Friday, 24 June 2016

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Teaching children about money

Our twins are four years old and they're ever so curious about so many things in life. I love their thirst for knowledge and the questions that they ask are intriguing to say the least.

A little while ago, R asked me where I can keep my money. I explained to her that it was kept in a bank account. R has seen my pay for things in the shops with both money in note and coin form, but also with my bank card. I could see that R was trying to digest the information I'd just given her about bank accounts, so I thought a visual aid and perhaps a game would help. 

Using Lego I made R and M their very own 'bank accounts'. I divided a Lego board in two and then we used some real coins to fill up their bank accounts. 

I then gave R and M a card each which was to be their bank cards. 

The girls have a toy shop, so we used the shop to act out our game. I was the shop keeper and the girls were my customers. They took it in turns to buy things from the shop, and with each purchase they gave me their card to pay.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A morning at Roath Park Lake

Living in Cardiff is pretty cool. There are lots of interesting, magical and amazing places to visit and explore. One of those places is Roath Park. It's a massive Victorian park with lake, botanic garden, adventure playground, cafe and sports facility.

During half term earlier this month, I decided to take our girls there for the morning. They were due to visit Roath Park the following week with their nursery, but had been so excited in the run up to the trip, that I thought I'd take them too! Their school trip focused on the conservatory, which is home to tropical plants, koi carp and terrapins. This meant that they wouldn't have been able to play in the park, explore the grounds or see the lake during their trip, so I thought this would be a good opportunity for them to do so.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Sassy Kids Box Review

Back in May of this year, I reviewed our first Sassy Kids Box. Whilst I was shouting from the rooftops about how good it was, mainly because I felt there was just something lacking from it, I have to say that they’ve more than made up for it with the second box we received!

Sassy Kids Boxes are aimed at children aged three to eight years old. Sassy Kids Box is a subscription service. Your first box will be half price (£1.99) with a £0.99 delivery charge and other boxes will cost £3.99 each plus delivery. Sassy Kids Box is a fortnightly service.

Inside this month’s box we received all the craft supplies we needed to make two dragonflies, and a caterpillar. There was also one dragonfly colouring in sheet. I wish they’d include two as there was enough craft supplies for our twins to each make the craft project, but only one colouring in sheet. Aside from that the box was great!

The dragonfly activity was super easy and fun. Included in the box were some instructions for each activity. 

To make the dragonflies the first thing the girls had to do was colour in their wooden spoons using the felt pens that were included. 

Monday, 20 June 2016

Disney Movie Collection Book Review from Parragon Books

We're big Disney fans in our home. Beauty and the Beast is my favourite Disney film of all time. It's an absolute classic and my girls love it too!

More recently, Frozen, is another favourite of ours and most days, M, likes to dress up as Elsa. The other day, R, even dressed like Kristoff!

When we were recently sent two Disney Movie Collection books to review from Parragon, I was amazed that both books included every single part of each film. Everything was included!

We received Frozen and The Jungle book.

Friday, 17 June 2016

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Thursday, 16 June 2016

Specsavers Eye Test and Frames Review

I was recently contacted by Specsavers and asked if I would like to review a pair of frames and visit my local store for a complimentary eye test (usual cost £20). As someone who wears prescription glasses to drive and watch TV etc, I was more than happy to accept. 

I booked my eye test over the phone and the man I spoke to was very friendly, helpful and informative. When I walked into Specsavers I was directed upstairs and greeted by a man at the desk who took some of my details before asking me to take a seat in the waiting room. 

The waiting room was quite busy and I was quite surprised by how many members of staff there were. I'm used to having my eyes tested in the supermarket opticians which is pretty small with a maximum of five staff!

The waiting area was comfortable and even had beanbags for children, along with magazines for the grown ups and free wifi!

There were three pre-test tables behind a wall to offer privacy. I really like that there is more than one pre-test area and more than one member of staff seeing to customers as it meant that we didn't have to wait long.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Before You Sleep: Book Review

Every night I read our twin girls a bed time story. They love listening to the story each book has, and they really enjoy looking at the pictures, asking questions and using their imaginations to talk about what they can see on the page.

Books are so important to us and our girls already have a pretty impressive collection! I don’t think I can ever say no to receiving a children’s book to review!

We were sent the beautiful, entrancing children’s picture book, ‘Before You Sleep’, to review and we just love it!

Written by Benji Bennett, ‘Before You Sleep’ is just one of the many books that Benji has written about his son, Adam, who sadly passed away at just four years old. 

In August 2007, Benji bennett’s life was changed forever when his adored son died suddenly of an undiagnosed brain tumour on his 37th birthday. At his son’s funeral, Benji made a pledge to encourage parents to enjoy more time with their children and, inspired by his deep love for Adam, Benji began to write. 

Before You Sleep is a colourful, beautifully illustrated book. Benji wanted to create a story that helped parents share with their child how much they’re loved before they drift off to sleep. It became such a bedtime favourite in Ireland that is has outsold the Gruffalo and won an Irish Book Award!

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

The Fairies! Injecting a big of magic into everyday life!

One of the most wonderful things about being a child is that anything is possible. Fairies exist, as do magical powers, giant flowers and mythical animals! Then there’s Santa and the Easter Bunny too!

Helping to keep that magic alive for as long as possible is something that I treasure. Our twins are four years old and firmly believe in all of the above. They believe that mummy and daddy have magical powers, and that they too also have these powers.

When we’re in the car and stop at a red traffic light, we do magic spells to change the light to green. Sometimes this can go on a bit depending on how long it takes for the light to change, and it also means that we have to keep an eye on the other traffic lights to get a rough idea of how much longer our spell has to go on for, but it’s all fun! The girls will copy what I do and it usually involves saying some magic words, waving our hands and moving them in a specific way and then sending the magic to the traffic light. Amazingly it works every time and the girls love it!