My name is Lily-Sue, but my mummy calls me Munchkin (or 'Munch' for short!) I am 8 years old, and this is where my mummy will help me write all about all the fun things we do together. I hope you enjoy reading about the adventures of my mummy and me, Munchkin, with the occasional appearance from the siblings - Beastie and Plumlet.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Tips for choosing your Bathroom Furniture

Our quest for a new bathroom!
One thing we have promised ourselves this year as a family is that we will make some big changes to our bathroom. When we moved in here, one of the things we knew we would want to change in the near future would be this room, as instead of a traditional bathroom, we have a wet room. With three young children, this has its pros and cons. The kids love the fact that they can play around in the shower with the added space due to no cubicle and that they don't have to worry about the distance they allow the water to spread! However, even with the addition of non-slip mats, it can get dangerous and kind of like trying to retrieve a goldfish from its tank with your bare hands.
All this aside, I miss the luxury of relaxing in a bath at the end of a long day. This is something I definitely took for granted before we moved in here, and I want it back!
So some changes will definitely be made, and we are starting to consider the other factors we will need to think about when planning our little transformation!
5 Tips To Selecting Bathroom Furniture
It goes without saying that the bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. A bathroom must be relaxing and also serve as a wonderful place for you to quiet your mind and let go of your stress. Therefore, it is imperative that the bathroom is updated to suit your needs and preferences. When updating your bathroom, you will have to focus on choosing bathroom furniture such as vanities, mirrors, and cabinets. If you want to make your bathroom a functional retreat, you should follow the tips we have mentioned below; 

Tip 1: Deciding on the bathroom furniture

So, what bathroom furniture are you in dire need of? Are you looking to upgrade your vanities and mirrors? Or, do you want to install new cabinets for extra storage space? When deciding on the bathroom furniture, you will need to note the dimensions of your bathroom. It wouldn't make sense for you to purchase a bathroom furniture that doesn't fit in your bathroom, would it? 

Tip 2: Know your budget

Before you begin your search for bathroom furniture, you need to first work out a realistic budget for the furniture. Doing so will prevent you from overspending. Of course, there may come times when the furniture you prefer are priced exorbitantly and are thus, over budget. During such times, you can either wait for clearance sales or opt for cheaper, similar-looking alternatives. 

Tip 3: Design and style

When focusing on bathroom furniture, you should particularly focus on two important factors; style and practicality. And, when choosing the furniture, it is necessary to identify what atmosphere and look you want in your bathroom. Do you want your bathroom to look luxurious? Or, do you want custom-made furniture to better suit the needs and requirements of your family? Do you like traditional furniture pieces or would you rather place chic and contemporary furniture in your bathroom? 

Tip 4: Choosing your vanity

Before choosing your vanity, you need to first know what you want in a vanity. You will need to identify what your vanity unit will be used most often for. Will it be used by your kids? If so, you should get a vanity that is durable beyond belief and easy to clean. You should also pay attention to the height of the vanity and ensure that it isn't too low or too high for you. The vanity you end up choosing must also be able to accentuate the other accessories and furniture in the bathroom. 

Tip 5: Know your storage needs

Before shopping for a new cabinet, you need to first take an inventory of all the products in the current bathroom. Then, you should pick a cabinet or a vanity that can not only accommodate the current products, but also have extra storage space available for future needs. You will be able to shop better after knowing your storage needs.

These are all tips that we will most definitely be keeping in mind when we start to change our wet room into a proper bathroom. It will absolutely happen this year. A promise is a promise!

This is a collaborative post

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Hacking our burgers with Rustlers

A Dinnertime Challenge!

I'm a mum of three. Munch is 8, Beastie is 5 and Plumlet is 4. The girls go to school 5 days per week, whilst Plumlet spends two days of his week at nursery and the rest with me. There are after school clubs and other extra-curricular activities that are scheduled during the week. The Man works long hours, and I am trying my hardest to make good preparations for a life for myself, ready for when Plumlet starts school in September. 

Therefore, naturally, I cook each and every meal from scratch, using only the finest organic ingredients whilst guaranteeing that every bite contains the correct balance of every nutrient known to man ... and some that are not. Oh, and I forgot to mention that we all sit down, harmoniously, as a family of 5, seven days a week and all enjoy the one single meal that has been lovingly and flawlessly prepared ...

Ok, so as parents, we all want what is best for our children, and in an ideal world there would be enough hours in the day to allow for several hours of meal preparation. However, this is not an ideal world. This is reality, and real life is just not like this. Not for us, anyway. 

Regardless of how imperfect our world may be, we do love to sit down as a family to enjoy a meal together. Admittedly, it is not always possible, but we make the effort to do so a few times per week. Sometimes, in order to make this happen, we will opt for a 'quick and easy' meal option. Less time preparing and cooking means more time sitting together.

So when we were invited by Britmums to take part in their Burger Hacking Challenge with Rustlers, I thought this would be great for us.

Rustlers burgers are a perfect quick fix when time is short and tummies are empty. They can be eaten as a quick snack or added to a main meal. Either way, they are really fast and simple to prepare and very tasty!

So we were set the challenge to take the Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burger Twin Pack, select our preferred ingredients to compliment our meal and to have fun with the family, hacking our burgers to make them just right for us. 

We stocked up on the ingredients that the kids requested. 

The great thing about Rustlers burgers are they can be cooked in the microwave, and will be ready in aroundR 2 minutes. You have the option to either place the whole burger into the microwave, or you can, like us, place the patty on its own into the microwave whilst the bread bun goes into the toaster or under the grill for a short time.

Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burgers are made using quality chicken marinated with a southern fried breadcrumb and are delicious when eaten as they come, but including some of your favourite additions can make all the difference and allows you to personalise your meal in the best way!

This is how Munch asked for her burger to be served to her. Munch is our fussiest eater. She likes her food to be basic and has some serious issues with textures of different foods. However, she loved the sound of the challenge and tried her hardest to embrace the opportunity to show that she could be more adventurous with her food. She likes her bun to be toasted, and toasted well.

All 3 kids had their salad requests ...

With the addition of various salad items, onion rings, homestyle chips and a selection of condiments, we managed to create a meal that was enjoyed by everyone, and I can honestly say, plates were very empty by the end of dinner time!

Every Rustlers burger also comes with its own little sachet of sauce. The Southern Fried Chicken Burgers come with a peppered mayo, which went down a treat with Beastie, who is demanding to know where she can get her hands on it in a big bottle! Once she had filled her burger with salad, onion rings, cheese and completed it with sauce, she declared herself to be in a very good place. 

This challenge has been so much fun. The bottom line is, Rustlers claim to provide a quick, convenient and affordable meal for when parents need it most, and I think we have managed to prove this to be true. One thing is for sure, and that is that it took a lot less time to prepare this dinner than it did for everyone to finish eating it! They weren't missing a crumb and they declared that their bellies were satisfyingly full by the end!

Thank you Rustlers!
Your burgers will now appear on our shopping list much more frequently!

Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Twin Pack and other varieties in the Rustlers range are available from the chilled section in Tesco, so why not add them to your shopping list too, and get hacking! We'd love to see what you can do with yours.

This post is an entry for BritMums Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge, sponsored by Rustlers http://rustlersonline.com/ 

Sunday, 14 January 2018

It's NOT ok! Just #BeKind

What do you do when you feel as though you are compromising the safety of your child every day?

Our Beastie acquired her nickname at less than 24 hours old. 4 years on, and this nickname becomes more appropriate every day. She is a Beast! But ... she is a sweet little monster who forever wears her heart on her sleeve. She loves to please and loves to be loved. This is why it breaks my heart when someone takes advantage of her gentle side. • So, I have a plea to all parents out there. If you find that your child is unkind to another, be it physically or emotionally (or both!), whether this be one time or regularly, PLEASE don't ignore it. Please let go of the 'kids will be kids' attitude and gently educate your child as to why their actions aren't the best. Don't force your child to apologise to their 'target', especially in front of others ... this apology is not genuine. Don't laugh it off thinking it's just a phase ... this 'phase' could be causing another child to go home sad and unsure as to what they're doing wrong, this 'phase' could become more serious than you think. #ukparentbloggers #bullyingisnotok #bullyingisnotaphase #raisekindchildren #educate
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I get you out of your bed every morning and smile as you jump up with excitement for the day that lies ahead.

We stick to a routine to ensure everything gets done and nothing gets missed before we walk up the road, hand in hand, as you tell me about the things you're excited to achieve during your day.

As we reach the top of the road, you break free from my hold and run happily towards D, the Lollipop Man, who is smiling as you approach. You bounce around in front of him whilst he makes you giggle.

We cross the road as you give D a high five in the middle of the road (this makes his morning!) and we enter the school gates. 

You greet everyone you pass with a smile, a chirpy "good morning", prompting your passers by to smile at me and often comment about your seemingly unshakable happy mood (if only they knew!)

The four of us walk to your classroom and enter the cloakroom where you cannot get your coat off quickly enough. Kisses and cuddles for your sister and brother whom you leave standing patiently in the cloakroom whilst I assist you into the class.

This is my moment to snatch a kiss and a hug from you as you wriggle your way through the mingling children calling out "Love you, mummy!" 

Then you reach your goal. That thing that makes you bubble with joy every morning. You grab your two little best friends, hug them tight, and just like that, you're ready to start your day. 

This is the moment part of my world has been falling apart a little recently. I catch the eye of your teacher. She understands. She knows what I'm going through right now. Catching her eye is essential for me at the moment. It's the one thing that holds me together as I walk away and leave you. Like I'm passing the baton to her and urging her to please keep it safe and not drop it. Drop that baton, and it's all over.

We make our way around the school and walk your sister to her classroom door. 

This all seems like a pretty normal school morning routine. So why is it, I've been feeling far from 'normal' every day when leaving you? Why am I fighting back the tears as I'm leaving the school gates each day? Why am I crippled with the feeling of incredible guilt?

Maybe it's because I question how safe you really are within those 4 secure walls of the classroom?

Maybe it's because the realisation of what has been happening to you since the very first day you started school has suddenly become a harsh reality?

Maybe it's because I know that magical smile of yours may have already faded before I've even left the school grounds?

Maybe it's not any one of the above ... Because it's actually ALL of the above.

One day you'll read this, Beastie, and it's important to us that you understand. You're such a sweet soul. You want to be friends with everyone and we're told at every parent's evening that you're popular amongst your peers and have no problem attracting new people with the help of your comical sense of humour and your magnetic personality. 

However, sadly, not everyone will see the best in these qualities of yours.

You're no angel, I know that. You've been nicknamed 'Beastie' since you were less than 24 hours old, and every single day, you equip us with brand new reasons that confirm we chose the perfect nickname for you. You're a Beast, but you're the most loveable Beast I know, and one that wears her heart on her sleeve. 

Sadly, at the young age of just five years old, you've had to encounter individuals that will take advantage of your fun, adorable side. They will seem almost threatened by your ability to befriend others and will take a dislike to the close relationships that you form.

This happens in life everyday. And that's fine. That feeling of envy is not yours and should certainly not be your problem.

What is not fine is that you're being harmed.

Harmed by another child. A child that pretended to be your friend. A child that joined the school knowing no one and whom you took by the hand on your first day in Reception and promised she wouldn't need to be on her own.

How part of me wishes that encounter had never taken place. If only I had known that this child would, within a matter of weeks, be causing physical harm to you on a regular basis. 

I tackled it, along with the help of your teachers, and was assured it was all over and these malicious actions had stopped. And yes, every single part of it has been malicious. 

But it hasn't stopped. It never stopped. Your kind heart just chose to ignore it for a while.

This isn't 'kids being kids'. This is one child picking her moments carefully, knowing when she's being watched and when she's not, finding you at vulnerable moments and hurting you. This is manipulation to the point that she'll hurt you one minute and hand you a carefully penned letter or card the next, telling you she loves your friendship whilst she watches you accept her 'token' gracefully and eagerly, thinking this person is a friend after all and that everything is right with the world again.

That's your kind heart that thinks that, all the while your head knows the truth.

Friends are meant to leave marks in your heart, not footprints on your back when they decide to deliberately kick you as you're sitting on the carpet, listening to the teacher.

Friends don't corner you in the bathroom and give physical digs when no one is watching.

Friends don't push you off your chair or push your seat in so far that it squashes your chest against the wooden table, and then laugh when you ask to be released. They don't pull your hair, hit you, push you over on the playground or trample on your belongings. Friends don't tell you who you are 'allowed' to be friends with or try to dictate that you and your best friend from nursery have been friends for too long and are no longer allowed to play together. Friends don't force your favourite playmates to leave you at playtime by using threats of a morbid and extremely worrying nature, whilst instructing you to go sit on a bench and spend your playtime alone with no company. Above all, friends do not cause you to feel frightened at the thought of confiding in the very people who have a job to keep you safe, because you're promised that if you tell, you'll get into trouble. 

Friends don't do all of these things and then think a piece of paper with a feeble, less than genuine "sorry" scribbled in pretty colours takes away what they have just done.

This is why my world falls apart every time I leave you at school. Your two best friends are amazing. The sweetest girls in the world. And their soft little souls are affected in ways that make you sad too. None of you should go through this. You're five! Your teacher is incredible. Almost too incredible sometimes! She's sad too. She's sad that this has been happening under her nose and has gone completely undetected. She's sad that you've been made to feel scared in her care and have felt unable to speak to her for fear of getting into trouble. She's sad that this child has changed something in you recently - she's taken away a certain sparkle that you had - and your teacher has mistaken this for something else. She had thought that you had simply returned to school this term with an extra focus and determination to learn ... which you have. But that's not all she's been seeing. She's been witnessing something much more disturbing, but she had no idea. 


Because this child made sure of it. 

Another upset, another letter thrust into your hands last week. Only this time was different. This time, I was there when she passed you the envelope covered in "I love you" and friendship stickers. And do you know what? You'll never see that letter. Not this time. A "Sorry for hitting you" (yes, that was the entirety of this letter) simply comes nowhere close to cutting through the damage she's done. You deserve better than that, beautiful girl, and I'm not letting you see another letter like that, which makes your kind, adorable heart think that it's all ok again.

It's not ok. It's never ok. It's bullying.

Bullying is NOT ok!

If you suspect your child is being victimised or bullied in any way, please check out the #BeKind campaign initiated by the team at ITV's This Morning and pledge to watch their appeal video with your children. Speak up, and stop the bullies!

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Give your January earnings a Boost

Swago is Back!

I've written a number of times about Swagbucks, and a good few of these posts have been telling you all about Swago.

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their January "Swago" promotion starting Monday, January 8th at 5pm GMT and running until Monday, January 15th! 

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Swago is a brilliant way to get started, bagging yourself a nice little SB bonus to begin your earnings! Here are a few tips: 

Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores! 

Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change colour signifying the action item is complete. 

You have until 8pm GMT on Monday, January 15th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely. 

Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely. 

Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!
The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 7.59am GMT on Tuesday, January 16th to use all your spins. 

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 300 SB bonus, which is a really great start towards a gift card from the retailer of your choice. 

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of January, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!

That's a nice few bonuses for January!
Happy Earning.

This post has been written in collaboration with Swagbucks. My story is real and I have been compensated in SB for this promotional post. No other payment has been received.

Starting the New Year with some Swag!

Put that cash back into your wallet

January is here, which usually means wallets seem a little empty. Christmas and New Year festivities can often give the bank balance a bit of a battering, making this first month of the year feel as though it goes on forever!

My aim is to not feel this way in January, and Swagbucks is the way forward.

By using Swagbucks throughout the year, I can earn enough SB (the redeemable currency used by Swagbucks) to pay for Christmas ... again! 

Sound too good to be true?
Well, the proof is right here, as I am now starting to save for my THIRD Swagbucks Christmas!

All throughout January you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching, watching videos, discovering deals, and taking surveys. Then you take those points and exchange them for gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, or PayPal cash. 

When you sign up through me this month, you can earn a 300 SB bonus! Here's how: 

2. Earn 300 SB total before 1st February, 2018, and you'll get a 300 SB bonus!

3. That's it. It's super easy, and Swagbucks is for real. I use it myself, and it has lifted the stress for us for the past 2 Christmas times. 

I can't wait to see how much I can earn for Christmas 2018. Watch this space for updates!

This post has been written in collaboration with Swagbucks. My story is real and I have been compensated in SB for this promotional post. No other payment has been received.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Elf on the Shelf ... Is it for me?

If you're asking yourself the above question, read on!

Rewind to November, 2014. Munch was 5, Beastie 2 and Plumlet was nearly 1. A large supermarket chain, funnily enough - one I don't regularly use - started offering (in true "you need this" style) this ...

Cute, yes? In 2014, the Elf on the Shelf craze hadn't really taken hold of the UK. It was, at that time, a very American idea but was starting to creep into British households, slowly. I'd heard of it, and the idea made me smile.
The Elf on the Shelf tradition has been popular in the US for a few years now. The idea was that, on Thanksgiving, one of Santa's Elves would visit the homes of children far and wide to keep a watchful eye over behaviour, and to ensure each one belongs on Santa's 'good list'. Over time, this idea developed slightly, and these elves started to move around, causing mischief and confusion around the house. The Elf would then disappear home on the evening of Christmas Eve, often leaving some sort of  'behaviour evaluation' for the children on their departure.

Over the years, Elf on the Shelf has gone from being a national tradition to being a worldwide phenomenon, with households around the globe joining in the fun, with many documenting their stories across social media.
I thought about it more, and mentioned it to The Man. He smiled too, which obviously meant it was a perfect idea, right?

Read on ...

With all 3 kids at such an age where Christmas magic is in full swing, all fantastical beliefs are unscathed and, as a parent, you want to Stoke that fire of imagination at every given opportunity, the whole Elf idea was becoming more and more appealing!

1st December, 2014, a visitor came to stay.

The kids named him Doodle.

Doodle wasn't a mischievous Elf. Well, not really. He'd mess with their toys occasionally, but as a rule, he was a fun, kind Elf. He'd bring treats and gifts (such as activities to do and daily letters) and the kids would get really excited every morning, dashing downstairs to see what Doodle had been up to. As Christmas Day drew closer, I won't lie, the nightly ideas didn't come easy and the pressure I put onto myself to 'think of something better than yesterday' became tiring at times. But it had been fun. He even made a big fuss of Plumlet's December birthday which they all enjoyed. The kids had absolutely loved it and had grown, in that short 24 days, to totally adore Doodle. On the evening of Christmas Eve, as the children showered, a Christmas Eve box appeared under the tree. This was a gift from Doodle to say thank you, and contained new pyjamas, a book, some hot chocolate and a little sweet treat. It also held a Magic Key for the kids to place outside so Santa could open the door and some magic dust for the reindeer (just oats and glitter)

There were tears when he left!
Doodle was packed up, safely, in our secure Christmas box, and hidden away for next year.

1st December, 2015 and 2016, Doodle returns.
Kids are ecstatic to see him.
All goes well. Kids have fun whilst I slowly lose the will to ... well, anything really, but it's all worth it for the children, right?

I'd say we reached, roughly, 15th December, 2016, when I started referring to the Elf as the Stuffed Intruder and cursing his imaginary, warped existence. Every evening, as the kids settled in bed, The Man would bring me my bag of craft supplies, and placed them next to me (rather sheepishly as the month went on) before backing away quickly and attempting to avoid my hateful glare. Still, we saw it through, with success, to 24th  December. Once again, the kids were sad to see him leave. They were definitely more disappointed than me!

Again, he brought pyjamas and the other treats in the form of a Christmas Eve box.

Once more, as the tree and the decorations were taken down, Doodle was packed away safely ...
Somewhere ...

As we approached 1st December, 2017, The Man ventured into the loft to retrieve the box of decorations so we could get Doodle ready for his eagerly anticipated arrival. There was more than one box, and we weren't 100% sure which one he was hidden in. Munch had helped to take the decorations down in 2016, so I remembered we had to engage ninja mode when putting him away as she was taking it upon herself to inspect every single item that was placed in the boxes.

Every box was emptied, but no Elf.

Panic starts ... 
1st December draws closer ... 
House is searched numerous times ... 
Search the internet for a replacement, but cannot find one in stock anywhere ...
1st December arrives ...

Doodle's exploring the world! But it's ok, because he's sending postcards, right? In fact, he's even thinking of their education, because he chooses destinations that have been fundamental to their current everyday learning. Doodle rocks, yeah?

Nope. Doodle should be here. Doodle has had all year to travel the world and should now be on our shelf. We don't want Doodle's postcards ... We want Doodle.

As if I didn't feel like the most awful mum in the world. There were tears, there was genuine disappointment every morning when they were presented with yet another postcard.

Meanwhile, I'm literally pulling my hair out, searching for this sodding Elf! Eventually, I find one on a very popular auction site. Its brand new, identical to Doodle, and at a good price. To be honest, most prices would have been a 'good price' by this stage. I was desperate! I contact the seller, pouring my heart out and manage to persuade her to change her delivery time from 10 days to next day. The sense of relief was immense. Doodle was coming home! The Man returns from work and I gush about my day's triumph, just as he hands me a box. Not just any box. No. This was a special box, because this box had been completely missed when he was removing the boxes from the loft.

You know where this is going!

The Man backed away, sheepishly, again. Not 3 hours ago, we'd had no damn Elf. Now we have 2.

Close friends and family that had been aware of our Elf Dilemma reassured me with the notion that we "now have a spare ..."

A spare?! Do you honestly think I'll ever need a bloody spare?! No, this thing is being fitted with a kick ass GPS tracker and nailed to the inside of a wardrobe!! 

Doodle returned the following morning, bearing gifts he had collected from the countries he'd visited. Ingredients to make pizzas from Rome, castanets (and chorizo for the pizzas) from Spain, Disney DVDs from Disneyworld ... All was good with the world again.

'Decoy Doodle' arrived.

Being the glutton for punishment that I probably am, I decided to get creative. A bit of wool for hair, a couple of bits of ribbon tied into bows, a bit of green felt

and the decoy became ...

Doodle's best friend whom he met whilst he was gallivanting around the world. 

I felt I had kind of repaired the disappointment caused by Doodle's delayed arrival, as the kids were so happy to see her. Doodle continued to write them a new poem every day, encouraging their excitement as Christmas approached.

Then, following a few moments of total madness, one morning, the kids came downstairs to this ...

Ok, so Plumlet has a December birthday. Not just December. The 23rd - right on top of Christmas. By the time his special day arrives, the girls are so excited about Christmas, his birthday seems to get forgotten a little, as I'm sure is the case for many who have a late December birthday. Therefore, I wanted something that would still celebrate the excitement of Christmas, but would also remind the girls each year that Christmas isn't the only important celebration we have in December. I figured if they had something else to look forward to on that day, then they wouldn't forget about the birthday excitement. So, on the 23rd December every year, Plumlet's birthday Elf, Gingerbread, will come to visit for a couple of days.

In summary, we begin the month of December with no Elf to sit on the shelf ... and on Christmas Eve, we said goodbye to three of the little buggers!!
The kids have loved it. Me? I'm questioning my sanity and contemplating whether or not we need a bigger shelf ...!

Still wondering whether Elf on the Shelf is for you?

Of course it is! What could possibly go wrong?!

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Baby Secrets is here!

The world is going crazy for collectibles!

I think Munch was about 3 when she first discovered collectibles. She found herself with 2, then 3, then 4 ... and just like that, she was hooked! Collection progress gets marked off, a list of 'duplicates' starts to form and the container that stores said collectibles gradually increases in size to accommodate the growing contents!

Collectibles and the idea behind them seems to attract a variety of opinions. Some positive, from people who can't get enough of the thrill of the find and who have no problem with their children mildly obsessing about the latest craze, whilst others will avoid them entirely. I have to say, I am with the first group, and it's a good job really, as boy, do my kids love a collectible!

And, there is a new collectible in town!

Prepare to enter a world full of cute babies with unique personalities!

Today, Baby Secrets, the latest collectible to hit the shelves of the favourite High Street stores, will take its place in the much loved collections of so many children.

This particular collection is brand new on our scene in the UK and brings exciting little characters boasting big personalities, and each personality is simple to identify. From a painter with his paintbrush to a party lover complete with a sash and party hat, each one comes ready to share their own secrets. Discover the cutest and cheekiest babies in town ... who will be your favourite?

These little toys are hidden away, in true collectible style, inside their own unique packaging. And to add to the fun, the packaging plays an essential part in the playing too. The little character comes tucked inside their own little bath tub, together with a birth certificate to complete and, of course, a collectors guide so that you can keep track of your collection.

The kids couldn't wait to break into their Baby Secrets tub to find out who they had. And none of them were disappointed. 

Munch had the Baby Cook in her tub. This little character is wearing a bowl as a hat, in true baby style, and comes clutching a spoon. According to the Collectors Guide, the Cook Baby is one of the common characters.

Beastie is delighted with her Baby Secrets. Her baby has 3 crayons their pocket, so she has decided hers is a 'Doodle' Baby. She is really pleased to know that her character is on the ultra rare section of the Collectors Guide, so she feels very lucky!

Finally, Plumlet found Party Baby inside his tub. This character is listed as rare and is wearing a party hat and sash. 

The girls were desperate to find out if their babies were boys or girls, so immediately set to filling their bath tubs with cold water. To find out the gender of your Baby Secrets, you just sit them in their bath filled with cold water and watch as the colour of their nappy turns from the usual white to either pink or blue. Once you know, names can be chosen and their individual little birth certificate can be filled in.

As soon as the nappy area dries completely, the colour returns to white again, ready for their next bath time!

Every Baby Secrets comes with their own Collectors Guide which lists all of the characters available within the current series. Series 1 consists of a common, rare and ultra rare category but also contains an extra special limited edition character. I'm almost certain the kids will want to collect Baby Secrets now in a race to get their hands on that ultra special baby!

Because, that's Collectibles!

The full range includes the Baby Secrets Single Pack and the Baby Secrets Activity Pack. I know that the single packs are going to be really popular with my girls, because with an RRP of just £2.99, they are the perfect pocket money collectible. They are a great way to get a good collection started, and great for us parents for when we want to buy that little, inexpensive, mid-term reward for academic achievements and good behaviour!

Then, the ideal addition to birthday lists would be the activity packs. With an RRP of £12.99, they come in 4 different varieties; 

Pram Pack
Bassinet Pack
High Chair Pack
Rocking Horse Pack

These packs come complete with two exclusive babies, one surprise baby, a bath tub, three birth certificates, a collectors guide and the special accessory appropriate to the chosen pack.

Which one will you get?

Baby Secrets is now available from The Entertainer, Smyths Toys, Argos and Toymaster. For more information about Baby Secrets and to keep up to date on the range, make sure you bookmark Baby Secrets HQ at www.babysecretshq.co.uk

We were sent some Baby Secrets for the purpose of this review. No other payment was received, and all opinions are our own.