Review: WaterWipes

When Oliver was a newborn he had very sensitive skin, every wipe I tried gave him a sore bottom.  I used cotton wool and water as much as possible, but quite frankly it’s not exactly the most practical thing to use, especially when you’re out and about.  I was on a hunt to find a wipe that didn’t make his bottom sore and that’s when I came across WaterWipes.  When I first started my blog I wrote a post on my top 10 baby products I couldn’t live without.  I featured WaterWipes on my list, as they are definitely one of the products I couldn’t live without!

Recently I was asked whether I would like to review WaterWipes, and my reply was a big fat yes!  I want to tell the world why they are the best baby wipes on the market, and why I recommend them to everyone!

What is so good about WaterWipes?

WaterWipes are made up of only two ingredients, purified water and fruit extract.  They are free from the irritants you find in many of the other baby wipes on the market, such as alcohol and fragrance.  Did you know that a baby’s skin is 30% thinner and more sensitive than an adults?  The wipes are developed with this in mind, making them the world’s purest baby wipes.  WaterWipes work without the need for soap or chemicals, leaving your baby’s skin cool and clean.  They are the only wipes to be endorsed by Allergy UK, meaning they must be good, right?

Why do we like WaterWipes?

Most importantly they do a really good job at cleaning up a mess!  Whether it’s a dirty bottom or a mucky face, they get rid of the mess quickly and effectively.  In our household we like the fact that the wipes are nice and thick, but still really soft, which is one thing it’s hard to find.  Each wipe is sufficiently wet, and they take a very long time to dry out.  This mean if you accidentally leave the packet open after changing a nappy, you don’t come back to a pack of dry wipes (which I always get so annoyed with)!  I find that with WaterWipes I use a significantly small amount of wipes when dealing with a big mess.  Meaning a pack will last me quite a long time, anywhere between one week and three (child mess dependent)!

Since we first tried out WaterWipes when Oliver was about a month old we haven’t looked back.  I do on the odd occasion buy a different brand, but they never compare.  For me, I think it’s really important to use products which I know are gentle on the skin.  Oliver and I both suffer with eczema, mine is particularly bad on my hands.  This means I tend to have to make sure the products I use for him are also ok for me to use too.  The fact they are approved by Allergy UK, gives me confidence in the brand.

Why should you try WaterWipes?

If you are looking for a wipe that’s gentle on the skin, soft, wet and gets the job done quickly, then WaterWipes are the wipes for you.  Can’t be faffed with cotton wool and water anymore?  Give them a go!  I know that they are a bit pricier than other brands, but they last so much longer.  And they are so much better!  You can often find the multipacks on offer, and if you use Amazon’s Subscribe and Save system they work out at under £1.40 a pack*. Stuart also wants me to let you know, they are the only baby brand he will whole heartedly endorse and recommend to other parents.  So if this doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will!

WaterWipes are priced at £2.89 and are available from Boots, Amazon.co.uk, Ocado.co.uk and major supermarkets.

I was sent WaterWipes in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  

*price correct as of 13th March 2017

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Blogger Recognition Award

So I was very excited this week to be awarded the Blogger Recognition Award by the very lovely Lianne over at Mrs Mummy Harris (She’s fab so please head over to her blog and check it out). Thank you so much for nominating me Lianne!

The rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 5 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Where did it all begin?

Back in January 2016 I had just gone on maternity leave and I was quite frankly bored. Oliver was yet to arrive and I decided to find an online space to document the last few weeks of pregnancy.  I had been reading various blogs for a long time and my cousin had been blogging for years so I thought why not?!  When I had Oliver I quite frankly didn’t have the time or energy to continue with my blog so I deleted it.  A few months down the line I decided to give it another go, wiping the slate clean and starting afresh.  I was pretty unoriginal with the naming, I just went with my surname!   My brain wasn’t functioning well enough to think of something more exciting at the time!

My advice

Stats

Don’t worry about the stats.  I know some people are fixated on their stats.  Nowadays I rarely look at them because I don’t write my blog to gain a following, I do it because I enjoy it.  It’s nice when you check your social pages and see the followers have increased from the last time but it isn’t something I spend a lot of time focussing on.  If you wrote good content, readers will come.

Occasionally I do like to have to have a look and see where I am ranking in things like the TOTS100 but I know I am going to be nowhere near the top 500 (or probably even 1000!) and for me that doesn’t matter!

Find a community

There are plenty of blogger communities around.  On Facebook there are plenty of groups which are a great support.  Even though I don’t personally know anyone in the groups, I still find they’re a great space to ask questions or read advice.  I know for myself it has been a great source of help, whether it be tips for going self hosted or advice on the best photo editing software, there’s something to help everyone.  If you can’t find what you want, post a comment and you will always get someone who is willing to help you out!

I nominate:

Katy at Hot Pink Wellingtons

Laura at Five Little Doves

Laura at Dear Bear and Beany

Abbie at Mama Wilkos

Gemma at Life is Knutts

Good luck, I look forward to reading your posts!

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What to do with a toddler in Spring

As the weather is getting better, and spring is finally coming, I wanted to compile a list of things I want to do with Oliver this Spring.  Now the sun is shining, I feel like we will be able to get out a bit more.  I hate spending time inside, and Oliver always seems to be happiest when we are outside.  Now we don’t have to worry about taking plenty of layers, hats, gloves and scarves, we can enjoy what Spring has to offer.

Visit the farm

Now Oliver is old enough to enjoy the farm a bit more, I really want to take him to one!  Especially as there will be lambs and baby animals, it’s always the best time to visit the farm!  We have Fishers Farm and Bockett’s Farm nearby and they are both great to visit.

Get out in the garden

My garden is in much need of some TLC.  Over the winter the weeds have taken over and I have plenty of new plants to plant.  I want to try and get Oliver involved a little (even though I know it will end up with him eating soil and leaves) I may buy him a little spade so he can try and do some digging as well!  Other than gardening, I am hoping to get Oliver a slide for the garden and some other garden toys, so he can have some fun in the sun!

Go on plenty of walks

We often head over to Wisley gardens, and it’s a place I will keep on going to, especially now it’s spring.  The spring plants and blossoms will be out in full!  Amongst the places I want to visit this spring are Painshill Park, Hatchlands Park and Claremont Landscape Gardens.  I have National Trust membership and I have been wanting to visit lots of their properties and make the most of my membership for quite a while now!

Easter baking

Last year I managed a small amount of baking, but with a very little baby, not much was done!  Oliver has taken a shining to my KitchenAid so I think he may enjoy watching me bake this year.  He loves watch it whirring round.   Hot Cross Buns are top of my to bake list, my sister and I made them last year and they were delicious!

Spring/Easter crafts

I’m not sure what the crafts will be, maybe some handprint chicks or fingerprint blossom trees.  All I know is I want to try and do some crafty bits!  (I might have gone a bit mad and will regret saying this if and when I do these crafts but ah well!)

So that’s a few of the things I want to get up to this spring.  Is there anything you would like to do?

 

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Caketoppers Personalised Cupcakes – Review & Discount Code

If you know me, you know how much I love anything to do with cake.  Cupcakes are by far my favourites, to bake and to eat.  So when Caketoppers got in contact with me to review their personalised cupcakes, I couldn’t exactly say no could I?

Who are Caketoppers?

They are a personalised cake company specialising in cakes, cupcakes and printed icing edible toppers.  They deliver using Royal Mail, with next day delivery if you order by 2pm and the cakes are well packaged.  The cake can be personalised with a photo, logo, message and they also do character toppers.  So basically you can order cake to your door within 24 hours, what more could you want?!

Our verdict

The cakes arrived when I was at work, and Stu, not knowing what they were left the box lying on its side (and didn’t tell me I had a parcel either!).  The next morning I discovered the cakes sat on the side and was pleased to find even with sitting on their side for 12 hours they looked as good as ever!  We received one chocolate and one vanilla cupcake to try, each with my old logo on (I currently don’t have one as I can’t decide what I want!).  They looked brilliant, I loved the foil cases.  The cupcakes were a perfectly soft and moist sponge, something I always want in a cake.  They then are iced with a layer of icing (chocolate flavoured on the chocolate cupcake, plain on the vanilla) and topped with the personalised topper.

All in all these were some of the yummiest cupcakes I’ve tasted in a little while.  They definitely didn’t last long, Stu and I enjoyed a cupcake each once we had put Oliver to bed (they’re far too good to share with him!).  Caketoppers can provide personalised cakes and cupcakes for pretty much any occasion.  Whether it be a birthday, anniversary or corporate promotion, they will be able to help you out.

Their customer service was very friendly and helpful and Caketoppers very kindly have given me a discount code to share with my readers.  So if you want to order your own cakes use the code LMM10 at the checkout for 10% off*.

You can find Caketoppers website here, they’re also on Facebook and Twitter.

I received the cupcakes in return for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Discount code valid until 31st May 2017.

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Celebrating Mother’s Day 2017 with the Bentall Centre Kingston

I love Mother’s Day.  Every year my sister and I love to spoil our mum.  We always spend the day with her, buy her flowers and hopefully give her a relaxing day.  Last year was my first Mother’s Day and with a month old baby I definitely enjoyed putting my feet up too (albeit very briefly).  This year I’m not sure I will have that luxury at all!

A few weeks back I was approached by the Bentall Centre Kingston to join them to spend some quality time with my mum.  We were invited to come and have a makeover at one of the many beauty houses and to then enjoy lunch in one of the restaurants they have to offer.  I jumped at the chance, as my mum definitely deserves a bit of pampering.  She works very hard at her job and has re-jigged her hours so that she can look after Oliver for me once a week, whilst I work.  My mum does so much for my sister and I and she has basically raised us alone.  She’s an amazing woman and I don’t know what I would do without her.

So on Saturday we headed to Kingston.  It’s about a 40 minute journey from home, and we tend to only shop there once every couple of months.  The Bentall Centre is brilliant and is probably where we spend most of our time.  It holds plenty of the big name high street stores.  The Bentall’s store is brilliant, we always love looking around.  They boast a great selection of products, I’m pretty sure you could find most things in there.  They have some big designer stands throughout their store and I always spend lots of time browsing the selection they have to offer.

We were asked to choose which beauty house we wanted to visit for the makeover.  After plenty of umming and ahhing we decided on Yves Saint Laurent.  It was a really hard decision, they have most of the big name beauty houses under their roof, but we decided to choose a brand neither of us had tried before.  YSL is something I had wanted to try for a while after reading lots about the Touche Eclat range.  Neither of us have had a makeover before so we were looking forward to having a bit of pamper time!  My sister came along with us to help look after Oliver as Stu wasn’t able to.

My makeup artist was Shamilla and she was so lovely.  She started by giving me a facial and removing the makeup I was already wearing.  She then talked me through all the products she was using.  I felt completely relaxed and really enjoyed it.  I didn’t feel like there was a hard sell going on either, which was something I was worried would happen!  Shamilla was so friendly and we just chatted throughout.  My mum couldn’t remember her makeup artist’s name, but she was very friendly as well.  Mum was pleased that she told her she had nice long eyelashes!!


We both really enjoyed the pamper session and loved our new looks.  I never really wear a full face of makeup, so it was a nice change!  We had about an hour to kill between this and our lunch booking so we headed to the Bentall’s Clearance store (mums favourite!), Gap Kids and Zara to have a mooch about.

Our lunch was booked at Restaurant on 3 which is the restaurant in Bentall’s (on level 3!).  We hadn’t tried it before, I think it is fairly new, I seem to remember there was previously an American style diner there when I had been to level 3 in the past.  I digress!  It is a really lovely restaurant serving a wide selection of food.  There was a choice of freshly prepared pizza, pasta, salads, carvery, sandwiches, burgers, fish and chips, the list was endless.

Mum opted to have the carvery, whilst my sister and I opted for the burger and chips.  I can never say no to a burger!  The carvery looked delicious, the choice on the day was pork or beef, and Mum chose the beef.  She said it was absolutely delicious.  The burgers are cooked to order, but only took about 10-15 minutes to arrive.  They were really scrummy too.  Oliver enjoyed sampling a bit of everyone’s lunch, by the look on his face, he gave it a thumbs up!  We didn’t get him lunch as he isn’t a big lunch eater at the moment, but the children’s selection looked brilliant and very reasonably priced.

For dessert there was a good selection of cakes and pastries.  They all looked so yummy.  There were some beautiful looking patisserie cakes, but I was so full from lunch that I opted for something without cream!  I had the Rocky Road Cake, it looked so nice I couldn’t have passed it up.  Mum opted for a danish and my sister had a raspberry meringue.  We were all really pleased with our choices and all really enjoyed them.  My sister made the bad move of offering Oliver a taste of the meringue, he clearly enjoyed it and kept asking for more!  (I’m sure next time she won’t be so willing to share!!)

We all enjoyed our lunches, the restaurant was quite busy as we were there in peak lunch hours, but it wasn’t overcrowded.  I thought it was brilliant as there is plenty of space between the tables, so you don’t feel too on top of each other.  There’s also a lot of space for buggies by the tables so you don’t need to worry too much about where to park it!  The manager Sarah was so helpful and accommodating, I tried to find her before we left but she wasn’t out on the restaurant floor, if you are reading this, thank you very much for giving us such a lovely lunch!

Mum really enjoyed her treat day, we spent the rest of the afternoon shopping and had a really nice time.  I had never thought of doing something like a makeover together.  Having now done it, I would really recommend it, as it’s a nice treat for you both.  Especially as I’m a mum now too, we take very little time for ourselves.  It’s nice to be the one who’s being looked after once every now and then.  If you live nearby, it is well worth checking out the Bentall Centre for a Mother’s Day treat.

 

I was invited to have a makeover and lunch by the Bentall Centre Kingston in return for a review.  All words and opinions are my own.

 

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