Puddings Christmas Gift Guide: Stacking Rings, The Ultimate ‘Push Present’

Have you ever dreamed of something so beautiful that you just want to hold it in your hands? If you are expecting your own special arrival for Christmas you will know exactly what that feels like. That magical moment when you finally meet the new member of your family. Of course nothing can compete with that feeling. But if you are looking for that beautiful gift for your partner then I think I have found just the thing.

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These stunning diamond stacking rings from Rare Pink would make the ultimate gift for the amazing lady in your life. If you are celebrating the birth of your first child this Christmas these pave-set rings bring just the right amount of sparkle.

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Custom-made and available in 18ct white, rose and yellow gold with matching colour toned diamonds these rings are designed to your requirements. Perfect if you are contemplating gifting for the birth of your first child, or even your second or third.

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I was sent a set of these exquisite rings to review and I can honestly say that I was in awe of the sparkle. Beautifully crafted with a tiny pink stone set on the inside of the band. They felt solid in my hand but not heavy or cumbersome like some eternity rings. Each of the stacking rings were delicate, catching the light and twinkling at every turn of my hand. My eyes were drawn to each, but the overall effect of having them stacked together was stunning.

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Each ring contains 42 x 1.3mm diamonds. This does depend on the size of the ring and is based on a size L1/2. The stacking rings range in price, starting from £1,595. To find out more about ordering for your partner you can send an enquiry to Rare Pink.

Personally I would love to discover one of these in the toe of my stocking on Christmas morning. If you are looking to add a little extra sparkle to the birth of your baby this Christmas you can’t go wrong with these Stacking Rings from Rare Pink.

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DISCLAIMER: This is a collaborative post with Rare Pink. We were loaned the rings in order to completed the review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

Puddings Gift Guide 2016: Get Personal With Hello Moon Posters

I really love personalised things for the kids, I think its because when they get older I know they will like that somethings were just for them. Everyone enjoys that feeling of being a bit special. Now Pie already has a few personalised goodies but Pudding doesn’t. So with their room freshly decorated it felt only right that she should have something that was just hers.

Hello Moon had just the type of thing I was looking for. They have a great range of posters all of which can be personalised with a name. Some go further than that and you can design gorgeous New Baby posters which include name, weight and date and time of birth. They are exceptionally cute, a perfect gift to welcome a new bundle of joy into the world.

You can also order adult posters as well! This hilarious one has gone on my own Christmas list this year.

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The other great thing about Hello Moon is that they will mount and frame your poster for you too. This is priced quite reasonably too and saves you having to go out and do it yourself.

After much deliberation and distraction through all the wonderful things on the Hello Moon website. I finally decided on the Little Monster Poster, I felt it struck a remarkable resemblance to Pudding… I really liked the poster when it arrived. It looks really classy mounted in the frame and is very cute with the little bit of personalisation. I am sure you will agree that Pudding does look a bit like the monster!

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I think Hello Moon have a great selection of posters to choose from to brighten up any room with a personal touch. Starting from £16 for the poster they make an excellent and thoughtful gift this Christmas. You can order Hello Moon posters here.

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DISCLAIMER: We received the Little Monster poster courtesy of Hello Moon in order to conduct this review. All thoughts and opinion are our own.

Puddings Gift Guide 2016 – Add Some Colour with Ink Mill Vinyl

Very recently I made the some what mad decision to redecorate the kids room. Before Pudding was born I had in a last minute nesting moment painted the room yellow. Not relaxing pale yellow, oh no, bright custard yellow. So a year later I have re-painted a cool nordic off white. I know check me out being all trendy! Any way once finished the room needed a splash of classy colour and who better to provide that than Ink Mill Vinyl.

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Ink Mill Vinyl will make vinyl stickers for your wall in any design or colour that you desire. But if like me you are slightly less artistic they have a set of go to designs. Including some great feature wall stickers. Personally I loved the clouds but Mr Pud said we saw quite enough clouds in Birmingham! But seriously they do all sorts, and every thing is customisable to your size and colour.

After much debate I decided on a height chart and a cool noticeboard that the kids can write on with chalk. After further deliberation I chose the Giraffe Height Chart in yellow. Now I know Pie would have liked the Star Wars type stickers but I had to think about Pudding too! For the blackboard I kept it simple and went for the noticeboard style, but there were loads to choose from.

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Once the Ink Mill Vinyl had arrived I got down to the task of putting them up. Of course in hindsight waiting for Mr Pud would have been sensible. But Pudding and I tackled this on our own, which I think is testament to how easy they are to apply. We were pretty happy with the results!

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I was really impressed by the quality of the vinyl stickers from Ink Mill Vinyl. They look great and stick very well. Possibly the height chart should have been a two person job but hey… The vinyl really brightens up the kids room and I can’t wait to see what Pie draws on his new notice board.

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The lovely peeps at Ink Mill Vinyl have very kindly agreed to give one of their Blackboard Vinyls away to one of you lucky readers. If you would like to win one of your own custom blackboard vinyl stickers you can enter the giveaway below:

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DISCALIMER: Ink Mill Vinyl provided us with the vinyls free of charge so that we could conduct this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Puddings Gift Guide 2016: Messy-Me Takes the Stress out of Mess

Ah the weaning stage! How as parents we love it, watching those little people stuff food in there mouths ears, nose, eyebrows… Yes you and I both know that getting the food actually in to the child can be a bit a of a challenge! Still its all part of the fun right? So long as the clear up operation afterwards is not to onerous. Well let me introduce to you the marvel that is Messy-Me.

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These beautiful oil-cloth products are not only wipe clean, parent friendly items but they also look super stylish as well. No more day-glo bibs and high seat covers, your babies feeding station can blend in with the decor. Even if last nights spaghetti it still hanging off the ceiling!

Messy-Me offer a wide range of items from floor mats to help protect the carpet, tunic style bibs for those super messy eaters and comfy inserts for your high chair. Now Pudding is as most of our regular reader will know, a bit of a foodie. She loves it, and I have to say she is not too messy because she wouldn’t ever want to waste anything that could be eaten!  With this in mind I opted to review the gorgeous inserts for her high chair and one of the bibs. Although I spent a long time browsing the Messy-Me site and marvelling at all the lovely things on there.

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The bib and the insert arrived super quick. I was immediately struck by the quality of the Messy-Me products. The oil-cloth was really soft and you could tell it had been well manufactured. The insert was lovely, all soft and squishy. Perfect for getting Pudding to sit a bit longer at the table after she has finished stuffing her face.

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I picked a print that is called Vintage Floral on the Messy-Me site. A beautiful feminine print, just perfect for Pudding. I hoped it would add a touch of class to her eating. Unfortunately it hasn’t and she still resembles a piglet that has fallen into a bowl of tomato soup most meal times… Still at least the bib itself is very easy to clean!

Messy-Me have some fabulous items, not only are they useful they are beautiful looking and made to a really high standard. If you are buying for a weaning Mum & baby this Christmas you should definitely consider these. You can order them here, prices start from £7.99.

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DISCLAIMER – We received the bib and high chair insert courtesy of Messy-Me in order to conduct this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

The Puddings Gift Guide 2016: 4D Flashcards, Augmented Reality for Kids

There are somethings that on the surface you think look quite cool. Then there are things that are actually more amazing than you ever imagined! Well the 4D Space+ flashcards sent to us from Octagon Studio are such an item.

When I was approached to review them for the gift guide I thought they looked interesting. Knowing how Pie loves Space I thought they were a good stocking filler for him.


The 4D flashcards arrived and they are good quality material, but the fun begins when you download the special app…


Downloading the app was super easy. All the instructions come in the packet. Once opened the app needs access to your camera. As you hover the opened app over the 4D flashcards look what happens…



The planets literally popped off the cards! You can turn them round, zoom in and all the orbiting moons are there as well.


Even better this lunar buggy popped up and then you could drive it across the moon!

I was seriously impressed and can’t wait for Pie to play with these Christmas morning I know he is going to love them. So I went back to the company to get a bit more information from them and this is what they sent me:

‘We produce and sell educational products that help make teaching and learning more fun. Some children require visual learning or are in special education needs. These products are a perfect resource to help make that happen.

We do this by using the latest technology called Augmented Reality. AR is the process of superimposing digitally rendered images onto our real-world surroundings, giving a sense of an illusion.’

I am by no means an expert in Augmented Reality. What I can say is I love it! Kids are going to think this is amazing. It’s so interactive even as adults we spent ages looking through the 4D flashcards and getting thoroughly engrossed in what we could do.

The 4D flashcards cover several subjects including Animals+, Dinosaurs+ and Space+. There is even a colouring book so that children can bring their own creations to life! Prices start from £9.90 and you can get 10% off with the code PETITEPUDDING when you order them here.

I can not recommend the 4D flashcards from Octagon Studios enough, they are a  must have this Christmas.

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DISCLAIMER: We received the Space 4D Flashcards as a gift in order to complete this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Puddings Gift Guide 2016: Misson Cookpossible! 

Are glorious memories of baking of kids. It’s one thing I still remember, licking the spoon, arguing over the bowl! At Pudding HQ cooking and baking only really happens if I am feeling particularly strong. This is for two reasons firstly my kitchen is tiny. Second I am a terrible cook. I mean really awful. So bad that Pie has started to ask me to try really hard not to burn the tea. What we needed was a few pointers for beginners. Enter Mission Cookpossible!


So this is more than just a cool cook book. Personalised with your child’s name and their own character. The whole book is written as a story. With some fab villains and a quirky plot this book can be read without having to do the recipes.
You can pick out the recipes for the book – which is great as you can tailor them to your child’s taste. Personally I chose the recipes that not only Pie would like but that sounded quite simple! There was a great selection to choose from as well so something for everyone.

I am really excited to give this to Pie for Christmas. I can’t wait to get in the kitchen with him and actually produce something edible. Watch out Deliah we are coming to get you!

If you want to get you and the kids one of these great books you can order them here. The ordering process is really simple and you get taken through each step. You can preview the book before you order and there is an option to add in your child’s best friend too.
Please be aware that if you want one of these brill books for Christmas you need to get ordering before the 2nd December.

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DISCALIMER – We received Mission Cookpossible for free in order to complete this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Petite Puddings Gift Guide 2016: Trolley Bags

Have you seen these before? I did last year and thought I really need these, they would make my life so much easier! Thank goodness that this year Trolley Bags” offered us the opportunity to try them.

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If like me you love to shop at Lidl or Aldi you will know the sheer panic at the checkout as things fly at you and there is nowhere to put them. You desperately chuck them in the trolley and then have to move out the way to pack them ‘properly’. Well enter Trolley Bags! No longer is this an issue. I can face even the largest of shops now with these in my trolley.

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Super easy to use, you just spread them across the trolley and start packing your shopping in them. The Trolley Bags stay open so you don’t have to keep fighting the bags. I did have to fight Pudding who kept trying to dive into the nearest bag and unpack it. But you can’t have everything right?! Then when I got to the car, it was stress free. All the bags came apart easily, allowing me to lift them into the car. Seriously it was a breeze. Sorry not so much of a breeze I could take pictures!

Trolley Bags come in a variety of colours, personally I like the pastels ones that we were sent. But you can also get them in bright colours and in a slightly smaller size to fit in the small trolleys. You can even get a special cool bag for your frozen items. For £19.99 for the original size I think they would make an excellent gift for the busy parent.

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You can order Trolley Bags online here . I know that I shall be using mine for that huge Christmas food haul we do every year. At least packing at the checkouts won’t be stressful this time, just the unpacking when I get home! Unfortunately I haven’t found a product that can squeeze all the items in to my already bursting cupboards!

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DISCLAIMER: We were given the Trolley Bags for free in order to conduct this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Pudding’s Gift Guide 2016: COGs for Kids!

Undoubtedly up and down the country everyone has noticed the bitter cold that signifies winter is truly on its way. At Pudding HQ we like to stay in doors by the fire with hot chocolate as much as possible. But there are always days when we have to venture out into the arctic conditions. This being the sad reality means layers and most importantly gloves! SO what could be better than a pair of gloves that can help Pie with his maths?

introducing COGs! COGs or Counting On Gloves to give them their full title are designed to help kids learn their times tables. Aimed at children in Key Stage 1, you can buy the gloves to help with all the times tables up to 10. One pair of gloves for each number. The gloves come with 4 activities you can do with your child to help them learn their times tables. This is great for those long walks to school on chilly winter mornings!

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Now Pie is only 4 so times tables is a bit beyond him right now, although I am sure it won’t be long. So we opted to try the 1 times table gloves because we could use them for counting too! We have been counting the things we see on the way to school and then Pie turns the his hands over and tells me which number it is. Keeps his mind off the cold in the mornings.

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COGs are a pretty simple idea but I think that they are great for getting kids to engage in their times table. Especially when they are a captive audience on the way to school! A fabulous stocking filler ready to help them hit the ground running in January.

You can order COGs from the Counting On Gloves Website. They come in lots of different colours so something to suit everyone. The gloves themselves are fit kids from 4-8.

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DISCLAIMER: We were sent the COGs free of charge in order to conduct this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Pudding’s Gift Guide 2016: Kids Yoga Mat from Yoga Direct

When Pie started yoga at school, I was pretty skeptical. I mean come on how many 4 year olds can concentrate on yoga? Well I have to admit I was wrong. He loved it. In fact it was the one thing a week that he really enjoyed. Being the conscientious parent that I am I want to be able to cultivate this new-found love of yoga at home. I was delighted then when Yoga Direct offered us the chance to review one of their yoga mats aimed at kids.

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The yoga mats are slightly shorter and have great kid friendly designs on them.Yoga Direct do them in pink, blue and orange. I chose the orange one for Pie with the view that eventually Pudding might get into a little yoga herself!

When the mat arrived I was pleased with the quality and Pie was pleased with the design. In fact he knew exactly what it was and what we were going to do with it. Cue a lot of badgering of poor Mr Pud who finally acquiesced and put on the yoga programme on the TV. Pie immediately sat cross-legged on his mat and chirped ‘namaste’.
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Well the next 10 minutes were watched with a mixture of pride and hilarity (mainly hilarious watching Mr Pud!) But I was impressed at how Pie stayed on his mat and really focused on the yoga. In this fast paced modern world it’s so important for kids to find a little relaxation and I really think yoga does this for Pie. Having his own mat makes him focus on what is happening. It also mean that he and I can do yoga together when Pudding is napping and its our special thing.

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The mats retail at £16.99 and you can buy them on the Yoga Direct website. There are also lots of lovely Mummy things on their was well. Personally I have my sights on one of the eye pillows. Maybe I can teach Pie that when Mummy has her eye pillow on she is not to be disturbed….

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DISCLAIMER: We were sent the Kids Yoga Mat from Yoga Direct for free in order to conduct this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Pudding’s Gift Guide 2016: Boxcitement

Are you like me? Do you love getting little boxes of goodies through the post? Or maybe you know someone that does? Well let me tell you about Boxcitement. This lovely monthly subscription box is perfect for those people into crafts, stationary and gifts. You can decide whether you want a one off box or a subscription, all of the boxes have a theme. I was sent Octobers ‘Patternista’ box for review.

The Boxcitement box itself is quite small – I was surprised to find that it fitted in my tiny mail box! But what looks small on the ouside packs in lots of goodies. Remember what they say about dynamite?!

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Firstly I loved how the box was presented and that the label on the inside told you exactly what was in there.

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As you can see from the picture, there was a lot in this little box, Personally I was really pleased with the tea towel as these are always in short supply at Pudding HQ.

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All the items in the box really fit well with the Patternista theme and have been carefully selected to complement each other.

I think Boxcitement have done a really great subscription here. These boxes certainly inspire creativity and they are beautiful as well. At £18.00 a month they would make a lasting present for someone throughout the year. You can order a Boxcitement subscription here rel=’nofollow’  and if you enter the code FIRSTBOX there is a 10% discount.

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Boxcitement are also creating special one off boxes and mini boxes perfect for Christmas. Check out their website rel=’nofollow’ for more information, but remember boxes mustbe ordered by the end of November.

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DISCLAIMER: We received the Boxcitement subscription box free of charge in order to conduct this review. All the opinions contained within are our own.