Saturday, 19 September 2015

Colour Calm: Colouring Book Review

As an anxious person, I find the simple pleasure of colouring in to be both calming and relaxing  As the adult colouring trend continues to sweep the country, more colouring books aimed at adults are being found in high street retailers.

  When I got sent Colour Calm: Creative colouring for grown-ups, I couldn't wait to sit down and review it.

Colour Calm is a colouring book with a difference. It's a monthly title!
 Featuring 116 pages of beautiful designs and original art to colour, I soon took to colouring as a way of relaxing. To be honest, I wasn't happy with my first colouring so I was happy to see that the magazine includes practice patches. You get a bit of a trial run first that way!

Issue 2 features five original cake designs by Illustrator Tom Hovey. There is even a chance to win one of Tom's prints plus other goodies.

My favourite was the drawing of the cake. It took me about 45 minutes to complete. 




At 4.99 it's a bargain and will keep me going for weeks. For those of you not near to any local newsagents you can also buy the issues online. 

I was also happy to find that there is a free colour calm app available for iPad and iPhone. The app allows you to draw in three drawing styles either choosing to fill an entire area or using an auto masking tool to keep within the lines. I loved the freehand mode as I could choose from a selection of line widths allowing me more creativity in the app. You can also share your finished colouring on social media.

The colouring craze doesn't look to be stopping anytime soon. If you fancy joining in, I'd recommend both the app and the book.

Disclaimer:We were sent this toy for the purpose of this review. All words and images are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review.



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Thursday, 10 September 2015

August Toddler Favourites

 
It's September already and the summer is nearly over! It really wasn't much of a summer this year as rain battered the United Kingdom. Every day I have woken up and looked out of my bedroom window and seen clouds followed by rain.  My August Monthly Favourites will reflect that. Gone are the usual outdoor favourites that appear on these types of posts at this time of year and in are books and other indoor toys.
 
So this month Jack has been loving a few things. Books, as usual, are top of the list.

First 100 Words and First 100 Numbers Books


 


This month I have that found that instead of a traditional storybook, Jack is enjoying books where he can point at different images. He is getting to the age where he is learning to recognise images and relate them to their names. I loved the First 100 Words and First 100 Numbers books. They are published by Piddybooks and cost £7.99 and £5.99 from Waterstones. The books themselves are large colourful board books that features 100 pictures to look at accompanied by essential first words and numbers to learn. I thought these books were fantastic as they contained different pages that related to items that Jack saw daily including bathtime, my day, animals and toys. The First 100 Words book is also a lift the flap book making it truly interactive.


Scuttlebug


 
 
Jack has a new favourite toy and it is called a Scuttlebug. The Scuttlebug is essentially a foot to floor ride on toy with a three wheeled design for stability. It is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and has already had hours of use in our house. Aimed at one to three year olds it comes in a variety of colours. We opted for the red and black design. This has really helped Jack with his balance and learning to steer. I love how it packs down flat. The item is very lightweight and when folded down can hook onto the pushchair for outdoor use. At £24.99 we are definitely going to get value for money with this product.
 
Wooden Fire Engine
 
 
 
I love wooden children's toys, there is something very nostalgic about them. They remind me of my childhood I suppose. I came across this Fire Engine in Tesco's for £5. Jack absolutely adores Fireman Sam and immediately recognised the Fire Engine. With a lift up ladder and spinning wheels,  this toy can easily fit into the changing bag and  comes everywhere with us.
 
 
 
I'd love to hear a few of your favourites this month! Feel free to comment below or talk to me on twitter.
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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Jack's 17 Month Update

Dear Jack,

You are now 17 month's old! As the day's fly by you are truly developing into a very independent, beautiful little toddler. This month as teething has taken hold, you have become clingy as those pesky little molars continue to cut their way through your gums. I feel helpless as I can see the pain etched all over your face. All I can over is calpol, loves and hugs and hope that is enough.






How you look

You aren't being weighed until next week so I have no idea how much you weigh. You seem to have had a growth spurt but you are still fitting into some of your 9-12 month clothes at 17 months old. I'm going to have to take in your 12-18 month old trousers at the waist soon so you can start wearing them. You have no bottom, I wish the same could be said of me!

You had your haircut at the hairdressers this month. You look less like a baby and more like a little boy with your short locks. You hair is still blonde and will no doubt be lighter in a few weeks when we return off our Turkish holiday.

Your as cute as ever.

  Zzzzzzzzzz....

How you sleep

Ok, last month I announced that you were finally sleeping through. You aren't any more. As your molars continue to battle their way through your gums you are really struggling to settle in the night. Myself and your daddy are often up in the night trying to soothe you back to sleep. My eye bags are huge!

You are finally learning how to self-settle. Last month you suddenly decided you didn't want to be rocked or held to sleep. This wouldn't have been a problem but it quickly became apparent hat you didn't want to be put down in your cot awake either. We have been putting you down in the cot awake and those episodes of crying have been so tough! Whilst you still just would prefer to avoid sleep at all costs, you are starting to self-settle and understand that you need to sleep.
 
 Personality


This month has been the month of the temper tantrum. You are fiercely independent and know exactly what you want. The problems start when you cannot communicate what you want to me. Parenting is tough and you most definitely do not come with a manual. Whilst you are learning new skills daily, I am also learning new ways to help nuture you and allow you to explore your surroundings.

You are currently quite shy around people you do not see often. You hide behind your hands and can stay like that for over 30 minutes until you start to feel more comfortable.


 Food

You are still being quite fussy with food and would prefer just to eat your old favourites than try anything new. I have tried scrambled eggs and toast at least 7 times this month and you will not even attempt to eat it. You also refuse to eat strawberries, pasta and rice. You have really enjoyed your nan's shepherds pie this month. It is understandable as it's my favourite meal too.

   Development

Day by day you are changing and developing so much. You are starting to speak more and more. Your current favourite words are yes, hiya and how are you? You are at an age now where I feel that you are starting to communicate with me. It's a joy to watch.

The climbing has continued this month as you have learning to scale the settee and rocking horse. It's tiring watching you, I have no idea where you get your energy from.
 You can locate most of your body parts and love pointing out where your belly button and teeth are. I'm currently trying to teach you how to point at your bottom. All of my attempts are currently failing!

I am truly privileged to spend my day with you and watch you as I develop. I'm hoping that this month brings an end to teething so I can enjoy your personality without being worried about how you are feeling.

Love Mum 
X


The Twinkle Diaries
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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Lush Haul

 
As a mom I don't get a lot of time just to sit back and relax with a book in the bath. What used to be a time of relaxation has now become a daily rushed shower as I try to attend to my 16 month old son. Having a bath has become a weekly treat and what better products to use than those from Lush. I have only started using their products in the last 6 months and currently just cannot get enough of their bath bombs. I went into the Oxford Street branch recently and picked up a few bits and pieces that I thought I would share with you.
 
 
 
Frozen Bath Bomb - £3.95
 
A stunning two tone blue, this bath bomb captured my attention immediately. Inspired by the Disney film Frozen, this ballistic bath bomb has a beautiful light scent to it that isn't too overwhelming. It contains both Grapefruit Oil and Neroli Oil and has a lovely citrus scent because of it. When I dropped this into the water I was surprised at how long it lasted before disappearing. Far longer than I imagined! As it fizzs and breaks apart it released sparkly blue foam that left my skin feeling well moisturised.
 
Divination Reusable Bubble Bar
 
This reusable bubble bar is one of the most unusual looking Lush products I have seen. A bronze glimmering pendulum, it has quite a strong aroma that took me by surprise. Containing patchouli, rose and amber oils, I ran this bubble bar under the tap for a moment or two to create a hug bath of bubbles. I still have a fair amount left so I think it will last for a few more baths yet.
 
Cyanide Pill
 
I wasn't really sure what to expect with this bath bomb. Yellow and white in colour and with scents including lemon, rosewood, cedarwood and almond oils, I was unsure of how I would feel about this smell. The scent of this ballistic isn't one of my favourites but the sweet smell of the lemon scent alongside the woody smells was pleasant enough. I loved the reaction this ballistic had with the water. It turned the water a yellow colour and contained a nice amount of glitter. The only drawback for me was how quickly this product dissolved.
 
Pink Flamingo
 
Prior to this Lush visit I had never used a reusable bubble bar and I have now used two. The pink flamingo was my favourite of the two reusables as I love the sweeter scented Lush products. Containing bergamot oil, rosewood and ylang ylang, Pink Flamingo didn't disappoint, it's fresh fruity smell was one of my favourite Lush scents.
 
Guardians of the Forest
 
The Guardian's of the Forest Bath Bomb was my riskiest purchase as I don't often buy earthy and woody scents. With a two tone green shell this bath bomb contains rosewood and cypress oils, which in turn create a very earthy scent. Guardians of the Forest is a very apt name for this product as once it enters the water it foams creating a sea of deep green water. I found this bath bomb made me relax more in the bath as it's scent was earthy, homely and not too overpowering.
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