Review – Surcare laundry sachets

As a parent to a baby & toddler with sensitive skin, using a non-bio detergent is important to me so as not to irritate their skin any more. I usually switch between brands depending what’s on offer and/or where I shop, though I do have my favourites.

I was recently invited to try one of Surcare‘s laundry products, the Surcare Sensitive capsules. All products are non-bio and sensitive. The capsules I received are:

  • suitable for sensitive skin
  • fragrance free
  • outstanding cleaning performance at 30c
  • non biological
  • dermatologically tested & approved
I decided to try the capsules in a variety of ways to test them to their full potential. As I own a baby who has just started weaning, and a toddler who is still a messy eater, then a detergent that brings clothes up nice & clean is an absolute must. 
Only one capsule is required for most washes, unless you are in a hard water area and have heavy soiling, then the packet suggests to use two capsules.

First, I did a colour 30c wash, with no stain remover or fabric conditioner, and one capsule. J had recently been at a party and spilled squash down a yellow top with white detail (and obviously it had to catch that part!). Surcare did a great job and all clothes came out lovely & clean. The only fragrance I noticed was the usual washing machine smell, so I can say that they definitely are fragrance free. I also tried them on this wash but with fabric conditioner, and with J’s nursery clothes which were dirty. I had the same results but obviously with a fragrance this time.

I also tried the capsules on a white 30c wash, though this time I added some non bio fabric conditioner as I have to admit I do like our clothes to smell nice and feel extra soft (though I noticed Surcare do a fragrance free fabric conditioner too). I usually put a scoop of stain remover in with this wash as with a messy toddler and a baby who poops a lot, I usually need it! This time though, I left it out as I wanted to test the outstanding cleaning performance claim. Most stains did come out, other than one on a vest which had a major poo(nami) stain from N. I had put the vest on a rinse wash too immediately after the incident to get the excess out (as I usually do). The stain didn’t come out completely as it usually does when I add stain remover, though it was only a light stain that was left.

Overall, I am very impressed with these capsules. Although, in future if I had any stained (white) clothes then I would add my usual stain remover just to get that little bit extra out. Also, I tend to do around 3 washes a week meaning these would last me 3 weeks; my usual purchase lasts twice as long , costs around the same and works just as well, so whilst I may purchase it again I don’t think I would do regularly.

Surcare non bio laundry capsules are available to purchase for £3.50 from here.

My rating- 3.5/5

I was sent this product free of charge to review. All thoughts & opinions are honest & my own.

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We are (baby led) weaning!

It’s come that time again, one of the most fun parts of being a baby – weaning! I mentioned in N’s 6 month update that we had started. I tried him with some food a month or so ago but he wasn’t really interested, so I left a while. When he actually started grabbing for our food, I knew he was completely ready.

I was adamant this time that I was going to be baby led weaning, as with J we went the traditional weaning route before letting him feed himself (maybe that’s why he’s a bit lot fussy nowadays, or maybe it’s just a toddler stage! Nonetheless, this is one of the reasons for BLW this time). N hasn’t had anything fed to him by us yet, other than a yogurt and ice cream on holiday as I didn’t want him getting it all over the boat! But other than that, everything he has had, he has fed to himself.

His grip wasn’t too good to start with, but even in the last week it has really come on and he is even managing to hold slippery pear really well. He’s still working on his pincer grip though. Anything he picks up will go straight to his mouth, no hesitating! He had a lot of gag reflex-ing at first but we seem to have mainly passed that now, and he does a proper chewing motion rather than just sucking.

He hasn’t really disliked anything we have given him so far, nothing gets spat out, but he doesn’t try everything that’s in front of him. Obviously I’m not too worried as he is still having plenty of milk and it’s all about exploration at this stage. With J I hated the mess and would put a bib on and a muslin around him, but with N I don’t bother with either sometimes and just let him get on with it – it’s all part of the fun of BLW after all!

So what has he tried so far?

  • porridge fingers
  • cream cheese on toast/toasted sandwich thins
  • mini shredded wheats soaked in a little milk
  • pear
  • rusk
  • mini bread sticks (he just sucks on this and doesn’t really get much from it!)
  • yoghurt
  • cheese triangles
  • broccoli
  • carrot
  • sweetcorn
  • mini carrot & potato waffles
  • cake (a tiny piece as he was trying to grab it from me!)
  • ice cream!
We’re both really enjoying his journey so far and I’m excited for all of the different flavours he has yet to try – and the messy photos of course!
When did you start weaning? Did you go the traditional route or BLW route? What is your baby’s favourite food?

Family Friday

Weight loss – week 5

After a major gain last week, I have to be honest, it didn’t really give me a kick up the bum. I hadn’t done a meal plan so that didn’t help, but I don’t think I even logged into MFP last week either. Nevertheless, I tried my hardest not to eat rubbish and I managed quite well. Now we have our fruit & veg box again after our little break, that’s helping too.

I wasn’t really expecting any more of a gain this week as I hadn’t been eating anywhere near as much as the previous week, but I wasn’t expecting a huge loss either. I’ve started this week fresh with meal planning and logging my food, and I must continue this time, I just needed something to spur me on a little bit!

My week 5 stats are:

  • start weight – 203.6 lbs
  • target weight – 132 lbs
  • previous weight – 191 lbs
  • current weight – 184.4 lbs
  • weight loss this week – 6.6 lbs 
  • weight loss to date – 19.2 lbs
  • weight loss to go – 52.4 lbs
So I had nearly a half stone loss again – but again I’m not expecting anywhere near that much next week!

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Meal Planning Monday – 15th September

I am back after a couple of weeks away! Well, actually only one week but last week I just never got around to meal planning, and I actually struggled with all of our meals and we did have a takeaway one night… Which shows that meal planning really does work (mostly)!

Meal plan w/c 15th September:

Monday – Vegetable stir fry with sweet chilli sauce

Tuesday – Spaghetti bolognese with garlic bread

Wednesday – Reggae reggae chicken with rice & peas

Thursday – Jacket potatoes

Friday – Smoked mackerel with new potatoes

Saturday – Gammon with homemade chunky chips

Sunday – Garlic chicken with vegetables

Linking up with At Home With Mrs M.

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Recipe – Chunky chocolate kugelhopf (#GreatBloggersBakeOff2014)

First of all, I just want to say thank you to Jenny for awarding me Star Baker for my tart last week! You can see my badge at the bottom of the page!

So this week was European bakes. It took me a day or two to make a decision on what I was going to make, then I finally decided on kugelhopf after looking through my recipe books. I was crossing my fingers all the way through that it was going to rise properly, and it was a complete success! The original had fruit in but I thought I would try it with chocolate…

Ingredients (serves 12)

  • 2 sachets fast action yeast
  • 250 ml lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 450 g plain flour
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 125 g butter, room temperature
  • 100 g dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • Mix the yeast, half the milk, salt, 1 tbsp sugar, and 6 tbsp of flour in a large measuring jug and set aside somewhere warm to rise for half an hour, until it’s doubled in volume.
  • In a bowl, mix the remaining flour with the remaining sugar, the eggs, and remaining milk.
  • Beat with a dough hook for a few minutes until you get a dough starting to get stiff.
  • Beat in the butter a little at a time.
  • Work in the yeast mixture, keeping the mixer going.
  • Add the chocolate chunks.
  • Beat for around 10 minutes, or until the dough is firm but elastic.
  • Prepare a ring shaped cake tin by brushing with butter and dredging with flour, and shaking off the excess flour.
  • Place the dough into the tin and smooth as much as possible. It should come no more than half way up as it needs plenty of room to rise!
  • Leave the dough to rise somewhere warm for one hour.
  • Preheat oven to gas 4/350F/180C.
  • Bake for around 35 minutes until the top is golden and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack.
  • Enjoy!

This is my entry to week 6 of the #GreatBloggersBakeOff2014, theme of European bakes – linking up with Mummy Mishaps.

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