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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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Last minute Christmas Ideas for the boys!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Christmas, Christmas Gift Guide | Posted on 17-12-2014

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This time next week it’ll be over. All the shopping will have been done and you’ll either be buried in wrapping paper tackling the pile of presents, or smugly sitting back relaxing, pleased you spread your wrapping out throughout the month. If you’re me, you’ll be smugly pleased you got your Mum to do most of the wrapping for you one morning because your children were poorly and you couldn’t find the time to do it yourself. So with one week to go, do you have all your presents yet? Or are you still struggling to find that one extra present for a little boy in your life? May be you’re after a main present for a slightly bigger boy? Do not fear. Read on, and hopefully I can help point you in the right direction.

Lets start with a smallest boy in your life. Now I know I recently provided you with a great array of First Christmas items for your babies, but this one is very much aimed at baby boys. My 1st Years is a great store providing truly beautiful products for babies, and I am a big fan of this cute Car Comforter and Knitted Teddy set. The car – which you can have personalised if you wish – features those loops of ribbon that all babies seem to be instantly drawn to for fiddling and chewing. The teddy is a lovely blue shade and has a traditional knitted appearance which will no doubt provide a long term friend for your little boy.

Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m a bit of a wooden toys fan, so it’ll come as no surprise that I’m going to direct you to my ultimate favourite wooden toys company. I am so proud to represent Bigjigs as one of their Play Patrol team and for the little boys in your life you won’t find many toys as fabulous as their Heritage Fire Station set. The station comes with four fire fighters, a sleeping area for when they aren’t out at work, a tower for training, and a nice big area to park their fire engine. The included engine features a fire hose that you can unroll and an extendible ladder for tackling even the biggest fires. This is a gorgeous set with lots of great features, and plenty detail. This is sure to keep your little boys busy on Christmas morning, and beyond.

Gioteck RC 3

If you have gaming fans in your house – and despite only being four years old Little Dude is rather partial to some Xbox action himself – then giving them somewhere comfortable to sit whilst they enjoy the latest platform or racing game, as well as somewhere to store the seemingly endless array of controllers, boxes, cables and other associated paraphernalia might just be the thing you’re looking for. The RC-3 Gaming Chair is the ultimate in gaming accessory, providing not only enviable comfort and compact storage, but is compatible with a wide range of consoles and game play devices. Now whilst I think this may be a bit on the extreme side for Little Man – he’s more of a Just Dance fan anyway – I think the older boys – and their dads – will find this a much appreciated addition to their gaming zones.

Baby Gifts: My 1st Years

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 10-04-2014

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When a new baby is born it is inevitable that gifts are going to be bought. When Little Man was born we had an influx of presents bought for him. Mostly clothing, but a few toys and the odd item that we’ll always keep. I like the idea of keepsakes more than disposable items like clothing, which is why I love the items on the My 1st Years website. They do a huge range of keepsakes for children, including a personalised baby clothes range – something a bit more special than a pack of plain sleepsuits – and a gorgeous range of personalised baby blankets. In fact you can get an amazing range of personalised items from the website, so when they got in touch and asked me if I’d like to review something I was rather spoilt for choice!
After MUCH deliberation I eventually picked this beautiful Wooden Abacus. A white frame and pale pine rods are instantly brightened by the multi-coloured that make up this abacus. As you’d expect you can get this personalised too. I went for the old style personalisation which has my Little Dude’s name in red text down one side of the abacus – photos of which will follow once he’s born and his name has been announced – but now you can get a more subtle inscription of up to 20 characters engraved on the front, as you can see from this image. A great solid toy for him to play with when he’s older, but also something that he can treasure as it will always be his abacus, despite Little Man’s best attempts to play with it now! Now only did I love the abacus itself but I also adore the packaging. A stunning blue box which you could easily use if you were buying something from My 1st Years as a gift. A truly quality service.
As I said there’s a lot of amazing products to choose from. As well as those already mentioned there’s a gorgeous range of teddies, comforters, booties and even a teepee, all of which come with the option of personalisation. There are items to suit all budgets and all tastes so you are bound to find something that would be just perfect for that newborn in your life. I’m sure Little Dude is going to love his new abacus, and I’m sure it’ll be something that takes pride of place in his bedroom for years to come.