Pampers Baby-Dry // 12 Hour Challenge

Pampers Baby-Dry Pants

Nowadays pants aren't just for toilet training, in fact, more and more parents are looking for an everyday format that enables them to quickly and easily deal with dirty nappies, even when out and about. 

New Pampers Baby-Dry pants are easy to change. You can pull them on easily and remove by tearing the sides to dispose. This means babies no longer have to be laying down to be changed. This brings an end to wrestling a wriggling baby on a changing mat. It also means that you don't have to panic if the place you are in doesn't have changing facilities. You can just take them into a normal toilet cubicle. 

Baby-Dry Pants have an all-around stretch waistband and leg cuffs which adapt to you baby's movements. They also have Micro Pearls which absorb up to 30 times their weight and lock wetness away. Combined with an Extra Sleep-Layer that quickly absorbs wetness and spreads it out eveningly across the core of the nappy, Pampers Baby-Dry Pants help provide your baby up to 12 hours of dryness. 

My 12 Hour Challenge

Pampers asked a group of parents what the most challenging situations are when it comes to their child and their nappy performance. Over half said that outdoor or adventure parks were the most challenging situation.

So my challenge is to test out Pampers New Baby-Dry Pants at an adventure park.

We chose Peppa Pig World for the ultimate test in dryness and convenience of Pampers Baby-Dry Pants.

Challenge Accepted

On Saturday 31st October we headed from our hometown of Bath and traveled the 57 miles down to Peppa Pig World in Hampshire. We didn't tell Cameron or Lucas where we were going, just told them it was a surprise. Lucas had his Baby-Dry Pants on, so we knew we wouldn't need to stop on the way to change him. It took us around 2 hours to get there as the traffic was quite bad. Lucas fell asleep in the car as he always does.

When we arrived at Paulton's Park, we instantly went to the restaurant to grab a bite to eat as we were starving. The food was overpriced but lovely at the same time. Since Lucas has been better with his eating, we can now take him out to restaurants without the fear of his gag reflex playing up and making him sick. We can now go out for meals as a family.

When we were finished, Cameron insisted we go straight to Peppa Pig World which meant no time for a nappy change for Lucas.

Cameron & Lucas both loved Peppa Pig World. The queues for the rides were packed, so we only got to go on Granddad Pig's boat. The kids loved the ride, even Lucas was squealing with delight. Lucas enjoying the ride was one of my key moments of the day. Lucas is usually quite a laid back chilled toddler so seeing him get so excited about something was truly wonderful.

I didn't get as many photos as I wanted as we were all having too much fun.

Next we went into Peppa Pigs indoor soft play. Lucas was getting tired by this point, so he was snuggled in his pushchair with a bottle of milk.

After we had done everything we could in Peppa Pig World, we decided to explore the rest of Paulton's Park to see what it had to offer.

We got to explore Critter Creak, ride on the Victorian Double Carousel and go on Professor Blast's Expedition Express.

Before we knew it, it was getting on for 4pm and Paulton's Park was closing soon.

We made our way to the changing facilities as Lucas had his Baby-Dry pants on for around 6 hours by this point.

Apparently everyone else in the park had the same idea. The changing facilities were absolutely rammed. So I took him into a cubicle and changed him stood up. it took me around 30 seconds to change his Baby-Dry pants. It's so easy and so much quicker than a normal nappy. I did try to get some photos, but Lucas just wanted to wander off. To him it was a novelty being changed stood up and it was the perfect opportunity for him to try to escape.

I love the fact that nappy change time has become so easy and also the fact that each Baby-Dry pants comes with its own sticky bit of tape on the back so that you can roll up the dirty nappy and secure it together, as you would with the tabs of a conventional nappy.

After a quick stop in the gift shop we walked back to the car. Within 5 minutes of being in his car seat Lucas was asleep. We knew he would be asleep for the rest of the journey home. Cameron however was so hyper from his fabulous day, was wide awake and played on my phone.

After an hour and a half drive, we were home. We changed Lucas's Baby-Dry pants for the final time that day, got him ready for bed, had some big cuddles and put him in bed with a bottle. 20 minutes after he wanted another bottle of milk. Lucas sleeps on average 12-13 hours a night and so with other nappies, we would have to wake him during the night as his nappy would be on the verge of bursting. If Lucas has a burst nappy at night, he rarely lets us know about it, meaning he sleeps in his own wee. But with the Baby-Dry pants, we knew we wouldn't have to. They hold a lot more wee than other nappies and the few packs we had already been through, we didn't have any that burst or leaked.

Thank you Pampers for setting us this challenge, we all had a fabulous day. There was no stress of having to stop on the journey down to find changing facilities and no stress of having to wait in queues for the changing facilities in Paulton's Park. I also don't have to wait up at night for Lucas to fill his nappy, so I can change it before I go to bed to stop him leaking. I hope we have proved that Pampers Baby-Dry pants really do enable you to have a stress free trip to an adventure park.

Note: I received Pampers Baby-Dry Pants and tickets for Peppa Pig World to take part in this challenge. As always all views and opinions are my own.

Get Christmas Wrapped Up // Aldi

Since I began working with Aldi earlier on in the year, I have become a big fan of their Specialbuy range.

They brought out a lovely camping range and at the end of last month, I got to test out some of their kitchen range, including some fabulous baking equipment.

With Christmas just around the corner, I know a lot of people have nearly finished their Christmas shopping and are just waiting to buy the little extras.

This is where Aldi comes into play. They have a new Christmas Specialbuy range which has everything you need to 'wrap up Christmas'

24 Gift Tags

At just £0.89 for 24, you can't really go wrong with these lovely gift tags. 

4 Roll Gift Wrap Set

Contains everything you need to wrap your gifts, 4 rolls of Wrapping Paper, 8 Bows, Ribbon Rolls and 8 gift tags for £2.99

Game Crackers

Crackers that all the family can enjoy. For just £4.99 The Game Crackers transforms into a racing board game with each cracker contributing a wind up character to use.

Gift Bags

Great value gift bags just £1.99 each. Mickey Mouse, Frozen, Disney Princesses and Marvel Heroes are available.

Luxury Crackers

8 luxury crackers for £9.99. Comes with jokes and novelty gifts and the all important paper hat! 

Peg Card Holder

Need somewhere to hang all those Christmas cards you've received? Then the Peg Card Holder is what you need and at just £1.99 it won't break the bank. 

All the above products are available in Aldi stores now, but hurry, once they're gone, they're gone. 

What's your favourite item(s) from the list above?

 Note: I received no money for sharing this post with you. 


Cravendale // #MilkDrinkersMilk

I recently took up BritMums latest challenge #MilkDrinkersMilk with Cravendale to write about our family's favourite way to enjoy Cravendale milk.

First of all let me start by saying we are huge milk drinkers in this house. In an average week in this house, we probably go through 28 pints of milk. It's not unusual for us to go over this amount.

Lucas still drinks around 2 pints of the white stuff a day and doesn't look like he is going to slow down anytime soon. If we go out for the day I have to go to the shop and buy a bottle of milk to take with us.

Cameron isn't far behind, he would replace all of his other drinks with milk if I would let him. Actually, when he turned 5, he came home from school very cross with me because I wouldn't pay for him to have milk at school. Apparently, his bones wouldn't be strong anymore if I didn't.

We use milk in so many different ways.

We drink it cold, in glasses after eating cookies. I actually dunk my cookies into the milk and have done since I was little.

We use milk for cereal and porridge.

Milk is essential for cups of tea. My cups of tea are nearly half tea and half milk nowadays.

Milk is needed for making creamy mashed potato.

Milk is fab for making chocolate butter icing less bitter.

Cravendale Milk is essential for impressing your guests and it's nice to give them something luxurious. We had our friends from Birmingham come to stay with us for the weekend a few weeks ago and they were most impressed that we had Cravendale.

Note: This post is an entry for BritMums #MilkDrinkersMilk Linky Challenge, sponsored by Cravendale. I received vouchers for Cravendale in order to take part in this challenge. As always my views and opinions are 100% my own. 

Meal Plan // 09.11.15

Last week, I really fell off the meal plan wagon. I did my first online shop at Asda and was able to get a lot of snack food as well as actual food. 

Well it turns out after going so long without snack food due to Morrisons being more expensive, I binged all week on junk. Was worth it though! 

It's so nice to be able to buy our meals for the week and have money left over for treats. I am using part of the spare money to build the two freezers back up and also filling up my cupboard with tinned food.

I don't know about you, but I always feel a lot better if my cupboards and freezers are full.

The kids however ate very good meals. 

So meals for this week:


Faggots, Mashed Potato, Veg & Gravy


Crispy Pancakes (My childhood favourite), Chips & Baked Beans 


Pizza, Garlic Bread & Potato Wedges


Sausage, Chips & Baked Beans


Spaghetti & Meatballs


Homemade Chinese Fakeaway


Stand & Stuff Tortillas 


The City Of Bath // Bath Spa Ticket Competition

When Travelodge got in touch asking me to write about my home town, I was excited. I see a lot of other bloggers writing about Bath from a 'tourists' point of view but never from a person who actually lives there.

I've lived in Bath for 18 years and lived on the outskirts for 10 years prior to that. I love this city and couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

Tourists love our World Heritage city too. They come to Bath to see the famous Roman Baths and also the Bath Abbey.

Interesting Facts About Bath:

  • Bath been a World Heritage Site since 1987! 28 years! That's the same age as me!
  • Bath was bombed in WW2, known as the Bath Blitz, some of the buildings in Bath still show signs of the bombings. 
  • In 1974 the IRA planted a 5lb bomb in the 'Corridor' in Bath. 
  • Home to the Famous Bath Spa 
  • The Royal Crescent may be the most famous, but Bath actually has SEVEN Crescents 
  • Jane Austen lived in Bath
  • The city of Bath  inspired Mary Shelley to finish writing Frankenstein
  • GBBO's Mary Berry is from Bath and her Dad was the Mayor of Bath in 1952

Travelodge asked me to go into detail about what makes Bath great for me.

The simple answer is Royal Victoria Park.

Royal Victoria Park or Vicky Park as us Bathonians call it, was opened in 1830 by Queen Victoria who was 11 years old at the time and was Princess Victoria at the time.

Vicky Park spans over 57 acres of land and includes a children's park, skate ramps, 9 acres of botanical gardens, tennis courts, 2 golf courses and a huge duck pond. It has something for people of all ages.

Vicky Park has been a part of my life since I was a toddler. I grew up playing in the park. As a teenager I would drink socialise in the park at night with my friends. The Fair would be held in Vicky Park twice a year which we always went to. Bath Musical Festival was also held at Vicky Park until fairly recently.  Bath Music Festival was definitely the place to be growing up. All you had to do was beg your parents to let you stay out late!

Now as a grown up, Vicky Park still plays a big role in my life except now it's a place for my kids to have fun. It's a place for them to build their own memories.

Other Places In Bath You Can Visit:

  • Fashion Museum
  • The Circus 
  • American Museum
  • Christmas Market
  • Victoria Art Gallery
  • Bath City Farm
  • Jane Austen Centre
  • Thermae Bath Spa
Competition Time!

The lovely people at Travelodge are giving you the chance to win a ticket to the Thermae Bath Spa.

I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to visit the Thermae Bath Spa when it first opened and it was amazing. The rooftop pool is so relaxing.

The ticket is the Twilight Package and includes:
  • 3 hour spa session, including time in the restaurant
  • One dish from the menu
  • Glass of specially selected Beer, Wine, Juice or Water. 
  • Use of towel, robe and slippers

The Twilight Package would make the perfect Christmas present to a loved one or even to treat yourself.

All you need to do to enter the competition is to fill in the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good Luck.

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Why We No Longer Shop In Morrisons // 02.11.15

In May 2014, I was given the opportunity to become a #MorrisonsMum blogger. I was given vouchers to spend in store and write about my experience.  I must admit I was impressed. At the time it was a lot cheaper than the supermarkets we had been using. The fruit, veg and meat sections were awesome and I absolutely loved their raspberry cream turnovers from the bakery section. The staff were also very friendly and genuinely happy.

When we got a car later on in the year, we made Morrisons our main supermarket.

One of the reasons we loved Morrisons so much was because of the Price Match they did as part of their Match & More scheme.

Morrisons priced matched you against Sainsbury's, Asda, Tesco, Lidl & Aldi. If you paid more at Morrisons than you would at any of those supermarkets, you would get the money back in points. So if it was £5.90 cheaper you would get 5900 points which meant you could get a £5 voucher on your next shop. The 900 remaining points would be saved towards your next voucher. We knew we were getting a good deal with Morrisons.

You also had the option to save these vouchers up. At first we started saving our vouchers for this Christmas, but then we actually needed to use these vouchers to keep within our weekly shopping budget as our finances changed. 

In the middle of October I received an email from Morrisons, to tell me that from 2nd November, they were changing their Match & More Terms and Conditions.

I read in horror about the changes there were implementing. Apparently it was because of what their customers had been thinking about the scheme. What customers? I wasn't asked! Why didn't they ask me, or my friends and family who shop at Morrisons?

Morrisons have stopped their Price Match. The part of the scheme that really helped my family, they have stopped.

You now get 5 points for every £1 you spend. You still need 5000 points for a £5 voucher. 

Now, correct me if I am wrong, but if you get 5 points for spending a £1, you will now need to spend £1000 to earn a £5 voucher!

Since 29th March 2015 (this is a far back as Morrisons hold my Match and More points information) I collected 148,970 points that's the equivalent to  £145.00 in vouchers (5000 points is 1 voucher and so I would have 29 Vouchers) . 

I spend on average around £80 per week and managed to get this amount. To look at it another way, my shopping would have been £148.97 cheaper over those 7 months if I had shopped somewhere else. 

Now again, correct me if I am wrong, but under Morrisons new Terms and Conditions I would have to spend £29,794 to get £145.00 in vouchers. 

Yes, you read that right. I had to check, double check, check again AND get some lovely bloggers in a Facebook group to check to see if I had calculated it correctly. 


I spend on average £80 per week. So it would take me just over 7 years to get to my £145.00 in vouchers. 

Now Morrisons can retort that they offer more points on selected items or the vouchers they sent me through the post where if you spend £90 you get x amount of points and then a bonus if you use all the vouchers every week for (i think) 6 weeks. But quite frankly Morrions it's not good enough! 

So this is my goodbye to Morrisons. I can no longer afford to shop there. I am off to do my shopping somewhere else, where it's cheaper. 

It really is a shame though, as I loved their salad bar and their Indian Meals that formed the infamous Fakeaway Monday's in our house. Also, as mentioned above the staff were brilliant. But financially I don't have a choice. 

I would imagine that Morrisons were actually losing quite a lot of money by doing the price match, but by Morrisons changing their T&C's so dramatically I can guess they will be saying goodbye to quite a few customers.