Krispie Cakes and Curly Locks – Living Arrows week 3 2020

“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

Each week I like to (try and) link up to a series called Living arrows which is about celebrating childhood. You can find out more here

boy making chocolate cakes

Moose has to wear a patch over his good eye everyday at the moment. It’s only for a couple of hours and we try to get it out of the way by applying it in the morning but it can be difficult. He dislikes having it on and of course not being able to see well really limits the kinds of things he can do.

Last weekend I decided we should go old school and make some rice krispie cakes. Moose loved making them and it was a great way to fill his patch time.

 

teenage girl close up with very curly hair

Also this week, Bess turned 14. This is not the best photo I have ever taken, the lighting is terrible. However, it makes me smile. The night before, Bess had asked me to curl her hair using one of those chopstick style hair curlers. It looked really cute when she went to bed!

This was what she woke up to. In fact, this was after I had tried to tame it a little! As you can see from her gorgeous smile, I wasn’t the only one who found it amusing. That’s why I like this pic, it is a proper snapshot and one I am sure I will enjoy when it pops up on timehop every year for the next decade.

 

 

Living Arrows

A Short Checklist on Essential Equipment for Toddlers

small boy and parent holding hands

Raising a toddler is one of life’s simplest yet greatest joys, as you witness them reach milestones like learning how to talk and walk. But this stage of their development can also be quite tiring. Your tiny tots are still figuring out how to properly do things and will need just as much (if not more) help than they did as babies. Thankfully, life with your toddler can be much easier when you have all the essential equipment with you. So read on to find out more about what will make your life easier.

Safety essentials

baby and yellow blanket

Curious toddlers can get themselves in trouble when you take your eyes off them even for just a second! That’s why toddler-proofing your house is an important step to prevent accidents like electric shocks, and bumps and bruises from happening. You can do this by putting electrical covers on all outlets, placing soft table padding on sharp edges, and adding a safety lock on all drawers with hazardous objects inside.

And if there is one thing that all mums with toddlers can agree on, it’s a fact shared in our ‘Babies Are Overrated’ post: Mums need more sleep. If your tot is ready to transition to a bed from their crib, installing a bed rail is a win-win for the two of you. This way, you can have a good night’s rest knowing they’re protected even if they’re rocking and rolling in their sleep.

On-the-go needs

woman with pram

Being out and about is an exciting thing for toddlers, as they start mastering the use of their legs and learning more about the world around them — even if it’s just you taking them to the supermarket or the pharmacy. But we all know that their little bodies can get tired fairly quickly. And when that happens, it’s important to have a pram that can let them rest wherever your days take you. This is why the various prams featured on iCandy are designed to be sturdy and compact enough to use wherever you go. Look for thoughtful features like drink holders, shopping baskets, and parasols that can make carry out chores with your little one a breeze.

Another thing you’ll need when you’re on-the-go is a handy backpack that can store items like sippy cups or their favourite toy to help ease the waking up process. And be sure to have a car seat that meets government safety guidelines like the Every Stage unit from Joie.

Tools for fun

child holding crayons

Of course, you can’t forget to have fun with your toddler. This precious stage of their life can go rather fast (especially when they love to run around!). With such an array available, it’s easy to get confused about which toys are the best ones for your toddler. A report from Tech Times may just help you streamline your selection. shares a study by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology that found that early stimulation can boost their brain development.

With this in mind, you can stuff their toy chest with crayons and building blocks, which can help enhance both their motor skills and creativity. Additionally, letting them play with puzzles is a great way to improve their hand-eye coordination, while also helping them recognise shapes. Plus, you can have a trusty play mat in your home, as it will help stimulate your little one’s brain with its lights and music.

Foam Alive – No mess sensory fun

We were sent this product for the purposes of writing this post. All opinions remain honest and our own. 

Foam is a massive improvement on slime.

Spoiler alert. That is going to be your take away from this review. Honestly, I was so excited when I was asked if Moose would like to have a go at playing with the foam JUST BECAUSE IT WAS NOT SLIME! 

Although I’m not massively fond of spending hours clearing away mess I am the first to say that sensory play is incredibly important. It not only helps concentration, memory and imagination but I have certainly noticed that if Moose is having a difficult day I can really see a difference when I sit him down with a sensory style play sesh in mind. It almost always gets rid of anxiety and melts away any feelings of frustration.

However, none of this is massively helpful when you are tried to clean slimey gunk off your lovely lounge rug though, is it.

With this in mind, Foam Alive is the answer. 

foam alive

What is it?

Foam Alive is presented in clear hourglass plastic packaging. It looks nice but my God it was a challenge to get into! In the end it took this 38 yr old Mother of 3 nearly 10 minutes to open – I ended up jimmying it open with a butter knife and a fair amount of force. On the upside at least you know that the lid is secure, this definitely won’t spill if you pack it for a holiday for example. 

When you eventually get into the packaging you will be greeted by 2 colours of foam. We had green and purple. The colours were incredibly bright but lost a bit of their vibrancy once they were (inevitably) mixed together. I would love to see other colours added to the range. 

What did we think?

I recorded Moose playing with the foam for a few minutes to show you what he thought.

As I said previously, I was just relieved that it wasn’t gunky! This stuff feels nice to the touch. There’s no noticeable smell. It’s not wet or sticky.

The foam doesn’t attach itself to fibres so no having to wash it out of clothing or off toys. This pack is less than £10 which makes it a really affordable treat for a rainy day. It would make a great birthday party gift too! 

Foam Alive is available to buy from Smyths

 

*WIN* WOW! Stuff Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak

A little while ago we were asked to review a WOW! Stuff Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak. You can read about what we thought of it here!

Pretty much everyone in our house is a fan of Harry Potter. Col absolutely loved the movies when they first came out and as a treat we took him along to the Warner Bros Studio tour. I went in quite liking the movies but feeling quite nonchalant about the whole thing. However, by the time I had sunk a cup of Butterbeer and toured the set and had marvelled at the special effects dept I was hooked.

Bess loves to read and naturally is a bigger fan of the books than the film series. But even she loves the movies. Moose just loves them too. I’m not sure that he really understands what is going on mind you. He was transfixed when they were on tv recently though.

If you know someone who loves Harry Potter as much as we do, you must enter our giveaway. We want to send 1 lucky winner a Wow! Stuff Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak of their very own.

It’s really easy to enter via Rafflecopter

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Christmas Gift Ideas – For Teens and Adults

This post contains gifted items

Christmas shopping for children is easy. You can pretty much hit the bullseye every time. Children are not exactly backward about coming forward when it comes to declaring their interest in the latest movie or tv characters, are they? and if all fails? slime. Bam. You pretty much nail it every time with slime. When they hit their teens though? Well! You are going to have to get a bit more creative..

 Young at heart

So whether they are young or just young at heart, they will love this. A super easy to use Tie Dye kit by Fab Labs! Create unique and trendy clothes and accessories with the new Tie Dye Luxury Kit! There are enough ingredients to dye loads of t-shirts and accessories. Just one of the collectable FabLab kits available from Interplay.

a tie dye gift

The gorgeous tiny polar bear necklace by Jane Reinhardt would make a great gift for young or old. It might be small but it is perfectly formed.

Handcrafted in the Uk and polished to perfection this one is going to be a surefire hit!

tiny bear chain

My Dad loved Doctor Who when he was a child.

I haven’t missed an episode since it was revived in the 2000’s, Col loved it and now Moose loves it too. With that in mind, a Doctor Who based gift is a good bet in our family!

We love this Doctor Who desk tidy. The eye-catching stationery holder is an official wooden replica of the Tardis – the Time Lord’s iconic blue police box.

Billed as “the must-have Whovian accessory”, the wooden replica promises to transport your stationary to another dimension (not literally, of course – no pencils will be hurt and/or displaced in time by the purchase of this item!) by offering a unique and fantastical way to store your pens and sonic screwdrivers. It might even be bigger on the inside too, but that would be telling.

 

 

Who doesn’t love a surprise? They don’t get much bigger or better than the Amazing Mystery Box! What makes this even better is that this particular box is not actually a mystery. You can opt for a Mystery of course but this particular one, well, let’s see inside, shall we?

Sonic spork. They pretty much had me at sonic spork. As well as this (which would make a good standalone gift to be fair) the not so mystery box is also packed full of loads of other Whovian merch! Coffee mug, figurines, notebooks.. You definitely get your moneys worth here!

 

Perfectly Practical

I love a cosy pair of slippers and what could be better than a pair of handcrafted Onaie sheepskin slippers? Perfect for the winter months and a versatile gift for young or old.

Practical gifts are always a popular option.

For car enthusiasts all over the country, the NextBase 522GW includes revolutionary new features to redefine the possibilities of a Dash Cam. Leading the world in safety and ease of use with the addition of exclusive features such as Emergency SOS and Alexa-built in. This is the Christmas gift for tech enthusiast who loves all the latest gadgets.

Perfect for selfie lovers everywhere, the Rapid White Blue Light Tooth Whitening System would make a great gift this Christmas. Clinically proven to whiten teeth up to five shades in just two weeks and the first at-home whitening kit with light-activated gel technology.

For Bookworms

Dan Fallon is an ex-Royal Navy physical training instructor on a mission. His goal is
to help 5000 Dads across the UK to get fit and lose weight, without meal plans or
shake diets, and the message of his new book is very clear – Start with ONE THING.

It can be so hard to buy for men sometimes but I think that Dans no BS approach would be a popular one with MrG and men like him.

The amazing Pub Quiz book contains more than five thousand pop music pub-quiz questions at various difficulty levels, ranged from easy to medium and hard. There are themed quizzes on a huge variety of musical subjects including genre quizzes (like indie, hip hop and heavy metal), legendary artists (like Elton John, Queen and Madonna) and specialist decade quizzes, as well as pot-luck quizzes for an extra challenge.

This book contains all you need for setting your own pub quizzes or brushing up on your musical knowledge for your next competition.

 

Sudio are a trendy Swedish electronics company specialising in manufacturing high-quality lifestyle headphones with minimalistic Scandinavian style. Designing and selling sleek and stylish headphones with studio quality sound.

Sometimes simple gifts are the best. This cake in a mug, mug comes with indicators on the inside of the mug to help you make the perfect mug cake!

 

I think books make great stocking fillers so I make sure to include them every year. When I was a teenager I loved reading my horoscope. It was just a bit of fun and I am carrying it on. I picked mine up from The Card Factory

Freya Fontaine and the winged lion of Aretas. Freya was just a regular eleven-year-old from London until the friend she’d only just met told her something she’d never expected. ”There is buried treasure in Petra Freya, buried golden treasure,” Hiyaam whispered, her dark eyes sparkling with excitement. ”A jewelled winged lion, Freya, and I know where it is.” This Indiana Jones style adventure would make a great gift this Christmas!

 

Pants and socks are a common Christmas gift but these are pants with a difference!

Modibodi create period-proof sustainable underwear for women, it’s leak free and designed to be worn without the need for a pad or tampon, helping women feel confident no matter the time of the month. Modibodi makes a great useful stocking filler and is perfect for those looking to drastically reduce their impact on the environment as a result of period products.

Sugru

If you’ve never used Sugru before, I really recommend it. It’s not so much something you can make a craft out of, but it might be just what you need to finish that project! Sugru’s super handy to just have around the house, and it has so many uses! It’s a mouldable, durable rubber, it’s such a versatile & unique craft material! This Create & Craft Kit includes different colours of Sugru, a storage tin & lots of ideas to use it!

 

 

Some of the items featured were sent to me in exchange for inclusion. Some were items I bought. All opinions are honest and my own.