Sunday, 21 September 2014

Playmobil Princess and Gondola

The lovely people at playmobil kindly sent my eldest some playmobil for her birthday. They could not have picked a better suited set. She received a fairy tale princess and gondola playmobil set. We love playmobil in our house, already owning a Noah's ark and all the animals. A farm set, which has tractor and lovely barn, and a zoo set.

We use our playmobil for imaginative play and as my youngest grew up with the sets was a great way to get her imagination going with animals, as well as helping her to learn all the different animals. Our princess set is to celebrate 40 years of playmobil, and is a lovely addition to our collection.

The princess set has two main pieces, the first is the gondola. The girls love sailing the boat around and taking the princess on an adventure. We haven't yet tested if it floats but I don't think it will be long before it goes into the bath. The second piece is the island. This features plenty of flowers, birds, bird bath and some beautiful gardens.

The girls imagination really comes to life here. The princess strolls around the garden, sometimes she picks some flowers to give to her friends and other times she plays with the birds. The great thing is the girls share and play really nicely together with it.

The playmobil princess set also provided a welcome calm down to her birthday party and it was great that all the family could get involved and play together.

The princess and gondola set is a real hit with my girls and one I also enjoy playing with them with.

 Whilst we were sent a set for my daughters birthday, all words and opinions are my own.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Just me and my doll

Today I had the day with my youngest whilst my eldest was at school.  It was nice just spending the day together just the two of us, and we spent our day playing games.

My youngest is 2 years old and has recently started wanting to play with dolls.  One of her favourite things is dressing them, which of course means undressing.  With some dolls this can raise a few questions.  My youngest has a Lottie Doll, which we were sent as we are part of the ambassador program.  We have the Pirate Queen Lottie but there are a huge range of dolls which all follow the motto, Be bold, be Brave and Be you.

Like my daughter Lottie is also two, it was her birthday last month, and she is age appropriate.  There are no tattoos, no makeup or jewelry and her body resembles that of a child.  That is great as it means my girls are not in a rush to grow up.  My daughter loves carrying around Lottie, she is 7" or 18cm tall.

We spent most of the day dressing and undressing Lottie.  As Lottie is flexible my daughter can do this by herself.  She loves all the clothes Lottie has, especially the pirate hat.  After we had got Lottie dressed we had to do her hair.  We brushed it and put in a pony tail, before deciding the hat looked best with nothing in the hair.

Whilst Lottie is recommended for ages 3 -9 my youngest at 2 absolutely adores her.  We play games with Lottie and she sings pirate songs as she plays with her.  She even wanted to take photos of her to show her Grandma and Grandad.

We really love our Lottie doll and I would put it as a recommend for Christmas.  Why not follow Lottie on Facebook or via twitter, @Lottie_dolls, to keep up to date with all Lottie things.

There is a competition which is been hosted by all the brand ambassadors for your chance to win 2 Lottie dolls and 2 accessory packs from the current range  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The competition is open between 14th September and 12th October.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Augmenting the bee in the city

The day before my eldest started school I took her to London for the day.  She loves the train and it was a great way to spend some time just the two of us. 

We arrived in London after an early start and my eldest helped to locate where we were going.  

Our first stop was the British museum.  Having never been before I was quite surprised at the size of it.  I also loved the way modern and old architecture came together.

I was not too sure how my eldest would feel about the museum, as she had never been to one.  We were about to try the new Gamar app.  The app aims to create a fun learning experience by bringing culture to life.  The idea is simple, hold a tablet or smart phone device in front of the object and watch it come to life.  Complete challenges and puzzles and by doing so increase your knowledge and understanding.

My eldest and I took part in the 'A gift for Athena' game which saw us completing challenges about the Parthenon temple.  We learnt a lot about ancient Greece and it was a lovely way to learn more about the statues in the museum.

My eldest was a little tired and although she could not read the story I could read it to her and she helped me complete the challenge.  Afterwards she did tell me she enjoyed the game and wanted to play again.  It was great to watch things come to life on the screen and have the ability to interact with the exhibits.  I think the app is more suited for children over 6, but my eldest at 4 still enjoyed herself.

After playing in the museum we headed for some lunch before having a walk along the Thames.  We were invited to attend the Bugaboo Bee 3 launch party and it was a nice way to do something a little different.

My eldest began by sitting down and colouring.  I think she needed the break from the walking and it was nice to sit down and relax. 

She was served some lovely milkshake and loved that she could eat and drink what she liked.

For as long as I can remember she has wanted her face painting like a mermaid.  The face painter had not done one before but kindly accepted the challenge.

My daughter was incredibly pleased with the results.  

We had a lovely play with all the Bugaboo range.

My eldest really loved the bee3 and pushed it around.  At one point she wanted to get in.  The bee 3 has a new carrycot, new extendable sun canopy, new harness, new under seat basket and new fabrics and colours.

It was a lovely day and was really great to spend the day doing something different with my eldest before she starts school.  There was only one thing left to do before we went home and that was to watch the world pass us by.

This day I love Augmenting the bee in the city

Tuesday, 16 September 2014


 I picked my eldest up from school and she was in rather a giddy mood.  Having not had any play-dough for a while we set about making some using our recipe in this post.  We used our play-dough to help my daughter with her homework.  I had downloaded some play-dough mats from Twinkl and used these to practise her letters.

After we had practised our letters my little monster wanted to get creative.  So we had some fun creating our own monsters.

We moulded the play-dough into various shapes until we had one we liked to make a face.  I brought out the box of Mr Potato head shapes and some of our art supplies.  I then let my daughters imagination take over.  She used everything she could before coming up with Pirate Pom Pom Feathers.

Pirate Pom Pom feathers is a cheeky monster.  He likes to tickle with his tickling feathers and make you giggle with his Pom Pom cheeks.  He has a cheeky grin and big lips for lots of kissing.  Pirate Pom Pom feathers is lots of fun and loves to play.

I would love to see what monsters you can create.   There is a competition with mattress on line for children under 10 to create their own monster and you can check out the gallery here.

This day I love Monsters!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Eating well

When I was pregnant with my eldest I received a whole wealth of information about what to eat and what not to eat.  I wanted to do all I could to give her the best possible start.  There was nothing more important to me than giving my baby the best possible start.  

I remember at one point in my pregnancy I was told to avoid peanuts.  I later read that eating peanuts would help reduce the possibility of my baby developing a peanut allergy in later life.  This conflicting information meant I was often left confused and not knowing what to do.

A new site, Aptaclub website, has made all this simple.  It is packed full of expert advice on early nutrition and is accessible from both tablets and smartphones.  Aptaclub features both expert advise on pre conception and throughout the pregnancy.  As well as expert advice on weaning, breast feeding and toddler feeding.

One of the things I remember being advised to do is to take Omega 3.  Aptaclub offers the following advise

"When it comes to fat there's one type you don't want to cut back on: omega 3 fatty acids. Maternal stores are depleted in pregnancy and breastfeeding, so it's more important than ever to enrich your diet with oily fish, seafood, nuts and seeds. Researchers have found that infants born to mothers with higher blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acid at delivery had advanced levels of attention spans well into their second year of life. Steer clear of fish oil supplements made from cod liver oil though. Although cod liver oil is a good source of omega 3, it contains amounts of Vitamin A that are potentially toxic during pregnancy". Katy Gordon-Smith, Aptaclub nutrition expert, mum-to-be.

Advise is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and there is also a live chat online as well as a contact phone number.

I wish there had been a site like this available for me during my pregnancy.

This post is written in collaboration with Danone's Aptaclub

Autumn days

Autumn is my favourite time of the year.  I love the colours and the crisp air.  How everything changes, I think it is simply beautiful.  On one of our walks last week we came across signs that Autumn is almost here, blackberries.  I was a little surprised as I thought it a little early but the girls seemed really pleased.

We began our blackberry hunt

The girls might have eaten a few sneaky blackberries too.

After all that blackberry picking [and eating] it was time to splash in some muddy puddles.  Well what else would Princess want to do.

After our blackberry picking and splashing in mud we returned home to enjoy our blackberries.

This day I love Autumn days. 

Princess Breakfast

Before my eldest started school I wanted to try and fit in as much as possible with the girls together.  My Mum had seen an advert in the local paper for a Princess breakfast at a local hotel.  Not knowing what to expect only that it sounded something the girls would like I booked tickets.

We arrived at the hotel and were shown to our table.  The girls were not too sure what was happening, and then in walked the Princess' and Superheroes.  Snow White, Maleficent and Iron Man started walking past.

The girls chose their breakfast and ate it whilst keeping one eye on the Princess' walking past.

After breakfast it was time for some Princess themed stories.  I don't think I have ever seen so many dressed up as their favourite Princess before.

The girls then settled down to do some colouring and a spot of Princess mask painting.

Before taking part in several Princess party games.

It was a really lovely morning and one the girls will remember for a long time.  I am keeping my eye on the local paper for the next one, although if it is during term time it will be with just my youngest.

This day I love Princess Breakfast.