Monday, 30 November 2015

Sudocrem: Care and Protect Review

Jack is currently cutting his back molars and is subsequently suffering with nappy rash yet again. This has been a reoccurring problem during the 19 months of Jack's life. Our saviour and just about the only thing to stop the nappy rash has been Sudocrem. So when we got sent Sudocrem: Care and Protect, I couldn't wait to give it a try.

Sudocrem: Care and Protect works to protect against the causes of nappy rash. It contains a triple-action formula specifically designed to prevent nappy rash becoming a problem that your child suffers from.
1. Protective Barrier - It forms a protective barrier which helps to keep the skin clear of spots and rashes.
2. Conditions Skin - Sudocrem: Care and Protect contains Vitamin E and Pro Vitamin B5. These keep the skin healthy and soft.
3. Guards against infection - When the cream forms a protective barrier around the skin, it stops key irritants such as wee and poo from causing nappy rash and subsequently infection.
When I first received Sudocrem: Care and Protect I was pleased to find it came in a tube and not a tub. Whilst I love the Sudocrem products themselves, I find the tub packaging isn't the most practical. Instead of getting the cream stuck under my fingernails, I was able to squeeze out just the right amount and apply it without the mess that usually ensues. You can even apply it one handed, which is handy when you have a fidgety toddler to change. 
I have been applying Sudocrem:Care and Protect at every nappy change for the last two weeks. I still have just under half a tube left! As the cream is so much thinner than normal nappy rash creams, I have found that a small amount goes a long way. I am happy to report that Jack's nappy rash has improved since using this cream.
Priced at roughly £5.00 for a 40g tube, it is more expensive than the Sudocrem Treatment tubs. The difference is that Sudocrem: Care and Protect aims to prevent Nappy Rash whilst Sudcrem is there to treat it.
Alongside the continued improvement of Sudocrem products, Sudocrem are also keen to help improve baby changing facilities. It is so important that all parents have somewhere to change their babies nappies. Dad's change nappies too! It's just not good enough that baby changing facilities are either only available in ladies bathrooms or sometimes are not available at all. This is an issue that has been highlighted time and time again but Sudocrem have been trying to encourage retailers to improve their baby changing rooms for a while.
Sudocrem: Care and Protect have just launched their third 'Baby Changing Awards' whereby the public will vote for who they believe provides the best changing room facilities. This year's awards also includes a new category - Best Service Station - as babies still need changing whilst travelling!  All entrants will also be in with a chance to win a short holiday break at a traditional family hotel in Dorset.
If you would like to nominate a changing room for the award, then head over to the Sudocrem website or email  All you have to do is let them know which baby changing room you are nominating and why. Providing a photo as well is preferable. Entries will be judged by Nick Wilkie and Sudocrem. The closing date for entries is the 13th of Decemeber 2015 and the winners will be announced in the first week of January 2016.
The winning baby changing rooms will receive a special certificate and use of the Sudocrem: Care and Protect logo. Everyone who nominates their favourite changing facilities will also be entered into a prize draw for a chance to win one of several prizes.

*DISCLAIMER- I was given this product free for review purposes, however this is an honest review and all opinions and words are my own.
My Petit Canard

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: The One for Toddler Girls

Today in my Christmas Gift Guide series, we will be looking at gifts for the little girls in your life. There are just so many beautiful things to choose from, here are just a few!

John Lewis, Wooden Doll's House, Leckford House -  On many little girls Christmas lists this year, will be a dolls house. This wooden doll's house from John Lewis will not disappoint. With a pink roof and doors, this doll's house opens from either side and from the roof to allow easy access inside. With dolls and furniture available separately, this will be a popular present come Christmas Day.

Sweet Sorbet Kitchen - A toy kitchen can keep a toddler entertained for hours. This kitchen in pink, has a microwave and oven where they can spend time cooking and a sink so they can wash their dishes afterwards. With great storage space to be found in the kitchen cupboards, you may even manage to keep your toddlers room a bit tidier.

Little Tikes, Cozy Coupe Pink - The ever popular Cozy Coupe car is back and in pink. With a pink exterior and a blue roof, it will catch the eye of those little girls who want to feel like a princess when they play. With a handle for push along play and the ability to propel yourself forward, this is great for indoor and outdoor use.
Mega Bloks First Builders Big Building Bag - Pink - This 60 piece pastel building block set will enable your toddler to build just about anything they wish, from castles to forts and more. 

Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa - This sing-a-long Elsa will allow little Frozen fans to sing along to one of it's most popular tunes, Let It Go. With three ways to sing, your little one can listen to Elsa sing, they can sing a duet with her or they can sing on their own. The magic microphone makes this doll truly interactive. I have a feeling this could be a popular toy this Christmas.

Mini Artist My First Set - Toddlers absolute love mark marking. Get your child creative by letting them scribble, paint and make a mess with this craft set. Complete with crayons, chalks, paints, stencils and more, this craft set has everything needed for your little one to create their very first masterpiece.

What are you getting your little girl for Christmas? I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment below!
Mummy and Monkeys

Monday, 23 November 2015

Our Week with Chickenpox: What I Have Realised

As a parent, there will be many times when your child is ill. At 19 months old Jack, alongside the usual coughs and colds has also had bronchiolitis and suspected seizures (they thankfully weren't.) The past week he has had another common childhood illness to contend with - Chickenpox.

Late on Monday evening I noticed several spots on Jack's back. He had been suffering with a temperature that day so I automatically thought it may be heat rash. After waking up on Tuesday and looking at them again, they evidently were not, so I booked him into the doctors. A few hours later the doctor told us as they had not yet blistered, it was most likely a viral rash but if we were to see blisters, it would be chickenpox. Sure enough on Wednesday the blisters appeared. We are now onto Day 7 of our week with Chickenpox and they are finally scabbing. He has spots pretty much everywhere with his face, fingers and ears looking the worst.

It has been quite a difficult week. He is only 19 months old so has no real understanding why we can't do what we usually do. It's such a common illness. 90% of adults are deemed immune as they have had the illness as a child. Unfortunately I'm not in that 90% so I could be getting it too. Fingers crossed I don't as the thought of being that unwell and looking after Jack too makes me want to lie down.

Here are some of the things that I realised:

1. If they have spots on their genitals they will itch them consistently. - Jack has spent half the week bent forward pulling at his privates. Trying to keep his hands off that spotty situation has proved impossible. 

2. Keeping a toddler indoors is difficult - I have realised this week how much Jack loves being outside. He has spent half the week pointing at the front door fetching me his coat and shoes. He has spent the other half of the week screaming because I won't take him outside.

3. He has noticed a change in his routine - I didn't realise how much a change in his routine would affect him. Jack is aware that we go outside and play and that we go to baby classes. This week when we have been housebound, he has known that things are different but doesn't know why.

4. You feel like the spots are never going to go - Day 7 and they are still going strong. I feel like I'm stuck in an endless loop of spots and calamine   lotion. I'm really hoping they don't scar.

5. Keeping his nails short will help - Your child will want to scratch at their spots and once they have started its hard to get them to stop. Make this more difficult by cutting your child's nails short. Keeping them clean is also important as it will minimise the risk of infecting the spots. I won't lie, cutting them was difficult.

6. Calamine lotion was our saviour - It may have had him looking like Caspar the friendly ghost but calamine  lotion really helped prevent the itching. You can apply it when needed and it generally worked a treat.

7. Nights are horrendous - If you think days are difficult with Chickenpox, nights with Jack have been awful. Just as he is dropping off to sleep he gets an alrighty urge to itch. This urge went on for 9 hours until 3am on Tuesday. It goes without saying that the next morning we were all a little tired and grumpy.

8. You may not have anything wrong with you (yet!) but that doesn't stop you from scratching - Just talking about Jack's spots sets me off. I have scratched my arm that much that I have given myself a rash. Talk about setting an example.

Has your little one had Chickenpox? What did you do to survive? Tips welcome. Feel free to leave a comment below.

Best of Worst
Binky Linky
Mummy and Monkeys
My Petit Canard

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Christmas Gift Guide: The One for Toddler Boys

If you are starting to realise just how near Christmas is, and you haven't brought many gifts, then you are not alone. To help get you started, here are some of the things that I think my little boy will love. Maybe yours will too!

1. Bigjigs Railway Station Carry Set  - As a lover of wooden toys, this railway station caught my eye. A figure of eight track that weaves in and out of a railway station, this set also includes a brightly coloured engine, two carriages and 11 freestanding figures and trees. As someone who has not enough space and way too many toys, I was delighted to find that it can be collapsed down and stored away in the railway station storage box.
2. Villac Piano - A piano, would be a fantastic addition to most toddler musical instrument collections. Coming with a piece of music, I am sure it will entertain your toddler for hours.
3.That's not my... - The 'That's not my...' book collection from Usborne Publishing is one of the most popular collection of books aimed at toddlers. With touchy-feely patches and simple repetitive text, toddlers will learn key words whilst being able to feel different textures. Books include: That's not my train, That's not my Meerkat and That's not my Puppy.

4. Zara Leggings - Zara Leggings come in a fabulous array of prints and colours. From bright graphics to subtle neutrals, Zara Leggings are a must in a toddlers wardrobe. My favourites include the Christmas Print Leggings and Car Leggings.

5. Vtech Fire Truck - If your toddler loves Fireman Sam but isn't quite at the age where the branded toys are appropriate then the Vtech Fire Truck may be for you. It sing songs and has realistic sound effects. It also comes with a smaller fire truck.

6. Scuttlebug - A foot to floor ride on, the Scuttlebug allows lots of fun and freedom. The 3 step folding system means the Scuttlebug can be taken anywhere with ease.

I'd love to hear what you would recommend for a toddler boy. Comment below! Look out for my next Christmas Gift Guide: The One for Toddler Girls


Monday, 16 November 2015

Kalenji Run Light Review

As a runner, safety is of paramount importance. Making sure you are visible to other pedestrians and runners couldn't be more important than over the winter months. Lots of my runs take place on unlit roads or roads where the visibility is poor. Add uneven surfaces to the mix and you have an accident waiting to happen. All it takes is one fall or one wrong decision for disaster to strike.

In an effort to improve my fitness further, I have joined a running club. In the few months I have been attending, I have already learnt how to make myself safer when I'm running. I wear hi-visibility clothing and also make sure other people are aware of the routes I am taking and what time I should be back. One suggestion from a fellow runner was to purchase a running light. This gives the runner additional lighting when running and makes them more visible to motorists. As a person who regularly runs alone, this was a great suggestion - so when I got sent a Kalenji Running Light from Decathlon, I couldn't wait to give it a try.

Sitting just below the chest, the Kalenji Running Light has three lighting modes: 90, 180 or the full 250 lumens. You can change the mode and adjust it to suit the breadth of light you need on your run. As well as the main front light beam, the Kalenji Running Light also offers 3 flashing LED lights on the back of the pack. This means that you will be seen in both directions. I found this particularly helpful as I sometimes run on country lanes with a very small footpath. The rear light gave me that extra bit of reassurance that I would be seen. With the battery life lasting between 2-5hrs (depending on the strength of the light you choose), it is perfect for longer evening runs.

When I first put the Kalenji Running Light on, I was pleasantly surprised at how comfortable it was. After adjusting the straps to find a comfortable fit, I took it out on the roads in my local area. I immediately noticed how lightweight the product was. The last thing you want to be doing when running is carrying a heavier than needed piece of equipment.

I found the light lit the path perfectly in front allowing me to have an excellent view of the pavement ahead. I have previously tried other lighting devices including most recently a running headtorch. I found this far excelled the headtorches I had previously tried. I could quite comfortably look ahead whilst running without having to look down to check my footing. The beam of light emitting from the front of the pack remained steady throughout my run.

If your looking for a runlight that is durable, lightweight and good value for money, then head over to Decathlon and take a look at the Kalenji Run Light. I've already recommended it to several running friends from my running club.

*DISCLAIMER- I was given this product free for review purposes, however this is an honest review and all opinions and words are my own.


Wednesday, 11 November 2015

October Favourites

Nearly mid-November and I have only just got around to writing my October Favourites! Jack being ill at the beginning of the month put paid to this being published on time. Now I have a healthy little boy again the blogging can recommence. This month my favourites aren't just going to be toddler based. I love writing about Jack but there are things that I love every month and want to include too. These are my favourites, Jack's will follow in a separate post.
The skincare item I have loved using.... Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish
The Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is something that I have seen dominating beauty bloggers skin care posts for a while now. I wanted to give it a go to see if it was worth the hype and after spotting it as part of a gift set in Boots, I brought it. Coming with two muslin clothes, I have been using this cleanser both first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I have really noticed a change in my skin this month with it feeling hydrated and soft. A new staple in my skincare routine.
The bath bomb I have loved using... Golden Wonder
I'm in love with Lush Products at the minute. I recently brought a large number of Lush items, take a look at my recent haul. My favourite this month is the Golden Wonder Bath Bomb. With a gorgeous citrus scent, this zesty bath bomb looks spectacular in the bath and actually may topple snow fairy as my favourite scent. I love this bath bomb!
The Planner I have loved using... Blogger Planner
As quite an unorganised person, I needed a new diary to keep me on track. What better than the Bloggers Planner. With a handy calendar, pages for notes, hauls, content ideas and favourites this has kept me on track and allowed me to plan and make lists. Two things I love doing.
The TV I have loved watching... Big Bang Theory
I own all of the Big Bang Theory Series on DVD and even own a Bazinga T-Shirt. Whilst I own the boxset I have only ever watched a few episodes on E4 and brought the boxset after loving those. I'm now halfway through series 3. It has me laughing from start to finish. I love Sheldon.
The Music I have loved listening to... Ed Sheeran
I have owned Ed Sheeran's latest album X since it came out over a year ago. It is still in the car and is the first album I would choose to listen too. My favourite songs are Sing and Thinking Out Loud.
The food I have loved eating... Jaffa Cakes
I have no idea why I love these so much but I just cannot stop eating them. Dark chocolate, sponge and an orange centre = perfection
What were your favourites in October? Let me know so I can give some of them a try.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Jack's 19 Month Update

Dear Jack,

You are 19 months old! This month you haven't been quite yourself as you have been busy dealing with a stomach bug, a cold and a sore throat. I hate seeing you ill and wish I could take the discomfort away and be unwell instead of you. You are slowly getting better. The only reason I can tell is your energy levels have returned and the temper tantrums are back.

How you look

I look at you in your cot asleep and wonder how the tiny newborn I once had, has turned into a toddler. With your gorgeous blue eyes, your dimply cheeks and mischievous grin, you make me smile even when you are having a bad day. Even though you have spent some of this month ill and therefore at some point must have lost some weight, you are starting to outgrow your 9-12 month clothes. Tops that once fitted perfectly, now are too short in length. We have some way to go before 12-18 month trousers fit you but will just stick with elasticated ones for now.


How you sleep 

Your sleep this month has continued to be a problem. Illnesses of course haven't helped. Since you have been back to your usual self nap times have become a nightmare. You tell me you are tired and point to be put down in your cot. Once you are in there you realise that I am not holding you and then cry. Problem is, as soon as I pick you up, you cry to be put down. Your naps are shortening in length too. What used to be a 90 minute nap is now barely lasting 30 minutes. At night time you are struggling to settle to bed. You settle better at night for Daddy than you do for me.


Your are becoming more loving every month. You now come up to me shouting mom and give me a hug and a kiss. You loving blowing kisses when you say bye-bye. You are quite cheeky and love testing limits. You have definitely learnt the art of the temper tantrum. This is quite difficult to deal with as you seem to only want to be in certain rooms and let me know (loudly) when you are unhappy. You think nothing of lying on the floor and stamping your feet.


Food has been difficult this month. You have been unwell for large chunks of the month. This has severely affected your appetite. No matter what I do, certain days you have hardly eaten. You have just started getting your appetite back but still refuse to eat at certain mealtimes.


You are continuing to develop and change on a daily basis. Your language is the main thing that I have noticed a large change in. You can now say hi, bye, what's this, grandad, Laila, moon, stars, shh, car, how are you and much more. You have learnt most animal sounds. You continue to be as active as ever, never wanting to keep still.

Love Mum 


Monday, 9 November 2015

BurnMeOn Chopping Board Review

I absolutely love personalised items. A short message, a name or a date to capture a special moment. A personalised message makes an everyday item special. I have brought many personalised items over the last few years including engraved toddler items, cards and personalised fridge magnets, so when I was sent an Eat, Drink and Be Merry Personalised Chopping Board from BurnMeOn, I couldn't wait to open the packaging and take a look. 

BurnMeOn are a company who specialise in creating bespoke laser-burnt items that can take pride of place in your home. Alongside a range of off-the-shelf items, their personalised homeware range is in my opinion what sets this company apart from those who sell in a similar field. Their range of products currently includes chopping/cheese and meat boards, ipad/tablet stands, spoons and badges. With plenty of ready to go items also available, there are plenty of slogans to choose from. However, if you are looking for something a bit different - a personalised item may be the way to go.

Perfect for the festive season, the Eat, Drink and Be Merry Personalised Chopping Board is a perfect gift for this time of year. Measuring 30cm by 20cm approximately, this rectangular board is made from hevea wood. 

Upon opening the packaging the first thing I noticed was the quality of the product. With the option of having this personalised with your family name, the chosen font allowed the personalised message to stand out with the seasonal slogan 'Eat, Drink and Be Merry' also included.  Whilst the product is fantastic visually, it is also very durable. I have been using it regularly since I have received it and only have positive things to say.

I currently have my eye on the Soundwave Personalised Ipad/Tablet Stand and have added it to my Christmas wishlist. With the ability to pay by Paypal/debit or credit cards and UK Standard delivery costing only £2.00, I would get your orders in quickly. With gifts perfect for Christmas and Birthday's, if you are looking for a piece of homeware with a personalised touch then look no further.
*DISCLAIMER- I was given this chopping board free for review purposes, however this is an honest review and all opinions and words are my own.

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Review: Love2read Personalised Photo Book

Reading forms an important part of Jack's bedtime routine. Every night Jack brings me three books to
read to him. He will sit there mesmerised by the photos and will listen intently to every part of the story. As our book collection grows so does Jack's love of reading.

We have been asked by Love2read to make and review a personalised photo book. I could not wait as being able to read Jack a book where he would recognise the people in the photographs is something I have never done before.
Love2Read was founded by Caroline, a mom who wanted to help her children to read. The aim of each unique book is to help your child develop a love of reading. These books are unique in the way that they are created. Instead of following a conventional story, you can create a personalised photo book based around family members, celebrations and special events.
We returned from our first family holiday abroad last month so I decided to create a book that captured all the special moments of our holiday. The website was very easy to navigate and after watching a short demonstration I began to make my book.

After browsing through my holiday photos I picked my ten favourite pictures and uploaded them. I love how much control you have over how the books look. You can put the pictures in any order and can even change the colours of the photo's borders. I tried to include photographs of family members and objects that he would recognise. There are photographs of myself, Jack's dad, Jack, his uncle Stuart and his cousins. This will allow Jack to interact by pointing at the various photographs and naming the family members. Once I had uploaded the photographs, I then added in short sentences and phrases that described the images. This will help Jack associate images and words.  There is also a "Can you read the words" page which helps children recognise key words from the book. These high frequency key words are often the first words a child will learn when they go to school.
From here it is just a matter of paying online for your book and waiting for it to arrive.
When our book arrived I could not wait to take a look. I was really impressed with the quality of the book. The yellow front cover of the book makes it stand out amongst those on our book case. A photo collage, on the cover, of familiar faces also helps! The photographs are clear and help give the book a professional finish.
Perfect for any celebration, I will be purchasing a few more books as stocking fillers. I'm particularly interested in the "My Mum and "My Dad" books and may buy these alongside the "Christmas 2015" book. If your looking for a present this Christmas that really has a personal touch then look no further. This has quickly become a book that Jack loves to look at. I just have to make sure he looks after it!
Head over to their website to take a look and follow them on twitter to keep up with any news.
*DISCLAIMER- I was given this book free for review purposes, however this is an honest review and all opinions and words are my own.
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