30 November 2012

Syrinx Za. Christmas Discount


With the cold weather in full flow now you need to keep protecting your skin. I'm always using their Moisturising Therapy Balm which works fantastic on my skin to stop dryness. This Winter weather can make skin even worse so I find myself using it a lot more just to make sure my skin is hydrated..

Syrinx Za. have offered our readers a code for 20% off their products. 

This is a single use code that will get you 20% off your next order. Just enter XMAS2012 during the checkout process to receive the discount. 

Don't forget to pop back here and let us know how you get on with using Syrix Za. too.

29 November 2012

Scooting Around


It's horrible being on a tight budget. It means we can't afford to take our boys out places that often. Thomas doesn't mind though, as long as he has his scooter and the weathers ok he's fine. We spend a lot of time outside scooting around, even in this cold weather, just wrap up warm and we're ready to go.

Going all over for some fresh air, on hills I pull him with his Scoot'n'Pull and everywhere else he does it himself. I think Thomas likes the independence of being able to choose where we go and enjoys telling me, 'left mum' 'right mum'


After his ride on his scooter we come back to the garden for a bit. Usually playing on everything but in this weather all his toys are put away in the shed so today it was just the swing. Thomas loves his swing, always asking to go higher and higher.

It's not always about how much money you spend or how many places you've been to. Sometimes it's just about spending time together, even if it's just in cold damp Leeds right near our house. As long as we can make our own fun, that's all that matters.

Country Kids

28 November 2012

Jewelfone Passion


I'm always listening to music on my phone but hate the ugly generic earphones you get with the phone. The plain style, no imagination at all. That's where Jewelfone come in.

Jewelfones are earphones with imagination, with sparkle, with style. The earphones for style-concious girls.

They are made from high quality earphone that can also be converted to a necklace giving you all the flexibility you need whilst on the go. 

I was lucky to be given a chance to review a pair of Jewelfones. I received the Passion style. Passion Jewelfones have small pink and silver pearls covering the wire with a gem encrusted heart shaped ear piece making it great for the romantics, full of passion. 
They have a magnetic clasp which attaches round the neck like a necklace which means no more earphones dangling from your pocket when not in use.

I find that the earphones are very good quality, perfect sound and somewhat better than the standard earphones that come with phones.

I use earphones quite a lot, whilst writing this blog I like to listen to a little music or just whilst I'm relaxing.

My niece saw them and now 'just has to have a pair' for Christmas. I'm sure she'll love them just as much as I do.


You can follow Jewelfone on Facebook and on Twitter and can purchase a pair from their website here for only £19.99 a pair.


26 November 2012

Ding Dong Merrily on High

Ahhhh Christmas is coming which can only mean one thing... the Christmas Tag. I was tagged by the beautiful Rebecca from Futures and the original tag is from Georgina from Makeup-Pixi3.


Q1. What's your favourite thing about Christmas?
Spending time with our family. It's not often we get to spend time with the grandparents but at Christmas we always go to my parents for dinner and then Simon's mums for Boxing day.

Q2. What's your favourite make up look for the festive season?
I always go for the understated nude colours but with deep red lips and a little shimmer.

Q3. Real or fake tree?
I would love a real tree but having small children means it's a big no no so we go fake. We enjoy decorating it together as a family.

Q4. Giving presents or receiving them?
Definitely giving them. I hate receiving presents as I believe that Christmas is for children so I always tell everyone to buy for our boys and not us.

Q5. Do you open your presents Christmas morning or evening?
We open presents in the morning. I'm seriously a big kid at heart and find myself running into Thomas's bedroom, jumping on his bed shouting 'it's Christmas'

Q6. Handmade Christmas cards or bought?
We buy our cards. I would love to hand-make them but just don't have time.

Q7. What's your favourite Christmas film?
I love Elf. I even watch it during the year too, not just at Christmas. 'BUUUURRRPPP Did you hear that?' Such a funny light hearted film.

Q8. What's your favourite Christmas food?
Oh come on!!! It has to be the turkey. I'm not a mince pie or Christmas pudding fan.

Now, I tag you to join in and look forward to reading your answers.

25 November 2012

Silent Sunday


23 November 2012

Cusson's Mum & Me Poll - Leaving Baby


Tis’ the season to be jolly with the Christmas party season about to start, but instead of looking forward to the occasion, a number of new mums are silently struggling with leaving their babies behind for the first time.



Sleepless nights and 24/7 care for your baby can be tough and mums deserve a break, but a survey by Cusson's Mum & Me shows that, out of the 1000 mums polled, nearly a quarter of them wouldn't think of leaving their baby with anyone else until they are at least 8 month old and even when they do leave them, half feel guilty about doing so. Over 11% of mums polled stated that they missed their baby so much that it brought them to tears.

According to a poll done by Cusson's Mum & Me it reveals that:

  • 88% of new mums text or call home to check up on baby during a night out
  • 30% are unable yo relax whilst out without their baby
  • 50% of mums feel guilty for leaving their baby with someone else
  • Nearly 1/4 of new British mums wait at least 8 months before leaving someone else 'holding the baby'

I remember being a first time mummy 3 years ago. The heartache of leaving Thomas was horrible. I would end up staying in, not doing anything because I couldn't bear leaving him. I felt stupid as because even though he was only staying with my parents whom I trusted I still couldn't bring myself to go out.

When I finally did go out with Simon for a meal, I was so worried that I hardly ate, I ended up ringing my mum just to make sure Thomas was OK. 


Relax & Unwind Sleep Mist contains Camomile and Lavender known to help you to relax and unwind. Not only can it help you gently drift off to sleep but also may help mums with the anxiety of leaving their baby.

I use the sleep mist a lot, it really does help relax my body and I ease off to sleep. I imagine the relaxing tones within the spray would also help with the separation anxiety  of leaving your child for the first time. It has a real soothing calming effect.


Leaving your child can be very upsetting but it does get easier, take it at your own pace and make sure you are comfortable with the situation before rushing yourself.

20 November 2012

The Story of Toys, The Argos Toy Exchange

The Story of Toys

Every parent wants to spoil their children at Christmas time, every spare penny goes onto a special Christmas. 

What happens when you can't afford that? What about all the children in the UK who wake up Christmas morning with nothing. Their parents struggling to pay the bills and put food on the table never mind buy presents. 

Barnardo's is the UK's biggest children's charity who work with over 200,000 children and young people every year. They have have teamed up with the UK's number 1 toy retailer Argos in a bid to raise funds.

At Argos they believe that every toy should be played with, that's why they've launched The Toy Exchange. 

The campaign is designed to give unwanted toys a new lease of life and help transform the lives of some of the UK's most vulnerable children. 

They're simply asking people to dig out their old toys from the loft and bottom of the wardrobe and donate them at any Argos store. 

Argos will then pass them on to Barnardo's to sell in their stores raising vital funds for their work with vulnerable children, young people and their families. 

As a thank you, Argos is giving everyone who donates a £5 voucher to use in store when they spend over £35 on toys.

I'm sure, like me, you will be cleaning out your children's toy boxes ready for their new toys. So instead of throwing them out, why not pop into Argos and drop them off there.

The at least you know that you are also helping other vulnerable children who might not be as lucky this Christmas.

So, will you be donating?

18 November 2012

SKEANIE Shoes


Finding shoes for young children can be a challenge. We all want smart shoes that are comfortable but most brands seem to be either one or the other. SKEANIE shoes are the brain child of Natasha Barber, and Australian mum of 2. She wanted to create a soft soled shoe made from high quality leather that not only are stylish but are also eco-friendly as they are made from offcuts of leather.

Since SKEANIE launched not have they been highly rated by mums but by podiatrists and paediatricians too. SKEANIE shoes have been designed to protect and nurture little feet and all products are Fair Trade.

I first became aware of SKEANIE shoes from their Facebook page. Some of my mummy friends were already liker's of the page so I popped along to have a nosey. I was amazed at how beautiful some of the shoes were. 


The Infant range includes the gorgeous Mary Jane's and the oh so cute Sporty Sneakers both priced at £26.99, both beautifully designed and very comfortable for babies growing feet. The Infant range have soft suede soles that has perfect grip from crawling and walking babies. 


The Junior range has the classic Loafers, these can be bought in colours suitable for boys and girls, and the Boat shoes which are so smart and are both £34.99 per pair. The Junior range were specially made for walkers with their innovative flexible rubber sole. 

We chose the products that we thought would be suitable for the cold weather months, the Snug Infant booties and the Junior Riding boots. 

Infant Snug Booties - £36.99
The SKEANIE Snug booties are made from buttery soft leather and have a soft suede sole. 
They are elasticated along the top to help keep them on the feet and have a snug warm furry lining to keep babies feet warm in these cold months. The Infant Snug booties come in 2 colours, Navy and Chocolate.

Charlie is walking now and usually ends up in the kitchen finding pans to play with, the only problem being that we have solid tiled floors and usually he would wear only socks and would slip and hurt himself so we had to put a safety gate on the door to protect him. The soft suede on the base of the Snug booties is non-slip and it means that Charlie can now freely walk about without worrying about slipping over.


At the weekend we popped out for a meal, taking Charlie for a walk around the restaurant whilst we waited for our food, I was stopped by another mummy who was so fascinated with the booties. She couldn't believe that such a quality leather product was only priced at £36.99, I kindly gave her the SKEANIE website details and we were off on our way happy in the knowledge that another child was about to get their first pair of SKEANIE shoes.

Junior Riding Boots - £39.99
The SKEANIE Riding boots are made from eco-friendly leather and have the flexible rubber sole ensuring that children's feet are protected. 
I personally wouldn't usually buy my boys boots as they always look uncomfortable  bulky and heavy but these aren't any of those things. They are light weight, soft and very comfortable. 

I especially love the fact that they have a SKEANIE tag on both the front and back of the boots making it super easy to pull them on, even Thomas can do them on his own, the elasticated sides also help for this, this is great to promote his independence   


Thomas has worn these quite a few times now, even for Nursery and they still look brand new, the quality is fantastic. Many parents at the school gates have admired Thomas's boots and asked where they were purchased from, each time I've directed them to the SKEANIE website. 

Being a mummy who is obsessed with my children's comfort, I found these shoes perfect for little feet. Both pairs were easy to put on and both stayed on too.

I'm now just hoping that SKEANIE soon decide to sell sizes bigger than UK8 so we can buy the next sizes up for Thomas.

You can buy the whole SKEANIE range on their website, the Infant range here and the Junior range here.

SKEANIE can be followed on Facebook and on Twitter.

Silent Sunday


17 November 2012

Christmas Giveaway 9 - Pillow Pet


Another Christmas competition is here! The great people from Pillow Pet have kindly offered an 'Originals' Pillow Pet as a competition prize.

My sons love their Pillow Pets, we have Ms Lady Bird and Silly Monkey, read our review here. Pillow Pets are the cutest pets ever, not only are they comfortable cushions and sweet loveable companions they also can keep your children's pyjamas tucked inside them to keep the warm. 

To choose which one you would like to win, click this link and pick from the ones on that page. 

To enter for a chance to win this competition just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will end on the 9th of December 2012 and will be drawn by Rafflecopter soon after. The winner will have 7 days to claim (hopefully sooner though so we can get prizes shipped before Christmas) and all giveaways are UK only.

15 November 2012

Fairfields Farm Crisps


We love crisps in our house but sometimes we fancy different flavours, it's annoying when we pop out and can only find the usual boring flavours, no imagination at all. Fairfields Farm crisps are different, their flavours are more imaginative, from Smoky Bacon & Sunday Roast Potato to Parsnip Crisps with Essex Honey & Black Pepper.

All the crisps are made with specially selected natural flavours. Most, like the smoky bacon, are also from around the locality of Fairfields Farm in Essex.

The flavours in the Fairfields Farm range are:
  • No salt
  • Lightly sea salted
  • Sea salt & aspall vinegar
  • Farmhouse cheese & chive
  • Sweet chilli
  • Smoky bacon & Sunday roast potato
  • Butter & mint
  • Parsnip crisps with Essex honey & black pepper

Each flavour has been well thought out and really do match, the parsnip crisps are so yummy, even my husband has eaten them and he doesn't usually like parsnips. 
We each have our favourite flavour, mine is the farmhouse cheese & chive whereas Simon (my husband) prefers the sweet chilli ones. Thomas isn't fussy, he'll eat any but really does like the lightly sea salted and the butter & mint flavours.


You can tell by the quality, that each flavour, each potato even has been well thought out, well treated and I must admit, are probably the best crisps I have ever tasted.

You can follow Fairfields Farm crisps on Twitter and on Facebook.

13 November 2012

Christmas Giveaway 8 - Dr. Beckmann Hamper


Our 8th giveaway is in joint conjunction with the Dr. Beckmann Facebook page here.

The prize in this giveaway is a Dr. Beckmann hamper. This will consist of all the products in the picture below:
We have actually reviewed the Colour & Dirt Collectors and the Stain Devils Survival kit here and rate them very highly.


As well as this fabulous hamper Dr. Beckmann are giving you an additional chance to win over on their Facebook page. Although only one winner will be selected from this blog they will be giving away another hamper plus the new Kindle Fire to one lucky Dr. Beckmann fan with an additional 5 runner up hampers up for grabs. The link to enter their competition is here.


To enter for a chance to win this competition just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will end on the 9th of December 2012 and will be drawn by Rafflecopter soon after. The winner will have 7 days to claim (hopefully sooner though so we can get prizes shipped before Christmas) and all giveaways are UK only.

Christmas Giveaway 7 - Crazy Soap


Our 7th giveaway has kindly been donated from Crazy Soap and is a set of their Crazy Soap. We love Crazy Soap, Thomas is always covering Charlie in it and it's the easiest way to get your child messy to clean them.

The prize will include:
  • 1x foam
  • 1x goo
  • 2x paint
To enter for a chance to win this prize please fill in the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will end on the 9th of December 2012 and will be drawn by Rafflecopter soon after. The winner will have 7 days to claim (hopefully sooner thought so we can get prizes shipped before Christmas) and all giveaways are UK only.

Christmas Giveaway 6 - John Crane Sqij Blox


The sixth prize up for grabs is a set of Sqij Blox donated by John Crane. Sqij Blox connect together to make  your very own creations.



To enter for a chance to win this prize, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will end on the 9th of December 2012 and will be drawn by Rafflecopter soon after. The winner will have 7 days to claim (hopefully sooner thought so we can get prizes shipped before Christmas) and all giveaways are UK only.

Christmas Giveaway 5 - Visionary Soap Gift Set


The fifth prize is this mini soap gift set donated from The Visionary Soap Company. As I am an avid collector of Visionary Soap products, I will also throw a few extras into this prize so you will get a couple of surprises too. The Visionary Soap Company make Fairtrade soaps and bath products in gorgeous scents (read our review here)

For a chance to win this prize just use the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will end on the 9th of December 2012 and will be drawn by Rafflecopter soon after. The winner will have 7 days to claim (hopefully sooner thought so we can get prizes shipped before Christmas) and all giveaways are UK only.

Christmas Giveaway 4 - MAM Starter Set


The forth prize in our Christmas giveaway is a Starter set donated by MAM. MAM specialise in baby products such as bottles and soothers, we have quite a collection of their products too.

This 15 piece set includes:

  • 2x anti-colic 130ml bottles
  • 2x anti-colic 160ml bottles
  • 4x anti-colic 260ml bottle bodies
  • 4x sealing discs
  • 1x MAM soft spout
  • 1x MAM handle
  • 1x MAM soother


To enter for a chance to win this prize just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will end on the 9th of December 2012 and will be drawn by Rafflecopter soon after. The winner will have 7 days to claim (hopefully sooner thought so we can get prizes shipped before Christmas) and all giveaways are UK only.

Christmas Giveaway 3 - Cocoon Collection Gift Box


Third up in our Christmas giveaway is a premium Simply the Best gift box donated by Cocoon Collection. This gift box has an RRP of £34.99 and contains:

  • Chateauneuf du Pape - a premium 75cl bottle of simply outstanding French red wine
  • After Dark Rich Ground Coffee - a velvety smooth 227g pack of superb coffee, with a wonderfully rich and chocolatey aroma
  • Belgid’Or Chocolates - a 190g gift wrapped ballotin containing a delicious selection of fine Belgian Chocolates



To enter to win this gift box, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will end on the 9th of December 2012 and will be drawn by Rafflecopter soon after. The winner will have 7 days to claim (hopefully sooner thought so we can get prizes shipped before Christmas) and all giveaways are UK only. You must be 18 years old to enter this giveaway.

Christmas Giveaway 2 - Scooterearz


The next prize up for grabs has been donated by Scooterearz and is a pair of Scooterearz in the design of your choice.

Scooterearz are perfect for keeping children's hands warm whilst their out and about on their scooters or even bikes (see our review here). The colour choices can be seen in the picture below:


To enter for your chance to win a pair, please use the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will end on the 9th of December 2012 and will be drawn by Rafflecopter soon after. The winner will have 7 days to claim (hopefully sooner though so we can get prizes shipped before Christmas) and all giveaways are UK only.

Christmas Giveaway 1 - Macadamia Natural Oil


After being sent samples of Macadamia Natural Oil to review (you can read my review here) I highly rate it as a top quality product which made my dry dull horrible hair, shiny and sleek.

So, first up in our Christmas giveaways in a Luxe Travel set kindly donated from Macadamia Natural Oil. This set has an RRP of £45 and would make a great present for mummy.
The Luxury Travel Set contains:
  • 100ml Rejuvenating Shampoo
  • 60ml Moisturizing Rinse
  • 100ml Deep Repair Masque
  • 30ml Healing OIl Treatment
  • 60ml Nourishing Leave-In Cream
  • Healing Oil Infused Comb
  • Travel bag

    To enter just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will end on the 9th of December 2012 and will be drawn by Rafflecopter soon after. The winner will have 7 days to claim (hopefully sooner thought so we can get prizes shipped before Christmas) and all giveaways are UK only.

12 November 2012

Dr. Beckmann Products


I'm forever washing clothes. With having 2 young boys, the loading and unloading of the washing machine seems never ending. There's always something covered in jam, mud, or body fluids, eurgh! Many times I have thrown gorgeous expensive clothing out due to marks, or stains that just wont budge. Dr. Beckmann do a range of products perfect for these situations. 

Admit it, you've done it too. Rushing to get out of the house, throwing everything in the washing machine and everything comes out pink, yep that red sock went in with the whites, argh, nightmare! Well not any more. Dr. Beckmann have their very own Colour & Dirt Collector sheets. How do they work? Simple, they attract all the stray dye that comes off clothing, meaning that they are the ones that come out looking like a rainbow and not you favourite dress. Basically add one to each wash or when washing something delicate or expensive and watch it get to work. When the load is finished, just take it out, admire the array of colours that may be on it and then thrown it away knowing it protected your favourite garments.

Then comes stains! I hate stains with a passion. As soon as I spill a drop of gravy from my fork I'm like a person from the Matrix, in slow motion trying to catch the drop before it stains my nice white top (because whenever you spill something you'll always be wearing white) but I'm never quick enough.


Dr. Beckmann do a Stain Devils Survival kit. It comes with 3 different bottles and each one is used for removing certain stains, over 40 different stains!
They are so simple to use too, simply either moisten the stain with the solution and leave for 3 minutes to work or sprinkle to powder over the stain and work it into the fabric for 3 minutes. After the 3 minutes just dab with a damp cloth till all traces of the stain are gone. 

Don't know which solution or powder to use for which stain? Simple, the Dr. Beckmann Stain Devils Survival kit comes with a handy fridge magnet which clearly states which products to use for each stain. Now you don't have to struggle to read tiny writing on bottles and it's always to hand.


The Dr. Beckmann range really is a life saver for busy mums like me and I will definitely use them in and on my washing from now on!

You can follow Dr. Beckmann on Facebook and on Twitter.

You can buy these products on the Dr. Beckmann website and in Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury's stores.

8 November 2012

Aldi Children's Baking Set


Thomas loves baking so when Aldi asked if we wanted to review a baking set over the holidays we agreed. The set includes everything needed all in smaller sizes, perfect for children's small hands. Including, bowl, spoon, whisk, jug, sieve and much more, everything you'll need for making buns, cakes or biscuits.

We've tried making a few different things, buns, muffins and even cookies. We are trying to find a ginger biscuit recipe at the moment which is proving difficult. One that is child friendly and easy to do so that we can use the shape cutters. I'm sure we will use them in due course though.


The measuring spoons may be small but still have the perfect measurements making measuring out icing for the tops of buns easy to do. Even the small sieve means that Thomas can help with every part of baking now.

Thomas enjoyed the whisking and spooning out the mixture into bun cases, feeling part of every single bit of the baking meant that Thomas was involved and we bonded over making our favourite treats.


You can purchase the baking set in Aldi stores.
Aldi can be followed on Facebook and on Twitter.