Thursday, 30 October 2014

Homemade Thursday - Half-term Comfort Food

I haven't had much time to make anything this week; the children have all been unwell which has resulted in the need for a lot of comfort as nobody has had a lot of sleep.

The bigger children are the least affected, so they helped make some quick pizza for tea the other night. It's funny, they find comfort in baking...just like their old mum! ;)

Anyway - today most of us are starting to feel a little more human. Baby Girl actually slept last night, so I feel alive for the first time in ages. Little One is still feeling bleugh though, so she's tucked up in bed.

As I type, I have some 'Bubblegum' cookies in the oven. They smell amazing so I hope they taste good. The recipe will be on the blog later on!

What have you been making? I hope your weeks has been better than mine!

I'd love to see your homemade/handmade posts, please do link them up and share your creations.

If you would like to link up anything 'homemade' that you've blogged/pinned/instagrammed then please do so at the bottom of the post! This doesn't have to be food. It can be needlework, crafts, paintings, woodwork.... you name it!

It can be an old post or something new.... it's all about sharing ideas and inspiring each other!

I would love you forever if you would either grab my button (below) or text link back to me.

Homemade Thursday

You can link up anytime between now and 2nd November 2014 and then the next Homemade Thursday linky will open on the 6th November

To read more about Homemade Thursday please look here.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

notonthehighstreet's Storytime Sounds app - a fun addition to Story time


We've been enjoying some extra fun during story time, thanks to notonthehighstreet's Storytime Sounds app.

The app features six different soundboards for various storytelling themes - pirates, fairytales, ​lost world, space, monsters and after the latest update; Halloween. Simply press a suitable sound button at the relevant stages of your story and bring the story to life with magical sound effects!

It's FREE to download and I have to say, I'm really impressed with it. I didn't think we could improve story time, but this brought an element of excitement to our routine. Whilst I probably wouldn't use an app every night at bedtime, it certainly made story time more exciting!

Although it's an iPhone app, the girls are very much into my iPad at the moment so I downloaded it on there. It's really lovely on a bigger screen because the girls can see it easier and press the button's themselves if they wish.

We particularly enjoyed the Halloween sounds, as this is obviously on the kids minds at the moment. We don't have any really spooky stories on our book shelf, but with the addition of scary sounds, it really did bring the stories to life.

It also makes making your own stories up easier as the app sets the scene for you. My children love a 'made-up' story, especially if they can contribute as they story goes on. 

I love how it captured my girls imaginations and even encouraged Little One to make up her own stories. It was so lovely to see how creative she could be and I think it's important to shake things up a bit so that children continue to be excited by the magic of a story. Stories don't always have to be about the written word and I think that a love for reading will flourish once a child falls in love with the adventures that a story can take them on.

I read them both a Halloween story we found on the notonthehighstreet blog which actually shows you when to press the sound buttons, and the girls absolutely loved it... Little One was able to follow along and it encouraged her to try and read the sentence herself, so she could press the sound button.

We shot a quick video to show you the Halloween soundboard:

I think the Storytime Sounds app makes a great addition to your usual story time routine, especially if you have a child who isn't very interested in books or sitting and listening. It certainly kept my daughters attention for the entire story, which can be tricky at time!!

We definitely loved the fun factor and will be continuing to use it in our reading corner. You can download the FREE app on iTunes - here.

Monday, 27 October 2014

50% off reader offer for monthly designer babywear box - Box Upon a Time

Some time ago I reviewed Box Upon A Time; a monthly subscription box that delivers gorgeous designer baby clothes right to your door. I really liked it; especially the concept as there wasn't anything else like this on the market.

Since my review, Box Upon a Time has gone of from strength to strength, offering you even more choice as they have partnered with more designers to bring you an exciting monthly box full of handpicked designer clothing for your little one.

It is with great pleasure that I can offer you all a massive 50% off your first box by using the code: MYBABYBOX when you sign up here (affiliate link).

Each box is unique and handpicked by stylists. The boxes start from £29 and you can cancel at any time.

You will receive 2 to 5 items of clothing, saving you up to 60% off retail prices. It's really is a fantastic idea; ideal for a new baby gift or baby's 1st Christmas present.

This post contains an affiliate link. However all opinions remain honest as always.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Gorgeous children’s storage

Whether you are lucky enough to have space for a playroom or planning on decorating your child’s bedroom; storage is really important to help limit the clutter of toys, books and clothing.

I think that when chosen well, children’s storage can look beautifully stylish as well as having the practical factor.

I personally can’t stand seeing ‘wasted space’ and believe that every nook and cranny of a room can be used to its full potential.

We’ve recently moved Baby Girl from our room into a bedroom she shares with her Sister, it’s amazing how such a little person, can take up so much space! At the moment, we are working on redesigning the room so that we can maximize the space we have with convenient, beautiful storage solutions instead of it feeling cluttered and unloved. We have to be clever about it as we don’t want to lose the space we have for the girls beds, but we want it too look organized and clutter-free.

One of the first things we’ve chosen, is a large fitted wardrobe that will hold all of the girl’s clothes. Did I mention they have more than I do? *jealous face* Anyway, although a fitted wardrobe does take up a large portion of the room, it also frees up an entire built-in cupboard they have on the other side of the room which makes a fantastic toy cupboard. With the addition of some ingenious toy storage ideas that we hope to implement, it will take the toys off the floor and store them away, leaving the room with a clean, streamlined look that will allow the girls to have room to play whilst providing them with the sleepy haven that they deserve.

Have a look at some of these beautiful storage ideas. What do you think?

Image credit: Cassia Play room

I just love look of this room. It’s so inviting for little people, yet it’s brilliantly organized; creating a relaxed atmosphere where children can enjoy play of all kinds.

IImage credit: Glass White Teen bedroom

More suited to a teenager’s room as the doors are made from glass, this sliding door wardrobe looks stunning. I love the flush fit and as you can see, you can create the perfect room for your teen with pops of colour from carefully chosen accessories and favourite items.

Image credit:  Cassia Space saver

This one makes me go a bit giddy! Just look how many cupboards and drawers there are! A very well designed room that makes use of every bit of space - I love it. My Son used to have a bed just like this, and it was the best bed we’d ever bought – I used to store his bedding in the drawers and he kept his box of treasured Thomas the Tank trains in the cupboards.
Gosh, that’s brought back fond memories! I know he’d love the built-in screen nowadays – how cool is that?! Can I have this room for me please?

*In collaboration with Betta Living 
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