We were recently incredibly lucky to be invited by Philips Avent to an event they were running to talk about a new product they are launching.
This was our first event we had attended and to call us both shy would be an understatement. We arrived a little bit early as we are both a bit obsessed with getting to places on time. Though I’m sure that will go right out the window when our Lil Monkey makes its arrival.
We noticed how at ease everyone else seemed as we were offered a drink and nibbles. I think in these situations having a baby would help as you’re much more approachable than two wide eyed fresh faced women looking like they’ve just stepped into a hidden underworld.
We started to relax a bit and got talking with a lady from Avent who made us feel very comfortable. After several glasses of orange we got ushered into a small screening room to watch a PowerPoint presentation about the new Range being launched. We then got treated to a light lunch of corporate sandwiches, which was great as we were both very hungry.
After washing our sandwiches down, with yet more orange juice, we got ushered back in to the screening room to watch the new movie What To Expect When You’re expecting. A lovely touch was the popcorn they had prepared for us all.
The film was very funny and there were definite laugh out loud moments and lots of nodding in sympathy to several of the characters. It was the most interesting cinema viewing I’ve ever had. I must say I’ve never watched a movie on the screen with several babies and toddlers in the room. It certainly added to the atmosphere.
On our way out we received a fantastic free gift pack full of goodies including some products from the fab Philips Avent New Natural range. Which we will be reviewing in a separate post.
We would like to thank the lovely @simply_hayley on twitter for recommending us to Philips.
*our travel costs were reimbursed and a free gift pack with products plus lunch were provided.
A week ago a little parcel came through the door. The parcel contained some lovely Organic rice biscuits from Baby MumMum.
The little box contained 4 samples. 3 Samples were an original flavoured organic rice biscuit aimed at 6 months + and the other sample was a strawberry flavoured rice biscuit aimed at 18 months +.
Those of you who regularly read our blog or follow us on twitter, will know our baby is not due until the start of August so all taste testing is being undertaken by myself and Clara. Now we know we are not the target audience but we love our snacks so feel suitable enough candidates to review this product.
The first sample we tried was the original flavour biscuit made with organic japonica rice. The biscuit has a very short ingredients list which is always a good sign as we don’t want to be feeding our little one lots of additives and things we can’t pronounce. The only ingredient that worried us was sugar. Even though it’s organic sugar, we will be making sure our baby doesn’t get too much in their diet. But as an occasional snack we couldn’t see this being an issue.
At first taste I was instantly reminded of baby rusks. I have no idea what they taste like these days, but they remind me of the flavour they were back when I was a kid. There was a nice delicate taste to the biscuit and it was a pleasant texture, not too crunchy and not too soft. Clara said the taste reminded her of rice Krispies minus the sugar. Having two in the pack was a bonus as it meant we both got one. But it also would be plenty if out somewhere and wanting to give your little one a snack.
The second Baby MumMum snack was a strawberry flavoured organic rice biscuit. The first thing we noticed was the really sweet smell. It was almost slightly sickly, but I’m not a huge sweet fan.
This time the taste was rice with a hint of strawberry. The flavour of the strawberry was much stronger if you licked the top of the biscuit. Which of course I did, as I’m sure that’s what a child would do. I was a bit worried that this would be too sweet for us to give to our little one, but as an occasional treat I’m sure it’d be fine.
Overall we were very happy with the snacks. They were nice and small enough to be carried in the changing bag and did not have any nasty after tastes which you sometimes get with rice biscuit products. We could possibly see ourselves buying these once our little one was old enough.
*we received these samples for free
We spent many days searching for Baby Club Freebies during C’s pregnancy.
This was one of the first freebies we collected. All you had to do was sign up online & print off a coupon to redeem in store for a Huggies Newborn Starter Kit. The New Born Starter Kit contained 1 full size packet of Huggies Wipes, a pack of 27 New Born Size 1 Huggies Nappies & an adorable little white hat. For a freebie we rate this pack very highly & excellent value for money if you were to just go out & buy it (which you can).
Sainsbury’s Little Ones Baby & Toddler Club requires you to have a Nectar Card to register. This process took a little bit longer than the rest, due to K losing her Nectar Card! Once she’d ordered a new one she was able to register online. It then took 2 weeks for an email to arrive. We then had to buy something in store to receive a coupon, and then we had to buy a packet of Nappies to be able to redeem the coupon, still with us? Haha.
Luckily there was a baby event on & the nappies were reduced. We’re still in two minds as to whether it was worth all the hassle but we did get a lovely changing mat, another full pack of Huggies Changing Wipes, samples of washing detergent & randomly a packet of Balm Tissues.
Cow & Gate
This was a really easy one to sign up to & has definitely been one of the cutest freebies. The club follows you through the pregnancy & sends you freebies relevant to the stage you are at. The freebie came through the post.
This was another cute freebie we got through the post and super speedy too. All we had to do was register online and wait for the cutest little polar bear.