TWISTSHAKE baby bottle giveaway

Twistshake is a Swedish baby bottle company. Their bottles aim to prevent clogging of baby formula, with an effective way to handle servings with easy clean up.

Twistshake Baby Bottle Giveaway | Emma's Mamma

We were very excited to try one of their bottles. We chose the Peach colour and I love the bright colour and distinct look of the bottle. It comes with a powder box to hold your baby formula. It can be stored inside the bottle or stacked together if you have a couple. Inside the bottle there is a mixer which helps dissolve the formula when mixing. The teats are anti-colic and come in 4 separate sizes and the bottles come in 3 different sizes and 7 different colours.

Since Emma no longer drinks formula, she tried out her new bottle with water. She loved it, and even offered her doll some. And the powder box works brilliantly as a snack box for fruit, raisins or breadsticks!

You now have the chance to win your own Twistshake bottle! Just enter the giveaway below by clicking on the link and following the instructions.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

The competition is world wide and will be open until midnight on Sunday 8th November. The winner will be notified by email by Emma’s Mamma, then contacted by Twistshake.

GOOD LUCK!

Twistshake Baby Bottle Giveaway | Emma's Mamma

http://twistshake.com/en/

**I was sent this product. My opinions are my own and I am under no obligations to give a positive review. 

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Halloween by Zazzle

We never celebrated Halloween in Sweden when I was a kid, so my first proper Halloween experience was at the American Embassy in Switzerland when I was 11. I loved it!

Since then, Halloween has gone from trick or treating to dressing up for nights out. Now that I have Emma, I get to embrace the fun kiddie side of it again.

So when we were asked by Zazzle to review some customised Halloween goodies I was thrilled.

Zazzle.co.uk has a huge selection from homeware to baby grows and adult hoodies. Prepare yourself for hours of browsing! The good thing is, most of their product can be customised. I found a print I loved on an adult t-shirt but I was able to change it to a cute top for Emma.

Halloween by Zazzle | Emma's Mamma

I chose these three tops for Emma. I went for size 2, which was the equivalent of 24 months. As you might be able to see in the picture, the sizes vary quite a lot. The Boo shirt fits her perfectly but the other two are very large.

Halloween by Zazzle | Emma's Mamma

I also picked a snuggle blanket (left) and a kitchen towel (right). I was slightly disappointed with them both compared with the other products. Whereas the clothes feel like good quality and the prints came out great, these two items don’t feel as nice and the colours look like they’ve been printed on.

Halloween by Zazzle | Emma's Mamma

Finally, I chose two bags for trick or treating. Emma loves them! As soon as we unpacked them she had them on her shoulder strutting around the house.

Unfortunately Emma just won’t stand still long enough to model all the clothes, but I have no doubt Emma will be the cutest ‘trick or treater’ this Halloween.

Halloween by Zazzle | Emma's Mamma

**I was sent these products in return for an honest review. My opinions are my own and I am under no obligations to give a positive review. 

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Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Popcorn Ghosts

With Halloween looming around the corner, I was very excited to be asked by Wayfair.co.uk to create a Halloween themed recipe. I decided to make Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Popcorn Ghosts.

Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Popcorn Ghosts | Emma's Mamma

I absolutely loved coming up with this recipe. I combined my favourite sweet & salty popcorn recipe with some good old fashioned melted chocolate.

Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Popcorn Ghosts | Emma's Mamma

Once the popcorn was smothered in white chocolate I gave the ghosts scary faces using dark chocolate and a piping syringe.

Salted Caramel & White Chocolate Popcorn Ghosts | Emma's Mamma

They went down a treat!

You can see recipe in full here! Enjoy!

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A little break 

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t blogged for over 2 weeks. 

I never intended to take a break but life seemed to get in the way. After a week of no blogging, I decided to give myself another week off. And as I sat thinking I really should get back into it, especially with blogging assignments lined up, I suddenly didn’t know where to start. 

So I gave myself a few more days. Why stress when I didn’t need to?

The best part about not blogging has been hanging out with Emma without thinking about having to blog about it. 

But, on the flip side, family and friends seem to miss reading about our adventures on the blog. 

So anyway, I’m back. Just in case you wondered. 

 

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18 months in pictures

With Emma turning 18 months I was planning to write my usual monthly update, but as I was working on Emma’s photo album, I decided to show the past 18 months through 18 pictures – one for each month!

I still can’t believe how much she’s grown!

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

18 months in pictures | Emma's Mamma

Happy 18 months birthday my gorgeous darling!

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Why I love my post pregnancy body

With summer and bikini season seemingly over I can’t help but think what a difference a year has made. Last summer I felt way too self conscious of my post pregnancy body to even contemplate wearing a bikini. It should also be noted that my bikini and summer clothes actually didn’t fit me a year ago.

They do now. And even though I don’t quite look or feel like my pre pregnant me, my perception of my body has changed massively and, dare I say it, I have grown to love my new body.

Here is what I love about my new body:

  1. I have curves in all the right places. I also have curves in some of the ‘wrong’ places, like lumps and bumps that I’m sure weren’t there pre-pregnancy, but let’s focus on the positives here.
  2. When I tense my stomach muscles my belly looks flat – ok flat-ish – and this gives me hope. Hope that if I do commit to toning my abs I can have a toned firm flat belly.
  3. The pouch of fat that seemed to sit on the lower part of my belly after birth – kind of like a kangaroo pouch to remind me there once was a kid in there – is pretty much gone. That means it will probably (hopefully!) disappear completely.
  4. I feel strong. I can carry my 18 month old (10kg/22 lbs) for hours. I can squat up and down while carrying her without feeling tired. When going for walks I don’t feel out of breath (except on really steep hills which there seem to be a lot of here in the Chilterns). This may sound silly but there was a time post pregnancy when I could barely walk 20 steps without aching, or being short of breath and feeling like my uterus was about to fall out of me.
  5. I love my new boobs. Breastfeeding have transformed my boobs. They’re smaller, they’re a different shape, they’re not as full and they’re definitely not as perky. But my boobs look good. At least my husband thinks so. But my boobs are no longer just a representation of my sexuality, they nourished a baby into a toddler. And that’s pretty cool if you ask me.
  6. I love how my new stretch marks criss cross over my old ones. Like my pregnancy stretch marks decided to take out all the growth spurt stretch marks by crossing over them. Almost to show me how they don’t matter any more.

I look in the mirror and I don’t see a perfect body. But I’m ok with that.

10 years ago my body had no cellulite. My breast hadn’t quite realised that gravity existed and the only stretch marks I had then were from growth spurts.

But when I looked in the mirror then and saw that body, I saw a body that I didn’t like. A body full of flaws.

It took me 10 years to love my body for what it is. And baby or not, I’m not going to let deflated boobs and stretch marks take that away from me.

I love my body because it is beautiful.

What I love about my new post pregnancy body | Emma's Mamma

What do you love about your body?

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Gro Light review 

Emma has always slept with a night light so when the Gro Company asked us to review their Gro Light I was super excited.

Gro Light review | Emma's Mamma

The Gro Light is a 2-in-1 night light and bright light adaptor that sits between the socket and the lamp bulb of your child’s normal lamp. You have the choice between a bayonet or a screw fit adaptor. We chose the bayonet and it was surprisingly easy to fit.

I originally left it for my husband to do as I’m not keen on changing light bulbs, but with his busy work schedule I grew tired of waiting so I decided to give it a try. I was amazed at how easy it was. I first removed the light bulb from the socket, attached it to the adaptor, then attached the adaptor to the socket. Easy-peasy.

My husband and I were both intrigued by the fact that one click turns on the night light and two clicks turns on the normal bright light. It’s actually really straightforward. Hit the light switch once and the night light comes on. Turn it off then on again and the normal bright light comes on. However, and this is probably the best feature, if you turn the night lamp on and off then leave it a few minutes, the next time you flick the switch, the night light comes on again. This means, if your only using the light for night feeds or checking in on your baby, you don’t have to worry about turning on the bright light in between.

My only real worry about the Gro Light was whether it would be too bright for Emma. Her previous night light was stood in the corner of her room whereas the Gro Light would be situated in her overhead light, almost immediately over her cot and I was worried she would find it distracting.

There was no need to worry, the night light on the Gro Light consists of four tiny bulbs situated on the highest part of the adapter. There is also a dimmer switch which lets you control their brightness.

Gro Light review | Emma's Mamma

Emma slept really well with her new Gro Light! We’ll definitely be using it instead of her old night light from now on!

Do you use a night light for your little ones? Have you tried the Gro Light?

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