Review: Me&i Spring/summer Collection

As you probably know by now are big fans of me&i. Their clothes are stylish, so comfy and are long lasting. BG, Little Miss and I were all sent a piece of clothing from the new season range.

BG and I both received super cute dresses.

BG has the blossom tunic £25.

Blossom Tunic

It looks really cute and BG looks fab in it. She has worn it to parties and on days out. It’s really wearable in all situations. It’s pretty enough to worn as a party dress but durable to worn out and about or playing in the park.

The ruffles are so gorgeous and because of the way it’s made as she gets bigger she can wear it as a tunic with leggings.

I was sent the waves long dress £60.

Waves dress

I wore it on a day out to London with BG. Yes she has her dress on! It was so comfy to wear all day. The small slits at the bottom of dress means you can walk up stairs without it restricting your legs. I love the little sleeves as I have awful arms and like to cover them up. It hangs just right to cover all my lumps and bumps. The sizes are quite generous I got an XL but I think a L would have fitted perfectly.

This will get a lot of use in the summer!

Little Miss was sent a pair of pants with cat in pocket £21.

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These are the cutest pair of trousers I have ever seen. The cat’s head comes out of one pocket and its tale out of the other. Little Miss keeps saying ‘cat cat’ when she wears them.

Apart from looking great they are well thought out. The waist is adjustable and the cuffs at the bottom can be turned up. This means that Little Miss will get a lot of wear out of them as when she grows I can just let them out.  They are generous around the bum area to allow space for nappies.

All three items have been washed and tumbled dried and they came out looking perfect with no shrinkage at all.

If you are looking for summer clothes for you or the kids I would highly recommend me&i. They are such great value for money. BG has a few bits now that she has grown out of but they are such great good condition that they have been put up for Little Miss.

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Review & Giveaway: Heroes of the City

Heroes of the City is a television cartoon about rescue vehicles in a small town where everyone can be a hero!

Follow the fantastically exciting adventures along with friends in town.  Meet Paulie Police Car and Fiona Fire Engine as they help the townspeople find thieves, put out fires, and solve one of the many mysteries that happen in the otherwise quiet town. You will also get to know Calamity Crow, the most unlucky bird in town.

Sounds brilliant doesn’t it? Well it is.

We were sent a lovely little package of goodies to play with:

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The book is lovely full of great pictures and a great story. Both girls love to look at it.

We particularly love the Paulie the Police car and Tilly Train that came. Again both girls love playing with them and other children that have visited are drawn to them. They are well made and look great.

The DVD is great packed full of brilliant episodes. The stories are really lovely and the animation is bright perfect for your little ones.

You can also get an amazing Heroes of the City app which has 6 hours of movies on it! Plus games

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You can get the app from iTunes or Google Play. The app is free and you get one full movie and three games with that then you can purchase extra movies. Its £2.49 for four movies and one game.

For full details of City of Heroes visit their website.

I have one set of Heroes of the City goodies to giveaway to one lucky winner.

You will get a copy of the book, DVD and two die cast vehicles.

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Please note the prize will be sent from Sweden so allow extra time for delivery.

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Things to Do This Easter Holidays: Watch Rio 2

We were invited to watch Rio 2 in London on Mother’s Day and as I am such a great mummy *ahem* I said yes and took BG along.  BG is honestly a big Rio fan we have seen the film at least 60 times and she has been known to watch 3 times in one day!

To prepare for Rio 2 we had to of course watch Rio the night before so we were pumped to see the new film.

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The entire cast of the animated smash RIO returns in RIO 2, and they are joined by a new flock of top actors and musical talents. Rich with grandeur, character, color and music, RIO 2 finds Jewel (Anne Hathaway), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and their three kids leaving their domesticated life in that magical city for a journey to the Amazon. They encounter a menagerie of characters who are born to be wild, voiced by Oscar nominee Andy Garcia, Oscar/Emmy/Tony-winner Rita Moreno, Grammy winner Bruno Mars, and Tony winner Kristin Chenoweth.

Firstly I absolutely love the music in both films I challenge you to sit and watch either and not find yourself dancing in your seat. Thankfully BG is not easily embarrassed by her mum!

It’s a really entertaining film. Parts really made me laugh out loud and BG thought it was fantastic. My dad who hasn’t seen the first one joined us and he really enjoyed it and didn’t feel lost at all.

There are some great new characters as well as old favourites. Gabi the frog is my particular favourite.

If you are looking for a film to watch this Easter holidays then you can’t go wrong with Rio 2. It’s fun for the entire family, yes even for you!

Don’t believe me, just watch this trailer.

The Shark Steam Challenge

The people at JML sent me a Shark Lift-Away steam mop and challenged me to use it for as many things as I can. Now if you know me personally you will know I don’t particularly like housework so I am always after something that will make my life easier.

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The Shark Lift-Away steam mop features:

  • A floor steam mop and a handheld steamer in one
  • Hand-held steamer detaches in just moments
  • Double-sided steam pockets – clean twice the floor area
  • 10 hand-held steamer attachments to help you clean almost anywhere
  • 3 unique steam settings – mop, scrub or dust
  • Amazing sanitising powers – kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria
  • Floors and surfaces dry in just seconds
  • Ready to steam within 30 seconds
  • Machine washable microfibre pockets

It comes with:

  • 1 x Standard Head
  • 1 x Filler Jug
  • 2 x All-purpose Standard Pockets
  • 1 x Extension Hose
  • 1 x Concentrator Nozzle
  • 1 x Flat Scrubber Head
  • 1 x Flat Scrubber Microfibre Bonnet
  • 1 x Nozzle Cleaning Tool
  • 1 x Garment Steamer
  • 1 x Detail Scrubbing Brush
  • 1 x Squeegee Tool
  • 1 x Carpet Glider
  • Bag
  • 2-year free guarantee included
  • 7m cable

The first challenge was to put it together, which was actually really easy and took under 5 mins.

I decided to give my very grimy kitchen a clean first, including Little Miss’s highchair.

It’s really easy to use just fill with water, select the setting you want and within 30 seconds it’s ready to go. You press to buttons and the hand-held steamer detaches and is ready to go.

I used the detail scrubbing brush for the high chair, the hob and around the sink and the flat scrubber with the microfibre bonnet for the sides and inside the sink.

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Sink

I then popped it back in the handle and steamed the floor.

It took my under 20 minutes to do the whole kitchen and it looked fantastic afterwards! So easy to do and no smelly chemicals.

My next room was the bathroom and I got to use the squeegee tool!

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I used it on the bathroom mirror and the tiles around the bath which were covered in my red hair dye. They cleaned quickly and looked great afterwards. I use the detail scrubbing brush for around the taps and the toilet and they came up super clean. I then gave the floor a good clean and it sparkled.

I have also use the steam cleaner on my sofa which has terrible water and tea stains on it. I gently used the microfibre bonnet on the patches. I had to do it twice as I was worried that the red colour would come out of my sofa but it came up really well.

I have cleaned all the windows in the house and it is used regularly on the floors downstairs.

I still have a pushchair and BBQ to clean with it I will show you the results when they are done.

I really like this steam cleaner. I do have another one but it’s quite bulking and just sits in my cupboard. The Shark Lift-Away sits permanently in my kitchen and has become part of my cleaning routine.

It comes with this great bag to keep all the attachments in which I keep hung-up in the utility room so it’s always to hand. It’s really light and I love, love, love the way the mop head flips over. I use the scrubbing side in the kitchen and then flip and use the polishing side in the living room so there is no need for a new pocket.

The mop head also swivels so you can get it to all the corners and it doesn’t get caught on my kitchen lino.

The Shark Lift-Away is normally £149.99 but is currently £99 (correct at time of publishing) so if you want a really good steam mop that you can use around the house go and get yourself a bargain!

 

The Many Uses of a Mia Tui Bag

I have this theory that you can never have too many scarves, shoes or bags. So when Mia Tui contacted me and asked if I want to review one of their bags well I could hardly say no.

Mia Tui is the brainchild of Charlotte

Mia Tui was born in 2010 after I’d spent years searching for the perfect bag that would suit my busy lifestyle.

I’m a mother of two, working, going to the gym, doing the school run, shopping and travelling. I’ve got a busy life but I couldn’t find a bag that could keep up with me.

Mia Tui is the busy woman’s best friend – it is stylish yet completely practical. Quite simply it looks great and does its job.

These bags are well thought out. Truly stylish but practical.

There is a large range to choose from and they all have different features. There is a right one for everyone. If you are not sure which is right for you just ask them on twitter.

Some of the bags like the Amelie is rather big and is not quite right for us shorter ladies so I was recommended the Mini Amelie and it was perfect.

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I can’t tell you how much I love this bag!

Firstly it comes in a bag which in itself is a totally practical bag.  I have used it for shopping and to take gifts to my sister. It’s nice and roomy.

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The Mini Amelie is really large inside with great side pockets which you can fit a lot in. The big one will take an ipad and the small a kindle. Mine are full of snacks and wipes!

There are also two bottle holders at either end of the bag so I can get a drink for both girls in the bag and they don’t roll around.  You will also find a phone holder, with spaces for pens and a back pocket on the outside of the bag.

That’s not all! It also comes with a clear zip bag which I have used for wet nappies, dirty clothes, various wet craft projects and food.

You also get a matching clutch bag with a removable strap.  This has become my school run bag and then I just through it in the Mini Amelie when needed so I don’t have to keep swapping things over.

Other features include a removable strap and a key clip. It is also waterproof inside and out.

The Mini Amelie has so many uses. So far I have used it as a:

Handbag

I took off the long strap and slung it over my shoulders. It had plenty of room for my kindle, snacks and my drinks bottle. I have used it on a few day trips to London and it’s comfy to use.  The straps are the perfect width so you don’t feel pressure from the bag.

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Mia Tui 4

Changing Bag

There is plenty of room in the pocket for nappies, wipes and snacks. I use the long strap and hand on the pram. (The colours look great together). Most people didn’t even realise it’s a changing bag which I really like.

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How much is in that bag mum?

The bag is well thought out so you don’t have to rummage too much to find things. Two decent sized pockets and then a great space in the middle which can easily accommodate a few changes of clothes and toys.

Weekend Bag

Last weekend I and OH went to London for two nights. I took my Mini Amelie. It had plenty of room for several changes of clothes, toiletries, hair straighteners, book, kindle and snacks!

I used the clear bag as a makeup bag and the clutch bag was then my handbag for the weekend. The strap for the clutch is quite long so can be worn as an across the body bag which I prefer. It was big enough for purse, phone, lipstick and sunglasses case.

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I really can’t rate this bag high enough.  We have a lot of trips planned this summer and this bag will get so much use.

The Mini Amelie’s are £55 apart from the Teal one I have which is in the sale for £45. You get a lot of bag for your money!

Mia Tui has a range of bags from across the body bags such as the Matilda Mae to large totes like the Amelie. They come in gorgeous colours and they won’t break the bank.

Now I know you are now thinking I must get myself one of those bags. Well I have a little gift for you!

Here is a 15% off discount code for you to use. So go and get yourself a bag or two.

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Review: I Am Lost

There is nothing worse than your child losing their favourite toy or taggy. It can be devastating for them. The look of panic they get when a beloved item goes missing can be heart breaking. I remember BG losing a little dog one day and she was so upset she was planning the lost posters she was going to make when we thankfully found it in a shop.

The I Am Lost coding system is a brilliant way to ensure any lost items are returned to you.  You are given your own unique code and when the item is found the code is entered in to the I am Lost Website or app and you are contacted to arrange the safe delivery of your lost item.

I was sent 20 fabric tags to add to BG’s and Little Misses clothes and toys. It’s such a brilliant idea and so simple to use. I have added them to a few of their items and it’s great to have that peace of mind that if its lost then there is a good chance it will be returned.

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These are a must for any parent especially with the holidays looming, we always lose at least one item on a day trip.

“I am Lost” Packs - each pack includes a unique code allowing you to be contacted when an item is found

  • Stamp it’ Pack – £16.00 – Stamp and ink pad of permanent ink which will work on most surfaces, this makes coding items easy, it will work on metal, wood and fabric. You simply receive your stamp and stamp your stuff! The ink will withstand washing and rain. If you want your stamp to double up as a standard name stamp for school uniforms, just enter a name in the option box.
  • ‘Stamp it Plus’ – £20.00 – Stamp and ink pad, fabric label and stickers, this pack is great for parents whose children are fantastic at losing things. Included in this pack is the above, plus 20 x easy iron on fabric and 20 x small discreet, waterproof permanent stickers. Again you can type in the child’s name if they want one on the stamp.
  •  ‘Stamp it Max’ – £30.00 – Stamp and ink pad, fabric label and stickers, multipurpose tag and luggage tag. This pack pretty much covers everything, including all of the above, the stamp means you can easily mark important items, plus easy iron on fabric labels for those items that cannot be stamped. Also includes 2 x permanent and waterproof stickers for phones, wallets, tablets etc, plus 2 x multipurpose tags, useful for your keys, handbag or a dogs collar and lastly two large bold luggage tags for when you are travelling.
  • Lost Child Pack – £7.95 – a simple, adjustable identity bracelet. Bright and recognisable, with full instructions to follow to get in touch with you quickly, that can be used time and time again. With this, once the code is entered into the website or app, the system will reveal your phone number. The system will call around 3 different numbers until someone answers. This allows you to locate your child quickly and be reunited with them. No more having to write in ink on your child’s arm! Children aged 3 yrs + can be taught if lost to approach an adult and show them their wristband.
  • Design your own pack: prices start at £1.95, products available include; just a code, pack of 2 permanent marker pens for marking a range of surfaces, multipurpose tags, luggage tags, name stamp and ink pad, just a stamp, just an ink pad, fabric stickers and permanent stickers.

You can find more details at www.iam-lost.co.uk

Paragon Book Buddies Review February

Technically this January and February sorry Parragon Books!

BG took the first book to school to be read in class and it was in a queue.

The first book we were sent was Muddypaws: New Friends

Muddypaws’ New Friends

When Muddypaw’s best friend Ben goes to school he has to stay at home. One day Ben takes him to puppy school where he makes new friends.

It a really sweet story.

BG took this to school and they all loved it. They laughed when the puppies go splashing in the puddles.

This book gets the big thumbs up from BG and her class!

We were then sent some of the new DINO SUPERSAURUS activity books.

There are three in the set Stickersaurus, doodlesaurus and superpower colouring £3.99.

We were sent Stickersaurus and superpower colouring to try out.

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The Stickersaurus was BG’s favourite. It opens up and has 7 large stories in it and you add the stickers to the pages. There are 50 stickers and they are reusable. It also comes with a stretchy dino on the the front.

The Superpower Colouring book is brilliant its not just a colouring book . You follow the story in comic book form colouring in and finishing the parts of the story as you go. It also comes with a flipbook on the front.

These would be perfect to help beat the boredom in the Easter Holidays.

Big thumbs up from us!

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Psst the Superpower Colouring book is only £1.99 at The Works at the moment!