Thursday 22 October 2020

Day Dreamimals providing help for Kids during Covid

Covid has been tough for children with so many changes happening in their life and there has been talk about how it is currently effecting children's mental health.

Day Dreamimals have always had children's mental health and well being in mind by being all about positivity and eliminating children's fears. 

So the idea of the Day Dreamimals is that it is a little friend that your child can take around with them for the day helping them to think positive thoughts. The Day Dreamimal comes with little Dream Wish notes for your child to draw or write on. They can then start the day by drawing a positive thing that they would like to day dream about, they then fold it up, and slip it inside their Day Dreamimal for their positive thoughts to stay nice and safe.

With all the worries of covid a Day Dreamimal should become your child's new best friend to eliminate their worries by having them concentrate on more positive thoughts. 

Dream Pillow have gone one step further with the Day Dreamimals and have now started to sell them with a fillable mini steriliser bottle. I think this is the perfect way to eliminate one big worry for a child which is how will I keep my hands clean and germs away. I know Lily has many times asked about "how she will wash her hands" and "will there be hand sanitizer to use".

The bottles are the perfect size to fit inside the Day Dreamimal meaning they can take their hand sanitizer around with them where ever they go. 

You can buy a lamby Day Dreamimal on amazon for £9.99. 

Dream Pillow have offered one winner the chance to win 3 Day Dreamimals with hand sanitizer bottles. All you need to do is enter on the gleam app below. 

Win 3 Day Dreamimals

Tuesday 20 October 2020

Pregnancy Must Haves Guide

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Pregnancy can be wonderful, but also tough. I am currently 100% the judge of that at the moment as although I am enjoying being pregnant and super happy at the thought of having another baby, I am most definitely struggling with what comes with pregnancy. 

That is why I have put together this list of items that can really help make pregnancy that little more easy and enjoyable. 

All these lovely items were gifted to me to be able to put together this list. 

1. Love Leggings Maternity Leggings

One thing every pregnant women may be experiencing is a ever expanding tummy, which means that the clothing needs to expand too. Love leggings have a range of maternity leggings that come in a range of sizes and colour. At the top it has a stretchy waistline that can be pulled over your bump, while the rest of the leggings stay slim to your legs making them still look fashionable. The material is nice and stretchy but mostly lovely and soft. They are also not see through which I have found a lot of stretchy leggings can end up being. They are also available in tall or petite sizing's. You can buy these from the Love Leggings Website for £15.50.

2. Love Boo Mum Pampering Products

Love Boo is all about purely natural pampering for mums to be. Pregnancy can be hard on our bodies and a good soak in the bath or using some nice oils always help create relaxation. The bath soak has the ingredients chamomile and arnica which is great for tums that get itchy from stretching and also will sooth aches and pains. It also smells amazing! Then they have a miracle oil for stretch marks. Using this will help put some elasticity into your skin helping prevent stretch marks and it can also reduce any stretch marks you may already have or be starting to have. Its lovely blend of argan oil and almond oil, mandarin and passion fruit oils makes this skin treatment smell amazing. You can buy these and more from the Love Boo website

3. BabyGo Birthing Ball 

This is something that can be used throughout pregnancy as well as during birth. You can actually take these into hospital with you, or they will be perfect for if you plan to have a home birth. I used a birthing ball last time for helping myself get ready for labour. I would spend hours bouncing on the thing while watching tv and in the end it is what helped break my waters. But it can also be used during your pregnancy for things such as gentle exercise or yoga. There are so many benefits to using one and they can really help make your way to a natural labour. This ball is extra thick, which is best for posture and stability, it is anti burst so then it deflates slowly keeping you safe and it is also easy to clean with its hypoallergenic pvc surface. You can buy one for £22.95 from the BabyGo website

4. Mama's Moments Maternity Kit 

I love everything in this box, it is all going to be so helpful when the time comes to needing it. This box is full of items to help prepare for birth and also for help after it. First up in this box is the Cool it Mama. This is great for those hot flushes during pregnancy and for those moments in labour you need cooling or calming down. Next is the Down below bottle. Which contains an oil perfect for perineal massage. It is safe to use during pregnancy and can also help avoid tearing and stretchmarks. Next is the pure bliss, this is more for use after the baby is born. It is for soothing use on all the sore bits you may get, like tearing, swelling and even for a c section wound. Last but not least is the bosom buddies. In this little pack there are 3 bottles all to support breast feeding. They are used for sore nipples, helping low milk supply and soothing any swollen breasts. 
The Mamas Moments kit is made by the natural birthing company which means that all of the above at natural and been especially to be non harmful to mother and baby. You can buy this kit from the Natural Birthing Company website for £39.00. 

5. Medela Sleep and Breastfeeding Bra

When it comes to pregnancy, breasts are now something we find can suddenly be uncomfortable, sore, but also a main part. The first trimester your breasts grow at such a rapid pace that they do become pretty sore and so at night time, sleeping without a bra can be pretty uncomfortable. I found that I could not roll over without feeling pain. But yet your every day bra's are also not comfortable to sleep in. This is where the Medela sleep bra comes in very handy. They are soft, stretchy but also super supportive. I have been using this one for a while now, and to be honest, it is so comfortable I don't want to take it off. I have on some lazy days been keeping it on during the day. It also has no hooks which makes it even more comfortable to sleep in. You can get the bra in black or white and it comes in a range of sizes. I am usually a 34/B and the small has been a perfect fit for me. Plus then when the baby is born you can pull aside the bra with ease to reveal the breast for breastfeeding. I will be for sure getting myself another one of these bra's. You can buy this bra from the Medela website for £14.49. 

6. Lets Talk to Mummy's Tummy Book

This book is written by Helen Lacey and I think is a must have book for any mother expecting baby number 2. The book is made to read as a family while you explore what is going on inside mummy's tummy while there is a baby there. It is such a lovely way for children to be able to feel closer to the whole experience and it adds much more excitement to the whole thing. A parent being pregnant could be a wary experience for a child as they see big changes such as mummy being sick, saying "ouch" and that her body is growing. This book is a lovely way to put a child's mind at ease that it is all natural. The book is beautifully illustrated and shows week by week what is happening inside the tummy. The book is written is such a child friendly way by it speaking out to the children, and asking them relatable questions. It also has stickers inside so the children can get involved with the book. Lily and her sisters have all loved this book so far and get super excited each week when it is time to read a new page. You can buy this book from the Authors website for £13.99. 

I hope this guide has been useful and you head out and support these wonderful brands while they support you. 

Which of the above would you find helpful while pregnant? 

Is there any of the above you wish you would of known about while pregnant? 

Monday 12 October 2020

Doodle Doo and Don't Upset the Llama

We could all do with a bit of a laugh and if these games don't get you doing exactly that then I don't know what will. 

I have 2 brilliant games from Tactic Games to tell you about. 

We was sent Doodle Doo and Don't upset the Llama and we have had so much fun playing them. 

Let me tell you first about Doodle Doo. 

Doodle Doo is a fun game where you have to draw around the maze of the animals belly without hitting the sides. Sounds easy? Not so much when you are blindfolded haha! 

The game comes with Pens, 4 double sided game boards, a whoopie cushion and rules.

The little blindfold is cute and it fits all the kids heads perfectly, and also stretches onto adults heads. We did find that you had to make sure it was low enough on the child's face though so then they couldn't peep.

You then have to take it in turns to try and draw around the body maze until you reach the little poo symbol at the end. The kids thought it was hilarious that it has a poo symbol. 

The game is a little like that one where you have to get the metal stick along the wire, and if you touch it, it makes a loud noise. For this game its up to the other players to make a fart noise with the whoopie cushion when a player draws into the side. Again the kids thought this was hilarious. 

The winner is the first one who makes it all the way to the poo. The kids have played this game loads and it is one that they get out often and always enjoy. 

The next game is Don't upset the Llama which has to be the girls favourite out the 2. Why? Because it involves water and getting squirted. 

The game comes with a dice, cards and a squirty llama head. Also a set of rules. 

The Llama head gets filled up with water and then placed in the middle of the players. You then deal out the cards to all the players which they place down in front of them. The game rules say that the dice goes to the player who last got unexpectedly wet, but if we couldn't figure that out we just went youngest first.

The idea of the game, is to stay as dry as possible. The person who ends up getting sprayed by the Llama 4 times is out the game, leaving dryer players behind. 

It did take us a little while to get our head around how to play, but it became very easy and fun when we worked out how. 

The dice has different instructions on it, Turn one card, Turn 2 cards, Turn 3 Cards and Grab the llama. The player needs to roll and follow what it says on the dice. If its the Llama then all players can try and grab the Llama squirter. If lots grab it at the same time then its the player with the most fingers on it that gets to have it. They then choose who to squirt. 

If its turn 2 cards or 3 cards then they are looking for a horn or a spray in the picture of either the second or third card depending what was rolled and turned. This means they spot it and then can grab the squirter and squirt any player. 

It is only when it is turn one card, that who ever spots the spray or horn gets to squirt the player who rolled the dice. 

There is a catch though, if the cards are turned and there isn't a horn or spray on the picture, and someone still grabs the llama then they then get sprayed for causing the mistake. This means that the players aren't just grabbing it every time. 

The game caused so many laughs as they love playing with water and they also love getting to shoot us adults with it too! 

These games are so good for kids who love fast paced fun games, they will also make the perfect fun games to play for Christmas (yes I said that word)

You can buy the games from the following links - 

Don't Upset the Llama is £13.99

and Doodle Doo is £18.99

Which of these 2 games do you think your little one would enjoy?