Thursday, 19 March 2020

FREE Online Learning Resources for Home Schooling

So i've been finding lots of websites are doing Learning Resources for Kids which include activities and printables.

Today I have spent the day looking in lots of different places for different ones and I thought that I would help you out and save you the job of searching for them by putting them all in one big list here. 


I will keep updating the list as I find them, and I will try and find a range of ages though I mostly have things for Lily's age (5)

So I hope that this will be helpful during this fun time of home schooling. 




Orchard Toys have a full section of things to do, from printables, recipe ideas, colouring, and craft ideas. It is all super easy to download and its all FREE! Perfect for children aged 3-7 years old. 

LovewritingCo (in the photo above) is an amazing company for helping your little one to learn to write. If you head to the orange band at the bottom and pop in your email they will send you some free letter practice, perfect for children aged 3-5 years old. They also have some lovely Mothers day printables too. 

Schooltastic have popped up a facebook post that has some links to some great downloadables for your children of a wide age range. 

Twinkl takes 2 seconds to sign up to and then if you search FREE it comes up with all the different packages you can download. There is an amazing range here, reading tasks, maths, literacy, fun things to do and more. They are all really good learning base resources and again have a wide range of things for different ages. 

The Learning Apps has some Free Colouring and Easy Letter Printable sheets for children aged 3-5 years. 

Indoor Activities - Of corse your children are going to want some down time to and some fun activities, so here you can see a list of things to do indoors. 

Easter Lacing Cards - Learning Resource has popped a cute Easter Activity with Free Downloadable on their blog. 

Green Bean have some cute downloadable sheets with Colouring in, and making fun finger puppets. 

Kiddy Charts have some good printable reward charts and healthy eating charts which may come in handy at the moment. 

Stevie Doodles has 1000's of Free downloadable colouring sheets and even some Harry Potter ones which will go down very well. 

Woo! Jr has lots of fun ideas as well as printables for Easter and Spring which will be great to get seen as the kids will be missing Easter activities next week in school. 

Im sure there will be loads more out there for me to tell you about so as soon as I find more I shall update this. 

Hope this helps you stay sane and your kids stay entertained. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Siblings - Baby Annabel and her Brother Review

One thing that I think is great about Zapf Creation is that they create baby boys as well as baby girls. Which means this is a great opportunity for your child to own baby brothers and sisters. 

So many kids out there have a baby brother or sister and some children may even have baby twins as siblings. So its so nice to be able to keep family in mind when your children are playing role play with their toys. 

So this post is all about Baby Annabell and her Brother Baby Alexander. You may have read my review I have already done on baby Alexander but if not then you can view it here. 

So here is the adorable Baby Annabell and Alexander. 



They both look so adorable together and you can totally see the enjoyment your child will get from playing "twin babies" with these. They look very alike, but they also have their differences. As well as the obvious outfit difference, they also have different coloured eyes, and Alexander has a different face shape to him slightly. 

Baby Annabel is so adorable, she comes with a pink outfit which is super soft and velvety and also her velvet soft baby hat. She also comes with a bib which features the baby Annabell lamb and necklace, bottle and dummy. 

Baby Annabel is soft bodied apart from her head, arms and legs. So she is delightful to pick up and cuddle. 


She also comes with some interactive features. You will need 3 AA batteries to make these work and you place them into her back. 

Firstly when you turn her on, she will coo like a baby and make all sorts of baby noises. Her sounds are so realistic and she really sounds like a baby. She also makes real life baby movements and will make a sucking movement and noise when you give her her dummy or bottle. This is such a cute feature and really helps a child's imagination grow and helps them feel like they are taking care of a real baby.  

She also burps like a baby and cries like one too. If you pop her dummy in her mouth she will stop crying. If you lay her on her back, she closes her eyes and makes sounds like she is going to sleep. She is so cute!

You can also make her cry real tears by feeding her water from her bottle. 

She is such a good choice of doll if you are looking to buy your child one. 

Lily loves her dolls and she was so pleased to be able to look after 2 babies at once. She also loved that when her friends came round to play, they both could play dollies together and look after a baby each. 



The features of both these babies really make the babies feel more real to a child and I would really recommend them as great dolls. 

Baby Annabell is £49 to buy and can be bought from Smyths Toy Store. Baby Alexander is also £49 and can be bought from Smyths toy store

Do you think your child would like to have Sibling Dolls? 

Friday, 13 March 2020

Gravity Blankets - Review on how Amazing Weighted Blankets are.

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 I have been under a lot of stress recently, which has lead to me not sleeping great, being over tired, and struggling with anxiety. 

So you may recall that at the start of January I decided to start working on practicing Mindfulness. 

During this time I was offered to try a blanket from Gravity Blankets, its a special weighted blanket which is used to help aid sleep, anxiety and stress, and so it sounded perfect for me. 

I had heard of these before and always wanted to try one. I have always loved the feeling of lots of comfort at night and often snuggle up under a huge blanket or duvet for that comfort. So I had a feeling I really would get along great with a weighted blanket. 

Of corse buying a weighted blanket isn't as simple as just buying one off the shelf, these blankets are made especially with you in mind and it all depends on what you weight to the recommended weight of the blanket. The blanket is meant to be around 10% of the users weight and so you can get blankets that are from 4KG to 12Kg. 

I weigh a very small 47Kgs and so I was sent a weighted blanket that weighed 4KG.

Your weighted blanket comes in a plastic carry case, and straight away I could feel the difference in weight. To me it felt as heavy as a duvet but just not as big as one. It also came with a little introduction guide which tells you more about your blanket. 



So, as you heard me say above, when bundled together it felt about the weight of a duvet, so I am now hearing you ask "well whats the difference"? but there is a huge difference. The weighted blanket isn't just heavy, It is made in a special way so that the weight is evenly spread around the blanket and there fore around your body. It is designed to hit points on your body that are connected to the nervous system to help relax you. It also is meant to give you a feeling of being cuddled, which a duvet wouldn't do. 

I have been testing this for weeks now, and further down I am going to tell you wether the above is true or not. 

But first I need to talk about how soft this blanket is. It is so smooth and silky and both sides of the blanket feel lovely to touch and to have against your skin. The blanket isn't fluffy it is more velvety and I think it looks really nice and cosy. I love that the colour of it is grey as grey matches so many colours and so it won't look out of place on your bed or on your sofa. 



The blanket really isn't that thick, I think when you think weighted blanket you do think it probably would be, but it's really not. I did think this may be a problem for me for bedtime, as I do like to cuddle up to my duvet.

As for the size, its quite big and about the size of a single bed. You can fully wrap yourself up in it for when relaxing and also it is perfect for sleeping with. It is a great size for if you are wanting it for yourself, but if you are in the mood for sharing, then length ways it fits fully across a king sized bed and comes a decent way down the bed too. 

I most of the time sleep alone in my king sized bed, so I used mine like I had a single bed but below is an example of the size of it. 


So I have tested it a few ways. 

First of all I used it for sleeping. They recommend you get used to it first by having 15 min with it through out the day and then try it for a night. But I jumped straight into using it as I knew I would love the feeling of it. I have always been comforted by the feeling of a cat or dog laying on my legs in the night and so I kind of compared it to my love of that. I was right and straight away felt used to my blanket. 

It really does give you that being cuddled feeling and it feels compleatly different to having a duvet placed over you. I have a thick duvet but the duvet feels really light and airy compared to this. 

I 100% can say I LOVE MY BLANKET! I just love getting into bed with it at night time and the instant feeling of the covers hitting your body is amazing and really gives me that instant relaxed feeling. I always get into my bed and feel super comfortable. I did try sleeping with it in a few ways. I knew that it would be to thin cuddly wise for me and the night I slept with out my duvet, I missed hugging up to it. So the next night I tried it on top of my duvet and then also under my duvet. I was told by gravity blankets that you can use the blanket either way, as it would still do the job it was intended for. 

Out of the ways I tried it, I have settled on using it under my duvet. I find this is the nicest way for me to sleep. I thought doing this I may get too hot, but I don't, and heat wise it feels the exact same heat as when I was only using a duvet. 



The blanket doesn't just have to be used for sleep though. It can also be used during the day and for relaxing and so I have also used it a few times for snuggling on the couch watching a film, and also to ease those nights that I was feeling a little anxious. I think the only reason I haven't used it more for relaxing on the couch is because the weight of it makes it a faff to have to carry up and down stairs. I actually love my blanket so much that I would totally concider one for upstairs ready on my bed and one for relaxing downstairs. 

So, the next question is did it help with my sleep, anxiety and stress?

My answer would be Yes and No. 

The blanket hasn't fully got rid of my anxiety, and I unfortunetly still managed one night to have a panic attack even though I had my blanket wrapped around me. But, I do believe that most nights its helped create less of an anxious feeling as when I get into bed, I am more focused on the amazing feeling of the blanket than I am the feeling of anxiety and so in that way yes it has helped.

As for sleep, I do believe this has partially helped my sleep. I notice I fall asleep a lot faster, I used to toss and turn before sleep and since I have been using the blanket, I have maybe only had 1 or 2 nights where I have done this. Plus I used to wake up when I rolled over in the night but I don't think I am rolling over as much anymore as I used to. I often wake up in the same position I fell asleep in. 

I would say that although I am still tired a lot (blaming stress and being a mum) and I also have weird dreams that awaken me often, my gravity blanket has definetly helped my sleep. 

A gravity Blanket is quite pricy and is currently on sale for £149 but now that I have tried one, I would totally spend my money on it. As it is a lot to spend, they offer a 28 day trial that says if it doesn't work for you, then they will send you your money back. Lets just say I have been trying mine for over 28 days and I wouldn't be asking for my money back. 

The cover and the insert can also be washed in a washing machine which means that you can keep your blanket nice and fresh.

So if you are interested in getting yourself a blanket, or would like to read more information about one then please head to the Gravity Blanket Website. 

Do you think you would enjoy a Gravity Blanket? 


Wednesday, 11 March 2020

British Science Week - Win a Beaker Creature Whirling Waves Toy

Its British Science week and what better way to celebrate than with a competition. 

I have teamed up with Learning Resource to offer you a chance to win a fun Science based toy! 

Lily and I have loved Learning Resource since I was first introduced to it when she was about 1 years old. Their toys are so good for learning and I have always been impressed with how well they make learning fun. They have so many toys that are perfect for helping your child learn science and by providing them with things like their Very First Microscope they help kids become fascinated in science at a early age. 




This toy I have on offer for you today is all about creating reactions in water. Your child gets to have fun creating waves and bubbles while at the same time collecting creatures that are out of this world! 


Beaker Creatures Whirling Wave Reactor set includes:
    • Whirling Wave Chamber
    • Reactor Pod
    • Limited-edition colour-change Frostonian
    • Two classification cards
    • Mini-poster with fun science facts
    • Experiment guide featuring step-by-step instructions for four experiments
The Set is £16 and can be bought from the Learning Resource website

So, for your chance to WIN this amazing prize! Enter on the Gleam Link Below! 

Win a Learning Resource Beaker Creatures Whirling Waves toy

Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Mothers Day Gift Guide 2020

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Mothers Day is on the 22nd Of March and so thats means only 12 days until the occasion.

Have you bought your gifts yet? Or if you are a mum that generally has to hint for gifts, have you dropped your hints yet?

Well if not, here is a guide of lovely gifts that you might just want to concider. 


1. Guylian Belgian Chocolates 

So the pack of these I got sent are nearly all gone because these chocolates are to die for! They are a total classic and a total favourite to many and so make the perfect gift for mothers day. This box is the origional box containing 22 delicious belgian chocolates. All filled with a yummy hazelnut filling and shaped like cute little sea creatures and shells. This pack retails at £5 and can be bought at most supermarkets, or you can head to the Guylian website




2. Personalised Mum Cushion 

Every mum loves comfort, so there couldn't be a better present than a brand new comfortable cushion for them to lay their head on. This one is from the online gift store GiftPup and the great thing about it is that it is personalised. You can add your own Love From Message to the bottom just like I have in the photograph. Priced at £24.99 this cushion really is super squishy and comfortable and also really great in size at 24x24 inch. But it is also available in other sizes if you are looking for a smaller sized cushion. It is the best way to let your mum know that she really is the BEST MUM! 


3. Sleep Master Sleep Mask 

What do mums need more than anything? I think if you was to ask them, a lot of them would say sleep. But if they are anything like me then the sun shinning in the window in the morning generally means i'm awake and even if i'm not having to get up for the little one, then the light is telling me its time to get up. No lay in for me! So why not think about gifting the gift of a good lay in to your mum this mothers day by getting her this lovely sleep mask? Its super soft and silky, blocks out all light with its brilliant size and also helps muffle any noises. It is £19.95 for the sleepmask or you could treat them to the deluxe version at £22.95 which also comes with earplugs and a little carry bag case bag.You can buy these from the sleepmaster website


4. Sage and Bloom Candle 

Who's obsessed with candles or has a mum obsessed with candles? Both me and my mum love them and it is something we both always appreciate as a gift. But which candle to get them this year?? Why not concider this beautiful Lavender candle which you can get from Sage and Bloom. It is simply beautiful and comes nicely presented in a shinny gold tin. I love the use of flowers that are scattered on the top of the candle, it gives such a beautiful natural look to the candle and I love anything natural. Plus this would be the perfect candle for anyone who is Vegan or loves products that are cruelty free as this is something they stand by. They are a brand new business but already have an amazing range of scents and so if Lavender isn't for you then go check out what else they have on offer. 


5. Mason Cash Mixing Bowl 

I know so many mums who are big baking fans and so a brand new mixing bowl could be the perfect gift for a mum who loves to bake. This one from Mason Cash you can buy from the Silver Mushroom homeware store which also includes lots more of wonderful gift ideas for mum. I love this bowl, you can tell that is a good strong bowl that will get a lot of use out of for many years and the range of sizes means that its perfect for baking anything from little biscuits to massive cakes. You can also get this bowl in a few different colours but this signature colour is stunning and will look lovely in any kitchen. It also has a few other really good features such as being chip proof, and microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. They are also a really affordable gift with the price ranging from £11.95 to £20.95. After buying your mum this, you won't be able to keep her out of the kitchen. 


6. Love you to the Stars and Back Keyring 

Nan is now becoming a popular term for a grandma, but is it just me or do you think that gifts with the word Nan on it are hard to come by? Well this right here is one perfect for all the Nans out there. You can buy it from Gift Pup and is a personalised Nan keyring. It is made from wood and cut into it is the message Nan I love you to the Stars and Back, which is a classic saying from the very popular kids storybook. You can personalise it with their grand child's name and so every time they look at it they can be reminded of them. I know that every time my mum thinks about Lily she gets a smile on her face so its going to be the perfect gift for her. But if your also looking for something like this that says "grandma, mummy, nana or any other names then you don't just have to have nan, this keyring can have any title placed to the top. It also comes with a cute drawstring bag to make it an even cuter gift. 


7. Cricketers Gin 

Gin fan? I know many mums who love a good drink of Gin. But they have probably not tried the new on the market Cricketers Gin! This gin is naturally distilled and produced on a farm in the countryside by using copper pots stills, making it a gin that is distilled just as it would have been hundreds of years ago. Cricketers Gin is a small batch, artisan crafted, London Dry Gin. Cricketers features the local Berkshire botanicals - wild marjoram, milk thistle and blackberries, these unique flavours harmonise with zesty orange, spicy coriander, and subtle tones of liquorice to deliver an exquisitely smooth juniper-forward gin. I am a huge Gin fan and I must say that this gin has gone down very nicely and I would have been very pleased to receive this as a gift! A bottle of Cricketers Gin is £37.00 and can be bought from their website


Which of the above gifts would you love to be gifted?

Do you think you will be gifting any of these to your mum? 

Monday, 9 March 2020

Make your Feet Feel Like their Walking on Air

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This week marks #NationalFeetWeek and so theres no better way to celebrate it than to pamper your feet!

And I have been sent a Foot Pamper Bundle to do exactly that. 




Who here loves looking after their feet?

And who here just totally forgets to do it? Either way I am going to be telling you all about these products which will make your feet feel like their walking on air! 

First lets talk exfoliating. Exfoliating is getting all the dead skin from the bottom of your feet and so you could try Exfoliating socks, these take all the work out of exfoliating and make it so then all you have to do is pop them on, and sit back and relax and let them do all the work. These ones from footner are to be worn for a hour and after will have helped get rid of all that hard, dry, dead skin. 


Then we want to keep that dry skin away so you could use CCS Foot Care Cream which is made to do exactly that. It helps prevent the skin getting dry and rough again and improves foot smoothness. Plus its kept in a handy tube containing 175ml of cream making it easy to use on a regular basis. 

But if your a bigger fan of Oils then the Coconut Oil from Palmers may be the best thing to help keep your feet smooth. It comes in a easy spray bottle and smells amazing. It also hydrates feet and helps them if they get sore. Perfect for someone on their feet all day.


If you think your feet are really in need for some love, then you may want to concider Dr Anders Intensive Rescue Balm. This rubs into your feet absorbing quickly and leaves your feet feeling moisturised and smooth. It is perfect to help rough dry areas on your feet and is to be used on your feet twice a day.
This product is made from natural oils and the formula is especially made to nourish your feet.

Then we have some lovely products from Mavala. One is called Comfort and this cream is for use on very dry feet. The 50ml tube is especially made to help repair feet with dry skin and cracks leaving your feet silky soft and smooth. I must admit this was my favourite of the creams as I was very impressed on how smooth it made my feet after use.

The second tube is called Vitalite and is a refreshing foot gel. I have always enjoyed foot gels in summer time when it is really hot as they cool your feet down. But they are also perfect for after long walks, or days working on your feet and will sooth hot, swollen feet. 


Of corse when caring for you feet you must also look after your nails and so this Nailner brush helps keep your toe nails looking fresh and healthy and also brighter. It also helps treat nail fungus quickly which also helps your nails have a fresh look. 


Another thing to consider when it comes to treating your feet, is by also letting your feet treat your body. Did you know a lot of back ache comes from walking? You can buy special insoles that get placed into your shoes to help with this. Formthotics make ones that are made super comfortable to help with walking and help with comfort and to ease the aches that walking can cause.

I always find that walking around hard floors in places like shopping centre's create terrible back ache for me and so I will be definitely giving these a try next time I go to one. 


So, will you be treating your feet for #NationalFeetWeek? 

Saturday, 7 March 2020

Schleich Horse Club Toy Review

We have reviewed items from the Horse Club before so when we was offered some new sets to review we horse jumped to the job!

I have always though that Schleich toys were amazing and Lily has has some animal figures since she was little but lately she has really got into horses and so we have formed a nice collection of these. 


We was sent the horse Club Mobile Vet Van, and 2 of the Horse Club Girls. 



Lily as always was super pleased to see these and could not wait to get them out to play. The horse girls she could already see as the box makes it so then you can touch them. So she wanted me to open these first for her. The horse is tied in with those twisty ties and so didn't take long to get them out. 

As soon as they were out she started playing with them straight away. Making horse noises and putting the girls on and off the horses backs. Each horse comes with a saddle and bridle and so the girls sit easily on top and can hold onto the bridle straps. The girls are both movable figures to and so you can move their arms to make imaginary play with them more fun. 

The best thing about these horses is the detail. They are so beautiful. Painted with amazing quality and detailing and each horse have there own look to them making them different to the other horses. You can tell that they have modelled these horse on real horses with the amount of detail they have put in. As I said earlier, the quality is amazing they are quite hard and you can tell they are going to get many many years of use out of them without them getting damaged.

There are 4 different horse girls to collect, Hannah, Sofia, Lisa and Sarah and are all £15.00 each. 



As Lily was playing with the horses, I decided to get started to opening the Mobile Vet Van. Sometimes Schleich toys can have a bit of constructing to them but luckily this van barely has any. It comes with the wheels off and just a few others things off like the side mirrors for the van, but these all take 2 seconds to plug in. Everything else comes in little bags. I would say its wise for an adult to open these bags as there are small parts that are easy to loose if your not watching. 

The set also comes with stickers and instructions so then you can easily put together anything thats needed and place the stickers in the right places. 



It really didn't take long at all to get this toy set up. As well as the van, the set comes with a vet, a foal, and 15 accessories that are all tailored to helping your child play vet.

Just like the other figure, she comes with movable parts, so she can sit and also move her hands. She comes with a little vet kit which you can make her hold and place around her neck.

The van its set closes up and then opens up so then you can play inside. All the parts of a vet van have been though about and you have tables and x rays and other items in this van that really help with the imaginary play.

The vans doors open at the front so the vet can get in and drive. Lily was very impressed by this. The car wheels also spin pretty fast meaning that is pushes smoothly and effortlessly across the floor.


 

Lily loved playing with these and straight away started taking the foal into the van for a check up. 

She also loved that with it came a little pad of paper. This was to fill in for when she has taken care of an animal. She can tick what actions needed to be done Eg- put a bandage on and then also write about what was wrong with the horse. I can see this being one of Lily's favourite things to do and she will be doing it with all her horses she owns. I am really pleased that they thought of adding this element into the set. 

This set is £30 to buy which I would say is well worth it with the amount of play your child will get out of it. 


This set is part of a huge collection of the horse club and there are so many more available which you can buy at Argos

Would your child love to play with this set?