A SewLomax Giveaway

September 16, 2014 in Baby and Toddler, Closed Giveaways, Gifts, Maternity

With the imminent arrival of Liz‘s third child, our attention has turned to all things baby! Poor Liz has had a tough pregnancy so I know she is just so eager to meet the new addition to her family. Liz, we hope all goes well for you and baby.

For me, I’ve been enjoying looking at new baby gifts! So when I saw that SewLomax have introduced a new baby accessories range I was pretty excited.

SewLomax

SewLomax have been on my radar for a wee while now with their collection of personalisable wash bags and accessories. Created by Emma Lomax, the company has taken the fashion and beauty world by storm for the past couple of years, so it’s really exciting that they are branching into this new area.

Emma’s debut collection of baby essentials consists of beautifully designed muslins, dribble bibs, as well as baby bathtime hooded towels and flannel sets. All are ethically produced and, as one would expect, great quality.

lifestyle muslin

I think the designs look absolutely gorgeous. The safety pins and dummy designs are really cute! Plus the towels can be personalised for that added special touch; they’d make a lovely gift.

Personally I love the look of the muslins, They are 100% cotton, feature the dummy and safety pin designs and are available in three different colours. Importantly, they are easy to wash on a 30 degree cycle and can be line dried, making Mum’s life that bit easier. Available in a set of square muslins (£12.50) or large muslins (£26), they’d make a really lovely gift!

muslins

The very kind folk at SewLomax have provided us a large box of muslins to give away to one lucky reader! The winner will be able to pick their favourite colour. To be in with a chance of winning simply fill in the rafflecopter entry form below.

Please note that there are NO mandatory requirements, you can do as many or as few as you like. However we do check entries so please be honest. Any false entries will result in disqualification. This giveaway is open to the UK only.

muslins box

 

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Good luck!

For more information and to view the entire SewLomax range visit the SewLomax website.

Thank you to SewLomax for providing the prize for this giveaway. As always there are no affiliate links in this post. All opinions expressed are entirely our own.

What We’re Loving… ‘Unusual’ Subscription Boxes

April 30, 2014 in Baby and Toddler, Book Reviews, Discount Code, Food and Drink, Gifts, Maternity, Services, What We're Loving

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This month our What We’re Loving feature focuses upon subscription boxes. I’m sure everyone knows what they are but just in case, subscription boxes are a service that you sign up to for a set charge. Then periodically, the majority are monthly, a beautiful surprise box will turn up at your door. You then have the fun of seeing what’s in your box and using the products!

Beauty boxes tend to be a firm favourite, but we wanted to take a look at the more “unusual” subscription boxes available. There are some really fantastic ideas. Hopefully you’ll find something new,and appealing below.

FOOD

Bonjour French Food

Bonjour French Food is a monthly subscription box of Gourmet French products delivered to your door. We love food, and French treats transport us back to the fantastic holidays we had in France as children. You can subscribe for yourself, or give it as a gift. In fact you can even get a “one-off” box. Bonjour French Food are working on a new service whereby your box will be delivered as soon as you order, rather than having to wait for the monthly box.

Prices start at £29/month. For deliveries to other countries please inquire with Bonjour French Food directly.

The lovely people at Bonjour French Food are offering Strupag readers an exclusive 10% discount, just enter the code STRUPAG in the promotion codes box. This code is valid until 30th May 2014.

Look out for our review of Bonjour French Food on the blog next month!

 

DRINKS

Twist Cocktails

TWIST Cocktails release a new cocktail kit every month containing all the ingredients you need to make 4 cocktails. You can subscribe to have the TWIST box delivered to your door every month, or as a gift. You can also order TWIST boxes for a variety of cocktails over on the website. There’s a new one being released next week so look out for that.

Costs £25/month and, obviously, you have to be 18 or over to order. Check out the monthly competition to win a FREE TWIST box.

TWIST have kindly offered Strupag readers an exclusive discount of £5 on their Mixologist Kits so that you have everything you need to start making cocktails at home. Just enter the code STRUPAG in the “ADD COUPON” section of the cart.

 

BOOKS

So we’ve had Food and Drinks. It therefore makes sense to include another of our loves…BOOKS! We’ve included two different boxes for you.

prudence and the crow

Prudence and the Crow is a vintage book subscription box. Like the others we have mentioned so far you can order this as a “one-off” or a monthly subscription. Basically you fill in a short questionnaire then Prudence and the Crow will hand pick a vintage (pre-2000) book to send you in the post! They currently offer four genres; Youth Fiction, Science Fiction, Classic Thriller and Children’s. However they can cater for most tastes. Your Prudence and the Crow box will come complete with a surprise preloved book, a handmade book bag to store it in as well as a couple of other wee surprises. We think this would make a great gift for the book lover in your life that seems to have read everything!

Prices start at £10/month. Prudence and the Crow will shop internationally from £14/month.

 

willoughby book club

The Willoughby Book Club is, similarly, a subscription whereby you receive a book in the post. However they deal in new books. They have 10 different subscription book clubs on offer, ranging from baby books to cookery books and natural history books to contemporary reads. Again, each book is hand chosen for the recipient based upon information you fill in online.

Subscriptions are available for 3,6 or 12 months, with prices starting at £29.99. They will also ship internationally for a fee, see website for details.

 

Stationery 

We couldn’t include books and not give stationery a mention!

ink drops

Ink Drops is a stationery subscription box. Their ACE box offers you the chance to receive a surprise package of stationery every month (although you can sneak a peek online if you are impatient). There’s no minimum subscription length so you could get a “one-off” box if you remember to cancel your membership. You can also send this as a gift. Ink Drops have a range of other boxes that are available for immediate dispatch.

The ACE box subscription costs a total of £15.45 a month. International delivery is also available from £16.45/month.

Look out for an Ink Drops giveaway coming up on the blog during May!

 

Pregnancy

Our final subscription box is a pregnancy box. Our very own Liz is expecting her third child in October so we thought we’d include a box that is especially for pregnant ladies.

project B

Project B is a subscription box specifically designed for pregnant ladies. There are 7 boxes available starting from month 4 of your pregnancy, right up to month 10 when baby has appeared. You can start the subscription at any point during your pregnancy, just ask for the relevant box to start you off. Each box has a different theme and will include between 5-10 products (from well known brands) ranging from relaxation to healthy eating and household to pampering. We think Project B would make a great gift for the pregnant lady in your life. It can be cancelled at any time.

A Project B subscription will cost you £14/month.

Look out for a Project B giveaway on the blog in May!

So there you have it, our round-up of the more “unusual” subscription boxes available in the UK. Please feel free to take advantage of the discounts on offer and look out for some follow up posts with reviews and giveaways during May!

Have you tried out any of these subscriptions? Do any of these boxes appeal to you? We’d also love to hear which boxes you are subscribed to, whether they are beauty, food, drinks etc. If there’s a box you’d like to suggest please feel free to leave it in the comments below.

This is our own round up of the more unusual subscription boxes available in the UK. We have not been asked to feature any of these companies. As always, there are no affiliate links here.

How To Potty Train – Review & Giveaway

September 9, 2013 in Baby and Toddler, Book Reviews, Closed Giveaways, Parenting

In the past we have blogged about Dry Like Me potty training range. Now the two mums behind Dry Like Me have put their thoughts down on paper and released their new book How To Potty Train.  We are giving you the chance to win a copy of How To Potty Train, and Liz shares her thoughts on this new book.

How to Potty Train book

 

Finally… A potty training book that doesn’t lecture and make you feel like you are about to embark on a stressful project in which you will fail unless you follow to the letter the ‘rules’ set out before you. It is also distinct in tackling daytime potty training first, and then night time.

Judith Hough and Diane Titterton’s relaxed approach to the gruelling days of clearing up your child’s wee and poo is fantastic, and the fact that they actually use those words rather than doing anything other than call a ‘spade a spade’ J is so refreshing. In fact, there is a page dedicated to different words people call wee and poo. Excellent!

The book mixes stories to read with your child with information for parents and the length is perfect. They tackle potty training in 5 steps which make the whole process more manageable. Sophie (two) really loved reading the stories and the conversations we’ve been having since then can only be described as very open and honest.

The fact the book mixes pictures of potties and toilet seats mean you don’t show your child one thing and then use the other, and it allows parents to make a choice rather than dictating what you should do. Helpful hints are littered through the pages (even talking about the amount of paper your little angel needs) and pictures show cartoon children showing off their pants so kids can relate the fuss we make of their pants to the story.

My favourite section is number 4, entitled ‘Keeping Going’. This gives you a sense of reality and a feeling that the frustration you will inevitably feel is fine. There will be many accidents and you just have to ‘get on with it’.

The fact that Judith and Diane’s book also uses the opportunity to discuss healthy eating and the way your food makes its way into and out of your body means this book goes further than so many others.

The planners and resources make for easy reading and planning and the stickers for children just add to the greatness of the book.

I totally recommend this book.

We have one copy of How To Potty Train to give away to one lucky winner. To be in with a chance of winning simply complete the rafflecopter entry form below.  You can do as many of the entries as you like. Good luck!

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How To Potty Train is available to purchase on Amazon, and has an RRP of £8.95.

We received a copy of this book free of charge for our consideration. Thank you to the Dry Like Me Mums for providing the prize for this giveaway. All opinions expressed are entirely our own, and completely honest.

Win with Potty Training Live!

June 25, 2013 in Baby and Toddler, Closed Giveaways

July sees the start of Potty Training Live! a free programme of support to help get you and your little one through the challenge of potty training.

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Register at www.pottytraininglive.com for a six week programme of free support that will guide you through the key stages of potty training, from changing nappies in the bathroom and learning the ‘bathroom routine’ right through to big boy or girl pants and dry days.

 

Join parents and toddlers throughout the country taking part in ‘Take Your Nappy Off’ Week which begins on July 15th. With children getting potty trained later than in the past, the week is being held to help parents ‘go for it’ and get their children out of nappies.

 Dry LIke Me potty training pads image

Potty Training Live! And National ‘Take Your Nappy Off’ Week are being run by potty training experts, Dry Like Me and are endorsed by paediatric continence advisor and director of PromoCon, June Rogers MBE. Potty Training Live starts on July 1st, but you can begin your six-week programme any time after that. As well as free weekly guidance, there will be exclusive tips from Jude and Di, advice videos, web chats and competitions to win goodies for you and your little one.

We have five potty training prizes to give away. Each winner will receive a handy pouch containing 2 award-winning Dry Like Me potty training pads, plus a sticker reward chart for your little one. To enter simply complete the rafflecopter entry form below. Good luck!

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 Thank you to Dry Like Me for providing the prizes for this giveaway.

Orchard Toys – Two by Two Game

March 2, 2011 in Baby and Toddler, Kids

Orchard Toys are a fantastic company with a great range of puzzles, games and activities for children (starting at 18 months). I have been a huge fan of them for some time now and their products are one of the first I look for when it comes to buying presents for children.
We were lucky enough to be sent one of their two by two memory games to try (for ages 3-6). It is a Noah’s ark memory game with a 3D ark and 42 animal cards. The cards are split into two piles, with one of each animal in each pile. One of the piles is spread out face down in the centre of the playing surface while the other pile is dealt between the players. Players take it in turns to pick up a card from the centre to see if it matches any of their cards. If it does they post the pair of cards into the ark. The winner is the first to post all of their animals as well as a rain cloud so that the ark can “sail away”.
I think this is a fantastic concept for a game, but it’s also a game that can be easily adapted for younger players too. I sent the game over to Liz and Jonny so they could have a go. Here’s what Liz had to say..

“We love this game! When I saw the box contained a ‘3-D posting ark’ I thought it was a great idea but was expecting a flimsy structure and thought it would require me to get my scissors and glue out. So, to my absolute delight, everything was ready to go and the ark itself withstood Jonny sitting on it a few times. What I really like about Orchard Toys is the quality of the product, especially the thickness of the cards, as we have found through experience that most things are certainly destructable but Orchard Toys have stood up to the challenge. The animal cards are really cute and extremely well illustrated, and I was surprised by how many there were. Usually I would expect maybe eight to ten different pairs but this game contains twenty-one different pairs so you can make it quite challenging as the children get older.

Although the age range is three to six I’ve used it with younger children and left the cards facing up. They loved finding pairs of animals and posting them in the ark. Also, the range of animals is really good so it teaches them new animals whilst compounding ones they already know. With older children they really have to focus on what they are doing so using a small number of cards for children with a short attention span and gradually adding more in can be used as a great educational tool. This, in addition to the fact it teaches ‘taking turns’, sharing, patience, and all those other attributes we strive for our children to possess!

I would whole-heartedly recommend this game. The design, illustrations and 3-D ark are brilliant and we have had hours of fun playing all sorts of games with it.”

Two by two is available to purchase directly from Orchard Toys for £11.50.

A sample was received for consideration. No other reward, financial or otherwise, was received in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed are entirely our own.