Twenty five minutes until Peppa Pig’s Surprise is due to start and my two year old is lying on the floor in the front room having a meltdown because she has to wear shoes. ‘We’re going to see Peppa.’ I tell her. ‘You love Peppa!’ And she does love Peppa, she’s wearing her Peppa tshirt, has watched Peppa that morning and she’s now lying on the floor screaming and I start to panic that things, to put it politely, are not looking good.
As a blogger I’m very lucky that get invited to events and asked to try out things that I wouldn’t do. I don’t think my son has quite got his head around what I do for a job but when I ask him things like ‘could you help me review a restaurant?’ he’s always more than happy to oblige! This year we’ve tried out everything from comics to holidays, from clothes to books and science kits but there are a few which have been really stand out brilliant for me that I thought I would like to highlight as things that as a family we have all absolutely adored!
I have to admit that I am a bit rubbish when it comes to science and technology, it’s something that I enjoy learning about with my kids but frankly most of the time I think I’m only a step beyond them in the knowledge stakes, maybe sometimes only half a step?! It is something that fascinates me though and I’m a great believer in learning through play so when we were offered the chance to review the Electro Dough Kit from Tech Will Save Us I was really keen to try it out. And being us of course I had to create a little challenge in the form of working out how to create a playdough Christmas tree that lights up!
Never have I had to struggle to hide something work related from my kids as much as I have this last week. When I was asked if I’d like to have a look at the new Itty Bittys toy range from Hallmark I knew exactly how my kids would want me to respond, especially as the range includes some gorgeous soft super hero toys! But the problem was how on earth to keep them hidden from my kids before I photographed them? After a lot of planning I actually managed all of about 2 minutes before my youngest clocked what was in the box and as she was ill….well, what else could I do? There’s nothing like a new cuddly toy to cheer a kid up! Eventually I gave up on the concept on hiding these cute Itty Bitty toys from the kids and instead told them that I had a photography project to do and if they would be my assistants they could have any of the things we photographed. Well, guess which ones they wanted?!
This year we’ve been offered the chance to review a Christmas tree from Pines and Needles which has been beyond exciting for the kids. To decorate our new tree we thought we thought we would try and do some easy Christmas ornaments for kids to make, not only do they look pretty but they are great for fine motor skills too. Making these Christmas ornaments also had a surprising benefit to my kids which I will share with you later on.