Me&I Clothing Review

Last year I was lucky enough to spend a fabulous day at The Baby Show seeing lots of lovely products and meeting new companies. One of my favourite that I met that day was Me & I, who were showcasing their gorgeous Swedish design clothing. After the show, they were kind enough to send me a dress for Pumpkin and now (very overdue) I want to tell you what we thought of it.

The dress we were sent was a Red Singoalla with Rabbit in Pocket. This particular design isn’t available now, but there is a very cute blue panda version instead!

The dress is a terry tunic, with elasticated neck and sleeves. The dress is an A-line design that is very flattering and practical for a little’un!

We absolutely loved this over the summer. It was a great dress to wear when we went swimming, as it was very easy to get dressed back into after (getting a toddler dressed after swimming without getting everything soaking wet is a pretty tricky task!). It also came into its own on holiday, when it was a great option to chuck on over a swimming costume when we went to the beach. The style and terry fabric made it very practical for playing on the beach, and it was a dream to wash and dry ready to wear again.

The beauty of many of the products sold by Me&I is that they last a long time. Pumpkin was wearing this dress last summer, but the A-line shape means that now she has grown she can wear it with leggings or trousers, as a long-line top. With a long sleeved babygro or t-shirt underneath to cover the arms, she can really wear this all year round! Our dress has been washed many many times, but still looks as good as new which shows the quality!

There were some other great design features in the Me&I range which are worth pointing out. Trousers with double fabric at the knees (hard wearing), adjustable elasticated waists and sleeves designed to be rolled up if they are too long. All these are great for getting value for money. The dress we reviewed is sold for £23 which is a fair price when you consider we are getting a whole year of wear from it.

Me&I products are sold primarily through parties, where a representative will show the products and how to put them together. There are discounts available for party hosts if thats something you fancy! Alternatively you can shop directly with a representative by visiting the website and filling in a form to find your local rep.

We are big fans of the clothing ranges from Me&I and I’ll be looking at the new season range to pick up some more wardrobe staples.

Disclosure: We were sent a dress from Me&I for the purposes of this review. No payment was received and all opinions are our own. 

CBeebies The Album – Review

Pumpkin has just turned two, and one of her latest things is dancing. She loves to dance around to the radio, songs on the adverts, and to the theme tunes from her favourite TV shows. Music is also a great way to keep her entertained in the car, and she likes to sing along (translated into babble!) which is great when we are in the car.

We have a few CDs of nursery rhymes and kids tunes but to be honest they are all really irritating and I can’t stand listening to them! So when we were offered a chance to review the new CBeebies Album I couldn’t wait to play it for her.

We really enjoyed this album. The 2CD collection has 50 tracks from all the favourite CBeebies shows. Its great as they are all familiar to Pumpkin, and Mummy knows all the words too! The album is available from all the usual places and would be a perfect Christmas present for your little person!

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the CBeebies album to review. 

Munchkin Click Lock Cup Review

I seem to go through cups for Pumpkin at an alarming speed! We have probably tried most of those on the market on our quest for the perfect cup. It needs to combine good styling (she doesn’t want anything that looks like its for a baby!) with a good size and most importantly IT MUST NOT SPILL!

The number of supposedly non-spill cups on the market which have been relegated to the abandoned cup shelf after I fish soggy clothes, nappies and snacks from the change bag is amazing! All that money wasted :(

So when we were contacted by Munchkin to try their new Click Lock range of cups we were delighted to try them.

Sometimes things in life just click and this is never more true than with the brand new Click Lock™ Cup range from Munchkin! With over 20 years experience, Munchkin, the award-winning international baby brand, is thrilled to launch the brand new Click Lock™ cup range, one of the most innovative and exciting range of cups parents will find on the market today. The Click Lock™ range features ‘click’ to lock technology providing a 100% leak proof guarantee, so drop, throw or tip upside down, no liquid will come out and this is 100% guaranteed.

The cups could not be simpler to use, simply turn the lid until it ‘clicks’ in to place providing parents with an auditory reassurance that the cup is completely sealed. What’s more, the range, just like all Munchkin products, is fun, vibrant and practical, making parents lives that little bit easier .The Click Lock™ cup range starts at £3.99 and for more information log on to www.munchkin.eu.com.

Parents worldwide are choosing Munchkin products because they really do excite and delight, making life easier for today’s busy parents, and having sold over 55 million cups worldwide to date Munchkin know what makes a good cup!

Munchkin asked Mum what she looks for in a cup before designing the new Click Lock™ range and found that…

« 61% of mums surveyed admitted they could find improvements to their current cups, with non-spill and leak-proof being the most important features when looking for a cup. A staggering 92% of parents said they want a brand that offers innovative features. With Click Lock™ you simply twist and click the lid locked and it fully secures the cup to ensure a complete seal so no leakages can happen.

« Munchkin knows how important the spout design is when designing a cup, and 68% of mums said they need to buy more than one cup before they find one their child likes. The Click Lock™ spouts and straws are made from soft BPA free silicone, providing an easy flow of liquid

« Mums told us that the cup must be easy to hold, helping their child gain independence. The Click Lock™ range is lightweight and incorporates a very narrow waist, making them perfect for tiny hands.

« In the Munchkin survey 37% of mums admitted how much a cup costs was a key point for them. The Munchkin Click Lock range compares favorably to many of the leading brands on the market and starts from £3.99.

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We were sent an Insulated Flip Straw cup to try. Firstly I liked the size. Perfect for a day out but not as big as some other insulated cups we have tried which are so bulky they don’t fit in the slots in my change bag! We filled it with water and let her have a go!

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She got on really well with this cup. She likes to drink from a straw anyway so this was nothing new to her and she seemed to get to grips with it easily. We took the cup with us on a day trip to Lyme Regis today and it bounced around in the change bag and the bottom of the pushchair quite happily with no spillage thanks to the Click Lock lid. Simply turn the lid until you hear the click and you know that the cup will be completely leak proof. It was actually quite warm in the sun today (I know thats hard to believe!) but the water in the cup stayed nice and cool, while my bottle of mineral water had started to warm up.

All in all we love this cup and its fast becoming one of our favourites! For more information on Munchkin Click Lock visit www.munchkin.eu.com

Blade and Rose Review

Perfect toddler clothing is all about comfort for me and Pumpkin can often be found running about in leggings.  Blade and Rose offered to send us a pair of their leggings to review and we were only too happy to oblige!

We chose the Cupcake Leggings, which have a lovely pink stripe and a big cupcake design over the nappy! There is a great range of other designs too, including some brand new animal designs which look really sweet!

Blade and Rose Leggings

The Blade and Rose Leggings stood up well to everything that Pumpkin threw at them. She was very comfortable in them and really enjoyed wearing them. They have been through the wash a number of times now and still look as good as new.

Blade and Rose Leggings

I think that the design on the back is so cute, but with a longer top or dress you would just have the gorgeous stripy legs which look great with a denim dress. The only problem that I have with these leggings is that if Pumpkin gets a look at the back while I try to dress her she just wants to look at it (and pretend to eat the cake!) rather than let me dress her in them!

The full range of Blade and Rose leggings is available from www.bladeandrose.co.uk  costing £10 and available in ages 0-4 years.

Disclosure: We were sent a pair of Blade and Rose Leggings for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

iStylista Review and Giveaway

I’ve never been any good at knowing what clothes suit me. I hate clothes shopping (for me!) with a passion and finding an outfit for a special occasion fills me with dread! Since Pumpkin was born, I’ve reverted to a daily uniform of jeans and t-shirts, with just a few favourites being worn over and over again!

So when I was given the chance to review the Style Goddess style guide from iStylista I jumped at the chance!

iStylista gives you all the benefits of a Personal Shopper delivered straight to your computer! It was really simple, I just filled in a questionnaire about my body shape, lifestyle and colouring and my Style Goddess guide was ready in minutes.

I was really impressed with the 31 page style guide that was prepared for me. It covers all my questions about what shapes and styles suit me. It also offers tips for dealing with problem areas and takes into account my lifestyle as a mummy. The suggestions are practical and the section detailing the content of my capsule wardrobe will be a real help when I’m shopping.

Its not just designed for skinny minnies either! I am far from that and my style guide offered advice on dressing with a large bust and thighs.

I’m looking forward to taking this information shopping with me as I look for my new summer wardrobe (no strappy tops for me, I need to make my shoulders look wider to balance my hips!). But I will be investing in some skirts, A-line are particularly good for my shape.

If you want to get a style guide for yourself you can use this code R4E6-3YD4-VR to get 40% off. Or enter the giveaway below.

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Fabulous Bakin’ Boys Christmas Cupcakes

Now that December is here I feel that I am allowed to mention the ‘C’ word. That’s right, Christmas is coming! I am feeling really festive at the moment thanks in part to a festive trip to Center Parcs last weekend (more on that later!). My festive mood has also been helped by these Christmas Cupcakes from The Fabulous Bakin’ Boys

The cupcakes are available in two flavours – Mint Chocolate and Chocolate Orange. We were lucky enough to be sent a box of the Mint Chocolate to try.

The cakes are made of a delicious chocolate sponge, topped with either a white, milk or dark chocolate flavoured topping. The cakes come individually wrapped making them perfect for lunch boxes or even stockings.

We enjoyed the subtle minty flavour of the sponge and the variety of toppings meant there was something for everyone. I would have preferred a thicker cake as the topping was quite heavy, but as it was chocolate thats not too much of a complaint!

The wrappers on each cake are printed with a fab joke which kept us smiling. Each cake contains no artificial colours or flavours and has been lovingly baked in a nut-free bakery. The Christmas cupcake range will be available at a special introductory price of £1.00 per pack of six (RRP £1.69) in Tesco, ASDA and Morrisons stores nationwide.

When I Was A Kid Wooden Baby Walker Review and Vlog!!

When Paul from When I Was A Kid offered to send us a toy to review we jumped at the chance! I love wooden toys for their classic look and durability so I was really excited to see what we would receive!

When the postman brought us the Wooden Baby Walker with Blocks, I couldn’t hide my delight! This is exactly the kind of classic toy that I could see Pumpkin getting many hours of fun from.

Usually I open new toys while Pumpkin is asleep so I can get all the fiddly assembly bits done easily. But hubby was so keen to get going with the walker that he decided to get it out and assemble it for her to play with right away. I was pleasantly surprised with how quick and easy it was to put together. Just a couple of screws to assemble the handle, and screw it onto the base, and away you go!

The walker itself is strong, sturdy but easy to push. Its weighty enough that Pumpkin can use it to help her stand. She loves walking up and down the lounge with it, grinning from ear to ear as she feels so clever! The wheels are smooth and she has tested it on both the lounge carpet and kitchen lino and both work well.

My favourite feature of this toy is the 24 wooden blocks. I love the bright colours and rounded corners. Pumpkin loves unpacking them, spreading them across the room, and the satisfying noise they make when you bang them together! As she gets older I am sure she will enjoy building with them (and hopefully packing them away again!).

I thought I would leave you with my first attempt at a Vlog. Click play to Pumpkin playing with the walker and me chatting about it (cringe alert!!).

The Wooden Baby Walker with Blocks is available from When I Was A Kid for £37.50

Review – Twirling Trompo Top

When we were offered the opportunity to review a Twirling Trompo Top for the blog I have to admit I didn’t have a clue what to expect! But Pumpkin was delighted when the postman brought her a fun octopus toy to play with!

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The toy is designed for babies aged 3 months and up, and is perfectly sized for little hands! Hidden under the octopus’ body is a wooden point which allows you to spin the toy and set it twirling across the floor (or it would if we didn’t have carpet so we have to spin it on the table or high chair tray!). Pumpkin is 8 months old and loves watching the octopus spin, but I can see that soon she will be able to enjoy it even more when she can spin it herself!

The head also has a squeaker which makes Pumpkin smile every time she hears it!

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The wooden spinner can be taken out which allows the fabric part to be machine washed which is a huge bonus for any fabric toy in my book!

We loved the Twirling Trompo Top and have had lots of fun playing with it. The smiling face is appealing to even small babies and the squeaker and spinning action are great at getting babies attention!

The Twirling Trompo Top is from Nubie and retails at £13.99.

Disclosure: Spend Less Mummy was sent the Twirling Trompo Top for review. The thoughts expressed in this review are my own.

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