I have really enjoyed trying out the new Special K granola which has recently launched in a choice of two flavours, and today I’m happy to give one of my readers the chance to win two whole cases of this new cereal for themselves!
George at Asda is launching the first supermarket range of premature baby clothing in partnership with the baby charity Tommy’s. The new range of Premature Baby Clothes by George at Asda will be the most affordable on the high street and 10% from the sale of each garment will be donated to Tommy’s to fund research and support families with premature babies. This is a great idea, with the stress of having a premature baby you would want to be able to find suitable clothes as conveniently as possible.
The range was launched today and will be stocked in 70 Asda stores nationwide, specifically pin-pointed in stores that are within a short distance of the nation’s specialist neonatal hospitals. The range will also be available for next day delivery and click and collect on George.com so parents can spend minimum time worrying about clothing and maximum time with their new baby.
We have been trying out Pop Chef from Character to cut food into shapes and make some fun lunches. The set contains 6 different shapes and works with a variety of food from fruit and vegetables, to bread, cheese, sliced meat, and more. You can also use it to shape dough while baking to get cookies in these shapes.
The boys all enjoy Olly the Little White Van and we have a couple of Olly DVDs at home. I was pleased to hear about a new range of Olly the Little White Van Books that have been published by Autumn Children’s Books.
It’s always been important to me to develop a love of reading and like most children, they tend to respond well to books with familiar characters in.
A portrait of each of my children for this week:
Playstation? Xbox? Nintendo DS? Wii? Chances are you have at least one of these in your household. You’ve either given into one of your child’s subtle request (read: no subtlety) for one, or have one leftover from your own gaming days. Perhaps you’re even still playing them faithfully now. Leaving aside the on-going debate about whether if there is any effect on children’s development, you might not be too keen on having one of these gadgets around simply for the amount of time that it results in your kids sitting on their butt all day. But what if you could transfer the benefits of videogames (and there are some) over into reality instead, without missing out on its fun and vibrancy, and get your kids more active instead?
Photo credit: IGN
My sister recently moved to Bristol, so over the weekend we decided to have a night away nearby to her and then all go and do something fun in the area. Mr Z is really attached to his aunty and he was so happy! It was quite a last minute idea and we had no idea where the best places to visit near Bristol with kids, so I turned to the trip advisor app and stumbled upon Chepstow Castle. The boys really enjoyed exploring castles last summer, so it seemed like a perfect idea!
Chepstow Castle is across the border into South Wales and took us about half an hour to drive from Bristol. The entry fee is very reasonable and there are plenty of sections within the castle for children to explore.
Room to Grow are carrying out some research into the way we discipline our children. In order to gain some insights into what parents think on this subject and the disciplinary techniques they use in their own homes, they’ve compiled a short survey. They are interested to see how regional, social and economic differences affect how we teach our children right from wrong.
Read down to the end of the post for the child discipline survey link and your chance to win £250 to spend with Room to Grow, the children’s furniture store.
As a child I loved reading. My sister and I would go to the library every week and take out the maximum allowance of books and read as many as we could. One of the extra benefits of having a twin was that we could get twice as many as we swapped and read each others after we had finished our own! We also always had a large collection of our own books at home on the shelves. So when I had children, naturally one of the things I wanted to make sure I instilled in them is a love of reading.
I am still working on this and we are still quite early on in our reading journey as the boys are 5, 4 and 2 years old. Mr Z is progressing well with his reading, and the younger two have not yet started but they are never too young to enjoy a book – either exploring it by themselves just looking at the pictures and words, or sharing a book with an adult.