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Helen Neale

Encouraging your kids to read with eBookadabra.

Ebookadabra: Get a three month free trial of the Apple reading app

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We have a TREAT for you this month, particularly if your kids like reading, or you are trying to encourage them to discover the joy of it at an early age. We have 100 (yes a hundred) codes for a three month free trial of the Apple reading app, eBookadabra for you.

The app is designed for 3 to 7 year olds, offering a “one-stop” solution for children’s reading.

The app allows kids to read hundreds of books from leading publishers such as Disney and Harper Collins.

Reading then incentivises children by helping them to unlock educational puzzles, games, collectable stickers and much more.

Although Ebookadabra is only just launching, the platform already has a wide variety of features on it such as:

  • The ability for parents to record themselves reading the stories that their children are looking at
  • A safe and secure messaging system that allows a child to talk to their parents about the progress they are making in app.
  • An innovative visual search engine designed for kids that lets the use visual search terms to explore our library of books.
  • The ability to save stories to your in-app library so you can enjoy them on the go.

All of this is available for less than the price of a book a month; £5.99 along with a 30 day free trial. But we are letting you have THREE MONTHS for free!

Ebookadabra also makes this experience for a child easier as there is now no need for you to lug around 100’s of books. It is cheaper too, as it offers the whole experience for less than the price of a single book a month.

Over the coming months eBookadabra will be adding hundreds of new books along with other new features. Why not sign up, and you can be in on the fun!

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We will pick the first 100, and send on an email with the details for downloading the app; good luck everyone!

Are mums reacting to the sampling they are getting? Where do they get their samples? Talk to Mums looks at Sampling and asks mums how effective it is.

Tell us about the samples you get for a chance to win £200 in shopping vouchers

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Talk to Mums want to hear from YOU! We have been busy in the background beavering away, trying to make sure we are offering the right services to you, as mums.

In order to do this, we would LOVE if you can help us by answering a survey on how often you get free samples, and what effect receiving them has on you. Do you remember them? Do you go on to chat about them to friends, family, or the dog? Finally, when you get a sample, does it make you actually want to go on and buy that product, particularly if you haven’t heard of the brand before.

The BEST thing about the help we want, is that if you do answer this survey, you will a) get added to our mailing list, so you hear about the samples from the brands we work with and b) get added to the random prize draw to win £200 in shopping vouchers from your choice of Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury and Morrisons. The closing date for the giveaway is 15 March 2017 at 11.59pm; so don’t miss out.

We will want to make sure that we offer you, as mums, the sampling that you want, and we are really keen to understand your experiences so far so that we can help brands reach as many of you as possible.

Do feel free to contact us too with ideas around sampling; we are always open to thoughts from our audience, as we really do believe that mums are the heroes.

Good luck with the giveaway, and we’ll be back with an exciting free offer for a new mobile app on the blog next week, so do come back and check it out.

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Win a 3in1 Mini Micro Deluxe from MicroScooters

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Microscooters is one of our favourite scooter brands - we love them!

We have an AMAZING prize for you all on the blog today from the wonderful brand that is Microscooters. Everyone we know has had a scooter for their kids, but there really is nothing to compare with a Microscooter. Both my children have had them, and there is nothing to rival their sturdiness, flexibility and reliability.

Even better, they are now available for children from vertually as soon as they can walk, thanks to the product we are giving away, the 3 in 1 Mini Micro Deluxe. The wonderful thing about these scooters is that they grow with your child:

  • 12 months – they are a ride on,
  • 18 months – they transform into a toddler scooter, and
  • 2 years – if they are ready, then they transform into a microscooter ready for them to take on the scooting world!

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What new products would you recommend to your mum friends?

What new products have you recommended to your mum friends?

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We want to hear from YOU this week!

We’d love to know what new products you have come across that you loved so much you would recommend to your mum friends. So come on and help us out by answering this survey.

It’s only a couple of questions, and then you will be in with a chance of winning £10 from Toys R’ Us.

It doesn’t matter what the product is, but just to jog your memory, it could be:

  • A fantastic new chocolate pudding which made you feel like you were eating out, even though you weren’t,
  • An amazing eye shadow that made you knock them dead even though you were up all night with then kids,
  • A perfect new toy that kept the baby entertained so you could have a sneaky bag of crisps, or
  • A new snack you discovered that kept the hunger at bay when you were travelling home from work on the train back to the family.

Whatever it is, we’d love to hear the product name, and why you liked it so much if you can. That way, we know who we should be approaching to get all our mums talking about them.

You never know, we might even get some of you some free products to sample too!

Why not share this survey, so we get more ideas for new products, AND more mums to help us talk about them as well?

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This competition closes on Tuesday 7th February at 11.59pm. The usual terms and conditions for Talk to Mums giveaways apply.

What Ice Cream do mums like to buy for their family freezer?

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Its a wee bit nippy outside, so this has got us thinking about the cold, and Ice Cream.

We are asking you this week what your favourite brand of Ice Cream is for the family. What do you and the kids like to eat on a lovely summer’s day?

Yeah – we know the weather isn’t quite right for this, but it’s making us feel warm so lets go with it 😀

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We are offering one random responder the chance to win £10 in Toys R Us vouchers as well. The closing date for this is Monday 30th January at 11.59pm. The usual T&Cs apply as well.

Sooty Mischief and Magic set

Win new Sooty product: Just tell us your favourite Sooty character!

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Happy New Year to everyone!

We are so pleased to be back in 2017, and hope you have all had a wonderful festive period. We are so excited that we are in a new year, that we have managed to get you all a little gift to start off the year with – a rather lovely new Sooty toy.

We have a Mischief and Magic set to give away; so your children can put on their own magic show, just like Sooty and Sweep. Childhood isn’t complete without trying to do the cup and ball trick, right?

All you need to do to enter is give us the answer to the poll below. We’ll pick a winner after the closing date and let them know via email if they have won. Please don’t forget to give us your email address, so we can contact you.

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The closing date for the competition is Monday 30th January, so don’t miss out. Usual terms and conditions for the competitions on the site apply. Do pop over and look at them if you’d like. Any other queries, drop us a line on helen@54.173.77.107.

We’d also love you to check out the opportunities we have for working with you all at the moment too. We can offer you paid work, so why not join us. You can get access to free samples of great new products for you and the kids, opportunities where you get paid to share samples with other mums, and even have a little get together in your own home about a specific brand.

Emm Bradley - who chose a career in blogging to help her daughter deal with DDH

Everyday heroes #1: Emma Bradley and DDH

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Talk to Mums is all about making yourself a HERO to your children and your family, just in a small way by providing them with information on great new products, and a new way of enjoying life, and experiencing it through those great brands.

There are so many mums and dads out there that are everyday heroes too, and we want to bring you their stories too on this blog, when we can. Our first story comes from the amazing, Emma Bradley, whose life changed when her daughter, Erin, was born.

Having three children was always in the life plan, and we were blessed when number three was born.  In many ways Erin was the easiest of my babies, and she slotted into family life with ease.  Her favourite thing to do was sleep, which was a novelty compared to her siblings; Chloe and Dylan. However, as Erin got older she continued to sleep more than average and not be as active as her peers.

Initially her lack of mobility did not concern me, despite mentioning it to the health visitor, at her nine month check.  I was reassured that Erin would be monitored, especially as the health visitor noticed that Erin’s thigh creases were not symmetrical and she would not weight bare.

After this ,every time I took Erin to the GP I mentioned her lack of mobility, but was told she was still young and within normal ranges. When Erin finally started walking, it became clear her foot turned in, and she limped. Fast forward more appointments and eventually an X-ray ordered by a paediatrician confirmed a late diagnosis of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH).

I knew very little about DDH, but quickly found out that Erin would be having extensive surgeries and spending months in a spica cast. A spica is a plaster cast that goes from tummy to ankles on both legs.Mum Heroes - Erin is diagnosed with DDH

The more I researched about DDH, the angrier I initially became.  Erin had shown the signs of DDH from birth, but it was never picked up. The late diagnosis has had a negative impact on treatment because if picked up at birth over 90% of babies are treated successfully with a pavlik harness.  There are no operations and the long term outcomes are really positive.

We never had the chance to be fixed through non-invasive methods. Instead, Erin endured six operations over a year, including one five hour operation. Bone grafts were taken to build her a new hip socket.

During this time, I took a year’s unpaid leave from teaching and I started campaigning for better awareness and training.  My blog Emma and 3 took a new direction as I wrote about the Signs and symptoms of hip dysplasia in toddlers and the treatment we were facing.

Still, I felt that more could be done, especially in educating others about DDH.  I have never heard of it during my two other pregnancies, and I never really question the hip health checks that are undertaken shortly after the baby’s birth.

I began fundraising for a national charity, including running a half marathon.  I continued to write about DDH, and this led me to speaking at a new-born screening conference for health professionals. I made many cry with our experience, and I hope they now consider DDH sooner when looking at babies who don’t move much.  I have also been on the national news and breakfast TV discussing DDH, and raising awareness of safe swaddling and safe baby wearing.

This also led to a change of career for me because Erin was later diagnosed with metatarsus abdductus and hypermobility syndrome.  She still gets very fatigued, and as a family we decided for her to be most successful at schoo,l we needed to remove the before and after school care.  This has worked really well, and I started a second blog Mums Savvy Savings.

Blogging has given me the freedom to be self-employed; it allows me to be at home with Erin and the older two.

Erin - diagnosed late with DDH, and her mum gave up work to be her hero.

Blogging is the ideal job for a busy mum like myself, who needs to earn good money, but have the flexibility to work the hours I choose.  In order to help other parents, I have also written a book on blogging and how you can make money from it.  The book Blogging Your Way To Riches is available on Amazon and via our website Blogging Your Way To Riches.

So this is Emma’s story – I am sure that you would agree that Emma and her little Erin are definitely worthy of their HERO status. If you know anyone who is pregnant, or has a little one, do make them aware of the signs of DDH. It can make a huge difference, as Emma says, to catch it early.

Do YOU have a story you would like to share with us about how you were a hero, or someone you know is? It can be something simple, such as making sure you made a Christmas production, to something a little more complicated like Emma. Whatever is it, we would love to hear from you, just drop me a note at helen@54.173.77.107.