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I have been a member of Freecycle for about four years now and i think that it is an amazing idea, the general idea is to get rid of your unwanted things without throwing them in the bin. This is really good for both the person who wants to get rid of something and the person on the receiving end. In order to be a member you have to give something away, this can be anything. On the group i am on people are unbelievably generous. I have seen ads of people giving away wii's, cookers and all manner of other things. You basically send an email to the moderators saying for example OFFERED: Electric cooker (LOCATION). You can put as much or as little detail as you want into it and then they forward it to everyone in the group. People then reply directly to you stating that they would like it and often put a little about why in to in the hope that you will prefer them. It is soo easy and much better for the environment then taking things to the tip. I have given loads away which has saved putting bulky things in the car - i couldn't be bothered with the hassle of ebaying big things so it is a real winner with me.
This is a book by Cath Kidston, the designer shop that sells various items with pretty prints on, they have a huge selection of products within the store and have each item in different prints. Anyway, back to the book, it was released in October 2009 and it wasn't a day too soon. I had been saving my dooyoo Amazon voucher to buy it with, it is recomended to be sold for 14.99 however they were selling it for 8.97 which is an amazing saving for such a new high quality book!
This book was printed following their previous book 'make' Make was more about improving things either by painting or sewing onto an existing item - it wasn't really making anything from scratch more making something better. Still a good book but it didn't do what they said it did so when i heard that they were making this book i was a little sceptical that it wouldn't contain too many projects. I was pleased then when i got it in the post to see that there were loads of different projects and as if that wasn't enough value for money there was also a pre cut fabric bag and instructions on how to make it. It is in the classic cath kidston fabric. The bag once made couldn't be purchased in the shop for as much as the book costs so it is amazing value for money. Don't get me wrong the bag isn't huge but it is very pretty and if it is a big bag you are after there is a template for this, you can choose if you want to get the fabric from Cath Kidston (about eighteen pounds a meter) or if you can get something nice somewhere else!
In summary i love this book, there is aq huge selection of pretty projects with clear and simple instructions!!
77-85 Fulham Palace Road
RRP 6.99 (I picked my copy up is Sainsburys for two pounds - it is available online new and used for less!!)
ISBN number 0007266553
This book, by the time you read this, is Lola Jayne's first novel - it is from the view point of the main charachter Lois Bates and begins by focusing on her being devastated that her mother is chosing to remarry. Her own father died when she was five and she has not wanted her mother to move on from this and doesn't understand how her mother can love again when her whole world is broken as her father is dead. It looks at her thoughts and understanding of this from the perspective of a twelve year old which is very well written, looking at the vulnerability of the child and the personal issues that this raises for her.
The mother does choose to go ahead with the wedding and at the wedding between her mother and the new man an aunty comes and hands her (at twelve years old) a manual from her father that he wrote once he knew he was going to die, he talks her through all of the issues that she will have to face growing up and the issues that parents want to support their children with. She is allowed to read one letter a year on her birthday and there are letters until she is thirty - the age her father was when he died.
It is a very emotional book and well written. I liked the structure, looking at each year of her life as a new chapter and seeing how foresighted her father had been in his hopes and dreams for her.
It is a very readable book and easy to pick up when ever - it is not massively taxing so could dip in and out of it!
I went to get some more wipes as i like to stock up so am always on the look out for the ones that are on offer, i went to sainsburys yesterday and there was loads of advertising that they had a third off all baby products so i thought that would be my chance to stock up.
I went to the baby aisle and was going to load the trolly with Johnson's as this is a brand i often get but then i saw the sainsburys own version. Now i am not a brand snob by any stretch of the imagination however i have aways used branded wipes - nappies i use what ever so not really sure where this came from, anyway i thought i would give them ago and it worked out that they were about 66p a pack, i mixed and matched my load and got half the fragranced ones and half fragrance free.
I have been very impressed. The wipes are a good size and are nice and thick - i think i expected them to be thinner as they were soo much cheaper! and they had a nice wetness to them, not too wet that it drips but wet enough to deal with some of the nappy explosions that occur in my house! I used them last night to take my makeup off and they left my face feeling really soft and not sticky or clammy at!
Very pleased and at half the price i will be going back in the very near future to stock up some more!!!
This is an amazing book, i had it given to me as a gift for my daughters first birthday and it quickly became a firm favourite of hers. I don't think i would have chosen it myself as it is not too bright and doesn't really stand out from the others at first glance however having read it (maybe a hundred times now!!) it is a really good story and it has a point rather then just twiddle that some children's books have. It teaches about having the ability to think ahead and about consequences to actions!!
The book starts
In the deep blue sea,
In the deep of the blue,
Swam a fish who could wish,
And each wish would come true.
It focuses on each wish and then moves onto another until he wishes for something too silly... and when it comes true it is the end of the wishes!
The wholes story is rhymed and my child caught on very quickly and likes to tell me the next line from memory (with a prompt from the pictures when she needs it!)
It is not hard back so for that reason i think it is either best to have it as an 'only with mummy or daddy book' until your child is old enough to understand that ripping the pages is not good - having said that my daughter loves to sit on my lap and just look at it pointing to the very detailed pictures and asking what things are and watching the orange fish change into a shark!!! This is her favourite bit and she thinks it is hilarious! She didn't initially understand the concept of wishing as was quite little but she liked the rhyming and repetition and now she is a little older she likes the same but also the fact that she can help with the story telling as she remembers bits!
Published by: Oxford University Press
Price: Around 3.50 depending where you shop!
I have a daughter who has a Lactose intolerance, she was initially breast fed but soon moved onto cow and gate baby milk as she lost lots of her birth weight and wouldn't take! Anyway, once she began to drink the cow and gate milk i noticed that she was much more sickly and not just the usual sick that you get with a young baby, this seemed to be much more. At times it seemed that she was sick more then she was having so i spoke with the GP and the health visitor about it and said that i didn't know what to do to stop her being sick, especially at night as it seemed to be worse when she lay down in her cot. I was told that she was putting on weight as she should be so not to worry too much!!! AAAAARRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! I clearly was worrying or i wouldn't drag a baby to the doctors - do they not know how hard this can be when the only appointment they can give you is 8:30 in the morning - that is a stupid time to get up when you have normally only had a tiny bit of sleep! Anyway she got to nine months old and i was still randomly going to the doctors to tell them about it and they were saying that she was fine till one day i thought that she had a chest infection so i went to have her chest listened too and as a side comment i said just for the record she is still being sick. Well this doctor was soo helpful and gave me some prescribed milk called Pepti Junior which i gave my daughter instead of the normal baby milk and she wasn't sick since. I also had to change all of her diet and she now has a vegan diet to ensure that she is not poorly again. It was soo easy for the doctor to fix the problem that had been going on for ever and my child is now much healthier and happier!
I got this pushchair as a gift for my daughter when she turned one. It is very well received and she loves it. As with alot of children we have far too many toys and much of them end up unplayed with or not played with as much as you would hope. This is different and she will often choose this over many others. It is a lightweight stroller and comes in three different options, i know that one is more blue and is aimed at boys but ours is pink and very girly. It flods very easily which would come in handy if storage was a problem, for us it isn't really so we have never folded it back down after getting it as one of her dolls lives in there and my daughter would be sad if she was moved!
It is seven pounds directly from the shop however the early learning centre often have offers on and they have a birthday club where they send you a twenty percent off voucher so if you fancied a real bargin this would help!
It has been really helpful in role play games but earlier then this it helped with learning to walk as she didn't have the confidence to go on her own and this made her think that she was having proper support - due to the weight of it she wasn't really but we did put some of her building bricks in the pushchair to weigh it down for her.
I am writing this review today as i am feeling a little more pleased with the whole process of council tax!!
What is it?
Council Tax is the system of local taxation used in the United Kingdom to part fund the services provided by local government in each country. The tax began in 1993 as a result of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as you can imagine it was not a popular option however it is not really an option! It is a tax for the occupier of a residential dwelling.
It is possible to get a discount on your council tax if you are the only adult living in the property, if you are a student and if the property is vacant for a long period (and a whole heap of other reasons).
What do the government use it for?
It is spent on services that are provided locally such as police, fire, recycling, refuse collection and removal, schools, leisure centers, park and ride schemes, parks and open spaces, street cleaning, subsidising of public transport, tourism, museums, social housing grants, housing and council tax benefits, environmental health and food safety in pubs, restaurants and shops, planning services, support for voluntary groups, meals on wheels, facilities for young people, adapting homes for disabled people, play centers for children, cctv installation, sports facilities, issuing taxi licenses, flood defenses, and many others. It is determined by each local authority what proportion of the money goes towards what!
Well the reason I am writing the review is as a result of the current media interest in the council tax and the claims that 'millions have over paid'! I thought it was worth looking into this so I checked what my neighbors were paying - all of the properties locally are very different so it is not really possible to get a direct comparison however as I got my property for a really good price I thought it must go in my favour - I downloaded a letter to the local Valuation Office requesting that they review the banding that I am in - this was two months ago and I kind of forgot about it and this morning on my door mat was a lovely letter - a notice of alteration of an entry into the valuation list - hey presto I am now paying over two hundred pounds a year less! Well worth the cost of a stamp just to check and an extra bonus they are going to reimburse the amount that I have overpaid!! Everyone should try it!!
I had wanted a dream show for my daughter from being pregnant however i am rubish at making decisions so i didn't get one and my friend recently gave me this tomy winnie the pooh moonlight dreamshow for my daughter - she is now nearly a year old and i think it may be too late!
I put it on her cot and put it on after her bath and she would usually settle quickly and go to sleep however this kept her awake and she then screamed for twenty minuites!
I think if i had of got one earlier then it would have been part of her bedtime routine she would have settled however it was too late to introduce it for her. As nice as the idea is i think that as she settles to sleep very quicky then i should just be happy and not bother about having a night light of any sort!
Having said that it is very pretty and we do sometimes play with it in the day time.
Has a soothing nightlight to help babies to sleep (in some cases!)
Voice activated so if your child wakes in the night they can make it comeon themself and then in theory get themself back to slaap though we didn't get this far!
Projects images onto nursery ceiling - very calming!
Soft glowing image on front of nightlight
Plays the popular Winnie the Pooh theme tune
4 x AA batteries required
Manufacturers recommended age: birth onwards
It is possible to use the music part without the lights and the other way round and you can preset it to play for five or ten mins - i guess with the hope that they will have settled by this time!
It costs 22.99 at the moment on Amazon which i think is a lot but for other parents who sucessfully use it to make their child sleep on their own i would imagine the price is well worth it!
Baby's Very First Book series are amazing for new born babies which include pets and farms however this faces one is my daughters favourite! It has six pages and is made of cloth so easily cleaned which is essential with very little children and their desire to eat everything in sight! The black and white images are high contrast so easy for little ones to see rather then having to focus on colour too! I think that babies can only initially see in black and white! The book has a tie on it so it is possible to attach it to the buggy for keeping your little one entertained when you are out and about! It is never to soon for your child to have a book and this is one of my preferred ones too just as it is soo practical!
The book has pages with pictures of Daddy, Mummy and Baby, these pages have crinkle material in them so that they are also exciting to explore! My daughter especially enjoyed the mirror on the book and as she got older she still liked to play with it and would often choose this to take out when we were going somewhere.
The book is recommended to be sold at five pounds however it is available on amazon for 3.14.
Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 11 x 4.2 cm
This is a Tomy forget me not photo album - it claims to be the first ever "talking photo album" for babies. I saw this advertised on the television and knew straight away that it would make the perfect gift for my daughter - from quite a young age she would point at the photographs that i have around the house and say who was in them so i figured that her having her own book of photos would make her very happy!
She loves to turn pages over in her hard back books on her own and this is not dissimilar to that with the bonus of getting a special message from someone in the photo when she does! It soon became her favourite toy! Unlike the photos i have this book makes them pretty indestructible so she can give the photos as many kisses as she likes and the pages wipe clean with a damp cloth!
It holds 8 photos and amazingly you have the ability to record a message with each photo - there is a mirror on the front of the butterfly shaped album which is perfect for your child to see their own reflection in and then various colourful photo slots within the book. When you turn the page to another picture the messages are played automatically and there are also 2 cute sound effects when the photo album is shut.
Photo album also stands up on its own so also doubles as a photo frame
Requires 2 x AAA batteries (included) in the box. This is currently available from Amazon for 15.77 which i think is very reasonable as it feels very sturdy and i think that the idea is very origional. My daughter loves books and photos so this will suit her perfectly.
Length: 34 centimetres
Height: 24 centimetres
Width: 8 centimetres
weight: 800 grams
Model Number: 2074
The toy comes in bright colours so it is visually stimulating for your baby as well as looking pretty. It is aimed at children from 6 months but think that it will last for along time!
I love love love Cath Kidston so don't know why I didn't buy this bag straight away when I was looking for a nappy bag but I blame the pregnancy hormones. I ended up buying a bebe comfort bag as it went with the push chair and I have a vague recollection of worrying about my husband walking around with such a girly bag. Anyway once the bag that I got to match the push chair died from carrying soo much stuff I decided that the only right and proper thing to do would be to replace it with this spacious Cath Kidston version. It is a very durable nappy bag and a huge bonus is that it comes in wipe clean oilcloth fabric with a variety of the Cath Kidston prints. In the shops they are sixty pounds which sounds like a lot of money however it will last for all of your children and it is a very practical option. Also comparatively with the other nappy bags that are on the market it is not too expensive! It is both smart and highly practical and I have found that it is made of sturdy material which helps to keep everything where you want it to be!
There are 2 handy elasticated side pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap so if you are carrying it you can make it longer or shorter so as not to be in the way of your child's feet! The interior of the bag is PVC lined which is helpful for the inevitable milk spillages and there are numerous compartments so you can really organize it well. The bag comes with matching changing mat and insulated bottle holder.
36 x 27 x 13cm
100% PVC Coated Cotton
What did you do in 2009 that you have not done before?
I had my daughter on New Years eve and have been mainly been being her mum
Did anyone close to you give birth?
My friend had twin girls in May
Did anyone close to you die?
No thank god!
What countries did you visit?
Amsterdam and Greece
What would you like to do in 2010 that you didn't in 2009.
Win the lottery
What dates will you remember from 2009.
It has been an amazing year and the first with my little girl! I guess 4th September was special too as we finally moved house!
Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just a horrible cold in September
What was the best thing you bought?
All the Christmas things for everyone else (oh and a house and a car)!
Whose behaviour has merited celebration?
I have been shocked by my parents and how supportive they have been! Thanks mum and dad
Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Where did most of your money go?
What did you get really excited about?
One of best friends finding out she is pregnant!
What songs will you remember from 2009?
Cheryl Cole Fight for this Love.
Compared to this time last year are you happier, fitter or more productive?
This time last year I was heavily pregnant and wanting to have my daughter so I am fitter in some ways but a year on maternity leave has made me feel less productive
What did you wish you had done more off?
taken more pictures to help with the memories.
What was your favourite TV programme?
Gavin and Stacey- love love love it!
What's been the best book of 2009?
Always a crack in forever.
What was your greatest musical discovery?
What is your favourite film of the year?
Marley and Me - don't think I will be watching it again - it was soooo sad
What did you do on your birthday and how old were you?
I was 27 and spent an amazing day just being with my family
Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009.
Family is the most important thing in the world treasure every moment x
Babies and sleep in general - do these go together? My daughter is coming up to a year old and she is still a monkey at Bed time!! She settles quite well and from very early on we have had a clear bedtime routine of bath, bottle and bed which she enjoys however the bed thing is not supposed to be a temporary measure - she is supposed to stay in there overnight! I thought that we had cracked it when she was six weeks old she slept through for about a month. I was soo smug I had mamaged that horrible waking up every three hours when she was first born and we had now got to the sleeping all night stage - fantastic - or not! This lasted like a say for about a month then she started waking in the night again, always at 3am like it was special to get me out of bed at 3am on the dot - I checked her room and she doesn't have a alarm clock set so how does she know to scream for me at 3 on the dot?
I tried loads of different things, feeding her loads of food in the day, giving her loads of juice, putting her to bed later or earlier but no, she still loves to shout me at 3am. She goes quickly back to sleep most often just wanting a bottle and then I don't hear anything out of her till 9 which is lovely as my friends who have babies are all up and well onto their days by then.
I will let you know if and when we manage to sleep for a whole night - i am hoping that it will be soon!
One ted falls out of bed is an amazing childrens book by Julia Donaldson. My daughter was given this book by the health visitor as part of the Book Start pack which is aimed at helping all children become familiar with books from a young age. I would imagine that alot of thought went into choosing which book should be given away and i personally think that this is an amazing choice.
This book is a ryhming book about a ted who fell out of bed then with the use of numbers goes through what he got upto whilst out of bed then counts again to him getting back into bed. Very repetative which is lovely for the younger children that it is aimed at.
Examples of text:-
`One ted falls out of bed.
He tugs and pulls the bedclothes BUT.......Two eyes are tight shut.
He jumps and shouts and makes a fuss,
Till three mice say, "Play with us!"........'
This elequant use of words is repeated throughout the book and it is very easy to remember and i often recite it from memory in the car. It is easy for the children to remember too as each thing has a specifi number e.g 10 red bricks! The first time i read it with a friends three year old daughter i reread it five times in a row as she liked it so much!
It is currently three pounds ninty seven on amazon but rrp is 5.99.
One disadvantage is that it is not hardback and will not stand up to the distruction of my daughter when she wants to 'read' on her own. So it is definatly one for bedtime or that we read together in the day.