Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween Hama Bead Decorations


My kids love Hama Beads and this year we are planning a little family Halloween party. Of course you can't have a Halloween party without decorations and so we decided to make some of our own quick and easy decorations using Hama Beads. In case anyone was thinking of trying some easy Halloween crafts I thought I would share pictures of how we did them. 

Spooky Spiders


Easy but fragile, the spider would make a great hanging decoration out of reach of the kids as the legs will be easily broken! You can change the colour of the eyes, Gracie chose purple and we decided to give him some teeth to make him all the more creepy.

Creepy Cobwebs


Cobwebs are really easy to make in all different shapes and sizes. Also great to use as Halloween Coasters!

Ghoulish Ghosts



The ghosts are slightly more complicated but are really cool we made a few facing different directions and the kids love them.

Hope you like them!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

The One Where We Took The Chunks For A Photoshoot!

Having a new baby so close to Christmas means that you can get away with giving all the family a framed picture of your new addition or in our case their first photo of all three of the kids together. It is a great money saving gift. We get nice photos to add to our collection and everyone else loves their new photo especially from the kids. Best of all you can get photo shoots done so cheap these days. We didn't have a big budget so we popped into our local Max Spielmann store and spent just £20 on a collection of photos and a disc containing all of the photos taken. 

The only problem is it can be difficult getting three young children to pose for a camera for pictures taken by a stranger. Zach spent most of the shoot with his arms in the air crying 'Mummy!'. Luckily we did manage to get a few super cute pictures so I thought I would share one of the best and one of the worst with you!



It was hard choosing the worst there was the one with Zach crying but I thought this second one has more comedy value when you look at Elsie's face and then Zach's! I was happy that the first picture actually has all three kids looking at the camera. I would definitely say that's a win!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Baby Show Olympia 2014

Yesterday I travelled to London with Elsie to The Baby Show at Olympia. I usually only attend the Birmingham show so this was my first ever London show. My main reason for wanting to attend was to see some of the new pushchair releases that I wouldn't otherwise see until next year! It is also great to see some of the smaller stalls from newer companies more local to London. I thought I would share with you some of my personal highlights from the show.

Stokke 


I was lucky enough to be invited to a small event held by Stokke at the show where I got to see some of their latest products including the Trailz. The Trailz is the new all terrain buggy from Stokke. I love air filled tyres on a pushchair, they are brilliant for families who spend a lot of time outdoors. The Trailz is the pushchair for adventurers perfect for country walks or strolls on the beach. I also love that is has a basket. It is the only thing I feel is missing with my Xplory! 



I of course had to try Elsie out in an Xplory kitted out with the new Cloud Grey Winter Kit. How adorable does she look in it?! I've always admired the winter kits and the cloud grey is just beautiful. In fact seeing an Xplory with a winter kit back when Gracie was just a few months old was what made me instantly fall in love with Stokke. The Cloud Grey winter kit is most definitely on Elsie's Christmas list.


I also stopped off for a quick cuppa at the Stokke stand and had a sit down on a giant Tripp Trapp. We have a Stokke Steps at home but I'd love a Tripp Trapp. In fact I would love to replace all my dining room chairs with Tripp Trapps for all the family! 

Stack A Jack

This I had never seen or heard of before but it is a crib that can be taken apart and converted into a high chair or table and chair set. It's quite genius really how it grows with your child. Definitely a very clever idea and something that caught my eye!

iCandy



I was excited to see the iCandy Raspberry and was quite sad that Elsie was asleep every time I walked past so I didn't get to play with it. It is the perfect stroller, lightweight and very spacious. The seat unit lies flat so is suitable from birth which is always a good point for me. It is parent and world facing. I also love a pushchair that allow you to change the colour and the raspberry has flavour packs that can be bought separately so you can mix and match or change for the seasons. My favourite feature is the box in the basket that can be used to store all your valuables.



Cupcake Babies

I won't say too much yet as I actually have one of these to review so will go into more details very soon but this is the world's smallest baby bath. It is actually inflatable and comes in a small carry case with a rubber duck toy.and is perfect for travelling. It is shaped like a cupcake case, hence the name. I also think this would make a fantastic photography prop! It is being released in the UK shortly. 

Of course there were lots of other great stalls I could spend all day talking about them but these are my top picks for anyone still hoping to visit the show!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Win a Limited Edition Laduree Sonny Angel Figure!


To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the phenomenon that is Sonny Angel, a new limited edition sweet series has been created. The Sonny Angel team have teamed up with the iconic Parisian bakery Ladurée to create some 'sweet' new Sonny Angels. The Patisseries collection introduces 12 new characters, six angels wearing the baker's signature macarroons and six topped with artistically beautiful pastries. Like all Sonny Angel series there is also a super secret character! Of course you never know which you will get as each angel is a complete surprise in it's blind box.

My Limited Edition Sonny Angel!


Now you have a chance of owning your own limited edition Sonny Angel by entering our competition to win! To enter all you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter entry form below.

GOOD LUCK!

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You can purchase the new Limited Edition Sonny Angel at www.kindtoys.co.uk

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Competition: Win Tickets To The Festive Gift Fair NEC 20-23 November



The Festive Gift Fair returns to the NEC this November from the 20th - 23rd. Have a perfect day of festive shopping at the biggest and best shoping fair of the year. With over 325 stalls you're sure to find the perfect Christmas gifts for all the family. The variety is huge from toys and decorations to food and drinks. If you pick up too much you can take advantage of the present crèche while you continue to shop til you drop! Easily accessed by bus,train or car there's no reason to miss this seasonal event. You can read all about the Festive Gift Fair and all of this years exhibitors go to www.festivegiftfair.co.uk


I have five pairs of tickets to the Festive Gift Fair which can be used on any of the days to give away to five lucky readers. To enter all you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter form below.

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Zach's First Trip To The Barber's

Anyone who knows me will know just how much I love Zach's beautiful long hair! I was determined to keep it long for as long as I possibly could. Choosing to trim it myself every few months as I know how I like it. It's his rock star hair! Or it was! For months both Andy and my Dad have been teasing him and winding me up saying they would shave it all off while I'm out. Well this week I gave in. He had his first ever trip to the Barbers. I was way over emotional about taking him and was so worried it wouldn't suit him having short hair! Of course I had to go though being his first time. My god did he cry! Luckily he stayed still whilst crying so although it broke my heart watching him cry whilst chunks of his hair fell around him, he ended up with a cool new haircut and not a new hat to hide his bald head. I have to say the lady did a fab job and did his hair perfectly. He looks so grown up though and I love the style! I didn't get the best pictures of it but wanted before and after shots to show the difference!





What do you think?! Do your kids like having their hair cut?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Review: Fisher Price 2 in 1 Sensory Stages Bouncer

Over the past few weeks Elsie has been testing out the Fisher Price 2 in 1 Sensory Stages bouncer. The sensory stages bouncer features a two sided activity bar with developmentally appropriate colours, music and toys for growing babies. One side of the activity bar has black and white ladybird and butterfly pictures that are really eye-catching for babies when they are first taking notice of their surroundings. It also has a mirror in the centre. The other side has brightly coloured safari animals with the lion in the centre which has flashing lights in his mane. The bright colours are great when the baby starts to become even more active and aware. We were pleasantly surprised when we discovered that when you flip the bar around it plays totally different music on each side, the black and white side plays calm, soothing sounds and the brightly coloured side plays more upbeat music. The bouncer emits calming vibrations to soothe and calm baby. So what did we think of the Fisher Price sensory stages bouncer?


First of all I have to say Elsie has been a very clingy baby and in her first few weeks she just wouldn't settle anywhere for long. It wasn't until we received the sensory stages bouncer that she could finally be settled alone. It has become the only place that she enjoys to spend time alone giving me time to spend with the older ones while she relaxes watching the lights and listening to the sounds. The past week or so Elsie has started to take more interest in what is around her and I have noticed her babbling away mainly at the ladybird picture. She loves the music it is great for sending her off to sleep. She also likes seeing the flashing lights even more so when we flip it around so she can see the safari side. She is also starting to take an interest in the toys which hang from the bar and is even reaching out for them and occasionally hitting them. 



I honestly couldn't be without the sensory stages bouncer. I definitely think it's an absolute steal as it is currently just £53.99 at Argos. A baby bouncer is a big investment and will probably be one of the most used products in those first few months so you really do want to get the right one to suit you and your baby's needs. The sensory stages bouncer is all singing all dancing and a fantastic price making it an excellent choice.

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