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Playing with Kidloland app – Review and Giveaway

Having a 5 year old who has such a creative mind and wild spirit makes it hard to entertain, if on top of that, we add an 8 months old baby boy whose curiosity takes him to the most dangerous places, such as plugs, sharp corners or bed edges, then finding something that can get them both distracted for a while is a definite success!

That’s why when we were approached by the Kidloland team giving us the chance to review their app we said YES right away. 🙂 This Nursery Rhyme, Songs, Games and Activities app, for those of you that haven’t heard about it before, is a 0-5 years old kids app that has more than 95 classic nursery rhymes, ABC phonics, 45 stories of all sorts, more than 300 educational activities, 24 toddler and baby games, among many other surprises…

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At home we are very conscious and careful of how much time in front of a screen we allow the kids to be. We’ve learnt that from past mistakes, must admit. Not only that but on my mobile phone J knows she can only have 2 apps installed. We learnt that as well from making the mistake in the past of downloading anything she wanted and ended up with an addicted undecided toddler! So I told her some nice people gave us this app for her to try and play with it. You know why I know she loved it? Because she hasn’t asked for another one, and it’s been on my phone 3 weeks in a row, that is a complete success for us! She is not that much into Rhymes, but enjoys much more the Games and Activities. Every once in a while she practices the phonics, which is great because she just started Reception at school.

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The baby boy, who is 8 months old,  is more into whatever the big sister is doing, but the bright colours, fun characters and lovely songs definitely get his attention too. I can play the “Read me a story” option and he will be entertained for a while, basically until he decides he can “eat” the phone and starts putting it in his mouth! He also loves dancing along with the rhymes. He’s got some interesting moves must say.. haha

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Anyway, we loved the app! everyone is happy, us as parents, too, because we can feel safe that they’re not watching anything inappropriate or not recommended for their age. As I said J hasn’t changed it for another one yet, so there you go, a win win situation 🙂

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If you’d like to download the app you can find it on the following links:

What are your favourite kids apps? Have you tried Kidloland yet? What are your thoughts?
** We were given a 6 months subscription for us to be able to try and review the app but opinions have been genuine and my own.

********************************* Giveaway *********************************

As part of this review Kidloland is giving away FREE 3 months subscription to 3 lucky winners!
(Subscription details: £3.99/ month , £18.99/ 6 months , £29.99/ year)
You can enter the competition here:

Kidloland app 3 months free subscription Giveaway

Good luck!! 🙂

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Time for Bed! #BepanthenBedtimeChallenge Review

Having a bedtime routine is important for everyone, but if you have two children under 5 years of age is just fundamental. I think that since our 5 year old started school full time we are actually getting better on that. We are being more consistent and follow some patterns that work for us. Previous to bedtime they have a bath, after that they eat their dinner and then I let the older one play for a little bit until is bed time. We have actually got to help our little girl to sleep all through the night! but we’ll tell you how on a different post later on.

Now we wanted to share with you our experience with Bepanthen Nappy Care Ointment as an entry for #BepanthenBedtimeChallenge (sponsored by Bepanthen. Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/Bepanthen or www.bepanthen.co.uk)

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I’ll have to be honest with you, I am terrible at being constant on putting creams and lotions to my baby but I am lucky enough that he doesn’t get nappy rash that often. I thought this time I would give it a try and follow the guidelines everyday for his bedtime routine during 2 weeks. First couples of days didn’t notice any difference. One day for example, he went to bed with a nappy rash and in the morning it was gone although not completely clear. So I decided to keep using it to see if it would really make a difference. The second week I started to notice that his bottom seemed better and I didn’t need to use any other lotions during the day. In my opinion, that is the asset of this nappy cream barrier, that if I use it as part of his bedtime routine on a daily basis I don’t need to put anything else on him during the day and I have a “happy nappy-rash-free baby” most of the time! 🙂

Have you tried Bepanthen before? What is your bedtime routine like? Tell us what works for you!

 

Happy Mondays #3 – A review on our night out at Coliseum Leisure Park

Last Monday we had the chance to visit The Coliseum Leisure Park at Ellesmere Port, in Cheshire Oaks. I had been invited to a bloggers night out to enjoy the best of this center, and I got to choose a person to come with me. I didn’t know who to choose but I thought that between a 4 year-old, a 4 months-old, and hubby, I should probably go with the last one! 😉

It ended up being a great opportunity to spend some time together since we still had vovo (grandma) and tia Nati (auntie) at home with us, so that meant they could babysit E and J while were out. We were supposed to get there by 5pm but ended up arriving at 6.30pm because of an accident on the M56. Not being from that area and thanks to Google Maps that sometimes it thinks is giving you the fastest route but it’s not, we got to enjoy lovely countryside landscapes on our way there, so it wasn’t really that bad at the end.

We started the night by meeting with the other bloggers, all of them, lovely people, at Nando’s for a few starters. They had already started but we got to try a few tapas that were quite good. No picture here as I don’t think you’d like to see the left overs.. LOL

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See my perfect posture! and Sam’s perfect hair! 😀

We then moved to Paradise Island Adventure Golf where I showed my expertise skills with mini-golf, this is totally ironic by the way, this was the second time I got to play it since moving to UK. We had tried it at intu Trafford Centre with the little ones and enjoyed ourselves there. I would say it is a good option for a family activity but if you’re going with a pushchair would be better to check with them first since we had to go all the way up stairs. It was good fun though, and most important, I bet my hubby on it! haha

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By then we were getting quite hungry so we went to Coal Grill and Bar for a main course. Let me tell you, they had a good variety of options, the type of food you would find in restaurants like TGI Fridays, Coast to Coast, etc.: burgers, calzone, steaks,… I went for a Santa Fe Burger and Sam tried a Grill Pulled Pork. Both of them were really good. Quantity, quality and presentation were great. Plus, as a family, this is something you always need to take into consideration, there was plenty of room on the table and around for a pushchair or if a toddler wants to straight their legs a bit, as it usually happens with our J… 😉 I really liked the atmosphere there.

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Santa Fe Burger – yep I ate all that! not the calzone though 😛

And just like Cinderella our date night out was getting to and end and we needed to get back home but not without trying a last treat from Frankie and Benny’s, that were kind enough to put our desserts to take out so we could eat them at home. We chose one of our British favourites, sticky toffee pudding and since I couldn’t decide what to get for me, I got a “Can’t decider” a selection of different cakes.

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We finally got home and with some ice-cream we had in the freezer we ended up sharing our desserts with all the rest of the family, so the night was complete and everyone was happy!

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Even though this leisure park is not around the corner for us it was a great place for our little “date” and I think it would be a great option for a family day out since the weather is getting warmer and everything is outdoors. Here my honest review on the Coliseum Leisure. We might go back again but this time with the children since we noticed that there are many options for the little ones in the center and surroundings!

That was a Happy Monday for us! What about yours? Have you been anywhere nice these days?