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The Ecover Laundry Challenge


I recently jumped at the chance to work with Britmums and Ecover and take part in their laundry challenge. I seem to have a never ending pile of washing! With 2 boys and a husband, things get messy quickly…

My Laundry Routine

Now that I work part time, I have to be organised so I have come up with a pretty good routine that works for us. Each evening I load the washing machine and set the time delay for 6am, by 8am its ready to hang! If its a sunny day (haha!) it goes out on the line, if not then on the inside dryer it goes. Then I trundle off on the school run and onwards to work, smug in my productive morning. On my return, the wash goes into the tumble dryer for a quick drying finish and it starts all over again the next day. It really is never ending!

Love or hate laundry?

I’m one of those weird people that likes doing laundry… I love the smell and freshness as you take it out the machine. My excitement levels rise when I realise I can put it on the washing line outside, for some reason it just smells and feels even better!

The only thing that I struggle with is what laundry detergent to use. Both my children, dude 6 and bear 3 have sensitive skin and suffer with eczema and allergies. There are so many laundry detergents out there claiming to be sensitive and good for children, I’m sure we’ve tried them all and so far failed to find one that actually agrees with their skin.
That is until we tried Ecover! All I can say is WOW!


I’ve used the Ecover detergent for 4 washes so far, the first three on the boys clothes and the other time on bear’s bedding. (Although he fancied the floor the first night I changed the bedding):


The boys have a pretty set creaming routine for their skin and this hasnt changed for a good few months. As you can see bear’s skin was itchy and dry:


After using the ecover detergent, it was evident he was itching less especially where his clothes irritated him! Heres an after shot of his back:


I can honestly say that I think Ecover has had something to with this. It appears to live up to its claim ‘Safe on senstive skin’ and not only has it kept my clothes fresh with the scent of Lavender and Sandalwood, it has also eased the irritation that my son feels with laundry products.

Eccover’s use of plant-based ingredients is likely to have contributed to this positive experience, their vision to respect the health and wellbeing of both humans and the planet is commendable and I am so happy to have found this brand.

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The product

The detergent itself is not as gloopy as some other brands and it was straight forward to use, into the main drawer of the washing machine. The scent was present in the washing after it had dried which is something I look for in a detergent.

Overall opinion:

Overall I am very impressed with the Ecover laundry detergent and would recommend to anyone who suffers with sensitive skin. It contains less chemicals which could cause reactions and has an amazing smell. From now on I will definitely be changing to this brand and I am glad I had the opportunity  to discover it!

This post is an entry for BritMums #EcoverLaundry Challenge, sponsored by Ecover. www.ecover.com

 

 

Our trip to Canonteign Falls..

Another bright sunny day this summer enabled us to visit this amazing place.

Canonteign falls is described as a hidden gem on Dartmoor, it features the highest manmade waterfall in England at 70m high.

I have to say that we had an amazing time here and would highly recomend visiting to everyone!

The climb up to the top is steep with slippery uneven surfaces at times, but my 3 year old managed it well. There are backpack styles available to hire at reception if you are taking younger children.
There is plenty to see on the way up, smaller waterfalls, fern gardens and flowers gardens.



When you reach the top you are greeted with the most amazing view across the fields and hills around you.
At the top of the waterfall is a manmade leat feeding the waterfall and you can literally stand at the edge looking down. It was mesmerising and surprisingly peaceful.

We stayed up here for a 20 minutes watching and the children played in the water. We then made our way down. At the bottom we found a lovely picnic area next to the lake for lunch which also had a play area and zip wire for the boys to run off some energy (surprised they had any left!). We then ventured over to the cafe which served some amazing homemade cakes, not a crumb was left.

If you are in the area then pleaaes do visit, you will not be disappointed.

 

*Disclaimer – all views are my own and this post is not affiliated with the company**

Our trip to the House of Marbles

It’s the summer holidays and finally my husband has a week off to make some memories with us!

We had made a list of places we wanted to visit so after a yummy breakfast at our local Wetherspoon we set off to the House of Marbles in Devon. Now we were given a heads up before leaving not to have high expectations and to be wary of the breakables especially with a 3 year old in tow!

After a quick journey down the A38, we found a space in the tight car park and headed in. My first observation was to gasp at the amount of lovely breakable glass and pottery on offer as you first walked in! How was I going to safely get past with an excitable toddler and 6 year old?! It fast became a game of dodge and move quickly! 

To get to the marble museum and glassblowing room you had to walk through the large gift shop , cue lots of ‘can I have this mum’ ‘wow look at this!’ and a 6 year engrossed in playing with something we most definitely did not need!

We made it to the (very) small marble museum. There was 3 old marble runs on offer to see and some buttons to make them go:


Their attention was kept for about 10 minutes before they declared ‘what else can we do?!’ So on we went past the climbing frame size marbles (which coincidentally declared ‘no climbing!’ 🙄) and through the plethora of breakables to the stairway which had an impressive large scale marble run. 


We stood and watched this for another 10 minutes and they were intrigued by how the balls all went different ways. The viewing point at the top of the stairs was a bit of a pain as people wanted to get past to the clothes shop. 

On we went to the glass blowing room. We did not last long here. There were more breakables than you can imagine! I literally had my 3 year old in a strait jacket hold as I was aware I did not own the amount of money that it would cost to replace these products! We left and headed to the outside area. Here there was a nice play park, 2 plastic marble runs (only useable if you had already bought marbles!) and some seating. After a quick play we headed back through the shop to pick up a few marbles. 

There were hundreds to choose from! They started at 20p each all the way up to £2 for the larger size. 


We then headed back to the car onto our next destination. 

In all we were there for about an hour. I think it’s more suited for the older generation who can browse and adore the glass and pottery on offer. Young children is a no no. It’s more a glorified gift shop with a few small extras. I can’t comment on the food as we didn’t use the cafe but it looked pleasant enough with lots to choose from. 

*All views are my own and this post is in no way sponsored*

When life throws you lemons..

When life throws you lemons, make grapefruit juice. Then sit back and let the world wonder how you did it. 

This is how I feel about parenting really. So many trials and challenges, it is rarely straightforward. These constant battles, particularly the ones we feel we have to prove to the world enable us to show our strength and worth as good parents. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but nobody told us about the judgements and ongoing need to prove our love. 

The naivety and calm of our children should be emulated by ourselves and we should be proud of what we have achieved. Let them judge, let them wonder. 

Wednesday Wisdom

Anything is possible! Accomplish your dreams!

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Safer Sleep by The Lullaby Trust

Within my job I am a keen advocate of safe sleep for babies. Around 5 babies each day die for no known reason. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) cannot always be prevented, there is not enough research out there yet to know what exactly causes an infant to suddenly die, devastating whole families.

There is however some key things that parents can do to make sleep safer.
The Lullaby Trust is a great website with a lot of information for new and experienced parents. Guidelines change regularly and this charity carries the most up to date facts and figures. New equipment, bedding and toys are always becoming available and The Lullaby Trust is happy to answer any questions you may have.
Check out the website here: www.lullabytrust.org.uk

Here is a short video with the basics of reducing the risk of SIDS, share with as many people as possible!

 

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Joie Elevate Car Seat Review

Car seats are the bane of my life at the moment. We currently own 4, 2 for dude and 2 for bear, one in each car. My parents look after the boys whilst im at work and so it was inevitable with the school runs, we would need 2 more seats for their car.

For bear we eventually decided on a group 1/2/3 seat so that the seat could grow with him and we wouldn’t have to pay out for yet another seat. Although we are huge advocates of extended rear facing, it was just not feasible in my parent’s small car nor did we have the funds to purchase another ERF.

We bought the Joie Elevate through www.very.co.uk for a reasonable £49.99. When it arrived it was easy to assemble, the booster base simply slotted onto the high back.

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The Pros:

  • The seat is well cushioned providing a comfortable seat for the child. It was also easily removable in order to put it through the wash.
  • Now the weather is warming up, the mesh sides have been great. I always find that car seats make children warm up very quickly and this airflow through the seat definitely keeps them cooler.
  • The 5 point harness so far has been great, I get so fed up with straps that constantly twist but these have been easy to buckle with.
  • Once installed the car seat is very secure with the 3 point car seat belt. Theres no movement with the seat and I felt confident that it will protect my son.
  • It has a handy cup or snack holder which is definitely a plus for us as bear is constantly dropping any type of bowl I give to him in the car.

The Cons (There aren’t many!):

  • The seat is installed with a seat belt, I much prefer the security of isofix and an option for this would have been great.
  • The release button to lengthen the straps is tricky to get to but tighening is easy.
  • Although marketed from 9 months, i believe it is not suitable for a child this young. It is much more suited from 2 years onwards. Babies under this age still nap in the car quite often and there is no recline with the seat meaning that when the child falls asleep their head flops forward. Not only is this a suffocation risk (chin on chest, blocking airway) but it is so uncomfortable for the child.

 

Overall Bear has been very comfortable in this seat other than when he falls asleep. Its a highly affordable car seat and as it grows with your child its also cost effective. It is listed as fitting most popular cars and it is light and easy to transfer between vehicles.
I would definitely recommend the seat for any toddler over 2 years.

More information is available here and it is available to buy in most retailers.

 

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Disclaimer – All views in this post are mine and in no way affiliated with the company or brand.

Am I cut out for mummy life?

Do you sometimes wonder if you are actually cut out to be a mother? 

My eldest is 5 this week and I am suddenly realising that I don’t have that ‘natural’ mummy gene. I thought I did but I don’t think I do. My youngest is 21 months old. He is at that testing age- pushing boundaries and learning about the frustrating world around him. I have to constantly be on my toes. Watching, catching, teaching. 

I have come to realise that I’ve become that shouty mother, the one everyone looks at in the street as you bellow after your child who has clearly forgotten all that you have tried to teach them or have you taught them wrong?  The frustrated mum with the whingy child, but are they whingy? Or are you just not giving them enough attention. I’ve become the mum who is too embarrassed to let anyone in the house, where housework production has halted as I  just can’t seem to find time between juggling the kids and work/university. And whilst tidying one thing, the boys are making more mess elsewhere. But that’s not the kids fault, maybe that’s my fault for taking on too much and thinking I could further my career aswell as bring up my young family. I’ve become the mum who rarely takes her children to the park, soft play or any other activity that might involve a lot of people. I struggle in busy places, too frustrated and worried resulting in the boys having a rubbish time. The boys miss out as I feel I can’t cope. 

I can’t seem to lovingly mother anymore, I feel like I’ve turned into a well oiled machine, doing what has to be done everyday to keep the boys fed, clean and entertained. 

When did this happen? And why do I feel like I’m not cut out for it anymore?

I don’t want to be this person, it’s ironic really with the profession I’ve chosen. I feel like I’m sat on my high horse giving advice to new mothers, experienced mothers or mothers needing help and here I am unable to mother properly myself. 

I need to stop dwelling on it and now I’ve recognized it, do something about it. 

Where do I start?

Car seat technology

I’ve always been passionate about car seat safety. I have bought the best car seats I could afford to ensure y children are safe in the car at all times. Bear at 19 months is still rear facing in his Britax dual fix and dude uses an isofix high back booster and will continue to do so till he is 12. 

4 out of 5 car seats in the uk are installed incorrectly and at present there isn’t a great deal of support out there to help with this. A company in the states have developed a great new piece of software built into a group 0 car seat and base to help with this problem. It has technology to level itself, create tension and ensure that the seat is correctly fitted at all times. It can relay the information straight back to smartphone app. 

I think this is great and will hopefully go on to be sold in the uk. Car seat safety is key to prevent serous injury and deaths and technology is advancing to help with this. 

Here’s a great video showing the seat in action 

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