25 March 2012

WINNER: 365 Bedtime Stories Book

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365 Bedtime Stories Book Winner



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The winner of the fab 365 Bedtime Stories Book, courtesy of the lovely Award Publications, is...

Jeanette - @jeanette177

Congratulations!

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

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Thanks to everyone who entered, it is very much appreciated. Please also take a look at the Competitions page for even more fab giveaways.

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Easter Gift Guide Part 1

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Well it's not long past Mother's Day and now Easter is fast approaching! There always seems to be something to spend your money on these days… Anyway if you're looking for something a bit different as an Easter Gift this year, check out my suggestions below. I'm sure there's something that's tickle your fancy.


Kids Painting Set
What better way to keeps the kids happy on Easter morning than with this great little Easter painting set from Poundworld. It's cheap and cheerful and comes with a pallet of paints, a brush and some Easter themed pictures to colour in. Brilliant if it happens to be raining that day or you can use it in the run up to Easter for the kids to get excited for rolling their eggs down the hill! Available from www.poundworld.net.


Personalised Kids Books


Chocolates are great but there's nothing better than staring in your very own story! The kids will love these personalised books from Penwizard. There's lots of different themes to choose from including; Peppa Pig, Roary the Racing Car, Princess book, Football book, Fifi and the Flower Tots and much more. RRP £14.99 and available from www.penwizard.co.uk but you'll be pleased to know Penwizard currently have a £2 discount code, simply enter: 651234 at the check out.


Easter Fancy Dress


Kids love to dress up and what better way to show their appreciation for Easter than by donning one of these cute Easter costume from Kiddy Mania. There's lots to choose from including; an Easter bunny, cockerel, sheep, donkey and even an elephant if you want to be different! Available from www.kiddymania.co.uk RRP £9.95.


Wool Felted Eggs


These eggs are perfect for any Easter egg hunt around the garden and will last a lot longer than chocolate since they're made from wool which has been felted together using the wet felting technique. Another good use for these is a beautiful centre piece on your table for Easter lunch. Place them in a bowl and these colourful eggs will brighten up your table a treat. Available from www.woolicious.etsy.com RRP £12.46.


'Free From' Easter Eggs


We do all love a chocolate egg but what about the kids and adults who can't have dairy, wheat, egg and gluten? Well Holland & Barrett have brought out a great range of Easter eggs that have none of these ingredients in them! They're 'free from' range looks delicious and include a Dark Chocolate Egg with 6 chocolate discs RRP £3.99, a Milk Chocolate Egg with 6 chocolate discs RRP £3.99, a children's Milk Chocolate Egg with 6 discs RRP £3.99 and a children's White Chocolate Egg with buttons RRP £3.49. Available from www.hollandandbarrett.com and stores nationwide.


Palmer's Cocoa Butter Products


Now we don't want to forget the mummies and pregnant ladies at Easter time so why not treat them to a little gift from Palmer's. They have a brilliant Cocoa Body Butter (RRP £4.99) which is ideal for softening and smoothing whereas their Skin Therapy Oil (RRP £9.99) is great for a bit of pampering. Both are available from Boots stores nationwide.


Children's Tikkers


This Tikkers children’s watch set is perfect for fashionable young children. This fun watch has a comfortable blue strap, multi-coloured numbers and an easy to read white dial. The strap also has an easy to use buckle fastening. RRP £14.99 and available from www.WatchShop.com.


Cadbury Easter Egg Trail


Create your own fun Easter egg trail at home for the kids using Cadbury's very own Easter Egg Trail Pack which contains 10x Cadbury Dairy Milk hollow chocolate eggs and 1x winner's prize- Mini Eggs bag. In addition to containing tasty chocolate treats, the packs are adorned with cutout trail markers and arrows, making them ideal to plan an exciting hunt at home. The Cadbury Easter Egg Trail pack comes complete with handles to transform the pack into a basket, perfect for gathering eggs on a hunt at home or in the garden. RRP £4.09 and available from all major retailers.


Ethical Superstore
The lovely Ethical Superstore has a great range of products available for Easter but the ones that caught my eye were the gorgeous Booja Booja Eggs. The one I liked the most has to be the one stuffed with Banoffee Toffee Truffle, yum! There are plenty of different truffle flavours to choose from though. RRP £9.95 and available from www.ethicalsuperstore.com.


Easter Goodies from Poundland


Poundland have a range of brilliant Easter goodies to keep the kids happy over the holidays from make your own cards and felt bag kits to bunny ears, mini eggs and cute little toy chicks there's plenty to choose from. And for only £1 each you can't complain. Check out www.poundland.co.uk for more products but do nip in store to grab your bargains.

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19 March 2012

Review: Earth Friendly Baby

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The very kind people from Earth Friendly Baby sent Logan some of their lovely products to review. We received their Organic Sunflower Massage Oil, Organic Lavender Bubble Bath and their Eco Baby Wipes. Here is what we thought.

Now Logan is 2 years old and is quite a bit beyond the baby massage stage but since he has dry skin I often rub some sort of cream or oil into him after he's had a bath to stop him from going crispy! He really likes being pampered so this is where the Organic Sunflower Massage Oil comes in handy. It has a little flip top lid which you can easily use with oily fingers and there's no need to panic that your child will kick it over and the oil will go every where as the lid is just as easy to close again.

Earth Friendly Baby say: "This Organic Massage Oil can be used on babies from the age of 3 months and not forgetting mums and dads too! The blend contains over 70% certified organic ingredients. This nourishing massage oil contains a base of Sunflower Oil, blended with the amazing mild and healing Kukui Oil from Hawaii that is traditionally used on newborn babies and can also soothe skin that has been over exposed to the sun. Calendula and Chamomile Oils in this clever oil along with Vitamin E will help to heal the most sensitive skin. And for that touch of luxury a hint of the highest quality Rose has been added to soothe the senses."


I really liked this massage oil for Logan, it wasn't too greasy and massaged into the skin really well leaving it soft and smooth. I didn't use it every day but I'm sure you could if you wanted too as babies do love a little massage and it helps you to bond with your little one. RRP for this product is £7.14 for 100ml and you can purchase it from John Lewis, Amazon or visit www.earthfriendlybaby.co.uk.

The Organic Lavender Bubble Bath was great, it created tons of bubbles and a little definitely goes a long way with this stuff. It's more like water than the normal gloopy bubble bath you get and to start with I thought I would need lots to get some good bubbles but boy was I mistaken. There were so many bubbles I couldn't find Logan at one stage (slight exaggeration but you get my point) so next time I was very careful only to add a little. The smell of the lavender is beautiful, very subtle but that's all you want in a children's bubble bath anything too overpowering and it just puts me off purchasing again.


This bubble bath was great for Logan's skin which left it nice and soft. I tend to find most bubble baths dry out Logan's skin (apart from specialist baby ones) but this one was lovely. You get 370ml for RRP £6.12 and you can purchase if from John Lewis, Amazon or visit www.earthfriendlybaby.co.uk.

Last but not least are the Eco Baby Wipes. Earth Friendly Baby say: "These 100% biodegradable eco baby wipes were created to help the environment as well as baby’s delicate skin. These gentle, eco baby wipes are made from material derived from wood pulp and starch making them kinder to the environment. Blended with organic Chamomile and Calendula to soothe and calm baby’s most delicate areas they’ll leave baby’s skin smooth, soft and delicately cleansed."


These Eco Wipes are brilliant. They're so soft, quite big and thick so you only need a few to change a babies dirty nappy unlike the loads I seem to use with some other brands. They don't stick together in the packet either and are easy to remove which is handy when you've got a screaming kicking toddler who'd rather play with his choo choo train than have his nappy changed! When Logan had bad nappy rash the Eco Wipes didn't seem to hurt his bottom either. I find some wipes quite stingy because of the alcohol in them but because these wipes have been blended with organic chamomile and calendula they help to soothe babies bum. You get 72 wipes in a pack for only RRP £3.05 which is fab and you can purchase them from John Lewis, Amazon or visit www.earthfriendlybaby.co.uk.

Overall I like everyone of these products although I think the Eco Wipes have to be my favourite. The Eco Wipes are fairly priced in my opinion especially for what you get but I think the massage oil and the bubble bath are a bit on the expensive side. I would happily purchase these products to use on my son in future though and I would recommend to friends and family.

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

Please visit www.earthfriendlybaby.co.uk for more products and information. You can also see what Earth Friendly Baby get up to on Facebook so why not pop over and say hello! Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you.
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18 March 2012

Review: ThermaCare HeatWraps

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Nowadays back pain is very common, everyone you speak to has some kind of sore back. It's probably due to our poor posture, weight or some kind of damage we've done from lifting a heavy box the wrong way (I think we're all a bit guilty of that!). Just before I became pregnant I was unlucky enough to be invloved in a head on car accident, I have no idea what the other driver was doing but they obviously weren't paying attention and the result wasn't great for my back and ever since then I've had back pain.

I hate taking pain killers, I don't want to feel like I have to depend on them so I wish I'd known about these ThermaCare HeatWraps sooner. ThermaCare were kind enough to send me a pack of their Lower Back & Hip HeatWraps to review for them and I really do think they're great. They would have been perfect to use when I was breastfeeding my son after he was born too, I didn't want to take painkillers then as I didn't want to pass anything on through my milk to my baby.

ThermaCare say: "patented heat cell technology gives deep penetrative therapeutic relief, that is as effective as taking the maximum over-the-counter dose of ibuprofen tablets.  It uses heat generating ingredients of iron, charcoal, salt and water that react on contact with oxygen to produce heat, helping to relax tight muscles and improve flexibility to help you move more freely – whatever your day requires of you."
These HeatWraps can give you up to 8 hours of heat, to use you simply have to take the belt out of it's pouch, place the dark side of the discs on the belt towards your skin and fasten the belt. As easy as that. The belt is very stretchy and is sized from a small to extra large so you can imagine it can fit quite a wide range of shapes. I'm around a size 12-14 and it fits me fine when plenty of extra room if I need to go bigger.

So what did I think? Well these HeatWraps actually work! The heat penetrates into the back muscles to help soothe and relax them and after only wearing for 30 minutes I could feel the pain disapearing which felt fantastic. When I get a sore back it can ruin my day making me feel sick as well as a lot of discomfort but now I can use these I don't have to worry so much anymore. The HeatWraps are easy to wear under clothing, you would never even notice you had it on and because it can be worn for 8 hours that's  a whole days work so if you have an office job like me and your back gets sore from the way you sit at your desk then these are perfect for you.

If you're also a mum then you'll appreciate these too if you suffer from back pain. ThermaCare say: "almost half (48%) of mums who suffer aches and pains say lifting up their kids causes the most strain. This is not surprising after a new survey revealed one in five mums carry their kids around for four or more hours a day when they are young – this equates to a full two months spent carrying their child over a year! One in 20 (5%) of the women, who were part of a survey of 3,000 men and women carried out by ThermaCare® HeatWraps, say their muscular or joint pain was initially caused as a direct result of pregnancy while 7% say lifting their child was the initial trigger. The survey further revealed the impact muscular aches and pains have on everyday parenting activities with 22% finding the constant tidying up after their kids a strain, whilst 18% find bath time a back ache, and just over one in 10 (12%) say play time and pushing a pram leaves them aching. More than one in ten (11.99%) parents say muscular or joint pain interrupts their time with their children on a daily basis, while one in five says it is a nuisance a few times a week."

So if like me you don't want to be taking painkillers left right and centre then you need to get yourself some of these ThermaCare HeatWraps. You get 2 belts in a pack with an RRP of £6.12 and they can be bought from all good supermarkets and pharmacies.

Overall I love these HeatWraps, they have done wonders for my back pain without having to take medication and I would highly recommend them to mums and dads who suffer any sort of back pain. The price is obviously more expensive than taking painkillers however you're not putting anything into your body which definitely appealed to me as a breastfeeding mum.

Mummies rating - 10/10

Please visit www.backexperts.co.uk for more tips and advice. You can also see what ThermaCare get up to on Facebook and Twitter so why not pop over and say hello! Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you.
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17 March 2012

Giveaway: Mercers of Yorkshire

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Well I've had quite a few different types of giveaways on the blog but nothing like this, that is why I'm delighted to say that the lovely people from Mercers of Yorkshire have kindly agreed to give away 3 of their delish curds.

Lemon Cheese
Mercers of Yorkshire’s sunshine yellow curd is the perfect pie filler and Easter cake topping, and a traditional English breakfast simply isn’t worth having without the zing of lemon curd on toast!


Ginger Curd
This intense, silky curd is an ideal companion to freshly-baked bread or as a filling for croissants and crepes, and its spicy flavour wonderfully offsets the cloying creaminess of cheesecake or ice-cream.


Lime Curd
Mercers of Yorkshire’s tart, buttery Lime Curd adds a brilliant zing to Easter whether folded into cream for a fruity dip, or used before baking to make the moistest of Easter cakes. Or simply eaten by the sinful spoonful!





How To Enter:
Basically all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is follow Mercers of Yorkshire on Facebook and leave a comment here telling me you have done so. As simple as that! If you'd like an extra chance of winning then simply follow them on Twitter as well and leave a comment telling me you have done so. That's all you have to do, very simple.


This is a UK only giveaway, closing date is 7th April 2012 at 12 noon.

Winner will be chosen using Random.org

Good Luck everyone!!

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15 March 2012

Guest Post - Hoarders beware: The times they are-a-changin'

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As if chasing after the little ones doesn’t keep you young, now you’ve got to stay current with all of the trends in technology. If you haven’t tapped into the world of digital storage yet, you’re missing out on a prime opportunity to clear your home of clutter. Want to know how you can simplify your life while making money from activities such as selling DVDs for cash? Keep reading.

One of the best ways to get rid of clutter is to learn to embrace the digital age. From music to important documents, you can now store everything on a cloud drive, skipping the need to skim through messy file cabinets or search through all of those jewel cases for your favourite CD.

Before you can toss everything, though, you have to get digitally organised. This means that you should scan all of your important documents and convert them into portable document format, or PDFs. If you store them in your email account or a cloud drive, you can access them from any computer with your password and username, meaning that you’ll never have to worry about them getting destroyed. In addition, using PDFs allows you to clear up office space both at work and at home, making for a clearer, clutter-free environment, which is something that mothers everywhere can appreciate.


When it comes to getting with the times, going digital isn’t just for work. One of the most useful--and profitable--things you can do for this year’s spring clean is clear out all of your old CDs. Whether you think you’ve outgrown your Cranberries collection, or you just want a little more breathing room around the house, selling your CDs is a good way to get a fresh start.

Before you start to clear out your entertainment centre, however, start by converting all of your music and movies to a digital format. Ripping your CDs to a personal computer is a fairly easy process, and most PCs even have built-in software that can help you. Transferring your favourite movies may be a bit more involved, but researching free software like DVD Shrink or Handbrake can help you get started.

Once you have all of your music and movies in digital file formats, you’ll want to move them to a cloud drive so that you don’t take up all of the memory on your computer. This will allow you to access them whenever you want from several types of devices. Then, you are ready to sell!

You could pack up all of your CDs, DVDs, and video games and take them to the nearest second-hand entertainment store, but who has time for that? If you’re a busy mum who barely has time to plan the next family meal, luckily there are online outlets that do most of the work for you.

One of the most popular way to sell used discs is to post them on an user-generated site such Gumtree or Amazon. This way of selling has several advantages, including the ability to set your own prices, but it also has its drawbacks. You’ll be responsible for monitoring the item’s progress throughout your posting and taking the discs to the post office to ship them once you’ve sold them.

However, if you want to make money without all the fuss, there’s an easier way to sell your CDs. A buy back service like musicMagpie makes the process simple and convenient by allowing users to upload information about each disc that they want to sell and then arrange for postage. You’ll get a cheque for all of your used CDs without ever having to leave home.

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Breakthrou​gh Breast Cancer - Make Mother's Day Matter

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This March, Breakthrough Breast Cancer is urging people to get behind their new campaign to raise funds and Make Mother’s Day Matter.

It couldn’t be easier to spoil your Mum whilst also lending your support to this pioneering charity. Just visit http://breakthrough.org.uk/mothersday and for a suggested donation (£3) download one of ten unique and stylish vouchers designed to make your Mum feel extra special.

Each voucher, which can be personalised and printed, represents a promise from you to your Mum. These range from making her breakfast in bed, to doing 3 hours of gardening, to cleaning her car, to giving her some peace and quiet. As well as promising to treat your Mum to something special this Mothering Sunday, by making the suggested donation to Breakthrough Breast Cancer of the equivalent value of the voucher you will be helping keep families affected by this terrible disease together for longer.

Breast cancer is a disease which devastates nearly 48,000 women and their families every year. By making a donation to the campaign you will be helping Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s life saving research work and moving them closer to their vision of a future free from the fear of breast cancer.
As a thank you for your support, when taking part and downloading a Mother’s Day voucher, you will automatically be entered into a competition for a chance to win an amazing spa treatment for 2 people at The Chancery Court Hotel, so you can treat your Mum twice over.

Helen Aithie, Product Development Fundraiser from Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said:
“We really hope that this Mother’s Day people get behind our campaign and help to make it matter. By downloading a voucher and donating a small amount, not only are you giving your Mum an extra special treat, but you are also helping Breakthrough to save lives, so that more Mums can be around for many more Mother’s Days to come. I urge everyone to visit our site and get downloading, so we can Make this Mother’s Day really Matter.”

For more information about the campaign and to make a suggested donation to download your Mother’s Day voucher, visit http://breakthrough.org.uk/mothersday or join the conversation on Facebook.

On Sunday 18th March Breakthrough Breast Cancer are turning their Facebook page into a memory wall, and are encouraging people to add the name of a loved Mum who is sadly no longer with us, along with any message, so that the community can come together in remembrance.


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Review: Ella's Kitchen Munchy Biccies

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I quite like the fact that Ella's Kitchen are taking the time to bring out new and exciting products in their toddler range. Logan is a massive fan of snacks and would happily eat them all day instead of a proper meal (like most kids really) but I always like to buy him healthy snacks to make sure he's not rotting his little teeth or making himself obese! So when Ella's Kitchen asked us to review their new Munchy Biccies we were delighted. Logan was sent a packet of their Cinnamon + Oranges flavour to try.

First impressions are good as always. The packaging is bold and bright and the colour is in keeping with the flavour of the product i.e. the packet we received was bright orange to co-inside with the cinnamon and oranges flavour. These munchy biccies come in 3 flavours and the other two available are Cheese + Apples and Bananas. I quite like the sound of the cheese and apples myself to be honest, sounds like a good combo.
The cinnamon and oranges flavoured biccies we received were tasty but Logan found them to be quite strong. Cinnamon is a strong taste anyway and so is orange and I don't think Logan is too keen on it to be honest. He did eat one of the biccies but refused to take anymore after that. It could possibly be an acquired taste and one that he eventually comes round too. I do think he would have liked the Bananas flavoured biccies though as he's a massive fan of bananas in general. I tried the biccies myself just for testing purposes! And I found them to be a bit sickly. If you like a chocolate orange type flavour then you'll love these. I'm not a fan myself so no surprise I found them a little overpowering.

These snacks have 100% organic ingredients with no concentrates or refined sugars which will help keep your child fuller for longer and give them some good energy for their busy day of running around and making a mess! They are suitable for children from 12 months + and since they come in small bags they're handy to keep in your handbag when out and about incase your toddler requires a quick bite.

You get 5 small packets in each big bag of munchy biccies and they can be purchased from Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda for RRP £ 1.79.

Overall lovely little biccies but the cinnamon and oranges flavour was too strong for us which is a shame as we didn't get to try the other 2 flavours so can't really comment much on them to compare flavour. I think the pricing is ok and falls into line with the other up market toddler products in the supermarkets at the moment.

Mummies rating - 6/10
Logan's rating - 4/10

Please visit www.ellaskitchen.co.uk for more products and information. You can also see what Ella's Kitchen get up to on Facebook and Twitter so why not pop over and say hello! Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you.
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14 March 2012

Review: Skeanie Loafers

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Logan's feet have been growing at some rate lately so when Skeanie offered us a pair of their cute mini loafers to test and review I jumped at the chance. I always like finding different clothes and shoes for Logan to wear and boys attire seems to be less exciting than girls so it was good to see an unusual pair of shoes on the market for a change.

A quick bit about Skeanie: "Starting out in Australia, the Skeanie brand - loved by little feet around the world – has come to Europe. Its eco-approach only uses offcuts of leather to create stylish shoes that nurture and protect children’s feet. Skeanie was founded by mum of two Natasha Barber. She commenced her soft soled shoe research shortly after her Cheeky Monkey, Hamish was born. Finding high quality soft leather shoes was a challenge. After 2 years of research and design and the birth of her Little Princess, Bella, she launched Skeanie shoes for kids. Since then Skeanie has won much acclaim from mums, podiatrists and paediatricians and is the preferred provider of the Australian Podiatry Association (NSW). Podiatrists and paediatricians around the world have united to recommend Skeanie’s beautiful soft soled shoes for your baby, toddler and young child."


The mini loafers that Logan received are very smart and excellent for wearing casually to playgroup/ nursery or even out to a formal event such as a wedding or christening so brilliantly versatile. Your child will definitely get plenty of wear out of them. When they arrived I couldn't wait to try them on my son and he took an instance interest himself because of the little metal detail which has been stitched onto the front of the shoe. I was surprised to find that when you pull back the collar of the shoe it has elastic stitched into it which I later discovered was Skeanie's fantastic Flex-ease design. This is perfect for little feet as it helps you to slip the shoes on quickly and comfortably and when worn it keeps them in place so your child can walk easily without the shoes slipping off.

These shoes are very soft and very flexible, I can only imagine they might feel like slippers as they look so comfortable. Lots and lots of mums have commented on them, the way they look, the way they feel, the unusual Flex-ease design and ofcourse how comfortable Logan looks in them when he's running around. They've definitely been causing a stir. No wonder though, the stitching on these shoes is just lovely and they have been well put together. I scrutinised them for flaws such as loose threading, sole coming away from the leather etc and there's nothing to be found. Skeanie really have done an excellent job. I also like the fact that the sole of the shoes is extra grippy with little nodules to help keep your little one from slipping.

You can purchase these Loafers from Size 22 to 28 and Skeanie provide a handy sizing guide on their website which is pretty easy to use. These mini loafers cost RRP £34.99 and can be purchased directly from www.skeanie.co.uk.

Overall fabulous shoes and ones which I cannot fault. They are pricey however all good children's shoes are and you'll get a ton of wear out of these so they're definitely worth investing in. You want the best for your child's feet as they're still growing and need the right support and these shoes really fit the bill. My son also likes them which is a big plus, he's happy to wear them and won't take them off which he does with other shoes so that's all the approval I need.

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

Please visit www.skeanie.co.uk for more products and information. You can also see what Skeanie get up to on Facebook and Twitter so why not pop over and say hello! Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you.
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Review: zChocolat

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Around Valentine's Day the lovely people from zChocolat sent me a box of their finest Touché chocolates to review for them and I have to say what a delight of a box it was. I'm not a massive fan of chocolates, normally I prefer a savoury snack, however these chocolates were just to tempting to turn down.

zChocolate.com is an online company that provides an exclusive selection of French chocolates handmade by the French chocolatier Pascal Caffet. These chocolates truly are something special and when they arrived I was rather impressed. They arrived tucked away in a beautifully presented drawstring bag which had a little pouch on the front and inside was a note to tell me why I was being sent my chocolates and also some information on zChocolat to perouse. On the strings of the bag was a cute wooden heart which slipped down the string to help keep the bag closed. When I opened the bag I was delighted to see how much care had been taken to present these yummy chocolates. They were incased in a french hand crafted finger-joint carved wooden box which has a lovely heart inlay and also if you wish you can add an engraving to the box on a brass plate to make it truly personal.


Inside, 12 chocolates were neatly packed into a little paper box to keep them safe. I was surprised that the chocolates were actually a decent size. I was expecting them to be quite small but thankfully they weren't. I like the way they were arranged inside the box, carefully colour co-ordinated and placed in all different directions to create a feast for the eyes!

These chocolates were a delight to eat and there was a great mix of flavours to try which include; milk chocolate supreme with hazelnut praline, black mystique vanilla bourbon caramel, white toquade filled with chocolate ganache and red amore ganache scented with bergamont. Quite a mouthful to say but soooo tasty. It was easy to tell these chocolates were hand made, they melted in your mouth and were very textured compared to cheaper chocolate brands. They're very rich too so you could only eat 1 or 2 at a time which is nice as far too many people stuff their face with chocolate and don't actually stop to appreciate it.

I quite like the fact that these chocolates are kept very pure with no alcohol or preservatives and with very little sugar. They also include all-natural ingredients and have 100% pure cocoa butter. You can purchase these chocolates direct from www.zChocolate.com for RRP £73.46.

Overall these chocolates are extremely special and would make an excellent gift for Mother's Day or even as a little Wedding present for the couple who already live together and have everything. The only thing putting me off these chocolates is the price tag. Although they are tasty and beautifully presented would someone really know you spent almost £75 on them?? Definitely not where I come from anyway and my rating below reflects this.

Mummies rating - 7/10
Other Half's rating - 6/10

Please visit www.zChocolat.com for more products and information. You can also see what zChocolat get up to on Facebook so why not pop over and say hello! Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you.
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13 March 2012

Netflights.com Giveaway

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One of the biggest things that completely petrifies me about travelling abroad with a toddler is the fear of losing them! Now, I'm quite a responsible person but you've all heard the stories of how parents have literally turned their head for a second and their child has gone!! It's even worse if you're in a different country and what if your child isn't great at talking yet or can't explain themselves well?  Yes I know, all very frightening but with the help of a simple ID Bracelet it could very well mean the difference between your child finding there way back to you or not.


My son is 2 years old and he's still not great at speaking so I know for a fact that an ID Bracelet would be a fantastic idea to help incase he did wonder away from me in a busy place and lets not forget not just in a different country but in your home country too.

Good things to include on an ID Bracelet are your childs name, contact number, if abroad include your hotel details, room number etc. These will all help reunite you with your child in the event that they happen to wonder off.

You'll be pleased to know then that the very generous people from Netflights.com are giving away 500 resuable ID Bracelets on their Facbook page. Simply pop over to see details on how to enter.

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12 March 2012

Giveaway: I Love... Juiced Up Blackcurra​nt

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A lovely little giveaway for the mummies and daddies this time, and it's nice to think about yourself every so often as children do take up an awful lot of time so this is quite handy for a quick pamper.

The kind people from the I Love… Cosmetics brand have agreed to give away one of their fabulously fruity I Love.. Juiced Up Blackcurrant shower/ bath gels which I reviewed for them not so long ago. It's lovely stuff and you get a massive 500ml bottle which will last ages!



How To Enter:

Basically all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is follow I Love… on their Facebook page and leave a comment here telling me you have done so. As simple as that! If you'd like an extra chance of winning them simply follow I Love... on Twitter as well and leave a comment telling me you have done so. That's all you have to do, very simple.


This is a UK only giveaway, closing date is 31st March 2012 at 12 noon.

Winner will be chosen using Random.org

Good Luck everyone!!

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WINNER: Theraline Original Maternity & Nursing Pillow

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Theraline Original Maternity & Nursing Pillow Winner



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The winner of the brilliant Theraline Original Maternity & Nursing Pillow, courtesy of the lovely Theraline, is...

Lucy - @lucyblanchard1

Congratulations!

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

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Review: Born Free Twist 'n Pop Cup

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My fiancé and I are currently trying to teach Logan how to drink from a proper cup but he takes great joy in pouring water all down his top which is fine for now as he's still young but fingers crossed he picks up the skill soon! In the meantime Logan has been lucky enough to receive a Twist 'n Pop Cup from Baby Born Free to test out and review for them.

The twist 'n pop cup is a 14fl oz toddler cup which has a twist straw lid. So basically to open the cup and drink from the straw all you do is twist the lid and you do the same to close it again. The pop-up straw is made from soft silicone so it easily maintains it's shape and doesn't break when it's twisted closed. The twist straw mechanism is designed to keep the straw clean and also help reduce spills. And the cup itself has an ergonomic design which little hands find easy to hold plus the bit to hold in the middle has extra little nodules which help with grip.

Logan has never been too great at drinking from straw cups as he tends to tip the cup up not realising to get a drink he has to keep the cup down but we helped him with this and so he found this cup quite easy to use although because it's just a free flowing straw he would often gulp too much water and begin to cough. Maybe that's because he was a breastfed baby and to get a drink he needed a good strong suck, I'm not sure he's realised he doesn't have to work so hard for a drink now!


I found this cup really easy to take apart and clean, all I had to do was put it in the top rack of the dishwasher but it can be easily hand washed so don't panic if you haven't got a dishwasher at home. It also comes in 4 different colours; pink, blue, yellow and green so you can pick your toddlers favourite. Logan received a green cup to test and it's a quite nice pale green. The Born Free range of products can be purchased from John Lewis, Boots, Amazon, Mothercare, JoJo Maman Bebe and Babies R Us so plenty of stores and I'm sure one will be near you.

One of the issues I found with this cup is the free flowing straw, although it has a twist mechanism to help stop spills I found that if the cup wasn't kept up right it would leak quite a lot and a lot of Logan's things in his bag would get wet which is not something you really want. We did try it several times incase we where doing something wrong but each time the cup leaked so not great which is a shame really.

When Logan isn't drinking from this cup he does like to sit and play with the straw, it must fascinate him as he loves to turn the top back and forward to see the straw pop up! Very sweet to watch. It's also helping him to explore in a way and also see what results his actions have on the cup.

Overall a nice cup in all aspects apart from the leakage when the cup isn't up right. It's a real shame but it makes you want to stop using the cup unless you're in the house otherwise all your toddlers things will get wet in their bag!

Mummies rating - 4/10
Logan's rating - 6/10

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WINNERS: Sweet Heart Swaddle Blanket & Swaddle Love Book

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Sweet Heart Swaddle Blanket & Swaddle Love Book Winners





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The winners of the gorgeous Sweet Heart Swaddle Blanket and Swaddle Love Book, courtesy of the lovely Aden + Anais, are...

Anna - @anna8301
Brooke T
Pippa - @RedRoseMummy

Congratulations!

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5 March 2012

Mother's Day Gift Guide Part 2

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Well since there are so many great gifts out there for mums I couldn't limit my gift guide to only a handful of products so this is part 2 of the lovely Mother's Day Gift Guide for you to ponder over. Hopefully there's something here that your mum will love or even something that might give you an idea of what she would like.


Sparkling Gold


Well I've never seen this before but it looks quite nice, Blue Nun Sparkling Gold white wine! Designed with all the glitz and glamour of special occasions in mind, the iconic brand, owned by Langguth Wines in Germany, has used their passion, heritage and expertise to create a delicate, subtle quality sparkling white wine with a lovely light fruitiness (alc 11.00%). Blue Nun has crafted the Gold Edition with a full, rounded flavor, this light and elegant style wine has the exciting addition of gold flecks to highlight the natural effervescence of sparkling white wine. RRP £9.59 per 75cl bottle and is available from www.drinksdirect.co.uk.


Love Hearts Mother's Day Tubes


Everyone loves a heart and what better way to show your mum that you care than these simple love heart sweeties from Swizzles Matlow. This is the first mother's day product Swizzles Matlow have produced so something of a collectors item as well. RRP £1.39 for 108g tube and this product is available nationally.


Butterfly Umbrella


This umbrella is a lovely shade of blue and covered in beautiful butterflies, to cheer up a rainy day or protect you from the sun. Perfect as a gift for Mother's Day. Dimensions: 92cm long x 110cm diameter. RRP £27.00 and available from www.joannawood.co.uk.


Give a Little Sunshine


Send this brilliant spring bouquet with yellow spray roses, bright red and orange tulips and delicate blue iris to your mum and she's sure to be pleased. Even better is that these flowers can be bought from Cancer Research UK where 20% of the sale goes back to help fund their work. Prices for flowers start from £29.99. Please visit http://flowershop.cancerresearchuk.org/ to see the selection available.


Oddbins Wines


Oddbins have a brilliant selection of wins especially for Mother's Day ranging from £10 all the way up to £75 so there really is something to suit everyone. You can purchase direct from www.oddbins.com or from Oddbins stores.


Ring Pop Heart


A great little gift for the kids to give their mum on Mother's Day this cute ring heart strawberry flavoured candy is the perfect inexpensive gift at only 39p! Available nationwide it's a great little extra gift to throw in the present bag.


Personalised Art Print

Say it in print! Why send flowers when a print says it all and lasts a lifetime? This beautfiul 'This Much' Print is a lovely gift for little one to give mummy on mother's day. The chunky white font on a colourful background gives the design an eye catching modern look. It can be personalised with the child's name and dedicated to mum. RRP £25.00 and available from www.bouf.com.


Posy Pitchers


Dartington Crystal have released a fab new range of their elegant posy pitchers. Handmade in Devon, they are the perfect gift for any mother who appreciates beauty in it's simplest form. Ideal for displaying floral arrangements as well as making a practical addition to any kitchen or table. Quirky and chic in every setting, the Posy Pitchers are beautifully offset by jewel-bright handles in five delicious shades. Prices range from £45.00 to £65.00 and are available from www.dartington.co.uk.


The Active Honey Company


Mums can boost their health and wellbeing inside and out as the Active Rainforest Honey from Chile has not only been shown in studies to possess powerful antibacterial and antiseptic properties, but also has immediate and remarkable moisturising and soothing properties, nourishing the skin. From their exciting new range of Active Rainforest Honey from Chile the pack contains a handy handbag size 30g tube of the Antiseptic Honey and a 227g jar of the Active Rainforest Honey in active strength 20+. RRP £15.99 and available from www.activehoneycompany.co.uk.


No7 Manicure Set
If your mum is super-groomed, she will love this No7 Rechargeable Manicure Set to perfect her look with professional looking nails. At only RRP £17.49 it's a great present to buy your mum and it won't break the bank either. You'll only need to get a bottle of wine to go with it and that's your gift complete! Available from www.boots.com or Boots stores nationwide.


Champneys Spa Best of Spa Gift Set
All mums love a bit of TLC, so if you can’t afford a spa break then spoil her with a ‘spa at home’ with the best of the famous Champneys range, available exclusively at Boots. Perfect as a treat, this gorgeous Champneys Spa Best of Spa Gift Set is filled with essential body care products to make your mum feel pampered. RRP £10.00 and available from www.boots.com or Boots stores nationwide.


Poundworld Bargains


Now I know times are hard these days and everyone loves a bargain so why not pop down to your local Poundworld to see what they've got instore for Mother's Day. They have 130 stores across the UK so I'm sure there will be one local to you. They have a lovely range of products for your special mum including yummy mummy kitchen towels, yummy mummy trophy, gift bags, mugs, cards and lots more. Don't forget a present from your little one to your mum as well, Poundworld have some cute 'I Love Grandma' products too. www.poundworld.net.

CLIC Sargent Yummy Mummy Mug


This beautiful mug from Lakeland is sure to put a smile on your mums face and with £1 from each sale going to CLIC Sargent it's a win win situation. RRP £2.99 and available in 57 Lakeland stores nationwide from beginning of March and online at www.lakeland.co.uk.

My First Twelve Months Photobook


This brilliant personalised baby book lets you create the perfect gift for mother's day. Bathtub Admiral's bespoke software lets you design, write and create your own personalised baby book storing your images and data until you are ready to print, allowing you time to add information as your baby’s precious ‘first moments’ are captured throughout the year. You can even buy gift vouchers so that mummy can make the book by herself, just the way she wants it. Prices from £18.75 and available from www.bathtubadmiral.co.uk.

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Mumpreneur: Keira O'Mara

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Keira O'Mara is the genius inventor behind the fab Mamascarf. A scarf designed to shield yourself and baby whilst breastfeeding in public or just generally out and about. Keira has recently been awarded the Alumni of the Year Award from Birmingham City University and she's going to tell us all about her brilliant product. Please take a minute to check out her website too: www.mamascarf.co.uk.

So first things first, tell me a little bit about yourself and your family?
I am 34, a mum of two (Sam nearly 5 and Lily nearly 2) and live in Birmingham with my husband Dan. I run Mama Designs Ltd from home around the family.

What's the story behind the genius Mamascarf?
I came up with the idea for Mamascarf following my own experiences of breastfeeding my baby as I was quite self conscious and always trying to cover up whilst breastfeeding but nothing was effective; blankets overheated him, scarves and muslins blocked my view of him and could fall or be pulled off.  When I looked for a product that provided both discretion and support for breastfeeding and couldnt find one, I thought about doing it myself and Mamascarf was born!


Where there any struggles along the way?
There have been lots of struggles. I had no experience, a small budget and it has been a steep learning curve. I have been the victim of Intellectual Property theft with one company even illegally using my name. I have learnt a lot along the way!

Looking back is there anything you wish you could have done differently?
I would have launched Mamascarf at a trade show. I have seen other brands do this and I think that it is a great way to start big whereas I took a while to build up. 

Are there any other brilliant inventions in the pipeline?
I am just about to launch Babasac a 2-in-1 multi tog baby sleeping bag with removable inner panels, so that it can be used all year round.  I came up with the idea after having to buy yet another sleeping bag to take on holiday for my baby girl.  I also have other ideas that I am developing.

A lot of mums would love to work for themselves or design their own baby product, what advice can you give them?
Setting up a business and launching a new product can be a extremely hard work but it is also very rewarding. You get to see your business grow and can have a great work life balance. I would recommend starting your business while still being employed, as this way you will still have a regular salary and aren't risking as much. It's hard work as in the beginning you will be doing two jobs, but longer term it is a sensible way to do it. It might be scary but it is the best thing that you will ever do!
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Review: I Love... Juiced Up Blackcurra​nt

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You've got to love a gorgeous fruity bath and shower gel so when the happy bunch from I Love…Cosmetics got in touch to ask if I would like to test out their new I Love… Juiced Up Blackcurrant I couldn't say no. All their products look so vibrant and delicious so I was really looking forward to trying this one.

A quick bite from the I Love.. Team: "Flash, bang, wallop! I Love...burst onto the scene in 2008. We are all named after truly delicious; mouth-watering, passionate, almost unadulterated scents that will generate a pure feel good factor and a sense of pure happiness! Don’t be shy, try me out. You never know; you might just enjoy yourself!" With a statement like that I could wait to get in the shower and try out the new blackcurrant flavour for myself!

The smells this product has is just amazing, it's just like blackcurrant juice and it really wakes you up in the morning which is fab especially if like me you're crawling out of bed at 5.30am and you need a good kick to get you going. The colour is very striking too, a deep purple with a shimmer through it although this doesn’t transfer onto your skin. It’s just the way it looks in the bottle.

I've been using this as a shower gel for a few weeks now and I quite like it. It doesn't lather up like other shower gels in your hand so best to use a sponge but then again you only need a small amount which goes a long way. The scent doesn't last on your skin though like some products which was disappointing as I quite like to smell fruity! The bottle is massive, you get 500ml for £2.05 and this will last you ages. My other half has been using it as well and he does like to use a lot of shower gel but both of us together have hardly made a dent in this stuff. Good as it'll save some pennies which can go towards other things.


I do like the design of the bottle, it's simple, sleek and clear so you can see the product through it plus every bottle seems to have it's own little story which all adds to it's brilliance: "Take a whopping big bite out of life! My delicious aroma is bursting with super juicy blackcurrants all ready to explode into action, leaving you with your very own bite size portion of happiness!". There are loads of other different flavours in the range too from Strawberries & Milkshake, Mango & Papaya to Tropical Paradise. I bet they all smell just as amazing as the Juiced Up Blackcurrant.

You can purchase these products from Superdrug stores or from www.superdrug.com. Morrisons also stock the I Love… products so if you have one near you pop in and take a nosey.

Overall a fantastic product, smells brilliant and is easy on the purse strings for the massive amount you get. It's a shame the scent doesn't last on your skin but for the price what do you expect? It's good that these products aren't just dedicated to girls though, well I think so anyway. They have such a massive range of flavours I'm sure even men will love them!

Mummies rating - 8/10
Other Half's rating - 7/10

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