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Weekend Box: Do we have time?

According to a third of UK parents they have just one hour available each day to spend with their child.

A survey commissioned by children’s activity provider Weekend Box Club, revealed that 90% of parents long to spend more time with their children. Modern living and pressures dictate that finding quality time to spend together is proving difficult.

They asked their subscribers to complete the questionnaire to get a picture of how parents juggle the balance of quality time with their family and modern day living.

The survey of more than 1,200 parents revealed that:

  • 98% of parents enjoy quality time with their children
  • 98% of parents see the benefits of spending time together
  • 98% of parents say enjoying activities together brings them closer
  • 95% of children love trying new things with their parents
  • 65% of parents struggle to come up with ideas of things to do

    Fun is the top thing UK parents look for in activities and every day, parents are faced with the task of finding fun, stimulating and educational activities for their little ones after school and at the weekend.

    Newcastle-based Weekend Box Club creates and sends out activity packs to subscribers each month, filled with two or four activities to enjoy together.

    Make, bake, create and explore are all covered by the boxes, which aim to ensure time spent by parents with children aged 3-8 is quality. The boxes can be used at home, away, in the car or with friends.

 

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We are currently bloggers for Weekend Box after using them on and off for quite a while, I like to think of myself of being very crafty and home educating means that over time you start to see the educational value in all things but my girls love them and really enjoy waiting for the next one to drop through the letter box.

The boxes come complete with activities and easy ‘how to’ sheets, for the parents and children to follow together. So easy to follow in fact the girls will often just make something from the box without even telling me!

They are also created with education in mind, with each activity supporting early years learning and development. This pleases me as i can tie it in to other work we are doing.

You can subscribe for regular boxes (which fit through the letter box) or buy gift boxes to be posted to a little one, addressed to them.

Child psychologist Dr Elizabeth Kilbey, seen recently on Channel 4’s ‘Secret Lives of Four Year Olds’, said: “Weekend Boxes are so much more than an activity pack. They are a genuinely great way to spend time with your children and support their development.”

The activity boxes aim to provide easy resources for the 65% of parents who struggle to find original things to do.

And for the 71% of parents who would pay to have resources sent to their door, the Weekend Box Club solves the problem of what to do with their children when they have time available.

Most parents said they had 10-20 hours available for spending quality time with their children each week, but most of these wished they had more time.

More than half said they often ran out of time to actually enjoy an activity after having to plan it.
And 89% said if they had access to resources, they would spend more quality time with their children.

Andy Stephenson who founded the company in 2013, said: “The survey has shown that parents really do want to spend time with their children but just need a helping hand in finding things to do.

“They want something to hand, something ready and something fun, low cost and stimulating which promotes their child’s development – all of which Weekend Box Club answers for them.

“Children need time and attention and the benefits to both parents and their children when they can spend time together is priceless.”

 

So what do you think? Will you be trying a weekend box? At just £4.95 for a the mini box and £7.50 for the bumper box and now you can try your 1st Weekend Box for free – use the promo code LIZ145 when signing up at https://www.weekendboxclub.com what are you waiting for?

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Competition time with the Weekend Box #scribble4stardom

Kids, it’s competition time! It’s your chance to get your drawing on the front of an upcoming Weekend Box and win an amazing creative, drawing book bundle worth £49.95 courtesy of b small publishing.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to draw your interpretation of your ‘Perfect Weekend’. Where would you be? Who would you be with? What would you be doing?

Listen up parents, here’s the small print. Send a scanned copy/picture (A4) of the drawing to jack@weekendboxclub.com with your name, your child’s name and age. Entry is open to both club members and non club members. Entry closes on the 22nd of July, where a shortlist will be announced on Facebook and a winner will be voted for by you, the Weekend Box Club! Best of luck!

More info at https://www.facebook.com/weekendboxclub

WauWaa Super Saturday

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School for Good and Evil – Review

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My daughter was very excited when the School for good and Evil landed on our door mat for her to read. She’s 10 and has been reading at almost an adult level for a few years now and will happily read 2 to 3 books per day given the chance!

She loves the whole fantasy/supernatural genre and really levitates to books like Harry Potter and How to train your Dragon so I was really hoping this was going to be a big hit for her.

She quickly got stuck in but found the text to be quite small which made the big book quite daunting for her as she is short sighted and has to wear glasses. I urged her to keep at it but she really did seem to struggle at times with it as she found the narrative to be quite lacking and maybe a little stereotypical, good is beautiful and evil is ugly.

She really relates to strong female characters and wants them to be the hero, stay true to themselves and put their morals before anything else. The whole Grimm’s style fairy tale was a strong lure with this book, she loved the more darker take on the whole pansy Disney Princess narrative but felt that the characters where a little cliched at times and would of benefitted more if they had stayed true to their nature instead of “fitting in with the crowd”.

The plot twists where what saw her through to the end as they always kept her guessing and it really did deliver some strong life lessons for the reading age of 9-14. That good isn’t always beautiful and popular and that evil isn’t always dark and ugly, basically don’t judge that book by it’s cover. It’s a very important lesson for children of this age to understand and this really made the book for her.

All in all she felt it was a good book, maybe not the next big thing since Harry Potter but a good all round read with plot twists, best friends pushed to breaking point and important life lessons we could all learn something from. She just wishes that the text was slightly bigger making the read a little easier.

You can find the trailer here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p-u0I9koYg

School for Good and Evil is available at amazon along with the follow up, School for Good and Evil: A World Without Princess .

If you would like to win a copy of the book yourself, simply leave a comment below. Winner will be chosen at random one week from today, 26th June.

 

Foodie Friday – Cupackes

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Everyone loves a cupcake, they are usually the cake of choice for young and old and they are a welcome distraction in our home. The kids just love mixing and watching their hard work to come to life and the decorating, however rubbish I am at it always cheers us up!

Here’s my easy peasy cupcake recipe,

100g caster sugar

100g self raising flour

100g butter or margarine

1 large egg or 1 small egg and a dash of milk.

Bake for approx 20mins at 180

Simply throw it all into a mixing bowl and mix until all ingredients are combined. Add any extras you want i.e.: chic chips, fresh fruit, glacier cherries etc, fold in and divide between cupcake cases.

Bake for approx 20 mins at 180 then decorate as you see fit. We often leave them as is. If you want chocolate ones substitute half of the flour for cocoa powder.

It really is as simple as that! Now go forth and bake ALL OF THE CAKES!

Chocolate free Easter for the littlies

Not all little people are old enough or enjoy chocolate so family and friends are often stumped at Easter about what to give instead.

Here is my round up on the web’s best chocolate free gifts to give this easter to make any child happy, regardless of age.

CuteHeads is a line of adorable, comfy clothing that both parents and children will love. It can sometimes be a challenge, getting your little one dressed in the morning. We aim to make it as simple as possible by giving your child options he or she can easily ask for. When you hear your little one say, ‘Mom, I want to wear the lion today,’ then we know we’ve done our job. We aim to help you give your child the independence to dress him or herself while looking as cute as can be.

Here is my top 2 gifts from Cuteheads,

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Gorgeous organic cotton dog paw top knot head band, $12

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Gorgeous rabbit print organic nappy covers, $20

Born on Bowery, Inc. was established in 2013 with a simple mission of handcrafting beautiful clothing and accessories for children. We debuted with a collection for girls, ages 2 – 6, and plan to offer infant apparel in the near future.
Each piece is handmade in New York City, with special attention paid to garment construction. We employ couture finishes, where possible, to ensure the highest quality and longevity, since we hope each piece will be worn many times, shared with siblings, and become a treasured part in your child’s wardrobe.
Beautiful fabrics, prints and trims inspire us, and we do our best to make each collection special. We produce garments in limited editions, so you are guaranteed to always find new and fresh designs. Many pieces we make are one-of-a-kind, because we like the idea that your child, and your child alone, will be wearing it.
Here is my top 2 from this gorgeous little boutique,
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These gorgeous little jewelled barrettes are adorable, $12
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I love their little skirts with their funky fabrics and pom pom trim, $86
For beautiful British made clothing and accessories check out Millimanu , all of the garments in this season’s collection are designed and made here in the UK using only the finest natural fabrics. It also allows us to use the skills of talented craftsman and specialist manufacturers here in the UK, while reducing the environmental footprint of each product. With this in mind, we try to source responsibly and are working hard towards ensuring all of the materials we use are produced, fairly, ethically, sustainably and close to home so they positively benefit local economies as well as the environment.
My top 2 are just to die for!
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These beautiful customised friendship bracelets, £29
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The gorgeous Buster Bunny, £19 with proceeds going to children’s charity Kids Company to support vulnerable and hungry children in Britain.
The home of beautiful British gifts, Two Ducks.Many of the gifts we offer are not widely found on the high street and are lovingly handmade by talented artisans working from small studios and workshops.

All our products offer the same high quality and exceptional design that demonstrate the huge range of creative talent that exists in this country.

We believe that a good gift should say something about the giver as well as the receiver and that your home, family and friends deserve nothing less than the best of British.

Here is my top 2 gifts,

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This gorgeous handmade oak pull along duck, £18
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I love these adorable little egg cups made from sustainable solid oak, £12.50
I hope you love my Easter egg free round up. Which will you choose for the little people in your life this Easter?

 

WauWaa and Frugi – Review

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If you have never heard of Frugi, you can find out about their amazing organic children’s clothing here . And if like me, you have and know how simply amazing they are then you can check out there range now available at WauWaa .

When I was asked to road test an item from Frugi’s new range I almost squealed with excitement! I didn’t  for fear of the pooch going postal and licking me half to death but I could barely contain said excitement. Ive had a few Frugi pieces for the girls over the years but only ever bought them second hand so this was a real treat!

I choose the super stylish Camper Van Dress and I can hear you all now screaming, “Why isn’t this in my size?!” Well sadly it isn’t… YET! But you can still ogle that little lady of yours in this stylish number and barely feel duped.

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My little lady simply could not wait to get it on ( as you can see from the chocolate stained face and bruised shins!) and has had to be prised out of it every time it requires washing. Who can blame her tho when its a beautiful fit, looks amazing and feels divine on the skin!

I simply adore the packaging it comes in, makes the whole experience that little bit more magical, who doesn’t love cute packaging! And the label is gorgeous, a work of art if you ask me. I simply adore brands that take that little bit of thought on their packaging for children’s clothes, it makes everyone feel spoilt.

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We have had this dress for almost a week now and its been worn almost every day and washed and dried on the radiator. It hasn’t lost its shape and neither has any of the colours bled, it hasn’t shrunk and with each wash it still looks as glorious as the day we received it.

I genuinely don’t have one bad thing to say about the cute little camper van dress or Frugi. For the £27 this dress retails at if I had gone out and bought it I would still be over the moon. It’s very rare to buy something this soft  that will continue to hold its shape after the abuse the 4 year old puts it through along with the continuous washing and drying in doors.

And for the boys, check out this bad boy . This has to be the greatest tshirt I have EVER seen!

Check Frugi out now, available at WauWaa as a permanent brand. Which will you choose?

*The Camper Van dress was sent to me free of charge, all opinions are my own*

Olly The Little White Van – Review

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*Please note this post was written jointly by my 3 daughters, 4, 7 and 9*

Olly The Little White Van is a show about cars and Olly is helping them out in tricky situations etc. I like this type of programme because I like a happy ending and when everyone is nice to each other.

Scraed of Heights Episode: Recommended for ages 2-5 in my opinion.

It is full of fun for kids and there are loads of great songs, Justin Fletcher from Something Special does a voice over and I really like that as I think he’s really funny. I think it is also educational and it perfect for kids that love cars.

It gets 5 out of 5 from us!

Thanks for that girls!

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If like me you know little about Olly you can find all about him here

The website is crammed full of educational and fun stuff from colouring in to games and we had loads of fun playing together.

We look forward to watching some more Olly the Little White Van!

*We received the DVD free of charge, all opinions are our own*

WetPets Review

First off I’ll let you know a little about the brand in question, WetPets.

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This range of gorgeous swimwear and matching armband covers are made from only the highest quality fabric and designed to endure the effects of water, sun, salt and chlorine meaning your little one can enjoy their stylish ensemble over and over again!

However WetPets covers were not purely designed for aesthetic purposes. By using WetPets your little one will find their armbands far more comfortable, covering those itchy seams that often cause irritation to delicate skin. Ensuring your little swimmer is distinguishable in a large crowded pool, the covers also mean you are able to keep an eye on their safety at all times! Not only are WetPets fun to wear, they are also extremely practical, designed to keep your little ones safe whilst they’re having fun in and around the water. And there are sets for both boys and girls.

You can find them here until the 24th Feb http://www.wauwaa.com/shop/wetpets

When I was given the opportunity to road test one of these gorgeous sets I was overjoyed. I had checked them out on the Wauwaa website and couldn’t believe how stunning they where, I have never seen swim sets like them and over the years we have been through many. Having 3 daughters of varying ages we have tried literally everything from one piece’s to tankinis.

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When the set arrived I was really surprised by the feel of the materials used, often swimsuits  have rough edges and sharp stitching and never look comfortable to wear, however the WetPets is beautifully soft inside and out. There is plenty of give but with enough support around the chest to stop movement when in the water. The armband covers are a beautiful addition to the set, not just because they are pretty but with safety in mind you know you will never loose sight of your little one in the pool.

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My daughter is tall but very slim and the fit was delightful on her. She was comfortable and looked so beautiful prancing around in her new swimsuit, she’s eager to get in the water now where before she was still a little unsure. Goes to show pretty things can often change a girls outlook on things.

There is a massive range of styles on the WauWaa website for you to drool over, sizes run from newborn to 7 years and prices start from just £15. Which set would you choose?

L xx

*The WetPet swimsuit and armband covers where sent to me free of charge, all opinions are my own*