Monday, 31 October 2011

Review: Hamster Buggy Bags

We were recently sent some Hamster Buggy Bags to review – well, when I say we were sent – what I mean is I actually begged for them to be sent to me! These bags are the best thing for buggy’s since, well, anything really.

Any parent knows that when you venture out with a baby, it takes 2 hours to pack everything you might need – but where are you supposed to put everything?! A changing bag is only so big and by the time you’ve packed spare clothes, baby wipes, nappy bags, a bottle, a changing mat all of your own personal belongings, your bag is fit to burst. Then there’s the added frustration of some and buggies and pushchairs not being able to take the addition of shopping bags. Take our recent trip to the baby show in Manchester – we had to get the train there and we had to pack for the day – so all of the above plus the additional of various drinks for Little E. We just didn’t have the room to store regular things like, an umbrella, the raincover for the pram, the numerous bags of shopping that ended up being purchased and the free goodies being given out. The Hamster Bags would have been ideal there but instead we didn’t have any and my back is still paying for it!

Last weekend when we headed to London the postman appeared just as we were loading up the car – it was the Hamster Bags. I pushed them in to Chris’ rucksack and we went on our way. We opened them on the train and as soon as we hopped off at Euston we popped the bags on and they've stayed there ever since!

Hamster Buggy Bags on the Britax B-AGILE

So what's the verdict?

I love them! I love that there's no messing about with them - they're there and they do their job... brilliantly!

My favourite things about Hamster Bags are:
  •  they can stop your pram from tipping!
  • you leave them permantly attached to your pram/buggy - even when you fold it down - so theres no messing about like you have with your changing bag.
  • they have a fab shoulder strap so you can use them if you're not out with the pram.
  • lots of designs to choose from.
  • the EXTRA storage space!!
My only moan is a silly one because I couldn't think of anything proper - the bag hangs over the button I have to press to close the pram and I have to lift up the bag to close the pram. Lol - how lazy am I?!

Ok, so there you have it - these are on my 'must have' list. Go get yourselves a pair...

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Silent Sunday


I am sat here angrily pounding on my keyboard as I write this post. On Friday I bought Mister A a 'Vampire Boy' costume from Birthdays card shop. Last night we had a little fancy dress Halloween party and Mister A and Little E couldn't wait to get their outfits on.

All was going well, we were having lots of fun until Mister A suddenly started screaming. "I'm bleeding, aaaaaaah, Mummy, my arm." I looked at his arm and he was bleeding in 2 places - one area looked as though a chunk of skin was actually missing. I couldn't understand it, how had it happened?

After about 10 minutes of high pitched screaming and sobbing we eventually managed to calm him down and he said that the medallion from his costume itad done it.

The only explanation is that he lent on the medallion but why the hell would Smiffy's be so stupid to include a medallion so sharp it could do this? He is a 4 year old boy. I think this is an absolute disgrace and I await comment from them and from Birthday's.

I've written this post to alert other parents and to just say be careful if your kids are dressing up for Halloween.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Cheap Winter Maternity Coats - All under £50!!

Last night on Facebook I discovered a 'hidden' post on the Second Time Mummy page...

Unfortunately it had been there a week and naughty Facebook hadn't alerted me. As you may know I used to post some great maternity deals to my blog every Friday but I stopped because I wasn't getting any requests but now we're back thanks to Vicky!

Here are my top picks for cheap maternity coats for the Winter. Enjoy!!

ASOS Maternity Mac WAS £55.00 NOW £27.50
New Look Petrol Blue Swing Coat (also available in Mid Brown and Black) WAS £44.99 NOW £31.49
New Look Red Scalloped Edge Coat WAS £49.99 NOW £31.49

New Look Brown Military Duffle Coat (also available in red) WAS £49.99 NOW £34.99
La Redoute Maternity Poncho WAS £59.00 NOW £41.30
Mamas & Papas Navy Jacket WAS £65.00 NOW £45.50
Debenhams Navy Cape Coat WAS £68.00 NOW £48.75

Jojo Maman Bebe Long Line Fleece Jacket £49.00

Bumps Maternity: Noppies Bristol Trench WAS £99.95 NOW £49.95

Ok, so I know I said they were ALL under £50 but I just couldn't resist showing you this fab dolly coat from Dotty P's...
Dorothy Perkins Stone Dolly Coat £69.00

Hopefully there's something here to suit everyone's style - let me know if you buy! AND if you need me to hunt down anything for you just give me a shout - comment here or post on the Second Time Mummy Facebook page.

Our Vegetable Monster: Innocent

Earlier this month we were asked if we would like to take part in a spooky Halloween project by the lovely people over at Innocent.

Innocent wanted us to get terrifyingly creative and asked if we were brave enough to recieve a kit to make our very own fruity freak or veg monster to protect us from the ghosts and ghouls flying around this month.

Of course we said yes and this week during half term Mster A decided to make his veg monster. Here's what he did...

Adding the courgette horns

Making the 'freaky' eyes

Adding the spinal spikes

Mister A is a little scared of his own creation!

The complete 'evil bat'!

I think you'll agree it's the scariest piece of veg you've seen all day! Thanks Innocent - we loved this project - send us more!!

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


From next Monday 17th of October if you spend £30 on LEGO DUPLO at Toys R Us then you will receive a free DUPLO cuddly bear worth £10!

Too cute!!

To celebrate this exclusive offer with Toys R Us, LEGO DUPLO are offering a whole heap of DUPLO goodies to give away to the LEGO DUPLO Experts on their blogs.

Here’s what's up for grabs in this amazing competition...

2 x First Prize Sets

consisting of: 

3 x Second Prize Sets
 consisting of:

10 x Third Prize Sets
consisting of:
· 1 x My First LEGO DUPLO Set 

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is send your full name and postal address to: with the subject line 'Second Time Mummy'

Leave a comment to let me know you've entered too! Good Luck!!!

The closing date of the competition is 06/11/2011. The winners will be chosen at random. The prize is non-refundable and cannot be transferred. No cash alternative is available.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

WIN a £500 Baby Goody Bag with Infacol

Infacol, the UK’s leading colic relief treatment, is offering one lucky person the chance to win a £500 worth of baby goodies (and of course they are raising awareness of colic in the process!)

Infacol’s new Facebook, TwitterBlog and YouTube pages launched yesterday and with those they are dedicated to creating the ultimate parenting and baby wellbeing social community where you can learn, share tips and advice and get updated on all things relating to the wellbeing of your new addition - with a focus on colic of course.

To celebrate the launch of this new initiative, Infacol are running a sweepstake competition on their Facebook page with the prize being approximately £500 worth of baby related goods. Amaze-balls!

So how do you enter?

It’s simple – Just ‘Like’ Infacol's new Facebook page  then answer the 3 colic related questions correctly and one lucky winner will be picked to win the prize on 2/11/11.

Competition Start Date: 3/10/11 Competition Closing Date: 1/11/11

The Prize: The goody bag contains an exciting range of premium brand unisex baby related goods, ideal for a newborn. The actual contents of the goody bag remain secret but the total value is equivalent to £500 of goods (RRP).

Why Choose Infacol? * Infacol relieves infant colic and griping pain and assists in bringing up babies’ wind * It is suitable to use from birth onwards (unlike gripe waters, which can only be given to babies over a month old) * Infacol has an integrated dropper so there’s no need to struggle with a spoon * It is sugar, alcohol and colourant free, as well as value for money, as it contains up to 100 doses (rsp £4.20 for 50ml dropper). *
For Treatment of Infant Colic / Infacol Contains Simeticone / Always read the label

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

My New Marks & Spencer Bra

Since I stopped breastfeeding Little E a few months ago my 'babylons' have completely deflated. I've been left feeling quite self conscious about the shrinkage and having also recently lost weight, my bras no longer fit.

A couple of weeks ago I headed to my local M&S store to buy a new bra. I didn't really know what I was looking for so I decided to ask to be fitted. Within a couple of minutes I knew my new size and went off to find a new brassiere.

I wandered round, spoiled for choice when eventually I laid eyes on this one...

...the Underwired Ruched Front Bra. I decided to take it to the fitting area to check that it fitted and I almost didn't want to take it off. It's one of THE most comfortable bras I have ever owned.

At £18 (currently now only £9 in the sale), it's a little more than I would usually spend on an everyday bra but the comfort is worth every penny. The greatest feature would have to be the wide straps - the extra width ensures that they don't cut in to you like a regular bra.

The bra itself looks just  like a bikini top and is made up of 59% polyamide, 21% elastane and 20% polyester.
For me, it's great to have the plunge effect and added padding whilst I get used to my new smaller shape and it has given me a confidence boost.

The fit is really flattering and it's the perfect t-shirt bra, giving you a great smooth shape without flattening.

I would highly recommend you to purchase one of your own - especially whilst they're on sale. The bra comes in 2 colours - white and black - and would make a fabulous adition to your underwear drawer.

And if you're pregnant and looking for a new bra then you should definitely check out Marks and Spencers new Maternity Bra Advice Tool...

It will give you bra advice on based on how many weeks pregnant you are - just select how far gone you are and click the button - MAGIC!

Disclosure: I received a £20 M&S voucher to enable me to purchase and review a bra from the M&S Collection.