UV Buddy Bracelets Review – Staying Safe in the Sun

Before we made our move to Portugal in May, I started thinking about the fact we were going to live in a warmer country with a lot more sunshine. As a result, I also started thinking about protecting BattleKid’s skin, especially during the hotter summer months. Although I lived in South Africa until I was nine I don’t remember using sun cream when out and about, or beside the pool. But using sunscreen on BattleKid has become part and parcel of warm days ever since our first holiday when he was just 8 months old. I wondered was there anything else I could use and I stumbled upon UV Buddy bracelets. I was thrilled to receive UV Buddy bracelets to review for both myself and BattleKid and felt I was well equipped to tackle the sunshine we were heading to.uv buddy bracelets

UV Buddy Bracelets are a novel way of ensuring sun safety is forefront on your mind. They are handmade bracelets (and other accessories) which also contain special plastic beads packed with pigments that change colour upon exposure to UV light. We all know that too much exposure to UV light can have long term damaging effects on our skin and by using UV Buddy bracelets we can ensure we can take the necessary precautions to protect ours and our family’s skin.

How do UV Buddy Bracelets work?

UV Buddy Bracelets include state of the art beads containing pigments which change colour when exposed to UV light from any source, including the sun, as already mentioned. In normal light the beads are white in colour. However, in ultraviolet light the pigments contained within the special beads change colour depending on the strength of the sun. These pigments can change colour about 50,000 times before it will no longer react to UV light. Remember that UV light is invisible to our naked eyes! The white bead changes colour from white to a medium colour, to a vivid colour depending on the strength of the UV light and length of time of exposure. This colour change lets you know it’s time to apply sunscreen. Here’s a video to show you how they work:

Why use UV Buddy Bracelets?

I don’t know about you, but in the UK and Ireland I was quite guilty of not being sure when to reapply sunscreen. On sunny days, I’d put it on BattleKid before we went out, but I was never quite sure when to reapply. Well, UV Buddy Bracelets can help you out. By keeping an eye on the special beads and their colour, you can get an indication if the sun’s rays are strong and therefore lots of UV light is reaching our skin and that of your children. If the beads are still white there isn’t a lot of UV light reaching your skin so no need for sunscreen. However, if they are changing colour or are vivid you need to reapply sunscreen and often.

For us here in Portugal, the beads have been a vivid colour all the time and so it’s been a good reminder to reapply sunscreen frequently if we’re out in the sun. If it slips my mind, I only need to catch a glimpse of mine or BattleKid’s UV Buddy Bracelets and it reminds me to reapply sunscreen if it’s been a while. It also reminds me to put sunscreen on us if I’ve forgotten before we have left the house.

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BattleKid’s UV Buddy Bracelet
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My UV Buddy Bracelet

Were we still in the UK, these would be great to pop onto BattleKid on days out in case the sun made an appearance or if some sneaky rays were getting through the clouds warranting the need for sunscreen. They’re not just for use when the sun is beaming outside!

What I loved about UV Buddy Bracelets and accessories:

  • Good variety of accessories to choose from including bracelets, necklaces and phone charms.
  • Good variety of bead colours to choose from.
  • Very good value-for-money considering what they do.
  • Great for reminding us to reapply sunscreen, even on slightly cloudy days.
  • Very fashionable and trendy.
  • A great safety conscious set of accessories.
  • Can be used throughout the family by children and adults!

What I didn’t like about UV Buddy BRACELETS:

  • Nothing.

One point to note, our UV Buddy bracelets are a constant vivid colour here in Portugal when we are outside. In one way, this is good as it shows the high strength of the sun’s rays and the high proportion of UV light reaching us. The beads are only white indoors. However, I still need to keep an eye on times as to when to reapply sunscreen. On cloudy days these bracelets might really come into their own to indicate if UV light is creeping through the clouds. So, for the UK and Ireland they would be really useful.uv buddy bracelets

I was thrilled to receive some UV Buddy Bracelets for review, and both BattleKid and I have been wearing them when out about to remind me I need to reapply our sunscreen. They are lovely bracelets, very fashionable and really do jog my memory about sunscreen. I think they are a great product to use with children because, as a parent, there is nothing more important to me than protecting my child and his vulnerable skin.

So, if you are wondering what one product to invest in for the coming summer months or for your summer holiday, I highly recommend you get some UV Buddy bracelets for the family. They’re a great way to ensure you and your family remain protected in the sunshine.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We were kindly sent a set of UV Buddy Bracelets for review. However, as always, these are my own honest thought and opinions of the product.

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The Magic of My Name Storybook Review

A little while ago we were very kindly offered the chance to receive and review a new type of storybook. As I’ve discussed on the blog before, stories and storybooks feature heavily in our bedtime routine and have since BattleKid was only a few months old. So we jumped at the chance to review The Magic of My Name storybook.the magic of my name storybook

The Magic of My Name storybook is a completely personalised book, all about the magic and wonder that is your child’s name. It is totally unique from anything I’ve seen before and is 100% personalised to your child and their name. Their own name generates a fully customised story whether their name is Tom, David, Jennifer or Grace.

The story starts with a little boy (or girl) in bed who wants to know about their name. A fairy visits him (or her) and helps them discover the magic behind their name. Now I don’t want to go into the story in detail but suffice to say The Magic of My Name storybook is wonderful and BattleKid simply loves it, so much so we have been reading it every night since we received it.the magic of my name storybook

The story is lovely and is weaved quite nicely together. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is easy to read. I think once BattleKid learns to read he’ll be enthralled even more by this book. Children who can already read will thoroughly enjoy this story.

As I’ve mentioned we have been reading The Magic of My Name storybook every night as part of our bedtime routine and it takes between 12 and 15 minutes to read which is just right for us. It is well put together with good quality pages held together in a hardback binding.the magic of my name storybook

If there was only one thing I could pick out about the book is it is quite heavy to hold if you read it lying down with your child in the crook of your arms. We always read bedtime stories on our bed with BattleKid lying in our arms, and this book is a little heavy to hold in that position for 15 minutes. That said if you were sat up it wouldn’t be a problem.

The book is very simple and easy to create via The Magic of My Name website. You start the process by choosing a male or female character and then insert your child’s name. You then get a choice of 4 icons or avatars who will be the main character of your book. You then click “Create my book” and your unique book is created before your very eyes which you can preview before you buy.

During the preview stage you can amend the name, character or special dedication. You can also choose from one of seven different languages, and two versions of English, in which to receive The Magic of My Name storybook.

Now, curious as I am, I wondered how BattleKid’s book might differ from others, so I went back to the homepage and went through the creation process to create some other books based on both boys and girls names to see the differences. As BattleKid’s name is 9 letters long our book is quite long, but it seems for shorter names, there are other pages which fill in for those with shorter names, which is brilliant. I was wondering if someone with a name, say 4 letters long, would get short-changed but they don’t. The people behind The Magic of My Name storybook guarantee that each book is a minimum of 38 pages.the magic of my name storybook

The Magic of My Name storybook is aimed at children between the ages of 0 and 8 years old and will be a great compliment for those who are learning to read. It would also make the perfect gift for any child, be it for a birthday, christening or even Christmas. You can also choose either a hard or softback cover. We opted for a hardback as I think they stand the test of time with toddlers and pre-schoolers a bit more than softback books.

WHAT WE loved ABOUT THE MAGIC OF MY NAME STORYBOOK:

  • Beautifully made.
  • Lovely story which is easy to read and weaves together nicely.
  • Exquisite illustrations to capture a child’s imagination and attention.
  • Takes no more than 15 minutes to read, for a name containing 9 letters.
  • Customisable for both boys and girls.
  • 4 characters to choose from.
  • Shorter names do not get short-changed, each book is guaranteed to be a minimum of 38 pages.
  • Quickly became a firm favourite with BattleKid.
  • Available in 7 different languages and 2 version of English (UK and US).
  • Special dedication at the front of the book is customisable too.
  • You can choose from hardback or softback version, although there is an extra charge for the hardback version.
  • Ships to 19 different countries currently.

What we didn’t like about The Magic of My Name storybook:

  • The hardback version is quite heavy to hold up if lying down while reading it.

The Magic of My Name storybook is an absolute delight and BattleKid knows it is “his” book. I personally love the story and the illustrations. I can see this storybook playing a big role in bedtime for years to come.the magic of my name storybook

The Magic of My Name book starts from £23.99 for the standard, paperback book. The hardback version will cost an extra £4.99 (but is worth it in my opinion, especially for younger children). Standard delivery (to the UK) is £4.99 but express delivery is an option for an additional £3.00. The total cost with standard delivery for a paperback version is £28.98 and for the hardback version is £33.97. There are discounts available if you order more than one book.

You should also note that as each book is created and printed as an individual, delivery is estimated at 10 working days. Ours arrived 12 working days after placing our order.

If you are looking for a completely unique and personalised storybook, or gift, I cannot recommend The Magic in My Name storybook enough. It’s a big thumbs up from the BattleHousehold!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We received a hardback version of The Magic of My Name storybook for review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the product.

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Safesip Drinks Covers Review – Help Little Ones Learn to Drink Independently

I first came across Safesip drinks covers on Facebook back in March of last year and was immediately intrigued. At the time we were desperately trying to transition BattleKid to a big boy’s cup as he was refusing beakers but he couldn’t get the hang of open cups at all. This seemed like it might be the answers to our prayers and I clicked through to the website to investigate further. safesip drinks covers

Safesip is the brain child of Melissa Edmunds. She came up with the idea of Safesip drinks covers while looking after her poorly father, who was in hospital trying to drink through straws at difficult angles, all with a clumsy second child at the same time.

Safesip is a reusable drinks cover that fits virtually any glass, mug, cup or can and is designed to keep drinks in to ensure

No more spills – ever!

Its revolutionary design ensures drinks are kept in and everything else out, which means it is hugely versatile and can be used by parents, children, campers, party guests, the elderly and disabled alike. Safesip drinks covers are made from food grade silicone and are BPA free. They are dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe and have been designed to fit both single and double handled mugs.

After seeing all these advantages, I ordered a quad pack and soon started using them at home at mealtimes. They quickly started being used on all open-topped drinking cups for BattleKid and he loved drinking his drinks through a straw. They also helped to relax both mum and dad significantly as we no longer had to help him with his drinks or tell him to be careful, meaning mealtimes became more relaxed in our house.safesip drinks covers

We then brought the Safesip drinks cover to Lanzarote in May and used it during all meals in the hotel restaurants. Now unfortunately they were no totally BattleKid-proof, with us having two spills of drinks due to him knocking his cup off the table but knocks onto the table did not result in drinks being spilled. At all other times it made for calmer meal times while on holiday and meant BattleKid felt a bit more independent too.safesip drinks covers

We continued to use it for several months afterwards, both at home and out and about, and gradually stopped using them as BattleKid has gotten better with open cups. Now I will say that we have large plastic wine glasses at home and the Safesip did not fit over these, coming away very quickly but it fit all other mugs, cups and plastic glasses we have at home. It actually worked best with BattleKid’s own open cups, so job done. The reason we tried it on the plastic wine glasses was that BattleKid went through a phase of only wanting the same drinking vessel as BattleDad and I so I had bought 3 picnic plastic wine glasses to use at home so he would have the same vessel as us. It had been working until spills became a problem.

What we loved about Safesip drinks covers:

  • Reusable drinks cover.
  • Ideal for toddler using open drinking vessels.
  • British made from food grade silicon and is 100% BPA free.
  • Dishwasher, freezer and microwave safe.
  • Can be used by toddlers, party goers, campers, and the elderly and disabled alike.
  • Comes in a range of colours which will appeal to anyone.
  • Made for calmer meal times both at home and away.
  • Great for holidays or days out.
  • Helps toddlers gain independence from parents where drinks are concerned.
  • Packs available with drinking straws, drinking jars and melamine rice cups.

What we didn’t like about Safesip drinks covers:

  • Did not fit ALL our drinking vessels at home.
  • Had two spillages on holiday so not completely child-proof but that was because the drink was toppled onto the ground, not just the table.

Overall I think Safesip drinks covers are a great way to help toddlers learn how to handle open drinking cups, mugs and glasses. It can help them gain some independence while keeping parents calmer during meal times knowing spills will be greatly reduces or even stopped. They are also versatile and can be used in a variety of other settings as they help to keep drinks in and everything else out!

Safesip drinks covers are available from the Safesip website and come separately or in drinks packs which can include straws and drinking vessels too, ranging in price from £4.00 for a single pack to £23 for a pack of 4 covers and cups. To see the full range available, please visit the Safesip shop website.

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Cath x

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  • One winner will win a pack of 4 Safesip drinks covers and cups.
  • There is no cash alternative.
  • The competition is open until Wednesday 3rd May 2017.
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Switch and Fix Bob the Builder Action Figure Review

We recently received a Switch and Fix Bob the Builder toy for review and to say BattleKid has been thrilled to receive it would be an understatement.switch and fix bob

Switch and Fix Bob is a deluxe size, action figure Bob the Builder who comes with a cool rotating tool belt in which he can carry three different tool bits for his tool. These include a jackhammer, a saw and an auger, all designed to help Bob get the job done.

The rotating tool belt enables Switch and Fix Bob to switch between his tools easily and quickly with his amazing quick draw action tool change system. His tool can hold one accessory while Bob can hold another in his free hand.switch and fix bob

Switch and Fix Bob’s tool also has a light which flashes and illuminates the selected translucent tool. When the selected tool piece is pressed against a surface the light flashes for between 5 and 30 cycles while the matching tool sound is also sounded.

Drawing Bob’s tool hand downwards activates different phrases and the all-famous Bob the Builder song. Switch and Fix Bob also comes with a removable, adjustable welding mask for his helmet.

I can easily say that since Switch and Fix Bob arrived in our house, he has been permanently attached to BattleKid hands, even coming as far as swimming with us, although he waited in the car.

BattleKid has been having fun with him, moving his tool hand up and down to start the phrases and song, and playing with his helmet. Unusually, BattleKid hasn’t been too keen on the tool sounds. The same can’t be said of the tool light. He has tried once or twice to shine it in Mum and Dad’s eyes.switch and fix bob switch and fix bobswitch and fix bob

Switch and Fix Bob has helped bring out BattleKid’s imaginative play at home and he absolutely loves this action figure Bob. We have had to pry it from him at bedtime because I’ve been worried he would set his sounds off and wake himself during the night.

What we love about Switch and Fix Bob:

  • Great size for BattleKid’s hands.
  • The adjustable welding helmet is great and easily attached or removed.
  • The three translucent tool accessories are great colours, and do illuminate when pressed against a surface.
  • The flashing light and tool sounds are good, in my opinion (BattleKid isn’t keen on the sounds as mentioned).
  • Great vibrant colours in the toy.
  • The rotating tool belt is great and the quick draw action is brilliant, although BattleKid hasn’t quite figured this out yet.

What we didn’t like about Switch and Fix Bob:

  • BattleKid isn’t too fussed on the tool sounds.
  • The tool accessory bits come off very easily from the belt if knocked a little. Their clips could do with being a little stronger.

Switch and Fix Bob has been a welcome addition to BattleKid’s Bob the Builder toys since he arrived. He has played with him at length each and every day since his arrival, so much so I’m starting to hear him say the phrases with Bob. His imaginative play is certainly noticeable when playing with Bob and I have to say the song is permanently stuck in my head, which some might argue isn’t a great bonus!

I’m really impressed with this Bob and his size for BattleKid’s pre-school size hands. Switch and Fix Bob is recommended for ages 3+ and I think that’s perfect. His size is just right for BattleKid and his rotating tool belt, moveable arms and adjustable welding mask for his helmet are easily done by BattleKid.switch and fix bob switch and fix bob

As mentioned BattleKid isn’t fussed on the tool sounds but enjoys the other phrases and of course the Bob the Builder song. As mentioned the tool clips on the belt could do with being a little stronger in my opinion. I can understand why they are not so strong to enable younger kids to put them on and remove them easily. This is just a minor point, otherwise this is a great action figure toy for any young Bob the Builder fans like BattleKid.

Switch and Fix Bob the Builder toy is available from most good toy retailers including Smyth’s, Argos and Amazon. His RRP is £19.99 but most toy retailers have him discounted at the time of writing this review.

If you are on the hunt for a great Bob the Builder toy for a young fan or to add to a Bob the Builder collection, I can recommend this Switch and Fix Bob. Particularly for pre-schoolers like BattleKid.

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We were kindly sent a Switch and Fix Bob the Builder toy for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the product.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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Baby Born Interactive Doll Review – Boys CAN play with Dolls

I was recently contacted to see if we’d like to receive a Baby Born Interactive Doll to review and I immediately said yes. You might think I was a bit crazy, having a boy, but I was very curious to see what BattleKid would do with a doll. In my mind, why can’t boys play with dolls! I am among many parents who are getting sick of stereotypes when it comes to our children and wanted to show that boys can play with dolls.

My reasoning behind this was twofold. Firstly, we need to break the stereotypical views of what girls and boys can play with. Secondly, when BattleKid was going into nursery for 7am, he and one of his female toddler friends would make a beeline for the dolls and prams and would spend time walking around nursery playing with them before the other children arrived. So I know he has played with them in nursery, I wanted to see what he would do with one at home.

Our Baby Born Interactive Boy Doll arrived a few weeks ago and once I’d taken my pictures of the doll, as you do as a blogger, we gave it to BattleKid as a surprise. He was immediately pawing at the box saying “mama, you open it”. We duly obliged and watched in anticipation of his reaction.

Once Baby, as he was named, was out of the box BattleKid started off by checking his dummy and saying “there you go”. He next moved onto feeding his Baby his bottle and it was very sweet watching him being so gentle with his Baby Born Interactive Doll.

Once Baby was finished with his bottle BattleKid asked him if he wanted some food and feed him pretend food.

Of course, silly mama forgot to put the nappy on Baby so we did that quickly to prevent any spills. BattleKid has since found it hilarious that Baby wees and poops!

Suitably fuelled up, Baby was then taken on a ride on BattleKid’s ‘motorbike’ after which time I think Baby was quite tired and BattleKid gave him a bit of a rest.

We’ve since dressed Baby in one of BattleKid’s babygro’s and let him sleep under one of his soft blankets. Baby now goes to bed with BattleKid and shares his bed every night. BattleKid has also been feeding him regularly and sitting him on his potty saying “you do a wee-wee”, most likely linked to the fact he himself is just finished potty training. One area we’ve come a cropper is when BattleKid asked where Baby’s pram was! We’ll see if he continues to play with Baby and if so we might need to get one!

I have to admit that both BattleDad and I have had pangs of guilt watching BattleKid with his Baby. Guilt that he’s an only child, and it has been so sweet watching him being so gentle and kind with his Baby Born Interactive Doll. However, they’ve only been fleeting, before anyone says we need to have another child! I’ve written about my reluctance to have another child on the blog and those feelings haven’t changed.

I’m quite impressed with how far dolls have come since I was a girl and I’m also delighted to see BattleKid enjoying his Baby. We received the Baby Born Interactive Boy Doll and he comes with nine lifelike functions and no less than eleven accessories. Baby Born cries real tears, although we haven’t tested this function out at the time of writing this review. Baby Born also opens and closes its eyes and I’m sorry to say has had those poor eyes poked a few times by BattleKid! Baby born eats and drinks and also does controlled wees and poops. Baby Born is fully movable and is waterproof too so can enjoy a bath with your little one if they want.

Baby Born Interactive Dolls come with a birth certificate and friendship bracelets although I removed these. Baby Born also comes with a dummy and dummy clip, a bottle which you can fill, a nappy, some food and a plate and spoon and also a potty, which BattleKid has been sitting Baby on regularly, although he has been forgetting to remove his nappy first!

There are lots of accessories and other fun items you can get for Baby Born too which we may look into depending on how much BattleKid plays with his baby.

What I love about the Baby Born Interactive Doll:

  • Lifelike features are brilliant.
  • The accessories it comes with act as a great starter pack.
  • Great way to let imaginative play come into force, as we’ve observed with BattleKid.
  • An interesting and lovely way to see BattleKid’s softer side come out.
  • Huge range of accessories, clothes and toys available to go with your Baby Born Doll.

What I didn’t like about the Baby Born Interactive Doll:

  • It took me a while to figure out what the valve on the back was for!

Overall, both BattleDad and I were suitably impressed with the Baby Born Interactive Doll. The various features are brilliant and the accessories have gone down a storm with BattleKid, particularly the dummy, bottle and potty. We’ve even dressed Baby in one of BattleKid’s old babygros and had him sleeping under one of his baby blankets. Baby also goes to bed with BattleKid most nights.

It’s been lovely watching BattleKid play with Baby and we’ve been surprised at how gentle he has been. And as mentioned we’ve had a few pangs of guilt.

I’d like to think that we’ve shown that boys CAN play with dolls and enjoy it and gender should never stop a child playing with certain toys. We’re still considering a pram for Baby but with an impending move it might have to wait until after that.

Baby Born Interactive Dolls from Zapf Creations have an RRP of £49.99 and are available from most good toys stores including Argos, Smyth’s Toys and Amazon. There is also a large range of accessories, clothing and toys to accompany Baby Born Dolls, including prams and you can chose form both girl and boy dolls.

It’s also been great hearing about my follower’s sons who play with dolls and I’m glad we are making inroads to breaking the stereotypes and getting away from gender specific toys!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We received a Boy Baby Born Interactive Doll for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This review contains an Amazon Affiliate Link. You can read more about this on my disclosure page.

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