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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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Looking Forward To Halloween

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Sponsored Posts | Posted on 26-09-2014

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October? Can you believe its almost October already? Now the children have all gone back to school its pretty much full pace through until the dreaded C-word, but with October on the horizon there are two other events to look forward to in our house next month. One is Little Man’s fourth birthday, but a couple of weeks after that is Halloween. Now whilst I wasn’t much of a Halloween fan myself as a child – I think it was the idea of wandering around outside in the cold and inevitable rain that put me off – , and whilst I’m still not keen on my two going trick or treating, I am thinking a bit of a Halloween party might be in order for us this year. I’ve got a box of decorations and party wear in the loft I think that I acquired in the sales last November – its pays to forward plan here! – so I just need to sort out some costumes for the boys. Little Man will be at preschool that morning so hopefully there’ll be some kind of dressing up going on there, and I’m sure Little Dude will be happy to get into the “spirit” of things as well.

I’m thinking perhaps something subtle like this t-shirt from Asda might work for Little Man during the day. It doesn’t “scream” Halloween so it could be worn more than once, and its looks pretty stylish too. At just £3 its a bargain too! Little Dude will be joining in as well, probably wearing the My First Halloween sleepsuit. I definitely think something a bit cute is required for your first Halloween, and this fits the bill perfectly. No Halloween is complete without somewhere to stash your treats. Whilst Little Man won’t be heading out around the streets just yet, I’m sure I can supply a few ghoulish sweets for him all the same. A Frankenstein bucket will be just the job. This year we have our new playroom to decorate as well, so purple fairy lights seem appropriate don’t you agree? I think I can have some fun setting up some Halloween activities and decorations whilst Little Man is being spooky at preschool. I’ll have to get up into the loft to see what other bits and pieces I have. I’m sure the stores will be filling up with snacks, treat and sweets soon enough. Maybe its time to brave some more baking with my boys, and perhaps create some Halloween cupcakes. Believe me, there’s nothing “scarier” than our kitchen after a baking attempt with Little Man!

How do you celebrate Halloween in your house?

Tree Fu GO!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 09-04-2014

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If your child watches CBeebies you will no doubt have come across Tree Fu Tom. Its a brilliant animated series featuring Tom and his friends having adventures and saving the day. What I love about the show is that it encourages your child out of their seat whilst they are watching to take part in some Tree Fu Moves. They think they’re helping Tom, and you know their getting a bit of exercise whilst enjoying the show. Little Man is a fan of the show and is often spotted doing his Tree Fu Moves in the lounge. He gets very excited when he sees the Tree Fu Tom toys advertised on TV or in store and has been not so subtle in his requests for a belt like Tom’s for some time, so I jumped at the chance to review the “Ranger Utility Belt” when Evolution got in touch a few weeks ago.
Tree Fu Tom Ranger Utility Belt Sussex MummyThe Utility Belt Set comes with a replica of Tom’s sapstone belt, a scarf and woggle like he also wears, a small telescope, a compass to help your little one find their way around, and a small notebook and leaf shaped tasks to complete. There’s also a small bag that you can pop onto the belt to carry the smaller bits and pieces in.
This set is aimed at children aged 3 plus and the replica belt is size adjustable so should fit children of varying ages and sizes. Apparently Little Man is a bit skinny as we can’t get it to fit him even on the smallest setting, so when he wears it its either tied round his back or worn over one shoulder. We can’t get him to wear the scarf which he assures me is “Too small…” but I don’t think it is!
I think our only disappointment with this toy is that the sapstone in the centre of the belt doesn’t glow. Watchers of the show will know that when Tom does his tree fu moves it makes this stone glow. Now I’m obviously not expecting the stone to be motion activated, but a battery and an on off button would have been nice. The sapstone on this belt is a giant reflector and not something my Little Man really understands, but with a retail price of £19.99 you get what you pay for. I’d be happy to pay a little more for a working sapstone, but I’m sure this version will still provide hours of fun for Little Man and any other young Tree Fu fans.
 

Review: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Backpack

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 22-02-2013

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I remember the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle phenomenon the first time they hit our screens in 1987. I was a child at primary school when the first animated series began followed swiftly by the toys and other merchandise. Whilst I wasn’t a fan myself, friends of mine at school were so I was hugely aware of them. Since their first series there has been a live action series, a second animated series, and a third which started last year. If any of your children have recently discovered this eighties and nineties phenomenon, they may well be interested in this new piece of merchandise.

This officially licensed shell design backpack is a must for any fan. Suitable for anyone aged 8 and over – yes parents, that includes you! – this backpack can be used as a bag or as part of a costume. The bag comes with four different coloured eye mask so your child, or you, can dress up as either Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello or Raphael.

The bag itself comes with one large main compartment, as well as several additional internal pockets for storing items. It would be great for school, and no doubt make your child the envy of their friends. It has adjustable straps so will fit any age or size from child to adult. The quality of the design is evident in the photo above, but in reality it is even more impressive. Little Man is too young to really appreciate what the bag is but he seems fascinated by it and can often be found stroking it, which is rather cute.

The included masks are fairly basic but the fact they are particularly long means they will tie easily around heads of different sizes. These can also be used independently to the bag for fancy dress or games with friends.

You can find this Turtles bag at Honcho SFX where it retails for £42 with free delivery. Its not the cheapest bag but the quality is phenomenal, and it will no doubt last longer than your child’s Turtles obsession.

Product Review: Colour Changing

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Competition, Product Reviews | Posted on 21-09-2012

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Colour Changing offer a wide range of products which, as the name suggests, change colour. They sent me a couple of items to try out, and offer my readers the chance to win.

UV Nail Polish: Apricot to Red Apple
The first product was a nail varnish. This nail varnish brushes on like any other and is a soft apricot colour when it dries. You need to use this varnish as either a top coat or alone because when you go out into the sun and the UV rays hit your nails it transforms into a bright red apple shade! Made by Solar Active the varnish is strong and chip resistant, as well as providing UV protection to avoid discolouration. It is removable with any usual varnish remover. Whilst its a fun product to wear – ideal for parties, fancy dress or dressing up games with little girls – its not something to wear everyday. The colour change is fast and very impressive, but I don’t think its something to go to work wearing for example!

London Skyline Colour Changing Umbrella
Next up was an umbrella. Living in the UK means it rains more often than not, so an umbrella is a handbag essential. There is no reason however for that umbrella to be dull. This black and white umbrella features a white silhouette of the London skyline around the edge. As it rains and the umbrella becomes wet the white skyline turns a mix of bright colours. Designed by Squid Of London, and inspired by Jackson Pollack, this is more than an umbrella, its a functional piece of art. As someone who visits London regularly and has been caught out in more than my fair share of rain showers, this is now a permanent feature in my handbag!

Competition!
To win your choice of colour changing nail varnish AND a London skyline umbrella just head over to the Colour Changing Facebook page and “Like” it . Then head back here and let me know you’ve done it by commenting below. A winner will be chosen from all entries on Friday 28th September received by 8pm.