Friday 15 October 2010

Igglepiggle's PJ fun! - Goodnight Friend Igglepiggle parent review.

I was very lucky to be sent a Goodnight Friend Igglepiggle to review. I have to say, I'm not sure who was more excited! Me or 15month Blake!

Firstly he got a bit confused for a minute - I'd forgotten to hide his old Igglepiggle and he kept looking from one to the other as if they were having an invisible tennis match....

The age guide on the box is for 2+ and Blake will be 18M at Christmas and I do think that, with obvious common sense and parental supervision, this toy is a lovely one for this age group!

You get a lovely big cuddly Igglepiggle who is dressed in his Pyjamas - these are removable and Blake is loving watching Igglepiggle get dressed! Igglepiggle's PJ's are really cute "wincy" ones with in the night garden print and excellent detail, right down to a collar!

Igglepiggle also has his signature red blanket with a velcro corner so it can stick to Igglepiggle's left hand ( I love that he's a lefty!) and matching red slippers! - It may just be that Blake is a little under the 2+ age guide but so far we have lost (and found) the slippers several times - I've now put them somewhere safe for a little while.

Goodnight Friend Igglepiggle also comes with a working lantern, it comes with batteries already fitted which is always a bonus! (and the way all battery powered toys should come!) You press the little red button on the lantern and it glows for a minute or two before switching itself off. Blake's already grasped how to push the red button so it's easy to use!

He also comes with a book - for me this was a teeny bit disappointing, it's not really what you would call a book - more a leaflet, although all the main characters from In The Night Garden are featured too - I think it would be nice to see a proper book included on future editions.

A great big plus point for Goodnight Friend Igglepiggle is that you can bung him in the wash! (In a pillowcase, cold water, gentle cycle)  Perfect! - especially if you have a boy! Our Igglepiggle's get taken outside for walks a lot, fall off the smart trike, go climbing and exploring, get chocolate covered kisses and often get to share pizza on treat night!

We've had lots of fun playing with Goodnight Friend Igglepiggle, he came with us in the smart trike to meet Blake's daddy from the train station, we've been on a bear hunt with the lantern before bath time, taken Igglepiggle's PJ's off and sat in the bathroom while Blake had his bath - Igglepiggle's blanket was a great pretend towel! We all got our PJ's on at the same time (Yes! Including me!) and we had a story together, we started with the little book that came in the box, followed by Dear Zoo - where Igglepiggle did an excellent Lion roar (with a little help!)... After Blake had drifted off to sleep, Igglepiggle remained tucked up in the bed too.

What a lovely Christmas gift In The Night Garden Goodnight Friend Igglepiggle will make for any toddler, I've spotted him on sale in both the Bromley Argos stores - there is only 6 left today so be quick!

You can also buy him from the ELC - although the Bromley store is out of stock at the moment - He is available online. 

SRP £19.99

For more product information, please visit the Hasbro, Playskool website

Emma in Bromley x

Thursday 14 October 2010

Sara Lee gâteau in Bromley?

Ok, bit of a strange one here but I'm trying to buy a Sara Lee chocolate gâteau for my lovely hubby!
I personally didn't like then but hubby recently has been asking for one!
Everytime I do a grocery shop either online or actually in a supermarket I look out for one.
Thing is, I've been looking for a few months now!
Please can someone point me in the direction of a Bromley or surrounding area, stockist!
Thank you!

Emma in Bromley

Wednesday 13 October 2010

Raising a Son who refuses to say "Mummy"

When my lovely baby boy was about 8 months old, he made plenty of mummy type sounds - including "mummumumumumumummumuum" when he wanted a cuddle or a feed from me - I was quietly smug - he made mum sounds far more than dad sounds however, the smug look on my face was soon wiped off - the mumum sounds stopped as soon as they started and he's now 15 months with not a single mummy sound!

He says Daddy, his first word was Oh Dear! and his vocabulary includes many words and  things such as Duck, Ball, baby, chicken, tiger, dog, dragon, thank you and a sound which means both balloon and bubbles....

He refuses outright to say mummy or anything close to mummy :( in fact, he makes a more of an Emma sound and hubby keeps teasing me saying that our lovely little boy isn't going to call me mummy...

When I was reading up on separation anxiety, I came across an interesting little way of looking at it and it goes something like this...
Because you grow your baby inside you and are attached by the umbilical cord, baby doesn't realise that you are both separate people but actually the same person. I like to think that instead of my son refusing to call me mummy, he just hasn't realised yet that we're not the same thing and therefore, doesn't need to call me anything!

Emma in Bromley x

Tuesday 12 October 2010

Bonfire Night 2010 in Bromley, Chislehurst, Beckenham and Blackheath

OK, so fast approaching is the wonderful bonfire night! - I think its fair to say that everyone loves a good firework display! Thank you Guy Fawkes!

I'm going to be busy making toffee apples, Hot Jacket potatoes, (Veggie) Sausage sandwiches and shoppping for bonfire toffee - if there's time, I may even make Parkin cake! (I'm northern!)

But who's doing a firework display, when and where! I'm not sure which one we're going to go to as a family this year - My son will be 16 months with an 8pm bed time so we will have to see what we do this year! We may go to the Chislehurst one for the 7.30 show.

Here's a guide to what I can find so far, let me know if there's any to add! ...

Date: Saturday 6th November 2010
Venue: Norman Park, Bromley
A fireworks display at Norman Park in Bromley, Kent. There will be a children's funfair and refreshments.
5pm - Gates open
7.30 - Bonfire lit
8pm - Fireworks
Adults £5
Children £3


Date: Saturday 6th November 2010
Venue: Chislehurst Recreation Ground.
Gates open 6pm.
Bonfire lit at 7pm
Fireworks at 7.30pm
£3.00 (children)
£6.00 adults


Date: Saturday 6th November 2010
Venue: Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham
The Beckenham Round Table annual charity fireworks display, at Croydon Road Recreation Ground.
Gates open - 6pm
Display - 7:30pm
Under 5s - Free
Children (Under 16's) and concessions - £3
Adults - £5

Blackheath Common

Date: Saturday 6th November 2010
The Blackheath display is one of the most anticipated London fireworks displays each year, bringing colour and light to the skies of Lewisham and Greenwich with a truly dazzling display.
Fireworks: 8pm
Admission: free

Hope everyone has a fantastic time! Let me know which one you plan on going to!

Emma in Bromley x