Storytime Saturday: Penguin Problems

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about Penguin Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith.

Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no picnic. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have loads of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mum in a big crowd of identical penguins?

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For the adult reading them, children’s books are annoying as hell. They can be too sweet, too cutesy and too boring. Very rarely is there a book that is perfect for children but will also have adults laughing as well. Penguin Problems is exactly that though!

Penguin Problems tells the story of a young penguin who moans a lot. He doesn’t really seem very happy about his life. When he’s hungry, there are no fish about. The ocean is too salty. He can’t fly. He can’t even find his own mum or dad because they all look the same. He’s a miserable little sod of a penguin.

However, this is not a book teaching children how to be miserable and how to hate everything they have. No, a wise old walrus comes to talk to the penguin to show him what good things he has around him! The walrus tried to teach the penguin to look on the bright side of life.

Does the penguin change? You’ll have to read to find out.

Honestly, I could not love this book any more than I already do and I cannot recommend it highly enough. BUY IT!

Penguin Problems was released by Walker on 3rd November 2016.

Ella’s Kitchen Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner

Although Erin has been eating since she was 4 months old, it has only been a couple of months since she started having finger foods. Erin loves food but it really does depend on her mood as to what she’ll eat. If she doesn’t fancy eating with her hands, she won’t eat.

As John and I were eating a proper Christmas dinner, the plan was to get Erin to have this too.

Apart from the parsnips, which were apparently amazing, Erin was not into eating Christmas dinner. She all all sorts and didn’t want any of it.

Thank goodness for Ella’s Kitchen and their Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner.

Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner

What is so great about the Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner is that it really is a full Christmas dinner. The pouch, which is suitable for babies 7months+, includes turkey, cranberry sauce and even sprouts, just to name a few ingredients.

Unfortunately, once out of the pouch, the food looks pretty awful. Luckily, Erin doesn’t care what colour her food is at the moment.

Erin was much happier with this as her Christmas dinner. She at the whole pouch really quickly and I think she could have eaten a bit more. I was so glad we had this to hand as it really saved our dinner!

Another great thing about the The Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner is that at least 30p from the sale of each pouch will be donated to Save the Children’s award winning Families and Schools Together programme. I love that Ella’s Kitchen have come up with such a great product to help out families in very different ways this year.

The Jingle Belly Christmas Dinner is a limited edition pouch so if you want one, you need to be quick!

 Disclaimer: We were sent this product for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own. 

Jord Wood Watch Review & Giveaway

When it comes to jewellery, I am super picky. Up until very recently I only ever wore my engagement and wedding rings and a necklace with Erin’s fingerprint on it. Then I kept seeing JORD Wood Watches all over Instagram and I fell in love. When they got in touch and asked if I’d like to review one, I jumped at the chance.

I chose a stunning watch from the women’s range of watches in Zebrawood and Navy. It comes from the Frankie 35 Series. I have a bit of a thing about navy so as soon as I saw this, I knew that it was the watch for me.

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Jord are based in the US but they do offer free worldwide shipping, which is obviously fantastic for us over here in the UK. The shipping is also pretty quick and I was impressed that I wasn’t waiting weeks and weeks. Jord Wood Watches also come beautifully packaged. The wooden box and tweed pillow fit the style of the watch perfectly and I think should anyone open this as a gift, they would be incredibly impressed.

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As you can see from the pictures, my Jord Wood Watch fits perfectly. When ordering a watch you have the opportunity to have it sized to fit you, or the person you’re buying it for. My watch initially came unsized and I think it would have fit a giant. However, Jord were extremely good at getting this sorted for me after I had some troubles with my local jewellers who wouldn’t resize it.

I am so in love with my watch. I’m always busy, being out and about with Erin and my phone gets lost in her changing bag. Actually wearing a watch keeps me on track and on time and this one in particular is perfectly suited for me.

I know John would absolutely love one of the men’s watches as well. I was in two minds whether or not to get him one instead of me for this review but he wasn’t quite so lucky this time around. However, I do have my eye on one for him for Father’s Day maybe.

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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Jord Wood Watches. All opinions are our own. 


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Erin’s Personalised Santa’s Set

Growing up I never had much with my own name on it. If I did, it was normally the wrong spelling as apparently Lyndsey isn’t right. When we chose Erin’s name I never really thought about what we’d be able to get with her name on it. Actually, there is a lot more than I thought especially if a company offers personalisation. Arty Apple do exactly this and have some fantastic Christmas products.

With it being Erin’s first Christmas I wanted to make sure we set her up for years to come. The Personalised Santa’s Set was the perfect choice for us. To start with, the set came beautifully packaged. Inside a very sturdy box that you can keep the products in after Christmas is some lovely red tissue paper wrapping the set.

The Personalised Santa’s Set consists of a stocking and also Santa’s sack and it costs £27.

Both pieces are made from a lovely, soft red felt with the stocking having a fluffy white edge to it! Erin’s name is on both items as well as a picture of Santa!

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Ever since we bought our house a couple of years ago I wanted to hang stockings on the fireplace. It was one of the reasons why I wanted the fire in the first place. Obviously we don’t keep it there when the fire it lit though!

I do realise from the first picture here of the sack that it is nearly as big as our Christmas tree! We do only have a 4ft tree though. The sack, measuring 70cm x 50cm, is plenty big enough for a child of any age and absolutely perfect for Erin.

I think the Personalised Santa’s Set is such a fantastic product regardless of your child’s age. In fact, I would love for me and John to have one each as well so we could have a matching set as a family.

I know Erin will get really excited when she is able to read her name on the stocking and the sack. She’ll be able to go to her presents straight away and see her name on her stocking first thing in the morning.

Although it is already quite close to Christmas you still have time to get your order in ready for the big day! Arty Apple do a lot more than Christmas products though so be sure to look at their personalised bunting, towels and aprons and everything else they sell!

Disclaimer: We were sent these products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own. 

Forever Friends Sweet Dreams Bear

When I was growing up I loved Forever Friends. I must have had loads of them. I never imagined my daughter would have one of her very own.

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The Forever Friends Sweet Dreams Bear is the perfect Forever Friends product for Erin. When she was younger she had something which played a low level white noise to help her get to sleep. While she’s not too bad at night time now, nap times are still a bit of a problem.

The Sweet Dreams Bear helps so much as it has four different noise settings, each controlled by a different arm or foot:

Heart beat sounds for comfort and reassurance
White noise designed to soothe and calm
Tranquil sea/wave sounds with rhythmic heart beat
Gentle lullaby

Erin gets so tired, as I’m sure a lot of babies do, and throws herself about. Calming her down is a real nightmare sometimes. Since having the Sweet Dreams Bear nap time has been a lot easier. Although Erin is not really a fan of the heartbeat sound, the sea/ waves calms her down in seconds.

Not only does the Sweet Dreams Bear calm Erin down and help her to fall asleep but it’s also really nice as a soft toy. The bear is super soft and really cuddly. There is a battery pack in the back of the bear, where settings can be changed (volume, light, times etc). However, this does not affect how cuddly the bear is.

A little personal touch to the bear is a photo frame above one of the legs. Don’t worry about this being a safety issue for your little one though. It’s incredibly hard to get into the photo part so there’s no risk of little fingers getting caught.

Both Erin and I love the Sweet Dreams Bear! It also has a carry handle which can be attached to different things, such as a cot or pushchair so we can take it everywhere with us if we need to!

Disclaimer: We were sent this product for this purpose of this review. All opinions are our own. 

Chambers & Co Natural Shampoo for Dogs

chambersBathing Jackson isn’t something we tend to do very often. Being a long haired dog though we should probably do it a little more than we do, to stop him getting matted. I never really know what to do in term of shampoo for him though. When Chambers & Co got in touch about their Natural Shampoo for Dogs thought it would be really good to try.

The Chambers & Co dog shampoo is designed for sensitive skin so it’s suitable for all breeds.

Jackson is really quite good when it comes to getting in the bath. He doesn’t even really seem to mind it as long as you don’t keep him in there for too long. Usually John and I bathe Jackson together when it involves shampoo but this time I attempted it on my own. I have to say, Jackson was a lot calmer than he has been in the past. This shampoo has chamomile and calendula in the mix, which is not only soothing but also helps with itchy skin!

The shampoo lathered up really well and I feel like Jackson did get a really good clean. It’s always hard to get him super clean because of how much fur he has and how thick it is. This shampoo really got into his thicker parts and his tail well though.

John and I have mixed reactions to this shampoo. I absolutely loved it. It smells fantastic and it was really easy to use on Jackson. As soon as we came out of the bathroom John said ‘He smells like an After Eight’. I don’t know why he didn’t think this was a good thing!! I think the peppermint and lavender made Jackson smell lovely. Jackson, unfortunately, wanted to go straight outside after his bath and get dirty again!

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The Chambers & Co Natural Shampoo for Dogs costs £9.50.

Disclaimer: We were sent this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own. 

Wicked Uncle Review

When you have children you know you’re going to end up having to buy presents for both them and their little friends. As Erin is under 1 (JUST) and has made her friends in baby classes and groups it means that their birthdays are all very close together. Not only that but Erin’s birthday is on New Year’s Day so her, and her friend’s birthdays are all right on top of Christmas. This means a lot of presents needed in a short space of time.

I hate to buy people, even babies, the same things so I’m always looking for inspiration.

Wicked Uncle, ‘the home of brilliant children’s presents’ is exactly that!

When you reach the homepage you’re able to choose who you need a gift for. You can choose from girls, boys or all and also by age. There is also the option to choose from types of presents as well. present

The website is so easy to navigate and that’s exactly what I need when looking for presents.

I really don’t like buying gender specific toys so I love that you can choose ‘all’. Wicked Uncle doesn’t really seem to do that too much anyway actually. If you searched for ‘girls aged 1’ you certainly won’t be met with pages full of pink toys!

After ordering I received an email with a tracking number. There was also a link to a website where I could track the order. Delivery came through Royal Mail (£2.95) and didn’t take very long at all. The products I ordered were well packaged and there was no huge advertising signs on the box if you’re trying to be discreet about what you’ve bought.

With £40 I think I did really well. Wicked Uncle have presents for all budgets really but I went for 2 slightly more expensive items.

Wicked Uncle

The Aquadoodle pad came up in a ‘age 1’ search while the Kinetic Sand was under the ‘sensory’ heading.

I am so impressed with Wicked Uncle. I loved how easy the website was to use, the items they sell are quite different to the regular high street toy shop and delivery was fantastic. I’ll definitely be using them again when I need more gifts for Erin’s friends!

Disclaimer: We were given credit to spend at Wicked Uncle for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own. 

HiPP Porridge Pouches

Erin LOVES breakfast and I try to make sure she has something different every day of the week. Eating breakfast at home is no problem at all as we always have everything to hand. Generally, Erin has some kind of porridge most days of the week because it’s easy and we know she likes it. However, sometimes when we go away for a couple of days or overnight, I want something quick and easy to take with us.

HiPP Organic have recently released three porridge pouches; apple and peach, fruity and pear, apple and apricot.

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The porridge pouches can be eaten at room temperature which is perfect for what we would use them for. Using these porridge pouches also means not having to mess about with bowls if you don’t want to, although we did as we used them at home!

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The porridge is very smooth in consistency as they’re suitable for babies aged 6 months and older. Erin absolutely wolfed this down. It really didn’t take her long to finish the whole pouch and that goes for each flavour.

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However, as great as it was to see Erin enjoy the porridge so much I would have liked for her have something with a bit more texture. These pouches are perfect for babies who are just starting their weaning adventure but at 11 months old, Erin needs something more now!

Disclaimer: We were sent products for the purpose of this post as part of our HiPP Organic Brand Ambassador role. All opinions are our own. 

Mrs Gleam ‘Little Darlings’ cleaning products

I won’t say I was ever lazy when it came to cleaning but I was certainly a bit more relaxed about it then I am now. With an 11 month old and a dog who might as well have made my carpet, I clean a lot more than I used to.

Mrs Gleam pride themselves on having cleaning products that are ‘ safe around the family, safe on skin, safe on all surfaces, easy to use and eco-friendly’. When I heard about their Little Darlings range I needed to know more! I hadn’t ever heard of a cleaning range designed specifically for children’s items.

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The Little Darlings range consists of a highchair cleaner, potty cleaner and car seat and buggy cleaner. Each cleaner comes in a handy 100ml spray bottle which makes them perfect for popping in a changing bag. Soon they will also come in 750ml bottles too (which I NEED)!

Mrs Gleam say the following about their high chair cleaner:

Kills 99.999% germs in 30 seconds
Leaves no residue
Safe to eat off
Perfect for use whilst at home or on the move
Safe on all surfaces
Safe on skin

Erin tends to make a massive mess on her high chair and booster seat. I love having this to hand to clean up after every meal. I know the table is super clean after using the high chair cleaner so we can get on with the next meal immediately without any messing around.

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cleaning

One of my biggest annoyances when taking Erin out for lunch is the state of public high chairs. I don’t believe they’re ever really cleaned properly as I often get one with stuck on food! Although I normally give these a quick wipe over with baby wipe I don’t ever really feel like it’s enough. Having a bottle of the high chair cleaner in my changing bag means being able to give these high chairs a better clean before letting Erin eat dinner in one.

I honestly think that the Little Darlings range will be one of my new ‘must haves’ for my changing bag. Prices start at £3.99 so they’re not very expensive and they are made purposely for children’s items! (Mrs Gleam also sell regular cleaning products)

Disclaimer: We were sent these products for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own. 

Rockin’ Baby clothing review

I’m quite ashamed to say that until recently I hadn’t heard of Rockin’ Baby and I don’t know how this happened. The children’s brand, offering clothing and baby carriers, has just begun to be stocked in House of Fraser and the brand does some really important work.

Rockin’ Baby have two really important campaigns, Mother to Mother and Child to Child. What this means is that for every sling or item or clothing sold, one will be given to mothers in Haiti and Kenya or children as part of ChildFund.

Something I’m quite picky about when it comes to Erin are her clothes. I like clothes that are good quality and clothes that are made from nice materials. I hate the though of Erin sleeping in anything rough or uncomfortable.

This adorable Ballerina Applique Footie is super soft and Erin seemed really comfortable in it. Erin is now nearly 11 months old and we have this in 9-12 months. Initially, I thought it looked really long and that it would be too big for her. It actually fits her perfectly at the minute.

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I love the colour combination on this one, as well as the super cute ballerina detail on the body. The white and soft pink colours go perfectly together and the ballerina’s tutus are a really nice additional touch.

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At £20, this is certainly not a cheap sleepsuit. However, the quality is fantastic and it feels a lot nicer and softer than some of Erin’s other sleepsuits.

Rockin’ Baby do some amazing clothes and they fit Erin’s style perfectly. Their clothes are bright, bold and different and I have my eye on a couple of other pieces already. The Christmas clothing available is super cute. Go and check it out!!

Disclaimer: We were sent an item to review for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own.