• Child painting on the a messy me mat

    Messy Me Mat Review

    Until recently, I have been leaving the “messy” playtime to nursery and play dates outside our home. Why? Well, I have this fear of the toddler running riot and covering everything in paint while I cry in a corner*. OK, a bit dramatic but you get the gist. We’ve dabbled in a few card-making projects but after reading his nursery reports, detailing how much he loves painting, I knew it was time! That’s where this Messy Me Splashmat comes in. It’s a wipe-clean mat that can go on the table or on the floor. Although it fold away quite neatly, it is actually holds it’s shape when laid out. It…

  • Topcashback student treats giveaway 2018 the growing mum

    TopCashback Student Treats 2018 – Clues and Answers

    Oh the student days. The learning (yes I did actually love being taught), lie-ins, junk food and the never-ending drama with housemates. These days it’s 5am wake-ups, peas (good example and all that) and tantrums (I join in with the toddler too!).  Enough with the nostalgia – TopCashback giveaway is back!!! I got about 80p in the summer edition so I am not too expectant this time but here goes: TopCashback Student Treats: Rules, Clues & Answers Until the 9th of September, there’ll be a gift-carrying Hummingbird on various pages of the site . Clicking on it will reveal your treat. It could an instant prize ranging from 10p to £100 or…

  • Why we are more low-waste than zero-waste

    I am all for saving the planet and it is very important to waste less and send less to landfill. However, I very much doubt that our family’s waste will fit in one jar anytime soon – well, unless it’s a bin-sized jar! So what are the hurdles? Availability of Shops As far as I know, there’s only one zero-waste shop within walking distance of our home. They only sell beauty products like soap and shampoo bars. Travelling quite a few miles with bulky plastic containers and heavy glass jars doesn’t appeal. Then there’s the sustainability of driving because lugging all that on and off public transport, with a pram,…

  • Laundry Hacks The Growing Mum

    Hacks for putting away the laundry – the stage I dread most!

    Laundry Situation (setting the scene) Day 1 – Laundry nicely drying outside but it’s getting dark. Toddler has just been wrestled into bed by daddy. Baby finally gives in to sleep after a long fussy hour. Clothes are finally brought in but can’t be put away as the kids are asleep. Also it’s pudding time. Day 2 – Repeat of Day 1. Yes I did start on the putting away process during the day but toddler needed something urgently every few seconds. I mean someone has to get the car he’s just purposefully rolled under the sofa again! Day 3 – No laundry today. Some laundry piled on a free…

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    Bambooty – our perfect cloth nappies for nursery

    We had decided to use cloth nappies from the onset with our first baby. After 9 months, you could say we’d nailed it. But only at home and with family doing the changes. Being the first to use cloth nappies at the nursery, I wanted to make things as easy as possible. However, finding the perfect cloth nappies for nursery was a mini-journey but after a few false starts we found the right ones: Bambooty Easy Dry nappies. So what’s the big deal about them? One row of poppers They are as close to velcro as you can get but with poppers. With the one row of poppers, it is…

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    The fourth trimester struggle is real – especially with added chicken pox!

    It seems so long ago since the third trimester update. You probably don’t want the full birth story (well maybe in a separate post) so in short we walked in, Baby got pulled out then we left the next day. Suddenly the newborn memories we selectively forgot came flooding back! The crying, pooing, feeding, crying, pooing, feeding and sleeping (not just talk about baby here haha). Now that he’s 3 month old boy there’s a bit of playing thrown in there too. So what’s this Fourth Trimester thing? Apparently, it is the period after birth until your baby is 3 months old. It’s usually characterised by plenty of change in…

  • Breastfeeding week 2018

    Breast is best, fed is best, informed is best, let’s call the whole thing off!

    It’s World Breastfeeding Week so naturally social media is full of controversial feeding-related posts around “Breast is best”, “Fed is best” and “Informed is best”. Is a feeding slogan needed? Probably not! Is it helpful? I very much doubt it! Does it raise awareness? Unlikely! Well, unless there women out there who do not know the biological function of boobs. I am currently breastfeeding our latest addition but I’m fully aware that there’s a wide spectrum between breast and bottle.   Let’s take a moment to admire these beautiful breastpads by Bambooty and the look on Baby J’s face. He can see that the feeding gloves are off! I get a similar…

  • Flat lay of eco by naty products from nappy to body wash for review post

    Eco by Naty Nappies – Baby and Toddler Review

    We started off using cloth nappies full time but lack of sleep and a baby who required multiple changes led us to disposables at night. During my rather over-the-top cloth nappy research, I came across Eco by Naty nappies but was unsure about its eco-credentials and effectiveness. However, with every trip down the baby aisle, my eyes were always drawn to their attractive packaging, willing me to give them a try! I recently got the chance to do just that so here’s how the baby and toddler got on! Baby and Todder vs Naty Nappies Fit They fit perfectly around the legs and waist on both Baby J and Toddler…

  • Shopper holding a tablet for Amazon Prime Day Wishlist 2018 Post

    Amazon Prime Day Wishlist 2018

    Every year I get less and less excited about Amazon Prime Day but I still have a browse anyway. They never have deals on the items I need and there’s only so many Kindles and Firesticks a family can have! I like being armed with a wishlist though otherwise I would probably buy another, er, Kindle. Amazon Prime Day Wishlist 1. Camelbak Water Bottle I’ve lost count of how many dedicated kids water bottle we’ve tried. They either leak or are just hard to use. My toddler actually gets on with my Camelbak so need to get one as they now do nice funky designs. Mine is a plain and…

  • How to get a £12 Build-a-bear voucher following the pay-your-age fiasco

    My first thought when a friend sent through a screenshot of the Build a bear pay-your-age promotion in a WhatsApp group chat was “surely this is fake news”. A quick online search proved it to be an actual event so I let myself get very excited. It’s one of those brands I walk past on the High Street but never actually venture in so this was the perfect way to reel me in. Unfortunately the execution was exceptionally poor and the company is now having to issue vouchers to disappointed families. The ladies in our group chat planned to go there for the 9am shop opening time. Naively assuming it’d…