28 January 2015

Making Scrambled Eggs Eggciting!

I've been challenged by the people from the Happy Egg Co to make scrambled eggs that bit more exciting. The Happy Egg Co feel: "Scrambled Eggs are a fantastic choice for a healthy, fuelling breakfast, but can sometimes get forgotten about or thought to be a bit bland. However, when partnered with exciting ingredients and flavour combinations, such as chilli, ginger and coconut, the humble scrambled egg can become something much more exciting and flavoursome!"

Now I don't often have time at breakfast to rustle up even some simple scrambled eggs so I often end up having them for lunch instead. The Happy Egg Co asked if I could come up with something to make scrambled eggs more paletable with the following stipulations to incorporate; a vegetable or source of fish/meat, a herb or spice, a surprise ingredient of my choosing.

So for lunch yesterday I made the other half and I some pork chops with scrambled eggs! It doesn't sound too amazing but it really was and it avoided carbs altogether which is good if you're trying to stick to a certain diet.

First thing I did was put the pork chops under the grill to cook as they take around 15 minutes. I then cracked 6 Happy Eggs into my pyrex jug and whisked them up with a fork ready to be cooked. I grabbed a handful of mushrooms, washed and sliced then threw in the frying pan to cook. When the mushrooms were ready I tipped them out to dry them off a bit (hate soggy mushrooms) and then turned the pork chops to cook on the other side. I then put a little oil in the frying pan to heat before pouring in the eggs. This is how I scramble my eggs, no milk or anything as I'm not keen on it that way. So when the eggs were cooking I added in some good old salt and pepper for seasoning then plated up the pork chops, topped with scrambled eggs and mushrooms before adding on some grated cheese to melt, yum. For extra flavour I couldn't be without good old HP brown sauce.

Ta da! Look at the nice yellow yolk of those eggs.

Feel free to visit the Happy Egg Co website at www.thehappyegg.co.uk or see what they get up to on Facebook and Twitter.

I was sent a voucher to purchase a 6 pack of medium Happy Eggs for the purpose of this challenge.

27 January 2015

Mumpreneur: Bhakti Natha - Loveyush


Today I have a lovely Mumpreneur feature for you from Bhakti, the mum behind Loveyush, a great nursing scarf. Bhakti has been kind enough to spare some of her busy time and tell us all about her journey. Check out the Loveyush at www.loveyush.co.uk.

1. So first things first, tell me a little bit about yourself and your family?
I am a full time mum and a part time business owner. I have two kids, a four year old, who will start school from this September, can’t wait but going to miss him. My second child is now 10 months and can’t stay in one place…making the house ‘baby proof’ is so hard with the elder one who loves arts and crafts. Luckily I have a supportive husband so I can work in the evenings and weekends.

2. What's the story behind Loveyush?
Loveyush London was born from my own experience as a mother. Nursing baby discreetly was a constant struggle with a normal scarf as it would either slip off or be pulled off by inquisitive baby. The bulky apron type nursing cover was not practical enough to carry around and actually drew more attention while feeding. Unable to find anything practical in the market, I sewed my first Loveyush scarf and received lots of positive comments. I started selling at the craft markets and grew my business organically. It’s lovely to hear from other mums who genuinely like the simple but practical Loveyush scarf and are able to breastfeed their baby happily in public. 

3. Where there any struggles along the way?
Juggling work life balance is a constant struggle. Running my own business is very demanding especially with young children, yet it does have its rewards, being able to stay with my kids and play with them compensates for all the hard work. A very supportive family helps me through the ups and downs of the business.  

4. Looking back is there anything you wish you could have done differently?
There are many things I could have done differently but you will only learn by doing it, so No Regrets.  If I didn't do what I did then I wouldn't have learnt that I shouldn't have done that, if that makes sense!

5. Are there any new products in the pipeline?
It’s an exciting time… we are launching ‘Inkless Hand & Foot print set’ at the Baby Show, Excel in February. It’s very practical for parents. Capture your baby’s adorable hand print without the mess from using ink and colours. Perfect Keepsake and gift.  

6. A lot of mums would love to work for themselves, what advice can you give them?
With regards to business ideas, do thorough market research, everyone says this but it’s very crucial to know your market. Make a proper business plan and be prepared to change it as you go along. Working for yourself gives you flexibility and control however be ready to work twice as hard as you would when working for someone else. And you may not get paid at the start. 

Review: Bamboo Washable Breast Pads

With breastfeeding comes the inevitable leaky boobs. It's just one of those things that happens which means the best course of action is to wear breast pads in your bra to stop any leakage soaking your bra and top. When I breastfed my son 5 years ago I used disposable breast pads however they were a bit annoying i.e. always scrunched/rolled up or weren't that soft so ended up irritating my nipples! So when the lovely Keira from Mama Designs asked if I would like to review their Bamboo Washable Breast Pads I jumped at the chance.

First a little intro from Mama Designs: "Hi My name is Keira and my business Mama Designs Ltd, makes innovative products for babies that make parents' lives easier. All of my products are designed with love as they were inspired by my babies (Sam and Lily) for you to use on yours. Everything has been road tested by mums and babies and fully tested to UK safety standards. I hope you find them useful! Keira x".

The super soft bamboo breast pads are ultra absorbent with a double layer and laminate backing to help prevent leaks. Each pack contains 8 reusable bamboo breast pads 4 x large (13cm) pads and 4 x regular (11cm) pads. The larger pads can be used for at night when you might not be feeding as much, if you feel you have a heavy milk flow or just for extra coverage. I've used the larger size at night and have used them during the day when out and about and they work great for catching and containing milk leakage. They're quite slim so don't make your chest look lumping like some other breast pads and bamboo is naturally antibacterial. These breast pads are easy to use with a little label sewn onto one side which goes to the outside of your bra and the none label side against your breast.

I use a nursing bra when feeding so when I unclip the front and pull down to feed my baby the bamboo breast pad does scrunch up however it doesn't leak any already absorbed breast milk and it's easy to sort back into place again plus it's still soft and smooth. The same can't be said when using disposable breast pads as they sometimes stick together (if they have the sticky part to stick to your bra) and when you're constantly clipping and unclipping your bra up and down they become lumping and uncomfortable to wear.

One big and one normal sized breast pad.
These breast pads are £10.95 per pack and can be washed at 40o. I think you might need 2 packs to keep you going in case you need to change during the day or for night time etc as I'm not sure you'd be able to have them all washed and ready in time for the next use. I certainly didn't any way and was caught short one day when I'd run out of disposable pads and these bamboo one were all in the wash! They are comfortable and easy to wear though so I'd definitely purchase some more and the price is reasonable. Disposable pads are around £5-£10 per pack for around 60 (depending on the brand etc of course) so if you think about it you're saving yourself a good amount of money and also looking after the environment. These breast pads are available from John Lewis and of course direct from Mama Designs.

As you can see the breast pad sits in the bra comfortably.
The only issue I have with them is that sometimes the fibres of the breast pad can stick to your nipples so I'm finding that I have to brush all the little fibres off before feeding Harlow as I don't want her eating the little fibres. After a couple of washes there doesn't seem to be as many fibres sticking to my nipples so fingers crossed the more I use the pads the less this will happen. Keira from Mama Designs also assures me that after a few washes the breast pads do stop malting. It's not so much of an issue when in the house it's more when I'm out and about and Harlow gets hungry, I have to try and get myself organised discreetly before feeding her and trying to make sure no fibres are stuck to my nipples takes more time and fiddling around.

No lumps on my bra from the breast pad.
Overall lovely product, very comfortable and easy to wear, washes perfectly well at 40o as stated and looks the same when it comes out of the wash as it did when it went in. It catches plenty of milk leakage and so far I haven't had any leaks from the breast pad on to my bra or top etc which is great. The price like I said I thought was reasonable for what you get compared to disposable breast pads but you may need a couple of packs to keep you going through washes etc. My only issue as stated is that sometimes the fibres of the breast pad stick to your nipples which is annoying when trying to feed quickly as you have to brush the fibres off first but after a few washes this seems to be less.

Mummy's rating - 7.5/10

Please visit www.mamascarf.co.uk for more products and information. You can also see what they get up to on Facebook and Twitter so why not pop over and say hello!

I was sent a pack of Bamboo Washable Breast Pads in order to conduct this review. All opinions are my own.

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26 January 2015

Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to The Baby Show, Excel London


The Baby Show at the Excel in London is fast approaching (20-22 February 2015) so I have a quick giveaway on the blog this week for everyone. Thanks to Loveyush I'm able to give away a pair of tickets to The Baby Show, Excel London.

It's very easy to enter using the rafflecopter widget below and the giveaway closes this Saturday 31st January so there's plenty of time to get the tickets sent out.

25 January 2015

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23 January 2015

Bargains of The Week - w/c 19.01.15

It's time for another Bargains of The Week and a chance to see what I've been purchasing lately. With all the shops having their Christmas clear outs there seems to be quite a few good buys still bobbing about. All the better for us bargain hunters.

Sticker Books
Logan loves a sticker book so when I found this pair in Sainsbury's I had to get them. He plays Angry Birds Transformers on the iPad and has both Lego Marvel Superheroes and Lego Batman 3 for the PS4 so can relate to these books straight away. I've kept one aside for an emergency i.e. rainy day/ reward for being extra good etc and gave Logan the other one for becoming a big brother. A little present from his baby sister. Currently £5.59 on Amazon but £3.99 in Sainsbury's. Not a massive saving but still worth it considering they're normally £7.99.

Baby Wipes
These are essential in our house and I love the Water Wipes brand but they're always so expensive. Luckily Boots had an online special deal where you could purchase a box of 9 packs for £13 instead of £19.99, so working out at £1.44 per pack instead of £2.22 and they're so gentle on babies bottoms. Well worth it.

Baby Toys
Well there's no time like the present to start buying some baby toys for when Harlow's a bit older and since it'll be Christmas and then her birthday straight after in January I best stock up now! Boots had this Fisher Price Scoop and Whirl Popper for £13.49, half price from £26.99 so I've stored it away. Plus I get points with Boots which all add up in the end. Points make prizes after all ha ha.

Girls Clothes
Whilst doing the food shop this week I spotted Sainsbury's had a reduced section for kids clothes so I dived right in there for some girls clothes since little Harlow doesn't have that many at the moment. As usual they never had any boys clothes in Logan's size so Harlow got the bargains. I managed to snap up a pair of jeans, long sleeved top, 2 pairs of jeggings, a Christmas top and a Christmas jumper all for £12.20. It should have cost just over £26 so a good wee bargain there.

Travel Toy
I thought best to get some kind of travel toy to fit on the car seat for Harlow and spotted this little cutie in Mothercare - Safari Magnetic Travel Toy. It was £12.99 reduced to £5.98 in the sale and it's fab. Fits on the car seat perfectly.

Have you managed to nab any bargains this week?

22 January 2015

The Birth - My Planned C-Section

As you all might have seen from the photos on instagram and twitter I had my little girl, Harlow, via planned c-section on Friday 9th January. Whilst the birth is still fresh in my mind I thought it would be a good idea to tell you all about it.

Thursday night after the other half and I had dropped Logan off at his Granny's and Grandad's we decided to relax and watch a film together before heading to bed, the last night as a family of three. Luckily I managed to sleep quite well that night and was up fairly early on Friday morning to get ready to head into the maternity hospital for 8am. We arrived promptly and were shown to the observation ward where I'd get ready to have my baby. Unfortunately the other lady that had been booked in for a c-section as well was taken first and had a few complications so I was left waiting till around 12.30pm before I was taken through to theatre. To say I was starving is an understatement! And to make it worse the other half taunted me with his Costa coffee and muffin - meanie.

Prior to going to theatre I had handed the midwives a little birth plan the other half and I had written together. It wasn't anything exciting but just a few little things we were hoping could be made possible and I did state they weren't set in stone but it would be nice to have/do etc.

My Short Birth Plan

1. I would like the other half to be with me at all times please.
2. Drapes to be lowered to allow us to see baby being born.
3. We do not know the baby's sex. Can the other half please see the baby to tell me the sex.
4. If all OK, can baby be given to me immediately for skin to skin contact.
5. I want to breastfeed so would prefer a private room to get comfortable and to get to know my baby and breastfeed quietly.
6. We consent to Vitamin K being given by injection.

As you can see it's only 6 bullet points and everything was accommodated apart from the skin to skin contact in theatre because the drapes were so high and there just wasn't enough room to hold baby safely which was fine by me so the other half got skin to skin with baby instead which was great for him.

Ready for my c-section

When it was finally my time the other half and I walked through to the theatre quite calmly, chatting away to one of the midwives as we went. It was a very different experience to my emergency section with Logan. The room we entered was freezing compared to the observation ward but it was welcome since I was so hot and flushed. I jumped up on the bed where my c-section would take place and once everyone was ready and prepared I was given a spinal block. It took 3 attempts to get it to work only for the reason that I felt faint on the first attempt so had to lie down on the bed and on the 2nd attempt I was at an awkward angle so the nerves in my legs kept getting hit (which is a horrible burning sensation btw) but 3rd time lucky and as soon as the spinal block was in that's when the hospital team got down to business to deliver my baby. Throughout the delivery everyone was still chatting and laughing away and because it was so calm this time round my other half even got to stand on the other side of the screen and take some amazing photos. They've been great to look back on already and one's I'm sure I'll treasure forever.

After around 10 minutes into the c-section the surgeons said they were ready to pull baby out but had to use forceps because she was a bit slippery and her head was engaged. I was a bit worried about this however they literally had the forceps on her head for seconds and they left no marks on her face thankfully. The drapes were lowered and I got a glimpse of my beautiful daughter being born, it was brilliant, and because we didn't know the sex of our baby the other half got to check and tell me what we'd had. When he said a girl I was shocked as having a boy already we sort of just expected another boy.

Harlow being pulled from my tummy

Since there was no room for me to have the skin to skin contact my other half got to do it instead which was lovely and after their cuddles the midwife in the room then checked, weighed and measured our baby girl to make sure all was at it should be. The checks were all good and everything was fine so after being stitched up I was popped onto a proper bed, given my baby and wheeled back through to the observation ward where I spent the night.

Happy sleepy baby after her breastfeed

It really was a great experience and I'm so glad I got to choose to have a planned c-section this time round. It was much calmer and I bonded with my baby straight away, in fact as soon as I was back on the observation ward I breastfed Harlow and she latched on like a pro with no problems.

So that's my birth story, nothing much exciting happened but I'm glad it was calm and that this time I actually felt in control.

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20 January 2015

Review: Loveyush Nursing Scarf

Since I knew I was going to breastfeed again when I gave birth second time round I've been on the look out for some sort of cover up/ breastfeeding aid for when I would be out and about breastfeeding my baby. I'm not worried about breastfeeding in public however I don't want my boobs on show to the world either so when the lovely Bhakti, the lady behind Loveyush, asked if I'd like to review her nursing scarf I couldn't have been happier.

Loveyush have a mission: "Our mission is to help parents spend more quality time by providing Loveyush products… products that are made with love, designed to increase convenience, safety and bond between parents and a baby. Like our first product, Loveyush Nursing Scarf, which provides practical and stylish solution for discreet breastfeeding. With many products in pipeline, we aim to solve real life problems and increase conveniences so that parents can spend more quality time with little one."

Sun shade for the car seat.

The nursing scarf itself is really quite nice. It's light weight so can be worn in summer as well as winter. It comes in a variety of designs and colours so something to suit everyone's tastes. I was sent the Sloane design which is black and grey and goes with anything. It reminds me of a tartan design on one side and the other side is striped and it can be worn either way. The scarf can be styled in multiple different ways from round the neck as a fashion scarf, draped over your head with a v neck or round neck, used as a cover for your car seat or pram/ buggy to shield baby from the sun or make it dark when sleeping. It really does have so many uses you can't go wrong. There's even a handy video on the Loveyush website for you to view for styling tips. The good thing with this breastfeeding aid is that it can be used before and well after breastfeeding as a fashion accessory so for between £27.50 and £34.79 (depending on which type of scarf you buy) you're getting a ton of wear out of it.

Draped over my head with the round neck.

I really do love my Loveyush Nursing Scarf. It's so easy to put on, no fiddly straps or studs, you literally just throw it over your head and ta da - you're ready to breastfeed. Perfect for when you have a super hungry baby. There's plenty of space to put your hand through the top of your scarf as well so you can see your baby but also fix yourself etc without anyone seeing anything. It's quite good to stop your baby getting distracted during feeding too when they get older. I remember when I was breastfeeding Logan when he was around 6 months and he would turn his head at every noise!


As you can see from my photo above I've chosen to not cover my baby on this feed but that my breast is still covered. However when she is covered she doesn't over heat or become sweaty which is reassuring. It's probably down to the fact that the scarf I received to review is pure cotton with loosely woven fabric which makes it breathable. It's machine washable at 30o and like muslin it gets softer as you wash.

Overall a fab product which I'm really happy with. It does so much for so little money and because it's light weight it's easy to keep in Harlow's changing bag without taking up much space.

Mummy's rating - 10/10

For more information please visit www.loveyush.co.uk. You can also follow Loveyush on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.

I was sent a Loveyush Nursing Scarf in order to conduct this review. All opinions are my own.

18 January 2015

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12 January 2015

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8 January 2015

Pregnancy: 40 Weeks C-Day!

So c-day will finally be upon us tomorrow! Finally 40 weeks pregnant. I can't believe it's here already and have been frantically running around this week trying to get everything done and organised. Not that there's been much mind you but there's always something to be done. If it's not the huge pile of washing it'll be the house work or food shopping or school run or making sure the other half and Logan are sorted for the couple of days I'll be in hospital. I know tomorrow morning I'll be a little stressed making sure I have everything packed for the hospital but it's not miles and miles away so easy enough for the other half to grab stuff if I need it. Just need to remember and not eat anything after 10pm/ midnight and take the first of my two tablets before I go to bed!

I popped in to see the midwife on Wednesday this week to have some bloods taken pre c-section to make sure they have a couple of spare bags ready in case I need them during the surgery. Fingers crossed I don't. Everything else seemed fine though, baby's heartbeat, urine sample, measurements etc all good. I got weighed again and oh my goodness I've put on so much weight! I actually cringed when I saw the numbers settle on the scales. Oh well, I don't think we'll have another baby after this one so I've clearing enjoyed myself and pigged out till my hearts content. Let's hope this baby weighs about two stone and I can fit back into my pre pregnancy clothes straight away - haha, that'll be right then!

Tonight after dinner Logan will be heading to my mums for a sleep over and she'll drop him at school for us in the morning since we've to be in the hospital early. Fingers crossed Logan goes into school without a hitch and gets through his day ok. It's a change for him and we can never tell how each change will really effect him. That's just how it is with his autism. Sometimes he copes really well and other times it's a major meltdown. I know the right people will be there to look after him though, I'm more worried when he comes into the hospital to actually see the baby. He's not keen on hospitals and hates anyone being hurt so not sure how he'll react when he sees me in the hospital bed! The other half and I do have a present to give him from the baby though so hoping that'll distract him enough from the first initial shock.

So yeah, 40 weeks pregnant tomorrow and all going well I'm sure you'll see lots of baby spam photos all over instagram!

40 Weeks Pregnant

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Mumpreneurs: Emma and Kristi - BerryClever

Emma and Kristi are the brilliant mumpreneurs behind BerryClever, a brand new social shopping site for new and expecting parents which aims to make online shopping more fun and interactive by giving parents the power to discover and choose the perfect parenting products by reading and sharing honest advice from the people they can trust the most, their friends. Emma and Kristi have been kind enough to spare some of their busy time and tell us all about them and their journey. You can check out BerryClever at www.berryclever.com.

1. So first things first, tell me a little bit about yourself and your family?
Between us we have 1 dog and 5 children ranging from 4 to 10 years old. Life is pretty hectic as we balance the busy demands of modern family life and our intense work schedules. At least one or two conference calls has taken place whilst one of us is collecting kids from school or preparing dinner! That's the life of a working mum! We have worked together for years and have supported each through all kinds of major life events from pregnancies to setting up and selling our last business.

2. What's the story behind BerryClever?
We have been talking about a business like BerryClever for years! As expectant first time mums we both experienced, as many women do, the feeling of utter panic when we came to choose what products we would need for our new babies. Other mums are incredibly generous with their advice but it came to us piecemeal and it was hard to remember who said what and which products we were supposed to buy! Very often we would see Facebook posts asking for advice on which pram to buy, for example, but after a short time these posts simply disappear.  There are product reviews on other mummy sites but these sites are first and foremost forums and the reviews simply get lost. Also, they are not optimised for mobile and as most busy mums are browsing on their phones it really is a poor experience. We believe that these conversations, which are happening all the time, should have a place in their own specalised community. We also believed that personal recommendation was very important to mums. We started by doing some research and found that what we had always believed was actually true! 86% of new mums lean on their friends and family first when considering what to buy for their children and they also prefer to read reviews from people they know and trust. We have worked together for over 5 years now and when we sold our last business we finally had the time and opportunity to make BerryClever a reality.

3. Where there any struggles along the way?
When we set our first business we did it from the basement of Kristi's home with 2 desks and a phone. During that time Kristi gave birth to twins and another son 14 months later! Life was insane! During that time we grew the business to 200 employees with outsourced operations in the UK and India. We quite literally learnt on our feet! Everything from HR to company accounting. So, setting up BerryClever has in some ways been easier for us. Firstly, we have done it before but also because as all our children are older now and at school we do have less calls on our time during the day.

Emma and Kristi

4. Looking back is there anything you wish you could have done differently?
We would like to have employed more mums to work for the business as we can be flexible on hours. We have found this really challenging.

5. What keeps you motivated as businesswomen? 
We were both brought up by strong and independent women who taught us to aim high and believe in ourselves. There is no doubt that as a working mum it is sometimes difficult to stay motivated. There is so much to do between work and home that there are times when it is overwhelming. It helps to be working with someone you care about and trust as much as we both do. At that moment when your list of things to do feels like it might explode it helps to have your friend by your side. Having said that the positive benefit we both get from working and creating our own businesses makes it all worthwhile. We love what we do.

6. Are there any new projects in the pipeline?
We are currently working really hard at the moment on new features for the site to improve and enhance the experience for our members.

7. A lot of mums would love to work for themselves, what advice can you give them?
Over the years we have met so many mums with fantastic skills and experience and know they find it very hard to get back into the workplace after children or find the courage to start their own business. We are both really committed to encouraging other women to go for it. We are currently working on a mummy internship with our company where women will have the opportunity to learn or refresh their marketing skills with us. The best advice we can give is just to go for it! It can be hard but the rewards are fantastic.

6 January 2015

Bargains of The Week - w/c 05.01.15

This week I've managed to snaffle quite a few bargains which I'm really pleased with. Thought I'd get in some last minute bits and bobs before the baby gets here. It was great to browse the shops at leisure too which I normally never get a chance to do. Logan is definitely not a fan of shopping. Take a peek at what I managed to buy below.

Mothercare Giraffe Chime Toy
I don't know how I'm managing but I seem to be continuing on a Jungle Theme with clothes and toys even though the baby's nursery is Farm Yard Themed!! I'm obviously drawn to the jungle in some way, maybe in a past life... Anyway I managed to snag a cute little giraffe jingly rattle toy thing from Mothercare for half price so £4.99 down to £2.48. Not a massive bargain but a lovely toy and it makes a nice sort of chime noise when batted about. Hopefully it'll be a hit with baby.

Mothercare 3 Pack of Bibs
Continuing on the jungle theme I managed to nab some cute unisex jungle bibs from Mothercare also. It's a 3 pack of bibs which were £6 reduced to £2.50 so I was quite pleased with that purchase. Can never go wrong with too many bibs.

Blooming Marvellous Nightdresses
My other half spotted this bargain for me (also in Mothercare), I knew he was good for something. Glad I kept him around hehe. So managed to snap up a two pack of lovely nightdresses which can be used during pregnancy and for nursing (which I'll be using them for) for the princely sum of £10! These were reduced from £28 and the label said £12 which I thought was a good deal but when I got to the till they came up at £10, major bargain.

Xmas Top from Next
I was very surprised when I walked into Next to find they still had quite a rack of sales items in their children's department. There wasn't that much exciting stuff but I spotted a lovely Christmas top which was half price so purchased it for Logan for this year (2015). Nothing like being prepared! It was £9.00 reduced to £4.50.

Baby Panda
As well as the Christmas top I also spotted this cute little baby panda outfit in Next which was half price in size 3-6 months. I couldn't resist and at £7.00 reduced from £14.00 I had to have it.

Baby Hats
Whilst browsing the Next children's sale section I found a 3 pack of hats buried in amongst the clothes. They were marked down from £5.00 to £2.50 which was perfect as it's the last thing I really needed for the baby's arrival this week. When I took them to the till however the lady serving said they weren't actually in the sale and had been marked down by mistake, I could have cried. Luckily I asked because it was shop error and they had been clearly marked for sale could I have them for £2.50 anyway. After discussing with her manager they agreed, happy days, so another little bargain there.

Selection of Books
We do love a good book in our house and that reminds me I'll need to do another book feature soon on the blog! Anyway when I popped into Sainsbury's yesterday to grab a few food items I noticed a lot of the children's books on one of their shelves were quite decently priced. I did my usual and got my phone out to scan the books and compare online and was surprised to discover most were half price or less, even when compared with Amazon. I managed to restrain myself and only bought 4 books, some I'll give as presents as they're lovely, but here's what I got:

1. Usborne Lift-theFlap General Knowledge Book - £4.99 (£7.99 on Amazon)
2. Usborne First Sticker Book SPACE - £2.49 (£4.49 on Amazon)
3. Rabbit's Nap (15th Anniversary Edition) a lift-the-flap book - £2.99 (£5.99 on Amazon)
4. Postman Bear (15th Anniversary Edition) a lift-the-flap-book - £2.99 (£5.99 on Amazon)

Melissa & Doug Bead Set
With all the birthday parties happening at the moment (Logan's in the young class) I like to have a stock of presents to hand in case we get any invites, it just makes life a bit easier than running around spending money on a gift that is rushed. Logan has quite a lot of little girls in his class, who far out number the boys, so it's always handy to have some girls presents ready and if they're not used then I usually give to charities at Christmas so it's never wasted. Anyway Amazon currently have a lovely deal on the Melissa & Doug Gleeful Garden Wooden Bead Set reduced from £9.99 to £4.78. It's a gorgeous set and would make such a lovely present. I do like the Melissa & Doug toys and we have quite a few ourselves.

Well that's it for another week. Not sure I'll manage to buy anything much next week as I'll be concentrating on baby but please feel free to share any bargains you've recently purchased.


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