Category: Reviews

Florence’s First Cinema Trip with Showcase Cinemas & PAW Patrol (GIFTED)

Florence’s First Cinema Trip with Showcase Cinemas & PAW Patrol (GIFTED)

Sean and I are big film lovers. Before having children we would go to the cinema at least once a week and it’s pretty much the only thing I really miss since becoming a parent. I’ve been toying with the idea of taking Florence to […]

Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Easter

Gift Ideas for Baby’s First Easter

I can’t believe how quickly William’s first Easter has come around. While he is clearly too young to know what on earth is going on, let alone take advantage of the chocolate fest Easter brings, I still wanted to make him up his own little […]

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

Book Review: Playgroups & Prosecco | GIFTED

I’m really excited to share this latest review with you. Fellow blogger and mother of two, Jo Middleton AKA Slummy Single Mummy, has written her debut novel and I feel super honoured to be among the first to read it. Even more exciting is that today is the publication date for Kindle users and you can download it to read it yourself right now or, if you prefer actual books the paperback version is being released for sale on May 2nd.

Written in the form of daily diary entries, the story follows a year in the life of recently single Mum, Frankie, as she takes on the world of online dating, juggling her job with raising her two girls and finds solace in the form of new found friends, Sierra and Lou.

Entirely relatable whether you’re single or not, Frankie’s daily anecdotes had me laughing my way from page to page as I’m pretty sure we’ve all thought or done similar things ourselves – from the parenting triumphs to the personal disasters. I’m not sure if it’s the new baby hormones or what, but I actually laughed ’til I cried at one point leading Sean to walk into the room and check I was okay!

I really do not want to give too much away about the story, I’ll leave that to you to find out yourselves, but if you’re looking for an easy read that makes you realise that all those things you do / think and wonder if other mums actually do them too I 100% recommend it. It is one of those books that you honestly don’t want to put down. Of course, as Frankie (and no doubt Jo) would more than understand, that’s not always possible when you’ve got little m.

Don’t just take my word for it though, there’s a blog book tour going on and you can find all of the details on Jo’s blog here.

JUST SO YOU KNOW…

I was gifted a pre publication copy of Playgroups and Prosecco for the purpose of this review.

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Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Toy Review: Hape Busy City Railway

Ever since Florence was born I have been SO excited to introduce her to the wonder of train play. I don’t remember having a train set myself as a child, I think I had cars and vehicles but not necessarily an actual train set with […]

Review: A Beautiful Baby Gift from the Baby Hamper Company

Review: A Beautiful Baby Gift from the Baby Hamper Company

A little while ago, The Baby Hamper Company got in touch and sent me one of their Mother & Baby Luxury Hampers to review and oh my word, I am a bit blown away by how beautiful everything inside is! Everything arrived enclosed in an […]

Toy Review: Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter

Toy Review: Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter

I’ve teamed up with one of my favourite toy brands to share my thoughts on their top picks for Christmas for babies & toddlers as part of my toy review series. Hape are the worlds largest producer of wooden toys priding themselves on their use of renewable and long lasting materials across their range. Today I’m here to tell you all about the Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter.

Combining two iconic toddler toys, Hape have created a 2 in 1 shape sorter & xylophone which offers a whole host of opportunities to learn and play.

The xylophone, technically a glockenspiel, is comprised of five metal bars with different notes , perfectly pitched for a rendition of Twinkle Twinkle and can be played using the plastic stick that comes with it. I do have to wonder why, when most of the the rest of the toy is made from wood, the stick is plastic? The stick itself is quite light weight and so doesn’t always make the desired sound when used to hit the notes, the way a wooden one would but it is a good shape for little hands.

The notes can also be played by placing the different coloured wooden blocks into their corresponding holes, making the sound a little rewarding sound of success! There is a square, a triangle, a circle, a star and a pentagon and once in place you can tap them, the way you would a piano, to make the bars chime.

The variety of colours and shapes offers up a great opportunity to teach and learn colour & shape words and introduce some sorting too.

I love the way this toy really is two toys 2-in-1 and how it combines sensory and musical play with early education in mind too.

Available on Amazon for £23.99, the Hape Xylophone shape sorter would make a brilliant Christmas or birthday gift for children aged 1-3.

Disclosure: I was sent one Hape Xylophone Shape Sorter in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Toy Review: Christmas Shopping with Wicked Uncle

Toy Review: Christmas Shopping with Wicked Uncle

Over the next few weeks, as we all busy ourselves with Christmas shopping and preparing for the most wonderful time of the year, I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some of the many toys out there on the market for babies & toddlers. I am […]

Review: Making light work of messy jobs with Nimble Babies

Review: Making light work of messy jobs with Nimble Babies

There are three around-the-house jobs that I just loathe as a parent; tackling the bottomless pit of laundry, cleaning the nooks and crannies of the high chair after an inevitably messy teatime and washing the bottles. Thankfully, Nimble Babies have invented a range of miracle […]