Thursday, 23 February 2017

Asda Little Angels Day and Night Pants Review

I was contacted recently about the new Asda Little Angels Day and Night Pants. These super absorbant pants are designed especially for older children aged 4 to 12 for use during the daytime and overnight.

Asda little angels day and night pants

Alex has been potty trained for quite some time now but like many, at night he does need some protection. Overnight we use a disposable pull up pant on him. This week we have been putting Asda Little Angels Day and Night Pants through their paces.

The pants are available in two size ranges. Medium for children 4-7 years old (38-66lb) and Large for children 8-12 years (38-66lb).  We have been using the medium size and Alex is at the lower end of the weight range for this size. The pants fit him well with lots of growing room both heightwise and around the elasticated waist. The sides of the pants are soft and flexible for comfort and are also easy tear to make removal quick and easy. Alex is able to put on himself and he likes the football design on the pants.
Asda little angels day and night pants

Asda little angels day and night pants

Alex sleeps overnight for around 12 hours. The day and night pants are soft and gentle against his sensitive skin which can be easily irritated. We have found them to be very absorbant and we haven't had any overnight leaks while using them. I am really impressed with this as so many brands we have tried simply are not able to cope with overnight use. I think these pants will be useful for many parents of older children who are not quite confident with potty training, have overnight accidents and those with incontinence issues.

ASDA Little Angels Day and Night Pants are available to buy now in larger ASDA stores and online RRP £3.87

**Item received for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own**

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Super Spring Crafts from Baker Ross

It might not feel like it at the moment but Spring is just around the corner. We have been busy with some spring crafts from Baker Ross and today I am sharing what we have been upto.
The boys always love it when a Baker Ross parcel arrives. They get so excited and want to get busy making everything immediately. The new range of spring crafts from Baker Ross are fantastic as always. I love that there is so much choice available.

Baker Ross Sticker scene

Stickers are always a huge hit here snd the boys pounced straight onto the Pond Pal Sticker Scenes(£3.49 for 4). These are very simple for children of all ages, you have a sheet of stickers to peel and place on a card background to create a scene. There  are more than enough stickers provided to create a bustling scene. The animals make a great talking point with small children and it did lead to discussions about animal habitats.

Baker Ross colour in flower wreath

When I saw the Creative Colouring Flower Wreaths(£2.50 for 6) I have to admit I was looking forward to a bit of quiet time with my Sharpies. These are as much fun for adults as the kids. Simply colour them in and one of the included ribbons to make a pretty hanging wreath. These would make a really nice mindfulness activity. I added a little bell to mine too.

Baker Ross Mothers Day crafts

Baker Ross Mothers Day Crafts

Mothers Day will soon be here (March 26th) and Baker Ross have a whole host of crafts for the little ones to make.
The Handprint Poem Decoration Ki(£3.50 for 4) was simple to put together with a little bit of help from me. I helped to draw and cut out their hand shape from the foam. The poem is really sweet and the boys decided to make them for nanny and Grandma(the cheeky monkeys forgot me though!). I like that they can be personalised. Such a sweet gift and my mum loved hers.

They may have forgotten to make me a Handprint poem but they were both eager to make me a magnet from the Superhero Mum Magnet Mix and Match Magnet kit(£3.95 for 6). These are really fun and again are simple to put together (Baker Ross provide very clear instructions in the kits). The boys really enjoyed the mix and match element.

Baker Ross Easter train

Shortly after Mothers Day is Easter. And Baker Ross have a huge range of Easter items available. I certainly have my eye on a few bits. We received an Easter Train(£1.99) made of foam. You follow the instructions to slot the pieces together and decorate using the stickers. The train is suprisingly sturdy when complete and the boys really enjoyed adding the decorations to it. I am pleased with the end result. This would make a a nice addition to an Easter basket.

We also received some Bug Pom Pom Decoration Kits (£3.75 for 3). I haven't had the chance to make these yet but if you pop over to my Instagram page, I will add a photo once they are complete.

Are you looking forward to the new season? Why not pop over and take a look at more of the spring crafts from Baker Ross?

**Items received for the purpose of this post** 

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Babease Vegetable Led Weaning

Weaning is well established for us now. Barney is 10 months old and like his big brothers has taken to food really well. Usually he has the same meals as us but of course there are times when what we are having is not suitable. For these times I either have a portion of something in the freezer or I will use a pouch of ready made food. Babease is an organic vegetable led range of food for babies made in the UK.

Barney has been sent some food from Babease Stage 2 range which is aimed at 7 months onwards. These pouches are a completely nutritionally balanced meal.
Babies have a natural tendency to prefer sweet tastes and tend to love fruit. It is important to introduce vegetables at the start of weaning journey while they most receptive to new flavours. This is why Babease have made their products vegetable led. The food itself is pretty smooth textured but with a thick consistency. Often baby food is a plain brown colour but in Babease food you can actually see the ingredients and the meals vary in colour depending on the flavour.

The current Stage 2 range has 5 meals available
  • Sweet Potato, Tomato, Carrot and Quinoa with Chickpeas and Cumin
  • Butternut Squash, Quinoa and Beetroot with Onion and Sage
  • Chickpea, Pumpkin, Tomato and Coconut Cream with Herbs and Mild Masala
  • Broccoli, Parsnip, Green and Puy Lentils with Onion, Fennel, Tomato and Herbs
  • Brown Rice, Swede, Courgette and Kale with Onion, Garlic and Thyme

As a mum I think the range of ingredients used in Babease baby food is really interesting. The flavours are different from what you tend to find in other well known baby brands. I also like that they aren't sweetened with fruit.  The packaging is really clear, with each pouch having the ingredients listed on the front of the packaging. On the back there is an ingredient wheel showing a break down of the recipe and it is reassuring to note that there are minimal ingredients used. Most importantly of all Barney has enjoyed eating them. Being 10 months old and having quite a big appetite he will happily eat a whole pouch plus some pasta extra, fresh fruit, raw veg or a couple of rice cakes alongside it.

I am impressed with Babease Stage 2 food. The vegetable led weaning approach makes sense to me. I would love to see Babease extend their range to include vegetable based food and snacks for older babies and toddlers.

The Babease range is available now from a variety of retailers including Boots and Ocado.

Family Fever
**Items received for the purpose of this post, all opinions are my own**

Monday, 20 February 2017

Meal Planning Monday #8

Happy Monday! Is it just me or is 2017 whizzing by?
Last week we did well with our meal plan, we just didn't have the chilli but the extra mince went into our bolognese and I froze it to use tonight instead. I thought last week was half term everywhere but it seems half the schools had last week off and the rest this week,  so have a great half term if it is this week for you. For us it means two weeks of taking advantage of activities that are only on during the holidays. Last week we went to the Rhubarb Festival which is always great fun, the boys had a ball trying all the free samples and we picked up some lovely locally made goodies including those rhubarb scones topped with some local curd.

This week's meal plan was inspired by other people's plans last week. So you might see something you had on here! I am really looking forward to our burgers with some Yorkshire Halloumi and also the Car Brie Nara which we haven't eaten in forever.

Feeding a family of five,  meal plan

Monday Leftover bolognese from the freezer

Tuesday Jacket potatoes with various toppings

Wednesday Homemade Pork and apple burgers with wedges and veg

Thursday Car brie nara

Friday Sticky apple sausages and bacon with mash

Saturday Takeaway

Sunday Tuna pasta bake

If you are looking for meal planning inspiration or want to share your own meal plan. Join in with the meal planning linky below.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Win tickets to The Baby and Toddler Show! Plus discount code

Last year I headed over to Manchester for The Baby and Toddler Show. Supported by Emma's Diary The Baby and Toddler Show is a huge event for parents to be and new parent alike. 

Win tickets to the baby and toddler show

The show is back for 2017 and will be taking place over three venues. Manchesters Event City (10-12 March), Sandown Park in Surrey (7-9 April) and the SEC in Glasgow (5-7 May). 

With all the big name brands under one roof including Bugaboo, Chicco, Britax, Quinny, Silver Cross, Cossato, I-Candy and many many more you can give the products a test drive, compare your favourites, talk to brand experts and buy with the guaranteed best prices. There is also information on feeding, weaning, first aid and lots more plus many of the brand have lovely samples for you to take away.It was a fun day and I really enjoyed it.

Tickets are availble online now priced at £13 for an adult ticket (children under 16 do not need a ticket). However there is currently a fab discount code giving you 1/3 off the price making an adult ticket just £8, add the code BM16 when ordering to receive the discount.

I am also giving one lucky person the chance to win a pair of tickets to The Baby and Toddler Show. Simply fill in the Rafflecopter below. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

1. Open to UK residents only. 
2. Entrants must be over 18.
3. All entries will be verified.
4. Please make sure i have a way to contact you if you win.
5. The prize is a pair of tickets to The Baby and Toddler Show. Winner to choose which show they would like to attend. 

6. No cash alternative.
7. If I am unable to make contact with the winner within a reasonable time a new winner will be drawn.
7. Winner will be given a code to redeem their tickets online and will need to print them out.