My Gecko Box – Craft Subscription Box Review

Recently the children have been learning about Rainforests. Little Man and Little Miss have had great fun discovering what plants and animals can be found in the Rainforest. To finish off our topic we were kindly sent a Rainforest Discovery Box from My Gecko Box. The children spent a happy few hours creating their own Rainforest diorama complete with a Tropical bird, Caiman, Snakes and various creatures made with pom poms.

Everything needed to complete the crafts are included in the discovery box, the only thing we needed to supply was scissors. The box which doubles as the diorama contains five individually wrapped crafts, a fun fact sheet and a letter from Mr Gecko. Each activity has an easy to follow instruction leaflet with clear illustrations which are perfect for early readers. The instructions include a guide as to how messy the craft is and how much adult help is needed.  This was very helpful in helping me to decide which craft to do and when.

 

As there was so much to do we spread the activities out over a few days.  It was useful having the crafts wrapped individually as it meant we could just choose a bag and get started. There was no preparation needed and no searching for supplies.  The children had a lot of fun creating their Rainforest. They especially loved creating the snakes and painting the caiman – I thought the use of the bubble wrap was very effective.  They were so proud of the finished creation and learned a lot in the process. This was the perfect way to round off our Rainforest topic.

My Gecko Box sell a range of subscription boxes for children aged 3-10 from the Little Explorer boxes to the larger Discovery boxes. You can purchase a one off box or subscribe to the box of your choice. They also do Party Activity Packs, Wedding favours and classroom packs. Gift cards can also be purchased to enable your recipient to choose their own box. Prices start at an extremely reasonable 5.95. All of their products are educational and fun covering STEAM, literacy, fine motor skills and more.

We were sent the Rainforest box for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions are my own.

Eco by Naty Disposable Nappies Review

Over the last ten years I have tried a lot of nappy brands! Having 5 children with all with sensitive skin it’s been trial and error to get a nappy that doesn’t bring them out in a rash.  Eco by Naty disposable nappies were one of the first brands I tried over ten years ago with my first baby, back when they were Naty by Nature Babycare. I mainly used cloth nappies with my first baby but found disposables to be more convenient for night time, holidays and days out.

For various reasons I haven’t used cloth nappies with my youngest two children. I use supermarket nappies as it is convenient to buy them when I am doing the weekly food shopping. I was pleased to get the opportunity to try Eco by Naty nappies again recently when they sent me some to review.

 

About Eco by Naty

Eco by Naty are a Swedish brand founded in 1994 by a corporate lawyer turned ecological entrepreneur who wanted to create a disposable nappy that wouldn’t have a detrimental effect on the Swedish environment. As well as selling biodegradable and environmentally friendly nappies, Eco by Naty now produce a whole range of products including baby wipes, nappy pants and skin care.

The nappies are made from natural and renewable material. The cornstarch film is naturally breathable which helps to prevent nappy rash. The wood pulp which is the main absorbent in the nappy is FSC certified. The nappies are free from chlorine, latex, TBT and fragrance. They have numerous certifications including one from the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association.

 

What We Thought

I loved Eco by Naty nappies when I first tried them ten years ago but they have definitely improved. They are soft and fit Baby Girl perfectly. They are just as absorbent and comfortable as our usual nappies both during the day and at night. I will be honest, I expected them to leak overnight. Baby girl sleeps for 12 hours at night and our usual brand of nappy occasionally doesn’t last that long. I was pleased to find that the Eco by Naty nappies survived the full twelve hours.

The nappies have a lovely simple design. We tried the size 4 nappies which had a leaf pattern with a larger leaf on the front. Other designs include a flower pattern and a cloud pattern.

We were also sent some baby wipes to try along with the nappies. The unscented sensitive wipes come in a pack of 56. They are made from 100% natural materials and are enriched with soothing Chamomile and Aloe Extract. The wipes are larger and thicker than the brand I usually use meaning I need half as many at each nappy change. They are soft and gentle on the skin and are very effective at cleaning. The wipes are also available in a lightly scented version and in a handy travel size pack. We also tried the rash cream which is made from plant based, natural and certified organic materials. The cream is gentle enough for daily use and soothes irritated skin and reduces redness. Baby Girl doesn’t suffer from nappy rash but does occasionally get a little bit of redness on her bottom. I apply the rash cream at the first sign of redness and it clears it up quickly.

As well as nappies and other baby products Eco by Naty also sell a range of family products including hand cream, body lotion and shampoo. I was pleased to be able to try the hand cream as I get dry skin on my hands from washing them often throughout the day. My hands were noticeably softer after just one application. The cream soaks in to the skin well and doesn’t leave a greasy film.  I don’t like my skincare products to have an overpowering smell so I was pleased that the natural ingredients in this cream give a lovely subtle fragrance.

Overall I am really pleased with all of the Eco by Naty products we have tried. It is reassuring to know that they are gentle on my baby’s sensitive skin as they are free from harmful chemicals. If you would like to try Eco by Naty products you can use the code Jansfamilynotebook at the Naty webshop to receive 15% off your shop! (This excludes the subscribe and save box and the trial box).

*I  received a selection of Eco by Naty products for the purpose of this review. All thought and opinions are my own.

Hape George Luck Wooden Puzzles – Review

We were recently sent two wooden puzzles from the Hape George Luck range to try. Little Man and Little Miss were eager to try them when they arrived as they love doing puzzles. Little Miss’ favourite animal is a rabbit so she was particularly pleased with the Rainbow Rabbit puzzle. I am a huge fan of the Hape range of toys and have been impressed with the products we have purchased in the past. I was interested to see what these puzzles would be like and am happy to say they lived up to the expectation I had of Hape.

The Rainbow Rabbit puzzle has 6 colourful pieces that fit together to form two rabbits, a large one and a smaller one. There is a hole at the back to help with the removal of the puzzle pieces. I am very pleased it is there as otherwise the children would tip the puzzle upside down sending pieces flying everywhere!

Little Miss (3) found the puzzle quite tricky at first but after I helped her a few times she became more confident and was happy to attempt it on her own. She still needed a little help but there is always an older brother around to lend a hand. This has quickly become one of Little Miss’ favourite puzzles and she asks to do it most days.

We were also sent the Arctic Animals puzzle which Little Man (5) has had lots of fun with. The Arctic scene shows two polar bears, a walrus and a killer whale along with the ice and sea. There is a hidden puzzle underneath which Little Man was delighted with. This shows another arctic scene of dolphins swimming in the sea. Little Man found the puzzle a little difficult but with lots of concentration and by using the picture on the box as a guide he managed to complete it without any help. My older two boys aged 7 and 9 also enjoyed completing the puzzle.

The puzzles are excellent for helping to develop problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination and concentration. They also spark imagination, Little Miss loves to talk about the mama rabbit and baby rabbit. The Arctic puzzle is a perfect introduction to discussing animals that live in the Arctic.

The Rainbow Rabbit puzzle is suitable from age 3+ and is available from Amazon priced at £5.99.

The Arctic Animals Puzzle is suitable from age 5+ and is available from Yes Bebe priced at £12.99.

I received the puzzles for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Stationery Geek – Mummy Reward Chart Review

As a Home Educating mum of 4 children my days are super busy. Between helping the boys with their schoolwork, doing the housework, and keeping the toddler out of mischief there is barely a minute to spare. I love the full and hectic weekdays but I do look forward to the weekend when I can have an hour or two to myself. Recently I have been using the Mummy Reward Chart from Stationery Geek to choose a treat to look forward to at the weekend.

The Mummy Reward Chart is such a fun idea. Each day I choose an acheivement sticker and then at the end of the week I choose a reward such as a bubble bath, chocolate, wine or a takeaway. Examples of the acheivement stickers include, We weren’t late! I didn’t shout! I did it! and my favourite, I had a hot cup of tea!

There are five pages of the chart each with space for 12 weeks so it will last all year. There are also 3 sheets of stickers. It is spiral bound and has holes punched so that it can be hung on the wall. The chart is great quality and is priced at £5.50. It would make a great gift for any mum and is sure to put a smile on their face. If you would like a chance to win a Chart then enter via the Gleam widget below.

Stationery Geek sell a wide range of products including Knitting and Crochet notebooks, Diet and Fitness planners and Teachers notepads and stickers. The team have a passion for printing bespoke products that can be purchased “off the shelf”. They also print on demand so if you have an idea for a design you like, drop them an email and see what they can do.

Mummy Reward Chart Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
The giveaway closes at 11.59pm (GMT) on 09/02/2017.
There will be 1 winner.
The prize is a Mummy Reward Chart. There is no cash alternative.
To enter complete at least one task in the Gleam widget.
The winner will be chosen at random and contacted within 7 days of the giveaway ending.
The winner has 28 days to respond.

Disclosure: I received a Mummy Reward Calendar for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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Arty Apple – Personalised Aprons Review

Little Miss loves to help me bake. It’s one of our favourite things to do at the weekend. I always wear an apron when baking but hadn’t got around to getting one for Little Miss. When Arty Apple got in touch a few weeks ago to offer us an item to review the Personalised Aprons caught my eye straight away.

The Apron arrived beautifully packaged in a cardboard box with the Arty Apple logo on the front. The box is sturdy and will be useful for storage. Inside the apron was wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with an Arty Apple sticker.

The apron is made from denim with bright pink neck and waist ties and has a cute cupcake embroidered on the front along with Little Miss’ name. The apron is high quality and both Little Miss and I are delighted with it. The denim is hardwearing and washes well which is great as we do a lot of baking! Arty Apple also do the apron with blue ties and a gingerbread man motif.

 

Arty Apple is run by Amy who says she is a multi-tasking mummy with a passion for gorgeous fabrics and hand made crafts. She aims to give her customers a personal service to find perfect gifts with the assurance that they are made by hand with love.

There is a beautiful range of personalised gifts to choose from including bunting, taggie blankets, hooded towels and teddy bears. If you are looking for a good quality gift with a personal touch that will be treasured by the recipient be sure to check out what Arty Apple has to offer.

The aprons are available in two sizes, 2-6 years priced £13.00 and 7-13 years priced £15.00.

I received this apron for the purpose of the review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.