Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Advanced Nappy Disposal System | Review

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec

We were sent the Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec for review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Everyone knows that babies produce an awful lot of dirty nappies. Now with Olivia weaning and teething, I seem to be changing more nappies than usual and even worse, they’re more horrible than usual too.

Luckily our local council provide us with big sacks for us to put dirty nappies in that they then collect but there is still the matter of where to put them once changed. You don’t want them hanging around, you don’t want to put them in the main rubbish bin as you have a dedicated collection but you also don’t want to be running out of the front door to drop a nappy bag in the big sack in the bin cupboard every time you change a nappy. So what do you do?

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec

We were asked if we would like to review a Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec Advanced Nappy Disposal System and I jumped at the chance, thinking this would be the perfect way to store some dirty nappies and take them out to the bin cupboard in bulk.

Desribed as the only bin that twists and wraps to block odours, this system came with a softly scented citrus refill too. There is a plunger in the lid and an antibacterial multilayer film which 99% of germs that kill odours.

Tommee Tippee Sangenic Tec

We were sent a white bin and it was pretty simple to set up. You just need to pull the included film out of the refill, gather film together and push through, remove the lid, tie a knot in the film, use the hook to secure the knot and replace the lid.

We’ve been using the bin all the time over the past few weeks, what with the multiple nappy changes we have been doing. The system is fairly easy to use – you just open the lid, push nappy until gripped, twist the turntable 360 degrees clockwise until the nappy is sealed and that’s it. You then just need to plunge the lid into the twisted film and you will have fresh film ready for your next nappy.

Tommee Tippee Sangenic TecThe design of the system is quite plain but that is what I like about it – it fits into any colour scheme in any room. It is a decent size, fitting quite a few nappies before needing emptying but it isn’t imposing – its not too big, not too small. Odour wise, I haven’t noticed any of the smells from Olivia’s more pungent nappies making their way out of the bin so I’d definitely say it ticks all the boxes on the odour eating front.

Tommee Tippee Sangenic TecThis has definitely been a handy item for me to have in the house – saves me having to run to the bin cupboard every time I change Olivia and is easy to transport between upstairs and downstairs so I can use it whenever I like, wherever I like.

You can find out more about the disposal system here or you can buy your own on Amazon here for just £19.99 right now {affiliate link}.

Do you use a nappy disposal system at all? If not, how do you dispose of your nappies?

Degustabox | September 2017

We were sent a Degustabox for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

We recently received our monthly Degustabox – what was in it this month?

Mentos Mint Mix Sharing Pouch – £1.19

We love Mentos so were happy to see these included in our box. A mix of peppermint and spearmint flavours, they come in a resealable pouch. These were very delicious.
Green & Black’s Velvet Edition – £1.99

I am not always a fan of dark chocolate but you can’t beat some Green & Black’s. This was absolutely delicious and I will definitely be buying some more.
Nestle Cheerios Oat Crisp – £2.49

Jack was very excited to see these in the box. These are high in fibre and low in saturated fat so they are a breakfast cereal I am happy to give Jack.
San Miguel Gluten Free – £2

We aren’t really big drinkers in our household so this hasn’t been drunk yet but will remain in our fridge for when we are entertaining. This is 5.4% ABV.We received this Ramen Kit too – a tasty lunch for me!Latin American Kitchen Coconut and Chilli Rice – £1.85

A great combination of flavours. This made for a tasty lunch. We love coconuts and chillis so the combination of this in the rice is absolutely lovely.
Virtue Energy water – berries and lemon & lime – £1.35 each

These energy waters are sugar free. These are zero sugar, zero calories and contain no sweeteners. They contain the same amount of natural caffeine as a cup of coffee. For every can sold, they donate 500l of clean drinking water.
Dream Ancient Grains – £1.60

This is made with a blend of oat spelt, buckwheat and linseed. These are plant based milk alternatives. We don’t use this in our house so we donated this to the food bank for people in need.
Knorr Concentrated Stock – £2.20

This is made with real beef extract and is gluten free. This is perfect for adding to bologneses which is what we have been doing – super tasty!Latin American Kitchen Brazilian Xinxim Peanut Sauce – £1.85

We are yet to use this but it sounds absolutely delicious! We will definitely be using this in one of our meals.Green’s Egg Custard Mix – 69p

Perfect for helping to make egg custard, we donated this to the food bank too as we wouldn’t use it.
Wild Planet Albacore Wild Tuna Steaks – £3.49

We love tuna in this house so this was a welcome addition in our box. 100% pole and line caught, these are ranked #1 in the US by Greenpeace for sustainability and are very tasty.

We also received a full value voucher for some Seriously Spreadable Squares which we will be picking up soon!

All in all this was quite an impressive box – a mix of sweet and savoury and perfect for lunches and dinners.

What’s On Your Halloween To-Do List?

Jack always looks forward to October every year as it means Halloween has rolled around once again. He loves the 31st of October and everything leading up to it – the parties, the dressing up, the trick or treating.

We’ve got a few things planned this month including an adults only evening out to a local Halloween event but also plenty of things we can do as a family from watching scary films, giving out sweets to trick or treaters, trick or treating ourselves and playing some Halloween games.

The team at Personalised Gifts Shop have created a fantastic Halloween To-Do list which gives you some brilliant ideas for what to do on the day and in the run up to Halloween. They have even included some fab non carve ways to decorate pumpkins, a list of spooky films, some recipes and some songs too! You can download the pack for yourself here.

This has given us plenty of ideas to run alongside the other things we already had planned. We love this time of year and with it being Olivia’s first Halloween, we want it to be lots of fun. Plenty of our friends have Halloween parties so I will definitely be getting them to download the pack for themselves to give them some fresh ideas for their parties. After all, we all want to have some spooky fun, right?

We’ve got a number of different things on our Halloween to do list now and hope to achieve them all – spooky films every weekend in the run up to the day, some spooky music and visiting some fantastic Halloween attractions nearby – we may even pop to Warwick Castle to do the Halloween challenge there, eek! Wish us luck!

What have you got planned for Halloween this year? Are you trick or treating or do you have something else in mind?


Should the wedding industry become more digitalised?

Organising a wedding is traditionally a very physical process — with brides needing to try on their wedding gowns before they buy, grooms having several suit fittings, and of course, who would want to miss out on the opportunity to have a tasting session at your venue for your wedding breakfast?

But as our lives become more and more digitalised, will the wedding industry move more towards online platforms? Retailers of unique solitaire engagement rings , Angelic Diamonds, explores the issue.

The future of the industry

Many of us prefer online shopping these days. In the past twelve months, approximately 87% of UK consumers have bought at least one product online and online sales are set to increase by 30% by the end of 2017. As more and more businesses become digitalised, will the wedding industry have to follow suit to keep ahead of the game?

Technology has already affected the wedding industry in many ways. With social media apps such as Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook; brides and grooms can find so much inspiration for their big day with just a few clicks. Modern couples are now using new technology when wedding planning. In fact, 42% of people use social media to plan their wedding — with 41% of brides following photographers on social media, 37% of brides following venues and 14% following florists.

Social media apps have provided brides with the opportunity to plan their weddings through their mobiles and tablets. The Huffington Post reported that around 6 out of 10 brides use their mobile during the planning process: they research gowns (61% of brides, up from 27% in 2011) and search for wedding vendors (57% of brides, up from 22% in 2011).

The apps provide an opportunity for wedding planners and vendors to show off their products, too. Instagram and Pinterest, which is used by 64% of brides, have now become a couple’s go-to platform for all their inspiration, a digital alternative to a wedding fair. Suppliers who have not yet invested time into creating a social media profile for their business could be missing out on free exposure.

Social media is being used on the wedding day, too — 27% of modern couples said that they would create a hashtag for the big day to look back on.

A place offline for the wedding industry

Although it seems necessary for retailers to make the transformation to online platforms, businesses in the wedding industry could be an exception. Whilst it is likely that companies will need to go digital at some stage to stay up to date with the latest technologies, and keep their head in the game, there might always be a place for them offline within the industry.

There seems to be too much that couples must experience for this to become an online industry. Wedding fairs have been around for centuries, and there is a reason for that; whilst modern couples use social media for visual inspiration, wedding fairs are still a great way for suppliers to engage face-to-face with potential customers. For most people, their wedding day is the biggest day of their lives, so it’s important that they can speak face-to-face with suppliers and physically see what they have to offer.

Of course, those operating in the industry must understand that digital platforms can increase their exposure and revenue. However, the industry is not yet ready to wipe out all traditional methods of wedding planning. There’s no question that there is still a demand for the physical processes. Maybe, it’s just time for suppliers and other industry professionals to use digital as a means to extend their business and gain more exposure.  


Hatchimals Surprise | Video Unboxing & Blog Review

Jack has been begging me for a Hatchimal for quite some time – he was desperate for one last year but unfortunately they went completely out of stock. When given the chance to receive a Hatchimals Surprise to coincide with their launch, I just knew I had to say yes and couldn’t wait to see Jack’s face.

Hatchimals SurpriseHatchimals Surprise

So what is a Hatchimals Surprise? Just like the previous Hatchimals, they will hatch with your love and your care. Tilting them, rubbing the bottom, tapping the egg. Each thing you do will showcase a certain light colour and when it is flashing rainbow colours, that’s when the Hatchimals Surprise is ready to hatch!  Even better – once they’re hatched you can raise them from baby to toddler to kid. As they grow they do more and more things and you can play games with them too!

The egg loves to be interacted with and Jack loved interacting with it. When the egg started to crack, Jack was very excited especially when the Hatchimal started to sing Happy Birthday. But then the surprise came…

So what was the surprise? Watch our unboxing below to find out….

Yes, that’s right! TWINS.

Jack was super excited to see twins and this means he can play games with his little sister with the two of them – so handy when you have two children trying to fight over toys! Once hatched, the Hatchimals are in baby mode and are very interactive. Your children can play with them or you can face them towards each other where they will interact with each other.

Hatchimals Surprise

With Hatchimals Surprise, there are two different types of Hatchimals: Peacats or Giravens. These come in a variety of colours – we received two Giravens, one pink and one blue. Jack has just progressed them to the toddler stage and is giving them plenty of care and attention in the hope of progressing them to the next stage soon.

The Hatchimals Surprise is currently available at £74.99 and I can see it being a very popular present this Christmas – the normal Hatchimal costs just £15 less so you are getting an extra one for mere pennies! Why not pick one up for your child this Christmas?

Item sent for purpose of review