Skinfix:Eczema And Sensitive Skincare Launch

We were asked along to have brunch at The Riding House Cafe in London the other week to celebrate the launch of the Canadian skincare brand Skinfix in Boots stores.

We were treated to some good food and copious amounts of coffee whilst hearing all about the new range that I was hoping to be of great benefit to my family.

My husband and my two youngest boys all suffer from eczema and for well over a year we had a horrendous time with number three backwards and forwards to the doctors and several hospital stays because of his condition.

I really feel that I’m a bit of an expert when it comes to both prescribed and over the counter treatments for skin conditions as in desperation we have tried anything we could get our hands on.

At first glance of the Skinfix range I was very impressed by the attractive packaging.  They have steered clear of the clinical approach and gone for something that is gender-neutral and would look great on any bathroom shelf.

This award winning range that is based around using natural ingredients keeping it free from fragrance, sulphates, parabens and phthalates is mid range in price but with the most expensive product coming it at under £18 I don’t think this is to heftier a price tag.

With my mind racing with all this fresh information we set of home to see how they held up on my itchy little ones.

I tried the soothing wash and lotion from the adult range which unfortunately wasn’t suitable for my husband as it contains nuts but worked really well on my dry hands that are worn down due to the everyday ups and downs of parenting.

The real test was the new baby range that is set to hit the shelves soon. 

 Number four still gets large areas of eczema that irritate him day and night. After a couple of weeks of using the gentle eczema balm the areas because less red in appearance and the itching was greatly soothed.  It was easy to apply and the squeezable tube was much better to use than having to scrape from a large pot that tends to get messy with the thicker creams.

Number five has more generalised dry skin that give him terrible problems with sleeping at night.  The gentle lotion was easily absorbed and kept his skin soothed all night.

My favourite product by far though was the hair and body wash.  I always found it a struggle to keep shampooing seperate from the bath water.  This combination allowed me to bath them so much quicker as there was no separate hair washing to be done.

This range is suitable for day to day dryness of the skin to more serious skin conditions.  It really is a fabulous range that I will most definitely be stocking up on!  

IKEA:My Holiday Saviour

I don’t know what it is about the gigantic blue and yellow building that my kids love; but for a cheap trip out during the holidays it is always a winner.

I think for the kids it’s the big winding path filled with life sized playrooms that they can play in, lots of desks that they can sit themselves at and pretend to be playing on the computer, the kids area that they can ask for absolutely everything to make up their dream room.


For me it is the ridiculously cheap restaurant that today I feed six of us for under £10 to celebrate my Mum’s birthday.  We really know how to treat her!  And the playground outside that can be used as a bribe for good behaviour whilst we wait in the queue.


Playing House At IKEA

Due to the ‘fork fairy’ who regularly enters our house to steal our forks, we needed to make a trip to IKEA today to replace  our missing cutlery.

My little ones all love a trip to IKEA.  It’s like a life size playhouse with beds they can jump on, desks to sit at and lots of open space to have a run around in.  

We got there super early to miss the crowds and grab one of their bargain breakfasts.  We filled all three of our bellies for a mere £3 this morning, I challange anywhere to beat this price.  Once we had all eaten the fun started!  Number five created at an ear piercing level about getting back into the buggy.  Once I bent him into shape to get his straps on we made our way around the store.  Between singing songs, rattling toys and offering food to number five I was playing house with number four who had a whale of a time.  He cooked me dinner, put himself to bed, did some work on his laptop and watched a bit of TV.  

To end the day perfectly we had found a fantastic cardboard marketstall that I knew the children would love.  I had balanced it precariously on the buggy with my screaming baby all the way round the store,  picked it up several times after said baby had kicked it off, only to get to the till and find I had picked up the completely wrong item!!

I took a very deep breath as I packed my correct items away to turn to a sleeping number five just as we left the store.

Our trip today may not have gone as planned but getting in the car and number four quietly saying from the back “I’ve had a lovely day Mummy” made it all worth while!!