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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Leapfrog Learn and Groove Music Mat Review

I've fancied getting the girls a music mat for some time but I'd been worried about the cacophany of noise but thanks to the new Leapfrog Learn and Groove Music Mat, there is some order, some fun and some learning applied to this musical mat.

The Leapfrog Learn and Groove Music Mat is ideal for children from around 2 years to 5 years old who are just learning about counting up to ten as well as spotting and naming colours and animals.

The music mat is a great way of encouraging movement as well as a fun way of kick-starting your preschooler into thinking about numbers and sounds. I like watching Holly walking through the living room, noticing the music mat and then switching it on as a bit of an impulse to have a play, a dance and a bit of fun.

The music mat has three modes - one is simply an exploratory mode, each circle on the mat makes a different noise with a different musical instrument and when you stand on it, the instrument makes a short noise to explain the character or number on display. String the noises together by stepping or hopping from one circle to the other to make a little percussion ditty!

In music mode, each creature on the play mat sings a little song as you dance around the mat and songs and phrases about the numbers help you to pick the different animals and sounds out. Holly enjoys this mode most.

I quite like play mode because this one really gets your children thinking. The console asks you a question such as "Find the tiger" or "Jump to number 2" and your child has to step on the correct colour, number or animal to make a noise.

We like the fact that the Leapfrog Music Mat folds up to a quarter of its normal size for when you want to store it. This means I can keep it in the corner of the living room so that it is there for whenever Holly fancies playing with it. The Learn and Groove Music Mat costs around £24.99. I'd recommend it for children from about 2 years old who are very confident on their feet and are excited to get learning their numbers.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

30% discount for Letts revision guides & your chance to #win £50 of Letts books

Are you ready for the new school year to start? With school uniforms and shoes to fit and new routines to think about, finding the time to choose the best books to buy may not always be a priority but new books can be a great way of starting off the school year as you mean to go on.

There are lots of great educational books to choose from and Letts has some engaging and motivating learning books to help your child get back into a learning frame of mind after the long summer holiday. All of their books support the national curriculum so that you know they are reinforcing what your child is being taught at school, whether they are in foundation, KS1, KS2 or beyond.

You can visit the Letts website to browse their range of books by age group. What’s more they are offering a 30% discount on all books until 30 September 2016 when you use code BACK30 at

Would you like to win a bundle of Letts books tailored to your child age this Back to School? I have £50 worth of books to giveaway.  To enter, all you have to do is to answer the question below and leave me a blog comment before the end of the 4th September.

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7. The rules of the competition and the prize for each winner are as follows: £50 worth of age- appropriate Letts books.
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Saturday, 20 August 2016

Scrub Love #babeswhoscrub

There are very few things I enjoy more than a long, hot bath. After a run, I particularly like to extend my "me-time" with a long bath and some pampering products.  My latest post-run discovery is this Mint Temptation coffee scrub from Scrub Love.

Scrub Love make AMAZING coffee body scrubs - a gentle exfoliating scrub made from ground coffee and packed full of natural ingredients that help your skin recover from the hassles of every day life - they soften, polish, hydrate and exfoliate. In every Scrub Love sachet you'll find organic coffee (obviously!) and fine salt including Dead Sea Salt and Himalayan Pink Salt as well as essential oils.

In the Mint Temptation Scrub Love you'll find aloe vera, tea tree oil, peppermint oil and argan oil. It's an invigorating, refreshing mix that leaves your legs, arms and body feeling amazing. A 200ml sachet like this will last a good few uses. I used just a little on each leg to help breathe life back into my legs after a running club session.  The scrub felt tingly and smelled mind-blowing.  That little kick of caffeine that helps your body to start to heal and felt like I had new legs.

Scrub Love body scrub can be applied in small amounts by gently rubbing it into the skin. You can wash it off straight away or leave it on for 5 minutes to let all those oils work their magic. I LOVE the smell of coffee, and mint and it left the whole house smelling amazing.  A few hours later though, Mr. B. was complaining about the smell of coffee so I've promised to only use it shortly before bedtime from now on!  I did have to give the bath a good clean after using is quite surreal to wash the scrub off and see a whole sea of coffee around you.

I'm a total convert to Scrub Love. My legs have never felt better - refreshed and smooth.

Scrub Love 200ml resealable sachets cost from £11.95.  Next time I've got my eye on the Coconut Affair flavour.
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