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Win a copy of The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep

The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep

Last year The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep became a ground-breaking best-seller – and a bedtime saviour – as parents across the globe extolled the success of the book in helping their children to fall asleep at night. This new story, The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep, will be another welcome solution to help turn the often-trying bedtime routine into a special end-of-day ritual.

The Little Elephant, features an all-new cast of lovable characters, but has been created with the same objective of
helping children fall asleep. Written by behavioural scientist and parent, Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, the books use all-new child-tested, parent-approved techniques alongside a calming story to help children relax and unwind.

Through the story, children join Ellen the Elephant as she travels through a magical forest that leads to dreamland. Along the way, she meets different sleepy characters and has soothing experiences that are intended to help children relax and fall asleep quickly.

I’ve been reading the book with my own little sleep monster and have been getting positive results. My 4 year old can be quite hyper at bedtime and I find reading this book really helps her calm down and get in a positive mood for sleeping. The book includes tips on how to get the most from the book and answers to frequently asked questions, giving parents the tools to feel confident in creating a calm, soothing bedtime routine that doesn’t take all evening!

The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, illustrated by Sydney Hanson is published on 6th October 2016. The paperback is priced £7.99 and aimed at ages 0-5. The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep is also available in hardback and as an audio CD.

Win a copy of The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep

I have teamed up with Ladybird Books and have one copy of The Little Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep to giveaway today. To be in with a chance of winning this lovely book simply answer the question and leave a comment on this post via the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway ends on 10th October and the winner’s name will appear on this post. Good luck! Find more competitions at the Prize Finder

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Monday Happy List – Week 105

new oak work top

This past week has been a strange one. I’m still adjusting to both my children being at school. There was no time to relax at home though as our new kitchen was installed. We ordered it through Wickes and they had a cancellation which meant we were offered a really early slot or had the option of waiting another 6 weeks.

We went for the cancellation slot so spent last weekend packing away our kitchen in the spare room. It was interesting watching our new kitchen being installed and it’s looking quite good with just a few snags. We still have to tile the floor and walls and decide which Orla Kiely wallpaper we are putting up! My clever husband made us new window sills from off cuts of the oak wooden work top.

I managed to escape from the house for a few hours. Long enough to pop to Westfield London where I spotted the new Miffy range of clothes in H&M. My 4 year old loves Miffy so I couldn’t resist buying her the Miffy leggings and sequinned jumper which she loves.

Miffy kids range from H&M

My 4 year old enjoyed another week at school, this time taking a packed lunch every day and staying til just after lunch. She’s been having a lovely time and is full of beans when I pick her up. She’s making loads of new friends, enjoying all the new experiences of having lunch at school and playing in the playground. They have Phonics every day and I love how she’s recognising letters everywhere we go. Yesterday her older brother was helping her blend words and it’s lovely seeing how enthusiastic she is about learning.

With our extra hour together we have been crafting and de-cluttering. Her room is a terrible mess (not sure where she gets that from!) so we have gone through her clothes and soft toys and taken a lot of things she has grown out of to the charity shop. There may have been *3* trips to 3 different charity shops as I was so embarrassed about the amount of things she had grown out of.

too many soft toys

Yesterday my son enjoyed a day at Longridge which is an activity centre near Marlow. He went with his Beaver group and tried kayaking and went out on a dragon boat. He was so tired when we picked him up but he had so much fun.

Phew, what a busy week. Fingers crossed for a quieter week this week!


Hasbro Toy Tribe playing toy review

Transformers: Power Surge Optimus Prime and Mini-Con Aerobolt

Power Surge Optimus Prime

My 4 year old daughter is going through a bit of a stage at the moment. One moment she wants to join Rainbows and only wants to hang out with the girls at school, the next she only likes the boys and wants to join her brother at Beavers. She’s been changing her mind so frequently that I’ve got to the stage where I just nod and agree with her. The only thing she has been faithful to is her love of Transformers. She can be a bit of a tomboy and loves the Transformers so I was pretty pleased to be offered the new Transformers Power Surge Optimus Prime and Aerobolt from Hasbro to review with her.

Power Surge Optimus Prime figure

Robots in Disguise Power Surge Optimus Prime & Mini-Con Aerobolt

Hit the Decepticons with a super-charged attack with Power Surge Optimus Prime! The 11-inch tall figure comes with a Mini-Con Weaponizers Aerobolt figure and battles in 4 modes. It features pop- out cannons and wings, lights, phrases, and sounds – activated by attaching the included Aerobolt Mini-Con Weaponizers figure.

Power Surge Optimus Prime figure changes in 5 steps. This took some getting used to but now the 4 and 6 year old can transform it easily (sometimes the instructions are still needed for this!).

Power Surge Optimus Prime

This really is an all singing and dancing toy! We’ve only ever had smaller Transformer toys before and this is easily the best one yet. It’s a large toy and the box contained the Power Surge Optimus Prime figure, Mini-Con Weaponizers Aerobot figure, sword accessory and instructions. 1 AA battery is included.

The cute little Mini-Con Weaponizers Aerobolt figure converts from an eagle to a shield in 1 step (easy enough even for me to do).

Mini-Con Weaponizers Aerobolt

My daughter has been enjoying this toy. It’s pretty strong and withstands quite rough play from my two.

The Power Surge Optimus Prime & Mini-Con Aerobolt is priced £49.99 and available from Smyths and other good toy shops.