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Thrive – Feel Stress Free App – Competition & Review

Thrive – Feel Stress Free App – Competition & Review

I was asked to review the Feel Stress Free App which was quite apt as over the last few months I’ve been overwhelmed with feeling stressed which has affected every day life.

My stress is attributed to being unhappy in a previous job and then starting not one but two new jobs. I’m not sure that I’m doing a particularly great job since I feel unable to retain any information which in a new job is vital.

Feel Stress Free App

I currently feel that I’ve lost grip on both my home and my work life. The house is a tip and we’re attempting a huge clear out of outgrown clothes, toys, books etc. I’m starting things but not completing them which means there is ‘STUFF’ everywhere.

What I need is a huge brain dump of all the silly things that are waking me up in the night such as have I given the dog his flea treatment or did I remember to add something to the calendar. Stupid every day stuff that shouldn’t be reason enough to wake me up.

I also really need to get organised so that I can stop fretting with the things I’ve got to do and just do them.

The Feel Stress Free App

I was really pleased when Thrive got in touch and I’m hoping that using the app as well as giving myself a manageable to-do list will get me back on track.

I downloaded the app which was really simple. You can pop over to the Thrive site or through you app store.

Once you’ve signed up there is a simple questionnaire around how you are feeling good and bad about at the moment and the way that it makes you feel.

I’m feeling pretty good today but that could be more to do with it being my day off and I had a bit of a lay in this morning.

These were my results which says that I manage my stress well but some risk factors have been detected. The app then gives you some suggestions.

All of this took a matter of minutes and I think I’m going to use my bus ride time to complete this as I’m completely on my own (aside from the other people).

It’s a good idea to check in with the app a few times a day. Not only does it give you useful suggestions but it also tracks your progress and gives you words of encouragement.

I got notification of a message in a bottle.

These are words of wisdom and quotes which you can reciprocate to encourage other users.

I headed to the wellbeing section which gives you loads of tips for things that can help with depression, anxiety, relaxation and making sure you get enough sleep.

I have trouble relaxing. My brain never switches off, but it doesn’t mean that I’m more productive as I tend to procrastinate and worry about things I have to do rather than actually doing the do.

I also need to improve my sleep as this has been shocking recently. We don’t have a TV in our room but I do check my social media before I go to sleep and I also read from my kindle every night without fail. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to out a stop to either of these but I do need to improve it.

The process of asking how you feel and what you feel good about happens daily, and recommendations are made based on the answers given.

Breathing Exercises

I like the breathing exercises, but at the beginning I was finding myself urging to click on other apps or checking emails whilst I was completing the exercise which is totally not the point.

The more that I have done these exercises the better I’ve become at focusing on the exercise and zoning out everything else. This is huge progress for me.


There are several options in this section and you will either require headphones or be in a room that allows you to focus on the words. The point of these exercises are to make you aware of your surroundings which include sounds of the sea, the sensations within your body (body scan) and make you aware of your tensions to enable you to let them go.

Zen Challenge

One of the features of the app is a Zen Garden game. You have to rake between the coloured buckets making sure that the paths do not cross. I’m quite good at that and can easily do several levels at a time.

There are so many aspects to this app which also links to the NHS exercise plan which is free for everybody to use.

Goals are set for you which you can do at your own pace. One of mine was to cut down on the amount of caffeine I drink. I do drink quite a few cups of tea during any given day so have changed a few of these to peppermint tea. You can keep track of your progress as well to see how far you’ve come.

You can of course download the app for £5.99 a month by popping over to the Thrive website or via the app store.

Do you feel stressed and need a hand to get back on track?

Enter our competition to WIN a months access to the Thrive Feel Stress Free App. Just fill in the  Rafflecopter form below.

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Good luck.

Lisa x

Win a Collection of Warner Bros #IconicMoments DVD’s


Win a collection of Warner Bros #IconicMoments DVD’s

On 5th September 2016 Warner Bros UK. launched the Iconic Moments Collection. A beautifully matching packaged set of 22 standout titles celebrating the breadth of their catalogue.

Each of the releases has fantastic new artwork built around one of the most memorable lines from the film.

Fancy Winning these great film titles?  Pop over to see us on Twitter for more details.

Empire of The Sun

Cool Hand Luke

The Goonies


The Wizard of Oz

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory

North by Northwest

Gone With The Wind

Robin Hood Prince of Thieves


 The ‘Stand out’ one for me out of this list has got to be The Goonies! – “HEY YOU GUYSSSSSS”

If you haven’t watched this, then you’re missing out big time. It was originally released in 1985 (at which point even I was too young to have watched or remembered). I remember finding the old lady in it very scary but absolutely loved the film and have watched many times over.

I’ve watched all but two of these titles.

Gone with the Wind and North by Northwest which I will rectify at some point and report back to you.

Terms & Conditions

To be entered into the competition you must be following @babynotincluded on twitter and have retweeted the competition tweet.

The competition ends at midnight on 30th September.

The competition is open to UK residents only.

The winner will receive one of each of the above listed DVD titles. No cash alternative is available, non-transferable, non-negotiable and non-refundable. Prizes may not be sold, offered for sale or used in connection with any other competition or promotion by the Prize winner.

The prize will be delivered to the winner direct from Fetch Dynamic Ltd within 28 days of delivery address.


*I received the above listed DVD collection in exchange for running this competition. I will let you know how I get on.

Kidloland – A Review & Competition

Kidloland – A Review

I’m a big believer that screens have a place in our children’s lives for educational and entertainment purposes (limited of course).

The TV or the iPad are a massive help when I’ve just got in from work, Isabelle has been at school all day and I need to get the dinner started. Likewise on a long journey they definitely have their place.

Having said that, I think it depends entirely what you’re allowing them to watch or play.

We have a few trusty ones that we use, but when we won a year’s subscription over at Petite Pudding Blog. we were really excited to give it a go.

Isabelle started school last September but has been really interested in word and number games for quite a while. I think we’re really lucky that she wants to learn and is like a sponge soaking up any opportunity at all.

The Kidloland App is slightly pricey at £29.95 for a year’s subscription but with over 550 Rhymes, Songs, Activities and Games for kids you get a lot for your money and once it’s downloaded you can use it anywhere as you don’t need wifi to access it.

There are loads of games and activities to choose from so I thought I would hand over to Isabelle to show you the ones that she loved the most.

And another clip as she had so much fun telling me what to do. “Cuttttttttt”.

So as you can see she had a lot of fun. If you do purchase the app I would recommend getting a set of kids earphones for out and about as all the games have music, and I’m sure like Isabelle have to have it up loud enough to sing along to.

To purchase the app pop over to:

Like what you’ve seen then enter our competition to WIN one of 5 three month subscriptions for your little one.



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As well as the Fab App they have a Printable PDF Generator which you can use to create your own FREE personalised colouring book.

This is the one that I created for Isabelle.


Kidloland Colouring book generator

Kidloland Colouring Book Generator

Kidloland Colouring book Generator

You can of course make your own by clicking on this link.

Lisa – Funky Baby Clothes 

•We won our subscription of Kidloland and was offered the chance to give 5 of our blog readers the chance to win a 3 month subscription for themselves.

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Vote for Oak Furniture Land and Win £1500 to spend

Vote for Oak Furniture Land and Win £1500 to spend with them! 

So what would I buy if I won the £1500?

I would go for this lovely dining table set. Ours is in desperate need of replacing and I think this would be perfect for the four of us, but also big enough for when we have guest over with the extending option. I love the bench style, but still giving the option of sitting with support with the two end chairs (maybe a mum and dad chair).

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However, the do also do a gorgeous range of Nursery Furniture with lovely solid wood Cots, Changing tables and matching drawers and wardrobes. I’ve also spied a lovely range of office furniture, something that I aspire to have one day!

We are currently looking at options for our five year old daughter who unfortunately has a box room sized bedroom. We need something that will maximise the limited space that we have but also give her a little bit of room to play or set up her dollies.

All you have to do is VOTE for Oak Furniture Land in the Loved by Parents Awards (clickable link). You can also spread the word on Social Media.

The competition ends a midnight on the 28th July 2016 so there’s not a lot of time to waste.

Click here for the full list of Loved by Parents (LBP) Awards 2016. 

Good luck x

Win a copy of Lullaby Baby

How would you like to Win a copy of Lullaby Baby CD?

Lullaby Baby

Lullaby Baby is a collaboration between BAFTA award winning director and father of two, Dan Smith and UK based Singer-songwriter Martha Bean with a mixture of well known songs, Instrumentals and some new ones written by Martha Bean who is also the singer on the album.

Use the CD to create a calming environment as part of your bedtime routine

Isabelle is five now and although she is a very early riser, we have only really had an okay sleep pattern for nearly a year now.

Isabelle has been a terrible sleeper from the word go with many a night spent without a wink of sleep. We tried everything from rocking her, driving her around taking her out in her pram, but the second you put her down she would be awake and crying.

This wasn’t just at night, but during the day she didn’t like to be put down even for a second. Getting dressed to the sound of a screaming baby makes you move fast.

At the start I was more than happy to sit with her in my arms gazing into her eyes, but even the most adoring mum needs to have bathroom breaks, to eat and do other normal things without a baby in their arms.

I thought I’d solved my problem with the use of a baby sling, but I found this exacerbated my neck pain that I’d been suffering from for years previously.

My sanity was saved by humming!

As odd as it sounds it kept me level when I needed to put her down and she would scream so much that her little face would almost turn purple. I would hum songs that I liked or just the sound of the latest adverts. You may laugh but it kept me going.

As she got a little bit older (still very much a newborn) she was pacified by noises that I made and her eyes would follow me around the room. This was slightly easier, but she never gave me long.

As well as the humming keeping me sane, I think she became quite accustomed to the songs that I hummed and was more than content to stare up at me whilst I hummed away.

We moved on from humming to singing and she came to recognise simple songs such as Twinkle Twinkle and Row Row Row your Boat. As long as she could find me and hear me she would allow me to put her down just for a while to get things done such as prepare dinner or eat my lunch.

Most of the songs that I sung to her were songs I knew from my own childhood, and other newer ones were learnt from the Mother and Baby Groups that we attended.

Isabelle is five now and singing and listening to music plays a big part in her life. She loves to sing and dance, and loves to learn and listen to new songs, especially if they have actions with them.

We were sent a copy of Lullaby Baby to review and Isabelle was very eager to put the CD into her own CD player with microphone to sing along.  There were songs on the CD that we recognised straight away and a few that we hadn’t hear before. She was singing along merrily which I had recorded but on playing it back her microphone was omitting a pretty bad sound so I won’t subject you to that. I will try and catch her again, but she tends to show off in front of the camera which isn’t always so pleasant lol.

Isabelle had been a bit poorly and was off school a couple of weeks ago. We’d had a day of watching a bit of TV and her drifting in and out of sleep, but she needed to just lie down and rest so I put the CD on and she sat there and listened. She sang along a little bit, but then decided to curl up and hum along to the songs.

Here she is chillin and listening.

I think she really enjoyed it and it seemed to calm her down before bedtime which can be a testing time sometimes.

Lullaby Baby

We’ve listened to the CD quite a few times now and it’s really nice to put on when she’s doing something quiet like colouring or just before dinner.

This CD would have been great when she was a baby and I probably would have used it in the car as well.

You can download ‘Lullaby Baby’ on iTunes by searching for ‘Nursery Rhymes 123’ as well as other download sites.

Here’s a clip of ‘You are my Sunshine” on their YouTube channel or pop over to Spotify for a listen.

For your chance to Win a copy a copy of the Lullaby Baby CD fill in the Rafflecopter Form. Keep up to date by visiting or their Facebook Page.

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Good luck and don’t forget to pop over to for a spot of shopping x

*Please note that we were sent a copy of Lullaby Baby free of charge for the purpose of review. The writing of the post and opinion are that of my own. 

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Win a Squidge & Pip Baby Sensory Teething Toy

Win a Squidge & Pip Baby Sensory Teething Toy!

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To help celebrate our 9th Birthday we thought we run a few competitions and offers.

If you haven’t already read the blog post or received the Newsletter, we’re offering 15% Off Everything on site until Tuesday 10th May so grab some bargains this weekend! Just add Birthday9 in the discount box at the checkout. Pop over to the site to start Shopping Now.

The Squidge & Pip Baby Teething Toys are a great shape, perfect for little hands with lots of nobbles, bobbles and textures for your baby to suck and chew on to relieve the pain of teething launched only this March at the Harrogate Fair.

Squidge and Pip Baby TeethersHere they are Squidge (Green) and Pip (Yellow).

The teethers are BPA free and made from silicone so can be easily washed and sterilised to keep them safe, clean and germ free.

Each Teething toy comes with its own little carry pouch so you can pop it in your bag when out and about with baby.

We wrote a post a while ago which has some great Tried and Tested Tips for Baby Teething but would love to know if you have any tried and tested tips then leave your comments below and of course enter our Competition for your chance to Win either a Squidge or a Pip but if you can’t wait to get your hand’s on one you can pop over to our site and buy your own! – Baby Teething Toys

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Win a Colour-me Reversible Apron from Triplo Tique

Win a Colour-me Reversible Apron from Triplo Tique

Triplo Tique was set up by two mums who were inspired by three very active, energetic and never stopping kids. Their motivation was to look for unusual ways to keep their children occupied, interested and creative, especially on those rainy and miserable days when staying indoors.

Today Triplo Tique is a small but very creative and ambitious team working to present exclusive and luxury textile products to the UK market. All new products get tested by their own kids before they are presented to the public. Have a look at their eye-catching and innovative colour-me products for kids such as Colour-me Bedding

Colour-me Bedding

Double sided colour-me blankets, quilts and playmats using custom designed fabrics for both boys and girls.

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Also in the range are gorgeous Colour-me aprons and drawstring bags which would definitely stand out as your child’s at Nursery or School.

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All of Triplo Tique products are made from 100% eco-friendly cotton that is certified according to OEKO-TEX Standard 100, CE.They also offer hemp and bamboo products for babies and kids ranging from nappies, clothing, bathrobes, towels, blankets and bedding along with colourful fabric blankets, quilts, scarves and go-swaddle baby blankets. For the full range and updates on new products you can visit them on Facebook and Ebay as well as following them on Pinterest and Google + or email your chance to Win a Reversible Colour-me Apron fill in the form below.

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Good luck.

Lisa x



Birthday Win £50 to spend at Birthday

It’s our Birthday! I think today might be a cake kinda day!

Win £50 to spend at on anything on site. 

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To celebrate our 8th Birthday we’re offering you the chance to Win £50.00 to spend on whatever you fancy on our site whether it be for your own precious new arrival, a friends or maybe even to spend on yourself in our Yummy Mummy section.

You can choose from our range of Nursery Wall Stickers from Enchanted Interiors, Inch Blue Shoes, Sock-Ons or Plum Collections range.

All you have to do is fill in the Rafflecoptor form below to be in for a chance to Win £50.

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Good Luck x 

Win £25 to Spend at MyBaby

Another 8th Birthday Celebration Giveaway is £25 to spend at MyBaby Services. 

MyBaby offer a range of  of positive touch therapies, courses and workshops including Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Story Massage and The Childrens reflexology Programme. A weekly Bump, Baby and Toddler Group run each Friday during Term Time at IDE Memorial Hall, Ide, Exeter. 9.30-11.30.

Coming soon in September  will be MYTime Indulgence for Mums – Massage therapy for pre and post natal women and MYBaby+ a monthly membership option for which a special offer is available if you would like to book now.

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Key Benefits of joining a MYBaby group:

  • Interaction – MYBaby classes provide you with the opportunity to spend quality focused time bonding with your baby, time to smile, time to laugh and time to relax together.
  • Stimulation – Massage and yoga stimulate the senses and systems of the body as well as promoting mind, body awareness, language and physical ability.
  • Relief – The massage and yoga sequences provide you with strokes and moves that can ease the symptoms of common ailments including teething, wind and colic.
  • Relaxation-Massage and yoga is relaxing, calming and regulating for infants and can reduce stress and anxiety for you both. Massage and yoga supports health and well-being, creates space in the body, focuses your breath and calms the mind.

This sounds like an excellent array of services both pre and post-natal which I would very much have loved when my two were smaller. For further information on all of the services pop over to the MyBaby Massage Facebook Page. 

 If this is something for you and you are in and around the Exeter area then fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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Good luck x 


Win a Personalised Keepsake Gift Box from Keepsake Boxes

Win a Personalised Keepsake Gift Box from Keepsake Boxes

Personalised Wooden Gift Box from Beautiful Gift BoxKeepsake Boxes has been running for just four months by Hayley around her three children aged 5, 3 and 1 with a fourth baby on the way (Pretty impressive). 

The boxes are made to order with colours and personalisation of your choice, for your occasion whether it be a Baby Memory box, Children’s Jewellery Box or any special occasion in a range of sizes and specifications. 

The personalisation of the boxes make them an extra special gift with the addition of a memorable date such as a date of birth or wedding date.

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The boxes are painted with high quality paint and sealed for longevity and protection. All wording and images are designed and cut to your preference.

If you pop over to Keepsake Boxes Facebook page the testimonials from happy customers speak for themselves. You can also browse the many photographs of previous Keepsake Boxes to give you inspiration. 

Win a personalised Keepsake Gift Box from Keepsake BoxesI hear that there are some new ideas being batted around so keep an eye on the page so that you don’t miss out.

To be in for a chance to Win a 35cm personalised treasure chest from Keepsake Boxes (measuring 35cm) fill in the rafflecopter form below.

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