Sunday, 29 September 2019

The softest Egyptian cotton baby range from Babiroo Baby {Review}

AD - The items featured have been gifted to us.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

When it comes to babies we all want them to be comfortable. If you spend the whole walking around in uncomfortable clothes your never very happy and as a mother I am always aware of the materials my children wear. When I heard from Babiroo Baby I was really interested to see how their organic Egyptian cotton would feel in terms of comfort for Avery. 

If you've never heard of Babiroo Baby it's a brand of handmade organic Egyptian cotton baby wear that is eco friendly and ethical. The brand was started by it's founder Michelle Havill for parents who want to give their child the best and softest materials they can. Not only was this her motivation behind Babiroo Baby but she wanted to hope for a cleaner earth through the use of eco friendly materials and manufacturing without losing any of the construction and design she dreamed of. Behind her vision for a healthier earth is the shocking reality that over 8,000 different chemicals can be used in the making of one item of clothing. Just the one item! It's astonishing. 

We received the blue Gift Basket from Babiroo Baby which contains a sleeping bag, sleepsuit, vest, hat, baby swaddle blanket and a little teething doll all in the soft baby blue colour as you can see above. When they arrived I was really excited to see just what the organic Egyptian Cotton would feel like from Babiroo Baby. I wan't disappointed when they arrived either. Everything is incredibly soft and the design is simple but soft and delicate which I love. I really liked that the whole range has the same design and subtle look.

When these first arrived Avery was still so small that most of it was too big, however we had been really struggling to find a soft baby hat that actually fit him well. The hat from Babiroo was just perfect, it fit snugly without being too tight and it didn't seem to be too big like many of the hats in 0-3 months that we had tried. The hat itself is a lovely cream colour with the inside and bottom band being the baby blue colour. On the front of the band is a small embroidered stork sack with a heart. This matches into the rest of the range which features a stork. The soft material and seams made all the difference too. Avery seemed to be comfortable and content while wearing his hat which always a big priority for baby wear. 

Another item from the Babiroo Baby range that we got to use right away despite Avery's small size is the swaddle blanket. Since Avery was born in May we pretty much came right into that period where the weather is too warm for a proper blanket but also too cold for no blanket with small babies. It's hard to navigate around when babies are newborn but this wasn't ever a worry with that Babiroo's blanket, it's lightweight but also big enough that it can be folded over to double up the warmth should you need it. This may be my favourite item from the whole range! We have used this blanket all summer. It's perfect for swaddling Avery up and knowing he isn't too warm or even just tucking him into bed with the blanket around him through the warm summer nights. It's become our most used baby blanket and the little stork featured on the bottom is adorable! Such beautiful embroidery.

I love the design of both the vest and sleepsuit from Babiroo Baby. The vest features the blue trim and stork logo while the sleepsuit has an off set popper line that comes down the body at a curve and ends on the right leg. The curve is very aesthetically pleasing while also being practical in that there's less poppers to put together to get baby dressed. The sleepsuit also features fold over built in mittens perfect for stopping baby from scratching their face. 

It wasn't long before Avery could wear the organic Egyptian cotton vest and sleepsuit. We wore these quite often over summer too. The whole range is beautiful but with the Babiroo vest and sleepsuit being up right against his skin I was very interested to see how he'd like these two items. Having felt them myself I was already impressed, they feel incredibly soft to the touch in every aspect. Not one part of the Babiroo clothing has been left out in the design process. You can tell that comfort is the key for them too, even the labels on the inside are soft and don't scratch like we all know labels can. 

Which leads onto another bedtime item from Babiroo, the sleeping bag. The sleepingbag from Babiroo features the same curved popper line as the sleepsuit does. There is however some differences, the sleeping bag is sleeveless and has an inner layer which is all the lovely baby blue colour with the cream being the main outer colour that is just finished with the blue edging that has been seen throughout that Babiroo range. The sleeping bag features diamond shapes made when the sleeping bag has been padded to make it a 2 tog sleeping bag. 

 I for one love baby sleeping bags, when Dylan was small I had no idea such a thing was out there and they have been invaluable with Scarlet and now with Avery. The piece of mind of know they are safe while sleeping is something every parent should have in their lives. The Babiroo sleeping bag has an even better piece of mind to offer since it's made organically and doesn't have those 8,000 chemicals used during the making process. Knowing that Avery is safe, warm and not surrounded by chemicals while he sleeps is amazing! I sleep a little better knowing he's safe when he uses this sleeping bag and honestly I think that is all I could ask for from a piece of clothing or baby wear. We had the 0-3 month size which has fit Avery up to about 4 months which has been really good! 

The final item in the Babiroo range is now Avery's favourite, the little teething doll. I must say the doll is just adorable! I love that it is made entirely out of the soft organic Egyptian cotton with the addition of a piece of velcro and a small wooden ring. It's simple, beautiful and so very practical. 

Avery adores to chomp down on the dolls hands or feet when his gums are irritating him or even when he just feels like it. He can often just fall asleep holding onto the Babiroo doll too which is super adorable! I love that the velcro can be pulled and the ring separated, it's come in very handy for washing the doll when he throws it down.

I honestly cannot recommend the Babiroo Baby range enough. If you are having a baby or know someone who is these would make for the perfect first outfit and beyond. Everything in the range is made from GOTS certified organic Egyptian cotton and is so soft you know that baby will be comfortable. The range covers all baby sizes too which is perfect for older babies and they even have a toddler range! 

You can purchase the Gift Basket for £99.99 from Babiroo Baby in the blue like we have got or in pink or green (£119.99) too. 

Each of the items from the range are available individually including the Swaddle blanket (£21.99), vest (£21.99), sleepsuit (£29.99), hat (£10.99), sleeping bag (£40.99) and teething doll (£14.99)

Monday, 23 September 2019

Photo of the week {23/09/2019}

On the lower right hand side a blonde haired boy with black glasses wearing a blue winter coat, blue wash skinny jeans and a pair of grey and purple converse boots is walking across a stone slab lined bridge with glass side panels and a wooden hand rail.  You can see the river through the glass panels. Above the bridge you can see a fish shaped sculpture of blue and white with a historic building in the background backed by grey clouds and surrounded by trees with the colours of autumn showing in the leaves. Cranes and other buildings can be seen in the distance.

It's been quite the week! 
Dylan enjoyed his first Pok√©mon Go community day and on the way home we enjoyed this beautiful scenery with the touches of autumn in the air! 
This week also saw the start of homework, school meetings and we got to meet the Lord Mayor. Not something I can say we do in an average week! 
How was your week? 

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

A whole new toy range from Poundland {Review}

*AD - We have received the products featured. All opinions are my own.*

As a mother of three I am constantly adding to our toy selection by adding on to sets we already own, I quickly learnt that adding on can be pretty expensive. As a result I am always looking out to see if I can find things with a good deal or similar toys that would be compatible with the ranges we already have. When I heard about the new range of toys from Poundland that is compatible with the big brand names I was really intrigued.

Boy with blonde hair wearing glasses and a white short sleeved t-shirt with small blue + signs on. He is smiling over a selection of toys inside their packaging. A range of toys including building bricks, foam darts, motor cycles and a transforming car which are sat on a table.

The new toys from Poundland cover a wide range of interests and includes vehicles, transforming cars, Building bricks, characters, foam darts, dart blasters, dough and more. Each is compatible with many of the big named brands and work alongside the other ranges out there too.

Two toy motor bikes standing on a white table facing opposite directions. The fore front motor cycle is red with silver motor and features, the other in the back has a green and silver scheme. In the background has the top of a blue chair with light cream wall.

Dylan enjoys a whole range of toys and with various interests at any given time there are always a few firm favourites that stay around and the Poundland range hits on pretty much them all. He loves vehicles of all kinds and motorbikes are the ultimate in terms of coolness. He loved the Harley Davidson style police motorbike set that contains three toy motorbikes with silver detailing and a coloured top feature with black seats. Dylan loves zooming these around and racing off to save the day. He was especially impressed with the fact they even have a little kick stand, although I found the stand a little hard to balance the bike with.

Blonde haired boy wearing a short sleeved t-shirt with small blue + signs on. He is sitting on a blue chair in front of a white table and is building a yellow car but slotting the pieces back together to hide the robot it transformed from.

Another one of the firm favourites for Dylan is transforming vehicles. I have Transformers to thank for that! We have an extensive collection and he loves to add new transforming cars in. It always revives his love for them too which is lovely to see. I knew the Tranbot from Poundland would be a hit when I saw it and I wasn't wrong. Dylan immediately got to figuring out how to transform it from car to robot and back again before setting off on adventures to stop evil and join the other transforming vehicles we have. I was impressed by how well some of the components worked namely the wheels. We've had some issues before with wheels on these types of toy and the Poundland range works really well and it's easy to change around.

I think the only thing in the new Poundland toy range that isn't something Dylan typically loves to play with is the Cyber Combat foam darts and blasters. We have always limited his amount of weapons play although we do have a few of these type of toy they aren't played with all the time. That's not to say he hasn't loved shooting these foam darts at me on a regular basis over the last while! As you can see above Dylan is using the Cyber Combat darts with one of our Star Wars Nerf attachments so these Cyber Combat darts can easily fit in most blaster and certainly works well with them.

Each dart has a hardened rubbery plastic type end which helps with aim and the airborne properties of the Cyber Combat darts. They are very lightweight and made foam just like many of the darts on the market, just at a lower price! What's not to love about that?

For me the fact that we can get 20 Cyber Combat darts for just £1 is fantastic! Dylan never fails to loose our foam darts, every single time we play with them at least two go missing so knowing that I can pop to Poundland and pick up some more will mean that we can play and maybe even take them out for some games in the park or woods.

Blonde haired boy wearing glasses and white short sleeved top with blue + signs looking very excited with his hands up at his face. The white table in the front of the picture has two boxes of Brix Play blocks and people along with two sticky back purple Brix Play strips

I have saved the best (in our opinion) for last and that is the new Brix Play collection from Poundland which as you can see Dylan was super excited to try! We received a building set of  50 bricks, a 'Rock Girls on Tour set of characters and a pack of two building strips that can attach to somewhere using adhesive and make a building platform anywhere.

Four small Brix Play people. The far left has blonde hair and is wearing a purple top with dark purple short sleeves and a blue pair of trousers that is also the shoes. The second  has brown hair, pale skin with a smiling expression wearing a blue short sleeve top with a slogan in red writing and pink trousers/ shoes the third is a pale skinned blonde smiling girl with a light purple short sleeve leotard with a bright pink top featuring beach scene, she is wearing no trousers or shoes. The final girl is has a brown ponytail with pale skin and is smiling. She is wearing a black shirt sleeve top with red lips on the right side and red trousers/ shoes. A boys folded arms and  white short sleeved top with blue + symbols and a denim pocket can be seen faded in the background

We got started by seeing what the Brix Play 'Rock Girls on Tour' set had. Inside we found four girls with various outfits and faces. There was two with brown hair and two with blonde hair. I do think they look like they are off to concert which is pretty cool. They look similar to many little characters we have and they fit in with our building bricks. Dylan has already set to work building various things a rock band on tour might need.

Various sized pieces of Brix Play in blue, red and yellow colours scattered over a white table A blonde haired boy wearing glasses and a white short sleeved t-shirt with small blue + signs and a denim front pocket on the right side.He is sat at a white table on a blue chair building various coloured small Bricks from Brix Play into a tower

 As part of the Brix Play collection Poundland there are brick sets with various colours and shapes in which allow children to build freely with their imagination. Inside our set there was 50 bricks which where yellow, red and blue. You can see all the shapes, sizes and colours in the image above. Dylan enjoyed building up a robot with the bricks and having different sizes and shapes came in really useful.

The final piece of Brix Play that we have is the Building Tape. I have actually been looking into various building brick tapes recently. We've been doing the children's bedroom and I thought it would be a good thing to incorporate so I was pretty excited about them. Each pack has two inside, ours are purple but there is a large range of colours available.

I decided to attach these to our book case edge as this was the area I was thinking of buying them for. They are really easy to attach, peal the white backing strip of and attach the Brix Play Tape to a flat surface. They bend around any edges so they are perfect for this kind of job. That's pretty much it! Just attach any kind of building bricks that fit and you can play or even display things your child has built.

 The new toy collections from Poundland are brilliant. The collections are all compatible with other sets you might have and at just £1 they are perfect for pocket money. The range is pretty extensive and covers various types of play so there will be something for everyone to enjoy. I especially recommend the Brix Play which is a massive hit with Dylan.

You can purchase the whole range which includes all the products featured in our post for just £1 each at Poundland stores across the UK.

Monday, 2 September 2019

Gregory's Tree Double Fruit Twists a great back to school snack { giveaway }

*This is a brand collaboration*

It's the final week of summer for most of us here in the UK and with back to school time on the horizon, I'm starting to think about snacks again. Dylan is a total snack fiend and will gobble plenty through the day. That time just after school always has him particularly peckish. Although it can be tricky to keep things fresh, healthy and also exciting for him as an afternoon snack. After a fruit snack and another piece of fruit with lunch he usually wants something different and changing things up while keeping it healthy gets hard!

There is a solution that is both healthy and made of fruit, that is Gregory's Tree Double Fruit Twists. These are fruit twist bars without any added nasties. Naturally sweet thanks to their fructose levels from the fruits used, Gregory's Tree double  fruit twists help to curb those dip periods when your energy slumps down in between meals. 

At just 60 calories and being completely gluten, dairy and nut free they are the perfect after school snack when children are in search of some energy to keep them going through the day. Gregory's Tree Double Fruit Twists are also vegan friendly and made entirely of organic fruit! They tick all the boxes for so many diets as well as tasting good. 

Each pack contains two blueberry and raspberry flavour fruit twists. The Gregory's Tree Double Fruit Twists are made by heating the fruit before pulping it for that extra fruity twist. The perfect snack for the whole family and they are the perfect size to add to your handbag for the school run or would even fit inside lunch boxes for the post lunch sweet treat that's also fruit!

You can purchase Gregory's Tree Double Fruit Twists from £19.14 for a pack of 24 on Amazon, also available from Morrisons. 

We're teaming up with Gregory's Tree to give our readers the chance to win a month's supply of Gregory's Tree Double Fruit Twists, that's 24! To be in with a change to win enter using our Gleam widget below. 

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