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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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Product Review: Alpaca Travel Shawl from Samantha Holmes

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Fashion, Product Reviews | Posted on 23-07-2012

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Hurrah!! Summer has FINALLY put in an appearance, and fingers crossed its going to stick around for a while yet. If you’re planning on relaxing in the garden or on the beach, or if you’re having evening barbecues or garden parties, or you might be boarding a long haul flight to somewhere where you can guarantee the good weather, an Alpaca Travel Shawl might well become your new best friend.


A silky soft mix of Alpaca and Bamboo makes this shawl super light and hypo-allergenic. It is perfect for wrapping around your shoulders as the evening gets cooler, or to use as a blanket whilst on board a flight. The shawl comes in a gorgeous matching cover which turns it into a cute bolster cushion, which is great for resting your head on in the garden or on the beach when you’re sunbathing, or as a small pillow if you’re travelling.

The shawl is a great size at 90x190cm and for me its ideal as it makes the shawl very versatile. I love that its made from Alpaca which is great against sensitive or delicate skin, meaning you could even use it as a blanket to lie your little one’s on, or to cover them if they are asleep in the car. Being Alpaca also makes it incredibly strong and long lasting, so you’ll be investing in a piece that will last you for years to come. The shawl comes in eight colours so you’re bound to find one to suit, whether it be for day to day use or for a special occasion like a wedding or christening.

Alpaca Travel Shawls are available now direct from the Samantha Holmes website where you’ll also find a range of beautifully made fashion and home accessories.

Product Review: BedStar Memory Foam Pillows

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 27-02-2012

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I love sleep. I never really realised how important sleep was to me until I had my son, and those first few weeks passed in a sleep deprived fog whilst you got used to the idea that you were never going to sleep properly again. At least until you convince your children to move out anyway! Due to my love of sleep, and my intense need for it, I demand comfort when I’m in bed. From a comfy mattress to good pillows and perfect duvet. You can imagine my enthusiasm therefore when BedStar offered my two memory foam pillows to test out for them.

BedStar is an online store selling all manner of beds, mattresses, pillows and bedroom furniture. I was sent a pair of their memory foam pillows which are currently on offer at just £49 with free delivery.

I’ve tried a memory foam pillow before but found it far too solid. To this day in fact it is still brick like and has never dipped even slightly. Unfortunately the BedStar ones were the complete opposite. I used it every night for a week, and for the first two or three nights it was brilliant. It supported my head well, I was comfortable and I genuinely think I slept better than usual. Sadly this didn’t last. By night four the pillow was almost pancake flat and has only puffed back up a bit by me not using it, which somewhat defeats the purpose. To use occasionally this pillow is fine, so would make a good guest bed pillow, but it didn’t work for me as a regular pillow.

You can see the complete BedStar range on their website.

Disclaimer: I received these pillows as a review product, but all opinions are my own.

Product Review: Pillow Pets

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 23-02-2012

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This spring sees the launch of the Original Pillow Pets in the UK, thanks to Mookie Toys.

At first glance this is just a large cuddly toy, but underneath is a small Velcro strap. If you undo that and secure the protective flap over, you are left with a large soft pillow. This makes an ideal pillow for on long journeys, or to use at nap time, or if you’re my Little Man something to lie on whilst you watch television.

 

I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at these at Toy Fair 2012 a few weeks ago. They are so soft and cuddly it was hard to put down, and since Little Man’s Monkey friend arrived in our house he’s had to fight Mummy and Daddy for cuddles with it!

There are a lot of similar style products on the market but this is the original, and without a doubt the best. Available in a range of styles – Panda, Penguin, Unicorn, Puppy, Monkey, Ladybird, Pig and Bee – you can pick up a Pillow Pet from Amazon, Toys R Us and other major retailers. They will soon be available direct from the Pillow Pets website.