Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Leapfrog count along til #Review


I'm starting to try and get Blake more into his role play toys and trying to get him to enjoy using his imagination more. From a young age Blake has had his own toy phone and we got him his own toy kitchen for his 2nd birthday. He even has the Leapfrog number loving oven which he loves playing with. We recently got sent the Leapfrog count along till which I knew would be a hit with him.




The Leapfrog count along till comes with 8 colorful food pieces, 10 coins and a shopping card. When you press the buttons on the till it talks about the colors as well as numbers and counting. In total the till says over 50 phrases and educational songs to help aid with learning. 

When you have "scanned" the items press the total button and the till will tell you how many coins the total is. You can either put the coins through the little slot as a self service till or if you press the red button it opens up the till so it can be used when playing with others as a shopkeeper/customer scenario. At the side of the screen is a slot for swiping the card for card transactions or i guess can be used a reward me card.

The count along till like all of the Leapfrog toys Blake owns has two volume settings. The till also takes 3x AAA batteries which are also included. 

Blake loves the till with its cheery voice and loves scanning his shopping. I am hoping that the toy will also help to encourage him with his speech as well as color and number recognition and counting skills. 


The Leapfrog count along till retails at £19.99 and sold in most well known toy shops and Amazon. 


Monday, 27 March 2017

Mummy and Me : March

I have to confess that this month we really haven't got up to as much as I would have liked to. Our day to day has been rather boring with nothing really interesting going on. 

Something I haven't mentioned much here is that Blake is slightly behind in his development. He has speech delay and so was referred for a hearing test in which he passed and has now been discharged from. The next step is more appointments with the speech therapist. The health visitor when we had his 27 month review is concerned with some of his other areas of development. So we are looking into potentially putting Blake into pre-school as she feels that this will benefit him. 

On the plus side Blake has started to say a few more words and is able to tell us when he needs his nappy changing. I'm putting potty training off a little longer as I feel he isn't fully ready yet however I can see it being something that we will start to introduce before the end of the year.

Mothers day yesterday was lovely and relaxed we got out doors for a walk and a trip to the park so Blake could run off some steam. I was blessed with such a lovely present and card and a glass of rose before bed was a lovely much needed treat. 

I am looking forward to what April will bring as there are some Easter events happening locally which I am planning to take Blake to.






Living Arrows 13/52

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”  by Kahlil Gibran


This photo to me sums up what Blake has been like this week. He's been a totally whirl wind running around constantly, craving attention and being very cheeky. I've found he's been getting bored of toys this week so I think it's time to do a toy rotation and come up with some planned activities for us to do together. The weather has been a bit unpredictable this week with some days being warm, sunny with blue skys and then the next its been a bit chilly with rain and dull skys. Blake is certainly a child who loves being outdoors and so I really am looking forward to the more warmer weather so that we can get out and about more with him. 


Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Ordinary Moments : Mothers Day



With today being Mothers Day I find it a great time to reflect and be thankful for my Mum. 
Even though I haven't seen her today knowing that I got her a card and a gift that I knew she wanted brings a smile to my face.

Since becoming a Mum myself I have certainly realised about how much my Mum has done over the years, not just for me but my sister too and now Blake. Blake adores his Nanny and she adores him and I so love seeing them together giggling, playing cars, drawing etc. 

From the moment back in April 2014 when I found out I was pregnant my life changed. 
It changed even more so when Blake was born, I knew it would of course and I knew that being a Mum was going to be hard work. However I never knew how hard it would be but also how much love that I could possibly feel, it really is overwhelming. 

We have good days and bad days (especially with the terrible twos), however the good days certainly out weigh the bad days. No mum is perfect and I am far from it however I do try my damn hardest to be the best Mum I can be. 

Today we have had a rather relaxed one as Blake decided to wake up at 4am (technically 3am) and it kind of threw us as he very rarely wakes in the night. He decided that it was playtime at around 6am and so we had to get him up as he decided it must have his milk and cheerios too. 

We went out for a little walk today and Stuart cooked me a lovely meal this evening. I am so thankful for the gift from Blake (and Stuart) for Mothers day a gorgeous Mum charm to add to my Chamilia bracelet. I love sentimental gifts like this which I will be able to treasure forever. 

I hope you have all had a wonderful Mothers day whatever you have got up to. 
For those who have lost a mother, for those who have lost a child and for those of you who long to be a Mum you are not forgotten. My thoughts are with you especially today. 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Kaercher SC3 Steam Cleaner #Review


Cleaning when you have a toddler making a mess in the other room can be rather tricky. Even though I have a cleaning kit and enjoy doing the spring clean in general I hate doing the chores and find them so mundane and boring. 

We have used a steam cleaner in the past and loved it, however our new steamer the Kaercher SC3 is on another level. The Kaercher SC3  is a 100% chemical free tool with no scrubbing necessary with outstanding results each time we have used it, its now an essential cleaning tool in our home. 

We first tested out the Kaercher SC3  when cleaning our kitchen and were so impressed with the results. Our stove top was looking less than satisfactory before hand but after one use it was clean and shiny like it should be. One of the reasons why I had put off cleaning it was that the products that I used in the past made the job take much longer and with a lot more effort. 




Our next job was using the steamer to clean our floors. The Kaercher SC3 can be used on nearly all hard surfaces but not carpets which is the only downside. However the only carpets in our home are in the bedrooms so definitely not too much of an issue. 

Our kitchen is the worst in our home as it gets dirty so quickly and so I was glad to find that the Kaercher SC3 removes stains quickly and effectively on all the hard floors in our home which was a relief when it comes to the kitchen. 

One of the rooms I was looking forward to testing the Kaercher SC3 was the bathroom. I hate cleaning our white bathroom tiles and I find that we get mould in there often and am constantly having to use a mould spray which I don't like as its full of chemicals. 




Before

After
As you can see in the before photo the tiles were starting to go a little black due to mould and mildew and usually I would use a tooth brush to clean it which would take me a good while of scrubbing. As you can see in the after photo our tiles are now white and clean this is with just one use with the Kaercher SC3. 

When cleaning the bathroom I noticed that our shower head was starting to go a bit yucky. 
Now I clean it regularly by wrapping the shower head in a sandwich bag with white vinegar tied with an elastic band. This does work really well when left for a good few hours however you as you can see in the photos below the Kaercher SC3  cleans it so well without having to wait. 

Before

After

Overall the Kaercher SC3 helps us to get the job done on a much more quicker level and of a more higher standard. The Kaercher SC3 is also really light weight, small in size so easy to store as well as being simple to use. 


Specifications: 

- Childproof safety lock 
- Safety valve
- Steam flow regulation, on handle
- Integrated funnel 
- Floor cleaning kit, Comfort + 2 x 0.5 m extension tubes
- Equipment, Manual nozzle, detail nozzle, round brush
- Terry floor cloth
- Terry cloth cover for hand tool
- Descaler cartridge
- parking position
- Steam hose with gun 
- Detail nozzle
- Hand tool
- Round brush
- Integrated on/off switch 
- 2 x 0.5 m extension tubes