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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

Elimination Communication

nimI first heard the term Elimination Communication while I was pregnant with my son Logan.  I had read an article and thought “Well that will never work!”, but for some strange reason it stayed with me and I started to try it, just to see.

With EC, you are encouraged to listen to your baby and learn their cues for when they need to go.  The best time to start is from birth to 3 months as this is when they best communicate that they need the toilet as they haven’t gotten used to having a wet/dirty nappy on but you can start at any age.

The cues can include;

  • latching on and off when feeding
  • getting jiggly
  • crying or becoming more verbal
  • becoming very still
  • trumping

At this point you then hold them over a sink/potty so they can relieve themselves.

Unconsciously, we probably started around 5 weeks old.  I like Logan to have nappy free time and when I noticed he was getting grumpy, I would just pop a nappy on him and give him a feed.  This would normally consist of him latching on and off for a few minutes and then settling down to eat and fall asleep.  What I wasn’t realising was he was trying to tell me he needed the toilet.

Also after bathtime we would have skin-to skin while he fed and napped, and I started to notice that we never had any little accidents until he started to wake after his feed.

I consciously decided to really try EC after a really bad nappy rash outbreak.  I went out and bought a potty and kids bed mats and cleared my schedule for a few days.

I started off just watching him and noticing what he did before he needed a wee.  He had a few accidents and several changes of clothes but by the afternoon I had noticed a link between his grumpy wiggles and going for a wee; he had a desperation dance!

And if he wanted to poop then he would get smelly wind and become quite still.  When I spotted the signs I would sit him on the potty for upto 3-4 minutes and sing a potty song (Twinkle Twinkle but adapted by me).

By the end of the day I had managed to get 4 wees in the potty and I was so happy.  That was about 5 weeks ago now and while we are at home we are completely nappy free from when he wake up in the morning until bedtime, and his night time nappies are much drier too.  I hope as Logan gets older, and I become more confident, we will be able to go nappyless when we go out.

It’s common to keep babies under 12 months in nappies as a back up as accidents happen still.

Elimination communication has been an eye opening experience for me and I wish it was something that was more common knowledge.

Have you tried Elimination communication.

Naomi

How I have Been Converted to Reusable Nappies.

I would like to introduce a new member to Parent Panel, say hello to Naomi!

Naomi happens to be my best friend and Mum to E who is 11 and L who is 7 months. Even though we are best friends we do have different parenting styles and I knew she would make a great addition to the team. 

So here is her very first post:

This week is “Real nappy” week and I thought I would share how I have been converted to reusable nappies.

It was a number of factors that finally gave me the push to switch.  Logan was suffering with really bad nappy rash and when he had a nappy on he was getting really bad leaks.  I had also read an article that real nappies helped EC babies as they were more aware when they were wet or dirty.

I must have spent at least a week researching different brands, comparing costs and reading different reviews before I finally decided on using gPants.

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I bought a selection of 6 nappies in different colours,  some spare inserts and disposable liners and they arrived a few days later.  I have also since purchased some cloth liners and flushable cloth liners.

Depending on what I am doing or the time of day depends on what liner I use.  Cloth liners are best for short periods, disposable liners for longer times.

I chose gPants because they are good value, had great reviews and are easy to change.

Instead of changing the whole nappy, you only need to change the liner when wet, or the liner and insert if dirty.  This means a less bulky nappy bag when you go out.  They are easy to wash and quick to dry too.

As an added bonus, they are really colourful and stylish!  I often find myself checking out the limited edition page, justifying just one more outer pant.

I am really pleased I made the switch as I have not had any nappy explosions since switching to reusable, and we have not had any more nappy rash outbreaks either.

Some money saving tips I would like to share for reusable nappies are:

  1.  Check out if your local council offer an incentive for reusable nappies.  A lot of areas do offer this to help reduce landfill waste.
  2.  Instead of buying an expensive wet bag, I bought a cheap “bikini bag” from Primark for £2.
  3.  Check out Amazons “subscribe and save”, I have regular orders set up to ensure I never run out as I can be a bit of a scatterbrain and get the added bonus of discounts on my orders.

 

 

2 Copies of Kids Don’t Come with a Manual by Carole and Nadim Saad

Kids don’t come with a manual but I wish they would! I can wing it most of the time but the girls are hitting some key tantrum ages. Little Miss has just turned two and so quick minded and stubborn and BG is 6 going on 16!

Kids Don't Come With Manuals

Kids Don’t Come with a Manual by Carole and Nadim Saad is released tomorrow and its a really good book. Its based on real experiences. I am really enjoying this book and I am learning how to cope and react better to situations.  Its not condescending or preachy, just full of great advice and techniques.  Of course I just have to put them into practice now!

It gets the thumbs up from the Parent Panel.

Carole and Nadim also have a few parenting app called Best of Parenting that is worth checking out.

They have kindly given me two copies of the book to giveaway to celebrate release day tomorrow.

To enter follow the instructions below:

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Christmas Gift Ideas: Hamper from Serenata Flowers

There is just 10 days to Christmas and people are starting to panic about gifts.  Calm down and send a hamper!

The lovely people at Serenata Flowers sent me this gift box to try out!

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It contains:

Luxury Fruit and Nut Mix ( Really yummy)
Luxury Dark Chocolate Coated Ginger (OH says these are good)
Luxury White Assortment of Hand Finished Belgian Chocolates 200g ( Mine all mine!)
6 Luxury Handmade Mince Pies by Country Fare ( Not too sweet & filled with just the right amount of mincemeat)
Harrogate Cake Co. Iced Christmas Cake Slab (Scrummy)

This is the Christmas Treats Box and its currently £29.99 with free next day delivery!!!

It was well packed and arrived in great condition and on time.

They also have a great selection of hampers, flowers, wines and chocolates. What’s not to love!

 

Are You Looking After Your Children’s Feet? #AD

Its really important to look after your children’s feet and keep them healthy from any early age. Do you know what you should be looking for in babies feet? or know how to check their posture correctly?

Charles Clinkard have commissioned this brilliantly informative infographic showing you how to keep your children’s feet healthy and what to look out for.

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