Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Book Where You Can be the Star!

There’s something really very special about a personalised children’s book. 

And Christmas creates a massive sense of magic for children who are mesmerized by all things Santa. 

Therefore a personalised Christmas book with a Santa adventure for a 6 year old boy that has just started to read ticks all the boxes.

I went online and filled in a form with a few details of my boy’s name and uploaded a picture, then a few days later a lovely A4 glossy book arrived in the post. 

The delight on his face when he saw his own picture on the front and was able to read the title: “Jago and Santa’s Irish Adventure’. He even got a personal message from Santa saying he was on the ‘good boys’ list’ and Santa was looking forward to visiting his home ‘in Aghada on Christmas Eve’. 

It thrilled him knowing that the big red man even knew about him, and then had singled him out by sending him a book. 

I think it made him feel very special and cherished.

The best things is this year he can suddenly read, so he was able to read it because the writing is big enough for him to follow. 

Ok so he might struggle to read it all in one sitting as it's quite a story, so it's a book we'll keep coming back to in the run up to Christmas - and one we'll get out every yeah until he's lost interest in the big red man.

Hopefully that won't be for another 30 years! 

To make your own book, visit and enter in a few details and you can start building up your own collection of personalised children's books. Or check out their Facebook page

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Netflix Instant Streaming Tonic for Kids

It’s no secret that Netflix changed our lives by giving us something to always to watch on TV.

When you have impatient kids who are melting down through exhaustion and need an instant distraction, sometimes I find a new movie or new programme is just the tonic to switch their energy.
In an instant Netflix means I can switch on their favourite TV show or movie and hey presto, peace is restored to our house.

The only problem I have with Netflix is the limited way in which programmes and movies are displayed. They’re bunched altogether, which is a pain, and a lot of the ‘what’s new’ is actually old content. I’d prefer a top 10 of ‘what’s new’ and ‘highly recommended’ kids shows and a separate list of movies by age and category (eg animations, real actors, Pixar, Dreamworks etc) and target audience, eg girls and boys.

Basically it’s really hard to see exactly what the best movies on offer are, so I figured I would put together a list of my family’s favouries as a starting point for newcomers to Netflix.
Jago's favourite: Ninjago
Favourite movies for all of them (aged 3, 5 & 6):

  • Cars 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • The Muppets
  • Tangled
  • A Bugs Life
Movies and TV shows:

6 year old boy’s favourite: 
  • Lego Ninjago
  • Lego Chima
  • Kicking and Screaming (American non-animation film about football)

5 year old girl:

  • Barbie Dreamhouse
  • Tinkerbell
  • Mermaids (non-animation Australian show)
  • Tangled

3 year old boy:

  • Thomas tank engine episodes and movies
  • Lego Ninjago
  • Cars 2
  • Toy Story 3 

What are your Kids’ faves?

** I am part of Netflix’s Stream Team and I’m enjoying every minute of it **

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