Showing posts with label #Norfolkblogger. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

... 3D Mini Scenes with eZee Beads ...

My 3rd instalment for the John Adams Craft Club and this time its for 3D Mini Scenes with eZee Beads.

The eZee Beads 3D Mini Scenes set lets you create charming 3D scenes using just beads and water!


Whats inside the box;
Over 1200 beads,
Bead storage,
Bead tray,
Plastic pegs,
Water sprayer,
4 Design cards.
Designs include owl, duck & ducklings, frog on a lily pad, snail & cute rabbit.

Makes 5 free standing mini scenes
Recommended age 5+



I decided to sit down with Ru after nursery whilst all the other boys were still at school and design our first ever 3d mini scene.
I let Ru pick which design we would do and he chose the cute little bunny.
The thought of making a pink bunny made him very happy and he sat there clapping whilst I sorted out all the beads into the bead storage pot.




Once the beads were all in a separate section we started on our design, Ru would get the right coloured bead and hand it to me.

Occasionally he did place the bead but he seemed to enjoy picking out the beads and watching me do the hard part.
We started with the green base and worked up, making sure all the beads were down before we sprayed them with water.

Once Ru had made sure every bead was covered in water we made our flower stalk using the bead pegs provided.

After spraying the beads with water it is recommended you leave them to dry for at least 30 minutes.
We left ours for around an hour and by that time it was really easy to peel the design away from the bead board.


Once the design was dry and peeled off the board Ru watched me turn it from a flat design into a 3D mini scene and he was more than impressed.
He was beaming from ear to ear and couldn't wait to hold his little pink bunny.

Both Ru and I were very pleased with the outcome and we can't wait to make more!

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eZee beads 3D mini scenes would make a super Christmas present.
You can find it in Tesco 
RRP £14.99.



Have you checked out the JA Craft Club's Facebook page yet?
It features lots of craft tips/ideas, competitions, reviews and a whole lot of other fun things.
Why not check it out here!

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Pumpkins, Tarantulas and Wedding Rehearsal..

So over the half term we took the boys over to the local animal park farm at Norfolk Lavender and there they carved some pumpkins and meet some creepy crawlies.


Unfortunately for me they really wanted to hold the tarantula Rosy but they were all far to scared and I was a little worried they'd drop her, sooooo to keep them happy I said I would!
For someone who hoovers up any spider she finds in the house I think I was pretty brave....


And to be honest she didn't feel too scary, luckily for me she was old and didn't move much!

Their first lot of pumpkins!
 Towards the end of the half term the boys auntie Jennie came over to carve more pumpkins and ended up spraying everyones hair green.

Emo at 3!

Everyone looked like they had spray in but Ru really looked like his way dyed and it really suited him!
He looked like a proper Little Rock and Roller!


There was a bit of a pumpkin carving competition going on, and everyone did well, but Auntie Jennie won with her one eyed monster with detachable ears!

On the Monday that they boys all went back to school Jon and I had our wedding rehearsal, I really wasn't expecting (I wasn't really sure what we'd be doing) to be saying our vows and walking through the whole entrance bit and it was really emotional, a little tear did escape!
We even had a little audience half way through.


On Friday morning I had my hair trail, my hair had been completely stressing me out as I was really worried my hair wouldnt be a match to the extensions and that I would have a big faff on my hands trying to get it to the right colour!
But luckily after dying it on the Thursday just a normal dark brown but with a hint of ash it worked a treat and turned out to be the perfect match.

Caroline worked her magic and got the look I wanted spot on, I have ordered an extra pack a few inches shorter just to bulk it out, as the bottom isn't at thick as I would like it!
The extra hair turned up this morning, so I've handed it over to Caroline for her to curl it when she has a spare moment before she comes over on Saturday.

Now I know my hair is going to look perfect I really can't wait for the big day!


Friday night I took the boys up to the church to watch the bonfire, have a hot chocolate and have a go with a few sparklers.


I knew we weren't going to get out to any fireworks this year due to Jon's back and not being 100% sure how Ru would cope with the nose.
So the bonfire was perfect, as they got to do something fun and they all loved watching the sparklers sparkle!


Noah even helped throw stuff on the fire, and lots of the boys friends from school were there, so they had fun playing around with them too.
To end the evening they all enjoyed a hot dog from the bbq before heading home! 


The next update ill do will be as a MRS!!!
xx

Monday, 6 November 2017

John Adams BLOPEN Glitter Studio Review

As part of my review series for the brand new John Adams Craft Club that launched at the end of September.

I am now sharing with you how me and the boys got on with the Blopens Glitter Studio


Box Contains;

 5 BLOPENS, 
Glitter Holder, 
Glue Pen, 
4 Glitter Tubes, 
Butterfly Mobile. 
Heart, 
3 Flowers, 
8 Stencils, 
Ribbon and Instructions



                 

I really love the amount of different stencils you get included in the box, the boys all enjoyed looking through them deciding which ones they were going to do and who they were going to be for.

Once you've got everything out the box you can then turn the box around and use it as an easel, with slots for all the pens and glitter tubes. 
Which is great for helping you store your pens whilst you work on your master piece.



For our first attempt at BLOPENS we decided we would just use the templates on normal paper just so we could get the hang of it.
Everyone decided they would do one for their favourite teachers at school which was rather sweet.

They made sure to add lots of glitter to make them look extra special.



The BLOPENS were really easy to use and the all 3 of the boys found it nice and simple to use them.
Even little Ru mastered them and made some really awesome art work!
The recommended age is 6 upwards but with adult supervision the boys all got on really well.
If using BLOPENS with under 6 always make sure an adult is present!

After the wedding the boys are all planning to do one of the mobiles designs and hang it in their room.

The boys joint effort for Daddy
For their head teacher
For another teacher.

Recommended for ages 6 +
Available from Smyths Toys 
 RRP £24.99

Over on the John Adams Craft Club Facebook page there are lots of craft tips/ideas, competitions, reviews and a whole lot of other fun things.
Why not head over and check it out!


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Why I've Been So Quiet On The Blog Recently .....


Now the craziness of the wedding planning has calmed down and I've caught up on some blog work I thought I'd fill you all in.

It's been one hell of a crazy month!


The Tuesday after the boys had all gone back at school after the summer holidays started with Jon deciding he was going to clean the kitchen windows at half 7 I the morning .... he managed to do one door before he tore one of his already damaged disks.

Which made his whole body cramp and him fall to the ground.
 (At the time we had no idea what had happened.)

I was upstairs getting ready to get the boys to school and Oscar ran up to tell me 'Daddy had fallen over and he needed me to help'.
So I flew down the stairs to find Jon outside on the patio unable to move.

Now I'm not the strongest person in the world and was completely scared to move him or pull him to hard I wanted to call an ambulance but Jon insisted he didn't need one.

I managed to help him onto his side whilst I stuffed pillows under him and covered him in a blanket. 
I'd called his parents who were still in bed at the time to ask them to help.
I even called Jon's sister to see if her husband was about to help me try and get him inside.

The minutes passed by slowly, with Jon still on the floor and me begging him to let me call an ambulance.

It a fit of fear and tears I rang my mum for help even though she's in Surrey, but she's my go to when I need medical help and I told her what had happened so she gave me some tips on how to help him which I did but none worked.

Jon's parents arrived 20 minutes later and then so did his sister.
As soon as his dad saw him he got on the phone to the ambulance.
Jon was no longer in control and I could slightly relax a little.
I know I should have taken control but I was in a bit of shock myself.

Thankfully the boys kept themselves busy playing on the Wii and Noah hid away in his room.
Noah is the sensitive one and knows when it's best to keep away.
Jon has a long history with his back and unfortunately Noah knows all the nasty side effects it can have on Jon.

The boys were already late for school by now but as the ambulance was on its way and Ken and Helen their to stay with Jon I practically ran all the boys to school and back home again.
The schools were all very supportive and told me they'd keep an eye on the boys incase they became upset.

It took a well over an hour for the crew to get Jon up from the floor outside to a chair just inside of the kitchen, using gas and air.

Once inside he eased up a little and the ambulance crew arranged for our local doctor to come out and see him.

Hours later still sat on the same chair the doctor arrived and prescribed Diazepam.
Jon was starting to get uncomfortable and needed to get to the lounge to sit in his chair which gives him more support for his back.
So it literally took myself and his parents over an hour and a half to help him walk him from the kitchen using chairs as supports to get him into the lounge.

Once their he decided he'd have a sleep on the sofa.... little did we know that when he woke he'd be in the worst pain of his life..

I again left him napping with his parents whilst I went and collected the boys.
Once home I found Helen stood in front of the living room door telling me not to let the boys see daddy.
He'd woken up and his whole body had cramped up.
The only part of his body he could move was one eye.

We re-called the ambulance and then the rest of the night was a bit of a blur.
Two ambulance crews, one car crew and then eventually the air ambulance crew.
Our living room was buzzing with machines bleeping and crews all trying to think what was wrong and how they were going to move him.

They pumped him full of a cocktail of drugs but eventually ended up knocking him out with Ketamine and then shuffling him off the chair and getting him onto the stretcher.
Then it was the slowest ambulance journey ever, even cars were over taking even with the blue lights flashing.
Any sudden movement would send Jon into shock, so they really had to take their time.

Jon spent a further two weeks in hospital after that, having tests and scans done to find out what had happened and drugged up to high heavens on all sorts of pain relief.
It was a hard and stressful week, one that I wouldn't wish on anyone.

(Because the air ambulance crew were being filmed for part of a tv programme which will be aired on channel 4 soon, Jon was filmed. We'll be seeing the footage in a few week .... well Jon will, I won't be able to watch it again and if he agrees it will be aired on TV.)

He's home now but he's still in a lot of pain and can't do much without getting tired.
It's going to take a long time to heal but he's home and he's safe which is the main thing.


Whilst Jon was in hospital he suggested (whilst on a LOT of drugs) we get married whilst my Gramps was down visiting, which I took with both hands and ran with it!

So since he's been home I've been full on wedding planning bridezilla mode.
Which has taken over everything!
But now everything is falling into place and all the big things have been sorted I'm slowly getting back to normal life.


The Church we're getting married in.
We have our second meeting with Reverend tomorrow to tell her the ins and outs of the ceremony.
Then from then its only a month to go!!!


Little Link has really settled into family life and is getting on really well with Ray and has just started playing with Indie.


As a little treat I finally got one of my worst tattoos covered up.
10 years ago I got some Hebrew lettering on my wrist in black with some sort of uber crappy shading in red around it.
 It was was meant to say Noah (but it probably didn't) and it was just 100% awful.
It only cost £10 so you can kinda guess how shocking it was.
I have been wanting to get it sorted for years but never really knew what I could cover it with as I knew red ink is a pain to cover.

I recently decided I really needed t get it covered as it was just making me unhappy, so I did a bit of research and finally decide on a black rose with a hint of red and after speaking to my tattooist he agreed that it would work.

So here it is....and I'm in love!

It's so much nicer and I no longer feel embarrassed about having my wrists on show.
It's healing nicely and I love how the leaves pop out of a long sleeved top!


xxx

Monday, 9 October 2017

~ Junior Rubik's Puzzle Review and Giveaway ~

I have always enjoyed having a go on a Rubik's cube.... have I ever completed one?
No, but it is a life long mission of mine than has now been passed down on to the boys.
We have an old cube in the house that I've had since I was a child and I'm sure it has had some stickers removed and added on top of others in a bid to try and out smart it, but yet no one has actually managed to complete it yet!

So when I was contacted about become a Rubik's blogger I was more than keen to sign up .....  maybe this would be my chance at finally figuring out the secret to getting all those little squares matched up.

John Adams have a huge range of Rubik's toys, which when I looked actually  blew my mind at the vast range as I wasn't aware at how many there were, so I was eagerly excited about seeing which Rubik's toys turned up on the doorstep.

In our first package were these very cute Rubik's Junior animal puzzles which are suitable for children ages 4 and up.


There are four designs to collect;
Puppy, Kitten, Bunny and Bear.
RRP £9.99 available from Argos.

The twins picked the dog and bear puzzles to try their hand at ....


I adore the design, cute and sweet. Perfect for little hands!
Just perfect for little problem solvers!

They always get so frustrated at trying to do the original cube, so it was nice to hand them something that I knew they would be able to do.

As soon as they were unboxed they couldn't wait to juggle the colours around and race each other to see who could get it back to normal first.


The Rubik’s Junior puzzle is the ideal puzzle for little problem solvers. 
The cute twistable character is so easy to grip and turn. 
Twist the blocks to create a crazy mixed-up animal, but with relatively few combinations. It is easy to solve whist keeping your child entertained.


It took them a few tries but it didn't take them long to solve it.
They then decided to mix up each others and then see if they could solve it.

The puzzles are great for kids as they aren't as tricky as the original and they don't take too long to solve, which helps kids stay focus and not give up to easily.

The twins didn't struggle solving them, but they did have to think about how the colours and shapes went together, so it was nice to see their thinking faces!
I'm sure Alex even stuck out his tongue at one point.


The guys over at John Adams have give me one Kitten puzzle & one Bunny puzzle to giveaway to two lucky readers...

If you fancy winning one of these awesome little puzzles for very own little problem solver just enter the rafflecopter below.
They'll make fantastic stocking filler presents!


T&Cs

Two winners will be picked,
One prize per winner,
Winner will have 48hrs to respond before another winner is picked,
UK only,
Ends 23/10.

Good Luck.

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.

Well......
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.



Sunday, 3 September 2017

L.O.L Surprise! Series 2 Review.

Rupert has a bit of a love affair going on with L.O.L Surprise! Dolls so he was delighted to be sent a brand new one from Series 2.


Not you average doll, these fashion forward characters are packed with personality. From Rockers to Merbabies, each L.OL Surprise! comes complete with bathtub, doll stand and hangout, all doubling up as a purse.

 each has 7 layers reveal a different surprise, including emoji stickers, accessory, and finally their hero - a L.O.L Surprise doll.

The surprise doesn't end there, once the final layer has been unwrapped, feed the adorable tot water with its baby bottle and reveal its feature - with special dolls changing colour when placed in cold water!


Ru really enjoys unwrapping each layer and finding all the little surprises.
This time he unwrapped 'Shorty'
She's very cute and as soon as Ru saw her he said he liked her.

She comes with short dungaree outfit, a gold chain, some sweet little pumps and high socks, a red bandana hairband and a drinks bottle.


Ru loves feeding his L.O.L Surprise! Dolls their bottles and putting them in their bath.
Shorty didn't change colour but Ru didn't really mind.



Features

  • Over 45 dolls to collect in Series 2 (Each sold separately)
  • 7 layers of surprises inside
  • Ball can be used in 4 ways: 
  • A purse carrying case, a doll display, a bath play set and a hangout play set


You can check out our other reviews of L.O.L Surprise dolls here and here.


Pre-Order Now.
Expected in stock: 15 Sept to 22 Sept.