My Name Tags Review

Erin and I are out and about at least 3 days a week normally. We go swimming and to local playgroups as well as soft play etc. Obviously we take a fair amount of ‘stuff’ with us including Erin’s cups/ bottle and her little fox changing bag. Things get put down, picked up and moved and I wanted to do something to make it easier to find Erin’s things again. My Name Tags offer personalised stickers and iron-ons for exactly this!

There are a couple of different options of different products available. You can choose from colour or black and white stickers or iron-on name tags and there are also Hello Kitty tags or Mr Men & Little Miss tags. I decided to go for a Mr Men & Little Miss design because, well, they’re fun aren’t they? These cost £13.95 + £1.00 P&P for 56x Stickers or iron-ons.

My Name Tags

The stickers came in a normal envelope inside a plastic wallet which explains how to use them.

My Name Tags advise that if you’re using these stickers on a clothes label to not wash them for 24 hours. This makes sure the label is well and truly stuck!

We haven’t had the need to use our stickers on clothes yet as Erin doesn’t start nursery until January. However, we’ve used them on various other items that we take out with us on a daily basis.

I have found these stickers to be so useful on Erin’s cups. Some of her friends have the same cups as her and the children are always reaching for each other’s. This stops any confusion between the parents and I can find Erin’s cup easily.

Erin’s cups get washed daily and these stickers have really withstood the washing. They still look fantastic and there is no peeling or fading anywhere yet.

I am so impressed with My Name Tags. We have some labels left over and they’re going to come in so handy when Erin starts nursery in January as she needs to take a set of things with her.

Disclaimer: We received items for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: The Perfect Guest

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about The Perfect Guest by Paula Metcalf. It was published by Walker Books on 2nd February 2017.

The Perfect Guest

Walter is really a very neat and tidy dog. His house is his pride and joy and he gets quite nervous when guests come round… When his best friend Pansy asks to stay, though, Walter is so excited! She’s just a teeny weeny squirrel after all, how much trouble can she possibly be?! But when Pansy tries her very best to be helpful things just seem to keep going wrong! Nothing – from Walter’s trousers to his curtains to his beloved brand-new teapot – is safe from accident-prone Pansy! Is she turning out to be the worst guest there ever was?

The Perfect GuestWalter the dog is very proud of his house. He loves everything to be neat and tidy and he especially loves his teapot. When his friend Pansy comes for a visit Walter is very happy but things go disastrously wrong!

Oh this is such a cute book! I loved Walter the dog and his very particular ways. He is a bit like me in a lot of respects. I like things to be a very particular way and get a bit put out sometimes when things don’t go to plan. My husband on the other hand is the complete opposite can be a bit destructive where ever he goes. Somehow, we manage to live in peace a lot of the time.

The Perfect Guest is a story of two friends who are very different getting along no matter what. While the story and illustrations are really fun and funny, they also help to teach children a really important lesson. The book teaches that although things may not go perfectly there is always a silver lining somewhere and to look on the brighter side of things!

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: A first book of animals

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about A First Book of Animals by Nicola Davies. It was published by Walker Books on 6th October 2016.

a first book of animals

Nicola Davies, the award-winning author of A First Book of Nature, presents a spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail by Petr Horacek. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods – there are animals everywhere. From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour, and belongs on every child’s bookshelf.

A first book of animals

Erin doesn’t really understand about animals yet. She’s 14 months old and the only thing she really understands is that we have a huge, white fluffy dog that she can run around after. However, we love the zoo and I want to teach her all about different animals. This book is perfect for that.

The book is split into 5 different sections which is really handy. These are:

Big and Small
Colours and Shapes
Animal Homes
Animal Babies
Animals in Action

With each different animal that is covered a verse comes with it. It’s a nice change from a standard story or just a list of facts. I love that the book covers such a wide range of animals from a tiny little ant to a massive whale! The book even talks about parasites!

This book is a must for animal fans or children who just love learning new things. However, although called ‘A First Book of Animals’ it’s not really aimed at babies and toddlers like the title suggests. It’s certainly not just a picture book. However, I still highly recommend it. It will be something I enjoy discovering myself when Erin is a bit older.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: This is the Kiss

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about This is the Kiss by Claire Harcup. It was published by Walker Books on 5th January 2017.

This is the kiss

A charming and lyrical picture book that celebrates the timeless bond between parent and child. You’ve had a fun day and you’re ready for bed. This is the wave that led to the smile, that led to the giggle and the kiss goodnight. A delightful story from Claire Harcup with beautiful illustrations by Gabriel Alborozo, perfect for sharing at bedtime.

This is the kiss

Honestly, what drew me towards this book was the cover. How cute are the two bears snuggled up in the snow? I couldn’t resist.

This is a fantastic book for bedtime and I know we’re going to have a lot of fun reading this to Erin before bedtime over the years. The book is a sort of nighttime routine that leads up to a kiss goodnight at the end. There is a different action or thing to do on each page like a tickle or a cuddle. It’s so tremendously cute!

The book is set in a snowy winter scene so it would have been perfect to read over Christmas or when we did actually get some snow. However, it does work at any other time of the year as well.

The illustrations are really quite simple but then so is the point of the book. There are only two characters and one location so there is lots of snow and then the two bears. I like the simplicity of this book though because it doesn’t need much to illustrate the point.

This is the Kiss is perfect for children of all ages. Erin may only be 14 months old now but we can read this to her for many years to come.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

 

 

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Kids’ Prints Tree & Owl Wall Sticker

Something John and I have been working on this month is finally getting Erin’s bedroom completely finished. We’re not there yet but furniture has been ordered and a handyman has been booked to do a few bits. The walls not taken up by furniture were looking quite bare though and seeing as the room is already very neutral, I felt like it needed something that stood out. Luckily, Kids’ Prints were there to help us out!

Erin’s bedroom has a woodland theme so I had to pick the Abstract Tree with 3 Owls.

This wall sticker comes in three different sizes; small, medium and large. Each size has a different design and is priced accordingly. I chose the medium design which cost £78. The wall sticker measures approximately 150cm by 170cm. I measured up the space where I wanted the sticker to go and it seemed like it would be perfect.

The sticker arrived in a well packaged box with the sticker rolled up inside. The sticker actually comes on a large sheet with separate pieces. There are no set instructions apart from how to apply the sticker. The design can be done however you want although there is an example picture that you can sort of follow if you want to.

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kids' prints

Before applying the sticker you need to make sure the area is clean and dry. Then, you’re ready! The different sticker pieces should be carefully peeled from the sheet and slowly applied to the wall. The sticker should be smoothed down from one end to make sure there are no air bubbles then rubbed over with a dry cloth.

The whole process was extremely simple. I managed to get the whole sticker on how I wanted it in 20 minutes. Each sticker came off the sheet easily and applied to the wall easily as well. After putting some on I changed my mind about where I wanted them but they were really simple to move and reapply.

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kids' printsI love that this sticker is so customisable. I was able to put the branches where ever I wanted and in any direction. I could put the owls where I wanted too although I chose to put them in the same sort of place as on the sample picture as they looked so good there.

kids' prints

kids' prints

kids' prints

The wall sticker looks absolutely amazing and I think it really makes Erin’s room now. The size is perfect for where I wanted it and it looks so good. I’m glad I didn’t go for the large size though as it really would have been massive, however, extremely good value for money. Initially, I did think £78 was quite a lot for a wall sticker but now seeing how good this one looks, I would happily get another from Kids’ Prints. I cannot recommend them enough!

Disclaimer: We were sent this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: Frog and Beaver

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about Frog and Beaver by Simon James. It was published by Walker Books on 5th January 2017.

Frog and Beaver

Frog and his friends all live happily together on the river. At least they do until Beaver comes along. Beaver is determined to build the biggest and best dam that anyone has ever seen, but it’s so big that it stops all the water and Frog and his friends are forced to move. Frog tries to warn Beaver that his dam is too big, but inconsiderate Beaver just won’t listen…

Frog and BeaverSomething I think is really important for children to learn is the idea of friendship and accepting new and different people. Frog and Beaver is a book for exactly that.

Frog lives by the river with a load of his friends, including the ducks and the voles. When Beaver moves to the river and begins to build his home there are problems. Beaver doesn’t think about the others that live on the river!

Frog and Beaver is a short story but it’s such a nice one. There are plenty of issues encountered along the way and there is a lot of problem solving to be done. Obviously as this is a children’s book, there is a happy ending and everyone ends up getting along but it’s an entertaining journey to read about.

The illustrations are also lovely. The pictures are simple and not over busy which I think is great. Children will be able to pick out the animals easily and also follow what is going on. I kept asking Erin to find something on the page after showing it to her and she could do it quite easily.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Messy Me Messy Mat

Now that Erin is over a year old he has started to change how she plays and how she eats. There have been many days where Jackson has got a decent meal because Erin has flung her food on the wooden floor in the dining room. Mealtimes can definitely be really messy now and I need an easier way of cleaning up.

Messy Mat

Messy Me offer a whole range of products which are designed for your children to get messy! We were lucky enough to try out their Messy Mat. The mat is available is various colours and costs £24.

We have a Tuff Tray and we’re just beginning to get into messy play in preparation for Erin going to nursery. The Messy Mat doesn’t cover the whole of the underneath  (90cm x 120cm) of the Tuff Tray but it is great for using on one half. Erin doesn’t use the whole tray yet so this is perfect at the moment. messy mat

messy matThe Messy Mat is made from oilcloth so can be wiped clean. This makes cleaning up after a messy play session super easy. You can either shake any mess off or wipe into one pile and then pop in the bin!

The mat really comes in useful for lots of different things though. As we have a big fluffy dog, his fur does get everywhere. Sometimes we have a picnic lunch in the living room and I don’t want Erin eating with dog hair around her food. We use this mat quite often for somewhere to sit. I know we’ll be using this to take to the park in the summer! If we end up with spills they’ll be no trouble to clean up.

Something else I love is that other items are available in the same colours and design. We have the grey stars design and I would love for Erin to have a matching apron or tunic for when she starts painting!

Messy Mat

I really love our Messy Mat. The price is really reasonable as the product is of such high quality and can be used for so many things.

Disclaimer: We received this product for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Nuby SureGrip Miracle Mat & Section Plate

As a Nuby UK brand rep we love trying out different and new products. Sometimes we get one product in particular that we absolutely love. Just recently we’ve been trying something new with Erin at meal times and we’ve been using the Nuby SureGrip Miracle Mat.

Nuby SureGrip Miracle Mat

We have had a different suction mat in the past but it’s really big and takes up a lot of space. This one has a much better design because it’s compact and easy to take anywhere with you. The size of the Nuby SureGrip Miracle Mat is perfect as it means we can take it away with us but it’s also perfect for normal meal times.

As a suction mat, this aspect is one of the most important to me. Erin loves to try to move anything that is put in front of her and we’ve had many meals flung across the room because they were in a normal bowl or on a normal plate. This suction mat does wok really well and it does stay put. However, I have found that we have to press down around the edges really hard to make sure it sticks. This may be due to the table we use it on though.

Something else I love about the mat is the size of the two different compartments. They make portion sizes much easier to sort out and they’re also great for separating different kinds of food. Erin finds feeding herself much easier when we’re using this mat. The sides of each compartment means that she can scoop the food up with her fingers if she needs to or she can use cutlery which she is starting to do.

The Nuby SureGrip Miracle Mat is both dishwasher and microwave safe and also oven safe as well! You can actually use this one in a fan assisted oven for up to 30 minutes (180 degrees max).

The Nuby SureGrip Miracle Mat costs £7.99.

Disclaimer: We were sent this product as part of our role as a Nuby UK Brand Rep. All opinions are our own.

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For Aisha Stage 3 Pouches

Since we started weaning with Erin at 4 months old she has loved food. So far we have only discovered one food that she will not eat and that is sprouts. Unlike me, Erin seems to love foods with stronger flavours. One of her absolute favourite meals is the For Aisha Jamaican Jerk Chicken. However, now that Erin is nearly 14 months old, she needs more food in a meal and something with a bit more too it. For Aisha now have a range of Stage 3 Pouches and Erin was lucky enough to try them out.

Something that annoys the hell out of me about baby food pouches is the screw top caps on some of them. I know they’re supposed to be easy to open but I’m weak and I struggle some times. Luckily, these pouches tear open at the top. However, this does also mean that babies can’t really feed themselves with them.

I actually really liked the look of the Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry. Some baby foods look absolutely disgusting but I think that this range looks a lot more like real food.

Erin loved the Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry from the very first mouthful. Sometimes she can be a bit funny with new foods and it takes a few mouthfuls for her to decide but not with this one! After each spoonful she opened her mouth for some more and we couldn’t feed her fast enough.

As you can see, Erin didn’t leave any of this! I actually think she could have eaten some more too if it had been there. I think next time we’ll team this with some naan bread as well.

The Stage 3 Pouches currently come in three different flavours, Chicken and Sweet Potato Curry, Green Bean and Lamb Curry and Rainbow Quinoa.

Stage 3 Pouches

For Aisha Stage 3 Pouches are suitable for babies aged 10 months+. This range is all gluten free, dairy free, soya free, egg free, nut free as well as being low in salt, containing no added sugars, preservatives or artificial additives.

Disclaimer: We were sent products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Storytime Saturday: I Am Bear

Storytime Saturday a weekly blog feature showcasing any new books we’ve been reading with Erin, reviewing picture books and talking about our monthly library haul! Basically, Storytime Saturday is all about books! This week we’re talking about I am Bear by Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyuz. It was published by Walker Books on 5th January 2017.

If there’s trouble, one thing is certain: Bear was there. In (and out) of his outrageous purple outfit, Bear can do anything – steal honey from the bees, do magic tricks, steal doughnuts from a police officer, and annoy a certain pesky squirrel. This hilarious picture book debut of actor Ben Bailey Smith (aka rapper Doc Brown) and artist Sav Akyuz will keep young mischief-makers in stitches.

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Normally, I read books to Erin that are not aimed at children her age. She’s nearly 14 months old but I tend to read her picture books aimed at 3 year olds or older. She does have board books but she likes to eat those. I read her older books because she finds them more exciting and more colourful. As picture books go, this is one aimed at children closer to Erin’s age.

The bear in this book is an extremely mischievous bear. I loved him! He’s big and purple and doesn’t like to wear clothes. He likes to play games and get up to no good but have fun at the same time. I really loved reading about such a naughty bear. It made this a fun book for me as well.

The language used throughout the whole book is really nice and simple, which is why I say it is aimed at children close to Erin’s age. There is quite a lot of rhyming and it is fairly fast paced. The bright and bold illustrations fit perfectly.

Erin really enjoyed picking out the bear on each page and she giggled as we were reading. I loved watching her face as we turned the pages. I think this one will be a favourite for quite some time.

Disclaimer: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.