*We were sent two bottles of Buster Bathroom Plughole Unblocker by Mumsnet in exchange for an honest appraisal. If you know me at all you’ll know I’m far from a ‘domestic goddess’, my approach to most housework is primarily avoidance. That said if I’m going to spend an hour cleaning my house I want it to look amazing at the end! I’m not someone who wants to carry around a tool belt of products to spruce up the living room, I like cleaning products which do the job first time and I don’t mind spending a bit extra on a…

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As a child I was a total book worm, even as a teenager I read books many times over due to running out of material between library visits. I suppose I was a bit of a Matilda character but without her supreme pancake making skills. I’ve always hoped that Luisa will develop the same love of reading that I have and i’m always looking for new ways to encourage her. Our house is coming down with books and I wouldn’t have it any other way. For now she mostly reads with our help, she is only two after all, but…

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Like all babies, Luisa was born pink and fuzzy, not dissimilar to an over ripe peach. Within a matter of weeks, she filled out, her soft creamy rolls the topic of many a conversation. After all, everyone loves a chubby baby. During the first twelve weeks of Lu’s life, she had the usual baby skin complaints, a touch of cradle cap and some milk spots. It didn’t take long for these to clear up and she didn’t have any more issues. I think the fact that she was born during a mild May made it easier for us to look…

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We were sent the ‘Toilet Train Bing’ free of charge to provide an honest review. If you’re familiar with Bing Bunny you’ll know he seems to be into everything. His latest adventure is potty training and, with a bit of luck, it will be our milestone too. Luisa turned two in May so we’re not in any hurry to get her using the potty but we have been gently encouraging her over the past few months. We started by setting up her (extravagant) potty in the living room and encouraging her to play with it or sit on it occasionally.…

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    I’ve talked before about our weaning journey with Luisa, to recap she was slow to start and generally unimpressed with actual baby food – preferring ‘real’ food, for grown ups. Looking back, that’s the point when I should have realised she was going to grow up to be an opinionated pain in my neck! Just to further keep me on my toes Lu has now decided, aged 2 years and 3 months that she’s a fan of pouches. Go figure. She calls them a ‘treat’ and who am I to argue?     About a year and half ago…

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We were recently sent some of the new Num Noms series 4 collection to have a play and really find out what all the fuss is about. If you’re not familiar with Num Noms they’re a collectable toy aimed at kids 3 and over. They’re heavily scented and really cute with a Kawaii type look. Obviously, Luisa is a little below the target age so she’ll need to be supervised when playing with them but I’m a big fan of cute little collectables and Num Noms seem like the perfect introduction for her.     We were sent the Sweets…

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Most toddlers are big fans of bath time. They love the bubbles, the special toys and splashing water all over the place. If your kids is one of the tots who looks forward to having a bath it can be a really great part of their bedtime routine as it helps to tire them out. However, there are lots of kids who really aren’t big fans of bath time. Whether its the hair washing they hate or the lack of control there are some kids who would do anything to avoid a bath. It’s a phase that will pass but it can…

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I’m sure you’re all like me in that you love a bargain, especially when it comes to those baby and toddler essentials we seem to be buying weekly. I always like to keep an eye out for the best offers and stock up when I can, particularly on nappies, wipes and Luisa’s favourite snacks. When you’re a bit of a shopaholic like myself it feels good to know you’ve saved on the everyday essentials and it totally means you can get spendy when the A/W clothes hit the shops soon. Right? Well Pharmacy are hosting a special baby event throughout August,…

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Toddlers aren’t known for being cooperative, especially when it comes to important things like suncream, taking medicine or brushing their teeth. I think we’re quite lucky in that Lu still sees brushing her teeth as a really fun activity, she likes to be in the bathroom and stand on her little step. She loves to wash her hands and pretend to shave, just like Daddy. With that said, she is fiercely independent and does not appreciate my input when it comes to reaching her molars! I’m absolutely a ‘pick your battles’ kind of parent – if she wants to sleep…

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