Friday, 26 August 2016

Educational Play: Word Games With Bananagrams

As the very first term of school is approaching I've been looking at ways to help Chunk learn his letters and words.

I want it to be fun as it helps to keep him engaged and interested in learning, as so many children struggle out of boredom.

My First Bananagrams is a game which was designed to improve children's vocabulary and is aimed at age 4+ so is perfect for Chunk. There's also another version for families to play.

This version has colourful lower-case letters and double-sided tiles which were designed to make it easier for younger children to race to complete their word grids.


The letters come in a green, banana-shaped pouch and there's 10 curriculum-based mini game ideas too. What I like about these games is that they become more challenging and advanced as you play more of them, so I can choose games to fit his current ability.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Single Parent Spotlight 30: Natasha

The aim of these interviews is to show how AMAZING us working single parents are. 
I want to highlight how hard, but also how rewarding being a working single parent is, and to hear how other people in my position handle the tougher times, in the hopes I learn how to be the best parent I can be! 

Single Parent Spotlight

I’m sick of seeing the bad press single parents get in the media, because some single parents have taken the choice to live off benefits, or even worse, have children in order to get benefits. We all seem to get tarred with the same negative brush!

My 30th interviewee is Natasha, who has one child and is from Hampshire.

How old was your child when you became a single parent, and how did this come about? 
She was 4 weeks old when her dad just walked out.

What things have you found hardest as a single parent? 
Affording living costs and having enough money for food. 
Not having time to be me and go out. 
How stressful trying to do the shopping is.

What are the benefits to parenting alone, in your opinion? 
Not having to share the love of my child. 
No missing her if her dad had her.

Have you faced any negative judgements/stereotypes for being a single parent? If so can you share with us what happened and how it made you feel? 
None.

What sort of relationship do you have with your ex, and how easy/difficult is it to maintain for your children? 
He does not wish to have any involvement with my daughter and is currently not paying any maintenance towards her.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Paw Patrol Weebles Toy Review

Chunk is a huge Paw Patrol fan and already has most of their toy range, so when I was given the chance to try out the new Paw Patrol Weebles I knew he would jump at the chance.

He got to test the Seal Island Pull and Play Playset which is ideal for kids aged 3-5 years.
It comes with one of the Paw Patrol characters and you can buy the others separately.

Chunk has the Marshall, Skye and Zuma Weebles and thankfully they only cost about £4.99 each so he will be able to get the whole set.

Paw Patrol Weebles Toy Review

The playset features a rock and wobble path, a lookout spot, swing and a tugboat. The boat has a rope which can be pulled and retracted which has mesmerised Chunk for hours.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Competition: Win The Jungle Book DVD

Earlier this year a new version of The Jungle Book came to cinemas and this month it was released on DVD.

This version, directed by Jon Favreau, features stunning live action re-imagining of the classic film and features famous voices including Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kinglsey, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson.

Competition: Win The Jungle Book DVD


The original was made in 1967 and was based upon the famous books by Rudyard Kipling. The new version maintains the story but uses a real-life child actor to play Mowgli and beautiful graphics for the animals.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Healthy School Lunchbox Ideas

Chunk is about to start school so I've begun thinking about how to keep his lunchbox interesting.
I remember myself how boring it could get having the same sandwiches, crisps and fruit each day so I want him to have more pleasurable school lunches where possible.

I've created a Pinterest lunchbox ideas board so I can keep track of the lunch ideas I come across, so feel free to have a look in case you want to re-pin them for yourselves.

Healthy School Lunchbox Ideas


Sandwich Free Zone

Sometimes it can get so boring just having sandwiches, so I try to give Chunk other things such as slices of thick omelette full of veg, cheese and macaroni, which taste beautiful cold, as well as things to dip.

He loves having cherry tomatoes, cucumber, celery and breadsticks to dip in things such as flavoured hummus, so as long as I include an ice pack in the lunchbox he will get these sandwich-free lunches sometimes.

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