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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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Guest Post: Toddlers & Tablets – What You Need To Consider

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information | Posted on 07-02-2013

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Bringing up children before the digital age was far more basic. There has always been plenty to do using pens, paper, toys and a little imagination, but now it can be hard to narrow down exactly what you need. As a modern parent you are probably keen to use tablets in your parenting – and here is how you can:

Tablets for drawing

One of the things children love to do more than anything else is draw. Obviously, you could just give them some paper and some crayons but there are tablets available that can bring this activity into the modern age and
many parents already are already doing this.

Take your pick from standalone tablets for colouring, drawing or attachments to games consoles. The latter of which can save you a lot of money by using a console you already own, such as Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii.

Parenting apps

A new tablet, of course, doesn’t only have to be for your toddler. As a parent, these handy devices can also help you by offering tips and advice when needed. There are apps available on the Android store that help you to cook the right food and respond correctly to your child’s concerns so you can get even more use out of your tablet.

Always supervise

It goes without saying that your child’s tablet use should be supervised at all times by a parent or guardian. Tablets aimed at the child market have been designed to be perfectly safe but as with any toy, youngsters should not be left to their own devices. By interacting with them whilst they use the tablet you could also enhance the benefits which they gain from it too.

Limit their time on tablets

A tablet can be a fantastic learning aid for small children, with apps available to help them spell, learn and talk. However, it should be used sparingly as a supplement to your child’s learning and development rather than a straight substitute for other methods.

Bagabook Giveaway At Brit Mums Live!

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Blogger Event, Brit Mums Live, Competition, Information, Product Reviews | Posted on 18-06-2012

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Bagabooks are designed to protect your precious paperbacks from damage when you’re reading them if you’re out and about. Whether you’re travelling by train or plane, or sat on a warm sandy beach (clearly not in the UK…) or just like to have your book with you in case you fancy a quick read, your paperback may end up a little dog-eared and damaged. Bagabook to the rescue!!

Bagabooks slip around the cover of your book and protect it from the elements. They come with a built in bookmark and a handy pocket for a travel card or train ticket – perfect for all you commuters out there. There is even a pen holder as your Bagabook can also house a notepad or diary. You can even fit an e-reader or 7 inch tablet inside – and that’s why I’m bringing my Bagabook to Brit Mums Live this weekend with my new Kurio inside. As you all know I’m going to be showing off the pre-release 7 inch Kurio to anyone who wants a look, but I am also going to be running a competition to giveaway a brand new Bagabook of your choice.

Bagabooks come in two designs – Classic or Executive. The Classics look rather like a stylish handbag, with a strap to pop it over your shoulder or carry it.

The Executive has a briefcase look to it with a much shorter and neater handle, and has a discreet zipped pocket to pop in your mobile or mp3 player or some loose change.
Take a look at the full range on the Bagabook website – there are a host of colours and designs to choose from.

Fancy winning one of your own?

Track me down on Friday or Saturday at Brit Mums Live and give me one of your business cards.  You’ll be entered into a Prize Draw and on Sunday I’ll pick one of the cards out of a hat – or the discreet hidden pocket of the Bagabook – and that person will win a Bagabook of their choice from the website. What’s more is that ALL entrants will be emailed with a discount code to use in the online store.