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Books books books and a few life hacks...

Once again our newsletter has evolved organically so we can offer you, our readers, a selection of great tips and life hacks as well as reviews of an amazing array of wonderful books covering many topics. I know that e-books are taking over from hard copies but I still love to hold an actual paperback in my hands - I guess I'm not the only one to feel this way! It's great to be able to leaf through the pages when I need to go back a bit. Somehow using an e-book is just not as satisfying although I will admit to having downloaded the Kindle reading app on my phone, so I am never left stranded without a book to read (very often an Outlander title!).

By sharing the many parenting features included in this newsletter, I hope to introduce you to new ideas and new ways to make your life and the lives of those around you easier...

We feature a groundbreaking website: www.omgyes.com dedicated to research predicted to kick-start the next sexual revolution. Research (notably The Kinsey Reports and Masters & Johnson) has been ongoing since the 1940s but it could be argued that our basic knowledge of human sexual function and its taboo status has hardly changed. So what about the actual techniques and insights that women (and men) discover that lead to more pleasure? That’s still an uncharted frontier when it comes to science and research. This is where OMGYes got started. OMGYes is not a subscription site. A one-time payment gives you permanent access to the 62 videos of Season One, which will then fund the next wave of research into women's sexuality. I love this site and its refreshing approach to sexuality. So many women (and men) are ignorant about how their body works so this new resource will hopefully give us the knowledge we need to experience the sex lives we deserve.

Our first featured book Vitamin K and the Newborn is a simple but invaluable text on all things related to vitamin K. Written by my friend Dr Sara Wickham, this is an absolute must-have for health care professionals, but it's also ideal for parents trying to navigate their way through a sea of misinformation on this topic.

Our second featured book is The Happy Birth Book. This really is a refreshing book that does exactly what it says on the tin but with a slightly anarchic slant that I love. Parents so often forget that their pregnancy and their birth should be theirs to own: all too often they become intimidated to ask for what they want or too scared to follow their gut instincts. Beverley Turner and Pam Wild leave the reader in no doubt that parents should be in charge of their own birth journey and this is nothing short of revolutionary!

Our third featured book is Something Fishy by Jean Gourounas, a French author-illustrator based in Saint-Etienne, France. Jean studied graphic design and worked as a graphic designer after university. He has written and illustrated over 15 children's books in France, but this is his first book in English.

Thanks to our kind friends at Harper Collins our main newsletter prize is made up of a staggering 21 books and a CD (worth £200!): a 60th anniversary edition of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, book bundles from Twirlywoos, Bing, Rob Biddulph, David Walliams and Michael Morpurgo plus a lucky dip selection by various children's authors.

Our featured DVDs are from the BBC CBeebies: Go Jetters: The North Pole and Other Adventures; Hey Duggee: The Train Badge and Other Stories; Sarah & Duck: Constable Quack; and Something Special: Laugh With Mr Tumble. Our featured film is none other than Paddington 2 - an absolute delight for all the family!

Our featured app is BeePopulate. Designed by Mango Concept in a bid to develop a fun and engaging game to educate children about bees and the vital role they play in our environment.

Our featured campaign is an exciting project on KickStarter set up by the Highland company Prickly Thistle. The campaign aims to raise funds to build a mill and bring tartan manufacturing back to the Highlands. Such is the interest in this exciting project that even Sam Heughan of Outlander fame, has been tweeting about it (using the dedicated hashtag #buildthemill)! However this is an ALL OR NOTHING goal of £500,000 so don't let this fail, get pledging, you have until 13 December!

Our featured research into Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is carried out by our friends at Rhythm Health. This follows on from our reviews of two books about the microbiome:The Microbiome Effect and Let Them Eat Dirt (in newsletters 39 & 40). This is your chance to learn more about this topical issue and maybe even be part of some exciting research. You can also win a five day Life shot200 plan (worth £125!).

Check out our latest Top Tips: a life hack on how to remove a splinter painlessly (this went viral on facebook with over 90K shares!), how rubbing magnesium oil into your skin can help restless legs and an ingenious organic spelt filled pillow that has endless uses.

Our Top Treat is Halia Rose - baby friendly products and jewellery for teething babies. We have a delightful Elephant baby teether and a Kata necklace for mum to give away too. Our Top Value product is the humble bootee, which can also be used as mittens for your newborn. Find out why this is such a great idea and check out some more life hacks at the end of this feature.

As well as our regular mix of features, our latest My Story follows the (sadly) all too common traumas associated with sore nipples and the vicious cycle this can lead to. As a breastfeeding consultant, the really frustrating thing for me is that almost every case can be completely cured, if caught quickly enough. However due to misleading advice and the use of nipple shields (rarely any help) too many new mums suffer incredible pain and many end up giving up breastfeeding! Thankfully this story has a happy ending so we hope it can offer you some inspiration.

We have a brand new selection of TIPS Testers' Pix for you to enjoy, with some adorable photos, including a picture of my grandson enjoying his first attempt at real food and an adorable picture of a new dad showering with his newborn daughter. Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? We're always on the lookout for photos of babies, toddlers, families, bumps, scans, breastfeeders, baby-wearing, baby-led-weaning and grandparents. So please email us your photos! I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.

Last but not least we have some wonderful competitions for you to enter: including a chance to win a set of three Weleda Maternity Range products to help celebrate their latest TIPS Award for their new Nipple Balm. Altogether our prizes are worth over £625 so email your entries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or enter on facebook when we post about each competition and you too could be a TIPS winner!

Remember if you are not 'in' you can't win!

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Book bundle: Dr Seuss

Celebrate the 60th Birthday of How The Grinch Stole Christmas! and win your very own collectable edition (worth £14.99) for Christmas 

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Published by Harper Collins Children's Books
Age range: 4-9 years but ideal for adults too!

How The Grinch Stole Christmas!
In this must-have collectable slipcase edition - with a special introduction all about your favourite Christmas character - the ghastly Grinch refuses to be moved by the Christmas spirit.
“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason…”
With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you’ll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he’s in for a big surprise!
With hilarious rhymes and beautiful illustrations, this classic seasonal story has become a favourite for good reason and teaches readers the true meaning of Christmas.

Latest news on a film version:
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (promoted theatrically as Dr. Seuss' The Grinch) is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated Christmas musical comedy film produced by Illumination Entertainment. It is based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss' story of the same name. Universal Pictures will release the film on 9 November 2018.

About Dr Seuss...
Theodor Seuss Geisel – better known to millions of his fans as Dr. Seuss – was born the son of a brewer and park superintendent in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1904. After studying at Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, and later at Oxford University in England (where he met his first wife Helen Palmer), he became a magazine humorist and cartoonist, and an advertising man. He soon turned his many talents to writing children`s books, and his first book ‘And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street‘was published in 1937.
His greatest claim to fame was the one and only ‘The Cat in the Hat’, published in 1957. This was the first of a hugely successful range of early learning books collectively known as Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection. In all Dr. Seuss wrote more than 40 children’s books during a career that spanned over 50 years, picking up numerous awards, including two Emmy awards for television and a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation along the way.

Most of you will have heard of Dr. Seuss, but here are some facts and figures that may surprise you:

  • did you know that Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, is the world’s best-selling children’s author, having sold over 650 million books worldwide?
  • The Cat in the Hat was the result of a bet! His editor challenged him to write a book using only 250 words. In the end he only needed 236!
  • he won three Academy Awards and coined the term NERD, which first appeared in his book If I Ran the Zoo.
  • Find out more about Dr Seuss books here....

COMPETITION tipsduck ~ For a chance to win a Dr Seuss bundle of books worth £42, email the words ‘Dr Seuss’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 14 December 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.


 

Book bundle: Twirlywoos

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Published by Harper Collins Children's Books

Twirlywoos Big Book Board Book
Published by Harpers Collins (October 2017)
RRP: £24.99 Paperback - 14 pages
Book Dimensions: 40 x 1 x 60.4 cm
Age range: 1-4 yrs

This enormous Twirlywoos Book is as tall as a toddler (see picture) and full of fun!
All aboard the Big Red Boat! Ideal for fans of the hit CBeebies TV show, every page of this giant board book introduces you to a new theme and a different aspect of the Twirlywoos’ world.
With masses of detail to pore over and plenty of silliness to laugh at, even the littlest fans will be kept busy for hours.


Happy Christmas Twirlywoos
Published by Harpers Collins (October 2017)
RRP: £5.99 Paperback - 10 pages
Book Dimensions: 18 x 1.1 x 18 cm
Age range: 0-4 years

Have a very Twirly Christmas with the Twirlywoos in this gorgeous board book with a shiny foiled cover!

Knock! Knock! Knock! There’s somebody at the door! It’s a Christmas present. Join the Twirlywoos for lots of festive fun as they discover what’s inside their mystery gift.

Packed with trademark Twirlywoos fun, this gorgeous book is the perfect gift for every Twirlywoos fan.

COMPETITION tipsduck ~ For a chance to win the Twirlywoos Bundle worth £30, email the word ‘Twirlywoos’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 14 December 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.


 

Book bundle: Bing

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Bing's Noisy Day: Interactive Sound Book

Published by Harpers Collins (October 2017)
RRP: £12.99 Paperback - 10 pages
Age range: 2-5 years

This interactive book featuring 10 sounds is perfect for fans of the hit CBeebies TV series, Bing.
Bing and Flop are on their way to the park when they hear the jingle of Gilly’s ice cream van. Bing really wants a delicious carroty ice cream, but they need to find Gilly first! Join Bing as he follows the sound of Gilly’s van and discovers lots of other noises along the way.

Bingsters will love pressing the sound buttons and joining in the fun.
Noisy books… they’re a Bing thing!


Bing's Christmas Wish

Published by Harpers Collins (October 2017)
RRP: £5.99 Paperback - 10 pages
Age range: 2-5 years

Bing and Flop are getting ready for Christmas in this shaped board book. Bing can’t wait for Christmas, but he has one wish to make the day extra-special. What Bing wants most of all for Christmas is . . . snow! Will Bing’s Christmas wish come true?
Christmas wishes . . . they’re a Bing thing!

COMPETITION tipsduck ~ For a chance to win the Bing Bundle worth almost £20, email the word ‘Bing’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 14 December 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.


 

Book bundle: Rob Biddulph

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Kevin

Published by Harpers Collins (August 2017)
RRP: £12.99 Paperback - 32 pages
Age range: 3-7 years

The glorious new picture book from the bestselling, award-winning author of Blown Away and GRRRRR!, all about one boy, one Kevin, and one very special friendship…
Uh-oh – Sid Gibbons is in trouble again! Time to think fast…
When Sid makes yet another mess, and his mum is at the end of her patience, Sid does what every quick-thinking kid would do – he blames it on his big, furry, vanilla-and-pink friend Kevin!
And while it seemed like a good idea at the time, Sid gets an unexpected surprise when he finds out that Kevin and his world might not be so imaginary after all – and while his friend might be make-believe, his feelings are very real.
A beautifully illustrated rhyming tale of friendship, kindness and stepping up, from a rare picture book talent.

Sunk
Published by Harpers Collins (July 2017)
RRP: £6.99 Paperback - 32 pages
Age range: 3-7 years

Penguin Blue is back, in a swashbuckling new adventure about pirates, treasure, and friendship!
A pirate hat.
A sunny day.
For Penguin Blue
A game to play.
Your favourite Penguin and his friends are back in a new adventure, and this time they’re pirates – ARRRRR!
Sailing the seven seas in search of treasure, Captain Blue and his friends are unexpectedly SUNK! But with a shipwreck to explore and a mysterious stranger on a desert island to meet, they might still find some treasure after all…
The fourth book from the award-winning, bestselling picture book star Rob Biddulph.

Odd Dog Out
Published by Harpers Collins (January 2017)
RRP: £6.99 Paperback - 32 pages
Age range: 3-7 years

It’s a dog’s life in the big city… Come join one busy dog on her journey to find her place in the world, in this third sublimely illustrated book from the bestselling, award-winning Rob Biddulph.
For busy dogs
A busy day
Of busy work
And busy play…
But one dog doesn’t quite fit in. It’s lonely being the odd dog out, when all she wants to do is find her place in the world. She’s willing to go to the other side of the world to look for it… but it might take a different kind of journey for her to discover that maybe where she’s meant to be is right back where she started…
A gloriously illustrated story about leaving home and finding yourself, from the bestselling and award-winning author Rob Biddulph

COMPETITION tipsduck ~ For a chance to win the Rob Biddulph Bundle worth almost £30, email the word ‘Biddulph’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.


 


Book bundle: David Walliams

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There's a Snake in My School, The Bear Who Went Boo and The Midnight Gang

Published by Harper Collins Children's Books
Spectacular Stories for the Very Young
Published by Harpers Collins (July 2017)
Audio CD featuring 4 stories read by David Walliams
RRP: £6.99 - 33 minutes running time
Age range: 4+

All four of David Walliams’ amazing picture books on one spectacular CD for the first time! Read by the author himself. Giving you 33 minutes of side-splitting stories for the very young! This unabridged CD compilation includes:

THE SLIGHTLY ANNOYING ELEPHANT
What’s big, blue, bossy, and turns up uninvited? A slightly annoying elephant, of course!

THE FIRST HIPPO ON THE MOON
Two big hippos. One ENORMOUS dream. Who can make it to the moon first?
3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .BLAST OFF!

THE BEAR WHO WENT BOO!
At the top of the world, surrounded by snow and ice, lives a very cheeky polar bear cub who loves to go…BOO! But this little bear cub doesn’t always know when to stop…

THERE’S A SNAKE IN MY SCHOOL!
Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet…Penelope the snake.

There's a Snake in my School Book and CD Edition
Published by Harpers Collins (July 2017)
RRP: £8.99 Paperback - 32 pages
Age range: 3-6 years

A spectacularly slithery new picture book packed with mischief and mayhem from two superstars: Number One bestselling picture book duo David Walliams and Tony Ross. This ssssspectacularly funny picture book for children of 3 and up is hilariously read by the author himself. Warning: very silly sound-effects included!
Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet…
Penelope the snake.
Miss Bloat the headmistress doesn’t think snakes should be allowed in school. But Penelope has other ideas…

The Bear who went Boo
Published by HarpersCollins (May 2017)
RRP: £6.99 Paperback - 32 pages
Age range: 3+

Presenting a mischievous new picture book packed with snow and surprises, from two standout talents; bestselling picture book duo, David Walliams and Tony Ross. This bear-illiantly funny adventure is for children of 3 and up.
At the top of the world, surrounded by snow and ice, lives a very cheeky polar bear cub who loves to go…
BOO!
But this little bear cub doesn’t always know when to stop…

The Midnight Gang
Published by HarpersCollins (November 2016)
RRP: £6.99 Paperback - 480 pages
Age range: 9-12

Welcome to the Midnight Gang! Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for… the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning…
When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself at Lord Funt Hospital, and is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter. Things go from bad to worse when he meets the wicked matron in charge of the children’s ward… But Tom is about to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime!
The Midnight Gang tells an extraordinarily heartwarming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward – and on a quest for adventure! It is a story of friendship and magic – and of making dreams come true. Readers are set to be utterly spellbound by this heartfelt story that will bring magic to everyone.

COMPETITION tipsduck ~ For a chance to win the David Walliams Bundle worth £35, email the words ‘David Walliams’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.


 


Book bundle: Mudpuddle

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Hee Haw Hooray!, Alien Invasion, Pigs Might Fly and Cock-A-Doodle-Doo 

Published by Harper Collins Children's Books

About the author and Mudpuddle Farm:
Multi-award winning author Michael Morpurgo is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, The Writers Guild Award and the Blue Peter Book Award. This was for his recent novel, Private Peaceful, which has also had two successful runs as a play devised by Bristol Old Vic. From 2003 to 2005 he was the Children's Laureate, a role which took him all over the UK to promote literacy and reading, and in 2005 he was named the Booksellers Association Author of the Year.
In the 1970s Michael and his wife Clare set up the charity Farms for City Children. Over 90,000 children have now visited the three farms in Devon, Wales and Gloucestershire. Maybe this was the inspiration for Michael's Mudpuddle Farm books?

Mudpuddle Farm books first appeared in 2009. In June 2017 four books were published, each with two charming stories, including two brand new stories in the Hee Haw Hooray edition. Ideal for younger readers, this book features a loveable family of all sorts of animals, living behind the tumble-down barn on Mudpuddle Farm – where everything is about to change… in the most unexpected and hilarious ways!

Hee Haw Hooray (two brand new stories)
Published by Harpers Collins (June 2017)
by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Shoo Rayner
RRP: £5.99
Age range: 5+

Nowt to Worry About: There’s a storm in the air, and all the animals are worried. But old Farmer Rafferty doesn’t realise anything is wrong. Can the animals warn him in time?

Tickety-Boo: A funny new creature has arrived at Mudpuddle Farm – and the animals soon make friends. Problem is, the latest addition to the farm doesn’t belong actually there! It looks like it’s time to say a sad goodbye – although Albertine the Goose might just have a clever idea…

Alien Invasion
Published by Harpers Collins (June 2017)
by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Shoo Rayner
RRP: £5.99
Age range: 5+

Martians at Mudpuddle Farm: Have Martians landed on Mudpuddle Farm? Farmer Rafferty seems to think so. Now it’s up to Albertine, Goose Queen, to work it out. Luckily she’s the cleverest goose in the whole world, so if anyone knows what to do, she will…

Mum’s the Word: Something strange is going on at Mudpuddle Farm. Egbert the goat is not himself at all. Instead of grumbling, he’s singing and dancing! And he’s even greedier than usual…

Pigs Might Fly
Published by Harpers Collins (June 2017)
by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Shoo Rayner
RRP: £5.99
Age range: 5+

Jigger’s Day Off “Time has come for harvest, Jigger. So I shan’t be needing you all day. It’s your day off, my dear.”
Jigger the sheepdog has just one day off a year. Just one day to chase all those little animals hiding in the corn. But even the best plans go wrong…
Pigs Might Fly! “Flying was not nearly as easy as it looked. Pintsize stood up on his back trotters and flapped his front ones – trotters, he thought, would do just as well as wings.”
It’s a long hot summer, and Pintsize the piglet wonders if it might be cooler in the sky. But when he tries to fly, he annoys just about everyone. It’s time he learned his lesson…

Cock-A-Doodle-Doo
Published by Harpers Collins (June 2017)
by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Shoo Rayner
RRP: £5.99
Age range: 5+

Mossop’s Last Chance: “There’s mice in my barley sacks, there’s rats in my roof and now there’s mice in the corn bin. This time I’ve had enough. If you aren’t up to the job, you will have to go.”
Mossop the old farm cat likes to sleep – and not much else! So when Farmer Rafferty tells him to catch twenty-six mice by sunset, all the animals have to pull together to give Mossop one last chance…

Albertine, Goose Queen: “Good morning, Madam, I’ve come to eat you. Your friends have all gone. There’s no one to help you now. They’re all very stupid, aren’t they?”
A fox is on the loose, and all the animals except Albertine the goose have hidden themselves inside. Albertine is safe on her island in the pond – at least so she thinks, until the fox starts swimming towards her…

COMPETITION tipsduck ~ For a chance to win the Mudpuddle Bundle worth £24, email the word ‘Mudpuddle’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.


 

Book bundle: Lucky Dip

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The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
Published by HarpersCollins (May 2017)
By Drew Daywalt, pictures by Adam Rex
RRP: £12.99
Age range: 4+

A laugh-out-loud funny new children’s book from the author of The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons came Home. The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors reveals the epic tale behind everyone’s favourite playground game!
You’ve played the game…now read the book.
Long ago in the Kingdom of Backgarden lived a fearsome warrior named ROCK. ROCK was undefeated in battle, and yet, he felt unfulfilled. So he went in search of a worthy opponent. Little did he know that at that very moment two more warriors were setting forth with the very same idea. When ROCK collides with SCISSORS from the village of Junk Drawer, and the ferocious PAPER, who hails from the Empire of Mum’s Study, an epic and hilarious battle ensues. And the rest, as they say, is history.
A riotously funny new picture book from the Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestselling illustrator Adam Rex.


There's A Bug On My Arm That Won't Go Away
Published by HarpersCollins (July 2017)
By David Mackintosh
RRP: £12.99
Age range: 5+

What do you do when a bug just won’t buzz off?! A beautiful new picture book from the author/ illustrator of of ‘Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School’ and ‘The Frank Show’. When a little bug looks for safety on a little girl’s arm and won’t let go, she moves from annoyance to affection in this stylishly atmospheric and quietly unforgettable tale. A modern-day fable about being a friend and the contentment that can come your way when you choose to be kind makes this an important book for today’s new generation.

 

Monkey's Sandwich

Published by HarpersCollins (January 2017)
By Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Emily Fox Rayner
RRP: £6.99
Age range: 3-5 years

Monkey’s mischief causes mayhem! This is the hilarious follow-up picture book from the creators of Elephant’s Pyjamas.
Monkey is hungry and he’s sure his animal friends won’t mind if he borrows some of their food to make a sandwich. But each friend has such tempting fillings to choose from that Monkey’s snack soon grows taller and taller until it is a ‘super sandwich’! Will Monkey be able to stay awake to take a bite?
A hilarious rhyming text that’s fun to read again and again!

Born to Dance
Published by HarpersCollins (January 2017)
By Jean Ure
RRP: £6.99
Age range: 9-12 years

The first in a brand-new series about dancing, friendship and following your dreams from best-loved author Jean Ure, whose books are described by Jacqueline Wilson as “funny, funky, feisty - and fantastic reads!”
When new girl Caitlyn arrives at Coombe House School Maddy is sure she must be a fellow ballet dancer. Caitlyn certainly has all the grace and poise of a ballerina. So when she denies it, Maddy isn’t convinced. But it isn’t until she comes across Caitlyn practising ballet in the gym that Maddy realises there must be more to her story… Just what can it be? Maddy is determined to find out!


Dotty Detective: The Midnight Mystery
Published by HarpersCollins (January 2017)
by Clara Vulliamy
RRP: £5.99
Age range: 7-12 years

The Join the Dots Detectives: Dot, Beans and McClusky are back on the case in a third, brand-new mystery!
Dot and Beans can’t wait for their school trip to Adventure Camp where they will do lots of exciting activities like zip-wiring, grass tobogganing and roasting marshmallows round a campfire! But once they arrive, strange things start happening. Could mean girl Laura be up to her old tricks in a bid to win the Adventure Camp Prize…? It’s up to the Join the Dots Detectives to find out!

COMPETITION tipsduck ~ For a chance to win the Lucky Dip Bundle worth £45, email the words ‘Lucky Dip’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.

 

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Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) trial by Rhythm Health.
Find out how you can join this trial and help progress this new area of research.

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Following on from our two book reviews (The Microbiome Effect and Let Them Eat Dirt in newsletters 39 & 40) about the microbiome, here is your chance to learn more about this topical issue and maybe even be part of some exciting research...

About SIBO
As the name suggests small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a digestive health issue caused by the overgrowth of gut bacteria in the small intestine. Most commonly associated with diarrhoea, bloating and excess gas (1), SIBO is fast becoming a problematic cause of niggling health concerns.
The digestive system is home to a number of beneficial bacteria and yeasts. Termed the microbiome, these organisms support wellbeing by regulating the immune system, producing specific nutrients and improving digestive function amongst others (2). Further information on the microbiome is available here...

The majority of these beneficial bacteria are in the large intestine where they ferment otherwise indigestible fibres. The small intestine contains a relatively small concentration of bacteria, if any at all (3) since this part of the digestive tract is meant for nutrient absorption. In SIBO, two things are thought to happen:
• pathogenic or 'bad' bacteria enter the small intestine (3)
• bacteria (not necessarily bad ones) from the large intestine overgrow and enter the small intestine (4)

The reasons for this are unclear but some studies link it to slow motility, including constipation (5), obstructions in the digestive system, compromised immunity (6) and certain medications (4).
For more information on this condition go to: https://www.rhythmhealth.co.uk/sibo-trial/

How to join the SIBO trial...
Rhythm Health has been looking at the effect of their Life Shot 200 on a small group of people with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). Due to encouraging results on a base line reduction they plan to widen this trial, offering five places per month to those who have recently tested positive for SIBO and are under the guidance of a registered healthcare practitioner.

If you qualify Rhythm Health will supply you with two months worth of their Life Shot 200 high potency, dairy free kefir cultures (55 bottles) at no cost to you.

In return, you will agree to purchase a second SIBO breath test in advance and share both the before and after test results and your feedback on the Rhythm Health website.

References
(1) Bhardwaj SB, Rana SV (2008) Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 43: 1030-1037.
(2) Stecher B, Conway T, Cohen P (2015) The roles of inflammation, nutrient availability and the commensal microbiota in enteric pathogen infection. Microbiology Spectrum, doi:10.1128/ microbiolspec.MBP-0008-2014.
(3) Quigley EMM, Abu-Shanab A (2010. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Infectious Disease Clinics of North America, 24: 943-959.
(4) Sachdev AH, Pimentelcorresponding M (2013) Gastrointestinal bacterial overgrowth: pathogenesis and clinical significance. Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease, 4: 223-231.
(5) Roland BC1, Ciarleglio MM, Clarke JO, Semler JR, Tomakin E, Mullin GE, Pasricha PJ (2015) Small intestinal transit time is delayed in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth. Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 49:571–576.
(6) Miazga A, Osiński M, Cichy W, Żaba R (2015) Current views on the etiopathogenesis, clinical manifestation, diagnostics, treatment and correlation with other nosological entities of SIBO. Advances in Medical Sciences, 60: 118-124.


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tipsducktipsduckFeatured product :: Weleda Nipple Balm :: tipsducktipsduck

Read on for your chance to win a full set of Weleda Maternity products: Nursing Tea, Nursing Oil, & Nipple Balm (worth over £25)... 

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Weleda Nipple Balm
RRP: £6.95 for 25mls (28p/ml)
Supplied and manufactured by www.weleda.co.uk
Tested August 2017


Many congratulations to Weleda on their latest TIPS Award for their excellent new Nipple Balm which is the latest addition to the Weleda Pregnancy range. Check out the full review, including direct quotes from our TIPS Parent Testers who participated in this trial, here: http://www.tipslimited.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=187&Itemid=242#W-Nb

We are delighted to announce that the Weleda Nipple Balm has recently been awarded its very own TIPS Must-have Award after being rigorously tested by our independent Parent Testers in August 2017.
Here are just a few of their comments:

  • Although unscented, it smells lovely! I love that it's all natural and left me feeling nice and soft.
  • Yes I like the feel and texture. It was nice and easy to apply, not too sticky and thick like my usual brand
  • I now use this every other day (instead of my usual brand) or every few days as and when I feel a bit tender.
  • It was easier to apply and not as thick as other brands. I also feel like it was more effective. I even tried a little on my baby's bottom which helped with the redness! A little goes a long way so I still have loads left.
  • My baby has a lip tie which I feel is making his feeding lazy. He can't curl out his top lip so I often get sore so I've had plenty of usage from this. It works quickly and relieves any irritation. Definitely my favourite to have tried so far.

For more information about Weleda and the new Maternity range go to:

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 tipsduck:: Featured tipsducktipsducktipsduck website 1 tipsducktipsducktipsduckwww.omgyes.com

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One-time payment of £29 (discounted from £49) for Season One - you can also give it as a gift.
Season one - 62 videos

Reviews in the press:

  • Nothing less than the next wave of an unfinished sexual revolution - The Sunday Times
  • The site smashes taboos surrounding female sexuality and treats the female orgasm with an unprecedented seriousness: tackling the complexities surrounding the ways in which women experience pleasure with honesty and no shame - Marie Claire
  • OMGYes is, indeed, great. Nobody else is working on the science of pleasure... The design is state-of-the-art and the infographics are smart and easy to read - WIRED

I recently watched the TV series Masters of Sex (www.imdb.com/title/tt2137109/), a drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research kick-started the sexual revolution. The show begins in 1956 as fertility surgeon and specialist, Dr. William Howell Masters, also fascinated with the science surrounding human sexuality, meets future research partner, Virginia Ellis Johnson at Washington University in Missouri. Alfred Kinsey and colleagues at Indiana University had previously published two volumes on sexual behaviour in the human male and female (known as the Kinsey Reports) in 1948 and 1953 but this was based on personal interviews rather than laboratory observations. Masters and Johnson's groundbreaking research based on large scale human sexuality experiments was finally published in their books: Human Sexual Response (1966) and Human Sexual Inadequacy (1970). Not only were they best-sellers but their findings still form the basis of our understanding on human sexual function. Masters and Johnson's journey as researchers and ultimately as a couple, was fascinating and the series is very entertaining. However it also provides an insight on how controversial their work was and how much they had to fight to complete such research when sex was still a taboo subject.

Research has been ongoing since then but it could be argued that our basic knowledge of human sexual function and its taboo status has hardly changed since the 1950s.

So what about the actual techniques and insights that women (and men) discover that lead to more pleasure? That’s still an uncharted frontier when it comes to science and research. This is where OMGYes got started. The company is made up from a group of researchers, filmmakers, engineers, designers, educators and sexologists who are passionate about making an honest, practical resource about women’s pleasure.
OMGYes is an entirely new way to explore fascinating, useful and fun information that’s been uncovered in new sexual research. OMGYes have conducted the first-ever, large-scale peer-reviewed and published research to explore how these new insights expand our present knowledge. The first batch of insights makes up the basis of Season One of OMGyes - breaking down the main ways women vary in how they find pleasure and insights for women, men and couples about how to make it even better.

OMGYes is not a subscription site. A one-time payment gives you permanent access to the 62 videos of Season One, which will then fund the next wave of research into women's sexuality.

The videos are explicit for a good reason. The taboo that makes people uncomfortable seeing women’s anatomy is the same one that has kept women’s pleasure secret for so long. That’s the taboo OMGYes is trying to get rid of. People are surely ready for an honest, clear-headed look at the details that make all the difference. Subtle variations in pressure or angle or consistency actually feel really different. What one woman calls a ‘circular motion on the clit’ could actually hurt for another woman who also likes a ‘circular motion on the clit.’ You really do have to get up close and actually see what the variations are - and why they feel so different.

So what are you waiting for ladies (and men and couples)? Get yourself registered on a totally new website which could be life-changing...
Don't take my word for it, Emma Watson (of Harry Potter fame) agrees and is already a subscriber. Read about it in the MailOnline article 

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 Featured tipsducktipsducktipsduck website 2 tipsducktipsducktipsduckDancewear Central - www.dancewearcentral.co.uk

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The photo to the left shows my daughter with her best friend Amanda who is our featured bump in our Testers Pix

I remember well the years of dance classes that our daughter Ashley attended and the many ballet shoes I had to sew elastic straps onto (I don't miss that chore!). So when I heard about the Dancewear Central website I thought I would check it out and tell you about their amazing range of products for children, girls, boys and even men. Dancewear products have come a long way since the days when Ashley attended dance classes! At that time there was only one local shop all us mums went to every few months for new supplies of dancing shoes and regulation outfits!

With Dancewear Central you can get everything you need to put on the performance of a lifetime: shoes, accessories and dancewear. There's free delivery on all orders over £60!

Dancewear Central is the leading specialist in dancewear throughout the UK. They believe dance is the perfect way to express yourself creatively and that’s why they only stock quality dancewear that will give dancers the freedom and comfort to move and perform.

Dance teachers can join their discount scheme for free and get 10% off every order and free deliveries with no minimum spend. Here is the link to join: http://www.dancewearcentral.co.uk/join-our-10-teacher-discount-club-i69

Dancewear Central also stocks a comprehensive range of examination-standard dancewear suitable for all the main examination boards. They can also provide advice and information on all your requirements.
Feel free to explore the online catalogue, and if you’ve got any questions then don’t be afraid to get in touch via email or phone. Their experienced sales team are on hand to assist you with any questions you may have.

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To find out more:

logos www.facebook.com/dancewearcentral ~ @dwcentral

 

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tipsducktipsduck:: book review 1  :: :: tipsduckSomething's Fishy tipsduck

 

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By Jean Gourounas
Published by Phaidon Press (October 2017)
RRP: £11.95

This ice fishing mystery features a grumpy penguin, a troupe of curious onlookers, and a surprise ending!
An ice fishing penguin grows increasingly aggravated as his line fails to attract fish, but his activity does attract a cast of curiously chatty polar characters. Hilariously expressive animals and their repetitive questions dramatically accumulate until, in the climactic finale, the penguin hears something under the water, and everyone silences for the big reveal.

A fast-paced and entertaining read-aloud story that provides ample opportunity for character voices and multiple punch lines. Children will wager predictions throughout, and crack up at the clever and comical ending!

About the author:
Jean Gourounas is a French author-illustrator based in Saint-Etienne, France. He studied graphic design and worked as a graphic designer after university. He has written and illustrated over 15 children's books in France, but this is his first book in English.

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tipsducktipsduck:: book review 2  ::tipsduckThe Happy Birth Book tipsduck

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Beverley Turner and midwife Pam Wild
Published by Piatkus in April 2017
368 Pages Paperback £14.99 Kindle £6.99

This is what Amazon tells you about this book:
A friendly, accessible, down-to-earth guide on how to make giving birth a positive experience and how to cope in the first few weeks and months of motherhood.

This is what I think (Sharon Trotter):
I was lucky enough to meet the authors, Beverley and Pam, at a Weleda Insight Event this summer (see picture of us above) where we were all guest speakers. It was refreshing to hear Beverley and Pam's informal and above all humorous approach to pregnancy, birth and parenthood. Beverley is a self confessed birth junkie, having devoted the past 13 years (since her first son was born) to spreading the word about informed choice on all things associated with pregnancy, birth and beyond. Beverley is best known for her work in the media as a journalist, TV presenter and host of her current affairs show on LBC Radio. She is married to Olympic Gold Medallist James Cracknell and they have three children, all birthed at home with the help of midwife Pam Wild. Beverley also founded The Happy Birth club (formerly The Blooming Bunch) which runs informal and informative antenatal classes for couples in West London (www.thehappybirthclub.co.uk). She freely admits to not being an expert in this field. This is why she has brought together a dream team of experts who provide new parents with the quality, evidence-based information and advice they need and deserve. Co-author and friend Pam heads this team of experts. This truly refreshing book does exactly what it says on the tin, but with a slightly anarchic slant that I love. Parents so often forget that their pregnancy and their birth should be theirs to own and enjoy. Sadly all too often they are intimidated by health professionals and don't feel they can ask questions, make their own choices or follow their gut instincts. Beverley and Pam lift the lid on numerous taboos (vaginal examinations are optional and so is an induction), leaving the reader in no doubt that parents should be in charge of their own birth journey and this is nothing short of revolutionary!

Here are a few of my favourite quotes from the book - just thought I would share my chuckles:

  • Your cervix sits at the bottom of your uterus and stops your baby falling out!
  • I could tell you about women so stressed in early labour that they were prescribed a couple of sips of champagne to calm them down. But that would be inappropriate, so I'd never do that.
  • Pain-relieving drugs were very fashionable in the1960s and 1970s but got a bad press for the fact that women were basically giving birth smacked off their tits on opium...
  • Some brands only sell replacement bottle lids if you buy the whole kit and caboodle again - these manufacturers are evil!
  • American drug companies won't allow gas and air to be offered on labour wards because it is so effective in reducing epidural use.
  • Parental guilt is new and became a verb in the late 1970s and early 1980s so that companies could sell us stuff...
  • A very spicy curry at the end of your pregnancy won't do any harm unless you're also feeling a bit windy, in which case you might want to spend the night in the spare room!
  • In transition you will think everything n this book is utter bollocks!

So now you know what I think, it's time for you to give The Happy Birth Book a test-drive...

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tipsducktipsduck:book review 3  ::tipsduck Vitamin K and the Newborn tipsduck

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by Dr Sara Wickham
Published by Birthmoon Creations in September 2017
112 Pages Paperback: £10 Kindle £5.75

This is what Amazon say about this book:
What is Vitamin K? Why is it offered to all newborn babies? Does my baby need it? Should we agree to an injection, oral supplements or decide to do neither? Are there alternatives? Can we postpone the decision? Are some babies more at risk, and why? Vitamin K has been routinely recommended for newborn babies for several decades, and many parents are happy for their child to be given this. But others want more information, have questions about why this intervention is offered or want to know whether there are downsides. This book guides the reader on a journey through the information, debate and research on this topic. It explains the issues and clarifies the different perspectives, drawing upon up-to-date midwifery and medical evidence and opinion and parents’ stories.

This is what I think (Sharon Trotter):
I have to confess to being a super fan and friend of the lovely Dr Sara Wickham, but I hope you will not hold this against me. Even if I wasn't a teeny bit biased when it comes to all of Sara's work, my professional, impartial, independent and unbiased opinion would absolutely tell you this: this book is quite simply the Holy Grail when it comes to all you need to know about vitamin K and the newborn. End of.

To find out more about Dr Sara Wickham's amazing work: 


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 tipsduck:: Featured tipsducktipsducktipsduck DVDs tipsducktipsducktipsduckWe have 4 wonderful BBC CBeebies DVDs worth almost £40 to give away

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Go Jetters: The North Pole and Other Adventures; Hey Duggee: The Train Badge and Other Stories; Sarah & Duck: Constable Quack; and Something Special: Laugh With Mr Tumble

Published by BBC Worldwide Twitter: @BBCWPress

Go Jetters: The North Pole and Other Adventures
RRP: £10.20

This DVD includes nine episodes from the CBeebies animated series about a group of globetrotting adventurers. The programme follows the heroes Xuli (voice Pilar Orti), Kyan (Akie Kotabe), Lars (Syrus Lowe) and Foz (John Hasler) as they travel across the globe in their trusted Vroomster and learn about famous landmarks with help from their mentor, and leader of the Go Jetters Academy, Ubercorn (Tommie Earl Jenkins). Throughout their travels, the heroes often find themselves foiling the dastardly schemes of the villainous Grandmaster Glitch (Marc Silk). The episodes are: 'The North Pole Christmas Special', 'The Strokkur Geyser, Iceland', 'The Aqueduct of Segovia, Spain', 'Rio de Janeiro, Brazil', 'Mount Everest, Asia', 'Loch Ness, Scotland', 'The Grand Canyon, USA', 'Easter Island, Chile' and 'The Parthenon, Greece'.

Hey Duggee: The Train Badge and Other Stories
RRP: £10.20

Review by ...(TIPS Testers):
Get set for a seventh collection filled with laughter, learning and exciting activities in the adventure club that every child will want to join! Meet Duggee, a big lovable dog who is the leader of an after school club called the Squirrels. Under the patient guidance of Duggee, the Squirrels discover new things about the world around them and their comic adventures encourage young viewers to actively solve a problem by moving, jumping, running and skipping.

In this collection Duggee and the squirrels have fun with his train set, try out his new outdoor pizza oven and learn how to keep calm with yoga, but when Duggee loses his voice, the squirrels have to ask the rest of the animals for help!


Sarah & Duck: Constable Quack
RRP: £8.16

Review by ...(TIPS Testers):
Sarah is a seven year old girl with big eyes and a green hat, who lives with her quacky, flappy best friend, Duck. Together, they embark on simple but exciting adventures, full of imagination and humour.
On this DVD, containing ten quirky stories, you’ll witness Sergeant Sarah and Constable Quack’s first case, Moon and Rainbow’s first meeting and a very robotic dream, courtesy of Duck!


Something Special: Laugh With Mr Tumble
RRP: £10.20

Review by ...(TIPS Testers):
This award-winning BBC TV series uses Makaton sign language to help children with learning and communication difficulties, and is highly popular with younger viewers.
These nine episodes see Mr Tumble and his friends having lots of fun and laughter in a variety of places with plenty of activities. Mr tumble helps Aunt Polly dry her washing and invites her over for tea. Mr Tumble tidies up his bedroom, while Justin and his friends play in a recycling band. Mr Tumble holds a swimming gala and Justin learns about powerchair football as a hobby. Mr Tumble goes to Chef Tumble’s restaurant, where everything is either too big or too small. Mr Tumble looks for his pet dog’s squeaky toy bone, while Justin spends his day with his friends and their pet dog. Mr Tumble visits Baker Tumble’s bakery, while Justin spends the day with two best friends who love to bake cakes together.

 

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tipsducktipsducktipsduckFeatured film :: Paddington 2 tipsducktipsduck

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Cert. PG 

#PADDINGTON2
On general release in UK cinemas from 10 November 2017

There are not that many films that are truly a family affair but Paddington 2 is one of them. Ideal for any age group this is a delightful film charting the new adventures of Paddington Bear. Few sequels live up to the expectations of their original but this adorable adaptation is the exception to this rule. You can watch a clip starring Hugh Grant as master of disguise Phoenix Buchanan and Paddington voiced by Ben Whishaw (see Picture) here: https://youtu.be/oDLAmIQRois

The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens, where he has become a popular member of the community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes. While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday, Paddington spots a unique pop-up book in Mr Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to earn enough money to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

A Heyday Films and STUDIOCANAL production, Paddington’s return to the big screen is helmed by BAFTA nominated director Paul King (Paddington, Come Fly With Me, The Mighty Boosh) written by Paul King and Simon Farnaby (Paddington, Yonderland and Mindhorn).

Paddington 2 is produced by multi award-winning David Heyman (producer of all eight of the Harry Potter films, Gravity, The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them).

To find out more 

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tipsducktipsduck Featured campaign :Prickly Thistle Build the Mill on KICKSTARTER.com 

Funding opens on 14 October for 60 days - until 13 December 2017
Goal: £500,000- All or nothing!

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This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wednesday 13 December 2017

I first saw Clare on the BBC Landward show and I was taken with her lovely tartan skirt. I emailed her to find out if it was available to buy and she kindly replied to me with details of how I might access the Belladrum Tartan Collection. I then read more about Clare and her hopes to bring Tartan back to the Highlands by building a new weaving Mill on the Black Isle.

The traditional industrial steading building that has been acquired for the project (see artists impression above) is just a few miles away from the site of the infamous Battle of Culloden which led to the tartan ban in 1746. Now awaiting full restoration into a building with historic purpose, the steading and land rights can be dated back to 1787, complete with a Royal assignation. Of quintessentially Highland design, and located deep in the Highland countryside of the Black Isle, it proudly faces North West across the glassy waters of the Cromarty Firth towards the mountains of the West Highlands.

Such is the interest in this exciting project that even Sam Heughan of Outlander fame, has been tweeting about it! However this is an ALL OR NOTHING goal of £500,000 so don't let this fail, get pledging...

By pledging to this Kickstarter project you will help build the home for the Black House Mill, and with your support Prickly Thistle can ensure tartan is restored to the Highlands. They will also be bringing new technology to an ancient tradition and by virtue of this you will also help create employment for at least six full time members of staff by the end of 2018. Building year on year, Prickly Thistle will be creating job roles that do not currently exist in the region.

Having been on the journey for two years already, Prickly Thistle has customers waiting. They have also obtained the necessary pre-planning approval for the restoration and conversion of the existing building into a fully operational textiles mill.

For more information about Prickly Thistle go to:

COMPETITION tipsduck ~ For a chance to win a limited edition slate pin (worth £90) check out mini-competition 3

 

Update after the Kickstarter campaign closed

The Prickly Thistle Build The Mill Kickstarter campaign closed on 13 December 2017, achieving a number of records along the way. Although Prickly Thistle did not reach the funding goal that would have allowed them to build a new mill on the Black Isle, they received backing from over 850 people from around the world, and the total value of the pledges was almost £150,000.  

Out of nearly 9,000 craft projects listed on KICKSTARTER.com (the biggest crowd funding platform) this was the second most funded in the world in this category!

But that's not all: the campaign attracted an amazing following on social media, including support from a number of well known Scots. In fact the biggest Scottish TV series of present time, Outlander, helped spread the news of this project with tweets from Outlander  star Sam Heughan and author Diana Gabaldon. Both regularly posted about Prickly Thistle Build The Mill throughout the 60 days of the campaign, stimulating support from the many Outlander fan groups across all social platforms.  

This is not the end of the story for Prickly Thistle! They have a bold and brave vision to build what will be the only weaving mill in the Highland region, so this exciting journey has only just begun...

 

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tipsducktipsduckFeatured My Story :: tipsducktipsduck

Our latest My Story follows the (sadly) all too common traumas associated with sore nipples and the vicious cycle this can lead to. As a breastfeeding consultant, the really frustrating thing for me is that almost every case can be completely cured, if caught quickly enough. However due to misleading advice and the use of nipple shields (rarely any help) too many new mums suffer incredible pain and many end up giving up breastfeeding! Thankfully this story has a happy ending so we hope it can offer you some inspiration. Read Camilla's My Story here....

 

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 1 :: Splinter removal using a commonly available medicine syringe :: tipsduck

 

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On 18 October 2017, Claire Bullen-Jones, a 28 year old housewife from Wigan (see picture) posted a handy life hack about how to remove splinters on Facebook. The post soon went viral with almost 90K shares already! For years, Claire's husband Chris had been successfully using this hack with their children so they wanted to share it with their friends. Who knew it would become such a sensation?!
If you haven't seen it yet, do read Claire's Facebook post below. Do tell us if you have found it useful or if you have any tips of your own about removing a stubborn splinter, or indeed any other life hacks you wish to share with us...

  • You can email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , tweet at us on @TIPSLtd (use the hashtag #lifehack) or post on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/TIPSLtd

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 2 :: Magnesium products to help with the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome www.rls-uk.org  betteryou.com  :: tipsducktipsduck

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Magnesium is a natural relaxant and is a mineral that is difficult to supplement through tablets and capsules. Too much taken orally in one go can have a laxative effect.

When applied directly to the skin, magnesium is absorbed directly into the skin, entering cells immediately replacing magnesium lost without interfering with the digestive system.

Women are twice as likely to develop restless legs syndrome (RLS) than men, according to NHS Choices. About one in five pregnant women also develop the condition, usually in the third trimester and often continue to experience symptoms after childbirth. Multiple published trials have linked magnesium deficiency to RLS.

However anyone can suffer from this debilitating condition (I do, and so does my son Jason who is 28) so I wanted to find out if taking magnesium supplements in the form of oil and lotion could make any difference. I was very sceptical about this but was willing to give it a try, and I have to admit to being very impressed by the results. I have been using the BetterYou Magnesium Body Lotion for a few weeks now and my restless legs have been much improved. I cannot say for sure that this is entirely due to the magnesium but it does seem to have helped. See below for my son's review of the magnesium oil spray.

Review by Jason:
As a barber and (overly) energetic bassist in a rock band, I find myself with tight and knotted shoulders all too often. After taking magnesium supplements and noticing some improvement I discovered magnesium oil spray. I took it with me on a 3 week European tour and used it throughout! What a difference... I got to sleep easily every night and woke up with notably looser shoulders! Needless to say, it comes everywhere with me now!

BetterYou Magnesium products:
A clinical trial by Cardiff University showed how well magnesium is absorbed through the skin. A further study by Watkins & Josling showed that BetterYou Magnesium Oil will elevate magnesium levels up to five times faster than traditional tablets or capsules.

BetterYou magnesium is available as a spray, gel, bath flakes and body butter and lotion from Holland & Barrett, betteryou.com and all good health stores.

Videos Watch this video clip to find out how transdermal magnesium works: https://youtu.be/JqaVbYFjkIs

To find out more about Restless Leg Syndrome and get support:

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tipsducktipsduck :: TIPS top tip 3 :: Organic Spelt Multi-use Pillow for mums-to-be and parenthood :: tipsduck

 

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Available from Amazon 
Cost: £57.70 including UK P&P

About the pillow
This multi-purpose pillow from Be! Mama has organic spelt filling, is 190 cm long and has ties at each end to secure the pillow into horseshoe shape. The removable cover is made from 100% cotton; the inner cover (also with a zip) is 100% cotton. Spelt quantity can be adjusted for an individual fit. The spelt has been cleaned mechanically (to get rid of pollen, dust, seed, etc.) and prepared in a 3-step process which includes drying.

Sharon's review
My daughter told me about this product, and having had the pleasure of seeing how she has used it with my two grandchildren I have to agree: it's a great design with multi-uses. The Organic Spelt Multi-use Pillow is ideal for mums throughout their pregnancy and when breastfeeding their baby. It's also ideal for baby (or toddler) to lie on while relaxing, or can be used as a support for older babies learning to sit up (see pics of my grandson below).

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tipsducktipsduck top value :: Mitten hack :: tipsducktipsduck

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My daughter and her friends in The Netherlands came up with a great idea! This is to use baby bootees as mittens so their newborn babies wouldn't scratch their faces at a time when nails can be quite sharp.
Mittens can be very fiddly to put on and once on they can also restrict the movement of your baby's hands. Mittens also go missing very easily either by falling off or getting lost in the washing, and they can be expensive. So give this hack a try and check out these adorable pics of how this clever tip can help you and your baby in the early days...

Looking for more clever life hacks? Have a look at the Sun's Eight parent hacks that will make life with a baby or toddler so much easier!

 

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 tipsducktipsduck:: Top Treat  :Halia Rose - baby friendly products and jewellery for teething babies :: tipsducktipsduck

Read on for your chance to win a mother and baby set worth over £22

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  • Elephant Teethers: £6.99
  • Adult Necklaces: £13.99 -£15.99
  • Bracelets: £6.99
  • Children's necklaces: £12.99

www.haliarose.co.uk

 

Halia Rose was inspired by new mum Sarah Cooke. Sarah couldn't wear jewellery when her children were young because they would constantly pull, tug on or chew anything she wore. The Halia Rose range includes beautiful accessories, jewellery and baby teething solutions for new mums. Resilient to the demands of the modern mum, Halia Rose designs can also be worn as a statement piece day or night. These products are made from 100% non-toxic food grade silicone, and have been tested to meet global safety standards. They are BPA free and contain no lead, latex, PVC or phthalates. Halia Rose pride themselves on using only the best quality materials while offering complete customer satisfaction: they are an ideal accessory solution for little gums and busy mums.

To find out more:

COMPETITION tipsduck ~  For a chance to win a mother necklace and baby teether set (worth £125) check out mini-competition 7

 

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 tipsducktipsduck:: featured App :tipsducktipsduck:: BeePopulate

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Age 4+ Free
Try out BeePopulate it's FREE to download from your usual app store.
© 2017 Mango Concept


Did you know that bees are responsible for pollinating about a third of all the food we eat? That's a lot! But sadly, U.S. bee colony counts have decreased by an estimated 50 % since the 1950’s (this figure is less in Europe but still on the decline) and the decline continues at an unsustainable rate.

Mango Concept decided it was important to develop a fun and engaging game to educate children about bees and the vital role they play in our environment. Enter BeePopulate.

In BeePopulate players plant and design a virtual garden for bees to pollinate. The game is all about collecting pollen and planting rare flowers to entice new species of bees to come to the garden. As the garden flourishes players can take pictures of each other's bees and add them to the Encyclobeedia, creating a guidebook of totally neat bee facts.

BeePopulate is the perfect family-friendly game, with lively and highly interactive themes for players of all ages.

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In this issue...

- app BeePopulate

- book reviews  1, 2 & 3 – Vitamin K and the Newborn, The Happy Birth Book and Something Fishy

- campaign Prickly Thistle Build The Mill on KickStarter

- DVDs 4 BBC CBeebies

- film Paddington 2

- product Weleda Maternity Range Nipple Balm

- research SIBO by Rhythm

- top treat Halia Rose Baby Friendly Jewellery

- top tips 1, 2 & 3 -Splinter hack, Magnesium spray and Spelt pillow

- top value Bootees from Mittens!

- websites  1 & 2 OMGYes and  Dancewear Central

regular features...

- My Story from Camilla

- TIPS Testers' pix!

- main competition - 21 books from Harper Collins (worth £200)

- mini competitions

- competition winners

- Babycare - back to TIPS baby led weaning  2basics

TIPS Testers' pix!
We have a brand new selection of TIPS Testers' Pix for you to enjoy. Maybe you have photos of your own you would like to share with us? We're always on the lookout for photos of babies, toddlers, families, bumps, scans, breastfeeders, baby-wearing, baby-led-weaning and grandparents. So please email us your photos! I will send a signed copy of my book (Breastfeeding: the essential guide) to the sender of each photo we publish.
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I am thrilled to be able to feature my daughter's best friend Amanda and her lovely hubby Russell, as they await the arrival of their first baby expected in January 2018. The photos above show our happy couple at Amanda's 30th Birthday party when they chose a unique way to announce their exciting news to family and friends: check out the badges they are wearing! We wish them all the very best and look forward to featuring their baby when the time comes.
The two photos below show Amanda and Russell in Spain on their last trip away as a twosome. I particularly love the accidental selfie which is so endearing. Next time we see them they will be a threesome!

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TIPS baby

Here is baby Oisin who is also featured with his big sisters Orlaith and Leah in our Siblings section...!

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Here is Miss P (a regular in our Testers Pix section) reading her prize book from newsletter 41 (What does baby want?)
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Here is a picture of a new daddy enjoying a warm show with his newborn daugter Maya. You can also see Maya featured in our Top value article about using bootees as mittens.

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Like father like son - I love this photo of my son-in-law and my grandson, who is oblivious to the camera!
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Thank you to mum Rebecca for sharing this gorgeous picture of her boys. Big brothers (and Tips testers) Jackson and Banner love cuddling their newest brother, Wolf, born in June 2017.

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Here are big sister Orlaith and Leah cuddling their adorable wee brother Oisin who was born in August this year. His big sister Orlaith was our featured breastfed baby way back in e-newsletter 8 .
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Here is Mum and Dad with new baby Oisin (as seen above with his big sisters).

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Here is an update on a family we featured in e-newsletter 29 when their youngest son Filipe was born. We are delighted to send our congratulations to Mum and Dad as they return from a family holiday in the sun. They were married on the beach with their three gorgeous sons acting as their best men - how cool is that!
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Here is another regular on our Testers pix: Aurora is enjoying some fun time at the playpark with Jonathan and there she is sound asleep after all that exercise!
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Here is baby Oisin (see featured sibling and family) cuddling his mummy's breast after a lovely feed.
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This is baby Cerys, age 10 days old, feeding in a local cafe with very nervous mummy Tania. By this stage Tania had already switched son Aidan (now age 10 years) to formula and was only feeding him breastmilk part time. She knew she needed to conquer feeding in public if breastfeeding was to be successful with Cerys. This picture shows her determination to succeed and Cerys went on to breastfeed for 22mths. Tania is now feeding her youngest little one Quinn who is 11mths. Go Tania!
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George enjoying one of his first feeds at the breast above.
Below is another of George, milk drunk in his favourite position resting on his bosom for a pillow after a dreamy breast feed aaaawwwww! (you can see more of George in our baby led weaning pix)

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Here is a very determined lady who is a superstar breastfeeder. You can hear more about her breastfeeding journey in our next newsletter. Below is her older daughter Frances breastfeeding her dolly while mummy is feeding Cora - how sweet! You can also see Cora in our baby led weaning setion of pix.
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I just love this photo of my daughter and our grandson baby wearing. As you can see he is clinging onto his mum's handbag while asleep in his sling - soo cute! This is a regular habit not just a one-off event!
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Henry  and George (also featured in our breastfeeding pix) both started baby led weaningat 6 months old. Henry turned 6 months between Christmas and New Year 2015, but that didn't get in the way. Mummy started him on tasting everything the family ate from 6 months while on holiday in the Yorkshire Dales. His very first meal was Weetabix and banana and as you can see he's pulling weird and wonderful faces! He didn't know what to make of it but kept going back for more.
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The next meal is rice cakes with cashew nut butter and cucumber sticks he loved the cool cucumber on his gums. Next was chicken strips with roasted vegetables he loved sucking the chicken juices.
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This messy pic with spaghetti everywhere is Henry enjoying spaghetti bolognese and homemade garlic flat bread.
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The smiley pic avove is Henry eating yoghurt, his absolute favourite thing to eat when we first started weaning. That and kiwi fruit.
George also enjoyed baby led weaning and in the other pics you can see him enjoying yoghurt, cucumber and then his all-time favourites: strawberries alongside raspberries.
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Here is Cora enjoying some real food - you can also see Cora with  mum in our breastfeeding section
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Martha does broccoli! Thank you to Mum Holly for sharing this lovely picture...
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Last but by no means least, here is my beloved grandson Odin enjoying his first tastes of real food age 6 months.
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TIPS competition winner
Here is Francoise's picture of her cat enjoying a wee rest in the Little Tikes Classic Green Turtle Sandbox which she won in a TIPS competition way back in June 2011 - still going strong after all these years!
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Babycare – back to basics™ leaflet (version 9) updated March 2016!
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This leaflet won the first Nursing in Practice Dermatology Award in 2008 and was also shortlisted for two General Practice Awards in 2011. Version 9 is hot off the press and will be distributed around the UK at various professional and parenting events. Health professionals and maternity units can buy hard copies – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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for more information. As well as all the hints and tips you need about baby skincare, skin-to-skin contact and feeding but, this leaflet now includes the latest and safest advice on reducing the risk of cot death. Version 9 includes a handy QR code to use it with your smart phones. Online version updated March 2016 Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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  • Check out the list of winners in our next e-newsletter – it could be you!
Main newsletter competition

Dr Seuss Book Bundle 
For a chance to win a Dr Seuss bundle of books worth £42, email the words ‘Dr Seuss’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 14 December 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.

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Twirlywoos Book Bundle:
For a chance to win a the Twirlywoos Bundle worth £30, email the word ‘Twirlywoos’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 14 December 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.

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Bing Book Bundle:
For a chance to win the Bing Bundle worth almost £20, email the word ‘Bing’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 14 December 2017. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.

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Rob Biddulph Book Bundle:
For a chance to win the Rob Biddulph Bundle worth almost £30, email the word ‘Biddulph’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.

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David Walliams Book Bundle:
For a chance to win the David Walliams Bundle worth £35, email the words ‘David Walliams’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.

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Michael Morpurgo Book Bundle:
For a chance to win the Mudpuddle Bundle worth £24, email the word ‘Mudpuddle’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.

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Lucky Dip Book Bundle:
For a chance to win the Lucky Dip Bundle worth £45, email the words ‘Lucky Dip’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.

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mini- competition 1
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For a chance to win one of three Something's Fishy books worth £36, email the words ‘Something's Fishy’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.
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For a chance to win a signed copy of Vitamin K and the Newborn email the words ‘Vitamin K and the Newborn’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43
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Our kind friends at Prickly Thistle have offered one lucky reader the chance to win a bespoke and hand crafted pin made in the Highlands from authentic Highland black slate. Styled as the official Prickly Thistle Black House Pin it incorporates their logo, presented in its own presentation box. Each pin is 82mm long and 6mm deep.
For a chance to win this pin (worth £90) email the words ‘Prickly Thistle’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (remember to pledge your support before 13 December!) by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 43

mini- competition 4
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For a chance to win a BBC DVD  email the words ‘BBC DVDs’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (remember to tell us which DVD you would prefer: Go Jetters: The North Pole and Other Adventures; Hey Duggee: The Train Badge and Other Stories; Sarah & Duck: Constable Quack; or Something Special: Laugh With Mr Tumble) by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winners in e-newsletter 43

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For a chance to win a Paddington 2 - The Story of the Movie book (worth £5.99) and Paddington 2 - Movie Sticker Activity Book (worth £7.99) email the words ‘Paddington 2’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43
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For a chance to win a Weleda gift set with Nursing Tea, Nursing Oil and Nipple Balm (worth over £25) email the word ‘Weleda’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43

mini- competition 7
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For a chance to win a Halia Rose elephant teether in ginger and a Kata necklace in misty grey (worth over £22) email the words ‘Halia Rose’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43
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For a chance to win a Capezio Camisole Glittery Tutu Dress (worth £19.95) and a pair of Bloch Girls' Sparkle Ballet Shoes (worth £9.95) email the words ‘Dancewear Central’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43
mini- competition 9
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For a chance to win a five day five Life Shot 200 plan (worth £125 and delivered chilled to the lucky winner) email the word ‘Rhythm’ to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 24 February 2018. We will announce the winner in e-newsletter 43.

:: TIPS winners ::

mini competitions

The lucky winner of the Vukovi album is Pip for Kent

The lucky winners of Lucky Boy books are Kelda from Ayrshire, Sarah from West Sussex and Soshanna from Kent

The lucky winners of Preparing for Pregnancy colouring-in books are Mairi from Staffordshire, Catherine from Lancashire, Krysy from Essex, Kayleigh from Suffolk and Danielle from West Yorkshire

The lucky winners of What does baby want books are Kat from East Sussex, Kayleigh from Suffolk and Danielle from West Yorkshire 

The lucky winner of a Jackson Reece Hamper is Chris from Lanarkshire

The lucky winner of the Weleda Maternity Collection is Sarah from Shropshire

The lucky winner of Brush Baby Dental Products is Sheaghna from Fife

The lucky winner of a Huggsie Pillow and cover is Rebecca from London

The lucky winner of a Dr Seuss Book Bundle is Lainey from Fife

The lucky winner of a Bing Book Bundle is Kathy from Manchester

 

Main newsletter competition
The lucky winner of Mr Lee's Noodles (10x6 plus chopsticks) worth £200 is Nicola from Ayrshire


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