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Back to School with Poundland

Its not long until the little darlings are back at school (yay!) and that means back to school shopping (boo). Lets face it that can be painful and expensive, current research showed on average we spend £186.24 per child!!

That is a lot of money!! Thankfully Poundland have an excellent range of back to items that are not only great but oh so affordable. Whether your child is starting pre-school, primary, secondary or college Poundland have you covered.

They sent us a small selection of items to try out.

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BG nabbed the highlighters and notepad and Little Miss got the Finding Dory colouring pencils and I may have hidden the metallic paint *ahem*.

They spent a happy half an hour playing with it and BG has put hers away ready for the start of term. The colouring tube of pencils is in my bag ready for when I am out with Little Miss to keep her entertained and is super handy.

Poundland actually have a huge selection of back to school goodies including some awesome Neon stationery (which would look great on my desk) , super cute weekly planners  and the lovely Secret Life of Pet pens.

 

Poundland Back to School

Don’t have a Poundland near you? Don’t worry you can now buy online, you don’t even have to face the shops.

I’d get in quick before it all sells out.

 

Review: SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe

If I were to make a list of my top ten products for anybody due a baby, SnoozeShade would definitely be high up on that list. I was lucky enough to be sent one for the car seat when I had my first baby, 5 years ago. It went everywhere with me and was fab in the heat, out in the sun, protection when it is windy and also to help keep my baby asleep that little bit longer when having a nap out and about. I loved it that much that it got put up when my baby grew out of his car seat and I moved onto the larger version which attached to the push chair – again completely invaluable when out and about – no more pegging a muslin square over the front of the pram.

So its so surprise when Baby number 2 came along, the first thing I did was search out my beloved car seat SnoozeShade – even though it was December. I knew that it wouldn’t be long and I would be using it. In face early on I went to breakfast with my sister and family and along came baby in its car seat covered in the beautiful SnoozeShade.

The most amazing thing then happened; SnoozeShade sent me the new all singing and dancing car seat SnoozeShade. Now this, along with the original pushchair SnoozeShade goes absolutely everywhere with me. My baby loves it, as soon as it goes on the car seat/ pram baby is sound asleep and completely protected from the elements (apart from the rain). I can’t sing its praises enough or highly recommend it.

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You can buy them from www.snoozeshade.com

There is a range of shades for car seats, prams, cots and travel cots. The shades range from £19.99- £69.99.

Vicky

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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Fruit Cake

“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.