Monday, 24 September 2018

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season Three {Review}

Little collectibles have been all the rage for a good few years now and we've already grown quite a collection. Dylan loves to find new little collectibles that he likes. The other week he discovered that Hatchimals do little CollEGGtibles and he was immediately drawn in. It took him less than a minute to inform us he wanted them. Which was perfectly timed with the news that we actually had some on route to us.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You

It wasn't surprising that when Dylan got the chance to open the box he was brimming with excitement. We found four different Hatchimals Colleggtibles inside which are included in Season Three. I was pleased to find that there was a large range of sets as well as the little blind bag packs available in this season. The products we received are a Hatchimals CollEggtibles Blind Bag (RRP £2.99), a Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 2 pack and Nest (RRP £4.99), a Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 4 Pack with Bonus (RRP £9.99) and a Hatchimals CollEGGtibles One Dozen Egg Pack (RRP £24.99). There is something in this range to suit everyone from little blind bags for pocket money right through to bigger sets perfect for birthday or Christmas gifts.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - rubbing the egg for hatchingHatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - hatching egg

Hatcimals CollEGGtibles are these cute little eggs with colourful speckles all over them. Each egg features a full coloured heart attached to another heart outline. The hearts are heat activated colour changing and to open the egg you rub the hearts until they turn from purple to pink. Once these are pink you push in just above the heart to crack the egg open. Dylan did struggle the first few tries to open the egg but after a few eggs he quickly got the hang of the cracking. We did figure out that the speckles on the eggs indicate which area the Hatchimals inside comes from. The Hatchimals from season three can come from nine areas each with it's own colour.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - 2 pack with nest

We did go through the packs one by one has generally opened the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles as we went. The 2 pack comes with a little green nest which holds the eggs perfectly inside and then the Hatchimals character once it has been hatched. Dylan liked the little nest from this pack added to the hatching process. He carried on using the little nest as we continued on hatching the CollEGGtibles from the 4 pack with the extra Hatchimals character. It was around here that Dylan got the hang of the actual hatching and was really enjoying the whole process.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spinmaster review on Us Two Plus You - One Dozen Egg Carton Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spinmaster review on Us Two Plus You - All our Hatchimals together

The final Hatchimals CollEGGtibles we got to was the One Dozen Egg Pack which was by far Dylan's favourite. It was the one he'd been most excited about right from the start. This set comes in a lovely big plastic egg carton which is perfect for fitting the eggs and later on the Hatchimals inside. There are 10 eggs and two individual Hatchimals inside this pack. There are over 100 new Hatchimals CollEGGtible characters to collect. So these bigger packs are perfect for big events and presents which can be great starting places for the begging of this new seasons collection.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - hatch and connect best friends

Most of the season three Hatchimals CollEGGtibles have a hatch and connect best friend which they interactive with in some way when paired up. Some touch paws, hug tails and fit together to make seriously cute pairs.  

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - Twins

This season there is also the chance to unhatch some adorable twins inside the Hatchimal CollEGGtibles with 20 twins to be found in season three. Surprisingly there is very little difference in size to the twins from the other single Hatchimals CollEGGtibles. Dylan was delighted that the twins all have little bobble heads too! I liked this fun addition to the characters. 

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - Limited edition

Season three in the Hatchimals Collegtibles has it's own special and limited edition Hatchimals which come in three themes from Shimming Sands, Breezy Beach and Petal Path. 

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season three ( 3 ) from Spin Master review on Us Two Plus You - Girreo

All together we hatched out 17 Hatchimals CollEGGtibles with only one dupe. We did find 3 sets of twins and three limited edition characters. Our favourite character we found was the adorable Girreo who is from the Savannah. We are looking forward to growing our collection that Spinmaster have helped us to start. 

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Adding Magnesium Sleep Lotion Junior from Better You to our nightly routine {review}

We've been very fortunate with bed time routines since Dylan was still a toddler. It's almost stayed the same since then too. He's great at going to bed and having a bed time story, going to sleep is a different matter entirely. He would often stay awake for an hour or two after bedtime and read stories or play with a toy in his bed. When Better You got in contact with us about trying their Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion I thought it could be what we've been looking for. 

Better You is a natural health company which specialise in the supplementing of key nutrients that are being lost through our modern diet and lifestyles. They create a range of products that support a healthy, balanced diet to cover all the nutrients your body needs. Better You believe that food comes first and their supplements will help fill in the missing gaps your diet doesn't. Each product in the Better You range has been extensively researched and tested. They believe that the proof is in the science and rightly so since science proves their products actually work, plus they are the most effective on the market. 

We've been testing out the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You for the last couple of weeks. It is recommended for use with children over the age of one which makes it perfect for us to use with both Dylan and Scarlet. This lotion is made with magnesium chloride, lavender and chamomile to help soothe and relax your child's body. With the purpose of aiding your child's natural tiredness to send them softly off to sleep. These three ingredients are chosen for their natural ability to help the mind slow and relax in a natural way. 

The Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You comes in a bottle with a pump action lid which makes applying much easier. It also means you can accurately measure out how much you need with ease. Each night up to 30 minutes before bed you need to apply 4 pumps and massage into to skin. the four pumps will equal 5ml of lotion which will deliver a minimum of 37mg of elemental magnesium. I do find that when it's first applied the four pumps of sleep lotion seems to be too much and it leaves the skin feeling a little wet to the touch. However after five minutes it's been completely absorbed by the skin which is the products design. 

We've been applying our Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You when Dylan and Scarlet are getting into their pyjamas. We spend the next fifteen minutes reading our bedtime story and singing a little song.   I have found that when it's first applied the four pumps of sleep lotion seems to be too much and it leaves the skin feeling a little wet to the touch, especially on Scarlet who has much less skin to cover. However after five minutes it's been completely absorbed by the skin which is the intention of trans dermal magnesium which is the foundation of the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion. 

Over the last couple of weeks we've tested the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You at various strengths. At first I was sceptical that it would make much of a difference, I have been proved wrong entirely. Since we started using the sleep lotion from Better You Dylan is asleep within half an hour of us leaving the room at bedtime. He settles better himself and will lay in bed without getting out to find a toy or book. It's been such a turn around from when we hadn't used a lotion! 

 I did try reducing the amount we used to two pumps and we tried it at four mainly with Scarlet since she is smaller. I will say that there is a huge difference in the effectiveness if we reduced the amount we used. I found that by just leaving Scarlet to run around in her nappy while we got our story read and prepared for bedtime then it would absorb completely before I tried to add her pyjamas on top. Since the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You is a natural sleeping aid it helped Scarlet to drift off without the worry of her not waking at her usual times.We're still breastfeeding which can mean she will wake 2 or 3 times in a night for a feed which is natural for her. I do think the sleep lotion has helped her to settle a little easier right through the night which isn't mentioned on the bottle but I'll take it! 

I've been really surprised at the effectiveness of the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You. It's a fantastic addition to any child's bedtime routine and can easily be incorporated with ease. If your looking for a product that will help your child to settle down and relax at bedtime then this is the one you need. 

You can purchase the Junior Magnesium Sleep Lotion from Better You (125ml bottle) for £ 8.95 by clicking on the link. 

Disclaimer: The product featured above was sent to us for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Project 365 Week 37 {9th - 15th September}

Sunday 9th September {Day 252}

Monday 10th September {Day 253}

Tuesday 11th September {Day 254}

Wednesday 12th September {Day 255}

Thursday 13th September {Day 256}

Friday 14th September {Day 257}

Saturday 15th September {Day 258}

It's been a quiet week. We're finding our own little routine again. Not quite what we had before but it's working for us now. I'm still steadily sorting through the house and for the most part this week has involved a lot of de-cluttering. I'm really surprised by how much we just have for no real reason. 

We did take a walk after school on Tuesday and enjoyed some coffee and scones as a little treat. It was nice to take a minute, all four of us to just chat. It's not always easy at home to just sit and talk together, Dylan is always wanting to go play or Scarlet wants to climb on me. Either way it ends up impossible! I am going to make an effort to try more to sit down and talk. I think I might start having a hot chocolate with all the extras once every week after school with both children. It would be lovely when it's freezing outside. 

On Friday both Dylan and Scarlet had fun playing with our first attempt at rainbow rice which went down a storm! Both children loved it and I know it's something we will be doing again. 

The week ended with Scarlet falling out of her pram and bumping her head on our wooden market stall. Thankfully she was okay and just had a nasty bump on her head. The worst part was getting her to keep some ice on her head! 

I'm hoping next week will have a lot more house sorting and we are going to make a start on Dylan's room. We are moving both children in together. I say that but I know it will be a long process to redecorate the room and eventually move Scarlet in slowly to her own bed. Autumn should be a very exciting time for us all. 

How was your week?

Friday, 14 September 2018

Give your whole family's immune system a boost with Sambucol {Giveaway}

School has started back for just over two weeks now and I don't know about you but our whole house already has a cold. Autumn has arrived which of course means dropping temperatures, rain and most of all those pesky viruses that hit us all this time of year. Today we've teamed up with Sambucol Black Elderberry to help you give your family that extra protection they need against viruses this autumn. 

Sambucol Black Elderberry is a food supplement which is packed full of black elderberries, which contain something called flavonoids. These flavonoids are a plant based antioxidant which is preserved though the unique process used to make Sambucol Black Elderberry. The use of these black elderberries in Sambucol has been researched for over twenty years ensuring you are getting the best health benefits possible. With a whole range to choose from there is a Sambucol Black Elderberry to suit everyone's needs.

Give your whole family's immune system a boost with Sambucol packaging of Immuno Forte. Giveaway on Us Two Plus You

At this time of year everyone at home needs a good immune system boost to help protect them. Sambucol Immuno Forte is perfect for the job with added Vitamin C and Zinc it gives extra support to your immune system. Already packed full of antioxidants it has a great taste that doesn't need artificial colours or sweeteners added. The great news is that Sambucol Immuno Forte is suitable for anyone over three which means it could be the only bottle you need for the whole family! There is a sugar free version of Sambucol Immuno Forte available too. 

Give your whole family's immune system a boost with Sambucol packaging of Sambucol For Kids. Giveaway on Us Two Plus You

Children catch all those bugs and viruses much faster than we do as adults which is where Sambucol For Kids can be the perfect addition to your daily routine to help you beat the bugs. Containing all those great antioxidants paired up with added Vitamin C it's perfect for children aged 1 to 12 years. With a great berry taste to the syrup that has no artifical flavours or colours it is just what children need for that extra boost. 

Since Sambucol Immuno Forte and Sambucol For Kids are both made with Black Elderberry they are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. In fact they are even gluten free!

You can purchase Sambucol Immuno Forte (£9.99) and Sambucol For Kids (£8.99). Both products are also available from Amazon, Boots, Tesco, Holland & Barrett , Superdrug, Waitrose and more.

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Friday, 7 September 2018

What We're Reading - Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp

It's September which can only mean that it is time for the favourite book of August. Dylan is really enjoying picking out his favourite book when we go through and change the book cases over. It's no secret that we are all book worms in our house but Dylan loves a great story even if there isn't a book involved. 

Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp review on US Two Plus You

This months favourite was actually a new book we bought through the month. At first Dylan was hesitant to read it which is unusual as we barely get through the door before he wants new books to be read. In fact there have been times it's been read on the bus home! I think it was the dog that put him off. He's not a huge fan of dogs and recently one barked in his face which he really didn't like. It didn't take much convincing and after we read Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp once he was hooked! It was almost the only book we read!

The little dog in Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp review on US Two Plus You

The story is all about a little girl and her dog, her dog is rather unusual and doesn't really like to do dog things. He much prefers to watch and copy his owner as she does ballet. He dreams of being a big ballet star. The grown ups don't quite agree and keep telling her and her dog that "dogs don't do ballet." 

The dog doing ballet in Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp review on US Two Plus You

Each page is paired with the lovely clear illustrations by Sara Oglivie bring the little girl and her dog to life. It's fun, bright and cheerful while still showing the story in the best light. Each page contains a good amount of detail to explore and find even though the illustrations are simple and uncluttered. Sara uses darker colours and shades to show the dogs upset through the night too. 

At first it seems that the books message is the dreams,which it is. However it reaches beyond just dreams and shows the dogs never ending determination to reach his ballet dream despite the fact he is repeatedly told he cannot do it because "Dogs don't do ballet". There is a page inside the book which also shows the dogs disappointment and upset that he can't do ballet. I think this page is important to show children that it's okay to be upset but that sometimes you need to use those comments to push you further towards your dream with a greater determination. I love the messages this book portrays for children and I know it will always help to teach Dylan to be strong even in he face of doubt. 

This is a fantastic read and would appeal to any children around Dylan's age. The book is long enough to be used as a bedtime story while still being short enough for a read on the sofa together. The font is clear and helps children of reading age to recognise familiar words or phrases too. 

We have loved this book and I have no doubt it will be a firm favourite in the future too! 

You can purchase your own copy of Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp (RRP £6.99) what is even better is that at the time of writing this the book is on sale for £2! 

Monday, 3 September 2018

Going back to school for the first time

Last week saw the end of summer for us. Dylan has gone back to school full time from today. It's been a long summer with us having a 9 week holiday in Northern Ireland and Dylan was so ready for going back. 

It's been different this year, He knows what to expect from school. He's adjusted to going to school, getting himself to his classroom alone, having a morning chat with his friends and he loves the morning routine. He's known all summer that school will start again, that he'll see his friends and the excitement has grown. It started around mid summer. The questions of if it was time for school yet or when we would go school shopping. 


We watched over the summer as his impatience grew in anticipation of school starting. I never thought I could see him more excited about school, at least that was before the first day. He was so excited he couldn't sit still. After waking up super early ready to get dressed and go he was disappointed that it doesn't quite work that way! It was almost impossible to contain the excitement. 

Every year we make the point of all getting dressed and organised to take the walk to school together on the first day. It's important to us that every year on the first day we all go and say goodbye as he passes over the door for another year. This year was no different and as we walked Dylan talked about all the things he was excited for seeing his friends, going to his new classroom and to do some work. Yes do school work! He loves school and I'm so glad that he does. It was something I adored growing up. A never ending thirst for knowledge. 

Dylan has gone back to school for the first time this year and it marks the end of his school firsts for a good while to come. He's been in school clubs, performed in a school play, had his first day of nursery and school, been on trips and now he's had his first back to school after summer. In a way I feel like we are at the end of an era as such. 

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