Friday, 29 September 2017

Wedding Fever Has Well and Truly Hit ...

So it would seem I'm getting married in 6 Weeks Time!!!
Whilst Jon was in hospital I told him my Gramps was coming to visit in November and through his drug misted mind he suggested we plan a quick wedding in the local Registry office whilst he was here.

That tiny little wedding has spread into a fairly decent sized wedding at our local church!

Even thought it's bigger than we were planning its still really only family.
Parents, Siblings + offspring and partners, Grandparents, Aunts & Uncles + Cousins and then a couple of our best friends.

We had to draw the line somewhere, as if we didn't we'd end up inviting everyone and our little simple wedding that wasn't meant to cost the earth will start being more than we can handle.

We've been together long enough to not want all the bells and whistles of a normal wedding and just have it very family oriented and very simple.
Say our vows in front of the people who really mean the world to us and 
then enjoy a nice meal afterwards in a local venue then head back to ours for more drinks.

It's going to be a very boho wedding, which is right up my alley.
My dress arrived on Tuesday and I'm in love, I want to wear it all day every day!

For it only being a few weeks away I thought I would come across quite a few hurdles, but everything I want I seem to be getting.

The Church is free, the reception venue is free, the florist I want is free, my dress is perfect, I've found the perfect cake, I have hair and make up planned for the day and the boys outfits are being planned out.

Now it's just getting all the little bits to get sorted out.
This is where I'm started to go a little wedding mad over. There's so many nice things about that I keep seeing and wanting.

I truly have well and truly caught the wedding fever and I'm constantly thinking about all the things  we could do and have to make it even more special.
I'm even dreaming about wedding decor!

I am scrolling through wedding website after wedding website.
I'm buying bridal magazines here and there and boring people to death about all things wedding.

I really never thought I'd be like this as I've never really obsessed over getting married, its probably good that its in a few weeks time as I'd probably be disowned if they had to put up with it much longer.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Rise Of Scar Playset

Disney Junior's The Lion Guard, Kion, the brave leader of the Guard, and his team are put to the test when they face the evil villain Scar! 
Join Kion as he challenges Scar in the action-packed Rise of Scar Playset. 

Key Features;

  • Playset features fun lights and sounds
  • Includes one exclusive Kion figure
  • Play flames light up and pop out and the head rises!
  • So many fun features including a snake attack, a collapsing bridge, a lava ball launcher, a battering ram, and more!
  • Batteries included

The boys all really enjoy watching The Lion Guard on Disney Junior so when this Rise Of Scar Playset from flairplc arrived they all went rather crazy.

The Lion Guard Follows on from the incredible story of Simba in the Lion King, this new hit series recounts the efforts of Kion, the son and youngest child of Simba and Nala. 
Follow him as he tries to assemble a team of animals to protect the Pride lands.

I originally agreed to review it for Ru but the twins and even Noah enjoy playing with it and I often find them playing with this rather than on the tablet or DS.

Ru can easily be kept entertained playing with this with his Cars and Kion for anything from 10 minutes to half an hour. Which for him is a long time.

With Kion's movable legs its easy to switch him from a sitting pose to jumping pose in a flash and move his head around like he's really taking in the all the dangers around him.
Ru often stretched out his front and back legs like he was jumping around just like our new kitten Link.

Getting Kion to cross the bridge and then making it collapse always made them roar with laughter.
Ru's favourite feature was the Lava Ball.
He really enjoyed trying to get it fly all over the kitchen.

Scars head pops up slowly when you press his nose and as his rises his eyes light up and the flames pop out. After his is risen you can press his nose to make different noises, such as lion roars or monkeys chattering.

Ru really loved making Kion get up to all sorts of adventures... getting stuck in the vine jail and falling into the crocodile pit. 
To think of it I don't think poor Kion had a good ending in any of Ru's adventures.

The boys did play nicely together but I think this toy would be even better if it came with an extra play figure.
We also had a slight problem with our batteries, but once I had switched them around the playlet worked fine.

This playset is perfect to act out scenes from the cartoon or let your imagination run wild and play like Ru does.

This would make a brilliant Christmas present (I know I mentioned the C word and it's only September...sorry) or even a birthday present for any Lion Guard fan.

Another big thumbs up from the 3 little Mini Beasts!

Available from Smyths Toys for £49.99

Monday, 25 September 2017

JCB Hydradig Die-cast Model.

The JCB Hydradig is the first true wheeled excavator designed for purpose, from the ground up. 
The machine is the first for visibility - see all four wheels; 
stability - 1000kg at maximum reach; 
manoeuvrability - under 4m turning radious; 
mobility - stable 40kph roading; and serviceability - rapid ground level servicing.

  • Authentic 1:32 scale model replica;
  • Constructed from die cast metal and plastic;
  • Compatible with most 1:32 scale Britains models;
  • Suitable for indoor and outdoor play
Ages 3 and up.

Ru loves stopping in the street and watching the tractors and diggers go by... we get a fair few on these tiny streets, specially on the school run so when he saw this waiting for him after school he bounced around and couldn't wait to get it out of the box.

Perfect for any diehard digger fan, this Hydradig has every little detail that a real life Hydradig would have.
Ru loves the way it spins around and that he can move the digger and get it to pick up all sorts of things...mainly his breakfast!

This JCB Hydradig is from the Britain's build your own farm range...

BRITAINS is a leading manufacturer in die-cast models and is a name synonymous with quality models since William Britain started making toy soldiers in 1893 using the hollow casting process. Born on 8th August 1831, William Britain worked as a brass tap maker. 
He soon, with his family, started making mechanical toys in their own home.

You can tell when Ru really loves a new toys, he'll add it to his Cars line up and this Hydradig has taken first place in all his current line ups!

You can buy the JCB Hydradig from for £25.95

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Link ~ #MySundayPhoto

Introducing our newest member.... Little Link

Named after the dude from Zelda.
We've had him for two weeks now, but with Jon being in hospital I haven't found the time to write about him.

When we got him he was covered in fleas, rather skinny and had very sore eyes and a bloody nose.
With a quick trip to the vet and some TLC he's doing really well.

He gets on really well with our dog Ray but has still to make a friendship with my cat Indie.


Zomlings Series 6

The Zomlings of the future are here! 

Zomlings Town has risen from the ground with super fast tracks crossing the skies and light shining brightly from every surface. 

The Zomlings of the future are funnier, rarer and more adventurous than ever. 

There are aliens, robots, mutants, critters… what a mixture to discover. They live in special Capsules that can fly across the skies. 

They also have new types of Zom-Mobiles with advanced Zom-tastic technology for extra speed!

The boys love blind bags and are always rather excited when a delivery of them turn up.
They couldn't believe their eyes when this Zomling package arrived.

We were sent 
A supply of packet blind bags - which includes 1 Zomling and a checklist,
A supply of Zom-Mobile blind bags - which has 1 Zomling and 1 Nom-Mobile and a checklist,
1 starter pack - which includes 1 album guide, 1 metal capsule, 1 Zom-Mobile, 3 Zomlings.

The boys surprisingly shared out the Zomlings nicely with absolutely no bickering whatsoever.
They each had a blister pack and around 5 blind bags each.

I loved watching their faces as they opened all the blind bags to reveal which Zomlings they had.
Oscar's face was a real treat when he opened up a packet to find a rare gold one!
Finding a rare collectable really is like finding pirates gold.

Once they had finished playing the twins sat at the table and crossed off all their Zomlings on the checklist and then circled all the ones they needed to get to complete the series.
I know what they'll be spending their pocket money on in the coming months.


 It took a while for the boys to open up everything, but once they had rather than going their separate ways they all stayed and played together, having races and mini wars.

Zomlings are perfect pocket money buys as the single packets are only 50p!
You rarely get anything for 50p these days, not even a chocolate bar.

It's rather surprising that such small little figures can create such imagination and joy!

The Mini Beasts all give Zomlings Series 6 a double thumbs up!!

To find out more about  Magicbox Toys click here.

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!

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.