Mila & Pheebs Kids Boxes

Mila & Pheebs Kids Box Review

One of the things that Isabelle and I like to do together is arts and crafts. There isn’t a day that goes by without Isabelle drawing a picture, colouring or making something.

Arts and crafts is our go to thing to do when we haven’t got anything planned or it’s pouring down with rain.

Mila & Pheebs Stationery & Activity Box Review

 

Mila & Pheebs Stationery and Activity Kids Box

Isabelle has inherited my love of stationery, and like me loves pens, notebooks, folders, clipboards and little pots of paperclips that we may never use.

When we were asked to review a Mila & Pheebs Stationery and Activity box we were very excited.

You can subscribe to Mila & Pheebs so that each month your child gets a surprise themed box through the post addressed to themselves with lots of lovely goodies inside. Even better, the box fits through the letterbox so theres no chance of missing the postie and having to collect it from somewhere.

One of the other things that Isabelle is obsessed with at the moment is kids Youtube videos. She usually watches surprise boxes being opened which are mostly American Girls opening ‘blind bags’ which contain all kinds of Disney Princesses, Shopkins or other such things.

Recently she’s started to talk in an American accent, and I’ve caught her loads of times pretending to make her own videos so I thought I’d give her a chance to have her 15 minutes of fave and let her introduce what came in the Mila & Pheebs box so over to Belle!

I’m a huge fan of kits like this which can easily be packed away to do on a journey, taken to Grandparents house or brought out for rainy days.

Each box is packed full of all you would need to complete the task and has several different things in the box to do.

We got:

  • A pencil with a donkey rubber topper
  • A really cute cow rubber which comes apart (including detachable nose)
  • Colouring-in sheets
  • A horse hand puppet kit
  • Animal shaped crayons (Isabelle called these rubbers in the video)
  • Farm Animal foam stickers
  • A maze and wordsearch sheet
  • A piggy notepad with pigs to colour in
  • Plain cards and envelopes
  • Sheep decoration kit
  • A felt chicken paperclip (might have pinched that)
  • Glittery farm animal stickers

So as you can see, you get a lot for your money.

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You can subscribe to the boxes which you will receive each month, and each month has a different theme. You can also unsubscribe at any time for times when you may be away. There is also an option to buy a one off which would make a lovely gift.

We had great fun making the horse which we did on a day after school when the weather was a bit pants and Isabelle fancied something fun to do. I was quite intrigued watching her with her concentration face on, determined to do the sewing part from beginning to end.

Mila and Pheebs Review

 

Mila and Pheebs Review

The Mila & Pheebs Stationery and Activity Box gets the thumbs up from us!

AND if you like what you’ve seen/read then you can get 10% OFF your first subscription by adding ‘babynotincluded’ until 31st March – would make a fab Easter Egg alternative.

Lisa x

*We were sent a Mila & Pheebs Stationery and Activity box free of charge for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are 80% Isabelle’s and 20% mine.

Kidloland – A Review & Competition

Kidloland – A Review

I’m a big believer that screens have a place in our children’s lives for educational and entertainment purposes (limited of course).

The TV or the iPad are a massive help when I’ve just got in from work, Isabelle has been at school all day and I need to get the dinner started. Likewise on a long journey they definitely have their place.

Having said that, I think it depends entirely what you’re allowing them to watch or play.

We have a few trusty ones that we use, but when we won a year’s subscription over at Petite Pudding Blog. we were really excited to give it a go.

Isabelle started school last September but has been really interested in word and number games for quite a while. I think we’re really lucky that she wants to learn and is like a sponge soaking up any opportunity at all.

The Kidloland App is slightly pricey at £29.95 for a year’s subscription but with over 550 Rhymes, Songs, Activities and Games for kids you get a lot for your money and once it’s downloaded you can use it anywhere as you don’t need wifi to access it.

There are loads of games and activities to choose from so I thought I would hand over to Isabelle to show you the ones that she loved the most.

And another clip as she had so much fun telling me what to do. “Cuttttttttt”.

So as you can see she had a lot of fun. If you do purchase the app I would recommend getting a set of kids earphones for out and about as all the games have music, and I’m sure like Isabelle have to have it up loud enough to sing along to.

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As well as the Fab App they have a Printable PDF Generator which you can use to create your own FREE personalised colouring book.

This is the one that I created for Isabelle.

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Kidloland Colouring book generator

Kidloland Colouring Book Generator

Kidloland Colouring book Generator

You can of course make your own by clicking on this link.

Lisa

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Win a copy of Lullaby Baby

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Lullaby Baby

Lullaby Baby is a collaboration between BAFTA award winning director and father of two, Dan Smith and UK based Singer-songwriter Martha Bean with a mixture of well known songs, Instrumentals and some new ones written by Martha Bean who is also the singer on the album.

Use the CD to create a calming environment as part of your bedtime routine

Isabelle is five now and although she is a very early riser, we have only really had an okay sleep pattern for nearly a year now.

Isabelle has been a terrible sleeper from the word go with many a night spent without a wink of sleep. We tried everything from rocking her, driving her around taking her out in her pram, but the second you put her down she would be awake and crying.

This wasn’t just at night, but during the day she didn’t like to be put down even for a second. Getting dressed to the sound of a screaming baby makes you move fast.

At the start I was more than happy to sit with her in my arms gazing into her eyes, but even the most adoring mum needs to have bathroom breaks, to eat and do other normal things without a baby in their arms.

I thought I’d solved my problem with the use of a baby sling, but I found this exacerbated my neck pain that I’d been suffering from for years previously.

My sanity was saved by humming!

As odd as it sounds it kept me level when I needed to put her down and she would scream so much that her little face would almost turn purple. I would hum songs that I liked or just the sound of the latest adverts. You may laugh but it kept me going.

As she got a little bit older (still very much a newborn) she was pacified by noises that I made and her eyes would follow me around the room. This was slightly easier, but she never gave me long.

As well as the humming keeping me sane, I think she became quite accustomed to the songs that I hummed and was more than content to stare up at me whilst I hummed away.

We moved on from humming to singing and she came to recognise simple songs such as Twinkle Twinkle and Row Row Row your Boat. As long as she could find me and hear me she would allow me to put her down just for a while to get things done such as prepare dinner or eat my lunch.

Most of the songs that I sung to her were songs I knew from my own childhood, and other newer ones were learnt from the Mother and Baby Groups that we attended.

Isabelle is five now and singing and listening to music plays a big part in her life. She loves to sing and dance, and loves to learn and listen to new songs, especially if they have actions with them.

We were sent a copy of Lullaby Baby to review and Isabelle was very eager to put the CD into her own CD player with microphone to sing along.  There were songs on the CD that we recognised straight away and a few that we hadn’t hear before. She was singing along merrily which I had recorded but on playing it back her microphone was omitting a pretty bad sound so I won’t subject you to that. I will try and catch her again, but she tends to show off in front of the camera which isn’t always so pleasant lol.

Isabelle had been a bit poorly and was off school a couple of weeks ago. We’d had a day of watching a bit of TV and her drifting in and out of sleep, but she needed to just lie down and rest so I put the CD on and she sat there and listened. She sang along a little bit, but then decided to curl up and hum along to the songs.

Here she is chillin and listening.

I think she really enjoyed it and it seemed to calm her down before bedtime which can be a testing time sometimes.

Lullaby Baby

We’ve listened to the CD quite a few times now and it’s really nice to put on when she’s doing something quiet like colouring or just before dinner.

This CD would have been great when she was a baby and I probably would have used it in the car as well.

You can download ‘Lullaby Baby’ on iTunes by searching for ‘Nursery Rhymes 123’ as well as other download sites.

Here’s a clip of ‘You are my Sunshine” on their YouTube channel or pop over to Spotify for a listen.

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*Please note that we were sent a copy of Lullaby Baby free of charge for the purpose of review. The writing of the post and opinion are that of my own. 

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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 – What the Ladybird Heard – Julia Donaldson

Belle’s Bedtime Reads – What the Ladybird Heard

What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson is one of Isabelle’s absolute favourite books. We bought it for her when she was two and we took it to France with us and by the end of the two weeks she could recite the whole rhyming chorus word for word and never tired of it.

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So What did the Ladybird Hear?

Well I won’t spoil the story, but it involves two Robbers, a Fine Prize Cow and friends and a Ladybird…..in a singsongy way with fantastic illustrations.

We have the book in hardback and as well as the story which can be read in a singsongy way, each page features the ladybird with glittery bits on it. We like the repetativeness in the books as these are well remembered and Isabelle joins in with reading the sort.

Both of us were amazed when we saw  What the Ladybird Heard at the Northcott Theatre, Exeter not so long ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, with many of the children in the audience reciting the chorus part of the story.

Like many we have a fair few of Julia Donaldson books and whilst all of the stories are well written with fab illustrations, Isabelle loves finding the characters of the other books within the pages which overlap.

Reading Age – Toddler – Hmmm, Isabelle is 4 and I would say we have plenty of reads left in this book.

A Megawatt Huge Thumbs up for this book!

Lisa x

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Review – LamaLoLi Kids Fashion

We were very lucky to be asked to review LamaLoLi Kids Fashion.

So with the help of Isabelle (very nearly 4) we looked through the extensive range of clothing including My Little Pony, Hello Kitty, Minnie Mouse, Barbie and not forgetting Disney Princesses.

It was a lot of fun and with much debate we chose a lovely pair of Disney Princess Pyjamas. Clickety Click and it was done and the parcel arrived with quick speed.

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Isabelle was very excited to open the parcel, and more so when to our surprise we discovered as well as the pyjamas she was sent a long sleeved Disney Princess Top. Awesome was her exact phrase!

On first inspection the pyjamas were very pretty with little girly shorts and Isabelle was thrilled. I was slightly worried that the printed picture would crack with time and washing, but the quality was good and they fitted perfect. I thought that I would wait to write the post once I’d had the chance to wash and wear the pyjamas a few time to be able to give a true review.

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Needless to say, the cotton being lightweight  meant that the pyjamas dried in no time at all with very little ironing needed (bonus for us mums) and the picture remained in perfect condition. This has been the case on all washes, and Isabelle has worn these a fair few times now.

LamaLoLi stocks a wide range from t-shirts and tops to swimwear from baby right through to adult sizes and their prices are fantastic.

The pyjamas and the site gets a BIG Thumbs Up from me and more importantly Isabelle 🙂

* We were sent the items free of charge for the purpose of review.

 

Jinjabiscuit Review

Jinjabiscuit Review

Oooh I love new things and more often than not they’re for the kids and not  me and that’s why when I was asked to review the New Jinjabiscuit Dinnerware set I jumped at the chance.

Isabelle who is now three is not a particularly fussy eater but she does like variation and presentation has become far more important of late. We’ve gone from cutting the crusts off to using cookie cutters to make sandwiches more interesting. Once you start doing this, be warned that there’s no going back!

The Jinjabiscuit Dinnerware set is made from 100% food grade silicone, BPA free and does not leech chemicals into food even when heated at high temperatures. The set can be put in the freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Obviously as it’s made from silcone there’s no chance of it breaking which is always a bonus with children. Apparently it is scratch and stain resistent so I’m wondering how it will cope with the odd curry.

The set we were sent is PINK of course and comprises of a bug shape two compartment plate, a chicken shape bowl, a pig face cup and a chicken spoon.

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Isabelles favourite piece is the chicken shaped bowl and is an ideal shape and size for snacks.

Jinjabiscuit
My favourite is the pig cup which is exactly the right size cup to have with a meal and perfect for little hands to grip.

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The two compartment plate is great for separating salad and veg from the main meal and great for sweet and savoury snacks.

Jinjabiscuit

These great sets are available in the UK very soon – Launch date 16th May so  keep an eye on their Kickstarter site or follow Jinjabiscuit on Twitter to find out more.

So as far as children’s dinnerware goes this set definitely gets a the thumbs up from both myself and Isabelle. This would be the perfect weaning set and will carry on through for years to come. For Isabelle age 3 this is perfect for her breakfast and snacks, and she’s looking forward to making a jelly in the chicken bowl.

*Isabelle was sent this set free of charge for the purpose of review. Opinions and views are those of said fussy three year old and lil old me (aka Mummy).

Lisa x

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Crafty Christmas – Day 1

Crafty Christmas.

We were sent a Lucky Dip Craft Kit from Mrs Crafty B which I thought would be the perfect start to our Crafty Christmas.

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The Lucky Dip Craft Kit is just that. Each kit has a selection of die cut shapes, ribbons and buttons made from upcycled materials and contains a card, envelope and a gift tag. The kits are put together with a random selection which can be used alongside your existing crafting materials. This is what our kit contained.

Isabelle at three years old thought it was so exciting to sort and look through the different shapes, buttons and pieces of ribbon. We did a quick pre-glue run-through of where we were going to put our selected shapes. There was far more in the kit than required which have been saved for another day. Then we got down to the gluing which is Isabelle’s most favourite bit at the moment. The more glue the better is her stance!

We made both a Christmas Card and a Gift Tag which we are still undecided who the lucky recipient is going to be yet.

Crafty B’s Craft Groups take place in and around the Cambridgeshire area for young and old to get crafty over a cuppa and a biscuit providing a welcoming and stimulating environment for all, promoting social interaction and contributing to social inclusion. In particular I love the thought of therapeutic crafting! The groups are self-funded and to keep the groups running you can purchase a Crafty B’s Lucky Dip Craft Kit at the great price of £3.50. Check out the Crafty B’s Blog or Facebook Page for more details. These would definitely make a great Christmas Gift or Stocking Filler.

The Crafty B’s Lucky Dip Craft Kit definitely get’s the thumbs up from us. What do you think?

 

Lisa

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Garden Games aren’t just for Summer!

Do you ‘Shut up Shop’ on your garden as soon as the BBQ season is done and the furniture has been covered for the Winter?

We used to, but since we got Isabelle a playhouse for her birthday we’ve been using it as much as possible. We don our coats, hats and a cuppa for me and off we go. As long as the weather is dry we try and go outside if only to feed the birds.

That was until the Postman knocked at the door a couple of weeks ago and delivered us an amazing sandpit!

Since our holiday in the summer, Isabelle has reverted to a total beach babe and loves nothing more than building sandcastles, pouring water into sand, digging holes and even having the odd taste.

As you can see she was having a whale of a time.

The Sandpit is really sturdy and comes with a floor sheet and cover for when it’s not in use. Isabelle is only two years old, but the sandpit is sizeable enough to fit two chunky toddlers or children in and have enough room to play. It’s quite deep so takes a fair few bags of sand, but more sand means more fun. Isabelle is desparate to have her friends over so that they can build sandcastles and has been asking to go to the beach for some shells to put in her ‘little beach’.

As well as the amazing range of Sandpits including this Wig-wam Sandpit they have a great choice of Garden Games, Playhouses, Climbing Frames and Trampolines. The Teen is desparate for a Giant Jenga to even out the fact that the garden has become a toddler playgound. To create your own Toddler Playground pop over to www.gardengames.co.uk.

* Thank you to www.gardengames.co.uk for sending us the Hexagonal Sandpit for the purpose of review.