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February 11, 2017 at 7:30 am by Angela

FiveFavouriteFindsEvery month I share my ‘Five Favourite Finds’ for the month. They can be absolutely anything new that I have come across. The challenge: making sure I find five each month. Some months really do prove tougher than others but there is lots of fun had in the search. I’m using it to try encourage myself to find new things and also share my finds with you all to save you the leg work! So without further ado and in no particular order…

(This month has been a bit, err, challenging with Little H having a stomach bug then a cold. And to top it off Sam broke his hand falling from his bike so he can’t drive or lift Little H. So I’ve not ‘discovered’ as many new things. However, I have re-discovered a few items so I have decided to share those!)

One: Chad Valley Extra Long Tunnel

Little H loves the pop up tunnels and tents at nursery. I decided it would be a really nice idea to get her something similar as a present for her birthday. She’s so active now that a tunnel seemed the best idea because she can burn off a bit of energy inside. Most of them are less than a metre in length which felt a bit short. Then I spotted this stunning thang…2 whole metres of 2 years+ fun. It’s gone down well!

Two: Dr. Oetker Easy Swirl Vanilla Cupcake Icing

With everything going on in the run up to Little H’s birthday, I didn’t have the energy to make the cake I would have liked to for her. Normally I make my own butter cream but as I scavenged the baking aisle in Waitrose I discovered this pre-made Dr. Oetker icing. It was super easy to use and tasted nice. It helped me make a passable birthday cake which cheered Little H up when she was feeling grotty on her birthday!

Three: Mrs Crimbles Macaroons

Oh my, I love these macaroons! I have always loved these macaroons from the moment I first tried them a few years ago. But I forgot about them. Then a few weeks ago Sam popped to Co-op and got some for me because I was feeling a bit fed-up. Now a macaroon can’t solve the world’s problems but it does give some temporary respite when enjoyed with a cuppa. If you haven’t already, really try these!

Four: Snuffle Babe Vapour Rub

Little H has fortunately not had too many colds over the spring and autumn. However, she’s currently shaking off her second of the winter. One of the things I hate about her having a cold is that a runny nose or cough stops her sleeping. I had been giving her Calpol at bedtime for few days and was starting to feel uncomfortable about giving it to her for much longer. I then recalled one of the other tools in my armour: Vapour Rub from Snuffle Babe. I rub it on her chest and back and it gives her a lot more relief when she coughs. It also helps to keep her nose clearer. It only soothes rather than stopping…but it’s enough for her to fall asleep most of the time!

Five: Calpol Soothe & Care Vapour Plug & Nightlight

We bought this before Little H was a year old and have used it intermittently with mixed success. With this recent cold we debated getting a humidifier to help her cough. Her room isn’t huge though and I was worried it would just become damp. So I bought some new cartridges and gave this a bash again. I’ve used it several times and it has definitely helped her this time. Plus it makes the room smell very nice!

(Only annoyance is it has a built in night light. Why?! I don’t know but we covered it in electrical tape so now it doesn’t add any light to the room.)



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Tags: #FamilyFun, #fortheloveofBLOG, #KCACOLS, #MarvMondays, Cake, Calpol, Chad Valley, Dr Oaetker, FiveFavouriteFinds, Icing, Macaroons, Mrs Crimbles, Snuffle Babe, Tunnel, Vapour Rub,
Some comments:
    • It seems to be the never-ending cold. But I think it’s on it’s way out now thanks. Thank-you for reading. Glad Snuffle Babe has helped you too! xx

    • No, crimbles are definitely the tastier of the too. Wish I had one now but better for my health to not keep a continuous supply in the house!! Thanks for reading xx

  1. #marvmondays this is so revealing food and medical supplies = poorly a baby.
    I hope this month allows you to get out and explore Mother Nature more. Hope little one is better.

    • Yep, poorly baby indeed. Plus general tantruming. Oh the joys of two-hood… Thanks – I hope we’ll get out more too. Haha xx

    • Thanks – not my best bake but it came out well considering and my little girl loved having “Bear Cake” for the rest of the week! Thanks for reading xx

  2. haha … night lights – I seriously don’t know why they are always built in. They should be optional with an on/off switch – clearly they weren’t invented by a parent.

  3. your cake looks beautiful! I’ve never made b a cake – im just a bit lazy like that so if I did, id def try pre-made icing! we love snuffle rub here and the calpol vapour plugin sounds interesting. b always gets a cough at night if he gets a cold. and the light would actually work for us as he likes us to leave a light on now :/ #marvmondays
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    • Aww thanks lovely! With all the amazing things you create that means a lot. I have made more attractive cakes and had planned something elaborate. But it went down well which was the main thing! I would really recommend trying the Calpol plug for B if he always get a cough. Thanks for reading xx

  4. Great finns and I hope that the little one is feeling better now. I would love to get a play tunnel, I think our daughter would love it. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  5. Love the idea of this post. My daughter is a huge fan of play tunnels. She plays in hers for hours when we get it out. She has a pop up tent she loves too. I think I will get them both out today actually. She hasn’t played with them for a while haha. #FamilyFunLinky
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    • They are good fun aren’t they! I will probably get her a pop up tent in the summer for the garden. She loves the one at nursery. Hope yours enjoyed them if you got them out! Thanks for reading xx

  6. Oh we have been all over those macaroons for a while now they’re amazing aren’t they! Gluten freetoo, if you’re that way inclined! My two would love the extra long tunnel too! Thanks for joining usnatb#familyfun x

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