Monday, 5 December 2016

Bayard children's magazines review and competition

Few months ago just before L started nursery I have bought her a little treat- children's magazine as a  way of praising her for being a good girl during settling in sessions. The more magazines we bought the more interest L showed in cartoon characters she sees, stickers, colouring activities and of course a toy attached to the magazine, so it became a bit of a tradition. 

A week ago or so we were introduced to a different type of magazines for children which cover most ages and interests called Bayard magazines.

"Bayard magazines respond to parent’s desire to share human values with their children, to offer them opportunities to express their creativity and discover the world.Bayard children's magazines are more than books! Fun, interactive and educational magazines for kids aged between 3-12".

Little ones aged 3-6 can enjoy "Story Box" monthly magazines, which include picturesque stories, educational information about animals or other things and lots of games and puzzles. 

"Wonder with Whizkid introduces children to science and answers their questions about the world, with clear pictures and explanations.

Picture stories and comic-strips with great adventures and endearing heroes (SamSam, Little Brown Bear, Polo and more!) children will easily identify with.

Animal World
introduces children to a new animal every month with a beautiful picture and simple captions.

Games and fun activities stimulate children’s creativity and observation skills".


As this is the most age appropriate magazine for L I was really surprised by the paper quality of the magazine, all pages including covers are much thicker than magazines you can buy in supermarket. It seems more suitable for educating your kids in entertaining manner without spoiling the fun with adverts of different services or products, what I do miss though is a little treat- a plastic toy. Little L really enjoyed looking through the pages and listening to her daddy read the magazine.

Little girls and boys aged 6-9 will be very surprised to see a cute mini magazine called "Adventure Box", which included illustrated stories of different genres, puzzles and games, comic stories and educational articles about nature. 
Even though these magazines might be "old" for L but I found that she was as interested to look through the pages as with other 2 different Bayard magazines.

With "Discovery Box" aimed at kids ages 9-12 your little one will find science and history articles as well as comic stories and some arts and craft activities and much more. 

Each magazine is valued at £5.50 which maybe a little but pricey for some parents, but you can also subscribe to the magazines online or via the form included in the paper copy. To give you an idea of pricing, you can subscribe for 6 months for £30, for 12 months for £50 and for 24 months for £90. 

I have also an exciting opportunity to win two six month subscriptions to the magazine of your choice (Story Box, Adventure Box or Discovery Box) all you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below (the competition ends on 26 December 12am):
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good Luck!

Friday, 2 December 2016

Review: Portable North Pole Magic Pass

For the passed 2 years I have been lucky enough to collect some Christmas related keepsakes for L. As L grows older she understands and remembers more which makes special occasions like Christmas a little bit more magical. 

For this Christmas I have teamed up with Portable North Pole to create an ultimate personalised keepsake message from Santa.

"Portable North Pole (PNP) is an online platform used by Santa and his elves to send personalized video messages and calls to the people you care about most anywhere around the world".

The service is partly free ("Greeting from Santa", "Birthday wishes") and partly paid for (Magic Pass worth £9.99), which makes it "attractive" for any budget. 
PNP can also be downloaded on mobile phones or tablets via iTunes or Android app store free of charge.
"The PNP mobile app features access to the Free and Premium videos, exclusive games, synchronization with your own account on the web and much more".
I must admit I felt like a kid in a toy shop, I just didn't know where to start, which option to try first, but as my pass is valid until October 2017 I have plenty more time to play with all options and maybe treat my a family member or two to a lovely surprise!

As L is getting very impatient about receiving her gifts for Christmas and talks about it all the item I have personalised "You special gift is ready" video.

To personalise the video I added L's name and nickname, her date of birth (there is an option to add more children) and photo, the wishlist could also be personalised by the type of the gift expected and it's photo, you can also add details of your child's relatives and their pictures and of course the message you want Santa to pass onto your little one regarding their behaviour. 

Once your video is created you will receive an e-mail confirmation and a reminder that video can be viewed via a mobile app too. Lastly message can be sent to yourselves or your relative's e-mail address, edited if need be and saved in HD to watch at your own convenience.

Portable North Pole offers a great variety of options for videos and calls which will make any Christmas and even birthday a big day to remember. PNP this year have included a new feature for mobile app users- reaction recorder which is a lovely way of capturing that initial reaction. Reaction recorder could be a safer option for those little ones who are feeling a little bit shy in front of real Santa but in the comfort of their own home can potentially enjoy the call more. 

If you want to support your experience with a physical gift PNP offers a variety of gifts that can be purchased at John Lewis.

It may take you a while to find that perfect video or call but remember with the Magic Pass you don't have to restrict yourself to any time limits!

Disclaimer: I was sent the item mentioned above for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Little L is 29 months old


It's so strange to hear others talking about your child's development or new milestones, not that it happened recently but it seems that I don't notice L's changes as we are together 24/7.

L is certainly developed a very dominant personality, she is active, sociable, a little bit shy with new male friends of ours or strangers, she is cheeky and knows that with me can get away with anything. Seems like my husband and I swapped personalities- I am the loyal one and he is authoritative, strict one. 

L found a new hobby- watching Youtube videos for kids, she would watch chocolate surprise eggs unwrapping, nursery rhymes or learning colours which helped her (in a way) with pronouncing and saying colours correctly in English and with me she is learning how to say things in Russian. To someone new or to someone who doesn't know her the way I do she may sound strange with mixing words or not pronouncing them correctly, but I would know straightaway what she means and says.

Don't want to jinx it but I think L is less stroppy when she needs to go in a stroller or needs to walk, she certainly shows more interest in walking then being in my arms when we go to/from nursery and to shopping centre. We just need to work on that a little bit more and hopefully I can brave long walks with her, this would be just lovely!