Let’s talk mascara! What do you want from your mascara, extra volume or longer length? A defined, natural finish or a glossy dramatic look? I have very short, thin lashes so I need a mascara that means business. I also have ridiculously sensitive eyes that are constantly running and affected by the environment – wearing mascara just make them worse. So I’m quite particular about the mascaras I use.

La Roche-Posay have recently created a new range of RESPECTISSIME mascaras that offer protection and tolerance as well as the usual cosmetic benefits of a mascara. I’ve only ever used their skin and sun care products, so I was intrigued to try their make-up.

La Roche-Posay have recently created a new range of RESPECTISSIME mascaras that offer protection and tolerance as well as the usual cosmetic benefits of a mascara.

What makes the RESPECTISSIME range of mascaras different?

First of all, the entire range has been rigorously tested on people with severely sensitive eyes (and contact lens wearers). These mascaras contain an anti-tear formula, with Reconstituted Lachrymal Liquid which imitates a natural tear, ensuring your eyes do not react or run. Lastly, they easily melt away when removing, reducing rubbing and the chance of irritation.

I’ve been using RESPECTISSIME Volume mascara for a few weeks now and I’m pretty impressed. My eyes run less and it gives a very natural finish, making it perfect for wearing on a daily basis. There are two more mascaras in the rage; RESPECTISSIME Multi-Dimensions mascara and RESPECTISSIME Waterproof mascara, giving you the choice to opt for the version that gives you what you want from a mascara.

La Roche-Posay have recently created a new range of RESPECTISSIME mascaras that offer protection and tolerance as well as the usual cosmetic benefits of a mascara.

La Roche-Posay Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover

I’m also loving the La Roche-Posay Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover for sensitive eyes.The skin around your eyes is said to be four times thinner, so it’s so important not to use anything too harsh and not to rub too much. This light makeup remover is fragrance and paraben free, with a formula that minimises the risk of intolerance, even waterproof makeup is thoroughly removed without damaging the eye area.

Do your kids love getting dressed up and playing ‘pretend’? I’m pretty sure most kids do, so chances are they’ll love the new ‘top secret’ spy cards found inside packs of BEAR Yoyos. Each card has a special mission, with a different fun task to get your little ones ready for a spy themed adventure.

Last week the girls received their own Top Secret mission…

Dear Lili and Poppy

You have been specially selected by the Department of Danger to accompany Agent BEAR and Mole on their Top Secret spy adventure. Shhh! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to save the world from the evil clutches of CLAW and his crew of evil villains.

All the best agents need a trusty sidekick, just like Agent BEAR has Agent Mole by his side, we think you two will make an excellent duo. Use your top secret spy kit to transform into agents from the Department of Danger, and complete your missions.

Your Missions

  • Ministry Of Baddies Fingerprint Test: Got a sneaky suspicion that someone in your house might be working for CLAW & The Ministry of Baddies? A simple fingerprint test will help you find out. Take the prints of everyone in your house, then use your magnifying glass to examine the prints and see what you find (Top Tip: The more lines on the print, the more cautious you should be!).
  • Write a Secret Letter: Follow the secret spy tips below to write a top secret letter in ‘invisible ink’. Only our chosen recruits can read these very important letters.

Make your secret spy lemon juice invisible ink!

1 lemon

1 piece of paper

A heat source (like a warm radiator or a lit light bulb)

A thin paintbrush (or cotton bud)

Method

  1. Squeeze your lemon and keep the juice in a bowl.
  2. Dip your paintbrush (or cotton bud) into the lemon juice and use it like ink to write your secret message on the paper.
  3. Allow the lemon juice to dry on the paper.
  4. When you want to read your secret message, hold the paper up to a heat source (remember to ask a grown-up for help)
  5. As the paper warms up, your secret message with appear.

Good luck with your missions and welcome to the Department of Danger!

As you can see my two little spies got into character and loved playing this game. For more missions and secreter spy tips, take a look at the cards inside packs of BEAR Yoyos.

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We were recently sent a beautiful Sheepskin Pram Liner to review by the lovely people at The Little Green Sheep.

We were recently sent a beautiful Sheepskin Pram Liner to review by the lovely people at The Little Green Sheep.

Here’s what they say…

“Made from the finest quality sheepskin fleece, The Little Green Sheep’s much loved collection is the perfect solution for keeping your little lamb cosy whilst out and about. Designed to keep little ones warm in the winter and cool in the summer, the temperature regulating whole sheepskin fleece is the perfect accessory all year round – making any buggy a truly comfortable and luxurious ride. The ingenious sheepskin also has a natural self-cleaning ability, which is activated when aired outside.

True to The Little Green Sheep’s signature style, the sustainably produced pram liners are baby-safe tanned and made without any harmful chemicals or substances.”

What did Iris and I think?

I must admit I’ve been thinking about getting a sheepskin liner to put in our buggy for a while now. This particular liner is suitable for most pushchairs with a 3 or 5 point harness – it certainly fits well in our Bugaboo Bee3 (as you can from the pictures). It was very easy to fit, I simply placed the liner onto the chair and pushed the ‘buggy belts’ through the appropriate holes in the liner – and that was it, job done.

For me it’s so important to know that these liners have been produced sustainably and are made with no harmful chemicals or heavy materials. And I love the fact that it will keep Iris warm during these cold winter months as well as keeping her cool in the summer heatwaves (here’s hoping).

Iris looked very cosy in her newly ‘accessorised’ buggy yesterday in the park, and I’m extremely impressed with the quality of this pram liner. It does not slip or move around and fits well into the buggy. We’ll defiantly be keeping this new addition to our Bugaboo pushchair.

We were recently sent a beautiful Sheepskin Pram Liner to review by the lovely people at The Little Green Sheep. We were recently sent a beautiful Sheepskin Pram Liner to review by the lovely people at The Little Green Sheep.

As you can see you were sent an ivory sheepskin liner but they are also available in charcoal and a natural colour. And these retail at £49.95.

Disclaimer: I was sent this Sheepskin Pram Liner by The Little Green Sheep to review.

metallic dream blanket by aden+anais

As you can tell Iris is very impressed with this new dream blanket from aden+anais, and I must admit, so am I.

Made from four layers of 100% cotton muslin, this ‘dream blanket’ is ideal for cuddling, using as a play mat, draping over at nap-time or for travelling – the possibilities are endless. And if I’m honest it’s a blanket I can see myself ‘borrowing’ from time to time too.

Why is Muslin such a great fabric for babies?

Muslin is a finely-woven, amazingly breathable fabric. The open weave and lightweight of the fabric allows air to flow through easily, reducing the risk of overheating and keeps your baby comfortable and safe, at all times. Muslin is also incredibly durable, giving it the ability to withstand countless washes – it even gets softer with age!

The New Metallic Collection

This beautiful new metallic collection from aden+anais comes in four different colour ways; blue and silver, pink and gold, white and silver, and white and gold. And is available in ‘musy squares’ (£20.99 for a pack of 3), ‘dream blankets‘ (£58) and ‘swaddle blankets‘ (£38.95 for a pack of 3).

All aden+anais products are an investment piece, they wash so well and can be used in so many ways. I already have quite a few of their swaddle blankets and use them all the time, with all three girls – not just my baby girl.

metallic dream blanket by aden+anais

metallic dream blanket by aden+anais

Disclaimer: I was sent this gorgeous blanket to review but all thoughts, images and copy are my own. 

I’m always trying to find different ways to make my kids’ diet a little healthier, while keeping it interesting and tasty for them. I want the girls to have a good relationship with food and not be put off by dull, uninteresting meals and snacks. My eldest daughter is a big fan of fruit and vegetables, so I know her diet is pretty healthy and full of vitamins but my middle daughter won’t eat any fruit. As a result her diet needs some work, I have to try hard to find different ways to get those missing vitamins and minerals into her diet.

BEAR Alphabites are a healthy breakfast cereal with no refined sugar, salt or ‘nonsense’.

Breakfast has long been regarded as the most important meal of the day, and for me it’s important to send the girls off to school with a good breakfast in their tummy. I recently offered the girls BEAR Alphabites cereal for the first time and they were a big hit!

BEAR Alphabites are a healthy breakfast cereal with no refined sugar, salt or ‘nonsense’. Instead of artificial sugar or sweeteners, they use coconut blossom nectar to sweeten the cereals, which is naturally low in GI and contains a high amount of calcium.

They’re available in two varieties; multigrain and cocoa and they’re made of six ingredients…

Wholegrain ground wheat

Ground oats

Ground corn

Ground Rice

Wholegrain ground barley

Coconut blossom nectar

BEAR Alphabites are a healthy breakfast cereal with no refined sugar, salt or ‘nonsense’.

I’ll be honest and say that the girls are very fussy when it comes to breakfast, some mornings all they want is toast, other mornings they want cereal, snacks, cereals and more! But so far since I’ve been offering BEAR Alphabites, they’ve both been happy to get their bowls and spoons and quietly eat their alphabet shaped cereal. And of course, I’m happy knowing that they’re eating a good, tasty, healthy breakfast.

BEAR Alphabites are a healthy breakfast cereal with no refined sugar, salt or ‘nonsense’.

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