Sunday, 17 September 2017

Paddington Bear Is Back!


Paddington is heading back to the big screen on November 10th, and to celebrate the release of Paddington 2, University Games has created a range of exciting new fun filled Paddington themed games and activities for you to enjoy.


Get creative with Paddington Colour On, for hours of colouring and activity fun with everyone’s favourite bear! 
With three metres of Paddington colouring scenes and activities, children of all ages can join Paddington on his adventures.

Simply turn the easy-twist dial to reveal a new activity or colouring scene, and then twist it back when it’s time to pack away. 
RRP: £7.99, available from John Lewis



The boys all love drawing and colouring in so the Colour On was a big hit with them.
I love that I could just roll it out, give each of them a section and leave the colouring pencils at the end of the table and let them crack on.


There was no fighting over whose paper was whose and they happily sat their colouring in the different pictures and trying to solve the puzzles together.
It has to be one of the nicest colouring in sessions I've seen from them lately.
Normally they end up in pencil fights!

Once they were finished I didn't have to go round picking up lots of different pieces of paper, I just rolled it back up and put it back on the art shelf!
#mumwin!

With 3 meters of paper they have plenty to be getting on with!

Follow the adventures of Paddington in PaddingtonTM Spot The Difference, a fantastic new take on spot the difference, where players can follow the adventures of Paddington in two seemingly identical images!
With over 80 different spot the difference PaddingtonTM scenes, find the differences to beat your opponent to find the infamous pot of marmalade!

With dry erase markers and easy-wipe Paddington scenes, the fun is never ending with this exciting Paddington twist on a children’s classic! 
 RRP: £7.99, available from John Lewis


Purpose of the Game
Be the first player to spot all 5 differences on your score card and find the 'hidden pot of marmalade'.

Recommended age 8+
Players 1+


Noah loves spot the differences and is rather good, his eyes work much faster than mine.
Before we started the game we both took a card and just hunted for the differences, once we had done that we cracked on with the game.


As I thought, Noah was the first to complete his score card and find the hidden pot of marmalade, I was only one behind him so I don't think I did too badly.

It was a great game and one we'll be playing again and one that Noah will be able to play with his cousin Sam when he comes round to visit.

Again another win for getting him away from screen time!



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Monday, 11 September 2017

Big Ben, Back To School and Sleepy Lotion.


The start of last week I headed up to St Thomas with Jon.
His back has been playing him up and he told to turn his device off as it seemed to be giving him some side effects.
5 days without it on he was still having the shakes and feeling tired.

His doctors have told him it doesn't seem to be the device thats doing so their must be an underlying issue.
He's now booked into have an emergency EEG.


Whilst waiting for our train back to Kings Lynn we grabbed some lunch from Wabi's.
We've been together 7 years and this was our first sushi date.
He's still begging me to take him to Yo Sushi.


Tuesday was Rupert's last day at his old nursery and he came home and did his biggest line up yet.
He's not fond of goodbyes and I think this was his was with coping.
He didn't allow me to get rid of it and all the boys had to eat their breakfast around it on Wednesday morning.


All four boys starts back at school on Wednesday.
Noah headed off into Year 5, the Twins started their Year 1 adventure and Ru started the schools nursery.
We had no tears or tantrums, everyone was really excited about going back to school.
Even Ru went in without any fuss.


To celebrate everyone being back in school Jon and I popped over to Costa Coffee and had a coffee in peace and quite with out the usual I want that I need that oh Im bored now.
It was bliss.


After Costa we popped into Tesco and I got some flowers for the house, when I do a massive clean I always like some flowers to finish it off.
The rest of Wednesday was spent getting the house back in order.


I was half expecting Thursday to be full of tears and them telling me they didn't want to go back to school, but no they were just as happy as they were on Wednesday.


I popped into Hunstanton after drop off as we had library books to put back in and I had a book to collect.


The librarian was very excited when she handed me over the book as its one of her favourites.
I've heard good things about it and I'm getting really stuck into it.


Thursday I also put this Sleepy Lotion from Lush to the test, the internet is going crazy for it at the moment and I was really hoping it would be the magic I was looking for.....


But no!
No such luck for this sleep avoider.
He did smell lovely though, like a strange smelling biscuit.
I'll keep using it on all of the boys and myself as you really can't beat Lush lotion for making your skin silky smooth.


Friday I began to feel a bit lost without everyone around, so I decided to fill my time baking a cake.
The last few bakes I've done really didn't turn out so well, so it was nice to see this looking like it should have and It tasted amazing.

Salted Caramel Cake.



Sunday, 10 September 2017

Gel-A-Peel Glow In The Dark Notebook Challenge

Before Noah went back to school he was challenge to design a notebook cover with Gel-A-Peel.


The perfect intersection of fashion + design. Design. Peel. Wear. Share. Gel-A-Peel allows you to express yourself through your own designer creations!


Inside the pack
  • 3 Gel-a-Peel tubes
  • 16 design templates
  • Gel tray with squeegee tool to make gel shapes and gems!
  • 5 designer tips: 3 round, 1 rake, 1 star
  • Clear drawing sheet, Cleaning tool. Accessory hardware
Noah was also provided a copper notebook which you can find in Primark for £2.50.


Noah really liked the idea of designing his own notebook cover.
He loves being arty and when he's not on Minecraft or building Lego sets he's at his desk drawing.

He had big ideas for his notebook, first he was going to draw Link from Zelda on it, then he was going to put some wrestler logos on but he struggled at bit with doing really detailed drawings with the pens.


So we let it dry and peeled it off and let him start again.
This time he just went with some doodles.
I showed him it was much easier to do simple designs with the pens and that they weren't really designed for complicated pictures.

He started off with his name and year group, then wanted to do a bit of a Tom Gates design and I he just went to town.
Below is the end result.
He even designed a bracelet using the design template included in the pack.


The pens glow nicely in the dark and that really pleased Noah as usually when things say they glow in the dark they barely do!

You can find The Glow in the dark pack here for £14.99