Thursday, 18 September 2014

Baby Changing Bag From Aldi

As a mum of 2 and a bump on the way, I know just how important a good changing bag is. It needs to be big enough to carry everything bar the kitchen sink but, it also doesn't want to be too bulky as it may need to get carried around whilst also struggling with a baby. 

When Aldi sent me out their new changing bag, which is in store as part of their Baby & Toddler Event, I got straight down to using it and seeing how it coped with being used vigorously by me and my 2 boys. 

Priced at £14.99, the bag comes in navy or brown, which is more of a maroon colour, and is fully waterproof with many compartments to keep everything safe. With straps for carrying around and a detachable shoulder strap too, an elasticated pouch to store a babies bottle in and comes with a changing mat too.  

The main zip compartment has enough space to hold everything needed for a small baby and more. It managed to hold nappies, wipes, spare clothing, a bottle, my purse, phone and my camera (I never leave the house without my camera). It then has a small zipped compartment to the back which is perfect for things you need to find quickly like keys or a spare bib for wiping away messes. 

At the front, there is a huge zip which goes the whole way along the front. This folds down and reveals another compartment which again has more storage and also the part which holds the changing mat. 

The bag itself it very durable. The waterproof fabric means that it can be wiped clean of any marks and the shoulder strap is thick and robust and comfortable to wear over the shoulder whilst carrying it around. 

Overall, I like the pattern on the changing bag and the colour too, the size is adequate enough to hold everything a new mum needs and it is made from good quality materials that will last. I can't wait for my bump to be born now so that I can have this on the back of my pram.

This baby changing bag is in store from today in the Baby & Toddler event so make sure you get down there whilst stocks last. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Top Tips on Back to School Photography

It’s important to capture all the defining moments of your child’s life. From baby pictures and nursery snaps to back to school photography and their first holidays, these picture will be ones you’ll want to go back to again and again. When it comes to starting school and all the benchmarks thereafter, you will want lovely pictures to match these great occasions. Here are some tips to ensure you get top quality back to school photography:

Embrace the Mood of the Day
Your little one may be excited, nervous or (as they get older) moody. If you are struggling to coax a smile from their face, make light of the situation and snap away anyway. One day you will all be able to look back and smile.

Natural Poses
You will want the classic picture poses but make sure you capture some more candid moments as well. Get some shots of your offspring with their new friends and the siblings together having a laugh (or more likely, bickering).

Capture their Favourite Things 
The back to school shots can serve as a record of all your child’s hobbies and favourite things at the time. Get toys, favourite books in the images and take pictures in their bedroom to show their interests at the period the photos were taken.

New Teacher
If possible see if your child’s new teacher will pose in a picture – the moment they meet for the first time may make for a sweet image.

Go In Situ
Take some snaps at the school – your child’s new natural environment. Pictures in front of the chalk board or on the playground make for nice settings.

Get the Whole Family Involved
If possible invite all the relatives over to celebrate the occasion and capture the image using your camera’s timer so you can also be included.

Get a Professional in
Such a special occasion calls for the professionals. Book a session at your local photographer’s studio and get some images you’ll be proud to hang on your walls.

Devil in the Detail
Get some close-up shots of details like your child’s new school bag, stationary and badge on their uniform.

Get Arty 
Get some chunky pavement chalks and get your child to draw some pictures or ask them what they want to be when they grow up and write it yourself. Your child next to these pictures and phrases will add another element to the pictures.

Mix it Up
Go classic with some black and white images to make the colour ones even more vibrant.

Hard at Work
Back to school isn’t over when your little ones leave home in the morning. Get some shots when they come with the work they’ve done during the day.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

E45, Skin Problems + Giveaway

When it comes to being pregnant, us mums know just how much our skin changes. This is the most important time to look after our skin. To keep it hydrated and to stop it from going dry. Just remember, soft, hydrated skin is said to reduce the amount of stretch-marks you might get. 

I try to keep to a routine when it comes to my skin. I always keep hydrated as that shows is the skin and then I use products to keep myself glowing. Making sure I wash off make-up on a night, rinse, and cleanse and then moisturise too. 

Of course, finding the best products can be easy for one person and hard for others as not everyone has the same skin type. From oily to dry and sensitive and combination up to having skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema can all affect the products that you can use on your skin. 

I have always had dry, sensitive skin. Many products I cannot use because of this and I try to be careful and stick with brands I know to stop my skin from going blotchy or getting rashes. I had a bit of a trial period of going through a range of skin care products to try and find which ones worked best for me. This was the same with make-up too as that can cause bad skin reactions too. 

I have used E45 lotion for years. In fact, ever since I was a child, I remember my mum using it on us and herself and I do the same now with the boys. Especially when they were both newborns. this was because both of the were 2 weeks overdue and this can have bad effects on babies skin causing it to dry out immensely. I remember every night, rubbing E45 into their bodies to hydrate their skin. 

I love the fact that they have different products for the various skin types and that they explain what the best uses are for each product. You know that if you are using E45 then you'll be using the best product for your skin. 

And now is your chance to win some for yourself. 2 winners will win both the E45 Intense Recovery Lotion & the E45 Moisturising Lotion by just telling me what your skin type is. 

Please remember to check the T&C's at the bottom of the Rafflecopter application and our full terms here. This giveaway is open to the UK only and any entries left that do not follow the mandatory entries will be disqualified. After the one compulsory entry of answering the given question the Rafflecopter will then open a round of optional extras, you do not have to enter any of these but these will give you extra entries into the competition. 

And please, if you are commenting on the blog as 'anonymous' can you please write your name in the comment otherwise I cannot count your entry.

Closes 30th September 2014

Hopeless Cooks Waste Billions Each Year

New research has found that £3billion worth of home cooked food is being wasted every year as 75% of Brits admit to ditching inedible dinners. A third of Brits say even their own family can barely ‘tolerate’ their cooking, and one in ten hopeless cooks confess to passing a takeaway or ready meal off as their own. I know if you asked my brother then he would definitely agree with you on this. Although my mum is great at baking, cooking isn't one of her strong points and she regularly has to throw out burnt or nasty tasting food. 

The research, released to celebrate the launch of Kenwood’s Disaster Chef campaign, also found that, rather than motivate their audience, cookery shows such as Great British Bake Off made one in ten people feel inferior and intimidated. I totally agree with this as, although the food always looks yummy, it also looks very hard work and puts me off. 

Fronted by self-proclaimed kitchen rookie and actress, Hermione Norris, Kenwood’s Disaster Chef campaign is taking on the challenge of transforming the nation’s cooking skills, starting with identifying the nation’s 15 worst cooks.

Hermione says “As a kitchen novice myself, I can sympathise with those whose enthusiasm doesn’t quite match up to their skills in the kitchen. The Kenwood Disaster Chef campaign is such a great opportunity for aspiring cooks, like me, to develop their cooking skills with the help of Kenwood’s expertise.”

For this year’s Disaster Chef campaign, the contestants will be using the next generation Kenwood Chef – CHEF Sense. The new features, such as load sensing technology and unique fold function, are all key to ensure the machine is intuitive to use, for both professionals and novices alike.”

Kenwood Disaster Chef will be open for entries from Monday 1 September via the Kenwood Disaster Chef Facebook App –

After the 15 worst chef's compete against each other, the winner will be decided and win a host of fab prizes. The prizes include:
  • A Symphony Kitchens makeover (including fitting), up to the value of £3,000
  • A cookery course worth, up to the value of £500
  • A selection of stylish kitchen appliances from Kenwood, up to the value of £500
How great is that! So, if you think you could easily win the title of Britain's worst chef, then get entering.