Have you got any Shopkins fans in your house? If so then they will be delighted to hear about the new and highly anticipated Shopkins film sequel - Shopkins World Vacation. 



Eva is at the age where she loves collectable toys, so Shopkins are right up her street. She currently has a few but she's hoping Santa will bring her some more to add to her growing collection. 

She is hosting her own Shopkins party for the film premiere which she can't wait for. Fans are invited to watch the premiere simultaneously on Thursday 19th October at 16.30pm so be sure to get your copy. The digital download is available here, Amazon. You can head over to the website to download invites, a map and song lyrics so you can really join in with the fun, http://www.worldvacationpremiere.com/.

You can share your views and best bits across social media with the following hashtag #SPKWorldVacation. We will be sharing bits of our party so make sure you're following us over on twitter to see what we thought. 

So what is the anticipated sequel to Shopkins Chef Club about:




Shopkins favourite Kooky Cookie wins the trip of a lifetime to London, but it's not long before plans start going awry, setting the scene for a round the world adventure as Kooky becomes a fashion icon and an unwitting owner of the Crown Jewels. And with mischievous Biscuit Bandits on the loose can the Shopkins and their best friends, the shopies, save the day?

Eva was kindly sent a surprise package ahead of the premiere. But what character did she receive?


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•This is a collaborative post with Shopkins*








There was a time when if someone mentioned the word travel cot to me I would shudder. They were the stuff of nightmares. That was until I was sent the SpaceCot.



For me travel cots used to be one of those essential items that I hated. We have travelled many times since I had Eva and Ophelia and therefore we have always needed one. They have always been big, bulky, heavy and extremely ugly looking. Don't even get me started on trying to erect one. I looked like I was taking part in some kind wrestling fight, me vs the travel cot. I'd push one side open and it would knock me back, push the other side and the same would happen. If i'm being honest they were something that caused quite a bit of stress when travelling and that's not what travelling should be about.

The SpaceCot arrived on my doorstep a few months ago. The packaging is very eye catching and the box stated that what was inside was 'A Little Bit Brilliant' (this is actually the brand name) but I couldn't agree more.

It comes with a bag which is quite large but I find it easy to carry. It also comes with its own crib attachment so that it can be used from newborn. The cot is narrower than other travel cots we've used and therefore it's a great space saver. 



The cot itself looks lovely. It's definitely a lot smarter than any of our previous travel cots and it looks very modern. The material is soft and I love the fact that it can all be removed and washed when needed. This is something we've never encountered before.



The SpaceCot also comes with a mattress. It's a lot thicker than other mattresses to give added comfort. 


The best feature has to be the open and fold. It claims that it can be put up in 1 second and down in 3 seconds. As you can imagine, my previous experiences (refer back to the 2nd paragraph) had me a little bit sceptical as to whether it could be that easy. Hubby tried it first and was gobsmacked. It really is simple. 

I also managed to open it up and close it on my first attempt. It was very quick, easy and stress free. To fold it down you use your foot so there's less bending (wrestling for me) involved. You can also fold it down with the mattress inside which I think is a fab feature.

We've taken it on a few hotel stays with us but I will be taking it to a caravan with me when I take the girls away on my own, over half term. I'm intrigued to see how it will fit in the caravan etc and how much space we are left with. I'll be filming a youtube video of that so pop back in a couple of weeks to see it. 



You can buy the SpaceCot from a few different retailers (more information available here, SpaceCot website in either grey, biscuit or silver. It has an RRP of £140 which does sound expensive, however when you compare it with similar travel cots, I think the price is comparable. Plus you can use it from birth to age 3 years, so if you travel a lot or ever stay at relatives houses then this is perfect. 

*We were gifted the SpaceCot in return for our honest opinion*



Now i've moved to a more lifestyle blog, I thought it's about time I start sharing more things about me and what I like etc. Every month you'll see a beauty favourites post from me. Now, i'm no make up queen or anything but I do love the stuff. I'm also rather addicted to toiletries (check my boots advantage card and you'll know what I mean). I'll also be filming this series over on you tube so I can talk about the products more than what i'm able to write here.





The first thing I have to say about this Body Butter is that it has the most incredible smell. It's fragranced with Soap and Glory's 'mist you madly' scent and I love it. The body butter works wonders on dry skin. I use it everyday but I find it's very good for when you return from a summer holiday and your skin is dehydrated. It's my favourite product in the Soap and Glory range.


 
I have no idea how i'd even function as a busy mum without dry shampoo. I use it all the time such as when i'm rushing around in the morning before the school run and I haven't got time to wash my hair etc. I keep one in my locker in work (I work in an operating theatre and I have to wear a hat all day, hat hair = nightmare) and I also carry a mini one in my handbag.  I am slightly obsessed with the stuff.



I actually bought this product after having my make up done in Florida earlier this year. I was instantly drawn to the smell and it felt incredibly light on my skin. I've been using it daily to brighten my complexion and i've also been using it as a make-up primer. 




Sanctuary Spa body washes have always been my favourite. This particular one is so uplifting to use in the morning. The fragrance is so fresh and it leaves your body feeling cleansed.



The Too Faced counter recently launched in Debenhams, Cardiff which I was really pleased about. I popped in for a makeover the week it opened and it is the prettiest, cutest counter in there. The packaging for Too Faced products has always been lovely but seeing them altogether was fab. 
I bought a few things which i'll probably be showing your more of next month. I've had a few events and nights out lately where I have wanted my eye make up to stay put so this product has been a life saver. You only need to use a tiny amount on your lid and it allows your eye shadow to stay on all day. 



I've been using the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser for a while now. I'd heard so many people talking about it that in the end I had to try it out for myself. I've never looked back. This particular one was a limited edition summer fragrance which smelt lovely. It had a real spa scent to it. 



I think this may be my favourite beauty buy of last month. I'd seen a lot about the new Victoria Beckham range and off I excitedly went into Cardiff to buy some, to find that you can only buy it online or in Selfridges in London. I must admit, I never buy make up online unless it is something I have used before and therefore I know the colour suits me etc.I was gutted.
However, a silver lining appeared when I attended a blogging event in London which was a fab excuse for trying out this range. I honestly could've bought so much of it. This highlighter in 'modern mercury' is from the 'Miami' collection. I tend to wear it over my bronzer to give me that glowing, tanned look. It illuminates my skin perfectly. I am obsessed with it.



I also bought this 'Victoria' lipstick which is a lot darker than what i'd normally wear but it looks great. It's got good pigment but I actually soften in slightly by using a gloss over the top.




The Urban Decay Palettes are literally the only palettes I currently use for my eye shadow. I have 3 but this new one is my favourite. When I fist saw the colours I honestly thought there's no way they will suit me but I can't get enough of it. It was the perfect palette to take on our summer holiday to Turkey. 




I bought this shampoo and conditioner from Boots, back in August when we went on holiday. I was instantly drawn to the packaging but when I opened the bottles up, the smell was incredible. It was hard to pick from the range but I knew that the heat in Turkey would dry out my hair so I chose the Shea Butter shampoo and conditioner. It contains coconut oil, macadamia oil and shea butter. You only need a small amount as it goes a long way. I've literally just run out of mine so I think I may try the coconut milk collection next.



What have been your beauty favourites lately? Make sure you keep your eye on my you tube channel for the video for this blog post coming soon. 



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This morning I managed to do something that I would never have thought was possible…I managed to change a nappy, one handed, whilst Ophelia was standing up whilst trying to deal with a mini crisis Eva was having with my other hand. I honestly thought I was some sort of parenting wizard. A nappy changing wizard if we’re going to give it an official title. Talk about multi-tasking. It made me giggle as I thought back to how clueless and useless I felt when I first found out I was pregnant over 5 years ago.




I remember that, after the initial excitement and anticipation I felt at becoming a first-time mum, panic set in. I became completely overwhelmed by all the things I had to learn, to buy and above all, by the thought of being responsible for another human being for the rest of my life. I actually lived at home with my mum until I was 21 so I had barely learnt to look after myself. I was one of those people that didn’t know how to ‘cook’ pasta. However, I already had an undeniable love for my bump and I knew I wanted to be the best mother I could be. I wanted to protect my child and use the best and safest products on the market for her. She was the best thing that had ever happened to me and I wanted to give her the best of everything.


Lots of questions dawned on me. What was the best pram to buy? Which moses basket shall I get? Which shops sells the best baby clothes? What nappies should I buy? How do I even change a nappy? All of these questions blew my mind and after searching the internet I still wasn’t sure who to ask. I decided the best people to call upon for advice and suggestions were close family and friends and in particular my mum. She turned out to be a beacon of support, having 3 children herself, she knew all the answers to the questions I asked.

Myself and my sisters were born over different decades (there’s a large gap between me and my middle sister) so she’d seen new brands and products come and go. She told me the best advice was to trust your motherly instincts with how you think and feel and to only buy things that you know are safe and that have been recommended to you by others.

Mum and Me

So back to the nappy saga. My mum advised me to use Pampers nappies. She used them in the 90’s, the 2000’s and now on her 2 grandchildren. It wasn’t until recently that I realised that Pampers nappies are made in the UK and have been since my mum started using them. Who knew?!


Recently I learnt that over 1500 Pampers nappies are checked by hand every day, using 130 different test methods and 24,000 measurements – all overseen by 33 people who are dedicated to checking the quality of every, single nappy.
These statistics are comparable with how many times I practiced changing a nappy with my mum. Seriously, it felt like I’d had around 1500 goes, using 130 different techniques (front to back, legs apart, legs together) before I finally nailed it. Needless to say, I was a slow learner but hey, look at me now, I’m changing nappies one handed.


The reason that both my mum and I are still using Pampers is because of the finer details that go into the production of making just 1 nappy. It takes 28 pairs of loving hands to make a single pampers nappy which I think is an incredible statistic. 80% of the production team are parents themselves putting love and care into each nappy. I think this is great as I practised so much at being able to change a nappy because in my head that was some sort of right of passage to becoming a mum. It makes me think that Pampers are doing the same thing with their rigorous checks in producing nappies. When you have something so precious, it’s always reassuring to know that something that forms a huge part of their everyday life is made with so much love and attention. 

You can find out more about how Pampers nappies are made by watching the video below.



As you can see Pampers are made here in the UK. When choosing what brands and products I use in our house, I always try and support something that’s British made. I’m very fussy on where my meat comes from so why shouldn’t I be equally as fussy as to where the products I use on my beautiful girls are from?


I’ve been changing nappies for nearly 5 years now. I think I’ve now got it to a fine art. However, Ophelia is now at the ‘I’m into everything stage’ so in short, she can’t keep still. Honestly, almost 2 year olds are fast and incredibly inquisitive. This kid can give Usain Bolt a run for his money. She’s always on the move and therefore needs a nappy to support her busy, active lifestyle. That’s another reason why we use Pampers. Pampers know that looking after baby’s skin and keeping their bottom dry at the same time is a priority. Ophelia suffers with her skin and I know that using any old nappy can really irritate her delicate skin. Pampers are the only nappy recommended by the British Skin Foundation and a great deal of care is put into developing nappies that are.

To sum up, here I am now, a nappy changing wizard. I went from the clueless pregnant woman to practically changing nappies blindfolded (I haven’t gone that far just yet) and I couldn’t have done it without the advice from my mum and the support from Pampers.


*This post was drafted in collaboration with Pampers and P&G but all thoughts my own
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