Sleep and my child do not mix. Since its been summer we of course have slept with about five different fans on, and naturally being a child, Robin has developed an addiction to white noise. Which is unfortunate for us because now its cooler, the fans are going off and our sleep is reducing.

In comes MyHummy and their wonderful range of white noise toys, I had thought that perhaps Robin had outgrown all those little quirks a newborn has and wouldn’t rely on the things new parents use to get a newborn to sleep. that was until then fan situation, So I decided to put these wonderful white noise toys to the test.

How does it work..

MyHummy’s main goal is to help get babies to sleep, Babies are used to sounds so when you place them into a quiet and dark cot, they clearly do not like it. Inside the adorable bear is a heart which emits the sounds that last for 60 minutes, which I learnt the hard way when, finding how it all worked, turned it on and couldn’t figure out how to switch if off again, but does also have a non stop mode for continuous white noise throughout the night.

What I found lovely is that the little humming heart had a sensor in it, for when your baby starts to stir, it hums again, which sounds so handy if your children often get disturbed sleep regularly, and with Robin, shes often up and down throughout the night because if silly things. Along with five different sounds to use.

What I think..

Honestly I love it, the bear has been welcomed into Robins bed with her other bedtime friends, and while we don’t turn it on for her as she falls asleep, it will be switched on if she wakes herself up during the night. It truly is something that I wish we had brought when she was a newborn as out of all my children, shes been the worst one with sleeping, we have used all sorts of remedies to help her sleep better, one of which has been white noise videos on YouTube but placing my phone in her cot every night wasn’t a good idea in the long run, phones can overheat if covered with blankets and you cant really stop the obnoxious glow by locking the screen.

Along with the beautiful bear, we received a lovely and soft blanket, which I cannot wait to get her under when the weather gets colder.

A Good Nights Sleep..

Since using our MyHummy, who is in fact called Fleur and switching off the fans, she has slept a lot better than expected. She has of course continued to wake up during the night but, settling back down again is no longer such of an issue. Often she would sit up and scream at us at 1am because she just didn’t want to sleep, but with the combination of Fleur and her regular night time routine, shes settled back down again quickly. Also whats funny is that I myself have been benefiting from our friendly white noise bear. I often use rainstorms to settle myself when I am finding it difficult to sleep but thanks to Fleur, I have found falling asleep a lot easier.

If you are on the hunt for a beautiful white noise toy, or even give a gift to someone who is expecting then I recommend looking into MyHummy, they have a range of different styles of white noise bears and toys to choose from, I truly wish we had got this when she was smaller and I know that when we get around to having another baby in future, I will definitely purchase another.

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Have you ever tried anything from the MyHummy range?

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Disclaimer - Myhummy was kindly gifted to us, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Now those who have been following my blog for a while now will be aware that I adore this company, I have reviewed them twice here and here and when they asked if I would like to test out their latest product I of course said yes, well Amelia said yes, I just returned the email.

Nail a Peel is basicsally the same product as the Gel a Peel but designed to be used to create nail art.
Inside the pack, which was the Deluxe Colour kit, you will find three nail wheels to create your fun artwork onto, Five gel polishes in different colors, a collection of pretty confetti and glitter to add to it along with a plastic mold to create cute bows and other things you can attack onto the fake nail and other bits that you would find in a standard pack (design sheet etc) along with it all is some handy nail adhesive stickers to help with placing them onto the nail so there is no fighting with the sticky nail glue.

I will start off saying this are really fiddly to do, so its more of an older child’s toy, Amelia struggled to create anything so asked me to design her something and surprise her, and I am not the most steady handed person so this was a bit of a task but I feel like I did a good job in creating something pretty for her. I just used the applicator that you attach onto the top of the gel polish rather than the brush applicator because of the thickness of the gel, this was a little difficult to do.

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Leaving them to dry over 24 hours I do not think they look that bad! I would love to see someone who is talented in nail art give them a go and see what they can create with the product, we popped them off and stuck them onto her nails using the stickers and as you can see I have one very happy Amelia.

We really enjoyed playing around with this toy and while there is now glitter everywhere its been a fun little addition to our craft box and I plan on getting some more false nails to create more in future, but I feel that it is best suited for much older children who have a steady hand and the patience to sit and create on such a small surface.
If you are interested in seeing what else is in the Nail a Peel range then follow this handy little link here, however I will also add that once the gel has fully dried it, if you are not careful can peel off but I guess that’s the beautiful of the product is that you can peel things off and start again with a new creation.

Until next time.

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Not sure any of you who follow and read my blog are aware but one of my all time favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz, and when I was asked to do a little review on these delightful little plushies I couldn’t resist.

You can find them from Hallmark which is known as a high quality brand for cards and toys for gifts, they come in a collection of different sets and naturally I went for the Oz set and I adore them, when they arrived at my door I opened the packaging up excitedly to find all the main characters from the film plus a flying monkey and of course the wicked witch of the west! (Which is my favorite) re-designed by Adan Chung who wondered what these popular characters would look like smaller and cuter, I received Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, a Flying Monkey and as I mentioned above, the Wicked Witch but I have just found out that also in the collection is Toto and Glinda the Good Witch of the North which I must as I am extremely tempted to purchase and add to my little bundle.

 

They are about three inches in height and have a beanie baby like feel to them, they do need propping up and cannot stand on their own but are an absolutely perfect collectors item of the wonderful 1939 film which will be celebrating 80 years next year.

There are other collections to choose from and delightfully a Disney collection too with an adorable little Beast and Belle that I am considering getting for the Beauty and the Beast mad Amelia who will watch both the animated movie and the remake in the same day.

Would I recommend them? – I would, personally I adore little things like this, I have a small collection of Pokemon plush toys and back when I was a youngster I had a load of Beanie Babies, so anyone who loves collecting cute plushies, they are definitely more for an older child and adult market purely because of their size and the fact that they are more of a collectors item.

Price – Depending on where you can find them, they range anywhere from £5 to £9 which also depends on if you want to get a limited edition Itty Bitty, as the more limited they are, the higher the price will be, but you can find these on Amazon

Anything Else – The only thing that I can say is be prepared to want more, and I will be getting more in my little collection.

 

All in all these are cute little toys for you to collect and I am excited to go get myself some more.

Until next time

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Exciting times in the Mummy Cat household of late, We was asked to test out and review a Gel-A-Peel kit at the start of the month and try our hand at designing our own diary, Amelia was actually overly excited at the idea as she is such a creative little creature, She is forever drawing or asking for paper so I thought it would be perfect for her.

It does have an age recommendation of 8 years plus but I was sure that with my supervision she would be good to sit and draw to her hearts content, The pack we got came with three different colors of Gel a Peel pens, a mold to create jewellery, one guide paper, one clear plastic cover so that you could trace over the guides and not have it stick to the paper and a set of fish hook earring wires so you can create your own earrings..

Amelia loved the packaging and the colors, after years of trying to avoid the typical obsession with pink, Her reaction was just a simple gasp and a giggle of ‘Its Pink!!’ and of course the excitement of the purple diary and the chance to get creating.

The ‘pens’ themselves were easy to use, once you take the caps off which I completely forgot to do on one of them and do not require a lot of pressure to squeeze out the almost silicone like product, Amelia is left handed but had issues writing with them but because they’re designed for slightly bigger hands she had to use both to sketch and draw just fine with only a slight awkwardness but she enjoyed every second of creating her own diary.

One of the great things I found of the gel is that as the name suggests, its easily peelable, if you make a mistake with something you can simple wait for it to dry and peel it off to start again, which also would  be wonderful if you are forever changing you ideas and can keep creating new pictures onto the diary but I recommend not touching them with bare hands because they are sticky and me being stupid ended up getting pink gel over the carpet!!

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Would I recommend them – Yes, for older children and even for adults, they sort of remind me of those Scoobi plastic strands, you could sit there for a few ours just creating which I know many do as a form of relaxation and I have found myself putting little dots onto my ipad case.

Price – These kind of toys range anywhere from £10 to £30 but with anything it all depends on where you shop from and how many you want in a pack, there are also refills and extra packs and because of their size and how you use them they can last for a while, just as long as you remember to pop the lid back on after use.

Anything Else – These would be perfect for older children, as the packaging suggests its designed for 8 years plus but my 6 year old managed just fine with them and really enjoyed creating and making with them with my supervision and we’ve both enjoyed making jewellery and adding a little colour onto our boring diaries (and ipad cases!)

Here is our completed diary, as you can probably see, there was some rubbing out! but Amelia loved the task of perfecting it to her own style, full of flowers.

You can find Gel-A-Peel at any toy stores and online.

Until next time

Me, Being Mummy
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The Big C is slowly coming up soon, and it wont be long before the shops are stocked full of goodies and toys, but the one thing I dread more than anything about The Big C..

.. is toys…

We live in a small two bedroom flat, it isn’t really small, but it currently houses 5 people plus a mainecoon so things do get a little bit cramped on occasion, and come Christmas and birthdays I dread the collection of new toys they get from family.. The one thing I ask for the most, besides keeping things on the small size, is make sure that nothing is PINK!!

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One of the biggest things I hate more than anything, is PINK toys for girls, why is it needed? we don’t buy toys in various shades of blue for boys so why do it for girls?.

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It used to be the other way around, boys had the pink clothes, but lately its turned around, I see it often even on pram selling groups on Facebook ‘Looking for a girl pram’ .. now call be crazy but, its a pram… there is no ‘gender’ specific prams out there, I get that you can have a certain color but not once did I ever think that prams needed to be gender categorized, I witnessed someone say she wanted to sell a brand new pram, all because she had a boy and the wheels had purple on them.

My children’s favorite toys are rainbow colors, they love the mega blocks bags and they seem to gain more and more of them each year, A loves My Little Pony and that’s fine, its her choice and K LOVES planes and cars, but they both will play with each other, at the moment they have been playing ‘Cars 3’ together which I think is wonderful.


I have always stood by the fact that toys do not need a gender, boys can play with dolls just as girls can play with mechanic stuff, I remember growing up wanting these awesome science toys you find in the back of the Argos catalog, but being told ‘I didn’t want those, that’s a boys toy’

We need to stop doing that… its a toy.. end of.

Whats your view on it all?

Until next time

Mummy Cat

 

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