Baba and Boo Review & Giveaway!

When the lovely Eve from Baba and Boo contacted me about doing a review about her beautiful cloth nappies I had to take a deep breath before it appeared I was about to rip her hand off. To say I was excited is an understatement.

Baby J and I started the cloth journey with a little bit of gentle prodding by three of my lovely friends who were already cloth nappy experts.

To say I was a little scared about cloth is an understatement. I asked such silly questions too which make me LOL and blush a little thinking about them… One of the gems being “so can I leave a cloth nappy on all day??” um… no Emily…. my lovely friend Kelly, very politely pointed out that I change disposable so why wouldn’t I change a cloth nappy?

So, the journey started. I bought a few nappies to try and see how I got on. The many prints that are available is astounding. There are so many pretties out there! Point score 1 for cloth, who wouldn’t want pirate skulls on their babies bum? Or ridiculously cute owls? Or any number of patterns. You think it, it’s there.

Okay, so I was convinced they were pretty. Now the washing side of things. Would it increase my washing load massively? Actually, no. Initially with only having a few cloth nappies I would just throw them in with the clothes, I don’t use fabric softener (which I’ve since learnt can affect absorbency) but it didn’t make a massive difference to the amount of washing a family of 4 creates. Now that I cloth exclusively I was every two days, it has made no difference to my routine at all. The biggest thing I’ve noticed? Black bag waste.

Yup, you read that correctly. Black bag waste. We here, in the back of beyond are on fortnightly collections. It’s a nightmare and black bags, like toys, and gremlins, multiply at extortionate rates! 10 black bags… 10 a fortnight I had when using disposable. My drive way is long, and those bags were so heavy. Now? 4, which is ordinary for us. Thats two trips up my driveway instead of five. Simple things people.

So like I mentioned above, Eve offered me some of her gorgeous nappies to review and I could pick which prints I wanted. How exciting! I am very much like a child at Christmas when it comes to fluff so how could I narrow it down? My gorgeous friend Kelly had sent me Pirates Ahoy! Truth be told I wanted them all! I eventually picked Bongo Bat and Otto Owl.


I am owls obsessed and so happy I went for this print. It’s beautiful and the colours really pop. Bongo Bat was chosen for Halloween purposes. Who wouldn’t want a Bat on the bum for halloween? Bongo is actually ridiculously cute and gets chosen to go on the bum very frequently by M. He loves choosing what nappy baby J is going to wear.


Baba and Boo deal exclusively with pocket nappies, this means you can tailor make the absorbancy to suit your needs. I was sent two microfibre inserts with the nappies which are very thirsty. With it being a pocket nappy it also meant I could add in a layer of bamboo to suit us going out for an extended period of time. I love pocket nappies for this feature. I love being able to make them super thirsty so they last.

Baba and boo nappies are also birth to potty so I will be able to use these nappies right the way through to potty training Baby J. If you go an take a look at the Baba and Boo website you can see all the fabulous prints available. I want Soldier on next! Super cute!

The fit of the Baba and Boo nappies is amazing too. I get a fabulous fit on baby J, bearing in mind he is 5.5 months old (HOW?!?!) I am still using the nappies on the smallest setting so I know they are going to go the distance.


My biggest regret is not using cloth with M, I wish I had embarked on this journey that much sooner. I wish I hadn’t been afraid and naive. I am happy we found cloth and beautiful nappies like baba and boo.

Now, here is your chance. Are you contemplating giving cloth a go? Are you a seasoned cloth used and want to expand on your stash, then enter this fabulous rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win some beautiful cloth nappies from Baba and Boo!
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Chicco cuddle and bubble: A review 

I love playing with new toys so when baby J and I were asked if we would like to review the Chicco cuddle and bubble we jumped at the chance. 

Let me tell you about this wondrous bit of kit. It’s a changing station and bath in one. It’s a two in one system created for ease. Chicco pride themselves on their products having real value for money and duality. This checks all those boxes. Just recently too, Cuddle & Bubble received two Gold awards in the Loved by Parents awards for Best Bathtime Product and Most Innovative Bathtime Product. I can see why! Those awards are justly given. 

We have found this product amazing. It’s helped us no end. My G has a dreadful back after an accident years ago so has restricted movement. This has meant nappy changes and bath time have exclusively been mine to do. Since having the cuddle and bubble G has been able to actively take part in bath time and nappy changes. Excuse me a second whilst I produce some photos of baby J in action. 

   
This is before he needed a bath.

    
This is a naked baby J ready for his bath

 Baby J normally loves a bath but on this particular day was unsure 

   
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Ready to be dried 

   
   
Dressed. 

Now let me tell you some more particulars now the cute is out there. The cuddle and bubble is exceptionally easy to put together. I managed to get it together in 5 minutes. It comes out of the box like this…

  
Once you stand it up and lock the legs in to place it’s easy to put the rest together. It has pop rivets to adjust the height of the station too. 

  
I’m not short, I’m 5ft 9 and being on the first setting is fine. Likewise my mum is 5ft 4 and the same height setting is fine for her. When G uses it he adjusts it up to the middle setting, he’s 6ft 2 so generally speaking we leave it on that setting for ease of use for both of us. 

The cuddle and bubble is also very compact.  

 
This is the corner of my living room the cuddle and bubble lives. As it happens I have decided to leave it up and running at all times.

  
This is easier for us due to baby J’s age and the fact G can’t bend to change J on our existing changing mat. 

As you can see the cuddle and bubble comes with storage compartments on the side on the station for ease of use and there is also a box positioned underneath the station which has so much space. I have enough space that has meant my baby box with all the lotions and potions has been made redundant.

If I had all the space in the world I’d probably locate the cuddle and bubble upstairs but it works best for us in our current arrangements downstairs. 

Everyone who has visited the house since the cuddle and bubble has arrived have commented on how attractive it is. I must agree, it’s sleek and elegant in design. It’s sturdy and an amazing bit of kit. I love the ease of use. I can happily change baby J and enable to bath with one hand. The changing mat conveniently swings to the side and rests there. That’s probably an awful way of explaining it but here’s a photo of it side on so you can hopefully understand what I mean. 

  
I have been blown away by how much this has helped us. It retails at £99.99 and I would pay that without a shadow of a doubt. The build quality is superb and value for money is second to non. Chicco have really outdone themselves with this marvellous product and I wholeheartedly agree with the gold awards that this product has received. 
*disclaimer- I received this product to review and to give an honest opinion. All views are my own

Chicco launch new nappies! (Review)

Baby J and I were sent an e-mail asking us if we would like to try out some exciting new nappies, you see well known parenting brand chicco have launched nappies here in the UK! 

  
The Chicco dry fit nappy will be available to buy from 1,200 boots stroes across the UK today! How exciting is that? It seems fitting that Chicco would partner up with boots considering they are both leading the way in expert baby care knowledge. 

We jumped at the chance to give these nappies a try, especially as Chicco are known for their quality. We wanted to see if that transpired into the world of nappies.

Now I really struggled with nappies when it came to M. I like many others flit between brands but this time I seem to have struggled. M had super sensitive skin as a baby so when I found a brand that worked for us I stuck to it. 

Baby J seems to be going the same way in relation to his skin. Poor dab has had terrible nappy rash, so I was really starting to pull my hair out. The chicco dry fit nappies though have a fabric like external lining which is desgined to keep baby’s skin dry. This is something I have definitely found to be true in our test. J’s little bottom has gone from angry and sore to nice and clear. He’s happier during nappy changes now as I imagine nappy rash can be quite sore for littles.

On the whole we have been very impressed with these nappies. The only thing I haven’t really liked is that when he has poo’d you can see it through the nappy. Can that even be a criticism? It hasn’t leaked and has been contained expertly, but I can see when he has poo’d. This has amused M no end as he can see when he has to run away from baby J. M hasn’t quite got the fascination some toddlers do with yellow baby poo.

Baby J does seem to be a heavy night time wetter too, and they have coped remarkably well with that. I have had a good 10/12 hours of dryness. I did switch to my regular nappy half way through the test just to have true comparrison, which funnily enough saw the return of the angry red bottom. I can wholeheartledy agree that they provide maximum dryness.

The nappies start at size 1 and make their way up to size 5, which covers baby all the way through.

The size 1 nappies retail at £4.49 with stages 2 to 5 costing £7.99

We are really happy with how the test has gone and I shall be taking full advantage of the upcoming buy one get one free promotion, which will be available from the 24th June. It seems that chicco really do follow through with their excellent quality. 
  
Disclaimer: I have been sent these nappies free of charge in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Pregnancy pillow: A review

I have majorly been struggling with sleep thanks to my SPD. It was getting to the point I was willing to try anything. It got so bad that I was lying on one side for an hour, having to roll over on to the other side for an hour and repeat. Only in between, I had a cry and a few choice words to make, which ultimately disturbed the OH massively. 

Then along comes the classic u shaped pregnancy pillow from the lovely folks at Pregnancy pillow. I was sent this pillow to try and help me sleep. When it arrived I was so excited I jumped back in to bed and managed to sleep for 3 hours solid. Hurrah! 

The material of the pillow is plush. It’s fleecyesq, it’s like being embraced in a massive cwtch. It’s big, it takes up a good portion of my double bed, OH does still have room to sleep though. I opted for a black one with hollow fibers so it was more pillow like. It’s offered great support. I tend to wedge myself in the middle, with one leg wrapped around the length so it’s between my legs. The other part of the U then offers support to my back which has made turning over in bed a lot easier. 

For the purpose of wanting to be honest I slept for a few nights without my pillow and I really didn’t have the relevant support. OH and I ended up having majorly disturbed sleep. 

I am not saying it’s a miracle cure because I have had a few rough nights with the pillow too, with the SPD it depends on what I’ve done in the day. If I’ve really pushed it, I don’t think it would matter where I slept, sleep doesn’t come. It has massively helped though, if I can get 3 good nights sleep out of 7 I feel like I’m winning. M loves it too, he likes sleeping in it, occasionally I’ve found him in my bed cuddling “mummy’s special pillow”. 

I am so greatful to have received this pillow, it’s massively helped. I can thoroughly recommend it. I just wish I’d thought to look into something like it sooner. I’ve had it nearly 3 weeks now and am in love with my pillow. 

As I’ve said above, I received this pillow to give an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Delving in to the unknown

I have been super lucky recently and have been asked to test out the TomTom runner cardio via The Running Bug. This amazing bit of kit is a state of the art GPS running watch with a build in heart rate monitor.

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Isn’t it pretty?
Now I’m really new to GPS watches and was a little worried I’d break it some how. I’m notoriously clumsy. I don’t think it’s possible to break this though. It’s light but feels exceptionally well built. It was very easy to get set up. I was under the impression that I had to connect it to the computer straight away but this seems to not be the case.

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The only downside for me so far was that it didn’t include a plug for it to charge. I don’t know why this has bothered me so much, considering you don’t get a plug with so many gadgets these days, but when you consider the retail value of the watch, I feel I’d expect a plug.
Ao once plugged in and connecting and filling out the necessary bits (which took 5 minutes tops) it was time to sign in to, or creat a mysports login. If you already use mapmyfittness etc. you’re away to go as the mysports app is made by the se people. At the moment though there isn’t an android app, only an iOS app. This isn’t an issue for me as we are apple obsessed in the house, I don’t think it would have been an issue anyway though because connecting it to the laptop was just as easy.

What’s cool is that when the heart rate monitor is on you get an ethereal green glow. Very pretty (I like pretty things)

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Now I’m going to mention size. As I said before I’ve never had a GPS watch so don’t really have anything to compare to. It is big, but I’ve always loved chunky watches. I have been fortunate enough to see someone else post a comparison picture between the TomTom runner cardio and a garmin and the TomTom is smaller and more attractive.

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Others may say aesthetics aren’t important, but I think it has to look of and this does. It’s also customisable. You can buy replacement watch straps to make it more individual to you. I’ve already gone and bought a dark pink and black strap. The dark pink looks more purple that pink from the pictures and I’m a big purple fan.
Playing around and navigating through the watch was easy and even the most technophobic of people would be able to get to grips with it.
I used the alarm this morning to wake me up for work and the vibrating feature is great. This is something I love about my fitbit, so for my watch to do it too is ace, really should be able to wake up now without waking the OH up.
My next task is to actually go for a run with it. This excites me no end. It means I can leave my phone at home and just use my ipod instead.
So far massive thumb up for this very impressive bit of kit.
Have you for a GPS watch? How does it help you? Have you got a TomTom runner cardio? What do you think?

I have been sent this watch to review and test out. All views are my own

The Judas Scar

I have just finished reading the judas Scar by Amanda Jennings. I have read several brilliant reviews of this book from various links and blogs which is what made me want to read it. That, and the blurb sounded really interesting and gripping.

The book has three main characters; Will, his wife Harmony and Luke.
It’s an intriguing read full of secrets, hurt, betrayal and raw emotions.
Sent to a boarding school at the tender age of eight, Will struggles to fit in until he becomes friends with Luke. One horrific afternoon results in the expulsion of Luke and the heartache and scars being carried through long into adulthood. Just how much bottling up can one person take until they reach breaking point?

I loved this book. The characters were all wonderfully portrayed and I felt I knew each of them. I could really picture Harmony meeting Luke for the first time and the utter sense of shock and dread when Will encountered Luke for the first time.

The very real emotions I felt for these characters demonstrates to me how fabulous the book was. The anger I felt towards Emma and Ian was over whelming. The devastation I felt for Harmony as she described her miscarriage made my heart break.

It’s impossible to go into too much detail without spoiling parts of the book for others, which is something I wouldn’t want to do.
The topics this book raises are very of the moment after several stories have been in the press over the last year. It’s fabulous and shocking and raw. Very well written and a book I would quite happily read all over again. My only criticism was that the ending happened too soon. Can that even be a genuine criticism? I just felt that after it had smouldered and built up pace and expertly timed that the ending could have lasted that little while longer. Perhaps it’s just the fact I didn’t want it to end, but the events leading to the end happened in to quick a succession for me. Despite this feeling I would still give this 5/5.
If you haven’t read The Judas Scar yet, why the heck not? Go buy it and get thoroughly lost in the complicated woven link that is Will, Harmony and Luke’s life.

I bought this book for my own enjoyment and love of reading, I have reviewed it simply to pass on what I think of it and to encourage others to read awesome books

Fancy pants bit of kit

Waaaa it arrived! It arrived!
Est birthday present ever.
So I don’t know if you’ve seen me banging on about my birthday and that I managed to get a fitbit one for £50 (bargain!) off of that Amazon site.

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See! It’s beautiful. I had get the burgundy one because it was the cheaper one but I’m happy I did because it’s gorgeous. I love the colour.
So in the box was:
1 fitbit one
1 charger
1 clip for the fitbit
1 wrist strap for sleep analysis

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I love how when you’re achieving your goals the flower grows! (Simple things please simple minds).
It shows steps take, distance walked, floors covered and calories burned too.

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I had read in reviews that driving seems to add steps. I haven’t had that problem at all, I’ve been clipping it to my bra though, which incidentally means I forget I’m wearing it.
Set up was seamless and so easy with the app on my iPhone. I love the app too. Clear and easy to understand.
I’ve also found the sleep information very interesting. I knew I was a very restless sleeper but I didn’t appreciate just how restless. No wonder some nights I feel I haven’t slept!
So I’ve had it three days so far, and so far am loving it. 8,396 steps and that was from wearing it from 2 in the afternoon, so I know I’d have smashed the 10,000 target. Yesterday I did 16,567 steps. Today hasn’t been so step intensive. I’m shattered but that’s another story.

So, so far I’m beyond happy with my new little gadget. I will tell you more about it once it’s two weeks old to see if I have lots a few pound 😉