.com for more products and information.
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Review: Miffy Comfort Blanket

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Logan loves to chew and munch on his toys and teething has not helped so when we were asked to test and review one of the lovely Miffy Comfort Blankets we were very excited. The lovely people from Miffy kindly sent us one of their comfort blankets with little tags and knots in it to test. Here is what we thought.

This little comfort blanket is very cute. It has a small rabbit attached to it that has a squeaker in it's tummy which is handy for grabbing Logan's attention. The blanket itself is very soft, infact it is so soft I can't stop touching it! It has lots of different textures to help your baby explore by mouth or hand and Logan loved this as he has a thing about labels on his normal toys so to have proper little tags was brilliant.


The rabbit is great as it is firm enough for your baby to have a good chew on whilst teething and because it is soft it won't damage their little gums. We also love that their is minimum packaging and it is mostly cardboard which can be recycled. This comfort blanket is suitable from birth and would make a perfect unique present for any new baby.

The great thing about this comfort blanket is that it is machine washable so you can let your little one explore and chew as much as they want and be safe in the knowledge that it will go in the wash at night fresh for the next morning. This blanket measure 24cm x 24cm including the side tags and miffy sits 140mm high.

You can purchase this miffy comfort blanket in the lovely dotty red or blue gingham check from Miffy's own online store here priced at £9.99.

Overall this is a great comfort blanket and we totally love it. I think it is fairly priced compared to some of the other comfort blankets on the market and I really feel you get more for your money.

Logan's rating - 9/10
Mummies rating - 9/10

Please visit www.miffyshop.co.uk for more information and products. You can also follow Miffy on Twitter and Facebook. Please remember to tell them that The Breastest News sent you.
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14 March 2011

Easter Gift Guide

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Easter Sunday is just over 5 weeks away on 24th April 2011. Why not beat the rush and be prepared this year and buy your loved ones some gifts in advanced. Can you imagine, no worrying about when the postman will turn up and no stress of going into town to bardge round the shop with everyone in your way!

Here are a selection of very interesting and unquie gift ideas for Easter Sunday.
 
 
Personalised Easter Candle
 Know someone who is not a big fan of chocolate? Then this is the perfect gift for them. Everyine loves a candle and to have it personalised is the icing on the cake! And for £6.29 it's a bargain.

Personalised Easter Bunny Soft Toy
Perfect for that little person in your life at easter, what more could they want than to have their name stitched into the jumper of a very cute cuddley bunny for £16.19
 
Nyokki Egg Pet Plants
For the more interesting and unusal gift at easter why not buy your loved one a Nyokki Egg Pet Plant? Grow it's hair and style it how you like. Great for the young and old at heart and a great inexpensive gift at £5.99.
 
 
All of these gifts can be purchased from: www.fine-me-a-gift.co.uk
 
 

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GIVEAWAY: The Complete Pregnancy Cook Book

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So you loved the feature on MyFunnyBunny.com and desperately want someting from their scrummy website for yourself? Well here's how to get your hands on a brillaint book - The Complete Pregnancy Cook Book by Fiona Wilcock. I will be giving this away to 1 of my lucky blog readers courtesy of MyFunnyBunny.com


The Complete Pregnancy Cook Book by Fiona Wilcock


To be in with a chance of winning:

1. Follow this blog (or tell me you already are).
2. Follow MyFunnyBunny on Twitter and tell them The Breastest News sent you.
3. Follow @BreatestNews on Twitter (or tell me you already are) and tweet '@BreastestNews I've entered to win the Pregnancy Cook Book http://www.thebreastestnews.co.uk/ '
4. Follow The Breastest News Blog on Facebook (or tell me you already are).
5. Then leave a comment here telling me which method of entry you have chosen. Extra entries will be given to those who complete all 5 steps.

(You do not have to complete all 5 steps but if you would like to enter please leave a comment and an email address so that I can contact you if you win, thank you)


This is a UK only giveaway, closing date is 28th March 2011 at 12 noon.

Winner will be chosen using Random.org

Good Luck everyone!!

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13 March 2011

Review: Earth Friendly Baby Products

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We are always looking for new products to wash Logan with and to use as a nappy cream as Logan has quite sensitive skin. When the Earth Friendly Baby team got in touch and asked us to review a few of their products we glady accepted. We were sent the Organic Red Clover Diaper Care Cream and the Organic Lavender Shampoo & Bodywash. Here is what we thought.

Organic Red Clover Diaper Care Cream
The ingredients in this nappy cream are 100% derived from all-natural sources where possible and is not tested on animals. A massive plus for us, eco friendly and animal friendly. Just what we like to hear. This nappy cream is hypoallergenic and has 12% zinc oxide to help clear up any nappy rash. You get 43g in each tube of travel cream or you can buy the 113g bedside cream and I must say that it is really nice. It has a good texture to it like a cream should and is easy to apply to babies bottom. I feel that you do need a good helping of this cream to sufficiently cover your babies bottom so you might use the cream up quicker than some other nappy creams. The plant Clover is included in this nappy cream as it is a natural anti-inflammatory and the cream is also unscented so as not to irritate the skin. It did really help clear up Logan's nappy rash and he didn't complain when I was applying it either. You can purchase this nappy cream for £2.99 for the 43g tube or £5.49 for the 113g tube and you can buy it from selected Waitrose and John Lewis stores.


Organic Lavender Shampoo & Bodywash
This shampoo and bodywash smells great with the Lavender and the fact that it has a double use is a bonus. Saves you a bit of money from buying seperate hair and bodywash products. This products is also hypoallergenic and not tested on animals. You get 251ml in each bottle and is developed to be very gentle on babies delicate skin. It has certified organic ingredients and has won the Mother & Baby Silver award for most eco-friendly product, a great achievement. The bottle is great and has a handy flip top lid so no need to unscrew anything to get the shampoo and bodywash out, saving you time if you have a restless baby in the bath! If you are not a fan of lavender you can also purchase this shampoo and bodywash in Chamomile and Mandarin. When using on Logan's hair the shampoo was easy to wash out and left no residue which we appreciated and it is a good consistency and not runny. You can purchase the Shampoo & Bodywash for £3.99 from selected Waitrose and John Lewis stores.


Overall we really like this brand, the products are eco friendly and kind to Logan's skin. The only problem I have is that they are a bit pricey for the amount of product you get but then again they are organic!

Logan's rating - 8/10
Mummies rating - 7.5/10


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