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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

SAVVY MUMMAS I Asda Baby and Toddler Event Starts Online 16th April 2014

The Asda Baby and Toddler Event starts online tomorrow Thursday 16th April at www.asda.com/baby-event/

It's a great time to stock up on heavily discounted items such as nappies (Pampers and Little Angels), clothing (George) and toys (currently 2 for £10 on selected items and great discounts including Little Tikes). 

If you haven't bought Easter Eggs for your kids yet then cheap toys could be a great alternative Easter gift.

Here are our picks of the Little Tikes toddler toys for both boys and girls, which are great for creativity and will keep your kids entertained for hours:


http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=4160&awinaffid=179887&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fdirect.asda.com%2FLittle-Tikes-80-Wooden-Building-Blocks%2F000704133%2Cdefault%2Cpd.html
Great for teaching little ones how to balance things carefully, increasing dexterity and creative design.


http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=4160&awinaffid=179887&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fdirect.asda.com%2FLittle-Tikes-Speak-n-Learn-Book%2F000703783%2Cdefault%2Cpd.html

All sorts of useful learning pages such as a tell the time page.


http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=4160&awinaffid=179887&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fdirect.asda.com%2FLittle-Tikes-Track-Pack%2F000740561%2Cdefault%2Cpd.html

Every kid loves a fun track to whiz vehicles around, and change into different shape
formats testing puzzle skills.


http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=4160&awinaffid=179887&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fdirect.asda.com%2FLittle-Tikes-Noah%2527s-Animal-Arkestra%2F000728038%2Cdefault%2Cpd.html

A boat full of animals for endless floating fun, and teaching them the story of Noah too, if that's your bag!

Happy Easter!
CB

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

HIP MUMMAS I Post-Natal Belly-Covering Clothes

It has been 3 months since my son was born, and I am actually gaining weight rather than losing it! As Mum to a baby and a 2 year old, and with a constant breastfeeding appetite, I can't resist reaching for the Green and Blacks of an afternoon (and evening) to see me through!

My main gripe is that my belly seems to have gone outwards rather than inwards. Since I won't have time to exercise it off any time soon, I decided to invest in a few key bargain priced pieces for Spring, to cover my tummy.

Boohoo has some brilliant cheap clothes that won't break the bank (especially if you are on the pittance that is maternity pay), and they look good too. Here are my picks:

Tanya Daisy Print Woven Tea Dress
Product code: azz31632
£10.00
from www.boohoo.com


http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=2319&awinaffid=179887&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.boohoo.com%2Frestofworld%2Fnew-in%2Ftanya-daisy-print-woven-tea-dress%2Finvt%2Fazz31632




















Sasha Oversized V Neck Jumper
Product code: azz38162
£10.00
from www.boohoo.com

http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=2319&awinaffid=179887&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.boohoo.com%2Frestofworld%2Fjumpers%2Fsasha-oversized-v-neck-jumper%2Finvt%2Fazz38162




















Roxy V Neck Oversized Tee
Product code: azz34629
£10.00
from www.boohoo.com

http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=2319&awinaffid=179887&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.boohoo.com%2Frestofworld%2Fstyle-steals%2Froxy-v-neck-oversized-tee%2Finvt%2Fazz34629



















Luisa Laguna Batwing Cardigan 
Product code: azz33127
£22.00
from www.boohoo.com

http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=2319&awinaffid=179887&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.boohoo.com%2Frestofworld%2Fcardigans%2Fluisa-laguna-batwing-cardigan%2Finvt%2Fazz33127



















Happy hiding!

CB

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

SAVVY MUMMAS I Feed your Little Angels Organic Snacks for Less at Asda

If any of you follow my blogs you will know that as a Mum to baby and toddler I prefer natural eco and organic products for my kids. I am also vegan! This can be expensive. I was therefore pleased to find out that now you can feed your baby organic snacks for less at Asda!

The new cheap bargain range of Little Angels products, available exclusively at Asda, are fully organic, yay!!
Items include snack bars, dried fruit, crisps, rice cakes, all really well priced.


I tested a few essentials on my 2 year old toddler:

Oaty Organic Snack Bars- Stage 3+
£1.99 for 5 

I tried Apple and Strawberry, but these also come in yummy Apricot or Banana flavours.

Apple:
 Strawberry:
http://groceries.asda.com/asda-webstore/landing/home.shtml?cmpid=ahc-_-ghs-d1-_-asdacom-dsk-_-hp#/product/910001268159
My daughter scoffed these down, and when I asked for her opinion she said they were yummy. I tried a bit to be sure (she likes anything sweet to be fair), and they taste pretty good. A bit dense maybe but very oaty!

Bonus points for no added sugar - contains naturally occurring sugars. Made with natural ingredients. Also no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat.Gluten free and vegan too!

Ingredients

Strawberry:
[Organic Sultanas (52%), Organic Gluten Free Wholegrain Oat Flakes (35%), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Strawberry Juice Concentrate (4.0%), Organic Rice Flour, Made with Natural ingredients] 
Apple:
[Organic Sultanas (52%), Organic Gluten Free Wholegrain Oat Flakes (35%), Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Apple Juice Concentrate (4.0%), Organic Rice Flour, Made with Natural Ingredients] 

Organic Raisins 20g
40p

http://groceries.asda.com/asda-webstore/landing/home.shtml?cmpid=ahc-_-ghs-d1-_-asdacom-dsk-_-hp#/product/910001268260
Lovely and juicy. My only complaint is that they have a dash of vegetable oil on them. so little though hardly a sticking point.

All products are available online and in-store now. View the full range here

CB

HOT MUMMAS | Elemis exotic cream mask

There's often days I look at my sallow, palid skin and think: 'cripes, what's happened to me?'
Unable to finish or drink a cup of tea, and/or make one in the first place, and a distinct lack of water in my life - neither can help with the old complexion. 

So baby and I had a sleepover (I call it this when dad goes on night work) and I reached out for emergency help in the form of Elemis exotic cream moisturising  mask.

Part of the Elemis 'anti-ageing system', the formulas focus on targeting pollution with potent anti-oxidants and vitamins to attack toxins. Highly concentrated actives help increase hydration and release to a deeper level, and collagen-supporting and cell plumping ingredients strengthen the outer skin.
The exotic cream mask features mimosa and soothing honey while extracts of sea rocket, orange & bergamot leave the skin massively hydrated. 

These days my once flawless skin is now  a mottled mess. I'll openly admit I have time nor patience to contend with it. Which is why we started this blog, to find the holy grail of products and makeup to make us mums look and feel good - if only for one day.

On initial contact with my skin, the product had a slight tingle, nothing to panic about - I have skin with the sensitivity of a saint.
On cleansed skin, or even while luxuriating in the bath, pop the mask on for 8-10 mins, (my bath tends to last triple that), either way it's no problem. A fine layer can be used as an overnight treat, which I indulged in.

When I was pregnant with my little boy, I never felt that organic pregnancy 'glow', in fact, I annoyingly experienced adult acne.
The slight scarring is still visible, but after an overnight grapple with the product obviously it hadn't diminished, but didn't look so angry. Rejuvenated soft skin followed in its wake (and mine). And that was enough to satisfy me.



The natural skin cycle when skin renews itself is every 6 wks, so for a fair review of any of your new skincare buys, ensure you take a picture of your skin in the harsh light of day, every 6 wks.

I'll be keeping my eyes peeled but on top of the other hundreds of products I intend to try, who knows who will win the battle of skincare armoury - thank goodness there are three of us! 



LN 





HOT MUMMAS | A tough test for a hardwearing lipstick?




















It's truly hard to find a lipstick or lip colour that lasts very long on my lips. I'm not sure why. Maybe they're too dry meaning I put on too much lip balm. Or I bite my lip too much. Or I have too many drinks.

So last week I was going to a two-day work conference and thought what better place to try out my new Max Factor Lipfinity 24hr lipstick? It's a tough test of constant talking, eating, drinking and dry air - if a lipstick can go the distance there it can make it anywhere!

And did it?

Well not exactly- though it definitely lasted longer than regular lippy.

I put it on in the toilet at about 9am just before kick off. Colour under coat then gloss top coat. During the coffee break at 10.30 I checked it and it was mostly still there. At midday I checked it and it was gone save for a line of pink around the edges.

I think this is the main issue with these products. They often work better with stronger colours that actually stain your lips and the colour really only lasts around the edges giving a weird look.

I also found that the undercoat colour was quite drying and even the moisturising top coat didn't really help that. 










However the moisturising gloss stick thing turned out to be a winner on its own. Maybe Max Factor should think about selling it separately!

RL x



Thursday, 3 April 2014

HOT MUMMAS | Hot Polish Cleanser

If you haven't tried Liz Earle hot polish cleanser yet, where have you been?
The outstandingly fabulous facial cleanser  teamed with a warm muslin cloth ensures all grub and grime is removed. Plus botanical ingredients like rosemary, eucalyptus hops, chamomile etc give a gentle yet concentrated clean and exfoliate, with a squeaky clean feeling at the end.

As SMP is in full swing, I thought I'd give an alternative high street version a go. I've tightened my purse strings and the regular £13 splurge needs to be reevaluated.
For £4.99 you can bag a Superdrug 200ml Vitamin E hot polish cleanser, with muslin cloth.
Equally, at such a reasonable price point, it seems a great place to start if you've never tried a hot polish, to ascertain whether it'll make your daily regimen.

First of all, massage the product into your bare skin using circular movements, then remove excess and grime with the warm muslin cloth (included) which naturally exfoliates the skin. 
A splash of cold water after enlivens the senses and tightens the pores. 
A lot of people like to 'double cleanse' - entirely up to you.

Realistically, a multitasking product like a cleanser & exfoliator should be a no-brainer for busy mums. 
Plus the fact a hot polish has the feel of an indulgent facial without the fuss and cost - extra BUBS points.

Now interestingly, the first few ingredients in Liz Earle's top selling hot polish 
are strikingly similar to the Superdrug cleanser, in fact the first five ARE indeed the same. 
The only difference is the Superdrug version has a variety of parabens, which to some skin types can be irritants, but are in fact, just preservatives.


The packaging is inoffensive, if a little bland. But hey ho, if this keeps the price down - perfect.
The 'cacao seed' sweet cocoa butter scent (a softer version of palmers) is prevalent, whether it's your cuppa is subjective.
The consistency of the cleanser is thick and unctuous, it sinks in beautifully, it doesn't make skin feel tight, it's just the right viscosity.
 In fact, as fab as Liz Earle is, it's quite 'stiff' on contact with skin, it needs a bit of movement, warmth and manipulating to get it effectively penetrating the skin.

The muslin cloth is not going to win awards for thread count like its more expensive counterparts, 
however don't be quick to knock it, 
it's decent in size and quality and abrasive enough to slough off dead skin cells effectively.

My sensitive skin didn't have even the slightest tingle, and I even made my partner try it - again, lovely job. 
I've had no breakouts, and my skin looks a little brighter as it goes (with 5 hours sleep this is a big bonus!)
Something that's so effective yet so modest in price is to me, a no brainer.
It takes five minutes of your time, for a deep cleanse and exfoliate, and soon as baby beds down - boom, a bit of mummy me-time. 

A 8/10 from me.

LN


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