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1 March, 2017

Animal Families from Green Board Education

Animal Families from Green Board Education

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I am very proactive with regards to Olivia’s education.  She is growing fast and I always try that I can support her every step of the way. She goes to school as well as enjoying our home learning sessions and for this, I am always on the look out for teaching resources.  I was well happy when, I was asked to review the Animal Families card game from Green Board Education.

Game Card

  • 36 cards
  • 9 animal families ( mammals, reptiles, fish, amphibians, molluscs, arachnids, birds,crustaceans, insects)
  • 2 or more players

How To Play

This card game is perfect to teach animal classification, grouping, identifying vertebrates and invertebrates in a fun way like; snap, pairs, sorting activities and tree diagram work and of course using cards as flash cards.

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How did we get on with our card game

Olivia and I enjoyed playing the card game, she can now identify vertebrates and invertebrates as well as grouping the cards into families. This game is covering 95% of Science and 5% of English but, I also find it helpful with my young reader. After we crack on the classification and grouping of animals, we then tried to read the name of each animals by covering the picture with my hand as well reading the animal families.

I also challenge Olivia with spelling games, I say the animal names and she writes them down on a paper. We also take turns, where she read out the animal names from the card she is holding while I write them down on the paper. Of course, I have to pretend that I don’t know how to spell other animal names and let her correct my spellings. Did you see what I did there? Not only she did read each animal name but, can also spell it. We also did some research of more animals to add to each groups and families.

Animal Families from Green Board Education

The card game can be used in so many ways to adopt on your way of teaching as well as having fun.  If you want to see more card games, do check out –HERE–

Last but not the least! I also have a pack of Card Game worth £10  for one lucky reader. Join in below DO check TERMS AND CONDITIONS. Good luck!

Animal Families from Green Board Education

Disclosure: We received this product for review purposes, however all opinions and photographs are my own.

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13 February, 2017

My Fairy Garden Watering Can- Review

My Fairy Garden Watering Can Review

So what we have been up to? We have been a little busy with day to day life but this doesn’t mean we will stop blogging and bringing you toys we have been testing.

First stop this year.

My Fairy Garden Watering Can

Last year, we reviewed the My Fairy Garden which was one of Olivia’s favourite toys. You know kids this age right? Anything fairies and magic rocks their world. Of course, Fairy Garden is not complete without a watering can. More fairies. More magic and more beautiful imaginations is drawn.
My Fairy Garden Watering is the new addition to My Fairy Garden range. It’s a proper functioning watering can that sure every little one and not so little would love. Imagine a watering can that is a fairy house too? I am sure that people behind My Fairy Garden are ingenious. Bright beautiful colours with a removable fairy swing on top handle plus two super cute gardening tools. What’s not to love about that? The watering can is a sturdy plastic, it’s definitely won’t break or fall apart that quick and definitely not a one hit wonder toy that would end up in the corner.

As the weather is getting warmer, I can us more having fun gardening and Olivia can use her watering outside. At the moment, she is using it her My Fairy Garden which was flooded the first time Olivia had her watering can. As well as some flood on the carpet. Can you actually blame her of keep watering the fairy garden? No, right? It was fun, she said.

This watering can is available on Amazon for £12.99
Disclosure: We received this product for review purposes, however all opinions and are my own

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23 December, 2016

Sleep tight on Christmas Eve, Kids!

Sleep tight on Christmas Eve, Kids!

Every bite of mince pies and sip of mulled wine tells you that Christmas is so close. Two more sleeps to the big day. Talking of sleep, it could be a tricky situation to most parents.  Some kids, struggle to sleep on Christmas eve due to over excitement for the Christmas morning. Can’t wait what Santa has left for them under the Christmas tree! You hear all those stories.

In the previous years, I always try my best to spend time with Olivia with our Christmas activities. It is important for me that she understand what Christmas is all about and feel the festive spirit. We do some activities until Christmas eve.

On Christmas Eve, we always watch a Christmas film and have a picnic by the Christmas tree. I then take her to her bedroom and read her some Christmas books in the dark and just use a torch to read to simmer down for bedtime.

Bedtime has never been a problem for Olivia.  Maybe she was too little by then? Or maybe she is just a right sleepy head. This year, Olivia is five-year-old and she understands everything about Christmas.  She has been good and she knows that there will be presents under the tree when she gets up in the morning. I don’t know if this will be the time that she will struggle to sleep? Or keep getting up for “is it morning yet” question? Go downstairs to check if Santa has been? Probably. She has been counting days, you see. But, I will not risk it.

Bedz R us

The Gift

This year,  Bedz R Us  sent us some lovely and handy gift packs for Olivia to help her drift off to the land of nod. It contains:

  • onesies – super comfy with Christmas feels.
  • a book -The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas- I had a sneak peek and I love this book already. I am sure Olivia will be over the moon with it.
  • a DVD – Paw Patrol – Pups Save Christmas – I haven’t seen this yet, but I am sure a Paw Patrol fan here will adore this movie.
  • Warmies Heatable Soft Toys- Have this ready if it gets too cold and if not, it’s a nice reindeer plush toy for her to sleep with.
  • Santa slipper socks- oh this is so cute. Her first ever Santa slipper socks.
  • Reindeer food- to sprinkle outside before bedtime, make sure they will stop outside.

I am sure Olivia is now set for Christmas eve, sprinkled with with fun and magic. Simple things like these counts BIG in building memories.

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13 December, 2016

Jord Cool and Unique Wood Watches – Review

I love watches.  It  keep me on track of my day to day activities.  All my watches have different stories, may it be a present from my parents, my husband or bought from our travels. Fast forward, technologies took over.  Everything is all about flicking fingers on your mobile phones. I rely to my mobile phone for time and everything.  As a blogger, I am guilty of charge.  My watches are hidden in a box sealed with their stories.

As much as much as I love my watches, I also want to move on to something unique. It’s been years that I am not wearing a watch- it has taken that long to find something unique that I know, I would want to wear every day.
Flicking on Instagram, I saw many people posting about their Jord Watch. A wood watch? How did I not come across them before? I feel so envious. I told my husband that there is this cool watch around, like properly giving him some hints for Christmas. You know that game, right?

But then, I couldn’t wait for Christmas. So, I teamed up with Jord to try one of their gorgeous pieces and bhoy did they impress me. So let’s talk cool watches, shall we?

The Unboxing

The Watch

I got the FRANKIE 35 series – Zebrawood & Navy – it’s love at first sight. If you could fit gorgeousness in a box, then that’s how I describe it. From the detailed wooden box, ultra slim case powered by Swiss movement up to the straight-line strap. What could I ask for? Beautifully crafted and ever so comfortable to wear. I also thought that wood watches are heavy, but it’s not. This one is light as a feather.

Jord Watch wood watches

Jord used Zebra wood for this watch – which is a luxury hardwood all the way from West Africa (Congo). The striking grain and contrast made the watch looks  smart and neat. Just perfect for any occasions and even for day to day use. The minimal look really got me, nothing too complicated, not too flashy with blings and all.

This piece made me wear watch every day again, that means I don’t have to rely on my mobile phone for the time. It’s hard to pick a fault on this as I love everything about it. Maybe, a little tool to include in your purchase to adjust the strap links is plus. But, of course this wouldn’t be a problem if you make  sure, you measure your wrist to the size you want.  Top Tip: Use your own tape measure to measure your wrist or make sure you print the Jord Printable ruler to 100 percent, NOT fit to page.

If you fancy a unique watch, then it’s way to go. Jord offers a wide selection; women’s watch and men’s watch. It’s worth your time to check them out.

For now, I am going to leave you with  $25 instant e-gift code while I this here and off I enjoy my cup of tea and mince pie.

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Jord wood watches review


Wooden Wristwatch

Disclosure: I received this beautiful watch in return for my honest review and opinion. However, all photographs and video are my own.

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12 December, 2016

Shy no more – First Film Screening

shy no more

That little girl who melts when other people talks to her.
That little girl that is rather to be in her own little world than mixing with other kids.
That little girl…
put her glad rags on, a flower head crown and a golden shoes.  She holds mummy’s hand, she’s a little cold- nervous perhaps.

That little girl…
walked in the door with people waiting inside with their cameras on. The principal told her to walk on  the red carpet. Quite unsure of letting go of mummy’s hands.  She took tiny steps, stopped and turn around with a smile- winning her shy enemy.

film screening

 

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8 December, 2016

Magformers Construction Kit- Educational Value + Review

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October- half term, we went to London to see the Kidtropolis event. One of the brands that caught our attention is Magformers. It’s a hit as there so many people at their booth. All of them want to see this amazing magnetic construction toys.

We tried the Magformers 30 piece Construction Set which includes; 12 triangles and 18 squares with lovely colours.

This is one of those toys that, I can turn into a right kid in a playgroup pestering the other kids if I can have a go with their toys. It is literally like that!

Magformers have different sets to choose from depending on the age of the child. The 30 Piece construction set we got sent was a good starting kit to build something and the ideas are endless.  From constructing 3D shape objects to building your imaginations to life.  It’s a good investment to get the other sets as you go along.

Sturdiness

This toy is  robust and made to last, something you will see in the attic in the coming years. Working and still of good form even when kids are all grown up. It’s not something you have to worry that it break and split.

Cost

It’s not the cheapest, but you’re paying for a good quality, educational and perfect for little builders.

Educational Value

This is a very intriguing toy. Apart from being able to make things, it brought in so many subjects to talk about and learn. The educational value is very high. Olivia asked what is magnet.  Since then, we have been learning about magnetism- the generation of magnetic force. The attraction of north pole to south pole up to why some magnet repel each other. That alone was an interesting subject to learn for a 5-year-old.

Olivia found out that her Margformers shapes stick on her whiteboard. I told her to try on the radiator and fridge. This then brought up a topic to add like; which materials attracted to magnets. Finding some things around the house to check which objects are attracted to magnets; paper clips, daddy’s belt buckle, jar lids, door handles and many more.

With some basic understanding of magnetism, Olivia find it more exciting to play with her Magformers set and getting more creative with it. She made a ball and I told her it’s like the earth.  That earth is a ginormous magnet. That the core of the earth is mostly made up with iron. I can talk about this for hours, but I will leave you with compass to explore the world of magnets. 🙂

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Magformers in Action!

Disclosure: We received this product for review purposes, however all opinions and are my own.

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7 December, 2016

Simple Living – Minimalist and Unique Gift Guide

I am in for anything simple. Nothing too complicated and all that jazz. Handmade, artisan is up my street and supporting Fairtrade.  If, I have such talent and time to make handmade presents for everyone, then I would.  But, I am nowhere there so, I prefer to give out something simple-not so much going on, personalised, handmade and artisan products.

I am sure, I am not alone. If you know someone along this line, here’s a gift guide that will surely rock their boat. Fingers crossed that Santa will be reading this too, hey?

Jord Watch – Gorgeous wood watch and works like a treat. Perfection is the word. Jord sent me one to sport this Christmas and I am already over the moon.

Jord Watch

Picks from my favourite shop for anything handmade, artisan and boho products- Ian Snow.  This company is responsible for bringing in all this gorgeousness to us. What’s not to love about Fairtrade, hey?  Every time, I get to visit their shop, I literally don’t want to leave. Everything is made by such great artistic skills all over the world.

**Photo credits to Ian Snow (For Ian Snow Products)

YORUBA 100% LAMBS WOOL SCARF – The best thing about this time of the year is we all need scarf, but not just like any other scarf. This one is  100 percent lambs wool and looks elegant, hand finished all the way from Kolkata, India.

 

OCTAGONAL GLASS & BRASS TERRARIUM– In a world of cactus trend, we know the score – terrarium is a must have. This one is handmade all the way from New Delhi, India.

Terrarium

TWO-TONE CERAMIC MUG –  This rustic look beauty is all the way from Honduras. I love the natural colour and texture of this mug. Perfect for colder days.

GOLD FOIL AND NATURAL ROUND JUTE RUG – Another one from Noida, India. If you’re feeling generous, imagine a natural jute with swirl of gold around the outside? That’s my perfect kind of rug. Perfect for wooden floor. Santa, please if you’re reading this? I have been good.

GOLD FOIL AND NATURAL ROUND JUTE RUG

PAPYRUS METEORITE VASE – The primitive sgraffito design technique applied revealed that simplicity and beauty.

primitive sgraffito design

GattiShop on Etsy is also making beautiful pieces that is perfect for minimalist, simple living or anyone that appreciates handmade products.

Scandi Ceramic Egg Cups – set of 4  lovely pieces that is not just as egg cups or egg holders, but also perfect as trinket/ring dishes.

**Photo credits to Gattishop

 

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30 November, 2016

Digital Detox with Punkt – Time to Log Off

Digital Detox with Punkt – Time to Log Off

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Time to Log Off

Technology and internet is good, I must admit.  It makes things easier. Well, that if I compare it to the developing countries that I have been and lived.  I am talking about my technology experience here in the UK that technology has moved on so much and taking over almost of our day to day lives. We can do so much without seeing someone face to face or queuing in an office or establishments to make transactions ie; banking system, doctor’s appointment, shopping and that is only a few of so many uses of it.

I blog and I am constantly on a social media. I do my business through emails and phone calls. Being away from my home country, internet is a god send.  I can speak and see my family through internet and see what my friends are up to through social media. I shop online and even get my groceries online. Internet is part of my day to day life.

But, where does internet leads us with the people around us? You see the irony there? I can see and continue my good relationship with families and friends away from me but, how about the people around me? Internet could turn things into a different way. It could turn badly, but I am not in a good position to lecture about that. I am terrible myself.

So, I  collaborated with Time to Log Off and Punkt Project for two days Digital Detox challenge. I did the challenge last week- Friday 25-26th November 2016. This is a dry run for being offline for Christmas and Boxing Day.  Soak in that moment and spend time with family and people around you. Your presence is the present.

Digital Detox

Family time for me is very important.  I love doing things and being outdoors with Olivia. When husband is home, we sit and watch TV/movies and have a good laugh. BUT. There is a downside of me being a blogger too. As I mentioned above, I am constantly on my phone or laptop. You know the game.

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My Digital Detox package arrived Friday morning which includes a new Punkt MP01 phone and some things that would give me something to do during those times when I am supposed to be online. Punkt MP01 phone is taking you back to basic, but with a funky looking phone. No  internet access. No camera and not even a snake game.
Living by the woodlands, our phone signal could be funny at times and Punkt Phone finally registered to the network like after lunch. No wifi calling. Just like the old days, you put your phone on the window sill to get a network to receive phone calls and text messages.

I was up for the challenge and even extend my digital detox until Monday mid-day.  I took Olivia to her Performing Arts club on Saturday while husband and I enjoyed a walk at the Christmas market. We had coffee with a proper conversation without me being rude checking my mobile phone’s notifications from social media.

Husband drove us down to the fishing port for a little wander and before we head home, we stopped at the city to see the Christmas lights. Same in the evening at home. I finally watched the whole movie with my husband without flicking through my phone.

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Sunday, I grabbed my camera and took Olivia to the woods- braving the cold and did our home learning on our favourite spot.

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Monday, I dropped Olivia at school and had a breakfast date with my husband before he goes off to work in London. I then went for a walk to burn some calories off.

punkt-phone-challenge

I must say, it’s been a productive good two and a half day. Although, we normally go out and about on weekends, but this time is a lot more special. We spent time together without any disruptions. I also finished some of my DIY Christmas decor and made Olivia’s Advent Calendar. Internet and technologies are good when used properly and timely manner.

Don’t get me wrong, there are times that I feel like my hands are itching to grab my phone or go on my laptop, but by making yourself busy, it will get easy in the end. I felt refreshed and I realised how important it is for me as a blogger to schedule my blog posts and set a time when to go on social media. So, when everyone is home, it will be just spending time with them. Of course, there will be sneaky Pinteresting sometimes. Sshh 😉

Yes, we are moving forwards. The world is moving forwards with internet and technologies. Ask yourself if you need a Time To Log Off? I do.  I can only speak from my own experience. Now and again, I need a time away from it all where family time is all about socialising, have a laugh and making memories.

As for Christmas and Boxing Day, I think, it is safe for me to say that “Presence is the Present”. This will be our first Christmas that it’s just the three of us and I want it to be a memorable one. We will be seeing and Skype*ing everyone else before or after Christmas. See you then, Punkt MP01 phone.

 

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Punkt Time and To Log Off .

 

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29 November, 2016

Frosty Morning

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Two weeks ago, it snowed but only on the top hills and we only got some hails. This morning though, we got up  with heavy frost on the ground – looking very wintery. Looking through the windows with beautiful scenery. Oh, I love frosty mornings.

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Olivia and I had breakfast in bed, another cuddles then jump off the bed to get ready for school.   I let her go outside to play. She checked if the streams are frozen, but it didn’t; picked some frozen leaves and showed it to me.

It’s a big deal for me as mornings could be a little crazy sometimes. You know when you get up a little late, kids eating very slowly and maybe gone off playing instead of brushing their teeth and get dressed?  I’ve had those moments, but it’s not Olivia’s fault. It’s mine. Working or watching TV till late in the evening and end up getting too tired to get up in the morning. I have myself to blame really.

So, this time. I am trying my best to manage my time (which I am terrible at) and get up early. Appreciate a lovely morning and we have time for a little wander at the woods.  Start a lovely morning and have a lovely day rather than a stressy one. I will get there.

domesstique frosty-morning

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29 November, 2016

Toys Gift Guide for 4 yeard old and over 2016

Over the year, we have been lucky to review some cool toys from the world of toys.  As Christmas is around the corner, I know that Santa could do a little bit of help from us in choosing the perfect Christmas presents that we know every little and not so littles would love to see under the Christmas tree. These toys were the ones we reviewed and tested and lots of fun and creativity has been made.

COOL TOYS
Sing My Name Personalised Music Player

RRP: £39.95 GET IT HERE

How do you fancy a music player with personalised songs for you? You can also put other songs too.

20% Voucher Code: CHR2016 – FREE UK SHIPPING.

Sing My Name Personalised Alarm Clock

RRP: £24.95 GET IT HERE

Personalised Alarm clock for sleepy heads. It goes off with your name to wake you up.

20% Voucher Code: CHR2016 – FREE UK SHIPPING.

Furby Connect :

GET IT HERE

furby-connect

The come back of Furby. A lot better and a lot more fun.

Glow Art Board

GET IT HERE

Draw your imagination, watch it animate in the dark with delightful colours.

Brightlings from Spin Master

RRP: £24.95 GET IT HERE

Chatty and fun little thing. It talks, copy what you’re  saying and sing.

 

Spin Master Pottery Cool Studio

RRP: £31.58 GET IT HERE

Get your hand on clay and create something beautiful.

Viewed 6500+ and growing on our YouTube Channel

AIR HOGS BATMOBILE :1:24 SCALE 

RRP: £33.41 GET IT HERE

This for all of you Batman fanatics. Little and not so little. What’s not to love about this?

CLUB PETZ BAM BAM SOFT TOY HAMSTER

RRP: £19.99 GET IT HERE

Get them kids giggle and jumping up joy with this toy hamster.

KINETIC SAND BAKERY BOUTIQUE

RRP: £20.92 GET IT HERE

Kinetic Sand Build

One for creativity and imagination. No mess sand play. I even want more of these too.

INTERPLAY FAIRY GARDEN

RRP: £14.99 GET IT HERE

Interplay Fairy Garden Review

Little ones would love a fairy garden too right? Sprinkle the fairy seeds and watch the real grass grow in the coming weeks.

 

WICKED UNCLE TOYS

VISIT HERE

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Wicked uncle Toys do have a fantastic elves making great toys. Check them out!

 

Games
TURTLE FUN GAME

GET IT HERE

turtle fun

The Enchanted Ball Game

RRP: £12.74 GET IT HERE

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The Trickin Camel Game

RRP: £9.99 GET IT HERE

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STOCKING FILLERS
THE OCCASIONAL BOXES

GET IT HERE

the-occasional-boxes-review

FUZZIKINS CRAFT DOZY DOGS

GET IT HERE

DREAMCATCHER JEWELLERY KIT

GET IT HERE

myStyle Dreamcatcher Jewellery kit

 

 

Construction Toys
GIGI BLOKS

GET IT HERE

The the imagination and building block into another whole level up! Kids loves boxes and this one is just perfect!

gigi bloks uk

MAGFORMERS

GET IT HERE

Who doesn’t love magnetic toys? But, this one is not just simply magnetic but, you can build TONS from so many sets to choose from. I want them all, trust me.

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