Win a Child’s Farm Rucksack of Goodies

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Happy skin means happy kids (and parents too).

Childs Farm uses natural ‘free-from’ ingredients and essential oils to produce a range of mild, kind and delicious-smelling toiletries that care for the hair and skin of newborns, babies and children.

We are one of very few baby and child ranges that undergo clinical and controlled user trials. These certify that our products are dermatologically tested and approved, and paediatrician approved, as suitable for newborns and children with sensitive and eczema-prone skin.

Unlike other products for sensitive skin, the Childs Farm range smells so delicious and looks so cool in the bathroom, that every child will want to use it. Its natural ingredients are gentle yet super-effective at doing their job of cleaning and moisturising. This means that families no longer have to buy different toiletries to care for the different skin needs of their children, and that little ones with sensitive or eczema-prone skin will never again be left out of bath-time fun.

In a recent user trial, 98% of parents of babies with eczema said they would recommend our products to other parents of children with sensitive skin. Bath time is good clean fun for everyone with Childs Farm.

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Back Pack retail value of over £70 it contains our award winning Shampoo, Conditioner, 3in1 Swim, Hair and Body Wash, Hand and Body Lotion, Hand Wash, Detangler Spray, Nappy Cream, Top-totosie cleaning kit and our Childs Farm colouring book, coloured pencils and cap.

To have several chances to win, just follow this link to a Rafflecopter giveaway

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All entries to be in by 12am 30.01.2015. The editor retains the right to redraw the prize should the winners fail to respond to our email within 36 hours of the competitions end date. Please see this link for full T&C’s.


Water Babies Berkshire

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Hi, I’m Kate and I work for Water Babies Berkshire. We cover both Berkshire and North Hampshire and currently swimming in 23 venues with a few new ones looking good for next term!

I’m passionate about Water Babies and first heard about it when my Mum bought my little boy, then only 10 months, a term of swimming for his birthday. We started swimming and loved it so much that we asked for vouchers for Christmas presents so we continued onto our second term. My little boy is now three and a half and is still enjoying swimming with Water Babies. The added bonus is that through his swimming I heard about a job opening, applied and now I’ve been here six months!

Water Babies has given us both great water confidence, they actually teach you as the parent to teach your baby to swim. We are a family value-based company and embrace every child that swims with us. We understand that children learn at different speeds and our lessons are taught in stages over a ten week period to encourage all children to move along at the same level. Rebooking for your next term is so easy, if you wish to continue in your class for the following term you don’t even need to remember to rebook since we automatically do this for you!

Kate & Josseph March 2014Water Babies has given me a wonderful bond with my son; he loves messing around with Daddy in the pool but Mummy is for lessons and “proper swimming”! I can actually say, that out of all the baby clubs and courses you do as a parent (and I was lucky enough to stay at home with my son from birth to three) Water Babies was THE best thing that I did with him. Not only did I get lots of cuddles with him in the pool and afterwards to for our “ahem” afternoon nap, but it’s given him a vital life-saving skill. He knows what to do if he falls into water and he is able to swim to the surface, turn himself around, get to the side and hold on! This to me is one of the best gifts he has been given. I wish I had done the same with my twin daughters when they were little.

Water Babies sets your child on a journey which takes them right up until they start school. After that we are lucky enough to be able to refer our little swimmers onto another swim school. Our terms run over 10 weeks during term time only, meaning that swimming does not interfere with your family holidays. At the end of each term we hold an underwater photo shoot, which gives you as a parent the amazing opportunity not only to have an eleventh lesson but to get a forever keepsake of your time at Water Babies. Your little one will never be that small again and seeing them underwater is an amazing experience. We set up a full underwater studio, including a backdrop and lighting and use some great professional photographers that are amongst the best in their field. We always aim to get you at least one fantastic shot however most parents get at least 12 amazing pictures to choose from.

We offer a beginners package, consisting of your first ten weeks of swimming and an automatic place on one of our shoots. All our swimmers are required to wear a neoprene nappy in the pool which we call Happy Nappys. These help to keep the pool safe from any little accidents that might happen during your lesson. These can be bought directly from us at Water Babies when you book on or online from our website Babies can start with us at any age. We offer hydro pools for those under 12 pounds or 12 weeks old and all of our other pools are heated to at least 30 degrees making them lovely to swim in. Having tried a few out now myself, I can actually say that.

Claire-6548_008-LDN_1841.jpgThe best bit now! We are taking bookings for beginners on Tuesday 13th January for our February term which starts w/c Monday 9th February. All you have to do is call us on 01256 844926 on the 13th and we can find you and your little one the most suitable class for you and get you booked on our next course.
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Ready to live up to that ‘get fit’ resolution?

Feeling the bulge from all those delicious festive treats? Itching to begin a new years fitness regime? Then we have found some the best Gyms and Fitness Centres in Reading and listed them over on Mumsnet Reading. A few of our favourites are:

The Club at Mapledurham


This luxury gym in Reading is sure to offer you some plush surrounds as you undergo your workout. With a beautiful pool, spa facilities and creche on offer as well as gym and golf course this is the gym with all the extras. The Club is currently undergoing a large investment in their bar and relaxation facilities, to be available Spring 2015.

View full details here

Pure Gym 


This may not have as many frills as the last gym but this is great for those on a budget. The biggest plus for this workout space though is it’s opening times. Pure Gym is a 24hour gym allowing for shift workers, those who need to fit workouts around personal commitments and for mums trying to squeeze a workout in whenever they can!

View full details here.

Caversham Health and Fitness


This lovely gym is really a tardis. From the outside, tucked above Waitrose, you wonder if it will be akin to a small hotel gym but thinking this would leave you completely mistaken. This fantastic gym offers a full size weight room, cardio space, squash court and children’s soft play/creche facility. Plenty of classes for young and old on offer and also a beauty therapist, definitely a gym worth checking out.

View full details here.

Rivermead Leisure Complex and Pool

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Not just a swimming pool, this massive complex offers a state of the art 120 station gym. But the real gem of this gym option is the mega amount of classes and group exercise options available. Group Cycle Sessions, Brazilian Dance, Cardio Blast, Yoga and Body Conditioning, you name it and Rivermead are running it. Stop by their website for a full list of class options.

View full details here.

Reading Climbing Centre


Fancy something a tad different for your daily workout? Why not give climbing a go, this brilliant climbing centre is a fun and enjoyable blast to any fitness regime.

View full details here.