Saturday, 18 October 2014

Classic Tiny Tears Interactive Doll from John Adams

If there is one thing that little M loves to play with it's a teddy or baby doll. They tend to be by her side at every moment from sitting with her at the table for breakfast to sleeping in a doll sized cot right next to her bed at night.

When Tiny Tears arrived it was like we had a real baby in the house, little moo, inspected every inch of her and gave her lots of kisses and cuddles. She soon became her best friend and is by her side every minute of the day and if G comes along and moves her, she goes nuts until Tiny Tears is put back, then calm is resumed. 

This fully interactive doll is 38cm in height and comes with a one piece outfit, headband, bib, bottle, nappy and potty. It takes 3 LR44 batteries which are included and already installed for you, I always find this a bonus with toys, especially when they are Christmas presents because I am one of those mums that forgets to buy the batteries!
Tiny tears makes real drinking sounds when you feed her using her bottle and when she has finished she burps. If you press the button on her upper back she cries real tears and the lower button on her back gets pressed in when she is sat on the potty and she will wet. Then you can press her tummy and she will, laugh, cry or say mama.

I must admit when I saw that it wets, I was a little apprehensive to let little moo actually put any water in the bottle as when Big M was little she had a similar doll that could feed, only the liquid would run straight through the doll and you had to make sure that it always had a nappy on or sat on its potty, never the less it ended up being a doll that was played with in the bath so we didn't have leaks every five minutes. Tiny Tears has pleasantly surprised me and will only wet when placed on her potty or the button on her lower back is pressed. This gives me no hesitation when my little one wants to feed her baby, the only time she has been frustrated is because she can't put this one in the bath with her but we get around that by sitting Tiny Tears on her potty. This is also a great toy for encouraging your child to sit on their potty if you are trying to toilet train. 

Classic Tiny Tears Interactive Doll from John Adams Toys can be bought from Amazon for around £26.99.

Little Moo really loves this doll and I highly recommend it too. This was also a winner in the Best New Toy Awards at the London Toy Fair.

You also have the chance to win a Classic Tiny Tears interactive doll in time for Christmas by completing the form below.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Another hospital admission for little moo

So we had the usual winter bugs, coughs and colds, they had been around over a week and were subsiding. Then we woke up yesterday morning and my littlest moo had a bit of a temperature, I knew straight away that this was nothing the do with the winter bugs. So we got the kids off to school and G off to nursery and she started to deteriorate quite quickly, I didn't have any means of collecting a sample at home so off to A&E we went after very quickly packing a bag with things that were not suitable for a little girl with a high temperature in a warm hospital but I didn't think of that at the time, no I took long sleeved sleepsuits :/ 
I was already anxious about how Moo would feel about being poked and prodded by doctors and nurses but actually she was very willing for a change and didn't even cry when the cannula was put in, what a brave little thing, I am still shocked she has taken it all so well. 
The urine collected came back positive for everything, including blood so we had to wait for some results before they could decide which antibiotic to use, this meant that we were here for 9 hours before she received any medication, except calpol. 9 hours for the infection to take hold even more. 

This morning the doctor came and couldn't really say much as they need to check with microbiology that she was taking the right antibiotics, well she wasn't and so they changed the meds from once a day to 4 times a day meaning that we won't be allowed home on day release at all. 

Today she had an ultrasound scan to which they still haven't been able to give me the results of. I feel that I am losing my faith a bit, they don't seem to have any urgency about them and it seems that I am having to alert them everytime her temperature spikes and she is going down hill.

I haven't seen any improvement all day so I hope that a good nights sleep sees her on the way to recovery and we can go home. 

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Celebrity Mum welcomes new stroller on the block to Surrey baby store

Any Mums or Dads in Surrey?.... Like pushchairs? 

Head on down to the A3 Baby Barn on Friday 17th of October...

Local mums are invited to join TV presenter and mum of two Angellica Bell at a coffee and cake-fuelled celebration of a new arrival in the buggy world next week at A3 Baby Barn in Surrey.

Combi, one of the most trusted parenting brands in the world is launching its super light and easy strollers in the UK for the first time, with A3 Baby Barn as its chosen and exclusive Surrey retailer.

The One Show reporter Angellica, who has been using the stroller with her youngest child for the past few weeks, will be joined by local mummy bloggers in sharing parenting tips and advice at the event on Friday 17th October at 10.30am. There will also be exclusive in-store discounts available.

Chanda Andrews, UK distributor for Combi, said: “Everybody’s welcome! We know mums love to get together and share the trials and tribulations of the week – so why not come along to A3 Baby Barn, enjoy some cake, browse all the delights in-store and see the Combi range in action.”

To find out more, follow @CombiBaby or visit

Monday, 6 October 2014

Make up bag from Victoria Green

This gorgeous range of cosmetic bags from Victoria Green are absolutely gorgeous. I just love them all and glad I didn't have to pick which one because the prints are all lovely. I have the one pictured below and its the prefect size for weekends away or sleep overs, it has a cute spot print on a coated cotton canvas material, its also fully lined and Debenhams is a place I always return to for my cosmetic bags as they last so long and are really good quality.

Victoria Green ‘Summer Meadow’ Print Wash Bag £12: A thoughtfully designed wash bag with 2 internal pockets to help you organise your bits and bobs, plenty of space for toiletries inside, and a zipped pocket on the front. Beautifully printed with our summer meadow pattern, it has pretty polka dot detailing, and the coated cotton canvas is wipe-clean and waterproof. Exclusive to Debenhams. View the full range here.

I also have this bag from the range to give away, just complete the form below to enter.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Britax is Rebranding!

Global repositioning of child mobility brand reflects commitment to the changing needs of parents

Leading child mobility brand, Britax, is announcing its global repositioning to give consumers and retailers a better understanding of the scale of its expanded offering, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to meeting changing family needs. From today, all parts of the growing business will operate under the master brand of Britax, it will adopt a new, modern look and feel and ‘everyday family freedom’ will become the brand vision across the entire product portfolio.

This new brand repositioning and identity, which has been in development for three years, is routed in research and consumer feedback and is designed to better reflect the emotional aspects of the adventures of parenthood and is part of an ongoing strategy to make things better, simpler, smarter and safer for families wherever they are on their journey.

Amy Voller, Brand Director at Britax EMEA comments: “Britax has been leading and innovating for generations, focused on developing first-rate, functional and safe products for parents. However, following recent acquisitions, we want to bring to life the expertise and insights across our full product range and our modern, unifying brand identity allows us to do that.
“We’re constantly moving with the times to meet the evolving needs and desires of parents and looking after little passengers as they grow, be it the car seats for a baby’s first trip home or the stroller for a stress-free shopping trip with toddlers. Now we’re creating a consistent, powerful brand that reflects our goal of making family travel safer and easier throughout the journey of parenthood. We want parents to recognise and feel confident that no matter where they want to go or what they want to do, it can be done simply with safety and style.”

Römer and Britax have been part of the family since they merged in the 1970s but since then the growing company has also acquired BOB (active strollers and bike trailers) in 2011 and BRIO (pushchairs and car safety) in 2013. As a result, the brand proposition has evolved considerably so aligning everything under one globally recognised brand name is the first step in Britax’s international rebranding efforts. Römer will become a sub-brand, continuing to set the standard in car seat safety, alongside Britax BOB, the sporty little brother providing products for active families.

From October and for the next twelve months, the new brand identity will be rolling out globally across all Britax products and consumer touch points including TV, Print, Out of home, Digital and Retail.

The first opportunity for parents to engage with the new brand is with the latest innovations in the 2015 collection, which include:
•           The BRITAX KING II ATS - a car seat that automatically alerts parents to any slack in the harness – just as a vehicle seat does for drivers or passengers.
•           The BRITAX ADVANSAFIX - a combination seat with a 5-point safety harness that adjusts as children grow older up to a weight of 25kg rather than the standard 18kg
•           BRITAX TRIFIX THE BLACK EDITION - a limited edition, child seat combining pure elegance with optimal safety
•           BRITAX is also revealing a brand new safety concept that will be added to its versatile pushchair the BRITAX SMILE in 2015 - an innovative brake system that automatically engages whenever there is no hand on the handle.

These innovative, new products showcase the new brand in action, all running under the tagline ‘Be Free’ and each specially designed to take child mobility and safety to the next
level, offering families more choice and more freedom no matter how active they are. 

Friday, 19 September 2014

Back to School Round Up

It's been a long time since my oldest son started his very first day at school, this year see's him completing his GCSE's and a Public Services course alongside as he wants to become a fire fighter. I am so very proud of him, how much he has achieved and how far he has progressed since he started school, despite all the bullying and problems we have had along the way. 

This week my fourth and youngest (and definitely the last) child started nursery for 3 days a week, I miss her, she is growing up so fast but its time for another chapter. These 3 mornings a week are going to give me time to do the things I want to do, it feels so strange but in a good way. 

Anyway, I thought I would share a few things that I have found really helpful..

For those first timers something to help them get ready for their new setting, Penwizard have a range of books you can personalise like the book we have, Peppa pig and is personalised not only with my daughters first name and surname it also has a character that looks like her. You can read my review here and find a discount code which is exclusive to my readers.

What is the one thing I have found to be the most common thing that needs replacing throughout the school year? Lunch boxes! Some are hard to clean others break or even get lost, we go through endless amounts of food bags or cling film and for a long time I have have been on the look out for the perfect lunch box. I have discovered the yumbox a bento style lunch box which is perfect for not having to use food bags as it has plenty of sections for healthy snacks, I have read lots of great feedback about these so well worth the money. I have seen some really inspirational ideas for filling them too and Pinterest is a great place to look for some.

Nits are every parents nightmare, as soon as you get rid of them they come back. Well in my opinion prevention is better than cure and tea tree oil has been a best friend for some time now but it can be a pain adding drops of it to your everyday shampoo and I have tried some brands that state tea tree oil as one of the ingredients but you can't smell it at all. Vosene have come up with the ultimate combination and have some lovely 3 in 1 shampoo and detangle spray. They have also launched a NitWatch campaign to help parents stand up to nits. You can also win some to try for yourself.

Last but not least I have found a product that your child will love, we worry about our children making friends and its so hard when you can't be there with them. I was recently introduced to a company called Popagami, they have designed packs of origami animals that look great when they have been completed, I have written more about them here and you can even try your luck at winning a pack of your own. They are a really fun product that will give your child a helping hand with making new friends at school.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Popagami Review and Giveaway

We have recently been introduced to the world of Popagami, they are origami animals. My oldest son has always had a thing about origami and has made some amazing creations, from miniature books to stars and water bombs. All of his creations are really detailed and sometimes very fiddly, sometimes I wonder how he managed to find the patience to complete some of them.

Popagami was created by former science teacher Phillip Craik. Popagami have sets of fun animals to fold and make that anyone can try because of the simple folding instructions. They are available to buy from the website and are very affordable at £7.99 for a combo pack which includes the book and 24 large designs to fold and create. At the moment there is a 50% discount on these packs and can be purchased for only £3.99 you can also opt to go for some pop-ette packs which are smaller but also have 24 sheets for a bargain price of  £2.75, there are also bigger packs available and there are some free downloads that you can print yourself and you can either watch the instructional video on the website or find the online instructions if you don't have the book. 

We all had a go at making one and were really pleased with the results, I started mine first so the children could follow my lead and I have to say although they are aimed at children, I really enjoyed making one. I chose to make the cow, all you have to do at the end is blow into the right place and your animal inflates and of course cut around the ears to finish the shape. Its a great activity if you want something to fill a half an hour gap. Popagami animals can be used for display or they have many other uses which you might not have thought about, they can be finger puppets, you could put an LED tea light inside to make a night light or they can be filled with sweets, this would be good for parties, Christmas, end of school gifts or even used as something to help your children make friends in their new school or class. 
I have teamed up with the lovely people from Popagami and we have 3 sets to give away, to enter all you have to do is complete the form below.

We were sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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