storyboard133With just over a week until Christmas Day, I thought I would share the books that I have recently bought for Jack to get us in the festive mood. He has always been a little bookworm from a very early age, so I thought I would add these Christmas books to his ever expanding library to get him even more excited about Father Christmas’ imminent arrival!

Alfie’s ChristmasThis is the perfect book to get your little ones in the mood for Christmas. Featuring much-loved characters and Shirley Hughes’ iconic illustrations, this is a heart-warming, traditional story for the festive season. 

The Jolly Christmas Postman - I remember reading The Jolly Postman with my parents when I was little, so when I saw this book, I just had to buy it for Jack. It’s a brilliant story about The Jolly Postman at the most festive time of the year and I predict that this will fast become a storybook favourite in any Christmas-loving house. The postman is off delivering his mail to a gaggle of storybook characters again but this time they contain yuletide greetings and seasonal joy. Jack loves that there are actual letters, games and pictures secreted away in full-page pockets and it keeps him entertained for ages!

Dear Father ChristmasThis is one of the Alan Durant ‘letter collection’ books written about a young girl called Holly and her pen pal relationship with Father Christmas. There are little letters to pull out throughout the book to keep your little one’s entertained and it’s been a hit in our household.

Topsy and Tim: Meet Father Christmas (Topsy & Tim) - Jack is a HUGE Topsy and Tim fan so when I saw ‘Topsy and Tim meet Father Christmas’ I just had to buy it. The story is based around a little visit to the local garden centre to choose a tree, and while they are there they meet a very special person! It’s gone down a treat and this is the one he wants to read night after night!

How Many Sleeps till Christmas?– How Many Sleeps till Christmas? is the perfect festive countdown! Every day Little Pip wakes up and thinks Christmas Day has finally come, much to Daddy Grizzle’s dismay! It’s a brilliant story about patience that every parent will be familiar with!

What are your favourite Christmas books?

See that young lady on the left with the ever-so-perfect backhand!? That’s me.

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As you can see I have been an enthusiastic ambassador and promotor of Mark Warner holidays since I was a teenager, and while my life may have changed a little since then, I am still as big an advocate of Mark Warner now and I was back then.

As a teenager I adored our Mark Warner summer holidays with their non-stop activities. We learnt how to sail, waterski and windsurf, improved our tennis and began a lifelong love affair with diving. The promise of the perfect wakeboard around a beautiful calm bay even inspired us to get out of bed in the mornings, no matter how late we’d stayed up the night before.  The holidays were the perfect balance of family time (beating our parents in the tennis tournament or sailing race..!), relaxing on the beach in the afternoon and having the freedom to have fun with our new ‘Indy Club’ buddies.

In my early twenties my ideal holiday would probably have involved donning a backpack and setting off to a far flung destination with my boyfriend (now husband!) by my side. But parenthood saw an end to the hedonistic days of coupledom and now that we have two little people to consider, my holidaying preferences have come full circle.

So what is my perfect holiday now I’m a parent?

My ideal family holiday is one that combines unlimited opportunities for fun and adventure for the whole family, a healthy dose of relaxation and quality time as a couple safe in the knowledge that our little ones are being well looked after (& thoroughly entertained) by qualified childcare staff, both day and night. It’s a chance to escape the ‘day to day’, making memories and replenishing our batteries. A holiday that we will talk about fondly for years to come. And one that we will relive through the many photographs taken.

We will spend our days:

Splashing around in the pool

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Keeping active

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Playing in the sand, building sandcastles and boats…

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… or attempting to do the same in the stones

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Relishing cloudless skies

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Reading a good book

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Enjoying an aperitif or two

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Snoozing on a sunlounger

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Catching some rays

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Marvelling beautiful sunsets

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Putting our feet up and zoning out

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Having a good old giggle

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And most importantly spending time as a family away from the distractions of everyday life.

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Which brings me back to Mark Warner once again.

Since becoming a mummy, I can totally see why my parents opted for Mark Warner as the travel company of choice when we were younger. Idyllic locations, relaxed atmospheres, superb facilities, actvities on tap, outstanding childcare and incredible attention to detail. Mark Warner has it all covered and there really is something for everyone.

Mark Warner are looking for five brand ambassadors for 2015 and The Oakes family would be over the moon if we were selected. We are a fun-loving, adventurous bunch who appreciate a little bit of luxury and we think we would be the perfect fit!

This is us:

Mummy // Steph // Marketing Manager // 32 years old. I love to travel. I’m slightly obsessed with Fry’s Chocolate Creams. I think I have a great singing voice. Others aren’t so sure. I laugh easily. I adore my family, my best friends, African sunsets, the smell of freshly cut grass, the sound of the sea, laughter, photo frames (you should see our house; I have a slight addiction!), being active, sushi, Proteas, polaroids and of course my camera (as an ex-wedding photographer, its hard to break the habit!) 

Daddy // Andy // Company Director // 34 years old.  My better half. Never happier than with a ball, dumbbell, golf club or duster in hand! A Forest supporter (for his sins), he is a fantastic hands-on dad and can often be found ‘working smart’ in his man cave/garden office.

Big Brother // Jack // 3 years old. My little ray of sunshine. Cheese connoisseur, clever, funny, caring and loving with the most insane memory. Always singing and playing his guitar, he has a rather strange obsession with The Chase and loves nothing more than dressing up and playing pirates.

Little Sister // Phoebe // Nearly 6 months old. Our beautiful little lady completes our family. Full of smiles, giggles (mainly at her brother’s daft antics) and coos, she has a new found love of jumping thanks to the trusty Jumperoo.

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***I’ve always loved the Mark Warner ethos and I have written this post in the hope of becoming a #markwarnermum. Mark Warner have asked bloggers to write a post about their perfect family holiday and five very lucky bloggers will be selected to become ambassadors for Mark Warner in 2015. It would be a complete honour to be chosen and I’ll have everything crossed until the ambassadors are announced. ***

  • Katie @mummydaddymeDecember 14, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    I absolutely love love love that you were in the mark warner brochure- that’s all kinds of fabulousness. What a great story to go back with your little ones. Good luck lovely, we loved being ambassadors this year, so much so we are going again. XxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyDecember 14, 2014 - 10:43 pm

      Ah thanks Katie. They really are the best holidays aren’t they! I have such fond memories of my summers spent at the various resorts and I’d love for Jack and Phoebs to have the same. I have everything crossed but having seen the standard of the other entries I’m not getting my hopes up! Which resort are you going to next year? XReplyCancel

  • MelDecember 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Brilliant entry! Love that you’ve had such an amazing time on trips with Mark Warner. They seem like the ideal family holidays, really. That photo of you in the brochure… fab! So true that once you have a family, it’s “the little things” that tend to make a holiday so special.ReplyCancel

Making a Christmas cake has always seemed like too much hard work for me; the planning, months of feeding the fruit with alcohol, the baking, making the almond paste and lastly spending an eternity icing the darned thing, seems like a whole load of festive faff that to date I’ve never involved myself in. Besides I don’t even like Christmas cake as I always feel like there is too much ‘stuff’ in it!

But as a family of foodies, Christmas is a time for indulgence and as we are hosting Christmas this year, and the rest of my family feel more kindly towards Christmas cake than I do, I thought I would put my bias aside and give it a whirl!

Having done my research it would seem that the majority of recipes involve feeding the cake with alcohol for months on end but I did stumble across this lovely recipe from Rachel Allen who claims that her delicious cake can be made on Christmas Eve and still taste as good as the others, if not better! Apparently as long as the fruit’s soaked for at least two hours, that’s more than enough, but if you do have time, you can leave it to get sozzled for a couple of days. She also says that this cake is easier than making a Victoria Sponge – this sounds like my kind of festive bake!

However…having made the cake today, it would appear that I fail miserably on the domestic goddess front, mainly because I can’t read my own recipes and got the size of the cake tin completely wrong (surely a lot of people get confused with inches and cms right?!). My cake tin was bigger than it should have been, yet for some reason in my ‘small-child-induced-sleep-deprived-fog’ I thought it was smaller, so halved the recipe (I told you i’m no Nigella!) resulting in a cake that was A LOT thinner than it should have been!

Needless to say I thought I had no option but to rebake the cake when my lovely husband stepped in to try and salvage the situation by suggesting a ‘layered cake’! So that’s what I did. After the cake had cooled I cut it in half, and stuck it together with a bit of marmalade with the thought that once its covered in marzipan and icing, no-one will be any the wiser! Now, I’m not suggesting you do this for one minute, but I am rather pleased with the end result!

INGREDIENTS

For the cake:

  • 150g sultanas
  • 150g raisins
  • 110g chopped dried cranberries
  • 110g chopped candied peel
  • 110g chopped dates
  • 110g chopped dried apricots
  • 50g chopped crystallized ginger
  • 150ml brandy or whiskey
  • 275g butter, softened
  • 275g soft light brown sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 orange rind grated finely
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 275g flour
  • 2tsp mixed spice

For the almond paste: (or you can just use shop-bought marzipan for ease – I did!)

  • 450g ground almonds
  • 450g caster sugar
  • 1 large or 2 small eggs
  • 2tbsp brandy or whiskey
  • 2 drops of almond essence
  • 1 cup icing sugar, for dusting

To brush on the cake:

  • A few spoonfuls of marmalade or apricot jam (heated to form a liquid that can be brushed)

For royal icing:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 675g icing sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp 1/3 glycerine

OR

For fondant icing: (or you can just use shop-bought fondant icing for ease like I did!!)

  • 1.5 egg whites, whisked
  • 100g liquid glucose
  • 0.5tsp vanilla extract
  • 600g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting

METHOD

  • Firstly prepare the fruit for the cake. Place the dried fruit, candied peel and crystallised ginger in a bowl, pour on the alcohol and allow to soak for at least two hours.

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  • Preheat the oven to 150C/135 fan/300F/gas mark 2.
  • Line the base of a 23cm (9 inch) non-stick cake tin and butter the sides. You can also put parchment paper around the outside of the tin to stop the cake drying out in the oven.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter well. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy, then add the eggs, one at a time and beating well between each addition.

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  • Stir in the orange zest and almonds then sift in the flour and mixed spices and fold in gently. Fold in the soaked dried fruit together with any alcohol left in the bowl.

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  • Transfer the mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 150mins – 195 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Pour another tablespoon or two of the alcohol over the cake, as soon as it out of the oven. Cover the cake, still in the tin, with foil and allow to cool. Once the cake has cooled, remove from the tin and wrap in foil until you are ready to cover it with almond paste / marzipan. (The cake will keep like this for a couple of months!)

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  • To make the almond paste: (instead of using shop-bought marzipan…)
  • Mix the ground almonds and sugar together in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the egg(s), add the brandy or whiskey and the almond essence, then add to the dry ingredients and mix to a stiff paste. (You may not need all of the egg mixture).
  • Sprinkle the worktop with icing sugar, turn the almond paste out of the bowl and gently knead until smooth.
  • Remove all foil and greaseproof paper from the cake. Take about half the almond paste and place it on a worktop, dusted with icing sugar. Roll out until it’s slightly bigger than the cake itself and about 1cm thick.
  • Brush the top of the cake with the jam and turn it upside down onto the almond paste. Cut around the edge of the cake, then carefully turn the cake the right side up with the lid of almond paste on top. (Alternatively you could cut the almond paste out using the cake tin as a template, and place it on top of the cake).
  • Next measure the circumference of the cake with a piece of string. Roll out one long strip of almond paste  (or two shorter strips joined together) the same length of the string and trim both short edges to the same height of the cake. Brush the cake and the almond paste lightly with the jam and press the strip(s) against the sides of the cake, but without overlapping or there will be a bulge. Trim away any overlapping pieces of almond paste, then roll a straight sided glass around the sides to ensure there are no gaps between the cake and the paste.

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  • For royal icing: Place the egg whites and icing sugar in a large bowl and using either a hand held electric beater or a food mixer, whisk for several minutes or until the icing stands up in stiff peaks, then whisk in the glycerine just for a second or two to combine.
  • Use a palette knife to spread the icing all over the cake, covering the almond paste, then use the flat of the palette knife to gently lift up the icing in small peaks all over for a `snow scene’ effect.
  • For fondant icing: In a bowl, mix together the egg white, glucose and vanilla extract. Place the icing sugar in a separate bowl and gradually add the egg white mixture, beating continuously until all the ingredients come together.
  • Place the icing on a spotlessly clean worktop that has been generously dusted with icing sugar and knead it for a minute or two until it is completely smooth on the surface.
  • Dust your worktop again with icing sugar and roll out the icing into a round about 30cm (12in) in diameter. Make sure that the worktop doesn’t get sticky by regularly lifting up the icing with a palette knife or metal fish slice and dusting the work surface beneath it with icing sugar to stop the icing sticking to it.

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  • Brush the almond paste with boiling hot water so that the fondant icing will stick to it, then carefully lift the round of icing and place over the cake. Press and smooth the icing all over the cake with your hands. Use a straight sided tumbler to roll all over the cake, then, with a sharp knife, trim away any excess from the ‘skirt’. Keep rolling over the cake with the tumbler for a very smooth and neat finish. (If making a square cake, press something flat like a hardback book against each side to neaten and flatten the sides).

And there you have it – a super easy Christmas cake recipe (if you can read the recipe correctly that is!) for all the family to enjoy.

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But wait, there’s more…

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I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at OXO to host a fantastic bumper giveaway! You may have noticed that I used a lot of OXO utensils and baking products whilst baking this cake and they are offering one lucky winner all the products that I used so you can make your very own Christmas cake in time for Christmas day.

The prize includes all of these lovely items:

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For your chance to win, comment on this blog post, telling me what present you are hoping to find under the Christmas tree this year and then enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Full Ts&Cs are below.

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Terms and conditions:
  1. Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Hello Baby Blog or OXO.
  2. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  3. The prize draw starts at 12.00am GMT on 9th December 2014 and closes at 12.00am GMT on 18th December 2014.
  4. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post and filling in the Rafflecopter widget. Entrants can gain bonus entries by visiting Hello Baby on facebook,  @hellobabyblog on Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, visiting OXO UK on facebook, @oxo_uk on Twitter and then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post.
  5. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the competition closing.
  6. Hello Baby Blog’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  7. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.
  8. Hello Baby Blog reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  9. One the winner has been selected at random using Rafflecopter, I will inform OXO of the winner’s name and address, they will then send on the prize. I’m sure this won’t happen but I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post or arriving late

 

  • Tracy NixonDecember 9, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    I would love a new sewing maching or some money to buy one in the January sales!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey PeachDecember 9, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    I would love to find a camera xxxReplyCancel

  • SharonDecember 9, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Would love for a bread maker, I want to wake up every morning to a fresh smell of baking! xReplyCancel

  • Isabel O'BrienDecember 9, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    Hopefully a good book.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne TDecember 9, 2014 - 6:51 pm

    A new pandora charm would be nice.ReplyCancel

  • frances hopkinsDecember 9, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Some new clothesReplyCancel

  • kim nevilleDecember 9, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    An Iphone 6 would be lovely as my phone is playing up at moReplyCancel

  • laura banksDecember 9, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    hopefully some dvdsReplyCancel

  • Sharon HingleyDecember 9, 2014 - 11:15 pm

    I’m hoping to find Jo Malone perfume.ReplyCancel

  • Charlie Ashton-BlanksbyDecember 9, 2014 - 11:19 pm

    any new kitchen utensils and induction pans for our new kitchen would be ideal :) ReplyCancel

  • MelissaDecember 9, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    Le Creuset Casserole dish/stock pot and a Mary Berry cook book :-) ReplyCancel

  • Kelly LDecember 10, 2014 - 12:04 am

    A new charm for my bracelet!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia BDecember 10, 2014 - 9:23 am

    I’d love a kitchen stand mixer, but as they are soo expensive would be happy with some perfume!ReplyCancel

  • Aileen BurilinDecember 10, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Hopefully a calendar with more free time than this year so I can see more of my lovely friends!ReplyCancel

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    some perfumeReplyCancel

  • Natalie CrossanDecember 11, 2014 - 12:34 am

    Perfume :) xxReplyCancel

  • Mary ChezDecember 11, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    A new phoneReplyCancel

  • Marie burnDecember 11, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    A new jacketReplyCancel

  • emma speersDecember 11, 2014 - 10:26 pm

    A soup maker – it sounds so lazy I know, but they are really practical for busy family life and the fact it also has a food processor makes it very handy and a great space saver!ReplyCancel

  • Lynsey BuchananDecember 13, 2014 - 1:58 am

    PerfumeReplyCancel

  • anita casuDecember 13, 2014 - 9:33 am

    I am hoping to find a warmer winter coat.ReplyCancel

  • clair downhamDecember 13, 2014 - 10:56 am

    just happy kidsReplyCancel

  • winnieDecember 15, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    something from pandoraReplyCancel

  • Lauren HDecember 15, 2014 - 11:38 pm

    A kindleReplyCancel

  • Claire DaviesDecember 16, 2014 - 5:04 pm

    A surprise :-) ReplyCancel

  • Tina HolmesDecember 16, 2014 - 7:07 pm

    Some new pjsReplyCancel

  • Jess HowlistonDecember 16, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    I am hoping for some nice perfume!! xReplyCancel

  • melanie stirlingDecember 16, 2014 - 11:50 pm

    My favourite perfume,Noa,would be nice.ReplyCancel

  • Cat CulmerDecember 17, 2014 - 12:55 am

    A kitchenaid mixer would be very nice!ReplyCancel

  • Kiran ParryDecember 17, 2014 - 4:16 am

    A new cameraReplyCancel

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  • Ann-MarieDecember 17, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    A large bottle of champagne to get me through the day :) ReplyCancel

  • Charlene McNabbDecember 17, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    I always look forward to reading the card I get from my husband, he always writes something so meaningful and it gets me giddy thinking about it. Its the little things for me, if we can be healthy and happy for a change that would be great! It’ll be our last Christmas as just Mr and Mrs before our little daughter arrives in February so its extra special and the gifts under the tree are just a little bonusReplyCancel

  • AimeeDecember 17, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    An aromatherapy diffuser!ReplyCancel

  • Kerry LockeDecember 17, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    I would love to find a new iphone 6 but I’d settle for a cup of coffee in bed with a nice pair of warm fuzzy slippersReplyCancel

  • Jo CoppingDecember 17, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    a night’s unbroken sleep…ReplyCancel

  • Natalie EnglandDecember 17, 2014 - 9:51 pm

    I’m hoping for a new watch! :) ReplyCancel

If you’re fastidious about using organic skincare products on your little ones, this post is for you. And if, like me, you’re a sucker for lovely smelling products and pretty packaging, then you’ve really lucked out. We were recently sent some goodies from Little Butterfly; an organic-certified baby care range recently launched by Chelsea mumpreneur Gudrun Wurm.

This new luxury skincare range for babies is marketed as ‘dreamy organic-certified skincare, for discerning parents and heavenly babies’ and it certainly fits the bill. All the products are hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested making it the perfect skincare range for even the most sensitive skin and with the addition of essential oils such as mandarin and orange, it smells pretty delicious too. It’s no wonder Pippa Middleton has recently been spotted stocking up on the Little Butterfly range, for her cute little nephew perhaps?!

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You’ll be pleased to know that the Little Butterfly products are free from mineral oil, paraffin, parabens, SLS, silicones, DEA, TEA, PEGs and artificial fragrances, the packaging is recyclable and only trusted suppliers with sustainable and responsible production methods are used.

The Little Butterfly range currently includes, Body lotion, Body wash, Nappy change cream, Bathmilk and Mother & Baby massage oil.

We were very kindly sent:

Dewdrops at dawn body lotion: I’ve been using this on Phoebe for a few weeks now and I can honestly say that it has worked wonders on the little dry patches that she used to have on the backs of her arms. It smells delicious and although it feels thicker than some other body moisturisers we’ve used, it sinks into the skin right away and doesn’t feel greasy in the slightest.

Soft as moonlight nappy change cream: I’ve always been obsessed with applying nappy cream to stave off the dreaded nappy rash and this cream is a welcome addition. Another yummy smelling product, it protects your baby’s delicate areas from excess moisture. It also has fabulous healing properties to protect and repair areas of irritated, dry and cracked skin, but thankfully I haven’t needed to use it for this purpose yet.

Not only do I highly rate the products themselves, I was also really impressed with the brand’s packaging. So many brands fall short in this area but Little Butterfly have clearly invested a lot of time, thought and effort to ensure that their packaging and branding is top notch. I also really appreciated the handwritten note from Gudrun that arrived in my package, after all it’s the personal touch that really sets companies apart.

You can purchase these gorgeous products from Little Butterfly online or alternatively click here for a list of stockists.

*Disclosure: I was very kindly sent these goodies from Little Butterfly for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own.

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I’ve teamed up with the lovely people at Little Butterfly to host a fantastic giveaway to win a ‘Floating on clouds bath milk’ and ‘Dewdrops at Dawn body lotion’.

For your chance to win, comment on this blog post, telling me who will be the lucky recipient of these gorgeous products and then enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Full Ts&Cs are below.

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Terms and conditions:
  1. Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Hello Baby Blog or Little Butterfly.
  2. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  3. The prize draw starts at 12.00am GMT on 5th December 2014 and closes at 12.00am GMT on 9th December 2014.
  4. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post and filling in the Rafflecopter widget. Entrants can gain bonus entries by visiting Hello Baby on facebook,  @hellobabyblog on Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, visiting Little Butterfly on facebook, @lborganic on Twitter and then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post.
  5. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the competition closing.
  6. Hello Baby Blog’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  7. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.
  8. Hello Baby Blog reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions.
  9. Once the winner has been selected at random using Rafflecopter, I will inform Little Butterfly of the winner’s name and address, they will then send on the prize. I’m sure this won’t happen but I cannot be held responsible for prizes being lost in the post or arriving late.
  • Tracy NixonDecember 5, 2014 - 9:15 pm

    My dear mam, who turns 65 in January! She has arthritis and her joints ache during the Winter so she would appreciate this! Thank you xReplyCancel

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    I will give them to my sister xxReplyCancel

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    probably my mumReplyCancel

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    My mum!ReplyCancel

  • AtoZ MummyDecember 6, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    I would keep it all for me!ReplyCancel

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    Hopefully me xReplyCancel

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    My mamReplyCancel

  • JenDecember 7, 2014 - 4:56 am

    Definitely my little ones. I love baby skincare goodies and these look fab!ReplyCancel

  • KirstyDecember 7, 2014 - 4:59 am

    My lovely nephewsReplyCancel

  • SharonDecember 7, 2014 - 5:52 pm

    My mum, she deserve this. She prefers natural and organic cosmetics too xReplyCancel

  • Natalie CrossanDecember 8, 2014 - 9:51 am

    my daughter :) ReplyCancel

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With their innovative strollers and infamous ‘grow with your child’ high chair, the Tripp Trapp, Stokke has been firmly on my radar since having children. So when they approached me and asked me to review the Stokke Flexi Bath (the foldable baby bath) I jumped at the chance.

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The Stokke Flexi Bath does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a flexible bath! You literally fold the bath in half, pop the latch on and voila, the bath has been folded away! Ingenious!

The space saving design makes it super easy to store and it’s ideal for travelling. It’s incredibly lightweight and its flat-pack nature means it should also fit in your suitcase. It’s a perfect accompaniment for those little jaunts when you are staying in bath-less accommodation as the Stokke Flexi Bath can comfortably sit in a shower cubicle.

Another great feature is the non-slip rubber base which makes it the ideal option for smooth surfaces like tiles or laminate and there’s also no risk of it slipping about in an unfilled bath.

Phoebe isn’t sitting up yet so we have been using the additional newborn support which I can highly recommend. It means that my hands are free to wash her properly without having to prop her up with one hand and attempt the impossible by trying to get the shampoo/body wash on the sponge with the other free hand! She also looks really comfortable and content with lots of space to participate in her latest pastime – splashing mummy and daddy!

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The Stokke Flexi Bath comes in 5 different colours; Blue, Transparent, Orange, White and Pink.

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The Flexi Bath costs £35 which is pretty pricey for a baby bath. Plus, if you were to use it with a newborn you’d need to buy the Newborn Support seat separately, which costs an additional £15. However if you are a family who spend time travelling, visiting relatives and/or have little spare space in your home then I would say it is a totally worthwhile investment.

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When you become a parent, packing for holidays becomes a whole different ball game. The days when you used to be able to chuck a couple of holdalls in the boot are long gone and now every spare inch of your car is filled with child paraphernalia! Therefore any product that helps to ease that load is a winner in my eyes and the Stokke Flexi Bath fits that bill! 

It’s also suitable from birth to 4 years old so longevity wise, you will get good use out of it and once it has been outgrown, the spacious rectangular shape make it an ideal candidate for other uses. For instance you could use it as a toy box, a laundry basket or even as a washing up bowl when you are camping!  I know we will be making use of it for many years to come, it is so durable and I am confident that it will last a very long time!

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Disclosure: I was very kindly sent this bath free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all opinions are my own and I’d still rave about it even if i’d paid for it!