Thursday, 26 February 2015

Children, Technology and Online Safety

We live in an age now whereby most people have some sort of computer, phone, tablet device and use them quite often. Heck, even my children have tablets that they play on and mess around on. But just how safe are children using technology?

I recently read an article on Tech Lounge about just this. The online voucher code website, My Voucher Codes​ have spoken to parents to find out their concerns over children using technology as part of their everyday lives, asking 'How would you rate the following parenting issues related to technology?'

And you want to know the results? Well, it's quite shocking really. 58% of people asking were extremely worried about online bullying and 48% were concerned about grooming. I was surprised that these figures weren't higher actually, being a parent means that I constantly worry about my children, not just now, but about what will happen in the future too. I worry about my children going online and having access to a world full of negativity and bad things.
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The effect of technology and social media on education was the main concern for the majority of parents along with addiction to social media and privacy. 
As a parent, you want to make sure your children have boundaries, limiting access to these sites, setting time limits as to when children can go online and making sure that they don't lose themselves into the world of social media is all part of protecting children from anything bad happening. 

When asked about how parents would stop any of these online issues from arising, most parents said that they would block access via router to stop their children accessing adult content as well as monitoring what their children are doing online and on social media to keep them protected. 

I'm lucky at the moment that my children are still young and so only go on their tablets to play games and read. Also, their tablets have full privacy settings on them and have access to the internet blocked to make sure that they don't accidentally access anything inappropriate. 

But of course, it wont always be this way. There will come a point where my children will go online and use social media and it does worry me. It worries me a lot about how easy certain things are to access online, but when it gets to this point, I will make sure I try my hardest to block any content that I feel is inappropriate and am already teaching them about using technology safely and setting limits on the amount of time they spend on computers and tablets.

What is your biggest worry when it comes to children and technology?

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Asda's Half Term Toy Event

If you popped in to Asda over half term, you will have noticed that they have a huge toy event on at the moment. Well, this event finishes tomorrow so I thought I'd just let you all know and give you a reminder, to get down there and check out what they have on sale, before it finishes. 

Turtle Toys
If your child was a big fan of the Ninja Turtles film that came out last year, then they'll love the action figures that accompany this. In the toy event, these are on sale at £7 each, including the turtle and a range of the bad guys from the films too. The DVD itself is even in the sale too. 

Princess Sofia
If you have Disney Junior then I'm sure you have watched Sofia the First millions of times. my boys love it and are always singing along to it whilst watching on the television. This week the Sofia doll is in the Asda event at only £15 which is an amazing deal. 

Lego Movie
Probably one of the biggest kids films of last year, The Lego Movie. 'Everything is awesome' when it comes to the sale price of only £7 for this fab, funny film that is not only a great kids film, but adults love it too!

Well, you can't have a good toy event without Barbie being involved and this week, the Mega Barbie Camper Van is only £15 which is fantastic value for such a fab toy. 

And it's not just these, there are many more amazing toys on sale in the Asda toy event and loads of DVD's too. 

I'm definitely popping in to Asda tomorrow to stock up on DVD's for the boys to watch when the next school holidays arrive!

You can find all these toys and much more on the Asda website and in store.

The Cuddle Box

The Cuddle Box is a family run business located in the Cotswold's supplying individual baby gifts in sturdy keepsake boxes. The company was created in July 2013 when they realised, that although there were a lot of hampers on the market, there wasn't one that came in a box that can be kept as a keepsake. 

Each of boxes is made up with a selection of items, starting from only £25, and come in either blue, pink or unisex cream. We were offered a Cuddle Box to review since Joseph had just been born and here's what we thought.

We received the Cuddle box, Baby Boy Gift Box B (as named on their site), which is priced at £35 and is perfect as a gift for a newborn as not only does it contain some super cute items inside, but the box can be saved and used as a keepsake box for years to come.

Upon receiving the box, I unfastened the organza and satin edged ribbon and peeked at what was inside. A little handwritten card was on the top of the gifts, which were all sealed up with tissue paper. Inside, the box contained:  

  • A super soft ‘Prince’ blanket
  • An extra soft comforter
  • 1 pair of super cute blue shoes
  • A ‘Prince’ photo frame in blue and white
  • A gorgeous soft blue baby teddy
All lovingly placed into the box and set out for me to fawn over as I peered inside.

The card is lovely and just gives it that personal touch if you are buying as a gift for someone and the little leaflet has the companies details on so you can pop along and view everything for yourself as well as liking their social media pages too.

The photo frame is fab, around the same size as the box in size and has the word 'Prince' across the front. I can't wait till we get Joseph's birth photos printed so that I can put one in here and show it off in his nursery. I adore that the blanket coordinates with the frame too as it has the words 'Handsome Prince' embroidered on the front of it. So soft and cuddly to the touch and washes well too. Joseph loves snuggling into it for his nap time.

I find comforters a great invention. Not only do babies get to have their own little mini blanket to cuddle up to, but they have a teddy head on them so that they actually get something to snuggle with and the little teddy is so sweet too to add in to the mix as are the socks which are just adorable. with a shoes design on them and little laces, Joseph looks super cute in them.

Overall, I am thoroughly impressed with The Cuddle Box. I like that you can pick a box that suits your needs, budget and style and even add little extras too if required. I also love that the box is so hard-wearing and durable that it can be saved and used as a memory box, to keep all those little items inside that you want to cherish forever.

For more information or to see what other boxes they do, check out The Cuddle Box website

Monday, 23 February 2015

Hampers For Mum This Mother's Day

Now I'm sure it's not just me that is a chocaholic and secretly hopes that most gifts I receive include some sort of chocolate or goodies to treat myself to. So with Mother's Day around the corner, now is the time to start getting your hinting going so that you receive just what you want for the big day.

For me, I am not even hinting any more, I'm full on telling my husband that there will be trouble if I don't receive something that is covered in chocolate and tasty on Mother's Day. 

As you all know, I haven't eaten chocolate properly in 9 months with being pregnant. For some reason, my bumps don't like chocolate (why the heck not?!) and so I haven't been able to eat it. So obviously, now that Joseph is born and I've got my taste-buds back, I am divulging as much as possible. 

What's more, now that I have 3 children, surely that means that I get an even greater sized present!

When it comes to Mother's Day though, I'm sure all us mums end up telling or hinting to our partners about what we want. Although I hate sounding ungrateful, my shelves are getting packed to the edges with perfume, smellies and bath bombs (seriously, I think my husband is trying to tell me that I smell or something!) and for Mother's Day I prefer something that wont get stuck on a shelf or into the cupboard, something that is a treat, just for me, something that I love. 


And when it comes to chocolate, there is so much to choose from. Nut crunch, truffle bars, Continental fillings, fruits, caramels and so much more. Just thinking about it makes me salivate with desire. I love a big gooey box of nutty and caramel chocs that are just for me to devour.

If it was up to the kids I'd probably end up with a colouring book and some half eaten sweets from the shop haha, so I have taken to leaving my laptop on the side with hampers for her from Thorntons left open on the front page, just so my husband gets the hint. 

Obviously, you need to stick to a budget and there are loads out there, from only a few pounds, right up to big, elaborate hampers full of chocolatey goodness, all full of variety and different boxes packed with amazing flavours and fillings. When it comes to chocolate and treats, there is something suitable for everyone. 

I know it doesn't really matter about presents. Really, I'd be happy with spending the day with my children and hubby, or a simple card. But if you're preparing for your mum or wife/partner, and want to get her something that you'll know she will love, think chocolate!