As a child, I can remember the excited feeling I got whenever my mum said that we could pop into the toy store whilst we were out.  Now that I am a parent, I watch the children’s faces light up as I mention that we have time to pop into Smyths Toys on the way home from wherever we have been.  The sparkle appears in their eyes and chattering starts between them on our drive over there.  Planning on what to look at first, guessing to see if they have any Skylanders on offer or whether they have new sets of LEGO available.… View Post

From The Bookshelf // Gangster School + #Giveaway

From The Bookshelf // Gangster School + #Giveaway

‘I bet no other school gives you the chance to chase super villains through hidden tunnels!’ That’s what Milly Dillane has to say about life at Blaggard’s, A.K.A Gangster School.

Milly and her new friend Charlie have just started at Blaggard’s.  But what’s it like to be in a school that teaches lying, kidnapping and stealing instead of Maths and English? Their parents and teachers are master criminals and want them to follow in their footsteps … but are Milly and Charlie just too … dependable?… View Post

TinyMe Personalised Name Puzzle + #Giveaway

TinyMe Personalised Name Puzzle + #Giveaway

Focusing on coordination and puzzle solving they have had a number of different puzzles available within her room.  With wooden shape puzzles especially intriguing her.  So when TinyMe recently contacted us I loved the idea of continuing the puzzle fun at home. What better way to do this than with the TinyMe Personalised Name Puzzle.… View Post

From The Bookshelf // Marge and the Secret Tunnel + #…

From The Bookshelf // Marge and the Secret Tunnel + #Giveaway

Last year we introduced the Isla Fisher Marge in Charge range of books to Tigger.  As he started his journey into the world of chapter books and ones that last longer than a dozen pages.  The previous Marge in Charge books had him giggling along as we read the adventures of Marge and her antics.  Life with Marge is NEVER boring! She has rainbow hair, goes skiing in the summer and is the best babysitter you could wish for.… View Post

Celebrating the end of school with Snapfish

Celebrating the end of school with Snapfish

Just like that, the end of the school year is approaching. I have mixed feelings about this as this year is slightly different for us.  Roo is counting down her final weeks of primary school – it doesn’t feel like two minutes since she started at the schools preschool.  I can still remember how beautiful and grown up she looked in her school uniform.  Now she is completing her SATs, preparing for one last school residential and eagerly awaiting the transition week across to high school for a taster of things to come.… View Post

Learning through play with the Casdon Self Service …

Learning through play with the Casdon Self Service Supermarket

I’m hoping that I’m not the only parent who loves the chance to relive their childhood through their own children.  One of my favourite toys as a child was a Bluebird A La Carte Kitchen.  I can still remember unwrapping it on Christmas day.  With this in mind, you can only imagine how quickly I said yes to having the opportunity to receive a Casdon Self Service Supermarket.  I couldn’t wait to see what it looked like, the shelves filled with produce and handy shopping basket too.  Erm, I mean, I knew that the children would love all these features.… View Post

ExtraWize Scooter ScootWize Reflectors

ExtraWize Scooter ScootWize Reflectors

Since we moved to our current home the children have been fortunate enough to have the additional space and freedom to utilise their scooters much more.  Whether they are scooting to school, heading over to one of the parks or just scooting around burning off some energy.  Although the weather at the moment is beautiful, they do still need to be visible to drivers and road users – even if they are scooting on the pathways.  The addition of a ScootWize reflector from ExtraWize gives me the peace of mind that they visible as the light fades, or the clouds appear. … View Post

From The Bookshelf // My Favourite Me: A Fill-In-Yourself …

From The Bookshelf // My Favourite Me: A Fill-In-Yourself Journal All About You! + #Giveaway

Following the popular “bullet journal” format the My Favourite Me book allows children to learn more about themselves as they fill in the blanks in this fun journal. With a whole range of questions to answer such as, What’s your perfect start to the day? What is your favourite hobby? and how do you relax? What goals would you like to achieve in the next year?… View Post