Friday, 18 September 2020

Mysteries in Time Subscription Box Review

Who loves a bit of history? I do!! and it's something I am very keen to get Lily interested in. 

Some people find history boring, but I think its a subject that for kids can be made very fun and interesting to learn. 

We have been sent a subscription box which is all about history and is called Mysteries in Time. Lily loved the box which looked like a time machine and was very excited and intrigued to get it opened to see what was inside. 

Inside was a very interesting selection of goodies and all about one of my favourite times in history. The Egyptian times! 

It had a book, a pen, a map, an activity booklet, a yellow bag with something inside, some stickers and a bookmark. There was also a sheet about Hieroglyphs and a little booklet which explains what you can do with each item in the box 

Lily loved pulling it all out and having a good look but she was mostly impressed with the beautiful pen that came inside it which had a Egyptian Pharaoh on the top. It was super fancy looking and caught Lily's eye straight away. 

The first thing we did was open up the map to see if we could find Egypt, and I got Lily to point it out for me when we had found it. The map is an amazing size and it comes in your first subscription box, meaning that you can mark off different places on the map when you look into different areas of history. For examples, roman times and ancient Greece. 

The rest of the box is made up with lots of fun things to do Egyptian wise. There are puzzles, colouring sheets, and lots of facts. I love the little hieroglyphs sheet, I have always loved learning about these myself so its great to be able to teach Lily them. This sheet also helps out with some of the puzzles in the activity book. 

We opened up the yellow bag, and inside was some kids clay, so then we could do a history inspired craft. We love crafts so this was a great thing to find in our box. 

The little booklet with how to use the box is also great, as without it I would not have been sure what to do with things like the clay. 

Last but not least there is a brilliant story book included in the pack. It is a thick book with lots of writing in and so more to be read by the parent or for a older child of about 10 years old. But Lily was very excited to have her own "grown ups" book to be read to her and loved that it came with a book mark she could use too. 

So, now you know all about what was in our box, let me tell you a little more about the subscriptions. 

Our box was a Bumper box which is priced at £13.95 with free shipping, but there is also a more basic box at the price of £6.95 a month. The basic box would come with all you see above apart from the clay and the pen, which is this months history inspired gift and is subject to change per box sent out. the price does change depending on which plan you decide to get, whether you get monthly, or sign up to a years worth of boxes. 

I think that the prices are great. Nowadays if you were to buy a magazine from a shop you would be looking at paying between the £4-£6 mark so to say you get all this in a box including a book for £6.95 - £13.95 is a great price. plus your child is learning at the same time. Box packs come with Free Shipping. 

After you have chosen your plan you can then also personalise your box so then it is special to just your child. 

The box is recommended for 7 to 11 year old's but I think that Lily aged 5 nearly 6 is also a great age for this box. 

If you are interested in starting getting these boxes for your kids then you can head to Mysteries in Time and register to subscribe. 

Would your child enjoy a subscription box like this? 

Monday, 7 September 2020

10 Baby Travel Bag Essentials with Nuby

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When you are expecting, you suddenly have a very long list of things you are going to need. It is pretty crazy the amount that is needed for such a tiny human being, but you will soon find yourself getting prepared and buying all the essentials.

So I am here to help you with one thing you will need to tick off your list. All those things that are handy for travelling. 

Which firstly starts with needing a decent travel bag. 

Nuby kindly sent me a travel bag with some extras inside which all come pretty handy. 

I haven't even used this bag yet, and I am already so impressed. If I saw it on a shop shelf, it would definitely be something I would go for. Firstly I love how stylish it is. They grey is such a lovely colour, and also unisex, perfect for if your having a boy or girl and perfect for either a male or female to carry. Plus I love the little brown leather looking tags that are on all the zips, it really does help add that extra bit of style. 

Next I love that it is a backpack, I have never been a handbag sort of girl and so something I can wear on my back makes me much happier. The straps on it are so plush and so so comfortable to wear and also the back of it is very padded so it is comfortable on your back. 

The next part is probably one of the most important parts, the storage. This bag is a little like a tardis with its space and the amount of space inside is unreal. It looks like you can fit a lot inside. Plus there are so many little compartments which I love. I love being organised and so having a special place for everything is important to me. Some of the compartments are zipped and some are with stretchy tops which are easily accessible. Plus there are 2 zipped compartments on the front and 2 compartments on the side for bottles. You are spoilt for choice for compartments with this bag. 

Plus there is one at the back that at first I didn't notice, which is an opening for you to keep your changing matt, which you won't need to buy as the bag already comes with it already in its storage area. I think its a very clever design with the way they have made space for the matt. 

Last but not least I love that the bag is fully sealed up, making it perfect for all weather. Plus it is easily wipeable meaning that you can keep it nice and clean. 

So, now you need to think about all the things you can put inside the bag, and so I have made a list for you. 

1. Nappies and Wipes 

The obvious, and number 1 needed thing. Pack quite a few as you never know what you may need. 

2. Muslin Cloths 

I found these so helpful when it came to cleaning up after baby, dribbles, milk leaks, spitt up, they are always needed for on the go. 

3. Bibs 

Nuby do an amazing selection of bibs and I was sent a set of 2 which would go nicely into my bag. These super soft organic bibs are perfect for feeding as the thick top is great for catching milk dribbles and is also soft around the neck. Plus the designs are super cute for boy or girl baby. You again go through quite a few of these so packing plenty is a must. 

4. Change of Clothing

It is crazy at first how many times you need to change a babies clothing due to nappy leaks, or baby spitt up and then when they get older messy food accidents. Spare clothes is always handy. 

5. Dummies - 

Spare dummies are a must for a bag and Nuby have a great selection of dummies. In fact I used Nuby dummies for Lily she was a baby. These dummies are for 0-6 months and the nubs are perfect for a breast like feel making them great to use alongside breastfeeding. They also come in a plastic tub which is re usable after opening meaning that they aren't loose in the travel bag. 

6. Baby Bottles / Breast Feeding Pads

Wether your using Breast or Bottle your going to need to pack extra pads for breast feeding leakages and bottles of milk for feeding.

7. Thermometer 

Having a digital thermometer is a great idea for the travel bag as you never know when you may need it. Nuby's thermometer is perfect for a quick reading, you can use it in the mouth or under the arm and with its slim design its perfect for on the go. It also has a protective cover so then it does not get dirty while sat inside the baby bag. 

8. Baby Toys

Always great for helping keep baby entertained. 

9. Baby Creams 

Essential for making sure that your baby doesn't get any nasty nappy rashes. 

10. Baby Travel Matt

If you did want to buy a travel matt that had a little more to it than the ones that come with travel bags then Nuby do an amazing one. This one folds up nicely to fit into a travel bag and comes with a very cute design on it. When it folds out it is massive and also has storage compartments which can hold your nappies and other things you may need. It is lovely and comfortable for your baby to lay on and is fully wipeable. You can also zip the matt away from the storage compartment if need be. This changing matt also comes with a storage tub which you can keep your wet wipes in or whatever else you can think of to put in there. I am actually thinking of using this for when I have used wet wipes to wipe babies mouth and there are no bins around, I ended up with so many loose used wet wipes in my bag making it a mess.

Prices and where to buy

Nuby's prices are all amazingly priced making sure you are getting good quality products without breaking the bank. You can buy all the following items on the Nuby Website. 

Nuby BackPack Travel Bag - RRP £50 Currently on Sale for £30 

Nuby Change Matt - £17.99 

Nuby Thermometer - £6.99

Nuby Tritan Day time Dummies - £5.49

Nuby Snug N Dry Organic bibs  - £4.99

Can you think of anymore items to go in a travel bag? 

Saturday, 5 September 2020

Exciting News! I'm Expecting Baby Number 2

You may have noticed that the blog has been very quiet recently. Also my Instagram has. But there is a reason for this, I have exciting news, I am expecting baby number 2! 

I am now at week 14 of pregnancy and I can't say that the last 2 months have been easy, the sickness has been awful and I have spent many days being sick, feeling sick, and just wanting to rest and sleep. Week 14 now means that it has settled slightly (she says feeling sick at the thought of her partner about to cook chicken noodles) meaning I can start to get back to blogging. 

That's the thing with morning sickness, it actually is nothing like the title states and is more like all day sickness. Plus it isn't like any normal sickness, your sense of smell goes through the roof and there are so many smells that you just can't stand and some that even make you end up being sick. Just like the bean juice smell Lily decided to breathe in my face last night. Week 8 and 9 was really hard, I could not get out of bed with out ending up throwing up. The thought of eating made me want to be sick, but yet not eating was also making me feel sick. One big vicious circle and there was nothing I could do to stop it. 

I think I tried every trick in the book, all the tips, ginger biscuits, travel sickness bands, etc, but nothing seemed to help. I was even prescribed sickness tablets, but they didn't seem to work, plus they sent me crazy. I was not myself and was emotional, and also they made me not think straight and made me feel depressed and anxious. I did not expect to have such side effects from these pills but one or 2 days of stopping taking them and I felt much more like myself. So a warning to others, that this could be a unexpected side effect. 

I ended up telling Lily I was pregnant at 9 weeks. I was so ill and being so sick it was hard to hide and I wanted her to understand why I was so poorly. I did not want her to worry. It was such amazing news to her and she can't wait to become a big sister. 

The scan was an exciting time. As partners can't come to scans at the moment, we decided to pay £50 and book a private one so my partner could come. We went with Window to the Womb and unfortunately was very disappointed. Firstly it was around 5 min long total, which a lot of that she spent the time looking at my ovaries, and around my womb. Meaning we really didn't get to see the baby on the screen for long. Plus when she did show the baby, she just kept moving the scan equipment around so much showing different angles much that we barely got a good look. Then the scan picture that was given after had the lines of the baby measurement on it. Which didn't look great.
A week later I had my free NHS scan and wow that was amazing, I got to look at the baby for a decent amount of time on the screen and she took her time showing me my baby. I got to see it wriggle around, and she gave me 3 free pictures which were much better quality. The scan must have lasted at least 10-15 mins. So you can understand my disappointment at the scan we payed £50 for and I think next scan I may look for a non chain scan centre. 

All good news from my scans though and the baby is healthy and growing. 

Next scan will be at week 20, and we will be finding out if it is a boy or a girl. I have a feeling its a boy, but who knows there's a 50/50 chance and so I could be wrong. 

My content for Lily's Little Learners I plan to be the same, it will be focused around Lily and Parenting, but you may see some more baby posts appear on the blog now. 

I can't wait to share with you how Lily gets on with her new sibling when they are born and the new baby will become Lily's Little Learner.

Did anyone else suffer in their fist few months of pregnancy?

Friday, 21 August 2020

Meli & Ro Busy Bag Review

 If you are looking for a way to keep your kids busy then look no further than Meli & Ro busy bags! 

There may be many reasons why you would need a bag like this. Maybe you are going away for the weekend, maybe your little one is staying at a grandparents, or maybe your having a new child arrive and your going to have your hands full. Meli & Ro busy bags are packed full of things perfect to keep your child entertained. 

We have been sent a bag to try and we was super impressed with the amount of fun packed inside. 

We was sent a yellow bag,  but there are lots of colours to choose from. I think the bag itself being a back pack is brilliant. Such good quality and something that can be used again and again. In our pack was a mixture of unisex activities. Lily is a big fan of all things boys and girls and so a mixed pack was best for her. She also shared with her 2 sisters we now live with and one loves girly items and the other more boyish, so they were perfect to share. 

You can see above all we got in a pack. 

The girls were really pleased to have a fossil egg each and both Lily and E were happy with the fact their was dinosaur themed items and crocodile items. 

Pick up sticks has always been one of my favourite games so I was really pleased to see this too. 

The girls all cracked open their eggs first to find their surprise glowing creature inside. 

There was also some colouring sheets for the girls and some scratch art for them to do. Plus a make your own cardboard bugs. J and Lily also loved the Cats Cradle that was sent and has been practising with it loads. 

There are so many options on the website of different things you could get in your bag, and you can also buy different sizes which is great if you want it filled with items for more than one child. You can also build your very own bundle if there are specific things you want in your bag. 

Of course all different aged children like different things, so you can also select the age of the child that it is for. 

These all really kept the kids busy, and they still have some left yet to do. They loved the scratch art but the Dino tattoo's were a firm favourite. 

The bags start from £32.50 which works out great when you get such a good quality backpack with it too. It also saves driving round to all the shops which is good for the moment while Covid is about. 

There are also different activity packs on the Meli and Ro website so head there to check out more of what they have. 

What items would you love to find in a Activity bag like this? 

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Frozen 2 Shuffle Game Review

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Any Frozen fan would love this game because its fully frozen themed! Shuffle has cleverly designed a frozen card game that has 4 games in one and I was sent some to tell you all about. 

So the 4 games that are included are Snap, Pairs, Action Game and Happy Families. You get 1 set of cards and you can play all 4 games with this one set. 

The first game we played was snap. 

I'm pretty sure most of you will know the rules of the game. You share the cards between each player and then on your turn place a card down into the middle, if 2 cards are the same, the first to slam down their hand and shout snap wins! For this version of the game you are matching colours and characters, so Elsa on top of Elsa which are both light blue, would be a match. This game got super competitive and slightly violent with the hands slamming down (haha) but they really loved playing it.

Happy Families is all about getting a family of 4, so you need to get yourself 4 Elsa or 4 Olaf for example. Each player gets 4 cards, then the rest go into a pile face down. To play, the first player asks the next player if they have a card that could complete their family. If not then they pick up from the pile. If a player does have it then they pass it over and the player gets to take another turn. The first player with a full family wins.

Next up is Pairs, again its a pretty simple game we have all played before. You place all the cards face down and then you have to pick up 2 of the same colour to have a match. The person who collects the most wins. 

Then you have Action Game which is one I hadn't heard of before, each player gets 5 cards each. Place the remaining cards on the table face down. The goal of the game is to get rid of as many cards as you can as quick as you can. The game is a little like the adult game blackjack and you have to match what has been put down before, so you can match a symbol at the top of the card, or a colour. If you can't put down, then you pick up. A few of the symbols have meaning to them, for example if you get ones with arrow symbols on then this means you need to swap with another players cards. The first player with no cards left is the winner. 

The girls found the action game a little more complicated than the rest, but it was my overall favourite to play. 

The game does come with instructions but you can go to the website and watch videos that give you a better idea of how to play. 

The best thing about this is that its £4.45 for the pack, which is amazing to say you get to play 4 games. 

If you would like to know more or see how the game is played then head to the Shuffle Website now and check it out.

Which of the 4 games would your child like the most? 

Monday, 29 June 2020

Getting Crafty with Aqua Beads

Aqua Beads are super fun and creative on their own. But how about getting even more creative and then getting crafty when using Aqua Beads. 

We have been sent some brilliant sets from Aqua beads. A 1000 Star Bead Set, an animal theme refill and a 500 bead refill. These are perfect for hours of fun plus getting crafty.

The sets all come with super colourful beads, some circular and some star shaped. Plus they comes with template cards which show you what you can make. You will need to get the bigger set to use the refill sets as this one comes with a base to make your aqua beads on. It also comes with a pen that drops the beads into the base. It also comes with a little spray bottle to fill with water.
The bigger set also comes with a bead case that you can store all your beads in. 

So, what kind of crafts could you do? You could make keyrings? You could decorate cups, or you could follow my tutorial below and make some cool door signs to hang on the doors. 

But first, you need to make your aqua beads. There are lots of different designs to choose from and even more on the website. The kids chose a dragon, dog, unicorn and Llama.

You place the design card into the base and then place the aquabeads in the correct spot. The kids found the pen a little tricky to use and preferred to use tweezers. After all the beads are in the correct spot you then spray this with water and then leave for a hour. The water makes the beads all sticky and they stick together to make a lovely aqua bead shape.

After they are dried you should be able to carefully peal them away from the base. 

Then to make the door signs. They are super easy to do and look great when finished!

You will need some card, coloured if you wish. Some glue, and some scissors, plus a pencil to draw out the sign template. 

It is best to draw your door handle on the back so then when its cut out you can't see any pencil lines. There are a few different shapes you can do but we decided to go with this shape below. 

You then need to cut out the shape ready for your kids to get designing. They can pick there own message to go on the hanger, we used Girls only, Im in! and Keep Out. Then if they like they can add extra decorations. 

When they are ready and your aquabeads are ready, you then need to glue the aquabead shapes onto the door hangers. You need to use quite a lot of PVC glue and then its best to leave something heavy on top of it until it is dry. 

When they are dry they look great and the kids were super pleased to have made their own signs. We put on on their bedroom, one on the playroom and one on the bathroom door. 

So why not get yourself some aqua beads and either make some door hangers of your own or come up with another creative idea! 

Head to Aquabeads to see more of there wonderful sets. 

What would you make?

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Win a Trendhim Mens Washbag to Celebrate Fathers Day

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Happy Fathers Day to all the wonderful Dads out there!

We have partnered up with Trendhim to celebrate and have a wonderful competition for you. 

Trendhim is a Mens accessories brand based in Denmark and there website has so much to offer. 

You could buy sunglasses, bags, cuff links, wallets, mens jewellery, bow ties, tie clips, watches, belts and even braces. They supply all the accessories a man would want. 

Of coarse today is Fathers day, so its a little late to buy gifts for this special day, but you may want to consider for future gifts, you may have a man in your life that is about to celebrate a birthday. 

Check out the website at Trendhim to check out their extensive range. 

Now for the prize! 

Trendhim are offering one lucky winner a Mens Washbag worth £35 to celebrate Fathers Day. 

The bags are made from canvas and are of the highest quality. They also come in a range of colours - Navy Blue, Black, Grey and Khaki.
They are also water resistant meaning you don't have to worry about using it near a shower or sink. 

So why not enter on the Gleam app below and get your chance to win one! 

Good Luck! 

Win a Mens Washbag Worth £35