New Bath Time Play Products from Zimpli Kids!

A short while ago we had the opportunity to trial the Gelli Baff and Slime Baff products from Zimpli Kids… Click the thumbnail below to read which was our FAVOURITE!

We’ve now been asked to review some new bath time play products from Zimpli Kids, and have been sent the Unicorn Slime Play, and Glitter Gelli Baff! I absolutely could not wait to try these out. I knew for a fact Olivia would love both of them – though she probably would be slightly biased towards the unicorns…

So, can you guess which was the FIRST one we tried?

Of course, the unicorn slime play!

I was interested to see Olivia’s reaction to this one, as she had definitely been more keen on the Gelli Baff last time. But she absolutely loved this!

I learned from my previous mistakes and DID NOT put this in the bath, instead doing it on a smaller scale messy play sort of level. This allowed the slime to thicken up a lot more and she had some super slime unicorns to play with (every child’s dream, right?)

So, we started off with Olivia reading me the instructions on how to get the Slime Play mixed to optimal consistency.

We sprinkled half of the mixture into this washing up bowl filled with luke warm water. Olivia then got the wooden stirrer out to mix it up!

 

She then very tentatively took over to mixing it up with her hands! This was her reaction when she first touched the slime:

She then got stuck straight in with the unicorns, and of course managed to play with the slime a lot longer than if she had been in the bath! We even invited Kiera (aged 9) and her friend (aged 8) to come and join in, but they weren’t so keen on the slimey texture! Their reactions did give us a good laugh though.

Again this was super easy to get rid of as I simply ran hot water to thin the mixture out, and it simply poured away! No fuss at all. This time Olivia was wearing normal clothes (as opposed to her swimming costume like she had on last time), and yes, they got very slimey! But it all came out in the wash with no problems at all.

All in all I would give this a 10 out of 10 – she had fun playing with the slime for the best part of an hour, and it works really well as a messy play activity as well as just at bath time! Olivia loved it and she got the unicorn toys as an added bonus, making the Unicorn Slime Play one of her new favourite things to play with!

So! Moving onto the Glitter Gelli Baff…

We of course retained the unicorns from the slime play and they were
thoroughly de-slimed, then deployed again in our Glitter Gelli Baff! This time we used the bath, as the Gelli Baff dissolves instantly and is so easy to clean out of the bath, making it mess and hassle-free – a HUGE WIN for any parent!

Check out Mr Unicorn Duck chilling his beans in amongst the Glitter:

Olivia joined in mixing the bath and jumped straight in! The Gelli forms quite quickly, so she had lots of fun picking it up in her hands.

Olivia was excited by the sparkly Gelli as she was mixing it and played in it for a little while.

Unfortunately this Gelli Baff didn’t seem to solidify quite as much as the last time we used it, and I don’t think we had vastly different volumes of water in the bath! Also, once it started forming, the Glitter all sank to the bottom and it was pretty indiscernible from the normal pink Gelli Baff which we had tried before, which was a bit of a shame.

Still very easy to clean, we sprinkled the dissolving powder and rinsed the bath. All Gelli had disappeared from the bath within less than 2 minutes!

Overall, I’d give this one a 6 out of 10.

The product is great, but the Glitter is the main aspect of this particular Gelli Baff and unfortunately there just wasn’t ENOUGH Glitter, as you could no longer see any as soon as the Gelli had formed.

Have you tried either of these products from Zimpli Kids? Which was your favourite?

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Coping with New Year Blues

‘Happy’ New Year.

January is a time that people make changes to their lives and make promises to themselves to be better, do better and feel better. It’s no surprise then that ‘happy’ new year can be anything but happy. The amount of pressure we put on ourselves only to slip up in the first few weeks can set us up for a really stressful time. Of course that’s not all; think of the energy lost over the festive season, the persistent cold weather and very obvious lack of sunshine – it’s no wonder January feels so blue.

Personally, I tend to find no happiness from boxing day right through to the first sunny day in February or even March most years but I am trying to cope a little more effectively and so far, I am feeling more positive than I was expecting.

This year I started taking the Christmas tree down early, which might not seem like a huge deal but it has been significantly less stressful than in previous years. I did it for a couple of reasons: I was able to do it in stages and the gradual change was meant I had no ‘thump’ back to reality a week into January and honestly? Clutter. Christmas made my house look even more cluttered and it felt so closed in that it was a relief when we took it down.

We have adopted a ‘one in, one out’ rule for things like shirts, toys, novelty mugs… basically anything that we end up with more of than we need. As a stay at home parent, excessive clutter that has no home is a huge source of stress for me and I have been at breaking point with it more times than I care to recall. I am determined not to let it get the better of me anymore. Although we haven’t completely followed through with this yet, we have sorted and stored the things we want to take to charity shops or sell online.

Set realistic goals and set them when you are ready. I am in a position where I have been my  ‘ideal’ weight and gained from there and I know that I need to lose around 4 stone to reach that healthier weight and that is daunting, so I am aiming for my pre-baby jeans first. The timing is important, too. I find the ‘from New Year’s Day’ thing really intimidating for some reason. We still had Christmas food in the house for the first couple of weeks of January and there was no way I could have started dieting with all that temptation around – I would have failed miserably and given up.  So my main aim for January was to make healthier choices in the supermarket, and change my portion sizes because I know I’m an over-eater.  I have since started a popular diet now that the temptation of Christmas cake is gone.

If you spend a lot of time at home like I do you will know that it can really get you down if you don’t have anything to do all week and then getting motivated to do anything can get really tough. I am trying to find things to get involved with without over-committing. I’m not great at meeting new people but I want to change that and start going to coffee mornings and maybe join a walking group. If that really sounds like the worst thing ever then make plans with yourself, just write down a time and place and go there, you’ll be glad you did.

Take this new year one day at a time – January is almost over now and if it hasn’t been great so far that doesn’t mean that the rest of your year will be the same. If you aren’t up to New Year’s resolutions just yet, or if you’ve already slipped up, then just make them again on 10th February or 3rd March… whenever you’re up to challenging yourself and NOT when other people expect it of you.

Happy New Year

Super inspiring healthy food
Here’s a super inspiring picture of some roasted veggies.
 

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