Thursday, 21 December 2017

Gift Ideas for Her

I'm not sure about you but I know I am hard to buy for! It doesn't help that all the events where I am given gifts happen within a few weeks of the whole year. Over November and December I celebrate Simon and I's anniversary, my birthday and Christmas! It's crazy busy. It also means come December I usually have all those items I have mentioned through the year.

I thought it would be nice to share just a few ideas with you if your still on the look out for that perfect gift for the woman in your life! It isn't too late with just one week to go to the big day!


Nelsons arnicare® Bath & Massage Balm

Nelsons Arnicare Bath and Massage Balm
One of the items I always love receiving on Christmas day is lovely bath products. Getting a bath is a real luxury especially with Baby S who can time waking up to the minute I sit in the bath! I love Nelsons arnicare® Bath & Massage Balm it is so soothing to just lay in the bath with it swirling through the water. Every time I have used it I always feel well rested and relaxed. I no longer ache or uncomfortable which I usually do. I think that fact you can use Nelsons arnicare® Bath & Massage Balm as a massage balm is great! Perfect for when you just don't have time for a soak but could use some help with those aches. Arnica is a completely natural with healing properties and Arnica products are always a favourite of mine. A fantastic gift for those women in your life who are always on the go.

You can get your own Nelsons arnicare® Bath & Massage Balm (RRP £8)


Indigo Herbs - Pure Raw Chocolate Kit

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Who doesn't love chocolate? It has got to be one of my top 5 favourite foods and at Christmas it is one of my favourite gifts. I also love to bake or make things myself which makes this Indigo Herbs Pure Raw Chocolate Kit a great gift that I would love to find under my tree. A chocolate which you can make yourself, is dairy free as well as gluten-free and it is suitable for Vegans! The kit comes in a lovely, simple gift box which contains all the ingredients you need already weighed and the instructions. They have thought of everything and even include little cases to pour your chocolate in for them to set. Opening the box is a treat for the senses with the beautiful scent of Cacao and vanilla hitting you once you open the box. Perfect for that instant joyous reaction for a chocolate lover on Christmas day!

You can get your own Indigo Herbs Pure Raw Chocolate Kit Gift Set (RRP £19.99)


Mummy Loves Organics - Essential Oil Massage Candle

I love candles and wax melts of many shapes and sizes. I always have a few scents to hand and will have a candle or melt burning at some point on most days! Mummy Loves Organics make a range of candles designed with mums, pregnant women and babies in mind. The whole range is completely organic, non toxic and they burn clean by using 100% cotton wicks. This means they are perfectly safe to light in your home around children and pets. The candles found in Mummy Loves Organics range are not just candles either. The candles have been scientifically formulated to warm the wax inside to be the perfect temperature to use on the skin. Why? Well the wax used in the candles is rather magical and once it has melted it becomes a lovely massage oil!


There you are! Just a few suggestions for the lucky woman in your life. I do hope you have found this guide helpful. Merry Christmas!


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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Baby S at 6 Months Old

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It's so hard to believe that my tiny little baby has hit 6 months old. It feels more like weeks since she was born. She has gone from a teeny little baby right up to a happy healthy 6 month old!


Personality

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Each month Baby S is letting us see a little more of her personality and all the little things that make her excited. She's a happy, playful baby who adores getting attention in any form! She is very affectionate and is happiest when she is holding onto someone hand, getting cuddles and feeling that you are there.

Now that she has started to really babble and trying to talk Baby S likes us to know that she has an opinion. We are now at the point where she can change the volume of her voice to a degree. She loves to shout if your not paying her enough attention.

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Along with her growing voice control Baby S has started to use lots of facial expressions. We usually find her funny when she first makes a new expression, she is never impressed when we laugh at her expressions.  They are adorable though!


Sleep

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Not much has changed on the sleeping front. Although the colds and blocked noses have been coming and going, sleep has become less and less as the last few weeks have went past. Baby S sleeps most nights in my arms which I don't mind, she will only be small for such a short time and D mostly slept in the same way. Most nights for us start around 1-2 am with a few feeds between then and waking up with D. I do hope she will naturally find a routine where she sleeps a little earlier soon.


Physical Ability

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Baby S can now sit unaided for minutes at a time! She loves to sit down on the floor surrounded by cushions and play with toys or with us. It's lovely to see how proud she is each time she sits up and hasn't fallen over.

Towards the end of this month we changed the pram to allow Baby S to sit up instead of always lying down. She loves seeing the world and is always trying to move herself to get a better view of the world!


Development

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I have noticed this month that Baby S has been much more interested in seeing what goes on around her. She is paying attention to everything. When we are outside she is always trying to find new things to look at, at home she watches as we clean the house, play games with her and D, she even watches D while he plays. I am really enjoying watching her discover new sights and experiences. One big exciting new discovery has been Christmas decorations. Ours usually go up in mid November and since they ended up going up a little later she got to touch and feel so many of them while we put them up.


Milestones

As I mentioned above Baby S can sit unaided for minutes at a time now! She is doing so well with sitting up on her own so far.

A very exciting milestone for Baby S to hit this last month was her first experience of snow! Since we had some amazing snowy weather she has enjoyed getting out in the carrier and both feeling the snow and watching as it drifted down around us. It was quite the experience to get around with both children in the snow.


Health

We have been pretty fortunate this winter so far and other than colds and a flu Baby S has been generally well. She does catch the usual coughs and colds which D brings home from school. I am quite surprised by how well Baby S has coped with being sick, she isn't a fan of blocked noses but not much else annoys her. When she is feeling ill I find she wants more cuddles than normal.


Feeding

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Just after Baby S turned 5 months I decided I would give expressing a go and let Simon try giving her a bottle. A much needed break from breastfeeding (I really do love it but sometimes you just need some time alone). I managed a good few ounces and took myself away from the room leaving Baby S with Simon. It wasn't long before her crying was followed by Simon calling me back. She wouldn't take it,she had no problem with holding the bottle or putting it in her mouth, she thought it was great! She wouldn't suck on the teat or drink the milk which was leaking out. We've tried a few times over the month but she won't entertain the idea at all or any kind of bottle. I feel like we are hitting the dummy problem all over again.

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This month was a big moment for both Baby S and I, we breastfed, hands free for the first time! It just so happened to be outside on the day it snowed really bad and I was waiting for D to come out of school. (excuse the blurred selfie) Not the best timing, my boob was freezing!!! Breastfeeding in the snow is not something I would recommend but when the baby wants fed, she gets fed!

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Lansinoh Breastfeeding Giveaway

As a breastfeeding mother I know all too well how important finding great products that really work are. We've previously shared our thoughts on Lansinoh, the brand made for breastfeeding mothers. Today I have teamed up with them again and you could be in with a chance to win some of their fantastic products!

Lansinoh are a multi award winning brand who create products designed to help and support breastfeeding mothers. Founded over 30 years ago when Resheda Hagen suffered with extremely painful nipples and set out to find Lanolin, a product not available in shops. This little product was a miracle worker for her then, just as it is for breastfeeding mothers today! Since then the brand has branched out and really embraced their belief that breastfeeding mothers need not just great products, but they need help and advice to really experience the benefits of breastfeeding.

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One of the brands most popular products is Lansinoh HPA® Lanolin, in fact this pure medical grade lanolin is the UK's number one bestselling nipple cream for mothers who are breastfeeding. No surprise considering it is completely safe to use and feed your baby while your wearing it!


Lansinoh doesn't stop at lanolin either. The brand make their own very unique Disposable Nursing Pads with Blue Lock™ core. These nursing pads are anything but ordinary, the Blue Lock™ core allows each the Disposable Nursing Pads to absorb up to 20 x it's own weight!


Lansinoh have thought about all aspects of breastfeeding, they do products to help you branch a path between breastfeeding and bottle or combination feeding. One of those products is their Breastmilk Storage Bags. The perfect way to store and freeze that precious breast milk once you have expressed. Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags are made from food safe polyethylene which will also keep toxins out of your milk. Each bag comes with a tamper proof top which is also a label with areas for you to write information about the milk like the date and time it was expressed.

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Lansinoh even have a whole range of Breast pumps to help you get the milk which can be stored and later given to your baby. One of those is the easy to use Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump, the perfect pump for on the go since it doesn't require batteries or wires. this Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump has two phases which helps you to get the most amount of milk possible by using stage one 'The letdown' followed by stage two 'expression'. Paired with the comfort fit breast cushion they help you to get the most amount of milk possible. The Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump is light weight, quiet and compact making it perfect for portable use.

You can get Lansinoh Lanolin 40ml (RRP £10.49), Pack of 60 Lansinoh Nursing Pads with Blue Lock feature (RRP £6.00) Pack of 50 Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags (RRP £9.99) and Lansinoh Manual Breast Pump (RRP £35.00) from Boots by clicking on the links.


Giveaway

Lansinoh have very kindly offered one of our readers the chance to win all of the products featured above!

You can enter using the gleam widget below. Please read the Terms and Conditions before entering.

Terms and conditions:

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  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.

  • Competition is open to UK residents only.

  • Entry into this competition confirms your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions

  • The winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time.

  • All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.  

  • There will be one winner who will receive the product(s) featured in the above post

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Saturday, 2 December 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas for Food Lovers

I love food, that is certainly no secret. Despite that I still find buying gifts for the food lovers in my life difficult. Everyone has different tastes and their own little likes and dislikes when it comes to food, so buying for a foodie or food lover can be hard! We all know a foodie or food lover and I have at least one or two on my gift list this year. I bet you do too. With that in mind I thought I would share some gift ideas with you, help you to find some inspiration to find that coveted perfect gift this Christmas.


TIANA Coconut cooking Butter

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I'm going to start where any food lover would, at the cooking! With all certified organic ingrediants, TIANA Coconut cooking Butter is perfect for any foodie who loves to cook this Christmas. It is perfect for all the foodies out there since it is free from gluten, diary, preservative, colouring and additives. It is even suitable for vegans and vegetarians.  It also doesn't taste or smell of coconut! You can use TIANA Coconut cooking Butter as a healthier alternative to cooking oils with any meal or food you are making.

You can get TIANA Coconut cooking Butter  on their site for £7.85 (250ml) or £18.99 (750ml)


Aduna Baobab Powder

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We all like to look after our bodies and at this time of year we really should be thinking about those all important vitamins as well all those yummy treats around. . Aduna Baobab Powder will help your food lover to do just that and more! I am sure everyone has now heard of super foods? Well Baobab is one of them.

Baobab is the only fruit in the world which dries on the branch. Aduna simply deseed and sieve the fruit to make it into a powder, so what you get is the fruit itself! Baobab powder is a fantastic source of Vitamin C which supports your immune system, skin and your energy release. In fact one single dose gives you 33% of your recommended intake for a day. Add in that it is 50% fibre and contains the highest amount of antioxidants found in fruit. What's not to love?

Aduna Baobab Powder is free fom dairy, wheat, gluten, additives and preservatives as well as added sugar. While Aduna Baobab Powder is organic and natural it is also safe for children, the perfect way to add in some extra Vitamin C to their diet.

Aduna Baobab Powder is so easy and versatile to use as well! You just use 2-4 teaspoons in your morning porridge, yogurt, smoothies or shakes. It tastes just like sherbet!

Don't you just love the pattern on the tub?

You can get Aduna Baobab Powder for £5.99 (80g tub)


Personalised China Mug from McGlaggan Smith Mugs

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I love coffee! If you follow me on Instastories you will know I also love mugs. (I think I may be obsessed! Haha) I usually have to resist the urge to buy ones with great slogans on. I have the perfect gift for a mug or hot drink lover! A personalised bone china mug!  This is my favourite item in the guide! I love these mugs from McGlaggan Smith Mugs.

McGlaggan Smith Mugs specialise in bespoke and personalised mugs. Do they ever! There is a whole range of designs, personalisations and more on their site.

I just love this personalised mug which is personalised with not only your name but your preferred drink too. The personalisation doesn't stop on the front either you can add more to the handle and even on the bottom at the inside! I tend to drink a very wide range of coffee drinks but as a mum I find I can always use a coffee fix.

The mugs are so exquisite, being beautifully made and finished. They don't seem old fashioned like many china mugs I have found, they are modern and personal. The personalisation doesn't stop on the front either you can add more to the handle and even on the bottom at the inside! Perfect for a mug lover.

You can get a personalised mug from Mcglaggan Smith Mugs from £14.99


JML Nutri Blitzer from Superdrug

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The Nutri Blitzer from JML is an amazing little gadget for the kitchen! So good it has been included in the health and fitness range at Superdrug. Containing precision made steal extraction blades which will spin at an astonishing 19,000 RPM. Those blades help the Nutri Blitzer to create a vortex which can literally pulverize seeds, skins, leaves, stems and peel meaning you can just pop the whole fruit inside and blitz! I love this feature, I rarely have time to stand and peel fruits or vegetables before making a smoothie so knowing I can just pop it in and make something without having to worry about bits at the end is great! It also means your are getting all of the nutrients and mineral from the ingredients you are using.

The Nutri Blitzer from JML comes with milling blade which is perfect for grinding coffee beans! Who doesn't love a freshly ground cup of coffee? It's so easy to use too. Just put the beans in the cup attach the milling blade top and push into the Nutriblitzer while plugged in. Hey presto ground coffee beans.

Inside the box for the Nutri Blitzer from JML is the power base, 2 small (650ml) cups, 1 large (900ml) cup, two attachable easy drink handles, two resealable lids, 1 extraction cross blade, 1 flat milling blade and a 160 page recipe book with great ideas inside.

The whole Nutri Blitzer is so easy to clean since the mess from using it is contained in one whole capsule. Just clean it out after use, it takes seconds.

Inside the box for the Nutri Blitzer from JML is the power base, 2 small (650ml) cups, 1 large (900ml) cup, two attachable easy drink handles, two resealable lids, 1 extraction cross blade, 1 flat milling blade and a 160 page recipe book with great ideas inside.

The perfect gift for any foodie or food lover in your life.

You can get the Nutri Blitzer from JML in store at Superdrug.



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Disclaimer: Some of the items featured where gifted for inclusion in this guide.
Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Earth Friendly Baby {Giveaway}

With routines being in my mind recently now that Baby S is getting her naps and sleeping into a bit of a routine (well kind of). A range of products which would be perfect for adding into a bed time routine is Earth Friendly Baby products. We've teamed up with them today to offer our readers the chance to win some of their fantastic products!


  Earth Friendly Baby is a range of Natural and organic baby toiletries which are ethical. The brand was founded by a father who set out to find a products that was not only natural, organic and ethical but that was gentle on his own children's skin. Not too much to ask for in a baby product! However He was unable to find what he was looking for and so he set out to make his own. Which we now know as Earth Friendly Baby. In 2011 Lansinoh, a brand of breastfeeding products found that Earth Friendly Baby has a lot of the same values. Which led Earth Friendly Baby to become a part of the Lansinoh Family.


All of the products in the range at Earth Friendly Baby are free from artificial fragrances and colours. They also contain no parabens or other nasties. Instead they are made using natural products with 99.2% of the total ingredients having a natural origin and 50.7% are organic! Earth Friendly Baby products have been certified as organic cosmetic by Ecocert Greenlife. Giving you the confidence to know it is safe for your precious little ones skin before you even open the bottle.


Earth Friendly Baby products have been Dermatologically approved for babies very sensitive skin while not being tested on animals. You will be pleased to know that even the packaging has been well thought through by Earth Friendly Baby and is Eco friendly. It's all made right here in the UK too!


One range which Earth Friendly Baby have is the Calming Lavender range with three products made to help calm little ones before bedtime. This range not only has a subtle lavender scent but also contains coltsfoot (a wild flower) which has remedying properties and will soothe your baby's skin.


Earth Friendly Baby Bubble Bath Lavender


The range itself has Earth Friendly Baby Calming Lavender Bubble Bath which will add foamy bubbles to the bath. Perfect for little hands to feel and explore. You won't need much of the Calming Lavender Bubble Bath which makes it great for using at every bath time.


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This range from Earth Friendly Baby also includes Calming Lavender Shampoo & Bodywash. This product will carry through with the calming nature of the range while being mild enough to use on a babies sensitive skin every day. The Earth Friendly Baby Calming Lavender Shampoo & Bodywash contains chamomile which we know can help soothe eczema should you need it too.


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The final product in this range is the Earth Friendly Baby Calming Lavender Body Lotion . This body lotion will leave your baby's skin feeling soft while smelling delightful. The body lotion from Earth Friendly Baby  brings the full range to be a complete set which is great for adding into a bedtime bath routine.


You can purchase Earth Friendly Baby Calming Lavender Bubble Bath (RRP £5.49), Earth Friendly Baby Calming Lavender Shampoo & Bodywash (RRP £6.35) and Earth Friendly Baby Calming Lavender Body Lotion (RRP £7.08). You can also find the Earth Friendly Baby range in Babies R Us, Boots, Superdrug, Mothercare, Ocado, Tesco and Waitrose.


Earth Friendly Baby have very kindly offered to give one of our readers the chance to win a bundle of the three products featured! you can enter below using the Gleam entry form.


Please read the terms and conditions below before entering.




  • No purchase necessary.

  • Entrants must be aged 18 years or over.

  • Competition is open to UK residents only.

  • Entry into this competition confirms your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions

  • The winners will be selected at random from all the correct entries received before the closing date and time.

  • All prizes must be accepted as offered. There can be no alternative awards, cash or otherwise.  

  • There will be one winner who will receive one of each product featured in the above post

  • Earth Friendly Baby is the sponsor of this giveaway and is responsible for prize fulfillment.


 

 

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Monday, 27 November 2017

Christmas Gift Ideas for Children & Babies

Christmas has been sneaking up on us and with the festive season about to hit my mind has turned to gifts, as I am sure has yours. Over the next few weeks I thought I would share some ideas with you for Christmas gifts. Starting today with a few gift ideas for the children and babies in your life.

It could be just me but I am always worried about what gifts you should get children, after all they will be getting gifts from Santa and from everyone else too. Many of which will be toys, I mean there are plenty of ideas out there and such a huge range of toys available. Each year I try to make an effort to get the children a gift that is a little different. Not something odd that they won't use but a gift that maybe isn't expected, A surprise to open. With that in mind I've put together a few ideas of gifts for children and babies.


Gift Ideas for Children


Starting off with two great ideas for the children on your list this year.


Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set

One of the go to gifts for adults has always been bath product sets. They are everywhere this time of year. I don't know about you but I love getting new products for the bath at Christmas! D loves bath time too, in fact he usually gets really excited and loves to stand beside the bath and watch the bubbles form in anticipation. One of our favourite bath time products is from the Childs Farm range. I recently discovered that Childs Farm have gift sets with bath products for children! How had I never discovered this before?

Childs Farm was started back in 2010 when Joanna founder and mum of two set out to find a conditioner which didn't contain parabens and other nasties while being suitable for her girls sensitive skin. Childs Farm make a range of bath products for children and babies which are suitable for all kinds of skin and hair types, including sensitive skin. To make it even better they do it right here in the UK! The products have all been approved by both pediatricians and dermatologists too, giving you peace of mind that they are safe for even children with eczema.

Childs Farm Top to Toe gift set

We just love Childs Farm hair & body wash! Which is actually one of the products found inside the Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set. Inside the set you will also find Childs Farm Bubble Bath and Childs Farm Moisturiser all kept in this lovely little zip lock bag above.

Products inside Childs Farm Top to Toe set

Each of the products inside has its own scent which is easily recognizable and strong enough to be smelt while using the product but yet not over powering. Just perfect for children! Childs Farm Bubble Bath contains tangerine, while Childs farm Hair & Body wash contains sweet orange and Childs Farm Moisturiser contains grapefruit and tea tree. All of which are organic. Although both the Bubble Bath and Hair& Body wash smell similar there is a distinct scent to each. I love smelling the sweet scent in D's hair when we get a hug or cuddle!

Childs Farm Hair & Body wash bubbles

We have previously stuck to Childs Farm Hair & Body wash or body products from Childs Farm. Childs Farm Hair & Body wash creates a great foam with very little product which is perfect for children. D adores getting covered in soap and getting to rinse it off a little at a time.

Adding Childs Farm Bubble Bath into the bath creates foamy type bubbles. Which are great fun to play with. D always has to have bubbles and I have no idea why we have never used Childs Farm Bubble Bath before. It smells divine!

The final product in the Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set is Childs Farm Moisturiser which I think might be my favourite one from the set. It literally feels like silk while you rub it in, with a gorgeous scent that just drifts to your nose. D loved smelling his hands and arms after we had applied it. Since it is all natural the skin absorbs it really quickly, with no chemicals slowing the process.  Plus the skin immediately feels softer! I must admit that I have also been using Childs Farm Moisturiser on my arms where I still get a little eczema flare up. I also noticed it's been fading since I started using it.

The lids on all the products in Childs Farm Top to Toe gift set.

All the Products in Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set come in 100ml bottles with the lovely bright, child friendly packaging. All of which have an easy to use pop open lid that can be opened with one hard push and doesn't let liquid leak out without a squeeze.

The Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set would be a great gift for children who like D love  bath time, bubbles and bath products. I think the set would make a great gift on its own or as part of a larger gift with PJ's and other little bits! The Top to Toe Gift Set would also be the perfect size to be an addition for bath time on Christmas Eve inside a Christmas eve box if you do one. Since they can be used by all children it could even be added to a shared box adding some excitement to the bath time on Christmas Eve.

You can purchase your own Childs Farm Top to Toe Gift Set (RRP £8.99) From the Childs Farm Website by clicking on the link. The Childs Farm range is available from Childs Farm, Boots, Tesco and Superdrug just to name a few stores.


Personalised Book: My Golden Ticket from Wonderbly

In our house we are all avid readers, D and Baby S love having story time at least once a day. Getting a new book can be so exciting for them which is why I of course had to include a book in our gift ideas. However this is most certainly not a normal book!

Wonderbly is a company who create personalised books for children, with a difference. Wonderbly was started by 4 friends who wanted to create a unique personalised book like no other. They did just that with a book called Lost My Name, which became a company and after selling thousands of books the collection of uniquely personalised books became Wonderbly. One of the newest additions to the Wonderbly collection is My Golden Ticket. No, I know what your thinking. It's not just a repeat of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with a child's name added here and there.

My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly is a book about your child's own adventure through the magical wonder that can only be Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory! With incredible personalisation added during the making the whole book is formulated using the unique make up of your child's name.

Adding a personal message into My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly

The journey starts through the ordering process. Creating My Golden Ticket is so easy on the Wonderbly site. The options start right at the beginning when you can pick hardback or soft cover. I chose soft cover. You are walked through each section of the book which can be personalised starting on that very first page where you can add not only the child's first and last name (I have added D's but have covered it for the purpose of this post) but you can leave a special message in the bottom right hand corner of the page like I have done above. The personalisation doesn't stop there either, you have the option to add in another person to accompany them through the journey. I added myself in since Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was one of the Novels D and I adored reading together.

Personalised Oompa Loompa Song

Once you have added one or both people you can go through the book page by page. Allowing you to really see just what Wonderbly can do with their amazing algorithm which takes your child's name and makes a chocolate bar and even an Oompa Loompa song about it! Any Wonka fan will be utterly thrilled! 

My Golden Ticket additional options

The final step in creating My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly (well before delivery) gives you the option to add a unique Wonka gift wrap which is only available with this book and the option to add a candy scent! I simply couldn't resist adding the scent. 

My Golden Ticket By Wonderbly Cover

The day of delivery arrived, upon opening the box I was immediately hit with the sweet smell of candy. It took me a while to figure out that the whole book isn't scented but that the Golden Ticket printed on the cover is. Both D and I had been amazed at the golden ticket on the cover. It not only looks amazing but each line is etched into the ticket itself. Running your finger along the book really lets you add a little more magic to the experience.

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The very first page in the book is the page personalised with the child's name and the message I wrote to D. As you can see above D was amazed to find out that he was the main character and was going to go on an adventure! From the moment you open the book you can really tell how great the quality is. Each page is made with quality paper which feels smooth to the touch.

D loves reading My Golden Ticket
As we dived into the story D loved hearing all about the adventure and seeing all the little mementos which had been added. My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly doesn't seem like a story at all. It seems more like a scrapbook of an adventure ready to be rediscovered over and over. Wonderbly really paid attention to the little details. So many of the ticket stubs, maps and wrappers added have got creases, tears and signs of use! While clearly showing that each item has been taped in just like a scrapbook. D loved that there was drawings on most pages which looked like something D himself may have drawn.

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The added personalised oompa loompa song to My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly is  brilliant! D loved that the song was about him and really allowed him to think he was in the magic of Wonka's factory. D also liked that he had a whole bar of chocolate named after him. My favourite has to be the family tree! D comes from a line of Mumnuggets. A fruit that literally explodes! How cool. I love that Wonderbly dedicated a whole two pages to just the personalisation of D's last name.

My Gold Ticket includes a post card

We also found this cute postcard hidden inside the My Golden Ticket. A great little keepsake which I plan to frame and add to the reading corner we will soon be adding to the children's bedroom. It is beautiful and such a lovely idea!

I must say that although My Golden Ticket is geared towards children aged 5 - 12 years D has loved it. I lost count of how many times we have read it now and he still gets excited!

My Golden Ticket by Wonderbly would make the perfect gift for any book-worm. I think it would be a great gift for any child aged 5 - 12 years this Christmas. Book lover or not, the personalisation is so unique and exciting I think many children will love getting inside the story, maybe even be inspired for their own adventures too.

You can purchase your own personalised My Golden Ticket from Wonderbly Starting from £19.99 by clicking on the link.


Gift Ideas for Babies


I am not sure about you but I tend to find babies really hard to buy for! Especially when they are still very young. Baby S will only be 6 months this Christmas and at the minute she's only starting to be really interested in toys. Each year we usually have at least one baby in our family to buy a gift for. Something which usually means I stand in a shop staring at the various items thinking 'what does a baby need at Christmas?'  So I thought I would share three ideas with you.


Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set    

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As I mentioned above I have recently just discovered that Childs Farm do gift sets of their products for children. They do also have a baby range which they do gift sets of too. One of which is the Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set which comes in this lovely box. The box allows you to see the three products included in the set by opening the front section of the box.

Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set - Products Included

Inside the Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set there are three full size 250ml products from the Childs Farm Baby Range along with a voucher for 50p off your next purchase. Now I know that all Childs Farm products are suitable from newborn age however the baby range contains products which are either fragrance free or have a very little scent to them. The three products inside are Childs Farm Baby Wash which contains Argon oil and is fragrance free, Childs Farm Bedtime Bath which contains organic tangerine and Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser which contains both shea and cocoa butter.

The whole baby range from Childs Farm is made to be used by babies from birth. Since Childs Farm only use natural ingredients in their products which is perfect for babies delicate skin.

Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Bath being added to the bath

The first product from the Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set we used was the Baby Bedtime Bath which I just love the smell of. We did use this version of Childs Farm Bath after the children's Bubble Bath which is above. Having used the child's version and the Baby version I have to say that the scent is much more subtle in the Baby Bedtime Bath.  I also noticed that it didn't bubble up quite as much, it did create a good amount of bubbles. I find that having too many bubbles in a bath while I'm trying to keep a good hold on Baby S can be difficult. I think Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Bath is perfect for when Baby S is getting in the bath on her own.

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The second product is the Childs Farm Baby Wash. I love that this one is fragrance free. One of my favourite scents in the whole world is that unique baby smell! Any one else? I love that Baby S still has her baby smell. the Childs Farm Baby Wash allows that smell to shine through even just after bath time. I find that with Childs Farm Baby Wash a little really does go a long way. A small amount allows me to wash Baby S entirely.

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser in use

The final product in the Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set is the Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser. Which unlike the other to products in the set comes in a handy pump bottle. I much prefer a pump bottle when it comes to moisturisers, even for myself! I find a pump easier to use since your hands are rather slippy straight after use. Trying to add a baby into the slippy hands, moisturiser and getting them dressed means pumps are a god send!

I love this Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set, bath time in our house is always at the end of the day. That means it usually happens as part of our bedtime routine. Although sometimes we like some lovely scents in the bath for both D and Baby S, there are times when we'd like to encourage them to fall asleep too. The Bedtime set is perfect for this with subtle scents which as far as I have seen with Baby S and D helps make babies and children sleepy.

The Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set is a great gift for babies you know this Christmas. The products are all perfect for babies and would be a great little gift for parents to open on Christmas eve too if that is one of their traditions.

You can purchase this Childs Farm Baby Bedtime Set (RRP £12.99) by clicking on the link. The Childs Farm range is available from Childs Farm, Boots, Tesco and Superdrug just to name a few stores.


Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set

If you aren't sure about which bath products the parents of the baby you are buying for use or might try then you might be better suited with another gift set from the Childs Farm Baby range. Perhaps the Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set would be a good pick for you.

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This set is a little different, as you can see it comes in a lovely little box which is shaped like a little gift already. Inside the Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set contains four smaller products from the Baby range.

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Inside the Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set you can find a 50ml bottle of Baby Bedtime Bubbles, 50ml bottle of Baby Wash, 50ml bottle of Baby moisturiser and finally a 15ml tube of Nappy Cream.

Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set - Bedtime Bath & Baby Wash

Most of the products inside the Childs Farm Baby Essentials set are the same as those in the Baby Bedtime Set above. The difference being that they come in smaller bottles. This actually makes them perfect for families who are off to spend Christmas anywhere that isn't home.

Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser after bath time

I have found that I use the Childs Farm Baby Moisturiser in this set much more in the bathroom as it is easier to have the smaller bottle to hand beside Baby S's clothes and towel than the bigger bottle. Plus I use a mat to dry her so I am able to use both hands to apply it!

Childs Farm Baby Essentials Set - Nappy Cream

Inside this Childs Farm Baby Essentials set contains a product which I have never seen let alone used. (Maybe I am just looking in the wrong place?) That is Childs Farm Nappy Cream. I have used many nappy creams since D was a baby and most feel quite thick, sticky and dare I say oily. Childs Farm Nappy Cream is none of those. The little tube in the Baby Essentials Set is perfect for popping in the changing bag for on the go use. Baby S has recently been teething and with teething usually comes nappy rash. I have been using the Childs Farm Nappy Cream for the last few weeks and I am so impressed! I love that it feels so silky soft going onto Baby S's skin. It works brilliantly and has been quickly added to my shopping list.

I love the Baby Essentials set from Childs Farm. It would be a great gift to add into a babies stocking or gift basket for either babies or even for parents who are expecting their baby around Christmas. Not only that but this would be perfect to give as a gift to anyone with a baby who is spending Christmas abroad or those spending it with family or friends. The smaller size of the Childs Farm Baby essentials set makes it perfect for travel and adding into small stockings. With great products inside they are fantastic gifts.

You can purchase the Childs Farm Baby Essentials Gift Set (RRP £9.99) by clicking on the link. The Childs Farm range is available from Childs Farm, Boots, Tesco and Superdrug just to name a few places.


Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor

Over the last month or so one of the big things on my mind has been getting Baby S up into her own bed in the evening. She doesn't usually sleep too well in the evening and I think a lot of it has to do with being down stairs and all the noise. Since I can't be the only parent out there trying to set up a routine I thought a great gift idea would be a baby monitor from a reliable baby brand. I know this one would be a gift I would be delighted to receive!

Tommee Tippee is a very well-known brand. The brand started out when a doctor requested a non spill cup with a weighted base from three brothers in America. A cup which the doctor refused to buy, leading the brothers to add a picture of their dog Tommee to the cup. That was the start of Tommee Tippee, although it wasn't until the late 60's that a business man brought the cup and other feeding accessories to the UK starting a manufacturing unit and the Tommee Tippee we know today was really born. With a range that branches out from non spill cups, bottles and feeding accessories to nappy bins and baby monitors.

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor in box
When D was a baby I vaguely knew Tommee Tippee had their own baby monitors. However we got given a baby monitor from a family member just before D was ready to go to his own bed alone, I didn't need to look into which ones I might like to try. With Baby S I have researched the brands I wanted to try, along with ones which I thought would be good for most parents. One that falls into both those categories is the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor. 

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor Baby and Parent Units
The Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor comes with the monitor unit and a parent unit which you see above. Both come in a sleek black and white look meaning they'll fit well in any nursery and be able to integrate as part of the room. Both Units have a backlight on the LCD as you can see. Considering the Digital Sound Monitor uses Digital enhanced cordless technology ensuring there little to no interference and has a range of 300 metres there really isn't any need to worry when using the Digital Sound Monitor

The Digital Sounds Monitor from Tommee Tippee is so easy to set up! Once I removed all the items from the box I had to add the rechargeable batteries (which are included, perfect since I would have forgotten to buy them for months!) to the parent unit and place it on the docking station which charged them up. It is recommended to leave this charging for 6 hours before you turn the parent unit on. After charging I set about figuring out how it all worked and which settings we wanted to try, using the manual in the box.

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor Parent Unit
I set about getting the main  baby unit set up. The Tommee Tippee Digital Sounds Monitor, main baby unit boasts a whole host of features, an easy to read LCD screen which displays the room temperature and battery level if batteries are added. Just below the LCD are two lights which indicate when the unit is on and when the batteries are low (if they are added).

The buttons on the unit allow you to control the sensitivity of the unit, I first set this up to be 4 although I later changed it to 5 after we used it for the first time. I use it at this level as it allows me to actually hear Baby S if she moves around and on occasion I have heard her breathing!

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor light feature
Another feature built into the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor Baby Unit is that it has a low-level yellow light behind the main white front of the unit at the top. This low level light has 3 settings which enable you or the baby to see should it be needed. I love this feature. Baby S screams if she wakes up in complete darkness. Using the low level light means she can wake up with some light but wouldn't be disturbed by it at night. To make this feature even better the level can be adjusted using the parent unit.

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The real star of the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor is the parent unit. Since it contains the rechargeable batteries the parent unit is portable. An essential feature for any parent in my opinion! I know it has been invaluable to me. I can take the unit with me as I manage to squeeze in some cleaning. The parent unit has a lot more information available on the screen including the temperature from the baby unit, light level of the baby unit, battery life and the signal level all at a quick glance. There are also five lights along the top of the parent unit for the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor which will light showing the level of sound when there is sound coming from the Baby Unit. Baby S hasn't made it go past the 4th even when she is shouting!  From the parent unit you can adjust many settings using the menu button including language, sensitivity and the volume at which the baby unit sends out sound from the talk back feature.

Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor talk back feature and clipon the back
I adore the talk back feature on the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor. There have been times when I simply can't get to Baby S the second she wakes up, I mean it takes a little time to actually get up to her. The talk back feature in the Digital Sound Monitor allows me to talk to Baby S and calm her while I get up to her. I've actually made it up to find out that she has gone back to sleep with me talking through the monitors. It's so easy to use too. Just click the little button on the side and hey presto! You can also see the clip on the back of the unit which can be attached to clothing if your going to be busy going room to room. I love this.

The final feature for the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor is the paging function. I have not had to use this yet although I have given it a test and I know it will be invaluable when I do have my moments of baby brain and forget where I have put the parent unit! You simply hold in the up and down buttons on the baby unit and it will send out a paging signal to the parent unit which will last for 2 minutes if you don't deactivate it. This makes a sound allowing you to go in search of the parent unit. Now I just wish all the other portable items in my house did the same!



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Thanks to the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor we have been able to get Baby S on the path to a good bed time routine in her own bed. Giving us some time for ourselves!
The Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor would be perfect for parents who like us who are ready to start thinking about getting baby up into bed on their own at night. This would make it the perfect gift for babies and parents you know who could use  some time for themselves or to get a little extra done in the evening this Christmas. I think that has got to be one of the best gifts you can give to a parent at any time of year! It is certainly one I will always be grateful to get.

You can purchase the Tommee Tippee Digital Sound Monitor (Currently £52.99) by clicking on the link. It's also available from Argos, George at ASDA, Kiddicare and Toys R Us.

I hope you have found my suggestions helpful this Christmas Season and do pop back to see what other ideas for gifts I have to share.

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Disclaimer: The products featured above have been received in return for an open and honest review featured in the guide. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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