On the Move

NEW Blog home-  I am going SELF Hosted …Aka I am moving blogs.. not far just a little hop skip and a jump to here  Elliebearbabi.co.uk  has a nice ring to it doesn’t it! The blog movers have been in everything was packed up and moved and after a day or two everything has been sorted and unpacked! Yay,  all my posts from here are now on the new blog 🙂 Im revamping the new blog a little as i have more control over it now as its 100% mine!! So there is a new look to go with the new .co.uk . Lots of exciting things coming up more Christmas themed posts, a few fab guest spots and the odd cheeky review!

It is taking me a little getting used to but im excited  i feel like its a great move and I hope you will come read and check it out lovelies! I have so appreciated the support all of you have given me in taking the time to read and comment on my posts it really means alot!

I’d love to know what you think of the new blog? Come say hi 🙂

Vicki xXx

A Very Beebies Christmas

My Christmas Gift Wish list from the gorgeous Beebies baby store 

It is so hard to choose from the many fab products available on Beebies store from gorgeous clothing for little tots through to messy play and role play toys. With my imaginary budget of £100 I have complied my little Wish list , so grab a cuppa put your feet up and have a little read …

Wooden Number Puzzle and the Wooden Alphabet Puzzles would be first on my list. Priced at £6.99 each . These are perfect longterm toys. Toys Mini can enjoy from now right through to school age with the added plus of being educational!

Next on my list is a BundleBean GO! Pink, this is genius! It fits onto  all buggies, bike seats, rear facing car seats and front style baby carriers. Its waterproof and fleece lined to keep little one snuggly. This would be so perfect for Mini. We travel alot in the car as my family live 80 miles away and its hard to keep a blanket on her in her carseat as she kicks it off. This would keep her cosy and comfy all the way to nannies. Because it is so versatile it then could be popped onto her pram when we are out and about meaning less blankets to haul about with us! Its £29.99 and also comes in blue or black! (Black would be perfect baby shower gift if you weren’t sure if the little bump was blue or pink).

Next would be My Buggy Clip Buddy £7.99 I had one of these but broke it when transferring it from our old pram to new pram. I miss it alot. This is a mummy essential!!! It gives you freedom when out shopping, I have hung my shopping basket on it, you can hang shopping bags or changing bag/handbag etc from it to take the weight off your arms and gives you the freedom to push the pram two handed instead of the one handed as most mummys out and about end up doing after shopping. 

Next is the PurFlo SleepSac in Pink 12-18 months £34.95. I have admired PurFlo sleepsac’s from afar for a while now. They are the most anti-allergenic,anti-bacterial sleeping bags on the market at the moment. It is made with cotton and bamboo fabrics with natural antibacterial properties. The filling is made up of amicor which helps dispel dust mites. I have a thing about dust mites, they give me the creeps, that and they are linked to both asthma and eczema of which both run in the family. For me this would give me great comfort knowing im putting Mini into a cosy warm environmentally friendly and safe sleepsac each night. It has detachable sleeves which I think is super as now the winter is here its a bit nippy at night so the option of extra layer of warmth for Mini sounds great. Then in the summer simply remove the sleeves for the warmer nights, win win!

I’d buy a Messy Play apron £3.49 and Chunky Paint Pens £3.99 for some fun messy play! Mini loves a good painting sesh!

And finally with my last fiver I would buy her a My First Christmas Bauble £4.99 in Pink, to put up in her room and keep as a lovely keepsake to remind us of her very First (squeals so excited) Christmas!! 

That concludes my wishlist. Go and have a peek at the wonderful variety of gifts and general gorgeousness they have in stock at Beebies for Christmas and all year round and have a #averyBeebiesChristmas x

*My little entry into Win your Beebies Wishlist comp* want to enter check it out here.. good luck

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Mini’s midweek memories


Yay iv’e actually managed to post this Mid-week i think that deserves a high five!

This week we cracked out the paint again, i’m quite ashamed to say we paint very rarely . I keep forgetting about it and then sometimes it seems too messy now shes bigger and takes off at zero given notice towards furniture etc. Also we currently have carpet in most rooms, yes I hate hate hate the carpets but still I don’t want little hand prints over them. (Though it would look cute).

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I set up  a roll of paper in the kitchen on the floor, on top  of easy wipe childrens tablecloth. Mini wore an old baby grow and we put 3 splodges of paint down and off she set.  She had a ball of a time! I was hoping to do some Christmasey colours but we only have currently 3 paints green, purple and yellow. Now your going to tell me if id mixed them I could have got x number of other colours.. too complicated for my frazzled brain .. ( remember its week 4 of solo parenting).

2013-11-26 17.15.09The end picture is really summery colours, we are going to put up in her room on her little doodle wall once its dry.

I put her in a 6-9months baby grow to do this as it is too small for day to day use and I was going to wash it to put into a charity shop after (the paints are waterbased easy washed off). When I looked at the babygrow afterwards though its so cute all brightly coloured paint splats, so like the little sad sentimental mummy that I am i’m keeping it. It is going into her memory box with a few little pictures of her painting and her final masterpiece.

I’m planning some more  Christmasy crafts with her over the coming weeks keep ur eyes peeled!

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Christmas with Toddlers

*Guest Post*- by the lovely Rachel who blogs at Activities4kidz 

This will be my third Christmas as a mum. Harrison was only six months old the first year and although it was magical and we took him to see Santa, he didn’t really have any idea of what was going on. Last year, he was eighteen months old so knew something was different but we also had Alex, who was only seven weeks old. Being extremely sleep deprived meant that Christmas passed in a bit of a blur!

This year however, we have two ‘proper’ toddlers and I’m detemined that it is going to be really special. Harrison, who is now two and a half loves all the lights and decorations in the shops and points them out excitedly to Alex, who is thirteen months.
To get us in the festive spirit we have been listening to lots of cheesy Christmas tunes (can’t beat a bit of Wham!) and have made absolutely loads of decorations.
We’ve made:
Lollystick Christmas Trees
Santa socks
Handprint wreaths
Salt dough decorations
Paper plate trees
We’ve also made gingerbread scented play dough and we’re going to be doing a Christmas treasure box full of shiny ribbons and bows, tinsel, sparkly wrapping pape and ornaments. We’re making some peppermint scented snow to play with as well. I’ve just recieved a book with 100 Christmas activities to review on thye blog so pop over to activities4kidz.wordpress.com to see more of the things we do! We’re going to have a go at making the
 reindeer food as well!
Every year we have gone to see Santa at Melbicks Garden Centre ( http://www.g-l.co.uk/static/online-tickets-melbicks.html) and to the German Christmas Market in Birmingham City Centre to soak up the lights, sounds and smells of Christmas. Also on the list is the Jolly Mixture Christmas Party, (http://www.jolly-mixture.co.uk/) which is the playgroup we go to every week.
Christmas Eve will be full of visits to family and friends as usual, having a sherry and mince pie (or 3!) before the excitement of putting down the reindeer food for Rudolph and his friends, a mince pie and milk for Santa!
No doubt Christmas day will pass in a haze of excitement, wrapping paper, batterie and assembling the hundreds of toys the kids will no doubt get whilst consuming ridiculous amounts of food and drink. I can’t wait!!!!
Merry Christmas
Rach xx
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Elf on the shelf

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I have read so much about “Elf on the shelf” recently both on twitter and lots of lovely blogs. The traditional elf on the shelf is an American idea. It became super popular in 2005 after a company marketed it and made elves with lots of accessories to go along with them. However “elf on shelves” have been made since 1950’s.

Mini is 11 months she will be 2 weeks short of a year old on Christmas day. Even though shes still very young for Christmas we are making it as spesh as possible. To begin with I though nah don’t fancy this elf on shelf malarky but as December has approached I reconsidered but then of course couldn’t get an elf. Well I could get an expensive elf but I didn’t fancy it, then I remembered I had ordered a gorgeous handmade “Gnome” from Emma Berry a few months back. Iv’e been up at my parents staying as hubbs is away with work but when I arrived home a parcel was waiting and inside my lovely Gnome! Hes gorgeous and even though hes a gnome we are using him as an “elf”  for our own 1st ever “Elf on the Shelf”

Let me Introduce to you “Merry Berry” our elf on the shelf 🙂

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Sitting ready and waiting for Mini in the morning …

A lovely little limerick….

Centre parcs poetry challenge. 

This is my entry to the Center Parcs and Tots 100 November challenge. If I’m chosen, I would like to visit Longleat Forest” 🙂 

Centre parcs  nature expert and Conservation Ranger, Emma Tapp set out 5 tips to help “bring out the inner poet”, our fave tip was number 2.Play outside – “Despite the drop in temperature, it’s great to wrap up warm and get outside in the fresh air. The sound of the leaves crunching as you stroll through the park or play in the garden is bound to get you and your children inspired, so why not head outside for a brisk autumn stroll before setting to work on your poetic masterpiece?”

This was our fave tip as we love getting wrapped up in our hats, scarfs and gloves, getting Mini all cosy in the pram and heading out for walks with our little dog, to our local parks and forests!

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Our little shed in all its autumnal glory!

Our little shed in all its autumnal glory!

We live in lovely little Northern Ireland so it is only right that we submit a “Irish Limerick” style poem for this challenge. Irish Limericks are traditionally funny, nonsense riddley rhymes, perfect for little ones so here we go

Mini’s surprise..

Way up North on the Emerald Isle,

a little girl sits with a great big smile.

Surveying the countryside, all around her

she sits in her pram and begins to ponder!

Why have the leaves on the trees all gone golden?

Oh she exclaims is it because they’re all olden’?

Just like Granda, Nannie and old auntie Pat

the leaves colours have changed, though they haven’t got fat?!

They’re all yellow, red and golden

some are orange red and cream

The colours are so beautiful she thought

It’s like a lovely dream.

But wait look at that branch, that branch over there

she shouts whilst waving her little fingers wildly in the air.

Oh  mumma whats happened hes lost his long hair ?

Mini exclaimed with a look of despair!

Mini my dear, never you fear for

Winter is coming and Christmas is nearly here!

The little branch thought it was time to prepare

So he sped off into town in search of new hair!

Just like daddy hes had a little trip to the barbers chair

as hes going down later to visit the country fair!

Hes been practicing his dancing, with your cousin franscein

and the rest of his hair fell of whilst he was prancing!

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Little lucky shamrock.. fingers crossed our poem meets the grade 🙂 or i’ll have a face on me like a lurgan spade 😉

Butterflies & Dragons.. traditional toys

Djeco Forest Animal Blocks 

Mini adores blocks and stacking cups, has done ever since she was first able to pick up a toy. Her first port of call when playing is always blocks, she loves them and can spend ages playing with two, one in each hand. She loves clashing them off one another, throwing them, shouting into them, holding them over her ears and “listening” to them(i’d love to know what they say to her because she always looks so amused 🙂 ) And occasionally she attempts to stack them but they are really just a mini stacked pile! Most of our blocks and stacking cups are plain colours and plastic. I have been searching for some different more colourful ones for ages but never came across any. That is until I spotted the  Djeco Forest Animal Blocks  from Butterflies and Dragons. The blocks come in sets of 10, they are beautifully illustrated and vibrantly coloured. Themed on “Forest animals” each box is illustrated on all four sides.

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One side has a number with the same amount of items example no. 10 and 10 buzzy bees. When stacked on top of each other or in a line they go from number 1-10. Perfect to begin to teach Mini numbers and number recognition in a fun way.  Another two sides both have brightly illustrated forest animal pictures such as a hedgehog, owl or bunny (we love bunnies in our house its our little theme in Mini’s room). The fourth side has a tree print which when stacked all in order one on top of the other makes a large forest tree.

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When stacked they are 86 cm/ 34 inches  in height. They must look super tall to Mini but that doesn’t stop her knocking them down! Mini absolutely loves these, they are so brightly coloured she sometimes just studies them. The bigger ones are just the right size when upside down for fitting in other toys/ballpit balls. Mini’s new thing is putting things in and out of baskets, boxes etc so when turned upside down these boxes are the perfect for her to fit her little treasures in. 2013-11-26 16.09.36

They are designed to help develop hand eye coordination, imaginative play and to encourage little ones to learn to talk through play. They also help develop spatial awareness. They are perfect for both a boy or girl which I love, as I like to get Mini toys that she can enjoy but also are “long-term” toys that can be kept and used by anyone in the family over the coming years. I know a lot of parents now are looking for non-gender sterotype toys and these fit the bill if that’s what your after! They are for 12months-4 years, (perfect Santa Family gift for a range of ages of Siblings). They are priced at £12.99 which is a bargain I think as the quality is really great. They come in a neat compact box with a little handle so handy for storing away in a cupboard or toy box.

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If you follow me on twitter or have read my Christmas Gift guide here you probably have noticed I adore Butterflies and Dragons  (where these blocks are from) and for good reason too! They have the most fantastic range of wooden and traditional toys on the market, ranging from small puzzles perfect for Christmas Stockings to large wooden kitchens and much more. Have a peek online at their great range, its a must for all Santa’s. I have a feeling Santa may have his eye on a few little items for stocking fillers for Mini!

*I was sent these blocks free of charge for review purposes however as usual all the pictures and opinions are 100% honest and my own.*

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