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  1. A while back we were given the opportunity to choose and review a party pack from ‘Party Bags & Supplies’ and as my son’s 3rd birthday was coming up in August I jumped at the chance.

    I had a really good look through their website and was completely stunned by the amount of choice for boys and girls and I’m sure whatever party you were planning you would easily find whatever you needed on here.  Our son loves all sorts of transport vehicles and as soon as I saw the ‘Disney Cars’ pack I knew that had to be the one.  We had already booked a hall and a bouncy castle for the big day and I was really pleased this would be one less thing to worry about.

    The delivery was really fast and I was super excited to open the box and see what was inside.  I was also pleased that everything was packed professionally and none of the items were damaged during transportation.  Included in the box were matching good quality sturdy plates and cups, a huge wipe clean table cloth, good sized napkins and the best part was the party bags which were pre filled with Disney Cars stickers, a rubber, mask and medal.

    Receiving everything all in one go certainly made it easier than shopping around trying to get everything to match.  I loved that the party bags were pre filled and it saved me loads of time not having to shop around for suitable fillers and all I had to do was write the child’s name on the bag.  So I popped the box in the cupboard and forgot about it for a few weeks until the big day.

    I seemed to blink and overnight my son turned 3 and with all the party food prepared we excitedly rushed to the hall for fun with family and friends.  The first thing I did was lay the kids table as I wanted everyone coming in to see it all laid out and it looked really good, especially with the matching table cloth.  The boys absolutely loved it and I had to tell a couple of them that food will be a little while and that they had to play first.

    At the end of the party we handed out the party bags. The only addition to the bag was a slice of cake and a little Disney Cars chocolate which I’d found in a local shop. The boys loved the bags and most of them got the stickers out first and started peeling as they were walking out the door.

    Please do take a look at Party Bags and Supplies online, the choice is huge for children’s parties and special occasions and there are different sets to suit every budget.  You’ll also find balloons and accessories like fancy dress, greeting cards, invitations, decorations, toys and gifts, tableware and much more.

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    *Please note, I was asked to choose a Party Pack to review however all words are my own.

  2. This has to be the part of parenting I have been dreading the most, Potty Training!  Obviously I like the idea of not having to buy nappies any more but I often watched frantic parents chasing around a shop with a toddler in tow desperately looking for a toilet and public accidents filled me with terror.  I do find though that when I over worry about a situation, it nearly always turns out fine and this has been exactly the same.  From watching friends go through potty training and from being told to not rush it (especially with boys) I kept putting it off and then on my son’s 3rd birthday I knew the time was right.

    I’d bought a boring white potty months ago and had it in the bathroom but every time I asked my son Sam if he would like to go on it he would act petrified and run away.  After several weeks I thought maybe he just doesn’t like a potty and I bought a £2.99 toilet seat with planes on from Home Bargains and when I asked him if he would like to go on the toilet he leapt on and did his first big wee!  He wouldn’t do it during the day but would happily hop on before his bath.

    Before I went full steam ahead I wanted to be fully prepared and bought a Potette Plus which I was told was great for being out and about and actually we have used it already in a car park haha.  It’s quite small and can either be used to put on a toilet or it clips into place and can be used as a potty.  You can put bags in it although I’m not sure if I would bother if I was on grass.  I’m also told it’s great for car journeys if your child gets travel sick.

    I also had to make sure I made no plans for 3 days and fortunately chose wet miserable one's so I wasn’t all that bothered with staying in.  I made sure we didn’t need any food shopping and had some ideas for crafts, baking and fun stuff we could do indoors.  As soon as Sam got up I explained he was going to be a big boy and told him that today he would wear big boy pants and no nappy which was met with a smile.  Now this is where I believe I may have made a mistake, I told him that if he does a wee or poo in the toilet that he will get a chocolate button.  I mean, it worked, we had every wee and poo in the toilet but on day 2 he thought I was Willy Wonka and must have asked to go to the loo about 30 times!!!  He didn’t get chocolate unless he produced something but boy did he try!!!  This was obviously cut out on day 3 when I told him we had run out.  (I’ve been told that stickers work well too and have much less sugar content haha).

    Our only accident whilst we were at home was on Day 2 when our road and pavement outside flooded and I thought it would be fun to get our wet weather gear on and go out and have a look.  We spent about an hour splashing and watching the cars drive through plus he screamed with laughter when we were dodging the tidal waves.  We weren’t out there for long and Sam said he’d done a wee so we ran in, got changed and went back out to which 5 minutes later he did it again.  Again, my mistake was to not plonk him on the loo before we left and to maybe not take a child whose potty training to go outside and play with water!

    Day 3 and we both had serious cabin fever so I told him we’d go to Toys R Us and spend some of his birthday pennies as he’d done so well.  I won’t lie, I was pretty worried about leaving the house and it was quite funny when we were near and he said the dreaded words ‘I need a wee’.  I calmly told him as soon as we pulled up that we would head straight past the toys to the loo but that I promised we would go back.  We were both giggling when we went in and I was pleased I had remembered where the loo was.  Job done, back to the start of the shop and there was a photo booth with a nice lady who told us we could have our photo taken with a Power Ranger which was fantastic because I now have a permanent reminder of our potty training days.  An hour later and 3 trips to the loo we were done and took a nice new toy home to play with.

    sam power ranger 2


    Since that day, I’ve not been worried about going out and I’ve now learnt to take him to the toilet as we leave the house and to always ask if it needs it when I am near a public toilet.  Our only other accident out of the house was at the weekend when we were queuing for a bouncy castle slide and he was so transfixed watching the kids having fun that he just simply forgot.  I did feel bad though because I quickly cleaned up and whipped him out of the queue to change him and when we went back the queue was twice as long.

    If I were to offer any advice it would be to wait until you have the communication whereby they can say I need a wee or poo, obviously this could be by the use of sign language or words.  I have heard of the method where you put them on the potty every 20 minutes but I had also read that this means they don’t have the chance to feel a full bladder and that it could also cause bladder infections (I don't know if it's true or not).  I also knew that with every important stage in the last 3 years it seemed that my son was the one to tell me when he was ready and when I had older family members or friends say ‘oh, is he not potty trained yet?’ or ‘my son was trained before he was 2’ I just bit my lip and explained that every child was different.  And I’m glad I did.  We started 8 days ago and he’s had no accidents during nap time and his night time nappy has been dry for 4 nights so I know we’ll soon be able to cut that out too.

    So if you’re looking to start soon then I wish you lots of luck, try not to worry too much and make sure you ALWAYS have a change or clothes wherever you go. xxx