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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Montessori-Friendly Charity Shop Finds.

You can spend hundreds if not thousands on things for your child, as a new parent. There are certainly a few things I would buy or not buy, next time around. Charity shops, car boot sale and even Facebook selling sites are great ways to pick up bargains and save yourself some money. So I thought I'd share a few of my recent Montessori-friendly second hand buys, these are all charity shop finds but I do love a car boot sale too!
EverEarth Musical Triangle - RRP £22, I paid £2.50
EverEarth Traingle Activity Centre - RRP £25, I paid £2.50

Plan Toys Chicken Puzzle (brand new) - RRP £15, I paid £1.99
Duplo Set - RRP £17, I paid £2.50
Plan Toys Drum (without stick) - RRP £20, I paid 99p
Small Rainmaker - RRP around £6, I paid 49p
Bonikka Doll (he was brand new; excuse his stain, V loves him) - RRP £15, I paid 75p
Vintage (1989) Peter Rabbit Shirt - RRP unknown, I paid 20p
All in One Waterproof (brand new) - RRP £20, I paid £2.99

I've picked up a few great finds at car boot sales and on Facebook selling sites recently too. Let me know if you like this kind of post and I will share my other bargains! 

Have you picked anything up in the charity shop lately?

Katie x
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Sunday, 13 August 2017

DIY Beeswax Food Wraps.

Since having Violet I've become more and more aware of ensuring I look after this little planet of ours, as much as physically possible. It's no secret that I use way too much plastic and should be recycling more than I do. But I'm certainly on the way to making some more changes. Of course, we're doing our bit as V is in cloth nappies and I really do feel as though that's helping us make a difference but there is always more that we can do. 

I'm a sucker for anything that comes in plastic packaging - pastries, sandwiches, fruit salads and fizzy drinks. And really there is no need for me to be picking these things up when I'm out. I am really trying with choosing cans instead of bottles and need to invest in a reusable bottle. But for now I've managed to get around the excessive plastic sandwich packaging and made some DIY beeswax food wraps. 

These are so simple to make but really effective at keeping your food fresh on the fridge/cupboard or used to bring out some snacks for on the go. Plus they mean I'm cutting down on the amount of plastic I'm using on a daily basis. And making them yourself can save you lots of money from the pre-made beeswax wraps you can find online. These worked out around 25-50p each to make, bargain!

I had a good old google to find a step by step, but settled for this one from Apartment Therapy as it was the most straight forward. 

All you need is beeswax beads (I picked mine up from Amazon), some thin cotton-type fabric (I got scraps from eBay), scissors, baking paper, tin foil (optional) and an oven. 
1) Cut your wrap to size, it's entirely up to you what size or shape. I'd suggest trying a few different types of fabric too, some take to the wax better than others. 

2) Pre-Heat the oven to around 90 degrees Celsius. And lay out your tin foil and baking paper on top. 

3) Pop down your fabric and sprinkle an even coating of wax beads. You can always add more or re-melt to get the excess off of there is too much. 
4) Heat until the wax is melted. About 4-5 minutes. 

5) Take the wrap out of the oven and lift off the baking paper ensuring that the whole thing is covered in wax. Be careful as the wax may be warm but shouldn't be too hot to hold. 

6) The wax hardens quickly, so pop it down on a flat surface to fully dry and your wrap is ready to go!

Just a note to say make sure you wash with cool soapy water, anything too warm will melt the wax. 

It was a little trail and error to begin with but it was super quick and not too messy at all. We've tried our wraps out a few times already and I'm pleased to say they're doing a fab job at keeping our sandwiches fresh for picnics!

Let me know if you give these a go. 

Katie xx
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

#SmarTdiscoveries with SmarTrike.

Before I was contacted about SmarTrike I hadn't even considered getting Violet a trike. I'm not sure why, but it just hadn't crossed my mind to even start looking for an alternative to her pushchair. So when we were asked if we'd like to review the recliner Infinity SmarTrike*, I couldn't resist giving it a go. 
Since this little number has been in our lives, going out to the park or for a walk has been so much more relaxing. It's incredibly easy to get her in and out, meaning she can walk when she wants but it's also really simple for me to pop her right back in. I love the one touch steering too, I can use one hand to guide the trike which is great when trying to hold a toddlers hand at the same time. It also makes it super easy to manoeuvre around shops and squeeze through little gaps in the library!
The trike has a recliner function, in case V does need a little snooze, although she is too nosey to nap when we're out an about. There are so many other options with the trike too. It's a 5-in-1 SmartTrike and can be used from 10-36 months, the hood can be removed and the pedals can be folded up. The front wheel can be disabled from use with the handles so parents still have full control when their little one isn't quite ready for independent riding! It also featured a fab bag on the back, which is the ideal for all the nappy and snack essentials we need when we're out. 
So far our trike has been to the park, library, shopping in the Trafford Centre and a farm. It's pretty much revolutionised our day trips. I'm so excited to take this out with us on even more trips. Violet is so much more content and clearly feels like she has more independence in the trike. I'm so pleased we took the chance on SmarTrike, I would absolutely recommend this to all her baby friends. 

Have you considered picking up a SmarTrike for your little one?

Katie xx
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