Review. Please By Patricia Hegarty

We were recently sent a selection of books from Little Tiger Press this one, Please by Patricia Hegarty, is from the My Little World series.


#ToddlerApprovedTuesday Week 23

Another week, another Tuesday and another Toddler Approved Tuesday at that! Every week I write week .... I get excited that me and Leandra have got such a successful link up! We regularly get 20+ of you link up which is so exciting, lets make it to the next milestone of 30+ linkers...invite your friends and let them know about Toddler Approved Tuesday! 

Pretty Please, it would mean a lot to me and Leandra!


My favourites from last week came from Kizzy and Izzy...despite my EEEEEKKKK phobia of cotton wool, Izzy's Easter bonnet is THE best I have ever seen...ever!!

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Photo courtesy of Kizzy and Izzy (link above)

It was really hard to choose my 2nd choice as I loved My Bored Toddler's Easter Craft roundup and I thought the rock monsters over at Monkey and Mouse are just great!

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Oh and I know I shouldn't really mention another BUT did you pop over and see Leandra's little vlog star Thomas? If you didn't, then go...go...go! Its just toooo cute!!

Now on with the show...

We would absolutely love it if you would join us, linking will open every Tuesday through to Thursdays and give us a good few days to see what your little ones have approved! We will share your posts on Twitter (make sure you follow me (@3princess_1dude and Leandra @larabeeuk) and every week we will each pick our fave two for a #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Showcase!

Rules:

1. Link as many posts as you like (well with in reason!) BUT  please remember to paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up 

2. Pop by and comment on two or three other posts, more would be great if you can!

3. OPTIONAL: Share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday) on your social media, Leandra and I will retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude/@larabeeuk) and also share relevant links on our #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Pinterest board.  Even if you don't have a blog, please do join in by using the hashtag for your toddler approved tweets & Instagram posts, they will still be counted for the showcase!

The Badge: 

Toddler Approved Tuesday

This week I am sharing our Homemade Easter Basket's.


And Leandra is sharing April Fool's Pranks For Kids.


Now its your turn, remember to grab your badge (back up there ^^^^) and link up below! Ohh and remember not to be a linky dumper, pop by and show some linky love to some great bloggers!

   
   

And lastly...


Craft. Easter Baskets.

Did you see my Homemade Easter round up post? One of my suggestions was homemade Easter baskets and this weekend I got Evie and Jenson together and we settled down to a bit of paper mache-ing and made these beauties!


Review. Tomy Disney Princess Cinderella Aquadoodle.

We usually have pens, paper, crayons etc out all the time but lately Elsie ha took a shine to drawing on everything...the cream leather sofa now has doodles all over it (if anyone has any tips on getting biro from leather comment below!) along with the walls and doors *sob*...Anyways I have packed them away until this habit has disappeared (they still come out but when I can sit and watch the monsters with them) so when Tomy asked us if we would like to review the Aquadoodle of course I said YES!


5 Ideas For...A Home-Made Easter.

Easter is just around the corner and well to be honest I haven't bought, or planned ANYTHING. We have walked around the shops and looked at all the Easter goodies a thousand and one times and not bought anything, so I had a thought a couple of nights ago...lets go home-made, it worked at Christmas it can work again! So here are my...

Review. Animals Jigsaw and Sticker Book from Little Tiger Press.

Have you heard of the My Little World series from Little Tiger Press? They are a series of books introducing young children to the world around them and perfect for learning through play (which I love!). One of the latest titles is this jigsaw and sticker book Animals. Illustrated by the fabulous Fhiona Galloway (who is becoming one of my favourite children's illustrators lately, her images are perfect for little ones!) 




Busy Bag #3 Caterpillar and Butterfly Tic-Tac-Toe.

Number 3 in my new busy bag series (check out this post HERE to find out all about busy bags!) is a simple home made activity perfect for restaurants or when you have more than 1 child to keep busy!


Review. Train By Judi Abbot.

As you all know by now we love books, we have books available for the monsters all the time, saying that we also need to watch a certain 1 year old is is obsessed with ripping paper! She will purposely sit on a book and then rips the pages as quickly as she can...because she knows we are a-coming! So although we have paper backs out, its also a good idea to have a few board books too!!


The Week That Was...21st-27th March 2015.

This week has been a real good 'un...home life and blog life have been ace...


What A Woman Blogging About Body Image Taught Me.

Back in January, exactly 8 weeks ago,  I was browsing through some blogs and came across a post entitled 'What A Woman Talking About Chips Taught Me About Body Image' over at Pouting In Heels it stirred something inside of me and prompted me to STOP and think about the lifestyle I was living...


A completely healthy lifestyle in terms of what I was eating but in fact it was starting to destroy my confidence and it was having an adverse effect on Ellie, she wasn't eating, she had become OBSESSED with how she looked, fussed with what she was eating and was actually hardly eating anything at all. There was even one point where she sat on the stairs in tears in tears because a pair of jeans didn't fit her. Now, let me explain said jeans didn't fit her because they were simply too small..an age 8 pair of jeans on an age 10, who wears age 11, body. she had simply outgrown them...but she didn't see this. 

She saw she was ''too fat'' as she stood there trying to pinch some skin from her stomach as she shouted at me telling me it was because she was fat. She wouldn't listen to me when I was trying to explain she had just outgrown them. 


Roll on 8 weeks...not a massive amount of time I know BUT in that time a lot has changed so Kate here is a note to you..

To Kate, 

Thank you Kate, thank you, thank you for saving me from a life of counting 'syns'. From a life of checking calories and fat content. From a life of asking....'Do I look OK?''. From a life of pulling myself down. A life where I kept telling myself I wasn't good enough.

A life where what I looked like, what I weighed and how I felt RULED over everything...

Thank you Kate for saving my daughter from a future that followed the same as mine had done, from saving her from thoughts that could easily have turned into an eating disorder had I continued the path I had chosen.

I know some may read this and think I am being dramatic, which maybe I am. But wouldn't you be if your daughters well being was at risk? 

I now don't care what I eat, and I am definitely no longer shouting about it. I don't count calories, syn's, fat content...anything. If I want it I eat it...I use my common sense to live a healthy lifestyle. I go running once a week, I exercise once a week, I walk EVERY day. 

Last night I had warm fudge cake and ice cream...Wednesday night I had the same and a glass of wine...there was no guilt, no counting took place and I enjoyed the food I was eating, actually tasting it, I enjoyed every sip of wine that I took. 

And Ellie? She is now eating properly. She now rarely complains about what is on her plate, what is in her lunchbox. She hasn't complained about been 'fat' I haven't heard the word ugly come from her mouth. I haven't heard her obsessing over the fact that all of her friends have 'boyfriends' including one 10 year old who apparently has a 14 year old boyfriend....which to be honest I have told Ellie is BS! this 'friend' is trying to make herself look good I am sure of it! I mean what parent would let their 10 year old have  a 14 yer old boyfriend...just who?

So to you Kate, who probably just thought you was writing a post that would get people thinking, not realising it would change a life, maybe 2 life's if you count Ellie too, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, I don't have any words that can tell you just how thankful I am. 

The Demons are gone and its with thanks to you, 

Lots of love, 

Becky X

Beau Twins

Review. Zip It By Patricia Hegarty

We love books, this is a fact! So when ever we get the opportunity to review books we always say yes! So when Little Tiger Press got in touch and asked us to review some books for them of course we said yes!



5 Ideas For...Easter Baking.

I have spent the day searching Pinterest and my fave foodie blogs for some Easter baking inspiration! It's been hard to narrow it down to just 5, but here they are...Oh and be sure to pop back in a few days when hopefully I will have tried some of the recipes out!!

3 Month Check In...Blogging Bucket List and Goals for 2015.

So in January I wrote a list containing 12 goals I hoped to fulfill this year (you can read it HERE!) Anyways I thought I would do a check in and update on how it is going...



#WickedWednesdays

I missed last week sorry, so to make up for it I have an oldie for you...


In this pic Ellie is about Evie's age, maybe a little older, and is from when we lived in Leicestershire. We used to live just around the corner from her Nan and Grandad and she would regularly go to their house for tea and they would bring her back just before bedtime...this one was one summer night when she was just too tired to walk and insisted on her Grandad bringing her back in a box. In a wheel barrow....

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday Week 22

I'M BACK!! So sorry I missed last week's link up, we ended up with no internet (DISASTER!) and o it was near impossible to get a whole post done on my mobile so I made the decision to cancel it but luckily the lovely Leandra was able to host on her own and didn't mind that I wasn't able to...shes a superstar!


I have read everyone's link ups unfortunately I wasn't able to comment as I was on my phone and well been a week behind now in blogging I just dont have the time to go back and comment now so I do apologise!

My 2 faves from last week came from Jenny at Monkey and Mouse this list of 20 Things To Do With Lollipop Sticks is RIGHT up my street!!

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And this Farm Yard Tuff Spot from Clares Little Tots...oh my I have no words! It is ace! And I will definitely be copying in a few weeks when we have been to the farm as a follow up activity!

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Now on with the show...

We would absolutely love it if you would join us, linking will open every Tuesday through to Thursdays and give us a good few days to see what your little ones have approved! We will share your posts on Twitter (make sure you follow me (@3princess_1dude and Leandra @larabeeuk) and every week we will each pick our fave two for a #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Showcase!

Rules:

1. Link as many posts as you like (well with in reason!) BUT  please remember to paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up 

2. Pop by and comment on two or three other posts, more would be great if you can!

3. OPTIONAL: Share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday) on your social media, Becky and I will retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude/@larabeeuk) and also share relevant links on our #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Pinterest board.  Even if you don't have a blog, please do join in by using the hashtag for your toddler approved tweets & Instagram posts, they will still be counted for the showcase!

The Badge: 


ToddlerApprovedTuesday


This week I am sharing our Spring Bucket List, toddler friendly all the way and the monsters even chose some themselves!

Leandra is sharing her Growing Sunflowers post and video.


Now its your turn, remember to grab your badge (back up there ^^^^) and link up below! Ohh and remember not to be a linky dumper and pop by and show some linky love to some great bloggers!

   
   


Review. Fruit Heroes Snack Bars.

We are always on the look out for new snack to try and so when the lovely people at Fruit Heroes asked us to try out their fruit bars we of course said yes!


Fruit Heroes are the number one lunchbox snack in its native Denmark and one of the country’s biggest-selling, with more than 30 million Fruit Heroes fruit bars consumed every year. Sounds a big claim to make and we were busting to see what all the fuss was about!

The Fib's We Tell As Parents!

I recently saw this post in the Independent about Research* shown that the most common fibs we tell are to 'make ourselves look better'...

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At number one it was found that 45% lie about skydiving (I don't know bout you but its not something that ultimately makes me thing better of someone?) in second place (41%) was lieing about having met a celeb...I suppose depending on the celeb this could be cool, I mean if I told you I had met (the gorgeous) Eastender Danny Dyer you would be pretty impressed right? But if I told you I had met I dunno ermm Dean Gaffney (off 90's Eastenders fame) you would be less than impressed!

Anyways it got me thinking about the fibs we tell kids...

Busy Bag #2 Wool and Card Threading.

Remember I said I was going to make LOTS of busy bag this month? Well I have been super busy making lots and lots of busy bags sure to keep any littley busy! 


Spring Time Bucket List 2015

Its the return of our bucket list! Yey! We just (literally as I typed this!) sat as a family and came up with some Spring time activities we can enjoy together this Spring.



Introducing Our 2015 BritMums Live Sponsors. Meet KidRated London.

I have been wanting to attend Brit Mums Live since last years conference when it was all over Twitter (and Instagram) and I was full of jealousy of all the bloggers attending so this year I set about finding a fabulous brand to work with and to sponsor me (the only way my attendance would happen this year I'm afraid!) and I'm pleased to say the one company I really wanted to work with, one who I have worked with a few times since starting my blogging journey, said yes! 


Kidrated

They are KidRated London.

Design and Create Your Own Social Media Buttons For Free!

After searching the internet for how to create your own Social Media buttons I realised...bloggers like to use ALOT of words I don't understand and I end up getting lost and kinda figuring it out myself and so thought I would hare a post but it in simple terms and make it easy to use for us forever amateur bloggers...


Designing and creating your own social media icons is actually pretty simple– If you already have a knowledge of PicMonkey great..if not? No worries it is still simple and I will go through EVERY SINGLE STEP IN DETAIL WITH IMAGES.


What You Need:

  • Set of Silhouette Social Media Icons (DONT LOOK AT ME BLANKLY...I just mean some plain black icons! I will provide the most used Social Media at the bottom of this post or you can wander the web to find your own!!)
  • Access To PicMonkey
  • Access to an Image hosting site (lost you again? I mean like Picasa, Photobucket etc, your images NEED a URL)
  • Access to Image Maps
Access to the above is all free (though I do recommend upgrading in PicMonkey, it isn't necessary for this!)

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday Week 21.

Due to unforeseen circumstances this weeks Toddler Approved Tuesday will be ran solely by Leandra. 

Link up here: http://larabee-uk.blogspot.com/2015/03/toddlerapprovedtuesdayweek-21-17-march.html

Normal service will resume next week I promise!!! :) 

Super sorry and see you all next week. 

5 Ideas For...De-Cluttering The House!

So now we are mid way through March Spring has (finally) sprung so that must mean its time for that big spring clean!  For us this means we get out into the garden and get it all tidied up and ready for warmer weather, it also includes a crazy mass de-clutter of EVERY thing in EVERY room of the house!


Our house is full of ''stuff'' literally its just ''stuff''...from ''stuff'' we received as a gift and ''stuff'' we got given from my Nan with a 'I thought you could use this for something' to ''stuff'' we bought because it was a bargain or was only a quid in Poundland and ''stuff'' that is waiting to go on Ebay/Charity shops etc...You get the idea...so when the Spring time comes around and you realise that actually you are living in something a hoarder (no? just me then yeah?) would be proud of its actually time to do something about it!

  So here are 5 Ideas For...De-Cluttering The House!

The Week That Was...7th-13th March 2015

Guess what? Its been a house of poorlyness again! Starting with Jenson ending with Evie and Elsie getting poorly in between! EURGH!


Happy Birthday 3 Princesses and 1 Dude!!

Happy Birthday To Ussssssss..


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A Home Made Mothers Day with Twinkl

If you have read my past posts you will know I've made no secret that Dean is pretty sh*t at remembering 'Special Days' like Valentines, Mothers Day etc etc...and my usual cards are home made loveliness from Ellie, well just for once I would like something from the other monsters too! So as I was browsing Twinkl I came across a whole set of Mother's Day printable's and simple craft ideas perfect for a homemade Mothers Day and great for the monsters to sit and do with Daddy or even do by themselves whilst I am busy doing jobs!


With something for all of the monsters to make and do, colouring sheets...crafts...cards...and printables to encourage creative writing I'm sure that this Mothers Day will be the bestest homemade Mothers Day EVER!!!


What We Did In London!

When KidRated heard me and Ellie were headed to London for the weekend back in February, they did everything they could to help us out! From sending us a London Pass to offering some words of advice when I got myself in a panic over travelling on the underground!

Kidrated

KidRated is a review site mainly for kids to review attraction in and around London (and also some other UK attractions) there are also a few reviews and videos for other stuff to! Like our Homemade Lemonade video, and their are a few more recipes and book and film reviews too! 

So as we go through this list of things we did you will see some of them have a pic of Ellie with her fingers up...this is Ellie's K-Rating!

Busy Bag #1 Stencils and Felt Tip Pens

Each week I'm going to share a Busy Bag we have made up. This weeks is a real simple bag and cost a pittance to make!



#WickedWednesdays #31

This week I was stuck for something to share *that isn't to say we have been the perfect family...of course we haven't, I just haven't had my camera handy!* that was until I was editing a video we recorded at the weekend...


Inspired by Wicked Wednesdays very own Em (AKA Brummy Mummy Of 2!) we decided to do a baking vlog...which actually all went greatish...apart from the end where all the kids got bored of waiting a whole 5 minutes for cakes to bake and pis**d off to play in the garden and left me to it that is! 

Any way back to the point...

So as I was editing I came across 2 things....

#ToddlerApprovedTuesday Week 20

Thanks all for a great link up last week!


Straight on with my 2 faves from last week's linky...I loved (and I mean BIG LOVE!!) The Giddy Bowl over at Lamb and Bear...I mean its UPSIDE DOWN FOR GODS SAKE'S....AND THEIRS NO SPILLS!

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Image courtesy of Lamb and Bear (link above)

I'm also a major pram lover and I was actually thinking of getting Elsie a new pram for the Summer (I just have to persuade Dean!!) and the Cossato Yo All Star that the Giggles Family reviewed is giving me stars in my eyes (literally!)....its lush!!  

Image courtesy of The Giggles Family Blog (link above)


Now on with the show...

We would absolutely love it if you would join us, linking will open every Tuesday through to Thursdays and give us a good few days to see what your little ones have approved! We will share your posts on Twitter (make sure you follow me (@3princess_1dude and Leandra @larabeeuk) and every week we will each pick our fave two for a #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Showcase!

Rules:

1. Link as many posts as you like (well with in reason!) BUT  please remember to paste the #ToddlerApprovedTuesday badge on each post you would like to link up 

2. Pop by and comment on two or three other posts, more would be great if you can!

3. OPTIONAL: Share your post and the linky party (using the hashtag #ToddlerApprovedTuesday) on your social media, Becky and I will retweet all your posts via Twitter (make sure you mention us in your tweets @3princess_1dude/@larabeeuk) and also share relevant links on our #ToddlerApprovedTuesday Pinterest board.  Even if you don't have a blog, please do join in by using the hashtag for your toddler approved tweets & Instagram posts, they will still be counted for the showcase!

The Badge: 

toddler approved tuesday


This week I am sharing my 5 Ideas For...Busy Bags and Boxes post...


And Leandra is linking Salad Spinner Art.



Remember to grab your badge (back up there ^^^^)  and then link up below, remember to pop by another couple of links and show some love!! 



http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=504096" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up




5 Ideas For...Busy Bags and Boxes.

So this months Parent Idea Swap, that myself and Leandra co-host, is all about Buy Bags and well been the totally unprofessional blogger that I am...I haven't actually made any posts about any busy bags we have had, so in the name of the game this month I am taking a look around the web and giving you a round up instead to inspire and then I will try my dammed hardest to be a better blogger and blog some that we make!!



#ParentIdeaSwap Link Up and Competition. #2

A little bit later this month as last Monday was Leandra's Birthday, this month is all about Busy Bags.




Review. Stur Water Enhancer.

For a while now I have been thinking about how much juice the monsters have been drinking and I'd really like them, to be drinking more water! So when we were asked to review Stur Water Enhancer I was hoping this would be the answer to my questions...

The Week That Was...28th February - 6th March 2015

Is it just me? Or do these weeks seem to be flying by? It seems at the minute that as soon as the week starts it has already ended and to be honest I feel like I am getting NOTHING done! Days just seem to filled with nursery runs, school runs a tantruming tween and 'I'm bored' toddlers! 


Bags, Bags, Bags With Flutterbees.

When the lovely people at Flutterbees, a locally owned online Gift company with LOTS AND LOTS of bags for kids, got in touch and asked us to work with them we jumped at the chance...I mean who doesn't love a cute bag!



The monsters had a ball browsing the website, with lunchboxes, backpack, vanity cosmetic bags and more to browse they had quite the choice to choose from! 

Help to Find The Perfect Mother's Day Gift.

This week I will mostly be hinting and leaving laptops open on webpages hinting at Mothers Day in the hope that Dean will see, and remember that in just a few days it is indeed Mothers Day! My latest hinting tool is this Quiz from the peeps over at My Voucher Codes.


Here's a quick video of Jenson taking the quiz...



Now even though he didn't quite answer all the questions right....action films and takeaways? Who meeeeee!!! The quiz decided that I am a Modern Mum, Jenson then decided from the 4 gift choices he would choose me a Spa Day!



Ohhh yes a Spa Day would be LUSH!!! HINT HINT Dean!!!!!!

Take the quiz yourself here!

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