Category: Reviews

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

I’m really excited to share this latest review with you. Fellow blogger and mother of two, Jo Middleton AKA Slummy Single Mummy, has written her debut novel and I feel super honoured to be among the first to read it. Even more exciting is that […]

Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Ever since Florence was born I have been SO excited to introduce her to the wonder of train play. I don’t remember having a train set myself as a child, I think I had cars and vehicles but not necessarily an actual train set with […]

Review: A Beautiful Baby Gift from the Baby Hamper Company

Review: A Beautiful Baby Gift from the Baby Hamper Company

A little while ago, The Baby Hamper Company got in touch and sent me one of their Mother & Baby Luxury Hampers to review and oh my word, I am a bit blown away by how beautiful everything inside is! Everything arrived enclosed in an eco friendly cardboard box, wrapped beautifully with red ribbon – perfect for gifting at a baby shower or to a new Mama without even having to wrap yourself.

Inside was a range of neutral in colour, hand picked pretty-yet-practical baby products designed and made by a host of other independent brands along with a couple essentials for me as baby’s arrival draws nearer. A big tick for me as you know how much of a sucker I am for supporting small business.  I really like the fact that by potentially buying from just one place, you could support so many others at the same time. 

What’s inside?

The contents included a bundle of incredibly soft and brilliant quality baby clothes – a matching hat & body suit with a grey star print by Baby Bunting and an adorable spectacle sporting rabbit sleepsuit. They’re all in size 0-3m, so perfect for bigger newborns or for gifting after baby has arrived for them to grow into. I for one cannot wait to dress baby boy in the rabbit sleepsuit! It will be able to pass as pjs as well as a cute little outfit during the day too. I am going to be packing this bundle in my hospital bag just in case baby is a bigg’un.

Also included were a Pigeon Organics receiving blanket and an aiden + anais muslin blanket, both equally stunning in design. The receiving blanket is again, of amazing quality and you can feel that it’s made from the highest grade organic cotton just by touching it.  It’s reversible with a grey and mustard badger print on the front and a coordinating grey & white stripe on the back.

The muslin cloth is from the ever famous aden + anais range of exquisitely designed ‘musy’s’ and is a character-ful map of Winnie the Pooh’s home – 100 Acre Wood. Every Mama knows how essential muslin squares are with a newborn and it’s always such a bonus when they look this good too. 

For me, enclosed was a natural soy wax candle and lip balm from The Baby Hamper Company’s own range. Both (along with everything else in the hamper) will be accompanying me to the hospital when I have baby as the candle will create a relaxing atmosphere in the birthing room and lip balm is an essential for those who use gas and air as your lips get SO dry!

Lats but not least, there was a record book by the bright side. When I had Florence I received three record books and am yet to even fill out one of them (it’s on the list!). This one however is truly lovely and tells the story of your little one in a tone that is just perfect. It’s simple yet covers all of the important milestones and there is plenty of room on each colourful page for parents to write in comments and add photographs etc.

I absolutely adore this gift hamper and unlike so many others on the market it holds a combination of exceptional products which are not only practical but pretty too. I can honestly say I will be using every single one of the items included and I think that is quite a rare thing as normally there are one or two ‘filler’ items when it comes to gift sets that tend to be forgotten. This hamper retails at £80.00 which while at first might seem a little high in price, the quality of both the products & the service provided by The Baby Hamper Company is actually spot on in my opinion. I loved receiving this gift and think I have found my new favourite go – to retailer for new baby gifts! Check out their full range of hampers and other bits and bobs on their website here.

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Toy Review: Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter

Toy Review: Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter

I’ve teamed up with one of my favourite toy brands to share my thoughts on their top picks for Christmas for babies & toddlers as part of my toy review series. Hape are the worlds largest producer of wooden toys priding themselves on their use […]

Toy Review: Christmas Shopping with Wicked Uncle

Toy Review: Christmas Shopping with Wicked Uncle

Over the next few weeks, as we all busy ourselves with Christmas shopping and preparing for the most wonderful time of the year, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some of the many toys out there on the market for babies & toddlers. I am […]

Review: Making light work of messy jobs with Nimble Babies

Review: Making light work of messy jobs with Nimble Babies

There are three around-the-house jobs that I just loathe as a parent; tackling the bottomless pit of laundry, cleaning the nooks and crannies of the high chair after an inevitably messy teatime and washing the bottles. Thankfully, Nimble Babies have invented a range of miracle products to help make these tasks easier and save us Mama’s (and Dad’s of course) a little bit of time each day so we can focus on the rest of our to-do lists. A while ago, Nimble got in touch to see if I’d like to put their innovative family focussed cleaning products to the test and sent me a bundle of their range to try out and share my thoughts right here with you guys.

Laundry Lover

Anyone else get insanely jealous of fellow mum’s when they post photos online of their freshly empty laundry basket? Me too. I’d seriously question if the illusive empty hamper even existed in real life, but my mother in law stays so impressively on top of her washing pile that I’m not even sure she owns one! I however, am not so organised and while I try and do at least two loads a day, that blasted basket never seems to be anything other than overflowing.

Kids bring with them a lot of things, and an insane amount of washing is one of them. Sometimes Florence can get through four outfits a day and if poo explosions or messy mealtimes aren’t the culprit then often a run around the garden in the mud and grass or a sudden interest in the contents of my makeup bag most likely are. Toddlers and their exploring hey? All of these things no doubt leave marks here there and everywhere on her clothes and quite often I’ve found myself washing things two or three times in a row to try and get rid of the stains before finally giving in and putting them either in the bin or in the messy play pile. Ugh!

Nimble’s Laundry Lover has been designed with a child’s natural ability to get dirty in mind. They know us parents have better things to do with our time (and money) to repeatedly be washing or buying our little one’s new wardrobes every week and so their planet and budget friendly non bio laundry detergent works to elimate a whole host of tough stains while keeping your little one’s clothes as bright or white as they were the day you bought them. Take this adorable, brand new unicorn Hoodie Florence wore for all of five minutes the other day before sneakily helping herself to a packet of wotsits (it was pegged shut from lunch the day before) and slowly but surely covering it in stubborn stain inducing orange dust which only a cheesy puff can create. I popped it in with a normal whites load using a capful of Laundry Lover and an hour later it was returned to its former dazzling white glory – not a hint of orange in sight… not even on the cuffs!

Another winning feature of Laundry Lover for me, is that being very allergic to most detergents and fabric conditioners I have to stick to a certain brand if I’m going to be able to breathe properly while wearing clothes yet, because it’s made from 88% natural ingredients and is only lightly fragranced with no allergens I can use it on my own clothes too without any worry.

Sticky Stopper

Picture this: We all sit down at the dinner table to eat a family favourite spaghetti bolognese and before long Florence is covered head to toe in sauce as well as the straps, cover & table of her fairly new high chair.

Before, this would have resulted in both Florence AND the high chair being swiftly lifted at arms reach into the bath as soon as dinner was finished to avoid either one of them being eternally cursed with an orange tinge. Side note: why are all high chair tables WHITE?! And Yes, my child used to bathe with her high chair. Yours doesn’t?

Okay so, I used to shower it down and leave it to dry while she played with her ducks before scrubbing off the dinner remnants from behind her ears / under her armpits / inbetween her toes etc. No children or high hairs were harmed in this process, but it wasn’t exactly ideal!

While bathing Florence is still necessary, Nimble have found a solution to my high chair cleaning woes – Sticky Stopper Surface Cleaner. A clever bleach-free solution which seems to be completely unphased by even the stickiest, stain culprits you can think of and makes light work of cutting through grease and residue left behind by mucky toddlers! A squirt of Sticky Stopper wiped over with a cloth allows us to quickly and effortlessly clean the high chair after every meal leaving it free of mess, stains and germs. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

Sticky Stopper isn’t just for high chairs though, you can use it all over the house to de-germify (not a real word, but it should be) all sorts of surfaces including toys, tables, floors -including carpets! – and more. Say goodbye to mucky handprints, lingering germs and sticky jammy toast residue on your dining table.

Milk Buster

I’ve saved the best and most impressive product for last – Milk Buster. I’m not sure why, but washing the baby bottles is both of our least favourite chores and I’ve lost count of the times we’ve actually had races to get away from doing them first so that the other one has to instead! It’s not even that big of a job but it can be tedious trying to get rid of any stubborn milk build up which inevitably cause bottles to go cloudy and sometimes even get a bit smelly. Well, using Milk Buster means you need worry about that no more, as with just a simple spray into the bottle, teat and ring, the plant based ‘ingredients’ get to work quickly to detach any milk proteins and fats from the plastic leaving them as clear as they were when you bought them and completely odour free.

Even by washing already cloudy bottles with the Milk Buster, I could really see the difference before & after use.

Apparently it works just as well on breast pumps too, so breastfeeding mama’s this could be as much of a must have for you as it is for me!

Overall, I’m incredibly impressed with the Nimble Babies range and with their prices being competitively placed from as little as £2.99 I will definitely be swapping these in when it comes to buying cleaning products. Head over to their website to explore their whole range of single bottles & gift bundles which are now also available in Ocado, Boots and on Amazon.

*We were sent a bundle of Nimble products in return for an honest review. All words and opinions are my own.

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What Florence Wore: Cherry Crumble Clothing

What Florence Wore: Cherry Crumble Clothing

I think, when it comes to fashion, this time of year is my favourite. I myself love layering up with lots of knits and slipping on a pair of boots when heading out in the Autumn / Winter. I also love dressing Florence in the […]

Review: The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums

Review: The Little Book of Self Care for New Mums

When I was pregnant with Florence I read every parenting book I could get my hands on. It was my inner control freak’s way of preparing for all of possible things that could be thrown at me in those early days as a Mama and […]