Thursday, 30 November 2017

Fabulous Finds For November 2017

Once again I am bringing you an eclectic mix of all the things I am loving this month. This month I have been indulging my sweet tooth with lots of dairy free finds, enjoying some luxury with new beauty products and provide evidence that sometimes I am very behind on a trend.

A collage of the 9 photographs described below

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Review: Pepe & Friends Toys for Toddlers

If you have read Little’s last monthly update I shared that I think she is getting a bit bored so her behaviour is getting more challenging. She is good at playing with toys on her own and she makes up her own games, but sometimes she needs some inspiration and toys that are well matched for her current learning stage like the Hape PEPE & Friends toys we have been sent to review. They are recommended from 2 years old and I love watching Little discover how to use them.

Putting the magic wand away in it's special storage space

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

My Toddler At 22 Months

When Little’s Grandparents visited last month they said she had a lot more “character” since they last saw her. I have also been told that I breed “independent” children. In case you can’t pick up on the parenting euphemisms Little has become rather more challenging in her behaviour recently. It may be a natural part of growing up as she approaches the “terrible two’s”, but I am finding the demands and refusals hard work.

A collage of 9 photo's of Little in the last month including sitting on duplo, on a see saw, on grass, hugging me, with shaker instruments, watching TV while teething and with a baseball cap and magnifying glass

Thursday, 23 November 2017

5 Tips To Save Time Wrapping Presents

Every Christmas I spend a lot of time wrapping presents so over the years I have come up with a few tricks to make it faster. I enjoy putting on the Christmas music, sipping on some bubbly or a snowball (mmm love a bit of Warninks Advocaat at Christmas) and getting ready for a big wrapping session. The challenge is that since I’ve had children the number of presents I have to wrap has increased and the time I have to wrap them has decreased so I have to be smarter in how I do things. These tips will help everyone who struggles to wrap presents.

A selection of Christmas presents

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

My Toddler At 21 Months

Oops I’m nearly a month late with this update. It’s been sitting half finished in my drafts while I work on gift guides and reviews and it's nearly time for me to write her next monthly update! Little seems to change less each month now, but in the last months her speech has improved a lot and she has got increasingly cheeky. 

A collage of 9 photos of Little including in a snow white dress, sticking her tongue out, dressed as Gecko from PJ Masks, asleep on my chest, in front of an aquarium, on a throne and painting with her hands

Monday, 20 November 2017

Review: Bugs In The Kitchen Children's Board Game

You wouldn’t think Bugs In The Kitchen would be any fun, but when it’s the board game from Ravensburger it is great family entertainment.  We had ants in the kitchen once and I didn’t find it nearly as enjoyable as this game we were sent to review. The bug in this case is a HEXBUG nano: a small battery operated robotic bug which scuttles around changing direction when it bumps into something. Players have to try to direct it into their trap.

The Bugs In The Kitchen Board Game set up with a small hand about to turn a fork

Review and Giveaway: Kids Songs CD

Kids Songs is our family’s new favourite album, well mine and Littles anyway and Big Sister doesn’t mind listening to it either. If your children enjoy watching CBeebies then they will love this album which has songs from a variety of TV shows and presenters. It even has my favourite Justin Fletcher song “Hands Up”, if you ask my partner he says it’s my favourite song by any artist. I hope he isn’t right. I should probably find it worrying that I knew a good percentage of the songs on this album before my first time listening to it. As a comparison I’ve just looked at the latest Now That’s What I Call Music album (which is 98 by the way, I’m sure I have Now 1998 somewhere as well as Now 21) and I’ve only heard two of the songs on it before. 


Friday, 17 November 2017

Gift Guide For Mums, Dads and Others You Have Known For A Lifetime

It can be hard to know what to buy people when you have known them your entire life. You have a good idea what they like, but everything you can think of you have already bought. This gift guide is full of beautiful, delicious and unusual gifts to inspire you to get the perfect presents for parents, sisters, aunts, uncles and grandparents. Lots of the items are under £15 so they are great if you are on a budget too.

A collage of 12 images as shown and described below making great present inspiration of family members.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Review: Gel-A-Peel Colour Change Kit

We love Gel-A-Peel. I say “we” and I really mean my eldest daughter and I. We reviewed a Gel-A-Peel kit in the summer and this time I decided I was going to open it and have a play before she came home from school so she couldn’t complain about sharing it with me! We were sent the colour change kit to review so our creations change colour in sunlight, how fun is that?

A close up of the gel-a-peel tubes in pink, purple and greeny blue, the tray mould and templates

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Christmas Presents For £5 and Less (A Challenge With Sports Direct)

Christmas can get expensive very quickly. Even if you hang the same decorations year after year and manage not to go crazy on buying food and drink there will still be lots of presents to buy. There are a few special people that I want to treat with large presents, but then there are the other family members, friends, teachers etc who I want to give something to as well. And let’s not forget helping Father Christmas out with the stocking fillers because I’ve heard there have been a shortage of elves this year. I can’t afford to spend lots so I look for presents which are fantastic value. Most importantly I want items which look like they cost more than they did. Britmums and Sports Direct challenged me to buy gifts from costing £5 or less. Would I be able to find anything for a Happy Christmas? 

The selection of presents described below together with christmas fairy lights

Monday, 13 November 2017

Review And Giveaway: BioCare Probiotic Supplements

It’s that time of year when everyone is getting poorly. Every family I speak to seems to be recovering from coughs, colds or nastier bugs. There has also been a lot of chat about how to get that yucky “banana” flavour antibiotic into children (we used smoothies!). Antibiotics work wonders when they are needed, but they can be pretty hard on the gut for both adults and kids. There is some evidence (as recognised by the NHS) that probiotics can help prevent diarrhoea and other illnesses which happen when the normal gut bacteria is killed off by antibiotics.

2 BioCare boxes one saying Everyday BioAcidophilus and Red Berry BioMelts

Friday, 10 November 2017

Review: Vremi Silicone Baking Sheets and Handheld Spiralizer

Sometimes it feels like I spend all day cooking so I’m a big fan of products that make it easier or the food more delicious. I was happy to receive two interesting products from Vremi to review: a handheld spiralizer and a silicone baking mat set. Find out what I thought of them in this post and there is a chance to win both in a giveaway too.

3 silcone baking mats with red, blue and green borders partially rolled up

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Would An MSC Cruise Make A Great Family Holiday?

Is the glitz and glamour of a cruise compatible with a family holiday? When I think of a cruise I think of young at heart retirees in evening dress sitting at the Captain’s table and maybe doing some ballroom dancing. I’m sure the film Titanic and their formal wear heavily influences this impression. I recently spent a day on board MSC Preziosa, one of MSC Cruises impressive fleet of ships, and had a taster of what a family cruise is really like. There was still the sparkles and sophistication I would expect (complete with a Swarovski crystal staircase), but there was an impressive family focus too.

View from a balcony on an open deck to a pool with sun lounges

Friday, 3 November 2017

Great Presents for 1, 2, 3 and 4 Year Olds

If you are wondering what present to buy your child, niece, nephew or friend's children this post is full of inspiration for you. From age 1 to 4 these present ideas have been tried and tested to ensure they appeal. Most of the presents will provide entertainment for years so they are great for siblings to play with as well as toddlers and preschoolers.

Collage of 12 picture as shown below showing great present ideas for Toddlers & Preschoolers