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ELC Jumbo Coloured Chalks 30/06/2016

Chubby Chalks

ELC Jumbo Coloured Chalks I have a four year old daughter and a two year old son and they are just getting to the age where I can leave them to play together for a little while on their own. However, I have found that they still need their own space so they can play together and interact with each other but still have their own area to do their own little thing. I was recently clearing a load of their old toys from my garage and I came across a child’s easel. I thought this would be perfect for them as each of them would be able to use one side to draw on. I popped to my local Early Learning Centre store to get them some chalks to play with. I found a set of 20 Jumbo Coloured Chalks for £4 which I actually thought would pretty reasonable for 20 chalks of varying colours. The chalks come contained in a see through plastic tub. The tub has a snap on lid with a plastic handle. The lid does sit quite snuggly on the tub which means both my children need help opening and closing the tub but I actually quite like that as it means that cant jus go and get them out without an adult present. It also means they can carry the chalks around without fear that the lid will fall off and the chalks will drop on the floor and break. It is safe to say that the jumbo chalks certainly live up to their names, they are the biggest chalks I have seen. Each chalk is 10 cm long and range in diameter between 2 cm and 2.5 cm. Out of the twenty chalks contained in the tub, five of these are white. Then there are three chalks ...

Playskool Mr Potato Head 26/06/2016


Playskool Mr Potato Head My old boss and now friend always likes to spoil my children on their birthdays and at Christmas and always manages to buy them lovely presents. Last Christmas, she bought my two year old son Jacob the Playskool Mr Potato Head. Mr Potato Head was first produced by Hasbro in 1952 and it was actually the first ever toy to be advertised on TV. His image has changed ever so slightly over the years although to be honest, not a great deal and the main purpose of the toy has not changed at all – to connect his facial features and body parts onto his face and body. Most of you are probably at least aware of Mr Potato Head, if not only for his appearance in Toy Story. Mr Potato Head is basically a potato with legs. He comes with various attachments which includes two arms, eyes, ears, mouth, tongue, nose, glasses, hat, moustache and trainers. He is made from hard, durable plastic and comes complete with little holes in the relevant area for attaching the feature you wish to attach. The main body of Mr Potato Head has a flap at the back which can be opened and inside, you can store all of Mr Potato Head’s attachments which is really useful. Having said that, it can be a bit tight getting all the pieces inside so in my household, we tent to leave the eyes, nose and mouth on his face and place the remaining pieces in the back. I did worry when we first received this toy as my children are quite rough when they play and I didn't think it would be too long before an arm or ear got ...

L'Oreal Kids Very Berry Strawberry Shampoo 21/06/2016

Very Berry

L'Oreal Kids Very Berry Strawberry Shampoo My daughter has never been a big fan of having her hair washed since I managed to get shampoo in her eyes when she was about a year old. It has probably only been the last few months that she has become really comfortable with having her hair washed. Last Christmas, I was out doing my Christmas shopping, specifically looking for stocking fillers for Molly’s stocking. This was when I came across the L’Oreal Kids Very Berry Strawberry shampoo. Packaging This shampoo comes in a standard plastic bottle which is bright pink in colour so if you have a little girl who is particularly girly then this could be a big appeal. On the front of the bottle is a picture of a strawberry cartoon. The lid of the bottle is a simple flip up/flip down lid and is very easy to use. All the usual information is written on the front and back of the bottle. Price I found this shampoo in Poundland where of course it cost me just £1. I thought this was really good value for money, especially for a L’Oreal branded product. To Use With this shampoo being aimed at children, it is actually a ‘no tears’ product which is great for me as I know it wont matter if it gets in my daughters eyes. The shampoo is white in colour and has a decent texture although if I want to be picky, it is slightly on the watery side. The shampoo is easy to rub into Molly’s hair but I have noticed that it doesn’t seem to ‘lather up’ like my shampoos do. Having said that, it is very effective in leaving her hair feeling clean and ...

Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave In Spray 11/06/2016

Hot Stuff!

Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave In Spray I am a big fan of the Argan Oil range and even more so after I discovered that many of the products are available at Poundland. I had not actually come across the Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave in Spray until my Mum bought it for me last Christmas. Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave in Spray Argan Oil Heat Defence Leave in Spray contain argan oil which is used for smoothing and replenishing your hair and keeping it in a general good condition. The heat defence spray is designed to protect the cuticles of your hair by protecting it from any heat i.e.; from your hairdryer and straighteners. It is also designed to help keep your hair hydrated. This spray is no different to the other argan oil products in terms of smell although I find that this heat spray does smell slightly stronger than other argan oil products. It smells subtle, a little bit fruity but mostly earthy and natural. Price As stated earlier, the majority of the Argan Oil products are available in Poundland where you can grab them for the bargain price of £1 an item! I have also seen this product at B&M bargains for the same price. I think £1 for a branded product offers really good value for money. Packaging The packaging is instantly recognisable as an Argan Oil branded product and is very easy to spot on the shelves. This product comes in a spray bottle which has Argan oil written at the top. Product information is written underneath. On the back there is an ingredients list. The nozzle of the bottle has a spray top ...

The Snail and the Whale - Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler 07/06/2016

Little And Large

The Snail and the Whale - Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler Both my son and daughter love their books. I am also a massive book lover and I think its really important to encourage children to read, especially in this day and age when it seems like technology is taking over the world. My parents are big fans of bootfairs and managed to get me the entire collection of Julia Donaldson books. The Snail And The Whale The Snail And The Whale is written by Julia Donalson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. It was released in 2003. The book has won several awards, including 2004 Early Years award for the best pre-school book as well as the 2005 Blue Peter award for Best Book to Read Aloud. It has also been adapted into a successful stage play. Price As I said earlier, my parents managed to get me the whole Julia Donaldson collection at various bootfairs but I have had a quick search online and The Gruffalo's Child would cost you £3.49 at the Book People (this is the cheapest option I saw while carrying out my search) The Story The book describes the tail of a very brave little snail who wants to travel the world. He writes an advert and the advert is answered by a great blue humpback whale. As the story evoles, you are taken to various places and follow the snail and the whale on their journey. Towards the end of the book, the whale finds himself in big trouble and it falls to the snail to try and help him, but can he help when he is so small? The Snail And The Whale is written in Julia Donaldson’s signature rhyming verse. I must admit ...

Dr. Organic Snail Gel 05/06/2016

Marvellous Snail Mucus

Dr. Organic Snail Gel Since having my children, and getting used to the lack of sleep they create, it is safe to say I have definitely noticed an increase in wrinkles and a general decline in the skin on my face. I decided it might be time to start looking after my skin a bit better. I always mousturise my face but to be honest, I usually just use whatever creams I have been bought for Chrsitmas. I have sensitive skin and any fragranced products do tend to make my face sting a bit. So I carried out a Google search to try and find a natural product that would still be effective. It was during this search that I came across Dr Organic Snail Gel. Dr Organic Snail Gel Dr Organic Snail gel is harvested from free-roaming snails under certified organic condition. The snails are farmed humanely and while they move across glass panles they leave their 'mucus'. This mucus is them filtered and concentrated, before they vacuum evaporate it to reduce the water content. The gel is free from petro-chemicals, harsh additives, parabens and sodium lauryl sulphate. Using 'snail gel' in a product was actually discovered by accident when snail farmers in Chile noticed that their hands were really smooth and that any nicks and cuts were healing much quicker. The 'snail gel' was tested and it was discovered that it contained elastin, collagen and several anti bacterial substances which helped to soothe soften and heal. The snail uses this mucus to quickly regenerate its own shell and skin when damaged Dr Organic ...

Character World Gruffalo Help Junior Panel Duvet Set 04/06/2016

Sleep Time With The Gruffalo

Character World Gruffalo Help Junior Panel Duvet Set My children boith have a double bedroom each but my little girl decided about two months ago, that she much preferred sleeping in the same room as her little brother. Molly has a brand new single bed with a brand new mattress in her room but that bed sadly would not fit in her brothers bedroom. So this week, I made the decision to buy them a set of bunk beds and brand new bedding. The childrens Dad walked out of the family home two months ago so I felt that this would also shake up the house a little bit and make it feel more like 'ours'. Along with getting them new beds, I thought it would be nice to treat them to a new duvet cover. Price My parents are HUGE bootfair fans and are always up early scouring them every weekend. Last weekend, my Mum called me to ask if I would like a Gruffalo duvet cover and pillowcase for the bargain price of £1. Obviously I jumped at the offer as both Molly and Jacob love the Gruffalo. For review purposes, I did a quick Google search and it would appear that this duvet is only available on a website called Kids PLay Store where it is priced at £18.99. It can also be seen on Amazon but is currently 'not available'. Gruffalo Duvet Set The duvet set itselt consists of the duvet cover and a pillowcase and fits a single sized duvet perfectly. The duvet set is made by 'Character World' which means it is an officially licensed product. The duvet is mostly white with the entire background being this colour. This is good in the sense that it makes ...

Niceday A4 Suspension File 03/06/2016

Oh The Suspense!

Niceday A4 Suspension File I have recently been sorting through my house trying to de-clutter of all the old stuff that I no longer use. I came across a load of paperwork that has just been hanging around in the kitchen for months and decided I needed to file it away somewhere safe. I have a small filing cabinet in the garage and decided to make up a few extra files. It was then that I discovered that I have run out of the suspension files! A quick internet search led me to eBay where I promptly purchased 20 Niceday A4 Suspension Files for £12.95 with free delivery. The Niceday A4 Suspension files are, as you would imagine designed to hold any paperwork up to A4 size. The suspension files are made from cardboard and are basically designed to be a sleeve which you can just slot the paperwork in to. At the top of the suspension files there is a strip of steel which keeps the file nice and sturdy while they are within the filing cabinet. They sit within the filing cabinet and also act as runners when you are sliding between different files. Each file has a plastic tab on the top with a little paper insert which you are then able to write a relevant description on i.e. ‘bank statements’. The suspension files are really simple and easy to use as they just come straight out of the packet and slot into your filing cabinet. To access paperwork is also really easy, you can just find the relevant file, slide all the others out the way and easily open the one you need to retrieve paperwork from. I file away ...

Vtech Baby Toot Toot Drivers Bus 02/06/2016

Broom Broom Bus

Vtech Baby Toot Toot Drivers Bus My little boy, Jacob is obsessed with vehciles of every type! He was bought the Vtech toot toot Garage for Christmas the year before last and it has become one of his favourite set of toys to play with. So as you can imagine, every birthday and Christmas since, our house gets filled with a new addition to his toot toot sets. Christmas 2015, he got completely spoilt and had so many new additions, one of them being the toot toot bus. Toot Toot Drivers Toot toot drivers are produced by Vtech and are aimed at children age 1-5. There are many sets available and these include buildings as well as vehciles to accompany them. Some of the building include an airport, a construction site, a garage, a safari zoo and a police station to name a few. Generally each set comes with a car that accompanies it, for example, the police station comes with the police car. You can also buy the vehciles individually. The building sets and vehciles all make their own individual sounds relevant to whatever theme they are based on. The vehciles all sing and flash and have their own sets of songs. Last of all you can just buy packs of the toot toot track which connects all the different buildings together. When all put together, Jacob's collection of toot too can take up the whole living room floor. The Vtech toot toot range are all designed to interconnect with one another through the ‘Smartpoint’ system so there are various points within the Garage (for example) where you can connect a vehicle and it ...

Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Juice 28/05/2016

Amazing Aloe

Aloe Pura Aloe Vera Juice I am always on the look out to try and make my diet healthier in any way I can. A few friends of mine have recently become sales reps for Forever Living, which for those of you who don’t know, sell Aloe Vera based products. I had a quick look at the health benefits of Aloe Vera and thought it sounded quite promising. I carried out an online search for an Aloe drink as personally I find the Forever Living products a little on the expensive side. Needless to say there were literally hundreds of products available but I decided to settle on the Aloe Pura Bio Active Aloe Vera Juice. Aloe Pura Bio Active Aloe Vera Juice This drink is described as 'a unique blend of Aloe Vera whole leaf and unfiltered Aloe Vera inner gel, formulated with the minimum processing to allow the plants natural components to remain unaltered and provide high levels of natural activity'. This drink is said to help cleanse, rejuvenate and maintain and healthy digestive system. It contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Aloe Vera juice can also help to remove toxins, support your immune system, lowers cholesterol, helps with weight loss, hydrates your body and is also packed with vitamins and minerals. It can also helps to maintain healthy gums, helps reduce acne, moisturise skin and improve hair growth. Price I eventually decided to buy my aloe drink from a website called Dolphin Fitness, purely because it came up as the cheapest option. It is currently on special offer where a 500ml ...

Stick Man - Julia Donaldson 23/05/2016

Stick Man, Oh Stick Man

Stick Man - Julia Donaldson I am pleased to say that luckily I have passed on my love of books to both my children who luckily adore their bedtime stories. I think its really important to encourage children to read, especially in this day and age when it seems like technology is taking over the world. My parents are big fans of bootfairs and managed to get me the entire collection of Julia Donaldson books. Stick Man is written by Julia Donalson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Stick Man was released in 2008 and I have the hardback version. Price As I said earlier, my parents managed to get me the whole Julia Donaldson collection at various bootfairs but I have had a quick search online and The Gruffalo's Child would cost you £3.49 at the Book People (this is the cheapest option I saw while carrying out my search) The Story Stick Man tells the story of, as you might have guessed, a Stick Man and his family 'stick lady love and his stick children three'. The story starts with Stick Man going for a jog and a passing dog mistakes him for a stick and runs away with him. From here, you follow Stick Man as he is thrown into various everyday situations for a stick such as being used as a pooh stick or being used as part of a swans nest. All Stick Man really wants to do is get back to his stick lady love and their stick children but everyone he meets just keeps on mistaking him for a stick! Eventually Stick Man finds himself in a situation where he can actually help someone and that someone just so happens ...

Huggies Pull-Ups 19/05/2016

Big Boys Pants

Huggies Pull-Ups My little boy Jacob has recently started potty training. I am very proud to report that he is doing incredibly well and has not had a single accident for the last week. However, at night time I still put him to bed in a pull up nappy because I am not sure if he can last all night without a wee. Having said that his nappy has been dry every morning so he is prooving that he can. All the while I have been potty training him, I have made a really big deal about the fact that he is now wearing 'big boy pants' so a slight problem occurred when I then attempted to put his usual Pampers nappy on him at night time. "No Mummy, big boy pants" Oh dear! So after some gentle persuation from me that evening, he finally allowed me to put it on. The next day I popped to Tescos to have a browse of their nappy section. It was here I came across the Huggies Pull Ups. Huggies Pull Ups The huggies pull ups come in two different designs, the pink one is aimed at girls and the blue one is aimed at boys. The packaging states that the pull ups can be used as potty training pants at night time due to the fact that are extra absorbant. The idea is to encourage your child to learn to pull their pants up and down when they need the toilet, all the while having that safe-guard that if they do have a slight accident, it will simply sit in the pull up rather than soaking through all their clothes. Each pull up has a design on the front which fades when it gets wet so the idea if that your child will be ...

Marks and Spencer Thomas & Friends Vest 01/05/2016

Choo Choo Thomas

Marks and Spencer Thomas & Friends Vest My little boy is now two and a half and this summer, I hope to start potty training him. Up until now, he has always worn the vests which fasten with poppers between the legs. My parents were recently shopping in our local Marks & Spencer's outlet store when they came across some Thomas The Tank Engines vests in the sale. They managed to bag a pack containing three vests for the bargain price of £2. Full price, these vests would have been £8. Jacob loves Thomas The Tank Engine so it seemed silly not to get him these, especially at that price. As with nearly all Marks & Spencer clothing items, these vests are really good quality. They are made from 100% cotton and feel lovely and soft to the touch. The vests themselves are quite simple in design, they are plain white and in the bottom corner there is a little picture of either Thomas The Tank Engine, James or Percy. The vest is then outlined in the same colour as whatever engine appears on the vest. The vests are sleeveless and although fairly thin, because of the quality of them, they always keep Jacob nice and warm. With the vests being nice and thin, it means that fit under pretty much any item of clothing which is really useful. Another advantage is the colour of the vests, because they are white they cannot be seen under a lighter item of clothing like some of the darker coloured vests can. These vests come in a range of sizes which start at 18 to 24 months and go all the way up to 6-7 years. The ones bought for Jacob ...

Paultons Park, Ower, Romsey 22/04/2016

Perfect Paultons

Paultons Park, Ower, Romsey My ex-partner, the Dad of my children grew up in Southampton and his Mum still lives there now. My daughter Molly was a massive Peppa Pig fan from about the age of 18 months so we decided to coincide a visit to his Mum with a trip to Peppa Pig World which is housed within Poultons Park. We first went to Paultons Park when Molly was just over two and Jacob was around 7 months old. We then went again last September when Molly was three and a half and Jacob had just turned two as we actually took him there as a treat for his second birthday. Paultons Park Poultons Park is based in Ower, Romsey in Hampshire. Obviously having lived there for most of his childhood, my ex was fairly familiar with the area but we managed to find the park with no problems at all as it is very well signposted. Paultons Park has over 60 rides and attractions and included in these are all the attractions within the Peppa Pig World section. The park covers 140 acres of land and as well as the rides and attractions, it is also home to a whole host of animals and birds as well as beautiful gardens. Paultons Park actually gets its name from the former Paultons Estate which is where it is located. Paultons Park opened as a theme park in 1983 but it was pretty different to how it is now. It wasn’t until 1999 when they started dramatically expanding the park and a new ride has been built every year since. Peppa Pig World was added to the park in 2011 and has proven to be a popular attraction for children ...

Glade Shake n' Vac Carpet Powder 20/04/2016

Shake It Off!

Glade Shake n' Vac Carpet Powder At home there is myself, my two children and lots of animals, including two dogs, two guinea pigs, a leopard gecko, a cockatiel and chickens. Our house can sometimes get really rather messy. I recently had a new carpet laid in my living room and am taking extra special care to look after it. I attempted to potty train my little boy in the summer last year and I had the odd occasion where he would just wee wherever he would be stood. Of course, this then fell on the carpet and I had the odd patch which would smell of wee. While browing the shelves of my local Tescos, I noticed Glade Shake n' Vac on the shelves and thought this might be a solution to my problems. Glade Shake n' Vac Glade Shake n' Vac comes in a jade green, tall and slim container. The container contains 500g and this covers up to 20-22 sqaure metres of floor. The lid is a flip top lid with two large holes underneath from which you dispense the product. There is a simple label on the front with the product name and a picture of some Lillies. Once you flip the lid open, you can notice that the scent of this product is incredibly strong. It smells very floral and perfumed. It is a very owerpowering scent but I actually quite like it. The product itself is made from fine crystals and actually looks very much like salt, although feels much softer. Cost I bought this as my local Tesco's where it cost me £1.20 which I thought was a really reasonable price. To Use To use this, you simply flip the lid up and shake ...
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