October 2011 archive
Aggravating Alfred landed on our doorstep for us to review for Halloween.
Aggravating Alfred loves to scream, the best time to scream in someone’s ear? When they’ve just fallen asleep!
Alfred loves being poked in the eye, Try it, he’ll give you the shock of your life.
Alfred Loves: Slimey Snails
Alfred Hates: All things sweet & nice
When Alfred landed on our doorstep Caitlyn tore him out of the box and played with him straight away. She found it difficult at first to press the swirls in the right place to make him do something but worked it out quite quickly.
We had the shock of our life after we stopped playing with Alfred for a while and he started to snore. When Gizmodad came in he showed us how to record our voices which Caitlyn thought was funny and really enjoyed listening to her voice.
What we like:
You can purchase Annoying Monsters at Hawkins
We were sent a box of choc ‘n’ blood orange spooky cupcakes to try for our Halloween special.
I love cupcakes so was really excited to try these, I was really intrigued by the flavour and wasn’t disappointed. The chocolate cake was really moist and the blood orange icing was delicious I even brought some more as I fell in love with them.
They also do a blackcurrant ‘n’ apple which I am going to look out for.
What we like:
- I loved the taste
- Individually wrapped so can take in pack lunch easily
- Made in a nut free factory
They are £1 a box available in ASDA and Tesco
We were sent a box of Spooky Puffs to try for Halloween. We love Sugar Puffs in this house and were eager to taste the Spooky Puffs.
There is nothing better than starting a fun day with a themed breakfast and we will be having a bowl full Halloween morning.
Crammed full of scrummy toffee-apple flavoured puffs, Spooky Puffs is a breakfast treat for those tricky little monsters. The limited edition cereal contains no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives as well as being a source of fibre.
Speaking about Honey Monster’s latest offering, Sheena Darji, Brand Manager, said, “Following the frightfully great reception Spooky Puffs received last year, we just had to bring them back this year with a bit of twist, and nothing says Halloween like the flavour of Toffee Apples! As a brand, we’re always eager to develop new and exciting flavours for Honey Monster as well as building on old favourites that we know our consumers love”.
Spooky Puffs is the third limited edition to be produced by Honey Monster Foods this year, following in the footsteps of Honeycomb Puffs and Strawberry puffs. Other lines in the standard edition range include Sugar Puffs, Honey Waffles, Choco Waffles and Choco Puffs.
What we liked:
The Spooky Puffs were a great alternative to our regular Sugar Puffs, a thumbs up all round here.
Half term is upon us and we have been looking for activities to keep the little monkeys occupied so that us mums can have 5 minutes peace.
Since Caitlyn was 8/9 months old I have brought her a magazine and looked at the pictures and talked about them. I hadn’t realised that there was a national geographic for kids so was excited to receive a copy.
We were sent the summer special copy of National Geographic Kids
Caitlyn straight away recognised the Cars2 picture and the dolphins but was quite excited by the gifts that came with the magazine, the blow up ball is still going strong!
Caitlyn and I sat down and went through the magazine and talked about the pictures, I was amazed how many animals she knew! When Gizmodad came home he grabbed the magazine and read it from front to back and said he really enjoyed the magazine and we read it to Caitlyn many times till Ellie got her hands on it and tore it.
About National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids is an exciting and engaging magazine that teaches children about the
world around them in a fun and inventive way, whilst educating them about subjects such as
science, technology and animals.
The magazine is packed with fantastic competitions, puzzles, comics and fun facts that will inspire
and entertain. It is also filled with the beautiful, high-quality photography the National Geographic
brand is famous for. It is a favourite amongst both parents and children alike and can be enjoyed
Here are just some of the features that appear in NG Kids:
- Inside Scoop – The latest news and current affairs from around the globe
- Amazing Animals –Incredible from the animal kingdom, from heroic dogs to loved up
- What’s Up? – The month’s hottest TV shows, movies, games and books
- Posters – Each issue contains four full colour posters, which allows kids to fully appreciate
the world through stunning visuals, plus gives them something cool to stick up on their
- Prize Planet- A double page spread dedicated to great competitions, giving children the
opportunity to win some awesome prizes.
- Make it! -From tasty recipes to exciting experiments, National Geographic Kids has all the
know-how! Children can get hands on and create their own masterpieces at home!.
- Gifts – As well as the magazine, each month readers get a free gift, from glow in the dark
putty to a Bug Box!
What we like:
Kept Caitlyn’s focus for a long time, unlike other magazines
Good for both children and teenagers alike
We loved the different sections
We have a great competition for one of our lucky readers to win a years subscription of National Geographic Kids. For those who aren’t lucky enough to win the main prize each person who enters will receive a 50% off code for a years subscription.
All you need to do is leave a comment telling me why you should win.
This competition will end 30th Nov 2011 UK entries only. One entry per person please
Caitlyn started pre school this term, we were kindly sent a TUMTUM Lunch bag from the Out and About Range for Caitlyn to use.
Caitlyn loved the bright characters and loved the fact that she could put a photo of herself in it.
- Insulated lunch bag with fun Picnic design
- Insert a picture of your child into the ice cream van, allows them (or nursery staff/teachers) to pick out the bag themselves
- Recommended for ages 3+
What we liked:
Caitlyn loves the picture feature
I like that it holds quite a lot. We used it on holiday to take to the beach for holding the girls snacks and it kept everything nice and cool
I also like the fact you can get matching pots and drink bottles
The Lunch Bag is £10 and available from TUMTUM
You can follow TUMTUM on Facebook where they have lots of competitions the most recent one being naming the cat!
Caitlyn and George love drinking out of Sara’s Sigg bottle so when Sara was sent 2 children’s Sigg bottles she knew Caitlyn and George would be very happy to test them out.
I was really impressed with Caitlyn’s bottle it is really colourful and she loves drinking out of it and it saves me a fortune in Fruit Shoots as she prefers to drink juice out of her bottle. Before her Sigg bottle it was quite difficult to get Caitlyn to drink juice or water out of a normal kids bottle.
We have been out and about a lot over the summer and take Caitlyn’s Sigg bottle with us as her drink stays fresh and cool the only trouble we had was when she first got the Sigg bottle she found it difficult to open and close the bottle but now she has no problems at all!
- The bottles are made in Switzerland from the highest quality and have been since 1908.
- The bottles have a neutral taste and leave no residue inside the bottle, a fresh taste every time you use the bottle.
- The bottles are uniquely lightweight and break-proof.
- 100% leak proof.
- Environmentally friendly and recyclable.
- Flexible Eco Care Liner inside the bottle is completely FREE from BPA and phthalates.
- No impairment of bottle due to dents and wear and tear.
SIGG is the only manufacturer that offers a comprehensive range of spare parts and accessories that will enable you to refresh your SIGG with a new top or a change in style of the tops – we would encourage you to visit http://www.sigg.com to see exactly what tops and accessories are available for SIGG Bottles.
What we liked:
- The design of the bottle
- The fact that the bottle doesn’t leak, it is great in Caitlyn’s nursery bag.
- Caitlyn likes drinking out of it (so does Ellie)
- It’s suitable for my 2 girls
- It saves waste (I hate it when you have lots of plastic going in the recycling)
- Lots of designs to chose from
What could be better:
- The bottle came with a cleaning brush included
We have one Sigg bottle to giveaway, you need to:
- Follow @SIGGEcoBottleUK on Twitter
- Follow Sigg Facebook Page
Then leave me a comment you have done the above.
For an additional entry (Leave a comment to say you have done so)
Tweet I’m in to win a Sigg bottle with @thescrummymummy and @SIGGEcoBottleUK
This giveaway closes 15th November at Midnight. UK entries only
Be quick, to claim your free bagels. I was sent some to try and they are really tasty and liked by all. Caitlyn, Ellie and Toby devoured them for lunch.
This Halloween the bagel experts at New York Bakery Co have conjured up a spellbinding new recipe to celebrate New Yorkers’ favourite holiday. Treat yourself to a delicious limited edition pumpkin-seeded bagel, available exclusively through the New York Bakery Co Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/newyorkbakery.
Caitlyn and Ellie really like dolls. Ellie is always pinching Caitlyn’s doll Suzie so I have been looking for a doll which is suitable for a 1 year old as most dolls are suitable from 3+.
I was kindly sent My First Baby Annabell Time To Sleep Doll for Ellie to review. Ellie couldn’t wait for me to get it out of it’s packaging but then Caitlyn took it off her. Once I located it from Caitlyn I turned the doll on so that she went to sleep and babbled.
Ellie enjoyed giving the doll cuddles and Caitlyn liked making her go to sleep. At first both the girls were very wary of the doll making noises and Caitlyn kept saying the doll was laughing at her and that she didn’t like it. After about 30 minutes the doll was named Lucy and was in Ellie’s arms having a cuddle.
Lucy has been with us everywhere Caitlyn took her on holiday with her as her doll was too big to go in her back pack and both Ellie and Caitlyn played with her most days on holiday.
My first Baby Annabell® Time-to-Sleep doll has special sleep-time functions allowing her to fall into a blissful sleep with the help of your little one.
When my first Baby Annabell® Time-to-Sleep is tired and wants to go to sleep, children can help her to feel more comfortable by touching under her arms and placing her head on her pillow, she will then stir and make baby sounds until she falls sound asleep. My first BabyAnnabell’s® super soft body makes hours of hug-ability a total guarantee. The doll is priced around £29.99 and available at all good retailers nationwide.
What we liked:
- We thought the doll was cute, especially in it’s babygro and hat
- We liked how soft she was which made it easy to cuddle her
What could be better:
- Caitlyn found it hard to activate the doll, Ellie couldn’t do it at all
Over all I liked My First Baby Annabell Time To Sleep however I think it was more suitable for Caitlyn’s age (3) than Ellie’s age (1) The girls still play with Lucy and is part of their doll family.
Since having my girls, I have always meant to put away keepsakes for both of them. Caitlyn’s bits are in an old shoe box but Ellie’s keepsakes have been moved into the gorgeous keepsake box we received from Darling and Darling.
I choose the girl version
The keepsake box came packaged up really nicely with tissue paper around it, which I thought was a lovely touch. The keepsake box is nice and sturdy and feels like it will grow with your baby (something you need if you want to keep it along time.)
When we got it Gizmodad said to me that it was a waste of time buying something to put keepsakes in when an old shoe box will do (he doesn’t do sentimental), but I really think that it is a lovely box to handover to your child with all their childhood firsts in. It is a great size to put on a shelf rather than put in a cupboard and forget about.
What we like:
- Good size
- Choice of girl or boy
- Felt good quality
The keepsake box is available at darlinganddarling.com at £20
We have been given 1 keepsake box to giveaway
All you need to do is leave a comment telling me what your most treasured keepsake is.
This giveaway ends 5th November 2011 at midnight. UK residents only please.
I was sent a bottle of Repechage Sea Spa Mineral Bath Bubbles to review as part of our mummy me time feature. I have to admit that I very rarely get a chance to have a bath these days but when I do, I do enjoy having a product that makes me relax, smells divine and makes lots of bubbles.
Since being back a work my feet really hurt and often my legs ache if I have had a busy day and I find the bath bubbles really help me unwind and revive my aching limbs. I really like the smell and it stays on my skin which I like. Gizomad has been using the bubbles too when he is feeling rundown and says it really makes him feel relaxed, he also likes them as they make really good bubbles.
What we like:
- Smells divine
- Makes lots of bubbles
- I like the packaging it reminds me of the sea
- Although I feel that it is on the expensive side at £19.50 I love the way it made me feel.
The Sea Spa Mineral Bath Bubbles are available from Repechage for £19.50
We have been given a bottle of Repechage Sea Spa Mineral Bath Bubbles to giveaway.
All you need to do is leave me a comment telling me what you do to relax!
For additional entries (Leave a comment for each action)
- Like our Facebook Page
- Tweet I’m in to win Sea Spa Mineral Bath Bubbles with @repechage and @thescrummymummy
- Comment on a non competition post
This giveaway will end 5th November 2011 at midnight. UK residents only please.