Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Fabulous Finds for October 2017: iPhone Apps for Productivity

This month in my Fabulous Finds series I’m sharing the apps I have on my phone which make me more productive. Most of them are blog related, but there are some handy apps for everyone. I have an iPhone and these apps all work great on my current iOS, many of them have Android versions but I don’t know if the functionality is the same. Most are free for at least the basic version so well worth trying out.

Screenshot from the iPhone showing 9 apps in a productivity folder

Monday, 30 October 2017

Review: Miffy Picture Books

Little Sister’s word of the month has been "rabbit" (pronounced with a bit of a "b" at the front) so she loves the Miffy books we have been sent to review. She keeps turning the pages, pointing and excitedly saying "babbit". It is very cute. 

A small child holding a miffy book with another book in front of her.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Kids behaving badly. Whose fault is it anyway?

This morning my partner was telling me about his journey home from work. There was a child on the train standing on the seats, jumping across the aisle and whistling loudly. My first thought was that the child had ADHD or some other behavioural disorder. I can understand how at the end of a long day the mother may have just given up on trying to get her child to sit quietly. He might have been annoying people, but he wasn’t causing any actual harm to himself or others.

A young girl lying on the floor in a shopping centre having a tantrum

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Review: Project Mc2 Experiments with Dolls Camryn

“Please can I show them Science Girl?” Big Sister asked as soon as her friends came round for a play date. Thanks to my blog M often gets new toys to review and some are more popular that others. “Science Girl” otherwise known as Camryn is definitely a hit. She is part of the new range from Project Mc² called Experiments with Dolls. Each doll comes with instructions to make something from household ingredients, Camryn teaches you how to make colourful nail vanish.

A close up of the Camryn Project Mc2 doll showing her lace style white mask, dragon wings and belt

Monday, 23 October 2017

Review & Giveaway: Milkshake! DVD

I love this new DVD with some of the most popular television shows from Channel 5’s Milkshake! On sale from today Brand New Besties has 14 episodes which can be watched back to back providing over 2 hours of entertainment. It’s perfect for car journeys, taking on holiday or when you just need a bit of peace to get work done.  

Photo of the Milkshake! DVD with a teenie genie from Shimmer and Shine and Tracker and Sky from Paw Patrol


Review & Giveaway: Teletubbies Big Hugs CD

What’s your reaction if I told you the Teletubbies have a CD out? Excitement? Fear? Indifference?Well if it’s excitement or you have a small child who loves Teletubbies you will want to enter my giveaway to win one. The Big Hugs CD is everything you would expect from music by the Teletubbies: the music is upbeat, silly and catchy. It’s not everyones cup of tea, but there will be toddlers all over the country dancing around excitedly to it.

Front view of the Big Hugs CD cover showing the 4 Teletubbies

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Table Top Nearly New Sale

Saturday morning and a room full of parents set up tables in the local scout hall. They bring bags and bags of their children's belongings from the car. They have clothes their children have grown out of and toys which have lost favour but they've still had to smuggle out of the house. You can't let the children see which old toys you are taking, I've made that mistake before. It doesn't matter if they are too old for the toys, it doesn't matter if they haven't played with them for months or even years. Suddenly that toy is their favourite and can't possibly be sold.

A view from the corner of the scout hall looking out towards lots of tables piled high with second hand children's clothes and toys

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Review: My First Scalextric

I always find it funny when someone says a toy is for boys. Yes there are some toys that appeal to the stereotypical boy more than the stereotypical girl, but it feels like a lot of the really fun toys used to be marketed at boys. There were several toys I jealously watched my male friends playing with as I was growing up; I thought Transformers looked much more fun than plastic dolls you had to dress. Another toy I felt I missed out on was Scalextrics so when I was given the chance to review My First Scalextric I said "yes please" as much for myself as for my eldest daughter.

The crossing point of the track and a red car on the high road and yellow car on the low road

Monday, 16 October 2017

Review and Giveaway: Free From Ginger Cake Baking Kit

This weekend my toddler enjoyed her first slice of cake. I  have made her dairy free cake a few times, but she didn’t really liked it (the icing however she loved). I baked Spicy Ginger Cake using a kit I was sent from bakeit freefrom and my daughter loved it continually demanding more “cake”. The home baking kits from bakeit freefrom contain no EU listed allergens. That means they are milk free, egg free, gluten free, peanut & nut free, soya free and sulphite free (and vegan). The Spicy Ginger Cake is also delicious.

A ginger cake loaf partially sliced and a cup of tea

Friday, 13 October 2017

Toddlebike2 Review: The Bike For Toddlers

Now that Little is good at toddling we often go out for short journeys without a pushchair. It makes for a slower pace of life as she stops to pick up leaves, investigate bushes and tries to run up the path to everyone’s front door. Some days we need to move a bit faster, but I still want Little to have her independence. We were sent a Toddlebike2 to review and I was excited to see if it would help us move a bit faster.

A toddler in a coat with hood up on a red plastic bike

Thursday, 12 October 2017

My Toddler At 20 Months

Everything is so busy at the moment, but I need to get this 20 month update down before another month is over and all is forgotten. You would think that as Little approaches two her development would slow down and there would be less noticeable changes each month. This is partially true, in some ways she is changing less, but she continues to amaze me in her development. The biggest change in the last month has been her speech. On average Little has said a new word every day so she has gone from about 50 words to 80! 

9 photographs of Little in the last month including: jumping in a puddle, playing with playdough, standing on the radiator, surrounded by mess, close up of face, ringing a bell, with Peppa Pig toys at Smyth's, a wonky selfie and dancing in a tunnel
Little Month 19 to 20

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Looking for my perfect shoe with Hotter

Monday morning found me wandering into the Hotter shoe shop in Romford. I’ve been in Hotter a few times because I have reached the age where comfort is a priority in my footwear, but I have never found any thing I liked. This Monday was destined to be different. I had been invited to the store to have my feet measured so they could find my perfect Hotter fit. Did I find my perfect pair of shoes? And did I meet Prince Charming? Well no and yes (I bet you thought it would be the other way round didn't you?).

A close up of my foot in a manual foot measurer

Monday, 9 October 2017

Review and Giveaway: Mi Home Smart Plugs by Energenie

We installed smart heating nearly 2 years ago, smart light bulbs soon afterwards and last Christmas we got our first Amazon Alexa. I love them all. I have been thinking about getting smart plugs for a while so I was excited when I was offered a Mi Home starter kit to review by Energenie. I just had to work out how I would use them.

Mi Home Gateway, 3 times Mi Home Adaptors and Mi Home Remote Control boxes and devices

Friday, 6 October 2017

Brilliant Present Ideas for 6, 7 and 8 year olds

If you are looking for inspiration about what presents to buy a boy or girl aged 6, 7 or 8 then you will find it here. I have pulled together suggestions for presents at a range of budgets so whether you are looking for a gift for Christmas, Birthday or other occasion this post should help.  

Title text over greyed images of present ideas (as seen below in the blog post)

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Review: Geomag Animal Magicubes

Geomag Magicubes are building blocks reinvented. Everyone who has tried playing with these magnetic cubes we were sent to review has found them surprisingly entertaining. They might be targeted at preschool children (and my 3 year old nephew loved them), but both my 1 year old and 6 year old have played with them for hours. They even appeal to the adults who have visited recently. Impressive huh? 

The building blocks together in the shape of a bird in front of the box and next to the instruction cards

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Reflections on BML17 - the blogging conference from Britmums

The Britmum's conference returned yesterday with a new venue, new time of year and a new format. The previously 2 day conference suffered last year from trying to fit it all into 1 day, but did the new concept work for BML17? The answer is yes and no.

Around 200 white cotton bags filled with stuff as the goodybags for BML17. On the bag it says "Britmums leading the conversation"