Easy Belts Review

Little Man has always been quite independent as he loves to do everything his big brothers do. Being that bit younger he can find some things more difficult. He likes to get dressed on his own and can manage most outfits without any problem. However he gets quite frustrated when he is wearing a belt as he can’t fasten it or undo it without help. When Easy Belts got in touch to offer me one of their belts I was interested to see how Little Man would get on with it.

Easy Belts have a velcro fastening which make it easier for young children and also for people with disabilities to use. When Little Man first saw the belt he was delighted with the rocket ship motifs on it and couldn’t wait to try it on. I held it the right way up for him and he was able to put it through the belt loops on his trousers, loop it throught the D-ring and fasten it without any problems. He was so pleased. Little Man now asks to wear his belt every day and is a bit disappointed when his trousers don’t require a belt!

Easy Belts come in a variety of sizes from Toddler through to Adult. The belts are elasticated for comfort and adjustable to allow for growth. There is a choice of 2 D-ring sizes, regular and large for those with limited hand coordination. There are various colours and designs to choose from icluding a school range. Easy Belts are priced at £6 for toddler belts and £7 for children’s belts.

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Easy Belts Giveaway

Open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
The giveaway closes at 11.59pm (GMT) on 12/12/16.
There will be 3 winners.
Each winner will win an Easy Belt. There is no cash alternative.
To enter complete at least one task in the Gleam widget.
The winners will be chosen at random and contacted within 7 days of the giveaway ending.
The winners have 28 days to respond.

Disclosure: I received an Easy Belt for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Kidloland Nursery Rhymes App Review

With three big brothers it was inevitable that Little Miss would want to play with the tablet. I have occasionally allowed her to watch CBeebies on it and she was happy with that. However recently she has been asking to play games on it like her brothers do. I had no idea what kind of apps could offer games that were easy enough for a 2 year old to play and would also hold her interest. When Kidloland got in touch I was interested to see if the Kidloland Nursery Rhymes App was the kind of app I was looking for.

Kidloland Nursery Rhymes App Review

The Kidloland App is designed for 0-5 year olds and has over 1000 Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Stories, Activities and Games. The Nursery Rhymes have the words at the bottom of the screen to sing along which is helpful as there were a few rhymes I was unfamiliar with!  There are lots of Little Miss’ favourites but she has also learned some new ones. The videos are interactive with surprises coming alive when you tap the screen. We are still discovering new surprises after a few weeks of using the app! The songs can be downloaded to be played offline which is perfect for keeping children entertained on long journeys. There is also a Playlist feature for up to 25 songs so you can play the child’s favourites easily.

Kidloland Review

There are over 300 Games and Activities which help children to learn and develop skills such as sequencing, picture and number comprehension and problem solving. Little Miss has enjoyed playing the games that involve colours and shapes.

Kidloland App

Little Miss has had lots of fun playing the App. In the first few days of using it she needed a lot of help but she is now able to play a lot of them on her own and can navigate the different activities to find the one she wants. She loves playing the games, especially ‘The Busy Bee’ and ‘Train Adventures’. In ‘The Busy Bee’ the bee flies through a door into the hive to find a game. There are several doors each with a different game. Some of them include watering plants to make them grow, matching shapes, colouring, popping honeycomb and dressing the bee.

In ‘Train Adventures’ the train travels along the track and stops at various activities which include animal puzzles, join the dots and feeding the animals. These activities have really helped with Little Miss’ animal recognition. There is also a section on animal sounds that she loves!

Little Man who is 4 has also had hours of fun with Kidloland. He is currently learning the letter sounds and loves doing his Letter of the Week work. The Phonics section of the app has games and songs for each letter of the alphabet. This is perfect for reinforcing his learning in a fun way. He also enjoys the Dinosaur songs and the Vehicle section. Little Man and Little Miss also like to play the app together which is lovely to watch.

There are still parts of the app we are yet to explore as there is so much in it. Little Miss was delighted today when she discovered one of her favourite songs, ‘Wheels on the Bus’ on the App. There are even some Christmas songs although I think we will wait a few weeks before downloading them!

The Kidloland App can be downloaded on iOS, Google Play and Amazon appstore. It is free to download and has a few free songs, but a subscription will give you full access to all of the content.

For a chance to win a 3 month subscription to Kidloland enter the Gleam widget below. This giveaway is open worldwide.

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Kidloland App Giveaway

Terms and Conditions

Open worldwide to anyone aged 18 and over.
The giveaway closes at 11.59pm (GMT) on 04/12/16.
There will be 3 winners.
Each winner will win a 3 month supscription to Kidloland App. There is no cash alternative.
To enter complete at least one task in the Gleam widget.
The winners will be chosen at random and contacted within 7 days of the giveaway ending.
The winners have 28 days to respond.

Disclosure: I received a 6 month subscription to Kidloland for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Coconut, Pistachio and Matcha Energy Bites Recipe

I have been interested in trying Matcha Green Tea for a while so was pleased to get the opportunity when Pure Chimp sent me some. I have been enjoying the tea as a hot drink but as it is a fine powder it is also easy to add to a variety of recipes. I created this energy bite recipe including two of my favourite foods, pistachio nuts and coconut! These energy bites are easy to make and so delicious. They are perfect for an afternoon pick me up and provide that much needed energy boost to keep me going until dinner.


Matcha Green Tea leaves are grown in the same way as those used for regular green tea until the last two weeks when they are grown under a protective cover. This is responsible for the extra ‘greenness’ and also the amazing health benefits. The leaves are then dried and slowly ground to a fine powder. The tea has numerous health benefits including boosting metabolism, increasing energy levels and it is full of antioxidants.

I have experienced an increase in energy while drinking Matcha Tea especially when consumed first thing in the morning. It is delicious with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice added to it. If I need an energy boost in the afternoon then these Energy Bites are the perfect snack. They only take about 10 minutes to make. I roll the balls in ground pistacios and coconut but you can skip this step if you want them ready faster and with less mess! This recipe will make about 16 Energy Bites.

Ingredients

1 cup of dates
1/2 cup of pistachio nuts
1/4 cup of ground almonds
1/4 cup of dessicated coconut
2 tbsp of Coconut Oil
1 tsp of matcha tea powder

Place the pistachios in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Take out 3 tbsp and put aside to roll the balls in later. Also save 3 tbsp of the dessicated coconut
Chop the dates into small pieces and add to the food processor along with the the rest of the ingredients. Process until all the ingredients are incorporated and the consistency is right for forming balls. If the mixture is too dry add a little more coconut oil, if it is too wet add some more ground almonds.
Form the mixture into balls, about 2 tsp at a time and roll in either the pistachios or coconut.
Place on a baking tray and refridgerate for a couple of hours. Then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge. They will keep for about a week in the fridge or you could make a big batch and freeze.

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The giveaway closes at 11.59pm (GMT) on Monday 21/11/16.
The prize is one Matcha Green Tea Gift Box (pictured above) supplied by Pure Chimp. There is no cash alternative.
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Classic Nursery Rhymes Review

Little Miss loves singing and I often hear her singing Twinkle Twinkle, and Baa Baa Black Sheep when she is playing. Another of her favourites is Wheels on the Bus, she often asks me to sing along with her. She enjoys all of the different verses and doing the actions for each one.

We were delighted to receive the new Classic Nursery Rhymes album from Nursery Rhymes 123.

Classic Nursery Rhymes is a fun upbeat album perfect for singing along to.

Little Miss was familiar with a few of the rhymes on this album but some were new to her. She thourougly enjoyed listening to it and asks for it to be played several times a day. The album has 12 popular upbeat nursery rhymes including ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’, ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ and ‘Five Little Monkeys’. It’s perfect for a sing-a-long and Little Miss gets her brothers to join in too. She is enjoying learning the actions to each song and the counting rhymes are helping her to learn numbers too. There is also an instrumental version of each rhyme which is great to sing along with or to have on as background music.

The rhymes are sung by UK based singer-songwriter Martha Bean who also plays a variety of instruments on the tracks including piano, cello, recorder and mandolin. Nursery Rhymes 123 started as a collaboration between Martha and BAFTA award winning director and father-of-two Dan Smith, when they were discouraged by the lack of good quality Nursery Rhymes on YouTube. I have found that myself in the past. I would play rhymes on YouTube for the children but half way through I would be desperate to turn it off. Dan and Martha’s aim was to produce beautiful music that parents could bear to listen to on repeat and they have certainly achieved that! This is an album that I am happy to listen to over and over again.

The album is available to buy from the 31st October on iTunes for £7.99. It is also available to stream on Spotify and other major sites.

The tracks included on the album are:

1. Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
2. Mary Had a Little Lamb
3. Five Little Speckled Frogs
4. If You’re Happy and You Know It
5. Jack and Jill
6. She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain
7. Five Little Monkeys
8. Three Blind Mice
9. London Bridge is Falling Down
10. Pat-a-Cake Pat-a-Cake
11. Little Miss Muffet
12. Pop! Goes the Weasel

What’s your child’s favourite nursery rhyme?

Discosure: I received a copy of this album for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.