Wednesday, 4 July 2018

...One Step Closer To The Good Life...

So it has been a rather long dream of ours to get chickens!
We had an old chicken house set up in one of our old houses but never actually got round to adding chickens.

So a few months ago we decided to buy a second-hand shed and do it up as a chicken coop.

Jon and I built it together and then i was set the task to make it look pretty.
It started life looking rather shabby and a horrible dusty red colour, which to be honest stuck out like a sore thumb in the garden.

I went with a paint shade called sage, and I'm really pleased with the results.


In between coats (which i did four off!) I did a bit of a chicken hunt online and came across someone local who breeds some really lovely chickens called Swedish Flower Hens, so i put my name down for two but they won't be with us for a few weeks yet as they have only justed hatched.

So I found someone local and once the shed was finally finished with a cover on the top of the run to give the hens some shade from the glaring sun and cover from the rain - whenever that decides it's going to return and we had all the food, grit and mite dust we needed we headed over to see if any of the hens took our fancy.

I was being a bit of a chicken snob and said I didn't really want a normal looking brown hen as they just didn't interest me and Jon just nodded and went along with what I was saying, once there however that all changed!

As soon as we walked up to the coop, two nosey madams came right up to us and followed us around.
I was instantly smitten and had to have them both, then I saw a speckled pecking around and thought she'd make a good addition to our new little flock.

I was actually pretty blown away by how big they were, God knows why as I walk past wild cockrels daily when I take Noah to school!


Once home we took them to the run and opened the box and just left them to it, we sat and watched them from the other side of the run.
It didn't take long for the hens to jump out and start exploring their new home.


So let me introduce the new ladies in town...

Betsy
Dotty


Coraline

The boys were over the moon to find chickens in the garden once they got home from school and have all enjoyed feeding them and watching them peck around.
Ru is in love and has decided Coraline is his favourite as he loves the feathers around her neck.

I have become a bit of a crazy chicken lady and have been reading up on lots of chicken blogs and finding ways to keep them tip top and happy.
From making sure they are wormed and mite free to putting different fresh herbs into their next boxes to help them feel relaxed and stress free.
I ever treated them to half a frozen watermelon yesterday to help combat the heatwave, which they very happily pecked away at throughout the day.

Frozen Watermelon goodness.
After reading up on chickens before hand I wasnt really expecting to find eggs straight away so imagine my surprise after the 5th time of checking the nest box the following morning to find our very first fresh egg!



Cooking that first egg, I dont think I have ever felt so much pressure to make sure it was cooked to perfection, in all its runny glory.
I turned to Jamie Oliver and did it exactly how he says too and thankfully it was nice and perfectly runny, had that fresh egg bright yellow york and it tasted amazing!

We've had an 1 egg every day since we got them last Thursday, we even got TWO on Sunday which was amazing


We are back to only finding one egg, and I think it might be a while until we are getting three eggs a day daily but just seeing that one egg sat in the nest makes me so excited!


Betsy is our most friendlist hen and loves having her daily strokes, she makes sure shes right there every time i enter the run pecking on my wellies to say hello.

I'm working on the other two hens and hopefully, they'll soon be as friendly as Betsy.

Beware Chicken updates will probably come in thick and fast!











Tuesday, 3 July 2018

...Rawr-some fun with Imaginext and Jurassic World...

The boys all love anything to do with Dinosaurs and are pretty big fans of Jurassic World and cannot wait to see the new one (which will have to be once it's available to buy on Sky, as the boy's arent all big cinema fans. 
So when I was asked if they would like to try out the brand new Imaginext Jurassic World' I knew instantly they would love too!



On Sunday Rupert spent the day with his Auntie and Uncle and they took him to a local Dinosaur park! 
His love for those scary creatures has just boomed over the past few weeks, so I thought once he was home it would be the perfect time to open up the giant box containing all the Rawr-some dino treats from Imaginext.


We were sent;

Walking Indoraptor - RRP £64.99
Dinosaur Hauler - RRP - £42.99
 Feature Character Assortment - RRP £18.99
(Three to Collect - Each set includes a super cool dinosaur, character figure, and accessories)
and a 
Basic Character Assortment - £11.99





Ru chose the giant walking Indoraptor as his toy and ran off into the garden to have a play, he thought how she chased after Owen was amazing he kept telling me she was a magic dinosaur!
He kept trying to out drive the Indoraptor but she kept right on his heels.

The other's were soon outside playing alongside Ru and diving deep into their very own Jurassic World.




Oscar loved how the Dinosaur Hauler came with everything he could possibly need to catch his very own dinosaur.
The Dinosaur Hauler comes with hauler vehicle, projectile launcher, net projectile, dinosaur and Asset Containment Unit (ACU) figure.

He decided his Dinosaur was the Dino which is called Blue in the first movie (forgive me if he's wrong) and he loved making her attack his figure and found all sorts of horrible endings for that poor figure.


Noah even dragged himself away from his room to play with the Jurassic World figures!
He loved this vehicle as he remembers it from the first film and has always said he would love to go inside one, so having it as a toy is the next best thing.

Noah joined up with Oscar to see if Oscar's Blue could catch up with Noah and attack his figure, and unfortunately for her Blue did many, many, many times!

Alex thought his venom throwing dinosaur was the best and loved how he could knock down his human figure and get him all covered in slime (best part about that, was the fact it wasn't real slime!)




I haven't seen all four boys playing together like this in such a long time, usually, within minutes one or two are crying about how someone else has got their toy or called them a name or god forbid looked at them! 
They played with the Imaginext toys for most of the afternoon, sharing nicely taking it in turns to use the different toys and make up all sorts of exciting stories, they even took my phone and used it to make some stop animation short films. 









The Imaginext Jurassic World toy range really is perfect for everyone, it has a nice range of items and there's something for everyone's budget and they all very entertaining from the really big toys to the little ones.
They could make the perfect birthday present, a well done on a school achievement or I'm going to say it.... stocking filler!

All the boys love the Jurassic World range and have played with them every day since we unboxed them! 
Most of the figures and dinosaurs all join us at meal times.

Highly recommended 

Suitable for ages 3+

One of the boys stop motion clips.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

... Kinetic Rock 3-in-1 Loader ...

Kinetic Rock 3-in-1 Loader. Drill, crush, and scoop with Kinetic Rock’s 3-in-1 Loader. Equipped with three clip-on tools, this loader is ready for business! 
Each set comes with gold Kinetic Rock! 
Made from natural rock, it magically sticks together and is fun to squeeze, shape, and mould! 


Did you know that Kinetic Sand is the number one sand brand* in the UK.




Key Features

Children 3+ years 
RRP £16.99
Poseable construction figure and shovel, pick, wrench and lunchbox to create a real construction jobsite!

Included in the box 
8 oz. (226 g) of kinetic rock gold,. 
1 deluxe construction vehicle,. 
3 attachable vehicle tools,. 
5 accessories,. 
1 character figurine


Ru was over the moon to recieve the Kinetic Rock 3 in 1 loader, he loves playing with his Kinetic Sand sets and was super excited to try out something a little new!

As soon as we opened the box and Ru saw the magical gold rock and said it looks just like 'pirate gold Mummy!!'
Ru loves feeling all sorts of different textures and I could tell he was really enjoying the texture of the  Kinetic Rock as he played.
He couldn't stop squeezing the rock in his hands and watching it fall to the table.

Ru got right into playing, digging away with the Loader and then switching his tools around to see which tool worked best.

He then decided to hide the toy diamond inside all the Kinetic Rock and then use the pickax to dig it out again, just like his brothers do on Minecraft.





Once Ru was finished I had the task of tidying it all away, and what i thought might be a bit of a task was actually really rather easy.
The Kinetic Rock does what it says it does and sticks together nicely and it me took a matter of moments to tidy it all away back into the box, ready for the next time Ru wants to play!

Find out more about Kinetic Rock over on the Kinetic Sand website...
Kinetic Rock 3 in 1 Loader is avaliable from most good toy stores.

**I Was sent the product for free, in return for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own.