WOW Toys Giveaway

We are huge fans of WOW toys in our household and have a growing number of their bright, colourful toys in the play room. Designed for pre-schoolers with some toys suitable from 12 months, WOW toys are safe, durable (they withstand the most heavy handed toddler!) and thankfully don’t require batteries to make them work.

In the run up to Christmas, the lovely people at WOW Toys have provided me with a Casey Camper Van and Motorbike Max to give away to one of my lucky readers.

Casey Camper Van (£23.99) //

Your little one will have hours of fun playing with Casey Camper Van. Casey Camper Van is an 8 piece set including one motorised camper van, one picnic bench, one dog basket, two suitcases, two figures and one dog and can help with sensory stimulation, fine motor skill development, social interaction, role-play and exploration.

Motorbike Max (£16.98) //

Motorbike Max is perfect for smaller hands and offers a motorised bike and side car with realistic engine sounds. There are also four removable figures including Wiggles the dog and an opening picnic basket.

Brilliantly all the figures can be played with independently in their own little sets, or used with other vehicles thanks to them all being the same size.

For your chance to win the WOW Toys Casey Camper Van and Motorbike Max, comment on this blog post telling me who you’d like to win the toys for AND fill in the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

Full Ts&Cs are below.

Terms and conditions:

  • Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Hello Baby Blog or WOW Toys.
  • The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  • The prize draw starts at 12am on 17th October 2017 and closes at 12am on 3rd December 2017.
  • 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, following @hellobabyblog on Twitter, tweeting about the giveaway, following Hello Baby on instagram, following Hello Baby Blog on pinterest, following @WOW_Toys on Twitter, visiting WOWtoys on Facebook, following wow_toys_uk on instagram and then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post.
  • The names of the winner will be published on this website within 2 days of the competition closing.
  • Hello Baby Blog’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into.
  • By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions.
  • 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.
  • Once the winner has been selected at random using Rafflecopter, I will inform WOW Toys of the winner’s name and address and 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.

Disclaimer: PR collaboration

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  • Sue McCarthyOctober 17, 2017 - 1:53 pm

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy NixonOctober 17, 2017 - 2:31 pm

    For my little niece x thank you xReplyCancel

  • joanna butler-savageOctober 17, 2017 - 2:35 pm

    my friend’s little boyReplyCancel

  • abigail edkinsOctober 17, 2017 - 2:50 pm

    For my lillie popsReplyCancel

  • iain maciverOctober 17, 2017 - 3:16 pm

    perfect for my nephewReplyCancel

  • Paula BarkerOctober 17, 2017 - 4:22 pm

    I’m a Grandma for the first time in December, these would be a lovely first birthday gift.ReplyCancel

  • Alice DixonOctober 17, 2017 - 5:59 pm

    For my son, they have something similar at our local playgroup and he always enjoys playing with themReplyCancel

  • emma waltersOctober 17, 2017 - 6:18 pm

    perfect for my little nephew xReplyCancel

  • Andrea FletcherOctober 17, 2017 - 6:50 pm

    For my grandson.ReplyCancel

  • Hayley FOctober 17, 2017 - 6:55 pm

    I would love to win for my nephew. Thankyou xReplyCancel

  • laura banksOctober 17, 2017 - 7:39 pm

    my godson he would find them aceReplyCancel

  • Rebecca LisOctober 17, 2017 - 8:35 pm

    My sonReplyCancel

  • SolangeOctober 17, 2017 - 9:36 pm

    I would like to win the WOW Toys Casey Camper Van and Motorbike Max for my little nephew.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin HoneyOctober 17, 2017 - 9:47 pm

    I’d like to win these for my granddaughtersReplyCancel

  • Kim NevilleOctober 17, 2017 - 11:21 pm

    My grandson would enjoy playing with these when I look after himReplyCancel

  • melanie stirlingOctober 17, 2017 - 11:55 pm

    I would give them to my youngest nephew.ReplyCancel

  • Graham RossOctober 18, 2017 - 4:31 am

    perfect for my nephewReplyCancel

I do love a good fashion collaboration and the latest Mini Boden autumn/winter 17 collection inspired by Kenneth Graham’s classic children’s tale, The Wind in the Willows doesn’t disappoint.

With modern shapes and vibrant bursts of colour, Boden’s designs take inspiration from the riverbank, the wild wood and the open road, with a cheerful array of charming creatures featuring in special prints and appliqués, sporty stripes straight from the boathouse and beautiful florals.

I adore the whole collection but here are my favourite items from the Boden x Wind in the Willows collaboration. And don’t forget Boden currently have 20% off for 5 days, so what are you waiting for?!

Boden x Wind in the Willows

Clockwise from top left:

Fun Printed Dress

Reversible Teddy Half Zip

Fun Jumper

Jersey Swing Dress

Boden x Wind in the Willows

Clockwise from top left:

Stripy Patch Hoodie

Fun Sweatshirt

Novelty Zip-up Hoodie

Layered Fun Animal T-shirt

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  • Becci - theunnaturalmotherSeptember 3, 2017 - 7:23 am

    I love Boden and this collection looks amazing. I love the bright colours and the range is definitely something i would dress my kids inReplyCancel

Baby Dove

As parents we’re constantly feeling the pressure to be the ‘perfect parent’. It’s all too easy to compare ourselves to others and feel like we’re always falling short in one area or another. Whether it’s feeling inadequate standing next to the immaculately made-up mum at the school gates (whilst you have a mum-bun and minimal make-up!), watching back-to-back instastories of mums whose homes seem to run flawlessly, or measuring our crafting abilities against other mums on Pinterest, the temptation to become insecure in our mothering and homemaking role is never ending.

Thankfully Baby Dove is on hand to remind us that ‘there are no perfect mothers, only real ones‘. Baby Dove encourages mothers to do what they think is best for their baby.

Launched in March 2017, the new Baby Dove range has been created to support mothers with superior baby care products so they can get on with motherhood their way. The range builds on Dove’s 60-year heritage of moisture, mildness and gentle care and goes beyond mildness to replenish essential moisture and nutrients in baby skin.

Dermatologist tested, paediatrician approved and safe to use every day even on newborns, Baby Dove is available in two ranges; Rich Moisture range and Sensitive Moisture range.

As Phoebe has incredibly sensitive, eczema-prone skin we opted to review the Sensitive Moisture range and haven’t been disappointed. The Baby Dove Sensitive range includes three products, the Head to Toe Baby Wash, Lotion and Wipes, all of which are fragrance-free, hypoallergenic (and therefore clinically proven to minimise allergy risks) and pH neutral with tear-free cleansers.

We’ve been using all three products for a few weeks now and they really have left Phoebe’s skin silky smooth and most importantly haven’t flared up her eczema. In fact they’ve helped enormously by locking in the moisture all day and night.

Baby Dove

The ‘Head to Toe Wash’ is ideal for daily use and creates a rich, creamy lather to keep your little one clean and nicely moisturised. Containing ¼ moisturising cream, this wash restores the essential moisture that can be lost during bathing, keeping your little one’s delicate skin soft hours after bathtime.

The ‘Lotion’ is easy to apply and gently soothes dry skin from the first use. As with all the products in the range, it’s also suitable for newborns and is dermatologist and paediatrician-tested. This has helped enormously with the numerous dry patches that Phoebe has on her body and I have to admit that I’ve been using it too!

Baby Dove

The last product in the range is the ‘Baby Dove Sensitive Wipes’. I have been loyal to another brand of wipes since Jack was born nearly 6 years ago as they are strong, durable and reliable, but I have to say that I’ve been super impressed with the Baby Dove Sensitive Wipes. Fragrance-free, they are perfect for sensitive skin and they’re easy to pull out of the pack for quick, on-the-go cleansing. They’re also strong and moist making them ideal for changing nappies too.

Using the Baby Dove Sensitive range has worked well for us so far and I’ve been really pleased to have found a range of products that are not only gentle enough on her skin for daily use, but are brilliantly moisturising too.

Baby Dove is available now in Tesco, Asda and Boots, instore and online. Other national retailers will launch the brand later in 2017.

Disclosure: This post was produced in association with Baby Dove.

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  • Michelle Twin MumAugust 28, 2017 - 2:30 pm

    I bet these are lovely products. I love the adult range and a baby range will be divine. So good to hear their slogan, about no perfect Mums too. Mich xReplyCancel

  • TalyaAugust 28, 2017 - 3:36 pm

    Oooh I had no idea they had a baby range out will definitely be looking out for this!ReplyCancel

  • StephanieAugust 29, 2017 - 12:54 am

    These products look amazing, I have been meaning to try them out and really need to pick some up next time I see them. xReplyCancel

  • The DADventurer (Dave)August 29, 2017 - 9:50 am

    Didn’t know Dove did so many baby products – will keep an eye out for them.ReplyCancel

  • SarahAugust 29, 2017 - 9:25 pm

    This looks like a great range – my boys both have quite sensitive skin too so it sounds like it would be fab for them.ReplyCancel

Over the last few months we’ve been testing out the Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT Car Seat as part of the Britax Mumbassador programme. Britax are renowned for producing excellent quality, safe car seats and having used the DUALFIX for the past year (and loving it!), I was intrigued to see how the Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT compared.

Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT Car Seat

In a nutshell, we’ve been really impressed and it’s been brilliant to have a seat that can easily be transferred between cars thanks to its dual fixings and weight. We have ISOFIX in both our cars but not everyone does and I love the flexibility that this seat offers as it can be safely installed in most cars, either with ISOFIX and a 3-point seat belt, or with the 3-point seat belt alone. I also really like the ‘ISOFIT’ on the Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT. The ISOFIX is a ‘soft-latch’ ISOFIX which I’ve never come across before, but I find it so much easier and quicker to fit than the rigid version.  You simply pull down the handle to reveal the soft latch ISOFIX mechanism, release the latch and pull out the clip.

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There are a whole host of other brilliant features too including:

  • It’s a Group 1/2 /3 (9-36kg) car seat, making it suitable from 9 months to 12 years old. This makes it the only car seat you’ll need after an infant carrier. As your little one grows, you can easily switch from the integral harness (up to 18 kg) to using the car’s 3-point seat belt (up to 36 kg) to secure the child in the seat.
  • CLICK & SAFE® audible harness system – This is such a brilliant idea to ensure your little one is harnessed correctly, especially if like me, you set off on a journey after fastening in your little one to realise that the straps need tightening even more when you’re on the move. The CLICK & SAFE® system lets parents know when their child is harnessed correctly thanks to an audible click when their child is harnessed to the correct tension.
  • Superior Side Impact Cushion Technology (SICT) – The improved SICT offers superior protection in case of a side collision by pushing your child away from the impact in a controlled movement and absorbing the energy exerted on your child.

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  • Performance Chest Pads – Phoebe found the pads really comfortable and thankfully they also reduce your child’s forward movement in a frontal collision and help spread the forces from a frontal impact more evenly across your child’s shoulders and chest.

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  • For everyday spills and marks, the seat is easy to sponge down and clean using a damp cloth, but for the larger mucky areas, the seat cover is removable, machine washable and brilliantly you don’t have to remove the harness to get it off.
  • The Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT Car Seat offers a recline position which offers a comfortable sleeping position for all ages. You just have to adjust the seat to a recline position underneath before fitting it in your car.
  • The easy-to-adjust headrest can easily be adjusted to the correct position, just above your little one’s shoulders, with one hand – even whilst they are sitting in the seat

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COLOURS

The Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT comes in five different colours including (l to r) Mineral Purple, Cosmos Black, Flame Red, Ocean Blue and Black Marble.

Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT Car Seat

IN SUMMARY

At £210 the Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT is really good value and on a par with its rivals. So far I’ve been really impressed with the seat, and I know just like the DUALFIX, it’s well made, super safe, easy to install and most importantly comfortable for Phoebe, especially on long journeys where the recline function comes into its own. If you’re looking for the next stage car seat, I can highly recommend the EVOLVA 1-2-3 SL SICT as a car seat and high back booster.

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You can find all the latest news from Britax on their Facebook and Twitter pages and to see the full range of their brilliant products, check out their website.

Disclosure: We received the Britax Evolva 1-2-3 SL SICT free of charge as part of our Ambassador programme, however all opinions and photographs are my own and I’d still rave about it even if i’d paid for it!

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  • Sally TreanorJuly 31, 2017 - 10:58 am

    Oooh thanks for posting, this seat looks fab! I love the look of the ISOFIX as our current bar-style one is such a pain to pull out.ReplyCancel

PAW Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue

“No job’s too big, no pup’s too small!
PAW Patrol, we’re on a roll”

Yesterday morning, we were very excited to be invited to PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue at the O2 Apollo, Manchester.

Based on the hit TV series, PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue brings Ryder and everybody’s favourite pups, Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye and the newest pup Everest to the stage for an action-packed, high-energy, musical adventure.

Without spoiling the show and giving too much away, it’s the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger. When Mayor Goodway hurts her foot and is unable to race, the pups come to the rescue (with the help of the audience of course!) to save the day. Using each of their unique skills and teamwork, the pups make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line and Phoebs especially loved cheering and cajoling the pups along on their adventure.

PAW Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue

The show lasts for approximately 75 minutes with an all important 15 minute interval / loo and snack break, so it’s the perfect length for keeping the attention of little ones.

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue really is a wonderful show and I can’t recommend it enough for your little PAW Patrol fans. I was slightly concerned that Jack would find it quite boring now he’s reached the grand old age of nearly 6, but he really did enjoy it and both he and Phoebe totally immersed themselves in the show and joined in the singing and cheering with gusto.

PAW Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue

The live theatre production of PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue is continuing its tour for the next few months visiting London, Nottingham, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Leeds, Cardiff and Glasgow. There are still tickets on sale for the rest of the tour but they’re selling out fast so to avoid disappointment book now!

Disclosure: We were kindly gifted four tickets to watch PAW Patrol live in exchange for this review.

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