HAPE Toys Monkey Pop-Up Track Review

Since Bear was born, I wanted all the toys for him. Well not ALL of them, but lots of brightly coloured, noisy, flashing lights, take-up-the-living-room type toys. I’m not totally against them, but recently, I’ve had my eye elsewhere. Wooden Toys. They’re just so beautiful and look so well made so when I was contacted to review a Hape Toys wooden toy, I jumped at the chance. I do want to change a lot of Bear’s toys over to wooden (obviously there are some toys he still loves and plays with) but I am wanting to introduce more to him. We were sent the Monkey Pop-Up Track* and it has quickly become one of his favourites. Also helping with his speech (I’ll explain that in another post), his counting and his sequencing, which is absolutely fabulous in my eyes.

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I’ve Lost All Motivation…How Do I Get It Back?

Recently, I’ve been struggling. Not just struggling to write or blog or anything like that. Genuinely struggling. I’ve been back at work for a few months now working similar shifts every week so that’s not changed, I still have a toddler to run around after so that hasn’t change either. But I’ve been so tired. And I’ve fallen out of love with things. I don’t find much joy in what I’m doing at the moment, so I haven’t written or blogged. I haven’t read any new books or had any nice relaxing bubble baths & me time. I get up & go to work, come home & go to bed. Or I get up, get into routine with little bear, shower when he’s gone to bed then go to bed myself. I just have no motivation. I’ve lost it. My mind is elsewhere constantly & I’m just feeling so down and sad. Thing is, I couldn’t put my finger on what exactly has triggered this, but when speaking to my counsellor, she told me it was a build up of things.

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Leap 9, You Have a Lot to Answer For

Oh little bear, sometimes you break my heart, and my sanity. I love you so damn much it hurts, but this last leap has been so testing.

Having a 15 month old, I’m pretty used to these mental leaps, growth spurts, the testing times. But this recent one, has brought me to tears, mentally & emotionally exhausted me & wondered ‘what the fuck even is this?!‘ We are now seeing light at the end of the tunnel, ’cause we all know we get there somehow right?! But one thing is for certain, while I was struggling to figure out why my toddler just wanted to bite me, push the boundaries, and whinge more than Bing Bunny does in the space of an 8 minute episode, I knew it would be over soon, and gosh did I wish I drank more wine (it was most certainly needed).

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Chalkola Chalk Pens Review & Giveaway

Something you may not know about me is that I am a huge stationery lover. I love cute notebooks, different styles of pens, craft papers, adorable accessories. You name it, I’ve probably got a secret stash somewhere (remember the gel pen craze of the 00’s?) Something I have never tried before though, is chalk markers. When I was younger, I loved drawing and writing with chalk on the pavements and in the street (we lived in a cul de sac and it was gonna rain and wash it all away anyway) but now, chalk really goes through me. That is until Chalkola contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out their chalk marker pens, and the fun part for you guys, keep reading and you could bag yourself some!

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