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What’s On: Easter events for the family this bank holiday weekend!

Family things to this Easter weekend

Good Friday was just spectacular! The weather was so good that I completely forgot to write up the Easter events round-up so my apologies but if you are still stuck on ideas for what to do with the family, check out the below.

I’ve been on annual leave for the second half of the Easter holidays and have been taking the kids out (will post on that shortly) but yesterday was a kid-free day for me. I went out with my sister to enjoy a trip to a very special museum and then took a stroll around Leadenhall Market. As it was Good Friday, a lot of the shops were closed but there was a lovely French bakery that was still open and a couple other eateries.

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Stumbled upon this beautiful Easter decorative arch inside Leadenhall Market!
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February Feels: this month in photos…

Celebrating Lunar New Year festivities

Chinatown, Soho

Chinese New Year (also known as the Lunar New Year/Spring Festival ‘Tet’ to Vietnamese) was a joyous celebration in London for the first time post-covid. The lion dance was back for a short appearance on 01 February which Little Miss had the honour of watching. I have never taken the kids to watch the CNY celebrations at Soho before – simply because it was always too busy – but this year, it was slightly less of a crowd but still busy enough to showcase its bustling atmosphere.

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Little Miss in front of the beautiful cherry blossom display in Soho, London
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Book Review: Big Splash Circus by Karina Choudhrie

There’s no surprise – we love reading a new book. My children’s school teacher may argue otherwise as I never seem to read the school books with the kiddos (I do, but it’s sporadic) but they love getting a brand new book to read. The kids have a good collection but there’s always room for more!

I’ve been away from the blog for a little while since my last post as I’ve developed eye strain and pressure building up behind the eyes. Sitting at the computer and blogging using the phone have not been easy on my eyes. I’ve been to the opticians and my prescription’s changed a lot since my last check up so I’ll be getting new glasses. A couple weeks ago, we were sent a delightful children’s book called ‘Big Splash Circus’ written by Karina Choudhrie. I’ve read it a few times with the kids and Little Man’s read it himself once too. Both of them have enjoyed the story book in their own ways.

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Review: Jaques of London educational toys

I adore wooden toys. There’s just something so lovely and magical about them. They’re also durable, sturdy and have a wonderful texture compared to plastic toys.

I just can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. It’s almost Christmas already! Three lockdowns later and we can finally get the chance to have a proper Christmas dinner with the rest of our family. We’ve just ordered a new dining table so we’re definitely going all out this December.

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Top 5 ways on how to get your children excited about reading: Roald Dahl X Beanstalk

I remember when Little Man was a baby, I would read to him every night before bedtime. I am sure that from this, he had developed his love for books. Fast forward 7 years and he’s now a little more reluctant to just pick up a book and read. That is partly my own fault for letting him loose on electronics too soon! He’s just really into building his own Lego monster creations or spawning a new animal encounter on Minecraft, which isn’t bad but I do need to increase his screen-free time.

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How to celebrate Chinese New Year in lockdown + lantern craft activity

Chinese New Year & Lunar New Year
(Friday 12th February 2021)

Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year, Spring Festival or Tết (Vietnamese). It is greatly celebrated worldwide by those of Chinese and Asian heritage. It’s like the equivalent to celebrating January 1st but following the lunar (moon) calendar… yes, that’s a real thing! Traditionally, the festivities go on for 16 days from new year’s eve up until the start of the lantern festival. For 2021, this would be from Feb 11-26.

Tết is a very joyous time of year and usually Asian families really go to town with the decorations. My dad tells me that in Vietnam tet festivities actually lasts between 2 weeks and we have many traditional customs that are carried out during the days and the eve of the lunar new year. This includes our ancestral venerations (prayers for dead loved ones) – kind of like Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (day of the dead), and the burning of paper money, clothes, bags, shoes and hats for the ancestors, family banquets are prepared with special food, traditionally eaten only at the new year. And the handing of the infamous red envelope that every child looks forward to most of all… because it’s real money inside those red pouches handed from parents and older relatives to the younger ones.

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Ancestral Veneration / Photo by Pop Zebra via Unsplash

On Chinese New Year’s eve, this is when the spring cleaning starts. It’s forbidden to clean or sweep your house as well as showering, cutting with scissors, and swearing on Chinese New Year because it’s said to be bad luck! Some of these ‘rules’ are not followed as strictly in today’s society but don’t be surprised if our older relatives still believe this.

Chinese New Year in London

Unfortunately for 2021, Chinese New Year in London is cancelled. They are not going to be hosting any live events in accordance to government guidelines but not all is lost because there will be the organisers, London Chinatown Chinese Association (a non-profit organisation run by volunteers) will be putting on a show online via Youtube to uphold the festivities. Feel free to tune in on February 14th to watch past and new performances.

“To celebrate the Year of the Golden Ox, which has traditionally taken place over the middle weekend of the two-week celebrations. On Sunday the 14th of February, the LCCA will present an online review of Chinese New Year and its past, alongside new Chinese artists for us all to enjoy.”

LCCA, 2020
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London Chinatown Parade & Celebrations / Photo: Google

How to celebrate Chinese New Year in lockdown

Chinese New Year is easy to celebrate at home as a lot of the traditions involve being around family. Obviously with the pandemic, it means you can only celebrate it with your immediate household however here are ways you can still enjoy the festivities, whether you are Chinese or not. As it’ll be half-term you could teach the kids briefly about the festivities; why it’s celebrated, what it’s about and how you can celebrate it at home.

Wear RED

In previous years, it’s been hit and miss for me to wear red on the day but I try my best and this year I will definitely make the effort. Ideally, it’s traditionally supposed be your ‘Sunday’s best’ kind of clothes but nowadays anything clean and decent will do (so nothing old, torn or stained). We are currently living 99% of our lives in PJs and loungewear so my outfit will probably be a pretty top and leggings.

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Mother and daughter in red traditional wear / Photo by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.com

Watch the festivities online

As I mentioned above, the London Chinatown Chinese Association will be screening performances online via Youtube so check that out. If you’re joining from across the pond, there’s so many online events hosted from the US such as the 2021 Virtual Lunar New Year Festival by the Chinese Community Center which is a free event but make sure you’ve registered for it on Eventbrite.

Here are some dates to add to your diary, all events below are free:

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Get Drawing: Chinese Dragons Workshop

Join artist Pui Lee in this mindful art session where children and adults are guided through this dragon drawing activity. Materials needed are listed in the link below. No drawing experience needed.

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Chinese New Year Celebration

Cardiff Hubs and Libraries are hosting a day full of activities and fun from learning how to speak basic Chinese in their taster session, to learning traditional Chinese painting in the afternoon.

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Chinese New Year music and song

In this 60 minute Zoom session Wigan and Leigh College Confucius Classroom will share with everyone traditional music and songs associated with Chinese New Year celebrations.

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Chinese Zodiac
Animals Origami Workshop

Learn more about the 12 Chinese zodiac animals and their traits with Yuen Humble. Learn how to make 4 easy paper origami animals, following origami techniques – ox, snake, monkey and tiger. Suitable for children.

Eat LUCKY foods

Asian culture is very superstitious, we have numbers we consider auspicious and food we consider good luck! Here are the 7 most common lucky foods to eat at Chinese new year:

  • spring rolls – wealth
  • dumplings – health
  • fish – prosperity
  • round fruits ie. oranges, tangerines, pomelos – fullness and wealth
  • noodles – longevity
  • sweet rice balls – family togetherness
  • glutinous rice cakes – higher income/position

Vietnamese banh chung (bánh chưng)

In Vietnamese culture, we don’t have ‘good luck’ foods but we do have certain dishes we make for tet. As the lunar new year symbolises the start of spring, we usually feast on steamed fish (seabass), spring rolls, candied dried fruits, round fruits ie. pomelos, oranges, tangerines, and boiled chicken with a lemon salt and chilli dip. Our main speciality has to be bánh chưng, also known as autumnal cake. Although it’s not a cake per se; it’s a savoury, square parcel made of glutinous rice with the inside filled with pork, fat and yellow mung beans. It’s wrapped in banana leaves which colours the outside rice green and gives it a distinctive flavour. I love them, they’re usually made by families to give to each other as gifts. You’ll only find these made and eaten at new year, it’s a special cake. 🙂

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Vietnamese Banh Chung / Photo by VietnamDiscovery.com

Hand out red envelopes

This is THE BEST bit! Well, for the children anyway… these little red envelopes contain money for children, usually for the children of relatives and friends but nowadays you can gift to anyone you like. Traditionally it’s seen as bad luck to gift coins unless it’s the special Chinese round coins, notes are preferred. Try not to give crimpled or ripped notes – lucky for us, our notes are made of plastic so they won’t rip or crimple so easily.

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Good luck money envelopes / Photo by Yuwei Shaw Oh via Unsplash

The amount you put in is up to you but usually for young children between £5-10 is enough and older children aged 10-16 then £10-20 is a decent amount. Children older than this can receive £20+ but it’s up to you as the whole point of giving the red envelopes is for young children and to wish them a wealthy future. By 16 years, you’re legal to work so some families may not see it as necessary to gift their children once they’re at this age.

If you’re not able to get any lucky red envelopes, you could alternatively place the money inside plain red card envelopes. They don’t need to be any larger than a card size (roughly A5 – A6).

Craft Activity: Chinese paper lanterns

Making Chinese lanterns can be a fun and easy craft activity for the kids to do. If the simple ones are too easy for your kids, there’s more challenging ones that you can try out. I’ve linked up a few Youtube videos of my favourite paper lantern crafts. I think that watching how to make them is easier than reading but I’ve added a couple links if you to read.

We’ll be making some so I’ll upload these photos once we’ve given them a go – we’ll be sticking to the easy-medium ones! 🙂 PS. if you do have a load of red envelopes spare at home, you can try making this amazing hanging red envelope lantern.

Difficulty: 1/5

How to make a Chinese paper lantern
by Kidspot

Difficulty: 2/5

Paper lantern for Chinese new year activity
by Mrs. Sara Tiemogo

Difficulty: 3/5

How to make Chinese lanterns – easy DIY
by Craft Factory

Difficulty: 5/5

How to make 24-unit
Ornamental Ball
by ireneblchua

If you’re not keen on crafts, you could always purchase a crafts box or some paper lanterns that you can decorate instead.

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Marcus Rashford launches new website to support families over Christmas Holidays

Marcus Rashford MBE and the Child Food Poverty Taskforce have launched a new website; www.endchildfoodpoverty.org on December 18th, coinciding with the transmission of a new BBC documentary which has been following his campaigning efforts to tackle child food poverty.

The website has two main aims. Firstly, to help vulnerable families and children to find support over the Christmas holidays via an interactive map that signposts to the available local support in their area. Local Authorities, Businesses, Food banks, NGO’s and Charities and sporting organisations have all signed up, presenting their offers of food support to young people and families throughout the winter period and beyond. The website also contains information on how people can offer support, either through donating money or volunteering.

32% of households with children in the UK report a loss of income due to the pandemic.

Food Foundation

Several major UK food businesses and members of the Child Food Poverty Task Force have rallied together to tackle child hunger this winter, with the website being a central point for information on support schemes available.

The website has been built by digital agency, 89up with support from PLMR and Web Geo Services. It was funded by Co-Op and Google. Ongoing funding will be provided by the Rapid Relief Team.

The Government recently announced £170 million was to be given to Local Authorities in the emergency winter grants scheme, as the country prepares for one of the most challenging Christmas periods ever with millions struggling to feed their families. The #endchildfoodpoverty website includes details and links in order for people to access the support being offered by their local council.

Hundreds of food banks and charities have also registered details of the emergency food provision they will be offering over the Christmas period, with a huge rise in people looking for support being reported. IFAN have reported a 60% increase in the use of Food Banks in October, and are projecting a sharp rise in numbers as millions more face financial insecurity due to the pandemic and the end of the furloughing schemes.

Two in five children in the UK living under the poverty line (1.3 million) are not eligible for Free School Meals.

CPAG, Dec 2020

Businesses and other organisations are also invited to register to the #endchildfoodpoverty map, with hundreds opening and offering holiday schemes or free meals to children as part of a broad campaign to bring the country together to #EndChildFoodPoverty. Marcus Rashford is calling on as many as possible to register details of their offer using the following web form: bit.ly/ecfpform

The BBC documentary, entitled Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children can be watched on demand on the BBC iPlayer – you can watch the trailer here.

The Food Foundation has also released a series of podcasts recorded over the past few months, introduced by Dame Emma Thompson. The podcasts, recorded all over the UK, hear from the people on the front line in food banks, charities and from families who are facing crisis levels of food insecurity. They have been recorded as part of the Right2Food Campaign and feature the Young Food Ambassadors that also appear in the BBC documentary.

#EndChildFoodPoverty


Press Release from The Food Foundation, December 2020
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Review: Sing My Name Personalised Kids’ Alarm Clock

Waking up in the mornings – especially during the winter season – can be really challenging for both adults and children. Those cold, dark mornings make you just want to lie in bed for a few minutes longer, don’t they? If you have little ones that struggle with morning wakeups, it might be a good idea to look into getting an alarm clock if you don’t already have one. In our household, I would usually wake up the kids around 30mins after I get up. This is so I can get things like their uniforms, backpacks and breakfast prepared first. It helps to save a little bit of time but some days, I’m there standing at their bedside trying to physically drag them out of bed.

We were lucky enough to be sent two Sing My Name personalised kids’ alarm clocks. The kids were so excited that they had one each and couldn’t wait to give it a try the next morning…

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Let your child wake up to the sound of their own name sung back to them with Sing My Name’s personalised alarm clock

Sing My Name Personalised Alarm Clock Review

The Sing My Name Personalised Kids’ Alarm Clock comes in four colours but a few of the colours have two designs so there’s a good variety to choose from. They are analog clocks which can encourage children to learn how to tell the time, something my Little Man still struggles with as everything we have to tell the time with is digital so for us, this is warmly welcomed. The clock requires three AA batteries – we buy our multipacks from Poundland which saves us money. There’s a snooze button by the alarm bells and an off-off switch at the back of the clock allowing you to turn it off easily when needed.

Key Features:

  • Personalised name sang to them when the alarm rings
  • Snooze button (which also functions as a demo button – so handy!)
  • On-off switch button at the back of the clock
  • Volume button so you can adjust how loud or quiet you want the alarm to be
  • Battery operated
  • Soundless seconds hand, no loud tick-tocking thanks to the silent ‘sweep’ mechanism
  • Glow in the dark minutes/hours hand
  • Reprogramming the sound of the alarm with your own music as many times as you want

These popular personalised kids’ clocks are sold at the infamous Hamleys toy store but due to current lockdown restrictions, the best way to get your hands on one of these is to order online. When ordering on the Sing My Name website, you’ll need to enter in the child’s name and there’s a sample play button so you can hear how the name will sound when the alarm rings. It’s inserted into a fun and lively wake-up song which is sweet however if the alarm music starts to get on your nerves you can easily change it to their favourite song by reprogramming it (MP3 format) as many times as you want.

When entering your child’s name, if the name is not recognised, don’t worry as they team will record it especially for you. There’s also an entry box for pronunciation which is great if your child’s name could be mis-pronounced. Talk about excellent service!

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We are loving these cool and quirky kids alarm clocks!

Little Miss loves her pink clock and Little Man loves his blue clock – they really do make lovely personalised gifts for kids. These clocks could also make great Christmas gifts for kids if you’re stuck on ideas on what to buy. If you prefer gender-neutral colours instead of ones that are associated as ‘girls alarm clocks’ or ‘boys alarm clocks’ there’s orange and purple options to choose from too.

I wasn’t really sure of where to put the kids’ alarm clocks because my little ones don’t have a beside table. The clocks are compact enough to be placed on a shelf or window ledge so that helps. The glow in the dark clock hands might come in handy at night for you if you have older children – not so much for me right now as mine are still learning the time but it’s definitely a a helpful feature for time-training. Also the clock’s seconds hand runs so smoothly (thanks to the clever sweeping mechanism), you can’t hear it ticking at all. You might even decide to use the clock as a sleep trainer which would be really effective for waking up during darker mornings.

These clocks have really put a smile on my little ones’ faces and I’m so glad they’ve enjoyed them. Next step will be to add their own music to the alarm as my little monsters don’t seem to always wake up to the sound of their own name! LOL

For the full collection and more about Sing My Name alarm clocks, hit the ‘find out more’ button below:

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Review: GlowArt Kids’ LED Light Up Drawing Board

Christmas is coming! 

I am counting down the weeks already! It’s the only time of the year that I really plan for – the Christmas dinner, the tree, the colour scheme for the tree decorations… everything! There’s something really magical about the festive season and I love it. We need all the magic, hope and feel-good feeling we can get after the year we’ve had. 🙂 I’ve also been lucky enough to review a view products this month, starting off with festive duvet sets to this, a super fun light-up drawing board for kids.

Review: GlowArt LED drawing board

Looking through a Smyth catalogue for Christmas presents has started to take its toll on me with the endless toys in there. Most days, the kids sit down after school, flicking through the catalogue and saying “I want that one” for at least 15 minutes or until they’re halfway through the thing… and it’s not a small booklet either!

I was kindly sent this GlowArt Light Up Kids’ Drawing Board last week to try out and review on the blog. It’s taken me a while to get round to posting this as I didn’t realise the thing needed a set of batteries and kept forgetting to buy them each time I went out to the store. Then with lockdown closing most shops but not essentials, I was able to still pop into Poundland and pick up a good amount of batteries. Once I’d put them into the GlowArt board, the kids were having a field day playing around with the LED lights.

It also got them off my back for a few hours each day so a win-win so far!

I would describe the GlowArt Light Up Drawing Board for kids as an educational toy. It helps to stimulate their brains and encourage creativity through drawing and mark-making. The board also helps improve hand/eye co-ordination and focus, as the children are concentrating on what they’re creating. It can also be a great tool for tracing (use it as a tracing board) or for sensory play as you can change the colours and make them rapidly flash, slowly pulse or stay fixed… it’s a pretty cool gadget.

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GlowArt board glows red
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Little Miss enjoys tracing her LOL doll using her light up board
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What’s included with the GlowArt Kids’ Drawing Board?

This neat little gadget will provide your little ones with hours of fun. The LED drawing board for comes with the following:

  • LED light-up drawing board in your colour choice (black or pink)
  • Four fluorescent coloured marker pens
  • Built-in stand for displaying your drawing board artwork
  • Instructions on how to use and look after the drawing board

Batteries are not included – you’ll need x3 AA batteries to power this baby up but it can still be used as a great tracing board without batteres.

We used it as a night-light once, which was fun, but it drained the battery quite a bit so we won’t be doing that again LOL. However, if you can get your hands on rechargeable batteries then it’s not a bad idea. It lit up their bedroom really well and the LED really show off their artwork in a colourful way thanks to the fluorescent markers.

This kids drawing board would make a great Christmas gift so if you’re shopping around, take a look at it. It’s perfect for children who are creative or love mark-making but the parents are not keen on the mess. Or for parents who are looking for sensory toys, the GlowArt drawing board for kids would make a great present. The GlowArt Light Up Kids’ Drawing Board is available to buy on their website as well as Amazon however, as they’re a small business I’d recommend buying early on the official website. Amazon can take a big commission cut for sellers and suppliers who list on their site which is really cheeky as they are making loads of money. One can argue that things are cheaper on Amazon than official sites however think about saving the small businesses this Christmas. With the ongoing pandemic, we should try to buy local as much as possible to keep the companies open and operating.

 


NB. We were kindly sent the Glow Art LED drawing boards in exchange for this unbiased product review. All opinions, photos and content are my own and should not be used without my permission.

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Natasha Kaplinsky to host star-studded virtual event to benefit Barnardo’s

Broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky will host an evening of festive song and spoken word to raise money for Barnardo’s as part of the charity’s Christmas campaign, known as ‘Kidsmas’.

The Kidsmas Live event will be broadcast from St. John’s Smith Square on December 1 and will feature virtual performances from several of the charity’s children’s choir supporters from across the UK. There will also be very special performances by soon-to-be announced musical guests and spoken word artists.

The leading children’s charity has teamed up with Vodafone to stage the virtual Christmas event to help bring some magic to a festive season which will be unusual for many around the country. Broadcast via YouTube Live, Kidsmas Live will give viewers the chance to hear beloved festive classics as well as newer pieces that speak to the times we live in.

This is the second year of the charity’s Kidsmas campaign, and the first time Kidsmas Live is taking place.

To register for free, all people need to do is go to this link https://kidsmas-live.eventbrite.co.ukhttps://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kidsmas-live-registration-126210251259

Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

“The vulnerable children Barnardo’s supports need us now more than ever. As we enter a challenging winter season, many more families are falling into poverty and the pandemic is wreaking havoc on children’s mental health and increasing their risk of harm at home, online, and in the community. All this means too many children and young people will be deprived of the chance to enjoy the festive season.”

“All this means too many children and young people will be deprived of the chance to enjoy the festive season.”

Javed Khan, Barnardo’s Chief Executive

“This is why I’m particularly grateful to our fantastic President Natasha Kaplinsky for hosting Kidsmas Live and to Vodafone for its support. With their help, and yours, we can help raise vital funds supporting vulnerable children through this crisis and beyond.”


This is a press release from Barnardo’s • more details can be found on their website http://www.barnardos.org.uk

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Review: Bloomsbury Mill Winter Wonderland Duvet Set

Bring on the festive season!

Can you believe it’s only SIX WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS

2020 has come and (almost) gone as quickly as a blink of an eye… and despite the country going back into lockdown, I feel that businesses have been able to handle things a little better this time around. There are more shops that are classed as ‘essential businesses’ which is fantastic as it means we can still get on with our daily lives and for those that aren’t classed as essential shops can still provide delivery and click & collect services which is great news.

We all also need to be smarter with our money. I don’t know about you, but with all the retail shops closed I find that I am e-window shopping online A LOT more frequently than I would visit a store. I’m also sure that I’m spending more so I’m using a few apps to help me budget a little better and stay on track with the spending. When I was asked if I’d like to review a new Christmas bedding range, I jumped at the chance and said yes. We were lucky enough to try out the single Winter Wonderland duvet sets from Bloomsbury Mill and here’s what we thought of them…

Bloomsbury Mill Winter Wonderland Duvet Set 

THE DESIGN

The Winter Wonderland single duvet set by Bloomsbury Mill has a playful look – the colours are very bright and the festive design is really cute! I think it’s great for children of all ages, especially younger kids. Little Man is 7yrs and Little Miss is 4yrs and they were squealing for joy when they came home from school to see their new Christmassy duvets.

The single duvet set size meets the textile regulations and with safety in mind, that keeps me happy. The single-sized covers fit their duvets perfectly but the pillowcases were slightly larger than the actual pillows. This isn’t a problem for us because our pillows are very flat so for fluffier pillows, the cases will fit snugly. That said, I stuffed Little Man’s pillowcase with two flat pillows and it bulked out the pillowcase perfectly. We’ve also started using our winter tog duvets but the kids don’t seem to get hot and sweaty with these covers which is a bonus. That tends to happen sometimes if the polyester percentage is higher as it’s not as breathable as cotton.

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The white duvet covers complement the kids room perfectly

If you prefer to have neutral or white bedding then adding a little touch of Christmas to the room by picking a duvet set like this one might be ideal. The duvet set is available in three sizes; cotbed, single and double which means the whole family can have matching sets. The festive print runs true on both sides of the pillowcase and cover so you don’t have to worry about which side up your covers need to go. It would’ve been nice to see this duvet set been made as a reversible print as a lot of other brands are offering that but it’s no problem. Sometimes I prefer to have a continuous pattern than a different on each side.

Bloomsbury Mill have a wide range of duvet designs (animals, unicorns, dinosaurs to name a few) to choose from so have a look on their website. It’s recommended to wash the duvet set at 40°c degrees which is perfect as the majority of our wash load gets done on 40°c (only pure whites at 60°c) so that’s also economical for us too. Yay!

THE MATERIAL

The polycotton material (52% polyester, 48% cotton) makes it easy to wash and is incredibly soft. I was slightly dubious at first as I rarely let the kids use anything less than 50% cotton but they said they really liked the material and slept well in them at night. Most easycare bedding have similar polycotton mix ratios but the cotton percentage is higher and still aren’t always as soft as these duvet covers.

I’m not a fan of the crisp cotton feel and much prefer a smoother, softer feel. We have duvet covers from Asda which have the SAME polycotton mix as these Bloomsbury Mill covers and I can tell you, the latter feels much better and doesn’t irritate mine or the children’s skin.

If you only sleep in 100% cotton sheets then you might want to give these covers a miss but if you do like easycare duvet covers and not too fussed about the polycotton percentage then definitely give them a try. It’s a really good price for what you get and the quality and feel is great.

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THE PRICE

The duvet set is good value – a single duvet set for £14.99 is decently priced especially for Christmas bedding. There are cheaper easycare bedding out there but whether I’d rather buy those sets to these ones? Probably not.

Like most good quality things, if the price is too good to be true, it probably is. We all have to compromise on things – price and/or quality included. When it comes to bedding, you want it to last and stand the test of time, it needs to be durable. It’s too early to tell how long these Winter Wonderland covers will last but I think they will do quite well and we’ll definitely be getting a lot more wear out of them than the other easycare sets I’ve bought in the past (they’re still sitting in storage). The quality feel of these sheets outweigh the cost. I’ve been looking at other easycare polycotton duvet sets and even though the designs look great, I’m sceptical of the quality in comparison to the Winter Wonderland duvets.

The website also offers KLARNA payments which makes things more affordable as you can choose to spread the cost of your order in three even monthly payments or pay the total amount a month later. It’s subject to a soft credit check so not everyone can apply for KLARNA but the option is there if it’s available to you. Of course, there’s the standard payment option via debit/credit card and Paypal.

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Our Verdict?

WE LOVE IT! 🙂 We really love the fun and colourful design and the kids have said the material is soft and very comfy to sleep in. The various duvet sizes also means that our whole family can have matching set if we wanted to!

The quality is good. The price is decent. The payment options are work for us. What’s not to like? There’s also 10% off your first order if you sign up to their newsletters via the website.

About Bloomsbury Mill
Experts in textiles, Bloomsbury Mill aims to constantly produce beautiful, vibrant, easy-care bedlinen that you and your family will love. Fun, comfortable and practical, all of their items are manufactured to textile regulations and with quality in mind.

The company has also been nominated and shortlisted for the Mother & Baby Awards 2021.

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NB. We were kindly sent complimentary duvet sets in exchange for this unbiased blog review. All words, photos and content are my own and should not be used without my permission.