Boo is a big fan of Messy Goes to Okido and I love that she is learning as she watches TV (and I can have a hot cup of tea too!).  Her favouite episode of Messy Goes to Okido is Vivienne Blows Her Top which is all about volcanoes! So when I was asked if I would like to review, or rather if Boo would like to review, the large Messy Talking Monster I jumped at the chance as I knew she would love it!

Messy Talking Monster - sharing our thoughts on this fab talking soft toy from the Messy Goes to Okido cartoon

The large Messy Talking Monster, from Golden Bear Toys, is just as cute as his TV counterpart and I couldn’t get him out of his box fast enough for Boo! She was super excited to see that he had a tail! Since his arrival Boo and Messy have been inseparable! They have sat and watched TV together…
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Boo and I have been doing lots of crafts recently, making the most of Halloween (and once that’s done then we get get started on Christmas! hurrah!). But in the middle of all our Halloween Crafts we have done some Bonfire Night Crafts as this was the theme for our Bostik Bloggers craft for October.

Bonfire Night Crafts - Making a fun Bonfire Night themed picture, perfect for toddlers and preschoolers

Resisting the temptation to do lots and lots of firework crafts, I thought it would be nice to make a Bonfire picture. I wasn’t exactly sure how this would work out when I had the idea – the idea did seem like a good one. I wanted it to be something that Boo and I could do together, so that she would be in charge of things. In the end she wanted to be the boss and tell me where things should go (some days she really does not like getting her hands covered in anything!). She loved sticking the leaves and the tissue paper on though, and scrunching the tissue paper up.
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The nights are drawing in, and it’s getting colder and that means…. It’s nearly time for Children in Need – I really enjoy watching the show each year (this year it’s on the 18th November). Children in Need is a great night and it’s always wonderful to see so much money raised for good causes. And this year Pudsey has got together with some of his friends from CBeebies to create the Pudsey and Friends DVD.

Pudsey and Friends DVD - review

The DVD features lots of Boo’s favourites including The Twirlywoos, Bing, the Teletubbies and Sarah and Duck! There are 15 wonderful episodes totaling ‘over 3 hours of fun’ on the Pudsey and Friends DVD. How fab does that sound! And not only that but for each Pudsey and Friends DVD sold £2 will be donated to Children in Need, which is even better!

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As much as I was looking forward to the autumn – I do love this time of year, it’s perfect for having a hygge time (to use the Danish word) I do struggle toward the end of the winter with the lack of sunshine and light. It’s usually once January hits – Christmas has passed and it seems like there are a lot of cold dark mornings ahead. It’s been a cycle I have been aware of for years and I do have little tricks to try to ease how low it makes me feel. This year however I am going to have another strategy to try as I have been asked to review a Lumie SAD Desklamp.

Lumie SAD Desklamp Review - what we thought

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It’s been a while since I have done an update about my pain management course. But with moving house and everyone getting an awful cold I haven’t been able to blog. But rather than play catch up I thought I would write about week 3 and 4 together. Though we do have a week off this week- which is lucky as it’s half term. So here is the update for my Pain Management Course weeks 3 & 4

Pain Management Course Weeks 3 & 4

Week 3 saw the psychologist come back and finish her talks, we covered communication and guilt and other fun things. To be honest I found this part of the course really difficult as it was a lot of sitting and listening – and although we are ‘allowed’ or rather encouraged to get up and about if we need too, barely anyone does as to be honest it feels a bit rude. I guess this is a prime example of social conditioning- and how powerful it is. We chose to sit there in pain rather than move and appear rude.

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