Tiny Towers

I don’t think it was a gender thing, but our daughter has never been into playing with blocks. We bought her the Mega Bloks Build’n Learn Table, which came with a few blocks, a car and a little man, when she turned one. She barely used it. Our son, is so different. Dubz has just turned two, and has been actively playing with the table and blocks since he was 10 months old. So we were very pleased to be offered the chance to play with more Mega Bloks.

 
I opted for the Big Building Bag in trendy colours. I try to avoid the ‘boy’ colours and the ‘girl’ colours and this bag has a vibrant mix of colours.The first thing that I noticed is that the bags are now PVC-free and eco-friendly. Their bags have a handle at the top which makes them portable if you’re visiting friends or relatives for the day. We know many people who either have babies or much older children, so it is nice having toys we can bring with us when going out.


The weather has been great this week. We’ve spent hours playing in the garden and enjoying the sunshine and warmth. But we needed a break from the heat and enjoyed some quiet time indoors yesterday morning. 

Dubz enjoyed having a big bag of blocks to play with (there were 60 pieces in the bag). He found them easy to use and to stack on top of one another. I have mentioned that I believe that we should let our kids play, so rather than advising what to build, we just let them get on with it. Dubz likes to build lots of tiny towers which he then breaks or pretends to eat. It might not sound very exciting, but he happily played for half an hour allowing me time to drink my tea in peace and quiet.

You have until the 22nd May 2014 to like the Mega Bloks Facebook page and enter to win one of four of their super cute Play n’ Go Wagons. Good luck!

 

 

 
We were sent a Big Building Bag (Trendy Colours) for the purpose of this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.

 

An Interview with a Six-Year Old

Last week my baby girl turned six. I guess technically she is not a baby. But as parents, we consider our children to be babies long after they start walking and talking. And I am no different. Moozles is growing up so quickly and I worry about forgetting her funny little ways. A couple of years ago I pinned a Birthday Interview on Pinterest. I kept forgetting to do it, but this year I remembered. I amended the interview as I didn’t want it to be too long.

Without further ado, this is Moozles at the age of six.

Who is your favourite person? Mummy (I swear I did not fish for this answer).
What is your favourite colour: Green
Best friend: Aphra
Favourite cereal: Rice Krispies
Favourite meal: Fish and chips
Favourite show: Swashbuckle
Favourite movie: Frozen
Favourite song: Let It Go
Favourite birthday gift: Flying fairy
Favourite activity: Magic
What makes you happy: Cuddling my mummy
What makes you sad: People being rude 
What do you want to be when you grow up: Teacher, builder and ear doctor
If you had one wish, what would it be: to ‘be a fairy’

That’s it. That’s my baby. Growing up so fast. But still so sweet and innocent. I won’t always be her favourite person. But I am now. 


 
 

Mother-Daughter Time

As there is a four-year age gap between my daughter and son, my daughter had quite a lot of time alone with me before her brother came along. And because she and I have always been extra close, I have made a special effort to retain some quality alone time. And not just a few minutes or an hour here and there while Dubz naps.

I have never had a close relationship with my mother. And I don’t want it to be like that with Moozles. I want her to be able to talk to me when she’s older. And I hope that one day, when she is all grown up, we can be friends. I feel like if I put the effort in now, we will have the basis for the friendship.
 
So every three months or so, Moozles and I have a Mummy-Daughter Day. Sometimes I let her pick the activities, sometimes I surprise her (like today). Sometimes I spend quite a bit of money, sometimes we do it bargain-basement-stylee. But what ever we do, we have lots of fun together. Moozles gets uninterrupted time. No brother, no housework and not even my mobile gets in the way. We chat, and she gets to feel extra special and a bit grown-up.
 
Today’s surprise–we took the train to Central London to see My First Ballet: Coppelia. We went last year and watched My First Cinderella and Moozles loved it. We both enjoyed Coppelia.

My First Ballet is a series of ballet shows targeted towards a young audience (beginning at three years of age). I love the idea of getting children interested in ballet at a young age. And so must a lot of people as the theatre was quite full. I did find it a bit annoying that there were a few toddlers and babies in the audience crying. I understand that children make noise, but I don’t see why the whole family has to attend such an event. Especially as tickets range from £10 to £40 each, depending on your seat and which theatre you are at.
 
My First Ballet, which is put on by the English National Ballet School, is made up of younger dancers. They are fantastic, and even more so considering their ages. My First Ballet: Coppelia is still playing in London this week, and in several other venues around the UK in April and May, if you want to check it out. 
 
After the ballet, we grabbed some Viennese fare (Moozles danced most of the way to the restaurant). We had gone to The Delaunay for brunch last year before the ballet (it’s just around the corner from The Peacock Theatre) so this year we thought we would go to its Counter for a quick lunch. Moozles got a hot dog and I got the pretzel salt beef. Tasty!
 
We then walked (and danced) back to Waterloo, catching sight of the London Marathon. Feeling inspired, Moozles ran over Waterloo Bridge in her own marathon. We had a lovely day, and I hope that Moozles always remembers our special Mother-Daughter days (especially when she’s 16 and I’ve grounded her from going out with a man in a biker gang and she thinks I’m the worst mum in the world). 
 

Sharing

My children. They are far from perfect, like all children. They fight over toys and who gets to sit on Mummy’s lap. But these two love sharing snacks. Dubz, who is newly 23 months old, especially loves sharing with his big sister. After he shares with her, he claps his hand to show how proud he is of himself.

This week we are on holiday in Burton Bradstock, in Dorset. Moozles, who will be six in two weeks, has had a tummy bug for the first three days of our holiday. She has barely eaten these past few days, but last night she had a mini-dinner. And this morning she had breakfast and then enjoyed some grapes that her brother is sharing with her. Such a small moment. But it really warmed my heart. I feel like our holiday can finally begin.