Friday, 21 November 2014

Binky Linky


This linky is your chance to link up your favourite post of the week. It's a great way to find new blogs to read and to raise your blogs profile.

I'm your host!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Izzy Explores the Jungle Book Review

I've been trying to find time to read more to my children. With twins it’s often hard to find the time as quite often they both want to do different things.

I find the best time to read to them is after they've had their lunch. They have full tummies and will be ready for some quiet time after a usually busy morning. 

Izzy Explores is the first in a series of stories involving this intrepid little girl and her friendly monkey to come from author Martin Wallace. Izzy will see all the wonders of her environment spanning a series of books before heading off to a new location to discover more adventures.

R and M really enjoy listening to me reading this story to them. It’s simple and easy for them to understand, plus the illustrations help to keep their interest. Although I do think Izzy could do with some pupils as her eyes come across a bit vacant and creepy to me! This also goes for some of the other characters too, but it doesn't seem to bother either of my girls! In fact they love Peter the monkey! 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

7 Simple but Great Animal Crafts

Winter is a time for fun crafts with the kids. Animal crafts allow your children to engage with nature, learn about the outdoors but all the while keeping warm and getting creative around the kitchen table. Here are a few ideas for animals crafts for a variety of skill levels and age groups. Many of these are made using household items and old packaging. For any extra materials such as paints and glue, go to Artifolk who stock a great range of art materials.

Owl Collage

Tearing up a bunch of tissue paper in different shades of brown and sticking in two ovals one above the other with two bright circles for eyes on the upper oval along with a small upside down orange triangle for a beak makes a simple owl. Twit Twoo!

Bubble Wrap Sheep

Bubble wrap lends itself beautifully to looking like a sheep’s body when painted white. Carefully cut out the shape of the head from black paper complete with ears and googly eyes. This is also a nice exercise in recycling and may come in handy after Christmas when you have all that excess packaging.

Paper Plate Toucan

There are few animals that look more fun than the toucan. A brightly painted folded over paper plate creates a great replica of the birds bill. Whereas a black another one folded appropriately and painted black can represent the wing.

Christmas Toy Gift Guide 2014

Another year, another Christmas toy gift guide!

With only a few weeks to go until Christmas I thought I would share with you my top Christmas toys for 2014 to suit all budgets!

Budget £5-£50

Shape Snap. £7.50

My twins are two and a half and they absolutely love this game.

It’s fun, educational and a great way to learn through play. Recommended age is 3-6 years.

With the Shape Snap cards children can learn about shapes. There are lots of games you can use these cards for. As the name suggests Snap is one of those games, but you can also use them to match pairs. This is what our girls love doing!

I lay down one of each shape card on the floor and then hand the remaining cards out one by one. I ask them what the shape is called and then they have to place the card in their hand to the matching card on the floor.

The educational benefits of Shape Snap are that they can help develop, colour recognition, develop personal and social skills when played with friends and family, develops shape and matching skills and also encourages observational skills.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Argos Wishlist App Review

If you're stuck for ideas about what to get your child for Christmas look no further than the Argos Wishlist app for help!

Simply search for 'Argos Wishlist' in the App Store....

Wooden Fairy Cake Stand & Cakes and Wooden Fairy Biscuit Review

Wooden toys have been around since before I was even born. They’re durable, easy to clean and great fun for children to play with.

We were recently sent a Fairy Wooden Cake Stand & Cakes and Fairy Wooden Biscuits to review from Lucy Locket. 

Monday, 17 November 2014

Dos and Don'ts of Relocating

Many people relocate every day for a variety of reasons. Some do so for a new job and others for a better life. Whatever your reasons are, there are a few things you should consider before you make the move.

Moving your family

If you have children you'll need to think about how the move will impact them. From missing their friends to finding them a new school, there'll be a lot of things you'll need to talk about.

Your children will undoubtedly be excited about living in a new, exciting place, but it'll be scary too. You'll need to reassure them that everything will be ok. Maybe look at your new home and the area you'll be living in online. Look at some pictures of the local area and what areas of interest are nearby.

If you can, show them picture of their new school and take to them about it too. Make it a big exciting journey!

Rise and Shine! It's time to take on the Early Bird Challenge!

I am not a morning person. I never have been and I doubt I ever will be. My husband on the other hand is definitely a morning person. Once he's awake, he's awake! It doesn't matter what time it is. Before our twins were born he would regularly wake at 6am and just sit watching TV or play one of his games. 

I'd be quite happy staying in bed until 10am, sometimes 11am. When I was in my teens you'd be lucky to see me before midday. 

Since having children you'd think all that would have changed and that I'd be up the same time as them. Well, you'd be wrong!

Our twins wake on average around 7am. Not too early some would say. My husband gets up with them every morning whilst I stay in bed. Unless, of course it's a work day in which case I would be up the same time as them. 

On a day when I'm not working though I like to stay in bed and luckily for me my husband obliges and lets me. I do feel guilty on occasion about doing this. I mean after all I'm a mum and I should be up at the same time as my children so that I can give them breakfast and watch Tikka Billa with them, shouldn't I?

You may be wondering I'm talking about sleep a lot, well I’ve teamed up with Free Office Finder to take on the early bird challenge. 

The challenge is all about teaching people about the benefits of waking up earlier and regaining some of their valuable free time. Can you call it 'free time' when you're a parent?!

Anyway, apparently there are actually some enormous physical and mental benefits to waking up earlier, which will lead to a healthier, happier and more productive you.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

BabyBeau Sophia Changing Bag Review

It’s the must have, essential item that every parent needs. They come in all shapes and sizes in a variety of wonderful designs and colours. What am I talking about? Changing bags of course!

BabyBeau was born when mumpreneur, Rebecca Gono discovered a gap in the market for changing bags that didn’t merely serve their purpose, but looked great and enabled a life beyond the baby years.

The first changing bag I bought was £15.00 from a supermarket. Suffice to say it didn’t last very long and if I’m honest with you it looked more like something you’d store your laptop in as oppose to nappies!

BabyBeau changing bags are not only fashionable, they’re practical and functional too. From the outside they look like a luxury, designer handbag, but inside there’s plenty of room to store everything you need to cater for your baby or in my case - babies!

When it comes to choosing a changing bag I want one that can be worn like a handbag, but can also be hung over the handle bar of my double buggy. It needs to big enough to fit everything inside, but not too big that it gets in the way when I’m wearing it on my shoulder and trying to pick up one or both of my children at the same time!

The Sophia Changing Bag from BabyBeau is a supple, ultra soft leather slouch tote. The one I was sent is in a timelessly classic two tone grey and black colour. It’ll never go out of fashion and will always look good sitting on my shoulder long after my children have grown up.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Vlog Hop

Vlog Hop is a new linky that myself and Ickle Pickles Mummy from The Little Life of Ickle Pickle will be hosting on a fortnightly basis.

We're both fairly new to vlogging and even though I have done a few videos on my You Tube channel I still feel like I have a lot to learn. You can find Ickle Pickles You Tube Channel here.

The idea of the Vlog Hop is quite simply to link up your favourite vlog that you've made within the last two weeks. It doesn't matter if you're new to vlogging or if you're a vlogging veteran anyone can link up.

You can vlog about fashion, parenting, beauty, pretty much whatever takes your fancy as long as it's not offensive or illegal!

This linky will be fortnightly.

To give you a helping hand if you want to take part, but aren't sure what to vlog about we'll be setting a theme for you. You can either post any vlog you've made within the last two weeks or you can vlog about something using the theme we've set.

You can be as creative as you like!

There are only three rules:
  • Use the #VlogHop hashtag when you add your video to your social media pages and blog
  • Like, comment and subscribe to at least two of the linked up vlogs
  • If you include your vlog in a blog post, please think about adding the Vlog Hop badge
Twin Mummy and Daddy

The theme for this weeks Vlog Hop is 'Food'.
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