31 May 2011

Review: Betty Crocker Cupcake Mix

We have been lucky enough to receive two lovely Betty Crocker Cupcake Mixes to test and try out with the Family. We were sent the Lemon Flavour & the Cookies & Cream Flavour. Here is what we thought.

First impressions are really good. The packaging is simple with a wealth of information which is easy to read and understand. Included in the pack is the cake mix, icing, cases and sprinkles. All you need to add is eggs, milk, water and oil. These packs make 9 decent sized cupcakes which taste scrummy so big thumbs up for that.

When it comes down to actually making the cupcakes it's easy peasy lemon squeezy (see what I did there)! It only took a matter of minutes before they were popped into the oven and baking nicely. They also made the house smell great, yum. Definitely be baking these if we have friends round or they're quick and easy to make for birthday parties.

So I'll let my photos do the talking, here is how we got on with the making process.

Concentrating hard!

Into the cases we go, drip... drip...!

Careful now, hot oven ahead.

Ahh, the finished product. Delicious!

As you can see, lots of concentrating as I wanted to get them right first time but it was easy to be honest and the end result was delicious. No complaints for the other half either infact he managed to scoff most of the cupcakes so they must be good.

Betty Crocker Lemon and Cookies & Cream cupcakes are available from ASDA,Waitrose and Morrisons RRP £2.15.

Overall brilliant cupcakes mixes, very tastey, easy to make and decent retail price. Perfect for busy mums on the go who need to take cakes to school for the kids or to a party. Will definitely be recommeding to friends and family.

Mummies rating - 9/10
Other Half's rating - 10//10

Please visit www.bettycrocker.co.uk for more information and products. Betty Crocker are also on facebook so pop over and tell them The Breastest News sent you.

GIVEAWAY: Alien Cosmolights

So you loved the review of the Alien Cosmolights and desperately want one for your kiddie wink? Well here's how to get your hands on one for yourself. I will be giving away 3 Alien Cosmolights to three of my lucky blog readers courtesy of www.ozbozz.co.uk.

Alien Cosmolights

To be in with a chance of winning:

1. Follow this blog (or tell me you already are).
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3. Follow The Breastest News Blog on Facebook (or tell me you already are).
4. Then leave a separate comment here for each step you complete telling me which methods of entry you have chosen. Extra entries will be given to those who complete all 4 steps.

(You do not have to complete all 4 steps but if you would like to enter please leave a comment and an email address/ twitter ID so that I can contact you if you win, thank you)

This is a UK only giveaway, closing date is 13th June 2011 at 12 noon.

Winner will be chosen using Random.org

Good Luck everyone!!

30 May 2011

Review: Cuddledry Poncho Towel

The amazing people from Cuddledry kindly sent Logan one of their brand new and very cute Poncho Towels. We received the aqua/turquoise towel for Logan to test, here is what we thought.

I was very excited when we received this towel in the post as we've just got back into swimming after Logan's little accident and I really thought this would make the perfect towel for drying Logan when he came out of the pool. Well I wasn't dissapointed, it's fab! It's just the perfect size to keep your little one snug and warm but enough space so that they can walk safely without tripping over.

The poncho towel is very thick and excellent quality as well. Perfect stitching complete with hood so even your toddlers head can be kept warm, it also helps with drying your toddlers hair quicker so less time in the changing room. Another brillaint feature of the towel is that it is SPF50+ so perfect for taking on holidays or down to the beach to protect your little one from the suns harmful rays.

The lovely little logo on the poncho towel is a Hammerhead shark which does have significance, I'll let Cuddledry explain that and also the Rayosan technology in the poncho towels: "Hammerhead sharks are one of the few animals which can tan from sunlight, when swimming near the surface. They need a Cuddledry SPF50+ towel! The first of their kind in the UK, our poncho towels use Patented Rayosan technology which is like an invisible harmless dye which acts like a mirror and deflects the harmful UVA and UVB rays off the towel. These rays are bounced back and prevented from going through the fabric and harming your little one's delicate skin." So there you have it, an amazingly brilliant SPF50+ towel which is great for home or abroad.

These Cuddledry Poncho Towels have also won the 2009/10 Bizzie Baby Bronze Award as well as the 2010 Practical Pre-School Silver Award.

Get your hands on one of these amazing towels for your little one from Cuddledry's online shop for children ages 1-3 years. They also come in the colour lilac/cherry and RRP £22.99.

Overall these towels are fab and Logan is such a lucky boy to have one. This has to be one of the best buys and value for money for the product you get and it will last a good while, even onto the next child as it's really good quality. This is one product which I will be recommending to anyone with a toddler who'll listen to me!!

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

Please visit www.cuddledry.com for more products and information. Cuddledry are also on twitter and facebook so why not pop over and see what they get up to. Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you!

29 May 2011

Review: Super Natural Kids Clothing

The lovely people from Baby Black have kindly sent us one of their lovely t-shirts from their sister label Super Natural Kids Clothing. Logan's such a lucky boy and this t-shirt is so soft we couldn't wait to try it out. Here is what we thought.

The fabric that Super Natural Kids Clothing have used for their first range is a SUPERNATURAL mix of organic cotton and silky soft Modal so their clothes feel as good as they look. Organic cotton, although free of nasties, needs loads of water and land to grow. Today’s demand for all cotton is environmentally unsustainable, so Organic cotton can’t be the only eco-way forward. They need efficient fabrics that keep their shape, size, colour and soft touch and need a minimum of energy consuming aftercare.

Modal is a man made cellulose fiber produced from sustainably farmed beech wood. It feels like silk and doesn’t lose its shape, fade, pill or shrink. It’s one of a number of fabrics that are being developed today using modern, cutting edge, environmentally conscious methods of production – proof that man and nature can work together in near perfect balance – SUPERNATURAL! For the first range they've used cotton grown in India by farmers who are part of a development project. The garments are made by a partner factory who operate sustainably with fair wages and labour practice.

As for the t-shirt, it's lovely. So soft and stretchy but always seems to spring back to it's original shape. It's brilliant for Logan's skin as it is quite sensitive so doesn't rub or irritate. This t-shirt washes great as well, no fading or running colours of the fabric so big thumbs up. These t-shirts are best not to be tumble dried as they don't really like it and neither does the environment!

These t-shirts are made from 50% Cotton & 50% Modal and come in sizes from 1-5 years. You can purchase them in three different colours including; Castlerock Grey, Lilac and Tomato Puree Red. RRP £18.00 and postage is free at the moment so grab yourself a bargain.

There is also a Special Offer on at the moment - if you buy a dress or t-shirt you get the leggings for £4 instead of £16! Now that's a bargain!

Overall we love these t-shirts from Super Natural Kids Clothing. They are a bit pricey but you do get what you pay for and they wash well so will more than last for the next child.

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

Please visit www.supernaturalkidsclothing.co.uk for more information and products. You might also like to visit www.babyblack.co.uk for other interesting clothing! To keep up to date with all the latest info why not take a peak at their twitter page? Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you!

Review: Alien Cosmolight​s

The lovely people from H. Grossman Ltd sent us a few samples of their re-invented popular pocket money toy - Alien Cosmolights. They have all the gooey attributes of the original, an egg or pod, which contains yucky multi-coloured gel, and inside a tiny sticky alien. Here is what I thought.

I was sent the Alien Cosmolights Twinpack which has two baby aliens along side the normal adult one and also a light up alien pod! For the pod to light up is has a little ball inside it which can be removed and thrown around to light up at your pleasure or you can leave it in the pod and watch the pod flash with delight. I really think this would capture a child's imagination for quite a long time as the flashing is very watchable, I can't stop rolling the pod around myself just to watch it light up - sad I know!

Once you get past the flashing light then comes the goo! It's lovely and gloopy but the smell put me off, it's just  a strong plastic smell which was too much for me but something I could see children ignoring completely and getting stuck into. The alien itself is nice and sticky and fabulous for throwing off windows. You also get two alien babies in the pack as well which are very cute and perfect for throwing around and sticking windows too. The only thing that concenrs me is the alien and gel goo could possibley stain so shouldn't be placed on porous surfaces.

These aliens are for children aged 6+ because of small parts etc and I would agree with this age, best kept for children who won't want to eat them!

You can purchase your very own Alien Cosmolights from Amazon currently selling for £3.79.

Overall these are brilliant little pocket money toys that will keep your child entertained for ages. The flashing light was a hit with me and I'm sure the sticky alien will be loved by all, especially when it's rolling down your windows!

Mummies rating - 7/10

Please visit www.ozbozz.co.uk for more information and products.

28 May 2011

Review: Nip+Fab Multi-Fix Oil

The lovely people from Nip+Fab have sent me some of their gorgeous Multi-Fix Oil to test and review for them and since I have quite a few stretch marks this could be the perfect product for me. Here is what I thought.

Nip+Fab is the wonder-range from beauty expert and celebrated creator of global bestselling brand Rodial, Maria Hatzistefanis! The clinically tested range for the face and body delivers targeted treatments from eye brightening and skin plumping to cellulite and nipple smoothing, and is crammed with breakthrough natural and technologically advanced skin smoothing, boosting and firming ingredients.

The Multi-Fix Oil really is fab, it's not greasy and soaks into your skin well. It smells gorgeous and has made my skin soft and supple. As for the stretch marks it seems to have faded them a little but it's hard to tell so I think you would have to use this product for maybe a month or two before seeing better results but it is brilliant at moisturising skin and keeping it soft.

Brimming with a fusion of natural ingredients such as bio lipids to target scars and stretch marks, borage oil to nourish and moisturise, safflower oil to replenish and soften, and blackcurrant seed oil renowned for its brightening, lightening properties. Working in harmony, these clever ingredients work hard to improve the appearance and elasticity of scars and stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles, and will help to improve an uneven skin tone.

This non-invasive beauty creation is perfect for women (and men) and is suitable for all skin types. Particularly beneficial to dry and sensitive skin this clever product can also be used as a moisturising body oil, an aftershave balm, massage oil and as a cuticle/nail oil.

Apply daily on clean skin to problem areas or all over the body for soft, supple, youthful skin. The Nip+Fab Multi-Fix Oil is available from selected Boots stores nationwide RRP £12.25.

Overall really nice product, keeps skin moisturised and supple. Not too bad a price for 100ml either and I would use it again without hesitation.

Mummies rating - 7/10

Please visit www.nipandfab.com for more products and information.

Review: Aubrey Organics SPF 30+ Unscented Sunscreen

The lovely people from Aubrey Organics have kindly sent us some of their SPF 30+ Unscented Sunscreen to test and review for them. Perfect timing now that the better weather is starting to arrive and Logan has been my willing volunteer to help with the testing. Here is what we thought.

This unscented formula is great for people with sensitive skin and children (under 6 months consult a doctor first). I tried it on Logan and it's great. It dries in quickly, is not sticky and doesn't leave his skin irriated compared to other sunscreens we have tried in the past. And because it dries quickly it is a lot easier to apply to a child, especially one who wriggles and protest because they would rather be playing.

This sunscreen comes in a handy 118ml tube which is easy to carry around in your handbag or baby changing bag. This product also hasn't been tested on animals, is biodegradable and the container can be recycled so a great company who are considerate of the environment.

The active ingredients contained in this sunscreen are Zinc Oxide 11% and Titanium Dioxide 6.3%, both are for sunscreen purposes to protect your skin from harmful sun rays.

To get the best use out of your sunscreen shake well before use and apply generously 30 minutes before sun exposure and as needed after swimming, towel drying and perspiring. I applied this to Logan's skin every 2-3 hours depending on how intense the sun was, if it was really intense I applied it more often if he wasn't in the shade.

You can purchase this sunscreen from Aubrey Organics online shop for RRP £14.29.

Overall this is a fantastic sunscreen, a little pricey for the amount you get but it has been brilliant for Logan's sensitive skin and I will be purchasing it in future when the sample I have runs out. I have quite sensitive skin too and it's done me well so will be recommending to friends and family.

Logan's rating - 9/10
Mummies rating - 8/10

Please visit www.aubreyorganicsuk.co.uk for more products and information.  You can also find Aubrey Organics on Facebook and Twitter so why not hop on over and tell them The Breastest News sent you.

Review: Organix Mighty Meals

The lovely people from Organix have kindly sent Logan some of their brand new Organix Mighty Meals to try out for them. We were sent the Pork Meatballs and Hearty Lamb Hotpot. Here is what we thought.

The new Organix mighty meals are a range of delicious and nutritious organic toddler meals perfect for children aged 1-3 years. They are wholesome meals perfect for growing toddlers ready to move on from baby puree with lumps to more textured foods. There are five yummy recipes to choose from including; Hearty Lamb Hotpot, Creamy Chicken Pasta, Pork Meatballs, Spinach Falafels and Tomatoey Beef Bolognese.

Well we thought these meals were great. They are the perfect alternative to a home cooked meal and are jam packed with organic goodness. As with all Organix products there is no junk so you can be rest assured your toddler is getting only the best at meal times. Logan loved the food we received, the Hearty Lamb Hotpot was his favourite. He polished the whole dish off and was still looking for more! The Pork Meatballs were a lot lumpier and practically the same as you would cook from scratch at home but he managed to eat it no problem, I just cut the meatballs in half to make sure he ate them safely as he has a habit of throwing anything in his mouth even if it's too big for him.

These meals are easy to heat, you can place them in a pan of simmering water for 10 minutes or you can microwave them at 850w for 40 seconds. Always make sure to test the temperature of the food after microwaving to make sure there are no hot spots that could burn your toddlers mouth.

You can purchase these brilliant tasty meals from Boots who are currently offering a 20% discount until the middle of June, perfect if you want your toddler to try them out. Normal RRP £1.99 (for 200g). These meals will also be available in Asda, Sainsburys and Waitrose from June/ July onwards.

Overall a massive thumbs up from both Logan and I. The price is good for an organic meal and I had a little taste of these as well and they definitely are scrummy. Perfect meal to give your child if you are in a rush but still want them to have the best.

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

Please visit www.organix.com/mightymeals for more products and information. You can also see what the Organix team get up to on twitter and facebook. They always have recipes, giveaways and friendly advice so pop on over. Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you!

16 May 2011

Review: Water Wipes

Whilst visiting the Scottish Baby Show we were lucky enough to meet some of the people behind the fab DermaH2O Water Wipes, the world's purest baby wipe. After a little chat we were asked if we would like to review their product. I jumped at the chance as Logan has one of the most sensitive bums ever and most if not practically all baby wipes I've tried so far seem to irritate and sting his little bottom. So here is what we thought of the Water Wipes.

First impressions are amazing! These wipes are made with 99.9% water and only 0.1% Grapefruit seed extract - nothing else. They are totally free from preservatives which completely astounds me as why aren't other baby wipe manufacturers doing this? Water Wipes claim that these wipes are convenient but with the genuine purity of cotton wool and water as recommended by midwives. Well our little family definitely agree, these wipes truly are amazing. They feel soft and moist to touch and are nice and thick so no worry of them falling apart when wiping a sticky poo from babies bottom. Logan has had some bad nappy rash recently and these wipes didn't sting his bottom at all. Infact myself and my other half even tried them out just to be sure and they get the thumbs up from us.
These would be perfect for newborns and babies of all ages with sensitive skin. They are extra soft absorbent wipes that don't leave any greasy residue unlike other wipes on the market. Another bonus is that these Water Wipes are 100% Biodegradable and are made from renewable sources, hurray! Also since they are ultra-mild and non-irritating they significantly reduce the risk of allergic reaction on the skin.

Water Wipes have amazing reviews on Amazon as well, all 5 Stars so you know they must be good. I completely love these wipes and will definitely be purchasing more for Logan in future. I am so glad I have finally found a baby wipe that is kind to Logan's bottom. I really cannot recommend them enough.

To purchase your own pack of DermaH2O Water Wipes (72 wipes in a pack) please visit Amazon.co.uk where they are retailing at £2.99.

Overall these wipes are fab, the whole family love them and we will most definitely be purchasing more ourselves and recommending to friends and family. The only niggle we have with them is the price! They are a bit more on the expensive side so might not be practical for everyone's budgets but you do get what you pay for with these. They are brilliant quality and do exactly what they say on the pack.

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

For more information please visit www.dermah2o.com. You can also see what DermaH2O is up to on Facebook so pop on over and remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you!

15 May 2011

Silent Sunday


Silent Sunday

13 May 2011

Fashion Friday #9


Skibz £9.00
Long Sleeved T-shirt: Debenhams
Trousers: Debenhams (part of a set)

Review: Webkinz


The next craze to hit the high street is here! If you're looking for a fun, safe and educational children's product, look no further than Webkinz. Logan and I were lucky enough to be sent two plush toys to review and also codes to their website world to see what it's all about. Here is what we thought.

First impressions are great. The Webkinz soft toys are lovely, very plush and soft which is perfect for kids and they are a good size as well. Really easy to cuddle and Logan thought they were great. He was cuddling them in, throwing them around and generally having a great time playing with them. They are very good quality and have been well put together which is fab, no threads or loose bits hanging around.

As well as being a lovable plush toy each Webkinz comes with a unique secret code which allows you to adpot the pet online into the magical Webkinz World! The online platform is a whole world for users free to roam and explore. Whether you fancy a quick quiz in the Tournament Arena, feed your pet a bowl of cereal or a chat to your friend in the Kinzchat room, Webkinz can offer it all.

I found the website really easy to navigate and with the help of Ms Birdy, who explains everything in words and audio it was a piece of cake. The website is alive with a vibrant array of colours which is sure to keep the kids occupied for hours. There is lots to do as well, games, quizes, tournaments - you can even go to the employment office and get a job! I really think this is a great site to help teach your kids the basic things that happen in life and also the value of money. They have to work to earn their own virtual money (kinzcash) and save up their money to buy their pets food, toys, furniture etc. A really good way of teaching the value of money as I mentioned.

There are a whole variety of Webkinz plush soft toys to collect and every time you get a new one be sure to enter it's secret code online to have another pet in the Webkinz online world. There is no limit to the amount of pets you can have, you even get more virtual money (kinzcash) every time you register a new pet.

Although Logan is too young to use the online Webkinz world I quite enjoyed it and I think it would be suitable for children aged 3+ and with it being easy to set up with help from mum or dad you'll be glad you introduced your child to it.

To purchase your own Webkinz RRP £5.99 visit www.iWantWebkinz.com. You can also purchase the smaller plush pets called Lil Kinz which retail at £3.99.

Overall the plush soft toys are excellent quality and a great price for a cuddley toy and access to the amazing online Webkinz world. The website is fab, a really great way of teaching your kids values whilst they have fun, what more could you want.

Logan' rating - 7/10
Mummies rating - 9/10

Please visit www.webkinz.com for a peak at the amazing Webkinz world and visit www.iWantWebkinz.com to purchase your very own Webkinz or Lil Kinz pet.

Review: tshirtprinting.net Personalised Hoodies

Our previous review for tshirtprinting.net was a lovely t-shirt which fitted my other half perfectly and was great quality but did you know they also do Hooded Tops? No! well neither did I until they sent us one to review. Here is what we thought.

We asked for a unisex medium which again was the perfect size for my other half so he tried it out for me. It is the same colour as the t-shirt we received (grey) and has the same cheeky monkey logo on the front. As with the t-shirts you can personalise the hoodies to have any logo you want from the tshirtprinting.net site and the quality is just brilliant as every. The hoodie is made from nice thick material and is fleece lined inside so keep you nice and warm. The hoodies is 50% cotton and 50% polyester which is preshrunk so it won't shrink in the wash.

To prove this point we made sure to give it a wash just to make sure it never shrunk and I'm pleased to say it didn't. I washed in along with our other clothes in a normal 40c wash. The hoodie has a pocket at the front which is perfect for putting your hands in and has draw strings in the hood which are of great thick quality and easy to tigh if needed.

I still cannot believe the quality of the products that tshirtprinting.net produce, they are excellent and something which I would definetly purchase myself. Prices are all dependant on what hoodies and logo you choose as well as the quantity but I'm sure tshirtprinting.net would be more than happy to give you a quote.

Overall we love this hoodie and my other half wears it all the time now as well as his t-shirt. He's one happy customer. Brilliant quality as well which we cannot fault.

Mummies rating - 9/10
Other Half's rating - 10/10

Please visit www.tshirtprinting.net for more information and products.

8 May 2011

Silent Sunday


Silent Sunday

The Scottish Baby Show with Emma's Diary


On Friday 29th April my family and I were lucky enough to be invited to the Scottish Baby Show by Emma's Diary. We arrived bright and early, and for it being the Royal Wedding it was really busy! Emma's Diary did have a cheeky TV in their Cafe showing off the event so maybe that helped! Here are a few snaps of the eventful day.

Entering the Baby Show
Although we had to wait in the queue to enter the baby show for about 15 minutes it was all worth it. We really loved the entrance, there were balloons shaped into babies! How cool is that.

Emma's Diary Cafe
We stopped by Emma's Diary cafe to grab a bight to eat and take a sneaky peek at the Royal Wedding. We timed it perfectly as we managed to see Kate and Wills getting married, brilliant. The cafe was lovely and the baked potatoes were so scrummy. The Emma's Diary team were also doing a brilliant job of cleaning up the tables and collecting everyone's litter. Logan sat by himself on his own seat for the first time (instead of a highchair) and we were so proud. He's growing up too fast for me, wish he was still a little baby.

Logan having Lunch

How BIG is that Stokke Highchair?
We visited Stokke who provided the Highchairs in the Emma's Diary Cafe, how big is that highchair I'm sitting on!!? It's definitely a whopper and we drew some attention with these photos. I think some of the other parents were secretly jealous they didn't think of it first, hehe.

What a great day we had at the Baby Show. We got tons of lovely freebies from some lovely companies and Boots were handing out goody bags for babies and toddlers which was brilliant. There were some unusual baby items there and we even got hand prints taken of Logan which will be cast into crystal! We can't wait to see the end result.

Another BIG thank you to Emma's Diary for inviting us along, we had a blast and can't wait till next year.

Please visit Emma's Diary: www.emmasdiary.co.uk You can also see what they are up to on Twitter and Facebook so get on over there, you might even nab a freebie!

7 May 2011

Review: Teething Bling from Smart Mum

One massive problem I had when breastfeeding my son Logan was that he was obsessed with pulling and tugging at my lovely expensive necklace which he eventually broke to my horror so when I was asked to review the lovely Teething Bling necklaces from Smart Mum I couldn't refuse! I was sent a gorgeous Vanilla Scented necklace which smells lush but please read on to see what I thought.

First impressions are brilliant, the lovely Teething Bling necklace is beautifully presented in a cute draw string bag which also contains some further useful information so you can get to know your necklace a little better. I'm glad to say that Teething Bling from Smart Mum seems to be very eco friendly, the bag is reusable and all the info contained is printed on card so recyclable. No waste, hurray!

The necklace itself is brilliant. It's the perfect size for little hands and Logan spied it as soon as I put it round my neck. He was on it in a flash, chewing, tugging, sucking! He loved it so a massive thumbs up from him and an even bigger thumbs up from me as it seems to be taking quite a bashing but has no marks to show for it. It's long enough so that you don't get choked and it also has a safety clip which holds it around your neck so if your child does pull extremely hard then it will not break the clip, it'll simple pop off and you can pop it back on again. Although I have to say Logan is really strong and he hasn't managed to get the necklace off my neck yet.

As well as necklaces, you can also get bangles and gift sets so perfect to give to new mums or mummies to be. I would love to have recieved one of these when I was pregnant. They come in all sorts or colours so something to suit everyone or every outfit!

Teething Bling is made from the same material as most teething toys. The Pendants and Bangles look great but are safe for curious babies to handle and chew. They have a wide range of cool colours from Jade to Onyx and Mother of Pearl to Coral. Most Pendants have a matching bangles! Teething Bling is dishwasher safe and you can wear it anywhere. It's particularly great at times when you need to keep baby quiet such as during school plays, on a plane or during a chat with friends!

Here's what Teething Bling have to say about their lovely necklaces; "Our teething products are non-toxic, phthalate, BPA, PVC, latex and lead free and all pendants come with a breakaway clasp as an added safety measure. We carry the very important CE trademark which means we meet strict safety standards. Teething Bling went through four years of rigorous safety testing. All of our Safety Reports are available upon request too! "

You can purchase your very own Teething Bling for RRP £12.95 from Smart Mums online shop.

Overall Logan and I love these Teething Bling necklaces. They're fun, practical, hardwaring and well worth every penny. Tons of colours and matching bangles to choose from and the delicious scent of the vanilla teething necklace will have you smelling great all day. Fair pricing and this really is something that will last throughout your childs teething cycle.

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

Please visit www.smartmumuk.com for more information and products. You can also find Teething Bling on Twitter and Facebook so get on over there and see what they're doing. Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you!

Reasons to be Cheerful - Week 16

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy From the Heart

#1 Swimming
We haven't been swimming since Logan burnt himself for obvious reasons but since his burns have all healed up and he's now fine we had been meaning to take him for a few weeks. We finally got round to it on Sunday when we visited the lovely swimming pool in Perth. It is amazing, by far one of the best pools for kids and babies. It has a seperate little pool with slide for babies and also a little bit for them to walk about in with water features etc. Then it has the bigger pool for the older kids and an outside pool you can swim out to which was great. Logan loved the big pool tons better than the babies pool so we ended up spending most of our time in there. It was a great day out and a big hit with Logan so we'll def be going back soon.

#2 Soft Play
Since it was another long bank holiday weekend we decided to take Logan to the Noah's Ark soft play centre in Perth. It's been revamped and Logan loves the under 5's section. It has a wall with big buttons on it which you press and they make animals noises, he thought it was great. He spent atleast an hour running around in the soft play quite happily and when he was feeling tired we grabbed some lunch before heading home in the car where he had a nice long sleep. Brilliant day and one we'll need to repeat again.

#3 New Camera
We've been needing a new camera for ages and finally decided to treat ourselves to one at the weekend there. A brilliant little Canon camera that's producing brilliant quality photos and taking photos a lot faster which we wanted. We always found that compacts seem to have a delay in taking photos and the moment was always lost! Well not with this bad boy, well worth every penny. Very happy customer here.

Review: Happy Hopperz

Is your child a bouncing mad monster with so much energy your scared to leave the house?! Well my friend, you definitely need a Happy Hopperz to zap the energy out of them. A better and safer alternative to the original space hopper the Happer Hopperz will have your kids in a bouncing frenzy, perfect for hours of bouncing fun.

Logan was lucky enough to be asked to review this exciting product and since he's mad for a bounce we quickly agreed before Happy Hopperz changed their mind. Here is what we thought.

We recieved a green bull happy hopper and it's actually a lot bigger than I expected it to be, meaning I could jump on it and hop around as well if I felt the need to (which I did on many occasion!). It says that this is not suitable for children under 3 due to small parts being present but with adult supervision it's a brilliant toy and Logan loved it. He struggled to get on and off it sometimes as he's not great with his balance but with my help he managed just fine.

The happy hopper was really easy to inflate, we just used the hand pump we had for blowing up my exercise ball and it was up in seconds. Easy to deflate as well if you need to and these come in a massive array of colours and animals including; bulls, cows, dogs, pigs, deer, horses, pandas, rabbits, zebras etc. They have been created for play and development so help to strengthen core muscles, increase balance control and develope coordination skills. Happy Hopperz are also easy to clean just use some soap and water, simples!

You can purchase your own Happy Hopperz from Argos or directly from the Happy Hopperz website at RRP £21.99 plus P&P.

Overall we love the Happy Hopperz bull. We had no problems with him at all and although Logan struggled to get on and off him that wasn't due to the bull's fault, more Logan's balance and age.

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

Please visit www.happyhopperz.co.uk for more information and products. Happy Hopperz can also be found on Twitter and Facebook so hop on over and see what they're getting up to. Remember to tell them The Breastest News sent you!

1 May 2011

Silent Sunday


Silent Sunday

The Cleaning Fairy - we all need a hand now and again!

Now I'm sure you would all love a cleaning fairy who could come and clean your home when you were out at work or with the kids and when you returned your house would be spotless! If only miracles like this happened... they don't unfortunately, so that's why I've pulled together a list of some of the best cleaning products on the market. Come and take a gander at these beauties.

Sarah Smith Cloths
You can choose from two cloths in the Sarah Smith range, the all purpose cloths which are good for every day use such as washing dishes, soaking up spills, dusting and wiping down surfaces etc or you can use their ultra cloths which are ultra absorbent and at their best in the kitchen or bathroom. Both cloths are machine washable at 40o but avoid fabric softener for best results. The all purpose cloths are quite big and claim to stay fresher for longer which I agree with. I tested these out and they really do stay fresher than other cloths I have used. Like the ultra cloths the all purpose cloths are durable, long lasting and will add a brilliant splash of colour to any kitchen with some funky bright designs. You get 4 ultra cloths in each pack and 10 all purpose cloths in each pack so why not purchase some for your house from Tesco, Sainsbury's, Waitrose or Homebase.

E-cloth - general purpose cloth
What I love about this little cloth is that you only need water to use it! Completely chemical free cleaning so perfect for the more eco conscious person out there. So I hear you ask, how does it work? Well e-cloths have 480,000 fibres per cm2. By combining e-cloths unique fibre technology with water they break up and hold grease, dirt and bacteria, which normal clothes leave behind. I found this really good for my cooker hob which I always find a nightmare to clean as it's stainless steel and the cooking oil just loves it! I also like that you can use this cloth as it is for dusting so very handy. The e-cloth will save you time and money and is better for your family and the environment. You can purchase your very own e-cloth general purpose cloth from John Lewis, Lakeland, Waitrose, Resco and Debenhams for RRP £4.99 (for one cloth) or you can purchase the 4 cloth multi pack for £14.99 from Waitrose, Homebase and Lakeland.

Allergy Cosmos Allergen Wash
If you, your child or pet suffer from allergies then this is the product for you. The Allergen Wash from Allergy Cosmos is a laundry detergent which removes dust mites, household pet dander, mould, mildew and pollen from your clothes using a mild and safe concentrated super surfactant formula. Using only just  a 3/4 scoop per average washer load it will reduce the irritants in your clothes and clean them as well. This stuff really does work, our dog Lexie has major allergies to dust mites and after cleaning her bed with this detergent I have notice that her skin is looking a lot better and not as irritated. I will definitely continue to use this for washing her bed. I think this detergent would also be great for newborns clothes as it is free from perfumes, dyes and other irritating additives and is safe to use on delicates, clothing, towels and bedding so an all round winner here. This detergent is effective in any water temperature and the 24Fl. Oz. bottle (709.76ml) will launder over 30 medium washing loads. Why not purchase your own from the Allergy Cosmos online store for RRP £16.96.

Thirst Pockets Multi Cloth
These kitchen paper towels are amazing! They are so thick and quilted they act just like a normal cleaning cloth and I was surprised to find that you don't use as many as you think you would as they are super absorbant and extremely strong. I found these great for wiping Logan's highchair as he loves to be messy and tip his water all over the place. I only needed to use one to clean up all the water and the towl didn't break either which is fantastic. My other half loves these kitchen towels, he's sick of having to use about 5 sheets of normal kitchen towel to clean up Logan's mess. Now he only has to use the one and he is very impressed. Infact he is so impressed he's been singing their praises to all of our family and friends. You can purchase your very own Thirst Pockets Multi Cloths (pack of 2) from Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons and Asda for RRP £2.39.

B.E.E Laundry Liquid
This laundry liquid smells amazing and leaves your clothes smelling even better, no wonder though as it has a lovely selection of essential oils which include; lavender, bergamot and patchouli. B.E.E is made using plant-based ingredients and natural minerals, it's gentle on clothes and especially kind to your skin. You only need a tiny little amount to clean a whole load of washing and a standard 5kg load only needs 25ml of this laundry liquid (depending on the grubbiness of your clothes), amazing! B.E.E is New Zealand's most environmental cleaning product range so you know it has to be good. I definitely liked it and it isn't tested on animals either which makes me like it even more. You get 500ml in each bottle which adds up to about 15 washes in total depending on the amount you use in each wash. Why not purchase your own from www.planethealth.com.au for RRP £4.94

Milton Cleaning Range
Milton have a great range of cleaning products including; antibacterial surface wipes, antibacterial surface spray, antibacterial hand gel, sterilising fuild, antibacterial fabric solution and sterilising tablets. My favourites had to be the surface spray, surface wipes and hand gel as I used them every day. The surface spray was great for cleaning my kitchen worktops and using to give the bath a quick clean up after Logan had been in it. The hand gel was great to use after cleaning Logan's nappy so we kept that in his changing unit so it was easy to hand and the surface wipes were brilliant for taking out and about and cleaning high chairs in cafes before we let Logan sit down and have his lunch. It made me feel so much better knowing that the high chairs had been cleaning first as you never know how reliable the cleaners are in some cafes! The fabric solution is £5.73 for 1000ml, surface spray £2.29 for 500ml, wipes £2.29 per pack, hand gel £2.19 for 100ml or £5.21 for 450ml, sterilising fluid £2.13 for 500ml or £3.05 for 1 litre and the sterilising tablets are £2.29 for 28 tablets. You can purchase these products online at www.milton-tm.com or from all good supermarkets. You can see what Milton get up to on twitter and facebook, why not pop over and pay them a visit!

So there you have it! Why not be your own Cleaning Fairy and give your home a good clean up with some of these amazing products.

Happy Cleaning!


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