All about OKIDO Children’s Magazine

I have been really enjoying the summer holidays and having both children at home all the time (Max attends preschool a few mornings a week, ususally). Though it can be tricky thinking of activities for them to do all of the time, particularly with the ‘delightful’ weather we have been having recently meaning we are indoors more. So I was thrilled to get copies of the children’s magazine Okido through the door – perfect for my 3 year old!

Originally conceived by parents on a kitchen table in Brixton, Okido magazine is an educational for curious kids and their families. Created as a reaction against all the plastic-wrapped, poor quality publications that are sold to children in the UK, Okido is a highly considered and you can see how thought out the design of it is. It is well-designed and I think it is a really good quality product – it is now available around the world which is mega impressive. 

Max really enjoyed it. It is bright and colourful and I like that it has an edge different to other children’s magazines, particularly for children aged 3-8, as it has quite a scientific theme and how the main character, Messy Monster, asks lots of questions and lots of imaginative theories. It is a good size magazine in terms of pages, I’ve often been disappointed paying for a children’s magazine for nearly £4 and it is only about 10 pages long. This however is £4 but it has 46 pages worth of activities and cute hand drawn illustrations. I really like the look of it.

The verdict? Max thought it was ‘so cool, mummy’. I really like the look of it and I’d rather get this for him than other children’s magazines that I see. I think it would only be an occasional purchase though as I can’t really justify the price (though it is only available bimonthly).

There will be a new programme on CBeebies, based on the magazine, airing in Autumn 2015.

Rebecca x

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*we were sent free copies of the magazine in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.


Modern Kitchen Ideas


When we moved into our home nearly five years ago now (crazy), we just had to renovate the kitchen – it hadn’t been touched since the 50’s. Seriously.

We went for quite a classic, country style kitchen and I do think it is probably my favourite room in the house. The units are creamy in colour but we did go for darker floor tiles and counter tops, both being a dark charcoal / black colour. I am happy with it but if I was to have our time again, I think I would go for a slightly more modern kitchen.

I really like the idea of using black in kitchens and think it makes it look really stylish, sleek and ultra modern. I think for decorating a home, the word ‘black’ can be quite scary and I’m sure it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. I think it has it’s place but certainly shouldn’t be overused. What do you think of using black in interior design?

We have black worktops and think that it looks really good. We went for wooden worktops, over a marble option, as with children, I just don’t think I could face cleaning it so often, but I really like the look of dark marble worktops. If the rest of the room is light, like in the picture below, then I think it can set off an amazing, modern look. It is all about monochrome, dah-ling!

What I would give for an kitchen these sizes with an island and an AGA though…

Daval Painted Kitchen—Kitchen Design Surrey : Classic style kitchen by Raycross Interiors
Daval Painted Kitchen—Kitchen Design Surrey by Raycross Interiors
Fulham House by Peek Architecture. : Modern kitchen by Alex Maguire Photography
Fulham House by Peek Architecture. by Alex Maguire Photography

Too much black can over power a room and make it look much smaller than it really is. That is, if it is used incorrectly. When black is used sparingly and in a room with a lot of light, it looks so effective.  You can use it for just accessories like chairs or just having black goods like a fridge and oven. I personally think that using accessories that are black, looks amazing or you could add a pop of colour if you have more black than any other colour in the room.

What is your favourite look in a modern kitchen? I think black not only looks good but can hide a multitude of sins – vital with children around!

Rebecca x

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#snotallaboutyou Linky | 13

Welcome to week 13 of #snotallaboutyou! I can’t believe we have been hosting this linky for 13 weeks now – thank you for all of the continued support. For anyone new, this is a throwback linky I co-host with Sammy & Emma from Handbags & Snotrags so come and share as many old posts as you’d like.

There were fabulous posts linked up last week – thank you to everyone that linked up! Hope you’ve all been having a great week.

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Recommendations for Redecorating Your Home

I love doing bits and bobs around the home. We want to make little changes and additions to get the place perfect. And this is a process, but we’re well on our way there. If you want to make changes that will make your place better then here are some of my ideas to help you.Extreme Makeover - Home Edition...

  • Renovate the Kitchen

We have all heard the saying that the kitchen is the most important room in the home. And this is very true. It was the kitchen that attracted us to buy this house. So it’s important to make sure yours is as awesome as possible. I would suggest that if you want to renovate the kitchen you go big. Change the layout and design, and go for an open plan kitchen. This will add value and appeal to the property, as well as making the room more practical.

  • Revamp the Bathroom

You must remember that the bathroom is an untapped resource within your home. It’s easy to overlook it in favour of other rooms. But, in reality, you can really complement the rest of the property by having a great bathroom. When it came time to give our bathroom a makeover, I decided the room was too cramped and gloomy. So we changed the lighting and put in an extra mirror to make it brighter. Then we got rid of the bathtub and had a walk-in shower instead. So we have much more space, and the bathroom looks trendy and new now.

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  • Hang Some Artwork

There are a lot of ways you can add some visual beauty to the home. And one that I’ve found to be very effective is to hang some artwork. This adds some character, and another dimension to any room. What I love to do is take pictures on my phone and then send them off to get them made into canvas prints. Then I hang the canvas prints around the home. For one thing, these look amazing. And also, I love the fact that I can look at a picture and say ‘I took that’. So I would recommend taking this approach if you want to hang some art.

  • Change the Colour Scheme

One of the most important aspects of making changes around the home is changing the colour scheme. You might be surprised by just how much of an impact the colour scheme can have on your home. We weren’t too happy with our colour scheme when we first moved into our new place. So we really spent the time trying to choose the right colour. I always think it’s a good idea to go for bright, vibrant colours. They tend to make the home look more inviting and attractive. Don’t be afraid to get creative with colour schemes. The only limit is the one you set for yourself.

  • Get New Furniture

If there is one thing in your home that could probably do with replacing it’ll be the furniture. There are several reasons you might have for replacing the furniture in your home. We were doing a lot of renovation work on the house. And it was decided that the furniture didn’t match with what we wanted. So we made the decision to get rid of it and bring in replacement furniture. Again, we tried to go with something a little more contemporary.

  • Have a Clear Out

I am as guilty as the next woman of hoarding things. Now, it could be because I’m a mother now. Or maybe I’ve just always naturally been a hoarder. Whatever the reasons, it’s pretty clear that I have a lot of junk lying around. Since hubby and I moved in together, we have a lot of duplicates as well. Now, my advice to you, if you’re in my situation, would be to have a clear out. This is what we’re going to do. We’ll go through everything together and decide what we want to keep. Everything else can be thrown, sold or donated.

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  • Loft Renovation

We’ve had our home for about five years, and in that time we’ve made a lot of changes to it. One thing I would love to have though and we have really thought about is a loft conversion. In the property we’re in we were told that this was the only way to add significant value. A loft conversion is an excellent idea if you have the space to do one. When most people think of extensions, they think about building a conservatory. This is very similar to an extension, but it’s much more economical with the space. Speak to a surveyor if you’re interested in a loft conversion, and see what your options are.

  • Wood Burner

I would love, love, love to get a wood burner for the home. My in-laws have got one put in and they’ve really noticed the difference. We considered going for an open fire for a long while. But in the end I think that a wood burner is more trendy and modern looking. It complemented the aesthetic of our home and gave us an eco-friendly source of heat. So you need to make sure you consider a wood burner. This is the perfect step towards achieving a greener way of life too.

  • Get Rid of Curtains

You know something? Curtains can look great sometimes, but I have found them to be a bit of a nuisance. That’s why I couldn’t wait to get rid of them as soon as possible. We went around the house and we took down all the curtains and curtain rails. Instead, we made sure we replaced them with blinds. These are much easier to use and maintain than the curtains were. Blinds also add that cool, contemporary feel to the home. You should consider doing this throughout your place as well.

There’s so much that you can do in and around the home. I love the fact that my home offers so many opportunities for change and evolution. Me and my husband like to try to do little bits and pieces to improve and benefit our home each year. I hope you found this list of suggestions helpful!

Rebecca x

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