Wednesday, 29 October 2014


How important are cuddles with a child? Is it one of the most important things you can do with your child? 

Research on infant attachment and bonding recognises cuddles are critical to a child's development, and maintaining that bonding helps build important neural pathways in the brain, as there are hormones released from the baby when you cuddle them and that's why when they are crying and you cuddle them and they soothe, they're calm and that's why it's so important. It also gives infants a sense of security and trust.

For all three of my boys I cuddle them as much as possible, because I want to hold on to them as much as possible, to be close to them and to show that I am and always will be there for them, that I love them. So when my baby step-grand-daughter came to live with us when she was 5 months old, I knew what I had to do to help her settle in, to help her adjust to the change from going from her birth mum, to her foster mum, to me. She had been through a lot already, in her short time, from one person to another, from one attachment to another, and all I wanted was to grab hold of her and say (and show) this is me, I am here to stay and I will not let go.  So for me it was simple (I hoped), cuddles! Although I did have the fear that she would not be a cuddly baby; maybe she won't like cuddles, maybe she will be one that pushes you away and just wants her space. Either way I was going to try and the best way I knew was to take hold of her and keep hold of her. 

Many times over the years I have heard people say: "boys are much more cuddlier than girls"... and all three of my boys are very cuddly and affectionate boys, which I adore.  Then my baby granddaughter came to live with us, and we soon found that she loves her cuddles just as much as the boys.. her favourite word is "cuddles". She will often sit with me just cuddling up for as long as we can, quiet, but so many unspoken words pass through the embrace. It worked, cuddles brought us together, it secured a special bond, it settled her, made her one of us, made her feel secure.

When Summer did first come to us, I held on to her as much as she would allow, which was a lot (I still do), and through cuddles we built a bond, one that she trusts me, she loves me, she accepted me- as I do with her. A special bond, through love, echoed through cuddles, we have a close and loving connection, one that I will cherish, and for that I feel extremely lucky.

An infant is there to be cuddled.

Activities Book

Activities by Tiger Press - This
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Included are lots of good sized stickers (big and small), all are Halloween themed along with the themed different pages. Jacob is 4 and needs a little help to remove the stickers without ripping them. However I do appreciate having places where the stickers need to go.  There are also pages where it encourages the children to use any of the stickers to 'invent their own ingredients to go in to the witches cauldron'  or 'choose the funny faces to place on the pumpkins' and so on. All of which promotes discussion and slows down sticker application, as great concentration is needed and applied. 

You can easily remove the pages of stickers from the back of the book and then use them one page at a time.

This book also has colouring pages, and a few games like dot-to-dot and mazes.

Designed for children between the ages of 3 and 6.  


  • Stickers provided
  • 40 pages
  • An array of different activities

We enjoyed this activity book, it supplied hours of fun, and Jacob is super excited about Halloween, he is counting down the days, so anything Halloween themed he thoroughly enjoys.

Available to buy in most high street stores and costs £4.99.

Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Black toothpaste

There’s a spooky toothpaste on the market that will help keep little ghosts and goblins teeth squeaky clean this Halloween.

Beverly Hills Formula, Perfect White Black toothpaste: the first ever black toothpaste, and Beverly Hills Formula's latest whitening toothpaste that delivers professional tooth whitening results without the need for harsh abrasives and bleach.  With the star ingredient, Activated charcoal, which is proven to be one of the most effective and safest teeth whitener ingredients, it is also effective in removing bacteria and neutralises remaining odours, leaving your breathe fresh and clean all day.

I was expecting it to taste different, a charcoal taste, although I have no clue how charcoal tastes, but I was expecting a bitter taste, and not sure why, but I was expecting it to have bits in. It was none of this, in fact it tastes like any other toothpaste, quite pleasant, but not strong and overpowering like some toothpastes can be. This also helps with the kids, as the kids can be put off depending on the taste, however they weren't with Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Black Toothpaste, in fact they thought it fun to brush and make their teeth all black.  They had quite a bit of fun with it, and brushing teeth suddenly became more exciting.

Beverly Hills Formula Perfect White Black Toothpaste (£4.99/100ml) is available from Superdrug stores Nationwide and available in 100ml and 125ml sizes..

*Children between the ages of three and six should use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste and should be supervised when brushing their teeth.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Chatterbox Walls - wall art

Chatterbox Walls offer wall art which can be personalized to a special milestone or celebration

You can choose from a variety coloured backgrounds and a multitude of different designs suitable for all occasions from Mother's Day to a Movie print, or a Keep calm print. They are printed on 240gsm satin paper and we always use genuine pigments which are UV resistant to prevent fading.

Prints are available in sizes:

  • Small - A4 (11.7” x 8.27” or 29.7cm x 21cm)
  • Medium - A3 (16.5” x 11.7” or 42cm x 29.7cm)
  • Large - 22.7” x 16” (57.6cm x 40.6cm)
  • Extra Large - 33.95” x 24” (86.2cm x 70cm)
The prints start from £14.99 and standard delivery is free on all items.

For this review I chose the below print from the wedding and anniversary section, Umbrella, and I picked the colour, white-turquoise.  I then typed out our names and the date (our wedding anniversary) and when it arrived I was pleasantly surprised, it was just perfect and looks fantastic on my wall. 

I couldn't have been more pleased with it, although It doesn't come with a frame, luckily I had a spare one, however you can order one along with your print order with Chatterbox at an extra cost.

I think these prints would be a great gift, there is a huge array of options and prints available, there surely is something for everyone.  I will definitely be using Chatterbox Walls again in the future.

It arrives well presented and wrapped in tissue paper.

Doddle for Dogs review and giveaway

Doddle for Dogs A dog lead with a combination of a collar and built-in, retracting lead that does everything a normal length lead would do. The idea came from a dog owner to find a solution for two issues: 1. With the traditional retractable leads, she didn't want to carry the heavy handles, whilst the dog ran free. 2. she didn't want to have to keep clipping the lead back onto the collar, which can be fiddly and irritable for the both the dog owner and the dog. Her idea was to make a lead that didn't have a fiddly clip on the end, and a dog lead which was retractable so she wouldn't have to keep stopping to clip it on and off - Doddle for Dogs was created.

Our gorgeous Lhasa Apso, Harvey loves his walks, what dog doesn't? He loves running around, jumping in the long grass, rolling about and well just sniffing every lamppost and fence/gate he can.

What he does get frustrated with is his lead getting caught around his legs and under his belly, we then have to unwind him and start again, however with Doddle for Dogs we found you don't get this happening, this is because of the lead length, which is perfect and also the retractable function.

It is also very light weight and Harvey seems comfortable wearing it, the lead pulls out with ease, and it is very comfortable and secure to hold. Overall a fantastic dog lead, I really love it.

The Doddle is currently available in 2 sizes:
  • Small – neck size 28cm (11″) to 32cm (12.5″)
  • Medium – neck size 32cm (12.5″) to 40cm (15.75″)

The collar costs £24 and you can buy it directly from the Doddle for Dogs website, and for an additional £8.99 you can get your Doddle for Dogs collar engraved- this would be perfect to get your dogs name and contact number engraved.

Giveaway: For the chance to win your dog a Doddle, then please enter via the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck.
Harvey wanting to go walkies after he got home from the groomers.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This photo was taken before Harvey had been to the groomers, so his hair is slightly longer and fully compared to the other photos.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Elias Superwipes - First Aid for Removal of Food & Drink Stains

Elias Superwipes are designed to remove stains from clothes; they are not for hygienic use. So when you are out and about, you grab a drink and/or a bite to eat, and bam! you spill a bit on your top or trousers.. and then the ggrrr moment of frustration - maybe you try and clean it with a spare tissue? but all that does is rub the stain in dry, and by the time you get home, and chuck your top or trouser in the wash you have little hope of rescuing it. That is where the clever people at Elias come in, they invented the Elias Superwipes: First Aid for Removal of Food & Drink Stains

With Superwipes you can treat the stain immediately, place a piece of cloth on the inner side of the fabric. Wipe the stain with the wipe in a circular motion then wait ten minutes. Wash or clean the garment afterwards (when you get home), and done all is cleaned and stain free.

They come in handy size packs, which are perfect to keep in your bag or in your car, and they are ideal for parents like me with messy kids. And ideal for me when travelling on business. It is suffice to say, Elias Superwipes have a permanent place in my handbag.

Tomato sauce split on Summer's jacket - Eeekkk I hate tomato sauce stains
I have Superwiped the tomato sauce away - you can see the damp patch.

You can buy these on the Elias website - one pack cost £2.99 and they have free delivery on at the moment.

Silent Sunday