Friday, 15 July 2016

Bambini and Me - Bamboo swaddle and Washcloths review.


Sometimes you come across a brand that you would consider having another baby just to get your hands on some of the beautiful products. My youngest is now 2 and a Half and we still treat him as  bit of a baby. We were asked by Bambini and me if we would like to feature some of there products on my little blog and I found my self saying yes because I loved the prints so much. When the package came inside was a large swaddle blanket and little Son Sons eyes lit up as if it was christmas and he wanted to take it everywhere with him. 




I thought I would feature some of there other items as I fell in love with all the colours pastels have always been my favourites and these soft tones just look fabulous, lots of my friends are having babies very soon and I have my eye on some of these items, especially the grey bunny romper. We were send the yellow Bamboo swaddle blanket and a pack of Bamboo washcloths. The washcloths  were rather beautiful and the most smoothest I have ever touched. The box its self comes as a pack of 6 and in various pastel colours. They are perfect for everyone from newborns to Mummy and Daddies. The wash clothes come in a beautifully presented box which would make them perfect for a gift or present at a baby shower. They retail at £15 which personally I think its good value as they are made to a high standard. 
The swaddle blanket we were send went down a treat as pictured belie. He loves it so much he now can't sleep with out it, he likes to wrap him self up in it, its almost as if he things he is a baby. The material is super soft Bamboo. My Son Son usually uses Muslin Square as a comfort blanket but this is much more fun. Not only is it so large it is bright yellow in the most beautiful duck print. This Bamboo Swaddle would also be perfect for nursing mothers, I for one was never comfortable breastfeeding in public and this would have been so handy to avoid any naughty nip slips. Another way to use it as something for your baby to lie on over a cold changing mat. Especially a newborn, my little ones would always cry when I placed them on the cold changing matt, this would have been suer handy. The Bamboo swaddle comes in its own presented box as pictured above and comes in a variety of pastel colours. It retails at £15 which I think is an amazing price for the quality of the product. 



We personally have fallen in love with the Bamboo swaddle, I say we because Son Son loves to carry it around buy I love the colour so much. If you want to find out more about Bambini and Me by checking there website here. Also they are currently offering a deal for first time customers where you can get 15% of your first order using the code HAPPYTIMES when ordering. 

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

GiftAlien gift box - Peppa Pig Movie night in Review


My children are massive Peppa pig fans its something that is on in our house a lot. We were recently approached to try out a box for children to have a movie night in. The lovely people at GiftAlien sent my little Peppa pig a little box full of all the goodies for a No adults allowed Peppa Pig Movie Night. The box has been on the table for a while and has sparked some interest, Ive found Ami under the table trying to prise the box open before now. Thankfully for them the time came to see what was in the green box.


Little shouts of joy came out as two little people saw that the box contained lots of Peppa Pig Goodies. The box contained enough for two children the list contained:


  • Peppa Pig DVD, with 10 short stories (lasting over 50 minutes)
  • Peppa Pig sticker set, 6 sheets of stickers (12 sheets in the 4 child box)
  • Peppa Pig poster art painting kits (one for each child)
  • Peppa Pig paper drinking cups (one for each child)
  • Kiddlicious, strawberry fruit wriggles (one for each child)
  • Organix oath bars (one for each child)
  • Robinsons Hydro Sprint water bottles (one for each child)
  • 4 Peppa Pig balloons
  • GiftAlien movie ticket stubs (one for each child)


  • I brought the outside picnic bench and placed it in front of the TV so they could sit and watch Peppa. I also gave them there tickets and made them queue up as if they were at the cinema, although Ami actually thought she was going to the cinema. They were most excited about the painting and the balloons. They sat for a good 30 mins whilst I put Peppa on in the background and happily painted. I was actually rather impressed with the results. When they finished they moved onto the snacks and drinks, which all contained healthy snacks unlike when we go to the cinema and its all popcorn and chocolate.

    Ami said "This is the best time ever" I think mainly because they are not allowed to paint in the front room and it made it that little bit extra special that they did. Personally I thought the idea was really cute and enjoyed seeing them so excited about what was in the box. Was defiantly a win with these two at ages 2 and 3. Obviously we didn't do the painting at night time and I didn't leave them on there own as they are only young (and the fact that they destroyed the carpet with there paint before now hence the paint in the kitchen only rule was evoked).


    We loved this GiftAlien Box perfect for friend coming over, siblings to enjoy or even a special date with your child. It brings something a bit different and fun and would make a special birthday present for a child. This box mentioned about retails at £19.99 and includes free delivery which I personally think is a total bargain. I liked the extra features such as the admit one entry ticket.

    Was defiantly a win at our house, GiftAlien also do other NO parents allowed Movie night in boxes and they range from Frozen, Minions and Disney Princesses. Looking forward to trying out another one some day we loved it that much.

    Also as a social treat for my lovely readers here's a 10% off code for my readers with the code MLB10 

    Monday, 11 July 2016

    A massive Apologies to my readers

    If you have been regular reader of my little blog you may have noticed the lack of posts I have been writing. I am ever so sorry I let my little blog go and have found it hard to want to sit and write again.  Overtime I have started writing I have been sat there with a blank screen and suddenly whatever on the TV is a lot more appealing. Also life has been busy I have had many nights at work/ general life being busy . Also wanting to just sit and watch TV with the hubby. So Sorry guys.


    A lot has happened since I last wrote we have been on holiday to France and camping three times! Three yes the last time was a bit mental Ami was up at 4:30 after an unsettled night I was almost ready to drive home. Another big thing I have learned to drive!! The world is now my oyster and I can go where I want. Its very strange I suddenly have a lot more time on my hands. 


    I plan to write a few more posts this week but we will see today is only Monday and I haven't  wore anything for a few weeks I am a bit rusty. To be honest I am doing anything but my revalidation one of the many treats you get to complete when you are a nurse. I don't think many people realise that it costs to be a nurse not only that you also have the privilege of proving you have completed the right amount of hours etc. 


    So here is us for now, life is busy its the summer and I am all for being outside when ever it is sunny. We have been exploring beaches and parks its been nice to get to places we have not been able to reach on our own. 


    Thursday, 16 June 2016

    Educational Play the Schleich Way





    My little ones love playing with animal toys, its something I have always loved myself and tried to encourage. I often have placed animals in our messy play tray and it has provided alot of time for the little ones to enjoy making up little stories and generally getting really messy. We have a small selection of Schleich toys and they are always the ones I love to look at the toy shop (ok I am a little sad). They are such fantastic quality though and worth the investment they are indestructible too.  


    We have been looking at the new Schleich Brochure which is by far more than a catalogue of the toys but a guide into getting the most through play with these toys. The best thing its free and you can download it here right now and check it out ( Link in the Side Bar). 

    It covers a whole range of things including the perfect play balance, it helps to encourage play and communication skills. Also for the parents like me who I have to admit can find it hard to come up with things to do with the children comes with helpful hints to get the best out of the Schleich products. 



    In the Brouchure it explains about the benefits of helping you child to play freely. It contained facts about the importance of active, social, creative and free types of play. 

    It is packed with plenty of fun game ideas too, the one I love the best is the setting up the scenes for the children. I do find this hard to come up with new stuff for them to do. Another important thing it had was a section about siblings. As I have two children with a very small age gap they often have to play together. Which can be hard as one loves sitting down the other loved running around, it can be hard to find something to suite both of them. 



    They love the Schleich toys I often find a few in my bag and perfect for them to play on the move. I have often been known to whip out a killer whale during a dinner out somewhere but the kids enjoy playing with them. Schleich products have been going for 80 years I think that means they are defiantly worth the quality.

    You can find out more about Schleich toys on their website, along with a handy Store Locator to find your nearest stockist

    Disclaimer: We were sent a few of the animals pictured about for return for writing about the brochure.

    Tuesday, 31 May 2016

    Yvolution Balance Bike Review

      



    There is one thing I love more than toys is encouraging my children to play outside. They love to be in the fresh air and so do I. We recently got asked to review the Yvolution balance bike which I couldn't say No too. Balance bike if you are not aware are bikes with no pedals, they provide a way of learning to ride a bike with out stabilisers. Its all about helping your child learn to balance on two wheels. Ami  and Son Son were over joyed as you can see from the photos, they love bikes. Ami was a little disappointed it didn't have pedals. They are both rather speedy it can be hard to keep up at times. Now that Summer is here the kids want to be outside all the time, I am often found chasing after two toddlers on balance bikes. 


    The Bike is very easy to put to gather and comes with minimal parts, I did it all my self with the assistance of Ami. It required no extra tools than those provided in the box. You can adjust the bike so it can grow with your child. Its very easy to adjust the seat to get the right height.  The bike is very sturdy and good quality. 




    Son Son is 2 and a half and it is perfect as a first bike, when he first started using it he was standing on tip toes but now he is bigger he zooms along, the other day I had to chase him along the road he was so fast. Its perfect because the seat is adjustable it grows with him so its well worth the investment for the long run. 




    Its a very study bike and is just perfect for Ami and even Son Son, I like the size of the wheels too. We have another balance bike which looks tiny in comparison and the wheels on that are half the size. Ami has developed a good skill of balancing and has improved on a bigger bike more suitable for her size. She asks to take it everywhere and always wants to show the bike of to all the neighbours. I think because her older brothers bike is green she loves it even more.  Whereas Son Son is in love with it more and thankfully they have one each so they can race each other on there bikes. 

    Not Suitable for Mums!


     The best thing about balance bikes is no sorting oily chains out. They just sit on the bike and Pedal with there feet. Its great because they can steer the bike giving much need cofidence for when riding with two wheels.  We have really loved the bike. I was more than impressed with everything, from the gripped handles to the wide wheels.



    Such a great Product deffo one to think about for Christmas. 
    Ages 3+ (max weight 25kgs) Available in green 
    For Stockist Information Check out www.yvolution.com  RRP £59.99



    Me and mine - May


    Here is our me and mine Photo for May it's a phone photo I took the other day on the way to a festival. We have been very slack at our family photo and I haven't even touched a DSLR for weeks. Will deffo get back on that next month. Our family photos have been something we have done for the last 2 and a half years it seems very strange to not have posed in front of a tri pod. Sometimes life is just too busy, the times your together you are so busy cherishing that time the thought of taking a photo is the last thing on your mind. We took last months me
    And mine photo too and I never even posted it. Doh. 

    It doesn't help that my husband has been using the cameras meaning I have not had one at home to use. I remember when he got his new camera he said I could use the old one but somehow the use two cameras is important for filming. Anyway less of me rambling we have just spent the weekend camping and were about to go on holiday Saturday. We will have to be more intentional next month!!

    This month Daddy is loving 
    - Filming the main events at a music festival.
    - Camping with the family however mad and early it can be. 
    - Arsenal coming above Spurs in football. 
    - The warmer weather and getting outside in the conservatory. 

    Mummy is loving -
    - Camping with the family not the 5 am starts, we did so much walking but so much fun. 
    - Sunny days and getting on the beach, although not the days when I have been in work and it's sunny.
    - Having weekends off and going to fun places.
    - Preparing for our holiday I am beyond excited.
    - Watching my husband on the camera for a big Music Festival was deffinatly a proud mement. 

    Asti is loving -
    - Camping and the freedom of roaming around playing football all weekend.
    - Having a mobile phone he used all the credit up in just a few days the wally. 
    - Half term and having time not at school.
    - New Tom Gates book he has taken it everywhere. 

    Ami is loving -
    - Camping at Big Church Day out and staying up really late. She really did have the best time.
    - seeing Guvna b and apparently Justin Beiber too. 
    - Getting school uniform and seeing her new school. 
    - Seeing her friends and going round to there houses. 

    Son Son is loving - 
    - Talking a lot more and making us laugh with new sayings especially "Drink biscuit Dummy Muzzy now". 
    - obviously Big Church and sleeping in a spiderman bed. 
    - Riding his bike he is actually rather fast now.

    So that is that for this month, maybe we will pop down to the beach later and add a few more photos. I really love the photos that we take. Although it's 50 MPH winds out there I can hear it rattling the house. So wait and see. 

    Tuesday, 24 May 2016

    Son Son your 2 and a Half


    Thought it was about time I did an update on little baby Son Son. I say baby he is very much not a baby any more. As each day passes he gets more and more grown up. Both my self and my husband are always saying how cute he is. I last did an update 6 months ago and so much has changed, he still remains full of energy but is so more independent. I thought I would separate into categories so I can skim read in a few years time, or you can if you have a similar aged child. Not in a competition way but you know its nice to see how children develop and all that. Especially if you have been following this blog since Son Son was born.  Its kind of like a report now the sub titles have made it easier to write about and maybe not as random... Ok its me its going to be random.



    Sleeping

    Son Son remains a good sleeper, he loves going to bed. Out if the three he is the guaranteed one who will go to bed. A few times lately he has called out for Mummy and Daddy but is nowhere near as demanding as his older sister. All he needs is his Dummy, muzzy and some milk (still in a bottle, yes I know he shouldn't have one but hey why break the good routine). He likes a little prayer and a kiss where you say "I love you" then he says " I love you more" and that goes one for a while. We don't hear a peep, well we hearing him snoring downstairs but he generally does not wake up till his sister wakes him without fail usually at 6:30am. He rarely naps in the day only in the car now, he does flag about 6pm if he doesn't.




    Eating

    Son Son remains a good eater usually grazing though the day. He asks for a drink and a biscuit usually every 30 minutes. He refuses water but happily drinks it at nursery so I am told. He is a great eater and often demolishes his dinner, if we eat out he helps Ami out too. He isn't a big fan of ice lollies and ice creams but always wants them. Like his parents he has a sweet tooth and loves cake, carrot cake being his favourite. He does with that like fruit too, he won't touch a smoothie especially a home made one. His favourite dinner is anything with mash and vegetables.


    Playing

    Son Son loves football or any ball related thing. His Granddad brought him a small football goal and some little footballs and he has been in his element. He generally plays with most things and is often forced to play the role of Dad in his big sisters games. He loves paying in the garden especially with any mud/ sand / water. he likes to mix things to make soups and pretend to eat. He generally plays what ever Ami is playing. It will be interesting to see what it will be like in September when Ami starts school and what he will be like on his own at home. He loves watching Blaze and Bing and constantly asks for the tv on if its off.


    Behaviour

    He is generally sweet and cute but has developed the typical 2 year old tantrum stage. Basically if you have annoyed he will blow a raspberry and say "Your a poopey". The delights of older siblings to learn things from. He is very stubborn and takes a








    lot of talking round if he doesn't want to do something. He is very cuddly and loves to snuggle with his parents. He likes to be told he is doing something well and when you praise him he gives the biggest smile. He gets away with most things because he is the youngest.


    Speech

    Son Son has come on alot over the last few months, he generally tackles most words now and gets ever so cross if you don't understand him. He loves to talk if you can prise the dummy out of his mouth. The nursery thought he may need speech and language but I personally thought it was Ami talking for him. If you ask poor Son Son a question she answers it before he gets a chance. He is amazing us each day with new words. Also the ability to remember things and tell us stories. like the other day I came home from work and he told me " Micheal come and drop hoover at home". I heard the story from him before my husband explained it, he was like how did you know that. His best friends are Preacha and Milly at the moment if asked.


    Siblings

    Being the youngest isn't always fun for poor Son Son. He is often classed as too young by Ami who is only 15 months older and therefore is a super grown up. She tells him off alot but he is ever so pleased if she lets him play. Whereas its the opposite with Asti who loves Son Son and is always encouraging him. Son Son loves it when Asti plays football with him in the garden. Son loves his siblings he is always going on about them asking where they are. He calls them Lion and Mallie.



    So here rounds up my little report, I can not believe my youngest child is 2 and a half seriously where is the time going. Its nice though I feel like I am drifting far away from babies and life is getting manageable (sometimes). I am not going to lie having three children is overwhelming at time but its also alot of fun too.


    We love you Son Son you are one awesome boy.