Re-Uz carriers are a great idea. They are strong and sturdy bags which look stylish and appealing in a wide range of fabrics, but they fold up into such a small pouch when not in use. They can fit in your hand bag and then be taken out when you need more capacity to hold all your shopping, and they fit loads in!
I was sent one of these to review in the Dolly print and it came in so handy for me, especially on a weekend away with friends as I wanted to travel quite light but knew I may have extra things to take back with me. The Re-Uz carrier was perfect for that situation, and I got compliments on the fabric too. There is such a wide range available, from the bold to the more neutral so there is sure to be something for everyone’s taste.
As well as the carriers, there are various other bags available from Josoblu Re-Uz such as messenger bags or fold up travel cases. They also have a couple of other brands on the site – Momymoo and ringArose so if you are looking for bags it is well worth having a browse.
I am really impressed with my carrier. For 6.99 it’s very good value for such a strong and long lasting bag.
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Mr T (4) and Mr R (2) were so happy to get the chance to review the Thomas and Friends Amazing ABC book from Egmont. They are massive Thomas fans, and get really excited by anything featuring their favourite little blue train!
When the Amazing ABC book arrived, I was really impressed with it too. It’s a large book with so many interactive features on each page – flaps to lift, doors to open, leavers to pull to move Thomas up and down, mirrors, and more. It definitely grabbed the boys attention and it keeps them entertained for quite a while. Mr R at 2 years has really got into books over the past year and he will sit for ages exploring all the pages and showing me what he can see. This book is his ideal book really – it has Thomas, it has a phone it which you can lift up and talk into, it has so many bits to investigate. What more could he ask for?
All the pages feature pictures which are nice and bright, and include many of the different engines not just the few common ones. If your child is a fan of some of the other engines and characters like Victor, Spencer, Kevin, Owen – then they will be in luck as they can all be found in here.
I am working on the alphabet with both Mr T and Mr R at the moment, and as they are both at the same stage of starting to recognise some letters then this book is perfect for them (Mr T has Autism and global development delay is why they are at the same stage but different ages). For both of them, having something with Thomas really motivates them to pay attention and learn more.
This really is a lovely book, and would make any young Thomas fan very happy. I would definitely recommend it and can see it getting hours and hours more us in our house.
Robofish is something that Mr Z (5) has had his eye on for a little while. He is keen on fish and just finds the idea really cool! When I showed him the Robofish that we had to review he was excited by it before we had even got it out of the box! Mr T and Mr R being slightly younger had not heard of Robofish but they love aquariums so I wasn’t surprised that they were fascinated by it. They love to sit and watch the fish going round and round, either watching up close next to the bowl or by keeping him on the side like a real pet fish and then paying it a visit every minutes to see how its getting on!
For those who haven’t heard of Robofish, it’s a small fish which is water activated and moves around in a lifelike fashion in the fish bowl. There are different varieties available to collect such as a small shark or a clown fish. Robofish is one of this years Dream Toys for Christmas and you can buy all of the Dream toys 2013 here at Argos.
Our set contains the fish bowl, which is very handy as it provides a suitable area for the Robofish to swim and it looks more lifelike in the fish bowl. It also contained one fish, the blue fish you can see here in our pictures. You can buy more fish separately if your child would like to collect them and there are 8 varieties available including 4 colours of fish and 4 colours of Shark.
The fish comes with batteries already inside, which I was very pleased about as then you can get going straight away with putting him in the water with no need to open it up and sort out the batteries. An extra set of batteries are also provided for when those run out.
We love taking the kids away but it normally tends to be for a couple of nights here and there, it’s not often we have been for a proper week’s holiday so I would really like to get some good breaks planned this year. I have been really thinking about taking them to Butlins as they have so much available for children, and it is so convenient being in the UK with no need to sort out passports or travel by plane. I used to stay in Butlins in Skegness quite often as a child!
I have been looking at their February Half Term breaks with the family, and I’m thinking that maybe it would be a good idea to get organised and book early as half term is actually not too far away! I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds that their time just flies by!!
I’m sure the boys’ would love a break at Butlins. I’m particularly drawn to it seeing that they have live shows featuring some of their favourites like Thomas and Friends or Mister Maker – that sounds fab and would be so exciting for them!
The boys’ dad works quite long hours, so as they unfortunately don’t get the chance to see that much of him on weekdays we love to make the most of our weekends and holiday time. Getting away for days out or short breaks seems to really help us to get the family time that we need as we are all away from the daily distractions of chores and work at home and can just concentrate on enjoying ourselves and getting the best quality time all together as a family. Now that they are all getting a little bit older, I love seeing how excited they get when we say we will be going for a trip or holiday. Even Mr T, last time we told him we were going away he ran and filled up his favourite Thomas backpack with some toys ready for his holiday!
It’s really important to me to make good memories for the children, knowing that they grow up so quickly! I’m always reminded of this seeing their birthdays come and go and how quickly they outgrow their clothes – So I just want to fill their years with loads of fun! Me and my sister do have some great memories of our childhood holidays, sometimes I still remind her of some of the hilarious moments that happened over the years (many of them in Butlins Skegness!)
Making a fort or den out of blankets is such simple classic fun that has been enjoyed by little ones all through the generations. The Furniture Market have a creative competition running at the moment to find the best blanket forts in Britain, so of course we had to have a go.
Mr T has already finished nursery for the Christmas holidays so both he and Mr R have been at home today and they were very keen on the idea when I said let’s build a fort. The beauty of these kind of forts or dens is that they can be so simple and easy, but the fun is fuelled by your child’s imagination. All we used is a blanket. After picking the perfect spot down the side of the sofa, this was all we needed, as that little section is a bit like a cave anyway! We made our roof with the blanket and then I added some twinkling lights and tinsel for them to make the fort like festive and sparkly! It has been Mr T’s birthday this weekend so we had just decorated the place with all of this on Saturday night and they love it!
Their fort den is just the perfect size for the two of them to fit in together and hide. The lights gave it quite a cool effect as it is dark under the blanket, so they sparkle brightly and it’s like a little sensory cave hide out for them in there! Of course I do have to supervise them closely when they have the lights at the entrance of their fort, I wouldn’t want to let them just play with the lights – for safety reasons, as you never know!
One lucky winner will get the full range of Malki products from dead sea bath care! This is 10 products and is worth around £80. All the products are available to buy in Boots.
The minerals of the Dead Sea form the basis of these Dead Sea products, and these have been known as a source of healing for many years. It’s ideal for relieving the irritation and itching caused by skin complaints such as eczema, psoriasis and acne, as well as stimulating blood circulation and cell rejuvenation and is great for general pampering.
The Dead Sea Pampering products range from Natural Mineral Shower Cream, body lotion and face wash to Natural bath salts with aromatherapy oils and rose petals, and more.
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Win a Shake & Sparkle and a Colour Changing Foam Bath from Crazy Soap
Crazy Soap have a fun range of bath time products for kids which are gentle and suitable for sensitive skin. All the products are SLES and Paraben free and is a PH balanced formula to gently cleanse and moisturise delicate skin.
As well as bath time, the Crazy Soap products are fun to use for sensory play activities.
We recently review some of their range including the Shake & Sparkle and a Colour Changing Foam Bath see what we thought here. These products would be ideal to add to your child’s stocking!
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I have always been a fan of Barefoot Books. One of the first books Mr Z used to enjoy as a baby was Bear on a Bike, even before he could understand words he loved the rhyming sound of it! We have quite a few in our collection now and recently we received a very exciting parcel for review – full of Barefoot goodies from Aisha’s Barefoot Stories!
Aisha is a Barefoot Ambassador and selected some of her favourites for the boys to try out.
This is a large and colourful board book with peepo holes. The illustration style is lovely, almost like a patchwork collage with loads of texture.
The text is quite short and easy for a young toddler to follow, with only one sentence per page. It is all written in rhyme too which gives it a sing song feel. This is ideal for Mr R as he hasn’t got the longest attention span just yet, at two years old. He also likes to read through books by himself and sit and turn the pages and inspect all of the pictures. I can feel comfortable with him exploring this book to his heart’s content as the pages are thick and strong, and totally toddler proof. The peepo holes are a good alternative to lifting flaps too as there is nothing to be accidently ripped off.
There is so much to pick out on each page and Mr R loves to point out the different animals and show me what he has seen.
Next up is a matching book and puzzle set which Mr T (3) and Mr Z (5) really enjoyed.
Port Side Pirates is a sing a long book which comes complete with a CD.
Normally my boys are less interested in books which just have songs in them, as they want a story but because of the pirate theme and the catchy tune they did really like this one. Once we had read it, I heard Mr Z wandering around the house singing to himself:
Oh we go this way, that way,
Port Side, Starboard
Over the deep blue sea!
This is a tune which I remember from childhood so even before listening to the CD I was easily able to sing it with the boys and once you know the tune, all of the pages of the book easily fit into that.
The illustrations in this book by Debbie Harter are unmistakeably Barefoot Books style as she has provided the illustrations for some of the most well known titles. They are bright and bold and as you would expect with Barefoot Books, lots of details to pick out so you can loose yourself in the pictures.
As well as the song, there are Pirate facts at the back of the book. This includes pages on
A map of all the different parts of a pirate ship (which Mr Z found really fascinating and he loved how it was labelled up with the numbers and key),
Information on the different types of pirate ships and boats
Types of Pirates around the world
You also get the sheet music for the song at the back
This would make a nice gift for any little Pirate enthusiast especially when paired with the matching puzzles shown below.
The Port Side Pirates Puzzles come in a box of two – One puzzle with 12 pieces and one puzzle with 24. These were perfect for Mr T (3, nearly 4) and Mr Z also enjoyed them although they were on the easier side for him. Mr R was also able to help them though not to do the whole puzzles by himself just yet.
The puzzles are lovely quality with strong thick and durable pieces. They have a coloured band around the edges which does help littler ones to get a hint about where to put some of the pieces and makes it more manageable for them. Just like the book, the puzzles have the immediately recognisable Barefoot Books feel and brilliantly bright and detailed pictures.
These were great to give Mr T more confidence in his puzzles, which is all beneficial for his logic and fine motor skills. It was lovely to see Mr Z helping and supporting him with it too, as they were able to work together. It was an ideal calm activity for them to do together after school.
My boys all seem to be quite interested in numbers, so this kind of book always appeals to them. Mr Z (5) is moving on to more advanced maths now but loved this type of book for years, and now Mr T (3) is just at the right stage for this book as he is practising his counting and numbers a lot and is still consolidating those.
What’s great about this book is that it also incorporates all about different countries and cultures along side the counting, so children can pick up quite a bit of new information. You see Granny travelling through China, Thailand, Russia and many more destinations – each complete with plenty of illustrations. My favourite is Russia, the pictures are gorgeous with all the trees and Russian architecture. This book is also written in rhyme with a sing song feel to it, perfect for keeping younger children’s attention.
The song and the tune is one that the boys and I are all familiar with as we used to sing it at our old children’s centre, although with slightly different words (Down in the Jungle). It brought back fond memories as they used to love doing this song at the singing group!
On each page of the book the story asks, who is that creature… and then when you turn the page you find out, along with repetition of the main part of the song. It’s a lovely, colourful, musical song for any child who is interested in animals (which most of them are!) My boys all enjoyed this book and like Port Side Pirates it also has a CD for you to listen and read along. This is also illustrated by Debbie Harter, and reminds me a little of the classic Barefoot Book Walking Through the Jungle. If you have a child who really enjoys that book, the chances are they would love this one too!
Barefoot Books have a massive collection of books suitable from babies through to 12+, and they also have many toys and puzzles available to compliment the books. This is just a taste of what is available!
Kiddicare have a great range of toys and gifts for Christmas, for children from newborns to preschoolers. Today’s lovely prize is one for the little ones from the Sunny Safari Range, which includes toys that are suitable from birth. The Sunny Safari Jumbo Playmat is extra large (125 x 75cm) and includes textures, colours and activities for sensory development.
For your chance to win the Sunny Safari Jumbo Baby Play Mat, enter via the Rafflecopter below:
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