My Second Blog Birthday!

Saturday, November 29, 2014


Today my blog is two years old! Zach was just one month old back when I Started and our lives have changed so much since. We've bought our first house and had another baby. This blog has been a great outlet when times were hard, it's been a personal record of all the kids achievements and has given us lots of amazing opportunities. 

I have gained so many amazing friends. Real friends who are always there when I need them. Blogging has really changed my life and I can't wait to see what's in store for the future.

I need to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads and comments on my posts. I hope to bring you lots more exciting news and reviews and plenty more competitions and offers for all of you!

Also a big thanks to all the lovely companies that have chosen to work with us over the past two years! Without them many of these opportunities wouldn't be possible. 

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Gifts For Her This Christmas

Friday, November 28, 2014

Looking for inspiration on what to buy the ladies in your life this year? Whether it be wife, Girlfriend, Sister, Auntie, Mum I have some great ideas for the perfect gift!

 

If you've ever been to a party anywhere crazily expensive you will most probably have had the old jokey conversation about sneaking in your own drinks. I know I have and in fact I have sneaked a small bottle or two of alcohol in a bag before! buyahipflask.com have a huge range of hip flasks for both men and women and even offer to engrave many of them too. I love this 6oz Eiffel Tower hip flask which costs £18. The perfect gin in a tin!

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I'm A Nick Jr Craft Party Host #NickJrCraftmas

Thursday, November 27, 2014


On Monday 1st December I will be hosting a very special Nick Jr 'Craftmas Party'.  From 1pm-3pm you can join us over on Twitter for lots of fun, games and fantastic prizes! We will be doing lots of crafts and games from our HQ (AKA Home) and sharing our creations with you. You can join in with crafts of your own if you'd like or you can just follow whilst we are tweeting and take part in the competitions. Make sure you are following us all on Twitter before the party @CarlyMarkham1 @UKMumstv @NickJRUK and make sure all your tweets contain the hashtag #NickJrCraftmas for your chance to win some great prizes.




So what's inside my Nick Jr Craftmas party box?

  • 8 craft activity packs
  • 2 crafty game activity packs
  • 2 edible craft activity packs
  • craft essentials such as glue, scissors, pens
  • goody bags for our guests
  • best of all a few special prizes to give out throughout the party
So don't forget to join us, I will post reminders leading up to the party! Also look out for the other mums who will also be hosting parties and giving away prizes.

Hope to see you all Monday!

Family Time Christmas Light Switch On

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


This evening we had a rare bit of quality family time at Coventry's annual Christmas light switch on. Year after year everyone flocks to the city centre to watch a forgotten reality tv star headline the big switch on. It sounds awful but is usually great fun.


I haven't been in years but with lots of entertainment offered beforehand in the local shopping centre we decided the kids would love a special evening out. I have to say the shopping centre was a nightmare to say the least. We waited over half an hour to find a seat to get some food and about the same time to get served a mcdonalds. Thankfully by the time we had eaten the queues to the activities were much shorter. We also got to see the mini switch on as we got a really good table so the kids were happy. The kids had balloon swords made by a man making balloon models. They got to meet Olaf which they were very excited about! Zach was too scared to go up close to him but Gracie enjoyed lots of cuddles. There were Disney Princesses available to meet unfortunately they all stood together and the queue to have a photo with them looked hours long. They didn't look the happiest of princesses though so glad we didn't wait around. 

Instead we walked to the centre of town for the big switch on. A local band performed on the stage and Santa made an entrance by climbing down the side of a building. Then was the big switch on, Andy held Zach while I held Gracie so they could see what was going on. They joined in with the big countdown and the expressions on their faces when the lights went on were priceless! It was an amazing moment that bought a huge smile to my face, I love to see them so happy and it's made me so excited for the Christmas build up this year. We left swiftly after to avoid the exclusive performance of Union J, yeah who? 

We were hoping to have caught Santa in his grotto before the night was over but he was very busy so that's our plan for our next family day! 

Do you have any fun family activities planned over Christmas?

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The Perfect Stocking Fillers

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In our house it is tradition that we all receive a stocking filled with small token gifts. With this in mind I though I would share some ideas for stocking fillers for the family.

For adults:

Pears Soap are a range of different soaps made from high quality ingredients. The brand is now 225 years old which says something about it's popularity. Pictured above are Pears shower gel (£2), hand wash (£2) and soap bars (£0.60) all of which would make great additions to a Christmas stocking. All Pears products are available at Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Waitrose.

Vaseline

Vaseline is another popular skincare brand and I swear by their Lip Therapy pots! This cute Vaseline Rosy Lip Pouch gift set would make the perfect gift for any woman or teenage girl! The set costs £4 and is available at Tesco, Ocado, Amazon and a few other retailers.

For Kids

Top Trumps


I remember playing Top Trumps as a child with my younger brother. We would have hours of fun. These Frozen Top Trumps would be ideal for any little Prince or Princess. As Frozen has taken over this year this would make a  great magical treat for your child's stocking and will help keep them entertained while your cooking the Christmas dinner! I've seen these ranging in price from £3.99 and are available from Tesco and Amazon amongst other retailers.

For Everyone

Lego Minifigures

The Lego Movie has been another popular film in our house this year and it has given both kids a huge interest in Lego. I thought these Lego mini figures would be a big hit this Christmas and with them being blind bags it makes them all the more fun to see what ones they get. They make the perfect stocking filler for Lego fans of all ages.

Smiggle Stationery


I went to an event at the brand new Smiggle store in The Bullring Birmingham last week (will be writing all about it soon) but whilst there I bought a few great stocking fillers as well as receiving some more fab bits in a goody bag here are just some of the items I'm putting away for Christmas. Smiggle specialise in cool and quirky stationery and gifts for people of all ages.

Chocolate

No stocking would be complete without chocolate! I thought I would share a few of the different chocolate choices I've gone for this year. We have Hotel Chocolate Tiddly Pots in caramel chocolate and white chocolate which are £1.95 each. Totally worth the price for luxury chocolate. Tesco Chocolate coins on the left (£0.50 per bag) for Gracie and dairy free alternative coins on the right for Zach which are £1.50 a bag but on a 3 for 2 offer at the moment. We got the dairy free chocolate Santa next to the coins for free in the 3 for 2 offer but it is usually £1. I always buy Lindt chocolates for Andy's stocking being his favourite chocolates and these were only £1.50 for the bag!

As well as this I will add the traditional satsumas to the stockings.

I hope this helps! I'd love to know what you will be putting in your stockings?


Disclaimer
I received a few of these products to add to my list but all opinions are my own. Plus some are just personal recommendations.

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The New All Terrain Stokke Trailz

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


You may remember me mentioning the Stokke Trailz in my post about The Baby Show. The Trailz is the latest addition to the Stokke family and the first All Terrain pushchair in their collection. The Stokke Trailz is suitable from birth with the compatable carrycot or with a newborn wedge inserted in the seat unit. 

The seat unit is the same as the popular Xplory V3, V4 and Crusi pushchairs (definitely one of my favourite features). It is only the chassis that is different and as you can buy the chassis for Stokke pushchairs separately, you can actually own an Xplory and Trailz chassis for example and just switch the seat unit between the two depending on which pushchair you would like to use. Not that this is necessary as the Trailz is suitable for any surface or weather! 

Like all other Stokke pushchairs the Trailz is available with a free three year guarantee incase of any possible faults. Any manufacturer that offers an extended guarantee obviously believes in the reliability of their products. 

I finally got to see the Trailz at The Baby Show Olympia and was very impressed with its size. You can see from this video what other people thought of it. 

Disclaimer
I received no payment for publishing this post.

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Review: Toddle Bike

Monday, November 24, 2014


The number one pre balance bike for toddlers, Toddlebike is aimed at children aged 1-3 years who can confidently walk. Zach is lucky enough to be part of the 2014 Toddlebike team and has been putting it to the test.  

When we first received the Toddlebike the house practically erupted with excitement. (Well two excited kids make a lot of noise). We had the obvious argument of who was going to ride it first but being Zach's he got the first turn. He didn't quite understand to sit on the seat though and jumped straight onto the bar between the seat and handle and zoomed around the room. Gracie took advantage and jumped on the seat. They thought it was hilarious riding around together as quick as possible! For the next few days Zach was constantly playing on his Toddlebike, he even learnt to sit on the seat pretty quick. As he had got the hang of it we decided it was time to take it for a road test outside and so took the kids on a little Bike ride.


I was amazed at how well he could control the bike. He rides so fast without tipping over at all and has mastered turning around a full 360 without even stopping. I got a great video of him racing down the street miles ahead of Gracie on her big girl bike. I found that it is great for getting him around quickly outside. It's very lightweight so you don't have to worry about them getting bored and wanting to walk home (not that that happened at all!) as it can easily be carried or hung from a pushchair. I figured it would be great for taking on trips to the park or on a UK holiday as it doesn't take up much room anywhere.


The novelty still hasn't worn off after a few weeks of use. Zach rides it around the house daily (and Gracie when she can pinch a go) in fact her loves it so much he will not let me take the label off! Gracie has tassels on her bike so this is obviously his equivalent! I'd love to see some little accessories available eventually to make them just like the bikes their older siblings may have.

 The bike comes in three different colours; Primary, Pink and Neon. I'm glad that Zach got the Neon as the colours or so bright and attractive. The Toddlebike costs £23.95 with free UK/Ireland delivery. It is definitely well worth the price. It is available to buy from Amazon, John Lewis or direct from the Toddlebike website www.toddlebike.co.uk/shop.

You can catch up with the latest news from Toddlebike on their social media pages
Toddlebike Facebook Page
Toddlebike Twitter Page

Disclaimer
We received the item featured free of charge for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.

Goodbye Heart Murmur?

Thursday, November 20, 2014


On Wednesday we had a follow up appointment for Elsie to see how she has improved since her stay on the Children's ward. The main things they wanted to check were her weight gain and general health since her milk change as well as her heart murmur which was still quite noticeable the last time it was checked last month.

The appointment went really well. She is now 11lb 11oz at 12 weeks which is still diddy to us but is a massive improvement considering how she started off and how poorly she was when she was last admitted to hospital. They are really happy with the improvement of her rash which was quite obviously caused by her allergy to cows milk as it is almost non existent now. For me the biggest thing was her heart murmur. I mean there could be much worse problems with babies so we are so lucky that these are the worst of our problems and heart murmurs are very common even if they do usually heal quicker than Elsie's has. Anyway the consultant had a listen to her heart and is pretty sure that she couldn't hear anything (meaning it would have healed). The only thing they want to keep checking is that her bowels are ok. I'll spare you the details but you won't envy the nasty nappies we deal with a few times daily! 

So she has to go back in around three months where they will check her progress again and the Doctor that she was suppose to see Wednesday (who had been called away and so we were given a consultant as cover) will double check her heart again and hopefully she will be discharged! 

I am so happy that she is doing so well after causing such chaos and worry in her first few weeks! Babies are really sent to test us aren't they?!

Children's Dressing Up

Review: Frozen Anna Coronation Dress

Monday, November 17, 2014


Well Frozen has taken the world by storm. Every little girl wants to either be Anna or Elsa and the merchandise is selling out as quick as it hits the shelves. I got to make Gracie's dream of being Anna true when we were sent the Anna Coronation dress to review from Otley Run Fancy Dress. On first impressions, the dress looks lovely, it is rich and colourful. It feels just as nice, the material feels like it is great quality. The glitter detail on the dress is great and not that irritating type that comes off everywhere! Nothing annoys me more than my whole house (and everybody in it) being covered in glitter


So What does Gracie think of the dress? She loves it! As you can see she was more than happy to wear it outside for her own personal photo shoot. In fact it's been quite a battle to remove it at times. She asks so nicely to wear it that we can't resist and so Princess Anna has been accompanying us almost everywhere. You can see from the photos that the dress is the perfect length. Not so long that she's tripping over it but long enough to flow perfectly. We chose age 4-5 as that is the size Gracie wears in ordinary clothes and I'd say that it is pretty spot on size wise. The picture below shows the fit of the dress really well.


The Anna Coronation dress is available in a range of sizes from 2-10 years. The dress costs £18.99 which is great for the fantastic quality. There is also a Elsa dress for the same price available here. I can't fault the dress or the service we received. I would definitely recommend this dress for any little Frozen fans.


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Review: Cupcake Babies Inflatable Bath

Thursday, November 13, 2014


You may remember me briefly mentioning Cupcake Babies in my post following The Baby Show. The smallest baby bath in the world, revolutionising bath time. The Cupcake Babies bath is inflatable and so takes up next to no storage space. It can be placed in most sinks and surfaces allowing you to bath your baby however feels comfortable for you. Each bath folds up small and is stored in a small plastic bag it also comes with a cute little rubber duck. Perfect for those who travel regularly or have storage issues. Designed to look like a cupcake it would even make a perfect photography prop!
  

Aimed at babies 0-12 months, the Cupcake Babies bath is a great alternative to your usual baby bath. As well as being handy and innovative, it is also economical. The size means that it doesn't use up a large amount of water to fill it. I use a washing up bowl 3/4 full and as you can see that is more than enough water. It is much sturdier than it looks. Elsie is obviously not sitting unaided yet so in these pictures we supported her by holding the bath at the back to prevent it tipping over with her weight against it but the material itself is pretty thick and not flimsy. The only negative I can think of is I wish it was slightly wider. Elsie fits perfectly and will do for a long while but I think if it was a bit larger it would definitely get a few more months (more than 12 months) use out of it. 


Elsie is definitely a water baby, She loves her baths and is instantly relaxed the moment she hits the water. I can't say there is a bath I've found that she hasn't been comfortable and happy in. She loves the Cupcake Babies bath just as much. I guess it totally depends what you are looking for in a baby bath. If you are content with a cheap baby bath that is fine. If you are worried or overwhelmed with the amount of space all your baby items/essentials take up then this could well be the perfect solution for you. At £39 it isn't cheap but it could be a fantastic investment.

The Cupcake Babies bath comes in White, Fuschia or Turquoise. You can also get towels to match or you can purchase a gift set containing both the bath and the towel. You can order all of these on the website www.cupcakebabies.co.uk

For more information you can keep up to date with Cupcake Babies on their Facebook Page

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My Breastfeeding Battle

Sunday, November 09, 2014



I really wanted Breastfeeding to be easy. I wanted it to be natural for me and my baby. In reality it has been far from easy. For the first two days of Elsie's life I exclusively breastfed. In that time she screamed constantly unless she was latched onto me. I was told that was normal and so I believed it, my milk obviously hadn't come in yet and the constant feeding would mean when it did there would be plenty for her right? Well at three days out Elsie had lost 11% of her birth weight. So I started formula top ups with the aim of stopping once my milk had come in. We went home when she was three days old but when weighed just two days later she had lost more weight. What was I doing wrong? Elsie was readmitted to hospital for her first stay on the Children's ward at just 5 days old. We started a proper feeding routine that meant she was fed every 3 hours first on the breast followed straight after by the formula top up. She was in two days, her feeding seemed fine and she put on a small amount of weight and we were sent home.

In the following days she continued to put on weight very slowly but nowhere near as much as she should have been. Her nappies were awful and she came out in a bad facial rash. Exactly the same rash I remember Zach having as a baby. The same rash that made my Health Visitor confirm he had a dairy intolerance when he was just weeks old. I recognised all of the similarities and was sure that it wasn't just coincidence. After days of listening to her screaming in pain and struggling I had had enough and took her to the out of hours Doctor. This is where I was advised that it definitely wasn't an allergy but that the formula top ups were upsetting her and that I should just breast feed. So I did just that. It meant she was constantly glued to me but I didn't mind if it was what was best for her. Except she didn't seem fine, after exclusively breastfeeding for the next 48 hours I realised that once again she was screaming a lot more but I also noticed that she was sleeping a lot more and I was struggling to wake her. So we went back to A&E.

At the hospital I told them all my concerns and when they checked her bloods her blood sugar levels had dropped down to just 1 which is horribly low. So she was admitted again. I felt like such a failure. How can my milk, or lack of, make my baby so poorly. All I wanted was to give her the best start and instead she had gone from a healthy 8lb 5oz down to 6lb 12oz. She was diagnosed with a milk allergy and so I switched to a dairy free diet and switched her to a dairy free formula for top ups. It worked she started putting on weight and returned home. The next few weeks were up and down. for a few days it seemed like she was taking more milk from me which was great and I thought we had cracked it. However it didn't last long but I kept at it no matter how much she took as she was getting healthier and putting on weight. I started taking Pregnacare breastfeeding tablets every day then found Neuners Nursing Tea and so had three cups of that a day to try and build my supply. I fed her every three hours and expressed my milk three to four times a day. Still no joy I couldn't express more than 5ml and she started getting impatient crying when I tried to feed. She would get a couple of drops and nothing else came.

I started to hate going out. I was embarrassed to feed her whilst out in public and not for the same reasons as many women but because I didn't want people to see how short a time I was feeding before getting out a bottle. I didn't want people to see my failure to feed my baby. Elsie is now 10 weeks old and I have stopped breastfeeding this weekend. It hasn't been an easy decision but one I've been putting off for so long, I was causing myself so much stress and getting nowhere and I want to enjoy being around her. I don't want to be stressed and upset every time she wants a feed. I will never know why I couldn't produce the milk she needs. I am glad that I tried and gutted that it didn't work but I have a happy healthy baby and I guess that is all that matters.

Of course anyone reading this I don't want to put you off trying to breastfeed. It has been great for bonding and for the few days that I thought it was getting better it was a great experience and I'll never forget it. I will always treasure the photo in this post, her first ever feed and the first photo I ever took of her.

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Competition: Christmas Hampers From Smith & Kinghorn

Saturday, November 08, 2014


Smith & Kinghorn carefully craft luxury Christmas hampers with high quality products sourced here in Great Britain. All Smith & Kinghorn hampers contain specially selected premium food and drink from award winning suppliers. With two extra special Christmas hampers available; The Festive Hamper and The Yuletide Hamper make an excellent gift for foodies.


Christmas is a time for giving and to celebrate their launch Smith & Kinghorn want to treat all their customers by giving them a FREE luxury hamper. For every customer that buys the Festive Hamper online they will be rewarded with the Yuletide Hamper completely free. Each hamper costs £49.99 each (plus delivery) but for £49.99 you can get both of the hampers below. Smith & Kinghorn will even send the free hamper to any UK (excluding Highlands and Islands) completely free of charge. So keep one for yourself and send another to a friend maybe or gift them both it's completely up to you!


The Festive Hamper




Contents

  • Fox's Christmas Pudding (454g)
  • Thorntons Truffles (115g)
  • Mercer Apple Sage & Cider Jelly (140g)
  • Rose Farm Harvest Chutney (117g)
  • Walkers Shortbread Fingers wrapped (160g)
  • Mrs Darlington’s Cranberry Sauce with Port (200g)
  • Brewhoho - Christmas Tea 25's (50g)
  • Thorncroft Cordial (330ml)
  • Epicure Pate (180g)
  • Cottage Delight Strawberry Extra Jam (227g)
  • Atkins & Potts Brandy Sauce (240g)
  • Walkers Glenfiddich Mincemeat Tarts x 6 (372g)



The Yuletide Hamper

Contents
  •  Walkers White Choc & Raspberry Biscuits (150g)
  • Thorntons Chocolates (115g)
  • Mrs Darlington’s Orange Curd with Cointreau (200g)
  • Dundee Cake (350g)
  • Walker's Traditional Oatcakes (300g)
  • Thorncroft Cordials (330ml)
  • Dormen Dry Roast Nuts (100g)
  • Divine (100g) bar – selection
  • Mrs Bridges Christmas Marmalade (113g)
  • Mrs Bridges Christmas Chutney (113g)
  • Epicure Cheese Straws (100g)
  • Mercers Beer & Black Pepper Mustard (140g)


Smith & Kinghorn have been kind enough to let me giveaway one of these fantastic hampers to one of you lucky readers. The winner will receive their choice of one of the hampers. To enter follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. All entrants must complete the mandatory entry (and if commenting anonymously please leave your name in the comment so I know who you are!)

If you would like to order one for yourself visit www.smithandkinghornhampers.co.uk



Open to UK only. The competition will end 29/11/2014 at 12am. All entrants must complete the mandatory entry on the rafflecopter form. Those who don't will have all entries removed. The blog owner will choose the winner through the rafflecopter form (which uses random.org) The winner will be notified by email and displayed on the widget. One winner will receive a Smith & Kinghorn Christmas Hamper of their choice. No alternative prize will be offered.  Allow up to 28 days for delivery.

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Our First Family Bonfire Night

Friday, November 07, 2014


On Wednesday we took the kids to their first ever Bonfire Night event. We've always watched Bonfire Night pass by without a thought. Gracie never liked loud noises and they didn't really know what it was. Now that she is at Nursery she has been learning all about Bonfire Night and other events and why they are celebrated and so kept asking us about it so we decided this year we would show her. We all wrapped up in our coats and woollies (and took our first family of five selfie!), we popped Zach in the pushchair as it was past his bedtime so he could nap on the way home and I popped Elsie in the baby carrier so she would be close to me with all the loud noises around. 



Gracie was so excited and didn't care about the loud noises. She had stolen my ear muffs so I think they muffled the sound and she watched the fireworks in amazement in her Daddy's arms. All we could hear was her wowing in excitement at them. I love these pictures I managed to capture. Zach slept through most of it but woke in the middle of the display but could see them perfectly from the pushchair and loved it too! Elsie was wide awake looking around and didn't get upset until the very last firework which was a bit loud for her so I'd say our first Bonfire Night was a great success!

It was a truly magical night!

Did you do anything special?


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Review: Mooshka Tots Doll

Thursday, November 06, 2014



One day a group of paper doll friends joined hands and through the power of friendship they sprung into sweet huggable girls 

You may have seen my review of the 'Sing Around The Rosie'  Mooshka doll last week. I also received a Mooshka Tot doll. The Mooshka Tots are the little sisters of the Mooshka dolls. The dolls are smaller than the originals at just 24cm. Mooshka dolls are cute and colourfull dolls and the story behind them is that they were once individual paper dolls that through the power of friendship sprung to life and became little girls. They aim to teach children aboout the importance of friendship.

We received Misha. Her birthday is June 1st. Misha loves baby animals, especially feeding and petting them. She is the younger sister of Ina. Misha has beautifully blonde hair and blue eyes. Misha comes with a finger puppet doll, paper doll chain and a giftable box. 


As Gracie has the Sing Around The Rosie doll she decided that the baby sister doll just had to belong to Elsie. Although that hasn't stopped Gracie playing with her. She loves to pretend that the two dolls are her and Elsie. I love this doll it is a lovely size, not too big, not too small. She is perfect for taking out and about as she packs away nicely in the change bag. The finger puppet doll is a lovely added extra and can be great fun for them to play with. 

What I love most about the Mooshka Tots doll is that as well as teaching children about the importance of friendship but they can also teach children about the bond between siblings (well definitely when you have one of the larger dolls too). Gracie has said the dolls are best friends just like her and Elsie which I think is adorable! Mooshka dolls would make the perfect Christmas gift for any little girl.

The dolls retail at around £15 which is very reasonable for a doll like this. They are currently available on Amazon.

You can find out more about Mooshka dolls and keep up to date on the latest news on their social media channels.

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Moo Free Dairy Free Seasonal Treats

Monday, November 03, 2014

You may already know that both Zach and Elsie have dairy intolerances and since I am breastfeeding Elsie I am also on a dairy free diet. I have always bought dairy free chocolates for Zach and it wasn't until I became dairy free when Elsie was diagnosed just weeks ago, that I actually tried them myself. I soon discovered that your average dairy free chocolates are not a nice alternative. In fact I can't bare to eat them. However, Moo Free chocolates are totally different! I have finally found a chocolate brand that I enjoy eating.

                        

After I got in touch the lovely people at Moo Free sent me a selection of their seasonal treats so I could give my thoughts and help spread the word about the tasty treats. With Christmas coming up it's the time to indulge and eat your own weight in seasonal foods. You might even be buying chocolate as gifts for friends and family, but what do you buy for the dairy free friends or relatives? This is where Moo Free come in.


We were sent an advent calendar, selection box and a single chocolate Santa. The advent calendar, like all Moo Free products, is completely suitable for people who suffer from dairy intolerance or who are on a vegan diet. It is a milk chocolate made with rice milk making it taste much creamier than your average soya based dairy free alternative. The selection box contains one of each of the four popular flavoured Moo bars; Minty Moo, Cheeky Orange, Bunnycomb Bar and the milk chocolate Organic Santa bar. Since I started my dairy free diet I had really missed having a choice of different chocolates in fact I just missed nice tasty chocolate. These alternatives are fantastic. It is nice that these bars remind me of some of my favourite chocolates. The Bunnycomb Bar tastes so similar to Crunchie bars. Then there is the orange and mint bars which both just taste amazing. The milk chocolate is lovely too, we love the chocolate Santa and the milk chocolate drops. I've always felt bad when it comes to Zach's allergies and that he has always had limited choice of treats especially compared to his big sister who can eat anything. These Moo Free bars now give him a choice of treats and it is great that he can also have seasonal treats for the Christmas season now too.


All Moo Free products are manufactured in a UK factory that doesn't deal with any milk based products so there is no chance of cross contamination. Moo Free products can be found in most Sainsbury's stores or on online stores such as Amazon. You can find a list of all stockists here.

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Review & Competition: Mooshka Sing Around The Rosie Doll

Saturday, November 01, 2014

One day a group of paper doll friends joined hands and through the power of friendship they sprung into sweet huggable girls 
Mooshka Dolls are the latest craze to come from Zapf Creation. The idea behind the cute and colourful dolls is that they were once individual paper dolls that one day, through the power of friendship, they joined hands and sprang into sweet huggable girls. They aim to teach children about the importance of friendship and how it connects us all. We were sent a Mooshka Sing Around the Rosie doll to review. 

Gracie's Mooshka doll is called Niva, her birthday is January 23rd and she is all about words. She loves to write poems, songs and letters to her friends. Each Mooshka doll has her own personality. There are three different Sing Around the Rosie dolls; 'Niva', 'Myra' and 'Lera' each has her own birthday and are totally different to each other which makes them great friends. They all sing the same 'ring around the rosie' tune when both hands are held at the same time.

Gracie loves her Sing Around the Rosie doll. It took her a while to get used to holding both hands to make her sing but she soon got the hang of it. We even figured out that the hands can magnetically stick together which can also make her sing whilst not being held. The Mooshka dolls are very high quality. They are lovely and soft and pay a lot of attention to detail. Gracie instantly noticed the pretty feather headband Niva was wearing which is what made her choose this doll. The doll also comes with a paper doll chain perfect to hang in your child's bedroom and a giftable box. Any little girl would be thrilled to open up a Mooshka Doll this Christmas.

The RRP of the Sing Around the Rosie doll is £24.99 which is a very reasonable price for a singing doll. If you like the look of the dolls but would prefer one without sounds there are Mooshka Girl dolls and Mooshka Tots dolls available too. If you keep a look out we will be publishing a review of the Mooshka Tots doll next week!

We have a Mooshka Sing around the Rosie 'Myra' doll to giveaway to one lucky reader. For your chance to win, simply fill in the Rafflecopter form below and remember to complete the mandatory entry. Good Luck!


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