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

Sunday, 9 July 2017

South Beach


We've had a few weeks of constant crying and meltdowns from Ru, so to give him a change of scenery we took him for a mid week stroll along the beach.


When we lived in Kent, I always made sure I took Ru to the beach once a week as I knew he liked it and it's always the one place he truly relaxes at.


I'm not sure why I haven't taken him to the beach since moving here.
It's closer....we can actually walk to it, its that close.


His face lit up when he realised where we were, and he was eager to jump out the van.
For the first time, he was interested in looking for shells, rather than just rocks.
So I gave him an empty poo bag and let him fill it up with all the different shells he could find.


The tide was out so we got to have a good walk and look in all the sea puddles.
We tried to find some crabs, but only came across dead ones or really tiny ones...



Ru pretty much had the beach to himself, apart from a few people jogging along the pathways.
He went off exploring on his own and didn't stop smiling.


It was nice to see him finally relax a bit after a couple of crap weeks, he's moved up to the big room in nursery and he seems to be struggling to find his place at home.
He's gone from sleeping well back to not sleeping at all, but thrown into the mix he now wakes up and screams like he's being murder and will run and hide in the most strangest place, then I have to run around in the dark trying to find him. Not something I really enjoy doing in the middle of the night.


I've made a promise to start taking him to the beach weekly, specially now the weather is amazing and if I walked with him in the pushchair, it would take up most the morning.
Beats sitting in front of the iPad or popping to Tesco.

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, 29 June 2017

National Geographic Kids and LEGO® City inspire children to explore and learn more about our Jungles

National Geographic Kids and LEGO® City have collaborated on a special partnership to inspire children to explore, discover and learn about jungles and the importance of their preservation.
Known for his Science outreach work and exploration of the "Boiling River” in the Amazon, National Geographic Explorer, Andres Ruzo, is spearheading the project, and is passionate about sharing the importance of these habitats with future ‘young explorers’. 

Through LEGO City Jungle bricks, vehicles, and mini-figures Ruzo has created a fun way to highlight what incredible habitats jungles are, helping children learn more about their diversity, incredible plant and animal species, as well the importance of conservation for the future.



Ruzo shares “Of all my expeditions to the Amazon Rainforest this was definitely the one my 9-year-old-self would have not wanted to miss! 
The mission: To explore the sacred and mysterious Boiling River of the Amazon, deep in the heart of the jungle.
 The Goal: To inspire kids to care about the jungle and the planet. The Tools: High-tech gear like drones, GPS´s, and thermal cameras - and the new LEGO® City Jungle sets of course! I want kids to love the jungle, and to want to protect and understand it as much as I do. 
Long before I was ever exploring the jungle, I was dreaming up my own jungle adventures as a boy. This is why I am so excited for the LEGO City Jungle range, I want playtime to inspire the next generation of jungle explorers.”


LEGO City designer Andrew Butler Coghill, who has been part of developing the new Jungle models, comments; “Children are our role models and we believe that inviting children on a LEGO jungle adventure is a great way to inspire them to learn more about the real jungles. 
It has been very motivating to meet the reactions from the children when testing the products and I am really pleased that National Geographic Kids have partnered with us to use our models to teach children about life in the jungle”.



As part of the initiative, LEGO® City & National Geographic Kids will launch an exciting new competition to win a National Geographic Family Expedition to the jungles of Costa Rica in Central America! 
The winning family will explore the treetops and volcanic canyon landscapes of Rio Blanco, go zip lining through tropical forests surrounded by astonishing wildlife, visit a wildcat rescue centre to meet orphaned ocelots and jaguars, dine in a tree house and get to experience the real-life jungle.

The competition is open to children between the ages of 6 and 16, and open to residents of US, UK, Benelux, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Poland, Hungary, Czech, Romania & Russia. 
For a chance to win, candidates must imagine something they might discover deep in the jungle – and then draw it or build it with LEGO bricks. For further details, and to enter, please visit: www.LEGO.com/jungle. 

A special jungle-themed issue of National Geographic Kids will be available from 16th August and will include exciting LEGO® content, including a pull-out jungle poster which children can use as a backdrop to their imaginative play.

Within this Issue, you will find a LEGO City and National Geographic Kids ‘Explorer’s Handbook’ – a mini guide to everything you need to know about the jungle. From what to pack, to how to wrestle a caiman in an emergency, the Explorer’s Handbook is filled with fun facts and activities for children to delve into.


You can also explore the Jungle with LEGO City and National Geographic Kids online. Children can join the jungle expedition on LEGO.com/jungle and find funny facts, activities and videos and from 24th July, National Geographic Kids’ dedicated Jungle hub (www.natgeokids.com/jungle) will be available to children and parents globally. 

The jungle hub will be bursting with jungle facts and fun activities for kids. You can also check out the jungle videos following AndrĂ©s Ruzo and his LEGO companions through the Amazon on an educational and immersive journey of adventure and discovery.  
These can be viewed at www.LEGO.com/jungle from 1st July.


We have been very kindly sent a new Lego City Jungle Halftrack Mission set to build, so keep an eye on the blog to see what we thought.....




Monday, 26 June 2017

Weekend Vibes..

It wasn't a weekend filled with excitement but I thought I would share what we got up too.

With Jon's back still healing we are very limited to what we can do, as he isn't allowed to be in a car or walk too far, but we tried to make it as fun for the boys as we could.

Saturday

We put up our new framed posters in the lounge, we recently had a re-jig in the lounge and are trying to put our own stamp on it rather than have it looking like it came out of the Next catalogue.

So both Jon and I picked one of our favourite films and found a poster ....
Mine is My Neighbour Totoro and Jon's is The Goonies.

The lounge is really becoming how we both want it to look.
One of the best things about the lounge is that there are no toys in there!


The twins had a party to attend in the afternoon, so I took them off and left Jon with Ru and Noah.
The party was over the road at the lavender farm, so before we went into the play barn I got the boys to take a picture next to the rows of lavender and of course they couldn't pose nicely, they both had to dab...


I also managed to get a quick snap of a bumblebee as we headed off towards the barn.
I'm going to have to go back with my camera and see if I can capture some better pictures.


The boys had a nice time at the party and were both ready for bed by the time we got back home.
They ate their cake and goodies from their party bag whilst the rest of us had dinner.
Once the boys were all in bed I cracked on with my cross stitch as I was determined to finish it before we settled down to watch Dr Who.



Sunday.

After the morning tidy up, I sat down with the boys and we had a bit of a Lego session.
They had been given a couple of sets for their birthday and Rupert found my Wonder Woman set that has been sat on my bedside table forever.






We then sat down and played a few games which I had been sent, but you'll find out about those in another post.

Sam came over and kept Noah entertained and the twins and Ru sat down to watch Goosebumps, one of their favourite films at the moment.

When they weren't playing games with me or in their rooms they were in the garden on their bikes.

Whilst the boys were busy in the garden I decided that I would put up all my cross stitch projects up on the kitchen wall....


It's a work in progress as I have more kits in the post.
I'm really enjoying my new hobby.

Once dinner was finished and Sam had gone home we sat down and did some homework with the boys.

As you can see it wasn't really that exciting but the boys all had fun just chilling and playing.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

The Baby That Never Had a Chance.....


I was so excited about telling the world that baby number 5 was on it's way.

Last Sunday I started bleeding, it started off like spotting and I tried not to be too worried.


I rang up the EPU to get a scan booked in, they could see me the next morning.
Tuesday morning came around far too slowly.
I spent most of Monday too scared to go to the toilet for what I might see at the bottom of the toilet bowl.

I had both a tummy scan and an internal scan.
They could see no sign a of baby.

I had done 5 ... 5 bloody tests all of which were positive.
No matter how much I didn't feel pregnant after the first one, they still kept showing me I was.

The sister explained, this could have been because the pregnancy didn't progress as I thought it was progressing and ended very early on or it could mean there may be a pregnancy going on outside the womb.


I was sent off for bloods and then told to go home and wait for the results.
Again it was another day spent far too scared to go to the toilet and I tried my hardest not too as I was starting to see clots come away.

The results came in, in the afternoon and it was still showing I was pregnant.
Ectopic pregnancy was then discussed and I was told they would need to see me again on Thursday for further bloods.

Jon was away in London whilst this was going on, so I was home alone dealing with the boys as well as everything racing around my mind.
In a way it was good, as I was kept busy and I wasn't really able to sit and think about it.

Thursday came and more bloods were taken, the results didn't come back as quickly and I found myself hounding the EPU as I just needed to know.
Jon was going in for his second back operation and the boys were really starting to play up.
I was on the edge of cracking, but I had to stay strong.

I eventually had a call at 5pm and the results were still showing pregnancy hormones present but not high enough for them to be in the danger zone and be a sign on an ectopic.

I was having a miscarriage.

I could now actually start mourning the loss of the baby that never was.

I have cried, 
I have been ok,
 I have thought about the last time this happened, 
I have been fine and cried some more and now I am just angry!

I am angry at myself for getting so excited, 
I'm angry that I told people about baby number 5,
 I'm angry that I got so excited and started buying things for baby number 5!
I am just angry!

This has happened before I should know by now alway alway always wait until the first scan.
Make sure everything is ok before I get my hopes up.

I am angry and so so gutted that baby number 5 never really had a chance.




Sunday, 23 April 2017

Little Life Update...

I feel as though the past week has been super crazy but when I sit back and think about it not much really happened physically but mentally a lot was happening....


Jon had his tester surgery yesterday, so most of last week was spent doing things that he needed to get done as from now for about 12 weeks ish he can't do anything.
For this first 3 weeks whilst he has the trial cords are in he can't even lift his hands above his head let alone lift a kettle.

We were lucky enough to be able to visit the Bure Valley Railway on Thursday which I will tell you all about in another post.

We had a SALT appointment for Ru on Wednesday but when we turned up it had been canceled and no one had bothered to tell us, which resulted in Ru having a meltdown and hitting out at me.
Again Friday we were expecting our Health Visitor and again she never bothered to show up which confused Ru again as stupidly I told him Lucy was coming.

Note to self :: Don't let Rupert in on daily plans!!!

I also found out something BIG, like really really really big but I can't say just yet!
But it is HUGE news and I really can't wait to be able to shout it to the world.

Now I've had time to process everything that happened last week, this week should be easier and I should have more time for the blog.

It's also Ru's 3rd birthday on Tuesday, I can't believe he's three already. Where has the time gone?!
We're going to have presents and cake today as he's at nursery on Tuesday and I want him to be able to have a smooth transition from home to nursery and with presents in the morning that would really throw him.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Don't Throw Your Kids In The Deep End Of Finances


How do you handle money issues with your kids? 
Do you give them responsibilities with their own money. Or, do you provide them with everything and one day, chuck them in the deep end of financial independence. 

It seems almost logical to suggest the best way is to start them off early and let their independence grow. So, what steps should you be taking? 
 Pocket Money There are plenty of parents who disregard the idea of pocket money. 

Oh, they’re just going to spend it on silly things. But that is that is essentially the point. Eventually, they’ll stop spending small amounts on silly, meaningless, cheap items and save for something they really want. 

Essentially, by giving your child pocket money, you can show them the importance of budgeting and saving at a very early age. Independence You also want to think about giving your children a little independence with any money they save. If they want to buy something you know is a waste of money, consider letting them purchase it anyway. 

Let them learn from their own mistakes rather than protecting them. Again, it’s a learning curve about how they use their finances. Proper Savings Finally, you might want to think about setting them up with their own bank account. 
Doing this, they’ll feel like you trust them and will take pride in their independence. Thus they will not spend frivolously and that’s exactly what you want. 
You can read more about children and finances in the infographic below.
 
Infographic credit: Cash Float