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Showing posts with label #Norfolkblogger. Show all posts

Monday, 17 July 2017

A Sound Night’s Sleep For You And The Dog


Living with a dog can feel much like having a newborn baby in the house, sometimes. With their need for attention taking full-force as you put your head down, it can be impossible to get a good night’s sleep with a canine. 

Dog, Model, French Bulldog, View

Of course, some aren’t as bad as others. But, even the most well-behaved girls and boys still need a bit of help, sometimes. In most cases, owners will work on ways to make this better for themselves, by finding somewhere to put the dog without distractions. 
But, in a lot of cases, this doesn’t tackle the real issue.
Instead, it’s better to focus on the dog. And, more specifically, getting the dog to have a good night’s sleep. To help you with this, this post will be going through three of the best ways to achieve this sort of goal.

You can look at a dog in a similar way to a child. They don’t care how much sleep they get at night because they can’t understand the consequences of not getting very much. 
Without the burdens of work and adult life, dogs can sleep as much or as little as they please. So, you have to find ways to get them sleep if you want them to get through entire nights. Like a child, you should never feed your dog right before bedtime. 
And, they should never be expected to sleep without exercise. Your routines for both food and exercise have to be the same each day, to avoid complicating the issue. 
For most dogs, this will mean three meals a day with the same amount of walks. But, of course, you know your dog better than anyone. And, you’ll have to figure this out yourself.

Dog, Puppy, Papillon, Eyes, Snout, Nose, Hair, Face

Dogs can’t complain when they aren’t very comfortable. But, this doesn’t mean that they don’t experience discomfort.
On a bad bed, your dog could be struggling to sleep simply because they can’t find the right spot. And, this is easy to solve. 
Leather dog beds are becoming very common on the internet. A lot of these products are being filled with resilient materials, like memory foam, nowadays, too. So, getting your dog a bed which will last for years to come is nice and easy. And, with these materials making them, they will also be a lot more comfortable for your good boy or girl, even in summer.

Once you have your new bed, you’re still not quite done, yet. Along with the right sort of bed to sleep on, most dogs will only find it easy to sleep if the bed is in the right place. 
You might not like it, but the best place for a dog’s bed is in a room where humans are sleeping. Like a child, your dog can’t rationalise their fears like you can. Instead, if they get spooked at night, they could be unsettled for hours. 
The comfort they will feel being allowed to sleep near you could solve this issue entirely. And, it will make them feel like a much greater part of your family.

Pug, Dog, Pet, Animal, Puppy, Cute, Wrapped, Blanket

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working on your dog’s sleeping situation as soon as you can. 
Not a lot of dog owners consider this sort of work to be important to their dog. But, as a caring owner, you should be doing everything in your power to make your dog sleep as well they can. It’ll be worth it, too, once you are able to sleep soundly each night.


*Collaborative Post

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Rainy Day Fun With John Adams Games .....


The boys love spending time with both Jon and myself playing fun games, so when John Adams asked if we wanted to review some games for them I was more than happy to say yes!

Last week was a bit of a wash out, which meant it was the perfect time to stay inside and keep ourselves busy with some fab new games!



We were sent;
Mr Bucket,
Giggle Wiggle and Don't be a Donkey.
All 3 games are for 2 - 4 players.
Recommended age range of 4+.


Up first was Giggle Wiggle.

Aim of the game...

Be the first to place all your coloured balls onto Giggle Wiggle’s moving hands to become the champion of the game

The boys loved this game.
They thought it was hilarious trying to get their balls onto Giggle Wiggles hands as he danced around to Salsa music.

I've also been using it to help Ru sort his colours.
The game comes with four sets of different coloured balls and he really enjoys placing them in their different compartments.

The game requires 3 AA batteries that aren't included.
RRP £24.99



Up next was Don't Be a Donkey.

Aim of the game...

Players get to choose a card from their hand to pass onto the next player, then keep on swapping cards until someone gets a full house of matching donkey cards and shouts out ‘DONKEY’. 
Then it’s a race to grab one of the carrots on the table, but watch out as there are not enough carrots to go around, if you are too slow you must lift-up one of your donkey ears. 
Miss out three times and you get to wear the donkey nose completing your transformation into a donkey and losing the game.

This game took a little explaining for the twins to understand, but once they had watched Noah and myself have a few rounds they soon cottoned on.
This is a great game and something for all the family to enjoy.
The twins enjoyed being the donkey far more than they should have and I'm sure they lost on purpose.
It has been a great game for Jon, myself and Noah to play on our Friday games nights.

The game comes with everything you need.
4 Headbands,
4 sets of ears, 
3 carrots,
a set of Donkey playing cards and one Donkey snout.
RRP £24.99



Last but not least Mr Bucket.....

Aim of the game....

As Mr. Bucket moves and waves his arms, he likes to pop balls out his mouth. 
Grab a shovel and chase Mr. Bucket, scooping up and returning all three of your coloured balls. 
Be quick as he pops out balls almost as fast as you can drop them in! 
When all the balls have been dropped in, lift Mr. Bucket by the handle to win the game!

Rupert has never really been a big fan of games, as he can't quite sit still enough so this game is perfect for him.
He could run around putting the balls into Mr Bucket all day quite happily.
The twins got a bit fed up with it, as they couldn't quite manage to get all their balls in before he spat them back out again.
So, so far Mr Bucket is the remaining champion on Mr Bucket.
Again this is another game that Ru likes to sort out the colours with.

Mr Bucket comes unassembled in the box but literally takes 5 minutes for you to click him all together.
The first time you get him out you have to stick on his eyes.
He requires 3 AA batteries which aren't included.

It's the perfect game for preschoolers like Ru.
RRP £24.99.





**  We were sent the PR Samples in return for a blog post, all thoughts are my own!


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, 5 June 2017

You've Got A Friend In Me // Disney Store 30th Anniversary


A little while ago Disney asked us if we fancied joining in with the Disney Store's 30th Anniversary celebrations!

30 fabulous years of the Disney Store!!!


I was more than happy to say yes, I have been a Disney store lover ever since the first time I stepped inside the Croydon Store many many many years ago and have since passed the love on to all the boys.

We were asked to re-create a famous Disney scene from one of our very favourite films ... Toy Story!


The films have all been firm favourites in the Mini Beasts house, and have also been each of the boys first ever Disney film that they've watched.

Noah used to watch all 3 films constantly and then when the twins were old enough, they then went through the stage of watching them over and over again. Ru, well he still does.

One of Ru's first ever words was Buzz.
Thats how true a fan he really is.

I think I could probably recite all the films in my sleep.


The Scene we re-created was of Buzz and Woody side by side.
The twins loved trying to capture the scene and had great fun dressing up.
Lots of giggles were had.


I remember going to the cinema to see Toy Story with my brother and was so excited.
The excitement is brought back every time I sit down and watch it with the boys.

Toy Story is one of the only films I know that the boys will actually all sit down together and watch nicely. 
So when I need a bit of peace and quite I will stick that on and if by magic they all hush up and chill out.

I think I would be a little bit lost with out my secret magic power!
So I thank you Toy Story for all the joy you have bought to me and my family.


Unfortunately we don't have a Disney Store close to us and I nearly cried when the one in Croydon shut down when I was young, but I always enjoy dropping into the one in Oxford Street every time I'm in London.

The stores are like magic and the boys faces always light up when we step inside.


Do you have favourite memory from a Disney Film? 

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Lego Minifigures Series 17!

On the 1st May Lego launched its brand new Minifigures series.
Series 17 and I was very lucky to be a part of that launch.

I was sent two boxes on two separate days, each containing 8 different Lego Minifigures.
The first box also came with highwayman outfit and instructions on what to do with the Minifigures....


The aim of the game was to hide the Lego Minifigure's accessories and write some clues, so the kids could hunt them out.
I had to keep my identity hidden and not let on who had hidden them.


I loved running round the house in my cape hiding all the accessories and the boys were beside themselves with excitement when they found the clues.
When I said it wasn't me who had been hiding them, that made them even more keen to find them.


Our first lot of Minifigures included;
Butterfly Girl,
Rocket Boy,
Corn Cob Guy,
Elf Maiden,
Hot Dog Vendor,
Battle Dwarf,
Roman Gladiator,
Retro Space Hero.


I made the clues easy as I wanted them all to be able to have a guess at where the hiding places were.


They were really good at taking it in turns to be the one who found the item.
They each got to find two things and then add them to the figures.


After the hunt all the Minifigures were happy to be reunited with their accessories.


Little did the boys know that, that wasn't the end of the game.

The next day the second box arrived with 8 more Lego Minifigures.
So once again I donned my cap and cape and got writing some riddles for them to solve.


This time round they wouldn't just be hunting out the missing accessories but they would also have to find out who had been hiding them in the first place.


Our second lot of Lego Minifigures included;
Gourmet Chef,
Pro Surfer,
Veterinarian, 
Circus Strongman,
Fitness Instructor,
Connoisseur,
The Yuppie
and the mystery figure....


The mystery figure was none other than the highwayman who had been hiding all the accessories.
Along with the final 8 of the collection I was sent another highwayman hat and some gold coins.
Once the boys had found me they were meant to get the gold, but unfortunately I was stupid and left them out and the dog got too them.
Thankfully he wasn't sick and we did get him checked over by the vet to be on the safe side.


Again the boys all worked really well during the hunt and made sure everyone got a turn in finding the missing item. 
During the hunt I slipped away upstairs to change back into my outfit and hide in my hiding place....

I'm outside....but not on the ground.....!?


I was up on the balcony reading a Lego magazine.

After the hunt the boys were very happy with themselves.
They'd managed to crack the clues and reunite all the Minifigures with their accessories and for the first time ever they had a whole collection of Lego Minifigures,
including the mystery figure!!!


They also loved that they could dress up in my highwayman outfit.
Which they are still playing with a day after the hunt.


Thank You Lego for letting us be a part of the Series 17 launch!

Lego Minifigures are available at retailers nationwide RRP £2.99
To find out more about the characters go to www.lego.com/minifigures

Monday, 1 May 2017

Ru Bear Turned 3!!

Last Tuesday saw my littlest little turn 3.
It only seems like yesterday that I was pregnant with him.


We had cake and presents on the Sunday before his birthday, as on Tuesday's he's at nursery all day.
Nana & Gramps came round and I did a little party lunch of pizza, and some party food.


He loved blowing out his candles, but got a bit shy when we all sang to him.
He's not a massive cake fan, so he didn't actually have any of his big cake. Which meant me and the others were left to eat it all!



He got some lovely presents, and he's played with all of them.
He also has some money, which Im thinking of using to get him some new Little Bird By Jools Oliver tops!

Most of his presents were cars, and those of you who follow my Instagram you'll know he loves his cars.
He also got a Joules outfit from his favourite person .... Auntie Jenni, and a Gruffalo outfit from Nana & Gramps.


From us & my parents he got a balance bike.
He saw a little girl on one at school and pointed towards it, so I thought it would make a good birthday present.
We clubbed together as I didn't really know what else to say for them to buy him.

He loved it.
He's still getting the hang of it, and I think in no time he'll be whizzing all over the place.


Nana bought him a helmet for the bike and that arrived on Tuesday.
We all joked that he would probably wear that more than being on the bike and so far its true.
He loves running round the house with it on.


Ru loves getting new clothes, so as soon as he opened his present from Jenni, he wanted it on.



On Tuesday I bought some mini cupcakes for pudding, wishfully thinking Ru might actually like it but when giving him a cake this was his response........


Far from impressed lol!