I cut my hair off for charity! 

  


Thought I would give you all a quick update on my hair! 

Basically if you have been following me for a while you will know that I dyed my hair black to blonde. Then purple and eventually grey. 

I tried everything to keep my hair grey but even the hairdressers couldn’t get it to last longer than a week. 

My hair was left in really bad condition, and along with my hair falling out due to stress my dermatitis on my scalp was pretty bad. 

So I decided to dye it back to black. Although this slightly helped with the condition. I felt my hair still looked and felt dreadful. 

As most of you know my little boy is autistic. So I decided to cut my hair off and raise money for the National Autistic Society. They have been such a great source of information since the diagnoses process started and I wanted to be able to give something back. 

So I went from this :  


 


To this :  


 


The hairdresser did get a bit scissor happy. And it was slightly shorter than I wanted which makes it difficult to style the original way I wanted too. However I really love it, I actually prefer wearing it in the pixie style. 

Now when my hair grows back eventually it will be in great condition! 

I managed to raise over £450 thanks to my very generous and wonderful friends. 

So just another shoutout to those of you who did donate. Thankyou so much for making this transition so much easier by donating what you could. It is massively appreciated and I love you all. 

Thanks for reading! 

Xoxo 

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Toy review Tuesday! 

  



Fisherprice Disney Little People  



 



I absolutely adore this range and so do the kids. 

We started collecting them last Christmas.

We started with the Disney castle, Ariel carriage and Cinderella carriage.  
   

Then for Penelope’s birthday added in the Cinderella dance floor and the Tangled tower.  

 


As with all Fisherprice toys, they are sturdy, thick plastic. Colourful and fun, pretty much indestructible which is a big thing to look for In this house! But because they are Disney related the kids seem to show a lot more interest. 

And even though these were purchased for Penelope, Harri really enjoys them too. And it’s not often that he’s bothered with toys at all, unless they are sensory related, it’s also go them kind of playing together side by side. Which is a huge step for Harri. 

   
  


What I find great about this range, is that there is so much too choose from. Meaning that I can purchase bits to add to her collection every birthday/Xmas etc. 

We have already got her a few bits for Xmas, including the Aurora and the fairies package, Clip clop horse track and the Aladdin/jasmine magic carpet. 

   
 
Yes obviously, some of the toys are quite large. So storage can sometimes be an issue. Penelope’s room is super tiny, but currently we are managing well. I can’t say I will be saying the same come Christmas time!  

  

If you are struggling for ideas on Christmas presents, I absolutely recommend anything from this range. There is a massive amount to choose from (try Ebay for some of the rarer bits) and any small child that loves Disney will love these! 

Thanks for reading lovelies! 

Sam 

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Sensory Sunday!

  

So this week instead of reviewing a sensory toy/product. I decided to share with you the wonderful and cheap world of DIY Sensory bottles! 

We’ve been collecting the cheap miniature pop bottles from the Asda own kids range. Which are a perfect size for this! 

You can fill them with absolutely anything. The water ones are great as they make the objects float. 

You can also make noise ones without water! This is one of the water ones I made for Penelope. Its just water filled to the top and then we put some of the craft Pom Poms in. She played with it for ages! 


 
I can’t take credit for this idea, it came from the fantastic world of Pinterest. Here’s a few we are going to make over the coming months.  
 
  
If you wanted some better bottles/containers I’m sure anything will do that is light and has a screw cap. I seen these ones on Pinterest and think they are fab but have yet to find containers like these.  
 
Here’s a quick list of things we have used, feel free to pop your own ideas in the comments! You can pretty much use anything. 

  • Beads
  • Ribbons 
  • Sand 
  • Water 
  • Glitter 
  • Pipe cleaners 
  • Pom Poms 
  • Googly eyes 
  • Food colouring 
  • Foam shapes 
  • Foam letters 
  • Foam numbers 
  • Rice 
  • Pasta 
  • Glitter glue 
  • Glow in the dark paint/glitter/shapes 
  • Buttons 
  • Dice
  • Water beads 
  • Fake flowers 

Hope you have enjoyed this blog. These are so easy and cheap to make. My kids both love them (Aged 4 and 2). Harri has sensory processing disorder alongside His diagnoses of Autism. So he absolutely loves anything like this. 

They are also great for baby sensory play! 

Thanks for reading! 

XXXX 

Sensory Sunday! 

Wooden Sensory Blocks 

I’m a little bit obsessed with looking for really funky sensory toys for the kids. Amongst making some of our own and buying things other people have recommended, I search the net trying to find the next best thing. 
What is slightly irritating is the price ranges. Sensory toys are most certainly not cheap, but sometimes you can find some really great things that are totally worth the money.  

Harri attends a nursery specifically for children with Autism. So as you can imagine they have some of the most amazing sensory toys/areas and so we often find ourselves purchasing bits and bobs we have seen him interested in within school. He’s not into toys really so when we don’t find something he seems to enjoy we generally buy them. 

On a parents morning we noticed these on one of the tables and I thought they looked great. Not just for Harri but Penelope too. 

They were £40.80 inclusive of VAT, plus postage. And I know that might seem a tad expensive but the kids really do love them. 

You get 16 natural hardwood blocks with liquid, beads, glitter and sand centres all with different colours. They are great for sensory stimulus. You can shake, stack, build and hold them up to the light. And are ideal for shape recognition and simple block building tasks. 

Harri does play with them when he’s not fixated on his cars/books etc. But Penelope absolutely loves them and can play with them for a good hour before moving onto something else. 

They are available from the following website 

http://www.sensoryplus.co.uk/products/wooden-toys/sensory-blocks-set-of-16/SE826

Thanks so much for reading, I will be trying to make Sensory Sunday blogs every week, hopefully adding some DIY bits along the way. 

Xxx 

     

Train table DIY

  So as most of you will know by now my little boy Harri is autistic. He’s 4 years old and since he was about 2 he’s been absolutely obsessed with Disney cars. 

We have tried absolutely everything to get him more interested in playing with them instead of just rolling them back and forth. And finally we came up with an idea. We would build him some kind of table track. 

Around the same time started to take an interest in planes (Disney Planes came out and he loved the film) and he started to play with trains too. So last year for a Christmas present we decided we would make him a train table. 

We had seen so many on Pinterest that we wanted to buy but couldn’t seem to find one anywhere that was in a suitable price range or the size/shape that we needed. So we decided to make one. 

Sean measured the space underneath Harris sofa in his playroom so that we could make it to slide under that for storage. We cut a large piece of wood, sanded the edges. Then bought some castor wheels from screw fix and attached them to the corners. 

We then purchased the full IKEA train set, sat for about an hour trying to fit the pieces perfectly on the table. And then once in place we glued them. 

It made the perfect Xmas present and cost around £30 in total. He uses this as a train table, car track and airport. And although he still doesn’t have any imaginative play, he does at least push the train and cars around the track and up the ramps etc, which is a big milestone for him. 

Here it is 💕💕 

 

My daughter loves it too! 


Hope you enjoyed this blog. If you want any extra info on how we made this just comment below! 
Thanks for reading 💕💕💕

Toy review Tuesday: Sensory space station

   

  

 Alongside Harri’s Autism, he also has sensory processing disorder which is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. 

There are so many toys on the market designed specifically for sensory issues. Some very expensive and some not. You can find a wide range of small sensory toys on eBay and several disability websites online. Fiddle toys, flashing lights/light up toys seem to be among the favourites. 

We have a small range of different lights to create effects on the ceiling of Harris room when dark. Not only does it soothe him but they also help to reduce his meltdowns/stress levels to a minimum. 

The largest bit of sensory equipment we have is the Space Kraft space station. Complete with colour changing bubble tube and fibre optic strands, and a small light box with 4 shapes and 3 rattle tubes as well as some colourful plastic fiddle tubes. It is a pricey but of equiptment, in fact it nearly made my eyes bleed when I ordered the catalog. But fortunately enough for us, when Harri got given his diagnoses we were given some information about the caudwell children fund. 

You have to fill in some basic information online (will include the link below and what section to apply for) and then they will send a further form out to you in the post. How much they may fund you depends on your expenditure and income. They either fund 100% of the sensory package or 80% and you fund the further 20% of the package. 

There are a few packages you can apply for and you will be sent this information along with your forms, please read and choose carefully. You can also ring them and tailor the package. So the package we applied for included the following: 

Space station, projector, sensory den and weighted blanket. 

However, we rang them and asked them only for the space station and projector which they were happy enough to do. Which brought the price down. We paid the 20% of the package we wanted. However, I do not recommend getting the projector. It’s not very good compared to most on the market which are actually cheaper it’s really quite poor. 

The sensory station however is absolutely AMAZING. My kids are facinated by it, and any of my friends children that have been over have enjoyed it too. It keeps them calm and helps them focus. It’s a great addition to any sensory room. We tried to make the Sensory area a special and peaceful place that has a range of equipment to help stimulate and enhance both learning and relaxation for the kids.
Not only has it helped with interaction between Harrison and Penelope but it has also benefited all the other children who have been to play, especially the younger children who learn through play as they can explore and develop their skills and senses. 

I hope this blog has been useful. Please leave any comments down below if you need anymore information about this equiptment or the funding aspect and I will try to help as much as I can. If you are not already, please follow me on Instagram : babbajazzlebeautyblog  

http://www.caudwellchildren.com 

Apply under section: http://www.caudwellchildren.com/how-we-help/apply-for-support#  for the equiptment. Please be aware that they will ask you for information regarding your child’s disability. 

You can also request a catalog from space krafts website if you want to cover the cost yourself. But they are pricey. 

http://www.spacekraft.co.uk/shops/sk/Default.aspx

Another website that we use regularly alongside eBay is : 

http://cheapdisabilityaids.co.uk