Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Product Review: Joseph Joseph Elevate Kitchen Utensil Gift Box

Ever since moving into a house I've wanted to buy my self furniture and items to fill our home and give it a sparkle of us! Well this has not really happened so far but my kitchen is well on it's way to becoming our own. I brought a microwave, toaster and kettle which fitted the theme I wanted and threw all the hand me downs out. 

When Suppose.com offered for me to review the Joseph Joseph Elevate Kitchen Utensil Gift Box I gave a little celebratory dance and happily accepted I've always wanted these and their funky chopping boards. 

The Joseph Joseph elevate kitchen utensil set contains six tools each with a tool rest meaning the end you use doesn't have to touch the work surface to prevent mess and cross contamination. The set includes a slotted spoon, a spaghetti server, a solid spoon, a slotted spatula, flexible spatula and a ladle.  The tools themselves are made from nylon and are heat resistant up to 200C that being said I have seen reading reviews that the handles will still melt if left resting on a pan so avoid doing that!

Overall I love the set but my husband has moaned they are too  think for turn his eggs ( his never happy!). I've thrown all my old ones out and my Joseph Joseph set now takes pride of place in my draw and I still get excited about using them every evening. 

Suppose.com offer a great service, a price tracking tool that allows you to get the best deal for the items your looking for. It constantly compares prices on different websites and highlights offers for you.

The Joseph Joseph elevate kitchen utensil set has a RRP of £37.10 but using the Suppose  price tracker we found that the cheapest price was £23 which is a great saving.
Suppose sent me the utensil set in return for a non biased review. 

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Rainy Day Play Dough

Create an activity to keep your children occupied and invoke a whole range of learning opportunities on a rainy day with this play dough activity.

While the rain was coming down out side last week I put together some air drying play dough but you could use my simple 1 minute play dough recipe and  then placed it out for the children suggesting we make our own pretty puddles. 

The boys started by mixing the colours and using textured rolling pins. We discussed the shape and size of puddles and looked out the window to see if we could spot any in the garden. We looked at the different marks they were able to make in the play dough using the rolling pins. 

The children had fun making different rain sculptures using the glass beads and pipe cleaners which added a different dimension to their play. They worked on sharing the play dough, tools and resources we put out for them.

Early Years Outcomes:
PD-Moving and Handling(8 Months - 20 Months) - Enjoys the sensory experience of making marks in damp sand, paste or paint.
PD-Moving and Handling(16 Months - 26 Months) - Makes connections between their movement and the marks they make.
PD-Moving and Handling(22 Months - 36 Months) - Shows control in holding and using jugs to pour, hammers, books and mark-making tools.
PD-Moving and Handling(40 Months - 60 Months) - Uses simple tools to effect changes to materials.
PD-Moving and Handling(40 Months - 60 Months) - Handles tools, objects, construction and malleable materials safely and with increasing control.
EAD-Exploring and using media and materials(8 Months - 20 Months) - Notices and is interested in the effects of making movements which leave marks.
EAD-Exploring and using media and materials(30 Months - 50 Months) - Beginning to be interested in and describe the texture of things.
EAD-Exploring and using media and materials(40 Months - 60 Months) - Manipulates materials to achieve a planned effect.
EAD-Exploring and using media and materials(40 Months - 60 Months) - Uses simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Full time mums – how to cope with your niggles

In the office you’re able to share your niggles, but if you’re a full time mum, with a couple of adventurous kids, you don’t always have that option. Children are wonderful, but they can cause irritations on a daily basis.

From minor irritants to major incidents

So often it really is the very little things in life that can cause you the most grief. For example, you’ve switched on the radio only to hear a working professional talking about how wonderful and peaceful it must be to stay at home and look after your kids on a full time basis. Really?

When you discover that the speaker doesn’t have children your niggle factor will intensify. If they had been in your house and heard your three-year-old showing off his drumming skills at 6.00am in the morning then peace is the last word they’d be using!

Another major niggle is other people staring at you in the supermarket when your 5 year old wants to show off his sculpture skills with the pasta. Tolerance rather than disdain is the required emotion in this instance. Every day niggles can drive you to distraction – as this video shows:

A solution to a major niggles  

Another major niggle is the design of women’s bras. Most underwired models can become horribly uncomfortable. Of course, it’s usually when you are trying to discreetly alter your bra in public that your child will say at the top of his voice, ‘Mummy, why are you dancing?’
If you take a look at the new Magic bra from Triumph you can at least abolish one of life’s constant niggles. The underwire has been replaced with silicone; leading to a more comfortable fit, and a sleek silhouette. Fittings go right up to an F cup, so you’ll be relieved that you can look always look shapely and feel comfortable.

A sharing niggle platform can help

In recognition of life’s minor trials and tribulations, Triumph, in conjunction with the Huffington Post has launched a sharing platform where you can post your niggles, and offer some solutions. Bra solutions are one thing but noisy and mischievous children are quite another! Go online and follow #nigglefix and see what other women are talking about. If you’re a Facebook fan, click here, and find answers to many current niggles – at least you’ll have others to share your gripes with when life’s irritants become too much!

This is a guest post provided by Triumph
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