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Jurys Inn, Southampton 24/07/2014

Satisfying Southampton Stay

Ancol Ergo Slicker Brush 20/07/2014

Looking Slick

Organix Organic Finger Foods Crunchy Tomato Slices 7mth+ 18/07/2014

Tasty Tomato!

Organix Organic Finger Foods Crunchy Tomato Slices 7mth+ I am incredibly lucky that both my children love their food! So naturally I am always looking for ways to introduce new foods and textures to them – especially my youngest Jacob who is nearly 10 months old. Jacob now eats three ‘meals’ and day but I also like to ensure he has plenty of items to snack on throughout the day. These snack items can also be incredibly useful when you are out for dinner and need to give your baby something to nibble on while you are eating your own food. This is where the Organix range of crisps come in very handy. Organix launched in 1992 and are committed to never adding anything unnecessary. Their slogan is that they have a ‘No junk promise’. They believe that organic ingredients coupled with delicious recipes can encourage a life long love of food. Their finger foods are designed to help your child develop good hand to eye co-ordination as well as learning about different tastes and textures. The Organix tomato slices come in a pretty standard crisp packet. The packet is bright red and has a picture of the crisp and a picture of tomatoes across the front. Each packet contains 20g and retails at 75p. They belong in the stage 2 section of the Organix range which means they are suitable from 7 months onwards. The tomato slice crisp is quite large and is circular in shape. The crisp is a little bit bigger than a 50 pence piece and actually not too dis-similar in shape. It looks kind of like a bicycle wheel with spokes running from the outside ...

Organix Organic Finger Foods Crunchy Carrot Sticks 7mth+ 15/07/2014

Crunchy Carrot Crisps

Organix Organic Finger Foods Crunchy Carrot Sticks 7mth+ My son Jacob has been eating a variety of foods for about the last 2 months now and a firm favourite with him are the Organix crisps. Jacob took a while getting used to lumpier food and used to gag a lot throughout his mealtimes so in order to encourage him to try different textured food, I bought him a packet of Organix Crunchy Carrot Sticks as I thought these would be a good compromise. I bought the Organix Carrot crisps at Tescos while I was doing my local shop. The main reason I bought this brand was because they were on special offer and I managed to get three packets for £2.00. Usually they retail at 75p per packet. Organix launched in 1992 and are committed to never adding anything unnecessary. Their slogan is that they have a ‘No junk promise’. They believe that organic ingredients coupled with delicious recipes can encourage a life long love of food. Their finger foods are designed to help your child develop good hand to eye co-ordination as well as learning about different tastes and textures. The Organix carrot sticks come in a crisp packet which is exactly the same as a standard crisp packet except that the packet itself it a little bigger. The packet is orange all over and has Organix written on the front. The picture shows some carrot alongside what looks just like Wotsits. Each packet contains 20g. The crisp itself is actually much larger then I expected it to be with it being probably about 6cm long but 2cm high. The crisp look identical to a Wotsit but ...

Lamaze Mitten the Kitten 13/07/2014

Mitten The Kitten

Lamaze Mitten the Kitten I have a daughter who is two and a half and a son who is nearly 10 months and between them, I am pretty sure they have nearly every Lamaze toy going. One of the toys in their ever expanding collection is the Lamaze Mitten the Kitten. Lamaze are well known (at least to most parents) for producing baby toys that are aimed to help with all the various developmental stages your baby will go through. All their toys are bright with plenty of contrasting colours and they nearly always feature a black and white checked pattern on part of the toy. Again, as most parents will know, a newborn baby has pretty poor vision so the contrasting colours on the Lamaze toys are meant to be quite attractive to babies. Also, baby can process black and white from quite a young age – hence the black and white checked pattern on most of their toys. Mitten the Kitten is one of the larger Lamaze toys and is probably a good 20cm tall and probably about 25cm long. The main part of his body is a bright orange/yellow colour and each of his legs is a different colour. The tops of all his feet are stripy and the bottoms of his feet are all black and white with varying patterns. The toy is made from various textures, like the tops of the feet are woollen and the ears feel like satin making it interesting for your baby to feel all over the toy. The two front paws are attached to a plastic ring that’s has three stars attached to it. Your baby can move the stars around the ring and my children really enjoyed ...

Hipp Organic Vegetable Lasagne 11/07/2014

Lovely Lasagne

Hipp Organic Vegetable Lasagne I feed my nine month old son on home made purees but occasionally it is difficult like if we are out all day or on holiday. So on our recent holiday to France we stocked up on plenty of jarred foods for him to enjoy and we didn’t know how readily available baby food would be where we were staying. We bought the jars while doing our weekly shop at Tesco’s and were pleased to find that the Hipp Organic jars were on special offer and we bought 10 jars for £6 which I actually thought was pretty reasonable. One of the varieties we bought was the Vegetable Lasagne which belongs to the stage two section of the Hipp Organic range meaning it is suitable for 7 months plus. The jar contains 250g and is made from glass with a screw top lid. The vegetable lasagne is described as being ‘lasagne pasta and mixed vegetables in a creamy tomato and cheese sauce.’ You will be pleased to know that it also contains two portions of your baby daily vegetable intake. It is also gluten free, wheat free and lactose free. The vegetable lasagne is designed to be lumpy / textured so it contains lumps of pasta and vegetables to get your baby used to lumps while also being soft enough that it doesn’t pose any risk to your baby. The food can be warmed by either standing the jar is boiling water or in the microwave. I have heated in with both these methods and to be honest, they both work as well as each other but obviously standing it in boiling water does take much longer. Upon opening the jar you can ...

What The Ladybird Heard - Julia Donaldson 05/07/2014

What The Ladybird Heard!

Hipp Organic Mixed Vegetable Medley 03/07/2014

Smooth Medley

Hipp Organic Mixed Vegetable Medley On our recent family holiday, we decided to take a selection of jarred baby food for our nine month old son. At home, he is fed on home made purees but obviously it wasn’t possible to take these with us so we decided to get him some jars of baby food. We tend to do our weekly shopping at Tescos and while we were there we noticed that the Hipp Organic baby food jars were on special offer and we got 10 jars for £6 which I thought was quite reasonable. One of the flavours we bought was a Mixed Vegetable Medley. The Mixed Vegetable Medley belongs in the stage one section of the Hipp Organic range which means it is suitable for 4 months plus. The jar contains 250g and is made from glass with a screw top metal lid. The Mixed Vegetable Medley contains carrots, potatoes, cauliflower and peas. One jar also contains two portions of your baby’s daily vegetable intake. It is also gluten free, wheat free, lactose free, and nut free. The Mixed Vegetable Medley is from the very first range of food they do so it is completely pureed with no lumps. The food can be warmed by standing the jar is boiling water or by popping the jar in the microwave. I have heated it with both these methods and to be honest, they both work as well as each other but obviously standing it in boiling water does take a fair bit longer. Once you open the jar you can clearly see that the food inside is completely pureed and smooth and is a dark orange colour. I tasted some of the puree to make sure the food was ...

Hipp Organic Spaghetti Bolognese 02/07/2014

Baby Bolognese

Hipp Organic Spaghetti Bolognese We recently went on holiday for the first time as a family of four with our two children who are two years old and nine months old. At home, our nine month old is fed on home made purees but obviously it wasn’t possible to take these with us so we decided to get him some jars of baby food. While shopping at our local Tescos we noticed that the Hipp Organic baby food jars were on special offer and we managed to get 10 jars for £6 which I didn’t think was too bad. One of the flavours we bought was Spaghetti Bolognese. The Spaghetti Bolognese belongs in the stage three section of the Hipp Organic range which means it is suitable for 10 months plus. The jar contains 250g and is made from glass with a screw top metal lid. The spaghetti Bolognese contains tomatoes, onions, celeriac and carrots and one jar contains two portions of your baby’s daily vegetable intake. It also contains no added salt, no added preservatives and no artificial colours. The spaghetti Bolognese is designed to be textured so it contains very small, thin strands of spaghetti which are nice and soft. The food can be warmed by either standing the jar is boiling water or in the microwave. I have heated in with both these methods and to be honest, they both work as well as each other but obviously standing it in boiling water does take much longer. Upon opening the jar you can see the chunks within the food. You can also smell the tomatoes and herbs. I myself am not a meat eater but my partner has tried ...

Thistle City Barbican, London 29/06/2014

Lovely Location

Thistle City Barbican, London I turned 30 this year and for my birthday my partner got me an over night stay in London and tickets to see We Will Rock You! My overnight stay was booked in the Thistle City Barbican hotel which is located in the famous ‘Square Mile’ – where billions of pounds are traded everyday. Booking Obviously as I mentioned above, this overnight stay was bought for me as a present but I know that my partner booked it online through the hotel website. He has reliably informed me that he found the website to be well laid out which made it very easy to book the room he required. Location I thought this hotel was in an excellent location. It was located just a five minute walk from the underground station Old Street so it was easily accessible from all the major attractions in London. Once we got off the tube it was just a short walk up the road before we found the hotel. Arrival The hotel is large and modern looking. Upon entering the main reception, I thought it looked very welcoming and had a friendly atmosphere. We arrived mid afternoon and was pleased to find that there wasn't a queue to check in. Upon checking in, the very friendly receptionist informed us of the breakfast times and also what time we would need to be checked out by. She then told us our room number and gave us directions to it. The Room I was impressed with our room. It was located on the 5th floor which we got the lift up to. Our view wasn’t anything special and we actually overlooked another part of the ...

Room on the Broom - Julia Donaldson 26/06/2014

Iggety, Ziggety, Zaggety, ZOOM!

Room on the Broom - Julia Donaldson My daughter is a complete bookworm and luckily for us, she really enjoys reading! Her favourite book recently has been Room On The Broom which is written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Julia Donaldson is more famous for writing the Gruffalo series of books which most people are familiar with. Room On The Broom has a glossy finish to it which is great for our household as it means that it can easily be wiped clean. The pages of the book are nice and thick which again is great because it means I can leave my toddler alone with the book without the worry that she will tear the pages as she is flicking through it. The book is just over 20 pages long which I think is the perfect length to hold a child’s attention. The book retails at £5.99 but can be found cheaper online. Without giving too much of the story away, Room On The Broom tells the tale of a Witch who loses various personal items whilst flying on her broomstick. As she lands to look for her lost items, she meets other characters who then join her on her flight. Eventually all the passenger’s weight becomes too much for the broomstick and it snaps and they all crash to the ground where they meet a rather mean dragon who plans to eat the Witch! The Witch’s new found friends help her to see off the enemy in a rather unique way. The witch rewards her friends by magicking up a brand new super-duper broomstick that they can all enjoy together. Room On The Broom is written in Julia Donaldson’s ...

Avent Milk Powder Dispenser 25/03/2014

Quick Fix Milk

Quorn Chicken Style Dippers 24/03/2014

Chicken Dippers

Quorn Chicken Style Dippers I have been a vegetarian since I was 11 years old because I have never really been able to get my head around the fact that I am eating an animal. I always loved the taste of meat though and back when I was 11, there were not very many vegetarian options available – and then Quorn came along! One of my favourite items of theirs are the Quorn Chicken Style Dippers. The Quorn Chicken Style Dippers come in a polythene bag weighing 320g. The packaging is white and orange (just like all the Quorn packaging) and all the usual information is written on the front and back of the packaging. The packet contains 18 dippers. The Chicken Dipper itself is about two inches long by and inch and a half wide so quite a substantial size really. Shape wise, they are an oblong kind of shape which of course makes them nice and easy for dipping in things! They are incredibly simple to cook; either pop them under the grill for 10 minutes or in the oven for fifteen minutes. They are the ultimate convenience food with the added bonus that each dipper only contains 33 calories so they are much better for you than the meat alternative. Once cooked, each dipper looks lovely as the outer coating crisps up really well – although be warned the dipper do look quite bright yellow in colour. The outer coating has a nice crunch to it when you bight into the dipper and the inside is light in colour and looks just like chicken. To me, they taste just like chicken to but I have been vegetarian for over half ...

Hollings Filled Hooves Dog Treat 23/03/2014

Heavenly Hoof (Apparently!)

Hollings Filled Hooves Dog Treat It seems that all of my reviews lately have been on baby products. Before having my children, my only babies were my two hounds, Josh and Dax and they still remain my babies – I now just have two babies and two hairy babies! I always like to treat my hounds as much as possible (without them getting fat) and one of their favourite treats is the Hollings Filled Hooves. These dog treats are pretty self explanatory – they are cows hooves filled with a meat flavoured paste. The meat flavour paste can vary from hoof to hoof and flavours I have seen include chicken, beef and bacon. The colour of the paste can also vary, ranging from deep red, to yellow, to beige. I buy these treats from either my local small pet shop or from Jolleyes where they are between 80p and £1 which I think is more than reasonable for a decent dog treat. The hooves come wrapped tightly in cellophane which is useful for transporting them as once they are opened the paste can stick to anything it touches so its literally a case of unwrapping them and immediately giving them to your dogs. As I mentioned earlier, my two love these! Once I have given the hoof to them, the settle in their beds and begin to lovingly lick the paste out of the middle of the hoof. Eventually they realise that is actually going to be much quicker to get the paste out if they grind it out with their teeth and this is exactly what they do. There is usually some paste left in the bottom of the hoof which keeps them entertained for a ...

Johnson's Baby Bed Time Bath 22/03/2014

Bedtime Bath

Johnson's Baby Bed Time Bath Both my children love bath times. My youngest is now six months old so I always try to include some bubbles in his bath so he is able to play with them. I like both my children to have products especially designed for children as I believe that their skin is so pure and new and I don’t want them having harsh chemicals on them. Johnson’s Most people will be familiar with the Johnson’s brand – they have been producing baby products for over 100 years. They claim that they understand the special nurturing that babies eyes, skin and hair require. As well as that, their products also aim to engage the senses and can help to evoke positive emotions and enhance the loving bond between mother and baby. Johnson’s Bedtime Bath Johnson’s state that if you use this product as part of your babies nightly routine, then it is clinically proven to help your baby sleep better – although you would have to follow the Johnson 3-step nightly routine (which of course means you need to use their other products). Johnson’s Bedtime Bath releases calming aromas when added to a warm bath and is meant to help babies fall asleep easier and sleep through the night better. The Johnson’s famous ‘no more tears’ formula is as gentle to your babies’ eyes as pure water. Cost A 500ml bottle of Johnson’s Bedtime Bath costs £3.74 but at the moment, they have a baby event on and it is on special offer for just £1.87 which is a bargain so we have stocked up with plenty of bottles. Packaging The Bedtime Bath ...
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