Thursday, 23 October 2014

Advent Calendar biscuits

Last year I made Nate an Advent calendar and I've been thinking about what to put in this years one. The stickers and a chocolate went down well last year. 

While looking around for ideas, I came across the Mason Cash, advent biscuit cutter and moulds in Lakeland. I decided to buy it and so we spent this weekend making the biscuits to test it out. 

Everything you need except ingredients is in the box. There are five different recipes within the box, with a Christmas theme. 

At first I rolled the dough out a little too thick and so wasn't going to have enough dough for 24 biscuits. 

The biscuit cutter is perfect for little hands with its handle, none of the dough got stuck in the cutter which is sometimes a worry with the enclosed cutters.

Making the chocolate. 

The finished biscuits were lovely, we made the cinnamon shortbread biscuits and were nearly all eaten as soon as the chocolate had set on top of them. 

Tomy boon Glo

Recently Nate has started to be a afraid of the dark and with my love of all things gadgets I've been looking for a nightlight.  

I found the glo, which looks lovely on a bed side table, or even on the floor next to a cot bed. Where this nightlight is different from others is it has three removable balls. The stems in which these balls sit change colour or can be a static colour. 


The balls that sit in the stem glow in the dark for about half an hour after they are removed, this was something that wasn't very clear when I was looking at the website. It said they don't get hot and there are no electrics in the balls but not that they were glow in the dark. The idea of removable balls I think is great as it allowed Nate to take one into bed with him and to hold unto until he fell asleep. However, there is the potential of them to get lost, I haven't found out if you can buy them separately but it would be a good idea if you could.  

Some of the colours it cycles through are brighter than others but for Nate the colours are bright enough. There is also the option of setting it to a static colour so if you would just like the bright white light or the red light then you can. 

This is of the balls glowing in a completely dark room. So when the night light goes off and it's just the balls glowing there is still a bit of light being produced. 

Friday, 8 August 2014

Potty training regression

After weeks of minimal accidents at home, Nate has had four in the last 24 hours. Even with me asking he's denying he needs to go and then seconds later says I've wet myself. Sometimes it's because he's watching/playing/interested in something and doesn't want to stop. Other times he just doesn't want to go for a poo and so refuses to completely empty his bladder and then within minutes wets himself.
I'm frustrated. Not with him really but changing clothes at 4am, stripping the bed and a screaming three year old all mixed in with him not sleeping through the night (no not ever) is ever so slightly too much. 

This soon shall pass.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Dry like me review

While we have been potty training, as it has been lead by Nate we have been trying not to interfere with his desire to be in big boy pants and so when the opportunity arose to try a product that sits in his pants I jumped at the chance.

If you are looking for something that catches everything for a non-potty trained child, this is not the product for you. If you are looking for something that supports your child on the road to becoming potty trained this is perfect. We have used both the early potty training pads and the normal pads. The normal pad will deal with a little leak, in Nate's case sometimes I think he forgets or gets distracted for a moment and will come to me saying he's wet himself but he's dry other than the pad being slightly damp and then he'll finish his wee on the toilet. For me this is perfect as I don't want him to feel like he's in nappies and therefore can be lazy when we are out nor do I want to traipse around three changes of clothes just in case not to mention three sets of wet pants and trousers.

The pads give Nate the freedom to choose the pants he wants to wear on any given day but still having that little protection in case he has an accident. Nate will happily get the pad out and put it in his pants as well.

The pads with a little pocket to keep them in if there is nowhere to dispose of them.

In Nate's favourite Spiderman pants.

Disclaimer: We were sent some to review although had already purchased the early training pads previously

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Days Out - Gorilla Perfume

I am a bit of a fan of Lush (understatement alert) so when they launched Gorilla Perfumes in 2010 without knowing what they were launching I signed up to go along. That first launch of perfumes was amazing, each room being dedicated to a perfume and the rooms were set up in such a way as to complement the perfume or tell a story.

The last week Gorilla Perfume has launched another set of Perfumes this is their 3rd Volume and the gallery was called Gorilla Perfume presents : Death, Decay & Renewal. I visited twice, once with Nate and another time without. Both times were enjoyable, although this time I didn't feel as immersed in most of the scents, there were props for all but the first time I missed a couple of perfumes without searching for them. To keep Nate entertained there was a comic with each page telling a story about each of the perfumes, this was used for us at least as a way of smelling each of the perfumes as you sprayed the page that related to the perfume. 

On the day I went with Nate the three sisters (3 of the perfumes) were missing but on the second visit they were there. I'm glad I went back as Sarie was by far my favourite perfume.


Three of the perfumes were not for sale (not including the 3 sisters), these were Mycellium, Cyanide and Dead Meadow. Cyanide was another favourite for me, it smelt of marzipan to begin with and then settled down to a slight almondy smell with a floral undertone. 

Dear John and Dad's Garden Honey and Camomile

Kerbside Violet

Dead Meadow

The Three Sisters

The exhibition was a lovely way to spend an hour or so and the shop contained a few of the original perfumes which had been repackaged. The layout really worked although it wasn't as good as the original or the second exhibition it didn't stop me or Nate from enjoying our time.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Potty training

A little while ago, I wrote a post about potty training and asked how to do it. Well recently Nate decided to do it by himself. He just started to take himself to toilet at nursery and put himself on the potty at home.

After a week of him taking himself to the toilet at nursery we decided to try him in big boy pants. Most of his pants have a character on the front so I explain we've got to try to keep them dry which he seems to understand and he will tell me at bedtime or toilet visits that Buzz or Spider-Man is still dry.

At nursery he's having the odd accident where he hasn't got himself to the toilet in time or has missed the toilet (he was sitting) and hit his clothes instead. We've had one accident overnight since he's asked to not wear a nappy over night. For four weeks in, we're very happy especially as it has been done to Nate's schedule.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Huggies Little Swimmers

On Tuesday, Nate and myself made our way to Wimbledon for an event held by Huggies Little Swimmers, from North West London on no less than three trains. Nate loved all of the changes although he was a little disappointed that the last train wasn't a "blue one".

We got to the venue which was a beautiful house with lovely grounds and of course a swimming pool. I was handed a name badge and a coffee. Nate who is always a little shy to begin with started to warm up and talk to people. 

Soon Nate realised there was a back garden and somehow managed to encourage Izzy (photographer) to go on an adventure outside and look at the ponds. Thank you, Izzy! He came back and I had to go on the same exploration and than he encouraged Little Pip and her mum to do the same. 

It soon came time to get into the pool. 

We tried out the Hygiene Mat which I wish we'd had when Nate first started swimming, and as long time users of Huggies Little Swimmers, Nate knew the drill for getting into his Little Swimmers. We started taking Nate to swimming lessons from 9 weeks old as its an important skill that lasts a lifetime, and we are glad we did as he is so confident around water.

We all got into the pool and had great fun taking part in a session suitable for 14week olds all the way up to nearly 3 year olds by Nature swimming. Little Pip and Nate then got the opportunity to wear the lovely flowery swim hat that appears in the Little Swimmers advert. 

After swimming we were treated to a lovely lunch and a massage for the adults. 

As we left Nate noticed my name badge and asked what it said. I read "Lou & Nate" and he replied "that's half of Louise, mummy, Lou is half of Louise"

Thank you to everyone from Tuesday we had a great time and I loved the geeky chat about nappy chassis'.