Friday, 13 September 2013

The Little Play Box - product review

On a dreary glum rainy day my friendly Postman delivered a little ray of sunshine in the form of The Little Play Box..... perfect timing! When Baby J and I opened our dinosaur themed box, we were greeted with a vast array of dinosaur shaped things and activities for us to do, as some of them were for children older than Baby J, & as my nephews  D&H were in town I gave my brother a buzz & soon I had a house full!



 
The Little Play Box had lots of things to do in it including -
  • Dinosaur fossil - where you use modelling clay and dinosaur figures to create fossils - H loved this, and used other object to make more fossils.
  • Dinosaur Sticker Scene - where the boys decorated there own dinosaur scene with stickers - I loved this... no mess & loads of stickers to go round so everyone could get involved, Baby J even managed to stick some down.
  • Stencils - D had a go at this and made some fab prints, and even got creative making cards
  • Dinosaur Sponges - Baby J loved this as he's now got the hang of sploging the sponges down on the paper to make a mess.... I mean print.
  • Dinosaur to paint -Where you have a small 3D dinosaur to paint. Baby J & I did this together and managed to create a wonderful yellow and pink dinosaur that now lives in his room.
The Little Play Box was full of fun, and was perfect for the boys to enjoy on the rainy day. It'd be ideal for holidays as everything you could possibly need is included. The instructions that come with it are clear and inspiring.We had a fun filled creative day of dinosaur roars!
 
I love the concept of The Little Play Box, with its fun selection of fun activities. There are a few different themes to choose from with a variety to appeal to anyone. I also think they'd make a great gift. Baby J was a little young to make the most of all the items,  so it'd be great if there was a choice of age ranges on the boxes.
 
So if you are looking for a gift  for the child that has everything, or looking for ideas to keep them entertained during the holidays buy a box! Check our their full range via their facebook page, search for The Little Play Box
 
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Music / Singing groups for Babies & Toddlers in Witney


Baby J and I adore attending singing sessions at the Children’s Centre [Monday Mornings] but sometimes the sessions have been really busy, and I wondered more about other music sessions around the area. So I have compiled the list below. All of them you have to pay per session, & most ask you to book in advance.

Monkey Music

THURSDAY - Madley Park Hall, Northfield Farm Lane, Witney, Oxfordshire OX28 1UE

10.05am Heigh-Ho Toddlers from 12 mths

10.40am Jiggety-Jig 2 and 3 year olds

11.15am Rock'n'Roll Babies from 3 months

 
Tatty Bumpkin -

Warbling Tots –  

Jacob Room in the Methodist church Thursdays 10.00 til 10.45

Music and More -
www.musicandmoretots.co.uk

Monday - Willow Tree Children's Centre in Bampton 1.50pm  term time only


Friday  Stonesfield 9.15 - 10.00am Witney 1.45 - 2.30pm

Saturday  Eynsham 9.30-10.15am

Saltbox Music -

Fleece Hotel, Church Green, Witney
Mixed Age Class, 0 - 4 years
Monday
09.30am
NEW! Fleece Hotel, Church Green, Witney
Baby Class, 0 - 18 months
Monday
10.30am
Madley Park Hall, Witney
Mixed Age Class, 0 - 4 years
Has own car park
Tuesday
9.45am
Madley Park Hall, Witney
Mixed Age Class, 0 - 4 years
Has own car park
Tuesday
10.45am
Madley Park Hall, Witney
Baby Class, 0 - 18 months
Has own car park
Tuesday
11.45am
Madley Park Hall , Witney
Toddler Class, 15 months - 3 years
Has own car park
Tuesday
12.30pm
Seacourt Hall, Botley, Oxford
Mixed Age Class, 0 - 4 years
Some parking at the Hall, or at the Co-op opposite
Wednesday
9.45am
Seacourt Hall, Botley, Oxford
Mixed Age Class, 0 - 4 years
Some parking at the Hall, or at the Co-op opposite
Wednesday
10.45am
Carterton Community Centre, Trefoil Way, Carterton
Mixed Age Class, 0 - 4 years
Has own car park
Thursday
9.45am
Carterton Community Centre, Trefoil Way, Carterton
Toddler Class, 15 months - 3 years
Has own car park
Thursday
10.45am
Carterton Community Centre, Trefoil Way, Carterton
Baby Class, 0 - 18 months
Has own car park
Thursday
11.30am
NEW! Madley Park Hall, Witney
3 & 4 year old class
Thursday
1.30pm
New 3 & 4 Year Old class starting 21st Feb 2013 - book your place now!
Fleece Hotel, Church Green, Witney
15 months - 3 years
Friday
9.30am

 

Baby College -

Tuesday Witney, Madley Park Hall
11.30 am
10.30 am
9.30 am

 Sing and Sign - 

Monday
AM
Stage 1 & 2
Kidlington Baptist Church, Kidlington
Tuesday
AM
Stage 1 & 2
Christ Church, Abingdon
Wednesday
AM
Stage 1 & 2
High Street Methodist Church, Witney
Friday
AM
Stage 1 & 2
High Street Methodist Church, Witney
 
 

 

Mysewcalleddesigns - changing mat review

After leaving my first changing mat from mysewcalleddesigns in a baby changer I knew I had to buy another one!  I first saw them at our very own bump to baby fair back in June and even though the price of £20 was more than I would usually pay for such an item, I could see that a lot of time had been invested in making it so decided to give it a go.  It has been well road tested and in the last week came with us on our travels to Spain. 
My favourite feature of the changing mat is the size of it.  Not only does it fold neatly so it fits happily in E’s small rucksack, when it is unfolded t is larger than others I have come across, which is great as Baby E is not so much of a baby now and is Toddler size.  She fits comfortably on the whole mat which for me is great as it means I can pretty much change her anywhere.  So far we have used in it the middle of a field, Blenheim car park, the back of the car, the beach and on a park bench.   It also covers all of the baby change units that are found in public places. 
I was impressed by the quality of the fabric used, the wipe clean cover on the changing side and the level of craftsmanship.  You would not know it was handmade with the neatness of the stitching.  There are two small pockets on the inside which I have not found them to be useful as they need to be empty to insure that it folds neatly.
There are only two small cons to the mat and they are as is as it is fabric you need to ensure the surface it is being put on is dry and folding one handed can be a bit tricky as it needs to be tied up to keep it folded, a Velcro fastening would be better.  Overall I think this is a good product and even though it is on the expensive side compared to other changing mats the fact it is handmade and different from what other people have it is worth the extra cost.  - By Mummy Ge
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Sunday, 8 September 2013

Beauty To You - Service Review

In my opinion every Mum needs a bit of me time and what better way to do this than having a pamper evening in your own home. This is where I would like to introduce you to Kate from Beauty To You, from Long Hanbrough. One night in August Kate came round my house, I have to say this was a much anticipated appointment, I was in need of a bit of me time!! All I can say is I was not disappointed at all, I had a Shellac Pedicure and Head, Shoulder and Back massage. I have never felt so relaxed, the best part was I didn’t have to travel anywhere; this was all in the comfort of my own home. So if you would like to treat yourself, a friend or a new mum then contact Kate. All of the treatments and price cab be found on her website and face book page.
Mummy G x
 
Tel: 07769317131
E-mail: beauty.to.you@live.co.uk
Website http://www.beautytoyou.org.uk/
Facebook- Beauty To You
 
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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Meet the Slummy Mummies - Oxford Mail Article

A few weeks back I was contacted via our website by a lovely lady from the Oxford Mail, asking if we'd be willing to be featured in the supplement magazine of the Oxford Mail, after consulting with the other slummies we agreed. 4 of the Slummy Mummies answered a few questions about our group and what we've gained from it, and we shared some of our  photo's of most of us and our little ones together....& last Saturday it was featured in the paper....
 

 
 
As someone who is shy and has kept away in the past from photo's & being centre of attention etc, I cannot explain how very proud I am of the Slummy Mummies being featured in the magazine, I really hope our story inspires other mums to keep in contact after attending groups, and that the recommendations we make help others in choosing where to go, or what products to buy.
 
The Slummy Mummies have become a big part of my life, most days I'm contact with one or the other of them, either via text, e-mail, or on our private FaceBook page. They have helped me in so many ways on this journey of parenthood & I will always be thankful for that! I love our group pics [one day we will get us all together for a photo....somehow] I'm also chuffed that the little pic of Baby J & I made the front cover.
 
Mummy C x
 

Help for teething toddlers - Brush-baby chewable toothbrush & teether product review

During Baby J's most recent bout of teething I took to twitter and ask for suggestions on what I could give him to help, one of the suggestions was a brush-baby 'chewable toothbrush & teether'. I'm always happy to try anything to help, and the lovely people at brush-baby kindly offered to send me one....a few days later......
 

 
The chewable toothbrush and teether arrived, the best way to describe it, is that it looks like a gum shield with nodules and a handle, I wasn't too sure how it'd help with teething, so cleaned it and left in on one side ready to be used.... the next teething episode soon appeared and after various teethers were rejected I offered Baby J the toothbrush...expecting it to be handed back or thrown away... but no Baby J liked the soft jelly like texture and happily chewed away on....the handle but if it helped I was happy! Since then the toothbrush teether has been used regularly, Baby J has worked out the gum shield bit fits in his mouth and he can gnaw away on it, & on particularly bad days I've put it in the fridge to help soothe his sore gums further. The chewable tooth brush is easy to clean and for £4.99 is a great investment. I'd recommend using it as a first toothbrush too, as its softer on little teeth and gums. I showed the toothbrush to my nursery expert and he commented that it was a great design ideal for little hands to master holding! The Brush-baby website is full of great information and recommendations from professionals http://www.brushbaby.co.uk/  They also have a fab range of other dental products for children of all ages.
 
Thank you brush-baby! With the slow rate that Baby J's teeth are coming through, the toothbrush will be used regularly in our house for a long time to come!
 
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