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Educational Play with Schleich I'm a big fan of learning through play. Unforced educational play. I'm not a teacher and I don't want to be. I want my children to naturally learn whilst they are having fun. When I was contacted recently...

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Say Eh-Oh to the new Teletubbies toys! There back!! Teletubbies made a joyous return to CBeebies last year, and this year marks the launch of the new range of toys. As you know I was sent a box just before Christmas, and today I can finally...

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Travel: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough Last weekend Nana and I took a rather lengthy journey north for a night away at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel in Scarborough, with Little Dude in tow. The Ox Pasture Hall Hotel is a luxurious country hotel...

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A Place To Enjoy My Garden I love my garden. I love the fact that I have a garden, especially with the recent gorgeous weather we've been having. Whilst I have a pretty compact garden, there's a lot going on out there. Plants, fruit...

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Cuddles With Ben Cohen Some days I have a really difficult job. Days like this for example. *Ahem* That rather nice young man is former rugby player Ben Cohen. Ben is a bit of an expert when it comes to cuddles. He has...

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Andy & Evan For Little Gentlemen Competition

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Competition, Trade Show Discovery | Posted on 10-02-2012

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During my recent trip to the Bubble Trade Show in London is was so excited to discover the Andy & Evan Brand. Andy & Evan started out in America as a tailored shirt company for adult men. It was formed by Andy & Evan who left their jobs and set up the company, keen to provide an excellent product and excellent customer service. Since the companies birth they have gained a following of industry leaders, celebrities and famous athletes. Three years on they’ve decided to take the leap into children’s clothing and have set up their “Little Gentlemen” range, and now they over in the UK trying to smarten up the little boys here.

Their current Spring Summer 2012 range boasts a range of their famous “Shirtzies.” These are a gorgeous combination of a traditional button down shirt with the functional snap closure underneath your little boys bottom. This helps to keep your little one looking smart as he crawls and rampages around. The shirts are made from 100% premium tailored cotton with a soft cotton terry lined collar so they are comfortable on even the littlest gentleman.  The “Shirtzies” come in a range of plain, gingham and plaid designs. There is even a shirt with contrasting white collar and cuffs called “The Banker. Andy & Evan also have a range of lightweight cotton cargo pants and shorts, polo shirts, rompers and bucket hats to help keep your little gentleman looking smart but keeping cool this summer.

Later this year I will be doing a review of their amazing Autumn Winter range as displayed at Bubble London, but for now I am so excited to be able to offer this cute prize to one lucky reader.

I have one White Oxford Shirtzie and one pair of Navy Twill Shorts to give away in size 6-12 months. Perfect for keeping your little man looking cool this summer. To be in with a chance of winning this prize please Tweet the following:

“I Want To Win A Shirtzie & Shorts Set From @AndyAndEvanKids With @SussexMummy! http://ht.ly/8ZD5F “

The competition ends on Friday 17th February at 8pm and the winner will be notified as soon as possible afterwards.

To find out more about Andy & Evan check out their website and follow them on Twitter @AndyAndEvanKids.

Product Review: Just Trade Toddler Hats & Stylish Accessories

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews, Trade Show Discovery | Posted on 28-01-2012

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Whilst at Top Drawer the other week I also stumbled upon Just Trade, a family run business supporting fair trade projects in Lima, Peru. We all know the importance of fair trade products, but how many of you actually own something fair trade? Maybe I can tempt you with Just Trade.

Just Trade stock a range of jewellery and accessories for both parents and children. Necklaces, bracelets and earrings in a variety of materials and designs feature heavily in their online store, as well as belts and a cute range of hats and booties for little ones. For children my favourite product has to be this:

Since before he was born I’ve been drawn towards hats with ears for my Little Man – much to his Dads despair – and this one is a definite contender for cutest.  Cosy and warm and a natural oatmeal colour – no dyes or pesticides here – this hat is made by members of the Mama Ursula project who aim to provide employment for women to support their families.

If you’re after something a bit different for yourself though, I couldn’t help but smile when I saw their range of brooches. Guaranteed to brighten any coat:

There is a huge selection of handmade crocheted brooches in a range of fruit and vegetable designs, as well as a few little creatures. Grandma was a big fan of this, from their Garden Helpers range:

Just Trades huge range can be found online.

 

Top Drawer Discovery: Carddies

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews, Trade Show Discovery | Posted on 20-01-2012

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Keeping children entertained can be a nightmare at the best of times, but doing on long journey when they are confined to a seat in a car, train or plane can be a whole lot worse. Endless cries of “I’m bored” and “Are we nearly there yet?” punctuating the air can lead any normally calm and sane parent to murder. Thankfully I found a solution that will provide hours of entertainment, and doesn’t cost a fortune.

Carddies are a traditional retro toy that will be loved by children and parents alike. As with all good products for children Carddies were thought up by parents for their children – the two creators have 7 between them! – and has now spiralled into a beautiful fun toy. Quite simply Carddies are boxes of hand-drawn people for your children to colour in, but what I adore about them is that everything you need comes in a box that can be slipped into a pocket, handbag, changing bag, rucksack, or even just carried by your child. The boxes all contain 12 little figures to colour, 12 stands to put your coloured creations in, a fold-scene to colour and bring you characters to life, and the colouring pencils to do it all with. The Football kit even comes with a small ball! Everything is the box is of the highest quality and is all made in the UK – something the creators are very passionate about.

There are currently eight sets available, but the Carddies team are hard at work drawing more for you. So far you can get:

  • Ballet – 12 ballet dancers and a dance hall scene
  • Cavemen – 12 prehistoric characters and a cave scene
  • Fairies – 12 winged fairies and a garden scene
  • Football – 12 figures – players and a referee – and a football pitch and a small ball
  • Knights – 12 knights and damsels in distress and a jousting scene
  • School – 12 pupils and teachers in a classroom scene
  • Family 1 and Family 2 – a choice of family members – including pets – and garden or park scenes
When I met the creators at Top Drawer last weekend they kindly gave me two sets to take a closer look at. I received “Knights” for my Little Man when he’s a bit older and “Fairies” for a little girl we know. The detailing on the figures and the scenes is incredible – especially on the garden scene for the fairies. The figures are on sturdy cardboard and by placing them in the stands you can have hours of fun arranging them in front of your scene. I love that the figures are double-sided too so your character is still visible even if there turn their backs on you!
Clearly I am not the only person who loved this product at Top Drawer as the lovely Carddies team won “Best New Product – Childrens” last weekend too. Well deserved it was too!
You can find out more about Carddies on their website and also follow them on Twitter @Carddies
Carddies sets are suitable from age 3+ and are available to buy from Amazon.