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Recently we've been reviewing a few different role play toys as this kind of play is something that all of my children love. As well as being lots of fun, it's an important part of a child's development, as it helps them to build confidence, communication skills, problem solving and physical development to name a few! So I am always keen to encourage it and role play toys are always a welcome addition to our playroom. Casdon are a toy brand who make lots of brilliant role play toys; last month we reviewed their toy Dyson vacuum cleaner and this month we are reviewing their Supermarket Till Toy.

Playtime: Casdon Supermarket Till Toy | Review

Recently we've been reviewing a few different role play toys as this kind of play is something that all of my children love. As well as being lots of fun, it's an important part of a child's development, as it helps them to build confidence, communication skills, problem solving and physical development to name a few! So I am always keen to encourage it and role play toys are always a welcome addition to our playroom. Casdon are a toy brand who make lots of brilliant role play toys; last month we reviewed their toy Dyson vacuum cleaner and this month we are reviewing their Supermarket Till Toy.

My children love role-play, no doubt I've said it before, and I bet your children are the same! It makes them feel so grown-up when they can join in with what Mummy does around the house or copy what they've seen in a shop, for example. It's actually also a very important part of a child's development, as it helps them to build confidence, communication skills, problem solving and physical development to name a few! I think learning through play is so important and am always keen to encourage it. Many of my children's toys are role-play toys and one of the most recent additions is this realistic Casdon Dyson Cordless Vacuum Cleaner which I was sent to review. 

Playtime: Casdon Dyson Cordless Vacuum Cleaner Toy | Review

My children love role-play, no doubt I've said it before, and I bet your children are the same! It makes them feel so grown-up when they can join in with what Mummy does around the house or copy what they've seen in a shop, for example. It's actually also a very important part of a child's development, as it helps them to build confidence, communication skills, problem solving and physical development to name a few! I think learning through play is so important and am always keen to encourage it. Many of my children's toys are role-play toys and one of the most recent additions is this realistic Casdon Dyson Cordless Vacuum Cleaner which I was sent to review. 

Every evening I love a quick browse of the forums of a well-known parenting website, particularly threads where people are having a good rant. A few months ago I came across a thread saying that people who wear mama merch (like Selfish Mother jumpers) are “smug”. Well, that stopped me in my tracks, because I'm someone who has several of these kind of tops. Eeek!

Does wearing mama merch make me "smug"?

Every evening I love a quick browse of the forums of a well-known parenting website, particularly threads where people are having a good rant. A few months ago I came across a thread saying that people who wear mama merch (like Selfish Mother jumpers) are “smug”. Well, that stopped me in my tracks, because I'm someone who has several of these kind of tops. Eeek!

So you’ve decided to embrace living a zero-waste lifestyle, hurrah! I’ve noticed that a lot of people start their zero-waste journey by asking “what can I buy to use instead of...?” Stop right there! Zero-waste living doesn’t have to be costly at all and chances are you already have plenty of things in your home that you can reuse and repurpose without spending any money. 

5 Simple Zero-Waste Ideas That Won't Cost a Penny

So you’ve decided to embrace living a zero-waste lifestyle, hurrah! I’ve noticed that a lot of people start their zero-waste journey by asking “what can I buy to use instead of...?” Stop right there! Zero-waste living doesn’t have to be costly at all and chances are you already have plenty of things in your home that you can reuse and repurpose without spending any money. 

This year I have felt more excited about Christmas than ever before! I think it is because it is the first Christmas in our own home, so it feels really special. We're able to do things exactly the way we want, decorate how we want and put things wherever we please. 

When Ian and I first moved in together back in 2011, we bought an artificial Christmas tree. We had the same tree and the same decorations every Christmas since then, with a few extra decorations made by the children added over the years, until Christmas 2017.

Decorating our Christmas Tree | The Christmas Forest Review

This year I have felt more excited about Christmas than ever before! I think it is because it is the first Christmas in our own home, so it feels really special. We're able to do things exactly the way we want, decorate how we want and put things wherever we please. 

When Ian and I first moved in together back in 2011, we bought an artificial Christmas tree. We had the same tree and the same decorations every Christmas since then, with a few extra decorations made by the children added over the years, until Christmas 2017.

Friday December 14th 2018 is Christmas Jumper Day, when people up and down the country will be donning their favourite festive sweaters to help raise money for charity Save the Children. In schools, workplaces or just at home, by wearing your best Christmas knit and donating £2 you'll be helping to create a brighter future for children here in the UK and all over the world. But that's not the only way to get involved! 

Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day - more ways to get involved!

Friday December 14th 2018 is Christmas Jumper Day, when people up and down the country will be donning their favourite festive sweaters to help raise money for charity Save the Children. In schools, workplaces or just at home, by wearing your best Christmas knit and donating £2 you'll be helping to create a brighter future for children here in the UK and all over the world. But that's not the only way to get involved! 

Next month it will be three years since I decided to go vegan. At first finding vegan goodies was a little tricky, but now there is SO much choice! My husband decided to go vegetarian at the same time and one of the things that I have most often been caught out on is sweets. He has such a sweet tooth so I often grab him a packet of sweets when doing the shopping, only to get home and realise that they contain something like gelatine. Gah! 

Sweet Vegan Treats from Swizzels!

Next month it will be three years since I decided to go vegan. At first finding vegan goodies was a little tricky, but now there is SO much choice! My husband decided to go vegetarian at the same time and one of the things that I have most often been caught out on is sweets. He has such a sweet tooth so I often grab him a packet of sweets when doing the shopping, only to get home and realise that they contain something like gelatine. Gah! 

A few months ago VTech sent Jude a Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 to try out. But with moving house and getting settled in we've only recently had the chance to play with it properly. 

Playtime: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 Review

A few months ago VTech sent Jude a Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 to try out. But with moving house and getting settled in we've only recently had the chance to play with it properly. 

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