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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.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

... Thomas & Friends TrackMaster Twisting Tornado Set ...


If you are followers of the blog you will know Ru is a massive fan of the Thomas Tracks and is always over the moon when we are asked to review a new one.

When we were asked to review the new Twisting Tornado Set I was more than keen to say yes.
Ru has been doing really well at nursery and it was nice for him to receive a surprise in the post.


Key Features

·       Motorised track set
·       Includes unique Thomas TrackMaster engine
·       Connects to other TrackMaster playsets
·       RRP £24.99
Suitable for age 3 years+


The track was really simple to build, it all clicked together nicely and the track layout was really easy to follow.
Ru sat patiently and watched as I built, once it was ready to go he popped Thomas down and giggled away as he sped off.



It took a few goes before he realised he had to move the tornado back before Thomas reached it, but once he got the hang of it there was no stopping him.
The race was on to get it back into place before Thomas had zoomed around the track.


Thomas takes shelter inside the old shed but only to find the Tornado takes him into a whirlwind and spins him across the field knocking down all the powerline poles on its way to the other side of the track.

Fast-paced and full of fun, this is definitely one of his favourite Thomas Track Master sets!



After playing you can unclick the track and place it back in the box.
This track can also connect to other TrackMaster™ playsets for non-stop adventures!
I'd highly recommend this set to any parent with a Thomas fan, it's reasonably priced and will last well and bring endless hours of fun.
  
You can catch Thomas & Friends over on their YouTube Channel.

Friday, 9 February 2018

... Good Days ...

The last week has been a good one.
Back from Centre Parcs I was ready to carry on at school and properly get into my studying.
I cut down my hours so now instead of 3 full days I just do half days, so I can spend the rest of the day studying without the boys around.
I'm already ahead.


The boys have gotten the bug for outdoor play again since being on holiday in the woods and every chance they get, they like to be in the garden....even Ru who usually doesn't go out unless its warm.


The twins have been learning about Space this half term and have been really enjoying it and really keen to do extra work at home.
Last weekend they drew a poster of our solar system and then researched how many moons the different planets had.


I changed the top of the hallway table out and replaced an old lamp with some fresh flowers.
It gives the hallway a fresh look and you really cannot go wrong with rainbow coloured tulips!


I've finished two units already and submitted a dummy TMA.
After having my first tutorial I'm really excited to crack on and I can't wait until October when I start my proper degree.
I am really enjoying studying again and writing down notes and reading things that I wouldn't usually read.
The fact that it means I can buy more stationery with out being moan at is awesome!



This week has seen the twins and Ru join a martial arts club and get their first ever badge!
The twins also joined a local football club too.
Their little social life is really starting to bloom!


After finishing my last book I've been on the hunt to replace it and came across Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.
I only started it the other day and I'm already zooming my way through it.
It's so strange at the moment that I just can't put it down and I'm desperate to know more about Eleanor.


Ru has been noticing the Sonny Angels that are on his shelf and has started playing with a few of them, and even though I really wish they were in my room and he wasn't playing with them I decided to treat him too two new ones.

They were half price so it really was a bargain.
I adore these cute little babies and Ru does actually play really nicely with them and alway makes sure they go back up on their shelf once he's done.
He's also rather protective of them and will not let anyone else touch them.



The days that Ru was only at nursery for half a day I made sure to put my books away and do something fun with him.

We played his happy land train play set on the Tuesday and on Thursday we made Rice Krispy cakes and made him a robot costume out of cardboard boxes!



He enjoyed making the cakes with me but enjoyed licking the bowl more.
We also got him some medication to help him go to the toilet.
As he's currently started to withhold his poo and can go a week and sometimes a bit more.
He will stain his pants a little but won't actually do a proper movement, so it was getting a bit much 
and I could see the distress he was starting to get in.

The doctor was fantastic and talked me through everything over the phone and then sent the prescription of to boots for me to collect in the morning.
If it doesn't help we will then have to get Ru to see the doctor in person.


I also treated myself to some pamper time and got a gel manicure.
It wasn't until afterwards that we both noticed the colour I had chose matched my cardigan.


What have you been up to this week?


Friday, 2 February 2018

... Family Getaway ...


This last week we took the boys out of school (with the both schools knowledge) and headed an hour up the road to Centre Parcs Elveden forest.

We were very kindly gifted the break as a wedding present and couldn't wait to book it.
Ever since the wedding we have been counting down to this week and I'm now a little sad its over.


Along with us both sets of grandparents came.
My parents stayed in the same house as us and Jon's parents got a little cabin just for themselves.

We all really enjoyed the time away, it was nice to relax and see all the boys enjoying themselves and having both sets of grandparents to have fun with.

We went swimming every day and the boys also had some sort of fun activity to go along to on most of the days we were there such as Archery, a 3 hour pirate party, quad biking and so on.
With the boys all sorted for fun we also booked a spa treatment for myself, my mum and Jon's mum which was very need and very much enjoyed!

We had a few meals out but the best ones were where we cooked at home and everyone was there.

Being in the forest was great and has made me want to go and build a cabin in the middle of a forest and never be seen again!
We loved seeing all the different woodland wildlife and couldn't help but fall in love with the very friendly Muntjacs who came daily for their apples!

I won't ramble on too much so here are some snaps from the week...

On our first morning we met this little chap.

and he was VERY friendly.

Swimming Fun




Outdoor fun

These two were archery pros!

Laser Combat.

Hitching a lift on Mimi's bike after his pirate party.

Arghhhh Pirates.

Super Blood Blue moon.

Noah Quad biking!


The younger boys all loved doing the off roaders.


   



We had such an amazing time and we really cannot wait to go back again!