Piccolo Pouches Review – Handy on-the-go Snacks

When the people behind Piccolo Pouches got in touch recently to let me know that the fastest growing baby brand in the UK would be launching in Asda in the UK AND SuperValu stores in Ireland, it was exciting news. Not only that, they wanted to send us some, all the way to Portugal, to test for ourselves. We were thrilled at the prospect of some blogger mail finding its way to us in Portugal and we couldn’t wait to try out some Piccolo pouches.piccolo pouches

Piccolo is a brand that I’ve come across before. Although BattleKid is beyond the weaning stage, their fruit pouches were still something I would buy on occasion in the UK for things like long car journeys or for forthcoming plane trips as a quick and healthy snack for him.

Piccolo are passionate about ensuring children get the healthiest and most nutritious food from the very start of their weaning journey. And we’ve shown that this can continue after weaning is complete by using Piccolo pouches and healthy snacks on the go. They are super handy for popping into your bag!piccolo pouches

One of the things that drew me to Piccolo was the fact that they are 100% organic with nothing artificial added. The range of flavours are inspired by the Mediterranean approach to health and wellbeing, centred around fresh ingredients.

Their fruit pouches contain nothing but 100% fruit. Their combined fruit and oat pouches contain nothing but fruit and wholemeal oats. Vegetable Piccolo pouches contain nothing but vegetables, olive oil and herbs, and Piccolo pouches with meat have a balanced recipe of vegetables, meat and herbs to introduce a good source of protein to children who are ready for it.

If there are any potential allergens, they are clearly indicated on the back in bold. Each Piccolo pouch can be eaten hot or cold and once opened can be stored in the fridge for 24 hours. However, Piccolo pouches taste so good that I somehow doubt they will make their way as far as the fridge. I have tasted several of the pouches and they really do taste great.

During our road test, they first came in handy one evening when we went to a Fado, a Portuguese concert with traditional music and singing. It was held at 6pm so we decided to wait and have dinner with my parents afterwards. BattleKid fell asleep on the way there and woke up halfway through. Towards the end he asked for something to eat and, clever me, I had put a Piccolo pouch in my bag, just in case. I tasted it before I gave it to him and I felt like eating it myself, it tasted that good. BattleDad also had a taste and commented on how good it was. It filled a gap until we had dinner and BattleKid thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Enjoying a Piccolo pouch after the Fado

Piccolo pouches taste so good that I’ve even used them to prepare quick and easy lunches for us. Piccolo pouches make a great sauce to add to pasta and you can add more veggies to the mix too. Our particular favourite is the Sun-Ripened Tomato and Red Pepper pouch, which when combined with pasta and a few extra vegetables, makes for a really quick, easy and tasty lunch for the whole family. Even BattleDad commented on the flavour.

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Pasta, ham and a Piccolo pouch
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Piccolo pouches make a great sauce base for a quick and easy lunch for the whole family

BattleKid has been thoroughly enjoying the Piccolo pouches we were sent and calls them “yoggies” as they resemble the pouch yogurts I used to buy him. He ensures we get every last bit out by saying “mammy, you do more”, which means I need to roll them up to squeeze every last bit out.

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Squeezing every last bit out of a Piccolo pouch
What we love about Piccolo pouches:
  • 100% organic ingredients with no added artificial ingredients.
  • Taste really great.
  • A great selection of flavours to choose from.
  • Extremely handy as a snack while on the go.
  • Handy for popping into your change or handbag.
  • Not just for the weaning stage, they can be enjoyed long after.
  • Can be enjoyed by the whole family as they make a great base for a pasta sauce.
  • Allergens are clearly marked in the ingredients list.
  • Can be eaten hot or cold.
  • No added sugars or salt.
  • There are vegetarian and gluten-free option within the range too.
What we don’t like about Piccolo Pouches:
  • Absolutely nothing!

Piccolo pouches are not only great for the weaning journey, but also beyond. For older children, they make great, healthy, on-the-go snacks and for the whole family they make great sauce bases too. Piccolo pouches are healthy, nutritious, tasty options for baby and beyond and are a food brand I would highly recommend.

What’s more, Piccolo are committed to food education and 10% of all profits go towards helping to fund food education in partnership with the NCT. That’s brilliant.

Piccolo pouches are available from most supermarkets both in the UK and Ireland, including SuperValu. You can trust in Piccolo, knowing your baby and children are getting nothing but 100% organic goodness. Piccolo pouches get a big thumbs up from the Battle Family.

Cath x

*We were kindly sent a variety of Piccolo pouches for the purpose of this review. However, as always these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the product.

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Cosy Holder Review – Enjoy Tablet Time in Comfort

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We were recently given the chance to receive a new type of tablet holder called a Cosy Holder as part of their promotion.  This innovative travelling companion is something I had never come across and I was thrilled to receive it. We have spent some time test driving it and today I’m sharing our thoughts on the Cosy Holder with you in the form of this review.cosy holder

Cosy Holder is fun, practical and easy-to-use holder which can be used with any form of tablet or eReader, and can also be used with a conventional book. Cosy Holder come in two colours, green and purple, and contains a handy zipped pouch at the back which has protective padding for those all-important electronic devices.

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We received the purple “Bailey” for review and BattleKid was immediately intrigued as to what it was. Now I should point out here that he rarely gets his tablet at home, save for occasions when Mum and Dad really need to get some work done. That said, this was a special occasion, so out came his LeapFrog Epic to road test the Cosy Holder.

The Cosy Holder has other functions alongside the main one. The padded pouch at the back can not only hold a tablet or eReader, but can hold pens, colouring pads and several toy cars, as I discovered one day! The Cosy Holder can be used with a tablet or eReader in both portrait and landscape mode. When it is not being used to hold an electronic device or book, it doubles up as a comfortable pillow or cushion.cosy holder

It comes with a handy carry strap making it ideal for at home or while travelling. And Cosy Holder is not limited to just children from the ages of 5. Cosy Holder have a Beanie brother which can be used by adults to hold eReaders or tablets. The entire range of Cosy Holders are designed to make reading or playing easier and more comfortable by freeing up your hands.

So, what do we think of it? Well, I really like it. It has made the limited time BattleKid has with his tablet more comfortable, freeing up both hands to enjoy the games more.cosy holder

He has been able to watch his Curious George episodes on his tablet in more comfortable positions too. The adjustable strap means he can transport it wherever he wants. And as already mentioned, when not being used for his tablet, the pouch has been used to transport those all-important Hot Wheels cars!cosy holder

It is sturdy and soft at the same time. The pouch is more than big enough for his tablet and other things, and even at three and a half he carries it around with no problems.

What we love about the Cosy Holder:

  • Great idea.
  • Makes using a tablet more comfortable.
  • Two great colours to choose from.
  • Padded pouch at the rear to both carry tablets/eReaders and protect them.
  • Portable with a strong adjustable strap.
  • Doubles up as a pillow/cushion for resting.
  • Great product for travelling with.
  • Pouch carries tablets, eReaders, pens, colouring pads and also toys.
  • Good value-for-money.
  • Adult version available too!

What we don’t love about the Cosy Holder:

  • Not a dislike but I’d like to see more colours available.

The Cosy Holder really is a great idea for making tablet or eReader use more comfortable. Since it is portable it is ideal for travelling either by plane, train or automobile (car to you and I). On a plane it would easily sit on the tray table and in a car could sit on a child’s lap. On a train you could sit it on either the tray table or the table if you have a seat at one. It would make days out during the summer with the kids easier and more enjoyable, with no giving out that their tablet keeps falling down.

I do have one reservation about the Cosy Holder and that is the size of it. While it is a great product and has already come in handy at home, it is quite bulky and could take up a lot of room in hand luggage of a child. This would be one of the main reasons I’d have bought it, to take on planes with us. We always struggle to get BattleKid comfortable on a plane with his tablet, even with a cover and stand but this would be better. However, if your hand luggage has limited space or size this might take up a lot of space.

That said I think the Cosy Holder may well be accompanying us to America at the end of next month for our mammoth USA road trip.

Would I recommend the Cosy Holder? Yes, I would. Despite my one reservation it is a great product, ideal for travelling with the kids or for relaxing at home. Cosy Holder has a special introductory offer of £5 off any Frankie or Bailey, costing just £19.99, with free UK Mainland shipping for a limited time only. The Beanie Cosy Holder retails for £16.99 but is on offer at £12.99 for a limited time. Visit the Cosy Holder website for more information.

So why not grab your kids (or yourself) something unique, comfortable and portable for tablet or eReader moments this summer!

Cath x

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**We were sent the Cosy Holder as part of their promotion. Although we were not asked to write a review, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the product.

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Saltrock T-shirts Review – For the Summer and Beyond

I will freely admit that until recently I hadn’t come across Saltrock T-shirts and Clothing but when they got in touch to see if we’d like to receive some of their t-shirts for review I jumped at the chance. You see, I had a good rummage through their website when they got in touch and was immediately drawn to the huge range of t-shirts they have for the whole family.

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We picked out some t-shirts for all of us, placed our order and then patiently waited for them to arrive in Portugal via a very good friend of mine who agreed to act as intermediary.

And when they arrived just over a week ago I was beyond excited. Firstly, because it was my first blogger mail here in Portugal and secondly because I couldn’t wait to open the parcel and see what the t-shirts were like in real life. I had been so impressed by the range of styles and colours that I hoped they lived up to my expectations when we got them in our hands!Saltrock t-shirts

Saltrock Clothing was started in the late 1980’s by two South African brothers who, travelling the world, ended up in Cornwall seeking ‘waves’ and they never looked back. Running short on funds they started using their creative minds to print original, surf-inspired designs and gathered a loyal following from the South West surfers. The brand soon grew and is now a well-recognised British brand that is loved throughout the surfing community and beyond.

The first thing that struck me upon opening our parcel was the bright colours and the quality of the Saltrock t-shirts. They feel really good quality and are made mostly from 100% cotton, which is a must for me now we’re based in Portugal. The designs on the front were great too and I couldn’t wait to get out with BattleKid to model them.

And we did just that. BattleKid and I first wore one of our Saltrock t-shirts when we went to discover our first beaches here in Portugal early one morning. We went early so we could avoid the hot sun later in the day and I have to say I love Saltrock Clothing. The t-shirts are true to their size, if even slightly big and are so well suited to summer especially. We had fun discovering Fabrica beach in our new t-shirts.

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Too cool for school in his Saltrock t-shirt
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Collecting shells on Fabrica beach

As a family we have also worn our Saltrock t-shirts to another beach this week at Manta Rota. This time we all wore one of our t-shirts and even BattleDad is well impressed with them. He thought his looked a bit big but it fitted him really well in fact. We had fun on Monday evening at the beach in our new Saltrock t-shirts.

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The boys rocking their Saltrock t-shirts
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Monday evening fun at Manta Rota
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I’m loving this Saltrock t-shirt, especially the colour

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So far, our t-shirts have been washed once but they washed well and on a first wash did not lose any colour or shape, which is great. I’ll update this if necessary after more washes but I doubt I will need to.

What I love about our Saltrock T-shirts:

  • Excellent quality clothing.
  • Great range of colours, designs and sizes for the whole family.
  • Feel and look great.
  • Value-for-money.
  • Wash really well.
  • Sizings are true, if slightly big.
  • T-shirts are either 100% cotton or a high percentage cotton/polyester mixture.
  • Great for summer and beyond.
  • Surf-inspired designs look great on the beach!

What I don’t like about our Saltrock T-shirts:

  • Nothing at all.

We ordered some Saltrock t-shirts from the boy’s t-shirts range for BattleKid, from the women’s t-shirts range and from the men’s t-shirts range for BattleDad, proving they are a brand for the entire family.

These t-shirts look great, feel great and are very comfortable. Teamed with a pair of shorts and flip flops they complete the perfect summer beach outfit. I am so happy with the t-shirts we received from Saltrock. I’m also thrilled to find a British clothing brand that speaks both quality and fun and I think we’ll be ordering from Saltrock again.

I cannot recommend Saltrock t-shirts and clothing enough. The Battle Family have been very impressed with the t-shirts we have received and we’ve had a great time modelling them at the beach for this review. No doubt they will be well worn this summer and for a long time to come.Saltrock t-shirts Saltrock t-shirts

And what’s more, Saltrock are offering all my readers 10% off any order placed using the unique code below! And, they regularly have promotions and sales on their website so you could combine the two for a great bargain. So, what are you waiting for? Click the link below to get your unique 10% off code and check out Saltrock for yourself!

Thanks for reading,

Cath x

*We were kindly sent an e-voucher to spend at Saltrock Clothing to receive some products for the purpose of this review. However, as always, these are my own honest thoughts and opinions of the products.

**This post contains an affiliate link in the form of the unique code. This means that I will receive a small percentage of any sales generated through the use of this code. This does not effect your shopping experience or the price you pay.

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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.

Have you tried them before? If not I have a chance for you to win a pack of 4 Safesip drinks cover and 4 cups too. Just follow the instructions in the widget below and good luck.

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Cath x

*I was not asked to write this review or host the giveaway.

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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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