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Peppa Pig Playground Set

As part of our role as Beebies Ambassadors, we get to try out products that are available to purchase from Beebies Baby Store- something that the kids love and of course take very seriously! The chance to review the Peppa Pig Playground sets couldn’t come at a better time – Alex has recently discovered Peppa Pig and is obsessed!

We received the zip line set.There are a range available, including roundabouts, slides and swings. They all interlock together, along with other Peppa playsets to create a ‘Peppa Pig World’. The playground sets cost £12.99 and you can check out the full range here. You can also keep up to date with new products added to the website by liking Beebies on Facebook.

The first thing I will say is make sure you have a screwdriver to hand to take the set out of the packaging – I had to go a little hunt to find one which was slightly annoying!

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The set is a good size for little hands. It is recommended for age 3+ and Alex is only 2, but with supervision had no problem in popping the little George and Peppa figurines into the seat on the zipwire and pushing it up and down. It isn’t the most sturdy of toys – it does need to be played with gently and stored carefully so some of the taller parts don’t get bent, but all in all it is a fab little playset –  especially when connected with other ones.

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What I loved about it is that it encourages imaginative play – Alex was taking the George figure and making him ‘splash’ in the muddle puddles and climb up the tree. It’s a great way to develop speech and language, and it opened a discussion with Harrison (who also loves it!) about favourite things to do at the park.

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We’ve only had it a few days and it has already become a firm favourite! We were struggling to think of what to get Alex for Christmas – not any more!!

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*Disclosure*
We were sent this play set for the purpose of this review. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.

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Hospital Bag

On Thursday I will be 34 weeks pregnant. I’ve normally had my hospital bags packed well before this point before but with everything going on it moving house I’ve only just got round to it. I’ve had stuff put to one side for it for a while, but today finally put it together.

So, what’s in it?

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Nightie – this, assuming I don’t have a water birth, is what I will wear to give birth in. It was only cheap from Peacocks and I bought it (and gave birth in) for my hospital bag with Harrison. I haven’t actually thought about what I will wear if I do get water birth (third time lucky?!) – probably some sort of vest top!

TENS Machine – this is being sent to me at 37 weeks from Mama Tens. I am hoping for a water birth but hoping that this, combined with gas and air will see me through if not! This gets delivered when I hit 37 weeks, and I keep it for two weeks past my due date, before posting it back. If I go over due and need it longer I just need to let them know and it gets extended.

Underwear – I’ve packed some really sexy (ahem!) big cheap cotton granny knickers for afterwards. There’s a good chance they will get ruined so I can just chuck them then. Lots of people buy disposable knickers but they sound horrible to me!

Labour Massage Oil- this was part of my natural birth kit from Devon Road Babies (which you can read about here). This can be used in the last week or so of pregnancy and early labour to ease those niggly aches and pains.I’ve also popped in the Clary sage oil from the kit – never tried alternative pain relief before but willing to try anything!

Water Spray Bottle &  Peri Bottle – both from Devon Road. The water spray bottle will keep me cool during labour and the peri bottle is to help going to the loo afterwards a bit less uncomfortable!

Straws and Sweets – more treats from Devon Road! I’ve got to get a few snacks to pop in next time we go shopping, more for Graham than me as I’ve never been able to face food in labour! The sweets might be useful for a burst of energy and the straws make having a drink easier!

PJ’s – two pairs. I don’t want to stay in hospital longer than necessary but I think two pairs are enough to start with. Someone can bring more up if needed!

Flip Flops – I’ve never taken flip flops before, packing some slippers instead, but I always wanted something on my feet in the shower and these waterproof ones will be fine for that!

Going home outfit - a pair of leggings and loose tunic top for comfort

Toiletries – I’ve bought mini shampoo, conditioner & body wash. I’ve popped in a new toothbrush and toothpaste as well. I’ve also popped a couple of sample sachets of Lansiloh nipple cream in case of sore boobs!

Pads - lovely maternity pads. ‘Nuff said!

Also to go in the bag, but at the last minute is:
Dressing Gown
Make up
Mobile phone and charger
Camera
Some money!
Hairbrush
Maternity notes

So that’s what is in my bag! I have done babies bag but that’s another blog post!

What are your must haves in your hospital bag?

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A Quick Catch Up

Some of you have probably noticed that it’s been very quiet from me in the blog of the last couple of weeks. I intended this month to be full of lots of exciting giveaways and other bits and bobs, but as usual, nothing quite went to plan! Why?

We moved house!!

Yes, at 33 weeks pregnant we moved house. As you can imagine, it’s been absolutely mental, and my poor blog has been neglected. The one thing this has done for me is made me realise just how much I love blogging, and that it now it has almost reached a year old, it has become an important part of who I am. Plus, the little break means when I am fully back and organised I have plenty to write about!

Back to the house move…it all happened very quickly. Our landlord, who has always been extremely unhelpful (think leaving us with no water or heating for three weeks, plaster crumbling down to brickwork, damp issues in the kitchen…and that isn’t even half if it!) Decided he was going to give us notice that he wanted the house back for ‘personal residence’. Because we were on a rolling contract he only needed to give us two months notice, which took us to the middle of December and Ben’s due date. To be honest, we hated the house and hadn’t been happy there for a while because of the issues, and since the water incident in the summer we’ve felt there’s been a huge breakdown in the relationship between us, the estate agents and the landlord. This all happened literally two weeks ago!

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We then started the mad hunt to find a house ASAP. Problem is, there seemed to be nothing in the area whatsoever. We really wanted to avoid a move to somewhere totally different as Harrison is settled in school, and I see my mum most days and didn’t want to be far. To cut a very long story short, we viewed a house last Saturday that is about 15 minute walk from the old house, meaning no upheaval from school. We loved the house, and less than a week later (Friday) we picked the keys up. This house is where we want to stay now, although renting privately there is no guarantee. The other house, which we lived in for over a year never really felt like home, and we never really felt happy there, so this is our ‘fresh start’. I have a good feeling about the house, and it already feels like a home. Even my mum said the other house, which she spent a lot of time in never felt quite right, but this one does already.

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Chaos

We’ve spent the weekend (also my birthday weekend) moving, so it’s been crazy. We are pretty much unpacked now, just all the annoying bits that need places. It’s a lovely house, needs a lick of paint in the hallway and bathroom, and some new vinyl in the kitchen and bathroom (with the other half being a carpet fitter, that’s no problem!!). Instead of having a separate lounge and dining room we now have one big room, which is more practical with kids. We have gone from having a huge (but horrible) kitchen in the old house to a tiny (and I mean tiny!!) one here. We also have a downstairs bathroom, which is great during the day but when you need a wee every ten minutes during the night due to a baby using your bladder as a trampoline it is slightly irritating! We also have laminate floor – easier to clean up paint!!

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So yeah, that’s been the last couple of weeks! We also had another drama which saw my dad badly breaking his ankle and needing surgery, so in between giving us a hand and playing nurse, she’s knackered. She’s a teaching assistant so is off luckily this week, but mum, if you’re reading this, we really appreciate all your help…love you!!!

Until next Wednesday I’m running off mobile internet so blogging is still going to be a bit patchy. Can’t wait to be up and running again!

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Rust-Oleum Furniture Upcycle Kit Giveaway

A few weeks ago I tried my hand at ‘upcycling’ for the first time, attempting to turn a rather tatty pink kids wooden chair into a funky silver one to match our lounge. I was really pleased at my attempt!

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I was really surprised at just how easy it was with Rust-oleum. There was no mess whatsoever (a miracle for me!) and it was touch dry within twenty minutes. The next morning kids were able to sit on it. I’ve since had a go at jazzing up some old black spotlights (which I’m yet to put up so no photos) and have definitely caught the upcycling bug!

 

The lovely people at Rust-oleum want to give one lucky reader the opportunity to have a go at a little project of their own with a fantastic furniture upcycling kit, including chalk paints, finishing waxes and brushes. To be in with a chance of winning, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter widget below. All terms and conditions can be found here.

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