Tail Trails – Learning Resources

We were kindly sent a game called Tail Trails from Learning Resources for Elsie.

I think this is a fun little game to do with your younger children. Me, Harriet and Elsie all played together and we had lots of fun and laughter.

In the box you get;

  1. 3 plastic cats with long fabric tails
  2. Cardboard dice with directional pictures
  3. 3 order cards
  4. Instructions

In the instructions there is 3 levels to the game and it explains what you have to do for each one, we only did level 1 to begin with.

I helped Elsie play, as she doesn’t understand directions yet so this game is great for learning. The dice has pictures on each side to show where to hide the cats. (Under, between, above, behind, inside). She rolled the dice and it landed on behind. So we went and took the three cats and hid them behind things for Harriet to find. The thing I like about this is that you leave the long fabric tails showing so they’re not too hard to find.

When Harriet found the cats, she rolled the dice and hid them from Elsie. Elsie loved walking around trying to find them and the excitement was unbelievable when she found one. I could tell she was so happy with herself.

This game is great for helping teach toddlers how to follow instructions. It helps them pay attention to details and play nicely with others.

On level 2 you use the order cards to tell the seeker which colour they have to find first, second and third.

On level 3 you use the game to create a story and practice daily routines. The hider hides all 3 cats in the order of the routine. For example bed time:

  1. Cat 1 in the bath
  2. Cat 2 on top of the books
  3. Cat 3 inside the bed sheets.

Elsie had great fun playing Tail Trails and I think level 3 is such a good game to play, so we’re going to try that one next. I love how educational it is and that it got both girls playing nicely together (which is a rare occurrence).

I’m definitely going to be buying more educational toys from now on. It’s great to have a game or toy that the children love playing, that teaches them different things.

Thank you so much to Learning Resources UK for Elsie’s game.

Katie ❤️

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Beaker Creatures

I was kindly sent the Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab and 2 extra Beaker Creatures from Learning Resources UK for Harriet to do and review.

The game comes in a box with;

  1. Instructions
  2. The set up
  3. 2 beakers
  4. Stirrer
  5. Pincers
  6. 2 beaker creature pods
  7. A leaflet and cards to identify the creatures

I found it really easy to set up as the instructions are simple and easy to understand. I love the fact that inside the instructions booklet there is 4 other experiments you can do.

Once we set it up, Harriet was super excited to give it a try. She put the pod in the beaker and filled the 2 plungers either side with water. She pushed the plungers down so the water went into the beaker and watched with amazement as the pod frothed and dissolved, (even I loved it!) It’s super frothy and the overflow tray comes in really handy, just incase it does froth over.

The pods come in different colours which I think is really good, we had 2 green, a blue and a purple. Once it had stopped frothing, Harriet had a look and the creatures are inside a little case, so Harriet used the pincers to get her Beaker Creature out.

We then used the little cards to identify which creature she had. Harriet absolutely loved this Super Lab and can’t wait to get some more pods. It’s super fun to do, even as a family, and teaches them all about science experiments.

Learning Resources UK is a great company that has many different toys to help children learn through play. They have games for all different ages, that help with mathematics, English, science and general learning.

I definitely recommend the Beaker Creatures Super Lab, it’s fun, easy to do and all kids love little toys. It would be great as a present, or something to do on a family day.

You can visit there website here – www.learningresources.co.uk

Thank you to LearningResourcesUK for kindly sending us this great toy.

Even though this was gifted to us, this review is my own honest opinion

Katie ❤️

Sleepless Nights

Oh how I dream for a night where I can get a full night’s sleep.

It doesn’t matter what time I go to bed, I have atleast 2 out of 3 waking me up every hour or so.

Both me and their dad have always loved our sleep so I thought atleast 1 of them would too. How wrong was I?

Don’t get me wrong, I love my babies! And I know sleepless nights come with motherhood. But I’m talking 3 children, 3 children who don’t know what sleep is and are constantly waking up.

I’ve tried so many things, bath and story before bed, supper, white noise, teddy, film and nothing, and I mean nothing, works for us.

Harriet’s always suffered with night terrors and nightmares from a very young age. I’m not sure why, and when she does have a night terror it can last up to 15/20mins and all I can do is sit with her and give her a cuddle until she snaps out of it.

Elsie was premature so I was up feeding her every 2 hours when she was a newborn. By the time I was allowed to feed on demand she’d got herself into the routine of 2 hourly so was still constantly waking. Obviously she isn’t that bad now, but still, at the age of 2, she wakes atleast once throughout the night.

And George, well I don’t know what to say about this one. It maybe doesn’t help that he’s had a bad chest for 6weeks, and we all know how badly poorly babies sleep. It always seems to be worse for him at night. Maybe if he wasn’t constantly poorly he would be sleeping through by now? Who knows? But George is definitely by far the worst at the moment. He cries pretty much every hour throughout the night. And half the time he wont take his dummy or bottle so I just have to try and soothe him until he stops. Which sometimes takes me half an hour.

I always see people saying how their 6week old baby slept through the night. And my baby has been sleeping through from 3 months. And I can’t help but get jealous. Why don’t my babies do that? Can they not just all sleep through, just one night, so I can catch up on my sleep and not constantly feel like a walking piece of crap.

So after my little vent, does anyone have any tips? How can I help my kiddies to sleep? Or am I just meant for this sleepless life. 😂

Lots of love,

Katie ❤️

Doidy Cup and BickiePegs Review

I was kindly gifted a Doidy cup and BickiePegs pegs and toothbrush and finger massager to try with the children and review. We used them over a few days to see how they were and I honestly cannot fault either of them.

Doidy Cup

I was sent the Doidy weaning cup from Doidy Weaning. Elsie has never drank from a cup, she’s always had a beaker, so we tried the cup with her. The cup can be used from 3 months plus, it has a slant so it makes it easier for babies/children to drink from and they can see the amount of fluid that’s in the there. The slant in the cup makes it easier for them to drink, they don’t have to tip their heads back far which stops spillages. The two handles either side make it really easy to hold for those little hands. It comes in a resealable bag, so you can take it in your bag when your out and about. I was a bit nervous about using a cup with Elsie, I thought she would spill it everywhere, but she didn’t. She took to the cup really well, she was able to hold and drink from it really easy and didn’t spill a drop. I definitely recommend this cup if you’re teaching you’re babies or children how to drink from a cup. It retails at £3.80 and comes in many different colours. Doidy also do a weaning bowl, that also has a slight slant making it easy for them to spoon the food onto the spoon. You can get yours from https://www.bickiepegs.com/product/doidy-cup/

BickiePegs

I was also sent teething pegs and the finger toothbrush and massager from BickiePegs for George. George is nearly 7 months and doesn’t have any teeth yet, but he’s teething really bad so these were a great help.

Pegs

The pegs are hard biscuits that are handcrafted and made from 100% natural ingredients. You get 9 biscuits in a pack and 2 strings. The string ties around the peg and around your child’s wrist so they don’t drop them. The shape of them makes them easy to hold and they’re easy for babies to get to the front and back of their mouths, so they help with the whole teething process. The pegs are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and are GM and dairy free, so they’re perfect for babies with allergies. George seemed to really like the pegs, they’re hard but smooth so they really help with easing the pain of teething. The BickiePegs pegs can be found in boots, most Asdas and online. They retail at about £2 and can be brought here… BickiePegs

Finger Toothbrush and Gum Massager

I think these are such a fantastic idea. Every baby loves chewing on fingers, so what a great design. The Finger toothbrush and gum massager is a silicone toothbrush that you pop on your finger and let the baby chew. You put a little bit of clean water on the toothbrush before use and it cleans those little teeth. If your baby is like George and doesn’t have teeth, the other side has little bumps on that massage the gums. You get 2 in a box and they come in a little plastic container, so you can take them anywhere with you. They’re perfect for getting your baby used to cleaning their teeth, and they’re super easy to clean. They retail at around £4.50 and can be brought from Sainburys, Amazon ect. Get yours here Finger Toothbrush and Gum Massager

Even those these items were gifted to me, all opinions are my own. I really like all 3 products and would highly recommend. Thank you to Doidy Weaning for sending us these gifts.

Katie ❤️

Clearly Scrumptious

We were kindly sent some tasty snacks from Clearly Scrumptious for myself and the children to try, and honestly, they taste amazing.

I am so guilty of eating unhealthy snacks, and giving the children unhealthy snacks. Elsie absolutely loves fruit though, so I knew these would go down a treat. Clearly Scrumptious do a range for adults and children, healthy snacks that are all less than 100kcal per pack.

I love fruit, always have, but I’ve never really been one to eat dried fruit. I was sent the Dried Apple Wedges, Dried Strawberries and Dried Cranberries to try. They all tasted divine, the strawberries were definitely my favourite though. The dried apple wedges had a lovely crunch to them and tasted just like a juicy apple. The strawberries and cranberries were lovely and sweet. I think if you wanted a sweet snack, that’s not unhealthy but still taste amazing, then there’s are a definite.

All Clearly Scrumptious snacks are vegan, free from, have no added sugar and contain nothing artificial. So they’re perfect for us as adults and for our little loves.

I was also sent some Scrummies for Harriet and Elsie. Harriet’s never been a big raisin fan, but she loved these, as did Elsie. The Scrummies are dried cranberries and raisins but in different flavours of fruits. There’s 6 flavours altogether –

  1. Blueberry
  2. Cherry
  3. Strawberry
  4. Blackcurrant
  5. Raspberry
  6. Apple

Each one tastes just like the fruit, and like the adult ones they’re vegan and dairy free, no added sugar and 1 of their 5 a day. The little bags are the perfect size for a snack. Both the girls really enjoyed them. Harriet’s favourite was the apple flavour and Elsie just loved them all.

The Clearly Scrumptious range are sold in many stores across the UK or can be brought online at

www.clearlyscrumptious.co.uk

So a massive thank you to Clearly Scrumptious for sending us your treats to try. You’ve definitely changed snack time in our house. I couldn’t recommend these enough, you don’t know what you’re missing!

Katie ❤️

Postnatal Depression

Many woman suffer from postnatal depression at some point after having a child, but it’s never really spoken about, so I thought I’d share my story.

When I have birth to Harriet it was one of the best days of my life, as much as it bloody hurt, but I was absolutely besotted with her. The first few weeks I found really hard, I was so sore from being cut and torn and my stitches got infected, so I was at a point where it hurt to even sit down. But I plodded on and luckily Aaron and my mum were amazing.

I bonded with Harriet so well, she was my perfect little baby and the first few months I was so happy. She was a hard baby, constantly wanted feeding but suffered really bad with wind so she cried, ALOT!

When Harriet was about 3 months, I slowly started to feel worse and worse about myself. I got to the point where I was rarely getting dressed, I wasn’t looking after myself properly. I hardly ate, didn’t shower everyday like I normally did. Some days I struggled to sleep, other days I wanted to sleep all day. I just constantly felt crap, and I got to the point where I was daily thinking ‘what’s the point of me being here.’

Now when people think of postnatal depression, they think it’s when the mum doesn’t bond with the baby ect.

Mine wasn’t like that. I did everything I could for Harriet, and I couldn’t of loved her anymore if I tried. It was me, I hated myself. I didn’t think I was good enough for this beautiful little baby that was mine. I didn’t feel like I could be the best mum for her.

I felt like I was failing. I was horrible to Aaron all the time, pushed and pushed him away. I didn’t see any friends and just wanted to be on my own all the time.

My relationship with Harriet’s dad was literally on the verge of breakdown. We decided to have a few days break, so I took Harriet and we went to stay with my mum.

This is when I realised something wasn’t right. My mum sat me down and told me I had to go and talk to a doctor. She knew I wasn’t myself and I needed help. So I booked an appointment that day and off I went. I explained to the doctor how I was feeling, had a bit of a cry, and he said straight away ‘postnatal depression.’

I was put on antidepressants and after a few weeks I started to feel loads better. I’d have good days and bad days. And after a few months I was weaned off the medication.

I’ve not taken medication since. But I do still suffer with depression and anxiety. I hate going out on my own, my heart starts racing and my palms go all sweaty. I have days where I just want to hide away from the whole world.

But I am me. Mental health is so hard to live with. People are so scared to talk out about their experiences or mental health and it shouldn’t be like that.

Thank you for taking the time to read my story, and please if you are feeling rubbish, talk to someone. Whether that be a family member, friend or doctor.

Love Katie ❤️

Ethan the Fox

We were kindly sent an Ethan the Fox teething toy for George to try. It’s the cutest teething toy I’ve ever seen and I absolutely love foxes.

Here’s what I thought of this teething toy –

🦊 The long slender neck and legs makes it really for those little hands to hold. Meaning you don’t have to sit there trying to encourage baby to hold him because he’s super easy to hold.

🦊 Ethan has a squeak noise that all babies will love. So aswell as helping with teething, he’s entertaining too.

🦊 I love the colour of him. The bright orange really makes him stand out and all babies love bright colours.

🦊 It’s made from 100% natural rubber,making it nice and smooth and not to rough on the gums. And easy to clean.

🦊 Because of the shape of him, babies are able to soothe all parts of their gums. They can chew on his nose, ears, tail and legs.

George has been teething really bad for the past few weeks and nothing seemed to of helped him. As soon as gave him Ethan the Fox he’s loved it. He’s been chewing on Ethan’s nose, you can hear the squeak from the rubber rubbing on his gums. He’s not left him alone since I have it to him. Normally with teethers, after 5 minutes, George’s throws them, but he hasn’t with Ethan. I highly recommend Ethan the Fox teether. It’s fun, vibrant and great for those teething gums.

Katie ❤️