Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Trendy Toddler Tuesday

Linking up with Alex from Medicated Follower for this weeks TTT.

Jumper - Next
Dungarees/Jeans - Vertbaudet - these are actually dungarees but the top part poppers off to turn them into jeans, cool huh!
Shoes - Zara

We haven't done a great deal today, we popped out this morning and got Finn's passport photos taken, then this afternoon he went to nursery, and I treated myself to a afternoon of shopping, beauty treatments and a Starbucks!

Today we were sporting the Panda eye patch, I think it's clever they look so funky instead of medical, I imagine it helps when the child is a little older.

It's the small things

I feel quite odd writing this post, why you ask? I'm going to write about a household cleaner, probably not something many people blog about!

If you follow me on twitter or instagram (miss_roc) you'll have seen me harping on about my love for CJ's BUTTer.
I buy them in mini sample pots and they're scattered all across the house and there is always a pot in every bag I own. It's fabulous as a bum cream and safe to use on cloth nappies as many other creams aren't. You can also use it for dry skin, rashes, eczema, hang nails and a leave in conditioner. Oh and the scents also smell divine! The use all natural ingredients and there are even vegan options.

My love for the BUTTer brought me to the Carcass Cleaner which I use as a wipe solution and as a body wash for Finn, it's the only thing which doesn't irritate his skin.

This all led me to CJ's all-purpose cleaner. I don't like the thought of cleaning products with harsh chemicals in them around Finn. I had I thought about making my own products but that seemed like to much hard work, so this is my next best option.

This cleaner is literally “all-purpose”! We like to call this the miracle cleaner, as we use it to clean EVERYTHING from the kitchen to the bathroom, windows, walls, and even the carpets!

CJ’s AP Cleaner is a real alkaline soap that kills viruses, bacteria, and mold. It is safer for the family, and smells great too. Many “experts” believe that alkaline soap products are better to use than the harsh chemical products, as those products, although they do kill the bad stuff as well, tend to contribute to the development of ”superbugs”, and may increase health risks like asthma.

Pour this in the soap dispenser of your steam cleaner or just spray on the carpet and scrub (or run your vaccuum over it) to get rid of even the toughest of pet stains. Choose a scent you love and you might even look forward to cleaning the house! If that’s not a miracle, we don’t know what is.

This comes in a 4 oz bottle as a concentrate–just reuse an old 32 oz spray bottle, add concentrate and fill the spray bottle to the top with water. You’ll be amazed! (Shake well before use.)

My whole house currently smells like Mango & Mint, mmmm! It's cleaned stains off my rug that I've been trying to shift for ages, all my work tops are sparkling and not a drop of chemicals in sight.
I'm quite excited to steam clean my floor later with the Warm Vanilla Cake!

It's super easy to use, pour the concentrate into a 32oz spray bottle (roughly a litre) with hot water and you're done.

It's probably slightly more expensive than a standard cleaner at around £4.50 but then again it is 'all-purpose' and chemical free.

I bought mine from the lovely Emily at Baby Peach who was placing an order and asked if there was anything anyone wanted ordering especially, but you can also it them from Funky Monkey Pants and  Wee Notions. I'd buy them from Emily though, she's fab and her customer service is amazing.
 The BUTTer samples & Carcass Cleaner you can find from most cloth nappy website.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Look again

No messy Mondays for us today, we had an appointment at the Health Clinic to get Finn's feet checked, or so I thought. Turns out our Orthopaedics appointment was actually for the Orthoptic clinic, slight difference, who needs their eyes testing?! Simple mistake right??

Finn has an intermittent squint, his left eye wonders outwards when he is day dreaming. so after a few tests, the eye doctor decided that he needs to wear a patch for about 30mins a day in the hope his lazy eye will strengthen and he has been referred to the hospital for further checks where they will dilate his pupils. Poor soul! I think I'll know that hospital like the back of my hand soon!

He seems to have taken to the patch quite well and wasn't bothered in the lightest!

We also met up with another mum today that I'd met on netmums which was lovely, Finn and her daughter got on really well, looking forward to meeting her for a coffee again soon.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

You are my sunshine

I seem to have found an astounding array of new websites for baby/children's clothes. Current favourite is LittleSunflowers.

I bought Finn a super cute batman vest in their sale for £7.75, which came beautiful gift wrapped, for free I might add, I don't know about you but I'm a sucker for pretty packaging.

I know i'm biased but just how cute does he look...

Little Sunflowers also do a loyalty scheme and offer free delivery within the UK, there is also a pretty awesome sale on at the moment, go check it out.

You can find their website here, they're also on Twitter and facebook

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Bright as day

I'm in love with this jumper from Boys & Girls
Sadly it's out of stock in 1-2 years otherwise I would of snapped it up, I'm gutted actually as it's currently in the sale for £18.40.

Isn't it cute! It's available here

To be honest I'm pretty much loving most things on their website, roll on pay day is all I can say!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Trendy Toddler Tuesday

I've been wanting to join in with this for ages but Finn is a scruff pot on Tuesday's as he goes to nursery in the afternoon, but I thought today I'd dress him in his normal clothes before changing him into his messy stuff!

Jumper - H&M, it's 2-4months, I know he's small, but seriously?!
Drop crotch shorts - next

Linking up with Medicated Follower who is hosting this week.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Messy Mondays - Jelly

Today was overcast and grey, a great shame after the beautiful weather we got yesterday. I don't think I'll ever get used to the changeable weather here. In Norwich it's beautiful and sunny, yesterday, today and tomorrow!

So for our first adventure in messy play I thought we'd ease ourselves in with jelly, however I didn't read the instructions and put too much water in so it was a bit sloppy, not that Finn seemed to mind.

It took a couple of minutes for me to get him to engage in the jelly, I think it was a bit cold, but when he started squishing it in his hands he had a whale of a time throwing it, eating it and generally playing with it. His favourite things to do was slap my hands when I had a handful of the stuff.

In hindsight I should have ran him a bath first as I ended up running upstairs covered in jelly to sort him a bath out. He then spent another half an hour playing in there and had a lovely nap.

I posted one of these photos on facebook and a few other mums commented that I was brave for doing this with him. I don't see messy play as brave, just day/week activity to do with your child. What do you think?

I also mastered getting Finn in a back carry in the sling today, very proud of myself!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Babasac - Review

I was recently looking for a new sleeping bag for Finn, I wanted a 2.5 tog as he is always cold, however with it coming up to summer I felt I needed a lower tog one just in case the summer appears, which hasn't happened yet.

Enter the Babasac, The Brand new 2-in-1 multi tog baby sleeping bag, with inner layers that easily zip out.

Excuse the snot, he had a cold!

Zip finishes at bottom for easy night changes
Saves having to purchase summer weight and winter weight sleeping bags
100% cotton outer and lining
Available in 3 sizes
Fully tested to British Safety standards BS8510:2009
0-6m: £37.99 6-18m: £38.99 18-36m: £39.99

I bought a size 6-18 months with a minimum weight of 15.15lbs, Finn is only just hovering over 17lbs so it will last him a wee while yet. I did feel it was lacking in the length department however a quick check on their website shows a max length of 87cm, which is similar to the Growbag at 86cm. I'm not sure if mine might have shrunk in the tumble dryer as it looks significantly shorter!

The Zip out panels make changing between togs a breeze, helpful on those in between days when you're not sure what tog to put them in.
Using it is easy, simply leave the layers zipped in for 2.5 tog or unzip for 1 tog. The Babasac can be washed with or without the layers.

I would definitely recommend this sleeping bag, it also saves a fortune as you don't need to buy two different tog bags.

You can find Mama Designs ltd, the makers of the Babacsac on twitter, facebook and on their website.

Mama Designs is also the face behind the Mamascarf which is a breastfeeding scarf, I might do a review on that at a later date as although I only breastfed for 5 weeks, I found the Mamascarf a godsend!

Mel xx

Monday, 16 July 2012

Messy Mondays

I want to start doing messy / sensory play with Finn now that he is getting more and more interested in, well, everything!

So I thought I'd do a little list of things I'd like to try with him and write a post about it each Monday.

1 - Cloud Dough
2 - Potato printing
3 - Shredded paper
4 - Sand & Water Play
5 - Jelly Play
6 - Oobleck/Gloop
7 - Spaghetti sensory
8 - Homemade finger paints
9 - Shaving foam play
10 - Custard
11 - Clean Mud
12 - Instant snow
13 - Kool Aid play dough
14 - Mousse Play

Do you do messy play with your child? Do you have any other suggestions to add to my list?

Mel x

Mel x

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Fluffy bargains

Little Lamb Nappies have some fabulous offers on at the moment, go like their Facebook page here then shop here

I've just picked up 3 rolls of liners & a pack of bamboo boosters for a little over £16 . Bargain!

Mel x