Showing posts with label #FAMILYFUN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #FAMILYFUN. Show all posts

Monday, 20 March 2017

Nintendo Plush // Mario

We are all massive Nintendo fans and both Jon and I grew up playing the SNES and NES, which we still play on and we also are both pretty addicted to our DS's.

Noah is our new Nintendo geek and is dropping daily hints that he wants to get the new Nintendo Switch!
Jon is also pretty eager to add it to his Nintendo collection.

So when I was asked if I wanted to do a mini review on the brand new Nintendo plushes from Jakks  I jumped at the chance.


Jakks do a whole range of the Nintendo plushes including Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Princess Peach.
They are all rather cute and great for kids and collectors alike.
Super soft and would make ideal presents.

Noah was over the moon with his Mario, and as soon as he was out the packaging he ran into his room to hide it from the others!

I managed to sneak him away for Mario to have a little photoshoot / a trip down memory lane with all our old school consoles.


The plushes cost £9.99 and you can find them over on amazon.

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The release of these brand new plushes ties in very nicely with the launch of the Nintendo Switch, which is out now!




Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Games Night // Rory's Story Cubes Review + Giveaway

We are big readers in this house, and I like to make sure the boys have had a story before bed and that Noah has read his book for at least ten minutes.
So when I saw Rory's Story Cubes at the Toy Fair I knew Noah and even the twins would love them!


Noah is probably the most creative out of the four boys and loves making up stories and drawing pictures, so I knew he would love using the cubes.

I was sat down after my Sunday morning coffee when he brought them out to me asking if we could have a go.

He rolled the cubes first and needed only slight encouragement to be a bit more creative with his story telling.
His first story pretty much just told me what the pictures on the cubes were.
Once he felt at ease with telling me stories, knowing there wasn't any wrong kind of way to tell, he was away in his imagination.


Below was one of his line ups after he rolled.....
Noah's Story

There was an Alien who lived on the other side of the rainbow that one day found a pretty big keyhole.
The Alien .... lets call him Alan had never seen this keyhole before, so he thought he would do a little investigating.
Alan managed to climb through the keyhole and to his surprise on the other side he found a fluffy white sheep.
The sheep looked at Alan, Alan looked at the sheep, Alan felt scared and wanted to go home.
The sheep turned to Alan and ask "Hey, do you know how to use this abacus?" "No" Replied Alan.
The Sheep shrugged his head and went back to eating grass. Alan then ran back through the keyhole back to the other side of the rainbow!


I was pretty impressed with his story and fancied a go myself...

My Story -

Long ago lived a tree fish who had a very bright idea about reading all the books in the world.
Before his mission was through some meanie set them all on fire!
The tree fish had to weigh out his options, should he try to save one of his favourite books or try to save them all.....
Suddenly a giant hand flew out from the sky and put the fire out.
The books were safe and Tree fish was happy, but waiting a minute....where did that giant hand come from?!?!?
Suddenly everything went dark, but luckily for the clever tree fish he never went anywhere with out his flashlight.
On went the light and there he saw an extremely all giant who told him he was the one who helped.
Tree fish thanked the giant and went back to reading all the books in the world!


After we had told a few stories both giggling away, Jon and the twins decided to come over and see what we were up too.

Jon decided he need to have a go...


Jon's story -

Daddy was a driving instructor and when out on lessons, he would pull up at peoples houses and give them a call on his phone.
He would always use his abacus to count up how many pennies the people would have to pay him.
At lunch time daddy would always have an apple, as an apple a day keeps the doctor away!
Whilst eating my daily apple I noticed a shooting star in the sky, but really it wasn't actually a star, it was a ufo and inside that ufo were the aliens who built the pyramids.
I thought about investigating the claims that aliens built the pyramids  but then decided it was time to step back through the magic keyhole and go home!


The twins thought daddy's stories were the best and then they tried to have a go themselves.
They're stories ended up with a lot of poo in them!

I really think these story cubes are a fantastic idea and I love spending time with the boys being creative and having fun!

Story Cubes also come in a wide range of topics -
Actions, 
Voyages,
Animals.
You can even get Story Cubes Storyworlds with some of your favourite characters such as Batman, Moomin's, Dr Who.

You can buy Rory's original Story Cubes from amazon for £9.98


I'm giving away a set of the original Rory's Story Cubes to one lucky winner.
To be in with a chance, all you need to do is click on the rafflecopter widget!
Good Luck.



T&Cs
Winner will be picked at random,
Prize will be sent on from PR but I will happily chase up any prize that hasn't turned up.
Winner will have 24hrs to respond, otherwise another winner will be picked.
UK only.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Games Night // Dobble Kids Review and Giveaway

Weekends are family time and there's no better way than spending an afternoon than playing games together.

We were recently sent a bundle of board games from Esdevium Games to work out way through.
The first picked was Dobble Kids, which you can buy from Amazon for £11.94.

A fun fast moving matching game.


The aim of the game;

30 cards, 30 animals. 
Find the one matching animal from your card and the other cards in the game.
To win, find it before anyone else does!

Dobble Kids can be played with 2 - 5 players,
suitable for ages 4+

There 5 games in 1 tin.
The main game and 4 mini ones, which are perfect for the younger players of the group.


I played this with Alex whilst Oscar was in hospital and he loved it!
So when it came to playing all together he was already a pro at it, and even gave Noah aka Mr Bad Loser a run for his money.


The Mini games are not as fast paced as the original so if you have a child who isn't as confident at being able to spot things quickly these games will be right up their street.



The boys give Dobble 5 out of 5.
They loved trying to find the matching animals and ended up in fits of giggles when the other didn't quite manage to do it before them.

The twins have really gotten the hang of the game and enjoy playing it between themselves, which they prefer as they always think Noah cheats!

A super easy and fun family game that I can see being played most weekends.


If you fancy the chance of winning Dobble Kids for yourself why not enter my Rafflecopter giveaway!


a Rafflecopter giveaway

T&Cs
Winner will be picked at random,
UK only,
Winner will have 24hr to reply before another winner is picked.
Ends 3.3.17

Good Luck 
xx

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Family Fun // Yeti In My Spaghetti

Since the twins have started school, they are a lot less crazy at home, which means we can actually sit around the table and play a game.
Where as before they wouldn't of wanted to sit still for more than two seconds, so when asked if we wanted to review University Games - Yeti In My Spaghetti I was more than happy to say yes.
It looked like a game they would love!


It arrived on a day that Sam was round, so we ripped into it straight away.
The game is aimed at ages 4+


The object of the game is to pull out the spaghetti with out knocking the yeti into the bowl!
The boys loved it, and it was lovely to see all of them playing together so nicely, as usually when Sam is round, Noah and him hide out in his bedroom playing with their WWE figures or on the playstation.



It is nice and simple to set up, and we each took a turn to set it up once we had finished one game.
It got rather addictive and we spent most of the afternoon playing.
Lots of laughter was had.


Yeti is fast becoming a family favourite and the boys always want to play it once they're home from school!

You can buy it from amazon for £12.99

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Win A Family Ticket To In The Night Garden Live .....



In the Night Garden Live is back for 2017 and I am offering you a chance to win a family ticket!

In The Night Garden has been loved by all the boys including Noah.
 They've all enjoyed watching the adventures of Igglepiggle and Upsy Daisy.

Rupert is the only one left now who still has a strong love for the show, and enjoys cuddling up to his bedtime Igglepiggle!




Im so pleased that im able to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket to go and watch this magical show!

See Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy and Makka Pakka brought to life before your eyes with beautiful costumes, magical puppets, enchanting music, and breathtaking projections that make it feel like you're actually in the Night Garden.
There are two different shows to choose from. Each one lasts just under an hour and follows a different story.
In the Ninky Nonk show, Igglepiggle loses his blanket and all his friends help him find it.
In the Pinky Ponk show, Makka Pakka washes everyone’s faces, until his sponge gets stuck in Upsy Daisy’s megaphone!
All the characters appear in both shows, and both are equally popular.

The Showdome will be visiting:

Blackheath, London
25 May - 10 Jun 2017

Richmond Old Deer Park, London
17 Jun - 5 Jul 2017

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
12 Jul - 30 Jul 2017

The Trafford Centre, Manchester
5 Aug - 28 Aug 2017




Hannah and the Mini Beasts is offering a family ticket 
(for 4 people, minimum 1 adult)
 to see the show at a venue and performance of your choice, subject to availability*.
For a chance to win simply answer the question below and submit your details before the competition closes at 23:59 on 8 Jan.
Click here and answer the simple question to be in with a chance...

* Terms and Conditions apply, see www.NightGardenLive.com for details. 
The tickets are non-transferable.
 No cash alternatives, accommodation or travel are provided in this competition.

Good Luck
x


Saturday, 31 December 2016

Sea Life Centre Hunstanton

One of the first things we noticed when we moved to our new house was that on the main turning for our road was a little brown sign pointing the way to the local Sea Life Centre.

We knew once we'd settled in and after Christmas had been we would head over to check it out.

I took the boys to London SeaLife in the summer for a review but because it was so busy it just wasn't that enjoyable for any of us, so we were hoping this one would be a better experience for the boys.



It was great as soon as we got in, the staff were friendly and it was pretty empty, which was good as Ru was in one of his mood where is someone touched him he would scream bloody murder.
The twins were on his attack radar, so they got screamed at more than id like to admit.
Lucky for us there wasn't a lot of people around to judge.



The boys were all able to get up close to the tanks and come face to face with the sharks, rays and giant turtle.
They absolutely loved it.

We were also there just in time to touch a star fish, they all gave it a go and came away with a medal, though I think Noah was the only one who actually gave the starfish a stroke.






Jon told me before we left (probably to contain my excitement) that they had a Seal Hospital on site.
I literally wanted to run straight there but I behaved like an adult and let the boys lead the way.

I have loved Seals since I was the twins age, for birthdays I used to be given adoption certificates for Seals in Cornwall, one year we even went to visit.

When we lived in Africa, my parents took me and my brother to a local Sealife park and I was kissed by a Seal and my love for the animal grew even more.

So I was in my element when we got to the Seals.



It's lovely to know that the Seals they rescue will be put right back into the wild and the Seals that they have in captivity are there because they aren't well enough to go back into the wild or that they were born in captivity.

One of the Seal's in the sea hospital striking a pose fit for Instagram!


We got to watch the very noisy otters be fed.
The boys thought they were hilarious, Smartie and Twix showed us how fussy they could be, and literally stood there until they were thrown they're favourite food.
The staff member told us all about them and answered all our questions.

You could tell she enjoyed her job and wanted to be there.

After seeing the Seals, Otters and Penguins we headed back inside to go and find the Sharks and Turtles.


Noah was most excited about the Sharks so was eager to get to the big tank and see if he could spot them!
The giant turtle was elegantly swimming around and Rupert loved watching it swim.


We also managed to complete our quiz and the boys all received a badge on the way out!


We are planning on buying an annual pass as I know I'll be wanting to go back to see the Seals and it will also give me somewhere to take Rupert once the boys are back at school.



Thursday, 29 December 2016

Clearing The Christmas Cobwebs Away


After being in for the last few days, we decided to go exploring and clear away the cobwebs!
We noticed a sign for Castle Rising on the way to Sainsbury's the other week, so I gave it a google and decided the boys would probably really like running around there.

The last castle ruins we took them too, they were less than impressed as it was only a wall that was left!

Frosty and cold we all made sure to wrap up warm, gloves, hats and cosy boots were definitely in order!


As soon as we got into the car park the boys got excited, they could see the castle and were desperate to get inside!
The frosty/misty weather really added to the atmosphere!




They all loved being able to get inside and climb the spiral staircases and find hidden rooms with little nook and crannies.


Castle Rising has been around since the 12th Century so its full of history.








The sun was hidden behind the fog and Rupert kept pointing it out asking if it was the moon!



After we had been inside the castle we went and walked where the old wall would have been.
It was very high and I'm sure if the weather had been clear, we would have been able to see for miles!




We all enjoyed getting out but we more than happy to get home to warm up with some hot chocolates and a big cup of coffee for me!