Bathtime Buddies Thomas & Friends | Review & Giveaway

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Thomas the tank engine is so happy and blue,

His new Bathtime Buddies bubbles only had to be too.

The smell is really so great

and big bubbles it does make.

It made the bath lots of splashy fun,

They even wanted to splash water over Mum!

The bubbles are gentle on skin, hair and eyes,

One of you lucky ones can win some as a prize!

We tried out the magic cloth as well,

Max was amazed by it, his mouth just fell.

You put it in the water and it magically grows,

Max loved it and wanted to clean everywhere, even his toes.

The new Thomas range is really great,

We just love bath time- we can’t wait!

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Now, for your chance to win a set of Thomas Bath Time products, simply click on the Rafflecopter link below and complete the form, completing as many entries as you would like (though following the blog via BlogLovin’ and leaving a comment are mandatory).

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Good luck!

Rebecca x

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*as part of the BathTime Fun Squad we were gifted these items but all opinions are our own.

Competition Terms & Conditions:

  • The giveaway will run from 10am on 29th March 2015 and run until 11.59pm on 12th April 2015, GMT.
  • The prize is for one set of Thomas Bathtime Buddies products.
  • Sorry, entry is for UK residents aged 18 or over only.
  • Entries can only be completed through the Rafflepcopter widget.
  • All entries will be checked and verified.
  • The winner is chosen at random, using random.org, from all valid entries.
  • The winner will be announced on 14th April 2015 and the winner will be emailed, as well as announced through AAUBlog’s social media pages.
  • The winner will have 72 hours to respond with their details, otherwise a new winner will be picked, following the same procedure.
  • The item will be sent out once winner’s details have been received, from H&A direct.

Out & About This Easter

I think basically anyone with kids, except maybe those with teenagers ;) , love getting out and about in the lovely Spring weather that is coming our way. It is my favourite season and it will be so nice to get out with kids, as the hubby has some time off work.

One thing we like to do is walks. It doesn’t cost and you can make it as long or short as you like – I’m all for some calorie burning! Here are just a few tips that I’m sharing with you, together with Munch Bunch, for getting out on nature trails this Easter:

  1. Be adventurous with your location. Add an extra dimension by doing a sensory nature trail on a farm: explore the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and touch of nature!
  2. Some farms will even allow children to milk the cows – a fascinating experience for little ones – and a chance to explain how natural ingredients make the foods they love, like Munch Bunch.
  3. If you’re doing a sensory trail remember to explain to your children each of their senses in simple terms at the start of the trail. Test them as you go, e.g; “Can you hear that cow moo-ing? What sense are we using to do that?”
  4. Take along foods to stimulate their sense of taste – and to keep hunger pangs at bay. Dairy snacks like fromage frais, squeezy yogurts and tangy fruit are all good choices, rooted in nature.

After a recent survey, the top food that parents feel good about having their kids eat is fromage frais. Munch Bunch have a new 30% less sugar fromage frais so it would be perfect to try after a trip out and about. What is your little ones favourite thing to eat?

The Good Stuff ­ parents top 20 foods for kids

Happy Easter! Hope you can get out and enjoy some family time.

Rebecca x

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Imaginative Ideas for Kids’ Bedrooms

It’s important that your children’s bedrooms feel like their own special spaces. Whether you have little ones like I do or older kids, it can be tough getting them to bed if they only use their room for boring sleep. Although you don’t want to have too many fun distractions at bedtime, it can be much easier to get someone into bed if they’re excited about using their Batman bedcovers. Sometimes it can feel like mums are expected to have wild imaginations when it comes to things like interior design, but the fact is that even the best of us get stuck for ideas. If you want to turn your child’s bedroom into a special place for them to be, here are some ideas to make it more fun.

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Use a Fun Bed

One of the big moments when your little ones are growing up is moving them from their cot to a proper bed. Sometimes this means lots of sleepless nights or toddlers crawling into bed with their parents every night. One of the ways to make it easier for them is to make their bed more exciting. You can get all kinds of beds in different shapes and sizes, from princess castles to rocket ships. And, of course, they’re not just for the tiny ones either!

Get Creative with Bedding

Special beds aren’t exactly cheap though unless you or someone you know is smart enough to make one. But some beautiful bedding can be just as good to delight your kids. As well as lots of colours and characters to choose from, you can get even more imaginative with things like Snurk bedding. These funny duvet and pillow sets take your child to another world every time they get into bed, whether it’s to a ballet studio, pirate ship or outer space. They just lie down and pull the duvet on top of them, and they turn into a character about to go off on an adventure.

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Add Private Spaces

Kids love to have somewhere they can call their own, and it’s important that they can have a space where they can be alone. It’s especially necessary for teenagers and older children who want to be more independent. You can create special corners and hideaways in their room, like a reading nook, a play corner or a den.

Pick a Theme

If you don’t know where to start when decorating your child’s room, you can choose a theme to follow. All children have their favourite things that they would love to fill their room with. It might be a TV or movie character, an animal or just a general theme like fairies, pirates or the seaside. Everyone’s seen those crazy kid’s bedrooms that look like they’re a whole other dimension. We can’t all afford to do something like that, but you can still create a fantasy world out of their bedroom to encourage their imagination.

When your son or daughter gets a new bedroom that they love, they’ll be rushing to go to bed to every night! Do you have any neat ideas for transforming your little one’s room?

Rebecca x

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Family Holidays

The sun is making more and more of an appearance (kind of) so of course my thoughts turn to holidays and things we can do as a family. We have a few things planned in the coming months to be able to enjoy time together and get some good old vitamin d.

I will be going to Chicago to see my sister and meet my new quad niece and nephews – I am SO excited! I think some of that has to do with flying on a plane by myself haha but of course, really it is seeing my sister and being able to help her out. My brother-in-law will be away for most of the time I’m there, for work, so it will be quite full on and busy but I’m really looking forward to it.

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Our big main summer holiday will be to Phuket, Thailand with a couple of nights layover in Dubai. Yes, the flights are going to be a bit crazy with our two littles but we love travel and don’t think kids should stop you from doing that. It will be great to see their reactions to baby elephants on the beach in Thailand! I can just imagine it now and it makes me smile. The hubby has always wanted to visit Asia, especially after his family visited a few years ago and they all fell in love with it. The jury is still out for me but I am very intrigued. I love Thai food and hey, it will be sunny and warm!

We would love to visit somewhere like the Lake District too and stay in a cute cottage for a staycation. There are so many places that we haven’t visited together, the Lake District and Cornwall being just two of them so it would be great to get something booked in. A weekend getaway would be fab, perhaps for the hubby’s 30th this year, and enjoy some hiking. Who knows how much we could get done with the kids but we enjoy lots of nice walks and hey, the scenery is great, right? :)

Do you have any holidays planned this year? Have you visited Thailand?

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Rebecca x

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