Friday, 31 October 2014

Free Aveeno Children's Book - The Dry-ventures or Ellie & Eddie


children eczema, Aveeno for kids, active Colloidal Oatmeal

Eczema related skin problems has been running in our family, but we are fairly lucky that our children only had it mild on their skin. However, since they were old enough to have body lotion on them, I have been religiously "creaming" them after each shower/ bath, just in case their "eczema spots" (our term) comes back. We were even prescripted Diprobase when they were still babies, which is THE moisturiser for dry skin. It is a bit thick though, and can be quite uncomfortable especially during warmer days.

Finding a cream that works for your child, which is thinner than Diprobase and doesn't cause any skin irritation (from pefume, for example) can be quite tricky. We were lucky that both our kids have no problem with a lotion that is thinner than Diprobase, but with a strong fragance too.


Back in Summer I was introduced to Aveeno cream at Britmums Live! 2014, and realised that I should have gone for their creams and lotions, as they are specifically designed for adults and children alike to prevent or help with skin irritation, including eczema. Their product contains active colloidal oatmeal, which has proven to restore the skin's natural barrier. There is no scent at all, which would be better for children and those who are allergic to perfumes.

Recently, to help parents guide their children about skin irritants and explain to them why their skin is dry and get irritated easily, Aveeno has partnered with children author Penelope Harper to develop a series of stories, surrounding a little girl called Ellie and her Gecko pet Eddie. The first book is available for download now, and we were really glad to have received a hard copy of the book, together with some Aveeno samples.


children eczema, Aveeno for kids, active Colloidal Oatmeal

The first book is called "The dry-ventures of Ellie and Eddie - Bye Bye Dry Skin!", which can be downloaded here. It's about how Ellie and Eddie's skin gets dry and itchy during the day, and back to lovely and soft skin before bed.

We really like the drawings and story, and Clay wanted us to read the story to him over and over and over again! There are quite a few difficult words that aren't easy for toddlers and preschoolers to understand, but Clay doesn't seem to be bothered about it.


I think that it's really nice of Aveeno to release this book series, and without charging anything extra as well, so that all parents and children can benefit from the series. Aveeno's products are suitable for all ages, hence there isn't a specific children range. But they recommend their Cream, Bath & Shower Oil and Lotion for children with dry skin to use.

We've only needed to use their cream (instead of other products) so far, and noticed that the texture is just like the one we have been using, but without the strong perfume. Knowing that their products contain active Colloidal oatmeal as well makes me believe that these creams are definitely better than the ones we have been using.

If you have a child with eczema prone/ dry skin, I'd highly recommend you to try the Aveeno's products.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

LEGO this Autumn


LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

Every time we get a LEGO delivery, let it be from the family blogger program or our own orders, there is always chaos: "ooo that's mine!"; "I want to open it now!"; "please mummy, pleaseee" ; "no that's mine and no you can't help!" ... we just can't help it, receiving LEGO is definitely one of the most exciting thing happening in this house for all of us!

The Autumn LEGO box from the family blogger program is definitely one of our favourite delivery.

Clay has been bothering us with requests to rebuild his LEGO City fire engines all the time, and here is a new one! Hubby is happy that he can tick something else off his LEGO City To Collect list!

Abby has been collecting LEGO Mixels since they've first launched at the beginning of the year, and she has especially been looking forward to the purple set. She was quite impatient when I was taking this picture!

I have to admit that I'm more interested in the LEGO Disney Princess collection! We already have Brave and Tangled, and I have been looking for another set to add to the collection! I have to admit that I was waiting for a Frozen set haha.

As for the LEGO Chima set, it has arrived just in time as Clay broke one of my nephew's LEGO Chima set, which took him a while to build and was one of his favourite on display. The pieces were scattered around so it would be a challenge to rebuild it (I tried!), so Clay gave this to Luca instead to say sorry, and Luca used this as an opportunity to practice his review and literacy skill. He's really quite good, and you can read his LEGO Chima review here!


LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

As soon as I've finished taking pictures, these 2 dove straight into a building frenzy. I wouldn't recommend spreading 2 sets of LEGO bricks side by side like they did of course, luckily nothing went missing.


LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

If you haven't heard of LEGO Mixels, they are the collectible pocket money range (£2.99 each packet) launched this year, and a colour set (of 3 Mixels) can be built into a bigger Mixel, just like in the TV show.

The third release contains the purple, orange and green tribes, which were all Abby's favourite. Both Abby and I really adore the purple scorpion-like Mixel - WizWuz! The green Tortz is very nice too, especially with the neon yellow slime-like arms!


LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

The LEGO City Airport Fire Truck (rrp £24.99) is like a posh version of all the other fire engines/ trucks! We love it that it's completely build from basic pieces, instead of having a full base to start with. The truck has a much more solid build, and it's still mostly intact after a few weeks, which to us is impressive because Clay likes to take lose bits off. We also noticed that the thread used for the water hose is slightly thicker and of better quality than those from the other fire engines.


LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

LEGO City, LEGO Disney Princess, LEGO Mixels

The LEGO Disney Princess Cinderella's Dream Carriage (rrp £24.99) is so elegant and pretty, with lots of attention to details! Abby wouldn't let me build the whole set by myself, especially after seeing the pretty heart shape LEGO pieces. I was surprised that the carriage is also built from basic pieces, and even though it looked like it will fall apart easily, the main body of the carriage is sturdy enough for play, and it rolls across the surface with the feeling of a fully built car.

And the foot steps! They actually took note that foot steps for this type of carriages folds up against the carriage door, I was really impressed to see that!


LEGO never cease to amaze us with their playsets, no wonder they remain as one of the top toys for generations! Our next delivery will be for Christmas, and we can't wait to see what the thoughtful PRs have put together for us!

Kate's Cakes Cake Squares


Kate's Cakes, Lemon Drizzle cakes, Chocolate cakes

Lately I've been fairly stressed out over the blog as it's the busiest time of the year for me (it's worth it of course and I hope you'll enjoy what I have in store for you as well!). Although I did well with losing weight before Summer, it's gradually going downhill again as I tend to binge eat when I'm stressed out, so I try to avoid full size cakes, in case I feel like eating the whole thing up.

Kate's Cakes has recently launched a selection of Cake Squares in Tesco that not only have just the right serving size, they are really delicious too.


Kate's Cakes, Lemon Drizzle cakes, Chocolate cakes

Kate's Cakes, Lemon Drizzle cakes, Chocolate cakes

The fabulous PR has sent us a couple of boxes of Kate's Cakes cake squares to try, as well as a really lovely tea set (plus tea bags too which I forgot to capture in the picture). The cakes we've received are Lemon Drizzle, which is Abby's absolute favourite (she never really like cakes), and Chocolate Fudge, which Clay can gobble up within a couple of bites if we don't keep an eye on him!

Each box are retailed at £1.99 and contains 5 individually wrapped cake squares. The cakes are really fresh (sponge are soft and moist) and fully covered with lovely sprinkles on the top. Both Lemon Drizzle and Chocolate Fudge are packed with real lemon and chocolate flavours (unlike those using artificial flavourings), and both go really well with a good, hot mug of tea.

Although the sprinkles for the Lemon Drizzle cakes are a bit too "candy" for me, I really love the lemony cake, and the whole chocolatey Chocolate Fudge cake. These are exactly what I'd expect when someone mention "treats", and I have been looking forward to my relaxing tea breaks.

Oh, and did I mention how yummy they will make a tea set look?

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