The Scrummy Mummy

Because every mummy is scrummy

February 2011 archive

Muddy Puddles, Princess’s and Sonic Screwdrivers

These are a few of Caitlyn’s favourite things.

Caitlyn is Peppa Pig mad and because of this has wanted to go and play in muddy puddles. We had the opportunity this week and she was so excited. It was funny how many people stopped and commented to me how lovely it was to see a little one jumping in puddles without a care in the world.

Since watching Tangled, Caitlyn has been obsessed with Princess’s and wants to watch every princess film time and time again. Last week we watched Enchanted 4 times.
We have had to find princess posters which she kisses before bed every night and she wants me to do her hair like a princess everyday.

Since Caitlyn was a baby she has sat with her dad and watched Doctor Who, when she was brought a Sonic Screwdriver by her dad I thought it was a silly present which he brought for himself but she loves it. Maybe it is because it flashes and makes a noise or whether she relates it to the TV programme.
She sorts out the Sonic Screwdriver on a regular basis and even scared me one night where she had gone to sleep cuddling it and then coming into my room with it flashing and making its noise.

What are your little ones favourite things?

Reason to be Cheerful 1,2,3 Week 8

Michelle from Mummy From the Heart has been running this now for 2 months.

My first reason for being cheerful this week is I spent a lovely day out with my sisters and their boys. I left my girls with Gizmodad and we went to the baby show. I met a lot of companies who I talk to on twitter so its was nice to put a name to a face.

My second reason for being cheerful is Ellie is changing daily and look forward to seeing what she is going to do on a daily basis.

My third reason for being cheerful this week is seeing Caitlyn’s face light up after going puddle jumping for the first time. Admittedly she wasn’t wearing the right footwear but she loved pretending to be Peppa Pig and trying to make the puddle disappear.

The Monday Morning Review : My Carry Potty

We have been struggling with potty training out and about so when My Carry Potty were looking for reviewers I was so happy.

Every time the postman gives us parcels Caitlyn opens them for me and I think it took her a while to work out what the My Carry Potty was a first as she was holding it walking around telling me it was her bag.

I found it difficult to open at first, the instructions did say it was hard to open as it is the seal which makes it difficult. Once I got the hang of it opening it it is really easy.

Caitlyn was really funny with the Potty as she says it is her “Posh Potty” she christened it with a Wee and hasn’t looked back.

The real test was when we have been out and about. We first took it with us when we went swimming as it is a short distance from our house and previously I have had to hold her legs up off the ground to go but this time she sat on the My Carry Potty which was much more comfortable for her and we had no screaming like we normally do.

The funniest time she used it was when she asked me to open it and took it with her and brought it back to me closed, I asked her whether she had done a few and she said no so I thought I had better check and she had done a Number 2 which she normally would do in her knickers.

I would recommend getting this potty straight away instead of waiting until you are taking the plunge to venture outside with out a nappy.

Xbox Kinect SDK official

Today, Microsoft announced it will release a non-commercial Kinect for Windows software development kit from Microsoft Research later this spring. The intent of releasing a “starter kit” for application developers is to make it easier for academic research and enthusiast communities to create even richer experiences using Kinect technology.

The Kinect for Windows SDK from Microsoft Research is being developed and released by Microsoft Research (MSR) in collaboration with the Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) to support a growing community of academic researchers and enthusiasts who are exploring potential applications built using Kinect.

The starter kit will give academic researchers and enthusiasts access to deep Kinect system capabilities such as audio, system APIs, and direct control of the sensor. Microsoft will deliver a commercial version of the SDK later. There are no further details to share at this time.

Microsoft has deep investments in R&D in natural user interfaces (NUI). NUI is part of the company’s long term vision of creating computers that are intuitive to use and able to do far more for us. The fruits of those investments manifesting across many of Microsoft’s products, including Kinect for Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7, Microsoft Surface 2.0, Bing for Mobile and Office 2010 Mini Translator.

This announcement of the Microsoft Kinect for Windows SDK reflects Microsoft’s desire to unleash the magic of the NUI technology to a broader set of academic researchers and the enthusiasts by empowering them with the tools to create exciting applications with the use of Kinect technology.

Microsoft Research issued a statement today at

Thinking Day

I was a Brownie, Girl Guide, Young Leader and Leader and the only reason I stopped was because I was pregnant.

Each year on 22nd February it is thinking day, it is the birthday of Lord Baden-Powell and Lady Baden-Powell.

Each Thinking day Rainbows, Brownies and Guides all around the world hold parties to celebrate their birthdays. Normally each Rainbow, Brownie and Guide bring £1 to put in the thinking day fund.

When I was a Guide each patrol choose a country and would research it and do information posters and also cook some dishes from that country. All the other guides would try the food out and one year I choose france and the day before had gone on a day trip to France so I brought back Snails and the smelliest cheese I could find and it was a big hit. To finish of the evening we would sing songs from across the world.

The best thinking celebration I have ever been involved in was a big one held in London, there was a church service at Westminster Abbey and then we went to Pax Lodge which is one of the guide centres. We did lots of different activities from around the world my favourite activity was doing aboriginal art! We then had campfire songs with each country present singing songs in their language.

I think on thinking day this year I will have theme activities for a certain country but need your help deciding which country. Please comment below with your suggestions.

Midweek Review and Giveaway – Stérimar Baby

I was really glad to get to try Stérimar Baby as both Caitlyn and Ellie have had snuffly noses for the past week, making them a nightmare during the night.

Babies breathe mainly through their nose and cannot blow it, a blocked nose can be disruptive and lead to problems breathing, eating or sleeping. To help relieve discomfort, Stérimar Baby gently clears and unblocks little noses and rebalances nasal functions.

Stérimar Baby is made out of the cleanest, best quality sea water from the French coast of Britanny. Sea water mineral salts have been know for centuries for their therapeutic properties.

I have found the best thing about Stérimar Baby is that it can be used at any angle to apply so for those like Ellie who hate you going anywhere near her nose you can approach from behind her and it still works upside down.

I have found that it helps Caitlyn get rid of her mucus a lot more easily when she is blowing her nose and even tried it myself. Because it is for younger children ( birth to 3 years) the spray isn’t as powerful than an adults version.

Stérimar Baby is available in Boots and most pharmacies across the UK. It costs around £6.50.

I have four Stérimar Baby to giveaway so for your chance to win one, answer this easy question – For what age range is Sterimar Baby for?

Please put your answers in the comments below.

Four winners will be picked at random on 23rd Feb. This giveaway is open to UK residents only.

Monday Morning Review : Shloer

Every time I think of Shloer it reminds me of my younger days when I always felt grown up drinking a sparkling drink, we used to pretend it was wine and clink glasses like a grown up.

I haven’t had Shloer for a long time so when I got a chance to try it again I was looking forward to trying it again, I was sent the Red Grape and Rose.

I took it round my mums for Sunday Lunch as both my sister and I are breast feeding so we weren’t drinking wine and it was nice having something else to drink than squash or pop.

Our favorite flavour was the Rose as it tasted more like a wine flavour as the Red Grape reminded us of cherryade.

As today is valentines day and it falling on a school night, it is a great alternative to wine so that your head isn’t all fuzzy for work tomorrow. Whether you are cooking a romantic meal or having a takeaway at home don’t forget your Shloer.

Shloer uses only the best ingredients to create its delicious non alcoholic sparkling drinks. Available in White Grape, Red Grape, Rosé, Apple and White Grape, White Grape, Raspberry and Cranberry and White Grape and Elderflower; there’s a flavour for everyone.

Shloer contains no preservatives, artificial colours, sweeteners or flavourings and is available from all major supermarkets. RRP £1.97

A day trip to the seaside

Even though it was miserable outside Caitlyn kept saying she wanted to go to the seaside so we decided to go to Southend.

We normally go to the Sea life centre when we go but we thought we would see what else we could do with a toddler and baby. To our surprise when we got there the sky had cleared over and the sun was shining.

We decided to go to Adventure Island and take Caitlyn on the rides, we were a bit worried about the cost as we thought we would have to buy a ticket for us too but all we had to do was pay £9 and that allowed Caitlyn to go on 13 rides and either Gizmodad or myself could accompany Caitlyn on the ride.

The first ride Caitlyn screamed and shouted “don’t like it, don’t like it” and “hold hand” after a few rides she started to enjoy herself.

Her favourite ride was a boat ride and as soon as it finished she wanted to go again, my favourite ride was the American whip which Caitlyn also enjoyed.

We then went for a walk along the prom and Caitlyn and Gizmodad ran along the beach and Caitlyn even tried to have a dip in the sea!

The Monday Morning Review : Peppa Pig ‘Polly Parrot’ App for iPhone / iPod Touch

Caitlyn is Peppa Pig mad. We have the toys, books, CD and DVD’s and now there is an App on the iTunes Store.

Caitlyn has been playing with the Peppa Pig ‘Polly Parrot’ App on my iPhone for a few days now.

There are 4 different games

Talking Parrot where you touch different squares which bring up images and then you touch Peppa’s mouth she says the sequence and the Polly mimics her.

Feed Polly where Polly tells you how many and what colour crackers she wants and then you feed her those crackers.

Where’s Polly where you have to find Polly by going through the house and tapping everything till you find Polly.

Sticker Book ( which is Caitlyn’s favourite game ) where you chose a scene which include a beach and space then you drag your virtual stickers onto the scene. You collect extra stickers by playing the other games.

The games are easy to navigate even for a 2 year old, some of the games are more difficult for a 2 year old but Caitlyn still enjoyed tapping the screen and making Polly squark.

The App costs £1.79 which I think is great value as it kept Caitlyn busy for quite a while, so having it on your phone when you are out is a good distraction if your toddler is getting bored.

I am going to be putting it on my iPod as well to keep her busy when we are on the plane when we go on holiday.