Mud and Bloom : a monthly nature and craft subscription box for children

I’m always wary of subscription services, but Mud and Bloom is a complete treat for those wanting to encourage their kids to get out in nature and for adults who aren’t naturally good at craft.  The lovely Anja, owner and creative mind behind Mud and Bloom sent me a sample to review, so how I could say no? I should add a disclaimer though, I grew up with keen gardeners so I’m quite good when it comes to growing things, and I’m also quite good at certain crafts. However, when it comes to combing the two I’m lacking, I’m never going to be one of those parents who have boxes of buttons, ribbons, pine cones and the like knocking around.…

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Action Tots – a development and balance bike activity for toddlers

As you know we’ve been a fan of Tots Play from the day we signed up for the local Baby Development Course. We loved the local leader who was incredibly supportive and has nurtured a fantastic local Facebook group for local mothers who have met on her courses. We went from Baby Development classes, to Discovery Tots and then briefly Social Tots before my maternity leave ended. Now that I’ve returned to work it’s been difficult to commit to regular classes so we’ve been experimenting with a few organised activities in our local area, the new offering from Tots Play being the latest. Action Tots is designed for 2 – 4 year olds and aims to teach balance, coordination, gross…

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The many phases of play dates

My mummy friends and I used to meet in coffee shops when our babies were born. We would meet come rain or shine and huddle in corners catching up on our latest developments, sharing tips or war stories, keeping ourselves sane with humour and caffeine. In hindsight, the toughest thing about those meet ups was fitting in all the pushchairs. By the time babies were three months old we had our list of meet up venues refined. There were easily half a dozen venues around town where we could park, were quiet enough for the most easily distressed little ones, were breast feeding friendly, did good coffee, had decent baby changing facilities and a choice of cakes and snacks. All of…

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The Wicked Uncle Challenge – A Review of Toddler Toys

So I recently joined in with the Wicked Uncle Challenge for bloggers to review some of their great toys in time for Christmas. I happily signed up as I’m always looking for great gifts for toddlers and I’ve bought products from them in the past.   I love that you can navigate the Wicked Uncle website by age.  It’s helpful as I have kids from age 1 to 8 to buy for. They have toys I can’t find on the high street and the quality is always amazing. I had a budget of £40 to spend and with this I was able to buy a Dinosaur Wooden Cube Puzzle and the  ABC Wooden Play Bus Delivery was within 2 days which is…

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Our time at Tots Play : Activities for Babies and Toddlers

I was warned about play groups when I was pregnant. You’re an older mum, like me, everyone will be younger. You’ll feel out of place. Even if they don’t make you feel like it, you’ll feel it anyway.  The problem with play groups and activities is they’re all at the wrong times. You won’t be able to keep it up once you go back to work. We didn’t have those in our day.The list could go on. Understandably I was bit reticent. I’m not sure I would have joined any groups or activities if I hadn’t bumped into a Tots Play leader at a breast feeding group (I was 8 months pregnant at the time so preparing). Ooh, she’s like me,…

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Great gift ideas for two year olds : what to buy toddlers for Christmas

It’s that time of year again. Christmas. I’ve already started saving for Christmas by doing my shopping through TopCashBack through the year. If I do most of my online shopping and utilities through it I usually have enough saved to get some decent presents – certainly enough for our toddler. This year, I’ve peeked too soon with my gift ideas as it was Small Boy’s second birthday the other month. All my best ideas for children’s presents went on that event, and in particular to relatives who were asking for ideas of things to get him. It wasn’t a bad haul – he got a balance bike and a picnic table for the summer and a bunch of puzzles. But it…

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