Review: Bio-Oil

The past 5 weeks I have been testing out Bio-Oil for my stretch-marks.

When I was asked to review this product, I was slightly sceptical. I used creams all through my first pregnancy but still ended up with lots of deep and wide stretch marks. They were hideous. They’re all over my belly, side, thighs and some even run down to the back of my knees.

It really upset me for several years. Thankfully no new ones appeared during the subsequent pregnancies, but obviously they got red as my belly grew.

I am very conscious about my body. I always have been, but even more so now I’ve had children. I cover up all the time. I hate looking at my belly.

I decides to give the Bio-Oil a try. After all I’m pregnant again and what harm can it do? If it doesn’t do anything, then I’ve lost nothing.

Bio-Oil is Specialist Skincare for Scars, Stretch marks, Uneven Skin Tone, Ageing Skin and Dehydrated Skin. It contains the breakthrough ingredient PureCellin Oil which reduces the thickness of the Bio-Oil and makes it easily absorbed.

Even though this is called “oil” and looks greasy, it’s really not. It rubs nicely into the skin and doesn’t leave you with that horrible greasy feeling on your hands or body. I’ve actually noticed my hands are slightly softer after applying Bio-Oil.

Bio-Oil instructions state that you should massage the oil into the skin twice daily for a minimum of 3 months. If pregnant then start using from the 2nd trimester on stretch mark prone areas.

Now, I’m a mummy and I’m very busy running around after 3 kids and a pup. I am also pregnant and have the elusive “baby brain”….therefore some days I forgot to apply twice a day.

But, as you can tell by the below picture, this stuff does actually work! I can clearly see that it’s reducing the tone and colouring of the stretch marks. They’ll always be there, but I’m hoping if I continue using the oil that gradually they will fade and become less visible.

I’m definitely going to carry on with the Bio-Oil during and after this pregnancy. I’m not expecting miracle cures, but to give me back a bit of body confidence will be great!!

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*Disclaimer – I was sent the bottle of Bio-Oil in return for this Review. However, the review is purely from my own experience of the product.

Review: Completing the Puzzle by Amanda Egan

 

Those who follow my Twitter feed will know how much of a fan I am of Amanda Egan aka Mummy Misfit.

Amanda is an Indie writer and self publisher of her books and ebooks. I absolutely LOVED her first 2 books, Diary of a Mummy Misfit and The Darker Side of Mummy Misfit. I have also had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Amanda in person!

I was thrilled to hear the news of her impending 3rd book, although this was to be different and not a Mummy Misfit book. I couldn’t wait and anxiously followed her Twitter feed and Blog for any news on the book and its release.

It was released by Amazon on Kindle e-Book on the 6th June 2012 and I downloaded it that very day. Now, being a SAHM, I don’t have as much time to read as I used to, so it has taken me 6 days to read a book that would normally take me a day to go through, but when I did start reading it was so hard to put down.

Just like the Mummy Misfit books, Completing the puzzle had me hooked from the first few pages. Amanda is an amazing author who manages to pull you in to the story. Her characters are so loveable and friendly that you can just relate to them. You laugh with them, you smile with them and you cry with them. You definitely fall in love with all of the characters.

Blurb

“Middle aged and middle-of-the-road, Fee Crawford has been drifting through life in a passionless marriage and hurtling towards the menopause.
With her twin boys grown up and needing her less, why does she still feel incomplete?
Coping with her elderly dad, increasingly distant husband and flighty best friend, Cordelia, her life seems to be spiralling out of control.
Will a chance meeting with a handsome vet be the missing link to make everything fall into place?
From the author of the ‘Mummy Misfit’ books comes ‘COMPLETING THE PUZZLE’ – A tale of families, love and mid-life crisis.”

If you love chic-lit then I really cannot recommend this book enough (and the Mummy Misfit books).

Amanda is currently writing her 4th book….and I really cannot wait to read it!!!

 

*Disclaimer – This is my own personal review. I have purchased the books, and written this review of my own accord. I simply want to promote a fantastic book by an amazing Author.

Review: Netmums Ultimate Baby & Toddler Q&A

A few months ago I was contacted by author of 10 Parenting books, Hollie Smith, asking if I would like to contribute some quotes to a new book she was writing. Of course I jumped at the opportunity. It’s not everyday you get a Parenting Expert as for quotes from your experiences for a book.

And so the email exchanges began. Hollie would email questions asking for experiences on certain topics and aspects of parenting and I would reply with my personal experience.

The book was completed and I was sent a copy. I was so excited when it dropped on my door mat and I couldn’t wait to get reading.

Having 3 children already, I’ve kind of ‘been there, done that’ so for me it was just a case of reading through how others have felt and handled situations.

I really wish this book was around when I’d had my first child. It really is filled with a lot of information on a vast array of topics from baby to toddler-hood. I love to hear about how others have managed situations and what the experts say on how to deal with difficult moments. For example, my first child had horrendous colic, didn’t sleep through and was slightly lazy in the crawling/walking department. I also went through bad experiences with potty training and when’s the right time. A family member was comparing him to another child and made me feel bad that he wasn’t potty training at 2.

It’s hard being a mum. I suffered with really bad Post Natal Depression too but this book really made me feel like I wasn’t alone.

Synopsis
Your 50 most common questions answered.

How do I pick him up?
Is it OK to bring her into bed with me?
Is it OK to give him a dummy?
When will she sleep through?
When should I start weaning him?
When will she start crawling?
How do I make a start on solids?
When will he start talking?
When should I start potty training her?

There are so many vitally important questions for mothers of babies and toddlers – and the answers are in The Ultimate Baby & Toddler Q&A, a comprehensive and accessible handbook from Netmums, the fastest-growing online parents'<;organisation in the UK, with more than a million members.

This indispensable guide includes hundreds of top tips and suggestions from other mums – real advice that works, from real mums who have experienced what you are going through.

I would recommend this book to all new parents. Every parent should have this on their bookshelf!!

You can purchase your copy of NetMums Ultimate Baby & Toddler Q&A here

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*disclaimer – I was sent a copy of the book for being one of the mums who had quotes published. This review is purely of my own accord.

Kids Bee Happy Sand Art Home Pack Review

Over half term J & K got to review the Kids Bee Happy Sand Art kits.

They love crafts, especially K and Sand Art has to be one of her favourites. Unfortunately, I can be a bit of a meany mummy sometimes and rather not participate in a craft that is going to be seriously messy!

I was a bit dubious to begin with as it can be a bit fiddly. The pictures that come in the pack are fab (girls and boys sets) and you get a really good range of different coloured sands, as well as clear laminate folders (if you have a laminator at home) to keep the pictures looking nice.

Each pack consists of 2 Pictures, 10 tubes of sand, 2 Cocktail pics to pull off the yellow top layer and Full instructions.

The kids were eager to get started on the sand art. I made space on the table and spread out some old magazine pages.

I found peeling off the yellow paper could be quite fiddle even with the little cocktail sticks provided to peel the layer off with.

The children chose which sections they wanted to colour all the same, and I peeled back the yellow top layer revealing the self adhesive section underneath. Now came the bit I was really dreading! The pouring over of the sand! BUT the sand pots are small and have little nozzles on them, so rather than a big pour that I expected, it was quite easy to control.

K decided to tip some of the sand out, then spread it using her finger, whereas J doesn’t like the feel of sand, so he used the nib of the sand pot to spread it about. We then dusted off the sand onto the magazine paper and we were able to unscrew the sand pots and pour back the excess sand. I found that the most time consuming bit was the pouring off the sand back into the pots, as the children just wanted to colour everything in one go.

However, these packs are great for any craft loving kids and are especially great for rainy days to keep them occupied and we will definitely be using them again! I may be a “craft mum” convert after all…but Shhh don’t tell the kids just yet 😉

You can purchase these kits from Kids Bee Happy for £8.99 per pack.

Garden Games Croquet Set Review

As a kid we used to play a version of croquet with a little plastic set we had. Well, it was more along the lines of just whacking a ball with a long mallet type devise if I’m honest. We never really knew what we were doing.

I have seen croquet be played before and often wondered about the game and how it’s played.

I was contacted by Garden Games asking if we would like to review one of their croquet sets. We thought we’d give it a go as it’ll be a great game for all the family to get involved in.

We were sent the ‘Lawn Croquet’ and were very impressed. The set consists of:

4 Wooden children’s sized Croquet balls
4 Painted wooden mallets with fabric grips
6 Steel wickets
1 Painted wooden Winning Post

The set comes in its own zip fasten carry bag making it easy to carry if you were to take it out, and easy to store.

There are even instructions on how to play the game for beginners like us.

The set itself is very good quality and lightweight. It’s perfect for children (and adults).

In short, it’s a perfect addition to your family summer games! I can’t wait until the summer arrives and we can get proper use out of it! Can just picture us now having a picnic and a game of Croquet in the park!!


Disclaimer: We received the Lawn Croquet set for Free in return for this review.

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