Saturday, 30 July 2016

HelloFresh Review

Planning, shopping and making family meals can be hard, especially when children know what they want and like. Trying new things as a family can sometimes feel stressful before you even start cooking! So when I was contacted about HelloFresh I knew it would be perfect for us and for our readers who get stuck in a rut when it comes to trying new meals as a family. HelloFresh even deliver to Northern Ireland! They are the first box of it's kind that I have found can deliver here.

HelloFresh is a weekly subscription box service that takes all the stress out of meal planning, shopping and even the cooking of meals. Their head chef Patrick and his team create nutritious meals that are easy to recreate at home. They also make recipe cards with easy to follow, detailed instructions accompanied by pictures of each step to guide you. Then HelloFresh fills your box with fresh ingredients.

 HelloFresh has three different boxes each with their own recipe selection each week. The three different types of boxes are;



  • The classic Box which is for 2 -4 Adults and contains recipes from all around the world. You can choose to have 3 or 5 meals a week for 2, 3 or 4 people.

  • The Veggie Box which is for 2 or 4 adults. This box is perfect for vegetarians and contains recipes based on wonderful, fresh vegetables. The box aims to "broaden your veggie repertoire." There are 3 meals per week.

  • The Family Box which is for 2 adults and 2 children and contains recipes that are well rounded and nutritious while ensuring there is no extra spice for those little taste buds. You can choose 2 or 4 meals per week.

We went with the family box even though there are only 3 of us. I do think however that the family box was best suited to us with child friendly recipes based around the nutritional needs of a family and the meals seem more suited to our over all tastes.


Our box arrived on the Tuesday (the first delivery day of the week available to Northern Ireland by HelloFresh). You can see the box above. Upon opening our box We found all the ingredients neatly packaged.The box contained fresh vegetables which where packed in one half of the box with a small cardboard tray containing the smaller and more delicate vegetables. The other half of the box held a white bag which contained all the chilled ingredients. The bag contained a layer of sheep wool in a clear breathable bag (This is recyclable) which was wrapped around the chilled ingredients and the ice packs to keep the food chilled through delivery. Even though our box arrived on one of the hottest days this year in Northern Ireland the ice packs where still cold. The box also contained a few offers in the envelope on top of the box.


Inside the box we found every ingredient needed to create the recipes in the correct quantities and the recipe card. The ingredients are listed below.



  • 2 chicken stock pots, 1 carton of tomato passata, 2 garlic cloves, fennel seeds, cider & horseradish wholegrain mustard, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, mustard seeds, 4 x white whine vinegar and redcurrent jelly. These came in mostly sachets.

  • 4 onions, 2 echalion shallots, 1 courgette, spring onions, 1 stick of celery, 3 packs of green beand, 1 red cabbage, 1 pack of sampire and 1 lemon

  • Packs of fresh flat leaf parsley x 2, rosemary and chives

  • 500g Tuscan Pork Sausage, 4 Chicken Breasts, 4 Flank Steaks and 250g Tiger Prawns

  • Arborio Rice, 2 packs of new potatoes, 4 Potatoes and 400g Rigatoni

  • 1 pot of Crème Fraîche, 1 mini pack of netherend butter, 2 mini packs of Parmesan cheese and 1 pot of sour cream

  • 4 recipe cards and one information card on Samphire

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The recipe cards for all four meals are above.

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The first meal we had was Tasteology Prawn and Crème Fraîche Rigatoni with Samphire. The above picture shows 1 adult and 1 child portion. This was the only meal in the box which had to be eaten in the first 2 days and as the box has travelled further to get to us we thought we would have it on the first night. I made this one alone and spent about 1 hour in total in the kitchen both prepping and cooking. The meal was easy to make and I really enjoyed the easy flow of the recipe. All the prep for this meal is done while waiting for a pot of water to boil. There is no time at all wasted during the cooking of the recipe but you still seem to go at a good pace where everything is timed to perfection. Everything made it to plate cooked and ready to eat at the same time, something I have never achieved before. Simon did have a substitute of chicken instead of prawns as he doesn't link prawns of any kind but this was easy to add in with the extra chicken I had bought and actually worked well with the same ingredients. This meal was a hit all round and even D loved it after a little bit of persuading to try it! He likes many of the ingredients separately but we weren't sure how he would be when we added them all to the same bowl. My sauce did come out a slightly orange colour although I still haven't figured out why!

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The second meal we enjoyed was made by Simon on the Wednesday, it was the Balsamic Steak with Red Cabbage and Potato Wedges. Simon cooks steak much better than I do and he prefers to cook meals that include steak after I seriously over cooked it a few years ago. I haven't been allowed near any since! I knew that we all love homemade wedges as they have a regular appearance on our weekly menus and steak is always a big hit however the red cabbage was new and different for us. Simon really seemed to enjoy making this meal even though he struggled with following the recipe card. He isn't used to following a recipe and will usually just add what he feels like and taste to adjust throughout the cooking. He did leave out most of the white wine vinegar as he felt it was too much to add when D was going to be eating it. I must say that I think this recipe is our favourite of the week. Everyone loved it and ate every piece. This is one that we are certainly going to have again. It was also easy to alter for 3 people instead of four and the extra ingredients ( one flank steak and one potato) where used for a quick lunch the next day when added to a salad.

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We left the third meal for the Friday as we are out most of Thursday and tend to eat while we are out. On Friday I made Italian Pork and Tomato Risotto. I was prepared to get really confused even though I had read the instructions over and over before starting. It seems that I had freaked out about nothing! The recipe card is very detailed and I had no idea just how easy risotto really is to make. This whole meal was new to us as I wasn't sure I would be able to actually make risotto (It looks so hard when they do it on TV!). The only mistake I made was with the water which is the only ingredient not included in the box and therefore shows up on the recipe cards in a lighter font. I was busy fussing about getting the ingredients all sorted and Simon was tidying up around me while I was getting the water and I accidentally added 160ml instead of 1600ml. I did realise I had done something wrong after 5 minutes when the rice wasn't changing at all and I looked at the recipe card to check what I had left out. It didn't put the meal back by too long but I do think that the lighter font and that the water is measured in ml not litres after 1000ml was a little confusing. The one part about making this recipe that I hated was pushing the sausage meat out of the sausage skin, it was gross! The feeling of the meat and the skin sliding of made me feel a bit sick. Other than that I enjoyed making this meal and both Simon and I really loved the taste. D wasn't all that impressed or interested in eating more than a few mouth fulls of the rice, he enjoyed that sausage and courgette while leaving a fair bit of the rice and sauce in the bowl

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We had the last meal in our box on Sunday. It was Grain Mustard (We didn't have the mustard) Potato Salad with Chicken. Simon is allergic to mustard so we knew before we got the box that this meal was going to be very different for us. The mustard came in a little sachet that got threw out when it arrived so there was no chance that it could get used. Simon made this meal again and he really did a great job, I do think this one took the longest to make although that could have been Simon taking his time to figure out if taking the mustard away would impact the use of any other ingredients. Simon thinks that the prep of the ingredients in this recipe needs to be completed before you start cooking due to needing to individually chop the green beans and to butterfly the chicken. He feels that the potatoes ended up cooking for too long and he had to remove them before he got to the step where removing the potatoes is mentioned which is after the chicken is prepped and cooked. Other than the potatoes Simon did enjoy making this recipe but found that he felt stressed about getting the whole meal cooked and ready to plate at around the same time. He did get everything on the plate hot and ready to eat around the same time after he added the potatoes to the hob again to heat them up again. We all enjoyed this meal, it was delicious. D wasn't too keen on the sour cream dressing which was probably due to there being no mustard included which altered the taste. I ended up washing most of it off in a strainer for him to eat half way through dinner. I on the other hand did really like the sour cream taste with the potatoes and veg, it was new and different. I think it worked well with the ingredients we had used.


Our HelloFresh box contained an information card on Samphire which is the British veggie of the month. Not only does the card contain a wealth of information about Samphire but it also has fun, quirky pictures which appeal to children. I wasn't aware that Samphire contained so many vitamins and minerals and it was a new taste for us as I would never have known what to do with it before.

There are opportunities to get children that are a bit older than D into the kitchen and cooking with you. Learning about how to cook and what makes a good meal is always a big plus when it comes to family meals as let's face it we all want our kids to eat healthy and develop a good habit when it comes to eating and I think that HelloFresh creates a good way to involve children in the cooking process with supervision and help. The perfect meal for doing this in our box would have been the  Tasteology Prawn and Crème Fraîche Rigatoni with Samphire as it was easy to follow as well as being different and having the information card on Samphire.

I think that HelloFresh is a great subscription box for everyone and their family box is perfect for working into family life while saving you time both before a shopping trip and at home. The family box meals are mostly adjustable to accommodate 3 family members and contain well balanced meals that are both fun and easy to make.

We really enjoyed HelloFresh, The whole service was amazing. The quality of the ingredients provided was fantastic and everything tasted fresh. I feel that HelloFresh is a great subscription box where you really get the great quality ingredients you look for as a parent without doing any of the legwork.I know that HelloFresh will be a subscription we will have again. I do feel that I enjoy the meal planning, shopping and cooking of family meals and that although HelloFresh did change some of the meals we will make I don't think that we would enjoy trying new meals every single week of the year. We will however get a box every few weeks throughout the year to try new recipes and idea

I would recommend HelloFresh for everyone looking for a new way to change up their diet with new, delicious recipes. The family box is perfect for both families of 3 and of 4. Taking the stress out of meal time and planning, HelloFresh provides everything you need to create the perfect family meals.

You can sign up for the weekly HelloFresh Family box by clicking on the link. The box we received is £64 working out at £4 per person, per meal.


Disclaimer: We received this box from HelloFresh, the recipe-box delivery service in return for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are our own.


Friday, 22 July 2016

WaterWipes Review

D has been potty trained for a good few months now and I have noticed just how many wipes we use for quick clean ups after food and when we are out. I had always assumed we used most of the wipes through nappy changes, so I had expected our wipes usage to drop when D was potty trained. As I have mentioned before D has sensitive skin and we have really stuck with the same wipes for most of his life after we tried a few kinds which created some small rashes where the wipes had been used.

WaterWipes

I had heard about WaterWipes before but we hadn't tried them, mostly from the habit of buying the same wipes for so long. When I was contacted about reviewing WaterWipes I knew the timing was perfect. During the summer we use more wipes than at any other time of the year, we tend to be outdoors more, eat sticky lollies that melt,  drink more juice and D tends to touch more during the warm days outdoors which always ends in dirty hands and clothes. All in all we do still use roughly a pack of wipes every week!

WaterWipes where created by Edward McCloskey, a dad who's new born baby had sensitive skin and was suffering from a bad nappy rash. This caused him to check the ingredients in their wipes where he was shocked to discover chemicals listed. He began to question whether they where needed in the wipes and if using these chemicals on his  child's skin was really necessary. He set out to find a better alternative which was safe and natural. A few years later WaterWipes were born and they had all the safety of water and cotton wool being used to clean the skin with the convenience of using wipes. 


WaterWipes have 2 different types of wipes their baby wipes which come in both a large (60 wipes) and travel size (10 wipes) and they also have cleansing wipes which come on packs of 60 wipes. WaterWipes baby wipes contain only two ingredients water (99.9%) and citrus grandis seed extract (0.1%) and compared to the other wipes on the market this is remarkable! Many of the other wipes in the UK can contain 13 ingredients, some of which can cause reactions on sensitive skin. It was those reaction which D had when he was younger. Their cleansing wipes contain both water and citrus grandis seed extract along with dead sea mineral Maris Sal added.

WaterWipes have won awards for being the best baby wipes from Loved By Parents, Maternity Infant Awards and Parent Approved. They are also the only baby wipes that have ever been approved by Allergy UK which means that they are approved as an allergy friendly product! WaterWipes  may help prevent nappy rash. They are also suitable for babies from birth due to being chemical free and therefore soft on babies skin.

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The travel packs of WaterWipes are perfect for children of D's age, who are potty trained but do still need wipes for face and hand cleaning while outdoors. They are the perfect size to pop in small handbags like the one I take out when we are just popping to local shops or off to the park. My bag is very small and usually will only contain my purse, keys and phone but adding the travel pack of Waterwipes was no trouble. It also allowed me to take the smaller bag out with us over the last few hot days without anything being left behind. The larger packs which contain 60 wipes are perfect for either keeping at home or taking out in medium or large bags/ baby changing bags and I would say these are perfect for those who have baby's or toddler's  still wearing nappies.

When we first started using WaterWipes last week I forgot to take them with us while we did our shopping and ended up having to buy a small pack of wipes in a local shop as the shops nearby didn't have WaterWipes in stock or didn't sell them. Even though we had used the other brand before with no issues, an hour or two after we used them D's face started to break out and I honestly think this was due to the other ingredients which aren't found in WaterWipes. After a week  or so of using the wipes on a daily basis I have noticed that the little bumps D would usually have on his cheeks are gone and the few spots on his face are from the wipes while shopping and where he had a small cut below his eye that has not quite completely healed yet.

WaterWipes have a pretty good amount of water inside each wipe and feel very wet to the touch. They do get everything off D's face with a gentle wipe, much to his pleasure! Usually it can take a few wipes to get off anything that I may not have noticed straight away and even then I would have had to apply pressure. We all agree that WaterWipes are very soft on the skin and D even told us "They are really really lovely" when we asked how they felt on his face and hands. The water content in the wipes also leaves the skin with a layer of water on it which the skin will absorb over a few minutes and I feel that during the hot weather this added hydration on the skin helps children feel a little cooler as D kept asking for his face washed while out in the sun.


As for the performance of the wipes, when removing dirt and sticky liquid from melted ice lollies I found that simply wiping once over D's hands and face was enough. He drew on himself with a felt tip while drawing the other day and after trying to wash it off with soap and water I tried to get the remaining pen off his hand with one of the wipes and was quite surprised when I was able to remove all the pen with the wipe!

I have also been using the cleansing wipes daily both in the morning before I put make up on if we are going out and at night before I go to bed. Usually I would use a cleanser while washing my face and I wasn't really sure how the WaterWipes cleansing wipes would feel as they are very different to my usual products when it comes to ingredients. However I did find that using the wipes made my routine a lot shorter and much easier! One wipe was enough to completely cleanse my face and neck. Plus the whole process consisted of lift the wipe out, washing my face and putting the wipe in the bin where as before I was using a product which needed washed off after a minute or two and therefore took a bit of time to apply, wait, rinse and dry. The WaterWipes cleansing wipes also feel very different to baby wipes as they have a dimpled texture to one side. I think the dimpled texture is of greatest benefit when removing make-up, I am able to remove all of my eye make-up in one go with the exception of my mascara which takes another wipe or two to completely remove depending on how much I apply. You can see in the picture's above the during and after photos. ( I am not great at taking photo's of myself ).

I think that WaterWipes have changed the way I look at wipes on the market now. Now that we have seen the benefit to D's skin and I have looked into some of the chemicals in our old wipes I can say that we will be using WaterWipes in the future. I hadn't realised that the wipes we had been using where the cause of D's rashes and the bumps on his cheeks as he has had them from a young age. When we had asked the health visitor during one of the visits before D was one they told us that they would go away and where nothing to worry about. I now believe that the cause was actually our wipes and the chemicals they contained.

I would recommend WaterWipes to all parents out there and even to women who wear make up or are looking for a cleansing product. The benefits of WaterWipes both the baby wipes and the cleansing wipes are noticeable when you change. They are perfect for on the go and would be great for travelling anywhere with.

You can purchase WaterWipes on Amazon.co.uk, Ocado.co.uk and from Boots. The RRP of WaterWipes is £2.99

WaterWipes are currently running a campaign, #PureLove. The campaign is about showing mums that they are amazing and their bodies are too. research has shown that new mum's who feel confident about looking after their babies seems to drop in the first few days of motherhood by almost 10%. Those first few days are hard for all parents, I still remember the first few days after D was born while we where at the hospital and I did feel like I might not be able to provide everything D needed. Luckily I had midwives who where there to help and show me what I needed to know. Not all new mums have that, the Pure Love campaign by WaterWipes commissioned the film below to try and support the emotional well being of new mums. Their aim is to show new mums that they are 'already all their baby needs'.

In the film you can see an experiment which shows the synchronisation of both the  mum and baby's vital signs during some skin to skin time. The film shows the remarkable effect the mother and baby's skin to skin contact has in stabilising the baby's body and biology.


Disclaimer: We received the products from WaterWipes in return for and open and honest review. All the thoughts and opinions expressed above are our own.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Our Must Have Summer Essentials

It's now been summer in Northern Ireland for almost 3 weeks! children are off school and the sun has even shown up a few times. I have no idea how 3 weeks have just disappeared but it has given us time to find out what products have prominently become our essentials/ must have products. Now that the rest of the UK is about to join us in the summer some of you might like to know our favourite items.

Boy's Sunglasses

The first item is sunglasses, I am sure many of you will agree that sunglasses are most certainly an essential
for children and adults alike. Sun protection in all forms is a necessity during the summer months. D picked out his own sunglasses after he had tried so many on while we where out shopping. He picked this pair of green and black sunglasses with dark purple lenses. D tells me they make everything dark, which for me means that they are doing their job and providing D's eyes with protection from the sun. They are from Peacocks and cost £3.

WaterWipes

Next up would have to be WaterWipes. Although D is no longer in nappies we still find that wipes are an essential part of life especially when we are out during the summer months. WaterWipes are 99.9% water and 0.1% fruit extract making them kind on skin, extra soft and they clean up sticky messes in seconds! WaterWipes have large packs (£2.99) and smaller travel packs (£0.99)  which are perfect for popping into a small bag on a day out or you could even pack them up with a picnic. They also have cleansing wipes which contain dead sea minerals, perfect for taking your make-up off after a long hot day. They leave your face feeling soft and refreshed. WaterWipes are available in Boots, Amazon.co.uk, Ocado.co.uk and in most major supermarkets. (We will have a full review of the WaterWipes coming on Friday.)

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Another essential for D this summer is snap back hats. He will spot a new one every time we go into town. His favourite out of the 4 he currently has is the crocodile snap back which is again from Peacocks. D loves telling people "snap, snap" while he makes the crocodile's mouth snap up and down. This snap back provides sun protection for D's whole face and has an adjustable back to fit young children. I know this is going to be a favourite for a few years to come. Peacocks do not currently have this on their website however the hat is still available in stores at £4.

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Next up on our list would have to be Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash. Getting out to the swimmers and visiting the beach becomes very popular with lots of families in the summer and we are no exception. Having all that extra time in salt water or in water with chlorine can have an effect on the skin especially children's skin. Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash removes all the impurities left behind on the skin during their time spent in the pool or sea. We have been using the Afterswim every time we have visited the swimming pool over the last few weeks and it has made a huge difference to D's skin which is usually dry and can have areas of irritation where his skin is most sensitive. You can read our full review and thoughts on Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash by clicking the link. Vosene Kids AfterSwim Hair and Body wash has an RRP £2.49 and is available on Amazon.

Nurture Fruity Water+

Another essential for us this summer is Nurture Fruity Water+. Keeping children hydrated while it is hot and you are on the go is hard. Nurture Fruity Water+ is the perfect drink for young children while you are out during the summer and not only will they stay hydrated but they will also be receiving many of the nutrients their bodies need. Nurture Fruity Water+ comes in a handy mess free pouch and is available in 2 flavours, cherry and strawberry and also in orange and pineapple. You can read our thoughts on Nurture Fruity Water+ in our review by clicking on the link. Nurture Fruity water has an RRP of £0.99 - £1.45 and is available at wholefoods market, Holland & Barrett and Ocado.co.uk.

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Finally an essentials list for families would not be complete without a scooter! Summer for children is the perfect time to get outside and get active while sun shines. D has got to grips with all the aspects of the Zycom Zipster Scooter over the spring and he has been enjoying going out for the day on it. The scooter is perfect for young children with pivot steering which teaches them balance, light up wheels and has an easy to use brake. Getting around on hot days is fun with this scooter. You can read our full review of the Zycom Zipster Scooter by clicking the link. The Zycom Zipster scooter currently costs £44.95 and is available on Amazon.

There you have it our must have summer essentials for summer 20016!

Have you got any summer essentials?

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Disclaimer:  We received some of the items in this list in exchange for an honest review. However we feel all items in the list are our summer essentials.
Saturday, 16 July 2016

Nurture Fruity Water+ Review & Giveaway

Keeping D healthy has and always will be a priority. We've never really had any issues with D's health, I mean he catches colds and bugs that are around and he seems to be prone to getting tonsillitis but generally he's healthy.

Now that D is going to start nursery in September I have been thinking about how we may need to give his body a boost of nutrients. We have tried vitamin supplements before to no avail, he will always find something he doesn't like about them. I usually find the when we give D supplements I will be very careful about what he can then eat or drink as they tend to contain high percentages of the daily recommend amount for the nutrients included. In the end we always stop, D either hates them or I hate them and we end up back at square one. When I was reading the email about Nurture Fruity Water+ I thought it would be the perfect drink  for D and other children who could benefit from that immunity boost!

Nurture Fruity Water+ came to be when parents of three children, Lucie and Derek Sanders made it their mission to create a children's drink that not only tasted good but was healthy. They have the firm belief that if children consume less sugar from an early age then they will be less inclined to make unhealthy decisions later on in life. This would also make them less inclined to develop a 'sweet tooth'.

Nurture Fruity Water+

 Nurture Fruity Water + is an alternative to juice and water for children over the age of one. It is the first functional drink of it's kind in the UK which contains added nutrients as well as containing lower naturally occurring sugar. Nurture Fruity Water+ does still contain some sugar however the naturally occurring sugar only amounts to less than one teaspoon per 100ml. This makes it exempt from the upcoming sugar tax which will issued in the UK!  Nurture Fruity Water+ also meets the governments guidelines for school's standards in England meaning that it is acceptable in schools as a healthy drink and alternative to water.

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 Unlike many vitamin supplements you will find only 20% of the daily recommended amount in each pouch of Nurture Fruity Water+ which for me allows me to relax and know that D is getting an added nutrient boost without me having to worry if he's getting too much. Inside each pouch are the nutrients which support the normal function of the immune system along with supporting the growth of bones and teeth. I have never found an ingredient list I love more than the one for Nurture Fruity Water+, reading ingredient lists usually end in me googling at least one ingredient to find out what it is. With Nurture Fruity Water+ I know every ingredient and more importantly I know why it is there! As you can see above the ingredient list is as follows: Still microfiltered water 55%, juice from concentrate (Apple, Carrot, Sour Cherry, Strawberry), 45%, Fruit extract, calcium lactate, zinc gluconate, vitamins: Nicin, pantothenic acid, B6, folic acid, B12, C, and D, wellmune beta1,3/1,6 glucans. That is all there is inside the  drink, no additives or no preservatives and it is free from Gluten and lactose. Nuture Fruity water+ is also suitable for Vegans.

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Nurture Fruity Water+ is perfect for taking with you while you are on the go. The pouch is perfectly sized to fit in small areas including being the exact size to fit in D's backpack/ harness which he uses to hold toys or special treats when we are out for the day. The pouch would also fit inside handbags, changing bags and pretty much any bag you can think of without taking up much space! The pouch also has an anti spill feature inside the opening of the pouch. With this feature there is no mess to clean up if the pouch is dropped or falls off the table. It also means that you can rest assured that the pouch will not leak inside your bag or spill all over your child while in a moving vehicle. As you can see in the image above there is no leakage when the pouch is held upside down, in fact the only way to get the Nurture Fruity Water+ out of the pouch is to either drink it or to squeeze the pouch(pretty hard I might add).

I did find that D wouldn't get all the liquid out of the spout when he was finished drinking, there would be a small amount left which just stays there. While we are out I tend to just tip the pouch up and let the remaining liquid fall out onto a napkin or wipe (it is just a dribble).

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Nurture Fruity Water+ comes in two flavours. D has really taken a liking to it, he loves the cherry and strawberry flavour which he immediately loved.

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He does also like the orange and pineapple flavour, this one wasn't a hit right away and he didn't like the flavour the first time he took a sip. However after a few tastes he seemed to have changed his mind.

I feel confident in saying that Nurture Fruity Water+ will become a regular drink in D's diet and that we will continue buying the pouches regularly. I was happy with the knowledge that D is getting a top up of his nutrients and is enjoying Nurture Fruity Water+ making it an all round winner for us.

Nurture Fruity Water+ is available at wholefoods market, Ocado and Holland & Barrett with an RRP of between 99p and £1.49

 You can also try Nurture Fruity Water+ for yourself as we have some to giveaway! You can enter our giveaway below where five readers will win 2 pouches of Nurture Fruity Water+ (one of each flavour). To enter follow the steps in the Gleam widget below.

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  • This giveaway is open to residents of the UK

  • The closing date is 30th July 2016 at 23.59 (GMT)

  • Enter using the Gleam.io widget by logging in and choosing any entry routes you would like to complete. Each entry route will gain one entry into the giveaway. There are daily entry options.

  • The winner will be chosen at random from all correct entries.

  • The winners will be informed by email within 14 days of the closing date, and must respond within 28 days to claim their prize.

  • Five winners will receive 2 pouches of Nurture Fruity Water+ in both flavours (1x Cherry & Strawberry, 1x Orange and Pineapple).

  • Nurture Immunity is the sponsor of this giveaway and is responsible for prize fulfilment.

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Disclaimer: We received the pouches of Nurture Fruity Water+ in return for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own.



Friday, 15 July 2016

brush-baby KidzSonic Toothbrush & Tutti Frutti Toothpaste Review

Properly brushing your teeth from a young age is incredibly important. Children's teeth will fall out and adult teeth will come through eventually but that shouldn't stop us from ensuring our children know how to look after all their teeth. D has been learning about how to properly look after his teeth and why that is so important over the last few weeks. When I was contacted about reviewing the brush-baby KidzSonic Toothbrush and Tutti Frutti Toothpaste, I knew the timing was perfect for D to move onto an electronic toothbrush and to learn more about the brushing process including how to properly brush his teeth.

D has always had a great interest in brushing his teeth. From about 1-year-old he enjoyed holding his toothbrush and biting down on the bristles while giving it a bit of a wiggle (I was brushing them properly after). At around 2 - 2 1/2 years old D had almost all his teeth and we would spend a good amount of time in the bathroom morning and night learning how to move the brush properly inside his mouth to actually clean his teeth himself. He got the hand movements down and was happy to just continue on and brush at the same time I was in the morning and then at night before bed.

However recently I had noticed that D wasn't pushing down on his toothbrush enough to clean the bottom of his teeth. While we where telling D that he wasn't brushing properly and that his teeth would still decay if he didn't make sure he was cleaning all of his teeth properly he had a lot of questions. He most importantly wanted to know why it was important.  His questions made sense, he wanted to know how and why he had to do this every day. We started to spend the time before and after brushing talking about a question or two that he asks about brushing. At the start the questions were very simple, "Why use toothpaste?" or "Why do I brush my teeth?" are two I really remember. Each answer brings more questions to D's mind and I realised that we have been focusing too much on the how and not enough on the why.

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As the questions became more specific D's brush-baby KidzSonic Toothbrush and Tutti Frutti toothpaste arrived. D was very excited by the idea of a new toothbrush. So excited in fact that he attempted to brush his teeth with the brush still inside the packaging! I have no idea how he even managed to get the bristle of the brush to line up with his teeth.

D immediately wanted to brush his teeth again so he could try his new brush out! While I was opening the package and getting the brush-baby KidzSonic toothbrush set up we talked about all the elements and how D could turn the brush on and off. Inside the pack we found that brush-baby had thought of everything and we where ready to get brushing almost immediately. The pack contained the KidzSonic toothbrush with one head attached, two replacement heads, one AAA battery and an instruction leaflet with the set up instructions and information in 4 different languages. The leaflet contained an image diagram of the KidzSonic toothbrush and information surrounding the image which detailed how to add/ replace the battery, change the head and how to turn it on.

D had questions, he had a lot of questions. One he wanted to know right away was "Why is it broken?" I must say this one took me by surprise as to him it must have looked broken and it never occurred to me to explain that all toothbrushes are different and some you can change the top while keeping the bottom which makes it light up, vibrate and pulse among other features.

The brush-baby Kidzsonic toothbrush has many features which include replaceable brush heads with easy remove mechanism that is a simple twist anti-clockwise and then pull up. This makes removing the brush head a fast and easy procedure. The brush heads can also be used for up to three months or until there is damage or it's worn which ever occurs first. This means that with the brush-baby Kidzsonic toothbrush you will be able to continue use without purchasing new brush heads for up to 9 months and new brush head pack which contain 2 heads will last up to 6 months.Another feature is the one twist battery cover for easy, fast battery changes.The cover is again an anti-clockwise twist.

The brush-baby KidzSonic toothbrush has an easy push on/off button which children can push themselves. D loves that he can do everything apart from adding the toothpaste himself. This feature creates independence in children and a sense of excitement in D who loves the fact that he can make the toothbrush light up by pressing the button once.

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By pressing the button twice he can turn the toothbrush on cause the light to change through the colours in the rainbow as well as the all important vibrating and pulsing feature. The vibration of the brush pulses at 30 second intervals during the 2 minute brush time to signal that D should now move onto the next section of his mouth. The brush-baby KidzSonic toothbrush instructions tell you to divide the mouth into 4 sections which are the upper left, upper right, lower left and lower right to ensure optimal brushing. After the 2 minute the brush will turn itself off.

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 I must say that although this is a fantastic feature and covers all the teeth I have always shown D that brushing his teeth involves full mouth hygiene and he will turn the brush back on in order to clean the roof of his mouth and his tongue with the toothbrush. I would say that perhaps brush-baby may be able to extend the time given for brushing slightly to include the tongue and the roof of the mouth in their next model.

The brush head itself is made of flossing bristles which include small bristles (with a purpose of cleaning the surface of the teeth) and long bristles (with a purpose of reaching into the gaps around teeth and cleaning the harder to reach areas). I have noticed the difference the flossing bristles have made to D's teeth, he is still brushing lightly on his teeth however the longer bristles ensure that they are actually being completely clean and noticeably look cleaner which I really hadn't expected as he was brushing twice every day. It has shown me that moving to the KidzSonic toothbrush has made a lot of difference to D's oral health.

The brush also has a grip on the back which helps to prevent the brush from slipping during brushing. This feature helped D maintain control of the brush-baby KidzSonic toothbrush at all times.

The brush-baby Tutti Fruity toothpaste was very new to us, D has used a few different types of toothpaste with strawberry and mint flavouring however I noticed a much stronger smell of Tutti Frutti the moment I opened the toothpaste. It has a strong smell and a clear taste of Tutti Frutti which our previous toothpaste had been lacking. The mint we had been using before was strong but D hated it and only used it a few times as he said it hurt him.

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The brush-baby Tutti Frutti toothpaste contains Xylitol which fights acid-producing bacteria that causes tooth decay, it also contains fluoride which helps to strengthen the enamel on teeth. Together these ingredients create stronger teeth which are kept strong and in great condition by the protection of Xyitol  with continued use. It is also SLS free, SLS is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate which is added to create the foaming action of toothpaste but can also irritate or create allergies, sores and bad breath! The toothpaste is a fun blue colour which D loves. All our previous toothpaste where white and D actually jumped up and down shouting "Wow" the first time I put the brush-baby Tutti Frutti toothpaste on his brush! Using the brush-baby Tutti Frutti toothpaste paired with the brush-baby KidzSonic toothbrush has given me the confidence to know that D's teeth are clean and protected every time he brushes. I had previously had worries that we may not have been doing enough to protect his teeth, I had been looking into flossing and also into mouth wash although D is too young for those options.

Overall we have loved the brush-baby KidzSonic toothbrush and Tutti Frutti toothpaste and it has made a significant difference to our brushing routine and to D's oral health. The features of both products have benefited our journey through brushing and prompted questions that D had not previously thought of which has  increased his knowledge about brushing, teeth and oral hygiene.

I would recommend both the brush-baby KidzSonic toothbrush and Tutti Frutti toothpaste to any parent with children who are between 3 and 6-years-old. Those children who have gaps, missing or crooked teeth would gain significantly more benefits from the KidzSonic toothbrush. Although the benefits that would be gained by all children in this age range is still great. I feel that both products are fantastic tools for both oral hygiene and for learning both how and about why we brush our teeth. The KidzSonic toothbrush and Tutti Frutti toothpaste make brushing exciting and encourage children to want to brush their teeth.

You can purchase the brush-baby KidzSonic toothbrush (RRP £12.95) and brush-baby Tutti Frutti toothpaste (RRP £2.35) on the brush-baby website by clicking on the links.

Disclaimer: We received both the brush-baby KidzSonic toothbrush and Tutti Frutti toothpaste from brush-baby in return for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

What I've Won June 2016

I've had an amazing June when it comes to comping. I have spent more time doing other things and having family time. I really thought that spending less time comping would have a negative effect on my wins, I was very wrong on that!

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My first win came towards the end of the first week and was an Instagram win. I honestly almost died while looking through my notifications when I came to the Instagram message from Capital FM about winning their Summer Time Ball competition!
I remembered entering their competition where you had to screenshot the prize you wanted most from their video. I wanted to enter for the laptop and got a screen shot which I reposted with the #grabtowin. I honestly can't tell you how amazed I was to read the email. So much so that I squealed! A laptop has been at the top of my wish list since I started comping and I honestly thought it would be there forever! What surprised me even more was that I had not only won a Laptop but I had won 2 Summer Time Ball tickets too! I did pass those on to some else as I wouldn't have been able to attend the event in London.

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After that big win I was prepared for very little wins this month so when I did win a choice of prints from Ellie Bean Prints I was delighted. I won on twitter where I had retweeted and followed them to enter. I spent a good bit of time on the site trying to decide and in the end I decided on two small prints. The Alice In Wonderland quote is for the living room and I am putting the Dr Seuss quote in D's room. I love both and I know they will look great up on the walls once I get them up. I did find these two frames which I think are perfect for the prints.

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I also won a Pokemon t-shirt for D from Character.com on twitter. The competition was a simple Retweet and like to enter. D has become obsessed with Pokémon over the last few months, much to Simon's delight! The t-shirt was only available from size 5-6 years so I will be putting this one away for a while until it fits him.

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Next up was another twitter win. I won a football set from Smyths Toys during their Euro 2016 promotion. To enter I had to retweet and predict the result of the Ireland v Italy game using the hashtags. I am very happy with this win as D loves football and the kit contains everything you need to play including a water bottle, gloves, pump, shin guards, gloves, cones, a bag for storage and of course a ball.

My final win of June was a mini Henry Hugglemonster Plush which I won from Disney Junior on Facebook. I was incredibly happy to win this one as I have been participating in their Tuesday Tea Party's for as long as I can remember. I didn't participate every single week but I did do most weeks. I had answered a question during the tea party to enter this. I know D will love it! He is a fan of Henry Hugglemonster and loves reenacting the scenes from the show. I haven't received this one yet.

All in all it has been an amazing month and I am determined to get back into comping properly this month, before we go visit my mum at the start of August.

Have you won anything this month?

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

My Sunday Photo - Dancing Fountains

This week while we where on our way to the local Royal Mail office to pick up a package we walked past the dancing fountains in town. D wanted to watch as this is the first time we have seen them this year. We sat down on the bench and waited for them to start. Once they started D was amazed and I took the time to take a few photos. The fountains where beautiful and though they where simply water squirting up in the air they did look so pretty going through their programmed routine. After we got to D's Nannies I had the chance to go through the photos and the minute I saw this I knew I had found this weeks photo. 


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I love this photo, I was amazed by how the water had formed what looks to me like dancers, archers and animals. The seahorse is my favourite! It adds a whole new meaning to dancing fountains for me. I think this is going  on my list of photos to get printed for our hallway.

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Friday, 8 July 2016

Choc Chick Choc Chicos Cheeky Chocolate Making For Kids Review

As I am sure some of you will know, we have a taste for all things sweet and enjoy baking sweet treats as often as we can. One of the few things we love more than baking is chocolate, I mean who doesn't love chocolate?

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That is why I had to jump at the chance when Choc Chick got in contact with me about reviewing their Choc Chicos Chocolate Making Kit For Kids. I knew D would love the idea of being able to make chocolate himself and adding what he wants to the mixture. (Within reason)

Choc Chick is a company that produce ingredients for you to  make your own organic chocolate at home. They have various kits ranging in skill levels, The easiest being the children's kit right up to the master kit, not forgetting larger kits for parties. They've got all the bases covered.

Choc Chick pride themselves on their products which are free from pretty much every bad side to chocolate there is! The kits create guilt free chocolate, which to me sounds like the perfect non guilty pleasure out there. Choc Chick's products are free from refined sugar, diary, gluten, soya and egg. The ingredients both organic and they are also naturally high in antioxidants. Not only that but they are also good for you! Yes you read that right chocolate which is actually good for you. If you didn't know before, cacao beans are considered a super food and are the richest source of antioxidants in the world with over 300 nutritional compounds inside them. Choc Chick make pure ingredients that have had minimal to no processing which means that you get pure chocolate goodness with only 3.5 calories in each chocolate.

Now that I've rambled on about chocolate and how it can be good for you I will get back to the actual review. I took everything out of the box the day it arrived.
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Inside the kit I found:



  • 50 grams of organic coca powder

  • 50 grams of cocoa butter

  • 100ml of sweet freedom

  • 20 mini cases

  • 3 cacoa beans

  •  A recipe book with some information on the cocoa beans

I had planned on making our own chocolate a day or two later however I got busy and didn't manage to get a chance to really enjoy the kit with D until the other day.I got everything ready to go before bringing D into the kitchen to actually get started. I had all the packets lined up and ready to go. The water in the pot and the bowl placed on top. I also had a small bowl of cereal and some marshmallows out in case D wanted to add them to his chocolate. 


The booklet in the pack had easy to follow steps that are accompanied by pictures. I found that D could get more involved with the process of reading the recipe and was able to find which number was next and in some of the pictures was able to tell me when we needed to do next! He gained great pride in knowing how to make the chocolate by following the recipe together and added more excitement to the process for him. There is also some interesting information on the back of the recipe book which opens up into an A4 page with lots of information and facts on cocoa beans and the origin of those that are used in the kit.

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The first thing we had to do was to heat the water on a low temperature and melt the cocoa butter. D really enjoyed simply adding the whole bag to the bowl. There was no weighing needed which meant D wouldn't spill any while tipping the butter into the bowl. A problem we usually have when baking.  D stood stirring the cocoa butter with a spatula until it had all melted and we where ready to follow step 2.

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Once all the cocoa butter had melted we could add 3 teaspoons of cocoa powder to the bowl. D was ready to add the 'chocolate' into the mix and was actually so impatient to do that he added the spoonful just as I lifted the camera. He found himself hilarious as you can see in the slightly blurry picture above.

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Once he had stopped laughing he was ready to add the other 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and I managed to get a picture before the powder was in the bowl. ( He was not pleased about it though)

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Step 2 also included adding in the sweet freedom which is a natural sweetener made from 100% fruit and has a low GL (Glycaemic Load) compared to sugar. We did need 3 teaspoons of the sweetener too and D was more than happy to watch as the sweetener ran off the spoon into the bowl. He was fascinated!

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Step 3 was to mix all the ingredients in the bowl together with a metal balloon whisk. D always loves mixing and was very impressed that he could actually see the cocoa powder mixing into the cocoa butter. He kept saying "look mummy, I made chocolate!"  After D had mixed the chocolate for a little while we tasted it using a spoon, he loved this part! I did then add a little more sweet freedom and let D give it another good whisk before we took it off the heat and got our cases ready to go.

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I had placed all of the cases onto a tray before we started which made the flow of work much easier. We didn't have to stand there and wait while we took each case apart and set them on the tray which can be surprisingly time-consuming and pretty boring for a 3-year-old. The second I lifted up the bowl and set it beside the cases D's face lit up like a Christmas tree and we where ready to start step 4. You could see the excitement was growing more and more with every step! We did set to work on adding some cereal and marshmallows into our cases.

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Once we had all the little extra's added to the cases we slowly added the chocolate one spoonful at a time. D was over the moon that he could do it without any help other than me holding the bowl for him. He added about half a spoonful at a time but he was delighted with his ability to not spill a single drop!

Step 5 was D's least favourite step of them all. We had read the little booklet together before we started but I don't think he realised that once we had made the chocolate he would have to wait before he could actually eat it! He was most certainly not pleased that his lovely chocolate was going into the freezer for 20 whole minutes! I realised around this point that they tray on which I had set all the cases was too big for the freezer and we needed to transfer all the cases onto small plastic plates. This distracted D from his dislike of the freezer and we seemed to be back on track. After I had placed every cases in the freezer I let D get all the chocolate that was left in the bowl with his finger. It worked out well and about 15 minutes later D had a chocolate filled belly and a bowl ready to be washed. (Having small fingers makes  melted chocolate last much longer!) I also had a clean kitchen and everything we had used was already put away. A huge perk of the kit in my opinion is the small amount of clean required after. Oh and the chocolate result of course!

Here is a plate of our finished product which is very good! D loves his chocolate and seems to be rationing himself. He will have one piece after almost every meal, then he's happy. I must admit it is a little strange, he usually wants chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. At first I had thought he didn't really like the taste but when I asked him if he liked it he had a face splitting grin and said yes he loved his chocolate. I do now think that he simply wants it to last as long as possible! He has never before had chocolate after almost every meal even if it is a tiny amount. We still have a good few pieces left for him to enjoy over the weekend.

When we had finished I was quite surprised by the amount of cocoa powder and sweet freedom we had left. There is plenty still left even after we made the Ancient Aztec Cocoa Drink (Hot Chocolate) using the recipe on the recipe card in the pack. I am planning on buying more cocoa butter from Choc Chick and making more chocolate later in the summer as well as adding some cocoa powder into any cakes or other baking goodies I can think of making that may taste better in chocolate! We have also tried a small amount of a cocoa bean grated up in yogurt, personally it wasn't really something I would eat again but D seemed to enjoy it and I have been toying with the idea of adding some into a chilli con carne. I will let you know how I get on with that the next time we make it.

All in all I must say we really enjoyed the Choc Chicos Cheeky Chocolate Making Kit For Kids. It was fun getting to make our own chocolate and talking with D about where chocolate comes from along with learning how chocolate is made. The kit is perfectly made for children with easy to follow instructions and information. The kit contains easy to open packets that can be resealed for keeping any extra ingredients ready for another use.

I would recommend the Choc Chicos Cheeky Chocolate Making Kit For Kids to anyone who has children. The kit is perfect for children who have an intolerance/ allergy to diary, gluten, soya or egg. The kit is pretty perfect for all children especially those who do enjoy chocolate and is a much healthier option than simply buying some at your local shop. Plus it is fun to make! It provides all children with the opportunity to actually take part in the process from which all chocolate comes from and to understand that some chocolate can actually benefit their body's and provide nutrients. For older children I think their would also be the added aspect of knowing what needs to be in chocolate and what is in the chocolate that they usually eat. Getting them to understand that the additives in all foods can play a big part in what is healthy and good for your body and what is not.

You can purchase your own Choc Chicos Cheeky Chocolate Making it For Kids by clicking on the link which will take you to the Choc Chick website. The kit is £9.99 and they have a discount when ordering more than one kit.

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Disclaimer: I received this product from Choc Chicos in return for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed above are my own.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

My Sunday Photo - Cool Dude

On Thursday we deviated from our usual route to Nannies and ended up walking past some beautiful street art. I wanted to get some pictures of D beside the bright whimsical wall with the intention of brightening up our picture frames but I can't help sharing one as this weeks My Sunday Photo.

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Towards the end of my picture taking I was paying attention to where D was more than what he was doing and I actually didn't notice his stance until I was looking back through the photos after. I thought he was so cute trying to imitate the way Simon stands against a wall any time we stop somewhere. He looks so cool, calm and relaxed leaning on that wall!

The colours of the coral behind him just  pop out at me, I love the shades used by the artist and simple but beautiful shapes each is made up from. I really like that you can really see by this point D is no longer impressed with having his photo taken beside the cool street art on the wall but is now bored and was probably asking me if I was finished  yet! He was quite happy to get back on his way and actually get to Nannies.

What have you got up to this week?

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Friday, 1 July 2016

Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash Review

Last summer D and I spent a good bit of time every two weeks heading off to the local pool for a swim (well more of a splash session in a huge bath!) with my sister and niece. I really wanted to get back into the habit of going swimming again now that the warmer weather has come in. However there always seemed to be an excuse for not going, too cold, raining, other things to do, the list goes on and on! So when I got an email from Vosene Kids' to try out their new Afterswim Hair and Body Wash I knew this would be the perfect reason to kick-start our summer swimming trips and I had to say yes!

Vosene Kids is a range of products created specifically for kids, they have an extensive range of products too. ( You can see the whole range on their website by clicking on the link)  Vosene Kids' recently changed all of their packaging to be simpler, cleaner and much easier for busy parents to recognise on the shelves. The new packaging has bright, clear writing tell you what the product is (Afterswim Hair and Body wash), a basic description of what the product does (Removes chlorine and other impurities) and what the product is generally used for ( Cleans scalp and skin).

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Vosene Kids have also created some fun and easily recognised characters for each product which clearly describe the main ingredient used in each product. The character for Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash is a little droplet shaped character who is ready to dive into the water with his armbands and swimming goggles on. The character is called Mighty Melon and as you've probably guessed that is the main ingredient and scent! I know that I could feel very confident in dealing with a stroppy 3-year-old while out doing my shopping and still manage to pick the product I am looking for in their range as we walk by. You simply couldn't miss the Afterswim Hair and Body Wash character! 


Now what you might not know is that going swimming isn't the only place you would be exposed to chlorine. You are exposed to chlorine anytime you pop into the shower or bath and when you drink water. Chlorine as you can imagine isn't great for the skin and it can cause dry, flaky skin. Young children's skin will also absorb more chlorine than adults! This really made me think about how Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash would help D's skin all round and not just after swimming when his skin would be much drier than normal. Vosene Kids use Aromaguard™ technology alongside their own formula in their Afterswim Hair and Body Wash. 

Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash is part of the Gentle to Skin range. There's so few ingredients (15 to be exact)  used in the range and what is even better is that all those with sensitive skin can use this range without worrying about any nasty additives. The Vosene Kids Gentle to Skin range is free from paraben, soap, SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate), SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate) and MIT (Methylisothiazolinone, which can be toxic!). It is also friendly to all children over the age of 3 months which means the whole family can use these products. What's more, the Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash is hypoallergenic and has been dermatologically tested. It is even tear free and has been approved by pediatricians!

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When we got the Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash I decided to just set a day and stick to it. We went on Friday last week and it was raining! I was quite surprised that we had been saying we couldn't go in the rain as we would be cold and wet which is never a good combination. That wasn't the case and we actually found that the pool wasn't very busy on a wet day. D was so excited about getting in the pool and wanted to take the Vosene Kids' Afterswim Hair and Body Wash into the pool with him! We did get in the pool and stayed for a good hour and a half/ two hours.

The moment we got out of the pool D was asking if we could use the Afterswin Hair and Body Wash. He was so very excited I even managed to get him into the shower cubical! A rarity that usually ends in disaster as he hates showers and we usually have to wait until we get home to get in the bath. Once we where in the shower he stood under the water for about a minute before he decided it was not for him. He did seem to perk up again when we actually lifted the Afterswim Hair and Body Wash. I added a small amount to D's hand and let him wash his body while I washed his hair. Being able to use one product to wash his whole body meant that he was squeaky clean in under 3 minutes! I was surprised by how well the Afterswim Hair and Body Wash worked. I couldn't smell any chlorine on D and his skin had been re-hydrated in the process. He wasn't wrinkly like he had been when we got in the shower. I hadn't been expecting that to happen. I found that it also foamed up well and had a great coverage when using a small amount of the liquid.

I also used the Afterswim Hair and Body Wash, in fact I had completely forgot to bring my conditioner with us. Usually when I don't have conditioner my hair will go crazy and be almost impossible to brush as it is so thick. That didn't happen and my hair felt and looked conditioned once it had dried.  We both smelled lovely and you could distinctly smell melons, usually the smell wears off when we rinse products off.

We ended up going swimming again on Wednesday with the intent of trying out the Vosene Kids Hair and Body Wash in a different way. We got out of the pool and rinsed off using the shower instead of actually getting washed. D refused to get back in the shower after having a rinse anyway! We did come straight home and run a bath which D was much more happy to get in. I wanted to see the difference it made to D's skin. On the way home his skin felt dry and it actually felt a bit rough on his arms. He has got sensitive skin and the chlorine was adding to that sensitivity. You could also distinctly smell the chlorine on him. After he had got in the bath and got a good wash using the Afterswim Hair and Body wash it all disappeared, completely. His skin felt and looked much healthier and there was no trace of any chlorine smell, just nice fresh melon!


We have since used it in the bath without going swimming and I must say that there is still a difference in D's skin compared to him getting a bath using our usual products. While D was getting out of the bath he accidentally stood on the bottle which had got knocked off the side and the top never opened! It didn't even budge. The lid was still very easy to open and could be done with one hand.

Overall I would have to say the Vosene Kids Afterswin Hair and Body Wash works perfectly and does everything it claims to. This is something that I know we are going to use every time we go swimming now and we will even be taking it with us when we go visit my mum for using after we visit the beach to remove all those impurities and the salt from D's skin. I honestly can't find one bad point to say about Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash and in fact I am hoping that Vosene Kids will being out a bubble bath or similar product that removes the chlorine in bath water!

I would recommend Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash for anyone with children who go swimming in any indoor pools where chlorine is present, who visit the beach and I would say this is a product that is perfect for taking on holiday. You wouldn't need to bring any other product with you for washing your children and for me knowing that D's skin would not be effected by the changes in water wherever we go is a big plus.

Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash can be purchased in some Sainsbury's and Asda stores. You can also purchase it on Amazon by clicking on the link above. Vosene Kids  Afterswim Hair and Body Wash has an RRP of £2.49 per 200ml.

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Disclaimer: I was sent Vosene Kids Afterswim Hair and Body Wash in return for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions above are my own.

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