Wednesday 20 August 2014

REVIEW- the sun mousse

Putting sun cream on a toddler can literally ruin a perfectly lovely day.

You’re all down the beach, you’ve had fish and chips, you’ve got the bucket and spade at the ready, and then you utter the dreaded words, ‘let’s put some cream on you.’

And that’s it. You’re on a one way street to tantrumsville.

For us, it starts with the wobbly bottom lip and ends with me WWF style wresting my daughter to the ground in an attempt to cover an inch of flesh with cream.   

The thing is; I get it. Why would you want to be smeared with greasy sun cream? It’s genuinely a bit unpleasant.

Some of the stuff on the market for kids ranges from bright blue in colour (seriously? It looks like you’re rubbing windscreen washer fluid into their skin) to cream that’s so thick your child has a ghostly grey complexion all day.  

So, I was a bit sceptical when I was sent the sun mousse range. I anticipated chasing my screaming daughter around the garden with it. 

But, oh joy, this stuff isn’t greasy. It’s not gloopy. It is, as the name suggests, a mousse.

And for a two-year-old, it turns out its quite good fun to apply. No kidding. My daughter was asking me to put more of it on her. Which is a first.

On top of that, it’s parabens and perfume free so it isn’t bad for little people’s skin.

It’s not cheap, but then the good stuff rarely is. And if it keeps little people protected from the sun AND they’ll put it on without fuss, then it gets the thumbs up from me.

*the photograph is of my best friend's child, as my daughter wouldn't stay still for long enough!


Sunday 26 August 2012

Looking after little teeth.

Nancy has six teeth now. Four on top. And two at the bottom. Something that I'm painfully aware of everytime I feed her, which is part of the reason why only this weekend I breastfed her for the last time.

I've been brushing her teeth since she was about four months old and the first little one broke through. Well I say brushing them, it's more like coaxing her to open her mouth, and then she sucks all the toothpaste off the bristles.

So this new Brush Baby chewable toothbrush was either going to work really well. Or not at all.


It looks a bit wierd, not really like something you'd put in your mouth, especially if you've got a really little one.

But Nancy loved it. She can chew it, which is great for her teeth, including the new one that's about to come through. It's good for her gums as well.
And you can put it in the dishwasher, so it's easier to wash off all the fluff and grim floor stuff when it's dropped on the floor.

It's got a little hook on the handle as well so it's easy for her to grip it. I'm not sure how pricey it is, as it was sent to me to see what Nancy thought of it. But I guess it will last longer than normal toothbrushes as it doesn't have any bristles.

Just got to look forward to the epic screams as the next tooth starts to make an appearance now. Hopefully this might help...

Tuesday 14 August 2012

How does your garden grow...

So. My first review. Here goes.

I have been sent a bag of Miracle-Gro Gro Your Own Herb Planter.

I thought it was a bit of a random introduction into the heady world of telling anyone who will listen what you think of stuff.

But actually it turned out to be quite useful.

We've been growing stuff in the garden and up at the allotment for forever now.

Our initial idea was to become self-sufficient.

But now, just growing a couple of flipping potatoes would be fine. The apocalyptic weather seems to have killed everything. What with that, and the bindweed infestation in the garden, my Penelope Keith dreams were quickly being dashed.

This is what we needed. A grow your own bag.

It was a dead easy solution.

You just cut open the top.

Stick the herbs in the gro bag.

And that's it.

Wait for them to grow.

And as I'm attempting to feed Nancy more experimental flavours, (by that I mean not just Laughing Cow cheese,) it could be an ace way to grow and add flavour to her food. It's a bit earth motherish as well, which is nice.

And it doesn't look like even I could kill them. But let's see...