Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Sago Mini - Fairy Tales

I'm a great fan of children's apps. I believe that 'screen time' doesn't have to be seen as a bad thing when done in moderation and I actually think they can be a really beneficial learning tool as well as a fun activity for your kids.

We discovered children's apps when Wilf was about two years old and give them full credit for averting boredom when travelling. A few times I've had to travel long journeys with Wilf by myself and there is nothing worse than getting to that point on the journey when your child has had enough. They are also a great treat for afternoon slumps when you both need a rest and as we don't have a television I feel happy to let him play on them for a couple of hours a day. 

One of Wilf's all time favourite apps actually happens to be Ocean Swimmer by Sago Mini, I'm not quite sure how we stumbled across it but I immediately loved the colours and illustrations as well as the humour to the animations. Sago Mini games aren't garish like some children's apps can be and I also love the non-competitive element that seems to run through them all.

Sago Mini asked if we (well Wilf!) would like to try out their new Fairy Tales app and see what we thought. The Fairy Tales app followers a similar structure to the Ocean Swimmer game Wilf loves so much which was an immediate plus point. Jinja the cat is the main character and flys around an enchanted forest meeting fairy tales characters. What I loved about this game was the cross over from fairy tales we know so well and the Sago Mini interpretation of the characters.

I love that it still holds the 'silliness' that amuses children and parents alike as well as a gentle exploration of the world in the game. What I find really interesting is how much Wilf likes to talk about what is going on whilst he is playing and using his imagination to describe why each character might be doing what they are doing in the animation.

We made a little video if you would like to see a little more and you can download the app here to play the game for yourself!

Sago Mini are giving the first ten people to comment on this post a free code to download so you can try the game out for yourself (or rather your little ones can!).

In association with Sago Mini

Monday, 2 March 2015

new hair!

outfit of the day, cath kidston dress, cowboy kaleidoscope boots and boden bag

If you follow me on IG you may have noticed that over the weekend I got my hair did! It's something I've been thinking about for a really long time but I've always thought that hair extensions only come in the Britney Spears 2007 variety with obvious clip ins and not a very natural look.

Turns out I was wrong and so my lovely neighbour/friend and hairdresser (I am so lucky to have my very own personal hair stylist across the road from me) went about working out what would be the best look for me.

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

Me and Mine - February

It's crazy how a month can fly by! Taking one photo a month of your family really doesn't seem like a difficult task but I'm reminded how if I didn't have this prompt I wouldn't have taken any over the past two months!

This photo was taken on a little family walk we took on the weekend. We always try and get out for breakfast at least once over the weekend, it's one of my favourite things about my week if I'm honest! We've had a few ups and downs this month from things going on in our lives but I'm always reminded how my little family are there for me (and a night out with friends helped too!). I'm so happy to be putting the winter months behind me as they've felt like they have dragged on a bit this year (or maybe they always feel like that and I just forgot) and Spring feels so close!

We have a little family break to look forward to next month which we're so excited for and I really want to start getting into more activities with Wilf again like swimming and toddler gym. I swear the weather makes me just want to hibernate and not commit to to doing much more than coffee stops and eating cake ;)

Hope you've had a lovely February with your family, I can't wait to see your Me and Mine pictures for this month! Remember that everyone that enters will be automatically entered into a competition to win a collage cushion with Photobox. 

This month I'm sending you over to over to the lovely Lucy who set up this beautiful project.

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Friday, 27 February 2015

Dream kitchens

Whilst I think we've done a great job in doing up our home there are certain features about it that cannot be changed. Due to the type of home it is (victorian) it has a very narrow galway kitchen which means it's often pretty dark and lacks much space to do anything.

As such I often find myself staring longingly at kitchens like this with big open spaces (and an island!). I've been using the Wren Kitchen planner to design my dream kitchen, like the ones shown in this post. I'm really into the Linda Barker range especially the modern designs.

Having a small kitchen means I'm always looking for space saving storage solutions so I love their storage range, things like this corner storage is just an igneous idea. One of things I really regret about our kitchen is our dark wooden work surfaces, I thought I liked wood but actually it makes our kitchen seem even darker. As a blogger it would be so much easier to have a white work surface like these ones.

I think out of the ones above the third is my favourite, I love the simplicity that runs throughout it.
What would your dream kitchen look like?

In association with Wren Kitchens 
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