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Posted on August 4, 2015

August 15 – This Mummy Loves…

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Welcome to August’s issue of This Mummy Loves… Here you will find some awesome products that we have been sent to review, ones we have bought ourselves, films we’ve watched, books we’ve read etc. Anything really that we think is worth of a mention 🙂

If you would like to have a product featured in the September edition of This Mummy Loves… please send me an email to thismummyloves@gmail.com to see if your product is suitable.

Here are some products that we have loved this month…

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Luggo Monster Suitcase

The lovely people from Prezzybox.com sent us this awesome monster suitcase! It is absolutely brilliant. It’s plastic hard shell makes it perfect for kids as it is sturdy and also can be wiped clean. It has a handy handle so can be pulled around or straps on the back so can be carried around like a rucksack. It would be perfect for sleepovers or for short trips. What Bugs loves most about it is the flashing wheels when pulled along! 🙂 A brilliant product that I would highly recommend. You can purchase on Prezzybox for £28.95 or if monsters aren’t your thing, check out the ladybird suitcase instead 🙂

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The Collective – Suckies

Gourmet yoghurt brand The Collective  have created  Suckies, a kids’ range of portable yoghurt pouches, which are designed to be enjoyed at home, in the lunchbox or on-the-go and they sent a few for Boo and Bugs to try. They definitely get the thumbs up from us, Boo loves it when I have put them in the freezer overnight and then put one in her packed lunch, by the time she has come to eat it at lunchtime it has defrosted and kept her lunch cool too!

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The UK’s first ever branded fresh yoghurt pouch, Suckies are available in three delicious flavours: Sassy Strawberry,Peach & Apricot and Blueberry. They provide parents with the most convenient form of family snacking through a design that allows them to be eaten spoon-free, for minimum mess. Mums and Dads love them for helping to cut out this hassle as well as for their quality ingredients, and kids love them for their amazing taste!

The Collective’s kids range is created for children over six months of age and each one is packed full of whole milk goodness and only contains sugars found naturally in fruit. Suckies are free from GM ingredients, gluten, artificial colours, flavours, preservatives, and are suitable for vegetarians, with no pips and bits allowed! Suckies can be frozen at home and popped into lunchboxes so by lunchtime they’re nice and cool – ideal for eating anywhere, anytime.

Suckies Pouches are sold individually at just 79p per 100g pouch, and should be kept chilled. The range is available at Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Ocado, Booths, Nisa, and Whole Foods.

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Lizi’s Gluten Free Granola

Lizi’s, is delighted to announce it’s adding a Gluten Free version of its popular and incredibly good for you, tasty Original granola!

So if you’re in the 1% of the UK that suffer from coeliac disease, are gluten intolerant or are simply living a gluten free lifestyle, then now you can enjoy a perfectly formed breakfast that tastes so good.

Lizi’s is the only cereal where the Glycaemic Load (GL) of a serving is measured – so you are assured of a healthy, high-fibre breakfast with slow energy release.

This means a gradual release of good carbs to maintain healthy blood sugar levels to keep you fuller for longer, stopping the urge for a quick ‘sugar fix’.

With Gluten Free, the oats have been carefully sourced to ensure they are uncontaminated from other crops – making it a delicious alternative for those looking for a perfect bowl of gluten free granola – just add milk or a dollop of yoghurt and top with a serving of fresh fruit!

We can confirm it is delicious, the kids have been enjoying it for breakfast with natural yogurt and a squirt of maple syrup! Yum! You can buy it now in Asda and Sainsbury’s 🙂

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Nurture

Nurture is a delicious, all-natural children’s drink designed with little ones’ health in mind. Enriched with vitamins and minerals proven to support healthy immunity* – and with no added sugar in sight – this half juice, half water miracle concoction offers the perfect way to keep youngsters happy, healthy and full of beans. Boasting the optimum daily amount of vitamins for 1-6 year-olds, including zinc, B vitamins and beta-glucans*, just one serving a day could really help to fill nutritional gaps for fussy eaters – making parents’ lives easier at the same time.

You can choose from Strawberry & Cherry and Orange & Pineapple , they are available for £1.99 per 4 pack which I don’t think is too expensive. The kids love them and I would happily buy these for packed lunches and picnics. It’s very reassuring to know they have lots of vitamins in and have no added sugar.

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Special K

Special K are launching an amazing new range of products this summer and I have been lucky enough to get to try them all. You can now find all the products in all major supermarkets from just £1.99!

My favourite of them all has to be the super porridges, they are absolutely gorgeous and I will definitely be buying more when I have finished these off!

All these products are part of their ‘Live in Colour’ campaign which encourages women to live a life full of variety, choice and fun. You can read more about that over on the website.

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Skinade

I’ve been sent a 30 day trial of Skinade, previous to this I had never heard of Skinade and I am only 4 days into my trial so can’t tell you if it works or not yet but watch this space…

skinade is a multi-award winning, natural peach and mangosteen flavoured anti-ageing collagen drink containing a patent pending formulation of active ingredients that boosts your body’s natural production of collagen and hyaluronic acid. skinade improves the way your skin looks and feels in as little as 30 days.

skinade has been developed by leading UK scientists and is designed to provide a perfect ratio of liquid to active ingredients to create one of the most advanced, effective and bio-available anti-ageing skincare products on the market today. skinade is an alternative approach to your skincare regime – a drink that works from the inside out.

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HAMMAMAS

Check out HAMMAMAS the clever cotton towel! They are super soft, super absorbent and come in an amazing range of colours and sizes! Brilliant for taking on holiday as they take up a lot less room in your suitcase than an ordinary beach towel and they can double up as a sarong, picnic blankets, rug, table-cloth and more! Not only are they super absorbent but they also dry super quick too and come in a fab little wet bag! They are really soft and get even softer the more you wash them!

We work closely with traditional weavers in rural Turkey to produce our Hammamas in the same way the towels have been created for generations. We source only local Turkish cotton as it’s the best quality money can buy. The combination of premium quality cotton and traditional weaves and techniques create a product that is of the highest quality, that’s soft, absorbent and lasts.

Head over and check out the website, this is one product that I think is genius!

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Horrid Henry’s Big Box of Pranks 

Fans of the hugely popular Horrid Henry books and BAFTA nominated TV series, will be thrilled to hear that a delightfully horrid new app, Horrid Henry’s Big Box of Pranks, will be released by P2 Entertainment this summer. Launching on July 2nd, the app will be available on iOS and Android devices for £2.99.

Big Box of Pranks is a collection of fun, fast and funny action-packed mini-games based on Henry’s love for all things mischievous! Featuring all the popular characters, theme music and SFX from the Horrid Henry TV series, players will be able to delve into Henry’s box of playful pranks for the ultimate prankster contest.

On entering the app, fans will first face ten prank challenges, which they must play as quickly as possible before they run out of lives. The difficulty level increases as the pranks progress and the action becomes more and more frantic as players must attempt to beat their own high score and to earn Prank Awards that unlock 5 additional new mini-games.

While the app is ideal for kids aged 5-12 years old it’s also great to play with family and friends as you compete to beat the highest score and ultimately be crowned ‘Lord High Excellent Majesty of Pranks’!

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My Messy Adventure

For the first time ever, some of the best loved – and most feared – heroes and villains of Roald Dahl’s stories have been brought together in a brand new interactive adventure story, as part of a marvellously messy and ground-breaking partnership between Persil, the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Quentin Blake.

The ‘My Messy Adventure’ story enables every child (and big kids!) to be the hero of their very own Roald Dahl story, where they will get to meet The Witches, Matilda or James (James and the Giant Peach) along the way.  Free to play at www.persil.co.uk/Roald-Dahl, the story will encourage families to get outside and go exploring this summer.

The ‘My Messy Adventure’ story can be accessed on a smartphone or tablet, and is totally interactive and enriched by the outside world.  This innovative new format allows children to enjoy Roald Dahl’s amazing stories and Quentin Blake’s iconic imagery in a way they have never experienced them before.  The child will even feature in the story as a customisable Roald Dahl-themed avatar featuring completely new Quentin Blake illustrations for a fully personalised experience.

The adventure aims to encourage children and parents to embrace the power of technology to learn and experience the great outdoors on their doorstep.  Ultimately the kids are in control as they are challenged by the characters they meet to complete messy challenges and tasks, such as hunting bugs or collecting dry leaves.  The path they take will determine their unique and personal journey, culminating in a ‘digital scrapbook’ to showcase their exciting adventure.  With several characters to choose from, the story guarantees hours of fun during the summer holidays.


What I’ve Been Watching

I was rather excited to get a notification from Netflix a couple of weeks ago to tell me that The Original season 2 was now available to watch!!!! I love love love The Vampire Diaries and The Originals and have already watched season 2! I loved it and am really hoping that there will be a season 3!

Other than that I have watched some episodes of Pretty Little Liars, The L World and the film The Help which is fantastic!

What I’ve Been Reading

Hmmm yeh no comment 😉

I’ve been useless at picking up books this month, I have only read a couple of chapters of Grey so far so can’t really tell you what it’s like, I hope to have more reads to share with you next month 🙂


Well that’s all for this month, don’t forget to contact me soon if you have a product that you would like to see in September’s edition!

Posted on July 1, 2015

July 15 – This Mummy Loves…

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Welcome to July’s issue of This Mummy Loves… Here you will find some awesome products that we have been sent to review, ones we have bought ourselves, films we’ve watched, books we’ve read etc. Anything really that we think is worth of a mention 🙂

If you would like to have a product featured in the August edition of This Mummy Loves… please send me an email to thismummyloves@gmail.com to see if your product is suitable.

Here are some products that we have loved this month…

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Yankee Candle

I am a HUGE fan of Yankee Candle so was over the moon to be sent this GORGEOUS large Sunflower jar! It’s making a special appearance on the Yankee Candle website which means it won’t be around for long so snap it up while you can. I just LOVE it, Sunflowers are my favourite flower, it such a pretty jar I can’t help but smile when I look at it 🙂 Other special appearances this month are Lavender Vanilla and Cotton Candy. I love the sound of Cotton Candy so have added that to my birthday wishlist *hint hint* 😉

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lights by TENA

lights by TENA created me my very own SOS kit last month, full of things that will help me get through each day! The chocolate flake tea is amazing and I cannot live a day without using dry shampoo!

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I love the SOS shopping bag and they also make me my very own apron…

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Love my apron so much, I’ve never had an apron before but use this every time I am cooking now. I always used to make such a mess so this just saves my clothes. A huge thanks to lights by Tena for my awesome SOS kit 🙂

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Krill

I’ve been sent this Krill Oil supplement to try. I really suffer with pre-menstrual symptoms so I am always willing to give things a go if there is a chance they will alleviate my symptoms.

Cleanmarine Krill Oil for Women is a new omega 3 oil supplement that can help women with PMS to simply and naturally, reduce the severity of their monthly symptoms.

How can Cleanmarine Krill Oil help alleviate the symptoms of PMS?

Krill oil provides two omega-3 essential fatty acids, (EPA eicosapentaenoic acid and DHA docosahexaenoic acid). High levels of these omega-3 fatty acids can help the body to regulate hormonal imbalances and can effectively ‘switch off’ premenstrual pain, inflammation, bloating, breast pain, headaches, anxiety, nervousness, depression and cravings

I will be taking them for  the next month so make sure you visit August’s post to see how I get on with them. I have my fingers firmly crossed 😉

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Costa

I had a Costa date with my oldest yesterday and we tried our their new Summer menu! Lero had a watermelon and strawberry cooler and I had a Belgian chocolate creamy cooler! They were absolutely gorgeous and very refreshing… perfect for the current heatwave we are having!

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I never try new things usually when I go to Costa, I always have a Latte but I’m really pleased that I tried something different. Next time I go I’m going to give the blackberry & raspberry fruit cooler a try! It sounds delicious.

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Make sure you check out the new menu next time you are in Costa, you won’t be disappointed!


 

What I’ve been watching…

Pride and Prejudice (Special Edition) [DVD] [1995]

Pride & Prejudice Film [2005]

Sense & Sensibility : Complete BBC Series [2008] [DVD]

I loved the Pride & Prejudice BBC series but the film was a real let down to be honest, my other half agreed with this too as he really enjoyed the BBC series. I watched Sense and Sensibility on my own and really enjoyed that too! You can find both of the BBC series on Netflix which I was very happy about! I’m just so in love with Netflix right now and am addicted to many series on there too. I am loving the new series of Orange is the New Black, Pretty Little Liars, Rita and just started The L Word too! I just love being able to always have something to watch – perfect when I am babysitting for friends, I just take my Macbook and fire up Netflix 🙂

What I’ve been reading…

I’m struggling with reading at the moment, I started off this year doing really well but I haven’t read in a few weeks now. I managed to read my book club book whilst I was on holiday, that was How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst and I really enjoyed that then I got half way through Pride and Prejudice on the Kindle and loved it so much I stopped to watch the TV Series and the film and haven’t picked it back up since. I will make it my goal to finish it this week though and get started on something else. I really need to catch up if I want to complete my 52 books project this year 😉


Well that’s all for this month, don’t forget to contact me soon if you have a product that you would like to see in August’s edition!

 

Posted on March 30, 2015

March 15 – This Mummy Loves…

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Welcome to March’s issue of This Mummy Loves… Here you will find some awesome products that we have been sent to review, ones we have bought ourselves, films we’ve watched, books we’ve read etc.

If you would like to have a product featured in the April edition of This Mummy Loves… please send me an email to thismummyloves@gmail.com to see if your product is suitable.

Here are some products that we have loved this month…

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Hot Wheels

Bugs was sent this new Hot Wheels Super Speed Blastway set to review a few weeks ago and he has been having a blast playing with it. He is really competitive so loves the idea of having to race someone, it makes Hot Wheels a little more fun as he’s not just sat there watching a car go around a track.

This reminds me of a Dragster game that I had when I was little and I used to love that so much. One thing I would say is that it is disappointing that it only comes with one car, which means if you don’t have any other Hot Wheels cars then you can’t play it until you have another one. For me that is a big no-no, selling a product that ‘needs’ two cars but only supplies one.

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Luckily we did have other cars and Bugs has had nothing but fun with this. The idea of the game is to be the first to knock out their finish flag as they fly around the track. It’s very simple to put together and take apart so you can store it in the box when not playing with it.

Who has the skills and the speed to cross the finish line first?  Send your Hot Wheels flying on the Super Speed Blastway and pitting them against the competition until the finish flag decides who is the ultimate champion!  Drivers launch up towards the grandstands so fast, they knock off the pit crew one at a time with every lap until the car in the lead activates the checkered flag for a grand victory. Kids will love the side-by-side racing action activated by two kid-activated slam launchers. Grandstands feature pop off characters activated by every completed lap around the speedway. Finish flag appears at the end of the race to reward the winner!  Connects to other Hot Wheels track sets so kids can continue to build an entire world of racing thrills.  Priced at around RRP £22.99

Exclusive promotion: buy five Hot Wheels cars to get your hands on a free, limited edition Black Car!  For more details go to HotWheelsPromotions.co.uk

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Paddy’s Bathroom

We were very excited when we heard about the new bathroom products called Paddy’s Bathroom, launched by founder of Ella’s Kitchen Paul Lindley. We love Ella’s Kitchen products and couldn’t wait to get our hands on these gorgeous smelling products from Paddy’s Bathroom.

The NEW range of certified organic + natural toiletries is especially for little ones! Created by Ella’s Kitchen® Brand founder Paul Lindley, all bubbly Paddy’s Bathroom products have as much natural and organic stuff in them as possible, and they are super gentle and sting-free on little ones’ eyes. On a mission to make bath time exciting the range includes playful textures, heavenly smells, squirty bottles and loaaddss of bubbles! Not only can your little ones benefit from the new Paddy’s Bathroom range, a donation from every sale goes towards the Drop Buy Drop programme, helping kids in Rwanda get access to clean, safe water!

We were so pleased to be sent the full range of products to try out, all packed in a gorgeous Pinch the Lobster Paddlepak from Trunki!

Paddy’s Bathroom products smell amazing, come in awesome packaging and are full of mild and gentle ingredients perfect for you little ones skin! Head over to the website to find out more!

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Oust

Limescale is a bit of a problem in my house, especially in my kettle and iron so I was rather pleased to be sent these fabulous products from Oust! I’ve been busy descaling ever since they arrived and am very pleased with how sparkling everything has come up!

The Drop-in-bag kettle descaler is my favourite as I have such trouble descaling the kettle but this removed all limescale in a matter of minutes! I didn’t know such a product existed and have always used lemon juice to descale but that always took hours!

So if you have a limescale problem do head over to www.oustdescalers.co.uk and find out how you can #OUSTyourhouse 🙂

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The Happy Egg Co

The lovely people at The Happy Egg Co sent me my very own signed copy of Totally Chocolate by Eric Lanlard (OMG such an amazing book!) recently as well as a recipe for Peanut Butter & Chocolate Egg Cups which is created by Eric Lanlard especially for The Happy Egg Co!

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We will be making these at the weekend and are all very excited as they looks totally amazing. Why not have a go yourselves…

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Just click on the above image for full size! Enjoy!

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Puzzle Club

Boo loves doing puzzles so was overjoyed when she was sent the Puzzle Club to have a look at. It has kept her busy these last few weeks and she is already wanting her next issue. She finds some of the puzzles challenging but I would say it is perfect for her age (8) and I will happily buy it for her.

Puzzle Club has been recently launched by the UK’s leading puzzle content provider, Puzzler Media and is a bi-monthly magazine for 7 – 11 year olds. It is the first magazine of its kind that is linked to the Key Stage Two National Curriculum. Puzzler Media has developed the title in conjunction with the world’s leading learning company, Pearson.

The magazine is a 64-page compendium of different puzzles and brain-teasers, from crosswords to wordmazes and sudoku puzzles, all designed to engage children and allow them to apply / learn school-learnt knowledge in a fun and less pressured way. It’s also a great way of keeping children occupied on long car, plane or train journeys, get them practising their handwriting, improving their pen skills, or for SATs and even 11+ exam preparation. The magazine is available to buy in WHSmiths, as well as all large supermarkets and good newsagents.

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Aveeno

We are huge fans of Aveeno products! I have terribly dry skin with patches of eczema and Bugs has had awful eczema since he was very little. Aveeno has been wonderful for both of our skin and I would highly recommend you give them a try if you suffer from dry skin problems. My favourite is the Bath & Shower Oil, it leaves my skin feeling amazing!

Aveeno have just launched their second book “The Dry-ventures of Ellie and Eddie… Happy Skin Holidays” after the success of their first book. You can download both of the eBook’s here http://www.aveeno.co.uk/childrens-dry-skin they really have helped Bugs understand his skin problems and why I have to keep applying cream.

What I’ve been watching…

I’ve continued with my Charmed obsession on Netflix this month, it’s got a little bit samey so I’m not into it as much as I was, I broke it up a bit and watched the new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which is good fun! I’m really looking forward to the new Orange is the New Black series coming in June though!

What I’ve been reading… 

I’m not doing too bad with my 2015 reading list; I’m on my 14th book of the year so far and although I’m not reading as much at the moment as I was back in January I am still on target to read 52 this year! I’ve just finished Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and am moving onto Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets next. I feel a bit blah about reading the Harry Potter books at the moment, it feels like I’ll never get through them and I didn’t enjoy the first as much as I thought I was going to but I’ll solider on and see how it goes 🙂


Well that’s all for this March, don’t forget to contact me soon if you have a product that you would like to see in April’s edition!

Posted on February 26, 2015

Feb 15 – This Mummy Loves…

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Welcome to February’s issue of This Mummy Loves… Here you will find some awesome products that we have been sent to review, ones we have bought ourselves, films we’ve watched, books we’ve read etc.

If you would like to have a product featured in the March edition of This Mummy Loves… please send me an email to thismummyloves@gmail.com to see if your product is suitable.

Here are some products that we have loved this month…

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Playmobil Eggs

These Playmobil eggs are a fantastic alternative Easter Egg which the kids will love! They come in four colours blue (boy with tractor), red (pirate with row-boat), pink (princess with vanity station) and yellow (fun at the beach). You can purchase them on the Playmobil website for £6.99 each.

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Alphabites

We were sent a fab parcel from the lovely people at BEAR last month which contained their Alphabites cereals to try! Alphabites are a delicious healthy breakfast cereal with no refined sugar, salt, or any other nonsense. Grrr. Instead of refined sugars, we use coconut blossom nectar which contains twice the calcium of milk, and has a naturally low GI. The kids absolutely love this cereal and love the fact that each box contained 4 monster magnets too. BEAR sent me my very own magnets which are now proudly displayed on my fridge…

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The kids are now on a mission to collect their names, it’s a good job they love Alphabites as it might take us a while; I can see they will be pinching some of my letters before long 😉

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We also had great fun with the amazing craft package that they sent us to create our very own monster letters! They kids loved doing this and we had a wonderful afternoon together crafting! So a very big thank you for that BEAR! 🙂 You can enter the monster design competition too over on the website.

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World Book Day Fancy Dress

Bugs was sent this brilliant Harry Potter outfit from the lovely people at Sainsbury’s especially for World Book Day. The outfit includes a cloak with pointy hood, a tie, a wand which makes a noise and lights up when it is waved, glasses and a book cover. It costs £15 and is just perfect for World Book Day!

How fab is it that you can just nip to your local Sainsbury’s and pick up such brilliant fancy dress like this. Sainsbury’s have lots of other outfits for World Book Day including the Gruffalo, Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks just check out your local store.

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What I’ve been reading… 

I haven’t managed to read as much as last month but I’ve still managed three books this month. The first book I read was Shopaholic to the Stars by Sophie Kinsella, I love all the Shopaholic series but this one was terrible to be honest, there was no point to the story and absolutely nothing happened and then it ended and I was like WTF? I then read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which was my latest book club book and I loved it. It’s a book of letters sent between friends and new friends/lovers and it is just such a heart warming story and I’d highly recommend it! Lastly I read The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared which I really enjoyed too! I’ve started reading the Harry Potter books now so I’ll be busy on them for the next month or so 😉

What I’ve been watching…

After my Twilight addiction ended last month I’ve started watching Charmed on Netflix this month, I remember watching it when my oldest was little and it has been great revisiting it! There are 8 series though so it might take me a little while to get through it!

I read Gone Girl the book in January and loved it. The film was very poor in my opinion. My other half hasn’t read the book and he hated the film. It is really slow going and misses so much detail from the book. 2 and a half hours of my life I’ll never get back!

We loved all the Bourne films mainly because I just love Matt Damon so thought we’d give the Bourne Legacy a go seeing as it was on TV last week! We really enjoyed it! Jeremy Renner is fantastic! I was glued to the screen the whole time and then it just went off and I was left needing more!! Definitely worth a watch but it ends rather abruptly without answering many questions.


Well that’s all for this February, don’t forget to contact me soon if you have a product that you would like to see in March’s edition!

Posted on January 27, 2015

Jan 15 – This Mummy Loves…

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Welcome to January’s issue of This Mummy Loves… Here you will find some awesome products that we have been sent to review, ones we have bought ourselves, films we’ve watched, books we’ve read etc.

If you would like to have a product featured in the February edition of This Mummy Loves… please send me an email to thismummyloves@gmail.com to see if your product is suitable.

Here are some products that we have loved this month…

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Good Bubble

We were sent some Good Bubble products last month and seriously I have never know kids bath products to smell so amazing! We have Hair & Body Wash and Conditioner in Dragon Fruit and Bubble Bath in Cloudberry. They leave my kids smelling gorgeous!!

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Good Bubble products are gorgeous, gentle formulations that truly nourish your hair and skin. Rich in nutrients, free from harsh chemicals and kind to the planet. Made with only the best intentions. No tears. No nasties. Take a look at the website for more information or buy some for yourself 🙂

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Disney Cakes & Sweets

Disney Cakes & Sweets is a special collection that gives you the chance to collect an exclusive range of Disney bakeware & magical recipes! We were lucky enough to get sent 4 of the magazines before Christmas and they are really fantastic!! If you love Disney and baking then these magazines are for you! They have amazing birthday cakes, muffins, sweets, biscuits as well as Disney moulds, cutters and cake-decorating equipment! With my four issues I received Winnie the Pooh character silicone moulds, Mickey & Minnie silicone moulds, Donald Duck silicone mould and number cutters and embossers. The products are fantastic quality! I love Disney so this magazine really excites me!!

Disney Cakes & Sweets is published weekly and costs £3.99.

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The Primal Kitchen Bars.

When I was eating strictly Paleo last year these bars where an absolute lifesaver when I was feeling like a quick snack. They are made from nuts, unsweetened fruit and almond oil… that’s it! Nowadays I mostly make my own raw snacks but these are fantastic to have in the cupboard or my bag for when hunger strikes and the kids love them too!! They available to buy from Ocado, Suerdrug, Tesco and leading health stores for £1.49 each or you can purchase them at The Primal Pantry.

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Bioskin Junior

The lovely people at the Big Green Smile sent me these Bioskin Junior products last week, I have heard such good things about them and really wanted to give the a try on little Bugs skin as he gets terrible eczema. I’ll be trying them out for the next month and will let you know our verdict. His skin is already feeling super smooth and silky after using the Daily Nourishing Spray for a couple of days… I’ll let you know how we get on but so far so good!

You can buy the Daily Nourishing Spray 100ml for £9.99 and the Outbreak Rescue Cream 50ml for £8.99.

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Enhance

If you are anything like me and get bored with just plain old water then you might want to try Enhance for water!  The range includes four delicious real fruit flavours – Orange and Passion Fruit, Lemon and Lime, Strawberry and Kiwi, Apple and Blackcurrant and they come in adorable little bottles that you can keep in your bag or even your pocket! They have really helped me to get my daily fluid intake increased!

They are made from real fruit juice, with no artificial colours or flavours or added sugar, it’s a great way to keep hydrated without compromising on taste. One short squeeze results in a subtle hint of fruit, or for a burst of flavour, simply add a bit more! They are just 1 calorie per drink too!

The enhance range is available from ASDA, Ocado and from www.enhancedrinks.co.uk and will be on special offer at £2 in selected ASDA stores until 12th February 2015.

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Hatley Pyjamas

This year I bought the kids Christmas PJ’s from Juicy Tots, they are Hatley which I have bought before and they are amazing quality and super cute! I haven’t shopped with Juicy Tots before but I will most definitely do again as the service was fantastic!

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What I’ve been reading… 

At the start of the year I promised myself I would read more this year, so I took up the challenge to read a book a week. I have managed to do that so far, intact I’ve read at least 2 a week so far!

  • Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  • Let’s pretend this never happened – Jenny Lawson
  • The wedding girl – Madeleine Wickham
  • The unpredictable consequences of love – Jill Mansell
  • Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
  • New Moon – Stephanie Meyer
  • Eclipse – Stephanie Meyer
  • Breaking Dawn – Stephanie Meyer

So yes I’ve read quite a few book so far and I am loving reading again. I loved all the books so far, I couldn’t put the Twilight series down and Let’s pretend this never happened is so so funny!

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What we’ve been watching…

The kids have been loving The Adventures of Puss in Boots which is now available on Netflix. It really is good fun, Bugs has watched it over and over, there are five 22 minute episodes to watch so far…

THE ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS finds the world’s most famous feline fortune-hunter in the hidden city of San Lorenzo, a mythical land that is invisible to the outside world thanks to a magical spell that protects its quirky inhabitants – not to mention its wondrous treasure. When Puss in Boots accidentally breaks the spell, he must do more than fight off an endless legion of invaders and marauders … he must become a legend.

With a sweeping, epic visual flair and extraordinary quests in each episode, THE ADVENTURES OF PUSS IN BOOTS combines adventure and comedy with the quick-witted, nimble-footed style that is as synonymous with its hero as his namesake boots.

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Because of my addiction to the Twilight books I had to see the films to so I have sat and watch all 5 Twilight films this month too! So many people told me the films weren’t as good as the books and I guess they are right as they lack so much detail but I find when I watch a film after reading a book that I fill in everything that it is missing and it brings the book to life for me so I thoroughly enjoyed the films!

That’s it I haven’t had time to watch anything else as I have constantly had a book in my hand when I’m not cleaning, working or playing with the kids lol 😉


Well that’s all for this January, don’t forget to contact me soon if you have a product that you would like to see in February’s edition!

Posted on November 20, 2014

Nov 14 – This Mummy Loves…

This Mummy Loves.../ TML Monthly

Welcome to November’s issue of This Mummy Loves… Here you will find some awesome products that we have been sent to try out or ones we have bought over the last month.

If you would like to have a product featured in the Christmas edition of This Mummy Loves… please send me an email to thismummyloves@gmail.com to see if your product is suitable.

Here are some products that we have loved this month…

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The Original Doodle Bear

The Original Doodle Bear is on top of our list this month! Boo was over the moon when she was sent Penny – one of The Original Doodle Bears. You can also get Markie who is pink and Drew who is lavender. How awesome are their names! They each come with 2 double-sided washable markers with stampers and a sticker sheet for decorating and are recommended for ages 3 years and over.

The markers which are included have one side as a normal felt tip and the other side a stamper. You can draw anywhere on the bear and the bears are fully machine washable and you can even put them in the tumble dryer! There are lots of patterns all over the bears to trace or you can just have fun creating your own designs. I would like to see it come with more markers in a bigger range of colours.

You can find them at many stores online for around £19.99 which is a pretty good price. We love anything that encourages creativity in our children but this has the added bonus of being huggable too! What’s not to love?

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Dolce Gusto Ristretto Ardenza

I have been part of the Dolce Gusto Blogger Network for a while now and I LOVE their coffee, This month we were sent some of their new Ristretto Ardenza to try with some of these adorable little expresso cups and saucers. This is the most intense coffee in the Dolce Gusto range yet and it is absolutely gorgeous! I buy three boxes of Dolce Gusto coffee each week and usually stick with their Expresso or Expresso Intenso but since trying this I am addicted seriously!

Why not join Dolce Gusto’s Facebook page – THE POD and start earning stamps and get rewarded!

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Kate’s Cakes

We were sent some delicious Kate’s Cakes to try, they are available in chocolate fudge and lemon drizzle. Each box contains 5 individually wrapped cakes and cost  £1.99. They are perfect for lunch boxes and after school snacks, a perfect size for little tummies! We all really loved these. My favourite were the chocolate and Daddy’s was Lemon Drizzle, the kids weren’t fussy too be honest and would eat either 😉 They are surprisingly good, light and moist! We would definitely buy them again.

They are made using non- GMO ingredients, free range eggs and are free from artificial flavourings, resulting in an irresistible homemade style taste in a premium hand crafted cake.

Kate’s Cakes are available to buy at Tesco.

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Kallo Kids Rice Cake Thins

These Kallo Kids Rice Cake Thins are my kids new favourite snack! Available in Milk Chocolate or Strawberry Yogurt and are delicious! They are sold in boxes of 5 packs and each pack contains 2 rice cakes. Kallo Kids rice cakes have no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, they are also vegetarian, coeliac friends and gluten free. They are available to buy in Sainsbury’s stores with a RRP of £2.89

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Chicago Town Super Slice Sabre

You can grab yourself a brilliant pizza cutter by saving tokens from the boxes of Chicago Town Deep Dish Pizza’s. Collect 5 codes for a Slice Sabre or 9 codes for a Super Slice Sabre! The Super Slice Sabre is awesome fun, it has sound effects, a precision cutting beam and is pretty great at cutting pizza too 😉 Seriously the kids want pizza for tea every night now!! lol

Chicago Town Deep Dish Pizza’s are available in a variety of flavours, including Four Cheese, Pepperoni, Chicken Melt, Ham and Pineapple, Meat Combo and limited edition – Ham and Cheese Topper at all major supermarkets with a RRP of £2.29

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The Happy Egg Co

We love eggs and we love Happy Eggs even more so we were very pleased to become a part of the Happy Eggs Blogger Network! As a thank you I was sent this gorgeous Happy Egg cookie made using Happy Eggs! It was rather delicious!

Who are The Happy Egg Co?

We’re the happy egg company – the free range egg people who do things differently. Founded in 2009, we’ve always been serious about hen welfare. And we believe that if we give our hens the quality of life they deserve, and keep them happy, they’ll reward us with better tasting eggs.

I look forward to sharing more about them over the coming months but for now make sure you are choosing Happy Eggs!

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Toca Nature

Toca Boca’s latest app Toca Nature, which launched on 13th November 2014 (£1.99/ €2,69), captures the wonder and magic of the natural world with its unique, dream-like style. In Toca Nature, kids can create and explore their own environment, populating it with different species of plants and animals, sculpting the landscape with lakes, mountains and different types of forest and woodland.

This is a beautiful app which my kids have loved playing with, I really enjoy playing it too 😉 Watch the Toca Nature video here to get a feel for it. It really is amazing watching the land change before your eyes, and seeing the wildlife you can create! Another fantastic app from Toca Boca!!

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Festive Childrens’ Events At Wyevale Garden Centres

During November and early December Wyvale Garden Centres will be hosting a series of festive children’s events including Breakfast and Tea With Father Christmas. We are very luckily going to have breakfast with Father Christmas in a few weeks but I wanted to let you know about it now in case you would like to attend too! I know my sister Dawnie and her children had tea with the  Easter Bunny and had a fantastic time early this year.

You get to enjoy a delicious, freshly-prepared breakfast or tea and then join his elves to welcome Father Christmas as he arrives from the North Pole. But the fun doesn’t stop there! Little ones meet Father Christmas and get to choose their very own present. And afterwards, they’re given a Christmas tree cookie to decorate. Sounds like fun doesn’t it!

All children’s tickets are £9.99 and adults can opt to pay £7.99 for a meal for £3.99 for a mini ticket.


Well that’s all for this November, don’t forget to contact me soon if you have a product that you would like to see in December’s edition; December is a very busy month so I need all products sent in ASAP if you would like them featured before Christmas :)

Posted on October 20, 2014

Oct 14 – This Mummy Loves…

This Mummy Loves.../ TML Monthly

Welcome to October’s issue of This Mummy Loves… Here you will find some awesome products that we have been sent to try out or ones we have bought over the last month.

If you would like to have a product featured in the November or Christmas edition of This Mummy Loves… please send me an email to thismummyloves@gmail.com to see if your product is suitable.

Here are some products that we have loved this month…

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Playmobil Advent Calendar

Once again as part of the Playmobil Playologist programme we have been sent a Playmobil advent calendar! The kids absolutely loved the pirate one we were sent last year and are over the moon this year with the Christmas themed one! They cannot wait for the 1st of December to come around! Take a look at the Playmobil website for more information and to see all the other types they sell too. They sell for £18.99 and are well worth the money. We have had lots of play out of the pirate one from last year but I know of people who reuse them as advent calendar’s year after year.

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Bioskin Junior

Bioskin Junior, a unique, new range of products developed by British skincare company Salcura, is aimed specifically for children with eczema and severe dry skin. The range contains natural ingredients, providing an alternative tosteroidsandemollients.Itis suitable for childrenand babies aged from three months, and helps soothe infection, inflammation and tissue damage

We have been using the products above for the last weeks and we love them! They smell absolutely gorgeous and leave Bugs skin and hair smelling amazing and feeling so soft, they haven’t irritated his skin at all and his eczema hasn’t been as bad since we started using the bath milk. He loves to lie and soak in it, it doesn’t make the bath all slippery either like some products of this kind. I will most definitely buy both of these again!

The Bath Milk’s RRP is £7.99 for 300ml and the shampoo is £6.99 for 200ml. There is also face & body wash, outbreak rescue cream and a daily nourishing spray in the range. I will probably try them all, I especially like the idea of the daily nourishing spray as it’s often quicker and easier to use with little ones. You can see and buy the whole range from https://www.salcuraskincare.com/bioskinjunior/

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Yankee Candle

The Harvest Yankee Candle is an autumn classic. The rich hues of the harvest – with golden spices softened and smoothed by the addition of sweet autumn fruits and musk – come together in an inviting blend. Cinnamon, cloves and musk, with a hint of sweet apples and pumpkin, make for a recipe that makes any home instantly cosy and welcoming. Priced at £19.99 on the Yankee Candle website. This is a really gorgeous smelling candle!

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Udi’s Gluten Free

We were sent this amazing breakfast hamper from Udi’s Guten Free a few weeks ago and we have been really enjoying their products. The bagels are delicious, I had never actually had gluten free bagels before and I loved them, especially the multi seeded ones. Udi’s have a wide range of gluten free products like bagels, crisps, granola, bread & rolls and much more! If you eat a gluten free diet then you must check out their products. They have a fantastic website with lots of gluten free recipes too! Gluten Free really doesn’t need to be boring!

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McCain

We were sent some McCain vouchers so I headed off to Asda and was pleasantly surprised at their range! Chips, Home Chips, Wedges, French Fries, Hash Browns, Jacket Potatoes, Micro Chips! What’s not to love! McCain certainly are a busy Mums best friend! Fantastic to have in the freezer for when time is limited!

The kids love the French Fries and I’m rather partial to their Mexican Wedges… perfect with a hot chilli on a chilly autumn day 🙂

Chip Chip Hooray!!!

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Nairns Astro Bites

These Nairn’s Astro Bites are so yummy! The kids LOVED them and so did I! They will definitely be on my shopping list frequently!

With 40% less sugar than other children’s biscuits, these bite-sized wholegrain and wheat-free Astro Bites are a delicious, healthy and convenient break-time snack for children. They come in a delicious Berry Blast flavour that can satisfy a sweet tooth without being packed full of sugar and other nasties. Each Astro Bite is in the shape of space ships, stars, aliens and other fun shapes that kids love.

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Read with Biff, Chip and Kipper

Boo adored learning to read with Biff, Chip and Kipper so we were overjoyed to be given the chance to take a look at the learn to read with Biff, Chip and Kipper app. The app offers levels 1-3 and contains 8 books from each level. Bugs loves these books and reads them over and over again, he loves that he can choose to read them himself or have them read to him.

‘Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper: Library’ is currently available as a free app, offering two free books from level 1 when you download the library.  There is also a special discounted price in place for a limited time, offering levels 1-3 for just £4.99, which is an absolute bargain considering you get 24 books with that.

The apps are available for iPhone and iPad from the App Store , Android from Google Play and the Windows Store.

For further information about the ‘Read with Biff, Chip & Kipper’ apps please visit www.gazoob.com or follow them on Facebook and Twitter .

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Swizzels Sweets

We LOVE Swizzels sweets! There is not a lot more I can say really, I grew living up near the factory and I personally am and always have been addicted to Rainbow Drops, Refreshers and Double Mix lollies! They are the perfect fun size treat to keep in the house and Trick or Treaters will love us on Halloween with all these goodies 🙂

Fancy winning some Swizzels of your own? Then head over to the Swizzels Facebook page and upload your scary photos to be in win the chance to win some sweetie hampers.

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Aveeno

I have been using Aveeno products for a good couple of years now, I swear by them! My skin is terribly dry and I suffer from eczema as does little Bugs. We always use the Aveeno oil in the bath or shower and cover ourselves in the lotion to cream depending on which we have in the house. It makes our skin feel wonderful!

Aveeno have just launched their very first book that follows the adventures of Ellie & Eddie. The books are aimed at helping parents and children manage and address the difficulties of having dry, eczema prone skin. I have needed this book in my life for a while now as Bugs hates his skin and hates having to have his creams put on even more! Head over to the Aveeno website to find out more about Aveeno products as well as Ellie & Eddie.


Well that’s all for this October, don’t forget to contact me soon if you have a product that you would like to see in November’s edition; November and December are very busy months so I need all products sent in ASAP if you would like them featured before Christmas 🙂

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