MOKURU fidget toy review – addictive desk toy

Mokuru samples

I’m not really a fidgeter but I do get easily distracted.  And I get bored a lot at work if I’m doing the same thing over and over again.  So being sent the MOKURU fidget toy, a desk based fidget product, was going to help give me some time out at work (and home). Expected to be the next big thing to take over from fidget spinners, and brought over from Japan, the MOKURU is a really simple desk toy. … Continue Reading “MOKURU fidget toy review – addictive desk toy”

Kite flying and nest building – kite giveaway

Get kids outdoors with kite flying and nest building - Bubbabue and me

There are some great benefits to living where we do. The view. Living close to family. Plenty of space for N to play in. The downside is that it’s pretty breezy because there’s no shelter from other houses or hedges etc. The bonus of that of course, is that it’s great for flying kites.  When I say kites, I mean easy light ones, not massive stunt kites.  I think we’d have to go up our hills to use those. We… Continue Reading “Kite flying and nest building – kite giveaway”

10 things you should be buying from The Works

This is a collaborative post I love to shop and have been a fan of The Works for many years now.  Any shop that rotates stock like it does, and has bargains galore of the little things that can be bought for myself, N or presents is a winner in my book.  I also have their loyalty card (amongst the masses in my purse.  Is anyone else overrun by loyalty cards?).  I’m always amazed when people look at me blankly… Continue Reading “10 things you should be buying from The Works”

Num noms flavour play – giveaway

Sour Citrus Cupcake Starter Pack FW PKG F - Copy

This year has seen the launch of Num Noms to the UK.  I know when I was a child I’d have loved these – little toys, great for getting creative with and something to collect.  They’re not N’s cup of tea, but they’re going down a storm with other children. If you’ve not come across Num noms they’re little characters in the shape of cupcakes and ice creams that can be played with and combined to make different flavour mixes.  Not… Continue Reading “Num noms flavour play – giveaway”

Micro Riderz giveaway – they’re mini but ride big!

micro riderz loop and jump pack

N’s not big on playing with cars. Give him tractors, lorries, quad bikes, trains and he’s happy though. When I spotted these Micro Riderz Loop and Jump sets, I knew these would be hours of fun for him, and probably lots of other children. The Micro Riderz are only 4.5cm long, but are really speedy.  If they were scaled up, the equivalent speeds of up to 470mph! To make them go, you just rev them up and let go, with… Continue Reading “Micro Riderz giveaway – they’re mini but ride big!”

Fun learning with Tiggly Counts, plus giveaway

Tiggly counts units

I’m trying to get N prepared for school in September.  I don’t think he’s going to have any problems settling in on the emotional and social side.  He’ll be going to school with several children from his nursery, 2 of his cousins are at the school, and has been at nursery since he was just about one.  It’s more the focus and lack of interest in learning to read and write that I’m concerned about. While he has started to… Continue Reading “Fun learning with Tiggly Counts, plus giveaway”

Stunts and scooters – trying out the Zinc Chozen scooter

trying out an adult stunt scooter

N’s had his scooter since around his 2nd birthday. He always had a go on the ones (too big for him) at Baby Bounce, so I started him off with a My First Scooter which changed from 4-3-2 wheels. Great idea but really heavy scooter and doesn’t fold up like it’s meant to. I’ve always wanted to try as well; we have to go elsewhere to use the scooter outside, as the farm drive is mostly gravel. So for me… Continue Reading “Stunts and scooters – trying out the Zinc Chozen scooter”

Children and a key obsession

keys being used for play tractor

What is it with children and keys? When they’re babies, keys are shiny, mirrors, and noisy.  A distraction from teething, crying, chewing.  Something to hold and tug on instead of jewellery.  N wasn’t really given keys to play with at that age as he had plenty of other things he liked to fiddle with and chew. Toddlers like keys, again for the noise.  But also for sticking them into places they shouldn’t…plus sockets maybe?  Thankfully N didn’t really get into… Continue Reading “Children and a key obsession”

Gender neutral parenting

toddler hairdressing

Again, there’s been a spot of gender neutral parenting hitting the headlines. This time UK parents, who’ve decided to let their child grow up gender neutral, so letting him wear both ‘girls’ and ‘boys’ clothes, play with any type of toy and the like.  They’re planning to home school, although I don’t really see their argument in doing that apart from avoiding the child coming up against gender stereotypes early on.  I have to say that compared with the previous… Continue Reading “Gender neutral parenting”

Thrifty nearly new sales with toddler in tow

Happyland pirate ship

Today was the day of our local NCT sale.  I love volunteering, but it’s pretty difficult getting someone to look after N for a full day as the volunteers are there from 8 until 3.  I did decide to sell though, as I had a big pile of clothes and toys to get rid of as well as various baby accoutrements that N doesn’t use anymore. It’s always great fun even if you’re not volunteering.  I always find someone to… Continue Reading “Thrifty nearly new sales with toddler in tow”