Another first for us – Starting School

Another first for us – Starting School

For all of us with littles we encounter so many firsts when our children are born, and some we’re impatient to happen and others make us a little bit sad.

I was a little bit sad that Isabelle was starting school. She is and has been my little mini me since she was born, and we’re not going to be able to spend as much time together as we usually do. We’ll just have to make up for it after school and at weekends.

Back to school
We also have Ryan who is starting college next week, who of course is very grown up (at
16) and of course ‘isn’t bothered’ by this big transition from school boy to college boy. AND of course I’m not allowed to go all ‘mum’ on him by going on about how grown up he is etc etc.

Both Isabelle and Ryan have been more than ready for school. Ryan was nearly four and a half when he started school and was very ready, and Isabelle will turn five next week and has been waiting for a while to start. From that perspective we’ve been on countdown to starting school since she finished pre-school.

She loved and enjoyed the whole school uniform shop, and never has a child been so grateful and excited to add grey pinafores to their wardrobe! We had it all labelled with our snazzy Hello Kitty Name Labels and in the wardrobe ready to go (with a few impromptu try-ons along the way).

So on the first day (yesterday) we stood with all the other nervous parents and children waiting for the door to open, all the little one’s dressed in their pristine school uniforms with shiny shoes and lovely plaits, ponytails and pigtails for the girls.

In we go and make our way to the carpet. We aren’t new to this as she went to pre-school there so were au fait with the morning routine and the teachers. That’s when all the confidence drained from Isabelle’s face and the little face when she started pre-school returned. Thankfully we didn’t have any tears or any resistance to us leaving, but I did leave feeling rather sad as my little girl inched further forward to being a ‘big girl’.

At the end of the day, standing in line with all the now happy looking parents we waiting for the door to open. In we go and collect our bedraggled children with cardigans and jumpers no longer, paint on the new pinafore and hair no longer pristine in pigtails BUT with smiling happy faces. Relief is the only word that she’s made it through the day without us (as if she wouldn’t) and had a good day.

What did she do? Well your guess is as good as mine as she didn’t sit next to ‘anyone’ and she did ‘nothing’ all day long.

So that’s another first for us.

I know a lot of children are yet to go back to school or pre-school yet so I hope that yours goes smoothly x

Lisa x

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Back to School

Last Bank Holiday Sale

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Well it’s here.

The last Bank Holiday of the year before C*******s (still a forbidden word as far as I’m concerned) so we’re having a Last Bank Holiday Sale.

As I write this post I’m layered up listening to the rain on the window whilst the other half is downstairs making a hearty roast. Not really what you expect for August, but hey were in England!

We’ve enjoyed the school holidays with family outings, a night on Dartmoor, the school uniform shop and general family fun. Our youngest is REALLY looking forward to starting school and our eldest is looking forward to starting college (double whammy in the mum tears stakes).

We still have lots of items on our SALE page if you fancy grabbing and even more reduced bargain (use the code) and there is of course 15% Off Everything on site using the code: lastbankholidaysale code at the checkout.

Go on…….you know you want to!!

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New – Stardust Kids Hoodies

Argh where has the nice weather gone?

I suppose that we shouldn’t be that surprised and should definitely be used to the odd collection of clothing that we have to wear at this time of year.

Umbrella in bag.
Jacket (that you carry round because it’s too warm but need in case it rains).
Suncream.
Wearing flip-flops when it rains and boots when it’s scorching.
The same with jeans when it’s boiling and shorts when the rain is lashing at your legs.

So this is the time of year that layering is the way to dress.

Drum roll please as we introduce the gorgeous and funky range of Stardust Kids Hoodies.

Stardust Kids Hoodies

Stardust Kids Hoodies are made from 100% interlock cotton which is gentle and stretchy. Handprinted here in the UK with bold durable graphics.

Machine washable at 40 degrees and can be tumble dried on low.

Contrast colour hoody lining with turn-up cuffs.

Buy at www.babynotincluded.co.uk for the grand sum of £25.00. Great value!

 

Rainbow Bubble Snakes

Rainbow Bubble Snakes

I’ve seen these on a few blogs recently so thought I would give it a try with my daughter who is a huge fan of bubbles.

What you will need:

An empty plastic bottle
Duct tape or elastic band
A sock
Washing up liquid
Food colouring

Cut the end off your plastic bottle and put the sock on the end (we had quite a selection to choose from).

Preschool Activities - Rainbow Bubble SnakesSecure with either duct tape or an elastic band.

Preschool Activities - Rainbow Bubble Snakes
In a tray or washing up bowl mix some washing up liquid with water (a good squirt).

Dip the sock end in the mixture and gently blow.

To make rainbow bubbles, add a few drops of colouring onto the sock before dipping into the mixture.

Preschool Activities - Rainbow Bubble SnakesMake a few and see who can make the longest bubble snake.

The colour didn’t work too well but the kids really loved making these and we would definitely do it again on a stay at home day.

Just a quick note that younger children may need reminding to blow rather than suck. It doesn’t taste very nice.

Lisa

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Review – Hello Kitty My Nametags Name Labels

My Nametags Hello Kitty Name Labels Review

My Name Tags School Labels We’re still reeling from the realisation that Isabelle will be starting school in September. She’s out littlest so it’s a bit scary. Our biggest is starting College this September which is quite apt as he started secondary school the day that his little sister was born.

She missed out on the 2014 intake by a whole EIGHT days and we had initially thought that she was going to start on her 5th birthday, but it turns out that she will start the week before. She is more than ready for school and has been for some time being ‘Little Miss Independent’.

My Nametags Hello Kitty School Name LabelsAs a second child going into education we are fully aware that the washing and ironing of school uniform will be the bane of our lives for the next few years. As will the constant loss of school uniform parts and the following trip to the lost property box.

We were really thrilled when we were asked to review the My Nametags School labels which will hopefully help Isabelle to identify her school uniform apart from other children’s easily with the help of Hello Kitty.

My Nametag Name Labels are brightly coloured labels with her name on which should be instantly recognisable, especially as hers have Hello Kitty on. Previously the attaching, both sewing and iron-on labels have been a bit of an endurance and only the sew-on ones seemed to stay put.

The name labels that we received are sticker labels so really easy to apply (even with the help of Isabelle) and can be applied to the washing labels of clothing, juice cups, bags, pencil cases and lunch boxes. In fact you could use them to label all your pens and pencils as well as you get 56 labels which go a long way.

To order the labels was extremely easy, just enter the name that you want (with or without a contact phone number), choose the design and instantly you see the results on your screen. There are loads to choose from including Hello Kitty (like us), teddy bears, crowns, flowers and more. You also get to choose the background colour as well making them as personalised as possible so that your child can easily identify there own items.

So having done part of our school uniform shopping (still have to endure the school shoe shopping trip) we had a bit of a ahhhhh moment when Isabelle tried on her pinafore for the first time. She looks so small but so big and grown-up all at the same time.

Then comes the labelling……..

My Nametags Hello Kitty School Name Label ReviewSo as a fan of Stickers, Isabelle is in her element at the chance to put her name on anything and everything so this was a LOT of fun for her.

My Nametags School Name Label Review

We have labelled her pinafores, you literally just stick them to the labels, nothing more to it. We have labelled her polo shirts, school jumpers and fleece, her school coat and wellies and her lunch box. We will also label inside her shoes once we have got them.

My Nametags Hello Kitty School Name Labels Review I think this will give her more confidence at starting school as she doesn’t always ask so will be able to easily identify her own things herself.

My Nametags Hello Kitty School Name Label Review

To order yours for school or nursery, visit their site www. mynametags.com

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*We were sent a set of My Nametag Hello Kitty Name labels for the purpose of review. All photographs and opinions are that of myself and Little Miss Isabelle x 

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Goat Goes to Playgroup

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Goat Goes to Playgroup by Julia Donaldson.

Pah I must make a statement now that I’m not Julia Donaldson constantly plugging my books, but I have a four year old with a bit of a book obsession and Julia Donaldson does write great kids books. Also confession time, it wasn’t until I came to write this post that I actually realised this was a Julia Donaldson book.

So like many a child we had a pretty rough ride when it came to Isabelle starting pre-school. Unlike our son she takes a long time to get used to going to new places and meeting new people. Preschool was a bit of a nightmare time, and YES we were the parents who had their child peeled off them at the start of each session and I admit that I shed a few tears as I walked away knowing that she was sobbing her heart out.

This went on for a little while, but each playgroup session she got a bit braver and looked forward to going, it was only at the point when we had to leave that things got tricky.

Goat Goes to Playgroup was a book that we’ve read many a time, and even now as a confident nearly five year old Isabelle really enjoys the book.

So Goat Goes to Playgroup is about a Goat that starts playgroup, describing his day with a few mishaps along the way.

It’s a short colourful book with lots of inspiration for asking questions about your little one’s day at Preschool.

Age Range: 2 -3 years (definitely one to read on the run-up to starting playgroup/preschool)

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Fun Summer Activities to Do at Home from www.modernize.com

Fun Summer Activities to Do at Home By Ty Schmidt

It’s something everyone always told me would happen, but I didn’t believe until it happened to me. My dear 18-month-old son has developed into something they all said he would. A sponge. From the ground up, that is what he is on a daily basis. He picks up everything, from words and actions to a general understanding of all things happening around him. And while this is super (just what any parent of a toddler longs for during those sleepless nights of newborn-hood), it comes with its fair share of considerations.

Among them is how best to keep this young mind occupied with all things learning while he’s awake. He still sleeps enough to make most adults envy him, but how do you engage him while he’s awake. If your answer is PBS Kids or Disney Junior, you’re not alone. But you shouldn’t have to live that way, and neither should your toddler. There isn’t anything particularly wrong with Doc McStuffins, Mickey Mouse, the Wild Kratts, or Curious George. Each show has its own empirical charm. Yet there is more you can be doing with these warm summer days than learning how George most efficiently packages a grocery bag.

Summer Activities for kids

Live a little this summer by keeping these fun summer activities in mind:

DIY season. With the exception of the dead of winter when literally nothing else is going on, summer is one of the best times to get those creative juices flowing. Siphon them into something meaningful with a do-it-yourself theme to at least one day a week this summer. It doesn’t even have to be the same day. Just choose one day a week when you indulge in all things creative (like a homemade water slide) and really bring it to life.

Summer loving. For most of us, summer is a time that involves making the most of water. As a Midwesterner, one comes to appreciate the water of summer, be it in pools, water balloons, water tables or basically any form. Find ways to embrace the simplicity of water this summer. You won’t regret it.

Camp comes home. Channel your inner child and embrace what he or she shares with you about fun things you did to stay occupied in the summer months. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but things like a family campout in the backyard or family game night outside can fill those hot summer nights with a purpose that breathes life into everything you do.

Get cooking. I didn’t cook much with my mother growing up, and I wish I had. While I refuse to live vicariously through my children, I have already decided to involve them more in the food preparation for our family as they grow old enough to understand the purpose behind what they’re doing. From chopping the ingredients to a fresh homemade salsa, to understanding what grows in our garden, it is never too young to start teaching little ones about where food comes from and the importance of eating well.

For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com. Fun Summer Activities to Do at Home

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Funky Stardust Kids T-shirts

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Funky Stardust Kids T-shirts. 

Whatever your style there’s a Stardust Kids T-shirt for you. Available in sizes ranging from newborn to three years in a great range of bright colours.

All Stardust Kids T-shirts are ethically made from 100% cotton and printed here in their London Studio.

Also in the Stardust Kids range we have a range of Summer Skater Dresses, Summer Rompers and Playsuits.

The Stardust Kids range make excellent presents as well!

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Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Princess Mirror Belle and the Dragon Pox

It seems quite apt that Isabelle is all over this book at the moment as she is absolutely pickled in Chicken Pox but maybe that’s why she’s picked this book out.

So this is another one of Julia Donaldson books ticked off the list as we are such big fans.

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – Princess Mirror Belle and the Dragon Pox is perfect at the moment as we’re counting down the days for our Princess Belle’s pox to disappear.

So there’s a girl (Ellen) who meet’s Princess Mirror Belle in her bathroom mirror when she goes to scratch her chicken pox. Princess Mirror Belle is identical to Ellen except she has Dragon Pox rather than Chicken Pox.

They get up to lots of mischief with Princess Mirror Belle telling Ellen about fairies that brush teeth and birds living in her father’s beard. All is going well until Ellen’s mum come into the bathroom and Princess Mirror Belle is nowhere to be seen. She did leave something behind though.

With fantastic illustrations and glitter this makes a fantastic bed time read.

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Baby Sensory Play – Baby Sensory Bottles

Entertaining your little ones can be tricky sometimes and the abundance of colourful plastic can be overwhelming for your baby or toddler.

Hands up if you’ve bought a present and the box gets more attention than the actual gift. Babies and children have the most amazing imaginations and the simplest of things such as emptying the pots and pans and a wooden spoon can give hours of fun.

Not all play things have to be conventional ‘toys’ so we’re going to bring a series of ideas for sensory play and crafts to keep your baby, toddler or pre-school child/ren entertained.

Baby Sensory Bottles

What you will need:

Clear plastic bottles
Rice
Oil (can be whatever edible oil you have in the cupboard)
Food colouring in colours of your choice
Glitter
Sparkly Craft Items
Beads
Superglue
A funnel

Baby Sensory Play
Shaky Sensory Bottle

Before you start you will need to colour the rice. All you have to do is measure out how much rice you will need to filling the bottle you will be using so that it’s about three quarters full and then separate it into bowls and add a few drops of food colouring. You may need to leave this for a little while so that the colour doesn’t transfer onto the bottle.

In the meantime you can choose what you would like to add to your bottle. We added a selection of coloured glitters, pom poms, coloured plastic beads and a selection of craft sequins and shapes.

Once the rice is dry, using a funnel (I used a jug as I don’t have one) add the rice to the bottle and with a bit of superglue screw the lid on. We finished this off with some coloured tape to make it extra nice.

And Shake………..

 

Baby Sensory Play
Water Sensory Bottle

For this bottle you need to fill up your bottle to about a third of the way up and add a few drops of food colouring of your choice. We added some coloured glitter to make it extra pretty. Then fill the bottle with the cooking oil of your choice leaving about an inch gap at the top. Again add a bit of superglue before screwing on the lid, and we added some coloured tape for prettiness.

AND Shake…… the water and oil will separate giving a lava lamp effect.

We’d love to see your Sensory Baby Bottles so either leave a comment with a pic or pop over to our Facebook Page and upload one.

Lisa

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