Monday, 27 October 2014

Loyalty and Fairness in Children

I like to think all of my children treat and respect other people and for me it is all about being a good role model as children learn from our behaviours. Basic manners are a starting point and I learnt my children to say please and thank you at an early age.

When my boys were little I always made sure that I gave each of them an equal amount of quality time so that they could do something individually. If I was playing with one of them and the others wanted to join in, I would encourage them to do so. Being close in age range they quickly learnt to share their toys and obviously tantrums happened at times, but with a little coaxing we always managed to find alternatives to solve situations.

Honesty is a good thing, my boys never lied to me and I’m sure that is because they were taught early on to tell the truth, even if it meant they may get in trouble. Little did I know that one day this would come back to haunt me when my middle son broke the cricket pavilion window with a ball, obviously he went and told the caretaker and ran home to me crying because he thought he would be in trouble, yes I had to pay the bill and cursed under my breath but reassured him that he had done the right thing.

Be loyal to your friends even if they do not share your opinions, one of the boys my children played with didn’t like football and some of the children were cruel, I made my boys see that people do not like the same things but that does not mean you cannot support them in what they do.

NatWest are now recognising that old customers as well as new ones deserve the same deals and have launched the Hello/Goodbye campaign which emphasises the importance of loyalty when dealing with their customers. You can check out their funny fairness experiment video above.

I do think it is harder with girls, they seem to fall out with friends all the time, but I like to think that Grotbags has had the same values drilled in to her as the boys, she just cannot understand why some children are mean.  I just reiterate to her that being nice is always the best option and it often dilutes situations before they even arise. Loyalty and fairness is always the best way and life is one big learning curve.

I’m working with BritMums and NatWest on this project and have been compensated. All opinions are my own

Friday, 24 October 2014

Win Wooden Toys to the Value of £50

I love wooden toys and Asda Direct have just released a new range with some lovely items to give your child hours of fun.  Wooden toys are durable, easy to clean and last so much longer than plastic toys meaning that they can be passed down to other siblings or extended family and friends.  Imaginative play is so important for a child's development, here are a few of my favourites from the range.
The Wooden Dolls House is £35.00 and the Princess Castle is £30.00.
The Pirate Ship is £25.00 and the Kitchen is £40.00

I just wish Grotbags was a little younger because I want all of these and I'm sure you will agree that they would make fabulous Christmas presents at such reasonable prices.  Well I have a fantastic competition to win £50.00 of wooden toys from the Asda Direct range, the link is above, if you would like to enter please complete the rafflecopter form below.  Good luck everyone.

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This post is written in Association with Asda Direct.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Jacob Tartan Blanket - The Tartan Blanket Company

The Tartan Blanket Company are based in Edinburgh and have been selling goods online for over 10 years, they are a parent company to Macdonald Sporrans and have a love for things tartan and cosy.
When I was contacted to see if I would like to review an item for them how could I refuse.  It is coming to that time of year when there is nothing better than cuddling up on the sofa under a cozy blanket.  The Tartan Blanket Company sent me the Jacob Tartan Blanket which is made from 100% pure new wool and measures 5ft by 6ft which is a really good size.   The blanket is neutral shades of brown and cream which will compliment most colour schemes and is ideal for a throw on the sofa or bed or can even be used as a picnic rug.

I have wished for a multi purpose blanket for quite a while and this fits the bill.  It is so warm and comfy and can be used for so many things, if only I could borrow it off my daughter as she seems to have claimed it for herself.  The Jacob Tartan Blanket retails at £25 which I think is a great price and there are a variety of tartan patterns to choose from.

We were sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is entirely our own.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Barbie & Tawny Horse Review

Grotbags loves horses and the new Barbie and Tawny Horse set is absolutely fabulous for any horse mad girl.  Barbie comes dressed in a stylish riding outfit of faded jeans, floral shirt, brown belt and knee high brown boots along with a trendy pink riding helmet. 
Tawny the horse has a lovely white mane, pink saddle and a heart shaped brush for grooming.  Tawny has some great actions, if you press down on the back of her saddle she will bend her neck down to eat the carrots or drink from her bucket and if you push down on the front of her saddle she will lean forward to nuzzle against Barbie.

Barbie actually clips into place on the saddle and with her feet in the stirrups she is unlikely to fall off which is a great idea and less frustration for small children.  Barbie and Tawny are suitable for children 3 years and over and retails at £39.99 from all good stockists.  This has to be a sure winner for Christmas, Grotbags loves playing with Barbie and Tawny.

We were sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinion is entirely our own.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Barbie Malibu House Review

I cannot tell you how excited Grotbags was to receive the Barbie Malibu House to review.  Malibu House comes straight from Barbie's online series "Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse" and is set over two-storeys.
There are six rooms in total all with added accessories that will actually clip in to place so that they do not go astray.  The house arrived in large pieces that were relatively easy to put together, although I did struggle to find the sticker instructions.
The kitchen has a cooker installed with sink and fridge, there are lots of accessories for plenty of role play with Barbie, Grotbags loved the stand you put Barbie in so that she could actually stand near the sink and wash pots.
The dining room has a lovely table and chairs which can be topped with a vase of flowers, giving a great place for Barbie to entertain.
Grotbags favourite part of the house is the spiral staircase with the aquarium running through it, there is also the added feature of a lift, this allows Barbie to climb the stairs with ease.
The family room upstairs is an ideal place for Barbie to unwind with her very own TV, you can actually place your smartphone in this slot, although I feel Grotbags is still a little young for a smartphone.
The bedroom doubles up as a dressing room with shower and wardrobe and if this is laid flat her bed magically appears.
The toilet and washroom is rather quaint with a toilet lid that closes, on the washstand there is a place to store her toothbrush and toothpaste.
Now considering Grotbags has only had the house for just over a week she has had hours of fun and it has provided lots of imaginative play.  It sure is a huge hit and would make a great present from Santa.  Malibu House is suitable for children aged 3 years and over and the RRP is £99.99.

We were sent this item free of charge for the purpose of this review but the opinions are entirely our own.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Nib Nibs Review & Competition

We recently received some rather tasty premium snacks from nibnibs who are located in North Yorkshire. They personally source all their ingredients and wherever possible these are British.  The items we received are listed below with our thoughts on each product but as a whole we really did like these snacks and would definitely buy them.  What better way to enjoy a glass of vino than with a few snacks.
  • mini nibs Exceptional Cheese Straws - most definitely moreish, lovely crisp and cheesy straws.
  • mini nibs Exceptional Cheddar & Spicy Chilli Straws - I love kick of the chilli in these straws.
  • mini nibs Exceptional Cheddar & Cheeky Onion Straws - Grotbags favourite (although she admitted she liked the name and whether or not this influenced her decision, who knows).
  • mini nibs Roasted Salt & Pepper Jumbo Peanuts - OMG these are to die for and I was not sharing.
Stockists can be found on their website but you can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.  If you would like to win a selection of nibnibs snacks please complete the rafflecopter below, this competition is being run by them.

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The opinions in this post are our own and we were sent a selection of snacks to try for ourselves.

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