Bath Playdough Soap

Fun Bath Playdough Soap

We absolutely love messy play at home and with it being the first day of the Summer holidays why not get messy and try making new things.

I have been looking at making Bath Playdough Soap for a while now, I love trying out these experiments with Isadora letting her have fun and getting her involved. It’s such an easy and simple messy activity to do and it’s pretty similar to Lush’s mould-able soap for a small fraction of the price. So why not give it ago using only 2 ingredients.


What do you need?

Cornstarch/Cornflour
Conditioner of your choice

Pop the cornstarch/cornflour into the bowl and mix in the washing liquid slowly, I don’t usually measure out ingredients (I know I should do!). I poured a decent amount into the bowl as I didn’t want to make loads for the first time having a go at making the playdough soap.

Mix the ingredients together well, adding the conditioner which I used an apple scented conditioner to make our soap smell yummy, you can use any of your choice that you have, remember this is for your child’s bath so I would make sure it is safe for their skin. When it turns into a dough this means it’s all ready to use!

Now for the fun part enjoy your bath with your new bath soap you have made. Isadora loved squishing it in the bath and rubbing it on her skin, even popping her LOL doll’s into the playdough soap made her giggle.

It’s such a fun way to get your child to have a bath and to also understand they need to wash themselves which is great for their independence, make sure you clean your bath out too!

 

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What My Kid Wore #5

It’s that time again, another What My Kid Wore Wednesday. I enjoy this time of the week as it’s all about what Isadora is wearing no matter what we have planned on that day – I mean it’s usually just Playgroup so it’s nothing too special her outfits, but still adorable.

For this weeks What My Kid Wore Wednesday it’s all about Valentines Day And I absolutely adore the outfit she’s rocking ❤

Leggings from Sainsbury’s TU // Apple Dress from Asda George // Boots from Chipmunks Footwafe // Knickers from Asda George // Vest from Sainsbury’s TU // Hair Clips from Poundshop

I love how colourful Isadora’s outfit is today, it’s perfect for a Valentines Day theme I was going for 💕 The t-shirt/dress is perfect for playgroup, for her to run around in and play with her friends. I’m not too bothered if she gets it messy either as the dress was bought for £8 with a pair of light blue leggings.

I also love her little boots, they have been one of the best pair of boots I have purchased for Isadora! She’s had them for a year too and they still fit perfectly and are incredibly durable.

 

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Rustlers Burger Hacking

Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge

As a parent I am always looking for fast and easy ways to make a meal to please us all – Rob, Isadora and I. As soon as I heard about the Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge I jumped to the chance to get involved. The challenge included to find a healthy and quick way to make it a crowd pleaser at dinner time, which means we could build our burger and make it a balanced meal. We picked our Saturday one busy weekend when we just booked a holiday (first family holiday abroad to Greece!) and we was out getting passports and pictures sorted so we was glad to be able to do our Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge as it fit in perfectly with our day.

Did You Know? The Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burger uses only the finest quality chicken breast meat.

With our lightly peppered mayo

Heat to enjoy

100% traceable

So with our Tesco’s voucher we went to pick up our Rustlers Southern Fried Chicken Burgers, we got 2 packs since Rob would have two of them (just how men usually do). I wasn’t sure how Isadora would take to the burgers as much as she usually likes to eat pretty much anything, I was excited to give her ago with the Rustlers burgers.

The first item I picked out was of course salad, Isadora usually eats fruit and vegetables and likes them so I knew to get her a few bits she likes. I picked up some tomatoes (since Rob and Isadora like them), lettuce, already chopped red onions and peppers – yes I felt a little lazy to chop them but these packages are perfect for quick and simple tea’s. Isadora picked out some Potato Salad, guacamole and soured cream & chive that she loves and they also go well with the Rustlers Burgers.

I also picked up some Sweet Potato Chips to go with our Rustlers Burgers, they was the only item that took 30 minutes to cook but in this time we managed to get everything sorted – the table, drinks, salad and also have a little play with Isadora to keep her occupied whilst tea was cooking. What I liked the most was how fast the burgers take – 90 seconds in the microwave it’s absolutely genius from a parents point of view.

I enjoyed the Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge as it was fun and we all got involved together at tea time, building up our own burgers (as you can see Rob had two!) Isadora enjoyed being able to dress her burger in what she liked and what she wanted on her burger, without us helping her or placing it out already made.

Isadora picked out a few Sweet Potato Chips, Potato salad, a tomato, peppers and 1 onion (yes only one) and 1 crouton. I was so surprised with how much Isadora enjoyed her tea and actually at majority of her burger as she isn’t the hugest eater she usually likes to snack throughout the day and have something little for tea. I find these Rustlers burgers fantastic for a fast, different and family involving tea.

With my burger I had a bit of everything of course and I love this idea of dressing up your own burger yourself as everyone likes it differently and it felt good to be able to do it myself. The hacking the burger up to make it healthier and yummy to eat is one way to get the goodness into yours and your littlen’s bellies.

I was so impressed with how well the Rustlers Burgers went down with Isadora. As a parent Rustlers Burgers aren’t something I usually think about getting for tea or lunch time as it’s not something I think about. I use to love Rustlers when I was growing up, I always loved a Chicken Burger and they was quick and so easy to do and you don’t have to wait an hour for a burger to do. If you are running out of idea’s for easy teas and want to try out something knew with your children have a go at hacking your own burger – it involves everyone around the dining room/kitchen table its fun and gets you spending time with your family together.

Isadora loved getting involved with tea time that much she even wanted to do the washing up! Honestly we couldn’t get her away from the sink she was enjoying helping us wash up. I can say that the Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge was a success for us. Only thing I would change differently next time is maybe do some vegetables like sweetcorn and peas to go with tea or a corn on the cob which is also easy and fast to do. We definitely will be purchasing more Rustlers Burgers soon.

 

This post is an entry for BritMums Rustlers Burger Hacking Challenge, sponsored by Rustlers . 

 

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What My Kid Wore #4

I’m back with What My Kid Wore Wednesday this week, I haven’t had chance to blog about Isadora’s outfits on Wednesday’s for a while due to starting my Level 3 Early Years. But hey! Here I am back at it trying to blog more and show of Isadora’s adorable clothes.

So today’s outfit consists of the most adorable and beautiful dress I have ever got for Isadora.

Leggings from Sainsbury’s TU // Pear Dress from Kite Clothing // Boots from Mantaray in Debenhams // Hair Bow from Home & Bargains

 I usually don’t dress Isadora in dresses when she’s at Playgroup only because it’s usually harder to go to the toilet with tights on. With the weather getting colder again I wanted to keep her warm, this Pear print dress is thicker and this is the perfect time of year to wear this dress. I love the colour too of this dress it suits Isadora.

I put her in leggings under her dress for the convenience of going to the toilet and they match well with her little dress too. Her boots are a little worn in, but hey I’m not going to be buying her anymore anytime soon plus they are only for playgroup and are comfy for her.

Look at that little cutie pie, my little Dory Dora. I can’t believe she will be a big number 3 next month too, she’s definitely not my little baby anymore.

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Kite Clothing; Organic Cotton

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I am not the type of parent who would go out of their way just to buy a certain brand/quality or type of clothing for myself or for my daughter. I do however like trying out different brands just to see how good they are or if they are really worth it. I’m definitely not a snob, I just love children’ clothing.

That’s where Kite comes into the picture. I usually shop at Next Clothing or Sainsbury’s TU for Isadora’s clothes depending on how much I like the item, I’m not picky I just like children’s clothes and have to restrain myself from buying everything. I have heard really good reviews about Organic clothing, meaning the cotton is 100% Organic a planet-friendly clothes brand. I have to admit I was a little bit unsure at how good Kite was, but I’m not shocked how much I adore their products.

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My first purchase was from a site called Rainbow-Nation where they have lots of children’s clothing from 0-11 years. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the clothing so instead of splashing loads of money out as I could of easily done I opted for a Mystery Box aged 3-4 Years and the Girls option, they have different size options and gender’s also to pick from. This box cost £25, the items inside have a higher value ranging from £30 – £60. I found this was a great way to test a brand out too and helped me picking out the clothes in all honesty, too many choices!

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I was absolutely impressed with the items that came inside our mystery box, this being one outfit along with the items in the above picture. I usually stay away from blue on Isadora but this outfit made me fall in love with the colour, it made her blue eyes pop out. I loved the quality, it felt durable and comfortable cotton quality which I love. The sizing is a little bit bigger than the normal 3-4 years in shops that I am use to. Isadora is only 2 years old (3 in March) and is only small she still wears her 2-3 years clothing but being me I like stocking up on the next clothing size so she will have longer in the clothes. The top was more of a tunic dress type which I really didn’t expect but adore on her.

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I ordered this gorgeous pear dress from directly Kite Clothing website, as this is a perfect time to stock up on a few bits with the sales all on still. Again I purchased the 3-4 years, again wishing I went for a smaller size but I honestly didn’t mind the sizing being bigger as this time next year she will fit into it more comfortably. It falls beautifully on her and the colours work together well. I can’t say how much I love this dress as I rave about it every time she as worn it. She even picks it out herself when she goes to her wardrobe. The quality of the dress is a lot thicker than I was expecting at first from looking at the online photograph, but I am glad it’s of a thicker quality as it will last longer and will be perfect for this time of year and later on in Autumn time. I also got her the skirt in the exact same material that will be perfect for all year round.

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I also ordered this beautiful mash dress with rabbits, foxes and othe woodland animals on. The material of the dress is smooth and feels comfortable for her to wear all day. I ordered this dress in 3-4 years also which I could of done with a 2-3 years but as I said at least she has plenty of room to grow and will be in this still next year.

If you are after a new clothing brand to try out and want to experiment with the Organic cotton clothing then give Kite ago! I 100% recommend Kite Clothing especially if you are after quality clothing similar to Frugi.

I also rave about the material and styles of the clothing range that Kite offers, if your child has to have a larger size clothing in your local shops then definitely give Kite a try.

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DIY handmade Crayon’s

How to make your own handmade Crayon’s

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Making my own crayon’s is something that I have been meaning to do for a long time now since I seen a post a while back over putting it on your to do list. I thought it was a fantastic and creative way to get rid of them broken up crayons that I had lying around the house. So I thought why not to give it a try!

What you need:
Crayons
Silicone/ice or icing moulds
Knife
Oven/Microwave

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I took all our broken or unused crayon’s that I found and removed all of the outer wrappers on the crayons ready to put into the right colour sections. After I arranged the colours and shades together I then made the crayons smaller to fit into the moulds making a few different colour crayons.

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I managed to get a few shape moulds off Amazon for cheap so if you don’t have any have a look around online for some or even your local Poundshop should have some. I used the lego block mould for my trail go. After I put the crayon’s in each lego mould I then used the microwave for 10 minutes to melt the crayons, I would next time try the oven as the microwave didn’t melt every crayon fully. After they have melted fully, carefully pop the moulds into the freezer for 10-20 minutes until they have fully set.

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I was impressed for my first go at making crayons of the outcome of them, I love the lego block idea it’s fun and interesting and every child loves a lego crayon. They was a little messy and fiddly to do but I will definitely try different things next time I have a go. I found using the bigger jumbo crayons they melt faster and easier, also don’t stock up the whole mould with crayon as they can overflow into the other mould.

If you are looking for something to do with them broken crayons then give it a go it’s fun, exciting and new!

Lydia

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Counting, Colours & Curious Toddler; Math Link Blocks

Learning with Math Link Blocks

How do you keep your toddler busy, keeping them still long enough for them to be interested in a game. Luckily Isadora isn’t too restless when it comes to bringing out one game or toy that can have her main focus on. I always liked the idea of having a few educational learning resources at home, maybe that’s from my Early Years courses I’ve been doing. But I enjoy making learning fun and to keep Isadora’s focus on doing something interesting. Okay that doesn’t mean go out and spend ridiculous amounts of money on learning resources, as they are incredibly expensive so go for alternatives or check your local charity store. I managed to get some off the Carboot in Summer last year for £1, so it is worth checking around for them.

I remember using math links when I was a little girl in school, you can use them to build things and make objects with them. I also like how you can use them to colour sort into games, or counting games too which Isadora enjoys now she knows how to count to 20 and knows the colours.


I enjoy playing games and making games out of blocks as they keep Isadora focused and she enjoys them herself which I like.

Isadora enjoyed making objects out of them especially the cranes and buildings that we had fun trying to make and keep standing. You cant go wrong with any type of blocks especially for a toddler activity to keep them busy for a couple of hours/or minutes if your toddler doesn’t keep still.

Is there any activities you enjoy doing with your child?
What would you like to see us do? 

Lydia

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Gifts for £5 or under

Gift’s for under £5 at Sport’s Direct

Sport’s Direct isn’t just a sports shop filled with sportswear, trainers, coats and golfing equipment. They also sell gift’s for everyone no matter what age you are! The gift’s are reasonable prices and good quality, perfect gifts for Birthday’s and Christmas. I find these gift’s perfect for stocking filler’s for your partner, mum, dad or your child. I was over the moon when I was able to take part in the Sport’s Direct Gift Challenge finding gifts for under £5. Find out how I got on with the challenge.

Disney Cars Bath Puzzle – £4.99 – Original price – £11.99

Whilst looking through the gift’s I had my daughter Isadora in mind, as Christmas is expensive itself when it comes to presents I usually forget about the little stocking fillers that are just something a little extra. Isadora is 2 1/2 year’s old and absolutely loves Disney Car’s so straight away I knew I had to get these foam bath puzzles. I love this little gift it comes in a simple waterproof bag with the puzzle inside, perfect to keep beside the bath and to keep tidy. I recently had a clear out on her bath toys and she would love this puzzle for bath time.

Miso Mini Wings & Wand – £2.99 

For another gift for Isadora I found a pretty sparkly pair of fairy wings which also includes a fairy wand. I love this adorable little fairy dressing up set, perfect for Isadora to wear. She is that age now where she loves to dress up and she lacks fairy wings and wands in her dressing up box. She will be over the moon with this gift. The quality is fantastic especially for the price of the wings and wand, I am impressed and very happy to give this my daughter.

Monkey Tree Game – £4.00 

Another gift which was surprisingly under £5 was this Monkey Tree Game, for ages 3+. I was impressed with the pricing of this game as I have been wanting to purchase the Monkey Tree Game for a while for Isadora. This game is a perfect gift for Christmas for not only for Isadora but for the family, a fun way for all of us to enjoy playing a game together without any distractions. Isadora is now the age where she loves to play board games, in her own *cheating* way which is all part of the fun. The quality of the Monkey Tree Game is really good for the price of the game and can’t wait to play it at Christmas.

Disney Cars Pop Up Dice Game – £4.99 – Originally £9.99

Another game I just had to get was the Disney Cars Pop Up Dice Game, another Disney Car’s item which I know Isadora will love. I loved this game myself as a child and use to love playing it. I thought it would be a great gift for Isadora even though it’s a little bit older than for a 2 year old, I might even pop this away for Isadora’s 3rd Birthday in March where she would enjoy the game and understand it a little more. I was impressed with the size of the game and the quality for the price of the game, this is the cheapest I have come across the game too. I can’t wait to see her play it either.

Troll’s Mega Surprise Pack – £1.49

I also found a Troll’s Mega Surprise Pack full of little activities a fun little stocking filler that I know Isadora will enjoy and perfect for her, she loves all surprise gifts as all other children do. I love how simple and easy the packs are perfect for any child no matter what age they are.
The pack includes:: Mystery Bag, Activity Book, Surprise Game & Toys and Cookies 

I am impressed with the price of the surprise pack as usually these packs can be pricey especially for the name and character of the mystery bags. I am thrilled and looking forward to seeing Isadora’s reaction to this stocking filer.

Frozen Elsa Coronation Dress – £5.99  Original Price – £10.99 

Although this gift was not under £5 I was incredibly impressed with the price of this Frozen Elsa Coronation Dress, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how much Sport’s Direct sell this dressing up outfit for. Isadora absolutely adores Disney Frozen, she loves dancing around the house singing ‘Let it go’ at the top of her lungs and this would match her little personality. She will be over the moon with this gift, I can already see her eyes light up in excitement. For £5.99 I couldn’t pass this gift up.

I honestly didn’t think much of Sport’s Direct I always found the prices vary, the qualities all over the place and cheaply made products. However, I was very impressed with the amount of gift choices that Sport’s Direct actually offer. I also can’t believe the qualities of the gift’s too especially for the prices that Sports Direct sell them for and I honestly will happily buy from Sports Direct again and wont be as critical over the store.

This post is an entry for BritMums Christmas #sdfiverchallenge, sponsored by Sportsdirect

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