Green dream

My yoghurt skincare regime

It is no secret that I am a fan of Green People. We love organic products in our house and I am especially pleased with their range of children’s toiletries. But it seems I am not the only one! We are only half way through the year and the lovely team at Green People already have 2 awards under their belt.

Firstly their Dry Skin baby lotion, a wonderfully gentle and calming lotion perfect for everyday use was awarded the Bizzie Baby Silver Award. It contains no perfume, parabens, lanolin or other yucky chemicals and created purely from organically certified ingredients (94.4%) such as hemp seed, aloe vera, marigold and apricot oil (sound good enough to eat!). As statistics for babies with sensitive skin continue to rise, many parents are seeking alternatives to chemically filled skincare. The price per 150ml is £9.45.

The other product to be awarded was the mum & baby rescue balm. A versatile, multi-purpose product that is perfect for use during and after breastfeeding. It can also be used to soften the perineum, on cradle cap and generally on all dry skin both for mummy and baby. Made from organic shea butter, hemp and calendula it contains absolutely no nasties and is certified 95.9% organic. It is so mild it is even suitable for those with Eczema and skin allergies. They were awarded “Must Have” Breast Treatment by Tips Awards put to the test by real mums in real life situations. The price per 100ml is £9.70. Pricey but worth it.

Green People are celebrating National Breastfeeding Week from the 24th – 30th June 2012 by giving £3 off our Mum & Baby Rescue Balm, the organic product of choice for breastfeeding mothers everywhere.

Check out my review below and you will see that we found it very useful too!

We were sent the mum and baby rescue balm by Green People to try out. It was a great consistency, you could see a little would go a long, long way. But what would we use it for? We are long past the days of cracked nipples and stretchy perineums and we have our odd outbreak of dry skin but normally only in the winter months. I rubbed some on my dry elbows and put it on the shelf… then Littlelish came into the bathroom. Her beautiful little face had a rather large blemish on it by her mouth. Hmmmm…. She had had it for weeks, it developed when she was suffering from a cold. I wasn’t sure if it was chapped skin or a coldsore? Whatever it was it was rather unsightly, poor baby and it made her look unwell, even though she was feeling right as rain.

Like I said she’d had this thing for weeks, kept on licking it which seemed to make it worse and it wouldn’t go away. So I put the rescue balm to the test and I’m pleased to say it passed with flying colours. By the next day it had almost entirely dried up, the skin was now a little flakey so I applied some more. The following day the unsightly sore had vanished, literally without a trace. I was chuffed to bits! I can now definitely recommend this as an excellent product for what appears to be a multitude of purposes. Fantastic to know this is on my shelf when we need a miracle cure for dry, chapped skin or for when number 2 is on his/her way. Oh and my elbows? They are soft as silk ;)

Green People are very kindly offering 2 sets of the 2 award winning products as a giveaway for you and your little one. Entries below via the Rafflecopter please. The winners will be drawn at random.

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ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions

I’ve got some exciting news! Something that I’ve been desperate to share with you all these past weeks. The amazing team at Wilderness are offering a family ticket to their award winning art and outdoors festival to one of my lucky readers (you!).

The Wilderness festival is the quintessential weekend for the free-spirited festival lover and is held at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire on the 10-12th August 2012 . You’re free? Oh great!

The festival brings together music, food, theatre, talks and debates, cinematic happenings, late night parties, wellbeing and the great outdoors. Have you seen how utterly gorgeous and magical it looks?

I know, I know! It is inspired. Here is the official musical line up:

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA performing with C.U.B.A, WILCO, SPIRITUALIZED, SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS, THE TEMPER TRAP, CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, STORNOWAY, BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH, LIANNE LA HAVAS, CLOUD CONTROL, GIANT GIANT SAND, GRANT LEE BUFFALO, JENNY O, FIELD MUSIC, FATOUMATA DIAWARA, MILAGRES, TO KILL A KING, JAKE BUGG, LONDON FOLK GUILD. Eeeeeek!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out everything Wilderness has to offer over at their gorgeous site http://www.wildernessfestival.com (how stunning illustrations are those illustrations btw?)

This competition is to win a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children and camping worth £260!) and they’ve got some absolutely amazing things on for families. In fact it’s been hailed as the ultimate children’s festival experience, so let’s find out what’s happening for the little loves of our lives shall we?

The team at Wilderness explain “We want to ensure that everyone attending Wilderness, no matter what age, can enjoy the unique offerings we have across the weekend. Our curators have raised the bar this year to create the phenomenal ‘Little Wild Ones’ area that will have all kinds of activities for kids. Wilderness will have opportunities for everyone to take part in something that they wouldn’t normally have the chance to experience, and for us that’s key.” Sounds good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Embracing the Wilderness spirit, the ‘Little Wild Ones’ area will be a hive of inspired children’s activity. The Flying Seagull Project returns with a range of entertainment based in a beautiful gypsy-esque, open-sided pavilion tent, complete with vintage horsebox and Willy Wonka style stage. Kids can also discover the magic of nature with a rainbow trail led by the Fairyland Trust. Families will embark on a fascinating journey as they enter a wonderful land of fairy folklore and natural history.

Let their imaginations run wild with a host of spectacular activities and workshops including jewellery making with Amy Surman, a Socktopus puppet workshop, which promotes creative recycling and will hold a dancing parade on the final day, and Witchwood School of Rock – the biggest little rock school in the world. The ‘Little Wild Ones’ also welcomes Hartbeeps – a unique blend of original music workshops and mini productions in this interactive experience.

The fabulous Bushcraft Company will be delivering their outdoor adventures influenced by nature, where children will be able to learn bushcraft skills from lighting fires to woodland playing games, shelter building and carving techniques. They’ll also be offering a twist on babysitting with an exclusive kids-only overnight camp where parents can drop their children off at 5pm for them to enjoy a night of walks, games, campfires and cooking with experienced Bushcraft staff. They’ll be back to meet their parents by 11am the next morning – a treat for both children and mums and dads.

Are you sitting comfortably? The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre will take adults and children on a trip to the author’s mythical world with poems from ‘Revolting Rhymes’ and ‘Dirty Beasts’, and continuing with the literary theme, enjoy  live storytelling music, arts and crafts and yoga from Barefoot Books.

The ‘Pop-up Garden’ will ensure all the family get green-fingered with hands-on knowledge of gardening, the Kite Studio will offer creative clay and print making workshops and Meet the Species returns to Wilderness to engage children with the environment around them, as they identify species in and around the site.

Wilderness is also pleased to welcome Tea Potty Shed with the T Potty ladies and their old-fashioned sweet shop. Children can learn how to weigh out sweets and count out pennies in return for some tasty treats. Also across the festival weekend families can spend some time together and take part in drumming, storytelling, face painting, fairy crown making, cinema, pottery and hula-hooping.

As you would expect at a festival, the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! Let the stars guide you on an enchanting woodland fairy trail, filled with beautiful secret fairy houses and the mesmerising Fairy Queen, who will tell old tales of ancient folk law about the nature that surrounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if this isn’t enough for you there will be family friendly entertainment from the Suitcase Cabaret who will host an army of brilliance from comedy to music and activities including, horse riding, fly-fishing, Zumba! classes and Guerilla Geography available across the festival site. Wilderness also welcomes back The Bearded Kittens to host the famous ‘Not Your Average’ cricket match on the lawn, complete with lashings of Pimms and piles of cucumber sandwiches (ooooh Pimms!), and Future Cinema make their Wilderness debut with a Bugsy Malone takeover complete with a massive splurge fight.

Ok so let’s recap, we have fairy queens, splurge fights, horse riding, old fashioned sweets, art activities, bushcraft skills, Roal Dahl stories, rock workshops. I totally agree this does sounds like the Ultimate festival for children and who am I kidding… for me too!

Imaginative,  enchanting, creative, fun and wild. We want to go! What are you waiting for? All you need to do to enter is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!

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ThePrizeFinder – UK Competitions

As the eternal optimist I am still waiting for summer to come… it is coming, isn’t it? I’m holding out for the fact we’ve still got July and August to get our fill of fun in the sun… bbq’s with friends, strawberry picking and summer festivals!!

This year we are heading off to Shambala festival (23 – 27th August bank holiday) as a family and we cannot wait. We are really keen now that Littlelish is nearly 3 to take her to family friendly festival, to soak up some music, culture and community vibes and after a little research it seems Shambala is the perfect festival for us.

Originally created as “a place to party, free your mind, lose your heart, learn, discuss and be inspired and see what is achievable as a community” it has the hippy in me screaming “Yes!”. Set in a secret rural location in Northamptonshire the festival is independent with a focus on sustainability, community and creativity!

“Pioneering, intimate and truly innovative Shambala Festival has perfectly blended creativity and participation for well over a decade. Shambala is a special place where you play, revitalise, make lots of new friends and return to the world fuelled-up on the beauty of being alive. As well as being known as a “legendary party”, it is also a haven for cutting edge theatrics and performance, a think-tank of ideas, and an award winning green event.”

Well I was sold at that, what about you? No, well there is more, much more…

In fact there is so much going on I can barely contain my excitement. I am going to get my whole years culture fix! With over 200 bands performing (all genres of music from Reggae to Folk), comedy, theatre, circus, film, open air art, dance and craft workshops I don’t think we are going to struggle for something to do! We are going to be well and truly spoiled for choice.

And all of this set in the most beautiful natural surroundings with compost toilets, free showers and a special family friendly campsite!

As this will be our first ever festival with Littlelish we are happy that the people at Shambala really seem to have thought about families. According to their website (which is fantastic and full of information btw) they have there very own kids field full of excitement for  little monkeys. Art activities, action packed fun – circus skills, trampolines etc and entertainment in the form of music, circus shows and comedy for kids.

As well as this they even have an early years workshop tent tailored to the 3-5yr olds, a special kids cafe and sandpits and climbing areas throughout the festival ground. Plus when you’ve had a busy day exhausting every possibility Shambala has to offer you can settle down for a bedtime story in the Family Camping Yurt – I love it! It really sounds like they have thought of everything and we cannot wait to put it to the test.

So if you hadn’t heard of Shambala what are you waiting for? There are still some tickets left and they have extended the deal to pay 50% now and 50% on August the 1st until June 14th (not long now folks!). Tickets cost £119 for adults for the weekend, teens (15,16,17 ) £79, Children (5-14) £29 and children under 4 – FREE!

We cannot wait to report back to you on just how much fun it was but why not come and see for yourselves? Let us know if you are planning on visiting Shambala :)

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