Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Review: Octonauts And The Deep Sea Volcano Adventure Live

On the weekend we went to the swan theatre in High Wycombe to see the Octonauts Live show. Oscar was very excited and had been watching back to back Octonauts episodes from the Wednesday before. In Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure the entire crew of the Octonauts, led by intrepid explorer Captain Barnacles, Lieutenant Kwazii and Medic Peso, embark on an exciting new underwater quest and visit amazing underwater worlds full of adventure, with surprises around every corner. This action-packed interactive show features new music (from BAFTA-award winning composer Mani Svavarsson) and all the Octonauts live on stage for the very first time.




The show really includes the children and gets them to move around to steer the Octopod and at the end Oscar was chuffed that they told everyone that they were fully fledged Octonauts too. The show lasted around 90 minutes including the interval and Oscar loved every minute of it.


As a cartoon to stage show this is the best we have seen by far, the costumes were great and the set was amazing. Oscar really believed we were watching 'the real' Octonauts. He couldn't believe it. The puppeteering when the animals were in the midnight zone of the ocean was fantastic and Oscar was amazed at the different types of sea creatures. It really teaches children about the ocean and all the different zones and animals that live in each one.



This is a stage show for the family that is not to be missed! You can book tickets at www.octonautslive.co.uk and below are the remaining tour dates.





Disclaimer: We were sent the tickets to attend the show free of charge, however all opinions are completely honest and my own.


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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Pick Yourself Up Some Treats From Poundland This Halloween

Yesterday we went into Poundland to get some fun decorations ready for Halloween on Friday. They have a huge range of Halloween goodies from dress up outfits to sweets and decorations. We decorated the house in Poundland goodies last year so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed by their range again this year. 



We started by getting different treats to but in the sweet bowl ready for the trick or treaters and we got a pumpkin pale full of sweets that I am going to give to Oscar on Friday as a treat, eye ball lollies and a bag of Swizzels fright night mix. Poundland have loads of decorations and one of the thing that impressed me the most is with the light up lanterns batteries are already included. We filled our basket then headed home to decorate.

We have put skeleton lights around the kitchen window for the trick or treaters to see when they knock on our door and a multi colour changing spider hanging off the hall window with some skeleton stick ons. I also got some pumpkin battery lights to put in Oscar's room too. We hung two skeletons on the photo by the front door ready to give someone a fright.



In the dining room I have a pumpkin ghost hung up and a blow up ghost and bat stuck on to another frame. Oscar then put two lanterns on the window sill. They look great when all the lights are out!



In the kitchen Oscar wanted the spiders and ghost decorations and I have got ghost tea lights in the lounge. We also brought a pumpkin carving kit and will go and buy a pumpkin tomorrow to have fun carving something spooky in to it and then we add a tea light and leave it outside the front door on Halloween. I also got some fun pumpkin straws and 10 large novelty balloons which I will take along to a halloween party we are going to on Friday. Oscar wants to go dressed as Mike from Monsters Inc. Not very scary I know, but a monster never the less.



We had great fun picking out our Halloween bits and putting our decorations up. Whatever your budget this is a great way to have some Halloween fun at a bargain price. Plus you can keep them all again for next year! 


Disclaimer: A voucher was provided free of charge for review purposes. However the opinions in this review are honest and my own.

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Some Of My Favourites From The Baby Show, Olympia

On Friday Oscar and I went to the Baby Show in Olympia. This is the first baby show I have been to where I have actually been pregnant, so I was interested in looking at all the different products available and being able to compare them all under one roof. I have said it before but I am totally blown away with how much more there seems to be on the market compared to five years ago when I was pregnant with Oscar. You really could get carried away with buying all sorts of gadgets and gizmos!

One gadget that I think is a pregnancy/new baby must have is the new Gro Hush. I am currently using it at the moment as you can use it on your bump in the third trimester. It is a unique portable white noise baby calmer. It transmits three different noises; heartbeat, ocean waves and rain falling on a tin roof. It soothes and calms the baby without disturbing others around you. I love using it already as it gives me ten minutes out to bond with the baby. I brought two Gro suits at the show as they have quilted arms and with the baby due in December I thought with the weather being colder it would keep the baby comfy and warm.

Pretty much everyone I know who has had a baby recently invested in a Tommee Tippee perfect prep machine, which accurately makes the bottle for you at the correct temperature in under two minutes so I was really interested in looking at how one of those worked. They look fab and I can see how they save so much more time when making a bottle and I also liked how it has a filter to remove any impurities in the water.

Another product I was eager to look at was the Doona. The Doona is the World's first car seat on wheels. With integrated wheels, the car seat transforms into a stroller instantly which I thought would be great for the school run when you need something that is quick and easy to use. 





I never used a baby carrier with Oscar, I never really felt the need to use one. Although this time around, having a child already this is something I will definatly be getting. I want to get one to use for the school run when I have all of Oscar's bags to carry and I can see how it will make life so much easier when rushing about after Oscar as well. The one that I loved the most at the baby show was the Stokke MyCarrier. It can be used from birth up to three years, so will last a long time and can be worn three ways. In two front positions and one on your back. As well as being a multi carrier that will last for three years it looks stylish too and comes in some gorgeous colours. My favourite is the cream.



Oscar and I had some lovely photos taken on the Bumpkins stand where they had lot's of great offers on different family photo sessions. I was really pleased we had them taken as they are beautiful!


Another favourite of mine was Cheeky Wipes. Cheeky wipes are reusable wipes that are not only great for your babies skin but are great for your pocket too. They can save you at least £250 against disposable baby wipes. They also smell amazing too!

Oscar's favourite parts of the show was getting his Dinosaur walking balloon from Balloon Besties and trying out the new Quinny Longboard stroller. If he had his way this would be the pushchair we would buy for the baby. You can see the Quinny Longboard stroller in action for yourself next Saturday 1st November 2014 from 10am to 1pm on Clapham Common for the test day. I also loved the look of the Quinny Moodd in the eye catching black and white combo, easy to use and looks great!



We had great fun on the Trunki stand where they had launched two new fabulous products; the new design your own Trunki and the ToddlePak. The ToddlePak is a stylish set of reins with a quick one click clip to secure your little ones quickly. We had fun designing our own Trunki and you can change the colour of all the different parts to make your Trunki completely unique to your child. Plus you can order gift cards to give someone a fab and unique present.


I took my friend Becca to the show with me as she is pregnant too and she brought her car seat from Joie which I was completely amazed at. It lasts from birth up until seven years old and she only paid £99 for it from Kiddisave. The quality of the car seat is amazing and I just can't get over how brilliantly priced it is and how you only need one car seat for seven years. She got herself a real bargain.


Cosatto have so many gorgeous pushchairs in lovely pastel colours to really funky patterns. The Ooba is really lovely and I saw quite a few people at the show with them. They look great and come in three different colours to suit the sex of your baby or the neutral marzipan colour. It is a 3-in-1 travel system that you can use in conjunction with the car seat and comes with a whooping four year guarantee. They have a light aluminium frame which make it is easy to use and I managed to push it around one handed securely and comfortably.


These are just some of the products that I loved at the Baby Show. The next show is on the 20th-22nd February 2015 at the Excel in London and you can already book your tickets now. 




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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Our Morning At The Preview Of Stokke's Latest Collection 2014

Yesterday Oscar and I went to the baby show. We were kindly sent tickets by the Baby show to attend and were really excited to meet the lovely people at Stokke in the morning to see a preview of their latest collection. I was eager to see their pushchairs as I am still undecided on which one to get for the new baby. We were shown upstairs into a private room where we were greeted by big beautiful balloons which their eye catching new logo on them and Oscar's eyes lit up when he saw the cakes! He perched himself on one of the Tripp Trapp high chairs which now comes in a gorgeous storm grey colour and drank his juice and ate a few of the cakes. We have a Tripp Trapp at home and absolutely love it! You are truly buying a product at a great price that will last for years. My Dad even sat on it when we didn't have enough chairs at Christmas lunch last year! Oscar then had great fun playing with the other children there.



When we walked into the room I was instantly drawn to the Stokke Xplory in the True Black design. It is absolutely gorgeous, well made and easy to manoeuvre. So far this is definitely my favourite pushchair both for design and quality! I also like that you can purchase different style kits and can totally change the look of the Xplory. The winter kit is gorgeous with the furry hand muffs and fur trim. Oscar loved this one too pushing it around the room. 




I also had a look at the Stokke Trailz and what I loved most about this pushchair was the huge carry cot that had loads of padding to make it as protective as possible. It reminds me of an old fashioned pram with the large, spacious carry cot unit as some pushchairs on the market today come with really small carry cot units and I have found that really unappealing. You can instantly see from looking at the chassis it is really strong and robust and I was really impressed with how spacious the waterproof shopping basket is underneath, something I have to take it consideration more now with all of Oscar's school bags. Having the large air filled wheels make it the perfect pushchair for all seasons on any terrain which is makes it perfect for those muddy walks in the park in the Winter! Both the Stokke Xplory and Trailz have forward and rear facing seats and again this is really important to me when looking at pushchairs as I want to be able to see my baby and interact with them when we are out and about on our own and be able to switch it to forward facing when Oscar is with us so the baby can see what he is doing.




The last pushchair I looked at was the Stokke Scoot which is more of a smart urban stroller. The Scoot is much smaller and lighter than the other two pushchairs. It again has a forward or rear facing seat with three different seat positions and foam filled rubber tyres to make it easy to use when out and about. It is really easy to use and is the perfect stroller to use in the city on urban travels. 



The day before the baby show we Oscar and I built our Stokke Sleepi Mini and I was so surprised how quickly it went together, using only an alan key. It is defiantly true that Stokke is a brand where you can buy something that will last such a long time and the products grow with your child. Their products are so well made that you can keep to them use for your next baby too, as I am finding out now.




A big thank you to the lovely ladies at Stokke and Azaria PR for a lovely morning and my beautiful nursing bag which I will be using as my hospital bag for baby! 

And if you are visiting the baby show today or tomorrow be sure to check out the Stokke stand and have a picture taken on the giant Tripp Trapp!





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Kid's Imaginations Revealed By Philips Imaginative Lighting

Oscar has never been a great sleeper and people have always suggested to us that his cuddly toys in the dark might scare him or dreaming of characters he has watched in films like Monster's Inc might scare him and wake him up and I have always brushed those sorts of comments off. Interestingly Philips have researched what the Monster's from kids imaginations really look like. It is a very interesting read!




They also looked into how your child's bedroom can play an important role in your child's development and creativity. I have always tried to show Oscar how his bedroom is a warm and safe place to be and would never send him to his room as punishment as I think it sends children mixed messages. Here is what Philips found out:

A kid's bedroom is decorated more than any other room in  the home
(Study of 6000 mums & dads across six countries reveals:)
 
·         Most important thing is ‘magical element’ in room say more than a fifth
·         58% redecorate kid’s room more than any other in house
·         Over a fifth say kids want own room above gadgets or games
·         1 in 5 say lighting has positive impact on quality of child’s room
·         87% of children use bedroom for work and learning
 
 
Creative Bedroom Deco Top Tips:

Blast away the fear factor for Halloween using light (via lighting designer Tim Meaker):

·         Innovate light use: Add light in places such as under the bed, corners             or even in the closet (e.g. Philips Disney LivingColors)
·         Change the vibe: Make potentially scary places warm and inviting by               adding softly diffused light (e.g. from a Candle Light)
·         Story Time: Bring stories to life (e.g. using StoryLight) to make their               bedroom feel more like a scene from their favourite Disney movie
·         Space Invader: Create more spaces where kids can play and discover             magical spaces. A simple den made of sheets and pegs can create this!

Oscar has been sleeping much better recently thanks to his Philips Disney Sully night light. It is amazing how something so small can make such a big difference to a child to reassure them at night time! I hope you have found this information as useful as I have.



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