Monday, 28 November 2011

sylvanian families review

Help to celebrate the sylvanian family's 25th anniversary 

Sylvanian families info:

Created by the japanese company epoch in 1985 and distributed worldwide by a number of companies.
The characters are grouped into family's of woodland animals such as Beavers,Hedgehogs,Mice ect.
They were a part of the 1990's craze(fad toys)to have/buy and lets be honest they still are!.
They won Toy of the year for 3 years in a row,in 1987,1988 and 1989.
By the end of the 1990's sylvanian families had been discontinued in the uk,however flair have since reintroduced them.In 2007 Sylvanian families in the uk celebrated their 20th anniversary with some new items such as the best selling otter boat.
And now here we are celebrating Sylvanian families 25th anniversary,and flair have very kindly sent me 2 of the most succesful products of the year to test and review.

I was sent the  wedding Celebration set rrp£ 24.97(from tesco,price varys depending on stockist)

Everyone loves a good wedding and kids are no different girls in particular so why not let them celebrate their own big day in style with william and catherine balmoral.
This gorgous couple are accompanied by the reverend kelvin walters,their 2 cute bridesmaids amelia and louise and their ever soo sweet and cheeky pageboy james.

And i was also sent the motorcycle and sidecar featuring george and mildred mulberry rrp£26.99(from the entertainer,prizes vary depending on stockist)

Our thoughts:

My son and daughter both loved playing make believe with these 2 cute playsets,my son as expected  especially loved the motorcycle and sidecar,he loved taking george and mildred for big adventures around our home and even insisted they wanted to go on a train journey!
With his autism hes not into little pieces so he wouldnt touch the helmets but that didnt stop him having fun at all.
My daughter loved the wedding celebration set,no doubt due to the pretty dresses they were wearing and the fact that their was a little bunch of flowers for the bride to hold(she loves the finishing touches to things) she would line them up in a row with the reverend standing in front,she would start chattering away before getting up and shouting hooray and clapping then sitting back down to make them all dance and kiss each other.

All in all my kids absolutely love these products the start of many i am sure my daughter has already pointed to the baby fairground house in argos lol(shes only 2)

If you are stuck for an xmas pressies you cant go wrong with either of these two products,I think the Wedding celebration set would also make ideal gifts for little bridesmaids too.

to view flair website for more info on stockists or to view other great products they sell please click here

Monday, 14 November 2011

wow review

                 The wonderful world of WOW.

All wow toys are independently tested to exceed current European EN-71,parts 1,2,3&9 and american astm safety standards,plus Cadmium Content,Phthalates and PAH.

They are made to be Durable& safe with no small parts or pvc.

Their toys also don't need any Batteries!!
Suitable for ages 1 1/2-5 years

The wonderful people over at WOW have very kindly sent me 2 of their WOW toys for my kids to review and put through their paces.
We received the Mario's pizzeria.
contents included are:

  1. 2 removable figures (mario the cook and marco)
  2. pizza delivery trike and 3 removable pizzas
  3. magic oven with push to bake button.
And Poppy's pony adventure
contents included are:
  1. friction powered car with realistic engine sound
  2. detachable horsebox
  3. rider and pony
  4. hay bale and jump

Here is what my kids thought:

As soon as my 2 year old daughter saw this massive parcel get delivered she was really excited and couldnt wait to get inside the packaging to see what it contained,once i had removed the toys she started cheering and dancing around especially when i told her that her toy was the 1 with the pink car :)

She was very impatient waiting for me to get the toy out of the box,i have always hated the wire ties that hold the toys in the box as they are soo fiddly.
As soon as i had removed all the pieces she ran to the frontroom and got on the sofa ready to play and i must say its the longest she has ever sat still for anything well over an hour,pushing the car,getting polly to ride her pony and jump over the hay bales and jump then on top of the car before going around again and again.

I got my 4 year old sons all out ready for him to start to play as soon as he got home and like my daughter he was really excited to see it he is obsessed with cars,boats ect any vechicle to be honest so he clearly was overjoyed with this toy.he too spent a long time playing with it spinning and clicking the cook around to choose the pizza topping and popping the pizza in the oven to cook before getting marco to collect it then take it to alisha's poppy for her to enjoy then he drove him around on his bike while alisha chased him with her pony :)

My overall views on the WOW toys:

  1. fantastic quality items,very strong and study(my son especially needs this being autistic as he can be very heavy handed with his toys).
  2. no small fiddly bits so easier for little fingers :)
  3. great value for money(i have looked into ordering more from tesco some selected ones are half rice at the moment too)   
if you ever buy any toy for your little one for xmas make sure a WOW toy is on the list :)

To visit the WOW website just click HERE

Sunday, 13 November 2011

baby zilli review

                                    The great taste of baby zilli

Baby zilli facts: 
It was launched in the retail market in january 2011 with 8 delicious dishes with more coming soon.

Thier are 3 stages:
Stage one from 4 months.
Stage 2 from 6 months and
Stage 3 from 9 months
you can also get  breakfast and pudding pouches both from 6 months and  drinks for 12 months and over.

Thier products also have  :

No added salt or sugar
No bulking agents
No E-numbers
No preservatives
No artificial additives
No gm

just 100% goodness!!

I recently got sent  some food pouches for my 6 month old son to test and review by the lovely people over at baby zilli, This is what we thought:

I was really excited to receive some pouches to test by baby zilli as i had hear some really good things about their products and it seems they are all right!

The pouches we received were the:

Blueberry blast.....consisting of blueberry's,apples and bananas.
Tutti frutti.....consisting of peaches,bananas and apricots.
Zilli greens.....consisting of  spinache,peas and pear.
Aldo's fruit punch.....consisting of pears,apples and bananas.

We started off by trying the Zilli greens and apart from the expected face of what on earth he didnt hesistate for a second mouthful and starting  going mmmmmm alot and babbling,he actually ate just over half the pouch which seeing as hes new to weaning and trying new foods is actually really good would normally take a couple of months with my kids to eat this much at the begining.
It wasnt just this pouch either he truly loved all of them eating large amounts each time so much so i had to go out on day 5 to waitrose to buy some more!

        Aaron enjoying his baby zilli   :)

I have and will continue to use baby zilli pouches i especially love how easy they are to use and alot less messy,also perfect for when out and about as u just need a pouch and a bib no cumbersome bowels or spoons.

You can buy Baby zilli from stockists such as waitrose,tesco and babies r us to name but a few,a full list can be found on the Baby zilli website along with other helpful advice,news,comp and their own shop to purchase from. To visit their site just click Here.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

hipp organic review

I have recently started weaning my 6 month old son and the lovely people over at   Hipp have very kindly set me a bundle of delicious baby foods for my son to try out :)

What we received:
  • A 230g packet of banana and peach breakfast
  • 2 fruit pouches..... mango,apple and peach and apple,strawberry and banana
  • A 2 pack of gently steamed pots..... succulent tomato and chicken ragout
  • 6 jars....william christ pears+banana and peach dessert+vegetables with rice and chicken+red fruit and apple compote+vegetable and turkey casserole and lastly tender carrots and potatoes  

Our thoughts:

we started off by using the banana and peach dessert once daily for several days he absolutely loved it,i loved the expressions all baby's give off after their 1st taste of food its absolutely priceless! :)
we quicky moved onto the jars at lunchtime and a pouch at night,i find with him being full before sleeping he  sleeps a he tends to settle  alot faster.

So far it seems his favorites are the steamed pots and banana and peach brekkie.
my favorite is the  pouches as they are so convenient you can just grab one and pop into your changing bag,they are also alot cleaner as you can gently squeeze the food out as your baby eats it.
i found they were quick to warm up a little too 1-2 mins and they were just right :)

All in all my son loves hipp and i certainly intend to continue to use.

You can buy Hipp from most major retailors and supermarkets
to visit the Hipp website and learn more please click Here.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

have a fantastic Christmas with john crane and sevi!

 If like me you have a child that can be very heavy handed with his toys then look no further because
 john crane   have joined forces with the well known internationally company sevi to bring you some gorgeous wooden toys. 

 John crane stock a fantastic range of  unique and educational toys made to a outstanding quality and built to last,you really would find it too hard not to find something you like.

And with Christmas just around the corner why not check their great range out from cookers to xmas decorations,here is a few  sevi toys that i would absolutely love to own.

                              Something for the baby's
                             All kids love to bang a big loud drum!
                                Now as many of you know my sons autistic and 1 of the things we struggle with big time is teeth brushing so i love the idea of this as it would make this part of the day much more enjoyable.

 And lets not forget their great Christmas pieces ideal for the festive season.

I love john crane toys and i have fallen in love with sevi toys and together they make a great duo i for one will definitely  be keeping an eye out on john cranes fb page for more news and releases.

To visit the john crane website click here.
To  visit the john crane facebook page click here.
To visit and follow john crane on twitter click here.
To check out other bloggers posts on john crane and sevi check out this link on blog-match



Friday, 4 November 2011

fancy dress outfitters review

  Have a very merry christmas with the FancyDressOutfitters.

 In our house Christmas is always a very busy time of year it is also full of fun,wonder and excitement,one of the things i have tried to make a tradition in our family is wearing xmas outfits on Christmas day. 
This year i was very lucky to get some help from the wonderful people over at FancyDressOutfitters.
They very kindly let me choose an outfit for each of my 4 oldest children,i can tell you i could not of been more spoilt for choice myself and my oldest 2 daughters had soo much fun looking through their  Christmas fancy dress range.They had everything from santas little helpers, elf's, Christmas crackers and gingerbread man to the more tradition angels,santas and miss santas   :)

In the end we chose:

  • The Daisy Angel Costume age 3-4 £18.48
  • The Christmas Pudding Costume age 10-12  £18.48
  • The Little Reindeer Costume age 3-4  £15.40
  • The Holly Princess Costume  age 10-12  £16.42

My 4 year old was the first to try his costume on and for once he was more than happy too although i do think its because hes obsessed with dogs and even though it looks nothing like 1 he kept going around on hands and knees barking with tongue hanging out lol.

I love the fact it has a detachable hood which is really good as alot of kids cant bear to wear them,its also made really well my favorite bit has got to be the antlers :)

  Next up was my 2 year old daughter as soon as she saw me get the outfit out for her to try on her eyes just lit up she kept clapping her hands and saying me mummy me!.
  I have to say this was my favorite 1 of them all purely for no other reason than its soo cute and my daughter looked soo adorable in it.
When we put Her outfit on her and  then held a mirror out for her to see this was my her 1st reaction  :)

My daughter absolutely loved the angel wings she kept running around waving her arms and watching the wings as if hoping it would help her fly away.
My oldest 2 had chosen their own outfits off the website and were really impressed.they liked how they too could dress up but not look babyish for it.
They loved the colours designs and lengths to their outfits and also said the head bands was like the cherry on top of the cake :)

My overall thoughts:
  • speedy delivery of items
  • wide range of costumes and accessories
  • fantastic quality for money
  • great prices.

I will be mentioning the FancyDressOutfitters to friends for them to consider and hopefully buy for their little ones too.
To view their website plz click here
to see their great children's xmas range clickhere
or to see their wide range of  adults xmas outfits please click here 
 Trust me you wont be disappointed you did!.... now to go and get my baby boy his outfit and we are all set :)


Thursday, 3 November 2011

cool fans review


I was sent the coolfan to review by the lovely people of at coolfans

A bit more information:

Due to fears of germ cross-contamination it is standard practice in nurseries and care homes NOT to blow on another persons food.This is one of the basic rules of food hygiene.

Don't risk passing on a flu or cold virus to your child,let the powerful coolfan do the cooling for you,quickly and safely.

This ingenious invention can be used from when your child starts on solids right through the toddler years,allowing the whole family to sit and eat together.

More useful info:

  • Choose from four fun designs.(Izzy,Dixie,Milo and Axil)
  • Accommodates most plates,dishes and bowels.
  • Fan can be detached from frame for cleaning.All materials are wipe clean.
  • Quality fan construction with soft fan blades to prevent injury.
  • Open design allows food to be stirred,further decreasing the cooling time.
  • Beneficial uses for children,disabled people and the elderly.
  • Powered by 2 AAA batteries(included)
  • Made in the uk to approved CE standards.
  • Price £9.99 plus P&P
The coolfan gang.

My thoughts on the coolfan:

Well anyone that knows me and my family will know full well that mealtimes are one of the most stressful times of the day for us,our meals generally consist of a baby crying a 2 and 4 year old moaning they are hungry but having to wait the older 2 getting annoyed with all the noise and me and the bf generally getting really stressed out!.

And then along came axil   the insane but harmless member of the coolfan gang he always gives 100% but his short attention span often leads to catastrophic results.  :)

We have been using axil for about 3 weeks now and ive got to say hes been an absolute godsend!
By the time dinners done our two are moaning/crying they are hungry then when we take their dinner past them and onto window sill to cool down they start screaming because they have to wait even longer.

With axil this is no longer the case once the batteries are in you are ready to go no messing about trying to figure out tricky instructions to use ect. 
The first time i used axil my daughters face was a picture not only was her plate put in front of her right away but the delight of watching it do its job kept her quiet for the minute if that it took for it to cool her dinner down!......ethan my 4 year old was happy going second instead of screaming to get his now instead of anyone else..... ive got to say that was our first enjoyable meal in months!.

Since this we have used the coolfan every night without fail i can honestly say i dont know what i did without it.
Besides being easy to use and clean i love the fact it has soft fans so my son and daughter wont hurt their hands if as kids do they try to investigate them whilst working,and despite this they are still very efficiant in getting the job done!.

I absolutely love the coolfan and have already been talking about it to friends and our our local toddler group.
The only thing i do wish was that it was foldable for storage its not big however it is too big to put in changing bag while eating  out lol.

The coolfan is a must have product with babys and young why not pop over to their site to check them out for yourselfs.
for more information and to view their website please click coolfans.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

8 weeks till xmas

                                        8 Weeks till Xmas!!

Not long to go at all and so my kids have written up their xmas wish lists,with the oldest helping with ideas for the youngest's lists :).

My oldest carla would love:

  • a nintendo 3ds or dsi
  • a mobile phone(pay as you go)
  • a laptop
  • a camera
  • jewelry
  •  clothes
  • a scooter
  • anything creative to make/design
  • gift vouchers
  • small hair straightners set

Rachel would love:

  • a nintendo 3ds or dsi
  • a mobile phone(pay as you go)
  • a laptop
  • a camera
  • clothes
  • a scooter
  • a hair dryer
  • make up
  • jewelry
  • gift vouchers

Ethan would love:

  • anything from the WOW toys range
  • any action figures
  • anything from thomas
  • anything from cars
  • anything from chuggington
  • anything from postman pat
  • anything from fireman sam
  • anything from le toy van
  • anything from roary
  • and anything from waybaloo

Alisha would love anything from the following:

  • a playhouse
  • dressing up costumes and accessories
  • any thing from WOW toys
  • anything from le toy van
  • a dollys pushchair
  • a cooker
  • anything from peppa pig
  • anything from disney princess range
  • anything from waybaloo
  • a play hoover 

For Aaron i would love him to have:

  • a smart trike
  • a fisherprice rainforest jumperoo or similar 
  • a little tikes rock n scoot zebra
  • fisher price amazing animals sing n go choo choo
  • fisher prize electronic learning activity table
  • fisher price learning lantern
  • fisher price sing along baby star stage
  • fisher price laugh and learn kitchen
  • fisher price laugh and learn tool bag
  • leapfrog animals with appy

Here's hoping i can win just 1 or even better 1 from each of their lists that would really help me out for xmas :)

So my are my kids too fussy or just the normal? what do your kids want this xmas? why not tell me below even better why not write your kids own lists up for me to read too :)

Saturday, 29 October 2011

dry like me review

                         Dry like me review.

I was sent over a pack of Dry like me Toilet training pads to test and review by the lovely people at drylikeme.

              A bit more information:

Dry like me toilet training pads was created by 2 mums who experianced the stress of toilet training,
Dry like me are disposable toilet training pads that fit into a childs normal underwear.
They are designed to capture small accidents and help children and parents manage the stress and mess of toilet training.
They are small and very discreet for older children who have accidents or just to help give confidance to kids when starting nursery or school as they help give them extra confidence and protection.

Dry like me pads have been specially designed for children,with the best shape,size and structure to catch both liquids and solids,They are also designed to be comfortable to wear and use.Independant research* have found them an effective toilet training tool,and in trials they reduced the number of accidents children had by up to 43%within 1 week.They gave parents and children confidence to go out and about while toilet training and reduced stress.The research also found that children loved wearing their own 'big boy' or 'big girl' pants.

Dry like me have just won awards from practical parenting magazine,practical pre-school magazine and the babyworld website.They are also endorsed by the childrens charity,ERIC.

you can buy these from supermarkets like Asda,Morrisons,Sainsburys and Wilkinsons.They cost around £3.49 for a pack of 18.

What i thought:

I received a pack of dry like me toilet training pads through the post.They came in a manila envelope as you can see from the pic the packaging was falling apart(not dry like me's fault though)i saw my postie trying like mad to get it in my letter box!!   what he was thinking when the packages was over double the size i do not know.But anyway if not for that they would of been absolutely fine :).

Upon removing a pad from the box i was surprised by how slim it was.i was expecting something bulky similar to a nappy only smaller!.

So these really surprised me i loved the shape to them too.
It also came with easy read instructions too,and in case you lose these it shows you how to use on the back of the pad.

Now my son is 4 so i doubled these up by simply peeling off the sticky paper covering the pad and pressed firmly into his pants with the widest part facing both in front and behind with edges meeting and slightly overlapping.(i done this to try at night time.

The results he didn't wake in the night which is normal for him(if we wake him he never goes back to sleep so for us this is not an option).day 1 and 2 he only had a lil pee and the pads caught and absorbed it wonderfully keeping him dry.however day 3 he went more than once and did a poo so  by morning he was covered(it does on packaging state it cant hold full wees or poos just gives added protection and time to get to the toilet t change i just tried this out for good measure :).

During the daytime he does not need to use these he does however when out and about as gives me at most 2 minutes warning and as we arrive at the toilet hes started going however we make it to finish while the pads caught the beginning brilliantly resulting in dry clothes which for us is a fantastic result.

I love the dry nights and will continue using for as long as needed and will recommend to friends going through similer issues :)

To check more info on dry like me  click here

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Win £500 worth of Baby Goodies.

I have been given lots of fantastic products to review by BlogMatch and have now been given the oppurtunity to share with you a new competition being run by Infacol.

                 Win £500 worth of Baby Goodies.

            Infacol,the uk's leading colic relief treatment,is offering one lucky person the
                  chance to win £500 worth of baby goodies and raising awareness
            of colic in the process.           

                   Infacol's new social media pages officially launched on 3rd october                                         
            2011(Facebook/Twitter/Blog/Youtube)and together,are dedicated to creating the ultimate parenting and baby wellbeing social community where you can learn,share tips and advice and get updated on all things relating to the wellbeing of your new addition-with a focus on colic of course.

To celebrate the launch of this new initiative,Infacol are running a sweepstake competition on their facebook page(,the prize being approximately £500 worth of baby related goods.

Competition Details:

It's simple-Just 'like' the new facebook page(,then answer 3 colic related questions correctly and follow the instructions to enter the contest-one lucky winner will be picked to win the prize on 2/11/11.

Competition start date: 3/10/11

Competition finnish date: 1/11/11

The prize: The goody bag contains an exciting range of premium brand unisex baby related goods,ideal for a newborn.The actual contents of the goody bag remain a secret but the total value is equivalent to £500 of goods(RRP).

  Notes to Editors

Why choose infacol?

  • Relieves infant colic and griping pain and assists in bringing up babie's wind.
  • It is suitable to use from birth onwards(unlike gripe waters,which can only be given to babies over a month old).
  • Infacol has an intergrated dropper so there's no need to struggle with a spoon.
  • It is sugar,alcohol  and colourant free,as well as value for money,as it contains up to 100 doses(rsp £4.20 for 50ml dropper).
  • Official website-
  • Blog-

     For Treatment of infant colic/infacol contains Simeticone/Always read the label3



Saturday, 8 October 2011

Me finder review

                              Me Finder review

                   A bit more about show and tell:

       Fun,simple,easy to understand methods that change kids(& parents!) behavior.
       They come in 3 different designs, "Miss pink",Green Techno and Monkey
        They all retail for £14.99 each.
        Suitable for ages 3+

                        Places you can use the Me Finder:

                                     Days out
                                    The beach
                                    The pool
                                    Shopping ect ect.

             You can store upto 5 phone numbers.. mummy,daddy,nanny ect.
        Just switch to whichever one you need depending on who the child will be with.

      I received to test and review the Me Finder from the lovely people over at SHOW&TELL.
                   I received the Green techno and Monkey designs for my son and daughter.
The first thing i loved about these other than the look and style was the fact it actually looks              just like a watch yet is safe for your child to mess around with without being able to change anything.
It was soo easy to set up to use i watched the you tube video showing you how to get it ready....straight away i manged to get it all done and ready to use.
Its water resistant which is fantastic especially for toilet visits when my son in particular makes alot of mess with the water!!.
it is light weight which is fantastic for little children as they often dont want to carry/wear anything bulky or heavy.It also has a child proof saftey catch which is a really good idea.Now my son will wear the Me Finder around the home however for some reason he will not allow me to put it on him when going school ect.He will however let me attach it to his day sack which he wears at all times to prevent his sudden dashes into busy roads.And he loved showing it on his bag when we met his auntie in town this week :)

With my son(4) being autistic he tends to run off alot especially around town centres,The Me Finder offers me peace of mind,knowing if anyone sees him even though he cant speak he tends to point to his Me Finder on his bag ans so they will then be able to get my number to call me.
In fact he ran off at school first day of wearing this luckily my friend spotted him she called me and    when i arrived proceeded to tell me how he kept pointing to his Me Finder this was when she spotted my name and number and said what a great idea it was and asked me for site name it came from so she could check them out herself :)

Both of my children love the Me Finder they cant get enough of looking at it and playing with the buttons.

All in all this is a must have product in my view very decently priced... Their was only 2 problems i had with the Me Finder and neither is anything of concern to be honest...

The 1st was i found attaching it to my wriggly children because of the small slots(designed so kids cant get off)which is fab however this issue would not put me off buying it!.

The 2nd is that my daughter did manage to wriggle it off her wrist on the smallest setting(and this is by no means criticism) shes 2 in a weeks time and as the product clearly states its for 3 years unless you have a bigger sized 2 year old bear this in mind before buying.My son however did not have this problem at all.

I will absolutely recommend the Me Finder to friends!!.

For more info or to buy go toSHOW AND TELL


my mini Superhero's

my mini Superhero's