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WauWaa and Frugi – Review

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If you have never heard of Frugi, you can find out about their amazing organic children’s clothing here . And if like me, you have and know how simply amazing they are then you can check out there range now available at WauWaa .

When I was asked to road test an item from Frugi’s new range I almost squealed with excitement! I didn’t  for fear of the pooch going postal and licking me half to death but I could barely contain said excitement. Ive had a few Frugi pieces for the girls over the years but only ever bought them second hand so this was a real treat!

I choose the super stylish Camper Van Dress and I can hear you all now screaming, “Why isn’t this in my size?!” Well sadly it isn’t… YET! But you can still ogle that little lady of yours in this stylish number and barely feel duped.

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My little lady simply could not wait to get it on ( as you can see from the chocolate stained face and bruised shins!) and has had to be prised out of it every time it requires washing. Who can blame her tho when its a beautiful fit, looks amazing and feels divine on the skin!

I simply adore the packaging it comes in, makes the whole experience that little bit more magical, who doesn’t love cute packaging! And the label is gorgeous, a work of art if you ask me. I simply adore brands that take that little bit of thought on their packaging for children’s clothes, it makes everyone feel spoilt.

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We have had this dress for almost a week now and its been worn almost every day and washed and dried on the radiator. It hasn’t lost its shape and neither has any of the colours bled, it hasn’t shrunk and with each wash it still looks as glorious as the day we received it.

I genuinely don’t have one bad thing to say about the cute little camper van dress or Frugi. For the £27 this dress retails at if I had gone out and bought it I would still be over the moon. It’s very rare to buy something this soft  that will continue to hold its shape after the abuse the 4 year old puts it through along with the continuous washing and drying in doors.

And for the boys, check out this bad boy . This has to be the greatest tshirt I have EVER seen!

Check Frugi out now, available at WauWaa as a permanent brand. Which will you choose?

*The Camper Van dress was sent to me free of charge, all opinions are my own*

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Cook with Organix Challenge

With having 3 young( ish) children and it only seeming like five minutes ago i was weening my now 9 year old I’d like to think I have a fair grasp on the ‘baby food’ market, or not.
When these amazing base’s where offered to us to trial I couldn’t say yes fast enough. They sounded like an amazing idea, they give you the oppertunity to make quick and nutritious meals for the little folk, introducing them to new tastes and knowing they are good for their tiny insides too.
We have bought and enjoyed Organix goodies before, they haven’t always gone down well, like most children we have some things they are really picky about and the 3 year old is currently on a chicken binge which means she refuses to eat anything that doesn’t look like garlic bread or clucks!
We are still very much in ‘trial mode’ and are experimenting with the stuff we received, also whilst trying to find the time to get them involved in the cooking process and making them aware of where their food comes from and how other children in different countries eat or don’t as the case may be.
We tried the Mexican rice and sweetcorn the other night with tea, I was stuck for something to give them as i was sick of offering the same thing over and over all because we have a fussy eater *glares at the 3 yr old*.

It smelt delicious whilst whizzing around the microwave, and i have to hold my hands up to having a crafty taste before dishing up and surprisingly , YUM! , I was slightly envious I wasn’t getting it for tea!
It was a massive hit with Emma, our 6 yr old, she didn’t leave a scrap on her plate, Zoe our ‘I’m allergic to anything that isn’t chicken’ 3 yr old refused bluntly to even give it a taste but as she is open to pasta from time to time I’m hoping the Herby Vegetable Pasta will go down well with her, the ‘ I was once as picky as Zoe’ 9 yr old ate about half then made up some elaborate tale of how she didn’t like it because…. I zoned out at this point.
This was no surprise to me to be honest as it was in a mild Mexican sauce, she doesn’t eat anything in sauce (rolls eyes) and contained veg (also something she seems suddenly allergic to) but she gave it a try and a good one at that so that’s a start.
The portions where definitely generous, the pots say 2 portions and it was still more than enough for the 2 of them, I could of easily made it go an extra meal with no problems at all.
I did nothing fancy with it this time, just some cooked chicken, and it made a lovely healthy meal for them.
I am now writing the bases into a couple of recipes for our meal planner for next week to give them a good old try out, when I’m a little less pulled thin with garden laying and school work!
I will admit though that they make a great addition to the kitchen cupboard when you know you are in a rush but still want to provide a healthy and very tasty meal with little fuss and a lot less time!
Have a pop on over to the Organix website and check out their list of recipe’s you can try and not just with their bases, there are also hits and tips on feeding advice, a meal planner and an online shop so you don’t even have to change out of your PJ’s to give them a try!!! (in fact why didn’t I think of this??!)
I’d love to know what you think about organix bases, baby weening and I’d love to see your pics of your creations, send in a pic of your tiny folk enjoying your creations and you could win a sample pot of Organix base to try yourself, send your pics to lizipants@yahoo.co.uk and I’ll add a showcase of all your tiny folk, right here.
If you have been knee deep in dirty nappies or just reaching weening age and havent heard about Organix and what they do, here’s a little background for you straight from the horses mouth..

Organix, number one in Organic babyfood*, today launches Cook with Organix, a new home cooking range set to revolutionise the babyfood aisle.
Cook with Organix has been developed to help meet the growing desire amongst parents to cook their children’s food from scratch. Cook with Organix Recipe Bases provide the starting point for a meal, to which you can simply add the finishing touches and Cook with Organix Paste Pots allow you to create a meal from your own choice of ingredients, using a wide range of available recipes.
Recipe Bases and Paste Pots have been created in the Organix kitchen to give parents a helping hand to create a variety of nutritious and healthy dishes at home that will help develop their baby’s taste for real, good food.
Lucy Jackson at Organix comments: “Cooking from scratch means different things to different people, from preparing beans on toast, to cooking entirely from fresh ingredients. At Organix we understand that parents want to be able to create their little one’s meals at home using fresh ingredients, because they believe that home-cooking is best for their baby. We also understand that time can be tight and it’s not always easy to come up with different recipes every night – not to mention feeling confident in what is suitable for young children.”
For those tight on time, Recipe Bases (RRP £2.49, 200g) allow parents to add their choice of finishing touches to the recipe and cook in just 5 minutes. With a choice of Tomatoey Spaghetti, Herby Vegetable Pasta and Mexican Rice and Sweetcorn, Recipe Bases are suitable from 10 months to 3 years plus and contain two portions per tray, so parents can cook for two children, or store a portion to create a totally different meal another day.
Paste Pots (RRP £2.49, 2x48g) are a creative cooking aid for parents who have a little more time. Each pack has two different Paste Pots (each making 3-5 portions) and two simple recipes to follow, which use ingredients easily available in supermarkets. A wide range of Cook with Organix recipes are also available on the Organix website, each taking around 30 minutes to cook. Suitable from 7 months to 3 years plus, Paste Pots are available in Mild Green & Red Thai Curry, Mild Tikka & Korma and Tomatoey Red & Herby Green.
Lucy Jackson continues: “Meals for little ones should help inspire a lifelong love of good food and here at Organix we always strive to innovate and set new standards in baby food. In contrast to the limited range of a few stir-in pasta sauces usually available in supermarkets, our Cook with Organix Recipe Bases and Paste Pots offer parents more freedom and confidence to get creative in the kitchen and experiment with their little one’s cooking, as well as giving them the reassurance that they are providing the very best nutrition for their child.”
The Cook with Organix range is available in selected Tesco stores across the UK and is coming soon to other major retailers.

Thanks for stopping by..

L x

ECover Zero – A Review

I’ve used ECover a few times in the past, mainly for a household cleaner and dishwater tablets and never had a bad thing to say about them so when i had the opportunity to try their new Zero range i was over the moon.
We had the washing liquid and fabric softener and washing up liquid that i donated to my mum to try as we have a dishwasher and well neither me or the hubby fancied doing the dishes by hand!
Ive never used fabric softener before as I’ve only heard bad things about it and with us all having extremely sensitive skin i tend to avoid it for fear of the kids coming out in rashes and I’m no big fan of my laundry smelling of some faux flower or other but i have to say i am more than happy with the ECover Zero one, it left no smell at all on the clothes, it left all heavy fabrics comfortable to wear and it seems to be lasting an absolute age! i have to say i am a complete convert and will definately buying the fabric softener again.

The washing liquid is fabulous! I’ve never used a natural washing powder before what with having 3 children aged between 3 and 8 they are heavy on their clothes and never go a day without changing so i didn’t want to try something that wasn’t gonna get them clean but the ECover has been fabulous! All the clothes come out clean and in some cases it has even removed some stains that I’ve been struggling to remove with ordinary washing powder. It has been so kind to the girls skin and not one of them has had an allergic reaction to it which pleases me more than anything. And even with *cough* accidentally leaving the washing in the washer overnight the ECover kept the clothes smelling fresh and clean and didn’t need rewashing.
I cant praise this stuff enough its kind to the environment, kind to skin and doesn’t cost the earth. ECover Zero fabric conditioner in 750ml, which has lasted us almost a month and there’s still about a quarter left is only £1.92, £1.92!! i mean what can you buy for £1.92 now?!! The washing liquid for 21 washes is £6.99. This is more than i normally pay for my washing liquid but i would happily continue to pay this just for peace of mind.
Like i mentioned before my mum gave the washing up liquid a go and being slightly OCD with her cleaning habits she often has red and dry skin on her hands but after using the ECover Zero for just a  few days it eased the itching and redness and tackled the dirty pots like a boss!! She couldn’t be happily and i think I’ve finally managed to convert her to a more ‘organic’ cleaning lifestyle and at just £2.09 it well worth the swap.
Here’s a little about ECover if you are yet to discover them;

About Ecover

With a fruitful history going back over 30 years we suppose you could say we have OCD when it comes to cleaning, well it’s true we have a healthy cleaning obsession…
We have an answer for all your cleaning needs, an answer which would get top of the class when it comes to doing the job – for sparkling dishes, cleaner clothes and beautiful homes.
Not many brands boast their own state-of-the-art factories, factories which craft exceptional cleaning products in a completely sustainable process.
Some people think you can’t be green and really clean, but we’ve proved them wrong!
With over 30 products for your home, laundry and dishes we lead the way versus our petrochemical counterparts to bring you and your family exceptional cleaning (without compromise)
You see with Ecover it’s not just your laundry, toilets and kitchen surfaces that stay fresh and brilliantly clean – the world stays a little cleaner too.

Organix Goodies – A Review

Last week we received this lovely box filled with Organix Goodies. I had thought we had seen the last of ‘baby’ food and snacks as our youngest is now 2.5, but how how very wrong was I?! These fab goodies are suitable for right up to 3 years + and are perfect when out and about, you have a picky eater that likes small meals or just when you have had the day from hell and the thought of cooking another box of fish fingers puts the fear of god in you.

A few words from the people at Goodies.

Goodies Welcomes Two New Tasty Snacks for Toddlers.
Veg and Oat Bars and Mini Cheese Crackers join Goodies Savouries Range

 Toddling or crawling around all day, exploring and learning new things can use up a lot of energy, so it’s important to keep your little one’s energy levels topped up with regular snacks in-between meals.

Sweetness is one of the major factors putting Mums off toddler snacks in the supermarket but the two newest additions to the Organix Goodies Savouries range are a fab healthy alternative!

Organix Goodies Veg and Oat Bars and Organix Goodies Mini Cheese Crackers will keep hunger in check and help provide your toddler with the energy and nutrition they need.

Goodies Tomato & Carrot Veg and Oat Bars are made with organic dried tomato and carrot juice concentrate with all the goodness of wholegrain oats. The bars are gently baked for a soft savoury taste.
RRP £2.49, weight 6x25g

Goodies Mini Cheese Crackers are oven baked, bite-size savoury cheese crackers made with real organic cheese, organic wheat and rice flours, and contain absolutely nothing unnecessary. They are yummy on their own but why not try a little dip on top if your toddler is an adventurous eater?
RRP £1.99, weight 4x20g

The Savouries range is proving a popular addition to the award winning Organix Goodies brand and is loved by Mums wanting a savoury snack alternative. Jane, Mum to Isabelle, aged 13 months says: “The range is a great way to introduce more adventurous savoury flavours for my toddler”.

All Organix Goodies Savouries come with Organix’s No Junk Promise – which means there are no hidden nasties, just yummy ingredients!

Look out for a brand new flavour – coming soon!

We all like to feed our children the very best and making sure you get the 5 a day and all the other vitamins/minerals/and all the other things you need to eat or you will grow an extra head stuff can be a right battle, and with kids its all about how it looks! There’s nothing truer than the saying ‘ you eat with your eyes’ where children are concerned. If it resembles a vegetable or its something that hasn’t been deep fried you will hear a chorus of “EEEWWWW” emanating from the kitchen.
However i have found that these Organix Goodies have been great from snacks and good for them too! We don’t tend to have shop bought cake and biscuits and the only crisps i let in the house are pom bears so our quick snacks tend to be buckets of fruit so it was a welcome break for the kids to try something that they wouldn’t normally have.

Zoe ate the gingerbread men like they where going out of fashion (as you can see from this very fetching photo!), and from the pickiest eater i know this is a massive compliment.
Emma chose the dried fruit and she gave the ‘mmmmmmm’ nod of satisfaction, and she has become quite the connoisseur of dried fruit lately!
Elissa chose the mighty meal one night for tea, shes the eldest and the most picky about how things taste, she ate half of it before complaining it didn’t taste like mummy’s stew and dumplings but I wouldnt class that as a complete failure. It looked great when i dished it up, with mini dumplings and veg and it smelt like ‘real’ food.
We have saved the last few bits for day trips and when i cant cope with the constant “I’m hungrrryyyy” whining between meals!
All in all I’d be happy to recommend the Organix Goodies range to anyone with little ones, they are a brand i trust and the food resembles real food not something you would feed your dog. The packaging is lovely and bright and really catches the kids eyes which in most cases is the kiss of death but with these you know the kids are getting some goodness. I’ll be buying some of their snacks again, especially the biscuits and the dried fruit.
To find out more about Organix and there wonderful ranges of baby food and toddler snacks check them out here http://www.organix.com/
There are recipes, an online shop and a meal planner, its a site not to be missed!

Until next time…

L x