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Ella’s kitchen food

I was recently selected by Product Testers to test out some Ella’s Kitchen baby foods.

We have tried Ella’s kitchen products a few times in the past and C has loved the “orange one” pouches, We were given a selection of different ones to try. You can read all about our opinions on then here>>>

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20/01/14 – Nom Nom review*

Recently I was sent some Nom-Nom kids reusable food pouches to try and I loved them. For our family these pouches are great. Baby C really does love her fruit pouches but seems to have an allergy to Apple, Every time she has anything containing apple she gets red blotches around her eyes and starts to cough.

Most well known shop bought baby food pouches contain apple, so it means reading the ingredients and making sure they are apple free. Other than the 1st stage types that are tiny (usually 70g), seem expensive for what they are and only contain one type of fruit, there are very few that she could have. I wanted to broaden her tastes and try her with new things, these pouches mean I can do just that. I can fill them with different food combinations, and I know they are healthy and good for her, as well as convenient for me to just pop into her bag for when we are out.

This time I decided to make pear, mango and melon puree and fill the pouches with it. All foods she has had before and I know she can have.

I cleaned the pouches in hot soapy water, It was very easy as they open at the side so can be cleaned fully. I boiled the prepared fruit (I bought already prepared fruit) till it was soft, drained the liquid into a bowl, then used a hand blender to puree it down. Adding a little of the liquid to smooth it out.

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washed and ready to use

washed and ready to use

blended down using a handblender

blended down using a hand blender


filled to max fill line

filled to max fill line





I think Baby C approves

I think Baby C approves












Once cooled a little I filled the pouches to the fill line. Then partially closed them and allowed them to cool more.

Then refrigerated.






I served Baby C one after lunch this afternoon. She seemed to really enjoy it. These pouches are also very sturdy allowing Baby C to hold it herself without it going all over the place.

I would definitely recommend Nom Nom kids pouches to anyone looking for refillable pouches. The locking system on the side is very strong so no leakages but allows easy filling and cleaning. You can write on them so great for lunch boxes. I think they are brilliant for children with allergies, allowing them to have the same as their friends, without the risk of containing any allergens as the parents can choose what to put in it.

Overall I think Nom-Nom kids pouches are a very good product, the price is £6.95rrp for 3 pouches with lids, which I find very good as the product is reusable and To buy a single use pouch from a supermarket and cost £1-£1.50 for each individual one.

* I received the pouches for free to review, all opinions are my true and honest opinions*

My rough plan for 2014

This is just a list of things that I would like to do this year,

  • Apply to University and hopefully get a place
  • Save as much money as possible
    • Budget, make a spreadsheet and keep track of spending
  • Enter and win some competitions – I’d love to get £2014 worth of prizes but I doubt it will happen.
  • Get organised for Christmas earlier- Try and get bargains
  • Celebrate Baby C’s 1st birthday with our family and friends – hoping to have a cake smash!
  • Bake more cake and work on other things like bread and pastry
  • Work on my cake decorating skills and make Sarah’s wedding cake look beautiful.
  • Sell more on eBay and declutter.
  • Try to set aside some time for me and Dan, as well as have some family time.
  • Make more of an effort to see friends and family.
  • Spend less time on facebook/ the internet.
  • Blog everyday (sort of goes against the previous one doesnt it lol)
  • Spend more time outside.

This isn’t a list of resolutions its just an aim, I probably won’t do all these things this year, I’ll probably change my mind and think of different things that I want to do as well or instead of them. I just want to try and if I don’t try I wont achieve anything.

Jowsa pack testing

I have been very lucky in the past few weeks. I won a holiday to South Wales last week and on the friday before one of my very lovely facebook friends who is also a blogger saw a request for testers going on holiday to test a Jowsa tester pack.

I replied straight away to Leyla from Motherhood diaries, but didn’t think it would be possible as it was only 3 days before I was due to leave. She got in touch with Jowsa and they managed to arrange it. They sent me a form via email to fill in size requests and information about what was in the box/ what I required.

Jowsa contacted me over the weekend and said that they were sending it and apologized that it might not arrive before we did as it was only being posted express on the Monday morning, They also gave me a tracking number for DHL. I was stunned, they were apologising for a possible delay on a parcel that they were sending me to test for free. I was just grateful that I had been chosen as a tester.

Jowsa also contact the hotel or accomodation to let them know that a parcel is arriving for a customer so it is ready to be collected and they are informed where to collect from.

On the Monday we set off later than planned so didn’t arrive at Bluestone until about 6pm. When we arrived at the arrivals lodge the very well wrapped parcel was handed to me, It had made it all the way from London to south west Wales in only a few hours. I just couldn’t wait to unpack and see what it contained.

Very well packaged

Very well packaged

safe and secure, arrived very quickly with DHL express

safe and secure, arrived very quickly with DHL express

I unwrapped the box, needed scissors to get in as it was very well packaged.

Jowsa logo on the box

Jowsa logo on the box

The box had the company logo on it so we knew who it was from. I opened the box and was stunned.

All the lovely things they sent us, packaged.

All the lovely things they sent us, packaged.

The box contained

  • pampers size 4 (54 nappies)
  • huggies size 3-4 swim nappies
  • sudocrem
  • 100 nappy sacks
  • johnson’s baby wipes
  • johnson’s shampoo
unpacked so easier to see.

unpacked so easier to see.

It amazed me that I was able to have this delivered to me at my holiday destination. It meant I didn’t have to worry about buying and packing these things to go, as getting everything ready with a lively and mobile 9 month old isn’t the easiest thing in the world. I know I was only driving to the holiday destination but if we were flying It would be an amazing saving in space and weight in cases, especially when weight and space are very valuable when going abroad as a family.

I also looked at the Jowsa website as part of my testing, and I love it. It’s very easy to navigate, You can order all the essentials that you could need for your baby and also some things for you, Although I would like to see a greater variety of products and brands. It could be a little expensive to have it posted to your destination but If it saves space and stops those airport luggage fees for going over weight ( especially on budget airlines when you have to pay per case).

I think I would definitely look at using Jowsa for any future family holidays we go on. The customer service alone makes it worth it.

Testing for the nursery trader Baby and toddler awards 2013

I applied a couple of months ago to be a tester for the pushchair and nursery trader baby and toddler awards 2013, I was lucky enough to get a call back and they offered me the chance to test reusable nappies.

I already had a few reusable nappies that I had bought second hand and from ebay. When I was pregnant I had looked at using reusable nappies but the initial cost made it impossible to use cloth full-time straight away. So I was amazed and delighted to be offered nappies to test. I thought that I would be sent maybe 3 or 4 of the 4 different types that they were testing, and since there were 4 in the category I was more than happy that they would really help and when added to the pocket nappies I already had it would mean that we could possible move to reusables for most of the time.

So when this box arrived I was stunned!


I couldn’t wait to open it! And wasn’t I surprised by what awaited me!


I had been sent 15 Tots bots bamboozle stretch  with 3 wraps…..


15 Tots Bots Easyfits  …..


Tots bots disposable inserts and bamboo boosters and USB instructions about each nappy type.

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5 Close Parent Pop-ins with 2 night-time boosters and disposable liners….

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And 3 Fuzzibunz Elite 2013 one size nappies 


After unpacking them all, and not believing that I had really been sent 38 Nappies to test, My next thought was how was I going to store them all.


I then pre-washed them all ready for use.

I was asked to test them by using them as much as possible for two weeks before filling in the questionnaires for each and giving my opinion on each type of nappy.

I have waited to publish this blog entry until after the awards where announced. Here are my opinions on each nappy, and the place award they achieved in the awards.

TotsBots Easyfit (gold)

I loved this nappy. It is as easy as disposable nappies to use. Very quick drying and comes with a fleece liner that helps to keep baby dry as well as making it easier to keep clean. The flushable liners fit the nappies perfectly and also help to keep them clean. The colours and patterns make them fun to use as well. The Velcro tabs fold back while washing to stop them sticking to other nappies, and mean a good fit on baby. One of my favourite nappies to use.

Close Pop-in new Gen Nappy +bamboo ( silver)

These nappies are great, double leg gusset means I’ve not seen any leaks, Velcro fastening means it can be tightened as much as needed and they make great overnight nappies when used with the nighttime insert. They aren’t too bulky under clothes. They take quite a while to dry as they are bamboo, but it means they are very absorbent.

TotsBots Bamboozle Stretch (bronze)

This two part system works very well, the absorbent inner with a waterproof outer. Both parts are Velcro fastening which means it can be tightened to fit the baby as needed. The nappy can also be used as a night-time nappy when extra boosters are used. They really are bombproof, we had no leaks when using them. The only downside is changing when out can be a little fiddly, having a wet through inner to put in a wet bag instead of a nappy with a pul layer.

Fuzzibunz® ELITE 2013 One Size Nappy (shortlisted)

I liked this nappy. They are a pocket style so separate easily to dry. They are popper fastening and even though they are classed as birth to potty they are on the smallest possible waist setting for my average 7 month old. They also didn’t come with instructions so I didn’t know about the adjustable elastic at the leg until I googled it.

This was my least favorite of all the nappies I had been sent, although the colours and patterns were nice I am not a fan of the pocket style and the adjustment for the legs were very fiddly.

I have very much enjoyed testing these nappies, and would love to thank the lovely people for Nursery trader and Pushchair trader for the opportunity to be involved in testing for these awards.

*NappyKind review

I recently replied to a review request from Nappykind asking for bloggers to review some of their products.

After having a good look through the website I selected some things that I decided Baby C could really use. Some leggings that will easily go over her cloth nappies to keep her legs warm while we are in the house and some slipper socks that have little grips on the bottom so she won’t fall when she gets down and tries to walk.

I ordered them on the 25th of October and used a special discount code supplied by NappyKind for bloggers to use. Their communication was brilliant as one of the items I had ordered wasn’t in stock, Sabrina contacted me via email and we arranged an alternative product.

My parcel didn’t arrive until the 8th of November and when it did the packaging was ripped, but luckily all the items were present and undamaged.

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I ordered 2 pairs of leggings I heart mama in 6-12 and sweet cake in 12-24 months. There is a lot of choice of colours and patterns but the two i chose only cost £3.99 each, which i think is a bargain!

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I also ordered 2 pairs of slippers but I can only show you one as one is a gift.  These really are a bargain at the sale price of £1! There are a few different patterns and characters on them but I loved the Elephants ( although they are labeled as mice on the site)

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They all looked lovely and I couldn’t wait to try them on Baby C.

Here she is in the Slipper socks and I heart mama leggings, I think she likes them.

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I think i will definately be ordering from NappyKind again and will recommend them to my friends!

*I bought these NappyKind products at a discounted price for the purpose of this review*

product testing

I’m currently product testing for a few different places, i’ll update when i have permission from the companies.

I am testing mainly baby things, clothes, toys and travel accessories. Although I have had some dog food and household products as well. 

I have signed up to a few websites, you pay to sign up but usually get products that are at least the value of the fee. – sign up and you will recieve something to test – sign up and you will recieve something to test and – sign up and you are entered into every competition they run, plus also have the chance to apply to be a tester


Product testing 1st attempt.

I recently signed up to become a product tester with the baby website I thought it would take a while to get anything but only a few days later i recieved an email saying i was being sent a product to review. Yesterday it arrived 😀 

As soon as it arrived I couldn’t wait to try it out on my little girl, she is 9 weeks old and has a tenancy to remove her mits and scratch her face while asleep. So i though this would be a great solution.

I took it out of the box and looked at the instructions, seemed very simple to do, and it was! Just lay her on it, wrap it over so her hand are by her face and zip it up. I wasn’t sure if Baby C would like it but she could still kick and move her arms so was happy to sleep in it last night.

The colour is lovely, gender neutral so could easily be used by anyone. The material is a little thin but i think its perfect for summer use.

The only issue i had was i worried when she moved her hands to her face as the material covered her face as well, but she could still breath fine.

I hope I get more products to review soon :) This was mt 1st try and has been fun.

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Product testing

I decided since i’m off on maternity leave i’d apply to be a product tester, mainly for baby products but i’d happily try anything. I’ve always been interested in trying it but I’ve never really had the time to do it. I’m not sure why I think that now I have a baby i’ll have the time to test things but what can I say I think I’m a glutton for punishment. It will be something to keep me sane while I spend more time with children and less with adults.

Well I applied a few days ago to a couple of sites to be a product tester, not expecting to get anything very quickly, but got an email this morning that they are sending me the 1st product for me to test. I’m so excited! I cant wait to try it out, After I’ve tried it and reviewed it for them I will write a review on here. 

Its a baby product so Baby C is going to need to co-operate as well. Hopefully she will like it!