Coffee & Kin Tea Review & Giveaway

Tea sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Now I love a good cup of tea – and I think you lot probably know that already. I come from a family of tea drinkers so when asked if I would like to review some tea from Coffee & Kin and give some away to a lucky reader, I knew I’d have to get my mum and Nan on board to test some out.

I was sent some of the English Breakfast and the Earl Grey teas to review, with the help of my trusty review team. These loose leaf tea pyramids both retail at £4.50 for the pack. As you can see, they are packaged as Tea & Kin which I think is a nice little touch.

As you can see, the pyramids themselves look of great quality and you can quite clearly see the tea within which I think is great – you can see exactly what you will be consuming.

All of their tea has been sourced through the Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP), a not for profit membership organisation who aims to improve tea sustainability, the lives and livelihoods of tea workers and smallholder farmers, and the environment in which tea is produced.

So what did we think of both the teas we were sent? We were very impressed – both with the taste and packaging and the ethos of the company. We followed instructions and used 1 pyramid per cup, heated the water to 100°C and brewed for 3-7 minutes and we loved it. Just how a cup of tea should taste! We loved the resealable packaging and we loved the  biodegradable pyramid infuser which aims to give the tea enough space to move around and release its flavour. It is also much more environmentally friendly than the material other tea bags or pyramids use.

I’ve been sipping away on this tea for a few days now and have even had some stolen off me by Mum and Nan for their own use – that’s how much they like it! How would you like the chance to win a month’s worth of tea for yourself? Just fill in the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is UK only and ends at 11.59pm on 5th of May 2018! Good luck!

 

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Tommee Tippee Tableware | Review

Items sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We love Tommee Tippee – you probably already know this from the amount of times we have covered the brand on this blog – see here.

We used them constantly with Jack and having been doing the same with Olivia and with Olivia now having been weaned for 9 months, we were looking into getting her some new tableware – larger than what she has had in the past – and some more cutlery. Up until recently Olivia hasn’t really shown an interest in feeding herself with cutlery but with this interest increasing, we needed some new stuff for her – and Tommee Tippee were up for the job.

We were sent some Easi-Scoop feeding bowls for 7m+, some pots and tray for 4m+, a Taster section plate for 12m+, some Supa-Soft weaning spoons for 4m+, some Heat Check feeding spoons for 4m+ and some Easi Grip feeding spoons for 7m+.

Now with Olivia being 15 months of age, we are using all of these. She has been weaned for many months now but much prefers to use her hands to eat her food – as they say, food for fun until they’re one – and has only recently taken an interest in using spoons and other cutlery to eat her food. Now I know from previous experience with Jack that these spoons – especially the heat check ones which we used constantly with Jack – will be used all the time for many, many months to come. However, we have been testing her out with the different spoons and she seems to prefer the Easi-Grip 7m+ ones although has been using the 4 months ones well.

We’ve been using the spoons and different dishes for plenty of different meals – the bowls are perfect at breakfast time but are also perfect for Olivia’s favourite dinner, chicken chow mein!

The freezer pots have been great for making little pasta sauces for the kids meal times when we are having something different and the plate has been great for different foods – Olivia can be very fussy with food sometimes and other days eat everything in sight with no problems at all. The Taster section plate has proved very handy for days when she is fussy so that she can pick and choose what she wants. I love our selection of tableware and will be using it for weeks and months to come – Olivia loves it too!

Tommee Tippee came up with some fabulous recipes to celebrate Spring and our recent Easter. We wanted to give some a try. Now we’ve moved past purees we couldn’t give those a go but I’ll be passing along those recipes to my friends with younger babies. Now we didn’t have quite the ingredients needed for the porridge bowl so we adapted instead – with chocolate porridge instead of original as Olivia doesn’t like original porridge, white chocolate buttons for the face and a quick inclusion of cereal for the ears as we realised we didn’t have any apples – whoops! It doesn’t look anything like Tommee Tippee’s but Olivia snaffled it all up, that was a happy breakfast day! Next up we will be giving the Good Friday Feast a try!

As you can see, our staging leaves a lot to be desired but hey, if Olivia eats it then I am happy! What Spring recipe would you try? What do you think of the Tommee Tippee range of tableware?

Baby Annabell Interactive Doll | Review

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

My kids love dolls. When I was little, I loved my dolls too and I am always so amazed by how different dolls are nowadays to the dolls I had when I was a kid. When asked if we would like to review a Baby Annabell from the range, we said yes. Meant to be for ages 3+, I knew that the kids would love it but didn’t foresee just how much one particular child would love it…

We received the Baby Annabell Interactive which retails at £54.99. Just like a real baby with real sounds and movements, I couldn’t wait to see what the kids thought of her. She comes with a nappy, a cute pendant, a dummy, a bottle and a bib. When they say realistic sounds and movements, they certainly aren’t lying. A couple of times when Annabell started crying or giggling, Jack actually thought it was his sister!

Now I originally thought that Jack would be the one reviewing but Olivia took more than a little shine to Annabell and started taking her absolutely everywhere, feeding her bottles and giving her her dummy when she started crying. As you can see from the pictures, she really took care of Annabell and absolutely adored her.Annabell is said to promote imaginative role play and encourage the development of social skills from a young age with eight lifelike functions. I know she is meant to be for 3+ but I wasn’t going to stop Olivia from playing with her and it was lovely to see how her and her brother took turns in looking after Annabell when Annabell required their attention.So what does Annabell do that is just like a real baby? She really wets her nappy and uses her potty, she sucks on her dummy and bottle with realistic sounds and movement, she babbles like a real baby does and coos, she burps, she yawns, she falls asleep and cries real tears. She is very responsive to touch and movement which is great for someone like Olivia who loves the interaction. Whilst this isn’t the most affordable doll on the market, it is definitely worth every single penny. Not only is it part of the prestigious Baby Annabell range but it also has such a wide range of interactive capabilities that your children will never ever be bored! I often find the kids grabbing Annabell from the toy basket and switching her switch on, ready for another round of looking after her. I think if I let them, they’d keep her switched on all the time and only play with her!

We are hoping to get a few more accessories for her soon – do you have a Baby Annabell doll? What would you suggest?

My Personalised Necklace From PersonalizedCart

Necklace sent for purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own
I don’t really wear much jewellery but do love meaningful pieces so when offered the chance to review an item from personalizedcart, I said yes. I opted for this monogram necklace in silver, personalised with Jack and Olivia’s birthdays.

This necklace can come in gold (made from 18k gold fill), silver (sterling), rose gold (rose gold fill) with real gold fill on the surface. The chain is 1’5″ or 45cm in length and the charm is 0.03″ X 0.2″ X 1″ or 1 X 6.35 X 31.75mm.

 

So what did I think of my necklace? Well the engraving was perfect – they managed to fit both dates on perfectly with perfect spacing around. The necklace arrived in a simple box which was perfect.

The quality of the necklace is great – much more than I expected for the affordable price. The length of the chain is just right, I hate when necklaces are too tight around your neck or they dangle too much. Personalizedcart seem to have got it just right!

The engraving is perfect – it is clear and easy to see and as you can imagine, is really meaningful to me. I’ve had a few people ask where I got the necklace from and the meaning behind the engraving – although I would have thought the meaning would have been pretty obvious, wouldn’t you?

At such an affordable price, these necklaces are a great present for the people you care about – you can get anything you like engraved on it so it could be great for a birthday, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or even Christmas. If I have any more children, I may just have to update my necklace but until then I will wear this one with pride – I love it and the kids love it too! Jewellery means so much more when it has a reason, don’t you think?

Mummy Loves Organics Sleepy Feet Oil | Review

Item sent for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Olivia has always been a much worse sleeper than Jack and it has really got to me in recent months. When asked if we would like to review the Sleepy Feet Oil from Mummy Loves Organics, I knew I just had to give it a try to see if it would help.

Described as an amazing organic oil for babies and children to help them to get to sleep and stay asleep, it is also said to prevent night terrors. It uses essential oils such as mandarin, frankincense, English lavender and Roman chamomile, it is to be applied to the soles of the feet, temples and behind the ears and allowed to dry.

Retailing at £12, this product is recommended for use on babies 12 weeks or over. So how did we find using it on our 1 year old?

Well, Olivia has never been a great sleeper. Even the age old routine of bath, bottle and bed didn’t seem to work with her and I was slowly getting to my wits end. I didn’t know what to do and so when offered the possible chance of actually getting some sleep, I knew I had to take it.

We started by applying it to the soles of Olivia’s feet after she had just had a bath and just before she had some milk. After a little bit of milk, she was sparko and stayed asleep until morning! As it was obviously our first use, we didn’t know if this was just coincidence so applied it each night from then on – and apart from one or two nights where she was a little restless, we otherwise had a perfect sleep routine for her.

I won’t claim that this will work for everyone but this has been great for us. I think it just relaxes Olivia to a state where she is happy to go to sleep. All too often she is too interested in the world around us and can’t relax enough to go to sleep. By being a little more relaxed, she’s falling to sleep a lot easier and not waking up as much during the night.

This product has definitely saved my sanity and I will be stocking up. Have you ever tried this product?