Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Wonderbly: The Christmas Snowflake

Wonderbly are a brand that over the years I have grown to love due to their fab range of personalised books. The first ever book we received from them was The little boy who lost his name which we still love. We also own a few more of their books and now we have a lovely Christmas personalised book to add to our collection. 

The Christmas Snowflake is a sweet festive story of Snowflake who is looking for a place to call home this Christmas – but only you and your loved ones can help! A charmingly personalised festive tale the whole family will adore.

The book is personalised to your family and you can add up to 9 names inside the book. Their names will magically appear on Snowflake’s crystals, festive Christmas stockings, and even floating majestically on the wind…

As well as being delightfully illustrated with playful verses on each page The Christmas Snowflake is printed on high quaility paper and also includes a pull out and keep ornament  perfectly framing your family's names in the book beneath.

The Christmas snowflake is a perfect Christmas gift that the whole family will enjoy. We will be adding the book to Blake's Christmas Eve basket this year. The book is an ideal keepsake to bring out each year during the festive season.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Bathrooms and the elderly – how to make your bathroom accessible for everyone

We all use the bathroom every day and when we’re younger, we take for granted how easily we can move from room to room and use the facilities on offer. But as we get older your mobility begins to suffer this can have a knock-on effect with regards to difficulties you might experience when using this particular part of the house.
If you have parents - or grandparents - who are beginning to encounter such problems, then it could be a sign for you to make certain changes to their bathroom to make their lives just that little bit easier.
From simple additions to full-on refurbishments, there is plenty you can do to make this space a more accessible room for people who have difficulty with their movement. Here are some tips to get you started.
Grab bars
Grab bars are one of the easiest features you can incorporate into almost any bathroom, offering extra support for those who may struggle to get out of the bath or off the toilet. Check out this site for more information. You can even find grab bars that are seamlessly disguised as other features you would normally find in a bathroom anyway, with soap dishes, shampoo racks and toilet roll holders all being incorporated into modern designs.
The great thing about these is that they are simple to install and can make a real difference, without requiring a complete rethink of the layout of the room.
Walk-in showers
If getting in and out of the bath is proving to be too much completely, then replacing it with a walk-in shower could be the most viable option. This way, the person using it doesn't have to worry about lifting themselves in or out of the tub, meaning slips are much less likely to occur.
Is the pathway from the bedroom to the bathroom dark? It’s a good idea to speak with your relative and ask them which parts of the bathroom (and other parts of the house) that they find dark or gloomy. If a bathroom is well lit, then it’s easier for relatives to find certain objects and this will also prevent trips and any potential falls. Use nightlights to create a well-lit path to the bathroom. Having nightlights in the bathroom helps as well.
The floor
Non-slip mats: Falls often occur when elders are getting in and out of the tub or shower. Having a non-slip mat on the floor of the shower or tub as well as a non-slip rug on the floor when stepping out of tub or shower (to prevent slipping on wet tiles) helps the elder feel more stable and can reduces slipping.
Regular cleaning
Routinely removing showers and tubs of soap scum and mildew can reduce the slippery coating that forms as a result of these substances. Also, be sure to avoid clutter in the bathroom to prevent tripping and make sure that all bottles and soaps are in easy reach.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Fisherprice Potty Train Bing! (Review)

Even though Blake is almost 3 he is yet to be potty trained as we feel that he just isn't ready yet and pre-school and have confirmed it too. I know it's going to be hard when the time comes though to get him to understand he needs to do his business in a potty or toilet. 

Fisherprice are great when it comes to educational toys and when I found out that they are released the Toilet Train Bing I just knew that it would be perfect for Blake to get use to the idea over time. 

The toy is such a soft and cuddly toy for your little Bingster and is great fun playing games. But wait we need to stop for the toilet train! Bing will let you know that he needs to use the toilet, sit him down on his potty and then you will hear a flush when he has finished. 

If Bing doesn't make it in time uh-oh he has a unique illuminating feature shows that Bing has wet himself.

Potty train Bing is a fun way to support your child when it comes to toilet training. Blake adores him and carries him around a lot throughout the day. Blake is yet to understand that he needs to put Bing on the potty so it's something that we need to help encourage him with.

What we love most about Bing is that he just isn't all about the potty but he also has fun games too.  Games such as hide and seek, boo, telling a story etc so that children can enjoy playing with him too. 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Hopster (Review)

I was recently contacted by Hopster to see if Blake and I would be interested in trying out their app. Hopster is ideal for Preschoolers and we have found it easy to use and child friendly. 

Blake is 3 in less than 2 weeks and we think this app is ideal for him. The app is free to download on both iOS and android althoguh there is a subscption fee of £3.99 a month although you can get a free trial first to see if the app is right for your child. 

So what do you get for £3.99 a month: 

- Over 800 + favourite kids TV episodes
- Over 100 Songs and Nursery Rhymes
- Curriculum based learning games

The app is safe to use with no ads and you can watch offline at any time, which is always handy. 

Blake's favourite part of the app has to be the shows with so many new shows for him to watch he is spoilt for choice. He even has the chance to watch his favourite In the night garden. We love that their is also new content added each month.

The games are literacy, numeracy, creativity, emotional intelligence based on the curriculum and created with leading experts in child development.

Music is a great way for children to learn new songs and sounds and this is another area of the app that Blake really enjoys. 

Books help children to develop a lifelong love of books with Britain’s best loved children’s stories from HarperCollins. Including videos and audiobooks as well.

The app is great for little ones as not only is the music catchy but the images are bright and colourful. Every time I put the app on my tablet Blake is straight over to see what is going on and is getting the idea now of how the app works.  

We definitely feel that a subscription is a worthwhile investment and you get so much from it. 

Have you heard of Hospter? Will you be giving the trial a go?

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Win: JD Bug Junior Kids MS100 Red Glow Pearl Scotter

The JD Bug Junior Kids MS100 Red Glow Pearl Original Street Foldable Scooter from Skates is considered the safest, lightweight and most popular kids foldable scooter in the UK, with an extra safe folding mechanism.The JD Bug Junior is perfect for smaller kids, aged four and above who want to keep up with their siblings who are already scooting around on the JD Bug Original.

I have the chance for one lucky person to get there hands on one!

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