Monday, 30 November 2015

Milton Antibacterial Surface Spray - review by Mummy Q

Mummy Q was recently sent some antibacterial spray by Milton & was asked to review it.... This is what she thought...

The spray was really great, it's design makes it really easy to use especially when you are in a rush or have your hands full with a little one. 

The scent is really mild & non offensive, I hate it when sprays are heavily scented & often worry that it if food comes in contact with a surface it'll pick up the scent from the spray, with this spray this is not a worry. The spray did a great job & removed the residue from breakfast & left my surfaces really clean. With it being Milton I felt reassured that there were no nasties left lurking on the tops.  I love that it can be used on multiple surfaces so it means you can use the spray throughout the home.

The spray is well priced, and given Miltons reputation is one I'd buy again, a lot goes a long way so it's really good value for money. 
The spray is widely available in supermarkets, and other high street shops like Superdrug & Boots. 

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Milton Antibacterial Surface Wipes

When I was asked to road test the Milton Surface wipes I gladly agreed wipes of any sort make a parents life easier, so as soon as they arrived I added them to my mummy bag & set off for our family day! 

The came in use early on in our day when we went for a picnic, the table we chose to use at the park was in a sorry state with "yuckyness" as my son described it left all over it, one quick wipe over later & lunch could resume. The wipes cleared away the stickiness with ease, and left the table clean & ready to use. The wipes are tough & don't come apart in your hand as you use them, they have a very mild clean scent which smelled clean & fresh. 


Since the park the wipes have also come in handy for wiping down toys after J shared them with some younger chewing friends, wiping over the potty, loo seats in public loos & toys that have come out of storage & cleaning up after a messy dinner. Each time the wipes have done a great job, removing grime & making the surface clean & germ free. Leaving me safe in the knowledge that any nasties have been eliminated! The packs are well priced & ideal for all parents. I think they would especially be useful for younger children who are at the chewing everything in site stage. Big thumbs up for me!
Here's the info -

Antibacterial Surface Wipes


Ideal for travel and quick clean ups at home or on the move with baby. Kill 99.9% of germs including bacterial and fungi. Can be used on highchairs, toys, changing mats. Also handy for on the go when using public transport and restaurant toilets. Fragrance free and no need to rinse.


RRP – £2.29. Stockists: Asda, Babies R Us, Boots, Sainsbury’s, Superdrug, Tesco and Precious Little One.

Wednesday, 22 April 2015 product review colour in fancy dress

J's favourite activities at the moment include dress up & drawing, so when I was asked to review a product which combine the 2 I jumped at the chance! kindly sent me 2 colour in outfits a princess & a pirate, so when I rainy day threatened to put a damper on a play date we got the out & let the little ones have some creative fun! They loved it & had great fun making some creative costumes. J finished his after his buddy went home & with some help from mummy managed to put his creation together to show it off to Daddy! 
The products are really great & help little ones express themselves. J loved wandering round with his on! Big thumbs up from us! I'll definitely stock up on more for rainy days.
Check out the rest of their site for more fab creative fun

Friday, 14 November 2014

Daisy Roots Crawley - perfect pottery fun

On a cold half term day I was looking for something creative to do with J, seeking FB for inspiration a friend had been to Daisy Roots & loved it, so we thought we'd give it a try! Based in Crawley just outside Witney it's only a few minutes drive away, super easy to find with parking outside! Inside is something crossed between Aladdin's Cave & a tardis, lots to see & different areas to look at it in. Viv the friendly owner showed us upstairs to the children's corner where J played happily with the toys whilst I picked out what we were going to do. As it was coming up to Christmas we opted for a bauble, Viv skilllfully got J to put his hand on it, he loves getting messy to happily obliged! I then gave him free reign to decorate a mug for my desk at work, he picked the colours then finger splodged all over it! The result was a mis-mash of splodged colours, I loved it! Viv agreed to add some finishing touches & took our number to text when it was ready.
2 days later I was suprised to get the message saying everything was ready, we called in & picked up our treasure! 
Back home we unpacked it & were stunned with the results! The bauble looked amazing with raised snowflakes around the handprints & the year added. My mug however was the show stopper, the firing had created a beautiful glaze & the colours jumped out, again on the bottom was the year & memory message that I chose. So now when I have a glum day at work my memory mug reminds me if a happy day & brings a smile to my face!
Viv at Daisy Roots was patient & understanding, her expert help was great! I look forward to returning next holiday for more pottery painting fun!
Slummy Mummy Seal of approval = granted!

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Baking with a toddler - the slummy mummy way

Over the summer one of J & mummy's favourite activity has become baking cakes. After a few trial and errors we now have our baking time down to a fine art, it's a time we both love, and the cakes at the end taste pretty damn good!
Bear in mind J is only 2.5... So his patience isn't so great, I discovered the hard way waiting for ingredients to be weighed was way to long for him, so using cake mixes are the ideal alternative. My favourite ones are by Wrights Flour who have an array of cake mixed from chocolate fudge, Ginger, Madeira, toffee, carrot etc. They are also fairly cheap for the amount you make up. You simply need to add water a vegetable oil (stock items we all have) & then you're away!

Here's our baking routine -
1. Mummy gets the kitchen ready, clean tops, bowl ready, oven pre-heating, and chair in the kitchen for J to stand on.
2. Mummy & J wash hands.
3. J gets his apron on (& in our home his chef bandanna)
4. J picks the cup cake cases and puts them in the tray.
5. Mummy empties the mix in the bowl and J stirs the flour, mixing out the lumps.
6. Mummy adds the water and oil - J mixes it in.
7. Mummy helps J mix, but generally leaves him to it.
8. Mummy spoons the mix into the cases - J licks his spoon.
9. Mummy puts the cakes in the oven. 
10. We check on the cakes together, and when it's time mummy lifts them out.
11. J helps check to see if they are cool to decorate, once they are - Mummy uses the back of the spoon to spread the icing on, & J decorates with sprinkles from a little bowl.
12. We both taste test the cakes in the garden.

I'm sure over time J will do more and more and we can learn to follow recipes together as well. I purchased a little baking set for him and it's ideal as he can grip the smaller spoon easier, he also knows not to mess with the bigger spoons. Yesterday we made chocolate fudge cake cup cakes for Grandad's birthday. We all enjoyed them!

Bird Land Bourton on the Water - a bird-tastic day out

I was looking for somewhere different to go with J when someone suggested Bird Land, I checked out their website and armed myself with the postcode for the sat nab GL54 2BN and set off, the postcode takes you to the pay and display car park in Bourton which is right next door, we parked up and walked the short distance to Bird Land, and entered a feathered world of fun. 

The park is lovely with aviaries displaying various birds, they also have open pens for different birds such as flamingos, and other water birds, our favourite was the penguins who you can watch swimming under water with the viewing panels, J was fascinated watching them dive for their food, and coming up close to the glass. He raced around the aviaries taking in all the different birds and mocking their calls! 

The park is well laid out with lots of outdoor room for picnics to take it all in, with the weather looking glum we opted for the eatery on site, which was lovely, serving homely food and reasonable prices. The play area is well equipped with a sand table to build some master pieces. 

We spent hours here, and loved it. It's under a tender to get in, with children under 3 getting in for free! So another bonus.
 We will be returning again before the end of the year I'm sure it'll become one of our hot spots

Brown Bear- at last a decent baby shop comes to Witney

With the parent parking spaces being full near Waitrose yesterday I had to park in the long stay area of the car park, I'm so pleased I did as I got to discover Brown Bear which has recently opened in Witney.

The shop is situated on the end of the row of shops (opposite end to Hacketts) and has lots of goodies for babies, toddler and parents. I loved wandering round and seeing the amazing aray of stock that they have.  Brown Bear isn't like the other children's shops in Witney, for a start it's really accessible, and buggy friendly all on one level with space to wheel around (hooray!) it's light airey and a pleasure to  browse around. Along with the usual baby things Brown Bear also stocks all those 'life saving' baby times such as snooze shades, gro bags, gro clocks etc. Many of these items I remember waiting days for to arrive when J was a baby having had to order them online (& pulling my hair out in the waiting process)  they also have some adorable new baby items, including the range of the 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'. J also spotted his favourite Gruffalo in the shape of a Trunki, luckily he was in the buggy else I'm sure he'd of been out and whiz zing around on one.... Which I'm sure the staff wouldn't of minded, the lady behind the counter was friendly and welcoming and willing to help.
The shop is just round the corner from the rear entrance of the Methodist church where there the children's centre holds sessions, so it's ideal to visit before or after!
Big thumbs up from me, I will definitely be making a return visit.