Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Review: DK Carol Vorderman 10 Minutes A Day Books


I have to admit that I love anything that challenges my kids! If it works in with the national curriculum and manages to be fun at the same time... well... I'm sold!

I am also a great believer that you don't have to run yourself or your kids into the ground to give them an advantage. As you already know I am a big fan of reading with kids and have blogged about "10 minutes a day" on more than one occasion. Kids learn well in short bursts, and now we have a new 10 Minutes to spend! Just enough to keep the engines in their brains ticking over the summer without the holidays feeling like home schooling.

Jack was the first to pounce on these books. He is 7, and my little academic! I knew I would have no trouble at all getting him to try out the maths book (be begged me to let him try it first), and I know he would happily rattle off 3-4 pages worth of work all on his own without breaking a sweat. If anything, he found the books targeted at 5-7 year olds "easy" (his words) but then he is at the top of the age range, and his school love to tell me how gifted he is at maths (didn't get that from me!) It certainly kept him quiet for a while doing something worthwhile!

Tom is 5 and we worked on them together so that he didn't feel like he was being tested or pressured. While he doesn't beg me for the books, he is always extremely please with himself when he sees that he has got something right on his own, or learned something new. He can't wait to show off his new knowledge to his new teacher in September.

We haven't attempted to do these every day of the summer holidays, I didn't want them to feel like a chore. I treated them more like puzzles - I even kept the books with the games we take on our holidays, and used them as a good opportunity to share some one-on-one time with my older boys a few times a week. I found that sitting down with them while the younger two were having a nap was a great chance to work quietly so they could concentrate, and also not make so much noise that they woke the toddler and baby!

Anyway... enough of why I think they are great. Why not take a look at the books in action and hear what the kids have to say about them:


We were not paid to make this review. We were sent the books for free to try and keep. All opinions are mine and those of my kids.


Find out more here: http://www.dk.com/uk/carol-vorderman/




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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Aquafresh Brushtime

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How to make brush time fun Getting your children to brush their teeth can be a nightmare for parents, in fact a new survey saw 80% of parents say their children get angry and throw major temper tantrums when it comes to brushtime.

These statistics were revealed in a report commissioned by Aquafresh to celebrate the release of Disney∙Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ in cinemas out now. Disney∙Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ is based in Headquarters, inside 11-year old Riley’s mind.

Like all of us Riley is guided by her emotions, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness, the voices inside her head, as they advise her through everyday life. These emotions and more are also experienced by children and their parents during brushtime.

The report also revealed that one in 10 parents admit that they actually send their children to bed without brushing their teeth. As tooth care is such a vital aspect of life for growing children it is important that they are encouraged to have clean teeth and see brushing as a positive and exciting activity to do in the morning and before bed.

 If you’re looking to bring the fun to brushtime, watch our video with Child Behavioural Expert Lorraine Thomas who has provided her top tips on how to make brushing teeth enjoyable. From character themed tooth brushes, to fun involving the whole family, our video with child behavioural expert Lorraine Thomas covers it all.

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Fathers Day Gift Idea - British Tea Lovers

Fathers Day Gift Idea - British Tea Lovers
Fathers Day Gift Idea - British Tea Lovers

I am a coffee person, there is no doubt about that. I like the odd herbal or fruity tea at work, but when it comes to a cuppa I'm coffee all the way.

My Hubby however, likes tea. He'll join me in a coffee at breakfast but if he has a brew in the day it's tea. If he's poorly, he goes for tea. If he's (hee hee) hungover, he goes for tea. When we visit friends and family, he has tea.

So when British Tea Lovers offered me the chance to sample their Father's Day Gift Tin with English Breakfast Tea I jumped at the chance because I knew he would be able to tell me if it was any good.

We received their smart looking limited edition Father's Day tin packed full of Ceylon black tea, and a rather sweet strawberry tea strainer (because it is loose tea). The tin is a good size and Hubby is looking forward to being able to fill it with his bits and bobs (like fellas do!)

I made a pot of the tea and we both tried it, and it really is very nice! We prefered to give it a longer time brewing than suggested on the tin, but that's a personal preference. Even as a coffee drinker I enjoy this tea. In fact, I have split the tin and two and taken half of it to work with me to share with my tea-drinking colleagues! And they like it too! Hubby wouldn't let me take all of it to work.... he wants the rest at home for himself!

So.... if the Daddy in your life likes tea then I can recommend British Tea Lover's Father Day Gift Tin. It would be a great addition to his breakfast in bed! And don't forget that cute little strawberry shaped strainer if you're used to tea bags.

Here's where you need to go: http://www.britishtealovers.co.uk/collections/fathers-day

And here's is your code for 10% off your order: DAD167 and if you sign up to their website you will be able to claim an additional 10% coupon code!

Normal price for gift tins: £9.99 
Normal price for strainer: £3.99 *on sale at £1.99*








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