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Breakfast With belVita #MorningWin

30 September 2014

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Daddy has never been a breakfast eater but since I found belVita breakfast biscuits he will always make sure he grabs a pack. He will either sit down with a cup of tea or eat them on the go. We all like them but me and big J will have variety during the week, cereal or toast but for Daddy if there is no belVita he has no breakfast.
 
This week we were sent some belvita crunchy biscuits in three new flavours to try. Apricot, hazelnut and chocolate chip. Belvita crunchy are different to the biscuits we usually buy. They are thicker and there is only three biscuits per pack instead of the usually four. 
 
There are a few flavours Daddy already likes, cocoa, milk and cereal or honey and nut. I like the fruits of the forest or fruit and fibre. We tend to stock up when they are on offer in the supermarket. 
 
So it was time to give them a try, Daddy tried Hazelnut, I tried Apricot and Big J tried the chocolate chip.
 
I have to say the flavours were very tasty and the thickness of the new biscuits made me feel fuller just after two biscuits. They are harder than the normal belVita but I usually dip then in my cup of tea anyway.
 
One of the reasons we like belvita so much is that they slowly release carbohydrates over 4 hours. I never want to have a mid morning snack after I have ate the biscuits. I am full till lunch.
 
The new belVita crunchy also kept me full even though there are only three biscuits in the pack. If you see above the 3 biscuits are about the same in thickness as four of the regular belVita biscuits.
 
Like I said before we are a big fan of belvita and it was nice to try out new flavours. I would definitely add the crunchy versions to my shopping list but I would buy if on offer like I do now with the normal versions.
 
*This post is an entry for #MorningWin linky challenge sponsored by belVita Breakfast, Learn more at Belvita UK*
 
*we received the new flavours to try*
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Open Goaaal

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Big J has been desperate for us to set up his Open Goaaal but with weekend after weekend of rain it was just impossible to get it set up but last weekend the sky was blue and not a drop of rain in sight. Just one small problem big J broke his hand and cannot take part in any outdoor activities especially football. We decided to put off setting it up as it would be torture for him because he can't go and play.
 
I thought I would let you all know about Open Goaaal anyway and follow up with a review. Open Goaaal is probably the one thing that will make my day a lot easier. I am forever telling big J not kick the ball to high incase it goes over into a neighbours garden. We only have a small back garden and small fences and sometimes I feel like big J thinks he's on a football pitch and the ball just goes flying over the fence. It must drive my neighbours crazy because they are always throwing the ball back over.
 
So Open Goaaal was invented and it looks amazing. Open Goaaal teamed up with a world leading manufacturer of football netting to create a goal that will stop the hassle of balls going over the fence.
 
The goal is positioned between two poles and when you are not using it, you draw it back like a curtain so you can enjoy your garden.
 
When we were sent Open Goaaal we were asked to make sure it would fit because it is not small. 
 
The width is adjustable.  You'll need a rectangle of grass the following size:
1. Standard size - 2.0m deep, and between 6.3m and 9.0m wide.  (6.6ft deep, and 21 - 30ft wide).
2. Large size - 2.3m deep, and between 8.5m and 11.0m wide.  (7.5ft deep, and 28 - 36ft wide) 

We checked and we were fine. Just a quick note to remember that this isn't easy to set up either and will need two adults for at least 2 hours. There is a video to watch HERE

Once the goal is up and running there will be no more stress of it flying over the fence and I can't wait.

To view more information about Open Goaaal you can check out the website which has all the info you should need. Visit the website HERE

Make sure you keep an eye out for our review once Big J's hand is better.
photos courtesy of www.opengoaaal.com
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#win a Loop Journal Download Code

29 September 2014

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Every year for Christmas I always get a new diary and I always get excited and start filling it out but by the middle of January I get bored and give up.

I have recently started using Loop Journal and I love it. It's an online app that I have on my iPad and every day a question pops up that I answer. It's a quick way to complete a diary and you can look back at what you have wrote in previous months.

I have 5 codes to give away to 5 winners so you can download the app for FREE.

All you need to do is complete the entry form below. good Luck




Competition closes on Monday 13th October 2014 at 12AM
Entrants must have a valid UK address
Bulk, third party or any other entries using automated software will be disqualified
All entrants and entries are checked and verified.
All entrants must follow the mandatory step and answer the question as a blog comment.
5 lucky winners will be chosen at random by the Gleam application.
Mummy2Monkeys will contact the lucky winners within 1 day of the competition closing
The winner must respond within 28 days. If no response a new winner will be chosen.
The prize is a Code which is redeemable on the App Store against the purchase of Loop Journal
There is no cash alternative.
It will be the responsibility of the representative of the company representing the  above to issue the prize. 
The winner must consent to their name and details being passed on to the representative so their prize can be distributed.
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Italian Meals from Aldi

28 September 2014

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Today we went on a shopping spree in Aldi specifically looking for some ideas for Italian meals. As you may remember I have reviewed some of Aldi's tipples in the past (which you can read HERE) and I was pleasantly surprised at the quality for the price.
 
I was hoping I would be as happy with the Italian range as I was with their beers, wines and spirits. 
 
I asked big J to choose some products from the range so we could make some nice meals for the upcoming week.
 
Big J loves his pasta and will have it mixed with bolognese sauce, tuna or chicken and sweetcorn.  I usually make a big pan of pasta and he will eat it that night warm and then he will take it to school the next day in his packed lunch cold. 
 
So the first two items he put it the trolley was pasta, Fusilli and Penne. He likes fusilli with tuna and penne with chicken and sweetcorn. I'm not too fussed which type of pasta goes with what really to me it all tastes the same. 
 
Then we got some spaghetti and a bolognese sauce. I bought two jars of sauce because I don't like it when it's dry. 
 
Big J noticed a reasonably sized margherita pizza in the chilled section and asked could we also get that with some garlic breads. 
 
So we put them in the trolley and he then saw a large lasagne. As you may have read in previous blog posts I like to make a Quorn lasagne but as treat I said he could also add it to the trolley.
 
Just as we were leaving the chilled section he put in some fresh tortellini filled with tomato and basil. 
 
So that was our shopping done for now until on the way towards the till big J noticed some Italian style grated cheese so that was added too. I was really happy with the variety available and it was really reasonably priced too.
 
So I was looking forward to making some yummy Italian themed dinners this week. 
 
So far we have tried the pizza, garlic breads, Lasagne and the pasta. We have also used the grated cheese on top.
 
The pizza is delicious. There is a pizza restaurant in Disneyland Paris called The Outpost and if you have been and love the pizzas then you will love Aldi's. It tastes just the same but its not in the shape of Mickey Mouse. haha.
 
Overall I was really impressed with the quality for the price. Everything in the photo above was bought at the same time and came to just over £10.
 
To view each weeks special offers available at Aldi visit the website HERE
 
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So Glad I Found Berry Clever

27 September 2014

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Yesterday I was introduced to Berry Clever and I am so glad I was. 
Berry Clever is a website which allows you to put tips on products for kids or pets. It's like a review site but the tips are only 150 characters so straight to the point.
When you have logged in it brings you to the home screen which highlights the most loved products. Here you can browse products that parents think are great.

If you want to search for something in a specific area you can use the tabs at the top of the screen

Move
Feed
Care
Sleep
Fun

Once you click on a tab it will highlight a drop down menu
When you find a product you get two options of want it or have it. When you click have it you get a further two options of love it or meh.
So the idea is simple you write a tip for other people to see. If you love a product and want to write a great tip you get the chance to on Berry Clever and also if you are not to impressed with a product give it a Meh and tell the readers why.
You can also create lists for viewers to read so for example Feeding Must Haves. It's very simple to add a product to your list. When you click the product just click add to list and done.
There are a few products I use that are not listed which I would love to tell the world about and that's fine because they have an option to email them telling them about the product, and fingers crossed they will add it.
It's simple and easy to use and is a must have website for parents to use. 
You can visit Berry Clever by clicking HERE
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#Win a Family Ticket to See Octonauts LIVE on Stage

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Top-selling childrens stage show producers Fiery Light today announce a brand new full-length theatre adventure for children, Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure. Based on the popular CBeebiesTV show, Octonauts, this exciting new production opens at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on Thursday 16 October and tours into 2015.

In Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure the entire crew of the Octonauts, led by intrepid explorer Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, embark on an exciting new underwater quest and visit amazing underwater worlds full of adventure, with surprises around every corner. This action-packed interactive show features new music (from BAFTA-award winning composer Mani Svavarsson) and all the Octonauts live on stage for the very first time.

Richard Lewis adapts and directs this new production for the stage. He also adapted and directed the hugely popular three Peppa Pig stage shows and last years Ben & Hollys Little Kingdom tour. Matt Lewis is lyricist, Simon Scullion is designer, Matt Haskins is lighting designer and Ian Horrocks Taylor is sound designer.

Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure is produced by live childrens show supremos Fiery Light (joint venture by Fiery Angel and Limelight Productions), the team also behind the recent tours of the three successful Peppa Pig stage shows. Their most recent – Peppa Pigs Big Splash - is currently on tour. It has broken box office records for a pre-school show and will return to the West End for fifth consecutive Christmas season at the Criterion Theatre this year. Other Fiery Light productions include the recent tour of Ben and Hollys Little Kingdom, LazyTown Live! and Roald Dahls The BFG.

Director/adapter Richard Lewis said: ‘Octonauts is all about adventure and exploration which offers up a whole host of possibilities in a live environment. From the colourful characters and fantastic underwater setting to the amazing octopod where the Octonauts live, theres great scope for a really unique, interactive theatre experience. We cant wait to take fans on an adventure like never before.

For tour information please go to
Octonauts Live


I am so pleased to be able to give 1 lucky winner the chance to see Octonauts LIVE at a and venue and performance of their choice (subject to availability)

To be in with a chance of win you MUST answer the mandatory question.

What is the name of the Octonauts Captain?

A. Capt Kirk
B. Capt Birdseye
C. Capt Barnacles


Terms and Conditions

Competition closes on Saturday 11th October 2014 at 12AM
Entrants must have a valid UK address
Bulk, third party or any other entries using automated software will be disqualified
All entrants and entries are checked and verified.
All entrants must follow the mandatory step and answer the question as a blog comment.
1 lucky winner will be chosen at random by the Gleam application.
Mummy2Monkeys will contact the lucky winner within 1 day of the competition closing
The winner must respond within 28 days. If no response a new winner will be chosen.
The prize is a Family Ticket to see Octonauts Live at a venue and performance of your choice (subject to availability)
There is no cash alternative.
It will be the responsibility of the representative of the company representing the  above to issue the prize. 
The winner must consent to their name and details being passed on to the representative so their prize can be distributed.

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Naanster - Indian On The Go

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I am not a huge fan of microwave meals or snacks. I used to buy them but since being on maternity I have had the time to prepare and cook meals from scratch. 
Now I'm back at work it really is more convenient sometimes to throw something in the microwave. If you have to make four dinners for four people all eating at different times due to after school clubs or work it can make it just that bit easier.
 
Sometimes big J doesn't feel like a big dinner and will just want a snack. This week he tried Naansters.
Naansters come in a choice of four flavours
chicken tikka, 
vegetable tikka, 
balti chicken
beef madras.
 
Each naanster is a light fluffy naan bread with the choice of flavour inside, pilau rice and mango chutney.
You pierce the packaging and pop it in the microwave as it comes for 90 seconds.
I have to admit it did smell nice and big J was looking forward to giving it a go. He loves his food and is always happy to try foods he's not tasted before.
When it came out the microwave it was very very hot, it is recommended to leave for one minute but I left it for five. I also opened it up to take a peek inside.
Big J tried the vegetable tikka and he did enjoy it. He said it was very tasty. I was impressed the naan bread didn't go hard in the microwave but I would have liked to see a bit more filling inside. I think there was one very small piece of broccoli and one very small piece of cauliflower. There was quite a lot of rice. I am hoping the meat versions will have more in than the vegetable one.
 Each pack is 185g and the nutritional information below is per 100g
212kcals
4.2g fat
0.9 sat fat
I think they are great for a snack and big J is looking forward to trying the other flavours which we will do over the weeks. 
You can visit the Naansters twitter page for more information or where to buy.

*we were sent a selection of Naansters to try in return for a honest review*
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#WIN A PRIVATE TAPAS COOKERY CLASS FOR TWO WITH JOSE PIZARRO!

24 September 2014

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Olive it! is a culinary concept that aims to bring a sparkle to traditional olives by incorporating them into your cooking in new and exciting ways! There’s no limit to your imagination and to help you bring this olive ‘explosion’ to life we are offering you the chance to win a once in a lifetime olive cooking course with celebrated Spanish chef, Jose Pizarro.
 
On Friday 3rd October at 12-3.30pm, you and one guest will experience hands-on tuition in an atmospheric and professional cook school in the heart of Clerkenwell, London, at the Food at 52 Cookery School.
 
In this exciting cooking course you will be inspired to get creative in the kitchen and learn how to make a selection of delicious tapas with the ‘master of tapas’ himself.
 
Jose Pizarro will take you on a culinary journey where you can explore the exciting flavours of the Mediterranean and learn how to make a selection of beautiful and mouth-watering dishes that will impress friends and family.
 
Take a look at the website for recipe inspiration.
 
Olives are an essential ingredient in the Mediterranean diet. Versatile and full of flavour, olives also have important nutritional properties and the black variety are rich in iron and vitamin E. What’s not to love? This tapas cookery class with Jose Pizarro is a perfect way to experiment with flavours of the Mediterranean and will leave you fully equipped to host your own tapas party! Each session ends with a mouth watering feast of all the food prepared, accompanied by some carefully selected wines.
 
To keep up to date with the Olive it! campaign visit Olive It or follow on Twitter @Oliveit_UK and like on Facebook OliveitUK.
 
 
#WIN A PRIVATE TAPAS COOKERY CLASS FOR TWO WITH JOSE PIZARRO!  
 
 
TERMS
Competition closes Sunday 28th September at 12am
winners will be emailed before 12pm on Monday 29th September
2 lucky winners will both receive a pair of tickets for the private tapas cookery class for two with Jose Pizarro.
 Due to the event being on 3rd October winners will need to respond as soon as possible to my winning email.
I will pass on all details of winners to the company representing this event
This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
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Daddy Gets Work Shoes From Jacamo

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When we were asked to review an item of footwear from Jacamo I have to admit that firstly I didn't think they sold shoes and secondly I always had this idea that Jacamo was a shop only for the 'larger' man. I was wrong on both.
Actually I was very impressed when browsing the Jacamo website. There is a whole range of brands to choose from including Lambretta, French Connection and Timberland. 
They offer sizes from S to 5XL and footwear right up to size 15.
Daddy got the chance to browse and choose a pair of shoes from the Jacamo, Black Label or Label J range.
When it comes to shoes for Daddy he usually chooses a similar type every time and he was pleased to find a pair that he likes.

Jacamo lace up shoes
Formal lace up shoe featuring panel detailing, smart, sophisticated and stylish.
Come in both a standard or extra wide fitting.
Available up to a size 15
Choice of colours - black or brown
At the bottom of the page their was a review section were customers have wrote about their experiences with this shoe and to be honest there were a lot of negative comments. Most people seem to experience the heel or both heels falling off in just a couple of wears or said they look cheap. This didn't stop Daddy giving them a go as for £25 they seemed great value.
When they arrived we were happy with them. They didn't look cheap. Daddy tried them on and they are a lovely fit and Daddy actually said they feel like wearing slippers.
Daddy has been wearing these to work and after a week of wear there is no signs of the heel wearing away and it does not look like it will fall off either. I guess only time will tell but for now Daddy is very pleased.
You can find out more about Jacamo by visiting the website HERE

*we were sent the shoes in return for a honest review*
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My 1st JCB Big Wheeler JOEY

22 September 2014

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Little J has been trying out My 1st JCB Big Wheeler Joey over the last few weeks and it has become a firm favourite outside toy. I don't think it is specifically designed to be an outside toy but little J loves taking it out with him.
My 1st JCB Big Wheeler Joey is a classic push along toy. He is quite big and chunky so perfect for outside play. He doesn't have any buttons to press or sounds to make which I think is perfect, you can just get stuck in. 
If you pull up his exhaust his front scoop will lift and little J likes to pick up mud and grass with the help of his big brother.
He has a digger at the back to which can be lifted to which adds to the playing. 
I love his wheels they are so big and durable and after lots of playing outside they are still in perfect condition.
Joey is the classic yellow and black colour but he has an added dash of blue. He's very bright and appealing to youngsters.
My 1st Joey is 25cm in length and is suitable from 12 months. He has a friend to which you can buy in the My 1st JCB Big Wheeler range. Doug is a dump truck and is as chunky and durable as Joey.  Doug has a rear bucket which can be filled with mud, dirt, grass or whatever your little one wants and then he can be tipped out.
You can view more from My 1st JCB by visiting Golden Bear or you can buy Joey HERE and Doug HERE
*we were sent Joey to try in return for a honest review*
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Scrumptious September DegustaBox Delivery

20 September 2014

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This months Degustabox delivery arrived this week and it is my favourite so far. It contains some brands I am familiar with but different products I hadn't bought before.
This months box contains
 
Berry White - Fruit Drink
 
I personally haven't heard of Berry White fruit drink before. We were sent Peach and Goji Berry. Its one of your five a day and big J took this to school with him to enjoy during lunch. He liked it and said it was very fruity but he would have preferred it to be cold. It had gone warm in his school bag.
 
Lindt Hello - Just For You Hearts
 
These went down very well. Who doesn't like chocolate? Lindt is a favourite of mine but I always think of it as a 'treat' chocolate rather than a eat when you want chocolate.
 
The little tin was filled will 10 chocolate hearts and they were pure heaven.
 
Caribbean Twist - Strawberry Daiquiri
 
I have seen this in the shops but I have never tried it. Its a pre prepared cocktail drink that brings the Caribbean to you. It looks yummy and I'm looking forward to trying this at the weekend.
 
Fever Tree - Tonic Water and Ginger Beer
 
Fever Tree is a brand I have never heard of before and Tonic water and Ginger Beer isn't something I would choose to drink although Big J loves tonic water, so he gave this a go. He wasn't overly keen of the after taste but he drank it anyway.
 
Mexican Dave's - Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips

We have had these Mexican Dave's Tortilla Chips before in Degustabox and we were sent Nacho Cheese last time. They were lovely but not as nice as these. Daddy loves them and I will let you know he has scoffed the whole bag. Now the big question is where on earth do you find them? We have looked in all the major supermarkets and cannot find them. If someone knows please do tell us.
 
Brioche Pasquier - Pain Au Lait and Croissants Au Buerre
 
I buy a lot of Brioche Pasquier products but I have never bought these two. We usually buy the pain au chocolate or other varieties. These are really tasty and I love how fresh they always are.
These went down well at breakfast time and I will be adding these to my weekly shopping list.
 
Cawston Press - Kids Blends

Again I had never heard of this brand until we received a drink a few months ago in Degustabox. Big J loved this and its made with 40% water so its quite light and there is no added sugar.
 
Schwartz - Flavour Shots
 
These aren't for us but I can always find someone who will give them a go. We have had them in Degustabox before and this month was Mexican Fajitas and Spanish Paprika Chicken.
 
Something new this month was Degustabox Fridge. It was an envelope that contained a voucher to claim a free product from the supermarket
 
If you are new to my blog and you haven't heard of Degustabox before you can visit the website HERE and you can order your Degustabox for just £9.99 by using my special £3 discount code at checkout RQ59X
 
 
*we were sent degustabox in return for a honest opinion*
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#Win an Abel & Cole 9 Month Subscription with Aptaclub

18 September 2014

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Aptaclub has recently launched their new website providing mums and mums to be expert advice on early life nutrition (ELN) 24 hours a day and 7 days per week. 
While I was pregnant with little J I found the Aptaclub website and I was so impressed with all the information on there. We joined up and received a very cute polar bear teddy. Its obviously changed since then and is designed around the early life nutrition (ELN). 
I am impressed that they listened to feedback from 'mums' and made the website more mobile / tablet friendly. 
There are four sections on the home page which you can click to find out more.
I'm trying for a baby
I'm pregnant
I've got a baby
I've got a toddler
I have been browsing the toddler section and there is so much very useful information and lots I didn't know about. 
There is an interesting fact over 50% of toddlers aged between 18 months and 3 years aren't getting the recommended daily amount of iron. 
I think its important to know what our children need because they are trusting us to provide them with the right balanced diet but if you asked me how much iron a toddler needs - I wouldn't know off the top of my head.
Luckily the website does provide you with the answer - 6.9mg per day. It is scary to think I didn't know that and also there was also lots more I didn't know.
To help promote ELN awareness Mummy2Monkeys and Aptaclub have teamed up with Abel & Cole to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a 9 month subscription of Fruit and Vegetable delivery for mummy and baby.
To enter all you need to do is take the short survey and please leave a blog comment below to say that you have entered when you have completed. 
You can enter by completing the SURVEY
 only entries entered via clicking this link will be valid.
Good Luck
Full Terms Below
Terms and conditions. 

Please read carefully and agree to the terms and conditions below to submit your competition entry.

The Prizes
1 x 9-month subscription to Abel & Cole organic fruit & vegetable delivery

How to Enter
Take the pregnancy nutrition questionnaire which can be found on:
www.mummy2monkeys.co.uk

and enter your full name, address and email address in the mandatory textbox to enter the competition.
Entries must be made through Survey Monkey via one of the above websites
Entry dates:
Our competition runs from 18/09/2014 until 30/09/2014, with our winner being announced on 03/10/2014.

Terms and Conditions
1. The promotion is open to residents of the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man and Channel Islands, excluding employees and their immediate families of employees of Nutricia Ltd., their agencies or anyone else professionally connected with this promotion.
2. Entrants must be 18 years old or over.
3. The promotion begins at 23:59 GMT on 18/09/2014 and closes at 23:59 GMT on 30/09/2014.
4. To enter, you must complete the full Survey Monkey questionnaire and leave your correct contact details.
5. There will be 1 prize winner per website, 6 winners in total.
6. Each prize winner will be chosen by random selection.
7. All prize winners will be notified within seven (7) days of judging.
8. If the promoter is unable to contact a prize winner within 72 hours of being chosen using the contact details provided in the survey, the prize will be forfeited. A new prize winner will then be selected by random selection from the remaining entries.
9. The promoter accepts no responsibility for the quality of products and services received by the prize winner in their entry.
10. The prize will be posted directly to the winner within 21 days of alerting them that they have won.
11. No purchase necessary.
12. By entering this promotion all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these terms and conditions. All entry instructions form part of these terms and conditions.
13. Losing entries will not receive any notification and Nutricia Ltd. may use data collected to form media releases around the topic of pregnancy nutrition.
14. Entries will not be considered as part of this promotion if, at the sole discretion of Nutricia Ltd., they contain language that is in any way threatening, abusive, offensive, defamatory, invasive of another's privacy, in breach of confidence, embarrassing to any person or likely to deceive any person, hateful, blasphemous, pornographic, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable or which constitutes or encourages conduct that would be considered a criminal offence or otherwise contrary to any law.
15. The names and counties of the prize winners will be available upon request by emailing socialnews@digitaslbi.com
16. The Promoter reserves the right to amend or withdraw this promotion at any time without notice.
17. The Promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.
18. In all cases the promoter's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
19. No cash alternative will be offered in whole or in part.
20. Unless entrants have consented otherwise, entrants’ personal data will only be used by the Promoter (and the Promoter’s promotional partners) for the purposes of running this promotion.
21. The prize winners may be required to take part in related publicity or other marketing related
activity, and such participation is a condition of accepting a prize.
22. Nutricia Ltd. accepts no liability or responsibility for entries lost, delayed or undelivered,
nor any liability for technical errors or communication failures in network and/or internet access.
23. This promotion and these terms and conditions of entry are governed by English Law and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdict

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Tomy Winnie The Pooh Post and Roll

16 September 2014

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Little J loves Winnie the Pooh and he has a taggy that goes everywhere with him. When we received a new Winnie The Pooh toy for little J to try this week, he got stuck in and was so excited.
 
Winnie the Pooh Post and Roll Hunny Pot is a very simple toy but great fun. The large Hunny Pot is decorated with images of Winnie the Pooh and has a overflowing honey design at the top. The rest of the pot is see through and it needs to be so you can join in with the fun!
 
The pot comes with three small balls that make a rattling noise when shook. Little J loves rattling them and sometimes will just play with the balls. Rolling them around the floor and chasing after them.
 
When you are ready to play the idea is you put a ball in the Hunny pot and the Hunny pot will wobble from side to side and you can watch the ball go down the spiral and into the hole at the bottom of the Hunny pot. Once there it will hit the bell and make a ding sound. Then it will come out of one of the holes at the bottom and roll along the floor, but which hole? That's the fun part guessing which one. 
 
Little J loves putting the balls in and watching them go round and round down the spiral and when they reach the bottom he makes a screech noise when they pop out.
 
You can view the TOMY Winnie the Pooh range HERE
 
The Tomy Winnie the Pooh Post and Roll Hunny Pot is from is suitable from 9 months but at 17 months little J really does enjoy playing with this. He thinks it so funny. 
 
 
*we received the Winnie The Pooh Post N Roll in return for a full honest review*
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Mummy 2 Monkeys takes the Pampers #BritainsDriestNappy test

11 September 2014

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Its been over 12 years since we bought our very first pack of nappies for big J. We honestly had no idea what brand to choose but based on popularity and a brand we recognised we chose Pampers. We continued to use Pampers right the way through until big J was potty trained. For us Pampers was the best brand ever as big J never got a sore bottom or nappy rash.
 
When little J came along 11 years later it was obvious we would choose Pampers and again we will continue to use them throughout. We have never had any problems with Pampers at all and *touch wood* little J has never had a sore bottom.
 
There are a few varieties of Pampers available but we have always chose Simply Dry or Baby Dry. They just sound like the best option because you want your baby to be dry and comfortable.
 
I recently found out that actually Pampers Active Fit is the UK's driest nappy and I have been asked to take the #BritainsDriestNappy challenge.
 
Anyone can take part all you will need is the following.
 
1 Active Fit nappy
150 ml of tap water inside a baby bottle or cup
A piece of tissue paper or kitchen roll
1 stop watch
1 pair of scissors
 
I also had my scientist assistant, big J to help out.
 
Firstly big J opened the nappy as if he was putting it on little J. Almost like a bowl shape. Big J has only changed little J's nappy a few times so I was surprised he knew what to do ;)
 
He poured the water onto the nappy. 150ml is a on average 2-3 wee's which is normally the amount a baby wee's before you think about changing a nappy.
 
Once the water had gone on to the nappy he set the timer for 1 minute and 30 seconds. We watched the nappy as it absorbed all the water although 150mls didn't seem a lot, the nappy did become quite full.
 
It seemed like forever until 1 minute and 30 seconds was over. How strange when you are watching time it goes very slow. 
 
Big J put kitchen roll on to the nappy and applied pressure as if little J was sat on it.
 
He lifted it off and we checked the kitchen roll for wet patches but it was dry and we also felt the nappy and it was completely dry. 
 
So the next part was to see how it works. This is were the scissors come in. Now I wouldn't fancy doing this next part with a nappy full of wee so if you are going to do this test make sure you use water.
 
Big J cut the nappy open across the middle.
 
Inside are absorbent micro pearls that absorbed the water to form a gel which then locks the water away protecting for up to 12 hours. These little pearls can hold up to 30 times their own weight so up to 3 small bottles of milk.
 
Am I convinced?
 
Like I said before we have always used Pampers so I know first hand how good the brand is. I love the fact that this test proves that my little J's bottom isn't damp at any time in between changes. 
 
I have never bought Active Fit so that's something for us to consider on our next nappy shop, but as long as little J is in nappies Pampers will always be our brand.
 
 
This post is an entry for #BritainsDriestNappy trial sponsored by Pampers. Learn more at facebook.com/PampersUKIre
 
 
I was asked to take part in the #BritainsDriestNappy challenge thanks to britmums and provide an honest review*
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