Got our own place and moved to www.mummyandthecuties.com

Hello Visitor,

Thanks verymuch for taking time to visit us today. We have now got our own place and moved to http://www.mummyandthecuties.com. Please headover to http://www.mummyandthecuties.com and you will still have a warm welcome and have a chance to read great contents.

Many Thanks

Mummy and the Cuties.

 

 

Advertisements

Learn Phonics with Peppa Pig – Peppa Pig Fun Phonics 2 Review

As I mentioned before, I am learning Phonics again with DD2. We Own a Phonics bus at home. Definitely a good one. However, I wanted something that DD can carry easily with her and is not heavy. So she wont be hurt even if she has to drop it by accident on her foot. So I have accepted the offer when Argos asked to review one of their Phonics toys in Peppa Pig Range.  Both of my daughters are Peppa pig Fans and I thought, Just because DD1 admires Peppa Pig a lot, She would definitely find this toys as a great fun to teach her sister Phonics and Alphabets. And it is the perfect time for DD 2 to get used to Alphabets as she is showing interest in learning words.
argos_logo Peppapig Logo
This Peppa Pig Fun Phonics Learning Game  is Yellow in colour. Finally there is a relief from All Pink shades. The Buttons are designed slightly bigger for the little fingers to feel comfortable with the buttons. Most of the words are linked to the Peppa Pig Family, So if your little one is a Fan of Peppa Pig, It will be easy for her to remember the association of a alphabet to the word.
Peppa Pig Argos 11
There are 8 different modes to learn through fun. So you and your little one will have endless fun listening to Peppa teach sounds, letters, phonics, spelling, colours, numbers and more.
As the Picture says,  there are 26 letter keys, an ABC alphabet Key, repeat and a music button.
  • The alphabet Key lights up the letters in sequence and recites the ‘phonics’ associated with the letter.
  • The music button plays a tune.
  • The repeat button, Just as we know, Repeats the last sequence
Peppa Pig Argos 12
At the top of the console there is a pointer to change the activity being played to one of eight options:
  1. Word associated with the letter(Read the Word Associated with the Letter-This is the Apple)
  2. phonics (says the letter sound and the word “A as in Apple”)
  3. picture identification (“find the Apple”)
  4. Find the First letter of a Word (“find the first letter of the word … Apple”)
  5. phonics finder (“find the letter that says ‘a’ as in Apple”)
  6. spelling (Can you Spell the Word “Apple”)
  7. follow-me (buttons light up and must be pressed within certain time )
  8. sounds (the sounds of the object associated with each letter)
DD 2 founds it very exciting about the Follow_me. Obviously she is still young to react to it within the time frame but giggles and laughs enjoying the sounds it makes when she is doing it right and wrong.
Though she is not familiar with all the alphabets yet, She could identify a few now like “a, a, for Apple”, “fa, fa for Fish” that we use on daily basis. As the Words associated with the letters are mostly from Peppa- Pig family, It is easy for the kids to remember and match as they might already be familiar with the characters.
The One thing about Phonics – Peppa Pig Toy goes with Fa and Na and NOT FFF and NNN. I have noticed Most schools following – FFF, NNN and NOT fa fa, or Na, Na – Including my DD’s School. I think This would be something you have to know about the phonics taught by this Toy.
It can be easily carried away so your little one can have it in the car and might be useful in long journeys.
Few things that could be there:
  • There is no Volume button so the toys almost stays in the same sound all the time. As it is not too loud or too low, this will be left unnoticed if you are happy with the sound
  • There is no ON/Off Button – But there is a Sleep timer built-in. So if the Toy is Idle for sometime, it goes to sleep. But then Wakes up when any button is pressed 🙂 as there is no way to switch it off
  • There could have been a colour mode as the toy has buttons in all the major colours.
Argos has a wonderful range of dream toys available right in time for Christmas.  So order now to avoid any last minute stress.
Disclaimer: I was sent this product for the purpose of this review, my opinion is honest and unbiased.

Would you love to be fit and healthy? – Keep an Eye on your weight with Ozeri Digital Bathroom Scale

I have mentioned in one of my Posts earlier – I don’t need Gym! No dieting…No Exercise … Because I do enough running, jogging, push ups and pull ups everyday- All curtesy of DD 2.   BUT, I do need to keep myself fit and watch my weight all the time .

Me and Hubby are opposite Poles in weight gaining! ( Well, As of Now, Might change later.), I eat so much, But hardly crossed 60 Kgs.  But Hubby ! – No No No.. Stop…Stop Assuming., I don’t mean to say he eats Less. Absolutely not. If there is something yummy, I hardly get a little for me to taste. But he is a Star in putting on weight – just like that. So he tried/ tries and trying to be conscious and maintain his weight.

We have already reviewed few products from Ozeri, the Amazing thermal Glasses which are still most loved and I can’t think of my tea time without it and amazed my friends as well. The other one was the Turtle thermometer that makes bathtime fun for the kids

Ozeri Logo

This time, Ozeri asked us to review their new  Ozeri Precision Pro II Digital Bathroom Scale. We already own a manual/Analogue scale at home, Slightly smaller in Size, heavier. As we all know it is sometimes difficult to see the readings with Analogue Scales considering the fact that it is small in size.

So! How Ozeri Digital Bathroom Scale overcomes all these disadvantages!?

Ozeri Pre 2 Bathroom Scale 3

The Unique features of this Ozeri Precision Pro II Digital Bathroom Scale are

  • New Blue Backlit LCD screen with xBright technology provides immediate and easy to read results throughout the day.
  • New InstOn Technology captures the precise weight measurements upon contact (no tapping required).
  • Uses 4 high precision G sensors to weigh up to 440 pounds (200 kilograms) in 0.2lb or 0.1kg increments.
  • Award-winning design features an oversized weighing platform with impact-resistant tempered glass.
  • Automatically turns off to conserver battery life, and runs on 2 AAA batteries with battery indicator (batteries included).

Ozeri Pre 2 Bathroom Scale Picture 1

That explains everything. One of the thing I liked about this Bathroom Scale is, this came with the Batteries. I am not comfortable with buying products without batteries and then running around the house to look for batteries or snatching a few from Kids toys and feel Guilty later.

Being a Fragile item, It was delivered Well Packed – Secured enough for peace of mind during delivery.  The Blue Backlit is very powerful, Bright and Big that you dont have to take any stress to see the reading – Well, You might be stressed sometimes after seeing your Weight though, Just Like How Hubby Did!. But Would you blame the Scale for it? After all, it is trying to be Honest with you and letting you know that it is time for More Work-outs.

It is Bit oversized as mentioned in the Unique features but I kind of liked it. Makes it more comfortable to stand on it becasue of the space. But it is not heavy to lift, So I am happy with it. A Small Switch at the back is used to change the readings to Kg or Pound. It is think and has eye catching silver border that gives a great look for the scale.

Ozeri Pre Scale 1

We have compared the reading with our Analogue Scale and it was almost the same. I did have a chance to check my weight with GP as well and both the readings matched very close. There were only a few Grams difference, But Honestly whereever you go and whatever you use, you will face this situation. As far as it is not showing Few Pounds/Kgs plus and the difference in only in grams, I think we can definitely live with it.

Few things you might be interested to Note:

  • It is made of Glass so You need to be careful handling it.
  • The Glass on the Top is Shiny, So it is slippery and if you tend to use it in the Bathroom as mentioned, Be careful that you don’t step on with the wet foot and slip off.
  • As the Glass is Shiny, You will notice Marks on the glass soon. But it clears off easily with a wipe clean.

Ozeri Pre 2 Bathroom Scale Picture 2

After all, the Glossy Top is very Attractive that will tempt you to stand on it all the time and thus helps you monitor how good is your progress – Whether you scream out loud and give a smile after seeing your weight ! 🙂

Overall,  I found Ozeri Precision Pro II Digital Bathroom Scale as a good product and satisfied with the performance.  It is sold at Amazon UK from Ozeri Moderna at th price of RRP 29.95, But now on a great sale for Christmas at £18.95.

If you would like your partner to monitor the weight, This would be a perfect Christmas present for them. And Why to wait, Order today for intime Christmas Delivery.

You can find Ozeri on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I was sent this product for a Honest review. All the opinions are my own

Style your hair amazingly and Admiringly for this Christmas – with the New Ultimate Braun Satin-Hair 7 SensoCare styler – Review

Braun Logo

I love to have a tangle free, Straight, Shiny and attractive hair all the time.  And that needs atleast once a month Parlour visit – And Few of my recent Parlour vistis were a nightmare – Reason behind, I need to find someone to babaysit DD2 and unfortumately DD2 would become so much mama’s baby and decide to go out of control and make the situation worst to give an emergency call to Mum. And If I decide to go with her – Nope, Please don’t even think about it – Let’s not talk about it.

I know you might think ” Why don’t you own a hair styler and just do it yourself!!!???”. I have used one before and I felt my hair has become too rough and it was difficult to get the just right heat and needs more effort to achieve the result I want and I did burn the hair JUST ONCE though.  So I preferred to go to Parlour, let the hair free and forget worrying about it for a while and then comeout like a Model 🙂 Atleast that’s how Hubby pulls my leg all the time I am out of the Parlour.

Knowing my fear and effort of using a hair straightener at home after my previous worst experiences and finding myself busy not to drop in at the Parlour and roaming with the Halloween time Spooky Hair, The lovely people at Braun had offered me their New revolutionary Braun Satin-Hair 7 SensoCare styler to review.

SensoCare

SensoCare technology

IONTEC – active ion jet

Built-in sensors in the plate detect the moisture level of each hair strand and automatically adapt to the ideal temperature from root to tip for smoother, longer-lasting styles. Enjoy perfect styles, without the risk of heat damage.

Satin-Hair 7 SensoCare styler highlights

Satin-Hair 7 sensocare highlights
  • Active curling edges and a cool tip to achieve perfect and controlled creation of curls and waves.
  • Automatic temperature adaption continuously adapts temperature from root to tip for ultimate heat protection.
  • Patented floating plates for 3x smoother gliding vs conventional plates.
  • Patented floating plates distribute the pressure evenly to prevent hair damage.
  • Advanced display guidance provides feedback on your styling process for better styling results in less strokes.

So, how did I do with my Very Own SensoCare Styler

Here is the Picture from me for my Very Own Braun Satin-Hair 7 SensoCare styler

Braun Styler 1

The first and foremost thing I liked about the styler is the display that will let you know when to use the styler and how is it been used !

The Manual is So clear and easy to understand that you wouldn’t struggle even a bit for your first time use and subsequent uses.  Before you start using it, it takes you through series of steps to setup your preferred language, Mode you would like to use the styler in – which is either Sensocare or Manual mode. If you opt for SensoCare – Which obviously you would love to -as I did.  It needs to decide your Hair length and Thickness so it can work on your hair with Sensocare mode set.  And once you are set, There will be a thermometer Flashing to just let you know that – you need a little patience before having a “Awwwww….. Your hair looks Sooooooooooo Lovely” moment. Once the Thermometer Stops flashing, You are all set to style your hair as you wish.

Braun Styler 1

In the Manual Mode, You have different temperatures to set according to your preference and Trust me, You will find this product absolutely gentle and amazing on your hair Just as I did.

And Hubby was kind enough to take some pictures of me ! Don’t get scared though,. I am yet to upload the lovely hair that is styled perfect. 🙂 I couldn’t just wait to let you know How Mazing this styler is and sneak peeked halfway through my Styling.

Braun Styler1

With Christmas is just fast approaching and I know some of you would now be shopping with Panic and Manic, This would be a great Christmas Present for your Girl friend, Wife and why not try with Mum to make your Wife Jealous and that way you WILL have a Lovely Christmas 🙂

For Dazzling, Sexy Waves Hair curling image

Your hair is your best accessory, and flowing waves are the perfect style statement for a special evening.

  • Step 1

    Use Braun’s SensoCare Styler to straighten and smooth the hair. Straighten small sections at a time, to create beautiful shine.

  • Step 2

    Create a low side-part on one side of your head. Hold a strand of hair between your fingers and start wrapping the hair around both fingers.

  • Step 3

    Pull out your fingers while holding the loop in place, then clamp the loop with the SensoCare Styler for 2-3 seconds, allowing the hair to warm up. Using a pin, secure the loop to your head and let it cool down.

  • Step 4

    When cool, release the loops one by one and style them into gorgeous sexy waves!

For a hair styling video from the professionals here is the link

Celebrate Christmas with Tesco – “Every little Helps” you to make a Wonderful day!

Christmas is coming, everyone out there is busy and someone are going Crazy with Christmas Shopping, What to cook, how to make in-laws happy on that day ! so and so…

To put me in comfort Zone, Tesco had asked me to review their Christmas products on Mummy and Cuties. So off I went shopping to see what is there in Tesco for me for Christmas. Indeed there was a huge collection of decorations and Christmas food items that I stood still and a bit confused of what to choose amongst all. I had a plan to buy some baubles, Reindeer and some Lights. But seeing so much, I was sure I will definitely over spend.

Trends_Header_Large

I was sure I have to buy the lights as the previous one we had stopped working for No reason …  And When I saw these  Tesco 100 Multi-Function Microlights, Multi-Coloured lights, I was sure to buy. They look so lovely.They were easy to unpack and very sturdy compared to others I have seen. A long line of lights plus a sensibly long ‘flex’ without lights to the adapter. They come with an inline control box with which you can alter the style of lighting your require. And the one big advantage is this light can be used Outdoor. So a chance for you to decorate your outdoor for Christmas Party.PR

The Next thing that attracted me was the Scandi Cable Knit Cushion Red Heart. It is and super soft and cosy and has a Christmas look. It is well Knitted and definitely look attractive.

Cushion

And Off we went to get some Baubles I already have Red Baubles and wanted to have some Gold ones.   So I opted for  Assortment of 17 Festive Bauble Decorations in Christmas Tree Shaped Box – Gold. They are at a very  reasonable price of £4.99, has different designs on each of them and looks lovely.

Baubles

There are more collections to decorate your home and prepare for Christmas Dinner and Party – Look here for the decorations around your home. They also have 3 for 2 for Christmas and Toys.
Over the festive period Tesco are raising funds for foodbank charity The Trussell Trust and food redistribution charity FareShare.  Together we can help feed people in need this Christmas. Please help them feed people in need by donating whatever you can afford.
Tesco cause
Dislaimer: I was sent £20 from Tesco to review Christmas shopping Experience and used it to pay partly for these items. All the opinions are my own.
Read more at

The Croods DVD Review

Mummy and the Cuties are Movie Addicts – Specially for Family movies. It is really hard to find anything on the list of family movies that we have missed seeing it in the Cinema. We love watching family movies –  laughing, giggling, blowing nose and shedding tears and carefully wiping it off to make sure no one notice it! But Me, especially failed many times from being Caught.

Title 2

“The Croods” was one of the mostly awaited movie for us and we could hardly wait to see it at Cinema when it was about to be released. Our plan was to make it to the movie at the very first weekend when the movie is on Cinema. But, sometimes the plans don’t  go well as planned.  Daddy was busy for about two weekends. At first I thought may be Me and DD 1 should go first and then we can make it another day as a family. (Sure it is fun watching “The Croods” how many ever time it is”). BUT THEN, She was very clear in her thoughts -”  It is a Family Movie Mummy, Its all about the Family So we should all go and watch it as a Family and enjoy it with Dad.” How lovely to be so understanding! It melted me and so the film. We liked it, Loved it, admired it, Cried, Laughed and giggled and ofcourse blowed nose high and low…

So, When Mumsnet gave us a privilege to watch “The Croods” on DVD before its release on DVDs and Blurays  on 9th December, We all went “Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee”

Title

It is a perfect Family movie and is U rated. So no more closing Eyes, Fast Forwarding, Hey! Look over there!!! moments Etc. And DD had the same excitement, Emotions and expressions as how she was when she first watched the Movie on Cinemas. Here is the Family glued to the movie.

Family

Now, Lets see what “The Croods” is all About: Its between a teen-ager who loves to have freedom and explore the world outside the dark cave and the Dad who loves and cares for his daughter and struggles to let her go! Grud the Father protects his family of  his wife Ugga, daughter Eep, son Thunk, baby Sandy and his elderly mother-in-law. He Strictly follows the principle of fear and strongly believes Fear is key to survival and tries to keep his family aligned to his thoughts. But there will always be one Brave person in the family and that is  daughter Eep who dreams of a more entertaining life outside the dark cave.  And one night, When she leaves the cave to explore Something (light) she meets Her Guy, a more evolved stone age man who has predicted the upcoming disaster and turns out to be crucial in the families survival and becomes the part of the family. And the movie takes us through their journey of adventure in finding their new home from their old stone age.

The Croods 2

The Ultimate theme of “The Croods” is Hope and be Brave! And When Eep tells her Dad that ‘Dad, this isn’t living, this is just not dying‘ has so much in it for us.  The movie has great sceneries and beautifully scripted with loads of creativity and fun for children and for the Whole Family. The Animations are just so natural and it just takes you into the movie. We didn’t even need a Pop corn when we watched it at Cinema as well on DVD.  The Movie will just keep You with it.

In Short and Sweet “After their cave is destroyed, a caveman family must trek through an unfamiliar fantastical world with the help of an inventive boy”.

DD2 was Just so much carried away by the character of “belt” and now tries to say DA…. DA…….DAAAAAAAAAAA!!!! all the time and she is a great admirer of babies and animals, So was enjoying every moment when Sandy and Belt are on the Screen.

We all loved When Daddy says ” Release the Baby” and the way daddy flies through the air at the climax. And it was Scary when daddy makes Stamps on rocks!

The Croods 3

Well done again Twentieth Century Fox and Dreamworks.  We love the way you make us enjoy our family time. The Croods is released on December 9th. The DVD costs 10£ and blue ray costs £15. If you haven’t watched it on Cinema, then Don’t miss it anymore. Even if you have watched it before, it is worth the family time. And it is definitely a wonderful Christmas Stocking filler.

Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of The Croods DVD by Mumsnet and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment for the purposes of this review.

Ozeri Bath Turle Thermometer – Glad I made this as my choice over the others

My Babies are water Babies. The love water and given a chance they would definitely love to live in water. They can stay in water for hours and hours and ignore my screams and shouts.

So, I let them have fun rather than moaning about it. All I have done is to make sure they are safe and warm when they are in water. Obviously there is a good age gap between the sisters so the Bath thermometer I have got for DD 1 was no good enough and I was on the hunt for some new thermometer – that is fast, fun and accurate and could give me peace of mind. So wanted something that makes bath time still more fun and safe as I was always worried about water being too hot when they are in or getting too cold after sometime.

I love online shopping than running around the shops and Amazon and eBay are my first choices. So found the cutest Turtlemeter, the Baby Bath Floating Turtle Toy and Bath Tub Thermometer sold by Ozeri   and purchased it with the hope that it will make bath time fun and safe and Does he do so!? a BIG YES.

Isn’t he cute? The Kids love him – He is been named “Turto” and is the best bath toy for about an year now.

Turtle Meter 1

Except the fact that he is now undergoing general wear and tear, He sill shows the temperature accurately and gives kids a great bath time fun.

He has 3 coloured display, Blue for too cold water, Green for Just the right and Red for Too Hot.. So we compare it (Kind of) to the traffic signal and Say No to get in for Red and yes to have fun for Green and Blue is hardly seen at bath time.

Turtle Meter Display

He works on Batteries but proved to be very safe in water and for the kids.

The Special Features of the Turtlemeter:

  • Introducing the “Turtlemeter,” safe and fun for child and mom, a happy bath for your little one!
  • Instantly Activates in Water, Floats Naturally and Fully Submersible.
  • Fun and Safe Bath Toy that doubles as a Bath Thermometer.
  • Checks the bath Water temperature every second and display it in Fahrenheit on an easy-to-read LCD.
  • Display Water Temperature with 3 Screen Colors: Blue for Cold, Green for Just Right, and Red for Hot.

This turtle meter is with us for nearly an year now and still good. We make sure we try it with a damp cloth after every use, so may be that helps for its to serve us for this long time. It is slightly faded now – may be because I over clean it 🙂 otherwise it is still good. Worth the cost I paid for it. Could it be improved as a Moving/Swimming turtle!? – Would buy another one if that’s the case 🙂