26 Mar 2015

LeapFrog LeapReader Party

We've had an unlucky run of illness in the kids recently and with Aria having a little operation. We were supposed to host our LeapFrog LeapReader book club party, but had to put it off due to illness. However, finally got around having our party and had a ball. We had my two boys and two of their little friends came over to have some reading fun together. Have you hosted a book club party? 

We set-up the party table. And some colouring books and stickers to get into the party mood. We had dinosaur masks, balloons and even party hats.

Party Table

The boys arrived and we put on our masks and dinosaur costumes. We even set-up the pinata.


The reason for the dinosaur party was that we were trying out the Leap and the Lost Dinosaur LeapReader book. 
Dinosaur Party
Dinosaur Masks

We love the LeapReader. All the kids did at the party and we gave them on away with to continue their reading and learning. The LeapReader is a fantastic product and is the complete Learn-to-Read-and-Write solution, which has been approved by UK primary school teachers to support reading at home.

Leap and the Lost Dinosaur

Leap and the Lost Dinosaur LeapReader book is a wonderful adventure, taking it's readers back in time with the well loved Leap and Professor Quigley. You can meet over 25 different dinosaurs and find out more about them, what they eat, how the defended themselves and where they lived. Children will have fun becoming their own dinosaur detective. What else is fantastic about this book is that  it comes with some dinosaur cards, for quick facts and information. All the boys loved this book and the sounds that came from the cards. As with all LeapReader books, there are different levels and stages you can use. From read on your own, read it back to me and spelling out words and more. 

LeapReaderLeapReader Reading
If you ever want to find out about dinosaurs in a fun and interactive way then the Leap and the Lost Dinosaur is the book for you. The cards give the book that something extra. They can be played with as a game, part of learning or just for fun listening to the sounds. 
Dinosaur Reading

We all had such a great time with the LeapFrog LeapReader Book club party. All the children dressed up as dinosaurs, at lots of yummy food, read lots of great stories, played games, coloured and had fun with dinosaurs. 

Dinosaur Colouring Fun

This was a great way to learn about dinosaurs and the children went away happy and had a new found wealth of knowledge and a fun way to read. 


What is great about the LeapFrog LeapReader is that fact you can have the books in the pen and the kids can sit in the car or bed listening to them as an audio book. Great for car journeys and trips. It can be used with or without headphones. With a usb rechargeable battery it's perfect, not more looking for AA's.

There are so many books, maps, cards and puzzles books, over 150, that the LeapReader has on offer, it is a fantastic product one that I would highly recommend. We love it and all the kids at the party had a great time. 

If you want to know a bit more about helping your child to read with the LeapFrog system they have a great free pdf guide here

The LeapFrog LeapReader is available from a variety of retailers and online here with a RRP of £39.99 and includes a LeapReader, activity sampler book, and Learning Paper writing sheets. The books typically cost from £12.99-£16.99 (Lost Dinosaur LeapReader book  is £16.99).

Disclaimer:- We were sent out some products as part of being LeapFrog Ambassadors to host this party, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

25 Mar 2015

Boys - The Gallery 223

This week's Gallery Prompt at from the lovely Tara over at Sticky Fingers is Boys.

I have two wonderful boys, both of whom are very different. Being an only child, I naively thought they'd be little clones of each other, how wrong I was. Lucas who is just turned 8 loves playing football. He always has a ball at his feet and would play constantly. He lives in his own wee world and likes to know how everything works.


Tyler, has just turned 6. He's a cheeky chappy and loves to make you laugh. He's loud, clued into the world around him, but shy and extremely kind. He too loves to play football and loves soft toys. Both similar and both so different, even in their looks. But both boys are wonderful and amaze me everyday.

Little Boy

18 Mar 2015

Green - The Gallery 222

This week's Gallery Prompt at from the lovely Tara over at Sticky Fingers is Green.

The weather had been so awful here recently, we've had snow, hail and so much rain. There isn't even a hint of Spring in the garden yet. No Daffodil leave, no snowdrops surfacing, nothing. We can't wait to get some dry weather to get out and run around and see what Green things Spring has brought. The grass is looking very green, but it's oh so chilly.


While we are talking about Green, I had to share Tyler and his favourite clothing attire of pj's. He would live in them if he could. He even plays football out that back in them. I've drawn the line at going to school in them!!

Turtle Pjs

We are looking forward to getting out into the great outdoors more and more. You? What is your child's favourite item of clothing?

17 Mar 2015

Review - Karcher Window Vacuum Extension And Holster

Karcher Window Vacuum

Last year I reviewed the awesome Karcher Window Vac, I say awesome as it is and I still use it every fortnight if not more regularly indoors due to grubby little toddler finger prints. As if the Karcher Window Vac wasn't good enough I now got to try out the Karcher Window Vac Extension Lance and holster.

11 Mar 2015

Mother - What being a Mother - The Gallery 221

This week's Gallery Prompt at from the lovely Tara over at Sticky Fingers is Mother.

The most remarkable and phenomenal moment of my life was when I became a Mother. It is truly awe-inspiring and terrifying at the same time. When you look into those gorgeous eyes of your new born you are a completely different person and your life will never be the same. They will always come first and you will do anything to protect them.


Today is one I am feeling apprehensive, nervous and anxious. As a Mother I want to protect my child, but today I need to put my faith in the wonderful doctors and nurses. Today is the first time any of my babies have had to have an operation. Aria is having a lump cut out of her face. It's on her jawline, but we are unsure of what it is. It's likely to be nothing, but it's growing with her, so it need to come out. It annoys her and it's solid. She's in the right place and the staff are wonderful. I am a bit worried about the fasting, but hopefully once we are there she'll be OK.

10 Mar 2015

Picking the Ideal Family Car

Picking the ideal family car isn't easy. What would you look for in a car if you were purchasing one just now for your family? I would look for something that had space, with three children you need this. This would be my main priority. Next would be cost and running costs.

Honda HR-V

9 Mar 2015

Review - Great Gizmos 4M Kidz Labs Bubble Science Kit

Great Gizmos Bubble Science Kit

Who doesn't love bubbles? Everyone does right? So when you mix bubbles and learning, everyone is a winner. I am a huge fan of science kits for kids and love the Great Gizmos 4M Kidz Labs range. I have bought some in the past and jumped at the chance to try out the Great Gizmos Bubble Science Kit


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