Dry Like Me | Review

I have been feeling brave lately (or crazy, whichever way you look at it) and have decided to start potty training with our toddler. I had heard lots of different pieces of advice from various people but thought I would just start and see how we got on.

The lovely people at Dry Like Me sent me some of their potty training pads to try, as part of their potty training live that happens over the summer. I had been sent the Dry Like Me pads after a few attempts with Max and using pull-ups. One of my sisters told me that she thought pull-ups were rubbish but I got them because I just thought that’s what you use. Now I see what she meant! Because pull-ups are still quite nappy-like, Max seemed to know he could ‘go’ in them and it wouldn’t really matter. As soon as we put him in pants with some of the pads, we had much more success and a lot fewer accidents – which is exactly what they are designed for.

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It’s still early days for us but the pads are so much better. Max knows there is a difference between what he is wearing and a nappy. You can put a pad in the front of the pants or just at the back – or both! We have been using the ‘early days’ pads which are for as you would think, the early stages of potty training as they are more absorbent.  You can also get the regular pads and night-time ones too. You get a handy little bag in the pack too, to keep the pads all together for when you are out and about.

I think that the pads are definitely worth a try. They aren’t very expensive (compared to pull-ups) and they help your child to feel wetness if they do a wee but will catch accidents so your child can still feel confident. I found that the pads also give peace of mind to me, a beginner toilet training parent, as I know that if the worst happens and your nearest toilet is 5 minutes away and they can’t quite hold it it’s not too much of a big deal.

They’re not going to be for everyone, and they are more useful once the initial concepts of potty training have been established, but might just be the answer you’re looking for to make the final leap from training to trained!

The Potty Training Love programme, run by Dry Like Me is brilliant. You sign up and get advice and tips, which for a ‘first-timer’ is so helpful. There are Twitter chats too so you can hear how everyone else is getting on too. Check out their Facebook or Twitter pages for more information.

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All of the Dry Like Me pads can be bought on Amazon as individual boxes of 18, or in multi-packs of four boxes (72 pads) where you also get a sticker wall chart.

What are your top tips for potty training?

Rebecca x

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*I was sent Dry Like Me pads free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

VegFest UK | Giveaway

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The brilliant people over at VegFest UK have given me two tickets to give away to one of you lovely lot. The prize is two adult tickets to the VegFest event, on Sunday 28th September 2014, at London Olympia.

VegFestUK is Europe’s biggest veggie event (though you don’t have to be a vegetarian to go along)! There will be allsorts going on, including:

  • 200+ stalls full of top-notch food, bodycare, cosmetics and fashion
  • Many celebrities and special guests
  • Loads of special discounts and free samples
  • 14 specialist caterers with exceptional global cuisines
  • Freebies for early visitors
  • A host of high-profile speakers from all over the world
  • Meet the Expert 1-to-1 sessions
  • Book signings
  • Cookery Demos
  • Nutrition talks
  • Lifestyle talks
  • Campaign talks
  • Cinema and workshops
  • Kids entertainment for all ages (kids aged under 16 are free so can go along with you)
  • Live music and comedy

 

All you need to do to enter is click on the Rafflecopter link below and complete as many entries as you would like (the first two, following the blog and leaving a comment, are mandatory though).

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You have got until 25th August to complete your entries. The winner will be picked at random and will have 48 hours to respond. Tickets will be sent out by post so an postal address will need to be given out. If you are aged 16 or 17 and win, you will need parent or guardians permission to give this out.

Good luck!

Rebecca x

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Firmoo Eyewear | Review

A little secret for those of you that may not know me -  I have terrible eyesight! I’m really, really short-sighted and can’t see things that are that far away. I wouldn’t be able to watch my TV without glasses or contacts. I usually opt to wear glasses most days but have a lovely pair of glasses for when I want to wear them.

I was offered the chance to review some glasses from firmoo.com and they have a lovely range. As I had recently got some glasses for myself I chose to review a pair of prescription sunglasses from their vast range. I’ve never had a pair of prescription sunglasses before so was excited to try them – they’ll be great at the beach and swimming pool on my summer holiday.

There were a lot of frames to choose from all a good price of on average £30 (regular glasses frames are a bit cheaper). If you’re not sure which to go for, you can upload a picture to see what they will look like on your face – I found this really useful as I have a very square face so need to make sure they are big enough to suit my face shape.

You can choose the colour of the lenses and adjust your prescription (or just leave blank if you want clear lens glasses or non-prescription sunglasses). The website talks you through a measurement you need to take of the distance between your eyes, which is quick and simple, and then you can order.

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The glasses were delivered, from abroad, for around £12. It took 7 working days for them to get to me. This was ok, as it was the only delivery option, but if you’re in a rush you will need to plan ahead.

I’m really pleased with my glasses. I really like the quality of them, they’re really sturdy, like the look and colour of them and the prescription is spot on.

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If you want to try a pair, you can get your first pair free (just need to pay for lenses and delivery). Click HERE if you’re interested in that – I think it’s a really good deal. I would definitely recommend Firmoo Eyewear to you.

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Rebecca x

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*I was sent the glasses free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

#FitFriday no.2

Welcome to the second #FitFriday linky party! Thanks for stopping by. I thought it would be a great way to get us in a fit and healthy mind-set for the weekend.

You’ve got up until Thursday next week to link up any posts, new or old, that are happy, fitness and health related – think dieting goals, healthy recipes, an active activity you’ve done with the kids, rants or advice (can be as tenuous as you like). I just ask that you don’t link up sponsored posts or giveaways (these will be deleted if you do).

The other rules are that you need to comment on a few other linked posts, using the hashtag. If you can add the badge to your post, or mention the link up, that would be super. If you tweet me at @AAUBlog I will always RT your post.

Have a great healthy weekend and thanks for linking up!

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