Thoughts on the Play-Doh Extruder Tool

So over the past couple of months Hasbro, the creators of Play-Doh have been under fire over an extruder tool from the Cake Mountain set on sale this Christmas. I’ve read comments on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and one woman even claimed her Christmas was ruined. Yes, it actually RUINED her Christmas. Seriously where has people’s sense of humour gone?

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So I put Kayla to the test this morning and asked her what it was. And you will not believe what my four-year-old daughter said. She told me it was ‘the best icing maker ever’. She didn’t mention penis, willy or anything sexual because SHE IS A CHILD. She does not look at play toys and sexualize them. If she did I would be very concerned. My Christmas was not ruined. Her Christmas was not ruined. Nobody’s Christmas was ruined. It’s a bloody toy! If a child looks at this and sees it as anything more than a toy, parents have more issues to address than the toy itself.

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Play-Doh have announced they will replace the extruder tool for anyone who is offended. I for one will not be exchanging the icing dispenser even if the swirl pattern screams ‘ribbed for her pleasure’.




Homemade Playdough – Sensory Play

There is hundreds of homemade playdough recipes out there and of all recipes we have used in the My Little Babog house this is by far Kayla’s favourite. It is the perfect non toxic recipe for babies and toddlers who are inclined to put the dough in their mouths so Frankie can squish, squeeze and chew and it’s completely safe.

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You Will Need

1/2 cup of flour

1/2 cup of water

1 tablespoon of salt

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

2 tablespoons of vinegar

Food colouring of your choice

How to make your dough

Mix all your ingredients in a pot stirring constantly on a medium head.DSC_0962Within a couple of minutes your dough will look sticky and gooey, continue until it all clumps together. DSC_0964 Remove the dough from the pot and knead with a sprinkle of flour and you will get a soft, fluffy texture almost like the PlayDoh you buy in shops.
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In twenty minutes we made a blue, pink and green dough. You can add some glitter to add a bit of  sparkle especially for those Frozen fans. Store your playdough in an airtight container and it will last months.

New Years Resolution

Each year I form a list of unrealistic goals and resolutions in the lead up to the New Year, and usually by day three my pledges are non existent. This year I rounded up the family and we created the Alphabet of Adventures.

The Alphabet of Adventure shows twenty-four places we would all like to visit next year. Starting with a trip to the National Aquatic Centre, we will head off and complete our journey around Ireland finishing off with a trip to Dublin Zoo.

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We as a family pledge to try eat healthier and get active. Kayla and I have agreed to walk to school with exception to the weather. We have also decided to cut down on our sweet treats, we will drink more water and read more books.

Kayla and I have also decided we are going to teach Daddy to cook. Scrambled egg, beans,  toast and cheerios just wont cut it any more. Tips, cookbooks, frilly aprons welcome!

I will blog our way through our a-z of adventures and keep you all updated on how we get on.

Happy New Year Guys!!!

WIN a copy of Moon Adventures and Robot Island by Eire’s Kids

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I have a copy of Eire’s Kids Irish books Oisin the Brave – Moon Adventure and Robot Island to GIVEAWAY!

To enter LIKE Eire’s Kids on Facebook and LIKE or RETWEET this post.

Winner will be announced at 10am on the 22nd of December and prize will be posted and delivered in time for Christmas.

GOODLUCK!!


Oisin the Brave – Moon Adventures is €6.99 and Robot Island is €7.99 and both are available from Eason’s and book stores nationwide. The books are also available to buy HERE direct from Eire’s Kids and upon request they will personalise and send you a signed copy.

Gift Idea’s For Baby

Sophie the Giraffe teething set from Cherishme.ie

Sophie the Giraffe is the perfect gift as baby’s first sensory development toy and teether. It’s a soft, flexible and natural rubber that baby can squeeze and chew. Sophie squeaks and laughs when her body is squeezed too.

Sophie the Giraffe is €12.95 and available to purchase HERE!


Bee The Book – Farm Friends

This book is durable and fun with colourful and engaging illustrations that allows parents to become a character in a simple farmyard story. It is an interactive book recommended for toddlers and pre-schoolers.

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Bee the Book – Farm Friends is €9.99 and available to purchase from HERE. Get 25% off using code OFFER at checkout.

50% of all profits from this book also go to charity Bee for Battens.


Babygifts.ie has a beautiful cream keepsake box to mount and display baby’s first shoes.

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My ‘First Shoes’ keepsake display box is €29.95, available to purchase HERE


Bobby and Belles have a beautiful blue striped baby romper available in newborn to twelve months.

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The romper is €12.95 and available to purchase HERE, use code CHRISTMAS at checkout to avail of a 30% discount.


The Bat-Baby onesie by Baby Dapper

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Baby Dapper have some unique and gorgeously soft 100% cotton baby rompers with vinyl detailing. Machine washable and hard wearing. They are €25 and available to purchase HERE, use voucher code LILBABOG for 10% off at checkout.


The multi award-winning Gummee Glove available from All Things Baby

The Gummee Glove is designed for babies from 3 to 6 months. Perfect for babies who are too young to hold a teething toy on their own, the glove attaches to baby’s hand and has colourful, biteable side tabs and a detachable water-filled teething ring that can be refrigerated.

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The Gummee Glove is €14.99 and available to purchase HERE!

Yummy Mummy Christmas Giveaway

Yummy Mummy Christmas Giveaway

If you are a general manager of chaos, the CEO of your family enterprise, a chauffeur, facilities manager, a mediator, psychologist, master chef, events manager, nurse and a marketing director, then this is the giveaway for you.

I have a hamper worth €300 to giveaway to one lucky mum as a reward to say THANK YOU for all the hours you work each day that sometimes may make you feel unpaid, unnoticed and unappreciated.

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The hamper includes the following…

Cocoa Brown gift set

2 x Dream Dots

€25 Totes Amaz Bags voucher

A Present For My mum book

€25 Love 2 Shop voucher

John Frieda Luxurious Volume complete hair regime

2 x WaterWipes sensitive make-up removal

Real Techniques your eyes/enhanced starter set

Impress press-on manicure nails

Kiss Gel Fantasy nails

Nuxe face and eye hydrating mask

Beverly Hills Formula perfect white toothpaste

Burt’s Bee lip shine

Wet n Wild bronzer

P20 Sun Protection

Seba Med Liquid face & body wash

Mavala nail treatments

BarryM lip gloss

Eylure brow stencils

To top off all of these amazing treats the lucky winner will also receive this beautiful large winter bouquet worth €54 delivered direct from FlowerStore.ie (delivery within Ireland only).

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I would love to be able to give one of these hampers to each and every one of you because lets face it WE ALL DESERVE IT!!

You can enter the #yummymummygiveaway by following this link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

GOODLUCK!!!


T&C’s

The giveaway is open to Ireland and UK residents only.
Competition closes 18th of December at 6pm.
Winner will be announced on 18th of December at 9pm.
Winner must claim within 24hr or an alternative will be chosen.
The flower bouquet will be dispatched separately and can only be delivered within Ireland.

Lush FUN Blue Bedtime Bath bar – Review

During a recent visit to Lush Henry Street, I came across a fantastic multi-purpose soft bath product for children and adults. The Lush Fun range is a bubble bar, body wash, solid shampoo and even for play. My four-year old hates getting her hair washed, it can be somewhat of an exaggerated and traumatic ordeal, now with this Play-Doh like substance bath-time has changed forever. (more…)

Mum and Baby Yoga – Babatots Review

What is Yoga

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Yoga is a technique of exercising your mind and body through relaxation, mediation, controlled breathing methods and stretching.

What is Babatots?

Babatots is a service providing courses in mum and baby yoga, pregnancy yoga, baby massage, antenatal breast feeding classes, antenatal positive birth classes and is also a lactation/breastfeeding consultancy.

Helena Brady the founder of Babatots has a passion for helping mums achieve the best experience in pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting. With this Helena decided to provide a professional and experienced service to families with a list of qualifications including a degree in Nursing, including a postgraduate diploma in Public Health Nursing and in Mental Health.

Benefits of Yoga for Mum

Practicing yoga can help you recover and restore your body after child birth. It is the ideal postpartum exercise to get back in shape physically, strengthening pelvic floor and abdominal muscles.

Yoga teaches self-discipline, physically, mentally and spiritually.

It is great way to meeting new friends and mums alike.

You get to spend precious one-on-one time with your baby.

Benefits of Yoga for Baby

Yoga aids bonding and social interaction.

It can help to soothes baby, it can promote better and deeper sleep.

It can help alleviate wind, colic and constipation.

Babies bodily systems are stimulated, including the digestive and nervous systems.

Review

When Helena from Babatots invited me along, although very interested I could only picture myself twisting Frankie into funny positions, breathless and attempting impossible poses.

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Helena took a very relaxed approach, with calming and soothing music. Each hour long class commenced with some simple breathing exercises. We would unwinding in meditation learning how to control our breathing.

Class followed with some simple stretches bending babies’ knee into their chest, crossing their arms over, stretching, stimulating and helping to improving their muscle development. We played, we sang and we had special one-on-one bonding time with baby. My yogi-bear loved the stretches, he still does, he chuckles every time.

Then we moved onto some of the funny positions I mentioned earlier. I did feel a little silly when we started the poses at my first class. One of the women on my course clearly did gymnastics, she twisted and posed to perfection. I was a breathless octopus (hands and legs everywhere) struggling to keep my posture and hold me ten-tonne baby correctly. Helena was brilliant at direction. She wanted us to feel comfortable and she helped anyone struggling with a pose.

There’s no alphabet to yoga but by class three if there was, I would have been able to spell yoga with my poses. I had great confidence once I became comfortable with holding my koala bear all thanks to Helena.

Each class ended with a relaxation exercise. Helena would have us falling asleep at her feet, unwinding in a trance. After each class Frankie would have a peaceful deep sleep and he would always be in fantastic humour upon wakening.

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I’ve now been practicing yoga three months effectively and I feel great. My bodily posture has improved immensely. When we are having a bad day or if I get anxious I practice my breathing exercises and it really helps me regain control. I loved playing and having that special one-on-one bonding time with Frankie, all while exercising.

I really enjoyed the course of mum and baby yoga with Babatots and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to shift some pregnancy weight, meet some new friends or anyone looking for some precious and productive one-on-one time with baby.

Babatots have a host of classes around Dublin in everything from bump to baby at various times, you can check them out HERE. They also have a regularly updated Facebook page with informative shared content that you can also check that out HERE.

**Disclaimer: I received a free course of mum and baby yoga for reviewing purposes only. This does not affect my honest opinion.

Organix Goodies Selection Box – Giveaway

Competition now closed!

Are you looking for a healthy alternative for the little babógs this Christmas? Your toddler will love the Organix Goodies selection box full of tasty and organic snacks. Thanks to their No Junk Promise you can rest assured they contain no unnecessary artificial ingredients.

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The selection box is suitable for children over the age of 12 months and inside your little ones can create their own pop up winter farm scene. The Organix Goodies Selection Box is available for a limited time only this Christmas and includes five yummy and delicious treats.

Contents

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1 x Blackcurrant & Apple Fruit Stars

1 x Raspberry & Apple Fruit Moos

1 x Raspberry & Apple Soft Oaty Bar

1 x Mini Gingerbread Men

1 x Alphabet Biscuits

The Organix Goodies Christmas selection box is €3.76 and available from Organix, Boot UK and Asda.


I have THREE Organix Goodies selections boxes to GIVEAWAY!!

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To enter COMMENT below and tell me what your toddler or child’s favourite snack is.

Giveaway closes the 5th of December at 6pm. Winner will be contacted directly and announced on the My Little Babog Facebook page.

**Disclaimer: I was giving this product to run a giveaway and for reviewing purposes only. This does not affect my honest opinion.