Kids Prints – Creating a Funfilled Playroom

A few weeks ago I got the opportunity to review a set of wall stickers. This came in so handy. I still had to decorate the playroom because since the move, we only managed to get through our list of items that needed to be fixed or bought before it was onto decorating. We finally came to the end of the list and it is onto decorating all the rooms now. As I love the colour of the paint we have throughout the house, I didn’t want to change it in the playroom either, instead decorate it with stickers.

When Kids Prints got in touch to review one of their re-stickable wall print sets, I was more than happy to get involved. There are  multiple themes and scenes to choose from. They are so easy to remove and apply to the wall. And what’s best, if you made a mistake, you can remove them without any damage and reapply them. It’s so handy. I was positively impressed. Even the kids can get involved.

When the postman arrived, to deliver the print, I was greeted by a colourful triangle shaped package. That was pretty in itself I thought. Both my kids and I opened the box together. My oldest was particularly excited when he saw what kind of stickers they were. He loves construction vehicles, emergency vehicles. The typical boy basically.

When we decided what wall we wanted the scene on, I started sticking the road. We kind of found our own design what way the road is pointing. Matthew gave me directions for the last bend though. Then it was onto the vehicles. I started off with the construction site. The “concrete truck”, as Matthew calls it, had to be close to the construction site with the digger.

3 simple steps: 
Dry Wipe Clean
Peel and Stick
Rub down the graphic with a dry cloth

Then it was onto the rest of the vehicles which Matthew took off the sheet and he stuck some onto the road with me. There was a taxi, a police car, an ambulance, a fire engine and even traffic lights. It didn’t take long to do all this at all. But the perfectionist that I am, I wanted it to look 110%. The end result is amazing.

The prints come in three different sizes. Small, medium and large. The one I chose, is medium. Large means you get more road and one or two more vehicles. Of course it depends on the scene you are choosing. They range from dinosaurs, nursery, woods to zoo. Individual characters can also be purchased. The educational ones are actually too which include numbers and alphabet in shape of a house. I am planning to have stickers on another wall for Chloe that is girls themed. The price of the stickers start from £42.

Disclaimer:  I was sent the product for the purpose of this review. As always the opinion is my very own.

Cartamundi Fundels Play & Learn Colours Game + Giveaway

A while ago I was contacted by Cartamundi to review one of their new play and learn games. We do welcome a new educational game every now and then in our collection. Now that Matthew is 4 1/2 years, it is very enjoyable playing games with him. He actually received a few family games we can play together at Christmas. He is going to start school in September. So to be able to teach him in advanced, is very handy.

Cartamundi has launched four new educational games. They are all for different ages, starting from the age of four.

• Drawing with Numbers
• Writing Letters
• Playing with Numbers
• Colours & Shapes

We received the colours and shapes game. It includes scenery and character cards as well as transparent cards to match it with the scenery ones. The aim of the game is to learn about the different shapes of each card.

For example, above Matthew had a card with water where the sun sets and green grass. His job was to find a matching transparent card and add it to the existing card. He came up with a fish who is swimming in the water and a house located on the green grass. You can do so many combinations and they learn at the same time.

You are probably wondering what the grey dots mean on each of the scenery cards? This is the level of difficulty. So on  our water card it means we need to add two transparent cards. The fish was one but there was another one that is supposed to go on it. And so you can see both, on the card, they will have to be added in a certain order which got Matthew thinking.

The size of the game is very compact and makes it very easy to take on vacations or wherever you go. It easily fits into a bag. RRP is £3.99 for a standard game and £9.99 for the premium one. They are available to buy in Tesco at the end of January, WHSmith from February and John Lewis from the end of February.

I have teamed up with Cartamundi to give one of my readers the chance to win a Colours & Shapes game themselves. All you need to do is follow the steps below to be in a chance of winning. The giveaway is open to residents in Ireland and the UK only and will end 14th February. Good luck.

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Disclosure: I was sent the product for the purpose of this review. As always photos and opinion are my own.

Naturelly Jelly Juice

It is the first review of the year. It has actually been quite some time since I last reviewed a product for you. My aim used to be once a week but you wouldn’t believe how hard that can be in the end. I have no goal set for this year’s reviews. Whatever comes my way, I will review for you. Whether that’s tomorrow or in a month time. It will be there for you.

Today I have something for you that kids at all ages will like. A while ago, just before Christmas, I was contacted by Naturelly to try out their jelly juice pouches. I thought I would give it a go. In the past we have tried out a few juice pouches and both kids were never too keen on any of them. Naturelly jelly juice is a healthy snack that simply consists of jelly and juice. The jelly is made from Lily Plants called Gellan Gum.

No added sugar or sweeteners

It is great for on the go or even as a snack at home between meal times. Both kids now get their tea in creche at 3.30pm. It used to be 5.30pm… well it still is but only at the weekend. We have our own routine then but during the week when they come from creche, they are still looking for more food. For that reason I think these are handy to have and it makes them full.

The jelly juice comes in three different flavours. Apple & Blackcurrant, Tropical Fruit and Summer Fruit. My nearly two year old likes them and my four year old even loves them. He wanted to have another one after he finished the first one but I only allowed one.We don’t want to overdo it. You are probably wondering about the sugar level inside it? Well, it has 7g of naturally occuring fruit sugar. Kids love jelly and kids love juice. It’s a win win.

Naturelly Jelly Juice is suitable for children from 12 months + and can be found in stores like Boots and Holland & Barrett. You can also order a whole variety pack on their actual website which starts at 13 packs for £13.08. Naturelly gave my readers the opportunity to get 25% off if you use the code Natblog25 

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Disclaimer: I was sent these products for the purpose of the review. As always this is my honest opinion.

Organix Goodies Launches New Crispy Bars

A few weeks back Organix Goodies kindly sent us a sample of the new Crispy Bars. We have been working with Organix Goodies quite a lot now and I have to say most products were a big runner with the kids. The only one that didn’t quite hit was the puffs. But anyway, everyone has different tastes. So…

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The new Organix Goodies Crispy Bars are packed full of juicy raisins and crispy puffs of rice, they’re a fruity, no junk snack for little adventures. If your little one loves Goodies soft oaty bars – the UK’s top selling toddler snack – they’ll love to try these new crispy bars. They’re available in two tasty flavours: tangy berry – bursting with a fruity twist from strawberry and raspberry juice – and scrummy cocoa & orange – a new flavour in your local supermarket’s baby aisle. Packed into individually wrapped bars for little tums, they offer a new lighter texture for little ones to explore on the go or in between meals.

These new crispy bars come with the Organix No Junk Promise, a stamp of reassurance that they are made with the best organic ingredients and contain nothing unnecessary, so your little one gets great tasting snacks, without the junk.

New Goodies crispy bars come in a multipack containing 6 x 18g individually wrapped bars. RRP: £2.49 You’ll find them  in selected Tesco, Morrison’s and Waitrose stores – coming soon in other retailers.

My four year old loved these. When he finished one, he wanted another one, so it’s definitely a hit with him. My 22 months old wasn’t too sure about them. She nibbled on them a bit and that was it but I think when she is a bit older, she will like these too. She doesn’t have that many teeth yet, I know she is nearly two years of age but they seem to be taking their time breaking through.

It can be a challenge to ensure your little one is snacking healthily. Wherever your little one needs a snack – running around in the garden, on a long car journey or on the way home from a swimming lesson – Organix Goodies has a choice of foods to suit any occasion.

Organix 2016 - Moors Valley Park, Bournemouth. ©Barbara Evripidou2016; m: 07879443963; barbara@firstavenuephotography.com
Organix 2016 – Moors Valley Park, Bournemouth. ©Barbara Evripidou2016; m: 07879443963; barbara@firstavenuephotography.com

7 reasons why toddlers need to snack

• Eating little and often is ideal as little tummies only hold small amounts
• Tops up little ones’ intake of nutrients, to meet their daily needs
• Provides essential calories to meet toddlers’ energy needs
• Adds variety to the diet with different tastes and textures
• Gives opportunities to try new foods either at home or out and about
• Keeps your little one going in between meals
• Helps teach healthy food habits

Disclaimer: I was sent the product above, however the opinion is my very own as always.

Keeping Dry Skin at Bay with Aveeno Baby

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Over two weeks ago I flew over to London to attend the Blogfest in Kings Place. Just a few days beforehand I got word that a few bloggers went over with Aveeno because Aveeno was one of the sponsors at the blogging event. I was really excited to see their stand.

Both my children have eczema and with that dry skin. My oldest more so than my youngest. My four year old was diagnosed with eczema when he was only  three months of age. Since we have been using Aveeno. We tried out the whole range. For nearly three years we have been using the Aveeno bath and cream with the green lid. Only to find out then that Aveeno Dermexa (Only available in Ireland) is way more efficient and effective. To keep their dry skin and eczema at bay, we need to cream them once a day and bath them every two to three days. Sometimes it can flare up more but it’s okay again after a week or two.

When Aveeno got in touch to work with me on their latest product range, I was more than happy to help out. With four years experience of using Aveeno, we were the perfect match.

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Specially formulated with natural colloidal (finely ground) oatmeal, the new AVEENO® Baby range nourishes, soothes and protects your baby’s sensitive skin. The unscented range has been Paediatrician tested.

The benefits of oat

• Helps to restore and protect the natural moisture barrier of the skin
• Helps to comfort irritated skin
• Colloidal oatmeal granules act as micro-sponges absorbing dirt and dead skin cells
• Creates a protective film on the surface of skin
• Helps maintain normal skin pH

Aveeno released three new products from the baby range.

AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Baby Emollient Wash

This wash is brilliant for your little ones bath time.  We have been using it the last week and also added it to the bath water. Up until now we never used any wash to add to the water. I used to put the Aveen Dermexa wash on their skin and wash it off after a while. So as well as applying the Aveeno Baby emollient wash to their skin, you can also add it to their bath water. Of course it’s soap and tear free which means I am also using it to wash their hair. RRP £8.50

AVEENO® Baby Soothing Relief Baby Emollient Cream

This cream can be combined with the wash after your little ones bath.  It’s clinically proven to moisturise skin for 24 hours. This cream is part of our bedtime routine every evening.  I’d rather keep them creamed every evening and not having to deal with flare ups for days which can be tricky to get rid of quickly. Especially when your four year old hates being creamed. As a result his skin is flared up on his back at the moment. Hopefully we will be back on track with this soon. RRP £8.50

AVEENO® Baby Daily Care Barrier Cream

The barrier cream is specifically designed for delicate newborn skin.  It creates a breathable skin barrier on the nappy area, protecting it against external irritants. I’ll be honest when it comes to cream that is applied on the nappy area. Since my littlest, who now is 22 months old, had a very bad nappy rash when she was younger, I have never applied any nappy cream. I used to apply Sudocrem which basically made it worse. She does get a bit of redness every now and then when she is teething but I never apply anything and just carefully clean her bum. This cream is probably brilliant though as I never had a bad experience with any of the Aveeno range. RRP £6.99

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Do your kids have dry skin/eczema? If so, how do you treat it?

Disclaimer: I was sent these products for the purpose of the review. As always this is my honest opinion.

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