Friday, 24 October 2014

Sparkup Magical Book Reader Review & Giveaway

Maxwell adores looking through books. He is unable to read just yet however when he learns to, I know he will be a little book worm.  Every day Maxwell and I sit down and read a book together. I feel reading is important as it enables Maxwell to learn new words which will then go on to improve his speech. As many of my readers know, at the present moment Maxwell's lack of speech is a real issue and I have been wanting to try new ways to help him improve it. A while back we received a magical device called Sparkup The Magical Book Reader, ever since we received it Maxwell has been using it daily.

Sparkup is a magical book reader that is different from any other products on the market. To use the Sparkup gadget all you need to do is clip the magical reader onto the back of any picture book. In 3 easy steps you are then able to personalize the Sparkup gadget so it is able to tell your child the story inside the book. To do this you need to read through the book, when you read the Sparkup records your voice and using special technology it captures the pages you are reading off with its special built in camera. When your child then goes on to read their picture book Sparkup’s tiny camera recognises the front cover and follows the pace as they turn the pages.

Sparkup can store up to 250 minutes of audio, or approximately 50 recorded storybooks. If you do not want to record the book yourself you are able to download recorded stories, complete with sound effects, directly from the Sparkup website. Sparkup comes with demo batteries (it takes 3x AAs which should last up to 30hours of playback), as well as a USB cable to connect to your computer to back-up your recordings, and a sample book

The Sparkup has some brilliant features. It allows you to record books not only in English but in all other languages, this makes it a perfect gift for anyone around the world.  Another feature which I adore is that when recording the books you are able to add special little touches so when your child is reading the book they can hear everything you have included into the book for them. You could add animal noises into the book or perhaps even letter sound noises. 

At first I was worried about the book taking a lot of my time to set up however you can record the books onto the Sparkup as you read them to your children so it actually only takes a matter of minutes instead of hours. I was also concerned that it was perhaps a lazy method of reading to Maxwell however I was also wrong as Maxwell tends to listen to me read more through out the day on his Sparkup.

If I was able to change anything about the product, it would be the fact of it being battery operated. It would be handy for the product to be rechargeable, this would save me buying batteries often. Apart from that small change as a parent I think the Sparkup Magical book reader is fantastic.

Maxwell loves using the Sparkup not only in the day but also at night. If I am not around to read him a story in person, he has the alternative of listening to me read to him through books. I think it would be interesting to get my parents to record a story on to the Sparkup for Maxwell, so he is able to hear there voices on there too. 

If you are interested in buying the Sparkup The Magical Book reader, you are able to purchase it from here. Priced at just £29.99 I believe it is a great learning tool and would make the perfect present for your little one this Christmas. It will keep children entertained for hours and it can also create a lot of fun.

Mummy To The Max has a fantastic competition below which gives you the chance to win one of the amazing Sparkup Magical Book Readers. All you need to do is simply enter the rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

I did not receive any financial reward for writing this review.
However we did receive the product for review purposes. Everything written in this post is my own, honest opinion.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

5 for under £5

This weeks post is stocking filler inspired. I know Christmas can be expensive so this week I hunted around for little bits that not only make great gifts but they are also friendly to the pocket. If there is any inspired post's you would like me to do, please drop me a comment below in the comment box.

I thought this watch would make a fab stocking filler as not only is it cheap but it is also a handy present. I normally rely on my phone to tell me the time however if I got myself a watch I would not spend half my day hunting for my phone to see what the time was. 

I love wearing thick snoods in the winter and I would love to receive one of these snoods as a present. I chose the cream coloured snood as I thought it would go with pretty much any outfit I wear. This would keep me lovely and snug on the winter preschool runs. 

I love to keep a little mirror in my bag. I like to adjust my hair, redo my make up and Maxwell even takes the time to look at himself, so I thought this would come in handy. I think the design is cute and I would love to receive one of these this Christmas. 

I am always looking for a small make up bag which I am able to put all my make up in instead of allowing it to float around my bag. I love the design of this little bag, not only is it plain and simple but it is a great size to keep all the essential bits I take out with me in.

I thought these slippers were a complete steal so I have added them to my little stocking filler list. I love wearing slippers in the winter especially as we have laminate floors.  These would keep me nice and snug on the cold winter mornings. 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Win Dolphin Tale 2 Goodies

Inspired by true events, “Dolphin Tale 2” continues the story of brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and rehabilitation - thanks to the invention of a groundbreaking prosthetic tail — made her a symbol of perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie “Dolphin Tale.”

The film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, Austin Highsmith and Morgan Freeman.

Several years have passed since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, rescued Winter, a young dolphin who lost her tail after being entangled in a crab trap. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who developed a unique prosthetic tail for Winter, they saved her life against all odds. In turn, she helped save the Aquarium — as people came from far and wide to see the courageous dolphin firsthand, enabling CMA to greatly expand their mission to “rescue, rehabilitate and, when possible, release” injured animals.

Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the elderly dolphin Panama, passes away, leaving Winter alone and grieving, unwilling to engage with anyone, even her best friend, Sawyer. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for CMA. The USDA warns Clay they will have to move Winter from the Aquarium because regulations require these social creatures to be paired. If they don’t find a female companion for her — one that she accepts — CMA will lose their beloved Winter. But as time runs out, there may still be Hope…

Dolphin Tale 2 is in cinemas now.  You are able to watch the trailer here. For further information, images and games please visit here.

Mummy To The Max has a fab competition for 5 winners to win a Dolphin Tale 2 rucksack and t-shirt set. To enter this competition all you simply need to do is enter the rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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Monday, 20 October 2014

A Week Of Learning And New Experiences

  1. Maxwell can now put his own shoes on
  2. Maxwell is repeating lots more words
  3. Maxwell can use interactive gadgets and spell words out 
  4. Maxwell continues to love anything which lights up
  5. Maxwell has been enjoying lots of Autumn walks
This week Maxwell has seemed to have come on leaps and bounds. I am in a little shock that he is nearly 3 and I can not believe how far we have come together. This week Maxwell has had a great week and has learnt a lot of new things.

Maxwell can now not only put his own welly boots on, but he is also able to put his own shoes on. Admittedly they are just plain velcro shoes and it does take a while for him to put them on however it is a great achievement that he is able to put them on his self and that he can do the velcro up on them. Next I will be teaching him how to do his laces.

This week Maxwell has been repeating a lot of words, he has also been using many words. His favorite words to say this week are bag, egg and loop. Maxwell has learnt these words by doing the Alphablock app on my phone. It has really helped him learn new words and has helped him to start making the sounds of letters.  Maxwell is also able to now spell words out on interactive gadgets.  They are only short words but I think it is extremely clever for a 2 year old to be doing. 

Last week I spoke about Maxwell liking light up objects, this week Maxwell has a new touch to light up walls around the house and he has a new pen which projects a light up Spongebob around the house. Maxwell adores light up gadgets and I am sure he will continue to get lots more light up gadgets to play with.

This week has seen us go on lots of Autumn walks. We are lucky in where we live, we live on the edge of the New Forest so there is plenty of places to walk to. All the walking is free, not only is it fun for Maxwell to splash in puddles and visit the park on our walks but it is also great to get exercise and to breath in the fresh air.