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Review: La La Beads Teething Necklace

I had breast fed baby number 1 so I always knew I was going to breast feed baby number 2. The biggest issue once having a baby is what to wear over your post baby body, for me it’s always about being breast feeding accessible. To me this means a stretchy vest that pulls down with some sort of top or cover over the top. This doesn’t give you much scope when trying to wear any form of jewellery. Especially as there’s always a little hand around your neck destined to pull at whatever is there.

Well that was until I was sent a beautiful necklace called Bubble Citron from Lala Beads. This necklace is really funky, a great colour and is a teething necklace.

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So it’s designed with little hands (and gums) in mind as well as hitting fashion trends. It’s made form 100% Food Grade Silicon, the same material used for teething toys and is easily cleaned with soap and water and can also go in the dishwasher. The best part is it is completely durable and looks fab when being worn just over a t-shirt or jumper. I love wearing this necklace, and my daughter loves playing with it too whilst feeding. My daughter is now coming up 6 months and is starting to teeth so is putting absolutely anything she can find in her mouth, she absolutely loves chewing on the necklace and I can look good at the same time.

The necklaces can be found at www.lalabeeds.com. There are 3 different designs of necklaces; bubble, pearl and spice. All come in a cool funky colour and all priced at £15 – which is such a great price for a great piece of jewellery.

Find La La Beads on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Vicky

A Lovely Giveaway to Celebrate the Miffy TV Series Coming to Tiny Pop

One of the brilliant things about being a Miffy Mum is being able to tell you all about all things Miffy.

This Friday the 2nd October the brand new Miffy TV series premiers on Tiny Pop!

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Miffy’s Adventures: Big and Small launches at 7pm and will consist of seven minute long episodes which see Miffy and her friends exploring the exciting world around her. My girls are rather excited about this! (and so am I)

To celebrate I three Sensory Miffy toys to giveaway. Made from colourful textured fabrics, Sensory Miffy helps your little one learn all about the body with 14 interactive sensors to press to hear what Miffy has to say.

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To enter follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below:

Closing Date: 14th October 2015

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I’m a Miffy Mum

We do love a bit of Miffy here at the Parent Panel, in fact they sent us a lovely gift when Little Miss was born and BG loves their ipad app. So of course when they asked me to be a Miffy Mum well I couldn’t say no!

To start with we were sent a lovely gift box to help celebrate Miffy’s 60th birthday. Yes Miffy is 60!!

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The birthday book is just gorgeous. The fridge magnet looks lovely on our fridge and me and the girls are fighting over the postcards! I have given the tea towel to OH 😉

We had a little part for Miffy and decorated with balloons and the bunting and me and BG decorated cakes.

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We can’t wait to see what arrives next and what being a Miffy Mum will bring.

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Aunt Bessie’s Cakes

Never one to turn down cakes, my little Tuesday morning cake club was sent a few cakes to try out from the new Aunt Bessie’s cake range.

We were sent a Lightly Fruited Cake £2.30 and a Jam and Coconut Cake £1.50. As I am not a fruit cake or coconut fan I left it up to the other ladies to taste test for me. This is what they said.

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“Great taste”

“Not too heavy”

“A bit on the dry side”

A good taste but too dry for me”

Jam & Coconut

“This is really nice”

“Tastes lovely but a bit on the small side”

“Lovely and moist”

“Thumbs up for me”

The group liked them but they did find the Fruit Cake on the dry side and the coconut cake was too small but we are a bit greedy when it comes to cake!

Also available in the range is Carrot Cake , Sticky Ginger Cake, Chocolate Cake, Jam Bakes, Bakewell tarts and Raspberry and Coconut Tarts. Prices start from £1.25.

 

 

Trespass Packaway Rain Jacket Review

My winter coat is a big, chunky Trespass rain jacket. It’s really warm, keeps the elements out and has a decent hood. It’s perfect for the school run. When Trespass contacted me and asked me if I wanted to try out something from their range I knew I was going to choose a lightweight rain jacket. Let’s face it the British summertime is often quite wet and I needed something to keep in the buggy ready for those too often rain showers.

I went for this Qikpac Waterproof Jacket in black with a great green trim. Its comes in a little bag so you can pack it away and it doesn’t take up too much room.

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It is waterproof, windproof and breathable. It has elasticated cuffs which stops the rain traveling up your arms and a really good hood with toggles so you can make it super waterproof.

The pockets are a really good size and have zips, handy if you forget your glasses case and need somewhere to store them *ahem*

My rain jacket has had quite a good few uses in the past month and has been around the country! It has been on countless school runs and been used far too many times for June.  It was in my bag for Britmums Live & Blogtacular and even travelled to Scotland with me to see AC/DC.

It got a good testing in Glasgow as I waited in rain for over an hour for a train and then the same again for a taxi. When I got back to then hotel I was still dry and my jacket has dried out by the morning.

This jacket is unisex I found out in Glasgow when my dad turned up in the same jacket. Yes we were in matching jackets and we rocked them!

The Trespass Packaway Rain Jacket is currently £24.99 and is a must for the summer. It comes in seven different colours and is really good quality. I’m getting OH one next.

Trespass has a great selection of rain jackets, hiking wear and waterproof clothes.

Eles Clothing Review

I was recently asked if I would like to review an item from Eles Clothing and well I can never resist new clothes. Eles is slightly different as they sell clothes wholesale and that opens up exciting opportunities for us mums.

Many of us are looking at ways to make an income that is flexible and this could be that answer. Eles has a great range of women, men’s and children’s clothing, they even sell ebay starter kits!

Buy in bulk and sell online or at markets and make yourself a stream of income.

I chose this Dogtooth Waterfall Cardigan

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I really love it. It’s quite thick so perfect for autumn/winter. I get really hot and can’t always wear a big coat so this is ideal for me. It falls lovely on me and is super comfy.

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It comes in a pack of 10 for £75 and is available in sizes 8 to 18.

Eles actually have a good selection of plus size clothing available.

I have my eye on this Floral Smock Dress £4.50

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And these vest tops are a great colour and only £1 each!

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You could start an ebay shop, sell through your blog or set up your one little online shop. Start now and you could have a pot of money by Christmas!

Visit Eles Clothing for more details and have a look at the whole range.

Review: Quinola Mothergrain Baby Food

I was recently asked by Quinola Mothergrain if I wanted to try some baby food with Logan and after looking at their website I jumped at the chance.

Quinola Molthergrain is an organic baby food, which is vegan and gluten free. It is also high in protein, ideal for growing babies. The fact that it was gluten free was very important to me as during my pregnancy I became gluten intolerant and continue to follow a gluten free diet where possible. This is when I first discovered quinoa and it continues to be an everyday essential for me.

We received 2 flavours; carrot, red lentils and quinoa, and sweet potato, beetroot and quinoa. Both of these are from the 6 month + range.

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We tried the sweet potato mix first as this sounded the nicest to me. They were really quick and easy to heat, taking either 30 secs in the microwave or 1 min in boiling water. It took Logan a few mouthfuls to get used to it and then he gobbled it down with lots of lip-smacking and yummy noises.

We tried the carrot mix the next day and again he loved it. I even had to give him his own spoon as I couldn’t feed him quick enough. Curiosity got the better of me and I did try some and enjoyed both flavours.

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The pouches hold a good amount of food, allowing for 2 good sized portions, especially at 6 months. I would have liked if they were resealable for when you are out and about.

I really like the fact that this is a thick and textured baby food. It means that he gets used to different textures and when he tries to feed himself it stays on the spoon, making less mess. I am waiting for a dipping set to arrive and will be testing them together to see how he gets on.

You can find more information on Quinola Mothergrain on their website quinolababy.com, or follow them on Twitter @QuinolaUK and Facebook . They have other flavours available and ranges for 8 months and 10 months, and the website has links to a list of stockists. I will certainly be placing an order for some more of these soon.

Naomi