The Lost Smile Book – Wrigley’s Extra Smile Back Project

New research conducted by Wrigley’s has revealed that a story at bedtime remains one of the best and simplest ways of making children smile (28%), alongside pulling silly faces (44%) and playing hide and seek (27%). As many of you will know, we are keen readers with BattleKid and have been from a very young age. Stories at bedtime have been part of our nightly routine and as a result we are always keen to try new books with BattleKid, especially ones that will appeal to him. So when we were offered the chance to receive a new book, The Lost Smile, as part of the new Wrigley’s Extra Smile Back Project, I was interested to know more about the project and see what the book was all about. The Lost Smile book

Firstly, The Lost Smile is about a young boy named Kyle who has found that his family’s smiles are missing and he sets out on a hunt to find their lost smiles. The book takes us through his hunt and shares with us the ways he searches and tools he uses during his hunt.

It is a nicely illustrated book which has definitely appealed to BattleKid as when we ask him what story he wants at bedtime, “Smile” is often top of his list. The story itself is simple enough but I often pad it out, adding a few extra words here or there to prolong it for BattleKid as he enjoys it so much. It is definitely a favourite of his at bedtime these days!The lost smile book

The ultimate story behind The Lost Smile is that children’s smiles are “powerful and infectious, inducing a ‘smile back’ effect on those around them“. That is one of the very reasons why it is so important to protect the smiles of young children by keeping their teeth clean and healthy. It is also the reason why Wrigley’s launched their Extra Smile Back Project last month to coincide with the UK’s largest and longest-running oral health campaign, National Smile Month, which has just finished.

The idea behind Wrigley’s Extra Smile Project is to raise funds for their chosen charity partner, Action for Children, which will fund the creation of oral health workshops aimed at educating more than 10,000 children and 5,000 parents in its first year. The workshops will take place across the UK from August 2016 to August 2017. The goal of these workshops is to increase awareness of the importance of maintaining good oral health, now and in the future.

Each child who attends a workshop, which will be held in areas of the UK where rates of tooth decay  are among the highest, will receive a take-home pack which includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, a 2 minute timer to brush their teeth to and further advice for good oral care. All of these ensure the children and their families have the necessary tools for good oral care. I was shocked to read that 34% of 12 years old in the UK, one of the most developed countries in the world, have tooth decay. That is an unbelievable statistic and one which needs to change drastically.

To help raise their pledged minimum of £250,000, every pack of Wrigley’s Extra sold between 22nd May 2016 and 16th July 2016 includes a donation to charity. And any profits from the sale of each copy of The Lost Smile book will be split between Action for Children and the Oral Health Foundation.

There is nothing more I love than to see BattleKid smile and I am doing my best to protect his smile, ensuring we help him to brush his teeth every morning and evening. Even nursery are doing their bit by helping children to brush their teeth after lunch, so I know all of BattleKid’s care givers are doing their bit to protect his beautiful smile. In the meantime we will continue to read and enjoy The Lost Smile as part of our bedtime stories.

Are you doing all you can to protect your children’s smiles?

Cath x

The Lost Smile Book – Giveaway

The team at Wrigley’s have kindly given me some copies of The Lost Smile to give away to my readers to enjoy and read. It also includes some top tips from the Oral Health Foundation to help keep your family’s teeth clean and healthy. So if you’d like to win a copy of the book, please follow the instructions on the widget below. Also, if you’d like to know more about Wrigley’s Extra Smile Back Project please visit their website for more information.

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Sudocrem Care and Protect: Our Review

Not so long ago we were contacted by the Sudocrem team to see if we’d be interested in reviewing Sudocrem Care and Protect. Now, I’ll be perfectly honest with you, I thought Sudocrem Care and Protect was the same thing as Sudocrem Antiseptic, just in tube format. I replied naively to say BattleKid rarely gets nappy rash so I was unsure when we would get a chance to use it and see it in action.

I was quickly corrected by them and informed that Sudocrem Care and Protect is a preventative ointment designed to be used at every nappy change to prevent nappy rash. Now that I had been properly informed I agreed to test it out with BattleKid.Sudocrem Care and Protect

We received a sample tube towards the end of May. However, I decided to test Sudocrem Care and Protect for a while with BattleKid before I wrote my review as I wanted to be able to give it a fair and honest one. So I started using it at every nappy change at home.

I didn’t send it into nursery with him as it might have been a bit of hassle for them to use at each nappy change, particularly if his key worker wasn’t in. But that said I’m using it at home at each change.

Sudocrem Care and Protect, as I’ve mentioned, is designed to help prevent nappy rash by protecting against the causes of it which include:

  • Urine coming in contact with your baby’s skin.
  • Ammonia being released when urine and faeces mix.
  • Friction caused by a baby’s nappy rubbing against their skin.
  • Washing detergents not being thoroughly rinsed from reusable nappies.
  • Other certain triggers like weaning, teething, vaccinations, illness and antibiotics.

The main causes of nappy rash with BattleKid these days is friction, particularly when we have warm weather. He has a minimum of 4 nappy changes in nursery, more if needed, so I never worry about the other factors with him. He is almost finished teething and he’s been quite well in himself lately, touch wood.

But I do notice that nappy rash can become a problem during spells of warm weather with him running around outside in the garden, both at home and nursery. So May and June have been a good time to test Sudocrem Care and Protect on BattleKid.

And the verdict is? I’m really pleased with Sudocrem Care and Protect and wish I’d read the box correctly in the shops, and not got it confused with its antiseptic counterpart, as I would have been using it since day 1.

Sudocrem Care and Protect is a light and gentle cream which is easy to apply. Once you get into the habit of using it at each nappy change, it quickly becomes part of your routine. Even BattleDad remembers it, and if either of us look like we’re about to forget, BattleKid soon reminds us!Sudocrem Care and Protect

We’ve had a few warm weeks of late, despite the rain in between, and this might normally have set off a bout of nappy rash in BattleKid. He hasn’t had even a remote sign of it starting, all thanks in my opinion to us using Sudocrem Care and Protect on him now. I really do believe using Sudocrem has made a huge difference to his bum, which is lovely and soft I might add.

Sudocrem Care and Protect is gentle enough to be used on newborns, is hypoallergenic and all its ingredients are designed to do one thing; protect against nappy rash. Its triple-action formula works by creating a protective barrier while conditioning the skin and guarding against moisture, all in one go.

The other thing I really like about Sudocrem Care and Protect is how easy it is to use compared to its antiseptic counterpart in the tube. Being in a tube means it can be used one-handed, there is less mess and is easy to store in places like changing bag pockets.

It is also much easier to use than some other tube brands of nappy cream as it has a flip-top lid, not a screw one, and comes in a plastic tube, not a metal one. It comes in three great sizes, 30g, 50g and 100g. I use the 100g tube at home and have a 30g tube in my change bag for when we are out-and-about. Yes I’ve repurchased it!

Things I love about Sudocrem Care and Protect:

  • Easy to use, no mess.
  • Flip-top lid is much easier to manage one handed than screw lids.
  • Plastic tube rather than metal one.
  • Light and gentle cream.
  • Does exactly what it says on the tin: protects the skin while keeping it conditioned and soft.
  • Really is a great product.
  • Easy to store in change bag pockets, or upright on shelf.
  • Quickly becomes part of your nappy changing routine.
  • Comes in three great sizes, for out-and-about and at home.

Things I don’t like about Sudocrem Care and Protect:

  • Nothing, I only wish I’d known about it earlier and not mixed it up with its antiseptic counterpart.

Sudocrem Care and Protect has quickly become part of our nappy changing routine at home. I’m really pleased that despite the warm weather recently, BattleKid has remained rash free. Sudocrem Care and Protect is a great product in my opinion and I am happy to recommend it to all mums seeking a way to prevent nappy rash in their babies and toddlers. All good supermarkets stock it, from as little as £3.00, so can easily be added to your shopping trolley.

I hope you’ve found this review helpful. Thanks for reading.

Cath x

*We were sent a sample tube of Sudocrem Care and Protect for the purpose of this review. However, all opinions of the product expressed here are solely my own. I will add that I have gone on to purchase more of this product.

I am giving my readers with children still in nappies a chance to win both a 30g and 100g tube of Sudocrem Care and Protect to use on your children. Just follow the instructions in the widget below and good luck.

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Things You Learned in May 2016

I always start a new month thinking BattleKid might not get up to much in terms of firsts and developments and then by the time the end of the month comes around I’ve got more on my list than I anticipated. And May was no different. We started the month with a family holiday and ended with a lovely family weekend with Lolo and my sister’s surprise visit. So without further ado, here are the things BattleKid got up to this month.

  • You got your first ever stitches. On our first day of our holiday in Lanzarote no less!Lanzarote Day 1 g
  • It was your first time flying in your own seat with dad. You’d flown in your own seat with mum when we went to Portugal in March.
  • May was the first time you had toe nail painted. Mum did it on holiday and you thought it was hilarious.
  • Dad has been helping you learn colours with your cars on holiday.

    Practicing your colours with your cars
    Practicing your colours with your cars
  • You said your full name “Ada Jordan” and age for the first time on holiday!
  • You have started and loved singing rock a bye baby with dad, especially just before bed.
  • You built sand castles with dad on the beach.Lanzarote Day 4 j
  • Closely followed by building channels in the sand to collect water.
  • And drawing patterns in the sand.
  • You’ve started say “Make water?”, which means filling sand holes with water with dad, or filling a water pistol.
  • You said to dad when he swapped spades, “what do you say? Thank you Ada!” which dad did, to which he got the reply “you’re welcome”. That was a first for dad as well as you!
  • Brasiaas, your version of gracias, was learned  and mastered on our last night in Lanzarote.
  • You’ve started saying “Good boy mama, good boy dada”, copying us.
  • You’ve also started saying “Oh dear mama, dada, oh dear me” if something is wrong or broken or not quite right.
  • The first flowers you ever picked for me were daisies this month followed by dandelions. I’m such a lucky mum.20160513_174506
  • You’ve started telling us you have a wee or poo in your nappy, although not all the time.
  • You’ve been talking in your sleep which is quite cute to listen to, but not at 3am.
  • You are singing more nursery rhymes voluntarily with Incey Wincey Spider being your favourite. It is just too cute to listen to.
  • You recognised Lolo and ran straight to him as he collected you from nursery with dad when he arrived over for two weeks during the month. Lolo was chuffed to pieces.
  • You’ve been putting your hand to your ear to pretend you are on the phone.
  • You have been pretending to take my arm or nose and throw it away then say “where nose gone” before putting it back and saying “there armie”.
  • You’ve started looking for us to “kiss it better” if you hurt yourself.
  • You visited the dragon in Caerphilly Castle with Lolo. You weren’t sure at first but Lolo coaxed you into touching him.
  • Aunty Carz surprised us with a visit at the end of May, sneakily organised with BattleDad. After your initial shock at a stranger in the house she was soon your new best friend! 20160526_181926
  • For the first time ever you said “Ada’s favourite” when Dad put the Alex Parillo bike videos on YouTube for you.
  • You are now licking your fingers clean instead of insisting on wiping them on your clothes thanks to dad!
  • You can count to 10 on your own. You get it right most of the time too.
  • “I’ll fight you” taught to you by Lolo! Surprised both mum and dad. Bad Lolo!20160530_085122
  • You’ve started saying “Too big” if you can’t manage to do something such as open a door or reach something or if you know something is genuinely too big for you.

We had a lovely month with a holiday that got better as the days went by and visitors from Ireland. We have a few things coming up in June, so stay tuned for the next lot of firsts and developments in the world of BattleKid.

Cath x

Bluestone Day 4: 13/06/16

BattleDad and I were up before 7.30 as we needed to be on the road by 9am. You check out of your lodge in Bluestone by 10am but can use the facilities until 3pm. However as BattleDad was flying to Paris for work from Cardiff at 3.30 we couldn’t hang around.

While BattleKid had his milk I got dressed and packed up our things in our room before making a start downstairs. Once everyone was up I quickly made scrambled eggs and beans to use up some food and helped tidy up the kitchen. We packed up the car, said our goodbyes to W and S, thanking them for letting us hijack their weekend and got on the road just after 9.

We were making good time too until we came up behind a police convoy escorting wide and long lorries on the A465 and we followed them all the way from Neath to Hirwaun. Thankfully they turned off there and we got home just before 11. 2016-06-13 10.33.21I made pizza and chips for lunch and BattleDad said his goodbyes to BattleKid when we put him down for his nap before 1.

BattleDad left soon after and I caught up on washing before collecting the dogs at 4pm after BattleKid had woken up. Another brilliant weekend in Bluestone had come to an end and we are already looking forward to our next visit in November when we’ll be visiting the Kingdom of the Elves! That’s going to be exciting. However, next up for me is both #BML16 and a quick trip home to Dublin (operation depending) at the start of July before we head to New York in September. And let me tell you, that is coming around quickly!

Thanks for reading another set of Bluestone Holiday Diaries.

Cath x