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CyberMummy according to SussexMummy

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 26-06-2011

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A fantastic time was had yesterday at CyberMummy11 held at The Brewery in London. Truly motivational talks and workshops were held alongside guest speeches from Sarah Brown and Rachel Johnson. Companies took over CyberMummy Central in an attempt to wow us with their products and gave away goodie bags filled with a rather impressive array of items. There was even a Recharge Room where you could go and hide from the frantic pace and get a massage or your hair done or a mini make-over.

My highlights?

The guest speeches – Sarah Brown was absolutely brilliant and totally lovely, whilst Rachel Johnson was at her raucous and somewhat controversial best.

The Breakout Sessions – inspirational talks from Debbie O’Connor, Karen Cannard, Erica Douglas and Natalie Lue.

The Croc Stand – I am loving my new Croc Tone shoes and my little man has had a good old chew of his new shoes… oops!

The Johnson’s Baby Cupcakes – clearly the best cupcakes on offer, and I’m not just saying that because they were my sponsors for the day.

The free Dodo Pads – this was the first time I’d seen or used a Dodo pad and I thought they were brilliant. I’ll be using them again in the future.

My fellow bloggers – such an entertaining and friendly bunch of people. I must make a point of tracking many of you down on Twitter and following you and your blog.

The Crowdsourced Keynote speeches at the end – a brilliant range of blog posts from the truly heartbreaking to the totally hysterical with a bit of controversy thrown in for good measure.

And finally the CyberMummy goodie bag – how phenomenal was the brilliantly pink bag we all picked up on the way out? Needless to say any travel on public transport was rather tricky with all this swag which is why I took a taxi back to Victoria as opposed to battling onto the tube network!!

I had a brilliant day and I’m inspired and encouraged to work hard with my blog and to expand it and improve it. Thank you so much to Johnson’s for sponsoring me – I will definitely be back next year!!

Follow On Twitter:
Sarah Brown @SarahBrownUK
Rachel Johnson @RachelSJohnson
Debbie O’Connor @motivatingmumuk
Karen Cannard @karencannard
Erica Douglas @Erica
Natalie Lue @Nataliemlue

Cybermummy 11

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 21-06-2011

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 Very short post from me tonight to show off my new badge:

Yes after several weeks of trying to beg/steal/borrow a ticket to this fabulous event the wonderful people at Johnson’s Baby have provided me with a ticket!! So I’ll see you all there and will invariably be blogging about it afterwards. I’ll also attempt to find time to tweet during the day, so if you’re not already do follow me at @SussexMummy.
 
I’m now off to continue my excitement and to have a bit of a fashion crisis I think!
 

Product Review: Buggy Tug

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 17-06-2011

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Twitter is an amazing – and addictive – invention. What little spare time I have in my day, largely when I’m having a sacred cup of tea or two, is spent catching up on my Twitter feed via my mobile phones app. Every so often I find time to check out the Twitter website and take a look at the list of people or organisations they suggest I follow. It was through this that I found the latest item in my product review series – the Buggy Tug.

A Buggy Tug is a neoprene strap that attaches to the handle of your pram and then fastens securely around your wrist meaning if for any reason you take your hands off your pram you know its safe and wont roll away. Wrist straps are features of Bugaboo prams and pushchairs but don’t appear on any other (correct me if I’m wrong!) prams, and the creator of the Buggy Tug came up with the design after she stopped using a Bugaboo Chameleon. With the multitude of problems she’d faced with her second-hand Bugaboo (not Bugaboo’s fault may I add) she hadn’t realised just how reliant she’d become on her wrist strap and sorely missed it when she changed to another brand of pram. Researching online trying to find a wrist strap led her to Australia where wrist straps are legal requirements. A niche in the UK market was discovered, and the Buggy Tug was born.

Di, the creator of Buggy Tug, was kind enough to send me one to try out on my pram. Its not something I’d ever thought about before the Twitter incident, but having spent the last week using it I’ve definitely grown to appreciate it. Whilst its not something I’d use everyday in all situations – when you’re shopping it’s a bit tricky because you do forget you’re wearing it and get catapulted back to your pram if you’re not careful – I think if you’re walking around somewhere with steep slopes, or on icy ground during winter that it is a godsend. I also found it useful when I was walking around town drinking my takeaway coffee and thus steering my pram one-handed. The sense of security and safety it gives you is priceless. The last thing you want is for something to distract you for a fraction of a second and a runaway pram rolling away from you loaded with your precious cargo.

Buggy Tugs are available direct from their website for £3.99 with £2 postage within the UK. They are also stocked in a selection of online retailers, a comprehensive list of which can be found on the website.

Website: http://www.buggytug.com
Twitter: @BuggyTug
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/BuggyTug/

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 10-06-2011

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 Third up in my bandana bib review is from Funky Giraffe Bib. Funky Giraffe was set up in 2009 by a mum with a wealth of experience in the fashion industry. The business prides itself on being green, ethical and considerate, and is keen to provide excellent quality and great value. The lovely Yasmin was kind enough to send me three bibs for review, which means more lovely photos of my little man!!

    

Funky Giraffe Bibs are different from the two previous bibs I’ve reviewed because instead of being a traditional triangle shape, they are shaped to fit more snuggly and neatly around babies neck.

The bibs are made from 100% cotton with a soft fleecy backing which prevents dribble getting on to babies clothes. They come in a huge array of bright designs, in a mixture of plain bold colours and funky patterns – you are bound to find something for any baby and any occasion.

Funky Giraffe bibs are available direct from their website and cost £4.00 each, but for an extra £1.50 you can buy two, for an extra £3.00 you can buy three, and for an extra £4.50 you can buy four. The discounts and deals on this website are incredible. Buy 10 of these amazing bibs for just £19.50!

Website: http://www.funkygiraffebibs.co.uk
Twitter: @FunkyGiraffeBibs
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FunkyGiraffeBaby

Bandana Bib Reviews: Babble Bib

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 06-06-2011

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The next bib for review comes from Babble Bib. Babble Bib is a UK based company who prides itself on supporting the local economy and having all its bibs crafted in a professional facility in Leicester. The lovely people at Babble Bib sent me their popular “Red Stars Bib” for my review, and here it is being brilliantly modelled by my little man.

Isn’t he gorgeous!

Anyway, Babble Bib use soft jersey cotton lined with fleece for their bibs giving them an amazingly super soft feel. The lining ensures that any moisture that lands on the bib doesn’t seep through onto your babies clothing, making this bib both functional and fashionable. Babble Bib also use a unique ‘hidden seams’ technique which means all the seams are inside the bib as opposed to the more traditionally used ‘overlocking’ technique favoured by the majority of other bandana bib manufacturers. I have found that this technique adds to the softness of the bib and gives it an altogether more luxurious feel, and I’m sure its going to extend the life of the bib too. Nickel-free poppers give the bib an adjustable neck that allows the bib to grow with your baby. I can’t rate this bib highly enough – it is one of my favourites from this review series.

Babble Bibs are available to purchase direct from their website and cost £3.99 each and there is a huge range of over 75 to choose from. The more you buy the cheaper they are. For orders of 10 bibs or more each bib costs just £2.80 which is an absolute bargain for a bib of this immense quality. I know I’ll be making purchases from their range very soon.

Website: http://www.babblebib.com
Twitter: @BabbleBib
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/babblebib

Bandana Bib Reviews: Jackomettii Spaghettii

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 05-06-2011

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Dribbling is all part of a being a baby, particularly when they are teething. An almost steady stream of dribble seems to be a permanent fixture on their little chins, before pooling on their clothes. This merely results in a never-ending pile of washing for parents. There is always the option of baby wearing a bib all the time to protect their clothes, but this often just covers up their adorable, and often expensive, clothing and never looks particularly attractive. The best option I’ve found? Bandana Bibs. Stylish and functional these lovely bibs don’t look like bibs. Instead they appear to be a cute accessory for baby, whilst providing protection from dribble and any other little accidents.

Bandana Bibs are becoming increasingly popular as companies spring up across the internet offering a wide variety of styles, shapes, designs and patterns at an equally wide range of prices. But which ones are the best? With the help of my little boy, we hope to find out. The initial plan was one long blog post, but this idea has kind of spiralled so its going to now be one post per bandana!!

The first bandana bib we’ll be looking at is from Jackomettii Spaghettii. Jackomettii Spaghettii is a family company founded in July 2010 and based in sunny Hastings, Sussex. Tracy McLauchlan set up the company with support and inspiration from her father who boasts 50 years experience in the London garment industry. Tracy wanted to created something fashionable and functional for her three messy boys, and her company grew from there.

Tracy was kind enough to donate “Who’s The Square?” for my blog. Here is my little man sporting this gorgeous bib.

As you can see this is a truly trendy bandana. Bright, colourful and bound to go with any outfit it’s the perfect fashion statement. The quality of this bib is immense – it almost seems too nice to give to a dribbly little baby!! Made from 100% cotton and backed with unbleached calico this lightweight bib is perfect for a hot summer day. Non-nickel snaps make the neck adjustable to two sizes and as well as a bib it can always be used as a sun hat, especially if you’re child has long hair. My only teeny tiny complaint with this bib? My little man wore it for a few hours for me – oblivious it was there throughout – and did indeed dribble. Sadly the dribble did soak through the bib and his tshirt got a little damp, but it did catch the bulk of the goo. These bibs are gorgeous, and my little man looks so adorable and so fashionable when he’s wearing it – I’m sure it’ll be a regular fixture around his neck throughout the summer.

Jackomettii Spaghetti bandandy bibs are available direct from the website and are £10 each. They can also be bought from a selection of stores up and down the country, a list of which can be found on the website.

Website: http://www.jackomettiispaghettii.com/
Twitter: @jackomettii
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jackomettii

Product Review: Snoozeshade

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 11-05-2011

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Going to start reviewing baby products I own via my blog… though I will readily accept any freebies people may wish to send me to review! To begin this new series I am choosing one of my favourite baby products – the Snoozeshade!

 
Do you take your little one out and about in their pram a lot?  Especially during the gorgeous sunny weather we’ve been having? Do you often find them missing their usual naps because they’re too busy looking at everything? You NEED a Snoozeshade! This brilliant black-out blind fits on all prams and strollers and creates a safe, dark environment for your little one. Providing UPF 50+ sun protection and made from a totally breathable fabric you’re little one can sleep on whilst you go about your busy day.  Once you’ve attached it to your pram using the Velcro straps down each side you can still check on your sleeping baby without pulling the shade off and risking waking them. On the front there is a Sneak-a-Peek(TM) zip which allows quick and discreet looks at your baby. When my little one starts to look tired the shade goes over him and when I check on him a few minutes later he’s fast asleep – we couldn’t live without it! And the best thing about the Snoozeshade? It was designed and created by a Mum!!  A brilliant invention which often leaves me thinking "Why didn’t I think of that?" Thankfully I didn’t have to. 
 
For more information go to the Snoozeshade website (http://www.snoozeshade.com) or head over to Twitter and follow the creator herself @SnoozeShade