Category: Baby (page 1 of 10)

Mess free painting with Paint Sticks

Do you like painting with your kids but dread the mess it can create? Every time Harry and I ‘get the paints out’ it turns into a complete nightmare to clean up! He does tend to lose interest quite rapidly which often makes me question how worthwhile it is!

I received a brilliant product this week which really solves the mess of painting with young children. ‘Paint Sticks’ from Little Brian are absolutely perfect for painting with toddlers. Convenient, easy to use and quick to set up and pack away, I have found myself getting them out regularly for Harry, without all the fuss that painting normally involves.

Paint Sticks are a bit like glue sticks, but they contain solid colourful paint that you can just twist up and down, and paint straight onto various surfaces. The colours are so vibrant and dry within 60 seconds. They can be mixed together easily and also be blended with water to create ‘wash’ effect artwork.

The selection of colours in the 12 pack is excellent, and they are so strong and bold and really easy to use. Harry loved using them and how easy it was to choose the colour he wanted without having to use brushes or water. He also didn’t have me hovering over him for damage limitation!

mess free painting for toddlers

mess free painting for toddlers

I would describe Paint Sticks as a cross between a crayon and paint.  They come out much bolder than crayons, and dry as the consistency of paint, making them very appealing to toddlers. They are washable and wipe off furniture and wash out of clothing very easily.

I genuinely highly recommend this product, which is very reasonably priced at just £7.99 for 12, and available from Amazon, Asda, Toys R Us and Toymaster.

Love, Laurel


Harry’s Kingdom of You

A bedtime story, like most toddlers, is crucial to Harry winding down before going to sleep. Recently however, I have noticed him becoming a bit tired of some of his books, or some of them becoming too ‘babyish’ for him. At 2 years 4 months, he can really grasp a story and his imagination is amazing. We were sent a lovely personalised book, ‘Kingdom of You‘ by Wonderbly, and I knew as soon as I received it, Harry would love it for years to come.

Kingdom of You personalised book

We are expecting baby number two, a little girl, in January, so there are lots of changes ahead for our little Harry. I feel like it’s so important right now to use this time to make Harry feel so special whilst also preparing him for becoming a big brother!

Kingdom of You is a beautifully illustrated, extensively personalised book for toddlers aged 2 – 5. It centres around a main character, i.e. your little one, who is fed up of tidying his/her bedroom and is more interested in fun and adventure. Suddenly the ‘laundry genie’ appears from his washing basket and grants Harry 3 wishes. He wishes to be King Harry with his very own kingdom!

Kingdom of You personalised book

I was able to choose two of Harry’s favourite things to base the story on; dinosaurs and ice cream. The illustration is absolutely beautiful and so detailed and personalised. Harry’s name appears continually throughout the book, and the little character I chose has blonde hair just like him. He loved the story and was fascinated by all of the pictures and the fact the book was all about him!

The quality of the book is excellent and the ordering process was very quick and easy and arrived within a week. This book would make a beautiful gift and is a perfect way to make your little boy or girl feel special and involve them in a magical story that will capture their imagination.  You get to see a preview of each page as you place your order and can write a dedication at the end.

I would thoroughly recommend this book as a lovely gift for toddlers. Thank you so much Wonderbly for sending Harry this book and making him feel special!

Love, Laurel

I have a two year old!

Harry turned two a few weeks ago!!! I now have a fully-fledged little toddler who is full of chat and loves an adventure!

two year old boy Harry is doing really great at the moment. We haven’t seen too many signs of terrible twos yet, apart from the odd  spell here and there.

He loves singing and dancing and can sing lots of songs from start to finish in his sweet little voice. It is the cutest thing in the world.

He is getting really into Disney. His current favourite is Moana, but he loves Alice and Wonderland and The Lion King. “Painting the Roses Red” is strangely enough the song he loves best!

Outside is his favourite place to be; we are probably going to spend most of the summer in the garden or out at the park or the beach. He is amused for hours just pottering around the garden, playing in his sandpit, his playhouse or looking for mini beasts. He also loves imaginative play, like pretending he is Peter Rabbit and Daddy is Mr. McGregor. Or playing ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and pretending to fall off the sofa!

two year old update

He is both a mummy’s boy and a daddy’s boy. He loves our dog so much although he does torment her a bit!

He has a great relationship with his grandparents which is so lovely and he is really enjoying nursery now. He tells us about his friends and what he has been doing that day. Such a difference from when he started at 10 months and was so unsettled there. He only goes two days a week but it gives him great social interaction with children his age and they do lots of activities which he really enjoys.

Food wise, he is a pretty good eater. The main thing he is not good at eating, is unsurprisingly, vegetables. He ate them well when he was very small, then when he got to about 1 year old, he would only eat them mixed into things, eg, stew. Now he won’t really eat them at all. Apart from sweetcorn, peas and beans.  So not too bad I suppose. He eats a lot of fruit and is definitely a meat and potatoes fan. But his favourite meals are Spaghetti Bolognese and Chilli!

This year, and fingers crossed it continues, he has been so much healthier. Last year he caught every cold and virus going and had a permanent snotty nose and several courses of anti-biotics. So it’s a huge relief to see that his immune system has strengthened.

little boy and his mum

His speech, is excellent. I really don’t mean to sound big-headed about it. But it really is great. He was slower to hit the more physical milestones, and still takes his time a bit in that area, but when it comes to speech he is just brilliant. We have proper full blown conversations now, and it seems like he knows nearly every word! Which he doesn’t, obviously, but he is just soaking it all up like a sponge and repeating it back when we least expect it.

I am so proud of my little boy, and loving this stage of life. Whilst the baby period was so amazing and special, I truly believe it gets easier as they grow. It’s a combination of Harry gaining independence, being able to have more fun as a family, and the fact we now have two whole years of experience at parenthood. Harry you are our perfect boy.

two year old boy

Love, Laurel

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