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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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Camping Kit: Footwear

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Camping | Posted on 13-08-2013

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Its only a few weeks till we head up to Cumbria to visit The Quiet Site for four nights. I’m remaining eternally optimistic that the weather will hold out, or at the very least remain reasonably warm. As well as making sure we have all the necessary kit for our camping adventure, I also need to make sure we have all the right clothing. Lots of lightweight clothing, waterproofs in case of sudden downpours, and comfortable footwear. Whilst Daddy and I have trainers, hiking boots and wellies, Little Man only really has wellies which are suitable for all terrains. Whilst we’re clearly not about to start hiking the hills of Cumbria, we may well go on a few walks and some lightweight footwear that is suitable for wet or dry conditions would be a bonus. Off to an internet search engine I go, and I found these cute little sandals on the Jelly Egg website.
JellyEgg Keen Kids SandalsThese infant shoes from Keen look ideal for stomping around the countryside and for any trips to the coast we manage whilst we’re up there. The Quiet Site is very close to Ullswater so no doubt there’ll be some splashing around done there by the Little Man. The soles look pretty sturdy so should cope well with the kind of terrain we’re likely to take him on, but should also work fine on trips into towns and villages.

Now I come to think about it Daddy has been muttering that the shoes he currently walks to work in are getting a but tatty and in need of replacement. He’s awful when it comes to buying shoes so maybe it’d be quicker for him and more painless for me if I just get him a pair of these whilst I’m buying Little Man’s?
These boots are waterproof, breathable, and designed for comfort and stability. Whilst Daddy doesn’t tend to fall over much – there was ONE time he did and it was hysterical – he does walk about three miles a day in all weathers so these look perfect for him. Maybe I’ll just forward him the details and let him spend the money eh?

Christmas Stocking Fillers: For Mum…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Christmas Gift Guide, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 27-11-2012

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More stocking fillers now, but this time for Mums…

NSPA Products
Available exclusively from Asda this range of beauty products is deliciously fruity. Body butters and lip balms which smell divine whilst also leaving your body and lips super soft and smooth. These butters are not edible despite how delightful they smell, but are exceptionally good value for money. Each of these featured sets costs just £5 and if you go in-store on online you can find a huge range of products for women and men.

Beurer Mini Massager
Perfect for getting rid of those niggling aches and pains at the end of the day this mini massager fits neatly into your hand. Its great used on the shoulders or legs to ease tired muscles after a hectic run up to Christmas. I used this myself after long days at work on my tired calves and it relieved any tension or aches with ease. It has three individually vibrating heads and its compact size also makes it great to carry in your handbag or briefcase in case you need a little relaxation at your desk or on your commute. Every Mum deserves one of these in her stocking this Christmas. Available in a choice of colours, this model costs £11.99 and more details can be found on the Beurer website.

Rosie’s Pantry Measuring Cups
Part of Boots’ famous 3 for 2 gift sets this dinky collection of measuring cups would look great in any kitchen. Recently coveted by GBBO very own Cat, the set comes with four cups – 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 tbs and 1 dsp – each with a pastel colouring in the shape of miniature tea cups. Available now from Boots for just £10.

Betty & Walter Commendably Practical Cosmetic Purse
Again available from Boots this is new range for the store. The cosmetic purse comes with a Rose Lip Balm in a tin, a tub of Elderflower & Lemon Hydrating Hand cream, a Patterned Nail File and a Compact Mirror all inside a Printed Cosmetic Purse. Its a brilliant set and the hand cream included is a great product. It absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves hands feeling soft and cared for. The purse itself will slip neatly into any handbag for taking cosmetics on the go, or for keeping on your dressing table with your favourite odds and ends in. Buy it now from Boots for £14.

Touchscreen Gloves
Most of us own something with a touchscreen, whether it be a phone, an e-reader or a tablet. Touchscreen devices are excellent but when its winter and your hands and fingers need covering in gloves, using a touchscreen device is impossible, and taking your gloves on and off can be tiresome. These Fair Isle patterned gloves from Asda are a great solution and are available at a bargain price of just £5.


Christmas Gift Guide: Boots Gift Sets

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas Gift Guide | Posted on 13-12-2011

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I love Boots. In the days before I had my son I’d spend a fortune on all kinds of bits and pieces from Boots, and there was nothing I enjoyed more than drooling over their Christmas gift sets in the run up to the big day. There is always a gift set suitable for everyone you know, and with their infamous 3 for 2 offer on throughout the festive period they are bargains as well.

I was sent three gift sets to take a look at which would make perfect gifts for that teenage girl in your life or a Yummy Mummy that needs a bit more sparkle.

First up were two sets from the Fearne Cotton range.

The “Beautiful Bronzer” set contains a bronzing compact with small mirror in lid and a kabuki brush for applying. You can also buy a separate compact mirror. Each item is decorated in a floral and bug pattern which was designed in collaboration with Fearne Cotton. For me this is a very teenage designed gift set which would be ideal for any budding fashionista out there!

For the Yummy Mummy who wants a bit more colour and sparkle we have the “No7 and Poppy King Golden & Glowing” set.

No7 is always a winner, and this set doesn’t let us down. Designed by Poppy King this set comes with a lip gloss, a lip stick, cheek glow, a retractable kabuki brush and a compact mirror. The colours of the gloss, lip stick and cheek glow are all complimentary to one another, and the items all boast the trusted No7 logo. Its a very classy gift set which would be much better suited to a Yummy Mummy than the Fearne Cotton range.

All three sets are available now from your local Boots store or direct from the website, and are priced from £8.

Product Review: Boots Nappy Rash Spray

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 22-07-2011

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Once in a while a baby product comes along that makes you think "Why didn’t I think of that?" and that was certainly the case when I received this product from Boots.

Nappy Rash Spray just seems to logical doesn’t it, yet its something I’ve never seen before or even thought to look for.  The whole idea of just spraying your babies sore bottoms as opposed to rubbing in often thick creams is genius.  Two or three short sprays is all it takes and my little man’s bottom had a thin layer of cream on it without the fuss and crying often associated with applying the creams and lotions I used to buy.  Boot Nappy Rash Spray protects from and helps prevent nappy rash and soothes and softens sore skin.  Clinically tested it is suitable for use of even the youngest of babies, and can easily be operated one handed – another plus as cream application usually ends up in a gloopy mess!!

Once again though the key question is does it work?  I’m happy to report that yes it does.  My little boy only gets nappy rash on two occasions – if we can’t get hold of his usual brand of nappy and have to buy an alternative leading brand, or when he’s teething.  Teething has returned to our previously serene (ish) household so his little bottom was getting a red tinge.  Grandma babysat for me yesterday and she used this spray each time she changed him, and she was thrilled to see the redness disappear by the end of the day.
A brilliant product that I highly recommend.
Boots Nappy Rash Spray can be bought online (http://www.boots.com) or instore for £5.60.