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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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Play Patrol: Build Up Train

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Bigjigs Play Patrol, Product Reviews | Posted on 18-06-2013

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When your little one learns to walk it is often with the aid of a push along toy. Once they are walking on their own its good to get them a pull along to trundle around after themselves. I know we had a couple for Little Man during his early toddling days. If you are looking for pull along toy inspiration you can’t go far wrong with the Build Up Train from BigJigs. What’s more, is that its actually TWO toys in one.

The Build Up Train is a lovely pull along toy for children aged 1 year plus. There are three “carriages” which can be separated too, and a nice long cord to pull them along. ¬†Each “carriage” holds a selection of wooden blocks and shapes as well as a few friendly looking passengers. The beauty of this toy is that these blocks and passengers can be taken off and rearranged as your child wishes. Each “carriage” has three wooden poles on it for the pieces to slide on to. The combinations and patterns are endless, and its a great toy for honing those all important fine motor skills, as well as imagination play. Once everyone is loaded safely on board the train can be pulled around till it reaches its destination.

I think this a really lovely toy for children aged 1 to 2 years old. Its brightly coloured and has nice solid chunky pieces to play with. Little Man however was a bit underwhelmed. He pulled the string a bit, poked around with a few pieces, and then wandered off and hasn’t really looked at it since. But Little Man is two years and eight months old so I think in all fairness this toy is a bit young for him anyway. I love the multi-use you get from it, as both a pull along and a stacking toy. I can see young train fans being thrilled with it, and I’m certain Little Man would have loved it a year or so ago. Not a complete loss though. We’ve packed it back up and its currently stored in the loft for any future members of the family that may appear in the next few years.

A great first foray in to pull along toys for any new walkers. Thank you BigJigs.

Foodie: Hoops & Crosses from Walkers

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Foodie, Product Launch, Product Reviews | Posted on 09-05-2013

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The team at Walkers sent Little Man some new Hoops & Crosses to try out recently, as well as a rather cute Monkey which he is currently cuddling in bed! Hoops & Crosses are a new range of crisps from Walkers which are made from wholegrain and contain just 85 calories per bag. They come in 3 flavours – Roast Beef, Prawn Cocktail and Salt & Vinegar. All three are also suitable for vegetarians, which when you look at the flavours available IS a tad alarming, but hey ho.


We were sent a bag of Roast Beef to try, and we enjoyed them with our lunch the other day. Little Man devoured his share pretty swiftly, but then again he never stops eating. Thankfully I also enjoyed mine. They were really tasty and didn’t essentially taste “healthy” so the fact that Little Man would happily eat a bag is great. An alarming 27% of children don’t get ANY wholegrain in their diets, so these crisps are an excellent way to sneak some in there without them really noticing.

Whilst I don’t let Little Man eat too many crisps – despite Mummy being somewhat addicted to them herself… – I am quite happy for him to have these as a treat. They’d make a great addition to a lunchbox or picnic on a day out, or to munch on whilst he watches yet more episodes of Peppa Pig.

Walkers Hoops & Crosses are available now at supermarkets across the country.