Review | Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Sound Baby Monitor

I’ve been putting the https://www.tommeetippee.co.uk/product/digital-sound-monitorTommee Tippee Closer to Nature Digital Sound Baby Monitor to the test for the past few weeks. We had a monitor when Beastie was a tiny baby, then it broke and I never bothered replacing it. The last few months though, I’d been thinking it would be useful – for one, he’s in bed for eight, and over the summer the girls and I would be out in the garden till late, playing, chatting, sitting around the firepit. I didn’t like being outside and not being able to hear if he did wake up, I was having to pop inside every so often to check. Also, I leave him in bed in the morning when I get up to do my workout – again, down the bottom of our house in the den I can’t hear him. This Tommee Tippee monitor has been fantastic. Easy to set up – pretty much just plug in and go, it’s made me far more relaxed about sitting out in the garden as I know that I will hear him if he needs me. The parent unit is rechargeable, and can be carried around the house with you – mine…

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Piccolo One for One + win a months worth of baby food pouches!

When Beastie was little, Piccolo pouches were our favourites to use. While I made most of his food myself, they were a lifesaver for when we were out and about – easy to throw in my bag so I wouldn’t have to worry about feeding him. A little while back you might remember we helped them to celebrate their first birthday with a delicious cake we baked. Now they have just launched their ‘One for One’ campaign. They will be donating products to food banks around the UK, supported by partnerships with food bank Trussell Trust and children’s charities. Piccolo is hoping to donate at least 100,000 of its pouches to vulnerable families. This October ‘One to One’ launches in stores – for every pouch sold in participating stores, another will be donated to a food bank or children’s charity to help support those parents struggling to feed their little ones this winter. It’s a fantastic campaign that I am proud to be supporting – feeding a family can be expensive and stressful when money is tight, and Piccolo are a great company who are really giving something back. They’ve been kind enough to give me a month’s worth of pouches…

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Good mornings start with Ready Brek

A good breakfast makes such a difference – start the day off right and everything else seems so much better. Two of my kids love breakfast, the other two aren’t such big morning eaters. I pretty much always have a bowl of oats first thing – I workout before I eat, so by the time I’m making breakfast I am starving and in need of something good and filling. As a kid, I LOVED Ready Brek on those cold winter mornings when I was up early for school. Drizzled with some maple syrup, it always warmed me up and kept me full until it was lunchtime. These days I give the maple syrup a miss, I usually grate in some carrot or courgette, add a pinch of cinnamon then top with some sliced bananas or berries, as well as a sprinkling of ground linseeds. Ready Brek is great for kids who don’t like lumpy porridge or just prefer a smoother consistency. THere’s no added salt or sugar, it’s packed with calcium, Vitamins D and B12, plus you know it will keep their tummies full for a good few hours. Mine love to top their own bowls of Ready Brek. I’ll…

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Staycation Ideas for Families

If holidays abroad aren’t an option for you, or you’re simply looking for a family staycation in the UK, there are some great, affordable options to suit every family and budget. The benefits to a staycation are that travelling costs are minimal and there are a great range of options of family-friendly ideas- whether you’re looking for a hotel stay or self-catering accommodation. The UK has beautiful countryside that is studded with castles and country houses, balanced out by dynamic cities bursting with fantastic attractions aimed at kids or families, many of which are free to visit, and the seaside is always popular with kids. If you’re looking for some ideas for Staycations, here are five that are on our visit list London The capital has so much to offer families and is a perfect getaway for a family holiday. We’re thinking of finding an Airbnb for us to stay in, my budget is low so I prefer to be somewhere we can self-cater to keep costs down. WIth a huge array of museums to viist, some iconic sites to take in, as well as theatre shows, palaces, and some beautiful parks, there is something to suit every age and budget.…

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Kid-friendly bedroom makeovers

We’ve had a few bedroom swap-arounds this year. When we moved in, Kiki and Baya shared the master room, Lola had the small back bedroom and Beastie had the other front bedroom. Fast forward 18 months, and I decided to swap Lola and Beastie’s rooms around, as he doesn’t’ even sleep in his room, and his was a little bigger {and lighter} than Lola’s. Then a few months later, after a lot of nagging from Kiki, I finally did one last swap and let her have a room of her own. Now, technically, Baya and Beastie share a room – in as much as his bed, wardrobe and soft toys are in Baya’s room, though he still sleeps with me so she mostly has the room to herself. We’ve plans to move one of them down into the playroom in a few years when Beastie and Baya can’t/don’t want to share and we need a fifth bedroom. I’ve also been doing a little bit of decorating here and there, making their rooms reflect their personalities. I saw someone asking on my Facebook the other day if you let your kids choose their own decor. Within reason, I do – I…

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