We Love Charlie’s Toy Shop!

Jo with Jenni from Charlie's Toy Shop

When Thomas was a few months old, I volunteered to host a social event for my local NCT branch in my home and it was to be a pizza and a toy shop party. The toy shop bit of the party was sorted by Charlie’s Toy Shop and it is run by a lovely fellow local mum called Jenni. Jenni came to my house earlier than everyone else to set up and we ended up having a good chat and getting on like we had known each other for ages, despite not meeting until that evening. When the party started, Jenni told a story about her having a condition called Factor V Leiden which is a genetic condition that means you are more susceptible to blood clots. Jenni suffered a clot a couple of years after her son Charlie had been born and decided that she wanted a change of career to spend more time with her son and enjoy life in general. With her nursery nurse qualification and sales training, opening a toy shop seemed the natural thing to do.

Ever since that evening, which was nearly 5 years ago, I have regularly purchased toys and games from Jenni as they are always excellent quality, they are always educational and the delivery always comes with a smile! Therefore,  I jumped up and down with excitement when a few months ago, Jenni asked me to be an ambassador for Charlie’s Toy Shop and help spread the work about the fantastic and personal service she provides. Unfortunately, due to Thomas’ accident earlier on the summer (more will be explained in a blog post on my new parenting, travel and lifestyle blog which is launching soon) I have had not had the chance to tell you until now. The ambassadorship will mostly be mentioned on my new blog but having known Jenni for so long, I felt I could not leave this blog without mentioning Charlie’s Toy Shop and the amazing work she does. Over the years, we have had many toys from Jenni but a few of the boy’s favourites are below:

Charlie's Toy ShopBright Stanley Book and Jigsaw Set

Charlie's Toy ShopWater Wow! Pet Mazes

Charlie's Toy ShopMy First Addition Snap

Charlie's Toy ShopABC Sticker Book

I look forward to telling you even more about Jenni and Charlie’s Toy Shop on my new parenting, lifestyle and travel blog which I am launching in the next couple of weeks. Thank you Jenni for choosing me to be your ambassador. I am very honoured and proud to shout about Charlie’s Toy Shop far and wide!








Paw Patrol: Pups & The Pirate Treasure DVD Review And Free Printables!

Paw Patrol


Thomas and Daniel love Paw Patrol so when they found out that a new DVD was coming out. They were very excited! Pups And Pirate Treasure DVD features six episodes of the hit TV series and is sure to keep your little ones entertained over Easter! It’s the pirate pup’s life in these six PAW Patrol adventures! Join the pups as they discover a secret pirate cave and embark on a treasure hunt! Plus, stop a ghostly pirate ship from sailing away and dive into the bay for more water rescues.
The spirited pre-school adventure series returns as the gang stumble on to a secret cavern that was once a pirate’s hideout where they discover an incomplete treasure map. The adventure is on as the pups follow clues to find the missing map pieces, and eventually to a sunken pirate treasure!
Catch up with Ryder and the puzzle solving dream team this Easter half term as the pup pals get ready to sail the stormy seas to rescue their friends, and find the hidden treasure!

Thomas and Daniel loved all the episodes on the DVD despite seeing them many times on the TV already. They love seeing pirate ships and finding the treasure. Daniel also loves seeing anyone wearing hats so this fits the bill for him, even though he does not fully understand what is going on. I am sure this will be played many times over the Easter break!

Just in case, the DVD will not keep your pirates occupied over the Easter break, I have some free printables that they can colour in. The PDF file is here and the images are below

Paw Patrol Sheet 1 Paw Patrol sheet 2 Paw Patrol sheet 3


Who is your favourite Paw Patrol character? I like Skye and Everest!

Title: Paw Patrol: Pups And The Pirate Treasure

Release Date: 14th March 2016

Runtime: 89 mins (1 disc)

RRP: £9.99

Certificate: U

Special Features: Video storybook: Pup, Pup and Away




3.       SAVE THE BAY


5.       POOL DAY

6.       CIRCUS PUP


We were sent a copy of Paw Patrol: Pups And The Pirate Treasure in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own. We were not required to give a positive review. There is an affiliate link in this post

My 1st Years Review

Thomas The Pirate My 1st Years - Jo's Nursery

It’s nearly Christmas and if you are still looking for a perfect present for someone, than look no further than My 1st Years. The name might suggest that they only sell products for babies and toddlers, however they sell much more than that. They sell beautiful gifts for women and me, many of which can be personalised as well as items for the bedroom, bathroom and playroom. Thomas and Daniel were sent a toy each from their range and we were very impressed.

Pirate Wooden Toy Box My 1st Years - Jo's Nursery

Pirate Wooden Toy Box My 1st Years - Jo's Nursery

Pirate Wooden Toy Box My 1st Years - Jo's Nursery

Thomas was sent the Personalised Pirate Wooden Toy Box which he loved as soon it was delivered. It is a personalised metal tin with pirate decoration on filled with everything a pirate needs to set sail. The set includes a carved pistol and cutlass, metal hook, shield, sack of doubloons, eye patch, compass pirate cap, and a  treasure map. It is all made of wood or high quality material and I have a feeling it will last for years. We have had to watch Daniel with the doubloons as they are a bit small so just be aware of them if younger children may try and play with this. Thomas loves being a pirate with this set as you can see from the top picture.

Donkey Soft Toy My 1sy Years - Jo's Nursery

Daniel was sent a Personalised Donkey Soft Toy which is very soft and cuddly. It would make the perfect gift for any child and they will embroider any name that you would like on the jumper for free. Daniel loves giving his donkey cuddles and I am sure that they will be friends for life. Both the donkey and the pirate toy box were delivered in gift boxes well wrapped in paper making them an ideal Christmas present for that special person in your life. All My 1st Years products are sent gift wrapped so even if you are buying something for yourself, it will still feel like a treat!

We were sent the Pirate Toy Box and the Donkey Soft Toy for the purposes of this review. All opinions are our own. We were not required to write a positive review. There are affiliate links in this post 

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