Bambeado teething necklace review

When Arthur was a baby I never understood why people complained about teething. His teeth kinda just popped up with very little fuss!

So imagine our shock when Freddie started teething and he REALLY struggled!!  I won’t lie it’s been tough!

You can imagine how delighted I was when I was contacted by the fab people at Bambeado asking if I wanted to review one of their products.

Bambeado Teething Necklace Review

I checked out their website and they have a huge range of teething products.  It was their Silcone teething necklaces that I was immediately drawn to.

Anyone that knows me, knows that I’m really not a jewellery person.  I have always wanted to be, but never really thought anything looked all that nice on me. Added to that, I think since having the kids I never wanted to spend money on jewellery that the boys would just break or hurt themselves on.

Bambeado has SO many different styles and colours to choose from.  I live mostly in shorts and a vest top, so I wanted something that was going to look great dressed down but that I could dress up if I needed to.

I decided to choose the Black Seed Necklace.

bambeado teaching necklace review

 

Isn’t it pretty!?

We have been testing it out lots. The thing that I think I like about it most is that it’s not just for when your baby is teething. My boys at least, have always liked to play with other people’s necklaces when they are holding them.  So they have BOTH been loving having this one to twiddle with while we are cuddling!

Bambeado teething necklace review
I have found this a great distraction on the school run.  Freddie is always so keen to run after Arthur in to the classroom, but I’ve held him off with this.

So, Why Not Use A Normal Necklace?

Using a Bambeado silicone necklace means that you can know 100% that your necklace will be safe for your baby to bite and play with.  It’s super easy to keep clean and is 100% PVC and BPA free (that means no nasties!)  There is a safety clasp so if your little one pulls too hard, the necklace will open, not break!  If they really go to town, each bead is knotted individually so only one bead will come off.  Both Freddie (15 months) and Arthur (3 years) have had access to this and they’ve not managed to break it! A pretty good rest if you ask me!

 

As I am writing this post, my necklace is on the Bambeado website at $29.95 (around £24).  I would certainly not begrudge paying that for myself or a friend as a gift for a friend.  Speaking of gift, I think this is a great gift for a new Mama to be.  Something for Mama and baby is a definite bonus, don’t you think?!

 

We totally love our Bambeado teething necklace.  Thank you so much Bambeado for sending us this to review for you!

 

What do you think, would wear  a teething necklace?

bambeado teething necklace review

The Top 10 Non Tech Gifts For Your Kids This Christmas

With the festive season already upon us (yep my instagram feed is full of christmas trees already!) and shockingly, Halloween already behind us, we are all awaiting the arrival of Christmas.

From adults to young adults and even toddlers, everyone is tingling with anticipation as Xmas draws nearer, not only to celebrate the holidays but also to spend some quality time with family and friends and surprise each other with presents and affection.  This year we have Mark’s parents coming to spend Christmas with us which is exciting!

All over the world, kids are starting to write their lists to Father Christmas.  While we all want to make sure our kids get what they want, as parents, sometimes its nice to have a few extra ideas of our own!

I’ve lined up a few classic non-tech toys for your little ones this christmas check it out!  The best thing about this list is that everything on it can be as high or low budget as you wish!  It’s easy to go over the top and spend loads at Christmas but you really don’t have to!

The Top 10 Non Tech Gifts For Your Kids This Christmas

The Top 10 Non Tech Toys For Your Kids

Books

Kids love books, right from early on they love to be read to, just to hear the sound of your voice.  This later develops into a love of the pictures and then later understanding and enjoying the story!  We always make sure there are books on for our kids under the tree at Christmas!

Colouring Books

colouring books stimulate development of skills that are not only associated with mental activity but also physical such as fine motor skill as well as coordination and decision making skills.  Great for keeping the kids quiet for a little while and encouraging their creativity!

Musical boxes

These are attractive little boxes which produce mellow melodies. This develops the child’s hearing capabilities and also helps them in differentiating between bitter and sweet sounds.

Stuffed toys

These toys are always in popular demand. They are soft and friendly to use. They also help the child play pretend games and develop a sense of nurturing in them. This makes the child considerate and affectionate in older age.

Buckets and spades

Sand buckets have always been a classic choice for outdoor games.  They help in muscular movement and are engaging. Often played with peers, this toy subconsciously develops a sense of acquaintance within the child, helping them socialise.  Buckets are great for collecting all kinds of things you find in the garden, at the beach, or anywhere!  They can often end up in a bit of mess, especially if your digging in the garden, but hey I didn’t promise a mess free christmas list!

Puzzles

Puzzles are quick mind games that stimulate mental activity and sharpen the brain. Colourful and vibrant, they are fun to solve and often on the hit list of children as preferred games.  Perfect for creating a little bit of quiet time for parents that doesn’t involve the TV!

Kitchen Sets

Perfect for every budget, kids kitchen sets can range from the simple to the elaborate.  I love that these days there are so many unisex versions available, as its not just the girls who love to play in the kitchen, my boys absolutely love cooking!! This pretend game helps them understand the need of being helpful with chores and the importance of kitchen tools in order to feed.

Stacking Cups

A must buy for toddlers!!!  We bought Arthur stacking cups for his first Christmas and he still plays with them now!!!  This effective learning toy is used in order to stimulate mental activity through understanding and development of coordination among the children. Not only is the child using their muscles to add or remove a stacker, they are also using their brain to decide when to use which stacker.

Magic Paint Pads

Magic paint pads are really cool.  Arthur was given one of these by some friends of ours and he really loves it, I totally recommend them!!  They are no mess, for a total bonus and this makes them great for travelling, or as a way for keeping kids entertained when you go out for dinner!  They help kids to recognise and differentiate between paintings and colours. With a swipe of the water brush, colours and paintings are revealed, improving the child’s memory.

Scooters

Scooters, are so great for kids.  It gets them outside, and tires them out…perfect!  Scooters foster kids muscular activity as well as strengthen their stamina and heighten their energy level, helping them grow into healthier and more tolerant people.

 

 

Looks like Santa will be extremely busy this Christmas with lots of requests to fulfil! Who knew things children ask for can actually play vital role in their character development. Santa sure has a busy month up ahead!

What non tech toys are you planning for your kids this Christmas?

How It Feels When Your Kid Is The Naughty Kid

The Naughty Kid

At 2pm I went into school today to pick up Arthur.

I get to the classroom and he is sat with all the other children singing a song, he’s delighted to see me and comes up and gives me a great big hug.

I ask if he’s had a good day.

“He had a fantastic morning, but….”

my heart sinks.

The Teaching Assistant calls a little girl over and shows me a great big bite mark on her face.

That afternoon he had bitten this little girl.

I’m told it wasn’t aggressive. He was actually giving her a hug at the time.
I’ll be honest, that didn’t really make me feel any better.

The teacher comes in and tells me that she wonders if it is a tactile thing with him. Whenever he has bitten someone (never has it been this hard as to leave a mark) it has never been in an aggressive situation.

I get to the car and start putting the boys in their seats.

A grandma of one of the kids says hello.
“I want to meet the famous Arthur”

 

I laughed. This little boy in particular I see Arthur playing with at school. I figured it was because they are friends and maybe he talks about it at home.

Nope

“Arthur I hear you two are fighting.”

There’s that heart sinking feeling again.

She goes on to say that her grandson tells her all the time that Arthur fights him.

She is trying to keep it light hearted, so am I.  I don’t think she realises how mortified I am feeling.  She is just trying to make her grandson happy after all.

I’ve had never heard of an incident with these two boys. I try and say that kids have fallings out all the time, I think they are friends.

We finish getting in the car and cry all the way home.

Arthur in the meanwhile, falls asleep in the car, none the wiser of how I am feeling.

how it feels when your child is labeled as the naughty kid

How it feels when your child is ‘The Naughty Kid’ in school

I guess I’m writing this post, to share how it feels when your kid is painted as ‘The Naughty Kid’.

Knowing that children and worse other parents are talking and thinking of your child in that way is the most devastating feeling.

It’s safe to say, that we have all judged naughty kids, when we were in school ourselves and as adults.  I certainly have.

It’s not just the naughty kids I have judged.  I’ve judged the parents.  They must have done something “wrong”.

Let me tell you something about my own ‘naughty child’.  We raise him to be kind, caring and loving. He is those things, and much much more.

I am not defending the things that he has done.  I am devastated and embraced by those actions, believe me.  But, we are working on the root cause of those, trying to figure out what is going on.  Why he is behaving that way.

The teacher very kindly tells me that there is no such thing as a naughty child. It is all communication.

While that is lovely of her to say, sadly that is not what the world sees.

I’ve heard parents, discussing a child (not mine) and years after an event happened still labelling them as ‘naughty’.

To think that people will do that about my son breaks my heart.  To think that people judge him, and judge our family is a very sad and isolating feeling.

 

How to speak to a parent of a ‘naughty child’

I’m not saying all parents are the same.  I’m not saying that there is one specific way how to deal with or approach another parent about this situation.

What I do want to say, is to remember that that parent has feelings.  If your child is having a hard time from their kid.  Remember that they are probably already more that aware of the fact that there are issues.  They are probably embraced and sensitive to it.

If they are totally unapproachable, and you are very concerned, perhaps try and arrange a meeting with the teacher.

Mostly though, please don’t judge them too harshly.  We are all trying our best with our kids.  No one is deliberately raising their kid to be naughty.

Freddie’s first walk

We recently went for a walk in the Vallee De Mai.  Not an unusual event for us, we go at least once a month!  It is without doubt our favourite place to go for a walk.

If you don’t know, the Vallee De Mai, is famous for being the home of the Coco De Mer, the largest seed in the world!  It really is huge, apparently weighing up to 30KG at full size!!

Freddie’s first walk

This visit to the Vallee De Mai though, things were a little different!  This time we ALL went walking!  It was Freddie’s first walk, as opposed to being in the baby carrier!  This kinda blows my mind, It seems like just a minute ago it was Arthur’s first time walking around there!!

We had such a great time.  With Freddie walking around too, the whole dynamic changed so much, but only in a good way!

Arthur was absolutely delighted to get to run around with Freddie in there and Freddie was so excited to finally be able to get down and really explore the place as opposed to just being in the carrier!   It was amazing to see them exploring together!

Walking amongst giants, my boys look tiny in there.  Perhaps thats why I love going so much! This is one of my new favourite pictures!

 

Arthur took great pleasure in being Freddie’s personal tour guide.

 

They both are becoming so confident and independent, it’s amazing to see them running around without a care or fear.

freddie's first walk

dsc_0127

As always, we stopped at our favourite spot, to look at the river, of course throw a few sticks and stones in, and to look for crabs!

It was also a big trip for another reason as it was the first time Arthur walked round the whole way without needing to be carried.  As you can see, he was very proud!!

 

I have blogged about coming here before, and I am certain I will blog about it again!  So, apologies if it seems a bit repetitive, but it really is such a special place to go.  If you are visiting Seychelles it is an absolute must (with or without kids!)

I am so happy to have such an amazing place for our kids to explore.  We are so lucky to have so many amazing memories (and pictures) of the boys having the best time here.  They are true explorers, and I hope that they will forever love the outdoors as much as they do now!

My Expat Family 26

Hello and welcome to My Expat Family 26, the twenty sixth  ‘My Expat Family’ blog link up in the series

If you are new to the link up you might want to have a read of how My Expat Family started!

 If you missed the last link up take a look there are some great posts to read!
How to join in:
  • You can start to link your posts from Thursday 10th November and I’ll leave the link up open until Sunday night.
  • As with all blog link ups they work best when the love is shared around, please do read, comment on and share as many of the other posts linked up as you can!
  • Please add the My Expat Family link up badge to the post you are sharing by copying and pasting the code from the box below into your post.
  • Tweet me the link to your post (@seychellesmama) and I’ll retweet for you as well!
  • I look forward to reading all about your expat family! Remember old and new posts are welcome!
  • Don’t forget you can also find us on Pinterest!  Check out and join the My Expat Family Pinterest board

Follow Seychellesmama’s board My expat family blog link up on Pinterest.

 

Seychelles Mama

My Expat Family.  A linky for expat bloggers!

Splish Splash Splosh

You may have seen on my Instagram that we’ve had a fair bit of rain here recently!  I thought it was only right that I wrote a little post about it!

Rain babies

Arthur has always loved the rain!  He absolutely loves to be out in it.  He’s been like that since he was so small.

As soon as it starts to rain, he runs out and splashes in the puddles.   Now he’s even started to know that it might rain when it goes all dark and cloudy, so the excitement begins even before the drops start to fall!

In the last month or so, Freddie has started to show lots of interest in the rain too.  He is ALWAYS outside anyway but he’s starting to figure out that the rain is lots of fun!

We definitely do have two little rain babies!

Splish Splash Splosh

Last week was half term so Arthur was home from school.  We had quite a lot of rain, it started the afternoon that school finished!!

Arthur being a true nature boy, generally likes to take all his clothes off to be out in the rain but this time I managed to persuade him to keep his T-Shirt on!  Freddie, totally not fussed went out as is!!

splish splash splosh

This was the first time Arthur had actually used his umbrella in the rain.  Usually he likes to take it out and about when its dry, but not when it’s raining.  You know, because it was stopping him getting wet and what’s the point of going out in the rain if you’re going to be dry right?

splish splash splosh

On days like this, even with an umbrella you’re going to get soaking wet!

This was the first time that the boys had really had the chance to be out in the rain together!  It was so much fun to watch!

Splish Splash Splosh! Rain in Seychelles

You can definitely see that they were enjoying each others company out there and it really did add to the fun for them both! It was so amazing to watch them both having so much fun together.   Arthur was teaching Freddie to go “splish splash splosh” in the puddles!!

Splish Splash Splosh! Rain babies, loving the rain

Freddie discovered an extra bonus, the rain drops are even bigger running off the roof!
splish splash splosh

We are so lucky that it is so warm here because we don’t have to worry about them being cold in the rain!  If we lived somewhere else it would be a nightmare trying to get them to get dressed before they ran out the door!!

 

All together now!

Arthur was not going to let me off just sat taking pictures.   Yep, Mama had to go out in the rain too!  We all ran around like crazy and got soaking wet, Daddy had to join too of course! Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately!) we were all too busy having fun at this point to take photos so you’ll just have to take my word that we really did all get out there!

This was repeated several times over the half term!  I hope that it continues to be something that they love to do together, and with us for a long long time!!

 

Do you have little rain babies too?

splish splash splosh

 

 

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

Before Mark and I were Married and lived in the Seychelles he took me to Warwick Castle. He had worked there when he was younger. We had a really great time there.

Flash forward a few years to when we had Arthur it was exactly the kind of place we were excited to show him when we visited the UK. We resisted the temptation on our previous trip as he was a little young to appreciate it.

This time around though, we knew he would absolutely love it. We had already taken him to Kenilworth Castle and he’d had a great time there.  I thought I’d share our experience with visiting Warwick Castle with our young kids!

Warwick Castle With Young Kids

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

This year Warwick Castle had added a big medieval style glamping ground. While this was pretty exciting and is definitely something we will consider next time around, it did mean that the car park was now a long walk from the main entrance to the castle, not ideal with two young kids!!

We had managed to get vouchers for the park from some Cadbury’s chocolate. We (okay, mostly me) even ate a big bag of buttons on the way so we could have another one…..I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right, I am truly a hero.

It was a good thing we did have those vouchers because I was pretty shocked when I saw the entrance fees!

The castle is owned by Madame Tussaud’s (also owners of big theme parks like Thorpe Park and Alton Towers) and they have made some big changes since we had last been there. It definitely had a theme park feel to the place now.  Whether that is a good or bad thing, overall I’m still not totally decided either way!!

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

When it rains

We were pretty unfortunate with the weather as it started absolutely tipping it down not long after we arrived. Like everyone else we then headed inside the Great Hall and the rooms to take shelter from the rain. It was nice to walk around here, but didn’t appeal all that much to the boys. We had thought that Arthur would really like seeing all the suits of armour, but unfortunately he was really rather scared of them!!!  Freddie seemed to be enjoying it all though!

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

I was a little concerned at this point that the day was going to be a wash out because there really isn’t all that much to do inside there, that would be suitable for the little ones!

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

Luckily for us, the rain did eventually ease up and we headed back outside. We took some lunch at one of the stalls as opposed to trying to get inside anywhere as it was packed!

Towers and Ramparts

After having a wonder around the grounds we decided we wanted to go up to the top so we left Freddie with Gran and started our trek.  In true bad blogger style I can’t remember the name of the walk that takes you around all the towers…..but the main thing to note about it, is that there are A LOT of steps.  Seriously, there are hundreds!  Its also really quite narrow and not a lot of railings on the internal steps.  Anything that was outside though felt secure with extra railings etc!

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

Now obviously thats because its a real Castle and health and safety was not top priority back in those days!  But, obviously its something to consider when deciding whether or not to try and take small kids up there!  Arthur, at 3, was not able to walk the whole way and definitely was getting restless on the busy steps.  The problem is that once you’ve started there aren’t really any ways out except the actual exit so that could be a bit disastrous if your kid decides to throw a bit of a wobbly!!  Luckily, no wobblies from Arthur this time but he definitely did need some help from Daddy at some points!

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

Aside from all that though, it was really nice to do that and there are some amazing views to be had!

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

Playgrounds

After that we decided to let Arthur and Freddie stretch their legs a bit and took him to a kids park, Pageant Playground.  It was great in there with lots of different slides and walkways for Arthur to go nuts on!

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

We then wandered round to the other new feature at Warwick Castle which is the Horrible Histories Maze.  This was something that we all really enjoyed, as we ‘got lost in time’

Arthur was playing it cool a little (read: totally posing for our new camera!) but he really enjoyed running around in there, finding all the different areas.

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

 

Let me tell you, this was definitely something all ages were enjoying!  There was no way we were going to leave without having collected all the stamps first!!!

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

 

Arthur clearly is no Mastermind but you didn’t have to be to enjoy the Maze!  It didn’t matter that he didn’t understand the history, he loved the whole experience of exploring the maze!

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

 

I don’t mind admitting that I was totally down with taking the chance to turn it into a little photoshoot!!!

Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

 

Shows and activities

There are loads of daily shows and activities at Warwick Castle, along with special events at different times of the year.  All the adults were excited about the Knights Tournament and really wanted to see the Trebuchet be fired.

With Arthur already showing that he wasn’t keen on Knights shows at Kenilworth Castle I didn’t have high hopes for Arthur being on board with this one.  Particularly since I knew it would be louder and flashier at Warwick Castle.  We tried our luck anyway but it didn’t take long for Arthur to get a little overwhelmed by it all.  Perhaps the long walk up the towers had not been such a good idea because he was totally exhausted.  I put him in the pushchair, left Freddie with everyone else and took him for a walk.  It wasn’t long before he was totally out (which is quite impressive for a boy that no longer naps!)

Freddie on the other hand, was apparently totally mesmerised and loved the whole thing!!

The knights.  Visiting Warwick Castle With Young Kids

 

Should you visit Warwick Castle with Young Kids?

In an annoyingly non committal answer; it depends.

For our kids, Id say Kenilworth Castle  was a little more suitable for them.  But, that was mostly down to Arthur being overwhelmed by the noise, business and in your face-ness that came with Warwick Castle.  There were other kids Arthur’s age that were soaking in the atmosphere!

I think that picking your day weather wise is very important, as there really isn’t all that much to keep the little ones entertained in the wet.

From what I gather, there are vouchers available a lot of the time for Warwick Castle and I would definitely take advantage of that.  You can also save 30% by booking online which is great and saves potential wait time when you arrive!

Next time we are in the UK, Arthur will be 5 and Freddie 3 (oh my!) and I think that they will get a lot more out of the day then they did this time around.

All in all though we did have lots of fun at Warwick Castle and there are plenty of great memories for us and the boys from our trip there!

Visiting Warwick Castle with Young Kids

Have you been to Warwick Castle with young kids?  Would you recommend it?