Bing Magazine Review

I have mentioned (OK moaned) before about how I begrudge spending a small fortune on magazine's and comics for the monsters so when we do buy them I like to know that we are getting our money's worth. I like them to be fun, educational, engaging, playful, easy for little ones to understand without the need for me to be hanging around and most of all, lets be honest its what we all look for, a not so rubbish free gift on the front, you know if it lasts longer than a weekend that would be a big deal!  So when we got sent the brand new Bing magazine I was keen to see how it held up to my mass list of criteria!


Coffee Table Car Mat

Just picture the scene....its the first week of the summer holidays and it's raining outside, it looks like the youngest monster has chicken pox so you can't go out anywhere. You are stuck inside with 3 bored and irritable monsters and your about to lose your mind! You need something quick, simple and that is going to keep little people busy. That was the situation when I made this simple car mat for the coffee table.


The best thing about this is that you can make it as simple or as elaborate as your artistic skills allow (as you can see mine are somewhat limited!) and all you really need is an old roll of wallpaper, a pen and some toy cars. 

I simply rolled out the paper and used blue tac to stick it down to the sides of the coffee table. Then to make sure I had a good sized (and even) road I used more blue tac to stick 2 pencils to the each side of a larger car and traced my road before going over it with a marker pen. As I did this the monsters gathered up cars and small world people and discussed what their 'town' would have...

It was going to have everything you could expect from a town, a police station, a post office, families with prams, horses in fields, a train station and even road works!

Together we set up the town and eventually it was ready...complete with dinosaur crossing! 

At one point they used books to build houses, wooden blocks to build bridges. This kept the monster busy for so much longer than I thought it would! There was little arguing and some great imaginative play went on, what more could I ask for on a rainy chicken pox fuelled kinda day!

 






Moshi Monster Number Sentences. Maths Fun For Kids

The monsters love their collection of Moshi Monsters, and after recently sharing a photo on Instagram we got asked what we do with them. So I thought I would share some simple play ideas that get the kids learning as well as playing. This number sentence activity was something Jenson came up with by himself, although we have done similar in the past.


What you need:
Paper
Pen
Moshi Monsters 

Jenson collected some paper, then found a little tray and put some of his Moshi Monsters on it and filled his empty cup with a selection of pens (not sure why!) 

Then he asked me to write him some number sentences and he set about working out the answers using the Moshi Monsters to help him.

He went through so many pieces of paper as this kept him busy for about an hour, longer than his toy cars had, longer than he played out on his scooter, longer than he had spent playing on his Ipad. 




Money Recognition Busy Bag

All of my monsters are OBSESSED with pennies! If you leave coins laying around and then can't find them the chances are you will find them in a play purse or bag in the toy box! Jenson has also been learning about coins at school so is obsessed with asking us 'what's this?' 'what money is this?' 'how much is this coin?'...you get the idea! Anyhow to enhance their learning I came up with this simple busy box.

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To make your own money recognition busy box you will need:

Coins (plastic or real)
Wallet/Purse
Sticky tape (or a laminator)

Box or bag to keep it all stored together

Start by laminating or sticky taping the tissues so they can't be ripped, I also sorted through the snap game to find all cards with just one or two of the same coin on.

Together we talked about the coins and matched them up to the cards. The monsters loved filling up the purses with the notes and coins, and would you believe by the end of the week we had double the amount of coins we started with!







Review. INNOVO Pelvic Floor Treatment

If you are reading this, my Mummy blog, I am presuming you have kids, so you will know how much your pelvic floor exercises after birth are drummed into you via your midwife, health visitors and anyone who you come into contact with during those 1st few weeks. Well, when I first had Ellie I kind of ignored all that helpful advice, adamant that it would do it all itself...how very wrong I was! And 4 kids later my pelvic floor was a shadow of its former self!

Jumping on the trampoline? Out of the question!

Watching my favourite comedy film and laughing from start to finish? Better muffle those laughs! 

Got to sneeze or cough? Best run to the loo before even contemplating letting it out!

I finally realised something needed to be done when one evening I decided to hide behind the sofa and 'scare' the kids with a dinosaur roar and a chase around the living room. Except they took a while to come downstairs and I was starting to need the loo! Did I get up from my hiding place and go straight to the toilet? Did I heck! I thought I could hold it for 5 minutes, so less than 2 minutes later when they started down the stair's I prepared myself to scare! The time came to 'roar;' at them and as I did, it happened. I wet myself. Me, a 32 year old Mum, wet my pants! I hadn't even needed the toilet for 2 minutes, that is when I knew it was time to do something about it.

Now, it has always been a joke between me and Dean that I 'wee myself a bit', but going to the doctor about it kind of doesn't come easy, it's embarrassing and let's face it a bit of a taboo subject. Which is why when a couple of weeks later an email dropped in my inbox to review the INNOVO Non-Invasive Urinary Incontinence Treatment, I still hadn't made a doctors appointment so I decided to reply to the email and as luck would have it I was chosen as one of the reviewers.


So, what is INNOVO and how does it work?

 


INNOVO, is a non-invasive way to restore your pelvic floor, treating the primary cause of urinary leaks rather than just masking the symptoms. Using a hand held controller that is attached to a two part garment, Innovotherapy sends targeted impulses via a set of conductive pads (attached to your upper thigh and buttocks) to safely and effectively activate all the muscles of the pelvic floor or to calm your bladder. It is a proven technology which has been designed to optimally strengthen your pelvic floor with 180 perfect contractions per session, allowing the device to do your pelvic floor exercises for you.

Innovotherapy, already used by thousands of women, and 93% of users found a significant improvement after 4 weeks, 86% of users were defined as dry or near dry after 12 weeks and a massive 90% of users would recommend the therapy to others. With these success rates in mind you can see it it was definitely worth a try.

INNOVO recommend you use the equipment for 5 days a week over 12 weeks, slowly increasing intensity as you feel necessary. The optimum intensity to reach is between 70-75 (or higher if you feel you need to).

I personally started at 25 but after about a week and a half I had got up to 50. INNOVO say that the intense feeling shouldn't ever hurt and if it does you should go back down a little and try again after a few days. after around 4 weeks I had reached 65 and I stuck with around 70-80 for the rest of the 12 week treatment time and it was never painful, you could just feel the contractions. After the 12 week period is up INNOVO recommend you continue to use the treatment once or twice a week to keep your pelvic floor strong.

Is it worth the price tag?

OK, so I'm not going to lie the price tag of £249 is a pretty hefty one, but let me tell you it is worth every single penny! 12 weeks ago I was hiding my laughs, crossing my legs when I sneezed (damn hayfever!), and watching my kids play at our weekly bouncy castle stay and play from the sidelines. This summer though? I'm the Mum bouncing with the kids, I'm going to sneeze without the fear of leaking, I'm not going to have chase my kids through the front door for the toilet anymore, and me and Dean have booked to go and see one of our favourite comedians, something we have wanted to do for ages! And we have even ordered a trampoline for the garden!

INNOVO is priced at £249, payable in one go or via 5 installments of £41.50, find out more about INNOVO here: www.restorethefloor.com.

I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity.

A-Z Cooking With Kids (Summer 2016 Edition) Blog Hop and Link Up

One thing my little monsters love is a good old cooking session! They love getting in the kitchen for some baking fun, lots of our inspiration comes from the fab kids blogs that are out there so I thought what better time to host a blog hop, hopping through an A-Z of great kids recipes to try out this summer.

So why cook with kids? Well first and foremost because it's fun! What bigger reason could you need! On a serious note though cooking with kids combines science, speech, counting, weighing, ordering, measuring, problem-solving, concentration, sharing, taking turns, fine motor skills, and so much more!

Bear in mind that the sooner a child learns how to cook the sooner they will have gained a really important life skill.  And picture that proud as a peacock expression as they offer around the fruits of their labour? Classic! What a way to boost self-confidence!

If you are a blogger and would like to join in the cooking with kids fun, add your links to the linky at the bottom of this post, and be sure to pop by and check out some of the awesome recipes and blogs listed below. Now let's get on with the show...

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We would love to see your favourite cooking with kids recipes, why not join the linky below? Be sure to add the badge so people can check out the rest of the linky too.


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Weetabix Chocolate Brownies | Cooking With Kids

The mini monsters have currently gone crazy for baking! We have literally baked every day for the last week and a half, I have been had this recipe sat in my drafts for ages as we just hadn't gotten around to making it, but with my A-Z Cooking With Kids Blog Hop this week I thought this would be perfect  for Elsie to help me make whilst the monsters were at school/poorly on the sofa! And who knew you could use Weetabix in a cake! They went crazy for these Weetabix Chocolate Brownies an they were demolished and an empty plate with in just a few hours!


What you need:

2 Weetabix Chocolate 
100g sugar
100g self-raising flour
2tbsp cocoa powder
100g chocolate drops
100g butter (melted)
1 egg (beaten)







Before you go why not head over and check out the A-Z Cooking With Kids for lots more ideas to get you and the kids in the kitchen this summer. And be sure to let me know in the comments below what your favourite recipe is too make with the kids.

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