Little E has always had sensitive skin. Bathtime can be a little boring as she can't have bubbles and sometimes she even reacts to the shampoo we use on her hair. It isn't really eczema, more a rash which irritates her but she does get the odd patch of eczema flare up on her back from time to time.
Oilatum sent me this beautiful hamper containing their Daily Junior range plus a few little treats. Little E was super excited to try out the bath products (and bath toys!).
The range consists of Bath foam, Head to Toe wash and Shampoo plus a Lotion for use after the bath.
The super gentle soap free cleansers are perfect for Little E's sensitive skin plus they are gentle enough for Little I's new skin too. They foam up which is really cool as Little E is not usually allowed bubbles in her bath.
I was very pleased to find a shampoo forming part of a sensitive skin range. After rinsing it all ends up in the bath water and can irritate the same way as bubble bath. The Oilatum Daily Junior Shampoo cleans hair really well without irritation so it gets a big thumbs up from me!
I'll put my hands up and admit I usually only moisturise the kids when they get a patch of eczema or dry skin. The lotion really got me thinking about protecting the kids skin against dryness and the mild nature of this lotion makes it suitable for use every day. Bingo.
So overall I am super impressed with the Oilatum Daily Junior range and I'll be using it from now on. You can find it in Boots or your local pharmacy and most large supermarkets priced £4.99 - £5.49. Find out more at oilatum.co.uk/daily
Also I have to mention the amazing large White Company hydrocotton hooded towel we were sent in the hamper is fantastic for 1yr old Little I. I have looked everywhere for large hooded towels as they grow out of the little newborn hooded towels by about 6mths! This is unbelievably soft and amazing for sensitive skin. You can buy it here for £20.
We were sent the products above for review but all opinions are our own.
Fab Mum. Fab babies. Fab day xx
So now the child will only fall asleep with an eye mask on... Like she's on a plane or at a spa.
So I have to sit (in the already pitch black room) and wait until she is in a deep sleep to stealthily remove the mask without waking her so she won't injure herself on it it wake up in a panic that she has gone blind in her sleep.
Just when I think we have reached maximum ludicrous she surprises me again.
3 weeks ago today Little I turned 1. I've not diarised since because I've not been sure how to continue the 'baby diary' because she isn't a baby anymore *weeps*
I have toyed with stopping completely but I have enjoyed the past 52 weeks of posting and before that 20 weeks of pregnancy diary kept me sane when the medical establishment around me were acting crazy.
So I think I'll continue but the name is going up have to change. After a lot of musing I've creatively come up with toddler diary (Sometimes simple is the way forward right?) aferall she is walking now! The past 3 weeks have been fun watching her find her feet and grow in confidence.
Despite suffering an ear infection and being super grumpy for a week lots of changes have occurred. She has become addicted to ITNG (if you don't know what that is you obviously don't have children over 9mths or under 5yrs. Consider yourself lucky as it is beyond odd)
She is now even more attached to cuddly toys and wanders about snuggling them to her neck...
She loves sitting on a chair like a big girl. We regularly find her wiggling her bottom around on the Hello Kitty chair or chilling out on the beanbag.
And there is a new sleeping pose: bum in the air has arrived!
Little E and Little I are flower girls for their Auntie V on Easter Sunday along with her cousin, Big E. We've had lots of hen do's for the adults but the girls were feeling a bit left out so a pamper day at a local kid's beauty parlour in Epsom was organised to make them feel like the special Little Princesses they are.
First it was hair. An up do perfect for the wedding was practised whilst Little E sat so still! The parlour girls were chatting to her about the wedding and she looked so serious!
The colour scheme of the wedding is Royal Blue so little blue crystal hair pins were popped into the curly bun to sparkle and shine.
Then over to makeup. (This bit was just for fun, they won't be made up on the day - it's not a My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding!)
Regular readers to the blog will know Little E is obsessed with my make up an regularly runs covert snatch and grab missions targeting my lipstick and mascara. So having legal make up applied was a very special treat.
Pink and sparkly was requested with a repetitive insistence for lipstick. The end result made her look about 12! (Cue complete freak from me over how grown up she is getting). She was delighted with it and posed for the camera without prompting!
Of course Little I didn't get left out of the party spirit...
Less than 4 weeks to the big day! The countdown is on!
Little I is obsessed with food. If someone eats in front of her without sharing they better watch their back. We combination fed her in the beginning mixing traditional spoonled weaning with finger foods. Most of the food I made myself but I always have pouches and jars in the cupboard for when we go out or those 'the Tesco delivery in not coming until tomorrow and I only have half a celery stick in the fridge' moments.
Cow and Gate sent across some of their new Friends range to try. The pouches we received are individual vegetable purées - perfect for first tastes.
There are four veggies in the range: carrot, peas, cauliflower and broccoli and they are super smooth texture. On the pouches are the new Friends vegetable cartoon characters which are a lot of fun and they also appear on the website and advertising.
Little I is obviously well past first taste stage but these little pouches have been excellent way of lacking some veggie punch into her meals. I've mixed the peas into homemade fish pie, made cauliflower cheese on toast and the carrot pouch really saved me when I cooked pasta only to find I had no tomato sauce or pesto left. Carrot pasta went down a treat with Little I and her big sister!
Cow & Gate friends pouches are available from Tesco and Asda prived from 95p
First time on the swings for Little I. Chaperoned by her Big Sis.
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No you can't hold the spoon Mummy. And I need two, one for each hand. And If you try and feed me from a third I will grab that spoon from you and chuck it on the floor, probably followed by one of mine. Then flash a satisfied smile. Only I control what goes into my mouth.
Unless it's illegal chocolate. I'll let my big sister feed me that.
How did it get to be March already! It is here and March means Mother's Day.
Here are my favourite ideas for Mother's Day gifts which won't break the bank.
MUM’s Party Book
Does your Mum salivate over the idea of a seating plan? If so, this book is for her. A gorgeous, chic and stylish party journal in a stunning metallic silver (lizard-effect), silver gilt-edged pages and ribbon markers. This is a self indulgent treat. Just right for ladies who love food, entertaining friends and family and collecting treasured memories. Be the hostess with the mostest with this lovely journal, create menu plans, recipe ideas, party themes and ideas, guest lists, table plans, gift ideas, RSVPs and plenty of space to diarise upcoming and previous dinner parties, celebrations, weddings, christenings, birthdays, BBQs and any other party you have attended, to provide inspiration and ideas for your future events. £16.95 mumsoffice.co.uk
Godiva Large Heart Chocolate Box
It is very important to remember not all chocolates are created equal. I'd never tried Godiva chocolates before and clearly I missing out! Spoil your Mum with the playful, heart-shaped 'You have my Heart' Chocolate Box. The limited edition ganache fondants have been expertly paired with creamy, seductive chocolates to bring unbridled pleasure. Forget the cheap stuff, this is worth every penny. £23 for 11 chocolates godivachocolates.co.uk
A subscription to Yoogaia
Got an active Mum? Then Yoogaia, the world's first live online yoga studio that brings yoga, pilates, core and kettle bell classes to the home, in real-time could be a gray fit. Yoogaia offers live classes, personally guided via web cam (you can also attend without web cam if you want to be stealth!) If you miss a live class, you can watch the recording anytime. Participants are not visible to each other, only to the instructor and only the instructor is recorded. Genius! £15 per month (but until 15th March get 6mths for the price of 4!) yoogaia.com
Yankee Candle 'Mum' Fresh cut roses
What Mum wouldn't love the smell of freshly cut roses filling the room. Presented in a classic glass tumbler with brushed metal lid, Yankee Candle are renowned for the authentic smell their candles produce. Spoil her this year. £9.49 yankeecandle.co.uk
Flanders Field Pendant
In commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, the Royal British Legion have commissioned the design and creation of these beautiful pendants to help us remember those who lost their lives. These unique and exclusive Centenary Flanders Fields Pendants are made from the solid brass of original artillery shell fuses found on First World War battlefields. The design is based on a 100 year old dried and flattened real poppy from Private Len Smith’s diary who, plucked the poppy from No Man’s Land in 1915. All income raised from sales goes directly to The Royal British Legion to support British Armed Forces and their families, past, present and future. So your Mum can look stunning whilst you help a very worthy cause. £79.99 available exclusively from poppyshop.org.uk
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