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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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#KidsGrowWild Gardening Challenge

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 19-06-2013

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“This post is an entry for BritMums’ #KidsGrowWild Challenge”

One of the best things about our house is that we have a garden. Having spent years living in flats with Hubby we thought it was important to get a house with a garden once we had Little Man. Plenty of space for him to run about in, as well as somewhere to put the all important outdoor toys! What I also love about having a garden is that I have space to grow things. I’ve got lots of flowers and plants growing at the moment, as well as a selection of fruit and vegetables. Our garden even has a special miniature garden for Oscar our tortoise in it!

Little Man isn’t a particularly keen gardener. He’d much rather dig in his sand pit than in the ground, but I wanted to give him his own little patch to grow a few flowers in and encourage him into gardening, as well as teaching him about seeds and growing things. The #KidsGrowWild Challenge from Brit Mums in association with Money Supermarket seemed the ideal opportunity. We were sent a very cute gardening set which included a small bag, a watering can, gloves, tools and all important seeds.

I’ve got him a tub all of his own and in it we are going to plant some of the seeds he was sent and he can be in charge of watering that tub and watching it grow. Watering is one activity I can get him interested in, so I’m thinking this is the best way to get him started. He is also a fan of picking the fruit when its ready, so perhaps I need to make him Chief Fruit Picker. Fingers crossed the raspberries and strawberries will be ready soon. Now if the weather can just stay nice for a while we might have a better chance of getting out there and gardening together!

#ColourMeInRK with @BritMums

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 31-07-2012

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f you’ve been in the supermarket cereal aisle recently you will no doubt have spotted a rather plain looking Rice Krispies box. Well get buying and let your little one show off their artistic flair! We were sent a box from the lovely team at Brit Mums and an amazing art box for Little Man to decorate. Not a bad effort for a 20 month old… admittedly with a little assistance from Mummy! I might brave letting him loose with the glitter another time!!

Brit Mums Live: Introducing My Sponsor…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Blogger Event, Brit Mums Live, Information, Product Launch | Posted on 15-03-2012

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It is with great excitement and much enthusiasm that I can officially announce my Brit Mums Live 2012 sponsor is… InspirationWorks!!!

How many people just said “Who?”

Whilst you might not have heard of InspirationWorks specifically, if you have children there is a reasonably high chance that you own a product which they have played a major part in.  Launched in 2005 InspirationWorks develop and distribute licensed electronic learning products in the UK. They have a huge range of laptops and phonics learning toys aimed at children from 12 months and upwards. Their licensed products feature popular characters including Peppa Pig, Bob The Builder, Waybuloo, Ben & Holly and the newest star of CBeebies Mike The Knight.

2012 will see InspirationWorks become more known as a brand as they release the Kurio – an Android tablet for children and families. The Kurio is a multimedia and entertainment device for children which has the benefit of full parental control and internet content filtering making the Kurio is THE safest tablet around to let your children use. You can even set timers for how long they play on it. What they are really going to love is the ability to personalise their own interface with their favourite licensed character. What you will love is that you don’t have to have Peppa Pig on your interface! Profiles are available so that it can be used by the children for fun and games, but can also be used by parents as a work device. Skins and cases will also be available for both children and adults for even more personalisation. Being Android it also means you can download any App you want from the same Android Market you’d find on your SmartPhone or other tablet.

The Kurio will be available to buy in July 2012 and comes in three sizes:

  • 7 Inch 800 x 480 capacitive multi-touch screen priced at £149.99 – Available from July
  • 9.7 Inch 1024 x 600 capacitive multi-touch screen priced at £199.99 – Available from Autumn
I’m sure you’ll agree that for something of this quality those are not-to-be-missed prices.
If you want a sneaky preview of the Kurio you’d better come and find me at Brit Mums because I will have a pre-release 7 Inch Kurio with me! The Kurio has advanced multimedia capabilities with a USB key and a SD card portal – it also comes with HDMI connection so can be used as a mobile HD video player.  A dedicated car mount system will be available to purchase to mount this in cars as a mobile DVD player – perfect for the children on car journeys. The Kurio has 4GB integrated memory, extendable up to 36GB using the micro SD card slot. The Kurio 7 Inch comes with a front and rear side camera so you little one can take photos of the world around them, or portraits of themselves!
I will be using it throughout the event for taking notes during the breakout sessions and tweeting, but I will also be demonstrating it to anyone who wants a look. The Kurio is guaranteed to be on your child’s Wish-List this summer so this is the ideal chance to get a first hand look at exactly what it can do. Bearing in mind that the Gadget Show Live named Kurio “Best of Show Gadget” at Toy Fair 2012 there is no doubting that this tablet is going to be huge.
I am so excited to be going to Brit Mums Live and so proud to be representing such a great company, and such a fantastic product. If you have any questions about InspirationWorks or the Kurio specifically don’t hesitate to tweet or email me and I’ll do my best to help!