Category: Reviews

#AD GIFTED | How we organise our toys and a Bits by Bee review

#AD GIFTED | How we organise our toys and a Bits by Bee review

With Christmas coming up and space in our house limited I’ve been having a bit of a toy overhaul over the last couple of weeks, taking a look at how to effectively store them as well as selling, donating and bagging some up to put […]

Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike Review | {#AD – GIFTED}

Hape Scoot Around Toddler Bike Review | {#AD – GIFTED}

I’m back talking about our favourite toy brand, Hape, again. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to work with them to help showcase their awesome range of sustainably made wooden baby and toddler toys and today I’m taking all about the Hape Scoot Around toddler […]

Baby Ball Play with Dooballs | {#AD GIFTED}

Baby Ball Play with Dooballs | {#AD GIFTED}

With William now almost four months I am loving introducing him to different play. I especially love watching Florence playing with him. We’ve been sent some really adorable soft play balls for the children to play with from Dooballs from BabytoLove and over the last few weeks we’ve played with them both at home and out and about.

They are a set of four soft character balls – a rabbit, a panda, a cat and a bear each full of sensory features Grabbable crinkly ears, jingly bells inside and contrasting colours for visual stimulation. 

They are just the right size for little hands to squish and handle and explore. And seemingly tasty too! 

Not to mention ideal Tumy Time companions. We line them up, roll them from one side to the other for William to follow and shake them for him to turn to the sound which is great for building neck & head strength and something Florence can join in with and help with too. 

Our dooballs have been my go – to on the go toy since they arrived. They’re just the right size and weight to grab and pop in the bag as a perfect boredom buster for both William and Florence. And they’re great for a game of catch or practicing juggling practice with Daddy!

They’re £15.95 and would make a lovely new baby gift or even an alternative christening gift.

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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 […]