New Episodes & A New Line For Project MC2

Project Mc² is back on Netflix UK with new episodes, and an accompanying new product line based on the Netflix series.

If you aren’t familiar with Project Mc², it’s a series about a team of six super-smart girls who use their love of science and spy skills to undertake missions for a top-secret, all female organization called NOV8 – or innovate – to us less acronym savvy.

The six main characters are McKeyla McAlister (Mc2), Adrienne Attoms (A2), Camryn Coyle (C2), Bryden Bandweth (B2), Ember Evergreen (E2) and Devon D’Marco (D2), and each girl has an area of speciality. McKeyla is a spy, Adrienne is a culinary chemist, Camryn is a whizz with electronics, Bryden is the online guru of the group, Ember can grow pretty much anything and Devon is an artist extraordinaire who opens up to the group in this latest series.  Each girl ticks at least one of the STEM/STEAM boxes, many tick more, and while their interests are varied, they make a great time when they work together.
Project MC2

In the new episodes and old character returns, and the girls have to use their smarts to not only save him and save the day, but there’s romantic progress for McKeyla and Kyle Lewis too.

While the show throws out big words from time to time (mostly chemicals) there’s not a huge amount of education that happens just from watching it, and a lot just ‘works out’ for the characters, but it’s a series aimed at young girls, so you have to watch it with that filter. While I still find the girls a bit vapid-with-smarts, they’re much more interesting and much better role models for girls than many other traditional girl stereotypes I can think of.

There are some general themes that make it worth watching, if you were doing it for entertainment only, like the introduction to the concept of girls-who-love-STEM/STEAM, the value of teamwork, standing by your friends and standing up for yourself. There’s also the ‘girls can do this’ idea, which isn’t bad to start reinforcing from a young age.Read more: New Episodes & A New Line For Project MC2

6 Creative Baby Photo Shoot Ideas

One of the joys of having a newborn in the family is that you get to see that little angel grow up right before your very eyes. But many parents secretly wish that their baby won’t grow up too fast. Well, that angelic, innocent-looking face, precious smile, and pink chubby cheeks won’t last forever, but you can capture your baby’s cutest moments and immortalize them through photos.

You don’t need to be a skilled photographer or hire a professional photographer to take adorable pictures of your little munchkin. With the help of your family, a few props, and right newborn photography gear, you can do it on your own!6 Creative Baby Photo Shoot IdeasRead more: 6 Creative Baby Photo Shoot Ideas

Chicco Balance Bike Review From Kiddies Kingdom

We’ve had simply ridiculous weather of late. It’s gone from icy frost to days of cloud to almost warm and back to heating on in the space of two weeks. And today the sun came out again, and we could even go for a walk without coats! I think it’s a sign that spring is coming – and with it, excuses and opportunities to get outdoors. One of the best ways to get some exercise yourself when you have little children, is putting them on a bike – it ensures you can walk fast enough to get your heart rate up, and if your kids are anything like mine, enforce sprinting from time to time, which I’m told is also a good workout strategy!

Ameli received a new balance bike for Christmas. We thought her wooden one was getting a little small, and I wanted something that looked and felt like a ‘real’ bicycle, so we took Kiddies Kingdom up on their offer of a bike to review.

We were sent a Chicco Red Bullet Balance Bike, which is also available in pink and yellow. (£27.95)

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Also An Octopus {Book Review}

I seem to find myself a bit gushy over books every week at the moment. I can’t help that the books we’re being sent are so fantastic though! This week’s arrival was perfectly themed for us too, because we’ve been focusing on story telling and story writing this month, what with it being both National Story Telling Week a few weeks ago, and National Haiku month and all that. So Also an Octopus from Maggie Tokuda-Hall is a perfectly timed book for us – but it’s also both funny and really sweet, and an all round fantastic concept.

Also an Octopus

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Adventurous Foods the Kids Will Love

Sometimes as a parent you can do everything ‘right’ – eat the right stuff in pregnancy, breastfeed your newborn, go through a dozen new carpets thanks to the joys of baby led weaning – and still, your four year old prefers pasta with cheese over the sashimi she guzzled down happily while weaning. It’s a challenge I’m sure even the best organic-food-feeding parents face sometimes, so here are a few ideas for introducing – or reintroducing – a variety of foods to our ever changing offspring!

Italian

My small one loves pasta – so Italian classics like lasagne are great to batch cook when you have a spare afternoon, then they can be frozen down in portions and cooked for a quick but healthy dinner on busy weekday evenings. This recipe by Mary Berry might seem like it has a lot of preparation, but honestly, the majority is just waiting time while the lasagne sets. Lasagne is a great way to incorporate some hidden vegetables into your child’s diet too, add chopped onions and peppers to the tomatoes and they’ll be getting a tasty and secretly nutritious meal that they’ll love.Read more: Adventurous Foods the Kids Will Love

This Is The Kiss {Book Review}

If you’re looking for winter evening reads, This Is The Kiss is a beautiful bed time book for little ones, all about the bears’ bed time routine. Written by Claire Harcup and illustrated by Gabriel Alborozo, This Is The Kiss is a gorgeous book to add to your collection.

This is the Kiss

The story goes about getting ready for bed after a fun day, and goes through the touch, the smile, the cleaning off, and getting ready for bed.Read more: This Is The Kiss {Book Review}

Glimmies Forest Fairies Review

You know that time when your kids were so sick, they wouldn’t even play? No? Well, that’s what happened here over the last 10 days. My kids have been so poorly, sitting on the sofa has been hard work! So I’ve been sitting with these Glimmies from Flair for a week, knowing full well that the girls would love love love them, but not wanting to ruin the surprise by giving them something they’re too lacklustre to enjoy!  I quite liked getting something pretty in the post though! Glimmies

What are Glimmies, I hear you ask?

Glimmies are the new kids on the collectible toys block. There are 23 star fairies sent by the moon to take care of Glimmieswood’s forest animals. Each Glimmie bares a resemblance to the forest animal it’s meant to care for and as a group, they love endless adventures with friends, and have a deep respect for nature.

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Quick and Easy Ways to Keep Car Seats Clean

It may have been suggested that being messy helps children learn, but if you’ve ever had to remove the kids car seat from the back seat, you may know what I mean when I say there’s a whole new world of grim there!   And not just under the seat, but the seat itself can be covered in anything from snacks to half the beach from your last holiday. I’m sure I’m not alone at having been tempted to just bin the lot, rather than have to face cleaning it. But that’s not particularly cost effective. 

With the average first-year cost of having a child being over $10,000, many parents will want to save money any way they can – keeping your car seat in good shape is a great way to start! If your child is partial to making the odd mess or two, here are some quick and easy tips to make the clean-up job a whole lot easier. Read more: Quick and Easy Ways to Keep Car Seats Clean

Make Your Own Gift Box #BostikBloggers

Whether you do Valentines for the love of your life, or you simply do it for the kids, these little gift boxes are easy to make, and the perfect size for jewellery, cufflinks, or gift vouchers. I make them from half an A4-page. You can also make them bigger, of course.

You can also make them from paper, but they’re obviously not too strong then, or from card. I made this one from corrugated card, which is nice and strong, but the colour doesn’t run all the way through the paper.

Make Your Own Gift Boxes
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Glow In The Dark Gel-A-Peel #DesignaDiary Review

This week the kids and I were introduced for the first time to the joys of Gel-A-Peel. Gel-A-Peel is as the name suggests a liquid gel with which you can make patterns and shapes, decorations, jewellery and anything else you can think of really. Leave it to dry for a few hours and peel it off – hey presto!

Gel-a-Peel

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