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In The Book - My Personalised Nursery Rhyme Book | Review


At 19 months, Lilah is absolutely obsessed with books. She loves nothing more than to snuggle up on my lap and read book after book, only stopping to race over to grab the next story. So when In The Book got in touch and asked if I we wanted to review one of their personalised books, how could I say no?

In The Book are book specialists. They know just how important books are - especially to children - so have made them that extra bit special, by writing the reader into the adventure too! Their goal is to spark the love of reading in every child, which as a parent myself, I feel is incredibly important too. They have an extensive range of titles, featuring beloved characters such as Peter Rabbit and Winnie the Pooh, and of course classic fairytales and Disney characters too. They also cater for a number of occasions, making the decision of which title to pick that little bit easier.

We received their My Personalised Nursery Rhyme book, and of course had it personalised for our little Lilah. Nursery rhymes play such an important role in childhood, as the rhymes are a fantastic way to teach children new words and ideas. With this personalised book from In The Book your child's name appears not only on the cover and title page (which you can also add a personalised message to), but also incorporated into the illustrations throughout too. How special is that?

Flicking through the book, I surprised myself with just how many of the nursery rhymes I could remember. The book features 23 classics nursery rhymes such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and Humpty Dumpty, all beautifully illustrated on their own individual page. You can even add an image of your child at the back of the book, which really is a special touch for the book (this is no extra charge too).

We received the book with the standard A4 Paperback cover, which I am a little disappointed to say isn't very sturdy. I'm not sure I could trust Lilah to look through this alone for a long time yet, in fear that she'll rip a page or bend the cover. You can pay extra for the hardback or special hardback cover though, which I think looks much studier and special. I wasn't really keen on the barcode on the back either, as I feel this slightly takes away from the specialness of the book. I know this is just me being picky though, as the rest of the book is lovely!

Overall I do think the My Personalised Nursery Rhyme book from In The Book is a lovely keepsake, and would be a perfect gift for a special occasion, such as a birthday or christening. The special touches such as the reader's name throughout the illustrations and the picture at the end are such a fab idea!

The book with a standard cover is priced at £14.99, and the hardback cover versions are £19.99. I do personally feel this is a little overpriced, however if buying for a special occasion like I mentioned above then I think this could be justified. And I know that we'll be reading it long into the future, teaching Lilah those important classic nursery rhymes!

This post is written in collaboration with In The Book, however all opinions are honest and my own.

Exploring the Maize Maze at Penshurst Place and Gardens


If you saw our Summer Holiday Bucket List this year, then you'll know that one of our goals was to visit a maize maze. It's an activity that I've seen others do over the years so we couldn't wait to visit one locally - especially as it was just around the corner at Penshurst Place and Gardens. We haven't actually been back to Penshurst since our visit in 2015, and I think I loved this visit even more.

Penshurst Maize Maze is located in a field off of the woodland trail (go right when you enter, past the adventure play and through the woods), and this year is an exploration-themed puzzle. The maze actually comprises 3 different trails too:

A smaller 10 minute maze perfect for young children (they must be accompanied at all times).

A tricker 20 minute maze that features an exploration game.

A 40 minute maze that features another exploration game.

If you choose to try the bigger two mazes and play the puzzles, you can be in with the chance of winning a Penshurst Place family season ticket! You simply need to find the clues from the different checkpoints hidden in the maze's twists and turns, and then crack the puzzle to enter. We tried out the 20 minute maze, but with three little ones to run after we quickly got lost and gave up with the hunt. It was lots of fun though, and really got the Little's involved as they raced around looking for the clues! 

Close to the start of the maze you'll find a raised platform, that if you climb up you'll be able to see the whole of the maize maze. Inside the maze you really can't work out where you are, so it's amazing to see where you've been exploring (or where you got lost!). Don't worry about getting lost though, there are stewards at hand to help you out.

The maze is open from 13th July - 1st September (11am to 6pm - last entry at 5pm), so there's still plenty of time to visit and explore. Entry is also included in your admission to Penshurst Place, so once you've finished exploring you an enjoy the house, grounds, and adventure play too!