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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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Review: Wipe Easy Oil Cloth

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 16-08-2013

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Oilcloth is one of those materials that has a hundred and one uses. We were recently sent a huge roll of it by Wipe Easy who primarily sell it as tablecloths. This is a perfect use for it if you have children as it cleans up really fast and protects your table from messy eaters. What I was asked to do was show other uses for it. We came up with one or two fairly traditional uses for it as you can see here.

uses for oil cloth collage / high chair / potty / desk


Under high chairs to protect the carpet, beneath Little Man’s desk where he tends to draw, crayon and snack, and beneath his potty. We’ve been potty training for the last few weeks and sometimes Little Man’s wee’s go sideways instead of down!

My super talented friend Katherine – of Katherine’s Cosy Creations – make this gorgeous shoulder bag for me using oilcloth and a really pretty lining. She even made it that the bag was reversible so I can have the oilcloth on the inside which is great if I’m carrying Little Man’s drink or snacks around. Please do let Katherine know what you think of this bag – she’s more than willing to make more of them!

Finally I set up a Pinterest board for Oilcloth Ideas. I’ve put a few of my favourites on there but I’m sure you can all suggest many more ways to use oilcloth. I particularly like the Picnic Place Mats with Cutlery Pockets on them – a great idea when you’re out and about and so easy to roll and store. I’m sure if I ask Katherine nicely she can whip a few up for me!

Wipe Easy sell their oilcloth in a wide range of patterns and in a variety of sizes. You’re bound to find something which fits in with your home decor or that you could make into something for yourself or your children. I’d love to know what you get up to!

John Lewis Opens First Store In Sussex

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Home & Lifestyle, Product Launch | Posted on 04-04-2012

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Retail giant John Lewis is opening its first ever store in Sussex on Thursday with a “John Lewis At Home” store on the Portfield Way Retail Park, just outside Chichester. I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview on Tuesday and take a tour around the new store with branch manager Claire.

Boasting 40,000 square feet of selling space over two floors this new store has a wide range of products you’d commonly find within their bigger shops. There is a large selection of home décor and furnishing, as well as an extensive kitchen and lighting section.

Downstairs you will find the Click & Collect Service which makes shopping even easier – you just order the item and collect it from store the next day, and the only selection of Olympic Merchandising outside of a London branch. Perfect if you want to grab yourself a piece of memorabilia for this summers event without having to fight your way into the capital.

Jubilee fever has also struck with a number of Union Jack emblazoned products throughout the store from cushions to deck chairs and food gifts – I can highly recommend the Emma Bridgewater Biscuit Barrel!

Upstairs you will find a comprehensive electrical and gadgetry department which includes the brand new iPad and a number of TV’s – ideal distraction for the men! You will also find a small but well stocked baby section to pick up a few nursery essentials for your little ones, including cots, toys and a bedding.

The familiar John Lewis cafe is also upstairs where they’ll be selling a range of drinks, snacks and light lunches, as well as children’s lunch boxes. A supply of high chairs is ready and waiting! Customer toilets can also be found nearby along with spacious baby changing facilities, and a feeding room – something which is rare even on the high street!

One of my favourite “trends” on offer in John Lewis At Home is the ‘Playnation’ range. Here is the foyer of the new store, decked out in the range.

Can you believe that colourful book display is actually wallpaper? I love it and definitely want some for our home office!!

The ‘Playnation’ range is beautifully bright and encompasses a huge selection of products from table ware to garden items, home decor to office organisation. The mix of wood and colour looks brilliant and I can imagine several pieces finding a place in my home soon. Here are a few of my personal favourites:

This Tiffin Box would be great on family picnics this summer with four handy compartments for your lunch time favourites.

Office storage needn’t be dull with this brightly coloured unit featuring six large deep drawers.

Every cook and baker needs a good set of measuring spoons and I love this set of four – colourful additions to any kitchen.

Summer trips to the beach or just sitting in the garden will be stylish and comfortable for your little ones in this traditional deck chair.

John Lewis At Home opens on Thursday April 5th and with the extended Easter weekend it’s sure to be a busy one – I suggest you start queuing now!!

Product Review: Chicco Polly Highchair

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 07-09-2011

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We’ve always had issues when it comes to highchairs.  I’m not sure if its because my Little Man is lazy, or if its because he’s a boy, but he does insist on slumping in them.  The highchair we bought for him was great for the first few months, then all of a sudden he began to sink lower and lower.  We have the same problem with the highchair he uses at either Grandparents house, so I’m convinced it’s my Little Man and not the chairs!
Or at least I was until the people at Chicco offered to send me a chair to review.
A perfectly upright child eating his fruit – victory!
The Chicco Polly highchair is brilliant.  The saviour as far as my Little Man is concerned is the padded insert in the seat.  As he grows this will obviously be removed, but right now its supporting him nicely, and making slumping impossible.
The Chicco Polly is usable from birth when it can be tilted backwards to make a lovely relaxing place for baby to nap, or to play with the mooing cow – my Little Man wasn’t entirely sure when I asked him to model this position for me.
Silly Mummy!
The Chicco Polly comes with a large detachable tray so it can be used on its own, or can be pushed up to the dining table when baby gets older.  With several height positions it is sure to fit at all tables and will adjust to suit you if you’re feeding your child from the comfort of your sofa.  When your little one is 12 months plus the chair can be used as their own free-standing seat.
Apart from the fact my Little Man no longer slumps my favourite feature of this highchair is the large storage basket.  I’ve seen these on lots of highchairs and always dismissed them as being gimmicky – couldn’t live without it!  Spare bibs, muslins and wipes are constantly accessible – and when you have a messy eater like I do that’s essential!
Thank you Chicco for saving the day!!
For more details on the Chicco Polly check out their website.


Product Review: No Tray High Chair

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 24-08-2011

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High chairs come in a phenomenal range of shapes, sizes and with functions that blow my mind.  If you're after something simple and functional – in other words just a seat for your child to sit in at the table with you and eat – this is the chair for you.

Now if you're thinking that looks familiar it's because this chair is used by restaurants all over the country.  Go to your local Frankie & Benny's, Pizza Express or KFC to name but a few and your little one will probably be offered this chair.  With its simple wooden design and colourful balls for children to play with the chair also features a strap for between their legs and a lap belt to secure them into the seat.  Whilst the chair has no tray it fits neatly up against my dining room table, but can also be used if you feed your child from the comfort of your sofa.

For further details visit the No Tray High Chair website.

Product Review: Tidy Tray

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Information | Posted on 29-07-2011

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Eating out with a baby or toddler can be a bit of a mission. The amount of things you need to carry is immense, ensuring you have spoons and snacks, and a meal that your little one will eat hopefully without tossing any of it at nearby people/walls/parents. One thing that all parents need to add to their bag of tricks – and one that fits easily into any bag – is the Tidy Tray.

Yet another genius idea, the Tidy Tray is a foldable washable cover that fits on the tray of all high chairs. Using an elastic edging the stretchy cover securely fits over the tray of the high chair and means you don’t need to do your usual anti-bacterial wipe attack when you get into the restaurant or café you are visiting. Available in two cute designs – pink ballerina for the girls and blue pirates for the boys – the Tidy Tray also features a handy pocket. This pocket holds the tray when not in use, but once unfolded it hangs on the side of the high chair and can hold a drinks cup. The tray is conveniently machine washable so after a particularly messy meal it can just be tossed into the machine ready for your next trip out.

My Tidy Tray is a permanent fixture in my changing bag and has been used on a few different shapes and sized high chair trays and I’ve not found any that it doesn’t easily fit over. A must buy for babies who lunch!

Tidy Trays can be bought online at www.tidy-trays.com
Follow Tidy Trays on Twitter at @TidyTraysUK