BIRCHBOX | REVIEW | April

I've never had a BirchBox before so I was super excited when it arrived. 
I actually ordered it after seeing a special offer in a Mumsnet email 'Mumsnet swears by' & thought I'd try one. 

I've got to say I'm impressed.
I received....

1 - Laura Mercier Mascara from | £17.50
The mascara is fabulous, It makes my lashes fuller & defined.

2 - Lola Barcelona nail polish in born | £7.50
Lola Barcelona nail varnish is a beautiful colour & stays chip free for days for me this is almost unheard of. 

I've used this a few times now & its amazing. So great that I'm going to order the full sized bottle when I run out of this one. My hair is full of volume & bounce after I've used it.

My new best cleanser, this Liz Earle cleanse & polish is amazing. My skin feels fresh. 

I love this remedy balm, I've been using it on my lips, as they get really dry. 

BEAUTY BONUS 
Warming clay mask. Fabulous. My skin felt warm & wonderful. 

I can't even sit here & give you a favourite. 
They are all fabulous. 
I love my nail varnish & so does my son Hugo. 

I love the box its adorable. The Royal edition.

Inside the box...
Would I buy it again? Yes, yes I would.


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The Reward chart saved my sanity


Lets talk Reward charts. 
Skeptical. Yep that's how I thought. 
How would a reward chart help us? I've heard people recommend them in the past & I briefly tried it a few years ago but both little people just didn't take any interest. So I scrapped it. 
Then a month ago just before Hugo got his new boots, I had hit rock bottom. 
Exhaustion & sleep deprivation, fighting with Hugo & his boots & fighting Emily's sleep was slowly but surely pushing me further & further away from trying to help & regain normality. 
The Reward charts main aim was :
1 - To help Hugo wear his boots.
2 - To help Hugo wear his boots for the full 12 hours a night.
3 - Get Emilyn to sleep all night without wanting my bed.
4 - To get Emilyn to stop waking in the night eventually. 
5 - To try stop tantrums 
6 - Better behaviour. 

We are one month into it (So I now know it's not a fluke one off good night) 
They are doing AMAZING. 
Hugo now wears his boots night after night after night for the full 12 hours or more.
He doesn't sleep all night & he still gets into our bed every night & I'm willing to keep him in bed with me whilst I'm trying to keep his boots on...
He allows me most of the time with no struggle to get his boots on too!
Emilyn now sleeps all night without waking up! 
At first we had the wake up - this was hard but once I mentioned the reward chart & stars she would settle back to sleep. 

Each week if they get 7 stars they both get a treat. Hopefully on Sunday Family Fun-day. 
Emilyn's treats are magazines & stationary, she loves pens & paper... drawing & writing. 
Hugo's treats include.... Cars & cars & cars. Obviously. 


New Product Launch: Tidy Tot The Ultimate Solution for Messy Mealtimes

 New Product LaunchTidy Tot 
The Ultimate Solution for Messy Mealtimes 

London, 27th April 2015 – As any parent will tell you, the weaning stage of moving from milk feeds to solid food with a baby is messy - exciting yes but most of all, MESSY! 


Beautiful baby clothes you painstakingly laundered and pressed now have stubborn carrot and tomato stains down the front. The high chair never seems clean enough no matter how many times you wipe it down, trying to remove those toast crumbs in the impossible to reach areas.  The floor becomes a splattered work of art thanks to squashed tomato and mashed banana thrown over the side.  

But worry no more! Tidy Tot is here to save time, stress and food wastage - one tray and bib at a time. Tidy Tot is an essential piece of kit comprising of a large tray and bib set that fits around a baby sitting either in their own high chair or at a table.  It attaches to the high chair or the table with suction cups.  Baby wears a full covering bib with sleeves which fasten to the front of the tray with Velcro fasteners.  The tray and bib set creates a complete covering of not only the baby, but also the surface around. Leaving them free to squash their bananas, mush their veggies and spill their yogurts all over the Tidy Tot but not thankfully the highchair, table, floor or themselves - genius! Tidy Tot is fantastic for any form of messy play too, known to improve baby’s cognitive development, fine motor skills and confidence in decision making.  

Tidy Tot comes in its own washable bag, the tray is simple to wipe clean and the bibs can be machine washed and even stuck in the tumble dryer. Want to take Tidy Tot out with you, no problem; it folds up neatly into its own carry bag along with the fastening bib. When baby's done either wipe down with a wet wipe and pack away, or fold the Tidy Tot back up into its bag and bring home to be washed or wiped.  

Caroline, a Tidy Tot customer says "I did baby-led weaning with my son Henry and it really removed the main stress of baby-led weaning, which is so messy. Henry's clothes were kept clean and it prevented food going on the floor and high chair, which also meant a lot less waste. Whenever I've forgotten the Tidy Tot and have to go without, it reminds me of how difficult it was at the beginning before we had one!" 



Tidy Tot is available to buy from the website at £29.99 www.tidytot.co.uk.  The Tidy Tot tray comes in Fresh Green and the coordinating bibs are available in Plum Purple and Berry Red.  
Tidy Tot

My one REGRET : My Veneer Tooth.

I'm not the normal kind of girl who lives with regrets; however at the grand old age of 15 I was at the dentist, this particular dentist was a relatively new dentist at the practice & I hadn't met him before, he noted that I had a small chip in my front tooth. Being 15 I was young & impressionable. This Dentist said would I like to improve my smile? Yes I said. Having good teeth is important.
He said I can fit you a veneer tooth to make it all better, it will look fantastic he said.
I didn't really ask many questions. I was 15 years old. NHS is free until I left school & I wanted to improve my smile. He was very persistent & went on & on & on about me getting this new tooth.
I wasn't told that my tooth would have to be shaved away nor would I need this veneer replacing every 10 years & the cost would be around £500+ on the NHS.
I was just 15 years old. What did I know? This dentist basically said it was the best thing i'd ever do, I would have that 'celebrity' smile.
After I had it fitted it was painful, I struggled to eat for months, I could never bite straight into an apple ever again. My life changed. But not for the better.
When I was pregnant with Emilyn my gum reseeded around the veneer meaning I then had to have it filled. This happened again whilst pregnant with Hugo, I remember walking around Kingston in agony because the nerve endings were on show & it felt as if my face was falling off with pain.
I regretted this veneer almost as soon as I got it.
10 years down the line I'm sat at my friends house eating a rice cake. A flipping RICE CAKE. The tooth came away from the other half of tooth. My veneer has broken in half. My life is over. I look like a hill billy (not that hill billy's are horrible to look at) & I'm not leaving my house unless its to see my dentist.
Sat here crying over this.
My argument here is I should never of had this done. The dentist was fully in the wrong to persist that I must need this fabulous veneer BUT not give me any information about the up-keep or the amount of money I will need to spend in the future.
Now doing actual research 10 years later I'm reading that the NHS won't do veneer teeth unless its for a medical reason. NOT A COSMETIC reason. HOW was this allowed to be done on a minor?
For goodness sake the chip in my tooth was irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
Also looking online more & more & talking to other people who have had veneers I strongly believe my veneer was done horrendously, the real tooth is almost non existent behind the veneer & after looking online everyone states that a tooth will be shaven down slightly.... well my whole tooth is almost gone. This will probably explain the horrendous nerve ending pain.

I'm in such a bad mood about it. This should never of happened I should never of had a veneer in the first place. What was this Dentist ever thinking?
This was last year on holiday the veneer is my right front tooth to me it sticks out like a sore thumb. 
I would never in a million years recommend a veneer for cosmetic reasons like a small chipped tooth (though nor does the NHS apparently so it would cost you the earth) 
My only one regret in life is this damn tooth. 
I have so much anger towards the dentist who thought it'd be a good idea to have it done to me. 
He wasn't at our practitioners long either, something not quite right about him. 
Now I've got to hide my face all weekend, struggle to eat & drink because he thought it was the best idea ever. 
My face is in agony. My tongue & lips keep getting jabbed by the sharpness of it to top it all off. 
It's just not fair.
I feel like complaining. I honestly believe this should never of happened.
Just praying that the dentist will see me Monday. 

Happy freaking Friday....

Inkly Cards and National Stationery Week‏ | Review |


Inkly cards
Inky cards. The new & improved way to send personalised beautiful cards to friends & loved ones.
To fit in with National Stationary week I have reviewed the fabulous Inkly Card mobile phone app.
This app allows you to send real, printed cards & postcards from your mobile device, but most importantly, they can be customised with your own photos and handwriting, using their patent-pending technology. 
I got Emilyn to write her message on a piece of paper, I then took a photo of it with the special app camera on my phone then ta-da it was on my screen like this... 
All Emilyns own writing. No typing her exact writing.
You can find more information here
As I believe the handwritten card is so much more powerful than just typing away on your laptop. This app is perfect for National Stationery week.
Its all about allowing people to use the technology they know & love but to retain that personal touch of a letter writing, whilst using beautiful stationary to do so.
The app itself is 100% free to download & the whole process is really super simple. 
Pick your card... I chose a Fathers day card.
I chose my picture & Emilyn wrote her message.

Pick a coloured envelope (Emilyn chose pick for us)
Also Handwritten envelopes, if you're using an iPad you can write the address directly onto the envelope. They'll even save it for the next time you send a card to that person.
Enter your details upload the card. 
Wait for delivery...

It arrived! We love it, Daddy hasn't seen it yet though.... It's perfect exactly what we wanted. 

I love the Inkly app & will be using it much more.
From just £2.99 & next day delivery if ordered before midday.

Before I go I also want to mention the postcards Inkly also do. 
I LOVE this idea. 
The postcard can add the map to where you are sending the postcard from. Brilliant for holidays. 
What are you waiting for ? Download the app to your mobile device & get writing.
Inkly

Emilyn's hearts Inkly

UK ONLY - *Disclaimer I was given this for the purpose of this Review: All thoughts & opinions are my own.


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Little Tikes Brings Outdoor Fun and Games For Little Ones This Spring/Summer

Outdoor play is essential for any budding little one keen to get on and explore the outside world. This Spring/Summer, Little Tikes has launched a range of new toys that will keep kids entertained for hours, whilst encouraging individual development and creativity and not forgetting helping them to enter into an exciting world of imaginative play.

Little Tikes’ latest Cozy Coupe® innovation has scooped up Best New Toy award in the Outdoor Category at the British Toy and Hobby Association’s 2015 Toy Fair. The Cozy Coupe® Dino comes in ‘Dinosaur Green’ and has cool dinosaur plates that look like real spikes on its roof. The launch is a sign, of the UK’s best selling cars’, continued success as it marks the largest range yet for Little Tikes.

Cozy Coupe® Fun Facts
The iconic Cozy Coupe® car has been a firm favourite in families across the world:
·      The first Cozy Coupe® was launched in 1979
·      The Classic Cozy Coupe® is the best-selling car in the UK - outselling the British Ford Fiesta by 30%
·      1-in-4 kids drive the Cozy Coupe®
·      In 2012, Little Tikes created the first ever adult-sized Cozy Coupe
·      The adult sized car toured the UK appearing on Jimmy Carr’s show ‘8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’ and then when Stateside and appeared on the ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’




Little Tikes’ vast range of playhouses are as popular as ever – and delight children all year round. Brand NEW for 2015 is the Cape Cottage Playhouse – offering the perfect little play home for any child that enjoys a spot of role-play. The cottage features a mailbox, two Dutch doors and working window shutters. Cape Cottage comes in three fantastic colours – red, tan and pink. The new launch completes the wide range of playhouses in the Little Tikes range and is set to excite consumers by offering a competitive price point.



 
Spring will see the new Sizzle n’ Serve Grill launch adding lots of fun and creativity as kids role play BBQ fun, just like Mum and Dad. Cool colours and styling and lots of accessories to make BBQ’ing time the best time ever!

Features:
·      Easy open lid
·      12 accessories
·      Wheels to easily move grill
·      Fun styling
·      Easy assembly






Little ones will love learning to fish with the Fish ‘n Splash Water Table, using their very own fishing rods and scoops to make their catch of the day. The fun and innovative design will delight ‘Little Fishermen’ as they add their latest catch to the fish bowl ready to be counted, then watch it come splashing back down ready to be caught again!

With 10 fun accessories, little ones will have endless fun catching, counting, pouring, and splashing in their own back garden. 

Features:
·      Water table with fishing and counting play
·      Includes fishing poles and fish
·      Includes 10+ accessories

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