Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Safer Internet Day 2016

Today is Safer Internet Day 2016 
What is Safer Internet Day?
Safer internet day, now in its sixth year, is coordinated by the UK Safer Internet Centre. The day sees hundreds of organisations involved in promoting safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.
Tips for parents on internet safety from The Department for Education and UK Safer Internet Centre
  • Have an open and honest dialogue with children about staying safe online
  • Encourage them to tell you which sites they might be using and talk to about anything they see online
  • Set boundaries and make an agreement on what they can and cannot do online. If the agreement is broken, restrict internet access for an agreed period of time
  • Read up on information available through schools and official sites, such as ParentInfo, to make sure you are aware of issues and armed with information
  • Arm your children with advice:
·         Be careful what you say online. Respect others and do not retaliate or reply to offending e-mails, text messages or online conversations – leave the conversation
·         Be careful what pictures or videos you upload. Once a picture is shared online it cannot be taken back
·         Only add people you know and trust to friends/followers lists online
What is government doing about internet safety?
In 2014 the government made internet safety a compulsory part of the curriculum. Schools are also able to teach e-safety during PSHE lessons and every school is required by law to have measures in place to prevent all forms of bullying including cyber-bullying.
In December last year the government also announced strengthened measures to protect children from harm online - including cyberbullying, pornography and the risk of radicalisation. Under the proposals all schools will:
·         Need to have appropriate filters and monitoring systems, so that no child can access harmful content via the school’s IT systems and concerns can be spotted quickly; 
·         Be required to ensure that they teach their pupils about safeguarding, including online. 

The government also announced a further package of measures including:
  • Two practical guides on social media – including one to help parents keep their children safe online produced by the UK’s Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCISS)  – to help children understand the risks and benefits of social media, and prevent risks becoming problems.
  • New online training, launched in the new year, will offer support for professionals, including nurses, doctors and teachers who work with children and young people.
  • An updated Thinkuknow site offers a completely refreshed suite of articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety, as well as providing specific advice for parents and carers on preventing their children from becoming victims of sexual abuse and exploitation both online and in the ‘real world; and
  • New industry-led awareness raising initiatives including Google’s ‘Internet Legends’ tour which will travel around the country delivering assemblies to school children in 40 locations during this school year, to help kids stay safe online, so they can get the most out of all that the internet can offer.

In addition ParentInfo, a new government funded online service, offers free expert advice to schools on how children and young people can stay safe online. This information, packed as a Tool Kit, can be hosted on individual schools websites making it easily accessible to parents and carers who can then discuss these important issues at home. It’s already available in 2,500 schools giving parents practical advice and tips on issues such as sexting, and online bullying.
We have given schools powers to help them contain cyber-bullying during the school day by banning or limiting the use of mobiles and other electronic devices. Teachers also have the power to search for, and if necessary delete, inappropriate images (or files) on electronic devices, including mobile phones.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said:
 “As a parent I understand the real importance of internet safety in protecting our children. The internet is a powerful tool which can have brilliant and virtually limitless benefits, but with this does come some risk.”
“We are working hard to address these online risks but we can’t do it alone, parents are vitally important in making sure that children stay safe online. We want to make sure young people are educated, and parents as well as teachers, are knowledgeable and actively involved in promoting internet safety so that children are able to safely enjoy all that new technologies have to offer”

Emma in Bromley xx

Disclaimer: I was sent this information from The Department for Education and wanted to share it with you because I felt it was important.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Peppa Pig Construction Kits - Grandpa Pig's Boat Construction Set.

We all love Peppa Pig in our house so we were very excited to see the new Peppa Pig Construction Sets by Character suitable for ages 18m+ my children are 4 and 6 and love this set. 
Peppa Pig Construction Kits - Grandpa Pig's Boat Construction Set.
We've started off with Grandpa Pig's boat and its very exciting! The box displays simply all the pieces in the box and its clear to see which figures you get in the set. 
Peppa Pig Construction Kits - Grandpa Pig's Boat Construction Set.
The instructions are easy to follow - the parts you have already completed are greyed out so that the colour focuses you on the step to be done - its really simple, Meg (age 4) was able to follow the instructions without any help. 

Peppa Pig Construction Kits - Grandpa Pig's Boat Construction Set.
There are sticks in the set so that you can customise your boat - so much fun - everyone loved deciding what to stick where. 

Peppa Pig Construction Kits - Grandpa Pig's Boat Construction Set.
Grandpa Pig is a lighter shade than the boat and has articulated legs and arms and a moving head. 
Peppa Pig Construction Kits - Grandpa Pig's Boat Construction Set.
We loved how much detail Grandpa Pig has - right down to his whiskers! Great to Build and Play - the boat is free wheeling too!
Peppa Pig Construction Kits - Grandpa Pig's Boat Construction Set.
Do you like how we customised our boat? there had to be a pirate flag! and of course some fish!

Peppa Pig Construction Kits - Grandpa Pig's Boat Construction Set.
Blake (age 6) really wanted me to show you how easily he turned the boat into a flying rocket ship boat with wings! The fully constructed boat has wheels so you can push it around which is a really great feature. 

Peppa Pig Construction Kits - Grandpa Pig's Boat Construction Set. Duplo
Just so that you can compare - we added some duplo - we found the bricks were compatible with the sets we have and I thought this image is a great way to show you the size of Grandpa Pig - he's bigger than a duplo character. 

Disclaimer: I was gifted a Grandpa Pig's Construction Set for my consideration. All thoughts and images are my own. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Valentines Day 2016 - A Cosy Night In.

Valentines day 2016
As parents it can often be a little difficult to find a way to celebrate Valentine's - its not that straight forward to just pop out for a meal or a movie and you can't expect an interruption free evening at home so trying to create that romantic little moment thats all important to connect on can be a challenge!

Mr and Mrs Cushions from Jemimas Locket Faux Fur Throw B&Q
The key is to get cosy - you've got to grab that relaxing snuggle feeling so spread out a faux fur throw  and squidge into a couple of comfy cushions - these Mr and Mrs cushions from Jemima's Locket are absolutely perfect with their romantic blend - great to snuggle into and settle down for a romantic evening in. 

Beefayre Bee Mine Rose Candle

Fragrance is always one of my favourite ways to set the tone and nothing beats a candle as either a gift or a great way to create the setting. This Rose scented bee mine candle from Beefayre is literally made for love - the scent is amazing and the glass the candle is set into is beautiful. 

I made up some note books from Snapfish as I liked the idea of using photos to reflect our family (our love) to use on a daily basis - that little reminder at work or when I'm writing a shopping list! I love to add a dash of romance to every day life  - besides choosing from a really great range of cover designs to personalise with your own photos - you can also opt to include a printed message on the inside cover too - your own secret love note!

And just because we are a family - I had to make one up for the children too so that can also have a little gift on Valentine's day and feel included too. 

Stock up on movies, popcorn and chocolate and take a moment to connect with your partner (whilst keeping your fingers crossed for no interruptions from the little people upstairs!)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Emma in Bromley xx

ps. I Love You x

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Helping Mum get the World Ready for Baby

Get The World Ready For Your New Arrival

“Dear Baby, if you can’t tell by the bump, you’ll be here soon. While it’s still a bit unbelievable, the pain in my feet and back remind me it’s about to get very, very real. Love, Mum.”
The first film of the series, Get The World Ready For Your New Arrival, shares the excitement and apprehension of expectant mums preparing for their new addition to the family. From name-picking to decorating, and cleaning to taking classes, all new mums want to make the world a perfect place for their little ones’ arrival. 


Get the World Ready for bringing baby home 

“Dear Baby, today’s the day you’re coming home. I’m so relieved, and terrified, and excited. All of a sudden, I’ve got this little life I’m responsible for. Love, Mum.”
Get The World Ready For Bringing Baby Home shares the thrill and relief of new mums welcoming baby into their home for the first time. With so much to learn about sleeping, feeding and changing, it isn’t easy. But mums can do it, and do it with all the love in the world.  

Getting the world ready for your Little One 
“Dear Baby, welcome to the world. It’s big, and scary, and wonderful, and terrible, and amazing, and I’ve tried to get it ready for you. Love, Mum.”
The third film, Get The World Ready For Your Little One, shares the exploration and adventure when your baby turns into a toddler! Mums will pick up their little one when they fall down, and the little ones will learn to trust their mums to do so. Through the bumps and bruises, a heartfelt bond continues to develop, so you can take on the world, together.

Whether you’re a first-time mum or you’ve been through it all before, a little help to get everything ready for your new arrival can go a long way. 
No matter how clean your home is, it’s essential to take extra care when you’re preparing for the arrival of a new-born or have a toddler keen to explore.   Adopting these simple hygiene habits will ensure that your home is hygienically clean and safe for your little one:
Healthier Surfaces
·         Nurseries should be kept free of harmful germs, especially in the first few weeks.  Don’t forget it’s not just the changing mat and cot that can harbour germs but also frequently touched areas like the door handles and light switches.  Dettol Anti-bacterial Surface Cleanser has no taint, no odour and no bleach and is suitable for use in baby contact areas. 
Germ Free on the Go   
·         From that first night in the hospital to the first trip out,  keep car seats, highchairs and all your baby equipment germ free with Dettol Anti-bacterial Cleansing Surface Wipes which kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses and are great for hard to reach surfaces and on the go. 
·         Keeping your hands clean, before and after handling your little one, is really important to make sure germs don’t spread. If you’re feeding, changing, or perhaps handling food or pets, try our Dettol No-Touch Hand Wash System. It automatically dispenses anti-bacterial Hand Wash, after you place your hands under the nozzle to help prevent the spread of germs. 
Added Laundry Protection
·         It’s not just re-used baby clothes and bedding that can harbour germs, new ones can too! While washing at low temperatures is kind to baby’s clothes, it doesn’t offer protection against bacteria which can survive below 60˚C. Use our unique Dettol Anti-bacterial Laundry Cleanser alongside your normal detergent and softener to guarantee hygienic cleaning, even at temperatures as low as 15˚C. 
Remember the day you brought your baby home for the first time? That first trip out in the car? All the things you have done to prepare your home for the arrival, such as cleaning every inch of the house?  Share your memories of getting the world ready for your baby #gettheworldready 
Dettol, helping mum get the world ready for baby with a range of anti-bacterial products that are suitable for use in baby contact areas

Disclaimer: I often work with Dettol and in return for sharing the new videos, Dettol will be gifting me some products to try. 

Friday, 29 January 2016

Half Term Fun with Rave-A-Roo Childrens Festival at the Ministry of Sound

Rave - A - Roo Ministry of Sound London

Kids. Play. Rave. Repeat

Imagine an indoor festival vibe with a focus on families partying together and getting their rave on….and you have Rave-A-Roo; a new clubbing mash-up of festival fun for all the family.

At Rave-A-Roo kids can be themselves, dance, let loose, create, watch or chill.

Launching at London’s most iconic club, Ministry of Sound, in February half term, Rave-A-Roo is an entirely new concept. From toddlers to grandparents, everyone is invited to join in the madcap fun.

It’s the ultimate party with top DJs, the Disco Ball Games, a Big Fish Little Fish takeover, LIVE stage performances, hosts Tom and Adam (from Babyhead and Lost and Found), PlayGlow toys, confetti mayhem, neon craft, Glow Chill Room, and a UV tattoo station.

At Rave-a-Roo there is the chance for mini-clubbers and their adults to take on the dance floor with resident artists Go!Go!Go! as seen on Nick Jr. They’ll be debuting their Electro Set and revealing their brand new look.

For time out from the dance floor and the little ones who can’t party quite as hard, they can take it easy in the Glow Chill Room, with an area for babies, whilst parents watch their little faces light up.

With a fully licensed bar (and tea, coffee and snacks), a convenient onsite buggy park, baby changing, professional security, carefully monitored sound levels and beautifully lit rooms, Rave-A-Roo offers a unique and safe environment for families.

Further dates in iconic venues around the UK, including more dates in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Brighton and Cardiff to be announced

Rave-A-Roo will launch at London’s Ministry of Sound on Friday 19th February 2016. Sessions are 1pm to 3pm and 4pm to 6pm.

Tickets are priced £7.50 (earlybird), £10.00 (advanced) and £12.50 (on the door). Babes in arms go free.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.rave-a-roo.com

Monday, 11 January 2016

Teletubbies 2016 New Toy Launch

I last week I did a little sneak peek at a special box is received.

Teletubbies toys 2016 review

Would you like to take a first look at the brand new Teletubbies toys
Teletubbies returned to CBeebies in November and has delighted a new generation of little people with toy manufacturer Character Options creating a stunning collection of Teletubbies toys which will be available from Mid January 2016

What was in the box?!

Signature 8" talking Po is an adorable plush toy suitable for ages 18m upwards and features Po's iconic sounds and phrases by squeezing her tummy. Talking Po's face Talking Po's  Face is flocked with realistic eyes. (Other characters also available)
Teletubbies toys 2016 review
Teletubbies toys 2016 review

6" supersoft beanie plush Dipsy is suitable for all ages and is a perfect dusty toy, other collect able characters are also available. 
Teletubbies toys 2016 review

Tickle and Glow Laa Laa is a solid plastic figure with poseable arms, when you tickle her tummy, her tummy screen illuminates with a burst of contagious giggles and phrases! Laa Laa does have an off switch and runs on 3 AAA batteries.  Tickle and Glow Po is also available.
Teletubbies toys 2016 review
Teletubbies toys 2016 review

The Tubby Phone has an adorable mirrored screen so little ones can see themselves whilst they play and the phone is full of wonderful lights and sounds, different characters flash up on the screen and different buttons illuminate to offer an array of interaction.

Teletubbies toys 2016 review

Teletubbies toys 2016 review
Teletubbies toys 2016 review
Love the collectable mini figures, perfect size for small hands, hard plastic and come in a variety of characters from the show - suitable for 18m upwards and can be used with playsets too.

Teletubbies toys 2016 review
Teletubbies toys 2016 review
Teletubbies toys 2016 review

Such as the Superdome Playset which has lights and sounds effects and comes with a Po figure.
The Teletubbies Superdome Playset  is modelled on the Home Dome and has lovely features such as the moving slurping Noo Noo, a pop up tubby toaster, a tubby phone and a spinning seating area, along with a lift and sound buttons. The playset has plenty to engage little ones age 18m upwards.

Teletubbies toys 2016 review
Teletubbies toys 2016 review
Teletubbies toys 2016 review

What do you think of the new range? Is your little one a Teletubbies fan?

There will be a Twitter frenzy taking place next Wednesday the 20th January at 1pm.

The hashtag has been confirmed as #TeletubbiesToys  with @UKMumsTV hosting the twitter frenzy. 

Disclaimer - I received the features toys for the point of this review - all thoughts and images are my own.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Teletubbies Toys

On Monday (11th Jan)  I will be revealing the new Teletubbies toy range and I can't wait to share them with you! 

Check out the lovely big box just waiting to be opened!

Teletubbies Toys 2016

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Making Yogurt with EasiYo and Maegan

I'm always excited to try out a new kitchen gadget and I was intrigued by the EasiYo yogurt maker because I can remember my Nanna making her own yogurt :)

Making Yoghurt with EasiYo

I wanted to try this with my daughter (Maegan age 4) because she is the biggest yoghurt fan in the house and also because she loves to get involved in the kitchen!
Making Yoghurt with EasiYo

First of all I have to say I was amazed at how simple it is to use and all you need is water and a packet of mix (not included in the box so make sure you pick one up!)
Making Yoghurt with EasiYo

We followed the very straight forward instructions and made our yoghurt in the afternoon - actually it was really just Meg making it herself with a little guidance - and obviously I handled the hot water part. We left the yogurt overnight to form and by breakfast we had creamy Greek yogurt! The yoghurt will last in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Making Yoghurt with EasiYo

We experimented with adding honey and blueberries which was great, we also tried adding chocolate sauce to some of the Greek style yoghurt but that wasn't so great - and I'm intrigued by the large flavour range we can't wait to try more!
Making Yoghurt with EasiYo

EasiYo is stocked all over the UK at retailers including QVC, Wilko, Lakeland, The Range, Holland and Barratt and HobbyCraft.
The EasiYo red maker retails at £17.99 there is a great range of flavours available along with additional storage pots.

Emma X

Family Blogger 

Disclaimer - I received an EasiYo yoghurt maker and sachet for the point of this article.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Christmas Gift Guide Part 3

Ok, I'm sure I'm not the only parent in denial that Christmas is only a week away! - eeek! I still have presents to buy so I'm sure you do too, right?

So let's have a look at my Christmas gift guide part 3 for 2015!
Disney Princess Till 
Disney Princess Royal Cash Register Brilliant Disney Princess till with great sounds!
Twirly Woos Big Red Boat Playset

Twirlywoos Big Red Boat Playset comes with lots of sounds and entertaining extras to really engage with little ones.
Peek a boo iggle piggle

In the Night Garden Peek-A-Boo Igglepiggle Soft Toy this sweet Iggle Piggle will play peekaboo and makes the character's iconic squeaking sounds.
UFO Alarm Board Game
University Games UFO Alarm is an absolutely hilarious board game - the UFO has suction action to really abduct your farm animals!
Baby Annabel Deluxe Special Care set

Baby Annabel Deluxe Special Care Set has everything you need to care for your dolly - really cute details such as sprinkle holes in the talc bottle and removable lids.
Magazine subscription to Okido - science made fun for small people.
mini chou chou tree house

mini chou chou tree house

Mini Chou Chou Treehouse such a sweet little play set - comes complete with Livy in her fox hat. a blue owl and a fox cub - you need to install your own batteries for the plates to light up and play nature sounds and it's lots of fun to build (quick and easy). 

Merry Christmas xx

Emma in Bromley 

Disclaimer - I received some of the items included in this article and there are some amazon affiliate links included.