Friday, 15 February 2013

WIN 1 of 5 Copies of The Alphablocks DVD!

The hit Cbeebies show the Alphablocks is going to be available on DVD from 25th February 2013! The Alphablocks are a great introduction to phonics and the first steps to learning to read, whether you have a child in nursery school or in reception year they provide a fun introduction to the skills they will learn at school to help them to learn to read!

Thanks to Abbey Home Media, we have 5 copies to give away! If you want the chance to win follow the steps below!

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Fabulous Fun T-shirts for all the Family!

A little while ago we were asked if the boys would like to try out some t-shirts from Kids T-shirts who are a British company specialising in t-shirts which have great designs are fun to wear and easy to wash - essential if you have to messy boys like me!

The boys were delighted when their parcel arrived, especially Boo who at 4 1/2 has just decided he is big enough to choose his own clothes, so he was keen to give his opinions!

I was instantly impressed with the quality of t-shirt, especially the ones for Elvis they're size 24 - 36months and have washed really well - even after being smothered in ice-cream and finger paints! 

I discovered trying to photograph E standing still anywhere was virtually impossible..I lack photography skills at the best of times and a moving subject is too much for my point and shoot photography tactics!

This 'half pint' t-shirt is quite possibly my favourite, it's a great colour (although others are available to!) and I love the slogan! The t-shirts are a great fit, and retain their shape very well after washing which is essential if you're buying for young children!

E was also sent this fabulous bright red t-shirt with Monster (or Alien as he calls it!) on the front, it suits his cheeky personality and he's very keen to wear this one! 

I unfortunately dried this t-shirt over the radiator so it does have a crease across the image in this photo but I once it has been washed again I'm sure it'll be back to perfect! There is something very special about this t-shirt too, the monsters eyes and teeth glow in the dark, which make it great fun and we've had plenty of amusement hiding under a blanket to get the monster to glow!

Boo was a more willing model, and here is posing in his hero t-shirt:

 Although he's only 4, Boo is wearing the age 5-6 which fits him really well across the shoulders and the length is good to, but it is a bit wide on his tummy as he's very tall and slim - just like Mr G! Boo says this is his favourite t-shirt, and he certainly seems very keen to wear it! The print is really bold and inspires Boo's imagination as this super hero retains an air of mystery! 
Boo was also sent a fabulous biking print shirt which I'm sure he will wear loads this summer. The print is really fun and rivals some of the trendy big brands in my opinion! Photo to follow, so watch this space!

My thoughts, the t-shirts are very good quality with great original prints designed in the UK, which wash extremely well in my experience. Kids T-shirts are reasonably priced and are currently offering free postage when you purchase 3 t-shirts, which I think is a great offer! Oh and don't be put off by the company name, they do grown up t-shirts too, check them out here!

We've got spots..Chicken Pox.

Boo has been off school since Friday with what I assumed was just another virus, he had a bit of an upset tummy and a temperature, so I didn't think too much about it until lunch time yesterday when we noticed some very angry spots appear on his tummy. Instantly I thought chicken pox, it's been going around the school for months so it would seem obvious, but Boo's spots didn't have the classic fluid filled appearance. "Have you been scratching Boo?" I asked, he shook his head "No, these spots are horrid aren't they!" he replied looking down at his tummy covered in a small number of very angry looking spots.

This morning a few more spots had appeared, and after a restless night I decided that we ought to just get him checked out. A mammoth mission ensued to get to the Doctors surgery due to an accident on the main road clogging up our normally quiet village roads. Getting sent straight into the nurse Boo was asked "Erm, have you been itching these.." he looked coyly at his feet and replied "Yes..they are very itchy!" Chicken pox was diagnosed and I almost sighed with relief as they are such horrid spots I was wondering what else they might be! So with a list of advice, and a reminder to watch out that he doesn't get infection in the itched spots, we were on our way. 

Boo is so upset about these spots, as they're not just ugly they're uncomfortable to, so I'm having to think up lots of busy activities which don't exhaust him too much! So far, I've spent the morning building lego helicopters..which have been dismantled faster than I can build them!

Have your children had chicken pox? How did you soothe them and keep them busy?

Ms G x

Monday, 11 February 2013

Olbas Oil for Children - Top tips to help Children Sleep

"You lot have had a cold for months" remarked one of my friends the other day, and do you know what? She is so right! What's worse is that while we can manage the symptoms during the day, night time is awful and settling the children becomes a challenge - they can't sleep at all with stuffy noses and we're constantly exhausted. 

 What we have found to be a total life saver during a cold is Olbas Oil for children as a bit sprinkled on a hanky and left next to the bed seems to do wonders for helping keep their noses clear.

Now, I was invited to an event late last year with Olbas Oil, but couldn't go as we had a terrible cold..which in a way has proved to be a good thing, as now I can share this video of top tips to help your child sleep, with the knowledge that Olbas Oil for children is the remedy which helps my boys sleep during sniffles, and this is our winter must have! Infact, Mr G and I resorted to using the children's stuff ourselves last night as we'd run out of the grown up stuff! I've tried lots of remedies, and Olbas Oil is our preferred choice. So, if you are suffering with the sniffles - get well soon - and check out these top tips to help your little one(s) get some sleep!