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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.

Cat

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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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.

Mia Tui 1

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.

Mia Tui 2

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.

How much is in that bag mum?

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.

Mia Tui 6

Mia Tui 5

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: Naty Nappies

At the end of last year I ran a giveaway to win a months supply of Naty Nappies. I was also sent a pack to test out on Little Miss.

I was keen to give them a try for many reasons.

  • They are authentically green, they are made from 70% biodegradable, renewable and natural materials
  • Authentically green, they are made from 70% biodegradable, renewable and natural materials
  • They contain a natural GM free cornstarch leakage barrier, which is as effective as plastic, yet allows baby’s skin to breathe, reducing the likelihood of nappy rash. It also keeps harmful bacteria and pathogens out.
  •  Industry tests show they perform on a par with the leading brands in leak protection and dryness
  • They are made from FSC and SSNC certified wood pulp
  • They have a unique drainage system which reduces the need for high levels of Super Absorbent Polymer chemicals currently used in standard disposable nappies
  • They are recommended by Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association and are 100% chlorine and fragrance free
  • They are at the same recommended retail price as the leading brands and are available from selected Tesco, Sainsbury, Boots, Mothercare, Waitrose stores and Ocado nationwide.
  • They can back up all their eco credentials

Nappies Size 3 Jumbo Pack

We gave them a try and I have to say they worked incredibly well.

They didn’t leak though I have to say the first time I went to change a wet one they felt really squidgy and I was expecting a leak but they never did.

Little Miss’s bottom stayed dry and nappy rash free.

We tried the size 3 and they were just right for her. The fit around the top of her legs was not too tight and the sealed well.

You get 32 or 52 nappies in a pack  and they are £6.88 or £9.32 which is 22p or 18p per nappy.  Which is cheaper than other branded nappies.

Even better they are on offer at Sainsbury’s at the moment!

We really liked these nappies they did what they were supposed to do, they are better for the environment and they are reasonably priced.

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Review: Heinz Baby Breakfast Range

Heinz has launched some new products in their baby breakfast range and Little Miss was sent some to test out.

Heinz Breakfast

We received the breakfast pots of Banana and Apple Muesli, Creamy Oaty Porridge, Very Berry Porridge 6m+ £1.19 for 2 pots. A box of Creamy Oaty Porridge 4m+ £2.15 and Breakfast Biscotti Biscuits 6m+ £1.99.

The breakfast range has added nutrients and vitamins and are full of goodness.

It’s important for children as well as adults to have a varied diet and it’s nice to have a range of different options for Little Miss to try.

What Little Miss Liked:

  • Banana and Apple Museli
  • Very Berry Porridge
  • Breakfast Biscotti Biscuits without milk

What Little Miss Didn’t Like:

  • Creamy Oaty Porridge Pot
  • Creamy Oaty Porridge Cereal
  • Breakfast Biscotti Biscuit with Milk

Little Miss likes a bit of fruit or jam in her porridge so found the plain pots a bit bland. She didn’t seem to like the texture of the creamy oaty cereal which you make with hot water or the biscuits crumbled down with milk.

I have to admit I couldn’t bring myself to give her a biscuit for breakfast but they make a great snack. They come in very handy when she was teething.

On the whole I found the breakfast easy to use and it did make breakfast a little quicker on those days when we were in a rush and BG didn’t want porridge as I would normally make a big batch. They are very convenient to have around and perfect for holidays or trips.

I really like that there are no added sugars and have added vitamins to them.

The Heinz Baby range is available at Boots, Tesco, ASDA and Morrisons.

Win a Weeks Supply of Naty Nappies

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Naty by Nature Babycare has teamed up with Parent Panel to give away a week’s supply of eco disposable nappies to one lucky winner.

Designed to be healthier for your baby’s delicate skin than standard disposable nappies, Naty’s nappies contain a natural cornstarch leakage barrier which allows baby’s skin to breathe naturally whilst keeping them dry, causing less irritation, and protecting them from harmful bacteria and pathogens. Recommended by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association, the nappies are fragrance free and the pulp used is Totally Chlorine Free (TCF). Healthier for the environment too, Naty’s disposable nappies are based on biodegradable and renewable materials, including FSC certified wood pulp.

Naty nappy Size 1

Naty are the UK’s greenest disposable nappies widely available on the high street.  Stockists: Waitrose, Ocado, Boots, Mothercare, Sainsbury, Tesco. RRP from £3.99 (depending on pack size). You can find out more about Naty here.

One winner will be selected, who will receive nappies in the correct size for their baby.

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Closing date: 31st December 2013

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Sponsored Post: My Top Tips On Coping with Teething

Teething is horrible time for both baby and mother. BG really suffered when she was teething she would be in a lot of pain and often get nappy rash. Little Miss doesn’t seem to suffer as badly as BG but she still gets really grumpy and it can affect her sleep.

I found several different things can ease the pain for the girls so I thought I would share my top tips:

Teething Toys

Thumb In

Invest in a few good teething toys. A mixture of ones that can be put in the fridge and the ones that are texture so they can have a good chew.  I can tell when Little Miss is teething as she sucks her thumb more and chews her fingers.

The Freezer is Your Friend

Put a damp flannel in the freezer and then let your child chew on that, it really helps sooth the gums. For older children put those yogurt tubes in the freezer, a yummy treat and something to soothe at the same time. Alternately make smoothie ice lollies.

Hard Food

When BG was teething a friend told me to give her toasted crusts the roughness helps the tooth cut through. It really helps. We also use bread sticks and crackers.

Homeopathic Remedies

I used teething powders with both the girls and I found that it really calmed them downed and eased the pain. You can now get a homeopathic teething solution called Camilia It comes in single dose packaging so it’s easy to give to baby on the go.  Camilia treats infant teething pains as well as the related symptoms; crotchety behaviour, swollen gums, sore bottoms, red cheeks and profuse salivation, thanks to its exclusive formula, which combines three natural substances: Chamomilla vulgaris9c, Phytolacca decandra 5c and Rheum 5c with purified water. Camilia contains no lactose, no alcohol, no artificial flavour and no preservatives

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Cuddles

I find a good cuddle and snuggle can help calm baby down and help. Nothing beats cuddles!

What do you use to help with teething?

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Review: Heinz Pouches

When I weaned BG we started with purees. I boiled, steamed and whizzed up food for her and to start with she lapped it up. Then she got fussy and I found myself using pouches and jars with her.  I decided to do Baby Led Weaning with Little Miss which missed out the puree stage all together and went straight to fingers foods and it has been a huge success. When I was offered the chance to try some of the new Heinz Pouches I was interested to see how I could fit them into BLW.

Little Miss was sent a selection of Heinz Pouches including fruit purees, vegetable purees and then three meals of sweet potato and beef casserole, tomato & mozzarella pasta shapes and creamy fish pie.

Heinz Pouches

We started with the fruit pouches which we used as a snack, pudding and we added them to her morning porridge.

Blueberry and Banana Heinz Pouch

Once open they have to be used within 24 hours which is fine we used half one day and half the next. I did this a lot when BG was a baby as well; it’s a great way to add some sweetness and extra fruit into breakfast. You can also add to plain yogurt. As Little Miss is BLW I just squeeze it on the spoon and she feeds herself.

I used the 7+ month pouches for lunch. The first taste was the creamy fish pie which she loved.  She had half a pouch and then some fresh fruit afterwards. I froze the other half for another day. Her favourite was the Sweet Potato and Beef Casserole, I warmed it up for her and she scoffed the lot.

Heinz Pouches Creamy fish Pie

The vegetable pouches were a bit runny for us to use as they were so I used them a sauce for pasta and rice. Another easy way to add vegetables without the hassle of having to puree it yourself. Little Miss had these when BG had pesto pasta which is a little too salty for her.

Overall we had a good experience with the pouches I would but the fruit ones myself to add to her breakfast and yogurt and possible the vegetables ones as sauces. That doesn’t mean that the others are bad just not quite right for us with the BLW. However if these were around when I weaned BG I would have bought from the whole range. Pouches are fantastic when you are out and out as you can just squeeze straight in the spoon and there is little mess.

The fruit pouches contain 60% of baby’s daily vitamin C, the savoury pouches are enriched with iron and all pouches contain at least 1 of their 5 a day.

The 4+ range come in 100g pouches and cost 89p and the 7+ month savoury pouches are 130g and cost £1.19

They can be bought in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Tesco and Boots

You can find the whole range here.