Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The Girls Review Angelina Ballerina Pop Star Girls DVD

There was much squealing in our house on last wednesday morning.  The girls came down the stairs in the morning and found that mummy had left them the new Angelina Ballerina Pop Star Girls DVD on the fireplace. 'Ohh look Mummy, it is Angelina' said Miss E as she did a twirl across the room. 'Is it for us?' shouts Miss M leaping towards the DVD player.  After much assurance that yes it is for them and they can watch it before breakfast, they settle down for some TV viewing.  Well I say settle down, that is an exaggeration, what they actually did was dance and play imaginary instruments for about an hour.  The twins own rock band was pretty cute to watch!

This is what I have to say about it -I have not really watched any Angelina Ballerina before so I sat down to watch some too and you know what I enjoyed it.  There are 5 episodes on the DVD, it runs for 60 minutes and I liked the fact that there is a new emphasis on singing, performing and playing instruments not just ballet.  What was especially good from a parents point of view is that each of the episodes has a little moralistic lesson in there for the kids. Such as the importance of telling the truth when you do something wrong or the way someone's self esteem is boasted when they are given one more chance.  At age 3.5 years the girls were able to tell me the morals after, so I love that they are watching something they enjoy, that is good quality and it is helping them grow to be well rounded children.

Here is what HIT Entertainment say -
In this special collection of five episodes, we once again head to the prestigious Camembert Academy to catch up with Angelina and her friends Alice, Gracie, AZ and Marco. While all the dancers learn to work together as a team, Angelina realises that there's more to life than just ballet when she falls in love with Hip Hop, rock bands, fiddles and more!

Little ones can move and groove along with Angelina as she directs a Hip Hop musical and discovers she was born to be a star. The whole family will be star-struck with delight as the little mouse joins a rock band, is given a giant prop to look after and steps it up in her best performance yet!

Filled with a host of different dance styles, toe-tapping songs and music, Angelina’s new DVD is set to be a poptastic watch for young girls.

The DVD retails for £12.99 which I think is good value and it is available from all major retailers or can be bought direct from

The girls give this new DVD             5/5  It is a big hit here!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Robinsons Double Concentrate Squash

When I was asked to try the new Robinsons range of no added sugar double concentrate squash I said yes straight away.  This is the squash we always buy at home and I like Robinsons as a brand.  For me my favourite is Orange and Pineapple but my little squash drinker Miss E loves the summer fruits flavour. We were sent the lemon and apple and blackcurrent squashes and both of these were enjoyed.

The slogan being used by Robinsons for their new double concentrate squash is 'a lot from a drop', which I think is pretty catchy and definitely true. It took me a bit of getting used to pouring half the amount but it makes a lot of sense to use less plastic and have to store less volume to get the same amount of squash.

The squash is being sold in 1.25lt (£2.59 for 50 servings) and 1.75lt (£3.49 for 70 servings) bottles and these are shorter and fatter than the old style Robinsons bottles.  They feature an easy grip handle and have a good non-spill pouring top also.

All in all I was very happy with the double concentrate squash and we will continue to buy this now. All the big supermarkets are now stocking this, so go and try some for yourself!

This is a review post, I was sent 2 bottles of squash for review, my comments are honest and I was not told what to write.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Honest Mummy Recommends Lidl Chicken Nuggets

I am sure you are reading that title thinking really?  Is this a joke?  Has Mich gone nuts on us?  but no, this is for real. When I started this blog I said I would be recommending things that our family likes and I have to say these are the best value and qaulity nuggets I have found.

I am not a massive fan of Lidl in general or any of the cheaper supermarkets to be honest.  I am a bit of a snob and like a nice shopping experience but Lidl is the closest shop to my house so for milk, veg and everyday things sometimes it is a necessity to pop in there.  What I have found is that being a German store Lidl have very high standards and that their products are generally really good.

The nuggets that I buy are £1.99 for 500g and the meat quality is very high.  We are talking tender white chunks of quality breast meat.  Really good size pieces, no popcorn chicken from these packets!

So these are my fall back 'kiddie tea' of choice.  When we have little friends over and I want a nice easy tea for 6 or so kids, this is what I can cook with minimal fuss and maximum clear plates!

This is a recommendation post, I did not receive anything for free and was not paid to write this post.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Review - Boots Baby Sensitive Bath Range

For about the last month we have been using the Boots Sensitive Baby range of bath products for bath time with the girls.  They are not babies by any means now but at nearly 4 years one of them still has very sensitive skin and thus baby products are still always very much a feature of our bathroom.  I have used many baby specific bath products over the years but never yet the Boots own brand ones so this was a new trial for us.

I have to say I was very pleased with the products in general, the bubble bath and shampoo are both generous and provide a good foam without being irritating at all to my little ones skin.  There are no strong odours or colours either. At £1.99 for 400ml, I am pleased with the value for money factor too.  of course being Boots you also get Advantage points which is a bit of a bonus.  I always save mine for some make-up when I feel in need of a treat!

We also used the all over body lotion which was a little on the runny side for my liking, but it did go on well and was absorbed quickly so it was not really a problem.  The girls felt very grown up (like Mummy) having their lotion after bath, they are normally only used to aqueous cream!

We were also provided with a little elephant shaped natural sponge, which the girls fought over!  It is the type that drys out and goes hard and then softens with warm water. It is a beautiful soft sponge which the girls enjoyed using themselves.

All in all I would recommend the Boots baby sensitive bath range and will happily purchase the products again for my family.

Here is what Boots say about the range -
Newborn skin is especially delicate and can be prone to sensitivity and dryness. The Boots Baby Sensitive range has been developed by Boots Baby skincare experts in consultation with a leading dermatologist, to produce the mildest and gentlest product for your baby's skin. There are some great value products in the range which help to prevent irritation before bed time. Each product will help to leave skin soft and smooth, and is suitable for all sensitive and dry skin conditions. The products are specially formulated to be 100% colour and fragrance-free, hypo-allegenic and dermatologically tested.

Ohh just received an email to say that Boots are offering 3 for 2 on thousands of baby products from 4th April to 3rd May so an even better reason to buy!

This is a review post.  I was sent 4 items from the range to review and use. I have reported honestly how I found the products and have not been instructed what to write.