Arthur Price | Despicable Me

Despicable Me 3 has recently released in cinemas, I took the little lady to see it a couple of weeks ago and she absolutely LOVED it! it’s such a good film for both adults and kids. With the new release of Despicable Me 3 to celebrate Arthur Price have released their own china and cutlery range, so if your kids love Despicable Me then they will definitely love this, I must admit I am slightly jealous.

I was kindly sent over their *Sea of Minions three piece set (£24.95) and their *Sea of Minions four piece set of cutlery (£24.95) which has made meal time that little bit more exciting for the little one. Scarlett could barely contain her excitement to allow me to take photos before hand, to be honest I know exactly how she feels with that one when I buy a new product for the blog I literally don’t want to wait for a nice sunny day to take photos before using it and sometimes I sneakily use it.

The Sea of Minions three piece set comes with a little china cup, bowl and plate and the four piece cutlery set comes with four stainless steel cutlery including a knife, fork, tea spoon and spoon. The sets are vibrant to make meal times more fun and exciting for the little ones, Scarlett loves having her cereal from the minions bowl in the mornings. The sets are lightweight, high quality and dishwasher safe. All of their Despicable Me items come with free delivery and 15 year guarantee.

*products sent to review

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Amazon Fire Kids Tablet |

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In December I wrote a post featuring Kidloland surrounding the idea can using phones/tablets actually be educational for children, we’ve always been pretty flexible when it comes to letting Scarlett use technology, obviously she has a time limit on it but we allow her to use it. She usually uses my tablet or phone to watch kids Youtube which isn’t so great when you receive texts or calls because she slides them up going un noticed for a while. We decided to invest in a tablet for herself, I’ve heard about the Amazon Fire Kids Edition £100 before and it sounded pretty suited for her.

  • Easy-to-use parental controls: set screen time limits and educational goals, encouraging learning before play
  • Comes with 5000+ age-appropriate games, educational apps, videos and books with 1 year of Fire for Kids Unlimited included
  • Worry-free YouTube videos and websites: controlled access to thousands of age-appropriate websites and selected YouTube videos through the Fire for Kids web-browser
  • 2-year worry-free guarantee: If they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked
  • 7″ display, quad-core processor, kid-proof case, front and rear cameras, and microSD slot for additional storage up to 200GB

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What mainly appealed to us is the 2-year worry-free guarantee, obviously when it comes to kids it’s likely at some point that it might get broken and being one of her favourite things to have at the moment I don’t want her to going without it and to be worrying about the cost to get the screen replaced or if the tablet gets damaged.

The tablet also has parental controls so that you are able to set screen time limits for example you can set it to the tablet can only be used between 6pm-7pm, Scarlett has adapted to that pretty well once her screen time is over it goes away. It also allows you to set educational goals so for example, Scarlett might have to do a piece of homework before having screen time.

The Amazon Fire Kids Edition comes with 5000+ games, educational apps, videos and books so there is plenty of entertainment for your little ones without them having to download endless apps, which is a pet hate of mine when she has my phone, if she doesn’t try to download them there is a risk of them being deleted and typically I can never remember what I originally had, there is no issue with that it’s all already on the tablet, what’s even better they are age appropriate.

I’d definitely recommend this if parents are looking to buy their little ones a tablet.

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Toddler Clothing Haul | Nutmeg Clothing

Morrisons is always somewhere I forget to look for clothing for Scarlett, I love buying some of of her clothing from supermarkets because sometimes they are a lot nicer than what you get in high street shops. I tend to lean towards Tesco’s TU range, they have a beautiful range and do quite a lot of plum/purple colours around autumn which we both love.

With the lady baby’s 3rd birthday fast approaching clothes are always a great present, she is forever growing and she has so many toys and they just end up at the bottom of the toy box. Strolling through Morrisons I headed down to their Nutmeg clothing section which they currently had a few items on sale as well, I just wanted to put the whole lot in my basket, but I was good I only picked up a few bits that I thought she would love, each of their clothing is reasonably priced, has gorgeous designs, feels top quality and so soft to the touch.

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Mummy & Me T-Shirt £2.50

Patterned 3 Pack Long Sleeved T-Shirts £4.50 (Sale)

Wonderful Long Sleeved T-Shirt £1.50 (Sale)

You Are My Sunshine Long Sleeved T-Shirt £2.50

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Can using phones/tablets actually be educational? Featuring Kidloland

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There’s a huge debate when it comes to children and technology, some parents allow their kids to use tablets, TVs etc and some it’s a complete no go which fair enough everyone is entitled to their own opinion and to bring their children up to how they wish, myself I see no problem with Scarlett using them. Scarlett watches TV and plays games including educational games on my phone but she isn’t stuck to the device 12 hours a day everyday, we still teach her so much but it has contributed and helped her thrive.

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Kidloland* is an award winning downloadable app for phones and tablets aimed at 0-5 year olds which includes 1000+ nursery rhymes, songs, stories, activities, games for kids on their app. The app is really easy to navigate through for both parents and children, Scarlett has had absolutely no problem with using it and finding what she wants.

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The main menu of Kidloland includes, Nursery Rhymes 1-20, Stories, Phonics, ABCD Songs, Games, Learn to Trace, Nursery Rhymes 21-25, Surprises,Chomping Monsters, Popping Time, Activities, Magic Words, Create & Play Occupations, Create & Play Places Around Us, Wheels on the Bus, Weather & Seasons, Dinos, Old MacDonald Songs, Vehicles, Animal Kingdom, Fruits & Vegetables, Row Your Boat, Numbers 1-100, Lullabies, Colours & Shapes, Months & Days and Christmas Songs.

 

Whenever me and Scarlett are out and about especially when it comes to using public transport for long time periods I think it is important for us to have entertainment as she gets bored of books and me pulling funny faces after a while, she’s probably thinking what the hell is mummy doing half the time. Generally Scarlett tends to use Kids Youtube where she finds things like Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol but this absolutely drains my data use age when we are out and about but with Kidloland within the app you are able to download the items so that whenever your on the go or have no internet your child can still use the app, so there is no worrying about using all your data.

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What I love most about Kidloland is that it is really interactive, it’s not just getting her to sit in front of a TV and watch it like you would with shows like Paw Patrol, she has to interact with the app for example learn to trace, on the screen it comes up with a letter of the alphabet, it requires you to trace the letter with your finger. Scarlett is in love with this app and mummy plays along with it too.

App is free to download, subscription packages available at £3.99 for 1 month, £18.99 for 6 months, £29.99 for 12 months.

Kidloland is available on IOS and Google Play Store & Amazon App Store.

What are your thoughts about children using phones and tablets?

*This post contains PR sample*

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3D Printed Fairy Door

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Coming up with new ideas for children’s Christmas presents is incredibly hard, well at least I find it to be, I find myself searching my brain constantly and it probably doesn’t make it any easier with my daughter Scarlett being 2 as she can’t really suggest what she wants. Searching the internet endlessly for ideas I came across fairy doors, which I believe are around £10-£15, I think it’s such a cute idea and perfect present for children to keep their little imaginations running wild. The idea of them is to pop them against your skirting boards and it creates a magical door way to fairy & elf world.

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Lucky for me though my model maker husband has various 3D printers and suggested that he would 3D model and print it using REAL wood infused filament. For those of you who are interested, the process taken to make it included modelling a simple shaped door in a programme called Fusion360 and then using a clay sculpting programme (Zbrush) to carve out the shapes and the detail such as the rocks and wood grain. After completing it, the door was then printed on one of his 3D printers and finished painting in acrylic paints, he created a video on the making of it here:

Want one for yourself? we’ve also got one to give away to you beautiful bunch, just enter below alternatively you can grab one on Etsy.

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Childrens Christmas Gift Guide

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It’s December!!! Seriously where has this year gone?! it’s flown by, so that means it’s time for Christmas. I used to always dread Christmas time since my mum passed so i’d often work Christmas Day with working in the care sector but since having Scarlett I get so excited for her, now she’s almost 3 years old she knows what Christmas is, it is truly amazing seeing her eyes light up.

The only downside to Christmas now is that I have absolutely no idea what to get her, so I complied a list of her favourite things such as shows etc and bought her at least one item of each. I’m sure I am not the only parent that struggles with what gifts to buy their kids so I thought this gift guide might help.

Trolls headphones (£19.99), Amazon Fire kids tablet (£100), Mermaid knitted blanket (£11.98), Shopkins set (£4.49), Shopkins pjs (£6.49), Trolls bedding (£10.49), My little pony (£14.99), Paw patrol toy (£9.99)

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Children’s Christmas Eve Box

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My husband stumbled upon a Christmas Eve box for children last year filled with all sorts of goodies that your baby/toddler/child can open on Christmas Eve to get into the Christmas spirit and in my opinion it’s a bloody good idea. We did one last year but because Scarlett was only 9 months at the time she was a little young for it, though non the less she enjoyed watching The Snowman in some gorgeous thumper pjs in the middle of a chaotic house move, yes we did move on Boxing Day! eek.

So, we want to make it a tradition that every year she has a little special box that the elves bring her before heading off to santa to get her presents ready for the morning! I think i’m more excited than she is to be honest.

What’s in the box?

The Grinch DVD (£3, ASDA)

Frozen Colouring Book (£3, The Entertainer Shop)

Bic Pencil Crayons (£1.50, Wilkinsons)

Fleece Pjs (£6.99, ASDA)

Thorntons Snowman Chocolate (£2, ASDA)

It doesn’t have to burn a hole into your pocket and cost the earth and you can tailor it to what you like!

What do you think?

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Toddler Stocking Filler Ideas

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ARGH!! Finally, my first Christmas post! Scarlett has been under the weather as well as myself so the amount of blogging i’ve gone done is absolutely zilch which sucks. So December is here and Christmas is TWO weeks away, where the hell has 2014 gone?? During the last week or so we started the dreaded Christmas present buying, I wish we would have started sooner but with the wedding to pay for we didn’t have chance. When it came to buying Scarlett’s Christmas presents I had absolutely no idea what to buy her, I mean she can’t tell me what she wants, so it’s like present roulette! so I thought I would create a Christmas stocking filler guide to help out other mummies and daddies who must be in the same dilemma as me. I have filled her stocking with a variety of things from chocolates, toys and bath products varying in different prices though all under £10, so heres a couple of ideas of what you could fill your toddler’s stocking with.

Lush – Santa’s Belly (£8.95)

Bolt Hole – Woodland Critters (£1.50 each)

 Butter Bear, Lush £1.95

  Dashing Santa, Lush £2.95

Disney Frozen DVD, Amazon £6.99

The Grinch DVD, Amazon £5.95

Peppa Pig Christmas DVD, Amazon £3.00

Winter Princess Doll, Mamas & Papas £8.95

Jumbo Number Cards, Mothercare £6.00

*photographs are not my own*

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H&M Toddler Mini Haul

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I never need an excuse to spend money on my little one, I am forever wanting things for her as there is just too many cute things out there! I headed to Manchester with her yesterday as I got to spend my Selfridges competition voucher, we had such a lovely lunch together and then headed to H&M, my all time favourite for super cute clothes.

I wanted to get Scarlett a lovely little winter coat as the past few days it’s been really nippy and of course now were in autumn winter is creeping up on us. I found this absolutely gorgeous double breasted beige coat for her (£19.99) which has embroidered pockets and little cute ears on the hood. I tried this on her and she looks incredibly adorable, I wouldn’t mind one myself to be honest.

For just under £20 the quality of this coat is incredible, it is really nice and warm which will keep her really toasty in the colder months, to be honest it is just all round perfect. I am gutted though, they only do the sizes up to 1 1/2 to 2 years so I can’t buy her the next size up for when she has grown out of it!

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In terms of accessories I grabbed two headbands for her, the fluffy ear ones (£2.50) and the star headband (£1.99), her collection is forever expanding. I also grabbed her a super cute teddy, a ballerina bunny (£6.99) in my opinion a girl can never have enough teddies especially if they are as cute as this! it was a little gift from her lovely nanny as she wanted us to buy something special for her, so we definitely fulfilled that order.

I also grabbed her a little cute long sleeved purple spotted dress (£5.99), Scarlett really suits the colour purple and dresses in general, she just looks good enough to eat in them! I think even though this is size 1 1/2 to 2 years we will get a little longer out of it due to the material being stretchy which is a bonus for any mum!

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Toucan Box

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I have been on the hunt for a monthly activity box for Scarlett as a little treat for her and stumbled upon Toucan Box, scrolling through their website it looked pretty interesting so I looked around further. You are able to purchase three different types of boxes depending on your preference and price range which I think is a great idea.

Petite one activity (£3.95 + £0.98 postage)
Grande two activities and a book (£9.95 + £2.95 postage)
Super four activities and a book (£16.95 + £2.95 postage)

Petite delivers every two weeks, grande and super every month. Each box comes packed with loads of goodies and instructions on how to make an amazing project, pretty cool huh? In this months box Scarlett got some little medieval finger puppets, crayons, felt, ribbon, jewels and an instruction book. This months box will allow her to make a jewelled crown and some finger puppets which I hope will keep us both entertained for quite some time, as she is 1 1/2 she will need some assistance with her little box as it is aimed at those aged 3-8 (also advised on the website).

One big deal for me is that it fits through your letter box, HURRAH! It is a little tedious when parcels come for you and your not in – I know the simple things! so this is convenient and perfect in my opinion. I know that you can easily get the items yourself but I think it is so much nicer for them to have their own little parcel, it’s even addressed to them!
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