Benefits of Reading Bedtime Stories Plus a Giveaway

*Collaborative post.

Reading bedtime stories to children is really important. My children love reading, they read everyday. Believe it or not, the first thing they do when they wake up is to grab a book from their bookshelves to read. I know they are awake in the morning when I hear them reading their favourite books. So reading comes naturally to my kids. They enjoy reading various books and I enjoy reading to them. The importance of reading can never be overemphasised, and I am glad to see the twins have inherited my love for reading. I enjoy reading bedtime stories to my kids. It is one of my favourite parts of the day and I cherish our bonding time.


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Ditch the tech and read actual books

I read to the kiddies every night. Bedtime stories are very important, and I make sure we never miss this family bonding time. Even when we are away on holiday, I make sure to take a couple of books with us for bedtime reading. The benefits of reading bedtime stories are numerous, which is why it is so important to read a bedtime story everyday. Reading actual books is the right way to do this. The kiddies have their tablets and Leapfrogs with eBooks but when it comes to everyday reading and bedtime stories, we make sure to read a book and ditch the tech.


The benefits of reading bedtime stories and Pyjamarama campaign

Francesca Simon, a bestselling author, comments on how important it is to read books to our children : “Reading a bedtime story together is one of the best experiences a child and parent can share, and something tech cannot replace. The many evenings I spent immersed in books with my son, Joshua, until he was 11, not only inspired me to become a children’s author, but are also some of our best shared memories and gave my son the confidence, curiosity and thirst for learning that has set him up for life”.

Just ten minutes of reading a book together a day makes such a massive difference in the lives of the little ones. It helps build children’s language and understanding, imagination, spelling, resilience and confidence. It is also a great way for a family to bond. Which is why I am working with BookTrust to raise awareness about the joy of the bedtime story by celebrating Pyjamarama, a nationwide fundraising campaign by BookTrust on 7th June. Brits are asked to donate £1 to wear their pyjamas all day on Friday 7th June. Money raised will go towards helping BookTrust ensure that every child experiences the amazing benefits of access to books and reading.


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What your donation can do
  • £25 could provide 15 pre-school children living in women’s refuge centres with their own bookpack
  • £50 could provide 6 families from deprived communities with additional support through theirchildren’s centre to develop a reading habit
  • £100 could help us work with a struggling secondary school to support teenagers re-engage with reading
  • £1,000 could enable us to support 740 children with a disability that impacts motor skills, providing them with specially created touch and feel books, finger puppets and guidance for parents


Giveaway Details

Now for the giveaway information, BookTrust has offered to gift a reader a Ben and Holly 5 Figure Pack & Little Library.



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To take part in this giveaway, you need to do the following –

  1. Follow me on Twitter and Retweet this post.
  2. Follow my new YouTube channel.
  3. Leave a comment telling me why reading to children is so important. Please remember to include your Twitter name so I know where to find you.

You can also stay up to date with my blog posts and vlogs on my Facebook page – Fashion and Style Police.


The giveaway will run for 2 weeks. It ends 6 June at 10pm. The winner will be contacted via Twitter so please ensure you leave your Twitter name. It is open to UK residents only.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the day.


The Kiddies Review Johnson’s Products

*PR Samples.

The Kiddies got the lovely opportunity to try some of the new and improved Johnson’s Products. They have been using these products for many days and they really like them. I must confess I like them as well. This new range is definitely a lot better than the old one.


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JOHNSON’S® 2 in 1 Shampoo

This Shampoo is really good for the kiddies, especially more son. He loves it. It Hypoallergenic and Paediatrician-tested. You can grab it in 300ml and 500ml bottles.


JOHNSON’S® No More Tangles™ Kids Conditioner

This Kids Conditioner is so handy to have around the house. I like that it is Hypoallergenic** and pH balanced. It is available in 300ml and 500ml bottles.


JOHNSON’S® Strength Drops Kids Conditioner

The Johnson’s® Strength Drops Kids Conditioner is enriched with Vitamin E and it is great for conditioning and strengthening the hair. We have been using a lot of this conditioner.


JOHNSON’S® Strength Drops Kids Shampoo

This Johnson’s Strength Drops Kids Shampoo cleans the hair and helps it stay healthy and strong. It is one of our favourite from the new Johnson’s range. I think it is a fantastic product for the kids.



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JOHNSON’S® Shiny Drops Kids Conditioner

If you are after a conditioner that will leave your child’s hair silky and shiny, then you will need to try this JOHNSON’S® Shiny Drops Kids Conditioner.


JOHNSON’S® Shiny Drops Kids Shampoo

This Shiny Drops Kids Shampoo by Johnson’s is enriched with a drop of Argan oil and touch of silk protein, which does wonders for the hair. It is another lovely shampoo from the new range.



We are huge fans of the Johnson’s Baby Oil. There is always one in our house even though it is a baby product. It is one of those multi-tasking products we always like to have in the bathroom cabinet.


JOHNSON’S® No More Tangles™ Kids Shampoo

This is another Johnson’s Shampoo we have been trying our hands on. It is a great product, and I can see it over and over again.


  1. I love the packaging of these products. I think they are colourful and stunning. They will definitely catch my eye when out shopping for toiletries.
  2. The products are really mild and gentle for the skin and hair. But they do a thorough job still.
  3. I love the light and soft fragrance of the products. They smell nice but not overpowering.
  4. The shampoos and conditioners for the kids are free from dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulphates, alcohol, and soap, which is lovely.
  5. The NO MORE TEARS® formula is as gentle to the eyes as pure water, which makes hair wash days a lot easier. Some shampoos and conditioners really sting the eyes, so it is great this range does not.
  6. Many of the products are Paediatrician and dermatologist-tested, with all being Paediatrician tested, which gives that added peace of mind.



None. We can’t fault these products. They are really good.


I am giving away some Johnson’s Baby Products. There is still time to enter the giveaway, so do so if you haven’t already.


What do you think of this new and improved Johnson’s range? Have you tried any of the products?




The Kiddies Do 360 Play Basildon

We spent our spring break holiday in Essex and London with family. The Kiddies had a lovely 2 weeks holiday and they went back to school with stories to tell. On the first day of our holiday, we had the opportunity to watch Dumbo in the cinema. It was a lovely movie. We all enjoyed it, which I found surprising as I wasn’t sure I was going to like. On the second day, we decided to go spend the day at 360 Play Basildon, and I am glad we did.



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This was our second time at 360 Play Basildon. We visited a few years ago for my nephew’s birthday party but we were restricted as it was a birthday event. This time, there were no restrictions. The kiddies had a lovely time going from the bottom floor to the top. They went on all sorts of rides and explored every bit of the place. It was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed because it wasn’t really busy when we were there. Kids were still in school in the south, as our school went our holiday pretty early. So there was room to really enjoy and have fun.

We were at 360 Play Basildon for about 5 hours and the twins did not get bored for a minute. There was so much to do. There were the massive slides they couldn’t get enough of. The cars were another hit with the kids, they really enjoyed the rides. My daughter also enjoyed riding the Carousel at the top floor. She also found the Vet shop and the dressing up rooms fascinating. My son was more into the slides, ball pit, Lego section and the fire engine trucks.


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I recommend 360 Play Basildon. It is really a place to play. I found it a bit pricey at first, definitely more expensive than your regular soft play. But as soon as soon as I stepped inside, I could see why it was more expensive. We went on a week day and it wasn’t school holidays in Essex yet, so we paid off-peak prices – £3.50 per adult and £9.95 per child. I booked our day online and got some discount for registering and booking before the day.

360 Play Basildon is definitely not a regular soft play centre. There are so many rides and activities to keep the children busy for hours non stop. There were also no restrictions on how long we could stay, which made the journey to the spot and price worth while in the end.


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Have you visited 360 Play Basildon? What are your thoughts on this place? What did you do with the kids over the spring break? Do sound off in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading. Have a great week.


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