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#Win a Peppa Pig Laugh and Learn Laptop

Little ones can get busy on their very own laptop. With a lovely chunky design, it has fun shaped buttons and a backlit screen to help children engage with the toy and answer different questions and challenges. Peppa’s Laugh & Learn Laptop features four different games modes to help with colours, numbers, letters and word recognition. The cute laptop also has a lift-up lid and carry handle for play on the go!

  • Helps with early number and colour recognition
  • Builds communication and vocabulary skills
  • Hand-eye co-ordination
  • Imaginative play
  • Suitable for ages 2+
  • Available to buy for £17.99rrp

Follow our Twitter feed @SlickMummy to be in with a chance to win this fab prize – winner will be announced on 23rd June – no cash alternative. 

More about Peppa Pig Electronic Learning Toys

Peppa Pig fans can look forward to joining Peppa on her adventures with the fun educational learning range from British toy company, Trends UK. Whilst having oodles of fun, the new Peppa Pig Early Learning Toys include lots of activities that help pre-schoolers develop early learning skills including understanding colours, communication, phonetics and numeracy skills through interactive play features.

Colourful, tactile and easy for little hands to use, these engaging toys inspire and educate children to learn letters, numbers, shapes and colours through a variety of fun games and puzzles with Peppa Pig!

Available from retailers now, the Peppa Pig Electronic Learning Toys are suitable from 18 months and over.

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Help! My Child Wants A Bedroom Makeover

Guest post from Ollie & Leila: Just hearing that small phrase – can I have a new room please, is enough to send a chill through any DIY-fearing parent. Images of endless weekends taken up with sanding, painting and hammering rush past your eyes, not to mention the tears and tantrums that are sure to follow, when you don’t paint the walls the right type of blue! But don’t worry, a bedroom makeover can actually be much easier than you think… 

Keep It Simple

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Whilst it may be tempting to rush out immediately and start buying every single gorgeous item your child requires, don’t – put the credit card away. Less really is more, especially when it comes to your child’s bedroom. You see, children are fickle things, and whilst currently Peppa Pig may be flavour of the month, this could quickly be replaced by Paw Patrol. So, resist the urge to paint the walls pink in homage to Peppa, and keep the walls a neutral colour, soft greys and pale pastel colours look great. This allows you to add colour, personalisation, and even themes to the bedroom in the form of accessories such as rugs, duvet covers and lampshades. Accessories are easier to replace when a new ‘favourite’ appears, so rather than having to redesign the whole bedroom again, you simply need to replace them.

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Storage
Forget ‘location, location, location’, the mantra you should be repeating when it comes to making over your child’s bedroom is ‘storage, storage, storage’. But don’t worry, storage doesn’t need to come in the form of clunky, white, plastic boxes littering your child’s bedroom floor. There are some brilliantly clever, beautifully designed storage solutions out there. Like the gorgeous, bespoke storage beds from Ollie & Leila.  Each one has been designed with storage below the actual bed, you could have a desk, chest of drawers or storage cubes built underneath, giving your child absolutely no excuses for a messy room.

Refurbishment

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Instead of spending hours trying to find new furniture to fill your child’s ‘new’ room, save yourself time and energy and try some upcycling. By spending a little time giving your child’s furniture a makeover of its own, you can create a whole new look in their bedroom. There are many upcycling ideas on Pinterest so you can really take your pick, but perhaps start simple. Just sand down the furniture and paint it a colour that fits in with the palette of the room. Or, for a bit more of the ‘wow-factor’, try a bit of wallpaper on the furniture. Do not cover the whole piece of furniture, that will be too much and give you a migraine every time you look at it! Instead, choose a section to cover. So, for a tall bookcase, you could cover the back panel in your chosen wallpaper, or to upcycle a chest of drawers, cover just the drawer fronts.

Find out more and shop online at Ollie & Leila

Daddy Pig announced as Book Trust Ambassador

It might be a day for celebrating the women of the world, but Book Trust has chosen to honour a porcine parent of the male variety as their new Ambassador. That’s right, none other than avid reader of newspapers; Daddy Pig.

Whilst some might choose to tut about the time Daddy Pig kept a book about concrete out of the library for ten years, the big-tummied happy hog gave the following encouraging statement:  “With two little piggies of my own, I know how important reading and sharing stories are and I’m oink oink overjoyed to be working with BookTrust.”

CEO of BookTrust Diana Gerald said: “We’re thrilled to have Daddy Pig on board. Having him support our core message of reading for pleasure is wonderful and influencing better reading habits is something we’re incredibly passionate about. Families love the Peppa Pig books and television programme and we know that they will benefit from his sage advice and words of wisdom.”

Peppa Pig My First Cinema Experience hits the screens in April 2017

The porcine one will grace the cinema screens in time for the Easter holidays, ensuring that snorts and giggles will be the only form of conversation your kids will have with you until July.

The cinematic feature will screen nine never-been-seen episodes, leading with ‘Peppa Visits London’,  where Peppa and her friends hop on board a double-decker red bus as the Queen takes them on an unforgettable tour of iconic London landmarks including Big Ben, Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square. The other new ‘oink-tastic’ episodes include ‘The Police, ‘Canal Boat’, ‘The Zoo’, ‘Move to the Music’ and a four-part story in which viewers will join Peppa on an Australian holiday to visit her old friend, Kylie Kangaroo.

Each of the nine brand-new episodes will be connected with interactive entertainment featuring live action Peppa and George characters and their friend Daisy, in her colourful new world.  Little ones (and parents too!) can join in with games as well as singing and dancing along to new versions of their favourite nursery rhymes, including The Wheels on the Bus and Row Row Your Boat in this unique new offering for preschoolers.

David Mitchell lends his voice to Policeman Panda in the episode ‘The Police’ and Jo Brand voices Mrs. Crocodile in ‘The Zoo.’

‘PEPPA PIG MY FIRST CINEMA EXPERIENCE’ will be released in cinemas nationwide from 7th April 2017.

For an exclusive sneak peek, click here to watch the trailer.

Or, you can get into the festive spirit, Piggy-style with this mash up below…

#Win a £50 Boots voucher by voting in Oilatum® Daily Top Tip Competition

If you’ve got kids with dry skin conditions, chances are you have Oilatum in your bathroom cabinet. And you’ll know what a godsend it is when flare ups cause tears, sleepless nights – and heaven forbid but it happens – teasing in the playground.

Oilatum has teamed up with real parents and The British Skin Foundation to put together ten top tips for little ones with dry and sensitive skin – we thought they were pretty good so have featured below. Please do drop us a line or share a Tweet if you can think of other helpful ideas that might have been have missed out, or just tell us what works for you and your little one – we love a bit of shared wisdom!

In addition, the kind chaps at Oilatum have also offered us a competition prize of a £50 Boots voucher for the best additional tip, so don’t be shy. (Editor’s decision is final, no cash alternative, gratuitous pics of super cute bubbas in the bath will definitely score you bonus points in our office…)

Editor’s tip: oh gosh this will sound awful but in there is an episode of Peppa Pig where George Pig gets wet, doesn’t take off his wet clothes and subsequently gets a cold. So my boys can often be heard saying ‘get those wet things off so you don’t catch a cold like George Pig’ – but obviously the logic here is that wet clothes aggravate the skin… 

What happened to all those girls who voiced Peppa Pig..?

If you’ve spent too many hours in front of the porcine princess random thoughts might begin to cross your mind: why is the kids’ room on the top floor if Daddy Pig is meant to be an architect and not fond of stairs? Do they ever eat bacon..? But possibly you might also ponder why – in the space of four series they have gone through three actresses to voice the lead role?

Does daily snorting turn them into unbearable divas? Is there some sort of curse on ‘she who plays the pig’? Or do the actresses themselves lead lives (ahem) peppered with intrigue?

Currently Peppa is played by child star and youngest ever BAFTA winner Harley Bird who hails from Rochdale and cites Catherine Tate as her idol.

Original Peppa – who also sings the really annoying theme tune – Lily Snowdon Fine is now living back in her native Vancouver and illustrating impressive graphic novels. Her connection with the show seems to be that her parents (Alison Snowdon and David Fine) went to film school with Peppa creator Mark Baker. Despite resembling a teen-angst Winona Ryder, Lily also voiced Barbie movies.

Cecily Bloom, who voiced Peppa in series two seemed to have abruptly abdicated the throne of the pink palace but seems to have been given a minor role (Lizzy Elf) in another Astley-Baker series Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom. There were some other ‘culls’ circa series two, including axing Lily’s mother as Aunty Pig… Curiouser and curiouser.

So why three different girls? Maybe it came down to the producers’ instinctive approach. Mark Astley told Metro:‘,I’m proud to say we did no research into the preschool market, no child psychologists and we didn’t even have our own children at that point…’

Interestingly Candy Cat has also been played by three actresses. So might there have been a Cat-Pig spat..?

How to do the School Run in your pyjamas…

You’ve got them up, you’ve sat through Peppa Pig and Fireman Sam with feigned enthusiasm, you’ve sponged the splattered Weetabix from the ceiling. You’ve washed them, you’ve cajolled them into tooth-brushing, you’ve lambasted your significant other for using up all the hot water. You’ve found them socks that match and rescued library books from the dog’s basket and – woo hoo – there’s still eleven minutes before school starts!

Kids -check, keys – check… Oh, right yes, dressing yourself would help, wouldn’t it?

Can you actually get away with doing the school run in your PJs (and still look like Elle McPherson) ?

We think yes, with a bit of creativity…

Go Vintage

It’s a thin line anyway between outerwear and underwear when you go vintage. Pillage charity shops or the Rosie for Autograph rail in M&S for bed jackets and camisoles you can team with a pair of jeans. No one will know you *actually* slept in them too.

Maxi Cover

We’re loving the Lexham wrap coat from Baukjen. Fashionably black, belted and below the calves – this one will cover up nightwear and give the illusion of equally chic, black tailoring underneath. Possibly like a French spy. Or Angelina Jolie.

Baukjen Lexham wrap coat

Layer

Sweater dress over a nightie? Kimono over jim jams? No probs: if the top layer is fancy enough nobody looks underneath. Take inspiration from the Tudors, piling fancy embroidery over grungey underchuckers (or think Helena Bonham Carter in one of her ‘dogwalking on the Heath’ outfits)

A Boden wrap dress would be just the thing…

Accessorise

Not for the faint hearted, but styling up sleepwear with a bit of bling and bravery could be a good thing. Marc Jacobs A/W13 was right behind this look – and let’s face it, if you shelled out for MJ PJs you might as well get your money’s worth and wear them 24/7.