A Book Subscription: Book Lover Gifts

I’m an avid reader, and while it’s something I try to encourage in the children, it’s something that’s always come very naturally to me. I did a little tally the other day, and in 2017 I read 76 books, though technically you could say more, as I read some of them more than once! I may not ever have celebrity crushes, but I do have character crushes regularly (here’s looking at you, Peeta Mellark! *sigh*), and if I find a character I bond with on some level, I’ll happily read their story over and over.  When I came across this book subscription service, I thought it was a fantastic idea!

I always love the idea of subscription services anyway, because while it’s a gift given on one day, it’s a reminder month in and month out of the gift, and isn’t that just perfect?

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7 Valentines Gifts To Give Yourself

I’ve finally managed to get the last of the Christmas wrapping out with the recycle bins last week, so you know what that means? Time to think about Valentines Day! Yay!  Well, actually, I’ve not celebrated Valentine’s day in a long while, but while the shops are filling up with red hearts and bad chocolate, what better time to treat yourself (myself!) to something that no one else is likely to give me?

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Colour Changing Gel-a-Peel

Colour Change Gel-a-Peel

Just before Christmas we were sent a new set of Colour Changing Gel-a-Peel, with Christmas goodies to decorate.

We’ve had a few goes with Gel-a-Peel, including the Glow In The DarkPearly Pastels and a Bead Maker, so this colour change Gel-a-Peel fit right in with our existing collection.  The fact that all the kits are mix and match which is a bonus as you can make them all work together.

The Solar Colour Change Accessory Kit comes with three Gel-a-Peel tubes, 16 design templates, a gel tray with the tools to make gel shapes and gems and a drawing sheet.  There are also 5 designer tips – 3 round, 1 rake and a star and a cleaning tool.

The kids really like these kits. They offer a range of creative options – they made some of the gels into earrings for Christmas presents, bracelets and gelling foam gingerbread men for Christmas decorations.

The squeeze tubes are easy to open, and with a nozzle on you can quickly squeeze and decorate. The gels take about 24 hours to dry, which is frustrating for smalls, but also a positive, because if there are mistakes or mis-squeezes, you can always fix it up.

The Solar Colour Change Accessory Kit, go on in pink, purple or turquoise, and when exposed to sunshine – or strong artificial light – the color changes to coral, lavender and gold.

Gel-a-Peel can be used on a variety of surfaces, and can make fun and funky jewellery items. If you’re looking for something with an actual wearable finish, you might want some adult oversight, but either way, it’s fun and creative for the kids.

Letter Writing For Handwriting Practice And Life-Long Memories

I’m sure we’ve all been there – half way through handwriting something, our hand cramps up and we wonder when exactly we last had to write so much. A few weeks ago I searched all around the house for a pen! I call myself a writer and I don’t have a pen in the house! Finding this simply unacceptable, I popped to The Works while I was in town and bought a whole handful of pens which are now all safely nestled in the bottom of my handbag, waiting for their next use.

It did leave me thinking about writing though, and about how hard it is to get my kids holding a pen and paper. Ameli, for example, is quite happy to do worksheets, as long as she doesn’t have to write down any answers.  Or at least not those that require long answers.  I do feel, however, despite this amazing digital age and the fact that even infants know how to swipe a touchscreen, that handwriting is an essential life skill. Letter WritingRead more: Letter Writing For Handwriting Practice And Life-Long Memories

5 Tips For Surviving Toothbrush Time

I read recently that tooth decay in children is at an all time high in the UK, with sugary drinks being among the biggest culprits – so much so that the NHS is looking to ban fizzy drinks and juices with added sugar in hospitals from some point this year, and the government is will be introducing a sugar tax from April.

We all know that sugar isn’t healthy, and can actually lead to real health complications.  One of the issues that’s causing real problems is tooth decay and tooth extraction as a result of tooth decay is the most common cause for hospitalisation of children under five.toothbrush survival

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NSPCC New Launch PANTS Campaign

I get a lot of press releases in my inbox every day, and mostly, I just scan them and move on, but the NSPCC reached out this week asking bloggers to help them spread the word about their new campaign.

If you’re not familiar with the PANTS campaign, PANTS is a tool which parents can use to teach their children, in an age appropriate way, important messages, like that their body belongs to them and that they should tell an adult if they’re upset or worried.NSPCC Campaign

This week the charity, launched a new mobile phone game and began running a prime time TV ad which runs until the end of the month. You can see the ad here:

When you consider that one child in every 20 (in the UK, I suspect) suffers some form of sexual abuse the importance of having this conversation as early as possible becomes so vital.

It is also important to recognise that ‘stranger danger’ now only applies in a small percentage of cases, with a third of all child sexual offences committed by other children and 90% of perpetrators being known to their victims.

The good news is that there is an easy way to talk to your child about how to stay safe without using scary words or even mentioning sex. At the NSPCC we simply call this Talking PANTS.  From P through to S, each letter stands for an important rule for kids to remember – Privates are private, Always remember your body belongs to you, No means no, Talk about secrets that upset you and Speak up – someone can help.

It’s not an easy conversation to have, and it’s not a pleasant one to have to think about, and I know I for sure hope it’s something I never have to deal with, but like many other things – prevention is better than cure.

Helping us to spread this message is Pantosauraus the cartoon dinosaur, who was recently introduced to the world with a catchy song and activity pack and now has his own game which is free to download from the iOS and Android app store.

The game features four mini challenges where children test their skills against Pantosaurus and his friends whilst learning the PANTS rule. The game enables children to have fun while learning about staying safe and what to do should anything happen that they feel uncomfortable about.

Geraldine Wellington Boots For Winter Frolics

Two of my favourite hashtags on Instagram are #Nochildleftindoors and #Lastchildinthewoods. I love the days where I’ve had occasion to use them, and I love the days where we are the only people walking the woodland paths. The downside of these much-loved hashtags when you have young children, however, is that I have to get out from under my duvet, dress up like the Michellin-man, and get out in the woods with them – which I generally enjoy, but only when I’m kitted out right. Geraldine Wellington BootsRead more: Geraldine Wellington Boots For Winter Frolics

Project MC2 – Smart Pixel Purse

You don’t have to scroll back too far through our pages to know that we’re huge Project MC2 fans around here, and have more than a few of the products in our collection. The latest to amuse my girls is the Smart Pixel Purse.
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Handmade Mitten Gift Tag Crafts #BostikBloggers

I saw a picture of mitten Christmas tree ornaments and thought it would be a really sweet way of tracking growth in the early years, but also a personalised gift tag that can be kept by adding the child’s name and age so we set about making just that: personalised mitten gift tags.
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DIY Childproof Christmas Ornaments #Bostikbloggers

I can’t really believe we’re already at the ‘Christmas crafts’ stage of the year’s Bostik Bloggers, but here we are! We don’t even have a Christmas tree yet, but we have been making ornaments using the goodies from our Bostik Bloggers craft box.

I seem to have amassed a collection of polystyrene balls and stars over the last year, and thought they might make a nice Christmas tree ornament – specially since they’re shatter proof and won’t add much weight to the Christmas ornament box.
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