From Newborn to Toddler with Tiddlers & Nippers

As you have probably guessed this week I am a massive fan of stationery. I love how there are so many different uses and there really is something for everyone. However, there doesn’t seem to be much around for pregnancy, babies and toddlers apart from the usual memory books. When I discovered Tiddlers & Nippers I was excited!

Tiddlers & Nippers

Tiddlers & Nippers have come up with a range of notebooks/ journals to help you track everything about your baby from newborn all the way to toddler. I wish I had known about these when Erin was first born because I would have found them super useful.

For 0-6 months there is the Tiddler Tracker.

For 6 months + there is the Tiddler Weaning Tracker

For 12 months + there is the Tiddler Toddler Tracker

For everything else there is the Nipper Notebook

Each journal comes in a variety of colours and designs.

Tiddler Toddler Tracker

Erin is currently going through a bit of a strange phase with her food at the moment. Sometimes she will eat okay and sometimes she will only eat one thing like sandwiches. It’s hard to remember what she has eaten and when sometimes which is why the Tiddler Toddler Tracker is perfect. There is plenty of space to write down what Erin has eaten and had to drink each day and also how many oz of milk she has had.

This journal isn’t only about food though. There is space on each page to track sleep, what you and your baby gets up to and any milestones they may have achieved!

Now that we don’t do as many baby/ toddler classes as we used to the activities section is really useful for us. I try to vary what me and Erin do each week and this helps me choose something different to do each day so nothing gets repetitive!

The Tiddler Toddler Tracker has enough space for 6 months worth of tracking which means it will last for quite some time.

Nipper Notebook

The Nipper Notebook is a ruled notebook where you can document anything you want about your child. In the front there is page to put some information such as name, birth date and weight when the child was born and contact information.

This is a lovely notebooks just for writing down anything that might happen or thoughts that you have about parenting.

I think I’ll be using my Nipper Notebook to take out and about with us to write down anything amazing Erin does or any good ideas I have/ see while we’re out.

Which of these Tiddlers & Nippers journals do you like the sound of the most?

Dislcaimer: We received products for the purpose of this review. All opinions are our own.

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Organise Your Life With Busy B

I like to think I’m quite an organised person. I love lists and I like nothing more to make plans. However, I love to write things down properly and not have it all on my laptop. This means the need for some stationery to help me plan. Busy B have a wonderful range of products which are perfect to help you organise your life.

Busy B

Budget Book

Like a lot of families, John and I can easily find ourselves overspending now and again. This year I really want to figure out where we can save some money and this budget book is perfect.

The budget book has sections for each month of the year with pages for regular and extra income, Direct Debits and Standing Orders, expenditure and credit/ store card spends. Each month also has a little pocket for receipts which is lovely as it keeps everything nice and tidy.

There are also additional pages for Christmas spends, holiday savings and regular savings. I personally love the Christmas pages as I shop all year round and I sometimes forget what I’ve bought and who for.

Meal Planner

Every now and again I write about meal plans. It used to be weekly but we’re having food issues with Erin at the moment so they’re just not working. However, I do like to plan for me and John and this meal planner and shopping list book is fantastic.

There sheets inside the meal planner are detachable so you can either take the whole book out with you or just one sheet of paper. The planner also comes with 2 magnets which are perfect for popping your lists on the fridge!

Travel Wallet

I love going away and I absolutely hate when I don’t have a holiday booked. Being a bit of a control freak when it comes to traveling though means needing to know  where all of our documents are. They also need to be easy to get to for whenever I need to get to them. The Busy B Travel Wallet is everything that I’ve been looking for!

Now that we are a family of three it made me happy to see that there is space for up to 6 passports. This will make going through the airport a breeze!

The front pocket is perfect for travel cards or any other tickets you may have.

There is also a large pocket at the back which is fantastic for any printed tickets, itineraries or hotel bookings etc.

This travel wallet is going to make traveling so much easier for us and it will also take a lot of stress and panic away from me. The other great thing is that it is so stylish so I will be more than happy to carry this around with me when needed!

Like the look of these products?

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*The code is for one use per customer and is valid until 31st July 2017.

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

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Colour and Fun Children’s Stationery

National Stationery Week is about more than about pretty notebooks, cool pens and gorgeous planner. We need to make an effort to remember and include our little people during National Stationery Week. Erin is now nearly 16 months old and just beginning to discover painting, crayons and pens.  Colour and Fun helped us out with a whole range of products to get Erin interested.

Before we get into reviewing the products, I will say that I did test out most of these for the purpose of this post. Erin has a tendency to try to eat everything at the moment and she also can’t really tell me what she thinks of anything.

 Baby Colour pens

When it comes to buying pens and crayons for babies, especially as young as Erin, safety is a massive selling point.

These baby colour pens have a lovely rounded tip so babies aren’t able to pull them off. The caps are also baby friendly as they are vented safety caps to prevent choking. On top of that, they’re super washable pens so they shouldn’t stain!

100 colour pens

You’ll be spoiled for choice with this massive bumper box of colouring pens. The box has 100 pens and a really nice variety of colours. There are varying shades of each colour which allows you to be really creative with whatever you’re using them for.

I decided to borrow one of Erin’s colouring books to test out some of these products because, well, I don’t have one of my own! If I had to draw with them you’d have been seeing pages and pages of stick men.

The pens have quite thick nibs but don’t let that put you off. The very tip of each pen is a fine so they work really well for both detail and colouring in larger areas. Colouring in with these pens is also super smooth. Some pens can be quite scratchy but I didn’t find that to be the case with these.

I found the colours to be a true representative of the colour on the casing which is great. I’ve had cheap sets of pends in the past where the colours turned out to be awful but that is definitely not the case with this set.

megastamps

I think the Megastamps are probably my favourite product from everything we received. They’re so much fun.

As you can see from the picture below, I’m really not all that creative when it comes to thinking up what to draw or write. However, I wanted to show off what each of the stamps were.

I love that there is a range of colours and pictures. Each stamp only took one sort of firm press down on the paper and just look how good they turned out. The quality is fantastic. There was no ink running and messing up the image so they have all come out really clear.

I can see Erin loving these when she’s a little bit older. They’re going to be great for teaching her what each stamp is!

72 Wax Crayons

Ah, wax crayons. I remember having these as a child and I couldn’t wait to get Erin some. In true Erin style though she has tried to eat them so far. I don’t think they tasted very nice though.

In the box you get 72 wax crayons and they’re exactly what you’d expect from a wax crayon really. The box doesn’t have the widest range of colours though which is a bit of a shame. However, there are multiple crayons in the same colours so at least if you break one/ run out of one you have another spare.

24 colouring pencils

Colour and Fun

Erin is most definitely not allowed these colouring pencils yet because she is only 1 and they’re pretty sharp. The pencils are recommended for children over 3 and they’ll be a bit more aware of what they’re doing. Knowing Erin she’d take her eye out with them!

The pack of 24 pencils have a lovely range of colours and they’re really smooth to colour in with. I hate seeing harsh lines when colouring but I didn’t get that at all.

I really like that these pencils come in a slim box. I think I’d like to take a colouring book away with me sometimes to keep me occupied on an evening/ on the train and these wouldn’t take up much space at all in a bag.

Colour and Fun

Erin is now set for a very long time with colouring equipment but I think I need to get a colouring book for myself now to enjoy them too!

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

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London Stationery Tour: Part 1

Today marks the start of National Stationery Week and we’ll be posting all week on this subject. To kick off the week my sister Natalie is guest posting today with the start of a mini series all about the London Stationery Tour.

Stationery

I was shown a list of shops in London which could be visited as a ‘stationery tour’. Being a huge stationery fan thought this would be great opportunity to visit some new shops and see what I could find. After completing the tour I’ve decided to amend the list of shops a little bit. Some of the shops on the tour are closed now, and some of them weren’t worth visiting. For example, on the original list there were two Paperchase stores; if you visit the shop on Tottenham Court Road then you really don’t need to visit another. I’ve also added a couple of stores which I think that it would be a shame to miss.

Paperchase

213-215 Tottenham Court Road

This store is Paperchases flagship store, I’d never been to this store before I moved to London and now it’s my main destination for stationery supplies. There’s 3 floors selling a huge supply of stationery and arts and crafts supplies, and there’s even a cafe where you can get a free drink once a week if you hold a Paperchase card. If you only have chance to go to one stationery store in London this would be my recommendation. There is so much on sale here, you might not find anything truly spectacular but you’ll be able to buy all of your essentials.

The ground floor sells all of Paperchase’s main collections. Since this is the flagship store the full range of each collection is on sale whereas in smaller stores you might only get a small selection from a few of these. I really like the range of collections which Paperchase has, some are clearly aimed at children but there are plenty that are a bit more sophisticated and aimed towards older shoppers. Each collection tends to sell a few ‘staples’, such as sticky notes, stickers, notepads and paper tapes but there is also a good variety of other products, each collection tends to have its own range of novelty items. Also on the ground floor are diaries and notepads, both Paperchase products and brands such as Moleskine. Paperchase offers a service where you can get your notebooks personalised which costs £5.00 per product, or £3.00 for card holders. There is a very good selection of writing paper, letter sets and note cards, including thank you notes and things like wedding invitations. There is also a huge greetings card section, postcards and wrapping papers. Along with Paperchase’s own branded stickers they have recently added a small collection of Korean sticker brands which I really love, they’re slightly more expensive but nothing that would break the bank.

The first floor has all the party supply ranges along with some slightly more expensive stationery ranges. I’ve not bought a lot from this floor, I’m not one to throw a party but it does look like they have some good themes, they are suitable for both children’s parties and more grown up parties along with hen parties. The stationery on this floor looks pretty classy although some of it is very expensive. There’s also a good selection of stationery aimed at men here which I think can be difficult to find. The cafe is on this floor too, I go and collect my free drink every time I’m in the area since I have a Paperchase card. They’re free to have and it’s worth it for the free drink! You also get £5.00 free to spend in store for every £50.00 you spend.

The second floor sells all of the arts and craft supplies, and it’s also where the craft classes run. There is a selection of really lovely handmade papers, including those from Cavalini papers which are so nice. There are plenty of different kinds of paints, brushes, drawing and painting papers, etc. You can also pick up supplies for tons of crafts here, such as lino printing, decoupage and paper crafts. You can buy a small selection of MT washi tapes, although I think that they’re quite expensive here.

Just a small note on Project Craft – craft courses offered by Paperchase and held here. There’s a really good range of craft classes and they’re fairly inexpensive. You can send the kids to mask making classes, learn how to make paper flower garlands and learn paper crafts such as scrap-booking. I have only done the lino printing course but it was so much fun! Of course you can buy the supplies from the classes here but i think they’re a little over priced, it’s much more worth waiting until you get home and then buying them from Amazon.

Tiger

Tottenham Court Road

Just a few minutes walk from Paperchase is a good sized Tiger store. Tiger sell a variety of cheap Scandinavian products and not just stationery, so you can visit for affordable home wares, toys and food too. They’re good for cheap note books, tapes, stickers and art supplies. They tend to sell seasonal items too, so if you want some Halloween stationery you’ll find plenty of tapes and stickers for themed for the holiday. Along with art supplies like paper, pens and paints, they also sell affordable canvas and easels, and even wooden figure drawing models.

Muji

Tottenham Court Road

There are plenty of Muji stores across London and it’s easy to nip into this one between shops. The stationery section is on the first floor and sells pretty much what other Muji stores sell. It’s good quality and fairly affordable. I like Muji’s plain products, they’re so practical and easy to use. I feel like I’ve gotten to a point where I cannot survive without Muji’s black 0.5 nib pens, if I ever move out of London I’m going to have to seriously stock up because I could not face running out of them. They’re £5.00 for a pack of 6 black pens and they write really neatly for me. My boyfriend is a big fan of the ‘To-do’ lists too which he uses for work. Also on the first floor are various storage items, so not only can you buy stationery, you can also buy something in which to store it away nicely on your desk.

 

Foyles

Charing Cross Road
The stationery section in Foyles isn’t huge, but it’s worth visiting. Also, it’s an amazing bookshop so it’s worth visiting in its own right. The stationery section is on the ground floor opposite the cash registers. Foyles have just released their own range of notebooks which are a bit pricey at £10.00 each, but the book themed covers are great. There’s a good range of MT washi tapes sold here but as with everywhere that sells them in London, they aren’t cheap. There are two main reasons for visiting Foyles stationery department, the first is Harry Potter stationery. Short of visiting Platform 9 ¾ (which you should do!) they sell a really good selection. There’s also a great selection of the books including colouring books and Funkos.

If you are a fan of Harry Potter and would like an opportunity to buy more related stationery then The House of Minalima is just around the back of Foyles and they currently have an amazing display of Harry Potter products and there is a shop on the ground floor. They are the company that designed all of the graphics for the Harry Potter films and fantastic beasts, you can buy limited edition posters there, a huge selection of postcards, badges, notebook and some very cool writing paper. This shop sells a lot of products you can’t buy online and isn’t sold as official merchandise, so if you’re a Harry Potter fan it really is a must visit.

My main reason for loving Foyles is that they stock Traveler’s Notebook products. It’s the largest range of these that I’ve seen in London, they sell the leather notebook covers, inserts and limited editions tins. I don’t think they’re relatively expensive either especially as they’re imports.

Are any of these your favourites in London? Foyles is a personal favourite of mine and not enough people know it exists!

Come back for Part 2 in a couple of weeks!

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Easter activities from Phoenix Trading

The Easter break can end up feeling like a really long time for some families. Children are off school for 2 weeks and that’s a lot of time to fill with things to do! Although Erin is only 1, I have been looking for some things to keep her busy this Easter weekend. Phoenix Trading helped us out!

Phoenix Trading

little woodland animals colour in card

Who doesn’t love colouring in? This Little Woodland Animals card is for children a fair bit older than Erin. Well, Erin could certainly give it a go but she’s more interested in eating crayons at the minute than figuring out how to colour with them. This card has loads to discover and a good mix of large and small bits to colour in.

happy families card game

The Happy Families Card Game is probably my favourite out of the three activities. We love anything animal related in our house. This card game has 40 cards, with 10 different animal families. Not only is this a fun card game to play, collecting families of animals, but it will also help to teach Erin about animals.

I really love how cute the pictures are on these cards. Each animal is dressed differently and doing something different!

Holiday fun pack

It might not be summer yet but this Holiday Fun Pack really gets me in the mood to go away. We’re not going abroad this year colouring in sand castles, ice creams and sunglasses really help me to look forward to some sunny weather and trips to the beach. The great thing about this pack is that it can be used all year round and it’s a really fun way to help get children excited about a holiday.

Phoenix Trading not only offer a really fun range of activities at super affordable prices but they also sell stationery too! Come back during National Stationery Week to see what else they do!

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

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Indra Celtic Tree Of Life Leather Journal

It is no secret that I love stationery and I am a massive fan of having a journal. I’m always writing down lists or notes of some kind or another and I love to have one to hand at all times. I believe that you can never have enough journals and notebooks and the one I’m about to talk about is absolutely stunning!

journal

Paper High offer Fair Trade leather journals that are made by a family business in Rajasthan, India. We were kindly offered the Indra Celtic Tree of Life Leather Journal to review.

The journal is completely had made and the detail in the leather cover is just amazing. This particular journal has a Tree of Life design and you can tell that a lot of effort has gone into making this.

The leather cover is a sort of reddish brown colour and is incredibly soft! As the detail has been done so well, you can feel every ridge, dent and impression in the material.

The paper is made from recycled cotton so it is not as smooth as you would probably be used to. It certainly isn’t the same as paper in a journal bought from a high street shop. The paper is known as  khadda, kaddi or khaddi and it comes from there being so much left over material from the garment industry in India. I really love that the paper is made from something that would otherwise go to waste. It’s always good to reduce waste and this is a fantastic way of using up the left over cotton!

This is the kind of journal not to be wasted on random shopping lists. This is a journal for detailing something important or amazing. I’m thinking of using mine to write letters to my daughter in for when she’s older! I know I would have loved to have been given something like this myself!

This journal costs £17.95 and it is worth every penny. The quality is fantastic and the detail is superb.

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