Win A Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night Machine

Tommee Tippee, the UK’s leading baby feeding accessories brand, has refreshed its best-selling Perfect Prep machine. The Perfect Prep Day & Night prepares a formula feed bottle to the perfect temperature in just two minutes, with new features including volume control and a glow light setting for easier, happier night feeds.

Nicknamed Your Dream Machine, Perfect Prep Day & Night provides parents with the peace of mind that comes from knowing their baby’s bottle will be perfect every time, right around the clock. Real-life mums and dads helped create the next generation of the best-selling machine, with new design features a direct result of their feedback and suggestions.

Nicola Wallace, Marketing Manager at Tommee Tippee, commented:

“The Perfect Prep Day & Night is a huge and exciting launch for us. Like everything we do, each part of this new product development has been carefully considered with parents in mind – to make the journey into and throughout parenthood as comfortable as possible.

“Sleep, or lack thereof, can become a huge strain for new mums and dads, and the new product features work to combat this. Parents are at the heart of the Tommee Tippee brand, and we’ve got their backs once again with Perfect Prep Day & Night: it’s their Dream Machine!”

Tommee Tippee designed the original Perfect Prep based on the insight that mums find it difficult to prepare a bottle following formula guidelines, as these require the water to be boiled and cooled for up to half an hour before serving. This was difficult, time-consuming and certainly not practical at 3am. The concept was simple: to make this process easier, faster and more accurate, for happier parents and happier babies.

Perfect Prep Day & Night is available in four shades (White, Black, Grey and Red) and is available to pre-order now and on full sale 18th March.

You can view the campaign video below:

Product features include:

  • In just two minutes your bottle is fully prepared at the perfect volume and temperature
  • Silently prepares bottle while the home still sleeps with volume control to minimise night time noise
  • Our glow nightlight shines gently making night time feeds clear & simple
  • Clear, easy to use digital display makes bottle prepping as smooth as your baby’s bum
  • The Perfect Prep Day & Night machine works with most bottles and formula brands
  • Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep Day & Night is now available to pre-order at Amazon, John Lewis & Mothercare. RRP £130.00

You can find out more information about the machine here and why not keep in touch with Tommee Tippee on their Facebook page here and get involved in the community?

To celebrate this launch, I have teamed up with Tommee Tippee to offer one lucky winner their very own Perfect Prep Day & Night machine. To enter, all you need to do is fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 7th of March 2018. Good luck!

 

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The Search For A New House Continues…

I have mentioned recently that we have been looking for a bigger house in our area. At the moment, Olivia is, at 13 months, still in our room as we only live in a two bedroom house and Jack’s room is far too small to fit the two of them in. Luckily we have quite an abnormally large bedroom so it isn’t too bad but I would so love my own space back.

Before Christmas, we were looking at three and four bed properties in our village. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on which way you look at it, the prices in our area are quite high so it can be quite difficult to find a house that fits both our needs and our price range. We were lucky enough last year that I was earning enough for Steve to leave a job he was unhappy in and he’s hopefully about to go part time in a new job from next month or April. We found that the fact that I was the only one working counted against us as my income can be variable so we have put off looking again until now.

We did find the perfect house in the village, close to the school, close to our beautiful common that we are so lucky to have and close to the amenities. It has been on the market for months and now we are finally in a position to put another offer in, it looks like they have finally rented it out.

This summer, Steve may also come into some money from an inheritance. We already have plans for this – put most of it in savings and pay off any outstanding debts. Hopefully we’ll also be able to put down 6/12 months of rent for a place as well whilst the savings accrue some interest and the debts fall off our credit score so we can hopefully get a mortgage. But if we find the perfect place in the village in the meantime, what will we do? Go for it of course.

But just what is the perfect place for us? Well, it needs 3 or 4 bedrooms for a start. One for us, one for Jack, one for Olivia – if there is another, that’s a bonus. We want wood flooring throughout the downstairs – we live in a house right now that is fully carpeted and that is totally not kid friendly – with Olivia at the age that she is, discovering food and exactly what a nappy is and trying to take it off, carpets are a nightmare. We want a decent sized kitchen – we currently have a galley kitchen and not enough space for all of our utensils. I want somewhere I can actually cook properly without feeling cramped and so Steve and I can start putting recipes on the blog again. We also want a dishwasher – this girl is fed up of hand washing!

I want a garden. Yes, we live a stone’s throw away from the local common right now but it hasn’t really been fair for Jack to grow up without a proper garden. I also want a decent amount of storage space – I’ve already mentioned that this house doesn’t have much in the way of kitchen storage and the same can be said for most of the house. We’ve got a cupboard in each bedroom and our garage – that’s it. It’s a flat roof so no loft and we do struggle with everything – after all, with two kids we’ve got car seats, bikes, pushchairs, toys…so much stuff and nowhere to put it. Jack has even got a whole bedroom set that he hasn’t been able to use yet because it won’t fit in his tiny bedroom so it is currently stored in the garage.

It may seem that we have got a whole list of things we want and it should be quite impossible to tick all the boxes but luckily the majority of properties round here come with plenty of storage space, decent gardens, downstairs wood flooring and enough bedrooms – it’s just the budget that often throws us.

For now, the search for a new house continues. I’ll keep perusing the websites looking for a local place and fingers crossed we find our perfect home soon!

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One Third Stories French Story Box | Review

Item sent for consideration for review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

If you remember, Jack and I reviewed One Third Stories back in 2016 and we were recently contacted to see if we would like to review one of One Third Stories’ Story Boxes. We were very happy to – Jack is keen to get learning more in French so we opted for the French story box.

I was sent the first box. This contains a story all about a T-Rex called Terrance who’s on a search for the perfect pair of shoes. It is said that your child will learn basic greetings, numbers up to ten, and colours. The activities within the pack include build-your-own dinosaurs using numbers and colours in French, using French numbers for simple sums, and how to tell somebody else your name, age, and favourite colour in French

You can choose your subscription – for 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. The 12 months works out the best value but for the 3 month plan, there is an upfront payment of £50.97 which works out at £16.99 a box. There is UK only free shipping and it auto renews after 3 months and you can cancel renewal at any time.

So what did we think?

Jack was very happy with his activity box. He has been learning snippets of French at school and is a total bookworm so this combined two great loves. He has been loving dipping in and out of the box, reading some of the story in English and some in French and working out what the French phrase means.

It has made me hark back to my GCSE French and is actually helping me to remember the language which I had long since forgot. Jack has been enjoying using the flash cards so that both he and I can get to learn the words in both their English and French words.

He’s definitely keen to get his hands on another box and learn some more French words – and I’m keen to help him. It is always great to see children passionate about learning – and I’m keen to help Jack with his learning too.

Are your children learning any languages?

My Personalised Power Bank From USB Makers

Item sent for consideration for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Do you ever struggle when heading out to events, knowing your battery won’t hold its charge for very long. I’m the same. My phone is always running out of juice which is so frustrating – especially if you are out reviewing somewhere and trying to take loads of pictures and add to social media whilst there – I’ve been on multiple days out where my battery has died and I’ve had to use Steve’s phone to capture those special moments until I can get back to the car and charge it.

I’ve had a few portable chargers over the years but they’ve always been big and bulky – something I don’t really want to be carrying around. I was offered the chance to review a power bank from USB Makers, with the design of my choice to suit my blogging life.

I opted for ‘Eat, Sleep, Blog, Repeat‘. I was very impressed with the delicate design when it arrived. USB Makers provide promotional items and I must admit I was expecting the power bank to be quite loud. I was super impressed with the muted colours and the font – it really suits the background and I feel the whole design is very ‘me’.

The power bank is slimline and very light – much unlike any other power bank I have ever used. The power bank comes with the standard Samsung USB charger with the option of a 3-way multi connecter if required.

It is available with 2,500mAh and is a very sleek design. But enough about the design and the weight of it, how are it’s charging capabilities?

First of all it came pretty much fully charged which I was very impressed by. I let my phone die and then put it on charge using the power bank – it got to 100% within about an hour and a half which is about right for my phone without a fast charging cable. I then took it off charge and waited until it was down to around 30% before putting it on charge again. The power bank managed to last out until the phone was fully charged yet again – but then I needed to put it on charge.

I managed to get almost two full charges out of the power bank which for such a small device I was very happy with. I am always active on my phone so I can guarantee I used it even whilst charging so the power bank sometimes had its work cut out – charging whilst I was obviously using the battery – but it withstood my tests well.

Overall, I am very impressed with the power bank from USB Makers – it’s lovely to have something designed just how I like it, that isn’t massively big and bulky and that can just slip into my handbag or pocket. I definitely know where to head if I want some more promotional/personalised material.

 

5 Tips For Creating Cracking Content

This is a collaborative post.

Content creation is my life. It’s my job and what I do for multiple hours of the day. Whether I am creating content for my own blogs, under my own byline for other sites or ghost writing for other bloggers and businesses, it is something I am constantly doing. Content Mother also does a lot of content creation and certainly knows how to create cracking content.

Here are some top tips on how you can create amazing content too:

Have A Headline That Pulls The Readers In

You as a reader will know what sort of headlines pull you in and make you want to read something. Put this into practice when writing your own content – you don’t want something overly long but you want it to describe what your content is about too. Statistics say that a vast majority will read a headline but maybe just a quarter of those will carry on and read the rest of your content. You want to keep those readers past the headline so make sure you are drawing them in.

There are different ways you can utilise such a headline. People love numbers and lists so telling them ‘5 ways to do something’ or ‘8 reasons why…’ will definitely intrigue them. A positive headline also encourages readers to read on as it piques their interest. Another way is to use words such as ‘shocking’, ‘awesome’, ‘incredible’ – words that slightly exaggerate on other words that could equally be used there but wouldn’t grab the readers attention as much.

Be Accurate

The worst thing you can do is create content that people take notice of and it turns out that you were inaccurate within it. Research, research, research and then research some more – there is no room for error. You want to be building trust with your readers and inaccuracy could damage this trust. Make sure statistics and sources can be verified.

Keep Your Readers Engaged

This means you need to make sure you are writing engaging content. Introduce your content – readers will often make a decision about the content they are reading within a few sentences so you want to let them know what you will be talking about. This will hopefully make them want to read on. You will also want to add anecdotes if possible. If you could tell me about a particular article or blog post you really enjoyed, I bet there was some form of anecdote within it that made you stop and think. Stories can also help reinforce the points you are trying to make.

Include Relevant Media

Want to reinforce your points even more? Look for relevant media that fits what you are talking about. If I’m talking about a new product that has come out, I will add pictures of it – whether my own if I have been sent them to review – or from the retailer’s site (with prior permission, of course!). Sometimes I may even seek out a video of the product in use and embed that within my content too.

Relevant media can really help push your content more and make it more engaging for your readers. We all remember at school when we found out what type of learner we were – visual, aural, verbal and physical. I was always a verbal learner but some may be visual or aural so images or video may be better for them in remembering your content. Just make sure the media is completely relevant to your content!

Update Regularly – Both New And Existing Content

Evergreen content is great. It means we can come back at any point and still learn something. That said, that means that occasionally sometimes things will change and the content may need updating. It is important to make regular checks on the information within your post to ensure that it is accurate. I recently wrote a post on why it is important to go for your smear test – luckily I checked before publishing as some things had changed since I had last had mine and it is likely things may change again. I will constantly be checking the post and the information to ensure it is always accurate and relevant.

It is also important to make sure your site is updated regularly. Whether you publish a post or article every day, every week, every fortnight or every month, try to keep it consistent (as much as you can – we know it isn’t always possible to keep to a schedule) so that readers know what to expect when they come to your site.

These are just a few tips that can help you when it comes to creating cracking content – what tips do you have?

Content Mother also offers content marketing tips on her Real Blogging site and writes for her lifestyle blog, parenting blog and wedding blog. Why not check them out?