yazco no added sugar in strawberry, toffee and banana flavours

My girls love milkshakes and other milky drinks but I’ve always avoided them as much as possible due to their high sugar content. I’d only really offer them to the girls on special occasions as a rare treat. However, Yazoo (the flavoured milk brand) have just launched a new option with absolutely no added sugar or artificial sweeteners, flavours or colourings.

Lili and I went to the Yazoo No Added Sugar launch event the other weekend, where we got the chance to try all three flavours; strawberry, toffee and banana. It was a fun, relaxed event where we met new and old friends from the vlogging and blogging community, and Lili got the chance to get crafty making all sorts of Yazoo themed models.

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For me this new drink is a game changer! All of a sudden what used to be a special treat is now a healthy option packed full of vitamin B2, protein and of course calcium. With this new variety, Yazoo have created a nutritious drink, that’s ideal for children – and only contains sugars you’d naturally find in milk and no artificial nasties. It’s also low in fat and a perfect after school snack to keep the kids going until dinnertime.

My girls love the Strawberry flavour and I must admit that I’m a big fan of the Toffee flavour. Lili is also hoping they bring out a chocolate version very soon!

The 200ml bottles are the perfect size for an after school ‘pick-me-up’ and at 50p, they really are an affordable and healthy option.

Giveaway

Do you fancy trying Yazoo No Added Sugar for yourself? Three winners will win a month’s supply of Yazoo No Added Sugar (24 bottle – 8 bottles of the three flavours) and a craft kit to keep the kids happy.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own.

My personal experience of breastfeeding and tips on expressing.

Last month I was a asked by Medela to contribute to their #countto10 campaign, which aimed to give new mums a more realistic view of what to expect when breastfeeding. The idea was to provide a really honest picture and give advice to help mums prepare for breastfeeding.

Here are a few things I wish I’d known about breastfeeding…

Firstly, be prepared! Breastfeeding will (almost) certainly be more painful than you can imagine for the first few weeks.

Once your nipples are over the initial shock, the pain will go away and breastfeeding can become a truly lovely experience.

To help with the pain, numb your nipples with ice cubes before putting your baby on.

If your nipples are cracked and the pain is just too much (as it can be) express your milk for a few days, this will give your body (and nipples) a chance to recover. It’ll also keep your milk supply up and your little one is still getting ‘your milk’.

At the beginning (during the first week) skin to skin feeding will give you the best results. So stay in bed and enjoy the bonding experience. These sessions can be long so get the box sets at the ready!

Try lots of different positions until you find the one that feels right and comfortable for you and your baby. For me that was lying down (in the first few weeks).

Don’t feel like you have to wear a bra in the first few weeks. If your nipples are sore, simply wear a super loose t-shirt. This will help them breath and heal quicker. Also it’s far more comfortable!

If you’re having trouble feeding, make sure you ask for help. Don’t keep it all inside and just hope it’ll go away. Breastfeeding support groups and drop-in centres are invaluable.

Lastly, make sure you always have a large glass of water/ drink with you when you sit down to breastfeed. Feeding is thirsty work and you don’t want to become dehydrated.

Giveaway

I’m giving away a Medela Harmony Pump and Feed Set. Enter now for your chance of winning!

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You may have already read my recent post on why we love this collection of books featuring Kittie Lacey, The Fairytale Hairdresser. My girls love these books, they love everything about them from the characters to the stories, the illustrations and all the glitter!

Each book is a retelling of a famous fairytale with Kittie and the Princesses being the heroines of the story. Girl power is a big theme within these books, making them more modern and relevant for today’s young girls.

Here’s a little introduction into the world of Kittie Lacey…

If you’ve been tempted by these gorgeous books, here’s your chance to win them all! One winner will win the whole collection of eight books…

The Fairytale Hairdresser and Rapunzel
The Fairytale Hairdresser and Cinderella
The Fairytale Hairdresser and Sleeping Beauty
The Fairytale Hairdresser and Snow White
The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Little Mermaid
The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Sugar Plum Fairy
The Fairytale Hairdresser and Beauty and the Beast
The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and the Pea (the newest book, which was launched this week)

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Thornback & Peel tote bag

What would your perfect summer day involve? A picnic in the park, a day at the beach, a long al fresco lunch or maybe a beautiful country walk? Depending on your answer, you would of course need to carry different things in your summer tote bag.

To launch the new Thornback & Peel collection of beautifully screen printed tote bags, the lovely people at Thornback & Peel have asked me to show them what I’ll be carrying in my tote bag this summer.

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As you may already know I’ve recently had my third baby, so my bag will be full of our baby day to day essentials, including; a changing mat, nappies, wipes, a toy, a muslin blanket and a change of clothes. I’ll also be carrying some sun glasses just in case the sun does decide to make an appearance. Although lets face it, I’m more likely to need an umbrella at the moment!

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How things change! This time last year my bag would have been filled with completely different items. Maybe a magazine, a bottle of water and some fruit for the girls?

For your chance of winning your own Thornback & Peel tote bag, tell me what you’ll be carrying in your bag this summer.

Win a beautiful Thornback & Peel Tote Bag

DC Super Hero Girls

Are your kids obsessed with YouTube? My two big girls definitely are! And recently they’ve move away from Disney princesses and onto DC Super Hero Girls.

These super heroes are a group of strong, action-packed girls on a journey to discover their unique super powers. What I love about this cartoon is how dynamic the characters are, from strong and fearless to edgy and fun – there’s a character for everyone! Lili’s favourite is Supergirl (because, in her words “she looks like me”) and Poppy loves Poison Ivy.

DC Super Hero Girls is now what they want to watch on YouTube. As I’ve already mentioned they’re both totally obsessed by YouTube and although I don’t like them being on it for long or unsupervised, I do allow them to log-on as a special treat – for a short allocated time. In the past they’ve been keen to watch people opening Kinder Eggs, playing with Play Doh or acting out scenes with Disney princess dolls (bizarre!). However, they’ve now discovered DC Super Hero Girls’ YouTube channel and it’s their new favourite!

There’s also more actives on the DC Super Hero Girls website where the girls play super hero games and download free printable puzzles and pictures.

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Competition

Do you fancy winning a £100 VISA Gift Card? Then enter this DC Super Hero Girls giveaway and you could win one of 3 vouchers.

You’ve got to be in it to win it!
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To give you a taste of what to expect, check out the DC Super Hero Girls YouTube playlist…

Post in association with DC Super Hero Girls.