Monday, 8 May 2017

Scope: Mindful Monsters

Scope is a disability charity. They exist to make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.

They recently got in touch with me about their new product 'Mindful Monsters'. You can find out more about the campaign here.

Mindful Monsters is a set of activity cards which give parents a new and exciting way to help little ones develop important life skills through mindfulness, while spending quality time together.

The cards are quick and easy activities that parents and children can do anywhere.

Research shows mindfulness in families has many benefits;

  • More resilience in day-to-day life
  • Improved focus
  • Better understanding of their emotions
  • A sense of calm
  • More positive thinking - promoting kindness and gratitude
Each card has its own theme. Included in our pack the themes are; Creativity, relaxation, positivity and concentration.

Each card then has its own activity on the reverse.

My children were very excited when I got the cards out, as they are with anything new. They patiently sat down wondering what was going on. Then I explained that we would be playing some games and they giggled excitedly!

I wasn't sure whether they would really engage in the games but I was pleasantly surprised by how much they loved them and how much I did as well!

After we had completed the activities my daughter was asking for more! They really are a hit!

One of my favourite activities is the say something nice card, their answers really hit home. My daughter told me she likes it when I read her books and my son told me he liked my cuddles!

Another favourite is the pulling silly faces activity, the kids loved making their own monster faces as you can see!

This is such a great cause to get behind and I am proud to have been involved.

Please do check out the link above to find out how to get your own set of Activity Cards, and the video below.

For a monthly donation of just £7.50 you will receive 12 exciting deliveries of Activity Cards. 

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Our Week So Far...

I'm not usually one for writing these kinds of posts, but this week has been a bit of a game changer for me. I can sometimes suffer with anxiety and this normally shows itself when I'm out with my children, although usually my husband is with me. 

My daughter is 4 and my son is 3, and sad to say I rarely take them anywhere on my own. I have honestly been too scared. My usual excuses are my youngest doesn't listen, they don't stay together, what if one runs off I'll have to leave the other to chase them back.

We'll I don't know why or where my confidence came from this week, but I decided to brave it!

Starting with small steps I took them only over the road to the park. Okay sounds easy enough, but I normally drive to a park down the road as it is enclosed so they cant run off.

This park I went to this time though is much more open and busy. I was scared I wouldn't be able to cope on my own with them, or that people would stop and stare. I was wrong.

We had the best time, and we stayed for well over an hour. My children surprised me. They didn't run off. In fact when they couldn't see me, they panicked and searched for me, I called them over and they were fine. They stayed together, they listened and I felt calm!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Ten Happy Things

I was recently tagged to do this post by Sarah from boorooandtiggertoo. Life is so busy that you can sometimes forget to reflect on the positive moments that make you happy. So here are my Ten Happy Things.

My Children
I suppose this is the most obvious one. I have a 4 year old daughter and 3 year old son who could not be anymore different! My little girl can be quite shy and overly sensitive about things. She normally likes me or her daddy by her side when we are in new situations. She has a quirky personality, often amusing herself and all of us, she loves to rein act school lessons at home where she is the teacher. She loves music and dancing. My little boy is my cheeky monkey, but he gets away with a lot. He is full of energy and you’ll rarely see him still! He loves play fighting (which his sister does not), climbing anything and everything, bugs and he has no problem talking to people he doesn’t know! For someone who once said they’d not really mind if I never had children I couldn’t imagine my life without them now, they really are my world, my everything.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Aquabeads Cinderella Set Review

Bring a bit of Disney into your world with Aquabeads Cinderella Set. 
Create Cinderella's slipper and her horse drawn carriage as well as your very own rings to wear. 

Aquabeads sent us this set to review. The contents include:

  • Cinderella Slipper
  • Three Template Sheets
  • Layout Tray
  • 12 packs of coloured beads
  • Two Ring Bodies
  • Water Sprayer

Monday, 3 April 2017

SwimSeal Review

Who doesn’t love swimming! As a family we try to take the children swimming when we get the chance, and we recently went on holiday so swimming was a must! I have taken my daughter swimming before and she has had a few swimming lessons, but she used to complain later on in the day that her ears were hurting her. I didn’t really know what I could do to help prevent this. Then I was contacted by SwimSeal

SwimSeal is a unique solution that acts as a water-repellant coating in the ear canal preventing water from becoming trapped. Trapped water causes discomfort and painful ears and can lead to ear infections.

The main features of SwimSeal include;

· Natural antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal (topical treatment only)

· Prevents trapped water and other water related ear infections.

· Will not build up and cause congestion in the ear

· Does not impair hearing or balance

· Will not sting or dry out the ear

· Suitable for all ages

The bottle is 7.5ml which may not sound like much, but it actually provides over 100 applications.

Im always a bit dubious of putting drops etc into my ears as its not a particularly nice feeling, and when I used SwimSeal it’s the same as putting any other drops in your ears but this feeling doesn’t last long and to be honest you don’t even notice anything there after a few minutes. It only takes 2-3 drops and it’s done. I had to persuade my daughter to use the drops after I had and hoped her ears would be better after this swim than our other previous swims.

After our swim I was waiting to hear my daughter complain about her ears but she didn’t. sometimes she complains the next morning but again she didn’t, so I can only assume that SwimSeal has actually done the trick! Which is absolutely fantastic! She started swimming lessons at the beginning of the year, she is only 4, and I think the discomfort she had in her ears afterwards is the reason why she decided to give up the lessons so hopefully after a few more swims with the family she will be ready to return.

I would recommend SwimSeal as it does appear to work, and with the price at only £7.99 I’d say its definitely worth it.

This Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) approved product is suitable for all ages and is easy to use. Simply apply 2-3 drops in each ear before exposure to water, safely preventing trapped water and protecting the ear. 

Monday, 13 March 2017

Party Bags and Supplies Review

As with most children's birthdays there is a lot of running around and organising to do. My youngest has recently turned 3 and we decided to have a little family get together in the house.

At the moment he is into Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles. When Party Bags and Supplies contacted me to review some of their party

We were sent the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pack For 8 Including table wear and pre filled party bags. This pack includes the following:

  • Tablecloth
  • 8 Cups
  • 8 Plates
  • 20 Serviettes
  • 8 Pre Filled Party Bags

The website is really easy to use and check out is just as easy. My order arrived quickly and I am very pleased with the content of the pack. The products are of a high quality and are durable and fit for purpose.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Debenhams Big Lego Challenge

Debenhams have challenged 8 families to join in with The Debenhams Big Lego Challenge!

Where the most creative creation created (that’s a tongue twister!) in 15 minutes wins a lot of Lego! 

We were sent The Ninjago Road Rocker Lego Set (RRP £35) as well as a retro timer to ensure we stuck to our 15 minute timeframe!  

The Ninjago Road Rocker Lego Set is aimed at children aged 8-14 and therefore it has lots of little pieces included in the set, and when you see all these pieces on the floor and realise you have to make something with it in a short amount of time, I did think oh my word, where do I start? What am I going to create?!  

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