Just before Christmas we were lucky enough to be sent a Teksta Robotic T-Rex to review.
I was recently invited to be a part of a ‘Guide to Cardiff’ that is being put together by Millennium Hotels. I was asked to visit anywhere that I wanted in Cardiff, somewhere that I loved. I was able to bring a friend along too so I jumped at the chance of taking my good friend Gemma to eat somewhere that didn’t serve typical ‘kids food’. We have nine children between us so going anywhere with just one little toddler is bliss! After a good think, I chose to go to Waterloo Tea in the Wyndham Arcade, The Hayes.
A little while ago I was asked to review a Sassy Bloom Box. Now I had heard of these fantastic little boxes and had also seen some reviews so I was absolutely over the moon to be given this opportunity.
If you don’t know what a Sassy Bloom box is, in basic terms it is a subscription box service. But in reality it feels a little bit like Christmas once a month! When you sign up on the website, which can be for a one box off or a subscription, you fill in your child’s details such as age, gender and name. When your box arrives all the items inside have been chosen to be perfect for your child’s age and gender.
You can also get these lovely boxes tailored for those ladies in their 3rd trimester. So if you have a friend who is heavily pregnant (or you just want to spoil yourself!) you can also get a box with lots of goodies in. I think this would be an ideal leaving gift for a work colleague or if your child’s teacher were to go off on maternity leave. You would only need roughly £1 from each child’s parents and you have a fantastic leaving gift!
Earlier this week I spent a wonderful morning with seven other bloggers at the Lush store in Cardiff for their ‘Mums and Mums-to-be bloggers event’. Apart from being directed to the shop by sense of smell alone, the one thing I love when walking across the threshold is the brightness. There are so many colours surrounding you, that even if you have been having a stressful day you can’t help but cheer up.
About a month ago O got his first real pair of shoes and I have been dying to tell you all about them! But with the kids being off school and our house being filled with the lurgy,on and off throughout the summer holidays I am a playing catch up a little with my blog posts!
So here is the tale of O’s first shoes:
I have always preferred my babies to be barefoot, I feel that it’s important for those tiny little bones to be able to spread out flat on the floor while walking as constricting shoes not only hold the feet in the wrong position, which can harm their development, but they also make it harder for beginner walkers to balance themselves.
Obviously we all need something to keep our feet warm and safe from sharp objects outside so from about 6 months old O had little, soft leather shoes. They were nice and loose, didn’t squeeze his feet together and allowed him to stand on the floor outside if it was dry. They also protected his toes from the cold!
But when he finally started walking properly I still put off buying his first shoes for as long as possible! When he became more confident and it was obvious he wanted to be down walking outside more, I finally bit the bullet and bought these shoes:
A little while ago we were asked to review Half a King by Joe Abercrombie. This book is aimed at teens aged around 15. My twins are only 13 but have reading ages at least two or three years older so I though this book would a good fit for them. E, who is my avid reader was mid throes of a vampire binge when it arrived so Ff, who is more inclined to go for a jog that sit still for more than a few minutes decided that she really wanted to read the book.
The trailer really helped get her interested in reading it. You have to agree that it is quite a thrilling video!
Here is what Ff had to say about the book:
If your child is anything like mine, as soon as you change that nappy they wriggle and run/crawl away as fast as they can, whether they are wearing trousers or not. Or maybe, like me, you use cloth nappies with wool covers. These can be quite chunky and don’t often fit well under trousers.
Both of these situations means that when we are home O usually has bare legs. Okay I admit it, I’m lucky if he actually has a nappy on at all and isn’t completely butt naked for most of the day!
We have a painted concrete floor and it can get quite chilly if you are sitting around down there, like little ones usually are when they are playing. We do have a rug, but have you ever tried keeping a 13 month old contained to one small area? Its a bit like trying to keep hold of a jumping frog!
One thing I have noticed after O has been crawling around the floor for a while is that his legs get quite chilly, even in the middle of summer. But there is one thing, actually two little things, that have been a real help:
Yes, they may look like the legwarmers you would have worn back in the 80’s and that’s because, well, that’s basically what they are!
Babylegs are a great solution to covering your baby’s legs without having to fight them into a pair of trousers! They can even be slipped on while they are sleeping with minimal risk of waking up baby!
We have had a few different pairs of babylegs since O was tiny but we have always gone for darker colours that won’t show the inevitable grubbiness. So when NappyKind boutique offered me a discount on a new pair of babylegs, in return for a review, I jumped at the chance to buy a fancier white pair! The colours of the stars also coordinate with lots of his clothes which I didn’t realise till until they arrived.
The NappyKind boutique website was easy to use and even when there was a bit of a mix up (on my part) with the discount code I had a reply to my confused email at gone 1am! How’s that for dedication to your work?
So after a good old test run here are my pros and cons of Babylegs:
- These ones have a soft cuff to avoid marks on the thigh (not all babylegs have these)
- Stops knees getting cold
- Easy to pull on than trousers, when toddlers are wriggling
- Lot’s of patterns to choose from, can coordinate with clothing
- Small enough to carry with you outdoors to put on if your child is wearing shorts and the weather gets nippy
- Can slip on easily when baby is sleeping
- Not only for babies! these can be used as arm warmers for older children too!
- Can be used to cover bandages like in this post
- Make nappy changes much easier
- Handy for protecting arms/legs from the sun when its hot and you don’t want extra layers on
- There is more options for girls than boys
- Can slip down the legs
- Not so much a con, but if you have a crawler stick to darker colours as they WILL get grubby no matter how clean your floor is!
So all in all, babylegs really are one of those products that are invaluable whether you have a teeny new born, who needs an extra layer over their babygro to keep them warm, or a toddler with a poorly hand.
Have you tried babylegs? I’d love to hear of any other uses you have found for them. If you haven’t I really can’t recommend them enough!
If you read this post you will know that O managed to grab hold of my tea and scald himself 11 days ago. It was awful but he is truly on the mend now. He had a bandage on for two days and honestly? He was really good with it. I put a babyleg over it to keep him from picking at the tape and to keep it clean but he didn’t bother with it at all. He did however enjoy batting the poor dog over the head with it at every chance he got.
When the bandage came off his hand was still very pink but that has subsided a lot now. The skin on his hand was shiny and quite wrinkly and he had some marks on his arms that seem to be where the hot tea trickled up his sleeve and sat there, These were blistering when they put the dressing on. This photo was taken last week, his hand was actually quite a few shades pinker than it looks in the picture but my phone camera isn’t great.
I need to rant a little here, but I will end will a lovely story and an impromptu review so bear with me!
Whenever any of my kids have needed stitches or dressings removed or changed we are always told to go to the nurse in our GP’s surgery or go back to the A&E department if we can’t. I have never been able to get an appointment with the nurse, unless we wanted to wait well over a week so we’ve always ended up back in A&E.
This time was no different but I’m not sure what was happening in the local area, there must have been a cloud of bad luck over the county as come 10 am Tuesday the waiting room was packed! It took us 2 hours of waiting only then to have a male nurse tutting at me when he was trying to take the bandage off, I presume he’s not used to treating screaming, squirming 11 month old little boys!
*I just need to add that I’m not knocking male nurses, our Paediatric Assessment Unit and Children’s Ward have at least two male nurses that I know of and they are both wonderful with the kids. I have also met female nurses who are far from compassionate and understanding where young children are concerned. I guess this is why some choose not to work paediatrics!*
Anyway, this nurse never came closer than a foot away, apart from his hands. Even when he was supposed to be examining O’s arm he just peered from a distance, announced there were no blisters told us we could leave and then just left us in the cubicle!
A little taken aback at what just happened I left. I hadn’t even gotten to the car when I could see some small blisters in the crease between his thumb and finger, also in the crease of his wrist. I contemplated going back but then figured they were such small blisters that they would probably not do anything apart from tell us to keep an eye out for infection. So that what I did.
I also took this little rant to twitter, here is where a story of kindness comes in. The person(Sarah?) behind the twitter account @thespiritofaloe, sent me a message offering to send some of their Aloe Vera Gelly as they knew it would help O’s arm heal. Within two days an envelope with two little sachets drop through the letter box and I immediately put some on. These little sachets lasted for over a week! Here is how his arm looked 9 days after the accident:
It’s hard to see (remember what I said about the camera?) but his whole hand has peeled, it even looks like it’s had a bit of a tan! The red marks are almost gone completely and the blistering healed up within 24 hours of putting the Gelly on. But isn’t it looking fantastic!?!
I’m so grateful for Sarah and Quintin for sending me the Gelly, I’m sure the redness would still be much worse without it. I’ve used other Aloe products in the past but I will definitely be ordering a tube to keep in my medicine drawer ASAP!
Thank you for all of your kind messages about the accident. I wasn’t sure how it would be taken, but I didn’t have one unkind word. For that I am grateful x
Have you used Aloe Vera on burns or scalds? Did you find it helped?
The School for Good and Evil is a novel by Soman Chainani. It is aimed at girls aged 10+, so when I was asked by Harper Collins to review a copy LM was so impressed when I told her she was the one who’d able to read this and help out! I have to be honest though, she is a reaaaally slow reader so I have been waiting ages to actually finish writing this post 🙂 To be fair, going to a Welsh medium school, she has only been reading English for four years, so I’ll let her off!
Ever since the book arrived she has mostly been found like this:
So what is this book all about?
In LM’s own word’s, with spoilers removed:
“It’s about a place where every four years two children get stolen and taken to this school. There is really two schools, one for good and one for evil. The two girls who get taken are best friends. Sophie thinks that she is going to the school for good because she wants to be a princess. She thinks the other girl, Agatha is going to be the witch. But it didn’t go quite to plan!”
What was good about the book?
“I liked how things don’t turn out like you think. You read and read expecting one thing to happen then all of a sudden something completely the opposite does!”
“It was also cool because it’s like fairytales, but for big kids. There’s lot’s of adventure.”
What was bad about the book?
“Nothing was really bad, but sometimes it got a bit confusing because a lot of the time, when they are talking, people kept interrupting each other and the person talking kept changing. But it didn’t really tell you that someone else was talking or who it was, so I had to keep going back and figure it out.”
“There was also two swear words!” at this point she went fishing through the book because she wouldn’t say the words. Turns out there is a ‘Donkey’s ass’ and a ‘crap’ in there. I guess there may be a cultural divide where these are accepted words for youngsters in the US. I’m not bothered they are in there, although they are not words that my kids are allowed to use, not in front of us parents anyway!
If you have girls in this age range who love a good fantasy or fairytale you can buy the book from Amazon LM really can’t recommend it enough and has already got all her friends hooked, even a couple of the boys!
We were pleasantly surprised that we were also sent a copy of the second book in the series ‘The School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princes. You can check out the trailer for it below:
LM is so excited to read the next book, hopefully it won’t take her quite so long and I’ll be able to let you know how she liked that one too 🙂 As for now, my two 13 year olds and myself are battling out who will be next to get to read it!
***UPDATE: The giveaway has ended, the winner is Elaine Livingstone. Congratulations Elaine :)***
Now for the giveaway!!!
If you would like to win a copy of this novel, all you need to do is reply below and let us know if you would want to be a prince/princess and go to the school for good or a witch/wizard and go to the school for evil and why!
Entries are only open to UK residents and will close on Friday 27th, when all the names will be put into a hat and chosen at random by LM herself. Please pass this on to anyone who would be interested.
***we were sent a copy of the two books to review by Harper Collin’s but all thoughts and opinions are our own***