lumie bedbug nightlight for babies and young children.

In many ways I love all the different seasons we have here in the UK, and the beauty that each one brings. I also love that they days are long in the summer and short as we run up to the Christmas festivities. However, trying to explain this difference to a young child can be challenging, especially at bedtime. In the summer it’s “too light” to go to bed, in the winter “it’s too dark and scary” so they want the “big light” left on. Of course leaving the main light on is not the best option when you want them to get into that ‘sleepy mode’. It’s all very confusing for them, and not something they’ll start to understand until they’re around five or six.

The very clever people at Lumie have come up with a new sleep aid for babies and young children called a Lumie Bedbug. The Bedbug has been designed to promote a calm bedtime environment and therefore a good night’s sleep.

What makes this little bedbug light so unique is that it can be used as a reading light or a nightlight, and has a genius sunset feature. The fully adjustable low-blue light allows you to choose a level of brightness that’s comfortable to read next to your child without stimulating their eyes and mind. And the 15-minute sunset feature is designed to create a gradual transition from day to night that can either fade to off or to a calming nightlight. This means that summer bedtime issues can be handled easily (as long as you have a blackout blind, of course).

This cute little bedbug light was designed by Lumie with the help of parenting expert Sarah Ockwell-Smith, author of the bestselling; The Gentle Sleep Book.

“Most nightlights that parents use in their children’s bedrooms are bad for sleep, because they inhibit the release of the sleep hormone melatonin,”

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Chalkola Chalk Pens

Chalkola liquid chalk pens recently saved my sanity. Basically, we are just coming out the other side of two lots of chickenpox – one after the other. For anyone who’s been through this, you’ll know that after a few days cabin fever kicks in and you really struggle to keep the kids entertained while you’re all stuck in quarantine. There’s only so many games you can play!

Luckily my kids love any kind of crafts. Drawing and colouring has to be one of their favourite hobbies and I was recently sent some Chalkola liquid chalk pens, which are perfect for kids. Their colours are vibrant, bright and bold and you can use them on all sorts of materials, from glass jars, ceramics, blackboards, mirrors, as well as paper and so much more. This means they’re great for all sorts of home craft ideas and DIY projects.

Liquid chalk pens are also eco friendly, non toxic, xylene free, odor free and best of all, washable! All great reasons for letting the kids free on these ‘magic pens’. The girls called them ‘magic’ after realising that they could use the pens to draw or write on virtually anything!

If you’re interested in trying these pens out for ourselves, I’m thrilled to be able to offer you a 15% flat discount on all Chalkola Products. Simply enter discount code – 15OFFSTR at checkout at amazon. Here are a few options…

Pack of 21 

Pack of 8 – 15mm


Chalkola Chalk Pens

Don’t just take my word for it, enter this competition for a chance to win a set for yourself – or your little ones. I have a set of 21 pens to giveaway, simply enter using the rafflecopter tool below.

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Good luck and happy drawing!

As a mum I am a massive fan of aden+anais, we have their gorgeous swaddle blankets, handy muslin squares as well as a beautiful dream blanket. The dream blanket is such a useful blanket that can be used to snuggle in bed/cot or placed on the floor as a play mat.

Muslin is the perfect material to offer babies and toddlers as it’s a material that has been finely-woven and is amazingly breathable. The open weave and lightweight of the fabric also allows air to flow through easily, reducing the risk of overheating and keeps your baby comfortable and safe, at all times. It’s also good to note that Muslin is incredibly durable and is able to withstand countless washes – to be honest muslin gets softer with each wash.

I’m so thrilled to be able to offer you the chance of winning this beautiful black and white aden+anais ‘lovestruck’ dream blanket worth £44.95. It’s such a cool design, that’s perfect for a little girl or boy.

We absolutely love our dream blanket, here’s a little picture of Iris with hers…

For a chance to win, simply enter using the Rafflecopter mechanism below. Wishing you all best of luck!

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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.

yazco no added sugar in strawberry, toffee and banana flavours yazco no added sugar in strawberry, toffee and banana flavours

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.


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.


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


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