Wednesday, 28 June 2017

FLUFFNUT Cupcakes #NumNomsCrazyCreation


We've been getting creative in the kitchen with NumNoms for their latest food campaign 
#NumNomsCrazyCreation


We’ve seen the Cronut (donut and croissant combination), a genius idea, which brought together two of our favourite pastry items into one amazing desert. 
Next it was the turn of green tea cake, for the slightly more health conscious, which saw a refreshing cake born from a popular hot beverage. 
More recently, Marks and Spencer introduced the Croloaf, a loaf of bread make out of croissants 


When thinking of ideas for our creations, we sat down with all our NumNoms on the table and picked out our favourites.....

The over all winners were ....
Cherry Ann (doughnut type)
Softy Mallow (marshmallow type)
Nana Heart (Candy Num)

So from them we decided to make......

FLUFFNUT CUPCAKES!


RECIPE:

Mini Ring Doughnuts,
Fluff Spread
Love hearts.

The no bake cupcakes, that are just perfect for doing with the little ones.
Beware you can get rather sticky!!!


The end result was pretty epic!
They looked really sweet and tasted amazing, I could have eaten all of them!

They were easy and super quick to put together and everyone got involved.

The boys and myself were all really impressed with our creative make and I know it will be requested the next time I go shopping.


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Tackling Early Morning Wake Up Calls With The Gro Clock

Having twins is great, but having twins does have its downside.
Like when one wakes up at 5am and decides its an awesome idea to get the other one up.
For them to both coming running through shouting and screaming about one thing or another is not so great.


These lovely sunny mornings are lovely but they're a right pain in the bum when the kids don't quite understand it isn't really time to get up.

It's just like when Ana says to Else in Frozen
"The Suns awake, so I'm awake."


So out of desperation I decided to contact the Gro Company and see if I could review their Gro Clock.
I had heard great things from other bloggers and my Sister in Law swears by hers.

They were lovely enough to say yes and sent one out to me straight away.


The Gro Clock;



FEATURES

  • Glowing screen shows images of stars and sun to communicate ‘sleep’ and ‘wake-up’ time
  • Includes fun bedtime story book
  • Stars go out one-by-one during the night to show the passing of time
  • Key-lock option
  • Option to set two separate wake-up times (weekday/weekend or night-time/day-time nap)
  • Adjustable screen brightness
  • Silent operation
  • Optional audible alarm feature
  • Mains powered (adapter included)
  • Suitable from age 2+ years
  • Conforms to highest applicable British and European Standards
  • Educational option of showing digital clock during the ‘stars to sun’ countdown
  • “Mr Star” night time graphic
  • Beautifully illustrated bedtime storybook

The night that it arrived I sat the twins down and explained what it was and what it meant.
They looked at me like I was talking another language, so I told them to listen to the story and hoped they'd understand by the time the story was finished.....

Thankfully it had sunken in and they were ready to prove to me they understood what it meant when the clock was blue and when it was yellow.

I set the clock so that the sun would come up at 7am.
That would leave me to get up at 6.30 and potter around without all the chaos and commotion of having them all up early and it gave me a bit of a lay in too.

Getting up at 5am is no fun, it leaves us all feeling grumpy and miserable for the rest of the day.

To be honest I wasn't 100% sure it would work but I crossed my fingers as I went to bed that night....
To my amazement the boys did stay asleep until 6.30 which is a bit of a record for them and when they came through to my room, I asked them if their special sun had come up to which they replied No. 
So I questioned them ...."what does that mean?!"
 They both replied .... "We should still be in bed"
To which they both went back off to bed and stayed their chatting quietly until the sun had come up.

We've been using the Gro Clock for around two weeks now and they are still waking up before the sun but only by 15 to 10 minutes before the sun is due up. 
They aren't running through to us screaming or shouting as soon as they wake, they just sit in their room quietly and I'm pretty happy with that!

The 5am wake up calls have stopped and we all are 100% happier for it!





"Getting lots of sleep, you see, gives us bags of energy.
So if you want a day of fun,
stay in bed until the sun!"






You can buy the Gro Clock from the Gro Store.

















3 Steps Towards That Once In A Lifetime Family Holiday

As a parent, you may find that you don't spend as much quality time with your kids as you would like. This is not for want of trying - but all too often, life just gets in the way, and family life becomes driven by routine. 
Shaking up that routine, however, can be a huge benefit for both parent and child alike. Modern families operate very differently to the way they did thirty or forty years ago - the notion of eating dinner together has vanished from a huge proportion of households, and the rise of technology has meant that young children are spending less time outside and more time in front of a screen. 

Parents also spend more time working, commuting and ferrying their kids around - and even Mum deserves a break too! That's why a big family holiday can be the best way to reconnect with your kids among the madness of everyday life. 
It is also something on many people's bucket lists: to take their kids away on a once in a lifetime trip that they'll remember forever. 
But pulling off such an excursion is easier said than done. There's a lot of money involved, and you want to make sure you pick somewhere that appeals to everyone (something that's quite hard if you have kids of different ages). 
However, if have faith in your planning abilities and you're dead set on giving your children the holiday they always dreamed of, here are a few ways to bring that dream to life.



Get your finances in order

There's no shying away from the fact that ANY family holiday costs a lot of money. But if you want to do something special next year, you'll need to start rethinking the way in which you handle your finances. 
The first thing to consider is where the bulk of the money is going to come from. You may already have a tasty savings pot, or perhaps you were fortunate enough to come into some inheritance a few years ago. If this isn't the case, however, you may need to get a little more inventive. 
One such way you can access the money required to fund such a trip is by looking into home owner loans.
Unlike other loans (questionable payday lenders, we're looking at you!), a home owner loan is secured against your property, making it altogether more reliable.
A lot of people use their home owner loan to see their kids through university or to reinvest back into the house, but there's nothing to stop you putting some of the funds towards a vacation either.

Pick something suitable

Trying to find a holiday that means everybody's requirements can be a pretty complex process. Your youngest might want nothing more than to go to Disneyworld, but you know full well that your eldest would sulk the whole time if your holiday revolved around talking animals and princesses. In this instance, you may want to try and meet in the middle; for example, booking a vacation to America and traveling through South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. 
That way, you can visit Disneyworld for those who are interested, but your whole vacation doesn't revolve around it. Don't be afraid to think outside the box, either. 
Africa may not be the go-to option for family vacations, but it boasts some surprisingly beautiful beach resorts, and taking your kids on safari is something they'll never forget.





Set some rules in place before you leave

Holidays are all about having fun and relaxing. 
So, the last thing you want is for your children to be fighting the whole time you are there, or for there to be a sour atmosphere in the air. 
This type of behavior can have a knock-on effect on the whole holiday, which in turn can leave a bad taste in everyone's mouths. When you start planning the excursion, sit your children down and explain that you will only be going on the trip if they promise to show good behaviour.

Making efforts to change any bad behavior before jetting off will help you feel calmer about the whole thing. Also, make sure you are prepared to deal with all the eventualities that traveling with kids can bring. A screaming child on an airplane is no fun for anyone, least of all the parent of said child! So bring plenty of onboard entertainment to keep them occupied throughout the journey. 
Laying down the ground rules and being prepared simply means you will have more chance to sit back and enjoy your well-deserved break.





*Collaborative Post.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Hiding From The Sun With Fuzzy-Felt.

Last week was sooo hot that we often found ourselves hiding away indoors.
During one of our hide out sessions we decided to open up the Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt pack that we were sent from John Adams


Inside the box you get,
Over 70 assorted felt shapes,
Ideas Leaflet
Felt play board.


Ru loves Paw Patrol and he needed no instructions on what to do with the felt pieces, he instantly started making pictures with the different pieces.



He really enjoyed making different pictures and showing me the end results.

The felt shapes stick nicely to the play board and they're is a nice selection of different pieces to choose from.



Ru spent a good half an hour making up different scenes and chatting away to himself whilst he did so.
Making up little scenes and playing with the Paw Patrol team.


It was the perfect activity to keep Ru entertained whilst we kept him in from the sun for a bit.
The twins have also had a play with it and both enjoyed it as much as Ru did.

We've never had a Fuzzy-Felt toy before, but I certainly will be buying more when looking for Christmas or birthday presents.


Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt is suitable for children aged 3-6yrs.
Fuzzy-Felt is one of Britains best loved toys!
You can buy this Paw Patrol Fuzzy-Felt from amazon for £12.99.





Weekend Vibes..

It wasn't a weekend filled with excitement but I thought I would share what we got up too.

With Jon's back still healing we are very limited to what we can do, as he isn't allowed to be in a car or walk too far, but we tried to make it as fun for the boys as we could.

Saturday

We put up our new framed posters in the lounge, we recently had a re-jig in the lounge and are trying to put our own stamp on it rather than have it looking like it came out of the Next catalogue.

So both Jon and I picked one of our favourite films and found a poster ....
Mine is My Neighbour Totoro and Jon's is The Goonies.

The lounge is really becoming how we both want it to look.
One of the best things about the lounge is that there are no toys in there!


The twins had a party to attend in the afternoon, so I took them off and left Jon with Ru and Noah.
The party was over the road at the lavender farm, so before we went into the play barn I got the boys to take a picture next to the rows of lavender and of course they couldn't pose nicely, they both had to dab...


I also managed to get a quick snap of a bumblebee as we headed off towards the barn.
I'm going to have to go back with my camera and see if I can capture some better pictures.


The boys had a nice time at the party and were both ready for bed by the time we got back home.
They ate their cake and goodies from their party bag whilst the rest of us had dinner.
Once the boys were all in bed I cracked on with my cross stitch as I was determined to finish it before we settled down to watch Dr Who.



Sunday.

After the morning tidy up, I sat down with the boys and we had a bit of a Lego session.
They had been given a couple of sets for their birthday and Rupert found my Wonder Woman set that has been sat on my bedside table forever.






We then sat down and played a few games which I had been sent, but you'll find out about those in another post.

Sam came over and kept Noah entertained and the twins and Ru sat down to watch Goosebumps, one of their favourite films at the moment.

When they weren't playing games with me or in their rooms they were in the garden on their bikes.

Whilst the boys were busy in the garden I decided that I would put up all my cross stitch projects up on the kitchen wall....


It's a work in progress as I have more kits in the post.
I'm really enjoying my new hobby.

Once dinner was finished and Sam had gone home we sat down and did some homework with the boys.

As you can see it wasn't really that exciting but the boys all had fun just chilling and playing.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Unboxing // Fred's Box - Mystery Box.


I love subscription boxes and receive a few myself.
It's like a special treat every month and it sure beats opening the same old boring bills.
So when I heard about Fred's Box I was very interested in seeing what was inside one.

All the boys get excited when they see the postman hand me over a box and I always get asked is that for me??

So when Rupert asked if this was for him I said yes and he did a mini happy dance!


We were sent the Mystery box, which is suitable for children ages 3 and up.
Perfect for little Ru bear.


HOW IT WORKS

Fred's Box is the best monthly subscription box for both kids and geeks. 
They can be ordered either as a prepaid one off or monthly box, or a pay monthly rolling subscription.

They have 2 new monthly subscription boxes:

  • The Fred's Mystery Monthly Box this is aimed at children between the ages of 3 and 16 years old. 
  • This is a fun packed box filled with mystery goodies!
  •  It will always include an age appropriate reading book, trading cards, Ooshie (a different one each month), Fred's Box pencil and sticker, 4 x design it yourself postcards plus between 2 and 5 mystery gifts!! This box will still fit through the letterbox so you won't need to be in to receive your goodies! 
  • This also comes as a twins subscription box and is one box with double the goodies. 


A little bit about Fred .....

My name is Fred, I am a 7 year old boy who loves receiving my own post. 
So I set this up in January 2017 (with a bit of help from mummy) to help other children receive exciting post addressed to them.
I enjoy opening up the boxes each month with no idea what is inside, I look forward to it each month.


Ru's face lit up when he saw all the goodies inside.
He didn't know what to pick up first.
He's obviously been watching unboxing videos on Kids Tube as he pretended to read all the instructions to me before picking up the toys.


The hot wheel car was a big hit with him, he's slowly losing interest in his Disney Cars and keeps trying to take the boys hot wheel cars, so when he saw he had his very own one, he put it right in his pocket to make sure no one could claim it as theirs!


Ru loves Disney Tsum Tsum and was please to have some more to add to his ever growing collection.




The blank postcards got put to use once he had finished playing with the Tsum Tsum and Hot Wheel car, he loved the guitar crayons and whilst colouring in he kept telling me they look like Daddy's guitars upstairs.



As you can see our Fred's Box was filled up with lovely goodies.
There wasn't anything that Ru didn't like.
He gave his TMNT cards to the twins as he isn't really into them, but other than that he kept everything for himself.


Ru gives his Fred's Box a big thumbs up!


Fred's Box also do an Ooshie Box;


  • The Ooshie Subscription Box is aimed at everybody over the age of 5! 
  • Ooshies are squishy mini figures of your favourite licensed characters that also double up as pencil toppers. 
  • Within this box you will receive between 2 and 10 Ooshies, a Fred's Box Pencil, a sticker and 2 x design it your self postcards to send to family and friends, or even back to us if you would like to be in with a chance to win some goodies

Monday, 19 June 2017

Frame My Name // Review & Giveaway.

I love anything thats personalised.
So when I heard about Frame My Name I was more than happy to jump at the chance to review a personalised name print.

The only tricky bit was deciding who to get it for.

Noah is too old,
I couldn't get one for one twin and not the other, so by elimination Rupert was the winner on this occasion.


It arrived quickly and was nicely packaged, you could see it was packed extra care to make sure it arrived in one piece.

I love the vibrant colours and it looks perfect in the white frame.

It took a while to pick which design I was going to finally go for, but I'm really happy with the Super Hero design.

It ties in nicely with Ru's new super hero obsession and looks pretty awesome in his room.


Once you have chosen your design, you then have the following options;
  • Child’s first name (up to 11 letters) 
  • Wording line 1 (e.g. child's full name, date of birth etc if required) 
  • Wording line 2 (e.g. personal message or quote if required) 
  • Frame colour – choice of stained or white frame.


Not only was I pleased with it, Ru was too.
He had a smile from ear to ear when he came home from nursery to find it on his wall.

Frame My Name have a great array of designs, they have everything from Circus designs to unicorn designs.
Something for ever taste.


Frame My Name are letting me giveaway not one but two personalised name prints!
All you have to do is to follow the rafflecopter options below.
Good Luck.



T&Cs

Two winners will be picked at random,
Winners will have 48hrs to respond to email before another winner is picked.
Winners details will be sent over to Frame My Name who will then be in touch to sort out getting the print that you want.
Comp will run until the 3rd July 12am.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Twirlywoos // Fun Sounds Big Red Boat and Fun Sounds Great Bighoo Soft Toy Review


Ru adores the Twirlywoos and always enjoys watching the shows.

So when Golden Bear Toys sent him some new Fun Sound toys to play with his eyes lit right up just like it was Christmas!


We were sent;

Fun Sounds Great Bighoo soft toy (RRP £10.99)
  • Super soft and beautifully textured fabrics
  •  Character says their signature sounds
  • He makes a lloveable cuddly companion and a great friend to go on twirly adventures with!

and


  • Includes 3 fun boat sounds
  • Built to last from tough materials
  • The perfect size for little hands



Ru was very impressed with his new toys and wanted to set sail on a Twirlywoo adventure straight away.

He loved hearing the boat make noises and he couldn't resist a cuddle or two from Great Big Hoo.
He even went and fetched his Interactive Musical Chick to join in the fun.



The toys are lovely and super cute and I think they would make an ideal gift for any little Twirlywoo fan.
They're not overly priced and have they have a wow factor.
Rupert certainly wow'd when he saw his.



Rupert has really fallen in love with these toys and he sits his Big Red Boat proudly on his shelf when he goes to bed, so that its safe from his brothers and in his view at all times. 
Great BigHoo cuddles up next to him in bed to help keep him nice and safe while he sleeps.



Do you have a Twirlywoo fan at home?