He Did It!

I'm so so proud of little monkey right now I could busrt. For almost two years I have been trying to persuade him to wear pants. We tried toilet trainning him the summer after he turned two and he just was not ready. Instead he wore pull ups and that he what he has worn since. I tried again the following summer expecting him to 'get it' straight away and still he refused the pants. We did do better than the previous year and I knew he was then ready but he literally freaked when we went near him with pants. I've no idea why and will never know! 
Trying a different tact we tried to let him think it was his idea and just recently he was showing signs of giving in and wearing pants. Obviously with him starting school this September I was desparate to get him into them. 
Last Wednesday without much warning at all he agreed with Daddy to wear pants and during the days since he has continued to do so. I'm utterly delighted. It's early days but he is doing so well. No freaking out now. He uses the toilet or potty (mainly for quickness and ease). He won't yet poo without a pull up on but I'm not complaining. His big brother was the same! Each day is better and better regarding accidents. Yes I know he is four, but you know what, they will only do these things when they are ready. I know that now.  I'm just thrilled he won't be going to school in pull ups! Keep at it Son, we are all so so proud of you.

Heroes Of the City - Review & Giveaway

As you may remember we've worked with Heroes of the City before. 
Heroes of the City are an animated TV-series for preschool children about rescue vehicles in a small town where everybody gets to be a hero! The TV-series contains a lot of warmth and teaches the importance of friendship and what we can achieve by helping each other. 
Both monkeys love their shows. They have a great Youtube channel with so many clips of their shows on, both long and short play. 
On the city's heroes Youtube Channel you will find 6 hours of entertainment for younger children. The videos are high quality and are suitable for children 2-6 years. The YouTube channel is available in 18 different languages so children from all over the world can watch Calamity Crow, Paulie Police Car and all the other characters. There's even short clips for toddlers.
Here's a short clip of an episode for all children.

There is aslo Sketch and guess with Calamity Grow. 
Try to guess what’s being drawn before the picture is completed.

Children can also create crafts with Calamity Grow.
Make wonderful, simple crafts with things found around the house. In the Calamity Crow Kids Crafting Show you will get inspiration for all kinds of different kids crafts you can make at home. The show is aimed at both parents and children to make and create together. 

We love that there is so much to see and do with Heroes of the City on Youtube. Parents can be safe in the knowledge that their children are watching fun lighthearted kids entertainment, which helps to teach kids about friendships and values. To celebrate we have a fab giveaway for you!

Win a Heroes of the City prize kit. Each kit contains a T-shirt, a DVD with episodes from Season 2, and a die-cast vehicle.
To be in with a chance of winning just complete the rafflecopter form below by the closing date Midnight 07/05/15. Open Worldwide. Good Luck.
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Win prizes with www.theprizefinder.com

As thanks for this post we have been gifted a prize kit too. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
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Project 365 - Week 16, Days 102-108

Day 102. Another visit to Jimmy's Farm, Suffolk and someone had built this awesome two storey den! 
Day 103. My friend and I did a 5 mile cycle and stopped for water before doing another 5 miles!
Day 104. An impromptu trip to London for little monkey and I. We went to a blogging event at the Pineapple Dance Studios and saw this little fella afterwards.
Day 105. Little monkey and I enjoyed feeding the ducks in one of our favourite spots.
Day 106. Gorgeous sunny spring flowers in our garden, shame there's only a few of these ones.
Day 107. All set for the gym. I decided to cycle there and back only to be told I was Watt Bike training whilst there! Yikes!
Day 108. I love Tulips and these look especially lovely.

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A Mouse's Tale DVD - Giveaway

We've a great little giveaway for you with Lionsgate - A new Kids DVD - A Mouse's Tale.
Starring the vocal talents of Carey Elwes (The Princess Bride), Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Tom Arnold, A Mouse’s Tale is a magical animation little pests will love!

In order to save their kingdom from evil rodents, Samantha and Sebastian are sent on a quest by the King of Rodencia and the wise Wizard Dalliwog to obtain a legendary magic crystal that has the power to defeat the rodents. With the help of two trustworthy knights, they venture deep into the forest and enter a forbidden world of giants in order to accomplish their mission and restore order to the kingdom.
You can see a preview below.

A MOUSE’S TALE is released on DVD on 25th May from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Great for keeping the 'mouse-hold' entertained during the half term holiday come the end of May.

To win a copy please complete the rafflecopter form below before Midnight 19/05/15. Open to UK residents only. Good Luck! 

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AKOA - Sports Wear - Review

You may remember we recently reviewed a school uniform for Trutex which we really love. I was delighted when Trutex asked me to review for them again. This time from their AKOA sports wear range. As soon as they asked I knew big monkey (who loves his sports) would be thrilled to try out new sports wear.
I was asked to visit the AKOA page and chose 4 items for big monkey. As he is keen on his football I quickly decided on a microfleece top, action short, pro socks and a sector long sleeved reversible top. All in black or black/white.
As with the school uniform everything arrived neatly folded and packaged, and very quickly too. 
Socks, shorts, microfleece and reversible top
I was excited to see his response on seeing it all and seeing him try it out. I ordered age 7-8yrs for all 4 items and am pleased to say it all fits perfectly.

The sector long sleeved reversible top
This is ideal for big monkey to wear to football practice when he doesn't need to wear his club kit. Unisex, it comes in 12 different colourways and can be embroidered with a badge if you so wish. Each top is made from XSD pro fabric and XSD I moisture control fabric and is 100% polyester. With contrasting coloured grandad style collar which has a 3 button opening. This was washed on a normal 40 degree wash. It cannot be tumble dried but was quick and easy to dry without tumbling.
Here big monkey models his sector long sleeved reversible top over his football kit
Action short
These unisex shorts are a perfect fit for big monkey. He has a small waist but having an elasticated waistband means size 7-8 is great for him. Available in 4 colours, they are versatile and easy to wash and care for. 100% polyester as before. As with the top a badge can be added. He has worn them for PE at school, which nicely replace the ones he was wearing which are now too small.
Wearing the shorts here with the microfleece and his new socks
This lovely, soft top is made from 140gsm microfleece. It is shaped with front and back panels and has 2 vertical pockets. A centre zip runs down to the chest with the AKOA logo to the right hand side. As with the other items it is machine washable at 40 degrees. Badges can be added to the front or sleeves and it's unisex.
Pro socks
I love the socks. They are so much better than football socks you can buy in high street sports shops. Thick, well fitting and perfectly sized. Available in 9 colours, they are 95% Polyamide 5% Elastane. They feature grey technical foot detail. 
Wearing the socks over his shin pads for footy
Our verdict
As with the school uniform I'm really impressed with the sizing, wash wear and quality of this AKOA sports wear. Big monkey did say the tops were hard to get off but his head is bigger than average! I'd say they are just fine. Is there anything we would change? Not at all. I would highly recommend this sports wear. 
To find your nearest stockist of Trutex school uniform and AKOA sports wear just click the link and add your postcode. 

We were sent the kit for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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