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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

... Cousins, Beach Walks and The Funfair ...

Last Thursday Kelly and the girls came to stay.
It was a bit of a spur of the moment plan and it was lovely having them all here.

Esme slept in the twins room, as the twins share a bed normally so Esme got a whole bed to herself, Kelly took Ru's bed as that's usually empty and Isla shared with Noah on the first night then the next two nights shared with her mum in Ru's room.

Our table was full and it was nice to see all the kids happy and together.


Friday.

We headed out early to soft play getting there for when it opened in a bid to miss the mad rush but thankfully it wasn't too busy and the kids had two hours of running around like crazy loons.
Afterwards, I tried to get a nice photo for my mum of all the kids together but as you can tell from the picture about they really weren't feeling it!



After lunch, we decided to walk to North beach and let the kids run around and have an ice cream.


I bought them some bucket and spades after the ice creams and they all ran off to build sandcastles, the tide was out so they had plenty of space to run around on and try and build a sandcastle village.
Ru gave up pretty quickly but then ordered me to build him a sandcastle rainbow...





As the weather was nice and we had no real rush to get home we decided to attempt to walk along the beach to Hunstanton.

I had told Kelly it would only take 10 minutes....even though I had never done it before.
Thinking about it now, it takes 10 minutes in the car so I should have known it would have taken longer.

...... It took about an hour or so.



The kids were actually really good and hardly moaned at all!
Esme, Isla and Noah ran along the sand collecting shells and bits and bobs as they went, Ru was in the stroller and I knew he wouldn't walk from our house to the local beach let alone all the way to Hunstanton, and the twins both walked beside me looking at all the lovely holiday houses along the seafront.


They were all really impressed that they'd walked to Hunstanton and can't wait to go back to school and tell their teachers!



As a treat for the kids being so good, we took them into the funfair, we all went on the caterpillar roller coaster and everyone enjoyed it, though Ru is still a little unsure if he liked it or not.

His favourite was the car merry go round and he went on those a couple of times.
Everyone apart from me and Ru went on the bumper cars ..... turns out Noah's a bit of a dangerous driver!

Before we left Isla and Noah went on the twister and from the ground, it looked as though Noah was going to cry but apparently he loved it.





Saturday.

We spent the morning lazing around at home, letting the kids do as they pleased.
After lunch, we took them back over to Norfolk Lavander and went into the Animal Gardens and Play Park, hoping they would get the rest of their energy out there.

On entry, they were all given a little quiz and a sheet to use in the maze to collect stamps so that they'd win a goodie bag on the way home.


They all ran around looking at all the animals and trying to find the answers to the questions, we let them loose into the maze by themselves.... to which I'm pretty sure they all cheated as it didn't take them long to find all the stamps and they all came back out the way they went in.


Their best bit was getting to handle some of the animals, the boys all loved holding the snakes and Noah made friends with a bearded dragon.
Ru loved the Tenrec as he had a wet nose that wriggled around!
I tried to get a good photo but it was just too wriggly.

After they had finished looking at all the animals they went and played in the play park.

The girls and Kelly headed back to London on Sunday morning. 
It was lovely having them here and the house felt rather empty once they'd left.
It was really nice having a few busy days and we all felt better for it.
We are all missing them now and Rupert keeps asking when they are coming back.



Monday, 26 March 2018

... Ru's Private Screening Party Of The Brand New PJ Masks Series 2 ...


The action-packed adventures of Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, the superhero trio from Entertainment One’s (eOne) hit animated TV series, PJ Masks, are set to continue as brand new episodes from series two premiere on Disney Junior from Wednesday 28th March

To celebrate the brand new series we were sent a preview party bundle to help the boys enjoy a private home viewing of the very first two episodes! 


Ru was amazed at all the amazing PJ Masks goodies he was sent for the preview party and I'm certain ive never seen his smile so wide as when he saw his CatBoy duvet set on his bed!

Before the party, we sat down and wrote out some invites for the twins, so they knew when and where the party was going to be held and then I set them all out of the kitchen, so I could set up the party table and get the preview episodes up on the laptop.

I did a small selection of party food and some juice for them all to enjoy whilst watching the first two episodes ...


o Moonfizzle Balls-Catboy works a bit too fast to kick back Luna Girl’s moonfizzle balls,


and Gekko and Owlette can’t keep up.

o Soccer Ninjalinos-Owlette learns that being part of the team means coaching Catboy

and Gekko to defeat Night Ninja, who has trained his Ninjalinos in kung-Fu football. 


The boys all danced along to the theme tune and then settled right down to enjoy the episodes, I'm not sure I've ever seen them so quiet whilst all sitting together.
They all really enjoyed both episodes and Ru demanded we watch them again and by this point, I thought the twins would get up and go and do something different, but they happily watched them both again! 

After watching the episodes twice they decided they'd do a bit of art using the PJ Mask art box and Oscar wanted to do the puzzle.
Both those activities lasted a good half hour and once they were done with that, they all put on a mask and ran around the house playing PJ Masks!


Our party bundle had everything we could possibly dream of to host the perfect PJ Mask party!

The most important bit for a party...

Partywear 
RRP £29.99 
Available from Argos 
Includes Mask & Banner Pack, Paper Plates, Banners, Cups, Loot bags, Balloons, Invites, Table Cover, Napkins. 



60 pc Glow in the Dark Puzzle
RRP £7.99
Available from Amazon and Smyths.
This glow in the dark puzzle shows your favourite characters from the hit series PJ masks. Puzzle together Gekko, Catboy and Owlette as well as the villains Romeo, Luna Girl and Night Ninja. When the lights are off, watch as the characters light up and glow in the dark. 

Blind Bag Figure

RRP £3.99
Available from Amazon and Argos.

Join the action with the PJ Masks Blind Bags. Which character will you unwrap? Includes one highly detailed character from the hit animated series, PJ Masks! Look out for the ultra-rare figure! Collect all the characters in the PJ Masks world! 


Inflatable Chair

RRP £9.99
Available from Amazon and Shop Direct.

Cute, cosy and the perfect size for little ones; this inflatable chair has quick comfort covered. Little ones will love this comfy inflatable chair, featuring their favourite characters and with flocked seat, for extra comfort and easy to wipe clean surface, it's practical for mum too. Light-weight and great for taking with you wherever you go, this chair is also easy to deflate and store away when needed. 



Carry Along Art Case

RRP £7.99
Available from Wilko and WHSmith.

Kids will have endless creative fun with this PJ Mask Carry Along Art Case. This is ideal for young PJ Mask fans and provides hours of colouring fun to entertain your little one! It also has the benefit of keeping their colouring and stationery set nice and tidy. It's the perfect set for school holidays or staying in on a rainy day.

Stamp and Sticker Playset
RRP £4.99
Available from B&M and Sainsburys.
Includes: 3x Stampers, 6x Stackable Markers, 3x Stencils, 3x Sticker Scenes, 3x Foam 3D Stickers with Scenes
142x Stickers, 420x Alphabet Stickers and 1x Sketch Pad.


3D Mask Assortment
RRP £9.99
Available from Amazon and Argos.
Transform into your favourite PJ Masks hero with the PJ Masks Character Masks! These high-quality masks are made of durable plastic in Catboy, Gekko and Owlette's signature colours! Each mask has a soft insert and an adjustable strap for the perfect fit. Assortment includes Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko. Each sold separately. 

Catboy Cat-Car Single Duvet 

RRP £29.99
Available from Amazon and Tesco.
This cool PJ Masks Cat-Car single duvet cover set is bound to be a hit with fans of the popular animated series. The innovative duvet cover is designed so that it contains your usual duvet but with the added extra of wheel shapes on the sides which turn your bed into your very own Catboy Cat-Car. 


After a long day of fighting crime Ru was very keen to jump into his brand new CatBoy Car bed, he even promised me he would sleep in it all night ..... I was a little hopeful but unfortunately, he didn't quite make all night but was definitely in it for longer than usual.

The party was a great success, Ru even thought it was his birthday!


DONT FORGET...
Series 2 will soar onto on Disney Junior at 4.30pm on Wednesday 28th March and then new episodes will air every following Wednesday at 4.45pm 

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.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

... Num Noms Pancake Day Fun! ...

We looooooove Pancake day in the Mini Beast house and were more than happy to team up with one of our favourites - Num Noms to have some NumNomtastic pancake day fun!

We were very Kindly sent some Pancake Day supplies along with Num Noms series 4 Deluxe Pack and Num Noms Mystery Pots


Ru adores his Num Noms collection and is always excited when he gets the chance to add to it.
He does like the starter packs, but his favourites are the blind bags.
The light ups and nail varnish Noms are his favourite!


Noah and I set about getting the pancakes cooked, I've never used a pre mixed pancake batter before and I was actually pleasantly surprised at how nice they were.
Noah showed off by flipping every pancake before placing it onto the wood block.


Once the pancakes were all made we placed them on the table with an array of toppings.
Then the competition was on ... who could made the nicest topping.


Alex opted for Lemon Juice, Chocolate spread and marshmallows.... I wasn't too keen on this one but he loved it!
Oscar went for just chocolate spread and you really can't go wrong with Nutella on a pancake!
Noah takes after my dad and went for lemon juice and sugar.
Ru went for chocolate spread and mini marshmallows!
Everyone agreed that Ru made the best combination of flavours and on their next pancakes they all did the same.





Ru's collection of Num Noms has tripled and he has even more nail varnishes to add to his collection.
The Nail varnish ring holder is pretty amazing and wished it came in a size to fit my own fingers!


What is your favourite pancake topping to have on Pancake Day?

Our Pancake Champion!

Monday, 29 January 2018

... Banana and Walnut Cake with Chocolate Icing ...

I thought I would share with you the recipe I used for my most recent banana and walnut cake.
Ru even helped by smashing up the walnuts, something I think he enjoyed a little too much!


Ingredients
  • 2 eggs beaten,
  • 250mls plain flour
  • 150g light brown sugar,
  • 3 very ripe bananas,
  • 1tsp baking powder,
  • 1/2 tsp of grated nutmeg,
  • 25g smashed walnuts.
  • Icing Sugar
  • Coco Powder.




METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4 (160C/gas 3 for fan-forced ovens). 
Grease a cake baking tray.

2. Mix together the butter and sugar until fluffy and pale in colour. 

3. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time, beating well after each addition. 

4. Pre mash the bananas in a separate bowl and then add the bananas into the mixture. 

5. Sift the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and fold gently.

6. Fold in the pre-smashed walnuts. 
Making sure they have folded in evenly.

7. Transfer the mixture into the tin and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a skewer placed in the middle of the cake comes out clean and dry. 

8.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool for at least half an hour.

Icing
3 heaped tablespoons of normal icing sugar
1 heaped tablespoon of coco powder.

Once the cake has cooled, drizzle the icing over the top.
*Original recipe from here

Sunday, 28 January 2018

... Let's Go PJ Masks DVD ...


Get ready for some superhero fun with Entertainment One’s (eOne) PJ Masks when the brand-new DVD and Digital Download PJ MASKS - LET’S GO PJ MASKS is released on February 5th 2018. 

Currently one of the nation’s favourite preschool shows, the action-packed adventures of the PJ Masks continue in this new release that follows the crime-fighting trio as they solve mysteries, whilst learning valuable lessons along the way.


Guaranteed to delight your budding little superheroes, Let’s Go PJ Masks features six epic episodes that are soaring onto DVD and Digital Download for the first time. The fun-filled episodes are:

·       Gekko and the Snore-A-Saurus – Luna Girl turns a sleep-walking Cameron into her very own human puppet. It’s up to PJ Masks to save the day… but Gekko has to stop messing around first!
·       Catboy and the Shrinker - Romeo and Night Ninja team up to shrink the PJ Masks with Romeo’s shrinker invention.  When Catboy gets shrunk, he forgets that even a little guy can save the day . . . if he can use his small size to his advantage.
·       Blame it on the Train, Owlette – When the new Fairground Flyer Train goes missing from the fair, Owlette is determined to get it back quickly.  But if she wants to defeat Romeo’s new super train, she’ll need to learn that a little patience goes a long way.
·       Looking After Gekko – When Night Ninja steals the school bus and converts it into his very own super-vehicle, it's up to our heroes to stop him in his tracks.  But for that to happen, Gekko needs to learn that asking for help doesn’t make you weak.
·       Catboy’s Tricky Ticket - Catboy only has two tickets to the Jayden Houston concert and has to decide which of his best friends to take to the show.  Owlette and Gekko offer him presents to sway his decision and Catboy’s newfound greed could ensure Luna Girl ruins the concert for good.
·       Clumsy Catboy - Romeo plans to use his newest device to make everyone in the world so clumsy that they can’t stop him from taking over the world.  But when agile Catboy is the first to be “clumsified”, he can’t admit it and tries to save the day without any help.


PJ Masks depicts the tales of Conor, Amaya and Greg who by day are three normal school kids but by night, if the city is in danger the trio put on their pyjamas and activate their animal amulets. 
They magically transform into their superhero alter-egos: Catboy, Owlette and Gekko and together make an unstoppable team.


Ru loves watching PJ Masks and gets a bit upset when it's not on so he was over the moon when this dvd landed on the doorstep.
He could wait to sit down and watch.
PJ Masks is one of the only cartoons that will make him want to sit still long enough to watch what happens.
He loves playing with his little figures whilst he's watching his favourite super heroes save the day.
Having the episodes on dvd means that he can sit down any time he wants and watch it without the disappointment of not finding on the TV guide. 

Running Time: 72 minutes
Classification: U
RRP: £9.99
 DVD and Digital Download: 5th February 2018

Pre-order the DVD on Amazon here