On the borders of Worsley, Manchester, there is a hotel and golf course (some of you probably already know about it). It is quite a prestigious hotel and honestly, I’ve never visited prior to a few weeks ago. Mostly because I thought you had to be a ‘private club member‘ or just be really good at playing golf ha! Fortunately for me, I was invited to try out the new menu at the Grill in the Park restaurant within the Worsley Park Marriott Hotel & Country Club (along with some other bloggers and their family members) and boy, was I totally surprised!
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.
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!
For a while now, Bear has slept like a dream. His routine for bedtime has been altered a few times but we’ve gotten there and it’s been so great. He’s been so pleasant and in such a great mood during the day when he’s had a better night’s sleep. He’s also always been a tummy sleeper. However, once he turned 1 years old, his naps became few and far between, his sleep started to alter slightly in that, in the last week or so, he has been fighting his sleep so much. Where he’s usually in bed asleep by 7pm, he’s been fighting it until approximately 8.30pm, which has been exhausting all round, I’m not going to lie. This is where Panda Kids Bamboo Pillows* came in.
I know I said in my previous post about teething, how much we loved the Sophie La Girafe, Nuby teether & our amber teething bracelet (all of which we’re still using & massive fans of by the way) but a new teething aid has come to our attention. We’re now at almost 1 year old and have just cut teeth 7 & 8 which, I’ll be honest, has been a little bit of a nightmare. Just before they popped through, we were asked if we wanted to try out the Matchstick Monkey teether, which having tried other teethers and remedies, I jumped at the chance.