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Monday, December 12, 2011

My top 5 Christmas products...

...from Lush!!
I wanted to share with you the top 5 products I like from the Christmas range at Lush. I hope to get some of these for Christmas, maybe even a lovely gift set!


Snow Globe Soap
"A snowy dome of soap with an uplifting lemon myrtle and lemongrass fragrance.
We make this blue soap in a big dome shape and puts lots of balls of white soap in it, to look like a snow globe that’s just been shaken up. When we cut you a slice from it, it means that no matter where we go through with the knife, you’ll get an interesting slice with white and blue shapes.
And as your nose goes to smell it and expects to smell mint (because that’s what everyone does with blue winter soaps), what you get instead is a burst of uplifting citrus and lemongrass.
Just what you need in the depths of winter when all about you is cold and bleak.  
Shake up something a little different in your bath or shower and escape for a little while."
Cinders Bath Bomb
"A ballistic to evoke sitting by a crackling open fire, drinking a glass of warm punch.
A real Christmas time ballistic that fights the chill and brings peace and comfort. Lie back, letting the water support your body, and listen to the fire as the smell of warm fruit punch fills the room.
Almond essential oil, sweet orange oil and cinnamon leaf oil give a smooth fruity scent with a touch of spice. It lifts the mind and lingers on the skin
We’ve also put popping candy in this mix, which gently crackles in the water, giving you a bath with sound effects. If you really want to hear them go, then  dip your head underwater for the full cacophony. 
Have a Cinders if you want to hide away from the big bad world and feel the warming comforts of home.  Great too if you just want to blow away the cobwebs in your mind, or the dust and soot from your body."
Snow Fairy Shower Gel
"Our winter temptress shower hair and body gel that’s bursting with fruit fragrance and has a sparkle of ice through it.
Now we must confess, it’s a mystery to us why this one particular product should become our number one Xmas bestseller. It’s not your classic hippy dippy Lush herbal offering. Instead it is an intensely sweet, fruity pink shower gel loved by people everywhere.
Snow Fairy refuses to be pigeonholed. All sorts of people fall for her charms. We never fail to be amazed at the wide array of people who seem to love this pink confection. We have photos and letters from you, telling us your little girl likes it, it’s your gran and granddad’s favourite, your brother pinches it, etc,etc. We were even once sent a photo of a bunch of soldiers using it in the barracks showers!
So don’t write Snow Fairy off as pink and girly. Its smell of candy floss and pear drops transports all of us back to days of standing in the sweet shop with our pocket money clasped in our fist, trying to decide what to buy.
Grab her and take her into a shower near you – you may have found a friend for life."
Abombinaball Bath Bomb
"Our big ,shy snow monster ballistic, with a scent of peppermint oil, vanilla absolute and orange oil.
Abombinaball snowmen are rare and exotic ballistics. They don’t hang around for long, so snap one up whilst you can.
Our little icy friend will come out to play any time you choose to have a bath.
He’ll erupt in your bathwater first in a burst of golden yellow that leaves your bathwater an electric green.  He then evades capture as he goes around your bath fizzing and giving off puffs of fine white foam.  Just when you think you’ve worked out what he is and where he’s coming from, he suddenly lets off jets of blue slipstream and makes haste across your bath, suddenly disappearing from wherever it was he came.  Leaving you soaking in a delicately scented, alpine green bath and wishing and hoping that you get to see him again one day soon.
Capture yourself a few before they vanish again."
The Melting Snowman Bath Melt
"Our little snowman is about to shuffle off this mortal coil – but not before you get one last bath from him as he disappears for another year. 
It is a short but glorious life that our Melting Snowman lives. He may not have long to go, but boy is he going to make a grand exit.
Exquisitely fragranced with a blend of oils containing vanilla absolute and sweet wild orange, giving him a deep marzipan fragrance with notes of rich fruit, reminiscent of Christmas cake and figgy puddings. Which means he smells exactly the same as our bestselling Snowcake soap.   
But if it isn’t enough to smell of our most popular Christmas fragrance,  he’s also got a body made of water-softening bicarb of soda, cocoa butter and shea butter. This means that when the heat gets to him and he finally melts away, he fizzes those wonderful butters through your bathwater, leaving you soft and moisturised. What a way to go !
His legacy is your great skin – which means he lives on in the memory of all who knew him."

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My little Santa!

We went shopping yesterday and Jack couldn't resist trying on the Christmas hats! We ended up buying a pair of reindeer antlers each. I managed to take a picture of him wearing this Santa hat which had a beard attached! Perfect photo for when he is older!



video



Thursday, December 08, 2011

FREE photo calendar from Truprint!

Click image above to go directly to the offer page
Stuck for gift ideas? Know someone who has everything? Got someone tricky to buy for?

Why not make someone a personalised calendar? All you pay is £1.99 P&P. All you need is 12 photographs to put on each month. Amazing gift for a special family member.

To claim:
  1. New customers register with Truprint using the form on the webpage; existing customers click login
  2. Receive your unique code, click through and enter when prompted
  3. Choose the kitchen calendar, upload your photos and create your gift
  4. Make your way to the checkout where your free calendar credit will be applied automatically
PLUS you also get 40 FREE 6"x4" prints!

See website for full terms and conditions.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

StorkUp - Social shopping for Mums

Shopping for baby and children's products can be confusing, time-consuming and expensive. With so many products and stores to choose from, where do you begin?


"Amazing Kids' Products. Handpicked By Mums."






StorkUp makes this process so much easier. Now you can discover, share and shop for products - all in one place. The popularity ranking of products on StorkUp is solely based on the experiences of other mums like you. After all, when it comes to kids' products, mums are the real experts!


Discover
If you are seeking inspiration (or don’t know where to begin) then you can turn to our crowd-sourced catalog, where every item has been discovered and added by a mom like you. The product range will constantly evolve, revealing the most popular items as well as highlighting current trends.

Collect
With StorkUp you can save products from any online retailer without leaving their site. This is perfect if you are browsing your favourite sites, and need an easy way to keep track of your potential purchases.

Organise
With StorkUp you can create lists for day-to-day purchases as well as special events, like a new arrival. If you choose, you can share your lists (or even just individual products) with friends and family. Which is perfect for gifts and occasions when others want to lend a hand.

Join StorkUp today!

Giant Jenga Game

Garden Games asked if me and Jack would be interested in reviewing a Giant Jenga Game they had. Of course we said yes! I love Jenga and couldn't wait to see how much bigger this would be to the standard one you can buy in the shops. Once the order had been placed I was kept informed as to when the item had been picked and dispatched. I would highly recommend ordering from Garden Games. They were quick and kept me informed each step of the way. They have a wide selection of reasonably priced garden toys on their website.
Mega Hi-Tower from Garden Games
A few days after ordering Mega Hi-Tower it arrived well packed in a large cardboard box - my goodness it was heavy! I opened it, unpacked it and me and Jack set to work building a tower inside the house as it was a typical English day outside! The bricks were packed nicely in a strong water-proof zip bag which had a strong carry handle. The bricks are made of a high quality wood and are a perfect shape to hold and handle.


I opted for us to build a tower as Jack is a little to young to understand how to play Jenga plus; I thought if it fell then there wouldn't be much room to move out the way and I didn't want any accidents! I can see this being a big hit with all the family when the summer comes!


After Jack had used all of the 58 bricks we decided to build some tunnels for his toy train to go through. The wooden bricks are easy for him to handle and stack in a number of different ways. He really enjoyed building the tower and the tunnels for the trains. This really helped him used his imagination.


I then thought about what else we could use the bricks for and I came up with building a chair for Jack to sit on. We called it King Jacks thrown. He really enjoyed helping me build it and took a lot of time and care placing the bricks in the right place making sure he didn't knock any down.


I would recommend this for any family as there is so much fun to be had. This will defiantly be used a lot more when the summer comes at parties and BBQ's. You will defiantly be seeing a summer review!

Thanks to everyone at Garden Games!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Family Quest

Ahoy! 


Download the Family Quest app from the Apple’s app store – you can download it here: (http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/family-quest/id469438410?mt=8)


Family Quest has been created to help all the family work together to reap rewards that everyone can enjoy. The app allows you to add all of your family members as your pirate crew so you can complete everyday tasks to earn virtual gold coins. Those gold coins can then be redeemed against family rewards chosen by you! 


You could choose rewards such as a day out at the farm or a ride on the local steam train. Maybe even a trip to a theme park. You choose how many gold coins each reward is worth, then it's up to you and your pirate crew to earn the right amount of treasure to complete the Family Quest.

Joining the world of smartphones can be overwhelming so mobile network Three, along with the UK's largest network of mum bloggers, BritMums, worked together to show mums up and down the country the benefits of internet on the go. After brainstorming app ideas with mums from Oxford to Manchester, the best ideas were voted on via Three's Facebook page and the idea for the Family Quest app was a clear favourite. Congratulations to all the mums that took part, especially the winning Ipswich crew and Jax. 

If you want to know more about Three visit www.three.co.uk, or for more info about BritMums head to www.britmums.com



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Junior Style Designer Children's Clothing Sale

Hi everyone!
Junior Style are holding a Designer Children's Clothing Sale from 24th November - 26th November; Thursday 10am - 7pm, Friday 10am - 5pm and Saturday 10am - 4pm. You can browse a wide selection of children's designer clothing and accessories they have on sale, you could sale a huge 75% off brand names!
Featuring brands:

  • Timberland
  • Uggs
  • No Added Sugar
  • Munster Kids
  • Diesel
  • Bamboo Baby
  • Converse
  • Bebe by Minihaha
You would be crazy to miss out on this fantastic sale! It's only £1 admission. 

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Peppa Pig Competition!



Tesco Books Blog are hosting a Peppa Pig Competition. The prize is one of five Peppa Pig bundles which includes a copy of Peppa Pig Time for a Story, Peppa Pig Pirate island Sound Book and the Peppa Pig 'International Day' DVD. This is such a fantastic prize and I am sure any Peppa Pig fan would love a chance to win this!

It is really easy to enter the competition, all you need to do is leave a comment on their blog saying what animal you would like to be and why. You could also ask your children too for extra entries. Competition closes on the 18.11.11 so get those entries in!

See Tesco Book Blog for full terms and conditions.

Good luck!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Is Our Kids' Creativity On The Decline?

  • A third of parents feel that handheld computers and TV have had a negative impact on creativity *
  • Just 10 per cent of parents get time every day to do creative activities with their children*
  • Professor of early childhood education, Angela Anning suggests top tips for fuss-free creativity

Research commissioned by BIC® Kids has shown that more than a third (34 per cent) of British parents believe electronic gaming is having a negative impact on child creativity, followed by concern over what their what friends think (28 per cent).  The education system, family influences and computer work were also cited as barriers to a young mind’s creative nous.

The research also revealed that in today’s hectic lifestyle, parents can find it hard to find time doing activities with their children – one of the simplest ways to inspire creativity. From the 2,000 parents surveyed, just 10 per cent spend time each day doing creative activities with their children. Under a third of parents (28 per cent) set time aside to be creative once a week, with two per cent of parents admitting to never doing this.

When ranked on a scale of 1-10, 1 being the lowest score, 40 per cent of parents gave their children a score of between 1-5 for their creativity.  And it seems children are concerned about their drawing abilities too, with a third (36 per cent) of primary school  aged children confessing concern to their parents about what others will think of their art work. This rated higher than concern about what others think of their appearance (33 per cent) and school grades (31 per cent).

When asked what the most important qualities are to instil in children, a third (29 per cent) of parents said ‘self-confidence’ and 22 per cent said ‘common sense’. Only 16 per cent thought it was important to instil creativity and imagination in their children.

Angela Anning, Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of Leeds, who is working with BIC® Kids said, “It’s interesting to see that creativity ranked third in what parents perceive to be important qualities to instil in their children. Whilst this is still a high score, the ability for creativity to fire the imagination and boost their development can’t be underestimated. Creativity, even the simple pleasures if drawing and colouring, instils confidence and helps develop a sense and understanding of our surroundings. It also plays a central part in many careers, so encouraging children to get creative while they’re young will put them in good stead for their future.” 

Yolande DeTrogoff, marketing manager at BIC said, “We always like to find out more about how kids and parents like to get creative together.  It’s really important for children while they’re young and we want to make it as simple, safe and fun as we can.  It’s great to see that the simple pleasures of colouring and drawing still ranked as one of the number one most enjoyable activity these school holidays, ahead of video games and TV.”

Angela Anning offers parents her top five tips to boost kids’ creativity:

  1. Be interested in your children's creativity and join in on the playfulness
  2. Create the time and space for children to be creative - at the kitchen table, in front of the tv, in the bath...wherever.
  3. Vary the resources your children have to play creatively according to their ages – paint, felt tips, puppets, small figures, boxes, fabrics, wooden spoons, etc.
  4. Tune into your children's individual stories and interests and talk about them - animals, monsters, fairies, engines, cars, etc.
  5. Have fun together exploring music, dancing, painting, drawing, stories and playing.

Notes to editors
Survey conducted by One Poll (August 2011) with a sample size of 2,000 parents with children of primary school age




BiC® Stationery – a history for everyone, everywhere
BiC® was founded in 1950 by Marcel Bich, with the introduction of the first high quality ballpoint pen, at an affordable price.  Today, the BiC® Cristal® pen, with its distinguished transparent hexagonal barrel, has become the world’s preferred choice of ballpoint pen.

The company’s greatest strength has always been to understand the needs of the consumer and to find technical solutions that deliver tangible benefits.  Subsequently, BiC®’s pens can be seen in the homes, office and schools of people around the globe. The range of pens has grown to suit all ages and lifestyles including executives, children, men and women, allowing the choice of pen to be as individual as a person’s handwriting.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Waybuloo Pumpkin Stencils

Hi all!!
As you can properly tell, I love Halloween and pumpkin carving.
I have made some more pumpkin stencils for you. This time they are characters from Waybuloo. I can see my collection is growing fast. I have In The Night Garden and Peppa Pig stencils too.
If you have any requests, please mail me and I will try my best to make the stencil for you.
De Li Pumpkin Stencil
Nok Tok Pumpkin Stencil
Yojojo Pumpkin Stencil
Lau Lau Pumpkin Stencil



Monday, October 17, 2011

My birthday wish list!

So not long until I turn 24 (have I really been around that long!) I think it's fair to say I have had a rather eventful 24 years!
I have put together a wish list of things I would like.

1. Apple iPhone 4S white

2. A Ford Focus ST in orange

3. A pair of Jimmy Choos in size 5

4. Stila In The Light makeup palette

5. Tickets to Lady Gaga's 2012 tour

6. A holiday (sun, sea and sand!)

7. A ride on the London Eye

8.  Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Peppa Pig Pumpkin Stencil

Hi everyone.

This year I have had a go at making a Peppa Pig pumpkin stencil. Last year I did 4 In The Night Garden stencils. I hope this one is as good!

If you don't know how to carve a pumpkin I have some tips which you can read here.

You are welcome to print as many copies of this as you like, or share with your blog readers. All I ask is a link back to my blog!

If you do a pumpkin this year, please share a picture with me as I would love to see!

Keep your eyes peeled for my attempt at this Peppa Pig pumpkin next week!


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Infacol have a Facebook competition to win £500 premium hamper!

When Jack was bottle feeding he suffered from trapped wind. I tried many different over the counter products and by far Infacol was the best at relieving him. I would give him one dropper to him before each feed and continue to use for several days. I saw a change in the time it took him to bring his wind up and he didn't cry after a feed.
Trapped gas bubbles changing into
larger easier to pass gas bubbles.
Infacol gently helps a baby bring up wind as it's active ingredient - simeticone - helps the little trapped gas bubbles join into bigger bubbles which a baby can easily bring up as wind - helping relieve the pain.
Clinically proven Infacol is the UK's number one selling treatment for wind, infant colic and griping pain, It is suitable to use from birth onwards (unlike gripe waters) and is sugar, alcohol and colorant free with a pleasant tasting natural orange flavour.

Infacol are running a competition over on Facebook giving you the chance to win a £500 premium hamper full of baby goodies. The purpose of the competition is to help raise awareness of Colic and to reach people in a fun and interesting way. To enter all you need to do is answer three really simple trivia questions about Colic.

Good luck!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mookie Scuttlebug Review



Note: Watch the cute video at the end of this post!
Jack was sent a Scuttlebug to test and review. When it arrived I expected loads of bits of put together. The box it arrived in was small and lightweight, I thought bits may have been missing! I opened the box to find the Scuttlebug neatly folded up.

I removed it from the box and read the instructions which were included; all you needed to do was unclip the front wheel, lock it into place and do the same with the two rear wheels and the bike was ready to use! It literately took seconds to put up and put down (obviously you reverse the technique)!

The bike itself is sturdy and very light weight. Jack is able to control the bike with the handle bars. The height of the bike is perfect for Jack. He loves wizzing around the yard and house on it! The Scuttlebug has specially designed wheels which make it suitable for inside and outside. The wheels provide a smooth and noise free ride.

The Scuttlebug helps develop balance and steering skills. This is a big plus as Jack is learning to control the bike while he is having fun. I have already noticed him steering the bike in the direction he wants to go. The manufacture recommends this bike is suitable for children aged 18 months to 3 years (maximum weight is 20kg) I wish Jack had one of these bikes when he was younger! We have a big bulky bike stored in the garden; I can't fold it or put it away so it just sits there getting wet and slimy! Jack has never really seemed interested in it. The Scuttlebug folds down flat which means I can store it easy.

Jack loves the eyes on the Scuttlebug and he always wants to ride it whenever we go anywhere; because it's lightweight I don't mind him riding it out and about. If he gets tired it's not to heavy to carry. The colours are very bright and the design is a Bumble Bee. There are different colours and designs.
I would defiantly recommend this to my friends and I hope Jack doesn't grow out of it too quickly.





Monday, May 23, 2011

Three uncovers Britian's 'Midnight Mums'

Half of all UK mums (48%) admit to going online in the depths of the night just to get everything done, according to research by Three. With many resorting to catching up online at night, a third of mums (33%) now get less than six hours of sleep!

The survey of 3,000 mums across the UK found that they are avid internet users, with a third (28%) going online for at least an hour a day. As well as looking for parent advice and activities for children, the top online activities are E-mail, online banking, staying in-touch with friends on Facebook, looking for money saving tips and vouchers, as well as reading the news.

Research confirms that mums are always on the go, with most mums (82%) now having less than an hour of 'me time' a day, leaving the majority of mums (78%) stressed on a daily basis.

Three is working with celebrity mum Denise Van Outen and reaching out through NCT members, to help show mums the benefits of smartphones and having internet on the go - as the research indicated that mums can save 135 hours a year by having the internet while out and about.

Mobile internet on smartphones help mums keep connected and gives them the freedom to be online for both work and play, wherever they are, and at a time most convenient to them. Thanks to Three's All-You-Can-Eat data they can now do this without worrying about the cost.

Speaking about how mobile internet can help the modern mum, Sally Horrox from NCT said: "NCT wants people to have a parenting experience that enriches their lives and gives them confidence. Sharing information with a network of parents is a great support and benefit in parenthood, and this is what NCT is all about. The many ways that mobile internet is helping parents make connections is a great additional support for parents."
"We've noticed more of out members accessing out site and newsletter on their phones, which is one of the reasons we've launched out NCT Babychange app, helping parents save time when looking for quality baby changing facilities."

Celebrity mum of one, Denise Van Outen added: "My daughter has just turned one and keeps me constantly busy, so I can certainly empathise with busy mums."
"I love the internet and often tweet or go online late at night when I get some down time. Becoming a smartphone savvy has been a great eye opener and I've enjoyed making dead time, such as standing in shopping queues and waiting for friends, more productive. With the help of some amazing apps I now have instant access to my E-mails, bank accounts, news and travel updates at my finger tips."

Sylvia Chind from Three explained: "Our research shows that mums are particularly stretched for time and are really optimistic about how mobile internet could help them claim some of this time back. We want to share hints, tips and tricks on what mums can do with mobile internet to help their lives run more smoothly."
"We want to reach out to as many mums as we can. Our aim is to give mums confidence and peace of mind when it comes to using the mobile internet and smartphones, which is why we offer truly unlimited data on both pay as you go and contract plans."

Three is also launching a nationwide competition to find the UK's Busiest Mum. There is the chance to win an all-expenses-paif family holiday to the Caribbean for one deserving mum and her family. There are also BlackBerry smartphones available to time. To enter visit Three's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ThreeUK.

**Research was carried out by OnePoll in March 2011 for Three. The research was carried out amongst 3,000 mums with children under 16 years old in the UK **

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Blog Link Exchange

Hi lovelies,
I am looking to find new blogs to read. I would love to exchange blog links. If this is something you would be interested in please post your blog address in a comment and I will add it to my list called 'More lovely blogs' and I hope you would display my link on your blog in a similar way.
I can't wait to see all of these lovely blogs which are about! It doesn't have to be parent related as I am always looking for new craft or cooking ideas.
Hope to get some links soon!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Free Potty Training Reward Charts

After last night, we have had a few accidents (which is expected) but had a few more wee's on the potty. I wanted to reward him for weeing on the potty but didn't want to use sweets or chocolate. I found a few websites which had some lovely free reward charts on which you simply print out. I thought the benefits of using a reward chart would show Jack that he has successfully used the potty by sticking on a lovely gold star. I am hoping this will help boost his confidence while using the potty. You could use a similar reward chart for anything; maybe for behaviour, sleeping or potty training.
I wanted to share these sites with you. Another way to save a few pennies!

  • First up is for potty training and has a selection of different characters on (Cars, Diego, Disney, Dora & Thomas) 
  • Next, this site has a wide selection of charts suitable for all areas which can be rewarded. There is also advice and coupons which can be used along side the reward chart system.
  • There is some simple ones on this site which you can let your child colour in.
Below is the reward chart we have decided to use.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Proud Mummy Moment

Hi everyone!
Well earlier today I was stressing that Jack wasn't understanding the concept of using a potty.
I had been searching in internet for alternatives and seats which I could put on the toilet. I decided to buy a ThermoBaby Kiddyloo. A bargin at only £19.99! It's a seat which attaches to the toilet and has a step to allow him to climb on when he needs to go.
ThermoBaby Kiddyloo from www.samueljohnston.com
While we were shopping in Tesco's this evening; I asked Jack if he wanted Mummy to buy nappies. He said no. We discussed wearing "big boy knickers" (as I called the pull up pants "big boy pants") He seemed to like the idea and started saying he was going to be a big strong brave boy!
This evening when I was getting him ready for bed I asked if he wanted to wear "big boy knickers" to bed and he agreed. I asked him to try have a wee on the potty before he went to bed. To my surprise he pulled down his "knickers" and did a wee! I praised him lots and told him he was such a clever boy. I also explained he needed to tell Mummy in the morning when he needed a wee.
I hope he continues to enjoy using the potty and toilet seat when it arrives.
Any advice on how I can keep up using the potty? I didn't want to start bribing him with anything. Maybe I could reward him with a sticker chart or something?

Sunday, May 08, 2011

11% 'denied first choice primary'

One in nine children is being denied their first choice of primary school, new figures suggest.
In some areas of England, close to one in five youngsters are missing out on their preferred option, while in others almost all get theschool they choose.
A Press Association survey using figures from 43 local authorities outside London reveals that just over 27,000 children (11.3%) have been refused a place at their first choice primary school for this September.
If these figures were replicated across the country, it suggests as many as 68,000 children could be missing out on a favoured place, given an average year group of 600,000 pupils.
The survey also reveals that a child's chances of gaining a place at their first choice depend on the area in which they live, with as few as 5% and as many as 20% missing out in various parts of the country.
Many councils say they have seen a rising birth rate in recent years and are providing additional places to meet demand.
Figures published by the Pan London Admissions Board last month, which are not included in the survey, revealed that 21% of youngsters in the capital did not get their first choice primary schools for this September.
Siobhan Freegard, co-founder of parenting website Netmums, said she would recommend that parents who do not get their first choice of school stay on the waiting list, as children can drop out and they may still get a spot. And she suggested that many parents find, after just a few weeks, they are content with the school their child did get a place at.
A Department for Education spokeswoman said: "There simply aren't enough good schools. The best are many times oversubscribed - forcing parents to send their children to weaker schools which lack the academic standards and good behaviour they demand.
"Children only get one shot at education which is why our reforms are designed to deliver higher standards and genuine choice for parents. We want to improve discipline, give greater freedom to heads, attract the best graduates to teaching, expand academies, set up new schools and we will not hesitate to step in to turn around weak schools. Only when every school is considered a good school will we start to remove the anxiety parents suffer when choosing a school for their child."

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Today...

... we baked cakes!

I got a cake mix when we went to Tesco's yesterday. It is by Greens and called Thomas & Friends Vanilla Cake Kit. It was only £1.00 and I knew Jack would enjoy mixing the cake mix and decorating the cakes with the train sprinkles.

Jack helped by mixing the butter into the cake mix. We then added the egg and milk and Jack gave it a good mix. He then spooned the mixture into the cake cases. We put them into the oven for 8 minutes and waited for them to cook. While they were in the oven Jack mixed up the icing sugar to decorate the tops with. Once the cakes had cooled we set to work decorating them. I spread the icing and Jack stuck on the rice paper trains and sprinkles. You can see our lovely cakes below!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Scooter Help!

Hi everyone.
I am looking to get Jack a scooter but can't decide on which one is best suited for him. I don't want him to outgrow it to soon and I would like something which is stable and not going to fall apart weeks after getting it.
There are so many to choose from; I wondered if you has any advice or tips which could help me narrow my choice down. Below are a few which I thought might be suitable. If you have any advice or suggestions please feel free to e-mail or comment on this post.

First up is George Tri Scooter
Only £24.99
Not sure if this would be well made well as it's only a character scooter and made from a lot of plastic! But I know Jack would love George Pig on the front. Only draw back is - it doesn't have adjustable height,
Website states its for ages 3 years and over.

Only £17.99
Could it be cheap and cheerful; not lasting more than a few months?
Nice bright colours and has adjustable handlebars. Again website states it is suitable for children aged 3 years and over.

Another one on my list is, Ozbozz My First Scooter 3 in 1
Only £20.42
Tick's all my boxes; has 4 wheels for extra stability, grows with the child, can be folded down, wheels can be removed to create a 3 wheel scooter and a 2 wheel scooter. Website says it's suitable for children 2 years and over. 

Only £24.99
Now this looks like something Jack would enjoy riding on. It is height adjustable, has 3 wheels for stability and also has flashing lights! Only downside - this is battery powered and could use a lot of batteries to keep the light going! Website states it for children who are 3+.