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.

You can catch up with the latest news and products from Fisher Price on the Fisher Price UK Facebook Page





Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Snotty Children and Sleep Deprivation!

With Gracie starting school this September we knew it wouldn't be long until we experienced the joy of her bringing home bugs to share with the rest of the family. This week we've been living in the house of snot. I thought I would be fine as I haven't had a cold since having the flu jab months ago. However I didn't think of how badly having three children up at intervals in the night would affect me. 


Gracie came home Friday with her first cold of the season which slowly got worse and worse leaving her crying in the night and me following her around in the day picking up a trail of snotty tissues as I went. It was only yesterday when I spotted her and Zach had been swapping drinks bottles that I realised what would happen next. Then last night, yes you've guessed it, it was Zach's turn for crying all night and struggling to breathe. Then there is Elsie who thinks sleep is for losers making my nights just that bit more difficult! 

Sleep deprivation is well and truly kicking in. I'm getting awful migraines that along with the tiredness make me feel sick. 

Someone please tell me it gets better?! Does anyone have any tips for boosting children's immune systems? I'd love for you to share!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Elsie: Six Weeks Old: The First Smile!

Elsie was six weeks old on Wednesday. Am I the only one that finds that hard to believe?! We got some great news this week, she is finally putting on a good amount of weight and when weighed on Wednesday was 9lb 9oz! Now that is huge for her after dropping so low after birth. She started at 8lb 5oz and within a week was 6lb 12oz so to finally be back above her birth weight is a huge success! I find it crazy though that at six weeks old she is still lighter than both her sister and brother were at birth. We are all definitely noticing a difference in her now though. Her cheeks are filling out and her 0-3 months clothes finally fit her nicely. I think she is definitely going to rival her siblings when it comes to being a chunky baby. 



She loves riding in her pushchair. I treated us to a beautiful Stokke Xplory last week! Finally have my dream pushchair after four whole years of swooning over it! Seems as I have to walk everywhere until we get a new bigger car I deserve to do it in style right? And doesn't she look snug?


She is so aware of what is going on around her now. She is having a good go at holding her head up for as long as possible and loves having tummy time on her play mat. I absolutely love this picture of her staring at the camera during a tummy time session.


Look at this! On Wednesday she decided to celebrate being six weeks old by giving us her first smile and I managed to capture it on camera! Look how big her smile is!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Review & Competition: Stretchkins Unicorn

Another product expected to be very popular this year is Stretchkins! The life size cuddly toys are great for children to play/dance/cuddle with. They have bands on the hands and feet to attach to your child's hands and feet so they can stretch with them! They encourage active play making it lots of fun to move around.  They are suitable for children ages 3 and over and there are four different characters available; Unicorn, Frog, Puppy and Elephant.



Gracie was sent the Unicorn Stretchkin to try out. The toy itself is great quality, lovely and cuddly with big fluffy hair. Gracie wanted to play with it straight away so we unpacked it and played with it almost immediately. She had so much fun boucing around with her Stretchkin strapped to her hands and feet. It is certainly perfect for burning energy and having fun when the weather is too miserable to play outside! Gracie is almost 4 and the unicorn is almost the same size as her. I would definitely say she would get a good few years use out of it. It also makes a great cuddly pal for bedtime! The Stretchkins range is available from all good toy retailers and are priced between £16.99-£20 so definitely shop around for the best deal. They would make a perfect christmas gift! 

You can find the Stretchkins toys at Smyths Toy Store as well as various other retailers. *This is the cheapest place to buy at time of publication*

You can find out more news about Stretchkins by following @recreationltd on Twitter

I have one Unicorn Stretchkin to give away to one lucky reader all you need to do for a chance to win is enter the rafflecopter form below.


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