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Monday, 17 July 2017

A Sound Night’s Sleep For You And The Dog


Living with a dog can feel much like having a newborn baby in the house, sometimes. With their need for attention taking full-force as you put your head down, it can be impossible to get a good night’s sleep with a canine. 

Dog, Model, French Bulldog, View

Of course, some aren’t as bad as others. But, even the most well-behaved girls and boys still need a bit of help, sometimes. In most cases, owners will work on ways to make this better for themselves, by finding somewhere to put the dog without distractions. 
But, in a lot of cases, this doesn’t tackle the real issue.
Instead, it’s better to focus on the dog. And, more specifically, getting the dog to have a good night’s sleep. To help you with this, this post will be going through three of the best ways to achieve this sort of goal.

You can look at a dog in a similar way to a child. They don’t care how much sleep they get at night because they can’t understand the consequences of not getting very much. 
Without the burdens of work and adult life, dogs can sleep as much or as little as they please. So, you have to find ways to get them sleep if you want them to get through entire nights. Like a child, you should never feed your dog right before bedtime. 
And, they should never be expected to sleep without exercise. Your routines for both food and exercise have to be the same each day, to avoid complicating the issue. 
For most dogs, this will mean three meals a day with the same amount of walks. But, of course, you know your dog better than anyone. And, you’ll have to figure this out yourself.

Dog, Puppy, Papillon, Eyes, Snout, Nose, Hair, Face

Dogs can’t complain when they aren’t very comfortable. But, this doesn’t mean that they don’t experience discomfort.
On a bad bed, your dog could be struggling to sleep simply because they can’t find the right spot. And, this is easy to solve. 
Leather dog beds are becoming very common on the internet. A lot of these products are being filled with resilient materials, like memory foam, nowadays, too. So, getting your dog a bed which will last for years to come is nice and easy. And, with these materials making them, they will also be a lot more comfortable for your good boy or girl, even in summer.

Once you have your new bed, you’re still not quite done, yet. Along with the right sort of bed to sleep on, most dogs will only find it easy to sleep if the bed is in the right place. 
You might not like it, but the best place for a dog’s bed is in a room where humans are sleeping. Like a child, your dog can’t rationalise their fears like you can. Instead, if they get spooked at night, they could be unsettled for hours. 
The comfort they will feel being allowed to sleep near you could solve this issue entirely. And, it will make them feel like a much greater part of your family.

Pug, Dog, Pet, Animal, Puppy, Cute, Wrapped, Blanket

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start working on your dog’s sleeping situation as soon as you can. 
Not a lot of dog owners consider this sort of work to be important to their dog. But, as a caring owner, you should be doing everything in your power to make your dog sleep as well they can. It’ll be worth it, too, once you are able to sleep soundly each night.


*Collaborative Post

Sunday, 9 July 2017

MySundayPhoto // Flying High...

We took the boys off to Snettisham Beach this morning to test out the kites the twins were given for their birthday.

They flew better than we thought they would and they were super easy to put together.

Even little Ru was able to keep control of the bumble bee one.






Photalife

Thursday, 6 July 2017

LEGO City // Jungle Halftrack Mission Review

I recently shared a post all about how LEGO and Nat Geo Kids were teaming up...

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.

To go along side that blog post, LEGO sent me the new Lego City Jungle Halftrack Mission to review.


Noah loves his wildlife and often enjoys watching programmes like Deadly 60, Planet Earth etc, so when I told him all about LEGO's venture he was eager to get his hands on one of the new sets.


The Jungle Halftrack Mission comes with 4 bags and 3 instruction books!
The set includes a male and female explorer mini figures, 
panther and spider figures, 
a camera, 
machete, 
walkie-talkie, 
pan 
and a build-able campfire, 
an AVT with removable crate and the halftrack with chain.
Total piece count - 378 pieces,
Recommended age 6+.


Noah found it really easy following the instructions and whizzed his way through the first book within 10 minutes.
He loved that he now has a LEGO panther, which is one of his favourite animals!


Book two was the Halftrack, he needed a little help with this and I was more than happy to lend a hand.
I love building LEGO, I find it quite therapeutic in a way.
It was also nice spending some one on one time with Noah, as that doesn't seem to happen as much as it should.


Book Three was the Temple.
Noah loved building this as he loved making the booby trap and laughed even more as he said it....
Much to my annoyance he didn't let me help with this bit.


This LEGO set was great fun to build, and we had even more fun setting the scenes for the photos in the garden and having fun playing with the mini figures.

It was great to see Noah's imagination come alive.




You can buy the LEGO Jungle halftrack Mission from SMYTHS Toy store for £24.99

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Why San Diego Is One Of The Best Family Spots In The US

When you’re a parent, your priorities when looking for a holiday make a huge change. 
If you’ve always wanted to go to the US, then there are some spots that might get crossed off your list because they’re not kid-friendly locations
But if you’re still dying to get over, there might be one city that has it all for you: San Diego. So, why do you want to go there and what will you do there?

Getting there
The US takes its travel very seriously. Tourism is a big part of their economy, but being caught without the right travel documentation can land you in a lot of hot water. 
When you visit, make sure you look at the advice from official-esta.com to ensure that everyone in your family is authorized to be there. 
Then carry your travel documentation with you at all times when out and about. The application process for an ESTA can be done online and only takes a few days to process, so it’s not a huge hurdle.
The perfect climate
One of the reasons that so many visit San Diego is that it seems to hit a sweet spot that very few other areas in the US do. 
From Spring to Autumn, the average temperatures tend to stay in the golden range of 19-20 degrees Celsius. 
So, when you’re deciding what to pack, most of the time you need to make sure that you have swimsuits, sunscreen, and light clothes. 
If you prefer things a little milder, the weather cools down a great deal in May. But the locals don’t like that too much so it might not be your opportunity to see the city at its most active.

Lots to do
Kids don’t tend to want to see the same things as adults on a vacation. 
The best thing about seeing San Diego as a family is the range of all-inclusive spots to stop at as shown by parents.com
Balboa Park is a zoo with a legendary reputation with pandas, koalas, and lots of lovely additions like lily ponds and palm trees.
It’s not too far from Legoland in Carlsbad, either. You might even get them to learn something. The Children’s Museum has a lot of interactive displays to keep their interest while most kids will definitely want to get on the ships of the Maritime Museum.
Have an adventure
If your family is a bit on the wild side, then the sheer natural beauty surrounding the city might be where you want to spend all your time. 
There’s a wide range of camping spots to choose from, too. 
The Santee Lakes can be perfect for those who want someone to fish, swim, and relax on a boat.
If you’re a family of beach-lovers, then Campland on the Bay offers a great view of the ocean, a short trip to the downtown area and even the occasional firework display.

The weather of San Diego is hard to beat, the natural beauty is astounding and there’s always something to do that will ensure no-one in the family is bored. 
Doesn’t that sound like the perfect family vacation spot to you?

*Collaborative Post

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Win A Family Ticket To Paw Patrol Live In Nottingham



PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” shows that “No job is too big, no pup is too small!” and shares lessons for all ages about community, social skills and problem solving as the characters each use their unique skills and teamwork. 


When Mayor Goodway goes missing during the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, the pups come to the rescue. 

Families can join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, Rocky, Rubble, Zuma, Skye and Everest for the show’s first tour in UK and Ireland. 
Running at 80 minutes, PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” includes two acts and an intermission. 


The show is set to engage audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and packs.

“Using Bunraku, puppetry elements are built into costumes worn by real actors to create a wonderful combination of life-size pups and to make a stronger connection with the audience. 

The PAW Patrol cast sings and dances, which brings a fun, realistic parallel between the animated series and the live show,” says Jim Waters, producer, VStar Entertainment Group.


The performance features music, dance and an original script as well as classic theatrical scenery along with a high-tech video wall that visually transports families PAW Patrol locations such as Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi's farm and Jake's Mountain. 

Special interactive video allows the audience to participate in the show via interviews, solving puzzles with the Pups, following Mayor Goodway and much more. 

I'm about to offer 5 A-reserve tickets to the 10.30 show Wednesday 9th of August at the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham

All you have to do is complete the Rafflecopter below....

T&Cs

Winner will be picked at Random,
*Family tickets are comprised by 5 x A–Reserve tickets valued at £30 to a total value of £150. Tickets can be used by either adult or child. 
Children under 12 months of age do not require a paid ticket, provided they are seated on the lap of a ticket holder and do not occupy a seat.

The winners will receive a ticket voucher via email which they will need to bring on the day of the show in order to redeem the tickets from the box office.

Winner will have 48hrs to respond to the email before another winner is picked.
UK only
Ends 18/7/17


Monday, 3 July 2017

Snoball Fights, Duck Attacks and Pool Hangs.

This weekend went by so fast that I had to do a double take last night when I realised Monday was just a sleep away.


Saturday

Noah went off to play at Sam's after Sam had spent the morning with us and the twins kicked up a bit moaning about how they wanted to go, so it was the perfect time to crack out the Snoball packet we were sent from Zimpli Kids.


The brand new SnoBall Battle Pack not only provides endless outdoor fun for children worldwide, it transforms a once seasonal experience into something that can be enjoyed all year round - even in summer!! ​
Add the SnoBall powder to water, watch it turn into realistic snow that you can mould to create your very own Snowballs. Each box makes approx 60 Snow balls! 


The Snoballs were super easy to make,
You just add the packets provided into a bowl and add around a litre of water.

The boys loved mixing up the Snoballs and couldn't wait for their summer Snoball fight.
They didn't quite add the right amount of water, so their Snoballs didn't hold together very well but they still packed a punch!

As you can see from the pictures, it was a different kinda way to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon!


Shortly after the Snofight had finished Noah arrived home and the boys all sat on the sofa watching the new Lego Batman movie whilst I got their dinner on.



Sunday

I thought the weather was going to be rubbish on Sunday so I was all set for another day in, but was pleasantly surprised when I saw the sun was staying put.
So I quickly dash around the house getting it in order and making sure all the uniforms were washed, once that was done we all put our shoes on and headed off to feed the local ducks and have a trip to the park.

Just before we headed out Jenni asked if Noah wanted to go out for lunch with them, and as Noah seems to stop working when he hasn't seen Sam for more than a couple of hours he was more than happy to say yes.

So we dropped him off on the way round and then headed off to the pond.


We each had a bag filled with frozen peas and as soon as the ducks saw us coming they flocked around us.
I couldn't move for fear of stepping on one.


They really enjoyed their peas and were eating them straight out of our hands.
The geese decided to try and get in on the act but ended up hissing as us too much, which made the boys run away.


The ducks followed and the boys were all in their element.
Rupert got right in the mix of all the ducks and would have tried to pick on up if we hadn't of told him not too touch.





We were soon out of frozen peas and the ducks were still hungry, one even tried to eat my phone.
After the realised we were all out they soon headed off back to their sleeping spots or the pond for a dip.


The boys then all dashed off to the park and were delighted to see the slide had been fixed.
They were little manics and throwing themselves down it in all manners of ways and then making me spin them ridiculously fast on the roundabout and little Ru was just happy climbing up the mini climbing frame.


There were a couple of other children in the park who the boys made friends with and played with for a little bit and then after an hour or so we headed back home for some lunch and Haribos!



After lunch the boys went in the pool.....for a minute as it was far to cold in it to really enjoy it.
Ru had more fun chucking footballs into it rather than being in it.



The twins found a new love for sunbathing to warm themselves up.
They would lay in the sun for 5 minutes, run and jump in the pool for no more than 5 seconds and then jump back out to warm up in the sun.


What did you get up to this weekend?

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.....