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Be prepared with a Baby First Aid Kit

Be prepared with a Baby First Aid Kit

Be prepared for all Baby Ailments with a Baby First Aid Kit – As parents of three kids we’ve been through everything from teething to chickenpox, and we’ve learnt from past mistakes that it’s best to be prepared for literally every common childhood illness under the sun as you’re guaranteed to need something at three o’clock in the morning when it strikes!

Be prepared for all Baby Ailments with a Baby First Aid Kit - As parents of three kids we've been through everything from teething to chickenpox, and we've learnt from past mistakes that it's best to be prepared for literally every common childhood illness under the sun as you're guaranteed to need something at three o'clock in the morning when it strikes!

I’m all for treating illnesses and prevention can often be the key, but I hate taking medicines and am the same with my kids. If there’s a more natural approach then I’m more likely to give it a go.

This is a list of what we like to keep a supply of for as and when we need it:

  • Plasters – loads of different sizes
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Arnica cream
  • Teething Gels and powders
  • Baby Paracetamol
  • Baby Ibuprofen
  • Thermometer
  • Cotton wool
  • Calamine lotion
  • An icepack (kept in the freeze)
  • Cough medicine
  • Cream for stings and bites
  • Antihistamine medicine
  • Tweezers
  • Bandages
  • Mepore tape
  • Scissors

Treating at home

Obviously there’s a time and a place for treating babies and children at home, and if you have any concerns you should seek medical advice but minor illnesses such as coughs and colds can be treated effectively at home.

Let your instincts take over, if you feel that something isn’t quite right or is out of the ordinary for your baby then get help. There’s a lot to be said for a mother’s instinct.

You should always seek advice should your baby’s temperature be higher than 39C (38 or above for 0 – 3 month olds).

Alternative Treatments

Choosing alternative treatments such as homeopathic treatments is a personal choice but can offer relief from minor illnesses such as teething, coughs and colds and can be used by the whole family.

Hyland’s Baby Cough Syrup for dry tickly coughs can be used from six months onwards to relieve symptoms – just one in their extensive range of treatments for babies. children and adults.

Let me know in the comments if you think I’ve missed something off or if you have any tried and tested tips for treating babies and children.

Lisa x

Having fun with BabyLed Foods

Having fun with BabyLed Foods – We started our Baby Led Weaning journey a couple of weeks short of Freddie turning six months. He showed a LOT of interest whenever we were eating and would grab anything that was in his reach.

Although Freddie is my third baby, he’s the first that we opted to try baby led weaning with. I’m not sure why really, other than not really being ‘in the know’.

I did a lot of reading and a lot of searching on pinterest for ideas of what to give him which was suitable for his age range. We started off with single vegetables such as carrot, sweet potato and broccoli followed by single fruits before we got a bit more adventurous.

BabyLed Spreads


When Keith from BabyLed Food got in touch to see if Freddie would like to try out his BabyLed Spreads I was intrigued by the grown up sounding flavours and the versatility of how you can use them.

BabyLed Spreads were created by a dad who liked to experiment with meals for his daughter which are packed full of flavour whilst being healthy and quick to prepare. The flavours are what drew me in and we were sent:

  • Green Pea, Rocket & Dill
  • Red Lentil & Sweet Potato
  • Spicy Pumpkin & Chickpea
  • Ricotta & Bean
  • Avocado, Red Pepper & Tomato
  • Carrot, Apple & Hummus

The spreads come in tiny 41ml glass jars which seem teeny but they’re the perfect size for a baby portion so there’s no waste, and due to the ingredients they must be eaten within two days of opening.

What can you do with the spreads?

There are lots of lovely recipe ideas on the BabyLed Food website but you can of course use them as sandwich fillers or as a dip for breadsticks or vegetable sticks. We really liked the idea of using them as a pasta sauce which is such a quick meal to make for your baby and seems to have a big thumbs up from Freddie.

What did we do with our spreads?

I was really excited for Freddie to try these and struggled to pick which flavour to try first. I wanted to keep things simple to start with so most of Freddie’s meals were finger food type foods.

Babyled Foods

Green Pea, Rocket & Dill

We made the Green Pea, Rocket and Dill spread into a pasta sauce. I just cooked some pasta (is it just my kids or do they like some shapes more that others?) and then mixed into the pasta. I didn’t heat it through since the pasta was hot.

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Red Lentil & Sweet Potato

Again we made the Red Lentil and Sweet Potato spread into a pasta sauce this time with macaroni pasta served with red and yellow pepper slices. We don’t give Freddie the bowl as he just throws it everywhere so we put a few bits on his tray which he can pick up and we sneak a few spoonfuls in as well which seems to work well.

BabyLed Foods

Spicy Pumpkin & Chickpea

The Spicy Pumpkin and Chickpea Spread was my absolute favourite spread. It smelt gorgeous and having looked at some of the suggestions decided to make freddie a toastie for his lunch. I did this in a pan by melting a little bit of butter in a frying pan, spreading bread with some butter of both sides, spreading on the spread and adding a bit of grated cheese. Sandwich the two slices of bread together and fry in the butter. I used a fish slice to squash it down a bit so that it stuck together and then cut it into strips. This was so yummy that I used the rest for myself in the same way to dip into my tomato soup. Totally scrummy!

BabyLed Foods

Ricotta & Bean

We used the Ricotta and Bean spread as a filling for wraps. We buy the mini ones which are perfect for little ones lunches. I just spread it on the wrap and then rolled it tightly so that it stays together before cutting into little bite sized wheels.

BabyLed Foods

Avocado, Red Pepper & Tomato

We used this as a pizza base on muffins. I toasted the muffins first, spread on the Avocado, Red Pepper and Tomato spread and added grated cheese then put in the grill to melt. This went down so well that I used it the following day as a sandwich filling with grated cheese.

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Carrot, Apple & Hummus

The Carrot, Apple and Hummus spread was a lovely sandwich filling using sandwich thins which are quite small so perfect for making little ones sandwiches and went down a treat.

Our thoughts

I’m a huge fan of these spreads and am looking forward to trying out the rest of the flavours in the range. I wasn’t very adventurous with the use of the spreads since little Freddie doesn’t really allow me much time for anything other than quick meals, but already have my eye on the Red Lentil and Sweet Potato Giant Cous Cous and Spicy Chickpea and Pumpkin Patty recipes.

The BabyLed spreads can be bought from Amazon in different multiples and work out at around 77p per jar.

Oh oh oh…..I forgot to say that they also do sweet jars such as Rhubarb & Fig and Raspberry & Beetroot. Yum

For more inspiration on how to use the spreads and see what others are doing head on over to the BabyLed Food Instagram feed.

*We were sent a selection of BabyLed Spreads for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Basic Fun Easter Gift Review

Basic Fun Easter Gift Review


?????Basic Fun Easter Gift Review – I know that we’ve already done an alternative Easter Gift Review but when we were offered the opportunity to receive some Basic Fun items that would be suitable as Easter Gifts we jumped at the chance.

Let me tell you why – Retro My Little Pony!

Need I say more!

Basic Fun Easter Gifts - If you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to chocolate for the littles this Easter then here are a few from Basic Fun that I'm sure your kids would love to receive

The My Little Ponies that Isabelle plays with whilst are lovely, are not the My Little Pony’s that my sister and I played with as kids. Nowadays, the ponies have far more features, are slimmed down and the range is huge, but they were the must have toy and you were lucky if you had one.

We did also get a Little Lucky Lunchbox and a Cutetitos so lets not get too nostalgic.

Basic Fun Easter Gifts - If you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to chocolate for the littles this Easter then here are a few from Basic Fun that I'm sure your kids would love to receive

Little Lucky Lunchbox

We hadn’t seen these before so Isabelle was super keen to get this cracked open to see what was inside.

The Little Lucky Lunchbox is a cute metal lunchbox which varies in design (so also collectible) and each lunchbox contains two foodie friends and two secret surprises. There are ten different lunchboxes to collect and 50 different surprises to collect. These retail for £6.99 from Amazon and other retailers and are suitable from 4+ years.

Basic Fun Easter Gifts - If you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to chocolate for the littles this Easter then here are a few from Basic Fun that I'm sure your kids would love to receive

What we got

Oh Isabelle does love a surprise toy. The sight of the checklist is enough to send her over the edge with excitement!!

We got an Orange Bubble can where the lid pops off so you can hide things inside and a squishy Taco which had a little blind bag hiding inside it.

The two surprise gifts were a Foodie Friends Sticker which is a Blackberry and the other surprise was a little Pig.

Isabelle really loved the Lunchbox and it’s contents since it’s the perfect size to use as play food for some of her other toys. She’s already added this to her extensive list of ‘wants’.

Basic Fun Easter Gifts - If you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to chocolate for the littles this Easter then here are a few from Basic Fun that I'm sure your kids would love to receive

Cutetito

This is Isabelle’s second Cutetito, she also has Luckito the cat which she loves.

Each Cutetitos comes wrapped like a burrito with the foil wrapper like you would get from a street food seller. Unwrap the burrito to reveal which of the Cutetio bunch you will get.

This time we got: Chihuahito the dog!

She’s purple and is Medium Spice which I think Isabelle would be able to handle.

Basic Fun Easter Gifts - If you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to chocolate for the littles this Easter then here are a few from Basic Fun that I'm sure your kids would love to receive



This revelation has sparked up the old ‘can I have a dog’ question for Isabelle as she would like to have her own dog that she can carry around and a chihuahua is currently top of her list. Never mind that we already have a lovely dog, albeit a big and hairy and certainly not one you can carry around.

Isabelle likes to keep her Cutetitos in their wraps so they look like they’re in sleeping bags.

My Little Pony Retro

Basic Fun Easter Gifts - If you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to chocolate for the littles this Easter then here are a few from Basic Fun that I'm sure your kids would love to receive

I saved the best til last, in my opinion. Isabelle was quite intrigued to see what kind of toys I used to play with in the olden days. Cheeky Monkey! A My Little Pony Retro…….

???????She noticed straight away that the pony has fatter legs and is bigger than the ponies that she has. She loved that it had lovely colourful hair and that it came with a comb which I’m not sure mine did.

The names are different which I’m not aware of when these changed. Isabelle recieved Confetti which she absolutely loves.

What chocolate alternatives are you getting for your kids?



Lisa

*we were sent these items for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.



Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review

Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review

Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review – We’ve been sent a set of Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies from Interplay to review which Isabelle was very excited about.

Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review - These cute fuzzy little bunnies can be coloured then wiped clean ready to start all over again. In this set each bunny comes with it's own sleeping bag and accessories to create your own designs. They even have little s

What you get

The Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies set comes with:

  • 1 Large Fuzzikins Bunny
  • 1 Medium Fuzzikins Bunny
  • 1 Small Fuzzikins Bunny
  • 3 Felt tip Pens
  • 3 Fuzzikins Felt Beds
  • Felt Accessories for the Fuzzikins Bunnys
  • Practice Colouring Templates
Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review - These cute fuzzy little bunnies can be coloured then wiped clean ready to start all over again. In this set each bunny comes with it's own sleeping bag and accessories to create your own designs. They even have little s

We cut out the practice colouring templates so that Isabelle could work out her designs before she coloured on the bunnies which I thought was quite a good think since Isabelle’s a bit of a perfectionist.

Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review - These cute fuzzy little bunnies can be coloured then wiped clean ready to start all over again. In this set each bunny comes with it's own sleeping bag and accessories to create your own designs. They even have little s

Each Bunny had it’s very own sleeping bag with accessories including sleep masks which were a nice touch.

Once she had completed her designs she made a start on the real thing. The bunny’s were really easy to colour on and can be wiped clean if any mistakes are made or if you fancy changing the designs.

Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review - These cute fuzzy little bunnies can be coloured then wiped clean ready to start all over again. In this set each bunny comes with it's own sleeping bag and accessories to create your own designs. They even have little s

The sleeping bag much to my relief were already pre-made and came with felt stickers to design the beds with. There were even Super Hero masks and a cape for them.

The Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies set is aimed at children 4 years and over and retail at £9.99 from leading retailers.

Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review - These cute fuzzy little bunnies can be coloured then wiped clean ready to start all over again. In this set each bunny comes with it's own sleeping bag and accessories to create your own designs. They even have little s

Our thoughts

Isabelle is very much into role play and add a bit of craft into the mix and you’ve hit the nail on the head in terms of finding something fun to do.

I set her up with this kit and away she went with no additional help needed since there was no cutting or sewing, everything was ready and easy to use.

Once she’d created her designs on the templates, she coloured the actual bunnies and then played with them for ages. She’s not ready to wash them yet as she really likes the way they look, but she’s looking forward to changing their style soon.

I think this was a lovely kit which would be perfect for a rainy day or a home day when I’ve got loads to do. At £9.99 this is a really good price for what you get. There are other kits and animals that you can get in the range to add to your collection.

The Fuzzikin’s Bedtime Bunnies get’s a huge thumbs up from us.

Lisa x

Fuzzikins Bedtime Bunnies Review - These cute fuzzy little bunnies can be coloured then wiped clean ready to start all over again. In this set each bunny comes with it's own sleeping bag and accessories to create your own designs. They even have little s

10 Month Baby Update

10 Month Baby Update

10 Month Baby Update – we’ve hit double digits and this little boy us getting more fun every day.

New Stuff

  • He hates getting changed or dressed and will struggle and roll away. Crawling and rolling away with no clothes on is his favourite and makes him laugh so much
  • Laughing – actually chuckling at things rather than being tickled
  • Baby chat – he loves to chat away and laugh to himself. So flipping cute!
  • Pulling himself up and down quite swiftly without any problems
  • Opening drawers and cupboards
  • Standing for a few seconds without holding on
  • Sofa surfing – he’s just started to move around holding onto the sofa

Loves:

  • Being on the move. None of our kids have been very good at sitting still
  • Music – he likes singing (or my attempts) nursery rhymes
  • Banging – he has a toy hammer that he likes to bang on the floor and on other toys
  • Things in a box or a bag. I put things in a box or bag for him to find whilst I need to get things done
  • Isabelle being silly. Hi holing faces, crawling around after him or playing peek-a-Boo. He loves it!
  • Cuddles – he likes to put his head on your shoulder and clings to you and says ‘ahhh’

Hates:

  • Sitting still
  • Getting changed or dressed
  • Having his face wiped

Teething

He’s currently got nine teeth and I think we’ve got another one on the way as he’s had red cheeks and been off his food for the last few days.

Play

He loves to play with the best bit standing at his toy box turfing everything out onto the floor. He likes cars which we push across the floor and he goes after them. Building blocks up so that he can knock them down so he can clap to himself is also a big hit.

We have a toy basket downstairs and one upstairs which we swap around so that it’s a bit exciting when he sees a toy that he hasn’t seen for a day or two.

Growth

I haven’t had him weighed this month but he’s wearing mostly 9 – 12 Month clothes. The tops are fine but he keeps crawling out of some of his trousers which fit him lengthways but are too big around the waist.

Weaning

This is going really well. His favourite food is fruit and he’s willing try everything that we give him.

I have tried to give him the odd blitzed meal just to save on the cleaning up but he doesn’t seem to want to open his mouth unless he’s the one putting the food in it. We’ve been documenting this on our Instagram feed if you’re looking for any meal inspiration.

Feeding

Urgh I feel like this is going to be a fraught topic each month. He’s feeding really well, just mostly at night! He’s feeding most hourly and quite frankly I’m knackered.

He feeds during the day but he seems to like to feed in the quiet and dark which would be great if I didn’t need to get up and sorted every morning for the school run or maybe if I got the chance to have a day time nap it wouldn’t be so bad.

Sleeping

Or lack of. Freddie’s feeding almost hourly at the moment so neither of us is getting enough sleep but his day time naps are pretty non-existent as well. He might have about half an hour in the morning and maybe (but mostly not) another half an hour in the afternoon.

I’ve tried sitting on the bed without any noise to get him to go down and taking him out for a walk but it just seems to be pot luck whether or not he sleeps.

If we don’t get an afternoon nap in then dinner time becomes a bit of a nightmare. He’s too tired to eat and we then limp on until his bedtime feed at 7pm.

Having reread all of the above it’s a bit doom and gloom which in fact it isn’t. He’s such a character now whose already shown his mischievous side. He loves to be around all of us, playing with his toys, chasing him around or singing songs. Although he doesn’t sleep a lot, he doesn’t cry a lot which I think is what keeps me together.

How do you get through the knackering days which seem to go by in a huge blur?

Lisa x

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 – Mermals

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 – Mermals

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 – Mermals from Spinmaster. When Isabelle first saw the advert for these she did her usual pause and rewind the TV so that she could show me them in the hope that we would stop what we were doing immediately, go to the shops and buy them ALL!

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 - Mermals from Spinmaster. See what we thought of the new range and which Hatchimals we unboxed

The Season 5 range is slightly different as they are colour changing which just adds to the excitement tenfold.

There are lots of different sets to collect from pocket money affordable single packs at to playsets, and with over 80 to collect it’s a pretty long check list.

Within the series there are lots of different types of Hatchimals including:

Mermals – Half Hatchimal half Mermaid – Blue Sparkly Egg
Underwater friends – Blue Sparkly Egg
Mermal Twins – Blue Sparkly Egg
Sunshine Surf – Special Edition – Blue Oval Egg
Mischief Marsh _ Yellow Swirly Egg
Racing River – Purple Horn Shaped Egg
Blissful Bay – Limited Edition – Pink Sparkly Egg
6-Pack Shell – Peach Eggs
One Dozen – Blue Sparkly Egg

Each type of Hatchimal comes in a different type of egg as above but you won’t know what’s inside until you open them.

Of course, the first thing that Isabelle always does with collectibles is scan the checklist and pick out the ones that she would like to get the most before she opens the eggs.

How do you open the eggs?

Each of the eggs has a heart on them which you press and the egg cracks revealing your hatchimal. Isabelle tried her best to split the eggs in half, but some of them are impossible to open this way, and then her impatience gets the better of her and she just pulls them apart.

We were sent a Single Pack, a 6-pack Shell, and a 4 pack with bonus totally 13 hatchimals which was very exciting.

What we got:

A Single Hatchimals Season 5 Pack
A Four Pack Hatchimals CollEGGtibles + Bonus Pack
A 6-Pack Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Shell Pack

In the single pack we unboxed a Sunshine Owling which is a common Hatchimal. She was very impressed with this one as it had its very own surf board.

In the 4 pack + bonus we got four mermal eggs in which we got Mer-pandoo, Mer-Seaspoon (rare), Mer-Unikeet, and (*drumroll) – Koalabee which are Mermal twins, and a Blissful Bay Egg which contained a limited edition Blissful Kangaroose.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 - Mermals from Spinmaster. See what we thought of the new range and which Hatchimals we unboxed

In the 6-shell pack she got Sapphire Anteagle, Sapphire Owlicorn, Sapphire Burtle, Sapphire Girreo, Sapphire Foxfin and Sapphire Penguala.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 - Mermals from Spinmaster. See what we thought of the new range and which Hatchimals we unboxed

How do they colour change?

Parts of each of the hatchimals change colour in the water whether it be their tail or a gem that they are holding onto which then changes back once they are dry.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 - Mermals from Spinmaster. See what we thought of the new range and which Hatchimals we unboxed

The Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are recommended from age 5 upwards and are available from most toy shops and Amazon.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 - Mermals from Spinmaster. See what we thought of the new range and which Hatchimals we unboxed

There is also an App that you can download to keep track of the Hatchimals that you’ve collected.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 - Mermals from Spinmaster. See what we thought of the new range and which Hatchimals we unboxed

Our thoughts

Isabelle loves a collectible and has quite an extensive range of different collectibles that she likes to add to on birthdays, christmas or through saving her spending money. She loves the element of surprise, and whilst there does always seem like a lot of packaging compared the end result she does play with them time and again which makes them worthwhile.

She was very excited that out of the twelve Hatchimals she managed to get a rare, a limited edition and a set of twins which she was so thrilled with. The colour changing aspect of these Hatchimals makes them extra special, and also gives her a good excuse for taking them in the bath.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 - Mermals from Spinmaster. See what we thought of the new range and which Hatchimals we unboxed

These sets would definitely make a lovely gift whether it be for a birthday, Christmas or even as an Easter Gift.

Which Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 is your Favourite?

Lisa x

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 - Mermals from Spinmaster. See what we thought of the new range and which Hatchimals we unboxed

*We were sent some Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 sets for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. This post contains affiliate links.

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle Review

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle Review

We were sent a Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle from Ravensburger which is a chunky puzzle featuring nine farmyard animals. Each puzzle is two pieces or three if you include the frames that each puzzle comes in.

The puzzle is aimed at children from 18 months on and has large brightly coloured pieces which are nice and sturdy which is perfect for this age range.

The animals include:

A Pig

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle

A Cow

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle

A Hen

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle

A Goat

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle

A Duck

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle

A Dog

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle

A Cat

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle

A Horse

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle

A Sheep

Farmyard Friends Chunky Puzzle

Although Freddie is only almost ten months old, we have had this puzzle out on the floor for him several times. We’ve been singing Old McDonald whilst making the puzzle and sounding out the animal noises which he is enjoying.

The puzzle retails for around £8.50 onwards which I think is a great price.

Our thoughts

We were really pleased with this puzzle and I think it’s going to be played with a lot by Freddie. It was also something that Isabelle could do with Freddie to keep him occupied and her involved.

We added this to our Easter Gift for Kids list since it would be a good option other than chocolate for toddlers and young children.

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*we were gifted this jigsaw for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.




Easter Gifts for kids – No Chocolate!

Easter Gifts for kids – No Chocolate!

Easter Gifts for kids – No Chocolate! Easter is all about the chocolate for us. It’s the only other day apart from Christmas that it’s totally acceptable to eat chocolate for breakfast, but as Freddie will only be ten months and not yet eating chocolate we need to look for some alternatives.

So here are some lovely alternatives to chocolate Easter Gifts for babies and children that we’ve found.

Pink Floral Romper from the House of Bilimoria

Clothes are a good option and look at this beautiful Pink Floral Romper from the House of Bilimoria! This one is £45 but is handmade from vintage, secondhand or end of line fabric. Go and have a look for yourself at their lovely range of rompers, dresses and shorts (not just for kids). 

Easter Gifts for kids

Rabbit Teething Ring from Lilith Loves Henry

As we’re Brand Ambassadors for the Lilith Loves Henry range I couldn’t resist a mention of their Rabbit Teething ring. As teethers go, Freddie’s Grey Bear is his go to teether when he really needs to chomp down so it’s never far away. The rabbits are £12.50 and are highly recommended.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 5 – Mermals

The new Season 5 Hatchimals Mermals would make a lovely gift since they are Egg themed and any surprise gift is always a winner in our house. We’ve been unboxing and having a play with these for the past couple of weeks and they are definitely a bit hit. This set comes with 6 eggs for £12.99

Easter Gifts for Kids - Easter usually means chocolate in abundance so here are a few suggestions of alternative Easter Gifts for kids

An Egg and Soldiers Personalised Board

What’s Easter without an egg of some sort. Maybe having a lovely dippy egg on one of these amazing Egg and Soldiers boards from Hugo’s Workshop would be the perfect start to Easter Sunday. Each board can be personalised with your children’s name and you can choose to have either one or two egg holes. Both of my kids only have one egg but I always have two! Be quick though if you want one in time for Easter since the last day for ordering is 31st March before they take a well deserved Easter break.

Easter Gifts for Kids


A Farmyard Friends jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger – £9.99.

This Farmyard Friends Jigsaw puzzle is aimed at 18 months + and contains nine two piece puzzles (three pieces if you include the frames). Each puzzle piece is quite big and sturdy which is perfect for little toddler hands and fingers. The Farmyard characters are really bright and fun to look at and can be made into a bit of a game by singing the Old MacDonald song whilst looking for the pieces.

Easter Gifts for Kids - Easter usually means chocolate in abundance so here are a few suggestions of alternative Easter Gifts for kids

A New Toothbrush

It’s inevitable that the kids will get so much chocolate that we’ll obviously have to help them eat it. What better time to get them a new toothbrush or start a brushing routine if they’re little like Freddie. The Brush Baby range have a great range including dental wipes which can be used before teeth even arrive. My eldest loves a new toothbrush so she would be quite happy to get a new toothbrush so an electric toothbrush with stickers would be an ideal present for her. Pop to Brush Baby to checkout their extensive range of tooth and gum care for kids.

Easter Gifts for Kids - Easter usually means chocolate in abundance so here are a few suggestions of alternative Easter Gifts for kids

Scruff-a-luvs Blossom Bunny

A Scruff-a-luvs Blossom Bunny. We did a recent review of these and they are genuinely a lovely gift that’s a bit of an activity once you open the box, reveal the bunny and then turn them from a matted ball to a lovely soft fluffy Bunny. You can read our review of these here.

So there you have a few to get you started, and what I’ll do is add to it when I see something that grabs my eye. I would also say that an activity or tickets to an event rather than an actual present would also make a lovely alternative to chocolate.

What do you buy your kids for Easter?

Lisa x

*this post contains some affiliate links

Lets go fly a kite – Kitedrone Kites

Lets go fly a kite – Kitedrone Kites

Lets go fly a kite up where the air is bright! Did you know that the 8th February marks National Kite Flying Day where kite flying enthusiasts head outside and hope for some fantastic wind.

Kitedrone is the ultimate range of high performance kites all set to transform the skies into a colourful spectacle this Spring! The impressive range of kites are supplied in their own transport tube and are available in both Aircraft and Twinstar styles and are all super-easy to assemble and launch up to 300 feet in the air.

Kitedrone offer a fab range of brightly coloured easy to assemble kites that can achieve amazing heights.

Did you know that kites date back to China in 470 B.C. and the history of the origins relate to the way the wind affects the leaves on the trees, te shelters the people lived in and the blowing of the sails on their ship and the hats they wore upon their heads.

Kitedrone is the ultimate range of high performance kites all set to transform the skies into a colourful spectacle this Spring! The impressive range of kites are supplied in their own transport tube and are available in both Aircraft and Twinstar styles and are all super-easy to assemble and launch up to 300 feet in the air.

Everybody can enjoy a kite from keen enthusiasts to a fun free family activity.

Kitedrone Kites

Kitedrone is the ultimate range of high performance kites all set to transform the skies into a colourful spectacle this Spring! The impressive range of kites are supplied in their own transport tube and are available in both Aircraft and Twinstar styles and are all super-easy to assemble and launch up to 300 feet in the air.

Kitedrone is the ultimate range of high performance kites all set to transform the skies into a colourful spectacle this Spring! The impressive range of kites are supplied in their own transport tube and are available in both Aircraft and Twinstar styles and are all super-easy to assemble and launch up to 300 feet in the air.

Kitedrone offer two shapes of kite, the traditional Box Style kite which is ready to go with a quick one step assembly and can be hooked up to a Go-pro to record your flights.

The Aircraft style kite requires no assembly and has an impressive 5ft wingspan. Air pockets in the body inflate the fuselage and engine pods to increase flying performance giving the ultimate flying experience.

Kitedrone is the ultimate range of high performance kites all set to transform the skies into a colourful spectacle this Spring! The impressive range of kites are supplied in their own transport tube and are available in both Aircraft and Twinstar styles and are all super-easy to assemble and launch up to 300 feet in the air.

Both kites comes in a transport tube which makes it perfect for putting in and out of the car and storing. Kitedrone kites are just £29.99 and can be used time and again.

We were gifted a Kitedrone Buster Fusionwing in Camo print to see what we thought.

Kitedrone is the ultimate range of high performance kites all set to transform the skies into a colourful spectacle this Spring! The impressive range of kites are supplied in their own transport tube and are available in both Aircraft and Twinstar styles and are all super-easy to assemble and launch up to 300 feet in the air.

We headed to the site of the Exmouth Kite Festival which we went to last year. Its a large open space right next to the estuary which is the perfect spot for flying. we weren’t the only ones with the same idea as we saw families and groups unloading kites, windsurfing gear and surfing gear.

We were thoroughly impressed when we took the kite out of the tube and apart from attaching the spool it was ready to go. It was a lot bigger than I expected, but was a cool shape and we were excited to give it a go. It looked well made even with our inexpert eyes.

Kitedrone is the ultimate range of high performance kites all set to transform the skies into a colourful spectacle this Spring! The impressive range of kites are supplied in their own transport tube and are available in both Aircraft and Twinstar styles and are all super-easy to assemble and launch up to 300 feet in the air.

It was hilarious watching Isabelle and Chris getting the kite in the air. Watching Isabelle being pulled along as the wind took the kite was so funny, but she soon got the hand of letting out the string and it went really high looping and soaring.

We all had a turn and I was quite surprised at how strong the pull was when I had a go. Freddie observed from the comfort of his pram and was happy sat watching.

I would say that we spent a good couple of hours flying the kite before everybody got a bit hungry and cold.

Kitedrone is the ultimate range of high performance kites all set to transform the skies into a colourful spectacle this Spring! The impressive range of kites are supplied in their own transport tube and are available in both Aircraft and Twinstar styles and are all super-easy to assemble and launch up to 300 feet in the air.

Our Thoughts

We really enjoyed ourselves. The kite itself was well made and easy to use straight out of the tube. We spent a good couple of hours running around flying, taking it in turns which was a lot of fun.

I would definitely recommend the Kitedrone kites for a fun and free activity (aside the initial cost) which gets the family outside and running about.

Next time were going to make it a bit of a family thing and go with some of the cousins which will be a fun day for Isabelle.

Lisa x

*we were gifted a Kitedrone Kite for the purpose of this review. This post contains affiliate links.

9 Month Baby Update

9 Month Baby Update

9 Month Baby Update – Nine months of this yummy little boy whose personality is developing into the cheeky chappy to match his cheeky face.

Every month that goes by he’s becoming more fun even though I’d love him to slow down so that we can soak up every bit of him as he changes.

New stuff

  • Pulling himself up to standing on everything
  • Saying ‘Ta’ I wasn’t sure that I’d heard him right, but he says ta when he wants something and will say it when he wants to keep the thing that you’re trying to take off him like a random bit of fluff or something else he shouldn’t have
  • Crawling – there’s no stopping him now.
  • Clapping
  • Splashing in the bath
  • Another three teeth so eight now. Four top and four bottom
  • Copying – Isabelle has an awful cough and he mimics her cough and claps to himself
  • Nappy struggle

Loves:

Eating things he shouldn’t like his bath sponge, random bits of floor fluff or anything else that he shouldn’t have.

Strings – ties on trousers and tops. He likes to twiddle them and put them in his mouth.

Being outside – I think he’s definitely happier if we’ve been out and about than just staying at home.

Fruit – we have another fruit bat. His favourite is pear at the moment.

Climbing – he’s not for sitting still now that he can move. He prefers to be up on his feet so he uses us as human climbing frames. Hair makes for a great rope!

Hates:

Getting his nappy changed. Already he’s trying to flip onto his back, refuses to put his legs up or down and generally squirming away. We’re using a changing table at the moment, but I think we’re going to have to start using a mat on the floor now that he’s so wriggly.

Getting dressed or undressed – it’s a total battle to get him dressed now, especially putting his arms in things.

Sitting still – he wants to be up and about and is as fast as lightening when you’re not looking so we’ve had a few bumps when we haven’t been quick enough.

Teething

I think he’s coping quite well with teething. We know the signs when he’s teething now. He refuses most foods by putting his hand over his mouth, his nappies change and he gets really red cheeks. He’s pretty good at using his teethers to chomp down on, and we just know that he’s gearing up for a couple of grumpy days and rubbish sleep. He has eight teeth now, and although we have a rough couple of nights it’s not as strung out as when Isabelle was teething which seemed endless.

We dose him up on Calpol and use teething granules as well as making sure that he has access to teethers at all times and lots of cuddles.

Play

Freddie loves to play. We set him up on his mat with a variety of toys and get down to play with him. He loves stacking bricks to knock down and loves the basket of shakers and bells that we had for Isabelle when she was little. He will play for a little while before wanting to just climb all over you.

Growth

I had Freddie weighed and he now weighs 19lb 9oz which at first I was a bit worried about as he’s only put on about 1.5lb in about two months, but he’s so active and is eating as he should. They don’t seem to measure babies in the clinic I go to and trying to do it myself would be like trying to wrestle a chimpanzee.

Weaning

Freddie loves his food. He’s up for new flavours and will try everything he’s given. We do give him the odd purée which he’s not so great at eating because he doesn’t really like opening his mouth for a spoon. He’s tried such a wide variety of foods already and it’s fun seeing his reactions to different flavours.

He does seem to store his food in his cheeks though, so the other day I removed a piece of orange that he’d been given two hours before, so we now know to look out for things he’s got stored in his hamster cheeks!

Feeding

Feeding during the day is good. We have a good routine which times in well with his eating and the school run.

Night time is just a nightmare. Freddie feeds every hour and a half, sometimes less. It’s starting to take its toll now and it’s hard because nobody can help me with this. I’m being advised to ‘just give home a bottle’ BUT he’s breastfed so we won’t be taking this unhelpful advice!

Sleeping

we’re still co-sleeping and it’s fine since I don’t have to get out of bed for the multiple night feeds.

Even if we wanted him in his own bed, he currently doesn’t have one as he’s too big for his crib and we’ve yet to put his cot up. I’m happy with the sleeping situation and it’s not going to be forever.

It’s scary to think that we’ve started to think about what we’re going to do for his first birthday.

What did you do for your little ones first birthday?

Lisa x