Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Review - Scout's Count & Colours Band

Toys are a big part of life when a baby is growing. They can help them learn, develop and understand things. We already love Leap Frog so we knew that we would love Scout's Count and Colours Band.


Scout's Count and Colours Band is a cute, colourful toy that is suitable from 6-24 months. There are five different instruments which move to help develop fine motor skills. One small change I would make would be that the red drum twist all around rather than pushes down, just because the orange cymbal pushes down too. The guitar twists but only to the right so i think one that twisted the other way or all the way round would be better than another one that just pushed down. 

On each instrument there are numbers 1-5 which are great for when they become interested in learning the numbers written down. There are three different modes and depending which you pick different things happen. Harleigh loves the music one as then depending which instrument you press that genre of music will play. There is also a numbers and colours one. 


Scout also lights up and bops his head along with the music which Harleigh loves. The toy is also quite a nice size. Harleigh can pick it up and play with the toy by herself but it isn't too small that chubby baby hands struggle to play. She also likes to chew on Scouts ears, poor doggy!


Learning toys are my favourite as a parent. This one in particular teaches cause and effect, colours and numbers. Even Parker likes playing with it and he is 3! A great little toy to add to the collection.

Nicola Xx

*Disclaimer - We were sent the above item for the purpose of this review but all views and opinions are my own*

Friday, 21 July 2017

Last Day of Reception

Today is Paige's last day of reception. I can't believe that she has finished her first ever year of school. It has gone so quickly. 

She has grown and changed so much over the past year. Her confidence has grown. She can read and write so well now. Her speech has also developed. 

Paige got a fantastic first report and we are so proud of her. She is doing really well in all areas of school and is exceeding at most things. 

Last day of reception

First day of reception
I am so excited for the summer holidays and to spend some quality time with Paige, school makes time pass so quickly during the week and it isn't always easy to spend quality time together. 

Paige is going to love year one so much. She is so excited about her new teacher and gets to move classes with all her current friends which I know makes her super happy, she's made some great friends!

I'm just so sad that she is growing up so fast.

Nicola Xx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Why Keeping a Tidy House with an Infant Doesn’t have so be Hard

Are you a parent that is constantly picking up after your child? Too embarrassed to invite friends over because the house looks like a bomb has hit it? Why does it all have to be so difficult?

Well, the simple answer to that is that it doesn’t. Yes, children can be messy little creatures, but keeping a tidy house can be as simple as your ABC’s. All that you have to do is to be smart with the layout and design of your home and everything else will fall into place.


Easy to Clean Surfaces

The first step to becoming a smart homemaker is to ensure that you have easy to clean surfaces in your home. This means dining tables that can be wiped down instead of a cover that requires washing, and non-fabric furniture that doesn’t stain.

Leather furniture is obviously very expensive, especially when bought brand new, which is why many opt for faux leather instead. It looks like leather, it even feels like leather, but it is nowhere near as expensive. The main difference, however, is that it is not as durable as the real thing, but there are certain steps that you can take to stop the surface from cracking.

Be Smart with your Garden

The garden is a hotbed for child activity. They come out here to play and, when they walk back inside for meals, you just know that there is going to be an almighty clean-up operation needed. So what can be done to combat the mess outside?

Outside storage options are a parent’s best friend, and can be used to store away garden equipment if there is not enough room in the shed - a win-win situation all around. Dedicate one or two storages boxes for toys that live outside, and encourage the kids to pick them back up and put away before coming back inside if they are finished playing.

With these in place, you will be able to sit back and revel in the tidiness of your garden, perhaps from the private sanctuary of glass decking to add a modern element.

Cluttered Staircases

Not only do toys and other objects on the stairs make the place look a mess, they are also a major health and safety hazard. Hopefully, your children know better than to leave toys and gadgets on the staircase and other parts, but if they can be prone to this then action needs to be taken.

Many homes use the space underneath the stairs as storage space, which can often become highly cluttered and incredibly unorganised. If you are guilty of this, it is time to go through this space and throw away anything and everything that no longer has a use. You will be surprised at the amount of space that can be saved.

With the extra storage space, depending on how much room you have to begin with, you can invest in stackable boxes that can easily be used to pick up wandering objects and put away nicely. This can also be useful when looking to save boxes for any electrical devices that you have recently bought in case you have to take them back (as some suppliers can be funny if you haven’t got the original box).


Get them Cleaning

How do you encourage the kids to help you clean? Turn it into a game by offering a reward for who can clean their room the fastest. If children are getting something out of it, other than a tidy room, then you can be sure that they will be eager to get to work.

As you can see, you do not have to pick between having children and keeping a pristine home as both are possible if you are smart about.

*Guest Post*

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Harleigh - 8 Months Old

Only FOUR months to go until Harleigh is one. That really is crazy! I want to cry! I can't believe how quickly time is passing.


No new teeth but her two bottom ones are getting so big now. Weaning is going well and we are still doing a mixture of puree and baby led weaning. Harleigh is still having two meals a day and seems content for now.  


Harleigh is still trying so hard to crawl. She still hasn't figured it out. She is so close to getting onto all fours but just has that last little bit to go, she is getting so so close. She enjoys rolling around more now and is very mobile even without crawling. She looks like she could be trying to figure out how to pull herself up, she sits there and you can see her little brain working. I wonder if she will work it out soon.

Nicola Xx
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