Trying Out The New Childs Farm Sun Creams – Plus Win 1 of 3 50+ SPF Roll On Sun Creams

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

I’ve mentioned the Childs Farm brand a few times here on the blog and talked about my love of it. I find that they make great products for babies and some of you may also recall the large media coverage they received when someone claimed it worked wonders on her child’s eczema. I decided to give it a go on Jack’s and it did reduce it by quite a lot so when they offered me the chance to review their new range of sun creams, I had to give them a try.

This review has been a while in the making as it seemed for a while we wouldn’t have much decent weather to try them out in –  but the weather must have heard my prayers and these recent heatwaves have been the perfect time to try them out.This new  sun care range is suitable for those with sensitive and also eczema-prone skin . They are a new formula suncream, spray and roll-on aimed at children who suffer from skin complaints during warm weather – which is equally suitable for adult skin. Sounded perfect for trying on Jack’s sensitive skin and also Olivia’s baby soft skin. It is available at the Childs Farm website or Boots online, plus Waitrose, Asda, Ocado and Boots in store.

But how is the Childs Farm suncream different? Developed for sensitive and eczema prone skin the gentle, unscented formula offers long lasting protection using organic filters to block damaging UVA and UVB rays.

In a user trial of 100 children with medically diagnosed eczema, aged between 0 and 18 months, 89% of parents said they would recommend the Childs Farm sun cream products to other parents of children with medically diagnosed eczema; 94% of parents said the products were easy to spread and 87% said that they were easy to absorb.

Now I must admit I wasn’t sure how to approach this review. What can you say about sun cream? After discussion with Steve, here’s our thoughts on the three new items in the Childs Farm range.

This cream is a 50+ SPF sun cream, water resistant UVA and UVB with very high protection. We’ve been using this on extremely hot days – especially when the kids are in the paddling pool. I want to make sure they’re fully protected and this cream claimed to offer very high protection. Did it work? Well my children haven’t had any sunburn whilst using it and unlike some sun creams which can be too thick, gloopy and hard to handle, this was easy to apply – even Jack can apply it carefully without too much mess. This retails at £12 and is available from Boots, Waitrose, Ocado, Amazon and childsfarm.com.

Now you can probably tell how much we’ve been using this sun spray as we even managed to lose the lid before I managed to take photos, oops. This has been a staple in our nappy bag for quick top ups as we are walking around the village and is lasting well, despite the consistent use. Again it is 50+ SPF, high protection and retails at £12. It is available exclusively in Boots stores nationwide.

Finally we tried the 70ml 50+ SPF Roll-on sun cream which retails at £10. This was the one we started using last but has already made it into daily rotation. Jack always applies this before he goes to school and this is great as it really gives him some responsibility. He can apply it easily without any mess and can control exactly how much he is applying which is great. With two children to slather in sun cream every morning, it is so handy to know that I can let Jack apply himself whilst I can oversee him and apply sun cream to his sister. This is available exclusively in Boots stores nationwide from 2018; you can find it in the baby and child aisle.

We love the roll on sun cream so much that we’ve got three to giveaway; one each to three lucky winners. So what do you need to do for your chance to win? Fill in the Rafflecopter below – this giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 20th of July 2018. Good luck!

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Win 1 of 3 Hey Duggee The Wedding Badge And 10 Other Stories DVDs

We all recently enjoyed the Royal Wedding but did you manage to catch the Hey Duggee wedding episode recently on CBeebies? Fear not if you didn’t as you have the chance to watch it for yourself as I am giving away three of the brand new Hey Duggee The Wedding Badge And 10 Other Stories DVDs!

The DVD runs for a full time of 70 minutes – here is a little more about the DVD itself and the episodes:

Get set for a ninth collection filled with laughter, learning and exciting activities in the adventure club that every child will want to join! Meet Duggee, a big lovable dog who is the leader of an after school club, called the Squirrels. Under the patient guidance of Duggee, the Squirrels discover new things about the world around them and their comic adventures encourage young viewers to actively solve a problem by moving, jumping, running and skipping.

 In this brand new collection Duggee and the Squirrels attend a Royal Wedding! Whilst out sailing they discover an island, the Squirrel’s Grandparents pay a visit, they go to a fancy dress party and Duggee helps the Squirrels to overcome their fears… 

Episodes

The Wedding Badge

The Voice Badge

The Island Badge

The Sleeping Badge

The Brave Banana Badge

The Water Badge

The Traffic Badge

The Dressing Up Badge

The Getting On Badge

The Grandparents Badge

The Organising Badge

Would you like to win? Then just fill in the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is UK only and ends at 23.59pm on the 11th of July 2018. Good luck!

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Invent Your Perfect Sweet With Swizzels Sweetest Invention

Swizzels pack sent to aid creation of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Can you believe that Swizzels are celebrating their 90th birthday? It doesn’t seem possible, does it? However the beloved sweet brand is indeed celebrating such a milestone and are celebrating in style with a prize package for a lucky fan!

Swizzels are incredibly popular in my house. I’m more of a chocolate girl myself but Steve is definitely much more of a sweet man and Swizzels have always been his brand of choice. Whilst I am partial to a packet of Parma Violets, Steve loves their lollies and their Double Dips.

We were sent a Swizzels bundle to let you all know about the wonderful competition they are running – packed with those famous Swizzels sweets we all know and love. So what do you need to do to enter the competition?

How does getting to visit the Swizzels factory on a VIP tour sound? Doesn’t everyone dream of visiting a sweet factory, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory style? Well to be entered into the competition, you need to submit your invention – the greatest ever Swizzels sweet you could think of. Grab a notepad and pen and think of all the deliciousness – let your creative juices flow. Whatever flavour combination you want, write it down and submit your invention here.

Talk about its name, the flavours, what sort of sweet it is, how it is packaged and a description. Sketch it, draw it, take a picture of it, video it – anything that you think will make your entry stand out.

Entries may be submitted in four ways:

a. Facebook: www.facebook.com/swizzels using #MySwizzels

b. Twitter: @SwizzelsMatlow using #MySwizzels

c. Instagram: @Swizzels_Sweets using #MySwizzels

d. Website: www.swizzels.com/invent

Four lucky people will have their sweet chosen then one of those will be chosen from a public vote and win a tour of the Swizzels factory. Entrants must be 16+ and the winner may bring one guest. The four finalists will receive a gift hamper of Swizzels sweets. You have until the 3rd of September to submit your Sweetest Invention. Good luck if you choose to enter!

 

Finding The Perfect Summer Shoes

Are you like me? I find it so hard to find the perfect summer shoes to fit my feet. This sometimes leads to me walking around in shoes that either don’t fit, are not weather appropriate or have definitely seen much better days!

Just recently my flats finally gave up the ghost and I’ve been struggling to find a decent pair of shoes that will last me the summer, look good and actually fit my feet. That was until I found the width fitting extra wide selection of shoes at Simply Be. So many gorgeous shoes that may actually fit my feet, yay!

I’ve mentioned before how I love Simply Be – I find they have such a great range of clothing, I can get lost on the site for hours. However I’d never really thought of looking on their site for shoes – until now. There is so much choice that it could possibly seem a little overwhelming to some people – just what shoes do you want? I’ve picked out a handful of my favourites below.

 

CLOCKWISE: Heavenly Soles Sandals EE Fit £25; Casey Lace Ballerina Extra Wide Fit £15; Haley Gladiator Sandals Extra Wide Fit £18; Aja Basic Wedges Extra Wide Fit

What I love is that they are affordable too and such a wide range of different styles, sizes, shapes and colours. No matter if you’re a flat girl (which I would say I probably am), a girl who loves a heel or a wedge or someone who loves some sandals, there will be something for you. It is even starting to make me consider branching out into styles of shoes that I never usually opt for. I mean, you will never see me wandering around in a wedge heel usually as I have all the balance and grace of a newborn foal but perhaps I should give them a try once again when they look as gorgeous as the £18 Aja Basic Wedges I’ve included in my favourites. Do you think I will be able to wear them graciously? I’m not so sure but I may as well give them a try, right?

I think I may have to order a few different pairs to give me enough choice over these hot summer days, especially with the expected heatwaves. What shoes do you tend to wear in the summer? Which are your favourites from the four above? Have you ordered shoes from Simply Be before?

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Celebrating The Birth Of The Royal Baby With The Baby Annabell Brother

Item sent for the purpose of review.

We recently reviewed the Baby Annabell Interactive Doll and when offered the chance to review the Baby Annabell Brother to celebrate the birth of the Royal baby, we just had to say yes.

We were sent the Baby Annabell brother doll and a celebratory package to celebrate the fact that ‘It’s A Boy!’. See the contents of the package below – it features a flag which the kids loved waving, a crown, some bunting, some gems and some sweets:

Jack was so excited to see a boy doll! I am not one for saying boys should play with ‘boys toys’ and girls should play with ‘girls toys’ and he has been loving playing with the Baby Annabell doll but he was so excited to see a boy doll, just like him. So many dolls are girls so he was eager to get playing with him as soon as possible – but he had to fight Olivia for the chance!

The Baby Annabell Brother doll retails at £49.99 and comes with the same items his sister does – a nappy, a pendant, a dummy, a bottle and a bib. He also makes real life sounds just like his sister and movement – although we noticed his movement was a little different to Annabell’s, his mouth didn’t seem to move as much which we weren’t sure if it was meant to happen or not.

Like his sister before him, Brother is meant to spark imaginative play and help encourage social skills from a young age. It has been amazing to see Olivia play with him and see her motherly instinct kick in – as soon as he starts to cry, she is there, comforting him – and she can sometimes be found trying to comfort both Brother and Annabell at once!

Baby Brother wets his nappy just like a real baby, uses the potty, sucks on a dummy, drinks from a bottle, burps, yawns, cries and babbles. This interaction is great as it really enables Olivia to role play – and she loves it when her own brother joins in with Baby Annabell so they can play all together.



As you can see, Brother has proved very popular with Olivia, especially in the wake of the birth of the new baby. She had fun celebrating, putting on the crown and trying to eat some of the sweets in the package. We’ve even put the bunting up in Jack’s room! She has also been loving taking him on the school run – everyone stops and asks her all about her baby and she loves babbling away to them, telling them all about him! I remember being so obsessed with my baby dolls just like she is – baby dolls really do stand the test of time. I still remember all of my favourite toys and stuffed teddies like it was yesterday and Rachel from My Crazy Brood has also been reminiscing about the stuffed toys from her childhood too.

Like I mentioned in our Baby Annabell review, this isn’t the lowest priced doll on the market but it is incredibly high quality and worth every penny, even just for the interaction alone. There are so many interactive capabilities that Olivia is never left bored and he is usually one of the first toys she opts to play with every single day, she loves him that much.

You can find out more about the Baby Annabell range here but I have one final question. What should we name him? Is Louis too obvious? I’d love some ideas!