baggers originals

Take a look at these gorgeous bright rain suits from Baggers Originals. Aren’t they fabulous?

I was sent a set for each twin and although you won’t believe it I have been waiting for some rain in order to put them to the test. My south east tip of Kent must be the least rained on area of the UK this past week, with torrential downfalls all over the south, we had a pitter patter of rain overnight and that was it.

Unable to wait any longer, I dressed the girls and asked them to run up and down the garden a few hundred times :) Ok not hundreds but a few times to make sure the trousers didn’t slip down and that they could move about freely in them.

Baggers aren’t a new idea, in fact they were the brainchild of a mum many many years ago and the little girl who they were made for when she was 5 has now grown up and taken her mum’s idea relaunching the company and it’s clever, bright products. The clever bit of this product is they are designed to slip over your child’s clothes so they can go and play in the rain and you don’t have to worry about their clothes getting dirty.

There are more clever bits; each set comes in it’s own bag meaning they can be left in the boot of the car for whenever you need them. The sets we have been sent retail at £27.99 and come in various sizes. We have the 5-6 and they fit well with room for growth too.

You can find more information on the Baggers Originals website and if your children like splashing about in the mud then I’d really recommend them to you

Disclosure: We were sent to two sets of Baggers Originals to review for the purpose of this post

Trainer TuesdayOur school does a lot to try and encourage children into walking to and from school. Their initiatives help cut down on traffic and bad driving around the school plus it promotes good habits of walking, fresh air and moments away from screens.

They have been holding Trainer Tuesdays for years and who doesn’t like to get their trainers on every now and then? If a trainer has been sized properly they can feel like slippers and I for one can get far too accustomed to my sports shoes and fall into the habit of wearing them all the time.

I also think owning a pair of trainers is a rite into The Land of Being Cool.

I wasn’t the mum who kitted her babies in incy-wincy  trainers – they kick them off all the time so I couldn’t see the point and until now the girls have used the trainers and shoes I have found on my shopping journeys, bought because they were on special offer, cute, pretty, fun. Whatever ticked the box on that particular shopping expedition.

So when SportsShoes got in touch and invited me to take a look at their collection I was really pleased to find some very girly trainers in there too, shoes I knew my two would love.

SportsShoes asked ‘The government promised to support the Olympic legacy and invest £100 million into primary school sports.* Do you feel that your children’s school has a suitable amount of outdoor space for sport and enough hours of PE teaching a week?

Well actually the Koalas have two PE sessions a week, one indoor and one outdoor, this is one more than Reception year. It also means double kit, plimsoles for indoors and trainers for outside along with tracksuits and jackets in case of it being cold.

The initial outlay at the beginning of the year is quite expensive and I have made sure that everything is properly named as I have seen them getting changed here at home where clothes end up all over the place, trouble is I forgot to name vests and we are already two down one month into term.

I am very happy with our schools view on PE, the classes they give and the areas we have available. The girls always chat happily about their physical education lessons. They sound like a lot of fun. I’m also really happy they do Trainer Tuesdays and the girls will come home with a sticker to show they walked to school too that day.

Have you noticed your primary school investing in sports?

Disclosure: We were sent two pairs of trainers shown in the photo by SportsShoes who have a fabulous collection of shoes for all ages.

Guest post by Frojos

Can you believe we were nearing the middle of September all ready? With time flying, it is time to start thinking about Halloween.

Although there is still a way to go, you can never prepare for Halloween too early. Costumes can sell out quick, so avoid disappointing your little one by securing their fancy dress costume early.

Here are a selection of the best, and the scariest, costumes for your little monster this year…

Witches and Wizards

Nothing screams Halloween more than a witch or wizard costume.

There is a great range of witches and wizards costumes on the market this year, but make sure you finish off the look properly. Black and purple stripy tights are a must for all wicked witches, while your wizard can’t be without his wand, which sometimes isn’t included in the costume pack.

witch costume

If your child is Harry Potter mad, paint a red scar on their forehead and find some round spectacles to transform them into the Hogwarts legend.

Creepy cats

As a witch’s sidekick, the black cat is a simple but effective costume.

Dress your child all in black, and paint on a black nose and whiskers. Complete the look with ears and a tail, and you’ll be left with a scarily fab feline.

The cat costume works great if you have two children, as one can be a witch and the other can be a cat, making a terrifying twosome.

You can find a great cat costume, as well as a host of other children’s fancy dress, from Frojos.

cat costume halloween

Zombies

If you want to do Halloween on a budget this year, dressing your child as a zombie is the way to do it. You can create a believable zombie costume simply by cutting up your child’s old clothes.

Making the costume will be a fun way to spend quality time with your children, while getting creative too.

Invest in some fake blood and scars for a gore fest that will have your kids and their friends mesmerised.

However, be warned – fake blood has a tendency to go everywhere. If you should get any on your non-zombie clothes, this website offers some great tips for removing the fake blood stain.

Disclosure: This is a partnered post

Halloween tips
Not long now and we’ll be celebrating Halloween which is a real fun event for the children and with a little preparation can be fun for parents too but what you need is good ideas.
Matalan are holding a Twitter party this Wednesday 25th September @matalan  between 1 – 2pm where all things Halloween will be discussed. There are some really creative bloggers taking part and co-hosting the party, each of the ladies bring their own tips and tricks to the table and prove that lots of fun can be had even if you’re on a budget.
Helen – The Crazy Kitchen @jessies_kitchen
Becky – Family Budgeting @familybudgeting
Carolin – Mummy Alarm @caro_mad
Cat – Yellow Days @CatParrot
and me Mari @maris_world
Matalan will be giving away 10 x @20 gift vouchers during the Twitter party, all you need to do is tune in and share your top tips and ideas, make sure you follow @matalan and use the hashtag #HalloweenTips
Have a look at the topics underneath and jot down your thoughts to share on Wednesday, each of the bloggers will be following up the party by writing a post on the Matalan blog so watch out for them too and have yourself a spooky Halloween
  • Decorating & Decorations
  • Food & Drink
  • Costumes
  • Games, Activities & Crafts

In the meantime I am collecting all my ideas on my Pinterest Halloween board, nip over for some fabulous inspiration just click on the image

halloween pinterest board

nes logoThe 14th  – 22nd September is National Eczema Week and Dove® Pure & Sensitive have formed a new partnership with the National Eczema Society to help people look after sensitive skin.

If you suffer yourself or have a child that suffers from itchy skin you will be well aware of all the products that must be avoided and how this ailment causes great anxiety in the family.

I have suffered from dry skin since my early 20’s and have spent a small fortune over the past 20 years on creams to replace the lost moisture and calm the broken skin.

I have to wear gloves for washing up to protect my skin from the detergent, if I don’t patches of red start to appear and before I know it it’s gone quite deep and becomes painful. Dusting is the same or when I’m deep cleaning a room, the mixing of dirt and product is lethal to my skin.

Winter is worst, the combination of cold outdoors and heated indoors starts to play havoc and before I know it my hands are red raw and my face is itchy; in fact one product I have stayed clear of in all this time is the classic soap bar.

I have to admit at being surprised when asked by Netmums to review a product for sensitive dry skin and discovering the product was soap. Simply because soap and sensitive skin don’t mix in my eyes, but Dove were specifically looking for reviewers with sensitive skin so they must be aware of the doubt before even starting out, right?

Dove pure and sensitive soap

Dove® Pure & Sensitive is a mild non-soap, hydrating, emollient cleanser and is recommended for face and body cleansing. Dove® was the first to introduce the innovative Directly Esterified Fatty Isethionate (DEFI) technology. Dove® Pure & Sensitive preserves the skin barrier with a mild surfactant that minimises protein and lipid damage.

Washing hands

The soap lathers up less than a ‘normal’ bar of soap but once I had a good soapy mixture I was able to wash my hands well and rinse. Afterwards they felt smooth and moisturised, quite different from a normal soap experience.

Washing my face

The biggest surprise of all as I was very reluctant to lather up my face but I am really pleased to confirm that after washing and rinsing, my face didn’t feel tight at all, in fact it felt smooth and as if I had just put some cream on.

I am really impressed with this product and although old habits die hard and I can’t see myself reverting after all this time to washing my face with soap I can say that it didn’t harm at all or have any bad effect on me. I shall most definitely use the soap for my hands, especially after gardening when my hands are ingrained with mud and need a good scrub.

Thumbs up from me

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