Friday, 28 September 2018

The Baby and Toddler Show

A couple of weeks ago I attended the Baby and Toddler Show at Sandown Racecourse. Although this is my second pregnancy and I've 'done it all before' I really wanted to go along to a baby show to see what new products there are around. A lot seems to have changed in 6 years!


As I mentioned in my pregnancy announcement  post I felt a little lost when it came to the new baby products on the market. This was the best place for me to take a look at everything and decide what I really needed. I remember being really scared during my first pregnancy, I looked through the list at the back of the Mothercare catalogue and the list of things I 'needed' was terrifying! This was a whole new world of things I'd never had to look at before. And that was just one shop! I wanted to find out what things would really work for us personally.


I know there are huge shows in big arenas but this one appealed to me as it was smaller (though still with loads of brands) and it wasn't as overwhelming. It's all under one roof and there are people there to talk you through things without making you feel like a idiot who's in no way ready to have a baby!

There's over 150 brands all with excellent offers and advice thrown in. It was nice to spend time talking to passionate business owners who really knew what they were talking about and were so friendly. 

Being an event tailored to parents it's fine to bring children with you. There are lots of baby changing facilities, feeding areas and toilets available - they know there's a lot of pregnant women walking around! 

There's an option to attend workshops from experts, you can try out a baby carrier for the day, have a good play with some buggies and see what works for you.
I entered a few competitions and followed some great brads on Instagram to keep track of their latest products as I get closer to the due date. 


I found out I didn't need the infamous Sleepyhead as it wasn't a product I'd personally need. Though if you are in the market for one they had great offers on them! And I finally got to play with Ewan the Dream Sheep and see wha all the fuss was about. We decided we 'might' get one nearer the time but we weren't toilet swayed by it just yet.


On to a couple of bits that I picked up...

As Mason was so well behaved (even though he thought a baby show involved some sort of musical on stage with babies as the stars - he was slightly let down when I explained this wasn't the case!) we made sure we picked him up something and the range of books from Jungle Jam  were lovely. The owner was so passionate about what she does and she was really friendly. Her books all have a great message while incorporating places around the world. The books introduce children to new instruments and cultures while each books has a moral theme that explores a range of life lessons such as overcoming fears, sharing and trying new things.

Mason picked the book based in India which follows Ella the Elephant learning to stay calm when things don't go the way she might like. Something M is slowly learning to get to grips with... 

One product we really liked was the cuddle mateCreated by a mother with a restless son, it's designed to help your baby get a soothing nights sleep, encouraging a safe and healthy sleep position. 

They're perfect for tummy time (last time I just called it 'time on their front' -all these terms I'm still learning!),  a great comforter and  just the right size to keep in the cot as they grow. It's not a product that will go to waste quickly. This grow with your child. 

It's the perfect shape for them to wrap their arms and legs around even after they're over a year old. I'm kind of tempted to use it myself!

As newborns can only see things that are 20cm from their eyes the large and friendly faces have been designed to help focus their sign and develop their vision. 

We originally planned to order one on the website in a month once we knew the gender but after a bit of thinking we quite liked 'Buddy' the blue dog and figured it would still work if we had a girl. Plus it was a much better price at the show with almost £10 off!


I came awn from the show feeling reassured and a lot more informed. 
If you want to attend the upcoming  Baby and Toddler Shows the dates are -

North West from 28th-30th Sept 2018

Scotland from 26-28th April 2019

and you can use my code BL10 for 1/3 off. 

*tickets to the show were gifted to me but all products were bought by me & all thoughts are my own


Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Kids Eat Free - Tips for Dining With Family

Are you heading out for a dinner with your family? If you dine out regularly you've probably noticed that the restaurant bill can quickly mount up when you have a lot of people at the table with you. 

If you dread finding out what the bill is when it comes to dining with family, then you should start thinking about finding places where you can take your whole family and save money - with the kids eating free or for a low, low price. It's time to put your cash to work, and take advantage of great deals. I've teamed up with WOW Free Stuff and have come up with a list of all the best place your child can eat for cheap or free.


Giraffe - Kids eat free at weekends 
Every weekend, kids can eat free at Giraffe. Order an adult main meal and your kids can get a main, drink and dessert for free. The menu at Giraffe is varied and exciting, and it's a great way to get your children to try exotic foods that they might not be so enthusiastic about at home. 

Beefeater Grill - Free Breakfast for Kids 
Buy yourself a breakfast and get free breakfast for the little ones. You could get three breakfasts for less than a tenner with this deal. The breakfast menu is quite extensive, and you can choose from a continental or a cooked breakfast, coffee, juice, pastries and more. 

La Tasca - Free Meals for Kids
This Spanish restaurant has a deal which offers free food for kids when an adult buys a meal worth a tenner or more. There are seven different main courses on the kids' menu, as well as a nice range of tasty puddings. This is a great offer that is on all day, every day, not just on weekends like some of the other restaurants on the list, so you can take the kids out for a nice meal whenever you feel like it. 

Brewers Fayre - Free Kids Breakfast 
Spend £9.50 breakfast meal for an adult, and up to two kids can take advantage of a free breakfast. There's plenty of choices on the breakfast menu for kids, so you can fill them up with tasty food so that they have the energy to take on all the activities that you have planned for the rest of the day.

Heathrow Airport - Selected Restaurants offering Free Meals 
If you are planning a holiday with the kids then you will want to try this awesome offer. It's only on for certain dates and certain restaurants, but kids can eat free with the purchase of a main course for an adult. Look out for the restaurants that offer this so that you can make the most of the amazing deal and save money on the overall cost of the holiday. There are several restaurants that are included in the deal, with some of the most popular ones being: 

  •  Carluccio's 
  • Gordon Ramsay Plane Food
  • La Salle
  • The Prince of Wales 

Frankie & Benny's - £1 Kids Meals 
Save money on kid’s meals with this offer from the family favourite chain. Purchase an adult meal, and kids can enjoy a kid's meal for £1. 

The menu is full of child-friendly options, so there's something for everyone to enjoy. The price includes a main meal, a side dish, a drink and a dessert, so it's an offer that's hard to beat. 

Prezzo - £1 Kids Meals
One of my personal favourites! This is another all day, every day offer that lets the kids enjoy their firm favourites for less. There are two menus, one for tots and one for older kids, and there are lots of dishes to choose from, with plenty of wholesome choices that your little ones will really enjoy. 

Chiquito - Kids Deal for £1 
This Tex-Mex restaurant also offers a bargain on kid’s meals when you purchase an adult meal. It's ideal for a family treat, and it offers soul food and filling, delicious treats that will help to encourage your kids to get a bit more adventurous. The meals are affordable too. 

Crown Carvery - Kids eat for £1 Sunday Roast
Get a classic Sunday roast for an affordable price. This deal is available for kids under the age of 10 on Sundays and Bank Holiday Monday. It's a brilliant option for the whole family, and it's a way of keeping a family tradition while enjoying a day out. 

Table Table - 2 course kids meal for £1.99 
Table Table is a restaurant/pub that offers cheap meals for the whole family. Choose from meals on Monday-Saturday and if you dine before 5PM then the kids mealis a bargain. The dishes include at least one of your kid's 5 a day, so you can be confident that they're getting good nutritious food. 

Bella Italia - £1 Kids Meal 
There are two menus, one for little kids and one for older kids, and you can get great deals on both of these menus when the meal is purchased with an adult meal as well. The kids menu is sure to go down well with the little ones in your household, and you can be happy too because you're treating them without breaking the bank. 

Hungry Horse - Monday Pound Deal
Hungry Horse is a place that adults and kids can both enjoy visiting, and when the adults pay full price, up to two kids can enjoy a great meal for just one pound. The menu includes a lot of different options and kids can pick out exactly what they want to eat, which makes this a fun and accessible option for the whole family.

Sizzling Pubs - Weekday Kids Deal 
If you're looking to treat the family to a nice meal out during the week, then this Sizzling Pub offer is sure to satisfy everyone, even the fussiest of children. To take advantage of this offer you will have to have downloaded and signed up for the Sizzling Pub app, but once you've done that you will be able to enjoy great prices and save a lot of money on eating out.

We tend to go out for lunch a lot and really enjoy it. It's a lovely way we spend quality time as a family and we want to continue as our family grows. The cost has been a bit of a worry with another child on the way, but with offers like this I'm confident we can still treat ourselves even with another mouth to feed!

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