Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Do you want to build a snowman?

My eldest was invited to one of her best friends birthday party on Sunday.  She was not only excited for the party and to see her friends, but also because it was a Frozen party.  She loves Frozen.  We arrived at the birthday party and a special guest appeared, Queen Elsa.  All the children were in awe and could not believe she was here.  

They sat down in a circle and listened to Elsa reading them stories.


Queen Elsa was very good at telling stories and she made time to meet everyone at the party.  I don't think they could believe it!


The girls played lots of party games with Queen Elsa, pass the parcel and musical statues to name a few.  


It was then time to do some dancing and of course the music of choice was Frozen.  It was amazing watching all the children sing in sync to 'Do you want to build a snowman' and the best was when they all sang 'Let it go'.  They were not only all in sync with the words but also the actions too, it was so lovely to watch.

This day I love Do you want to build a snowman?

Monday, 28 July 2014

Review : e-cloth

A few weeks ago I took part in a twitter party talking about allergies and cleaning.  I was really interested to know more about how I could clean the house more effectively and remove any allergens.  I have an allergy to grass pollen, as well as other things and with my daughters eczema triggered by dust this was a topic of great interest to me.

As well as some great tips, e-cloth was mentioned quite a few times.  I was keen to try as the conversation highlighted how easy and effective e-cloth are to use.  E-cloth do not contain chemicals and only need water to clean.  Research conducted by Silliker also shows that e-cloth removes over 99% of bacteria and when rinsed under warm water only 0.01% of bacteria was reintroduced to a sterile surface.

I was keen to give them a try and started with the window cleaning cloths.  My girls have a lovely habit of putting sticky chocolate fingers on clean patio glass.  I absolutely hate cleaning glass, it can often be time consuming and leave streaks.  A quick solution would be fantastic.

I followed the instructions on e-cloth and wiped the window down with the wet cleaning cloth, then finished with the dry cloth.  I was amazed at how quick it was to clean the window and how the window was streak free.

e-cloth cleaning cloths

e-cloth provided a quick and easy solution to cleaning without the need for chemicals.

E-cloth has a range of products and I have even tried the polishing cloth, which was great for shining the chrome plug sockets.  I would love to try the mop as I have wooden and laminate floors for most of the house and I think it would be a great way to keep allergens under control.

I have often wondered how good these cloths really are, I have seen lots of different brands.  What makes e-cloth different is they come with a 3 year guarantee and because they are manufactured to a higher quality than other brands they are endorsed by companies such as AGA, Bosch, Electrolux, Smeg and Allergy Uk.

I have been impressed with the cleaning ability of e-cloth.  I have managed to reduce the time it takes to clean the house giving me more time with the girls.  As e-cloth uses only water I am no longer purchasing as many cleaning products, which means I have reduced my monthly spend and I feel that I am also helping my daughter by cleaning without using chemicals.

We were sent e-cloth the review, all words and opinions are my own.

Sensory garden experience

We were invited along to an event at Dobbies in Chesterfield for Growing up Milk.  We were looking forward to some green fingered fun.  The girls had fun exploring the garden centre and learning about all the plants they could eat, even trying some tomatoes.



The girls then began to explore the colours and textures.  


They even made a cheeky friend


The girls spotted a robin and went after him.  They soon stumbled upon some of the biggest leaves they had ever seen.


All this exploring in the hot sun was hungry work, so the girls settled down in the shade to enjoy a picnic.  


The girls decided to explore the garden centre further and came across some lovely wooden houses which they played in, before spotting some tents.  They then became rather interested in the tents.  Even picking one out .


The girls had a wonderful time exploring the garden centre.  It was a beautiful day in beautiful surroundings

This day I love a sensory garden experience 

Review : Squid Soap

I have recently wrote three posts on Potty training, top tips, Equipment and night time.  This is my final instalment in the series and it is about teaching children to wash their hands.  I wanted to teach my girls early the importance of hand washing.  I felt it important to include with potty training, as I think it is the perfect time to teach hand washing.

Squid soap is the perfect way to introduce hand washing to children.  It is a rather simple concept, but one that works.  Children press to dispense the soap, upon doing so an orange ink dot it placed on their hands.


In order to remove the ink dot they must wash their hands.  To see it in action here is my eldest using squid soap [My youngest is in the background asking for a turn]


Squid soap comes with a rubber toy which the girls have had lots of fun playing with.  I have seen some creative uses for these on pinterest too.  


I have had squid soap since April and the ink has not yet dried out.  Another thing to note about the ink is that my daughter did get it on her clothes yet it came out easily in the wash.

Squid soap is available to order from Ocado for £1.99, if you purchase a bottle readers of this blog can send proof of the purchase to Info@squid-soap.co.uk and you will receive another bottle free.  I also have a giveaway for 2x family packs of squid soap [4 squid soaps in a family pack].  Giveaway ends on 18/08/14 at midnight GMT.




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Sunday, 27 July 2014

My favourite place in the UK

There is one place in the UK, that I know of, which offers all of the following in one place and all within walking distance.  This makes it perfect for families.  It is perfect for both young and old and captures your heart from the moment you first get there.  It captured mine and it is my favourite place in the UK.

1. It has beautiful sandy beaches.  They are clean and so is the water.  There is plenty of space to run around.  Some of the beaches are dog friendly too, making it perfect for all the family.


2. In all my years of visiting [over 20] I have always experienced blue skies, either for all the day or most of the day.  This means we can always get out and explore, run around on the beach or go for a walk.


3. There is a train which is suitable for all the family.  It is a beautiful scenic ride and always a real treat watching the coast line go past.


4. There is a castle.  Beautiful history in beautiful surroundings.


5. There is a gorgeous park which is beautiful to explore.  Beautiful gardens, history, art and wildlife.  Cafe and ice cream shops.


6. Boat rides.  Fun on the water and watching the world go by.


Whatever you want be it a beach, history, relax or adventure then Scarborough has it all.  Scarborough is my favourite place in the UK and to show you a bit more, here is a video from the train ride.

video


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10 Tips for cruising for the first time

Very recently, and yes I will blog about it soon, we went on our first cruise.  It was also our first holiday abroad as a family.  As it was our first time on a cruise I wasn't sure what to expect and to be honest was nervous about the whole thing.  I suffer from bad sea sickness, in fact most times I just look at a boat and that's it, so a cruise has never been on the top of my list but I have heard wonderful things so wanted to give it a go.  I felt the boat move only once and was never ill.  In fact I had more problems when we got home getting my land legs back.

I thought it would be nice to put together some top tips from our recent experience to help those who are also going on a cruise for the first time:

1. If the cruise line offers book ground transportation from the plane to the ship, and back again.  This worked out a lot cheaper than us getting a taxi, we got there with minimum fuss and everything was taken care of.  It was a lot less stressful

2. Have swim costumes, towels and a change of clothes with you to carry onto the ship.  You board the ship before your room is ready.  It could be several hours before you go inside your room.  Having swim kit with you makes sure you can use the pool and relax on the ship.  A change of clothes is also nice, just to freshen up after travelling.


3. A fellow blogger Su Tyler advised that on busy days such as Sea days have a look at what other activities are happening on board the other decks of the ship.  There maybe a quite spot away from the hustle and bustle of the main activities.


4. A tip which came from Carnival cruises is to book a table at one of the on-board specialty restaurants.  Many ships have a variety of restaurants on board, it makes for a great  change and for something special to your holiday.

5. Check if you have been allocated a dinning time.  Some ships do.  Others don't and if not think about when the busy periods might be and avoid them.


6. If you can upgrade to a room with a window it is definitely worth the money to do so.


7. Pick your cruise line company.  We went on a cruise with Disney and we heard a man complain that there were too many children on board and that they were ruining his holiday.  Yes a serious complaint, which leads to the question who are Disney target audience and what are the likely average age range on that ship?  Disney for example cater for kids and families with some adult only areas and other cruise line companies cater for adults with a few kids areas, others are in-between.  It is worth researching the company to see what they have to offer, and the likely demographic aboard.  Likewise don't let a bad experience with one company put you off cruising, try a different company.


8. Check out the ships.  Cruise line companies often have more than one ship.  They vary in size, as do the rooms inside and the facilities on board.  Have a good look at the ship before you go.


9. We pre booked our port excursions as it meant we could plan our days.  We found however we had booked too much and it would have been better to have had a few days on the ship.  I would think about the excursions as they are worth booking.  We found out that if on a pre booked trip and you get stuck in traffic which therefore leads to you missing your back on board time, the ship will wait.  I am not so sure it would if you were not on a pre booked excursion.

10.  If you enjoy it and want to do another book on board.  We wish we had as we now realise the deal on board booking was actually really good.


We loved every second of our cruise experience and really think the way forward for holidays are cruising.  Every day you wake up with some where new to explore.  If it is a Sea day there is so much going off and we were very well looked after the whole time.

I have not been asked to write this post, it is all my own opinion.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Review : Oilatum Daily Junior lotion

I talk quite a bit on here about my eldest daughter having eczema.  I know for certain that dust triggers a flair but am not sure if heat does too.  The weather is quite warm at the moment and she is having a particular rough time with a flair up on the crease of her elbow [if that makes sense].  I wanted to give Oilatum a try to see if it would help her, as it is a cream I had not used before but it is one we have used in the bath.

I have heard of Oilatum before as it is a product we buy regularly to put in the bath for my eldest.  What I like is the Oilatum Daily Junior lotion is gentle enough to be used every day, and with her sensitive skin this is a huge bonus.  Her skin does often feel dry and because Oilatum Daily Junior lotion acts as a barrier on her skin, it stops water loss and maintains soft smooth skin.

Oilatum Daily Junior lotion didn't have a smell to it, other than of cream which gives me reassurance that nothing is added for the sake of making it smell nice.  We have had some creams in the past that have been quite watery and left her skin feeling greasy, but Oilatum Daily Junior was absorbed into the skin without her skin feeling greasy.  I found it has worked rather well at moisturising my hands too!

My daughter has been impressed with how fast her flair up has disappeared, I wish I had taken a before photo, as it was very red, sore and itchy causing her a lot of discomfort and now the redness  is disappearing and the itchiness has died down and she is much happier

Daughters eczema flair up

We were provided with Oilatum Daily Junior lotion for review.  All words and opinions are my own