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March Favourites 2017

Good Evening Munchkins!

Today I will be sharing with you my March Favourites! I know every single blogger since the beginning of time says this, but where has the time gone?! I feel like I’ve blinked and I’ve been fast-forwarded to March 2017, it’s just insane. This month has had highs and lows, including getting my prom dress and real friends proving who they really are. I think I’ve also definitely decided which college I’m going to, but I will only write a follow-up blog post on that once it’s definite (i.e. when I’m driving there for my first day!). Anyway, it’s only a month and a half until my first exam and I’m having a complete mental breakdown, but let’s continue on with the blog post!

The first thing I have been loving this month has been the Lancome La Base Paupieres Pro (basically a primer!) in 02 Beige Porcelaine. I received this on quite sad circumstances but this has magical powers I had not before experienced! This is really easy to work with – think the Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo’s but skin coloured – and helps to maintain my eye makeup for the entire day, no matter what I’m doing. I don’t think it’s waterproof, but I wouldn’t expect my powder eye shadows, which I apply on top, to be either. I just apply this with my finger and set with some powder and it’s all good to go. I haven’t noticed any extra help in blending because I’ve always applied powder onto my primer and my eye shadows seem to be pretty good in that respect anyway, but I’m sure it’s noticeable to some! It does, however, help to colour correct my eye lid and hide any veins which may have appeared, though they usually don’t, without appearing too thick or clumpy on my lid. This colour does appear to have some shimmers in, but once set with powder you really can’t notice it if you wanted to do a completely matte eye. It hasn’t disrupted my eyeliner yet, either, which is a massive thing to me! This is available from Boots, John Lewis and Debenhams, as well as some other department stores.


Another beauty thing I’ve been loving his month has been liquid eyeliner. Long-term readers will know my love for black winged liner (as just mentioned!), and it’s taken me forever to finally gain the confidence to use a liquid one! At the moment I’m just using this cheap one I got in a magazine goodness knows how long ago, but I am planning on getting the Collection one soon as it’s had great reviews and it looks fairly similar to the one I’ve been playing around with (let me know if that sounds like a good idea to you because it’s a whole new world for me!). It’s still a work in progress and I don’t have the full confidence to wear it everyday, but every so often I try it out just to build my skill and technique with it. It’s not as difficult as I initially thought, though that could be down to me using gel eyeliner very precisely for the past 7 months!


The third thing on my list for the month has been lip glosses. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with lip glosses for a whole host of reasons, but this month I’ve really liked just popping one on for a day-to-day look, or out shopping, or for college meetings etc.. The one I’ve featured in the picture is Tanya Burr’s Aphrodite (which, I think, has sadly been discontinued) which is a shade I’ve reunited with this month; it’s a gorgeous subtle pink-y red that is perfect for a sunny Spring/Summer day. I just really like how easy they are to (literally) pop on and know that if some colour comes off it’s not too noticeable, meaning I don’t need to keep reapplying. They also don’t dry my lips out, which is something I’ve actually struggled with these past few months when using different lip products. They also feel lighter and more appropriate to the warmer weather, I don’t know why!


I’ve already featured this in an earlier blog post, but this month I read and fell in love with A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. This was lent to me by my Aunt after she said ‘it’s a kids book, but a really bloody good kids book’! That was obviously enough for me to read it! I knew some background knowledge about this because the film came out around the end of last year and I’d seen the trailer on TV, but this book is the most emotional yet innocent thing to have ever been absorbed into my brain. I think it pulls at the heart strings even more because of the fact it’s written from such an innocent perspective of a 13-year-old boy. This story follows the main character, Connor, as he has to care for his Mum who has cancer (and we all know what will happen there). He meets The Monster (which still confuses me slightly, is he meant to be something metaphorical?) who helps him overcome a series of hurdles and yes, this will make you cry. It’s in third person, which I don’t usually lean towards, but oh-me oh-my is this a book which will manifest your life! Even if you just borrow it from the library, it needs to be read! This is available from WHSmith, Waterstones and most other book shops.


Another book my Aunt lent me and had to be included in my Favourites was The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I haven’t actually finished this because I read A Monster Calls first and this is a much thicker book to get through, but I am so hooked, more than I ever thought I would. Despite all the books I have read over the years, this is the first adult book I’ve ever read, so I was slightly anxious that I wouldn’t understand it or that it would go straight over my head, but I understand it and I’m feeling all the feels! This is a mystery/thriller (basically the complete opposite of the heart-wrenching book I’d read beforehand, though I haven’t actually got to the thriller bit yet!) and it contains multiple narratives, which I’m an absolute sucker for! I can’t tell you much about it because it’s so easy to give stuff away, but it’s about an alcoholic called Rachel (bodes well!) who gets the same train to work everyday and so see’s the same people doing their usual routine on those days, as well. And then all these things happen and people go missing and Rachel get’s involved and there’s ex-husbands and babies and you need to read this before I annoy everyone out there! As I say, I haven’t finished it yet, but I know it’s going to be a book that takes over my life! This is also available from WHSmith, Waterstone and most other book shops.

The final thing I have been loving this month is Snapchat. Once again, I’m the last on the bandwagon, but I have now joined in with that teenage trend of multiple filters and aimed posts! Just kidding, I don’t aim things just as a matter of principle! It has now become my most favoured app on my phone; I just find it so addictive and I need to check for new filters every day, just in case! I’ve actually found it’s also built my confidence in terms of taking photos of myself and choosing to share them with others – I’ve only got a few friends on there who I know and trust, whereas I sometimes feel my Instagram and Facebook are a bit of a free for all. Talking of Instagram, I’m seriously thinking about starting an account for this blog (ChummyR) on there but I will only do it when I have more time (i.e. when most/all of my exams are done in June) so that I can keep you updated on a daily basis and build more of a connection with you. I know uploading a blog post 3 times a week is a lot for some bloggers, but I always feel like I could build on it. So, yeah, just let me know what you think of that idea!

And there we have it! I hope you have enjoyed this blog post – I love writing Favourites blog posts, even if it does make me panic with my other deadlines that I fear are looming! Let me know what you like from this little selection if you have used or read anything mentioned, and what products have been some of your Favourites this month!

Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you Sunday,

Rachel xx

Holiday Book Reviews – Summer ’14

Good Afternoon, Munchkins! Just over a week until I go back to school so I thought I should start wrapping up some of the Summer-y things I was going to blog about (sad face). However, this does include a haul, a lookbook and a Summer favourites, so no need to despair! 

For those that don’t know I got off my holiday from Italy 12 days ago (yes, I know, sorry) so, yes this is a little later than planned, but I really wanted to share what I read on holiday and a mini review of them. Unfortunately something is going weird with the wi-fi network connection thing on my phone and my email so I can’t get any pictures that I took myself up but I will get them from Google Images (I’m so scared about copyright right now, it’s unreal!). 

I took 4 books on holiday with me (I went from Monday – Monday) and only read 3 so I will only write about the 3 I read on holiday. 


The first book I read on holiday was One Day by David Nicholls. I saw the film of this a couple of months ago when I got it on DVD and I just loved it so much so I thought ‘Why not get the book?’ and as soon as I got the chance, I did. For those that have read the book themselves, you will know it is not the easiest/quickest book to read but when I’m on holiday, I literally wake up at 8, go to the pool by half 9 and spend the rest of the day until 4 reading, in the sun, every so often going in the pool. Hence why I finished the book on the Friday after starting it on the Monday. There were some points which I didn’t particularly like or was a bit bored with but that was simply due to the fact I can’t remember it in the film or it wasn’t in the film. Yep, I’m that kind of person, and I really wish I wasn’t. It follows Em and Dex over 20 years from the day they met when they leave University and how they still keep in contact despite their very different lives. I love the friendship shared in this and how things change so much. I know that sounds really geek-y and old but its written from something like 1986-2006 or something like that so a lot of changes happen over that time.  Overall I would recommend this book to friends who loved reading because I can see my friends (A.K.A Bubbles and Chummy C) not being able to get past page 1 and also to people who would love this genre. Also, it does include swearing, sex, drugs and drinking, so if you don’t like that sort of thing I wouldn’t recommend it. 


The next book I read was Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, which is completely different to One Day but I still loved it so much. It basically follows Bridget whose this single 30-year-old through her diary for 1 year and it was so funny. Her mum reminds me of Miranda’s Mum (from Miranda the sitcom) and that kind of ruined it because I really wanted something new to read but I don’t know which happened first: the book or the sitcom. Unlike One Day, I haven’t yet seen the film of this and am dying to see it. I found this really funny, but not like laugh-really-loudly-so-people complain-laughing, just laughing-to-yourself-laughing. I really liked how it was so realistic with all the work problems and things that people would go through it real-life, and that is probably the purpose of it. I initially bought this book (and the third book) with some money I think I got from the 13th birthday because I wanted to read more teenager-y books because at that time I was reading things like The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and Anne Frank’s Diary and stuff like that and I wanted to be like a proper teenager with proper teenager books which sounds really sad now, but I did enjoy the book so it did work. Unlike the first book I would recommend this to my friends as it’s short (read it in like a day or 2) and as she is British and we are very British stereotypical people (it’s inevitable, it really is!) I think they would enjoy it.


The last book I read in the sun and burning heat was The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky. I really really really enjoyed this. I know it’s from a boy’s perspective and it should be a boy’s book really, but I’ve read so many books from girl’s perspectives it was nice for a change to read this. Again, I haven’t yet seen the film of this but I would really like to and it has Emma Watson in, who played Hermione in Harry Potter. I’m sorry, but when your first words were ‘Bloody Hell’ thanks to Ron Weasley, everything to do with Harry Potter excites you just a little too much. This book wasn’t very long and took me a day to read and it was written in diary form (like Bridget Jones) over a year and it follows Charlie through his first year at high school and the friends he makes, his first love, his first kiss, stuff like that which is so nice to read from a boy’s perspective. I realise that if you were reading that aloud you may now need a breathing machine, but it’s just so good and it came out all at once. I think I would recommend this to my friends but I’m not sure whether they’d enjoy it as much as Bridget Jones (they don’t read as much as me, so don’t really care if it’s boys narrative or not). 


So those are the three books I read on holiday. The fourth book I took on holiday with me and am currently reading is the third in a series and it’s called Don’t Judge a Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter from the Gallagher Girls (I think that’s what it’s called) series. I love the series and read the first 2 last year and seriously recommend it to anyone out there. Also, I’ve included the pictures to match the covers of the books I have for those that care. I like book covers, just thought maybe we could share our weird happiness together for those that also like book covers. 

I will leave links to places where you can buy the books down below, thank you for reading and I will see you soon,

Rachel xx

P.S, I’m very scared of copyright-ing right now (can you tell) so I just thought I’d let you know again that these are not my pictures but the reviews are my honest opinions. Also, I ordered my new glasses today which I’m very excited about. I know you can’t see me, but it still excites me!


Email Me: rachelkate01@yahoo.co.uk

Last Blog (Frozen Review)

(I’m really sorry, but I don’t know any book shops apart from Amazon that will take orders from around the world. Obviously if you have a bookshop near you and are very happy with that, do go get a book from there, but this is for people like me who have a slight internet shopping addiction!)

One Day by David Nicholls 

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Don’t Judge A Girl By Her Cover by Ally Carter






Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Good Afternoon my Munchkins and Happy April! Today I will be doing a short review kind of thing on a book called Wonder as you can tell by the title. Sorry if this is not the kind of thing you enjoy but as it’s the Easter holidays I will be updating a few times a week now. 

Initially I had to read this for something at school, but I loved the idea of it and just thought it was interesting as well as enjoyable. It’s about this 10-year-old boy called August who has facial disfigurement. Straight away after hearing this I knew I wanted to read it. I’ve always been interested in real-life kind of books which you could relate to in some way but it also intrigued me. You’ve got books like ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘My Sister’s Keeper’ which are about cancer and you want to know it from their point of view but if I was told to write a book of that genre I would choose cancer because it is well known and a terrible thing to go through. Never did I imagine something like a disability or disfigurement to write about which now feels really stupid because now I’ve read it it seems obvious. 

I haven’t read anything else by R.J Palacio so I’m not sure if all or most of her books are like this but I really did enjoy it. He’s a character which you instantly fall in love with, his whole character and the way he writes. Also you get the perspective from other people like his sister and his friends etc. I don’t know what to call it because it’s not really duo-narrative (think that’s right) because it’s more than two people narrating. But anyway, it’s like that! It really gave me an insight to what it’s like knowing that everyone’s looking at you because especially girls we always think if our hair isn’t right or our makeup doesn’t look even that everyone will stare at us, but it really made me rethink it all. 

I’m not sure if it’s based on someone because I haven’t done much research on it, but it really feels like it has and on the back cover it has the author’s picture and she doesn’t look as if she has any disfigurement so it’s probably not her own feelings and emotions. I find that quite hard to do when I’m writing, but if you act as well as write it probably helps, even though I do. I’m so confusing, sorry! 

Out of 5 I would give it a 4.5 because I just love it. I do honestly recommend it to anyone! I leave some links below and sorry if none of them help people outside the UK, but I’m a 13-year-old British girl who still doesn’t know half the countries in the world, so you know! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed it, sorry if it’s really short, but Grand National’s on and want to see if anyone’s won any money! As I said last week and earlier I will be updating Thursday onwards and probably every other day from then on until Easter Sunday with the holidays and all. And sorry if this really does not affect your life in anyway, I just couldn’t keep quiet about it! Also, the author’s American so it probably is in the USA, just saying. If you would like more of these just let me know, because I read 24/7, seriously. I have a library in my room, no jokes. Also, if there’s any books you love, recommend them to me in the comments below! 

Thank you for reading and I’ll write as soon as I can!

Rachel xx


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Where to find Wonder: 

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Big Haul: New Look, Boots, Waterstones, Boohoo, River Island

Good afternoon, Munchkins. It’s Saturday so yes, this week, I’m on time! Just so you know I hate letting you down because I know how much I can go on and you till decide to spend your time reading these which probably only keeps me from dying of boredom. And I’m also going to upload a blog tomorrow, and it’s going to be like a help and advice one which is also really close to my heart so, yeah. You’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out though!

Today I’m going to do a haul of the things that I bought with my birthday money and a few things I picked up whilst I was out today. There’s quite a lot to get through, so yeah, let’s go!


This is the first thing I got for the Summer and I got it just before my birthday with money I had saved up. It’s from River Island and it’s just a turquoise skater skirt with a silver belt. Sorry about the rubbish picture of the belt, but I’d taken it off and put it somewhere else in my wardrobe. Strange, I know, but it’s me and it’s how I like to do things! Yeah, so, it’s just got buttons up the middle which you can undo to get it on, but of course I don’t have to *cough cough*. It’s also got a button on the inside to help you get in as it is not very elasticated so it could be quite tight. As you can probably tell from the *cough cough* sequence, I’m bigger than most girls my age. For those that are interested I’m a size 14 in most things, but I got this in a 12 so it would be shorter as most size 14 things like skater skirts are longer than say a size 8. I’m going to do a blog post soon on how to wear certain things like this if you’re a little ‘cuddly’. This was £10 in the sale.


This is the second thing from River Island and it’s a grey crop top with rolled sleeves and it’s got WILD written on it in silver and gold beads. I tried it on the other day and it was so soft, it’s was so nice. These are the only things I own from River Island, so so far so good. This was also £10 in the sale. Sorry if these things are no longer there, but I have mentioned that they were in the sale. Don’t shoot the messenger.


If you remember rightly, for my birthday I got a £25 gift voucher for New Look and this is the first thing I bought. I got another white bandeau top with this one but I’m wearing it as we speak, so the photograph was not going to happen with both, I’m afraid! For the pack of 2 it was £4.99 which I think is quite good because you can wear them on their own with a pair of shorts if you’re slim enough or under a top as I am now. It’s stretchy, which is nice but you know it’s not just going to fall, which is also a good thing. In the middle, as you can probably tell, it’s sinched in a bit. I think that’s the word, but it’s like that! I think it’s to make your boobs look bigger or something, but I’m not sure. It’s like that anyway. Please tell me the correct spelling because there’s a red squiggly line underneath it. Thanks! New Look usually have these in stock all the time, so you should be able to get these.


The second thing I got from New Look is this maxi skirt. I’ve seen people of a range of different sizes wearing these, so I thought I’d give it a go, and oh my God, do I love it. Apart from this weekend it hasn’t been warm enough to wear it, even though I’m not wearing it now either. Got slightly strange there! I was so excited when I ordered this, and yeah, why not? It’s black but got like red and pink-ish flowers on it and a belt which is a really thick black one and reminds me of when I went to Ireland 3 years ago. I’m not sure why, but I can imagine a lovely Irish Summer’s day and just wearing it, lovely! This was from the Petite section, as I’m smaller than the average person (see why you’re my Munchkins? Could be worse, you could be my Oompa-Loompas!). I knew that if I got it from the Main Range I’d be swimming in it, and I seriously wouldn’t want it any longer! This was the last thing I got from New Look and was £19.99, or £20 for those, who like me, like to spend an extra penny!


This is a dress. But not just any dress. The most gorgeous dress you ever did see! This was from Boohoo.com which I’ll link at the end as with everything else and was £20, but my God, was it £20 well spent! Do you remember a couple of weeks ago I told you about the bucket list for S/S that myself and Chummy C did? One of them was for me to wear clothes I wouldn’t usually go for and as I had the birthday money and I’d had my eye on it for a while, why not? There’s a theme going on here! It’s just your coral bandeau dress, but when I wear it, I feel so pretty and I just love it. I’ve got my Aunt’s and Cousin’s birthday lunches soon, so I think with a nice pair of heels, we should be fine! Also with my birthday money I bought two books from Amazon but they haven’t turned up yet. I ordered Bridget Jones Diary and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Everyone’s like, oh it’s a proper teenage book, and I’m a teenager now, so yeah. I’m gonna read them, as soon as they get here!


Onto today’s shopping. Oh dear, we did some damage! We also went to Next and Tesco and bought some olives from this really nice Italian guy, but this is the main part of me! Apart from Sports Direct, it was for my Mum and brother today, although they sell really nice clothes quite cheap. Know’s a bargain, I do!


First of all we went to Boots where the first thing we got was some deodorant for yours truly as I’m running low. I don’t know why I’m sharing this with you, but anyway! I was drawn to it by the pink and the £1 price tag it owned. The one I have now is blue but it’s Sure as well, so it’s good! Just a little story for you, I use roll-on deodorant because one time I used spray, missed my armpit completely and went straight into my eye. Lovely.


Next was Batiste Dry Shampoo. In a couple of weeks, I’m going up to my Aunt’s for the weekend, and I probably won’t have time to do my hair in the morning/evening, so I thought it would be handy. I’ve heard loads of stuff about how Batiste when it drys leaves white bits in your hair, I’ll pick them out, and as long as my hair isn’t disgusting, I’ll go for it. This was the smallest bottle they had as it’s just like a tester one, and it was £1.49. It smells amazing as well and the flavour is Coconut and Tropical, like Pina Colada. The really big ones were like £4/£5 but if it last you a long time and you use it all the time, go ahead! My Mum also got some gum and some Wrinkle Cream. If she reads this, she is going to kill me!


Books. I love reading unlike a lot of people I know, and these two books in particular have been recommended to me so much, and I’ve been wanting to read them for ages, so yeah. We went to Waterstones mainly for my brother who got a World Book Day voucher and wanted to spend it, and then I told my Mum about what my history teacher said about the World Wars, and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas etc. I initially was just going to get Anne Frank’s Diary, but the lady found it and my Mum couldn’t refuse! The World Wars has always been my favorite piece of history if that doesn’t sound weird, so I’m happy. Yes, I know there are films, but I’m going to read the book then watch the film even though I’m halfway through The Boy in Striped Pyjamas on Netflix. Both were £6.99 each.


Well, this is the last thing we bought when we were in Tesco and it’s Joey Essex Hairspray. I’ve been wanting this for ages, so I’ve been happy all day, as you can tell! This is the Extreme Hold HairSpray and it was the biggest can there for £2.24. There was a Shimmer Spray which was like 50p more but half the size, and I might look like Edward Cullen in the sun if I put too much of that on, let’s be honest! I have high hopes, for you Joey Essex Extreme Hold HairSpray. Oh yes, talking to my hairspray, weird much?

So that’s all I picked up during the last month or so. I’m not a spoiled child, I come from a Working Class family and this time last week we literally had no money, but then my Mum got her money from work in, so we’re doing OK again. I’m in no way showing off, I just thought you’d like to know what I tend to use/wear or what I will use/wear come Summer. Sorry if this blog wasn’t really for you, but I’ve got another coming up tomorrow, which if you don’t like this one you might like.

Thank you for reading, love you loads,

Rachel xx


Links – – (Sorry it’s late!!)

New Look – http://www.newlook.com/

River Island – http://www.riverisland.com/

Boohoo – http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/page/home

Waterstones – http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/

Boots – http://www.boots.com/

Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/

Tesco – http://www.tesco.com/

The PJ Pack / The Range Haul

Good afternoon my Munchkins, and as you can tell, today I’m on time! Yay! As I say I’m so sorry about last week as my laptop was running out of charge really quickly and if you want a better version I’m willing to do it so just tell me, but today I’ve done another collaboration. 

Let me just explain it. PJ is my 3 year old cousin and he’s come down to stay at my Nan’s for the weekend and my brother will go and join later. He lives with his 3 older brothers and Mum like 3 hours away, whereas me and my brother live like 10 mins away from my Nan, so it’s a big change for him. I had the day off school yesterday so I went up to collect him with my Nan and we got back pretty late, so he couldn’t play with the ‘PJ Pack’ I’d made him. I’ve mixed it with a haul as we did go out and by some stuff which we got from The Range, which sells anything and everything, it’s amazing!! Also, I think the quality’s quite good, so you won’t have to save up for ages or if you live with your parents as I do they’ll be fine to go and get some stuff. 

The reason we got all of this is because at my Nan’s all she’s got for him is books, DVD’s and some toy cars, which won’t keep him happy all weekend. Also, she has a park at the end of her road, but if it’s bad weather he’s going to need something to do and he’s very bright so we can’t really keep him doing the same things every day. So yeah, here we go, into the world of toddlers!!

ImageFirst of all I packed it up in an Amazon box that I got a Christmas present in then put some brown paper on top so it’s like Christmas in a way and he could just go ‘Oh My God!!!!’ Maybe not as excited as I get, but you get the drift. Seriously, I didn’t think I would fill it up, but the lid didn’t go down properly, it was practically overflowing. Also, before I dropped it round yesterday, I tied a red ribbon round it to fasten it a little. 


This is just the inside. The other day I ended up fiddling around with it a bit and it didn’t look like that when I dropped it round, though maybe the paper didn’t help, but it is a good design feature (oh my God, sound so posh there).



The first thing which you can probably already see is a few sheets of paper in a Poly Pocket. I don’t know how much he’ll use over this weekend and I can’t remember how much I put in, but hopefully it’ll be enough. Also, he starts nursery next month, so I think he could maybe have a go at writing numbers/letters or just draw random pictures. My Mum works in a nursery, so I was asking her and she said he’s quite clever already, so we’re clueless!!



Underneath the paper I put in this Toy Story 2 puzzle because last time I saw him in August he was Toy Story mad. This is 100 pieces so he’ll need some help, and we already had this so I’m not sure if all the pieces are still there or eating by various cats we’ve had over the years. He’s quite oblivious though, so it should be OK. 



Some glittery animal stickers, because who doesn’t need them? My Mum got them in HobbyCraft the other day for work but she ended up not using them, so I thought he could make pictures with them and say what animals they were etc.. 



Pirate Snap. I remember getting these when I was about 6 and my brother was about 3 ish so we have out grown them a little. I just thought as he likes Pirates (he calls my Dad Uncle Pirate) and the pictures are quite cool he’ll have fun with it. Also, earliest memories are of playing Christmas Snap with my Granny in the middle of July when I was about 3, so I had a lot of fun with this when I was a little person.



These were one of the first things we bought. They were only £1 and we thought we could teach him the letters and get him to say the colors and then make pictures with them. They’re foam, which is something I definitely liked as a child and they’re better than normal stickers. Also, he knows his numbers and we thought this could be his time to learn his letters. Along with that, he could use them to decorate the box to make it his own so he recognizes it straight away. 



This Sonic Pencil Case used to be my brother’s and I thought that it’s in good condition, it’s quite big and I think he’d recognize the character on it. 



We bought some crayons as well for only £1 for a pack of 24, which even for the range is a bargain. I also put a glue stick in there, I’m pretty sure it’s anti-toxic as my Mum took some into work and I’m sure they wouldn’t allow it in an up and running nursery. After I took the picture I also put the matching ruler and pencil sharpener of the Sonic Pencil Case and another pencil which I can’t remember what it looks like, so I’ll have to get back to you on that one. (Please ignore my horrible white hands!!!)



Mr Men books, because I love them, I think he has some and it’s every child’s favorite book ever, I’m sure of it. Also, it’ll be some new books because I think my Nan said he’s read all the others that she’s got, so it’ll be a nice change for the little chap. As you can tell I’m feeling very British today. 





Building Blocks of all different shapes and colors. They did come in a big cylinder box thing but it wouldn’t fit so I crammed it all in to a shoe box. We thought he could count them and say the colors and shapes as he stacks them, because we’re all about education here *rolls eyes*. Mother’s idea, to be honest, but as long he’s OK, I’m OK. 



A little soft play sword as I said before he likes pirates. It was my brothers idea and I was kind of against it because it’s provoking violence, but it is soft and he likes pirates, I just hope he doesn’t go stabbing people because of it. Also, he could do role-play with it, which is always fun. I think it’s games like Mummy’s and Daddy’s which I always enjoyed at school. Image

We picked this up at a restaurant we went to as my brother go it with his kid’s meal. It’s in two parts one part for older children, the other for younger and my brother done the older part and the younger part is obviously for PJ. It may be too tricky for him, but I had a look before I packed it and it had like ‘How to Write Letters’ and stuff, so it might be too older for him, we’ll see. 



These were both £1 at The Range each and one of them has pirates and the other numbers as he can count quite far and he recognizes them as well, which for his age is really good. This could be used for a picture or on the box, but hopefully not my Nan’s walls (she only moved in last month).



Last thing was this sticker book for £1.49. There was one with spiders and things, but I prefered the farm animals as I didn’t want him creeping me out. So yeah, he can say the animals etc. and it should keep him entertained for a while. 


That’s everything and I’m sorry about poor quality of photos and things, but I hope this has helped if you’re somehow in the same situation or if you’re just a worried mother about what to get your child for Christmas / birthday. I’m going to go round later to see how he’s liked it or see him open it, I don’t know what’s happened, but yeah. When I get back tomorrow I’m going to do another blog, definately a review and maybe just a small one of how he got on with it. 

So, happy Saturday and talk soon,

Rachel xx