Jingle Puzzles Review & Giveaway

I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog front recently as we have been a bit busy on the house front – that’s for another day though! So I thought I would come back with a review.

I used to hate going to playgroup with Jake, because at the end, we all went to sit in a circle and sing songs, he never wanted to participate and I used to feel  myself get really embarrassed  Then he got used to it, and liked joining in, even more so when he started preschool. So when I was offered this to review, I jumped at the opportunity.

Music For Kids™ has its first Music For Kids product available In July this year. This
pre-school range of four new, music-based puzzle and activity lines are an
introduction to music for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The music activity sets
retail for £9.99 and contain a metre long floor jigsaw puzzle of music notes,
a sing along CD with a bonus story and an activity booklet & stickers. Jingle
Puzzles are carefully crafted to engage 3 to 6 year olds with their first ‘hands-
on’ introduction to music.

I was impressed with the box it came in as it’s handy to keep all the bits together. Jake was quite excited to open it and see what was inside, he especially liked the stickers! I was pleased that the words were included, as it was a song I’d never heard before, but I chose it as it was frogs, and Jake likes frogs (especially imaginary ones that seem to appear in his bed!).

The jigsaw was good, big enough but not too big, and the CD had lots of children’s songs on with a story at the end.

This would make a lovely birthday present if you are stuck for ideas of what to buy little friends, but you might not get away with giving it away if your child claps eyes on it!

I have an Old MacDonald Had A Farm Jingle Puzzle to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning, leave me a comment telling me what your childs favourite song is.

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Competition closes at 10pm on Saturday 8th September. Winner will be drawn at random and notified. UK entrants only.

*We were sent a Jingle Puzzles to review, but I have received no other payment and all thoughts are my own*

The winner as selected by random.org is Esther James


My New Hobby

I have a new hobby. I started at the beginning of July. I go every Tuesday night, and I love it!

I have joined a Vocal Group called Voices Unlimited, otherwise known as The VU Sound. I am careful not to say “Choir”. We are a stand-alone, completely unique vocal ensemble – not a choir at all, in the strict sense of the word! We have a Musical Director (Ria Keen) who writes all of our arrangements for us, and we sound fab, even if I do say so myself!

I love my Tuesday nights. It’s a few hours where I’m not “Jake’s Mum” or “Zack’s Mum”. I’m just me. I always have a big grin on my face, and it helps that everyone there is lovely.My first gig with them is on September 1st at Worcester Rugby Club for first match of the season, and I’m a bit nervous, but I’m really looking forward to it!

Tuesdays make me smile!

Tommee Tippee – Closer to Nature Bottle Review

Zack and I were sent some bottles from Tommee Tippee to review. As you may remember from a previous post, Zack is now combine fed due to poor weight gain, so I was more than happy to receive these.

As Zack is on 4oz feeds at the moment, the size of these bottles (150ml) are ideal and fit nicely in the bottle pocket of his changing bag.

The shape of them makes them feel comfortable to hold and you can hold them in three different ways: cradled comfortably in the hand, gripped in the same way as a traditional wide neck bottle, or held from the base.

The bottles have been designed in conjunction with breastfeeding experts to mimic the natural flex, movement and softness of a mum’s breast, to make switching between breast and bottle easier. Now, obviously, I don’t know if it does, not being able to remember back to when I was a baby, but I do know that Zack has taken really well to the bottles and hasn’t ever refused, and he also still latches on well to me, so there hasn’t been any confusion.

There is an anti-colic valve in the teat which lets air in from the outside, so that he doesn’t have to keep stopping to let air back in, which is great, because he REALLY doesn’t like his bottle being taken away from him!

I was sent the slow flow teats, but have also bought the new Variflow teat which is brilliant. It has been designed to let babies control the flow of their milk just by using their own sucking strength. It has a cross cut into the tip as well as a hole.The stronger the baby’s sucking action the wider the cross opens and the faster the milk flows. That means you can just buy one set of teats at the beginning and shouldn’t need any more.

I really like the Tommee Tippee products, and will continue to use them as Zack gets older (sippy cups etc.) as we did with Jake.

*I was sent two bottles and slow flow teats to review. I was not sent the Variflow teats, I purchased them myself. I have received no other compensation and all view are my own*


Like vs Love

Our house has been on the market for two months now. In that two months, we’ve only had three viewings, and out of those three viewings, only one has bothered to give feedback. We have another one lined up for this weekend, and some others have enquired via rightmove, and we have an editorial going out in the local paper tomorrow.

I know that two months isn’t really a long time, but once you’ve made your mind up to do something, you just want it to happen. So we’ve talked, and the option of renting our house out so we can move sooner has come into conversation. My in-laws have very kindly offered for us to move in with them while we wait for our house purchase to go through should we see one we like.

Today, we looked at three houses. One was a definite no. I knew as soon as I walked in. To be honest, I didn’t even want to look at the upstairs, I just did to be polite. One we loved, but it needs work doing: a new kitchen, new windows, decorating all through and a new bathroom. But it’s the right size and meets all our needs. The other house was nice. Really nice, we wouldn’t need to do anything else to it for a while, it’d need a new kitchen in a few years, but the living room was an awkward shape and we’d struggle to find a layout that worked. We liked it, but we didn’t love it.

So what do you do? How do you choose? Do you go for a house that you like that you wouldn’t need to spend any money on that you like, or a house that needs things doing to it that you love?

What would you do?