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Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Stage 1+: Top Cat and Other Stories - Julia Donaldson 10/02/2017

Top Cat

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds: Stage 1+: Top Cat and Other Stories   - Julia Donaldson My little girl Molly started school in September last year and she is sent home with a new book to read every day. Luckily, both my children love books and getting her to read these books every night certainly isn’t a chore and she regularly asks me if we can sit down and read her book which I love. Many of the books she comes home with are from the Oxford Reading Tree collection. Oxford Reading Tree Oxford Reading Tree books are part of a reading programme which is used in over 80% of primary schools and the programme has helped to inspire a love of reading in over 30 million children. There are several stages to the reading programme, starting at stage 1 and finishing at stage 11. Songbirds Phonics The Songbirds Phonics range of books are written by Julia Donaldson (same author as the Gruffalo) and they are used to support children who are learning to read. They are used in schools to teach phonics to children. The level 1+ Songbirds collection contains 12 phonics stories. The Songbirds series offers a clear phonics development with gradual progression to help children gain reading confidence. One of the books from the level 1+ collection is Top Cat. Price Top Cat was bought home from Molly’s school so didn’t actually cost us anything. I have had a quick look online and you can buy the book on its own for £3.40 from Waterstones. As I mentioned above, this book comes from a set and it is much better value to buy the entire set which contains 12 books. The whole set costs ...

Flair Melissa & Doug - Stack and Sort Board 02/02/2017

Stack And Sort

Flair Melissa & Doug - Stack and Sort Board Since having children I think it is safe to say that I certainly seem to have my favourite brands when it comes to children’s toys are products. A brand that I have always swayed towards are Melissa and Doug. The first Melissa and Doug product I came across was the Stack And Sort Board which we still have in the house even now. Melissa & Doug The company Melissa & Doug are an American husband and wife team. The company was founded in 1988 and they are well known for their wooden puzzles and art and craft items. Melissa & Doug believe that through imaginary play kids explore, create, take risks, and discover who they really are. Price This was actually handed down to my children from my niece but a quick look online has informed me that this is currently available at Amazon where it retails at £6.99. Stack & Sort Board This stack and sort board starts with a fairly thick wooden base which measures roughly 30 cm long by 6cm wide. The base is made from pine coloured wood and remains looking natural as it has not been painted. Attached to the board are five poles of ascending heights and different colours. Underneath each of the coloured poles, the numbers one to five are printed. Each of the numbers are contained within a coloured shape. The board comes with 15 wooden pieces which are different shapes and colours. The idea is that the relevant coloured shape is placed onto the pole of the same colour. So first up, the shortest pole is green in colour and there is a green ...

Chill Factor Cup 30/01/2017

Ice Ice Baby

Chill Factor Cup My kids love slushies! Any time we are out anywhere they may be selling slushy drinks, they always beg me for one. So when I was trying to decide on presents for the children for Christmas last year and I came across these Chill Factor Slushy Maker cups I knew they would love them. Chill Factor Slushy Maker These Chill Factor Slushy Makers are exactly that – slushy makers. The added bonus is that all you need to make your slushy is this cup! The cup itself comes packaged in a cardboard box with all the usual information on it. Inside you will find the cup which essentially comes in two sections, the cup itself and a screw on/screw off lid. Also inside you will find a straw/spoon. This can be used as a straw to drink the liquid and the bottom of the straw has a little spoon section (which actually looks more like a shovel) which can be used for scooping up the ice from the slushy. The cups comes in a variety of colours which are red, blue, pink and green. My children both have a red cup. Price I bought my slushy cups from Argos where they cost me £9.99 per cup. They are widely available online and don’t really differ that much in price. The Cup The cup itself is fairly large at around 7 inches tall and it is wider at the top than the bottom. The cup is made from a bendy silicone type of material and to be honest, it doesn’t feel very stable and is quite ‘squishy’. Inside the cup there is a lining which is white in colour and contains liquid – this is what gives the cup that ...

Yankee Candle Christmas Memories Wax Tart 28/01/2017

The Smell Of Christmas...

Yankee Candle Christmas Memories Wax Tart I became an instant fan of Yankee candles when I was bought one as a Christmas present around five years ago. Not long after that I was bought an electric wax tart burner and so my addiction to wax tarts began! I usually tend to get wax tarts for presents at Christmas and birthdays. One of the scents I received for Christmas last year was the Christmas Memories scent. The Christmas memories wax tart is a bright red colour and comes wrapped tightly in cellophane. On the front of the cellophane, Yankee provide the name of the scent of the candle, along with a picture. The picture shown next to Christmas memories is a picture of a gingerbread man and a bowl of (what I assume) is mulled wine and some sticks of cinnamon. Yankee use the following description for this candle; ‘From the heart of the kitchen, unforgettable moments are brought home again with this comforting recipe of spices and sweets. As I mentioned earlier, this was bought for me as a gift but I have had a quick look online and this wax tart s currently being sold on the Yankee website for £1.12 per tart. Upon lighting the wax tart in my burner, I watched it melt very speedily, leaving a nice deep pool of red wax in the burner. In the case of this wax tart, it didn't take very long at all for the smell to filter out into the room, probably around three minutes. Initially the scent smells quite spicy and you can certainly smell the cinnamon which I love as it always reminds me of Christmas. Once the scent has ...

Early Learning Centre Rosebud House Bathroom Set 26/01/2017

Rub A Dub Dub With Rosebud

Early Learning Centre Rosebud House Bathroom Set My little boy was desperate for a dolls house for Christmas and I managed to bag a complete bargain when I spotted the Early Learning Centre Rosebud House complete with all furniture for just £30 on a local selling page. One of the furniture sets included was the Rosebud Bathroom Set. Price As I already mentioned above, I bought this kitchen set as part of a bundle and the whole lot cost me just £30. However, a quick look online has informed me that this bathroom set is currently available at The Early Learning Centre where it is being sold for £15. Rosebud House Bathroom Set The Rosebud Bathroom Set consists of a bath, shower, toilet, sink, mirror, bath mat, towel rack and towel. The set is recommended for children aged three and older. The bath is pink with lilac coloured taps. The bath is the perfect size for fitting the wooden dolls into. The bath mat is made from fabric and is a light blue colour. The shower is pink and white, with the top and bottom being pink and the main body of the shower is white. Inside the shower, there is a little shelf which is lilac in colour. Above the shelf in the shower head for the shower, again this is lilac. The shower is the perfect size for the wooden dolls to fit inside and there is actually a little insert inside the shower on the floor which helps to stand the dolls up once they are inside which I thought was a nice touch. The toilet is white and has a light blue toilet seat. The toilet seat can be lifted up and down. The ...

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 1+: Songbirds: Zak and the Vet - Julia Donaldson 25/01/2017

Phonics Fun!

Oxford Reading Tree: Stage 1+: Songbirds: Zak and the Vet - Julia Donaldson My little girl Molly started school in September last year and she is sent home with a new book to read every day. Luckily, both my children love books and getting her to read these books every night certainly isn’t a chore and she regularly asks me if we can sit down and read her book which I love. Many of the books she comes home with are from the Oxford Reading Tree collection. Oxford Reading Tree Oxford Reading Tree books are part of a reading programme which is used in over 80% of primary schools and the programme has helped to inspire a love of reading in over 30 million children. There are several stages to the reading programme, starting at stage 1 and finishing at stage 11. Songbirds Phonics The Songbirds Phonics range of books are written by Julia Donaldson (same author as the Gruffalo) and they are used to support children who are learning to read. They are used in schools to teach phonics to children. The level 1+ Songbirds collection contains 12 phonics stories. The Songbirds series offers a clear phonics development with gradual progression to help children gain reading confidence. One of the books from the level 1+ collection is Zak and the Vet. Price Zak and the Vet was bought home from Molly’s school so didn’t actually cost us anything. I have had a quick look online and you can buy the book on its own for £3.40 from Waterstones. As I mentioned above, this book comes from a set and it is much better value to buy the entire set which contains 12 books. The ...

Early Learning Centre Rosebud House 24/01/2017

Our Happy House

Early Learning Centre Rosebud House When I started asking my children what they wanted for Christmas round about October time last year, my little boy was insistant that he wanted a dolls house, with dolls and furniture. My son is obsessed with all vehicles so I was a little surprised at his request. However, my parents have a dolls house at their house and he does play with it regularly. Over the next few weeks I kept checking with him as to what he would like Santa to bring him and his reply was always a dolls house. I was looking through the local selling pages on Facebook and noticed that someone in the next town from where I live was selling the Early Learning Centre Rosebud House for £30. This was for Rosebud Cottage itself as well as a family of dolls and furniture and accesories for each room. Rosebud House Rosebud House is a wooden dolls house which measures 63cm high x 46cm wide x 20cm deep. The house cover three storey's, ground floor, first floor and there is also a floor within the roof section of the house. The dolls house itself is very pretty and girly with lots of pink detail on the front. There are bay windows at the front of the house and pretty pictures of birds and flowers printed on the front of the house. Rosebud Cottage is aimed at children aged 3 onwards. Price As I mentioned earlier, I was lucky enough to buy this house second hand on a local Facebook selling page. I managed to buy the house and all accessories for just £30 which was an absolute bagain. I have had a quick look online ...

Glade Discreet Clean Linen 23/01/2017

Mmmm Fresh Linen...

Glade Discreet Clean Linen I like my house to smell nice, whether this be in the form of candles, oil burners of air fresheners, I really don’t mind, I just tend to go for whatever is cheapest. Last year I was looking at these sorts of products at my local Tesco’s and I came across a product I had never seen before – Glade Discreet. Even better it was on special offer so I picked a couple up to take home and try. Glade discreet are exactly that, discreet. The base unit is white with three ‘slats’ at the front which are in a wavy design. The unit is less than half an inch thick so not only will it fit in small space, it also doesn’t look unsightly. Inside the packaging you have the base unit as well as a freshener insert. To use, you simply peel the back off the air freshener part and slide it into the base unit. To do this you need to place the freshener in from the bottom of the unit and the opposite side of the foil area is pointing outwards. The instructions for this are included on the packaging and are nice and simple to follow. Once you have correctly inserted the freshener, you simply plug the base unit into a wall socket and it’s good to go. It really is that simple. After plugging it in, I started to notice the scent after around 30 minutes. I must admit that after an hour or so, I could really smell it anymore and was slightly disappointed. Later that afternoon, I collected my daughter from school and upon walking back into the house I was very pleasantly surprised to smell the scent ...

Burgess Guinea Pig Nuggets 20/01/2017

Eat Like A Pig

Burgess Guinea Pig Nuggets We have had our guinea pigs Ralph and Rupert for around the last 18 months now. I had guinea pigs as pets when I was a child but have never owned one as an adult. Before buying them I asked my vet which food he would recommend and he suggested Burgess. So ever since we have had Ralph and Rupert, we have always fed them on Burgess Guinea Pig Food. Burgess Burgess are an English company who are based in Yorkshire and have been around for over 200 years. They source all of their ingredients locally and their grass is grown right next door to the mill that the premises are located in. Burgess pride themselves on a ‘Forever Promise’ where they promise to make the lives of pets better by providing food that is healthy and tasty and by also supporting pet rescue centres and encouraging responsible pet ownership. Price I always buy my guinea pig food from Pets At Home as I have a shop about a five minute drive from my house. There are various sized bags available but I always tend to go for the smaller bag which is 2kg in weight. This costs me £6.50. It is also available in 4kg bags which cost £11.75 and 10kg bags which cost £24.50. Why Burgess? Guinea pigs are known as ‘fibrevores’ which basically means that in the wild they graze on grass, leafy shrubs and bark which is a very high fibre diet. Your domestic guinea pigs diet should mimic the wild diet and Burgess ensures their food is rich in fibre and grass. Burgess promise that their food will ensure your guinea pig will get ...

Vtech Baby Toot-Toot Drivers Remote Control Racer 18/01/2017

Remote Controlled Racer

Vtech Baby Toot-Toot Drivers Remote Control Racer For any of you that have read my other reviews, you will know that my little boy Jacob adores anything care related. He has had the VTech toot toot range in our house since he was about a year old and he has been systematically adding to his collection ever since. For Christmas, two years ago, he was lucky enough to receive the VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Remote Control Car. 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 vehicles to accompany them. Some of the buildings 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 vehicles individually. The building sets and vehicles all make their own individual sounds relevant to whatever theme they are based on. The vehicles 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 will make different sounds relevant to the area it is ...

Kenzo Flower in the Air Eau de Parfum 17/01/2017

Flower In The Air...

Kenzo Flower in the Air Eau de Parfum I am finally starting to make my way through reviewing the various Christmas presents that entered my house throughout the Christmas period. Today, I opted to review another of my own Christmas presents. I was lucky enough to receive one of my favourite things – perfume. My best friend bought me a bottle of Kenzo Flower In The Air. Packaging Kenzo Flower in the air comes in a really beautiful bottle which is typical of the Kenzo perfumes. The bottle is made from clear glass. The lid of the bottle is what makes it so pretty. The lid is also made from glass and the section which fits over the gap creates a gap between the bottle and the lid. The rest of the lid is basically a flat piece of glass which sits parallel to the bottle. Inside the clear glass lid there is a picture of a poppy. This bottle really is beautiful. Price I was lucky enough to receive this perfume for Christmas but a quick look online has informed me that this perfume is available on many websites. At All Beauty, it is currently priced at £38.25 for a 100ml bottle. What Does It Smell Like? According to the website, this fragrance features top notes of raspberry and pink pepper. It also contains heart notes of dazzling rose, magnolia and gardenia and base notes of white musk. When I first spray this perfume, initially it smells quite light and fresh which I guess is the scent of the raspberry and magnolia. coming through. Once the perfume has dried on my skin, the more subtle notes start to come through ...

VTech My First Tool Box 16/01/2017

My Baby Builder

VTech My First Tool Box My son is a very playful child and I think it’s safe to say he definitely has the lion’s share of all the toys in our household. He has a particular interest in all things car related and Paw Patrol but his third favourite ‘theme’ would have to be building sets. For Christmas two years ago, he was lucky enough to receive the Vtech My First Toolbox from his Godmother. vTech My First Toolbox The vTech My First Toolbox contains everything your child will need to start out on the tool journey. First up you have the tools themselves which are a drill, a hammer, a spanner and nails and screws. Your child can use the toolbox and tools to learn about colours, numbers and of course fixing things with their tools. All of the tools fit neatly inside the tool box for storage and the tool box can also be incorporated into play. It is aimed at children aged 18 months to four years. Price As I mentioned earlier, Jacob was lucky enough to receive this as a Christmas present but a quick search online has informed me that this is currently available at Argos for £22.99 Play Value I must admit, I was surprised at just how much this little set has to offer. First of all the tool box has three settings, one for off, one for tools and one for learning. The features contained within the tool box all have different sounds depending on which setting you have the toolbox on. The tool box itself has a yellow lid with two blue clips which can be used to fasten it shut. These clips are very easy to ...

Paw Patrol Paw Patroller 14/01/2017

Pretty Perfect Paw Patroller

Paw Patrol Paw Patroller My little boy celebrated his third birthday in September last year. He has been mad on a TV show called Paw Patrol for about the last year now. As any of you who have read other reviews of mine will know, my parents are boot-fair fanatics and two months ago, they made a very excited phone call to me to inform me that they had found a Paw Patroller along with various other vehicles and characters featured in Paw Patrol at a boot-fair for £50. I asked them to get it for me and Jacob’s birthday present was decided! Included in this huge bundle was the vehicle used in Paw Patrol, The Paw Patroller. Paw Patrol For anyone who doesn’t have a young child, Paw Patrol is a TV show which is based in a place called Adventure Bay. The Paw Patrol are a group of pups who all have special skills. They are called upon by their ‘leader’ who is a human called Ryder. If any problems arise in Adventure Bay then Ryder calls the Paw Patrol and they can all help to save the day with their special skills. The Paw Patrol live in the Lookout which is linked directly to Ryder by something called a Pup Pad so Ryder is able to instantly call the Paw Patrol when he needs their help. Ryder drives an ATV and each of the pups have their own vehicle which is linked to their own individual skill set. When all the pups are travelling to their destination together, they travel in the Paw Patroller. Price I was lucky enough to buy this Paw Patroller second hand as part of a massive bundle. I paid £50 for the ...

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Parking Tower 12/01/2017

The Only Place You Can Park For Free!

VTech Toot-Toot Drivers Parking Tower Of course, Christmas couldn’t pass without my little boy getting a new addition to his toot toot set. This year, he was lucky enough to receive the vTech toot toot Parking Tower from his godmother. 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 vehicles to accompany them. Some of the buildings include a garage, a construction site, an airport, 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 vehicles individually. The building sets and vehicles all make their own individual sounds relevant to whatever theme they are based on. The vehicles 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-toot can take up the whole living room floor! Smart Point System One of the features included of the toot-toot sets is the smart point system so it’s best if I explain exactly what that is. 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 will make different sounds relevant to the area it is in. Many of the vehicles also ...

Calvin Klein CK One Gold Eau de Toilette 11/01/2017

You Are Gold...!

Calvin Klein CK One Gold Eau de Toilette Lately it seems that all I have reviewed are children’s toys! So I thought it might be time to review something of my own, one of my favourite things – perfume! I have been a big lover of perfume for around the last 15 years and have had hundreds over the years. The newest addition, which I received as a Christmas present this year, is CK One Gold which is made by Calvin Klein. This is one of Calvin Klein’s unisex fragrances. Packaging CK One Gold comes in a standard perfume bottle which is quite square-ish at the bottom and tapers up to a more curved top. The shape of bottle reminds me of the smaller sized bottles of whisky you can buy. For anyone who is a fan of the CK One fragrances, this bottle is shaped exactly the same as the CK one Original bottle, the only difference being the design. The bottle for CK One Gold is clear at the very bottom (about the bottom third) and then the remainder of the bottle is gold and it has been designed to look like the gold is dripping down the bottle. Overall the bottle is quite sophisticated and classic. Price I was lucky enough to receive this perfume for Christmas but a quick look online has informed me that this perfume is available on many websites. At Boots, it is currently priced at £36 for 100ml. What Does It Smell Like? According to the website, this fragrance features top notes of Bergamot, Fig, and Sage. It also contains heart notes of Jasmine, Neroli and Violet and base notes of Vetiver, Patchouli, Guaiac Wood. When I ...
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