Chicco Natural Feeling | Review

I was contacted by the lovely people at Chicco a few weeks ago and told about the new bottle range they were about to launch – the Chicco Natural Feeling range.

Firstly, the packaging of the bottles was beautiful. The gift set (2 bottles and 1 soother) would make a lovely gift for expecting parents. These are available in both pink and blue.

The natural feeling range also has dual anti-colic valves. In the beginning, Finn suffered from colic and also regurgitation so anti colic bottles were a must for us. I found with the Chicco range that he had little to no wind after his bottles. He is on special food which helps him to keep his feeds down so the bottles worked well with the thicker formula – using the second size teat.

The bottles have an angled teat to replicate the way babies instinctively feed. This also ensures correct position while sucking. The angled teat made it easier for him to get all the milk from his bottle without hassle. It also made it easier for me to see when the bottle was empty meaning he didn’t swallow any air.

We used another bottle brand on Aidan and they were a nightmare to try and clean which put me off using them again. I found the Natural Feeding range easy to clean and they are dishwasher safe also.

Overall:

Finn took to the bottles straight away and it was the first time he ever finished a whole bottle. He had little to no wind thanks to the anti-colic valves. The bottles were easy to clean and are dishwasher safe. I would recommend the Natural Feeling range, especially to parents of a baby who suffers from colic or trapped wind.

The Natural Feeling range is available from Boots online. The stock the entire range from teats to starter sets with prices ranging from €9.50 to €37.

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* I was given some products from the Natural Feeling range for the purpose of this review but as always all opinions are my own, and Finn’s.

Playroom Pinspiration

I think everyone turns to Pinterest when looking for decor ideas (or new hairstyles/baking/makeup/crafts/everything else). Many lost hours have been spent in the never-ending hole of house goals. I do put a lot of effort into one room though – the boy’s playroom. I tend to lean towards the fun and colourful designs. Here are some of the photos in my Playroom Pinspiration board

Storage:

 

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Ok, let’s be honest those last two pictures are probably not realistic with a hurricane-shaped toddler in the house but a girl can dream. That colour co-ordinated lego makes me so happy. In my house, I’m lucky if all the lego stays in the one room never mind separated in drawers by colour. Those top storage box units are sort of everybody’s go to for playrooms. I love the idea of different types of toys being in different sections – again, probably would only last about an hour here.

 

Reading:

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Aidan has a book collection to rival a library but has shown little interest in reading until recently. He loves dens and tents so I think a reading space that is separate might be good for him. I would love for the boys to get into reading because I loved to read as a child and still do now (although I tend to fall asleep about 4 sentences in.)

Crafts:

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In my house, I keep the arts and crafts supplies as far away from the toddler as possible. I would never leave such stain causing apparatus within his unsupervised reach! At the minute all his paints, markers, etc are in a stoage box – meaning finding things can get very messy! Who would have though to use a shoe organiser? GENIUS!

 

Those are some of my current playroom pinspirations. As much as I like order and tidiness the playroom is the one room I am laid back with. At the end of the day if they can’t play in there then what’s the point?




Do you lose hours of your life on Pinterest? Have you any other sites for home decor inspiration?

Kidloland | Review & Giveaway

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I spoke before about Aidan’s love for his iPad and how he could put on his own cartoons from 18 months – one of my proudest achievements to date! A few weeks ago the people from Kidloland got in touch and thought Aidan might enjoy their app.

Kidloland is a free app, available on Apple store, Google play store and Amazon store, which comes with a selection of free songs and games. However, for a subscription fee you gain access to over 490 nursery rhymes, songs and games. Aimed at preschool kids, Kidloland has games which help with their motor skills, sorting, memory and much more. Using bright colours, interactive animals and songs it is bound to keep your child entertained for hours. (more…)

Top 5 Summer Bag Essentials

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I have been a little MIA on both the blog and my Youtube channel but since the rain has gone away and I have a child destined to be outdoors and another who refuses to sleep all day until about 9pm the time I get on the laptop is usually with one eye struggling to stay open. We have been outside from first thing in the morning to last thing at night a lot lately. I am in no way complaining I love that Aidan is such a little explorer. The weather and types of days out we are having are very different to those of a few months ago and so the contents of my changing bag are a little different too. Here are some of my summer bag essentials for the sunny days and adventures.. (more…)

Skincare for Acne Prone Skin

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A few weeks ago I published a post about how I cleared my cystic acne, and never in a million years did I expect the response it got. It became my most popular post in a matter of hours. I promised in that post to share my current skin care routine which then had to take a back seat after an allergic reaction to a new product I was trialling. Here is a list of products I use, some interchangeably. (more…)

Trolley Bags | Review & Giveaway

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You don’t know satisfaction like packing at the same speed they scan in Aldi!

We have been fans of Trolley Bags for over two years now. Back when I was pregnant with Aidan I saw somebody in our local supermarket with some and within hours I had ordered them for me, my Mom and my Nan. I use them every single time I go shopping, as do they. In fact we don’t own a single other shopping bag, only our trolley bags. (more…)

Memories of Growing Up | Review & Giveaway

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My phone is jam packed with photos of Aidan and Finn – like most parents – but that is as far as they go because I never manage to print them off meaning baby books and scrapbooks don’t take long to become redundant. I actually don’t even have one for Finn. With technology taking over most ‘old school’ ways of saving memories the ‘Memories of Growing Up‘ memory stick is the perfect scrapbook alternative for me. It will be a great 18th or 21st gift for the boys to have all their childhood pictures in one place. (more…)

Chocolate chip flapjacks | Recipe

There are more flapjacks consumed in my house than hot dinners I think. Anytime I make these they are lucky to last 24 hours before being devoured. I thought I would share my super easy, but slightly messy recipe for chewy chocolate chip flapjacks.

Chocolate chip flapjacks

Ingredients:
200g of butter
200g of sugar
6oz of golden syrup
400g of porridge oats

Method:
*Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius*
1. Melt the butter in a pot over a medium heat.
2. When fully melted add the sugar and syrup and mix well – until all sugar is dissolved.
3. Add the porridge oats and stir until completely mixed.
4. *optional* Add chocolate chips, dried fruit, etc and again mix well.
5. In a greased 6×6 baking tin, pour your mixture and ensure it is evenly spread.
6. Place in the oven for 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.
7. Allow to cool completely before cutting. (It will be soft to touch when removed from oven).
8. Cut and enjoy!