Mellow Mummy : Taking life as it comes...

Monday, 13 February 2017

Looking forwards to Trolls on DVD today

Holly, Lara and I have been looking forward to Trolls being released on Blu-Ray and DVD as we never got to see it in the cinema and we'd heard so many amazing things about the movie. Despite having not seen it yet, Holly is a massive fan of Poppy the Troll and so we simply can't wait to watch the movie now that it is released for home entertainment. Bring on the singing. Squee.

DreamWorks Trolls is available on Blu-ray and DVD from 13th February courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Glimmies collectibles - a review

Glimmies are a set of cute little star fairies who Lara and Holly have been delighted to welcome into our house; they are magical woodland fairies who light up at night to look after the woodland creatures, and my two girls!

Lara and Holly are both really into collectibles at present. Every spare surface in their bedroom and playroom features little collections of characters and the Glimmies from Flair have just been given pride of place on the little bookshelf that attaches to Lara's bunkbed. There are 23 Glimmies to collect including some premium characters that come with their own playsets; you can buy them as single fairies or as a pack of three and each character comes with it's own story about the animals they protect and their personality traits. As is customary with these sorts of things, you get a little booklet with your Glimmie which helps you identify who's who and encourages you to collect the whole set.

Each Glimmie fairy is about 6cm tall; quite a lot taller than many of Lara's collectibles and so these really feel more like play set characters than simple ornaments. The really really magical thing that sets Glimmies apart from other collectibles is that they light up like little fireflies when the lights go out (this helps them to keep watch over the animals at night!). Both Lara and Holly are mesmerised by this magical transformation.

Glimmies are battery operated and have a little switch on the back so that you can switch off the light if you need to but my girls seem happy to leave them on more or less all day - they like to watch to see when they decide to switch their little lights on for the night. Lara has quite liked keeping them by her bed as a comforting glow at night once all of the lights in the house are turned off.

If the girls are passing by their room I've seem them cup their Glimmies in their hands just to see the little sparkle of light. You can even place them in a pocket to shut out their light and watch them glow.

I can't see Lara and Holly actively playing imaginary games with their Glimmies but I can see them wanting to extend their collection - I think the brightly coloured characters would look quite fun lined up across a shelf or window ledge - and at £3.99 for a single pack I think they are within pocket-money budget.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Celebrating 9 years of Brush Baby

It is about 5 years since Lara and Holly first started using Brush Baby products; their innovative chewable toothbrush for babies and toddlers was Holly's first ever introduction to a toothbrush. This year Brush Baby are celebrating their 9th birthday and they invited us to take a look back on our Brush Baby years.

Brush Baby early years toothcare is a journey designed to help your little ones practice good dental care from the day their teeth start to form. Soft dental wipes for sensitive gums were the start of Holly's journey, quickly followed by the chewable toothbrush. At the time we were having big problems trying to get Lara to clean her teeth and I'm convinced that introducing a toothbrush from such a young age with Holly helped to create a routine - we've never had the same sort of resistance from Holly.

As my girls have grown up they've learned good tooth-brushing habits. Holly still needs help to brush her teeth and we'll continue to help her with co-ordination when brushing for another few years to make sure she learns to look after her teeth as best she can; brushing twice a day with a gentle children's toothbrush. These days Brush Baby have a wide range of tooth brushes for the early years including a sonic toothbrush to different age ranges which really makes toothrushing time fun.

The KidzSonic Electric Toothbrush is available for children aged 3-6 and 6+. It is a battery-operated electric toothbrush with a small head designed for brushing and flossing in between small teeth. Apart from the bright colours, the thing which really engages both Lara and Holly is the timer - a disco-timer! To encourage your child to brush for the full 2 minutes the toothbrush lights up your face with bright disco colours while you brush. They LOVE this and the usually-impatient Holly has taken to brushing for much longer since starting to use the KidzSonic brush.

Our dentist recommends that children under 7 continue to use a traditional manual brush regularly, even if they are also using an electric toothbrush because she feels that it is important to learn the co-ordination skills and practice needed to get your teeth clean. We're using the Brush Baby floss brush for Holly; it has both short bristles for teeth surfaces and long bristles to get between the teeth at this age when children can't yet floss themselves. Combined with the brush-baby toothpaste, Holly seems very happy at toothbrushing time these days so I'm confident that both my girls are now building good dental habits that should set them off well for life.

Thank you Brush Baby - and happy birthday!
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