A spot of messy play

I loved arts and crafts as a little one and it's something I hope Noah will enjoy too. I say hope because at the moment he isn't really a fan. He won't entertain it longer than ten minutes or so and the entire time he cringes because he has messy hands! 

These photo's I took a few weeks back. As you can tell he wasn't really enjoying it but he did make some rather interesting collages, ha ha. 

Does your child like messy play? Do you have any tips on how I can help Noah enjoy it more? 


Noah's Book Collection - New Additions from Maverick Arts

I started purchasing books for Noah back when he was still a tiny little thing inside my tummy. I have always been such a lover of books and reading is a passion of mine that I always knew I wanted to pass down to my children. 

Noah is now 16 months old and has a countless amounts of books. He has his favourites and there are some he hasn't even picked up yet. I like to lay numerous books across the floor and let him choose which fascinates him the most. Sometimes he will sit there looking at the cover, other times he will open it up and skim through the pages and there are times he will bring one over to me so that I can read it to him. 

I recently received three new stories from Maverick Books and each has attracted Noah in different ways. 

The Dog Dectectives in an American Adventure

I am a lover of everything American so this was a hit with me the moment I read the title.

The Dog Detectives take you on a fun tour across different states in America. It's a great way to introduce your child to new places and landmarks without it being boring! 

You can buy The Dog Detectives in an American Adventure here for £6.99. 

Daniel O'Dowd Was Ever So Loud

I can see why this "Ever so" series is such a hit with the kids.

In this story Daniel becomes lost in space, he likes to shout, yell and holler and he doesn't like to listen. Will he learn to tone it down and will he ever get home? 

Daniel O'Dowd Was Ever So Loud is £6.99 and you can buy it here.

The Four Little Pigs

This story is great and all about a boy called Tom who's Granny is a witch. 

Granny doesn't have a TV but has lots of books but Tom think's books and fairy tales are rubbish. Gran decides to liven things up a bit by casting a spell which transports Tom into the story of The Three Little Pigs! Will this story have a happy ending?

This book is £5.99 and can be seen here.

Have you bought any new books for your children lately? What are their favorites? 

- I was sent these books as samples. I was not asked to review. 


Fun things to do while your baby sleeps

Most of you who are mothers to cute little babies would certainly agree that the only time when you can indulge in some interesting activities or just have a bit of fun is when your baby is sleeping. This may be the only time that you get to spend by yourself and do things that you love. Most mothers would prefer to spend these precious moments by taking a nap while their little angels are sleeping so as to recover from a hectic day. For many, the day started early in the morning with the baby crying resonating as an alarm, that you certainly could not miss! On the other hand, it is highly recommended that you take up some fun activities as they can give you the necessary boost to have a perfect day and bring much more energy and confidence in yourself than you thought you had.

Your hubby might be busy tackling his business meetings as you are at home looking after your baby. This picture is that of a daily routine that may turn your days into monotonous ones; however you can change it all as from today by having a little fun in those precious moments when your baby is having a nap. You can start playing at Bingo Extra via your pc, laptop, tablet or mobile, where you will find a large number of mummies just like you who are having a “breather” by indulging in a few games of free bingo as well as real money bingo. At Bingo Extra, you can share your experience with other mums and have a good laugh in the hosted bingo rooms where the fun has no end. This will definitely put some positive vibes back into your life as you will be able to make new friends, and at the same time catch a few wins on the different exciting games such as bingo, slots, roulette, poker, blackjack and scratchcards.

Have you ever dreamt of being a photographer? Here is your chance to realise this dream by taking pictures of your sleeping babies, however be careful not to wake them up! We know that you love to watch sleeping, and you can do that for hours as they are the cutest and sweetest things you’ve ever seem. So why not capture those magical moments? You can create an album of your sleeping babies in their cutest PJ’s. Try to capture the moment from different angles to be more creative and you could be the next artsy crib celebrity on social networks.

If you want to gain more confidence, you can start an activity that is out of your comfort zone as this brings back your fighter spirit. If you think that you are not so good at baking, take out that old recipes book and get your hands dirty. You might be surprised by how good a baker or cook you are and it will certainly be very much appreciated by your hubby too. Have you thought of surprising your husband by making some minor changes to the decoration? If you’ve had enough of seeing the same old mementos on a shelf, or the couch and table in the same position, you can start to do an interior makeover by getting new mementos or by changing the position of the furniture, which will give your house a new fresh look.

There are numerous fun activities that you can do while your babies are sleeping, and it can be anything from remodelling, surfing the net, playing your preferred game, watching a movie, doing the laundry, baking a cake, calling your BFF, reading, sewing, knitting some mittens, taking pictures of your wee ones, etc. Make the most of your free time as this is your time to have fun.


An Easter Garden fit for Mr Bunny

With Easter weekend just around the corner it’s no surprise that after what feels like months hidden inside we can’t wait to get out into the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine.  

Although there’s still a chill in the air, Easter weekend is set to be a warm introduction into spring and what better place to enjoy it than in the garden letting the little ones burn off all that excess energy after too much chocolate.  

The garden can be an overgrown jungle after a winter of neglect, so before you begin preparations for Mr Bunny’s impending visit, it’s time to ensure that it’s a safe environment for the children to enjoy. Removing any debris, and cutting back any untidy shrubs can give the garden a new lease of life ready for the spring buds to appear.  

If you’ve got toddling tots ensure that their adventures are not going to be disrupted with any slips or trips. Checking the safety of any paths is essential, but a quick fix for any play areas can always be found with sprinkling of colourful rubber chippings such as these, which can break the impact of any falls.   

If you don’t want to wait for the flowers to bloom invest sometime in picking out some new plants with the children. Give them the responsibility of helping you pick them out at the local garden centre and plant them. You could even give them their own patch and encourage them to take care of the pretty flowers they are growing. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to get involved with the great outdoors and enjoy being outside in the fresh air. Besides little ones love to get muddy.   

It’s not often that we decorate our gardens unless we have a big family event or a BBQ, but Easter is the perfect time for celebrating a new year and putting some colour back into a space that has been grey for far too long. Hang bunting around the garden, or making an Easter Egg Tree like this one, are all crafts that the children can take part in.  They’ll love painting the eggs and decorating the garden in fun vibrant colours.  

Have Fun   
Of course once your garden is looking like Mr Bunny’s dream home it’s time for the fun and games to begin. Before the chocolate takes over, give the children a few fun activities to do, like pin the fluffy tail on the rabbit. Whether you’re holding an Easter party for your little ones or just celebrating with a big family meal, there will no doubt be an Easter egg hunt along the way. Just don’t forget to treat yourself as well.  

 - This is a guest post.