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The Perfect Bedtime Story with Moonlite | Review

21.11.18


If you've followed my blog for a while, then you'll know just how much we love books and reading in our household. The Littles have a large collection of stories, and I'm always on the lookout for more! What we don't have though, is a huge amount of space to keep their books. So when I was contacted by Mumsnet, and asked if I wanted to review Moonlite - which combines traditional storybooks with modern technology - I of course said yes!

Moonlite is a special storybook projector, that easily attaches to almost any smart phone or tablet, and then uses the torch to project story images onto the ceiling or wall (or any surface really!). It was created by mother and former Google employee Natalie Rebot, who was inspired by her daughters love of shadow puppets before bed. She launched her initial concept on Kickstarter, and it has now gone on to be a huge success!


We received the Moonlite Fairytale Gift Pack, which contains the projector and 5 fairytale story reels (as well as simple instructions for use). My two absolutely love traditional fairytales, so this pack was perfect for us. Parker (3) quickly chose the Jack and the Beanstalk story, so while the Littles were brushing their teeth I got the story ready. Using Moonlite really was so simple, and it took me just a few minutes to set up!

There are 4 simple steps to follow -

1. Download the Moonlite App (for free!) from the App Store or Google Play Store.


2. Pick your story and add the reel into the Moonlite projector.

3. Open up the App and go through the set up (you'll find the activation code in the box with the reels), until you reach the alignment screen.


4. Attach the Moonlite projector to your phone - this is where you use the alignment screen on the app to guide you, but it's really as simple as lining up the cross on the projector to the cross on the screen! The app will also show you how to adjust the clarity of the projected images too.



With the projector set up I simply chose the correct story on the app, and we were ready to go. The second I clicked the story, the app really came to life! As well as the image appearing on the wall, the app shows the story so you can read along - clearly showing where you are meant to turn the projector wheel to view the next image. The experience is extra magical as the app plays background music, and some words in the story can be tapped to play sound effects too! My two especially loved this feature, as they really felt like they were getting involved in the story.


When Moonlite first arrived, myself and Jack both admitted we weren't sure what to expect. But since using it, we both agree just how lovely and special it makes reading with the littles. The images and sounds make the experience so immersive and magical, and Indie and Parker both love getting involved by turning the projector or pressing the words. I do think it could become an expensive way of enjoying books (story reels are £7.99 each), but they would be perfect gifts to receive, to build up your collection!

Moonlite is aimed at children aged 1-7, but I think it would be enjoyed by both younger and older audiences - especially together as a family. It was not created as a replacement for traditional storybooks, but as a truly unique way of storytelling, to inspires your child’s imagination! It is available to buy at many retailers including Argos. The Gift Pack (which includes 5 stories and the projector) retails at £39.99, and a Starter Pack (which includes 2 stories and the projector) retails at £19.99.


This post is in collaboration with Moonlite and Mumsnet. However all opinions are honest and my own.

Christmas Gift Guide for 5 Year Olds | Christmas 2018

20.11.18

 

Looking for Christmas gifts this year for Indiana has been a whole lot easier than previous years. I feel like a whole new selection of gifts open up once they turn 5 / start school. I have put together a collection of gift ideas for 5 year olds this year, that I hope will give you some inspiration this festive season!


Indiana absolutely loves playing games and doing fun activities when at home, and a favourite in our household is Orchard Toys games. We have a whole collection (and love to gift them for birthday parties too!), so I know she's going to be really excited to receive Giraffes in Scarves this year.

Designed for children ages 4 to 7, Giraffes in Scarves offers the perfect balance between learning and fun! The aim of the game is to collect as many scarves as possible for your giraffe, all while using colouring matching and counting skills. I know I can't wait to play!


Fingerlings

Indie got her very first Fingerling for her birthday last year, so I know she's going to be absolutely thrilled to add some more to her collection. The Fingerlings range has exploded and now you can get dragons, unicorns, pandas and even twin packs featuring 'mini BFFs'!

Fingerling monkeys have two special sensors on top of their heads. By tapping either once or twice on either side, you can trigger a variety of different reactions, including noises, movements and Indie's favourite is when they blow you kisses.


Totes Isotoner Slippers

There's nothing better than getting cosy and warm over the chillier months, so I know Indiana is going to absolutely love these slippers from Totes Isotoner. Plus they're a unicorn design - so that's a double win! They are lovely and soft and have a non-slip grip on the bottom too. And I love that they're machine washable too, as this is a must for children's clothing!


Itty Bittys

We are a Disney obsessed household, and ever since we went to Disneyland back in March, the littles have wanted more cuddly versions of their favourite characters. These super sweet Itty Bittys from Hallmark are the perfect way to bring our favourite characters into the house, and will be a perfect stocking filler for Indiana! They're super-cute and small enough to take out and about - and best of all there are SO many different collections if you aren't a Disney fan (including Star Wars, Marvel and beloved TV characters). I already want them all!


Personally Presented - Personalised Unicorn Apron

I love giving special gifts to the littles. Ones that aren't just your average item that everyone will have. Personally Presented have over 1000 personalised gifts for all special occasions and personalities. We received this lovely personalised unicorn apron, which I know Indiana is going to love. She loves baking, and I know she's going to feel extra special doing it with this apron on. It also features unicorns and rainbows, so that's another bonus!


So Glow Mini Jar Kit from Canal Toys

We recently had Indie's first parents evening, where her teachers described her as very creative and always busy - and we couldn't agree more! So this Magic Jar Mini Kit from So Glow DIY is going to be  the perfect gift for her. She can create her very own colour-change mood light (with a little help from me) at home. You can decorate the jar, mix the glitter and confetti with the special So Glow powder, and even add the special surprise collectable figure. A great gift if you 5 year old is creative and into crafting like mine.



As mentioned above, Indie is really into creative activities. This My Mermaid Lagoon set is going to be another great gift for her (especially as she's been asking for it all year!). You can create you own magical mermaid world by moulding, sculpting and playing with the glittery magic sand. Corals, shells, and other accessories are also included to create a beautiful and fun scene. Indie is going to love that she can take her mermaid around with her too, as the little clamshell she comes with fits into your pocket!


My Fairy Garden - Fairy Light Garden

Another gift Indiana has been asking for since last Christmas in a My Fairy Garden set, so I know she's going to be thrilled with this Fairy Light Garden. The set comes with everything you need to create a magical fairy garden, including a mushroom house (that lights up and plays music!), grass seeds to grow a lawn, characters and lots of accessories. Of course indie will need some grown up help with this too, but it's such a lovely gift for a little girl (or boy!) who loves magic and fairies.


Scootaseatz

Just like Parker, Indiana absolutely loves to go out on her scooter too. This pink Scootaseatz is such a fun addition to her scooter, and means she can take her baby doll or cuddly toy out for a ride with her! The seat is really easy to attach and can be used with all scooter brands and some bikes and trikes.


This guide contains items I have been gifted in exchange for being featured. However all opinions are honest and my own.