Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Toddlebike2 review


Toddlebike2 review


I first heard about 'balance bikes' a few years ago whilst Teaching Reception year at school. Until then, I really hadn't seen the point in a bike without any pedals...surely it defeats the object?! However, after taking part in a training session with my class and seeing the massive impact that the balance bikes had and the obvious progression in skills I am now a total convert. We have one ready for Arthur when he is big enough which his Grandparents bought for him last Christmas, and I really have been itching for him to be able to use it! You see, Arthur is a very active little boy and he LOVES pretty much anything with wheels.

Imagine my delight then, when we were given the opportunity to review the Toddlebike2 - a 'pre-balance bike' for toddlers once they are confidently walking. I am actually amazed ( and a little ashamed) that I hadn't heard of this before...Arthur started walking at 10 months so we have had a long time of waiting for him to be big enough for his balance bike when we could have been using this Toddlebike2 instead...

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Wise Words - a book of advice for kids - review

Wise Words a book of advice for kids review

Last month we (Arthur!) told you all about the Book of Everyone which we sent to Arthur's Nanny for her birthday - it was a wonderful gift idea, and gratefully received (and there is still time to win your very own via our gift guide), so imagine our excitement when we heard all about a NEW book they now have available to personalise - the Wise Words book of advice for kids!

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Crunchy Cocoa Chia Brownies - gluten, nut, dairy free

crunchy cocoa chis brownies

 
After a couple of requests on a previous post about some Crunchy Cocoa Chia Brownies I made with Arthur and his friend, I have decided to do my first 'recipe' blog. No one is more surprised at this than me (well, maybe my husband). ..You are, after all, reading words written by the same girl who tried to cook her husband (then potential love interest) a frozen pizza in the microwave on the night they met.... things have improved since then, thankfully but I'm definitely no Delia, Mary, Ella or even a Gordon. You won't find Pinterest worthy shots in here - I do, after all, do my baking with toddlers, but they can't get enough of these - and we all know how fussy little eaters are don't we?? Best of all, these are all natural ingredients with no added refined sugar and they are gluten dairy and nut free (also possible with nuts).

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Children Changing Careers p:18 - Anisa from Parenting Success

Anisa Lewis from  Parenting Success  Yorkshire

Welcome to part 18 of the blog series 'Children Changing Careers' - A series for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children.

This week's post features Anisa from  Parenting Success - Yorkshire, who left her role as Teacher and Head of Operations  to set up her own business specialising in interactive workshops for parents, full  of brilliant parenting ideas!

You can also find Anisa on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Here is her career changing story...

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Learning opportunities with Waff notebooks

Learning opportunities with waff notebooks

This week we have had loads of fun playing with our new WAFF creative combo journal - a notebook with a soft and fun to touch silicone cover, making it extra good for sensory play! (For proof - Arthur licked this as soon as he got his hands on it!) the notebook can be customised with the Waff Cubes - a little bit like amazing, tactile, soft Lego that fits on top of your book - but much more 'pressable' ! Once in place they look like little buttons which are so satisfyingly squishable, I could literally waste hours doing just that!

Friday, 11 November 2016

Baie Botanique Rose Renew - skincare review

Baie Botanique rose renew skincare review

A few weeks ago I started trialling a new skincare range from Baie Botanique called Rose Renew - a powerful botanical skin care range loaded with pure and natural ingredients and a high organic content
If you have read any of my previous skin care reviews  then you will know that I prefer to use natural products wherever possible, and the staple ingredients of this range - the Rose Renew REGENERATE line are Rose and Rosehip. The company are cruelty free and the products are suitable for vegans, wich is a great big tick in my book and something I believe all beauty products should be aiming for, don't you? 

Here is how I got on...

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Children Changing Careers p:17 - Kate from Grace and Bloom

grace and bloom

Welcome to part 17 of the blog series 'Children Changing Careers' - A series for parents who have pulled off a career change after having children.

This week's post features Kate from Grace and Bloom, who previously worked as a Head Nurse at a specialist equine centre.


You can also find Kate on
Instagram, Facebook and Twitter


Here is her career changing story...

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Christmas Gift Ideas Guide - plus *win* The Book of Everyone




Ahhh, it's that time of year again folks! You know the one - where all of a sudden you find yourself in a supermarket looking for rolls of loo roll and end up being greeted by rolls of wrapping paper. Tin foil looks mysteriously like tinsel and and there are baubles as big as your backside swinging precariously from side to side (not unlike your backside)...