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Showing posts with label #ukparentbloggers. Show all posts

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Link ~ #MySundayPhoto

Introducing our newest member.... Little Link

Named after the dude from Zelda.
We've had him for two weeks now, but with Jon being in hospital I haven't found the time to write about him.

When we got him he was covered in fleas, rather skinny and had very sore eyes and a bloody nose.
With a quick trip to the vet and some TLC he's doing really well.

He gets on really well with our dog Ray but has still to make a friendship with my cat Indie.


Photalife

Zomlings Series 6


The Zomlings of the future are here! 

Zomlings Town has risen from the ground with super fast tracks crossing the skies and light shining brightly from every surface. 

The Zomlings of the future are funnier, rarer and more adventurous than ever. 

There are aliens, robots, mutants, critters… what a mixture to discover. They live in special Capsules that can fly across the skies. 

They also have new types of Zom-Mobiles with advanced Zom-tastic technology for extra speed!



The boys love blind bags and are always rather excited when a delivery of them turn up.
They couldn't believe their eyes when this Zomling package arrived.


We were sent 
A supply of packet blind bags - which includes 1 Zomling and a checklist,
A supply of Zom-Mobile blind bags - which has 1 Zomling and 1 Nom-Mobile and a checklist,
1 starter pack - which includes 1 album guide, 1 metal capsule, 1 Zom-Mobile, 3 Zomlings.


The boys surprisingly shared out the Zomlings nicely with absolutely no bickering whatsoever.
They each had a blister pack and around 5 blind bags each.


I loved watching their faces as they opened all the blind bags to reveal which Zomlings they had.
Oscar's face was a real treat when he opened up a packet to find a rare gold one!
Finding a rare collectable really is like finding pirates gold.


Once they had finished playing the twins sat at the table and crossed off all their Zomlings on the checklist and then circled all the ones they needed to get to complete the series.
I know what they'll be spending their pocket money on in the coming months.



 
















 It took a while for the boys to open up everything, but once they had rather than going their separate ways they all stayed and played together, having races and mini wars.

Zomlings are perfect pocket money buys as the single packets are only 50p!
You rarely get anything for 50p these days, not even a chocolate bar.

It's rather surprising that such small little figures can create such imagination and joy!


The Mini Beasts all give Zomlings Series 6 a double thumbs up!!


To find out more about  Magicbox Toys click here.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Paddington Bear Is Back!


Paddington is heading back to the big screen on November 10th, and to celebrate the release of Paddington 2, University Games has created a range of exciting new fun filled Paddington themed games and activities for you to enjoy.


Get creative with Paddington Colour On, for hours of colouring and activity fun with everyone’s favourite bear! 
With three metres of Paddington colouring scenes and activities, children of all ages can join Paddington on his adventures.

Simply turn the easy-twist dial to reveal a new activity or colouring scene, and then twist it back when it’s time to pack away. 
RRP: £7.99, available from John Lewis



The boys all love drawing and colouring in so the Colour On was a big hit with them.
I love that I could just roll it out, give each of them a section and leave the colouring pencils at the end of the table and let them crack on.


There was no fighting over whose paper was whose and they happily sat their colouring in the different pictures and trying to solve the puzzles together.
It has to be one of the nicest colouring in sessions I've seen from them lately.
Normally they end up in pencil fights!

Once they were finished I didn't have to go round picking up lots of different pieces of paper, I just rolled it back up and put it back on the art shelf!
#mumwin!

With 3 meters of paper they have plenty to be getting on with!

Follow the adventures of Paddington in PaddingtonTM Spot The Difference, a fantastic new take on spot the difference, where players can follow the adventures of Paddington in two seemingly identical images!
With over 80 different spot the difference PaddingtonTM scenes, find the differences to beat your opponent to find the infamous pot of marmalade!

With dry erase markers and easy-wipe Paddington scenes, the fun is never ending with this exciting Paddington twist on a children’s classic! 
 RRP: £7.99, available from John Lewis


Purpose of the Game
Be the first player to spot all 5 differences on your score card and find the 'hidden pot of marmalade'.

Recommended age 8+
Players 1+


Noah loves spot the differences and is rather good, his eyes work much faster than mine.
Before we started the game we both took a card and just hunted for the differences, once we had done that we cracked on with the game.


As I thought, Noah was the first to complete his score card and find the hidden pot of marmalade, I was only one behind him so I don't think I did too badly.

It was a great game and one we'll be playing again and one that Noah will be able to play with his cousin Sam when he comes round to visit.

Again another win for getting him away from screen time!



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Monday, 11 September 2017

Big Ben, Back To School and Sleepy Lotion.


The start of last week I headed up to St Thomas with Jon.
His back has been playing him up and he told to turn his device off as it seemed to be giving him some side effects.
5 days without it on he was still having the shakes and feeling tired.

His doctors have told him it doesn't seem to be the device thats doing so their must be an underlying issue.
He's now booked into have an emergency EEG.


Whilst waiting for our train back to Kings Lynn we grabbed some lunch from Wabi's.
We've been together 7 years and this was our first sushi date.
He's still begging me to take him to Yo Sushi.


Tuesday was Rupert's last day at his old nursery and he came home and did his biggest line up yet.
He's not fond of goodbyes and I think this was his was with coping.
He didn't allow me to get rid of it and all the boys had to eat their breakfast around it on Wednesday morning.


All four boys starts back at school on Wednesday.
Noah headed off into Year 5, the Twins started their Year 1 adventure and Ru started the schools nursery.
We had no tears or tantrums, everyone was really excited about going back to school.
Even Ru went in without any fuss.


To celebrate everyone being back in school Jon and I popped over to Costa Coffee and had a coffee in peace and quite with out the usual I want that I need that oh Im bored now.
It was bliss.


After Costa we popped into Tesco and I got some flowers for the house, when I do a massive clean I always like some flowers to finish it off.
The rest of Wednesday was spent getting the house back in order.


I was half expecting Thursday to be full of tears and them telling me they didn't want to go back to school, but no they were just as happy as they were on Wednesday.


I popped into Hunstanton after drop off as we had library books to put back in and I had a book to collect.


The librarian was very excited when she handed me over the book as its one of her favourites.
I've heard good things about it and I'm getting really stuck into it.


Thursday I also put this Sleepy Lotion from Lush to the test, the internet is going crazy for it at the moment and I was really hoping it would be the magic I was looking for.....


But no!
No such luck for this sleep avoider.
He did smell lovely though, like a strange smelling biscuit.
I'll keep using it on all of the boys and myself as you really can't beat Lush lotion for making your skin silky smooth.


Friday I began to feel a bit lost without everyone around, so I decided to fill my time baking a cake.
The last few bakes I've done really didn't turn out so well, so it was nice to see this looking like it should have and It tasted amazing.

Salted Caramel Cake.



Sunday, 10 September 2017

Gel-A-Peel Glow In The Dark Notebook Challenge

Before Noah went back to school he was challenge to design a notebook cover with Gel-A-Peel.


The perfect intersection of fashion + design. Design. Peel. Wear. Share. Gel-A-Peel allows you to express yourself through your own designer creations!


Inside the pack
  • 3 Gel-a-Peel tubes
  • 16 design templates
  • Gel tray with squeegee tool to make gel shapes and gems!
  • 5 designer tips: 3 round, 1 rake, 1 star
  • Clear drawing sheet, Cleaning tool. Accessory hardware
Noah was also provided a copper notebook which you can find in Primark for £2.50.


Noah really liked the idea of designing his own notebook cover.
He loves being arty and when he's not on Minecraft or building Lego sets he's at his desk drawing.

He had big ideas for his notebook, first he was going to draw Link from Zelda on it, then he was going to put some wrestler logos on but he struggled at bit with doing really detailed drawings with the pens.


So we let it dry and peeled it off and let him start again.
This time he just went with some doodles.
I showed him it was much easier to do simple designs with the pens and that they weren't really designed for complicated pictures.

He started off with his name and year group, then wanted to do a bit of a Tom Gates design and I he just went to town.
Below is the end result.
He even designed a bracelet using the design template included in the pack.


The pens glow nicely in the dark and that really pleased Noah as usually when things say they glow in the dark they barely do!

You can find The Glow in the dark pack here for £14.99

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Fun Education For Kids: The History Around You

A day out with the kids that is also educational; it’s pretty much the dream, isn’t it? 
You get to hit two birds with one stone, earning you a huge number of extra Mum points in the bargain.

As wonderful as the idea of combining these two childhood essentials is, it’s not always feasible. That’s a shame, especially when you live in a country like the UK.

Why Is It A Particular Shame In The UK?

The UK is full of history. It could be argued this is the country where Western civilisation as we know it was born. That history is incorporated all around us. 
Americans, for example, celebrate when their home town turns 200 years old. That’s nothing for us in the UK; some of us live in cities that date back to the Roman Age.

With all this history around us, there are plenty of ways to combine education with a lot of fun. In fact, let’s compile all the ways you can introduce your children to living history - and let them have all kinds of fun in the process.

1. Visit A Castle

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There are castles everywhere in the UK, most of which are now in public hands. To ensure their survival, entertaining and exciting families has become a huge part of their business model - so there’s plenty of fun to be had in the midst of learning.

Here are a few to consider:

  • The Tower Of London is perfectly for young kids who can’t get enough of gory stories. Tours are led by the Yeoman Warders, who are well versed in delighting the crowd with stories of the grisly tales from history. You can also visit the crown jewels, or meet the Ravenmaster and his flock.
  • Warwick Castle is one of the best castles for family fun; they hold jousts, Tudor banquets, and battle re-enactments throughout the year. Located in Warwickshire, the castle is beautiful and huge - perfect for an absorbing family-friendly day out.
  • Ludlow Castle in Wales was the traditional seat of the Prince of Wales; where they would learn Kingship before taking on the entire country. The castle is beautifully preserved, and set in a quaint market town that the whole family will love to explore.

These three options truly are just the tip of the iceberg - there’s so much to explore, so why not dive right on in?

2. Metal Detecting

There’s nothing quite like stumbling over a coin in a field and seeing that it dates back to Roman times. It’s one of the most obvious ways of connecting the present with the past, and can enthral children with a sense of the history that’s gone before them.

Grab yourself a metal detector from BestSpy and head out onto any open land. Always ensure you have permission to be there. There are plenty of groups which can help identify sites where metal detecting is welcome. Who knows, your family might be the next one to discover a hoard of gold.

3. The Trail of Battles


England has been the host of many wars over the centuries. 
The Wars of the Roses in the 15th century have captured imaginations for centuries, while everyone knows something about the English Civil War.

These wars were a collection of pitched battles, often spread all over the country. Many were fought hundreds of years ago, but most sites of major conflicts are still found to this day. Some even have full-blown visitor centres on the sites of the battlefield itself, making great locations for metal detecting too. It’s more than possible to turn up spurs or other metal used in warfare, giving another exciting glimpse into the world of the past.

To take advantage of this, you could start a project where you try and visit the sites of all the major battles in a particular conflict. The Wars of the Roses, for example, would take you from Gloucestershire for the Battle of Tewkesbury, to north London for the Battle of Barnet
Following the trails of these wars not only gives an insight into the history of the time, but also makes for a lovely way to see more of the country.

The UK has got so much to offer when it comes to history. Learning history is vital for a child’s education; as the saying goes, those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. 
By introducing historical learning outside of a classroom setting - and where it’s a whole lot more fun - you’re setting your kids up for an exciting, enlightened life.


*Collaborative Post*

Friday, 8 September 2017

Worrying About Your Child's Development Now They're At School?

Lots of parents have gone through the ‘trauma’ of taking their babies to school for the first time. When you walk away from the school gate having just handed them over to the teacher, it’s difficult to tell which one of you was more teary, but before you left, you were observing. 
All mums discreetly check out the other kids while they’re waiting in line. 
They’re comparing what the other children can do, how well they speak, and how well behaved they are. 
How did your child compare to them?

Ultimately, we’re all worried that our kids aren’t where they should be by this age. It’s natural for any parent to fear that their child might not cope. 
The truth is that school is a steep learning curve. That doesn’t mean your child won’t make the climb and come out every bit as capable as the next child. 
On the contrary, it could be just the challenge they need to succeed.


Soon all of the children will be reading and writing and bringing home words to spell. They’ll be physically more adventurous, and socially more outgoing
Your child will change so much over the coming months! That won’t stop you worrying though. You’ll still wonder if they’re making enough progress - it’s natural! You should definitely speak to your child’s teacher if you are concerned. 
Of course, they are on the ball and will be chatting with you if there are any problems.

So what can you do to give your child an edge with their learning? There are plenty of great educational tools you can use at home like Reading Eggs and maths apps for kids. 
There are dozens of great books aimed at young school age children too. Practice a little each day. Physically, your child is being challenged in PE. You can help too, by playing football, catch, and jumping around. 
But what if you’re still worried?


One of the biggest worries people have when children start school is their speech. Poor speech means your child won’t be understood by the teacher. 
And it may mean they are socially excluded by the other kids if they can’t contribute to conversations. Fortunately, there is speech therapy for children that can be accessed at any age. If you’re worried, ask the teacher. You might also want to speak to your school nurse or GP too.


*Collaborative post*

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Gruffalo Hunting With The Gruffalo Spotters App!


If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen that we headed off to Thetford Forest at the end of last week to go on a Gruffalo hunt using the new Gruffalo Spotters App for us only to get their and realise you don't get a lot of wifi in the middle of a forest and that I was unable to download the app.
So we let the boys play on the awesome play equipment they have their and decided we would come back before the end of the holiday and make sure we downloaded the app before hand!

So on Monday I headed back to Thetford Forest with Jon's mum Helen, the twins and Ru.

Special Gruffalo Spotter Activity Bags £3

A Gruffalo Spotters kit will be available to buy on site and includes animal facts and tips for tracking wildlife, an evidence collection bag, a magnifying glass and a pencil to make a note of your forest finds!

The boys were very excited about trying to spot a Gruffalo and were constantly running ahead every time they spotted another clue.



First to be found was Mouse.
The boys didn't quite understand where to stand at first so I had to show them on my phone what was going on for them to understand that what I was seeing was totally different to what they were seeing.
I do think for little kids like the boys that it takes a while for the character to appear on the screen specially with them standing their waiting for me to take a picture.
Thinking about it now I probably should have got them to watch before running over to have their photo taken.

A Mouse found a nut and the nut was good!


The trail at High Lodge Thetford Forest was beautiful and I loved finding all the hidden play areas.
They boys have already said they want to go back and take their bikes.



Ru who isn't one for walking much did most of the trail without wanting to be picked up and even though the twins ran off without him didn't really moan, as long as he got to look at all the clues himself he was a happy Chappy.



I didn't click the button that suggested allow access to phone as it popped up in the middle of a photo and I clicked it off straight away without thinking, so non of my Gruffalo Spotter photo's downloaded to my phone, but luckily I noticed my stupid mistake early on and managed to screen shot a few of them.
I was hoping to be able to find a way to get them on the phone in the end but I still haven't figured it out.

Hello Fox
It's Snake.


I love all the photo's that we took with the characters and all the funny faces that the boys pulled when I shouted cheese.
I can see us headed back in a few weeks to do it again before it finishes.




The app really helped bring the trail to life and the smiles that resulted in seeing their picture next to one of their favourite book characters was priceless.

Always a sign of a good day out..

There are 26 Forestry Commission Trails around the UK. 
Why not head over to www.forestry.gov.uk to find your nearest one.

You can download the app for free and you have until the end of September to use it.


I would like to say a big Thank You to LittleLife for the gorgeous Gruffalo back pack, TU for the Gruffalo Wellies and John Lewis for the Aurora World Gruffalo Keyring. 
All of which were supplied for us to make our adventure even more special!