Monday, 10 April 2017

L.O.L. Surprise! Easter Hunt

I remember this time last year I was bookmarking ideas for Easter Egg Hunt and couldn't wait until L would be old enough to understand and get involved. 

Before I even started planning our entertainment programme for this Easter lovely people representing L.O.L. Surprise have sent us a bundle of goodies including: L.O.L. Surprise Diva Bow, Secret Message, Jokes, Colouring In Sheet, Postcard, Sweets & a L.O.L. Surprise (£7.99 available from major toy stores).
For those who don't know L.O.L. Surprise is different take on surprise eggs, which my darling daughter loves to watch on Youtube. 
Main surprise (cute, collectible doll) wrapped in 7 layers of "wrapping paper" with different clues and mini-accessories including water bottle, stickers, shoes, outfit, accessory. Round, plastic ball with the handle is a girly alternative to usual egg-shaped "shell", both sides of which can be used as a lounge and a bath for little doll.
So on early Sunday morning I have prepared bunting in the garden, hidden few extra eggs with Easter themed characters drawn on them and with few eggs with little surprises inside to make it more fun, I have attached L.O.L Surprise colouring sheet on our rotary airer to give L a clue what the big surprise could be about.

I have managed to forget where some of the eggs were hidden but it was fun to see L getting excited when she would spot an egg, or ask what the next colour of the egg would be. 

When L eventually found L.O.L Surprise ball all we could hear was "Wow" whilst she was unwrapping layer after layer. 
The collectible doll looks super cute, has a squishy face with little holes in her eyes, mouth and at the bottom for some water games and most importantly is a super-hero character- L's favourite type of role play! We are yet to try and see how little doll cries, spits the drink, wees and changes colour in the cold water as L would only want to play with it in the sand.

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Little L is 32 months old

Oh gosh, it seems like I notice less changes in L, she grows and develops but with me being around her 24/7 I stopped noticing obvious things for some.

I am very proud of her though as L is very good with her numbers both in English and Russian, she knows her colours. I have tried to make it less pushy as possible so it all comes naturally for her and I think I did a great job, not without a help of L's favourite Youtube educational videos. 

Potty training at the nursery hasn't moved anywhere I'm just hoping one day it clicks that it is OK to do it there too, rather than to say "No" to it.

We have more meltdowns and tantrums, which is impossible to stop until she finally gets what she wants or we manage to destruct L. It just seems like such a sudden change to L that takes time getting used to and hopefully it will pass as quickly as it appeared! 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Review: clothes labelling with Stamptastic

When L started nursery back in September last year I had a set of iron on labels to use, which at first were really helpful. Few months later I have realised that name labels don't last forever and I just can't be bothered with ironing every single item of L's clothing. 

I knew that I need to find something better, something that will last almost forever and I did! Stamptastic is my little saviour! If you don't know this brand

"Stamptastic stamps can be personalised with names up to 22 letters long. Each stamp and ink pad lasts for years, so this really is a one-off purchase that will see you through endless years of school uniform, cub camps and sports days".

Order process was extremely easy:
- click on the product required (stamp £10 and ink pad £12 come is separate listings)
- write the name of your child in a box when ordering a stamp(on the right side of the page)
-choose font and size
- add to shopping basket

At first I wanted to order Stamptastic kit via Amazon but found that listing doesn't allow me to order individual products where as official website does. I have ordered personalised stamp itself and Stamptastic ink pad. The kit arrived within 2 days which is super quick!
The moment I have opened the stamp and started my new stamping duties I felt myself like a child, I wanted to stamp everything! It's so exciting and most importantly so easy and quick!! If I were to compare the time I have spent ironing name labels and stamping L's clothes, bottles, wet wipes packets etc.. the latter is by far the quickest method!
Since then L's clothes were washed few times and name stamp looks as good as new! My only tip would be to make sure that you have firmly pressed on the ink pad with the stamp so that you have more use of it and brighter/darker stamp on the clothing.

A definite must for all families with kids!