Thursday, 26 September 2013

Tomy hide and squeak eggs review

We bought these for Isabelle's first Christmas when she was 5 months old.  They seemed to be a toy that was always everywhere we went, playgroups, doctor's waiting room etc, so thought they may be a good choice for her.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

amazon family

Have you heard about Amazon Family?

Amazon family has lots of great benefits for it's members, which includes great deals on savings for your baby essentials.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

child development - getting your toddler to help

photo courtesy of Mark Skipper

Giving your toddler little jobs to do around the house is a great way to encourage them to be independent, and will build their self esteem.  Having a little helper around the house may mean that you have to follow them around and re-do what they have done but at least they are helping and you are teaching them valuable skills in helping themselves.

child development - unstructured play

photo courtesy of Fiona loves photos

Unstructured play is more than just leaving your child to get on with it!  Anyone with children will tell you when a child is being quiet it is a sign that they are amusing themselves, while this usually means drawing on your favourite wallpaper with a pen or using their juice as a television cleaner it is actually a good thing.  

child development - your 2 year old

photo courtesy of  Alison Squires Photography

The past two years in your child's life have seen them develop and grow at an amazing rate.  Each and every thing they do and experience is forming skills that will stay with them for life.  

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Vtech first steps baby walker review

The Vtech first steps baby walker was on Isabelle's 1st list to santa.  I had read great reviews about it and a lot of people I knew had recommended it to me.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Fisher Price rainforest jumperoo review

The Fisher Price rainforest jumperoo is a baby jumper with a difference, it is free standing so no need to hang from a door.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

family recipes - blackbird pie

Getting Joshua to eat anything not sausage or bean shaped is a mission.  Until he was about three he would eat anything given to him, and then he got an opinion and it was that he hates anything remotely healthy or vegetable looking.  So Sean and I are always trying to think of ways to stop table tantrums and get some goodness into his meals.

Monday, 16 September 2013

family recipes - hot dog caterpillers

A friend of mine shared a recipe on facebook for hot dog spaghetti that I thought was a great idea.  Sean however wanted to take it up a notch and created hot dog caterpillers.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

having a baby on a budget

the first in my 'budgeting for' series.....having a baby on a budget is my experience of having a baby when money is very tight.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

gingerbread bears

these little guys are so great for kids and adults to make together

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Tommee Tippee Electric Steriliser review

I bought this steriliser when I was expecting my son to go with my Tommee Tippee closer to nature bottles.  

Monday, 9 September 2013

Milton Mini soother steriliser review

Any parent will probably at some point (if not regularly) played chase the dummy.  It seems to a be a favoured pastime for our little ones, they learn how to throw it and mummy or daddy have to retrieve it, clean it and replace it.  Children are very good at making it land somewhere undesirable and a sterile replacement has to be found.  I remember all too well rummaging through the bottom of my ever expanding changing bag to find another dummy.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Tutti Bambini katie mini dropside sleigh cot bed review


When our daughter started to grow out of her crib, we started looking around for a bigger cot.  We liked the idea of a cot bed that would grow with her until she was ready for a big girls bed.